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Hey everyone! It has been a while since I’ve wrote a blog post. Life has been a little crazy recently which is the reason why I’ve been so MIA on my blog. In a nutshell here are some of the things that have happened recently: I’ve been working on some new projects, we got a new car, I turned 28 in May, I got a new job (yes I’m still going to be doing blog posts and photography!), and we got a new puppy!!! He’s an english bulldog and we’re so in love. I can’t wait to share a post about him soon!

Anyways, let’s dive into this post!

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is about my favorite skincare products, and I thought I would share all about my current favorites. I’ve tried a lot of different skincare products, and by far these have been on repeat recently.

KIEHL’S

I’ve been a long time fan of Kiehl’s skincare products, and I wanted to share with you my current favorites from them. One of my favorite skincare collections by them is their Calendula line. Calendula is a flower that is native to the Mediterranean, and has amazing properties that help sooth and brighten skin (specifically oil skin, which is what I have). First, you start with the Deep Cleansing Foam Face Wash, then use the Herbal Extract toner, and then finish with the Serum Infused Water Cream (which is my current favorite by the collection). The water cream goes on your skin like a serum, and then soaks into your skin feeling like a water texture. It’s SO hydrating, calming, and makes your skin feel AMAZING. I can’t say enough things about these three products.

The next two products by Kiehl’s is the Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil serum, and their Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado. The Sativa Seed Oil is such an amazing product. I usually use it in the morning (2-3 drops), and then let my face soak in the oil for a while, and then I apply my normal makeup over. It’s hydrating and helps give your skin a healthy glow. The sativa seed helps calm stressed skin, visibly reduces redness, helps protect the skin barrier, and it’s lightweight. It also has green oregano oil in it to help relieve problem skin. With the oil, I love to use the Creamy Eye treatment. It’s hydrating, and is infused with Beta-Carotene, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil. This has become one of my favorite eye creams!

GLOSSIER

Glossier has some incredible skincare and makeup products, and they’re also a clean beauty line (which I love!). I recently got a gift sent in the mail from them with their top selling skincare products and I have to share them with you because they’re becoming apart of my daily skincare routine.

The first product is the Priming Moisturizer. This is one of my favorite moisturizers to put on in the morning before I apply my makeup, and it’s hydrating but feels extremely light on my skin. It leaves a clean, dewey finish which is ideal for makeup base. I can’t say enough things about this moisturizer! The second product is their Bubblewrap Lip and Eye Cream. The skin around your lips and eyes are the most thin and fragile skin on your face, and this product helps protect, plump, and hydrate your skin. I highly recommend this product!

grön

I was recently introduced to this brand, which is a Scandinavian inspired CBD company based out of Portland. Grön, which is a Swedish word pronounced “grew-n” means “green”. They create products with CBD and cannabis oil including CBD chocolate, tinctures, CBD sauces, and they just released a CBD skincare line. I’ve only been using their products for a short period of time, but I can’t tell you how much I love them. I’m a firm believer in CBD and all the health benefits it can bring, and use it every day for a variety of reasons. So having it in my skincare routine just makes sense.

They have five new products in their skincare line, but I wanted to share with you my top two favorites. Renew: Time Reversing Face and Neck Cream, and Restore: Brighter Mornings Eye Cream. These two together work magic on your face and they smell incredible. The face and neck cream is soothing, hydrating, and helps brighten your skin. With the hemp extract it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. The eye cream is a game changer as well. I have puffy eyes due to my Graves’ disease, and this product has helped reduce some of the puffiness and inflammation. It helps brighten the eye area as well, and feels so good after you apply it!
rewa

Make sure to check out their website for all their other CBD infused products!

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BETHANY MARIE by Bethany Olson - 2M ago

Spring, I’m obsessed with you.

