Hi! Welcome to my new blog: Vogue and a Latte. So glad you stopped by to check it out.
I have been contemplating a blog change for a while now. Forge A Frenzy just didn’t seem to describe me any more.
FaF was a brand new venture for me when I first started. It was stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to be bold in an area that I knew basically nothing about. I was trying to take my love for fashion and my eye for photos and put them all in one place. I didn’t really know how I would fall in love with blogging and how challenged I would be with this new passion. Blogging is not easy folks. Coming up with content, along with living your busy life, is something that takes time and perseverance. For me, that looked like taking my life and molding it into one that I could easily create content from. Combining what I already did/do daily and turning that into what my blog and brand is about.
I am extremely thankful for Forge A Frenzy. And I am extremely thankful that I no longer have to say my blog name and then respond to blank stares by quickly describing how and why I chose my blog name and what it means to me.
V&L is going to have a lot of the same content as Forge A Frenzy, and a lot of new content as well. New topics, new research; posts based on things I want to share and topics you all want to hear about. As per usual, if you clicked through for outfit details, scroll through to “SHOP THE POST” and click on an item that grabs your eye.
The New Year always causes me to stop and examine my life and everything that I have been blessed with. I’ve been trying to write this post for a few days now, and each time I try to write a sentence on how this year encompasses joy, happiness, and peace for me, I fall short. I always say that I can write how I feel, much better than I can say it. This is just not the case for this year. I have met people who have changed my life. I have had experiences that have changed my life. I have had perspectives that changed my life. I have lived in two vibrant and alive places that are filled with people who surround me, support me, and lift me up. They encourage me to be the best version of myself and showed me that I have the potential to be something great.
In 2017 I became the person that I always wanted to be. The person that I always saw when I looked into my early 20’s. And it shocked me. I set goals, and reached them. I saw parts of myself that I didn’t like, and so I changed them.
I learned to love myself. I learned to work harder than I thought possible and enjoy the rewards that come when you do so. I learned about self-control. I learned about budgeting. I learned that being an adult means making hard choices in order to reap benefits in the long run. I also learned that being an adult doesn’t mean that you have it all together. I learned to push past that inner voice telling me that I couldn’t do it.
Whatever “it” may be for you, you can, in fact, do it.
Ever have one of those weeks where it goes TOTALLY different than what you anticipate? Yea that was this week for me. This blog is going to have a little bit about sweaters and a little bit about life.
PSA: If you clicked on my blog post solely for sweater details, scroll down to the “Shop This Post” feed and view all of my sweater picks!!
WOW. It has been way too long since I have even had a moment to spare to on my favorite pastime. My life has been up in the air and in the past month has taken so many unexpected turns. I figured I would write a post with updates since everyone has the same questions for me. First off: NO, I am not stopping blogging, I still love it just as much as ever!! New content WILL be back soon!!
I have moved back to Atlanta. This has been a surprise to some, but has been on my mind for a while. California is magical. It holds beauty and beaches and sunshine and palm trees and much more. It is a place where I grew exponentially. Where I learned about myself in ways I didn’t know that I needed to learn. And I loved it there, truly. I think that is something people have been asking me a lot about and I think people feel that I have had a negative experience. That could not be more false. I have made life long friends here. I have made memories I will never forget. And apparently gotten more cheesy. LOL. But a LOT of my heart is in Atlanta. A lot of it. I spent a lot of time in the word and in prayer and seeking guidance for the right path to take. And I know that after spending more time in California, it would begin to feel a lot more like home. But I took a good look at my heart and my thoughts and tried to get to the bottom of where I wanted to be.
This last week has been crazzzzzzzy. I feel like they all are kind of, but this one especially. I had a super busy work week, weekend, and an ever growing to-do list. I have a lot of secret plans that I’m working on that I will hopefully be able to share with you guys in the next few months. Change is coming, y’all.
In today’s post I am wearing two different shirts with one skirt (obviously) but it’s because I loved this skirt so much and couldn’t decide which shirt I wanted to showcase so I was like, what the heck, I’ll just post them both!
Mini-skirts are BACK and I couldn’t be happier about it. I love the style of these skirts and how they are fun, flirty, and can basically go with anything. This particular one is from Urban Outfittersand has double zips that actually zip up and down. Risky? Perhaps. But it makes for a super cool look.
I paired this skirt with my Y’all shirt from Citizen Supply for the first look with this skirt. I love Citizen Supply, it is the coolest space in Ponce City Market. So many different areas and handmade goods as well as places to shoot as well. This shirt is from the brand In God We Must, which obviously speaks to my soul. I could probably get this shirt in every color and wear them all of the time and be content. They have so many other cool products and you should totally check them out!
I also wore this skirt with my star shirt from Urban Outfitters. They both have a similar style but different colors and feels to them. I love simplicity and this pretty plain but super cute shirt takes care of that. I don’t like to have TOO much going on in my outfits. One statement piece (aka a skirt with double zippers) and a more tame second piece is how I style my looks.
