Friday, November 17, 2017

Things You Need Right Now: Coffee Is Magical Mug

Just in time for ALL THE SALES, I've rounded up five of the things I'm loving most lately, and I think you'll love them too.

So, in the words of the very wise tom haverford, treat yo self.

1// Coffee Is Magical Mug, $4
This mug is FOUR DOLLARS, y'all. Four. It's from target and if 'coffee is magical' isn't your vibe, (even though it's true) don't worry because they've got lots more to choose from

2// the sun & her flowers, $17
I posted about this on my instagram a week or so ago because I love it so. There's something about rupi's words that dig deep into your soul and get ya, ya know?

3// reputation album, $20

4// Fairy Lights, $6
I'm a sucker for all the fairy lights, especially around wintertime. It really makes a space feel cosy and warm, and you don't even have to spend more than $10 to make it happen!

5// Loose Knit Sweater, $20
I LOVE H&M SWEATERS. Well, any sweaters really, I'm not picky in the slightest. But I recently picked up one from h&m and the quality is even better than I expected.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Burn It Down

At this point it’s no longer surprising when news breaks on a new Hollywood person that has been accused of sexual misconduct, which is unfortunate in of itself. However, when I heard that the latest was mark schwahn, the creator of one tree hill, it hit me a little harder.

I’m pretty vocal about my love of teen dramas, including OTH. I grew up with it. It's one of those shows that touched an entire generation of people, and it's important to those people. It's a safe place. So to know that it was the opposite of a safe place for the women who worked on the show for so many years, to hear they were abused and talked down to and mistreated, is disheartening. No longer surprising, but it still hurts.

How long will we tolerate this? How many more men will we discover are abusers in the worst way? Abuse of power, abuse of it all. There's probably not even a point to this post other than to express how much I don't understand. The only good thing to come out all of it, maybe, is that there is power in numbers and women feel safer telling their stories. They know they're not alone. & I for one. am incredibly overwhelmed and inspired by the strength of each and every one of them.

You are the reason we fight.



Monday, November 13, 2017

Taylor Swift's Reputation

It's been three long years since I've been able to talk about a new taylor swift album, and in true WDAC fashion, it's a must. It was known in the beginning that this album would be a bit of a departure from her precious works, and that rang true with the release of LWYMMD. Jack Antanoff & Max Martin were a driving force on this album, as they were for 1989. (that bad boy pop sensation of a record) Reputation is just as much as a pop record, but with a darker twist, almost a taylor/ lorde hybrid.

SO let's go down the tracklist:

1// Ready For It
This one was a pre-release and honestly a pretty genius way of opening the record, with the ending lines 'Let the games begin / Are you ready for it?'

2// End Game
The Future/ Ed Sheeran collab I didn't know I needed, this track is the most R&B of the record, reminiscent of an early 2000s number. The chorus is arguably the most catchy part

3// I Did Something Bad
Two words: GOES HARD. I think I nearly broke my back trying to dance during the first listen. The lyrics are incredibly cohesive with the POV she tries to convey throughout much of the album: the POV of the victim, the manipulator. (AKA her reputation.. get it yet?)

4// Don't Blame Me
I don't like playing favorites but this is no doubt up in the top three. The beat is INCREDIBLE, very syntho and the lyrics are her signature haunting ones.

5// Delicate
Imogen Heap vibes on this track, especially in the opening notes. This is a different kind of love song than we're used to with Swift, but that's what makes it so haunting and pretty. 'Is it too soon to do this yet / cause I know that it's delicate.'

When this track was first released, it was my favorite because I didn't have anything to compare it to. (although it took me a bit to get used to) While it's still genius lyrically, it doesn't necessarily compare to the others.

 7// So It Goes
Maybe the most different track of the album, So It Goes is a love song of sorts, with lines such as 'all our pieces fall right into place , get caught up in a moment , lipstick on your face / So it goes… I'm yours to keep / And I'm yours to lose'

8// Gorgeous
I don't even have anything to say on this one other than STILL OBSESSED.

