Thursday, July 30, 2015

Criss Crossed Basics

Top: Forever 21 (no longer available) | Denim: Old Navy | Wedges: Madden Girl | Bag: Michael Kors | Druzy Pendant: old (loving this) | Bracelet: Forever 21

I wore this basic look to brunch a couple of weeks ago and completely forgot about it. I don't often get into the city so Jaime and I took advantage of a day off and headed into Indy for brunch at Yolk and let me tell you it was delicious - I mean, how good does this look?!
Not wanting to be too dressed up, I took the opportunity to wear this criss crossed tunic tank that I grabbed at Forever 21 a while back with basic white denim. I completed the look "all natural" with my air-dried waves and gemstone jewelry.

In other news, the weekend is almost here, ladies! Anyone have brunch plans??
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ice Cream Dreams

Wearing – Dress: re:named c/o Shopbop {sold out; exact match} | Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden | Watch: Vince Camuto | Necklace: Arrow - Tiffany & Co., Ice Cream Cone - Kacie's closet {similar} | Bracelets: Banana Republic {sold out} , The Shine Project | Rings: Rocksbox {use the code JAIMEBFF50 for your first month free}, Norsdstrom, Baublebar | Clutch: Kacie's closet | 
Earrings: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox

Every year I search for the perfect birthday look, and this year's look has totally taken the cake–the ice cream cake that is. It was my 30th birthday after all, I wanted something fun that properly portrayed the right amount of whimsy and this totally fit. I love the bold cobalt blue pattern offset by the 3D ice cream pattern.

What do you do when it's your birthday and you're wearing an ice cream dress? You eat ice cream of course. Let me just tell you, you'll be looked at like you're a total weirdo walking into an ice cream shop wearing a dressed emblazoned with ice cream cones. But what do I care, it's my birthday and I'll wear what I want to.

All jokes aside–I'm excited to see what my 30's will bring. My 20's were so much fun and filled with so many new experiences, so I can only hope my 30's will be the same. If you missed yesterday's posts, be sure to check out my top 30 lessons I've learned so far.

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Jaime Costilow

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

30 Things I've Learned by Age 30

I am officially entering a new chapter of my life today as I turn 30 {gasp}. While other people avoid turning 30 like the plague, and forever stay in the a perpetual state of 29, I have always embraced my birthday with excitement and an genuine eagerness of what that next year will bring. After all, it's just another birthday in my hopefully long line of birthdays. Let's face it, I love my day–always have, always will.

The past 30 years have had plenty of bumps along the way, but here's what time has taught me:

Make yourself a priority. This one's tricky because there is a fine line between selflessness and selfishness. One of my favorite quotes that goes along with this is, "It's not selfish to give TO yourself as much as you give OF yourself." In other words, don't forget about you.

Comparison is the thief of joy. You are your own person. Don't benchmark your life against anyone else's experiences. Just because they are in one place in their life doesn't mean you should be there, too. Your story is yours and only yours. Be wonderfully unique and your own person. It's okay not to follow the "conventional path".

Understand the value of time. Life is precious and sometimes way to short. Use your time to uplift those around you and spend time with those who love and respect you.

Quit trying to box yourself into being normal. There is no such thing as normal. I'm weird and I fully embrace my quirks. Instead of working so hard to stay in line, step outside of the box and be your own person. People will have a hell of a lot more respect for you in the long run.

A smile will get you a lot farther than a frown. I think this totally speaks for itself. Have common courtesy for those around you. Even when you're stressed and at your wits end, understand that others around you have their own set of unique challenges, just like you. Which leads me to…

Kindness counts above anything else. I don't care if it's a waitress or a sales associate in retail, treat
others how you'd like to be treated if you were in their shoes. In the words of Cinderella, "Have courage and be kind."

Be curious. The more curious you are, the more possibilities you will open throughout your lifetime.

Be honest. I'm a big believer in honesty at all times in life, plain and simple.

Traveling is money well spent. You'll regret a frivolous purchase, but you'll never regret the eye opening experience that traveling give you. Whether are are traveling to another country, across state line or even to a nearby town, you'll have a memory and experience that you won't get by purchasing more stuff.

Have confidence in yourself. Don't let your opinion of yourself be driven by how others see you. You are strong, talented, beautiful and important.

It's okay to be nervous. Turn anxious energy around and use it to push yourself past your comfort zone. I'm a worrier by nature and unless you're in my inner circle, you'd never know it. I'm anxious about even the smallest situations, but that's part of life. Push yourself to try new things and test your limits. It's the only way to truly know what you can accomplish.

