Seersucker Sass: January 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Collaborative Post | Go Red for Women


Politics Pearls and Monograms & Seersucker Sass Go RED for Women 


Hello beautiful ladies from PPM and SS!  We are so excited to be partnering up again for such an awesome cause! This year on February 7th we will be going RED for National Wear Red day to help raise awareness for heart disease in women.  Heart disease is the number one killer in women, so as fellow strong independent women, why not take a stand and help raise awareness? Especially when raising awareness can be done simply by sporting a fab red outfit! 
Why is heart disease such a huge issue? Heart disease is the number one killer in women.  Despite that statistic, only 1 in 5 believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat!  The scariest thing?  Women are less likely to dial 9-1-1 when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack themselves.  (I know this one is true from personal experience.  An undiagnosed caffeine allergy led me to have stroke-like symptoms (!!!!) and I went on about my business.  It's better to have a false alarm than to die, y'all!)
Look at Amy Heinl,  an avid marathon runner and fitness devotee. Heart disease was the furthest thing from her mind – until she collapsed during an early-morning workout. A diagnosis of heart disease followed, and it took her completely by surprise.
“I really couldn’t believe this happened to me,” Amy says. “I thought of myself as a healthy person, and I was exercising when it happened. I truly believed I had pulled a muscle.” Which is why her friend called 9-1-1, not Amy.

Here are more unsettling facts:
  • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease - approximately one death a minute!

What causes heart disease?
Heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. Numerous problems can result from this, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

But it doesn’t end there. Heart disease can take many other forms as well:

  • Heart failure or congestive heart failure, which means that the heart is still working, but it isn’t pumping blood as well as it should, or getting enough oxygen.
  • Arrhythmia or an abnormal rhythm of the heart, which means the heart is either beating too fast, too slow or irregularly. This can affect how well the heart is functioning and whether or not the heart is able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
  • Heart valve problems can lead to the heart not opening enough to allow proper blood flow. Sometimes the heart valves don’t close and blood leaks through, or the valve leaflets bulge or prolapse into the upper chamber, causing blood to flow backward through them.

How can I prevent it?

Many things can put you at risk for these problems.  But the key takeaway is that with the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended.
Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day. Here are a few lifestyle changes to consider:

So now that we have shared the facts, it’s time to get to work! So from February 1 to February 7, we are challenging all you beautiful ladies to Go Red and share your photos with us.  February 7 is National Wear Red Day, and we want to help raise awareness! 
You can send your photos to our emails {seersuckersass@gmail.com & morgankennedymiller13@gmail.com} twitter {@seersuckersass}, or instagram {@seersuckersass or @politicspearlsandmonograms} so that we can make sure we see them! 
The even more exciting part is that at the end of the challenge we will be choosing our favorite Go Red Challenge photo to receive an awesome prize from Orange Blossom Gals, the awesome boutique that  Politics Pearls and Monograms owns!  Again the challenge begins Feb 1st and will continue till Friday Feb 7th so get ready to go RED and check back Saturday for the start of the challenge.
    
Lots of love,
Seersucker Sass & Politics, Pearls, and Monograms

Note:  All heart disease statistics and facts were taken from www.goredforwomen.org

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I Did It!

I know this blog post is about 7 hours late (I usually try to post by noon every day,) but I have been out of work for the past day and a half because of ice.  Let me tell you something, I have been so lazy, and it has been absolutely glorious!  I've had some snow cream, cuddled with my dog for hours on end, watched day time TV, and put the Keurig to use.  I've had the best time.

 

Last night, I finally decided to post a "My Real Selfie" on instagram!  When I saw Carly, aka College Prepster, post about it , I felt like it was something that I should do.  And then when my friend Katelyn from Southern Samplings posted about it, I felt even more compelled to follow suit.  If you read my post about confidence and appearances, you would know that confidence is always something that I have struggled with.  I am so happy with my life, probably the happiest I have ever been, and I hope that radiates from me.  But some days, I feel like I look like a troll that belongs in a parable.  That is exactly why I felt like it was so important to do it!  Remember, this year I am all about being uncomfortable!

So I challenged myself to do so before my 23rd birthday, now 19 days away, and last night, I finally followed through!  And to my surprise, people were so so kind!  Within in hour I had 12 comments & 84 likes... Wow!  I received likes from people I didn't even know, which I think is pretty cool because that means people have been checking out the hashtag on Instagram!  I would love it if y'all would post some "Real Selfies" as well!  I'll be checking!

With that being said, I am on to a new challenge for myself!  I want to do a "24 before 24" list, so a list of things that I need to do between my 23rd birthday and my 24th birthday.  I would love to have some suggestions from y'all cause I literally have nothing on my list.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Stay warm!

XX,

SS  

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How to Gift - Valentine's Day Edition

We all have a hidden talent, right?  I'll let you in on a little secret... Mine is gifting!  I love finding the perfect gift for someone.  I spent a year as gracious living chair in my sorority, and I had the privilege of preparing a gift basket for a national officer that was coming to visit!  I also put together most of the gift baskets where I work.  If I could make a career about of doing gift baskets, I would do it in a heartbeat!

