Shesh, time does not slow down even in the new year.
I got the flu (or something like it) right after Christmas and during New Years and lost my voice. Then work and life amped back up. I'm sure you all understand. I'm trying to be better about blocking out time to get personal things (blogging, creative ventures, etc.) done during the week since I'm gone for about 12 hours everyday for work and have about 2 hours before I need to be in bed to do it all over again the next day, but so far my attempts have been feeble. But I'm not going to quit my day dream despite my lack of free time.
I guess this is adulting?
I just finished John Mark Comer's new book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and I'm feeling inspired to cut things out of my life that bring death to my soul. One of them being spending too much time on my phone.
At the end of the book he gives the reader 20 practical ways to live more simply and cut out hurry.
One of the practices was to put your phone to "bed" at night (far away) and use an alarm clock for the morning so you don't spend time scrolling at night or in the morning and you can give your eye's a rest from the overload of blue light we experience.
The nights that I have done this since finishing the book last week have been those with the best sleep and the easiest wake-up routine. I usually snooze my alarm 5-10 times in the morning (sorry roomie). But with only one alarm set (on my google home) and my phone far away charging in the living room, I was forced to get up and start getting ready. Nothing to pick up and scroll, nothing to distract myself with while in bed avoiding getting ready. I just picked up my phone on the way out the door and didn't spend ANY time distracted or scrolling in the morning or before bed.
I definitely recommend this practice if you are like me and catch yourself wasting time on your phone at night or in the morning.
I also recommend this book if you're looking for a new read. John Mark's writing feels like an easy conversation and I've heard him speak enough to understand his lighthearted and sometimes sarcastic tone. I've read all of his books and this one is a great reminder of the importance of living a slow and meaningful life, amid our busy modern society.
Well onto this outfit below ;)
My cute siblings helped me shoot this outfit this past summer. We even got Morgan to strut her stuff in front of the camera alittle. I love her confidence and sass.
My yellow skirt is a vintage find from the rose bowl flea market. Thankfully the vendor had a booth to try on clothes and I was able to make sure it fit before pulling the trigger. I got pretty dang lucky because it fits like a glove. Which can be good or bad since vintage clothes have no stretch. Let's just hope I don't gain any weight and can't wear it anymore because it's a definitely a favorite in my closet right now.
The denim jacket is a lovely thrift find and my graphic tee is from Zara.
Zara has an amazing graphic tee selection and they are always rotating out new designs. I was having a hard time finding good graphic tees for a while, but once I found Zara's selection, I haven't looked back. But now that I'm only buying secondhand for the next year, I'll keep you updated on some tips for finding them secondhand.
About 20-30% of my closet is secondhand and I'm hoping to grow that percentage in 2020.
This necklace pairing has been a favorite of mine for a while. The heart necklace is from Madewell and the dreamer necklace is from Gorjana. The two tone metal earrings are from Madewell.
Pro-tip, get the earrings from Nordstrom Rack instead of paying full price at Madewell. That's where I bought these ones from.
My yellow purse is from T.J. Maxx and my sneakers are the classic checkerboard slip-on vans that have come back around the fashion loop. I love how versatile they are and how seamless they pair with a skirt just as well as jeans. My hat is the one I always wear (eye roll) from a consignment years ago in New Hampshire. Don't worry, I have a new hat to showcase very soon.
Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if there's anything else you want me to share on here.
Jill is an Interior Designer with a passion for fashion, photography and beautiful, functional spaces.