Top is here, jeans here, shoes here, necklace here

Hey guys! Today marks one full year since I started blogging on my website – passionforfashion!! I have been posting clothes and ootd posts before that for those who have always been following along (thank you!). And to those who are new here, thank you to you too! 🙂 I wouldn’t be here without any of you. I have learned so much about blogging and social media alone over the past year that I am going to share my highs and lows with you all. I am sharing 5 of my highs and 5 of my lows, but don’t ever forget that I love doing this!:)

Highs and successes:

  1. Most importantly I got accepted into RewardStyle – that was my goal and I achieved it in my first year!
  2. I have grown over 2,000 followers. Some I can tell I don’t have interaction with, but you obviously clicked the follow button for a reason! From those followers I have formed so many great bonds and friendships with people.
  3. I have recycled so many clothes from my closet, it has been good to help me purge and organize and see what I really need.
  4. Tom has had so much experience he is actually becoming a very good photographer – and it has been something we bond over (even though he doesn’t always like it!)
  5. It has definitely showed me that I don’t just have one style. I go from casual, to dressy, to athleisure, and it is so fun because that is what I pride myself on is being able to dress differently.

Lows and stuff I have learned:

  1. I am on my phone A LOT – whether it’s mindless scrolling, working on blog posts, editing photos, looking at new clothes, tagging products, etc. it has brought me to be on my phone a lot so it’s caused me to have to set time aside to really appreciate my time with Tom and others away from social media.
  2. There has been a lot of rejection. I have reached out to brands that say my following is too small, which I agree, but the worst thing they can say is no – and I keep trying.
  3. It is so hard to grow – there is nothing I want more than to engage and reach out to so many more people, but with Instagram and so many girls starting blogs now it is very hard to get noticed.
  4. It is very hard to be utterly open and honest with everything. I love to share about my lifestyle because it gives me an outlet to express myself, which is a lot of fun, but it is very hard to be completely vulnerable and expose your life (the good and bads).
  5. When I first started, I only wanted to get a high amount of followers, so I hosted giveaways, which does not gain you true followers – I don’t recommend that at all. I have totally changed my approach to just trying to interact as much as possible. It takes a lot of time, but gaining two new followers from commenting on their photo and forming that bond is more important than gaining 600 followers who just want to win something.

Things to remember:

If you are a new blogger, don’t get discouraged. It’s easy to feel doubt and want to give up because it’s so hard to grow. If you truly love it, keep doing it, and people will see your passion and follow along for you. It’s easy to get discouraged if you post a picture and it doesn’t get a lot of likes compared to your other ones. It may depend on which part of your following it gets exposed to. I have about 2,700 followers and my “insights” show that my posts only reach about 20% of my following. Try not to let it get to your head! I’ve had days towards the beginning where i’ve balled to Tom saying that i’ll never make it as a blogger and I should just quit and give up, but Tom has reminded me that i’m doing this because I love it and to keep trying it out and see where it goes.

As you can see, there are good and bad to everything, and I wouldn’t change this past year for anything! Although I haven’t grown much, with what I have done, I have met some amazing women and formed some great bonds! I have had collaborations which give me experience, and is so fun to try products. I am able to share my outfits all of the time – even if people don’t purchase for their reason, I love being able to share where I get all of my stuff from. So, from my heart to you – thank you! What is also fun about today is that it’s a day full of love for this reason, AND I have one of my best friends engagement parties to celebrate her and her fiance! They have been together for 6 years and I cannot wait for them to get married!

Hey guys! Valentines day is coming up on Wednesday, so I wanted to do a “last minute gifts for him” post for you all! Express has some killer sales, so I thought i’d base it around that and all of their cute little stuff! I went into the Express store today and I thought everything was SO cute in there! Especially all of the guys stuff. I’m very lucky to have 4 malls surrounding me that I can go to if one Express doesn’t carry something I want, but their online shipping is fast too! If you don’t have time to run into a store, their shipping will get it to you (maybe not in time for Vday – but then you can make the celebration continue, right?!) Tom and I aren’t celebrating until Friday because a) I have parent teacher conferences Wednesday night, and b) who wants to celebrate on a Wednesday? ; )

I have linked a grid of all of the items, and below it is a widget you can click through to see which are at price points you like and the direct links to them. Happy shopping, and happy early valentine’s day!