Spring used to be my least favorite season since it’s usually rainy and cold here in Washington. I don’t know what I was thinking because today, I’ve become obsessed with it. Everything this year is super vibrant- the flowers, the greenery, and we’ve had some of the most BEAUTIFUL spring days. I don’t remember spring ever being this perfect. Maybe I’ve learned to love it more because I’ve been more aware with my surroundings and have found a new appreciation with nature. I’ve always loved it, but I’m starting to see new, intricate details in the flowers, the trees, and I love being able to watch new life grow. It’s just so beautiful. Everything is so intense this year that you can smell all the flowers when you walk outside. The only downside is my allergies have been KILLING me the past two weeks. Stuffy nose, losing my voice, and all that good stuff. Good thing I’m finally starting to feel better so I can actually have a day where I’m not blowing my nose 30 times.

Anyways, Cory and I decided to take the afternoon and go to the tulip fields on the last day before they plow them all down. This year they were EXTRA vibrant due to the colder weather we had this last year. They were all in full bloom, and the most vibrant I’ve ever seen them. It was an unforgettable experience and was the most perfect day to get out and enjoy them. Below are some of the images we shot that day!

For this spring look, I’m wearing a pair of stripe wide leg pants by Billy T, a Brixton straw hat, a vintage straw bag that I thrifted, and a white mens dress shirt that I cut. I bought this shirt at a thrift store, and I gave the shirt a raw bottom hem and collar. All I did was cut the bottom to the desired length, and then cut around the top part of the shirt to take the large collar off. I’ve been wearing it non stop! Super easy and cheap way to get a unique and chic shirt for the warmer months! Make sure to shop the look below!







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BETHANY MARIE by Bethany Olson - 2M ago

I’m so happy we’re finally into the warmer months because of what you can wear- lightweight jackets, brighter clothing, lighter sweaters, and of course, shoes. A couple times a year I invest in a good pair of shoes, and I’m so excited to share with you one of my new favorite pairs by Sutro- the Juanita heeled mule!

Mules are great for spring and the warmer months because they’re comfortable, timeless, and you can wear them with a variety of outfits. These specific ones, the Juanita heeled mule by Sutro are my new go-to for the next upcoming months. I have another pair of their mules that are flat, and I’ve been wearing them steady for three years! That’s one of the reasons why I love Sutro so much. Sutro makes such an incredible shoe that they hold their quality and comfort for years. My flats that I own are still in excellent condition and have been on heavy rotation during the warmer months. I know that the Juanita will do the same.

The thing I love most about these mules is the heel. I’m a black bootie heel person and these are the perfect mix between a boot and a spring shoe. The square/slanted shaped toe gives the shoe a more polished look. The chunky heel so it is also comfortable and versatile. They’re so amazing, and I’m just so happy that I have a shoe in my wardrobe that’s quality, comfortable, and overall just an incredible shoe. Their price point is amazing in terms for their quality. If you’re looking to invest in a good pair of shoes for the season that aren’t extremely expensive, I highly recommend checking out Sutro! Prices are kept low because the brand is direct-to-consumer, sending product from factory to consumer. Cuts the middleman or cost of operation & advertising seen in bigger brands that often increases prices- that’s another reason why I love Sutro so much.

Sutro is all about being fashionable but not super trendy. Unlike some trendy brands, Sutro is not disposable footwear, but classic. Their shoes make you look good, but are also discrete in style. I’m all about clean lines and timeless pieces, and Sutro makes shoes that have both qualities.

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Need some style inspiration? Here are some other ways I would style these mules for the warmer months.
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I know I’ve shared a lot about my thyroid and battling with Graves’ Disease on my social media and blog, but I wanted to create a video talking about my whole experience from start to finish on my YouTube.

In this video, I talk about my symptoms and signs when I was first was having health issues, being diagnosed, when we decided to get surgery, and how I’m dealing with it today.

Thank you for watching!

MY THYROID & GRAVES' DISEASE JOURNEY - YouTube
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BETHANY MARIE by Bethany Olson - 3M ago

I think shooting film is becoming a new favorite.

If you didn’t read my previous blog post, feel free to read it here. Recently I came across my dads old Canon Elan II film camera from the 90s in storage, and I started shooting some photos with it. One of the reasons why I love film so much is the look it gives, but also that you don’t know exactly what the photo is going to look like until you get it developed. I’m so used to taking a photo and instantly being able to see the image right after. With film, it takes a little while and you have to be patient. Shooting with film makes me more careful and thoughtful about creating an image. It’s been refreshing and I’m learning once again about composition, my light meter, and just being more intentional with what I’m capturing.

