Seersucker Sass: May 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Weekend Reading

Here are some of my favorite links from the internet this week!

How to:

Ideas for:

Fashion Favorites:


If you read nothing else, at least read:  this interview with Diane von Furstenburg!

Do y'all have any big plans this weekend?  Any links I missed out on?  Feel free to leave them in the comments!

Also - I'm planning content for the month.  Is there anything specific that you'd like to see?




Friday, May 29, 2015

Dog Blog: Franny Takes the Purina ONE 28-Day Challenge

I'm feeling like a proud dog Momma today, because Franny had the opportunity to try a new dog food in exchange for a review!  Since Franny's main hobbies are eating, sleeping, and grunting because her eating/sleeping was interrupted, this was perfect for her. 

Francis took the Purina ONE 28-day challenge.  As part of that, we were given a little checklist of things to watch for as she enjoyed her Purina ONE SmartBlend True Instinct with Salmon and Tuna Dry Dog Food.

DAY 1:  TASTE  Francis loves food, but she loved this food.  We've gone through three different foods with her as her owners, and this is by far her favorite.  The only issue is that with the chunks of salmon and tuna, she ate them and avoided the kibble.  Meaning she cried for more food when those were gone, and she slung the kibble all over the kitchen.

DAY 7:  ENERGY  Francis definitely had more energy!  It was so fun to see her wanting to play instead of wanting to lay on the couch.  She was actually being a puppy!

My name is Francis, and I like to walk my mom!

DAY 14: DIGESTIBILITY  Kind of a gross thing to say, but one of the reasons I was so excited to try this food for Francis is because it's supposed to help dogs have more stolid stools.  It had the opposite effect... My complex will fine you for not cleaning up after your dog, but some days it was really a struggle.

DAY 21:  SKIN & COAT, BRIGHT EYES After Francis completed the 28 Day Challenge and ate all of her food, C commented on how sad he was that it was over, because it made her coat so shiny and soft and her usually muddy eyes so bright!  

DAY 28:  DENTAL HEALTH  I'm not sure how to measure dental health, but anything that helps with Franny's gross little teeth is a win in my book!

Franny gives a tooth-baring grin after destroying the living room

As much as Franny loved this food, we won't be repurchasing for two reasons - runny stool & the real meat vs. kibble issue.  We went back to Franny's original food, and she seems quite happy with it.  I do recommend giving this food a try for your dog, though.  Like people, all animals are different and you never know until you try!  You can get a $3 off coupon here.

Do you have a furry friend?  Any products you recommend that I try for Franny?

Happy Friday, y'all!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for my roundup of my favorite links I've found across the internet :)



P.S. - My RocksBox arrives on Monday, and I couldn't be more excited!

A big thank you to my friends at Smiley360 for providing Francis and I with free product in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pink & Professional

Do you have an outfit that makes you ooze confidence?  This is mine!

Dress:  Lilly Pulitzer (similar) | Blazer | Sandals | Earrings

Most days, I skirt the line between a fun outfit and a professional outfit.  I don't think that sitting in an office all day necessarily means that you have to look or dress boring, so I've started pulling out my favorite "fun" dresses and throwing a blazer over them!

Also, I'm kind of having a hair conundrum, y'all!  Do I grow it out or chop it again?  Go more towards my natural brown or get extra blonde highlights?  I'm so indecisive!

Do y'all have an outfit that makes you feel super confident?  I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Friday Eve!!



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Recent Beauty Favorites

Confession:  I'm a beauty product junkie.  It has only gotten worse since I've started blogging.  (Don't ya love justifying your purchases with the fact that you'll review them?!)  Here are my recent favorites!

Balea Charcoal Nose Strips -  Awkward, but I can't find these things anywhere online.  I bought mine at TJ Maxx for $3, and I really like them!  My pores are just really gross, and I love that these make them much less gross.  Since I have no idea where to buy them again, I plan on trying these next!  They also use charcoal, and I've read some great reviews on them.

Benefit They're Real Remover - I've been having all sorts of drama with my eyelashes lately.  I started using a lash serum, which I love, but if I don't get all of the mascara off before application, it's like cement.  This stuff has been such a big help!  

