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Lisa

Lover of fashion, interior design, dancing, yoga, and healthy living

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Through the Storm

The weather here on Sunday was really dreary, and the clouds were bringing in little bouts of rain. This in turn makes me a little lethargic, and as I am lazing about on these gray days, I start to feel really reflective about the storms that I have weathered internally as well. Isn't it funny how your mood can really mirror what the weather is like outside?? I did have a gathering planned for Sunday with my wonderful friends, SO I couldn't be completely slothful...And, after hanging out with them I guess what I have really been reflecting on the past two days now is my awe and amazement at the endurance and POWER of the human mind during troubling times.

Have you ever felt so completely overwhelmed by things going on in your life, yet somehow you were still able to function? You got out of bed; you got dressed in the morning; you put make-up on; you went to work and functioned properly, and you even smiled and had fun with friends...all while your mind had this insanely tumultuous storm brewing inside. I say this because one of our friends has been going through some VERY heavy stuff in her own life currently. YET, Linda has been dealing with all of this heaviness with such amazing poise and grace. She is absolutely one of the most amazing people to observe! So this has made me really, really think about my own reactions to things in life- past and …

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Pop of Color For Summer- Turquoise and Sunshine Yellow

I have always found color psychology really interesting. In one of my college psych classes, we studied a little bit about this theory, and I kind of forgot about it until I came across this really interesting article on it a couple of days ago again. (MAN, you can actually find some interesting articles randomly when you set up a Google Now account on your phone.) It's fascinating to listen to what different people feel when they see different colors (read that article, friends). For example, they talk about the color yellow making people feel warm and energized, but yet somewhat anxious and overwhelmed because it's such an attention grabbing color. They also mentioned that more people had more panic attacks in yellow rooms, than in any other color room because of the overwhelming effect it has on your senses. INTERESTING! Artists, interior designers, and anybody in the marketing arena has probably studied, or at least heard of, the different theories on color in order to visually appeal to their clients. BUT, like with anything else in life, I feel like what is attractive to me, might not be attractive to you. AND, hey, that's totally ok!! So we shouldn't try to lump everybody into one neat category all the time.

When I started blogging I did a lot of research on how to make things look visually appealing to an audience, and one of the most interesting things I read was to try and have as much BLUE in …

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Teamwork + Getting Ready For Summer Fun (Fourth of July)

In Sunday's post, I mentioned that Aaron and I were kind of thrown into transition mode the last week, with our upcoming changes with homes and such. I also explained how unsettled I was feeling about the whole process. I am a HUGE believer in intuition, and I believe your body has a crazy way of telling you when things are just not right! ALERT, ALERT! I was literally making myself sick to my stomach stressing about all of this crazy stuff, so I knew it was time to do a little reflecting. My goal in every stressful moment is to find the hidden lesson that I know is being presented to me. Here's the conclusion I have come to after the past CRAZY week...

Aaron and I have been married for less than a year, so we are still feeling our way through the communication process of being husband and wife...I know, I know, this is going to be an ongoing process that will last FOREVER because relationships will always take work. BUT, having come from a first marriage where there was such a horrible breakdown of communication, I have learned it is some of the most rewarding work of your life to stand beside your partner, AND to know that you are a part of a solid TEAM! We decided to slow this whole crazy week down, AND really talk and listen to each other (instead of scream like most people do when they are super stressed) and …

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Getting Comfortable Physically and Mentally During Times of Unrest

I hope I am not alone in the ebb and flow of life's most unsettling feelings. Unrest and feeling unsettled is one of the most UNcomfortable feelings to me on the planet. I am a pretty type A person, who needs to have everything in order; everything must be done just so, and I do not relax until everything is checked off my list as completed. SO, when there is something left up in the air or unfinished, it makes my heart start to pound and my eyes start to twitch. UGH! This week has been one of those weeks, where the overwhelming blanket of unrest has settled over me.

