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5/25/17

NORDSTROMS 40% OFF HALF YEARLY SALE




You guys, it's here, the ever so popular Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale! Running now through June 4th receive 40% off of some amazing brands, including : Free People, Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Fisher, Bauble Bar ... just to name a few. Head on over to Nordstrom to shop all of the sales! I've rounded up some of my favorite finds and certain items that I have eyed and will be purchasing during the sale! (You guys can click the images below to shop them directly). 

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Embroidery for Spring




I'm back! Sorry for the major delay in posting! I'm really trying to get on a better schedule here, I guess sometimes life happens. I think the little break was a little needed to just re-coop and gather my head around my vision and ideas for the blog.

With the weather and sunshine finally coming out these days I'm all about bright bold looks! Embroidery is a big trend this year and all of the summer embroidery is just perfect. This gorgeous white linen top and bright floral embroidery is perfect for the warm weather. This style embroidery comes in a top and also in a dress and in white and navy, I've linked them for you below! 




5/10/17

12 facts about me



For the past year, I have been sharing mostly style tips and outfit inspiration. I always wanted to let you all in so you can get to know the girl behind the pictures. I never knew how to go about it and a big part of me was really holding back. But, I think the time is right and I think this next year is going to really be about me letting you all in and seeing me in a different way.

I recently got nominated by two fellow blogger friends,  Mary of Miss Mary Powers and Angelle of Dashing Darlin, to share 12 facts about myself. So I think it's a perfect way to open up and let you all get to know a little bit about me.

1. I am Polish, both of my parents were born in Poland. I am first generation American and am fluent in Polish. Heres a fun fact, my first language was Polish and I actually taught myself to speak english by watching cartoons.

2.  I am a Jersey girl born and raised. After high school I moved to Los Angeles California for almost 4 years! I lived in NYC for a little bit and now we are living in New York. (hoping we end up back in New Jersey! )

3. My family calls me the "Pinterest Queen" - I'm obsessed with Pinterest, it's my go to for recipes, craft ideas, home inspiration.. really just about anything!.. I can get really crafty and want to try everything I see on there .. but you totally get that right!?

4. I love to cook!! I enjoy experimenting and trying new meals. My favorite thing to do after a long day is pour a glass of wine and cook some dinner - it's my escape/therapy! 

5. I haver really bad scoliosis. When I was in High School, I saw a spine specialist who said my curvature was 2 degrees away from having to get a rod surgically put into my back. To put things into perspective, I am 5'5, doctors said if my spine was straightened out I would by about 5'10 ! 

6. I am a hypochondriac, this is not a fact that I like about myself, but maybe someone can relate? I've been a hypochondriac for as long as I can remember but as I've gotten old it's gotten worse. It's mostly medical issues that I freak out about. It could be the smallest thing but I'll think the absolute worse and can even cause myself to have anxiety attacks about it!!

7. Something you may not know.. Chris and I are not married.

8.  I love binge watching tv shows! Favorite thing to do at the end of the day.. Got any good recommendations?! send them my way!

9. I get really uncomfortable in front of the camera and a crowd ... which is a recent thing. But once I warm up, there's no stopping me.

10. Chris and I are huge foodies, we love going out to eat and trying new restaurants (that's like our thing) .

11. Growing up I always wanted to be a famous actress, I always filled that in, in school under "what do you want to be when you grow up?"

12.  I was very athletic growing up, a gymnast since the age of 3, a cheerleader all the way through high school. I ran varsity track, played field hockey and also swam . Now, I can't see to get my ass off the couch these days :( 


Phew!! That was hard .... It took me two days to come up those 12 "interesting" facts about myself. .. I guess it's a good start. That was fun though and I hope that you all got to know me a little bit more. Comment below with a interesting fact about yourself, I'd love to know something!




5/8/17

ONE YEAR BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY



I can't believe today marks one year since I published my first post on sylviapilawa.com .  I always dabbled in the blogging world over the last few years but it wasn't until last year that I really committed myself to it. Everything in life happens for a reason! I know it sounds so cliche but If I didn't go through some of the events that I went through, I wouldn't of been where I am today.

