Seersucker Sass: September 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's Next - Blogging and Beyond

As I prepare to rebrand my blog, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I want it to be like.  I was really fortunate to become friends with Annie of Annie Belle blog through the Millennial Blogger Network, and she immediately helped me with the aesthetic part of rebranding.  (I can't wait to share the new logo with y'all!)  


A beautiful blog is wonderful, but the content is just as important.  When I talked to Jordyn of Fairy Princess Diaries about my personal brand, I explained that my favorite college memory was just laying out in the hallway in the sorority hall my senior year.  I was one of the few seniors living on the hall, and I really felt like the "hall mom" - always giving advice, helping my sisters pick out outfits, drying tears, and being ridiculous and silly.  When I "talk" to y'all on here, I talk like I'm laying out in that hallway with my sisters again.

One of my personal goals is to rid my life of negativity.  Negative energy will absolutely suck the life right out of you, so I knew I wanted my blog to be a space of positivity.  Monday morning, I went so far as to delete all of my Twitter data.  I was ready to make this positive change!  ...But then Monday sucked.  Monday sucked so bad.  Everywhere I turned, it was one thing after another just completely sucking.  The final straw was when I locked myself out of my apartment.  I started the 30 minute trek to my mom's house to get the spare key she keeps for me.  And on the way home, I kept thinking about my friend Katelyn's blog post that I had read the night before.  

Katelyn's post was about her trip to Hawaii, and how she had been a Christian her whole life, but she hadn't been fully trusting God with her future.  (Seriously, read the post.  It changed my life.)  And I'm meditating on this, and at the same time I'm having this major struggle with the air conditioner in my car because I can't get comfortable.  Air on - too cold.  Windows down - not cool enough.  No matter what I adjusted the air on or how much I played with it, I couldn't get comfortable.  I was annoyed, and I didn't feel well, and then I had this revelation - As Christians, we're not called to be comfortable.  

My life is comfortable.  I make enough to pay for the necessities, pay off some of my medical debt, and go out for the occasional fancy dinner date or buy myself a little something.  I have a car that runs (most of the time), a cozy little apartment, and a support system that is irreplaceable and still cheers for me on the days that I am a complete and utter mess.  I have an amazing boss and former bosses that are amazing mentors.  I have health issues, but I've figured out how to handle them down to a science.  I'm blessed, and I'm comfortable... too comfortable.  Because even when I've been pushing myself out of my comfort zone like I wrote about last week, the circumstances have been completely controlled.  When I cut my hair off, I knew it was just hair.  When I wore a crop top (gag me), I knew it was just one night.  When I climbed that ladder, I was on a harness.

So Monday night I said - okay God, here it is.  Wherever you want me, I want to be there.  And if that means living in Northeast Tennessee forever, that's cool.  And if that means living in Chattanooga or Nashville, cities I would love to live in, that's cool too.  And if it means living far, far away like out west or even in a different country, I'll be there, you just tell me when.  Whatever career you see me in?  Awesome.  Let me do Your will.

When I started blogging, I used to write about my faith a lot.  I would feel God laying something on my heart, and I would write about it.  Lately, I've felt those things, and I've penciled them on to the content calendar for three weeks into the future, and by the time I was going to write about them, I felt disconnected from the topics.  With the rebranding of my blog, I hope to share more about my faith like I used to.  It may not be as "cool" as a fashion post, and I definitely don't feel as comfortable writing about it, but I feel like it's what I should be doing.   (And when I write something that has been laid on my heart, it's amazing.  It just flows, and I'm not used to that!)

So I want to say thank you for joining me on this journey!  And stay tuned for my new branding... I'm hoping to switch over to a self-hosted Wordpress site in the next few days when my schedule allows it.  I can't wait for y'all to see it, and I especially can't wait to continue sharing with y'all the way that God is moving in my life.

Happy Wednesday!

XX,

SS

Monday, September 28, 2015

Current Wishlist

It's been awhile since I've shared a wishlist with y'all!  I've had so many necessities to pay for over the past month that I haven't splurged on myself or purchased anything that could wait.  Here's my wishlist of goodies for when my paycheck hits my bank account Wednesday!





