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

Everyday Sling Boot with Rockport

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TOP: Nordstrom // JEANS: Nordstrom // SHOES: Rockport (c/o) // HANDBAG: Loeffler Randall (currently 25% off!!) // SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban

Though I will forever love Boston’s cobblestone streets, they aren’t so fun to walk in! There have been countless times where I pack an extra pair of flats to exchange for my heels, especially when it has been a long day and this gal does not feel like walking..I am mean wobbling! When it comes to finding that perfect fit within a shoe, I look for a couple of things. Comfort is above all else. Being a dancer until I went to college, God blessed me with the aftermath of wide feet- so jealous of all my size 6 friends. Such a feature leaves it sometimes near to impossible to find a shoe I love style and comfort wise.

You’ll probably guess that style is a close second when it comes to my choice in shoes. Accessories have always been my favorite pieces of clothing to pick out, and shoes can be such a fun element to add to any style. I love keeping my shoes to neutrals, that’s why I fell in love with these Rockport Sling Boots! The leather khaki is perfect for transitioning into warmer temps, especially with the peep-toe. The sling-back and wedge style leaves no room for wobbling on those cobblestone streets, and the lining is created with foam- making these shoes super comfortable!

I paired my boots with my new favorite pair of jeans. The raw edge is a fun trend I have been seeing a lot these days and I have to say I am loving it! This top is so great for spring. The neckline gives a different look to all the off the shoulder tops I have been wearing lately. Also, mint is one of my favorite colors to play with during spring- it matches perfectly with my boots!

Things have been non-stop around here these days! I’ve been creating non-stop for SoWa, and I cannot wait to share with you all/meet you all in person when I start selling my Sparkle Studio designs every weekend between May-October. I hope you all have an amazing rest of the week!

Photos by: Brad Bahner

XOXO

Off the Shoulder Top

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TOP: J.Crew (similar style here and here) // JEANS: Articles of Society // SHOES: Last Season (similar style here and here) // HANDBAG: Rebecca Minkoff (similar style here) // WATCH: Marc Jacobs (had this for years!) // SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban

Hello there! Today I am sharing this J.Crew Off the Shoulder Top – perfect for spring/summer. I am so happy to see that the off the shoulder trend is still in full swing this year- I don’t want it to ever go away! Nautical stripes are my favorite, especially when it comes to planning for our annual trip to Nantucket…this cute little number will definitely be packed!

White jeans are a basic when spring comes around (even if snow is still on the ground!). This pair is pretty affordable, and oh so comfy! I chose to wear my lace up flats for this look, but I will definitely be pairing wedges for summer date nights!

I hope you all are having an amazing week! It’s been a crazy packed month, but I am certain to be updating my blog more now that Sparkle Studio preparation is slowing down. I miss you all so much!

Pictures by Brad Bahner

XOXO

How to Style an ALEX AND ANI Expandable Necklace

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Cardigan: Nordstrom // TOP: Topshop // DENIM: Articles of Society // Necklace: ALEX AND ANI // NECKLACE CHARMS: Endless Knot, Saturn, Ice Blue Swarovski Crystal, “N” Initial

Happy Saturday loves! I hope you all are having a great start to you weekend! I’m meeting with fellow Boston blogger friend, Kerrie Burke, for coffee today in the city and then spending the rest of the day with my family! I love weekends where I am spending most of my time with those I love most.

And that’s where most of my inspiration for anything I do stems from – being truly happy. We all have plenty of goals that we want to reach and fulfill, but it’s being truly happy throughout all of the work, progress, and growth that makes it all worth it. Especially in the industry that I am so fortunate to work in, there are times where small instances of doubt or comparison creep in that can truly be thieves of joy. I have learned that finding my “voice” through my blog has really helped me to overcome those moments of doubt. I also believe that true happiness lies in being yourself day in and day out.

My style has always been one of my favorite forms of showing who I am. At heart, I am simplistic and have a love for neutrals and soft tones, but I am never shy of a statement piece! That is why I loved partnering with ALEX AND ANI  to style their Expandable Necklace. The jewelry itself is classified as simple and dainty, yet there are so many ways to bring extra bits of detail or color- making it one of my favorite pieces to style (no matter the outfit!). As I stated before, my inspiration flows from being around those I love most and being truly happy through it all. So it’s no surprise that when it came to choosing charms for my necklace, I thought of people and other instances that bring me joy.

The Endless Knot Charm portrays that we are all connected through love. I am a believer in the energy you give to the world, you get back, so it’s better to choose and give love at all costs. To add to the theme of “love,” I chose the “N” Initial Charm to represent my boyfriend, Najib- did I mention I am a total cheese and love sentimental expressions of love haha! To go along with my love for neutrals, I added the Ice Blue Swarovski Crystal Charm. The color is almost multi-dimensional, and gives off hues of white, gray, pink, or blue- which matches perfectly with the Rose Quartz pendant, displayed in the middle of my necklace. Lastly, I added the Saturn Charm, because I am a total Capricorn!

The added touch of being able to pick out the necklace charms based on people/experiences in your life makes it so much fun to create the ALEX AND ANI Expandable Necklace! There is no limit in choosing how many charms you want to add at any given time, the simplest in me even likes only wearing one charm at a time! The other great aspect about this necklace is that you can wear it as a long necklace, or pull the beads together in the back to make it into a choker. There are truly so many ways you can style this piece of jewelry, making it so customizable for any style or any outfit!

Thank you all for stopping by, I hope you have an amazing weekend!

 XOXO

*In partnership with ALEX AND ANI

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