What I'm Loving: Warby Parker Spring 2017 Collection

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What I'm Loving: Warby Parker Spring 2017 Collection

Blizzard Stella is currently ravaging through New York and I can't begin to tell you how ready for Spring I am. Not only for the warm weather but to rock my favorite accessories. You all know how obsessed with sunnies I am so I was super excited to announce the new Warby Parker Spring 2017 Collection! 

Words can't describe how obsessed with this collection I am, it is classy, feminine and chic. These shades are universally flattering and have a unique edge that makes them different. It encompasses the perfect mixture of tortoise, violet tinted lenses and even the 70's flat-brow look. These are the perfect additions to freshen up your Spring look! 

Here are some outfits that I think would be a perfect match with these sunnies! 

Browse through the shades below! Comment and let me know which frame is your favorite!

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How I Stay Organized + Planner Setup

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How I Stay Organized + Planner Setup

Staying organized has become a top priority for me. With everything that goes on in life it is easy to forget things and lose track of time. Also, staying organized and planning has helped lower my stress and anxiety. By having a place to write all your thoughts out and then categorizing them accordingly, it will be easier to accomplish those tasks, stay on track and not feel like you are in the midst of a tornado! Check out how I organize my planner below!

How do you stay organized? If you are a planner, what type of planner do you use?

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#TreatYourself This Valentine's Day!

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#TreatYourself This Valentine's Day!

Everyone loves to treat themselves. That's why I partnered with Adore Me on this post to spread the mission of self-love, self-confidence and empowering women. 

I really resonated with this because my mission with this blog is all about empowering women to be their beautiful unique selves and to take care of themselves! 

Here are some ideas to #treatyourself this Valentine's Day!

ME TIME: yoga & meditation

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PAMPERING: hair mask, skin mask, spa, mani or pedi

The most important thing is to take care of ourselves and having some me-time will help you refuel and be set to rule the world and step out with confidence! We all need a little extra love from time to time! 

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SHOP TIL YOU DROP: buy all the things ;) 

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Help us spread the #treatyourself movement!

I tag Natalie from Yours Truly, NY & Sisi from Modern Beauty Girl

What is your favorite way to treat yourself? 

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Top 3 Winter Fashion Faves

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Top 3 Winter Fashion Faves

I don't know about you but I love cold weather fashion especially all the layers of coziness!

I am completely obsessed with this cropped sweatshirt and jogger set. It is so comfy, on trend and the perfect snow day outfit for lounging. 

Okay can we tell that one of my favorite colors is burgundy? I have looked high and low for a wide brim hat that I really liked and this one is the definition of perfection. I love how you can style it with so many different outfits, especially mixing it with other jewel toned colors! 

Everyone needs a leather jacket in their collection. I love the little details of the keyholes and the stitching on the shoulders. Another piece that is amazing for layering!

What are your winter fashion faves?

Sponsored by Irisie. Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. 

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Currently Coveting: Knitwear

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Currently Coveting: Knitwear

I canNOT live without my knitwear in the Winter and tend to be found in sweaters and cardigans 24/7 with a coffee in hand. Here are some sweaters I have found that I am obsessed with, hope you enjoy! 

I have been loving the tie up, poncho and sport like cardigans and think they would go great with so many different outfits for the chilly weather. I mean batwings and fringe...DUH! 

I love styling these type of sweaters with fierce boots check out these Knee High Boots Outfits

Visit Style We for more fabulous finds!

