Day at a Time

Motivation in the Form of Unmotivation

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I’m being real this morning – Ever have those days where you feel completely unmotivated with the huge pile of work sitting in front of you? That was me yesterday. I think it was part overwhelming and part exhaustion. Well, today I’m playing catch up in the form of an early morning work out, the fastest getting ready session and a sprint to the school computer lab to finish a project by this afternoon! Whfew! I’m already tired thinking about it, but I can’t slow down. I should have all kinds of energy stored up from yesterday’s brain pause (aka Pinterest and Netflix binge). Sometimes one just just needs a day to recover from Monday, anyone with me?

*Update: I didn’t have the fastest getting ready session, but I did create a vintage inspired fashion statement – complete with a middle part and shift dress. I couldn’t sprint to the computer lab due to the other fashion statement, shown in the elevator on my Instagram page, here. But, now I’m safely in the lab and after I’ve posted this little blog post here, I’ll be back in business and ready to catch up on my unmotivation from yesterday. It’s funny how when specific things call for your attention, everything else just seems so much more interesting.. like how will I decorate my home in five years? What am I going to wear next week? I should really work on my photography skills…. Yes, this is my brain right now and none of that is on my to do list for today. Oops, anyone else feel like this? Okay, I’m sure you’ve heard enough from this scatter brained gal.

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Day at a Time, Inpsiration

Inspire Me, Won’t You | Prints

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Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Pretty Prints | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Remember when I shared my first print by Emma Block? Well, since then I’ve slowly gotten three more. I have two more headed my way to complete my dream of a little collage wall above my desk. These prints will be my daily inspiration and reminders. They re by some of my favorite artists. You can find the True Beauty print over at Lindsey Letters, the Pretty Gals over at Emma Block’s Etsy shop and the Hostess Print by Natalie Swarz at Darling Magazine. The Béni print I made myself. They are all framed in the gorgeous $10 RIBBA frames from IKEA. It’s always nice to surround your home with inspiring things. Each of these pieces have a lot of thought behind them and I chose them with special care. I’m so excited to finally have four out of the six and I now I just can’t wait to get them on the wall!

I still have to remind myself that making a home takes time and making a home, “home” doesn’t mean filling it with new things. But having a home that’s put together is important to me and I’m practicing patience as it comes together. There are still so many things on my list to purchase, but I’m learning to be happy and satisfied with my “four out of six”.

With my birthday coming up, my parents decided to surprise me with a canvas photograph I’ve had my eye on. I’ll be sharing as soon as it’s up! I’m always looking for talented illustrators and creatives, who are your favorites?

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What to Wear

Let’s Talk Dress

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Let’s talk dress – inspired by a conversation with my fellow classmates yesterday afternoon. Who do you dress for? Why do you dress the way you do? Are you trying to project a certain image with your style?

Dressing, is a very important element in my life. Whether or not we like it, people judge us based on what we are wearing and how we hold ourselves. It’s important to keep that in mind when choosing what to wear to class, work, dinner or in any situation, especially where first impressions will be made. There are a few quotes I like to keep in mind while readying myself for the day – at the core of it all, Audrey says it best, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you’re never alone.” Those are some powerful words and the thing that stands out the most is that there is no advice about the outward appearance, but for anything to look beautiful on the outside, there must be a flood of beauty that comes from the inside.

The second quote I’d like to share is “Being well dressed is a beautiful form of politeness.” When you dress well, you show those around you whether at work, school or a dinner, that you care about this situation and you took the time to prepare for it. Along with that, I’d like to share one last quote that as a college student and freelancer, I take seriously; “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.” As a student, I do my best to treat my classes as an interview, a time to learn for the job I want and to project the image that I hope future employers will see. I work hard and I dress for the future opportunity I want when meeting new and current clients. Dressing in a professional way, in most circumstances shows a future client or employer, that you will take your job seriously and handle it in a professional way. Along with your outfit, complete it with a confident air, you’ll feel ready to take on any situation.

 

Happy Thursday, Friends!

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Day at a Time

Best Takes Time

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Credit | Falling into London

This morning you can find me warming up on the elliptical in our building’s mini gym. I’ve been slowly making progress again on this goal of balancing life as a college student, freelancer, wife, blogger, hostess, healthy eater/regular gym visiter, Christian, friend, city dweller and whatever new label comes my way. The truth is, I love being busy. I love being all of the above, but like I mentioned last night, I can feel a little overwhelmed. This morning I had a hard time waking up, but after I rolled out of bed, I took some time for me. Because I may strive to be the best at all of those things on that list, but sometimes I have to work at being the best me. You know, the gal behind all of those other titles. I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the closest to perfect I can be at various things and not just for myself, but for other people as well. I strive to be real, but I try to be that perfect idea of wife, Christian or freelancer too. I’m slowly learning that there is no such thing as perfect. I can do my best and that should be perfect. And maybe perfect isn’t the right word, but my best should be enough.

We moved into our new loft in the city in August. It’s been a process. With any new home, it’s easy to get caught up in all the new things you’d like to add to make it “perfect”. I’ve been working on this desire for everything to be perfect, now. When in reality buying the twenty even things on my list, is going to take time. Same with building my business, getting a regular work out schedule and being a good hostess. I’m learning time is so essential. Being impatient just stresses me out, but if I’m patient, things will slowly work out, for the better even, in time.

