Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Living Life

Well it's been awhile since I've done a blog post!  I've had so many changes in my life since my last post and just living life to the fullest.  I thought I would check in and give you all an update (if anyone is still around to read this) and a couple outfit pictures.

Taking a blog hiatus has been so good for me, good for my soul and good for my family. 
In late February and early March I started to notice that I was thirsty all the time and started losing a lot of weight.  As time went on I was just feeling horrible and knew something was wrong.  I scheduled an appointment with my doctor and she ordered blood work.  On April 16 my life completely changed when I found out I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Basically my pancreas just pooped out and stopped producing insulin.  Talk about a surprise!
It was definitely overwhelming at first with all the information thrown at me, but my stubborn attitude and strong will made me pull up my big girl britches and grab the bull by the horns and start living my life again. Once I accepted the fact that it was nothing that I did wrong and there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, I went to diabetic education classes to learn how to count carbs and refine my diet, how to calculate how much insulin to take and how to treat low and high blood sugars.  Once I got all the figured out, I scheduled to get my insulin pump training. I can't say it's been an easy ride because I have had my bad days, but I am thankful that diabetes is something that can be managed and I can live my life, just a little different than before. 

In addition to my diabetes diagnosis, we've been on two family vacations this summer, I had to say goodbye to my grandmother when she passed away in May, celebrated my best friends successful bone marrow transplant, and been spending lots of time with my family and just enjoying life.

I can't say I will be posting to the blog on a regular basis, but I do plan on doing some here and there.  I miss blogging and I miss seeing all of you!  There are some ideas I've been throwing around in my head for some upcoming posts, so maybe I will be back sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, you can always find me posting my outfits and other adventures over on Instagram (@stylejourney1).
Thanks for reading along and I commend you if you made it all the way through this post!  Until next time...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Burned Out

This is a weird post for me to write, but here it goes.  Kayla and I started this blog almost 3 years ago as a way to spend time together and to share our love of fashion.  We had so much fun with picture taking sessions, blooper photos and finding out what worked for us and how to work our wardrobes.

Since Kayla graduated high school and started a new venture into adulthood, I have continued on with the blog.  This blog has been such an amazing outlet for me to discover my style and what works for me.  That has been accomplished, I feel like I know what I like and what I don't like.  I have met some amazing, stylish, fabulous people through blogging.  What started out as a forum for me and Kayla to post outfits turned into something much more than that.

This blog has been a source for me to have "me" time and to go into a place that I could just forget about the real world for awhile.  It's let me enjoy a hobby that I never thought I would do in a million years by posting pictures of my outfits and people actually reading the posts.

With that being said...I am burned out.  Well, what does that mean?  I don't know really.  My life is so busy and I haven't been able to really commit as much time to the blog as I have been able to in the past.  When blogging becomes more of a hassle and it's not fun anymore, it's time for a break. 

I plan on taking an extended break for awhile.  I want to focus on other things like my family, my house, not worry about outfit photos and writing a post, and just be.

So I don't know if this is a farewell to the blog, but I just wanted to let all of you know who read regularly.  You have all been so amazing through these last couple of years I didn't want to leave  you hanging.

You can still find me on Instagram (@stylejourney1), on Pinterest (because I am way addicted) and also you can always email me to say hello! 

For those of you interested in doing another Pinterest Challenge, there will be another one coming up in April.  If you would like a copy of the calendar please email me and I will send it your way.  I will still swing by your blogs to check all of you out when time allows too.

Until next time...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Bouqs Company Review: Confetti Bouquet

I am excited to be once again doing a review for The Bouqs.  I did a review here and was pleased with my order and flowers lasted for two weeks!  This time I went with the Confetti bouquet for a dash of color and to celebrate spring!

The flowers arrived in a timely manner and just like the lilies from my last order, the roses arrived delicately packaged and fresh.  The roses came in so many pretty colors and they smell so good.  My living room smells like a rose garden!

For the price of $40 with free shipping it's a great price and so easy to do!  Just head on over to The Bouqs and see what I'm talking about.  The hardest thing is choosing which bouquet to select!
**This is a sponsored post and I was provided the flowers for review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Green Week Day 5: Green, Tan and Black

What a fun week it's been seeing all of you link up your green outfits!  Thank you to Andi for hosting and to Ashley for co-hosting with me!
Today's outfit is another pinspired post and I ended up really liking the way this outfit turned out.  Here is the inspiration:

 This outfit inspiration forced me to pull out two items that haven't been worn forever.  This green cardigan and tan trousers. 
Cardigan (The Limited), Pants (Kohl's), Tee (Old Navy), Heels (Missoni for Target, thrifted new with tags), Necklace (Forever 21)
This necklace was borrowed from Kayla.  It was the perfect accessory to tie the outfit together

And to leave you with a giggle to kick off the weekend, another blooper photo to end the week.  Kayla always tries to catch me doing crazy stuff.  I think she accomplished it this time!  Being stuck in boots all winter, I have to retrain myself on how to walk in high heels, ha ha!

Linking up with: Charming Lucy and Simple Sequins

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Green Week Day 4: Green and Hot Pink and Pinned It and Did It

I figured out how to create two link ups, so if you have a Pinned It and Did It, please link up!  Also, if you are still rocking your green, please link up your green outfits too!
The inspiration photo
Source (Karla Reed, Instagram)
My take on the photo.  Too bad I got the photo late in the day when my hair was ruffled and make up was worn off.  Either way, I loved this inspiration photo challenge!
Denim Jacket (Thrifted, Forever 21), Green Top and Hot Pink Pants (Kohl's), Button Up Shirt (New York & Co.), Shoes (Famous Footwear)

Sparkly shoes!!!!

The bright colors just scream spring, which by the way, Happy First Day of Spring!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Green Week Day 3 and Some Bloopers

I wanted to announce that due to Green Week, the weekly Pinned It and Did It link will be delayed until next week.  Since I am technologically challenged, I have no idea how to run two link ups at the same time, ha ha!
In addition to Green Week, I am still participating in the Pinterest Challenge (you can find the calendar on the Pinterest board called #IGPinnedItDidIt).  This challenge has made me definitely step out of the box a bit and rediscover some items in my wardrobe that I forgot about!  Here is the inspiration photo:

Here is my spin on the inspiration photo:

Cardigan (Target), Green Top (JCPenney), Cropped Pants (New York & Co), Shoes (DSW, recent)

Some rare outfit details

Necklace (Groopdealz)

Jessica Simpson D'Orsay flats (DSW)

And of course, no post is complete without some blooper photos that Kayla took of me!

Seriously? What am I doing here?

In my defense it was super windy!
Linking up with:
Get Your Pretty On
The Pleated Poppy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Green Week: Green with a Dash of Leopard

I was so excited to see all of you fabulous ladies link up yesterday to kick off Green Week! This green skirt has been such a versatile and remixable piece in my wardrobe.  Add a dash of leopard and I am a happy lady!
 Be sure to head on over to our host Andi and co-host Ashley to see how they are rocking their green looks too!