Marionberry Style http://marionberrystyle.com Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 65951813 Moments of the Week http://marionberrystyle.com/moments-of-the-week-17/ http://marionberrystyle.com/moments-of-the-week-17/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:00:35 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10267 It’s been a while since I have done my Moments of the Week posts…so this will actually be a Moments of the Month post!  Excited to get back at it! Little Rascal Moment   This kid... Read The Post

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It’s been a while since I have done my Moments of the Week posts…so this will actually be a Moments of the Month post!  Excited to get back at it!

Little Rascal Moment

 

This kid had my phone for maybe 2 minutes and managed to send a “You Better Work Bitch” Beyoncé gif to a former co-worker of mine whom I haven’t spoken with in over 7 years.
Awesome.

Surreal Moment

wedding dress

I went wedding dress shopping you guys.

Something I never thought I would ever do again.  Wait…scratch that.  This was not something I thought I’d ever WANT to do again.

But God has a funny way of writing our life stories.

I can’t wait to show you guys what I chose!!

Boo-yah Moment

3 day refresh

Buh-bye muffin top!!
I finished the last day of the Ultimate Reset this past month and I’m feeling all cleaned up + energized!! Crazy what our bodies can do in just 3 weeks you guys!

Moment I Didn’t Think Would Happen

walking on beach

CONFESSION:
I used to put Cooper to bed + pour myself a glass of wine + and allow my tired mind and body to dream about my vacation fantasy…
And I’m sure my fantasy would likely be rather pathetic to most of you…but I’m going to share anyway!

GUYS –> I literally DREAMED of going to some totally secluded cabin in the San Juan Islands ALL BY MYSELF. I would only have a case of wine + ingredients to cook food + and a bag full of books from my local library. I would have no internet and no one would know where to find me.

I’d be like the Unabomber, only without the evil stuff.

– I knew it was a fantasy.
– I have never had family help with watching Cooper.
– I have basically been a single parent since he was born.
– I love Cooper more than anything…yet I will be the first to admit that being a parent is THE hardest job

So when Troy told me that he wasn’t able to come to Punta Canta with me because of a work conflict, I was so so sad.

BUUUUUUTTTT, I immediately pulled up my big girl panties and thought, “Hey Marion…maybe this is your time to do what you wanted to do before Troy came back into your life?!”

So that’s what I did.

I took my “mom vacation” in Punta Cana and I kinda owned it!
– I booked spa appointments like it was my job
– I read books while sipping on red wine
– But BETTER than my fantasy –> I had several members of my team right along side me in Punta Cana to keep my laughing nonstop thoguhtout the day.

My point is this:::
Your fantasy WILL come true. Might not be on your frame. Maybe not according to your original thoughts. BUT…it will happen. You just have to keep showing up to LIFE the way that you feel is RIGHT.

Raise your standard. Be that voice. KNOW that your “vacation” is coming. 😉

Thanks so much for reading!
xo – Marion

 

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What’s in my Date Night Clutch (4 must-carry beauty products!) http://marionberrystyle.com/whats-date-night-clutch-4-must-carry-beauty-products/ Sat, 08 Apr 2017 05:15:24 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10249   Like most women, when I head out on a date night I do NOT want to lug around a giant bag!  Not sexy.  So I par it down to the bare minimum which includes my I.D.... Read The Post

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Like most women, when I head out on a date night I do NOT want to lug around a giant bag!  Not sexy.  So I par it down to the bare minimum which includes my I.D. + phone + and 4 basic beauty products!

What's in my date night clutch

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MAC Lipstick

Beauty Product #1:  MAC Lipglass in “Signs of Spring”

So this has been my go-to lipstick since I can remember.  It used to be called “Underage” but according to my resident MAC guy here in Denver, that was too controversial of a name and they were forced to change it.  So “Signs of Spring” it is!!

I don’t go anywhere without this baby.  It’s similar to NARS “Turkish Delight” (which I also love) but I feel it wears longer!

MAC Studio Fix

Beauty Product #2: MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation

Lasts forever + amazing light coverage + perfect for that mid-dinner touchup during date night!

