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Hello & welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog, Style My Mind! Here I post weekly about affordable fashion trends, but ya know, like real affordable! My favorite products, beauty routines & lifestyle experiences! I'm a girls-girl who loves the outdoors, white tee shirts & Disney World. Join me on my journey!

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Spring is in full bloom and I have been on the look-out for the must haves this season.

Spring is in full bloom and I have been on the look-out for the must haves this season.

JUMPERS

I have jumped on this band-wagon STRONG this season. Why? Because they are super cute and easy. I love dresses for this reason to. There is something about putting together a full outfit, but when you can slip on one piece & feel like you're killin' it, well that makes dressing so much easier. This beauty is from Sweet Threadz  ($33) and it's adorable. It has amazing pink details lining the bottom of the pants so I popped some color in there with some pink shoes & earrings under $15 on Amazon.

MIDI DRESSES

I was never into mid-dresses because I felt like the length made me look shorter than I am. I still have to be very careful when purchasing them & style it up with the right pair of heels. This one is also from Sweet Threadz. Unfortunately this one is sold out but I am linking one like it here. I styled this baby with a Gucci Belt, strappy black heels, black statement earrings & a Bottega Clutch. And topped it off with some kick a$$ JLo type sunnies from Diff Eyewear.


STRAW BAGS & HATS

I have always been a fan of the hat. I have a TON. I love the straw hats for summer, these two were actually my friend Holly's who passed away. I love that I have something from her to cherish. This is also her straw bag. The straw circle bags are really hot this season too, I still need to get me one of them! I topped this look off with a pair of blue Diff aviators. I popped the pink detail with some pink block heels from JustFab.


NAME NECKLACES

I am OBSESSED with this trend. I hate that word but that's what it is. I love layering the dainty necklaces, I am super into that right now. Some of these are quite pricey but I got mine from Harper & Jewels. It is $75 plus my code STYLEMYMIND will give you 15% off. I also have the J bamboo necklace I love. This one is only $33 & an extra 15% with my code. I guess we all just want everyone to know everything about us so we wear it on our "necks"... get it? Instead of sleeve? Haha! I am also loving the pearl clip trend right now. LOVE! Mine are from Keeping Up with The Accessories, and the quality is amazing.


FLORALS

Yes for spring, I KNOW groundbreaking! Haha. I am careful with my selection of florals because sometimes they can look a little older or like curtains. I love this off-the-shoulder top from Sweet Threadz because it is bright & colorful, flirty & young. This one's also sold out, so linking one like it here!


Some of the florals are drop dead gorg  this season. Here are some of my faves:

 

About Tonight Floral Maxi Dress- Red Dress Boutique

Vacay to the Vineyards- Red Dress Boutique


Dreaming of Roses Blouse- Pink Lily Boutique


Promise to Love You Forever Maxi- Pink Lily Boutique


XO, CHeers!
Jenn

PS- I will be taking a blog break until I get back from Europe! Follow along on my IG @stylemymind_jenn 

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2018 is coming to an end and I have to say it really was a great year. Even though I had a few storms I needed to fight through, I made it and I am glad they happened because they were lessons learned. This was the first year I really started taking blogging seriously with a new website and a professional photographers so today I want to talk about some of the mistakes and lessons I learned in this last year.



2018 is coming to an end and I have to say it really was a great year. Even though I had a few storms I needed to fight through, I made it and I am glad they happened because they were lessons learned. This was the first year I really started taking blogging seriously with a new website and a professional photographers so today I want to talk about some of the mistakes and lessons I learned in this last year.

  1. Do not worry about the number of followers you have. Right now as I write this blog I am almost at 8,000 followers and to be honest I cheated on that a little by hiring a company to help engage for me (more on this below). Companies don't care about your follower count it's more about your engagement and the quality of your content. Engage with the followers you do have, just like anything else word of mouth if one of your best sources of advertising.

