Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $50


Christmas is FIVE days away! There's so much to do in so little time. I think stocking stuffers are the easiest yet most thoughtful gifts. It's the little things. Personally, I prefer a stocking full of little thoughtful gifts than one large gift. If you're having a difficult time figuring out what gifts to including in someone's stocking, here are a few choices for just under $50. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Life Lately: Goodbye, Finals. Hello, Christmas!

clockwise | afternoon stroll at the pearl brewery, coffee + plaid scarf, reminiscing my cousin's wedding, car selfie, winston looking cute with banded arrow stationary, floor seats at the spurs game, snow at my work's christmas tree lighting, "just because" dying flowers

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas!

i'm free! i have been away from blogland because of finals. (this girl does not play around and was in full on study mode.) i have to admit, i have been missing this little corner of space. other than school taking over my life, you'll notice by my instagram that i have in fact stepped out of starbucks but i still feel like i have had no time for myself. i'm counting down the days until christmas vacation to do some last minute shopping, start packing for disneyworld (thank goodness for having sponsors with awesome carry on tips for travel!), clean up this mess of a room that has just books and notebooks everywhere, purchase those books on my reading list for the break, and just sleep. i cannot remember the last time i slept in. oh, how i am so thankful to have the opportunity to enjoy a christmas break.

what plans do you have for the holidays?


today's super fab (and super patient) sponsor is: erica from my misters mrs. she blogs about everything every girl can think of: beauty, fashion, skin care - she is your go to blogger for the latest trends and, she recently started a youtube channel! i love bloggers who venture off into the youtube world, and who have yorkies. because, hello - winston needs yorkie friends. get to know erica by reading her three favorite blog posts: benefit's "cheeky sweet spot" box o' blushes, origins "best of both worlds" holiday set, and ambient lighting power & blush palettes.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Working Woman

holiday gift guide for the office working woman


Can you believe there are only 22 days left until Christmas? I am so excited for Christmas this year, not just because of the Disney World trip that I won't stop talking about, but also because this year I feel like there are so many more cute gift ideas surfacing the Internet. Time to create a gift guides board on Pinterest. I'm overwhelmed by all the possible stocking stuffers so, I decided to try to start putting together a holiday gift guide for different types of people from here on until Christmas. (So, basically a gift guide with some of own favorite things. Kidding.) Today, it's a holiday gift guide for the office working woman. Sometimes that little work space needs a little pop of color. 

What's on your holiday gift guide for the office working woman?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Product Review: Banded Arrow


As you may know, this year there will be no gift exchange between my family, boyfriend and I since we will be traveling a lot for the holidays. I figured the best gift is to enjoy the time spent with my family and boyfriend, and make the most out of our road trip to Disney World. (We decided we're stopping in NOLA and Alabama. If you have any suggestions for places to visit in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida, let me know!) But even though we have a no gift exchange rule, I wanted to do something nice by writing a thoughtful note in a beautiful, handmade Christmas card.

Last week I introduced you all to one of my Super Fab sponsors, Alyssa from Banded Arrow. Her custom greeting cards come at the most perfect time. December is filled with holidays, birthdays and graduations, and her shop includes handmade cards for every occasion. Even Winston is a fan of Banded Arrow cards!



Follow Alyssa on Facebook + Instagram + Twitter to learn more about her shop. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving! 2014 has been filled with ups and downs, but I am thankful for every moment. It has led to today and continued to play a part in the future. I thank God every day for everything but today, I want to share what I am most thankful for.

I am thankful for family who continue to show strength and unity despite the difficult year.
I am thankful for having a boyfriend who genuinely cares for me and loves me.
I am thankful for friends who continue to be a part of my life today.
I am thankful for little Winston and his cuteness and energetic personality.
I am thankful for new opportunities that have helped me grow as a person.
I am thankful for a successful year of graduate school which continues to challenge me day after day.
I am thankful for time spent with loved ones, whether its for a short hour or a long weekend.

What are you thankful for?

Hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Christmas Wish List

 2014 Christmas Wish List

Even though this Christmas there will be no gift exchange between my family, boyfriend and I, a part of me still hopes Santa will get me one of these items on my Christmas Wish List. (We're going to New Orleans and Disney World the week of New Year's Eve, so that's pretty much a huge gift in itself for all of us to enjoy as a family. We figured a "no gifts" rule would help us out financially.) There are a few things that have been on my wish list for quite some time now that I'm hoping Santa comes through with, or that I will treat myself to after Christmas maybe? That's if there's any money left in the piggy bank after Disney World. Mickey Mouse better take it easy on me because I'm dying to have some of these items (and more) to enjoy. 

