Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Easy go-to Fall Look

Sweater: Calvin Klein - old (Similar here and here), Jeans: Vigoss (Similar here and here), Heels: Jessica Simpson, Bag: Tory Burch

A go-to chic look for the fall is a chunky, oversized or fitted sweater, a pair of ripped jeans and some heels. This lace up sweater being a favorite of mine because it's pink and I love sweaters with details like lace up strings, fringe, or a turtleneck. This look is easy to put together - just not sure if you want to just yet if you live in Texas. Goodness, we keep getting teasers of cool, fall weather then the heat comes to bring us back to reality. Also, yesterday was definitely a crazy hair, don't care kind of day. Sometimes, I'm too exhausted to do anything to my hair in the mornings, but lately I've been trying to give my hair a little pizazz with some fun braided hairstyles when I don't really feel like curling it or spending too much time on it.

I am on the homestretch of No Spend October! It was a lot easier than I expected it to be, but I sure am excited to go to a mall in the near future. The only time it was challenging was when I would see a trendy piece or just something I had to have and knowing it would still be a couple of weeks before I could purchase it especially the last couple of weeks when my mom and I have made quick trips to Lubbock. We don't have huge malls around here, so Lubbock is the closest mall with a Forever 21 which is one of my favorites. 

I'll be sharing some of my favorite last minute Halloween DIY costumes on Friday with a few that I've done over the last few years just in case you're like me and don't ever come up with your costume until the day of a Halloween party you're attending. That's been me the last 4-5 years. Whoops!

Anyway, here's to a Happy Hump Day!

Monday, October 24, 2016

OTK's + Shorts:

Top:H&M, Bomber Jacket: Zara (Similar here in various colors!), Shorts: Old Levi's - Similar here, Boots: Steve Madden - Similar here, Cap: Agaci - Similar here

I clearly can't stop wearing over the knee boots with everything lately. I've really been into the shorts with over the knee boots trend, but it's a tricky pairing because it can easily look tacky and end up looking like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. By the way, I just watched that movie for the very first time ever at the deer lease a couple of weeks ago. Loved it! Anyway, the trick to not look like that is to pair your denim + otk's with oversized or more loose tops, so as to create balance and not overdo it with everything hugging your body tightly. Shorts + OTK's is a great transitional look from warmer weather to cooler weather into the fall. I overwear this bomber jacket, and I'm thinking it's about time (as soon as No Spend October is over) to pick up a couple more in different colors. They're easy to pair with everything and not too heavy to wear when it's a little warmer. 

In other news: Like I mentioned in my last post, my birthday is two weeks away! Kalep told me yesterday to keep this upcoming weekend free because he's planning a little surprise birthday getaway since he has to work on my actual birthday. I'm so excited to see what he has planned for us and just to spend the weekend with him after his long week of working nights! 

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." - St. Catherine of Siena

Just came across that quote on Instagram this morning and it's the perfect motivation to beat the Monday blues!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall Uniform: Shift Dress + OTKs

Dress: Zara (Linked other shift dresses I love below!), Boots: Steve Madden (Under $100!), Choker: Topshop (Can find a black velvet choker pretty much everywhere!)

A shift dress and some over the knee boots are always a good idea in the fall especially here in West Texas. We got a teaser week that was full of cloudy skies and cooler weather and it felt like fall, but now we're back to sunshine and 90 degree weather, so we can't exactly wear sweaters just yet. A dress and boots keeps you cool but still screams fall fashion. Shift dresses just hang and don't hug a girl in all the wrong places, so they're also very flattering and comfortable! I purchased this dress last year and got it for $10 at Zara on sale, but it's no longer available, but the ones below are everything. Over the knee boots are also flattering because they give the illusion of longer legs (and skinnier thighs ;)) which I love.

I just realized my birthday is 2 weeks away - just in time for no spend October to be over! ;) It's about time I look for things to add to my birthday wish list. November is such a fun month in our family because it's full of birthdays including mine and Kalep's, Thanksgiving, and it's the month we got engaged so we kind of treat that day like a mini anniversary!

