More Than Just A Pretty Face | Easy Ways To Be A Well-Rounded Person

One of the reasons I make fashion videos is to share the things I've learned over the years that have helped me feel like the best version of myself. As a result, most of the tips I share deal with our outward appearances but in the grand scheme of things how we look on the outside is only one part of who we are, and in light of fashion month which admittedly focuses all of our attention on how we and others look, I want to share some of the easy things we can all do to make ourselves more well-rounded individuals that don't just look great, but also feel and act great too.

I also want this video to signal the start of a new initiative here on my channel which will occassionally highlight different charities that are doing wonderful work to better the world we live in. To kick things off, I asked you on Instagram and my community tab here on YouTube what your favorite charities are and I've rounded up a list of those that were recommended the most. There were so many amazing responses though and I'll he highlighting more in the future but for now, you can see the list in the description box of my video and below. 

EASY THINGS WE CAN ALL DO TO BE MORE WELL-ROUNDED PEOPLE

  1. Be present in the moment | It’s so easy to get caught up in life especially with our cellphones always within reach so I like to set aside at least an hour each day where I don’t look at my home. I usually leave it at home while going for a walk around the neighborhood and I try not to look at my phone when I first wake up. Also, I never bring my phone into bed with me and I find that it’s a wonderful way to refocus my attention on what’s happening in front of me rather than what may be happening in someone else’s life through the screen of my cellphone.

  2. Engage kindly and compassionately with the world around us and genuinely interact with the people (and animals!) in our lives | This one is so important to always leaving a positive impact on the world around us. We never know what another person is going through so it’s always better to act kindly. Plus, in my experience this kindness is usually contagious and has a ripple affect that spreads outward to everyone else.

  3. Be kind to ourselves | A key part of spreading kindness is to extend that same compassion to ourselves. Especially in the age of oversharing and comparing, it’s so easy to allow ourselves to slip and taking the time to reflect on the things you love about yourself is so important. If you have a hard time with this, it may be helpful to write down your proudest accomplishments and physical features and then recite them to yourself each morning like a mantra. In my experience, highlighting what I like about myself (physically, mentally and emotionally) has a tremendous impact on my overall well-being.

  4. Focus on the good | This next one is something I like to do when I’m having a particularly tough day when nothing seems to be going my way. Rather than allow myself to feel completely defeated, I like to take a few minutes and reflect on the things that are going well. By shifting my attention off of what’s wrong and the things I don’t have onto the things that I do, I’m able to stop myself from dipping too far into negative town and level the playing field a bit. Now, depending on what’s going wrong this of course won’t be fail proof, but I find that most of the time it really makes a difference.

  5. Have a sense of humor | For me, one of the key parts of being well-rounded is having a sense of humor. We all know that laughter is the best medicine and I try to laugh at least once everyday. Not only does laughing help reduce stress, but I also think it It makes you live longer and it’s such an important part of my day that I have a folder saved in my Instagram collections of videos, memes and images that make me chuckle. Whenever I need a laughter break I scroll through them for a few minutes and am left feeling lighter and brighter than I did before.

  6. Cultivate interesting hobbies | Last but not least, cultivating interesting hobbies is so important to ensuring that we’re interesting people. Personally, I really want to work on this more in the coming years because most of my hobbies overlap with what I do professionally and I’d love to add more diversity to the topics I’m interested in. Not only does this help make us more exciting to talk to, but we also enrich our lives in new ways.

5 MOST RECOMMENDED CHARITIES

  1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital https://www.stjude.org/

  2. The Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org/

  3. Doctors Without Borders: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

  4. Dress For Success: https://dressforsuccess.org/

  5. Local Homeless Shelters, Soup Kitchens & Youth Shelters

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Late Summer Outfit Inspiration

Before I hope into today’s post, I want to share that Jason and I have been very lucky and it looks like Charleston and our home has not been damaged by Hurricane Florence. Jason, Maddie, Jeffrey, Samantha and I have been in Florida with my parents the last few days and while I’m grateful that our home hasn’t been damaged, I’m heartbroken for those who haven’t been as lucky. We’re heading home today and if you have any recommendations for ways to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence, please let me know.