What's on your Christmas wish list this year?

super fab sponsor spotlight

I am very excited to introduce you all to this talented blogger. Alyssa is the creator behind Banded Arrow, an Etsy shop where you can find hand printed greeting cards and custom invitations. She personalizes all her greetings cards, making them extra special. When she's not busy with her shop, she likes to enjoy her quiet mornings, take beautiful shots of nature, and share new screenprinted techniques for her shop. 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Currently


( c u r r e n t l y )

loving | the weather and the holiday season.
writing | a ten-page final paper for my film studies class.
reading | not that kind of girl.
watching | the lastest episodes of grey’s anatomy.
craving | an amber woodchuck hard cider.
wishing | it was december already. counting down the days until disneyworld.
needing | to buckle down and complete those november goals.
wanting | to go on a shopping spree.
eating | a banana.
drinking | starbucks caramel macchiato.
feeling | extremely happy with life.
hoping | to finish off the semester strong.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Latests Pins: Stripes

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Lately I have been obsessed with stripes. I don't know if it's because of Halloween and me dressing up as a mime, or what it sparked that obsession. If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll notice a lot of outfit pins of black and white striped shirts paired with floral skirts, mid-length skirts, colorful cardigans, or just ripped jeans and a printed scarf. I never really noticed how easy it is to build an outfit with a black and white striped shirt (or dress), but it's possible. 

Hope everyone's weekend was great! I spent my weekend relaxing and recovering from last weekend's wedding gone bad but that meant catching up on Netflix and enjoying a movie date night. (We saw Interstellar. It was long but a great movie! That says a lot coming from someone who isn't a fan of space movies. They make me dizzy.)

super fab sponsor spotlight

Meet Brianna from All That's Glittered. This Minneapolis blogger loves DIY, cooking, travel, and more! She never thought blogging would open up so many feelings - difficulty, a sense of community, fun and creativity. It's all part of the blogging journey! Through each post, Brianna continues to grow as a blogger and allows her readers to get to know her through her Friday Confessional post and Through the Lens post. Make sure you stop by her blog to say hello!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weekend Recap: Wedding

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I was hoping to have this weekend wedding recap up soon rather than later but, while the wedding was absolutely beautiful and time spent with family was perfect, come Monday night my sister, boyfriend and I all started puking our brains out for hours. It turns out we got food poisoning. The doctor said it may have been the water or food stands in Mexico. My boyfriend had it the worst out of all of us. He had severe dehydration. Let's just say we won't be returning for a good while and when we do, we'll be packing up our own water bottles. 

As for the wedding. Everything went smoothly. Nothing was rushed. Everything was on time. We did have one bridesmaid not show up to the mass and the priest forget my cousin's about-to-be-husband's name multiple times throughout the mass. Other than that, we had a lot of fun. It was nice having my boyfriend meeting my extended family, even if he was confused half of the time. (Pst! Hurry up and learn spanish already.) The reception was so much fun. I haven't danced and laughed so hard in a long time. (You can see videos and photos on my Instagram.) 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What's on your reading list?

The holidays are near which means there will be a lot of free time for some light reading. I have been jotting down titles of books to my reading list, hoping to get to them sooner rather than later. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! I'm excited to relax and just enjoy the holidays with some reading. Especially since I will be doing some traveling this holiday season, so I will need something to read while on the plane.
what's on my reading list?
01. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
02. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
03. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
04. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
05. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
06. A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown


SUPER FAB SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

I am excited to reintroduce you all to Rebecca from Renovating Rebecca. Since her last sponsor spotlight, Rebecca has been sharing wedding tips with her Wedding Wednesday series, which I absolutely love, and photography tutorials. Today, I would like you all to get to know Rebecca a little better through a short interview. Make sure you stop by her blog to say hi!



What inspired you to start a blog? 
I started blogging in 2008 when I was in college. I just really loved reading blogs, so I decided to start my own! I also wanted to write about my journey towards becoming an interior designer.

What's currently on your Fall Must Haves list?
New boots! I just bought new ones last week.
Patterned scarves. I used to only buy solid color scarves, but now I'm really into patterns.
Southern Living magazine. I guess this is more of a year round thing than just Fall, but the fall recipes in Southern Living are always my favorites!

