10 Pretty Tops for Spring/Summer

I'm currently stocking up on all things spring & summer, and in preparation for my trip to Dallas and Austin in a couple of weeks! I love all of the pretty tops out right now, and thought I would share a few with you!

top c/o Lush Clothing (couldn't find online)  |  similar jeans  |  earrings  |  necklace  |  similar bag  |  similar slides

Being Fashion Forward in a Small Town

I'll be the first to admit that being super into fashion and living in a small Midwest town are not exactly a match made in heaven. Photo locations can be hard to come by, I get all kinds of looks and comments, and shopping isn't readily available. 

But I'm a definite believer in blooming where you are planted! Since living here I've been determined to not let my location dampen my style and what I'm inspired by. As my confidence grows, fitting in becomes less important to me, and being true to myself and my style become increasingly important and empowering!

How I deal with the looks and comments...
Honestly, I've just gotten used to them and grown to care less and less over time. I internally roll my eyes at the "wow, those are some shoes!" types of comments. Or the misogynistic, "you need to ask Trey to buy you some jeans without holes in them!" Gag. I've been known to flip off the creeps who harass me as I'm trying to take photos of my outfits (I'm sassier than you might think haha). And now I find the mystified looks to be pretty amusing! To me, it means I'm doing my own thing and owning my style!  

How I shop...
ONLINE! As I'm sure you've noticed, online shopping is kind of a big deal these days 😉It's definitely made it easier to adapt to a town where we don't even have a Target or a Chipotle, and helps to put me on a more level playing field with other bloggers. That being said, it would be really nice to run to Nordstrom or Sephora here and there haha. Fortunately, we do have an awesome boutique here called June and Beyond that gives me a great local shopping option! 

Why I refuse to conform to where I live...
To me that would be giving up and just blending in. I've loved fashion and been super inspired by the industry since I was 14 years old, and I'm not giving up on that anytime soon. I have a feeling I'll love it my entire life. I started my blog years ago because I felt like I had a unique perspective and style, so it would be a shame to drown that out just because we ended up in a smaller town for the time being. Here's what I think: Don't let where you live define you. Dress how you want to dress, believe what you want to believe, and live your life how you want to live it!   

How it's built my confidence...
I think in a way I've been forced to become more confident by living here. I stand out at times, and I've had to become more comfortable with that! I no longer feel embarrassed about my style and personality, and feel empowered to be uniquely me! 

dress (c/o - use code LOVELENORE20 for 20% off your Maude orders!)
shoes  |  sunglasses (c/o)  |  similar bag  |  similar bandana  |  hoops

27 Things You May not Know About Me

Hi guys! I truly can't believe it, but I'm 27 today! To celebrate, I'm sharing 27 things you may not know about me...

01 | If I were going to college today, I would go for nutrition or dietetics and go a totally different route than PR. I don’t necessarily dislike PR, I’ve just found I’m passionate about wellness and nutrition!

02 | Before meeting Trey, I dreamed of moving to a big city and thought I wouldn’t get married until my late twenties or even thirties. However, life fell into place and I got married young and we’ve found ourselves happily living in a smaller town. We do love to travel to big cities and the coasts as much as we can though!

03 | I have one sister, and we’re opposites in so many ways! But now that we’re adults we’re very close.

04 | I ate strictly gluten free for two years in college to repair my digestive system after long-term antibiotics (for my acne) wrecked me. Now I’m trying grain free, and may go back to gluten free permanently since I’m actually gluten intolerant!

05 | My style used to be very preppy and I loved J.Crew and wearing bright colors! If you’ve followed me for a long time you may remember those days ;) But if you’re newer in the past year or two, that may be a shocking fact!

06 | When we bought our home we thought we would love doing fixer upper projects ourselves. But years later, we’ve discovered we truly do not enjoy them and would rather invest our time and money into experiences and travel! On the next go, I’d like something slightly more turn-key or be able to budget in having someone else do most of the work for us.

white ruffle top | Love, Lenore

07 | I went to the University of Missouri and was a member of Chi Omega. I decided to rush because I barely knew anyone at Mizzou going into it, and as an introvert, I knew it would help me to meet people and get involved on campus!

08 | I have three small tattoos! One I really don’t love (I was 18 and wasn’t picky enough), but the other two are special to me! I do want one or two more small ones and have a couple of spots saved for special things in the future.

