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

Balance in Pattern

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TOP: Lucca Couture // LEGGINGS: Nordstrom // BOOTIES: Steve Madden (similar) // HANDBAG: Nordstrom // LIPSTICK: Bobbi Brown “Desert Plum”

I have a confession – I have not been good with balance lately..or sticking to a pattern. The past month has been a crazy ride of working three job’s- Cedar’s, my blog, and the debut of Sparkle Studio (see the reveal here!).

In the midst of it all, I feel like I am getting so much done yet cannot keep up with life. How is it already almost Thanksgiving?! I have so many great projects in the works, and I am so happy to be creating what I am, but honestly coordinating all three right now is quite tricky.

Both my blog and now Sparkle Studio are full-time jobs in themselves, plus I still work full-time. My wonderful life-coach, Kayla, has helped me so much in helping me succeed in creating my businesses into what I want them to be. One valuable lesson we talked about a couple of weeks ago was if I am putting something new on my plate, I need to take one thing off. The crazy control freak in me had a minor panic attack when hearing this (queue “I can do it all” quote here).

From that conversation, I have learned how to hold off on completing projects in order to put more important ones first. Though tough, it feels insanely good to complete something entirely instead of trying to do 50 things at once, which never works in my favor.

My first real test with this practice was last week when I was preparing to launch Sparkle Studio and getting ready to travel to NYC to sell my prints for the first time. Sparkle Studio has been in the making for a few months now, but I finally took the plunge and have been working on it non-stop for the past few weeks. This meant my attention was less on my blog, and more on my new venture.

At first, I blamed myself for not being able to do both, but looking back, I am so glad I took a semi-break from blogging. Why’s that? Well, life still went on AND I was still building my blog as I was launching Sparkle Studio. Eventually, both will go hand in hand, but for now I have to be okay that some days I will not be able to show up 100% for both. As long as I am striving for balance I am still succeeding.

Now that I have recapped you all on all the excitement going on in my life, I want to share this adorable patterned top I picked up a couple weeks ago. The top if great when paired with leather leggings and booties, and I can easily see myself layering it with a cardigan or scarf.

I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

Xo,

Odette

Spring Accessories under $100

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Scarf // Phone Case // Clutch // Earrings // Sunglasses // Sandals // Lipstick

With the official start of spring, you can say I am little excited about less layers, more color, and warmer temps. Okay, way more than a little!!

To sum up my excitement, I have put together some of my current favorite accessories under $100 for the new season. I purchased this Kate Spade Phone Case a couple of weeks ago, and it has been a daily inspiration/reminder that beautiful blooms are right around the corner.

This Rebecca Minkoff Clutch and these J.Crew earrings both will give you the pop of neon that will pair beautifully with spring whites.

I hope this list gets you excited for the colorful season ahead!

PS, if you have a Nordstrom card or debit card, you can earn triple points March 22nd-26th..perfect time for spring shopping!

Xo,

Odette

Fall Basics Volume II

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Here’s a little twist to my usual Five Things Friday!

Turtleneck Sweater: Perfect to pair with leggings or jeans and heeled booties!

Classic Cardigan: Pair with jeans, a tee, and knee-high boots for day, dress up with heel for night!

Plaid Scarf: The obligatory fall accessory…and goes great with any neutral long sleeve t-shirt.

Black Booties: Hoping to snag a pair of these this week (hello Columbus Day weekend sales!). Think these are a fall basic must to coordinate daytime outfits into nighttime outfits!

Neutral Handbag: Find a neutral colored handbag other than black to brighten up those solid colors we wear all fall/winter long. Also great because you can implement the handbag in spring & summer!

Hope you all are having a lovely Friday, check in tomorrow for a list of my favorite Columbus Day weekend sales going on!

Xo,

Odette