8 Hour Days Call For T-Shirt Dresses, Adidas, and Cute Leather Backpacks

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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//Dress (Similar) // Shoes// Backpack // Triangle Bangle (Similar) // Watch //

//Cuff (Similar) // Necklace// Lipstick (Vivid Violet)//

Hey guys! I hope you’ve had an awesome week. It sure has been crazy getting back in the swing of things, but it feels good to be busy again. I’ve been super excited about debuting my “school style” and this is one of my favorite go to comfy-cute looks! First things first. The T-Shirt dress. Guys, seriously this is one of the best investments I’ve made so far this Fall. It’s seriously like wearing a big comfy T-Shirt around all day. I snagged this one and the exact same one in grey from the H&M in Paris, and I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve worn them since. You guys may recognize this backpack from the “Holiday Gift Guide for your Favorite Girl” that I posted December of last year. I couldn’t get over how much I loved it so I decided to go ahead and get one for school this year. (My old L.L. Bean bag was a little out of style and extremely torn up because I had it since high school) But so  far this backpack has worked really well, although I don’t think my 14 by 17 inch sketch pad will fit…or in any other bag for that matter…It’s HUGE! Next up, my favorite part, the Adidas Superstars! Ladies these shoes are so cool. I wasn’t sure how they would fit at first, but they are seriously super comfy and supportive for those of you that have to walk miles around a college campus like I do! My favorite thing about them is that they have a bit of a heel on them. Not one that makes it difficult to walk, but just enough to boost a short girl up a little higher! I accessorized this look with some of my latest Rocksbox favorites, along with some other gold pieces, and a black wool hat that I got from Impressions Boutique!

So lately, with my schedule getting so busy I’ve been working really hard to find balance in my life. You know how they say in college you have a choice of either doing well in school and having a social life, but not getting any sleep, or sleeping and doing well in school, but not having a social life, you get the gist…well its true! With the pace that my life is starting to move, it can be really hard to balance my time. One thing I’ve learned lately is that you can’t make everyone happy, and frankly that isn’t your job. Your job is to be the best you that you can be and create your own happy healthy life, the rest will come with it. My mom has always said, “The people that mind don’t matter, and the people that matter don’t mind.” If you waste time trying to please everyone, you will find that it is impossible to find time for yourself, your needs, and goals.

Another thing I’ve tried to let go of lately is controlling everything. Yes, I am a control freak. I’ve realized lately that it is impossible to control anything or anyone other than yourself and your own success. You can only control situations to a certain degree, so don’t waste your time trying to micromanage everything to perfection because people are going to make their own choices, good or bad, and things never end up how you plan…and it’s usually for the best! Focus on yourself and achieving your own goals, and the opportunities and people that compliment your life will come with it.

Well that’s all I have for today guys! It’s been one of those 9-5 days, and I’m freaking exhausted! Thanks for checking out my site, I hope you have an awesome day. If you have any comments or questions you can leave a comment below or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com. Thanks again for stopping by, stay delightful!

XOXO,

Kelly

Hut One…Hut Two! It’s Football Season at Darci & Co.

