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Friday, August 29, 2014

High Five For Friday: Pinterest edition

Here it is, the last Friday of August. Can you believe it?

I've rounded up some of my favorite pins from this week. Here we go....

1// I need this shrug asap.

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2// Boy Meets World is great.

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3// Take me to New York.

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4// Another outfit I need.

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5// Fall. Fall. Fall.

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Happy Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Previously on Pretty Little Liars... Taking This One To The Grave

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Okay. So. The mid-season finale happened last night and all I can say is wow. Just wow. I wasn't ready. {Spoilers ahead y'all}

My anxiety was like, legitimately on another level about this episode. It was being built up so much and I knew that someone was going to die and even though I had my theories, I was still really nervous. {If you haven't figured this out yet, I get really into my shows} Let's start from the beginning shall we?

I knew that something wasn't right when Spencer wasn't with the others in the opening sequence. I didn't know where she was and for a second I thought, What if she's the one? Also, whoever was murdered died on Thanksgiving. What a bummer.

So thirty six hours earlier, the girls decided to ask Mona for help, because quote, "She's Mona" {Perfectly acceptable reason} and she's been on the inside. I was actually surprised at how genuine Mona was being when she said she wanted to help them, but then again Mona is always a surprise for me. You never quite know what she's up to, which is why I wasn't sure about her MO when she was talking to Lucas. Turns out, they were just trying to break into the police department's files to get the video of Ali's lie detector test.

I agree with Mona on Alison being A. Ali's little smirk when Emily told her "I don't want things to be like this" just confirms the ulterior motives. And then she got super defensive with Emily when she found out the girls' theory. I smell A......

Mona was able to get the police files and the girls found out that the police were looking at Spencer as the killer of Bethany Young. Of course. I could've told you that was going to happen. She obviously didn't do it, but the Rosewood police are clueless, which is why I totally called them arresting her. The look on Toby's face when they put her in handcuffs... heartbreaking.

Toby. Toby. Toby. I had another is this who dies moment when he got into the car wreck. But, thank goodness he was okay, only suffering a broken leg. At least it wasn't him that was broken.

Throughout the episode, there were tiny clues that started leading me to believe that Mona was going to be the one who died. Finally meeting her mom, a heart to heart with Hanna... just little things added up. Here's the thing. At first I was sure it was Ali that broke into Mona's house and did the dirty work, but now I'm not totally sure. Why didn't they show the girl's face? And the blonde hair could've been a wig. 

Alison's face when everyone was outside Mona's house was pretty incriminating, though. She didn't look the least bit upset. She just looked ever so smug. Is she just incapable of feeling, or is she the guilty one? I think she's guilty in either situation. I think she's been orchestrating the entire thing the entire time. Whether she hired someone to get rid of Mona or did it herself, I believe she's responsible. I've been wrong before, however...

Let's take a moment for Mona. She was the character we loved to hate. She's been there since the very beginning. We'll miss your crazy antics and fabulous outfits. 

Now all I have to say is, winter premiere, come soon please.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Growin' it out.


Dear bob, or "The Hayden" as I so graciously dubbed you,

It's been real. We've had some good times together. People loved you. So did I. I still do. But it's time to move on. I know, I know, I said I'd never go back to long hair. But people change. Grow. {No pun intended.} Don't be upset. It's not you, I promise. Thanks for the memories. 

When I chopped my hair, I was so ready for a change and over my long hair, and I loved the short so much that I swore I would never go back. But I feel like it's run its course. I'm starting to once again long for messy buns and side braids and long curls. 

If I had it my way, I would just twitch my nose like Samantha Stevens and my hair would be juuust the perfect length. Sadly, that is not the way real life works. To get to that perfect stage, I'm gonna have to go through the "growing out" stages that feel like they take forever first. I'd never had an angled cut before this, so when I first decided I wanted to grow it out, I thought I was going to have to deal with awkward, less-than-flattering phases. However, thanks to google and many hours scouring pinterest, I've found that there are lotsa fun ways to deal with waiting for length. 

The first most obvious stage for growing is the lob, which I love the look of and I've had a variation of before, so I'm ready for it. I'm visiting my stylist in a couple of weeks and poor thing won't know what hit her with all my hair talk. Maybe I'll just print out this post to show her. That would be interesting. 

Here's some styles I'm lovin'......

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Trying to grow out your hair can be a long and exhausting process, but I'm up for the challenge. And who knows? My mind might change again and have things chopped. But that's the thing about hair. It always grows back.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday


It's grateful heart Monday on Ember Grey and I love it. I love the idea of starting the week on a positive note and remembering the important + simple things.

So here's what I'm grateful for today:

+ Those can't-put-it-down-it's-so-good books.
+ Music.
+Taylor Swift. {She gets a separate one because reasons}
+ Yoga.
+ Life's pretty + inspiring things that are oh so beautiful.