A couple weeks ago the cherry blossoms bloomed at University of Washington and we decided to go and document the beautiful scenery. I was insanely busy, but it was one gorgeous evening. I’m so happy with the way the camera caught the light and textures of the flowers. Afterwards we headed over my family cabin for the weekend with my parents and I used the rest of the roll there. The weather was perfect and it was a weekend to remember. Below are just some of my favorite images from that weekend.

This was all shot with a 50mm f1.2 lens, with the Kodak Gold 200 film.

My brother Trevor and his adorable little girl.

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BETHANY MARIE by Bethany Olson - 3M ago

Shooting on film is exciting. It’s challenging, but 100% worth it because you sometimes never know what you’re going to capture. I’ve been photographing moments and documenting my life for about 12 years now. Which is crazy to think that it’s been that long. I grew up around film because my dad was a photographer as a child. He was always taking photos and I just thought it was a normal thing. Now I’m happy that I grew up around that because it’s honestly brought me to why I love photography so much today.

There’s something so beautiful about film. You can shoot on a digital camera or your phone, but you can instantly see the image you’re taking. I’ve been shooting on a digital camera ever since I started. But, when you’re shooting on film you’re limited to your shots, and you have to actually take the time to set up an image. Before, I would shoot 10 ore more images just to get one good photo. But with film, you only have one or two chances to get it right. Which is why I love it. It’s more thoughtful, which makes it more beautiful. Film also has such a distinctive look and color tone that you just can’t get with a modern day digital camera. You can edit it to make it look like film, but it’s still not the same.

My dad photographed our life on a Canon EOS Elan II, which is a 35mm that has auto exposure and auto focus settings. I found it in storage the other month and just got the urge to start shooting with it to try something new. And I LOVE it and I’m so happy with the way the images have turned out. Even though this camera has the option to have auto everything, I like to shoot all the exposure on manual. In general with my 5D Mark IV, I shoot all my lighting and exposure on manual. But with this specific film camera I like to learn the numbers and challenge myself since I can’t see the image I’m photographing. This camera is super, super easy to use for a film camera. But, it still gives the amazing colors and look of film which is what I love most. The other thing I LOVE most about this camera is that my L series lenses fit on the body. So I can shoot with my 50mm f1.2 lens and my 24-70 f2.8 lens. Honestly, I think that’s what makes it even more exciting because the quality of the images are so sharp.

For these photos I’m using the Kodak Gold 200 film, with either my 50mm f1.2 lens or my 24-70mm f2.8 lens.

I recently shot another roll and I can’t wait to see how the images turn out! I’m definitely going to start shooting a lot more in film.

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BETHANY MARIE by Bethany Olson - 3M ago

A couple months ago I was going through old photo albums and home videos with my family, and was having a blast reminiscing. One of the things I love looking at of course, is the fashion. I also really love the style and the look of portraits and memories documented on film. These photos aren’t shot on film, but I recently picked up my dad’s old Canon Elan II film camera, and I can’t wait to share more images shot on that camera body. It’s such a fun film camera, and I’m definitely going to be shooting with it more often.

Because of going through those old memories, I’ve been into 80’s and 90’s fashion. Turtleneck sweatshirts, flannels, baggier style denim, and of course t-shirts from the era. I was born in 1991, right at the beginning of all the 90’s style. I know that 80’s and 90’s style has been filtering through different seasons of fashion, and has been making its way back into today’s culture, but I kind of hit a wall and wanted to try wearing some different pieces from that era. Every couple years I go through closet purges and get rid of all the pieces I don’t wear anymore, which of course then makes room for more clothing. When I thrift I do look for luxury pieces, but I’ve also been into trying on some “new” styles from thirty years ago. I’m really into mixing those pieces with newer current trends. It just adds such a unique look to your current outfit. And not to mention, you have a different piece of clothing that no one else is wearing.

