Seersucker Sass

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Summer Reading List

I know that summer isn't here yet, but it sure feels like it!  School is out, the weather is heating up, and I bought a bikini & denim cutoffs (am I having an identity crisis?) this weekend.  The thing I'm most excited about this summer is actually having time to do things I enjoy, after spending all of last summer studying for the LSAT and transitioning to a new job.  My goal is to do things that are fun and productive (aka not watch Gossip Girl start to finish for a third time), so I'm hoping to do more yoga, paint more, and read more.

Here are the books I hope to have finished by the time fall rolls around:

Summer Reading List 2016

What I Told my Daughter
I picked this up at the library on a whim, and I'm really excited to dig into it.  It's basically a book of advice from successful women to the next generation of women.  I'm excited to soak in some of the wisdom that this book provides!



Summer Reading List 2016

Eligible
I've loved Curtis Sittenfeld since I read Prep ten years ago, so when I saw that she had written another book, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.  The story follows Liz, who is from a family of five girls, ages ranging 23-38 and all unmarried, and their mother's desire to marry them off.  All hell breaks loose when the two oldest sisters temporarily move home to take care of their father after a heart attack at the same time that the star of Eligible (a fictional version of The Bachelor) moves to their town to work as a surgeon in the local hospital. It's a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice set in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the absurdity of all of the situations are hilarious yet relatable.  I haven't been able to put this book down.


Summer Reading List 2016

Tales from the Back Row
In this book, Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell shares an outsider's view into the fashion industry.  In my dream world, I would work in fashion, so I'm really interested in reading Amy's stories about meeting Anna Wintour and how she climbed the ladder in the industry.


Summer Reading List 2016

I would be lying if I said I didn't envy the fact that French women seem so effortlessly chic.  In this book, four French women share their "cool girl" secrets on style, beauty, culture, attitude, and men.  Reviewers have ripped it to pieces on Amazon, but I think it will be a fun read by the pool.


Summer Reading List 2016

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that I'm obsessed with social media.  I use it for blogging and for work, and I've even started doing some consulting on the side.  Despite feeling well versed in it, I still feel like there is so much to learn.  This book comes highly recommended by a social media consultant that I know, so I'm really excited to read it.


With all of that being said, I'm dying to know - What's on your summer reading list?



PS - A lot of y'all have been asking about the devotional that I've been snapping.  You can find it here and the workbook here!  It has rocked my world!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Back to Black

Y'all, I'm not sure what's going on with me.  I usually love color, especially as the weather gets warmer.  But lately I've been gravitating toward black pieces instead of my typical Lilly Pulitzer favorites.

Here are a few things I can't wait to add to my wardrobe, all of them under $100!

black clothing under $100


Sleeveless Romper • Mesh Bikini (top & bottom) • Tie Back Romper
Draper James Mini SkirtFaux Leather ToteShift Dress
Off the Shoulder Top •  Monogrammed RingThin Band • Sunglasses • Fringe Heels


Sleeveless Romper •  I love how versatile this piece is!  It would be perfect dressed up for a GNO or dressed down for a concert.  (PS - If you like backless pieces, this one is open back!)

Mesh Bikini (Top & Bottom) • I've been really loving mesh lately, because it can add a sexy touch to the most simple, basic pieces.  The combined cost of the swimsuit is only $56!! This is at the top of my wishlist.

Tie Back Romper •  I don't have a vacation planned yet for the summer, but I want this to wear on vacation!  Haha.  It's a super easy piece and comes in three other colors.

Draper James Mini SkirtConfession - I bought this today.  When Nicole and I went to Draper James, I tried on this skirt and then tried on the dress that I ended up buying.  But I couldn't stop thinking about this skirt, so I ended up ordering it because it's on sale.  (If you have concerns about the flap in the front, it's basically extra fabric.  There's a normal skirt under there, so a wardrobe malfunction is a little less likely!)

Faux Leather Tote •  I own the reversible version of this bag in nude and blush, and I carry it all of the time!  When I travel, I use it for all of my toiletries, makeup, and hot tools because it's so easy to clean.

Shift DressI can't get over how chic this dress is! It reminds me so much of Twiggy.  It's available in 12 (!!!) colors!

Off the Shoulder TopTwo of the hottest trends in one piece - off the shoulder and pom poms!  I can't wait to pair this with distressed denim or with white jeans.

Monogrammed RingIsn't this a cute statement ring?!  It's hard to believe it's only $68!

