Seersucker Sass: July 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What's in my Sakroots Blogging Bag?

If you've been reading along with me for a while, you know that I'm not capable of sitting still.  I am always moving, and it seems like I'm always working on at least three projects at once.  I absolutely love blogging and strive to be consistent with my posting, so I write whenever I have time.  Sometimes that means whipping out my laptop during my lunch break or writing in a coffee shop because I need to kill thirty minutes before I meet my friends for drinks.  Having a "Blogging Bag" has been my saving grace!



The Artist Circle backpack from Sakroots is the perfect blogging bag.  Unlike bags I've used in the past, this snaps shut like a backpack, and also has a cinching feature.  There are neat little pockets hidden throughout, and it even comes with a matching pencil bag!  The pattern that I'm carrying is called "Radiant One World" from the Sakroots in Session Collection, but there are plenty of other vibrant patterns... and even some floral!

What's in my Sakroots Blogging Bag?!




Macbook + Charger ||  I don't necessarily love toting my laptop around, but since it has everything I need for blogging on it, it just makes sense!  I love that my blogging bag cinches, so I don't have to worry about the most expensive item I own just toppling to its death out of the bag.

Magazines + Book  ||  Whenever I'm lacking inspiration, I like to flip through a magazine.  By the time I'm done, I have a whole list of potential blog post topics!  I have ridiculously cheap subscriptions to Vogue and Us Weekly through DiscountMags.com.  I'm also slowly reading through Leave Your Mark.  Aliza speaks the truth, and sometimes I get a little teary when I read the book because I relate so much!

  
Blogging Notebook  ||  I keep this notebook with me at all times.  It's a running list of post ideas, and I often use it to "bullet point" out a post when I'm feeling inspired, instead of trying to remember all of my ideas hours later when I get home.

Flatlay Background  ||  Confession:  The flamingo background you see in lots of my photos is actually a cutting board from Cracker Barrel!  Haha.  My apartment isn't exactly picturesque, and my office is very corporate and carpeted, so having something to consistently use as a background is one of my favorite tricks!

Review products  ||  I carry a lot of review products with me in case I write about them while I'm not home.  I have quite a few reviews coming in the next month, including the pictured skin care product!


Sakroots pencil case  ||  Things that match make me happy.  I love that Sakroots provides a matching pencil case with their backpacks!  My pencil case is filled with cute mechanical pencils, highlighters, and erasable pens.  I try really hard to be good and keep them in the case, because there's nothing worse than needing a writing utensil immediately and having to fish it out from the bottom of your bag!
Sticky Notes  ||  I'm not sure if I could function without sticky notes.  I write notes to myself, flag pages in magazines, and stick little notes in my agenda and notebook!

Sakroots Artist Circle Daily Agenda  ||  I love how colorful this agenda is!  I use it strictly for information related to blogging.  I chart out content at the monthly view and make different notes on the daily view like how many views I received on a post in 24 hours, if I received an abnormal amount of repins, something my readers seemed to really enjoy, etc.  I'm Type A, so I need  my agenda.  



If you're interested in a backpack or blogging bag of your own, you can receive a 15% off discount from Sakroots just by signing up for their emails!  Just visit their website by clicking this link, and register in the bottom right hand corner!

Sakroots also provides the opportunity to represent their brand as a college ambassador!  If you're interested, you can receive more information here.  I was an ambassador for a brand in college, and I absolutely loved it, so I highly recommend applying!  It's a wonderful experience, and I really think it helped me with blogging.


Now I want to hear from you!  Do you have a blogging bag?  What are your blogging essentials?

A big thank you to Sakroots for sponsoring today's post and helping me be a much more organized blogger!

XX,

SS







Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Why I'm Not Always the "Best Blogger"

It all started when I was preparing to take the LSAT.  "Wouldn't it be so fun if I had hot pink Legally Blonde themed pencils for my test?"  I thought to myself.  So I browsed Etsy, and I found some.  I was tickled because hello, that's the perfect Instagram photo.  Long story short, my pencils were going to cost like $16 with rush shipping, so I didn't do it.  Ridiculously enough, sometimes I still look back on that missed opportunity.

