Seersucker Sass: June 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ten Tips for Interns

One of the things I love about work in the summer is that there are always interns.  (Okay, I'm spoiled and sometimes the interns are nice and surprise me with breakfast.)  It's like interns bring a breath of fresh air to the office, and it's always nice to have an extra set of hands around.  Coming from a past intern who has now been employed for a year at the non-profit I interned with, here are my tips for being a star intern!

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  1. Coffee.  Know how to make it where you work.  Once our CEO asked me to make a pot of coffee for his meeting, and I had no idea how to use a coffee pot.  I was mortified, but he was seriously so patient and kind, and showed me exactly how to do it so that I would know how to do it next time it was needed. 
  2. Don't be above doing something.  See coffee post above.  When our CEO taught me how to make coffee, it immediately showed me that no one in our building was too good to make the coffee.  Sometimes interning comes with tasks that are less than fun and definitely aren't a learning experience.  Do them, and do them with a smile on your face.  (Unless they are immoral, illegal, or unethical.)  Once a beer brewer visited our office, and the beer that he brought exploded.  I was an events intern, so what had happened was not my problem.  However, I took initiative, found a mop, and cleaned the mess up without being told to.
  3. Don't date your supervisor.  When I took my job last summer, I became the supervisor to a male intern that had been chosen by the man who had the job before me.  The intern constantly asked me on dates, which made me super uncomfortable.  Eventually, I had to tell him that his behavior was inappropriate, and my supervisor even had to have a talk with him.  Workplace relationships create so much tension and awkwardness.  
  4. Follow suit of your co-workers.  The best way to learn the norms of your office place for anything from wardrobe to drinking at a work event, is to watch your co-workers.  You will learn pretty quickly that not everyone is a good example, but observing what my co-workers wore, how they emailed, and how they interacted with others definitely helped me learn the social cues of the office.
  5. Ask questions.  If you don't understand something, ask questions.  In my opinion, it's better to answer a million questions than to have an entire project done incorrectly.  And don't just ask job related questions.  Remember what people at work talk to you about.  If Jenny tells you about a big camping trip that she has planned for the weekend, be sure to ask her about it Monday!  Or ask people about their children.  The majority of the people on this planet like to talk about themselves, and it will make them feel good that you remembered something you all discussed!
  6. Take (good) advice.  I have received some of the best and worst advice of my life while working and interning.  The trick is learning to sift through it!  Ignore negative people, and really get to know people that you relate to.  And look beyond your co-workers for advice!  I have had co-workers offer to set up lunch meetings with attorneys for me because they know that I want to be an attorney.  Take full advantage of opportunities like that!
  7. When in doubt, wear a pencil skirt.   While slightly uncomfortable, they look amazing on.  Invest in a few different colors of them. 
  8. Work like it's your actual job.  When you're at work, work your tail off.  Even if you don't want to work where you're interning, work for that letter of recommendation!  I've heard stories of interns who never had their work completed because they played on Facebook all of the time... that's not beneficial for anyone involved!
  9. Network.  Take advantage of after work events!  Go out for drinks with co-workers when invited, even if you just order a soda!  Take opportunities to get to know others professionally.  It's amazing how many people will offer to give you a recommendation for graduate school or a job.  I've even been offered other jobs through my job.  Be polite and interested, and you will go far!
  10. Have fun!! Seriously, enjoy yourself!  Being an intern was one of the most fun times and biggest learning experiences of my life!

I hope that some of you current or future interns find my tips to be helpful.  If you have any tips that I missed, be sure to leave a comment!  Happy Monday :)

XX,

SS

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Little Things

Some days, I over commit myself.  And by some, I mean most.

I love being a blogger, but sometimes I get myself all worked up about getting posts scheduled for when I'll be busy.  Like as you're reading this, I'm at a bridal tea, but as I'm writing this, it's 10:30 pm on a Tuesday, and I'm sitting at my desk in my office at work.

Right now, I have so many cool projects in the mix for y'all!  Tuesday, I'll be hosting a giveaway.  I'm making some things that I think will be beneficial to bloggers.  I'm creating content for Makeoverly.  I want to do it all, but sometimes, it just isn't possible.  And then I feel disappointed for not being able to juggle all of the million things that are on my plate. 

So this post is a reminder to myself and hopefully to every one else out there that has a tendency to over commit and try to take on the world.



