Friday Five – Lessons From My Mom

Hello Everyone!
It’s Mother’s Day weekend, & what better way to show some love & appreciation to my wonderful mamma than to reflect on some key life lessons she has taught me over the years.
My mom & I are very close & talk almost every day, so there are endless amounts of lessons learned from her, but today, I want to share 5 with you. (Imagine that…;))
1. Show Them Your Passion
My mom has been my biggest fan & my emotional support system during my career as a professional dancer. In fact, she is coming to NYC today to watch me perform at the Joyce Theater! But before it was my job, I had countless performances, showcases, summer intensives, & auditions where I had to prove myself as a dancer. It took a lot of guts & confidence boosting, which my mamma was & still is always so good at doing. The one phrase she repeated to me time after time was, “Show them your passion”. In that moment, hearing those words, I was calm, I knew that I could go out there and pour my heart out because even if I messed up, I always had someone who believed in me.
Thank you, mom, for never doubting me, & always lifting my spirits to push me toward my goal.
2. Kiss Lots Of Boys
When I was in middle school & early high school, I had the plan that I wasn’t going to kiss anyone until I was engaged to them. I know…I was crazy. I never wanted to casually date. I was very serious about finding my husband. But let’s be honest, what middle schooler or even high schooler is husband material? My mother, knowing this (even though she married her high school sweetheart), encouraged me to kiss lots of boys! I thought she was crazy for saying that at the time, but what a valuable lesson, am I right? I mean, I haven’t kissed lots of boys, but it freed me from searching for a “husband”, & instead finding a best friend (and a good kisser…)
Thank you for saving me from a potential disaster! ūüėČ
3. Break the (Fashion) Rules
I went to an extremely strict school (on my own accord, I am weird & love rules) with a ridiculously strict dress code. One of the rules being no holes in your jeans. Because of this rule, every time my mom came to my school, she would wear her ripped jeans, just because she could. & she rocked them! What a great lesson in fashion. Don’t wear something because someone else likes it or not wear something because someone says it’s wrong. Fashion is an expression of your personality, wear it because it makes you happy.
Thanks mom for encouraging me to break the fashion rules!
4. Love Pretty Things
I like to say I’ve inherited my love of flowers, candles, & capturing photos from my mom. I have such fond memories of seeing my mom working in the garden, & our house filled with warm scented candles. She still loves candles, & when either of us finds a particularly “yummy” one, the other MUST get it. My love of photos & capturing every moment, I’m sure, comes from watching my mom work for hours on end to beautifully craft personalized scrapbooks for my siblings & I. Savoring those memories and turning them into works of art, hmmm seems familiar…
Thanks mom for instilling the love of beautiful things. They brighten my day just like you.
5. Be Kind
Honestly, my mom has taught me so much about kindness. About genuine love even for those I’ve never met. Every single person deserves love & kindness even if they haven’t show those things to me. Kill them with kindness, if you will. The best part is, she hasn’t taught me kindness with just her words, but through her life. I’ve seen it displayed even when it’s hard. It challenges me to reflect on who I am and how I treat other people.
Thank you for for being someone I can always look up to. I am so proud to call you my mom.

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Show some extra love to your mom this weekend!
What is the best thing your mom has taught you? xx
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How Do You Treat Your Clothes?

Hello Everyone!
I decided to challenge myself to take better care of my clothing and accessories. More often than I’d like to admit my room looks like the picture below. Totally not ok. I have spent my hard earned money on these beautiful garments I clothe myself in every single day, & they end up on the floor in a pile. Disgusting. I knew it was time to make a change, & I recruited a few items to help me out.
A steamer, lint roller, sweater shaver, & a garment rack were just the tools I needed for a fresh start.
My sweaters desperately needed a facelift. They were starting to pill & were undoubtably covered with the hair from our two cats & dog (as you can see^^^). Using the sweater shaver & lint roller, unveiled new & refreshed sweaters ready to get me through the chilly nights of spring.

 

I purchased this inexpensive¬†garment rack¬†to display items I’m particularly inspired by, outfits I’ve already prepared for events, or, in this case, travel outfit planning. There is something so satisfying about putting beauty on display, & this certainly does the trick. It’s a helpful reminder that these pieces are meant to be worn & treasured.

 

 

I haven’t finished yet, but my goal is to go through & steam every article of clothing so they are ready to wear at a moment’s notice. That means no more piles. No more being unable to wear something because it’s now wrinkled from sitting on the floor. & from now on, shoes go from the rack, to my feet, & then directly back to the rack! Why is this so hard?!

