Friday, September 30, 2016

Transition Your Summer Wardrobe to the Autumnal Season

A few years back, I firmly believed that one must have distinct clothes for each of the four seasons and that wearing one season's clothes during the next season was against the rules. I now really wonder, where the heck did I get this "rule" from and what in the world I was thinking? As a young adult who now understands the value of money, I quickly realized that this was the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard and that it is so incredibly important to have pieces in your wardrobe that can be transitioned into the changing seasons.

In today's post, I want to share with you guys different pieces of clothing that can be styled from the summer to autumn season and how you can make the most of your wardrobe.

Depending on where you live, the months of September and October can still bring some warmer temperatures. That being said, I still think you can get away with wearing shorts in the early autumn season. Here, I am wearing these super comfortable (yet classy!) silky shorts that I got quite a while ago from T.J. Maxx. I love the pleating on these shorts and the clever belt that you can tie into a bow. (Here are a similar pair I found for a great price!) Worst case scenario, you can always pop a pair of tights underneath to keep warm while still getting more use out of your summer shorts.
I am a massive fan of cropped sweaters and I'm not exactly sure why I am so obsessed with them. Nevertheless, if you've got yourself a quite thin cropped sweater, you can totally transition it into the autumn season. Throw over top a leather jacket or thin cardigan and you've got yourself a perfect autumnal outfit while getting the most out of your summer wardrobe. (Link to a similar cropped sweater to mine can be found here.)
Who says you can't wear dresses even once the temperature drops? To style dress in the autumn, here are my top tips:
1.Tights- Like I mentioned before about pairing tights underneath shorts, this is also a great idea when trying to make the most of those cute summer dresses hanging in your closet.
2. Knee High Boots-Pairing knee high boots with a dress provides more skin coverage to shield you from the cooler temperatures. (Plus, wearing tall boots with a shorter dress creates the illusion of longer legs!)
Though I haven't styled a summer dress for the autumn season in this post, I can definitely do that if you guys want me to (leave a comment below or tweet me @gabbyautumnx).
Hope you enjoyed this type of how-to post rather than me just rambling about stuff! How do you transition your summer wardrobe to the autumnal season?
Thanks for reading!
Much love,
Gabriella xx
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Why You Need to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

In today's post, I really wanted to talk about a topic that I feel is extremely important in today's world with social media.  This topic is something that I have (and still do) struggle with and that I am sure a lot of you reading this struggle with, too. And that is comparison. Now, I think a little bit of comparison in certain situations is totally harmless. For example, comparing your favorite films and television shows with your best friend is obviously completely normal. However, when we start comparing things like our bodies, our choices, and our lives to others (especially those on social media), things can start taking a turn for the worse.
When we compare ourselves to other people, it is basically the same thing as comparing an apple to a zucchini. This is because an apple is a fruit and a zucchini is a vegetable (in case you didn't know this already...jokes!). But what I mean by this is that comparing an apple to a zucchini is meaningless because they are so extremely different. And the same goes for you and the popular girl at school or the girl with hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers.
That girl you follow on Instagram with her seemingly perfect body, hair, makeup, boyfriend and life is only showing you a snapshot of time. That picture took literally half a second to take and does not fully reflect her life or daily situation. She most likely doesn't walk around with her makeup and hair done to perfection and her and her boyfriend have probably had as many arguments in the past year as you do fingers on your hand.  And that girl showing off her washboard abs does not walk around with those all 24 hours of the day. She is most definitely flexing in the best lighting possible to make her abs look like that.
My point here is that when you begin to compare yourself with the people you see on social media or really anywhere, you begin to feel more crap about yourself.  You start to believe that just because you don't have a bangin' body or perfect eyebrows that you are any less of a person. You start to believe that because they look like what society deems "perfect" (newsflash, this does not exist!) and you don't that people will care about you less and love you less.
But I promise you that they won't. And do you want to know why? Because you are not her (or him). You are you. You were not put on this Earth to look and act like someone you are not. You were not put on this Earth for the sole reason to have a perfect body, makeup, and life. The next time you scroll through your Instagram feed, tap through Snapchat Stories, or watch YouTube videos and you come across someone you wish you looked like, I want you to stop yourself. Instead of comparing yourself to that person and wishing that you could look or be like them, I want you to look in the mirror and name ten things you love about yourself or your life. Instead of comparing, contrast. Say, "While she has a nice body, I have a pretty damn good sense of humor." Or, "While she has a really hot Instagram boyfriend, I have an amazing group of supportive friends." Do you see the difference? Rather than putting yourself down because of your differences, make an effort to appreciate the differences. Stop putting yourself down. Stop critiquing every little minuscule imperfection. No one is perfect, no matter how much they make it seem. Perfect is boring. Be quirky.  Be weird. Be yourself. And for goodness sake, love yourself no matter what you look like.  
Thanks for reading and I hope this post inspired you to start loving yourself for who you truly are.
Much love,
Gabriella xx

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Making a Comeback

Hmm...where do I start? Well, first I think I should clear the air by saying that I am back to blogging baby. For good. Pinky promise. I know that I said this in my last blog post (about 2 months ago...yikes!) and I really don't have a valid excuse. Besides the fact that my life plans have changed in that I have decided that college is on the horizon and how I am still struggling with the whole weight and insecurity issues, these things should not have thrown my passion, blogging, to the curb. 
During the months of my time off, blogging was always in the back of my mind. Whenever I scrolled through my Instagram feed, a feeling of guilt and sadness flooded my body because seeing pictures of other bloggers made me feel like I was missing out. Here were my fellow bloggers doing what they loved most and I wasn't. Something that made me so happy and full of life was put on a long hold all because of some roadblocks in the way.
The silver lining? I realized during my time away that blogging is something I truly, truly love doing. I love photography and I love writing. My blog is a place, my place, where I can express myself and be creative. The feeling I get when publishing a new blog post is the same feeling my dad gets when his favorite football team wins a game. Just pure, utter happiness.
But that's enough of the sappy talk for now. Onto other news, can you guys believe that 2016 is nearly over already? I don't know about you, but I am overwhelmingly excited for the fall/autumn season to come. Cozy sweaters and sweatshirts, boots, changing leaves, and fall sports are what I love most about this time of year. Of course, I can't forget about the fact that it means Halloween and Christmas are coming soon! But seriously, where does time go? All I can say is that I hope 2017 brings more laughter, happiness, and memories (because you can never have too much of that).
Now that I am back for good, I want to know what type of posts you want to see from me! Do you want more beauty, fitness, advice, or random, chatty types of posts? Let me know in the comments! Oh, I'm also looking into purchasing a new camera...preferably the oh-so-famous Olympus Pen E-PL7. If you have any input or opinions on the camera, be sure to let me know as well!
It truly feels so amazing to be writing again and I can't wait to continue on. Be sure to leave your links below to your blogs and Instagram's so I can give you a follow and stalk your blog :) Thanks for reading!
Much love,
Gabriella xx
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