Lilly Pulitzer Marlowe Dress ||  It's the only Marlowe that I don't have!  I've got to complete my collection ;)  And at just under $100, it's one of the more affordable Lilly Pulitzer dresses.

New Heels ||  I carry myself so differently when I wear heels, and I feel a million times more confident.  I'm currently on the hunt for a new pair of heels that's comfortable and versatile enough to wear all day, multiple times a week.  I think these are pretty cute, but I'd love to hear y'all's suggestions!

Gap Striped Dress  ||  I own the red version of this dress, and I want to wear it every day.  (Am I the only person guilty of buying something they love in every color?!)  My store didn't have the dress in Navy, but I plan on ordering it because it is such a comfy and versatile piece!

Rent the Runway  ||  I'm renting this dress for an upcoming Gangster Gala!  Sooo excited!  It's my first experience actually renting, but I've only heard great things about RTR.  I've always wanted to wear a dress with feathers, but I've never actually had a reason to, so I'm taking advantage of this one!

iPhone 6s Phone Case ||  I'm (hopefully) getting a rose gold iPhone 6s!  (Verizon customer service has been the biggest pain in my tush this morning, so hopefully we can get everything worked out this afternoon.)  It never fails that I get a new phone right before a super new one is released, so I waited it out this time.  My phone is hanging together by a thread and a phone case right now, so fingers crossed I can get another week out of it!  I've always used charging cases in the past, but I'm not sure what kind of case I'm going to get for my 6s.  (I don't drink rose' any more, but wouldn't this look cute with my rose gold phone?!  Also in love with thisthisthis, and this.)

Jumbo Monogram Necklace ||  I'm obsessed with the marble and howlite trend, and I love how this necklace is a warm take on marble.  I have really been wanting a jumbo monogram and a mini monogram, so I can mark the jumbo off my wishlist with this one!

Rodan + Fields Skincare ||  My big sells R+F, and I've been on the fence about trying it.  My breakouts are getting more frequent, more severe, and more inconvenient.  (Like the side of my nose where my eye is... Really?!)  I'm going to try the products for three months, and then make a decision of whether or not to commit.  Do any of y'all use R+F?

Toiletry Travel Bag ||  This has been the year of travels for me!  Between visiting family scattered across North America, conferences and retreats, and weddings, I have gotten to see so many cool places!  I have also been reminded each time I travel that I don't have an appropriate travel bag for my toiletries.  Time to buy one before my holiday travels kick into gear! (PS - I love that this one hangs from a door!)



I NEED YOUR HELP!
It's almost time to stock up on foundation and mascara... What do you love/hate/recommend?  Comment here or tweet it at me @seersuckersass :)

Also, I need to do something with my hair!  Do you vote for bangs or bayalage? 
I had bangs in college, but didn't have the time to put effort into them and my mom hated them.  I would love to try them out again!  I'd also love to try the bayalage trend, but I wonder how it will be received in a professional work place.

What's on your wishlist?!

XX,

SS

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekend Reading // Link Love



A Little How to:


A Little Fall Loving:


A Little Meal Inspiration:

Happy weekend, y'all!  So far my Saturday has been spent tailgating for homecoming, and then getting Mexican food with my sisters at our favorite spot from college!  It's my alma mater's first year with a football team in the past 12 years, so the game sold out quickly and a lot of us didn't get a ticket... but I tried my first mojito, so who's the real winner here?  (Correct answer - me, because hello, mojito, and my sisters because they won homecoming for the second year in a row, and the third time in four years!)

While on the prowl for an outfit for homecoming, I realized I had pretty much no tops to choose from.  If you're in the same boat, check out the tops I've linked up to.  They're all on sale for under $100 and perfect for fall!


I hope you're all having fun and safe weekends! What have you been getting into?

XX,

SS

Friday, September 25, 2015

In vs. Out

Y'all, I'm so tickled to be participating in my friend Allison's In vs. Out Link Up today!  When she started the weekly column, I was jealous because it's such a brilliant idea.  I hope that you'll link up with us today, as well!


