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Another Episode in the Pink Lace Dress Series | Best Dress for Easter or a Spring Wedding

3.21.2019








I absolutely adore this dress. I think it's one of my all-time favorite dresses, and that's saying a LOT. I have plenty of dresses. But this one takes the cake in a lot of ways. It's my favorite color, it's such a pretty and intricate lace pattern, it's super flattering, and it's so feminine and delicate. I love the shape and the hemline and the sleeves. I could go on and on. haha! But, I'm definitely thinking this is a contender for my Easter dress. Lorelai's little dress is pink and white, and I think this would go right along with it. Do you guys plan your whole family's Easter outfits to coordinate, or do you just pick out a stand-alone outfit for everyone? I can't help myself but to try and coordinate, and I look forward to it every year!

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I apologize for the unintended week break from blogging, you guys! This past week has been so busy. But, I'm back, and things are getting back to normal, so be on the lookout for tons of pretty Spring content! Plus, we recently shot our first looks with my new camera, and I'm beyond excited about that! I'm loving the new camera and all the things I'm now able to do with my photos. I hope you guys are having a wonderful week, and enjoy your weekend! Thanks for being here!! 
Jessica

Ruffled Lace | The Perfect Little Spring Top

3.11.2019






You might think to yourself, "Hmmm, this top is a little extra." And, you would be right! Of course, that's exactly why I love it! There's lace and frills and mesh, and it's got so much goodness going on! When, I saw it at Chiciwsh, I knew I just had to have a top like this in my wardrobe, if only to be that over-the-top, sometimes. I think this top will look just as cute with a sweet little skirt as it does with my distressed denim (second time they've seen the blog! Wave for the camera, distressed denim! haha). I'm also living for this white top paired with some pretty statement accessories in a pretty shade of coral-ish pink. Of course, you could pair it with any accessories, but I always want to choose some variation of pink. And, I just love that it's 3/4 sleeves, which is perfect for early Spring, when it's still a bit cool, but also starting to warm up in the afternoons (if the sunshine ever comes out!). 

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I can't wait for all the ruffles and frills of Spring and Summer fashion. This light and airy top is just one among quite a few new things I'm excited to share with you guys, soon! I hope you're ready for all the lace dresses, off the shoulder tops, wicker and straw bags, sunhats, cute sandals, and ruffles and bows you can handle! I'm absolutely loving the trends of this Spring and Summer season, and fully embracing most of them with open arms! The weather is getting warmer and warmer, here, in South Carolina, and now if the sun would just cooperate and make an appearance, we could shoot the best content we've ever shot (with my shiny new camera!). Fingers crossed, because I'm too excited to be let down. haha! I hope you have sunshine, wherever you are, and are having a wonderful Monday! Thanks for being here!!
Jessica


Delicate, Feminine Dresses to Add to your Wardrobe this Spring

3.07.2019






The two things I'm most excited for this Spring are cute shoes and dresses. Today, I thought I'd share some of the beautiful dresses that I have my eye on this Spring! The dresses that I'm most excited about have all my favorite things - pastel colors, bows, lace, feminine details like dainty buttons and floral prints. I just live for Spring Fashion. I feel like this is where my style really shines, and I'm so excited to kick it up a notch, this season! We even purchased a new camera, recently, so hopefully we'll have even better quality photos to share my pretty Spring content, soon! I'm very excited about this season and all the things I have planned to share! 

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I'm also loving asymmetrical hemlines, bows, and ruffles, this Spring! Ruffles were big last season, and (to my delight) I don't see that trend slowing down any time soon. Another trend this season will be bows, and you just know that has me super excited! I've loved bows since I was a little girl. In highschool, I remember being one of the only girls who tied ribbons around her pony tails, almost daily. I just love those feminine touches, and I always have. I'm so glad you guys care to come here and follow along with the clothes I choose to wear. It's so humbling and special that we have this community. I really appreciate every single comment you take the time to leave me, and I feel like I totally connect with you guys. I hope you're as excited for Spring as I am, and I can't wait to see what everyone has in store this season! Thanks for reading! 
Jessica