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

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//San Francisco Little Black Dress// Appalachian Autumn Dress// Be Appy Dress//Sadie Hat//
//Football Fashionista Dress//Autumn Lilac Dress//JH Elle Accessories Multi Strand Necklace//
Hey guys! I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend! As football season approaches, Darci and Co. is ready to release their super trendy Fall 2015 Collection themed with some of the most adorable black and gold pieces you’ve ever seen. I’m pretty much obsessed with every piece in this collection, not only because of the comfort and class that Darci and Co. never fails to provide, but because of the unique style that compliments every single one of these looks.
Not only is the style of this small town boutique unlike any other, but the positive energy that fills the store can speak for itself as soon as you walk in the door. I had the chance to speak with Darcey Johnson, owner, briefly the other day when I was preparing for the blog post. She told me a story about a customer that had come in earlier that day searching for a dress because she thought she was going to get engaged that weekend and wanted the perfect ensemble. Darcey’s eyes lit up as she explained that her favorite part about this business was being able to help people create the perfect memories with the perfect outfit. That’s when I knew that this lovely family wasn’t at all in this business for the sales. Darcey and Jessica strive to meet their customers expectations to the fullest, and their main goal is to make every girl feel confident and beautiful for a special night, or just any day in general!
On that note, I am also extremely excited to announce that JH Elle Accessories has come out with a ton of new stuff that is so incredibly adorable. Seriously guys, I just want it all. I have been so proud and amazed by my friend Jessica. It has been so inspiring to watch her creativity blossom since she just recently started her collection. You can find a few of her pieces online, and many more in store! So, all of you Boone ladies head over to Darci and Co. ASAP because the game day pieces are going fast! If you don’t live near Boone you can always order online, links are posted above. Thanks for stopping by my site, if you have any comments or questions you can comment below or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com! Thanks again guys, stay delightful!
XOXO,
Kelly

Buh-bye First Day Jitters, Hello Cropped Boyfriend Jeans, Fringe Boots, & Rocksbox Originals

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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//Tank (Similar)// Tank (Similar)// Jeans (Similar) // Boots (Similar)// Bag // Watch// Bracelet //
//Necklace (Similar) // Necklace (Similar) //Lipstick (Saint Germain)//
Hey guys! I know a lot of you are getting back to your normal routine like I am, and I hope that’s going great for you! I had my first day of my junior year of college today. I can’t believe how fast it’s flown by, and oh boy, I’m not quite feeling like I’m ready to “adult” yet. I’m getting into some pretty serious marketing classes this semester, along with some apparel classes that require a lot of time and hard work, so I’m stressed to say the least. I know it will all be okay though, if you don’t venture out of the pond you’re in, you will never see the ocean!

As you guys know I’m a little obsessed with the distressed look this season. Something I’ve been seeing more and more are loose fitting, or “boyfriend” jeans cuffed at the bottom either with a pair of boots, heels, or high top sneakers. I wanted to try out this look for the first day of classes, and I decided to style it with my favorite taupe fringe booties from Forever 21. I topped this look off with an older cami I got from American Eagle, and one of my favorite new pieces by Perry Street, which unfortunately is only available with Rocksbox but I will post a similar option. I completed this look with some Fossil and Loren Hope arm candy and my Gigi New York Taylor Tote.

So lately I’ve been experimenting with something. I know a lot of people have probably heard of “resting bitch face”- defined by Urban Dictionary as: a person, usually a girl, who naturally looks mean when her face is expressionless, without meaning to. Unfortunately many people nowadays suffer from this, and since first impressions are so important in college, or really anywhere for that matter, people can immediately take you for being judgmental, rude, or stand-offish just because of your expression. So lately, I’ve been trying to concentrate on not letting my “resting bitch face” get the best of me. I’ve been working on smiling at everyone, whether they look happy, upset, overwhelmed, or if they are one of my fellow “resting bitch face” allies. 
Since I started this little experiment, its been really amazing to see how people react. At first most people look a little startled and surprised, but in a split second a sense of relaxation takes over and they simply smile back. I know when I’m stressed and someone smiles at me that positive energy can immediately give me a boost and relax me in any situation or environment. Believe it or not, sometimes it’s hard for me to be outgoing. I scored exactly 50-50 extrovert versus introvert on the Meyers Briggs Personality Test, so I’m the type of person that’s outgoing when I’m approached, but I tend to get a little nervous or shy when approaching others first. BUT… good news guys, it’s NEVER too late to go out of your comfort zone. If you’re like me, and tend to be a little shy at first, realize that most people, especially girls, feel the same way. No one is out to get you or immediately doesn’t like you, but “resting bitch face” can definitely make someone seem uninviting at first, so a simple little smile is never a bad idea!

