Seersucker Sass: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Turbulence


Saturday was the first time that I've ever had the complete "flying experience" alone.  Sure, I've flown by myself on a plane many times, and I actually enjoy it compared to flying with someone.  But Saturday I got up early, packed everything that I would need into two Longchamp bags, drove myself two hours to the airport instead of being dropped off, parked my car in economy, and navigated my way to the gate.  (By the way, my experience of flying out of McGhee Tyson in Knoxville was my most pleasant travel experience! Highly recommend!)

I was so proud of myself.  Everything was going smoothly, until we hit turbulence.  Like the kind of turbulence that makes your stomach turn.  I have never experienced anything quite like it.  (I already dislike flying into LaGuardia, because the landing strip is near water, and I swear, when you start to land, you feel like the pilot is just easing the plane into the water where you're going to peacefully drown.)  No one was there to hold my hand, and I am not kidding you when I say that I almost asked a lady sitting in front of me to hold my hand.  (I chose her because she had children, and I assumed she would understand my need for maternal attention.)  The turbulence soon ended, and I forgot all about it when I got to see an aerial view of the Statue of Liberty.

It made me think of all of the things going on in my life right now; turbulence, if you will.  For starters, turbulence is temporary.  The bad things in life are only temporary.  After getting through the turbulence on the plane, I gained confidence.  I was unconcerned making the five minute, outdoor walk from my terminal to my step mom's terminal.  And when I realized that I had actually walked to the wrong concourse, I calmly walked to the next concourse instead of panicking.

The occurrences of my travel experiences that day led me to think of my absolute favorite Bible verse:

"And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us"  - Romans 5:3-5

God will always be there holding our hands :)

I know that I have done a lot of personal writing lately, and I hope to start doing more with fashion and beauty like I have in the past.  I have some great reviews lined up, a fun giveaway with Carolina Cotton Bow Ties, some Kentucky Derby photos, a celebration for hitting the 100 post milestone, and more!  If you have any blog post suggestions for me, I would love to hear them :)

Happy Wednesday & God bless!

XX,

SS

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Beauty on a Budget: Part 2

Hey friends!  I hope that everyone's week is running smoothly so far.  It's my first day back at work from my whirlwind weekend of traveling, and I am just trying to push through until Thursday.  (I took Friday off for the Kentucky Derby!)

Something really cool happened last week.  Whitney from McKenzie Wild asked me to write a guest post for her!  ( My first ever guest post :) )


And if you missed part one, you can find it here :)

So be sure to head over to McKenzie Wild, check out my post, and check out some of Whitney's posts as well... She is one of my favorite bloggers, after all!

Happy Tuesday!

XX,

SS

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Series: The Gift of Kindness

I have felt a little uninspired with my Sunday Series lately, which is awful.  Please forgive me.  But I am back.

With everything going on in my family, I have been shown the gift of kindness by so many people.  Friends from twitter and the blog community have prayed for myself and my family.  And any time that some small victory happens, I am overwhelmed with joy, because I know that God is hearing our prayers.  What a simple way to share the gift of kindness - pray for others & let them know that you are praying for them.

  

Tuesday night, my sweet friend Lo (aka @LOintheLonestar) sent me a Starbucks e-giftcard.  Times were so tense at my house.  I seriously cried when I got the email.  Her message was simple, "You deserve to treat yourself!  I love you & I'm praying for you."  Another one of my friends, Brackins (aka @BR4CKATTACK) surprised me with a Dunkin Donuts e-giftcard on Thursday.  I cried like a baby.  I have been so stressed and definitely not the best friend that I could be.  I have been consumed in my own life, and short and irritable with my friends at times.  Thank you, ladies, for giving me the gifts of kindness and coffee, and showing me the love of Jesus.

If everything is going as planned, as you read this, I am currently in New York to celebrate the life of my Great Aunt Catherine who passed away on Thursday.  Death is never any easy thing to process, but it helps to ease the sting when you have no doubt in your mind that the person who passed is in Heaven.  My Aunt Catherine was a feisty lady who was not affected by social norms.  She did as she pleased, but she also lived her life in a way to please The Lord.  She shared the gift of kindness in the name of Jesus with so many in her church and community.  While part of me is sad to see her leave her Earthly home, I know that she's reunited with her siblings and other family members, and probably belly laughing like she always did.

This week, I challenge you to really share the gift of kindness with those around you.

