Marathon Prints

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Chicago Marathon

Inspired by the Chicago marathon last week, personalized marathon prints are now live on Etsy! Currently, Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles are available. Each print comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Don't see the marathon you've ran? More city marathons are on their way, but until then, there is a custom option. Choose any marathon, and a personalized, custom print will be designed just for you!

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Custom Marathon

Which city's marathons would you like to see next? Leave me a comment below, I'd love to hear your suggestions!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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We Went to Europe and All We Got Were Selfies…

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If you follow me on social media, you would have seen that Steve and I just spent the last two weeks of September traveling through Europe.

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Our trip was an absolute dream. It was two glorious weeks of walking, talking, eating, and sightseeing. My desire for this trip was to blend in and hopefully appear as locals. Personally, I felt we didn't look very touristy. No fanny-packs, Hawaiian shirts or white knee-high socks. We used our phones for maps rather than clutching a folded paper map. The backpacks we carried weren't too large; perhaps people would think we're students. But this hope was quickly derailed every time Steve threw the Canon strap around his neck and I whipped out my phone to take videos; and this happen A LOT.

We saw everything we could think of and then some more that we just stumbled upon. We came home 16 days later with an unbelievable number of photos and hours of video. A tad overwhelming now, but in the moment, we wanted to capture all we could. As I began to sort through the photos, I started making a list of what we'd do with all of them. I fully plan on making a shadow box for each country, a photo album is likely, and then there is the Christmas card. 

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I knew before we left we'd use a photo from the trip for our Christmas card this year. We like to choose a single photo that shows one of our best moments from the past year. 2016 was a picture from our trip to Alaska and the year that before was a photo from our wedding.

I have a short list of qualifications for choosing the perfect Christmas card photo. To start, we both need to be in the photo (duh!). But beyond that, we need a memorable backdrop, good lighting, and be sunglass-free. This is where things start to get tricky.

We came home with several photos that met these requirements. I don't know how I am going to choose!  Luckily, choosing the perfect photo is going to be the hardest part of creating my Christmas cards, all thanks of Basic Invite.

Basic Invite is an online retailer that carries Christmas and Holiday cards, as well as stationary, announcement cards, and any invitation you may need.

To begin, they have nearly unlimited color choices. Once a design is selected, you'll have the ability to change the color of each detail on your card. With over 180 color options, Basic Invite truly gives you the opportunity to create a unique, one-of-a-kind card. This is something you don't find with most online stationary stores. From there you'll get to pick your envelope color from another wide selection of color choices.

Once your design is complete, you'll have the opportunity to receive a printed sample. You can actually see, touch, and feel your card before placing your final order. There is something so comforting about holding the card in your hand before making your final decision. It gives me confidence in my choice and design; something a virtual sample just can't do.

But my favorite Basic Invite feature? They offer recipient address printing for Christmas card orders, no additional charge. They also offer an address capture service. Use any form of social media to reach out to your family and friends and request their address. Once they send it to you, it'll be stored in your account to use now and in the future.

With over 250 Christmas card and Holiday card designs, it's easy to find something you'll love! Below are just a small sample of some of the designs options Basic Invite offers to their customers. 

You can follow @BasicInvite on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter for more examples and inspiration. 

Right now, Basic Invite is offering 30% of their Christmas and Holiday cards by using promo code: holi30. Now, I just need to pick a photo! Let me know below which one if your favorite. 

 As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Parisan Style in Kansas City

Top | Skirt: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Jacket: Old PaperCrown (Similar here) | Necklace | Shoes | Sunglasses: Old American Eagle (similar here and here) | Lips

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Top | Skirt: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Jacket: Old PaperCrown (Similar here) | Necklace | Shoes | Sunglasses: Old American Eagle (similar here and here) | Lips

A few weeks ago I posted this photo on Instagram of this gorgeous outfit and got such a positive repost selfie I wanted to share more of it!

Unfortunately, I could not bring this whole outfit to Paris. The skirt is doesn't fold easily and wasn't versatile enough for the trip and the heels weren't practical for all of the walking. But there was nothing stopping me from sharing this look on the here!

