Seersucker Sass: September 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

That Time I was Interviewed for a Magazine...

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Before I tell you about the time I was interviewed for a magazine, there's something you must know about me.  I'm a relatively sane, normal person until you tell me I'm going to have my picture taken.  Then, I immediately become a psycho.

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that I was going to be recognized as an up and comer in the local business community.  I was genuinely surprised.  This was a big bucket list item for me.  As soon as I found out, I began frantically preparing for my photo and interview.

First, I had to determine my "look."  And then it came to me - I wanted a tweed jacket.  It would be youthful yet professional, and wearing a tweed jacket instead of a blazer would prevent me from looking like a little girl playing dress up in her momma's closet.  (This happens to me more than I'd like to admit.)

Then there was the skincare regimen.  I charted out which days I would need to exfoliate, and which days I would need to use a glycolic cleanser.  I didn't slack on my eye cream a single bit.  The Saturday before, I went through the hell that is eyebrow threading.  I practiced how to pose for a photo without a double chin.

I went to bed early the night before my interview and woke up early the morning of to give myself a fresh blowout and do my makeup.  (Confession - I had honestly considered paying someone to give me a blowout and do my makeup.  I told you - I am crazy.)  On my way to the interview, I was wearing Crest White Strips.  (I felt like wearing my whitening trays would be just a tad bit overkill.)

Along with making sure I looked like the best possible version of myself, I fixated on the interview questions.  Every single day on my thirty minute commute, I talked to myself.  I had answers ready for every single thing that I could possible think of.  I went back to my days of acting lessons, and even practiced where I would pause.

And then I got to my interview, and I blew it.

I blanked out.  I had practiced every single answer in my head.  But I spoke really fast, and I left out the most important stuff.  I didn't thoroughly answer a single question.  My name only has four letters in it, but if you had asked me to spell it for you, I'm not sure I would have been able to.

When I got back to my office, I was in tears.  And when anyone told me they doubt I did as poorly as I thought I did, I just sighed because I knew in my heart that I had sucked.  And I spent the next 24 hours thinking about just how bad I sucked until I went to hip hop hot yoga that evening.  I sweat out all of my frustrations, and when they asked us to leave something on the mat, I gladly dropped this situation.  Good riddance.

Now I kind of giggle about it.  (And I thank God for an awesome boss, because if it wasn't for him, I might still be crying.)  I am owning the fact that I really sucked, and I hope that in the future, I can use it for fuel instead of anxiety.

During my 24 hours of sulking/overanalyzing the situation, I thought about what I could have done better during that interview, and what I could do in the future to prevent that from happening.  (I'm finally at a point where I can kind of giggle about it, but I sure as hell do not want to relive that moment.)

1. Enjoy the moment.  I spent this entire process putting a lot of pressure on myself.  I needed to have the perfect photo and answers that made me sound intelligent.  What would have happened if I would have just enjoyed the moment?  What would have happened if I had answered a question with the first thing that popped into my head, instead of trying to think of those answers that I had rehearsed, and just rolled with it?  I think things would have gone quite a bit smoother.

2. Professional development is my friend.  I'm going to do some research on how to be a better conversationalist and how to keep my composure in stressful situations.  I'm actually signed up for a "Perfect Your Elevator Pitch" training tomorrow!  (Wish me luck!)

3. Everyone is not out to get you.  Sometimes I feel like people are out to make me look stupid.  (As I proved at this interview, I can totally do it on my own with no help.  Haha.)  The interviewer was not.  He wasn't looking for an angle or a story.  He was looking for enough information to write a paragraph about me and my accomplishments, and I should have had that at the very front of my mind the entire time.

4. Bring backup.  If you get really nervous in situations like I do, why not bring your talking points.  Have a list printed out of some things you want to be sure you mention.  I got so stressed out that I couldn't remember the name of a board that I was sitting on that had just rebranded. Had I written out beforehand, I could have avoided that.

5. Don't caffeinate.  On stressful days, I treat myself to breakfast from Chick-Fil-A, including a large vanilla iced coffee.  Caffeine and nerves don't mix well, so on days when I'm speaking in front of people, I should probably cut back to half a cup of coffee.

Blazer:  Tommy Hilfiger  //  Top:  Target
Slacks:  J. Crew Factory  //  Heels:  DSW

Since I put an insane amount of thought into this outfit, I want to take a quick second to talk about it.  I fell in love with this tweed jacket because it reminded me of my mamaw.  My mamaw had a gorgeous blue tweed suit that she used to wear for special occasions, so wearing this just felt right.  I also wore a ring that had been a gift from my grandma Katherine before she passed, and I wore earrings that had been a gift from my dad to my mom.  I am who I am because of so many people, and I wanted that represented in my photo, even if I'm the only person who knows about it.

The rest of my outfit is pretty basic in order to let the jacket shine.  The top is from Target, and I own five pairs of these pants - two black, two navy, and one khaki.  I bought the heels on my trip to Indiana, and they are gorgeous, but a little painful to break in.  (Of course I forgot to put on my Blister Block that day.  I'm not even surprised.  Haha)

Thanks for the opportunity to be vulnerable with y'all.  I'd love to hear from you!  How do you handle failure or rejection?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Best of Ulta's Fall Haul Event

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Confession - I'm not the best about checking my email.  I get everything through, and instead of just going through one email, I usually delete it.  But for some reason, I checked Sunday's and discovered that Ulta was having a Fall Haul Event.