"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil."
- Luke 6:35

God Bless,
SS

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Chronicles of No Conditioner

I interrupt what is usually a "Friday Favorites" post, to share with you about this weird thing that has occurred in my life.  We are having issues with the water in my house, and I've cut my shower time down to five minutes to avoid gross consequences.  (Thank goodness it is getting fixed today.)  (Also, thank God for pants because I've been unable to shave my legs.)  (And a big shout out to the inventor of dry shampoo.)  Because of my short shower time, I've not had time to condition my hair.

Anyone who knows me personally, and especially anyone who has ever lived with me, knows that I have to condition my hair.  Even when I lived on the sorority hall and had to use a community shower, I would get out for five mintues wrapped in a towel so that I could condition my hair.  But here I am, I haven't conditioned my hair since Saturday, and no one has died.  My hair is still as soft as it was, and it almost seems like it has become more manageable.  I have no idea how I feel about this!

I have tried to be all scientific and do research, but I basically keep getting those "No Poo" articles about people who have stopped using shampoo.  (No worries, friends, I am kind of freaked out by the thought that I haven't conditioned in a week, so I won't be switching to the gross sounding "no poo" lifestyle any time soon.)  Or recipes for home made conditioner (I'm too lazy to cook a meal, so "cooking" a conditioner probably won't happen, unless it is recommended to me by someone that I know.)

My questions for you is this - have you stopped using conditioner before?  I'd love to hear about your experience.  Also, what is your hair care routine?  (One thing I love about being a blogger is that it gives me an excuse to be nosy curious and ask questions like that!)

I hope that everyone has a wonderful, safe weekend, with beautiful weather!  I think that I'm going to break in my new yoga mat by doing yoga on the back porch.

XX,

SS

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Playing Nice

Last night, in the midst of another chaotic mess with my family, I had the thought, "I will be nice to myself.  I am enough." run through my head multiple times.  It was weird, because as far as I was concerned, I am usually good to myself.  But as I've continued to think on it, I've realized maybe that's not so.

Recently, a girl in my hometown had something done to her face.  I don't know what it was, something changing the shape of her jaw and possibly some fillers in her cheeks, but she looks good.  Like a completely different person good.  So naturally, I spent a good thirty minutes looking through all of her pictures and wondering if maybe I should do something to change the shape of my face.

A few days ago, I got the idea in my head that maybe I should start getting Botox.  I'm 23, y'all.... Do 23 year olds get Botox?!  (Serious question though... I have no idea.)  And I also started looking for a night cream for my face.

I've started going to the gym, and I've fallen in love with how it has made my arms look.  I'm pretty sure it's the only reason that I continue to go back.  (I had multiple surgeries on my arms, so I probably shouldn't be touching the lat bar... Oops!)

I think as women, we get so caught up in trying to be perfect.  I am one of those women who aspires to have it all - I want to travel, I want to have a law degree, I want to be a great mother (when the time is right,) and I also want to be an amazing wife (again, when the time is right.)  And of course, I want to look amazing while doing it all and having it all.  I need to stop and remind myself that who I am is enough.  And I have no doubt in my mind that last night's "mantra" was a reminder from God.


I read this blog post by Emily Ley a while ago, and it has stuck with me ever sense.  "I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection."  How poignant.

So today, and every other day for that matter, I challenge you to be nice to yourself.  Accept your quirks!  I will no longer be ashamed of my gaudy pink lipstick or the fact that I have addiction to decaf coffee, which really doesn't make any sense.  I will own the fact that my car will always be messy.  And I will embrace the fact that my hair is wild, has a mind of it's own, and could use a 6 inch trim.  I hope that you will embrace the things about you that make you... YOU!

So tell me, what is it that you're going to accept about yourself today?  :)  Have a happy Thursday... Aren't you glad it's almost Friday?!

XX,

SS


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Can I Wear THAT?!

I have been seeing so many fun trends around for spring!  Spring fever always makes me feel like I need to buy a million new pieces for my wardrobe, but there are some pieces that I'm kind of leery of for myself.  I know 23 isn't old by any means, but I'm starting to feel like I've aged out of some fun wardrobe pieces.  I dress pretty modestly, and I spend five days a week sitting behind a desk, so I have a hard time justifying these purchases, especially when I'm not sure how I feel about them or where I would wear them… So I'm asking your opinion on some pieces!