  2. Don't hire a 3rd party company. I did this for a little while because I did not have the time to keep up with engaging myself and it got me shadowbanned. I was so upset but it was a blessing in disguise. I took a week off from IG and when I came back I had to work harder because I lost 90% of my engagement and 100 followers. I started to engage more organically with people in my area and others in my niche and made some good friends. I got involved with an awesome giveaway and a meet-up group with some Tampa girls. This is the best way to grow your IG and blog, organic rapport.

  3. Invest in a photographer. I found Audra on IG and reached out to her with a collaboration proposal and it worked out phenomenally. We are good friends and also working on other business ventures together. When you find someone you work well with they learn your best photo angles and know what you are looking for content-wise. Consistency is a major piece of what companies look for on an Instagram page. So I also bought a filter that I loved this year too, it was only $10. All my photos have the same color-scheme and flows very well. I use Lightroom app, it's amazing!

  4. Plan out your blog and IG posts in advance. After every photoshoot I take one Sunday and write all day. I plan out the posts in advance. The only time this does not work is if you are doing outfit posts and linking them because if it's too far out, most the items will be sold out. I have been staying away from these type of blogs because I am going towards a different path with my business. I also use an app called Colorstory and you can put your photos in there and move them around to see how your IG will look. I highly advise on doing this before you post.

  5. Don't run to join the rat race of RewardStyle. I did join this year but I posted once, and there are multiple reasons I do not like it. You have to buy brand new items all the time to keep up with what they have. You can't search for an item you have to know the store, brand etc. I like to give options for outfits and it was hard to work. I do use ShopStyle and have an Amazon affiliate as well as some others, but these not my biggest source of income. This takes a lot of time for small return.

  6. If you are looking to really grow a business you have to think of the bigger picture, not just just making $8 off a sweater you posted. For me, I like collaborating with brands through PR companies to help promote their products or services. Building a long-term relationship this way is how you will really grow in the long run. It does take time and will take longer but I want my blog and business to be a substantial place people come for advice on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

  7. Be yourself. Be goofy, be you. Use your IG story feature to tell a story, a funny one or some that is going to benefit your followers. Don't constantly be posting trying to sell people things they don't need, I hate that. If it's something that truly has benefited your life share it!

  8. Don't apply for every collaboration that comes your way. For one, not all products are going to fit in your world. For instance, I am not going to apply for a collaboration for baby items because I don't have a baby! Also, it is a lot of time and work to post good quality photos. Even with me scheduling my photoshoots every 6 weeks right now I have so many collaborations that I have to do my own shoots in between and that can be difficult to get the quality I want. Only accept collabs that you believe in!

  9. Listen to podcasts or take some free webinars it will really benefit you and your business. Julie Solomen is amazing I listen to her Podcast and took her course; it really helped me figure out my "want", where Instagram is heading and what I really want to focus on. She has guests on there who have booming businesses and have great tips and tricks!

  10. Lastly, Shop smart. Don't go out and spend a ton of money on clothes. Like I said, doing RewardStyle is good for someone who has a lot of followers but the time is just not worth the return. Wear what you have, take good quality photos and write with substance. No one wants to hear, "I got this top here and these jeans there, wear it in the fall." What?! That does not help me at all especially if your sweater is $200 and your jeans are only made for tall skinny people. Remember to give options for different sizes and ages. I try to focus more on lifestyle blogging with a dash of fashion and beauty. Find your niche!!
    Good luck!

    You can find this amazing shirt at Rox Jewelry Shop and get 15% on this link! A portion of your order will go to a charity of your choice!!!!

    XO CHEERS!
    & HAPPY NEW YEAR BABE
    Jenn

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Shopping on a budget get can be difficult especially if you follow bloggers who are constantly buying the newest clothes and products. I never pay full price for anything unless it is something I sincerely cannot live without. Guess what? It does go on sale! So unless it's something you are shopping for like an event, I would wait it out.

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Shopping on a budget get can be difficult especially if you follow bloggers who are constantly buying the newest clothes and products. I never pay full price for anything unless it is something I sincerely cannot live without. Guess what? It does go on sale! So unless it's something you are shopping for like an event, I would wait it out.

