Things I Hope I Never Get Sick Of

Hello. Happy almost-end-of-March. I’m having writer’s block and can’t think of any charming stories or witty pieces of advice for this week’s post, so instead, here’s a list of things I hope I never get tired of — and, you know what? It was oddly therapeutic and even a little challenging coming up with this list. So, maybe I do have some advice (because I’m bossy like that): Try coming up with your list of things you hope to treasure forever, and then actively add those things into your day-to-day life. I know that’s what I’ll be doing with mine (‘specially that first one).

A good glass of wine. Or three.

Listening to live music.

People-watching in airports.

Homemade sundaes.

A sweaty yoga class with good music.

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Three Words To Change Your Life

I am a big, BIG listener to and lover of podcasts. I nanny during the day, so — while I can do baby talk and love hanging out with my best 13-month-old pal — sometimes I need a little more stimulating “conversation” during my weekdays. Podcasts might not provide the back-and-forth of your typical conversation, but at least I can get a laugh or learn something interesting throughout the day.

I subscribe to funny ones, like My Favorite Murder (you might not think murder is comical, per se, but the hosts somehow tell these real-life horror stories in an unabashedly fascinated and, yes, humorous way); inspirational ones, like The Skinny Confidential: Him & Her (Lauryn Evarts is the creator behind the blog, The Skinny Confidential, and the banter with her husband, Michael, on their podcast is all at once informational, relatable, and hilariously real); and mindless, fun ones, like Straight Up with Stassi (she’s my favorite Bravolebrity and always has interesting guests and behind-the-scenes stories that I live for).

The latter is what I was listening to a couple weeks ago on the treadmill when I was happily surprised with a more serious topic than Stassi normally goes into. In this particular episode, she brought on a life coach who gave advice on working through anxiety, not letting others’ opinions get to you, and a simple method to understanding your place in the world. The life coach said that sometimes we get bogged down by other people’s expectations, and even our own expectations about how we think our lives should be going or how we should be dealing with things. (Raise your hand if you’re thinking, YEP, because I sure was.)

And then we get disappointed when life doesn’t go according to plan, or when we fall short in some way. So, she explained that we should all have a phrase to come back to when we’re feeling lost or out of sorts, no matter if it has to do with your personal life, work, relationships, or even just being stressed out in traffic. This phrase should be your home base, your reason for what you do and how you act in every situation and every second of the day.

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Edgy Holiday Outfits: Part 1

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Happy best-time-of-the-year, y’all!

Starting this week, I’ll be posting a different, unorthodox holiday outfit — plus their purchase details — every Monday for the next handful of weeks. I love the Christmas season, but my style is a lot more muted than the bright reds and greens and metallics that can come with and sometimes overwhelm holiday dress. I also like unexpected touches that make an ordinary outfit more unique, and bright pops of lip color, faux leather and suede details, and sultry holiday crop tops will all be making appearances in my seasonal attires of choice.

Whether you’re seeking a getup for your office holiday party, a family gathering, or Christmas Eve turkey dinner, these’ll be sure to make you feel festive, sassy, and fashionable. And they won’t break the bank. That’s key.

This look is a fun Christmastime take on wrap skirts, which are huge right now. I found this one on sale from a local boutique, Milk and Honey, and I knew I needed to try it out, though I wasn’t entirely sure how I’d style it when I hit purchase online. I like it because it comes with built-in shorts so that you never feel too risqué with that all-the-way-up-the-leg slit.

I tried a couple sweaters and long-sleeve shirts tucked in and front-tucked, but they just looked too bulky. I found this cropped turtleneck at Forever 21 a couple days later and knew it would be a perfect pair with the body-conscious wrap skirt. A big gold chain, Christmas-bow red lips, and loose, voluminous curls were obvious outfit necessities, and voila! A holiday look not for the shy or dare-avoiding was born.

(Oh! And I colored my hair you guys! It might not be super obvious, but I’ve been pretty bright blonde for as long as I can remember, regardless of my dirty-water blonde roots attempting to make their appearance for the last several years. I’m attempting a balayage look, where my actual hair color sort of bleeds into the brighter blonde naturally. What do you think?)

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Turtleneck: Forever 21 // Wrap skirt: Milk and Honey Boutique (gray is sold out, but the link goes to the prettiest beige — on sale for $20!) // Booties: Forever 21 // Lipstick: L’Oreal “British Red” // Necklace: gift, similar here

(Photos by the lovely Sarah Cook! Email me at audrey@frecklesandfigs.com for her contact information.)