IN:



If you follow me on Twitter, you know I 1. live tweeted the show and 2. have a real obsession.  Scream Queens is outrageous, and I absolutely love it.  I know that lots of sorority women may not share that opinion because it perpetuates a lot of the Greek stereotypes, but it's so outrageous that it's obvious it's satire.  Think PLL, but sillier, more gore, and amazing wardrobe choices.  I'm already excited to watch it next Tuesday!

I took a little impulse shopping trip before going on my leadership retreat, and I picked up the comfiest dress from the Gap!  It's a great layering piece - for now it's awesome like it is, but as it gets chillier I'll add a scarf or leggings.  It's a piece you can wear with flats, booties, riding boots, etc, and it also comes in navy.

College Towns
My alma mater's homecoming is this weekend!  It's our college's first time having a football program in 12 years, and I can't wait to tailgate!  Most of my friends (and myself) didn't get tickets in time, so we're tailgating and then skipping the game to grab Mexican at our favorite place.  I'm so excited to see everyone!  (And there's a possibility that I might even be moving back... More details on this later!)


OUT

Victim Blaming
Some of y'all may have seen the absolutely terrifying Craigslist post written about a woman in my area.  A man was basically admitting to stalking her, knowing where she lived, and that he was going to make her his.  Women on Facebook reacted by sharing the post, urging their friends to be careful and keep the message going.  And then the redneck men popped out of the woodwork to shame our unknown friend for not being aware of her surroundings and saying that she needs to get a gun.  #sadday #ihatetheinternet

Allergies
Y'all, my eyes are a mess from these allergies.  They're runny and itchy, they hurt, and I've worn glasses so many days this week that I thought I might have to add them to my bitmoji.  I can't wear makeup either because I rub my eyes and smear it in there.  I'm not even going to comment on the fact that my lips are chapped like a small child's, and my scalp is freaking out.  Here's to hoping next week is better!

Donald Trump
I'm not much for posting political things on my blog, but I'll be so happy when Trump's 15 minutes of fame is up.  He's racist, sexist, and hypocritical.  Please #begone.


Okay, y'all's turn!  What's in this week?  What's out?  Create your own post and link up to Allison's here!

Hope you have a happy weekend!

XX,

SS


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Comfort Zones

Today was supposed to be a fashion post to celebrate the first day of fall, but fall brought along allergies.  My eyes currently hate me, so that post has been moved to tomorrow :)  In the meantime, I'm really excited to be sharing with y'all about my trip to leadership camp last week.  It was meant to push us out of our comfort zones, and it completely did!



I've posted a few times about how 2015 was going to be THE year that I do things that make me uncomfortable, and I've done more than I can count.  I'm so quick to get nervous about something silly (like holding my little brother's chicken in this post) that I freak out and immediately say no.  And that's no way to live life!  So I knew going into this trip that there would be a ropes course, and I was determined to do it. I completely forgot about the part where I'm deathly afraid of heights.  

I watch everyone, and I'm like, "Oh, I've totally got this."  People are running across the course, so it can't be too bad.  I finally forced myself to go, because I knew it was one of those things I would never be ready for.  So I start climbing up this ladder, and the first thing that pops into my mind is this ladder safety video I had to watch in an undgrad Admin Law class.  I immediately started feeling unsafe, even though I was hooked into a harness and in a completely controlled environment.

The ladder runs out at like the halfway point of the three, and then there are these tiny little hooks that are smaller than horseshoes that I'm supposed to climb.  And I'm like nope, not doing this because I've seen bigger hair pins than these things. 

But my group was awesome.  It was obvious that the ropes course was way out of my comfort zone, so they encouraged me and challenged me to at least get to the top of the pole.  And they counted the little rungs and told me how many I had left and cheered for me.  It was the most amazing feeling, because even though I was less impressive than 90% of my group (one girl did the course four ways - normal, no hands, eyes closed, then backwards...) I was being treated like I did something amazing!


One thing that we discussed about comfort zones that day was knowing the difference between pushing your comfort zone and entering the P Zone.  The P zone is when you start to panic, feel petrified, or paralyzed by fear.  When I decided to cuddle with the chicken we talked about earlier, I didn't feel any of these emotions.  When I wore a croptop in February, I didn't feel any of these emotions.  But when I was up on that pole, I felt myself becoming paralyzed with fear. I was starting to tense up and freeze up, and I knew from prior experiences that if I continued to push, I was going to get stuck up there.  I was so thankful for the "P Zone" discussion, because I think it's something we should all keep in mind!  

