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Top // Skirt // Shoes // Earrings (custom Kendra Scott but linked similar!) // Lipstick in shade "Omi" 

Let's get right to the obvious difference in these photos...I CUT MY HAIR! It's been a while since I've had short hair (since college when I got the lob) and lately I've been in the mood for tons of change in my life. Right when I got my hair cut on Friday, I felt this weight off of me and it's proof that new hair can really change you. This is actually the first time I've gotten a cut in this style before - it's very 90's inspired with some layers at the bottom and a off-center part which I'm loving. I showed the photos of Christy Turlington and Kim K. below to my hairstylist and she nailed it. It's made getting ready in the mornings so much easier and I love how it has this "high fashion" vibe to it. Bonus: I've gotten rid of my damaged hair and it feels 1000x healthier now! If you're hesitating cutting your hair short, just do it! You'll feel so much better.

As for the outfit, I've been loving Zara's new collection and picked up this asymmetrical bow top which is perfect for summer days. I'm actually wearing it at the office right now! Just as a note, it is a bit cropped so I recommend pairing something high-waisted with it such as this denim skirt if you don't feel like showing skin. Over the weekend, my blogger friend DeAndrea and I went to Magnolia's Sous Le Pont which is pretty much a staple coffee shop in Dallas. It was my first time (can't believe I waited so long) and it was such a great place to try some unique coffees! I got the peach cobbler latte and it was AMAZING.

Other than that, there really hasn't been anything new going on with my life. Everything feels the same and is quite monotone which is something that I've been struggling with. It kinda sucks when you're an adult and no longer have summer break to look forward to and have to be in an office from 9-5. Don't get me wrong! I love my career but having something to look forward to, would be nice. Does anyone else in their 20's feel like that too? Maybe I'm just going through a quarter-life crisis lol.

Thanks for reading,

It's strange to think that I've been blogging for so long now. 6 years to be exact! Blogging has been my passion for a long time and it's incredible to document life and see myself grow through these blog posts. I was 19 and in college when I started and if it wasn't for my blog, I would've ended up with a degree in a field that I didn't like and probably working in a job that I hated. I'm so grateful that I took a small step in a different direction. That I tried out a new hobby! That little hobby turned into discovering my love for creating online content and graduating with a degree in Media Management and a job as a social media manager at a corporate company in Dallas. 

I still remember how I felt when I got my first campaign. It was with Garnier Fructis (read the post here if you want a laugh lol) and I felt like I had won the lottery when I got a box of colorful hair dye in the mail and $150 for a blog post. The money didn't matter (they could've paid me a $10 and I wouldn't have cared!), it was the fact that it was possible to make money doing something that you love and seemed "impossible" at the time. No one that I knew in real life was earning money through blogging especially in my hometown of Rochester, NY. The world seemed so different back then. 

Yet something has changed about blogging and the world of social media now. A lot of bloggers are focusing too much on the money (I know it's a full-time job for a lot of people!) and complaining a little too much about the lack of engagement on their Instagram or lack of clicks to their blog post. I've been seeing them asking people for more likes. As if their audience owes them something. It's almost as if people have forgotten their true passion for blogging. It's sad but money does that to people including bloggers. 

These past two years I've done a lot of reflecting on my blog and have really taken an effort to create meaningful content and to not post, just for the sake of posting and getting likes, followers and money. But to return to posting for my own enjoyment. I didn't want to lose that spark that I had started my blogging journey with. This also led me to falling in love with real life again and taking time to step away from posting things on my phone (which is hard for a girl who does corporate social media as a full-time job!) and just enjoying the moment. Not everything has to be documented - sometimes it's more special when it's kept to yourself. 

This type of mindset has led me to improving the things that I do post and making sure that I find joy in the process of creating content. I'm no longer taking on sponsorships that I have no interest, no longer posting about sales that I don't really like that much (I'm talking to you, Nordstrom sale!) and making sure that I'm transparent and 100% me. I can't stress enough about how important it is to be passionate about what you're blogging. If you have no passion then what's the point? Blogging has taught me many lessons over the years but this is the most important. 

To my wonderful readers, thank you for staying with me on this journey. I couldn't be more grateful! 

Love always, 

Every summer, I always look forward to the Shopbop sale and find some of my best purchases of the year from there! The sale is actually an additional markdown items that are already on sale so the savings are amazing. The best part is that a majority of the items that are on sale are summer clothes so you can wear everything that you purchase now.

I decided to break down the sale into 3 categories: clothing, shoes, and swim. They're only doing it for 2 days this year so defiantly purchase as soon as you can if you're interested in anything. Remember to use the code "Extra19" for an additional 25% off sale items. Check it out! 

What are some of your favorite items from the Shopbop sale? Comment below and let me know!

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