The Universe is Listening

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River Island Graphic Shift dress

I really, whole-heartily believe you need to tell the universe what you want. Everyone always asks if I read, “The Secret” and I haven’t but I have believed this for a long time. My dear friend Molly gave me the book to read but I never quite finished it. However, even before the book my interest was piqued. I have seen it happen many times over, people who know what they want, say it aloud, and it happens. Growing up I had the mentality, “whatever happens was meant to be.” Now, I am not waiting around for “whatever happens,” I want to make it happen. I want to grab the bull by the horns and make it listen. I am ready for bigger things and I hope the universe is listening!

Lets get real for a second – I see an intuitive councilor a few times a year. She taps into the “other side” of things and helps me with issues I may not even know I am struggling with. Quite powerful! She is HUGE on visualizing and vocalizing what you want. I have been practicing this “visualization and vocalization” for a while now and see a significant difference. I am not saying if you visualize to win the lottery you will win but I think if you see what you want in life, imagine yourself there, and speak it aloud and you may just be surprised.

Okay, so why did I get off on this tangent of thought – because last night it ended up being around 80 degrees and very breezy! Remember in yesterday’s post I was complaining so much about the heat and how horrible it was? Well, it is just like the universe heard my pleas! It is currently a cool 75 and overcast! Listening much? Okay, okay, so this is totally a random act of God but I thought it was quite humorous! I even had another bright summery look lined up for today’s post just to say sorry for being such a negative nancy yesterday! I was going to say how the Texas heat really isn’t that bad but then I got hit with 75 and I realized…no it really is that bad! So instead I leave with some food for thought and a bright look!

Summer Blues

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ASOS Curved Hem Sheer Pencil skirt, Club Monaco Alba Eyelet topBuDhaGirl Intentions bracelet, Jennifer Zeuner Drop-Down necklace, Glam Rocks Thin Gold ring, Wildfox Classic Fox sunglasses in Crystal, Gap clutch, Zara sandals, J.Crew Panama hat in White

I shot these photos in between RIO and Europe – when my mind was still caught in all the color from Brazil and summer was still an exciting thought. I usually shy away from anything so bright but a few months ago I couldn’t stop buying pieces that really stuck out. Fast forward to today and I am in a black and white kind of mood. Maybe it is the rain that is beating down my window or the fact that I keep seeing fall items pop up in stores and online but I just want summer to be over! I don’t want that to sound negative but between the mosquito attacks every evening and the heat – I am spent! I am such a proud Texan but I must say, the older I get, the harder summers get for me! Can I just get a one-way ticket to anywhere but here? Okay, so I am being super dramatic and maybe it is just some summer blues but a girl is allowed to have her days! I will spare you further thoughts and go drink a cup of tea and re-center. Promise to be back tomorrow, rejuvenated and content! 🙂

photos by Erica Sledge

Maison du Soir :: Geneva, Garden

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Sophia in Pearl Button-Down 100% silk shirt // Jaclyn in Pearl 100% silk shorts

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to have a relaxed morning. One of my favorite places to do this? My in-laws garden in Geneva, Switzerland. The air is always extremely fresh, the flowers are gorgeous, and the energy is calm. I love to have a cup of coffee and enjoy my surroundings. The best part of vacation is to unwind and re-center – something I think people forget. It is so hard to balance all of your expectations  of a trip – with site-seeing, reservations, and so on – I think people forget to just stand in one place, take a deep breath, and just “be.” I had the opportunity on my last trip to enjoy a few mornings and enjoy the moment and it was so necessary. So, I challenge you on your next trip to take three minutes to stand in one place, take deep breathes, and capture mental pictures of where you are!

Okay, so I got that off my chest, lets chat these p.j.’s. You may remember last week I did a Maison du Soir in Rio! This week I am bringing you Geneva. Sweet, sweet Geneva! The pearl button-down and shorts are one of the most beautiful sets I have ever seen. They are classic, chic, and versatile. Yes, I wore the top to a day of shopping! I have always loved the classic relationship between a cream and black. Growing-up I made my mom re-do my room so I could have it only black and white. It had to be more Audrey Hepburn I told her. Though I may love a good trendy piece every now-and-again my  heart will always belong to the classics. The Sophia and Jaclyn fulfill this classic love and were also a total hit among those who saw them. They really are that spectacular in person. I know spending $200 on a pair of pajamas seems excessive but you spend more time in them than any other item in your closet. AND trust me – I used to be like that until I took the plunge and I can’t tell you how great it feels to wear beautiful pajamas. I honestly think it is a revelation. I go to bed feeling great and very chic and wake-up the same way! I am sticking to this purchase and calling it my MUST HAVE ITEM OF THE YEAR! I believe this so much that I wanted those I care about to feel the same way and purchased my mom a set, who now swears by them! I.speak.the.truth.

Need more convincing or just want to see more beautiful pieces from MDS? I am excited to bring you another round of Maison du Soir in Geneva and then in Paris, Normandy, and London! Stay tuned…

In the mean time I will leave you with more on Geneva:

Geneva is an incredible city and one I have loved getting to know over the past few years. Whether you want to go boating, site-seeing, to a park, hiking, museums, or shopping, Geneva has it all! My personal favorite thing to do is to go out on Lake Geneva. It has absolutely stunning waters and being surrounded by the alps is breath-taking.

Little known facts about Lake Geneva (via theswisswatchblog) –

  • It has dual citizenship in two countries – about 60% lies in Switzerland and 40% lies in France
  • It is deep – because it is an Alpine lake, it mimics the Alps, in the inverse. The average depth of Lake Geneva is 507 feet
  • It has contributed to science- in 1827, Lake Geneva was the first place for the speed of sound to be tested in fresh water
  • Expensive bottled water likes to call it home- Evian comes from several springs near Evian-les-Bains, France, which rests on the shores of Lake Geneva
  • Driving around it can add time to your European road trip- the Mt Blanc tunnel costs around 75 USD to travel through one-way and only takes about 20 min. The other option is driving around Lake Geneva, which could add 3 hours to your trip

Just a little fun facts for your Tuesday afternoon reading! I am excited to bring you a city guide of Geneva, if you ever find yourself in the beautiful city!

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