Hey there stranger

I can’t believe it has been over a year since I have even touched my blog and written a post. Soooo much has happened since then-some good and some bad and if I’m being honest I had strongly considered giving up blogging completely. I have been busy at work and just overall stressed beyond belief that it made me lose sight of a lot of things. I definitely haven’t been the happiest lately but today I just felt like getting back into it. I know it may never turn into my career but it has been something I’m passionate about and it just doesn’t seem right to give it up. For those of you who have stuck around: thank you, and for the newcomers: thank you! I am looking forward to a fresh new chapter.

XOXO,

Amanda

Slowing down

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy! I know the quarantine has been a tough time for all of us but I also hope that it has taught us all some lessons. I know it definitely has for me and one of the lessons I’ve learned is: to slow down. I think we all can relate to being go, go, go most of the time and it causes us a lot of stress and can lead to us not being able to live in the moment. Social media can definitely make it harder on us and can also make us compare ourselves to others in many ways. I will admit that I compare myself to others daily, especially on social media. The important thing to remember is: no one is posting their failures for everyone to see!

We all grow and accomplish things at different rates and that’s okay! Olivia Rink (one of my favorite bloggers) just wrote on one of her Instagram posts: “The opposite of busy is not lazy”, and that really stuck with me. I believe that sometimes we all have a tendency to think if I am not currently being productive or working on something 24/7 that it translates to being lazy. The truth is there is nothing wrong with that! You are allowed to be unproductive and that still doesn’t make you lazy! You are allowed to take time off from working, you are allowed to take time to yourself, you are allowed to take social media breaks. We are all human and we are not meant to be working every second of every day. I am sure this virus has shown us some of that and as heartbreaking as this has all been I hope it teaches us to stop and appreciate our lives a bit more. We should be happy if we take things slower or don’t work at the same rate as others. It’s okay and it’s healthy! Sometimes you need to just sit on your couch in your pajamas and netflix and chill for the day. That doesn’t make you lazy, it makes you real! Thank you all for reading!!!

XOXO,

Amanda

Wash your hands

Hey guys! I just wanted to share something that we could probably all use right now: hand soap! I know we are all washing our hands now more than ever and it is super important to use something that won’t dry your skin out. This hand soap from Raw sugar is vitamin enriched and ensures that while your hands are getting cleaned that they also stay hydrated. I have super dry skin so this is a MUST for me. It is phthalate, paraben and sulfate free so you can feel good about what you are putting on your skin. It is super affordable ($5!) and I have read that for every product you buy, Raw sugar donates a bar of soap to a family in need. So amazing! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Don’t forget to wash your hands!

XOXO,

Amanda

One year anniversary

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Oh my gosh you guys I seriously can’t believe it! It has been one year since I first officially started my blog. So much has happened since then but the one thing that has remained the same is the love I have for what I do and the love for all of you! Blogging has been a dream of mine for several years and it feels surreal to think that I now have one year of it under my belt. I love connecting with all of you and sharing my content. I am looking forward to several more years to come! I have lots of big things planned and lots of really big aspirations but I believe anything is possible. If there is ever any content you’d like to see just let me know. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart.

XOXO,

Amanda

Staying in? How to deal

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Hey everyone! Since we all will be staying in for these next few weeks, I wanted to compile a list of some things to do! Staying in is definitely relaxing but sometimes it can become mundane so I’ve decided to share some fun ideas for anyone who is spending their days indoors!

1. Netflix and chill (or Hulu!)- If you’re watching netflix here are some suggestions: The Office, Parks and rec, Love is blind, A cinderella story, To all the boys p.s. I still love you. If you’re watching Hulu: How I met your mother, Big time adolescence, Isn’t it romantic, Alone together, The murder of Laci Peterson and my new favorite: Little fires everywhere.

2. Read a book-Some of my favorites are: The girl on the train, Gossip girl, Sharp objects, The woman in cabin 10.

3. Cook new recipes or in my case actually learn how to cook! (Pinterest has lots of great recipes!)

4. Call and catch up with friends and family. Call your grandparents or your best friend or someone you haven’t talked to in a while and just talk to them on the phone. We shouldn’t limit our communication to just texting!

5. Online shopping! Now is the perfect time to not feel guilty about laying in bed and online shopping. (P.S. Nordstrom is offering 25% off on almost everything right now!!) You can also shop my looks via Liketoknow.it (I do earn commissions when you purchase items through my links so thank you so much to those who have purchased something!)

6. Write down your thoughts. What we are dealing with right now is unprecedented and pretty stressful. A great way to express your feelings is to write them down. It can be super cathartic! Whether that means writing them in a journal, typing them in your notes app, or some other form. It can really help ease your anxiety and also help out with your creative side!

7. Self care! Meditation, exercise, adopting healthy eating habits, amping up your skincare routine, etc. Use the time you have now to really focus on improving yourself.

8. Spring cleaning. Take the chance to clean out your closet or junk drawer and get rid of items you don’t really need or no longer use. You can always sell these items (I love using Poshmark) or donate them to those in need.

