Seersucker Sass: September 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Livin' on a Prayer (Literally)

Happy Monday!  If you are looking for an edgy fashion post today, you have come to the wrong place.  But if you are looking for a little Monday Motivation, keep reading.  It has been on my heart to post this for a few days, but I have really struggled with doing so for some reason.

 This photo isn't super relevant, but isn't the sunrise beautiful?!  I took it this weekend.

Recently, I lost my health insurance.  To make a long story short, I trusted that the situation was being handled, and it wasn't.  I have a chronic illness, so without insurance, I honestly can not afford to keep myself alive.  When I explained the situation at work, I was able to be added to my company's insurance policy.  The only issue was that my insurance wouldn't be effective until the next month, and I had a medical treatment that I had to receive every six weeks coming up.

I tried so hard to find an immediate solution.  I looked into just paying for the infusion out of pocket, but I realized it would take me almost 4 years to pay for the infusion if I paid $100 a month with no interest.  My only choice was basically to suck it up and have the infusion 9 weeks out instead of 6 weeks out.  I usually spend about 5 days pre-infusion just feeling like a zombie with no energy.  I had no idea how I was going to make it 3 weeks like that. 

After a weekend of allowing myself to sulk, I took action.  I started praying.  I prayed that God would give me the energy to get through the work day.  And I woke up Monday morning with so much energy that it probably should have been illegal.  God has carried me like that for almost three weeks now - no medications and no infusion.

Last week was one of the busiest weeks of my year, and I thrived.  Saturday I ended up walking over seven miles!!! And I know that I couldn't have done it without God.  And when things went wrong, I felt an overwhelming calmness and strength to handle the situation.  I have felt like I was (literally) living on a prayer for the past three weeks.

I know that Mondays are rough, but if you ask for God's help, he will get you through the day/week/month/valley/darkness... whatever you are dealing with.  And I will always be glad to pray for you!

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read this.  Now go out there & kick Monday's butt!

XX,

S.S.

Note:  The photo in this post is mine.  Please link back to this post if you choose to use it.  Thanks :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

4-Minute Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Recipe

Happy Friday, friends!  Thanks to lots of overtime this week, my weekend has officially started!  As promised, here is the pumpkin spice chai latte recipe that I promised y'all!  I can't take credit - my bestie SF clued me into this yummy goodness & showed me the quickest way to make it. 

(Disclaimer: My goal was that the photos wouldn't capture my messy kitchen, but they did...Oops #badblogger Also, changed clothes after work but accidentally left my earrings in... Double Oops)


What you need
- Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Concentrate
- Milk or milk substitute
- Whipped Cream (optional)
- A cute mug (that's microwave safe!)


Step One:
Fill your mug 1/3 full with the Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Concentrate.



Step Two:
 Add just a little more milk than you did chai concentrate.  



For reference: 
How full my mug is after chai & milk



Step Three:
Pop it in the microwave for two minutes.


Step 4:
 Top with whipped cream & enjoy!


Who would have thought it could be so simple!  Will you be giving it a try this weekend?!

XX,

S.S.

Note:  All photos are my own.  Please link photo back to this post if you choose to use it in a post.  Also, this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tips for Managing Stress



When @ClassyGalAdvice gave the suggestion for this post, it could not have come at a better time.  I have three work events this week, I'm hosting another event for work, and on top of all of that, an even that I have been planning with my young professionals group takes place Saturday morning and will need preparations all throughout the week.  I have pretty much accepted the fact that I won't have any time to breathe until Saturday night.  Here are some tricks that I use for managing my stress:

1. Remind yourself "why." Why are you doing this?  Is it your job that you're being paid to do?  Does it help out a great cause?  Maybe you've realized that you never want to do whatever it is again, and that's alright, too.

2. Eliminate "snags."  We all encounter little snags in our day that can stress us out like no other.  I am the queen of not laying my clothes out the night before, and then becoming super stressed out in the morning because I have no idea what to wear or I can't find my pencil skirt.  You know what it is that stresses you out, so put in a little extra preparation the night before to make the next day go as smoothly as possible.