Hey all! January was a whirl wind of events and weather, so I thought it’d be fun to commit to Instagram round ups every month this year so I can see all of the most popular of my posts all together. I have chosen the top 10 favorite and most liked outfits from January. If any items are sold out, I have linked almost IDENTICAL ones (otherwise I wouldn’t have chosen that photo to recap:)). I also inserted a widget at the bottom with all of the items for you to click on. Enjoy!!

Top is here (more color options here), jeans here, shoes here, necklace here, purse here.

I love Free People anything and this top is no different! It is so thick but breezy and I love the color! I definitely wish I got it in more colors!

Dress is here, boots here, sunglasses here

This dress is the perfect length to wear with winter boots and it fits the body without being too tight, which I like. The cuff sleeves add a little cuteness to it, and the back comes a little lower to cover your butt!


Top is here, jeans here, boots here.

I have ranted and raved about these boots for a long time, but I just LOVE them! So hard to find OTK boots that stay up, but these do the trick! I love pairing them with jeans and a cute sweater.

Dress here, boots here, necklace here

This dress is more on the expensive side, but definitely worth it. It has bow detailing on one side which makes it cute as ever! It does run on the bigger side, I wish I had sized down. I paired it with the same boots as the previous picture since it is freezing in Chicago!

Top is here, jeans here, shoes here, purse here.

I love a good off the shoulder sweater, especially ones in army/hunter green. I love the way the color blends with blue jeans, and the cozy look it gives off.

Sweater here, jeans here, shoes here, necklace here

I got this top from express, among many others, and they just keep coming out with great sweaters. Anything with ruffles of some sort, I love – so it was a no brainer that this was screaming my name. It is roomy and it can be worn off the shoulder or regular as a cowl neck, which is perfect for versatility.

Top is here, jeans here, necklace here, phone case here.

I have this thermal in so many colors and I absolutely love it! It goes perfect just plain with jeans, with leggings since it is long enough, or you can pair it under a leather or moto jacket for a chick look. Not to mention it has thumb holes!

Sweater is here, jeans here, shoes here, necklace here.

Fun fact – this is the only time these slippers have left my place, and I thoroughly washed the bottoms as soon as we got back inside. This outfit was just too cute I couldn’t NOT go outside and have Tom take a picture – but these are my house slippers and I didn’t want to take them off! This sweater is SO soft and comes in more than one color. I’m a sucker for sleeve details.

Top is here, leggings here, shoes here, purse here, sunglasses here.

All black everythangggggg. Anytime I see this picture I laugh because we are outside of Costco, and this is the trip where Tom knocked over the display of Dunkin Donuts. Still cracks me up! This outfit was perfect for walking around and running errands in, and these shoes are so comfortable to be on your feet all day!

Fleece pullover here, leggings here, shoes here, purse here

I actually have this fleece pullover in two colors, the charcoal and brown. It is so warm and perfect for this winter weather. I just couldn’t decide which to get so I got both. It’s not like I won’t use them, right?! Anytime I wear them anyone around me wants to hug me because it is soo so soft! Definitely one of my favorite Christmas purchases.






Tie sleeve sweater here, similar here, jeans here, shoes here, necklace here, sunglasses here.

Express has been killing it lately with their sweater options, and I know I rant and rave about them all the time, but how could I not?! They have the best sales, also! I wore this when it was warmer out (not Chiberia:)), and it paired nicely with these levi jeans. These are also my go to jeans as i’m sure you guys have seen me in them dozens of time! They are probably my most favorite out of all my light wash pairs. They don’t stretch out after you wear them so they don’t get saggy which is hard to find. A must have!

