Seersucker Sass: August 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Making a Statement [Guest Post]



 Hello friends!  TGIF, right?!  I am very excited to have Zena from Golden State Prepster guest posting on the blog today!  I am loving this post about statement jewelry for all budgets.  Be sure to check out her site & show her lots of love!



Making a Statement 
It’s called statement jewelry for a reason.  Who doesn’t worry whether their glittering necklace will appear gaudy, tasteless, or over the top? But I think this is part of statement jewelry’s charm. It projects you’re a girl who likes what she likes, and will walk proudly in her glittery earrings and huge necklaces! Statement jewelry is that one finishing touch which turns a simple outfit into something everyone loves.  

Upping a simple outfit Audrey Hepburn is amazing and all, but I think that iconic photo of her would be a little less special without the glittering pearls she wears around her neck. Emulate this classy queen by adding a special touch to formal dresses, professional attire, casual dresses, or even jeans and a collared shirt. 

Adding contrast or coordination Statement jewelry can bring an outfit “head to toe” with coordination. Match a maroon skirt with maroon earrings, or complement colorful heels with an equally colorful necklace. 

Contrast This definitely takes guts, and doesn’t always work. Some of my favorite combos are blue and gold (denim top and a necklace), pink and orange, and pink and green (think Lilly!) 

Adding color We can all admit that our closets contain more white, gray, and black than lovely pastels or happy bright colors. Statement jewelry provides that pop of color which can transform an outfit. A bonus is that you don’t need to worry as much about jewelry color fading or not exactly matching another tone. 

In this post, I have six different types of jewelry, on price points for every budget. Hope you enjoy!






What are your favorite statement pieces in your wardrobe?

On an unrelated note, what's everyone doing this long weekend?  I am so excited to be picking my boyfriend up at the airport tomorrow... Two weeks has felt like a lifetime!  (And a trip to the airport gives me an excuse to play in Knoxville all day and FINALLY visit the new Lilly store!)

XX, 

S.S.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First "Juicing" Experience

I never have very good photos for blog posts, and this post is no exception.  While it is something that I am trying to get better about, I am generally inspired to blog about something after I've actually experienced it, rather than experience something to blog about it.  Perhaps I will never be a professional blogger, but I strive for my posts to be genuine.

With that being said, a few weekends ago, my boyfriend flew out to California for a training.  On my way home from dropping him off at the airport, I made a little stop in Market Square.  I needed some me time, and I really wanted to see what everyone had been raving about.  Personally, I think Market Square might be my paradise.  Food trucks, fresh food, and cute shops... I couldn't ask for much more!  (Oh, and can I be the Eloise of The Oliver Hotel?)

I stopped into Just Ripe because it was 3 pm, I hadn't eaten all day, and it gave me a vibe that it's okay that I'm in there eating alone.  Feeling adventurous, I decided to try a juice!  I went with the CAB juice - Carrot, Apple, and Beet.  The juice was sweet and frothy, probably a little too sweet and frothy for my liking.  (Are all juices like this?!)  I think that next time, I'm going to get wild and try the Lemony Green juice.



While I'm on the topic of Just Ripe, if you are in the area, you MUST try one of their Dixie Biscuits!  Pimento cheese, bacon, and homemade pepper jelly on a buttermilk biscuit.  It's quite possibly the best thing that I have ever tasted.  Not nearly as healthy as the juice I had, but I think it's a nice balance ;)  And the people that work there are sooo friendly!  Really can't say enough nice things about my experience.

Now I want to hear from you - What was your first juicing experience like?!  What's your favorite combo that I should try?!  I am so intrigued by this trend.

XX,

S.S

Note:  I own all photos in this post.  Please give credit where credit is due and link back to my site if you choose to use them.  Also, this is not a sponsored post, and I received no compensation for it.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY with Darby Smart: Mason Jar Aquarium

You can't use up creativity.
The more you use,
the more you have.
-Maya Angelou

For starters, I was super annoyed that this was called an aquarium and not a terrarium on the Darby Smart website.  However, it was explained that the blue Mason Jar was supposed to represent blue water like beach waves, so I'm cool with that.  Moving right along…

I usually like to order craft kits that involve more steps (i.e. are messier, because I love making a good mess), but I ordered this one from Darby Smart because I had a credit that was about to expire.  What I like about this craft is that it's easy to replicate - mason jars, sea shells, sand, moss, and air plants.  I feel like this would be an awesome craft for babysitting, and I'm sure there's a science lesson in there somewhere.

