Seersucker Sass: July 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Get Well Soon" Care Packages

It seems like a lot of people around me are having surgery or have made emergency trips to the hospital lately.  My mom had rotator cuff surgery last week, and one of my best friends will be having eye surgery next week.  After my mom had surgery, I realized there were a lot of things that I could have given her ahead of time that would have made things easier on her.  So I will definitely be prepared for my best friend's eye surgery!  If someone you know is hospitalized, needs surgery, or is just super sick, here are some helpful hints on items to include in a gift basket for them.

I've had my fair share of surgeries, medical procedures, and hospital stays.  These make up remover wipes are a lifesaver, especially when you have to wait so many days before you're allowed to bathe!


Again, a lifesaver when you can't wash your hair or just don't have the energy to.  It's the only kind of dry shampoo that I use, and it's a plus that it's super cheap!


Don't forget about including snacks to take medication with!  Other snack recommendations are pretzel crisps & veggie straws.


Depending on your budget, you may want to include some comfy jammies!


Other Items to Think about Including:
- magazines

Then throw it all together in a cute reusable bag!


Anything I'm forgetting?  I hope everyone is having a great Thursday!

XX,

S.S.


Note:  I do not own any of the photos in this post; I have linked them back to their appropriate site.  Please remember to do the same if you use them for a post.  Also, I have received no compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Petsitting Tips

Confession:  I have a petsitting business.  

I know that's not much of a confession, but you would be amazed at how many people tease me over that!  (Hey, more jobs for me, right?!)  I started petsitting for a professor my junior year of college, and it has turned out to be a nice little way for me to make some cash on the side.  Petsitting is a much better option than babysitting for me, because I am much more comfortable taking care of fur babies than actual babies.  Here are my tips to a successful petsitting business!

photo circa 2010 - our second rescue pit bull 

1. Pre-visit with the animals.  I always like to meet animals when their owners are around so that they are a little more comfortable with me in their home.  It's also an opportunity to get a feel for the animals and their personalities.

2. Ask for a schedule & list of emergency numbers.  It's helpful to know what time the animals usually eat, what time they usually go out for walks or to potty, etc.  Having a schedule of their habits will eliminate a lot of the guessing work and keep them (and you) from freaking out.  It will also help you to plan your time and schedule for the time that you're petsitting!  

As scary as it is, a list of emergency numbers is always good.  (Most pet owners provide this without being asked.)  While the pet owner may not have a backup number or secondary contact, having the vet's phone number is a necessity.  Freak accidents can happen, and you want to be sure you're prepared!

3. Ask about parking.   On my last petsitting job, I got a warning ticket for parking on the street. Lesson learned - I will ask about parking from here on out!

4. Send pictures if the owner checks in!  Every person that I've ever petsit for has checked in on their pets while out of town.  I usually try to snap a few pictures of the pet while we're on a walk or playing, and then include it in conversation later on when they check in.  It's one thing to hear that your animal is doing okay, but there's peace of mind when you can actually see that Fluffy is alive and functioning.

5. Respect their home.  Regardless of whether you are staying at your place or the pet owner's place be respectful.  If you make a mess, clean up after yourself.  If you drink out of a cup, wash it, dry it, and put it away.  Occasionally I will grab a bottle of water out of someone's fridge, but that's about as comfortable as I make myself.  It should look like you were never there.

6. Clean.  This tip is my little secret, and the reason that I believe I continue to get jobs.  I always clean someone's house the day of or the day before their return.  I sweep up around the pet feeding areas, wipe down their counters, take the trash out.

7. Payment Tips: 
      • Be sure that you make your gas money back!  In fact, I don't feel like it's bad to ask for that       upfront if the location is out of your way.
      • When trying to decide on a rate, price check with local kennels.  I personally think it's better to be cheaper than the kennels, but that is up to you.
      • Also, take into consideration if you will be staying in their house to petsit.  I generally charge more to stay in someone's home.
      • Hang on to the key until payment.  Most people are great about leaving you a check or meeting up with you the day after they return, or even paying in advance.  I always hang on to the key, just in case.  (Generally it's cheaper to pay someone than to get your locks changed... Haha.)

So there you have it... My little tips on how to be the best petsitter out there and get some extra income flowing!

XX,

SS   

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pretty Little Prints

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Pretty Little Tassels post is Pretty Little Prints.  I am always looking for new prints to add to my apartment and office, but I'm so indecisive that I can never pick any out.  Here are some prints that I'm really considering purchasing.

So appropriate.


Growing up, I collected little Russian dolls.  When I visited my great uncle in New York, I found out that he also has a collection!  (My family is Russian.)  I always think of him when I see one now.


Brunch is one of my favorite things in this world, so this is perfect.  Too bad I don't have the cute hot pink chevron wall to complete the look!


lauratrevey, $20 (use SUMMER20 for 20% off)
I'm a Kappa Delta alumna, and these green dresses make me think back to the green dresses that we all wore for pref night!  I'd love to hang this between my closet doors.