Nordstrom

As stated previously, I started shopping more at Nordstrom. I used to be a Macy's girl but their clothing has went down hill unfortunately. I did get a Nordstrom store card so I could shop the N sale early access in July.

What I learned from the N Sale:

1. Go early! I got the early access and went at like noon the day it opened and there were still things I could not get because they were already out of my size. 

2. Buy staples like tees, tanks, denims, sweaters, booties. The tees were like $9-14 down from $17-25. The sweaters were down to $25 frpm $45. I didn't buy any jeans because I have too many but those sales were great too. 

3. Keep an eye online because people return things and they will add it. There is still one tank I am waiting to get restocked in my size. 

OK so I still shop Nordstrom because they have sales constantly. I still have not bought anything full price and if you have a card for every $1 spent you get point and get "notes". So I just got a $20 "note" and I bought the MAC foundation I have wanted and had to pay $12. They always have free shipping too.

Amazon

I constantly buy clothing on Amazon. A lot of times if I see something that is just not what I want to pay I will look for dupes on Amazon. Now they have a new program where you can order clothes and try them on before you buy them! I haven't tried it, but I have a friend who did and she really liked it. I will say to be careful when ordering from Amazon with sizing. Check the chart and go by your measurements not your size.

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SHEIN

Shein is a website for discounted clothing (I believe from China) however the quality is very, very good. You can get designer dupes for more than half the price. I bought a Blank NYC dupe leather jacket last year and it's bad ass. The sizing is pretty accurate. Most places from China run small, this one is pretty good but again go by measurements not sizing. The swimwear does run smaller, I wear a large in their swim and I am a size 4. It's great for sweaters and I love for photoshoots! If you order over $100 you get express shipping and will arrive within a week. Normally shipping is about 2 weeks. Their return process is very good as well. You do it all online. Here are some of my fave picks for fall!

 

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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very season there are new fads and trends popping up but we will always have our must-have staples! Last week I talked about the perfect T, which is a staple for any season in my opinion. This week I am going into my top fall must haves for this season.





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Every season there are new fads and trends popping up but we will always have our must-have staples! Last week I talked about the perfect T, which is a staple for any season in my opinion. This week I am going into my top fall must haves for this season.

The outfit I am wearing is my idea of a perfect fall ensemble. And YES you can wear white after Labor Day, so let's get that elephant out of the room right now. My go-to '18 fall fash is totally slouchy sweaters with a great bralet. I love the V neck sweaters or shirts that allow you to show some skin. This sweater is BP from Nordstrom and the bralet is Free People. I paired it with these perfect white denims by Juicy Couture and a burnt tan peep-toe bootie. So real quick, I did not think I liked a peep-toe bootie until I got a pair two years ago and now I decided they are the perfect Florida shoe for all year 'round. This sweater is super cozy yet thin enough for you to wear during transitional months like September and October. Throw on a cool pair of shades and some drop earrings to dress it up. I linked this look above!

In the next few sections I am showcasing my fave finds for six categories.

FAVE TOP FINDS

FAVE PANT FINDS

FAVE SHOE FINDS

FAVE BAG FINDS

FAVE HAIR CARE FINDS (I actually use ALL of these products)

FAVE BEAUTY FINDS

 

 

XO Cheers!
Jenn

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The last year I have taken a whole new approach in my shopping skill. I used to be one that needed many things (my mom was always this way) but this year when I moved I got rid of 6 trash bags worth of clothes. Yes S I X and then I have a whole rack of clothes I am selling on Poshmark and I am still overwhelmed with the amount I have.

The last year I have taken a whole new approach in my shopping skill. I used to be one that needed many things (my mom was always this way) but this year when I moved I got rid of 6 trash bags worth of clothes. Yes S I X and then I have a whole rack of clothes I am selling on Poshmark and I am still overwhelmed with the amount I have.

I am over not being able to find things until I am physically "cleaning out my closet". I find things constantly and I do this like "OMG I love this and haven't worn it in ages!" Yeah, because you couldn't find it Jenn. This is borderline hoarding. Joyce Meyer says people hold on to things because someday we may wear it, or someday we may need it… yeah but then when you do you can't find it because you have too much stuff!

