My New Happy

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Being Kind - Even To Yourself

Happy Wednesday!  I'm in LA with my son on a little adventure, enjoying some sunshine while it snows back home.  

Do you like to try new trends when it comes to fashion, or do you stick with your tried and true outfits?  I tend to wear (and buy) the same things over and over again.  Being a part of Belong Lifestyle has helped me step outside my comfort zone.  For instance, I've never worn a body con dress before.  And I found that I really liked it!  There are so many ways to style a body con dress, and with this turtleneck poncho, it takes on more of a skirt look.

And these colorful jeans.  It's always been good old blue denim for me.  But I got so many compliments on this red pair, and they'll be perfect to see me through winter and as we transition to spring.

Red Jeans
Did you choose a "word of the year"?  I never have in the past, but as I kept seeing them in my social media feeds, the word "kindness" popped into my head.

The entire world has gone a little crazy right now, and it seems that we could all use some common kindness.

Kindness to our friends and family, kindness to strangers, and even a little kindness towards ourselves.  And it doesn't have to be a huge gesture.  Small acts of kindness are so easy to perform each day, and they can have a big impact on those around us.

I've always tried to be kind, but in 2020 I'm going to be more conscientious about kindness, and make it a part of every day.  

Have a great week, friends!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A Vision of Belong

Well, it's Wednesday and I'm actually here!  It feels like a win already.  My plan is to blog once a week, sharing a combo of fashion and whatever else is on my mind.  Thank you so much for reading my words.

Have I mentioned Belong Lifestyle a time or two?  If you missed my big announcement, you can read it here.  This month marks the one year anniversary of Deena and Abbie's big adventure, and I'm thankful every day that they asked me to come along.

Jacket, Dress, Booties

During January we're running Daily Deals every day, offering free shipping (even to the US), and sharing the celebration with all of our customers.  The IG photo challenge is off to a great start, and every week we draw a winner for a Belong Gift Card.  There's still time to participate...

2019 was a great year, and we're full of new ideas and ready to grow.  We have a big vision for this little business, and I hope you'll come join us.

Speaking of vision, have you ever made a vision board?  I did one last year on my own, and was surprised at how many of the things I included actually came to be.  My sister and I decided it would be fun to take a class and see what might happen by putting a little more thought into it. 

Plus there were snacks, which is always a bonus.

The instructor started by having us take 15 minutes to write down 50 goals we have for 2020.  They could be big, like travelling to Italy, or small, like making the bed everyday.  Coming up with 50 things was harder than I thought it would be.

Then she talked to us about manifesting, goal setting, and being specific about what we want.  Next we used our list to come up with the five MOST important things, and then tried to group the other goals under the main ones.

Finally, we spent the next hour creating our board, using our list and pictures, magazines, stickers and markers.  In the end, my vision board truly represents where I want to go and what I want to do this year.  We ended the evening with a 30 minute guided mediation, and I left feeling refreshed and ready to take on life.

It's always fun to spend time with my little sister, even if her vision board was prettier than mine.  Yes, I know it's not a competition.  Yes, sibling rivalry still exists, even when you're an adult.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  Hope you had a good holiday.  It's hard to believe that 2019 has come and gone - the second half of my life is speeding along at record pace (and yep, I'm assuming I'll live to 100 like Grandpa Ed).

As always, we had a year of ups and downs.  Conner bought a house, Thomas graduated from college, and George and I keep plugging along, trying to figure out this empty nest thing.  As soon as I feel like I have a handle on it, I realize that I actually don't.

It's also hard to believe that I haven't blogged in three months.  Busy days turned into busy weeks and here we are...again.  But I miss My New Happy, so I've been giving some thought to what I should do going forward.

I don't want to give up blogging completely.  I enjoy putting outfits together and sharing what's in my heart.  Just maybe not three days a week.

So for the foreseeable future, or until things change again, I plan to spend some time here once a week, posting on Wednesdays.  We'll see how it goes.  Thank you for continuing to follow me.  See you next week!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sweaters and Fall Fun

Happy Thursday, friends!  I survived last weekend's family reunion, although the house is still a mess and I need sleep.  Luckily, the next weekend is in sight!

One of my favorite things about fall style is the sweaters.  This year, it's all about chunky knits, pretty colors, and fun textures.  We couldn't pass up the trends at Belong Lifestyle, and brought in some beautiful, unique sweaters from the brand Woven Heart.

Black Denim
This Nicole Turtleneck is my favorite.  I love the color blocking, and it's so soft and warm.  It also comes in the Shaunacey, with a rust, cream and royal blue pattern.

