#LifeGoals : Work Life Balance

If anyone tells you they have found the secret to work life balance, they are probably giving you false hope. Finding balance is an everyday juggling act and the formula to achieve this balance changes constantly.

I relaunched my blog at the same time I started a rigorous new position at my job in corporate retail. It has been challenging, but a great growth journey as well. I’ve been able to discover new passions, make connections with new people (yay DBC!), and it’s helping me determine what I really want to do in my life.

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As a newer blogger with a full-time job, late nights are the norm. Work life balance is on my mind quite frequently. These are some of the things I remind myself as encouragement to keep going:

  • Make time for yourself!

For me, doing things outside of blog work and work-work is so essential. I have to take some down time for reality tv, reading a book, or playing Two Dots on my iPhone. Even if it’s just an hour, that time allows me to not worry about anything else while I get a few minutes of enjoyment. I’m a simple girl so it doesn’t take much. Once I’ve had a little me-time, I find it easier to get back to work.

  • Structure is key.

Set aside blocks of time for each task you need to complete so that you have a gauge if you are ahead or behind schedule on what needs to be done. Estimate how long it will take you to finish a task, like doing the dishes in 30 minutes or uploading/editing images for the week in an hour, and see if you can beat that time.

Motto:It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

  • Create lists!

Lists are so important to helping me achieve balance. I have my task list at work where I check things off like your standard to-do list. Then my blogging and business list is a rolling list of things I would like to work on, bloggers to reach out to, and events to cover. I actually have multiple lists for each area of my life. Brunch lists, shopping, Christmas lists, etc. The Evernote app is my go-to where I keep them all in a handy spot for quick access on my phone or laptop. Using an app to keep your thoughts all in one place is a great way to keep record of all your great ideas!

  • Enjoy the process.

If you aren’t having fun, stop. While not everyday will be butterflies and roses, you should have an overall good feeling about the work you are doing. If that is not the case, then find a new passion. Don’t complain about where you are at, just work on a strategy to make it to an environment that will make you happy.

Quoted:Welcome changed plans.

  • Reward yourself.

Set goals for yourself and assign rewards to them so you have something to look forward to. I tell myself, “if I do an hour of work on xyz, then I can watch the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Wherever.” Your treat could be a Starbucks run or even a nap. That way, you feel accomplished by getting through your list and also get a reward and a mini-break to celebrate!

My final suggestion is to create the life you want to live. So many people have found a niche to offer a product, service, or design app that people needed and responded to. In our current world, we have the freedom to make our own path. The beauty of it is that your path will look like no one else’s so don’t get caught up in the comparison game.

Check out these other great bloggers & their stories on finding a balance:

Bake Love Give
Jasmine Crockett
Ware is the Vodka?
MOZDEB
Oh So Cynthia
Southern Elle Style
The Charm Scout
Stephanie Drenka
Gelie Beans & Sparkly Things

Take some time to reflect, really think about your work-life balance and how you can work towards your goals. Please share your tips as well, I’d love to know!

And as always, remember to…

#LiveLovely,
xoxo. | cymone.

 

photo via Ashley Ella Design

Pastel Party. Lavender & Coral.

Hello Tuesday!

Today on the blog, we’re having a pastel party! Pastels aren’t only for spring, they also work in the summer season. I love the light and airy feel that pastels give. What’s fun is bringing in a pop of color to keep things interesting.

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This lavender look gets a little punch with help from its friend coral. Gold accessories and a printed clutch are the perfect accents to round out this simple outfit. Style reminder: Dark denim will never let you down.

Haute tip: Have fun with color! Pastel shades are a great way to experiment in the color spectrum.

 You can be understated yet still make a statement.

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top: Equipment (must-have) | jeans: Paige, loving these too | shoes: DV Dolce Vita, also in black | bag: Deux Lux, and here in a different color

I’ve learned that simple doesn’t have to be boring. This sleeveless silk Equipment top has gotten so much wear, and I am always looking for the next color to add to my closet. Anyone can wear this top. The length is great, they definitely don’t skimp on the fabric. You can dress it up with a blazer, or be perfectly casual by wearing a cardigan over it with a fun-printed belt for some interest.

