Can you guys believe how quickly 2018 is passing? We are almost at the halfway point, and I'm having trouble wrapping my head around it! May is one of my favorite months and because it's brand new, it also means I'm linking up with Anne in Residence for current happenings/updates.


1. Wearing: a new necklace that I've had my eye on since this post (it's even prettier in person). My love of layered jewelry continues, and it's fun coming up with new combinations. I'm also wearing the heck out of this pleated camisole, both on its own and underneath a cardigan on chilly days. As for the beauty department, I went back to a trusted foundation I used in my twenties. It's the perfect finish to combat an oily complexion. And my best friend got me this perfume over Christmas and I love the sweet, floral scent layered with my beloved Kai oil.

2. Celebrating: said best friend's birthday next week! Anyone else love attending other people's parties more than your own? Less stress really. Katie loves to travel (pictured below in Barcelona) so I'm still trying to figure out what to get her...

3. Going: to a Kentucky derby party with a cinco de Mayo flare on Saturday in Orange County. We went last year and had a great time.

4. Creating: less clutter and noise by deep cleaning, tossing out, and re-organizing everything. My loft area is still a question mark. I'd like for it to double as an office space, but I can't quite utilize it in a way that actually serves as a productive place to get real work done. At the moment, it isn't very functional.

5. Sharing: or shall I say, my lack thereof. In March when my girlfriend's and I met up with Gina for her Kendra Scott party, they all sort of dared me to go one week without checking Instagram. I didn't think it would be possible, but I did it. In fact, I went almost two weeks. Ever since, I'm trying to find my balance. I feel obligated to share for many reasons, but I also find myself overwhelmed with keeping up, posting the "right" pictures, and failing to grow my following. I think this balance is unique to everyone. Thoughts?

Thank you for reading! What does your month look like?

Linking up: On the Daily Express & Straight A Style


  1. I've found that it's been so easy to disconnect from Instagram because I never see what I want to see so it's almost freeing because it's like, what's there to look at? It's lowered a ton of pressure to post constantly too and I love the relief I get from not caring as much!

    The Adored Life

  2. I am an instagram failure. I go for weeks without checking it and then I try and post pictures way too often. Overall I try not to worry about it too much. I love the necklace you got!

  3. Loved this update! And I totally hear you on the struggles of finding balance on Instagram. It is a constant work in progress for me. I feel best when I ignore it entirely, but I know that's not the best for the blog and the audience I've already built there. My plan for now is just taking it one day at a time. Post the content I think is "necessary" or worth posting, engage with those I enjoy, then exit the app the minute I feel any negative feelings of comparison etc. It's not a perfect system but I don't know if there really is such a thing anyway!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  4. I hope you think of something fun to get your friend! :) There are definitely lots of fun traveling ideas online. As for Instagram, I do love it, but I need to find a better balance of posting pictures so it's not so spread out. haha


  5. I used the MUFE matte and velvet foundation in my 20's too! I actually am in need a of a new summer foundation. I got so tanned in Mexico that even my summer shade is too light.

    I love your layered jewelry looks. Would you consider doing a full post on them? I'm into dainty necklaces and do layer them sometimes, but it's still foreign territory for me.

    May is gonna be nuts in my neck of the wood. We are doing a full kitchen and bathroom reno (our downstairs bathroom). It's the kitchen reno that I'm dreading but am also excited about.

  6. Sounds like a fun month for parties! And I'm all about the tossing and re-organizing lately too. Hoping to pull off doing a garage sale in a couple of weeks to get this stuff out of here! Thanks for linking up :)


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