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#VacayEveryDay with Palm Breeze

Palm Breeze Beverages

I have always been one to look as far ahead as I could when it comes to planning and taking vacations. It makes life more exciting to have something to look forward to, and plan on exploring a new place. After our trip to Vegas, the rest of the year is pretty quiet (no complaints of course, I feel very fortunate to have traveled as much as I have this year)! But being the vacation planner I am, I am already talking to my boyfriend about where we should go next. In the meantime, I’m vacationing on my own terms.

Palm Breeze Vacation

Ruby Red Citrus Palm Breeze

#VacayEveryDay

Vacation Every Day

Palm Breeze Drinks

Palm Breeze #VacayEveryDay

SheInside Romper

I try to take time for myself at least once a week during the work week rather than stressing or spending my night blogging, working out, running errands, cleaning or any other things I need to cross off my (never-ending) list. During the summertime, one the easiest ways for me to relax is to go out by the grilling area right by the indoor pool and relax in the sunshine.

Palm Breeze has two delicious tropical flavors of sparkling beverages – Ruby Red Citrus and Pineapple Mandarin Orange. The Ruby Red Citrus has a refreshing, crisp flavor, while the Pineapple Mandarin Orange satisfies those sweet cravings. Sipping on one of these while enjoying the sun makes me feel like I’m back on the beaches in Miami or out by the MGM Grand pool in Vegas!

I think it is possible to feel like you are on vacation every day, you just have to give yourself the chance to relax and enjoy what’s around you. It may not be beaches, but I love my life in Minnesota and taking my own mini vacations helps me get through until my next trip. Sipping on something refreshing and delicious makes these mini vacations even better.

Check your local stores for Palm Breeze and try these flavors out for yourself – you will not be disappointed!

Romper, c/o Sheinside (very very sheer fabric, and low cut – I used a safety pin on it)

Hat, Charming Charlie (Similar here and here)

Wedges, Boutique in Charleston (Similar here and here)

Lip Gloss (in Apple Strudel)

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Fashion Outfits

My Love for Cable Knit Sweaters & Thoughts on Life

fall style with floppy hat

Holy moley, it has been a crazy week. I mean, I knew it would be, but I have never been more thankful for Friday than today! Last weekend, I headed home to my stay with my parents Friday night and then went to my friend’s wedding on Saturday. I stayed through dinner and then headed back to Minnesota, got in around 1:30 a.m., then woke up at 8 a.m. to finish packing/move all of our belongings on Sunday. Sunday night, we headed to our new home with our good friends who are truly lifesavers for allowing us and our dog Emma to stay with them for two weeks.

peach cable knit sweater + floral dress

It has also been a crazy emotional week for me. Every time I see my group of college friends, my heart feels full. It’s true that with every single one of my girlfriends, it’s like a day hasn’t passed since we last saw each other. They really are the best of friends! These are the friendships I will have forever, and I am so fortunate to have people who will be there for me and will support me through the rest of my life.

layering a sweater over a maxi dress

Also, the move. I got crazy stressed out about this move, which is silly really because moves happen and everything somehow gets done. Moving is really more than just moving (such a profound thought, right?), it is the end of something and the start of something new. Last year when we moved into our old apartment, it was a fresh beginning. We were living so much closer to downtown and uptown Minneapolis, and it was nice to be closer to many of our friends, but at the same time, the apartment never really felt like home to us. We barely took the time to decorate or hang things on the wall because I think we knew it would just be a passing by.

layering a sweater over a dress

And while life was amazing since our last move into the beginning of 2014, it quickly turned into challenge after challenge for me. This year I have continued to struggle with my weight, body image and confidence. I have struggled with friendships and felt completely lost in the direction I want to go in life. It keeps circling back to a feeling I have that I’m not enough. Never being enough for my relationships, at work, with the way I look or anything really. While thankfully I’m starting to move on from this mindset, it has been really hard for me. I have to have “self talks” and even have sadly needed validation from friends or family just to feel okay. Which isn’t okay. I am hoping to continue to relax and enjoy myself at my friends’ place over the next week and hope this move is exactly the fresh start I need. While I am not completely depending on a new apartment to get me out of the rut I’ve been in, I am certainly excited and looking forward to it. I don’t normally talk about religion or religious beliefs on my blog because I know not everyone believes the same things I do, but I have to say I truly believe God is testing me right now and has gotten me through a lot lately… it is so great to have that spiritual part of my life. I have so many things to be thankful for and perhaps it is cherishing the simple, and best things, on a daily basis that I need to do to get back to the happiest version of me.

fall style

Anyway, sorry for the very long, random personal post, I realize this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So if personal posts aren’t your thing, here is the outfit I wore a couple weeks ago to take a break from packing and get out of the apartment for a bit. I have really been into hats lately (could you tell?) and am forever in love with cable knit sweaters. They are cute and chic, and this one in blush is just perfect for a bright color to go through the remainder of fall and for this winter. Also, this sheer (and I mean VERY sheer… as I’m wearing a maxi skirt under it) maxi dress is lovely and perfect for layering with a sweater. I can’t wait to style it in different ways, whether as a dress, an open-sheer maxi cardigan, a top or as a skirt again.

cable knit sweater + maxi dress + booties

Also, my title should probably be switched: Thoughts on life – many long paragraphs THEN My Love for Cable Knit Sweaters: One sentence. As always my friends, HAPPY FRIDAY and have a wonderful weekend!

fall style

Sweater, c/o OASAP

Maxi Dress, c/o OASAP

Hat, TJMaxx {Similar}

Skirt Under Maxi, Thrifted {Similar}

Booties, ShoeDazzle {Similar here and here}

Lip Gloss, Star Looks in “Guilty Pleasure” – LOVE this gloss, found via my Ipsy bag

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Outfits

Sunny Days

sundress

So summer isn’t quite over yet… the temperatures shot back up this weekend to near 100 and I had to find the best way to beat the heat! Yesterday I grabbed my easy, breezy off white dress I found in Mexico and threw it on because it is just one of those non-fussy dresses that I love to wear when it is super hot out.  I recently got these incredibly comfortable Orthaheel sandals from Sole Provisions, and knew that I wanted to wear these to be as comfortable as possible for errands and meeting up with my friend for lunch! I love when you don’t have to sacrifice cute for comfort, just like these Orthaheel sandals. The beaded detailing is just perfect and the comfort is amazing. I have been switching out for my heels for theses sandals at least once a week at work just to give my feet a break.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a great week as well! Also, to my fellow Minnesotans, keep cool with Ice Mountain’s sparkling water! Refreshing and hydrating! *sponsored

Dress, Mexico (Similar)

Hat, 10DollarMall.com (Similar)

Sandals, c/o Sole Provisions (Exact)

Sunglasses, PacSun (Similar)

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