JCrew Factory Cotton Mini Skirt and Printed Ruffle Top

(Please check out yesterday’s post about a wonderful coaching opportunity with my friend Joanna.)

Do you all remember this post where I styled this beautiful shirt and skirt together having no idea if they’d actually work together? Well, they do. At least I think so.

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Top: JCrew Factory. Similar and similar
Skirt: JCrew Factory. Similar and similar
Shoes: Really old! Steve Madden. Similar and similar


I am so glad I scooped up this skirt because I’ve already found so many ways to wear it! And no surprise, I’ve thought of so many ways to this top too.

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I don’t have the shoes I used in the original post so I decided to wear these yellow flats for a pop of color.

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So what do you think? Do the top and skirt go together? Did you snag this awesome skirt or top? If so I want to see how you wear it! Email me for a collaboration (hint hint, I have one coming up with an awesome blogger because I emailed her that we have the same skirt!)

HELP! I thought it would be fun to start a style challenge that would be run on instagram and have optional blog posts link up. The idea is that everyday there would be a different challenge such as floral, stripes, pattern mix, your favorite shoes, etc. I need help in knowing how many of you would be interested, and ideas on daily prompts!! Comment on the post, email me, send me an Instagram direct message, whatevs! Just let me know!

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A personal invitation to join me in coaching

I’m a bit of a dichotomy. I’m shy and outgoing. I’m introverted and extroverted. I’m lazy and athletic (somewhat ;-)). I hate the color red but love my hair red. I’m quiet and talkative. And I’m confident and not.

I’m sure I’m not the only one with such conflicting personalities. But the hard part of being that way is sometimes you find yourself so lost and stuck in a cycle of trying to be who everyone else sees you to be, which is the complete opposite of how you’re feeling. People see me as outgoing and confident when really, I tend to lean towards being shy and not always the most confident.

That particular dichotomy was at it’s highest when I was laid off and had no idea what to do next. I was 26, living on my own, and without a direction in life. I happened to see on my friend Joanna’s blog that she had just completed her coaching education and was looking for women to give a free session to. I almost didn’t email her because I thought 1) she doesn’t want someone like me, she wants someone who has real problems 2) she probably doesn’t want someone she knows because she’ll want to expand her business 3) do I really want someone I went to high school with knowing these depressing things about me? But for whatever reason I pushed all those thoughts aside and emailed Joanna. That was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Because the truth is, she did want someone like me. And what exactly are real problems? I had a huge problem! I was just laid off. Joanna’s ideal client was me– a 20-something year old woman who is at a crossroads in her life. Why wouldn’t she want someone she knows? Building a business is all about networking and where else do you start networking than with people you know? No, I don’t really want someone I know from high school knowing my problems but Joanna is that girlfriend you want knowing your problems. That’s what makes her such an awesome coach. I don’t think we had any classes together but because we knew some of the same people, we were friendly with each other. And I don’t think we ever hung out outside of school, or even in school, but Joanna is one of those people who makes you feel like you are her best friend no matter how much she knows you. (We graduated with around 800 people so not knowing everyone in our class isn’t unusual.)

All of this is to say that I am so excited Joanna is starting a coaching group and that she asked me to participate. When she told me what would be involved I immediately thought of so many of my readers. So many of you are just like me; not sure where you want to go in life, questioning decisions, wondering if you should go for it and start that small business, trying to decide if you should go back to school, curious as to where your relationships are going. Anything! So I asked Joanna to write a quick note to you all telling you what she does and what the group coaching involves. And now, Joanna.

Hi justjacq readers! I’m Joanna, a life coach passionate about helping people get out from under their “shoulds” so they can live meaningful, love-filled, guilt-free lives. I’m looking to test out a new service for my business and Jacquelyn thought you all might be interested.

First, a little bit about coaching: I coach my clients on all kinds of things: relationships (family, romantic, friends, work), work/business challenges, money, goals, life purpose/vision, etc. Coaching is not advice but conversation to find clarity and confidence around challenges and desires and accountability to make sustainable change. What I love about coaching is that it is all about you (you, the client).

I want to start a group model so 1) coaching can be more affordable for the client and 2) I can help more people.

Here’s what I’m thinking: Six weeks of group coaching, one hour session each week. All participants will be on the line and I’ll coach two people individually for 20-30 mins (everyone else will get ah-ha’s listening). During the six weeks, each person will get coached twice. In addition, there will be a private FB group for accountability and support and journal prompts.

I think this group will be perfect for someone that feels pulled in a lot of directions and/or bogged down in “shoulds” and really just wants to live a meaningful, love-filled, guilt-free life.

Because this is a trial run and I’ll ask for lots of feedback and flexibility as I try different things, the cost will be very low–just $97 for six weeks.

The group will “meet” on Wednesdays via phone/Google Hangout (the technology is part of the test) at 8pm EST starting July 30.

I’ve only got a couple spots left so email me at joanna {at} cupofteacoaching {dot} com if you’re interested and we’ll get your spot held asap.

Weekend Updates & a Giveaway!

Good Monday, friends! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty nice, thanks for asking ;-)

Friday I intended to clean the tornado that went through my room (anyone else have tornadoes that go through their room and only their room… really weird weather phenomenan) but instead I went to my friend’s house and just chatted the night away. Time well spent. Saturday I did the usual working at my Dad’s then I made greek quinoa salad to take to an informal bbq at my boyfriends. A bunch of us just hung out in the backyard eating, drinking, and sitting by a fire. Sunday Ken and I rode our bikes down Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill river and into Philly. It’s a gorgeous ride and a really fun way to see the city. We were surprised how far we went and didn’t realize how long we’d been riding until we felt the hunger pains hitting strong and fast. So we stopped for lunch then rode back… getting back on that seat is not easy. Ouch!

Keeping the updates short and sweet. My good friend Rachel put together a fun giveaway for her birthday!

 Ellie of Creative Geekery // Jacquelyn of justjacq // Stephanie of Life According to Steph // Rachel (aka the birthday girl) of Can’t Google Everything // Reesa of Mama Lew // Katherine of Him & Me // Krystal of Krystals Kitsch

Here’s what we are giving away!

A prize pack containing some of my favorite things and stores!  Cup from Vera Bradley, Essie nail polish in “cute as a button,” a $25 Starbucks gift card AND a $25 Target giftcard!  That’s over $75 worth of prizes!  Woo-hoo!
Enter to win via rafflecopter below and good luck!!
The fine print: Giveaway open to U.S. residents only (sorry).  Giveaway runs from 7/21 – 7/28 midnight EST.  Winning entry will be verified.  Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond to claim prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.