Day at a Time, Life

Plans for this busy life.

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This afternoon finally gave me a pause in what seems to have been a non-stop, whirlwind of early morning classes, deadlines and gym sessions with my trainer. The husband has been traveling a lot so the weekends have been precious time to spend together in between all of our normal weekend duties. But within this crazy time, I can’t but dwell all how absolutely blessed I truly am.

Over the past few months, the husband and I have had the best chats about our goals and dreams. We’ve made plans to make those goals and dreams a reality and gotten giddy at the prospect of it all happening. There are just so so many things to look forward to.

In the next few days, our long-awaited puppy will be born and in six weeks we will get to meet him or her. A dream I’ve had since I was a little girl will be coming true (the puppy is one this is the other one) and today marked a very real step in the right direction – we bought the tickets and I’ll be spending a month in Europe this summer exploring France and studying abroad in Denmark and Sweden. It will be a trip of a lifetime! And if that’s not exciting enough as soon as I get back, we’ll be picking up our little 12 week old puppy and bringing it home for the first time!

There are a few other trips that’ll be sprinkled in and I just couldn’t be more excited. This year has brought so many amazing opportunities for new experiences and travel. It’s already March, but I feel like it’s just beginning!

Thanks for understanding as I sporadically post in between all this craziness. So many things are being accomplished during this time – the blog just hasn’t been one of them, but that doesn’t mean I have forgotten. This is just a period of constant work and focus, but when things settle down – you can bet I’ll be back here weekly, sharing the latest on my life, style and design.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Day at a Time, Inpsiration

Ten “Instas”

10 Instagramers | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Today I want to introduce you to some “instagramers” I enjoy following. Their pictures are so lovely and always brighten up my day. From babies to puppies to sights around the world, they give us a little peek into their lives through their phone camera. Enjoy!

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Photo belongs to CASEYLEIGHWIEGAND | Instagram

CASEYLEIGHWIEGAND of thewiegands.com takes the most darling photos of her precious babies. And who doesn’t like seeing sweet pictures of babies!?

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Photo belongs to CAROLINAVD | Instagram

CAROLINAVD is located in Finland and takes photos of her beautiful home and friendly pup. Her photos are minimal in color, adding a touch of  simpleness in my Insta feed.

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Photo belongs to MISSDARLINGCLEMENTINE | Instagram

LITTLEMISSCLEMENTINE has an absolutely beautiful daughter. She is the star of her Insta page. She’s always exploring and Mama, you dress her to the T! Love LMC. Check out her adorable darlingclementineshop.com It’s full of little things for the wee ones.

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Photo belongs to COLORADODARLIN | Instagram

COLORADODARLIN is a local here in Denver. This makes it fun to follow her as pictures pop up around the city I live in. She’s very detail oriented and takes beautiful pictures of the surrounding area.

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Photo belongs to LITTLEFLOWERRR | Instagram

Oh, LITTLEFLOWERRR. She’s one of my dear friends. Her & “Baby Kitty” go on many adventures and her Insta page tells the story.

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Photo belongs to LAUREN_TIEN | Instagram

LAUREN_TIEN is also a local in Denver, but her feed is full of travels to Mexico and all sorts of places. She is creative and always shares her latest DIY project on her blog PearlsPoppiesPinkiesUp Blog

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Photo belongs to ALEXNIEUWHOF | Instagram

Look at that face! ALEXNIEUWHOF has an incredible talent. Her feed is full of color and inspiration and every now and then her sweet Golden shows up. I’m such a sucker for Goldens. Her blog is just as gorgeous as her feed – Whimsey Darling Blog

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Photo belongs to AMERRYMISHAP | Instagram

AMERRYMISHAP takes us around Jennifer’s lovely surroundings in black and white. By black and white, I don’t mean the filter. Most everything she takes is black and white. Her photos are such a breath of fresh air and so is her blog A Merry Mishap Blog

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Photo belongs to BLEUBIRD | Instagram

BLEUBIRD takes wonderfully delightful pictures of her family and their daily adventures. I always love seeing sweet babes and her feed is one of my favorites. And if you like her feed you’ll liker her blog too Bleu Bird Blog

