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

Romantic Floral Dress

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DRESS: BB Dakota // HEELS: Steve Madden // LIPSTICK: Too Faced “Melted Peony” and Buxom “White Russian”

If you have been following Sparkle in Gold for a while now, you may have noticed I have a thing for flowers. Okay, a downright obsession with them. Whether they are real. painted, or designed on a dress…I love anything floral. Be it the inner girly girl in me, wearing florals allow me to feel feminine and makes my personality just a tad bit brighter.

With already being a huge fan of BB Dakota, I found this dress on a whim and seeing as I already have numerous floral patterned apparel (guilty), I was hesitant to add another to my number. But friends, this dress just had “Odette” written all over it!! The silhouette, the colors, the beautiful florals…how could I pass it up? It was a dress I had envisioned owning since I was a little girl, during my ‘tea party’ days, and one I can see wearing for years to come.

Have you ever found a dress you just know was meant for you? It may sound silly, but I feel like this dress was made for me! Pink, floral, and girl…yep that’s Odette’s personality in a nutshell and I am not afraid to say it!

The pattern of this dress encompasses the beauty of both spring and summer. The fit is #tts ( I am wearing a size 4) and can easily be layered with a jean jacket for more of a day-time look. I am planning to wear this next week during my cousin’s wedding weekend, and I know I will get so much use for it in the months to come!

The lipstick I am wearing is a combination of Too Faced ‘Melted Peony’ and Buxom ‘White Russian’…a combo that pairs well with so much!

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was eventful with my brother graduating high school (I am the oldest of three, so feeling pretty old these days!). I hope you all enjoyed yours!

Xo,

Odette

Pink & Spring

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DRESS: Lush // HEELS: Hinge // HANDBAG: Angela Roi // SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban // RING: Sole Society

As I am writing this post, it is currently snowing outside, so to say I am currently jealous of the weather in these photos would be an understatement! I’m pretty sure Mother Nature loves playing tricks on New England the most- what other region goes from 70’s to snow in less than a week?!

In hopes that spring officially makes its way back, I am currently loving this Lush dress I picked up a few weeks back. The color and flow of the dress make for the perfect dress for any spring outing. I paired this dress with my favorite open toe Hinge heels- they have been on repeat since I purchased them. With the weather so back in forth lately, I also have been wearing them with jeans and a light sweater!

I hope you all have a great Monday, thank you for stopping by!

Xo,

Odette