For those of you who have never ordered from Darby Smart before, here is how your packages will arrive:

 Internet Rehab Inside!


 They are so resourceful with their packaging!  Everything arrives cutely, but the jars are also stuff with materials.


Everything that you will need for this craft:
- Mason Jars
- 6 oz bag of sand 
(I would recommend purchasing more) 
- Assorted seashells
- Moss
- Air Plants
(and a card with a code for getting directions online!)


Before you start on your project, let your air plants soak!  They only need about 10 minutes, and only need to be watered every 2-3 days.  Mine had been soaking the perfect amount of time when I finished the project.


Voila!  Here are the jars that I created!  I started with a base of sand, followed by some shells, followed by moss, more shells, more moss, and an air plant on top!  Ultimately, it will look however you want it to :)




What do y'all think about my DIY?  Have you ever shopped with Darby Smart before?

XX,

S.S.

Note:  I own all photos in this post.  Please link back to this post if you choose to use a photo.  Also, this is not a sponsored post, and I have no affiliation with Darby Smart.  I purchased this kit, along with my other Darby Smart kits, through the use of personal funds and credits that I received.  If you click on one of the "Darby Smart" links in this post and purchase something, I will receive a credit.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

J. Crew Fall Favorites

Sundays are blogging days in my world.  And just about every Sunday, I put out an open call asking my friends on Twitter what I should blog about.  This post is thanks to one of those responses! 

A large chunk of my wardrobe is from J. Crew & J. Crew Factory.  The Factory store is usually having some kind of amazing sale, and for the most part, everything I've purchased there has been high quality.  (The one exception to the rule is my favorite hot pink paper bag skirt who met an untimely death when I slipped on a patch of ice on Valentine's Day… Rest in peace, my friend.)

With that being said, here are my J. Crew + Factory fall favorites:

The summer before my sophomore year of college started up, my dad bought me a very overpriced sweatshirt from J.Crew and told me I better wear it.  He would probably be grossed out with how much I wore that thing.  It was the coziest sweatshirt I have ever owned.  This sweatshirt is so similar, and also benefits a fund that rescues, hand raises, and reintegrates elephants!  I'm encouraging you to splurge on this one.

This blouse is perfect for work.  I can see myself tucking it into a pencil skirt or wearing it on casual Friday with dark denim skinny jeans and a great pair of heels.  I'd also throw on a gold necklace.  (Seeing as how I've planned a whole outfit around this piece, I should probably purchase it.)

I never ever thought I would become one of "those women" who wears heels to work everyday.  But now that I've been introducing them into my wardrobe, I want to buy a million pairs.  I never purchased a pair of boyfriend jeans because I didn't wear heels, but I am loving the combo shown in this picture!

I own a ton of these tees, and I am obsessed with them + this shade of oxblood.  (I'm actually wearing one as I type this.)  They're lightweight and comfy and perfect for layering.  I usually go up a size on mine because I like them to fit a bit baggy.  For $14.50 each, now is the time to stock up!

I think this sweater is perfect for days when it's a little chilly outside, but not cool enough for a coat.  I love that it has front pockets, because who doesn't love pockets?!

Pockets and leather - two of my favorite things!  I will probably go all black with this piece - black leggings + black combat boots.

My love for leather does not discriminate, whether it be a touch of leather or an entire "leather" dress.  I would wear this with a fun statement necklace and classic black or nude pumps!

I saved my favorite piece for last!  I can definitely see myself wearing this to work.  It reminds me of a motorcycle jacket with the funky zippers - a nice edgy touch to a classic piece!

What are your favorited J. Crew + Factory pieces for fall?  Did I leave something out?