3. Tackle your stressors head on.  Right now, as I type this, I am absolutely dreading doing something.  But in order to stop thinking about it, I need to just go do it immediately, get it over with, and move on to the next thing!

4. Take time to breathe.  If you are overwhelmed, step away from the situation and take a few minutes to breath and calm yourself.  Sometimes it helps to take a walk, soak in a bath, or chill out in a quite coffee shop.

5.  Drink a glass of room temperature water.  My best friend Brackins taught me this trick.  Whenever I get really anxious or feel a panic attack coming on, I drink some room temperature water.  Maybe it's just a placebo effect, but I'm okay with that, because every time I do it, my nerves start to calm.

6. Remind yourself the stress is only temporary.  Whenever something gets out of hand, my motto is "It's only temporary."  Every time that I start to get overwhelmed, I remind myself of that.  Sure, this week may make me feel like I'm drowning, but next week is much slower.  The stress won't last forever.

7.  Give yourself something to look forward to.  I used to hate my Real Estate Law night class with a passion.  The teacher was awesome, but the material was just so dry.  (Seriously, hearing the word "blackacre" gives me a headache.)  So I always went to get a spray tan and Jimmy John's after the class.  Same with this week - I'm going to a bridal show with my best friend on Sunday!  Having that to look forward to makes this week much more bearable.

Now that you've heard my tips, what are yours?  Hope you're having a great Tuesday!

XX,

S.S.



Monday, September 22, 2014

Darling Doormats

Life with a doggy has brought about lots of life changes!  I now have a little 26 pound personal heater in my bed every night, and I can't leave my purse sitting around unless I enjoy having my mascara and hair ties strewn about the room.  I also spend time standing in the grass taking little Fran out for potty breaks.  I hate tracking grass and who knows what else into the apartment, so it is definitely time to get a door mat.  Here are some that I'm debating between!

I LOVE this one for fall!  I'm a big fan of just about anything pumpkin, and this adorable little doormat is no exception!


I'm mostly in love with this because of the little paw print.  #obsessed #gimme
Did you know that the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality?  What better symbol to greet your guests as they walk in the door!  Plus, the price is amazing, and the multiple textures will be extra helpful in getting wet grass and who knows what else off of the bottom of your shoes!


If a DIY doormat is more your style, be sure to check this one out from See Vanessa Craft!  It seems simple enough to do in an afternoon and is just plain adorable.  (P.S. - If you're crafty, check her site out if you like crafts.  I can't believe I'm just now discovering her blog!)


Do you have a doormat at your front door?  Any suggestions on where to find an adorable one?
Hope your week is off to a great start!

XX,

S.S.

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



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekend Thoughts

I can't tell y'all how good it felt to wake up this morning with no plans, no work, and no one to entertain (besides Franny!)  Re-charging was definitely necessary.  As I flipped through my Us Weekly (finally found the one covering Lauren Conrad's wedding!!!!!!!!!!) & enjoyed a homemade pumpkin spice chai latte, I made a list of thoughts and things to do.



- My pumpkin spice chai latte is amazing.  How I made it through every morning without one of these, I will never know.  Expect the recipe on the blog next week :)

- What will Francis be for Halloween?  My best friend suggested a hula girl & my boyfriend suggested Smokey the Dog (Tennessee mascot.)  What do y'all think?

- Who is Rita Ora?  I don't have cable, and on the rare occasion that I drive somewhere, I listen to country music.  I pick up a magazine probably once a month.  She is all over my Us Weekly & TMZ though.

- The Dad from Married…With Children is also the dad from Modern Family.  C & I got Hulu two weeks ago just to watch Modern Family.  Lilly is so sassy is this season!

- I'll never understand excessive first birthday parties.  Maybe this is where I'm a "bad blogger."  I just can't imagine spending a ton of money on a first birthday party that rivals a wedding.  I did have crazy birthday parties growing up, but I was also old enough to choose a party over getting a lot of gifts.  (I'm sure there are people out there who will never understand my desire to dress my dog up for Halloween, so this is probably an ironic statement.)

- Reese Witherspoon is adorable.  Can I be her?