This skirt has made several appearances on the blog and my Instagram, so it's probably no secret that I love it! Its flowy but voluminous, so pairing it with a fitted shirt is necessary. I chose the black and white striped shirt because there is something about stripes that feels very Parisian. Toss on some nude pumps and my favorite tweed blazer and I'd be ready to hit the streets of Paris. But I'll settle for KC! :D

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XOXO Helen

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The Only Jeans I'm Buying

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Levi's Jeans | Top | Shoes | Sunglasses | World Wide Red

Take a look at any "Women's Fashion Must Haves" list and you will definitely see "jeans that fit perfectly" on the list. I am so happy to say that I have found mine!

For years, I struggled to find a good pair of jeans. One pair fit in the waist, but tight in the thigh, another would be the right length, but terrible material, the list goes on and on. Then a couple of years ago, I found Levi's 711 Skinny Jeans. Never, had a pair of jeans fit me so perfectly! I was amazed. I truly forgotten how a pair of jeans should fit because I had spent so many years in uncomfortable pairs.

I made the mistake of continuing to purchase jeans from other brands. They followed with the same disappointment.  But my Levi's jeans stayed perfect. It wasn't too long after this, that I vowed to only purchase Levi's jeans. No other brand has provided me with such comfort, style, and quality.

What is your favorite pair of jeans? Do you have a go-to designer or style?

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Fall '17 Bucket List

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As a new season approaches, so does a new bucket list!

Oh fall! Jeans, boots, and sweaters. Changing leaves, pumpkins, and apple pie. Hot drinks and cold nights. Currently, Steve and I just got to Germany, where we're lucky enough to be visiting with friends. You'll notice below in the list, there is no mention of anything related to this trip. While our European adventure was the perfect way to start the season (and celebrate my birthday!), this trip has been on the "Lifetime Bucket List". It's an item I am overjoyed to cross off!

To start fall off on the right foot, I present my Fall Bucket List. I'm hoping to get everything crossed off by December 21st, the last day of fall. 

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1. Attend a football game (college or pro)

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2. Go to a haunted house (any suggestions for the KC area?)

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3. Decorate the house for Halloween/fall

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4. Make pumpkin bread

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5. Host my first Thanksgiving

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6. Organize my daily work schedule

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7.Clean up/out our backyard

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8. Begin to paint the interior of our house

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9. Finish Etsy site remodel

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10. Visit local Kansas City coffee shops

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11. Save some money for Cyber Monday shopping

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12. Go to the Renaissance Fair

What do you want to accomplish this fall? Always looking for new suggestions. No reason the list has to stop at 12!

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Summer '17 Bucket List Recap

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At the start of July, I posted my Summer '17 Bucket List. Now, nearly, 3 months later, I can now give you a recap of the 8/12 items I crossed off!

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2. Have a picnic with Steve

I surprised Steve with a picnic for our 2 year wedding anniversary.

4. Make our own homemade ice cream

We tried s'mores ice cream a few weeks ago and used graham crackers instead of spoons. Highly recommend.

5. Visit Nelson Atkins Museum

Finally made our way there thanks to the Strawberry Swing.

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6. Travel to Little Rock, AR

We had a wonderful and adventurous time! Gave a full recap last week.

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7. Dye colored streaks in my hair

I more so ended up dyeing my whole head pink, but it was fun! Wished the product lasted a little longer though.

10. Begin to clean out and decorate the house

Yes, this has started and is no where near done! But at least we're getting somewhere.

11. Attend a summer concert

One Republic at the Sprint Center. One of my favorite bands. They are so amazing live!

12. Meal prep on Sunday night

Some Sundays yes, but I could definitely do a better job.

What was on your summer bucket list? Were you able to accomplish the whole list? Hopefully one of these seasons I'll get all 12 items crossed off! Fall '17 Bucket List coming next week! 

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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16 Days in a Carry-on: Confessions of an Over-Packer

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It all started a few months ago…

Steve and I had just booked out flights to Europe. Then he turned to me and said, "I want to do this trip in a carry-on". I laughed. "No way in hell", I responded. We had just booked a 16 day trip and he thought our luggage would fit in an overhead compartment? Our honeymoon, just eight day trip, required a checked bag, plus carry-ons. So how could a trip twice as long be condensed to a carry-on each? Also, I am a textbook over-packer.