Benefit Roller Lash -  I have been wanting to try this for the longest time, so when my mom surprised me with this and the remover, I was tickled!  In my opinion, it lives up to the hype!  I usually prefer a really thick mascara applicator, but I think this one is good for getting my lashes separated and creating volume.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm in Unapologetic -   This stuff is amazing.  I own a few of these, but this one has become my go to lipstick for the summer!  It looks red by the packaging, but it's actually a super pretty shade of coral.  (I'm wearing it in this post if you want to see it for yourself!)  

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat -  I have a love/hate relationship with gel nails, so I do my own nails a lot of the time.  I used to be super obsessed with a different top coat. but the lady at Sally's Beauty recommended this one to me, and I don't think I'll ever use another one.  (I used it as a top coat before bed, and my nails didn't have the usual "I went to bed with barely dry nails... Oops!" look when I woke up this morning.)  It dries super fast, and it leaves my nails with a glossy sheen.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub -   This is definitely the newest product in my overflowing collection!  I read lots of amazing reviews on this and wanted to check it out for myself, because my lipstick has a tendency to stain my lips.  It's only $10, so I couldn't bring myself to pay $6 in shipping on it... Luckily, my boyfriend was in Cincinnati at the time, and picked it up for me!  The instructions say to slough it on your lips, and the lick off the excess... I was so weirded out.   But then I used it, and I was so glad the instructions were to lick off the excess because it was yummy!  (I still feel weird admitting that...)  Even after removal, you still have the bubblegum taste on your lips.  I follow up with Vaseline Rosy Lips.  

Are any of my favorites on your favorites list, as well?  Anything I left off that I need to try?

Happy Tuesday, y'all!  If you need me, I'll be watching the mailbox for my first RocksBox to show up!



Monday, May 25, 2015

Dance Hall Diva

Y'all, this weekend I did something I've never done before - I went to a country music dance hall!

My papaw is still recovering from his stroke, so he hasn't been cleared to drive yet.  We're working really hard to keep his schedule the same as it was pre-stroke, so members of my family have been taking him to the country music dance halls on Wednesdays and Saturdays!  I went this Saturday, and it was such an experience!  I think my favorite part was dressing for the occasion!

Top: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans: local boutique (similar) | Boots: Ariat (similar)
Necklace:  Lilly Pulitzer (similar) | Bracelets:  Bella Vida Accessories c/o

The dance hall was quite the experience!  I danced with some gentlemen my Papaw's age, and over the course of three hours, they only played about three songs that I recognized.  (I loveee country - new and old - so they were playing some really obscure songs!)  I didn't get home until after midnight, slept a few hours, and then went to the flea market with my family the next day.

What do y'all think of my country western look?  Are you enjoying this long weekend?

Happy Memorial Day!



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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Weekend Reading

Happy long weekend, y'all!  This week's post is a little longer than usual, but I wasn't able to post last weekend, so it's two weeks worth of links.  Since I've joined Millennial Blogger Network, I've been exposed to so much quality content!

How to:
Ideas for:
What are you getting into this weekend?  Any links I missed?  Leave them in the comments!



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Skin Protection Essentials

Did y'all know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime?  And one in 50 will be diagnosed with melanoma.

If I had a dollar for every time that I heard someone say, "Well, if I die from tanning, at least I'll die tan," I would be able to buy as all unlimited spray tanning forever.  (P.S - If you've ever seen someone going through cancer treatments, you know just how wrong that statement is.  I don't think I've ever looked so sickly.)

I'm not here to lecture you, I just want to give you a reminder to take care of your skin this summer!  We're only given one body, so it's important that we take care of what we have.  Here are my must-haves for summer skin protection & where you can find them!

Rash Guard - I'm so glad that these are so readily available to purchase now!  My melanoma scar is on my arm, and I like to keep it covered when I'm out in the sun.  (If it's too hot for sleeves, I use a large bandage.)  These are also great to wear if you've gotten too much sun the day before, but don't want to miss out on beach time!
Sunscreen for your face & body - My skin is sensitive, so I'm not a big fan of using the same sunscreen on my face and body.  (I also like to use a higher SPF on my face because I'm so paranoid about wrinkles.)  For my body, I like to use a sunscreen spray.  I miss less spots that way!  Also, don't forget to put sunscreen on the tops of  your hands, feet, and ears.  I typically use Banana Boat spray for my body and Clinique for my face.

Sun hat - I think that sun hats are so chic!  I love that they shade my face from the sun, and I think they add a touch of glamour to any look.

