Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Workwear Wednesday: A Power Dress

Nothing gives me more confidence in the office than a powerful outfit.
I talked about my workwear uniform in this post featuring a pant + blazer combination
But today let's talk about a power dress. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Our First Home Renovation: Before & After Photos

I can't believe I'm sharing this. I don't know how people do home tours and share their homes because this feels very vulnerable to me. I love my home and every corner of it so it feels a little nerve-wrecking for me to share my little corner of the world. 
But, nevertheless, let me introduce you to Our Lovely Rancher!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Thanksgiving Tablescape: Pumpkins & Sunflowers


It's November ya'll! Which means it's almost time to eat our hearts out with no regrets on Thanksgiving. A holiday dedicated to piggin out... well and spending time with the fam bam 😉

Friday, November 1, 2019

Transitioning Outfits from Summer to Fall: Blouse + Pants

Earlier this week we covered how to transition a summer skirt and a summer dress into a more fall appropriate look. Today we're tackling how to style a top/blouse + pants outfit for the chillier weather.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Transitioning Outfits from Summer to Fall: A Dress


Today I am sharing another outfit I am transitioning into a fall appropriate look. 
On Monday I shared how I am styling a mini skirt for the chillier season, but today I am styling a dress that I wore in this post previously. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Transitioning Outfits From Summer to Fall: A Mini Skirt


Now that there is almost no green leaf in sight and only red/orange leaves covering the trees, it's time for a little change in wardrobe. 
Two weeks ago I rotated my shoe closet. I put away all the summer sandals and pulled out my fall booties since the weather is now too chilly to wear slides to work. 
Therefore, I figured this would be a good time to show you how I transition my summer outfits into fall. You'll be surprised to learn that my closet is actually pretty small, maybe about 4 feet in width. Even though technically I am a fashion blogger, I don't like to keep a lot of clothes (maybe I'll show you on my insta-stories sometime this week). So I definitely rewear my summer clothing throughout the fall, but just jazz it up a bit to keep me warm in the colder months. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Best Remedies for a Severe Cold (Based on Recommendations from You!)


If you follow me on my insta-stories, you might've seen my saga last week about how I was sick for over a week with a cold that I just couldn't kick. So I got on and asked you what your remedies were because clearly what I was doing was not helping me. So I thought I'd share all of your responses in case you are sick too (hopefully not for long though!) or for you to save so you know what to do when you do get sick (God forbid) this coming winter season.


Monday, October 14, 2019

3 New Products in My Skincare Routine I'm Obsessed With


It's been almost five months since I've shared some new products I've been obsessed with. During this time, although I've tried a good bunch of products, I haven't really found any that I can say I'm obsessed with. But these three that I'm sharing today have made the final cut and will be staying in my routine for probably years to come.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fall Closet Staple: Blazers


It's layering season (aka fall)! I'm not usually a fan of layering, to be honest. But I do appreciate a good blazer, so I'm kind of excited that it's getting chilly enough for a blazer here in PA. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

3 Steps to Recover From a Bad Day


August 12th, 2019 was one of those days where everything was going great. Absolutely perfect. I was productive, I ate healthy, I felt good about myself. And then I got frustrated with myself because I let one bad thought creep in and grow into something bigger. I started to think "Alena, why can't you get yourself together?!"

Monday, August 26, 2019

A Farewell to Summer Tablescape: Charcuterie Picnic on the Beach


I've been seeing a little trend of Charcuterie tables going around on instagram, which actually stemmed from when Sazan made one back in January 2019 (how genius?! A dinner party without the cooking!). Then everyone else started to follow. And I wanted to make one too LOL. 
But then I also wanted to take August's tablescape a bit of a different direction since it was the last month of summer. So I took it to the beach. 
I thought it would be the perfect place to bid summer farewell and enjoy the salty air and the ocean breeze one last time.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019

5 Tips to Get Through the Work Day (+ a Christmas in July Deal for Holiday Cards from Basic Invite)



I’ll be the first to admit that working is hard. I mean, who wants to spend 8 or more hours of their day working to make someone else rich(er). I’d rather spend that time doing something for myself. You feel me?! 
Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who is obsessed with their career (congrats, I applaud you!) or one of the lucky ones who gets to work from home or their own office running their own business. Either one of those options is #goals. 