For this look I’m wearing a mens denim jacket by mnml, some sunnies by Quay, a turtleneck sweatshirt from 1991 that I thrifted, some 3x1 distressed denim, a pair of corduroy boots by Band of Gypsies, and my favorite Alexander Wang bag. I love all the textures and colors of this outfit, and let’s just say that I’ve repeated this outfit a couple times. Make sure to shop the look below!

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BETHANY MARIE by Bethany Olson - 4M ago

Probably 99% of you know that I got a thyroidectomy last October. It’s been about five months now that I’ve had the surgery, and what a difference my life has been. I know I’ve talked a lot about it on Instagram and Instagram stories, but for those of you that missed it I wanted to give you a more detailed version on my blog. I’ve been meaning to write about my post surgery for the past month or so, but I wanted to give myself some more time to heal and still process it all. So, let’s just dive right in.

I wrote all about my thyroid issues in this previous blog post, but ever since having the surgery I wanted to give you all an update. Before surgery and looking back at photos it almost feels like a completely different person. It’s honestly a little surreal that it happened. I never thought that I would have had to had surgery, or having a thyroidectomy. But I’m SO glad that I had it done. It’s crazy thinking about how much better I feel than I did before. I want to tell you about the day of the surgery, what happened during my recovery, and how it’s affected me today. It’s a longer post, but I feel like I should share it all in detail. There are also some photos from post surgery, so FYI if you don’t like scars or incisions, I highly recommend skipping past the photos (cause it’s not pretty). So, here I go…

On October 8th, 2018 I woke up at 4am and prepared for surgery. By 5:45am I was at the hospital checked in and waiting to go into the room where they hook you up to IV’s and get you ready for the procedure. By 6:45am I said goodbye to Cory and they rolled me back into the surgery room. I just remember feeling calm- I wasn’t stressed since I knew that I was on the way to recovery. I honestly just wanted to get it over with.

These are photos I took right before I went into surgery. Looking at these photos, I still can’t believe my neck was that huge. It’s so weird to even think that was me for 6 months of my life!

Bright lights lit up the room, about 10 people surrounded me while I was laying on a table, and they put the gas mask over my face to knock me out. A nurse quietly said to me “Just breath. Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale”. And then I was OUT. I don’t remember anything else after that.

The next thing I remember is waking up in another room, and feeling so out of it because of the anesthesia. There was a doctor talking to me, and I remember talking to her. She was asking me about what I was going to do during my week of recovery and I responded with “I’m going to binge watch The Office!”. Of course she started laughing and talking about how much she was obsessed with that show. I think we maybe talked about it for a solid five minutes but I don’t remember what I said. All I remember was I stopped mid sentence, and said “Oh my gosh, I can talk!”. Sometimes after having a thyroidectomy, you can lose your voice or it changes and becomes super hoarse since it’s located right next to your vocal cords. My thyroid was wrapping around my vocal cords and the doctor said there was a chance I would have a hard time talking for the rest of my life. When I noticed I could talk, I wanted to cry from how happy I was.

In the same room, I remember the doctor asked me my pain level, and I said 8… my neck. Oh my goodness. It was the strangest feeling I had ever felt. My neck felt tight, and sore. It hurt to talk because I did have a breathing tube down my throat for surgery, but that went away a few days after surgery. But my incision area had a pain and feeling I had never experienced before.

For the rest of the day I was in my own room, I was in and out of sleeping, and I was just so glad that the hardest part was over (so I thought). During surgery, they had to remove my full thyroid, but they also had to remove 3/4 of my parathyroids. Your parathyroids control and process all the calcium your body consumes. Calcium also plays a huge role in how your muscles function and your bones. All four of my parathyroids were diseased, but they left one just so my body would have something to help process my calcium (more about my parathyroids in another paragraph).

