Olive & Stripes

The fall colors are in full swing and I have definitely been taking advantage of the long sweaters, booties and fall tones. With the start of a new season, I have been trying to build myself more of a capsule wardrobe and have been really leaning towards more basic pieces. I have been so sick of putting away my wardrobe at the end of a season, only to find that when I pull it out for the next year that everything feels outdated or…say it with me… “so last season”. I have really wanted to focus more on buying pieces that I can wear into winter or spring and easily purchase just a few new items as the weather changes to mix and match with my more basic pieces to make them feel fresh and new again. I have cleaned out my closet(s), over and over again, only to find that I always just lean towards those more simplistic options. For this outfit, I paired a basic black and white tee, high waisted Levi jeans, tan booties and a cardigan with a pop of autumn green. While the first three pieces fit more into the “basics” category, the green cardigan makes it fall appropriate with its longer length, ribbed detailing and pretty color. I am hoping that by being more mindful of the pieces I am buying each season, I won’t be constantly switching out items (and eventually getting rid of them) as often as I currently am! What do you tend to do…Do you lean towards more basic or trendy items?

yours,

rr

Stripe Tee | Green Long Cardigan- SOLD OUT – Similar | Green Cardi SIMILAR | Booties | Jeans

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My Top 5 Apps for a Healthy Lifestyle

One of the questions that I get asked the most is which Health and Fitness Apps I use on a regular basis. Now, I of all people definitely know that everyone has a different lifestyle and what may work for one person, might not work for another. In my own health and fitness journey, I’ve gone through several different phases. I’ve gone from a gym rat, to a stay at home mom who would work out in her living room, to a busy working career woman who is always exhausted by the time I get home. What I have learned through each phase is to take advice, try out lots of different things, and find what works best for me. After several years, I have found that these 5 apps are my tried and true, and that I seem to return to them over and over again:

My Fitness Pal: This is the app that I use when I really want to get back on track. Counting calories really helps me see what my daily intake is and gives me a better perspective on what my portion sizes should be. It helps me realistically look at food as fuel and how to better my  daily nutrition. One of the things that I love about My Fitness Pal is that you can post progress photos to keep you motivated and they also have some really great articles and recipes within the app to try as well!

Apple Fitness App: For the longest time, I had a Polar watch that I would track my heart rate with. I made the switch to an Apple watch recently and have never looked back. Within the fitness app, you can track your daily activity, your workouts, heart rate and calories burned. You can also keep track of how many miles you have walked or ran during each session. This watch motivates me to keep moving during the day and there’s no better feeling than getting those activity rings closed throughout the day, am I right?!

Music App: You have to have some sort of music app to keep your workouts going strong. Whether it is Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify or a YouTube account, this is an absolute must. Put together a workout playlist with your favorite pump up songs to keep you turnt up. You’d be surprised what a playlist can do to keep your heart rate up!

Pinterest: This App is so full of inspiration!  You can pin everything from cute workout apparel (like the Ellie Activewear April collection I am wearing below) to deliciously healthy recipes and meal plans, to new workout regimens and inspiring quotes. There are even guides for local hikes to add to your bucket list. You can also sort everything into different categories to easily go back and find that pin once you have saved it. Happy Pinning!

Sworkit: This is a great App for on the go. If you don’t have a ton of time or any gym equipment, this is a good App to get you moving. You can choose different types of moves that you want to do, along with the amount of time you have to workout and boom, a quick but effective workout right in your hotel room.

There you have it, my top 5 apps that I use on a regular basis. Do any of you already use these apps or have any thoughts on them? I would love to hear what apps that you use on a regular basis!

yours,

rr

Outfit: Ellie Activewear April Collection

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Heart yourself: 5 ways to encourage self-love in your life

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self love

One of the most important things we can do on a daily basis is to show ourselves some love. Sometimes we get so caught up in the happenings of life, that we forget to be in a relationship with one of the most important beings in our lives…OURSELVES. I know it sounds ridiculous and maybe a little narcissistic, but honestly; if we can’t be in a loving and nurturing relationship with our own self, how in the world are we to show someone else those qualities? There ain’t no faking it until you make it in love, especially with yourself.

So, what are some different ways you can start to show yourself some self-love? Here are 5 ways to start incorporating them into your daily grind.

