Seersucker Sass: May 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mary Kay Review


When I received a Mary Kay VoxBox from Influenster, I wasn't sure how to feel.  Before receiving this box, I had never used Mary Kay.  I always viewed it as the quintessential brand for older Southern ladies.  Boy, was I wrong!  (There's a part of me that even wants to be a consultant now!)  Here is my step-by-step review of the Mary Kay products that I received.


  - Before Shot - 


 - Foundation -
 I used the foundation that I usually use - Smashbox CC Cream in Light/Medium.


- Powder - 
Mary Kay translucent loose powder -  This is definitely comparable to the $34 translucent powder that I was using before.  However it's less half the price ($16!) and comes with a really cool feature twist lock feature inside of the powder.  When you want to shake some powder out, you can unlock it, and then lock it back up when you're finished.  That feature cuts out a lot of waste that I've experienced with other translucent powders. 

I applied it with the Mary Kay Cheek Brush.  I like the size of the brush, because I think it allows more control over where you apply the powder compared to a big, fluffy powder brush.  The bristles are super soft. 


- Bronzer - 
Mary Kay Bronzing Powder in Light/Medium - I love this bronzer. I would describe it as soft - you don't have to dig the brush against it.  It flakes off easily and applies easily.  I applied this with the Mary Kay Cheek Brush, as well.   


- Blush - 
Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color -   Let me tell you a really cool secret about this product - it's a dupe of NARS Orgasm Blush!  However, Orgasm is $30, and this is only $12.   I applied this with the Mary Kay Cheek Brush


- Eye Shadow -
Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist -   Personally, I have mixed feelings on the color of this product, as it blends in with my skin tone.  However, it's a great cream eyeshadow & doesn't leave your eyelid feeling sticky.  I use it on days where I'm going for a natural look, but on days when I need a hint more color, I use it as a base for my Naked 3 Palette.  


- Eyeliner - 
Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner -   If you like gel eyeliner, this one is amazing!  It's a plus that it comes with it's own little expandable brush applicator.  The eyeliner dries quickly and won't end up in your crease.  If you've never used gel eyeliner before, I like to start at the inner corner of the eye and work my way out.  Gel is great for winged eyeliner, if that's your thing!  


- Mascara -  
Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in Black -   This is my new favorite mascara!  I have super sensitive eyes, so I'm always a little leery to try new mascaras once I find one that I like.  So I am very glad that I went out on a limb and tried this one out!  I love that it's only $15!  The brush is very similar to that of Benefit's "They're Real!" and Chanel's "Inimitable."


- Lip Color -  
Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango -   In the bottle, this color is intimidating… It's very orange.  However, it looks a little different when it goes on.  Besides the color, the product is great!  I'm more of lipstick girl than a gloss girl, but the product isn't sticky and is long lasting.


- FINISHED FACE - 

So… what do y'all think?  Do you use Mary Kay or would you be interested in trying it?

I hope that you enjoyed my review, and that you're having a great weekend!

XX,

SS 

[Disclaimer:]  I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. However, all opinions are honest and my own.  Also, I own all photos on this post.  Please link them back to this page if you choose to use them.

Friday, May 30, 2014

My Moving Wishlist

The time has finally come, y'all… After moving back in with my momma + co. after graduation over a year and a half ago, this baby birdie is spreading her wings and moving out on her own!  I am equal parts terrified and excited.  For starters, this will eliminate my commute.  Instead of driving 30 minutes, I'll be walking 300 feet.  Crazy, right?!  I feel like the location is a happy medium - 30 minutes from home, 30 minutes from my college town, and 30 seconds from work.  


I had no idea just how expensive it is to furnish an apartment, so I've been buying things in pieces.  But here are some things that I'm dying to have for my new digs! 


I love spaghetti squash from Bonefish, so naturally I need this Gefu Spirelli Sprial Slicer for $27.99.

