Seersucker Sass: January 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her - Under $100!

Happy Monday, y'all!  It's so hard to believe that February is just a few days away!  This is the second year in a row that it's just crept up on me.  I typically do so much planning and decorating for Valentine's Day (it's three days before my birthday and my favorite holiday!), and today I've realized how behind I am.  If you're right there with me and realized that you haven't bought anything for your galentine or you're popping by because you need inspiration for your girlfriend, then today's post is for you!  (I plan to have a post to help you shop for the fellas in your life out this week, as well, so check back.)  With no further ado, here are some of my favorite gift ideas, and they're all under $100!





Extravagant candy •  Some of my friends are impossible to shop for because they have everything.  The perfect gift in that situation?  Some extravagant candy.  The rosé all day gummies are a fun, budget friendly option at $20, or go all out with a Valentine's Day candy bento box.  You can also find Godiva chocolate gifts at all price points.

Costume jewelry •  I feel like there's a misconception that jewelry gifts on Valentine's Day should be fine jewelry, and that is not the case at all.  (One of the best gifts I've ever received was a pair of Lilly Pulitzer bow earrings!)  Consider something fun like a hot pink, beaded tassel necklace, a fun pair of hoops,  or a (faux) rose gold heart bracelet.  

Wine accessories •  When compiling this list, I found so many cute wine related gifts!  These aerating wine glasses are highly rated and dirt cheap, and this wine pairing towel set is cute and practical!  I'm also obsessed with these wine cork candles; they fit into an empty wine bottle like a cork would, but melt down onto the bottle.  (Perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner!)

Cozy gifts •  I love "cozy" gifts.  Give me something that gives me literal warmth (like this scarf) or adds warmth to my space (like this candle set), and I'm as happy as can be.

Silly gifts •  I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I saw this Porn for Women book.  (Spoiler alert - it's full of photos of men doing housework.)

Romantic gifts •  I thought this fondue for two gift was sweet and would be perfect for the opening course (or dessert!) of a romantic Valentine's night in.

Who are you shopping for this Valentine's Day?



Monday, January 23, 2017

Work Wardrobe Shopping on a Budget

Happy Monday, y'all!  Here's to hoping that this is the week that I actually get more than one post up on the blog.  Work was absolutely crazy last week in the best possible way.  It was one of those weeks where I was completely exhausted in the best possible way, and I truly felt like I was right where I was meant to be in my career.

While we're on the topic of work, I've really been honing in on my professional style this year. When I started my first internship, I wore pretty much all J.Crew Factory because it's what I wore in college, and my style definitely erred on the casual side of the business casual dress code. With my first job, I legitimately never knew what I would be doing that day (not complaining - that's what I loved about it!), so I went with a lot of comfy pieces like pixie pants, cotton dresses, and flat shoes. When I started the job that I currently have, I took notes when it came to what the other women were wearing - more slacks than dresses, heels, full faces of makeup - and basically tried to emulate that. But it wasn't exactly me.

Last year was truly about coming into my own, and my style started to reflect that. In 2017, I've focused on my professional appearance and what works for me. It's so important to realize that you don't have to dress like the other women in the room. With that being said, today I'm excited to share with y'all how I've built my professional wardrobe on a budget, basic staples to start with, and where I do most of my shopping.



TOPS

When I buy tops, I typically gravitate toward long sleeve silk tops or sleeveless shells. Since I typically wear black and navy pants and skirts, I keep those colors in mind when shopping. (I tend to gravitate toward black, but I also buy emerald greens and blush pinks.)

Places I shop: Nordstrom, J.Crew Factory, Ann Taylor (soo many great sales!), and LOFT (also a lot of sales!)





BOTTOMS

My theory when it comes to buying bottoms is to find something that works well for you, makes you feel confident, can be paired with quite a few pieces, and then buy it in every color when it goes on sale.  For me, that's the J. Crew Factory Lexie pant (perfect for petite girls with short legs and wider hips).  I also really love pairing the Gigi pant with a longer silk blouse.

