I’m very excited about today’s inspired look post! Meet Amanda, a friend of mine from the church I attended in grad school.  Amanda is a lovely person (more about that in a minute), and when she instragrammed this outfit the other day, I immediately wanted to feature her on the blog!  Look how cute she is!

This outfit is the perfect example of how you can easily look put together, even while being casual and comfortable.  By adding a skinny belt (you know how I feel about those) and some bangl-y bracelets, Amanda effortlessly dresses up the classic black-shirt and jeans look, and her cute sandals tie everything together perfectly. 

There’s another reason I’m excited about this post, though – it’s doubly-inspiring!  While Amanda says I inspired her look, she inspires me, too!  This girl made a New Year’s resolution this year to get fit, and she’s actually kept it (inspiring point #1: I know very few people who do that).  Inspiring point #2 – look how great she looks!  As one who has tried countless diets and exercise plans with various levels of success, I know Amanda worked hard to reach her goal, and I’m so proud of her!  When I grow up, I want to be more like Amanda! 🙂

On another note, I’m going to get on a soap box for a minute and defend New England.  I think, in a lot of ways, the Northeast gets a reputation for being kinda snobby and into themselves.  I know that’s what I feared when I moved up to Rhode Island for school.  But, never in my life have I been treated so well by a population as I was by the New Englanders.  Even if they were complete strangers in a New Hampshire chowder shop.  Even when I was dressed in Colts gear at a Patriots game.  Even though I’m not Catholic.

While I only lived there for a year, I made friendships that continue to grow and which I will likely have for the rest of my life.  Amanda is just one example of someone who really didn’t know me ALL that well during the year I was in town, and yet she still maintains a relationship with me.  It really touches my heart to know that I always have a “home” among friends in the Northeast.

So, if anyone ever tries to say that the landscape is the only beautiful thing about New England, you tell them to shut their mouths.   The people are even more beautiful.

End soap box.