Seersucker Sass: 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

September Coffee Date

Sometimes I struggle to write because I'm uninspired.  But most of the time, I struggle to get content on this blog because there are so many thoughts running through my head that I can't even figure out where to start.  Sometimes life is heavy, and it doesn't feel right to write about shoes.  Other days, life is heavy and writing about shoes and lipstick is a nice distraction.

There's been a lot going on the past couple of months - some great and some not so great - and I think it's important to talk about both.

HUSTLE & BUSTLE  •  I've been learning a lot about trusting God's timing and just having to let go and go with the flow.  The day before my huge, three-day work event kicked off, my uncle called from two hours away... as he was being wheeled back for emergency heart surgery.  I spent the next three days frazzled and running on fumes.  Instead of being hyper prepared, I was working on things right before they were due.  The people in my life are amazing.  When my car started acting up, my co-worker just handed me his keys.  One of my friends/ our amazing event photographer helped me pick out a rental car for my upcoming work trip.  Any time something went wrong, there were at least two people there ready to help.  The amount of grace I was shown was humbling.

FALL BUCKET LIST  •  Where I live, it's usually warm right up until Halloween.  However, it feels like fall is coming early this year.  Since I struggled with my health this summer and spent a lot of time indoors, I'm creating a fall bucket list.  I only have two items on my list - watch Hocus Pocus and go on a night hike - so thankfully I have a few more days to finish up the list before fall makes it's official arrival.  (PS - I already have tickets to see an outdoor showing of Hocus Pocus, and I am psyched.)

TRAVEL  •  I feel like I've been everywhere the past few months.  Along with a couple of trips to Lake Keowee, I also spent a few days in Charlotte for a conference, where I accepted an award for a project I did at work!

I spent an extended Labor Day weekend visiting my dad and stepmom in Indianapolis, and I absolutely love the city.  Here in the South, we get a lot of credit for Southern hospitality, but from my experience, people are so genuinely nice in the Midwest.  I can't wait to go back to Indy!

On Thursday night, I took a mini-road trip to Knoxville for a conference on Friday morning, and it was amazing.  I know some people don't get into conferences, but I love them. I cam home feeling refreshed, full of ideas, and a lot more confident in my networking skills because I took a course on how to network.  Haha.  (#introvertforever)

I have a couple of work trips planned for the coming months, and I look forward to sharing those experiences with you.

HEALTH  •  Now that the weather is cooling down, I've felt great.  I'm working really hard to adhere to a lifestyle of healthy eating.  It can be stressful at times, especially while traveling, but I'm trying to focus on adding things to my diet and think less about subtracting them.  I've been experimenting with quinoa, and I'm about to try a new vegan mac and cheese recipe.  I've gotten really into cold pressed juices (especially juices with turmeric).  I have a gym membership and a hot yoga membership (and lots of athleisure to go with my new lifestyle - LOL) .  Typing all of this out makes me feel like a different person, because before I got serious about my health, I lived off of bacon cheeseburgers.

READING  •  I have actually been reading, and it feels so good!  So far, I've checked off Eligible and My Not So Perfect Life.  I'm currently reading Rise & Shine and Remember Me?, and my next read is Can You Keep a Secret?.  I really love Sophie Kinsella's books, and I'm on a mission to read them all.  Haha.  If you're on Goodreads, let's connect!  

SHOPPING  •  I have been doing a lot of shopping lately... Oops.  My favorite purchases have been this Skin Smoothie that makes my skin glow, new Nikes, and this tweed blazer.  (PS - If you've been following along with my belt saga, I finally found one. ... Two, actually!  And only $15 for both of them.)

WHAT'S NEXT  •  I'm so excited to get into the swing of blogging again.  I have a fun collaboration coming up with Marley Lilly!  I have access to some new photo equipment that I can't wait to play with.

On a personal level, I have some accomplishments that I'll be sharing soon.  I recently checked an item off of my bucket list, and also took a couple of leaps of faith.  I'm still kind of processing everything, and I'm in awe of the way that God continues to bless and provide.

