Seersucker Sass: October 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Cruella De Vil herself!
 
"I live for fur, I worship fur.  After all, is there a woman
in this wretched world who doesn't?!"
 
Ahh, how is everyone's Halloween?  Did you dress up?!  What are your plans?!
(Please share so I can live Halloween vicariously through you!)
 
I bought lots of candy, but found out we've never had a trick-or-treater since our complex was built, so I'm not sure what I will do!
 
Whatever you end up doing, I hope that you have a safe Halloween!  Be sure to stop by here tomorrow for a very sentimental post :)
 
XX,
 
SS





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

These Booties Were Made for Walking

Do you ever have a day where you are in love with your outfit and all of the pieces of it?  That's how I felt Monday when I wore this one!  We went on a little "field trip" at work, so we were given the go ahead to wear jeans.  I'm not sure anything feels better on a Sunday night at 7 pm than an email telling you to dress casually the next day!






 | Button-Up: Ralph Lauren (stole from my boyfriend...oops!) | Vest:  TJ Maxx | Jeans:  Rock & Republic | Bracelets: Bella Vida Accessories c/o | Gold Ring:  Kate Spade | Booties: Vince Camuto/TJ Maxx (similar) | Bag: Louis Vuitton "Speedy" |

Want to know a secret about these booties?  I found them at TJ Maxx for $30 cheaper than retail!  I have been wearing them & the vest non-stop because it should be illegal how comfortable they are!  I had no idea what to wear them with when I purchased them, but I honestly wear them with everything... even pencil skirts!

What do y'all think?

XX,

SS

Note:  This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.  A Little Seersucker Sass participates in affiliate link programs, so there is a possibility that I could make a commission on purchases made of items that I have featured.  That does not influence my content, it's just a nice added bonus!  All photos are my own.  Please credit back to this post if you choose to use them.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting Your Best Brows with Paula Dorf

God bless Southern Mommas.  I may not have been allowed to wear foundation until high school, but my mom started taking me to have my eyebrows done in sixth grade.  While I hated her for it then, I am so appreciative now.  My brow product regimen has seen some changes over the years... Middle school was all about using an old school eyebrow brush to keep them the way that they needed to be.  In highschool, I used clear mascara to keep them in place.  In college, I started waxing my own brows and went product free.  And a few months ago, I started using a pencil.  But currently, I am using my favorite product yet - Paula Dorf's 2 + 1 Brows in combination with a Paula Dorf Perfect Brow Brush.

I used some Paula Dorf products back in high school, so I was very excited to review this product!  If you're unfamiliar with Paula Dorf, the brand is famous for unique "trick" products that offer solutions to every woman's makeup concerns.  Three of their makeup brushes are even patented!  I love their signature phrase - Become your own makeup artist.  It gives me a whole new view on doing my makeup in the morning!

As much as I love trying new makeup, I get a little nervous trying products out for the first time.  I love 2 +1 Brows because it is super easy to use, especially in conjunction with the Perfect Brow Brush.   The product comes in 4 shades - blonde, brunette, neutral, and red.  Since my eyebrows are black, I went with the brunette shade.

DISCLAIMER:  I know that my brows look a little scraggly in the photos and need to be waxed.  Another reason I love this product is that I am trying to let my brows thicken up, and using the product makes my brows look much more "put together" than they truly are!



I start out by getting a little bit of powder on my brush, then following up by getting some wax on the Perfect Brow Brush.




Once the brush is coated and ready (and it really doesn't take much!), I fill in my eyebrows.  I've read about a million techniques, but I generally just trace the shape of my brow in feathery strokes - going up at the start of the brow, then filling in the arch, then paying a little bit of extra attention to the end of the brow closest to the ear.




As you can tell in this photo, I have only done the right brow on my right (your left.)



And here's the finished product!



Paula Dorf has been kind enough to give my readers a special deal!  After ordering the 2+1 For Brows online, enter the code "BROWBRUSH" at checkout to get the Perfect Brow Brush for FREE.  This brush is usually $24!!  (And who doesn't love a good gift with purchase?  Are y'all with me?!)

So, what do y'all think?  If you have any questions about the product, please feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me an email.

Have a great day!

XX,

SS

Note:  This post is brought to you by a partnership with Paula Dorf via BrandBacker.  I was given a full size product and brow brush in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.




Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Mission: Restoring Faith in Humanity

There were so many things that occurred this weekend that just made me lose faith in humanity.

