Back in March I made the decision to temporarily close Parties by Catie-Marie out of an abundance of caution. The pandemic was ramping up and I felt it was irresponsible to keep a store open that essentially promotes getting together with others. We are still in a time when social gatherings really shouldn’t be happening and if they do need to occur, they should be done in a limited and regulated way.
It is hard to believe that Independence Day is only a week away. While the holiday will certainly look different this year, there are still some traditions that may be able to remain. I love hunting for the perfect Fourth of July outfit each year. Figuring out what best portrays my style, shows some patriotism, but isn’t too cheesy. I inevitably google and search Pinterest for inspiration, but will ultimately go with what feels right. I thought I would put together some ideas for outfits I think would be just perfect for the holiday!
As we are finally starting to gear up for summer here in the Pacific Northwest, I have been thinking about how I can give our patio a little refresh. I love that we have a covered porch, so really despite the weather we can be outside, but once it gets sunny and warm, that is the only place I want to be! We are starting to prepare for a remodel to our house and our deck getting moved, so I have been challenged to find things that can easily be moved to the new set up! Such exciting stuff!
I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of the planning process was actually planning our honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, I loved planning the wedding but it was just different. There were times when it feels like you are planning the wedding for other people. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. all have expectations of what your wedding will be. And realistically, they are all coming to this event for you, so it is kind to keep them in mind when planning. But, the honeymoon. The honeymoon is different. The honeymoon is truly just for you and your special someone. I love traveling in general, so this was even more fun.
I knew when I started my journey toward wellness I would experience setbacks along the way. I would have great days that I was completely proud of and that made me feel fantastic. I would have other days that did not make me feel good and like I could have made better choices. I knew things wouldn’t be perfect and I knew I would stumble. My goal from the beginning was not give up when I did experience those setbacks. To let those times be just that, setbacks, not the end of my journey. Having come out the other side of my first setback, I am proud that I have not given up and that it isn’t the end of this journey for me.
Last week we had skincare, this week we have make-up. Quarantine has really been teaching me to take a less is more approach to my daily make-up routine. Well, on the days that I do put on make-up. I have also honed in on the products that I really love and reach for every day.
It is hard to believe that we are getting so close to our first anniversary. This past year has just flown by. Our wedding day was one of the happiest of my my life. While it may not have been perfect (I’m looking at you 90 degree heat) on paper, it was perfect to me in every way. I found that it wasn’t all of the little details that made it perfect, but rather getting to marry my favorite person surrounded by our friends and family.
Over the past few weeks I have been doing what I can to educate myself more on systemic racism and how that plays a role in essentially ever aspect our society. I truly believe in the power of education and feel there are so many people that could benefit from educating themselves on these topics. I have been working on compiling all of the resources, books, articles, videos, etc. that I have been finding to put into posts in the coming weeks. I wanted to share a preview of a few of the people and items that have had the biggest impact on me so far.
Last week I shared my take on a Capsule Wardrobe. When I was choosing the items to include in the capsule, I wanted to make sure that each piece was high quality and could be used in a variety of ways. Fast fashion has become a huge problem in our society, so finding high quality, timeless pieces is more important than ever. It is also a better option to find one high quality piece, than have to replace the piece more frequently. I also want to make sure the pieces can be used in a casual outfits, work outfits, as well as more dressy outfits.
My days, weeks and months continue to be a bit strange and nothing like what I had imagined of my 2020. While we dredged through another month of staying at home, I have started to get used to the new normal. It did lead me to really evaluate the goals I had set for myself and what still feels relevant. You may see some changes coming to this list, which was obviously not my intention but seems a bit necessary. I wrote this post prior to all of the major protests and cultural awakening. I plan to continue to post educational content regarding racial equality and systematic racism not only over the next week but in many of the weeks to come. I want to find ways to integrate this content into the content that I have posted in the past.