#ootd + Blog Update

#ootd:

LOFT blouse, LOFT chinos, Sole Society bag, Merona pumps, Kendra Scott necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

floral top | chinos | pumps (old – Target) – great option | bag (old – Sole Society) – option | necklace

 

Blog Update

Hey guys! I hope you’re having a great week so far! You may have noticed I took a few days off from the blog. This happens every year, however for good reason. I usually get to a point (and it always hits in the winter because I run out of any creativity since it’s usually hot down here and the rest of the world is covered in snow!) where I feel a little “blogger lost.” Work is nuts right now, I get burned out, and the blog feels the brunt. It’s good for me to hit the refresh button though, as I really need to re-evaluate my goals for the blog and where it’s headed for the new year.

When I started blogging a couple years ago, it was (and still is) a creative outlet for me to show fun and creative outfits for the workplace. I get comments every now and then from patients at work that say “you’re too young to be a pharmacist” and although I know they are being kind, and I probably look younger than 35 because I’m short and have fake blonde hair (ha), that comment was thrown at me a different way the other day. A nicely dressed woman commented that I “dress too nice to be a pharmacist” and when I laughed it off she goes “No, really. Pharmacists usually look and dress so awful.” She had no idea – but it meant a lot to me to hear that from her for more than just a compliment!

j.crew factory gingham penil skirt, Banana Republic cotton tee, Sole Society pumps, Sole Society cross body, Baublebar necklace
~one of my favorite blog photos from 2017

It got my creative wheels turning again and how I miss putting my outfits to good use – for outfit inspiration in the workplace! Lately I’ve posted a ton of casual flatlays recently because my husband (my photographer haha) and I haven’t had any days off work together. We do have a long weekend coming up in March together, so I’m hoping I can convince him to follow me around with a camera for a couple hours. 🙂

~Ann Taylor really needs to come out with more cute skirts!

That being said, I would really like to get the blog back to work-inspiration related. I’ve trended toward casual outfits for the most part lately because of work burnout mentioned the other day. My staff and I have been running so much in order to get prescriptions filled that I when I get dressed in the morning, it’s a miracle I don’t wear pajamas to work!  Needless to say the woman at the pharmacy that complimented my outfit picked a good day – ha!

~Reese Witherspoon inspired outfit

I do shop a ton (I’m a true shopaholic, eek!), but causal outfits to me just kind of all look the same after awhile unless there is some flare added. And I have zero casual flare because when I’m dressing down it’s usually in jeans and t-shirt. 😋 I was inspired to start this blog by bloggers such as Outfit Posts and Mix & Match Fashion. Tara from MMF isn’t blogging any longer, but MK from Outfit Posts just started back up which is exciting! Thinking about how much I love both blogs, has encouraged me to get back ‘to my roots’ so to speak and make some 2018 goals for the blog. So, alas – here are my top 3. 🙂

2018 Goals:

*Focus more on work-related outfit blog posts

*I get most of my inspirations from catalog photos, Pinterest, magazines, etc. – I would love to use those in my posts similar to MK from Outfit Posts – inspirations encourage less spending and remixing old items in our closets – I really need to do this!

*We moved into a new home last fall and right now our home is very sterile – Pottery Barn esque furniture with zero decor. We took a step back from decorating because we wanted to pay down our debt in 2017/2018, but I have plans toward the end of the year to start finishing rooms and would love to share those one at a time on the blog!

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If you’ve lasted through this entire blog post – thank you so much for reading! 💙 In a world full of negativity, blogging can provide an uplifting place for women to unite and compliment one another – and also critique, but with style and positivity – I know I feel good when my outfit feels put together, so hopefully I can continue to inspire and create a positive environment here if even for just a quick 5 minute read.

-xoxo, Kecia

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale + #ootd

#ootd:

J.Crew Factory striped ruffle tee, Express denim, Lucky Brand booties, Kendra Scott necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

striped ruffle tee | step hem denim (old – Express) – option | necklace | booties (super sale!!!)

