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Monday, January 16, 2017

Apartment Upgrades

Happy Monday, y'all!  Long time no talk.  To be completely honest with y'all, I've been in kind of a funk since 2017 kicked off.  I am borderline annoyingly optimistic on a normal day, so this is really frustrating for me.  What do y'all do to help break out of a funk?

One of my goals for next weekend is to start organizing my apartment.  The weeks following Christmas have been a whirlwind of travel and sickness, so I still have stuff sitting in Christmas bags (and stuff to be mailed... sorry!)  I want to really focus on making sure everything has a place, and I'll be doing some purging and packing things into storage totes along the way.

The thing that excites me most about this is doing some apartment upgrades at the same time.  I've had the same apartment for 2.5 years, and the perk of being somewhere that long is that you really start to get a feel for the space.  I plan on doing a few inexpensive updates on each room of the apartment to make it feel cozier and more representative of my personal style.

Living Room

Coffee Table Books -  My mom started my coffee table book collection off right by giving me the coffee table version of The Widow Clicquot for Christmas.  I'd love to have a few more to stack, and I've added Paris in Color and Pop Art to my wishlist.  I think these will be great to flip through when I need a little motivation.

Cozy Throw - I have a couple of blankets I keep on my couch,but as cozy as they are, they aren't the cutest.  This sage throw is cute and comfy and would be a nice pop of color against my couch.


Clear Organization Boxes -  Something I really love about blogging is the opportunity to try so many awesome products.  However, they're all just kind of scattered about under my sink.  This weekend, I plan to toss products that are out of date and gather goodies that haven't been used in a while to share with friends.  What I keep will be housed in clear acrylic organizers.  I'd love to have this one on my sink, these for stacking underneath the sink, and this style for under the sink, as well.

Piece of Art -  I currently have two pieces of art on my bathroom walls - a "wash, brush, floss, flush" wall hanging and a giraffe that I painted in one of those painting classes where you drink wine.  Haha!  I really like this eyelashes print and this bobby pins print.  They're both under $20 and go nicely with the other fun pieces.


Nightstand Area Makeover - My aunt bought me this glasses holder for Christmas, and I absolutely love it!  There is nothing worse than reaching over to grab your glasses in the middle of the night, knocking them off, and having to look for them in the dark.  The red lips are my favorite part, and I'd love to have a faux floral arrangement to match.

Curtains -   I think curtains would be a nice touch in my bedroom.  These blackout curtains are only $30, and the navy matches my bedroom suite.

What do y'all think?  Any other suggestions for making the most of a small space on a budget?  I'd love to hear a little bit more about your home!

Monday, January 2, 2017

My New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year, y'all!  I hope that everyone had a great weekend and is fully recovered from all of the NYE festivities!  I had my infusion Friday and picked up a cold and a stomach bug while I was there, so I'm thankful for another day off from work to recover!  (Confession - I didn't realize I had today off, so I went into work, waited for an hour, and then left when no one came in!  What a way to start out my year.  Haha!)

In the past, I've set very specific resolutions with plans on how I was going to accomplish them, and I was decently successful with last year's resolutions.  However, this year, I want to switch it up a bit.  Instead of setting a bunch of resolutions, I'm going with a word - intentional.  I want to be more intentional in the decisions that I make each day, and from that I expect that my habits will change.

the content that I share //  I really want to continue being realistic and authentic, and I hope to share more posts of substance and more helpful content.

the people I surround myself with // I'm going to be really honest with y'all - I do not like negative energy.  I probably sound extremely superstitious, but I think negative energy and bad vibes are contagious.  And I've started to realize that there are a lot of people in my life who could be having the best day ever and still manage to find something to complain about.  In 2017, I hope to remove some of this negative energy from my life.  I know it's going to flat out suck and be very difficult, but I keep reminding myself that an important part of growth is letting go of things that hold you back.

my spending habits //  I am a strong proponent of living within your means and practical spending.  My goal for this year is to do a little more saving by cutting out so much money spent on eating out.

the way I spend my time //  I'm a pretty on-the-go person, so I often feel guilty for taking time to stop and just chill out.  In the back of my mind, I'm always thinking about how I should be writing a blog post or doing research.  I really want to give myself more time to read, write, and create this year.  Toward the end of 2016, I really started practicing my 'no', and I hope to continue being selective with how I spend my time in 2017.

my relationship with Christ //  I plan to go through RCIA this year.  (In layman's terms, I am planning to convert to Catholicism.)  I really wanted to go through the process last year, but it wasn't feasible due to some unexpected things happening in my life.  In all honesty, I'm glad that I waited a year because I am even more committed to my decision.

the organizations that I devote myself to //  It's no secret that I love volunteering in my community.  Yet again, I find myself overcommitted because I genuinely want to make the world a better place.  In 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting in board meetings where people's eyes lit up while they basically word vomited about their passions; y'all, those are the organizations that I want to be part of. 

the way that I treat my body //  Just like 95% of the population, I want to eat healthier and get into better shape this year.  But I also want to remember to be nice to my body.  The extra weight that I gained in 2016 isn't going to kill me, and neither is having a Pal's cheeseburger once a week.

relationships and interactions with others  //  I hold myself to very high standards, and at times I catch myself holding others to the same standards, which is totally unfair.  In 2017, I hope to be more intentional about giving grace to others.