So if you’re a little shy like me, I challenge you to go out of your comfort zone and smile at someone that you want to be friends with. Another great way to start a conversation….COMPLIMENTS! I can’t think of a reason why someone wouldn’t want to be friends with another person who immediately lifts them up. So, a simple, “I like your make up!”, or “Nice outfit!” could start a friendship. Give it a shot, I promise that if you try this out, you will start to notice that people will attract to you like a magnet. You know I’m one for clothes and make up, and I really do believe that a great outfit can boost a girl’s confidence. But there is one thing that I also know is true, and that is that people won’t always remember how you look or what make up or jewelry you wore that day, BUT they will remember how you made them feel.

Thank you guys so much for checking out my site I hope you have an awesome day and week! If you have any comments or questions please comment below or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com! Thanks again guys, stay delightful!

XOXO,
Kelly

Delightfully Distressed

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

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// Jeans (Similar)//Jeans (Similar) //Black V-neck (similar)//Black Crop Tee Option//

//Hat (Similar)//Hat(Similar)// Heels//Alex and Ani Bracelet// MantraBand Bracelet//

//Watch// Lipstick (Saint Germain)//

Well hello there friends! I hope you’ve had a great week. I’m one of those people that sometimes gets these sudden urges to be creative and make something my own. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s okay! I’m loving distressed jeans this season, so I decided to take an old pair of Abercrombie and Fitch jeans and make some. They didn’t turn out exactly how I pictured them, but if I choose to make more I will slow down and correct some of my “first timer” mistakes. So before I started to make these I looked up a couple of tutorials, but eventually came up with my own method.

Okay–so don’t think I’m weird and cat obsessed, although there is a good chance I am hehe, but I used a cat brush I had never used on my cats to distress these! First, I cut medium-sized hole horizontally, then I pulled the threads from the side out. After gently plucking the strings out, wa-lah! I had my distressed jeans. With projects like these, I don’t really think there is a particular method that works better than another. Distressed jeans are supposed to look messed up and worn, and my favorite thing about them is that they are all different and have their own type of “personality” so to speak. I dressed my little project up with a pair of black heels, and a light cognac wool hat that I got from H&M in Paris. I then tied up an old braided V-neck from American Eagle to make it a crop. I topped it off with some gold jewelry to accent the look, along with my all time favorite pink lipstick, “Saint Germain” by MAC.

So last night I found myself bored zoning into my Instagram feed. I know most girls- and maybe some guys understand this feeling. You find yourself on one profile, which leads to the next, and the next, and the next, and suddenly it’s 45 minutes later and your wondering why you don’t have washboard abs and thousands of followers. As a blogger, this hits me at times and gets me discouraged, but I then realize I shouldn’t make someone else’s success my failure. Just because some random person has a ton of followers or likes on Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media doesn’t make me any less of a person. Society has made this image of a perfect Instagram feed equivalent to a perfect reality all too common, and while I believe Instagram is a fun way to express/market yourself or your business, I don’t think it is a good way to gauge who someone actually is on the inside at all. You don’t actually know someone until you meet them, and even then it takes days, months, and even years to actually get to know someone. All in all, Instagram likes and followers are completely irrelevant to living a happy, healthy life, and these days I find so many people, including myself at times, basing how they feel about themselves off of how many likes and followers they have. By no means am I hating on Instagram, I freaking love Instagram. But I don’t think anyone should EVER let social media, likes on a picture, or a certain amount of followers make them feel any less about themselves.

I’m not going to lie, after my little “Instagram excursion” I went to bed last night feeling a little down and out about the blog. It’s something I’m extremely passionate about, put hours of work into, and eventually want to carry out as my career. It’s also an extremely competitive field, and Instagram can be a big slap in the face at times. I woke up this morning with a refreshed mind and realized that the longer I make myself the victim the longer I will stay the victim. I realized that if I keep positive thoughts in my mind and my main goal in close reach, my time will eventually come. Just because my jeans are distressed doesn’t mean I should be haha! There will always be someone stronger, smarter, or more rich or attractive than you, but it doesn’t mean they are better or worth more than you. If you can relax and realize that you are you, and you’re beautiful and extraordinary because you’re different than anyone else in the world, you will become invincible.