What home isn't complete without a "Wine-Go-Round" ferris wheel.  It holds your wine AND is a piece of art.  Definitely worth the $99.99 that I don't have.

This Hemnes Chest from IKEA is actually a practical pick.  $99.99 for a bedside table could be a lot worse.  I love white furniture.  However, I'd probably trade out the plain black doorknobs for these. 

I know that spending $54 on a shower curtain is extremely frivolous and ridiculous, but I can't get this Lilly Pulitzer beauty out of my head.  She is coming home to me next paycheck. 

I'm super in love with this white Douglas desk from World Market.  I am not in love with it's $239 price tag.  Luckily, my momma has an old desk like this that's just chilling in the basement and has offered to give it to me.

These are one of those things that I didn't know existed.  But as soon as I learned that they existed, I realized that I needed them.  They're only $20 and can be found over on JorjaPorja's Etsy shop!

My boyfriend and I always snack on cheese & crackers when we're together.  I love this little nautical cheese board from C. Wonder, and $38 is a pretty sweet price point.



Does my list compare to your "must-have" list?  Any suggestions on things that I will probably need, but won't realize it?

XX,

SS


Disclaimer:  All opinions are my own.  I received no sort of compensation for this post.  I do not claim to own any of the pictures, all are linked back to their original source.  If you remove them from my blog, please remember to link them back to their original source, as well. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Seersucker Sass Secret Sale

Eeeek!  I am usually such a secret keeper, but I'm excited to share a secret that has been in the works for quite some time with y'all...  Through my partnership with Companionway Supply Co. we have worked out a secret sale that's only for Seersucker Sass readers!  How cool is that?!  The sale is to celebrate one year of Companionway Supply Co., so be sure to tweet them and wish them a happy one year anniversary! 

If you don't own anything from Companionway Supply Co., take my word for it - their products are amazing!  I own a handful of the long sleeve and short sleeve pocket tees, plus some sunglass straps, Koozies, and a cute little hat with the GOP symbol on it.  They just introduced some new tees & tanks, and I plan on buying a couple because it's BUY 2 GET 1 FREE!  (I love free.  And I really love this, this, and this.)  These new tees and tanks are from American Apparel; I have lots of tees and tanks from there, and I love how soft they are.  They're like wearing your jammies, but socially acceptable in public.  My advices is to check out the sizing chart, though, as they are cut a little differently than other brands.



So here's the part that you've been waiting for... how to take advantage of this sale & load up on Companionway goodies without making your bank account cry:

  • Receive a $10 gift card with the purchase of any new tees, tanks, or pocket tees.  This gift card is good on your next purchase & does not expire!  However, you must use this link to receive the gift card.  This lets them know that you're a friend of mine.  (Just for clarity, I do not receive any funds from you doing this. You are the one that benefits.)  P.S. - Here's a little trick. If you sign up for the newsletter, you automatically receive a 10% off coupon.  So even if you don't order a tee/tank/pocket tee, you're still going to be getting a coupon with that discount.
  •  Use code SEERSUCKER20 to receive 20% off of orders of $50+.  Besides the Buy 2, Get 1 deal, there are plenty of other items on the site!  Use this code + the following codes to save on those items!  (There is some cute apparel for ladies, and I really want this golf cap.)
  • Use code SEERSUCKER30 to receive 30% off of orders $100+.  You'll end up saving $30+... That is pretty impressive!
  • Use code SEERSUCKER40 to receive 40% off of orders $150+.  This is the highest level of savings.  If you plan on spending $150, you actually only spend $90!  (cue confetti emojis!)
  • Want to get more discounts + free stuff?!  Once you begin receiving the emails, there is a link that you can forward to your friends.  (Similar to the way that I have my own link.)  If someone signs up using your link, you both will receive a 15% off coupon, plus you will get a free sticker or koozie.  (P.S. - This is also a way that Companionway will scout some brand ambassadors.)  Want to get your code out there?!  I personally recommend emailing/tweeting/Facebooking/blogging it!  The more exposure it receives, the better it works out for you.  Feel free to use the photos from this post to help promote your code.
  • Free Shipping!  This isn't a special, it's always there!  Just like to remind y'all :) 

So there are my ways to save money and get free things from Companionway Supply Co.!  If you have any questions or issues, hit me up at seersuckersass[at]gmail[dot]com!  And be sure to tag me in photos of you wearing the goodies!

