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

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COAT: ASOS // TOP: ASOS // JEANS: ASOS (similar style here) // SHOES: ASOS (similar style here) // HANDBAG: Zac Posen (backpack version here) // SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban // LIPSTICK: Chanel “Mademoiselle”

I’m a girl who loves her classics. Give me a pair of black skinnies, white top, and neutral accessories and I will be more than thrilled to wear such combination. It could be my love for simplicity, but I just love how neutrals blend sooo well together! I found this top a few weeks back, and pretty much fell head over heels for it! The detailing is so dainty and bring so much life to what would be an ordinary outfit otherwise.

I decided to invest in a camel coat this winter because I was simply tired of wearing a black puffy coat every day, and needed a piece of clothing to give me hope for more color in my wardrobe in these winter days! This coat is at such a great price point, and I know I will be wearing it come fall and winter next year. It’s also so perfect for the cold spring days we still have upon us!

I’ve fallen in love with mules– they are the comfiest shoe I have worn to this date (basically slippers!). Again, I love the simplicity of them, and how they can pretty much match any outfit.

How has everyone’s week been? I have been nonstop working, but so thankful it’s almost Friday! Cheers to the weekend loves!

Xo,

Odette

 

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

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TOP: Nordstrom // JEANS: Nordstrom // BOOTS: Jessica Simpson (old, similar here and here) // SCARF: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // HANDBAG: Elizabeth and James // SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban // RINGS: Forever 21 // EARRINGS: Kate Spade // LIPSTICK: Buxom “White Russian”

Hi friends! It’s been a very long time since I came here and wrote a post, and I apologize! Like I mentioned in my previous post, I took some time to en joy the holiday season. It also took me a bit to get back into the swing of things. I am truly trying my best to get organized and stay on top of all I have to do, but when you have three jobs….life can get a little crazy sometimes!

I truly feel that 2017 will be my year to step up and fully take on blogging/Sparkle Studio as my full time career. In the mean time, I have to continue being consistent and creating blog posts, stationery, and inspiration for you all! The past week I have worked on getting all what I want to share with you down on paper, so now it’s time for me to create. I cannot wait to continue growing this blog and my stationery shop!

So today I am sharing my first fashion post of 2017! I love winter pastels, well…I just love pastels in general, but i love adding them into my wardrobe to brighten up the bold winter colors we always see. I saw this tassel tie blouse a few weeks ago, and immediately fell in love with the lavender color, it’s so feminine and could easily be transitioned as a spring or summer top!

I paired it with my favorite white denim, and gray over the knee boots. The day we shot this look, it was a breezy 12 degrees. I have chills just thinking of how cold it was! So, I took the chunkiest scarf I owned and paired it with the outfit…I have to say I love how it turned out! To add in a bold winter color, I wore my navy Elizabeth and James handbag- a winter classic!

What does everyone have planned this weekend? My best friends are heading into the city and we are celebrating mine, Bry’s, and Dana’s birthdays #winterbabies! I cannot wait to see them and have a relaxing night with them!

I hope you all have a great rest of the week. Thank you so much for the continued support, I cannot wait for the year ahead!

Xo,

Odette