Seersucker Sass: August 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Rocksbox Round Three

Y'all, I'm so excited to announce that I'm a Rocksbox It Girl!  I've subscribed to the service for a few months, so I was tickled to be given this opportunity.  If you're unfamiliar with Rocksbox, it's a subscription service where you pay $19 a month, and receive 3 pieces of jewelry.  You're given a $10 a month credit to put towards keeping the pieces you want, and you send back what you're uninterested in.  Shipping is free, and you can keep the pieces as long as you would like.  If you use the code seersuckersassxoxo at checkout, you'll get your first month free!  (By referring your friends, you can get credits to receive up to $75 of free jewelry each month!  That means FREE Kendra Scott!)

This is the third Rocksbox I've received, and they get better each time!  (If you're curious, here's what I received in box one and box two.)  So excited to share the contents of box three with y'all! 





In the blogging world, we talk about how we're "obsessed" with everything.  But I'm genuinely obsessed with these earrings.  I wear them almost every day because the colors go with just about everything.  I kept these!


- SOPHIE HARPER PAVE X RING IN GOLD - 



This ring is really fun and goes well with the other little ring I got from Rocksbox!  From a distance, the pave stones look real.  I'm still on the fence about keeping this ring... I'm not sure how often I will wear it.  Thoughts?





I like this necklace, but it's not a keeper.  It's cute, but I don't love it, and I don't think I would wear it often enough to justify purchasing it.





Are any of y'all Rocksbox subscribers?  If not, use seersuckersassxoxo at checkout to get your first month free!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I spent mind shooting lots of blog photos for the coming weeks and planning content.  I so appreciate y'all's patience with me while I adapt to a new job.

XX,

SS

Disclaimer:  Rocksbox provided me with a few free months of their subscription service in exchange for promotion.  All opinions are my own.  If you use my code to sign up, I receive credits which in turn help me to receive free merchandise.  (PS - You can do the same thing!  I encourage you to take advantage of it!)


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fall '15 Fashion

I've been trying to pretend like fall isn't on it's way and summer is going to last forever, but I couldn't lie to myself anymore when I walked outside Monday morning and the air just felt like fall.  It was crisp and a little chilly, and I knew it was time to order a few pieces for my fall wardrobe.  Here's what I'm really loving for fall '15.





Oxblood skirt ||  I own more of these "mini skirts" from J.Crew Factory than I care to admit.  They're such easy pieces, they're made for tucking in shirts and sweaters, and this color will pair perfectly with brown and black tights!  I'm already dreaming up all of the ways that I'll style this in my head.  Hold off until Labor Day... I bet it will go on a mega sale!

Faux fur pom keychain ||  My Louis Vuitton Speedy has seen better days, but I can't bring myself to carry anything else in the fall!  I think adding a fun little faux fur pom keychain would breathe new life into my vintage bag.  The one tagged is less than $10 and comes in every color imaginable!  (Definitely planning on picking up powder puff pink for Valentine's Day!)

Fringe Booties ||  Fringe is hot for fall, and I'm so excited because I can't help but twirl around when I wear it.  I got so much wear out of the booties I bought last year, so I can definitely justify adding a second (...and third) to my shoe collection!

Tie neck blouse ||  These were allll over the ads in the September issues!  They're so romantic and lovely, and I'm thankful for a trend that's work appropriate!

Oxblood Nail Polish ||  I like deep colors on my nails for fall.  I usually pick one color and gravitate toward it the entire season.  Last year it was wine, and I'm calling it that this year will be oxblood! 

Vegan Leather Tote ||  I travel a lot in the fall.  This tote is from Target, super affordable, and will be perfect for throwing in random things I'm convinced I need to take when I travel.

Oxblood Cape ||  Have you noticed a trend?  Haha.  I'm in love with capes and ponchos... My sorority sisters used to always tease me because I would show up to meeting in them allll of the time.  This one has oxblood + fringe and is less than $100.  I'm always freezing in the office, so this would be great to just keep draped over my desk chair at all times.

Tortoise Shell Barrette || I'm trying to grow my hair out, and it's almost at what I've deemed the perfect length for me.  I can't handle having my hair in my face, so barrettes are a must have.  This one from J.Crew is so chic.

GiGi New York Clutch ||  Approximately five minutes before leaving for a work event last weekend, I realized that I don't own a clutch bag.  I got rid of them all when I bought a cross body.  The pattern, color, and tassel make this one perfect for fall and winters to come. 