Sponsored by StyleWe. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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25 Things I Have Learned In 25 Years

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25 Things I Have Learned In 25 Years

1. Don't forget to count your blessings

2. Believe in yourself 

3. Don't let anyone get in the way of your happiness

4. See the beauty in the littlest of things

5. Keep a positive mindset

6. Being popular in school means nothing

7. If you are not comfortable with something don't do it

8. Don't let peer pressure get to you

9. Never stop learning 

10. Stop focusing on the past and focus on now

11. Don't worry about people who don't worry about you 

12. Family is number 1

13. Don't be afraid to let go of anything negative in your life

14. Do what makes you happy 

15. Don't be afraid of what others will think of what you do 

16. Always be cordial and kind 

17. Never stop fighting for what you want

18. Always keep faith

19. Trust your heart

20. Have a budget

21. Save as much money as possible 

22. Set time aside for yourself 

23. Have fun and laugh a lot 

24. If you are not happy with something ditch it

25. Don't be afraid to be yourself, that is the key to happiness 

Leave me a comment below and let me know the number one thing you have learned! xo

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Momentum Planner 2017 - Self-development & Customizable Tool

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Momentum Planner 2017 - Self-development & Customizable Tool

You all know my obsession with planners, so when Mariana reached out to me, I was so excited! Momentum is such a unique and great take on a planner, truly inspiring! I know 2017 is going to be a year for me to get more organized and definitely work on some self-development so this will be perfect! 

Momentum combines the best of goal-setting, self-development and productivity tools into one beautifully designed book. This planner was just launched today, Wednesday November 30th , 2016 and will be available in English and German. This tool recognizes every person´s potential for development and for achieving great things. Based on the well-established personality model developed by key4you GmbH, it encourages people to discover themselves, to maximize their strengths, work on their limits and accomplish every goal they set for themselves. Momentum provides a short test, which helps its reader to understand what his unique personality model is.

The planner is then organized in 12 different themes and explains how each personality type experiences each one of them: How do I find a work-life balance? How do I deal with stress? How do I engage in relationships? How do I work in a team? How do I manage my time? As the year moves ahead, so will the themes and with them the reader - learning more and more about himself. Who doesn't want that?! 

Momentum helps in the development of self-awareness, offers structure and direction, and has the potential of taking each person to wherever they want to go! 

Are you ready to take on 2017 like a boss? I know I am! 

Overall I am very impressed, I love the flow of the planner and how there are inspirational quotes, goals, and a monthly overview. Not to mention a new self-development task to work towards! I have been on the journey of self-development for quite some time and I think this will help me out and I think y'all should pick up one for yourselves! Mariana is giving the early birds a special deal so don't forget to check out the page out below and let's support our fellow planner boss!

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My Halloween Playlist!

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My Halloween Playlist!

I have this playlist on repeat once October hits. I love getting in the spirit of Halloween. This playlist is perfect for just jammin or partying it up on the 31st! I hope you enjoy xo 

What's your favorite Halloween song?

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Coffee Chat: Behind The Lens

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Coffee Chat: Behind The Lens

Debated whether or not to post this because there would be no turning back. Many of you know me and what I have been dealing with for the past 12 years and many of you only see me through the lens of a camera and a writer through the screen. For a while I feel like I have been living a double life, my personal life and my online life. Which I though was appropriate at the time to use my online life as an escape. I have met so many incredible people all over the world who I have become great friends with. I have seen comments both on here and my Instagram saying "I wish I was you." "You're so perfect" "You have the perfect life." Trust me that couldn't be farther from the truth (I mean I know I'm pretty cool but not everything is as it seems).

We live in a world where social media reigns and we look at other people and compare ourselves and put them in this dream bubble of wanting to have their life. Comparison is the thief of joy my friends. Be happy in your own skin and work towards your own goals. YOU are unique, YOU are beautiful and YOU have the power to do what YOU WANT.

With that being said you guys don't see the behind the scenes of what really goes on. Yes I love to travel and blog and share all my little inspirations but I have also dealt with Chronic Lyme since 2004. This is not a post to get sympathy, this is a post to spread awareness and to let you know that if you are dealing with a chronic illness you are not alone and that you are a soldier and can get through anything.

Never give up on your dreams, and don't be afraid to speak your mind. My goal has always been to empower others to pursue their passion and to help others going through difficult times. I will be incorporating more of what life is really like with me both on here and Instagram because 1. I know many of you deal with the same thing 2. I want to be as real as possible and 3. there are people out there who not only need the support but need the comfort of knowing they have a friend out there.