09 | I played classical piano and violin growing up (piano for 12 years and violin for nine). However, I haven’t played either since graduation from high school and have a feeling I’ve completely lost all of my skills.

10 | I have a deviated septum and can’t breathe well through my nose. I try really hard to not be a mouth breather! I was actually talking with a doctor about getting a nose job several years ago, but then Trey and I got engaged and I decided I would put my savings toward a down payment instead (great decision lol).

11 | Trey and I LOVE going to concerts together! We’ve seen J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar three times each and our first concert together was the Watch the Throne tour with Kanye and Jay-Z. Some other favorites have included Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and Gary Clark Jr.

12 | My favorite number has always been 27, and I have no idea why. Crazily enough, it’s also the favorite number of two of my closest friends!

13 | My top 3 celebrity “crushes” (such a dumb word haha) would have to be Liam Hemsworth, Kevin Love and Michael B Jordan (since the Friday Night Lights days).

Show Me Your Mumu "darla" top | Love, Lenore

14 | I live an hour from the closest Chipotle and grieve about it on a weekly basis. It’s my favorite chain/takeout meal! Yes, I’m a basic B.

15 | Food related: leftover chicken makes me want to hurl. So, a lot of meal prep ideas don’t work for me in that regard.

16 | I was born in the San Diego area and lived there until I was nine. Then my family moved to Missouri!

17 | I was obsessed with the Lord of the Rings series in middle school and high school. My family read the books together and we watched the movies all the time. Yes, I was a nerd.

18 | In addition to my full-time job and blogging, I’m also a photographer! You can view my photography website here and my Instagram here. I actually have some weddings booked for this year (both solo and as a second-shooter to Jo) and I’m so stinkin excited! You can read more about how I balance everything here.

19 | I’m an INFP and am very much an introvert. I seem to be surrounded by opinionated extroverts though ;)

20 | Some of my favorite foods are fish tacos, sushi, ramen, and pineapple.

Show Me Your Mumu "darla" top | Love, Lenore

21 | Trey first spotted me at a Mizzou / kU (Kansas) basketball game our sophomore year (people in the midwest will know what a crazy rivalry this was). It took him several weeks of asking around and Facebook stalking to figure out who I was, but when he got my info and reached out we had an immediate connection. I actually remembered distinct times I’d seen him on campus prior to meeting, even though it’s a campus of 27,000+ and we had no classes or friends in common at the time. Definitely a love at first sight kinda thing.

22 | Unfortunately my least favorite food is broccoli (in all forms). The smell, taste and texture have made me gag my entire life! I wish I liked it since it’s so healthy!

23 | Our top bucket list concert we haven’t been to yet is a Kings of Leon show. Trey and I have loved their music for years and years.

24 | I played in junior golf tournaments growing up and for a time thought I would play golf in college. But then I burnt out on it and just wanted to focus on dance (which I ended up doing nothing with after high school ;).  

25 | My favorite alcoholic drinks are rosé, moscow mules and spicy margaritas, but my simpler “healthier” cocktail is a tequila tonic or tequila soda with extra lime wedges.

26 | My biggest pet peeves include: tangled cords, and when a car pulls out in front of me but there’s no one behind me.

27 | We would secretly love to have a third dog, but know it’s not very practical right now with how much we like to travel and go on weekend trips. I make sure to give regularly to Rescue One, a phenomenal animal rescue organization in Springfield!

Show me Your Mumu outfit | Love, Lenore
top  |  pants  |  shoes  |  earrings

If you made it to the end of this post, you're pretty amazing!

I'm so excited to see what this year holds for me! 27 is my number! What I do know is that I love Trey more than ever, I'm blessed with wonderful family and friends, and I've got the cutest fur babies around. This year I'm manifesting good health, lots of unforgettable travel and experiences, and that I see the joy in every day life.   

Busy, but Energizing Weekends

floral button-down, high-waisted jeans, nude sandals, woven bag | Love, Lenorerelaxed floral blouse | Love, Lenore
While I love weekend trips and fun plans, sometimes nothing excites me more than looking at my calendar for a weekend and seeing very few plans! That was the case this weekend but it ended being a lot busier than I thought it would be. a) the weather was gorgeous. We had to get outside. b) our house was in shambles. c) I'm eating Keto right now and am cooking lots and flying through fresh groceries. d) I've been neglecting my blog and it was time to catch up.