Marble Monogram ||  I feel like I'm the only blogger that doesn't own this.  I've been wanting a mega monogram necklace and a mini monogram necklace, and I love the marble trend going on at the moment, so this one is right up my alley.  I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for this one to go on sale!



Here are some similar pieces that I'm loving:



What's the one piece of clothing you're most excited about throwing on at the first sign of fall?

Happy Thursday, y'all!  We've almost made it to the weekend!

XX,

SS

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Didn't Get Here on My Own: The Importance of a Mentor

the importance of a mentor


I recently received a text from a younger sister in my sorority asking about my career.  Her story was a lot like mine.  Her Plan A (post-grad degree) had fallen through, and she wanted to know if I had any career advice for her because she was interested in a field I worked in.  We talked, and we brainstormed ideas, and I shared my story with her.  She was so grateful and complimentary of my ideas, and that's when I had to tell her - I didn't get here on my own.

I've worked hard, and I feel like I have a pretty successful career to be 24 years old.  On the surface, I look like I have my act together.  (Look being the key word... Y'all know better! Haha.)  But I didn't do it by myself.

My sorority sister was interning at an organization that needed a paid intern for a month in January.  She knew I was graduating in December, and that I needed a job for the next few months before law school.  So I applied, interviewed twice, and got the call months later that the job was mine.

My internship boss invested a lot of time in me.  He asked me for ideas, he provided positive feedback and constructive criticism, and most importantly, he treated me like a co-worker instead of like a lowly intern.  I felt valued, and I was able to grow.

When I made the decision not to go to law school, a job became available where I was interning.  Even though I had a different boss now, my original boss did anything and everything he could to help me.  He taught me the best way to write press releases, he gave me contacts, he shared ideas with me about what I could do to take things to the next level.  And he asked for my help, as well.  I taught him how to efficiently use social media.

Without even realizing it, he became my mentor. He was always there to give me that extra push when I needed it, to give me a project that really allowed me to shine, and to help me when I was on the verge of a meltdown.  I got to know his family - his wife who I now consider to be a close friend and his adorable son who I still babysit on occasion.  (With the exception of my little brother, he is the only baby I've ever bonded with.)

One of the hardest parts of leaving my old job was the fact that I wouldn't see my mentor every day.  About a month into my new job, I was having an awful day.  I didn't feel like I was adjusting properly, I missed my old co-workers, and I missed my old responsibilities.  We were supposed to have lunch, and I tried to reschedule... and he flat out wouldn't let me.  I left that lunch feeling like a whole new person.

My advice to you is this - if you don't have a mentor yet, seek one out.  Find someone you admire and respect.  Or find someone that you know has walked a similar path to the one you're on right now.  (If you don't know anyone in a similar situation, ask around.  There have been so many times in my life where I've confided in someone about what's going on in my life and they've replied with "Oh my goodness, my friend so-and-so had the same thing happen.")  Don't feel like you need rules on your mentorship.  Sometimes I'll say something about my mentor and I get the response "YOUR MENTOR IS A MAN?!" Yes, he is.  And he's a wonderful one.

My second piece of advice is to be open to mentoring.  One trait that I really dislike about myself is that I struggle with sharing.  But mentoring other young women has really helped me to change that about myself.  Instead of hoarding up my secrets about how I handled an extremely humiliating situation or how I got this awesome blog opportunity, I now try to share them.  Someone else's success doesn't lessen mine, and it's pretty cool to see someone achieve something and know that I played a tiny little part in it.


Do you have a mentor?  Are you a mentor?

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

XX,

SS





Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wrinkles at 24? No Thanks.

I always said that when I started to age, I would want to age gracefully - no fillers, no Botox, no plastic surgery.  And then I discovered a little wrinkle right between my eyes... and I'm 24.  I immediately started researching Botox and chemical peels.  

Not long after, I was given the opportunity to try Solvaderm Skin Care's Stemuderm, an anti-wrinkle treatment.  


Solvaderm Stemuderm Review


Stemuderm targets facial muscles to discourage repetitive contractions and movements that place stress on skin and keep muscles in a relaxed state to prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles.  To me, this was the biggest advantage of the product.  When I'm not grinning from ear to ear, my face naturally looks like I'm miserable and frowning.  I know that probably can't be great for my skin when it comes to wrinkles.

