Thursday, April 30, 2015

Trendspotting: Cat Eye Sunglasses

Hello loves,

Today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite trends that I've seen this season, cat eye sunglasses.  I'm obsessed with these. They give a mod vibe to any outfit and are super chic.  I decided to round up a few of my favorites that I've seen on the internet.

1...Urban Outfitters
2...Forever 21         

I haven't made my purchase yet - but I'm hoping to get my hands on a pair of these ASAP.  Which ones are your favorite? Will you be rocking the cat eye sunglasses trend this spring? Let me know in the comments!

Traci J

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sunny Southern California | Life Lately

Hello loves,

For the majority of April I have been galavanting around Southern California. Okay, galavanting might be the wrong word. I've been working for the most part, but have had the unbelievable opportunity to experience the area around me and spend time really soaking in the SoCal atmosphere!

If you follow me on Twitter, Insta, or Facebook you have probably seen a glimpses of my time here in sunny southern California - but I wanted to share some of my favorite moments here on BFJ for all to enjoy.

I've been to San Bernardino, Anaheim, Disneyland, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Santa Monica.  Let me tell you - April in SoCal sure beats April in Wisconsin!

Without further ado, here is what life has looked like for me lately.


Letting my inner "thug" out on Rodeo Drive

Spreading some ZTA sunshine through SoCal

I didn't mean to make this an ad for Kate Spade...

Obligatory foot pop

Carpe Diem - Robin Williams

Harry Potter!

Sprinkles Cupcakes - they have a cupcake ATM!!!

Mountains are neat

Really neat

I love Disney!

Only one scared on Splash Mountain

We ran into Tyler Blackburn from Pretty Little Liars - he was so nice

This chicken and waffles sandwich was A-MA-ZING

What have you been up to this spring? Have you been to Southern California? What are your favorite spots? Let me know in the comments!

With love,

Traci J xx

Sunday, April 19, 2015

How I Get Going in the Morning #CoffeeMyWay

Hello loves,

I am definitely a morning person. I love waking up and knowing that I have the whole day to make it into whatever I want it to be. I have the time to accomplish and do anything.  If I want to spend the day working on the blog, I can. If I want to binge watch Netflix, I can. If I want to go for a run and meet friends for dinner and drinks, I can!

However, not every day is a jump-out-of-bed-and-conquer-the-world kind of day. Some days I just want to curl up in bed and hit snooze 400 times. On days like this - it is important that I follow my morning ritual to help feel refreshed and have a #boss kind of day!

Bows for Justine has teamed up with for their #CoffeeMyWay campaign. Wayfair is an online home store - they seriously have everything. You absolutely have to check out their selection of coffee makers and mugs! To see a post where I teamed up with them previously click here.

If you keep up with me on Twitter or Insta, it is no secret that I have a mild complete obsession with coffee. It runs through my veins. Call me Rory Gilmore.

When I wake up I usually scroll through my Twitter and Instagram feeds to catch up on what happened in the #TeamInternet world while I was catching my ZZZs.  When I get the energy to roll out of bed, I wash my face.  But first, I make sure to put on some music.  Music always gets me going in the morning.  Click here to see what I've been listening to lately. Next, I'll head downstairs and get started on my favorite part of the morning - making my coffee.

Sometimes I don't have time to have a leisurely morning - so I am all about convenience.  I'll pop a K-Cup into my Keurig (lately I've been loving the Macadamia Cookie flavored coffee by Gloria Jeans), grab my favorite white mug (great for snapping an Insta pic), and hit "brew."

While I'm waiting for my hot mug of liquid energy to be ready, I'll usually make some breakfast.  I'm a sucker for waffles or I'll opt for yogurt, fruit, and granola.  Once I have my coffee and breakfast ready, I like to sit down in my living room recliner and catch up on the latest episode of Good Mythical Morning.

Now I know what you're thinking, "Traci, you didn't tell us what creamer you put in your coffee! How much sugar do you add? Are you a skim milk or 2% kind of lady?"  Well ladies and gentlemen, #CoffeeMyWay is black.  I am a no nonsense girl when it comes to my morning cup.  Yes, I like my lattes, mochas, and macchiatos - but my perfect morning is just me, my coffee, and the internet.

After I finish my breakfast and my coffee (maybe even a second cup), I shower, get dressed, put my make up on, and head out the door!  This routine and time to myself is what really prepares me to take on the day.

What does #CoffeeMyWay look like for you? Are you a black coffee lover like I am - or do you put your own spin on it?  How do you do mornings? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out!

With love,

Traci J xx

Image credit: Death to the Stock Photo

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Springtime | The World Through My Headphones

Hello loves,

Welcome to the Spring installment of The World Through My Headphones!  If you're new to BFJ - or the TWTMH posts, this is where I share what I've been listening to lately.  There isn't a day that goes by where I don't listen to music - it is such a huge part of my life, and something that truly inspires me.  That's why I love to share it with you! 

Today - I am sharing my perfect songs for spring!
Let's get into it. 

And a new addition since I first posted this - Panic! released their newest single, and I couldn't not have it on here!

I love Spring! Everything is refreshed - and it's also the beginning of music festival season!  What bands are you hoping to catch this spring/summer? 

What are you listening to currently? Did any of the songs on my playlist work their way onto yours? Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Traci J xx

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter at Home | Life Lately

Hello loves, 

Today I'm coming to you with a post from my mom's blog - Bluebird 1959.  Since I am currently traveling and not able to be with family I wanted to share with all of you what Easter looked like back home this year.   Not only did my mom's side of the family gather together yesterday to celebrate Easter, but also to celebrate my grandmother's 90th birthday!  

Luckily, I am spending the day with a wonderful advisor from the sorority I work for who has invited me into her home and is having her family over for a big dinner tonight.  I'm not going to lie and say it isn't a little awkward to spend Easter with someone I met just last night - but it is a reminder of how lucky I am to be part of such a welcoming and loving group of women. 

So wherever you are and whatever you believe, I hope you are spending today with people you love - or doing something you love.

Let me know what you are up to today in the comments!

Be sure to visit Bluebird 1959!

xxx Traci J


I want to wish  you all a very happy and blessed Easter.

Not much for words today, but I will share with you some Easter "candy!"

My lovely, sweet mom turns 90 tomorrow and yesterday our family got together to celebrate with her.  "Kids," grandkids and great grandkids spent the afternoon together  to mark the day.

Hoping your day is filled with joy, happiness and love.

Thanks for stopping by,


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Black is my Happy Color


Hey all! 

Today I wanted to just put a quick post up here on BFJ to share some of my favorite pieces from the past month.  I caught myself wearing a lot of black, white, and grey recently.  It's a classic color combination that is easy to dress up, dress down, and add in pops of color. 

Both tops are from H&M and perfect to wear with jeans or leggings (they both cover my behind so that's a plus).  When it was chillier I paired them with black knee high boots, but now that it's warming up I've been opting for my Vans (pictured above) or my bright blue Converse. 

The Vans I got as a Christmas present from my Mom and I absolutely adore them.  They are the perfect mix of classy and edgy.  I'll say it - I'm in love! 

Recently I purchased this top from the Bethany Mota line at Aeropostale.

It reads: "Black is my Happy Color," which is totally true for me!  Putting a sleek black outfit on makes me feel fierce and determined - does anyone else get that feeling? Or is it just me and Bethany Mota?  

Let me know in the comments below what color is your happy color!

Ps. I promise things will get moving over here in a few weeks - bear with me!

With love,

Traci J xxx