My Current Top of Life

3.04.2019






I mean, if you follow my blog at all, you know this is my new favorite top. Light pink, giant bow, feminine sleeves? I'm so in! I wish there was a reason to dress like this every day, don't you!? I've mentioned before that I'm obsessed with Chicwish, right now, and I really am! I'm constantly going to their site to check for new arrivals, because they always have the most feminine and beautiful pieces, that are such great quality, too! If you love lace and bows and pastels or neutrals, you have to check them out! The obsession is real, and I just know you'll love them, too!

 

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Did you guys have a good weekend? Ours was so fun! On Saturday, I met up with Laura from Illuminate blog, and Michelle from Peaches to Palmettos, and we had the best time! I'm so grateful for those girls and their encouragement and help with everything blogging! Then, on Sunday, we had a calm day at home, and it was the perfect time to recharge for the week! Now we're starting our Monday off on the right foot, feeling healthy and rested. I love those weeks! I hope you're having a great Monday, so far, and that you feel productive and empowered today! Thanks for reading!
Jessica

How to Stay Motivated to Produce Your Best Work

2.28.2019





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Sometimes, we find ourselves lacking motivation, even to do the things we love. I've been there recently, and I wanted to share some of the things that have helped me to regain a little motivation again. I don't claim to be an expert in this area. My motivation for different things comes and goes during different seasons of my life, but I have found these tips to be helpful, recently.

1. Define your goals and be specific. To be truly motivated to do anything, I believe you need to have specific goals in mind. Why are you doing what you're doing? What are you trying to achieve? Without this purpose, you will find you constantly get side-tracked and lose motivation. With specific goals in mind that you can check-off along the way, you'll feel more in control and overall more motivated about your work.

2. Create a plan to achieve those goals. A goal is only a dream, until you create a plan and put that plan in place to achieve it. Once you've developed a plan of action, you'll know what each day needs to hold, in order to achieve your goals, whether small or overarching. Speaking of what each day should hold, leads to my next point.

3. Develop a routine. A good plan of action will have specific time set aside each day for accomplishing your goals. For example with blogging, I need to plan out times to write, edit photos, photograph content, and create Instagram content. When I first started, I had to develop a routine around doing these things, so that I could make sure I completed them each day.

4. Create a calming workspace. I love going to write blog content, because it's a place where I can be creative. It's the place where the ideas I've had in my mind about blogging can come to life, and I love seeing that happen. Having a special place where you can work makes a huge difference in your productivity and the outcome of your work.

5. Recognize progress and improvements and celebrate those successes. Each improvement won't be a huge milestone. Sometimes small progress and minor improvements need to be celebrated, just to keep us motivated, especially when things seem stagnant or stale. Don't be afraid to celebrate small successes and recognize when you're improving your work.

6. Develop ways to cope when you lack motivation. This one is tough for me. I'm generally a pretty motivated person, but when I lack motivation, I often don't want to look to myself to get motivated again. But, you know better than anyone what will help keep you on track. Maybe it's taking a break from your work to go for a run. Maybe it's refocusing on a different aspect of your work for a while, if there is a specific part that's frustrating you. Whatever it is, find whatever you need to do to cope with flagging motivation, and do that!

7. Have fun! Nothing sucks the joy out of something faster than believing it's not fun. If you find that you're no longer having fun with your work, find ways to make it fun. Each task won't be the most fun thing you've done all week, but if you keep the bigger picture in mind, and you truly enjoy the progress you're seeing, I believe it will continue to be fun for you, overall.

