Friday, September 28, 2012

Tasty Colors

Do you have a favorite color of food?

Like, if you have to pick a drink or a candy or something, you always chose that color.
Or you eat that color first/last (depending on if you are a save the best for last, or eat the best first type of person).

I always save red or pink for last. Like, when eating a handfull of skittles, or starbursts. I also seem to like certain color foods: pink fruit, pink drinks, pink candies. But I don't wear pink. I don't actually like the color. Just the taste.

When it comes to eating multi-colored candies (i.e. Starbursts, Skittles, Runts, Nerdz) I will eat what I have the most of until all the colors are even.

It's driving me nuts that the random green on is out of line...
Example: I eat orange first (hate orange), yellow, green, purple, red (Skittles wise).

Maybe I am crazy in this? maybe not... all I can say is, now I need to go buy me some Starbursts and Skittles. 

In other news! I am linking up with  Lauren for High Five for Friday.

Usually, this is the point where I tell you about all the awesome things that happened this way in a cute way. But today, I don't give a monkey's uncle about how cute this is. I am just grateful this week is over!

This week I was able to turn in my first draft of my thesis (talk about a time consuming, terrifying project), got to go the Dr's and hopefully find some stupid migraine answers (has anyone ever had a random migraine that lasted for two full weeks that sometimes got better and sometimes got worse but didn't have any thing to really trigger it?). AND I folded the laundry that has been piling up for over a week.

This is what we call progress people.

Now... I just want some skittles.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Julianne's Story

This Thursday's post is very special to me. I have the privilege of being the sister-in-law to an incredibly brave, talented, loving, beautiful woman named Julianne. Guys, this woman is a powerhouse! She is caring and sweet and kind. She is always on the look out for others, constantly serving everyone. I have been with her on a lot of this journey and I have been constantly amazed at how she has handled everything. 

And, just to add to her awesomeness, she also  runs a successful jewelry business called madebyjewls.  You can see that I wear a lot of her earrings on a regular basis. Her proceeds actually go to pay for her and her husband's adoption. Please, go check it out!

I am so glad that you get to know this lovely lady. And I pray every day with all my heart that the child they have been hoping for will soon be theirs. If you know of anyone who is considering the courageous gift of placing their child for adoption, please visit my Worth a Wish page for more info on how to contact Julianne! 

This was a difficult post to write since it’s so personal, but I feel like it’s something that needs to be talked about and I’m glad that I can share it with everyone.  Our infertility is not a secret, anyone who comes into contact with us or follows either of us on facebook, knows that we haven't been able to have a child on our own and are hoping to adopt. Well, this is my story.

Chris and I had been trying to have a baby for a little over a year before I started seeing my doctor for infertility. There are so many factors that go into getting pregnant and timing is everything. It's more complicated than I had expected because you have to use ovulation predictor kits, take your temperature, track your periods... the list goes on. I guess I had always expected it to be easy. I had friends that got pregnant all the time, some it felt like as soon as they thought of getting pregnant, they were pregnant. Why wasn't it working that way for me? Why did I have to go through all this stuff to even know if I was ovulating? I always had a period every month, but my cycle lengths would always range between 21 and 35 days long. So my cycles were regular, but not. A couple of doctors told me that we just needed to keep trying and it should work out.

In December of 2010, I started having a lot of abdominal pain on my left side (by my ovary). It felt like something inside me was twisting and wanted to burst. I had no idea what it was, so in January, I went to the doctor. He said that it was probably an ovarian cyst so they did an ultrasound and found one on my left ovary and that the pain would eventually go away once the cyst was gone.

That particular cyst went away, but my pain didn't. About three months later, I went back to the doctor and after another ultrasound, they found that I had another cyst and they sent me home to wait it out. 