I feel like I am at a point in my life where I don't care what others think and I am not ashamed to share what I have been through because it has made me into the person I am today. I love you guys and want to thank each and every one of you who have supported me on this journey.

I plan on doing a post that goes a little more in depth of my day to day life. If that is something you are interested in or have questions that you would like me to answer please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you! 

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5 Outfits To Inspire Your Fall Wardrobe

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5 Outfits To Inspire Your Fall Wardrobe

Fall is my favorite season for Fashion. I love all the layers, rich colors and fabulous accessories. The more layers, the better!

Style We is a website where you can find designer fashion at an affordable price with flash sales every day! I immediately fell in love with all of the clothes and wanted to share the inspiration I felt for Fall fashion! 

As soon as I saw this bomber jacket, I was obsessed. It is so versatile that you can wear it sporty like above or dress it up with a cute LBD and some booties. 

Ponchos are my go to in the Fall. They are not only super comfy and warm but they look so classic. I love how this outfit is paired with slitted black jeans and lace up heels! 

This is definitely more of an out of the box outfit but I loved the fringe detailing on the bottom and sleeves. The pop of red and longer sleeves are perfect for the fall time! 

If you are a long time follower of mine, you know how I live in my skater skirt in the fall and pair it with any sweater I have. I love this oversized sweater with the cute bow to give it some dimension! 

This is more of an edgy look but I fell in love with it (from Lanxin). Pairing shorts with thigh high boots are definitely on my fall fashion bucket list! 

What's your favorite outfit and trend for Fall? Leave a comment below! 

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This post is sponsored by Style We. All opinions are 100% my own. All photos are from Style We website. 

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September Soundtrack

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September Soundtrack

With not only a new month but a new season coming of course comes with a whole new playlist! As you may already know, I am a fan of a wide array of music and I have been jammin to these beats. I hope you find some cool new music! 

What is your current favorite song or songs? Leave me a comment below! 

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My Fall Wishlist

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My Fall Wishlist

Fall fashion is my favorite! Not only fashion week but being able to wear layers and make each outfit your own with different pieces and styles. As you can probably tell my wardrobe is VERY neutral (I wear black 99.9% of the time). The only color I tend to wear is on my lips! These are some basic essentials I would love to have in my wardrobe and are perfect for the fall weather. Can we just take a second to swoon over those Stuart Weitzman boots?! 

MICHAEL Michael Kors Rhea Mini Backpack // Stuart Weitzman 'Lowland' Over the Knee Boot // Just Female Lola Smock Dress // Calvin Klein Sweatshirt // BP. Essential Leggings // Stripes Colorblocked Wrap Ruana // American Rag Juniors' Cargo Vest // Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick // Lauren Ralph Lauren Dolman Sweater // Stuart Weitzman Highland // Steve Madden 'Troopa' Boot // Vans 'Classic' Perforated Slip-On Sneaker // MAC 'Warm Neutral Times 15' Eyeshadow Palette // Levi's ® Lightweight Cotton Hooded Utility Jacket // BP. 'Trolley' Bootie // BLANKNYC 'Easy Rider' Faux Leather Moto Jacket // Sole Society 'Thalia' Crossbody Bag // Leith Ruched Long Sleeve Dress // PAIGE Verdugo Transcend Distressed Ultra Skinny Jeans // Free People Drape Front Hacci Top // T Tahari Marla Wrap Coat

What are some of the items on your Fall wishlist? Leave me a comment below! 

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Relaunch of Cali Jae Designs

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Relaunch of Cali Jae Designs

I am so excited to announce the relaunch of Cali Jae Designs! It has been months in the making and I took some time to really figure out where I wanted to go with it and what I truly wanted to offer. I wanted to redesign the brand so that it inspires not only me but my ideal audience. I really wanted to make it feel like an online creative design studio where my lady bosses can find inspiration and take their brand to the next level!