What are five fun facts about you?
(one) I'm only 5 feet tall, but my husband is 6'3". Quite the difference!
(two) I'm obsessed with all things pumpkin! Only one month ago I bought 12 cans of pumpkin and I've already gone through all 12 cans!
(three) I love drinking tea. It doesn't matter if it's green or black or hot or cold - I love it all!
(four) I wear something green just about everyday. It's my favorite color!
(five) Since I was 6 years old, I have not gone a single day without polish on my toes. My favorite polish color is green, of course!

What are you most excited for this Fall?
Eating all the pumpkin recipes from Pinterest! I've tried practically every recipe you can think of, but the great thing about Pinterest is that there are always more recipes to try!

What are three of your all time favorite blog posts?
How I Paid Off $10,000 in Credit Card Debt
Our Wedding Portraits With Our Dog
Photography Composition

Have a happy Thursday!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Goals


Hello, November. Nice to see you have finally arrived. I am feeling that chilly weather. I am seeing Christmas decorations everywhere. I am seeing my Pinterest newsfeed filled with holiday pins. Of course, November also means the semester is winding down and next thing you know, it's finals week. I cannot believe that by this time next year I will be getting ready to graduate. Setting these monthly goals (when I can) has made life so much easier. It really gives me something to look forward to and work towards for personal growth. Since I skipped last month's goals, I want to really tackle this month's goals. 

BLOGGING goals 

Revamp "about me" page. I am extremely disappointed in myself for not having completed this goal already. It is something that has been on my monthly goals list for the past three months. It's one of those projects that was started, just never finished. I'm hoping to get that updated this month. 

Brainstorm blog posts. I will admit that I have not been the best blogger the past few weeks. I have been enjoying starting a new chapter and spending time with loved ones. It's been an emotional year and making time to see family has been a top priority for me lately. But, after letting things get a little slow around the blog has me missing it. I have so many blog posts in my drafts that I am ready to share with you all this month, and more.  

FINANCE goals

Revisiting my savings plans. I was inspired by one of my sponsors, Rebecca from Renovating Rebecca. Her saving plans post had me thinking: have I met my 2014 goal to reduce debt? Is there room for growth in my savings plan? With the recent job change, I want to make sure the extra earnings are being spent wisely. I have credit card debt I want to reduce. I have a savings account I want to seeing grow in preparation for the future. I have the unavoidable student loans that I need to start facing.  November will be filled with number crunching. Christmas presents will have to be from the heart. 

More meal prepping, less eating out. The biggest adjustment changing jobs has been learning how to stick to a lunch budget, and a Starbucks budget. There's a Starbucks on-site meaning I am constantly reloading my Starbucks card. There is also nothing but fast food in the area. I want to set a weekly meal plan to avoid spending money.

ORGANIZATION goals

Clean out mail. I am guilty of letting my unopened mail pile up on my nightstand. But at least I pay on my bills on time. I need to sort through all the mail, toss out all unused coupons and go paperless.

Organize filing system. I am one of those people that saves all receipts, medical bills, statements, etc. but lately I have been letting it get out of control. The filing bin literally has papers sticking out everywhere and there is not way I could find anything I were looking for. I want to organize it before tax season sneaks up on me.

What are your goals for November?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Insta Likes | 003

First off - Happy Halloween! And I cannot believe tomorrow is November already. Time to set some November goals.

I feel like it's been forever since my last Insta-Likes post which makes it ten times harder to choose my favorites but that's a good thing. Instead of a Friday Favorites post, I wanted to share an Insta-Likes post. I have been in need of some inspiration lately, so I am loving these bloggers' latest Instagram posts. I'm now officially in the mood for Fall and ready to get reorganized.