Steve started to pull up articles and YouTube videos about packing for a multi-week trip in a carry-on. We spent a couple hours watching and reading. After some time, not only did I start to believe we could do this, but I also saw the benefits. Currently, the plan is to hit 3 countries, (maybe 4! stay tuned) and I liked the idea of not checking a bag. It would make things a lot easier, especially in a foreign country, to always have our luggage with us. Laundry wouldn’t be difficult to do either because we are visiting friends during the second leg of our trip. It all started to seem conceivable.

Today, we are flying out to our first stop, and I am pleased to report, we both have one suitcase and one backpack. How did I do it? Well for Steve it was easy, but for me, it took quite a bit of planning and some lessons learned along the way.

Here is how a classic over-packer condensed her suitcase and curbed her need to pack EVERYTHING!

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1. Get used to the idea early.

If Steve had approached me with this idea last week, rather than several months ago, it would have been a hard no. I would have been mentally packed and not prepared to take on the task. But over the months, I've had time to plan accordingly and do proper research.

2. Get real with your plans.

The reason our honeymoon required a checked bag, was because I over-packed. I had 9 pairs of shoes and at least 2 outfits for each day, including eight dresses. (I would like to note, I did, wear all eight.) Realistically, I did not need all of that. But the purpose of the trip was to relax and enjoy our vacation. I had the luxury of changing outfits midday and wearing high heels to dinner. This trip however, is a different story. We will be on the move from sunrise to way beyond sunset. For this trip, I need comfortable footwear and an outfit that would work all day.  Once I realized this, half of what I would have brought in a checked bag was cut.

3. Check the weather.

In the week leading up to the trip, I monitored the weather in each city we'd be visiting. I was using this to help plan the clothes I would bring. Paying attention to the weather allowed me to make smarter choices in the clothes I was bringing on the trip.

4. Remember you can always buy something there.

Assuming your traveling to a developed country, you'll be able to get anything you need in the hotel lobby or a local drugstore.

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5. Don't skimp on what's important to you

When carry-ons were first discussed, Steve told me I shouldn't bring my hairdryer because it's bulky. I said no, because I use a hairdryer everyday to style my bangs and I don’t like using hotel dryers.

6. Only pack for one week

Let's be honestly, you cannot pack 16 outfits in a carry-on suitcase. You can, however, back for about a week. So do just that and toss in a few detergent pods.

7. Do you wear it at home?

If you don't wear it at home, you won't wear it when you travel. Pick clothing items you know you are comfortable wearing out.

8. Don't go shopping!

I resolved to do this early. I knew if I bought something, I would feel obligated to bring it on the trip. I decided it would be best to save money leading up to the trip. We have a lot of actives planned, but I wouldn't mind doing a little shopping over there as well. I would much rather purchase something while I'm in Europe and bring it back to the states, than the other way around. 

9. If you're worried, do a practice pack.

A week before we left, I did a quick practice pack to make sure everything I was planning on taking would fit. It was worth it because it assured me that I didn’t have too much.

Below I have put together an abridge list of what I am packing for clothing and accessories.

• 8 tops

• 2 pairs of jeans

• 2 pairs of shorts

• 8-10 pairs of underwear

• 8-10 pairs of socks

• 2 pair of shoes

• 2 bras

• 2 jackets

• Leggings

• 1 sports bra

• 1 of each beauty item (ie: 1 eye shadow palette, 1 concealer, 1 blush, etc.)

• Minimal jewelry

• 1 Hair dryer

• 1 Curling wand

 All of this is currently packed in my carry-on suitcase with room to spare!

To keep up with our travels for the next two weeks, make sure you're following me on Instagram and check out the hashtag #KSpinningTravels to stay up-to-date! 

 As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Little Rock, AR KSxLR

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As you may have noticed on my Instagram, a few weeks ago Steve and I traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas for a quick trip to visit some college friends. We had a wonderful time and spent the majority of the trip outside.

The trip started with different travel plans. Steve was already in Dallas for a work trip, so he flew directly to Little Rock. He got in few hours before me. I left Kansas City after work and took on the six hour drive. By the time I got there, it was late so we spent the rest of the evening drinking beers and catching up.

