Take Flight in Aviate

Take Flight in Aviate

Like many of you, travel is a big part of my life. I’m either looking for my next dream destination online or already sitting at the airport, deciding whether I’m going to eat Chili’s Too or if I’ll be dropping a small fortune on tabloids before boarding my flight.

Travel wear has seen its share of changes over the years. The original travelers dressed to the nines, even in coach class, but then came an acceptable norm to look like you rolled right out of bed. I’ve stared to notice that now we’re somewhere in between, with athleisure looks looking less slovenly. I myself have been known to wear jeans and Chelsea boots as I stroll through TSA precheck. So how can you be comfortable, somewhat stylish and look ready to fly? With an easy and travel friendly accessory.

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I recently found Aviate, a unique cap company dedicated to share your travel endeavors with simple yet fashion forward hats. Today I’m wearing their Chicago model, ORD, which represents the three letter code for Chicago O’Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the country.

Loving the pop of color and how it shows pride for the city without spelling it out… in a more traditional sense that is. Choose your region and your go-to airport is more than likely available, custom orders can be made too!

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Wearing this has already got me brainstorming on my next trip! Something tropical, out of country perhaps? Who knows, but like Aviate states, play hard, travel often, a motto I  can definitely get behind.

-TW

Photography: Callie Craig 

2018 Inspiration

2018 Inspiration

How is everyone’s 2018 going so far?…. cold, I’m assuming, but full of of optimism and positivity for what’s to come I hope! The January agenda often comes with an empty fridge, a closet purge and the dismantling your Christmas tree and other decorations. This year, while doing my annual sifting through the previous year’s cluster of old photos and keepsakes, I got inspired to catalog what’s inspiring me for 2018 in the form of a little mood board. One’s man trash is another man’s treasure, except in this case, I’m both men.

Here’s what inspiring me this year:

Travel: Perhaps it’s the 9 degrees talking but I’m already thinking about my next adventures, and I’m hoping for some tropical locations. My trip to the Bahamas last year was the perfect way to get inspired to photograph my colorful surroundings and I hope to do the same this year in another island oasis. I’ve enjoyed reading more travel magazines of late, especially Airbnb‘s, which features local stories from hosts and listings in various cities! It’s really well done.

Photography: I finally got a polaroid camera this Christmas which I’ve already been have having a lot of fun with! I’m excited to capture more in the moment photos and maybe even dabble more with black & white shots. I’ve also been loving the beauty of and simplicity of architectural photography.

Color: 2018’s color of the year is Ultraviolet and I’m curious to see how it’ll be worked into mainstream men’s fashion and home decor. Millennial pink is surely here to stay, but I’m happy to make room for another color or two, especially one so beautiful on it’s own.

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2018 should be about standing out, not blending in! Taking risks. Trying new things, with new people and in new places! What are you looking forward to most this year? What or who is inspiring you?

-TW

 

Start a Resolution

Start a Resolution

Allow me to be one of the first (of many) to give 2018 a warm welcome! What a year 2017 was, but just like that it’s over; in the past, perhaps a time you’ll look back at smile about, shake your head or maybe even laugh at.

Regardless, it’s about being in the present and today is January 1, 2018. With that being said, that means resolutions are here and ready to be started.(and hopefully finished) As I get older, it’s becoming more apparent that every year I’ll tell myself to get back on a diet, purge my closet, save more money, or make the decree of “new year, new me.” While those classic resolutions never get old, I’m focusing on resolutions that reflect a change from within as I enter 2018.

Living for Now: As I wave 2017 goodbye, it’s time to let go of any resentment, annoyances or self doubt that festered last year. Dwelling on what could have or should have been, is no way to start this exciting new chapter.

Vulnerability: I touched on this last week but it’s truly a time to allow myself to welcome new experiences and people into my life, and ultimately be more vulnerable. As creatures of habit, I think young adults are generally afraid of failure and stepping out of their comfort zones. It’s my mission to start making changes and accept that in order to get to the next step, I’m going to have to show some vulnerability. Whether it’s in work, or dating and relationships (SOS!) it’s the only way to see what’s out there.

Thinking Career not Work: As I continue navigating and searching for my ideal career, it’s an amazing time to devote a more consistent and through effort to the cause! My advice is to hold yourself accountable when it comes what you want out of your career because it is what you make it! The less we think about it like a chore, the easily it’ll be to find what you want.

Resolutions like these have no deadline, and they shouldn’t. It’s about how to better each day moving forward, without a timeline or countdown clock. I wish everyone nothing but positivity and success while trying to achieving your 2018 goals. I hope to write some success stories on here along the way with mine. I’d love to hear your resolutions too!

Nothing but the best for 2018,

TW

New Year, New Mindset

New Year, New Mindset

First and foremost, I hope everyone has had a fantastic and relaxing holiday season with friends and family! It’s been about a week since my last post due to lots of travel and festivities in between. Reconnecting with old friends from high school and then having some downtime with my family and dogs was just what I  needed as 2017 makes it’s final decent and we land in 2018. (Speaking in airplane as I’ve been on five flights in the past week) Anyway, all the downtime has been fantastic and I’ve got a really clear head when it comes to how this year played out and how I want to start 2018.

A year of self improvement and realization. If you’ve been following along here or know me personally, you’ll know that this year I’ve been focusing on improving myself, in hopes of improving the world around me. I made a career change in the fall, a decision I didn’t take lightly, but knew I needed to make in order to, in all honesty, get my life back. I’ve always believed and assumed everyone should be on the traditional career path out of school but after being in this new place, of uncertainty and unhappiness, I’ve been served a healthy dose of reality. I’ve realized how difficult it is to find EXACTLY what you want to do, and if it’s not in the traditional sense or timeline, than so be it. The uphill climb to your dream job isn’t going to be accomplished by your 24th birthday, and I’m okay with that now.

