Friday, April 20, 2018

Life Lately Vol. 36

Happy Friday! It's been a bit since my last post... I hit a complete creative block about two weeks ago and haven't felt like writing anything since then. My brain has been so fried and I just haven't been in the mood to write - I hope you understand!

On a brighter note, the past few weeks have been all sorts of fun. April is always such a busy month, but one I enjoy nonetheless!

First of all, Easter was so much fun! My family and I visited some local botanical gardens, and had a casual lunch at home! We made this orzo pasta salad and this egg nest bundt cake, among some other delicious treats!

My mom's birthday was last Thursday and I actually didn't have to go to school until 1:00 that day - funny how things work out! We went to brunch and did a little shopping afterwards. I picked up this hat and these sunglasses at Francesca's. Later that evening, we got pizza for dinner and had Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert. (I got her these dessert plates for her gift and she loved them. Aren't they the cutest?!)

I went to my friends' birthday party last weekend, too, and it was so fun (they're the two girls in the second picture - they're twins)! We go to different schools, so I don't get to see them that often, and I loved getting to catch up with them!

Last weekend, my sister and I had the most fun photoshoot I've ever done - an impromptu photoshoot at Walmart! I've actually been wanting to take pictures there for a while, and it was such a weird experience but I think the pictures turned out so cute!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Link Love Vol. 35

my Easter outfit - shop my dress, cardigan, & necklace!

It's so hard to believe that it's finally Friday! This week has felt soooo long... it's always hard when you have a four day week and then have to transition back to a regular week. I hope y'all had a great Easter - mine was so much fun! My family and I went to the botanical gardens and ate a ton of delicious food (we made the BEST cake!). Today I'm sharing some of my favorite links from my favorite bloggers - enjoy!

Looking for some new podcasts to listen to?

I love love love Jessica's memo board!!

This jumpsuit is absolutely perfect for spring, and I love how Olivia styled it.

The secrets for throwing the best party

I'm loving ruffled skirts for spring, and Brighton's roundup includes so many cute ones!

Charleston is such a photogenic city - here's some of the most picturesque spots.

One of my favorite activities to do is discover new local restaurants, and I loved Cristina's tips for how she finds hers.

How cute is Lauren in this coral dress?! I love her earrings too!

This blueberry lemon bread is the perfect treat for spring.

How bright + fun are these sneakers?!

Kate's new dining room is what dreams are made of...

I'm dying to go to Puerto Rico after seeing Aspyn's gorgeous pictures.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

9 Podcasts You Need To Listen To!

In the past couple months, I've really gotten on a podcast kick! I've started listening to them while working on homework, going for a run, or cleaning my room - they're great ways to motivate and inspire you! I love finding new ones about all sorts of different subjects (mainly fashion, let's be real) so today I'm sharing some of my favorites with y'all! Enjoy!

Pop Fashion // I always look forward to Thursdays because I get to hear a new episode of Pop Fashion! This podcast is a great way to stay updated on fashion news, and the hosts are so entertaining! Karen and Lisa cover all sorts of fashion news, from new brands on the rise to major updates of popular stores.

Becoming Fearless // This podcast is hosted by the founder of Style Collective, Annie Spano, and every week she interviews a successful woman who has used their ambition and passion to create a successful business or organization.

The Influencer Podcast // I love listening to this podcast to get all sorts of marketing and social media tips for influencers. If you're a blogger, YouTuber, or Instagrammer, I guarantee you'll pick up a few helpful tips from this podcast.

The Goal Digger Podcast // As the name suggests, this podcast talks all about how to stay motivated and make a plan to reach your goals. The host, Jenna Kutcher, talks about how she faces real-world situations and how to overcome hurdles in order to achieve your goals.

Young Adulting // This is a new podcast (there's only one episode so far) but I'm already hooked. Grace Atwood is one of the co-hosts, which is how I found out about it. She and her friend Becca give all sorts of book recommendations and advice - basically like a virtual book club. I'm excited to hear all of their book recommendations!

Don't Blame Me! // Meghan's bubbly personality definitely shows through in this podcast. She gives advice and answers questions that her listeners send in, and she's so hilarious!

Hannah Ashton Podcast // I've watched Hannah's YouTube videos for the longest time, and I recently started listening to her podcast, too. She's such a #girlboss, and is constantly sharing motivating tips on how to improve your life! I like hers because each episode is pretty short, so I can listen to it at any given time.

Sheroic Podcast // This podcast is co-hosted by the genius behind Blogilates and the founder of Quest Nutrition. They cover everything from confidence to nutrition to time management, and always emphasize the importance of channeling your inner superpowers!

Young, Dumb, & 21 // I've been a long-time fan of Joey's YouTube videos because of how raw and real he is, and his podcast is no exception! I love listening to his takes on life, love, and authenticity.