PS. – Last Call by Neiman Marcus usually has Equipment tops on sale, that’s where I go to stock up!

#LiveLovely,
xoxo. | cymone.

 

Linking with: Chic Street Style, Classy Yet Trendy, Color and Grace, Shopping My Closet, Living In Color Style, Mix & Match Fashion

Chic Back to School Essentials.

It’s that time of year! Back to school time is in full effect. Even though I’m years removed from my college days [time flies] I’m a sucker for the school supply aisle. I’m super guilty of spending way too much time in the notebook & pen/pencil aisle in Target. When the stuff is so cute you can’t help but grab it!

Whether you are heading back to school or need to refresh your office/desk space, why not do it in style?

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Back to School & Office Essentials

going left to right by row
(with some BONUS finds because I couldn’t help myself)

Row 1. Notebooks.
Fringe Studio ‘Stay Wild’ Softcover Notebook • $10
RIFLE PAPER CO x Garance Doré ‘Leo’ Notebooks (Set of 2) • $15
I Speak Fashion Notebook – Bloomingdale’s Exclusive • Bloomingdale’s • $10

\\Bonus finds:\\
Refillable Brown Leather Notebook (Medium) • Kaufmann Mercantile • $12.90–55
Kate Spade New York Ampersand Spiral Notebook • Kate Spade • $14
RIFLE PAPER CO ‘Parisian’ Notebooks (Set of 2) • $15
White + Gold “Reward” Medium Soft Cover Notebook • Poppin • $12

Row 2. Pencils + Accessories.
Strike gold pencil cup • Kate Spade • $24
Pilar Pencil Cup • CB2 • $12.95
Gem Erasers Set • Kate Spade • $16
Purposeful Pencil Set • Dot & Bo • $10

Row 3. Backpacks.
POVERTY FLATS Stripey Backpack,Pink • Versace • $35
Milly Riley Backpack-White • Milly • $249
Madewell New Transport Rucksack • Madewell • $248
Urban Originals ‘Runway’ Backpack • Urban Originals • $80

\\Bonus finds:\\
Herschel Supply Co. ‘Settlement Mid Volume’ Backpack • Herschel • $55
Barneys New York India Mini Backpack-Black • Barneys New York • $149
NILA ANTHONY Geometric Print Backpack • $48
Rip Curl ‘Cross the Lines’ Backpack • Rip Curl • $49.50

Row 4. Pouches + Bags.
BAN.DO ‘Looking Good’ Makeup Bag • $26
Dogeared Coffee For President Pouch • Dogeared • $24
Herschel Supply Co. Carter Large Fold Over Pouch • Herschel • $40
Baggu Medium Carryall: Blackstatic • Baggu • $12

Row 5. Stylish Accents.
FRENDS x BaubleBar Blossom Layla Headphones – White • BaubleBar • $175
Fiskars Designer Scissors, Black & White • $5.99
THURSDAY/FRIDAY Away Mini Pouch • Sold Out
Swingline® Fashion Stapler – Pink • $9.99
Ellepi Brass Wedge Double Pencil Sharpener • $8

Hope you are ready for a new season of style!
xoxo. | cymone.

Violet Bohemian.

Let’s get this week started!

How was everyone’s weekend? I was gone all last week at a work conference where our brands debut the Fall product and new launches. I hated not being able to work on the blog. After the 5 days of back to back to back meetings, I finally got some rest and a renewed strength. So much to do but gotta keep going!

Since summer is such a freeing season, I wanted to make sure my inner bohemian is satisfied before the cooler weather starts to kick in. Although I don’t wear it often, this bohemian dress is one of my favorites.

I bought this boho/peasant inspired dress in “The Alley”, a shopping area in downtown Los Angeles, when we were visiting during a family reunion trip. I then wore it when we dropped my younger brother off at college in Atlanta, Georgia.  I love when clothing is tied to memory and meaning.