When choosing a gift for someone, I try really hard to think about what they like.  I pay attention to what they look at while we're shopping together.  I think about their career aspirations and their personality.

One of my favorite places to shop for gifts is TJ Maxx.  You never know what you will find there!  I also love Target because they have lots of fun things and the best selection of cards ever.  I love picking up Moleskins and biographies at Barnes & Noble.

Sometimes when I'm struggling to throw something together, but I want to go all out on a gift, I go by the "One want, one need, one wear, one read" rule.

This would be the perfect gift basket for the preppy darling in your life, whether it be a Valentine's Day gift for your girlfriend or the birthday gift for your best friend.


     
One want: A fabulous Bourbon & Boweties bangle!
One need: You always need a pencil, right?  Check out these personalized ones from Oriental Trading!
One wear: These super adorable & festive heart earrings from Dogeared.
One read:  The perfect coffee table book by Kate Spade!

What's on the outside of a gift basket is just as important as what's on the inside!  I like to make it a part of the gift!  Some of my go-tos are photo storage boxes from Michaels  or reusable tote bags.  For this gift set, I would go with a reusable Lilly Pulitzer shopping bag!


Now that I've shared my gifting tricks with you, I'd love to hear what tricks you have up your sleeve! 
Have a happy Tuesday!

XX,
SS

Monday, January 27, 2014

Encouragement

There are moments throughout my day where I stop what I'm doing and realize how encouraging the people around me are, and I thank God for putting them in my life.

A few days ago, I was working through a pile of papers on my desk, when I realized just how much creative freedom my boss had given me on some upcoming projects.  She was giving me a chance to create things, to put my own touch on things, and in return she provided some minor suggestions, but mainly compliments!  I don't have much experience with press releases or flyers, but she has given so much positive feedback that I really feel like I'm succeeding.  Because of her encouragement, I speak my ideas more freely.  I work harder now. I'm not afraid to play with different programs or templates.  Most importantly, her encouraging nature rubs off on me and inspires me to be more encouraging to those around me.

Whenever I need a little bit of encouragement in my life, Kid President is my go-to pick me up.  If you've never seen one of his videos, here is his newest one.  You'll regret skipping over it!  
(PS put it in full screen for a better experience... I don't know how to resize the video!)


I know Mondays are rough, but why not show someone a little bit of encouragement and help get their week off to a positive start!  Tell your PR chair how good her flyer looks, thank your momma for such a delicious meal, or sit and genuinely listen to a good friend that's dealing with a lot.  You may just add a little pep to their step!

Hope you all are hanging in there on this dreary Monday!  

XX,

SS


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Series | Testimony

Last week, I kicked off my Sunday Series with a post by guest blogger Politics, Pearls, and Monograms.  This week, I felt really compelled to share my testimony with y'all.  The theme of my Sunday Series is "The Grateful Heart Series."  I am so grateful for my sorority, which led me to my little, whom helped me re-discover a relationship with Christ (the thing I am most thankful for!)

I stopped going to church when I was fifteen.  A friend of mine died in a car crash on a rainy night.  No alcohol was involved, it was a bad road, and she wasn't driving  I went to church that Sunday looking for comfort.  But instead, I heard people who didn't even know my friend gossiping about my friend and her death.  I still felt that I had a relationship with Christ, and that nothing had changed.

I was diagnosed with a chronic illness at seventeen.  I read scripture to help me cope, and my papaw would come sit with me some, talk to me about college, and quote scripture to me from memory.  I had never known my papaw to be a Christian man, but there he sat like a gentle giant, sharing God's word with me.  My dad did the same, praying out loud for me often and asking his friends for prayer for me.  We decided to go to church together when I was finally out of the hospital, but it was a contemporary service with lots of standing, and I wasn't strong enough to stand.

I moved off to college at eighteen, and I was a homesick little baby.  I cried every night.  After my mom  and aunt moved me into my dorm, my mom showed back up to take me out to dinner that night and brought stickers (I love stickers so much.)  And my uncle showed up on campus the next morning to bring me a chicken biscuit and a sweet tea.  My dad was preparing to move seven hours away at the same time that all of this was going on.  I was lost and already convinced that I was going to move home for the next semester.

I had really though about rushing a sorority throughout my junior and senior year of high school.  After being hesitant and the only one of my friends to rush, I did it.  I joined Kappa Delta Sorority, and it is one of the absolute best decisions I've ever made in my entire life.  I found a place where I belonged.  I made true, lifelong friends.  And when I was bullied by my old high school "friends" my sisters, especially my big sister, refused to stand for it.

The only thing that I was more excited about than getting my big, was getting my little!  We were instant best friends, and basically inseparable.  She was there by my side for the good, the bad, and the ugly.  In fact, she was in the study room with me when I received a phone call diagnosing me with cancer.  Through every bad boyfriend, every rough night, every scary thing I dealt with, I never ever felt alone because she was right there with me.