When my best friend moved to Montana, she entrusted me with her baby - a cockatiel!  How cute would it be to have a photo gallery above her cage?! 


Which prints is your favorite?  Any suggestion on where to find the cutest prints?  

Happy Tuesday!

XX,

S.S.


Note: I do not own any of the photos, and I have linked them all back to the site where I found them.  Please remember to link them back to their original home if you choose to use them for a post.  Also, I received no compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.





Monday, July 28, 2014

Trendy Little Tassels

I've definitely hopped aboard the tassel band wagon!  In my opinion, tassels add such a fun little touch to even the most basic items.  While colorful tassels are hot for summer, I predict that nude, grey, oxblood, and navy tassels made of leather or suede will carry the trend through fall and winter.  

If you're a tassel lover like me, here are some things that you need to see!

I've been seeing these on blogs all over the place!  They come in other colors, as well.

These look great when worn with a stack of wire bangles!  The hot pink tassel is my favorite!

I'm a sucker for hot pink & gold.


And if you prefer to DIY your own tassels, here are some fun options!


This article shares 40 ways to decorate with tassels!  I'm toying with the idea of adding some tassels to a lampshade after reading it!



This project from Darby Smart will send you everything needed to make two leather tassel keychains!


What is your tassel must-have?  I'd love to know!

XX,

S.S.


Please note:  I do not own any of the photos in this blog post.  I have linked them back to their appropriate owner, and I ask that you do the same if you choose to use them.  Also, all opinions are my own;  I have received no compensation for this post.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Fun

I don't know about y'all, but by the time 5:30 pm rolls around on a Friday, I am done for the week.  My Friday schedule is pretty predictable: work, grab a beer at the local brewery with my boyfriend, go home, complain about being hungry, order a pizza, turn on Netflix, and craft/read/do yoga.  I always have intentions of being rebellious and staying up late, but I am usually fast asleep by 10:30.

If this sounds like your idea of a good time on a Friday night, here are some suggestions for a lazy night in!

Write a love letter!

 
I could write all about More Love Letters, but their site is really cool, so I'm going to let you check it out for yourself.  I can't wait to send out the letters I wrote for this month's recipients!  Maybe you don't have a way with words?  You can always nominate someone in your life to receive a bundle :)


Make a craft!


[photo from Darby Smart]
 
I recently discovered Darby Smart - a site where you choose a craft project and all of the supplies + directions are shipped to you!  I am waiting impatiently for my box to arrive.  My craft of choice?  The glitter mason jar mugs seen above!  You save $10 on your first purchase, so I only ended up paying $9 for the kit!  (Shipping is always free.)  I plan on doing a review when my box gets here, so keep your eyes peeled for that :)  Since my box probably won't be here this weekend, my craft of choice is finishing up a gift for my best friend's birthday.


Pamper yourself!


I usually like to give myself a face mask on Friday to relax from the work week & be sure my skin is looking good for whatever my weekend plans may be!  I really haven't found a mask that I'm in love with, so if anyone has suggestions, please let me know! 


What are y'all getting into tonight?  Regardless, I hope you have a safe & fun time!  Cheers to the weekend!

XX,

S.S.

Note:  This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.  If you order from Darby Smart through my blog, I will receive a $15 credit, but this is for all customers, not just bloggers!  (So seriously - get your own code & take advantage of that!)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Singleness

I met my boyfriend through work.  What started out as a professional relationship of strictly emails turned into texts, then phone calls, then Skype calls.  I was hesitant to even meet him for a date, because I was so content with doing my own thing.  But a co-worker convinced me that I'm at the time in my life where I should be dating.  She explained to me that dating is important because I needed to meet different types of men.  I needed to see what traits I liked, and what traits I didn't like.  I needed to learn to feel comfortable with dating.  So I did it.  I went on the date, and now we're approaching nine months together.

Before I started dating my boyfriend, I had been in some relationships that ended pretty badly.  There was no consistency with "types" of guys that I had dated.  But I started to realize there was one consistent trait - I had dated them because I was vulnerable.  I started seeing a guy because he was there for me when my grandpa died.  And then there was the guy that I dated when I was planning a huge event for my university and about to graduate.  And then there was the guy that I dated when I made the decision not to go to law school and started my first job.  All of these situations ended much messier than they should have.  So when I made the realization that I was dating out of vulnerability, I stopped dating.

What I started doing was exploring.  I got all dressed up and went to social events.  I started doing yoga.  I immersed myself in volunteer work.  I bought books.  I started living my life and taking advantage of every opportunity around me.  I stopped being polite to skeevy boys.  I stopped playing by the rules so strictly, and I let loose a little bit.  And then, just like that, I met someone.
  
I've always found a person to be so attractive (not necessarily in a romantic way) while they're enthralled with what their doing.  It amazes me to watch my boyfriend work; he is so passionate about what he does, and it shows.  And it's sweet when he notices things that make my eyes light up or surprises me with something because he saw me get all excited over it at Target.