Happy shopping, loves!

XX,

SS 

[Disclaimer:]  All opinions in this post are my own.  I received no compensation or product for this post.  It is a product of my partnership with Companionway Supply Co.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Disclaimer:  I have a sweet and super supportive Daddy who occasionally stops by to read my blog.  If you're reading this Daddy, you better stop right here!  Don't wanna ruin the surprise :)

Father's Day is less than a month away, so now is the perfect time to start figuring out what to get Daddy dearest.  Here are my ideas on what to get the first man you've ever loved!


A Masterpiece - I'm planning on framing a picture of a piece of artwork that I made my dad back in the day.  (Like way back in the day when I insisted on writing my name in all capital letters.)  Here's to digging through boxes looking for something that says "I love Daddy!"



A generational photo - I also plan on doing this one for my dad!  Find a classic frame at Michaels and pop in a picture of you, your dad, and the other men in your family.  (P.S - Aren't my dad & I twins?!)


A devotional - My dad has really been a role model for me in my relationship with Christ.  I plan on getting him a devotional and writing something nice in it.


Father/Daughter Brunch - Spend some one-on-one time with your Dad and take him out to a nice brunch.  Last time I brunched with my dad, he told me so many college stories.  It was cool to hear about my dad back when he was my age.


Alcohol - Grab your dad a box of craft beers, a bottle of his favorite red, or a bottle of Jack… whatever he prefers!  After all, it is his weekend :)


Loud swim trunks - Every time I see brightly colored or wildly patterned swimming trunks, I think of my dad taking me to the pool when I was little.  (#ilovethe90s)  If he has a sense of humor and a fun sense of style, he'll love this blast from the past.


Peace - Sometimes I do things that I know make my dad want to scream at me.  For Father's Day, lay low with your shenanigans.  (And do not bum any of the Father's Day alcohol ;) )

I hope my list was somewhat helpful!  What are you getting your Daddy?

XX, 

SS


Disclaimer:  I do not own any of these photos and have linked them back to their original site.  Please do the same if you remove them from my page. Also, all opinions are my own.  I received no compensation for this post.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Event Planning Tips

As I sit here at work and host an event, I realize that while I've posted a lot about events, I've never really had a post with event planning tips!  My job gives me lots of event opportunities.  I plan and promote two to four small training sessions a month and a large gala each year.  I help with other programs' events, and I "host the building" for other events.  Most recently, I handled food logistics and a meet and greet for a country festival in my hometown!  There is something so rewarding about seeing an event from start to finish.   So without any more rambling, here are my event planning tips, in no specific order.