My thyroid was HUGE. The surgeon knew it was enlarged, but it was bigger than expected. Let’s just say it weighed a quarter of a pound and was about the size of two baseballs. TWO BASEBALLS WERE IN MY NECK. No wonder why I was having such a hard time eating and swallowing. Thankfully my surgery went well, but they did have a problem where one of my blood vessels wouldn’t stop bleeding and I lost a lot of blood… they almost had to do a blood transfusion. Thankfully they didn’t though. The surgery lasted 5 1/2 hours, and my surgeon said it was one of the harder ones she had to remove since it was so big. As you can see in the photos, the scar is a decent size and not the prettiest. But my surgeon did an amazing job and I’m so happy with how the surgery went. It was the weirdest feeling being able to swallow without sounding like a frog or feeling like I had something in my throat. It was weird to swallow pills and not have to cut them in half. It was all around a weird feeling… I was already feeling like a different person.

About 24 hours later I was sent home. I was feeling okay, and didn’t think I was going to have to go back into the hospital again for any complications. Since they removed 3/4 of my parathyroids I was on A LOT of calcium. I was (and still am) taking these horse pills basically. But I wasn’t on enough calcium, and little did I know what was going to come next…

On the night of October 10th I woke up at 1:30am and my whole body was tingling. I could barely move, and I could barely walk. I was so weak. I looked down at my hands and they were curled up like a little claw (photo below). I was shaking. My lips were numb, my feet were numb, and I had shocks of tingling running through my arms. I knew something was wrong. I was SO scared I had no idea what was going on. So at 3am I was rushed to the emergency room and they told me that I was EXTREMELY low on calcium. Since I only have one parathyroid, we were training it to process all the calcium I was taking and I guess this can happen after surgery. It didn’t know how to process the amount I was getting and when I got the ER they had to put an IV in my arm and pump my blood stream with calcium. Once they pumped a couple bags of calcium in my arms I started to feel better. The scariest part of it all is that if I didn’t go into the ER…. my heart could have stopped. I didn’t realize that your heart is a muscle and without calcium it doesn’t work. HUMAN BODIES ARE SO CRAZY. It’s not even something I would have ever even thought about! So thankfully we went into the ER and got it taken care of.

I was in the hospital again for another 17 hours, and was put back up into my old room. I had the same nurses, and it was honestly a better experience than I thought. Just so thankful I listened to my body and went back to the hospital right away.

After I went home, I started to finally feel better and my body was starting to process calcium the right way. And I didn’t have any more complications after that.

Skip forward five days, and I was feeling like A MILLION BUCKS. It was crazy! I had so much energy! I felt like I could conquer the world. My neck was still a little sore, but other than that I was off my pain meds, and it was just insane how good I felt. A lot of people reached out to me prior to my surgery and I heard so many stories of recoveries. I thought I was going to be out for a month, but I was feeling better after five days. My incision was starting to heel, and it looked so gross (TBH).

Two weeks after surgery, I was back at the gym (with my surgeon and doctors giving me the ok). I had never felt any better. It was something I can’t even describe. I felt like a normal human being again.

About a month after surgery, my incision was almost fully healed, and had so much energy. My anxiety was gone, I was sleeping better, and I wasn’t exhausted like I was before.

Now… this brings me to my next topic. My auto immune disorder, Graves’ Disease. Graves’ usually is a package deal with hyperthyroidism. With Graves’ disease your thyroid attacks the orbit behind your eyes and causes you to have bulging eyes, head aches, bags under the eye area, hair loss, brittle nails, trembling in the hands, and other complications. Because my thyroid was removed, my Graves’ Disease symptoms are supposed to suppress over time, and slowly but surely they are. I have my good and bad days still with my eyes feeling like they’re bulging out of my head, and I ALWAYS have puffy eyes, even if I’m not tired. That’s the one thing that I am very insecure about. Nothing will get rid of my bags. I’ve tried EVERYTHING. I asked my doctor about it and they basically told me that because the orbit behind my eyes are inflamed, it’s causing scar tissue and fluid to build up around my eye area. So the bags aren’t diet, sleep, or alcohol. It’s because the bags are actual fluid that won’t go away from the inflammation. I met with my doctor a couple weeks ago, and I found out I most likely have to get upper eyelid surgery to help decrease the appearance of my bulging eyes. They will go in and basically remove the upper fat from the top eye lid, and pull down my eyelid over my eyes to not make them look as bulgy. I most likely will be getting the surgery in the next six months or so to make myself look back to my normal self. I wasn’t expecting to get another surgery, but if it’s going to help me look back to my healthy self, I’m willing to do it. And this surgery shouldn’t be as intense. I’ll just look like I got punched in the eyes (haha). The removal of bags under my eyes is a whole other surgery that I will get done at some point, but I’m taking one step at a time.

