Jan 30, 2015

Zara Coat Obsession + Photo Diary


Hello beautiful girls! It has been quite the week for me. Most weeks are really busy for me but due to some upcoming deadlines…I worked a lot more “around the clock” this week than I am accustomed to. But, it was well worth it. I love having an excellent work life balance because that prepares me well for the weeks when I have to work at all hours of the night. I value my work life balance but I am also not afraid to roll up my sleeves and put in some hard time meeting my deadlines. 




My last photo diary was when I attended the Stella & Dot brunch at the Las Colinas Country Club. Since then I have pretty much been going non-stop with work, married life and my Stella & Dot business. I still have yet to determine what my end goal is for being a Stella & Dot stylist. After years of buying the merchandise on my own, it made sense to become a stylist (especially for the sample perks). However, now that I am into it…it means so very much more to me than I ever thought it could. Maybe because I am my own boss…maybe because it allows me to combine my love of fashion with my individual style…maybe because it allows me to share my love of their products with all of you. My goal in the next month is to write it down and make it happen. I write down what Stella & Dot means to me now and where I want to go with it. Once I write it down, I know that I will be able to easily commit to whatever it is I decide to do. I hope to share that journey with you all!   If you want to check out the new Spring 2015 collection or any of the items from the permanent range, visit my Stella & Dot website. You can also email me from my personal site about becoming a stylist, hosting a trunk show (online or in person) or just to find out what pieces would work best for you! 

As I look at the photos that I shared this week, I realize they are all over the place. Partially because our weather in Texas has been so bipolar…even more bipolar than I remember it being last year. We have swung from the 30s (and freezing) to 80 degrees all in a matter of two weeks! Another reason that I feel all over the place is because in the last two weeks, I have finally got back into my full workout routine and eating regimen. As a result, my straight hair only lasts about 2-3 days post-wash before its oily from working out so I put it up in a bun. Babe always says it looks great but I guess we are our own worse critics. And isn’t he supposed to say that? He is my husband! 

On another note… 

Thank you all you the questions you left in the comments of my most recent #AskErika blog post! I am very much looking forward to starting that series and making the most of being able to share my experiences with you.







Proof that makeup free days actually do exist! They just aren't as documented! But...when possible, I plan to share those too! 



Pretty flowers that the hubby surprised me with after work one day! He knows how hard I have been working and he always shows me how proud he is of all that I have accomplished! 


I do not think I can even begin to express my level of obsession with my newest find at Zara (AND IT WAS ON MAJOR SALE)! A Camel colored (warm, cozy and high fashion) kimono! You will see this coat a lot in this post and in the future! I cannot even find this gem on their website anymore to share with you all! 

















Jan 23, 2015

#AskErika Career advice?



It has been requested on more than one occasion that I provide life or career or relationship advice! I couldn't think of a better way to get started than to have all of you submit your questions so that we can start a series on my blog called #AskErika! 

I ask that you put any questions that you may have on any of those three topics in the comments section of this blog post and once I have enough questions...I will write an #AskErika blog post on the particular topics! 

Deal? Deal!

I have had my share of experiences in these 28 years of life...from career mistakes, to relationship (including friendship mistakes) to life mistakes! None of us are perfect. But, in order to enjoy life, you have to take the good with the bad. You have to use your mistakes as stepping stones to get to where you want to be. And as much as I find it surprising sometimes that I am not a surgeon in New York City...everything happens for a reason! In future blog posts, I can even explain the back story regarding how I switched from the Doctor path to the Finance path! 

Anyways, please don't hesitate to leave specific questions below! My hope may be to eventually turn this into a video series...just to give you an idea of where I am going with it!