Sweet Tea & Cowgirl Boots

Durango Crush BootsSweet Tea in a Mason Jar

Fancy Durango Boots

Target leggings that are versatile for all.

Knox Rose Sheer Top

UCMerced Bike Path

Mother's sweet tea is the best!

Love my Crush Boots

| Boots: c/o Durango | Shirt: Target | Leggings: Target |

You all know how much I love cowgirl boots. That is one of the reasons I love getting to partner with Durango. They have some of the most beautiful boots that are beyond comfortable. Growing up in the Central Valley I have worn my fair share of boots and always love getting to wear my Durango’s. During the summer months I normally would pair my boots with a dress or jeans. However the day I shot these photos, there was a breeze so leggings seemed to be appropriate. I honestly love the look it gave this whole outfit.

I have had the shirt in today’s post for a while now. You may have remembered the maroon one from this post. Well I liked that shirt so much, I bought it in this color too. It is flowy and yet so flattering at the same time. I am a huge fan of Knox Rose from Target. That line has a variety of country approved clothing. Whether it’s a fringe cover up or a lose fitting blouse, it is so stylish and affordable. I knew this top would be the perfect addition to a pair of cowgirl boots. I wanted to show off my boots, so I threw on my favorite black leggings. This outfit was so easy to put together. It looks great and is so classy. Now we can’t have a country outfit without a glass of my moms sweet tea. Side note: I’m absolutely addicted to her sweet tea. I have had to cut back on it because it isn’t the healthiest, but man it is good. I grew up on it. My mom poured me a glass in one of her mason jars and we were set to go shoot some pictures.

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday! God bless!

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Sitting in a Cafe

Village Baking Company Modesto

So you’ll notice that the image above isn’t retouched, the lighting isn’t bright and it’s not arranged how I normally would have if I were posting it on Instagram. Well, this is a real life post and that requires a real life photo of my lunch while sitting in a cafe.

Have you ever sat in a cafe and listened to the conversations around you? Now I don’t mean this in a creepy way, that isn’t my intention or the purpose of this post. However, every now and then I love to just sit in a cafe, by myself, completely removed from technology and just be still. While in the pursuit of peace and quiet, I always tend to over hear conversations around me. Some of them are light hearted, girlfriends catching up, talking about their kids. Some are more burdening on the heart, a friend opening up to her other friend about how hard her divorce has been. No matter the place, time of day or type of cuisine, I always hear some pretty interesting conversations. Sitting in a cafe can be very eye opening and humbling.

Why is Michelle writing a blog post all about other people’s business? I’m not, the purpose of this post is to help you stop and realize just how much people are truly dealing with. We get so caught up in our Instagram feed, our Facebook friends and we forget about those people who are sitting in front of us and around us. I am a firm believer that there is always someone out there less fortunate or in a tougher situation than you. In the moment I forget that things could always be worse. Then I walk into a cafe to spend time with my own thoughts and sure enough, I hear someone talking about something that would absolutely break me if I was having to deal with it.

I always love how God knows exactly what I need to hear, or overhear. These last two weeks have been brutal to say the least. I guess my vacation to the East coast was the first real vacation I took where I had a ton of responsibilities to come home to. I guess it was my first “adult,” vacation. I have been in a zone, no lie. I haven’t been as patient, as graceful and as kind as I normally am. Although subconsciously I know i’m not being the person I want to be, it is ridiculously hard to pull yourself out of it. When you are in the midst of the grind, you tend to only focus on that.

Let’s be honest, in today’s generation we are all out for ourselves. When you think about it, that makes the world a pretty cold place. Imagine if we all just took 5 minutes out of our day to listen to others. To respond kindly when someone asks for help. To be graceful when faced with adversity. To be patient when we are running 100mph and “don’t have time to be.” What a world it would be if we all just took a few minutes out of our day to be humble and kind. That is a world I would love to live in. Anyone else feeling this way? Catch yourself before you wreck yourself! :)

I hope you all have a wonderful day and remember to start small, maybe today it is 5 minutes, maybe tomorrow it is 10. Take the time to notice people in real life and not just the ones filling up your timeline on Facebook.

God bless!

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The Breakers

Rhode Island

The Breakers in Rhode Island

Yellow Flowers Rhode Island

Mansion Pillars

Rhode Island Freezing Cold

| Boots: Christina’s Fine Clothing (similar here) | Jeans: MissMe (similar here) | Jacket: Michael Kors (similar here) | Scarf: Helen & Louise (similar here) | Shirt: Target (similar here) | Purse: Tory Burch |

Like I mentioned in my last post, getting caught up from vacation has been less than easy. I never realize how many projects I am involved in, until I take off work and don’t do any of them. I am happy to be back and already gearing up for another trip coming very soon. While on the East coast, we made it a point to visit as many states as we could. When you’re from California you have to maximize your time. That being said, throughout the vacation we visited 6 states! Can you believe that?? I’ve always wanted to visit Rhode Island and finally I was able to. While we were there we went to Newport to visit the Breakers.

If you aren’t sure what the Breakers are, they are a group of mansions that sit directly on the Atlantic Ocean. They are huge, gorgeous and truly impressive. What I didn’t know is that a college sits right in the neighborhood and used a lot of these mansions as meeting halls. It was truly remarkable to see the Vanderbilt mansion among so many others. Also, it was FREEZING. So if I look incredibly cold, I was. I decided to take the casual approach since I was on vacation and all. I paired my favorite skinny jeans with some knee high boots and a very warm coat. I added an orange scarf and was really glad I did. When we started walking around the mansions I was completely numb. Thank goodness for scarves. So glad I was able to see so many beautiful places.

I hope you all have a great day! God bless!Cursive Signature