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The Top That Works During The Week and Weekend

Happy Wednesday! My days are all mixed up since we had Monday off, I almost forgot to publish this post! Anyways, I'm going to keep it short and sweet today and share this really cute ruffle top I found last week on sale on Shopbop. I have to take a moment and mention how fast and efficient Shopbop is when sending your clothes. I ordered last Wednesday and had my top by Friday and I didn't pay extra for faster shipping! In fact I'm pretty sure it was free shipping although don't quote me on that. Oh and sidenote I did steam this top but then I sat in the car and it became wrinkled again *insert eye roll emoji* lol.

I got this top on sale and unfortunately it is no longer available. Since Shopbop tends to be fairly expensive I've found some other tops with a similar ruffle detail from other websites! Although I highly recommend checking out their sale section because you can find some great pieces.

XOXO, Maddy 

My Approach To Style For 2019

Outfit Details: Tee // Jeans // Shoes

Happy Wednesday! Is it still early enough to talk about things in regards to the New Year? Either way lets roll with it! Today I wanted to share my style approach for this year and how I want to change things up. I've always struggled with the concept of quality over quantity; I either spend way too much on one thing that doesn't fit in my closet or I buy a bunch of cheap things that I'm over within 2 weeks. This year I'm working on finding a balance and honing in on my personal style.

I find that, for me personally, buying a ton of cheap clothes just to have a ton of clothes is not my vibe. I'm not into a ton of trends or really unique pieces that aren't worth spending a lot on, I have a pretty basic style. I'd probably describe my style as basic/classic with girly touches and as much as I love fashion I actually hate excess. To be honest, a lot of the time I get over zealous when cleaning out my closet and basically want to throw out everything. I've realized for me it makes more sense to have less clothes but to invest in most of them. I'm definitely not saying I never have/will buy from ASOS, Zara, H&M, or places like that but I prefer to have just a few high quality pieces rather than a ton of inexpensive things.

When I say "cheap" I just mean not well made because sometimes you find  an amazing piece hidden in the piles at H&M or whatever, not everything has to be expensive. But I want to be selective with the pieces I bring into my wardrobe and not buy stuff just to buy stuff. Not to go all Marie Kondo on you but I want my closet to spark joy. Whether I find an item at Shopbop or Forever21 doesn't matter but what I've found myself doing is settling. I'll find a pair of AG jeans, for example, that are absolutely perfect and what I've been looking for but their over $200 price tag makes me cringe. So I'll settle and find something similar-ish from a cheaper place and I end up hating them and never wearing them. To me that is so wasteful, if I like the AG jeans and they hit all my check points then I should just buy them and wear them for years!

Anyways, this is nothing earth shattering or important in the grand scheme of things (much bigger issues going on in the world!) but it is something I want to work on throughout the year. Each year I want to slowly and steadily build my wardrobe of good quality pieces that will work for years to come with, of course, a few fun trendy (more inexpensive) pieces to add pizzazz.

What's your style approach?

XOXO, Maddy 

Not Another Red Valentine's Day Look

Hi everybody! Tonight I'm sharing an outfit post which I realized as I'm working on this post I haven't done a fashion blog post since OCTOBER. Wow I need to pick up the pace but we will get there slowly but surely. If you haven't already, check out last week's post regarding getting back into blogging.

I found this skirt (technically it's a skort) at Zara back in December and immediately fell in love with it! Snakeskin has been super popular and I feel like it's a nice change from the usual leopard or cheetah animal print we are so used to seeing. Not that I don't love a good leopard print because believe me I do. I shot this outfit just as a regular date night look but since we are so close to Valentine's Day I figured it could work for that too! Or a Galentines Day look!? Pink is my favorite color but to be honest I hardly ever where it and this is a fun change from the typical pink or red Valentine's Day outfits.

This year, like most, Kyle and I will most likely stay in on V-day; I think we've done that every year and I really like it especially because now it feels like a tradition. I'm thinking of making the dinner I made the first Valentines we spent together which was pasta. Or maybe we will order in if I'm feeling extra lazy. One year we ordered a heart shaped pizza from Domino's or whatever pizza place does that and honestly I'm a sucker for a heart shaped pizza. The year Kyle was living in Orlando for Valentines I ate a heart shaped pizza with a coke and watched a rom-com and besides missing him it was really nice lol!

What are your plans for Valentines?

XOXO, Maddy

Back To Blogging

Hello! I was going to include "life update" in the title of the post but for whatever reason that seems quite dramatic. That being said, I feel like after 2 months of not blogging I couldn't immediately jump back into my "normal" posts. Sharing fashion, beauty and lifestyle tips just didn't feel right after being gone for a while. I honestly wanted to get back into blogging a lot sooner but didn't really know what to say or what I wanted to share so I haven't. Even now the words ain't coming easy but I'm going to write something!

So like I said "life update" doesn't really fit this post because there isn't really anything to update on! I stopped blogging because I actually wanted to stop altogether. While I absolutely LOVE blogging (and have missed it so much!) I haven't really felt called to share anything. I don't want to ever post things just to post, I want there to be meaning behind what I share. Any blog idea that came to mind just didn't feel right, everything felt forced so I stopped. I haven't even logged on to Blogger since my last post which was in November. Even now I don't feel truly called to share anything and I'm certainly not overflowing with ideas but I do know I want to get back into things. I want to start blogging, sharing, and Instagram-ing things again because I love it and it's so much fun!

I feel like I could go on and on but I would probably start repeating myself so I'll stop here. I appreciate every single person who continues to read my blog and follow along on Instagram (I'm picking things back up there too!). Yay for getting back into things!