Thin BandMy absolute favorite piece of jewelry is a thin, channel set diamond band that I wear on my right ring finger.  I've been on the hunt for a tiny gold band, and this one is under $50!

Sunglasses •  I feel like I'm the only person in the world that doesn't own a pair of Quays!  These offer 100% UV protection and are $50.

Fringe Heels I'm not much of a shoe person, and I wear the same black wedges almost every day because they're comfortable and professional. Since I've started wearing black so frequently, I think these would be a fun addition to my wardrobe!  They have fringe and tassels, and they're $54 with free shipping.

What do y'all think?  See anything you want to add to your wardrobe?  Happy Tuesday, y'all!






Monday, May 16, 2016

Learning to "Long Arm" and Other Blogging Break Adventures

It feels so good to have fresh content on the blog!  The past couple of months have been really chaotic, and my main focus has been just making it from day to day.  I have a lot of posts I'm really excited to share in the upcoming weeks, but first I wanted to do a brief "catching up" post!  For those of y'all who have wondered, here's what I've been up to.

TRAVELING


I spent the last weekend in April in South Carolina, then immediately went to Nashville for a week for work!  (This has been my third trip to Nashville in the past three months.  Can I live there yet?)  It was so nice to have a few days of relaxation and limited cell phone service in South Carolina before attending the week long conference.




The highlight of my Nashville trip was getting to meet my blogger bestie Nicole of Chronicling Home!  Our first stop was a visit to Draper James.  Nicole is one of the best shopping buddies I've ever had - she has an eye for picking things for you that you wouldn't necessarily pick for yourself, and she can help you brainstorm multiple ways to wear a piece.  One of the pieces she picked out for me was an LBD that I ended up purchasing to wear to a gala!  I'm convinced it's impossible to leave DJ empty handed.  Nicole left with some super cute accessories.



No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to Moda Boutique.  I love stopping in to visit with the boutique's owner, Meredith.  She is one bad ass lady, and I always leave there feeling ready to conquer the world.


TRACK MEETS 

A photo posted by Seersucker Sass Blog (@seersuckersass) on

My brother is ten years younger than me, and I hope when I have kids that they turn out as awesome as he has.  (I like to think they will since I've played second mom to him his whole life.)  I'm so proud of him; he's intelligent, social, athletic, and an all around good kid.  I've spent the majority of my weekends watching him run, break records, and set PR's.  It's incredible.  At the moment, he's the fastest freshman in the state for the open 400. (!!!!)  He has qualified to run at the state meet, and I cannot wait to watch that in a few weeks!


FUN CAREER THINGS

I launched the biggest project of my career last month!  I had been working with a local marketing company since October to create a video that captured the brand of the community I work in, and we ended up getting the final product a day before our  April board meeting.  Y'all, the video went viral!  Within 48 hours, we had 600,000 views and over 4,000 shares.  (To put that in perspective, the counties I serve have a combined population of around 210,000.)  It. was. insane.


LEADERSHIP GRADUATION


For the past ten months, I've had a monthly professional development day with 29 other leaders in my community.  Along with a retreat in a rustic area in North Carolina and a trip to meet with legislators in Nashville, we spent one day a month learning about our community and what makes it work.  That was truly what I expected to gain from the program - a greater understanding of my community.  But at graduation last Thursday, I left with a greater understanding of myself.  The way I view myself and the world around me has changed, and I'm really grateful that my boss gave me the opportunity (and the funding and the time out of the office) to broaden my horizons.


EYELASH EXTENSIONS



If you've been following along on Snapchat, you probably saw my eyelash extension before and after shots.  My only regret is that I didn't get them sooner.  It was a spontaneous decision, and I'm really pleased with it.  A lot of y'all have asked me to blog about my experience with them, so I plan to do that in the next few weeks. (I don't want to write about it until I get my first "fill in" set.)


LEARNING TO LONG ARM



This weekend, I went to a gala with my sorority sister and one of our friends from college.  The live auction was giving us anxiety, so we slipped outside and had a photo shoot.  This is when I was introduced to the long arm.  Apparently you hold your arm really loose and natural, and look over your shoulder, kind of toward the ground.  It's a really great pose when you're holding a wine glass an it's semi-dark outside.  It's also really great if you want to spend an entire evening trying to figure out when you got so old and out of touch.



Nailed it ;)


Now that I've managed to share my life story (and lots of poor quality iPhone photos) with y'all, please take a moment and tell me how you've been!  What have you been into?  Let's catch up!