This weekend, I plan to enjoy the little things, and I hope that you will join me in that!

Have an amazing weekend!  Any big plans?

XX,

SS   


Disclaimer:  I do not own the photo above, but I have linked it back to it's original source.  Please do the same if you choose to use it.  Also, all opinions are my own, and I received no compensation for this post.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fourth of July Fashions

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays!  Each year, my family has a huge family reunion at my great-aunt and great-uncle's house down on the river.  It's always a fun time, and I love being able to celebrate freedom, family, and yummy food!  (But most importantly freedom, of course.)  The night always ends by watching the city's fireworks display, and then watching my family's fireworks display that is about ten times better.  (Men in my family are big on their fireworks!  Haha.)

No matter what your plans are, here are a few of my favorite pieces for a day that celebrates America.

(Lilly Pulitzer, $298)

Isn't this Lilly Pulitzer dress darling?  I am obsessing over scalloped edges this season, and I love that these scallops are actually little seashells.  Lilly P does it again!


(Companionway Supply Co., $28.50)

This tank from Companionway is perfect for a casual July 4th bbq or a day spent out on the lake!  (P.S. - This tank was made right here in America!)


(Gap, $32.99)

To me, denim is a quintessential staple in the American wardrobe.  I love this distressed chambray top.  I would pair it with J. Crew chino shorts and a fun, red statement necklace!


(Marley Lilly, $39.99)

How fun is this monogrammed t-shirt?!


   
(Kiss My Southern Sass, $5)

Whether you're enjoying a cold beer or keeping hydrated with a water, why not top it off with a cute koozie?  Even your drink will be patriotic ;)


Have you planned out what you're wearing for the Fourth yet?  Any big plans?  Can't wait to hear all about it!

XX,

SS

Disclaimer:  I do not own any of these photos.  I have linked them all back to their home sites.  Please do the same if you choose to feature them in a blog post.  Also, all opinions are my own, and I received no compensation for this post.








Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why I Stopped Spray Tanning

I got my first spray tan a few days before Halloween in October 2011.  My sorority was having a Halloween date party, and I felt it imperative to be tan since I was going as Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island.  I had been declared cancer free a few months earlier in June, and I was still struggling with confidence in my appearance, as my body had undergone some changes due to the disease. 
The spray tan that started it all
After my first spray tan, I was hooked.  Everyone told me how healthy I looked, and I couldn't stop.  In November 2011, I signed up for unlimited spray tanning.  It worked the same way that other tanning bed "unlimited tanning" worked, except this time, it wasn't harmful for my skin.  I went at least once a week, usually every 5 days to keep the glow.  I own all of the products you could possibly ever need.  The blog post I wrote with spray tanning tips is the most popular one that I have ever written, and still gets consistent views months later!  I considered myself to be a spray tanning pro, and I encouraged everyone around me to try it in place of going to the tanning bed. 

Sometimes I would get lazy and slack off on my spray tanning, and then I would see a photo of someone gorgeous and sunkissed, and I would make automatic plans to be sprayed before Sun Tan City closed that night.  I wanted to be tan.  In my eyes, being tan was the equivalent of being attractive.

In the same sense that I felt inspired by others to be tan, I received constant questioning about how I kept such a healthy glow.  "Where do you tan?" and "Which [tanning] bed do you lay in?" were questions that I was asked frequently by clients, co-workers, friends, and even strangers.  I've even had co-workers tell me that they started going to the tanning bed to achieve my glow.  (I don't say this because I think my tan was extraordinary... It definitely wasn't.  I say this because it shows how obsessed we as a society are with being tan, even if it means harming our skin and our wellbeing!)

My three year cancer free anniversary was June 1.  How did I celebrate?  By cancelling my unlimited spray tanning!  At 23, it is time to (literally) embrace the pale, freckly skin that I am in.  

The money that I once shelled out each month to cover my tanning subscription will now go towards great skin care products (I'm open to suggestions!) and the occasional facial. Not only am I saving money, but I'm saving time and frustrations.  I will no longer leave Sun Tan City fuming about bad customer service and the fact that I had to wait an hour when I told my wait would be ten minutes.

So here's my challenge to you - embrace and take care of the skin that you're in!

XX,

SS

Disclaimer:  All opinions are my own.  I received no compensation for this post.  I do own the photo above, please credit me with a link back to this post if you choose to use it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Makeoverly

I have no idea how to intro exciting things like this, so I'll just come right out and say it... 
I'm officially a writer for Makeoverly!


