The truth is: I LOVE fashion, I love clothes, and I love shopping. I love scrolling through the shops online as much as I love popping into the shops on Oxford Street. And I definitely don’t need anything new, but like everyone else, love seeing what’s new in...because things are constantly new in. And there lies the problem.
I’m excited about the conversation about fast fashion between bloggers and influencers and how all of this consumerism is destroying our planet since @sjdooley
’s BBC documentary (if you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend!) I have a lot of feelings about this as a consumer and as a person online who loves fashion (and, let’s face it, loves shopping). I’ve got a blog post coming on about my relationship with clothes and fast fashion. There are so many elements to this issue to unpack and mull over and I don’t think there’s one solution to this problem, but I 100% recognise the part I play in it.
ASOS Premier is like a drug I seriously need to kick! But I love fashion and I love styling outfits and I know there are better ways of having fun with clothes without constant spend and constantly feeling like I must have something new.
There are several people who have written on this topic who have inspired me to get my words out, so definitely check out ➡️ @erica_davies @francescasaffari @vixmeldrew
⬅️ What about you guys, have you seen the @sjdooley
documentary? Have you be come more conscious about where your clothes are from and what you’re buying? If you’ve got any favourite sustainable brands or local charity shops/vintage shops you love pop them down in the comments! Really looking forward to educating myself more in this, so any tips and suggestions are more than welcome! [📸: @ghenetactually
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PRISM // “God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.”- 1 John 1:5 MSG
I’ve always been amazed at the concept of prisms. The idea that white light can enter a clear glass object and be reflected into a rainbow of colors. It’s beautiful that something so strong and brilliant can have such a variety of expressions. *
The prism to me represents a beautiful symbol of what it looks like be a Christ follower. Every one a unique reflection of his love. His light gives us light and yet, our expression of that light is varied. It is vibrant in its diversity. No two reflections are destined to be the same, instead they display the many facets of the character and beauty of God. None complete without the other and all part of the source’s tremendous brilliance. *
I hope the next time you see a prism it will be a reminder to you, as it is to me, not to dull your shine and cloud your purpose by trying to look or act like what you think you a “good Christian” should be. Instead, I hope you will freely be the beautiful reflection of His love and light you were created to be. 💕☀️🌈
When I was younger, I was definitely an apple crisp girl—but I think this pumpkin pie (gluten, dairy and grain free) made me convert. Then again, I’m not one to discriminate. Definitely adding this to the Thanksgiving dessert line up. Recipe on the blog✌🏻
How do you want people to feel when they see your instagram page?
In honor of #moodboard
Monday - I want to teach you what a moodboard really is - and how you can apply it to your instagram feed.
Often times I see this concept get lost, and just become a pretty board with a matching esthetic. Which as you know, is just a very small layer to creating a "brand"
A moodboard is a visual representation of the "mood" you are trying to evoke when a client see's your brand. So push the pretty colors aside - and how do you want your brand to make your client FEEL?
43 ° & 🌧 rainy, but this bowl is making miso hot 🍜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Featuring: Miso Hot 🍜 and Spicy Edamame by @ramentatsu_ya
“61% of children’s bath products that were tested contained both the harmful chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane. 82% contained formaldehyde alone. The EU bans 1,4-dioxane at any level and the EPA calls it a probable carcinogen. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.”
Nontoxic Reboot performed studies on 48 different children’s bath products and these were the lab results. The stats are frightening! 1,4-dioxane is banned from cosmetics in the EU. Germany will voluntarily recall products that have chemical risks to children. Canada prohibits 1,4-dioxane in cosmetics at any level. It’s actually listed on the country’s “Cosmetic Ingredient Hot List,” a list of substances that are restricted or prohibited in cosmetics. However, the US has little to no regulation on whether a company is allowed to place these harmful ingredients & known carcinogens in their products. Parents have the right to know how harmful these ingredients are so they can choose a safer option. #switchtosafer #betterbeauty #beautycounter
If you buy one scarf this season, make it this one. It’s obviously soft and warm, but it also doesn’t shed all over you or pill excessively. I seriously want it in every color. #anthropologie #blanketscarf #fringe
Surfing and yoga everyday, listening to my husband play the ukelele, and eating allllll the fish tacos we can find. This is the best. 💕☀️✌️🌴 #ilovehawaii
Word Have Power 👊
Their meaning shape our beliefs, drive our behavior, and ultimately create our reality 🌎
Their energetic power arises from our emotional responses when we read, speak or hear them 👏🏼 Tell me friend, which are your favorite words? 🏫
Mine are: Hola, All is Well, Keep Going, Help, Thank You.... now YOUR TURN ✍🏻
Hope y’all have had a great Monday! I’ve got a short but busy work week, then this weekend I will be back in Clemson for another game. So I’m getting in the mood by sharing some more gameday style inspiration on the blog tonight. This baseball style tee is perfect if you’re going for a casual and sporty look that’s still stylish and pulled together. I’ve had this particular tee for a couple years, but I’ve linked a super similar style on the blog (link in bio) and in the @liketoknow.it
app! Don’t forget that you can download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app to shop this pic via screenshot Also, I realize that not everyone is a Clemson fan, so I’ve linked this style in other team’s logos on the blog as well. But GO TIGERS!!! 🐯🐯🐯
Have you been to a college football game yet this year? Who’s your favorite team, and what are your gameday outfit go-to’s?