This week, I challenge you to do something that puts you a little bit out of your comfort zone!  Try a new food, join an organization that you've been interested in but know no one, go to lunch on your own... But whatever you do, watch out for that P Zone!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far!  If you'd like to share, I'd love to hear about a time when you escaped your comfort zone!

XX,

SS



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

First Job Survival Kit

It's a horrible trait, but I've always been in a rush to begin the "next step" of my life.  I graduated high school early, and I completed college in four years (#whatwasIthinking), which gave me a December graduation date.  All of these factors led me into the workforce earlier than the majority of my friends, especially when they went on to get graduate degrees, and I decided against law school.  The most fun thing about this is that I've gotten to actually give solicited advice on how to survive post-grad life!

Two of my friends started the workforce last week, and as we were talking, I realized that a survival kit would be so helpful!  So I've put together my picks for a survival kit for the friends in your life who are joining the workforce!  There are a lot of goodies here, so I recommend picking and choosing what works best with your budget and your friend's personality.



Coffee ||  I wasn't a regular coffee drinker before starting a full time job, as Diet Coke was my drug of choice.  But offices are a little different than campuses most of the time, and coffee becomes a little more readily available than soda.  You could represent coffee in the gift basket by picking up a Starbucks gift card, some K-Cups, or the bottled Starbucks frappucinos that you can buy just about anywhere.

Lipstick ||  I don't know about y'all, but whenever I need a little confidence boost, I apply lipstick.  It helps me to feel polished and professional.  My favorite lipstick brand is MAC, but for the sake of keeping this gift basket affordable, check out Kate Moss for Rimmel.  They're almost as pigmented as MAC products, but are a little creamier and dry your lips out less.

Padfolio ||  Big yellow legal pads are about to become your bestie's new best friend.  Everyone at my office had a padfolio, so I picked an adorable floral one up at Target and slapped a monogram on it.  The one I tagged is basic and black, but The See Jane Work line at Office Depot has some cute ones, along with other cute office accessories.

Cute pens ||  Keeping up with pens is way more difficult than it should be.  I was forever passing mine off to people in meetings, laying them down somewhere, or sticking them in my purse.  So I learned quickly to stock up on ink pens, and keep a little stash in my desk.  I linked these fun Lilly Pulitzer pens, but my favorite place to find cheap and adorable ones is the dollar aisle at Target!

Inspirational quote for desk ||  When I was a little girl, my dad bought me an adorable little framed quote from Hallmark that sat on my desk - Reach for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.  For my first job, he bought me a cross to keep on my desk with 2 Samuel 22:2-3 on it.  It's nice to have a reminder at your desk on day's that you feel like quitting.  I may have gone a little overboard on suggestions, but I really love these:  one | two | three | four |

Dry Shampoo ||  Because oversleeping happens.

Friction Block Balm ||   This is my secret weapon for wearing heels or breaking in Tory Burch flats or new Jacks... Because the day that you wear uncomfy shoes is the day that you will spend 90% of your day away from your desk and on your feet!

Handwritten Note ||  Who doesn't love a handwritten note?!  Write your friend a note letting her know how proud of her you are and how awesome she is going to be at her job.  I can almost guarantee that she'll turn to that note on days where she doesn't feel so confident.

Tide to Go Pen ||  It never fails that the day you get something on your blouse at lunch is the day that you have an important meeting immediately afterwards.  Also, having one of these babies will make your bestie's office popularity skyrocket!  Once someone finds out she has one, she's going to have all sorts of visitors at her desk.

I'm sure I left something off, so feel free to suggest other items that you would suggest or that you think would have been helpful while adjusting to your first few months of your first "big girl" job!

Happy Tuesday, y'all!

XX,

SS

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rocksbox Round Four!

I know I say this every month, but every single month my Rocksbox gets better and better.  (If you're curious about the other three boxes, here are posts for one, two, and three!)


