I think I had a growth spurt in the last two months. Not the kind where your pants don't fit or your sleeves are too short. A different kinda growth spurt. I had an internal growth spurt. These are always rocky to navigate but when you come out of them, you realize that you are that much better off. I've grown as a person. Again...gosh, when does this stop? It's exhausting!
I was the lucky recipient of a combo pack in the life department. Some particularly interesting work situations mixed with a rebellious toddler made for some interesting mom/wife/entrepreneur melt down moments. I'm not looking for a pity party though. It's really all good. Trust me.
I learned a valuable lesson about myself. I won't succumb to pressure or a particularly long string of what seems like bad luck. It pushed me hard. I have something to prove. In a few words: "I ain't going down like that."
I remember driving home from the city one day and I thought, "Self, no way! You can't just give up. So it's hard right now...you have to push through. You're gonna kill it. Don't give up."
Yep, I was that girl in the car next to you at the red light talking to herself. A pep talk if you will. And it worked. I'm not a quitter and I'll be damned if I let someone else tell me I can't do something or it's not possible. Because it is. Just watch.
So ridiculous, right? Maybe. But ever since that day, and more so than usual, I've been HUSTLIN'. I mean busting my hump day and night like tomorrow is my last day. And it's working.
We had a call with a client yesterday who was lamenting about all the things that weren't going right for him and we told him one thing, "You gotta get out there and go get it. It's not going to come to you. Get after it!"
With that, I leave you with my 2016 motto which, be prepared, you're gonna hear over and over again: "The dream is here, but the hustle is sold separately."
Oh yeah, and isn't this a cute lil holiday get up? Shop my outfit below:
My style has evolved over the years and I've quickly adopted the" less is more" theory. For example, if you're going to show more skin on top, cover up on the bottom and vice versa. This does not remove "sexy" from the equation, however. I believe you should flaunt what you've got and for me...it's always the legs. I'd like to think that after decades of ballet class and most recently, a pretty dedicated workout routine that "I've still got it"...as they say.
Camisoles can decidedly dress up just about every pair of denim you own. I get bored with graphic tees at times and opt for something more feminine. Don't get me wrong...I think every girl should have an arsenal of different tops for their moods, especially if your go-to uniform is denim!
Summer arrived and I wasn't even prepared. In the best way possible! Packing up warm weather tops and cut-offs for Mexico seemed only temporary but Chicago had something special in store when I returned!
One tequila. Two tequila. Three tequila. Floor!
Hi folks! I just returned from a stint in Guadalajara, Mexico with some amazing Chicago influencers. I cannot wait to share the 4-day recap with you...but that's going to take some time to curate. On the other hand...now you understand my radio silence last week. Sorry...#notsorry. It was AMAZING!
In approximately eight minutes <as I write this...> I turn another year older. One more year! I could write you this long diatribe about what I've learned this year but we'll save that for my NYE recap. I'll give you the cliff notes. This year I learned one thing:
If there is one thing you can count on Chicago for - it's raging mood swings when it comes to weather. It's totally insane. For example, last week I wore this "almost leather" skirt to our seminar and meetings. Yesterday it was 92 and I was wearing a sundress. I surrender. Don't I say this every year actually?
I'm breaking out the sundresses. It's official. <REJOICE> I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I had one of the best Mother's Day celebrations thus far. The weather was gorgeous. We hit the zoo, ate lunch outside, took in all the flowers at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and topped it off with a froyo date. It was amazingly perfect and I am so grateful for this little family of mine.
This weekend was gorgeous topped with birthday parties, family time and some light errand running. Still a ways away from shorts and sandals weather but getting close. I've had this trench for some time and I am always happy to break it out again. It's one of my favorite basics. It's funny when you purchase something that you aren't ultra excited to wear but then find it's one of your most trusted pieces a decade later. I suppose that's a testament to our personal style evolution.
It's always fun to look back and conjure up creative ways to reinvent your wardrobe. It's also a best practice. As my husband so aptly put it the other day, "Are we in the 'wear once' mindset or what?" He asked this after I rented a dress from Rent the Runway. And he's probably right...I have many dresses in my closet but that's a different story for a different day!
Twinning is the new black. I'm sure you knew this! Well, looks like I'm on-trend again because this past Easter my girls and I dressed from head to toe in Lola and the Boys. And it was awesome! We wore their leaf dresses which were more than comfortable to entertain in and play in.