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?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Swimsuits Under $50

What a week... I've dealt with so many technical difficulties when it comes to getting blog posts up, so I thought I would just pop in with a quick roundup of my favorite swimsuits of 2018. Shopping for swimsuits can be so hard, but I've picked out some that I absolutely love, and they're all under $50 (because it's so hard to find inexpensive swimwear these days!).

Also, sites like Shein and Zaful have tons of cute, cheap swimwear, but I didn't include them because I like to know that I can easily return my swimsuits if they don't fit right. However, definitely check them out, because you can't beat their prices!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Link Love Vol. 34

Happy Friday! This week has been a long one, but I'm trying to keep my chin up because next week is Spring Break, and I am so looking forward to having a much-needed week off from school.

because it's Friday and you deserve some gelato

I won't waste any time with introductions, so let's get on into the links I've been loving lately!

An interview with Jeni Britton Bauer, the founder of my favorite ice cream shop ever

Why cute workout gear is actually a game-changer

Looking for a new running playlist? Molly has you covered!

I loved Carly's Fashion Week outfit, especially her purse!

I've been following along on Ali's experiences in Spain, and it was interesting to read about how learning the language is going.

Brighton shares how to style bookshelves

This coconut cake would be perfect for Easter!

5 life lessons you can learn from baking (after all the baking fails I've had, I really resonate with this)

Emily's letter to her daughter was so sweet and thoughtful.

These fun Instagram Story templates are a great way to engage with your followers.

Are you doing anything fun for Spring Break? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Monday, March 5, 2018

March Thoughts

February was a rough month for me. Overall, I felt really burned out when it came to creating any sort of content, whether that be blog posts, Instagram pictures, or YouTube videos. I took a break last week, hoping it would allow me to destress and come into March feeling productive and energized. 

a quote my dad & I have been saying a lot - I felt like it applied here!!

Sadly, that was not the case. I'm entering this week feeling the same way I felt all of February - discouraged. I really try to not let the numbers and algorithms get to me and determine my worth, but it's so hard to see my follower count declining every day knowing that there's nothing I can do about it; it's just the way Instagram works now. Fran touched on this recently, and it was reassuring to know that I'm not the only one feeling this way!

This time of year is always crazy busy. My schedule is jam-packed between soccer, extracurriculars, and homework, and when you factor in my sisters' schedules, it's almost impossible for my family to have any free time. This makes it next to impossible to go take pictures, especially considering that I can't drive yet. (I did just pass my learner's permit test, though!!)

My life has been all sorts of stressful lately - my grades aren't where I want them to be, I feel a constant need to go take blog pictures, I have something after school every day, I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to do well in soccer... the list goes on. Also, this past weekend has been all sorts of fun! The SIM card in my phone somehow got lost, stolen, or just disappeared? (I don't know how phone technology works) My glasses broke this morning, I lost my soccer cleats (but then I found them, thankfully), and my teacher put my math test grade in and it was not what I had hoped it would be.

I'm not telling you this to make excuses for why I haven't been active. I'm telling you this in hopes that it motivates me to work harder and create more content, because I honestly love doing that, even if I don't always prioritize it. I also hope that if you're a blogger and you relate to this, it helps you find motivation too! Spring Break is next week, and a whole week off from school is just what I need. I'm not sure what my plans are yet, but hopefully I can create some fun content for y'all!

As always, thank you for supporting! :)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Currently Vol. 8

Happy Saturday, friends! This post was supposed to go up yesterday morning, but my power went out Thursday night and I wasn't able to finish writing this post. Better late than never, right? Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and keep reading to see what I've been loving lately.

from Tuesday's blog post!

Reading... y'all, I've been reading so slowly lately. I just finished Opening Belle (took me forever) and I just started When Nobody Was Watching (I really like it so far!) I really want to make reading a bigger priority, but I just keep pushing it aside. If you have any good book recommendations, leave them in a comment below!

Loving... Trader Joe's has released a ton of beauty products lately, and I love their rose facial spray, (like Mario Badescu's, but only $3!) and their rose hand cream.

Listening... I've started to enjoy podcasts lately - they're great to listen to while I clean my room or work on homework. My favorites are Pop Fashion and The Goal Digger, but I have a blog post coming up soon on my ten favorite podcasts!

Watching... I started watching This Is Us a couple weeks ago, and I love it! I'm only a few episodes in, and the plotline is a little confusing, but it's still so good and I definitely recommend it.

Eating... mac & cheese. My whole family got the flu a couple weeks ago, and while we're all better, my mom doesn't have much of an appetite and mac & cheese is the only thing that sounds good to her. I'm not complaining, though, because who doesn't love pasta covered in cheese?! My dad also got an Instant Pot recently, and we made this salsa chicken and this Tuscan chicken stew.

Buying... I bought the prettiest seafoam top the other day, and it's perfect for spring, but for whatever reason I can't find it online anywhere! Here's a similar one (mine is short sleeved though).

Wearing... my Hunter boots. It rained practically every day this week, but I honestly love rain (mainly because I get to wear my rain boots!)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Purple Suede Skirt

Ever since button-front skirts became a huge trend a year or so ago, I've been on the search for the perfect one. However, I've had a hard time finding one that fits me, until this gorgeous purple one showed up under the Christmas tree! My sweet grandparents bought it for me, and I absolutely love it - it's perfect for winter days that aren't too chilly.

I paired it with this simple cream sweater and this brass necklace that matches the skirt's buttons perfectly. To top everything off, I added my go-to riding boots.

It was slightly drizzling when my sister and I shot these pictures after church the other day, so we had to hurry, but I love how they turned out. I've been really wanting to branch out in my style and wear more than just jeans and a top, and a simple skirt like this one is the perfect way to do that.

I've linked some other button up skirts in the widget below - happy shopping!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Life Lately Vol. 34

Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a great Valentine's week - I know I did (I ate so many sweets that I feel like I might explode, and that was two days ago :)

My apologies for no post earlier this week - I'll be honest, I thought I was over this burnout, but I had no motivation to post anything again this week. I did post a couple times on Instagram, but I've had no time to go out and shoot outfits, so I wasn't able to get a post up earlier this week.

So I know I said I ate a ton of dessert on Valentine's Day, but I honestly had the biggest dessert fail. I had planned on making cake balls and brownies, but both kind of fell through. I made too much frosting when making the cake balls, so they became a sticky mess, and the brownies I made just turned out really weird.

However, I was still able to salvage the cake balls the next day by baking a second cake to add to the frosting mess, and they turned out really yummy! I used Sally's recipe, and I'm sure if you follow the recipe properly (unlike me!!) they'll turn out nicely. I'm actually so full right now because I just ate four of them, haha!

Here's a fun picture of me playing soccer because we're halfway through our season now! It's been so fun and I'm looking forward to a great rest of the season.

I also started watching This Is Us recently and while it's slightly confusing, it's sooooo good and I can't stop watching it. I got a minor version of the flu last week, and while I was only out of commission for two days, I spent a lot of time watching This Is Us (and Friends, too!)

My family went out to dinner the other night and grabbed gelato for dessert! I've actually never had gelato, but it was really good - like ice cream, but creamier!

That's pretty much it for now! I'm looking forward to a nice, long three-day weekend, and I hope you are too!