9// Getaway Car
Such a lyrically cohesive song. About a relationship gone wrong, it's a catchy little track that reminds me of Style somehow, even though they're not necessarily related. As she says, 'nothing good starts in a getaway car.'

10// King Of My Heart
From what I've seen, this is the most underrated track on the record, about how sometimes a love comes when you're perfectly fine on your own, and they end up being the one you were waiting for.

11/ Dancing With Our Hands Tied
This reminds me of Wildest Dreams in that it's about a love that you basically know will end, but you hold onto it as much as you can anyway. 'You said there was nothing in the world that could stop it / I had a bad feeling'

12// Dress
A more scandalous song (as taylor songs go at least) about a secret love, and my favorite thing about it is her vocals on the chorus. They're almost haunting. (wow, how many times can I use that word)

13// This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
I like the placement of this song, because as the album progresses she gets happier and then chiller and then BAM, don't forget. I may have also nearly broken my back dancing to this one. She said she purposefully made the chorus sound like a bunch of schoolchildren because that's what she felt like she was dealing with, and ain't that a mad.

14// Call It What You Want
Hands down my favorite of the pre-releases, CIWYW is a love song if I ever heard one, and there's a hint of self empowerment somewhere in there. 'All the liars are calling me one / Nobody's heard from me for months / I'm doin' better than I ever was '

15// New Year's Day
Taylor always picks the perfect tracks to close out a record, and this time is no different. With NYD we get the ballad she's so great at making, and with this she makes it clear that the old Taylor isn't as dead as she wanted us to think.

1// I Did Something Bad
2// Don't Blame Me
3// Delicate
4// Call It What You Want
5// New Year's Day
6// Gorgeous
8// Ready For It
9// Getaway Car
10// Dress
11// End Game
12// Dancing With Our Hands Tied
13// So It Goes
14// King Of My Heart

(please note, this is not an accurate ranking. It was more like sophie's choice)

Have you heard the album? TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS!



Friday, November 10, 2017

The End Of Print Publications And The Future Of Blogging & Journalism

When Hannah wrote an article on the end of glamour's uk print publication, (luckily it's still running in the us... for now) that was the first I'd heard of the news, but it wasn't nearly as surprising as it would have been even five years ago. And then, a few days ago, news broke from conde nast that they would be discontinuing the teen vogue print, reducing it to a strictly online publication. I'm pretty certain it won't be the last announcement we'll hear in the coming years or even months, either.

The way we consume media has changed drastically with the rise of social media and the internet as a whole. Flashback to 2007, the iphone had only just arrived, facebook was just extending past users with a college email account, and print publication was arguably at its peak. My middle school best friend & I pored over her older sister's copies of cosmogirl, teen people, and yes, teen vogue. That's how we kept up with the hottest celebrities & world news. (obviously my thirteen year old brain cared 100% more about the celebs) 

Forward to present day, just one decade later, and that world seems like an entire lifetime ago.

We now keep up with current events through the likes of our news app and twitter, digesting hundreds of little snippets throughout the day. Micro media, it could be called. As a whole, we no longer turn to magazines as our source for the latest news & inspiration, no matter how much ya love a good flip-through. That's all it is, it seems. Then we go on with our day, back to digesting more snippets.

Obviously brands have to keep up with trends and what their consumers want. If not, the brand will die, plain and simple. So I have to give glamour & TV a pat on the back, as it seems they are catering to their market.

So, what does this all mean for blogging and journalism as a whole? Will we transition to total microblogging & media? Sometimes it seems that way, and as we make our way into 2018, (say WHAT??) the shift can either keep going in the direction it’s been going, or scale back a bit. In a way, it’s up to us. Don’t get me wrong, I love all that media has turned into. The community of blogging & social media can be an amazing thing (the good side of it, at least) and I like seeing snippets of people’s lives.