In the meantime, if you’re like me and are working for someone else so that you can cover your bills but in reality have a bigger dream that hasn’t come into fruition yet, here are some tips and tricks to help you get through the work day until happy hour (aka the hour you finally leave your place of work at the end of your shift).

Monday, July 8, 2019

How to Travel With Only a Carry-On & Pack it Efficiently


I love being efficient in majority of the things I do in my life, from cooking to cleaning to whatever else. So it's no surprise that when it comes to packing, I've gotten it down to a science (especially since we've traveled to 6 countries in the past 2 years). 

This past weekend, I went on a 3-day Girls Trip to the city of Chicago with my sister and cousin. I packed only a carry-on bag and thought I'd share with you how I pack efficiently without taking 36352 outfits and clothing pieces with me. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Workwear Wednesday + 3 Tips to Stay Productive When You Are Unmotivated

For this month's Workwear Wednesday post, I wanted to share a more business casual outfit and 3 tips that help me to stay disciplined and productive when I lose motivation. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

3 Fun Summer Mocktails

I used to be someone who would only drink water, but lately I've been really enjoying a fun little drink that's more exciting than plain water. 
Maybe it's because my husband is such a juice lover, so his love of flavored drinks is slowly coming on to me. I don't know. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Splurge Worthy Items for National Splurge Day!


In honor of tomorrow's National Splurge Day, I thought I'd share some pieces that I think are splurge worthy. I also asked on my Instagram last week what your fave splurge items are and picked some options from your votes!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Ten Best Restaurants in Philadelphia with Outdoor Seating


There's so many things I love about the summer season (minus sweating), 
and one of these things is eating delicious food outdoors in the warm sunshine. 
So for today's blog post I wanted to share a few of my favorite spots in Philadelphia with outdoor seating that will make you drool as much as the food these restaurants serve. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Tablescape with Ginger Jars


Ginger jars have been everywhere this past year or so, and for good reason! 
They can be used as decor for literally any style, whether you're going for something for contemporary, modern, traditional, etc. You can also use them for any season and dress them up with either white hydrangeas like I did for the summer, fall branches for the fall or surround them with pumpkins,  and also for the winter with some holly branches or surrounding them with a holiday wreath on a mantle/table in your home. There's just countless ways that they can be used in a home. 
I just love the look of ginger jars, so I thought I'd use them for a fun tablescape this month. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Affordable, Cute + Comfy Summer Uniform You Can't Go Wrong With


With summertime, you're literally having too much fun to waste time either hating your clothes or not knowing what to wear. Which is why I've legit created a summer uniform for myself that I can't go wrong with.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Healthy Haircare Routine + Tips

Not only do I have some hair care tips today, but I also have a diet tip for you: 
Spend all your money on your hair, and you won't have any money to buy food. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Best Memorial Day Sales

Happy Friday! AND Memorial Day!
Gotta love the extra day off from work that comes with a holiday weekend!
Also, gotta love the sales that happen throughout this weekend!
I rounded up some of my picks from Express, Serena & Lily, Macy's, and Lulu & Georgia. From clothing to shoes to even some gorgeous furniture pieces.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Spring Q&A


I wanted to introduce another new series to Love Everything Lovely... I know, lots of new things happening with LEL lately, but I'm getting serious ya'll. Gone are the days of me blogging once a month! I love blogging and striving for a lovelier life and hearing others loving my tips, so why not be more consistent and do what I love and am passionate about?!
Anyway, this new series I want to introduce will be every quarter: A Q&A series. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

4 New Products in my Skincare Routine That I'm Obsessed With

I loooove a good skincare routine, and I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve perfected my skincare routine (read about my skincare routine here). Because I’m already obsessed with my skincare routine, I always hesitate to try to skincare products because 1) I don’t feel the need to, and 2) I’m afraid my skin will react badly and I’ll lose all the good skin I’ve been working towards. 

