tacos + margs


My fiance Tim and I are only 3 months away from getting married (!) but we currently live an hour apart. With busy schedules, we only see each other about once per week. While I wish we had so much more time to spend together, the time we do have is extremely precious and valued. On Saturday night, we planned to meet for a tacos and margaritas date night at Bel Air. Despite getting a chip stuck in my esophagus pre-dinner (seriously so painful), a long date night was just what we needed. I drove home with the biggest smile on my face and happiness in my heart. This guy makes me feel so loved and cared for.

I love the idea of Saturday date night. I was wildly productive during the day, but there's something special about showering late afternoon and simply taking your time to get ready for a night out. I was really wanting to put out a sophisticated and sexy yet somewhat laid-back vibe, and settled for distressed denim and a silky blouse. There is no comparable feeling to leaving the house feeling like a million bucks, and this was one of those special nights.

blouse: Old Navy (similar: this and this) | denim: American Eagle | heels: BCBG Generation | purse: Aldo | earrings: Lizzibeth


alone time


Can we talk introversion for a hot second today? Until recently, I went through the majority of my life thinking I was an extrovert. In fact, at one point I thought that being an extrovert would make me a more capable and successful person in this world. I remember struggling to answer questions on personality tests like the Myers-Briggs when they asked questions such as, "Do you enjoy being around groups of people in social settings?" I always thought I should want to be around people, that it was almost wrong to not want to be.

Add on three years to my life plus gained knowledge, and today I am a proud introvert. Somewhere along the way, I realized that it's OK to want to charge your battery alone. For a good part of my life, I thought the art of good communication and conversion was the definition of extroversion. Now I really understand that extroversion and introversion have everything to do with how you prefer to charge your internal battery. And let me tell you. This blonde likes her alone time. I love a meaningful one-on-one or small group conversation, but I'll never feel full energized by large crowds, parties, or large groups of people. (But don't get me wrong. I love a good concert, wedding, or family get together. It's fun but doesn't recharge my battery!)

I think it's really important to understand what energizes you in life. Lately, I've realized that I haven't given myself nearly enough alone time. I can feel that my brain is exhausted. I don't feel as creative as I once was. Much of it is by default of living at my parent's home with four other people. It's near impossible to find an empty house, and it has taken a toll on me. In the next few weeks, I hope to schedule in some quality Molly time. Whether it's a long walk on Lake Michigan's coast, or going to see a movie alone, I know a little self discovery time is just what the doctor ordered. How about you? Are you an introvert or extrovert, and how do you cope with it? And now, completely unrelated, a new outfit! :)
jacket: Forever 21 (similar) | tee: Gap (similar) | pants: J.Crew (< on sale!) | boots: Target | earrings: Lizzibeth


spring favorites


I'm baffled by how quickly yet slowly the days of 2014 are passing by. In one sense, I feel like the winter has dragged on forever {it snowed here yesterday!}. In another sense, the weeks are absolutely flying by, especially realizing that our wedding is only 3.5 months away! The other day, my Mom and I talked about how we forget to shop for spring sometimes. We have such a short spring here in the Midwest, and it's so tempting to jump right into summer clothes!

This year, I'm trying to slow things down a bit and stock up on some spring basics. This past Saturday, my future Mother-in-law threw my first bridal shower. It was the ideal excuse to pull together my favorite spring staples for a bride-status look! I found the perfect white fit and flare dress at Gap that paired so well with a few other spring basics: a minty belt, pastel jewelry, a bright clutch, and cognac sandals. I'm so excited for warmer days ahead, but in the meantime, I'm very thankful for a sunless tan from Sun Tan City to help me pull off my spring outfits! {p.s. you can see more of my favorite spring looks here}
dress: Gap | belt: Gap | necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar) | heels: Marshalls (similar) | clutch: similar

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