 

Nordstrom is having a great sale! Lately I’ve been avoiding placing orders (my bank account calls Nordstrom a black hole 😂) unless items are on sale. I quickly scooped up 3 items on sale this week including the sweater below (I ordered the peach color), and also this striped cold shoulder top (50% off!) and ruffle sleeve sweater (also 50% off!). I should be getting them in the mail today, so hopefully can show you a couple outfits tomorrow or this weekend! I put together a quick outfit post below using the olive color of the drape sleeve sweater.

BP sweater, Kate Spade watch, BP booties, Articles of Society denim, BP twist hem tee, Gorjana bracelet, Kate Spade earrings, Sole Society bag

SHOP THIS LOOK:

drape sleeve sweater | chevron scarf | twist hem tee

watch | denim | bracelet | earrings | booties | bag

 

December Fabletics + #ootd

#ootd:

J.Crew Factory skirt, Merona pumps, Banana Republic sweater, J.Crew Factory necklace

SHOP THIS LOOK:

skirt | sweater | necklace | pumps

 

Sharing my December Fabletics pick today. Every month I can’t imagine finding a new legging print I love even more than the last, but here it is! These are my favorite type of Fabletics leggings called “Salar” and they now come in a material they refer to as ‘powerform’ which is basically more stretchy, a little lighter weight, and incredibly soft, but also the perfect amount of tightness (won’t fall down while working out).

If you haven’t checked out Fabletics yet, you really should! It’s a subscription based service ($50/mo), but you can skip your month anytime (so you don’t pay anything), and also cancel anytime. I pretty much live in Fabletics outside of work, and now only use their leggings to run in! Oh and they now make sneakers!  I have the pair below and they are incredibly comfortable (great for cross training, but not running).

As always, if you sign up using my link below, we both get a bonus. ☺️ I will get $20 to use toward my next month, but you also get 2 leggings for $24!

Referral link:  Fabletics

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Holiday Gift Guide

#ootd:

Halogen windowpane skirt, Baublebar earrings, Sole Society bag

SHOP THIS LOOK:

Rib-knit merino sweater | Skirt (old – Halogen) – similar ($$), similar in black, similar in black

tassel earrings | zippered satchel bag | black pumps

 

I wanted to put together a blog post specifically for holiday gifts, but also wanted to make it a little more personal in regards to recommending products I have owned or used so I know they are really worth it. I feel like Christmas is one of the hardest and best holidays. I love finding and giving unique gifts to friends and family, but I hate giving a gift to someone with the after thought of “the gift receipt is inside in case you don’t like it.” I know it happens – but love to avoid it! So below are some great items I’ve purchased myself in recent months that I love — and hopefully might give you some guidance for your own friends and family!

Skincare – Colleen Rothschild

Now that I’m in my mid-30’s, I’ve really started to take better care of my skin. For years I have used a cleanser + moisturizer in the morning, a face wipe at night, and called it a day!  I’ve since developed age or sun spots and have realized the importance of taking care of my skin now so I don’t regret it in 20 years. I’ve always had sensitive skin and have to be really careful with products otherwise my face turns red and swells, so I’m pretty picky with what brands and products I use.  Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! (if you don’t follow her – you should! She’s amazing!) introduced Colleen Rothschild on her blog awhile back and now I’m hooked! Colleen’s products are light, smell good, and have really improved the look and feel of my skin.  My mainstay products are a pH balanced gel cleanser, renewal cream, Vitamin C treatment, and also her lip balm. I linked a few products below that are carried at Neiman Marcus, but really recommend checking out her website (here) – everyday I’ve seen great deals! If you know someone looking for a better skincare treatment versus drugstore brands, I would really recommend giving Colleen a try – even just the cleanser & moisturizer!