One of the toughest things for me about blogging has been comparing myself to other bloggers.  When I see that someone is able to start blogging full time after a year of being a blogger, I wonder what they have that I don't.  I have to stop and remind myself that we're all walking different paths, come from different backgrounds, and possess different skills.  We all feel different levels of comfort with different things.

I'm a list maker, so I made a list of "blogging guidelines" for myself.  Whenever I'm discouraged because I hate the background of a photo (aka the vinyl siding at my apartment complex) or no one likes my photo on Instagram, I remind myself of these guidelines.  Not only do they snap me out of my funk, but they help me to maintain my integrity and the brand of my blog.




1. I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.  Say it with me - I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.  I can't tell y'all how many times I say this to myself a day.  Your worth is not defined by likes on a photo.  We're saved by God's grace; you don't get to cut the line in Heaven because you have 50,000 Instagram followers.

2. I will be authentic, and I will know my brand.  I will never be the girl that posts photos of fruit taken in a grocery store or selfies from dressing rooms or a bouquet of flowers in a handbag, even though I always see them getting a trillion likes on Insta.  It's just not who I am as a person.  I am the girl that will post a photo that's a little blurry because I was excited about something and moving around, and there is joy radiating from my pores.  We all have different brands, and I think it's important for us to be true to our personal brands.

3. I will know my strengths.  In Honor's British Literature, my teacher made us all stand up and brag on ourselves.  It was absolutely mortifying, but it really made me think about what I was good at.  I'm not saying that you need to be prepared to scream your strengths in a British accent, but knowing what you're good at is a good thing to know.  I'm not really the best at design, so when I 'm trying to design something and seconds away from pitching my Macbook across the room, I remind myself that design isn't really my thing, but hey, I really have an eye for mixing patterns.  Knowing what I'm good at helps me to feel confident.

4. I will build my tribe.  I'm really not a great photographer.  I'm learning, but it's mostly luck when I get a good shot.  But my boyfriend, brother, mom, and aunt are amazing with a camera.  They're my tribe.  My dad can immediately pick out the best photo shoot location anywhere we go.  He's my tribe.  The ladies of Millennial Blogger Network?  They're my tribe.  I try to surround myself with people who are better than me, with hopes of learning from them.

5. I will be content while continuing to grow.  Photos stress me out.  Have I mentioned how much I hate the vinyl siding from my apartment that continues to be my background?  But some days, my boyfriend works late, I have a meeting after work, and we have 20 minutes to get the photos done before the sun goes down.  I'm learning to be content with the circumstances in my life, while continuing to brainstorm ways to do things more efficiently and aesthetically pleasing.


Now that I've shared with y'all what my "blogging guidelines" are, I'd love for y'all to share yours with me!  What are your strengths?  Who makes up your tribe?

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

XX,

SS

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blue Streak

As bloggers, I feel like we're always looking for something new to be obsessed with.  First it was macarons, then donuts, now we're on to pool floaties that look like donuts.  Our obsessions change seasonally. But I want to tell you about something that I'm actually 100% obsessed with - the Lilly Pulitzer Marlowe Dress.


I love easy pieces... love them.  I'm experiencing a minor flare up with my chronic illness right now, and steroids are doing weird things to me.  My tummy, knees, hips, and cheeks are starting to swell up, and my skin is more sensitive than usual.  I'm irritable, and I want easy and no fuss.  When I tried this dress on, I didn't want to take it off.  It's super soft against my skin, it doesn't make me feel like I'm going to die of a heat stroke, and it's versatile.  (It's also under $100.) 


 I wore it to work on Wednesday styled like this, and then again to work yesterday with Kendra Scott Danielle earrings, a side fishtail braid, and Jack Rogers sandals.  (It's embarrassing to admit that I wore a piece of clothing two times in six days, but coming back from vacation is hard.  Also, I'm sunburned and it's the softest thing I own.)  While I was in Savannah, I picked it up in this print, as well, and the Gift With Purchase happened to be bangles that matched, so I'm pretty happy with how that turned out.




