Seersucker Sass: 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Relationships: Like a Bird Out of a Cage

It has happened to us all...  Friends, family, and creepy exes find out that your relationship has ended, and they all want to know how you're doing.  My response is always "I feel like a bird out of a cage."

When things fell apart with the guy that I was seeing this summer, I surrounded myself with my sisters.  I let the most fulfilling relationships of my life be with God, my sisters, and a handful of my best friends.  There was no need for a man in my life, and there was no void in my heart, so to speak.  I felt free.  I no longer had my phone glued to my hip, I would leave it in my purse for hours without checking it.  I would go to work events and flirt, laugh, and have an all around good time with my co-workers.  I would go out for drinks, go to brunch, go on weekend getaways, do whatever my heart desired.  I didn't realize how unhappy and trapped I felt in that relationship until I was out of it.

Last night on my four hour drive home from visiting my wonderful boyfriend, I had a lot of time to think.  The way that I feel now is a way that I've never felt before about anyone that I've dated.  Even though I'm in a relationship, I feel like a bird out of a cage.

I've always loved to travel, and I've met a man who loves the same thing.  Our long distance relationship has given us the opportunity to explore little towns along the way in between the two cities where we live, and stop at plenty of Cracker Barrels along the way.

We find excitement in the smallest things.  We go to bookstores and flip through autobiographies, pointing out passages of interest to the other.  We go to Target and get a buggy for the sole purpose of putting our popcorn in it, and sometimes, he pushes me around on the cart.  We go on golf cart rides.  We roll around on the floor with his dog.  We try new beers with our dinner.  I've never felt so alive doing such ordinary things.

We support each other.  He took time off of work to drive to where I live to help out with an event that I had planned.  If he has to work while I'm in town, I take him snacks.  We have a 30 minute phone conversation every day on my way home from work to vent about our days.

My lesson behind all of this is that being in a relationship shouldn't feel like you're in a cage.  Wait for someone who makes ordinary things feel extraordinary.  Most importantly, trust in God's timing.  He's the one man that will never lead you astray!

XX,

SS

Friday, December 13, 2013

SS plays Elf: My Christmas Gifting Guide

For once in my life, I have not waited until December 22 to purchase Christmas gifts.  Here are my "top picks" this season.  Hope they help you out a little bit!


For the man in your life:

My boyfriend pointed a set of these Teroforma whisky stones out to me while shopping last week.  Chill a few of the stones and use them in place of ice.  Your drink will stay cold, but won't be watered down. Perfect for any of the men in your life!

Whisky Stones



For those "gag gift" parties:

I'm slightly obsessed with this!  I can never bring myself to bring something overly tacky or tasteless to a "gag gift" party, so this is perfect.  So leave the Bean-o and whoopie cushions at home and bring this kitschy, useful little gift instead!

http://www.amazon.com/Fred-MANA-MANATEA-Infuser/dp/B00B5EE0A6



For your sister that just landed her first "big girl job:"

She will need one of these babies, trust me.  A fun thumb drive will put a little sunshine into an otherwise boring day in Corporate America!

http://www.swoozies.com/product/265054



For the World's Best Momma:

This classic bag is the perfect gift for Mommas.  It's huge, so she'll have no problem fitting anything she might possible need in there.  Plus, its water resistant, making it a great year round bag!

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/longchamp-le-pliage-small-shoulder-bag/3632185?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=longchamp_%27le_pliage_-_small%27_shoulder_bag:194598_14&cm_pla=bags:women:tote&cm_ven=Google_Product_Ads&mr:referralID=4ed4c638-611c-11e3-9f1f-001b2166becc



For the best friend a girl could ask for:

I absolutely adore Philosophy products.  My grandmother buys me a stash of them every year for Christmas, and its something that I always look forward to.  To me, they're the perfect products for pampering on a budget.  As much as I would love to get my best friend a $300 spa package (believe me, she deserves it,) this little taste of Heaven is more friendly to my budget.

What are your "top picks" for Christmas this year?  I'd love to hear!  Have an amazing weekend!

XX,

SS


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lilly Pulitzer Picks


I don't know about y'all, but I am absolutely obsessed with Lilly's fall line.  Like obsessed might be an understatement.  I want it all, and I want it now.  But unfortunately, as I save up for a loft and law school, having it all is a little out of my reach.  But a girl can dream right?

When I tried this baby on, it was love at first sight!  However, the price tag was not, so I will patiently wait until it goes sale.  It seems like the perfect 23rd birthday dress!