For today’s post, I want to share some late summer outfit inspiration. The first day of fall may be only a week or so away but in much of the country it still feels like summer. This transitional period can be so tricky to dress for so today I’ve gathered a few late summer outfit ideas that you can easily recreate. Most of these looks feature rich fall hues in lighter fabrics to keep you from melting and plenty of fall accessories that help transition even your warmest clothing.

SHADES OF BROWN

First up is one of my favorites in the bunch and I love how beautifully the shades of brown work together to create a perfect fall palette. Plus, the deeper shade of silk is wonderful for welcoming slightly cooler temps without melting and can easily be layered up as the weather cools down. Simple gold accessories, a classic bag and mules complete the look.

POP OF RED

One of my favorite ways to transition my summer pieces into fall is by adding deeper accessories like a pair of red shoes. In this look a satin dress (or silk/satin separates) instantly look sophisticated and fall ready by adding a classic blazer and red shoes. The addition of timeless earrings rounds everything out.

THE FALL BLAZER

Speaking of pops of red, adding the color of the season into your favorite outfits is a great way to transition into fall.

Here, a red blazer looks perfect when paired with a white tee, black jeans and sleek mules. The woven bag keeps things from feeling too autumn and the simple jewelry is the perfect finishing touch.

THE WHITE SHIRT & JEANS

One of my favorite “uniforms” is a white shirt. I love how with a few small tweaks this combination can transition effortlessly throughout the year and for early fall, it doesn’t get better than a white shirt, jeans, sling backs and classic bag.

The summery sunglasses keep the look relevant and rolling the sleeves adds a touch of style while also keeping you cool. Slightly frayed edges and undone hair are nice additions if you feel a little too buttoned up in this combo.

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Hurricane Florence + An Update

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I’m writing this post from my parent’s home in Florida where Jason, Maddie, Jeffrey, Samantha and I have all evacuated to.

After tracking Hurricane Florence for the last few days, we decided to prepare the house for the worse and head out of town rather than risk a potential direct hit.

My heart goes out to everyone in the path of this storm and my thoughts are with everyone in North Carolina as they brace for a direct hit. I am truly hoping for the best for everyone involved and am ready to help in any way I can afterward.

If you are reading this after the storm hits and are negatively impacted in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out - even if just to talk. The destruction from a storm like this can be devastating and I want you to know that you’re in my thoughts. In the meantime, I’ll be taking the rest of the week off and will hopefully be back next week to my regular filming and posting schedule.

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Grana Announces Outlet For Out Of Season Pieces

Shopping out of season is one of my favorite ways to score great deals on pieces I need, and now Grana is making that easy to do with their new Outlet. In line with their commitment to environmental responsibility, rather than wasting beautifully made garments, Grana will be adding over-stoked items to their outlet at the end of each season. What's even better is that these items are all up to 35% off making for even better prices on their already reasonably priced garments. I love this new initiative and have rounded up a few of my favorite items available in their outlet now.

Just remember, I recommend only buying something on sale if you truly need it and would have purchased it full price. Also, if you use my link here you'll receive 10% off your first order. 

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Wardrobe Investments | 5 Easy Ways To Reinvest In Your Wardrobe Without Buying Anything

Today I want to talk about wardrobe investments. Traditionally when we talk about wardrobe investments we're referring to the things that we think will fill a void in our closets and we plan on having around for a long time. These pieces are typically well-made, classic items that we may have even saved up for so they tend to hold special places in our closets and our sartorial memories.

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Today, I want to take things one step further and discuss some easy and cheap wardrobe investments that don't require adding new things to your wardrobe. Instead, these tips are all things I use to take my wardrobe one step further and ensure I'm getting the most out of what I have and truly taking the time and energy to keep things feeling fresh. These investments come more in the form of time than money, and are instrumental in ensuring that I'm always working to cultivate my closet and enhance my style even when I'm not shopping.