Shew, that was a lot!  After all of that typing about myself, I want to hear from you.  Tell me what you've been up to in the past two months.  How's life?  What's on your fall bucket list?  Let's chat!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Favorite IT Cosmetics Lip Products

My love for IT Cosmetics is no secret.  I had my makeup done at an in-store event in February, and I've been replacing all of the products in my makeup bag with IT Cosmetics products since.  Not only do their products feel amazing on my sensitive skin, but their partnership with Look Good Feel Better gets me every time.  (Look Good Feel Better teaches beauty techniques to women undergoing cancer treatments.  When I was battling cancer, I felt so far from beautiful and confident;  I'm so glad that an organization like this exists.)

I'm really excited to tell you a little but more about my favorite lip products from IT Cosmetics, as I can't say enough good things about them.  They each serve a different purpose, so I carry all four on me at all times!  Haha.  You can never have too many lip products in your bag, especially when they all work so well ;)

I don't wear makeup every day, and when I do, it's typically just a five minute face.  This hydrating lip treatment is perfect for that!  It glides on like an extra silky lip balm, and the Rose shade is a nice, natural, sheer tint.  The color is build-able, so if you want something a little deeper to take you from work to play, apply an extra coat, and you're all set.  It's also a nice foundation to wear under the Butter Gloss.

I love this sassy, hot pink lipstick so much that I have it in another shade on my wish list!  Like all of the other IT Cosmetics lip products I've tried, this is extremely moisturizing.  It slides on much easier than any other traditional lipstick that I own.  A big selling point on this one for me is that I've never experienced bleeding.  (This is thanks to the anti-aging properties!)  I usually use a lip liner with lipstick, but I don't have to worry about it with this one.

Other things to note:  This evens out lip tone, which is a big help for me because my lips aren't pigmented properly!  It also includes collagen and Hyaluronic filling spheres. 

This is the first IT Cosmetics product I ever owned.  It's one of those magic products that looks good on everyone!  (My mom has olive skin, and it looks amazing on her, as well.  It's so rare when a color looks good on both of us.)  This is described as a "luxe lip balm" and I could not agree more.  Unlike most other lip balms, this product has anti-aging properties.  The color on this one is build-able, as well, so I typically just use one coat of this.  If you're pale with cool undertones like I am, this will be a pretty, bold pink on you.  

If I was playing favorites, this would be my favorite.  I don't usually care for lip glosses, but this product has converted me back over to "Team Gloss."  (RIP Team Matte.  We had a good run.)  I love this product because it's super hydrating, but my favorite thing about this product is that it's a gloss/stain combo.  

I own products that are gloss/stain combos, and none of them work quite like this one.  Usually, the gloss wears off, the stain goes with it, and I'm left with patchy looking lips.  With this product, when the gloss wears off, the stain is uniform and consistent.  I can even apply lip balm over the stain if I need a boost of hydration, and it doesn't smear across my face like so many other stains do.

As I mentioned earlier, I'm slowly replacing items in my makeup bag.  One of the products I haven't replace yet is my lip liner.  The one I use is only $4, and I'm including it because it goes really nicely with the "Rose" and "Naturally Flushed" shades.  If you are interested, it is NYX's Slim Lip Pencil in Nude Pink.

I used the IT Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain when I had my makeup done, and I was really pleased.  It's a little pricier than my $4 liner, but it goes on much smoother and is waterproof.  It also has a little sharpener on the bottom of the product.  

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Have you tried IT Cosmetics products yet?  What did you think?

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale Favorites

Happy Tuesday!  I had so much fun shopping the After Party Sale yesterday that I wanted to share some of my favorites.  (I've also been tweeting my favorites, including showing what some of the pieces look like on someone besides a Lilly model.  You can follow along at @seersuckersass!)

Along with linking to the items, I'm including a brief explanation of why it made my cut for the top 12 favorites.  It drives me crazy when people link things just to link things.  Haha.

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five  //  six  //  seven  //  eight
nine  //  ten  //  eleven  //  twelve

Balleta cover up ($49)  Is this not the cutest cover up you've ever seen?!  It looks so comfy.  I love the soft material and the drape sleeves.  (The description notes this is more vibrant in person, so if you love the soft, faded look, you may want to go with a different option.)

Sunny shoulder silk Elsa top ($49)  This top was the star of yesterday's blog post!  It is so versatile that I picked up a printed version from the sale to add to my rotation.

Sleeveless Essie Top ($29)  This is a really easy way to add a little bit of Lilly fun into your work wardrobe!  I love wearing printed Lilly tops under blazers and cardigans.  This is a steal of a deal, and there are a few colors to choose from.

