Finding Inspiration || Striped Top & Denim Overall Dress

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As August draws near a close, I can’t help but think about Autumn. I love summer, but I love Fall too (read my Things to love about Autumn post here). Thinking about the seasons changing, and seeing change, is one thing that keeps me inspired. Feeling inspired keeps me motivated.

Someone once asked me where I find inspiration. My answer was something along the lines of “everything.” Which is true and still true today. However, there are days or periods of my life when I don’t feel inspired. I do things just to do things but there’s nothing awe-ing from within, no sense of purpose or joy, no energy. It’s during those moments when I physically push myself to go and find inspiration. I want to share a few of those ways with you today.

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Unwind after Work || Pink Ruffled Top & Midi Skirt

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First, how is it already August 21st?! It feels like August literally just started yesterday.
Now about ways to unwind after work.
Like most people, I work a normal 8-5 job. Some days are great, some days are okay, but some days are just looooong. Regardless, after work I like to come home and unwind (if I don’t have errands to run).

I’ve found that if I don’t run my errands or do what I need to do immediately after work, then I won’t want to do them after I’ve come home, changed, and am ready for the day to be over. (Can anyone relate?)

I think unwinding helps me because it’s my break. It’s the break I take before I have to write or edit. Though some people don’t need to unwind, I find unwinding helpful. Here are 3 ways to unwind after work: READ MORE

Places to Dine & Things to eat in New Orleans

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If you missed my Places to visit in New Orleans post, you can read it here. This post is dedicated to places to dine and things to eat in New Orleans. Like I mentioned in my previous post, if you love seafood or enjoy eating seafood, NOLA is definitely worth visiting. But even if you’re not into seafood, it’s still worth visiting. People go there to get cajun food, but even if you’re not into cajun food, there are a lot of non-cajun foods you can try =)

I am not a picky eater and I enjoy trying new foods so I was quite excited to eat. New Orleans has a lot of restaurants both local and chain. It’s not a really big city, but it has a lot of history and culture and I think, as a tourist, that plays a huge part in the kinds of foods you’ll find in NOLA.

Though I was only there for a few days, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and the food I got to try. Here’s my list of places dine and things to eat in New Orleans.

FRENCH MARKET/FRENCH QUARTER

I talked a lot about this area in my last post, read here. So I’m not going to go into depth about it. The French Market/French Quarter area is huge and there are plenty of food vendors you can eat from.

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August Popsugar Must Have || Gingham Top & Pointy Slides

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I can’t believe summer is rolling to an end. It’s true. It’s only August but I see leaves turning orange already.
I, however, don’t mind the golden trees. This transitional season period motivates to write. I’ve been MIA with my writing but with me turning a year older and with life happening, I’m slowly getting back into writing. I’m pushing myself to get out of the unmotivated state I’ve been in.
But I guess I needed to feel that. I needed to know where I like to be and where I don’t.
With that said, I’m excited for this new age! And I’m also happy to celebrate it in partnership with Popsugar Must Have.

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Popsugar Must Have turns 5 this August (I, on the other hand, turned 26 last month). If you don’t know what Popsugar Must Have is, it is a monthly lifestyle subscription box that brings you a mixture of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. There are 5-6 items that are typically full-size or deluxe sample sizes. I’ve been a partner of Popsugar for a long time. (You can watch my unboxing’s on my YouTube channel). READ MORE

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 || My Summer to Fall Fashion Picks

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I’m sure many of you may know by now but TODAY the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 is open for Public Access! That means if you are not a Nordstrom cardholder (like myself), you can finally take advantage of the infamous sale. This is the first year I will be participating in this sale. I am looking for any great summer to fall transitional pieces, anything I may need for my wardrobe, any unique or great fall pieces.

I thought it’s only appropriate to share a few of my current favorite picks. Click the photo for details!!

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Places to Visit & Things to do in New Orleans

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With the new year half-way over, I thought it was time for me to take a vacation. So I did. I flew down to New Orleans. It was my first time there. My sister and brother-in-law hosted me and were my local tour guides. There are A LOT of things to do in New Orleans, it just depends on how much you want to spend. There are a lot of free things to do, and also a lot of not-so-free things to do. Depending on what is “fun” to you, there is something for everyone.

I’m not a night-life person. I love art, history, parks, and food. So we did a lot of those things. With that said, here are a few places that I visited. These places are all free. Of course, there are a ton of different tours available if you don’t have a local tour guide.

While there are a lot of different things to do in New Orleans, I enjoyed just driving and walking down the streets. I didn’t take a lot of photos of the “normal” streets, but I found the architecture interesting and unique. They’re all different colors, with different architectural designs, but all very charming in their own ways. There are definitely French & Spanish influences in some of these homes.

And the Mercedes-Benz dome, we kept driving pass it so I thought “why not take a picture” so I did. It was cool.

GARDEN DISTRICT

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