Adulting isn't always fun. Mortgage, bills, responsibilities…ick. Alright, it's not all bad, but I'd love to still live with my mom and have plenty of time with family by the pool if I'm being honest.

See the world with child-like wonder. I may be 30, but I'll always be a kid at heart. Sounds cliche, but I prefer to look at everything around me and enjoy it. If that means skipping the the car on the way to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so be it. {Yes, this legitimately happened. I told you I'm a child.}

Not everyone is going to like you, and that's okay. This is something that takes time to learn. Be comfortable in your own skin and who cares what that person says.

Know your strengths. Everyone has things that they excel in and things they struggle with. Focus on your strengths and improve upon your weaker areas. You only grow as a person when you're willing to accept your faults and take time to improve upon them.

Nurture your friendships. I would rather have a handful of close friends than a plethora of acquaintances. My best friend knows me better than I know myself some days and she's will to call me on my bullshit, and I her. At the end of the day, your friends are like your family and will be there to celebrate your victories and your sorrows. Enjoy and show them how much you appreciate them.

Take care of your body and sweat it out. I will be totally honest here, I'm not a gym rat by any means. The thought of working out and spending time on a treadmill like a hamster is not for me. However, I can't deny the feel-good endorphins you get from an excellent workout, so I've learned to deal. Instead of spending hours in the gym, I spend time taking my pup for long walks or doing a workout series at home. It's all about finding what you enjoy!

Sunscreen is your friend. 16 year old me is probably cringing at the though of applying sunscreen and ruining a chance at a bronze summer glow, but you can still get a glow and protect your skin in the process. SPF 30 and I have become best friends, which leads to...

Take care of your skin. The proper skincare regimen is paramount. If you don't spend money on anything else, at least buy good skincare products. After all, you only have one shot at taking care of it and it's never to early to start an anti-aging regimen.

When it comes to shopping–quality over quantity. My mom taught me early on the value of quality over quantity. I would rather spend extra money knowing that the quality is better and it will last longer. (i.e. – Do I want one $60 top or 6 $10 tops that are going to fall apart the first time I wash them.)

Have good manners. Is it really that hard to say please and thank you? If you don't understand this simple fact in life, than I don't have time for your nonsense.

Let it go. Many of you know my sister passed away from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2011 and if I learned anything from her it is to ,"Let it go." Yes, Frozen lovers, she coined that phrase long before the movie debuted. Letting go of jealousy, petty problems and mistakes helps to free your mind for much more pleasant memories and life experiences and will ultimately make you a happier person.

You're ultimately going to mess up. Perfection is impossible, so quit trying to be perfect. My former boss once told me, "I want you to mess things up. It's only then when you learn from your mistakes." I thought this was the worst advice that could be given, but I look back on that moment and realize that I'm not perfect, nor will I ever be. Life lesson–don't be afraid to make mistakes.

Patience is definitely a virtue. This one isn't a hard one to figure out. Have a little compassion and patience for those around you.

You get what you give. Again, my mom taught me that you get what you give in life. Plain and simple, if you put out positive energy, you'll receive positive energy. Exude negative energy and receive that back. It's simple.

Not everything needs a plan. I feel the most comfortable having a routine and a plan. I'm a creature of habit and I know this about myself. However, sometimes its fun not to have a plan and just see where life takes you.

Slow down and catch your breath. Burning white hot can only last so long. Take on challenges slowly and enjoy even the smallest moments in life.

Take risks. You'll regret things that you didn't do, so have faith and take a risk every now and again.

Be present. Today people are more connected than ever–cell phones, tablets, smart watches, oh my! Put down the technology, disconnect and engage in conversation with your friends, family, etc. Social media can wait.

Buy the shoes, eat the cake and indulge every once in a while. Moderation is key with everything in life. Enjoy splurging on yourself every now again and eat that delicious red velvet cupcake!

There are so many other things that I could share, but these truly represent how I live my life. I'm sure I'm forgetting things. I by no means have my life together, but I'm thankful for my husband, family and friends who help keep me sane everyday and tolerate my chipper morning bird attitude. What all have you learned throughout life so far?

