"Real Life" Go-To

Black & gray winter outfit idea
Turtleneck sweater + leather leggings // easy winter outfit idea
Bag with a fur pom key chain
Long sweater with leather leggings
Gray turtleneck sweater
Similar Sweater |  Leather Leggings (want these!)  |  Bag (50% off)

I got this sweater at Nordstrom last year, and while I love when I can blog something current for you guys, I also like to show how I re-wear some of my pieces year after year in many different ways. While a good basic sweater may not be the most exciting item in your closet, it is something that can be styled so many different ways, dressed up or down, with sneakers or over-the-knee boots - the possibilities are endless. This outfit is one that I wear in "real life" all the time, and sometimes I swap in a pair of sneakers to make it a little more casual.

Do you have a couple of basic sweaters that are your go-tos?

I hope you all had a great weekend! I actually ended up with a surprise 4-day weekend due to an ice storm and MLK Day...and I feel like a new woman. I barely wore makeup and barely put heat on my hair, and I love weekends like that. So now you know why I've been completely absent on social media the past couple of days 😉 We were in sweats most of the weekend! On Friday, I sold a bunch of my closet on Facebook to friends in the area, and it was great to make a little extra money, but even better to have cleaned out a big portion of my closet! It's motivated me to continue cleaning out closets and get my sh*t organized, and hopefully I'll have a few pieces up on my Poshmark soon.   

Ruffled Blouses

Satin ruffled blouse
dressy ruffled top dressed down with jeans and boots
olive green ruffled top
Dressy top with jeans
Daniel Wellington "Sheffield" watch in black with rose gold
satin ruffled blouse
pop of red
Daniel Wellington "sheffield" watch
ruffled blouse
Top - purchased in-store at H&M (in black here)  |  Jeans (they're the Hoxton or Verdugo) |  Identical Boots
Hat  |  Similar Bag  |  Watch (get 15% off your order with code LOVELENORE through 1/30)

I picked up this top in Salt Lake City because I loved that it was unique and could be worn for work or in a dressy-casual outfit! I only found it in black online, but I've seen it in stores in several different colors.

I'm not usually a ruffle girl, but I've seen some really gorgeous ruffled tops lately that I've linked below. I do love that they add more dimension and detail to any look, and dress up jeans so beautifully!

Here are several gorgeous ruffled blouses ranging from $23 to $61... 

5 Simple Changes for a Healthier 2017

Photo is originally from this post

Healthy living year-round is so very important, but there's nothing like a brand new year for some fresh motivation! I've been thinking up this list for several weeks now, and every item has come from my personal experience and goals. I've shared my experiences and tips throughout, and I hope you enjoy this post! I'm really wanting to do more healthy living posts this year, because it's a topic I've become really interested in and because I've gotten quite a few requests :)

1. Eat more vegetables. This one is kind of a no-brainer, but it's an eating principal & philosophy I'm really going to focus on this year! If you eat more vegetables, then that leaves less room for other stuff. So far, I've been planning my meals around what veggies I'm going to make or want to eat that day, and it definitely helps! Some of my favorite ways to eat veggies are:
-cucumber and sweet pepper slices with hummus (I cut up a bunch & store in tubs every week for easy snacking)
-a big sheet pan of assorted roasted veggies
-sneaking a huge handful of greens into smoothies (spinach is my favorite)
-sauteed green beans & mushrooms in coconut oil with salt, pepper and garlic salt
-a big salad with a homemade, clean dressing as a side for a few meals (love this one & it lasts well in the fridge for a few days)
-baked sweet potato fries

2. Switch to organic/non-GMO feminine hygiene products. **Girl talk alert** For some reason, I'd been buying as many organic foods as possible over the past year, but had never thought about how the pesticides, dyes, and other chemicals in my traditional tampons could be entering my body. Regular tampons are of course still considered to be medically safe, but I've decided to eliminate any risks by using only organic and/or non-GMO tampons (I use the brand Veeda and absolutely love them!). There is some good information about the topic in this article

3. When you hangout with friends, do something active. I love a good reality TV binge + wine with my girl friends just as much as anyone, but I've found that a good way to burn some calories and get some fresh air is to do something active when I see my friends. I have a tradition with a couple of my best friends where we will pretty much always go on a hike/trail walk together. It lets us chat away to our hearts' desires while also being healthy together! You can also invite a friend to a workout class (because then you have to end up going too!). And don't forget about your significant other...some of my favorite evenings are when Trey and I take the dogs on a long walk and get to talk and disconnect from technology.

