Monday, January 15, 2018

Consider this your monday reminder that it’s never too late to start. It’s never too late to do the thing you’ve been so afraid to do.

Normally I dread change, but recently I’ve been trying to welcome it with open arms. Our path is not our own, & change is just a part of it, sometimes for the worse, but sometimes for the so much better.

This time last year if you had told me that by this time now I’d have moved out, & then decided to start school again, & consequently moving BACK, I would’ve yelled at my future self. & yet, here I am.

My very long winded point is that you never know what’s going to happen, so you might as well just do it.

It's never too late.



Friday, January 12, 2018

Anxiety Grounding Practices That Work

Sometimes advice on anxiety can have the best intentions, but it just makes you feel worse in the end. 'Have you tried yoga?' (not to discredit yoga, it is amazing) 'Just stop worrying!' HA if only it were that easy! There are a lot of techniques that work, however, and the focus is on grounding

Here are the biggest ones I've found to work: (remember that everyone is different & what is helpful for someone else might not work for you! try different things until you find your groove)

1// Touch your shoulder, wiggle your fingers and toes. Touch whatever is closest to you. What does it feel like? Tell yourself that you are here, in this moment.

2// Most of the time this one is known as '5, 4, 3, 2, 1' where you touch five things, smell four things, etc, but keeping up with numbers gets me out of focus, so I just do one thing for each sense. Inhale. What's the first thing you smell? Look around, the first thing you see? Etc. This is another way of getting back to yourself, remembering that you are present, in real time. 

& it's my go-to practice, because it HELPS most of the time!

3// Instead of trying to shove it away, acknowledge the anxiety is there and see if you can pinpoint why. Look around, and remind yourself that nothing bad is actually happening. Focus on your breath and the fact that your heart is beating. You're okay. Sometimes there is no why, & that's okay. Still focus on your breath, your heartbeat.   

4// Sometimes the last thing you want to do in the middle of an anxiety attack is breathe, but a good breathing exercise can be key. Breathe in for four breaths, hold for seven, and breathe out for eight. It seems impossible, but focusing on the count can help you get back to the present. Repeat until you feel calmer. 

The recurring theme in all these practices is coming back to the present. That is key when anxiety hits, because it makes us feel out of control, like we don't know what's happening anymore and all logic is out the window. But the reality is, you're here, and you're okay. 



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Faded Jeans & Mules

You walk into your closet, guns blazing, ready to put together an insta-worthy outfit. But suddenly everything looks the same, you just wore that last week, you're not feeling that trend anymore, and then it hits you.

You're uninspired, in a rut. Sound familiar?

Style ruts happen to the best of us sometimes. I've been bitten by the uninspired bug lately, and the bite stings. Luckily, if you've got some armor, you'll be able to fight back with a vengeance. Here are my tips to get out of your rut & breathe new life into your wardrobe:

Getting Out Of A Style Rut | With Dignity & Coffee

Find A Style Icon
A style icon is someone you look to as a source of inspiration. Normally they will be someone of similar body type and someone who's style you really like and can envision on yourself. However, if someone's style really speaks to you & they have a totally different body type, that's okay too.

For me, my biggest icons are Rachel Bilson, Lauren Conrad, Julia from Gal Meets Glam, & Alexa Chung. If you've already got yourself some icons, you're a step ahead! Always be searching pinterest, instagram, blogs & magazines for their latest looks, and think of how you can make them your own.

Put Together A Mood Board
As an extremely visual person, mood boards are a bit of an obsession for me. Anytime you're in need of some inspiration, scour pinterest (pinterest is our bff in this post) of your style icons & any looks or pieces that speak to you. Search pins of key trends and pieces that you feel are you. For me that's denim, stripes, dresses,.... etc.

I save all the photos for a particular board into a folder on my computer, then put it all together easily through the collage maker in google photos. AAAND DONE! Now you can save your mood board as your desktop background, print & out & hang it on your wall, in your closet, anywhere you'll see it in times of trouble.
{my mood board for 2018}

Find Newness In What You Have
I'll be the first to say: sometimes ya gotta go back to the basics. Pick a couple of key pieces to make a capsule of sorts: maybe it's a pair of jeans or a dress or a blouse you feel you've worn a thousand times. Separate it, look at your mood board, & dream up new ways to put together a look with it. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh perspective to get the creative juices goin'.