What are you grateful for?

Grateful Heart Monday w/ Ember Grey

Friday, August 22, 2014

High Five For Friday

It's hard to believe that Friday has already come around again! I'm glad to see the weekend though. Who isn't?

Here's a look at some of my favorite moments from this week...

1// This song. The upcoming album. So much yes. 


2// #CandidlyNicole. I've caught up on the episodes and I laughed the whole way through. Is Nicole Richie even real?

3// The Ice Bucket Challenge found its way to me and I happily obliged. And happily donated. If this challenge is raising millions a day for ALS, I say why not bare the cold?


4// If you like online shopping, you will love this website. Always looking for a good bargain.

5// Aaaand something pretty special: I'm now offering sponsorship options! It's starting out small and will grow with the blog. Wanna check it out?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Watch it










I've been having such fun figuring out how to style my watch.

I like being able to dress it up, and then also pairing it with a simple outfit. Stacking arm candy is fun too, but sometimes the watch should be the focus, am I right?

Dress | Mossimo
Wedges | American Eagle
Bag | Kate Landry
Sunglasses | Kenneth Cole
Watch | Folio
Necklace | DIY'd

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Previously on Pretty Little Liars... No One Here Can Love or Understand Me

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So okay. This week's PLL was a bit of a doozy. Best episode of the season? Not so sure. But there were plenty of omg-what-is-happening moments. Like... maybe even more than usual. {Spoilers ahead.}

First off, after much drawn out drama, we finally learn Melissa's secret. She saw Spencer the night Ali disappeared. She saw Bethany Young on the ground. She thought Spencer killed her. So she buried the body, but Bethany was still alive. This kind of explains Melissa's behavior over the past few years. She was hiding a huge secret, and she was only trying to protect Spencer. {Or so she says. I'm still not sure I fully trust her.}

This brings up another thought. The girls acknowledged that Alison and Bethany had to have matching yellow shirts. Why though? Was it all planned? I sill say twin theory. Also, I still don't understand this thing about Cyrus. {What kinda first name is that anyway}

Hanna is rightfully worried about Caleb, and he finally reveals that Ravenswood is what has been haunting him. I feel like that's alluding to something, but maybe it's just me. 

Am I the only one who actually felt a little bad for Mona? Either she's a better actress than we thought, or she was actually being genuine with Aria. And she seems so genuinely scared of Alison. 

Aaaand speaking of Alison, it seems that the girls are in agreement that Ali has at least some connection to A. Emily even called her "A" accidentally. It certainly seems possible. After all, she's been sketchy as ever since she came back and still drags the girls down with her. Who's to say this isn't some big warped thing she's got going on?

The preview for the midseason finale though. Oh. My. Gosh.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Music in my mind.

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You hear people say the phrase shake it off a lot. Boy problems? Shake it off. Bad hair day? Shake it off. There's usually a lot of eye rolling accompanied with this phrase, at least for me. The idea of shaking things off and letting them roll off your shoulders seems so unrealistic. How can you just not care? 

I'm beginning to think that while it may be impossible to be totally apathetic to things that happen or what people say, we do have a choice in how we deal with it. It's easy to dwell and shut yourself off, not wanting to try anymore. But that's the thing. No matter how you react, people are going to do what they want. So instead of dwelling, why not make the best of it? Why not do what you want as well?

"I've had to learn that people can say whatever they want about us, at any time. And we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction to it. You can either let it get to you, let it change you, let it make you bitter or not trust people, or you could descend into insanity if you want. Option two: you can just shake it off.” -Taylor Swift.

Maybe it's like having music in your mind. If you tell yourself it's going to be alright, your whole mindset can change. Just shake it off. And dance your little heart out.



Monday, August 18, 2014

Grateful heart


It's often hard to start off the week with a grateful heart. But even in the midst of this messy life, there are so many blessings. 

Today, I am grateful for...

+ The beautiful grace of God.
+ End of summer rain.
+ This wonderful blogging community.

What are you grateful for today?

Grateful Heart Monday w/ Ember Grey


Friday, August 15, 2014

High Five For Friday

Happy Friday y'all!

With all the bad + sad things that have been going on in the world lately, I think it's especially important to be thankful for the little things and spend time doing things that are important to us.

So, here are some of my favorite happy moments from this week, in no particular order....

1// I've been getting into jewelry making lately. I'm no professional by any means, but it's fun to dip into different things.


2// MTV has been playing reruns of The Hills and now my dvr is happily stocked with episodes. LC takes me back to simpler times.

3// Trying to soak up the "beginning of the end" of summer as much as possible.