Around the same time, I found out that both of my grandmothers had hysterectomies (where they surgically remove your ovaries and uterus, or only just your uterus, leaving your ovaries). My Mom's mother had everything removed after an abnormal pap-smear. When I asked her if that meant cancer or something else, she didn't remember (she was in her late 80's and had been through several strokes so her memory was not that great). My Dad's mother had everything removed after almost dying from a burst endometrioma that filled her abdomen with toxic fluid, etc. She passed away before I was born so I wasn't able to talk to her directly about it. My Dad's sister also had a hysterectomy because she had been suffering from endometriosis and didn't want to have to deal with the pain anymore. I gave this information to my doctor and he decided to do further testing.  He decided that I may have endometriosis because of my strong family history of it.

Endometriosis happens when the tissue that lines the uterus (the "blood" that comes out when you have your period) starts growing outside of the uterus on other organs in the body. These growths are not usually cancerous. The growths "bleed" when you have your period and because it has no way of leaving the body, it can cause inflammation, scar tissue and pain. As the endometrial tissue grows, it can cover or grow into the ovaries and block the fallopian tubes. Trapped blood in the ovaries can form cysts and if these cysts continue to grow and eventually burst, they will fill your body with toxic fluid and you will get very sick (this is why my Grandma had her hysterectomy). Endometriosis also can cause inflammation and cause the body to form scar tissue and adhesions, tissue that sometimes binds organs together. This scar tissue may cause pelvic pain and make it really hard to get pregnant.

In September of 2011, I had laproscopic surgery to see if I had endometriosis. My doctor found quite a bit of it on and around my left ovary, on my uterus and behind my uterus and they also found a cyst on one of my fallopian tubes. None of the endometrial growths or the cyst were cancerous, it was just regular old endometriosis. He was able to remove all of the growths and said that I should be able to get pregnant sometime in the next six months.

A couple of weeks later, I started taking clomid to help me get pregnant. Clomid basically forces you to ovulate, often releasing more than one egg, so your chances of getting pregnant (especially with twins) goes up significantly. I hated the clomid. It made my ovaries ache all the time, I had hot flashes, was super moody... it just wasn't good. I felt like I was going through menopause. It totally sucked, but I kept taking it for the whole six months because I wanted to do everything I could to have a baby.

After taking the clomid for the full six months, it had been over two years of trying to get pregnant and we started getting really depressed about it. Nothing was working. Why couldn't I get pregnant? We started considering IVF (invitro fertilization) and other infertility treatments. I had several friends offer to be a surrogate for me (they were so sweet!). Everything seemed so expensive. I didn't have health insurance anymore because of my infertility and all of the treatments we talked about didn't sound like the right thing. I started becoming really angry with life, with God, with everything. It was a pretty rough time for Chris and I. 

This picture was taken around Christmas and although I may look happy in the picture, I wasn’t. This was my “I’m going to fake being happy, even though I’m dying inside and I don’t want to talk about it yet” smile.

Around Christmas of 2011, Chris' sister announced that she was pregnant. And while I was incredibly happy for them and was super excited to have a new nephew, I was so depressed that I wasn't able to get pregnant and it happened so easily for them. I think all of the infertility stuff had been boiling inside me for so long and I couldn't hold it in anymore. It overflowed. I remember sending my Mom a text saying that I was done trying to get pregnant and frankly, I didn't want to deal with anything anymore. I was done. Obviously God didn't want me to be a mother, so this was it. I was going to grow old to be a childless cat lady. It was a bit over-dramatic, but it was how I was feeling. I felt hopeless.

Around New Years 2012, I got a
blessing for comfort. It was beautiful and it changed everything. Before going on, I need to explain that I had never really been an extremely religious person. I was raised in the LDS religion and had gone through times in my life where I practiced the faith and then there were times where I didn't. This was during one of those times where I wasn't really that into it. Before asking for that blessing, I had decided that it was time to ask God for some help and I couldn't be angry at him anymore. This blessing helped soften my heart. I was told many important things that I hold close to my heart. Most importantly was that the "holes in our hearts would soon be filled with what we desired most... but it wasn't going to come the way we had been expecting".