Places I shop: J.Crew Factory, LOFT, Ann Taylor, GAP



BLAZERS & CARDIGANS

One of the first things to buy when investing in a professional wardrobe is a blazer. Depending on the colors you wear most, pick up a black or navy blazer to start with. It can make even the most basic outfit look a little more professional and polished. I also really love cardigans because they can make certain pieces more wearable year round. I wear a lot of jewel toned sleeveless tops in the warmer months, and a cardigan can make it wearable in the colder months, as well.

Places I shop:  J.Crew Factory, H&M




DRESSES

I love dresses, because they're easy and require very little effort to look put together. Oversleep? Throw on a dress. No idea what to wear? Throw on a little black dress.  Lazy and don't want to think about what you're going to wear?  Wear a dress. I used to wear lots of colorful dresses, but I've started to go with more subdued colors and patterns.

Places I shop:  Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer, LOFT, GAP





HEELS

I wear heels or heeled booties to work almost every day. I typically go for heels that are closed toe and not sky high, and I also invest more in shoes than in clothing. When starting to build a "shoe collection" for work, I would start with nude, then black, then at least one more color that goes well with your wardrobe. (For example, I have a pair of oxblood heels because they go well with black, navy, and jewel tones.) If heels aren't your thing, invest in some comfortable flats or a cute pair of mules! (I've linked some in the slider below... thinking about snagging a pair of the mules for myself!)

Places I shop: Nordstrom. I really only buy my shoes from Nordstrom because of their unreal selection, free shipping, and free returns.




ACCESSORIES

Accessories were really helpful to me when building my professional wardrobe because I could wear an outfit one way, change the accessories and pull my hair back, and wear it again the following week with a totally different look.  You don't have to spend much on accessories - I buy my pearl studs from Target and I have found some of the best accessories in my jewelry box at Charming Charlie!

Places I shop:  J. Crew Factory, Alex & Ani,  Charming Charlie, Kendra Scott,  Target (best prices on a sheet of faux pearl studs!)




WORK BAGS



A work bag isn't something that seems important until you don't have one. Every day I lug a laptop into the office, and I also tend to have a yellow pad, about 12 pens, a charger, and some papers that I've brought home with me to look over or edit. If there's one thing on this post that you're going to splurge on, I would recommend it be the work bag. (PS - This also makes a great graduation gift!) Depending on your budget, I would recommend vegan leather, nylon, or leather. I've carried bags on all ends of the spectrum, and the only things that matter are that it's durable and that you like it.

Places I shop: Nordstrom, Longchamp





Shew, that was a long post! I hope that you found it beneficial! If you have any questions about building a work wardrobe or want some assistance with building yours, shoot me an email! I want to hear from y'all - What are your wardrobe staples?

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Weekend Sales

Happy weekend, y'all!  I'm so excited to get some content back on the blog this weekend after a crazy (but extremely productive!) week.  I have lots of content planned for the coming weeks, so here's to hoping I get a little time to write it :)  

I'm excited about how many sales are going on right now!  I'm currently on the lookout for a pair of heels, a metallic dress, and some accessories for upcoming events, so I plan on taking full advantage of these sales!  What are you currently on the hunt for?

Banana Republic // up to 40% off select (through 1/23)
BaubleBar // extra 20% off sale
BCBG Max Azria // 25% off select (through 1/22)
Club Monaco // up to 50% off sale
East Dane // up to 50% off sale
J. Crew // extra 40% off sale with code SHOPSALE (through 1/23)
J. Crew Factory // extra 20% off order of $100+ with code GOODDEAL
LOFT // extra 50% off with code NOEXCUSES (through 1/22)
Lord & Taylor // extra 20% off with code FINAL (through 1/31)
Macy's // extra 25% off with code PRIV (through 1/22)
Nasty Gal // extra 30% off all sale
Ralph Lauren // 65% off select (through 1/23)
Serena & Lily // extra 20% off with code TIMETODREAM (through 1/22)
Sole Society // up to 50% off winter styles
Urban Outfitters // 25% off select interior
West Elm // 25% off select

I've linked to a few of my favorite pieces below!  Tell me - what are you shopping for this time of year?  And what are you up to this weekend?