When my little asked me to attend a church retreat for a weekend, I was hesitant, but I would never say no.  Any big knows, you can't tell your little no.  So I agreed to go.  I didn't understand why I needed to be there.  I already had a relationship with Christ.  I went to sorority Bible study frequently, I read scripture, and I prayed a lot.  There was a really trying time going on in my life, and God had answered a prayer for me.  I felt closer to Him than I ever had.

But the week before I went, I absolutely partied my butt off.  I had been a little wild my freshman and sophomore years of college, but after watching someone close to me deal with a drug and alcohol problem, I lost all desire to go out.  The week before that retreat, I could have rivaled my freshman year self.  I went out four nights in a row.  And at the end of that, I felt so empty.  One of the last Sunday School classes I had been to talked about a God shaped void in our hearts.  I had been filling mine with bad boyfriends and Jim Beam.

The first night of the retreat, I really felt like I had joined a cult.  But my little was there with me for everything, and one of my friends from college was there helping and left little notes for me on my bed to be discovered during breaks.  My table leader was amazing and our views on God were so similar that I immediately trusted her.  I was really sick at the beginning of the day, and a sweet KD alumna came and checked on me, and didn't stop checking on me throughout the weekend.  

The second night of the retreat was a different story.  We were singing and my little was helping to turn the pages so that we could see the words, and it hit me.  My little had been showing me the love of Jesus.  She invited me on this trip because she loves me.  And I couldn't even fathom how much she must have loved me to have wanted me to have a relationship with Christ.  And when we were done, I sobbed.  I laid in a church pew, and I ugly cried until my makeup was smeared all over my face.  And then I calmed down, and started bawling again.  And this time she held me and we talked over everything that had been happening.  And since that night, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, my life has never been the same.

My personal goal since accepting Christ has been to show the love of Jesus to everyone that I meet!  I know how much I didn't appreciate others "ministering" to me by shoving their beliefs down my throat and condemning me to Hell, so I instead choose to share Jesus in a way that works best for me - loving people and praying for people.   

If you are reading this and you don't know Jesus, I pray every night that one day you will!  And if there is ever anything I can do to help you out on your journey to know Christ, I will be honored to.  (Seriously, my email is seersuckersass@gmail.com, and I check it about a million times a day.)

I also want to make a side note.  Sororities often receive a bad rap, and I know that people often encourage others not to join sororities because of all of the temptations that they are faced with.  I have no doubt that I would have made the same rebellious choices that I made while in college, regardless of the fact that I belonged to a Greek organization.  I am so thankful that my sorority was full of women for me to look up to as sisters in Christ, to pray with me when I was having a bad day, and to send me random verses of encouragement.  And I am so thankful that it led me to my little sister.  That was no accident.

If you're interested in sharing a story about your relationship with Christ via my blog, I would absolutely love for you to do so!  Just shoot me an email.

I want to leave you with one of my favorite verses - "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

XX,
SS

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Favorites

Here are the five things that I currently can't get enough of!

http://www.jackrogersusa.com/shoes/sandals/womens-circle-monogrammed-sandal
Monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals
I have been wanting a pair of these for as long as I can remember, but I'm way too indecisive to make a decision on a color.  This week, an announcement was made that black & platinum have been added to the color options!  The black monogrammed Jacks are at the top of my birthday wishlist now (and a little birdie named Momma told me that they've already been ordered... Eek!)  Now I won't have to put so much wear and tear on my "old faithful" platinum jacks!

http://www.threeolives.com/
Three Olives "Bubble" Vodka
I purchased a bottle of this on a whim while at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati.  I'm not really much of a drinker, but occasionally I'll have a drink with dinner.  Whenever my boyfriend is in town, there's a local bar that we like to visit and grab a drink together.  I had this with Sprite, and it is amazing!  Just keep in mind that it's one of those drinks that you can't taste the alcohol in.

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/884744/Paper-Mate-Flair-Porous-Point-Pens/
Paper Mate Flair Pens
I bought a pack of these at Target to write some thank you notes with, and I am hooked!  They're perfect for writing in planners, because unlike thin Sharpies, they don't bleed.  I like to use them to organize my blogging ideas.  And who can turn down a pretty pen?!

http://www.bourbonandboweties.com/
Bourbon & Boweties
I have to admit that I was a little put off at first by this brand because of the spelling of "Boweties."  However, I am now on the bandwagon and can't wait to have my own!  When I try to choose my favorites, I really can't.  I love the unpolished looking stones, the pearls, the brightly colored stones...I just adore the entire collection and can't wait to have a couple of these babies on my wrist!


http://sabra.com/products/Classic-Hummus
Sabra Classic Hummus
Oh my gosh, I might have an addiction. I am trying to start eating healthier, and I have convinced myself that hummus is a healthy snack.  (After being a teenage model and flirting with the self-image issues that come along with that, I no longer read labels...Oops!)  I usually eat it with sliced cucumbers and carrots, but sometimes I cheat and have it with pretzel crisp things.  (Are those healthy?)

Now that I've shared my favorites, I must know what YOUR must haves are!  Have a great weekend!


XX,
SS