January Recap - Life, Style and Home

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With the first month of 2019 coming to an end, I wanted to do a quick wrap-up of January, sharing things happening, styles I’ve been living in and even something a bit new to my blog content: our home!

I kicked off January vowing to continue to shop less. How did that go? Surprisingly well, actually. The Marie Kondo phenomenon was certainly a helpful catapult but I’m proud to say it was something already on my mind even before the documentary. Shopping less, wearing more. Aka donating things I no longer wear and giving love and life to things I already have rather than always having or needing something new. I noticed it was easy to shop less when I asked myself “Does this fill a void?” If it didn’t serve a new purpose or serve as an investment, capsule collection piece to replace 3, 4, 5 other very similar styles I preferred to donate, I wouldn’t buy it and I’m really happy to say I only purchased a few new style things in the month of January!

In terms of outfits, January was filled with a lot of basics and classic looks—which I’m all about and is how I want to envision and build my closet. I pulled out pieces from year’s past—like classic coats, sweaters and knits. I have to say, I think this might bee easier in the winter because I find myself gravitating towards staples and classic, neutral investment pieces so much more. We will see how spring goes when I want all the pretty, lacey, feminine things! BUT, my goal with each season will be to focus on building up my wardrobe staples.

My top 3 favorite looks from January…

striped top and jeans flat lay
striped top and jeans | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com
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trench coat style | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com
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A January home update…

While I may have avoided buying clothes this month, I certainly made up for it in the home decor department. You guys, we did a LOT of home shopping. Or should I say, home window shopping. I really want every piece to “spark joy” which is something I haven’t always done in the past…often buying things just to fill a space, only to not truly love it later. My personal favorite find of the month I truly love has to be these faux leather counter chairs/bar stools from Home Goods, which you guys went crazy over! They helped complete our kitchen and dining area, less a few finishing touches, and we are really loving having this new sitting space which makes kitchen conversations easy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find these online but if it’s helpful, the brand is Avenue Six and I added a few dupes below.

kitchen bar stools | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com
kitchen bar stools | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com

We also finished (I think) our mantel! We were planning on mounting our tv here but we really love the vibe it gives the space, so we’re trying to find a workaround.

mantel styling | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com
mantel styling | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com

This month, we also got to work on our master bedroom which was severely lacking furniture. Like—we had a mattress on a basic frame, two old nightstands and a cheap, random table for our tv. We upgraded to a king mattress (more on that next month), got a real, big kid (er, adult) bed and I found some personalized finishing touches I can’t wait to share more of next month! For now, here’s a peek at our bedding…most of which I also found at Home Goods! It’s honestly amazing what a little refresh can do to your sleep space and we are finding it so amusing how we can barely reach each other in a King bed—it’s amazing. 😂

linen bedding | January Recap www.girlmeetsgold.com

And a few life updates from January…

January was our first full month in our new place! We’re actually in a new town (only 10min away from where we were previously) and I was nervous about the change but we are loving it so much. It’s charming and seems to have everything we need. We are loving trying out new restaurants and there are so many quaint ones.

Tariq is working a new schedule where he has a later wake up call (no more 5am work days 🙌🏼) but that means his 12-hour shift now ends at 8pm, so we (meaning the dogs and I 😂) are adjusting to these later nights home alone. So far, it’s just meant more dog snuggles and probably far too much bad reality tv. 😏We are enjoying having our Sundays together! 

I bought a Furbo! It rained A LOT here this month and the dogs took some time to adjust to, um, peeing in the rain in our new yard. I had to relegate them to the bathroom and the Furbo Dog Camera was a MUST for separation anxiety, mostly mine. 🙈So far, I highly recommend it for peace of mind at the very least but you can also talk to them and give them treats, which is awesome.

We just booked our first trip of 2019 together! See you in April, Puerto Vallarta! 💃🌴

I hope you all had an amazing first month of the year—cheers to 2019!—and, as always, thank you so much for reading.

xx Tyler

White Ruffle Top and Black Ripped Jeans

Shop the Look Below. HM Top - see similar styles below |  Levi's Jeans  |  Nordstrom Sandals  |  Kinilush Bag  |  Daniel Wellington Watch  c/o |   Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Shop the Look Below. HM Top - see similar styles below | Levi's Jeans | Nordstrom Sandals | Kinilush Bag | Daniel Wellington Watch c/o |  Ray-Ban Sunglasses

white ruffle top
white ruffle top outfit
white top and black denim
straw circle bag
edgy feminine style
white tops for spring
eyelet tops for spring
black and white spring outfit

Disclaimer: I wore this outfit and wrote this blog post back in April and somehow never published it! I had somewhat put these rugged black 721 Levi's away for the hot summer months but now that fall is around the corner, they'll certainly be making an appearance in my everyday wardrobe rotation. And I just found them on sale for $49.95, so I thought I'd share!

