Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring style picks!

With this awful, bitter, cold winter we are experiencing, I think almost all of us can say that we're ready to break out our spring dresses and sandals.

So many brands are releasing their spring lines and so far I've been loving them all. Yes, I've already admitted to having a major shopping problem. The pastels, flats, shift dresses, and cute statement necklaces are simple and classy. Perfect for your everyday style.

That being said, here are some pieces I'm so excited about wearing this spring!



These sandals are adorable! Very practical also. The colors they come in will go with just about any outfit, and they're super comfortable.



Personally, I've never worn boyfriend jeans. Not because I haven't wanted to, but because I have no idea how to style them, or how they will look. The concept of stepping out of my comfort zone with my wardrobe kinda freaks me out! Anyways, I think wearing these jeans will give a laid back look to any outfit. But, you can also dress them up by wearing a nicer top, with some cute accessories and maybe, just maybe, some heels! 



Shift dresses are so simple. A staple in anybodies wardrobe. They're perfect to go just about anywhere. Throw it on with a pair of sandals or your favorite pair of white converse, and a jean jacket. It'll be extremely comfortable and effortless looking. This dress comes in two different colors and because I loved the first one so much, I had to buy the second color.




Spring tends to get a little chilly from time to time. These pullovers from L.L. Bean are just enough to keep you warm walkng from class to class, or watching a night baseball game! The material is so soft, and cozy. You'll never want to take it off! Comfort is key in my book.



Bauble Bar has some of the cutest statement necklaces I've ever seen. They come in almost any style you could possibly think of. Statement necklaces add a pop of color to any outfit, and are perfect for the spring months!



Lets be honest, everybody has bad hair days. Or, days where we are just too tired and lazy to do our hair. These Southern Proper hats are just the thing to cover it up! They come in all different colors, but the navy seersucker pattern is by far my favorite! 

Comment down below with your favorite spring picks!
Thanks for reading!
Love always,
Michaela 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Late night thoughts.

So with everything that's been going on in my life right now I'm having a hard time trying to process it all, and take it in. Between working two jobs, being a full time student, and trying to maintain my sanity, I feel like the world's passing me by and I can't do anything to stop it.

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the moment and get frustrated, or disappointed. But I think what we all need to do is take a couple of minutes for ourselves. Whether it be at night, just before bed, while brushing our teeth in the morning, or while driving to school. Think about all you've accomplished, the goals you've completed, and how far you've come as a person. I think what we all need to do is give ourselves a bit more credit. Life can get really hard from time to time, but we choose to keep fighting, to overcome our battles, and face each day with a blank slate.

I have a favor to ask you all. Tomorrow, go out of your way and do something nice for somebody. Give random compliments. I promise it will make a huge difference in the persons day. You have the power to make people happy, why not utilize it while you can?!

I hope you all have an amazing Thursday, and I hope you step out of your comfort zone to become one step closer to your dreams!

Have a great night, and thanks for reading!
Love always,
Michaela

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Funday!

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you spent the day either laying in bed and watching a great show on Netflix, or being productive and cleaning your house or completing a crazy workout!

This weekend has been so memorable in countless ways. I was able to talk to my bone marrow recipient on the phone for the first time. Which, I plan on doing a separate blog post on very soon! And, to top it all off, I had the most perfect Valentines Day ever! Zach surprised me with reservations at The Hotel Northampton. Great food, with an amazing, romantic, atmosphere. Yes, there was dim lighting and candles involved! Could you ask for anything more? My night was completed with a dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite thing in the world). Third Valentine's Day spent with the love of my life, and I couldn't be happier.

Looking back at the goals I set last Sunday, I completed all except for trying the new recipe. I think I'm going to try meal prepping a couple of days in advance. This way I can try some new recipes, but make them in bulk. So I can also be getting lots of healthy foods in my daily diet.

Personally I find it a lot easier to get things done throughout the week if I set a couple of smaller goals, that will lead me to the bigger picture in the long run. What do you guys think?

My weekly goals:
1. Eat a variety of healthy foods. Not the same thing everyday. Meal prep, Meal prep, Meal prep.
2. Choose drinking water over coffee. This will be a constant struggle!
3. Stay positive.
4. Do my homework ahead of time instead of waiting until the last second.

I would love for some feedback. So comment down below and let me know what your goals are for this week!

Thanks for reading!
Love always,
Michaela

Monday, February 9, 2015

Dreaming of sunshine!

I don't know about all of you, but I personally think this snow needs to melt ASAP! Don't get me wrong, the snow days are awesome, but I can't help myself but sit here and daydream about warm weather, sunshine, and the beach.

Anyways, lets cut to the chase! Homemade lemonade is a summer staple in my book. Unfortunately, we didn't have all of the ingredients at my house, but this will do!

My snow day pick me up:

1. 1 lemon
2. Ice cubes
3. Whatever seltzer you prefer! My personal favorite is blueberry.


Cut up a whole, or half of a lemon. It's totally up to you! Grab a glass, place the lemon slices, ice cubes, and whichever seltzer you chose. Then, you're done! 

Not only is this delicious, but it's keeping you hydrated! Enjoy!



Thanks for reading!
Love always,
Michaela 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Happy Sunday!

Does anybody else get that crazy burst motivation on a Sunday? You think to yourself that this upcoming week has the potential to be great.