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

XX, 

S.S.


Note:  I do not own any of the photos above, and I have linked them back to their appropriate site.  Also, this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.




Friday, August 22, 2014

Casual Friday: Colorful Denim

I am lucky enough to work in an office place that observes Casual Friday.  If I told you that I didn't start planning my Friday outfit a week in advance, I would be lying.

Last weekend after dropping my boyfriend off at the airport, I went exploring.  I stumbled upon these amazing Lilly Pulitzer Worth Skinny Mini Pants in the Bomber Blue Hush print.  (P.S. - I was in a super hurry to wear them before Labor Day, but after some research, I found that they were from the Fall Line... Looks like I have another season in store with these babies!)  Long story short, buying these pants made me realize that I actually have one pair of blue jeans that I wear (dark & skinny), but every other pair that I have is colorful!  

Today's Casual Friday Look
Since the pants were so bright, I wanted a basic piece on top.  I have a lot of these J.Crew tees because they're super lightweight and comfortable.  Extra points for the fact that they feel nice on sunburned skin and some are on sale for $14.99 right now.
I paired this with my monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals and a fishtail braid.  I think it would look adorable with the shirt tucked in and a nude colored skinny belt!

When shopping for colored denim, I usually find great pieces on White House Black Market's sale rack!  I didn't find much on their site, but here are some other pieces that I thought y'all might like!


Lacoste, $80.99 (on sale!)

What are your casual Friday favorites?
 Have a great weekend!!

XX,

S.S.


Note:  I do not own any of the photos on this post.  I have linked them back to their appropriate site.  Also, this is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NASCAR Fashion

I've grown up around Bristol Motor Speedway, and for as long as I can remember, NASCAR has been a part of the area's culture, as well as my family's culture.  Every year there are two NASCAR races at the Speedway, and the fall race is this weekend!  Last year I volunteered at the race for a non-profit (...never again.) and this year I am actually working for a promotional company at an event.  (I am actually doing that as you read this... Pray for me.)

If you've never been to a NASCAR race before, you are going to see a little bit of everything.  I know all of my friends in college would use it as an excuse to break out boots, denim, camo, flag themed items, beer brand items... you name it!  If you've never been to a Bristol race before, here are some outfit ideas.

You will basically be in a sea of denim.  If you want to follow along with the denim trend, try this adorable dress!  You could even wear it with some cute Ked like shoes.  It seems lightweight, which is important because it gets HOT.


If you want more of an "authentic" look, here ya go.  I can just about guarantee that you'll get compliments on your tank.  (Also, check out this NASCAR tank.)

If option one seems too formal and option two seems a little too informal for your liking, this t-shirt dress from Lou & Grey is a great middle ground! 

When dressing for a race, comfort and coolness are key.  You will do a lot of walking and moving, and it will be pretty hot!

Are any of y'all heading to the Bristol races this year?

XX,

S.S.

Note: I do not own any of the photos in this post; however, I have linked them back to their appropriate sources.  Please remember to do the same if you choose to use them.
Also, this is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Non-Negotiables

My friend SF is probably the funniest person that I know.  I can be having the absolute worst day at work, and she will make some comment that will turn my sad tears into crying tears.  #thankful  The other day, SF and I were being typical girls and discussing what we want our weddings to be like when the time comes.  SF said that her "non-negotiables" were lobster and champagne for each guest, so if that meant having a wedding on an obscure day and only inviting 30 people, it would just have to happen like that.  At first, I thought it was the most ridiculous thing that I had ever heard.  But when she used the term "non-negotiables," I knew that she meant business.  


Compromise is a very important part of life, but so are the non-negotiables. In my eyes, the non-negotiables are the things that make us who we are and can define our character.  I accepted my job offer because I wanted a job where every day would be something new; for me, that is a non-negotiable. In a relationship, my biggest non-negotiable is honesty.  Feeling like someone is dishonest with you is one of the worst feelings in the world, and once trust is broken, it's never the same.  I even have non-negotiables in clothing - I don't like anything that's too short, shows my stomach, or is ill fitting.