NARS Laguna

Beauty Product #3: NARS Laguna Bronzer

Anyone else find the makeup counter women to be super intimidating!?   I basically end up nodding my head to every suggestion they make and leave spending 3x the amount I intended.  Well, a few weeks ago I went into Nordstrom looking for a new NARS Laguna Bronzer compact and the lady behind the counter told me I “needed” to get this bronzer/highlighter duo instead! LOL!

So yeah…I did.

And I love it.  🙂

hair band

Beauty Product #4:  A hairband!

CONFESSION:  Sometime between Pinot Noir Glasses #2 and #3…Marion gets this urgent desire to put her hair up.  And not like in a classy bun or a tasteful chiffon.  No, she throws it up in a style very similar to what her hair looks like after an intense cardio workout.

Keeping it classy.  Even in her Tobi sequin shift dress (aka Cooper’s favorite dress that mommy owns).   And yes, I will now stop talking in the 3rd person. 😉

date night

Would love to hear what basic beauty products YOU carry in your bag!!

Thanks so much for reading!
xo – Marion

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5 Tips for Cooking with your Kids http://marionberrystyle.com/5-tips-cooking-kids/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 05:57:54 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10233 Have you ever dated a man that acts as if the kitchen is a foreign country?  And not like someplace fun like Paris or London…but a hostile land of harsh conditions and archaic law!!  And... Read The Post

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Have you ever dated a man that acts as if the kitchen is a foreign country?  And not like someplace fun like Paris or London…but a hostile land of harsh conditions and archaic law!!  And the idea of cooking anything more than toast is enough to make them throw up their hands and order takeout?

Let’s be honest…not so sexy in a grown man.

Well, that will NOT be my son!  Haha!  I have been intentional about involving Cooper in the kitchen since he could stand safely on a chair.  He loves producing something we all can enjoy and the school psychologist in me loves the hands on learning + bonding time we have together!

Here are my TOP 5 TIPS for engaging your child(ren) in the kitchen with success:::

  1. Let them be official tasters!

This may be kinda a “duh Marion” one…but it’s surprising how many of my girlfriends don’t let their kids taste as they go.  They want to wait until the finished product is done.

Encourage them to taste the fresh veggies + fruits + other ingredients as you cook and ask your child to describe the taste + texture {“This is crunchy momma!” or “This is spicy!”}  Then you can take it a step further and ask questions such as “Which one is crunchy?  This piece of red bell pepper or this piece of cheese?”  Kids LOVE mini-experiments like this!

mommy and son cooking

making healthy kid snack

2) Practice Colors and Counting!
We sort things by color and then often count them {“Can you hand me 7 pieces of red bell pepper?”}  And yes…we eat a lot of red bell pepper.  LOL!

And let them accomplish mini tasks that build confidence and pride such as asking them to bring you a certain number of items {“Could you bring me 1 big spoon and 2 little spoons?”

INSIDE SCOOP:  These are the type of tasks that are requested in the IQ/Cognitive tests I would give to kiddos as a school psychologist.  By weaving this type of conversational learning into your child’s day, you will help strengthen their working memory!

3) Give them a job to own
Cooper is always in charge of stirring duties and he takes great pride in this!  He has a special spoon and will spend several minutes stirring until he is satisfied with the blendage (and yes I know that’s not a word but I like it so it stays). 😉

making healthy kid snack

peanut butter and banana

4) Talk through the recipe with them!

So the school psych in me (poor Cooper) uses a lot of First/Then Statements with him while cooking.  So “FIRST we’ll spread the peanut butter, THEN we’ll slice some banana.”  This helps children 4 and under grasp the concept of order.

5) Put on Music!

Cooking and engaging with food should be JOYFUL!  So even if you don’t feel like cooking (we’ve all been there), throw on the Trolls soundtrack and I promise you’ll soon be laughing + dancing + smiling through making dinner together 🙂

And THAT is a memory you had better believe your little ones will cherish.

yummy healthy kid snack

backless jumper

Black Tobi Jumpsuit (I’m wearing a size small)  |   Jimmy Choo Sandals (Prada makes a very similar style HERE OR HERE is an option  for less than $50!)

mother son team

BONUS to ALLLLL of this:  Cooper is now WAY more open minded with what’s on his dinner plate!

So yeah…his future partner in life can thank me later because the boy even joins me for dishes!!

