Stories & Spaces: The Month of Self-Love {February}

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and are ready for the week!  It’s supposed to be sunny and 60 degrees in the midwest, and I am so excited for a week filled with warmth and sunshine!  This month I chose the topic for our Stories and Spaces meeting, and I decided to talk about self-love!  Since February is the month of love, I couldn’t think of a more inspirational topic that my blogging tribe and I could share with all of you!

Why is self-love important?

To me, self-love is by far the most important aspect of life!  If you are not fully in love with life, you cannot expect to be able to reciprocate positivity, love, and good vibes.  Falling in love with yourself first is something that can take a lot of time, and removing negative influences such as people, habits, health choices, and thoughts can be the first step in doing so!  Falling in love with yourself will not only leave you feeling empowered, but your overall beauty will shine inside and out!  (I shared one of my favorite quotes that I always associate with self-love at the end of this post)!

How do you find self-love within yourself?

This goes hand-in-hand with removing those negative influences, but also making sure you have a positive mindset about yourself!  A lot of us tend to focus on “imperfect” qualities rather than the countless number of beautiful qualities we have, and each of us are our own biggest critic.  Embrace every single part of your body, and make it a goal to boost your confidence rather than breaking yourself down!  I also believe that comparison is the thief of joy, so allowing yourself to be inspired by others rather than envious/comparing yourself will leave you feeling determined and motivated!

*I challenge you to look at yourself in the mirror, and compliment yourself!  Compliment yourself so often that you can’t help but smile and feel an extra boost of confidence whenever you walk by a mirror!

How do you “treat yourself”?

I am a huge advocate for treating yourself, and designating time each day for “me time”!  I think spending quality time with yourself is incredibly important, and treating yourself to something special (big or small) on a daily basis is a must-have in my opinion!  Occasionally I will dedicate an entire day to a “me day” where I will treat myself to my favorite things!  It starts with two cups of tea in the morning, followed by a cup of coffee, a burning candle, a face mask/pamper session, sushi, macarons, a hot bath, and endless hours of reading/planning!  Taking time each day to treat yourself will leave you looking forward to something, especially if you’ve had a tough day, and it’ll instantly brighten your mood!

What do you love most about yourself?

This is the question I was most excited about asking, because I feel like it’s a question that isn’t asked enough!  I am truly in love with every aspect of my life, and I am so blessed and grateful for the life that I am living!  I absolutely love my outlook on life, my positive/optimistic attitude, my health/wellness, my ability to find joy and happiness in (almost) every single situation, and how organized I am (to name a few)!  I’ve been through a lot during the past 20 years, and I believe each situation has made me stronger, more positive, and has allowed me to make the necessary adjustments to love myself and my life even more!

*I challenge you to write down what you love the most about yourself, and remind yourself of those qualities every single day!  I like to write positive affirmations on a sticky note inside of my planner, and each week I write down a new one based on what inspires me!

Nothing makes me happier and more in love with life than my best friends, so definitely take a look at Paige, Alyssa, and Ally’s posts over on Where the Wildflowers Are, Pretty, Young and Motivated, and A Touch of Tulle!

Make February the month to fall in love with yourself, and to fall in love with the life you’re living!  

Love & Good Vibes


Today’s Inspiration

My Favorite Green Smoothie for Spring {Wellness Wednesday}

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, it is winter in the midwest and this picture was definitely taken in the midst of summer!  But I truly couldn’t resist sharing this photo filled with organic and natural vibes, especially while Michigan isn’t currently looking quite as lush!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  The beautiful sunshine has me beyond excited for spring, and with spring comes the blossoming of new ideas, new motivation, and a refreshing fresh start!  Spring is truly a wonderful season filled with love and happiness, so I couldn’t resist sharing my new direction for Simply Tess!!  

Health/wellness has been by far the most requested topic for me to share on my blog, including my personal health/wellness routine through my everyday life! Since this topic is such an important aspect of my life, I am ecstatic to introduce “Wellness Wednesday”!  I am a huge advocate for good vibes, happiness, and organic living, and I want to share my wellness with each of you every single Wednesday!  I will be incorporating recipes, workouts/fitness, meditation practice, detoxification/simplification, crystal healing, journaling, skincare, books, and anything/everything else that leaves me feeling inspired (and, of course, my absolute top must-haves from LUSH since my obsession is unreal)!  I also would love for each of you to share your wellness tips and inspiration, and to let me know if there is a specific topic you would like me to share!!

I wanted to kick off my first Wellness Wednesday post by sharing my favorite green smoothie recipe with all of you, and it’s the perfect recipe to try for spring!  This is my own specific recipe that I have created based on my personal preference, so feel free to modify to your own liking!


  • One large handful* of baby spinach
    • Low in fat and cholesterol, provides protein, iron, vitamins and minerals!
  • One banana
    • Free of fat and cholesterol, good for digestion, heart health, and weight loss!
  • Small handful* mango chunks (fresh or frozen)
    • Helps prevent certain cancers, lowers cholesterol, improves eye health, promotes healthy sex, improves digestion (the list goes on and on)!  Mangos are truly essential for healthy living!!
  • Small handful* strawberries (fresh or frozen)
    • Antioxidants, rich in vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall health!
  • Small handful* blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    • Antioxidants, decreases heart disease, and lowers cholesterol in blood!
  • 2-3 tbsp shredded coconut
    • Fiber, vitamins and minerals, and amino acids!
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
    • Fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and multiple micronutrients!  Also naturally gluten free!
  • 1/2 tbsp flaxseed
    • Omega-3 fatty acids, heart healthy, and a high-fiber superfood!
  • Coconut water/ice
    • Add for desired thin/thickness. (Substitute organic orange juice for a fruity twist!)

*I prefer using the term “handful” because I vary how much I put in of each ingredient every time!

While I am definitely not a health/wellness expert, I have developed a perfect, personal lifestyle that I genuinely enjoy living!  I am sharing my techniques and facts based on my own knowledge and understanding, as this is what works for my body specifically!  I cannot wait to share more of this series with all of you, and promote even more good health and good vibes every Wednesday!!

Love & Good Vibes


Today’s Inspiration

Coffee Date no.4, Shabby Chic Aesthetic at Lyon Street Café

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful week!! I don’t know how I’ve managed to get sick (again), but I’m planning on resting and relaxing this entire weekend.  So if you need me, I’ll be curled up with three blankets, hot tea, orange juice, and Gossip Girl (7th times a charm?)!

This weekend my best friend Alyssa and I visited the most beautiful coffeehouse, Lyon Street Café!  I’ve spent a lot of time in this coffeehouse throughout the years, because I feel like the entire aesthetic is very “Tessa”, and I feel the most inspired when I’m here!  The all-white brick with the beautiful raw wood detailing is my favorite, and I love the vintage style lights hanging throughout the coffeehouse!  We visited Lyon Street on a lovely, sunny day, so I couldn’t resist grabbing the corner seat right by the window!

I spent the week redecorating and reorganizing my room, and I am so excited to share the finished project with all of you in the next week or two!  I also have a trip coming up one week from today, and I will definitely be posting all about it the following week!  Lots of very exciting things are happening, and I’m so happy to be sharing my journey with each and every one of you!!

Love & Good Vibes


Today’s Inspiration