Ever since we booked our honeymoon for this summer (in Positano & Naples!!!), I have been craving some warm weather & serious vacation time. Whether you have some amazing spring getaway plans (if you do, please tell me where you are going & let me live vicariously through you!), or, like me, are dreaming of summer & travel & vacations, etc., shop my getaway wishlist below.
Since I know I’m going to Italy in July, here are some of the other places I’d love to visit right about now:
*confession*: I’ve already purchased a few of these things for the honeymoon! These adorable lemon shoes just screamed Positano, & they are so comfortable. I had to buy this gorgeous one piece. It’s just so flattering! For accessories, I’ve started with a classic straw hat & a pineapple scarf. More to come I’m sure! Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see more of my honeymoon picks once summer rolls around.
Spring Getaway Dreaming: The Wishlist
You wanting a little getaway too? Where would you go? xx
I’m back from a little holiday hiatus feeling inspired & ready to take on 2018.
Having a fresh start & dreaming of the year ahead is something I’m quite fond of. Making lists & setting goals is v important to me, & my list for 2018 continues to grow.
I’m trying to set some high goals so that I will push myself to achieve as many of them as possible this year. One of my very favorite cliché phrases is “dream big”. Dream big dreams, bigger than you think possible…they just might come true!
So here are some of my New Year Goals…
I know that I am a worrier. It’s something I’m working on, & I’ll honestly be working on it for the rest of my life. One thing that I want to hone in on is my anxiety. This year, I want to make big strides on tackling my anxiety. I don’t want to let it cripple me, especially with wedding preparations underway. Sometimes, I need to let myself relax & to be ok with not getting everything done right away. I am going to be working on cutting myself some slack & moving into each day with ease. Luckily, I have an incredible fiancé who helps me with this immensely.
Learn to shoot in RAW…
I want to up to quality in my photos this year. Even if shooting in RAW is not the answer (but I think maybe it is…), I want to create more concise, better content for you. I’m planning on learning a lot through YouTube videos, but if you guys have any other suggestions or tips, let me know in the comments below!
Add some daily routines…
For Christmas this past year, I got this gorgeous One Line A Day journal. Thing thing I love most about this book is that it’s a journal I will be keeping for the next 5 years! This will cover our engagement period as well as the first 4.5 years of marriage. How special is that?! I can’t wait to look back over this book in years to come. But in order to have all of these special memories documented, I have to be diligent about actually doing it everyday…
Another daily routine I want to instill is working on my foreign languages. I would not say I am particularly good with languages, but I want to work on them everyday. I figure, if I spend just 5 minutes a day on Duolingo, I will be much better at the end of 2018 than I am now! For now, I am working on French & Italian, but if I’m honest, I’m focusing on Italian right now in preparation or our honeymoon to Italy this summer! Eek!
Take more care…
2017 brought much more care to my face & my skincare routine. This year, I want to make sure I also take care & put extra focus on the rest of my body. I need to be better about DAILY moisturizing my body, not just when I’m feeling extra. My hair care is another big one. I am starting to use better products on my hair to treat, moisturize, & nourish my hair. For now, I am using this CAVIAR Replenishing Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner, & I am loving it so far. I’m going on a “good hair” journey this year…can’t wait to see how it goes!
Save for a big purchase…
I have always been into nice handbags, so this year, I’ve decided to save up for my first big designer bag. Since it will take me some time to save, I’ll bring you on my search for the perfect bag over the course of this year. I’m not sure what kind I want yet, but I know I want it to be timeless, feminine, & classic. It’s such a big purchase & such a hard decision, but I am so excited about picking the perfect one for my wardrobe this year.
Read more, but for real this time…
I am actually terrible at finding time to read. Most of the time, I can find ten other things to do besides read, but I want to choose to read more this year. I usually don’t read “story” books, but more like inspiration books. Anything about fashion, home styling, Paris, floral design, etc. will be on my list this year. A few in my current collection of unread books include Eat Pretty, Girlboss, The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, & A Moveable Feast (which I actually have read, but I’m dying to read again).
Reach 2500 followers on insta…
I’ve only had a numbers goal one other time, & that was my goal to reach 1,000 followers on Instagram (which I met in 2017 thanks to you!). This year, I want to up it a little bit more. I want to set this goal even though it’s a big one, & it’s terrifying not to actually meet it, but I think it is possible. Felix & Flora is growing & I am so grateful for all of the support I have received over the past year. Let’s make this year even better!
Write the blog I want to read…
This goal is a hard one for me. How do you know what you want to read until you read it? As I am trying to figure that out, I hope to bring you guys exciting content this year. New & inventive content that you actually want to read & be inspired by. What do you guys want to hear about this year? Fashion? Makeup? Skincare? Travel? Wedding? Parties? Home? I honestly want to hear from you! Please comment below!
