Season of Change

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DRESS: Dainty Jewell’s (c/o) // SHOES: Rockport (currently 30% off!) (c/o)// SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban // HANDBAG: ASOS

It has been the season of change for me this spring. Entrepreneurship was never something I thought of a few years ago, but it somehow just fell in my lap. When I thought my love for writing and fashion would lead me to moving to New York City to work for a fashion magazine, it actually led me to build a brand and platform of my own – that is ever changing.

Over the past few years as my blog grew, so did I. I no longer saw myself in a work setting that allowed for a 9-5 shift day after day. Though working for someone else certainly has it’s benefits, I slowly found myself wanting to break free from such a career path to one I created for myself. Now starting a business (let alone two), is definitely not easy. I’ve had my setbacks, doubts, and fears the whole way through, but I also have had this spark- an inner fire if you will – to keep on going.

Which led me to leaving my four year career path in Marketing last month. Was this something I had planned for? Yes, but I didn’t think it would happen so quickly! In the midst of working full time on both my blog and Sparkle Studio shop, life got a little crazy (and so did I!). I am a go-getter and workaholic in a sense, but constantly working around the clock can really take a toll on your mental and physical health. I’m not going to go into all the details, but let’s just say I got to the breaking point where I couldn’t do it all anymore and a change had to be made.

Taking the leap has been a super exciting, strange, and nerve-wracking experience. I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time, and I am so grateful for all the support and love I have received for taking on both my blog and shop full time. The past month has been filled with a lot of prepping for my stationery shop (I’m at SoWa Open Market every Saturday and Sunday!), getting used to having my own schedule (wait I can really leave work at 2pm and go workout now?!), and downtime. My inner self wanted me to get right back into blogging and creating items for my shop, but the first couple of weeks after leaving my job, I was completely exhausted. Most likely due to emotional/physical stress, but I really found the value in self care over the past few weeks. My mom and I even took a trip to Ireland and it was such a great experience to step outside the little world I’ve created and turn a new page. I am slowly getting back into being here though, and you can expect to see a lot more of me in the weeks ahead! I am still trying to figure out what works best for me, but plan to see more outfit and lifestyle posts – I missed you all!

Now that I’ve summed up my life story for you all (you’re probably so over it!), let’s talk about the outfit I’m wearing today! You all know I love florals….way too much to be exact, so no surprise I fell in love with this Dainty Jewell’s dress. I stumbled upon Dainty Jewell’s a couple of months ago, and love their selection of clothing – especially the dresses! I wore this dress while in Ireland, and loved the breezy feel of the dress. The length is perfect and the adjustable sleeves came in great use! Also, if you’re in need of affordable bridesmaid dresses, Dainty Jewell’s has such cute ones!

Florals and neutrals will forever be my favorite style combination. Since the dress has such a great pattern to begin with, I decided to keep my accessories on more of a softer tone. These flats by Rockport are seriously one of my favorite go-to’s this spring. They’re such a great color (literally go with everything), and so comfortable to be in all day.

I hope you all have an amazing Wednesday!

XOXO

Pink Peplum Off the Shoulder Top

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TOP: Bar III (love this and this one too!) // JEANS: Articles of Society // HEELS: Hinge // HANDBAG: Asos // SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban (currently 30% off!) // BRACELETS: BaubleBar (here)

Hi friends, happy Thursday! So I am going to go right in and say I LOVE this top. If you have been following for quite some time, you have seen me wear a number of off the shoulder tops and dresses over the past couple of months…off the shoulder is another trend that is perfect for summer and I hope it never leaves! I recently found this Bar II Pink Peplum Off the Shoulder Top, and fell in love! Pink, Peplum, and Off the Shoulder…what more could a girl want?! 😉

The top is flirty and perfect for a date night or could be easily worn for a girls night out. I particularly love the bell sleeves- they give such a fun flair to the top! I paired the top with my favorite Articles of Society White Jeans and Hinge Heels, but could easily see myself pairing it with distressed denim and sandals for more of a day-time look.

I have had these Ray-Ban’s for quite some time, but they will never go out of style! The look is so classic and can literally be paired with anything! The sunglasses are current;y 30% off…perfect time to scoop some up just in time for summer!

I can’t believe Memorial Day Weekend is upon us! How are we already close to June?! But I’m not complaining because the temps here in Boston have been 80+ the past week. My best friend Julia and I have plans to go up to Maine for Saturday during the day, and Najib and I plan to go biking in the Cape on Sunday! What plans do you all have for the long weekend?

Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by and ready, I really appreciate it!

Xo,

Odette