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Memories and Mementos

While traveling, one thing I love to do, is pick up mementos or souvenirs to remember my trip. Of course, I can take photos and capture those moments, but I like that an item can instantly transport me back into time and all the memories I made can really bring upon a smile. I also love to shop, so any excuse to go shopping is a winner, in my book.

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I used to collect shot glasses from the locations I’ve been to. Over time, I amassed so many that it took up so much space. I moved around a few times and eventually, the shot glasses just remained in their boxes, unpacked and unloved. I decided to start collecting post cards instead. This works wonderfully for me because they are so minimal, hardly take up any space, and there usually are quite a variety to choose from. Post cards really did capture my experience and gave me a memory to reflect back on.  I keep a journal, which is also part scrap book, and I tape my beloved post cards in it. A really lovely way to relive your journey. If you’re like me, and shot glasses became overwhelming, give post cards a try.

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In addition to post cards, I’m usually drawn to jewelry. Bracelets are my favorite accessory because I can visually look down at my wrist and see them and admire them. I love picking up unique bracelets throughout my travels because it’s something I can wear over and over again. Jewelry makes such a great memento because you can relive those memories every time you glance down or wear them.

Do you pick up little souvenirs or mementos while on vacation or traveling? If so, what do you tend to collect?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • What I Wore:
  • Striped Purple Jumpsuit from a cute little shop at the Santee Alley, L.A.

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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Jumpers, Rompers and Collabs

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In my last post, I talked about 5 things I’ve learned in my year in blogging. Today, I’m going to discuss 5 things you shouldn’t do.

 

1. Don’t get discouraged. A single post or photo can really launch or propel someone in the blog-osphere. Everything happens in its own time, exactly when it’s supposed to happen.  The universe doesn’t make mistakes. Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time. Sometimes,  a really long time! But keep going, keep posting, and keep pushing through.

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2. Don’t get too offended. When you put yourself out there on the internet, you’re going to be met with the positive and the negative. Not everyone is going to like or agree with what you have to say or what you’re wearing. Take it as constructive criticism and and keep it moving. You’ve got to develop some thick skin.

3. Don’t follow for follow. It may work but it’s a tiresome game to play. Build. Engage. Network.

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4. Don’t be fake. Be yourself, be your most authentic self. Let your self shine and the rest of the world will see that. Be fake and the world will see that too. Would you say that or wear that in real life? If you’re not being truthful or it feels uncomfortable, it will show. Don’t be like anyone else, be authentically you.

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5. Don’t compare. It’s too easy to scroll through and compare your thoughts and photos to others. For every photo out there, there will be another that’s going to be better, without a doubt. If you compare yourself to others, you will never feel good enough. You are enough, I promise!

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Hope you liked this post and the combined looks! Outfit deets below:

  • What I Wore
  • Black jumpsuit by Asos
  • Floral romper dress by Rue21
  • Plaid mini dress by Blooming Jelly (Amazon)

In a world full of pants, be a dress ~ Jules

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Thanksgiving Throwback

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying their day!

As many do on Thanksgiving, I started reflecting on what I was thankful for. I’m truly thankful for so much…..friends, family, love, life….I’m grateful for my journey and experiences. It’s taught me well and I’m still learning. Thank you for being a part of it.

Today’s throwback is a reminder to live, love, laugh, not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday.

***What I Wore***                                                        *Pink Polka Dot Jumpsuit (The Santee Alley, Los Angeles)

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~In a world full of pants, be a dress~

Jules

Beach Days and Romper Fun

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Greetings from Cocoa Beach! I haven’t been to the beach in over 10 years. After I moved to the Washington. I said goodbye to warm saltwater bliss. Lakes and rivers are beautiful but it just doesn’t compare to when the sun, sand and sky meet. My inner child came out full force as I ran to the shore and jumped into the waves! I’ve missed this so much. The beach is truly one of my most favorite places to be. I felt so alive and was fully immersed in the moment.

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I tried the gator! Alright, I had one, just to say that I officially tried it. I can’t say that I was a fan, but it was fun to try.

Today I am wearing yet another “alternative dress.” I can’t get enough and it was perfect for wearing over my swim wear. The cold shoulder added a dash of sexiness and the pink floral kept in breezy and casual. A bonus point because it’s in my favorite color, pink! I also loved the ruffle bottom. I’ve been obsessed with rompers and jumpsuits this summer. Everyone is excited for fall, pumpkins and cappuccino but I’m not ready for summer to be over!

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Thanks for taking the time to read my post! Hope you’re enjoying the last remaining days of summer!

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”In a world full of pants, be a dress!” (Jules L.)

What I Wore:                                                                   Pink floral romper by No Boundaries (Walmart)

Cheated On My Dress with No Regrets

It’s gonna be a good, good life. That’s what my therapist say. (Bebe Rexha, I’m a Mess)9A5305C5-7FC2-4FC1-9438-BBE92BA503F5

Do you have any regrets in your life? I know that I do. We all have things we’ve been less than proud of or wished we could’ve have said or done things differently. Life doesn’t have a reset button for when we wish we could go back and have a redo for those moments.

Tomorrow is never promised but we all have the gift of TODAY! What makes today even more special, is that it’s ‘National Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day! Reflect on this day, by letting go of your past and live with no regrets.

Dream big, set you goals high and live in the moment now. Whatever makes you feel alive, nourishes and feeds your soul… do it all.

It was easy to be all smiles today. Letting go and enjoying the sunshine and blue skies. I was happy to wear my floral jumpsuit. Rompers and jumpsuits are everywhere now and I adore them. As an avid dress wearer, I wondered if I was “cheating” on my no pants lifestyle. Rompers and jumpsuits are not the same as dresses, but I group them in a similar category. Its a simple, wear and go, one piece. I call them “alternate” dresses.

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This jumpsuit is casual, fun and free spirited. You catch glimpses wondering “Is it a dress? Pants?” I liked the periwinkle blue shade and the oversized pant. This jumpsuit feels and acts as a dress.  Its so versatile, it could pass a maxi dress. It was fun to wear and suprisingly comfortable. I actually felt as though I had a dress on. My favorite part is the pockets!

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Are you hooked on rompers and jumpsuits? Am I really cheating?

Today is the day. Do it all, let go and have an amazing “Toss away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day!

”In a world full of pants, be a dress!” (Jules L.)

**What I wore: Free People (Nordstrom) Color My World Floral Jumpsuit. Keds Stripe Sneakers**

*Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, North Carolina. Hannah Mason photos.*