XOXO, Maddy

Our Trip To San Diego

Eeeek it has been so long since I posted! Sorry *insert monkey covering his eyes emoji* for that! To be honest, I was feeling very uninspired and a little lost with what I was putting on my blog/Instagram. I seem to go in phases of being super inspired and then not so much so thanks for sticking by this blog! That being said, growing a blog can feel very overwhelming and what I was learning about fashion blogging was a little intimidating and not what I truly wanted. That sounds so vague but maybe I'll do a blog post later talking more about it. Anyways, I wanted to blog because I just wanted to share and I want to get back to that instead of only focusing on growing, selling and just the overall business aspect to the blogging industry.

Today, I wanted to share a few pictures from our mini vacation to San Diego! For Thanksgiving Kyle and I made food for just us two and hung out all day which was so nice. Then on Friday we drove down to San Diego for the night to get a little break from the craziness of Hollywood. We stayed at the Wyndham Bayside Hotel which I can't say much about since we were only there for one night. We loved the location though! The hotel was located right by the Marina and it was also very easy to walk around downtown.

If you're visiting San Diego I highly recommend checking out The Skinny Confidential's post of San Diego recommendations. There were so many good recs for restaurants it was hard to narrow it down! But we chose to eat at Home and Away for lunch which is a super casual sports bar with great burgers and selection of beer. For dinner we ate at El Camino which was a cute Mexican restaurant less than 10 minutes from our hotel. Both of us really enjoyed our food and margs! If you have time to walk around downtown I suggest checking out Wild Dove boutique, they have really cute clothes and accessories there.

Well that's all for today's post! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and long weekend!

XOXO, Maddy 

Fall Recipes I've Been Loving

Happy Monday! Coming at ya with a quick food post today! I wanted to share of my favorite fall recipes and recipes I still want to try and make this season. Fall food is the best because it's warm, comforting and a little heavier for the cooler months. Something about a big bowl of chili and curling up on the couch for a movie just sounds so nice during the fall time. Let me know your favorite fall recipes below or on Instagram!

1. Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken (making this recipe this week!)

2. Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts 

3. Whole Wheat Mini Pumpkin Muffins (made these for a brunch and they were a hit!)

4. Italian Orzo Spinach Soup 

5. Detox Turkey Curry  (want to try this next!)

XOXO, Maddy 

How To Decorate Your First Apartment On a Budget

It's almost Friday! I'm so ready for the weekend, I mean who isn't!? We've had family in town the past three weekends and while that has been AMAZING I'm ready to relax this weekend and get stuff done! What do you have planned this weekend?

Today I wanted to share some tips that I've learned the past few months about decorating an apartment on a budget. This is my first "real" apartment, in college I had apartments but my parents helped me furnish my rooms (thanks mom and dad!) and so I'd just buy a random pillow or picture of NYC from Target and throw it together. Also, I feel like in college your entire apartment is thrown together with not much thought. When Kyle and I moved into our current apartment this August it was the first time I had to budget to furnish it and I actually wanted to put thought into how it was styled. What are we going to invest in? What are we going to save on? Should we invest in anything right now? What color couch should we get? All of these questions and more have been running through my mind since August. And let me tell ya, as you can see from the picture above, it is still a work in progress! Not only do I want to take my time decorating (sometimes I hurry things along and then hate it later) but Kyle won't let me go all blogger style on our place *insert eye roll emoji* so it's taking some time to come together. Isn't compromising fun? Lol.

Anyways, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how we've managed to stay within budget while still having fun decorating. Like I said, we still have a lot to do! Mainly with the walls but art is a whole beast in itself.

1. Wait For Deals And Sales

Unfortunately, I'm learning that decorating/furnishing an apartment is a waiting game... patience is not my virtue. Not only do you want to make sure you're purchasing something you genuinely like and not hastily wanting to fill a space but waiting gives you time to see if something goes on sale. A lot of home and furniture places have deals and sales all the time so wait to see if one pops up. The two baskets above are from West Elm, which can be kinda pricey, but I saw a sale happening and grabbed them and ended up getting a great deal on them! 

2. Don't Rush The Process

I mentioned this above and it's something I'm very guilty of! I just want everything to be done and put together BUT that's typically how you end up with purchases you're unhappy with which can lead to wasted money. I look at the picture above and wish it looked way more complete than it is but I'm glad I'm taking my time thinking about what we need and each purchase. 

3. Have a Budget Decided 

This is probably the most important part of furnishing a new place! Make sure you already have a ballpark number for what you want to spend on each item. I'd recommend having a budget for each individual item so when you're looking specifically for one item you know what you need to stick to instead of having a big general budget for the entire process. This is also helpful if you're shopping online because a lot of websites lets you select a price range so you don't see anything over your budget that you fall in love with! 

4. Know When To Invest 

This can be a tricky one and something that will vary person to person but having an idea of items worth the splurge with save you money in the long run. Cheap furniture and decorations can fall apart easily and don't always hold up well. That being said, Kyle and I have definitely gone cheap with a few of our furniture pieces because we know we don't want to use them in the future. It's all about finding a balance. If you see something over your budget consider if it'll last you for years to come and whether or not it'll fit into different future homes because it might be worth the splurge! 

5. Use Pinterest For DIY      

 This is something I want to do more of but DIY projects can be a huge money saver! I've seen so many different ideas on Pinterest of how to turn something more inexpensive into something that looks way nicer. Also, there are so many different ways to DIY decorations and fun pieces for the home that don't cost much. Maybe I'll create a board on Pinterest with ideas I've been thinking of!

Thanks for reading all of this! I hope it was helpful! Let me know your tips for decorating on a budget down below or on Instagram.

XOXO, Maddy   

Shop The Post: Baskets // TV Stand // Rug // Coffee Table // Couch // Blue "Book" (can't find this online but it's an accordion folder inside and it's from the Hearth and Hand collection at Target) // White Box