Ruari crop top & maxi skirt set ($99)  I fell in love with this dress when I saw Landon wear it on Southern Charm.  I'm not typically into crop tops, but I love that this keeps the belly button colored, and the wrap detail on the top is a style I really love.

Rene dress ($99)  I don't usually care for this style of dress, but I saw Cameron from Southern Charm (are y'all sensing a trend here?) wearing a similar dress, and I wondered why I have always shied away from dresses like this because it is so dang cute on her.  This would be so fun for a spring or summer event, a bachelorette party, or even a dinner date.

Tiki Wrap Romper ($69)  This item gave me buyer's remorse for a really long time.  I tried it on in store, and it wasn't available in my size.  So I bought the Sunny Shoulder top and Cassa dress instead, and I've kept my fingers crossed that it would be in the sale.  I love rompers because I can get away with a shorter length.  (I'm too clumsy to wear short dresses.  Haha.)  I can't wait to wear this to an event!

Perla laser cut shift dress ($64)  I love the way laser cut clothing and shoes look.  This is an edgier way to rock a Lilly dress.

Pearl shift dress ($79)  I feel like this dress is appropriate for so many reasons - wedding guest, baby or bridal shower, vacation, just going to dinner, etc.  It's available in three different colors, and they're all absolutely gorgeous.

UPF 50+ Justina tunic ($39)  As a melanoma survivor, I am all about bonus skin protection.  I love that this tunic is not only cute, but it will protect your skin... and it's super affordable.  It comes in a few pattern options.

Cassa shift dress ($69)  This is one of the most fun dresses I own.  I love the v-neck/bandeau combo; it's sexy without screaming "look at me!" 

Fanning romper ($74)  This is such an effortless piece.  I already own a long sleeve Lilly romper, so someone please buy this so I can live vicariously through you! 

Colby sleeved tunic ($119)  If I could wear white without looking like Casper, I would already own this dress.  I love it for a big event, a wedding shower, a bachelorette party, a night at the beach - really anything!

On a non-Lilly related note, I want to say thank you for the kind comments on my latest Instagram post.  I was really optimistic that things would slow down this week, but its only getting crazier.  I'm so thankful for the support I've received, and I'm thankful that blogging provides me with an outlet and an escape, and gives me an excuse to think about things like beautiful clothing when it seems like my brain is full of heavy things.

I hope y'all have a great Tuesday!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sunny Shoulders

Happy Monday!  (And hopefully 'happy end to my blogging hiatus'!)  Since today kicks off the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, I wanted to share my favorite Lilly Pulitzer top!  (Updated to note that it's part of the sale!  I've linked to it on Zappos.)

I mostly purchase pieces that I can wear to work, so this has become my designated "weekend top."  I don't typically have meetings on Fridays, so I love wearing this top on casual Fridays.  (I keep a jacket at my desk, just in case.)  It transitions perfectly from the office to drinks with friends or a dinner date.

It goes great with just about anything - dark wash denim, white denim, pixie pants, shorts of every color of the rainbow - and something about the fun sleeves inspires me to play with accessories a bit.  I'm just wearing studs here, but I love pairing bright, beaded tassel earrings with the look, as well.

The only thing I don't love is that it wrinkles easily.  If you're traveling with this top, keep it in a garment bag and pack your mini-steamer.  (Like I should have done for these photos... oops!)

Now, let's talk about one of the best days of the year for a Lilly Lover - The After Party Sale!  I usually shop the summer and winter sales with different things in mind.  During the winter sale, I pick up things I can wear to work.  Since it stays warm until about October where I live, I use the summer sale to pick up fun, easily transitioned pieces like this romper I wore in Charleston, the Marlowe dresses that I live in, and these printed linen pants that are perfect for running errands or beach days.

(Update - so far I have ordered this dress via Amazon.  They're price matching + Prime eligible + allow returns!)

(Update 2 - I just ordered palazzo pants, another sunny shoulders top, and a cashmere hoodie.)

Since my work schedule doesn't allow for me to do an After Party Sale post today, I'll be tweeting my favorites throughout the day!  Be sure that you're following along with me on Twitter @seersuckersass.