Hope you find these tips helpful!  I’d love to hear if YOU have your kiddos help out in the kitchen?  If so, what type of things do you love to make together?!

xo – Marion

PS –>  I’ve put together a FREE PDF of my Top 5 Kid-Approved Healthy Dinners for all you busy mommas out there!  CLICK HERE!!

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Being Your Own Boss:  Pros and Cons http://marionberrystyle.com/boss-pros-cons/ http://marionberrystyle.com/boss-pros-cons/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 06:08:09 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10218 It’s been nearly 3 years since I decided to take the leap and become my own boss.   Since then, I’ve learned a few things about bossing myself around and all the good and more challenging... Read The Post

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It’s been nearly 3 years since I decided to take the leap and become my own boss.   Since then, I’ve learned a few things about bossing myself around and all the good and more challenging stuff that comes along with it.
So here is my personal Pro/Con list to being the big cheese!

Cons:

  • When starting out, you’ll work harder then you’ve ever worked before.

For realz.  You’ll get up super early.  You’ll stay up super late.  And then you’ll do it again the next day.  #coffee

Well…I guess I should say that you will do this IF you are obsessed with the idea of building a business.  If you aren’t obsessed, then you likely shouldn’t become your own boss.

And I don’t mean obsessed in a creepy, Chris Hansen “To Catch a Predator” way…I just mean that you will be DRAWN from something deep within your core to work as hard and as often as you can.  You are no longer regulated to the 9-5.

coffee shop office

  • You will do the majority of activities for no compensation.

When starting out, you will have a learning curve and be responsible for…well…pretty much everything.  Until you choose to delegate and outsource certain tasks, it’s YOU.  So get used to the idea of buying your own printer ink + taking out your own trash + and  paying your own phone bills.  And do so with a big-a** smile on your face because hey…that trash is the product of YOUR business!

  • Health insurance kinda sucks

I mean, seriously.  Do I really need to say anything else about this one? 😉

  • The phrase, “Don’t take your work home with you” doesn’t really apply to you when you are first starting out.

When you first take the leap into boss-dom, you WILL experience a blur between work life and home life.  But don’t worry…it’s just a normal transition that won’t last long as you find your balance.  🙂  My best advice here it to phase in business hours.  And then stick to them.  You will be no good to your loved ones OR your clients if you are working 24/7.

being your own boss

  • It can get somewhat lonely

This is one I never suspected when I first became my own boss.  I would stare with a tinge of jealousy at the women with their laptops at the coffee shop thinking that was the ideal life as I shuffled back to my renovated closet of an office as a school psychologist (the leaky pipe above my desk in one of my school placements only served to strengthen this jealousy! LOL!)

Especially if you are working online, it can get lonely.  I’m fortunate in that my job is running right alongside my own team of women, so I no longer feel alone.  But I always make a big effort to get my new coaches plugged into our super rad team culture so that they are never feeling alone.

So just make sure you join groups + stay socially active with friends + and make an effort to build relationships.  It’ll all be great!

  • When things go wrong, who do you blame?  Oh, that’s right…
But the good news?  Being your own boss means you are riding a rollercoaster.  And when you are down you simply have to see it as an opportunity to ride back up!  #enjoytheride!
gorjana necklace

Pros:

  • You design your day from start to finish

If you want to sleep in one morning?  No problem!  Want to take a 2 hour lunch and enjoy a cosmo with that salad?  Go for it!  Want to go for a hike simply because it’s a beautiful day outside?  You get the point 😉  Being your own boss truly means that you can design your life…day by day!

be your own boss

  • You don’t ask for permission for vacation + to stay home with your sick child + or to call off work at 3pm for an early happy hour

I have a woman on my team who became her own boss after replacing her income as a nurse and she tells me time and time again how incredible the freedom has been for herself and her family.  She is home for her sons when they are too sick to go to school.  She spends her summers with her sons and husband at their lake cabin…making memories that she otherwise would never have known were a possibility.

Quite simply put…the freedom to travel and to be truly present for those you love when they need you, is the greatest gift of being your own boss.

  • The sky is the limit with what you can do + earn!  There is no ceiling + pay scale.

With a traditional work position, there is a typically a cap on what you can earn.  As your own boss, the sky is truly the limit.

  • You give yourself a raise when you want to earn one.