One thing that I don't really discuss is that I do not recruit companies for partnerships.  Any partnership with a brand that you see on my site is a partnership that I have been approached to do.  That is why I get so giddy when I have the opportunity to share things like this with you!  

But back to what's important here... If you've never heard of Makeoverly, it's a Q&A blog about fashion and beauty.  Readers submit questions, and bloggers like myself answer them in the form of a blog post.

Why do I love Makeoverly so much?  For starters, they have a pretty cool business story.  (Check out this article in Forbes!)  Hannah runs this site all the way from Alaska!  I also enjoy giving fashion and beauty advice, so it seemed like a partnership made in Heaven.

Right now I only have three articles published (and another one pending,) but feel free to check them out:

If you haven't yet, I strongly encourage you to go check the site out, and even ask a question if you have one!  You never know... I could be the one to answer it!

I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!

XX,

SS

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bridal Shower Fashions

This weekend has been a wild one for me!  Saturday afternoon I went to a bridal tea for one of my really good friends from undergrad that I served on Student Government Association with.  Sunday, I helped throw a bridal shower for my sweet little who is getting married in 5 days! (!!!!!!!!)  Since I have bridal affairs on the brain, today's post is about the do's and don'ts of bridal shower fashion.

Maxi dresses

Maxi dresses were a hit at yesterday's shower!  I feel like there is an understated elegance about them, and we all know that if you wear the right one it feels like you're wearing yoga pants.  Plus, if you forgot to shave your legs that morning, you're safe!  I love these affordable and fun picks from Nordstrom.





Other Cute Dresses





Confession - I wore Lilly to both bridal showers this weekend.  I feel like a patterned Lilly is a pretty safe bet for bridal and baby showers.


For the Bride

Call me old fashioned, but I am a very firm believer that while attending a bridal event (shower, rehearsal dinner, actual wedding, etc.) white (and shades of white) should only be worn by the bride.  I get so worked up over this topic.  Let the bride enjoy her time to shine and be the only girl wearing white!





Just Say No To...

Cut-outs or anything revealing
 The cut-out trend that leaves midriff or side boob exposed is definitely hot right now.  However, I think that wedding showers are a time when dressing modestly is a little more appropriate, especially since a lot of showers take place at churches.  Save your cut-outs for the lingerie shower or bachelorette party! 


Do y'all have any additional tips?  Will you be attending any bridal showers this summer?

Have a happy Monday!

XX,

SS

 **Disclaimer:  I do not own any of the above photos.  I have linked them back to their appropriate site.  Please remember to link back to the appropriate site if you choose to feature them on a blog post!  Also, all opinions are my own, and I received no compensation for this post**

 








Friday, June 20, 2014

Photoshoot Fun

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the relationships that I form - relationships with readers, relationships with other bloggers, and relationships with brands that I work.  Recently, I was asked to do a photoshoot for Companionway Supply Co.  Definitely a cool opportunity!  The thing that made me extra nervous about the shoot is the fact that I'm only wearing mascara in the photos... Yikes.  

(If you follow them on Twitter - @companionwayco - or Instagram - @companionwaysupplyco - you will probably see some of the images and how they turn them into advertising graphics!)  

Here are some of my (unedited) favorites from the shoot:  





If you're wondering what I'm wearing:


And while I'm shamelessly plugging away... Let me give you a brief update about what's new with Companionway!

I feel like a bad Southern girl for not already owning one of these... definitely on my wishlist!

The monogram is actually screen printed on, which I think is pretty cool... It's like the shirt was manufactured just for you!

3. Promoter & Blogger Search
Want to be a Companionway promoter for your campus or via your blog?  Shoot me an email, and I will forward it to their marketing director.  The application should be live in the next few days, so please be patient.

4. E-Mail Sign-Up
Head over to the Companionway site, and there will be an immediate pop-up offering you a 15% off coupon just for signing up for their email newsletter.  (And they don't spam ya!)

5. Giveaways
There's always a "RT" to win contest going on... Be sure to follow them on Twitter - @companionwayco.


Any critiques on my photos?  Hope y'all have fun weekends!

I have two bridal showers this weekend, one of which I am helping with.  It's going to be a busy weekend!

