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Casual/Chic

 

“You girls do casual so well,” said to me and Michelle by a girl passing by at ALT Summit this past January.   The funny thing is I never thought of myself as a casual dresser, I mean I love a good pair of jeans but I never would have classified myself as casual, until now (oh, and I am totally okay with it). What makes the situation a little more comical was that we both felt like we were actually a little bit more dressed up than normal.  I mean we were wearing heels, so doesn’t that classify us as dressed up? I guess Kansas City tends to be a little more casual than other places, but I just thought it was so funny when I heard that come out of someone’s mouth.  My outfit staples include a chambray shirt, a pair of skinny and boyfriend jeans, grey and white tees or sweaters (depending on the season), a pair of smoking slippers, flats, or heels to “dress it up a bit”, a statement necklace, and a perfect red lip. So case is closed, I am officially “casual” and I am just okay with it.   

xox- a dash of details 

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LOVE YOU, FRIDAY

 

I am so excited to be sharing over on Dahilia Lynn today.  Jessica, my roomie from ALT summit this year, asked me to be a part of her sweet Love You series and I was so excited. If you are not familiar, it is a series about self-love and inner beauty and I think it is absolutely wonderful and different from the usual Q&A or style post. It is something that I thought would be easy for me to write, but I realized I am not so wonderful writing about myself. So anyways, enough about me and more about Jessica. She is one of those people that you just instantly love because her creative energy and positive personality are so contagious. I am so happy that we were able to spend a short week together, even if she was under the weather.  So go over to Dahilia Lynn today and check it out.  

 

Oh and did I mention Jessica is one of the most talented people I have ever met.  Her eye for style and her vintage and one-of-a-kind jewelry are seriously out of this world.  

xox- a dash of details 

image via elle uk

ps. thank you for all the kind words about feeling better.  Lots of soup, hot tea, and sleep is definitely helping.  

The Takeaway

I told you I would share I few things I learned during my time at ALT.  To be honest, I came into the conference with very little expectations and came out with a new outlook on how I am going to approach life and how to find inspiration in the unexpected. And this outlook did not necessarily come from take-aways during the panels but more from the personal relationships that I built over those few short days.  Maybe it was long chats with Jessica or listening to Jasmine Star preach her ways, but it really got me thinking- I need to focus on being ME.   Whether that is the good or the bad, it’s me in the whole.  (sorry if this is getting too deep), but it takes me to my next point.  

I realized that I am the only one that is going to make things happen for myself.  Whether it be relationships, blogging, happiness, business….and the list goes on- I am going to be the one that makes it happen. That being said, I have a lot of exciting things up my sleeve and I am going to do everything in my power to make sure they happen.  I am so inspired right now and I want to stay that way- so hopefully all you lovely readers will help me continue on this journey. Your comments are what keep me going and make this feel “worth it” on days when I am not in the mood- so really I would love to hear from you.  

xox- a dash of details

images via Ali of A Dash of Details and ALT Flickr (pictures taken by Brooke Dennis) 

(sorry that some of the quotes do not have their author- I was writing quickly during the panels) 

RECAP- ALT SUMMIT PART 1

Inspired may be in understatement, this past week was one of the most incredible and inspiring weeks of my life.  

I headed out to Salt Lake City last week to attend ALT Summit and came back with a new outlook on life (I know that may sound cheesy). If you are not familiar with ALT Summit, it is a three-day conference filled with some of the most talented design and lifestyle bloggers sharing their tips and tricks to finding your voice and being successful.  But, what I found was it was much more than just that.  It was a place where like-minded people come together, learn, laugh and maybe even find themselves.  Being in my mid 20’s, I am constantly trying to “figure it all out”.  Before the trip I was so worried about my business cards, what I was going to wear, and how I was going to portray myself in situations with new people.  And you know what I figured out, that being myself and not worrying over the little details were the two best things I could have ever done.

Being open and present during the conference allowed me to meet some incredible people. Not only were all of them talented in their own right, but willing to share stories that some of my friends I have known for years haven’t even shared. Who would have thought in just 4 days I could meet people that I could call my friends?  I was so lucky to have two wonderful roommates, the extremely talented Jessica (if you were following my instagram, you saw her amazing custom jewels I was so fortunate to be able to wear all week)  and my real-life friend, Michelle (I wouldn’t have been at ALT if it wasn’t for her). I know we will be life long friends- a trip to Nashville may be in the works for this Summer.  I loved meeting and chatting with uber-talented ladies like Camille, Meg, Erin, Ashley, Jessica, Morgan and Carrie, just to name a few.  But all in all, the best take away from this past week was the relationship I made and can’t wait to see what is next.  

I will be posting a recap of what I learned at the conference tomomorrow.  Stay tuned! 

xox- a dash of details

photographs taken by Ali of A Dash of Details 

ALT

My bags are packed and I am headed out to SLC for ALT Summit. I will be popping in here and there during the week but you can follow me on Instagram at @adashofdetails for daily updates.
xox- a dash of details

xox- a dash of details

THE PERFECT PAIR

Ever since the holiday season when J Crew had their pj sets on display, I have been lusting over these pretty pairs of pj’s (try saying that 5 times fast).  To be honest, I do not normally sleep in a cute outfit like these, but I have to say- I would love too.  Typically I throw on a worn- in, old college t-shirt, some boxers and call it a day.  But seriously, who wouldn’t want to be in one of these cute combos when your head hits the pillow. I think I might have to splurge for the short sleeve Eberjey set in navy. 

Too bad I don’t have these in time for ALT, instead my roomies, Jessica and Michelle will have to witness my ‘not so chic’ pj’s.  

 xox- a dash of details 

RING IN

As 2012 comes to an end, I wanted to say a quick thank you to all of you for reading this blog. Sometimes I forget how special it has been to meet new friends and form wonderful relationships through blogging, but that is what keeps me continuing my journey.  This blog has become a great place to escape the daily nuances of life, be creative, and allow myself to be completely real and honest.  

As my second year of blogging comes to an end today, I start my third year of blogging (who would have thought, I would continue doing this crazy thing for two years!) but I cannot wait to see what comes out of this year.  I am not one for making a long list of resolutions, but this year there are a few goals I really would like to accomplish for this blog.  I want to focus on meeting and reaching out to more bloggers (hopefully going to ALT Summit is going to be a great start), blog every day (with the exception of Sundays and vacation), collaborate with a few of my favorite brands, create more original content (thanks to Patrick for my new camera lens), and continue to connect with my readers because really that is what it is all about.  

So thank YOU all again for you support and kindness and I look forward to a wonderful 2013 with all of you.  

xox- a dash of details