9. Get some fresh air! Go for a walk around the neighborhood and clear your head. Bonus: bring your dog! (Keep in mind the social distancing etiquette-6 feet away from others and no groups of 10 people or more.)

I hope this list helps anyone who may feel stuck wondering what to do at a time like this. If you have any other suggestions feel free to let me know. Remember we’re all in this together and we will get through it!

XOXO,

Amanda

Museum of memories

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Hey guys! Last weekend I had the opportunity to preview the new Museum of Memories at Mall of America before it opened and I LOVED it! It is an interactive museum that is perfect for Instagram. (There is also a location in Texas.) I had a great time looking at all the cool murals and listening to some great nostalgic music. If you are looking for a fun interactive museum then this is a must!

The exhibit opens this Friday March 6 and tickets are now on sale. I gave you all a sneak preview last weekend on my Instagram stories and I saved it to my highlights. Make sure to check it out! All of the pictures included on this blog post were not shown on my story because I wanted to save them for my blog. Enjoy!

XOXO,

Amanda

Why I started blogging

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Happy Saturday! The most asked question I get is: why/how I started blogging. Since my blog is nearing its one year anniversary I decided to take the time to write a bit about why I got into blogging. It’s a pretty lengthy post but it really dives all the way into my blogging career. Okay first of all, I am a super indecisive and impulsive person. I was never really the type of kid growing up who always knew what they wanted to do. I changed my mind ALL the time.

I always enjoyed playing sports. I played soccer my entire life and then was a cheerleader as well throughout high school. Since I always loved sports (playing them and watching) I decided I wanted to have a career in sports. I was super inspired after I read an article in Cosmo about a woman who had a career in the NFL. My freshman year of college I attended the University of Tampa and majored in sports management. I dreamed of being an event operations coordinator for an NFL team. I even was able to spend a day working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and got to be on the field and behind the scenes during a game. It was AMAZING!

However, even though I liked my major and my school, I wasn’t super happy there and ended up transferring to the University of Kentucky my sophomore year. Sports management wasn’t available as a major there so I switched to business. I was still planning on a career in sports but I was not doing super well in my business classes and often found them boring. I was really not keen on keeping my major in business and at that point was halfway through college without an idea of what to do anymore. I took a bunch of tests to find out my ideal career and it was revealed that I would be best suited as a florist or in retail. At that point I had no interest in being a florist and I had never really done anything in retail but I thought it could potentially be fun. The summer before junior year I got a job in retail to try it out.

I really enjoyed working in retail (I worked at Macy’s) and junior year I switched my major to merchandising, apparel and textiles, which is what my degree is in! I absolutely loved the classes because they were very tailored to fashion and I was considering a career as a celebrity personal stylist. Upon graduating, I needed an internship to get my foot into the workforce and one of the places that was known for being the best in fashion and service was Nordstrom. I applied to Nordstrom stores all across the country as well as several other companies (including a personal styling company in LA) and ultimately was selected as an intern at the Nordstrom store in Hawaii.

About a few weeks after graduation I moved out to Hawaii to start my internship with Nordstrom in the TBD department and instantly fell in love. The internship was a fast track into retail management and after graduating from the program I stayed in Hawaii for about a year and continued to work there. I eventually moved back home to Chicagoland afterwards where I got my first Assistant manager job at the Nordstrom rack in Schaumburg, IL. Fast forward to several years later and several states/stores later and I had built quite an impressive management resume throughout Nordstrom.

However, the company was going through a change and eliminated several positions and one of those positions that was eliminated was mine. I was heartbroken and considered leaving the company. During this time I was the Women’s/Kids Department manager at Nordstrom rack in Charlotte, NC but I decided to move to Michigan and start over with the company as a salesperson and work my way back up. At this point in time blogging/influencing had really blown up (I was a huge follower of Olivia Rink and Hello Fashion blog) and I had always thought about starting my own blog. I even attempted starting one but never really followed through with it.

After working my way back up into management at Nordstrom, my position was eliminated AGAIN. At this point I felt I needed a break, and decided to take a month off of work to finally start a blog. I was so inspired by all of these amazing bloggers and I really wanted to share my life and my style with people. I spent time at home with family and worked on it. I bought a website domain, did photoshoots, edited and wrote posts. I finally launched my blog on March 21, 2019! I knew that while blogging I would still need a job so in April I went back to Michigan and moved in with one of my friends. I got a job as a sales supervisor at Bath and body works while still focusing on my blog.

In July of that year, my roommate got a job in Minnesota and asked if I would like to move with her. Since I was used to moving about once a year I agreed. (I’ve lived in 8 states!) Throughout 2019, I worked at three different companies in retail. I had lots of ups and downs with blogging and at one point I had thought about quitting but I kept at it. I would set goals for myself and eventually achieve them and then set more goals. I am still learning more about blogging each day but I love how it is still an uncharted career path.