What are your favorite podcasts? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Anthropologie + Nordstrom Finds

Happy Saturday! I'm popping in today with a quick roundup of my favorite Anthropologie finds at Nordstrom! I was beyond excited last week when I found out that Nordstrom will now be carrying Anthropologie's home line. I love Anthropologie for all of their gorgeous bohemian pieces - think tassels, florals, and watercolor.

My favorite thing in this roundup would have to be the pie plate, passport holder, and mug, but I love them all! What are your favorites?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Currently Vol. 9

Happy Good Friday! Today I'm popping in with another post in my most popular series, Currently, where I share what I've been loving lately.

taken during my trip to a tulip farm!

Also, since it's Good Friday, I wanted to share one of my favorite Easter Bible verses!

He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth, for the Lord hath spoken it. ~ Isaiah 25:8

Reading... nothing, at the moment. I have so many books I want to read but I'm in between books at the moment. Any recommendations?

Listening... I've discovered so many good songs recently! Y'all know I love country (my current favorites are Most People Are Good, Female, and Marry Me) but I'm also slowly getting into more rap music (God's Plan has been on repeat 24/7!).

Wanting... this skirt, these sunglasses, this necklace, and these heels. I also need to find an Easter dress ASAP, so wish me luck!

Buying... I finally got Vans!! I keep asking y'all on Twitter what color I should get, and I finally bought these pink ones. I also bought this swimsuit, but I wasn't in love with it when it arrived so I might return it.

Watching... This Is Us! It's such a heartwarming show, and I can't get enough of it (even though I just reached a really sad part).

Eating... allll the salad. Lately, I've been craving salad, of all things, and I eat it practically every day! I don't normally like salad, but I just pour this dressing over lettuce and sprinkle some croutons on top - sogood.

Wearing... these jeans are my favorite pair ever, and I just realized how much I wear them. I probably need to go pick up another pair or two, because they are so soft and stretchy, and at only $44, they're such a steal. They also come in a light wash.

This weekend is going to be full of fun Easter activities! Today, my mom, sisters, and I are going to try a new pizza place near us, and tomorrow we're dying eggs and going to an Easter event at Trader Joe's. We're going to church on Saturday evening, and on Sunday, we're going to walk around some botanical gardens and cook a ton of delicious Easter food! It also happens to be my dad's birthday on Sunday, too, so I'm excited to celebrate that as well.

Have a great Easter weekend!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Springtime at Texas Tulips

Top (similar here and here) // Jeans // Necklace // Tote Bag (my color is sold out) // Sandals

Last weekend, my family and I drove up to Pilot Point, Texas to visit the Texas Tulips farm. It was one of the most gorgeous sights ever - blooming tulips as far as the eye can see! It's a u-pick farm, meaning you can pick your own tulips and take them home, so it was so fun to walk around, pick tulips, and take pictures.

This top is sadly not available online, but I've linked a couple similar ones. I love this shade of blue for spring! I paired it with my favorite jeans, some simple gold jewelry, and my go-to tote bag.

I actually straightened my hair before we went, but you'd never know that by looking at these pictures, haha! It was so windy and humid - my hair was a frizzy mess by the end of the day. I kept trying to brush it and smooth it out, but sometimes you just have to say screw it and embrace your crazy hair!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Life Lately Vol. 35

Happy Friday, friends! The week after Spring Break is always a long one, but we've made it through! I have a ton of fun snapshots to share with you today, so keep reading!

(Also, I know my blogging schedule has been all kinds of sporadic lately, but I should be back to regular scheduling next week!)

Over Spring Break, the weather was really nice! It was sunny and 70 degrees most days, and I think that calls for snow cones! My mom and I went shopping in a part of town filled with tons of cute boutiques, and we treated ourselves to snow cones after we finished shopping.

Also, I got my learner's permit recently! I'm taking Driver's Ed online (here's the program I'm using if you're looking for a good one) and my dad and I went to the DMV during Spring Break to get my learner's permit. It wasn't an easy process by any means, but I'm excited to start learning how to drive.

Last weekend, my family and I went to Mockingbird Station to do a little shopping and try out a new lunch spot. We ate at the Dallas Grilled Cheese Co, and I thought it was really good! I also stopped in Urban Outfitters and tried on this skirt, but didn't purchase it... what are your thoughts?

One of my 2018 goals is to run 300 miles, so I got some new running shoes the other day! They are so much more supportive than my old Nikes, and they are so comfortable - they make running a million times better.

ft. Ashley in the background
If you know me, you know I hate doing my hair, but my friend braided it for me the other day and I was obsessed with it! It's inspired me to start practicing hairstyles and learn how to braid hair well.

This weekend is going to be so much fun - my mom and I are going to the grand opening of our local farmer's market tomorrow, and on Sunday we're going to take some pictures at a nearby tulip farm! What's on your weekend agenda?