But it’s also nice to have print publications, a piece of art in your fingertips. The work that goes into a newspaper article or magazine is insane. What will happen if that goes away completely? I’m not all that sure that it will; people have said for years that libraries will die & here they still are; albeit a little slow. 

But the world is changing and technology has to keep up.

Personally, I think microblogging will become even more popular, as it’s a form of those snapshots of information & updates. We will continue to get our news via social media and instead of print being our go-to, it will become our last resort, so to speak. But it will still be there, because journalism is evergreen, no matter the form it's written. 

As for the fashion magazines, I'd like to say they'll stay, but as instagram style stars become the new Glamour, it's hard to tell. Either way, we are in an era of uncharted territory, and if we don't hop on board, we'll simply be left behind, reminiscing about times no longer relevant.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chanel Les Beiges

It's been a MINUTE since I've done a proper product review and I wanted to go back to the basics a bit, old school if you will.

The first time I tried Chanel's Les Beiges foundation was for my cousin's wedding, some two years ago. The bridal party all went to get our makeup done at the mall (felt kinda bougie, highly recommend) and that was the foundation the girl used on me. I fell IN LOVE & bought myself some that same day.

That particular one was called 'all in one' & it was GLORIOUS. It literally lasted me until a few weeks ago. Maybe that's because I didn't wear it every day, but still. It lasts a LONG time.

But as it turns out, somewhere in the past two years, they discontinued the all in one, possibly because it was so similar to the regular les beiges, AKA the one featured in this post....

The range comes in fourteen shades, already a boost above the many less-than-inclusive foundations. With a creamy formula that is easy to apply with your fingertips (& blend with a beauty blender!) the application is smooth & dang near flawless. Coverage is medium but buildable. I normally only go in with two or three pumps & it's enough for my comfort.

Let's talk about wear-- I always set my foundation with a powder, but even with that sometimes certain foundations just don't hold. This is not one of them, however. At the end of the day I can still tell it's on, but it doesn't feel heavy, if that makes sense. You know it's there, but you don't know. It's one of those really wearable products & I love that.

I've tried SO MANY foundations throughout my makeup wearing days-- pretty much a decade now-- and I can honestly say that this is my #1 pick. I'm such a drugstore advocate and most times those products really work just as well as high end, but when it comes to foundation, if you want something that truly lasts, feels light but wearable, and good coverage, you've gotta splurge a bit.

My budget kind of hates it, but it's worth it!

Chanel Les Beiges



Monday, November 6, 2017

How To Find Style Inspiration

Finding style inspiration is a key part of finding your own personal style and finding out what you like & dislike. But how do you find that inspiration? 

Once you’ve found your vibe, it gets pretty simple. In order to find that vibe though, you should look at those who inspire you, both in real life and in media. Whose style do you look at and say ‘that’s my style’? Start there & then:

Take Action
The last post was all about how to make an easy inspiration board, and if wanted it can be used as a style board, where your favorite looks are cut out and put together in one place for you to see, a real life pinterest board. That way, when you're running low on inspiration, you can look back on it & have a fresh perspective.

Back To The Basics
I talk a lot about taking inventory of your closet, and it's because it WORKS. When trying to find some inspiration, the first obvious place to look is gonna be your closet. What pieces give you the warm and fuzzies when you look at & wear them? Separate them from the pack & see if there's a pattern. That, my dears, is the birth of your style. Get inspired simply by wearing one of your favorite outfits. EASY PEASY.

Take It To The Streets
Besides social media, the biggest way I find inspiration is simply by looking around me. Street style is EVERYWHERE, & people are killing it. I'll find outfits in the grocery store, the coffee shop, church... pretty much anywhere you can think of. I'll make a mental note of how I can turn that look into my own and it oftentimes strikes a match of creativity!



Friday, November 3, 2017

How To Make An Inspiration Board

When I moved into the new place, I bought a little bulletin board from target, and I had been trying to figure out what to do with it. I had a few Polaroids & random things hanging from it, and then I decided what better thing to do than make a little inspiration board?