No one is perfect. Not a single person on this planet. What happened to being perfectly imperfect? What I have learned to do is appreciate myself for my flaws and realize that they make me who I am, and without them I wouldn’t be me. Once you learn to accept this, and not just accept, but appreciate yourself and your life for the moment you’re living in, things will start to flow in a very positive direction. One thing I do know is that if I let negative thoughts go and positive thoughts overflow (I’m a poet and I know it haha) I will be able to live a positive, healthy, and happy life. Like I’ve said before, I know you have to feel good on the inside to feel good on the outside. While this is something that takes hard work, and I still battle it every day, I want to share my thoughts on my positive changes with you all so maybe you can start to experience some similar ones in your own lives.

I know that posts describing my outfits and makeup and all of that girly stuff constantly, aren’t always going to catch everyone’s attention and keep it. While I obviously love to talk about that kind of stuff, I also want to be able to relate to you all on a real level because I am a real person with real problems, insecurities, sad times, happy times, you name it! I try to find inspiration in my normal everyday life instead of trying to paint picture of a perfect life that honestly doesn’t exist for anyone. I want Delightfully Du Jour to become a safe place for advice and inspiration instead of putting off the idea that I have a picture perfect life, further giving my readers the idea that they need to make their own seem that way. I want to give my version of a healthy lifestyle and to inform you guys on how I try to feel confident and how I overcome times when I’m feeling insecure. So by naming this post “Delightfully Distressed” I want to let you guys know that at times I am distressed, I feel insecure, discouraged, and down sometimes. But thats okay, because you can choose to change those thoughts, appreciate whatever “distress” that may be attacking your mind, and transform it into something positive. It’s all about the way you think!

Thank you guys so much for checking out my page! If you have any comments or questions email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com or comment below! Thanks again guys and stay delightful!

XOXO,

Kelly

Darci and Co. Summer Favorites Introducing JH Elle Accessories

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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//LA Dress (Black)//Black Sandals//Jenny Dress (Floral)//
//Not Your Everyday Navy Dress//Nude Sandals//Alex & Ani Bracelet// 
//Watch//Gold Pumps//Follow Your Heart Bracelet (MantraBand)//

Hey guys! Hope you’ve had an awesome past couple of days. I’m excited to announce that my good friend Jessica Hapney, co-owner of Darci and Co. has released her own jewelry collection, JH Elle Accessories! Her work is amazing guys, when I first saw her wearing the tassel earrings I was like, “WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE!?” she then told me that she made them and I immediately knew that they were going to take off. Jessica is extremely talented, and puts so much time in effort into creating each and every accessory to perfection. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with an awesome buy like this! Earlier this week, I had the chance to talk with Jessica and get her thoughts on her growing business and what is up and coming for Darci & Co.

“I am so very excited to announce the brand release of J.H. Elle Designs! The concept of this brand is bringing fun, on trend pieces to enhance your personal style and put the finishing touches on any outfit, because it is truly all in the little things! Currently, the line will consist of the accessory collection of original designs that include tassel bracelets, earrings & multi-strand necklaces. Looking further into the upcoming fall season, the first of the apparel line will include on trend and cozy outerwear. The collection of accessories and upcoming outerwear will be available in Darci & Co. Boutique, darcicoboutique.com and on J.H. Elle Designs official Etsy page coming soon!”

-Jessica Hapney

Not only am I excited and extremely honored to be representing such beautiful accessories, but I’m also so thankful to be able to work with and learn from such a talented entrepreneur such as Jessica. You can get JH Elle Accessories in store and soon you will be able to purchase them on the upcoming Etsy page! As for all of the other beautiful items above, you can purchase those online at www.darcicoboutique.com or in store! Thank you guys so much for visiting my page, I hope you have an awesome week! If you have any comments or questions, comment below or email me at delightfullydujour@gmail.com.

XOXO,

Kelly


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