I wore them with this white ruffle top from H&M paired with white slide sandals this spring but I can totally see this same outfit working with brown booties, a fedora hat or maybe an olive utility jacket or brown moto jacket for a fall spin. I really love the feminine vibe of this top paired with slightly edgy bottoms like these for a look that feels effortless and not overly girly. It's definitely easy to throw on and feel put together. 

Unfortunately, this exact top has now sold out but I did link a few dupes below for you. Definitely, don't hesitate to grab these jeans for fall! For sizing reference, I am in between sizes and sized UP to a 26 in these. I tend to do that with higher cotton-content Levi's styles. If it helps, I am also 5'6" and also cuff the hem to hit at the ankle. 

As always, thank you for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Sarah Eichstedt Photography

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Charcoal Bell Sleeves

spring style
grey bell sleeve top
bell sleeve style
taupe ankle boots
casual style
taupe ankle boots
everyday outfit ideas

How is the weather where you live? It’s been oh-so-gorgeous here, I haven’t been able to help but add some spring pieces to my wardrobe. I will forever love these distressed Levi’s 721 skinny jeans as my favorite “seasonless” staple and I love the lighter weight on this Lucky Brand bell-sleeve top. Yet, the charcoal tone is still really rich for winter. It has kind of a jersey material that’s super stretchy and I am in love with the comfort factor. 

Bell sleeves are a little trickier for layering so I will usually toss a jacket on top of my shoulders with looks like this. But I also can’t wait to wear this with high-waisted shorts and am planning a trip to Mexico early this spring which I think this would be perfect for! 

These Dolce Vita Cassius booties are also the perfect light neutral tone to transition with. They go with everything and I personally love the lower heel height for everyday wear. 

What are you shopping for right now: winter or spring? 

Thanks for reading! 

x, Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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Little White Dress and Leopard Gladiator Sandals

Little White Dress for spring
White Shift Dress with brown belt
White dress and leopard sandals
White shift dress outfit
White dress and leopard print sandals
White Ruffle Shift Dress
Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Almond

I'm definitely a jeans girl but I always love adding new dresses to my collection for the season. This little white dress from Nordstrom is officially my favorite and happens to be my very first dress of spring. You guys might have seen it in my Instagram story when I wore it to my sweet grandparents 70th wedding anniversary. It was so perfect for the occasion and it will definitely be one of those closet staples to pull out time and time again. 

I don't dress up much and it was a daytime lunch, so I kept it casual with these Dolce Vita leopard gladiator sandals. You guys, to say I'm obsessed with these would honestly be an understatement. I don't think I've ever had gladiator sandals be so COMFY! They're super soft and somehow don't come untied all day—I've even walked my dog in them! If I were to buy only one pair of sandals for spring (which would be crazy but hypothetically) this would 100% be the pair. You. Need. Them. I'm between sizes and sized UP!

Ruffles have been trending this season and I love the feminine touch they give this dress yet it remains timeless with the shift silhouette. Such a steal for $65. I kept it classic with rich, cognac accessories like my go-to Rebecca Minkoff satchel and belted it for a bit more shape. 

Thanks for reading!

x Tyler

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A Few More Ruffle Favorites...

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Holiday Outfit Inspo

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'Tis the season for holiday glitz, glam and sparkle. I'm rounding up some of my favorite statement pieces for the holidays. If you haven't noticed—velvet is everywhere this season and it's one trend I'm leaning on for the holiday season. I snagged this velvet tee that I'm thinking of wearing with my go-to dark denim for Thanksgiving. I usually go for comfort, but I think it will be the perfect balance between comfort and glam. I'm also loving this velvet wrap blouse and this velvet off-shoulder (both in burgundy) as fun and unique options.

I did also add in some cozy sweaters that would be perfect with your favorite dark wash skinnies or even coated leggings. Honestly, cozy can be just as perfect for the holidays and you can always dress your sweaters up with a sparkly statement piece or a plaid scarf. How cute is this fringed sweater? I'm actually thinking this cream side-zip sweater might be my cozy Christmas go-to. 

Happy holidays!

x Tyler



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I am a huge believer in following your bliss and doing what makes you truly happy and inspired, and I've been SO inspired by so many of you. To be honest, it may sound silly, but I don't think I ever would have had the courage to do these things without...Instagram. And all of you. You stylish, supportive ladies and dreamers out there, who have taken a passion and made something happen. Whether it was starting a business, starting a blog, or starting an Instagram account, you're all inspiring. And through this blog, I hope to inspire others out there who share the same passions, dreams, etc. So, Girl Meets Gold will be a creative outlet. A place for inspiration, admiration, life, style, beauty, DIY, maybe a bit of Tj Maxxing (or a lot), and of course a touch of gold. My journey of following my bliss, as well as things that I am loving and discovering will all be on the table...or rather....on the blog. In short...I am taking you with me in the pursuit to find my GOLD in life...one outfit at a time. ;)


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