1. Nurture Yourself

Remember that you are in a relationship with yourself. If you never take the time to nurture that relationship, how are you going to nurture others? Fill your mind, body and soul with uplifting things. Take notice of the things you do well instead of criticizing the ones you need to work on. Write yourself encouraging messages or put bible verses on your mirror, find healthy meals or snacks to energize your body. Take interest and further explore the things that nurture your soul.

2. Treat Yo’ Self

I love to treat myself to different things throughout the month, whether that be an at home pampering session with a bubble bath and mask after a long work day, a mani-pedi, a coffee treat or even a shopping trip. Find things that make you feel good and take yourself on mini dates. Maybe for you that’s a rock climbing session or a day trip to your favorite museum. Whatever it is, find time for it and put time into yourself.

3. Protect Yourself

Another way to show yourself love and respect is to set boundaries not only with yourself, but with others. So many people have that “people pleaser” mentality. While wanting to help others isn’t a negative thing per se, know your boundaries and stick to them. If it comes down to it, don’t be afraid to hurt someone’s feelings by saying no. Unfortunately, sometimes people need to be told no. Show them that you know your worth and your limits. If you’re not comfortable doing it, then don’t.

4. Find Your Tribe

Search for the people that bring encouragement and laughter into your life and distance yourself from the negative ones. Being around friends and family that genuinely care for you and your well-being is such an amazing feeling. Surround yourself with your tribe and know that it is ok to have different friends for different things. Everyone is going through a different season in life and may be able to give you different insights to things such as interior design, hiking adventures or more serious issues such as marriage or parenting. Surrounding yourself with a tribe that is encouraging and supportive to one another is powerful . Make time for the important people in your life and be sure to lift them up as well.

Find Your Happy Place

Find the things that make you happy. What are some activities that always lift your mood? Is it yoga, hiking, cooking, zoning out to the television? For me, it’s working out. When I don’t do it I am cranky and irritable. It’s my one hour a night that I put in the work. My earphones go on, my mind zones out and it’s nothing but pure bliss for that one hour. Taking the time to be in your happy place, even if it’s only for an hour is what keeps you sane. Spending that time on yourself is what helps you become a better daughter, friend, spouse and mother. If you are so busy taking care of everyone else, who’s going to take care of you? No one knows you like yourself, so find your happy place and gallivant there.

Being able to show yourself self-love will affect every other aspect of your life. With self-love comes self respect, confidence and a more present self awareness. Find the things that make you tick and go for it. Show yourself your worth and don’t be afraid to let go of the people who may not see it along the way. Find your happy place and travel there often. The more love you put into yourself, the more you will be able to give in all of the other aspects of your life.

What are some ways that you show yourself self-love? Leave it in the comments below!

yours,

rr

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O’ Christmas Tree

O’ Christmas tree

O’ Christmas tree

What happiness befalls me.

This year for our Christmas tree, we decided to do something a little different. We typically have an artificial tree that we put up year after year, but a couple of days before Christmas last year, all of the lights suddenly went out, so a new plan it was for 2017. Of course, we kind of forgot that we needed a new tree until we were ready to start decorating this year, so we started looking for a replacement but couldn’t find anything that we loved. My sister suggested that we go out to their farm and make a little family adventure out of it. She had seen a couple of trees that she thought might be the right size for our family.

One Sunday morning in early December, We decided to get dressed, grab some Starbucks and roam around the property. It was so cold, so I dressed in a super warm sherpa jacket, jeans, boots and added a little glitz to my outfit with these Sugar Fix earrings. We ended up finding the perfect sized noble fir. I honestly thought that after having an artificial tree, I would never go through the hassle of getting a fresh one again, but this year reminded me that a new adventure and memories are definitely worth the little bit of extra effort. We got to adventure around the property with our family, get our boots a little muddy, take some photos and watch the boys cut down a tree that we were going to take home and decorate. It was also really nice to be reminded that everything doesn’t have to be so instant all of the time. Whenever we felt like decorating we knew we could just pull our box out of storage and get started. This year we had to plan a bit more and put in some extra effort and it turned into one of our favorite Christmas memories. What have been some of your favorite memories from this holiday season?

yours,

rr

Earrings Sugar Fix by Bauble Bar for Target | Tee Old Navy | Jeans Old Navy | Sherpa Jacket Old Navy |Boots Hunter |