Polarized glasses - I can definitely tell a difference in my polarized and non-polarized sunglasses.  They reduce the glare and UV rays that you're exposed to.
Lip products with SPF - Aside from the fact that sunburned lips are super painful, can you imagine having a cancerous mole removed from your actual lip?  The thought of it just sends chills up and down my spine.  Some high end makeup brands even offer lipsticks with SPF!

And last, but certainly not least, get your skin checked!  Even if you have no history of skin cancer or melanoma in your family, it doesn't hurt to get an annual skin checkup with your dermatologist.

I hope this post will inspire you to protect your skin this summer!  If you have any questions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me an email!  What are your summer skin care essentials?  Any products I need to know about?!

Happy Thursday, y'all!



PS - If you haven't already, would you like my Facebook page?  It would really make my Thursday :)   

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Getting Squeaky Clean with Riens Handmade Soap

I talk a lot about how my bathroom is like my personal, at-home paradise.  Thanks to Riens Handmade Soap, I've added some more products to my arsenal!  (And I'm obsessed.)

When Rien and I started talking about a collaboration, I told her that I had group of lymph nodes removed, and it made my skin unbearably sensitive.  (Real talk - I've had allergic reactions to so many deodorants because of it.)  She suggested the calendula honey soap and the shea butter olive oil soap.    

Another really fun side effect of the lymph node situation is that I sweat more than I used to, especially now that the weather is warmer.  (Gross, I know.)  Because of those two things, I knew that this soap would really be put to the test.

I hopped out of the shower feeling literally squeaky clean.  I even used it at the site of the lymph node removal (my armpit... doesn't that word make you cringe?!) and... no reaction!  Winner winner chicken dinner over here!

In the mornings, I wake up with extra soft skin.  The eczema on the back of my arms and thighs is going away.  All of these amazing things from a $5 bar of soap.

I always provide honest reviews, so I've got to be real with y'all - I already have more products from Riens Handmade Soap in my cart on the site.  If the soap alone has already done so much for me, I can't wait to check out the lip balm and body butter!  I'm also excited to scoop up a few of the more colorful soaps as gifts for friends.

What do y'all think?  Are you ready to get squeaky clean with Riens Handmade Soap?

By the way, I finally created a Facebook page, and I'd love if y'all would go like it!  

Happy Tuesday!



A big thank you to Rien of Riens Handmade Soap for providing me with product in exchange for an honest review.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting brands that support A Little Seersucker Sass!

Monday, May 18, 2015

What to Wear: Formal Weddings

I was super honored to read a scripture in my cousin's wedding this weekend!  She has been my role model my entire life, and I'm so blessed that she is also my sorority sister.  Do you want to know the biggest stressor of the wedding was for me?  Finding a dress.

Loved having my little brother as one of my dates!

I've been to a lot of weddings in the past few years, but this is the first formal wedding that I've been to in almost 6 years!  If you're attending a formal wedding this summer and stressing what to wear, I've pulled some of my favorite pieces!

Floor length dress -  I think that floor length looks so elegant, but I've noticed more and more women wearing short dresses to formal weddings.  (I personally like an excuse to wear a long dress, especially since my legs are super pale!)  And floor length doesn't have to mean boring - I love this black backless dress!  Other dresses I love that are under $100 -

Accessories - I'm not a big fan of heels, but I bought a new little strappy pair for the wedding, and I'm so glad that I did!  I also switched out my Speedy bag for a metallic Kate Spade crossbody.  I hate trying to lug a large handbag around at weddings!  I wore a simple pearl bracelet and pearl studs, but I definitely wouldn't have minded having a pair of Kendra Scott earrings to wear!  (PS - I almost rented this clutch... isn't it darling?!)  Other favorites -

Beauty -  I wanted to take this opportunity to share a couple of my favorite beauty tips!  Red lipstick is my favorite accessory and an instant confidence boost.  If you want to give it a try, be sure to check out this tutorial!  I had planned on getting a spray tan, but some major things came up, and it fell pretty low on the priority list.  But if you are planning on getting a spray tan before attending a wedding, you'll want to check out this post!  

The beautiful bride & I

Do y'all have a "go to" look for a formal wedding?  What did you get into this weekend?

By the way, thank you for the kind words and prayers for my Papaw.  This has been a bittersweet weekend for my family with my cousin's wedding and my Papaw's hospitalization, but he is home and recovering, and we are praying for a full recovery.