I'm pretty sure the trick to getting the most out of your experience is to leave detailed feedback for your stylist after every box, and it doesn't hurt to retake the style survey and update your wishlist on occasion.  If you want something from a specific brand or specific style, ask for it!  This month I told my stylist I would love to receive another pair of Kendra Scott earrings or a long KS necklace to go with my work blouses, and that I'm really into jewel tones at the moment.  I was shocked to receive a box full of silver, but I forgot just how much I love silver!  (I didn't actually wear yellow gold until I started blogging, but once I started, I never looked back!)

Here's what I received:




I bought these earrings for my best friend's wedding, so imagine how tickled I was when a matching necklace showed up!  This fit the bill for a necklace that goes with my work blouses.  It's a good length, and when worn with a pencil skirt, it hangs right below the top of the skirt.  I will definitely be keeping this piece!





This is such a fun little cuff!  I'm not sure if it will be a keeper, though.  The spike is fun, but it's really not me.  (However, the brand does have similar cuffs with turquoise and marble spikes, so I'm tempted to keep this one and stack them!)




- SOPHIE HARPER PAVE CIRCLE STUDS IN SILVER -  



I love these little studs!  They're super versatile, and flat earrings are perfect for the amount of talking on the phone that I do at work.  I even wore them on my "rustic" leadership retreat last week.  I will definitely be keeping these!





Guilty as charged!

If you haven't already signed up for Rocksbox, what are you waiting for?!  You can get use the code "seersuckersassxoxo" to get your first month free, and it's $19 a month every month after that.  (Pretty affordable when you think about it since $10 of it goes toward a monthly product credit, and you don't pay shipping when you send the box back in.)  You can switch the products as frequently as you would like.  (I usually swap about every three weeks.)  My favorite part of the program is that anyone can get rewards!  You don't have to be a blogger to be rewarded, and I think that's awesome.  Everyone gets a referral code, and you can get up to $75 in product a month! (Technically $85 if you use that $10 of spend shine that starts over every month.)  Hello free Kendra Scott!

If you have any questions about Rocksbox, feel free to leave it in the comments or shoot me a message!  I'd love to talk to you about it :)  Happy Monday, y'all!

XX,

SS


I received two months of Rocksbox for free in exchange for honest reviews on my blog.  After subscribing to the service on my own for two months, I'm very grateful I was given the opportunity to be a RocksBox It Girl!  All opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that support A Little Seersucker Sass!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Weekend Reading // Link Love

My almost fall farmer's market haul.


If you like DIYs:

If you love to cook:

If you love fashion inspiration:


If you love giveaways or swaps:
Happy weekend!  I hope it's off to a great start.  I started mine out by sleeping in and recovering from a jampacked leadership retreat I attended Wednesday-Friday, then stopping by the local farmer's market.  (The photo above is today's haul... all those goodies for $15!)

What are you up to this weekend?  What was your favorite link of the week?

XX,

SS

Friday, September 18, 2015

How to Start Your Week off Right!

I know what you're thinking - It's Friday!  The week is over!  True, but if I had given you these tips on Monday, how helpful would they have been?!


Raise your hand if this is how you feel in the morning, especially on Monday mornings?  *Raises both hands & all four of Franny's paws*  I totally get it!  So I'm sharing a few things I try to implement to make Mondays a little easier on myself.



Put gas in your car.  This sounds silly, but how many times have you overslept on Monday morning only to realize that you have 12 miles to empty?  Do yourself a favor and fuel up at some point during the weekend!  Your Monday morning self will thank you.

Plan your outfit for Monday.  I'm really good at oversleeping.  I hit snooze about six times before I get out of bed.  Every night before I shower, I try to plan my outfit for the next day.  I put it on a sparkly hanger, and hang it in the bathroom so that the steam can loosen up any wrinkles while I'm showering.  I get ready in the bathroom so that I'll avoid jumping back into bed, so this also helps with that problem.  (Bonus points if your outfit is cute and comfy!)

Take a long, luxurious shower.  I believe in self pampering, and Sundays are my night to do that.  I take a long shower, scrub my hair to get all of the dry shampoo remnants out, and sometimes I even soak in the tub for a bit with some candles lit.  Morning showers are always so rushed, so taking a nice long shower in the evening is one of my favorite things to do.