Amanda Marie Lackey | Little Creative Space
Glitter and Gingham | What's in my bag?
Monika Hibbs | Floral Sweater

For All Things Lovely | Beautiful Sunday Morning
Ashley Brooke Designs | "Get It Together" Notepad
ILY Couture | Retail Therapy

Fashionably Lo | C is for cozy.
Arrows and Apricots | Favorite Fall Accessories
Meg Biram | GSD Workbook

Make sure to follow these fabulous bloggers! Happy Friday/Happy Halloween! 

super fab sponsor spotlight

Today I would like to introduce you all to Ashley from A Faithful Passion. She's also from Texas. Ashley is a blogger who is passionate about living a happy and healthier life, and recently celebrated her twenty-sixth birthday! (Birthday shout out.) Get to know Ashley by reading her favorite blog posts: Why I'm Choosing to Wait, The Day My World Was Rocked, and Joy vs. Happiness

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Date Ideas

Something about the fall makes me think of all these cute date ideas. While dinner and a movie may be fun, it can get old. Change it up a bit and try something new!

fall date ideas

1. Go to a corn maze. Even better, go at night.
2. Enjoy food and games at a fall festival.
3. Enjoy a picnic at the park.
4. Visit your local farmer's market.
5. Enjoy a weekend at a cabin.
6. Go on a wine tasting tour.
7. Carve pumpkins.
8. Try a new local restaurant.
9. Enjoy a night of Netflix binge watching.
10. Go running on a nature trail.
11. Go ice skating, and fall a few times.
12. Cook something new together or sign up for a cooking class.
13. If you have a dog, go to the dog park.
14. Sign up for a BYOB painting class. (They're fun!)
15. Watch a movie in your background.

My boyfriend and I have been lucky lately with finding great local events, some of them were even free! This past weekend we took Winston to Barktober, a free event for dogs to go trick-or-treating, enter a dog costume contest, shop for treats and dog accessories. Except, it was in the high 80s and Winston was over it 10 minutes in. (He's very high maintenance and hates the Texas heat. The second we got back in the car, we had to put the AC on full blast as he sat right in front of the AC.) We also enjoyed our Sunday by walking through an art festival that just happened to be taking place at the outdoor shopping center we were at.

What are some of your favorite fall date ideas?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Start Today With A Grateful Heart

Today I am linking up with Emily from Ember Grey for the Grateful Heart link-up.


Today I am grateful for...

...all the love and support I have received over the past two weeks from family and friends as I begin this new chapter in my life. 

...surprise family gatherings. From welcoming new little ones into our extended family (lots of traveling so I can see the little one every other weekend!) to getting ready to weddings and quinceaneras, these next 3 months will be busy with family celebrations.

...my sister for pushing me to be consistent with going to yoga. We officially signed up for a yoga membership. Bikram yoga (hot yoga) will now be our thing, at least for the next 3 months.

...my loving boyfriend. He has been so patient and kind (I mean, he kind of has to be!) while I go crazy juggling everything. He keeps me sane.

...this cool weather we are finally starting to get in Texas. It's been in the mid 90s, so to finally have a week that's in the 80s with lows of mid 50s feels great! Fall is slowly making its way to Texas.

What are you grateful for?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Favorites: J.Crew Factory

Happy Friday! With J.Crew Factory having a huge sale (as in like 50% off type of huge!), I thought a little retail therapy after a tough midterm and a successful first week on the new job would be the perfect way to end to the week, and start to the weekend. Today's Friday Favorites will include some of my J.Crew Factory favorites.

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SUPER FAB SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

The sponsor I'm about to introduce you all to was featured in Seventeen magazine, rockin' her natural hair with a big smile! How awesome is that? India from The Redd Blogger is a blogger from South Carolina who left her full-time job to go after her dreams - blogging and writing full-time. Big props to this young blogger for taking a leap of faith! Inspirational! On The Redd Blogger, India shares post about positivity, life goals, and relationship tips like how to date an introvert (as an introvert). So excited for y'all to get to know India!
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Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Life Lately: I'm Alive!

Yes, I'm alive! Life has been a whirlwind. I don't even know where September went? Seeing as I've practically fallen off the face of blogland, I figured now would be the perfect time to write a "life lately" post.



Celebrations. While change may be scary, its a good thing. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know by now that I recently took a leap of faith and accepted a new job opportunity which, of course, means you get to celebrate with delicious food. (Thank you, boyfriend!) For the past two and a half years, I have been working in digital advertising and have gained great experience, met incredible people and grew as not only a professional but as an individual as well. I am beyond excited to start this new chapter in my life. Patience and prayer go a long way. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Weekend getaways. Its always nice being able to get away for a weekend to spend time with my boyfriend and his family. Fun fact: He's from a small town. Lucky for me, this weekend getaway happened at the perfect timing: right before my first day on the new job. I came back refreshed and ready to start this new chapter.

