Thoughts // What it Takes to Be Brave

Thoughts // What it Takes to Be Brave

It isn’t easy being brave, is it? Bravery takes so many forms that sometimes I am not sure I am even the right person to talk about what it takes to be brave. But I do know I feel brave. I feel brave every time I get up in the morning and accept another day as a gift. So I go out and make the best of myself – for my son, my family and whomever I come in contact with that day. I do so in spite of all that I fear. And with that personal experience, I’d like to share what I  understand to be 3 ways of thinking to becoming and being brave. Feel free to leave your own thoughts about a bravery in your life in the comments below! 

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Anything that has hurt you before did not win.

I know for a fact that any hurt I or you have ever experienced did not win. Why? Because you are still here – reading, learning, growing. That alone is brave. It is brave to face all the ugly battles of the past and still stand strong because even at your weakest moment, you survived. It may have hurt you. It may have stifled your growth in that moment, but you did not let it win. You did not succumb to it, because you are here. You are strong and brave. You conquered it.

what it takes to be brave

Fear of taking a chance only controls an unprepared mind, so prepare for bravery.

Take chances. Plenty of them. I am a Virgo, and while I’m not fully convinced a zodiac sign defines me, I like to plan, be organized, and am slightly flawed in my desire to be perfect. As an actor, anything spontaneous is critical to success on stage. You have to be in the moment and be present. Ready for anything. And that is just it, you have to be READY (and prepared!) for anything; not afraid to leap into the scene because you prepared for what would come your way! I learned that my fears came from not being prepared for the unexpected. If you are afraid to take the risk, don’t let the fear hold you back, but just prepare and accept the best of the outcomes, rather than the worst. That will be your brave moment.

what it takes to be brave

Throw an anchor into your truth to stay grounded as your grow. 

The truest form of bravery is when you know your truth. Really know it. Knowing what you are seeking to gain from being brave in any given moment of your life has to be based on your understanding on your own truth. What do you want? Why do you want it? Who and how does it help? Asking yourself these questions clarifies what you are about to do that requires bravery so much so that your confidence in doing that very thing will build. It prepares you. When I wanted to start this space, I was quite unclear in my mind. I did not know where I wanted it to go, I just wanted to do it. And I began. But it wasn’t until I took a few hours in true focus, that I started to face my truth, and discover how to grow. How to not be afraid of all that was required to really “doing this”. When I stopped myself, identified that truth, that is when this space began to grow.

what it takes to be brave

Thank you so much for reading this post. It is a little something different, but I am happy to share ways in which I feel inspired to live a positive life. I hope you found something in it to feel inspired by, every if just for a moment. 

Outfit Details // Maggy London dress (my absolute favorite faux wrap dress!) 20% w/ code “Jessica20” | Steve Madden sandals | DVF clutch | Maybelline Super Stay Matte in Voyager

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post. 

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Giveaway // The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Giveaway // The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has been live for a few days now and with – dare I say it? – FALL coming around the corner, I picked up a few pieces that I knew I would love throughout the season! I have been wearing these Nike sneakers almost every day already because they are so comfortable and easy to slide on and go. Since I’ve been keeping myself in flats this summer, I also was wanted a classic pair of white kicks and these from Treasure & Bond with blue suede fit the bill. Getting for fall means getting ready for New York Fashion Week, and loved when I saw this pleated skirt which is the perfect golden yellow for the transition from the late summer season into fall!  You can’t go wrong with a new pair of over the knee boots, so I decided to pick up another pair and these from Marc Fisher fit like a glove! I couldn’t get away without buying a great off the shoulder top, so I grabbed this one from Free People in hunter green!

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I’m currently overhauling my entire home with new furniture, bedding and loads of pieces for a nice change of pace in my house while not having to move. Ever feel like you need that sometimes? Me too! I’m excited to parter up with a great group of gals for the giveaway below! Be sure to enter and check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, because its the one not to miss!

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In celebration of the recent launch of Lili Alessandra a maker of fine linens and soft furnishings on Nordstrom.com, I have partnered with a few of my favorite bloggers to give away a $500 Nordstrom gift card! Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and ends on 8/8. Winner will be announced here. Good luck!