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Pink in the Park

Don't mind me, just doin' a little dance on this bridge! :)
Top: Old | Pants: Old Navy | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Necklaces: Rocksbox (Use code KACIEBFF14 to get your first box free!) | Watch: Michael Kors | Earrings: The Shopping Bag

As we've mentioned numerous times, we more often than not take our blog photos during our lunch break. Some days we've just got to get out of the office and into the sunshine so we head to a local park for a quick break...and photos. :)

I've had this pink blouse for a few years now and decided it would be perfect with black denim and these fun strappy sandals. I was hesitant to mix the tan with black but I think it made for a fun pairing. By the way, have you guys tried the new Strawberry Acai Refresher from Starbucks yet?! It's so good!

How was everyone's weekend??
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Skinny on Summer Shades

Sunglass Styles (left to Right): Oversized | Aviator | Clubmaster | Cat Eye | Round | Retro Square | Wayfarer

"But I can see you, your brown skin shinin' in the sun, you got your hair combed back and your sunglasses on, baby.." Too young for the reference? Yeah, we totally remember growing up and having our parents listen to the Don Henley version of, "Boys of Summer." For two reformed punk rock princesses, we loved The Atari's version ourselves. With all the ruffles, bows and pink flying around this blog, it's hard for even us to remember the days when we went to Warped Tour to see our favorite bands play in the summer.

Speaking of summer–no summer day is complete without a fabulous pair of sunnies to complete your look. Not only are they stylish, but they help you ward off eye wrinkles from an overabundance of squinting. Everybody has their favorite style of shades already, but do you know what shape would complement your face shape? See our guide below:

Now that we've got that cleared up, we're going to relive our summer fun and look for some new shades! We are also loving these adorable sunglass cases that keep your sunglasses scratch free when you're not wearing them.

Linking up with: Sincerely Jenna Marie | Living in Color Style | Stylin in St Louis | Court is in Session | Curly Crafty Mom | Doused in Pink | East Coast Nat | Mix & Match Fashion | Penniless Socialite | Twenties Girl Style | Chic Street Style | Gracefullee Made | Book of Leisure | Adri Lately | Jeans & A Teacup | The Closet by Christie | Birdie Shoots | Lauryn Cakes | Bridgette Style | September Bell | Fashion Should Be Fun | Forage Fashion | Rhea's Musing | A Little Bit of Everything | Beauty by Miss L | Jo Lynne Shane | Lena B Actually | Momfessionals | XOXO, Rebecca | Meet at the Barre | Style Elixir | Two-Thirty Five Designs | Rachel the Hat |
Jaime Costilow

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Covered in Sprinkles

Top: ILY Couture (on sale for $14.99!) | Denim: Old Navy | Wedges: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: Happiness Boutique | Watch: Michael Kors (love this) | Clutch: old

I may or may not have a thing for donuts. Not only are they delicious but they are just absolutely adorable! Remember this post from last winter?

Jaime got me this cute little tee for my birthday this past spring and I'm excited to tell you all that it is now on sale for $14.99!! It's perfect weekendwear or in my case, a casual day at the office and lucky for me, it was also 'Donut Friday' at the office so I scored myself this yummy little treat. Score!
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Monday, July 20, 2015

All Knotted Up

Wearing – Dress: ASTR {only $54 at Nordstrom!} | Shoes: Dolce Vita {on sale at Shopbop for $140} | Necklace: J.Crew {old} | Bracelet: Susie Raine & Olive + Piper | Watch: Vince Camuto | Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbanna | Purse: Michael Kors {sold out; similar}

This. Dress. I seriously am in love with the style and adorable knotting at the waist. I've never been a fan of body-con dresses for the simple fact that I didn't think I could pull them off. I've always had an hourglass or pear shape body, but I decided to give it a whirl. Hey if Kim K can do it, I can too! I totally fell in love with the comfort and chic look of this simple dress. The asymmetrical hemline and midi length help make this dress even more flattering on my frame. I think it's safe to say I'll get plenty of wear out of this dress through the rest of summer and fall!

Linking up with: Style Nudge | Red Reticule | Fashionista Momma | Pink Sole | Cha Cha the Fashion Genius | Rhea's Musings | Michelle's Paige | Northwest Blonde | Mahogany Closet | Fizz & Frosting | A Cute Angle | Bella & the City | B Loved Boston | Claire Justine XOXO | Fashionably Employed | Life of Meg | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express | Still Being Molly | Whitney Nic James | Bless Her Heart Ya'll | Elegantly Dressed & Stylish | Garay Treasures | Bows & ClothesMyriad Musings | Style Elixir | The Fashion Canvas | Walking in Memphis in High Heels | Fashionably, Ashleigh | Why I Do deClaire |
Jaime Costilow