Stemuderm also dramatically reduces the volume and depth of fine lines around the eyes, forehead wrinkles, laugh lines, frown lines, and crow's feet!  I can 100% attest to this.  After using the product for about a month, the little line between my eyes is pretty much non-existent.  The wrinkles on my forehead are much less noticeable.


Solvaderm Stemuderm Review

Stemuderm has made me much more comfortable in my own skin... to the point that I don't care to share a no makeup picture that I took after a long day of work & sitting by the ball fields.  I'm excited to see the way that Stemuderm will continue to change and improve my skin.  (And my wallet is happy, because this tube will last forever!)

Happy Tuesday, y'all!  

I'm still planning content for September, so if there's anything y'all want to see on the blog, please let me know!

XX,

SS

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Catching Up //

Y'all, I'm sooo apologetic for dropping off of the face of the Earth after Tuesday.  I've been with my new job for right at two months, and we had our major event last week/weekend.  I wasn't sure what to expect, and I definitely wasn't aware of the time commitment.  So let's grab a cup of coffee & catch up on this Monday morning!


ENTERTAINING GUESTS //   Can I just say thank goodness for sorority recruitment practice back in my undergrad days.  If it wasn't for that, I don't think I would have had the small talk skills necessary to entertain guests this long weekend!  I was seriously so nervous at first that I picked a guest up at the airport and took them the verrryyy long route to the hotel just because I wasn't thinking clearly.  #oops I ended up pulling 16 hour work days, but it was worth it because I got to know some really great people.  Fingers crossed that this is a much easier work week!


MINI-VANS //  If you follow me on Twitter, then you already know that I was assigned to drive a mini-van because of said work event.  At first, I was livid because they are pretty large, and I drive a car.  But when I had to turn the keys in yesterday morning, I was a little sad.  I always said that I would never own one, but if the Lord blesses me with a bunch of kids, I may or may not become a mini-van mom ;)


NASCAR //  I've grown up living within an hour of a NASCAR track my entire life, and, to be honest, when it's race time, I have a tendency to leave town or hole up in my home and try to avoid leaving until it's over.  Part of our work event involved taking consultants to the NASCAR race this weekend.  I had a great time!  We had pit passes, our own suite, and passes for the rooftop bar in the pits.  It was awesome to fully experience a race.


SEPTEMBER ISSUES //  After waking up early to take a few guests to the airport, I recovered by laying around at my aunt's pool, rehydrating, and working my way through the stack of September issues that came in the mail while I was working.  They never disappoint.

THE #AFTERPARTYSALE //  I've been eyeing the Alexa Shift dress since the time my boyfriend took me to our local Lilly store after such a disappointing experience at Lilly for Target.  (Does anyone else still cringe just thinking about it?!)  I couldn't justify spending $200 on a dress that was too short for work, so I walked away.  Every time I've visited a Lilly store since, I've checked the sale racks for it.  When I saw in a blog post that it was up for grabs during the After Party Sale, I snagged it for $69!  My boyfriend and I are meeting up with his parents in South Carolina for Labor Day, so I'm excited to wear it for that :)


ONE YEAR WITH FRANNY //  It's hard to believe that C & I have been Franny's human parents for almost a year now!  It has been so fun watching her personality develop.  Here's to hoping she grows out of her storm anxiety and habit of eating chapsticks from my purse in year two!

MY BEST FRIEND IS MARRIED! //  Colleen got married last weekend, and it was gorgeous.  Colleen was one of the first friends I made in high school, and it's such a special thing to see someone marry the man of their dreams, especially after you know the details of all of the horrible relationships they've been in.

RECENT PURCHASES //  This lipstick, a pair of tassel earrings, and a new pair of Kendra's for Colleen's wedding. 

NEW PIERCING //  Confession:  I really want to get a hoop in my cartilage.  Is this a quarter life crisis for me?!  I've seen a few people with the piercings wearing little pave diamond hoop earrings, so if I can find an earring that I like, I'm going for it!  


CONTENT PLANNING //   My goal for this afternoon is to plan out content for September, because I'm pretty sure if I blink too quick, it's going to be here.  Anything that y'all specifically want to see?  More fashion?  More lifestyle?  I love hearing your suggestions, so leave them in the comments or email them to me through the contact box!