I want to hear from you - what are your New Year's Resolutions?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

One Last Hurrah for 2016

I've been planning this post for weeks, but the last six weeks of 2016 whooped me, y'all!  Work was chaotic in the best possible way, there were so many celebrations, and I was briefly sidelined with a nasty cold.

However, I couldn't bring myself to give this post up.  2016 has gotten a lot of grief from a lot of people, and I will be the first to admit that this year wasn't sunshine and rainbows for me either.  But 2016 was the year that I truly came into my own.  I experienced so much personal and professional development, explored new cities along with familiar places, and learned the importance of good friends and the loyalty of family.

If you're looking for a little sneak peak into what this year was like through my eyes or just want to get to know me better, I'm sharing my most popular posts of the year below.

1. Nutrition on the Go •  Sharing some insight into life with a chronic illness.

2. Live on.  Give on.  •  Sharing why I'm so passionate about involvement in my community 

3. Updating my Spring Wardrobe on a Budget •  Sharing how it's possible to update your seasonal wardrobe for under $60!

4. Blogging 101:  How I Create an Editorial Calendar (in Four Steps!)  •  Sharing an easy & effective way to create a blog editorial calendar 

5. Spring '16 Trends Under $100  •  Hardcore studied the spring trends and shared them in this post!

6.  Twenty-Five:  The Year of Owning It  •  Sharing the change in mindset that made 2016 my year.

7.  The Importance of Self Expression  •  Sharing how I choose to express myself & why self expression is important.

8.  The Importance of Taking Care of your Skin this Spring  •  I had a cancer scare, and I chronicled it.

9.  Recent Drugstore Beauty Buys  •  Update - the Oh Sugar! product I reviewed in this post melted in my purse... Lol!

10.  Summer Reading List  •  Confession - I still need to read most of these.

11.  That Time I Almost Cropped the Rug (and All Authenticity) out of a Photo  •  Shining a light on authenticity and a heavier topic - the Armenian genocide.

12. Friday Favorites  •  Some products that I was loving while preparing for spring.

13. Valentine's Day or (Galentine's Day!) on a Budget  •  Ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day and/or Galentine's Day on a budget!

14. Ask Seersucker Sass  •  A q&a style post answering reader questions... it was such a hit that I did a second post!

15.  My Daily Makeup Routine  •   I'm a big fan of natural looking makeup, and this post shares all of the products I use when I wear makeup.

16. My Career Story  •  I should have capped the list at 15, but I couldn't because this is one of my personal favorites that I have ever written.  It's the perfect reminder that you don't have to know exactly what you want to do career wise.

Happy New Year!  I look forward to continuing to connect with you in 2017 :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

My Favorite Trend for 2017!

I don't know about y'all, but leggings are basically one of my favorite things in the world, and I would pick them over jeans 95% of the time.  My personal rule for wearing leggings as pants is to pair them with a top that covers my bottom, but I've noticed recently that I don't have many tops that aren't super casual to pair my leggings with.

Enter my favorite trend for 2017 - the long vest.  It's the perfect piece for when you want to wear leggings as pants with a certain top, but that top isn't necessarily long enough.  The vest only shows the top portion of your top, so you could even pair it with a crop top if you wanted and still be completely covered!  The thing I love most about this trend is that I can wear leggings as pants and be totally work appropriate!  Just opt for a thicker pair of leggings, and you're all set.  I'm also really looking forward to pairing it with an athleisure look and with leather leggings.  It's a piece that can do just about anything!

Leggings (also on sale!)  // Booties:  Bass (similar)   

I'm really optimistic that there will be a little more fashion content on here in 2017, so if there are things that you want to see (i.e. examples of business casual, business professional, work to play, etc.), please let me know!  When my brother and I went to shoot these photos, we scouted out a ton of new locations, and I can't wait for y'all to see them and to also see a little piece of where I come from.

Today I'm off to the Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg area for a late celebration of my brother's 16th birthday!  I'm so excited about a couple of days out of the office and for time spent with family.  If you want to follow along on the adventures, I'll be snapping my favorites (Snapchat username is Seersuckersass) and hopefully sharing them with y'all on the blog, as well.