Vulnerability can be a beautiful thing, but it can also get you into trouble. I always tell my sisters to be cautious about what you post on social media about a break up or how badly you hate being single.  You may attract male attention, but probably not from guys that actually deserve you.  And the same goes with bitterness.  If you're looking for someone new, posting snarky things about your ex "to show how over it you are" probably isn't going to attract a potential suitor that isn't a mega douche.  And ladies, please just avoid the half-naked selfies.  Is that really what you want to use to attract a man?  

Here are my parting words on singleness - Enjoy it.  Enjoy finding yourself and becoming the best you that you can be.  And when the time is right, you will attract someone who is actually worth your attention.

What are your views on singleness?  I'm interested to hear!

XX,

SS




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

eShakti Review

When I saw eShakti being reviewed on another blog, I was green with envy.  What girl in her right mind wouldn't want a custom-fit dress?!  So when I was contacted to do my own review of eShakti, I was absolutely ecstatic!

It's not every day that you hear about a brand that not only offers sizes 0-36W, but also an affordable customization option!  For an additional $7.50, you can have the dress made to your measurements.  You can even change the length of the skirt, adjust the sleeves to what you feel most comfortable in, and add or remove pockets!

Just like most women out there, I do not have a "cookie cutter" body.  I'm petite with muscular legs, and pay way too much attention to how sleeves cut on my arm.  I have certain stores where I buy certain things.  But I feel like eShakti is a game changer in the way that I shop, because for the price of what I was paying for a dress before, I can now get one that is going to fit me perfectly!

The dress that I am modeling in the photos below is no longer on the website, but it is 100% cotton. If you turn the dress inside out, you can see how it was stitched together, which I absolutely love.  Everything about it is so well done, and the pleats are so well pressed.  I think my favorite thing is that the size tag says "custom."  How cool and exclusive is that?!  I wore it to work today, and I received sooo many compliments on it!



Cardigan: J. Crew Factory (exact)
Flats:  Reaction by Kenneth Cole (similar)
Necklace:  Banana Republic  (similar)


Like what you see?  eShakti was kind enough to give me a discount code for y'all to use!  Use "seersassy" when you shop eShakti between now and 8/15/14, and receive a 10% discount!

When using the code, please note:
Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.  
Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. 
It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.
Not applicable on previous purchases.


So what are your thoughts on eShakti?  Will you try it out?  I'm already planning my next purchase!

XX,

SS


Disclaimer:  I received this dress for free in exchange for a review; however, all opinions are my own. Also, please remember to credit me and link back to this post if you choose to use my photos.



Monday, July 21, 2014

Encouragement

Happy Monday to everyone!  I hope that y'all had amazing weekends!  I went to a wedding and saw Train in concert.  If you haven't seen them before, they do not disappoint!
 
I am so excited to have a guest post today from a fellow Kappa Delta, Haley.  Haley writes for Sorority Stylista, so be sure to check out her other posts or follow her on twitter - @_haykathryn!
 
At a young age, I was taught that the best things in life are free. Although I am a sucker for a new pair of shoes or a Lilly Pulitzer dress, those aren't the objects that bring me true happiness. In fact, the things that make me the happiest aren't even objects, they're actions. The action that I truly feel everyone should possess is encouragement. 

In this day and age, it seems like people try and put you down more than they try and build you up. As humans, we should want to see others succeed, not fail. I really feel that people shy away from encouraging others because they feel they do not have the abilities to do so. Encouraging others does not require a mass amount of money or frivolous items. It simply requires a loving heart and a motivated spirit. 

I wanted to share with you some examples of how you can encourage others with your God-given abilities: 

Want to start off a friend's morning in a positive way? Send her an encouraging text saying that you were thinking of him/her and hope that they have a great way. Have a friend that is nervous about an upcoming exam or assignment? Let them know that you believe in him/her and that you have faith they can accomplish the task. Know someone who is going through an illness or has a family member experiencing an illness? Send them a card to know that you are willing to do whatever you can to help out and that they are not fighting their battle alone. 

However, don't just limit your encouragement to the people you know. Step out of your comfort zone and share some encouraging words with some strangers. It is as simple as complimenting an outfit, or letting a new employee at your favorite store that they are doing a great job. 

As you can see, being an encourager is a very special gift that God has given each one of us. Think about the last time someone encouraged you in your time of need. It is now your time to give that encouragement to someone else. In reality, it takes minimal time to completely make someones day through your encouragement. 

Jesus said: "Therefore, encourage one another, just as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
 
What are some ways that you encourage others?
 
XX, 
 
SS 

Friday, July 18, 2014

H&M Home Wishlist

Did you know that H&M now has goodies for the home?!  My apartment decorating is going much slower than I would like, so I'm hoping to add a few of these goodies to the mix to make my house more of a home.  Best part?!  They're super affordable!

I am really guilty of using a kitchen towel to remove things from the oven.  Not only is this potholder adorable and five bucks, but I "word" decor sprinkled throughout my apartment.  There's also a matching apron and tea towel.

I also need this doormat.  Don't you love positive little sayings?