Lay out your breakfast.  I'm trying to avoid my morning Chick-Fil-A runs.  They're delicious, but horrible for my wallet and waistline, so I give myself one a week.  On other days, I lay out my breakfast the night before.  I love Natural Balance Foods Fruit and Nut Bars.  Their sample boxes are a great way to figure out which bars are your favorites.  I usually lay a couple out on my stove so that I can choose in the morning, along with a hot tea bag.  (Sometimes I grab an extra to have as a snack!)  I can't focus when I don't eat breakfast, so having something quick and nutritious like this is perfect!  (Warning - order extra because everyone in your family/your significant other will probably take them too!  I learned this the hard way!  Apple is my favorite, so save that one for yourself :) )

A little organization goes a long way.  If you know you're going to need something on Monday morning, pack it up and set it by the door.  If you know you always lose your deodorant when you're trying to get ready, set it out on the counter.  Always looking for earrings?  Set them on your dresser.  A little organization and preparation goes a long way.

Spend the hour before bed doing something for yourself.  Read, do yoga, study your devotional, blog, enjoy a glass of wine - do something that you enjoy!  Take time to unwind and leave the stress of the past week behind.

Dry shampoo is your friend!  On Monday mornings, the last thing that I want to do is blow dry and attempt to fix my hair.  I use a ton of dry shampoo, and then let my hair's natural texture decide what my hair's going to look like.  I'll usually either pin it out of my face in a best case scenario or side fishtail it.

I hope that you will find these tips helpful when you're preparing for the week ahead!  Happy Friday!  (And Happy Monday in advance!)

Did I leave anything off?  I'd love to hear how your start your week off right!

XX,

SS

I was provided a free box of Natural Balance Foods Fruit and Nut Bars in exchange for an honest review... and I loved them!  All opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting brands that support A Little Seersucker Sass.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Modern Finishing School


We've all heard the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover," but I'm guilty of doing this (literally!) with this book!  When I was given the opportunity to review The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner, I was drawn in by the adorable cover.  Traditionally, a finishing school taught young ladies what they needed to know about social graces.  I love the twist Valerie took on this topic, because the chapters are based around subjects that would be discussed at a finishing school - hospitality, self-control, friendship, etc. - and relates them to the Christian faith.


I'm going to be completely upfront and let you know I haven't finished the book completely; I skimmed it for review purposes.  Why?  Because I'm working my way through this book slowly, and I'm excited to see how it will affect my life.  The chapters are short, so I usually read a chapter and give myself some time to really digest it.  There are homework worksheets for each chapter, which I appreciate because they help me to truly focus.  (You can also purchase the workbook instead of using the free printables if you prefer.)  I spend the week focusing on the discussion, and really trying to be intentional when it comes to that topic. My hopes are that by doing this, I'll make new, positive habits.


I immediately connected with the author, Valerie, when she revealed that she was a nervous child.  I was too, and I have grown into a nervous adult.  I pray about everything.  (And I don't say that in a braggy way.  Praying has been a game changer with my anxiety, because I visualize myself placing my problems in God's lap.  I can feel a weight being lifted when I pray.)  The topics are so relevant in my life, and especially with blogging.  Valerie talks about comparison, contentment, and the world of female entrepreneurs.

My only qualm about the book is that it can occasionally come off as preachy.   To be honest, I think this happens with just about every self-help book, and that I take things a little too personally.  Or maybe it's God trying to change my heart?


I hope that y'all enjoyed my brief review of The Finishing School!  If you'd like to chat further about the book, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email - seersuckersass(at)gmail(dot)com!  If you'd like to connect with Valerie, check out her website or connect with her on Twitter or Instagram.  And if you'd like to purchase The Finishing School, you can do so here.

Now I want to hear from you - What's something about yourself that you feel is "unfinished" that you would like to work on?

I'm leaving for a leadership retreat today, so no new post tomorrow, but be sure to stop back by on Friday!  Happy Wednesday!

XX,

SS

A big thank you to Litfuse for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Gotcha!

Today's a really happy day in my little family - it's Franny's "Gotcha" Day!  A year ago today, C and I welcomed a sometimes sweet, sometimes sassy little Beagle and Blue Heeler mix into our apartment and hearts.