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Just asked my brother what year he started college. [My memory is starting to get bad, okay.] This dress is at least 8 years old y’all. Good thing trends come back full circle!

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dress: old, similar here, & here | sandals: Sam Edelman & here in olive green | clutch: Francesca’s, similar here, here, here | earrings: Influence (gift from the fabulous boutique The Pink House)

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Haute tip: Pair solid accessories with solid clothing. My dress is solid purple, so my jewelry is solid as well. I wanted a contrast, so I picked a burnt orange ring and hot pink earrings. Because they are one color instead of patterned, the jewelry compliments the dress instead of distracting.

 Shop the post:

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August Style Tips.

Every month brings a new set of style codes to think about when shopping. Using some simple tips will help you focus and prepare for the style season ahead. August is the beginning of the transition into the new season as summer winds down. [sad day.] While Texas doesn’t really “do” fall, we still love to dress like it. Here are my style tips for August dressing.

 

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add a chic tan sweater + booties = fall perfection.

via Straight A Style

1. Shop for pieces to transition into fall.
– Lightweight sweaters and dresses, plus layering items that you can wear with tights and booties. Cardigans in neutral colors, multiple pairs of tights, long sleeve slub knit tees are on my list.

Shop these picks:

Victoria’s Secret Mesh High-Next Bikini Top

2. Stock up on swimsuits for next year.
– Buy that swimsuit you’ve had your eye on all season. Grab bikini tops or bottoms in solids or simple prints that can mix & match with your current stash. It’s also a great time to add a coverup to your collection, kimono styles are my favorite. Try a new cut top or bikini bottom, it’s on sale right? See my picks here.

3. Travel in Style.
– Whether you’re heading back to school from summer break or taking in one last vacation before summer’s end, there are endless ways to travel in style. Chic pajama pants and big totes are my travel go-to items.

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be bold. say yes to color.

via Color Me Courtney

4. Finish the summer on a bold note.
– You all know I’m all about a color pop. Make the most of the sunshine by wearing the heck out of your bright colors.

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summer is THE time to rock a white jumpsuit. don’t miss out.

via Alwayz Fashionably Late

5. Summer whites.
– I somehow always find myself wishing I had worn more white during the summertime. Not that you have to stick to the old adage of “no white after Labor Day” but once the weather starts to transition, so should your wardrobe color palette. Wear all your white dresses, jeans, and tops until you can’t anymore!

*Also, if you haven’t entered the giveaway trip to NYC during Fashion Week + shopping spree – go now. Click to read more & enter! Only a few days left!!*


Did you like these tips?

Let me know if this was helpful!
xoxo,
-c.

Life Lately.

New blog series alert.
So all you new readers can get to know me a lil better, I’ll occasionally post about what’s going on in my #lifelately.

Feel free to join in on the hashtag and share what’s going on in your world.

Lately.


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watching…Friday Night Lights. Just Netflix’d the whole series in about 3 weeks. Loved it. A lot of it was based on my high school. Not sure why I hadn’t watched sooner. Need a new series to start.

eating…Soup for lunch and oatmeal for dinner. Got a couple of fillings and it still hurts to eat. That numbing situation is no joke.

shopping…for any spring/summer stuff on my watch list. I really should be saving money but I can’t resist a good sale. Sorry mom. Speaking of mom….

celebrating…A milestone birthday for my sweet momma and her graduating with her MBA! She’s the best. #rolemodel

needing…A full-body massage. Sleeping with the wrong pillows makes my old neck injury flare up and throws off my whole alignment. Maybe I should go see a chiropractor?

listening…To some random outdoor concert I can hear all the way from my place. Good sound system I guess.

buying…Books to read while on my cruise to the Bahamas coming up! Get the list here. It’s my first one so I’m really not sure how it’s gonna go. Any good cruise tips?

searching…For a new planner for 2016. There are so many good options out there. I’m having the hardest time committing.

craving…Good sushi. So many good places still on my list to try. I can never get enough. Now accepting applications for a sushi buddy. Is that a thing?

needing…A weekend full of rest & relaxation. Been going non-stop for at least a month. Work has been demanding + putting in some hard work on this blog will have a girl ready for a weekend in pj’s.


