Forever 21 maxi dress re-made as skirt, necklace, hat; American Eagle top

It's about to get serious up in here...

This weekend I finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Initially I picked the book up because of it's pretty cover - yes, I judge books by covers. First impressions matter, kay? Then I read the summary and I was intrigued. Since I finished school in December, my life has gone through some pretty big changes. Over the past few months, I've been thinking about happiness and whether or not I was appreciating enough in my life.  Then I found this book, written by a woman who asked herself the very same questions and actually did something about it. She started a "Happiness Project".

The book was an inspiring read. Not everything applied to me - I'm not married and I don't have children - but I feel like I've learned a lot from her experiences. I've become much more aware of my negativity and criticisms. There are certain things I definitely take for granted and I'm trying to do more to appreciate them. Also, I tend to get easily annoyed and I'm realizing that it isn't good for me, or the people around me. I've also found a few pretty great quotes from the book:
  • "Enjoy the fun of failure" 
  • "One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; one of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself"
  • "The days are long, but the years are short" 
I'm sure this will be one of those books that I keep on my shelf and revisit when times are tough or I feel stuck in a rut. It's made me re-evaluate a number of areas of my life and I'm inspired to make some changes for myself.

What did you do this weekend? 


  1. I've been waiting for that book to be ready at the library for *forever*. So glad to hear you liked it and found it useful and inspiring! Can't wait to get my hands on it!
    p.s., very chic ensemble!

  2. That actually sounds like an awesome book - love the little quotes! And absolutely love that skirt - so cute :)


    The Other Side of Gray

  3. Your weekend sounds much more reflective than mine. I keep hearing people talk about that book though so maybe I need to pick it up. You look beautiful in this outfit. I especially love the hat.

  4. I love the floppy hat paired with the asymmetrical hem of your skirt :) I'll have to check out that book, it sounds very inspiring!

    The Tiny Heart

  5. I love the quote, "Enjoy the fun of failure." It really made me think for a minute. Have you ever read "A Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh? I think you might really like it. It is the book that made me have many "a-ha" moments like you had with "The Happiness Project."

    Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

  6. 1. You pull off a hat quite well!
    2. I really love the simplicity of this look.
    3. You just added another book to my ever-growing book list! Sheesh.

  7. love the black and white. very beautiful/
    kw, ladiesinnavy

  8. This outfit looks very Parisian for some reason. I think it's the hat. At any rate, you look wonderful :)

  9. The days are long but the years are short- that's so true and a good motto to keep in mind when the hours are dragging by at work! Simple but elegant look- love the floppy hat! I went to a roller derby this weekend- random but fun!

  10. super cute look! I might just have to add the Happiness project to my books to read:)

  11. This is a great look for you Kel. The hat is the cherry on top. Love, cousin L.

  12. This outfit is very much up my alley! I adore the hat as well! And the book sounds like a prospective summer read for me!-Jessica



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