I am always freezing, so having chenille throws laying around are a must.  Plus, there is nothing cozier than wrapping yourself up in one on a Girls' Night In!

I'm still unsure of what the function of a "kitchen sponge cloth" is, but I have a cockatiel, so naturally I feel compelled to own it.  It's $3.95 I can bear to part with.

I don't eat much fruit, but this metal fruit bowl makes me want to start!  I can see it full of pears (mostly because that's the only fruit I'm really interested in that can go in a fruit bowl - LOL.)
 
  This little rug would be super sweet on my tiny living room floor.

I love the kitschiness of cork coasters.  They're so fun... and functional!


So there are my picks from H&M's home line. Anything that y'all can't live without?

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

XX,

SS

Note:  I do not own any of the photos above; they are all from hm.com.  Also, I received no compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

24 Before 24: Update 5

It's that time again... Time for an update on my 24 Before 24 List! 



  1. Spend a weekend in Asheville I kind of completed this one in the past month!  While it wasn't a weekend, I did go to Asheville for an evening for my little's bachelorette party.  We had a painting party at Canvas, which I highly recommend!  Painting was followed by dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe.  If you go, be sure to try their okra!  Helpful Hint:  I was unimpressed with the fact that you can't make reservations for large parties at the downtown location; however the Hendersonville Road location does take reservations!
  2. Regularly attend church - Now that my boyfriend and I are living in the same town, we really want to start attending church together.  We plan to start hunting for churches of our own very soon.  (We plan to attend two churches and alternate, as he is Catholic, and I am Methodist.)
  3. Plan an amazing bridal shower - I can by no means claim that I planned my little's shower.  I can only hope that my Matron of Honor goes through the planning pains that hers did!  However, we hosted the shower where I work, and I was able to help set-up.  It was a beautiful location, and I was so happy to be part of it.
  4. Visit a "Paint your own pottery" studio - Did this one again!  Except it was a canvas painting party.  (See item 1!)  I've realized that I enjoy canvas painting parties more than painting my own pottery with no direction.  I just really can't enjoy no structure.
  5. Plan another sold out event - December will be here before we know it!  Eeeek!  This one is going to be a challenge because of budget cuts, but I'm oddly excited about that.
  6. Stay away from caffeine - Still no cheating.  I'm not trying to have an seizures!
  7. Continue improvements on the blog -  I know that I say every month I'm working on the branding, and I'm still working on it this month.  I'm not great with this stuff, so I'm kind of at the mercy of others.  But in other news, I have been slowly learning how to make graphics and do super basic tasks on Photoshop!
  8. Go to a concert - I'm going to one tomorrow!  Whooo!
  9. Find a diet that works - My chronic illness flared, which resulted in steroids.  My current diet is eating everything imaginable, and the more salt the better.  I'm going to start eating clean when I get off of these things.
  10. Put more effort into my professional appearance - This is a continuous cycle.  Some days are really good, others are weak.  But I do feel like I am slowly improving on this!
  11. Keep smiling - Every day, I am reminded that there are so many reasons to smile.  If there is a month that this isn't on my list of completed items, then I have failed entirely.
  12. Continue doing things that scare me - The past month I have really tested this one out.  I'm thankful that I'm at a point in life where I can look back on trials and smile because they're over and I survived.  Ultimately, I have to remember to trust God and His timing, which is definitely easier said than done.

 Thanks for following along!  If you have a bucket list, feel free to link to it in the comment section... I would love to check it out!

Happy Thursday!

XX,

SS

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sorority Recruitment: What to Expect

Hey y'all!  Hope everyone is having a happy Wednesday!

 Sisters chanting on bid day

I am super excited to be guest posting over on Lauren Rose  today.  Head on over there and check out today's post - Sorority Recruitment:  What to Expect.  Let me know what y'all think!

XX,

SS

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Concert Cute

I have not been to a concert in ages, so I'm pretty excited to be seeing Train in concert this weekend!  (Fun fact:  Seeing a concert is on my 24 Before 24 List, so I'm also excited to be checking that off of the list!)  Train's music is just so feel good, and I feel like they're one of those bands that you can't help but sing along to.  It helps that my boyfriend's parents have seen them in concert before and really talked them up to us.  Hopefully the weather will be pretty!
 

For my concert look, I'm channeling the song "Meet Virginia"

I'm finally feeling like maybe it's time for me to try out the flower crown trend!  I really like this romantic looking one from Windsor.

I love this adorable little romper from 90's Lullaby.  The fringe is such a fun touch!

 I think these simple Jack Rogers sandals would perfectly complete the look!

And it's an outdoor concert, so I can't forget my sunglasses!   (P.S. - These are $12 knockoffs of the Versaces that I bought 3 years ago... What. a steal.)



  Planning my outfit out makes me even more excited to go!  Are y'all planning on going to any concerts this summer?!  What will you be wearing?

XX,

SS

P.S. - I love reading & responding to y'all's comments, but for some reason, my account won't let me reply on Blogger any more.  While I'm trying to get this worked out, I'll be responding by email.  Please make sure that you aren't a no-reply blogger, or I won't be able to respond to you! 