White Pants


I know that some of y'all probably view these as a wardrobe staple!  However, I'm so nervous to try them out because I spray tan frequently, and I'm also just a super messy person who is prone to getting dirty.  


Flower Crowns


I think these are absolutely darling!  However, I don't go to festivals.  Maybe they would be fun to wear to the downtown concert series in my hometown?


Denim Cutoffs


I feel like denim cutoffs are one of those things that can come across as really trashy if not worn correctly.  I see some girls wear them, and they really pull them off!  I just wonder if this is something I should leave to the high schoolers.


Crop Tops



Does anyone remember when Britney Spears first came on to the scene and she used to always wear crop tops?  I wanted on so badly, but my parents would have nothing of it.  I was raised that it was never appropriate to show midriff, but as I've gotten older, my mom has encouraged me to flaunt my figure because "you won't have it forever!"  Again, I feel like this is one of those pieces that come across as trashy if executed incorrectly.


So what are your opinions on this pieces?  Can I wear them?!  And if so, where?!  I can't wait to hear what y'all have to say!  Happy Humpday :)

XX,

SS

Note:  I do not own any of the photos in this post.  However, I have linked them back to their original source.  Please remember to link them back to that source if you choose to remove them from my page.  Also, this is not a sponsored post, and I received no compensation for it.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Banquet Etiquette

Last week, I was invited to a banquet at the university that I graduated from.  The banquet recognizes leaders on campus - not just students, but faculty and staff, alumni, and advisors!  I love that it brings together a bunch of people who love our university and want to see it grow and rounds them up into one room!

Fun fact:  I even won an award for my post-graduate work with my sorority!  What. an. honor.

Because I work in events, I pay super close attention when I'm at other events.  I like to get ideas that I can bring back to my office and implement!  (Especially when my boss lets me leave work an hour early to attend said event... I always like to report back with something I learned!)  I'm no expert, but here are my top five etiquette tips when attending a banquet.

  • Be gracious.  Even if it seems effortless or if the event is super simple, there is a very good chance that someone has busted their rear end to plan this event.  Whatever thoughts come through your mind are not my business, but don't openly bash the event, especially if its free!  It comes off as ungracious.  And remember, whatever organizations you are involved with, you are representing them 100% of the time!   (And I promise guys, there are bigger problems in the world than punch that sucks.)
  • Don't talk during the ceremony.  Unless you're whispering congratulations to the person next to you, keep the side chatter to a minimum.  I know it sounds naggy of me, but would you want people talking while you were receiving your award?  It all goes back to the Golden Rule!
  • Keep phone usage to a minimum.  There are times when it's appropriate to have your phone out.  We all want to take photos of our friends when they win awards, and I think that is so sweet!  The banquet that I was at even started out the event by asking us to make new friends at the ceremony, take selfies with them, and then tweet them!  Just remember to keep the selfies/tweeting/texting to a minimum when someone is standing behind the microphone, no matter how boring they may be ;)
  • Clap for everyone!  It's just the classy thing to do.  And what do you really accomplish by not clapping for someone?
  • Just because it's Lilly, does not mean it's appropriate.  Y'all know that I'm a Lilly lover.  I even have it on my 24 Before 24 List to continue expanding my Lilly collection.  However, not every Lilly dress is appropriate for every occasion.  You wouldn't wear a classic shift dress to a black tie affair or a brightly printed dress to a funeral.  Show respect and follow the dress code!

    In case you were wondering what I wore... :)
Banquet style


Jack rogers shoes
macys.com



Lilly Pulitzer Topanga Dress
pinterest.com






Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!!  Also, I am working on a fun blogger link-up... Email me or comment if interested :)

XX, 

SS

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  I hope that y'all had a wonderful weekend, and that your Monday is off to a great start!  In case anyone was curious what I did this weekend, here is my "weekend recap."

Friday started off with me driving the 5 hours to Cincinnati to see my boyfriend!  Thankfully, the weather was perfect for driving, and I didn't spend the whole time wondering why I had put myself through that torture.  We met up at the mall, and I bought these beauties that I had been eying, as well as a Pandora charm for my stepmom's Mother's Day gift!  I love this charm because she is originally from Mexico, and it says "mom" in different languages, including Spanish. 



