Outfit Inspiration to Cure the Monday Blues

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Mondays often get a bad rep, but I sometimes like to think of them as opportunities for new beginnings. A time to finally start eating healthier, to start running, to wake up earlier, and to form those positive habits you’ve been putting off (for me that has been just about everything). And if you haven’t had that cup of coffee and can’t think so deeply at this very moment – I hope this cozy fall ensemble at least fuels your wardrobe daydreams.

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Thankful For One Year of Blogging

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It’s hard to believe that yesterday was Seeking Sunshine’s 1 year anniversary. I first pushed “publish” when I documented my awful flight to Denmark, and I can’t believe I’m still going. Truth be told, I really did’t think I’d be able to keep up with this blogging thing. I had started about 3 different blogs prior that lasted about 5 posts in total. If you don’t believe me you can still check out the shortly lived Luxe Pup that states I am 22 years old (with some Something Corporate lyrics) – now I’m just a few weeks away from the big 26. Ew.

Here’s what’s been keeping my blogging fire going the past 365 days:

1. I write about what I like. While this kind of started off as a travel-lifestyle blog, it’s become somewhat of a mash of a few different things I love. It has really become my internet home, and it’s oddly made me more confident in myself.

2. I read other blogs. Reading about others’ lives, interests, and activities is really inspiring. It keeps me going when I feel like I’ve lost motivation. Thank you bloggers!

3. It gives me an excuse to do different things. When I was living overseas this blog gave me an excuse to get off my butt and explore on days when I felt like doing nothing. And it still does.

4. My memories, experiences, and thoughts being documented. Because when I forget about my awkward bike ride, my escape dog, or just can’t remember my mom’s chocolate chip cookie recipe, it’s all here.

5. It’s something consistent. With so much relocating, an uncertain future, a very sick mom, and various other moving parts, it’s nice to know that when I log in my blog is here. Writing posts can take my mind away from the craziness that is my life lately, and I appreciate that so much.

So here’s to the next 365 days of Seeking Sunshine. Thanks to everyone who’s been keeping up with me!

Mixing Fall Prints

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Like everyone else on the planet has already said, fall fashion is my favorite. Give me plaid and every bootie ever and I will be a happy lady. The weather has finally cooled down so I obviously piled on my new scarf and my leopard sweater. I like to follow the Jenna Lyons “leopard is a neutral” mantra. There is nothing that says “autumn is here” more than layers and mixing fall prints. And a little bit of red lipstick can’t hurt.

What’s your favorite part about fall fashion?

The Fashion Canvas

Pieces of Home

South Jersey

Queen Gia by the pond

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Hurricane Sandy Debris

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If I had a dollar for every time the show Jersey Shore is referenced when I tell people where I’m from, I would be able to buy quite a few pairs of nice shoes. The truth is, the New Jersey I’m from is a little bit country. My hometown boasts just a few thousand residents, and the only store nearby is a little deli. It’s nothing fancy and there are no Snookies or Real Houewives. If you need anything else there’s a WalMart a 15 minute car ride a way, and that’s about it.

When I was younger I kind of hated my hometown. I wanted to live in the suburbs and I was seriously jealous of the Nickelodeon kids who could wave to their neighbor from their bedroom window. Only now that I’m older do I appreciate the trees, the land, the vegetable garden, and the pile of wood next to our house that my dad chops up into fuel for our fireplace. As I get older and find myself browsing the land of Trulia and other real estate apps, I now see how rare it is to have these small luxuries in this day and age. It’s nearly impossible to find a decently priced house on even a single acre, and I grew up with 13.

A few days ago I asked my world-traveling mom what her favorite place she had ever visited was, and she said “I don’t know Annesssa… I kind of like it here.” While I don’t think I could live my entire life in South Jersey, it is nice to visit and enjoy the little pieces of home I can’t get anywhere else. And I have to say, Gia enjoys running freely too.

Currently Coveting: Autumn Wishlist

Maybe it’s the changing weather or maybe it’s the back to school sales, but my autumn wish list is growing. I thought I’d share a few of my current favorite things and autumn inspiration that are fueling my wardrobe daydreams.

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1. 3.1 Philip Lim Small Ryder Satchel – I’m kind of obsessed with pink for fall because it’s so unexpected. This bubblegum pink would look so cute with the dark reds, grays, and blacks of fall and winter.

2. Sam Edelman Felicia Flat – It must be the South Jersey in me, but fall means hunting season which always brings lots of camo. I think the flats are a cute and subtle way to pay homage to my country roots without looking like a member of Duck Dynasty.

3. Tory Burch Pearl Floral Studs – The Dior 360 earrings have everyone in a tizzy, including me. I love Tory’s take on them.

4. Michael Kors Tortoise Chronograph Watch – Both the links and the tortoise accents have me obsessed with this watch. It would be perfect with so many things.

5. JCrew Factory Houndsooth Sweatshirt – This sweatshirt just oozes fall. This pattern is a must have.

6. Steve Madden Powerwlk – I am obsessed with the IRO Keira booties, but not the $800 price tag (woof). These Steve Madden knockoffs are wonderful and make me want to cry because they’re sold out in my size. Hopefully you have better luck.

7. Citizens of Humanity Rocket – Does the combo of grey and distressing remind anyone else of Nirvana? I don’t know, I just love these and Kurt Cobain.

8. Tory Burch Robinson Square Tote – My obsession with totes in winter must come from those back-to-school, book-carrying days. The sophistication of this Tory Burch tote is perfect.

9. Belle by Sigerson Morrison Lacia – Cozy shoes are a must for cool weather, and the heel on these makes them a little more posh than your everyday Uggs.