Over the last year I have met and gained some wonderful followers. I know in the grand scheme of things I don't have that many followers but to me I am so thankful and grateful for every single one of you that has followed and supported me along this first year. If you are new to my blog, thank you for stopping by and I hope you will continue to follow along! 


To be honest, a little over a year ago, Cameron had just turned one and I was feeling very low about myself and my identity. I have to admit, I always struggled with who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. After I graduating high school I attended college in Rhode Island to study fashion merchandising, after finishing two out of three semesters in Rhode Island I decided to apply to the Fashion school in Los Angeles, I got accepted packed my bags and moved away to California at the age of 19. I left my family and friends behind and headed for a fresh new start in LA. My fresh new start slowly came to an end after just one semester! I got caught up in the California lifestyle and decided fashion wasn't for me and that I wanted to pursue a career in acting.


 If only I knew then what I know now, the next three years were not as easy as I thought they were going to be! Little ol' me thought I was going to quit school and become a famous actress.. boy way I wrong! Endless acting classes, auditions and the countless no after no. I now had no college degree and was waitressing to pay the bills. I wasn't fulfilled and I just knew deep down that I wasn't happy where I was at. After about four years and way too much time away from my family, I packed my bags and moved to New York City. Again, I got a job waitressing so I could pay my bills,  meet some people and figure out what my next step in life would be. That's when things really changed, It's where Chris and I met. Chris was a regular at the restaurant I worked, we then started dating. I was now back for about two years with no permanent career and still confused with what I wanted to do when I got pregnant with Cameron (I am basically giving you the quick version of the last few years of my life).

After becoming pregnant I stopped working because it just made the most sense for me to be home with Cameron. My life became Cameron, Don't get my wrong, I love being able to be at home with my baby boy!! I love that I get to raise him and teach him all that he knows. I love that I am along the way for all of his firsts. I knew that when he was born, I was meant to be a mommy . Everything that happened in my life happened for a reason, it all made sense, it lead me to to being his mommy. But as great as a feeling as it was there was a part of me that wasn't fulfilled. I felt empty like my Identity was only being Cameron's mom. I craved creativity and I wanted to make something of myself.


If you haven't noticed already from reading this, I am one of those people that tries everything. One day I want to be an actress, the next day I want to design jewelry, the next day I'm starting an online business. Don't get me wrong, I'm very lucky to be able to say I experienced so much in my life and got to do so many different things not just the same office job. (nothing wrong with that, it's just not me). 

My love for fashion started at a young age, I was the girl in middle school that dared to be the first one to wear uggs, while everyone thought they were ugly. I always did things differently and I even loved shopping at an early age and always playing dress up in my moms fabulous wardrobe.  So last year when I felt low and in need of a creative outlet, blogging was that perfect outlet for me. I figured what better way to express myself than sharing my style through pictures and expressing myself online.

Those around me all questioned it (another one of Sylvia's great ideas) and to be honest there were many times I questioned myself throughout the year as well. What the hell was I getting myself into!? This year was a complete eye opener and one filled with lots of work. To one blogging may seem like just standing in front of a camera wearing cute clothes and looking cute, but it's so much more than that. It's a lot of damn work, everyday. (not going to get into that). But I am so happy with where I am after a year and all the work that I put in to it.  I feel so fulfilled and so happy to see my brand grewing each and every single day. I am very thankful to all of you that follow me, really, without you all I wouldn't be where I am at today.  I know I have a long way to go but this is a start and pretty damn good start to me. I can't wait to be able to share more with you in the next chapter ! XO.







5/4/17

Accessorizing your look


It's been sometime since I posted last so I am sorry to those of you that follow along and have been missing content. It's been a crazy few weeks with a family emergency and a quick weekend get away, I just really needed some time to focus on other things and myself. I'm not going to lie taking just a few days off can really through me off and put me into a funk. But I am full of blog post ideas and I've got some great looks and content coming your way. I guess it's sometimes needed, you know just taking a break to get it all together and starting fresh. So here I am and thank you for coming back and being interested in what I am sharing

Todays post is all about how to accessories your outfit. The accessories this season are so fun, from pom pom and tassel earrings to studded bags and shoes with bows on them. You can easily add a pop to any plain jane look with just a few touches.  I've rounded up some of my favorite finds for you to shop!