On our drive home, I had the distinct impression that we hadn't considered every option available to us... adoption. I have two cousins that are adopted and another cousin who placed her baby quite a while ago, so adoption is something that has always been close to my heart. I had just had never really thought of that as something we would do. I was never opposed to it, I just thought that I would eventually get pregnant on my own.

sorry for the corny picture, but this perfectly describes how I was feeling 

As soon as Chris and I started talking about adopting, it felt like the sun had come out, all of the weight of infertility was gone, angels were singing, my heart was full with intense happiness... this was it! I had never had an experience like this before. Ever. It completely changed my life. Adoption is what we needed to do and this is the way things were supposed to be. I'm supposed to be a mother and it will happen, just not the way I had always planned. The whole experience was really intense, but I'm so grateful for it. It completely changed my life. How can there not be a God? Why wouldn't he love me? I hadn't really been alone this whole time, he was just preparing me for what needed to come next. This is the way things are supposed to be. For the first time in my life, I knew that there is a God and that he loves me and wants me to be happy. I always have to remind myself that even though I’ve had all these amazing dreams and plans for my life, God sometimes has something else in mind for me. And honestly, the “something else” often ends up being more amazing than anything I could have imagined.

I'm so grateful for my infertility. That's weird to say, but it's true. This is the way things are and I can't change it. I still get infertility stings every once in a while, but in general, I'm pretty okay with it.   Eventually, I will get a hysterectomy to get rid of the pain from my endometriosis. But this is the way it is and I can handle it. I can still be happy even though life gave me “one wish short of paradise”.  My infertility doesn't define me, it just helped shape me in to who I am today. I'm Julianne and I'm a strong and beautiful woman.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Let the Stripes Begin!

So this Wednesday has been a little crazy. My first draft of my thesis was due today. I went to the doctor and got some shots that made me woozy (and sleepy. Like I slept pretty much the entire afternoon sleepy). But I lived through it. You just get a late post :) Oh well. Better late than never.

So, this week I really embraced my love of stripes and polka dots. Seriously. Take a look:
Best striped scarf ever! Bought it on sale at Down East Basics.
 The dress is actually a sun dress. I bought it earlier this ear (like February earlier) at Target. However, I love using sun dresses and transitioning them for Fall/Winter by using layering, leggings and long sleeve shirts.

My favorite owl accessorie. Seriously, I love this belt!
I also got it at Target.

This scarf is a staple in my wardrobe. I use it with a lot of my stripped sweaters just for a fun pop of color. (And, of course, I bough it at Target.) The earrings are made by my incredible Sister in law Julianne from madebyjewls.

 This is one of my all time favorite sweaters. I got it from H&M for only $14.00! It is super comfy and perfect for cool weather. The tree necklace is something I made (and occasionally sell. Let me know if you are interested!) and I got the earrings from Forever 21 :)

I am really enjoying transitioning my wardrobe into Fall. Of course, I never know what the weather is going to be like, so layering is a must. And, my office is always freezing cold. So I have been dressing for a blizzard when I go into work. Usually that just means a sweater over the sweater I am already wearing. Whatevs.

So... this is the part where I would try to talk about something meaningful. But I got some shots today and they have made me incredibly tired. So instead, I am going to go to bed now like a reasonable human being.

I hope you have had a wonderful week thus far! And I want to know, do you wear a lot of stripes or polkadots? And if you do, how do you incorporate them into your wardrobe?

(Linking up with Lindsey and Two Thirty-Five Designs)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


I have hair ADD. Seriously, I can't keep it the same way for very long... UNLESS it is long. In which case, I usually leave it alone.

It hasn't been long for a while *sniffles* I wish it was...

So I was a little taken aback the other night when my husband requested that the next time I dye my hair, I dye it as close to my natural hair color as possible.

*Insert deer in the headlights look*

He asked me again, "You should dye your hair to your natural hair color."



"Umm.... What if I'm not sure what that looks like?"

"Just dye it to your roots!"

"Ummmmmmm..... Ok."

Yeah. No clue. Yes, my hair definitely needs to be dyed again. Pretty bad. And I definitely have roots. I am just not entirely sure what color they are. (Don't judge!)

So... Now I am just trying to figure out what exactly I should be dying my hair so it is as close to natural as possible....

I'm not the only one who has this problem, right? Please tell me someone else out there isn't entirely sure what their natural hair color looks like!