With time for my passions back on the table, I’ve been so grateful to have this blog as a creative outlet. Both friends and new followers alike continue to support my writing, photos and all other endeavors. I  know it’s a crowded market, and I’m sure seeing my face every few days on Instagram can get old, (imagine, I see this face everyday, I understand) but for everyone who reads and follows along with me, thank you!

I’m taking this time to think about how to carry out these practices that I began using this year, and how to implement them into the new year. I just started reading a new book and it’s all about being vulnerable and leaning into change. Literally, I’m only a chapter in and this book GETS IT! I  know that my gut instinct is to embrace my strengths and hide from my weaknesses, but 2018 is as good a time as any to start embracing everything.

I’ll be sharing my 2018 resolutions here shortly (as all good bloggers do) and encourage everyone to not only think about what they want to do next year, but to congratulate yourself for what you did this year! A little pat on the back for surviving what you accomplished in 2017 never hurt anyone!

See you soon, 2018!

-TW

Photo by: Jenny Connors

Burrr-gandy

Burrr-gandy

Before I head to the sunshine state, (seriously, I’m counting down the hours) I  decided to share one more winter-y look and today it’s all about my love of burgundy. You’ve seen these pants before, but seriously I can’t get enough and it seems like they were a huge hit on Instagram, fielding many questions as to where I  got them. These dress pants are from J.Crew Factory and they’re becoming an easy favorite in my closet. A little upset I didn’t grab them in green too.

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The last time I  really had to “dress up” for work, was actually back during my days in sales at J.Crew oddly enough, so I  usually feel like buying dress pants is a waste when I don’t have to wear them from 9-5. These have made me feel differently because although they are “dress pants” they can easily be thrown on with a sweater and still feel fresh. My burgundy puffer vest from Zara always is a great thrown on piece too. If you’re looking for an affordable puffer, try Uniqlo, which has a variety of colors.

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There’s something about wine colors and deep maroons that always look sharp and put tougher. It’s also the perfect color to wear from fall and into winter, especially if you’re not going to be ready Christmas red during the holidays, which isn’t always the most fashionable or flattering.

Looking forward to sharing some holiday photos, inspiration and last looks as 2018 gets closer.

-TW

Staying Merry

Staying Merry

As I mentioned last week, the holidays are fast approaching. It seems like they near closer and closer each year. As the holiday rush gets even crazier, I think it’s important to think about how to maintain sanity in perhaps the most stressful time of year.

This year I’m staying as level headed as possible because the season in inevitably stressful and complex. For most of us, there seems to be some innate sense to provide and give out the best Christmas we can. Bending over backwards to find the right gift, suffocating our calendars with seeing each and every person we know before the clock strikes December 31st and lastly, leaving no room to just relax.

I was determined to not fall into that pattern this year, and it’s definitely made things a bit easier. In truth, it’s inevitable that you’ll be busy. Work and projects alone are going to come up, so will social functions, but it’s important to not take everything on. I was extra nice this year (hear that Santa?) and got all my big gifts purchased before entering December. It’s definitely helped slow the wallet from bleeding out like it usually does this time of year. Planning ahead and keeping your eyes open for the best deals is crucial.

Holiday gatherings and parties are the best, but usually that means your schedule is packed and now you’re looking for an ugly sweater to wear while also needing a quick bottle of wine to bring to the festivities. Remember that everyone is in the same boat, if you miss one gathering, no one’s holding it against you. It’s okay to say “sorry, I  can’t make it.” Sometimes the best gift is company, so make time in the new year to make it up to them.

Devote yourself to some downtime this season! I’ve really hit my stride in the bad Christmas movie viewing this year. It astounds me how horrible holiday movies are but it’s a blast to watch and commentate on every plot hole. You can thank Hallmark, Lifetime and Netflix for such gems. Christmas Prince anyone?

In the end, Christmas is just one day of the year, so enjoy it. Your friends and family just want to see you and enjoy your company. Hoping everyone is treating the holiday as just that, a holiday from your normal schedule.

-TW

A Blue Christmas

A Blue Christmas

10 days till Christmas people, count ’em! As I’m sure most of us are, I’ve been busy planning for the holiday season, so I haven’t been able to sit down and get to posting until now. More holiday updates to come next week!

CallieCraigWAS111617-35Between the shopping, wrapping, tree-decorating and all things holiday, I’ve been trying my best to step up my daily style game. More layers are meaning more reasons to look good. Every year, I try to find that one holiday sweater that will perfectly tie me over from Thanksgiving to Christmas and then into New Years. Some years it’s more traditional, others it’s more of the “ugly sweater” variety, but this year it’s pretty simple.

Upon outlet shopping this baby blue sweater at J.Crew was begging to come home with me. I feel like this kind of powdery tone is usually better suited on blondes and never seemed to work for me. With my darker hair this time around, I felt like the color would pop.

I’m loving the combination with my camel coat and any pair of jeans. This icy blue seater would work perfectly with just about everything. I’m a huge fans of keeping it in the blue family with navy dress pants, or if you’re more adventuresome, trying it with white jeans.

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Rotating your new favorite sweater into your winter wardrobe is a great way to get excited for the holidays. Here’s to my last weekend in Chicago before heading to the East Coast next week. I’m really looking forward to the holidays, aren’t we all?

Sweater: J Crew Factory Coat: Ralph Lauren Jeans: Levi’s  Belt: La Matera Boots: Frye

See you next week,

TW

Photography: Callie Craig