XX,

SS

Disclaimer:  These opinions are my own.  I received no compensation for them.  Also, all photos in this post are property of myself and Companionway Supply Co.  If you choose to use them on your blog, please link them back to this post.  Thank you.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Non-Profit Livin'


It is hard for me to believe that yesterday marks one year in my first "big girl job"!  I interned for 6 months before accepting a position here, and I can tell you that I honestly never ever thought that I would work in a non-profit.  I went to college to get a degree to make money.  And while I'm making enough to make ends meet, I could be living a little more comfortably.  However, I am thankful for my experiences.

I am thankful for the leftover catering that randomly appears when I am starving.  (Even though today's was so bad that I literally spit it out and will probably have some sorbet for lunch to cleanse my pallet.)

I am thankful that I'm trained enough that I could confidently handle any job in here for about a week if necessary.  (This is the world's best thing about accepting a position at a company where you have previously interned.)

I am thankful for a steady paycheck that grants me opportunities to earn a little extra.  (Helloooo night time and weekend events!  Come to momma!)

I am thankful for a safe work environment, even though it does come with its fair share of characters entering the doors.  (And I'm thankful for active shooter training, because I now know which objects at my desk I can use as weapons.  Definitely useful.)

I'm thankful for a work family.  For co-workers that I kind of see as my cool aunts that give the best advice and occasionally pass down vintage pieces that they find in their closets.

I'm thankful for drinks after work and girls nights out with my female co-workers, and male co-workers that are a living, breathing example that chivalry still exists.

I'm thankful for success story clients, because seeing success is so rewarding.

I'm thankful for a boss that I can learn so much from, and who never fails to keep me laughing; a boss that takes interest in my interests and encourages me to grow as a person.

I'm thankful for a CEO that drops off breakfast on my desk and encourages my law school dreams. 

I'm thankful for the opportunities that I've been given, and I'm thankful that I still have another year left here before I pursue law school.


XX,

SS


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Trends with Raise.com


Here in the South, I feel like it continues to get a little hotter every day.  This causes lots of dressing dilemmas, as it's super hot outside with the AC on full blast inside!  Since I'm participating in Raise.com's Closet Swap summer style campaign, I thought it might be fun to share with you three of my quintessential summer looks!


*Side note:  I took these photos yesterday after having an infusion and while on Benadryl.  So please excuse the fact that I look slightly swollen and glassy eyed.


Super Casual

During the summer, if I'm not at work or actually going somewhere, I dress wayyy down.  I live in colorful t-shirts and a combination of yoga pants and running shorts.  I think I've worn tennis shoes more this summer than I have in my entire life.  




 t-shirt //  Companionway Supply Co. (on sale!)
leggings // Lululemon (similar)
tennis shoes //  Nike (similar)


Casual

My go-to "casual outfit" is a pair of fun shorts or skirt from J. Crew and a basic knit top.  I wear this top quite frequently during the spring/summer/fall.  It goes with sooo many pieces that nothing else seems to match.


 Top //  J. Crew  (similar)
Cami //  Buckle  (similar)
Seersucker Shorts //  J. Crew  (on sale!)


Dressy

When it comes to a formal event, I like to go with a printed maxi dress.  I think that it helps me to stand out amongst a sea of dresses that are just a little too short.  I also feel like there's a sort of "regal-ness" to floor length dresses.



Dress // Lilly Pulitzer  (similar)
Red Bracelet // White House | Black Market  (similar)
Evil Eye Bracelet // Boutique in Las Vegas  (similar)
Charm Bracelet // Pandora
Watch // Citizen  (similar)
Left hand ring // HJ Greek
Nail Color // OPI My Chihuahua Bites  (on sale!)



Want to know a trick on how to get these outfits at a discount or make a little extra cash to buy them?  Raise.com is a website that gives you an opportunity to sell unwanted gift cards or buy gift cards that others want to sell.  (Great concept, right?!)  They have lots of popular brands - Gap, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Express... you name it!  

I'm pretty excited to try their site out!  And you best believe that I keep checking back for a Lilly Pulitzer giftcard to pop up... Bidding war anyone?!


So what do y'all think about my summer outfits?  And will you be trying out Raise.com?   (I know that I will be!)

XX,

SS



Disclaimer:  The only "compensation" that I received from this post is publicity for A Little Seersucker Sass.  I received no money or product.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

24 Before 24: Update 4

It's that time of the month again... Time for a 24 Before 24 Update!  (Here is the original list if you're unfamiliar.)  I like to post a monthly update because it keeps me accountable and also reminds me of what I should probably get started on.