Anyone? Anyone? Buhler?


Want to know what I mean about changing my hair often?

Take a look:

Summer 2008

Fall 2008
Spring 2009

Winter 2009

Spring 2010

Early Fall 2010

Summer 2010

Late Fall 2010

Spring 2011

Summer 2011
Fall 2011

Spring 2012

Current Hair Style

But nothing tops THIS hairstyle. Nothing.

So that's where we're at. Strangely enough, that awesome picture right there (With the incredibly sophisticated three pony-tails) is probably pretty close to natural... Hmmm....

Monday, September 24, 2012

There. I said it.

Guys, this is the big one. The HUGE one. I can't believe what I am about to write and share with the whole wide world.
I. Am. A. Writer.

There, I said it. Or wrote it... Anywhoo, I have always admired published authors, popular bloggers and the like. I have read amazing books and felt my heart plummet to the depths of despair because I was certain I could never write that well.

Well, something has happened. I follow a crap-ton of blogs (seriously guys, it's unhealthy) and all of these women are incredible with fashion, crafts, cooking, hair, make-up, mommying... Let's be honest. I am not good at any of those. These women who write so well about this outfit, that meal and their cute crafts are talented. And they intimidated me to death!

Until I realized something. Who have my heroines been? Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery (She is my favorite. I know we are going to be best friends in heaven), Jane Austen and most of all Erma Bombeck (this lady is my biggest hero. Ever.) I love these women because they share real, human experience with humor and honesty. They open up the world to brighter, more positive thinking and yet they do not skimp on the human suffering. They make it so beautifully clear how brutal yet wonderful life can be. 

I want that. I want to write. Guys, I can't help but write. I have to do it. When I am mad, I write. When I am happy, I write. When I am sad, I write. And I have been storing up the wonderfully flawed experiences of life, my own experiences as well as others. I have observed people and their many eccentricities. I have read both well written and poorly written books. And I am ready. 

I am ready to stop feeling like no one would ever read what I wrote. I am ready to put away my perfectionism that does not allow me to freely express myself. I am ready to tackle with confidence the wonderful story I have been working on for over four years now. 

I am going to stop trying to be like all these other blogs and just write and write and write and write. And y'all might get heartily sick of this. But that's ok. I am writing cause I love it. Not cause I need everyone to read it. (Though I love it when you do!)

I had this huge realization last night while I was procrastinating a bit of my homework. Now, no one judge me (you hear! No judging! This is a safe place, and I have the talking stick). I was reading Twilight (stop that sniggering!) because while incredibly flawed and rather crazy, that Stephanie Meyer sure knows how to punch you in the gut with raw emotion. Judge her story (which, let's be honest was actually quite original in some ways if not overdone in others) and characters as you will, but she knows how to express raw, human emotions in a way that a ton of people connect with. I have read and re-read those books trying to find her secret. Ferreting out exactly her style, word choices and expressions.

And then it hit me. No offense to Stephanie, I could totally do better. I knew love. I have experienced heartbreak many different times to varying degrees. I have held crying friends through tragedies. I have watched their love stories unfold. I have had ups and downs and I have so much to learn, but I have learned enough that I know I could write the story in my head. And I am not going to worry about if people will like it or not because I am writing for me! Because I want to know all the details of this plot line in my head. And I won't know those details until I have written it all out. (at the same time I know people would love it. Not all people, that is impossible, but the important people.) 

I'm not sure what happened, and I know it has been a work of months and therapists visits and all, but suddenly I am no longer afraid. I've got this. I am going to write. It is going to be epic.

Hello brand new world of opportunity and dreams come true! I'm so glad I finally found that hidden door.

(Linking up today with Lisa Leonard. I love her positivity.)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Holy Crap Batman, We are Going to Disneyland!

Wanna hear something awesome? I made it through this week alive. 

Yes, this constitutes as being awesome. Pretty much because it has been on interesting week. Like, going to Instacare after work and living on advil kind of interesting. ( No worries, I am fine now. Promise.) You know, mountains of homework just trying to drown you kind of week.