- I need a doormat.  Now that I'm walking in grass when I take my dog out, a doormat is a definite need.  I love this one, but I would feel bad wiping my feet on it because it's so cute!

- I also need a new book.  Maybe I'll finally get around to reading Gone Girl.

What are y'all up to this weekend?

XX,

S.S.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

24 Before 24: Update # 7

Has it really already been a month since the last time that I posted?!  This year is flying by wayyyy tooo quickly!  I'm afraid to blink at this point!


  1. Learn calligraphy - I'm optimistic that I will be able to start this the second week of October!  It will be just in time to do make all sorts of cute fall prints for my home :) 
  2. Devote myself to a devotional -  I need to order a new one TODAY.  I'd really like to start one based on Proverbs 31.  Feel free to leave suggestions if you have one that you love!!
  3. Spend a weekend in Asheville - Still haven't gotten around to this one.
  4. Regularly attend church - I am so ashamed that I haven't gotten better about this one.  Since sleeping in seems to be my issue, I'm going to start exploring online services.
  5. 100 Happy Days Challenge
  6. Utilize the shift key
  7. Become a devoted yogi - Still needs major work... Gotta get back on my yoga grind.
  8. Plan an amazing bridal shower
  9. Law school "stuff" - This one is postponed... again.  See ya eventually, law school!
  10. Visit a "Paint your own pottery" studio
  11. Have a 3-year cancer free celebration
  12. Plan another sold out event - It's coming along, and we are expecting another sell out!  (P.S. - I went through my event book yesterday, and between 2/5/14 and 10/02/14, I have planned TWENTY-THREE work events.  Wow.)
  13. Stay away from caffeine - I have been cheating a little on this one.  There was an issue with my insurance, so I haven't been able to get the medication that I need, and won't be able to until (hopefully) Oct. 2.  Instead of going six weeks between infusions, I will have waited almost ten weeks.  I have been praying that God will give me energy to get through the workday, and I have been so fortunate because he has provided.  I have also been allowing myself to have a chai or green tea once a day if I feel like I'm going to fall asleep at work, as they have minimum caffeine.
  14. Do more Meals on Wheels routes - Still haven't figured out why this one stresses me out so much.
  15. Add to my Lilly Pulitzer collection - The After Party Sale was great for my collection!  I went to the Lilly store last weekend, and surprisingly didn't buy anything!  I loved the fall collection online, but I didn't love it as much in store.
  16. Continue improvements on the blog -  Starting to feel like my re-branding is never going to get completed after all.
  17. Visit Nashville again - Maybe I'll go for my birthday next year?  It just hasn't been in the cards.
  18. Be a birthday fairy -  I've felt more like the baby shower fairy the past few months, but I guess that works too!
  19. Go to a concert - 
  20. Plan a brunch - Currently burnt out on planning things.  Someone please plan a brunch and invite me.  Haha.
  21. Find a diet that works - Last month's low carb diet lasted a total of three days, and that is being generous.  Because of the insurance situation, I have realized that I really need to take better care of my body through exercise and diet.
  22. Put more effort into my professional appearance 
  23. Keep smiling
  24. Continue doing things that scare me - In the past month, I have done a lot of babysitting for a newborn.  It was terrifying, but definitely a learning experience.  I also had to plan out an entire month of social media at work, and it was another scary experience.  But once I got it figured out, I realized how much easier it made my life and my work day!  Oh, and I now share my space with a dog... Talk about adjusting!  (PS - It's the best kind of adjusting.)

What have y'all been up to in the past month?  Do you have a list of your own?  Hope that you have a great Thursday!  (How is it already Thursday?)

XX,

S.S.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SS Adopts a Pup (Part 2)

I am so delighted that this week's "SS Adopts a Pup" post is a lot happier than last week's!
To make a long story short, we are now the proud parents of Franny!

Franny's first trip to Starbucks

C went back to the pound on Thursday, and he fell in love.  And when I went back with him that afternoon, I fell in love, as well.  We found out that there had been a cockroach outbreak on the day that we were last there.  They even felt so bad about the situation that they gave us some extra goodies for Francis.  I am so glad that we adopted.