Happy Monday, my friends!  And if you have any long arming tips, please send them my way ;)


Friday, April 22, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide

My train of thought when it comes to giving gifts is probably a little irrational.  I've been thinking about Mother's Day since the beginning of March, but I didn't order a gift because it's "too early" and "I'll probably lose it before then."  This leads me to buy gifts at the very last minute, typically from Amazon because Amazon Prime saves my life at least once every three weeks.

This year, I will be on top of things.  My momma is awesome.  I am fortunate to have been raised by a mom who is both beautiful and brilliant, balances a career and a family, and always encourages me to have my own beliefs and explore my interests.  When I was 17, I gained a bonus parent, my dad's wife, Monica.  (I hate the term stepmother; it sounds so cold.)  Moni is sassy, intelligent, and determined.  She ran a half marathon last weekend, for goodness' sake!  

This year, I'm ordering gifts early so that the women in my life get the pampering that they deserve.  I've kept all of my picks under $100, with multiple choices for different price points.  Happy shopping!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Under $100





Perfume Sampler •  Perfume is a great gift, but sometimes I get a little nervous buying it for people because you don't know if they'll enjoy it.  What I love about this specific sampler is that the perfumes come in mini bottles instead of just little tiny spray vials.  (In college, I kept mine on display on a mint green cake stand because they were so cute!)  After trying all of the perfume to determine which is her favorite, your mom can cash in the included "scent certificate" to receive a full sized bottle of the featured fragrance of her choice.  You're basically making money on this one!  (PS - other sampler options are available here.)

Monogrammed Phone Case •  I love getting my mom things that she would never think to get for herself.  While a cute phone case is just as important to us as having the latest and greatest phone, it's probably something your mom hasn't thought about, but will absolutely love.  The gold lettering on the black pebble leather case is super sleek.

Cookin' Mama Gift Set •  I'm obsessed with Draper James, and this is no exception.  The gift set includes a cute apron, candle, and a couple of fancy mugs!

Wine Trough •  This is a really great gift to help you cement your status as favorite child.  Think of all of the ways your wine-loving, hostess with the mostess momma could use this wine trough!

Cozy Robe •  Sometimes practical gifts are truly the best gifts.  I can only remember my mom owning two robes over the course of my life, and I'm 25.  If you're not sure what to get this year, consider upgrading your momma's robe.

Hand & Foot Cream Duo •  This gift is the perfect blend of practical and luxurious.  L'Occitane products are heavenly, and I'm a big advocate for self-pampering.

Mug •  I know mugs may think about a "cheat" gift, but think about how much you look forward to your morning coffee or tea.  This one is guaranteed to make your mom smile!

Tassel Keychain •  This is $5 and also comes in black and camel!  If you're combining a few small items or going the gift card route, this is a good addition.

Trinket Tray •  I think my trinket tray obsession tracks back to my mom. This is great for putting her jewelry in each night or could even make a chic little key holder.

Faux Leather Tote •  I have one of these thanks to my friend Nicole, and I don't know how I lived without it.  Board meeting? I carry all of the packets in it.  Traveling? I carry my makeup and toiletries in it.  If your mom is always on the go, this is great.  (It's also under $50!)

Birchbox Subscription •  Subscription boxes are the gifts that keep on giving!  Why should Mother's Day only be one day a year? ;)

Cashmere Wrap •  Is this a mom staple? Not only is this super versatile, but it comes in 18 colors!


Happy Friday!  Have you decided what you're getting your momma this year?!



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Updating my Spring Wardrobe on a Budget


Something about the change of seasons makes me want to buy an entirely new wardrobe.  But when that new season is spring, my desire to buy a new wardrobe is amplified.  I'm ready to box up all of my bulky sweaters, pull out the colorful Lilly dresses, and buy any and every sleeveless item that I see.

Realistically, I can't do that.  My shopping motto is to invest in classic pieces that have a great cost-per-wear - things like pixie pants, wrap dresses, and silk tops - and then pick up a few "on trend" pieces each season to spice things up a bit.  This is why I love thredUP - not only can I pick up like-new, trendy pieces for a fraction of the price I would pay retail, but I can also pick up wardrobe staples while I'm there!  (I buy a large chunk of my wardrobe from J.Crew and J.Crew Factory because of their sizing, and their selections on thredUP are unreal, y'all.  thredUP also carries Lilly Pulitzer, Diane von Furstenburg, and even some Gucci bags!)

