2015 Christmas Wishlist

Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Christmas Wishlist

2015 Christmas Wishlist by hellosimpleme1 featuring a matte eyeshadow

The final countdown for the Christmas rush has begun and gifts are being bought, wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree's. This year my wishlist is shorter than any other year, I am traveling abroad in February for 4 months and my desires are more travel based than anything else. I am excited to see what the new year will bring, and to have the experience of traveling abroad. That is surely a gift in itself, not everyone gets to travel and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity. So talking about my wishlist, I am hoping for a Navy Vineyard vines hat, a Starbucks gift card, #girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, a white button-down, the naked2 palette, Chanel Lipstick in Passion, and a red plaid scarf. There is always a chance that I won't get everything, and that doesn't bother me. The makeup I will most likely buy for myself for my birthday (February). Getting gifts isn't the most important thing about the holiday's but, it is fun to post this and to see what other bloggers are wishing for this holiday season. 

Happy Holidays!!! 



OOTD 12/02/15

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hello lovelies- have a OOTD for you, it's fairly simple but cute, my Ave&Liv jeans from Target, long sleeve tee is from h&m, necklace is from Charlotte Russe I believe and my black monogrammed vest is from Marley Lilly. Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! 


OOTD 10/11/15

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hello beautiful people- today's OOTD features a new top I got from Charlotte Russe, necklace from Charlotte Russe, Ave&Liv jeans from target, and I'm also wearing my purple duck or 'bean'boots from L.L.Bean although the they aren't in the photos.

Hope your day has been wonderful! 



OOTD 09/11/15

Monday, November 9, 2015

Hello beautiful people- another ootd for you, I haven't been posting cause school is making me go crazy but I bought this necklace last week and it needed to be in a post. 

Ava & Liv jeans -target 
Cardigan - old, not sure where from
Teeshirt -h&m 
Necklace- Charlotte Russe 

Hope you are all having a wonderful day! 



OOTD 04/11/15

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hello beautiful people- 

I have the coolest shirt for you to see in this OOTD today, and I love it so much. The shirt is from forever 21+, the pants are from old navy, my Alex and Ani bracelets and my ring is from Pandora. 


OOTD 02/11/15

Monday, November 2, 2015

 Hello gorgeous readers, 

I have another OOTD for you! I have gotten so many compliments on my jacket today it is unbelievable! It has made my day so much more wonderful! 

I'm wearing a h&m shirt, old navy jeans, Sperry Topsider shoes, my world map watch is from Amazon, and my rock braclet my boyfriend got me. My ring was from my grandmother, it's from Avon I believe. My earrings are h&m, and my jacket says "Ruby Rd." On the tag, I had gotten it a year ago at a shop near where I live. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! 



OOTD 01/11/15

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hello beautiful people, as promised, here is my OOTD. Happy November 1st! I love November, it is one of my favorite months and I can't wait to go home for thanksgiving break­čśĆ 

Anyway, here is my OOTD. My top is from h&m, cardigan from forever 21, necklace from forever 21, black jeans from Old Navy, and grey Minnetonka moccasins. 

I'm just going to be fairly relaxed today, I have to do ALOT of studying and homework so I'm going to the library after church. 



Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hello beautiful people, Happy Halloween! I just wanted to say hello, and tell you a few things. I just got a new phone today, and I decided to download blogger so I could post more often, I'm thinking maybe daily outfit posts? Or at least a couple times a week. Blogging has been a big part of my life over the past couple years and I really want to get back into it, and I've said that every time I go through a posting phase, but I really do want to post a lot. So hopefully this works out. Daily photos will be taken on my iphone6s camera, and uploaded here. I hope you enjoy. 
I was a kitty for Halloween, the band had to dress up. 


{Lifestyle} Body Confidence

Saturday, July 25, 2015

"One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body." - Gabourey Sidibe

This is going to be a more difficult post to write because I do still struggle with this every single day. But, I have the most supporting and loving boyfriend, who is constantly sending me sweet messages, encouraging me to love myself. And shoutout to him because it is our 4 months today, small milestone but it's been so wonderful.

1. Change your inner voice

Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Shift your focus from what your body looks like to what it does, and what it can do. Tell yourself how proud you are of what your body can do, positive thoughts will outshine the negative ones. 

2. Surround yourself with positive people

Positivity spreads like wildfire. Having negative people in your life will reflect within you, someone else's body hate will influence you, and how you think about your body without even really realizing it. Also, stop "fat talk" among friends, support each other on not-so-confident days. 

3. Look good, feel good

Feeling good internally can boost your self esteem and confidence. Take care of yourself in ways hat make you feel good, if you don't like going to the gym alone, try taking a zumba class and it gives you a new chance to make new friends. Identify parts of your body that you love, and focus on those parts on days that you don't feel confident. 