Saturday there was a half-marathon that wrapped completely around my block no matter which way I tried to go.  The runners also filled up all of the local parking lots, so I eventually ended up cutting through a couple of parking lots and walking two blocks home and through a half-marathon.  I was super sad to find that someone had let their children pick all of our hydrangeas and leave them scattered about in the mulch.  It was such a cluster, and I was just so frustrated with the situation.  Later that night, my landlord called me to check on the situation and assured me that it would be taken care of.  Just hearing someone listen to what I had to say made me feel so much better.

Yesteday, my rambunctious Frannie jumped out of a cracked window.  The whole thing was absolutely terrifying, and while at first we thought she had gotten hit by a car, she seems to be fine.  (We are definitely keeping an eye on her, though.)  While C and I were panicking and trying to take inventory of the situation, the driver of the car gets out, starts cussing us out, screaming about leash laws, and saying she is going to go home, get her bullets, then come kill all three of us.  I know it is our fault that our dog got out, but seriously?!  Threatening someone's life because their dog could have dented their (already beat up) truck?  The world that we live in is a terrifying place, and that incident made me feel a lot less safe in what I considered to be my safe little corner of the world.

So how can we combat all of these horrible actions that seem to be more common than not and make people feel a little safer in their little corner?

1. Be encouraging!  I can be having the worst day ever, but if my boss compliments something that I did at work, it really boosts my confidence.  It's nice to have a little extra pep in your step.

2. Be kind!  This one can be difficult, especially if someone is being less than kind to you.  But like the old saying - "Kill them with kindness."  There's no excuse for nastiness, but try to remember that there may be something going on in someone's life that causes them to act the way that they do.

3. Be compassionate!  If you know someone is dealing with something tough, cut them some slack.  (This is definitely one that I need to work on.)  We all deal with stress and grief differently.  For example - if you hit someone's dog with your car on accident, maybe don't threaten to kill them.

4. Be thoughtful!  I am so blessed to have super thoughtful friends in my life, and I aspire to be more like them.  When I have a conversation with co-workers about what they're doing that weekend, their sick husband, etc., I always try to check back up with them on Monday and see how their weekend was or how their spouse is doing.  It's nice to feel remembered!

5. Smile!  This one is soooo easy!  You never know who might just need a smile in their direction :)


How were y'all's weekends?  Will you join me on this Monday mission?!

XX, 

SS
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Founders Day, Kappa Delta!

Happy Founders Day to an organization that changed my life.


To an organization that made me a better woman.



To an organization that helped me to feel confident in my skin.



Here's to celebrating sisters that loved me at my worst



To silly nights



To growing up, but not growing apart.



Here's to that rainy day, a lot like today's rainy day, that Kappa Delta was born.

Thank you to the four ladies who inspired us all to strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest.

AOT, 
Seersucker Sass

Note: I do not own the first or last photo.  The first photo is from Kappa Delta HQ and the last photo is from In a Mother's Eye Unique Photography.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life Lessons from Dad

Today is a special day in my life... It's my daddy's birthday!  In order to celebrate, I want to share a few of the biggest lessons I've learned from my dad.


1. Always do your best.  Whenever something didn't go my way, or I did poorly on something and felt defeated, my dad would always ask me, "Did you do your best?  Because if you've done your best, there's no need to be upset.  You don't have to be perfect at everything."  And it's true.  Some days are better than others, and some days will have much more positive outcomes than others.  But if something goes wrong when I've done my best, I'm okay with that.

2. Be open-minded.  I love the South, but sometimes there can be a lot of close-mindedness.  I'm so thankful that I grew up getting to meet so many of my dad's co-workers who were from different countries and that I was able to be exposed to so many cultures.

3. Let God lead the way.  My last semester of college, I planned my university's Homecoming week.  I don't think I have ever had so many people with their noses in my business in my entire life, and I definitely hadn't dealt with so many people wanting to see me fail.  In the midst of all of that, my dad sent me a text with this verse - And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  (Romans 5:3-5)  Whenever I face a hardship, I think of that verse my dad shared with me.


4. You must always stand up for your family.  Always.  When picking your battles, this is always a battle that should be picked.  I'm really not afraid to stand up and yell at a grown man who makes fun of my little brother at sporting events. 

5. You control your own happiness.  My dad told me this when I started dating and getting upset over people who weren't worth my time.  And whenever my friends are going through a tough time, I remind them of the same thing.  If someone makes you continually unhappy, it's time to cut the cord.

6. There are lots of liabilities in life.  Seriously, they're everywhere.  And because of the nature of my dad's job (safety), he has been pointing them to me for as long as I can remember.  I remember when I was thinking about changing my major to become pre-law, I told the guy who was helping me with my Intro to Biology I homework, and he told me I should probably stick with Education (my major at the time), because if I struggled with something like Intro to Bio, I should realize that Law is much much harder.  Because of that, I was so afraid to share with anyone that I wanted to study to become a lawyer.  But when I told my dad that I wanted to be a lawyer, he sat down with me and helped me to make a game plan.  We talked about different kinds of law and what different kinds of lawyers deal with on a daily basis.  We basically mapped out my courses for the next two years of college.  He hopped on board with my seventh major, and we ran with it.  And whenever I hear the word "liability" I think of my dad, and how my love of law stemmed from his knowledge of liabilities.

