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So this is awkward.
Hey. It’s been awhile. Where have I been? Well…
Sometimes, life happens and you lose your desire to continue things you once loved. Over the past year and a half, my life has turned upside down and where I am sitting at this moment is not a place I ever imagined. Since I was last posting regularly, I have moved three times, changed jobs twice, ended a relationship that was a centerpiece of this blog, broke down, got the fuck back up. 
I miss this place. 
Do you mind if I share somethings that happened? 
I fell in love.
While no love is perfect, it is astonishing to me how I could find a person who filled the holes that had grown in me. He makes me want more for myself and for us. He challenges me in a way that I never imagined was possible. He drives me crazy. He makes me laugh harder than I ever had. He is gentle and strong. He is handsome as hell and intensely hard working. He makes me smile at just the thought of him. He literally is my person.
I got my dream job.
I finally got the balls to apply to a fancy downtown hotel I never believed would look twice at me. Well, surprise, they hired me. While it is still work, it is something I am passionate about and I am thrilled to have this challenge. I am also exhausted from it but hey, that’s adult life, no?
I made a new amazing circle of friends.
I lucked into this amazing community of people that I never dreamed of knowing. They are all so different and so awesome. They have welcomed me in and made me one of their own. They are fun, intensely caring and people I plan on keeping around.
I realized existing group of friends were a fiercely loyal and loving group.
You know, it sucks that it happens this way. But when my world fell apart around me, my friends rallied and protected me. They picked me up and cheered as I stood on my own two feet. You guys are the light of my life. <3
I broke down again.
For whatever reason, the old friends, new friends, wonderful love and great job weren’t enough. I was just fucking angry. I felt like I had come so far to be knocked the back down on my ass. I had started over, and it was looking extremely bright but it wasn’t enough for me. It felt lonely and dark. While I don’t feel 100%, I am starting to feel more positive. Hence the epic (lol…) return. 
All of these things caused me to lose sight of this special place I created and the community I was part of. But now, I am settled and focused. I am anxious to bring Denim and Daydreams back to life. I am eager to bring myself 100% back to life. Not for the followers or the likes but for the outlet. I want to have my creative space back so here I am. If you are still out there, I am excited to ‘see’ you. I haven’t stopped following you all and I hope we can connect again. I can’t promise this will be the same place it was. I do promise I will be writing more. Being more honest. And of course, the lifestyle and fashion parts that are a part of me will be here. So, let’s do this.


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I tend to be a really terrible over-packer. Some may use the term ‘chronic over-packer’. But once that bag is more than likely checked, the carry-on is the most important traveling accessory. One wrong move wit the carry-on and your whole flight can be ruined. Believe it or not, I like to keep my carry-on simple and organized. Just the essentials to avoid digging around for boarding passes or chapstick.

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Leather zipper tote / MARC BY MARC JACOBS tablet sleeve, / MANGO lip care / Burt s Bees beauty product, / Aerie fall home decor / powerstation / Skinnydip London Soundbuds, 

First things first, the entertainment. A good iPad/tablet case is great for not only protecting your electronics, but to stash boarding passes and other important papers. In addition to the electronics, I always tote around a few magazines. They are the perfect distraction to help pass the time. Throw in a good pair of headphones and a juice pack for your phone/tablet and all of the entertainment needs are covered.
The bag is pretty important as well. Large enough to comfortably fit all of your belongings and lots of pockets are a must. I always carry cuticle cream to keep my hands soft, chapstick for my lips and a big scarf to keep warm. Lastly, there is nothing worse than that yucky and dirty feeling I have once I get off the plane. I like to bring make-up wipes for a quick refresh.  
What are your carry-on essentials?
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TGIF ladies! I cannot explain to you how excited I am for the weekend. Something about fall weekends make me a different level of ready for the days off. I am even more excited to share with you this exciting post that I hinted at here last week. A week ago I shared with you this super cute video with one of my favorite Kardashians and we were left hanging when she opened the door to find Sparkle. Any ideas who Sparkle was? Check out part two below….!
This week, Sparkle was introduced and I have to say, I am so excited! It is not new that around here we favor a great drink and lots of sparkle.  Can I please have one of those cocktails and all of those fun outfits asap? This video makes me crave a girls night pretty badly. What is more fun than sitting around with your girlfriends all dressed up with fun cocktails? 

Hypnotiq Sparkle is a bright colored sparkling liqueur that is a perfect and delicious alternative for us girls who love a glass (or three) of champs. This is the perfect drink for a girls night in, girls night out and is available just in time for the holidays with a limited supply. I don’t know about you guys but I plan on trying this as soon as possible! It may be in my sweats while watching reality TV, but regardless, it’s happening. #soglam. 

Enjoy the weekend!
This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries
Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2014