Anyway, I'm off to a day full of sugar cookie decorating + invitation designin'! I got behind on my list of todo's yesterday because random things kept popping up that took up most of my day. It was a LONG day. I stranded myself in my house for about an hour because my keys were nowhere to be found.. I was convinced Tyce hid them from me (he's been on a rebellious kick this week including sneaking into my closet to chew up a pair of my favorite shoes), so I just knew he had to have dragged my keys somewhere. Turned out to be in the most random drawer in our kitchen - how they got there is beyond me!

Have a good one!

 (From top left to right)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Autumn Suede & Sweaters

Sweater: BP. (Similar here (H&M) and here - both under $40!), Skirt: Milk & Honey Boutique - Similar here and here), Booties: Sam Edelman (Also available in a tan suede color!), Hat: Express (Similar here - Forever 21), Bag: Tory Burch , Earrings: Loren Hope

I'm so happy to finally be posting a new blog post after a little over a week! Deer season has begun and Kalep was too excited to spend a week away at the deer lease so I decided to take a break and go with him. It was nice to not have wifi or cell service and spend time with him. Life gets so busy and full of distractions, so I think it's great for us to just take breaks from everyone and everything at times to regroup. After a few days though, I was ready to be busy again - and to be away from the rattlesnakes that also wanted to hang out with us at deer camp! 

Anyway, I'm still going strong on this #NoSpendOctober! Spending one week away in the middle of nowhere was a big help because I didn't even have the temptation of going shopping or shopping online. ;) It's been great actually wearing a lot of the items in my closet that I had forgotten about though. This sweater being one of them. I purchased it during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for $33 and hadn't worn it yet. I wish I had posted it sooner though because now it's no longer available. I did link similar sweaters above though and I'm loving the one from H&M! Once fall hits, I'm all about warm, oversized sweaters because you can't go wrong with one and they go with basically everything. I also love faux suede skirts. I've worn plenty on my blog over the last year, and here's a fun fact: I wore this skirt for my very first blog post last year! It came out to see daylight again and I restyled it with a baggy sweater.

One more thing - my mother in law and I try to go walking every evening, so I decided to pull out my old Fitbit, and I've been loving the motivation it gives me. I bought it a couple of years ago but I didn't really have any friends on the app, so it got old to me fast and I stopped wearing it. This time around, it's been fun challenging friends and actually keeping up with my steps for the day.  I upgraded to the Fitbit Alta because I had an old Academy gift card laying around and I gave Kalep my Flex. If any of you have a Fitbit - add me on the app! :) 

Ta-ta for now! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fall Staples + Small Towns

Top: J. Crew Factory (Only $15 and comes in so many colors!), Shorts: Old Levi's - Similar here, Booties: Steve Madden (Less than $90!), Jacket: Bought off a vendor in Italy 10 years ago :) but similar here, Crossbody bag: BCBGeneration

This is a pretty basic outfit, but I had to share it because this top and these booties are must have fall staples. These tops are so soft and light - so great for transitional wear (even though it's a turtleneck and it was 90 degrees yesterday)! These booties also come in lots of other colors that I've linked at the end of the post, and I love the detail of the cut on the side even though that takes away from wearing socks. 