I wore my white adidas with these looks but we didn’t get a shot with them in it! ):
To be honest, I have so much content that I want to write about but I haven’t had any time to write. Blogging is such a creative outlet for me and something that I love doing, but life has really been getting in the way of me being able to do just that. Getting home from work too tired, choosing working out over resting, then spending time with friends and in community over writing, then resting because I’m exhausted when I could be writing.
Being busy definitely has fun aspects. Creating new memories, always having something going on, getting out of the house and getting new content ideas. But when you don’t have time for the things that are really important to you, it’s time to take a second and evaluate what your priorities are and what matters to you in the long-run.
If everything you’re doing matters to you and you thrive on constantly doing things, then that is excellent! More power to you! I am unfortunately not blessed with such gifts. So, I am prioritizing the things that I have to do and the things that I GET to do and where they all fit. Thank Jesus for the weekends is all I have to say. I need time to myself to recharge and having a constantly full planner makes it hard to do that.
It’s time to reevaluate my daily schedule and make room for the important stuff. Updates shall be given.
While I’m getting my priorities of life together (does anyone really ever have them all together????), follow me on my social media for more day-to-day happenings! Aka lots of photos of the cutest 1 year old you will ever see and my tiny toy yorkie poodle.
Wow it has been a good two weeks since I have last posted and that is a PROBLEM!! As you know, I went to Atlanta and once again had a fabulous time with all of my friends in one of my favorite cities. Atlanta is growing to be such an incredible place filled with art and trends and never ending places to explore. So much of my heart is in that city.
Today I am going to be discussing the items I always include when packing and the things that are always on my to-do list before I leave on a trip.
★ Items I always make sure to have:
→ Makeup stock
I love makeup and I tend to go through my favorite products pretty fast, so I always make sure that I have all of my faves stocked up for when I travel. Nothing worse than reaching for your shape tape and realizing it’s out and you don’t have time to run to Sephora before the nights festivities.
→ Travel pack protein + meal replacement shakes
As I am slowly changing my lifestyle to reflect healthy eating habits (emphasis on slowly), replacing a few meals with healthy shakes and replenishing my body with good nutrients after a work out have become CRUCIAL parts of my day. Isagenix products are my FAVE and they come in convenient little pouches with the exact amount of powder you need to pour in your shaker bottle and go. I feel like on the go health is a consistent theme in my life… My favorite flavor is strawberry but during holiday season they have an eggnog flavor that is to DIE for. I also always have almonds or peanuts with me. If I get too hungry, I lose all self-control when it comes to eating so I like having nuts with me as a quick fix until I can get to a healthy option.
→ A physical book or have one downloaded on my iPad
I love watching movies and getting work done in airports, but sometimes it’s nice to just read a freakin’ book. I like using my kindle on my iPad when I don’t have time to go grab a physical copy of the book I want before I leave, but I really love the feeling of having an actual book in my hands. For long travel, a kindle/iPad is more efficient because you can have lots of reading material without taking up a ton of space, but for a week long trip, one book is generally enough for me! Right now I am reading Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst and it gives me chill bumps almost every chapter. She speaks right into insecurity and how Jesus wants us to feel desired and wanted. It’s a fantastic read.
→ Digestive assistance
I didn’t really know what else to call this… You guys know I have major digestive/stomach problems when it comes to eating and dairy. I am lactose intolerant and potentially intolerant to many other things that I have not yet discovered. Traveling makes this so much worse! I generally eat worse and I drink more alcohol and I am not exercising as much so all of that combined does not lend itself to great digestive health. I asked my God-sister Kelsea for advice on products to use to not experience those problems this trip and she gave me a few options and from those options I purchased a few:
▷ Natural Vitality Natural Calm Anti-Stress Drink (wow that’s a mouthful) – Basically, this is a magnesium supplement that you can put in warm water or in a water bottle when you head out the door to increase magnesium in your body which is suuuuper helpful for good digestion. My favorite blogger, Payton Sartain of Hustle + Halcyon, wrote a whole post on magnesium that I will link here. I like this product because it is super easy to travel with and drink on the go.
▷ Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal Supplement– Charcoal is becoming a very well-known and active ingredient in a lot of drinks/foods and beauty supplies. I will admit I haven’t done THAT much research but I plan on doing a whole post on the benefits of it beyond helping with digestion. It whitens teeth, relieves bloating, removes toxins, clears your skin, I mean I could go on and on. And I will, in a separate post!
It’s Tuesday and it has truly felt like Tuesday today, that’s for dang sure. This past weekend was non-stop. It was fun & full and I pretty much ignored all adult responsibilities for the weekend. I actually hate not being productive on the weekend and getting things done but this weekend I just decided to forget my to-do list and explore!
Lorelei had some friends come into town this weekend so we wanted to do lots of fun Orange County activities. Honestly, I had to remind myself like “oh yea, I live here” for most of the weekend. I am truly blessed to be able to live in such a beautiful place.
On Friday we went to an OC SC game at the new stadium in Irvine, which was a blast! Food truck food and hanging out watching a bunch of hot guys play sports is an exceptional way to spend a Friday evening if you ask me. Lo used to intern for the team and she knew one of the guys playing for the other team so that was super fun! Basically, she spent the whole game answering my soccer questions because I really had zero knowledge before Friday. We headed home after the game because we knew that we had a big day the next day.