That was waaaayyy too much about me... I want to know what you've been up to!  Whether it's a paragraph or a sentence, I'd really love an update on your life.  I'll be responding to the comments through email, so if you're a no-reply blogger, now is the perfect time to fix that :)

Happy Monday, y'all!

XX,

SS

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sorority Recruitment: Affordable Outfit Inspiration

I talked about it a little bit in this post, but it burns me up when bloggers perpetuate the stereotype that you have to have a closet full of Lilly Pulitzer, a stack of Yurmans on your wrist, and a designer handbag.  So I've compiled some outfit ideas to help you out a little bit, and I vow to keep the majority of the pieces under $100!

My style is very preppy, and that is reflected in these outfits.  If your style is a little more bohemian or high fashion or edgy, you can modify them to suit your personality!  (If you need help or more suggestions, just shoot me an email - seersuckersass(at)gmail(dot)com!)  


A friend of mine is going through recruitment at the University of Tennessee right now, and I was amazed to learn that there's a super casual round!  This outfit is really similar to what she was wearing, and it worked for her, so I'm sharing it with you!  My go to "super casual" weekend outfit is usually a sleeveless blouse, printed shorts, and my Jacks.

As for affordability, the shorts are on sale for $44.  I have a pair and wear them allll of the time.  The Jacks are also on sale.  (In my opinion, Jacks are worth the splurge, because you can get so much wear out of them.)  You can find great skinny belts, and pearl studs at Target much cheaper than the already affordable pieces that I linked.

And if Lilly isn't your style, I've linked to multiple pairs of printed shorts in the widget above, and they're all under $50  :)




I love this casual little black dress, and I especially love that it's less than $25!!  (Dillard's seriously has affordable dresses for every occasion.)  I couldn't resist throwing in a little tassel necklace, because y'all know how much I love tassels!  Another look I love for a casual day is the paper bag skirt.  They're super comfy, and if you pair it with a v-neck tee and sandals, you should be good to go!




At my university, recruitment has three rounds and the respective dress codes are casual, business casual, and dressy.  This is what I would wear the night before preference.  I think that blazers give this air of sophistication and professionalism, and I always throw one on when I'm trying to act like I have my life together.  (Plus, they're great for chapter meetings, because ours were always freeeezzinngg cold!)  If you can walk in heels, this is a good night to break out the heels.  I don't feel too confident in heels, so I stick with flats.

Confession:  I know that I said I was going to avoid typical "sorority designers," but I never buy earrings and I have no idea who makes dangling earring besides Kendra Scott.  Here's a tip for getting FREE Kendra Scott goodies.  Sign up for Rocksbox, and use my code "seersuckersassxoxo" to get your first month FREE!  You'll get a referral code where you can earn up to $75 in credit a month.  Voila... Free Kendra goodies!


I have three pref night recommendations.  1.) Keep it simple!  2.) When choosing a dress, choose something that you would feel is appropriate to wear to a church or conservative event.  This isn't the best time for mini-dresses and major cleavage.  This also isn't the time for a prom dress.  (I've seen it happen.  It's not necessary, and it can't be comfortable.)  3.) Bring tissues.  You might cry!


Three last tips to help make this a painless process:

1. Avoid wearing anything revealing or rubber flip-flips.  Try to avoid revealing too much of the three B's - butt, belly, and boobs.  My reasoning behind avoiding flip flops is that they're noisy, and you don't want to be clomping into a party.

2. Avoid spending a ton of money while shopping for recruitment pieces.  Unless you have someone willing and able to foot the bill for a shopping spree, shop your closet!

3. Avoid wearing anything that makes you self conscious.  If you're not comfortable with how you look in something, leave it at home!  Choose pieces that make you happy and confident.

I hope y'all found these outfit inspiration images and tips to be helpful!  If you need any help putting together a recruitment wardrobe, shoot me an email at seersuckersass(at)gmail(dot)com.  I'll be glad to help you pick some pieces that fit your personality, occasion, and budget!  (PS - This isn't a paid service or anything like that; I know how stressful recruitment can be, and I want to help eliminate stress!)

Do you have any tips for ladies going through recruitment? Or maybe you're on the other side of the fence and have questions as you prepare for recruitment?  Feel free to leave questions and advice in the comments section!

XX,

SS

Monday, August 17, 2015

My Pool Day Essential (+ A Giveaway!)