 Definitely a Daddy's girl!

Franny is our dream dog.  Minus the fact that she hasn't figured out the whole "sleeping at night" thing, she doesn't bark.  She is pretty active, and I enjoyed this morning's run with her so much that I am actually excited to get up earlier tomorrow morning so we can take a nice long run.  She is sweet to everyone she meets, and she has been winning over cat lovers.  She doesn't chew things up, and she loves hiding her bones under my throw pillows and shopping bags.

I hope everyone is having an amazing Tuesday!

XX,

S.S.

Note:  I own the photos in this post.  If you choose to use them, please link them back to this post.  Thanks!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Recap - Roadtrip!

My weekend kicked off at 4pm on Friday, and it couldn't have come soon enough!  My boyfriend picked me up in the parking lot at work and we were OFF!  6 hours later (we made a couple of stops including a trip to Sonic & an absolutely terrifying visit to a gas station in Kentucky that allowed people to smoke inside...) we were in Ohio!

Horrible iphone photo, but look at the dunebuggy that broke down in the middle of the road.  Gotta love the South!
We were greeted by C's grandparents, and I was terrified to meet them!  I haven't met a guy's grandparents since I was in high school.  They were so sweet and welcoming.  One of the things that I'm most thankful for about my boyfriend is that I'm not marrying into crazy. His family is so wonderful to me.  We were also pretty excited to be reunited with C's childhood dog, Macy!

Kisses for the big sweetie, Macy

Saturday we went shopping... TWICE!  C has been wanting a suit for his new job, but the selection is limited where we live.  So we did some shopping, met C's Aunt & Uncle who have really spoiled us with the moving situation, and then went back to the mall for more shopping and to pick up his dapper new suit!

We had dinner at Pitrelli's in Mason, Ohio.  Believe me when I say that it is some of the most amazing Italian food that I've ever had!  (And I have an Italian mother, so I'm picky about my Italian food.)  Dinner involved lots of food and lots of wine.  I managed to capture this precious photo of Norm blowing out the candle on a canoli for his 85th birthday!


After dinner, we settled in to have cake, beer, and football.  Even though my poor Vols lost & C's Dad's Boilermakers lost, we were both pretty happy that our typically losing teams scored!

Sunday morning started with breakfast at Bob Evans, and then we said our goodbyes to C's extended family.  Even though I had spent less than 48 hours with them, I was sad to say goodbye to them.  Soon after, we loaded the car up with our clean laundry, furniture from C's mom and dad, apartment supplies from C's aunt and uncle, and Halloween decorations from C's grandma and grandpa.  And of course there was a cooler packed full of Armenian food!

Saying goodbye to C's family, including Macy, never gets any easier, but we are going to take a mini-vacation with them in South Carolina next month, so that's definitely something to get excited about.  AND, we finally stopped at the Scenic Overlook that we always pass.  It's funny because we had both wanted to stop there on trips to see each other, but never had because it felt weird to go there alone.  The view was beautiful!
 







So what about y'all?  What did you get into this weekend?  Tell me all about it :)

XX,

S.S.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.  Also, I own the photos in this post, so please link back to this post if you choose to use one.  Thanks!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vitality Vox Box Review

My partnership with Influenster never disappoints!  I recently received the Vitality Vox Box, which was packed full of goodies!  Here are my reviews of the items that I was sent.




I had really high hopes for this product.  Nothing makes me happier than skin care products with SPF in them.  And the packaging is super cute!  However, something about the taste of it made me nauseous, and I had to take it off immediately.



  
I LOVE sweet tea.  However, I don't indulge in it unless it is decaffeinated.  I passed this along to my boyfriend to try so that I could review it, and he LOVED it!  Since it has the "Chris Seal of Approval", I will call this one a win!  I also really love the packaging on this one.  




This babies are loaded with caffeine, so I didn't try them either.  If anyone is interested in trying out a sample pack, I'll be glad to mail you the one I received!  I also have a couple of coupons.