Not happy with what you are earning?  Then you have the ability to take action and change it.  You won’t need to run ideas by your boss for approval…so be positive + take action + own it!  You da boss! 😉

  • Your “office” attire can be Lululemon!

I personally like to dress up about 80% of the time as it makes me feel more mentally dialed in.  This Tobi sweatshirt shift dress is kinda a perfect example…cozy/comfy while still feeling somewhat polished.   Throw on something like this Gorjana necklace and you are upping your game! 😉  But I do love those days where I throw on my “active wear” and make a messy ponytail and call it good!

Tobi Shift Dress

  • You can work from home, a coffee shop, a beach chair, or at your favorite restaurant bar (basically wherever there is wi-fi!)

I’ve worked from a beach chair in the caribbean + while having lunch on top of the Space Needle + and from a cruise ship in Alaska.  The modern day entrepreneur doesn’t have the traditional office…and that suits me perfectly 😉

But yes, my typical office is a coffee shop.  And the fact that I can type this sentence just makes me smile.  🙂

  • No boss!  (Because YOU are the boss! 😉 )

Boom!  🙂

Are you your own boss or have you been thinking about becoming your own boss?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and/or questions below!

xo – Marion

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A (non-sponsored) Fabletics Review http://marionberrystyle.com/non-sponsored-fabletics-review/ http://marionberrystyle.com/non-sponsored-fabletics-review/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:51:57 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10201 By now I’m fairly certain everyone has heard of Fabletics.  Right?  Well, the Kate Hudson owned fitness apparel company that operates on a monthly subscription structure has its fair share of fans AND critics. Because... Read The Post

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By now I’m fairly certain everyone has heard of Fabletics.  Right?  Well, the Kate Hudson owned fitness apparel company that operates on a monthly subscription structure has its fair share of fans AND critics.

Because I purchase so many workout clothes from various designers/stores, I receive a ton of questions from women asking about the quality + service + value of Fabletics.  So I thought that I would pull together an honest review post!

So let’s break it down, shall we?!!

COST:

Soo…Fabletics works 2 ways.  You can pay the full price listed for each item OR you can become a “VIP Customer” and pay $49.95 a month and receive a discount.  You also have the option to skip months with no penalty if you wish….BUT here is the problem.  I don’t always remember!

Fabletics Order

See that light gray number up there??  That is how much I’ve racked up after nearly 6 months of forgetting to skip the month.  Ugh!  Just.can’t.adult.when.it.comes.to.this!   Because yes, they do send email reminders but with the number of emails I receive it’s just…well…easy to miss I guess?

So if you are a rockstar at managing your email inbox (unlike me) or you or awesome at remembering to perform a small task once a month like skipping the month (unlike me), then you’ll be just fine 😉

But regarding the price structure overall, I would say that it’s very good!  You can order an entire outfit starting at $49.95 (prices for complete outfits typically range from $49.95-$89.95).  So for basically the price of a couple bottles of wine (my favorite analogy 😉 ), you can freshen up your workout style with a complete outfit!

Fabletics pants

QUALITY:

So it’s NOT Lululemon or Lorna Jane quality….but again we aren’t paying those prices.  So I’ll keep this section short and say that it’s fairly good quality for the price!  I’ve had a few pair of Fabletics leggings that have lasted me years and they look as great today as they did then.

Hands down my favorite pair of leggings are their Salar Leggings.  They are seriously amazing.

STYLES/DESIGN:

Eh.  I’d say 80% are kinda JV while the other 20% are Varsity.

Fabletics scooped back

The problem is that the 20% you actually want, sell-out early in the month.

I DID just find 3 styles that I liked and ordered (because hey…I have $299 to spend, right?!  LOL!)  And here they are:::

Fabletics Domain

Umm, are those weights?  {style name: Domain}

Fabletics Queue I hold my balls like this too.  {style name: Queue}

Fabletics Micron

The sports bra that comes with this one is very cool!  {style name: Micron}

Customer Service:

I only have had to deal with them once, and it was a slightly below average experience.  My main concern is actually when/if I go to cancel my VIP Membership one day…I REALLY hope it won’t be as horrible an ordeal as when I cancelled my FabKids membership (they are part of the same Fab Family).  Because THAT was awful on multiple levels.  But we’ll see!

