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Happy Fourth of July, guys!
I hope you are all enjoying your barbecues, parades, and sparklers today. This weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year (especially since this one was EXTRA long). It is always full of fun and bursting at the seams with joy. I mean, how could you not be happy when celebrating America!? Our family spent all morning at our local parade and will be cheering on the Rockies at Coors Field tonight. I am so excited because we even get to see a firework show after the game (I have heard it is pretty spectacular). I don’t need much to make me happy on a day like today – all I ask for is a yummy hot dog and nice firework show, and that’s exactly what I’m going to get.
This year on Thanksgiving I felt as if I had a lot more to be thankful for than usual. A lot of milestones and life changing events have happened in the last year. Between graduating college, getting an amazing job, and moving out to Colorado with my other half, this year has tested me and brought me so much joy in ways that I never thought possible. The biggest life change that has happened this year was me moving away from everything I have known. Though I have been extremely busy and barely have time to stop and think about how much I miss home, I am always thinking about how much more aware I am that I am one lucky girl to have such amazing family and friends. When you are constantly around the ones you love, you sometimes lose sight of how thankful you are to have them around. You just kind of assume that they will always be there. No matter what.
While I was attending college, I found an unlikely friendship in the building service worker that took care of our residence hall. He was the sweetest and kindest little old man that I have ever met. Almost every morning that I was rushing out the door to get to class (because I am consistently late for everything that I do), he would hold the door open, greet me with a warm smile, and stop me to have a little chat. Though I would usually not have the time to stop and talk for a few minutes, I never cut him off because I could tell that it made his day that someone took the time to stop and listen. And most of the time, his silly little stories or advice made my day too. During the freezing winter months, most of our conversations had to do with the chilly temperatures or getting the much-dreaded cold. The thing that I remember most about John is that he always gave the same advice to cure these “winter side effects” – and that was to just take a swig of Whiskey. He always said that it would warm you right up, make you feel wide-awake, and cure and type of cold that Old Man Winter would try to throw at you. Since I’m not much of a Whiskey fan, I decided to turn towards cozy scarfs to fend off the cold winter winds and the sickness that they would bring instead. My go-to scarf that never failed to do this is the one that I am wearing in these photos. Coincidently, it just so happens that a gal made it from the Midwest whose little company’s name is WoolandWhiskey. How fitting, right? My beloved burgundy scarf was given to me by my sister last Christmas, and it has been my all time favorite scarf ever since. I have been itching to buy another one (or three) for some time now because I just can’t get enough! They are so well made, so cozy, and would make a perfect gift for the holidays – especially if you are living in a chilly state like Minnesota or Colorado! Make sure to check out her shop here. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Like most people, when it comes to clothes, I am on a bit of a budget. Ever since I jumped in to the real world of having to pay for bills, gas, and my own phone, I can no longer freely spend all of my money on fabulous clothes and makeup. I actually have to start saving for big kid stuff now…boo. With that said, I now try to look for pieces that I know will have a lot of versatility. I want to be able to spend money on articles of clothing the I can incorporate in to my existing wardrobe and the wardrobe I hope to have someday. A recent piece I purchased that has EXTREME versatility is this amazing moss green sweater. I was immediately drawn to it because of the unique faded color, but then it sealed the deal when I felt how amazingly soft and light it was. A piece like this is so versatile because it can be layered in almost every way possible – above other layers, below other layers, or even tied around your waist. In order to get your creative juices flowing, I created a little look book on how to wear this one sweater, four ways.