I apologize for the brevity of today's post, but I'm optimistic that tomorrow's will be a little longer.  And I don't want to keep you too long... There's shopping to be done!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekend Sales

Happy Sunday, y'all!  Long time, no blog.  August is the busiest month of my year from a work perspective, so things will be a little sporadic around here for the next few weeks.  I've been extremely stressed, so I typically come home and either read or do a little online window shopping to help myself chill out a bit.

I'm glad I've been pretty good about holding off and purchasing things, because now that there are a ton of sales this weekend, I plan to treat myself a little bit :)  If you're in the same boat, be sure to check out this list of sales and some of my favorite pieces from each one!

Ann Taylor // 30% off full price tops with code TOPITOFF

Express // Up to 40% off jeans

Fossil // Extra 20% off select with code SUNNY20

J. Crew // Extra 50% off select with code YAYSALE

J. Crew Factory // Up to 60% off everything!

LOFT //  Extra 50% off select

Nasty Gal // 50% off sitewide with code GET50

Nordstrom  //  Last two days to shop the #NSale!  (Read what I purchased & how it fits here.)

Happy shopping!  What have you been up to this weekend?  I spent yesterday running errands then went to the movies to see Despicable Me 3.  Today will be spent slathered in SPF 50 and reading by the pool, then creating some content for the week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Summer Hair Product Hits & Misses

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Happy Wednesday, y'all!  There's something about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that kicks the blogosphere into fall mode.  I was ready for fall until I tried on my NSale goodies and photographed them outside for my try-on post.  Y'all, I was sweating after two minutes.

So I'm staying in summer mode.  The high is 92 today, and the weather where I live typically stays warm until right before Halloween.  My favorite part about summer?  Summer hair.  I get a little blonder, and I let my hair just do its thing.  Embracing summer hair requires the right products, so for the past two months, I've been trying products so that you don't have to.

I'm going to share my experiences with six hair products - good and bad!  (Only four are photographed because I tried a couple more, both were on extreme sides of the spectrum, so I didn't want to leave them out!)  For reference, I have medium length hair that's oily at the roots and color treated.  My texture is all over the place.  (I was on chemo pills nine years ago and lost a lot of my hair.  When my previously stick straight hair grew back, it had a bit of a natural wave to it.)

Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam ($26)  I had really high hopes for this product.  I purchased it after another blogger was raving about it, and I couldn't try it fast enough, as I was training my hair to only be washed every three days at the time.  Y'all, it was bad.  It made my hair a grease pit.  I tried it in so many different scenarios, and realized that the only time I didn't hate it, was when I used it a day after washing my hair.  (I don't typically touch dry shampoo until day four of no hair washing, so it seemed like a waste of product.)  I think if you have a dry scalp or dry hair, you will probably have a better experience than I did.  But if your hair is oily, run don't walk.

Verdict - MISS

Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo ($4)  This stuff is awesome.  Last week, I had a bad experience with a leave in conditioner.  I also felt really bad (#transparency), and just didn't have the energy to wash/dry/deal with my hair.  It was not a good combination.  I sprayed some of this on my day two hair, and then a little more each day to freshen it up and zap the mix of oil and leave in conditioner.  It also added some really lovely volume to my hair.  The smell is great, and when applied properly, I've not had any issues with reside.

Verdict - HIT

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel ($15)  When I used this on damp hair, I wasn't really impressed at first.  My hair had a little texture, but I felt like I looked a little messy.  Day two is when this product really shines.  You wake up, and your hair looks like you hit the beach before you went to the office.  Day three is the same story - beautiful messy hair.  If your hair has a good bit of natural texture or if you go to bed with damp hair, I would give this product a try. 
(PS - The $15 price is for a bottle three times the size of the bottle shown above.  A little bit of this product goes a long way.)

Verdict - SPLIT

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam  ($8)  I really wanted this to work.  It's affordable, and it was recommended to me by so many people.  I got the same results from this product that I got when I put a random Kenra styling oil in my hair and hoping it would create some kind of waves.

Verdict -  MISS

Brigogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($9)  I was really excited to try this as my hair is getting longer and requires a little more de-tangling in the morning.  The oil slick leave in conditioner that I referenced when talking about the Dove dry shampoo above?  It was this.  I only put it on my ends, but somehow my roots even got oily.  (And the bottom of my hair is pretty dry, and it managed to become an oil slick.  How?!)