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Day 1

We woke up and drove out to Petit Jean State Park. We hiked through forests and meadows and hoped over streams until we made it to a gorgeous waterfall. Every step brought a new beautiful view to see.

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Afterwards, we headed home, got cleaned up and ready for the rest of the day. We went into downtown Little Rock for some dinner and then to a baseball game. The Arkansas Travelers are a Minor League team with a huge following. The game was packed and afterwards there was a huge fireworks show! While we were at the game, we tried a local beer called Lost Forty; and then drank it for the rest of the weekend!

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Day 2

Another early start as we headed out to go zip lining. I haven't gone zip lining since my honeymoon; I forgotten how much fun it is! The view continued to be spectacular as we climbed higher and higher. It was so much fun, but there was so much more hiking than we expected.

Exhausted, we drove into Hot Springs to get a late lunch at Deluca's Pizzeria Napoletana. The food was delicious! We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling through Hot Springs. It was such a sweet little town.

We concluded our day with an evening at their home to watch the Mayweather v. McGregor fight. Now I am not one for boxing, however I did find the fight so interesting! I was cheering for Mayweather the whole time!

We woke up the next day, backed our bags and headed home. It was a fantastic trip. We left with some great memories and a lot of mosquito bites!

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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A Cozy Fall Sweater

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Wild Thing Sweater | Jeans | Adidas Shoes | Nails

There is a crisp fall breeze, Starbucks has brought back PSLs, that means sweater weather is quickly approaching! Yay!

This is such a comfy, cozy sweater. I have been wearing it constantly since I bought it at CorePower Yoga. It's light-weight, but manages to keep me so warm. This makes it a great layering piece. This, plus the fact that it looks amazing with jeans, skirts, and leggings, makes it perfect! And I love this added detail of "Wild Thing" on the left side.

Spiritual Gangster no longer has this sweater available, but it is on YogaOutlet.com! Sizes are limited, so check it out!

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Set Your Intention: Indulgence

"Every once in a while, you just need to indulge yourself. Life is to be enjoyed, not endured."

When you hear the word indulgence, chances are your mind immediately goes negative. Rightfully so, because typically when we hear "indulge", we usually then think of gluttony, entitlement, and privilege. And yes, sometimes that is the case. There are plenty of people who regularly over-indulge, which can lead to arrogance and an excessive collection of "things". This has resulted is us feeling guilty when we indulge in anything, even when it's something we’ve earned or deserved.

I believe it's time to change our perspective on "indulgence". When an indulgence is chosen and used in moderation, it can be a wonderful thing. An example I like to use is a chocolate chip cookie. Let's say you find yourself craving a singular chocolate chip cookie. But you're trying to remain healthy. So you find a box of reduced fat crackers and chose to eat that instead. But because you didn't feed your small crave, you wind up eat the whole cracker box in an attempt to curb your crave. So, which is better for you? A singular chocolate chip cookie at 78 calories or a box of so-so crackers at 1040 calories. Sometimes embracing that small indulgence can be healthy. Besides, life is far too short to go without the occasional chocolate chip cookie.

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"Instead of indulging in 'comfort food', indulge in comfort meditation, comfort journaling, comfort walking, comfort talking, comfort manicures, comfort reading, comfort yoga, comfort hugging. It's a healthy indulgence."

Can we have truly healthy indulgences? To indulge means to take pleasure in an act. If you can find pleasure within a healthy practice such as yoga, why wouldn't you indulge yourself in it. If yoga isn't your thing, then find your healthy indulgence. Meditation, running,  journaling, reading, are all excellent options. The point is, if you have found something that brings you joy, gives you pleasure, and is non-harmful, why wouldn't you indulge in it?

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"In order to give of yourself to others, you must first have something to give. So enjoy your life. Have fun. Indulge yourself. Be good to yourself. How can you hope to bring happiness to others, if you are not happy?"

By allowing yourself these precious moments do to what you crave, you will begin to redefine your self-worth. You will become healthier, happier, and stronger. Then, you will be able to take this strength and happiness and pass it along to those who matter to you. Then, hopefully, from there, you can grow those relationships beyond what you could have imagined.

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"Keep you sunny side up, keep yourself beautiful, and indulge yourself!"

Please feel free to join me this month at Corepower Yoga.