There are two main ways you can go about making this, the first being that you can literally just print/ cut out whatever you want. Magazine cut outs, pinterest things, WHATEVER YOU WANT.

It's your life, pick out things that inspire you, things you love, or that generally give you a warm & fuzzy feeling when you look at them. & then tape or pin them to your board & you're GOOD TO GO.

But if you wanna get a bit fancy, then you can handwrite it out. (or watercolor or do calligraphy or whatever your talent level allows for. Unfortunately I'm stuck in the plain handwriting stage) I got plain paper from hobby lobby and cut each page I wanted in half, for more of a poster feel. I cut some even smaller, depending on what was going on there.

I scoured my pinterest boards for things I wanted on there, and then I went for it, using a simple calligraphy marker and colored pencils, both things I already had. (but can be found for cheap) On a couple of them it took a couple tries, but WE GOT IT! 

I've only added a few quotes for now, but will be doing more, don't worry.

You'll want to keep your inspo board somewhere you see it all the time. Mine is by my desk as a motivator.

Now that you know the super easy way to get inspired, GO DO IT!

Easy Inspiration Board
How To Make An Inspiration Board Easy



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Forever 21 Sweater Dress
Fall Outfit | Sweater Dress

I was recently browsing the f21 website, avoiding some sort of responsibility I’m sure, when I came across it. The perfect sweater dress, in the perfect color.

It was love at first sight.

How rare is it to find a piece so perfect you might die without it? (ok kae, cut the dramatics) But I did consider it an autumn essential I needed in my wardrobe, & I'm not disappointed! The fabric is insanely soft and cosy.

It’s so simple & can be worn on its own or with leggings or tights. (my preference)

If you need me you can find me LIVING in this for the rest of the season....

Sweater Dress + Bralette
Fall Outfit | Sweater Dress



Monday, October 30, 2017

Hey, hi! can you believe it's time to write another B&B? October kind of flew by and now it's officially the holiday season! I know I always rush it a bit but can ya blame me? Kae THRIVES on Christmas. 

Anyway, back to this month. It was spent with family, friends, and a bit of a refresh. It had been awhile since I had a good old fashioned mental health day from the blog, and I think it did a lot of good! I'm back full force now, ready and inspired for new content. 

I've been pretty much living in my mules this month-- they're so easy to wear & I love that I can just slide them on with jeans for an instant look. 

October was a good month for music-- obviously I am counting down the days until taylor swift releases album #6. (we're at t-minus 11 days. it's fine, everyone is fine) I've also been listening to kelsea ballerini's new single on REPEAT, which you can find over in my get happy playlist.

Tell me your three things from the month!



Friday, October 27, 2017

Songs To Dance It Out To
I don't know about you, but I think meredith & chiristina were onto something-- dancing it out is a thing, and an instant mood booster. It's been proven that music in itself can improve your mood and overall vibe, and sometimes you just gotta dance it out, YES?

So obviously after this revelation I just HAD to share my entire playlist with you-- thank me later.. (& if you're not a taylor fan, don't be intimidated, you know me HA)

Red Taylor Swift Album | Songs To Dance It Out To

What do you do when you need a mood booster?



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

All The Sweaters You Need Right Now

I've recently been on a sweater binge. Ever since I added this mossimo one in grey to my collection, I've been fawning over every one I see. That's not exactly a new thing, but I thought I'd let you in on what I've been loving/ needing lately, because any excuse for shopping, right? 



Monday, October 23, 2017

The Leather Jacket Edit
The Leather Jacket Edit
The Leather Jacket Edit
The Leather Jacket Edit
The Leather Jacket Edit

Leather jackets are one of those pieces that amp up pretty much any look and can be anything from biker tough to street chic, depending on your preference. It’s no wonder they’re considered a wardrobe essential, especially for autumn/ winter.