I received a miniature sample of this, which I loved because I think miniatures are adorable!  It was the great size to pack in an overnight back.  I think the packaging is great - gold with white pearls!  When you pump the serum out, it is shimmery.  (Because of this, I would recommend using it at night.)  The serum was a little too oily for my oily skin, and if I didn't wash my face extremely thoroughly, the next morning, my face felt like an oil slick.  The results were great, and it doesn't take much product to cover your entire face!
 When I got this, I had no idea how I would ever review it because I didn't plan on getting any burns.  A week later, I burned my finger while peeling the plastic back on a TV dinner.  #embarrassing  The trick to using this product is to slather on a thick coat immediately after the burn.  It is so soothing, and I am so glad to know that next time I do something ridiculous or burn my neck with a curling iron, I have First Degree as backup.



Tampons are not something I prefer to go into great detail about when reviewing.  Haha.  I will say that I recommend these!  I wish this specific type existed back in my high school days...


A big thank you again to Influenster for sending me the Vita Vox Box!

Have you tried any of these products?  What are your thoughts on them?

Have a wonderful weekend!

XX, 

SS

Note:  I received the above products for free in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.  All photos belong to the respective brand.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SS Adpots a Pup (Part 1)

My boyfriend and I have been living in the same town since June 1.  We moved to the town where I work - a 30 minute drive for me, and a 5 hour drive for him.  And now that we are both finally feeling settled in our places, the discussion has come up that maybe we could get a dog together.  I have been so hesitant and defiant about the whole thing.  And then my co-worker shared a photo of this sweet baby onto my Facebook timeline, and it was all over.


Chris had been wanting a Lab or a hound, and it couldn't seem any more perfect that this pup was the perfect mix of the two.  He wasn't available for adoption until a couple of weeks from the day the picture was posted.  So we used that time to figure out the financials of the situation, discuss what changes would occur when we did get a dog, and what we would each be responsible for.  Yesterday, we made the decision to go to the animal shelter and spend some time with Shadow.  (She still can't be adopted yet.)  My boss shared in my excitement, and let me leave work 15 minutes early since the shelter closed at 5:30.  A co-worker who is passionate about animal rescue and on the shelter's board gave me a bag of dog treats and bed sheets to deliver when we went.

We got to the shelter at 4:55.  When we went in, we were told to leave, because the shelter was closing in five minutes.  When we asked if this was a permanent change or just a spur of the moment thing, we were told there were "unforeseenable" (great language) events happen, and they were closing early.  We couldn't look at dogs.  We weren't thanked for our treats.  Their response was beyond rude, it was mean.  And my heart broke, because if they treated people like that, I couldn't imagine how the animals were treated.

So I went home and did my research.  As someone who is employed by a company who receives city funding, I know that there has to be transparency.  I found out online exactly how much money they get from the city (a disgusting amount), how much goes to salary (over three fourths of it), and that they have gotten in trouble for failure to record payments and donations.

So, we face the dilemma of where to go from here.  Do we go back to the sketchy animal shelter and attempt to rescue Shadow for a second time?  Do we go to a different animal shelter?  Do we go to a breeder?  

We're going to Cincinnati this weekend for the boyfriend's grandpa's birthday (I am meeting the extended fam!!), so we hope to have our game plan in action by Monday.

Here's my favorite part of every blog post - hearing from y'all!  What kind of dog do you have?  What is your fur baby like?  Did you go the rescue or breeder route?

Hope that y'all are having a happy Wednesday!  We're halfway to the weekend!!

XX,

S.S.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lately...

I have officially hit my busy season at work!  So many small events going on this month, along with planning for our HUGE fundraising event in December.  On top of that, I'm on an event planning committee for my local young professionals society, and we have an event at the end of this month.  AND it's football season for my little brother!  Because of that, I haven't had as much time to blog lately as I would like to.  (And I also haven't had time to read my favorite blogs like I used to :( )  So if my posts seem a little scattered, please bear with me!  I'm hoping that maybe October will be a little bit slower.  (Or at least I'll learn some better time management skills for my chaotic world!  Haha)
With that being said, I always strive to provide y'all with content that you'll find interesting and enjoy, so I'm asking for feedback.  What do you want to see more of/less of?  Would you like to see more outfit posts?  Would you like to read less about my life?  Would you like more DIY?  Do you have a post idea for me?  I would love to hear y'all's feedback, so please comment or email it to me if you would like to :)  Also, if you ever want to write a guest post for me, I will welcome it with open arms.  And if you'd like to partner up for a review or giveaway, I'd love that, as well!

