Personal Post: Staying Thankful

In light the holiday, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about a few of the things I am thankful for in my life. I don’t write personal posts very often, but I feel like it’s important to “humanize” myself a little. As much as I love blogging and all the fun things that come with it, I try and live my life in a way that focuses on the big picture. What I mean is that I try to keep everything in perspective. I love blogging. I could talk fashion all day. I love shoes just as much (maybe more) than the next girl. I like decor. Makeup is a hobby. All of these things are true, but they are, in essence, so small compared to the things I am truly thankful for; the things and people in my life that would never be the same without. I hope this post gives you a better idea of who I really am, and my life outside of this little corner of the Internet.

My Boyfriend

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My boyfriend, Ryan, is one of the most important people in my life. This will be our third Thanksgiving together, and I couldn’t be more blessed to have him as my boyfriend, best friend, and roomie all in one :) We started dating my freshman year of college in April of 2012. It’s hard to imagine what the past few years would’ve been like without him. I can’t help but smile thinking about our first dates; he used to drive to my dorm room after work all the time to take me out to dinner, movies, whatever he could. We’ve come a long way since then. He puts up with me when I’m moody, holds me when I’m upset, celebrates my accomplishments, and supports me in everything I do. I am extremely lucky to have him in my life.

Opportunities


My journey through college has been a crazy one. I had no idea what I wanted to major in, and still don’t really have a “dream job,” despite my love for my major and what I am learning. While I put in a lot of work, and believe that I partly worked for the opportunities I have had, I know that fate also plays a role in it. I have been given opportunities to learn, to grow, to work hard, and to meet amazing people. One example: over the summer, I was given the opportunity to intern with The Federal Reserve. The job description and my skill set barely matched, but the people there believed in me enough to give me the opportunity to work hard. That is not an opportunity I can give myself; other people had to believe in me. I will forever be grateful for my experience, the people I met, and the ways I have grown as a person because of my experience.

Friendship

 
There’s no way to include photos of ALL the girls I am thankful for, but let’s just say: I am EXTREMELY blessed with an amazing group of girls who I wouldn’t trade for the world. Some friends I’ve known since middle school; some I met in college; some I met this summer. It’s so comforting to know that no matter what happens, I have people to lean on when things get hard and people to celebrate with when things are great. One of my favorite quotes is to “hold onto the constants in your life.” That’s exactly what I plan on doing.

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I am thankful for YOU, the people who read my blog, e-mail me, comment on my posts, interact with me, and support me and this little space I call “Life with Lyss.” This blog has given me SUCH an outlet to express myself and connect with people I would have never met otherwise. I am extremely thankful to be able to write this TO you. Thank you for supporting my blog, and never be afraid to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Simplicity

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Good morning sunshines! Today I am talking about this simple black-and-white striped sweater from Chicwish. Chicwish has made many appearances on my blog, but this sweater definitely sticks out to me as one of my favorites yet. It’s the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe because it’s so versatile. I thought about styling this so many ways (with a pencil skirt, with jeans, with sequin leggings, etc.) and, in reality, it would’ve gone with any of them. I chose to dress it down with some basic denim and black boots from Kohl’s (on sale!). I don’t wear simple black-and-white outfits often, but this may be one of my favorite looks. I’m excited to carry this staple over from year to year!

I hope everyone has SUCH a blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow. I will be going home to spend some quality time with my family who I miss constantly! Being a full-time student, a blogger, and working a job prevents me from going home as much as I would like to. I am so excited to spend the day with my family, and I hope you all are able to do the same.

PS – After Thursday, prepare yourself for Christmas EVERYTHING. You’ve been warned.

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Cozy in Marley Lilly + Announcement!

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I love getting dressed up just like everyone else, but I have to say that a comfy sweatshirt, jeans, and boots are all so me on a typical day. This Marley Lilly monogrammed sweatshirt is so thick, warm, and comfy… I could wear it every day. Marley Lilly offers monograms on just about anything and everything, so if you’re a fan of monograms, I highly recommend visiting them!

It’s a little hard to tell, but that beautiful pink bracelet is ALSO monogrammed with my initials. I absolutely adore these bracelets to begin with, but the monogram offers a personalized touch. I also think it would make a great gift for a friend or family member.

Speaking of gifts, I have officially launched my Holiday Gift Shop, complete with Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials, holiday outfit ideas, holiday beauty products, gifts for her AND gifts for him. I’ve worked hard on it so I hope you all enjoy! I will be updating the sales and deals and I find them, so be sure to check back often.

Can’t believe Thanksgiving is only 2 days away! Eeek. Hope you’re all have an amazing week! xo

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Ray-Ban & Rakani Giveaway

I’m excited to be starting off this Monday with a giveaway with Ray-Ban and Rakani! One winner will be able to choose a Rakani watch, as well as the pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses shown. Visit the other bloggers sponsoring this giveaway. They’re all wonderful!

Holiday Shopping: Let it Begin

Shopping season is upon us, so I have gathered up some gift ideas for your girlfriends! Just click on the image of the product you would like to see… Happy shopping! xo

Sparkle and Shine

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 There’s no better way to kick off the (almost) weekend than some sequins and scallops! I am absolutely in love with every piece in this outfit. I think it’s perfect for a night out, a dinner date, a holiday party — really about anything. But then again, when are sequins not appropriate?