We also had yummy burgers and drinks at Red Robin to kick off my "vacation!"  [I'm not much of a day drinker, but Sand in Your Shorts is amazing if you're looking for something fruity.]  After spending the afternoon being lazy together, we had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, where they served beer in these cute little cowboy boot mugs.  Wouldn't these be fun with crazy Fiesta dishes for having friends over for Mexican food?!



Saturday was super exciting because my dad and stepmom came down from Indy to have lunch with C & I!  I was especially excited to see my stepmom, because I'm pretty sure the last time that I saw her was three years ago!  (She & my dad do a lot of international traveling with work, and it seems as if we are never on the same schedule!)

If you've never been to Hyde Park in Cincinnati, I highly encourage you to check it out!  I don't know if I'll ever love a place more than I love the South, but Hyde Park is a quaint little area full of yummy food and fun boutiques.  We ended up having lunch at Cock & Bull, and then exploring the shops.

I have never really understood the hype surrounding Lululemon, but after Carly from Chicago Prepster said so many nice things about them, I really wanted to try them out!  My stepmom was sweet enough to buy me a pair of their leggings and a yoga mat!  Aside from the weird sizing, (I went up two sizes) the pants are super comfy with lots of fun details.  (And also from the clearance rack, which is why there's no picture... Shameless ;) )

After spending the afternoon with my family, we spent the evening with C's family.  They have a beautiful backyard, and it doesn't hurt that it overlooks a golf course.  So serene and peaceful.


Easter Sunday was a lazy one.  I had breakfast with C's family, and then took a little nap to prepare myself for the long drive home.  Home was an absolutely crazy mess when I got there.  But on a positive note, my mom has a cell phone again, so I actually feel okay with being away from home.


What did you get into this weekend?  I'd love to hear your "weekend recap!"  If you blogged about it, be sure to post the link in my comments, and I'll link it on my recap!  Happy Monday :)

XX, 

SS


Note:  This is not a sponsored post, and I did not receive any kind of compensation or items for this review.  The photos in this post are not my own, but are linked back to where I found them.  Please remember to do the same if you choose to use them yourself.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Good Friday, y'all!  It has been a while since I personally did a Friday Favorites post, so I'm excited to share with y'all what I'm lovin' this week!


 

I received these Pacific Opal Studs from World Market for my birthday, and I've been wearing them non-stop.  They're neutral and match so many things!  And unlike most earrings, I fall asleep in these all of the time, and they don't hurt.  If you needed another perk, they're only $4.99 :)


http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6010256&skuId=2267540&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CAWELAID=330000200000055859&catargetid=1542183334&cadevice=c#     

I have been looking for the perfect pink lipstick with matching lip liner, and while I haven't found it yet, I do think this Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Showy is a perfect springy and summery pink!  (And the tip of the crayon is thin enough to line your lips with.)


http://www.walmart.com/ip/33963480?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227023679259&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=37992190261&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=66940438741&veh=sem

Sweet goodness, these Special K Popcorn Chips in White Cheddar are DELICIOUS.  Warning, if you are anything like me, you'll eat the entire box in one sitting...


http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/menu/beverages/icedbeverages/coffee0/iced_coffee.html
 I have fallen in love with Dunkin Donuts Cookie Dough Iced Coffee.  If their customer service was half as good as Starbucks, I would probably be truly converted.  I love Dunkin because it's less than a mile from my office, it's super cheap, and they can make just about anything decaf.


http://instagram.com/p/m47OyVuCgh/

If I lived in Nashville, I would already have on of these for my office.  They are Easter bunnies made out of hydrangeas!  Could it get any more Southern?!  These hydrangea Easter bunnies are on sale at The Pink Giraffe  (4239 Harding Road, Suite 5, Nashville, TN 37205.)


What is it that you just can't get enough of this week?  I hope everyone has a happy Easter full of blessings [or continues to have a happy Passover!]

XX,

SS

Note:  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  I received no compensation for this post.  Also, all photos that are not mine have been linked back to the appropriate source.  Please remember to link them back to the appropriate site if you decide to take them from my site.







Thursday, April 17, 2014

24 Before 24 List: Update 2

It's the 17th of the month, so you know what that means... An update on my 24 before 24 list!  Just for reference, I have linked the original list and update # 1 for you.  Thanks for helping to keep me accountable!
  1. Devote myself to a devotional -  Still going through Delight Yourself in The Lord... Even on Bad Hair Days... And still loving it!  I highly recommend it.  I ran across a devotional the other day at Books-A-Million that will guide you through the entire Bible in one year.  I think it will be my next devo!
  2. 100 Happy Days Challenge - Today is day 59!  If you want to join in, check out http://100happydays.com/.