Instructions (borrowed from Life with Emily)
Enable your e-mail: BLOGGER ACCOUNTS: Click on your dashboard // click on edit profile (upper right hand corner) // place a check mark next to "show my email address" // scroll to the bottom and click "save profile" :)


Monday, July 14, 2014

Humbling Moments

Friday morning was a bad one.  Mostly just because I was overwhelmed and unhappy with so many things that I had already convinced myself that the day was going to be rotten before it even started.  I had worked 12 hours the day before and wasn't allowed to have overtime, so I was having to leave work early.  One of the dogs I was petsitting waited until right after his walk to poop on the floor, and I planted my little Jack Rogers sandal straight into it.  My boss was late for an early morning appointment, so I was trying to keep the client entertained, except he keep staring at me strangely like he had seen a ghost.  Noon rolled around before I knew it, and I was super nervous because I had written a really honest blog post , and I wasn't sure how it was going to go over or what kind of backlash I might receive.

I didn't have much time to worry, because my weekly hour to "play receptionist" was occurring from noon to one.  There was a local festival kicking off that day, so our lobby was basically a circus, and I did not have the patience to play ringleader.  The phone wouldn't stop ringing, and I ended up having to do my job and the job of a volunteer.  It was seriously one curveball after another.

And then in walks a gentleman.  He stood and looked at me for sometime, and when I spoke to him, he didn't answer.  I was used to having people do this, as there are so many discourteous people that come into our office.  He waved at me a little and then went and sat down on a bench, breathing heavily and digging through his bag.  I put what I was doing on hold to run and grab him a water, assuming he was probably just out of breath and that's why he wasn't talking, because he seemed so friendly.  His eyes lit up when I handed him the water, and he signed "thank you" to me.  It all made sense - he had a hearing impairment.

I spent the next forty-five minutes tending to his needs.  I helped him purchase a t-shirt from the gift shop.  I stumbled through hand motions with him until he asked me for a note pad.  He made me a list of what he needed and added a few questions.  I printed out bus schedules for different lines and circled things in the festival schedule.  I wrote down what time roads would be closing so he could alter his routes.  I gave him multiple maps and circled the requested landmarks.  I marked out where to go watch the fireworks.  He wrote me a little note letting me know that he had everything he needed, and I wrote back to have fun.  I waved by to him and we both left - my day at work was ending, but his day of exploring was just beginning.

I was convinced that my day couldn't have gone any worse.  And then God reminded me otherwise.

Mondays are rough.  Turn to God for the patience that you need to get through the day.  I pray that your day only goes uphill from here.  

And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. 10 That’s why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone, and especially to our Christian brothers.  - Galatians 6:9-10

God Bless,

SS

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Confession

As bloggers, we all know that there's nothing better than positive publicity for your blog.  I almost die of happiness anytime someone retweets or favorites a tweet about my blog, just because I know it means someone has read it.  I love blogging, and I love the relationships that I have been able to build through this site.

I am always very skeptical about anything that I am asked to review.  Thanks to my day job, I know how important branding is.  And quite frankly, if I don't have anything nice to say about a product, I would prefer not to say anything at all.

When I moved out of my house and onto my own, I didn't actually reveal the whole story.  There were months worth of domestic abuse issues going on, and I finally decided that I could no longer live there.  I was given the opportunity to go on salary at work, which would mean a large raise.  I was ecstatic, because this meant that I would be financially stable enough to move out on my own!  However, after signing the lease, a budget cut came through.  At first I was still going to be able to receive my raise, but then HR decided it would look bad if I was able to receive a promised raise post-budget cut.  So I took the challenge of balancing my finances without the extra compensation I had been budgeting for.

Having this blog in my current situation has been so helpful.  It not only gives me something to work towards and challenge myself with, but the things that I receive to review are basically one less thing that I have to worry about buying.  So while getting razors and toothpaste to review definitely aren't the most glamorous items, I think it's awesome because it's a necessity that I don't have to purchase.  

Right after I moved into my apartment, I received a handful of offers to promote brands in exchange for publicity.  This was weird for me, because I always promoted brands in exchange for an actual item.  (How can you review something if you've actually never used it, you know?)  I felt like partnering with Raise.com on their "Closet Swap" promotion was going to be the most beneficial for me publicity wise, so I went with that one.  However, a month passed, and nothing ever resulted on their end.  I'm new to this, so I shrugged it off.  But when the final post came out, my post wasn't mentioned.  And the collage that I was supposed to be a part of doesn't exist because they realized that they couldn't fit 120 photos into an online collage.

So this is my apology to you all.  I feel like I really "sold out" by featuring a brand that I didn't have any experience with.  And as much as I debated letting it go, I would feel awful if one of you used that site because I had blogged about it and then had an unsettling experience similar to mine.  I trust blogger reviews, and I don't want anyone to feel like they can't trust mine.  When reviewing an item, my policy is to post a disclosure letting the reader know that I received the item in exchange for a review.  Regardless of what I have received for free, all opinions are my own and 100% honest.