  • Budget - The budget sets the tone of event planning.  (But it definitely doesn't set the tone of the event!)  Before I started my job at a non-profit, I planned a huge, week long event for $35,000!  Now I'm pretty sure I don't even spend that much on events in a year.  The trick is to find where to save and where to splurge.  Need balloons?  Call and get quotes from multiple places.  A three tier cake is nice, but it's a good idea to look into cupcakes on a 3-tier stand and see if it's more budget friendly on a tight budget!  Real silver is elegant, but I'm a big fan of those disposable silverware products that look like actual silver.  Personalized touches do make for a nice splurge.
  • Pre-plan -  I try to get as much pre-planning done as possible.  I cannot stress this enough!  If I'm planning a gala or large event, I like to have as much done the week before so that I can attend to little things (or a large crisis) that may pop up.  If it's a smaller event like a training session, I like to have everything finished the night before.  It may seem silly, but the goal is to minimize your stress level so that you can actually enjoy what you've planned!
  • RSVP's - Some people may think that they are outdated, but I find them to be pretty necessary!  You never want to be the hostess that runs out of food/wine.  I always try to expect no-shows and unexpected guests, which usually even themselves out.  (If you're paranoid like me, plan for a couple of extra, regardless.)  Also, if it is an event where tickets are to be purchased, be sure that your return policy is clearly outlined.  You'd be amazed at how many people will show up at an event with an extra ticket and want their money back for it.
  • Crowd Control - This weekend, I hosted the building for a small event for a family.  I usually have no issues with people not being where they should be.  I have been really fortunate to work with courteous crowds that are mostly adults.  This weekend though, it seemed as though everyone wanted to be eve. ry. where.  If possible, take precautions to block off parts the area that you don't want people in.  I'm lucky, because our building has a lot of "key holder only" areas.  If you don't have that advantage, try to advertise in a cute way not to go past that point.  Remember, the more area you allow people to explore, the more that you will have to clean up!
  • Rain plan - Indoors or outdoors, it's great to think of a rain plan.  If its an outdoor event, book a backup location.  If it's an indoor event, have an umbrella check along with the coat check, or at least an area where umbrellas and coats can dry off.  Once I attended an event that was in a barn. A gentleman with an umbrella followed my family's car as we were driving through the lot to park, and escorted us in with an umbrella!  What a nice touch!
  • Promotion - If it's a professional event, send out a press release to all local media!  This one probably seems like a no brainer, but definitely take advantage of social media!  If you aren't getting the results that you would like, pay to "boost" a Facebook post.  We do this sometimes at work, and the results are worth the $5 - $25 you spend.  For personal events, I like to post little "teasers" on social media.  You could post about how excited you are about the personalized confetti that you ordered or share a picture of the little champagne bar that you set up.  Do things to get people talking!
  • Expect the unexpected - This is way too much TMI, but it seems like every time that I have an event, I always receive a nice little unexpected visit from my monthly visitor.  Because of this, I keep a makeup bag full of necessities for this emergency in my car.  If I'm wearing heels, I always bring a pair of flats, as well.  It's so much easier to run (literally) when you've not got a 4" stick attached to your heel.  One of the girls that I worked with always packed an extra outfit, just in case something weird happened.  Whatever it is that freaks you out, take extra precautions in that area!  
  • Stay composed - When those unexpected things do happen, even if you are unprepared, keep your cool.  There's always going to be a little mishap somewhere, handle it with professionalism and your head held high.  For the gala that I planned, there was a seating mishap.  (i.e. I changed the seating arrangement, but the table cards didn't reflect that.)  I realized what had happened, apologized, corrected it immediately, and then moved on to the next thing.  One of the biggest tips that I have is to monitor your alcohol consumption while working an event.  If it's a professional event, I will probably keep the same glass of chard in my hand for an hour.  Only when the event has settled will I even contemplate having another drink.
  • Clean up - Everyone thinks that cleaning up an event must be the worst part of an event, but in all reality, it's usually the least time consuming.  It helps to have a list of things that need to be returned to vendors.  Turn on some music, take your shoes off, pull out that extra bottle of wine that you stashed, and you can just barrel right through it.  And remember, you're never too good to take the trash out ;)
  • Say thank you - Be grateful to every single person that helped, and give credit where credit is due.  Not only is it the right thing to do, but if you're thankful, people are much more likely to work with you again!

So there are my event planning tips!  If you'd like any tips on specific events, please let me know! I'm always looking for blog post inspiration!

XX,

SS

Monday, May 26, 2014

Opportunities

Hey friends!  I hope that everyone is having a great Memorial Day :)  While I have four amazing posts lined up for you for the rest of the week that I genuinely hope that you will enjoy, this one is a little different.