4. Dress to impress

Wearing your favorite clothing pieces, and dressing true to your own personal style and this will give you confidence. Personally, heels are something that definitely give me confidence, they help me to be more conscious of my posture, and hold my head high. Another tip that works for me is to wear matching bra and pantie sets. I'm not sure why,  but knowing that they match brings me confidence.

5. Accepting compliments

This is something that I find really hard. Especially on days where I don't feel pretty and I get a compliment my first thought is "yeah, right" but I need to remember that someone is complimenting me and that they do think I'm pretty and I should accept it gracefully. And they can definitely boost your confidence. 

Image found here



{Fashion} Small Haul

Saturday, July 18, 2015

HELLO BEAUTIES- I've been sick for the past week so apologies for not posting anything. Today I have a small haul from last weekend for you. If some of you have been following me for a while you might remember a post I did about a Boutique in Carlise, PA. Link to post HERE. We once again went to the same boutique and then ended up at another one as well and so I wanted to show you my purchases.

These two items are from The Clothes Vine. Super gorgeous and I can't wait to wear them. I've been wearing the ring when I am not working, but the headband I haven't worn yet. I actually want to wear it with the scarf that I bought at a different store. The headband was $5 and the ring was $9

This is the scarf I want to wear the headband with. It is a circle scarf and it seems like high quality. It was originally $22 but it was on sale for $5. I got it at the Time Bomb, it is a boutique that sells vintage clothing, accessories, and some home decor items. It was my first time being in there and it was really pretty cool! I can't wait till I can go back. 

The other Item I purchased was this blazer also from The Time Bomb, it was on sale for $2 so that was a steal. And when I tried it on my sister really liked it on me so I thought that I would get it. I think that this would be perfect to wear for a client presentation with black dress pants. 

So that is all I purchased. Small haul, but I am looking forward to putting these items in my closet, and I love each piece. Hope you all are having a fabulous day! 



{Fashion} 4th of July Weekend Haul

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HELLO LOVELY READERS- Today I have a haul for you from this past weekend. I flew, with my Sister and her boyfriend, to visit my boyfriend. And of course, we did LOTS of shopping so here we go.... 

I LOVE statement necklaces, seriously they are my favorite staple. And So the first two necklaces (left to right) are part of the 2 for $10 deal from Charlotte Russe, and the necklace on the far right is from Forever 21 and ended up being like $0.83

Silver necklaces are what looks best with my skin tone, but I have a ton of gold ones anyway and all three sets are layered ones so I'm guessing that will be a huge trend for fall. So the two necklaces on the outside were part of Charlotte Russe's 2 for $10 and the middle necklace was from Forever 21 for $5.50 I believe. 

Can you tell I love Charlotte Russe? I found these shoes on sale for $5.00 Such a steal. I wore them on the plane ride home and they are SO comfortable. And super cute.

So what is a haul without Target Dollar spot stuff? Everything was a dollar except I believe the stamp set was $3

A Forever 21 find for $6.50. I thought this was SUPER ADORABLE and I had to get it. It reminds me of Kate Spade. 

A couple hair accessories from Hot Topic, part of the buy one get one half off. The headband was $8.50 and the bows, $6.50 half off. 

Back to Charlotte Russe again, they had a ton of scarves on sale for $1.99 a piece. Who can beat that?! The pink, white and red scarves were all this price. 

Another Forever 21 Purchase, this is going to be the purse I take along to Ireland in 2016. It was $22.50

Forever 21 was having a buy one get one free sale and I took advantage of it getting this black vest and the next 3 items. 

Ed Sheeran tee was a total splurge at Hot Topic, but I LOVE Ed Sheeran and I hope to see him in concert in September so I had to have this. 

So that is about everything, I forgot to add what I got from Bath & Body works, and a book I bought but I'm sure you will see them in a post soon. 

Hope you have a wonderful day! 



{Lifestyle} Goals V. Realistic Goals

Monday, July 6, 2015

HELLO LOVELIE PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET- I have not disappeared, no no. I have been busy with working, and the past holiday weekend I flew to see my boyfriend, and it was amazing and was crazy busy and I bought lots of clothes and do-dads (post on what I bought within the next 2-3 days), and I had such a lovely time.