Weddings. Who doesn't love weddings? The weekend getaway included spending time with not only my boyfriends immediate family, but extended family as well. (Next month it will be his turn to spend time with my extended family at my cousin's wedding which I'm a bridesmaid for and currently going crazy and panicking about the final bridesmaid dress fitting, but that's another post.) This wedding was absolutely beautiful and to top it all off, they had a photobooth. Of course, we had to be the first ones to make our way to the wedding photobooth.

Disney's Beauty & the Beast. I am a Disney kid at heart. I will always be. I mean, I practically cried when I went to Disneyland for the first time last summer. So, when I missed the deadline to get discounted tickets at my work, my boyfriend worked his magic and was able to get some tickets. But, it got even better! When I found out the seats he got were in the 5th row, dead center, I was beyond excited. I was practically pushing every little girl in their Belle costume out of my way to make sure I got my seat before the show started. (Just kidding. No mini Belle was harmed.)

Other than that - life lately has been pretty hectic. Midterms are coming up, so that's no fun. But, it's October which means Halloween, scary movie marathons and candy corn. I need to start brainstorming Halloween costume ideas. Any good DIY costume Pinterest boards?


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guest Post: Decorating Tips from an Interior Designer

What better way to end the month than with a guest post from one of my Super Fab sponsors? Today Rebecca from Renovating Rebecca will be taking over the blog to share some decorating tips. I am definitely taking notes!

Hi! I'm Rebecca and I blog at Renovating Rebecca. I am a newlywed, dog mom, photography enthusiast, and interior designer. My post topics include decorating, travel, photography, and our wedding.


When people find out that I'm an interior designer, I usually get comments like, "I need help with my house." or "I need decorating advice." Although I am an interior designer, I don't design houses or even work much with finishes. I work for the government and spend most of my time reviewing bids for furniture packages. It's pretty dull and boring work, but I do enjoy decorating my own home. Today I'm giving some basic tips that can be applied to anyone and any decorating scheme.


1. Don't buy furniture in sets. I don't know many people who want their home to look like it came out of a catalog. Most people want their home to be a reflection of themselves and their personality. I think this is best achieved by buying individual furniture pieces instead of sets.


2. Hang your window treatments high. I feel like this tip is everywhere in Pinterest, but in case you aren't aware of this, here's a great image.

Hanging your window treatments higher makes your windows and ceilings look taller.

3. Mix and match styles. Just because you have a mid-century sofa doesn't mean that you can't mix in traditional furniture with it.


4. Neutral walls and colorful furniture OR colorful walls and neutral furniture. I recommend one or the other, not both. There are a few exceptions to this rule - Holly from in the fun lane does a great job with the neutral on neutral color scheme and Emily Henderson did a very colorful tween girl's room - but I think this near to impossible for the regular person to pull off.


5. Spend money on investment pieces; the furniture that you will have for years (like a sofa or dining room table). Save on accessories by buying them at thrift stores or yard sales. Whenver I get tired of a room in my apartment, I go thrift store shopping for new accessories or lamps. Spray paint can transform practically any and every ugly thrift store find.

Everything in this photo (except the candle) was bought at a thrift store.

6. Buy things you LOVE. Don't just buy something because you want to finish up a space. Wait until you find something you love and can't live without. When I'm not sure about buying an item, I usually walk around the store for a few minutes. If I'm still thinking about that same item, then I know I should buy it.

7. Framing doesn't have to be expensive. I buy most of my frames at thrift stores and then spray paint them. Last year I bought 30 frames for $10.


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekend Finds + Super Fab Sponsor Spotlight

Happy Sunday! (Better late than never!)

This past weekend I did the most damage shopping I have ever done in the history of shopping. I blame wedding season and Fall season. I have been to the mall more times this past weekend than in the past six months. It's insane. But I want to focus on Weekend Finds at Sephora. I have been in need of a makeup run at Sephora for just a few things, but you know a few things turns out into adding this and that, plus adding more because you're so close to hitting 500 points to get that rewards freebie. (PS: The 500 points gift is a Bobbi Brown starter kit.)

weekend finds

Urban Decay Prep Spray | I use the all nighter setting spray by Urban Decay. I've heard good things about the prep spray so I gave the sample size bottle a shot and I liked it. It feels refreshing. I didn't want to spend too much money on the large bottle since I already splurged on a second bottle of all nighter setting spray, so I went for the smaller version that's in that section at the check out. (The section that sucks you in while you wait in line.)

