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Happy 1st Birthday Circa 88!

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 3.36.12 PMbday1bday2Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 3.55.41 PMI seriously can’t believe it’s been a year since the launch of Circa 88. It feels like just yesterday I was introducing myself to the blog-o-sphere and to you in my very first post! This has been one experience full of many inspirational posts and opportunities. I’ve met so many great people through Circa 88, from subscribers to fellow bloggers turned friends and more. And you –you make this whole thing work. You inspire me every single day to live life abundantly!

Thank you for your support – I’m so appreciative of the community this space has created and love sharing inspirational lifestyles with you. Xx

P.S. To shop this look head over to www.pinkclubwear.com and use code ‘CIRCA88’ for 30% off of this fit-and-flare tulle skirt or any other item on your wish list.

Outfit Details:

  • Top: Circa 88 Apparel … Coming Soon …
  • Skirt: Pink Club Wear
  • Shoes: Cosmopolitan

don’t mess with Texas

lone 1lone 2lone 4lone 3lone 5I recently stumbled across a rockin’ new home goods store in town … and it made me feel as if I were lost in Texas, which is a great thing! I happily indulged in oversized wall art, stars, and faux animal skin rugs … and I loved every bit of it. Coincidentally I was wearing a very similar style with my favorite faux fur vest; so this boutique and my outfit pretty much made me feel complete. Here’s a little inspiration from my don’t mess with Texas outing.

Style Details:

  • Faux Fur Vest – Kim Rogers
  • Swing Dress – Asos
  • Booties – Target
  • Fringe Handbag – Target
  • Accessories – Old Navy

#lifestyler Consistency Is Key

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 12.00.54 AMOne of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a dream chaser is … CONSISTENCY IS KEY. As cliche as it sounds, the lesson is entirely true and holds a lot of value. In every endeavor I’ve encountered, the make or break point has always been consistency. Ultimately if I failed or succeeded was solely based on if I maintained what I was doing. I guarantee if you’re at a breaking point of some dream you’ve been trying to fulfill, if you sit back and question yourself: Did I follow through? Did I keep up? Was I consistent?  … You will find a missing link in the puzzle, and it probably falls under inconsistencies.

Think about it, when we get weary about pursuing our dreams –or when things don’t go our way, what happens? We slack up, we break the pattern and from there it’s a domino effect. So before you throw in the towel entirely, try a little longer and be consistent. Before you know it, things will fall into place and you will be in a constant pattern of pursuing your dreams on your own terms. Here are a few tips I’ve found quite helpful with being consistent while chasing my dreams.

  1. Have Discipline. This is the hardest part. When you are working on your own dreams –you always put yourself last. It never fails that as the day comes to an end, you’ve looked over your agenda and you’ve gotten everyone else’s stuff accomplished but yours. Consistency is really all about disciple. It’s about making your dream a priority and getting things done when there’s no one there to make you do what needs to be done for your business. You truly are your own boss when consistency is in perspective. So be strict on yourself… and put in the work, consistently! Stop putting things off because when you do things never get done. Have discipline and stay on top of yourself to complete every task in a timely manner as if you had someone managing you. And if you don’t see yourself getting it done, have someone check in with you to make sure you’ve met your deadlines.
  2. Find Inspiration. Another downfall of consistency is boredom… when you’ve being consistent for so long and you don’t see immediate results, you become discouraged and bored; but don’t let the temporary fog get in your way. See past it and find inspiration from somewhere else. As a blogger I often get writer’s block or I feel like I’m running out of content. When those moments strike, I have to dig deeper and think outside of the box … I may just find inspiration from a random coffee run or lunch outing with my girlfriends. Just try to keep your eyes and ears open for inspiration because it comes from all aspects of life.
  3. Build From The Momentum. So you’re dream chasing, making major moves or connections and things are going great! Well … rule number one, DON’T STOP! It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype and become comfortable, but that’s the worst thing you could possibly do. Build from the momentum, if you’re making new connections, keep going! Use that connect to land you another connect … but don’t stop. Always build from your high points.

“Success is the result of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

gilded galore

Gilded Galoreg1g3g4I’m certainly the girl who opts out for cute flats instead of heels from time-to-time. This look was perfect for a last minute happy hour outing just before sunset and nightlife. Love how easy these golden oxfords were; quick to slip on and the dark lip turned up the drama.

OUTFIT DETAILS

  • Hat – F21
  • Gold Foil Crop Top – F21
  • Harem Pants – F21
  • Gold Oxfords – Sam Edelman
  • Gold Glitter Clutch – Marc Jacobs For Target
  • Lipstick – Wet N Wild Cherry Bomb

5 Productivity Tips For Working From Home

Working From HomeI can truly say I’m very fortunate to be one of the few that can work from home. While it has a lot of perks, like flexibility and technically being your own boss … it also comes with a load of anxiety, like extended work hours or sometimes never even getting dressed! Working from home can be a challenge in itself because you aren’t in a typical work environment; but here are 5 tips to help you keep your sanity and stay on top of your workload.

  1. START YOUR DAY. As crazy as it sounds, you wouldn’t believe how many people work all day from home, then look up at the clock and it’s nearly 5pm and they are still wearing pajamas! When you work from home there’s no time clock to punch in-or-out of, so the moment you open your eyes you immediately think of work, because technically you’re in your work space. Consequently your entire day has passed you by and you have yet to shower, eat, or even think about things that are not work related. AVOID THAT. Always start your day a few hours before you begin your work. Keep a regular routine as you would as if you were going into an office. Wake up a few hours before work, groom yourself, eat, and prepare yourself for the day. You’ll be much more functional and focused on work when you do so.
  2. CREATE WORK HOURS. When you work from home, you tend to work little by little all day. Well, that’s not healthy. You’ll shut yourself off from your life and those you love by working all day. Create a functional work schedule for yourself so that you can handle work during work hours and your house will become a home after those hours are up. Stick to enforcing those periodic breaks so that you aren’t tied to work all day. Also remember to enjoy your flexibility, you aren’t working for someone on purpose. If you have random things that come up, take full advantage of penciling them into your schedule; after all you are your own boss!
  3. LET FAMILY KNOW YOU’RE WORKING. Working from home can become complicated, especially if you don’t live alone. You can’t expect for everyone to understand what you do and the details of your daily tasks. Honestly, sometimes people think you’re just fiddling on your computer, and that’s understandable. Be sure to let your family, friends or roommates know that you’re working, and sometimes you can’t hang out.
  4. GET OUT OF THE HO– USE. When you work from home, that means you don’t get out of the house as much. Make sure you indulge in daily or weekly outings for your own sanity! Sometimes working outside of the house is a great way to separate your personal life from your work life. Post up at a coffee shop to get some work done, or actually go out for lunch or cocktails with friends. You always need a breather.
  5. CREATE A DESIGNATED WORK SPACE. Preferably one that’s not your bed (horrible for Feng Shui.) When you create a work space you will have a greater understanding of when it’s time to work and when it’s time to hang out. This also helps you feel like you’ve left work, when you’re not in your work space. Always shoot to create a separation of your work and living space.

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