With that being said, thanks for being a reader of my blog.  What started out as something to keep myself occupied because of a long distance relationship has turned into something much bigger than that.  I'm so appreciative of y'all, and I can't wait for you to see the posts I'm rolling out next week.

XX,

SS

P.S. - If you are curious about the post that I am referring to - Summer Trends with Raise.com.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lately

 My thoughts have been scattered and a little bit of everywhere lately.  Here is a little update on my life at the moment!

Steroids
I somehow made it five years without a serious flare up a chronic illness that I was diagnosed with back in 2008.  Fast forward to two weeks ago... I felt feverish on my way home from the bachelorette party and I knew it was all over.  A week later, I was given a same day appointment with my specialist and BOOM, back on steroids.

If you've never taken Prednisone before, it is basically the devil.  My body will sweat, but I will be so cold that my teeth are chattering.  I only crave processed foods.  (Because of the nature of the illness, I can't have salad or basically anything else with seeds, "ruffage," etc.)  I'm wired, but have no motivation.  I have a cute little "moon face" and the backs of my knees and stomach are so swollen.  Hot. Anyways, counting down the days (35) until I'm off of these suckers and feeling like myself again!

New Makeup Haul



I've always been kind of a makeup snob.  I think part of it is because I can try the products on in advance at a makeup counter or have someone apply it for me so that I know how to do so properly.  I've always found drug store cosmetics to be a risk that I wasn't willing to take.  However, my budget at the moment doesn't allow for fancy makeup, and I'm out, so I gave Maybelline a try.

I paid $8.99 for the Maybelline BB Cream, and I can't complain about the price for the quality.  (I should note that this is the first BB Cream that I've tried, so I'm not comparing it to anything else.)  I do wish that it came in a few more shades, and I'm slightly concerned that I'm going to fly right through the bottle.  (But with that price, I can afford to purchase it more frequently than my Smashbox CC Cream that lasted forever.)  I love that it comes with SPF!

When I had my makeup done for my little's wedding, my makeup artist used eyeshadows from her Naked Palette to do my brows!  I was in awe.  Since I own Naked 3, the colors aren't exactly what I need for my brows, so I decided to cheat and use a pencil - Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil.  My hair is naturally a light brown, but my brows are naturally black and super coarse.  I'm still learning how to make this pencil look natural, but so far, I have been pleased! It's cheap and easy to use - I seriously just blend out all of my mistakes.


Makeoverly

I'm still writing over at Makeoverly!  My most recent post is about office appropriate accessories.  If you haven't already, be sure to check out my other posts on there.  And if you like something that I've written, please share it via their site!!  It helps me out tremendously :)


Upcoming Blog Posts 
I'm currently working on a guest post for Lauren Rose Prep about what to expect during sorority recruitment, so keep an eye out for the next week!

I've also partnered up with another great company to do a review, and I am super excited about that.

If y'all have any suggestions for posts, want to/want me to guest post, have your product reviewed, or anything of that nature, just shoot me an email!

Little Problems Giveaway


I sent the winner an email yesterday, so if you entered, please check your email!  If I don't hear from the winner within 48 hours of the original email that was sent, I will be selecting a new winner... so don't miss out :)


Shew, that felt like I was at a staff meeting!  Haha.  Now I want to know, what have you been up to lately?!  I would love to hear all about it!

Happy Thursday!

XX,

SS

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Why Standardized Testing Sucks



Once again, I prepare to take the LSAT.  For those of you that have been with me since day 1, you know that this is my third time taking it. I must be a glutton for punishment or something.

Quite frankly, my decision to retake the LSAT comes from the fact that I refuse to settle.  I got into some wonderful schools my first time around, but I wasn't ready.  I didn't want to go into a stressful situation already stressed because I wasn't receiving any scholarships (my second choice school) or because I had missed a full ride by 1 point on the LSAT (my third choice school.)  (In case you're wondering where my first choice is, I didn't get in.  Talk about a humbling experience.)

I hate the LSAT.  I know that hate is a very strong word, and I feel like it's appropriate to use it in this situation.  I hate that if I don't have an exemplary score, I can basically hang it up at certain schools because my shiny letters of recommendation won't even be seen.  I believe that I am more than a number.

By deciding that I am only a number, law schools are missing out on some really great qualities that I know I possess.

I am determined.  My GPA could be much higher, but I decided to stay in college when I was diagnosed with cancer.  I knew that if I didn't have something to keep me going, I would become even more depressed than I already was.  I didn't really have a lot of strength or motivation to study, and some days my friends had to physically pull my butt out of bed and take me to dinner, but having a semblance of routine to my life is what pulled me through.  So I will never get into Harvard or  Yale or Vanderbilt, but you can bet that when the going gets tough, I won't be dropping out of wherever I end up.

I am creative.  I may never excel at the "logical reasoning" portion of the test.  But you better believe that I can logically reason just about any purchase that I make.  (And fun fact, I kick butt at logic games, which I like to think is partially because I am creative, and partially because of my event planning experience.  Gotta love a question that involves a seating arrangement at a dinner party!)