I love the romantic look of this dress!  I have a work function in early December, and I think this would be the perfect dress - fun, yet elegant and professional.

This dress is so Gatsby-esque!  My workplace puts on our city's biggest social event of the year each February, and I think I've found the dress!

[Beckett dress]
This is one item on my fall "lust list" that I actually own!  I don't know if I have ever gotten so many compliments on a dress in my life.  The colors are bright and cheerful, but its more fall than summer.  I like to pair it with my navy beau belt & a gold Lilly wristlet I received for my birthday.

What are your Lilly picks for this season?  I'm dying to know!

Xx,

SS

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Confidence & Appearances

Throughout high school, I took a lot of pride in my appearance.  I got up each morning at 6:00 to shower, dry and straighten my long hair, and put on my makeup.  I laid out my outifts a week at a time and was voted best dressed my senior year.  I dabbled in modeling and had dreams of becoming a professional dancer.

The summer before my senior year, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness.  I lost over one fourth of my body weight, and any confidence that I had along with it.  I could no longer take studio dance, and I was so sickeningly skinny that I couldn't model.  An ULTA had just opened where I lived, so after a doctor appointment, my mom took me for a makeover.  It made such a difference!  Like any 17 year old girl, I wanted to feel pretty.  I may have been wearing kids jeans and sports bras, but at least my makeup looked good.

The summer before I started college, I became so confident in my appearance that I started to experiment with my looks.  Right before sorority recruitment, I chopped my long hair off (gasp!)  I started wearing a stick on nose stud.  I quickly realized that wasn't a good look for me.

At the beginning of my junior year, I was diagnosed with cancer.  I was left with a bad scar on my arm.  I became so insecure.  I had the surgery over my spring break, and while I was still high on pain killers, I had my hair died so dark that it was almost black.  Even when it got warm outside, I wore cardigans.  

I was no longer "put together."  I was thankful for the Norts & baggy t-shirt trend, because I didn't have to try anymore.  I had "go to" outfits.  My goal was no longer to stand out, but to blend in.

Today I decided that it was time - time for a makeover.  It may sound crazy, but I feel like a completely different person.  The lady that did my makeup was great.  I left with more confidence than I've had combined over the past two years.

I know that we live in a world obsessed with looks and being beautiful, and I try so hard not to get caught up in that and in outer beauty.  But I also have to remind myself that there is nothing wrong with feeling confident and putting pride in my appearance.  (After all, I am a southern woman!)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

XX,

SS

Friday, May 24, 2013

Fashion Friday - Current Obsessission

After working a ridiculous number of hours last week, I decided that I deserved a treat.  Naturally, the first place I went was the Lilly Pulitzer website.  I am absolutely in love with their "Delisa" dress.  Here is my "dream styling" of this dress!
 
 
 
Delisa


 
 
What is your current obsession?
 
XX,
 
SS

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

High-Waisted Shorts - Two ways




I have been wanting a pair of high-waisted shorts for a few weeks now, so I decided to feature them on the blog!

My style is usually pretty classic & preppy, but one of my favorite things to do is create an edgier outfit and then use more classic pieces to accessorize with.

Let me know what you think!  How do you like to style your high-waisted jeans?

XX,

SS



High Waisted Shorts - Two ways





Monday, April 29, 2013

Sweet Sisterhood


“Out of such pure and simple beginnings grow great and wonderful things.” 

– Lenora Ashmore Blackiston




It is hard for me to believe that I have been an alumna member of my sorority for an entire semester now.  The remaining members of my pledge class are going alum tonight, and they have been on my mind all day.

I joined a sorority looking for friends, and I left with so much more.  If you have ever considered Greek life, I urge you to give it a try.  I would not be half the person that I am today if it was not for my sisters.

My sophomore year, my new member educator (aka pledge mom) read a note during preference that I will never forget as long as I live - sisterhood is about crawling through the back door and walking proudly out the front steps.  My sisters have never left me, even when I was moody or bossy or looked like complete and total hell or was sobbing on New Years Eve because the love of my life broke up with me.  My sisters have never been rude or bitter about my accomplishments and have always been there to support me, fix my hair, and offer me pieces of their wardrobe when I am being dramatic and indecisive.  If you've ever heard the Eric Church song "Like Jesus Does," it has always reminded me about my sisters.
  We love each other, we brag on each other, and we will fight to the death for each other.  

When my sorority was in a "liking" competition on Facebook last week, so many other chapters banded together to help us win!  Sisterhood isn't something that just exists within a chapter, but it is a network of love.  I am so blessed, and I have nothing but well wishes for all of the women who are bridging over to alumna life!

