December 2016 | In Search of Sheila

Year in Review: Favorite Outfits & Moments of 2016

December 30, 2016

At the end of the year I always do a little round up of my favorite outfits and best moments of the year. Taking some time to reflect on the past year can help us evaluate our accomplishments and failures, making us more wise as we grow older. It can also give us an idea about what to look forward to in the new year. Also I think it's hilarious to look at how my style has changed over the year(s), ha!

How To Achieve Your Goals and Keep Them

December 28, 2016

Setting goals is a great way to turn your dreams into a reality, whether it's related to your health, career, school, blog, or business. The key thing to remember, however, is that anyone can make a list of things they want to accomplish, but many stop thinking about them the moment after they're written down. Today I'm sharing ten actionable ways that will help achieve your goals and actually keep them.

How to Achieve Your Goals New Year

After Christmas Sales

December 26, 2016

White Sweater Thermal Leggings
Sweater: Old Navy (on sale!) / Leggings: Old Navy (similar here and here)

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas (if you celebrate)! When I was little it was kind of a tradition for me to go to the mall with my mom and grandmother to spend my Christmas money. Nowadays I rather shop online in my pajamas and avoid the crazy crowds, so I thought I would share some of my top sale picks from my favorite stores along with what sales are going on today. A lot of places are having killer deals (like ASOS) and you have to jump on something quick or it'll sell out. Happy shopping!

Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2016

Holidays Christmas Home Decor Inspiration

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas if you're celebrating today! I've honestly never  felt so blessed and appreciated by so many people before. Make sure to practice gratitude today, because the holidays aren't about how many gifts you gave or received, but about spreading love and kindness to those around you. I'm spending my day with loved ones cozied up in pajamas sipping on coffee by the fire place. 

What is everyone up to for the holidays?


26 Little Acts of Kindness to Try During the Holidays

December 23, 2016

Gray Coat Black Jeans White Sweater
Coat: Forever 21 (similar/ Sweater: thrifted / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: DSW / Bag: Old Navy

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Can't believe we are so close and I still have a little shopping to do (queen procrastinator reporting for duty!) I've been busy this week with shopping, gift wrapping, and work holiday party prepping so I didn't post on Wednesday, which felt weird and great at the same time. We all need a break sometime. Anyway, I wanted to share this outfit I wore to my work holiday party and also share a little story.

Rainy Weekend

December 19, 2016

Camel Suede Moto Jacket
Jacket: c/o Sans Souci / Jeans: Forever 21 / Top: Target / Shoes: Nike / Bag: Forever 21 / Hat: Nike

Happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend? I visited my boyfriend (we're in a LDR) for his birthday and it rained the whole time :( We did get some snow Saturday morning, but it quickly turned to rain and ice. So, of course my plans for a photo shoot were ruined, but I did manage to snap some quick #OOTD shots of what I wore yesterday for brunch featuring this (vegan) suede moto jacket from Sans Souci. I really love the color and shape to it, but it's definitely more suited for the spring time. The weather was mild and a little humid yesterday so I got away with wearing it comfortably. I've learned to be grateful for rainy days and "ruined plans" because it's a reminder that life doesn't always go according to plan and allows you to embrace spontaneity. 

Holiday Gift Guide: Wellness & Self-Care

December 16, 2016

Christmas is a week away, what?!? I know a lot of us still have our holiday shopping to do, so I'm sharing another gift guide to help ya out! We all have that one person in our life that is always busy, putting others before themselves, and never takes a break. My mom is guilty of this and I'm always telling her to take a second to breath! Constantly being busy and stressed out is not good for our health, so I'm a huge advocate for taking care of our physical and mental health in order to maintain a happy life. Today I'm sharing 13 gifts that promote self love and self care that are perfect for a spa night with the girls, someone who wants to embrace a more mindful lifestyle, or the up and go mom that deserves a couple hours all to herself.

What To Write in a Christmas Card

December 14, 2016

What to Write in Christmas Card
For the holidays this year I decided to write out greeting cards to my friends and coworkers. Ever since I started to practice gratitude everyday I've learned to see the positive in all situations and never take anything or anyone for granted. Since I can't afford to buy everyone I appreciate in my life a gift, mailing a nice card out in the mail or handing it to them in person is a perfect alternative. Today I'm sharing some tips on what to include in your personal greeting if you are stumped for words!

What I Love About Winter

December 12, 2016

Blanket Scarf Black Jeans Boots
Scarf: Kohls (similar/ Sweater: T.J. Maxx / Jeans: Gap / Boots: Nordstrom / Hat: Forever 21

Wait, what? You're saying you love things about winter?? Oh yes I am!

Winter is here guys whether we want to believe it or not. Sunday morning I woke up to a light snow fall causing me to leap off of my friend's couch and stare out the window. It's that feeling of excitement that makes me happy during this time of the year, because why should I be miserable until March? It's not worth it. Here are 10 things I love about winter: 

Holiday Gift Guide: Photography Lover

December 10, 2016

Surprise! Sharing another gift guide today since it's going to be a major shopping weekend for a lot of people since we only have two more until Christmas (I know I have some to do myself). Today I've put together some gifts for the photography lover. This isn't necessarily a list of things for the beginner or advanced equipment for the professional...just some fun gifts I think anyone who's into photography would love!