As I am writing this, my current jobs are: blogger and Assistant Manager at Nordstrom in MOA. It is so crazy to see how much has changed in these past years but how it ultimately has circled back to a career in Nordstrom. I have always been passionate about Nordstrom as well as blogging and I feel like I am finally able to have a successful career in both areas of my life. If you have made it this far thank you SO much for reading. I apologize for the length of this post but your support means the world to me! I hope that this encourages you all to follow your dreams and helps you to realize that what is meant to be, will be.

XOXO,

Amanda

2020 goals

Hey guys! Only 12 more days until the start of 2020 aka an entirely new decade. That is so crazy! This year has been a particularly tough year for me but I still have had some positive experiences as well. I know it is so cliche to make resolutions or talk about things you want to focus on in the new year but I’ve always felt that writing it down holds me more accountable. Here are some of the things I plan on working on in the new year:

1. Focusing on myself. I tend to put myself last and it often translates to me worrying about everyone else instead of myself. I always focus on my flaws or whether or not I’m with someone and it often leaves me with a feeling of unhappiness. I really want to focus on making myself a priority and becoming my best self.

2. Working on my physical/mental health. I’ve talked so much about working on being healthier and I haven’t made too many strides. I really want to make sure I am healthy on the inside and outside. I want to focus on getting into an exercise routine, eating healthier but also focusing on making sure my mental health is in check as well. Mental health is often neglected and I do suffer from depression/anxiety so I want to make sure that I am properly taking care of myself.

3. Travel more! I move quite often-about once a year which I suppose could could count as traveling but I really want to truly take the time to explore. Ideally, I would like to travel somewhere new once a month or every other month. I am thinking about going somewhere soon that I’ve never been like Costa Rica but I’m open to traveling almost anywhere!

4. Focus on building my blog/brand. It’s not that I haven’t been doing this but I want to do a better job of managing my time. It can be super difficult with already working another job but I am so passionate about it and I really want to focus on making it more of a priority. In the very beginning I used to kind of just go with the flow-I never really planned things out and would do it all in the spur of the moment. Lately, I’ve been writing a schedule for posts, doing multiple shoots during the day, and planning out blog concepts. It has helped tremendously and given me a better handle on my business. In this new year I am really planning on buckling down and treating my blog as not just a passion but as a career.

Thank you to everyone who has been following along. Do you all have any resolutions for the new year?

XOXO,

Amanda

Nightfood ice cream

Okay be honest, do you ever suddenly get extremely hungry right before bed and crave something sweet? (I am a huge late night snacker!) If this sounds like you keep on reading for my newest obsession: Nightfood ice cream! I have to admit that sometimes all I want before I go to sleep is a snack but I hate the guilt you feel after you indulge and that’s why Nightfood is perfect: it’s guilt free! Nightfood has been formulated by sleep experts to be sleep-friendly and a healthier nighttime snack, aka no guilt!

Nightfood ice cream has less sugar, less fat and less calories while also offering more protein! It comes in eight flavors to choose from such as full moon vanilla, midnight chocolate, after dinner mint chip and my personal favorite: milk and cookie dough. It is super creamy and delicious and every pint is 400 calories or less. For all of the ice cream lovers out there trust me you’re going to want to try this! If you’re interested in trying out some guilt-free bedtime ice cream check out your local Meijer, Lowe’s foods or Woodman’s Markets to pick up some delicious nighfood. For those of you in the Minneapolis area like me just head on over to Tim & Tom’s speedy market! Sleep well and without guilt from now on after enjoying your new fave ice cream! PS: head on over to their site and get a buy 1, get 1 free code!

*Thank you to Nightfood for sponsoring this post. All opinions and considerations are my own.*

XOXO,

Amanda

Reflecting on 2019

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Hey guys! Can you believe 2019 is coming to a close? We are about to enter a new decade! The end of the year is a great time to reflect and I truly feel that I have so much to reflect on. I have had a crazy year between starting my blog, moving and getting a new job(s). The one thing that I have really come to understand is that everything happens for a reason. I have always believed that but lately it has seemed more true than ever.

Last week I took a work trip to Madison, Wisconsin (read more about it here). I really enjoy traveling and even though it was just for work I wanted to make sure I took some time for myself. On my drive back to Minnesota, I stopped at Devil’s lake state park which is where these pictures are from. It was so pretty! There is nothing like taking a break and checking out nature to really put some things in perspective. I didn’t spend a ton of time exploring because it was cold and I had a long drive back but I am so glad I took the time to stop and take it all in.

Checking out the scenery there (as cliche as it is) really made me realize how great life is. I have had a lot of ups and downs lately but the old saying “good things come to those who wait” is really starting to ring true for me. I am so grateful for the way my life is going currently even though I still have days where I question my exact path.

Since we are about to enter a new year, I just wanted to remind you all that you are right where you are supposed to be at this time. It may not feel like it right now and you may not even understand why things are unfolding the way they are, but trust in the fact that everything truly happens for a reason. Wishing you all the best!

XOXO,

Amanda