I hope that you found some of these tips to be helpful, and that you can find YOUR motivation again! Even if you're not feeling particularly unmotivated, right now, I hope these tips can help you to gain a clearer perspective on why you're doing the work you choose to do. I hope you guys have a wonderful day, and as always, thank you for reading!
Jessica

Minty Fresh

2.25.2019





I just love these heels, you guys. They're the cutest little bow-adorned pink things you ever laid eyes on, and they're such a beautiful and well-made pump, too. This outfit is pretty much me just having way too much fun in my closet, a few weeks ago (when it was still super cold! My legs were freezing! haha). It's warmed up a lot again, since then... We were at the park, in short-sleeves, yesterday! So, I'm glad I took the opportunity to snag some pictures in some of my favorite winter clothes, before I officially switched over to Spring Looks. 

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Thank you all so much for your well-wishes from my last post where I mentioned us all being sick. It was awful, but we're starting to feel a lot better. Keep Luke (and my sleep) in your thoughts, because his cough still has him feeling down, and waking Momma up all night. But, as I said, we were well enough to venture out for a walk around the neighborhood, to play at the park, and feed the ducks in the pond, yesterday afternoon. It was a really nice way to spend an unexpectedly beautiful Sunday afternoon, and it made me so happy to see my little family having fun and smiling, together in the sunshine. I'm so looking forward to this Spring, and having nice weather, and spending more time outside. Thank you guys for reading, and I hope you're having a wonderful Monday!
Jessica

Peachy Pink

2.21.2019






Did you guys ever think you'd see me in denim this distressed? I didn't either, to be honest, but I'm liking it! I kind of prefer the obviously intentional look of this distressing, and that's why I chose it, actually. Of course, I wouldn't be me, without pairing them with a LOT of pink. So, that's exactly what I did! I'm absolutely obsessed with this feather-trim sweater. This outfit gives me Spring-vibes, while still being more cold-weather appropriate (You could, of course,  pair it with booties or boots, and I have my eye on a light pink pair that would be perfect!) I love the way this outfit came together, and I'm kind of obsessed with the way it's really different for me, but also so obviously me. Does that make any sense? I hope so! haha

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You guys, my kids caught the Flu, and we are having a really rough time over here, this week. They haven't been sleeping well which, of course, means Momma also isn't sleeping well. Phew. Very rough times. Luke is actually sitting on my lap crying right now, because his throat hurts, poor kid. They're pitiful, and I'm very over this cold and Flu season! It's awful to see your kids sick, and it's even more awful when you're also sick and exhausted. Hopefully we'll recover before this weekend, so we can enjoy ourselves a little! I hope you guys are having a better week than we are, and have a lovely weekend! 
Jessica

Fur-trim Cape

2.18.2019






I now have this cape in two colors, the blush pink one, and this cream one. I love it so much... so warm and stylish! I actually got into capes so much, that my 4-year old daughter now also has four cape coats of her own, as if that's exactly what a 4-year old needs! haha But, I just find them so pretty and functional, and as I've said before, that's kind of exactly what I'm looking for when I purchase pieces for my wardrobe. Plus, I love this cream shade for the winter, and I can see myself wearing this cape for years to come, which is another qualifier for pieces, for me. I've actually really enjoyed buying less "trendy" pieces, lately, and really honing in on what I actually LOVE and what will stand the test of time. Of course, there will be trends that I love, and those will be things that I still purchase, but I've been intentional about buying things because I actually find them beautiful, and not just because I see them on other bloggers. Case in point: you don't see fur trim cape coats all too often on the gram, but I love them, so I invest in them. 

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We had such a nice warm few weeks, and now we're back to freezing again! That's alright by me, because I have these pretty fur-trim coats to wear, and fun little scarves and hats, that I still want to get use out of. But, I did shoot some Spring looks while we had warmer weather, which was also fun, and got me excited for all the upcoming Spring Fashion! The colors and textures of my Spring wardrobe are so exciting - lace, organza, and embroidered fabrics in pretty shades of pink, lilac, and baby blue. Some of the outfit combinations I have in mind are just so beautiful! I will try to share some of my recent purchases again, soon, on instagram stories. And, speaking of stories, I just got a new phone, which will hopefully make my stories a bit better quality, and my candid photos look a little nicer. I'm excited! Thank you all for reading, and I hope you have a lovely Monday! 
Jessica
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