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I am not one to really talk personal life here but with what has been going on, I felt like I had to share with you  guys. 
It’s funny how you adapt to change. Each one of us has such a different reaction to large changes. Normally, I am panicked, flustered and overwhelmed. I can’t concentrate and all I can think about is how the change is either unfair, exciting or how everything else will now be different. 
I am currently one month from a change that rocked my entire world. The end of an eight and a half year relationship. Moving out, breaking ties with people who have become loved ones and losing my every day best friend and confidant. Those things alone were what kept me from allowing this change for so long. This change was the most painful and liberating thing I have ever gone through in my entire life. For the first few days I really wasn’t sure how I could function as a single piece. Why should I have to learn to? Why me?
All of these ‘poor me’ thoughts were swirling and consuming. I felt like a tornado of broken. I have never been one to physically react to my emotions, but this really did get the best of me. It was like nothing I have ever experienced. I couldn’t eat, I didn’t want to drink and I didn’t want to fall asleep because I hated the idea of waking up and having to remember what was happening all over again. Then, just like the movies, a song came on the radio and I screamed it at the top of my lungs with tears streaming down my face. At the end of the song I literally felt the weight, sadness, anger and hurt lift. It was the most surreal and pretty much dramatic moment ever. Not only am I going to be able to learn how to be a single person, I decided I was going to be awesome at it. 
Being 27 and single is a hell of a lot better than waking up at 35 and being miserable. Single shouldn’t be scary. In fact, it isn’t scary. It’s fun. Sure, dating is absolutely the most terrifying thing I can imagine, but for every bad date you have a great story to gossip with your friends about. The first date is like ripping off a band-aid, not so bad, just do it. On top of all of this, I was reminded that not only do I have the most wonderful and supportive family, but my friends are the kind of people who really do make everything better.
I have been struggling with the guilt of not being as upset as everything thinks I am. I am happy. I really just feel good. Sure, I have waves of sadness, he was a wonderful man. BUT, the excitement and unknown is really almost too much for me to keep the smile off my face. I feel light and breezy.  Actually, the worst part of this whole brand new single girl thing is the pity.
“Oh, you will be ok!” I am actually fan-fucking-tastic.
“You are just so strong! You will find someone.” Oh thank you, I know, there are plenty of tinder boys out there.
“Hang in there, you’re awesome.” No shit, of course I am.
OK you guys, enough. How about “I am so happy you are happy.”
So the general gist of this ramble? I am tindering, doing me and loving living life. 
Cheers to an epic summer and to just being happy.
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I  cannot believe the first beach weekend is in the record books. While getting ready for the beach yesterday, I felt completely unprepared. While borderline spazzing out about what to bring, I decided I needed to have a go-to set of items that would never fail me. Per usual, jorts are involved.

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Monki white shirt,  / Rag & Bone jean shorts / Chloé Mare bikini swimwear / Havaianas white shoes,  / Tory Burch beach tote / Henri Bendel aviator sunglasses / ASOS hair accessory / Burt s Bees lip treatment, / Sun care / John Lewis beach towel, / Apple iPod nano 16Gb Pink,  / Amazon.com: The Fault in Our Stars eBook: John Green: Kindle Store

Do you guys have things you must have in your beach bag? I am always looking for new additions!
Happy short work week!
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The warm weather is here to stay people! I have officially busted out my self tanner to make my pasty white skin look less sad. My go-to look this year is going to be fun flowy tops, jeans and wedges. I love the simplicity of this combo and the way you can accessorize with anything!

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Cami tank top / Paige Denim destroyed boyfriend jeans / Steve Madden wedge heel sandals / Jennifer Zeuner yellow gold necklace / Lipsy hinged bangle bracelet, / Round earrings

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Today I am linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Love Always, Nancy J. This is such a fun link-up series she is running. I mean who doesn’t love talking beauty!

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Comodynes sun care / Essie nail polish / Urban decay eyeshadow / Urban Decay blush / Tom Ford nude lipstick / Nars cosmetic / Christian Dior curling iron / LORAC lip makeup

This summer I am going to a bronzed and beachy look with pops of color here and there. What are you guys craving for summer beauty items?

Love Always Nancy J

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Traveling always brings out major wardrobe anxiety with me. Whether it’s overpacking because lord knows I can’t leave anything at home just in case I need to wear it or what to wear during the physical traveling, there is always something. While I am not sure overpacking is ever something I will be able to shake, what to wear while traveling has become more clear lately. Layers are just as key as being comfortable. I opt to wear whatever shoe will be the most difficult to pack and the most comfortable layers I have. While I envy anyone with the cajones to just wear sweats and sneakers, it is just not in my DNA to do so anymore. What are your go-to travel looks?



BB Dakota Fur Coats · L’Agence Shortsleeve Tops · Nation Ltd. Tees

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Love them or hate them, they are everywhere. What do you think about the formal-wear jumpsuit? I think I am at the point where I love it and I need one like yesterday. I love the flowy options with embellishments that cinch just right in the waist. The tighter, the more Jenny from the block you can look.
Emma Stone in Elie Saab- effortless elegance
Is this Rachel Zoe? god, I love her :0 (It All Appeals to Me: Outfit Obsessions)
bad ass. crossing my fingers, I hope by Dec 2013 my hair will be long enough for this to be my next stage of my hair growing adventure
georges hobeika spring 2014 couture pearl embellished white jumpsuit
Purple Jumpsuit. I want one  so nice for summer
Love!! Had to cut mine up today because it was too small, I think I found the perfect replacement!!
If I were a jumpsuit kind of girl, this would be my jumpsuit. Black Bianca Jumpsuit | Piper Gore.
Anyone else out there falling for these adult chic onsies?

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Something about a simple button-down shirt is so underrated in my closet. I really didn’t add any for years until I came across this super soft LOFT version. This top is a spin on a classic and a perfect match for jeans or a pencil skirt. I wore this combo to a Boston Blogger event at the DryBar. First of all, who knew there were so many awesome and fun bloggers in Boston? There is such a great community and I am so happy to have found it. Second, DryBar is actually my dream come true. If you didn’t know, I straighten my hair multiple times a week. So being able to get a luxurious blowout that I am not slaving over is really mecca for me. These pictures are the before and I didn’t get a great one of my hair after but honestly, it was amazing! My girl Sam who styled me was fab and the champagne and company didn’t hurt either!
LOFT shirt//Lucky Brand denim (similar)





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