But, on the whole, considering the usual "without-ness" (i.e. no phone, no car, no house of my own) lots of good happened this week.


I am NOT kidding. We won a trip to Disneyland from 101.9 The End . So. Freaking. Excited.

You guys don't even understand. This place makes me so happy. This is where we went on our Honeymoon. And I am just so darn grateful because Last year Stephen missed our FIRST anniversary (kind of a big deal). He was serving with the military, and he was gone. It was devastating. (He also missed by 21st birthday and Thanksgiving and Halloween. Bummer, right?)

I really feel like God blessed us with this whole trip. You see, we are going back to Disneyland for our 2 Year Anniversary. We really, really wanted to go. But we weren't sure we could make it work out financially. But thanks to that blessed radio station, we can!

I don't think this could have come at a better time. Stephen was gone for so long and he missed so much. I remember the night of our first anniversary, he was gone. I couldn't even hear his voice. I kept on pushing the arm of my bear where he had put a voice chip from Build-A-Bear telling me how much he loved me. I cried myself to sleep, with no one to comfort me but my cat. There were many times I didn't know how I was going to make it through this past year. But we did it!

And look what God gave us in the end? It isn't very often that sacrifice, bravery and service get rewarded. But I think that thanks to 101.9 The End, we will get to make up for all the memories we missed.

All I can say is thank you. Thank you to our friends and family who supported us through so much heartache. Thank you to my husband for being so brave, strong and kind. And thank you to a radio station that just thought they were doing some promotional give away. You guys gave us a truly wonderful gift.

Ask anyone, I love marshmallows. These are awesome. I have a bag of them hidden in my desk and I snack on them throughout the day. Healthy? No. Delicious? Yes. WIN!

3. I got to go on an impromptu shopping trip to Target with my awesome sister in law Julianne (she is the one who makes my cute button earrings I am always wearing AND you get to hear from her next week!). Our husbands, her dad and a cousin were watching Act of Valor. Neither of us could stomach that movie (I haven't been able to watch a single war movie since Stephen joined the army. Talk about serious anxiety on my end. I get horrible nightmares just overhearing the movies). So, we went to Target to buy orange juice. Of course, she came back with orange juice and I came back with the above mentioned marshmallows, an awesome new lip color and the most adorable blue dress. (Pictures coming soon, I promise.) It was definitely better than watching a war movie!

This is the dress. It looks better on... but still, here it is. And it was on sale for $9.00!!!

4. Please don't tell anyone, but all this homework I am doing? I am actually enjoying it. If only there was a little less of it... It would be slightly easier. But I am loving the topic. I have a posts in the works about several things I have read and how it applies today. (I am studying American Women's History from 1865-1980s). I have been learning a lot about so many things! It explains the dynamics, expectations and behavior of women today. I guess knowing the past really is the best way to understand the present and predict the future.

5. And two incredible guest posts. Seriously, these guys rocked my world! If you missed them check them out here and here. You won't regret reading these wonderful stories of success, acceptance and going after your dreams.

It has been a fantastic week! I am so excited for the many adventures ahead (I have another post coming that has some pretty big news. At least, big news for me.)

One last thing to be excited about: It is DATE NIGHT! I love going on dates with my husband. Even though we kind of see a lot of each other (usually at least one of us is doing homework or working on something else) this is our one time a week where we get to focus in only on each other. And we try to not talk about stressful things. No work talk here. It is happy time! I don't know what we are doing tonight, but I am pretty excited about it. I love that guy.

(Linking up with Lauren and Carina!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Kylie Elizabeth: Chasing Dreams and Taking Pictures

I am so excited! Everyone, today you have the wonderful honor of meeting one of the classiest, graceful-est, kindest people I have ever met. Her name is Kylie. I have known Kylie since high school. Funny thing, we weren't ever "close" friends. In fact, we never actually hung out unless it was in a big group or something. But since the first time I met her I have been in awe by her whole, awesome self. She was always put together, always kind, was a high achiever and I did not know one single person who could say a bad thing about her (did I mention she is drop dead gorgeous? Cause she is).