Anyway, this next paragraph has absolutely nothing to do with clothes, but I felt the need to share. Lately, I've really been into listening to podcasts. Kalep always listens to "The Joe Rogan Experience," so I started listening to that as well as a few others. One of my favorites that I've come across is "Truth & Iliza." I love to hear the way the conversations flow and how they can get so deep or incredibly humorous. On the way home from Lubbock, I was listening to her and she was talking to a guest who wrote an article about "Living in LA" and what that actually means. She was talking about peoples' perception of LA - the glamour, the beach, the celebrities and so on. She expressed what it meant to live there like being so close to the beach and some really incredible places like Disneyland and access to cool experiences but not really enjoying it because you're too busy waiting for the next call for a role or audition. For us, it's the opposite of LA - it's probably easier to secure a job (maybe not a movie role) here but not a lot of access to a beach or Disneyland in West Texas! ;) Of course, it's not like that for everyone and each person has their own situation. Basically though, she was just talking about loving where you live but trying to find a balance that works best for you and what's the most important for you in life. I recently was catching up with a friend who was telling me a mutual friend was so unhappy and lonely where she was because she was afraid of moving back home or close to home in fear of people thinking she failed. When I first moved back to my hometown after graduating college and up until recently, anytime someone would ask me what I was doing now or where I was, I felt the need to defend my reasoning for being here and explain my life story up until this point so they could see why I am back here in my hometown as if it is such a bad thing. In our society, it almost feels as though living in your hometown or coming back means we failed at something. While I never had intentions of moving back to my hometown, life works in a funny way and no matter how much you plan, God always writes your story according to his plan not yours.  As life would have it, Kalep and I started dating my last semester of college and he was already settled in our hometown. He had a great job that he wouldn't really be able to find in a place that I wanted to live. My desire to be with Kalep was so much greater than my desire to move somewhere far away from him for a career, so I came back. When I first moved back, I felt the way my friend does currently about coming back. Although I had a good job, I had to commute 45 min. back and forth for the first year and a half. I cried so many days to Kalep because I had majored in something that was more fitting for a bigger city and I always had plans of moving to a big city like Dallas or Austin after college, and I felt like I wasn't supposed to be here. I kept looking at the negatives rather than the positives like getting to finally be in the same town as Kalep after doing long distance for a year or having my mom's dinners anytime we wanted. Every day on my drive to work, I would take time out to pray and for God to lead me to what I was supposed to be doing in life and to lead Kalep and I where we were supposed to be in this season of life and it was here and a year later, i'm so thankful for it. After working at an advertising agency and then working in university athletics, I really felt a tug at my heart to leave that and pursue some of my own dreams that God had placed on my heart like this blog and my stationery business. While this is only the beginning of all of this and God continues to write my story, I have a new outlook on my situation because I now love living in my hometown and I love that I get to spend my days with my mom at her bakery doing sugar cookies, and have my aunt to help with my blog and knowing so many people locally to help support my small stationery business. Side note: By the same token, when you live in a town where everyone knows everybody, people also seem to know everybody's business which isn't always fun. This is just a funny story about small town livin'. I was told last week that there's a girl in town who seems to be preoccupied about my weight and whether I'm gaining or losing pounds. Geez - can't a girl just enjoy a cupcake in peace (lol)?

Anyway, I've realized that my happiness doesn't come from the location I live in. Just last night, I was complaining about how there are no pretty places to take blog pictures here but then I remember that the pretty places don't have our families or may not have the opportunities to both do what we get to do here. I'm a person full of wanderlust, so it doesn't mean that we can't still travel to those pretty places occasionally. Same for people in big cities doing incredible things, they still get to visit families in hometowns and get to do what they love in their places. I think you can make your life what you want it to be (and according to God's plan for your life) no matter where you are - big city or not, hometown or not. Sometimes the place we live isn't where we think our dreams can be accomplished or the ideal location, but God always places us exactly where we need to be throughout our lives, and I think life is way too short to spend it being unhappy somewhere - big or small - or doing something you hate just because it looks like "success." We were listening to "The Joe Rogan Experience" yesterday and they were talking about how people spend so much of their lives working and worrying about making money to afford the next house that's so much bigger, the newest car, the next job promotion, etc. because that somehow defines success and somehow we tend to think that when we reach that milestone, we'll be happier and we'll be more successful. Instead we should be content with where we are in life and taking more time to enjoy experiences with family, with friends, being around the people we love and doing things we love to do because that's what we remember and think about at the end of our lives. Of course, we all love nice houses and cars (and clothes ;) lol), I just wanted to say it's important to remember that life is so much bigger than that and I think happiness defines "success" and it doesn't come from where you live, what you own, or the title you have. You never know where life may lead you, and for me, I'm happy to call West Texas my home. It took me a while to get that and I hope it helps anyone else that's "stuck" somewhere! ;) 