To update my spring wardrobe, I picked up four new pieces with a combined value of $217.  The cost of these items on thredUP came up to $57.46!  (To put that in perspective with the rest of my wardrobe, that would be a killer deal on a pair of my pixie pants.)  If you're curious, here's how I'm updating my wardrobe this spring.

Look One - Bright Silk Blouse


work wear, pixie pants, pink silk blouse, thredUP

Sleeveless Silk Top:  Zara Basics via thredUp (c/o)  •  Pixie Pants  •  Wedges: old [similar]  •  Necklace: old [similar]  •  Watch:  Gucci

I live in pixie pants.  It's to the point that I have multiple pairs of each color because I wear them so much.  They're just so easy and versatile.  In the spring, I love to pair them with bright tops, like this hot pink top from thredUP (retail - $36; thredUP price - $11.99!).  I've had this necklace for probably five years, and I love to pull it out each spring because of the mint beads.  I chose wedges for a more professional look, but you could easily pair this with black or nude flats.  I'm going to a conference in Nashville at the beginning of May, and I will definitely be replicating this look.


work wear, pixie pants, pink silk blouse, thredUP

Look Two - Bright Paperbag Skirt


polka dot top, J. Crew mini skirt, thredUP


Can y'all tell I'm all about some bright clothes this spring?!  I already own a few of these J. Crew paperbag skirts, but I knew the bright green was perfect for spring.  (It's also the perfect replacement for the neon pink paperbag skirt that I destroyed three Valentine's Days ago when I busted it on black ice in my driveway.  RIP.)  According to thredUP's website, this skirt retails at $110, but their price is $22.49.  

I'm really into ruffled sleeveless blouses, and I thought the polka dots were a fun touch with the bright skirt.  These skirts also go great with basic tees and tanks, and even slouchy short sleeved sweaters.


polka dot top, J. Crew mini skirt, thredUP

Look Three - Boxy Tee


J. Crew boxy tee, white jeans, thredUP

Tee:  J.Crew via thredUP (c/o)  •  White Jeans:  old [similar]  •  Sandals  •  Necklace:  old [similar]

I really wanted to get on board with the crop top trend, but I'm not sure it's for me.  I love this tee because it's boxy and cropped, but my pale stomach isn't showing.  It's the closest this 25 year old grandma plans to get to a crop top this spring!  (I also love it because it was $12.49, and I would have paid $35 for it at J. Crew.)

This casual top would be perfect with dark denim skinnies or cut offs, as well, but I chose to pair it with white denim because it's almost time to break out the white denim and I can't wait!  I think adding a dangling necklace really gives this look that extra oomph.

J. Crew boxy tee, white jeans, thredUP


Look Four - Denim Shorts

pineapple tee shirt, denim shorts, J. Crew, thredUP


I have been looking for a pair of denim shorts forever.  I have a long torso, wide-ish hips (in comparison to the rest of my body), and short legs, which makes shopping for a pair of denim cutoffs an adventure.  I decided to order a super affordable pair from thredUP (these were $10.49!) that I could cut up, distress, and add some bleach spots.  Until I get to doing that little DIY project, I will wear them like they are because they're super adorable!

Denim shorts go with everything, but I chose to style them with this tee because I liked the contrast of dark denim, stark white, and gold.  My 15-year old brother and blog photographer told me that the cool thing to do now is tuck in a tiny bit of your shirt, so I'm giving that trend a try to see if it sticks.  

pineapple tee shirt, denim shorts, J. Crew, thredUP

What do y'all think?  I know that this is a sponsored post, but I have truly fallen in love with thredUP.  (I'm not kidding - I check every day when I get home from work.  It's part of my evening routine now.)  

If you're interested in doing a little thredUP shopping, I have a few tips for you:

Tip One:  Take advantage of the sorting options.  It will streamline your shopping process so much when you're only looking at clothing in your size or when you're in desperate need of a blue top and you're not having to sort through every other color of the rainbow. 

Tip Two:  Use code "IVH21" at checkout to get 21% off of your order!!  (What's better than getting a major discount on already majorly discounted clothing?!)

Tip Three:  Check out  "Give $10, Get $10" in the top right hand corner.  I'm a big advocate for taking advantage of affiliate programs, especially when you're already super passionate about a brand and you're already talking about it for three.

Tip Four:  Consider selling with thredUP.  Clear out all of your unwanted, like new clothing, to make room for more thredUP purchases ;)  It puts money in your pocket, and it also stops items from ending up in a landfill.  

Happy shopping, my friends!  What pieces and trends are you incorporating into your wardrobe for spring?