Within the next few weeks, this blog will be undergoing a lot of changes appearance wise.  I am working on making this site's appearance what it should be - much more aesthetically pleasing for y'all, the readers, to look at!  I am not super tech savvy, but I'm proud of myself for doing this much on my own.  I've been given the opportunity to work with someone to handle the design of my site from now on, and I am sooo grateful for that.  So please please please bear with me if you drop by for your daily dose of A Little Seersucker Sass, and it just looks awful and in a million pieces.  It's definitely going to be a process, but I can't wait for y'all to see the end result!  And just because the appearance is changing, doesn't mean the content will be!

Also, I am looking for opportunities to work with other bloggers and brands.  If you need a guest post, shoot me an email.  If you want to guest post, shoot me an email.  If you think your products and my brand are a great fit, shoot me an email.  If you have an idea on something that I should blog about, shoot me an email.  I love working with others, and I promise that I don't bite!  (My email is seersuckersass[at]gmail[dot]com.)

Last, I think it would be fun to do a little article called "Ask Seersucker Sass."  I get so giddy when y'all ask me what my opinions are on different trends or just info about me.  It's so fun to get to know each other.  So if you have a question that you'd like to ask, just shoot it to me in an email.  (Again, seersuckersass[at]gmail[dot]com.)

Now that the less than exciting business stuff has been covered, continue on with your Memorial Day weekend. As always, thanks for stopping by to support me!  Y'all are the best, and I'm so thankful for your support.  I hope you'll come back tomorrow and the rest of the week, because I'm really excited about the posts that I have lined up.

XX,

SS

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bloggers Under Fire

I recently stumbled across an article called "Seriously, Stop Pretending You Ate That." 
The gist of the article is that someone anonymously created an Instagram account that "calls bloggers out" (or in my opinion, accuses them) of having posed a photo with food and then having not actually eaten the food.  Apparently it isn't possible to be skinny and eat a donut (because donuts are the new macarons.) 

In a way, I think this sheds light on how unrealistic some blogger photos can be.  But then again, if you're blogging for a living, why wouldn't you do everything you can to produce the best photos for a post?  Or even if you're just blogging for fun, your photos represent your brand.   

One thing that does bother me is that the site insinuates that you can't be skinny or super in shape and eat donuts.  I'm considered slim (but definitely not in shape) and somehow possess a thigh gap (partially genetic and partially because I'm sucked into my Lululemons,) but I do eat donuts.  And bagels.  And lots of pasta.  And my boyfriend's fries.  And sometimes, when I'm still hungry after a meal, I get dessert.  Maybe there are bloggers out there that don't eat their food?  Not my business, not my problem.  But feel free to send your leftovers to this girl right here!

And honestly, who takes photos with food in their mouth?  That's gross and tacky.

And one last thought, if someone is going to challenge and mock bloggers for their food photos and encourage them to have a sense of humor, why wouldn't said someone reveal who they are?  Is this blogger Gossip Girl? 

Not that my opinion really matters or that I'm a prominent enough blogger to be featured on their site, but here are some pictures of me with food that I actually ate.

 I wish Serendipity 3 sponsored me so that I could be photographed in Vegas with strawberry smoothies & frozen hot chocolates all of the time.

 Right before I lovingly sucked his head off and then finished off that crab leg on my plate.

 I admit, I only had the sprinkly piece.  But I did discover that they both taste the same.  Sometimes food is so pretty that you have to photograph it!

 Is chai low in calories?  I guess it doesn't matter since I had Pringles with it.  #airportdiet

 Not going to lie, I was nice and shared this piece of cake with my boyfriend... but only because he was paying ;)

 One of three desserts that I ate that night! 

So yes, I did eat that ;)


What are y'all's thoughts on the "You Did Not Eat That" phenomenon?  I would love to hear your perspective!