There are many things I love about a good (faux) leather jacket: 

the way it drapes perfectly off your shoulders, the softness, the way it adds the subtlest touch to an outfit. It says ‘don’t mess with me’ with a pinch of feminine thrown in, and there’s something about that that I love.

My go-to jacket for the past couple seasons has been one from forever 21. Many of their piece tend to not be the best quality, but jackets are one thing they seem to get right. It’s a tad oversized on me, but I like the cuffs rolled up, so it works. 

My must haves for a leather number are that it fits the way you want it that works with other pieces, and can be both transitional and the main point of a look. I also love a good COLORED jacket.. currently on the market for a pretty blush one!



Friday, October 20, 2017

Why Taking Mental Health Days Is Important | With Dignity & Coffee

We can try and pretend like we’re at our best twenty four hours a day, every day of the week, but that’s in all honesty, crap. We all need a day sometimes to just... be.

While it's not always doable to take a day off of work or class, (or life, for that matter) when you have a day off, or even just a few hours to get zen, you should. Be a bit selfish. Because really, taking yourself is the opposite of selfish. When you're at your best, it's not only good for you, but everyone in your life. 

& when in doubt, let the words of tom haverford whisper to you: TREAT YOURSELF.

1// They Help You Refocus
It's easy to forget the 'why' in your day-to-day tasks, especially the less than thrilling ones. Taking a day to zen out will help refocus your energy and remind you of the why. 

2// They Help You Catch Up On Sleep
Let's be real, sometimes all you need is some zzz's, yes? We tend to put sleep on the back burner in our fast-paced lives when it should actually be one of the priorities. When we don't get enough sleep, we put our physical mental health at risk. It's important to stay focused & sharp, and sleep helps with that.  

3// They Leave You Feeling Refreshed
Going back to the re-focus point, when you take a day to just be, you come away from it feeling refreshed and with a new perspective on things, whether it's a specific task or life in general. When you feel refreshed, it's a thousand times easier to get to work. 

You got this. 


Dear Mayim Bialik.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dear Mayim Bialik | In Response To Harvey Weinstein

Hey Mayim,

I think you're a pretty cool person. I admire your feminism, your love of education, and your views on religion & science.

However, on the subject of sexual assault, I feel you've missed the mark. I think I get the point you were trying to make, and while I agree with some of your statements, like the fact that "we live in a society that has treated women as disposable playmates for far longer than Mr. Weinstein has been meeting ingĂ©nues in luxury hotel rooms," the overall theme that appearance has something to do with assault leaves a sour taste in an otherwise well- written piece. 

Maybe that wasn't the theme you were intending, but it's what jumped out.

In my twenty three years, I have known too many women who have been victim to sexual assault. They come from various backgrounds, are of various ages & races, and in no case should their conventional beauty ‘number’ be a factor. See, when you ostracize ‘pretty girls’, it leaves a damaging notion that only those girls can be assaulted, and that girls must ‘tone it down’ in order to not be plucked out.

While it is true that thin, white, conventionally ‘pretty’ girls get picked first for the good acting roles- & that’s incredibly problematic- it’s also problematic to suggest that because you weren’t seen as a ‘10’, you lucked out in not becoming a victim.

It could’ve been you. 

It could be anyone reading your piece, watching your show. I’ve been catcalled while wearing what most would consider ‘modest.’ It doesn’t matter what you wear, if you go to the gym everyday or get manicures or rock Adele-worthy eyeliner.

Anyone can fall prey to gross, power hungry men (& women) and what we should be focusing on is how to stop it, and somehow I don't think that solution includes changing who you are.



Friday, October 13, 2017

Anti Trends | The Ones I Just Don't Understand

I cover a lot about the trends I LOVE, like velvet, off the shoulder, mules, DENIM, etc etc, but what about the things I'm not feeling so much? Because trust me, there's a few at the moment. So, I wanted to see which ones we agree upon & which ones might make me crazy:

Cold Shoulders In Winter
Don't get me wrong, a good cold shoulder can be pretty chic. But, WHAT IS THE POINT of them after maybe October? I've seen long sleeved cold shoulders, sweatshirts, even DENIM JACKETS. The point of jackets are to keep you warm!! Please, let's leave the open shoulders to the summertime.

