the benefits of spending time alone and simple spring outfit with brown wedges

Hey ya’ll. Spring is (officially) here. And even though I’m not a spring girl, it’s closer to summer and winter is (officially) over. Today I wanted to share this perfect spring outfit with you as well as what I have learned about setting time aside for yourself and the benefits of spending time alone.

I’m kinda in love with this outfit at the moment. It’s great for spring. And yes, I know. There’s snow. And I know. I’m wearing sandals. It’s Cleveland weather. These wedges are very snug–which I love because it keeps my feet from sliding out and provides the needed support. They are from JustFab which actually requires a subscription. So I linked some other styles down below so you don’t have to join their program as well as similar cardis. I also styled these with white denim and a trench coat if you are looking for more outfit ideas. I love them because they are casual and go with a lot. They are great with jeans but I am already looking forward to pairing them with a cute summer dress and a much-needed tan.

the benefits of spending time alone and simple spring outfit with brown wedges

the benefits of spending time alone and simple spring outfit with brown wedges

They’re perfect with this long sweater because it gives me a little extra height to compensate for the cardi length. Especially if you are shorter, pair a longer sweater with heels so it doesn’t overwhelm you and you don’t risk tripping over it. And me + neutrals are pretty tight nowadays. So I’m loving this airy, cooler outfit minus the fuss.

the benefits of spending time alone and simple spring outfit with brown wedges

Okay, so I want to share with you guys some things that I have actually been learning for myself recently and that have really made me a stronger person. I have grown personally, and it has really helped me to be more independent and motivated. It all has to do with being alone. And I don’t mean in a lonely kind of a way. I’m talking about setting aside time and being okay with just being by yourself for a little bit.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not telling you to cut all ties and live in isolation! ABSOLUTELY not. That would be incredibly boring and lonely. I don’t know what I would do without my girls by my side. They are literally the best, and they are those few people you know you can always trust and count on. But there are just times you need to set time aside for yourself.

Being alone makes you stronger + independent

I have found that I learn a lot when I’m forced to do things by myself and not just rely on others for help. There are plenty of times when you need people and friends for support, but there are also times when you need to just figure it out alone. You will learn so much more. It’s all about #balance.

It creates confidence

When it’s just you, it’s just you. When I have time to myself and focus on what I want to do, it breeds confidence. You learn to make your own decisions and reap your own hard work. It is encouraging to see any progress you make, and to see how incredibly capable you are when you can set time aside to FOCUS (which is definitely still not one of my fortes).

For the sake of your sanity (and others’)

Okay, ladies, let’s face it. Sometimes we can be a little bit…uh um…crazy. As women we tend to worry about everything and everyone and just lather on the stress. As women with children, a home, college challenges, work, or anything else, things tend to get a little tense and so do we. You really really need to take a little bit of time, even if just an hour, to get out, unplug, relax, whatever. And you need to do it alone. This is more than just pampering. It is mental and emotional health, and it is just as important–if not more so–than physical health. We as women also feel a need to care for others. Maybe it’s just a mother type instinct, I don’t know. But either way, we push ourselves to the side. You have probably heard this a million times, but doing that will do no one any good. If you are not stable, you will be useless to others. The saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”

It allows you to think + be productive

Being alone also lets me think. When I’m alone and with no distractions, I can come up with ideas and brainstorm. It allows me to gather my thoughts and to really focus on my own goals. Sometimes those short bursts of time alone are all you really need to get yourself together and to just get stuff done.

Re-energizes

It really just gives you a boost of energy. It’s your own motivational pep-talk. Slap on the butt and you’re good to go. Just sitting at a coffee shop for an hour, going for a run, or doing a hobby you love will do wonders for you mentally + physically.

Balances your mood

Does this even need to be said? We all get this way, where we are just incredibly irritable and moody. And sometimes it’s no one’s fault. We just are. When I get this way sometimes it’s just best to just step back and take a breather. It relaxes me and allows me to gather myself before I take my frustration out on someone else.