 



I am taking a new approach heading into the fall months and buying quality items over quantity. I started shopping mostly at Nordstrom now buying really well-made clothing during sale events. I did a haul during the Nordstrom N Sale and got about 6 pieces for $150 which is really good for Nordstrom. I bought this adorable Socialite Front Tie dress which was on sale for $35 and this Wool Panama hat for $39. Then over the Labor Day sale I got two tanks I have been waiting to drop in price (in scroll below), one for $41 and the other for $35. I have always been someone who spent <$20 but now looking back at those pieces from Target or wherever, I have only worn it maybe 1-2x and gotten rid of them! The Chelsea lace tank was also on sale for $40 (cannot find so linking another one here for $42) and I snagged that baby and the Wayf Posie camisole for $32! 

So my new plan is to declutter the closet and simplify my wardrobe with only high quality, must-have pieces.

I have been holding onto dresses from 4-5 years ago that I have not worn since then. Like, seriously? A deep V neck sparkly dress? Yeah ok what about a wedding? What about NYE? Chances are with my track record I will be in the wedding, and I hate NYE so it's gotta go!

Here are some higher-end items at great prices; oh and my favorite line at Nordstrom is BP. Great quality at great prices. 

 

 

 

Simplify our lives, our minds and our eating ladies! These are 3 components of a happy life!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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Someone once told me my style is "country chic". Initially, I was super irritated by this comment. But the more I get comfortable with myself and my style I realize that sometimes I am a little bit country!

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Someone once told me my style is "country chic". Initially, I was super irritated by this comment. But the more I get comfortable with myself and my style I realize that sometimes I am a little bit country, so what!

I was born and raised in southern New Jersey next to Philadelphia. Know what's there? Corn, cows and farm land. Of course I am a little bit country. I started listening to country music when I was 18 years old and haven't stopped yet. I feel like this outfit describes my personality the best.

I am comfortable camping in a tent (I actually can pitch a tent and anchor a boat and bait my own fishing rod!) using baby wipes and dry shampoo for three days but also dressing up to the nine and holding my own at a 5 star restaurant. I am girly, but I also am very down to earth. I have slept outside in tents, on trampolines and front lawns! I also have spent evening in top of the line hotels with the best mattresses ever created. I love either, just depends on who I am with and the time of year. I still have not camped on the beach yet though.. Fort De Soto anyone?!

So I learned to embrace who I am because after all that is what fashion is all about. Showing the world who you are through the expression of art on your bod! That's how I got the inspriation for this look. I love the mauve still and glad it's still here for fall '18, and love anything with denim shorts. I thought you know what would be adorable, my camo hat and some pearls to soften the look. It's not for everyone, but again, own who you are and wear it proudly. 

Fun facts:

I am not bugged by bugs, I will kill those SOBs with no problem

I don't mind getting dirty

I grew up with my dad always having a boat so I know how to anchor and work that baby pretty well

I like to crab with fish heads and raw chicken on a string

I used to camp in my backyard every weekend with my cousins when I was younger in a tree house my dad built me

One day when I was a tot, my dad took me and my cousins on a party boat for 5 hours and we all chugged Kool-Aid Burst, and then we all puked for 3 hours. Clearly deep sea fishing is not my forte!

My favorite hotel bed is the Sofitel

I am a Hilton girl though, my favorite one is in Disney Springs (Palace)

I would rather eat crabs with my fingers and drink beer then go to a fancy dinner (most of the time)

I love laying in plush grass, or running in it with barefeet; simple pleasure

Xo, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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I love, love tee shirts, who doesn't? But it's important to find a good one that really fits your body type. I got the one above at the Nordstrom sale and I bought 3; black and white stripes, mustard and white. I got a small but probably could have gone with an XS, so I shrunk it up a bit in the dryer. Today I want to give you a few different ways to wear/dress up a tee shirt.