I’m not perfect, and I have a lot of insecurities. So I’m going to dive right into those and what I’ve been struggling with recently. Since surgery, my body has changed a bit and there are some things that might never go back to normal. Before all of my thyroid issues I had no idea how your hormones play such a huge role in your every day life and how your body functions. It was something I never had to think about. I’m just going to list some of the things I’ve been struggling with and how my body has changed since my thyroidectomy.

MY HAIR: I knew I had some gray hair before my surgery. But oh my goodness… I feel like over night my hair is starting to go gray in larger patches! Because I lost so much hair, my hair line is a lot thinner and it’s starting to grow back gray. It’s been stressing me out (which honestly I feel like doesn’t help and it’s so dumb because it’s a part of life) but I never thought it would happen so early on in my life. But I’m trying to teach myself to embrace it and not worry about it. I also have a random patch of waviness in my hair that wasn’t there before. One patch in the back of my head has mermaid waves- which honestly if my whole head did that I wouldn’t complain. It’s just one random spot!

MY BODY: Well, this could be a longer topic, but I’ll try to keep it short. In a nutshell, one of my hormone levels wasn’t balancing out correctly like it was supposed to after surgery. Before surgery I gained 20 pounds and I wasn’t able to take the weight off since it was all hormones. After surgery I lost 7 pounds, and then gained it right back. It was very frustrating since I was feeling tired and lethargic, and knew something was off with my hormone balances after surgery. So I talked to my doctor, got more blood work done, and found out I was in a 10% bracket of people who have their T3 hormone off balance. So, for the past month I’ve been on T3 hormone as well as the other hormone medication to try and balance everything out. I haven’t lost any weight at all (which has been really frustrating) but it still could take my body some time to normalize. One of the reasons why it’s so frustrating and I know I shouldn’t be insecure about it, but I am… I’ve gained a lot of weight in my face. I still look like I have puffiness in my face, but I’m still not sure if that’s just from my medication or hormone weight. My face and neck area obviously isn’t as puffy as it was before my surgery, but it’s still not back to normal. I think it’s frustrating because I’m the person that likes to see results right away and I’m very driven when it comes to goals. When you work for a goal and don’t see the results it’s frustrating. BUT… on a positive note… I have gotten a lot stronger (still not enough to not lose weight) but I can tell my endurance and strength is starting to come back with running and working out. It feels AMAZING and something that is a huge motivator. I’m trying to remind myself to not determine healthiness off a number scale, but how you look and feel. That’s what’s most important in the healing process.

MY ANXIETY: Before surgery I was having crazy anxiety issues- something I never thought I’d have to deal with. Four months out and my anxiety is almost non existent! I rarely ever feel anxious anymore and it has helped me become a happier person. I’m SO thankful that I’ve been able to overcome anxiety because it’s a real thing. It can take over your life. I’m so grateful that I have an amazing husband that has helped me through it all and I’m just a healthier person, mentally and physically.

MY ENERGY: OH MY GOODNESS I CAN’T EVEN DESCRIBE HOW MUCH ENERGY I HAVE. Right after surgery, it was like I was full of caffeine, all the time… I didn’t even need coffee to keep me awake. Ever since I’ve felt like a different person and I’m not nearly as tired as I was before. Sure- I do get exhausted on some days BUT it’s not a constant battle. And it feels incredible.

There’s not a single day that I don’t look in the mirror and see the scar on my neck, and what October 8th meant to me. It’s something I will NEVER forget. I can’t go a single day without taking my medication. If I don’t take medication, my body will eventually fail. It’s such a crazy thing to wrap my mind around. But I’m just so thankful that I’ve come this far and every day I’m getting stronger. October 8th was a huge milestone in my life, and I’m just so thankful that the worse is over.

