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

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

Puffer Vest for Fall

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TOP: Nordstrom // VEST: J.Crew (currently 50% off!!) // JEANS: Nordstrom // FLATS: ASOS // HANDBAG: Kate Spade

Hi friends! Temps here in Boston have been ever changing – mornings are really really cold and then the day turns out to be mid-50’s/60’s. I hate being cold, so you know I always have some puffy jacket/vest of some sort on me! Lately, I have been keeping this puffer vest in my car to change into especially if I know I will be in and out of the office. It’s so light and versatile, and so easy to layer tops or sweaters underneath and cozy scarves on top.

Plaid has and always will be a go-to comfort around the holidays. I love how festive it is and how cozy it can make one’s outfit look…all about the cozy this time of year! This plaid top is warm enough but not overly thick that you are sweating under your layers (you know that happens!). It’s $50 and comes in multiple colors too!

PS these suede ballet flats I’m wearing are so cute, so holiday- party appropriate!

Yesterday was my dad’s birthday and my family and I celebrated with a home-cooked meal and cake! My mom makes an amazing Lebanese cake that is to die for…I think I had three pieces lol. The holiday diet is kicking off to a great start that’s for sure! I would love to start adding more lifestyle posts to my blog, like my favorite recipes, etc. What do you all think? I would love to know what kind of content you would like, especially with the new year ahead!

I hope you all have a great day!

Xo,

Odette

Tory Burch Sale

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Happy Friday, loves! One of my favorite sales of the year is here! Every year, I know it’s the start of fall when the Tory Burch Sale goes live! Right now, when you spend $250 you can save 30% off…ALL ITEMS!

This is seriously the perfect opportunity to stock up on fall necessities and start you Christmas shopping before the craziness of the season begins! Above, you will find all the items – just click on the image and you will be taken to the website!

Do any of you have plans this weekend? I am getting together will all my cousins tomorrow night for dinner! I have a huge family (story behind that is for another day), but it’s hard for all of us to get together often, so we try and meet every few months for dinner and drinks. Everyone is coming into Boston, and we’re headed to Newbury Street once everyone arrives!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!

Xo,

Odette

 

Fall Shoe Guide

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Hello ladies! Fall shoe shopping has commenced, and I couldn’t be happier! I think my favorite aspect of fall is being able to dress up my feet with pretty boots, booties, and flats…oh and the fact that my feet stay warm all day!

To be honest, I love shoes, but not as much as other accessories. Most of the time, shoes are the last items I think of when planning an outfit… #guilty. I just always have been a handbag girl…finding that perfect bag to match all types of outfits. Lately though, I have been adding shoes to my collection that I love and know will go with a lot of outfits. That means I am loving the neutrals once again! That’s my one rule of thumb when trying to budget a new season’s wardrobe, find an affordable pair of shoes that will go with multiple outfits, that way you get your wear and money’s worth out of them!

Below I have rounded up some of my favorite pairs of shoes for this season. From over the knee boots, booties, and flats there are so many options this season to dress up your feet! Happy feet…I mean shopping!! 😉

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Xo,

Odette