Monday, January 22, 2018


Good morning and happy Monday! So sorry for the inadvertent radio silence last week. Last Saturday, I woke up with a cough and a sore throat and it really knocked me out! I was in bed for three days, missed work on Monday, and slowly started coming back to life the rest of the week just to be hit with an awful migraine on Friday, which put me in bed once again for a good 15 hours. Sometimes life just tells you to slow your roll regardless of what is on your calendar. I am feeling better, thankfully, but still trying to take it easy and not push myself. I haven't worked out in almost two weeks and that in and of itself gives me anxiety. Not because I feel like I'm gaining weight, but because working out is my stress reliever! Anyhoo, thanks to everyone who checked in on me to make sure I was still breathing!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Orlando vacation recap

I always try and do a recap post of my vacations because 1) it's nice to share and 2) I refer back to these posts myself quite often to remember where I've been and what I've done. It's also helpful when people ask for recommendations when they're visiting these same cities and I have everything already documented! It's funny how quickly these memories fade, so I always try to write about them while the details are fresh! Let's get started!

Disney Minnie Mouse ears baseball cap
Minnie Mouse ears baseball cap: Bought at the park, option here.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Off-the-shoulder bell sleeve top

Hey, hey! Happy Wednesday! I've made it through half a week (almost) of work since the holiday break. It's all downhill from here! Thankfully I love my job and I love my coworkers, so it hasn't been terrible! Hope your week is going well also! Today I'm sharing another outfit I wore while we were in Florida last week. 

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Studded velour blazer

Hello Monday, indeed! This is my first day officially back in the office since December 21st, so needless to say, it's been a doozy! But it's nice to get back into a normal routine again, I'm not going to lie. I loved relaxing and vegging, but there definitely comes a point when you realize you haven't showered in 4 days and it's time to do something with your life!!! Hope everyone had a great holiday, and here's to a productive, rewarding, and even better 2018!!

Outfit details--- Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: Nickel and Suede (c/o) | Blazer: Leith studded velour blazer | Cami: Express "Barcelona" (options here, here) | Bag: Gucci Soho (option, red flap crossbody budget option, red crossbody with chain strap budget option) | Skirt: Express (option, option) | Shoes: Valentino Rockstud wraparound strap ---

This is the outfit I ended up wearing on New Year's Eve while we were in Orlando last week. If you caught my blog post over the break here or saw my try-on snaps, you're already in the know about this studded velour blazer. It's gorgeous; I fell in love with it instantly! I loved the idea of pairing it over a simple slip dress or a cami/flirty skirt like this. And, since we were in Florida, going bare legged was a reasonable life choice! If you have any winter weddings this January or February, this blazer would be great option!

We had dinner reservations at Roy's on New Year's Eve, and it was all very delicious! They had a special menu for the occasion. We started off with some lobster potstickers and I got some Asian chicken noodle soup. For our entree, we split a 34 oz. ribeye. YEP. 34 ounces of juicy goodness. We didn't finish it, for the record, we took some home in a box! I was most excited about their pineapple upside down cake. I've only eaten here one other time before, and that dessert is what stuck in my head all this time! Our dinner ran pretty late. By the time we got back to the resort, it was 11:30 eastern time, so we had just enough time to change and watch the ball drop on TV. I ended up being asleep before it turned midnight central time! But hey, at least I was up for eastern time midnight?


I don't really have a list of resolutions this year. I didn't do any last year either. I think last year my goal was simply to keep my head above water. This year, if I had to choose one thing to focus on, it would be to make 2018 about ME. I tend to let the situations and relationships around me dictate my mood, stress levels, and overall happiness. But, you can only control what you can control, right? And while I can't control life, I can control the way I let life affect ME. And I want to be more positive in how I react to life's twists and turns. I want to focus on making myself better and taking care of myself regardless of my situations. Instead of reaching for that bourbon, I need to clear my mind with a good workout and watch my body get back into better shape as a result.  We will see how well I do with this! Do you have any goals for the new year?

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Random roundup

The first week of 2018 is complete! The work week anyway. Well, if you were actually in the office this week. We are finishing up our week in Orlando, and I haven't been in the office since the 21st of December! I did some work from home in between Christmas and New Year's, but to physically go into the office is a foreign thought at the moment! It will be difficult to wake up on Monday!!! I do feel rested though, so I definitely cannot complain! I will be back next week with regular outfit posts, but in the meantime, I wanted to use today to get caught up on some outfits I wore through the end of December. Let's get started!

Sweater: Sanctuary | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Dolce Vita

This is the same outfit I wore for blog photos in this post here. I re-wore the outfit to work. It's nice when you can wear the exact same outfit for two different audiences! It really is a great sweater, and surprisingly warm! I love wearing it.