I love, love tee shirts, who doesn't? But it's important to find a good one that really fits your body type. I got the one below at the Nordstrom sale and I bought 3; black and white stripes, mustard and white. I got a small but probably could have gone with an XS, so I shrunk it up a bit in the dryer. Today I want to give you a few different ways to wear/dress up a tee shirt.

Photos by Audra Nicole Photography

For this one above I paired a mustard tee (which may or may not be a go-to fall color for me) with a studded suede skirt, metallic booties, a floppy wool hat and a killer pearl choker. Of course I added my Gucci belt bag for a day look but go with a nicer clutch for evening. This is on the higher-end of fashion for Florida but I would definitely wear this look to a nice dinner or a girls night out. You can swap out the booties for a classic block heel as well.

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One of my other go-to looks is a blazer with a relaxed tee shirt, denim jeans and stilettos. This is my favorite look, ever! I have written about this style multiple times. I only get to rock it a few times a year but when I do, I feel like a total boss babe!

You can also swap out the denims for a cute pair of patterned shorts. My outfit below was super affordable and perfect for a kids fashion show!

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Lastly, you can pair a nice fitting tee with some amazing pleather or Spanx leggings and booties for fall. Throw on a scarf and a kick-ass pair of sunnies and you are good to go.

Let me know how you like wearing your classic tee's in comments below!
XO Cheers!
Jenn

 

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Morning y'all! Yep, I'm going with y'all now. I don't know if I can pull it off to actually say it out loud but for the purpose of writing, it flows! Today I want to talk about fall fashion in Florida. August is ending, Labor Day is upon us so some of us are totally ready to pull out the sweaters and boots. Well, slow your roll ladies, unless you are living in the random places of the mid-west where they are having summer snow. But here, it's still a humid 80 degrees in Florida during the months of September and usually October so we are still heading to the beach! But I do want to get a head start on Florida fall fashion!

Morning y'all! Yep, I'm going with y'all now. I don't know if I can pull it off to actually say it out loud but for the purpose of writing, it flows! Today I want to talk about fall fashion in Florida. August is ending, Labor Day is upon us so some of us are totally ready to pull out the sweaters and boots. Well, slow your roll ladies, unless you are living in the random places of the mid-west where they are having summer snow. But here, it's still a humid 80 degrees in Florida during the months of September and usually October so we are still heading to the beach! But I do want to get a head start on how to transition into fall fashion in Florida!

One of my favorite Florida go-to's is distressed denim shorts with a long-sleeve slouchy tee like this one from Nordstrom (sorry this top is completely sold out so I linked look alikes in the link in the teal). This look can be casual or a little dressy. For a dressier look, I would do a less distressed jean short or even some dress shorts.

I dazzled my look up a bit with a long layered necklace from White House Black Market and some lace-up block heels by Jessica Simpson.

The hat I am wearing tones the outfor down for a day look; whereas pairing the top with a slimmer heel, black shorts and done-up hair would give this shirt a more night-time, outside on the bay vibe.

Photos Audra Nicole Photography

One of my biggest pet peeves is when girls in Florida break out the sweaters, sweats and booties a little too soon. Trust me, I am more of a fall/winter fashion girl myself but all in good time. However, for the purposes of helping you stock your fall wardrobe in advance I will be sharing some of my fave fall finds from Nordstrom during the month of September; yes, while I am still at the beach!


XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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Who doesn't love new jewelry every month? We're women, of course we do. I was introduced to Rocksbox about 3 months ago. Rocksbox is a monthly jewelry "rental" subscription box. I am here to tell you what I like about this box compared to some others I have used.

(Gorgeous rose gold crystal hoops)

(Triple Layer Druzy Necklace)

Who doesn't love new jewelry every month? We're women, of course we do. I was introduced to Rocksbox about 3 months ago. Rocksbox is a monthly jewelry subscription box. I am here to tell you what I like about this box compared to some others I have used.

 

You create your own wish list with styles that you like. When you first register your account, you can go in and select as many pieces you want to have in your "wish list". Normally, at least one of these pieces shows up in your box each month.