As I write this, I realize how thankful I am for the life I have been given. Of course it has had a fair share of ups and downs, but that's what makes us grow as people, and become stronger, well rounded human beings.

Just this week I've had so many great opportunities.

  • At my new job, throughout the month of February, we are doing a program with our after school kids. Teaching them how completing random acts of kindness not only makes the person who's received the generous "gift" feel great, but it makes you feel amazing inside, and helps build your self esteem. Going out of your way to make somebody smile, is by far one of the greatest feelings in the world. 
  • Early Saturday morning I was able to go to Planet Fitness for the first time, and workout with my aunt. There's something about being up before the sun and already completing a workout before everyone else has woken up, gives you a sense of accomplishment. Starting the day off with a workout, even if it's just 30 minutes, puts you in a fantastic mood (hopefully) for the rest of the day! Of course the post workout Starbucks helps too!
  • Last but not least, yesterday I was invited to a Bruins alumni hockey game with Zach and his family. It was a charity event, raising money for the Ritchie Hockey Foundation. It was incredible to watch them play. Everybody was so happy to be there, and the Bruins alumni were super down to earth, and extremely friendly! Anybody who went got to meet and talk to the players one on one, and get autographs. 


As soon as you wake up tomorrow decide that it is going to be a good day! Decide you are going to be happy, and decide you are going to put yourself one step closer to achieving your goal of the week!

Right off the bat start with a list of goals. Write them down. Make them a priority throughout your week! I promise accomplishing them will make you feel great!

My goals:



Now, it's your turn! What are your goals for this week?!

Thanks for reading!
Love always,
Michaela 






Friday, February 6, 2015

I have a slight problem.

This is what happens when boredom gets the best of me. I mindlessly shop. Yes, I know you all do it too! So this is what's gonna happen. After reading this post you're going to most likely want to buy something. You have two choices! Give into the temptation, or resist the urge. You choose! 

At drugstores across America there are the cutest, countless, Valentine's Day displays. Everything is a shade of classic red or pink. 

Thinking about Valentine's Day also makes you realize just how close spring (hopefully) is! Springtime calls for pastels, and bright lips. 

Anyways, here are my purchases from earlier today! I can't wait to use them all the time. 


The new Maybelline sensational rebel bloom collection is perfect for the upcoming spring months. It'll be easy to add a pop of color to any oufit or dreary day. Not only are these lipsticks completely opaque, but they are creamy and moisturizing. The best of both worlds, I suppose! After trying them out I'm going to have to go back and purchase more! 


A girl can never have too much nail polish. Fiji, being a cult favorite, I had to pick it up. I love the color of baby pink nails. So classy! Hot tamale on the other hand just caught my eye because of the fiery red/orange color. I have a feeling it's going to be a new favorite. 

Thanks for reading! 
Love always, 
Michaela 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Next chapter.

There comes a point and time in your life when your same, old, daily routine just quite honestly gets boring. A quote I found on Pinterest a couple of days ago really intrigued me. It reads, "The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little". How true is that?! So often we choose the safe option, or the easy way out.

Life is not supposed to be easy. Life is like a roller coaster, some awesome views from the top, then suddenly it drops and scares you to death. Life is unexpected. It is far too short, and at any given moment your world could completely change. 

Each day is a gift! So why are we settling for less than what we know we deserve? We should wake up  each day with a positive mindset, and a full heart. 

My next move is accepting a new job, working at an after school program, and putting in my two weeks notice at a job I've had for almost three years. It is comfortable, and safe. I'm giving up the familiarity for an opportunity I know will open more doors for me in the long run. 

So, that being said. What's something that you have always wanted to accomplish, but have never tried because it scares you? What is your next step? What is your dream? 

Thanks for reading!
Love always, 
Michaela 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Goals.

Starting out the year, almost everyone wants to have a "fresh start" and creates a list of resolutions. Yes I'm one of those people that thinks once January 1st comes everything has the potential to be great.

New Years Resolutions:
1. Drink more water.
2. Eat a diet consisting of rich, whole, clean, foods.
3. Read one book a month.
4. Do something active every single day.
5. Sleep.

A lot of us tend to get the "new year, new me" mindset. If that motivates you, then I personally do not see an issue with that. But what we need to remember is that 2015 is just another year. January 1st is just another day. Each minute we are given is a new opportunity to make our dreams come true. We have the ability to change our future anytime we decide to.

That being said I have been doing very well keeping up with my resolutions.

  • I took the step, and signed myself up for the local St. Patricks Day 10k race. 
  • As of three hours ago I've read/listened to two books, both very good I might add.
  • Seltzer water is currently an obsession of mine. My favorites have been Blueberry, and Passionfruit Peach Kiss. Seltzer may not be as good for you as regular water, but cut me some slack, it just tastes amazing!
  • Motivating myself to workout on a daily basis is often a struggle, but every morning I drag my butt downstairs and do at least a half hour on the exercise bike while catching up on YouTube videos, or my favorite TV shows of the moment. Right now it's The Bachelor, Scandal, and Hart of Dixie. 
  • Sleeping has not been an issue. I've been so busy with working my two jobs, going to school full-time, working out, and trying to have a social life wipes me out. An 8 o'clock bedtime? Sounds perfect!
Enough about me, what are your goals of 2015? 

Thanks for reading! 
Love always,
Michaela

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