Today is only Wednesday, but I am feeling pretty beat down by the week already.  If you're in the same boat that I am, take a moment to think about what your non-negotiables are.  Is the reason that you're feeling beat down related to some of your non-negotiables?  Maybe it's time to cut off a dead end friendship or get back to having 8 hours of sleep a night with that non-negotiable bedtime of 10 pm?  Maybe it's time to start looking for a new job where your time and talents will be appreciated?

I hope that your week is going well, so far!  Thank goodness that we're on the downward slope towards the weekend from here!

What are your non-negotiables?

XX,

S.S.

P.S. - I know that I have been doing a lot of composition-esque writing lately, but I'm planning to have some fashion pieces the rest of the week!

P.P.S. - This post is dedicated to my sweet friend Katy.  I am so proud of her.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

24 Before 24 - Halfway Point!

Well friends, I have definitely hit the halfway point of my 24 before 24 challenge!  Thanks for enjoying this ride with me!  Judging by the looks of this list, I have some things to get started on.


  1. Learn calligraphy - I haven't even started.  But I have decided to put law school off for another year due to some unexplained health issues, so that will allow me more time to do things I actually want!
  2. Devote myself to a devotional -  I really fell in love with a devotional, and then I fell out of it.  I must get better about this.
  3. Spend a weekend in Asheville - I went to Asheville for a painting class and dinner, but I am hoping to go back for my boyfriend & I's one year anniversary in November!  I went to Market Square in Knoxville this weekend, and it reminded me a lot of Asheville.  I definitely want to go back there, as well!
  4. Regularly attend church - I am about to take a big step in my faith.  I was raised Methodist, but I haven't regularly attended church since I was 15.  I have plans to start attending a Catholic church, as I also plan to convert to Catholicism.  I have been praying a lot about whether or not this is a step that I should take, and also praying about who my sponsor will be.
  5. 100 Happy Days Challenge
  6. Utilize the shift key
  7. Become a devoted yogi - This one could use work.  I haven't been taking classes as regularly as I used to, but I have been trying to watch a youtube yoga session each night before bed!
  8. Plan an amazing bridal shower
  9. Law school "stuff" - Officially putting this one off for another year until I figure out what's going on with my body.
  10. Visit a "Paint your own pottery" studio
  11. Have a 3-year cancer free celebration
  12. Plan another sold out event - It's in December.... sooo nervous!
  13. Stay away from caffeine
  14. Do more Meals on Wheels routes - I do not know why this one stresses me out so badly.
  15. Add to my Lilly Pulitzer collection - This weekend, I found an amazing pair of Lilly Pulitzer jeans on a ridiculous sale.  It's disgusting how cheaply I got them.  Also, the After Party Sale helped me to expand my collection by adding this ipad case, a navy tassel necklace, a Murfee scarf in 'Pop', and Define Nice sweater to my collection.  (I really want to wear the sweater for the company Christmas party!)  Update - just added the Eliza dress in navy.
  16. Continue improvements on the blog -  I have finally decided on a logo! So from there, it will all come together.  EEEEEKKK!
  17. Visit Nashville again - Working on it.
  18. Be a birthday fairy - I surprised a friend with cupcakes for her birthday, so I'm on the right path!
  19. Go to a concert - I went to see Train, and it was AMAZING.  I was beyond impressed.
  20. Plan a brunch - Still working on it.
  21. Find a diet that works - Yesterday started a transition into a low carb diet.  This isn't a decision made for weight loss, but instead to help my blood sugar.
  22. Put more effort into my professional appearance Trying to look like more of Joan and less of a Peggy.  I'm obsessed with Mad Men.
  23. Keep smiling
  24. Continue doing things that scare me - This month's thing that scares me is doing some promotional modeling at a local event with no one that I know.  Hopefully everything goes (decently) smoothly!
 Thanks for following along on my journey!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!

XX,

S.S.

Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Live with Roommates (Minus the Drama)

I lived with roommates my sophomore, junior, and senior years of college.  If I told you it was all a walk in the park, I would be telling a huge lie.  If you're anything like me, sharing space is not an easy thing to do.  With college about to start back up, I thought it would be good timing to share with y'all some things that I have found make having a roommate a pleasant experience!

1. Clean up after yourself.  When sharing space with others, it is only polite.  (Especially if there are limited dishes & silverware!)  Roommates are not maids.  If you eat something, wash your dish and load it into the dishwasher.  If you spill something, wipe it up.  If you use the last of the toilet paper, replace the roll.  (And just remember, when tensions get high, no one can freak out on you for not cleaning up after yourself!)

2. Set rules.  I get it - you just moved away from home, and you're in college now so rules are lame.  However, knowing up front what behavior is and isn't acceptable up front makes life much easier and prevents a lot of drama.  Decide on how late guests should be allowed over, what the protocol is if a boy comes over, who is in charge of what chores, rules for borrowing clothing, etc.  We all have our quirks, and expressing things we're a little psycho about (for me, it's a clean kitchen) will save lots of headaches.  I promise, it will make things easier.   (And if one of your roommates turns out to be a lunatic, being able to show that you all agreed upon a list of rules and said roommate continues to break them will help you have her removed.)

3. Don't take advantage of others' supplies.  Sometimes it makes more sense to grab someone else's dryer sheet than to run to the store and by more before throwing your clothes into the dryer.  But consistently using someone else's "supplies" is unfair.  (I once heard someone say that it was okay to use a roommate's detergent because the roommate's parents had paid for it… Flawed logic.  Don't do it.)  Shared supplies are another great time when a schedule or some cutesy dry erase board come in handy.  If someone is consistently having to buy all of the supplies, eventually there will be a disagreement about it.  And quite frankly, it's not right to expect on person to do all of that.

4. Be respectful.  This rule is mostly just to reiterate the first three rules.  Be respectful of your roommates and their space.  Be respectful of shared space. If your roommate is in the living room studying, don't sit there and watch music videos without your headphones in.  If you always watch Pretty Little Liars as a group, don't bring your boyfriend over to lay on the couch and watch movies at 8 pm on a Tuesday night.  It all goes back to The Golden Rule - treat others the way that you wish to be treated.

5. Be open.  If someone you live with has pissed you off, politely say something to them.  If you feel uncomfortable being that bold about it, try writing them a note (still politely.)  It's easier to say something and resolve the situation than pout around like a child.

I hope that these tips will make living with a roommate much smoother!



Friday, August 15, 2014

Links I Love

Last night's unexpected trip to the ER put a little damper on today's blogging plans.  So instead of writing something original for you that may not make sense (I have been so disoriented lately,) here are some posts that I think y'all will enjoy!

So You Want to Start a Blog  A lot of people ask me how to start a blog.  Cathleen at Classy Cathleen explains it a million times better than I ever could.  Even if you already have a blog, she has some great tips. 

What Your Ponytail Says About You  Super guilty of "The Antenna."

Doc CarrieO's Relationship School  Awesome and honest relationship and communication advice.

7 Places to Find Free Photos to Use for Your Blog or Website  I have this site bookmarked on the toolbar of every computer that I blog from.


Have a great weekend!  
(Since I took a sick day today to attempt to recover from whatever is ailing me, I've already kicked my weekend off by laying in bed eating French Silk ice cream from the carton.)

XX,

S.S.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Restaurant Review: Uptown Catering

I've never done a restaurant review, but I know I have some readers that live in Michigan, so I wanted to let y'all know about Uptown Catering!

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I drove up to Kentucky to meet his family halfway for dinner.  It was such a nice treat to see them, since we hadn't seen them since Father's Day.  We were definitely spoiled, because they also brought along a cooler full of Armenian food!

My boyfriend, Chris, is Armenian, and his uncle Gary owns Uptown Catering - the source of our Armenian goodies.  Sunday afternoon was a lazy one for us, and we heated up the frozen goodies in the oven.  SO GOOD.  Oh my gosh, so good.



