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!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Treat Yourself: Valentine's Day Gift Guide

I'll be honest: I've never understood why there's such a negative connotation with Valentine's Day. Even if you don't have a significant other to spend the holiday with, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself (not that you need one!!), and who doesn't love a holiday that is pretty much all about chocolate?! Today I've rounded up some of my favorite items that would not only be great gifts for your mom, sister, or best friend, but they're also great if you've been looking to treat yourself and pull the trigger on something you've had your eye on!

My three favorite things on this list would have to be this pink sherpa pullover (it's so soft!), this gorgeous light pink nail polish (I have it on my nails right now!) and this Tarte lipstick - I love the neutral shade. This pink beanie is also similar to one that I have - it's perfect for adding a pop of color to any outfit. I've also been really wanting a pair of Vans recently, and these pink ones make such a fun statement.

How cute is this pizza art print - I love the little heart pepperonis! Also on the subject of home decor, this heart pillow is great for Valentine's Day but looks cute all year round.

If you're looking for a new piece of jewelry, this heart ring (James Avery jewelry is the perfect V-Day gift) and these pink beaded earrings are both perfect to wear on the 14th!

Lastly, while on the pricier side, these pink pajamas are perfect if you're looking to treat yourself.

A few other honorable mentions that wouldn't fit into the collage... this tie sleeve blouse, this Paris-inspired mug, and this box of See's candy (my favorite chocolate brand!)

Go and treat yourself this Valentine's Day - you deserve it.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Link Love Vol. 33

What a week. I entered this week feeling really tired and stressed, which is why I didn't post on Instagram at all this week or have a blog post up on Tuesday like I normally do. Between the Instagram algorithm changes, lack of engagement, and little free time to shoot outfit pictures, I've been feeling kind of uninspired and burnt out lately. I hope to be back on top of things soon, but at the moment, I have little motivation to post anything.

because it's Friday and we could all use a donut... or five

But now, on a lighter note, we've made it to the weekend! To celebrate, I'm sharing some of my favorite articles and blog posts from around the web recently. Enjoy!

This bright, colorful office is everything dreams are made of.

I made these peanut butter truffles last week, and they taste just like a Reese's peanut butter cup!

Why you should implement white space into your daily routine

These Palm Beach getaway pictures have me feeling all kinds of wanderlust... is it time for another visit yet??

On the blog lately: Amazon Finds + Teddy Bear Coat

Came across this jacket the other day and I can't help but want it! Thoughts?

Helene's post on the age of influence is a very interesting read and definitely got me thinking about the relationship between brands and influencers.

This backless workout top is such a good deal!

Courtney covers a bunch of tips on working for brands

I reeeeaaallly could use these Nutella sugar cookies right now

As I mentioned earlier, the Instagram algorithm has changed again... here's what's up.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Currently Vol. 7

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite things at the moment - everything I've been loving, wanting, wearing, eating... you get the idea. Enjoy!

Reading... I got Opening Belle and The Curated Closet at the library, and I recommend both!

Watching... the new episodes of Grey's Anatomy! I feel like the show has kind of jumped the shark, but I can't not watch it, you know?

Listening... to The Greatest Showman soundtrack! I finally saw the movie last week, and OHMYGOSHITSSOGOOD. I've had the soundtrack on repeat lately (I'm actually listening to it right now!) My favorite songs are Come Alive and This Is Me - what are yours?

Wanting... nothing specific. I'm over winter clothes, but stores really haven't released spring clothing yet. I'm looking for a few new swimsuits for summer, but it must be too early, because I haven't found anything cute yet.

Wearing... my sherpa pullover has become a go-to in my closet - it's so cozy and warm! I wear it way more than I should haha, but it's just perfect for chilly days!

Eating... when my grandparents came for Christmas, they brought me 3 giant bags of peanut butter M&M's (my favorite), so I've been snacking on those. This might sound weird, but they're really good if you put them in a bowl of Boom Chicka Pop - the sweet + salty combo is so good! I also made these peanut butter truffles earlier this week, and they were amazing and fairly simple.

Buying... these shoes, this sports bra, and this teddy bear coat!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

My Favorite Amazon Finds

Let me tell you a little story about my relationship with Amazon...

I've never been a big fan of the company. Sure, they have pretty much everything, but I've always thought their website was somewhat frustrating, with the third-party sellers and all.

And then. I got a free trial of Amazon Prime. And my life was changed. Throughout December, I just kept buying things from Amazon - Christmas gifts, things I needed for school, random stuff I wanted... the list goes on. Now, I'm officially a huge fan of Amazon! Today I'm sharing some of my favorite finds from the website - most of these are pretty random, but I hope you enjoy!

Bluetooth Beanie // MacBook Case // Shower Speaker // Corkcicle Tumbler // Tile // Bundt Pan // Drop Stop // Laptop Sleeve // Classic Style // Brownie Pan // Letter Board // Game of Phones

Most of these items revolve around gifts that I gave or received for Christmas. I gave my mom two of these mini bundt pans, this Tile tracker, and this "Drop Stop" that prevents things from falling between your car seats. I also gave a Corkcicle coffee tumbler to my grandma - my whole family loves them. My dad gave me this shower speaker, this card game called Game of Phones (so fun!), and this MacBook case (I also bought a marble sleeve to go with it!).

A few other things are on my wishlist - this gorgeous pink letter board, this punny brownie pan, this bluetooth beanie that plays music (!!!), and this Classic Style coffee table book.

Okay, I know I featured a lot of products, but have I convinced you yet? Amazon is pretty amazing.

What are your favorite products to buy on Amazon? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Life Lately Vol. 33

Well, friends... it's been a bit.

This post was supposed to go up last week, but in all honesty, I didn't have that much content for it so I decided to wait another week so I could add to it.

My family and I always have a pretty laidback New Year's, and this year was no exception. It was freezing cold outside, so we bundled up by the fire to eat dinner and watch the ball drop (except I braved the cold to take some confetti pictures, haha!). My dad grilled paella, and it was so good!

During winter break, my family and I tried a new restaurant that's one of my new favorites! I wasn't impressed with my chicken tacos whatsoever, but my dad's crab crepe enchiladas were to die for. If you live in the DFW area, stop by Lava Cantina - it's so good!

Last Monday, my family and I went to brunch at Breadwinners. I had been wanting to try the restaurant for a while, and I enjoyed it! It wasn't one of my favorites, but my banana bread french toast (a new obsession of mine) was delicious! I also took some outfit pictures in my new coat - see more of those pictures here!

A few other notable things that have happened...

- My school soccer season has started, and while we've had a few games cancelled due to cold weather, it's been a great season so far!

- My second semester of freshman year is underway and I'm already swamped with homework... what else is new??

- It's been so cold in Dallas but somehow we've managed to dodge all of the snow that the rest of the country has gotten :(

- I saw The Last Jedi and Pitch Perfect 3 recently, both of which were really good! (everyone is hating on TLJ, but I actually thought it was so well done and one of my favorite Star Wars movies! What are your thoughts?)

- My dad got a waffle iron and instant pot for Christmas, so we've been experimenting with new recipes for both of those. If you have any favorite recipes, leave them in a comment below!

- I've done a lot of shopping (what else is new??) and picked up this shirt recently.

What's been going on in your life lately? Leave a comment letting me know!