  3. Utilize the shift key - I'm working on it!  Yay to becoming more efficient on my keyboard!
  4. Plan an amazing bridal shower - Eek!  It is coming together!  I picked up some goodies at Michaels the other day, because I am now helping to plan TWO showers for my little!  Any tips you want to throw my way - specifically about a pretty pink bridal shower or a lingerie shower - would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Law school "stuff" - I studied the other day without throwing up!  Wooo hooo!  I visited a doctor about my LSAT anxiety, so I have made the decision to wait until the fall LSAT so that I can fully utilize the tips and medication changes that he has made for me.  That's one thing I like about having a young doctor - he hasn't forgotten how badly it sucks to try to get into a post-grad program!
  6. Visit a "Paint your own pottery" studio - I did it!  I painted this precious little tea cup!  And I can't wait to go back and start on my next project :)
  7. Stay away from caffeine - I STILL haven't cheated!  I have become addicted to Dunkin Decaf though.  I love Dunkin because you can get basically anything decaf, their iced coffees are cheap, and it's like a mile from where I work.
  8. Continue improvements on the blog -  This is currently in progress!  I can't wait for y'all to see it!  I had no idea how much it takes to brand a blog, but I am thankful for those who are helping me out.  Expect the unexpected ;)
  9. Visit Nashville again - Discussions of a girl's trip were made last week when we were all at the bar.  Fingers crossed that no one gets kicked out of Honky Tonk or almost arrested for credit card fraud this year!  [Don't ever try to use your boyfriend's card at a bar where you're required to pay a cover.  It's bad news, and the bartender will probably stick the credit card in her bra like she did to my friend...Nasty.]
  10. Put more effort into my professional appearance - Y'all would be so proud of me!  I have really been working on my professional appearance and -gasp- wearing makeup the majority of the work week!
  11. Keep smiling - I expect this to be on here every month!  Your smile is something that no one can take from you :)
  12. Continue doing things that scare me - This is another one that I expect to be on here every month!

I can only imagine what I'll have to tell you about next month!  Happy Thursday!

XX,

SS

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom: Good People

I know that I have vaguely talked this topic into the ground, and please forgive me for that.  Writing is how I cope and how I heal from things that aren't ideal.

Since I graduated college, I have been such a happy person.  My goal has become to look for the silver lining in everything that I do.  Things right now are uncomfortable and while I thought that I had become desensitized to domestic violence, last Wednesday jerked a knot in my chain, so to speak.  But I will continue to look for the silver lining.

There are so many good people in this world.  So so many.  And I like to think that y'all are included in that number.

Sometimes I lose faith in humanity when I learn of things like 14-year old Sarah who tweeted threats toward American Airlines claiming to be a member of Al Qaeda, and that she was going to "do something big on June 1."  [article]  And then I remember that there are also kids like Jack Andraka, aka the 15 year old boy who invented an early test for pancreatic cancer, and I feel like maybe our world will be okay after all...Because we can't have the Jack's without having a handful Sarah's.

And in the words of Kid President, who might just be the wisest person on this planet, “If everybody’s good, then it gives the world a reason to dance… so get to it!”



Happy Humpday!  I hope you are encountering more of the good people in this world than the not so good today :)  Come back tomorrow for an update on my 24 before 24 list!

XX, 

SS


P.S. - My KD sisters still need votes for Derby Days!  If you haven't voted yet & are interested, all you have to do is "like" the photos --   Banner //  Cooler   Y'all are amazing :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Getting to Know You!




Happy Tuesday, y'all!  I have been struggling and struggling with what to write about, but nothing has really stood out to me.  So instead of writing about my life, which y'all probably know more about than you desire, I want to know about your lives!  I feel like we all communicate in comments and kind of get a feel for each other through posts, but I like to think of y'all as friends, especially after all of your support with everything going on at home right now.

So I'll post some questions.  You can choose to answer one of them or all of them or even none of them.  And you can ask me whatever you feel like, as well :)  


1. Where are you from?  [be as specific or as vague as you would like]
2. What inspired you to start blogging?
3. Read any good books lately?
4. What is your "signature look" when it comes to fashion?
5. Do you have any pets?
6. Are you in school or did you go to school?  What were you involved in?
7. What toppings do you put on your fro yo?
8. What are your career aspirations?
9. What's the biggest problem that you feel society faces?
10. What is your favorite scripture or quote?  
11. Do you have any advice for me?