Have a beautiful Thursday!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Statement Booties

Dress: Daisy Dukes in Lubbock, Tx - Similar herehere and here, Booties: Dolce Vita (Also available at Daisy Dukes) - These booties also come in red and would be SO cute for any Red Raiders out there! ;), Choker: Forever 21 - Similar here, Bag: Vince Camuto - Similar here

I got to do a photoshoot with Daisy Dukes in Lubbock, Tx this past weekend and it was such a fun experience! Although, who knew changing outfits one after another for 3 hours could be so exhausting! ;) I got to bring home these goodies from the store, and I am obsessed with these booties. I was wearing them for a lot of the photos, and I had a hard time parting ways with them when we were done. If only I had them for Coachella. I love shoes that make a statement and can be worn with something so effortless because they have so much going on. Anyway, if you haven't been to Daisy Dukes, go! They have unique pieces that you won't normally find at a normal mall especially their shoe section, and the girls that work there are SO sweet. 

Yesterday I posted on Instagram that I would be doing a "No Spend October" after seeing a fellow blogger do "No Spend September" and how it was such a good thing for her. Sometimes, I don't even realize how much clothes I have in my closet that have never left it, or things I've only worn once, and I hate to be that way, so I'm going to spend October making an effort to show some love to the clothes I already have and get variety out of them to make new outfits. I literally have 7 grey t-shirts...for what? I'm not sure. My mom made a comment the other day saying that she's hardly seen items worn twice on my blog and sometimes in real life, and that's not me and I don't want to portray that because I can wear the heck out of a grey t-shirt or bodysuit a million times and with so many different outfits (lol!) and sometimes in the same week. I love shopping and spending time with my girl friends or family when I'm doing it, but sometimes I get so caught up in having new clothes for my blog I don't realize that's not practical. Let's be real, not all of us real girls don't have an endless budget like some of the big bloggers and celebrities that you see never repeat an outfit with killer walk in closets full of Valentinos & a dream worthy wardrobe. I want to focus more on inspiring fashion for the real girl who can still look chic with a more real life budget, so this is a warning that there may be lots of items repeated in future blog posts, but worn different ways especially this month since I have to keep my distance from the mall! ;)

Have a great Tuesday (Shoesday)!

Monday, September 26, 2016

OTS Sweater Weather

Top: Express, Jeggings: Dillard's ($50!) , Shoes:Sam Edelman (On sale for almost half off!),
P.S. West Texas wind doesn't flatter everyone...especially when it blows out your shirt when you're sitting down! ;) Promise I'm not carrying anything...but maybe some bbq from yesterday's family get together! ;)

I'm definitely one of those people that sees the first signs of fall and immediately pulls out the sweaters and booties. Yesterday was actually chilly, so it was the perfect excuse to wear a sweater. My mother in law and I ran for a quick trip to the mall on Saturday, and I found this off the shoulder sweater. You can wear it 3 ways: off the shoulder, cowl neck, or off one shoulder, and it is made of the softest material! I also found these booties during the Dillard's extra 40% off sale - got them for $100 off their regular price. They're still discounted now though and they're great for fall! I've also talked about these jeggings before, but they are my absolute favorites. I own 5 pairs of the exact same ones, and probably going on 3 years with a couple of them and they have yet to wash out or lose their quality. I've linked them above! 

In other news: We picked up some fall decor on Saturday at Hobby Lobby and my mother in law bought the whole pumpkin patch at Lowe's ;), so I spent yesterday filling my front porch with fall everything! Love this time of year and the weather. Today's a perfect day to stay in and catch up on lots of work I have for the week, so that's all for now!

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