Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Five

1. Today marks the 9 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For most of you this probably means absolutely nothing, but to me it means so much. My family lost everything that day, our home, our schools, our church, both my parents' jobs, and really our whole town. What we didn't lose was each other or our sense of perseverance and survival. Being a victim of a natural disaster is hopefully the worst thing that'll ever happen to me and something I would never wish on my worst enemy, but at the same time I'm thankful for the experience. It taught me at a young age to appreciate the important things and that no matter how bad things seem you will survive and be okay again.

2. Does anyone know anything about going back to school to take undergraduate classes after you've earned your diploma? I recently learned I have a few hours of prepaid tuition left and am toying with the idea of going back and taking some classes. I don't have enough to do a full masters program, but I do have enough for a semester worth of undergrad. I don't know if I'd want to do something online or with the local school close to home or maybe even quit my job all together and go back to Ole Miss for a semester. I just feel like it'd be silly to let that go to waste when there are skills I feel like I could learn in a class that would benefit me in the long run.

3. College football is back!!! Last night was the first Ole Miss game and we won! I was so glad to be able to watch it at work. The one perk of my job is that they always have the sports games on so I never miss one. It was weird to be watching a game and not drinking, I don't think that's happened since freshman year ha. Hopefully we'll have a good season and go back to a decent bowl game this year. I'm thinking about wearing my sorority game day pin each week to work when we play, other departments get to wear jerseys but my department still has to keep business casual.

4. With the clock about to expire on my August goals  it's time for me to start thinking about my September goals. I've decided I want to dedicate the month to growing my blog, but I don't really know how. I don't want something like "gain 50 more followers" because that's not really something I can control. I'm more looking for things that I can do that would attract readers. Anyone have any suggestions of goals I could have for the month which ultimately would help grow this little space?

5. As if my song of the week could be anything other than queen Bey. Love it or hate it, this is what everyone was talking about this week. Confession: I didn't love it. Beyonce is a fabulous performer, but I'm just not crazy about most of the songs on this last album. I wish she would have performed some of her all time favorites too. I did however LOVE her outfit!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

5 underrated chick flicks

My job requires me to stand and talk and be friendly for 8 hours a day. While I love being around people and the idea of working stuck in a tiny cubicle with no human interaction all day sounds horrible, sometimes by the end of the week I'm just tired of having to be on the whole time. When I'm off I like to just relax and take a break. I don't want to be friendly. I don't want to be social. I usually just want to be alone where it's calm and quiet. One of my favorite ways to spend my off time is watching movies, endless hours of HGTV is great, but to me movies are just better.
With the long weekend coming up I thought it'd be fun to share some movies that I love that are often overlooked. When people talk about chick flicks they always mention The Notebook, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Mean Girls, but there are so many other great movies I feel like we forget about. So if the weather isn't going to BBQ quality where you live, or maybe you're spending the holiday alone these are some great choices that you may have forgotten about.

1. Two Weeks Notice - Activist lawyer goes to work for a large corporation with the understanding that the community center in her neighborhood will be saved, when her boss finally drives her to her wits end she convinces him to let her quit after finding her own replacement. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant are perfect together in this film that's the perfect mix of humor and romance. Best Scene: the after tennis bathroom break

2. Laws of Attraction - Two lawyers on opposing sides of a divorce case accidentally get married and then fall in love. This is one of the most underrated chick flicks ever; I don't think I've ever even seen it on tv. This is seriously such a cute movie I'm amazed more people haven't seen it. Best Scene: the bar in Ireland

3. When in Rome - A single girl accidentally takes coins from a magic fountain causing their original owners to fall in love with her. I personally think Kristen Bell is always adorable, and I think we can all agree that Josh Duhamel is always hot. Not much of a plot, but a good movie when you just want to laugh and believe in true love. Best Scene: Maid of honor speech at the sister's wedding

4. The Devil Wears Prada - Recent journalism graduate takes a job at a high fashion magazine, which she believes is way below her because it's not serious enough. By the end she grows as a professional and a person. The fabulous clothes alone makes this movie worth watching. I feel like this movie was super popular when it first came out, but since everyone has forgotten about it. Best Scene: cafeteria lunch line

5. Love Story - Your classic boy meets girl and they fall in love; he comes from a family with a lot of money and she doesn't. Okay so maybe not underrated seeing as how it won an Academy Award, but I feel like very few in this generation have seen it. Warning: have your tissues ready because you will cry. Best Scene: anytime she refers to him as Preppy

What are some of your favorite but forgotten movies?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

jobs I wish I would have considered

My younger sister just started her junior year of high school, something that seriously freaks me out. I always like to remind her that I remember life before she was born, so now that she's thinking about college it's very surreal. A question she likes to pose to us daily is "what should I major in?" Helping her explore her talents and interests has really opened my eyes to things that I wish I would have considered before picking a major. At 18 and 19 we really just don't know what we want to do with the rest of our lives, and I think most of that is because we just aren't aware of all the career options there are out there. I loved all my journalism classes, but if I had it to do over again I don't know if I would have picked the same major because we all see how much I'm using it now. I jokingly say I would have been an accounting major and put all my energy in Ring by Spring (is this a southern phrase that nobody else understands?) with a focus on a professional career as a homemaker. But in all seriousness there really are a few careers that I wish I would have explored before making my decision.