Monday, January 16, 2017

Apartment Upgrades

Happy Monday, y'all!  Long time no talk.  To be completely honest with y'all, I've been in kind of a funk since 2017 kicked off.  I am borderline annoyingly optimistic on a normal day, so this is really frustrating for me.  What do y'all do to help break out of a funk?

One of my goals for next weekend is to start organizing my apartment.  The weeks following Christmas have been a whirlwind of travel and sickness, so I still have stuff sitting in Christmas bags (and stuff to be mailed... sorry!)  I want to really focus on making sure everything has a place, and I'll be doing some purging and packing things into storage totes along the way.

The thing that excites me most about this is doing some apartment upgrades at the same time.  I've had the same apartment for 2.5 years, and the perk of being somewhere that long is that you really start to get a feel for the space.  I plan on doing a few inexpensive updates on each room of the apartment to make it feel cozier and more representative of my personal style.


Living Room

Coffee Table Books -  My mom started my coffee table book collection off right by giving me the coffee table version of The Widow Clicquot for Christmas.  I'd love to have a few more to stack, and I've added Paris in Color and Pop Art to my wishlist.  I think these will be great to flip through when I need a little motivation.

Cozy Throw - I have a couple of blankets I keep on my couch,but as cozy as they are, they aren't the cutest.  This sage throw is cute and comfy and would be a nice pop of color against my couch.

Bathroom

Clear Organization Boxes -  Something I really love about blogging is the opportunity to try so many awesome products.  However, they're all just kind of scattered about under my sink.  This weekend, I plan to toss products that are out of date and gather goodies that haven't been used in a while to share with friends.  What I keep will be housed in clear acrylic organizers.  I'd love to have this one on my sink, these for stacking underneath the sink, and this style for under the sink, as well.

Piece of Art -  I currently have two pieces of art on my bathroom walls - a "wash, brush, floss, flush" wall hanging and a giraffe that I painted in one of those painting classes where you drink wine.  Haha!  I really like this eyelashes print and this bobby pins print.  They're both under $20 and go nicely with the other fun pieces.

Bedroom

Nightstand Area Makeover - My aunt bought me this glasses holder for Christmas, and I absolutely love it!  There is nothing worse than reaching over to grab your glasses in the middle of the night, knocking them off, and having to look for them in the dark.  The red lips are my favorite part, and I'd love to have a faux floral arrangement to match.

Curtains -   I think curtains would be a nice touch in my bedroom.  These blackout curtains are only $30, and the navy matches my bedroom suite.


What do y'all think?  Any other suggestions for making the most of a small space on a budget?  I'd love to hear a little bit more about your home!




Monday, January 2, 2017

My New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year, y'all!  I hope that everyone had a great weekend and is fully recovered from all of the NYE festivities!  I had my infusion Friday and picked up a cold and a stomach bug while I was there, so I'm thankful for another day off from work to recover!  (Confession - I didn't realize I had today off, so I went into work, waited for an hour, and then left when no one came in!  What a way to start out my year.  Haha!)



In the past, I've set very specific resolutions with plans on how I was going to accomplish them, and I was decently successful with last year's resolutions.  However, this year, I want to switch it up a bit.  Instead of setting a bunch of resolutions, I'm going with a word - intentional.  I want to be more intentional in the decisions that I make each day, and from that I expect that my habits will change.

the content that I share //  I really want to continue being realistic and authentic, and I hope to share more posts of substance and more helpful content.

the people I surround myself with // I'm going to be really honest with y'all - I do not like negative energy.  I probably sound extremely superstitious, but I think negative energy and bad vibes are contagious.  And I've started to realize that there are a lot of people in my life who could be having the best day ever and still manage to find something to complain about.  In 2017, I hope to remove some of this negative energy from my life.  I know it's going to flat out suck and be very difficult, but I keep reminding myself that an important part of growth is letting go of things that hold you back.

my spending habits //  I am a strong proponent of living within your means and practical spending.  My goal for this year is to do a little more saving by cutting out so much money spent on eating out.

