Choice. In this one innocent little word, there’s an inference of both a sense of self-agency and options. So much of life involves decisions, small and big, that propel us in one direction or another. Start/stop, yes/no, left/right. And it’s crazy how one decision can end up having a pretty big impact in how things unfold. Or the next decisions that come along. The openness of ways to navigate circumstances can be empowering and make me feel small at the same time! Options can be exhausting. Or stimulating. It really just depends on the moment. And it’s never random. History, principles, and the people and information we surround ourselves with all contribute to the options we see and the paths we end up taking… no man is an island. I don’t know, it’s just interesting I guess.

Sometimes I feel like multiple choice would be simpler. Fill in the circle for A, B, C, or D. Reduced options, one clear answer. But mostly that’s not real life. So it’s like… you just have to make a call sometimes. And trust yourself. Then walk it out. Yea, a lot of decisions deserve to be honored with your mind-time, seeking advice from people you trust, calculating pros and cons. But there are some you just really might as well make on a whim and not look back. I get that urge sometimes. Life’s too short to be overly planned & strategized with no room for spontaneity. And risk. And we can find a little solace in knowing that truly most things aren’t as hugely permanent or irreversible as we think. We evolve, life situations change. To the point where you can stare the same decision in the face 3 months later and be like well obviously A, when before it was obviously B.

And sometimes you have to not make choices and just chill. And just like be. And maybe nap. For sure nap. Turn on the Masters and let the adorable golf announcers lull you to the perfect little Sunday couch rest.

Annnd sometimes choices are little until they’re big. And while they’re little you give them matching weight and mind-time and as they grow they get more deference, investment, and commitment.

Wow, thoughts! Not really sure how that all came out. Since I started this post thinking I was going to talk about how so much of life is making choices you know are good for you. And how sometimes that’s getting yourself in your cute new leggings and hitting Summit Avenue for a run even when part of you is like orrrrr…. I could not. And how sometimes it’s nice to have an Ellie subscription box come in the mail that makes all the outfit decisions for you because it’s your entire workout outfit including a water bottle and maybe a jumprope or mini foam-roller in a box. All still true.

Outfit details:
aritzia bra top

ellie activewear leggings

photos by isabel kruse 




easy office to first-date dress via altar’d state. new so should still be on the rack/online. lots of compliments on this one when i wore it around town. love 3-piece looks like this. great shoes, simple accessories, & a dress that does the talking for u.



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Oh hey off-shoulder sea blue shirt… I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahamas, come on pretty mama. Anyone else in the spring break frame of mind? I’m daydreaming about sand in my toes, sun on my face, wind blowing my hair and slow sips of pina coladas with a panoramic ocean in sight.

I have a habit of doing a lot of shopping before a trip. It’s really nice to be able to get a lot of it through one click on a shopping cart or a visit to one store. I honestly believe you could get your entire SB wardrobe at Altar’d State. They have everything and what I really like is that it’s cool stuff, but really wearable, packable, and stylable. Like a lot of pieces could be mixed and matched with the other items in your suitcase.

How many Spring Break Trends can you get in an outfit?
1. Off-shoulder
2. Garment Dye
3. Distressed Denim
4. Rose gold 
5. Slider Sandals

I wanna hear about your spring break plans! Going somewhere tropical??

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photos by Isabel Kruse

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on the move


A lot of new clothes enter through my door. So I like to make sure some exit through it too! I literally have an ever-filling bag that I throw clothes and accessories into, like newer stuff that just for one reason or another, either isn’t necessary in my life because maybe I have duplicates or it just isn’t quite my style. So when friends come over, I ask if they want anything from it! Keeps it under control until I can make a Goodwill® run. But the other day I brought the bag’s current contents over to Herberger’s (don’t worry about it. It was totally like 9:45pm, so normal…!) because they have their big Herberger’s Goodwill Sale going on March 15-April 1. Since I brought so much stuff, they gave me like 20 coupons haha! S0 20 items at up to 30% off. Definitely a nice situation for department-store brands! And I really overall always support having a revolving door for your stuff and donating to Goodwill. Instead of something getting wrinkled in the closet, we can donate it and make a difference in our communities! I like the fact that the donations help Goodwill provide job placement and training services to benefit millions of people looking for work.

This blog post is sponsored by Goodwill Industries International.

necklace via altar’d state
photos via isabel kruse

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