New Year Goals

New Year Goals

New Year Goals

Hello Everyone!

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

Hello Everyone!

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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The Best Holiday Dresses

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Paris Travel Vlog

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Benin Travel Vlog

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

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A Red Moment

A Red Moment

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Lately I have been totally inspired my these all red looks ( 1 & 2 ), & have been putting together my own version. I feel a little like Rachel Zoe when saying this, but I was needing “a red moment“.

Having pops of red, or simply putting them all on at once, is such a festive trend this season, & I’m all about it! Pulling off a monochrome look like this is all about layering & mixing your textures. I started off with a simple red sweater dress with a roll neck & paired it with my new holiday red coat. This combo alone  is already so festive, but adding the red faux fur scarf brings a whole new element to this look. The faux fur really breaks up the monochrome without changing color! To finish it all off, I paired this outfit with these super sweet red bow heels that are quickly becoming my new favorites.

I thought about adding a pair of red sunnies to my red moment look, but I decided that these black cat eyes fit the vibe I was going for perfectly. The feminine glamour these sunnies bring are just perfection.

A Red Moment

A Red Moment

A Red Moment

Put Together A Red Moment Of Your Own With These Pretties!

A Red Moment

Is this a trend you will be trying this holiday season?

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My Coat Collection

My Coat Collection

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I have always loved coats, & I have always wanted a nice coat collection. You know what started it for me? The Devil Wears Prada. This clip of Andy walking in Manhattan & suddenly appearing in a completely different outfit with another completely stunning coat on, really stuck with me! Meanwhile, when I was living in NYC, I had a big black puffy coat that I wore on the daily, which made me look like I was wearing the same outfit everyday. I knew that someday, I wanted to own a collection with a variety of colors, textures, & silhouettes. Since then, I’ve been slowly adding to my wardrobe, & I am so in love with the pieces I’ve found over the years. I’m still really wanting to add a white, a navy, & a leopard print one to my collection…but that will come in time.

Coats can be expensive. Let me guide you through different price points for every budget to help expand your coat collection this season!

My Coat Collection

Classic Black Coat

You guys, I found this Guess coat at Goodwill for $20! I have found so many amazing things at my local Goodwill, it just takes some digging. Also, I’ve found that after the holidays, around the start of the new year, is the best time to look for coats. I love having this big black wool coat in my collection. It has a wrap around front & gold buttons that are to die for. This piece is a classic, timeless staple, & you probably already have one like it in your closet. But incase you don’t, here are a few of my favorites out there now!

My Coat Collection

Fuzzy Coat

This kind of coat might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s one of my very favorites! It’s a short coat, & looks gorgeous with skirts or dresses. Not only is it beautiful dressed up, but it works wonders with a casual outfit! Throw on your favorites jeans & almost any top, then throw a fuzzy coat like this over top, & your outfit is complete! I recommend this kind of coat to be added to your wardrobe if you are interested in living your coziest life possible. 🙂 Check out all the dreamy options below! Almost all of them are under $50!

My Coat Collection

Pink Coat

I purchased this lovely pink coat last season, & it is just so me. The shade of pink is so wearable & it has just the right amount of structure, making it both formal & casual. I was totally enamored by Julia’s pink coat, that when I saw this one, it was love at first sight. It was instantly added to my coat collection.

Whether you use it as a pop of color, or a neutral to go with everything, a pink coat does wonders for your wardrobe. And pink is totally a festive Christmas color right?!…


My Coat Collection

Cape Coat

This coat is the newest in my collection. I love the fall tones & the subtle plaid thrown into it. What I love most about it though, is the silhouette it creates. It’s sleek & longline & actually has a little padding in the shoulders to add structure. This beauty is quite warm & perfect for wrapping up in like a blanket. (Fun fact: this coat looks JUST like Uncle Drosselmeyer’s cape in our Nutcracker! haha)

My Coat Collection

Trench Coat

The best part about owning a trench coat, is that it can literally be worn all year long! I wore it all over NYC last May (see here), & I also wore it to Thanksgiving last week. It’s so versatile & totally worth the investment this year. I found mine for under $100, so it doesn’t even have to break the bank. This piece is timeless & completes any look with ease. Check out my favorites on the market right now:

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F&F Guide To Fall Accessories

Fall Accessories

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I’m going to keep this intro short so we can get to the good stuff! Today we are talking about the best accessories to have in your wardrobe this season. From shoes to scarves to berets, this post covers it all! Let’s dive right in!

Boots, Loafers, & Ballerinas

Fall Accessories

I feel like this could be a whole post on it’s own! Fun fall shoes are a great way to accessorize an outfit.

I’ve always loved a good pair of ballerinas, & this year, I found the absolute best pair for under $13! They are so easy, & comfortable to wear, making them a lovely choice for an everyday outfit. It doesn’t hurt that I always feel Parisian chic while wearing them.

Loafers just scream fall to me. I love how on trend they are this year & all the different colors & styles available right now. In my collection, I have a classic brown pair, a black studded pair, a pink pair, a nude pair, a metallic silver pair, & a leather khaki colored pair. I’ve been eyeing these cream ones as well as these gorgeous neutral beige ones to round out my collection. They go with everything, & the slightly masculine feel of them just works this time of year.