Today's post is about setting goals. I read a quote from Shape Magazine when they interviewed Hilary Duff for the May cover, and she talked about "Keeping it {workout goals, etc} simple, and realistic". And that got to me. I'm sure all of us do this, we set goals on December 31, ready to be a new person the following day on that fresh start of a new year... and how many of us fail those goals? Our fitness, financial, romantic, etc etc etc goals. Or we do it for a month, but don't see results and we quit. I do that with various fitness routines. I often find myself quitting after only a couple weeks because "i didn't see the results I wanted." And when I read that quote it hit me that maybe I am going about setting my goals the wrong way. For example; I want to loose weight, and I would like to loose around 30 pounds. But if I say in 6 months I will have lost those thirty pounds, but in reality at the six month mark I only lost 20, I would be disappointed. So instead of saying 6 months, 30 lbs down, If I go. I will try to loose 5 lbs a month for 6 months. Saying it like that is more motivating, realistic, and you reach the goal date, probably more successful. Breaking a big goal, into smaller more achievable goals is what will help you be successful, and not just in fitness. (* The idea of breaking down larger goals into smaller goals was from Lara Casey's "Make it happen" book, but I didn't really put two and two together, and have it really click until I read the article on Hilary Duff.)

1. Write down CRAZY dreams/ goals- ones that you think are super unattainable, irrational, totally "out of this world" I wrote down a bunch of goals that I thought were crazy and totally out of my league. Ideas that I could almost only dream of doing.

2. Take those crazy goals and come up with similar more realistic goals For example say a dream goal for someone might be having a super fancy big house. And then realistic goal might be to have a comfortable decent sized home. Or to have lots of money, but a realistic goal would be to have  a comfortable amount in the bank to feel secure.

3. Make steps toward realistic goals Write down the goal and list a few steps you can take to reach that goal. So you can use the example from above of setting smaller month to month goals for loosing weight before hitting a 6 month mark, or if you want to start a blog you would break down steps like 1)research what type of blog to create 2) research content ideas for said blog 3) research platforms 4) choose name for blog 5) decide on how to design, pay for it vs. DIY vs. pre-done free etc 6) choose platform, pay for domain name if desired 7) register and create blog ... Etc  Breaking the goal down into easier steps helps get "the ball rolling" so to speak, and you will feel great checking off each step as you do them!

I hope this post was interesting to you all, and I HIGHLY recommend Lara Casey's book, link HERE for it on Amazon. Please let me know what you thought! I appreciate the comments!



{Fashion} Top 10 Summer Pieces in My Wardrobe

Sunday, June 28, 2015


I am very excited to bring you a post inspired by minimizing my closet, and only really wearing what I love. When I got home from school in may, I went on a cleaning rampage. I have gotten rid of 6 garbage bags full of clothes and 3 garbage bags of just stuff... it has all been donated to a local charity and it feels so good! I've been scouring Pinterest for ways of maximizing my wardrobe without breaking the bank, my closet space or hangers lol and I ended up pairing down my closet based around the idea of a Capsule Wardrobe. I don't really have a specific set of clothes for summer as it is because I wore a uniform during the summer in high school, and I have to wear jeans and basic tee shirts to work now. And I also haven't had the confidence to rock cute summer clothes, but that is for another day. Now, these pieces are just for the top half of my body. So this does not include jewelry, scarfs, jeans, skirts, pants, etc. Just tops.
You might notice that there is kind of a similar color scheme going on, and that is because I have based my wardrobe around my coloring, and discovered most of the pieces I gravitated towards most, were ones that are perfect for my coloring, in case you want to know, I am a Winter. So I look better in blues, blacks, grey, purple, and honestly a lot of my wardrobe is that with the occasional pop of color. So here we go:

Black sheer blouse, I got this thrifting so I don't know where it is originally came from but I wear it endlessly and it is so chic. I do have to wear a tank top because it is very sheer.

This has been one of my favorite pieces since I bought it. This was a $5 find at Target while I was at school and I wear this all the time. I've worn it for presentations for my fashion classes and for Client Presentations in Graphic Design.

This is another thrifted piece that I love dearly, the color looks great and the gold accents hit the spot.

Gotta have that pop of color, this goes great under my cardigans or I have a couple of blazers it looks great under as well

denim shirts + leggings = perfection

This i actually got in Boise, Idaho in 2013 from Ann Taylor Loft. I have another one in dark blue, that is currently put away in a box with my winter sweaters. But this white one I think is definitely all year round. with the short sleeves it works well into the spring and summer months. 

Got this at a store near my hometown that sells name brand clothing at discounted prices and i have to say that i wear this ALOT

I know that this looks odd hanging up but this cardigan, (sorry another thrifted piece) is SO flattering and I wear it with everything

Vintage tee from Old Navy, soft, comfortable and classic. plus this color and the one below look good on me. I have this style of tee in probably 5 other colors but these two and a grey one are the ones that I wear the most. 

All of these items are basic. Easily mixed and matched and that is something that I truly love about the whole idea of a capsule wardrobe. 

More on this capsule wardrobe experience soon.



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