New Year Goals

New Year Goals

New Year Goals

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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!

New Year Goals

So here are some of my New Year Goals…

Worry less…

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.

New Year Goals

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…

Travel…

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…

I hope you all are having a great start to 2018!

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Best Posts of 2017

Best Posts 2017

Best Posts 2017

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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!

Benin + Friday Five Beauty Heroes Abroad

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I hope you all had a great Christmas & New Years! xx

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Holiday Gift Guide For Him

Holiday Gift Guide For Him

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Sometimes, the gentlemen in our lives can be a bit tricky to buy for, I know from experience. Today, I’ve put together a holiday gift guide for him in which all things have been approved by Ben. He either wants, or already has, everything on this list. Weather you’re looking for a sporty gift, a fashionable gift, an outdoorsy gift, or a techie gift, this gift guide covers it all.

We have been getting together with another couple over the past year or two for game nights, & one of our newest favorite games is Ticket to Ride.

I used this Shiseido face wash a while back, & Ben tried it once & quickly fell in love. It’s all he uses to wash his face now!

Every man needs a pair of bluetooth earbuds. They are perfect for using while working out, doing yard work, commuting, etc. Speaking of working out, if your man likes to box at the gym, check out these great gloves.

Are you really a man if you don’t own a pocket knife or multi-tool?

These very affordable men’s dress shoes know how to make a man look goooooood.

Holiday Gift Guide For Him

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Beauty Gift Bags For Your Girlfriends

Beauty Gift Bags For Your Girlfriends

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This is something I have always wanted to do, & I’m so excited to finally be putting these together this year! During the Sephora VIB Rouge sale last month, I ordered a few value sets filled with fun makeup & skincare bits. Now, I get to break them up & make little Christmas beauty gift bags for my girlfriends. The best part, is that they are actually amazing products, & I saved so much money by buying the Sephora value sets. Let me show you how I divide them up & package them to give away.

Beauty Gift Bags For Your Girlfriends

Holiday Sets To Make Beauty Gift Bags For Your Girlfriends


Beauty Gift Bags For Your Girlfriends

The four value sets I chose sold out very quickly, but don’t you worry! I’ve found quite the roundup of holiday sets at every price point. Some of my favorites available now have to be this Tarte Holiday Lip Sculptor Set, these Origins Superstar Minis, & this Buxom Mini Lip Collection (You know how much I die for these Buxom glosses!).

Once you’ve chosen your sets, now comes the fun part: choosing who gets what. This can definitely take some time, but I just love thinking about what would look good one each of my girlfriends, or which shade/scent they would love most. Yes, you are buying things in bulk, but you are also personalizing each gift in a special way.

Split them up however you want. I tried to spread mine out equally so that each of my girlfriends get 2-3 fun beauty products curated just for them.

Beauty Gift Bags For Your Girlfriends

Beauty Gift Bags For Your Girlfriends

After I’ve divided everything up, I now place them in a fun & festive holiday bag along with a personalized Christmas note. These beauty bits are great because they can act alone as a great gift, or can be a supplement for a gift you already have for them. To finish these off this year, I am going to make some homemade Christmas cookies & add a few to each bag. Other fun add-ons include store bought chocolates or candies, candles, hot cocoa mixes, a Christmas ornament, puppy chow, or cocktail minis. I had so much fun making these this season, I know I will definitely be doing this again in the coming years.

Doesn’t this sound like a fun way to give gifts this year? xx

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Ladies Holiday Gift Guide

Ladies Holiday Gift Guide

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There are so many sales going on today for Green Monday. So, I thought, what better day than today to post my holiday gift guide for all the ladies in your life. Let’s break it down. (***All the discount codes are at the bottom!***)

For the fashion lovers in your life, a pair of tassel earrings (like these or these) is a for sure winner. I’ve loved tassel earring for quite some time now, (thank you Oscar de la Renta) & I love how on trend they are this season. They are such a fun way to spice up an outfit. Also, you can’t go wrong with a classic beret or a neutral clutch.

For the beauty experts in your life, going with anything Charlotte Tilbury is a no brainer. This Beauty Icons set just dreamy & set at such a great price. My favorites at the moment are her Contour Wand & Light Wand. Who doesn’t love a good highlighter? & with the printed lips on this product, it’s sure to be a winning gift this Christmas. Want to splurge? Get the eyeshadow palette of the year: the Marc Jacobs Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette. Other great options include a Ciate mini polish, the Fresh Rose Hydration Heroes set, & the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede fragrance.

Ladies Holiday Gift Guide

For the homebodies (like me) in your life, try a candle gift set like this one from Voluspa. What about a weekend kit that includes a pajama set, a face mask, a sweet treat, & a cocktail kit?! Now that sounds like a gift any lady in your life will love.

Of course, Glossier is a great way to shop this holiday season! My all time favorites are the priming moisture rich, the milky jelly cleanser, the boy brow, & the balm dot com. Shop my page & sign up with a new account to receive 20% off & free shipping on all orders over $30!

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Discount codes:

J.Crew: 40% off your purchase & free shipping with code: NICELIST

ASOS: 30% off gifts

Rifle Paper Co.: 50% off select items & 20% off everything else with code: FLASH

West Elm: 20% off with code: WAYMORE

Madewell: 20% off when you spend $100 with code: OHWHATFUN

BaubleBar: 30% off with code: GIFT30

Anthropologie: 30% off Kitchen & Dining (no code needed)

& Other Stories: 30% off select “treats” (no code needed)

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Holiday Pajama Sets

Holiday Pajama Sets

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One of my favorite Christmas traditions is wearing holiday pajama sets. Every year, my siblings & I get to open one present on Christmas Eve from my grandma, & it’s always a fun & festive pajama set. It’s a sweet tradition that I look forward to every year. This year though, I just couldn’t wait until Christmas Eve! Blogmas is here & it’s putting me in quite the Christmas spirit, so I went ahead & purchased 2 new sets for the holiday season.

Holiday Pajama Sets

Holiday Pajama Sets

The 2 sets I ended up purchasing are both from Target. My first pair is a classic red Christmas plaid with a lovely black edging detail. One thing I love about this set is that I can actually sleep in it! I tend to overheat at night if I have long sleeves & pants on, but this are just light enough, that I sleep through the night with easy. Don’t get turned off by how light they are though. They are perfect to lounge in, and are cozy to cuddle in. These are my idillic holiday pajamas, & the best part about them is they are on sale for $15 total! Jump on this deal!

Holiday Pajama Sets

Holiday Pajama Sets

My second pair is more of a long johns style (do you say long johns or thermal underwear?). I love how it has a classic white background with whimsical poinsettias & holly layered top. This set is oh so cozy while still being clean, bright, & festive. My favorite way to lounge in these pajamas is with my favorite red plaid fuzzy robe & my Boden blue bow slippers (similar here). These items are so affordable with the holiday pajama set being under $20 & the robe being under $35!

Holiday Pajama Sets

Do you love holiday pajama sets as much as I do? Will any of these be making their way into your collection? xx

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