Time is filled with progress, experience, practice and so many other things that take you where you want to go. I’m learning to be thankful for time. The time it’s taking me to finish my degree – it’s providing me with resources, networking opportunities, friends and so much learning to be better and grow as a person and as a creative. The time it’s taking to become a better hostess – it’s providing me with memories, better recipes and closer friendships. The time it’s taking to be blogger – it’s providing me with relationships, opportunity to express myself, showing me a desire I never knew I had to write and it’s exposing me to incredible communities. The time it’s taking to build my business as a freelancer – it’s giving me so many new experiences and opportunities to work with amazing businesses, learn more about who I am and would like to be, a chance practice those skills I’m learning as a student and really showing me a me way to connect to people and what they’re passionate about.

So much time has passed giving me the strength to overcome challenges and obstacles, making me better as time goes on. Time, it’s truly a gift from God. It’s something that is filled with details only the person can tell about. Time is so important for growth and gives us the opportunity to be the best we can be. It gives us the chance to make mistakes and find ourselves in every facet of who we are and want to become. As a normally impatient gal, I’m learning time is not only important, but we will never get it back.

What will you do with your time? How have you seen time and patience combined change you for the better?

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Day at a Time

Not Sinking

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Credit | Cut & Tear

It’s a chilly night here in Denver and I’m feeling very sleepy and far behind on the to do list. Anyone else feeling it this week? This week has been a little crazy and filled with due dates, but I’m not sinking – I’m swimming as fast as I can! There was a nice little ray of sunshine earlier this afternoon. A dear, sweet friend came over for lunch and good conversation. It’s amazing how much an hour with a friend can truly lift the spirit, encourage your mind and touch your heart. This special lady has a way of always leaving me with a sense of passion and drive. She gives me a refocus on what’s important and how to use my daily struggles as a lifeline. She inspires me to continue on and tonight, I’m doing just that. So, here’s to giving it our best and not sinking.
Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Celebrate Good Times, What to Wear

Little Blue Birthday Dress

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have been annoyed by my blast of blue dresses. So sorry for that, but I assure you it was for a fantastic purpose. It’s official, this year’s birthday party theme is a Blues Party. It’s a “Blue Out”! Blue dresses, ties, decor, cake and music. We’re going all out, ya’ll! If you know me, you know I have this crazy love for event planning. My poor husband still doesn’t understand why I can’t just do dinner for our birthdays, which are two days apart. You see, I love to celebrate, every. little. thing. But my favorite thing by far to celebrate is my birthday. It’s not about celebrating me or the fact that I’m a year older, it’s about making a big to-do, getting all of our closest friends together, dressing up and making memories. I love spoiling my friends and this is a way to do just that! In my mind, that’s a full fledged party complete with invitations matching the theme, a special dress for the event and of course a custom cake. So, this is the first, but probably not last, little post you’ll be seeing between now and mid-November. Today I finalized the space and  now I’m set to pick out the dress! So, on to the LBBD (Little Blue Birthday Dress). This indecisive gal, has about fifty or more dresses on her list, but I’ve somehow managed to narrow them down to four. Now, I’d love opinions! Some background – it’s an afternoon, cocktail styled party at the Museum of Contemporary Art on their little rooftop. So, it could get a little chilly up there. My hair will probably be down and curled. So.. tell me what you think! I’d love to hear your thoughts – Classic, Lacey, Curvy or Flowy? What’s your fave?

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Inpsiration

Inspire Me, Won’t You? | Terry Maker


Self - Portrait in Tootsie Roll Pop | Terry Maker Sculptor | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Cycle | Terry Maker Sculptor | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Colored Striped Book | Terry Maker Sculptor | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Ascension (Blouses) |Terry Maker Sculptor | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Ther First and Last | Terry Maker Sculptor | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Bullet Belt on a Nail | Terry Maker Sculptor | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Terry Maker Sculptor | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Today I’d like to introduce you to Terry Maker. She’s not only my professor, but an incredible artist and sculptor. If you’re in the Dallas area, the “You are Here” exhibit opens on Friday, October 18th featuring her art pieces at the Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery. You won’t want to miss it! Terry has a fantastic imagination. She creates her works using a variety of commonplace, discarded, domestic objects, combined with traditional art making materials to make sculptures that are cut, drilled and scraped to reveal her masterpieces within. She explores the core principles central to the physical and spiritual concerns inherent in her work.

As a professor, Terry has encouraged me to think outside the box using a multi-disciplinary approach to create things that showcase a topic in a profound and meaningful way. I appreciate that she takes the time to give her opinion on each piece, giving the chance to better it. Sculpture is one of my favorite artistic expressions. It’s so different from any other form. It can be approachable or quite the opposite, but it is still taking up the same spacial area as the viewer. Sculpture is a magnificent form in which to express so many experiences and Terry does that in an unforgettable, masterful way.

If you’re in the Denver area, her piece “Testament” is being displayed at the Redline Gallery. That will be my next stop! See you there!

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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