The Alison Cardigan Coat is a close second.  It's a heavier weight Chenille woven, with the most beautiful colors.


And finally, the Lisa Cardi Coat.  I love the fuzzy weave and open jacket fit.

Denim, Booties

Don't forget the favorable exchange rate with Canada, which provides a sizeable discount to US customers.  On the Belong Lifestyle landing page, use the top drop down menu to switch to USD and it will show you current prices.  Also, shipping is a standard $5 for US and Canadian deliveries.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Romantic Florals and Cozy Vests

Happy Thursday, friends.  I'm running around today, getting ready to host thirty family members for a weekend celebration of life for Grandpa Ed.  

But before that craziness happens...I wanted to share two pieces that are dropping today over at Belong Lifestyle, because they're adorable, comfy, and perfect for fall.

First up is the Beautiful Beginnings Dress.  This is seriously the softest material I've ever worn, outside of pajamas.  I could definitely sleep in this!  At the same time, it's thick and a little structured, so it drapes perfectly.  It comes in a midi and maxi length, in Mauve, Olive, Teal, White, Wine and Navy.  The darker floral pattern is on trend for fall...and it has pockets!

Taupe Wedge Booties

I paired it with the Taupe Teddy Bear Vest.  As Abbie says, this cozy piece looks elegant, but feels like your favorite fuzzy blanket.  I can't believe how warm it is, and it has pockets!  Clearly I like pockets.  The vest can be dressed up or down.

Don't forget the favorable exchange rate with Canada, which provides a sizeable discount to US customers.  On the Belong Lifestyle landing page, use the top drop down menu to switch to USD and it will show you current prices.  Also, shipping is a standard $5 for US and Canadian deliveries.

Now back to prepping for the weekend.  Pray for me !

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Peach For Fall

Happy Thursday!  I'm off on a long weekend adventure with some of my favorite blogging friends.  I'll be sharing all the fun on Instagram if you want to see what we're up to!

I'm very happy to be working with Peach again, sharing some fall pieces from their Into The Wild Autumn Collection.  The rich colors and cozy fabrics are perfect as we transition to the new season.  First up is the Mara Moto Jacket in Khaki.  The stretch vegan suede is so comfy, and the classic motorcycle styling goes perfectly with both jeans or a pencil skirt.  These jeans are the Dark Blue for You Denim from Belong Lifestyle.  They're high waisted with a button fly , and oh so flattering.

I added this Tortoise Shell Necklace by Larissa Loden.  Her pieces are handcrafted in Minneapolis, and I love the mixture of tortoise with brass.

My favorite thing about Peach is their unique activewear.  These Instinct Leggings have a metallic leopard print and are made from eco-friendly, recycled poly.

The Bantu Tank skims the body and fits a little loose, which is exactly how I like it, and the criss-cross detail down the back is unexpected and fun.

I've been really happy with all of my pieces from Peach.  They are great quality, wash well, and are perfect for the gym, work, or play.

Have a great weekend!

The items in this post were provided to me from Peach in exchange for sharing their brand.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Evolution of Personal Style

Deena, Abbie and I were talking the other night about personal style, and how it evolves over time (did you know we have a Podcast?  Find it here by scrolling to the bottom of the page).

Which prompted me to pull out some old pictures and ponder my personal style...and maybe reminisce about my natural hair color.

Things started out pretty well.  This would be the late 70's, and I was trendy in my flare jeans and graphic t-shirt.  Then the 80's hit, and we all know what happened then.

Baggy polo shirt, baggy shorts, baggy everything.  Socks with loafers.  But that was the style, and I was rocking it.  Unfortunately, I didn't get the memo that oversize wasn't better, and as the trends moved on, I did not.

I don't even know what's happening here.  Oversize sweatshirt, huge sweatpants.  And this is how I dressed for the next decade, always trying to hide my body behind the biggest clothes I could get away with.

I remember looking at this picture in the early 2000's and realizing that I had completely lost my personal style.  I literally looked like I was wearing a potato sack.  Somewhere between motherhood and busyness, I had given up.

So I decided to start paying more attention to me.  There wasn't a lot of time to exercise, and even though I needed to lose a few pounds, I wanted to look pretty right where I was in that moment.

By buying clothes that fit my current body, and incorporating my love for color and pattern again, I slowly started to feel better about myself.  Getting dressed in things I enjoyed made me happy.  Which also made me a better mom, wife, and friend.

Since then I've mostly kept that philosophy in mind when dressing for my personal style.  Put on something every day that makes you feel pretty, no matter your weight, or your age, or your mood.  You deserve it.  Know that you are beautiful, right where you are, right now. 

How has your personal style evolved?
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