26 Things I’ve Learned Over the Past 26 Years

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This past Saturday was my 26th Birthday and it was truly an amazing weekend! I celebrated with my family and close friends. We all hung out on our rooftop had some delicious food (a la chef Ryan), wine, champagne, and Sweet Mandy B’s cake of course!

25 was an incredible year for me but also a really challenging one. Between getting engaged & wedding planning to moving in with Ryan and starting The Lovely Lo Down, I’ve learned and grown A LOT!  I’m feeling especially blessed after such a wonderful, relaxing weekend and wanted to share 26 things I’ve learned over the years – including many things I’m still learning!

  1. Not every day is going to be exciting. Be ok with the blah days.
  2. Family always comes first.
  3. It’s essential to invest in yourself.
  4. When your car makes really loud noises that don’t sound normal – take it in right away. Don’t wait.
  5. People remember who showed up.
  6. You need to celebrate and acknowledge the little wins and the good days.
  7. Giving always feels so much better than receiving.
  8. Be nice to everyone – you truly don’t know people are battling.
  9. Slow down & be patient.
  10. Anyone can be a pretty good cook you just have to find a good recipe.
  11. It’s also ok to have a bowl of cereal for dinner.
  12. Invest in experiences not things. Travel often.
  13. Don’t be afraid of rejection. If you don’t ask – the answer is always no.
  14. A hand-written note is always appreciated.
  15. Never stop learning.
  16. You won’t get fat if you take a week off from the gym.
  17. Chase your passion, not a paycheck…but benefits are really helpful and important.
  18. The wrong shoes can ruin an outfit.
  19. Your parents don’t always know what they’re doing but they definitely still know more than you.
  20. Don’t trust everything you see & hear. There is so much more than what people show on social media.
  21. Shopping definitely counts as cardio.
  22. Do not force yourself to do something you don’t want to do.
  23. Jealousy is a waste of time and so is bragging. Be humble and happy with what you have.
  24. Dry shampoo.
  25. Not everyone you meet will like you. That is ok, don’t try to please everyone.
  26. Don’t settle.
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A few days of fun in the sun! ☀️ Now we’re off to meet our sweet niece before heading home to the holiday madness. 💕
Working on holiday gift guides and an exciting blog update! I can’t wait to share everything I’ve been working on with you guys soon! 🤗 
Also, I finally got my hands on this cozy sweater set and am obsessed! So perfect for the winter temps heading our way this week! 
Sweater dresses and sneakers on repeat until further notice. Definitely the comfiest bump combo for fall. #bumpstyle #maternityfashion 
My daily make up routine! You can find everything I use at Sephora and it’s all currently 15% off for VIB members and 20% off for Rogue members! Everything is linked in @shop.ltk 
Oversized sweaters and my fave leggings will be my go to as baby girl grows this winter. Just found this incredibly soft and cozy sweater and lots of others @aerie that are all currently on sale! 
The fall cocktail hour edit 🍸
Bumpin’ with my girl ❤️ Can’t believe I’m already 25 weeks! We’re so excited to meet this little peanut. 
Shop my striped sweater and lots of other similar styles in @shop.ltk 
Last nights date night look ft. fall hair and the comfiest bump friendly dress. 
Oldies but goodies. My pullover and flats are favorites from last year and they’re back in my rotation and back in stock again this Fall. 🍂🍁 
Starting the week with a full ❤️ after a fun filled fall weekend with my boys. 🥰 
TGIF!! 😅 The daily struggle of thinking “Today’s the day I’ll sit down and relax during nap time.“ 🙃 Consider this your reminder to take a minute for yourself this weekend! ❤️
Outfit linked in the @shop.ltk app
One of my favorite sweaters is part of the @amazon prime day early access sale! It’s super cozy, great quality and comes in a bunch of other cute colors that I’ve already added to my cart! 🛒🛍️ Happy shopping! 
Sharing more of my picks in the @shop.ltk app! 
Calling all color lovers! 🌈 This fun, scalloped collar dress is part of the @target fall designer collection with @kikavargas_ and under $45! 🤗
https://liketk.it/3RwXt @targetstyle
Three ways to wear this bump friendly sweater dress this fall - weekend, work & date night. Which way would you wear it most? 
A visit to the pumpkin patch and our porch is looking a lot more colorful & a little spookier 🍁🎃 Happy October! 
Layering season is here 🤗 Today’s outfit for our first chilly fall day! 
Drink if you dare 🍸☠️ My bar cart is ready for spooky season!