Shout out to @emilygardinerphoto
for this pic! 😊
http://liketk.it/2xLIH #liketkit #LTKstyletip #LTKunder50
STOP! This is not just a selfie, and this is not about the highlight reel! This is a moment when I was feeling really amazing about myself...but this week hasn't been all that. .
Some of the emotions I've had this week have been:
1. Crippling insecurity - not feeling good enough on Instagram in the blogging world, in the professional realm...
2. Weak - letting all of those emotions get to me, not overcoming them fast enough...
3. Unhappy with my body - wishing I was as toned as I was last year...
I've also felt some AMAZING things this week:
1. Honored - by the closeness of some of my dearest friends...
2. Beautiful - confident in how I carried myself...
3. Intelligent - in being able to help people in the blogging world and real world...
4. Loved - by my incredible husband - my rock .
Every single week is a journey, it's just about making sure the good outweighs the negative as much as possible. And we are ALL a work in progress, no matter how perfect an Instagram feed is. Let me know what you think about all of this in the comments below! xx AB
Love Well. ✨
Two little words that can change the way we live our lives.
Love is patient.
Love is kind.
It does not envy.
It does not boast.
It is not proud.
It does not dishonor others.
It is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered.
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
Love. Never. Fails.
Love well. •
The Helen Love Well Cuff
The Goldie Cuff
When you reunite with your Greek sister @kaatereena
Monday’s are hard! I already feel 2 days behind and the week has just begun! 😭
We left the city behind, and headed to the beach for a week. 🙌😄
Taking a little break from work this afternoon at The Wing with some hot English Breakfast tea and good views of the Brooklyn Bridge. You all know I'm on a journey to better work/life balance, so I've been making it a point to take two 20 minute breaks during workdays. It's all about that lagom, which is Swedish for "not too much, not too little." Also Ellos sent this suuuuper cozy sweater my way, and they're doing a sweet contest where you could win a THREE NIGHT STAY FOR TWO IN SWEDEN!! To enter, follow @ellosusa
and share a #LOVEellos
look & how you practice balance in your life on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #LOVEellos
. You can also submit an entry by uploading directly to their customer photo gallery on their website. Here's hoping you win! ➖ Special Thanks to @oliviapaschkes
helping me 📷. 🖤
A (blogger) fall staple: apple picking! 🍏🍎 I haven’t gone since I visited New England many years ago, and even though it’s not exactly the ~thing~ to do in Idaho, I was so excited to find an orchard nearby (thanks for the nudge and the company, @hollyadelleclark
!). Korri was a pro at pulling down all the apples from the tree tops (...all of them...). Now let’s see if I can eat all 16 of them before they go bad; I ate two at work today! 😂🙈 #anappleaday #ortwo #fromwhereistand #fromabove #applepicking #appleorchard
New week = new opportunities to shine! ✨ Speaking of shining... how gorgeous is @WearsKelly
in our Circle Earrings and Knot Bracelet?! #thatsmile
You know when you’ve been putting off doing something for yourself, and then you finally do it and you’re like... WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?! That’s how I feel about finally joining a gym in my new neighborhood 🙈 I told myself it was a long walk, I didn’t need to spend the money when I have class credits at other studios, I could do quick at home workouts instead... but at the end of the day, I knew those were just excuses. You know how I know that? Because I feel MOTIVATED for the first time in a few months! Woooo!
Obviously if you have real budget or time constraints, I get that because I’ve beeeeen there. But if you know that you’re leaning on excuses, just try letting them go and do something good for yourself. See what happens 🤷🏻♀️
Also, I know this seems like a Mindful Monday topic, but today’s blog post isn’t about this at all 😂 There’s a swipe up in my story and I’d love for you to give it a read though! ❤️
Shop my outfit in the @liketoknow.it
app or on the Shop page on LakeShoreLady.com! #liketkit
http://liketk.it/2xLAg #LTKfit #LSLworkout
I think my ideal color palette is filled with warm earth tones and I think that’s why fall outfits are my most favorite to style. 🤔 how about you? What’s your favorite season to style?