I asked for the input and opinions from my Facebook readers and here is what they said:

Fabletics opinions

Fabletics opinions

OVERALL:

Fabletics definitely is a little hit or miss…so I don’t think it’s for everyone.

Fabletics pros and cons

I would say overall that I would recommend Fabletics to anyone who wants to continuously update and add to their workout clothing drawer and is okay with paying less and receiving an average quality product (not Lorna Jane or Lulu quality).  But if you aren’t interested in expanding that section of your closet, then a subscription based source is likely not the right choice.

Do YOU have a Fabletics Subscription??  What are YOUR thoughts from your personal experience?  I’d love to hear in the comments below!!  

xo – Marion

 

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Our Love Story… http://marionberrystyle.com/our-love-story/ http://marionberrystyle.com/our-love-story/#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:25:53 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10194 So this is a story that I never thought I would EVER write!  But typing the words felt almost cathartic…like a full circle moment had just occurred!  So here goes…: 8 years ago: I had just... Read The Post

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So this is a story that I never thought I would EVER write!  But typing the words felt almost cathartic…like a full circle moment had just occurred!  So here goes…:

8 years ago:

I had just moved to Denver and heard about a workout class in my high-rise gym.  “Just go Marion” I told myself as allllllll the reasons why I shouldn’t raced through my mind.  But ultimately, I threw on my workout uniform of soccer shorts + cotton t-shirt and stepped into the elevator.

There were a few people waiting in the gym lobby and I decided to stand only middle awkward waiting for some form of direction.  People were talking and I looked up…and locked eyes with Troy.  I quickly looked away because, quite honestly, his presence felt incredibly pervasive.  Like nothing I’d ever felt before and nothing I’ve been able to find a label to describe.

I was engaged to someone else at the time and so that door was never opened.  We fell into a friendship and he was soon with someone else.

For the entire 4 years I lived in Denver, the same group worked out together during the week and then went out together on the weekends.  I got to know/love/admire his heart and value his friendship during this time.

1.5 years ago:

Gosh.  When I left Las Vegas with Cooper and settled into Portland, Oregon…I had NO interest in a relationship.  In fact, I seriously remember telling myself, “Maybe in a year I’ll let a man buy me dinner.”  LOL!

But honestly, I can’t go into all of the particulars/reasons…except to say that I was broken and yet LEAVING my marriage in Las Vegas was only possible because I had put my own pieces back together.  And gosh darn it…I was DETERMINED not to let anything happen to my pieces again.  {That sounds dirty…but I don’t know how else to word it! LOL!}

That and I just wanted to protect Cooper from everything.  Everything and anything.

BUT THEN:

I get a text from Troy around Thanksgiving time.  I was standing in my brother’s living room and I looked at my phone and I nearly dropped it.

“Oh my gosh!” I said out loud.

“What?” my brother asked.

“Do you remember meeting Troy when you visited me in Denver?”

“MARION!!!  Oh my gosh…no.  You just need to put your phone down and let’s go grab dinner,”  

he said with a big knowing smile {brother’s always know 😉 }

So over the next several months, Troy and I would text back and forth and then one day he asked if he could call me.  Before I could respond, my phone rang.  We talked until 2am.

TODAY:

I know that our story may seem to have unfolded quickly to some (I’ve even received some not-so kind messages from readers about it), but if you are fortunate enough to be with your soulmate, you understand.

Time is just a feeling…and it always stops when I look at him.

LOOKING BACK:

I am grateful for the journey —> without all of the hard times, we would not have Cooper!!  And Cooper is the critical 3rd leg to our stool and at the center of all we do.

And honestly?  All those nights in my past where I laid in bed feeling frozen…

Invisible.

Stuck.

Lost.

These are the feelings I felt at my lowest.  And I didn’t know it then, but they were also seeds that TODAY allow me to grow + experience a level of gratitude I didn’t know was possible for our love.  

