September 26, 2016

5 Things I Know For Sure At 29

Follow Your Arrow

"If you save yourself for marriage you're a bore. If you don't save yourself for marriage you're a horrible person. . ."

That's the opening line of Kacey Musgraves' song Follow Your Arrow. The song goes on to talk about how we need to just do what we want no matter what anyone else thinks because we're never going to make people happy. "You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't." This list in today's post is something I wish someone would've sent me when I was in high school. Or even just five years ago. I work with high schoolers every day - high school girls especially. I feel so passionately about lifting them up and empowering them to believe that there is no guy out there worth tears (unless they're happy ones), and there's no one in the world worth losing your happiness over. Girls are mean. Boys are mean. Be a shining star in the darkness of the world. So basically, I was sitting in front of my computer last night thinking about some life events that have occurred over the last week and just decided to speak on them. Y'all know I get like this sometimes. And if you ask the people who know me in real life, I'm like this all the time.

So, here ya go. A list of things that I'm without-a-doubt certain of right now. Enjoy!

Follow Your Arrow

one // Love/life is not a fairytale.
Ok, so you've got that one friend who got swept off her feet and carried off into the sunset. ONE FRIEND. I'm telling, y'all, it isn't rainbows and butterflies. And I feel like I'm old enough now I can say this. Remember that time I thought I got the fairytale and he turned out to be a complete and total tool? (That reference is for those of you who have been around these parts a long time) He was actual more than just that but my mama reads here so I won't say those words. But you know what? It's ok that it isn't a fairytale. Life not being a fairytale is what makes it worth it and fun and something to be proud of surviving. 

two // Dating sucks.
Plain and simple. Modern dating absolutely sucks. And I'm fairly certain all single females in half their right mind would agree. There's no easy way to do. There's no fun way to do. There's nothing about it that makes me excited or giddy. It's a dread, honestly. Sarah Belle did an awesome video talking about the subject. My favorite quote from the whole chat? "The person who cares less is the one who wins." Why does that have to be the standard? Why can't we just act like we care, if we do? You know why? Because society has created this culture where the one who "cares" must be crazy and possessive and clingy and (gasp) ready to settle down.

three // Size doesn't matter.
I feel like society is finally coming around to this notion, but I just need to put it here as a reminder. SIZE DOESN'T MATTER. Self-satisfaction matters. Self-respect matters. Self-esteem matters. HAPPINESS MATTERS. Got it? Okay.

four // Giving one hundred percent is easier than half-assing it.
At least for me. I'm a one-hundred perfect kind of person. It's all or nothing at everything I do. And I don't say that like "Oh, look at me! I'm so awesome!" It's just who I am - it's who I've always been. And to be honest, it's really hard to be that kind of person in the world in which we live. Most people are looking for a hand out. People don't want to work for things. The youth of America feels entitled to something. And I just spend my days trying to figure it all out. (And I don't mean that in the political sense, folks) If I didn't earn it, I don't want it. And if you're not a one-hundred perfect kind of person (refer to number two), then I just don't have any time for you. Sorry. Thanks. Bye. 

five // Some days you just want to be mad.
Now I know this is in contradiction to what I said in the intro about letting anyone steal your happiness. But hear me out. . . I try to give every day my best - my best attitude, my best effort. But there are just some days that you want to be mad. Someone gets under your skin and you just need to get your blood pressure up for minute and come back down. Moments like this give me a reality check. It's okay to just be mad for a while. If in doubt, refer to number one.

September 22, 2016

16 Booties + Bags For Fall

Fall Fashion Ideas

Happy Thursday, gang! And HAPPY FALL! I'm sharing some seriously great pieces today that are perfect for the changing weather. Everyone is always on the hunt for a great pair of booties and bag for fall and winter, right? I honestly feel like it's a never-ending search! So, I rounded up a group of my favorites in both categories - there's definitely variety and something for everyone's style. Happy fall shopping!

Booties For Fall
5. Vince Camuto -- 6. Jack Rogers -- 7. Jack Rogers -- 8. Jeffrey Campbell (obsessed!)

Bags For Fall
1. Gigi New York -- 2. Clare V (my favorite year-round clutch!) -- 3. Rebecca Minkoff
8. Rebecca Minkoff (also comes in navy)

September 21, 2016

My Style: Basic Gray Swing Dress For Fall

How To Style A Swing Dress

Happy Wednesday, y'all! Fall officially arrives tomorrow! I actually pulled out my fall decorations a couple weeks ago when I was cleaning because I just couldn't wait any longer. With the start of fall, my seasonal decoration game is on point, and I love the way it makes my house feel (#allthepumpkincandles)!

If you're looking for some great pieces to transition into fall, Old Navy (not sponsored, folks!) is stocked right now. I picked up this swing dress back in the summer, but their current pieces are really freakin' good. They have the best jeans, boho tops and dresses, and mix-and-match basics. I'll definitely be picking up a few more things in the next couple of weeks!

Sending you lots of hugs and PSLs wherever you are today!

How To Style A Swing Dress

Vera Bradley Leather Collection

How To Style A Swing Dress For Fall

Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace

How To Style A Swing Dress

Vera Bradley Leather Collection

How To Style A Swing Dress

Dress, OLD NAVY -- Booties, JACK ROGERS -- Bag, gifted VERA BRADLEY