Thanks for reading my blog.  Thanks for supporting me.  Thanks for being the best.  Y'all are amazing, and I can't wait for you to see some things I have planned for the future (including a freaking awesome giveaway!)

Have a great day!

XX,

S.S.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy International Women's Friendship Month!

September is here, and that means fall is just around the corner!  Twitter is blowing up with tweets of excitement about PSLs, scarves, cowboy boots, and pumpkins! But don't forget that September is also International Women's Friendship Month!



In 1999, Kappa Delta created National Women's Friendship Day as a way to remind women what an important role friendships with other women play in our lives.  In 2009, NWFD became International Women's Friendship Month.  I personally love that there is an entire month dedicated to friendship among females!  #girlpower



Here are some ideas on how to celebrate IWFM:
• Grab a PSL with a friend you haven't seen in a while
• Schedule a Skype date with your long distance best friend
• Have a "Girls Night In" like the ones you had in college - boxed wine, Sex & the City reruns, and Facebook creeping... maybe even some crafting?!
 • Go on a hike & check out all of those beautiful fall leaves
• Grab your cutest stationery & send some snail mail

Now it's up to YOU!  What are you going to do in celebration of International Women's Friendship Month?

XX, 

S.S.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Review: Valentia Even Glow Serum



I am very excited to be reviewing Valentia's Even Glow Serum today!  Before I get started, here are some things I want to make sure that you know about product. Valentia Even Glow Serum is unlike other serums out there, as the formula is 20% Vitamin C!  The purpose of this serum is to even skin tone, increase glow and radiance, boost collagen production, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

I'm obsessed with white & gold, and all of the product packaging is white & gold.  #inlove

I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to do this review because I have a moisturizer that I'm obsessed with.  And then I discovered there's a difference in a serum and a moisturizer.  So for anyone who relates to having no clue what a serum is, here's a little explanation - serums are used to treat skin ailments.  This specific serum is an antioxidant treatment.  They actually go on right before your moisturizer!  (My skin care routine is as follows:  cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer.)

I am kind of a psycho about my skin care routine.  Since I stopped spray tanning, I have really focused on having beautiful, healthy skin.  At first, I didn't think that I was seeing much of a difference in my skin until I received a compliment from a stranger on how creamy my skin looked on a day that I wasn't wearing makeup.  Since using this product, my uneven skin tone has faded out a lot, and my skin appears brighter.  I also noticed that the faint laugh lines on my forehead are getting fainter… That's a win in my eyes!  It doesn't take much product to get these effects either; I use a drop between the size of a dime and nickel, and it is enough product for my face.

I used a whole dropper full in this photo, and it was twice as much as I needed.

My favorite thing about this serum is that it's soothing.  I randomly got a pretty bad sunburn last week.  I rubbed the serum on my neck, and it immediately eased my sunburn.  I rubbed it on my sunburnt arms, and when I woke up the next morning, they were no longer red.  Is it a miracle?!

I think it goes without saying, but just in case it doesn't, I recommend this product for anyone looking to try a serum.


For more information about Valentia Skin Care, please visit their websitehttp://valentiaskincare.com.  And to purchase this miracle in a bottle, hop on over to Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJD8NLY

A big thank you to Valentia Skin Care for partnering with me on this post!

XX,

S.S.

Note:  This post is brought to you by a partnership with Valentia Skin Care.  I received product to review for this post.  However, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shoe Shopping Adventures

I will be the first to admit, I've never been much of a shoe girl.  I have realized that no matter how many pairs of shoes I have, I will gravitate toward the same few pairs all season.  In the summer, I wear my Jacks out.  I have really been trying to look more professional at work, and I broke down and started wearing heels at least three times a week.  This became an issue because I only had two pairs of heels I was wearing - a black Jessica Simpson wedge that I bought when I was 17 & a taupe, peep-toe Jessica Simpson wedge.  