Seriously, she is that awesome. I have stalked her from a distance for several years now, and I wasn't surprised when suddenly she was posting these incredible pictures and had a successful photography business to boot! I wanted her to tell us all how she has managed to go after her dreams and maintain a balanced life. And mainly, I wanted to share with you this wonderful person who has quite unconsciously touched my life.

I want to first say what a priveledge this is to be writing to you all today! It really suprised me when Jeannie asked me to do this, I would have never thought that someone would want me to share my story publicly, or would look up to me that way. I really want to thank her for this oppurtunity.
I will start off by introducing myself. I grew up in Fairview, UT and graduated from North Sanpete High School in 2008. I attended Snow College for one year before I married the love of my life. Together we attended the College of Eastern Utah located in Price, where he finished his pre requsites for pharmacy school and I graduated with my associates. My husband Chris was then accepted into the Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan where he began Pharmacy Shool.

Meet Kylie!

 We moved to Taylorsville during the Fall of 2010 and it was around that time that my adventure into the field of photography began, but more on that in a minute. Now that we are in 2012 Chris will graduate with a Pharm D degree in June 2013, I own a thriving phography business while working a FT job and... we have a baby!
Okay I know some of you just had a heartattack, but really we have a baby, at least he is my baby. His name is Zorro and he is a year and a half old! And he is the cutest little Yorkiepoo you have ever seen!
So you are probably all wondering how I can own a business, work a full time job, have a husband in pharmacy school and still have time to breath. Well I will tell you it is no piece of pie, but I do manage. First off I want you to know that photography has turned into my passion. You could say it was a hobby gone completely insane! I have always liked taking pictures, I was that girl that had one of those disposable camaras on field trips and last days of school. I bought my first digital camera when I was around 17 years old, I loved it! And could fill an SD card faster than anyone I knew.

 I never in a million years thought that I would turn my hobby into a career. In May 2009 my wonderful husband bought me my first DSLR, a Canon T1i, it was love at first sight! For that year I just practiced away learning everything I could from the functions on my camera to mastering photoshop. I have never read so many blogs, watched as many YouTube videos or tutorials in my entire life. I believe an important aspect to my story is that I am 100% self taught. I never took any courses and I didn't go to photography school. I was bound and determined to make my dream of being a professional photgrapher a reality. It was a very hard journey but I made it! All of this is how Kylie Elizabeth Photography came to be.

As you know I do have another full time job on top of Kylie Elizabeth Photography. The reason for this being that Photography is an exspensive career to get into, my husband is currently in rotations right now (so free labor, yay...) and we kinda need food to live. So with that being said I have to have a second full time job. My daily schedule goes a bit like this: I work my FT job Monday through Thursday from around 7am to 3:30pm. When I get home I either have a shoot to go to or I edit my life away for a good 5 to 6 hours.

Now I want to talk a little on how I keep a handle on my busy, stressful, beat-my-head-against-the-computer-constantly life. But what gets me through it is knowing that I am doing something I absolutely love! Photography is my release, it let's me express myself in ways that I didn't know I could. I love capturing special moments between people and making those moments last a lifetime.

Photography is a major part of my life that sometimes I let run rampant, I do have to make sure I make time for other aspects of my life. This is something that is somewhat of a challenge for me. If I let myself I can sit at the computer all day editing and not get one other thing done, that inculdes eating or taking care of my physical health. I have to be sure that I MAKE time for those things, this is a daily struggle but I am getting better at it. One thing that seems to help is to have a planner, I write in it everyday making lists of things I need to get done. I also have made the commitment to try and take an hour or two for myself everyday, wheather that includes making a nice dinner, watching a TV show I love, or working out. I love what I do but I have to keep certain priorites a must or I probably would go crazy.

I would like to encourage all of you to make that leap in making your dream come true. It may be a tough road at first, but I know you can do it! I have first hand knowledge of this. I could have given up so many times, there were times I would compare myself to other photographers and think, why can't I be that good? Or I will never be as good as them. I think that those questions or statements are struggles in every aspect of life. You have to put you first in those situations, it won't do you any good thinking about how much better someone is than you. Say to yourself how can I make MYSELF better today, but do this without thinking I want to be like them so I'm going to do it this way. Sorry but it doesn't work that way. Focus on you and you only, figure out what you want to be and make it happen! If I can do it, you can definitely do it! I know you can!

