A Fresh Start with Marks and Spencer

A Fresh Start with Marks and Spencer

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5 goals I plan to crush in 2017:
Read one book a month: I have probably set this goal every year for the past five years! I don’t read enough and I think that I am at a disadvantage because of that. You put good knowledge in and you get good knowledge out. You have something to give. Knowledge is power. I am going to make it more of an appoint this year to read because successful people read and I want to be successful!
One podcast a week: podcasts are a lot like reading. Expanding your horizon, and learning new things, gaining new perspective….growth. I want to grow this year and I want to learn about topics that I haven’t dove into in the past. I want to listen to some of my favorite speakers and learn more about perspective and scripture.
• Unplug once a week (rejuvenate): this has been a long time coming. I have not fully unplugged from social media in a long time and I think that has become detrimental. Unplugging, setting the reset button and refocusing is so important for productivity. I want to be as productive as I can this year and I don’t want to get burnt out. Unplugging is huge when you blog and have to spend so much time in front of a screen.
• Revamp Fitness & Eating:  I remember about 3 to 4 years ago being in probably the best shape of my life! I made it a priority, I was driven, I was motivated, nothing could stop me. I want to get to a realistic place where I’m driven and motivated but I’m not killing myself. I would love to complete a few races this year and mainly get back to eating Paleo. My body responds so well to that kind of eating. More than anything I want to get in routine again including taking classes at the gym and running.
• Save: Ben and I have gotten into the habit of sitting together every year and setting goals. Saving is always at the top of the list for us. We are at the point now where we cannot wait to get into our own home. This is a major goal for us as a couple and a family this year and saving is key.
 No onto this look! Starting a New Year fresh with Marks and Spencer! I absolutely love their products! Marks and Spencer is a UK-based company that sells everything from food to clothing. I remember visiting Ben and his family in England and going into the store and loving everything. Velvet is the bees knees right now  as we all know and this velvet dress with this beautiful print is one of my favorites in my closet at the moment! I love the style of the dress with the lace neck detail!! It’s so feminine and girly and makes me happy. Look number two is a dress that I love because it gathers at the side and is super flattering for someone with my shape! I paired this look with these  patent  leather boots that are amazing! I have seriously worn them every day since I received them! So comfy!!! Both the shoes and the bag are from Marks and Spencer as well and I am in love! I think what I love the most about this company is that not only do they have stylish clothing but the quality second to none and the price tag is affordable!! Check out more Marks and Spencer looks for the new year here.
This post is in Collaboration with Marks & Spencer and Shopping Links.  All opinions are my own.
All photos by:  Mikayla Christine


  1. Nataly December 29, 2016 / 7:13 am

    I love this post! Both bags and shoes look so fabulous on you!

  2. Shannon Paige December 29, 2016 / 7:23 am

    I LOVE that dress and that backpack…is the backpack kate spade or is that marks and spencer too? Was just looking at that the other day at nordstrom rack and drooling over it. Those are great goals- I make the same reading goal every year too…. OK but this year, I actually WILL have finished 2 books before the end of the year. Thanks to my mom- she knows i don’t read a lot and told me about 2 books she knew i wouldn’t be able to put down so i am going to tell you about them too- they are called “behind closed doors” and “the memory box”- they have a psychological thriller, keep you on the edge of your seat vibe. *thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com

  3. Anna English December 29, 2016 / 7:33 am

    What a great outfit and way to end 2016! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in 2017!

  4. Brooke December 29, 2016 / 7:49 am

    What a gorgeous look and I love everything that you are wearing…great pieces from Marks and Spencer! Great resolutions as well…a few of those are on my mind as well.

    Brooke || http://www.kbstyled.com

  5. Lynne December 29, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Great goals and very achievable. I need to unplug as well. Often. Adore the outfit combo ❤

  6. Laura B December 29, 2016 / 8:41 am

    That sounds about like my list too! Especially the saving!

  7. Shannon December 29, 2016 / 10:13 am

    Great goals Ruthie! Saving is on the top of my list as well! Reading a book/month was a goal of mine last year that I failed miserably at, so I definitely want to work on that one again.

    Clothes & Quotes

  8. Heather December 29, 2016 / 10:18 am

    This outfit looks absolutely beautiful on you. I completely agree with the idea of setting a few goals, and definitely want to find a better way to organize and streamline my work that that I have better work-life balance. First time as an entrepreneur, and I need to tweak a few things! 🙂

  9. Neha December 29, 2016 / 11:27 am

    such a lovely look, everything you’re wearing xx

  10. Jessica Sheppard December 29, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Ruthie, love both of these looks! That velvet dress is elegant and rich, obsessed with those heels! So classy in that dark floral, the patent booties are perfect. You are on top of your game with your goals! Such inspo! I know you….you will CRUSH each one!

  11. dawnm723 December 29, 2016 / 11:40 am

    This outfit is everything! I’m in love with your bag and shoes. They are amazing.

  12. Ashley Zeal December 29, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Loving these goals! Would love to know some of your favorite podcasts!! PS these bags are gorgeous!!!

  13. ashleyharg December 29, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I love this look so much! Those shoes are so fabulous and that backpack is gorgeous!!

  14. Jaime Cittadino December 29, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Love your goals, and I have no doubt that you’ll totally crush them. PS – you’re killing it with these looks. So cool, so chic. xo

  15. Erica Gwynn December 29, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Perfect accessories, but I also lovelovelove that you and Ben sit together to goal set. That’s so intentional and I love that you do it as a TEAM!

    Coming Up Roses

  16. rkcsouthern December 29, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    You always have the best shoes! Those booties go so well with the bag!

  17. Ashley December 29, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    I love all of your adorable accessories! Both shoes are fabulous!

    xo Ashley

  18. bohostylefile December 30, 2016 / 6:55 am

    Awesome goals for 2017! cheers to a happy new year!

  19. Elaine McKellips December 30, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    So many good goals. LOVE those bags girly! Happy New Year!

  20. Adaleta Avdić December 31, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    In 2017, I want to spend less time online (get my VA more involved) and also less time on my phone. I think unplugging after a certain time each day is going to be super beneficial! I am loving these bags, so incredibly cute! xx Adaleta Avdic

  21. Lexi Holzberg Kritzer January 1, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Gorgeous, as always! I need to get my goals in order. Totally taking inspiration from you. <3

  22. audreymadisonstowe January 1, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    You have such awesome goals planned! Love the shoes so much in this! I need!

  23. Living in Color January 4, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    This bag is just to die for! <3


  24. Sara January 6, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I love your outfit and yes yes yes to all 5 of your 2017 goals! They are nearly identical to mine! Cheers to an amazing year, xo!


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