Boots are always a must, & this season, I’ve finally added a pair of over the knee boots to my wardrobe. Julia, of Gal Meets Glam, has totally inspired me by showing that they can be very feminine & tasteful. Not to mention they really help you stay warm! Other boots in my collection include brown heeled boots, a pair of blue velvet ankle boots, & my duck boots. I have 3 others on my current wishlist: 1 / 2 / 3

Scarves

Fall Accessories

This goes unsaid, because everyone knows that scarves are a great way to accessorize a fall outfit. Whether it’s a small silk scarf, or a big blanket scarf, sometimes it’s not just that you are wearing it, it’s how you are wearing it. I have recently been so inspired by this post explaining 8 Ways To Wear A Scarf. It’s important to have a variety of styles in your collection to mix things up. Try adding different patterns, colors, & textures to your current collection. Also, make sure to take into account what coats you own to be sure your scarves will pair well with them. For example, I have a new check coat this season, so instead of getting all plaid scarves, I made sure to get a couple solid scarves with beautiful bold colors like this one & this one.

I’ve also been totally obsessing over the small Parisian scarves delicately tied around the neck. (last seen here) They have been all over my Instagram, seeing as though I can’t stop wearing them! In my current collection, I own a small one in blue, as well as a neutral cream colored one. See below for all the others currently on my wishlist. *swoon*

Vests

Fall Accessories

Vests are definitely a new love for me. I feel like I’ve just gotten the hang of styling them in a way I’m pleased with. They were always tricky for me, & never looked like I wanted them to while wearing one. For me, I think having the right pieces to go with them has really made the difference. The vest featured above has a small chevron pattern in the quilting, so pairing it with this solid, fall toned dress (which is on sale now btw for only $35!!) was a perfect match. I also have a burgundy vest (seen here) that was just meant to be paired with a navy cable knit sweater. Of course, they can go with other pieces in my wardrobe too, but those are a few of my favorites. (If you’d like to see other ways I style vests this time of year, let me know in the comments below.)

Purses

Fall Accessories

I have been really into crossbody purses as of late, & I have certain things I look for when choosing one to add to my collection. First, I look for color. This season, I’m all about my burgundy, navy, camel, & dark green. Then I look for structure & shape. I love it when I can fit my small camera inside my purse & plenty of lipsticks (what else would I need?…). Typically, I go for a gold chain strap with some sort of fold over top.


Fur

Fall Accessories

I have really gotten into faux furs over the past few years. They just add that instant glam & sophistication to an outfit that I absolutely live for. You can find them in so many colors making them work well with any outfit & any color coat in your collection. My navy fur scarf is definitely my most worn, but I just added this red number to my wardrobe which I can’t wait to wear with my check coat! The best thing about them is that they actually provide warmth as well! Check out all of the others I’m lusting over below!

Berets

Fall Accessories

Ah, a beret…my most Parisian accessory. There are so many gorgeous berets available right now, & it’s hard to stop adding them to my collection. I know own a camel colored one & a burgundy one, & they just do wonders for an outfit. They even work when you’re having a bad hair day! Just throw one on, & you instantly look put together & complete. These are a definite must in my fall wardrobe.

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What are your favorite accessories this time of year? Planning on adding any of these to your wardrobe soon? xx

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Styling A Cream Sweater

Styling A Cream Sweater

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I’ve been taking inventory on my wardrobe recently, & in doing so, I’ve discovered a few things about myself. First off, I love statement pieces. Patterns, details, & varying silhouettes clearly speak to me. Secondly, I’m very proud of the new colors I’ve added to my wardrobe over the past 6 months like green, yellow, & red. Lastly, I own so many cream sweaters. Honestly, I’m not even saying that’s a bad thing. A cream sweater is a great fall/winter staple in my wardrobe.

I want to share with you a few of my favorite cream sweaters in my collection & ways I love to style them.

Styling A Cream Sweater

To go to the pumpkin patch, I chose an old favorite from last season (similar here). I simply combined it with a good old pair of trusty Madewell jeans & a classic fall boot. To spice it up a little bit, I added a simple scarf tied around my neck (one of my favorite things to do these days) & statement crossbody I just got for my birthday.

This simple outfit (the cream sweater & blue jeans) can be easily transformed into a completely new look. Maybe I want to add a vest, or I could switch out the ankle boots for a pair of my favorite over the knee boots. Or I could dress it up a little bit with my blue velvet booties, my new camel coat (last seen here), & a faux fur scarf. The possibilities are endless, even without changing the very core of this outfit.

Styling A Cream Sweater

Styling A Cream Sweater

Another way I love to wear a cream sweater is to pair with LITERALLY any skirt. Honestly, find me a skirt a cream sweater doesn’t go with…there isn’t one. Below are some outfits I adore:

Featured Outfits

A cream sweater with a metallic pleated midi skirt, my leopard heels, & my beloved trench coat.

This cream sweater with a leather mini skirt, a long silk scarf, & my leather loafer mules. (see the look here)

A cream sweater with a patterned, floral mini skirt, my favorite ballerinas (on major sale btw), with a solid colored structured bag.

This cream sweater with a velvet midi skirt, a patterned/check coat, & pair of my favorite heels.

A cream sweater with a tweed mini skirt, a blazer, & a pair of pointed toe flats.

These are just a few ways to pair a cream sweater with a skirt & be ready for any occasion. Needless to say, this staple is crucial to my wardrobe, & yours too! I recommend starting a collection of nice, “statement” cream sweaters to help put together your fall/winter wardrobe. I recently purchased this one, which I can’t wait to wear during the holiday season. The detailed sleeves on this one help dress up an outfit, giving it a little more edge. It’s important to have both a patterned/cable sweater as well as a clean, simplistic option as well. Give yourself options to feel good about when choosing your outfit each day.

Styling A Cream Sweater

I think the thing I love most about cream sweaters is that no matter your “brand” or style or color palette, a cream sweater seamlessly fits into any clothing collection.

What is your favorite way to wear a cream sweater?

Which styled outfit featured above do you like best?

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