Verdict - MISS

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt ($19)  This stuff is amazing.  When I was training my hair to be washed every three days, this stuff helped me get there.  It's basically a salt scrub that you use as a shampoo.  It gets all of the oil and product build up out of your hair and makes it shine like no other.  (I used this before going to a gala one evening, and I felt like I had red carpet hair because it naturally made it so shiny!)  I use this product once every three weeks.  I know that $19 can be a bit of a splurge for a hair product, but this one is well worth it in my opinion.

Verdict -  HIT

What is your favorite summer hair product?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul

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Happy Monday, y'all!  I know there is a lot of content out there about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I've been careful not to go overboard with NSale content, and today I'm excited to share with you what I purchased from the sale.  I'm doing a post like this because I love when other bloggers do them.  I don't live near a Nordstrom, so I rely on posts by other bloggers to get a better feel for items - how they're sized, what the fabric looks like, how to style them, etc.

I purchased five pieces (four are pictured), and I chose to pair them with items that I owned prior to the sale.  I applaud the people who purchase entire wardrobes during the sale, but that doesn't work with my budget.  I like finding a few pieces that update my look a bit and go with the things that I already have.

For sizing reference, I'm 5'4" with a long torso and short legs.  I'm usually an XS or a Small in tops; I always check the sizing guide.  Also, you might notice that the tags are still on the pieces.  That's because I hadn't decided what I was keeping and what I was returning, and I knew these pictures would help me make up my mind!

I've been on the hunt for a moto jacket, so I was tickled to see so many in the NSale!  I'm still really undecided about this jacket.  I love the way that it looks, and the faux leather is extremely soft.  However, the sizing is a little off.  I ordered a small because I knew there was no way my shoulders would fit into an XS jacket.  It fits nicely in the shoulder, but it's too big and boxy in the arms, ribs, and waist.

Watch  //  Bracelet

I ordered this in an XS, because reviews said that it ran large and to size down.  I probably could have gotten away with an XXS for the first time in my life, because it's still kind of baggy.  Despite being a little bit baggier than I would prefer, I love the color of this sweater, and it is so cozy.  Definitely a keeper!

I scooped up these boots because they're $75 off right now.  I'm so weird about splurging on myself, but I knew that these boots would go with sooo many things.  I can't wait to pair these with fun dresses, dark denim, and even leggings.

These boots are comfortable with a manageable heel and run true to size.  I'm wearing a 7.5.

I thought this dress would be great for work.  However, if you look closely at the top, the black trim is see through.  It's not a true wrap dress; it's a dress with a v-neck that has a belt around it like a robe.  The v-neck is tacked and it's in a really awkward place.  However, the dress is very pretty, and I think that I will probably keep it and just use an alteration credit it on it.

Size wise, this runs true to size.  I'm usually a 0, and this is a 2, which explains why it's not fitting me quite right.

Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet?  What did you get?!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Seersucker Picks Under $100

It's pretty obvious that I love seersucker.  I recently realized that I haven't purchased anything seersucker in quite a while.  I've been perusing my favorite stores for the next piece of my seersucker wardrobe, and I thought it would be fun to share my seersucker finds with you!

One of the biggest advantages of seersucker is that the fabric is designed to keep you cool.  Seersucker is woven in such a way that some threads bunch together; this causes the fabric to be mostly held away from the skin when worn, which facilitates heat dissipation and air circulation.  (I paraphrased that from Wikipedia; you can read the whole thing here if you're curious.)  What I'm saying is that buying seersucker in the dead of summer is a totally justified purchase ;)  

Anyway, here are some of the things that I found that I love.  They're all under $100, and some are even as affordable as $10!

On a completely unrelated note, I just want to say I'm so thankful for the blogging community.  I was having a rough morning, and Jenny, Jordyn, and Annaliese had me laughing in no time.  I'm so thankful for kind people and the people that I've been able to meet because of this blog.  If you're reading this, I'm so thankful for your support, and I hope you're having the best day ever.  (Yes, you!) 

What is everyone up to today?  Have you shopped any of the major sales lately?  I think everyone knows about the NSale (my picks are here), but Ann Taylor also has 60 dresses marked down to $35.  Most of the dresses are good for work and play, and Ann Taylor pieces typically last for years.

One final thing - the giveaway I'm co-hosting is still going on.  If you're following me on Twitter and Instagram, that's already two entries, you just have to register them :)

Happy Tuesday!!