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Photo belongs to ARMEADORS | Instagram

Speaking of babes, ARMEADORS ‘s feed is filled with her’s. She has the two cutest, sweetest (we’ve met) babies ever. They have the best facial expressions and always have a little pep in their step. You’ll love all of her photos and her photography skills.. that’s a whole other reason to check out her page. She even has a youtube page that’s to die for YOUTUBE PAGE

That’s my TEN “Instagramers” I love to follow. Let me know what you think of the rest of their photos and be on the look out for more of my favorite “Instagramers” in the coming weeks. You can also follow my Instagram feed @aubreyrachael Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up: Less is More

Less is More | Love Yourself Link-Up | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences. We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

This weekend I read an article in the Spring Issue of Darling Magazine. It was my break time between packing and organizing for our move. This specific article spoke to this girl that was organizing and going through things this very day. I was inspired.

American culture says that you can never have too much and it’s okay to have excess amounts – clothes, dishes, notebooks, books & whatever else you want. But excess also creates a constant longing for more & the feeling that you’ll never have enough or be enough unless you have just one more.

Today I’d like to encourage you to maybe start with packing away or if you feel brave enough, giving away anything in your home – dresses, tops, bags, shoes, books, anything you find yourself to have in excess, especially anything you don’t use on a regular business. It’s truly a freeing experience. This allows you more space in your home, the ability to use everything you have and ultimately to give what you do not use, a home to someone who may not even know the concept of excess.

Because everything for me usually comes back to fashion, as many ladies can relate to, I have been very encouraged in living with less when it comes to that very thing. I’ve always heard about the European fashion concept of buying a few, very nice pieces, tailoring them to fit perfectly and then wearing them over and over every week. This concept is literally very foreign to Americans, but I think it’s something I’ve, slowly been trying to echo in my wardrobe. Having your favorite dresses, tops & skirts all visible, allows a more creative approach to dressing. Mixing prints & textures has become one of my favorite things to do with fashion. It also gives you an appreciation for what you have. Now this girl that used to shop every weekend and could always find a reason for a new dress or top, isn’t even interested in shopping unless she actually has a specific thing she needs. What a thought!

Another way to think about living with less in the wardrobe department is with travel. When I go on vacation, my first goal is to fit everything in a carry-on suitcase. It makes traveling go so much more seamlessly. Then I move onto the next goal, choosing my favorite wardrobe pieces to wear on the trip! For me, dresses are my favorite thing to wear, especially on trips. My favorite are dresses with sleeves that can be dressed up or down and that I always feel confident in. I love a good dress with sleeves because it’s an entire outfit. I can bring accessories, but I don’t have to bring quite as much! So, as I’ve traveled this summer and in previously months, I’ve learned I could really stick with the amount that fits into a carry-on in everyday life. Knowing the clothing choices are great for different events and they’re my top five pieces from my wardrobe, I feel like I can take on the world with any of them. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by choices, I know what I have and I love my choices.

In the end, living with less will not only bless someone else from what you’re ridding yourself of, but you’ll benefit from it on a daily basis. Living with less gives you a feeling of contentment, feeling like you are enough because you have enough. Less is truly more when you’re more confident, happy and satisfied with what you have.

In the Darling article, the picture has a girl holding up a blanket that says “FUN WITH NEARLY NOTHING”. Never thought you’d hear “fun” and “nothing” in the same sentence, right? But make this a challenge with yourself. Live with less because less will do more for you than you could ever have imagined. And remember that things don’t define you. You are an incredible woman. You don’t need things to make you happy or confident. Less is more. Now go and live with less! It really is fun!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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East Coast Picture Overload.

This year we decided to do a Road Trip. We started with Georgia where I was in my sweet friend’s wedding (more on that later) and then ended it spending time in New York City with my Aunt & Uncle. Along the way we stopped in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Lexington, Virginia, Cherry Hill, NJ and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was a crazy, wild trip and I’m so glad we did it. So many memories were created that I’ll never forget. Some highlights were of course Kylie & Michael’s Wedding, using AIRBNB and finding unique and beautiful places to stay while meeting wonderful people, seeing all of our family along the coast, the Art Museum and seeing Wicked on Broadway. You’ll see bits of these highlights in the photos. So, without further adieu, it’s time for the picture overload.