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I can’t wait to marry this man in Cannon Beach this September!  And I am so excited to share the planning + journey with all of YOU…as YOU have been my source of love/friendship for longer than you realize.   So thank you from the bottom of my heart.  

xo – Marion

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3 Easy Ways to Own Your Everyday Confidence http://marionberrystyle.com/3-easy-ways-everyday-confidence/ http://marionberrystyle.com/3-easy-ways-everyday-confidence/#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:30:36 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10186   I remember when I was in the 3rd grade and a boy {let’s call him Paul…because…well…that was his name} walked up to me on the playground and blurted out, “Has anyone ever told you... Read The Post

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I remember when I was in the 3rd grade and a boy {let’s call him Paul…because…well…that was his name} walked up to me on the playground and blurted out, “Has anyone ever told you that you have super hairy arms?”  
I looked down at my arms and gosh darn it…Paul was right. I was shocked as if I had never actually SEEN my arms…and remember trying to cover them up for the rest of the day, because they all of a sudden seemed so embarrassingly hairy! Why had no one told me this before!?!

That night when I was getting ready to take my bath, I snagged one of my mom’s razors and shaved my arms (I didn’t even think about my legs at this age LOL!). That night…I went to bed feeling at least somewhat satisfied that I was able to take action to rectify this embarrassing problem!

(sidenote:  Yes, I just typed the word “rectify.”  Questionable if this word belongs in the same category as “panties” and “moist.”  Am I right?!)

But sure enough…the next day at school Paul showed up next to me at the playground and I nearly died when he exclaimed, “WHAT DID YOU DO?! Where did all your hair go?!” This was then followed by ALLLL the kids laughing and wanting to see my arms.

I wasn’t popular.
I wasn’t confident.
My arms now itched.
And now I sat alone on the swings by myself holding back tears asking myself, “What was I supposed to do?”

Little did I know at the time that there are Paul’s everywhere throughout our lives. And while one Paul will make fun of us for having hairy arms, another Paul will make fun of us for have NO hair!

So here’s the thing –> There is no winning to be found in trying to fit someone else’s idea of perfection.

A gap in your teeth + large lips + freckles + a little extra junk in the truck??! These are things that we can either try to minimize and “normalize” OR we can embrace and own it!!

So this is just a call to action for all of us women out there to resist allow the “Pauls” of the word dictate what is beautiful or ideal!  

So HERE are 3 Easy Ways for the Modern Woman to Own their Everyday Confidence:::

stripes with friends

  1. Acknowledge that we are always more alike than we are different!

So another woman is wearing the same shoes as you in the office?  Or rocking the same dress at a party?  Let’s leave the whole, “This is so embarrassing…we match!” way of thinking in the 90’s where it belongs!

Today…embrace it as a fact that you two are meant to be friends!!  People overthink the concept of standing out the same way they do fitting in.  How about we all just wear what we like + color our hair how we wish + and own our style INDEPENDENT of what those around us are doing?!  So freeing. 🙂

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2. Throw in a little BOLD color and it’ll change your entire outlook of the day!

Anyone else love the show “What Not to Wear”?  Well, I haven’t seen it in forever, but I LOVED how good old Stacey and Clinton always pushed color on people who were stuck in these black and gray bubbles.

But it’s so true that a little color can be like an adrenaline shot to your day.  And no…I’m not saying that we can’t be that confident slut witch in our LBD…but think of what a bold red top or a shot of yellow can do for you walking into the office?!

Like “BOOM”!!  Ms. Thang is here!

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3. Smile gosh darn it!!

And yes, this is probably the one thing I can’t help but do…and let’s be honest that it borderlines on about an 8 on the dork scale.  But I find that the more we smile and the more positivity we spread wherever we walk, the more CONFIDENCE we concur up in ourselves!

Because what is more captivating – a woman who walks into the room with a bold, bright smile (a la Julia Roberts) OR a woman who walks into the room with a blasé look of confused insecurity (a la the Olsen Twins).  I don’t know about you…but the smile communicates warmth + approachability + and confidence.

Which look will YOU choose to wear when you walk into your next meeting, lunch date, or even just walking into your child’s doctor office?!  Spread that warmth and confidence wherever you go and you’ll be creating a ripple effect!

And THAT is how every modern, beautiful woman should approach each day!!  