You can shop this post here:

Hope y'all are having a very happy Tuesday!  Since I told you about my current obsession, I'd love to know what you're all about at the moment!

XX,

SS

Monday, July 27, 2015

Looking Polished in a Pinch

As you're reading this, I'm more than likely sitting at my desk trying to look alive.  I just got back from vacation, and I'm pretty confident that tomorrow I will feel refreshed and alive and ready to take on the world.  But for now, I'm just trying to look awake and alert, and not like I'm nursing a sunburn and dehydration that I acquired this weekend while on a bachelorette weekend.  (Soooo worth it, but I am a total zombie today!)

Pretty much the biggest trick I have up my sleeve in looking like I have my act together, is knowing how to look polished.  Regardless of what I'm wearing - ball shorts or a ball gown - I aspire to appear polished.  Here are my tips for getting by on those days that you oversleep or have an 8:15.


1. Pearl Studs

You know how certain things just look nice?  Pearl studs are one of those things, in my opinion.  I wore my hair up a lot my freshman year of college, and so I really embraced the femininity of pearl earrings, because I felt masculine with my hair up.  After my college graduation, I stopped wearing pearls because I felt like they were so college.  I started wearing them again recently, and I even keep a pair in my purse at all times just in case I forget my earrings.  Even if I'm out running errands in my sweats, you can bet that I will be wearing my pearl studs!  I like to purchase a cheap pack of assorted sizes so that I have my dressier pearls, my fun pearls, my subtle pearls, etc.  (And because I lose everything...)

2. Blazer 

I like blazers because they immediately make you look a little more professional and help you to survive life in an overly air conditioned office.  On my intern's last day on the job, I asked her to wear a blazer to work so that I could send her on her way with a professional head shot.  She was wonderful as it was, but I was taken aback at just how more capable and confident she appeared just by adding a blazer.  That lesson stuck with me and pretty much converted me from never wanting to wear a suit to wearing a blazer almost every day, even in July.



3. Posture

Posture is important all of the time, but I especially focus on my posture on days where my appearance is leaning on the sloppy side.  In meetings, I always strive to sit up straight as opposed to leaning or slouching into my chair.  I try to keep my shoulders back and my chin up.  Yoga is awesome for helping with posture if that's something you feel like you need to work on.



4. Five Minute Face

Some days, I really don't have the time/patience/energy to slap on an entire face of makeup.  So I use an abbreviated number of products depending on how much time I have and what kind of skin issues I'm dealing with that day.  (Like my current sunburn...)  I've really fallen in love with Josie Maran's Argan Color Sticks because they're good for lips and cheeks and take about zero makeup skills to use.  And after this little experiment, I never leave home without mascara!

5. Slicked back hair

When I was probably a junior in high school, I read an article in one of the major fashion magazines that said "Slicked back is a hairstyle." and my mind was blown.  (I wore my hair slicked back in a bun every day during middle school because of ballet lessons, and so many people made fun of me for it.)  Dry shampoo is your friend, but some days I am beyond dry shampoo, and I just part my hair on the side and slick it into a nice, harsh little bun.


Here are some of my favorites to help me look "polished in a pinch!"


Do y'all have any tips for adding some polish to your look?  I would love to hear them!

Happy Monday!!

XX,

SS 


Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Little Weekend Reading


Happy weekend, y'all!  I hope that everyone is having a wonderful and relaxing weekend so far!  I am on a bachelorette party to Savannah... Be sure to follow along with all of the fun on my Instagram.

Here are a few of my favorite links from the web this week!  Hope you enjoy :)





A Little "How to:"


A Little Wardrobe Lust:

A Little Inspiration:
What was your favorite link of the week?  Feel free to leave it in the comments!

Happy weekend-ing :)

XX,

SS

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Board Meeting Basics

In my opinion, board meetings can get pretty stressful.  On a day that I know I will be stressed, I make sure my outfit is pre-planned and something that I feel comfortable and confident in.  My first boss really ingrained in me the importance of wearing a suit on board and council meeting days, so I alternate between a few of my suits!