 

You can swap out the styles before they come. You get hooked up with a stylist who selects your jewelry each month, but, before it comes your way you can preview and swap out anything you aren't feeling.

 

(Purple & white enamal earrings & silver chain wrap bracelet)

You can let them know if you have a specific event or outfit you need to style ahead of time for the next box and they will help you out. They have some high end designs and on the lower end. I have seen items from $30-$100.

 

You can keep the jewelry as long as you want and it comes with an easy return label and  reusable bag to pop right in the mailbox.

 

You get your $21 monthly fee in a credit if you buy any of the jewelry from your box that month. But you have to use within a certain time frame. I have bought a pair of earrings and a ring stack so far from my boxes!

(White & Gold Diamond Shaped Drop Earrings)

A bonus, they are very quick to respond to questions or concerns you have. All in all I give Rocksbox a rave review. Even when a piece of jewelry came broken, they automatically gave me an extra $10 credit on top of my $21.

Here's my current box!

I JUST PURCHASED THIS BEAUTY ^^

If you want to test it out, I have a special discount code for your first month FREE ---> STYLEMYMINDJENNXOXO. I think you're gonna love it!  Let me know in comments what you love about ROCKSBOX!


Xo, Cheers!
Jenn

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As Miami Swimweek has come and gone, I wanted to share with you some highlights from this past weekend's trip with my girls. This is the second year Tamy (VStylist) & I have gone. We definitely learned a lot from our first year & now learned even more in 2018 as well.

As Miami Swimweek has come and gone, I wanted to share with you some highlights from this past weekend's trip with my girls. This is the second year Tamy (VStylist) & I have gone. We definitely learned a lot from our first year & now learned even more in 2018 as well.

Last year we stayed outside of Miami Beach because it was more budget-friendly, however, Uber rides ended up costing us each about $100 so it was not worth it. This year I decided to check out what Priceline had to offer. I love researching hotels and looking for the best deals. This was the first time I had ever done the "surprise" 4-star hotel & I am glad I did. So basically, you have no idea what hotel you are getting but they do guarantee it's in comparison with the 4-star hotels on Miami Beach. I clicked "Book" and "Casa Faena" popped up, a cute little boutique hotel in mid-beach Miami. I took a gander at the pictures & their website & was quite pleased.

WARNING I do want to make you aware that there is a base rate & then of course tax & some other fees. Priceline will charge their hotel fee & then the hotel will charge a resort fee at check out. At the end of the day, it came to $180 per night & $34 for valet parking (which in Miami Beach is like gold).

The hotel is like a mansion basically. With only MAYBE 100 rooms, the vibe is very quaint. It is an old Spanish themed hotel with a lot of detail in the decor and design.

Photos by Christina Jones Photography

They have some great sitting places around the hotel including a rooftop area. The cafe is incredibly adorable &  serves some great food and drink. You can eat inside, or outside which is just as inviting.

This year, instead of running around like chickens without heads we decided to keep the shows limited and simple. Last year we tried squeezing in about 3-4 per night & it really took a toll on us. Friday we hit up the Nautilis Hotel for the Aurora Swimshow. While the show was great, the lighting was not so we were not able to get any photos. NOTE TO THE PR COMPANY: TEST LIGHTING BEFORE SHOW!

Planet Fashion was Saturday evening at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach. We shopped some vendors before going in & one of my faves was Callyssee, a beauty company made with coffee. Try them out.

The show had about 8 designers. Here are some of my favorites included:

 

RISQUE DUKES 
Photo by Carlos Perez

 

KIMIMI SWIMWEAR

Photo by Carols Perez


 

REVE de RIVE
Photo by Carols Perez

On Sunday before heading home we stopped in the W Hotel's pop-up shop which was supporting breast cancer. I bought this adorable hand-craft bracelet just as a daily reminder to slow down and breathe.

Mia Adora Beauty

Photos by Christina Jones Photography

I think next year we will shoot for NYC Fashion Week! Stay tuned.

 

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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