Monday Motivation

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a lovely start. After having my family in town last week, this week already seems to be dragging and quite boring. I wish I could just keep them here with me, haha! We had so much fun. I’m already anxious for their next visit.

We spent most of the time at the beach, but when we weren’t on the beach we went out exploring some new places – shops, coffee/food places, etc. – and eating yummy food (my best hobby!). We shot these photos in Historic St. Andrews – one of my all time favorite spots in this whole area!

This outfit was perfect for covering up my sunburnt shoulders without making me sweat in the heat! I bought this shirt at Riffraff several years ago, and I’m so happy I have held onto it, because bell sleeves are making the biggest comeback! I will link the outfit details at the bottom of the post (linking similar shirts since this one is old)!

Anyways, let’s talk about getting OUT of your own head and letting positivity in!

One of my BIGGEST struggles this week, to be honest.

I have come a reeeally long way as far as self love and all that goes. Most days, I love myself regardless of what negative thoughts try to pop into my head and ruin my day… But some days, or weeks, just don’t come as easy. Some days, my negativity toward MYSELF saturates everything I do and affects my whole mood. Not cool, but it is what it is. So please know that you are not the only one struggling with this!

My husband said something very profound to me today, although to him it was probably a simple remark. But when I was complaining about something, I said to him, “Ugh, it’s fine. I’m fine.” And he replied with, “Fine, or good?” WOW this resonated so much for some reason. (Sorry babe for telling this ๐Ÿ˜˜ but your wisdom must be shared!)

Maybe it’s just me, but that made me stop and think about how negative I was being for NO reason. I was acting like my world was going to end, when in reality, I am good and LIFE. IS. GOOD. God has given me this life and this purpose, and it is good and it is well. We aren’t put here to be average and “just fine” but to be happy and purpose-driven.

It’s like God is just really pushing for me to get my chin up ASAP because on top of the hubby’s encouragement, I was reading my devotional and it basically said, “You’re gonna get through today, no matter what, so you might as well take the happy route through today, by choosing Me.”

If you’re doubting yourself, whether it be your appearance, your financial situation, your job, whatever – please remember to choose Him, choose HAPPY! Being happy is a choice, and you’re the only one who can make it ๐Ÿ™‚

I may only be preaching to myself today… but hey, I hope this helps you lift your chin a little like it did mine. Hope your week is fabulous! Thanks for stopping by

XO beth

Shoes – Target // Shirt (similar) – here // shorts – Forever21 // Purse – MK here // necklace – similar here

 

Wellness Wednesday: Comparison

Hi pretty people! These super fun yoga pants are from HERE and code “reasoner” saves you some monaaaay! My “Chill” top is from TJ maxx and I’m obsessed. It’s like TJ knew I love to netflix and chill.

I hope your hump day has been fantastic. Mine has been rainy, but productive overall. The nice thing about rainy days is you can stay in and GET. STUFF. DONE. I love checking stuff off a to do list.

I also love naps, like a lot, which is also a huge temptation on days like today. So I’m writing this post instead! It helps me feel more productive ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning in the shower, I prayed that God would use me somehow today. Just that. Use me, however. Whatever. I had no specific ideas in mind at that time. But as I was finishing my workout today, I kept thinking about this topic and realized that maybe this is what God wanted me to talk about on here today! (I originally wasn’t going to post today)

If this doesn’t relate to you, I apologize and hope I don’t bore you too much. If it does relate to you, I hope you can find some comfort here on my little corner of the internet!

Something we ALL can relate to is comparison. We areย surrounded constantly by people on Instagram with “perfect” bodies (I say that in quotations because we are humans and surprise! not perfect). We are reminded constantly of how hard people are working at the gym, because let’s be honest almost everyone posts their workouts – I am guilty of this too! We scroll through feed after feed full of what everyone else is doing, and we forget that we are only seeing a very small fraction of what’s really going on.

On top of social media, there are always co-workers, family members, friends, etc. who seem to be doing just a little more or better than we are. Or maybe something you wanted job-wise, school-wise, etc. didn’t work out, and it made you feel inferior when comparing yourself to your colleagues.

Am I right? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

But something I have had to basically FORCE myself to do is to take a step back from Instagram or Twitter or whatever platform it is that’s making you feel inferior. Because if it’s giving you anxiety or making you feel less than AMAZING, then is it worth spending time on? No. Take a step back.

I’m not saying delete your insta or anything, Lord knows I love the ‘gram lol. But when you start feeling yourself making comparisons, TAKE A BREAK! Put your phone down, and go enjoy the moment.