We almost made it to February and I cannot WAIT for warmer weather. Who thought I would ever say that?! Not me!! I think it’s the blogger in me wanting to be outside for more than 2 minutes snapping pictures real quick just so I can get back into warmth haha! There are also a lot of things coming up this summer that I am excited for! School for us gets out June 1st which is so early, but i’m not complaining! That gives us all of June, and all of July before we go back early August.

I know there has been a lot going around about bloggers putting up fake fronts because you only see the best on Instagram or someones blog, because who wants to really show their worst? So i’m going to let you in on a little something to show you my life is not perfect, even thought i’m sure everyone already knows that. If you saw my Instagram post from Monday, you know that I had an emotional day, and it has really been an emotional week (yes, I know it’s only Wednesday). Some tensions have been rising with family, and I found out some horrible news about two of my coworkers. I’m not going to get into detail because i’m not going to put too much information on blast here, but just know that it’s enough to push me over the edge after piling and piling up – and i’m not that easy to push over. So on Monday after school I went over to my parents and just vented and cried to them for a good while. I am the type of person who bottles up their emotions and then just explodes… and it happened, KABOOM!

The good that came out of that is that it made my relationships stronger with my parents (even thought that’s hard to top!), and a few of my friends texted me to see what was going on, which shows who really cares about me to make sure everything was alright off of one Instagram caption. My one friend Krista even texted my fiance to give me a hug and be nice to me that night (how sweet is she?!?!?!). It’s things like that to make my heart explode with happiness in dark times and upset days like the one I was having.

I’m also the type of person who has thin skin, and the smallest things people say could bother me. An example was one time I posted a picture of myself (and this was not too long ago) wearing a FAUX fur vest. I didn’t put the word FAUX in my caption because it wasn’t making my play on words work (which comes from my sarcastic personality). This girl commented on it saying she can’t support people who wear fur and kill animals and started hash tagging to stop animal cruelty and all of these things. I got so flustered and in a tizzy, and I wasn’t even wearing real fur!! I was so nervous everyone would think I was an animal killer and unfollow me, or no longer support me, and that my blogging life would be dampened. BUT, my lesson learned from that is that I apparently have to be more careful with my words because you can never know who will take them out of context. That, and I need to grow thicker skin.

Well, sorry for the long post, but I love going into detail and explaining everything so you can know a little more about me instead of me just always giving out outfit details. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!

Ruffle top is here(few colors still available), distressed denim here, wedges here (on sale for under $40!), necklace here


We have had a heat wave here, believe it or not, so I took this opportunity to shoot a Valentine’s Day look! I am a huge fan of valentines day (and the entire month at that) because it gives me the opportunity to wear red when I normally wouldn’t. I actually ordered this sweatshirt to wear for that day because it is SO cute!

Last month for the month of February I put a heart on our bedroom door each day with reasons why I love Tom, and he enjoyed it so much – at the end of the month he had 28 different things I loved about him. It was different for me since i’m not one to verbally express my emotions – so it was perfect! Come March, I took all of the hearts and put them in clear plastic sleeves and made a little book for him – cheesy, but he likes it! I’m trying to top it this year and do something a little different, so since we are getting married I may be doing a spin on it. I was thinking something like “Things I look forward to with you in our marriage” since we are getting married this year. Do you guys have any good ideas for it?! I’ve rummaged through Pinterest and found a few cute ideas.

I was never really one to use Pinterest much, but have gone on there a lot recently. My new years resolution was to start eating healthier, but that hasn’t happened yet. How silly is it for everyone to just make a promise to themselves on one day and expect to follow it for the next 365 days? The more I think about it, any day could be a new you day. I decided that i’m going to ease into eating healthier, and hopefully it will become my lifestyle – but I can’t force myself to just do a 180.. (Tom and our 2 friends went with us last night and we pigged out on pizza and cheese fries) why would I want to give up those nights?!? So I will leave you with this link to a soup that i’m going to try this week – veggie overload, but veggies are good, and so is soup in the winter time! Have a great week loves!

Weight Loss Magic Soup