I can't wait to read your comments & get to know you!  Happy happy Tuesday :)
 

P.S - Not even going to try to act like I came up with this idea myself.  Idea credit to the amazing Carly at College Prepster who did a similar post a few weeks ago. :)

P.P.S - Shameless plug.  If you are a Kappa Delta (or like Kappa Deltas, or like me) please take a second to like these two photos for my chapter & help them win the Derby Days banner competition.  I know our girls have worked their little fannies off on the banner and cooler!  Banner //  Cooler  [ And I wouldn't hate it if you shared the pics if you feel compelled to ;) ]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Don't forget your umbrella!

This post is half fashion & half inspiration, so please bear with me!

First of all, thank you so so much for keeping myself and my family in your prayers.  You have absolutely no idea how much that means to me.  I have no idea what the correct solution to what is going on is, but I trust that God does and will reveal it in his time.  Until then, I will hold steadfast to hope.

Today I was thinking about how in life, when it rains, it pours.  And then I realized that it's a good thing that I have a metaphoric umbrella!  Despite tough circumstances and how much they weigh on us, I'm a firm believer that we have to keep pushing through.  Some days are rough, but we've been granted another day!

Remember:  God doesn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain.  But God does promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

And in the midst of all of this rain and umbrella talk, I realized that I have lost all of my umbrellas… again.  So here are some sunny picks for your rainy days:


Don't forget your umbrella!




And if you love monogrammed rain goodies, don't forget to check out this monogrammed trench coat, monogrammed umbrella, and monogrammed rain boots!


So again, thank you for your support!  And don't forget your umbrella :)

XX,

SS

Friday, April 11, 2014

Please Pardon My Absence

If you follow me on twitter, you may know that my life has been a bit of a rollercoaster the past few weeks, but this week especially.  I think that there is often this misconception that bloggers live perfect lives and have it all together, which is why I feel like it's very important for me to be honest with you all.

This week, I have witnessed how untreated mental illness can lead to violence and affect a family.  I've also gained a newfound respect for police officers.  I've experienced true friendship - friends who don't just say "are you okay?" but that ask questions, try to understand what's going on, and offer what they can to help.  I've fallen even more in love with my boyfriend; he has made it his goal to keep a smile on my face when all I want to do is lock myself in my room until everything feels normal again.  And I've felt the love of twitter friends and blog friends, who pray when I ask for prayer.  You all remind me that the heart of life is good.

Please pardon the lack of consistency on my blog and twitter, as I process my thoughts.  And please keep my family in your prayers as we heal.

God Bless,
 
SS

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's almost here.. Graduation!

I'm so excited for those of y'all that are graduating this May!  I have been out of school for almost a year and a half, and that's still really hard for me to believe.  One thing that I feel like I missed out on were cute graduation invitations!  Quite frankly, I didn't even know if I was going to get to graduate, so I didn't order any... Oops!  But if I could do it over, I would have probably picked something like this:

This was actually the graduation invitation that I wanted when I graduated, but my mom wasn't a fan!  I think it's super simple and adorable.


 
The twine is such a cool touch!  And I love the "her heart is in Montana & her dreams in California" part.


My gold & white obsession is still in full force.


The simplicity of this is perfect.

Can you say chic?


What did your graduation invites look like?  Seeing as how I didn't have any, I'm pretty curious to know!  Haha.

XX, 

SS

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Make Me Broken


I really haven't felt like myself lately.  Even despite all of the good things going on in my life, I have felt a tinge of sadness every day.  At first, I was upset with myself for being so ungrateful.  My life has been a little unstable lately, but I know that's necessary for personal and spiritual growth.  And regardless of how weird things may be in my life at the moment, I know that I am truly blessed to have the life that I do.

This morning I heard the song "Keep Making Me" by Sidewalk Prophets while driving to work.  I was running late because the shower schedule in my house had gotten off track.  (My shower is screwed up, so there are three of us battling it out for the shower in the morning.)  I was feeling feverish.  And then I heard that song, and it really put it in perspective for me.  I'm being broken so that I can be molded into who God wants me to be.  And to me, that makes the sadness 100% worth it.