Francis loves digging through the garbage, hiding potato chips throughout the apartment, and laying on the couch watching cable television.  (She doesn't enjoy Netflix nearly as much.)  She's surprisingly silent for a little beagle baby, and only howls when she needs food or a potty break.  She's a 40 pound cuddle bug, and we're so glad that she's ours.

If you're considering adding a four legged family member, I highly recommend adopting.  You can't put a price tag on happiness, but I'm a firm believer Franny is the best $100 I've ever spent.  The highlight of my day is coming home, letting her out of her condo (aka the crate that has a quarter of the square footage of my apartment), and opening the bedroom door so that she can roll around on the bed.


It's hard to tell who rescued who.

Do you have any animal family members?  I would love to hear about them!

XX,

SS

PS - For more Franny photos and posts, check out this post about her adoption and this fun Franny Friday post!

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Day at Bay's

There's nothing like having a nature preserve within driving distance.  I love being able to go from the hustle and bustle of downtown life to being surrounded by the quiet and still of nature.  This weekend, my boyfriend and I took a little trip to Bay's Mountain.  We go frequently, but when it felt like fall yesterday morning when we woke up, we knew we had to go.  It was too beautiful not to shoot photos.










Necklace & Earrings:  Rocksbox  (c/o) 
(use code "seersuckersassxoxo" to get your first month free!)

I've linked the pieces above, as well as similar pieces, here.  All are under $100!





I was really excited to get to shoot this skirt, because I've been eyeing it for quite a while and caught it on sale for half price over Labor Day weekend.  It arrived this week, and I've already dreamed up about a million ways to style it... It will definitely be making it on the blog again this fall!  Also, I'm surprised at how much I loved the silver howlite necklace I got in my Rocksbox.  I didn't really wear yellow gold until I started blogging, but once I started, I have stopped buying any silver or white gold jewelry.  Maybe it's time to pull it all back out?!

Real talk time:  These are some of my favorite photos ever taken for the blog.  However, I had a meltdown before taking them.  I wanted to wear booties for the shots, but it just wasn't feasible.  (It's a park made up of mostly dirt trails, and there are acorns littering the paths since it's that time of year!  It's definitely not a high heel friendly park... but why should it be?)  And I kept telling myself that other bloggers would have just sucked it up and wore the booties and risked a broken ankle.  But that's not me, y'all!  I'm sensible, I like comfort, and I can't afford a broken ankle.  Maybe one day I'll be comfortable doing so, but I'm really just starting to get comfortable carrying my DSLR with me!  In the mean time, I'll continue wearing sensible shoes, enjoying God's glory in the nature around me and in the moment, and trying to catch a peek at the elusive little river otters that are never out to play.

Thanks for supporting my blog and accepting me as I am.  I love y'all to pieces, and I hope you're having a very happy Monday!  

How was your weekend?  Has fall hit where you live yet?

XX,

SS

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Weekend Reading

I love to get these posts out by like 9 AM, but guess what?  This girl slept in today, and I will not apologize for that... It was glorious.  I had my infusion on Thursday, so it was nice to let my body just chill out.  Today will be spent watching one of my closest high school friends get married, and tomorrow will be spent preparing content and photos for the next few weeks.  If there's anything you want to see, just let me know!




A Little "How To" and a Few Good Ideas:

A Little Fall Fun:

A Little Fashion Inspiration:

Happy weekending!  Be sure to share your favorite posts of the week in the comments... I may share them in the future :)  What are you getting into this weekend?

XX,

SS

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's finally Friday!  Do y'all ever feel like four day weeks end up feeling like 6 day weeks?  I'm so excited about a weekend full of rest and relaxation.

Here are some things that I've been loving the past few weeks:



1. Cross Stitch ||  Y'all, I've fallen for cross stitch goodies.  I really wish that I had paid a little more attention when my babysitter tried to teach me at the age of eight.  #bummer  I think these would be so cute mixed into my gallery walls! Buy them here so we can be twinsies - Donut Really Care & Mermaids Don't Do Housework 

2. Oxblood ||  If you read my post about fall favorites, you'll know I have a major obsession with oxblood.  It's been a fall staple in my closet since I was a sophomore in college, and I don't see this year being any differently.  I picked up this skirt during a big Labor Day sale, and I can't wait for it to arrive!  I see myself wearing it about a million different ways.  Also loving this oxblood polish, lip, and cape.  