Even though I didn't get much lazy couch time, I actually feel super energized going into a new week! Productivity + some quality time with the hubby makes ya feel really good. My house is clean and smells nice (always a win with indoor dogs), I have a new blog post up (you're reading it!), I played golf with Trey, I did some adopt-a-highway trash cleanup (which made me so tired and sore!), I meal planned for the week in about 5 minutes in the Aldi parking lot, and we got to spend some time on our newly made-over back deck to grill and split a bottle of red wine. All in all, I have no complaints :)  

relaxed weekend casual | Love, Lenore
floral blouse, woven bag | Love, Lenore
simple floral top + a straw bag | Love, Lenore
top (just $18! fits oversized) |  jeans (look for less) |  sandals (c/o)  |  similar bag  |  earrings

Now if I can get through a very stressful workday, I get to shoot with my friend Bri tonight and finally get some new content!

Why I'm Going the Natural Route

Show Me Your Mumu floral romper | Love, Lenore

As some of you may know, I've been dealing with some hormone and women's health issues, and while I'm not going to dive into detail, I will share that I plan to get some tests done starting next week so I know exactly what I'm dealing with! The biggest way these issues are manifesting at this time is with hormonal, cystic acne. I know there are so much worse issues to deal with, but it's not been easy to suddenly have the worst skin of your life as you approach your late twenties! Despite eating the cleanest I've ever eaten, working out regularly, and taking good care of my skin [always!], my skin is clamoring to tell me that something is wrong. 

I've been reading the book Womancode by Alisa Vitti, and let me just tell you that it's completely changing the way I think about my health as a female! She not only educates you about how your endocrine system and hormones work (what most doctors don't have time to do), but she also gives you tools to heal them naturally. It's been incredibly eye-opening so far! If you've ever encountered a female issue of any type (hormones, fertility, thyroid, etc.) then I can't recommend this book enough! I've told so many people about it already.

Anyways, I'm making a lot of changes in my life right now (diet, skincare, home products, stress relief and more) and I will document many of those topics as I get a handle on everything and start to see positive changes. But to kick things off, I thought I would share why I'm going the natural route as much as possible... 

deep v romper with layered necklaces | Love, Lenore
Cute floral romper for spring/summer | Love, Lenore

I want a real fix, not a quick fix.
I'm not going to lie, it's REALLY tempting to go on medication to relieve my acne. So so tempting. However, I know that wouldn't actually be fixing what's going on inside. If I'm having multiple symptoms of hormone imbalance now (even while on the pill), I know that those issues could affect my fertility down the road. We do not want to try for a baby yet, however, I would rather get everything in order now rather than waiting a few years when we're ready to start a family.

So, I'm choosing to go the natural route so that I have real healing, not the further masking of symptoms. I'm confident that I can get my body back on track through nutrition and other lifestyle changes, and though they'll take longer than a medication, I will have the peace and empowerment that I've healed my body naturally and for the long term.

I've been learning about the endocrine system and hormones.
And knowledge is power! I love learning how the body works. The more I learn, the more I want to learn. It's been fascinating to see how many things are linked to hormones! They really do power the body in many, many ways. I've learned that the vast majority of endocrine and hormonal issues can be healed and/or alleviated through your diet. There's definitely sacrifice, but I feel that my health is invaluable! 

Now that I'm learning all of the natural ways to get your body realigned, I can't not try them and dive right in. Every chemical we put on our skin or in our home is an "endocrine disrupter." Meaning a lot of the skincare I've been putting on my face since age 13 to treat my acne is actually being absorbed into my body and further disrupting my hormones. Crazy, right? So, it's time to do something different!

Notes: I am not a medical professional and it's critical to do your own research! Also, I fully respect modern medicine and 100% believe in it's power and overall awesomeness. I also respect you if you've chosen to go a different route with your hormonal care or skin issues! However, I grew up in a family where nutrition and naturopath/functional medicine were often our first route in prevention and care. Now as I've really grown into myself as an adult this has become important to me too.      

floral romper | Love, Lenore
romper (still available here & here)  |  necklaces here & here  |  similar bag  |  similar sandals

I appreciate you reading this post and coming on this journey with me! I'm excited for my wellness journey and to document what I learn right here on this blog! Fashion is still so important to me and I love it so much, but I want to look and feel my best when I'm sharing it with you. You guys have also asked for more wellness content (which has become a huge passion of mine), so I promise it's coming!

If I can recommend anything at this point, it's to buy yourself a copy of Womancode! xx