"When life gives you lemons..." We've all heard the expression, and we've all been thrown a lemon or two by life. I've had an extended absence on the internet and social media because life decided to give me a few lemons.

Not long after my last post {July} I was startled at work by a phone call from Anthony. I found my home had been robbed. Tears were streaming down my face as I called my mother to tell her that someone had broken in to our house and stolen our valuables. Not only did they steal what was materialistically valuable to us, but they stole our memories and our sense of security. A large reason as to why I haven't posted at all was because both my computer and camera were among the items taken. Immediately after the break in we decided that it was finally time to move into our apartment. I had forgotten how much work was involved in the process! That, and how much smaller an apartment was than our house!

I had done a lot of self reflecting once I had recovered from my trauma. I spent time thinking about where I wanted to be, who I wanted to be, and what made me happy. Amid the topics was blogging. Blogging without the equipment to do so was not an option, so I had to decide if it was something that I wanted to reinvest myself in. I had come to the decision that blogging was something that I had wanted to continue, but that my relationship was something that I no longer wanted. Anthony and I decided that it was time to break it off.

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. I'm making lemonade by treating my lemons like blessings in disguise. They were eye opening, and ultimately made me a happier person. I have replaced my laptop and my camera with help, now blogging is an option again. I am moving into my own place very soon as well! More news is to come, I hope to talk with you again soon!


Picnic in the Park

Anthony decided on an impromptu lunch date at our local state park yesterday afternoon so that we could enjoy the amazing summer weather that we are having right now. We picked up a couple of Subway foot-longs and an annual state park pass...

I had forgotten my sunglasses in all of the rush of things!
Typical Anthony face...
After our picnic we did a bit of hiking to take in the scenes... The park sits right along the waterfront and is home to a few old Navy buildings.

"Because everyone goes hiking in red leather ballet flats, don't they?"

Despite the fact that I was tired from the hike and that I had not gotten dressed that morning with the intention of taking pictures, I had Anthony snap a few in some of the old buildings...

Shirt: Liberty for Target // Jeans: Old Navy // Flats: Gap {more colors here} // Purse: Kate Spade // Earrings: thrifted // Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop //


Fourth Fashion

Here's a little patriotic outfit inspiration for you! In case you still haven't come up with that perfect look yet... These are all very simple, easy, and comfortable.

Throw on a chambray dress and red accessories, instant outfit!
Dress: Sonoma {via Kohls} // Necklace: eBay {find one here} // Flats: Jeffrey Campbell // Clutch: vintage {thrifted} // Bracelet: thrifted //

Balance colored denim with a simple white top and a denim jacket.
Jacket: Mossimo {via Target, thrifted} // Shirt: Ochirly {thrifted} // Pants: Old Navy // Flats: Unisa //

Play with red and white prints and blue and white prints, just like the stars and stripes.
Shirt: Old Navy // Skirt: vintage {thrifted} // Shoes: Kate Spade // 

Make your outfit sparkle and wear sequins! I made them day friendly by keeping focus on my patterned scarf.
Tank: Old Navy // Scarf: Juicy Couture {gifted by Jamie of Ruby Slipper Diaries} // Shorts: Old Navy // Shoes: Kate Spade // Bag: via Kohls {gifted by Anthony} //

Enjoy your Fourth of July!