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Charleston, SC: KSxSC

A tad late on this one, but I am (finally) sharing a recap of our trip to Charleston, South Carolina.

Day 1

We landed in Charleston in the late afternoon. Once we got to the hotel, we were able to freshen up and then head to a dinner. We went to the Tattooed Moose which I found on Diners, Dives, and Drive-ins. It was a hole-in-the-wall bar with unbelievable food. The roasted garlic + blue cheese fries are an absolute must!

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Day 2

Took an Uber to Folly Beach which ended up being the cutest town. Think if Stars Hallow was a beach town. We spent a couple hours soaking in the sun and walking into the water. Afterwards we headed to lunch at a place just off the ocean called Rita's Seaside Grill. We ended up meeting an old college friend there as well, who lives a tad more inland.

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Before we said out goodbyes, she took us to see this massive tree called The Angel Oak Tree, which is 400-500 years old!

We ended the day with dinner in the city and drinks at a gin bar; but not before I got my hands on a glass of rose!

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Day 3

We started our day with a walk through the city market. Hundreds of local vendors set up in this designated area everyday to sell their products.

Steven found what I dubbed "The Most Amazing Sandwich Shop in Charleston" for lunch. Brown Dog Deli had amazing food and décor.

After lunch, we continued to stroll through the city and finally found out why we were seeing pineapples everywhere!

A staple for any "Harm Trip" is to see something historical. So we took a boat trip out to Fort Sumter. While I usually smile along and indulge Steven with this part of our trips, I truly enjoyed this one!

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With some time to kill before dinner, we took a walk through Battery Park. We saw some of the most beautiful homes and the famous Rainbow Road.

As our evening started to wind down, we found a rooftop bar for a quick happy hour and follow it up at a brewery for dinner. 

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Labor Day Sales and Deals

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*Outfit details in this post!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! Steve and I opted out of traveling this weekend in order to enjoy a quite weekend at home. And by quite weekend, I mean football games for Steve and online shopping for me! Take a scroll through these sales and deals to stock up on your favorite fall basics.

Asos // 20% off order

Bloomingdales // Save 40-60%

DSW // 65% off plus triple points

Express // 40% off everything

J.Crew // 30% off order

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything

Kate Spade // Extra 30% off sale

Kendra Scott // Up to 25% off

Levi's // 30% off order

Lulu's // Extra 40% off sale items

Nordstrom // up to 40% off

Old Navy // 20% off order

Shopbop // extra markdowns!

Victoria's Secret // Free Shipping

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!

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Friday Favorites: New Month, New Name!

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Happy September everyone!

September has always been my favorite month. For starters, it's my birth month, which automatically makes any month more special. Additionally, September comes with the early days of fall, pumpkin flavored anything, and the best clothes. Everything just feels more crisp and fresh. It makes me excited to start new.

So I thought I would switch things up with Friday Finds and turn it into Friday Favorites. Instead of sharing articles I've read online, I'm going to start sharing products and places I've seen and done. Hope you enjoy!

New favorite YouTube series.

Finally got my hands on a glass of froze!

I hope I don't lose these new hair ties.

What I add to all my fruit smoothies.

Did anyone else know Lilly Pulitzer had leggings?

Saw this woman speak on Monday; now I want her book.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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My Only Staple Button-Down

J. Crew Button Down | Camisole (Old Who What Wear Collection similar here and here) | Mix No. 6 Shoes | J. Crew Shorts | Kendra Scott Kiri Necklace

Typically, I am not one for button-down shirts. I find they don't fit my body type as well as expected. So when I tried this blue and white striped shirt, I was shocked to see how well it fit! 

J. Crew Button Down | Camisole (Old Who What Wear Collection similar here and here) | Mix No. 6 Shoes | J. Crew Shorts | Kendra Scott Kiri Necklace

Currently there are plenty of sizes available. I sized down for a more fitted look. 

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J. Crew Button Down | Camisole (Old Who What Wear Collection similar here and here) | Mix No. 6 Shoes | J. Crew Shorts | Kendra Scott Kiri Necklace

This top can dress up any outfit, whether it's a skirt, jeans, or in my case shorts. I love throwing this shirt over a camisole with a rolled up sleeve for a more relaxed style. 

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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