Become a easy, one stop shop, blog…
I’ve recently jumped on the LiketoKnow.it train! For those of you who have that app, make sure you follow me at @felixandflora to shop all of my looks this year. If you don’t have the app, I highly suggest you get it now! It’s the easiest way to shop, find great deals, & be inspired by the fashion blogger community.
I want to be that website you come to to get inspired. When you aren’t sure what to buy with all of the options out there, I want to be able to provide a curated selection of lovely pieces for you at every price point.
Stay tuned for some easy shopping right here at F&F…
Of course, I always want to travel! Last year, I crossed the Atlantic for the first time, & now I just can’t wait to go back! I know I will be having an Italian adventure of a honeymoon with my new husband at the end of July, but I would love to explore other places as well. This spring, visiting Charleston is really high on my list of things to do. A west coast adventure would be such a fun time as well, but I’m not sure if that will happen this year. We will see…
We’re Engaged! (In case you didn’t read the title…)
I’m just so excited to be planning a life together with my very best friend! But before we get into that, & wedding details, let’s talk about what everyone is thinking: How did he propose?
Ben & I traveled to Oklahoma, after my final Nutcracker performance, to be with my family for Christmas. I had a hunch it might happen over Christmas, but I was not expecting how it happened in the least! So, in my family, we set a designated time to wake up & arrive in the living room to first open our stockings. After opening our stockings, we go into the kitchen to have coffee & breakfast. Once full, happy, & caffeinated, we make our way back into the living room to open the real presents.
So here we are, all gathered together: my mom & dad, Grandma, Nana & Papa, my cousin Brittany, 2 of my 3 sisters, my brother, & Ben & I. We typically open presents from youngest to oldest, but before Ella could get started on hers, Ben said there was one for me that needed to be opened first. At this point, I’m still not sure if this is it or not, maybe he was just really excited about a particular present for me? I start to unwrap a rather large box, & inside I see layers & layers of photo of us. So many amazing memories made together over the past 3 years. My hands start to shake as I realize what is happening. I start to show each photo to the family, but then realized how many there were (62 to be exact) & briefly looked at each one by myself. Once I looked through several layers, I came to a wooden box. Inside this box were…more pictures! Then I found the prettiest little pink velvet box at the very bottom, to which Ben told me I needed to stand up for this one! He took my hands & shared so many sweet words of our love (which I only know from the video haha) & that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He opened the box, and ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM! Of course, I said yes! He put the prettiest ring I have ever seen on my finger & I kissed my FIANCE! It was such a special moment. I felt so lucky to be able to share it right there with my family.
After that, it was time to open presents, except, how can you top that?! I could not stop staring at this gorgeous rock on my finger! You know the funny part was that every single present I opened that day went SO well with my ring! hahaha
I spent the rest of the day on a cloud. We were getting married, & I wanted to shout it from the rooftops.
After spending a few days in Oklahoma, we traveled up to Maine to visit & celebrate with Ben’s family. We made some wedding plans (& even had a taste testing) because we are getting married in Maine! Oh my word I am just so excited! July 21, 2018 will be the most magical day of my life.
We had Ben’s sister, Abby, take some engagement photos of us on the property. In sub-zero temperatures I might add! I love them so much & I will cherish them forever.
I’m back from a short holiday hiatus ready & refreshed to create some great content for you this year! But before we get into that, let’s rewind & remember some of the best posts of 2017. Make sure you leave a comment below to tell me which post was your favorite last year, & what you want to see more of this year! Enjoy this little walk down memory lane!
I’m so excited to announce that it’s GIVEAWAY TIME!
I gathered some beautiful favorites while I was in Paris, & I am so excited to share some of them with you!
One lucky follower will receive all of the items featured below:
1 Baies Diptyque Candle (6.5 oz) (This scent is to die for!)
1 Box of my new Favorite Tea! Rose Green Tea – Just Perfect!
1 Mini Gold Eiffel Tower – Great for desktop inspiration
Le Mini Macaron – Gorgeous Light Blue Nail Polish
1 & Other Stories Luxurious Hand Cream in the scent Miami Muse
1 L’Oreal Infallible Blush Paint Palette that contains 5 pretty pink shades not sold in the states
2 Face Masks – Ginseng & Eucalyptus
2 L’Oreal Lip Paints – also not sold in the states (love these formulas!)
1 Merci Handy’s 14 day Love & Smile Detox (I bought one for me too! Let’s do it together)
1 Big Bottle of Bioderma
Since this is my very first Giveaway, I will only be accepting entries from followers here in the USA.
1. Sign-up for my e-mail subscription list (if you’re not already) & leave a comment below telling me which product you would be most excited about winning.
2. Follow me on Instagram, then like my post that features the first picture of this post, & leave a comment tagging 3 of your friends who might also be interested in this giveaway. Each additional 3 friends tagged is another entry.
The winner will be selected in 1 week on July 25th.