And remember, no matter how perfect someone’s instagram feed is, their life is certainly not. Everyone has their struggles, or insecurities, or whatever. Everyone’s body is different. That super intense workout they do might work for them, but maybe you have bad knees and can’t do high impact stuff. THAT’S OKAY! It doesn’t make you LESS, it makes you DIFFERENT. If we were all the same this life would be so boring.

And on top of everyone’s body being different, so is everyone’s situation! Don’t judge your body based on someone thinner than you – what if they have a food intolerance that causes them to be limited on what they can eat, thus resulting in weight loss? What if you didn’t get that internship because a BETTERย one is waiting for you down the road? Don’t let what can often be a very positive, happy social media platform turn into something that causes you unneeded anxiety.

Being someone who often struggles with anxiety, this realization has been key for me! Everyone’s on their own path. So let’s build each other up, love each other, and MOST importantly, love OURSELVES. We can’t truly love others until we first love ourselves.

XO beth

PS!!! **the Firepower Force is growing! This awesome, fashionable fitness brand I’ve been posting about is expanding the squad. So if you’re into fitness, fashion, and girl power (and discounts holla!), and want to become a brand ambassador, please let me know! My email is bethtayrich@gmail.com ๐Ÿ™‚

Rainy Day Casual

Hi friends! I have been loving my time here at home the last few weeks – terrifying storms and all. But, let’s be honest… you can only keep a girl away from the beach for so long. I am anxious to get back to my actual home!! Plus, living out of a suitcase can get exhausting. I’d say the biggest struggle for me lately, however, has been change. Plans changing. So many things in my life have just changed at the last minute and left me feeling caught off guard and stressed out and sometimes even angry. I’m a planner, it’s just my personality. While I do love being spontaneous, I also need structure. So, when not just one but many things up and change in my life all at once, no matter how big or small – it causes chaos in my mind (looking at you, Satan).

Lately I’ve learned to just be still and know that God is in control, not me. My job is not to worry, because what does that do? Having faith isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. So, wherever you’re at in life, keep your faith even when it’s tough! He’s got your back I promise!

Sorry for the completely non-fashion-related rambling. I felt like someone else might be feeling like me so thought I’d share ๐Ÿ™‚

For a good chunk of the time I’ve spent here, it has rained. In fact, immediately after taking these pictures, it poured. April showers this year have been relentless! I wish I had a dollar for every tornado warning we’ve had here lol. These crazy storms ruined some of my most exciting plans here.

Anyways, because of all the rain, the theme of many of my outfits became COMFY+CUTE. And this dress is about as comfy as it gets! I got it back in December, and it’s versatile and can be worn into the spring! I usually break up the stripes by tying a long sleeve around the waist. I went for chambray this time, but plaid is really cute with it too! And being in AR for the week, I figured this hat was pretty appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚ I got it HERE and they actually have recently released some new, similar hats that are SO cute (think: one says “Dry Shampoo” omg yas). And my Steve Madden’s on my feet because HOLY COMFY.

And that, my friends, is how you stay comfy yet cute in the rainy weather (without having to try too hard hehe). Hope your week is fantastic!

XO beth

shoes – here // dress – here // hat + chambray – here // watch – here

Blush Crush

Hi guys! Happy hump day ๐Ÿ™‚ I almost said happy Monday butย then realized today is Wed and my days are all mixed up.

My hubby is about to be gone for awhile so we took a last minute getaway trip to Atlanta the last few days! We had so much fun. I came home with a full heart and hopefully some new abs from laughing so hard. JK we ate out for every meal so bye bye abs. It felt great to get away for a hot minute!

Anyways, first let’s talk about my current spring obsession: blush. It’s the color of the season and I’m not mad about it. I went shopping the other day and everywhere I looked, I saw blush tops and accessories.

So this top combines two of my favorite trends – the color blush and the off shoulder top! Seriously as good as it gets for a top. Plus it’s so light and comfy, yet the sleeves give you some cover if you’re going out at night! I wore this out to dinner the other night and it was the PERFECT lightweight long sleeve for a spring evening. I can’t wait to pair it with white skinnies or denim cutoffs in the summer!

Second. While we’re talking about vacation and indulging and all the cheats I ate *and loved* while traveling with my love… lets also talk about balance!

Balance is a great thing. And I am so happy I have finally found a level of self love where I can find my balance.

Don’t get me wrong – I still have moments where I talk bad about my body and hate what I see in the mirror (I’m a work in progress but I’m also better than I have been in a long time!!). I’m not perfect!!

BUT! I’m not gonna let my fear of maybe eating extra calories overcome my enjoyment of YUMMYย FOOD and time with my hubby! Something I’ve learnedย and truly believe is this:

Hating your body won’t get you nearly as far as loving it.