Hope the weekend is good to you.
xoxo,
-c.

[P.S. – the Fashion Week giveaway is still going strong. New York is calling you! Read the details & enter to win here.]

Board Shorts & Fringe. + NYFW Giveaway!

Hey y’all. Happy Hump Day! This week has already been interesting. Anyone else already looking forward to the weekend?! Vacation towards the end of summer is what’s keeping me going. Speaking of vacations, this giveaway is one you want to enter!

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Can I just say how much I love this outfit. The A.L.C. shorts were a Last Call sale purchase and I’m so glad I have them. Printed shorts have been on my mind lately so I’m glad I got to rock this pair. Board shorts aren’t normally my style but these were just too cool when I put them on. Longer length shorts are great for those who aren’t as confident about their legs but still want to achieve that look.

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kate spade wallet

Can’t forget about the accessories! These fringe heels are so fun. As soon as I saw them, I went out and bought them (something I rarely do #fr). I knew they would be a versatile yet trendy shoe to add to my wardrobe. Fringe has been a huge trend this spring/summer and I had to join in.

Haute tip: One of the best ways to try out a new trend is to try it with an accessory like shoes or a handbag. Then you aren’t making the full commitment and don’t have to spend a ton of money.

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top: H&M (similar) | shorts: A.L.C. (similar here, here, here) | shoes: here & here on sale

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Photo Credit | Dusty Rose Darling

 

Giveaway Time! – CLOSED

Bringing an exciting giveaway to you readers. Deets on how to enter below!

Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future. This is known as Fashion Week. – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex & The City

How long have you been wanting to travel to NYC for Fashion Week – the major fashion event of the season? I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers and we are bringing you a one of a kind giveaway!

Enter below to win a TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY DURING FASHION WEEK!!!

Where? New York City
When? September 11-13th

Prize Includes: A $400 flight voucher, two free nights at the Hudson Hotel, and a $400 SHOPPING SPREE!!!

I’ve been dreaming of a way to make it to Fashion Week for years but now YOU have a chance! NYC buzzes with so much energy during Fashion Week. Everyone of the fashion world hits the city for over a week of fashion madness.

This is a trip you NEED to take.

New York Fashion Week Giveaway

*Each entrant can enter up to 161 times. All entries will be verified. Each entry improves your chance of winning! Must be 18+ years older to enter. International applicants welcome! This giveaway will end at midnight on August 12th and the winner will be picked at random. If you win, you must answer our email within 48 hours to claim the prize or it will go to the next winner.

Throwback Thursday – London Study Abroad

#throwbackthursday @ The Block is Haute

My friend Morgan, former co-worker & one half of the fabulous Pair of Heirs blog sent me this photo the other day. Because timehop.

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college me + classmates on summer study abroad in London. circa 2008.

Nope, this isn’t some random Halloween girl group situation.

This is a throwback snap of some college classmates and I in designer Zandra Rhodes’ London showroom.

I was blessed to get to go across the pond as part of the Baylor University Summer Study Tour. We spent two weeks over in Europe, traveling to Paris, London, & Scotland. The crew was a group of my classmates from the Fashion Merchandising & Fashion Design majors along with two of our professors.

I had the best time. I’m sure I was French in another life. I felt so free and comfortable walking around both Paris and London exploring by myself. Understanding the historical aspects on all of our sightseeing adventures really intrigued me. Even sitting at a cafe with a coffee (…okay, wine, maybe.) with a croissant and people watching was exciting too. Just taking in the life and culture that surrounded me was truly something I’ll never forget.

Big Ben, London, UK, England

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A few of our stops on the trip were to designer showrooms and studios. We got a behind-the-scenes look at how the print-driven designer Zandra Rhodes works. Her prints are what she is known for. She designs them based on her inspirations from traveling the world. She’s been designing since the ’60s and has dressed Princess Diana, Jackie O, and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.