I wanted the site to be simple yet stylish and sophisticated and easy to navigate. My idea was to tie in inspiration from Audrey Hepburn, Paris and the modern design I adore. I never forced myself to design it, I wanted the inspiration to hit and when that inspiration hits there's no stopping it and it came out more than what I had hoped for! 

Cali Jae Designs is a creative design studio helping my fellow dreampreneurs build the empire they have always dreamed of. My mission is to help passionistas to grow a beautiful brand that not only inspires but helps them attract their ideal audience. I help them get re inspired about their blogs + brands and get them motivated to become fabulous at what they do, my goal is to make them more confident and fierce with what they offer! Cali Jae Designs mixes beautiful branding, classic design and fierce strategies seamlessly as I believe those 3 aspects are the perfect formula for a successful brand. Everything I do I do it with all the passion and love and enjoy helping and supporting fellow boss babes reach for the stars!

50% OFF BRANDING ECOURSE UNTIL 9/9/16!

What do you think of the redesign? I would love to get your feedback!!

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Travel Diaries: Red Bank, NJ

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Travel Diaries: Red Bank, NJ

I am a wanderluster for sure. I love traveling to different places and finding blessings and inspiration in the littlest of things! 

My family and I took a little beach vacation to the Jersey Shore and there were so many happy memories that I wanted to share. 

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After a long day at the beach we decided to go to this amazing restaurant called Rooney's right on the beach! The food was amazing (their piña coladas are pretty good too) and after a crazy rain storm this beautiful full rainbow showed up over the ocean. Of course people swooned to the windows to get pictures, snapchats, and instas. This was the first time I actually saw a whole rainbow and could see where it touched on both sides (it's a sign of good luck so I'll take all I can get!) It was so beautiful and just put a smile on so many peoples faces not to mention a huge spur of inspiration and feeling of blessedness. 

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Typical Instagram photo of my piña and cheesecake because we have to document these things. 

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Momma's beautiful photo taking skills of me and my sister. Couldn't have had a more beautiful view! 

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A virgin for my sister, A strawberry daiquiri for myself and a coconut martini for Momma! 

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This photo collage puts the biggest smile on my face. My family is everything to me and to be able to look back at this memory always makes me so happy. I am blessed with such a beautiful, supportive and loving family and we always know to have fun. It all started with us girls trying to do selfies and then Dad started doing a full on photoshoot because we were failing at getting ourselves in frame. Hence all the photos of us laughing and posing and just having fun! 

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I love this photo I took from the indoor pool. Just trying to let my creative juices flow :) 

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Our beautiful beach day (it took a bit of waiting until people got out of my way but it was worth it haha!) 

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The two photos above were from The Robinson Ale House and I loved the decor and ambiance of the place. You all know how much of a sucker I am for interior design. If you happen to be in the Red Bank area, I highly recommend this place. Hands down the BEST burger I have ever had in my life AND it was gluten free! 

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Last but definitely not least, can we just appreciate this incredible chandelier? Beauty and the Beast status anyone? 

Where have you recently traveled to? Let me know in the comments below! 

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What's In My Makeup Bag

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What's In My Makeup Bag

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10 Positive Affirmations To Tell Yourself Every Morning

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10 Positive Affirmations To Tell Yourself Every Morning

Affirmations have quickly become a favorite of mine this year. It is a way to get into a positive mindset every morning and set the tone for your day. 

Here are some affirmations I tell myself every morning. 

I GIVE UP FREELY WHAT IS NO LONGER SERVING ME AND I RELEASE IT TO CREATE SPACE FOR WHAT INSPIRES ME

I WELCOME ABUNDANCE AND BLESSINGS

I AM CALM

I AM FULL OF ENERGY

WHATEVER I CAN DREAM I CAN ACHIEVE

I AM GRATEFUL

I AM LOVED

I AM BEAUTIFUL

I AM CONFIDENT

I AM STRONG

Leave a comment below with positive affirmations you tell yourself or want to start telling yourself! 

