happiness is not a destination, but rather a manner of traveling

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I’ve been at my new job for a couple of months now and I have to put in a certain amount of work every day. The quality of my work is measured in numbers. Generating results I am proud of is directly correlated to my effort. Each and every single day.

I am an inherently lazy person. A lot of people are. I’ve always valued efficiency to get my work done quickly and easily. “Work smarter, not harder,” I’d think. I still implement efficient tactics in the everyday, but nothing can substitute or alleviate the work that it takes to rack up a certain amount of numbers.

Some days pass with ease. Some days are challenging. Most days are a mix of both.

I always thought I would dread this kind of work, which is why I’ve never tried it until now. But I actually find the mix of routine and random simultaneously satisfying and exciting. (It certainly helps that I am surrounded by positive influence and motivation, too.)

What am I working towards? A financial status that goes beyond merely supporting myself and living comfortably – enabling myself to support others (a family, maybe?)

That notion is certainly apt motivation to get me through the day, but who knows how long it will be until I reach that point? It has struck me to be more mindful of the process I am currently in. I don’t want to miss the – dare my lazy self say it – enjoyment of the challenge in the everyday.

So while I will keep my eyes on the prize, I vow to be more present in the interim.

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american woman

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Tee: Vintage. Shorts: Levi’s. Boots: Dolce Vita. Scarf: Hermés.

The tumultuous political climate this past year has a lot of women wondering what it means to be an American. Some may think it’s an important thing to value. Some may think it’s not something to be proud of.

I think that relating the personification of our nation to very specific events, nuances, and ideologies is making things more complicated than they need to be. I prefer to think of being an American in broader strokes and ideas, and therefore being able to encompass all.

I just jotted down a few words that relate to what I think it means to be an American woman below.*

  • Accepting
  • Innovative
  • Confident
  • Open
  • Proud
  • Unwavering
  • Genuine

*To be clear, I am not trying to make any statements in regards to anything going on with politics, news, whatever. These words are agnostic to current events.

P.S. Today is the last day to enter my Independence Day Giveaway, where you can win awesome prizes from some of my favorite local Nashville stores. See my previous post or my Instagram for details!

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Independence Day giveaway with @northandnash

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(See my original post on my Instagram for details.)

Giveaway time! I’ve teamed up with Nashville interior designer North and Nash to bring you the best of Nashville for this Fourth of July! We have amazing prizes from some of our favorite local Nashville stores for one lucky winner!

To enter:
1. Follow @serialoutfitrepeater and @northandnash on Instagram
2. Tag 2 friends in the comments of the giveaway post on Instagram
3. Repost the photo on Instagram with the hashtags #NashOnRepeat #Giveaway

The following prizes will be included in the giveaway:

 

  • 1 logo baseball cap from the capitol company in grey
  • an art print from @eyelovenashville
  • one top of the winner’s choice from Amelia Styles
  • item from FLWR Shop
  • $20 gift card to Lulu restaurant
  • tassel earrings from Abednego
  • 3 bar soaps from Nashville Soap Company (you can also get 20% off your purchase from July 3-5 with code STARSANDSTRIPES)

Winner will be announced July 4!

find joy in the unexpected

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Top: Amelia Styles. Jeans: Madewell. Shoes: Ash from local store HERO. Bag: J.Crew. Scarf: Hermes.

When Hannah and I were looking for a good location to serve as a backdrop for this all-white feminine look, we didn’t know exactly what we’d find. But we figured that driving around the historic neighborhood of Lockeland Springs in East Nashville would yield favorable results. Amazingly, we stumbled upon this gorgeous baby pink Victorian and overgrown garden that looked like it belonged in England. We didn’t know that we would find, but it was far better than what we could have imagined.

This week I’m thinking about finding joy in the unexpected. Life has a lot of surprises, and they may not all be what we want, but in embracing the unknown, we find our subconscious expectations to be surpassed.

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the big picture & a big announcement

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Outfit

You may have seen this t-shirt in a previous post where I was talking about my favorite Nashville brands. The jeans are the same Levi’s that I always wear and the platform sneakers are from Superga. The bucket bag is Shaffer LA and I bought it from Emerson Grace in Nashville.