I love this qoute by Walt Disney, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." I believe in this qoute because I have seen it in my own life. Courage is the main ingredient in making your own dream become a reality. I honestly believe that you can make anything happen if you will only have the courage to believe in yourself. Once you have that courage, they key is to NEVER EVER give up! Hold on to that courage and with it let your dreams take flight!

I wish you the best in everything you set your mind to!
Kylie Howes

(Check out Kylie Elizabeth Photography here and here!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What I WOULD Wear Wednesday

'Tis Wednesday, an obvious fact, yet I feel the need to say it over and over and over again. Mainly because I keep thinking it is Thursday. Getting ahead of yourself is not the greatest idea in the world. Especially when it means you have to re-realize over and over and over again that you really do have TWO days and not one until you get a phone again.

And the weekend is here.

And I get to sleep in.

Friday needs to just be here already.

Any ways, due to the no-phoneness of my life currently, I can't really post what I wore. (AH!) And I had some of the cutest outfits too. Yesterday, was a welcome fall outfit complete with boots, amazing scarf and comfy long-sleeve mustard shirt.

Depressed you don't get to see it? Yeah... me too. It was awesome.

However, on the up side, I hate what I am wearing today. It's one of those days where I feel like my clothes make me look like I am forty. Not a good feeling people. Not a good feeling.

Since I can't show you what I wore, I am instead going to show you my favorite looks for Fall! Sound good?

Ok. here we go.

This is kind of what I wore yesterday. Only with a mustard shirt and a gorgeous grey and purple scarf. This style is one of my favorites because it is a) warm. b) cute. c) easy to put together.

Adorable, right? Mustard is one of my favorite colors. And I love scarves. And I love easy, flattering dresses. So, this is a perfect go-to look for Fall!

Tunic like shirts and leggings/skinny jeans. I LOVE that look. It is so great as "camouflage clothing", you know clothes that help give you that figure you wish you had? Not to mention, even the skinniest of people can look larger in the wrong clothes. This style, for me at least, helps me look and feel beautiful. (Oh, and I love scarves. And boots.)

Colored jeans. I need more. I need a pair in mustard! And stripes. I love me some stripes (and polka dots)

Layers, belts and stripes. Please and Thank you yes!

I really don't need to explain this wonderfulness, right? I am currently on the watch for a chambray shirt. We found my husband one that he looks incredible in. Now I just need one for me!

I pretty much wanted to show you that I do indeed, like color. This kelly green is my favorite!
This, to me at least, says DATE NIGHT! I love the browns, the boots, the scarf and the dress. 

Needless to say, I have a scarf problem people. I really do. I bought two new scarves in the last week. My husband says I have too many... I don't think so. Scarves are really just... necessary. As are boots.

I have a really casual style. I do like to get all dressed up, every once in a while, but for the most part I like my scarves, my jeans, my boots and nice comfy shirts. I think it is so important to find a style that fits your personality and makes you comfortable. You act better when you feel like you look good.

Too bad I didn't dress that way today... Another reason to plan your outfit the night before, right?!

I am currently in the process of redefining my style. It helps to have pinterest to go and just look and look and pin what I like. Every couple of days, I go back to my Fashion Passion pinboard and kind of review what I pinned. Then I see ways I can incorporate that into my style. (like buying more scarves and a new pair of boots!)

You don't necessarily have to have a "style". It is totally ok to be eclectic. For me, it is easier to style things and put together outfits if I know what I like and have basic pieces to build with. I am constantly adding things to my wardrobe, and throwing things out. (Oh the beauty of shopping!). 

Do you have any tips on finding your style or changing your style? Do you have one thing you can't seem to have enough of (like scarves...)

(To see more of my favorite fashions you can follow me on pinterest! And I am linking up with thepleatedpoppy and twothirty-fivedesign, go check it out!)