 

For Him

Husbands are sometimes the hardest to buy for! Below are a few items that both my husband and I get a ton of use out of. First, the Apple Watch. Literally a gadget that I’m not sure I could function well without. Sad, huh? Between emails, texts, the weather, time, I use it for everything. I have the Apple Watch 2 (now there is version 3 released), and I wouldn’t recommend any older then the 2nd version. The reason being is the older watches do not allow GPS without carrying your phone along. I used to have the original Apple Watch before upgrading last year and I had to run with my phone every time to get accurate distance – it was incredibly annoying!  Now I can run phone-free, and that leads me to the earphones also – they sync your iTunes right to your watch!

I love the Beats earphones. They don’t hurt my ears like the original Apple Ear pods, and stay put while running. You can adjust volume, pause music, and skip songs all right on the earphone wires (or use your watch). I use the Nike Running Club app on my watch to train for races, and don’t have issues playing music and using the GPS in the Nike app at the same time.

Lastly, I purchased these UGG slippers for my husband’s birthday a few months ago and he wears them at home all the time. I think he literally runs and finds them the second he walks through the door and takes his shoes off. Mine are an old J.Crew Factory version, so I can’t account for the comfort level of his Uggs, but I’m pretty sure his obsession level with them means they are like little feet clouds. 🙂

Apple Watch | Beats Earphones | Ugg Slippers

 

For Her – Running Friends

Since taking up running again a few months ago, I’ve learned a ton about what’s good and bad for the runner – so many new gadgets out since I ran in my 20s!  I’m no expert, but I’ve certainly found out what works for me and can make a few recommendations.

I haven’t run hard until recently down in Florida and had no idea the intensity of the heat & humidity until I started adding on the miles this past summer (I’m from Indiana where you normally just freeze to death lol).  I learned a lot about the dew point and staying hydrated. For long runs, I have to either carry a water bottle or make sure I run near my house to stop for water/electrolyte breaks. It’s important to consume 5-12 oz of liquid every 20 minutes if you are running for more than an hour in the heat. There are so many water bottle options out there to choose from, but I really like this Nike water bottle that has an easy hand strap, pocket for your cell phone, and holds 22 ounces of liquid.

The next thing I’ve come to love and appreciate are socks. Something so simple, but can be really important. I’ve really come to love Feetures brand running sock. They have 3 levels of cushioning (I run in the Elite Light – middle level), and provide different levels of cushioning on different parts of your feet to prevent blisters from forming. They also have right and left socks for your feet with extra contouring and therefore extra protection.

Clothes are harder to buy as a gift, but my favorite running shorts are the Nike Crew and Old Navy Semi-Fitted running shorts.

Nike water bottle | Feetures running socks | Old Navy shorts | Nike shorts

 

For Her – Favorite Accessories

One of my favorite (& affordable) handbag brands is Sole Society.  They have a huge variety from clutches to crossbody bags to satchels and also duffel bags. Tons of colors and also trendy textures like velvet and embroidered bags. Most (if not all) of their bags are faux or vegan leather, and the quality is still really good. So you’re saving money and saving the world. 🙂

Saddlebag | Tassel Clutch | Satchel | Clutch | Satchel | Crossbody

 
Another favorite that should be no secret is BaubleBar! I’m pretty sure 75% of my jewelry is now from this brand. Their earrings are lightweight and always fun. You can find pieces in about every color under the rainbow and between their earrings and necklaces, they can make an otherwise boring outfit fun and cheery!
 
And lastly, if you need an under $20 gift for a co-worker and want to keep it simple, a fun coffee mug is a really easy gift that you can then customize with extra goodies from there! I figure if you don’t know if they drink coffee or not, they can always use it for soup or to drink any liquid really. We are doing a secret Santa at my workplace this year and I drew a co-worker who is new to our store and I know very little about. I noticed the other day she was wearing pretty stud earrings, so I purchased a pair of Kate Spade earrings and am going to fill a cute coffee mug with assorted holiday candy with the earrings on top. A cute and easy gift!
 
I hope these ideas help a little! The holidays can be stressful, but if you put thought into your gifts regardless of the price, they should always come out a hit. 🙂

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