XX,

SS


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom: Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I'm sure we've all seen the little graphic on Pinterest, Facebook, or somewhere or another that states, "Comparison is the thief of joy."  If you stop and think about it, it's so true.


Often times, I compare my life to the lives of other people, and I find myself getting frustrated.  Last week, I became so annoyed with a girl for posting a frantic Facebook status about how nervous she was that her dad was having to fly 1,000 miles away for the week.  My frustration stemmed from the fact that my dad's job requires him to travel internationally, and he's on the road more than he's home.  I thought it was silly to be worked up over something so miniscule.  But just because something isn't a concern to me doesn't mean someone else isn't allowed to be concerned over it.  I can't compare my life and my problems to someone else's.  It's seriously like comparing the dandelion and the mountain in the photo above.  It makes no sense.

I recently started seeing a counselor over my severe test anxiety.  We realized that the issue wasn't exactly the LSAT, but the fact that I was putting so much pressure on myself to do well so that I could start law school next fall.  I wanted to take the LSAT one last time, and if I had to retake it again after that, it would put me starting another year later.  I see my friends moving on with their lives - surviving their first year of grad school, getting married, getting a house, having babies - and instead of trusting God's plan and timing, I find myself rushing to complete these things as well, so that we're all in the same place.  But what's great for my amazing friend that will be a 2L and a new bride in the fall, or for my sweet little who gets married next month and graduates from undergrad in a year from December, may not be what's great for me.

In the blogging community, I think it's so easy to compare yourself to other bloggers.  There are girls out there who seem to have it all - the best hair, the cutest monogrammed bikini with the perfect body to wear it on, the newest Prada bag - and I catch myself comparing my life and their lives.  But at the end of the day, I have to accept that we have been given different opportunities in life, and happily take what I have been given. 

I challenge you to think about what makes you truly happy and to trust in God's plan for you, instead of focusing on all of the joys or issues of those who surround you.  I definitely plan on working on it, and I hope y'all will join me on that.

Happy Wednesday!

XX, 

SS

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pin-Up Photoshoot Inspiration

Back in the day, I was kind of a "teen model."  A friend of my uncle owned a talent agency, and I was super interested in acting, so we were introduced.  They hooked me up with an acting coach under the condition that I would do some modeling work.  A few months later, I switched over to a Miami based agency and dabbled in work in Atlanta for a little bit.  When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, I stopped modeling.  My weight was very unstable, and I was just kind of weird looking.  (I weighed 85 pounds, but I had a moon face because of steroids.)  So those were my "glory days!"




I had originally planned on having a party as a three year celebration of being cancer free.  However, I have been really intrigued by all of these pin-up style photo shoots that I see people having. I was asking one of my friends who is now a full-time mommy & part-time model what her thoughts were, and she offered to shoot the whole thing for me for free!  How freaking awesome is that?  So now, I am going to have a photo shoot instead.  I think that is a big step for me since my views about my appearance have changed so much since having cancer.  You better believe that my cancer scars will be visible in some of the shots!

Here are some things that inspire me:

I've been in love with this photo ever since I saw it.


I don't want to get sued by a photographer for using one of their images, but I highly recommend checking out the website for Alley Kat Photography.  SO MANY cutesy & tasteful photos!


I've already ordered this cute swimsuit from a local boutique!

Isn't this apron a fun idea?

Pin-Up Picks





Don't neglect the dramatic makeup!


Pin Up Beauty Products





And you've gotta have some fun props!


Pin Up Props



 
So what do you think about my idea… Crazy or cool?  Any ideas or suggestions!

Also, I've decided to start replying back to your comments via email!  It allows me to do it immediately, and I also think it gives us a chance to have more of a personal conversation.  :) 
 
XX,

SS

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  I have received no compensation for it.  I also, I only own the first three photos of this post.  I have tried to credit all other photos back to their original source.  If removing a photo from my blog, please credit the photo back to its original source.  Thank you :)