So moral of this rambling story: enjoy the occasional indulgences! You will drive yourself crazy if you are too hard on yourself. Trust me. Don’t deprive yourself of good moments with friends/family because of your fear of food. Food is to be enjoyed. If you’re a foodie like me, you will be so sad if you skip the treats 100% of the time. As long as you love yourself enough to put real, clean food in it MOST of the time and remain active — you can have that cookie every now and then ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay I hope you guys have the best Wednesday. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

Top – Hipsway / Jeans – Forever21 / Bag – Michael Kors / Sandals – Target / Watch – JORD Wood Watches

 

My V-Day Look

img_2580Hi guys! I’m so happy February is upon us. I love celebrating Valentine’s Day! Not just romantically but loving on all my favorite peeps.

I had high hopes of showing you guys my V-day/date night look in this post, but the wind did not cooperate WHAT.SO.EVER during this shoot… so I’ll leave you with the one picture that turned out ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry!

The fun, bell sleeved “top” is actually a romper that I put a fun skirt over! I got a little creative with it. Don’t be afraid to play around with different outfits and styles. Romper is from Dillard’s, and was on sale for a great price! I’ve hit major jackpots the last few times I’ve hit up Dillard’s sale racks! Always worth checking out!

Have the best Monday, loves!

XO beth

romper – dillards // skirt – shopriffraff // shoes + necklace – target

True Americans

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Hi loves! I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start! Yesterday was an interesting day so I’m hoping today is much better. I’ve decided to take the positive approach and make the best out of new days/beginnings. My plan isn’t always what’s best, and I’m learning that more each day!

Today’s look is super comfy, which is perfect for this rainy day! (hence the curls struggling to hold in my hair). Not only is it comfy but it’s so fun and if you watch New Girl you already see why! Oh my GOSH you guys I am a huuuge New Girl fan. I’ve been obsessed since college. If I wasn’t studying, I was probably watching New Girl or anxiously waiting for them to put the next season on Netflix (while watching reruns with my roomie *who got me hooked in the first place thank you Haley* in the meantime). Fast forward to when hubby and I moved in together, and I got him hooked too. So basically instead of going on dates we would watch New Girl over and over, and be so content with it!

When we lived in CO, we gathered some friends one night to play the famous drinking game they play on the show, True Americans. So. Much. Fun.

“It’s like 75% drinking game, 25% life size candy land. And the floor is molten lava.”

You get the point. Go play it. But not right now because it’s 9 in the morning.

When I saw that Riffraff was about to release these t-shirts, I freaked out and preordered one ASAP. It’s from my favorite brand of tees, Friday + Saturday, and it’s the softest shirt you’ll ever wear. And get this- they made one with Friends and Laguna Beach too! My head’s gonna explode. I want them all. But I had to start with this one.

I went with OTK boots and my favorite coat to make it a little more cozy/wintery, but can’t wait to wear it with cutoffs in the summer too.

Now that you know how lame I truly am, I’ll leave it at that. I hope you have a fabulous day! Thanks for reading.

XO beth

Shirt & coat – HERE // pants & sunnies – Forever21 // boots – The Other Foot (shop their insta HERE) // watch – JORD

The Perfect Fall Mini

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Happy Monday! I hope you’re having the best Monday ever. I haven’t had coffee all day and I’m wondering how I’m still alive right now.

Anyways, I’m excited to share this outfit with you guys because it’s one of my favorites for fall! The weather is finally getting cooler here in FL, but it’s mainly cool in the mornings and evenings. Which means it’s hard to find the appropriate outfit to wear when going out. That’s why I was so excited when I got this cute suede skirt because it’s very fall-ish yet not too warm for the Florida sunshine!

I went with a simple, white crop top for this one because it was pretty warm out. But if you’re wanting a little more warmth, throw a chunky knit sweater over the crop and you’re good to go. I am currently on the hunt for a chunky knit for this season, just for outfits like this one. They’re more versatile than you think! And of course, boots. Because it’s not fall without boots. Am I right? I’m SO thankful my hubby got me these boots a couple of years ago because over the knee boots are THE SHIZ right now! And they don’t have a heel, which is even better for me and my weak feet!

I got the skirt for less than $15 (yes, you read that right!) at forever21. The crop is from ShopRiffraff (& I’m pretty sure they recently re-stocked it!!). Like I said, the boots are from a couple seasons ago, but I am linking very similar ones for you at the bottom!

I was sitting in the tire shop this afternoon (for way too long *eye roll*) and the news was on. Oh my gosh it made me SO sad hearing about all the hate people are displaying in our country right now. So here’s my tiny ray of sunshine for your day: God is the One who ultimately runs this place, and He has huge plans for all of us! So let’s please love on one another regardless of who we voted for, because like the song says, “Red yellow black and white, we’re all precious in His sight!” Let’s pray for more love and less hate.