  1. Spend a weekend in Asheville - It's not exactly a weekend, but I will be spending an afternoon there for my little's bachelorette party!
  2. 100 Happy Days Challenge - I completed it!!! *confetti emjoi* I strongly encourage you to give it a try, as it trains you to think about the happy things that have happened in your day. 100happydays.com
  3. Utilize the shift key -  I'm getting good at this one!
  4. Plan an amazing bridal shower - The shower is this upcoming weekend!  I didn't plan the majority of the shower, but I am excited to help.
  5. Law school "stuff" - I've been seeing a counselor for test anxiety, and it seems to be working.  I'm just ready to have it all over with.
  6. Have a 3-year cancer free celebration - Instead of having a party, I directed my funds into moving out on my own!  While it wasn't the party that I had imagined, it is definitely a celebration of independence.
  7. Plan another sold out event - I have a big (and expensive) training event this week, and it looks like it's going to sell out!  Woo hoo!
  8. Stay away from caffeine - Still haven't cheated!
  9. Do more Meals on Wheels routes - I keep waiting for my chance, but everyone is scooping the routes up like crazy!  Maybe I'll get one this summer.
  10. Add to my Lilly Pulitzer collection - I could really use a new dress.
  11. Continue improvements on the blog -  A lot of work is going on behind the scenes... Can't wait til y'all get to see the new changes!
  12. Go to a concert - I've been going to lots of local concerts lately! 
  13. Put more effort into my professional appearance - I've made that a goal for this week!  So far, I've attempted to do a little something with my hair each day, dug through my jewelry box to match up for each outfit, put on a tiny bit of makeup, and painted my nails.
  14. Keep smiling - This is one that you can guarantee will be on here every month!
  15. Continue doing things that scare me - I have an interview tomorrow for a leadership organization, and I am so nervous!  I have to get an IV of medication this afternoon, which means I will spend most of tomorrow dragging around and recovering.  Hopefully I will still pull it off and interview well!

Do you have a bucket list?  Happy Tuesday!

XX,

SS

Monday, June 16, 2014

Whoopie Pies

My sophomore year of college, I had Intro to Biology for Non-Majors (lol - such a smarty pants!) at a satellite campus.  I befriended a girl named Ellie who takes baking obsession to the next level.  The second day of class, I get to lab early, and Ellie whispers quietly, "Hey, do you like whoopie pies?"  It was an instant obsession on my end.  It seemed like every week, Ellie brought me a new type of whoopie pie to try.  Recently, I have been craving whoopie pies like no one's business.  In case you share my obsession, here are some recipes that I've been dying to try.

[photo & recipe credit - Bakeaholic Mama]

This Orange Creamsicle Whoopie Pie Recipe from Bakeaholic Mama only requires THREE ingredients!  I think this will probably be the first recipe that I try out!


[photo and recipe credit - Cookies and Cups]

I love strawberry shortcake, and I love whoopie pies... so this recipe from Cookies and Cups seems like perfection!  This recipe seems simple enough.


[photo and recipe credit - Cookies and Cups]

Another yummy from Cookies and Cups... s'mores whoopie pies!  I've been indulging in the S'mores Blizzards from Dairy Queen quite frequently, but this looks like a great alternative.


[photo and recipe credit - Some Kitchen Stories]

This recipe from Some Kitchen Stories is a little bit intimidating... so intimidating that I'm almost afraid to try it!  But it seems like a great option for all of you master chefs out there :)


[photo and recipe credit - Yammie's Noshery]

I consider Funfetti to be one of those small luxuries in life.  (Confession - sometimes in college I would eat funfetti icing alone... yikes.)  I can't wait to try this recipe by Yammie's Noshery out!  I even have a little event for them in mind and everything.


What do you think? Are you a whoopie pie lover?  Any recipes you want to share?

Happy Monday! Hang in there :)

XX,

SS



**Disclaimer** I received no compensation for this post and all opinions are my own.  I do not own any of the photos on this post, and I do not claim to.  I have linked them back to the appropriate source, and I ask that if you choose to use them for a project, you will do the same.  Keep positivity in the blogging community, and please give credit where credit is due :)**

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Obsessions That I Totally Understand

After yesterday's "8 Obsessions I Just Don't Understand" post, today's post is a positive play on that!  Here are a few things that I am absolutely obsessed with, and I'm not ashamed to admit it!



