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Talking about Seasonal Depression.

Seasonal depression is a real thing, but I have a list of ways to help you through Winter!

Depression is one of those diseases that people suffer through silently. I want to break the silence and talk about depression and seasonal depression in a real way. 

The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots. The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots.
The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots. The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots. The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots.
The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots. The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots. The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots. The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots. The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots.

The perfect Winter look in this oversized grey sweater and over the knee boots.

SWEATER c/o | JEANS | OTK BOOTS | BAG (on sale!!) | NECKLACE | LIPS (Snob)

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I opened up this year about my battle with mental illness HERE. In the Winter, my depression takes a different turn due to the weather in the PNW. The days are darker, the weather is gloomier, and the sun barely shines. I have dealt with this for years but never addressed it until I was in high school. 

Seasonal depression is a real thing. Even if you aren’t struggling with depression itself, you can feel the effects of seasonal depression. Especially if you live in an area where the Winters are dark. There are many symptoms that go along with seasonal depression that you may not realize.

These symptoms include:

tiredness

low energy

hypersensitivity

heaviness in your body

oversleeping or the feeling of needing more sleep

cravings for carbs

overeating

irritable moods

weight gain

If any of these things ring a bell for you, it’s ok. Seasonal depression isn’t something to stress out about, trust me, that will just make it worse. I have found some things that have really helped me through this each year and I hope it helps you or helps someone you know. 

Exercise: Even when it’s cold out, bundle up and take a short walk. This boosts your serotonin which in turn will boost your mood. I have done yoga DVD’s and set up simple small routines to do inside.

Environment: Making your home and environment feel brighter is a huge one. I took out all dark accents in my house, especially my bedroom, to create a brighter feel. This helped so much in the Winter. My walls are white, in fact, my entire bedroom is white so it reflects any and all sunlight. Decorating with fresh and clean colors also creates a brighter feel in your home. This is also why I love to wear white in the Winter! I don’t always want to wear dark clothing if I am struggling with seasonal depression.

Supplements: I take a really good vitamin d supplement. Not the brand you get from a drug store, the brands you get from a natural food store. This means you are getting a stronger dose and one that will not have fillers that could inhibit you absorbing the supplement. I also try and take melatonin when I am struggling to go to sleep at a decent time. If I give into my night owl tendencies, then I way oversleep into the day. Vitamin C is also a great supplement to be taking. 

Friends: Take the time to get together with friends. Get out of the house, even if you work full time. It’s important to socialize in the Winter. This helps on all levels of being a human.

Sun: *This is not for everyone! I have found when I am really deep in my depression, especially seasonal depression, spending a few minutes in a tanning bed (covering my face) helps to boost my bodies serotonin development. I will do this once a week for a couple weeks and then stop. It’s a more natural way for me to help my body produce what it needs. 

Seasonal depression is nothing to be ashamed of. It has taken me so long to come to terms with my mental illness battle along side of the times of year it progressively gets worse. Taking the time to understand your body and know when it needs help it is important. Remember, one day at a time.

Life Uncategorized Winter Style

Quality moments with my husband.

 

When Jason and I were married, I only knew a portion of what makes him tick. As we have walked through the last 4 years, I have seen how the outdoors fills his soul and lets his mind escape to a peaceful place. He is so gracious to let me follow him outside to experience these quality moments together. Although, different than how he would spend his time outside by himself, spending the time together has proven to bring us closer.


During these times that I see my husband in his element, I see the strength that he has in him. Jason has persevered through many obstacles in his life and yet he still finds joy in areas that could potentially hold him back. He has found what he can do and he does it with his whole heart and soul. I wish I could be more like him in this way. He finds the most simple things the most enjoyable in life. He prefers a calm and relaxing pace of life which creates a unique and beautiful balance for us, I am calmed and paced by him in the best way.

In today’s culture, there isn’t much allowance to slow down. It’s such a vital piece of life. You enjoy your life so much more when you just stop and soak in your surroundings. One thing that helps us capture memories is our sense of smell. The perfect lit candle, the smell of pine from the surrounding trees, even the lingering scent of that mornings cologne. This all helps us capture and remember these quality moments. 

This is what Alford & Hoff cologne offers. A scent that can take you back to a memory of hiking through the woods and the peace that you felt. The Alford & Hoff  No. 3 is both of our favorite scent! It has a beautiful outdoor spice undertone that brings back all the peaceful memories from the woods.

 They have Alford & Hoff and Alford & Hoff No. 2 scent as well, something for everyone’s  personality and taste. It also comes with a vinyl Alford & Hoff Dopp Kit for traveling, free with your purchase of a cologne. 
This duo is perfect for wrapping under the tree! 

I am sharing a little peek into our adventures in the woods below.



Photos and Video Courtesy of Hailey by Hailey Noelle Video



Holiday Style Uncategorized Winter Style

Cozy and Glam for the Season.

 SWEATER: c/o Shein | SKIRT: Gap | TIGHTS: Target (25% off!)| BOOTIES: BP (similar here) | BEANIE: Caslon 

LIPS: Lipsense Blue Red (I have a tutorial coming tomorrow so you can see the magic!)

 
Gosh, if you truly know me, you know that I LOVE sparkle. Give me all the sequins and glitz please! I also LOVE to be cozy. Could I be any more indecisive with my style? probably. This outfit epitomizes me! I love the coziness of the hat and sweater mixed with the glam of the sequin mini and booties!
 
Let’s talk about this sweater for a second. I have been obsessing over any sweater that is fluffy recently. This one has the most beautiful understated fluffy texture. Mix that with the fair isle pattern, I was sold. My mom actually has a couple sweaters in a similar pattern that I used to make fun of her for wearing…sorry mama!! I now beg her to let me borrow them. They are a classic Christmas staple.
 
I mixed the cozy with the glam for a fun date night look, Christmas concert or dinner, or just because you want to do something festive. If you don’t have a festive skirt like this, try layering this sweater over a fun dress! Here are a few festive and fun skirts from Target!

 

We are supposed to get another snowfall tomorrow in my area so this girl 
is preparing for a fun day in the snow with her hubby!