Now that you have some tips, go & put them into action the next time you're in a rut & you'll be out in no time! And if you're still shaking your head, thinking there's no hope, don't forget about virtual styling.... (how's that for a segue?)


WDAC IN 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dress + Leather Jacket

Hey, hello, happy Monday! I've spent the first week of 2018 reflecting & planning, and of course that includes planning blog content. SO I wanted to give you a little rundown & heads up of what I've got cooking up this year, because I'm feeling inspired & ready to WRITE.

So, what can you expect to see more (or even more) of on With Dignity & Coffee this year? 
+ Outfits 
+ Style on a budget how-tos
+ More personal reflections/ stories/ lifestyle bits
+ VIDEO CONTENT. I love using IG stories & will continue to incorporate that, as well as more IG video & maybe even youtube content....  EESH

Looking back on the heart of WDAC, it's an all-inclusive place for you, the reader, to come & feel inspired, learn new things, & feel warm and fuzzies. Sharing my style & tips is one of my favorite topics to create content for, & I want to continue that.

According to my demographic, the majority of my readers are like me: millennial age, female, & most likely don't have the budget for haute couture. So, I want to continue focusing on budget style & homeware bits, because that's what I look for in content. Things I can relate to, and I always want you to feel connected to the content you're reading/ watching. 

I say all of this to say, I'm so ready to see what this year will bring (wow, cheesy much?) & I would LOVE to get your comments & feedback on what you'd like to see, or any ideas you have. & if you have any questions for me, email or DM me on insta & I might just put together a Q&A....



Friday, January 5, 2018

 There's a reason there's a band named after it: plain white tee's are a wardrobe staple, one that my wardrobe was sorely missing. That is, until, I found this chiffon number that is SO MUCH more than a white tee.

It's actually not even a tee- its chiffon texture gives it a dressier feel, & I love pairing it with a denim skirt (because denim) & a scarf. But it would also be chic with a pair of dark wash jeans & heels, thrown over a leather mini... there are so many different options! 

Quite the addition.

the look:
chiffon top | f21
denim jacket | mossimo (similar
denim skirt | f21 (similar)
scarf | target (similar



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Inside My 2018 Bullet Journal

As you might remember from this post, last year I started bullet journaling. I've always been the type of person that needs to plan & write things out, otherwise things get so disorganized in my brain & I'm running around like a madwoman trying to remember what day it is & I've probably forgotten to eat breakfast. (okay, I'm not THAT bad. but close)

Bullet journaling has really helped me stay on track of things, and the thing I love most about it is it's totally customizable, tailored to your needs. It's YOURS. I like a minimalistic theme with a bit of washi tape & colored pen splash every now & then. 

Starting out with an index in the beginning of the journal is very helpful; instead of flipping through until you find what you need, it's all layed out for you. 

Inside My 2018 Bullet Journal

This year I decided to have a page for my yearly goals, as writing them down is an important part of the new year for me. Something I'm always wanting to do is read more, so for this year I added a book list, where I can track books that are on my to-read list & when I read them, as well as books not on the list. 

& finally, as a main point of the journal, monthly & weekly spreads add personalization to plans, appointments, etc. 

Inside My 2018 Bullet Journal
Inside My 2018 Bullet Journal

I haven't got much in my weekly spreads yet, as it is only week one of fifty-two, but my instagram is sure to be full of them soon. I'm excited about this years' journal, now that I've done it long enough to get most of the kinks out & find out what suits me. 

The possibilities are infinite. 



Monday, January 1, 2018

LOVE in 2018

I’m sure you’ve heard all the cheesy lines about New Year’s Day: it’s a blank novel, a chance for 365 beginnings, fresh start! & all that jazz. Sure, it’s a bit on the cheese, those are the things I love most about the new year. You can be a whole new person if you want. 

Last year is in the past. 

Each year I try to pick a word or phrase as a sort of mantra, something to remind me of my intentions for the year.

In light of the absolute MESS that was 2017, (from the world’s standpoint, at least) the word on my mind is love.

I strive to be the kind of person who loves freely & bravely, like those drunk girls you meet in the bathroom, but sober. I strive to be it because love is so what the world needs. The world needs people who love recklessly, people who fight injustice and who will stand up for mankind. We need to not only love ourselves, but love others. Spread your love out into the world & never stop.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s all we need.

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