7. If you ever run a 5k that involves beer, eat lots of bread covered in honey beforehand so that you can make it through the race.  I'm pretty sure that one is pretty self-explanatory, and probably one of my favorite stories I have ever heard my dad tell.



What life lessons have you learned from your dad?  And again, happy birthday, Daddy!  I love you!!

XX,

SS



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Banana Republic Fall Picks



My sorority sisters are some of the funniest girls that I know.  One thing that was brought up frequently was J.Crew versus Banana Republic.  So many girls had such loyalty to one of the brands.  (Including me - I was 100% on team J. Crew!)  Recently, I stopped into a Banana Republic and didn't understand why I'd had such a vendetta against the store for so long.  They have such great, classic pieces that I can wear to work. I could write you a wishlist as long as my arm, but here are my top choices!




| One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight |

What do you think?  See anything you like?

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!

XX,

SS

Note: I do not own any of the photos in the collage that I created.  I have linked them back to their original site.  This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.  A Little Seersucker Sass is part of an affiliate advertising program. If you click and/or make a purchase through certain links on this site or any related social media platforms, I may make a commission from that purchase. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Getaway - Sunset, SC

Y'all may have seen me tweeting about vacation two weeks ago... Well, turns out my boyfriend and I had to dates wrong and vacation was going to take place this weekend.  There was so much going on at work, that I didn't get the okay to leave until 6:30 pm on Friday.  When we finally got on the road, we had a disastrous trip to Wendy's, and honestly, contemplated just turning around and heading home.  But I am so glad that we didn't.

The courtyard outside of the rental home we stayed at the first night.

Sunset, South Carolina is basically the middle of nowhere, a lot like my hometown.  When we arrived Friday night, we didn't have ANY cell service.  I definitely had a love/hate relationship with that.  We stayed in a private community, which was really neat, because it was pretty self-contained - there was a post office, small market, church, fitness center, park, art gallery, golf course, country club, etc.

I was super in love with this duvet cover.  Doesn't it remind you of the quintessential Ralph Lauren button-up?

Saturday morning we got up early and went to explore the grounds.  It was beautiful, and there was even conversation about C & I doing a destination wedding and getting married there.  I could ramble on and on about how beautiful it was... I really have never seen anything quite like it.

We also got to see where C's parents would be building their home.  This was pretty exciting for us, as we will be spending holidays here eventually, and when we have children, we will get to bring them here, as well!



 
Our view of the lake from the property

We also went and looked at boats.  This will probably sound weird, but it was one of the coolest experiences ever - partially because I really enjoy learning and there was a lot to be learned, but also because I really just enjoyed climbing on and off of them.  I had on a great outfit that day, so I felt a little Jackie Kennedy. *hairflip emoji*


Looking dapper on the boat

We had lunch at the club, then C and his dad split off to play golf, while his mom and I went to get our nails done.  I was nervous to spend time with her alone, but we have similar personalities, so we got along great and had the best time.  We drove around and explored Seneca a little bit, and then went to get drinks at the club while we waited for the men to finish golfing.
I had to try a pumpkin-tini.

The second night of the trip, we stayed in a bed & breakfast on the grounds called The Guest House.  It was my first b&b experience, but I'm obsessed.  (Can I be a professional b&b blogger?  It's my new life goal!)  I took lots of pictures to share with y'all because I thought it was just so beautiful.

The entryway!  I really want an arch like this at my wedding (in five years... I could probably start growing my own now. Haha) The shale walkway and stairs reminded me of my papaw's house.



Saturday night we ordered a pizza & salad from the club and had dinner on the porch.  It was so nice sharing conversation and wine with loved ones.  Sunday morning we had brunch as a group, and then took a long walk of the community again.

 Wasn't the view from our personal porch gorgeous?  I could sit out there all day, every day and write.

On our way out, we saw this statue, and it reminded us of our sweet Franny girl and how she loves to roll around and scratch her back.  When the house is built, we'll get to bring her with us, and she can enjoy all of the smells!  (She loves to sniff... everything.)


We also took a little pit-stop in Asheville on the way home!  It was so crowded downtown, and pedestrians were just walking right out in front of moving cars, so we got stressed and headed over to Biltmore Village to enjoy shopping and (another) brunch at The Corner Kitchen!  Next time we hope to go on an actual tour of Biltmore, but our little Fran was waiting on us!

