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Monday, October 23, 2017

Doing the Best I Can with what I've Got

This was a blog post that almost didn't happen, but I'm glad that it did.  It reminded me of my life mantra:  I'm doing the best I can with what I've got.

My infusion was Friday, which meant a weekend of taking it easy.  It seemed like the perfect time to get caught up on some blog work.  My body crashes pretty hard the morning after an infusion, so I let myself sleep until around 9:30.  Except my dog didn't want me to sleep, so at 8 AM I grabbed a blackberry green tea from my favorite coffee shop and got to work.

I never get ready the morning after an infusion, and I was reminded of why when trying to get ready for blog photos on Saturday.  I was just in slow motion, and I didn't have the energy to fool with a blow dryer, much less give myself a blow out.  (But  I did it anyway, just very slowly, because #blog)

After spending what felt like a million years getting ready, I shot one outfit and headed home to change into look number two... Except my dress was nowhere to be found.

I looked everywhere.  I flipped all 725 square feet of my apartment upside down.  Eventually I found it in the middle of a hamper, which was absurd because I don't even use a hamper.  By that point, I was in a rowdy tank and Nike shorts, and over it.

After some convincing, I steamed the dress and went downtown for outfit number two, this gorgeous bohemian dress from Mimi Mae boutique.  I got frustrated again, because the dress is so gorgeous, and I could not figure out a way to capture movement while shooting photos in front of a brick wall.  That's when my little mantra popped into my head I'm doing the best I can with what I've got.

That was a turning point.  I started experimenting with how to show movement in the dress and how to do the gorgeous sleeves and lo-hi hem justice.  I brought some sass and some life into the photos, as you can see below.

It's really easy to get caught up in the comparison game.  Blogging wears me down sometimes because I don't have a "perfect home" and I do not look "picture perfect" every day.  But then I remind myself that a lot of y'all are probably in that same boat, as well.  We're renting spaces that aren't perfect or extravagant, but feel like home, despite the horrible lighting and taupe colored paint.  We might wear the same pants to work two days in a row.  But it's okay:  We're happy, and we're doing the best we can with what we've got.

Growing up, when I didn't get the grade I wanted or if something didn't go my way, my dad would ask me if I did my best, because that's all that mattered.  As you go into this week, don't forget to show yourself a little grace.  Do your best, and let go of things that are out of your control.

Do you have a life mantra?

PS - If you came here for fashion and not unsolicited life advice, here is the scoop on this dress.  You need it.  It's only $50 and comes in black and navy.  The front is a little higher than the back, so you get the sassiness of a short dress without the worries of your bottom showing.  The dress is actually two pieces - a slip and the actual dress, so you could definitely play with that and add your own slip of a different color if you really wanted to.  The bell sleeves are amazing, and all I want to do in this dress is twirl around.  You can order it by contacting my friend Cori at Mimi Mae Boutique and asking for the Bourbon Tini dress :)  I've also linked some similar dresses below.

These boots were my biggest Nordstrom sale purchase, and I have no regrets.  They're comfortable, the heel is manageable, and I can dress them up and down.  


  1. Love your outfit! And the comparison game is never fun but something we can all relate to. When I get in that head space I just try to focus on all the things I have that make me happy. We have a lot to be thankful for!

  2. Your dress is beautiful and it looks SO lovely on you! I am glad you were able to turn your mood around despite feeling drained. Your life advice is solid, you really can just do the best you can with what you've got! Often when I remind myself to focus on "what I have" instead of "what I don't have", I realize how fortunate I am!

  3. What a cute fall dress! I love the embroidery on the navy! :) You look gorgeous and your hair looks beautiful too! I love the mantra of this post and I can totally apply that to life in Vermont right now- haha.

    xoxo A

  4. This is such a gorgeous dress, especially on you! It's totally how I feel about life right now and it's such a great reminder. I love these photos of you!

  5. Love, love, love this! I definitely have those moments too!

    You look amazing btw!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  6. You're an inspiration! Love the dress dear!

  7. Blackberry green tea sounds amazing! And your pictures came out beautiful - I wouldn't have even guessed you had a rough day by looking at them, so way to conquer your day!

  8. I have many mantras. And I love yours! Also, that dress is vey pretty!

  9. Love the message of this post! Sometimes we can't always control what life throws at us, but we just have to make teh situation work or us! Also this dress is gorgeous!

  10. This dress looks adorable on you! Go you for making things work!

  11. Girl, you’ve got this! You look great, and you have such a great outlook. Blogging sure can take a lot out of you, but it’s a lot of fun, too!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon!

  12. Love this dress, and love the honesty of this post. Never doubt that you can do it!
    Tori || Victori Media

  13. love the outfit, love the post, everything is so well put-together as usual! xx

  14. I never would have guessed that you weren't feeling great when taking those photos, you (and the dress) look amazing! I love that phrase also, it is so so true and everyone is working with their own strengths and weaknesses!

    The Classic Brunette