I've won some pretty cool awards.  Like the Outstanding Greek Alumnus Award given out by my university.  And an award given out by a local chapter of PRSA.  And a cute little paper plate award naming me as the Next Elle Woods.  

I care.  I care more about people and their well-being than I do about money.  If I was in it for the Benjamins, I would have thrown a peace sign up as I left after my glamorous event internship at a non-profit.  But I stayed, because I loved what I did there, and I'm passionate about what I do.  My job doesn't just involve planning events.  The events simply help fund what we do.  And I love what we do, so so much.

So who is with me that standardized testing sucks?!

XX,

SS

P.S. - I wrote this post almost a month ago, and I found it this morning while scrambling for something to write about.  I have been down on myself lately, so seeing these positive affirmations was definitely a little pick me up.

P.P.S. - Is there anything y'all would like to see me blog about that I haven't covered?  I don't want to get repetitive or bore y'all, so please feel free to send me some ideas! :)





Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ten Tips for Bridesmaids

A few weekends ago, I had the absolute honor and pleasure of being in my little's wedding.  I had never been in a wedding before, with the exception of being a flower girl in my aunt's second wedding and a junior bridesmaid in my mom's second wedding a few weeks later.  While I would not have traded the experience for anything, it was definitely a learning experience!  Here are some things I wish someone would have told me about being a bridesmaid.


1. Start saving up immediately.  I had no idea how much it was going to cost to be in a wedding.  Because other bridesmaids were coming from out of town, all of the wedding festivities happened in a week - a regular shower, lingerie shower, bachelorette party, bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, and actual wedding.  Looking back, I wish I would have set aside $10 from each paycheck between the time that I was asked and the week of the wedding.  Having saved $260 over the course of a year is a lot more pleasant than pulling it all out of your checking account at one time!

2. Expect unexpected costs.  Things are going to happen.  My bridesmaid dress came in without beading on it, and the shop we ordered from in China refused to do anything about it.  My hair ended up being $20 more expensive than I was quoted (which also raised the tip.)  I decided three hours before the rehearsal dinner that I needed a strapless bra for the wedding.  So pack a little bit more cash than you had planned on for minor emergencies.

3. Suck it up, and keep smiling.  It's hard to get along with a group of girls, especially when you all come from different backgrounds and know the bride in different ways.  I was surprised to experience the treatment that I did from adult females.  The best thing to do is ignore it, pray for that person (and also pray that you don't snap on them if you're anything like me), have a glass of wine, and move on.

4. The day belongs to the BRIDE. Okay, so this one sounds like common sense, but some people don't actually understand this.  Unless you are the one saying "I Do," put your agendas aside.  Creating unnecessary drama to receive personal attention on a day that is already dramatic enough is just really uncouth and uncalled for.  You were chosen as a member of the wedding party because there was some quality about you that the bride wanted there with her through everything, whether it's your calm nature or the way that you would fiercely protect her wishes.  Do everything in your power to make her big day as easy as possible for her!  And be grateful that you were chosen to be a part of something so special!

5. Be careful who you trust with your hair.  This one sounds silly, but I'm still brushing out knots from all of the teasing that went down on my hair... ten days ago.  (P.S. - Leave in conditioner is amazing... just in case your experience is anything like mine.)

6. Tissues are a must.  I may or may not have sobbed profusely as my little walked down the aisle.  Quite honestly, I don't think there was a dry eye in the barn.  In hindsight, I wish I would have kept a small hanky in my hand to have wiped my running nose.  (That much crying...)

7. Ask questions.  It was my first wedding, so I didn't know all of the things that other members of the bridal party knew, as most of them had been in a wedding before.  It's better to ask questions and be confident in what you will be doing than to stand silently and screw up the day of the wedding.

8. Fib if you must.  I'm not encouraging you to lie, I'm just encouraging you to polish up the truth a little in case of an emergency.  When the wedding venue wasn't set up completely in time for the wedding (yikes!) the majority of the bridesmaids snuck over to help.  And when the cake melted, we all acted like we didn't know, even though we knew for a good fifteen minutes before the bride did.  (Fun fact - I also learned that it's actually quite common for cakes to melt during an outdoor wedding at the end of June.  Another little head's up ;) )

9. Your duties don't end after the ceremony.  As the bride, groom, and their parents head off, things will be discovered.  Like there's not enough room in the car to bring something home because the bride and groom unexpectedly received a bunch of massive presents.  (Good problem to have!)  I currently have the top tier of the wedding cake in my freezer because no one else had room for it in their cars.  Go out of your way to help after the reception, because in my opinion, it can be even more stressful than the walking down the aisle part.

10. HAVE FUN!   Being part of such a special day was one of the biggest honors of my life!  Make the time to take photos and collect memories.  It truly is a once in a life time opportunity!