Happy Monday!



Friday, May 15, 2015

Leadercast 2015: What I Learned! (& What I Wore)

If you follow me on social media, you know that last week was pretty much just me melting down every day over the LSAT.  I felt so discouraged, but thanks to some really sweet friends, I decided to give the test a try, and I've created a backup plan in case law school doesn't work out.  But I'm feeling very optimistic.  I had the opportunity to go to a Leadercast streaming last Friday, and it rocked my world. 

In case you're in need of inspiration like I have been, I wanted to share some of the tidbits that I learned from the speakers at the training.  The theme this year was "The Brave Ones," and I definitely needed to channel the brave girl that I know is deep inside of me!

  • Andy Stanley,  Leadership Communicator & Author  - Andy described bold leadership as "a middle school girl in pursuit of an iPhone."  Think about it... Is there anything that a 14 year old girl that wants an iPhone won't do?!  Other things to think about - bold leaders refuse to be cowed by how.  Bold leadership is not just for bold people, and it is not reserved for the fearless.
  • Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP AE - Don't obsess over your competition; focus on the white space they are yet to cover.   I think that's a big one for all bloggers to remember!
  • Commader Rorke T. Denver, Navy SEAL Commander - Pain is one of fear's agents... Lean into the pain!  Studying sucks and studying makes me cry.  But you know what?  I think of leaning into the pain every time I study!
  • Malala Yousafzai - Malala's story is amazing.  She's been advocating rights for women's education since she was 10 years old!  If you ever get upset about studying or school related issues, just remember how blessed you are that you can actually get an education!  Whenever I complain, I immediately think about Malala.
  • Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Quarterback -  Learn to thrive on being uncomfortable.  I want to tell y'all, this has been a big one for me.  On my 23rd birthday, I made a goal for myself to do more things that make me uncomfortable; it's no coincidence that I've grown so much as a person since my 23rd birthday.
  • Seth Godin, Best-Selling Author - I had two major takeaways from this one.  1. "Be willing to bring tension."  How many times have we avoided a conversation or confrontation because it would bring tension?  I'm definitely guilty as charged!  2. "It's always too soon."  The example he gave for this one was the fax machine.  It was too soon for the fax machine because if only one person owned one, who would they send faxes too, right?!  If you wait around for the "perfect time," you may be waiting around forever.
  • Ed Catamull, President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios - Ed talked about the way we view failure (I'm dumb/lazy/etc.) and the way that we should view failure (Try something; if it doesn't work, learn from it, and do better next time.)  I told myself I was dumb probably 60 times the first week that I studied for the LSAT.... No more!
  • Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton - Mayor Brown defined bravery as the point where we decide to live and not just exist.  I love that! She also shared that brave leaders are not super human, and they serve for the purpose, not the praise.
  • Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of NYC - Mayor Giuliani shared his six lessons of leadership - strong beliefs, optimism, bravery and courage, relentless preparation, teamwork, and communication.  He was the last speaker of the day, and I hung on to every word that he said.

Now, on to what I wore...

Fridays are usually for jeans at work, so I practically begged my boss to let me wear my new white jeans to the streaming!  But I lost and was told that I needed to dress up, so I went through my closet to find something comfy enough to sit in an auditorium chair all day.  Classic Lilly dress to the rescue!

 Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (similar) | Cardigan:  J. Crew | Sandals:  Jack Rogers

Leadercast was such an amazing experience!  I'm actually thinking about going to the live event in Atlanta next year.  Have any of y'all ever been to a streaming or the event?  What did you think?

Happy Friday, y'all!



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom | Becoming a Better Friend with 'Heart Sisters' + a Giveaway!

Want to be a better friend and have better friends? Natalie Chambers Snapp wrote Heart Sisters just for you! She uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

Y'all, when I started reading this book, I immediately related to Natalie.  She seems like a sweet lady with a heart of gold, and she is very upfront about her less than perfect past.  (She's relatable, and I love that when reading a book.)  Natalie and I had some of the same desires growing, but I think our biggest one was wanting a sister.  I was bullied mercilessly in elementary and middle school, and really thought that I had found true friends in high school.  (Isn't it fun when you look back and realize the only reason you were friends with a lot of people is because you saw them every single day?)  I hadn't though, and when I started college and decided to join a sorority, I lost all of the high school friends that I had.

