Random Thoughts + Classic Spring Outfit

Boy oh boy has it been a couple of weeks.  So much has happened and I feel like my head is spinning.   I’m not sure why I would subject myself to re-designing my website during this time but I might as well since everything is changing this year.  We’ve been working hard on it so I hope you guys like it!  Hopefully we will work through all the bugs and it will be smooth sailing after this week.  Anyway, I shared some random thoughts on Instagram and figured I would post it on here as well.

As you may have noticed, I’ve been just sharing whatever is on my mind lately.  These thoughts popped in my head last night and I decided what the heck, let’s share it on my stories.

Random thought #1:

If you’re unhappy in your marriage or relationship, either fix it or get out.  All in or all out.  There’s no in-between.  It will not get better unless you have that tough conversation and do something about it.  Both parties have to want it for it to work.

Random thought #2:

If you’re in a relationship that is toxic/abusive or you’re with a controlling, narcissistic sociopath, get the F*** out fast.  Always listen to your gut instincts.  No matter how hard the journey will be, run as fast as you can and never look back.

Random thought #3:

If you’re unhappy about your job/career, change it.  Find your passion and go for it – no matter what.  If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  Scary AF?  Yes.  Rewarding?  Hell YES.  I left my 7 figure income real estate business to pursue blogging full time back in 2015.  You can read about it HERE.  It was the scariest and BEST decision I’ve ever made.  Money isn’t everything.  Happiness is worth so much more.

Dress: J.Crew Factory striped daybreak dress (size XXSP) | Trench: c/o Banana Republic classic trench coat (size XXSP) | Shoes: Linea Paolo leopard pumps | Bag: Tory Burch mini Robinson bag (similar HERE)


XO, Annie
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  1. Dear Annie:
    Your random thoughts are so right to the point. I had to leave a toxic relationship a very long time ago. He was playing with my head and my heart. At first, I thought I couldn’t live without him. Then I wondered if I would die. But I went to a psychologist, I enrolled in a self-esteem workshop and read a lot of self-help books. Moreover, I had friends and family to support me. I can tell you now it was the best thing I did in my life except giving birth to my son. I’m now celebrating my 22nd year with my DH and we are planning to end our days together when time comes.

    Moreover, when I was about your age, I had to leave a job as I wasn’t happy anymore. I was at the time working as an administrative secretary… I applied for one month as a legal secretary to our Veterans Affairs (Canada) and I’ve worked there for 30 years. Thirty years of being so happy in my job! I started as a legal secretary but later on was promoted for a position similar to a social worker with a better pay and lots of good social benefits.

    OK. So all this to confirm that what you wrote today is completely right.

    We must take care of ourselves, we must be proud of who we are, with or without a man in our lives. We deserve the BEST.

    Take care and have a good life.

  2. Me again to ask you and your audience around here: I want to buy a trench coat but I want it in dusty pink or pale pink and I want it to be a middle length. I don’t want it to be beige as I don’t like that colour on me. And I don’t want it maxi neither. Of course, I don’t want to pay too much for it. Would you have suggestions where I should look for something close to my wish? Many thanks.

  3. wow i subscribed to this blog for fashion but it seems to be more about drama. also the profanity (even with the …..) is very unprofessional and tacky! this with the comment from you about money not being everything all the while with very expensive shown for you by you every week is weak. sorry for whatever you are going through but this with the profanity and poor me attitude has me pushing the unsubscribed button!

    • Wow, what a judgemental comment. I guess your life is perfect, all the time, Betty? A blog is just that: an online journal. Annie can make her posts about whatever she would like because it is her journal and her life, not yours. If you want strictly fashion and nothing else (like reading about her truth and her realness), there are plenty of other places for you to get that, like a magazine. But, ANY blogs don’t seem to be the place that will work for what you are looking for, since pretty much ALL blogs offer glimpses such as this post from time to time because no one has a perfect life journey. Sounds like you need to do some self reflection, before criticizing another.

    • Betty, I was debating whether or not to respond to you but I felt compelled to because you need to understand where I’m coming from so you don’t continue to judge others in the future. I’m sharing my struggles with the world to show that behind all the cute clothes and shoes, there is a real person with real problems just like everyone else. It’s my choice to do what I want with my blog and it’s totally fine if you unsubscribe. In fact, I encourage to not read my blog if it doesn’t give you what you are looking for. By opening up, it’s playing a huge part of in my healing process and I feel it’s my duty to help others by sharing my story. I wish you the best of luck.

    • Betty,

      Get a life. Seriously.. you could just unsubscribe and not say anything if you have nothing nice to say. I mean you just created your own drama by posting this. My suspicion is your not really following the fashion that your an undercover person probably against this side of the situation. Regardless, people want to see the real life of role models, bloggers, etc. This is her and this is real and that’s more than what her followers can ask for. Fashion, personality, and everything else.

  4. I love your honesty and bravery to show us your struggles and journey. I think this makes your blog much more ‘real’ and I appreciate that. You are a must read for me every day!!

  5. Hi Annie,

    I’d admire you for your strength, resiliency, and poise through a very difficult time. As you know, your daughter, though she is young, is watching you and learning from you. The way you navigate this difficult journey is inspiring for all of us who read your blog. More importantly, you are helping your daughter to build imperative life skills that she will need to be a strong, emotionally intelligent, and independent young woman. Kudos to you! Our children need as many protective factors as we can give them to live in our crazy, wonderful world.

    I wish you all the best on your continued success and your journey. Stay strong! We’re with you!


    • Hi Kristy! Thank you so much for this. It’s very scary to be as open as I have been since I’ve never really done it in the nine years I’ve blogged. I’ve had a few posts here and there that were personal but my recent posts are very raw. It’s women like you that keep me going so for that, thank you for your support and kindness. XO

  6. Completely agree with your random thoughts. It’s important to talk about these things when people have a big following because it might just change someone’s life for the better. And that’s a gorgeous outfit, the dress looks really flattering.

    • Hi Marta,

      I couldn’t agree with you more! That is a huge reason why I’ve decided to share bits and pieces of my journey. If I can make a difference in one persons life, then it’s worth it. Thank you for being supportive. XO

  7. I loved the way you so eloquently described Random Thought #2! Curse words appropriate and necessary when used correctly; as you did! Hang in there.

    • LOL thank you Steph! I don’t think I’ve ever used curse words on my blog before but sometimes like you said – it’s necessary! Some people won’t like it but what can I do right? 🙂

  8. So glad that your site is up and running again! Thanks for sharing your thoughts – I agree with all of them! And kudos to you for having the bravery to leave your well paid job to pursuit your true passion! (Not to say what you are now doing is not ”well paid” lol)

    • OMG Janice…me too! I was so stressed out about it. We are still working out some kinks but at least it’s up and running. 🙂 Thank you for reading!

  9. Thanks for sharing the new site. I go into fashion blog reading hiatus in the winter because wardrobe ennui sets in and I know I won’t be buying anything, so I stop taking any interest in the style blogs I read. I always think I’m not interested in style blogs at all but once the days grow longer, I can’t wait to start reading my favorites again. (I do still follow the IG feeds, which I guess is an indication I never lose interest completely.)

    We all have our journeys to deal with in life, and everyone’s is different. If those points about bad relationships are there because they apply to you, then I’m so happy for you that you got out of them. Obviously you don’t want to (and shouldn’t) share the dirty details to the world on your blog, but the posts I have read show something was wrong, and you were able to leave. May you find happiness on the new path.

    The outfit is lovely and classic and clean. It makes me think of spring. That’s important for me because here on the east coast, spring is always a vague promise and we never trust that winter is over.