Montana Mountains

Went on an adventure today in the mountains in my new collared pullover! This tricky little number is actually one piece, which I personally like because I don’t have to keep pulling the undershirt down and readjusting, like I often do when I wear two pieces to get the same sweater/collared shirt combo. It’s well made, so it’s not noticeable that it’s one piece and even have slits up the side to give it even more of a two piece feel.

This pullover is perfect to wear to work or on your next autumn adventure! It comes in this green, yellow, black, grayish-blue, Brown, and light gray.

Today my adventuring led me to an adorable historic town in Montana called Red Lodge. This location has year round, seasonal attractions such as, skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. Or if you like to keep your feet flat ground, there’s plenty of exploring to do in the adorable shops that make up the town.

The Montana Candy Emporium is one of the many tourist attraction in the town that people from all over the world visit to fill up their bags full of candy from the past and present.

Not to mention that it’s filled with other intriguing sights besides the delicious treats. The walls are covered with old phones, old signs, and other nicknacks, while the floors are filled with bins of candy, old toys, and giant fire trucks.

Overall, it’s an adorable little town that’s worth grabbing a coffee from one of the many local cafes and taking a stroll through the shops.

A Box For Lady Bosses

I received a box from the recently launched Stylestarter clothing company and I couldn’t be happier about the content inside! So I wanted to share my experience, because if you’re like me and love new clothes, but are too busy chasing goals to go to a store and shop, you have to check them out! They’ll help you build the perfect style to show off who you are, without interrupting your busy schedule by shipping your brand new style goodies straight to your door every month.

How it works:

1. You select the box you wish to receive

2. You will receive an email request to fill out a Style Survey

3. A stylist will take the information you provided and start shopping!

4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered right to your door!

About the company:

Style starter was founded by lead stylist Kaylee Wilson with the goal of creating stylish custom outfits for the everyday woman. She is currently in her senior year as a fashion and merchandising student at Indiana of Pennsylvania. In addition to her education, Kaylee has experience in visual merchandising and freelance styling. She hopes to empower women through the art of dress.

My experience:

I filled out the survey that I was sent and really felt that I was able to express what I was looking for when wanted to develop my style and add to my closet. The stylist must have asked the right questions, because the three piece outfit I was sent (romper, blazer jacket, necklace/earring set) was definitely something that represented my style! The combination was something that I wanted to wear but may not have thought of without the help of my new personal stylist.

The outfit is perfect with the transitioning weather that we’re experiencing as the seasons are changing. I love outfits that I can wear throughout the seasons so that I feel I get more bang for my buck! The romper is absolutely adorable and the jacket is so versatile. I can wear the jacket with so many other combinations and occasions, especially to work. I have already worn the necklace and earrings a few times already with different outfits. They also sent me a face mask, which I thought was a very sweet touch!

The material and manufacturing of the clothes were great quality. These are pieces that I will be able to wear years to come as they were made to withstand even the most fickle washer and dryer.

If you are looking for a stress free way of showing off your unique personality and style, I hope that you will consider supporting another lady boss’ incredible dream and check out Stylestarter.

More information can be found at shopstylestarter.com or on instagram at @shopstylestarter

Valentines’s Day 2018- Best Friend Brunch Edition

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I had an amazing Valentine’s Day and I hope you all did too! But regardless of whether it was good or bad, we all survived it and made it to February 15th! Being post breakup, I was nervous that the day would be hard to get through, but I am in such a great place personally right now that it just reinforced that I am on the right path.

My best friend Cody is in grad school with night classes and I didn’t have any clients scheduled till late afternoon, so we decided to celebrate our friendship with a tasty brunch. We even kept it heathy with turkey bacon and egg whites. Not to mention cost efficient by shopping at Aldi’s, those flowers were only $2!

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Now for the outfit choice! I of course used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to wear pink and get a little fancy. This dress was purchased on Amazon for $24.99. The dress was extremely comfortable and made from quality material. I loved the ruffled, off the shoulder look and the longer skirt for a classy feel. My only complaint was that the material on the skirt bunched and wrinkled easily, so if you are the type of person who gets annoyed with adjusting your outfit, this is not the dress for you! Overall, I was very happy with my choice of attire for my Best Friend Brunch.

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The back of the dress it also selling point if you are looking for a party dress that’s a little different from the normal go-to-styles. It’s so flirty and fun, with the exposed shoulders and the ruffles, without losing any elegance.

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After we finished eating, we threw on some sweats and got to work! Cody worked on his school assignments, while I finished up paperwork for my job. There’s something about doing a task, that isn’t fun on it’s own, with the ones you love that makes everything so much better.