Announcement

I am pleased to announce my new role as Social Media Consultant at JumpCrew. We at JumpCrew help businesses optimize their social media strategies in order to achieve their online growth goals – whether they be more engagement, reputation management, or branding. For just a few hundred dollars a month, our team creates thoughtful original content and posts for our clients, enabling them to be able to focus on what matters most to them – running their business.

If you’re interested in learning more, please email me at camille@jumpcrew.com.

By day, Camille is a social media consultant at JumpCrew. Also by day, Camille is on Instagram @serialoutfitrepeater.

mdw in ny

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The majority of my Memorial Day weekend in New York was spent avoiding the rain and gloomy, chilled air. It appears that my packing list was a little too optimistic. Luckily, I have a few favorite spots to duck out of the bad weather into.

Long Island Superbowls – Huntington, NY

What appears to be a new chain spreading across Long Island has made its way to my hometown. My sister and I each got one to eat at our local beach – see photo above. I had to wonder how good they could really be compared to all of the other establishments that serve açai bowls, and the answer is: very, very good.

Southdown Coffee – Huntington, NY

A local café that prides itself in its well-sourced ingredients, both for their coffee and menu. I usually get the cortado, above.

Café Cluny – Manhattan, NY

A staple every time I’m in the West Village. I had the stripe-clad waiters serve me coffee after coffee to combat the gloominess of the lingering dregs of spring drizzle.

The High Line – Manhattan, New York

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The last time I walked The High Line was before the area around Hudson Yards was developed. I love exploring further and further as the path gets longer and lusher over the years. Plus it drops off right in my favorite neighborhood(s), Meatpacking/Chelsea, with my favorite stores and restaurants.

My parents’ peony garden & rosé bar

These are personal locations but I’m sure they can be somewhat replicated. 🙂 No place like home, indeed!

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packing list: memorial day weekend on long island

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Here’s a quick list of everything I packed in my carry on for 6 days on Long Island, NY for the holiday weekend:

  • White jeans
  • Boyfriend jeans
  • Denim cutoffs
  • Floral skirt
  • White tee
  • Grey tee
  • Striped tee
  • Chambray lace-up blouse
  • White lace blouse
  • Striped off-the-shoulder top
  • Striped coverup
  • Banana leaf print bikini
  • Espadrilles
  • Lace up sandals
  • T-strap heels
  • White crossbody bag
  • Gucci clutch
  • Hermès scarf

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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some thoughts on: change

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Whether it be self-induced or brought upon you by an external factor, change is inevitable. It’s just how the universe works. But how you handle it can make all the difference in how it effects you.

Change often feels like a journey to an unknown destination. We often tell ourselves that we will be more at ease once we reach that destination, but it does not serve to think this way. Everything is in a constant state of changing, so if we wait for it to subside, we’ll be waiting the rest of our lives. Be present and accept change as a state of being rather than a journey.

Mindfulness and being present might prove difficult when normalcy is upended in your life and routine. But that’s when we truly need it most. Welcoming change and seeing the opportunity for growth in it will prove most beneficial for you in the long run, or even in the not-so-long run. Keeping our mindfulness consistent is like training a muscle to handle more weight or resistance. It might feel tough but it will only make you (and in this case, your mind) stronger. Things will unfold the way they need to. Just know that wherever you are right now is exactly where you need to be.

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girl on the go

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Top: French Connection (old, similar here and here for under $20). Shorts: Vila Global (old, similar here for under $70). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Sneakers: Stan Smiths by Adidas. Bag: Loeffler Randall (I also like this one).
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Today I’m running errands around town so I threw on some of my favorite separates (always going back to that blue and white palette). A favorite old striped tank, denim shorts, and comfy sneakers. The look is elevated with an oversized watch and ladylike bag. I haven’t washed my hair in a few days and I’m wearing no makeup, so that explains the big sunglasses and bun.

On Sunday I partook in the famed weekly ‘Sunday Funday’ celebrations seen at every bar in Nashville. They’ve been getting better every week as the weather gets warmer. I wore the top featured in my last blog post again, white jeans, and lace-up sandals that are deceivingly comfortable to Kung Fu Saloon. Those Steve Madden sandals look like Chloé ones but are only $80!

Minutes after the above photo was taken, I lost at Jenga and knocked over a full beer into my lap, presumably looking like I peed my pants. Still did not deter from enjoying some beautiful patios and rooftops on Division St. and Broadway!

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