Hope you babes have the best start to your week, and thanks for reading!

XO beth

Photos: Ski’s Photography -> https://www.facebook.com/skisphotography/?fref=ts

skirt: // purse & top: here // boots: similar here & here // necklace: similar here

 

 

4th of July Ready

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Happy hump day guys! I hope you’re all having a great week. I am off work today to catch up on homework, so I figured I might as well catch up on the blog as well!

One of my favorite holidays is right around the corner, and I can’t wait. Since America is so awesome, it calls for an awesome celebration. Which means that you need an awesome outfit (duh). I love getting patriotic themed clothes, not just for the 4th but for anytime. The 4th is great excuse to go all out though!

I know you guys probably think I have a Riffraff addiction, but they really do have the best goodies for anything you need an outfit for, including the 4th. They recently launched their Camp America line, so their site is currently full of awesome patriotic tees and accessories right now!! You can shop my look and all kinds of fun stuff right HERE! You can also get 15% off + free shipping with my code “riffraffrepbeth”!!

I can’t wait to rep the greatest country on Earth in a few weeks! It’s also going to be my first 4th of July on the beach, so I’m pretty pumped about that. Fireworks and the ocean are a pretty rad combo. What are you guys doing for the 4th?!

Hope the rest of your week goes well and the weekend finds you quickly!

XO beth

Back to the Basics

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Happy Friday, pretty people! I can’t believe it’s already the weekend again. I am back home in AR for a few days and the time is already flying! It seems like I can never have quite enough time to fit everything in while I’m here. There are so many people, both family and friends, who I am dying to see — yet at the same time I am dying to cuddle up on the couch with my dog and watch a movie with the parents. The struggle is so real!

I haven’t done a style post in a while, so I thought I’d show y’all my favorite basic shirt right now. I know when you hear basic tee you probably think of black or neutrals, but this tank is the perfect basic tank that adds a great pop of summer color. It is simple and comfy, like a basic tee, yet you can easily dress it up with heels and jewelry. Or you can throw on a hat with converses and it’s totally casual. Just do you. Lots of options with this one. Side note, I am obsessed with the material. It’s soft like a sweater, but thin like cotton. Yas gimme.

I dressed it up for this look, but I’m definitely putting it with converses next time I wear it! (which very well might be in like three days #obsessed).

OH and the bra/crop underneath it is the perfect coordinating pattern! I love adding pops of pattern like this. I forgot I even had this crop and happened to throw it in my bag! So glad I did. It was $5 at Forever21, by the way. Jeans are also Forever, but nacklace and tank areย Riffraff and shoes are Target!

I hope you all have a rad weekend. I hope you feel beautiful today!

XO beth

How to Overcome Awkward Weather

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Well we’re at the end of another month and fortunately one month closer to summer! I can’t believe how fast March went. It was a busy but fun month, and I can’t wait to see what April holds!

Well, along with spring comes every fashionista’s enemy… Awkward weather! I’m not a fan, but that’s probably because I love consistency. In all things. So I like to know what to expect. But pretty much March through May is a world of unknown. Last week it got so cold I was in pants and a jacket, and the week before I was laying on the beach sweating. Luckily I’m in Florida so it’s beautiful no matter what the temp is!

It’s hard to know what to wear, since the weather man bless his heart is not always right. You wanna be warm in the chilly mornings, but not sweating to death by the end of the day. So I’m sharing my tips for overcoming the awkward weather! And one of my favorite spring outfits, since the shirt is open on the sleeves and back it’s nice and cool but pairs well with pants! [and I love the mesh detail]

  • If you’re wearing pants, don’t wear long sleeves.ย Try to balance it out. If you’re covering your legs, then expose a little more arm so that you’re warm enough, but not too warm by the end of the day.
  • If you’re wearing shorts or a skirt, go with long sleeves.ย I am a huge fan of the sweater and denim cutoffs look, and it is especially great when it’s a little chilly out. You stay much warmer than if you’re wearing a tank top, but you can still get the springy vibe you’re going for by wearing the shorts.
  • Find a light jacket that goes with everything.ย I found my “everything” jacket two years ago and still wear it all the time. It honestly works for every season, and the color is pretty versatile. I didn’t get a picture of it, even though I did have it with me at this shoot (oops), so I’m linking a good one here!

I know these are simple tips, but they’re rules I live by quite often! I hope they help some of you. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

Shirt – here // Lace bralette – here // Jeans – Forever21 // Shoes -Fabrik