Spread positivity! xo

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My Favorite Editing Apps For Instagram

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My Favorite Editing Apps For Instagram

I love taking photos and putting them together in an aesthetic vibe. Hence why Instagram is my favorite app. Once I have taken a photo for Insta and feel that it is aesthetically pleasing for my feed I move on to the fun part, editing! 

VSCO // If you are an avid Instagrammer and don't have this app, what are you doing with your life? Go download it now. It has the best filters plus you can preview what your Instagram feed will look like which is great for those of us who have a theme! The editing features on this are also great, plus it's free!

Facetune // This is also a must have app for me and is well worth the $2.99. I use this app to whiten my backgrounds, give a little more detail to some things within a picture, and get rid of any crazy blemishes I may have. This has become a quick favorite because I feel like once I started using this to whiten my yellow backgrounds, my feed has been looking so much better!

Phonto // I use this app to watermark my photos because I have this predetermined vision in my mind that one of my photos will start circulating and then no one knows it's me. Is it just me? You can do so many things with the text in this app and can shape it to your liking. 

Nikon WMU // This isn't an editing app but I figured I would throw it in. This is how I get my pictures from my Nikon D500 DSLR to my phone to upload to Insta! This is a lifesaver and cuts out my computer as the middleman. 

Spark Post // I plan on using this on my Cali Jae Designs Instagram more but it is great to create quotes on photos and you can use them on any social media! I also like to use this to create wallpapers!

UNUM // This is my newest discovery and I am totally obsessed. This app is literally VSCO and Facetune combined AND it's free. It actually adds all of your existing Instagram photos to the ones you edit in the app so you can see how it looks as a whole which VSCO does not include. 

What is your favorite editing app? Let me know in the comments! 

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Ivy Park Topshop + Beyonce Collab Wishlist

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Ivy Park Topshop + Beyonce Collab Wishlist

Beyoncé + Topshop pretty much created a clothing line I have always dreamt of creating. Sporty yet casual and comfy. I love how this collab is focused on empowering women to stay strong, healthy and happy. I also adore how these clothes can be worn for athletics and casual wear. The pieces are fashion forward, high performance style and is made for the everyday woman. 

 

Shop my faves:

Leave me a comment down below and let me know your favorite piece from the collection! 

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Dreaming Of The Tropics + I'm Famous?!

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Dreaming Of The Tropics + I'm Famous?!

This was a Memorial Day weekend to remember! I got to spend amazing quality time with the family, shared great memories with friends and family, drank some good wine & clearly had an adventurous photoshoot with my sister. I loved how tropical feeling the lobby was and felt my outfit was perfect for the scenery! *dramatically stares into the distance dreaming of a tropical beach*

While using our hotel as a set for a photoshoot I got some odd stares, got to look at some nice eye candy and had people think I was famous. 

Four pictures up was the exact middle of the lobby which happened to be right in front of the clear glass elevators. While shooting, these girls in the elevator started viscously waving and freaking out so we waved back and smiled. After that, they just started freaking out again and covering their mouths. I was visible that they were saying "OMG OMG OMG." These are the exact words from my sister "OMG they think you're famous, you're Alexa Chung." It was so funny and warmed my heart that someone thought I was this famous person. I mean hey, I guess I'll just act the part ;) 

You also might think the first picture above is a bit out of place but it is here for good reason, don't worry. While shooting in that same location we had these two guys come up to us saying "OMG can you take a picture of me and my cousin?! Are we going to be on Youtube?! Because you can post it to YouTube." So now along with a famous blogger or model, I am also a famous Youtuber. So of course we shot the pic and though it is not on Youtube, I thought I would give them that fame they wanted here on my blog. If only we could have this go viral and somehow find them and then we end up on Ellen :'D 

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Coachella Vibes Outfit

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Coachella Vibes Outfit

This outfit was inspired by that Coachella feel for Summer. I have been obsessed with chokers and lace! 

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