We had lahmajoons & cheese boeregs.  Lahmajoons are Armenian pizzas that are usually topped with a mixture of lamb (occasionally beef), peppers, and onions.  It sounds less than appetizing and doesn't photograph too beautifully, but I seriously feel like I'm tasting Heaven when I eat one.  Cheese boeregs are a pasty made of cheese and fillo dough.  They do not disappoint.
(I wish that I had taken a better photo, but I got the idea for a review post-meal.  The cheese boeregs are on the left, and the lahmajoons are on the right.)

I had them for lunch again on Monday, and they were seriously so delicious that I wanted to have them for dinner, but at the same time I want to save them for a special occasion.

Basically, the point of this is that if you live or visit near Keego Harbor, Michigan, you should check them out.  (The exact address is 2038 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor, MI.)  I don't know if I've ever been so in love with food.  (It is kind of obsessive.)  They also have American food, hummus, and other yummies.

Have you ever been to Uptown Catering or tried Armenian food?  Doesn't it sound yummy?!

XX,

S.S.

Note:  This is not a sponsored post, just me sharing about delicious food.  No compensation was provided, and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kimonos & Kendra

Before I started seeing kimonos everywhere, my friend who owns a boutique was selling this beautiful black floral one with fringe.  I thought it was so silly, until she sold out all six of them, and I could no longer get one.  Since I missed my chance on that baby, I'm trying to find another cute, affordable one before fall rolls around.  Kimonos are so funky, and I think one great way to style them would be pairing them with equally funky Kendra Scott jewelry!



kimono | kendra
I would pair this with white jeans and some wedge sandals.


kimono | kendra
I love the way that ASOS styled this adorable kimono.  The colors seem kind of dark, so I like the touch of hot pink.

 This dress is a little more caftan than kimono, but I absolutely love it!  I love how these white earrings are fun and elegant at the same time!


  Do you share my obsession with Kendra Scott & kimonos? Which look is your favorite?!

XX,

S.S.

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  I have received no compensation in exchange for a review, and all opinions are my own.  Also, I do not own any of the photos in this post.  However, I have credited them back to their home site.  Please do the same if you choose to use any photos from this post.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Suicide & Social Media

I think that a lot of us can agree that after hearing the news of Robin Williams' passing yesterday, we felt like we had lost a life long friend.  Right before bed, I saw this horrible tweet, in which Robin Williams was tagged, that he was weak-minded, selfish, a loser, etc. because he committed suicide.  Then I got on Facebook and saw the same sentiments from a Facebook friend.

This made me physically sick.  Regardless of your thoughts on suicide, posting something like that is tasteless.  My heart hurts for my cousin, who lost her mother to suicide, and the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones in the same way.  Having to see ugly things like that posted cannot make a hard situation any easier, regardless of how much time may have passed.

When my aunt committed suicide, I was amazed at how quiet things were kept.  My dad got the call while we were at lunch with one of his co-workers, and he told me that my aunt had been in an accident.  I watched the news that night, waiting to see coverage of what I thought was a wreck.  My mom finally explained to me what was going on.  My aunt had a military funeral, and it was one of the most beautiful and grand things I have ever seen in my life.  (How someone could call a soldier of our country a coward is beyond me.)  I will never forget us discussing suicide in my seventh grade class, because it was a few months after I lost my aunt, and I didn't utter a word about how it had affected my family or myself.  I even had qualms about discussing it in this blog post.  But I am, because I want to help break the suicide stigma.

I don't expect the world to be a politically correct place.  But I do think it would be nice if people thought before they posted things that could be especially hurtful to people.  Suicide is not a joke, and there is no reason to be offensive about it.  I doubt that people would be verbally broadcasting their views on suicide.  (And if you do, please stay away from me, because it will probably take everything that I have in me not to punch you square in the jaw.)

If you are at a point in your life where you are contemplating ending your own life, please reach out to someone you trust.  Sometimes talking to a stranger is easier than talking to someone you know; if that is the case, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  If you live outside of America, here is a list of numbers for different countries.

If anyone ever needs someone to talk to, I'm here.  And I mean that.

God Bless,

Seersucker Sass