Do you ever see a picture of yourself and realize that it's time for a change?  My boyfriend and I went to a Derby party, and I wore a fun little Lilly Pulitzer skirt.  A photographer got a great candid shot of us sitting on a bench drinking mint juleps... and also a great shot of my cellulite that I didn't realize existed until that moment.


Summer with cellulite is not my favorite, especially since my favorite thing to do is hang out with family and friends by my aunt's pool.  Enter my pool day essential, Spongelle's Anti-Cellulite Buffer.


The purpose of the Spongelle Anti-Cellulite Buffer is to massage, smooth, exfoliate, and detoxify areas prone to cellulite.  Daily use of the buffer will help to boost circulation in these areas.  It's hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested, which is important to me because of how extremely sensitive my skin is.  Plus, it's good for 30+ washes, so one sponge should last at least a month.  I'm all about at-home pampering, so I love adding this touch of luxury to my nightly shower.


The best part?  Spongelle has been kind enough to give one of my readers the opportunity to combine beauty, innovation, and technology with a Body Contouring Buffer!





Don't want to wait?  You can purchase Spongelle goodies here for 20% off by using the code "BBLOGGER20"!  And be sure to follow along on Instagram!


Have you used Spongelle products before?  What is your pool day essential?

XX,

SS

A big thank you to Brandbacker for providing me with product in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Floral Fun

My friends have been ridiculously supportive of my blog, and I'm really excited to share more photos of them with y'all!  For Nikki's bachelorette party, we had themed nights.  The first night we were "Georgia peaches" and wore coral and peach colored dresses.  This was the second night, and we all wore floral!










There was a little square right beside of our vacation property, and it made for such a scenic backdrop!

Here are some of my favorite floral pieces, all under $100 :)

Are y'all floral fans, as well?  What are y'all getting into this weekend?!

XX,

SS

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thirsty Thursday: Calleigh's Sangria


I want to introduce y'all to one of my favorite people in the world - my friend and sorority sister Calleigh.  Calleigh is one of the most intelligent, most hilarious, and most beautiful women I've ever met in my life.  And bonus points - she makes a mean sangria.  When we went to the beach, Calleigh made the yummiest sangria I've ever had.  She was kind enough to let me share her personal recipe in case any of y'all are looking for something delicious and surprisingly simple for "Thirsty Thursday!"



What you'll need:



Step One:  Fill your adorable tumblers with ice.  (We brought our supplies to the beach, and we actually used ice in the tumblers as a way to keep our berries and Sprite cold!)


Step Two:  Pour the entire bag of frozen berries into the pitcher.


Step Three:  Pour your entire bottle of wine into the pitcher.


Step Four:  Pour half of a bottle of blackberry brandy into the pitcher.


Step Five:  Pour the entire 2-liter of Sprite into the pitcher.


Step Six:  Shake, shake, shake, then pour, pour, pour!

Enjoy!

Happy Thirsty Thursday to those of y'all 21+!  (If not, just hang on to this until then... I promise, it's worth it!)  And a big thank you to Calleigh for allowing me to share this recipe!

On a side note, if you're of age and you're ever in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you've got to stop by Bootlegger's!  The atmosphere is fun, and the wine is good.  (My aunt buys me a few bottles for every holiday!)

XX,

SS



Not a sponsored post :)  I just really love Bootleggers + sangria!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Makeup Routine

I've been playing with lots of different beauty products lately, so I wanted to share an updated list of my makeup routine since it has changed so dramatically!  I used to be a makeup snob and only use drug store brands, but when I moved out on my own, I was super broke and couldn't afford to keep up that habit.  Over the past year, I've started to discover where to splurge and where to save when it comes to beauty products.  I also discovered my makeup "secret weapon" recently, and I can't wait to tell you about it!


I don't feel like I look like a completely different person without makeup, but I wanted to share a photo of how I look step-by-step so that you can see how the products actually work!


PRIMER:  YSL Touche Elcat Blur Primer ($52) c/o ||  When you look at the product in the bottle, it appears to have little flecks of glitter in it.  I wasn't sure how I felt about that, but they don't show up on your face.  This is the first silicon based primer I've used, and I loved it.  It's a little out of my price range, but I can see myself re-purchasing and keeping it for special events.