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Maroon and stripes

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people who will buy multiples of an item that I love. There. I said it. There’s no shame here people. I’ve bought multiples of shoes, dishes, makeup, clothing and the list goes on and on. When I find an item that I absolutely love, I obviously buy it, but not just one. It’s like FOMO, but for material possessions. Take this cardigan for example. One cardigan.. two cardigan.. three cardigan….four…. Yes, somehow I have accumulated four of these things. I think I have them in every color at this point, maroon, black, light gray, dark gray (and don’t even ask me about the striped tee). I do tend to do this with more practical items like a pair of really good heels or a creamy foundation in the perfect color. I mean, It’s not like I’m over here hoarding puppy surprises or anything. Do any of you do this multiple buying thing too? Or is this just another quirk of mine to add to the list?

Anyways, back to the outfit. I paired this super soft black and white striped tee under a long maroon bouclé cardigan. I went with a pair of dark distressed denim with fraying along the hemline and paired them with some black Sam Edelman boots. I love these boots because they have a short heel in a pretty wood color that add a unique twist to them. All of these pieces can easily mix and match with other jackets, sweaters, denim etc and should definitely be a closet staple. I finished off this look with some dainty bracelets and a pair of gold leaf earrings, that are perfect for fall.

So, now that we know I have four of these cardigans and an unmentioned amount of tees… should I even divulge that I almost bought these same boots last week, but in a pretty sand color? Don’t worry, I didn’t… or did I?

yours,

rr

Bouclé Sweater Old Navy | Striped Tee Old Navy| Denim Macys; Pink Celebrity | Boots Marshall’s; Sam Edelman | Earrings Etsy| Sunglasses Kate Spade

Summer Blush 

Hellooo LPD! For those of you that don’t know, that stands for little pink dress. Can anyone else think of a better way to spend a mid-summer date night than in this perfect little blush number? I mean, it  practically screams take me out and hits all of the check marks for the perfect LPD. It’s trendy, sexy, cool and between the cold shoulder, silky fabric and blush tone I just feel so feminine and pretty in it. it makes me want to twirl in circles and enjoy the last few weeks of the warm summer nights. It’s funny how a piece of fabric can do that to you, isn’t it? Now it’s your turn to get out your LPD, have fun, and don’t forget to twirl to your own beat!

yours,
rr

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Let’s Get Real 

 What does being real mean to me? It means not caring what people think. It means surrounding yourself with people who enjoy you for you. It means eating the whole pizza without apologizing. It means dancing in front of a strangers doorstep without a care. It means choosing the rose gold sunglasses. Being real means pairing the fringe with the floral, because that’s what makes you happy. Being real means living and enjoying everyday knowing that there will never ever be another you. 

Now, let’s get real. 

For this outfit, I paired this floral flowy dress with a frayed denim jacket, rose gold sunglasses, a choker necklace and simple black flats. You have to remember, it’s still winter here in Oregon so it’s about 38 degrees outside (and raining) while I took this photo. I’m pretty much dreaming of taking this dress with me on a Hawaiian vacation. Instead, we are running back and forth to the car (that we may or may not have parked in a towing zone) to see if we got “the shot”. My husband takes my photos (yes, I have an Instagram husband) and he’s dying because well, he’s bald (a semi-choice) and he didn’t bring a hat with him to shoot the photos (rookie move, Tom).  After about maybe 15 minutes, we leave the location and as we’re driving back to Thomas’s parents house for Sunday dinner, I’m scrolling through the photos. I start with the ehh, hmm’s and he’s sitting next to me like… yes? Well, I didn’t feel like I ‘quite’ got the shot I was invisioning. At this point, we are already late for Sunday dinner, but happy wife happy life, right? He turns the car around and we go back. It only takes us a few more minutes to get the rest of the shots in. I’m dancing in front of a strangers doorstep, blowing bubble gum all over my face and have strangers driving by giving me a thumbs up. We left laughing, our car didn’t get towed and we got some great photos (and don’t worry, our family was kind enough to not start Sunday dinner without us). Being real is not caring what other people think, surrounding yourself with people who get you and being okay with making a fool out of yourself because they’re right there next to you doing the same darn thing.  Now if that’s not being real, I don’t know what is.

#weallcan
yours,
rr

dress AEO | jacket AEO | sunglasses AEO

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