open spaces

it's friday and it's spring and life doesn't get much better than that! this month is off to a good start. i'm trying to stay motivated with my healthy eating and exercising. it's been a few months and this is usually when i start to fall off the wagon and slip into my bad habits. but i'm starting to think this is the most important time to stick with it. i've always been one that's constantly trying to lose weight, but i'm working on changing my perspective from being on a diet to living a healthy lifestyle. it's much more important to focus on what you're eating than how much. 

this month, my best friend brittany and i decided to challenge ourselves to give something up for the month. she came up with the idea of tweaking something about our daily lives that puts us in a more healthy mindset. i, obviously, decided to do without candy for this month. and considering april includes easter and my birthday, it's going to be even more difficult than usual (but also more necessary!). i have no idea why i was cursed with the sweet tooth of a 6-year-old, but i just can't resist a handful (or whole bag) of sour patch kids. so wish me luck with this challenge!! and feel free to join in if you're thinking about getting healthy! comment below with what you plan to give up :)

so, back to the clothes. mixing prints is where it's at everybody! when i miraculously saw this dress hanging next to this shirt in my closet it was like i had an epiphany. i put them on immediately. they're complementary without being too similar-- which i believe is the key to mixing and matching two different patterns. plus, the weather here isn't quite ready for short sleeves (not by a long shot) so throwing a long sleeve tee under a dress is the perfect layering technique for spring!

this weekend we have some of our favorite friends coming to town! i love having people come and stay with us (if you haven't noticed) so i can't wait for them to get here tomorrow afternoon. we have a fun night out in baltimore planned for saturday and a day of sight seeing in DC on sunday! i'm looking forward to warm weather, good food, and great conversation. oh, and maybe some shopping too ;)

happy weekend, y'all! get outside and soak up some sun.


outfit details
dress: urban outfitters
shirt: thrifted
necklace: thrifted
tights: target
boots: groupon


  1. happy weekend!! love your jewelry, of course they are thrifted! haha
    Xo, Belen

  2. With this outfit you've delivered prove that flowers and stripes CAN be best friends! The orange ties both patterns together, and I love that. Great outfit Nikki! Good luck with your refreshed diet routine :) xo

  3. I LOVE the way you mixed these prints. I too am layering shirts under dresses. The sun is bright, but the temperatures are not so warm. Good luck on your healthy habit endeavors! I have been trying to replace sweets with healthy desserts such as frozen bananas, almond milk, cocoa, and peanut butter in the blender instead of ice cream. It helps!


  4. Oh wow good luck with forgoing candy - we have it in my office virtually every day so avoiding it is almost impossible! And loving your outfit, it's so cute :)

  5. You look super stylish, perfect sunday look!! I love this look so much!! Kisses!!


  6. Absolutely love the way you mixed the prints!

    Olivia Abdelmalek


  7. You look really cute Nikki! Love the combination of patterned dress and striped top ♥

  8. you are so pretty! good luck with your resolution! xx

  9. I don't even realise untill the whole bag of candy is gone! I will give it up with you. If you want any healthy recipes that are still delicious head over to my blog. Thats what I did, I just re defined what healthy eating is to me and now I love eating good food.


  10. Love the mix of prints here! Great transitional look for this in-between weather before it gets warm! :)

  11. Love how you mixed florals with stripes! Definitely my favorite combo!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

  12. Cute outfit, love your layering!

  13. i love your thrifted necklace!

  14. Such a lovely combo, you are so cutte..:)

  15. I truly love the layering!