the way I spend my time //  I'm a pretty on-the-go person, so I often feel guilty for taking time to stop and just chill out.  In the back of my mind, I'm always thinking about how I should be writing a blog post or doing research.  I really want to give myself more time to read, write, and create this year.  Toward the end of 2016, I really started practicing my 'no', and I hope to continue being selective with how I spend my time in 2017.

my relationship with Christ //  I plan to go through RCIA this year.  (In layman's terms, I am planning to convert to Catholicism.)  I really wanted to go through the process last year, but it wasn't feasible due to some unexpected things happening in my life.  In all honesty, I'm glad that I waited a year because I am even more committed to my decision.

the organizations that I devote myself to //  It's no secret that I love volunteering in my community.  Yet again, I find myself overcommitted because I genuinely want to make the world a better place.  In 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting in board meetings where people's eyes lit up while they basically word vomited about their passions; y'all, those are the organizations that I want to be part of. 

the way that I treat my body //  Just like 95% of the population, I want to eat healthier and get into better shape this year.  But I also want to remember to be nice to my body.  The extra weight that I gained in 2016 isn't going to kill me, and neither is having a Pal's cheeseburger once a week.

relationships and interactions with others  //  I hold myself to very high standards, and at times I catch myself holding others to the same standards, which is totally unfair.  In 2017, I hope to be more intentional about giving grace to others.


I want to hear from you - what are your New Year's Resolutions?


Sunday, January 1, 2017

One Last Hurrah for 2016

I've been planning this post for weeks, but the last six weeks of 2016 whooped me, y'all!  Work was chaotic in the best possible way, there were so many celebrations, and I was briefly sidelined with a nasty cold.

However, I couldn't bring myself to give this post up.  2016 has gotten a lot of grief from a lot of people, and I will be the first to admit that this year wasn't sunshine and rainbows for me either.  But 2016 was the year that I truly came into my own.  I experienced so much personal and professional development, explored new cities along with familiar places, and learned the importance of good friends and the loyalty of family.

If you're looking for a little sneak peak into what this year was like through my eyes or just want to get to know me better, I'm sharing my most popular posts of the year below.



1. Nutrition on the Go •  Sharing some insight into life with a chronic illness.

2. Live on.  Give on.  •  Sharing why I'm so passionate about involvement in my community 

3. Updating my Spring Wardrobe on a Budget •  Sharing how it's possible to update your seasonal wardrobe for under $60!

4. Blogging 101:  How I Create an Editorial Calendar (in Four Steps!)  •  Sharing an easy & effective way to create a blog editorial calendar 

5. Spring '16 Trends Under $100  •  Hardcore studied the spring trends and shared them in this post!

6.  Twenty-Five:  The Year of Owning It  •  Sharing the change in mindset that made 2016 my year.

7.  The Importance of Self Expression  •  Sharing how I choose to express myself & why self expression is important.

8.  The Importance of Taking Care of your Skin this Spring  •  I had a cancer scare, and I chronicled it.

9.  Recent Drugstore Beauty Buys  •  Update - the Oh Sugar! product I reviewed in this post melted in my purse... Lol!

10.  Summer Reading List  •  Confession - I still need to read most of these.

11.  That Time I Almost Cropped the Rug (and All Authenticity) out of a Photo  •  Shining a light on authenticity and a heavier topic - the Armenian genocide.

12. Friday Favorites  •  Some products that I was loving while preparing for spring.

13. Valentine's Day or (Galentine's Day!) on a Budget  •  Ideas for celebrating Valentine's Day and/or Galentine's Day on a budget!

14. Ask Seersucker Sass  •  A q&a style post answering reader questions... it was such a hit that I did a second post!

15.  My Daily Makeup Routine  •   I'm a big fan of natural looking makeup, and this post shares all of the products I use when I wear makeup.

16. My Career Story  •  I should have capped the list at 15, but I couldn't because this is one of my personal favorites that I have ever written.  It's the perfect reminder that you don't have to know exactly what you want to do career wise.

Happy New Year!  I look forward to continuing to connect with you in 2017 :)