Every day is one step closer to my body getting back to normal and I need to remind myself to enjoy this one life I have on earth. I need to remind myself to put my health and body first. Everyone needs to put their health first. It’s so important.

If you got this far in the post, thank you for reading. Means the world that I can share my story, and I hope it helps someone who has gone through it or about to go through it. If you are about to have a thyroidectomy, hang in there! It only gets better after. I never thought it would, and my life is changed for the better.

Thank you to everyone that has reached out and asked about how I’m doing. I’m doing fantastic and yes I have my good and bad days, but this community has helped so much. Couldn’t be more thankful!

xx

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BETHANY MARIE by Bethany Olson - 5M ago
Who doesn’t love a good Chelsea boot?

I’m a boot person. I will wear boots year round, no matter what the weather or temperature is. There are so many different styles of boots and you can wear them with anything. One of my go-to is a quality Chelsea boot. You can wear Chelsea boots year round and they are one of the most versatile styles you can have in your wardrobe. These incredible Chelsea boots that I’m wearing are the Palm Boots by Sutro!

Sutro is based out of San Francisco, CA and all their shoes are affordable, luxurious quality, and extremely comfortable. They’re honestly one of my favorite shoe companies! Their shoes are made with full grain leather which is the highest leather quality on the market. They’re timeless, simple, and sophisticated. They also have an amazing mens collection! I believe in sharing pieces that I love, and these boots are incredible. I can’t get over how beautiful they are! They’re even prettier in person.

Another reason why I love these boots is that the leather is like butter. It’s SO incredibly smooth. When they arrived in the mail, the strong, good smell of leather took over and the boots looked flawless. I’m just in love with them and I feel like you would love them too! The Palm boots also come in redbrown and honey. They’re true to size (I’m an 8.5).

You can easily shop the boots with this button below! I’m really excited to announce that I’ve started partnering with VIOLET- a SUPER easy way to check out and purchase items! You can buy the boots directly with the button below and don’t need to click out to another website. Super cool idea and so excited to be working with them on this! And don’t worry, it’s trustworthy :).

With the boots, I’m wearing a trench coat I thrifted, a button down by Aritzia, pinstripe black pants by Pretty Little Thing, sunglasses by Garett Leight, and my new incredible bag by Strathberry. This new bag is my current favorite and I can’t get over how timeless and beautiful it is. The gold, black, and white is elegant and the hardware is stunning.

With more more exciting news… stay tuned for another special shoe coming out with Sutro that I’ll be sharing soon. It’s perfect for spring, and I can’t wait to share them with you all once they are available!

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BETHANY MARIE by Bethany Olson - 5M ago

Who else loves snow days?!

Last week, we got hit pretty hard with snow. Usually once or twice a year the city gets hit with a little dusting of snow, and we definitely got hit with more snow than we expected. It also got VERY cold for us. The lowest it got was 11 degrees… I don’t even know how that was even real life. That NEVER happens. But despite the cold, it was such a beautiful couple days and was unforgettable.

There’s something so beautiful about the snow. The way it falls, the way it glistens in the sunlight, the crunchy sound it makes when you walk on it, the way it brightens everything up, and how it can transform a basic neighborhood into something beautiful. I look at it as the frosting of mother nature. It just makes everything look magical and almost like you’re in a story book. Yes, it’s definitely cold but if you’re bundled up and have the right footwear, it’s actually very enjoyable.

Now, this outfit wasn’t something I was going to wear around in the snow all day (let’s be real here), but it was perfect for the scenery. For this look I’m wearing my Max Mara coat that I thrifted… yes. I thrifted it for $20. I’m OBSESSED with this oversized coat and it’s so beautiful. Every time I wear it I still can’t believe that I found it at a thrift store for $20. It’s basically brand new and doesn’t even feel like it’s been worn. This was definitely one of my craziest finds and I will never get rid of this piece. It reminds me of a Jedi coat.

With the coat I’m wearing a cashmere Madewell sweater, some vintage jeans I thrifted, a beanie from Everlane, Sunday Somewhere sunglasses, and some Jeffrey Campbell rain booties. Make sure to shop the look below!

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