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My Attainable 2017 Goals.

DRESS: c/o Shein (wearing S but should have worn M) | COAT: Sammy Dress | HEELS: similar here | EARRINGS: Baublebar | CLUTCH: TJ Maxx | LIPS: MAC Snob

New Year’s Eve is always cold in Oregon so wearing a dress is something that involves layers, hence the coat. This dress is $20 and worth every penny! The black background is perfect for an evening party, the flowers make it the perfect statement piece for a New Year celebration. This is a perfect option for something that is fun but not too glam. All these NYE outfits have had me thinking about my goals for 2017. I am not good with resolutions so I try and make a short list of ATTAINABLE goals for myself. I wanted to share these with you to bring encouragement that 2017 will be a great year!

  1. Take my health seriously: This goes much farther than just fitness and a healthy diet. This is tackling the battle within me I haven’t wanted to face. Tackling my hormonal imbalances, migraines, anxiety, and depression. I am taking a very natural approach to this and will share more once I am a little farther into the process.
  2. Organized: I am usually pretty organized. Moving back to OR and being in this transition for much longer than we bargained for, I am bound to get my “transition” organized. Jason and I are in my old room as we are saving to buy our first home. Our space is small so getting it all organized and functional is necessary.
  3. Time for relaxation: Whether it be a massage every couple months, a pedicure, girls day, or a mini night away with Jason: I am making the time.
  4. Blog Planning: At this moment, I am flying by the seat of my pants on the blog. Seriously, I don’t have anything planned more than a couple days ahead. My goal is to work up to having it planned at least 2 weeks in advance. Working less and having more productivity is the goal.
  5. Un-Plug: I have a serious issue with this. I can’t ever unplug or let my mind rest. I am always thinking, planning, communicating. I need to take the time each day to unplug and let myself enjoy the things around me and the people around me.
  6. Value myself: This year I have seen my opinion of myself drop. This is due to me comparing myself to others around me and in my career. I need to see where I am at in life and realize God has a plan for me and my family, I am supposed to be right where I am.

What are some goals that you have this year? 

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2 Ways to Wear Black for New Year’s Eve.

Black Cold Shoulder Sweater: c/o Rosegal | Mesh Sweatshirt: c/o Shein | Sequin Pants: c/o Rosegal (wearing a size large for reference, #girlswithmuscle) | Heels: Steeve Madden | Hat: Target | Earrings: similar here | Lips: MAC Snob

Whether you are staying in on New Year’s Eve, going out to dinner, or going to a friend’s house: I have two looks that would look great! Black is a very versatile color. It can be dressed up or worn casually. Paired with these amazing sequin pants, the color tones down the vibrancy of them.

I wore the hat and the mesh sweatshirt with them for a more comfortable look. You could wear this outfit with booties, heels, or cute black sneakers! This is perfect if you are having a more relaxed evening to celebrate NYE.

Switching over to the cold shoulder sweater is a great way to dress up the pants, without being over the top. I kept all my accessories understated to be sure I wasn’t too glitzy. Yes, sequin pants may feel a little out there but for NYE they are perfect!

I hope these looks gave you some ideas for what to wear on NYE!

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8 Ways to Save During and After the Holidays.

TUNIC: c/o Evy’s Tree | LEGGINGS: Old, similar HERE | PLAID: TJ Maxx | BLANKET: TJ Maxx | BEDDING: Target | LIPS: MAC Ruby Woo

Who else feel’s burned out leading up to the Holidays? I LOVE to give gifts, it’s one of the things that bring me the most joy in life. When life gets tough or you have to try and save any way you can, it can sometimes damper the joy that comes with giving. Over the last couple years, I have found ways that have helped me have all the Joy I need to give while also being sure I am staying within my families means and saving where I can.

 

  1. Plan Ahead: I start shopping in September, no joke. I keep my eyes open for good deals on things I know the people on my list will love! One year, I bought everyone’s gifts a year in advance…the best spent Christmas ever!
  2. Make a List: Keep yourself organized on a list, you won’t over-buy for people. We have all been there! Bringing all the bags out to wrap and realize we bought 5 things for Auntie but 3 for everyone else.
  3. Budget: Set a budget and stick to it. Shopping over a couple of months helps to stretch that budget so you can get everyone on your list something truly special.
  4. Coupons: Use coupons and coupon codes. Retailmenot is my favorite app for this (not sponsored, just love it!). You can look up websites and stores for coupons to show in store or use online.
  5. Sales: Take advantage of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, and stay alert for stores you love when they run promos. This tunic I am wearing is on Pre-Order promo right now at Evy’s Tree, this is one of my favorite online stores to shop at because they always have sales on their products that people love!
  6. Keep it Simple: If the budget doesn’t allow to be extravagant, don’t be. Keep it simple. If you still want to give to the ones you love, give them an item they truly need. This blesses people more than you know.
  7. Get Creative: I have done a lot of homemade Christmas’s when the budget hasn’t allowed for shopping. I LOVED getting creative with making everyone something special. Also, you can write letters or cards for them to open that says you are taking them on a date or their gift is a little late (when the budget is opening up in January or you had to wait for the item to go on sale).
  8. Understand the True Meaning: Ultimately, this time of year isn’t about what we are getting or giving, but the heart. If your heart is set on bringing joy to those around you, that is the best gift you can give this season.

 

If you need any last minute gift ideas, this Brooke in Electric Blue from Evy’s Tree is a great option! It won’t ship out in time for Christmas but you can do tip #7, and have a card in the Christmas Tree saying it is late to the party but it’s worth it! The waffle thermal knit texture is so incredibly soft, it’s lightweight which is perfect for a warm climate or for layering like I have it.

At the end of the day, make sure you aren’t sacrificing your joy of Christmas to meet societies expectations. Remember why you love to give in the first place.

Merry Christmas from Topknots and Pearls!

 

 

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