Monday, March 3, 2014

In like a lion

Hey guys! I'm back, finally! I took a much-needed break there for two weeks. If you aren't from Michigan, or are unaware, we've had the most brutal winter. We have had constant snow since before Christmas, and freezing temperatures. It definitely hasn't been the most fun "blogging" weather, that's for sure. Plus, I've been working on some other major goals the past two months… so it was nice to focus on those and finish out the month of February on a good note. (I'll share more soon, promise.) But now, we're onto March! And we're definitely going into the month "like a lion". 3 degrees right now… brr!


I've been really getting into a routine lately, and I find that I really enjoy my life so much more when I have routines in place. I feel more in control, on top of daily tasks and I finally feel like I'm making some progress on goals I've had for years. YEARS! My goal with the blog is to try and post three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those are my off days from running. Plus, it's finally light enough when I'm off work to snap photos, so that's pretty awesome. Plus, daylight savings is coming up this weekend. That will make life even better!


I recently splurged and ordered myself the Madewell Transport Tote! I was so excited to receive it, and it hasn't left my side since the day it arrived. It's not like me to spend a lot of money on a purse, but this was on my wish list for over a year… and I thought really hard about whether or not it was worth it. It was. Totally worth it. I love it so far. It fits everything from all of my daily essentials (wallet, keys, chapstick) and also carries my lunch bag, and my Canon. Plus, my laptop if I need it. I'm excited to start carrying around my camera more too. I need to inspire myself to start taking more pictures! Alright -- see you guys soon! And thanks again for your patience while I took a break from this space. I'm feeling refreshed and excited to be back. I'll be more excited when it's finally spring. ;)


Outfit details:
Levi's 4-Pocket Parka ℅ HauteLook
Forever21 Ivory Top
T.J.Maxx Scarf

31 comments:

  1. That outfit is so cute! It's good to see you back on the blog. I have one big bag to fit my Canon, lunch and other things too but it's getting worn out fast because I use it every day. That could be a good one too.

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  2. Welcome back! I love your outfit and you're totally right! Having a routine and being organized makes like a gazillion time better. It ONLY took me like 27 years to figure that out. Check out my related post I wrote a few weeks ago about it: http://wintermoonblog.com/2014/01/29/on-being-a-productive-human/

    xo,
    Liv
    www.wintermoonblog.com

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  3. Hey, hey! Good to have you back, girl. Looking beautiful. And yeah, speaking of snow, it's hard being motivated to go out and do 'anything' right now. Ha . SO excited for spring! ;)

    Melissa
    thebeesknees-mel.com

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  4. It sounds like you are just rocking life Tieka, and I'm excited for you! :)
    Honestly, just reading this post made me feel inspired and excited about tackling projects and just giving my best.So thank you!
    Anyway, 3 degrees?? Zip your coat up girl!
    Haha, love this cute and casual winter outfit. The beanie looks nice and cozy, and sweet new tote! Nothing like splurging on yourself every now and then.

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  5. really nice pictures (and outfit) :)

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  6. Wow - what a stunning set of photos! I'm in love with the location you chose for this outfit. The cement tubes (?) are a great back drop and the colours complement your outfit so well. I've missed your photography. :) Also, I completely agree about your thoughts on routine; life is so much easier when you're not constantly having to make choices. Looking forward to your new posts!!

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  7. I'm really into BIG leather bags, and since I found The Leather Store (on etsy) it's the only place I've purchased my purses. The price point is comparable to the Madewell bag and they are so well made. I'm seriously not being paid to write this, but I've purchased at least five things from the store and I love them all!
    Can't wait to see what you've been working on. :)

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  8. I think you are one of the only people I "know" that looks forward to Spring forward, haha. I am already dreading next week and the lost hour :)

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  9. Yes, I'm not exactly enjoying Michigan's weather right now, but at least there is sunshine today!

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  10. Glad you're back, girl! It's always nice to take a little break and rejuvenate! Minnesota has been absolutely FREEZING here as well. The high yesterday was -2. I wish the Midwest would warm up a bit! Luckily you've got a cute coat and boots to wear in the meantime! ;)

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

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  11. We're just bowling into Autumn (Fall) here in NZ and I can't get boots off my mind. Love your boots!! Hope you have some warm weather your way soon.

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  12. You look gorgeous! Glad you got to take a break!

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  13. im glad that you're back..i had being waiting for ages (eventhough only for 2 weeks) i think i really love your posts a lot.love your outfits,especially the scarf!!

    xo josephine
    www.joselovincolors.com

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  14. What a gorgeous bag. You know, if a bag is really getting used, they are always worth it :)

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  15. I don't even know how you're braving that cold of weather... brr! I am loving the combination of that scarf, beanie and your hair. Amazing!

    Steph - Signing Steph

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  16. As always, your photos are fabulous. I love that bag! There isn't nearly enough brown leather in my wardrobe.

    x Kenzie
    http://www.easy-lucky-free.com

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  17. Love your look :) Especially your bag! I know what you mean about needing a break, it would be hard for me since I am new and obsessed with blogging. Rachel xo

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  18. So happy to have you back, lady! It's nice to take a little break and you needed to keep warm! Can't wait to hear about your goals! Love that bag!! I'm getting it one day! :)
    www.kaylee-daily.com

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  19. good to see you back! love this outfit - though not jealous of your snow. i'm totally ready for spring!

    xo. jenn @ hello, rigby!

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  20. YAY! welcome back, tieka! so excited for daylight savings because YESSSS more light! haha. stay warm girl! <3


    --Leeds
    at this volume

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  21. I can't even imagine weather that cold haha. I definitely sympathize for you. Glad to hear you have been productive though. I have been getting routines down lately too and you are right that it makes life so much better.

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  22. So glad your back and that bag seems like it is worth the money it's beautiful!

    Aloha, Kathleen | House of Polynesia

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  23. SO SO SOOOOO happy that you're back, Tieka! I've definitely missed your posts! This outfit is absolutely adorable and perfect for this bitter cold we've had for far too long. I would love to hear more about how you've created routines and accomplished goals!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

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  24. I really admire that you took some time off blogging to focus on new goals and projects, I have been thinking of doing the same because its not supposed to feel like a chore! You look gorgeous and I love your new bag!
    Hope you're having a great day!
    xo Hannah
    http://thebraidedbandit.blogspot.com
    http://thebraidedbandit.etsy.com

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  25. yay! welcome back! and i love that beanie!!
    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

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  26. Sweet pictures and a great look! :)
    Kisses
    Tabea

    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  27. have been missing your posts:)

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  28. Glad you're back and cute outfit!


    www.violetdaffodils.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  29. Hey, hey! How are you?
    You is so cute! I'm in love with your blog ♥♥
    xoxo

    http://apequenaka.blogspot.com.br/

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  30. Cute as ever! Great photography. My only wish is that we could enlarge your pics like Kaylee Mccollough's of Kayllee Daily.

    Thanks for coming back.

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