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Well aren’t you Darling.. Giveaway!

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Today I want to introduce you to my latest Obsession. One that will last for a very long time. Darling Magazine | The Art of Being a Woman! Darling is an incredible magazine that is filled with inspiring words of wisdom, advice and encouragement. I bought the first Volume in digital format and read it on the light rail going to class, waiting in line and sitting around the house on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve never read such a wonderful magazine. It leaves you feeling empowered and confident.

Their mission statement says it all.

We are committed to sparking a positive feminine revolution—believing that all women are not only interesting, but original; not only good enough, but exceptional; not just here, but here for a purpose.

So, today, I’m doing a giveaway for Darling, Volume I in the digital format. I want you to feel this same sense of purpose, originality and goodness I have felt while reading my copy. Download it to your phone, iPad or computer. Wherever you are, let Darling inspire you. Just leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win! I’ll announce the winner next week!

Here’s a glimpse of the issue!

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

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Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

I hope you enjoy this magazine as much as I have. It’s filled with such wonderful writings from people all over the world. The photography is gorgeous. The design is perfect. Creative. Uplifting. Inspiring. Darling.

Please check out the Darling Website for more information. They have a fabulous blog. A shop to buy even more Volumes, paper copies or digital! You can also visit their Instagram account filled with beautiful photos. For daily inspiration on your Facebook feed, you can find and like their page here.

Don’t forget, just leave a comment on this post and the winner will be announced next week!

Good luck, Friends!

*All of the photos above are from Darling’s Volume I. This is not a sponsored post. Just sharing the love!

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I’m Dreaming.

It’s happening. It’s snowing again. And I’m dreaming of a day when there’s no more snow and sunlight streams through my windows. I’m also dreaming of A Change of House. If you’re a follower on MY PINTEREST PAGE you know what’s been on my mind lately. My A Change of House board has gotten lots of attention. I’m dreaming of light colors, sunlight and little details that make the place. Feminine. Flirty. Whites. Neutrals. Cozy. Darling. I think I’ll share with you.

Living Room Layout Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

Cozy and Sleek.

Desk Wall Layout Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

These frames. That bouquet of flowers. The whole layout. Beautifully simple.

Desk Layout Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

Clean. White. Colorful. Rifle Paper Co. That did not get past me. Daily Inspiration. Happy.

Bedroom Layout Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

Mustard Yellow. Fave. Prints. Patterns and Neutrals.

Frame Layout Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

Picture layout. Gray couch. My dream. Perfect flower accent. Stairsss.

Crafty Ikea Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

Crafty Ikea Table Revamped. The color! The rug! The Globe!

Details Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

Genius. I have a scarf from Italy I’d love to frame. Simply elegant and oh so pretty.

Living Room Layout Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

Perfect Pop of Color! No Thank You!!

Bedroom Layout Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

This BED FRAME. The RUG! Comforter. Pillows. Ahh…

Desk Layout Pinterest Pin | Chic to Chic Blog

Eiffel Tower. Simple. Clean. A great spot to work.

I’m dreaming. I’m dreaming of the above…. Spring is in my head. I want it in my house. It’s snowing outside. Today I’m thinking in short sentences. Is that okay? Hope so. Happy Monday, Friends!

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Mrs. Bride to Be & the Gals

Kylie's Shower | Chic to Chic Blog

A flight to the South. A shuttle. A dinner date. A quick chat with the fam. A late night. An early wakeup. A Starbucks breakfast run. A dress find at Target. A quick dress up and onto the Partaaay…

This weekend we celebrated my dearest friend, Kylie. She’s set to wed on the first of June and I’m one of the lucky girls to stand beside her. Weeks of planning led to the fabulous Lingerie & Bridal Shower for the lovely lady and boy was it funnn.

What happened at Kylie’s Shower, stays at Kylie’s Shower…. am I right, girls?!

A reunion of sorts with all of the gorgeous gals I haven’t seen since high school! It had been way too long. Overall it was a whirlwind, but what a fab whirlwind it was!

27 hours later back in Denver Matt & I celebrated Easter on Sunday and now it’s back to school and work for me.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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