I am really thankful for this blog, because I feel like it is one of the ways that God communicates with me.  That may sound odd, but we all experience God and his presence in different ways.  Sometimes, like today, I really feel like God is laying a message on my heart to share with y'all.  So perhaps you are going through what I'm going through.  Or maybe you just need a little bit of encouragement.  [ Or who knows... Maybe I have it all wrong and you don't!  And if so, that's okay, too :) ]

 Here are some of my favorite verses for when I'm feeling down:


"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."  - Psalm 34:18


"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."  - 2 Corinthians 12:10


"And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."  - Romans 3:3-5

[Also, after writing this, I read a really inspiring post from my friend Elizabeth at Lark & Bloom.  I highly recommend taking a moment to read it.]



I hope that you are having a great Tuesday!  And if not, remember - it's all part of a grander plan, and pain is only temporary.

God bless,

SS

Just a friendly reminder that I do not own any of the images on this post.  I have tried to link the image back to it's original source, and I ask that if you remove it, you do the same.




Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekend Recap -- Surround Yourself with Love

There is something so magical about being surrounded by the ones that you love!  This weekend, I was lucky enough to experience that.

My beau came in on Friday, and I was super excited since I hadn't seen him in three weeks.  He had a late start, so I spent the time waiting for him spoiling myself.  For starters, I treated myself to a Chai latte


Had a versa spray tan 

Tried a new lip color

Picked up some pottery that I painted 

And gave myself a DIY gel nail manicure 

I spent some time blogging, reading my devotional, and just enjoying the beautiful high ceilings in the hotel room that I had to myself for the moment (before my two male "roommates" showed up.) 

Saturday was a busy one!  After sleeping in, we attended my sorority's fundraiser, which I loved.  I always like when C meets my friends from undergrad, because they know a side of me that he will never see (aka me in undergrad…yikes!)  Then it was off to see my little get her bridal makeup trial done!  It made it even more real to me that she's about to get married.  And C not only got to meet her, but also her family who is like my second family.  It was such a sweet moment in my life.

After a much needed nap, we went to a young professionals event with one of my sorority sisters to watch March Madness.  And then I did something out of character - I went to the bar to celebrate a sister's 21st birthday!  C got to meet even more of my sisters there.  As much as I dislike the bar scene, it was such a fun night!

Sunday started off with brunch, a trip to the mall, and then a Menchies run before saying our goodbyes.

All in all, I am so thankful for such a fun-filled weekend surrounded by those that I love and that love me right back.  How was your weekend?  What did y'all get into?  Happy Monday!

XX,

SS

Note:  This is by no means a promoted post.  Also, I own all of the photos on this page.  If you choose to use them elsewhere, please give proper credit and link back to this post.  Thank you :) 


Friday, April 4, 2014

Guest Post -- Friday Favorites: Spring Edition

Hey, y'all!  I hope everyone is having a happy Friday!  I know I'm super excited - it's going to be a busy weekend!  Instead of doing my usual Friday Favorites, my friend Morgan from The Tennessee Life is going to be sharing her Friday Favorites with you!  Hope everyone has a blessed weekend :)

XX,

SS

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When it comes to my favorite time of the year, I always think about spring. This spring in particular is one I am SUPER excited about. I am set to graduate May 10th, turn 22 AND see a sweet friend get married on May 18th, and have a HUGE graduation party on the 19th.


With everything happening so soon...I have started thinking about spring essentials that I am dying to break out! Now if only this Tennessee weather would cooperate…


{SPRING LIKE OUTFITS}
April showers bring May flowers...wait, wait, wait. SHOWERS? Yeah, that’s why I’m all about a hats, rain boots, and color for spring!


I LOVE mixing and matching when I style my outfits. SPRING is PERFECT for just that. Usually springtime consists of 60s-low 70s in East Tennessee. THAT is why my closet is FULL of long sleeved button ups. I wear them with EVERYTHING and always MIX prints!


Here is a fun way to mix and match with a button up for Spring!

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For this simple outfit I paired a dressy lace skirt with a laid back denim shirt (which I also recommend for Spring.) I have added on a pair of Jack Rogers wedges, a yellow clutch, a floppy hat for the April showers, sunglasses, and simple gold and coral jewels!