Even I'm a little surprised at myself for this one since it's very 90s based, but I just can't get behind it! Sure, a cute little design on a sweatshirt is nice every once in awhile, but things seem to have gotten a bit out of control these days. Why is it necessary to throw three different flowers or other random designs on a single jacket? OR WORSE, pants? Why not just make it all over patterned? If you can pull it off, more power to you!

Cape Sleeves
Bell sleeves I can handle. I love a bell sleeve. But I don't really see the appeal of having a quasi-cape on your shoulders all through the day. How is that wearable? Doesn't it get annoying having your sleeve flapping around every ten seconds? Doesn't do it for me.

Platform Crocs
It was the shock heard round the world when Balenciaga debuted platform crocs down the runway. I'm sorry, but putting a couture name on it does not make it couture. Just like fetch never happened, neither will this. Please stop trying. For the love of everything.

What's on your anti-trend list?



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What Mental Illness Is Not

I've thought of a lot of different ways to write this post. Should I write it all, how do I format it, etc etc... the questions were running through my head in a way that I realized, later than I should have, was anxiety. Anxiety affects my life in tiny little ways all the time.

The subject of mental illness used to be so taboo that it was completely swept under the rug, & in extreme cases people with the illness were just locked in a mental hospital, deemed to difficult too deal with. Even though there is still a stigma attached today, we are becoming increasingly more open on the topic, which is incredible to me. The more we talk about it, the more normalized it will become. The more likely people will be to get help when necessary & they are less likely to feel alone.

However, I've noticed that with this newfound sense of openness has come casualness. Phrases like 'I'm so depressed’ & ‘my ocd is kicking in’ have become commonplace and while it's great that the stigma is going away, we shouldn’t just toss those words around like an empty starbucks cup.

There must be a happy medium somewhere, right?

So in honor of world mental health day, here is what mental illness is not:

1// It's not a personality indicator. Maybe this one is more for me, because I find myself wearing the identifier ANXIETY on my chest like Hester Prynn donned the A that stood for something else. Don't get me wrong, it's good to be able to joke about your mental state & not let it get the best of you. (or at least pretend it doesn't.) But it's not our entire identity, even though most times it feels like it takes up our whole life. You are so much more than any illness.

2// It's not an excuse to be a sh*t person, or to treat people like they're disposable. We still know right from wrong. Never let the phrase 'it's not me, it's my illness,' slip from your vocabulary. Own your mistakes and learn from them.

3// It's not fun. It's not a cute, quirky thing worthy of desire. It's ugly and leaves a taste with which I equate to how week old trash smells.

It's tear-stained pillows and mascara-streaked cheeks, messages left on read because you feel too ill to respond, laying on the bathroom floor, isolation, fear, anger.

I say all this to say, it's okay to not be okay. Know yourself enough to know if you need help, & please, for the love of everything, stop saying OCD if you do not have OCD. (I'm looking at you, khloe k)



Monday, October 9, 2017

The Four Fall Shoes You Need

I've been searching for a good mule for AGES, but it's been challenging since I have such tiny feet that it doesn't even equate to any women's size. BUT like always, target has my back and I've finally found some! (they're stevie's brand & I've searched high and low online to no avail-- here is the most similar. However, they should be in your local store!)

I'm now obsessed more than ever with the style-- it's so casual & chic, and can worn with pretty much anything. (I love them with wide leg/ culottes or a good jean) Such a versatile little fall shoe!

Perhaps the most popular fall shoe in recent years, the bootie/ ankle boot is having a moment. It's no wonder; they make a statement in the most subtle of ways. & who doesn't love a good bootie + dress combo? 