4// I've been trying to get more in a "professional" mindset with this little blog and my writing in general. I've gotten pretty good at pretending to be a grownup......

5// I had been searching for the perfect watch for quite some time. Michael Kors was my #1 choice, but my wallet just did not agree. And then, suddenly, I found it. You know how people say you'll know which wedding dress is "the one" right when you see it? That's what happened with this watch. I can't stop staring.


I hope a wonderful weekend awaits you!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's a Liebster Award!


I was nominated by the lovely Alice of Most Ardently Alice for the Liebster Award! If you're not totally sure what this award is, {I had to do some googling myself} here's the gist of it:

1// Link back to the person that nominated you for the award.
2// You must write 11 facts about yourself so people can learn more about you.
3// You also have to answer the 11 questions given by the nominator.
4// After completing this, you should nominate 11 other bloggers that have under 200 followers {I got my nominee stats from bloglovin}and then give them 11 questions of your choice. However, you cannot nominate your nominator. 
5// You have to let your nominees know that they've been nominated and give them access to the link to find out more about the award.
{Thanks for the info, Alice!}

So, without further ado, here's 11 facts about me. Hopefully they aren't completely boring.

1// I could live on pizza and mac and cheese.
2// I have hyperhidrosis, which is just a big word for sweating a lot. It's gross. I soak my hands in tea. It's not as gross. Thanks, Dr. Oz.
3// Pretty stationery makes me swoon.
4// I hate odd numbers, so this whole eleven thing has me buggin'.
5// I've lived in the same town my whole life. {except for when I was at college}
6// If my wallet would let me I'd buy all the Kate Spade things ever.
7// I hardly ever get nightmares, but the dreams I do have are so completely weird.
8// I still haven't been able to delete the Kim K. Hollywood game off my phone even though I've been #1 on the a-list for weeks. It's like I'm sucked in.
9// I'm ready for football season.
10// I love learning about history.
11// If you're wondering if there's still any Android users out there, here I am.

Alice's questions:

Who is your favourite band/musical artist right now, and who was it as a kid?
As a kid, I had a strong love for Hilary Duff, and then Aly & AJ. Right now, as far as bands go, I'm loving 5 Seconds of Summer, The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, She & Him.... and always One Direction. Also Fifth Harmony because they just radiate girl power and I love it. And I think we all know my favorite artist is and always will be Taylor Swift. Also Lorde is pretty rad. She and Taylor should write a song together. What a masterpiece it would be.

What got you blogging in the first place?
I think it was fashion. I wanted to write a strictly fashion + beauty blog, but I quickly realized I wanted to write about everything. And once I got the hang of blogging I didn't want to stop.

Do you have a favourite print clothes wise?
Chevron. Ironically I only have one article of clothing that's chevron, but I really like the look of it.

Got a girl crush? Who is the lucky lady?
Oooo probably Emma Watson. She is just the most classy + lovely + all around wonderful. And the PLL girls. Can I hang out with them please?

Same goes for guys — who's got you hot under the collar?
Ha I like that expression. Hmmm I'm kinda like really in love with Matty Healy. And of course my man JT.....

Favourite book? (I'll let you pick a handful!)
Definitely The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, and The Fault In Our Stars. They both make me feel, ya know? And right now I'm in the middle of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and it's rapidly becoming another favorite. 

What is your best childhood memory?
I can't really pinpoint any one thing... I have a lot of good memories. 

If you could be doing anything career wise, what would it be? Wild and as wacky as you please?
Well I feel like I have to put writing of course. And then working in fashion. Or having Giuliana Rancic's job.

What are your Top 5 most played songs on iTunes?
Black & Gold- Sam Sparro
Give Your Heart a Break- Demi Lovato
Springsteen- Eric Church
Fix A Heart- Demi Lovato
With Wings- Amy Stroup

I need to know, just what is your favourite Disney movie? 
Wow let's see there's Aladdin and The Lion King and also Tangled and of course Frozen...

Ideally, where do you see yourself in five years time?
I have no idea! I just hope I'm still writing my little heart out.

Now for my nominees...

Jennifer- Southern Anchors
Shelby- Lucky Day
Heather- Rags and Roses
{Kinda breaking the rules a bit... couldn't think of eleven! Oh well...}

My questions that I'm so excited for you to answer:

What's your favorite thing about blogging?
Do you have any siblings?
What's your favorite show?
Biggest fears?
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Are you a coffee or tea kind of gal?
What's your favorite social media platform?
What's your go-to nail polish color?
Top five favorite albums?
Are you into sports? Who's your team?
What is your favorite quote?

Thank you again miss Alice :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sparks of madness

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Today, my heart is broken and there is little to say. I'm not going to tell you all the things about suicide I'm sure you've heard so many times before. But I am going to tell you that if you're struggling, please talk. Speak out. Ask for help. It will be one of the hardest things you ever do, but it will be so worth it.