Pearl studs:  Target ||  Wedges:  BCBGMaxAzria  (similar)


I have a few true suits where I bought the pieces together in a set, but otherwise, I usually pair my J. Crew Schoolboy blazers with a matching pair of pixie pants.  I think suits can be a little masculine, so I always like to wear a fun, printed blouse under them.  Something about wearing pearls makes me feel like I can take on the world, so I always wear my double strand and my studs.  I don't find heels to be super comfortable, so I wear a pair of wedges on important days.  (To be honest, I usually wear my black Jack Rogers to set up the meeting, then throw on my wedges at the last minute.)


Do y'all share my dread of board meeting days?  Do you have a work outfit you feel super confident in?

Happy Thursday!

XX,

SS

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Seven Tips for Making an Impression in the Workplace

Following along with this week's theme, today's Wednesday Wisdom is about how to make an impression at work.  I started an internship right out of college, and when it was supposed to end, the company extended it five more months.  A full-time position opened up, and I was very fortunate to receive so many recommendations from my co-workers and ultimately receive the job.  I know lots of y'all are interning at the moment, so I wanted to share these tips with you, as they are what helped me to snag my first "big girl" job!



1.  Be friendly to everyone.  I'm a firm believer that kindness is key, but it is especially so in the workplace.  With my previous employer, I was in a position where we were reminded that we are ambassadors for our city.  It's the same concept as always wearing your "invisible letters."  The last thing you want to do is be the reason someone sees your business as rude.  Burning bridges in business is tricky, because you never know when you will have to work with someone again!  My ex-boyfriend interned where I worked for five months, and we both made it out alive.  So be friendly to everyone - the janitorial staff, the CEO, the most powerful person in town, the most normal person in town.  You'll be surprised at who will take notice.

2. Know why you were hired.  When I was recruited for my new position, my now boss sat me down and gave me a list of reasons why he wanted me to work for his company.  It was flattering, but most importantly, it helped me to take out a lot of the "guess work."  It's more than knowing your job title, it's knowing the qualities that you possess that help you stand out.  My boss talked a lot about my personality and how I was super bubbly, but still remained professional.  So when there was a board meeting on my first day, and I felt super intimidated and timid, I remembered I was here for a reason, and I brought my A-game (and a big smile!)

3. Take every opportunity to learn.  One thing I loved about my previous job was that I was doing something new every day.  To me, that's really important in a job, because it not only gives you an opportunity to learn, but an opportunity to broaden your skill set.  It's unreal how many random skills I picked up with my previous employer, but also how many skills I picked up that helped me to obtain my current job and that help with my blog.  So if your boss wants to send you to a conference, go!  If you have to learn how to use a difficult computer program, do it!  It may not always be fun, but it will help you grow personally and professionally.

4. Be a problem solver.  I spent the second part of my internship under the problem solver of the office.  Let me tell you something - that really affected the way that I operate my personal and professional life.  After seeing everyone bring her minute, easily fixable problems that needed to be handled and got in the way of her having time to complete her own work, I decided I would try to solve my problems on my own first, and then seek help if I couldn't figure it out.  Remember Chicken Little and the ever-falling sky? Don't be Chicken Little!

5. If you have a question, ask.  This may sound a little contradictory to the point above, but I promise it's not!  I had minimal training when I started my first job, but I had become best friends with Ginny, who had the same job that I did for a different department.  I really tried to be self sufficient, but I struggled with writing press releases.  When I broke down and asked Ginny, she was super happy to help me out, and ended up mentoring me until she moved to Montana!  Never be afraid to ask questions.

6. Know how to make the coffee.  And know how to do all of the other jobs that you may feel are "beneath you" or don't pertain to your position.  I'm really thankful for my internship experience, because when I was hired on full time, I understood the inner workings of the business.  I knew the procedures for opening and closing, I knew how to work all of the technology, I knew where the vacuum and trash bags were kept.  I knew all of the less than glamorous parts of the job that more seasoned professionals didn't really care to know.  And I knew how to make the coffee.