But I am sooo glad I gave these few products a chance and added them to my skincare routine because they’ve only amped up my complexion. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Workwear Style Formula You Need to Know


This is probably my favorite combination of workwear pieces. It's also a combination that I use constantly when putting together a professional look. If you invest in these staple pieces, you'll be pretty set when it comes to easy, effortless, and quick workwear outfits when getting dressed in the morning. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

May Tablescape: Peonies + Brunch (Including a Delicious Menu!)

I love a good dinner party, and I especially love hosting one!
Although it can certainly be stressful at times, I love knowing that people are coming over to relax and enjoy the company of others in your home. Plus it's so fun for me to think of the menu and decor and put my creative juices to work! 
This is why I am introducing a new series to Love Everything Lovely: a monthly tablescape! 

For this month's tablescape, I am featuring peonies because it is finally peony season! I wait for this all year long! Haha. They are my faveee

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Best Swimsuits

GIRL! I just HAD to hop on here and write a quick blog post because I just learned that Victoria's Secret swimwear is back! 
I may be a bit late to the party (they released them March 18th) but that's nothing new here haha *shoulder shrug*

Monday, March 25, 2019

A Blush + White Outfit for a Weekend Brunch at Turning Point


Happy Monday!
I am soooo excited for this new week and new start. 
If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that last week did not go so well for me. I'm pretty sure the reason last week was a downer was because I did not get to start it with my evening #SelfcareSunday routine last weekend and I kept going to bed late every night. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

3 Tips For Styling an Entryway Table

A little entryway table was very necessary in our home. 
Whether you get a bigger table like this or a smaller version, having a space for your keys, wallet, etc helps to keep a home a little more organized. Plus it adds a little more interest to a home. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spring 2019 Wishlist - Fashion, Shoes, & Accessories

With the official first day of spring only a week away, I'm already thinking ahead and doing a little window shopping as I catch up on my fave shows on Hulu. 
So I thought I'd share some super adorable and affordable pieces I've favorited so far.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

How to Find & Style a Skirt for Your Body Type


I remember trying on a skirt at a store when I was maybe 15-16 years old and it was so incredibly unflattering and made my self esteem drop faster and lower than a bungee jumper (a little dramatic, but it was a bad day). I just felt like the skirt made me look so much fatter!

Friday, February 1, 2019

My Morning Routine + Why You Should Establish a Good One Too!

It's no secret that I love my morning routine. 
I've talked about it on my instagram, and in previous blog posts.
So today I thought I'd share what I do as part of my morning routine. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Correct Way to Apply Eye Cream for Optimal Results

If you're into skincare, you've probably heard about how important it is to apply eye cream. However, are you applying it properly so that you can achieve the best results from your application? 

Monday, January 21, 2019

How to Beat the Winter Blues ❄


Now that the holidays + New Year's Day is over, there's really nothing that exciting to look forward to for the next few months! I mean, what can beat the excitement of Christmas + New Years?! Maybe a birthday... For me, I'm now excited for springtime to come around, or our next vacation. So the period from January to April is always a little gloomy for me. I mean, three months is a long time to be feeling down! The cold winter weather and the fact that the sun sets much earlier sure doesn't help my mood. But I know I am not alone in this. According to Psychology Today, roughly 10 million Americans are affected by the winter blues (more professionally called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short). I am one of those 10 million Americans... 

So today I thought I'd share how I do my best to beat the winter blues and keep myself excited about life until warmer weather comes around. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

How I'm Staying Organized & Productive this Year


Being the planner that I am, I love a fresh new start. Especially the start of a new year! 
However, this year I decided to take a different approach to planning and tackling my to-do list. 

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