It is no secret that my style is pretty preppy. It is however starting to change and adapt a bit more to my career choice and my age. Let’s face it, at some point we all have to start dressing a bit more grown up. I am a HUGE accessories girl... The more add-ons the better!


Here is a fun way to add a bunch of accessories and make it work!
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This outfit incorporates a bunch of pale colors with a bunch of accessories. I paired a mint green skinny jean with a really pale peach peplum shirt! I made the look come together with a pair of Jack Rogers flats, a brown envelope clutch, a brown statement necklace, an MK rose gold watch, and a coral cocktail ring!



{Jack Rogers}
If there is one thing about warm weather that I love the most is has got to be the fact that I can wear sandals. I have a TON of shoes: boots, flats, sneakers, sandals, wedges, heels, etc. But there is no doubt in my mind that my all time favorite brand is Jack Rogers. There is something so classic, timeless, and sophisticated about their sandals. I love that you can wear them with denim, shorts, skirts, or dresses. They are my ALL TIME favorite shoe for outdoor spring/summer weddings and parties!
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{YELLOW, PALE PEACH, and MINT GREEN}
In my opinion these are the colors of spring. I ADORE pale colors! The best part? ANYONE can wear them. Pale colors are easy for almost any skin tone.


Yellow to me is just so bright and cheerful. We’ve all been caught in this winter madness lately and are pretty much BEGGING for sunlight! So..why not wear a little sunshine on your body?


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Pale peach is one of my ABSOLUTE favorite colors. PERIOD. It’s even the color I want to use when I get married. Most women cannot wear the color orange. Being from Tennessee, this is a shame (I still rock it on occasion.) I usually wear a pale orange or peach to University of Tennessee games and functions. This is a color that works well with my skin tone and most others as well.


Here are some simple/fun ways to incorporate yellow into your wardrobe!
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Mint green is such a fun color for spring. I have never been a fan of the color green...but I am OBSESSED with mint shades. I have recently purchased a few pairs of earrings and some necklaces to add to my outfits! I love that it can be paired alongside most colors!


Here are some simple/fun ways to incorporate mint green into your wardrobe!

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{A Good Playlist}
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Anyone who knows anything about me or my blog knows I ADORE music...especially country music! I have provided a list of songs that you may or may not have heard of. Right now these are my favorite songs to jam to! I am all about new artists! Don’t recognize all the artists on this list? Meet M Callahan on my blog!


So welcome Spring with open arms! Wear pale colors, mix and match, and jam to upbeat country tunes! And remember...

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XOXO
Morgan Hill Sellers
The Tennessee Life

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What's in my bag?

I always enjoy when bloggers show what they carry in their bag, so I thought that I would share what I carry in mine!  I think that what you carry in your bag says a lot about you… for example, I have an obsession with glasses and lip care.  Hahaha.


My Louis Vuitton Speedy bag has definitely seen better days, but I love it because I inherited it from my momma's collection. I love the way that the leather ages on Louis bags.


A sneak peak!


Essentials:  iPhone 5 with Mophie case // work key // keys 
[Cupcake keychain, hamsa keychain from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, black stone keychain from Longchamp]  


It's safe to say that I always have at least one pair of glasses with me!
L to R:  Dolce & Gabanna, Versace, Tory Burch


Accessories:  Aerie headband // leopard Emi-Jay // pile of bobby pins leftover from event up-do // Lacoste headband // pink seersucker Gobi Straps // Companionway Supply Co. sunglass straps


I keep my Passport with me at all times… just in case I'm presented with an adventure!  I use the Lilly Pulitzer wristlet as a wallet, and I use the Louis Vuitton pouch that I received for my Sweet Sixteen as a business card holder!


I use this Lilly Pulitzer box as a "jewelry box" for my bag!
Accessories:  Monogrammed necklace // gold pave bracelet // Lilly Pulitzer earrings // Home bracelet 


My awesome boss brought me this leather pen holder with a fancy ink pen back from a conference!  I love this little "Sweet Nothing" notepad :)


It goes without saying that I have a weird obsession with lip care… and Vaseline Rosy Lips!


Now I want to know… What's in your bag?!

XX, 

SS


Note:  All photos in this post belong to me.  If you choose to use one of them, please link it back to my blog.  Also, this is not a sponsored post, and I received no compensation for it.  A few of the items are pieces that I've reviewed before.  However, they are in this post because I keep them in my purse… That should tell you how I feel about the product :)