Friday, January 9, 2015

Positively Inspired

I've adapted a word for this year: positivity. It is so easy to get caught up in stress or shortcomings that it's easy to look over the positives, so this year, I really am going to try to embody positivity. Anytime I feel like complaining, I'm going to try to find a positive in the situation. Other goals: working on my fitness, spending less and diving into my closet more, reading more books. And in this blog, I want to continue to stay positively inspired. I definitely have goals for 2015 -- better posts, growing Southern Style's following, perfecting my photography -- and I want to continue to stay inspired.

This is such a great article that gives tips for perfecting blog photos. It focuses mainly on photographing objects or rooms, but there are some great tips that I definitely want to put to use. 

morning boost
I've been making a protein smoothie most every morning {sharing a recipe next week}, but here are other great ideas to help boost your metabolism. The key: drink water!

This week, Pamela shared her take on the windowpane, and I am in love. I have a oversized windowpane sweater that is so cozy, but I could definitely use her dress, styled as a skirt, in my closet.

skinny taste
I am trying to diligently to work on meal planning and healthy eating, but my sweet tooth always gets the best of me. With chilly temperatures, it's hard to imagine eating a chilly dessert, but it's hard for me to resist ice cream, especially if it's skinny cake batter.

One of my goals for the year is to not spend so much money on shopping. Being a style blogger, it's so easy to get sucked into the materialism of it all, and though I can't completely resist picking up something new hear and there, I am definitely going to be shopping in my closet a little bit more. Be prepared to see some things on repeat, but the wanted lists will never end.

Happy Weekend!


  1. This is a great post, I consider myself to generally be a positive person, but it´s easy to just get wrapped in all that´s going on and not take time to relax. One of the reasons I started my blog end of last year (that is still weird to say) was to try to help me shop in my wardrobe more too, and make more of an effort to put together outfits using the same pieces I own.

  2. I definitely need to read those photography tips. I'm still learning my camera and any tips are greatly appreciated. And you definitely need to share your smoothie recipe, I want to start making them! Thanks for sharing my outfit!! :) I'm obsessed with that dress, it's so comfy! Happy Friday girl!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. These are so inspiring!!! They remind me of summer!
    Melanie @

  4. Pamela's outfit was one of my favorites this week!I love your new mantra for the year and I myself am trying to be more positive this year as well!! I can't wait to see how your revamp some of your outfits!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  5. Positivity. I love it, sista!! Cheers to that! xx

  6. I need to check out those photography tips - I have so much to learn. Love your word! Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Good luck on not shopping as much. Can't wait to see your morning shake. I have been using the slim fast powder to make my breakfast shakes.

  8. Good luck not shopping as much. I try so hard not to shop so much. Thanks for the photography tips, so helpful.

  9. Holy crap, that ice cream looks amazing! Loved that photography tips articles, after reading that in Nov I purchased that lighting kit. Cheers to positivity!! I'm sharing my everyday smoothie recipe next week too, it's 1 of my favorite parts of each day :)

  10. Positive energy is the best practice you can take on in any New Year. The more you practice, the more naturally it will come and the happier you and the people around you will be - it's contagious! Here's to a healthy and bright 2015! xx

    Audrey |

  11. That ice cream though! Looks/sounds so delicious! I am definitely going to read up on the photography tips...any improvement I can make will make me happy!

    Clothes & Quotes

  12. Go you with trying to shop less and "shop" your closet more! Can't wait to see what you come up with for future looks. And now I'm off to read about photo styling because Lord knows I need some tips hah. Happy weekend!

  13. I am so loving this post. And that ice cream photo definitely made me so hungry lol. I definitely have to get me some, even in this cold weather. Nice post.

    Kay of Pure & Complex

  14. That iHeart Organizing article is awesome!! Def bookmarking that!

  15. That photography article is amazing! I just downloaded a lot of the apps she recommended and love them! Have a great weekend!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  16. Those photo tips are great.. I'm still trying to figure out my camera as well. My next step is to get a bigger SD card and try shooting in RAW! Enjoy your weekend :)

  17. That attitude for positivity is awesome, I've tried to it in mind, but it's just the new years resolution to make!


  18. Great goals! Can't wait to see how many you achieve this year!


  19. I love your style and your photos :)
    I can't wait to read upcoming posts.
    Hope to see you soon on my blog


    1. Thank you! I will be visiting soon! xo


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