In my All About Me post a few months back, I explained that I got to completely renovate and move into my grandparents house after my grandpa passed away. I have put my heart and soul into this little house, AND I seriously absolutely just adore it. YES, it's small and has no storage- BUT, it's charming, with character galore, AND most importantly, it reminds me of my grandparents who I miss so immensely. Aaron and I have lived here now for a couple of years and have greatly appreciated the opportunity to do so, because it has helped us save, save, save, because my grandparents had everything taken care of before passing. I used to come and eat lunch with my grandpa every Friday before he passed, and he would always point around and say in his heavy Greek …

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On Trend Rainbow Colors

This past weekend the weather was just amazing- high of 90s during the day, with a low of 70s in the evening and a light summer evening breeze. PERFECTION! I seriously love the summertime in the Midwest. There's just something about it that takes me back to the comforts of the carefree days of my childhood- where all summer long you'd run around barefoot chasing the lightning bugs, not coming in until the last speck of sunlight was drained from the sky. Where you'd get that perfectly sun-kissed glow from swimming and biking around literally ALL day long. AND, you had absolutely NO responsibilities, other than finding out where the gang was getting together next. MAN, those were the days!

Of course, I have always been a sucker for summer fashion...HELLO tank tops, shorts, skirts, and flowy dresses are the EASIEST things to just throw on and GO, that way the fun can start right away! AND, I am definitely loving the summer trends this year, especially the fact that the rainbow color mix is back in clothing! How fun is it to wear bright colors on a sun-shiny summer day to just boost your mood?!? Let's be honest here people, we get sooooo many stinking months of gray skies here in Wisconsin during winter, that it can become slightly depressing. AND, sometimes I feel like our clothing can reflect that kind of glum mood we might all be feeling inside during the coldest winter months..because I usually wear a …

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Chicago Travel Ideas

This weekend I got to do a little girls getaway with my family to Chicago, which was really FUN! I grew up going to Chicago almost every month from Wisconsin (I live about an hour north of Milwaukee, and two hours north of Chicago) to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We really don't have many relatives that live in the Wisconsin area, so I always felt like Chicago was my second home where I could go to be with family. We never really did a whole lot of "tourist-y" kinds of things when we were in the city though because it was just like HOME, where you usually don't appreciate all the activities that your area has to offer. BUT, for this trip, we decided to act like tourists and see the sights. It was an absolute BLAST, and made me fall in love with Chicago all over again, but from the lens of a visitor! If you haven't been to this city, you are missing out! It has so many amazing things to experience. Below is a little travel guide of things that we got to do this weekend.

1.Lodging: The Chicago Athletic Association

My uncle gets some really great deals at some of the hotels downtown through his company, so we decided to stay at The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. The rooms were nice, BUT the coolest part of this hotel is the beautiful gothic architecture. I just got a new camera, so I was …

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Sisters (Appreciation Post #3) + Where To Buy the Best Shorts For Summer

My sister, Maria, is the BEST big sister anybody could ask for! Growing up with a sister has been one of the best gifts that my parents could have ever given me in this life. Any of you ladies out there that have sisters, will probably agree with me on that one! It's like you have this built in PROTECTOR, MENTOR, and BEST FRIEND to help you through this crazy adventure while we are here on this Earth. Since my main goal here on the blog is to really empower the women around me, in hopes of inspiring some of you to do the same, I feel like today's post about sisters is a really important one for me to share.

My Sister, My Protector-

Let's go back to elementary school for a moment...There was this girl in elementary school that used to relentlessly try to get me in trouble and caused all sorts of problems for me. If you know me now, you know that I am NOT a very shy person who can be easily pushed around, BUT in elementary school I was VERY quiet and easily manipulated (Thank God I got over that phase in life- I guess the adversity in my life has had a way of toughening up my skin a bit). So of course at the time, I made the perfect prey for those with stronger personalities. I used to come home from school crying every day, and my sister would …

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