 

The last change I made was emptying out ALL of my purses. Now I know where all of my bobby pins have been hiding! No more just throwing random crap into my nice purses, & when I want to change purses, I must TAKE EVERYTHING OUT. No more losing a favorite lipstick only to find it in the purse I was wearing the week before.
Do you do these things too?
What kind of things do you do to show your clothes some extra love? xx
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Friday Five – For The Love Of Quirk

Hello Everyone!
I’m keeping this week’s post short and sweet.
Thank all of you lovely people who came out to support me and the Richmond Ballet at¬†Quirk Hotel¬†this past week. I had such a wonderful time engaging in great conversation while getting my fill of ros√© (of course, I had the pink wine). After arriving a few minutes late due to a certain furry friend who did not want to get into her crate, I quickly realized that this wasn’t your normal “wine tasting”, but a four glasses of wine kind of evening. So we undoubtedly had a swell time. ūüėČ
I wasn’t able to take many pictures during the actual event, but afterwards, some fellow Richmond Ballet dancers (Valerie, Maggie, and Eri) and I went up to the rooftop that is finally open! A fast favorite spot of mine for the spring/summer for sure. If you live in Richmond and have not been, you’re missing out.
Below are my top 5 pictures from the evening. I am just so in love with the ambiance, color scheme, and the overall classy, yet quirky vibe of this gorgeous hotel. What a fun night we had.
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Hope you all have had a lovely week!
What plans do you have for this Easter weekend? I cannot wait to finally wear my dress! Huge thank you to everyone who voted. xx
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Home Renovation (under $100!!)

 

Hello Everyone!
A few weeks ago, I asked you guys what kind of thing you wanted to see up next on the blog (here). The majority response was hands down, home decor! I was a little surprised to get that reaction, but it got me really excited to make some changes around my house!
I’ve heard from friends recently that decorating a house can be so overwhelming. One piece of advice that I like to give is focusing on one section at a time. Making one “photo frame” of the house beautiful and then moving on to the next.
Today I want to share with you one “photo frame” of my house that I recently renovated. Want to know the best part? I did it in under $100! It took some repurposing and deal finding, but I am so happy with the final results.
Before

 

After
I am so in love with my new and improved “photo frame”. All it took was a little spray paint, and some fresh decor pieces to really brighten it up. I love how clean the white and gold look together, and adding fresh flowers and greenery always livens up a space. I chose items with defined geometric shapes for a more modern feel, while still being cozy with touches like the new¬†rug,¬†candles, and personal photos. Ben did such a good job hiding all of the cords to declutter the space, leaving room for styling. Now I know styling can be hard sometimes, but my advice would be to play with textures and sizes. Move things around until you are happy with the result. Neutral colors are a great go-to. Mixing in your favorite metal (gold, rose gold, copper, silver…), mine obviously being gold, really adds to the look and gives slightly more sophisticated feel.
Items Purchased for this Renovation:
*Grand Total: $92.77!*
 
 
I hope you guys enjoyed this little DIY home renovation post. Would you guys like to see more “photo frame” project? Let me know what you think. Hope you all are having a lovely day! xx

 

 

Fall Tag

 
What is your favorite thing about fall?
I absolutely love sweaters and candles. Hands down my very favorite things about fall.
(Oh, and October is my birthday month!)
I just purchased my fall candles from Bath and Body works. I got Leaves, Sweater Weather, Marshmallow Fireside, and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. They all smell so good and I highly recommend them.What is your favorite fall lip product?
I have two favorite lipsticks that I love, but always hold out on wearing them until Fall: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Divine Wine and Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Berry Haute.  The great thing about both of these products is that they are under $5 each!

What is your favorite fall hairstyle?
I love to let my natural curls take over, especially this time of year! On extra cold days, I like to wear my hair in a side braid with a cozy hat, like this one. You also know I love the look of a Parisian wool beret!
What is your favorite fall color?
Can I choose gold?! Yes. Gold + burgundy + blush + camel = my fall heaven.
What is your favorite fall scent?
I love the warm smells of cloves, tobacco, and cinnamon!
I also have this over the stove recipe a friend of mine shared that transforms my entire house into a fall time dream!
What is your favorite fall fashion trend?
Fall dresses! I’m obsessed with wrap dresses as well as sweater dresses! (Find 50 under $50 here!)
What is your favorite fall Starbucks drink?
PSL!!! Duh! But I will say, I wish Starbucks had a Maple latte. If they did, my loyalty would change.

*They do have a maple pecan latte this year…a little too sweet if you ask me.*

RVA friends: This harvest latte is bomb!

 
What is your favorite fall nail polish?
I love a super dark burgundy nail in the fall, and Bordeaux by Essie is so perfect.

What is your favorite fall accessory?

I love over the knee boots and a skirt, or cozy slippers while I’m curled up by the fire.

What are you being for Halloween?

This is the big question. I need your help! What should I be for Halloween?

Jasmine?

Taylor Swift?

Vintage Circus Performer?

Leave your vote down below!

 

Now I tag ALL OF YOU!
Share what your favorite things about this enchanting season are!
Comment below or post these questions with your answers on your blog! xx

 

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How to make your entire house smell like fall.

The DIY craft you’ll actually put on display!

Need help curating your fall wardrobe?

You need these cold weather skincare heroes!

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