10. JCrew Factory City Coat – Cocoon coats were all over Denmark last winter, and I love that they’re gaining popularity in the US. The flamingo pink color is a great way to stand out among a sea of black.

11. JCrew Plaid Mix Scarf – Because who doesn’t love plaid scarves?

Are you daydreaming of anything on my list? What’s on your wishlist?

Hello, New Jersey

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Our last night out in Rochester // Jacket: Nordstrom (on sale) | Shirt: JCrew | Shorts: Free People | Necklace: Maya Brenner | Watch: Michael Kors | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)| Booties: Steve Madden

I hope everyone had a wonderful labor day weekend that wasn’t spent like ours was. You would think after moving so many times, (Jeff and I have moved 8 times as a couple) we would be professionals. We are not. Like not at all. We sold or gave away all of our furniture, and the contents of our tiny apartment were jam packed into a Toyota Avalon and a rented Toyota Sienna. I cannot tell you how we accumulated so many things in the 6 months we were in Rochester. The 7 hour drive home to New Jersey was surprisingly not bad, and we are still slowly unpacking our stuff into my childhood room, that still bears Hanson posters, where we will reside for the next month.

The past few days since we arrived have been spent adjusting to being here. My parents don’t have air conditioning, and the ridiculous humidity in this area has been brutal. Keep in mind, I went to boarding school throughout high school and lived at college in the summer, so this is the first September I have lived at home since my 8th grade year. For reference, I’m almost 26. Crazy.

Hopefully by the end of the week I will have a plan for the rest of the month figured out. I still need to get my new last name on my passport and bank accounts, Gia needs a rabies shot, I’m going to start working on things around the house, I’d like to make it to the shore before it gets too cold, I need to sign up for a temporary gym membership, and a few other things I can’t even think about right now. For now I’m hanging around, living in the moment, and actually enjoying having some free time to get things done.

How was your labor day weekend? Tell me in the comments below!

Win a $100 Lululemon Giftcard!

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Who doesn’t love some Lululemon? Fact: I brought 10 pairs of jeans to Denmark and spent 90% of my time there in Lululemon wunder unders. Yes, I have other leggings and other yoga pants, but I’m pretty sure wunder unders are made with magic thread and sugar and spice. While they advertise themselves as a yoga lifestyle brand, you certainly don’t have to know how to namaste to rock their clothing (example: me). I love that they’re coming out with more casual wear, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of it (and more wunder unders). Enter for a chance to win $100 towards Lululemon below, and get yourself a pair of fancy yoga pants that make your butt look fabulous, or any of the wonderful things I love above.

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Our Plan is No Plan… Yet

Here’s our reality: we thought that Jeff would be signed and off somewhere playing hockey by now, but he’s not. Our apartment lease ends on Sunday, and we’re heading from Rochester, NY to my parent’s house in New Jersey. It’s comical that I was so “stressed” back in April when our whereabouts was unknown, and now it’s almost September and I’m oddly feeling okay about it. By “okay” I mean that I am able to think about other things, I have stopped asking questions, I’ve put myself on an eliteprospects.com ban, and I have put trust in the universe that great things are to come. The crazy thing is that Jeff could sign with a team tomorrow and be gone by the end of the week… or we continue playing the waiting game.

So we’re packing up and heading to New Jersey indefinitely. It’s kind of scary. I’m looking forward to family time especially since my mom hasn’t been doing well, but I wish there was a bit more solidarity to our situation. It’s been frustrating not being in control of our future. Jeff has been told by multiple people that this year is even tougher than then NHL lockout year in terms of finding jobs, which is comforting and disturbing at the same time. Teams in the US are folding, teams in Europe are folding, and European teams are signing less non-Euro players.

For now I’m trying to tame my wanderlust. I’m trying to be happy in the moment and not think too much about the future. I’m day dreaming of new purses instead of new places. I’m living vicariously through others. I’m looking for any distraction. I’m trying to remember that at the end of the day I have my wonderful husband, our adorable puppy, and my amazing family who I know will be there no matter what happens in the next few months. We’re staying positive and making the most of the situation. Now onto the packing…

A Finger Lakes Wedding: Wedding Formals

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I had to share a few formals because I really think they turned out absolutely amazing. Everything from the beautiful setting to the colors of the bridesmaids dresses blow me away. It’s crazy to think I panicked so much about them, but in the end everything worked out and ended up looking fabulous together. It still shocks me that we chose our venue when we were living in Denmark. It turned out even more beautiful then we could have imagined.

Engaged in Copenhagen | Engagement Photos | Wedding Video | Rehearsal | Getting Ready | Ceremony | Reception

 

In Between Weather – A Weekend in South Jersey

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Sweater: J Crew | Shorts: DL 1961 (similar) | Booties: Belle by Sigerson Morrison | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)| Necklace: House of Harlow (similar) | Bangle: Coach | Watch: Michael Kors

This past weekend Jeff and I headed down to New Jersey to spend some much needed time with my family. It was pretty low key and mostly involved walking around the yard, laying around the house with mom, and sifting through old photographs. Aren’t those the best kind of weekends?

We move out of our apartment in two weeks, so New Jersey was a nice distraction from the soon-to-be realities of lifting couches, folding clothes, and stuffing things into a Uhaul for what I’m sure won’t be the last time. I mean, we still don’t even know where our next destination is. So there’s that. Is it just me or has this summer come and gone faster than most? I only made it to the pool once and haven’t even gotten use out of most of my sun dresses. I still have a few days left, I guess. If you need me, I’ll be busy carpe diem-ing around… or something like that.

What did you do this weekend? Tell me in the comments below.