 


Hey hey! I don’t normally do product reviews but for years I have been a huge fan of whitening strips. They do an amazing job at whitening my teeth and really work. Really. (This is not a paid post fyi). So I thought I would share my crest whitening strips review. I also have used other ways of keeping my teeth white and wanted to share those as well.

Crest whitening strips review & easy way to keep a white smile

First off, there are a few different kinds of treatments out there, and I have always used Crest. Honestly, I have also always used the cheap ones (around $30) and have not been disappointed.  Here is the link to the whitening strips. You can find them at just about any grocery store or convenience store. The treatment lasts only a week. Each day includes two sets–each set contains two strips, one for the top and one for the bottom. Do one treatment in the AM and one at night and leave them on for 30 minutes.

It is recommended that you use their treatment every 6 months but from personal experience you do not have to use it so frequently. It will probably depend on your preferences–and how  much coffee you drink 😛

Since I don’t use the strips every 6 months I like to every once and a while mix baking soda with my normal toothpaste. Baking soda whitens teeth (it pretty much does everything). Even if you don’t use any other treatment, this is a simple and easy way to diy.

Crest whitening strips review & easy way to keep a white smile

Also, this will sound ridiculous and obvious–but flossing makes a difference. Not only are their health benefits, but it will help to keep your teeth cleaner and whiter, especially near the ends of each tooth.

I will say, DO NOT use whitening strips (or the baking soda mix for that matter) if you have sensitive teeth. The strips can cause your teeth to hurt a bit every once and while during the week. I don’t have sensitive teeth but still have experienced this a little bit. It’s normal. Just up to you if you’re willing to deal with it.

Another thing you may notice are white spots that will appear on your teeth. This is normal as well and will go away afterwards. So try it out and let me know what you think! And if you’ve tried any of the other treatments I’d love to hear about them too and how they worked out for you!

Also, outfit deets…I bought this grey knotted shirt from Charlotte Russe for around $12 but can’t find the exact one on their site. But I linked some others below. It’s simple, basic, and long in the back which is perfect for wearing with leggings.

That’s it. Happy Friday, babes.

How to Style a Simple and Basic Spring Transition Outfit

I’ve been wearing this outfit a lot lately. It’s super easygoing and I think that is why I love it so much. It’s not fussy at all but still makes me feel put together. It is the perfect simple and basic spring transition outfit. Sometimes finding something to wear on those in between days can be odd so here are somethings I do to make the change.

Jeans. Honestly, as much as I rave about leggings, I have really been missing and wearing my jeans a lot more lately (I think because I have to wear black pants to work, I am glad when I get the chance to change it up). Jeans make you look and feel awake and put together but are also simple and laid back.

How to Style a Simple and Basic Spring Transition Outfit

Ditch the riding boots. As cute as they are, they are much better for fall and winter. Flip your jeans up and pair them with ankle boots, sneakers, or flats. It takes away from the winter bulk and is nice for the days that are a little warmer. I love these booties and have been wearing them a lot. I even paired them with a spring romper that you can check out.

Add some color. Start working in some brighter or lighter colors and leave the greys for a rainy day. Even just throwing on a brighter necklace or pair of earrings can make all the difference. Even neutrals and nudes are great, simple colors that look classy and lighten up your look for spring.

How to Style a Simple and Basic Spring Transition Outfit

Lighten up. A lighter jacket is great for those chilly mornings but won’t bog you down all day. I love this green jacket from Maurice’s. I linked a similar one below (but without the black tie). A jean jacket would also be a great transition piece to just throw on. It may even be time to stop wearing those heavy knit turtle neck sweaters and your fave fleece leggings 😛

Freshen up your makeup. Moving into warmer weather doesn’t always mean just changing your outfits. While you may not be tan enough to start skipping some of your makeup routine just yet, adding a light pink lipstick, blush, or a bronzer will brighten things up–perfect for spring.