7. Always be willing to help.  Do you know why I knew how to make the coffee at work?  Our CEO taught me.  He is the perfect example of leadership, because he would never ask you to do something that he wouldn't be willing to do himself!  Sometimes it's not fun to sacrifice your Saturday night to work check-in for a craft beer and cheese event that benefits your co-worker's program, but you can bet that when you need volunteers to bar tend at your charity gala, she'll be right there.

I hope that you found these tips to be beneficial!  I'd love to know what your tips are for making an impression in the workplace :)  Feel free to leave them down in the comments!

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  And if you don't mind, could you remember my friends and I in your prayers for safe travels?  We roadtrip to Savannah tomorrow!

XX,

SS

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Follow Your Arrow: Berlynn Yates of Bella Vida Accessories

I'm so excited to introduce the "Follow Your Arrow" series today!  (Inspiration?  This song!)  This series will focus on entrepreneurial women and their stories.  Who better to kick it off then my friend Berlynn, as her handmade jewelry boutique, Bella Vida Accessories, celebrates one year in business today!


Meet Berlynn:




As a child I was always creating accessories, as a teen I worked at a jewelry store and found my style, and as a college graduate I realized I couldn't yet afford all of the big name pieces I liked best. I used those brands for inspiration and Bella Vida Accessories was born! "Bella Vida" means beautiful life and I strive to see the beauty in everything. I aim to create pieces that reflect that. I love being associated with such a fun community of designers and hope to find my signature style that I become known for. BVA is a side venture for now but I'm determined to make it my career and appreciate everyone that supports me along the way! 




You can buy gorgeous pieces from Bella Vida Accessories in Berlynn's Etsy store!  She is open to the possibility of having her merchandise in boutiques, so if you are a boutique owner who is interested, please contact me, and I will be so happy to put y'all in touch!

Berlynn has been kind enough to offer a free bracelet to any of my readers who make a purchase from her shop this month!  Just mention me in the "notes" section of the order.  Pretty sweet deal, huh?!




And of course, be sure to connect with Berlynn on Twitter, and Bella Vida Accessories on Instagram and Facebook!  (She might be running a giveaway to celebrate one year ;) )


Do you have any questions for Berlynn?  If so, leave them in the comments!  Let's all be sure to wish her a happy one year in business!  Thanks for following your arrow and inspiring us all!

XX,

SS

Monday, July 20, 2015

Work Wardrobe Staples

As most of y'all know, I started a new job a little under a month ago.  I've been undergoing a lot of adapting, and I already feel personal and professional growth because of this opportunity.  It really inspired me to do a week-long focus on career related topics.  So this week I'll be bringing you an interview with a female entrepreneur celebrating one year in business, tips on how to kick butt at your job, and a few wardrobe pieces, as well.

One of the first things I noticed about my new position is how professional all of the women dress.  I always dressed "business casual" at my previous job, but I've really been inspired to take it up a notch with this job.

If you're looking to build a professional wardrobe, here are the pieces I recommend:



Even if your job allows you to be super casual, I still think it's important to own a few button-ups.  One of my favorite things about wearing a button-up is that it's such a classic piece, that you can totally get away with wearing a bright statement necklace or fun fur vest with it.  I have the most success finding button-ups at J. Crew and Brooks Brothers.
Pencil Skirt:

Whenever I need a little confidence boost, I pull out a pencil skirt.  In my opinion, they're sexy without trying to be.  (And they're simple to style.  Throw on one of the button-up shirts from above and voila! You instantly look like you have your life together!)  I find most of my pencil skirts at Ann Taylor, J. Crew, and White House | Black Market.
Pixie Pants:

I live in pixie pants at work.  They're pretty much like work appropriate leggings, and I find them to be even more comfortable than jeans!  I think that the way they crop right above the ankle gives them a nice little dainty touch.  I usually buy my pixie pants at J. Crew, Gap, and Old Navy.  (Just a warning, if you purchase from Old Navy, be super cautious about how you wash them.  I've shrunk up some adorable pairs from there.)