I bought this coat last year and I am so happy I did. It’s the perfect neutral color to really go with about anything while also keeping me warm. It’s also under $50! I ordered a small and it is a little snug, so definitely order a size up if you’re unsure of the size. Underneath, I am wearing the most perfect sequin top from Chicwish. I love the sequin detailing, but the scallops on the bottom of the shirt make it even better.

I added some leather panel leggings, black booties, and my favorite fall bag to complete the look. You all know how I feel about this bag.. it’s perfect. I took the shoulder strap off for this look, but I also love it with it on. It has three compartments inside, which is so nice if you’re like me and use your purse to carry half your life.

Thanks for reading! xo

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Starting the conversation: #AerieReal

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Comfy in these floral Aerie Leggings

One of the biggest topics right now in the fashion industry is body image and its impact on consumers. As young women, we are all doused with messages from the moment we wake up to “be” a certain way. This doesn’t really come in forms of “hey, you — be this way.” It comes in form of societal norms, advertisements, images we see — which then subconsciously become our idea of beauty. We may not even realize what is happening from a day-to-day basis, but the overall impact is greatly felt. Someone needed to step up, and I am so happy to be talking about that company today: Aerie.

I admired what Aerie was doing from the beginning, and was so excited when they contacted me to join the conversation. Aerie has vowed to stop retouching their models, a huge step to define the “ideal” body in today’s society. As a blogger, it is extremely important to me to work with companies that match my values and run an ethical business. I always research a company before I agree to work with them. What do they stand for? What have they done in the past? How do they treat their customers?

This holiday season, and every season, I encourage you to visit Aerie and consider the movement they are creating to help young women feel more confident. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces from Aerie that are perfect for the holiday season. Buy them as a gift, buy them for yourself, and spread the word about this amazing campaign.

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Happy Shopping!

Aerie sent the featured floral leggings free of charge for my own personal review. I was not compensated to write this post or endorse Aerie. I truly believe in the companies I work with, and would never advocate for something I didn’t fully support. Thanks for reading. xo

Bell Sleeves – Yes Please!

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is about a new trend that I have been loving: bell sleeves. This floral dress from Charlotte Russe is perfect for fall. It’s kind of like taking a little piece of summer into the next season, complete with some tights and booties. There’s a lot of different bell sleeve dresses available on the website, including solids and prints. If you have been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love sundresses. This is about as close as I can get for now… it’s currently snowing here. Super jealous of all the southern ladies!

Make it a great day, and check back tomorrow for a gift guide with a company I truly admire :)

DRESS c/o Charlotte Russe // BOOTIES c/o Deb Shops

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Nordstrom Favorites + $400 Giveaway

Happy Monday! I’m so excited to kick this week off with a $400 giveaway to Nordstrom with some amazing bloggers. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite picks with this interactive gift guide. Hopefully it helps with some inspiration and you can find some gifts for others (or yourself, no one has to know). Be sure to visit the blogs below for more inspiration, and enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter! This giveaway will close at 11:59 PM on Friday the 21st. Happy shopping!


The Fashionista’s Diary // Life with Lyss

A Lonestar State of Southern // Sequins and Things // Brighton Keller // Haute of the Rack // McKenna Bleu


Little Blonde Book // Styled Snapshots // Chronicles of Frivolity // For the Love of Fancy // Lush to Blush


Sabby Style // Accessory Jane // Blonde Expeditions // Kayleigh’s Kloset // The Closet Crush


Fancy Things // Lovely Blonde Closet // Rarely Taken Seriously // Bows and Depos // Visions of Vogue

The Dainty Darling // Shar Style // Twenties Girls Style

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Layers on Layers

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Layering is one of my favorite parts of fall, and one of the reasons why I really love having a true fall season here (even though it always seems to go by the quickest… it’s already snowing here?!). Chambray shirts are a must for layering. They look great themselves, under vests, under sweaters, and under cardigans. They pop up every fall season, so investing in a nice one is a great first step.

I bought this LC Lauren Conrad sweater last year because I couldn’t resist the ribbon detailing. It makes the sweater stand apart from all the other cream sweaters I own (there’s a lot of them). While this exact sweater is not available this season, Lauren, as always, has an amazing collection of sweaters this season at Kohl’s. I always look forward to new seasons specifically because I know LC will be coming out with new  styles!

Lastly, I love layering some jewels under the chambray collar. This Olive + Piper necklace has made many well-deserve appearances on the blog. It’s one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to wear it this holiday season, as well.

Let me know your layers tips in the comment below! I would love to hear them. In the meantime, here’s some pieces to get you started on a chambray layering kick. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop!

BOOTS c/o Deb Shops // NECKLACE c/o Olive + Piper // BAG (old) Nordstrom (similar here) // WATCH Nordstrom

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Bundle Me Up

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 With snow on the radar here in Ohio, I took full advantage of the sunshine this past weekend to photograph some of my favorite fall looks. Even though I sometimes get sick of the cold, I do love dressing for all the seasons. We truly have all 4 seasons here, which makes me appreciate every single one. As soon as I saw this plaid coat from Chicwish, I knew it would be perfect for fall and winter. The colors, warmth, thickness, and style make it the most absolute perfect coat for both seasons. I can’t say enough good things about it.. Chicwish never disappoints, and this coat was no exception.

Also, I am so happy this bag is back in stock! It’s also FREE shipping. Thank you, Target, for setting the ultimate trap. This bag is the perfect size for all my things and matches both brown AND black boots (like the little black booties shown from Deb Shops!)

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading, as always.

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