Monday’s aren’t so bad when you’re waking up at the @hotelmonville
😍 Still can’t get over this perfect view of Downtown Montreal, and the robot room service (raise your hand if you caught that on IG Stories 🙋🏾♀️)
PJs are c/o @yaladesigns
(and super comfy!) 📷 by @foodphotographer
Finally broke out my favorite pair of boots yesterday, even though the cool weather that showed up last Friday didn’t stick around 😭 I mean, really, whyyyyyy can’t it just cool off? It’s too hot for mid-October! 🍁🍂🍃 ⠀
Um also, does anyone agree that The Parent Trap is not a Halloween movie? 🙋🏻♀️ We just turned the tv to #31nightsofhalloween
...but that’s what they’re showing tonight. Ugh. ⠀
Oh, and you can shop my super soft tee + denim legging look by heading to the link in my profile & going to “Shop my Instagram” http://liketk.it/2xLwn #liketkit @liketoknow.it #missmollywears #thelovelyeveryday
Just when I was starting to miss California, @eatflowerchild
invited me and Andy to try them out at their new @visitsandysprings
location. 🙌🏻 The inside of this place is BEAUTIFUL. #liketkit
Flower Child opens to the public Wednesday and I highly suggest the Mother Earth bowl and fresh lemonade!
so excited to work with @neutrogena
to share their Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment! this treatment is perfect for busy college students because it only takes two minutes, three times a day (praise🙌🏼), and it’s the easiest to take on the go! #NeutrogenaLightYourWay
you can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
Every so often I forget how cool my job is. Then I step on the field at Lambeau for Monday Night Football and I remember that I am one very lucky Fangirl. So much hard work has gone into this but I am still very blessed. And now, it’s game time.
Yes, yes and yes! 🙏🏻 Feel Empowered💕
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Day 2 of the #flourishstudy
photo challenge is “flourish” I’m trying to sneak out and run almost every day this week and all I really need now is a quad jogging stroller. I wonder how to get that on my Christmas list.
📣I’m looking to unload!
Check my stories today for lots of ready to ship pieces that need a new wall to live on in a happy home! If you’re interested, send me a DM to claim.📣
I was talking about how we tend to take over the role of being "boss" in other people's life and how draining/damaging that can be to our physical and mental health.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(Professor and Psychotherapist) came and dropped this truth bomb in the comments. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here's the reality as she so eloquently stated, we have to make a choice. No one said it'd be an easy choice; but it is a required choice between outcomes. What do we want? Do we want to have an impact on those who need our message, our products, our services? Or do we want to continue trying to carry and drag people around who we were never meant to serve and the process of reaching is unreasonably hard because...they're just not our folks?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ladies we cannot do this. We must stop doing this. We have to stop carrying family, friends, customers, clients, whomever that suffocate our dreams and go after those who help make our dreams come true. It is ok to leave some people behind. Hell, it's necessary. Don't get swallowed whole!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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check out my post, "Here Are The Top 50 Quotes by The Bossiest Boss Chicks". Link is in the bio. Don't see it? You can search by a word in the title 😉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Being encouraged every day to keep dreaming. I don’t want to be “popular.” I want to leave a legacy behind. My dreams of being a blogger came true and one day I will write my own book. Putting this into the universe with the prayer that one day it will come true! 🙏🏽
We rescued our not-so-little furbaby four years ago today! 🐾💕 Willow was roughly 1 year old when we brought her home, so we can call this her 5th birthday! Xo
Spoiled girl got a rawbone treat (although she likes pig ears or tennis balls more) & will probably convince us to let her cuddle on the bed during tv time tonight. Love our stinky Willow bear.
cutest lil succulent babies🌵 fun fact: I have a succulent (named Ernie) and I’m obsessed🙌🏼
“My Instagram engagement has gone up in the past 4 days from following your strategy and I’ve been showing up on stories and in lives every day and it makes such a diff 🙌🏻⠀
One of my gorgeous clients @amitycreated
bought my Instagram Engagement Strategy ebook and it makes me SO happy to hear how much she is KILLING her insta game! 😍⠀
I feel like sometimes we just exist on Instagram, instead of thriving. I created this strategy as I was so sick of just scrolling through my feed and feeling like I was getting nowhere. I got SO frustrated and being on here started to feel like a chore. ⠀
You can grab your own copy for only $12 with the link in my bio babes.⠀
BUT, I’d love to know! ...have you ever felt like Instagram at some point became a chore for you, and you just weren’t enjoying it? 🙋♀️🙋♀️
Walking into the new week with my leopard print and @dolcevita
OTK boots👢. . . It's going to be a great week 💁🏻♀️! Hope everyone is enjoying the fact that we can officially wear our boots and cozy sweaters 🖤 Have a wonderful start to the new week babes😚