Lilly Pulitzer - I bought my first Lilly dress the day I was declared cancer free, and Lilly has always represented the bright and sunny new lease on life I found that day!  One of the items on my 24 Before 24 List  is even to keep building my Lilly collection.



Chocolate Milk - One time Katelyn Carter tweeted about drinking chocolate milk, so then I had to go out and buy chocolate milk.  (Mean Girls reference?  Anyone?)  I'm lactose intolerant, so I drink chocolate Silk, and it is soooo good.  Even better than coffee in my opinion. 



Country Music - Country music is the best.  Y'all will probably laugh at me when I tell you this, but I don't think I even knew what pop music was until first grade.  My first CD was Deana Carter.  It seems like more and more people are becoming country music fans, and that makes me so happy!



Chipotle - We do not have a Chipotle where I live, and it makes me so sad.  No other similar restaurants can compare without that yummy white rice. 



Essie Nail Polish - The colors are just so pretty and fun!  I don't think it's possible to have enough of them.



Peonies - Sooo many famous bloggers are constantly posting photos of peonies.  At the bridal show I attended (with my engaged little... don't get too excited!) it seemed like every female there wanted peonies.


 [photo credit]

Kate Spade - How could you not love such fun, cheery, and cheeky brand?  Is it even possible?  Plus, these surprise sales that keep popping up make it easier to afford some adorable Kate pieces without feeling too guilty about the splurge!


What are your obsessions?  Did I leave anything out?

Happy Thursday!  Thank goodness it's almost Friday!

XX,

SS


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

8 Obsessions I Just Don't Understand

I have come to terms that there are just some obsessions that I constantly view on social media, but will never understand.  (Am I old now?)
And please excuse the lack of photos...  I wasn't trying to get sued by using copyrighted photos on an article like this!  Haha


E-Gents - I can't explain to you how much I dislike e-gents who spew off nonsensical quotes about how a woman should behave. But if you read this post that I wrote a few months ago, it's a start.

Blair Waldorf - I'm only on the first season of Gossip Girl, but I just really dislike her.  Like when girls say that they want to be just like her, I'm completely confused.  She has a great wardrobe, but she's so mean and manipulative.  Maybe I'll grow to love her, but not anytime soon.

Chuck Bass - Samesies.  I feel like Chuck is that skeevy guy that you meet at a bar that keeps trying to buy you a drink and won't take no for an answer and sends you nasty messages on Tinder.  When I see him on the screen, my skin crawls.

Orange is the New Black - Maybe I'm a prude, but this is not my show.  After seeing a bloody tampon being served to an inmate, I gave up on trying to enjoy it.  The storyline is funny, and I definitely identify with Piper, because I feel like that would be my life in jail.  I'm just not a fan of the unnecessary crudeness.

Finding a partner with married parents - This is another trend I've been seeing on twitter lately.  Apparently dating someone who's parents are divorced is a deal breaker.  I'm glad to know that the decisions of my parents change the way that you feel about me as a person.  Congrats, you are beyond shallow!

Jay Gatsby - Did the youth of America miss the memo that the Gatsby they're so obsessed with is a shady dude that dies in the end?  Why do you want to party like a criminal?  How about partying like KJP & Vickers?  They seem pretty classy.  (P.S. - The Great Gatsby will forever be my favorite book, so please don't think that I'm hating on it.)

"Bae" - Can this trend just die already? 

Mugshots -  Why are there twitter accounts dedicated to tweeting photos of local mugshots?  And why do people retweet them?  I personally think that doing this shows such a lack of class.  And if you are going to do this, you should probably be a saint that has never done anything illegal.
 

Is there an obsession on this list that you completely disagree with?  Tell me why!  What obsessions don't you understand?

Also, please take a second to make sure that you aren't a "no-reply blogger," and that your email is associated with your account.  I'd love to start replying back to comments by email because I feel like there is so much more that can be said that way, but I feel horrible not being able to comment some of y'all back that way. :)

Happy Wednesday!

XX,

SS


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Brighten Up Your Office!

In the fall and winter, it's easy for me to lose track of time at work and stay until 6:30 or 7.  Since it was dark when I left for work and left for home, it didn't really bother me.  However, it's a different story now that the weather is nicer.  I long to get outside and out of my overly air conditioned office.  Since I can't work outside, I've taken steps to brightening up my office a little bit.