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer | I have been extra cautious with what I put on my face after having struggled with cystic acne. Now that my skin is all cleared up, I make sure to keep my face clear of acne by buying products that I know will help prevent breakouts. One product I swear by is this moisturizer by First Aid Beauty. It's the only moisturizer my face was able to handle when it was covered with painful cystic acne and once it cleared up, I kept using it because it has been so good to me. It's pricey but well worth it if you have sensitive skin.

Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer | I loved the Benefit POREfessional but after seeing one of Nicole Guerriero's YouTube videos, I decided to give the Smashbox Pore Minimizing primer a try.

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner | I suck at putting on liquid eye liner. It takes me forever. I tried the gel liner and it's alright but this, this little one looks like it's going to be my new best friend and help me master the top eye liner. I cannot wait to start using this.

Cheetah Print Sephora Eyelash Curler | I needed a new eyelash curler and this one was looking cute. Plus, I love cheetah print. Sold. No hesitation on buying this bad boy.

Sephora Foundation Primer | I don't know how I feel about this primer. I always buy it when I'm already spending a lot on other make up products and I don't want to spend money on my favorite Smashbox primer. Lately I've been having to use this Sephora primer and egh, it's alright. It's the least expensive primer I could find at Sephora. If you have any other suggestions on not-so-expensive primers that are great on oily skin, let me know!

And then hello to this 500 point Sephora rewards gift set - the Bobbi Brown Modern Classics set. This is by far my favorite rewards set.

sephora bobbi brown

I think I'm all set on makeup, at least for now.

SUPER FAB SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Listed Tuesdays: Personal Days

It's been a while since I've joined Erica Jacqueline for a Listed Tuesdays link up.  I was scheduling guest posts when I realized, I need to write a post of my own. When I sat down to write, I had writer's block. Solution? A link up. I blame the lounging around the house the past four days for the lack of inspiration. I have been enjoying time off from work, but usually when I'm off I'm out of town actually having a vacation, which had me thinking - what do people do on their personal days?

listed tuesdays: productivity

1. Run errands. I fully support taking a personal day to get run your errands. I had a list piling up of things I had to get done but couldn't find a way to do them all during my lunch hour. (I don't like running errands during my lunch. I love my food. The only time I make an exception to pass up lunch is to get a manicure or do some reading at the park.) I needed to make a stop at the dry cleaner's, wash my car, go to Sephora. Yes, that's important. Sometimes I forget to buy new makeup that by the time I realize it, I have to buy $100 worth of makeup.

2. Treat yourself. I never have time for a mani/pedi. If anything, I have time for a quick manicure during my lunch but that usually means I'm starving at work. Personal days are great for setting up an appointment at the nearest nail salon to pamper yourself. Or better yet, set an appointment with your hair stylist! For me, I have split ends and my highlights are no longer highlights so it was time to get my hair done.

3. Get ahead. I like to use this time to not just catch up on some readings but get ahead on my school work. You just never know what new projects or commitments may come up that will cause you to fall behind in other areas. You can never be too prepared.

4. Go on a cleaning spree. Lately I have been bad at keeping everything clean and tidy. I am never home so the clothes pile up and the furniture gets dusty. Its pretty bad. Not only did I go on a cleaning spree these past few days but I also bought new thin hangers to make more room in my closet and reorganize a little.

5. Go to the movies. The best time to go to the movies is during the week in the daytime. Everybody is at work or at school, so you most likely will get the whole theatre to yourself.

6. Schedule all your doctor appointments in one day. Ok, maybe not all your doctor appointments but at least two. You mind as well knock some of them out at once. That yearly teeth cleaning at the dentist that you've been avoiding? Yeah, you should just book that and get it over with.

7. Yoga for relaxation. Get rid of all that tension and stress by signing up for an early morning yoga session to start your day. I used to like to sleep in on my personal days but I find that to be very unproductive. I would much rather wake up early, disconnect myself from the world for 90 minutes and enjoy hot yoga, and then pass out because it's so hot and I usually regret it 5 minutes into the session BUT you will feel so much better afterwards. I promise.

How do you spend your day off?