With assignments and paperwork finished, I headed to my scheduled sessions with my clients to help strengthen their relationships (I’m a Family Based Therapist) with their loved ones and I can’t think of a better way to spend the Day of Love!

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To finish up the perfect Valentine’s Day, I met two of my friends to see “I, Tonya” at an adorable, historical theatre in Squirrel Hill called The Manor Theatre. It was a really funny, though sad because it’s based on someone’s real life, and I would definitely recommend seeing it. It was especially interesting since the Winter Olympics are on right now as well.

Once the movie was finished we heading to Waffallonia (as pictured above) and if you are a Pittsburgh local, this is a must try! You get to ordered fresh waffles with any toppings you want! I had never been before so I kept it with the classic waffle topped with strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, and chocolate syrup. They also have Nutella ice cream, which is officially on my “to try” list now! I have a feeling with the weather getting warmer, that this may be my new favorite spot.

Overall it was a wonderful day and I hope that I can carry expressing how I feel about my loved ones over into my every day life, because truly am grateful for every single one of them.

Valentine’s Day Got Me Like

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Styling by: @reeka_22

We have finally made it through January, which seemed to drag on forever, only to come out on the other side in a jungle of heart, flowers, and fuzzy pink things! If you are like me, I have never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, even when I am madly in love with someone. In the past if I was single, it just helped me rationalize my irrational fear that my personality was too big to be in a relationship. If I was in a relationship I felt an irrational pressure to make everything perfect, then overwhelming anxiety when I couldn’t afford it because I was a student or things didn’t go as planned.

During this month, I think I am going to focus on taking a step back and letting myself breath. Holidays should be fun and simple, but we have a habit as a society to let ourselves get swept away in all the fuss to the point where we start dreading these celebrations. I am challenging myself to focus on other types of love this month in the spirit of Valentine’s Day!

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♡ Philia Love: I have so many incredible friends in my life, but as adults working towards careers, we don’t always prioritize spending time with each other. This month I want to make sure I am putting more effort into showing my friends that I love and care about them, even if it’s just writing on their Instagram post or shooting them a text.

Then for actual Valentine’s Day a couple friends and I are going to get all dressed up, go to Chick-fil-a, and see a movie!

♡ Storage/ Familiar Love: My sister moved to Montana and I am not always great at calling her to check in. So another goal for me this month is to make sure I am calling family members, who are not close enough to see, to check in on how they are doing. Everyone likes to know that they have family and friends who care about their wellbeing and I never want my loved ones to feel alone because I was too wrapped up in my life to pick up the phone.

♡ Philautia Love: Self-love! This is the most important type of love and should be given the most attention, especially in a month where people tend to be a little less nice to themselves. I am going to make sure I get enough sleep this month and that I do things that I love. I am going to take bubble baths and not answer texts when it feels overwhelming. I am not going to let other’s walk on me or let myself think bad things. So wear the pretty dress! Exercise! Go dancing! Eat the cake! Figure out what it is that you love and make it a priority!

It probably sounds cheesy, but being alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely, especially on a holiday! Make fun and simple plans with your friends on Valentine’s Day. Maybe buy yourself that shirt you keep eyeballing or those gorgeous flowers you passed in the grocery store to reward yourself for all the amazing things that you do. Don’t forget, you’re doing great!


Shoes: Aldo
Jacket: Amazon
Bodysuit: Marshalls/ Sophie B
 Sunnies: Charming Charlie
Letter Board: Target Dollar Section in store ! Similar Online
Rosé: Rosatello
Socks: Target 
Fuzzy Pink Pillow Case: Amazon
Faux fur Throw Blanket: Target

Journaling For the Soul

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I recently started a joint journal and sketch pad all rolled into one, as a way to express myself and experiences through two different outlets. Journaling and art can be such great tools to therapeutically externalize your feelings in a way that is laid out there in front of your eyes to see. Once they are visually in front of you, it is then easier to sort through the emotions, honor the emotions, and then begin to let them go.

One way or another you have to get out your feelings, because if you keep them internalized they can come out in a way that will hurt yourself or others. Not to mention what it does to your health! So write it out, blog it out, draw it out, or talk it out- but get it out!

A new goal of mine is to be better about expressing my emotions and to stop letting fear dictate how I live my life. So I am going to share two of my journal pages that address the fear I have of never being satisfied in this life and briefly about my recent heartbreak. I am not good at letting myself be vulnerable and keep everything close to my chest, so even admitting to myself that the breakup affected me, is a step in the right direction towards healing.

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Hope everyone spent some time focusing on themselves today! Don’t forget to be kind to yourself.