Do you have a story about sisterhood that you would like to share?  I am super sentimental & would love to hear it!  Also, if everyone would show some Panehellenic love & remember the Tarleton State chapter of Phi Mu in your prayers, I'm sure that they would greatly appreciate it.

I know Mondays are rough, but if you want to make your day better do something nice for a sister (or anyone really!)  I promise you will feel a little better!

XX,

SS


Monday, April 22, 2013

Spotlight Site!

I always love discovering new stores (especially new stores that monogram!), so I thought that it would be fun to "spotlight" some of my new favorites.  Today's spotlight is Karson Lane!!


I recently won a jewelry carrier from Karson Lane & I am absolutely in love with it!  It is only $14 and has all sorts of handy little pockets on the inside. 



Here is the link if you are interested in purchasing it!  I chose the khaki thread with the circle font, but there are lots of color and thread choices!

Here are some of my other favorites from the site!

 Isn't this key chain darling?  Only $12 & comes in a variety of colors!

And this seersucker hair bow is a must have! 
 

 I strongly encourage you to check the site out!

Have a suggestion for "Spotlight Site?"  Please let me know!!  Hope everyone is having a good Monday :)

XX,

SS

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Power of Prayer



 photo credit: http://ashleighnoel.tumblr.com/ via pinterest

This week has been a stressful one for me, as I am about to commit to a law school.  I spent all day Monday wondering if it was worth it to go into so much debt, not to even be guaranteed a job upon graduation.  With everything happening in Boston, I felt like maybe it was better for me to be close to home, and not five hours away in a town where I know only one other person, an acquaintance that is good friends with my Big.  Tuesday I read one of those heartwarming stories on Facebook about a man who chose to be homeless so that he could travel where the Lord needed him, and he depended on the help of the Lord.  I don’t know whether it was a true story or not, but it touched me in a way that I can’t describe.  So I prayed that God would use me where He wants me.  If that is law school, then fantastic!  But if not, that’s okay, too.



Tuesday evening, I received a text from a friend that has helped me a lot throughout the entire law school process.  She no longer wanted to go to what had been her top choice school, and she had just committed to the school that I had intentions of going to.  She told me to keep her in mind if I needed a roommate.  I felt immediately as though God had answered my prayer.  I would now have a friend where I was moving!  I would be able to live with a nice, normal person that has the same grandma tendencies that I do (and wears the same size that I do!  Lets be real, that is something to be excited about.)



I was checking my email Wednesday morning when I found an e-mail from the school that I am about to commit to.  They were offering me a technology stipend, and since I already had said technology, I could get a gift card.  Again, I felt like a prayer had been answered.  The generous amount on the gift card would help me to furnish my new apartment.  I was ecstatic!  And as word spread around the office, people asked me what I needed for my new apartment.  They were excited for me and wanted to help me on my journey to law school, even though my internship just started in January.  Having people besides my mom and best friends support me isn’t something that I’m used to, and I was taken aback by their kindness and selflessness.



Yesterday, I received a set of containers and coffee cups to go in my new kitchen.  I ask you to please pray for the lady that gave them to me.  Her kindness has answered my prayers, and I hope that in turn, God will answer her prayer to help her father beat cancer again.



Have you seen the power of prayer in action?  I’d love to hear about it! 



Hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend… TGIF!



XX,



SS

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Relay for Life Inspired Fashion!

Even though I am no longer in undergrad, one of my absolute favorite events that my university puts on is Relay for Life.  As a cancer survivor, Relay is something that is so near and dear to my heart.  I am so excited to be coming back on the alumni team this year!

I thought it might be fun to put together a cute little outfit for Relay for Life since I won't be wearing a committee shirt this year!  In all reality, it doesn't matter what you wear to Relay - I just urge you to attend!

Why do you Relay?

XX,

SS

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Legacies

 photo credit: katespadeny.tumblr.com

"She makes the day brighter. She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes."


Throughout the day, I always see little things that remind me of people. Scottie dogs always remind me of my momma. Anything University of Tennessee makes me think of my daddy. Muffins make me think of my big because that's her nickname for me. I've always wondered what makes people think of me.

The legacies we leave as young adults are things that will never leave us. After all, this is the last time that we will be with most of our college friends all in one place.

I urge you to concentrate on your legacy this week & leave a little sparkle everywhere that you go. You never know who's life you could impact for the better!

XX,

SS





Friday, April 12, 2013