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in progress.

There’s no better treat than to play dress up in designer threads. We all picked out what we would try on – it was so much fun! The garment that caught my eye was a dress inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s famed Mondrian dress and collection. YSL is one of my favorite designers and had passed just a few days earlier when we arrived in Paris so making my choice was a no-brainer. If only we were able to take the dresses with us!

YSL Mondrian dress, Zandra Rhodes

If you haven’t been over to Europe yet – I highly recommend it.
Remember we just talked about taking a trip – do it!

xoxo,
-c.

 

Linking up with: Classy Yet TrendyTwo Thirty Five Designs

Release Your Inner Wild.

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Dress: Zara, old (similar, here & here) | Kimono: Urban Outfitters (similar, similar) | Sandals: Gentle Souls | Necklace: Bauble Bar | Clutch: The Limited, old (similar, really cute ones here, here, & here)

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Met up with some friends for dinner and drinks on Friday night. Got to catch up with a friend of a friend that is living the life we all want to live. He’s a musician/chef/world traveler. He even picked up and moved to Hawaii for a year to just get a change of pace. His next trip will be stops in Japan and India, just because. Hearing all of his interesting stories got all of us inspired and ready to book a flight to anywhere.

Speaking of travel, this outfit is my go-to whenever I have to catch a flight. The dress is so comfortable and the leopard kimono is perfect for those chilly airplane temperatures. Always have to travel in style!

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Sometimes you just have to release your inner wild.
Nothing too crazy, just take a step outside of your norm to grow and learn more about yourself.

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thanks to Dusty Rose Darling photography for bringing out my wild side.

 

Here are some ideas on finding your inner wild:

  1. Take a road trip with no specific destination.
  2. Pick up and move to Hawaii for a year.
  3. Have dinner at a restaurant by yourself.
  4. Plan a trip to a country that no one has heard of.
  5. Teach yourself a language or a new skill.
  6. Dye your hair a funky color – even if just for a week.
  7. Build your bucket list & commit to crossing one major thing off every year.

 

At dinner we asked the question, “If you could go anywhere in the world & money was no object, where would you go?”
So, where would you go? Let me know in the comments!

 

|Photo credit: Dusty Rose Darling|

 

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Haute Picks. Printed Summer Shorts.

Printed Shorts


1. Elizabeth and James Keyla Printed Drawstring Shorts • Elizabeth and James • $159
2. Caslon® Drawstring Linen Shorts (Regular & Petite) • Caslon • $49
3. A.L.C. ‘Val’ Flower Print Silk Shorts • A.L.C. • $325
4. MINKPINK ‘Cherry Pie’ Print Shorts • MinkPink • $29.40
5. Two by Vince Camuto Diamond Print Linen & Cotton Shorts • Vince Camuto • $59

6. Topshop Palm Print Shorts • Topshop • $60
7. Dirty Ballerina High Rise Floral Shorts • Nordstrom 
$38.40

One of my favorite things about summer is wearing shorts. While denim shorts may be the go-to summer staple, new alternatives have been popping up the last few seasons.

Printed shorts are great options for those breezy summer days. They are comfortable yet cool and chic. These shorts can be dressed up with wedges but can also be easy and laid-back when you pair them with a simple white tee and flat leather sandals. Even if you aren’t a big fan of prints, this is a way to get in on the action without making the full commitment of a printed dress.

Accessories with printed shorts can be clean and simple. Let the shorts be the start of the outfit. Floral and geometric prints are safe bets when shopping for printed shorts to add to your summer outfit rotation.

Nordstrom has a good selection  and their anniversary sale is going on right now so it’s a good time to pick up a few pairs of printed shorts!

Happy shopping! Hope you pick up some haute picks!
xoxo,
-c.

 

Linking up with: Pink Sole, Style Elixir, Classy Yet Trendy, Living in Color, The Red Closet Diary, Mix & Match Fashion