Bright Office Supplies


I love bright office supplies!  Not only do they brighten my mood, they have put my personal stamp on things that I circulate around the office.  I've had multiple people comment that they know without even looking at the file that if it comes in a colorful folder or has a hot pink paper clip, it's from me.  That's something that I'm okay with being known for!  (And people are less likely to steal borrow & never return your stapler if it's funky and different from all of the other ones, right?)  My personal favorites for purchasing inexpensive office supplies are Target's dollar aisle and Office Depot.



Bright Office Decor



I'm a big advocate of making minor changes to decor as the seasons change.  I love the vibrant prints, and I think the clock is such a fun piece!  Another thing that I really enjoy is "clustering" photo frames instead of having them spread out.  I would take a Lilly print frame and then find a couple of basic frames with the same color scheme and group them together!

This is such a simple way to brighten things up!  I have dual monitors, and they take up a huge chunk of my desk space.  I keep a fun screensaver on them, and people always stop by to compliment it.  My favorite places to find screensavers are The College Prepster's site or just by googling.



Any ideas that you think you'll put into action?  Any suggestions on other ways to brighten up an office space?  I would love to hear them!

Happy Tuesday!  Can't wait for y'all to see what I have planned for the rest of the week!

XX,

SS

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pineapple Perfection

You can go ahead and add me to the list of bloggers that are obsessed with pineapples.  They are so adorable and summery!  (And since I have decorating on the brain, wouldn't it be darling to have a pineapple themed kitchen - either super kitschy with lots of colors or chic with  touches of gold, and the beautiful little beverage pitcher from the collage.) 

My collage is so weak.  I hope that you all get some entertainment value out of it, because it's definitely lacking.  Feel free to giggle at it.  And the links are below, because as much as the collage sucks, the actual items are pretty great!  (Bear with me - I'm learning how to use Photoshop & Illustrator!) 


 
 What do you think about pineapple patterns & my pineapple picks?  Is it too late to pineapple theme my brand? ;)

Happy Thursday!  Thank goodness that tomorrow is Friday! 

XX,

SS

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hints for a Happy Life




Sorry for the brief blogging hiatus.  I have been in the process of moving, and I had forgotten what a pain in the butt it can be.  Also, no wi-fi connection yet.  Please continue to bear with me as my schedule may be sporadic for the next little bit :) 





This Sunday I celebrated three years cancer free!  What a difference three years can make.  Cancer changes a person.  Even after the diagnosis and learning that you are no longer ridden with such a terrible disease, there are still struggles.  I'm a firm believer that happiness is a choice.  Here are my "hints for a happy life."

  1. Cultivate a personal relationship with Christ.  I can't even begin to explain how much joy comes from this one.
  2. Oreos can solve a multitude of problems.
  3. So can naps.  
  4. You're most likely to find a relationship when you're least looking for it.  So drop the depressing/desperate tweets, and go do something that you love.  When your happiness radiates, it's amazing who will take notice.
  5. Don't believe anything that the e-gents on Twitter say.
  6. Forgive those who have wronged you.  Forgive yourself.
  7. And realize that forgiveness doesn't mean things have to go back to the way they were before the wrong doing occurred. 
  8. Let go of grudges.  They only weigh you down.
  9. Play a board game.  It's good for the soul.
  10. Be good to your body.  You only get one.
  11. Spend time with the elderly.  There's a lot to be learned from them.
  12. Read a book.  Any book.
  13. Mentor someone that's younger than you.  You will hold yourself to a higher standard.
  14. Do something that scares you.  It's amazing how much I've grown as a person since doing this.
  15. Travel, even if it's only thirty miles away from where you live.  Experience as much as you can!
  16. Unplug.  (It has been surprisingly pleasant to be without wi-fi!)
  17. Do something productive with your hands.  Write a letter to a friend. Make a craft.  Bake a cake.  It always puts a smile on my face to see a finished product that I have worked so hard on.
  18. Do something nice for someone else.  Random acts of kindness and volunteering for causes that are important to you will not only make your day, but they will make the day of the recipient, as well!
  19. Never stop learning.
  20. Discover things in life that make you happy, and do them.

So there are my hints for a happier life... What are yours?  I would love to hear them!

Happy Wednesday!

XX,

SS