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Why the Myth of Doing It All Keeps You from Succeeding

“You Can Do Anything, but You Can’t Do Everything.”

2017 is going to be the year for the everyday woman. For me, it’s going to be the year I finally learn how to sew, the year I am going to read more books, and the year I am going to live more intentionally. The lightness of the season calls us to be more inspired, spend more time doing the things we love and enjoy, and to be more authentically ourselves.

As I run into 2017 steadfast, I know many people out there (myself included) have tons of ideas about how to turn it all around, and generally what could make us happier in the coming months and year. So many ideas and goals in fact that we convince ourselves “This is the year I’m going to do it all.”

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Outfits Sotela Everyday Woman

The Shift and Cocoon 2.0

I’ve been going back and forth on whether to add pockets to the Shift and Cocoon dresses. The practical side of me LOVES pockets, but the designer part questions whether pockets make a dress look too casual. I know…

Outfits Sotela Everyday Woman

One Cocoon Dress, Three Ways

Gift giving can be tough and frustrating. I remember going to the mall and buying something out of frustration because there was too much to choose from. I figured my mom or sister would appreciate anything so I usually…


The Good, Bad, and Everything in Between: December 2016

The past couple months have been exciting, scary, and at times frustrating. Every single day I learn something new which usually has some financial consequence. Fortunately, there hasn’t been an issue too big I couldn’t solve, but every little…

9 Natural Beauty Products I'm Loving Right Now

9 Natural Beauty Products I’m Loving Right Now

As the years have passed, my beauty routine has become decidedly more simple. And not just in what types of products I use (less is more, I always say) but what those products are made with. While I do…

Beauty Eco-Conscious Living

DIY Non-Toxic Gel Manicure

The following article was originally published by Annie Zhu of Terumah.  I’ve only had my nails professional done maybe three times in my life. Over the years I’ve learned how to do my own nails pretty well and I don’t…


Acne: What Your Body Could Be Trying to Tell You

This is the first time an article published on this blog was written by someone other than me. So excited to introduce you to our new content marketing intern, Lindsey Whittaker. She will make regular appearances on the blog!…

Sotela Everyday Woman

Listening To My Intuition Changed My Life

My birthday is this weekend and I’m feeing particularly nostalgic about the last three years of my life. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, bought a home, landed a full-time job, quit said job, and launched my dream…


We’ve Been Busy

If you are friends with us on Instagram, then you know we’ve been working on new designs for next season! I asked you on Instagram stories for feedback on the two fabrics I’m currently choosing. They’ve been so helpful, thank…


Transitioning the Shift into Fall

You can take the girl out of the blog, but you can’t take the blogger out of the girl. Lucky for you, that means 3 different outfits to provide inspiration for fall. Outfit 1: Poncho, Hat + Marsh Shift Dress…