This weekend, I went to Dillard's hell bent on purchasing these adorable Antonio Melani heels.  However, they looked HORRIBLE on my skin.  And I felt like I looked like an ostrich in them.


After prowling around the store for over an hour, I ended up leaving with these Isola beauties.  I love the tortoise shell-esque pattern, and I think the chunky heel is kind of fun.


My next purchase?  These Vince Camuto sling backs!   If it had been in my budget, I would have purchased them the day of.  Sadly, I will have to wait until next pay check, but I am already dreaming up all of the ways that I can wear them.


Also, I just want to give a big shout out to Pierson in the shoe department of the Dillard's in Knoxville's West Towne Mall.  I have honestly been wearing the wrong shoe size for my entire life, and I didn't know that until he explained that to me and what I should look for in a shoe.  He is amazing at what he does.

What about y'all - are you a shoe girl?  What shoes are at the top of your list for fall?

Happy Wednesday!

XX,

S.S.

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Long Weekend Recap

I hope that everyone has had such a nice and relaxing Labor Day weekend!  Mine was less than eventful, but the time away from my desk and work was just what I needed to prepare for such a busy month!

Friday was a half day at work!  Wooohooo!  I did some cleaning and had dinner at home.  Then I treated myself to some wine to kick off the long weekend!  (And realized that I didn't have any wine glasses, so adding that to the ever-growing list of things I still need for my apartment.)


Saturday consisted of sleeping in and then heading to Knoxville!  I went shoe shopping (more on that tomorrow) and then drove to the airport to pick up my sweet boyfriend!  (I brought a whole stack of magazines, but I was so nervous/excited that I probably read like 30 pages of Southern Living in the whole two hours.)  The drive home was supposed to be under two hours, but we got stuck in the worst rain storm that I have ever experienced.  I genuinely thought we were going to die.  Thankfully, God was looking out for us, and we made it home safely!


Sunday was spent sleeping in.  I went to a potluck at my best friend from high school's house, and it was so nice to see my high school friends.  I hadn't seen some of them since I graduated almost six years ago!  

Monday was another lazy day.  I worked on my blog, but mostly just watching lots of Pretty Little Liars.  Around dinner time, I made some Three Bean Salad to snack on for the week.


If you're interested in making it, I layer a can of kidney beans, a can of garbanzo beans, and a can of wax beans.  In a separate container, I heat up half a bottle of Paul Newman's Vinegar + Olive Oil dressing, some sugar, and some salt for thirty seconds.  I pour a little into the container of beans, shake it up, and continue until the dressing is gone.  I refrigerate the Three Bean Salad, because I personally enjoy it much better chilled.

Hope everyone's work/school week is off to a great start!  What did you get into this weekend?

XX,

SS

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Great Labor Day Debate

As a little girl growing up in a traditional Southern family, I was never dressed in white before Easter (Helloooo shiny white patent shoes!) or after Labor Day.  I don't remember my exact age, but I do remember being very young when I asked my mom why in the world I couldn't wear my white shoes/dresses/pants/shorts/skirts.  I was never given an explanation, just told that it was a rule.  And while I'm not a big fan of rules, "Never wear white after Labor Day!" is a rule that I follow.  (With the exception of wearing white for ritual back in my undergrad days.)


I tried to do some research on the rule, but nothing was concrete.  Some sites say that it was due to the weather and the formality of the casual clothing back in the day of etiquette queen Emily Post, who is said to have written the rule.  Since then, the Emily Post camp has said that it's actually okay to wear white after Labor Day.  


I am also a super psycho about certain fabrics being worn after labor day.  Linen stresses me out, and as much as I LOVE seersucker, you won't see me in it again until Easter.

The main reason for this post is to get your opinion - Are these rules that you follow or dated rules that are made to be broken?!

I hope that you're having a great (& safe!) long weekend!

XX,

S.S.

Note: I do not own the photo of the Lilly Pulitzer dress in this post.  The latter photo is mine.  If you choose to use it for a post, please link back to this post and give proper credit.  This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.