lifestyle, style

Avoiding tan lines

Well if there was any question before summer is definitely here. This weeks heat wave had me living in the pool! When it gets really hot like that I love to be able to just toss on a dress and go. I really and not a big fan of shorts when its hot out, I feel like they never sit right and I spend way to much time and energy adjusting them! I am loving this off the shoulder Embroidered Oxford Dress from vineyard vines. It is perfect for hot days, I wore it out to dinner the other night after a day by the beach. It is super light and comfy for that lightly sunburnt skin. The embroidered details on the hem dress in up enough while keeping the overall look casual. I will definitely be packing this dress for all my beach vacations this summer.

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I paired the dress with my o-to gold Jack Rogers, an adorable necklace from Peachy Pendants, and my favorite Madewell tote. My earrings are from Primark, and only cost $5!!

 

Thank you so much vineyard vines for sending me this fabulous summer dress, as always all opinions are my own. I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July. I hung out at the pool with my friends, be sure to check out my 4th of July video on IGTV here. What do you all think of IGTV, into it or all set? Let me know in the comments!

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End the Stigma

I’ve sat down to write this post countless times. I have deleted so many attempts out of my drafts folder. But it is time I talk about mental health. From Instagram it is easy to make my life look like it’s all cute outfits and rosé but that if far from the truth. Since I was a young teen I have struggled with mental illness specifically with depression and anxiety. To this day I still struggle. I have been very very lucky to be surrounded by family and friends who always supported me and made sure I got the help that I needed.

That being said there were and are still some very very dark times. I would love to say that once you get treatment everything goes away but mental illness isn’t a cut or a bump, it doesn’t just heal and go away. It is chronic and can often last for years, and it has nothing to do with how much your family loves you, or how successful you are in your career.  Nearly 45,000 people committed suicide in the US last year. But there are thousands of chronic illnesses out there that people live with, talk about, and do not feel they need to take their own lives. I feel fortunate to have grown up in a generation willing to talk about mental illness but there is still a stigma out there that keep many people from seeking help. I have been scared to talk about my struggle with mental illness publicly because I was worried people at work or potential employers would treat me differently. I have been worried about being judged and mocked. But none of those feelings compare to the grief family and loved ones feel when someone they care about takes their own life. I have been in therapy, I have taken anti-depressives and anti-anxiety medication, I have tried yoga and meditation, I have suffered and cried and wanted to die. Some things have worked better than others, some worked for a little while and then stopped working. Early this year I remember crying to Mike after an anxiety attack, I told him “I just want to be normal.” With love and empathy he told me “it’s a chemical imbalance in you brain, I can’t count the number of people I know who have struggled with mental illness at one time or another. It is extremely common, so therefore you are normal.”

Mental illness is extremely common, society needs to stop treating it differently than any other illness. If you have ever felt alone because of your mental illness you are not. I am here. Thousands and thousands of other people have shared your struggle. Depression can make you feel all alone in the world and like there is no future for you. I have had those feelings, but things do get better. Treatment does work. There are people out there that love and care about you, and there are people out there waiting to help you.

I’m Katie, I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, a girl boss, a political junkie, a wine lover, and I struggle with mental illness.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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Frozen in New England

If you’ve been following for a while I’m sure you have figured out I am obsessed with New England! New England is great at a lot of things: making clam chowder, winning sports teams, leaders in education and healthcare. But the one thing that I think New England is best at is producing great people. People who grow up here are special, you survive the long cold winter and you learn to really appreciate the nice summer weather when it comes. New England is known for the seasons and I think the seasons build character. This weekend I got to meet someone very special and Very New England Anna Thurber.

Anna is an extremely talented artist located in Weston. I went to visit her studio and learn all about the amazing things she is doing. Anna freezes flowers and then photographs the results creating breathtaking pieces of art. Anna told me that she was inspired by the frozen puddles she sees on her daily walks with her dog. If you love the New England seasons you will love Anna’s work. During winter the snow and ice kill all the flowers. Anna’s work uses the very same elements that kill the flowers (ice) to turn these flowers into something beautiful.

The photos she produces from these ice blocks are incredible! Many of them look like they could be paintings but it’s actually a photograph of frozen flowers. It’s so unique and cool, getting to watch Anna unveil these works was incredible. She told me each one can take between 4 days and 2 weeks. It’s a labor of love though, the passion Anna pours into her art is evident all over her house, from the 4 pots of boiling water on her stove waiting to be frozen to the broke TV she turned into an abstract masterpiece.

Thank you so much for sharing you passion with me Anna! Her website will be finished soon so everyone can purchase these incredible photographs, if you want to do something special with flowers from an event like a shower or a wedding you can contact Anna to find out how she can turn them into works of art. Check out some of her finished products on her Instagram.

I was compensated for this post but as always all opinions are my own.