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Say hello to Rebecca from Renovating Rebecca. The Huntsville, AL blogger is an interior designer by day and blogger by night. She shares upholstering tips on how to transform a wing back chair. Rebecca also shares the most beautiful wedding posts on her blog in a Wedding Wednesday series. If that doesn't have you going crazy with pinning wedding related pins on Pinterest, then take a look at her honeymoon in Venice where, despite the rain, her day turned out to be beautiful with a romantic gondola ride. Thanks to Rebecca, I think a honeymoon Pinterest board is in the works. Take a look at some of Rebecca's favorites and don't forget to visit her blog.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites + Super Fab Sponsor Spotlight

It's Friday! Well, for me, yesterday was my Friday. I'm enjoying a 4 day weekend. I'm hoping to use this time to do some homework, schedule posts well in advanced and get caught up on some of my favorite blog reads. There are a few exciting things to share, but first - let's jump into this week's Friday Favorites.


1. God has a great plan. I'm not going to lie, I tend to forget that God has a bigger plan, not just for me but for each and every one of us. If things don't go as planned, it's because He has a different plan for you. I like to go to Jeremiah 29:11 to remind myself of these things. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." The plan He had for me was to have those many doors closed on me before opening the door that was actually meant for me. I am happy to say I will be starting a new job in two weeks. I am beyond excited to start this new chapter in my life. All the hard work is starting to pay off and I cannot wait to see what else He has in store for me.

2. Falling for flannels. Lately I have been wanting to take a fashion risk and just buy a flannel shirt. I wasn't sure how I would style it but after finding a few cute flannel outfits on Pinterest, I think I am ready to give it a try.

3. Lauren Conrad gets married. Lauren Conrad got married last weekend and seeing the photos and tweets reminded me how much I miss watching Laguna Beach and The Hills. Where can I find the seasons so I can go on a watching binge? I love Lauren Conrad's style and personality.

4. Hello, iPhone 6. If you follow me on Twitter, then you already know that I was that person that woke up early and waited in line to get the new iPhone 6. Did I go to the Apple store and wait 5 hours in line? No. I went straight to the Verizon store where there were only like 25 people in line. #winning I am in love with the iPhone 6 and I cannot wait to use the crystal clear camera.

5. Comfy shoes. I have been eyeing these loafers and have been hunting them down. I think these are Tod's driving shoes. I've seen some similar Tory Burch ones but I need some at a decent pricey. They are perfect.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

SUPER FAB SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

Today I would like to introduce y'all to Keizra from VIDALUXE Studio. Keizra is not only a fabulous Texas blogger (shout out!) but also a creative consultant. I've followed along her journey from 27th + Luxe to her now newly rebranded blog, VIDALUXE Studio where she shares her thoughts on being creative in blogland and helpful tips like advertising your blog. I am seriously in love with her rebrand. So, if you're a new blogger looking for some inspiration and tips on how to focus on creating a powerful story, visit Keizra's blog. 

fun little side note: when putting together this sponsor spotlight, i got distracted with the grey's anatomy portion. so many good quotes on pinterest. seriously cannot wait for the show to come back next week!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Must Watch Fall TV Shows

must watch fall tv shows

Is it just me or do all the good shows air in the Fall? I feel like I’ve had nothing good to watch lately, other than Pretty Little Liars but that ended in the summer for a little break until later on in the Fall. There are a few Fall TV shows that I am looking forward to.

MTV’s Awkward is coming back. Honestly, I completely forgot about that show and where it left off, but now that MTV keeps showing all these previews for it, I’m excited again. Will Jenna get back with Matty? Is that girl really pregnant? (Doubt it!) I'm pretty sure this show is the only show I watch on MTV.

Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars started yesterday. The cast is alright. I’m only excited about a few. (WARNING: If you’re not caught up with Pretty Little Liars, stop reading. PLL spoiler alert.) But, even though Mona was sadly killed off PLL, we get to see Janel Parrish dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy (the nice Chmerkovisky, not the one who hates life) on DWTS now.  Also, how cool is it to see a YouTube star on DWTS? Congrats to Bethany Mota! I'm excited to see her on the show, too. She seemed extremely nervous but that's understandable going from filming vlogs in your bedroom to performing on live television.

The Walking Dead has been MIA from my life. Come back to me! It’s been way too long. Although, after seeing the preview for the upcoming season, I’m not too sure how excited I am. Don’t get me wrong, I love TWD but this season may just be an annoying one for me. I thought we were done with the whole fighting with humans instead of the walkers. I thought we would be done with that after the Governor was killed off but it looks like it’s back to that.