Sweater: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott "Kathy" | Tank: Grace and Lace "Perfect Fit" | Pants: American Eagle | Boots: Coach

Not much to say about this outfit other than the fact that it's made up of some old favorites. I have this sweater in two colors from last season, and it's just as wonderful this season, too. I just wish it were still available for you. This Grace and Lace "Perfect Fit" tank I wear all the time was on sale in shorter length in the solid colors for under $20, so I stocked up on grey, white, and black. It's the perfect little base layer. I say "shorter" length because this one could seriously be a dress on me if I pulled it straight with no ruching at all. The shorter length one you can see on me here.

Dress: Bailey 44 (last seen here!) | Heels: Valentino Rockstud leather wrap-around strap

Ah, Bailey 44, you never disappoint me. The last time I wore this dress was back in 2014 in this post here. It was a little bit more snug back then. I was super self conscious in it and I had to go commando because no matter what I did, you could see VPL. We had a holiday lunch at work with my little department of 4, so I decided to see if this dress fit, and I was pleasantly surprised! It fit great, AND I didn't have to go commando. WIN WIN.

Sweater: Express (last seen here!) | Leggings: Spanx faux leather moto leggings | OTK Boots: Vince Camuto "Hollie"

This sequin sweatshirt is such a long time favorite. I always tend to whip it back out for the holidays, and this year was no exception. I wore this to work because I had our Pilates holiday party right after. I loved the mix of textures with the sequins and faux leather and suede! It was a comfy outfit to wear for 18 hours, too!

Sweatshirt: Mindy Mae's Market (current colors here) | Leggings: Zella | Boots socks: Hunter (current colors here) | Boots: Hunter

We actually got a couple of inches of snow for Christmas Eve eve, so it was perfect for my double hooded sweatshirt and some Hunters. Basically, this is what I looked like over the holidays. I was super casual and really didn't do anything with myself.

Hat: Abercrombie (c/o) (option) | Jacket: Express | Scarf: CS Gems (c/o) | Top: American Eagle | Leggings: ZellaBoots socks: Hunter (current colors here) | Boots: Hunter

Similar outfit combo with the layers and super casual. We ran around doing some last minute Christmas shopping that day, and it was cold and snowy. Blanket scarves + this moto jacket are surprisingly warm and perfect for shopping because the jacket isn't super bulky. Shopping in the winter is so hard! You want to be warm from the car to the store, but you don't want to be sweaty or holding a big coat while you shop!

Sweater: Gap | Jeans: American Eagle | Heels: BCBG (c/o Simon Premium Outlets)

We already celebrated our Christmas with the husband's family a couple weeks ago, but we did go to his aunt's house on Christmas Day and this is what I decided to wear. I wanted to semi match the husband and all he had clean was a navy sweater. This was my way of matching but still feeling somewhat festive!

Necklace: Kendra Scott "Elisa" | Chambray: Express (similar) | Tee: Express London tee | Bottoms: American Eagle | Booties: Joie (c/o Shopbop)

And last but not least, this is another happy hour outfit meeting a couple of friends during the break! After all the casual wear and baseball caps, it was nice to curl my hair and actually put on makeup! Even though this is a tomboyish outfit, I felt like a lady, which is exactly what I needed!!!!

And that's a wrap on the first week! Hope you all survived and I will see you back here next week!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

My 3-day juice cleanse

the source juicery, cashew cookie nut milk

Happy New Year! I figure many of you have a list of resolutions and more than likely eating healthy and/or getting fit may be on that list. It's definitely on mine this year. Yes, I went through the Pilates certification program, but my schedule was crazy busy that I know I didn't work out as much as I would have liked to and I consumed way too much bourbon as a result of stress, travel, and just a ton of social events. December in general was a heavy social month for me, and I got to the point where I felt my body needed a good detox. I decided to do a quick 3-day juice cleanse in between Christmas and New Year's, so I thought I would share my experience and thoughts with you in case this is something you've been thinking of doing yourself!

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas-week Purchases

A rare weekend post, but I haven't done a big shopping haul in what feels like forever, so I thought I would round up my Christmas-week purchases into one complete post for easy access! The sales right now are ridiculous, and I've bought all the things! I definitely feel like my schedule has been crazy in 2017 and I haven't shopped to my normal potential... Is how I justify the spending. Ha! You can click on the thumbnails below to shop. If you hurry, I also have full try-on videos on Snapchat (@carylee07) and I double-posted a few videos on my IG stories as well (@morepiecesofme). Happy shopping and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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