Hopefully these ten tips will help your next wedding experience be a total breeze! 
 And congratulations again to my sweet little bride & her adoring husband!  Cheers to forever!  :)

XX, 

SS

Monday, July 7, 2014

"Vow" Vox Box Review

 


 This review is brought to you by a partnership with Influenster.  I received the following items for free, but all opinions are my own.



If you've never heard of Influenster before, it's a super cool site where you review items and take surveys to earn badges.  As your "influence" goes up, you're considered for Vox Boxes - boxes full of surprise goodies!  You then are to review the goodies, blog about them, do social media tasks, etc.  It's a pretty cool website, and if you're interested in getting involved, I will be glad to send you an email invite!  (It will help both of our scores!)  With that being said, here are my reviews for the items that were included in my #VowVoxBox!




I had never really used any Sally Hansen polishes before, aside from base and top coats.  (Both of which I found to be extremely disappointing, but that's a different story.)  The "Barracuda" shade is seriously the perfect shade of Tiffany blue.  I needed a little something to keep my nails looking good for a few days before having a manicure for a wedding.  Let me tell you - this polish was great for four days!  It barely chipped around the edges, which says a lot since I'm pretty rough on my nails and constantly typing.  Retail is $7.99, and I think that's pretty fair since the quality seems to be up to par with Essie.




In all honesty, I'm pretty skeptical about the things that I will put on my face.  I tried out a skin care system for the blog, and my face burned for two weeks.  Since my skin was finally calming down from that little mishap, I hesitantly gave this a try.  I love it.  I started using it three weeks ago, and there is definitely a difference in my skin to the point that I no longer feel the need to wear high coverage foundation.  I actually look forward to moisturizing at night, the smell is pleasant, and it only takes a little bit.  Retail is listed at $30.99, but I've seen it much cheaper on the internet.




I have a coupon for 50% off of a wedding website.  I'm not getting married any time soon, so the first person to email me for it is welcome to it!




 Shaving my legs is not my favorite activity by any means.  My legs are prone to getting ingrown hairs, and I have to awkwardly twist my body around because I'm terrified of cutting my knee up.  I like this shaving cream because it makes shaving my legs a little more luxurious.  It smells nice, it's soft, and I feel like it makes me legs soft, as well.  The best part?  It's super cheap!  Depending on the size, it's between $1.49 - $2.18.


EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge

This sponge is unique because before use, it feels like a pumice stone - it's rough and hard.  However, once you get it wet, it feels very plastic.  The purpose of the sponge is supposed to be to remove makeup with the help of a gentle cleanser; however, I ended up having to use a makeup removing wipe before and after using the sponge, which I felt just defeated the whole purpose.  It retails at $5.99.




If you've never tried one of these, you're missing out.  Within days of receiving this, I had already used it to clean salad dressing off of my dress, coffee off of my mom's shirt, and chocolate off of my boyfriend.  If you're messy like I am (or surrounded by messy people,) these babies are a necessity.  Retails at $7.99 for a pack of three.   


Have you tried any of these products before?  Hope everyone had a great long weekend!

XX,

SS

Disclaimer:  I received these products for free through a partnership with Influenster; however, all opinions are my own.  Also, I do not own any of the photos in this post.  I have linked them back to the site that I found them at.  Please do the same if you choose to remove the photos from my site.  Thank you :)    



Friday, July 4, 2014

Follow Friday

Hi there!  Hope everyone is having a happy Fourth so far!  Regardless of what your plans are for the day, don't let us forget to remember the real reasoning behind Independence Day.

For any of y'all that are on Twitter, you've probably seen the hashtag "#FF" by now.  #FF stands for "Follow Friday," meaning that accounts tweet links to who you should follow.  I thought that would be a fun thing to do today :)

Katelyn Carter


Katelyn is my girl!  She is a Phi Mu alumna currently living in Alabama.  She tweets a lot about country music and Christianity.  Such a sweetheart, and definitely worth a follow!
Twitter:  @_katelyncarter
Insta:  @katelync


Carly P.

 

Carly is another sweet girl that I absolutely adore!  She is a Chi O alumna and recently graduated from De Paul University.  Her tweets are cute and girly, and her blog features a lot of encouraging words and fashion spreads.  (Plus great giveaways!)
Twitter:  @chicagoprepster
Insta:  @carlygp


Carly Heitlinger


I don't think I could make a list of my favorite accounts without listing Carly from The College Prepster.  She is such an inspiration to me!
Twitter: @collegeprepster
Insta:  @collegeprepster


Kiss My Southern Sass


Kiss My Southern Sass is one of my favorite twitter accounts.  The tweets are so sassy (...obviously!) and there are usually some fun giveaways!  Definitely an account and brand worth checking out.
Twitter:  @kissmysthrnsass
Insta:  @kissmysthrnsass


So now I'm dying to know... Who belongs in your #FF that I should check out on Twitter?  And if you aren't following me yet, check my account out - @seersuckersass.

Wishing you all a happy & safe Independence Day!  God Bless America!

XX,

SS


Dislaimer:  I received no compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.  Also, I do not own any of the photos in this post.  If you choose to use one for yourself, please remember to credit back to the original source.  Thanks :)