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Palm Print & Summer-Ready Styles

Perhaps it’s because this is the summer of going nowhere... but these days I really find myself pulled toward palm print. It has a way of transporting you away from your current reality and offering a beeline to the beach. Sure, it’s unlikely that beach is literal. For example, we are stuck at home in the throes of potty training our little guy.…

Resilience and ‘Dancing’ Through The Storms

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s learning to dance in the rain.

Some might call this line trite or overused. However, I’ve always loved the quote. I used to think it’s because I was a dancer, but it’s actually the message about resilience that truly speaks to me. It’s a call to find beauty in the midst of adversity, to keep pushing when things feel upside down.…

Vacation Styles: My Most ‘Asked-About’ Looks

When you’re flying a budget airline, you’ve got to choose vacation styles strategically. Can you skirt by with just a “personal item” or do you have fashions that are well worth the $2o carry-on fee? Bet you can predict my answer! Vacation should be fun. Consequently, I wanted to share the two key items I always pack for warmer climates. No matter how tight my bag is, these pieces make the cut!…

Sweater Dresses for Every Body Type

This Midwestern gal hates the cold. However, I adore the cozy styles that ward it off. Consequently, today’s post – a sweater dress spectacular – emerges from a conversation with a friend. “I love the look of sweater dresses, but they can be kinda hard to pull off,” she said. I hear you girl! While there are certainly sweater dresses for every body type out there, it’s not always easy to find the right style for your particular frame.…

3 Ways to Style A Tulle Skirt

At first glance, it reads rather ballerina-esque… You might think there is no way a tulle skirt can be versatile. In fact, I was in that camp too! I thought tulle skirts were beautiful and romantic, I just didn’t think I could get enough use out of one to warrant a purchase. However, I eventually succumbed to the constant Facebook ads. [Guess Mark Zuckerberg knows I was browsing for tulle?!]…

Fall Outfit Ideas: 3 Ways to Ease Into Autumn

Crisp mornings, technicolor leaves, pumpkins lining neighborhood porches… What’s not to love about fall? It’s been slow to arrive in Indiana, but we’re finally getting a taste of “sweater weather.” That means it’s time a great time to freshen up your wardrobe, try a few new things, embrace layering, and ease into the new season! Looking for fall outfit ideas? I teamed up with Chicwish to share 3 ways to “fall-ify” your style, even in the midst of unpredictable temperatures.…

Amalfi Coast Style: What to Pack for an Italian Vacation

Few places in the world are as “stop-you-in-your-tracks” scenic as Italy’s Amalfi Coast…

No matter how many pictures you see, nothing can prepare you for the awe you will feel as you get your first glimpse of the vibrancy. Like pottery forged in a kiln, colors are more intense here. Terraced gardens⁠—dotted with lemons⁠—offset glistening, turquoise water. Sun-bleached storefronts cascade down soaring mountains. The Amalfi Coast is beautiful and so are its people.

How to bloom in your career: A message for new grads

There’s something about graduation day that always makes me smile.

It brings with it so much promise, possibility and pride. I get excited about what the future holds for the class of 2019… and I’m right there with these new grads as they take those first steps.

Each May, I spend days (not an exaggeration) carefully studying the names of Purdue University’s thousands of graduates (4,659 walked this year).…

Perfectionism: 3 ways to dial it back

Detail-minded, driven, goal-oriented, exacting, relentless…

These are good traits, right? Society tells us they are a sure-fire recipe for success, but perfectionism is a slipperly slope. Get the proportions wrong and this mix can be toxic. Yes, we’d all love to nail every job assignment… launch the successful business… score the promotions… earn the A’s… keep our homes immaculately clean… cook gourmet meals… have impeccably behaved children… and look svelte, stylish and camera-ready while doing it.…

Classy vs. trashy: A message for young women

There are a lot of labels I’m comfortable with, but there’s something about the word “sexy” that sets off alarm bells in my head. I just don’t see myself that way. In fact, I’m going to counter popular culture by saying I don’t want to be sexy. Sophisticated? Yes. Classy? Definitely. Alluring and mysterious? Sure. So, let’s talk for a minute about what’s classy vs.…