How were y'all's weekends?  What did you get into?  Hope Monday has treated you nicely!!

XX,

SS

Note: I own all of these photos.  Please link back to this post if you choose to use them.  This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Printable Round-Up

I am currently in the process of decorating my apartment... It is a slow, but sure process.  I am working on a gallery wall, and trying my best not to let it get the best of my budget!  Here's where printables come in handy.  Lots of generous bloggers design these cuties, and share them with their readers.  Using printables allows you to have some seasonal pieces in your gallery wall!  Here are some of my favorites that I have found:

Isn't this guy perfect for the holidays?  She also has owls!


I'm obsessed with fall & black+white+gold color combos.  This is perfection.

Pineapples are a symbol for hospitality... What better symbol to showcase in your home?!


I am printing this out today, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  My gallery wall is planned around this print, and this printable goes perfectly with it.  Also, I have a ton of vintage blue mason jars in my apartment!  Perfect fit.


I love this quote.  And the colors are beautiful.

What do you think?  Will you be printing any of these beautiful prints out?  I know that I will be!

If anyone wants to team up to do a printable, let me know!

XX,

SS

Note:  I do not own any of the photos above, and I have linked each one back to their appropriate site.  I take no credit for any of this art.  Please remember to link back to the appropriate site if you choose to feature one of these printables in your blog.  Also, this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Boss's Day Gift Ideas

Boss's Day is rapidly approaching us.  (Mark your calendars - October 16!)  I know that holidays like this can seem silly, but take my advice - if you have a boss, get them a gift.  It's such a great feeling to be appreciated!  If you're not sure what to buy them, here are some suggestions!

Alcohol

If you are over the age of 21, and you know that your boss drinks, this is an easy gift.  I'm buying my boss a bottle of Chard + some kind of lip product, and calling it a day.  



My boyfriend suggested this one.  I'm not much of a golfer, but he explained that this saves the step of having to mark your balls and just looks really sharp!


My boss has a few fountain pens & she LOVES them!  Believe it or not, this pen is under $50.


Spa Treatment Gift Certificate
When in doubt, buy your boss a manicure or pedicure.  They will be grateful for the pampering!


Other helpful hints 
If your workplace does a Secret Santa, try to get your hands on your boss's preferences form!

Do you have any suggestions of things I should add to my list?  What are you getting your boss this year?

XX, 

SS

P.S. - My monogrammed t-shirt giveaway is still going on!  Enter now!

Note:  I do not own any of the photos in this post.  Also, this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Series: Prayer Routines

It happens multiple times a day... I'll be scrolling through my Facebook feed and someone will be asking for prayer for a family member.  I immediately send up a quick prayer for them and go about my day.  And then I'll realize that I haven't said my personal prayers for the day!  



Colossians 4:2 state to "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."  And Philippians 4:6 reminds us "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."  When you meditate on what those words mean, it is truly powerful!

My goal for the week is to set up some kind of prayer routine, complete with a devotional & prayer journal.  Just like I set aside time for work (8 to 5) or blogging (Sundays & before bed time nightly), I need to set aside time to reflect on God's word and my personal relationship with Him.

If you don't mind me asking - do you have a prayer routine? Do you have a devotional that you would recommend?

As always, I'm here if you ever need me to pray for you!

God Bless,

SS

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday (Help-Me) Finds

First of all how cute is my sweet Franny girl in her Daddy's glasses?  Can you tell I'm a little obsessed with her?



I have been looking for two gala dresses for weeks now - one for an event that I planned & one for a HUGE event that is also through work.  The first one is a dress that I'll be able to move around in because I will still be working.  The second dress can be fun & whatever I want it to be!  I have been playing with the idea of a two piece dress, if the visible skin would be my rib cage and not actually my stomach.  The dress below is the kind of statement I'm trying to make, so if anyone knows where to find a budget version, holla at your girl!

[photo via E! Online]


I'm also struggling over what to be for Halloween for our work contest!  Any suggestions? Last year, I was Mary Kate & Ashley with a co-worker.... a cat & dog won... I'm really wanting to win so that I can get a day off!  Any suggestions?!



And last question of rambling - I am realizing that my wardrobe cannot go much longer without a pair of booties.  What color / brand would you recommend?  I need something comfy!


Hope that y'all have a great weekend!  I am waiting for the rain to subside so that my boyfriend & I can begin our weekend full of day trips!  What are you getting into this weekend?!

XX,

SS


P.S. - There's still time to win the monogrammed t-shirt that I'm giving away with The Preppy Pair!


Note:  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  Also, I own all photos with the exception of the Diane Kreuger photo.