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Sunset // Yellow Eyelet Dress & Gold Sandals

Sunset // Yellow Eyelet Dress & Gold Sandals

There is nothing more beautiful than taking a trip away from it all and ending up on a tropical island for a long weekend! Resort life is pretty amazing, and when you have a beautiful sunset and palm trees all around you can’t go wrong with wearing yellow! My husband and I went on a little getaway (more of the story and a vlog soon! Subscribe to see it first!) and I brought this yellow eyelet dress by Maggy London with me because I knew I wanted to dress up in a bright color for an evening out to dinner.

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I know some women may think they can’t wear yellow. But trust me, you can wear anything you want wherever you want as long as you feel confident in it. That is all that matters. Yellow is that color that can feel a bit intimidating to pair with other colors, but shades of red, violet, pinks all go well with yellow. With this dress and a sun-kissed tan, I wanted to simply wear all yellow tones of amber and gold chrome accents.

yellow eyelet dress

yellow eyelet dress

yellow eyelet dress

Gold sandals are the perfect nude when you want to kick your outfits up a notch and go the long mile, so I always like to invest in a great pair to wear for a few years.

yellow eyelet dress

The lovely open back provides an sexy but elegant surprise to the dress, which I appreciated on a warm evening. A great transitional pieces from day (paired with a navy blazer) to night, I know I’ll be wearing this dress again soon come Fall.

yellow eyelet dress

yellow eyelet dress

Shop the Feature // Maggy London Melina midi | Schutz sandals | Banana Republic clutch |Kate Spade earrings | Ray Ban sunglasses

Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post!

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Summer Light // White Lace Maxi Dress

Summer Light // White Lace Maxi Dress

Happy Summer! I am so happy that I am finally able to take a break from the school year and relax in the sun. Thank you for all the love on my new YouTube channel and supporting it with a subscription, like, comment and/or view! I have a vlog coming soon about my glorious stay at a beach house along the Jersey Shore, so be on the lookout. It seriously was one of the most gorgeous homes I have stayed at, and could not have felt more “away from home” even though it was still in New Jersey! I can’t wait to share more of it soon, but if you’re curious to see it on VRBO and  hoping to book a few days or even a week down the Jersey Shore in oceanside beauty, check it out here

lace maxi dress

lace maxi dress

There is no doubt that you will need a white dress in your wardrobe for the summer. It’s the perfect way to feel light and airy as you probably will attend many outdoor parties or be invited to at least one “all white outfit” event. lace maxi dress

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And because wearing white dresses are the perfect summertime outfit, I’ve teamed up with 4 other bloggers to share their white summer dress style too! Check them all out below! 

lace maxi dress

lace maxi dress

lace white dress

lace maxi dress

lace maxi dress

Shop the Feature // ASOS White lace maxi | Knot Cuff | Watch 

lace maxi dress

Happy a great start to your weekend! Thank you for stopping by! 

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News // Shopping with alba Boutique & YouTube

News // Shopping with alba Boutique & YouTube

I can’t believe I am writing these words (for all the times I thought I would never do it!), but we are officially LIVE with our first video on YouTube (check out our short video below or right here)! And there is no better way than to start by sharing one of my favorite events to have hosted this year with alba Boutique! If you were able to attend the event, you know it was raining and the unusual weather was bookended by sunnier days. But that did not stop many of you who came out and enjoyed some bubbly and snacks while getting your hair braided and enjoying the company of the women and men who stopped by to support This Season’s Gold and alba Boutique in Hoboken! Thank you!

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

 

shopping with alba

What I love about shopping small boutiques are the attention to detail that is in involved in catering to the customer. I know that when I go into alba Boutique, I am met with a kind smile and an array of choices for whatever I may be looking for, whether that be a dress, leather jacket, sunglasses, handbag, jumpsuit or jeans! You’d be surprised how much such a small space can offer! I not only found this gorgeous peach jumpsuit here a few weeks ago, but then within 5 minutes of walking in saw this beautiful white off the shoulder top, perfect for the summer bbq’s, (similar here and love this one too) and had to wear it during the event!

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

What made this event even more special is that my hairstylist and friend, Catt Nunez (follow her on Instagram!), hosted a braid bar and it was such a hit! What girl doesn’t love a fierce braid to wear for a summer weekend?

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

Jeanna, the owner of alba Boutique, is such an amazing women. Her hard work and dedication makes her such an inspiration and is the truest form of a #girlboss! Her boutiques are in Ridgewood and Hoboken, NJ and now in Wellesley, MA – so you know she knows what she is doing. Learn how we met in our video below!

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

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