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Hey there. I’m finally on winter break and cannot begin to tell you how happy I am that classes are over for a bit. It’s time to take a breather and enjoy some of my favorite things about this time of the year. I see lots of fires, cocoa, Christmas music & outdoor time in my near future.

This year has been a rather challenging one. Events like the failing health of my grandmother & grandfather, some way-less-severe health issues of my own, starting school again after a 5-year hiatus, starting a new job, moving, tying up some financial issues and recently being forced to trade MiNi in because of astronomical repair costs have left me feeling extremely stressed and just drained. That all being said, I’m very much looking forward to 2015…but even moreso to this little mini-break I get right now. I intend to soak up every miute of it and just be thankful that things have finally started calming down. I can’t wait to just do normal things like go for a run when I want or sit down with a book without stressing that I should be studying or writing papers! As short-lived as this time will be, I’ll take it. One more year of undergrad classes and my masters program will follow that…oh boy. Breathe. See – this break is very necessary.

As far as the minimalistic adventure with my wardrobe is going…it’s getting better and better. I’ve gotten rid of so much and have been narrowing down my closet bit by bit to things I really love. I will eventually write a post on how I got started on this whole minimal wardrobe idea but for now I’m still trying to find my way. Guessing I should write that post sooner than later since I have a feeling this will be a process instead of a quick transition. Hope everyone down here in sunny S. FL is enjoying this bout of cooler weather we’ve been having. They never last long!

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Sweater, Dress & Bag: Nordstrom / Shoes: Dolce Vita via DSW

It has been windy, slightly chilly & raining here in sunny South FL for days! While most everyone else is grumbling about the weather, I’m loving it! Now if only I could skip school & work and curl up on the patio near the outdoor fire pit watching the raindrops. No? Boo :( I’m always a happy camper when the weather isn’t 90 degrees here, no matter  the tradeoff.

These pictures obviously aren’t from today due to the rain but I have been living in this sweater all fall. I’m borderline obsessed with the color and the comfort of it. I have been trying my hand at developing a capsule wardrobe for the past few months (more on that to come eventually) and I’m finally at a really good point with the project. I got rid of a LOT from my closet and have been majorly paring down wherever I can. I did buy a few new pieces in the beginning but I’m on a strict shopping hiatus and now that my closet is full of only pieces I love, I’m trying to create more outfits where I can interchange each piece multiple ways.

Yay for minimalism!

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 Dress: Nordstrom, Sandals: Steve Madden via Nordstrom, Vest: American Eagle, Necklaces: Madewell

Unintended mini hiatus again! I’m going to make posting more of a regular thing! Between work, school, moving and sporadic random chaos spattered throughout, I’ve stunk at keeping this little project up to date but maybe my New Years Resolution will be spending more time on this baby! Must get the camera out!

I would be happy if this was the last warm-weather outfit I’ll wear this year but seeing as this is Florida that’s pretty unrealistic! I have been wearing all the sweaters, boots and scarves I can lately even though it’s only borderline chilly here. Too bad!. The odd looks for wearing boots when it’s 75 degrees out are worth it!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I cannot believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner!

This is such the typical ‘me’ outfit that I would probably live in it, if that were socially acceptable…but then again, I probably wouldn’t have this blog either ;)

The love of this familiarity & comfort got me thinking about how much things have actually changed in my life within a matter of months and I know that even more changes are coming. Returning to school after such a lengthy hiatus has been a lot to manage but I’ve finally gotten to a better place with that.  Not to mention, given the return to school, I also changed jobs and have been readjusting to that – although happily so for some unexpected reasons – and of course there’s also the multitude of other little things that come along with those larger changes, like finding day-to-day balance, getting in the rhythm of new routines, etc.  All in all the changes have been good and some great (& surprising :) things have come out of them.

In saying all that though, I realize that I haven’t been the greatest at embracing the process or being very patient with myself.  I end up putting a lot of pressure on myself and tend to only focus on what I still want to accomplish, what I have yet to attain, etc. and in that mindset, it’s hard to appreciate the blessings you have around you and to also take notice of & relish in all those little things that make you, you.  One thing I’m very grateful for is the love for myself that truthfully hasn’t always been there, but has grown over the years, thank God.  It’s so easy to go through life without ever purposing to be introspective.  Unfortunately the mentality to always keep busy usually supersedes the need to stop and take a look in the mirror – bad and good.  Without ever doing so, it’s hard to love or appreciate yourself  because, most of the time, we don’t even stop long enough to find out who we are, what is important to us, what we really need in life, how we should love and be loved, etc.  God knows I’m not claiming to know all the ins & outs of His will  but I do owe Him a ton of thanks for intervening in my life and showing me who I was, and why & how to love myself.

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Outfit:

Tee: Old Navy

Jeans: Vigoss via Nordstrom

Shoes: {very loved} TOMS

Jacket: Target