3. Millennial Blogger Network ||  Did y'all know I'm an admin for a blogger network?  We're accepting new members, so if you're interested in joining, visit our Facebook page, fill out the form, and request to join the group! 

4. Lilly Pulitzer Marlowe ||  Since July, I've purchased three Marlowes.  This one was introduced on Tuesday, and I need it for my collection!  It's a budget friendly Lilly piece, and so versatile.  I wear them to work all of the time, and I even wore my white one as a cover up this weekend at the lake!

5. Howlite ||  I'm loving the marble trend, and it's just my luck that Kendra Scott has howlite inspired jewelry this fall to go along with that.  I didn't have any earrings for my best friend's wedding, so I picked up these babies at a local boutique.  I got the matching necklace in my Rocksbox on Tuesday, so I'm tickled pink over that!  (PS - You can get your first month free using code "seersuckersassxoxo"!  Sign up, refer your friends, and get free goodies like I do!)


What's your Friday favorite?!  Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for some weekend reading!

XX,

SS




Thursday, September 10, 2015

What Do I Wear?: Professional Headshots

One of my favorite questions to be asked is "What do I wear?" so I thought it would be fun to turn it into a little series on here!  If you're anything like me, trying to figure out what to wear for something can be more stressful than the task at hand.  (Who was more nervous about what to wear on their first day at work than they were worried about their new job?  *raises hand*)  When I look good, I'm confident, and that confidence spills over on to the task at hand.  So today I want you to feel confident about having photos taken, specifically headshots!  

My professional headshot aka a decent example of what not to wear

I found out on Tuesday that I'm having Junior League photos taken today, so ensue panic, right?!  After allowing myself to be in a tizzy, I started thinking about the advice that I've been given in the past about headshots and wanted to pass that along to you!  (PS - I think tips four and five are also relevant to sorority composite photos!)


1. Wear a blazer. || I don't know about y'all, but blazers instantly add a little touch of professionalism.  I look super young in my headshot, and I think that if I had just thrown on a blazer, I would look about five years older.


2. Jewel tones are ideal.  ||  The hot pink top that I wore was fun, but for my next headshot, I'll be wearing a jewel tone.  They're universally flattering and add to that professional appearance we're working for.


3.  Be cautious with patterns.  ||  Patterns can appear totally different in a photo than they do in person.  If you're curious about how a pattern will appear in a photo, take a photo in said piece of clothing.  If the top looks nice, stick with it; If the pattern gives you a migraine after staring at it for three seconds, it's probably not the best pick.


4. This is not the time to experiment.  ||  Contouring your makeup for the first time before having your headshots taken is probably not the best idea.  Box dyeing your hair the night before having your headshot taken is also probably not a good idea.  Put effort in your appearance, but look like yourself.  I usually straighten my hair because I know what the end result will be and put on just a little more makeup than I would on a normal day.  (PS - If you're really concerned about how you are going to look, know that most headshots that are professionally taken end up photo shopped.  Check out my forehead in my photo - my chicken pox scar magically disappeared!)


5. Stick with classic jewelry.  ||  The sorority hall that I lived on was decorated with composites, and my friends and I used to always play a game of trying to figure out what year someone's photo had been taken by looking at their jewelry.  (The early 2000's were a rough time.)  Avoid super trendy jewelry, and stick with the classics.


6. Look at past photos.  ||  If you're a blogger, chances are you've got plenty of photos of yourself floating around.  Last night I looked through old posts to see what pieces photographed well, what pieces I should definitely avoid, when my hair looked the best, and when I should have probably thrown a lipstick away after shooting because it was just so terrible.


I hope that you found these tips to be helpful, and maybe even solve one of your "What do I wear?!" dilemmas!

If you have any suggestions for future topics, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me a message via the blogger contact form on the left side bar of my site!

Happy Thursday!

XX,

SS

PS -  Today is my infusion day, and I am going to be bored out of my mind!  I'd love to engage with y'all on twitter while I'm confined to my recliner.  My username is @seersuckersass :)