Hey there, friends!
I’m excited to share an outfit that I wore a few weeks back when I was down in Curaçao! It’s a fun striped romper that is a great option for y’all this Summer. It’s loose-fitting, made of really soft material and I love all of the colors. I thought it was a fun, unconventional design compared to some of the other rompers that I have. It could work well as a cover-up to your favorite bikini this season or you could, like me, pair it with a crew neck tank or fitted t-shirt to make it a little more appropriate for outings. I wore this on our last evening for dinner. We ate at this highly recommended restaurant called Kome. I shared a little bit about my experience in the Monthly Favorites newsletter that went out last week and am excited to share more in my upcoming Curaçao Travel Diary. P.S. How incredible are these palm trees? They were SO insanely massive and amazing!
Last week was a bit of a downer, I’m not going to lie!
The death of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade really weighed on my heart. I don’t know what it’s like to be plagued by deep and serious mental illness but I do know that every life is worth living and that there is so much love out there for you. So, stay with us if you are someone who has been struggling recently. I know you’re likely tired of hearing people say that. So, I’ll digress but I do mean it. I’m going to put some of my favorite quotes from Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade in the Editor’s Notes section of this post. They certainly added to the beauty and wonder of so many peoples’ lives. Anthony Bourdain certainly inspired me to travel for the right reasons, to not only see the beauty and reality of the world we live in but to do it through getting to know the people who live in the places you’re visiting. I love how he used food as the conduit to achieve this goal. Who doesn’t love food? And, Kate Spade … gosh, how could I not be inspired by someone who created such a fun and happy brand and turned it into a worldwide phenom. I hate that they felt so alone and that this was the only way out. Their decision to take their own lives is tragic and it really begs for us all to remember that money, fame and living a ‘glamorous’ life, in whatever way you define glamorous, won’t make your life better or solve your problems. Appreciate what you have. Love the people around you. Put your phones down. Be present and get some real face time in. Talk to people when you aren’t feeling ‘okay’ and know that it’s okay to not be okay but don’t try to get through it alone. Life is meant to be lived in community. Know you are loved and live this beautiful, and sometimes brutal, life knowing that you are wanted here.
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That’s just one thing that’s been on my heart lately but will share the rest in the Friday Five later this week! I don’t want this post to be a mile long, ha, plus all of that laundry I told y’all I had to put away yesterday took longer than expected [because I ended up re-arranging my closet …. we all know how those days go! ha!] so it’s getting late!
On a lighter note, I’ve been trying out a lot of new beauty products lately. I’m highlighting seven of my favorites for Summer, featuring new and holy grail products, this week on the blog but I also mentioned a new foundation and eyebrow pencil that I’ve been using recently on Instagram Stories yesterday. I linked those two here, on the Instagram Stories page, that I’ll be getting back to updated daily with sources for everything you see on IG stories. I’ll even be doing my best to update this while I’m traveling, as well, so that y’all can get outfit details of my travel outfits quickly!
Alright, y’all! Hope you had a great weekend and the week is off to a good start! I have my Monday meeting this morning with Justine and Stacy then I’ll be prepping tomorrow’s blog post answering all of your Amalfi Coast questions for you guys + getting started on the packing process before I leave for my trip later this week! 🙂 xo.
Thanks for your post, especially the mention on mental illness. I think a lot of people don’t understand it and at the very least this gets them thinking and talking about it. People who struggle with it are usually open to discussing their challenges if they feel safe and accepted. There are no easy solutions, just like cancer or other serious illnesses, some people can find healing while it escapes others.
Indeed the cutest stripes romper look for Summer! ?♥️?
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Thank-you so much for sharing what’s on your mind, Haley. It’s so important to talk about mental health and depression, so thank-you for starting a dialogue.
I hope you have a lovely Monday,
I love this outfit, and I agree with all of your words and thoughts! It’s been a hard past week or so with the passing of such influential people in such a sad way.
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That romper is so cute!! And I’m still in shock by both of those deaths!
LOVE both of these quotes, and thank you for being so encouraging!
PS. THIS ROMPER IS SO CUTE!
Love this post! I actually work for a 501(c3) non-profit organization called Project Support (http://projectsupportcharity.org) and in that work we see every single day the different stigmas that are associated with mental illness and how horrible that is. We as a society need to focus more on mental health, so I love seeing posts like this from influential people!
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Such a beautiful message to share, thanks for being so open about the recent events! So glad to know there are people like you who are willing to reach out and let people know that they’re not alone.
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You mentioned re-arranging your closet. I’d love to hear in a post how you organize your closet and what it looks like!
Alyson, you always have a way of being honest in such an elegant and poised way. Never change!
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Give an extra smile to a stranger today. You never know who might need it! ?