Sure, this is technically a sandal, but can still be worn in early fall! (I'd probably wear them in the middle of a snowstorm, but I don't recommend it) Gladiator heels give off all the vibes of an effortlessly put together look, which is why they look great paired with cuffed jeans or a denim skirt.

Maybe this one should go without saying, but a good flat is a must-have staple to any wardrobe. The thing about flats is there are too many patterns, colors, and styles to even count, which can be good or bad, depending on your outlook! 

For me, it's definitely on the good side & I'm currently very into lace up & criss cross flats-- they add a little flair to the usual.

What shoes are on your edit? 


Dressing For Fall When It's Approximately 9876 Degrees

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dressing For Fall When It's Still Warm

Dressing for autumn is quite possibly the most fun part of the season... sweaters, capes, scarves-- unless you live in the South, that is. It doesn't get cool enough to wear the best autumnal things until maybe November, & by then you're often too exhausted from the heat to even care.

What to do? 

I like to find little ways to incorporate autumnal & current trends while still dressing for the temperatures. For example, velvet is still very in this season, but right now wear anything remotely autumnal themed that includes velvet & you will melt faster than the wicked witch. 

BUT, with a top like this bad boy, you can look at least semi-fall, all while keeping cool.

Light cardigans are another essential, perfect for layering. Get a bit too warm? You can tie the cardigan around your waist for ultimate 90s appeal, & throw it back on whenever you need. Convenient, right?

Head to the bottom to see more of my 'southern fall' essentials!

Dressing For Fall When It's Still Warm
Dressing For Fall When It's Still Warm


On Suffering | And How To Help Vegas

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

On Suffering | & How To Help Vegas

Everytime a tragedy happens I tell myself I will stay off of social media & just let things sink in. But like a train wreck, I keep coming back, hungry for updates, information, anything, which sometimes sends me into a despair knowing that there is so much evil in the world, so much suffering.

It's incredibly sad how we've become so accustomed to disaster because it's such a frequent part of the world. In my short twenty three years there are at least five major tragedies/ terrorist attacks I've lived through, & that's just off the top of my head. Kinda hard to remain an optimist in these times, yeah?

My faith is an incredibly important part of my life, (the most, if we’re getting specific) & in trying to live out the Word, I at times feel guilty for my humanity. I think it’s just part of my DNA, I feel guilty for the silliest of things. Suffering is supposed to be for a reason, to make us better. But that doesn’t mean that everything happens for a reason, I don’t believe that. 

Sometimes things just happen. People do evil things, and it hurts and you don’t understand and you’re so, so confused.

& that’s okay. It’s okay to be outraged and heartbroken. You’re not a bad person for that, you’re human. We all react to tragedy differently, we all grieve differently. Me, I’m a ‘what can I do’ person, but I also feel this heavy cloud on my heart. For me, doing keeps the cloud away, but not everyone is like that in the face of disaster. 

It’s okay if you’re one of those people

I feel like I’ve said ‘it’s okay' maybe every other sentence & I'm not even sure if this post makes sense or if I'm just rambling by this point, but the point I’m trying to make is that yeah, suffering is a part of the human condition. Terrible things are going to happen, but you don’t always have to be brave & positive about it. You can shout your pain through the rooftops. You can be angry & grieve & be motivated to do more.

& then, you can begin to move on and live, because life is long but so so short.

If you’re feeling a tad helpless, I promise this yoga practice will help send some positive light! & if you want to donate, here is a good gofundme.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. -Psalm 147:3


Budget Halloween + Autumn Decor Finds

Monday, October 2, 2017

Halloween And Autumn Decor Finds

Things are getting real autumnal + spooky in blog land, no? No matter where you turn, there's a perfectly curated instagram giving you plenty of fall feels.

And today, I'm bringing you some of my favorite decor from around the web, all budget friendly! My particular faves include anything with pumpkins, as visualized here!

Happy shopping!