I love wearing dresses to work because some days you just don't want to wear pants.  (Also, it's one piece so you don't have to figure out if your shirt matches your skirt, if you need to tuck it in, etc.  I'm all about simplicity.)  I'm a big fan of printed wrap dresses, or throwing on a Lilly under a blazer.  My favorite places to find dresses are Lilly Pulitzer, J.Crew, LOFT, and White House | Black Market.


Blazers:

Blazers add such a nice touch of professionalism to any look, and they are a necessity for board meetings.  I pair them with everything, but my favorite ways to style them are over a funky dress or with a pair of pixie pants in the same color.  If you don't have a blazer in your wardrobe, I suggest in investing in a black blazer and a navy blazer.  I usually pick up my blazers at J. Crew, and I've also had luck finding them at Macy's in the Junior's department!



I'm curious to know - What are your workplace staples?  What is your work environment like?

If you have any questions about work wear or any questions for me relating to career, feel free to shoot me an email or leave it in the comments!

Happy Monday, y'all :)

XX

SS

Friday, July 17, 2015

Win Free Glasses - A Firmoo Giveaway!



I did a collaboration back with Firmoo in March, and I've got to tell y'all - I love their glasses.  I have horrible allergies, so I wore these babies a lot during allergy season to avoid rubbing my eyes.  I used to be super self conscious about how I looked in glasses, but I have received sooo many compliments on these!  With that being said, I'm super excited to team up with Firmoo to offer y'all the opportunity to win a pair of your own!



If you're unfamiliar with Firmoo, they offer quality eyeglasses for a fraction of the price you would pay at the optometrist.  Aside from loving the quality, I love that they offer such fun pieces!  You could get a pair of glasses to match your every mood, and it still wouldn't be as expensive as a high end designer pair.  You can visit this post if you have any questions about my personal experience with Firmoo.

Best of luck y'all!


Firmoo Glasses Giveaway


XX,

SS



Firmoo has graciously offered to give a pair of glasses to one of my readers.  I have not received compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting brands that support A Little Seersucker Sass!




Thursday, July 16, 2015

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

I've been holding off on sharing my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks, because I haven't actually been able to shop the sale yet!  I'm getting ready to go on vacation + the big Lilly sale is coming up, so I'm trying not to go too crazy with this one.  I keep a little running wishlist of items that I'm allowing myself to purchase since I'm trying to save as much money as possible for a wedding and a house.  (The future is expensive, y'all!)

I hope to pick up a few of these pieces tomorrow (or ask my stepmom to use her Nordstrom card and order tonight because I'm an impatient little thing!)





Steve Madden Woodstock Bootie ||  I wore my leather booties sooo much last fall/winter/spring.  I love the touch of fringe on these and the cognac color.  #gimme

Ro & De Tie Blouse ||  This top is perfect for work!  I love that it ties... so chic.

M•A•C Look in a Box ||  I've been looking for a good neutral lipstick for work, because I don't quite feel comfortable enough to break out my bold lip colors.  I love that this has the entire look in one box instead of me trying to match everything up at MAC myself.  (And the gloss is pretty much free so score!)

Reversible Cape ||  Judge me all that you want, but I loveeee ponchos!  The fringe is fun, and I love the classic colors that this comes in.  Perfect for fall and winter!

Leith Floppy Hat ||  I have wanted a floppy felt hat for the past year, but never purchased one.  I'm glad that I waited because this one is not only perfect and affordable, but I love the color!

Halogen Shift Dress ||  I can only imagine how confident I would feel rocking this dress to work!  Great with a blazer, tights, and flats in the fall or alone in the summer!

 Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace ||  I've started to notice that I don't have a good "every day" necklace to go with my silk blouses.  The emerald color is gorgeous, and it would go nicely with all of the jewel tones I wear.

Rockstud Flats ||  I feel like I'm the only blogger in the world that doesn't own a similar pair.  I wear cropped pants a lot, and I feel like these would go so nicely with them! 

Vegan Leather Tote ||  I'm asking for a nice handbag for my 25th birthday, so I refuse to let myself buy any kind of handbag, because it will just be collecting dust in my closet in a few months.  This tote is affordable and perfect for travel!

I've linked up some more of my favorites and similar pieces here:


Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary sale yet?  What are your must haves?

