Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summatime


It's officially summer! My lovely granny used to tell us that she was the luckiest girl because her birthday was on June 21 - the longest day of the whole year! Every year on June 21, I smile thinking about my granny and how much I miss her. And when the sun stays our past 9:00, I think about how she really did have a great day to celebrate.

This outfit is perfect for many summer celebrations - whether it's a birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower (yes, I'm starting to get invited to those now - CRAY), or just a simple night out with friends. You've seen this skirt before (maybe a few times) but I can't help it. It's so fun to wear and the color just makes me think of spring and summer. In fact, I wish I would have ordered it in multiple bright colors. Unfortunately it's no longer available on Express's website (#bringbackthemidi), but I linked to a few other similar styles below. Give a bright, full, fun skirt a whirl this summer and have a great time celebrating whatever comes your way.

Photography: Caroline Grace

Wearing:
 seven styles 
I LOVE a great envelope clutch. The one pictured above is BCBG and no longer available, but here are a few more (including the great Rebecca Minkoff style I bought this spring!)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fathers Day Weekend


 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My parents ended up heading to South Carolina yesterday morning, which meant we celebrated Father's Day a week early. So I was happy to tag along with Jon Ryan to his family's festivities. 

I am beyond lucky to have such a supportive and loving family. My dad is the smartest, most hard working, humble person I know and I cannot even begin to express how much he means to me. He has done nothing but support and care for his family and I only hope that I can one day do the same for mine.

But I am also lucky to have such an amazing second-family on JR's side of things. He is so blessed to still have 4 grandparents (whereas I lost my last grandparent in fall of 2013). I love bopping from house to house, visiting with grandparents, siblings, nieces and nephews. And they welcomed me as a member of their family from day one. Today I wore a camo-print t-shirt so I could match JR's dad's camo crocs (yes, crocs). 

Now, if you do find yourself dressing up for brunch with the BF's fam, this is a perfect option. The flowy skirt is so easy and cool in the summer months, and pairing it with my favorite white lace tee and (slightly scandalous) black bra added a bit of femininity and edge, all at the same time. (Although for brunch with grandmas and grandpas, perhaps a white cami under the tee may be a liiiiiittle more appropriate).

High fashion might not necessarily have been on display this particular Sunday, but lots of love and laughs sure were. And that, more than any pair of designer shoes, is what makes these kinds of days the best. 

Photography: Caroline Grace

Get the look:
 seven styles 
seven other great midi skirts:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Evenings with Ru


If you have read recent posts, you know that life has been crazy busy lately! But it has been fun and fresh and exciting and happy. New job, new apartment, with an amazing pup and an amazing boyfriend (like how I mentioned Ruby first, JR?!) But somtimes, things can still come in and knock you off guard.

When you get thrown off, you can stumble...or use that as momentum to take a leap forward. Instead of giving in to that pit at the bottom of your stomach and letting it knock you down, you can use it as a weight to ground you in the present. The past can be an ugly reminder of things gone awry, or it can be a beautiful acknowledgement of a live well lived. It's up to you how it moves you forward. 

One of my favorite things to always remember is that pain is a direct reflection of our ability to love. So instead of being dragged down, let that sinking feeling ground you in the beauties of today. Smile and acknowledge the wonderful days of the past, and keep those bright eyes focused on the promise of the future.

And if all else fails, take a casual walk with your little pup, have a glass of wine with your love, and remember that tomorrow is a new day. 

wearing // shorts: Treasure & Bond (Nordstrom) - my absolute FAVORITE summer shorts, and a much more affordable version of the Rag & Bone ones I was dying for) // blouse: Nordstrom (old, similar below) // shoes: Tory Burch (old, similar below) // sunglasses: Ray Ban // belt: thanks to Jon Ryan and his abercrombie wearing days
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Playing with Prints


Things have been crazy lately! Between moving back to Indianapolis, starting a new job, traveling for weddings/birthdays/visits to friends, and moving into a new apartment, I have barely had time to catch my breath. You've heard me say it before, but it's so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. I find myself coming home from work, exhausted, only to have to run errands or stop by the grocery store and before I know it, it's 9:30 at night. 

But I'm not complaining! I have come a long way over the past year-and-a-half, and I could not be more grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given (and grateful for those that I have worked hard for). I have found that in order to keep my mind focused on being thankful and calm, rather than stressed and anxious, it's crucial for me to carve out a little time every day (even if it's just 5 minutes) to regroup. Sometimes that's as easy as pausing in the morning to read one of my daily devotionals, and sometimes it means setting aside 2 hours for a yoga class. 

Regardless of how much time you actually have, here's a little reminder: no matter how crazy life gets or how busy you are, taking a little time in your own head helps to kind of...reset the clock. Slow things down a bit. Take time to appreciate the beautiful weather, your favorite TV show, or even just a quick cup of coffee. I have found that in my twenties, it has been hard to keep my own identity. I was a student, girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, intern, graduate, girlfriend again, new hire, and now full-time strategist. All in under two years across three cities. In order to stay grounded in being Abby in the midst of all those changes, it has been so important to occasionally reconnect with myself. It takes effort, but it makes a huge difference.

Last week, taking time to regroup and reconnect meant working on my blog. It has been an amazing outlet for me and I love putting time and effort into these posts. And I could not be more excited to be back in Indy, working with an amazing new photographer! Caroline and I clicked immediately, and we had so much fun during this shoot on a Tuesday evening after work. I'm so excited to continue working with her and sharing beautiful pictures like the ones above featuring my favorite new little mini dress. I hope you enjoy!

Photography: Caroline Grace 

wearing // dress: Club Monaco (on sale!) // shoes: Madden Girl // clutch: Target // sunglasses: Sunglass Warehouse

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seven other Club Monaco dresses on sale:
 



 
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