CONCEALER:  Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda II Concealer Palette ($10.49) ||  My friend Samantha told me about this, and it has pretty much changed my life.  I started using concealer soon after I started my new job, because I had been burning the candle at both ends preparing for the switch, and it was very apparent on my face.  When I saw my former work family after I started using concealer, they all commented on how refreshed and happy I look now.  This stuff works miracles.  Buy it.

FOUNDATION:  Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue ($29) ||  I really love this foundation.  It's super light weight and gives you a natural glow.

POWDER:  Make Up For Ever High Definition Powder ($34) ||  I'm a big fan of translucent powders.  (I started using them when I spray tanned all of the time because I was either super tan or super pale.)  I'm super pale, and I feel like buying the lightest shade of powders really washes me out.  I'm not a fan of pressed powders, so I like that this is loose.


EYE SHADOW:  Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ($54) ||  I love eye shadow palettes because there are so many options!  I don't have a lot of storage space, so I also appreciate how compact a palette is.  On a typical day, I use Dust (second from left) on my entire eyelid, Mugshot (third from right) in my crease, and I blend with a combination of Burnout and Limit (third and fourth from right.)

EYE LINER:  Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen ($7.19) ||  I'm partial to pen eyeliners just because I think they're less fuss.  I've always had really great experiences with this particular one, as opposed to other brands with similar pens that dry out way too quickly.

MASCARA:  Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express ($5.83) ||  I used to be a mascara snob.  I have sensitive eyes, and I replace my mascaras super frequently.  I usually get something new just so I can see what's out there, but this is my second tube of Rocket Volum' Express! 

CHEEKS & LIPS: Josie Maran Argan Color Stick ($22) ||  This was recommended to me by my blogger friend Kaitlin, and it has fueled my obsessed with 2-in-1 products!  I've never used anything besides powder blush up until this point, but I feel like this blends much easier, and the application is easier to control.  When wearing it as a lipstick, I don't have to reapply very frequently, and it doesn't stain my lips.  I actually wear it with no liner!



FINISHING TOUCH:  YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector ($55)  c/o || I used this product for the first time while in Savannah.  I'd applied makeup earlier in the day, sweat like crazy from the humidity and heat, and then took a nap.  By the time we were getting ready for dinner, I couldn't bring myself to wash my face and re-apply makeup.  I was nervous because you use a little pad and smear the product on your face.  OH MY GOSH.  Y'all, this is like the "facetune" or whatever app people use on Instagram.  When I wear this, I don't have pores, and my face looks airbrushed.  It's amazing.  I usually apply the primer in the morning, and then use this when I need a touch up.  I love the little pink compact... I think it's super chic, and it makes me feel like Cher Horowitz.


Voila!  Finished product!



I'm always so curious about what products everyone else uses, so I'd love to know what your makeup "secret weapon" or that product that you can't leave the house without is!

Happy Tuesday!

XX,

SS


I received products noted "c/o" from Influenster for testing purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Stripes in Savannah

While packing for Savannah, I had the realization that the majority of my closet is patterned.  I'll take a funky Lilly Pulitzer pattern over a little black dress any day, and I'm crazy about stripes, floral, and gingham.  (I also had a realization that when I like a pattern at J. Crew, I buy multiple pieces in said pattern.  #oops)

I also suck at packing, because I didn't pack a shirt to go with these shorts.  Kudos to Nikki for letting me borrow her super comfy v-neck tee and necklace!






If you're stripe obsessed like I am, here are some other great striped pieces, all under $100:


Do you share my stripe obsession?  Do you prefer another pattern?

Happy Monday, y'all!

XX,

SS

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Weekend Reading

Happy weekend, y'all!  I apologize that this post is coming at you later than usual... it's been a wild week, and I took today to unwind and get some sleep.  Here are some of my favorite picks for the past few weeks.




A Little "How To":

A Little Outfit Inspo:

A Little Sponsor Lovin':



A Little Blogger Inspiration:

Did I miss something?  Leave your favorite links in the comments.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

XX,

SS 

Friday, August 7, 2015

How to Plan a Bachelorette Bash

Tis the season... Wedding season that is!  Everyone around me is in love and getting married, and there is an abundance of wedding festivities.  My favorite? The bachelorette bash!  I've helped plan two in the past month - Savannah for my grand little and a night out in our college town for my best friend from high school!  (The latter is actually taking place tonight... Pray for us!)