The world is a little less funny now, but always remember this:

"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." -Robin Williams.

You are so very loved.


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Darling, there's no such thing


I've been in a bit of a writing funk the past few days. If you blog, I know you know what I mean. Most times ideas will flow through your brain like there's no tomorrow, but sometimes the ideas are few and far between. 

There have been times when I don't know what to write and get tempted to just throw something together, but I'd much rather just not have anything for the day than something that my heart wasn't totally in. I'll be the first to admit that I put too much pressure on myself to be perfect and write perfect things.

Today was supposed to be an outfit post. I didn't like the photos or the way I looked in them. It wasn't "perfect" so I gave up on it.

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The concept of perfect is abstract, but there really is no such thing. There is no perfect life. Perfect body. Perfect wardrobe. Perfect writing. Perfect anything. We can only be the best version of ourselves. Live your life with grace instead of striving to be perfect. Do you. There's no one better.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The TARDIS took us back in time

What better way to celebrate Throwback Thursday than to go back to a simpler time when the WB still existed and we were all in love with Jesse McCartney? Let's play a little game that I know you know. I know you played. And I know you loved. 



That's right, y'all. We're gonna play us some MASH. In case you forgot how to play.... 

Pick five categories and five options under each category. My rule is that you have to pick at least one "bad option" for each, ya know, to keep things interesting. Once you're done with that, draw a spiral til you're over it and count the spaces between the loops. That number is your number. Count through the options and cross off each one that lands on your number. Keep going til there's only one option left for each category and BOOM. Your future has just been told.

Here's what I decided on.


Husband:
+ Justin Timberlake- My feelings for him will never waver.
+ Chris Pratt- The latest man I've fallen in celebrity love with.
+ Gary Busey- I was trying to think of a "less than desirable" option and for some reason he was what came to mind. So there ya go.
+ Jensen Ackles- Because he's Jensen Ackles.
+ Jimmy Fallon- He's adorable, okay?
*I now realize every single one of these men are married. {aside from ole Gary} I'm really not a homewrecker, promise.

Car:
+ Bentley- So I can say in my best Kim K. voice "You are just so jealous that you can't get a Bentley!"
+ Minivan- They're cool. Just not for me.
+ '67 Impala- Supernatural fans will understand.
+ Jeep- Because my Pearl is a Jeep, and she's a good lil trouper
+ Range Rover- Have you ever seen a Range Rover? Kinda rad

Job:
+ E! anchor- Because my other dream job {besides the writing thing} is having Giuliana Rancic's job.  
+ Accountant- Forever laughing at the idea of me being an accountant. Numbers? Math? Shudder.
+ Fashion buyer- Getting paid to travel and shop? Yes please.
+ Academy award-winning actress- Because who doesn't wanna be like Meryl Streep
+ Yoga instructor- Because yoga

Kids:
2
5
8
0
3

Pet:
+ Pug- They are majestic creatures.
+ Tarantula- Who would want a huge furry spider as a pet? I do not get the appeal.
+ Chihuahua- More majestic things happening
+ Bunny- Rabbits are presh.
+ Ferret- They're so cute with their little ferret faces

Now, for the results. Drumroll please.......


Apartment living, baby.

I'm married to Justin Timberlake. There is much rejoicing throughout the land.

I'm cruisin' along in a minivan. Uhmmm.....

Apparently my horrible math skills and general disdain for finance did not stop me from becoming an accountant. I wonder how it happened. 

 Five kids. Wow. Guess it is a good thing I've got the minivan.

At least I have a pug to keep me sane. And Justin.

What does your MASH life look like?

Also, thank you Sarah and Ashley for this idea. So fun!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Eight things the Gilmore Girls taught me

I'm not sure you could call each time I watch Gilmore Girls again a "rewatch", because in reality my entire life is just one big Gilmore Girls rewatch. You could say though, that I've learned a lot from Lorelai and Rory over the years. For instance....


1// Our hearts can make us do stupid things. It's okay. Learn from it.

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2// In the case of failure, you can marry rich. At least there's options.

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3// You must always have enough coffee in your system to keep your limbs working. Otherwise, there could be some serious consequences.

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4// Never underestimate the power of friendship. Sometimes the most unlikely person can become one of your best friends.

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5// We're living in an underrated punk pop star's world. This is a complicated life, after all. 

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6// It's okay to not be okay. Life gets messy and sometimes you just gotta fall down. You also gotta pick yourself back up.

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7// Boys got ya down? There's plenty of Chinese food to go around. Bonus: It never forgets to call you.

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8// Never be ashamed of needing your mom. She is, after all, the very best friend a girl could have.

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Where you lead, I will follow...

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