Happy Thursday, y'all!  We're almostttt to the weekend, and I have a giveaway coming up tomorrow, so be sure to stop back by!

XX,

SS

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review: Summer's List

One of the goals on my Summer Bucket List was to read three books, and I was very excited when given the chance to read and review Summer's List by Anita Higman.


A dying wish alters the course of a young woman's life.

Life hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness---caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore---she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love . . . didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something---or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

This book could not have come at a better time for me.  While dealing with my less than impressive LSAT score's arrival, I realized that it was time to let go of my plan and embrace God's plan for me.  I think that's a very relevant theme throughout this book, and I found that to be very comforting.  God works in mysterious ways, and I'm confident this book found me right when I needed it.

This book is an easy read.  I started it on my lunch break one day, and I blinked and had finished four chapters.  It has happiness, and adventure, and some sadness, so if you're a softie like me, you'll want your tissues.  My biggest complaint about the book was the dialogue; it felt very Little House on the Prairie or Brady Bunch to me.  However, others may love it.  Just keep that in mind when purchasing the book :)

Overall, I enjoyed this book!  If I was going to give it a stars rating, I would give Summer's List a 3.5 out of 5.

If y'all have any questions about the book, I'll be glad to answer them!

Since I've finished this book, I'll be sharing the next book pick over on Instagram tonight :)

XX,

SS

Disclaimer:  I received this book for free for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Home Office Inspiration

When I was a little girl, I always loved playing with my mom's desk.  It had all these fancy little drawers and slots for things like photo albums.  (Remember photo albums?!  Weren't those the days?!)  Fast forward 18+ years, and my mom is giving me the desk so that I'll have an official "office" to do my blogging in.  Since I don't have to purchase an actual desk, I'm excited to buy a few little goodies to spruce it up a bit and make it my own.  I don't like buying lots of pieces at one time, because I feel like it makes a room look too "done," so I've been picking up pieces here and there.

I love structure, so I've created a mood board to figure out the feel I want for my office area:



I started by picking my colors - white & gold, with pops of pink.  The white and gold are soothing, and the pink is a good way to add my personality to the room.

My first order of business is updating my desk.  The cushion for the seat is a cream color, so we're going to change it out for a nice shade of pink.  From there, I'm going to change out some of the knobs that have gotten a little worn.

I've also decided what my "non-negotiables" are for my desk are.  I think great bookends are important, because I plan on putting my prettiest motivational books on display.  I also want a cute tape dispenser (the big clunky black ones give me nightmares about wrapping presents with my mom at midnight on Christmas Eve,) an inbox (super important because I am messy,) and some coasters (because who wants water rings all over their desk?!)

Here are some pieces that I really love, a few of which are featured in my mood board:

I've linked to everything possible in the widget, but there are a few pieces that couldn't be added that way.  You can find them here:
Pink & gold pineapple print | Pink engraved pencils


And if you're looking for more office inspiration, here are some offices that really inspired me
+ some tips on office set up:
one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight


Do you have a home office?  What's your favorite thing about it?  If you have a post about it, I would love to read it!

Happy Tuesday, y'all!

XX,

SS

Monday, July 13, 2015

Breezy Blue Beckett

Y'all know I take Lilly Pulitzer very seriously.  A lot of us collect things - coins, vintage copies of Vogue, bracelets; I collect Lilly.  But as I become more and more career focused, I try to only buy pieces that are work appropriate.  The Lilly Pulitzer Beckett dress has become one of my wardrobe staples.  I own it in pink and navy striped, black, and now this beautiful blue color.  It's such an easy piece, and I really recommend it for any wardrobe.









I've tagged my look, along with some similar pieces here:

Do you have a "staple piece" in your wardrobe that you buy up in every color?  How was your weekend?

Happy Monday, y'all!


XX,

SS

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Little Weekend Reading

Is it just me, or did it feel like the weekend was never going to get here?!  I think this might be my favorite "Weekend Reading" post yet!  Enjoy :)



A Little Do-It-Yourself:

A Little Fashion:
What do y'all think?  Any posts you loved?  If I missed something, feel free to leave it in the comments so I can check it out!  Hope everyone has a blessed weekend!