I used my time in a sorority to realize what true friends and true heart sisters were like.  Heart sisters aren't sisters by blood relation most of the time, but they are those friends that have your back no matter what like a blood sister should.  Through my sorority process, I healed a lot, and I had the confidence to go back and attempt to repair friendships and relationships.

Friendship is tricky post-grad, which is why I was really interested in this book.  My best friend SF is currently getting her Masters in counseling, and she always knows what to say or what questions to ask me.  She's the reason I wanted to read this book.  Your high school friends and your college friends, they know your heart.  But post grad friends get a little trickier because you may not necessarily have the time to cultivate the friendships like you did in high school and college.

I wanted to share with y'all some of the passages from the book, but I couldn't choose.  Y'all, I have marked this book up so much with notes and underlining.  A few things I found to be my favorites from the book were discussion of why we actually need girlfriends, the traits that stop us from having girlfriends, the Super Seven Sisters, and the PEG system for handling conflict.  My suggestion when reading this book is to read a chapter every few days so that you have time to absorb and reflect on the information that you read.  Get out your highlighter & be ready to write some notes!  I would also recommend having a journal dedicated to this book, because there are questions at the end of each chapter.

Help Natalie celebrate the release of her new book by entering to win goodies you'll need for a girls' night out with your heart sister!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 17th. Winner will be announced May 18th on Natalie's blog.

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What do y'all think - sound like a book you would enjoy?  Do you have any heart sisters?  Don't forget to enter the giveaway!



A big thank you to Litfuse blogger group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that support A Little Seersucker Sass.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Save the Undies (& the cute pajamas!) with U by Kotex

Time for some girl talk on this Tuesday, y'all!  I love cute undies, and I love cute pajamas, but I can't tell y'all how many have fallen casualty to my period. (Can I get an Amen?!)  I don't know about y'all, but when I'm a bloaty, crampy, miserable mess, I want to be able to curl up in my cute night gown.  And I'm so over having to plan outfits around horrible "period panties."  Well... U by Kotex to the Rescue!

I recently purchased a box of U by Kotex AllNighter® products and a box of U by Kotex Cleanwear® products.  That purchase couldn't have come at a better time, because I was recently given a set of white bed sheets to go with my nautically themed bedroom.   I really needed these products to be good enough to protect cute undies, cute pajamas, AND white sheets.  

Thanks to the 3D Capture Core, a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness to help stop leaks, I didn't have to worry.  Y'all that's a pretty big deal!  I can wake up in the morning without instantly being freaked out or feeling like I'm going to have to soak a stain off of my clothing or sheets.  Peace of mind is a big deal when it comes to my period, and these products give me peace of mind.

The best part?  You can become an UnderWarrior with me, because U by Kotex has been generous enough to offer free samples to my readers!  And I'm not talking about wimpy samples, some sample packs have six different samples in them!  All you have to do is click here :)

What do you think?  Ready to Save the Undies & become an UnderWarrior with me?

Happy Tuesday, y'all!



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Weekend Reading

Happy weekend, y'all!  I really hope that everyone had an amazing week and that it continues on into the weekend :)  Here are some of my favorite things I've found on the internet this week!

How to:

Other fun articles:

What Being in a Sorority Taught Me about my Career 

Did y'all know that Reese Witherspoon launched an online store called Draper James?  I'm in love.  (My wallet is sobbing.)

I was nominated for the Sisters of the World Blogging Award!  Check it out here.

Next week I'll be sharing my "Save the Undies" story, thanks to an awesome partnership with U by Kotex and Linqia*.  In the mean time, you can get some samples of U by Kotex products here!

If you're looking to do a little shopping these weekend, here are some of my picks:

Have a great weekend, y'all!  Any links from the internet that you're absolutely loving this week?  Leave them in the comments so that I can check them out!



*Thank you to U by Kotex for sponsoring an upcoming post & inspiring me to become an #Underwarrior & stay confident!

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Fashion First!

After the Derby hat debacle, I needed to kill a little time at a local boutique while the owner was finishing up my hat.  Long story short, I did the unthinkable - I bought a pair of white jeans.

Y'all, I'm messy.  I don't mean to be, dirt and germs just find me; they always have.  My co-workers know that I can always hook them up with a Tide-to-go pen.  I have two pairs of white bottoms - a pair of shorts that I wore to meet a boy's parents in high school because I thought they made me look like a preppy goddess (in reality, they just made me look extra pale) and a pair of polyester white leggings from a dance recital costume in high school that were atrocious, but much better than wearing a skirted leotard.  And you know what?  I'm kind of sad that it took me this long to buy white jeans, because I'm obsessed with them.