4. Drink more water (and quit soda!!). You've probably read and heard this advice hundreds of times, but it's probably my most common advice to friends and family because I believe in this so strongly. Water is the absolute foundation to your health. It keeps your organs running, detoxes your body, improves your skin, aids your metabolism, gives you more energy, and the list goes on and on. I used to be hooked on diet soda, so cutting that out of my life was rough at first and I was so bored by water. But as the weeks went on I didn't crave soda anymore and grew to absolutely love drinking water. My migraines also went away completely :) Now if I don't drink enough water, I notice that I get dizzy and headache-y and I remember how I used to feel like that all the time. This was one of the best life decisions I've ever made! My tips for drinking more water: 
-use a straw (these oversized, reusable straws make allllll the difference for me)
-use a tumbler that keeps it cold
-experiment with infused waters to mix things up if you're bored (cucumber, mint & lemon is yummy)
-green tea and herbal teas (without added sugars) absolutely count (iced or hot)!

5. Try a new clean-eating recipe every week. A lot of people dread healthy eating, and I'll admit that I definitely splurge a few times a week (I can't quit our Sunday night Mexican takeout tradition to save my life), however, healthy, clean foods are far from boring. I promise you. I could never do baked chicken and steamed veggies every single night. If you can, kudos to you, but I'm always looking for new recipes so that I can mix things up and add to my arsenal. Skinnytaste (her cookbooks are on my wish list) and Cait's Plate (follow her on Instagram) are two of my favorite meal idea/recipe resources.

I hope you enjoyed this post and got some ideas! What simple lifestyle changes do you recommend for a healthier life? I had trouble keeping my list to just 5!

Bell Sleeves

black hat and tall boots
winter dressy casual - how to dress up a sweater
sweater, skinny jeans, otk boots
embroidered bag
bell sleeve sweater, otk boots
Bell sleeve sweater
Sweater  |  Jeans  |  Identical Boots  |  Hat  |  Similar Bag

Trey's description of this sweater was that it looked like someone knitted it in a home economics class. RUDE. On another occasion he stated that he loved me and loved my style, but just couldn't figure out this sweater 😂 Have I worn it several times anyways? Heck yeah. 
Dusty rose and mauve shades are what I am alllll about lately. It's like there is a magnetic force pulling me toward anything in this general color family. Add in a bell sleeve and I'm done for. It was love at first Forever 21 browse. Much to my chagrin, it's just about sold out :( If they happen to restock I'll be sure to let you girls know. In the meantime, I rounded up several bell sleeves sweaters below! 

Goals for 2017

Casual fall/winter outfit
Burgundy and black outfit
burgundy tunic

I know I know, goals and resolutions are cheesy and you've probably read a million of them this week, but I love to put goals in writing and am a big believer in the power of positive thinking. I'm keeping it simple this year with 3 primary goals for growth in 2017.

burgundy top with a black hat
burgundy top, black jeans and ankle boots
burgundy blouse

1. Get Organized. To be perfectly honest with you, I seriously seriously struggle with cleaning and organization. I desperately want a tidy, organized house, but I feel like I can't keep up with things and we don't even have kids yet - which gives me anxiety! So, I have got to get better at this. I know a couple of steps will be to deal with papers as soon as they enter the house - filed, in-process or in the trash can. I also need to set a timer and pick up/clean something every night so the house doesn't get out of hand during the work week. I would love to know any of your tips and resources because I need all the help I can get!

2. Calm my Anxiety. I've been a stresser my entire life, but in the last year or two I seem to have developed a lot more anxiety. It's not because I'm not happy, because I truly am so happy with my life. But I really do have a hard time quieting my mind often times. So this year, I want to become more in-tune to my body and mind, and develop go-to calming practices that help to reduce my anxiety. I know this will benefit my health in many ways. Do you have any tips for this? I plan to do yoga and pilates more regularly, and am researching essential oils and meditation!

3.  More Date Nights/Unplugged Time with Trey. This is something we improved on quite a bit this past year, but that I want to continue the momentum on. Even though we see each other every day, I think to have a healthy relationship that it's important to spend dedicated, quality time together as much as you can. I used to be on my phone all.the.time (it's hard to get off social media being apart of the blogging world), but I've gotten much better at putting it away when we're with family and friends, as well as with each other. We have lots of trips planned for this year, and some are simply an overnight trip a few hours away for a concert or just a getaway and fancy date. I want to take advantage of these opportunities as much as possible before we decide to start a family!

black wide brim hat by Janessa Leone
burgundy tunic blouse paired with black
Top (sold out in burgundy; still available in black! more burgundy options below...) 
Jeans  |  Ankle Boots (60% off!)  |  Hat  |  Similar Bag

Beyond these overarching life goals, I have goals at work and with blogging, style resolutions, and targets for fitness and healthy eating. Goal setting is so empowering, yes?

What are some of your goals for this year? I absolutely love to learn what others' goals and resolutions are... I think it's a really interesting way to get to know someone!