So move aside all of you Pauls of the world…we’re going to own that dorky smile + bold color + and hairy arse arms like the confident women we are! 😉 

xo – Marion

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Spring Forward: J.Crew Stripes http://marionberrystyle.com/spring-forward-j-crew-stripes/ http://marionberrystyle.com/spring-forward-j-crew-stripes/#comments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:00:33 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10174 One of the biggest trends for spring–> Bright Stripes One of my favorite color combos –> Yellow and White   Because lets be honest….yellow and white are like the two friendliest colors in the universe.... Read The Post

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One of the biggest trends for spring–> Bright Stripes

One of my favorite color combos –> Yellow and White

 

Because lets be honest….yellow and white are like the two friendliest colors in the universe.

 

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Case in point:::  If you were walking alone at night in a strange neighborhood and saw a dude walking your way dressed in all black, you might get nervous!  Right?!

But what if that same fellow were walking your way in a yellow and white ensemble??  Well, let’s be real…you might want to give the dude a high five!!  He’s like a walking daisy…the friendliest of flowers.

So we all learned a lesson here:  when you want to appear friendly, dress thee in yellows and whites!  Goofy smile optional 😉

xo – Marion

 

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Spring 2017 Sandal Report http://marionberrystyle.com/spring-2017-sandal-report/ Sat, 04 Mar 2017 23:51:24 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10163 AHH!!  We have 15 days left until Spring!! Who else is getting excited to break out the sandals?!   Below are my top picks for the upcoming season based on trends + practicality (i.e. sandals that... Read The Post

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AHH!!  We have 15 days left until Spring!!

Who else is getting excited to break out the sandals?!  

Below are my top picks for the upcoming season based on trends + practicality (i.e. sandals that won’t hurt our feetsies)!  I am so ready.  And yes…it’s snowing in Denver as I type this.  lol!

spring 2017 sandal report

 

ONE –>  the scrappy sandal is here to stay so it’s about time you embraced it! This is a simple design with soft leather straps is perfect for jean shorts or a black maxi skirt!

TWO –> Comfort + style rolled into one. The rope trend is big this spring so make sure you have something like this in your closet!

THREE –>  simple + gold + comfortable. yes + yes + yes!

FOUR–> The platform sandal is a HUGE trend this year…make sure you jump on board quickly! I know this sandal pick is an investment, but it’s a classic that will last years.

FIVE –>  No words. Just my shoe obsession for the season. 😉

SIX –> Perfection.  An investment? Yes. But worth it? YES!

Which one is YOUR favorite?!

xo – Marion

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Overlooking Las Vegas http://marionberrystyle.com/overlooking-las-vegas/ http://marionberrystyle.com/overlooking-las-vegas/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:39:35 +0000 http://marionberrystyle.com/?p=10158 I’ve written and re-written this same post about 15 times. I just can’t ever seem to type the right words in the right order. But I’m typing right now from scratch and I am choosing... Read The Post

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I’ve written and re-written this same post about 15 times. I just can’t ever seem to type the right words in the right order.

But I’m typing right now from scratch and I am choosing to post it no matter if the words sound jumbled or I sound like a weirdo.

I spent the last several days in Las Vegas. Most people would be all “Party on Marion!” and I wish that were the case. But that will never truly be me and that city. I travel there so that Cooper can spend a couple days with his father. And every time those plane wheels hit that desert runway, my heart feels like it pauses and I can’t breathe.

I mean, do YOU have certain chapters of your life book that have left you feeling completely confused or broken? Well, I kinda believe we ALL do.
Everyone has a story whether they appear to or not based on outward appearances. Some bruises are just too far below the surface for others to see. 

“Um…Marion?! Are you doing okay?”

Oh yes! I’m sorry. I go off on tangents as if I’m talking to you guys face to face. 😉   So the whole point of this post is YES!  Standing here today, I am more than okay.  We ALL become “okay” again when we take control of the typewriter and begin to write a new chapter that aligns with our hearts. Our hopes. 

Troy took this photo of me looking out our window the other night. I don’t remember exactly what I was telling God at that moment (I kinda tell Him a lot…poor guy ;)) but I remember telling him that I am grateful for those hard chapters.  I am grateful because without them, I wouldn’t have discovered an inner-strength I didn’t even know was there.

I SHARE this in hopes that it speaks to anyone else who might be going through a challenging time. You WILL be okay. The chapter you are in will end and a new one will follow. Just keep showing up with hope + determination + inner grace.

You’ll be ok.
xo – Marion

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