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

Thinking Spring

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TOP: Nordstrom // JEANS: Nordstrom // HEELS: ASOS // CLUTCH: Zac Posen // SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban // LIPSTICK: Chanel “Mademoiselle” ‘

Happy Monday friends! So, it’s been a while since I last posted on my blog, but all for a good reason! As you may know, towards the end of last year I created Sparkle Studio, a stationery and design shop. Creating a form of inspiration to bring into other people’s lives (besides through my blog) has been a dream of mine since I started this blog. So since November, I have been working steadily at creating prints + product to inspire and bring joy to others. Sparkle Studio is based of foil design, and I personally hand make each item.

In order to take the studio to the next level, I decided to put a little more time the past couple months into creating items for the shop. I never intend to leave the blog, it means too much to me to connect and share moments with you all, but these days I sort of have to pick and choose wisely on where I put my time. With focusing on the studio, I can proudly say that I have been accepted into SoWa, Boston’s open market for art. Starting in May, I will be selling my prints and stationery each weekend at SoWa. This is a huge accomplishment for me, and the next step in taking my business where I want it to go!

So now that you know I have been a busy bee behind the scenes, I wanted to let you know that I will still be updating the blog weekly and will continue to share style and lifestyle posts with you! This off the shoulder bow top has me thinking spring (who isn’t?!), and I cannot wait to wear it regularly when the temps are warmer. It actually hit 50 yesterday, and naturally I wanted to wear all the off the shoulder tops. The pretty bow detail on the back of this top is so subtle, yet it makes the top! I will always love a bow detail. Actually the first date Najib and I went on, I wore a white top with a similar bow backing and I still have it to this day. I truly don’t think I can have too many bow tops!

I love the way this color pink pairs with white, so I added my favorite handbag for spring, this Zac Posen Clutch. How cute are the pearl and flower details?! It can be worn as a cross body too, but the size of the handbag is perfect to be used as either. The heels I am wearing here are under $50, and the perfect blush/nude suede.

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and catch up!

xoxo,

Odette

My Favorite Pair of Boyfriend Jeans

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CARDIGAN: ASOS // TOP: Nordstrom// JEANS: Nordstrom // BOOTIES: Nordstrom // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // LIPSTICK: Chanel “Mademoiselle”

Hi friends! I am itching for spring this week. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s a new month, and we are one month closer to warmer temps? I don’t know about you, but I have slowly started to boycott my go-to boots, and just want to put on shoes/clothing that are not as stuffy!

This outfit will definitely be on transition until warmer temps arrive. The color of the duster is so cheery and perfect for spring. The style of the sweater is warm enough to wear throughout winter, but can easily be paired with lighter layers come spring. That’s wear these boyfriend jeans come in! I LOVE these jeans.   So I tend to have a love hate relationship with boyfriend jeans. When it comes to picking out a style, a want a pair that are tight enough to look like regular jeans, but loose enough for a casual style. Does that make sense? Haha.

Anyways, these jeans fit like a glove, and are so comfortable to wear all day long (who likes wearing jeans all day long?! not me!).

Now that winter is almost over (dreaming), I have been a busy bee trying to prepare a lot of new items for my Sparkle Studio shop! I cannot wait to show you all what’s in the works, and be sure to keep up to date with the shop for I will be adding new items regularly here on out!

I hope you all have an amazing Thursday!

Xo,

Odette

What to Wear Christmas Tree Shopping

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COAT: J.Crew (similar style and color here) // TOP: Nordstrom JEANS: Shopbop // BOOTS: Dolce Vita (similar style) // SCARF: ASOS // HANDBAG: Kate Spade // HAT: Nordstrom

Happy December!!!

My favorite time of the year has arrived and I am so ready for the Christmas season! One of my favorite activities during this special season is Christmas Tree shopping.

Najib and I went to go pick up our Christmas Tree this past Sunday! We don’t currently live together, but we got one for his work and apartment. We have yet to decorate it, but plan to do so tomorrow or Friday night!

This J.Crew jacket has been my favorite winter coast since I purchased it last year. It’s so pretty and festive, perfect for all the holiday parties coming up! The style is also one of my favorites, and the coat keeps you so warm! I also love it in the tan/beige color. I linked a similar one here that is also super cute!

I kept my outfit pretty simple, with a white long sleeve and my favorite blue denim. I paired my favorite Pom Pom hat and Plaid Scarf to keep me warm! I can easily see myself wearing this outfit plenty of more times leading up to Christmas!

Do you all have any fun traditions planned for this season? My family and I see the Boston Pops every single year, and I am currently looking for tickets hoping they aren’t already sold out! My friends and I also will be exchanging Secret Santa gifts. I will be putting together a guide on some of my favorite Secret Santa gifts under $50 for you all soon!

I hope you all have a lovely Thursday!

Xo,

Odette

Cyber Monday Sales

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Happy Monday friends, and more specifically, Happy Cyber Monday! Today is one of those days that it’s completely OK to cuddle up in bed (all day) and online shop for Christmas gifts or gifts for yourself! That’s what I will be doing! There are SO many Cyber Monday Sales and great deals today, making it the perfect day to stock up on those holiday items/gifts..right from your computer!
To make it easier for you all, I’ve rounded up all my favorite sales below!
PS you can save 15% off any Daniel Wellington Watch with coupon code: ODETTE !
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ANN TAYLOR: 50% off everything and free shipping with code: CYBER50
ASOS: 30% site wide with code: THANKFUL30
BAUBLEBAR25% off 1 item code: SAVE25 or 35% off 2 items or more code: SAVE35
BANANA REPUBLIC: 50% off everything
DANIEL WELLINGTON: complimentary watch band with purchase of watch. Save 15% off your purchase with code: ODETTE
EXPRESS: 50% off everything online only + free shipping
GAP: 50% off everything with code: CYBMON
J.CREW: 40% off your purchase with code: MONDAY
J.CREW FACTORY: 60% off everything, 40% off clearance, and free shipping with code: HAPPYSALE
KATE SPADE30% off with code: WIRED
LOFT: 50% off everything with code: CYBERMONDAY
MADEWELL: 25% off your entire purchase with code: CYBERMONDAY
NORDSTROM: Take an extra 20% off selected sale items, no code needed
OLD NAVY: 40% off everything, discount applied at checkout
SHOPBOP: Use code GOBIG16 for 15% off orders of $200, 20% off orders of $500 and 25% off orders of $800+
SOLE SOCIETY: 30% off entire site, no code needed
TORY BURCH: 30% off sitewide: THANKS
Xo,
Odette