fall haul

I’ve been all over the map for this season. I typically stick to one or two stores, but this time I found myself all over creation looking for the perfect pieces to add to my wardrobe.
Everything is well worth it.

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Starting, of course, with this classic staple from the men’s section of American Eagle–an extra-small I purchased for $12 on Labor Day. Right now I live in this thing. It would be hard to dress up and wear to work, so for now it is living in my casual life and desperate to go to the mountains.

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I am very, very into pencil skirts right now. This was an excellent find at Old Navy for less than $15. So far I have kept it simple and paired it with a solid sweater on top and nude flats for work.

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Speaking of simple, solid sweaters, these are exactly what I am talking about. They are light enough for the beginning of autumn, classy enough for work, and loose fitting enough to satisfy my current distain for form-fitting tops. You can tuck the front in or just leave it loose with some skinny jeans or work pants. You can also pair it with a pencil skirt. So far I have tucked it in with the skirt and haven’t left it loose.

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I got this piece from… you guessed it, Forever 21. I keep trying to stay away but dang it, their trendy, well-priced walls are a trap hard to escape. I am excited for this (small) plaid that I can wear to work if I want to.

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My favorite, and so far well Instagramed item, is this rimmed felt hat I picked up on sale form Kohl’s. I can see it, with my plaid, skinny jeans, and boots in the mountains. Every adventurer needs a good hat.

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These Fossil sunglasses were 70% off on Labor Day. A good deal on some quality items is what braving the crowds of big sale days is all about. I barely paid more than I would have at Forever 21. I’d say that’s a pretty big win.

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God bless you, Bath and Body Works, for your scents, your candles, and your appreciation of seasons. I worked at Bath and Body Works years ago, and while I wasn’t too keen on it (sorry, ladies, it just wasn’t for me), I have never looked at any other candles the same way. They’re the kind of quality that you jump on immediately, especially when they’re on sale.
The lotions are from their aromatherapy line. Essential oils are all the rage these days. I haven’t completely jumped on board, but I thought I would give these lotions a try. So far so good!

Here’s to hoping you all have had as much success as I have in filling out your autumn wardrobe this season. I’m still looking for the perfect puffy vest that won’t cost me an arm and a leg (aka, North Face).

Until next time,

Jamie

What are you doing with your life?

Okay, so here’s a moment of vulnerability I feel the need to share. I don’t know what I want to do with my life.
I haven’t gone 27 years without a plan–let me reassure you. Just over a year ago I had many plans. I was extremely happy and content, driven and passionate. I had personal, spiritual, and professional goals. I was running two blogs and two YouTube channels. I worked from home. I was a wife. I had the schedules for my websites planned for the next year. I had my five year goals written out. I knew which conferences I wanted to attend and what creators I wanted to reach out to for mentorship. I was researching PR and management companies. I knew when I was going to start a family and how to save up for a house. I knew which job I wanted after the one I was at. 
I had all the plans you are supposed to have in order to be successful. And then one day, everything fell apart.
I sold everything, quit my job, sank into depression, and fought anxiety and insomnia. I moved 3000 miles to the other side of the country with what I could fit in my car. I felt like all I had left was my family. I didn’t have goals, I wasn’t a wife, and I had no drive for what I used to be passionate about. 
I followed the plan I made. Sell everything. Pack the rest. Use the money to move. Get a job as a receptionist. Figure the rest out later. 
I did all of that. And now, almost a year later, I still don’t have a plan for the rest. I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I never had big career goals. I have literally never had a plan to be a single 27 year old who must consider doing life alone. 
I can’t blame my ex, I can’t blame my education, and I can’t blame my circumstances. The only thing holding me back is myself. I have interests and passions. Maybe planning to pursue them as a career is scary. Maybe I just keep thinking I will do it tomorrow instead, or next year, or the year after. I like being an administrator. I love where I work. Maybe I don’t want to leave them. But maybe I also don’t want to feel uncomfortable. 
Maybe I can find my baby steps and work my way toward something. I just don’t know what that something is yet. It’s okay to be afraid, but it isn’t okay to let that fear hold you back from something you would regret not doing later in life. 

Until next time,

❤️ Jamie

explore more // custom art

My custom art piece, documented.
From the beginning stages–i.e. repurposed wood by brother-in-law.

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When I first got it back from the artist.

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And the complete project.

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I will eventually want to hang it above my couch or in my eating area, depending on the layout of the place I get.
A big thank you, again, to Jon and Elizabeth for all of your hard work!

Until next time,

Jamie