While I'm certainly not an expert, I am experienced.  Here are some tips that I think will help you throw your bride-to-be bestie the perfect bachelorette bash!  (I also thought this was the perfect excuse to share some photos from my recent trip!)

  1. Obtain a guest list with contact information from the bride-to-be.  It's also important to find out what her expectations are and what she's comfortable with.  Last summer, I went to a bachelorette party that was dry.  When I was in Savannah this summer, the bride wanted to see a drag show!  It's all about preference, and the last thing you want to do is make someone feel ultra uncomfortable.



  2. Start looking into dates and locations.  Find out some dates that work for the bride, as well as some locations she's interested in.  I personally find it really important to look into what's going on in a city.  You may want to plan to be in town for a wine festival, but might want to opt out of visiting a city that's having Bike Week.  Discuss them with the bride and get her thoughts.




  3. Start a group chat or group email thread.  This is kind of that annoying necessity, and the level of annoying depends on how well you know everyone.  I loved our Savannah group chat because it was small, and it gave me an opportunity to get to know Calleigh, who was the only person I didn't know out of the group.  This is the easiest way to present options for dates and see when the majority is available to attend.  Having a tentative number will allow you to start looking for lodging.  (After announcing a price for lodging, no matter how cheap it is, expect to lose a few people.  Also, as mean as it sounds, sometimes you just have to pick a date, present it to people, and say whoever can come should come.)




  4. Find lodging.  This is when you're going to figure out your budget almost immediately.  When planning for Savannah, we realized that finding an affordable hotel just wasn't going to happen for our dates.  Emily got crafty and started searching VRBO, Airbnb, and rental places specific to Savannah.  Our budget was "cheap, but not something out of NCIS cheap."  We ended up only paying about $500 for three nights in a two bedroom home and had much more room than we would have in a hotel room.  When looking at rentals, I recommend punching the address in on Google maps.  It's also important to look at distance.  Is it worth it to pay a little more so that you're in the heart of downtown and can walk everywhere?  Or would you rather be in a cheaper location away from the excitement and pay a cab fare?  It all goes back to personal preference.  (PS - Always confirm your reservation.  We were overbooked, and since Nikki thought ahead to confirm, they realized the mistake and upgraded us!)




  5. Download the Square Cash app.  I learned about this app through my boyfriend, and we use it every month when it's time to write the rent check.  Paying for things for large groups is expensive, and this eliminates draining your bank account to pay for something large and then having to wait for everyone to pay you back.  It's super simple to set up and use, and it's secure.  (I've never had an issue.)  Plus, it's a free app, so there's no excuse for someone in the group not to have it!  Don't delete it after sending money for lodging.  You'll need it for your trip, as well!  (We didn't all take enough cash to Savannah, so it was easier for one person to handle paying with cash, and then the rest of us using Square Cash to pay her back immediately.)




  6. Create a loose schedule.  No one likes a micromanager, but it does help to have a loose
    schedule.  We knew Nikki wanted to go to a drag show, so we had to check out what days those were offered.  We made dinner reservations, which helped us to know what time to schedule our cab.  Having a loose schedule also helps to eliminate drama.  If you're going to do any outfit coordination, plan it on this schedule!  (The fact that Emily created a physical schedule also made packing a million times easier.)




  7. Divide responsibilities.  Nikki's bachelorette bash went soooo smoothly!  Why?  Because everyone going stuck to their strengths.  Calleigh works at a winery, so she handled alcohol.  I'm the blogger of the group, so I brought my DSLR and carried it the entirety of the trip.  Emily likes to plan, so she did research and made the schedule.  Other things to think about besides alcohol and photos are games, driving, mixers, snacks, decorations, and games. It's also important to discuss who will be buying what extras - Calleigh wanted Nikki to have a sash, so she let us know she was buying one so we didn't end up with multiples.  We decided that we would each buy Nikki's dinner one night, and since it was decided ahead of time, there was no akwardness when the checks came.




  8. Create a hashtag.  In our social media obsessed world, who doesn't love a good hashtag?!  If you're curious about our Savannah shenanigans, you can follow along with #Swaffslastsail!



      
  9. HAVE FUN!  Seriously, have a blast!  I know we did ;)
I know y'all are master planners, as well, so I'd love to hear what tips you have for planning a bachelorette bash!

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Happy Friday, y'all!

XX,

SS

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