These tips are all practical and easy to do, and help me take my personal style to the next level so that I'm not just adding things to my closet but rather growing and developing my personal style each season. 

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6 EASY WAYS YOU CAN INVEST IN YOUR WARDROBE & PERSONAL STYLE

Now, I want to share 6 easy ways I reinvest into my own wardrobe. These tips are all free (or inexpensive) and help me reinvest into my wardrobe without actually buying anything. Plus, they're things you can keep doing all year - anytime you feel like your wardrobe needs a refresh but you don't want to buy anything new. 

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RESTYLE YOUR FAVORITES

One of my favorite ways to rework my wardrobe is to restyle some of my favorite pieces. These easy tweaks can range from rolling my sleeves instead of cuffing them or belting my blazer instead of wearing it open and it's amazing what a difference they make. You can see a few of my favorite outfit upgrades here

HAVE THINGS TAILORED & TWEAKED TO SUIT YOU

I can't stress the importance of tailoring enough and it's one of the easiest ways to reinvest in your wardrobe without needing to buy anything new. In fact, tailoring an item is one of the easiest ways to make it feel and look bespoke and it's one of the most important ways you can reinvest in your wardrobe. Plus, you can also swap buttons and other decorative bits to take things even further without breaking the bank. 

TAKE THINGS BACK TO BASICS

If you don't already know your unique wardrobe basics I recommend taking the time to find them now. These basics are essential to a well-rounded wardrobe and having the pieces you'll actually wear is the key to a wardrobe that takes you the distance. 

SWITCH UP YOUR PAIRINGS

Next is to switch up your favorite pairings. From wearing different colors together to rotating the combinations you love, switching up the things that feel familiar can breathe new life into them. I personally love doing this when I get the itch to shop and most of the time I'm able to revive my favorite outfits just by swapping the bottoms or tops with something a little more unexpected. 

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FIND YOUR POWER COLORS

If you haven't already taken the time to find the colors that make you feel fantastic, now is a great time to do so. This whole process can be a little time intensive but the results are so worth it. Not only are you left with knowing what you LOVE and makes you feel fantastic, but it also makes shopping that much easier because you know what colors to buy and what colors to avoid.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR CLOTHES

Last but not least, taking care of our clothes is almost more important than what we buy. In order to ensure you that you protect your wardrobe investments (no matter how big or small they are) it's so important to store things properly, mend things and launder them correctly. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the best practices for your clothes and especially at the start of a new season, make sure that you're devoting the necessary time to refresh things as needed. 

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On My Radar No 53

Happy Friday! This week was a nice one full of milestones. The first being that Jason and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary and I feel so grateful that I get to spend my life with such a wonderful partner. We kept things low key at home because we will be celebrating with a trip to London in October, and I can't wait!

Also with your amazing support, I reached 80,000 subscribers on YouTube and 10,000 followers on Instagram! I can't thank you enough for your support and every lovely comment and message I receive keeps me inspired to keep making videos.

This weekend I'll be editing some videos and planning some blog posts (I can't believe I'm already working on stuff for October!). I'll also be taking some time to spend outside and enjoy the sunshine but in the meantime, here are a few things that have been on my radar this week.  

FALL CAPSULE PLANNING | Even though it definitely still feels like summer, I'm already planning my fall capsule so that I can have everything neat and organized for my trip to London. I've been working on my fall capsule pinterest board and I'm loving all the shades of cream, camel and brown. 

BEAUTIFUL WHITE SHIRTS | I discovered this lovely shirt brand earlier this week and am completely smitten. Each Rhonda Cole shirt is made and designed in NY and they're absolutely beautiful. Admittedly, the price is steep but it's not out of line with such a beautifully crafted slow fashion item. 

VINCENT VAN GOGH MOVIE | I'm a huge fan of biopics and this upcoming Van Gogh film looks fantastic. 

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