Friday, September 29, 2017

Talenti Gelato And Cozy BlanketFlannel & Leather Leggings

Oh hey hi, happy Friday! Somehow, September has come & gone, and it's been pretty eventful.. where to start? In case ya missed it, I MOVED! I've already done a couple of posts on organization & things, & once everything is put together, maybe I'll do a little apartment tour!

September is one of my favorite months, only because fall TV is back. I don't watch a whole lot of non- Netflix, but I'm super attached to the ones I do watch, like this is us. Y'all know how addicted I am, & can WE TALK about the last scene of the premiere on Tuesday? HOO. I need to know every single detail of what happened, asap.

I've also been doing a bit of will & grace bingeing, since the revival is almost here. I've only ever watched the show casually, tuning into re-runs when they were on. So far I'm loving it just like I used to!

Blush Bedding And Fairy Lights

Let's talk about a style favorite... living in the south makes fall hard because instead of dressing for the fall you WANT, sometimes you gotta dress for the fall that is, which most times includes short sleeves & jean shorts. BUT it's cooled down some days & I've been able to wear the flannel that I love! It's an autumn staple, no question.

Okay, tell me all about your month! What have you been reading, watching, etc?



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My closet was a MESS as a teenager. Sure, I color coordinated my clothes, (a system I still implement) but everything else was very dicey with no real organization. Since then, I've tried to get into the habit of keeping things tidy, for my sanity.  

I'm still trying to get things the way I want them in my new place, but these are some must haves I think we all should have: 

Filled with space, armoires are a great way to hold jewelry, PJ's, or any other closet necessities.

Another space saver! Depending on the size of your closet, you can find a rack to fit pretty much any need. It's perfect for things you need an easy reach for.

A must have, am I right ladies? Instead of haphazardly strewn all over, shoe racks help keep shoes in place and easily seen, so you don't spend ten minutes wondering 'WHERE IS MY OTHER SHOE!!??'

I am ALL ABOUT the bins. I've got a sweater rack & I also utilize specific bins for things like belts and scarves. You can utilize them however you want, even making your own bin system. Yes, please!

How do you organize your closet?



Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall is the perfect time to do all the fun things. It's (ideally) the perfect temperature, and there are so many fun festivals & pumpkin patches & pumpkin coffee. (because anything you do must involve pumpkin coffee)

1// Go To a Fair
I don't know about other states, but in texas the state fair is always in september-october & it attracts A LOT of visitors. These kinds of fairs are especially fun because of all the different things available-- concerts, fried everything, beer... the list goes on!

2// Visit a Haunted House
Whether an entertainment house or a legit, (well, so they say) haunted place, go for it! Nothing to get you in the Halloween spirit like.... some spirits! (WHAT a horrid dad joke I'm so sorry)

3// Make Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is soooo easy to make, but I've never actually made any! It's on my bucket list this season, & it should be on yours too. It's a saucy twist on regular wine that's so cozy.

4// Refresh Your Wardrobe
One of my favorite things about each new season is dressing for it and giving my wardrobe a little refresh, and luckily one of very favorite things about fall is the fashion! Go through your closet and see what pieces you're in need of. (& a couple you just desperately want is okay, too) Get a bit carried away! You deserve it.

What's on your fall bucket list this year?



Friday, September 22, 2017

Flannel & Leather | Fall Outfit
Flannel & Leather | Fall Outfit
Flannel & Leather | Fall Outfit
Flannel & Leather | Fall Outfit

Because I just know Miranda Priestly would balk at spring's autumnal pattern counterpart, but it's such a staple! 

I can't get enough of plaid & flannel in the fall, especially put together with some leather. Whether it's in skirt or pant form is up to you, but there's something about the leather + plaid combo that screams casual autumnal vibes.

Throwing on a pair of booties gives off a sense of effortlessness to the look, tying everything together. 

I've rounded up some of my favorite flannel looks below! 

flannel | target
faux leather pants | mossimo (similar)
booties | target (similar here)
choker | f21 (similar here)

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