Wandering through Wilmington

Saturday, November 14, 2015



   





Today I spent the day roaming the streets of downtown Wilmington.  The weather was perfect for exploring the streets and catching a bite to eat.  Every store now is filled with boots, sweaters, and the most amazing scented candles! After spending a few hours meandering through the shops, I discovered the cutest little boutique called Tusc.  Just one step into the store and I immediately felt like I was in the summertime out West.  It has a super loving, welcoming, and free spirit vibe.  All the clothing is flowy and super bohemian which is so my style! Definitely stopping by again soon.

Feeling a little hungry, we stopped by this new Mexican food restaurant and bar called Beer Barrio.  They have tons of beer on tap and a delicious menu full of tacos and burritos! I ordered a delicious chicken taco, but what I loved most about it was that outside the hard shell there was guac and a soft shell wrapped around it- so yummy! Pretty sure I would eat there everyday if I could!

On our way out we couldn't pass up grabbing some Kilwin's Ice Cream! It seriously so irresistible.  All in all it was a perfect day in Wilmington.  It's finally starting to get a little chillier, so I was super excited break out my fav booties and scarf! Hopefully you all get a chance to go out soon and see all the wonderful things downtown Wilmington has to offer!
Stay beautiful,
Madeline

When it feels like summer in November...

Saturday, November 7, 2015


It's hard to believe it's already November, especially on days like today where it reached about 80 degrees.  Fall in Wilmington is definitely different than most other cities I would say.  Besides the occasional rainy days, it still feels like summer! Other people may complain that there isn't football at my school, but I'm sure not worried about it when I'm catching a tan on the sand in the middle of autumn! Today was a great day to lay out, but I had a few errands to run, so I threw on this cute and comfy romper from Urban Outfitters.  I love it because it has 3/4 sleeves so when I'm inside it keeps me warm.  I also love how versatile it is- I could wear it to class with some sandals or out to lunch with some boots and a hat like I am wearing in the picture.  Rompers like this are definitely something to look for this fall if you live in a warm city like mine!

Stay beautiful,
Madeline


Be Present

Sunday, November 1, 2015



"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this." - Henry David Thoreau

Stress and anxiety is something I’m sure we all struggle with daily. This past week was particularly hard for me. With multiple tests, meetings, and my absolute best friend in the world upset with me, it was difficult to make it through. During class and at work I would just spend the entire time worrying about what I had to get done. It got to the point where I was so stressed about what was going to happen next I couldn't focus on what was actually happening in the moment. 

Thursday I was sitting in my room studying and I just couldn’t think anymore. So I decided just stop, put everything down, close my eyes, and breathe. I took deep breaths of good energy in and exhaled all my worries and negativity. Within just a minute, I already felt a weight being lifted off my shoulders. It was then I realized how important it is to just take a breath. By shifting my focus to the present, I instantly felt so much happier and alive. It’s amazing what an impact simply taking a second to breathe have. 

Doing this exercise made me realize how I should apply it to my daily life. By being present in every situation, it will make everything so much easier. The only thing you can control is your own thoughts, feelings, and actions.  This week I will go into the mindset of being present and positive.  The only moment we truly have is right here and right now- so embrace it! 

Stay beautiful,
Madeline



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