operation beautiful

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This series got such an amazing response after launching, so it’s bound to have some solid time on here. Catch up on the first Operation Beautiful, and let’s get right to the second…

For 2015 and for always, you need to change.

But I’m not talking about changing your weight or your love of chocolate – I’m talking about your love of yourself. So often, we fill ourselves with self-deprecating thoughts. I’m not pretty. I’m not that smart. I’m just not that great. And I’m definitely not beautiful.

You’re wrong.

First things first: you are beautiful. And this is an operation to prove it. Introducing: Operation Beautiful. Where we celebrate the beauty in each and every one of us. Now let’s hop to it – these girlies are fan-freakin-tastic.


Find Natalie here!


I feel most beautiful when…I am doing things for others and they needed it. When I can bless someone or do something to let them know I care, I feel beautiful and like I was doing what God made me to do. I also feel beautiful when I get all dressed up (hair, makeup, dress + heels) and go somewhere with friends. Being with people I love makes me glow!

My favorite physical feature is my…Eyes.

Something non-physical that I love about myself is…My creativity.

I’m happiest when…I get to be with people I love and we’re all having a good time.



Bre is an amazing, up-and-coming writer and blogger. Leave some encouragement in the comments for her to take the plunge and go all the way with it!


I feel most beautiful when…I am surrounded by the people I love most.

My favorite physical feature is my…Eyes! They’re just big and beautiful, they are truly the windows to my soul.

Something non-physical that I love about myself is…I’m compassionate, and I pay attention to how others feel.

I’m happiest when…I do things for others without asking for anything in return.


Find Karissa here!


I feel most beautiful when…I am with my daughter. I want to set an example of not obsessing over my looks for her. So I just focus on being with her and knowing she finds me pretty.

My favorite physical feature is my…My eyes. I have large eyes so they stand out the most.

Something non-physical that I love about myself is…How much I care about people and how loyal I am to those I love.

I’m happiest when…I’m with my husband and daughter. Especially doing something fun!


Join the movement.

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This series is all about you. So, it only happens when you join in the fun! Take a lesson from these ladies – writing your own answers to Operation Beautiful will make you think about yourself in a new, happier and beautiful light. If you want to be featured on Coming Up Roses as part of Operation Beautiful, just fill out this quick form, and you’ll find yourself on the blog in an upcoming Operation. (And be sure to spread the word – the more the merrier!)



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Posted by & filed under On Love.

Aaaaaaand Part 2 is here! I’m stuck here in Blizzard Juno, so I hope your Monday has been less snowy and more pizza-filled than me. What can I say? I’m craving Sicilian.

Last week was CRAZY. As I mentioned quickly here, the boyfriend is no longer my boyfriend – he’s my fiancé! We got engaged last Tuesday, and MAN what a week it was. As expected, he pulled off this absolutely amazing stunt, so I’ll share the whole proposal and engagement story here soon if you’re up for it. (So let me know in the comments!). In the meantime, I’ll catch you all up to speed with the basic story of us, now with Part 2. (Didn’t see Part 1? Click here.)

So Part 2: From our first date to the point where we made it official, and everything in between. There’s a cat cameo. Just in case you’re like me and click videos because of cats.

Next up? Part 3, where we’re giving you our 3 best, totally unprofessional and amateur tips for finding a really great relationship, plus possibly doing a GIVEAWAY TOGETHER?! Hope you’re already on the edge of your seat with excitement. I am, and I almost fell off my seat because of it. #graceful

What did you do on your first date with your SO? What was the best first date you’ve ever been on? 

Here’s hoping you’re happily snowed in with Netflix and hot tea. I’ve been loving the Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Peach…it’s currently my kryptonite. Catch ya for the Hump!

styling a sweater

Posted by & filed under On Fashion.

It feels like an eternity has passed since I’ve last hopped on the blog. Why? Because I got engaged nbd. Way more on that to come, but I still haven’t gotten down from Cloud 9, so excuse me as I get my emotions together and buckle down to do something besides leaf through Brides magazine and watch SYTTD re-runs. (Meanwhile, get to know us here.)

Now, back to business.

Today’s post is in cahoots with the fabulous Ashliegh from The Darling Daily. She’s currently living it up au-pair style in Germany, since she spontaneously decided to up and leave ‘Murrrrica and have the adventure of a lifetime. We Skyped recently, and let me tell you…this girl is just as darling in almost-person as she is on her blog. A collab was an obvious must, so we opted for the one thing we had in common in our winter wardrobes: a classic white sweater.

We’re approximately 3,993 miles apart, but we both have our favorite cozy ivory knit for winter weather. Since this is a style to transcend the Atlantic, we figured we had to share some styling tips and give you inspiration for your own sweater weather mixing and matching.

PSA: The sweater I’m wearing? On sale at H&M for $5. Get yours here.

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For my two looks, I opted to tackle two ends of the spectrum: Edgy and Preppy. First up, a bit of an urban edge. I threw on my glasses and paired my sweater with a chunky black scarf (it was freezing, so fitting), black jeans, and leopard slip-on sneakers with which I am absolutely obsessed. A leather and bling cuff bracelet was my finishing touch! Super easy, simple, and comfortable, while still trendy enough to look put together for everyday activities and errands.

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Sweater: H&M // Scarf (similar): Sears // Jeans: Forever 21 // Leopard slip-ons: Target // Cuff Bracelet: Charming Charlies


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Next up, I prepped out on the town (get it???) and let my hair down. I could live in chambray, so I threw on my softest denim shirt underneath my sweater and popped the collar out. My brightest Baublebar gems went on top of that for an added pop of neon. Neon is an awesome way to add happiness to an outfit in an otherwise dull and bleak season! Instead of jeans, I went a bit dressier with these slim navy slacks from Target. I love them because they’re even softer and comfier than denim, but they look more polished – a win-win! Lastly, these bubblegum pink pointy-toe pumps from Forever 21 took the cake and added another colorful pop. You like?

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Sweater: H&M // Chambray shirt (similar): Forever 21 // Necklace: Baublebar (similar here) // Navy pants: Target (Similar here) // Pink pumps: Forever 21 (Similar here)


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How do you style your favorite white sweater?

Be sure to hop on over to say hi to Ash, check out her outfits, and get to know her…she’s seriously fan-freakin-tastic.


And now try to win $400 to MAC Cosmetics. Because it’s Friday, and your weekend should end on a mega high note.

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How do you style your favorite white sweater? See you Monday!