And finally, my all-time favorite show in the history of all TV shows - Grey’s Anatomy. I feel like it’s been years since the last season aired. I am having major Grey’s Anatomy withdrawals. Even though the show won’t be the same with Cristina Yang, I cannot wait to see how Owen will be without Cristina, and if Derek and Meredith will leave Seattle Grace. They better stay together but knowing Shonda Rhimes, I don't know.

Other shows I'm looking forward to but I'm way too far behind to even bother catching up: New Girl, American Horror Story and Nashville.

What Fall TV shows are you excited for?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Insta Lately 006 + Super Fab Sponsor Spotlight

Oh, hello there, Monday. You snuck up on me way too soon. Lately, the weekends have been flying by so much quicker. When is the next holiday? Because I need another 3-day weekend in my life asap.

It's been a while since I've done an Insta Lately post. I think it's because there hasn't really been much going on in my life, at least, nothing good enough to document unless taking photos of work and school is suddenly cool enough to Instagram. Let me know? Other than that, the few times I have had a life lately has been saying goodbye to summer (all late) and hello again to a few friends.
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Sorority Love I love when my bff pledge sister comes home to visit. She made a surprise visit this past weekend so there was a lot of catching up with lunch dates, dinner dates and happy hour dates.

Work Selfie Oh, hey! I did document something work related. Because you can't pass up an opportunity to take a selfie at work, right?

Heart & Arrow Design I love supporting other bloggers. I am obsessed with my new day planner from Heart & Arrow Design.  I'm planning on sharing a post on how I use this to stay organized. Keep an eye out for that!

Farmer's Market What can I say? I love going to farmer's market every weekend just so I can try something new. Ming's Things is by far my favorite place to pick up a delicious breakfast.

ATX Love I need to just move to Austin with how many times I've been going lately. I love the city and the food. Any time I do go a chance to go to Austin, I make sure I don't leave without making a stop at Hey Cupcake.

Barton Springs Pool | I'm pretty sure my best friends and I picked the hottest day of the summer to go to Barton Springs because we were practically dying. Then we got in the water and we were freezing. We can never win. Either way, it was a good day trip to Austin to enjoy the last few days of summer. Checked that off the list of places to go to in Austin.

Baby Showers Big and Little photo at my great grandbaby's baby shower. It was good seeing all my sorority sisters. (Fun little side note: Prior to this photo, I may or may not have accidentally backed up into my mom's jeep. No damage was done to her Jeep. My car on the other hand, though...)

Farmer's Market (again) Alright, I need to take a break from farmer's market but I love food. This time my sister and I went to a different one and tried some ice cream.

Kate Spade Surprise Sale I love Kate Spade. I took advantage of the surprise sale to buy my very first Kate Spade bag. I mainly only have Kate Spade wallets. It was time to make the big purchase.

Now to enjoy this Fall weather that's slowly making its way to Texas!

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I'm pretty sure Kelly from What Love Does is my long lost blogger twin. She has the cutest little blog space and her love story is absolutely magical. (Her proposal story took place at Disney World. Now, that's a dream come true!) There is so much to love about Kelly's blog. She shares a little bit of everything: life, style, career, home decor, and more. She shares tips on what to wear for your 9 to 5 job (great looks, btw!) while also sharing her journey on her first year in marriage by taking a look back at her first summer in Eau Claire with her new hubby. I'm so excited to have Kelly hanging out on the sidebar this month. Make sure you give her blog a visit!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Favorite Scarves Under $50

Because a post of my Fall Favorites wasn't enough. If you know anything about me, you will know that I have a pretty large collection of scarves, which is probably pointless for me to have that many scarves seeing as I live in Texas. I can't help it, though. A cheetah print scarf will always be my favorite. You just can't go wrong with cheetah, but these are also high up there on my favorite scarves list.



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What's your favorite Fall accessory? Are you as equally as obsessed with scarves as I am?


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Say hello to Annie from Anniemayzing. Her blog is filled with so much love and happiness. I seriously cannot help but smile every time I visit her blog. Annie and her hubby (her knight in shining armor) go to some pretty sweet events. From NHL hockey games to an event at Yelp's 10th Anniversary where they got to meet the CEO of Yelp. If that's not enough excitement for you to read in one sitting, Annie gets to check off another thing from her bucket list: going to a Gavin Degraw concert. Her favorite celebrity! I seriously need to get out more now. Check out her blog to read more!

Happy Tuesday!