Fujifilm Instax Mini + Film Print photography will always remain superior to digital, lets be honest. Polaroids are a fun spin on film and captures the reality of any setting.

iPhone Camera Lens This is a fun little device that gives your photos a wide angle or "fish eye" effect and doubles as a macro lens too.

Humans of New York: Stories Started as a photo blog by Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York has become widely popular on social media and shares portraits of individuals of all walks of life with accompanying stories about their lives.

Camera Strap You can get personal with the fabric and print and is a practical gift!

Portable External Hard Drive A photographer can never have too many of these to back up their files.

In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits Another photography book. Seeing images in print is so much better than on a screen, especially National Geographic portraits! Photography books are perfect for coffee table reading or decor.

Lens Travel Mug My friend actually got me this and I had to include it on here!

Phone Camera Kit This is perfect for the person always snapping on their phones. It comes with lens attachments and a mini tripod, but of course, an actual tripod is a good gift too!

GoPro Who wouldn't love to receive one for Christmas?

Burrito Lens Wrap This is such a fun and practical gift if your photo lover is also a burrito lover!

Camera Pillow Just a cute decor pillow to spice up a living space or bedroom.

Are you shopping for any photographer lovers? What's your favorite pick of the bunch?
Make sure to check out my gift guide for the Fitness Lover and custom phone case idea!

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Corduroy Shearling Jacket

December 9, 2016

Beige Corduroy Shearling Jacket
Jacket: Hollister (similar) / Sweater: Yoins / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Nordstrom (similar) / Hat: Primark (similar) / Bag: vintage

Happy Friday! Lets talk about a fabric that comes out into rotation every winter...corduroy! It's super warm and is always in trend, what's not to love about it? Another fabric that's going to be huge this winter is shearling, which I've styled in a denim version here. The jacket I'm wearing here is the best of both worlds and I love the beige color--neutral, but still adds a little pop! I also love this sweater because it's SO warm to the point that I've gotten hot in it on a cold winter day.

Holiday Gift Guide: the Fitness Junkie

December 7, 2016

There's officially 17 shopping days left until Christmas (and three weekends!!!), which got me to thinking about how this month is going to fly right by us! Last week I shared a tech gift guide idea and today I'm sharing gifts perfect for the girl in your life that is a gym rat, loves working out and/or yoga, or wants to start working on her fitness goals for the new year.

FitBits are going to be under a lot of Christmas trees this year, so it's definitely a go-to fitness tech gift idea!

Protein Powder is honestly something I would love to receive as a gift because it's so expensive! I picked out an organic planet based one here in a chocolate flavor. You can find so many other kinds on Amazon if this isn't what you're looking for.

Gift Sets are always a good gift idea. This one comes with a journal with an inspiring message, blender bottle, and key chain.

Workout Tees are something a gym junkie can never have enough of! If you aren't sure what the person would like, go for a neutral color by a name brand they like. Or go for a slogan tank: this one is so cute!

Fitness Journals are a perfect way to get motivated for setting 2017 goals and keeping on track with them.

Water Bottles are an easy and inexpensive gift. I really love my Nalgene one.

Yoga Mats are perfect for the beginner yogi or the girl that has neglected buying one for herself (that was me).

Yoga Straps are perfect for anyone that attends group classes or likes to take their yoga mat on the go (outside yoga is the best!)

Sneakers are a good option if you know the person's shoe size, obviously!

Foam Rollers are probably an unexpected gift, but the receiver will love it to ease their muscles after a workout to increase recovery time & range of motion and prevent injury.

Wireless Headphones are perfect for the gym because you won't have to get tangled up in wires. Also perfect for people that watch Youtube videos on their phone to workout.

Resistance Bands (and yoga blocksare another accessory some people might neglect to buy for themselves. It's perfect for taking your workouts to the next level!

Are you shopping for anyone that is into health and fitness? Would you purchase any of these for yourself?

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Styling a Faux Fur Coat in a Casual Way

December 5, 2016

Jacket: Sammydress / Top: Pacsun / Jeans: Zaful / Shoes: Converse / Bag: thrifted

Happy Monday babes! How was everyone's weekend? I start my first week in my new full time position I talked about in this post and I'm so excited! Today's post is all about faux fur...specifically white faux fur coats which you can find in pretty much every store this season--it's so on trend!

Black and Blue, Tried & True (+ Some Good News!)

December 2, 2016

Black Cardigan Blue Jeans
Cardigan: Forever 21 / Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: ASOS / Hat: similar
(I honestly didn't mean to make the title of this post rhyme LOL, it just happened!)

It's December...whattt?? This whole week has been rainy and dark and it's been impossible to take ANY photos. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I've been posting old photos and (kind of) complaining about it. But I digress...

Black and blue...a classic color combination that is moody enough to fit this week's weather and is easy to wear. (Any Backstreet Boys fans that played this album over and over?) The blue in these Topshop jeans really pop, taking the denim to a new level. Paired with a black oversized cardigan, chunky boots, and beanie, I put together a simple, yet edgy look perfect for fall.
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