Top: exact ||  Jeans:  local boutique (similar) || Booties: TJ Maxx (similar)

I've compiled a list of my favorite all white finds... and they're all under $100!
Do you own a pair of white jeans?  If so, what's your favorite way to style them?

Happy Friday, y'all!  Anyone tuning into Leadercast today?



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review | Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

I hate my pores.  I have a major skin care routine with four serums, do some kind of mask or treatment at least once a week, and even do weekly extractions on myself with an extraction tool.  So why aren't my pores pretty yet?!

I jumped at the chance to try Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask, because it is supposed to remove toxins, excess oil, and all of the fun stuff that clogs your pores.  The mask is made up of minerals from Dead Sea Mud, Vitamin C, Aloe Vera gel, Jojoba Oil, and Ginseng.  Unlike a lot of other mud masks, this one comes ready to use... no mixing!

When I went to squirt out the mask, it came out of the tube very firm (almost solid) and squirted out slowly.  But when I applied it, the mask went on easily and smoothly.  It only requires a thin layer, and the appropriate amount of product necessary would be a dollop about the size of a half dollar.

Unlike other masks that I have tried, I really like that I can still move my face while the mask is on.  I love that it's unscented, because I can't imagine having something that doesn't smell so nice sitting under my nose for 20 minutes!

One thing that you need to know about this mask is that it's a commitment.  It takes about 5 minutes for application, needs to sit 10-20 minutes, and takes about 8 minutes to remove!  If you're looking for a quick fix, this probably isn't it.  But in my opinion, it is definitely worth the time investment.

My results?  My crater pores now look like little pinhead pores :)  My skin is so much softer.  My acne has cystic tendencies, so I was really pleased that it drew the pimple on my chin up to the surface.

The takeaway?  This product is awesome.

Do you give yourself skin care treatments frequently?  And did you really wear a face mask if you didn't take a silly selfie? ;)

Happy Thursday, y'all!



I received this product in exchange for an honest review through a partnership with Adovia & Brandbacker.  All opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting brands that support A Little Seersucker Sass!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Maintaining Friendships After Graduation

There was a moment that happened at the end of my first semester as a senior in college that I will never forget.  Two of my roommates/sorority sisters and I were sitting at Barnes and Noble studying for our finals.  At a nearby table, a group of women in their 30's were catching up over coffee.  "That will be us one day."
That really struck me.  One day, I would wake up, and I wouldn't walk down the hall, passing the rooms of 30 of my sisters.  I wouldn't be able to randomly go craft outside with them on pretty days.  I wouldn't be able to go grab Mexican & Margs after class with my best friend on a random Thursday night anymore.  The majority of us would be leaving our college town, some of us moving further away than others.  (One of the above mentioned roommates moved to New York City and is working at her dream job!  The other is living in Nashville, four hours away, and planning a wedding!)
Living further away from my friends than I was used to while transitioning to the "real world" was a lot to take in at first.  If you're still adjusting or about to be adjusting (Ahh, congrats on graduation!!!), I hope that you will find my tips to be helpful.
1. Realize that things will be different.  The sooner that you accept this, the better.  (And I say that because it took me a long time to accept it.)  Accept that your friends in college won't understand your schedule or your responsibilities.  After going to work very exhausted one morning because I met my friends for dinner at 7 and then drove an hour home, I set some ground rules for myself.

2. Remember important days.  I try really hard to be a thoughtful person, but sometimes I forget things.  That's where a planner comes in handy!  Write down your best friends' birthdays and make a little note to remind yourself to wish them good luck before an interview or ask how a date went.  It may seem like the most insincere thing in the world, but when you have a chaotic day at work where you're so overwhelmed that you can't remember how to spell your name, you'll be glad that you did!

3. Know that out of sight doesn't mean out of mind.  I don't talk to all of my best friends every day, and I don't see my friends that live locally as much as I would like to.  But I think it's important to realize that just because you don't see someone much or speak to them every day doesn't mean that the friendship should be abandoned!

4. Talk when you can.  This one plays off of #3 - Out of all of the people I consider to be close friends, there's really only one friend that I talk to consistently throughout the day, every day.  Communicating 24/7 isn't necessary to keep a friendship alive!

