I am starting a new series where I can share fun, random finds. Hope you enjoy!
I can’t believe it’s already December and that means it’s time for cozy Christmas pajamas! Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorites. Some are more Christmas-y and some you can wear all winter long! To shop any of these pjs click on the button with the number coordinating with the pajamas you like.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s important to remember the meaning of the season. But Thanksgiving should be a reminder, not a reason to be thankful. My faith is so important in my life and it is what encourages me to be thankful but if you do not share the same faith as me or are not religious it still important to give thanks. If I mention God or faith in this post know that whatever I am saying can still apply to you.
It can sometimes be hard to give thanks. Social media is so prominent in our society and can make it hard to be grateful for what we have. When you are seeing celebrities or influencers with the latest and greatest (whatever that may be: clothes, technology, etc.) it can be difficult to keep jealousy from overcoming us. Having a thankful heart gives us the power to defeat this sense of jealousy. It can also be hard to give thanks when we are going through times of struggle. It may seem like you have nothing. Don’t dwell on the negative and instead focus on all the positives and all the blessings you have been given. We need to remember that we have all been given something to be grateful for no matter how big or small. Our simplest abilities — breathing, walking, talking, hearing, seeing — are all gifts to be thankful for. I try to remember that God has given me everything and what I can do in return is be thankful and give him praise for everything he has done for me. The same goes for people who have given you something (not necessarily a material item). Someone giving you the gift of their love is something you should be grateful for and not take for granted.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17
Thankfulness changes you, your outlook, and your attitude. An attitude of thanksgiving accepts and embraces God’s will. It helps you to accept and embrace your life and yourself for what is/who you are. Thankfulness enables us to look outside ourselves so see the goodness all around us.
Recognizing the importance of thankfulness is one thing but actually living out a life of thankfulness is a whole other story. Some ways to remain thankful in everyday life include….
I recently saw something about making Fall resolutions as opposed to New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t remember where I saw this but I did a quick google search and found this article. Whether you are starting to workout as a Fall resolution or just because, or maybe you’ve been working out but want to change things up. Having the right essentials can really help get you motivated to start and continue to workout.
Clothes and Shoes
First let’s start with clothing- in the pictures I’m wearing Lululemon which is definitely my favorite athletic clothing brand. Yes it’s on the pricy range but, the right clothes can change your whole workout experience. They can make you feel confident and when I wear Lululemon I know I won’t have to worry about having to adjust my clothes (it’s just the worst when you have to keep pulling up your leggings). Two of my other favorite athletic clothing brands are Zella and Sweaty Betty. Just as important as clothes is shoes, and not just because they complete an outfit 😉. Wearing the right running shoes can help prevent future injuries. I suggest going to your local running speciality store that has the equipment to analyze your feet and how you run to find the shoes perfect for you. When I’m not running I wear Nike tennis shoes. They normally have cute ones at the Nike outlet but if you don’t live near an outlet Kohls has Nike’s for a good price.
Hydration is key to a great workout and I won’t drink water unless it is freezing cold. The best bottles I’ve found are Hydro Flask (which I have in the pictures), Swell, and Yeti. Another necessity is music. I love my airpods but regular earbuds work too. Last is my FlipBelt. Luckily, most leggings and skirts from Lululemon have a phone pocket but if I happen to be wearing bottoms without a pocket I use my FlipBelt. It’s so nice to not have to worry about holding your phone while running or walking.
I can’t believe I am just now getting around to writing this blog post but it has just been such a busy week playing catch up. If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know that last weekend I went to Dallas for Family Weekend at SMU. We definitely ate our way through Dallas so keep reading for some great restaurant suggestions for the next time you head south.
Thursday morning we left bright and early and arrived in Dallas with time to have a super yummy lunch at Bird Bakery (which is so cute inside) and do a little shopping. We then went to dinner at Bistro 31. I got the Lobster Bolognese with gluten free pasta and it was heavenly! Friday we headed over to Biscuit Bar which is so fun inside. We went to the campus store, I got to see my sister’s sorority house, we had lunch at Velvet Taco (a must!), and of course did some more shopping. Tecovas, a handmade boot store, happened to be having their grand opening Friday (the best part was the mini Topo Chicos they gave you). That night we went to Saint Ann’s with a few of my sister’s friends and their families (the lighting and thunder that night really made it feel like an authentic Texas experience 😉).
Click on photos to take you to link of each place.
Saturday was super busy but also super fun. We started with brunch at Origin Kitchen and then we went to a party at one of my sister’s sorority sister’s houses. After a little bit of resting back at the hotel and a quick stop at Impeccable Pig (the dress I wore home is from the Impeccable Pig), we went to the Boulevard (tailgating at SMU) and then the game. We were all starving and left the game early to go to Torchy’s Tacos (another great taco place). Sunday started off with muffins from Unrefined (great for people with allergies) before doing some errands at Trader Joe’s and Boot Barn. For lunch we went to Mudhen and then checked out the Dallas Farmers Market. We then made our final stop at my sister’s dorm to drop her off before heading to the airport.
See you next time Dallas!
I can’t believe it’s already Fall! It of course doesn’t feel like it with this 80 degree weather 😒. But, that’s California for you. Anyways, while I can’t break out my boots and sweaters just yet, I can have all the pumpkin things! Trader Joe’s seriously has some of the best fall foods plus some great non food Fall items. Here’s what I got the last time I went (btw there’s still a few other Fall foods from TJ’s that I want to try that I didn’t get for this haul- has anyone tried the Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ginger Brew because I’m dying to try it!?)
Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark: A great snack for anytime of day
Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal: Perfect for a cool autumn morning
Pumpkin O’s: So good with some coconut milk
Fall Leaf Chips: Not totally necessary but definitely fun
Fuji Apple Spiced Cider: This cider is great for warmer days
Organic Pumpkin: I use this in my pumpkin spice smoothie
Pumpkin Walked into Bar: These bar’s a childhood favorite
Pumpkin Butter: I seriously love this! Spread on pumpkin muffins or pancakes for a little added pumpkin flavor
GF Pumpkin Pancake Mix: I haven’t tried this yet but seems promising
Fall Harvest Salsa: Super yummy
Fall Harvest Chili: This chili is amazing! It’s meat free but still filling because it’s packed with veggies
Pumpkin Dog Treats: Bella love’s these treats
Pumpkin Spice Face Mask: I haven’t tried this yet but all the TJ’s beauty products I have tried have been great so I am sure this will not disappoint
I have seen so many people wearing these velvet pearl headbands! I think they are just so cute so I decided to try styling one. I styled this cream headband with dark wash skinny jeans, a basic white tee, a green, relaxed utility jacket (similar waterproof style, similar) and white platform sneakers with rose gold detailing. Because the headband is very feminine, I wanted to pair it with more sporty items. The headband I got actually came in a set and you can see the leopard headband from the set in my Seeing Spots post. I hope this outfit inspires you to try styling a velvet pearl headband in your own way!