Happy Wednesday!  What is the one item you see yourself wearing nonstop in 2017?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best Purchases of 2016

Happy Tuesday, y'all!  I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, or just a great weekend :)  I'm really excited about today's post, as I'm sharing with you my tried & true, favorite purchases of 2016!  2016 was a year that got a really bad rap from a lot of people, but for me, 2016 was the year that I really started to discover who I am (that sounds so cheesy and cliche, and I hate that, but it's so true), and that started to reflect in my wardrobe, beauty, and just purchasing decisions in general.  With the exception of one splurge, every item on this list is currently under $40, so if you're looking to try something new on a budget, you're in the right place!  To create some kind of order, I listed the products by price, along with a little explanation of why I love it.

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel ($3)  •  My mom has taught me the importance of eyebrow grooming since I was too little to even understand it.  While there are so many products out there, I prefer mascaras over gels and powders, as I don't like my brows to look too "done."  This is the nice, grown up version of the clear mascara that I used in high school, and I've heard it's a dupe for much more expensive brow products!

Organix Biotin & Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner ($8 each)  •  I've tried multiple shampoos and conditioners this year, and this is still my hands down favorite.  They're cheap, you can pick them up just about anywhere, they're great on color treated hair, and I'm convinced that they're why my hair grows so fast, 

The Body Shop Eye Color Stick - Gold Shade ($9) c/o  •  I love this eye shadow for many reasons.  The stick formula makes application easy, and the glittery gold color can be worn alone or as a base layer.  Unlike other glittery eye shadows, this one isn't overly glittery and can be removed gently with a makeup removing wipe, instead of having to scrub it off.

Stripped ($10)  •  I love this book because it's full of inspirational and empowering poetry.  Whenever I need a little pick me up, I read a couple of pages of this and I suddenly feel ready to take on the world again.

The Best Yes book ($11)
 & workbook ($7)  •  Y'all, this book rocked my world.  If you're looking for a great devotional, please give this one a try.  I can't even put into words how much this book changed my life, but I've learned a lot about saying no, and that's one of the best gifts I could have ever been given.

ULTA Contour Kit ($18)  •  I bought this in February when I had literally zero contouring experience, and it has become one of my most trusted products in my makeup arsenal.  If you have zero idea what you're doing, it comes with directions, along with a diagram on the front of the packaging!  (PS - ULTA tends to have coupons, so if you order this, be sure to check for one!)

IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush ($20)  •  I'm a firm believer that make up shouldn't make you look like a different person, just a more polished version of yourself.  This is a product that is applied clear and adjusts to your skin tone.  My favorite thing is that it's super moisturizing, because so many lipsticks are not. 

Pineapple Pool Float ($25)  •  This was one of my favorite products of the summer!  I spent a lot of time just floating in my aunt's pool, and this pool float was perfect for lounging... and for Instagram photos ;)  Order now, because they stayed back ordered all summer!  

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Mask ($28) c/o  •  The question I get asked the most is if I can recommend a mask.  Y'all, this mask is amazing.  I have oily skin and large pores, and this stuff makes such a difference.  It leaves my skin feeling so smooth.  And the best part is that it only takes a little bit!  I've had my jar forever and barely made a dent in it.

Turtleneck Swing Dress ($30)  •  This dress is so versatile!  I've worn it with riding boots for a casual look, leggings and booties for a board meeting and office open house, and with leggings and fun tennis shoes for a Christmas parade.  It's super flowy and comfortable.  (PS - Size down.)

Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer ($30)  •  My eyelashes were destroyed post eyelash extensions, and this product has made my lashes go from looking like little nubs to looking long and lovely again.  You apply the product with a mascara wand, so it coats your lashes to look fuller and longer.  Immediately follow with the mascara of your choice, and you'll be amazed at what just one coat will do!

neuENVY Peptide Enhanced Mascara ($32)  •  This was my first mascara post lash extension drama, and I used it in conjunction with neuLash to enhance the effects.  It coats your lashes with fibers, and then you can layer another mascara on top of it if you choose.  It's extremely gentle, and the fibers just rinse right off with a little eye makeup remover.

Roman Numeral Necklace ($40) c/o  •  I received this sweet necklace from Rose Water Designs, and it's engraved with the date that I was declared cancer free.  After a little scare this March, I celebrated five years cancer free this June.  I love being able to wear a piece that's so special to me, and it's also turned out to be a great conversation piece.

Gucci Soho Disco Wallet ($420)  •  This year, I splurged on a Gucci Soho Disco bag and matching wallet.  While the bag wasn't as practical of a purchase, I have carried the wallet every single day.  After going sans wallet for years and just letting my stuff float around in my bag (wtf, seriously, I know), I love having a little bit of organization going in my life.

I can't wait to hear from you - what was your best purchase of 2016?