5. Plan time together.  When my friend A comes into town to see her boyfriend, she always lets me know a few weekends ahead of time so that we can both block off a little bit of time for each other! Planning something in advance gives you something to look forward to and is helpful when coordinating multiple crazy schedules.

6. Snail mail + bestie boxes are you friend.  While I'm so thankful for technology, I love snail mail!  If you have a friend on your mind, why not drop a card in the mail for her?  It will be such a pleasant surprise in a mailbox full of bills and junk mail!   I was introduced to the Bestie Box concept on Instagram.  Friends choose a schedule (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and mail each other gift boxes, similar to a subscription service!  My "Bestie Box" suggestions would be dollar aisle goodies, nail polish, favorite snacks, something you'll need next time y'all see each other, or things you got in a subscription service that you'll never use.  (The last one sounds kind of cheap, but one of my co-workers is always sharing her ipsy & Birchboxes with us, because she doesn't like to see things go to waste!  Everyone wins!!)

Now I want to hear from y'all - How do you maintain friendships after graduation?  Do you and any of your friends have traditions?



P.S. - I apologize that I haven't been engaging as much as I usually do... studying for the LSAT has me spread super thin/exhausted/crying every night/is ruining my life.  Thanks for all of the encouragement and for bearing with me! Xo <3 p="">

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day is only five days away!  Have you picked up anything for your Momma yet?  Last week, I shared a post with you full of gift ideas.  I live in a small town, so in my case, a lot of those gifts would have to be ordered.  So if you're in the same boat & need a gift that you can pick up at a local store, here are my "last minute" gift ideas, as well as ideas for how to put a "personal touch" with them!

Pedicure gift certificate + bottle of nail polish ||  Gift cards for services are a great gift, but I never like to give them alone!  If you're giving a gift certificate for a spa service, pick up a little something that goes along with it if your budget allows.

Plants ||  I don't know about y'all, but my mom really likes plants.  If you know what she likes or usually grows, get her that!  If not, succulents can be a pretty safe bet.  (I also really like to gift hanging baskets and ferns to women in my family)  Bonus points - Paint the planter yourself or offer to help her plant the flowers!

Personalized photo gift ||  While curating my gallery wall, I've been ordering prints on different backgrounds (canvas, wood, metal, etc.)  You would be surprised at what all you can order and pick up same day at your Walgreens or CVS photo center!

Starbucks gift card + cute mug ||  This is such a classic gift, but definitely an appreciated one!  Bonus points - Design your own DIY mug or get one of those cheesy ones with your photo on it!  Gifts that make people laugh are good gifts, too :) 

Inspirational book ||   My mom isn't super into inspirational books, but when I'm not really sure what to buy her for a holiday, I buy her a new coffee table book!  (We love true crime, so most of our coffee table books are about that! Haha.)  Bonus points - Make a DIY bookmark to go with it!  Write her a nice little note and laminate it :)

Have you picked up your momma's Mother's Day Gift yet?!

Happy Tuesday & Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Will you be celebrating?!



Monday, May 4, 2015

Talk Derby to Me

So you may recognize this outfit from Friday's post... This weekend I was supposed to go to a Kentucky Derby party, and it turned into quite the debacle!

I had planned on wearing this dress.  I went to get my nails done to match the dress, and I had picked out the perfect hat to decorate.  The dress was nautical, so I thought that it would be fun to attach a neon pink ribbon & some gold seashells to this hat.   Well, it turns out my Target didn't have that hat.  So I changed my mind to the navy & white striped one, as it would go great with my Lilly Pulitzer Dark N Stormy print shift.  When I was getting things ready for the link up, I tried the hat on with the outfit and loved it.

I was so excited to make my own hat, but it ended with disaster.  I created something, and it just did not look good... at all.  So I scrapped it last minute, collected all of my flowers and ladybugs, and took it down to a local boutique.  I'm so thankful that the owner was so sweet to me; she calmed my frantic self down and created such a gorgeous hat for me!  (And I indulged in some retail therapy while I was there, because what better way to calm your nerves?!)

C & I had a blast at the party!  I tried my first Mint Julep, we enjoyed some beautiful scenery, and we had an excuse to get all dressed up!

How was your weekend?  Did you partake in any Kentucky Derby related activities?