Designer for Less | Trendlee

When it comes to making an investment in designer handbags, the choices can be overwhelming. There are so many places out there today that offer great selections, but I've found a solution that won't (totally) break the bank. One world: pre-owned. Trendlee is an amazing site that offers pre-owned designer handbags, at a fraction of the cost. Their collection is highly curated and offers gorgeous pieces from Hermes to Celine. Every handbag even comes with a certificate of authenticity, assuring that you're getting the real deal. I highly recommend Trendlee if you're thinking about taking the plunge into the designer handbag sea. 

The Celine Phantom Bag featured above is great for a year-round bag and one of my favorites that I'm thinking about for spring/summer is the Louis Vuitton Alma Handbag. They have such an amazing collection, it's going to be hard to choose just one :)

This post was sponsored by Trendlee.

You Are Greater Than You Think

Following up on my previous post, I'm going to be taking a slight avenue away from outfit posts and be talking more about what's going on in my day-to-day/weighing on my heart/etc.

New years signify change, new beginnings, resolutions, and starting over. Unfortunately, my 2016 carried over into my 2017 -- but only because I let it. It wasn't until yesterday that I realized, because it was so blatantly in my face and cornered me in our conference center at work, that I am surrounded by the most supportive, acknowledging, talented, admiring, strong, and like-minded women that I could ever ask for.

Toward the end of 2016, a few things happened in my work life that I let get me really down, discouraged, and frustrated. It isn't typical "me" behavior to not be a strong individual, but I let it get to me because of how much a truly love my job and how passionate I am about my current employer. I can't even imagine having my own business if this is one that I love more than anything!

I've come a long way in my career, and in social media and digital marketing isn't something that I just woke up one day (yeah, us millennials do that!) and decide,"you know...I like Instagram and Tweeting so I think I should be given a social media title." That doesn't happen. There is SO much more to social media than writing witty content and taking pretty photos. There's a deep understanding of the inner workings, social algorithms, constant platform updates, analytics, how to even find those analytics, how to even understand those analytics once you've found them, what goes on with the media buying side of things, and agencies, just to name a few. I've paid my dues and 2017 will be my 9th year in my field. I'm learning new things on a daily basis because social media and paid media change by the minute and are constantly evolving.

All that being said, if you ever find yourself in a discouraging situation and your frustration has come to a head, don't try to handle everything yourself. Stop and look around. Chances are, there are far more people who see what you're going through, that will be there for you at the drop of a hat. I didn't realize that I was surrounded by so many people who truly and GENUINELY want to see me succeed and are willing to lift me up and support me through my rough times.

No situation you are in will ever be perfect. You will always encounter obstacles that challenge you and test every ounce of your patience. We don't grow when things are easy -- we grow when we face challenges. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same.

New Year Update

DEATILS: Jacket (on MAJOR sale!) // Sweater // Jeans // Boots (not coming out until 10/1, but have linked others below!) // Necklace

We've been hit with some crazy weather here in Portland lately! In total we've had to miss over a week of work because of snow and ice. I won't lie, it really is nice to work from home (in your pajamas), and I honestly get so much more done when I'm not in the office.

All that being said, and taking the Christmas/New Year holiday into account, I've been thinking long and hard about continuing on my blogging journey. I've decided that I want to do more of what is true to me and write and invest time in things that aren't so outfit post focused, and go a bit deeper into my passions. Yes, there will still be outfit posts, but I don't want to feel so constrained to just those. I always seem to get a lot of feedback via Instagram Stories and Snapchat, so feel free to shoot me a message letting me know what you want to see more of this year!

Kicking off spring 2017 at SOREL, we've got a lot of neat things in the works with travel involved. Ryan and I are also planning on heading back to Saint John in May and I couldn't be more excited to already have a vacation in the works.

I've been in Portland going on 4 years now, doing the same thing, and I feel a needed change coming on. My career has always been so important to me, and I learned early on that job security and happiness in my current role is always key. Relying solely on blogging was never something that I wanted to do, as opposed to climbing the corporate ladder (yeah, I know that sound weird coming from a millennial). I've never been afraid to step up or move across the country for new opportunities, hence how I ended up in Portland in the first place. 2013-2014 were years of learning in my career, 2015-2016 were years of proving, and 2017 is my year to own it and I'm going to take it full force :)

Dressing For New Years Eve | Shabby Apple

New Years Eve has never really been a big deal for me but when Shabby Apple reached out I was ecstatic! I immediately gravitated toward their Abies Tie Neck Dress for the occasion. This year Ryan and I will be going to a NYE party that our friends are throwing and I'm super excited to actually dress up and ring in the new year with friends. 

I love the open neckline of this dress and I opted to pair it with this amazing Kendra Scott lariat necklace and Helen Wedges from the newest SOREL Holiday Collection. Even though the dress is a bit understated, it's perfect for dressing up with your accessories and footwear.

New Eyes | EyeBuyDirect

I've had glasses since I was 9 and I've always LOVED the process of getting a new pair of glasses. In the past, because frames have always been outrageously priced, I would get new frames every other year. The in between years were reserved for new contacts.

I recently discovered EyeBuyDirect and I don't think I will be getting my glasses anywhere else as long as they're around! During Black Friday, I got a great deal...which I didn't even need...but got three new pairs of glasses for less than half the price of my usual glasses!

Their frames start at around $10 and can go up to $70. I think I may also have a frame addiction from now on because I keep going back to order more. The best part about the affordable price point, is that you don't have to worry about making a longterm frame decision. Glasses are so trendy nowadays, that it can be super stressful to try and choose the expensive frame that you're going to wear for at least the next year! With EyeBuyDirect, you can swap out glasses as soon as new trends emerge!

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