XX,

SS

Friday, July 10, 2015

SS Shops Small

I cannot lie.  Today's post was inspired by two things - Jenny's post yesterday about her favorite places to shop online and a text I received from one of my best friends, Cori, a small business owner.  

I know I share a lot of links to chain retail stores, but I shop small whenever possible!  Before switching over to working in economic development, I worked in small business development, and I was so passionate about it.  It's a passion that has carried over into my blog, and this month I am even starting a "Follow Your Arrow" series to focus on entrepreneurial women.

Here are some of my faves:

- Bella Vida Accessories - 


If you've ever noticed the gorgeous bangles that I wear in a lot of my fashion posts (see here, here, and here for starters), they're from Bella Vida Accessories. I've been so lucky to get to know the shop's owner, Berlynn, and I consider her to be a dear friend.  It's always so special to me when I get to wear a piece of jewelry that I know one of  my friends has made!  The quality is excellent, which is important to me because I am rough on my jewelry.  We are also cooking up a little surprise for y'all in the next few weeks, so stay tuned ;)

Connect with Bella Vida Accessories on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook.


- Kiss My Southern Sass -

With catchphrases like "Pretty in pink and ready to drink" and "Southern belle raisin' hell," Kiss My Southern Sass is my kind of brand!  KMSS was one of the first brands to work with me when I started my blog, and I have felt a strong tie to them ever since.  (The photo shoot I did in their spirit jersey is still my favorite shoot ever.)  If you're Southern and unapologetically sassy, you've got to check them out!

Connect with Kiss My Southern Sass on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their online store.

- Mimi Mae Boutique -



It's really cool when you get to watch you friends' dreams come true, which is why I love Mimi Mae so much.  My friend Cori named her boutique after two of the most influential women in her life - her mom Michelle (Mimi) and her daughter, Sophie Mae.  Shopping where I live can be kind of hit or miss, but Cori brings in pieces that are not only unique, but also affordable.  If you remember my adorable seersucker vest, it's from Mimi Mae!

Connect with Mimi Mae Boutique on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


- Monograms Markings and More -


If you happened to catch the adorable little bikini top on my instagram this week, that was from Monograms Markings and More!  I love MMM because they consistently provide quality products and over the top amazing customer service.  (I'm casually obsessed with their employee Britney.)  Not only can they monogram anything your little monogram loving heart desires, but they sell absolutely adorable non-monogrammed clothing, as well.

Connect with Monograms Markings and More on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their online store.


- The Preppy Pair -



I have soooo much love for The Preppy Pair.  I modeled one of their adorable monogrammed t-shirts last fall, and I can't say enough nice things about the quality of their products.  What I love about every shop in this post is that they make you feel like family, and their owner Jodi is no exception.  Monogram habits can get expensive, and I love that The Preppy Pair offers a "deal of the week!"  (I'm also really excited because my best friend ordered her bridesmaid gifts from here.  Just one more thing that will make her day extra special!)  Jodi has graciously offered to give y'all 15% off... Just use the code "SeersuckerSass15" at checkout!

Connect with The Preppy Pair on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their online store.



- Purple Peridot -


It's no secret around here that I'm obsessed with tassels, especially my blue tassel necklace.  It's also no secret that tassel jewelry can get extra expensive extra fast.  I was so happy when I discovered Purple Peridot, because their pieces are super affordable, and there's a flat shipping rate of .99 a piece!  They also send out an email every day with a deal, which is what I like to blame credit for my ever expanding tassel collection.  They have been really kind to offer my readers a 10% discount with the code "Seersucker10."

Connect with Purple Peridot on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and their online store.


What do y'all think - any boutiques that you just have to check out?!  I'd love to hear about your favorite boutiques in the comments!

Happy Friday, y'all! TGIF!

XX,

SS


Please note that this is not a sponsored post, simply a recap of a few of the brands I enjoy shopping with.  No product or compensation was traded in exchange for this post, and my discount code to Purple Peridot is just that - a discount code.