The Fall Haul Event is an opportunity to stock up on every day faves for $15 or less!  There are lots of good deals on drug store brands, but also on brands like The Body Shop and Bliss.  I've been needing to order some extras of my favorite things to keep at the lake house, so I plan to stock up.  Since sales can be overwhelming, I wanted to share some of my tried and true favorite products with y'all that are available during the sale, as well as some products I really want to try out.

ULTA Fall Haul Event

Products I love

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick ($4.89)  This is the first liquid lipstick I ever tried.  In all honesty, it's just as good as the $21 liquid lipstick I purchased earlier this year.

OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner (2 for $10)  This is my favorite shampoo and conditioner.  I have honestly been blogging about these products since I started blogging.  My hair is healthy and grows really fast, and I owe it to these products.

ULTA Contour Kit ($7.99)  This was my first contour kit!  It comes with products for two skin tones, and it lasts forever.  I loved it because there's a little instruction guide in a pouch in the back.  And if you ever forget or lose that guide, the directions are basically on the cover of the kit!

ULTA 3-in-1 Palette ($7.99)  I won this in a giveaway from Coming Up Roses a few years ago, and it is such a good product.  This isn't super pigmented, which is good if you like buildable color like I do.

The Body Shop Body Butter ($10)  This stuff is so good.  Like so, so good.  Grab a tub now - you're going to want this as soon as the temperatures drop and cause your skin to dry out.  My legs get so dry, and my sensitive skin makes a lot of products impossible, and this stuff saves me every time.

Revlon Ultimate Slant Tip Tweezer ($5.99)  I'm always losing tweezers, so I have a few of these and keep them in my medicine cabinet, my makeup bag, my purse, and my car.  These are no frills and work really well.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil ($2.79)  This is my favorite lip liner.  (And it goes well with the liquid suede products!)  I use the Nude Pink shade almost every day, and whenever I purchase a new lipstick, this is the first line I check for a matching lip pencil.  (You seriously cannot beat that price!)

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen ($5.99)  I don't wear eyeliner very frequently, but when I do, I'm super picky about what I use.  This is my favorite - it doesn't dry out within a week like a lot of other products, and the thin tip makes going for a natural look or drawing on a cat eye equally as simple!

Products I'd love to try
Physicians Formula BB All-In-1 Balm Stick ($8.99)  This product seems perfect for my lazy girl makeup routine on days when I want medium coverage!  I've never used a BB Balm stick before, and I'm curious about it.

Physicians Formula SPF 50 Cushion Foundation ($8.99)  Again, another product that makes my too lazy to deal with face makeup heart happy.  I've never used a cushion foundation before, so this is more of a curiosity purchase. 

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor ($5.99)  I can't stop buying lip products, y'all.  It's an issue!  But this is totally justified since I don't own any gel lipcolors, right?!  This seems like a product that would give the perfect flush of color.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme-Plump ($7)  In high school, I was obsessed with lip plumping products.  They seem to be making a comeback, but I've held off because my lips are just fine.  But this is only $7 and seems like such a fun product.  I'll report back to y'all on it ;)

Nexxus Hydra-Light Root Lifting Mist ($11)  My hair gets pretty flat at the top, and I have no idea how to tease it.  This seems like a solution to both of my problems!

Happy Tuesday, y'all!  What's on your fall beauty wish list?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Lazy Lake Days in Marley Lilly

Happy Monday, y'all!  Have you ever had one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weeks?  That was me last week.  So I hightailed it to my refuge - the lakehouse.

The lakehouse is a place with no cell service, lots of natural lighting, and fluffy pillows.  I don't worry about how many days its been since I washed my hair.  I read during the day, eat a healthy dinner with not-so-healthy dessert, and play board games.  I visit with lizards, hummingbirds, and ducks.  I am the most relaxed version of myself when I'm there, and I check whatever nonsense I'm stressed about at the door.

I'm excited to share a little bit of my refuge with you today, and to share with you my happiest of happy places - the boat.  If you've ever heard the song "Saltwater Gospel" it is exactly how I feel about being on the lake.  With the wind in your hair, it's hard to hold on to stress.  So, let's take a boat ride together!  I've got enough coffee for us ;)

Let's talk about this jacket for a second.  My friends at Marley Lilly sent this over to help me get ready for fall. It's perfect for chilly mornings and evenings, and the fabric is not fussy.  I've created a little fall bucket list, and I can already imagine myself checking off items wearing this jacket!  Haha.

Something I really love about this jacket is that there is a hidden waist cinch built into the jacket.  My look is super relaxed at the lake house, but when I wear it into work, I cinch the waist for a business casual look.  This jacket has been designed to give a little more coverage in the back than most field jackets, and I am especially appreciative of that when wearing this jacket with leggings.  I could go on & on, but I'll leave you with the best part - this jacket is only $40, which includes the monogramming.  It also comes in tan, coral ($25), and chambray ($30).

So, there's my weekend!  I'd love to hear more about your weekend and where you find refuge when things get tough.

And just a reminder - you can handle whatever this week throws at you.  You've got this!

This post is in collaboration with Marley Lilly.  I received product in exchange for an honest review.  I only share products that I love or that I'm genuinely interested in.  Thank you to my friends at Marley Lilly for this collaboration, and thank you for supporting brands that support Seersucker Sass blog.

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!