1. librarian - Specifically an elementary school librarian. I spent a year as an elementary education major, something I still wonder if I should have stuck with, so I really don't know why this job never occurred to me. Getting to spend all day reading books to sweet babies and helping cultivate a love of reading in children, what could be a better job? Plus it'd be an excuse to reread all my childhood favorites (Green Eggs and Ham, Magic Treehouse series, and Amelia Bedelia)

2. publishing - Publishing is a huge industry that will never disappear because nobody wants a real life Fehrenheit 451. Books have always played a large role in my life. Before I started using the library last year I'd say I'd probably spent more money on books than anything else in my life. I associate books with happiness and being able to be a part of that happiness for others would be very rewarding. If ever presented with the chance, I'd love to work in publishing publicity.

3. speech therapist - My last semester of college I took a sign language class offered through the communicative disorders department. It was easily one of my favorite classes I took throughout my four years at Ole Miss. We got to go in small groups with my professor to a home visit where she worked with a 2 year old who was hearing impaired. Watching the therapy in person was really inspiring and made me hope to one day be able to make a difference in someone's life in such a meaningful way.

4. magazine journalism - I know what you're thinking. "But don't you have a degree in journalism?" Yes I do, but I never considered magazine journalism while I was in school. Ole Miss's journalism school is set up where you either focus in print or broadcast, and then if you go the print route you can pick to further specialize in either PR or magazine, but not both. I picked PR, which is still what I ultimately want to pursue, but I never even considered magazine. It's funny because now looking back I realize my favorite professors were the ones with feature writing/magazine backgrounds.  Wether it be the girl who writes the Hey, it's okay! column for Glamour or the one who quickly has to remember how to spell Gabbana while answering the phone at Vogue, I can see myself enjoying working at a magazine.

5. Prince Harry's wife - Okay so maybe not totally realistic, but a girl can dream. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think Kate and I would make great sisters in laws and I know I'd be a great babysitter for baby George.

If you didn't work in your current industry, what would you like to be doing? Ever wish you could go back and redo college with a clearer idea of your future?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

tortoise is the new black

Lately I've been obsessed with everything tortoise. For a long time I really did not like tortoise, and I wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. I thought you could either have black or brown, but never both. I'm so glad I realized how very wrong this thinking was. Tortoise items make the best accessories because like leopard, they're a neutral. If you think leopard is a little too bold for you (which it never is) or you're just looking for a great end of summer piece I highly suggest something in tortoise. Tortoise is a classic that you'll be able to wear over and over again; it really is the new black.

earrings / glasses necklace / watch / phone case / cuff

PS: linked up here and here

Monday, August 25, 2014

50 Answers

I thought I'd be creative and title this post 50 answers instead of 50 questions, but it was a lot more creative in my head than it turned out to be. But I've seen these questions floating around blogland from a few different people (like here and here), so since today is Monday, the hardest day of the week for me to blog other than Friday, I decided it'd be fun to participate too. If you've answered these questions let me know in a comment so I can get all up in your personal business and read your answers too.

1. What are you wearing? my sorority Spring Break 2013 tank and a pair of way too old pajama shorts from Old Navy

2. Ever been in love? not yet, but I'm hopeful it'll happen one day

3. Ever had a terrible breakup? does any breakup ever not seem terrible at the time?

4. How tall are you? My license says 5'1" so that's what I'm going to go with, but truth be told I have to tease my hair a bit to get that tall

5. How much do you weigh? more than a newborn baby human but less than a newborn baby elephant

6. Any tattoos? none. I don't like anyone or anything enough to want it on me forever, plus I'm terrified of needles

7. Any piercings? Just one hole in each ear

8. OTP? (one true pair, favorite fictional couple) Snow White and Prince Charming

9. Favorite Show? Nashville, Scandal, Mad Men

10. Favorite bands? The Beatles, Maroon 5, and recently I've really been into Turnpike Troubadours ; solo artists George Strait, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift

11. Something you miss? living in my sorority house. I never would have guessed I'd miss having 30+ roommates

12. Favorite song? Let it Be - the Beatles

13. How old are you? 23, even though I keep forgetting and tell people 22

14. Zodiac Sign? Leo, which means I'm a loyal, generous, and confident leader #youregonnahearmeroar

15. Quality you look for in a partner? dashing good looks and an even better looking bank account, just kidding although those wouldn't hurt, I actually wrote a whole post about this

16. Favorite Quote? Be the change you wish to see in the world

17. Favorite Actor? Audrey Hepburn


18. Favorite Color? Pink, specifically bubblegum pink

19. Loud music or soft music? soft unless I'm driving a long distance than always loud

20. Where do you go when you're sad? My bed or the shower. I don't like people to see me cry

21. How long does it take you to shower? from walking into the bathroom to walking out with towel
dried hair about 30 minutes

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? I'm a night time showerer, so unless I'm doing something special with my hair it usually takes about 25 minutes

23. Ever been in a physical fight? LOL never

24. Turn on? being told I'm pretty

25. Turn off? poor grammer, never ever use "u" when you can use "you"

26. The reason I started blogging? for basically the same reason everyone else does, I had a lot of free time and needed a hobby .

27. Fears? all bugs, snakes, alligators, and being suspended in air

28. Last thing that made you cry? a headache from all the smoke at work Thursday night

29. Last time you said you loved someone? said to my mom about 12 times a day

30. Meaning behind the name of your blog? because I'm from Mississippi....duh. Actually go read a more detailed explanation here.

31. Last book you read? Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

32. The book you're currently reading? Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

33. Last show you watched? Dance Moms. I hadn't watched all season until the latest episode and it's
weird without Brooke and Paige


34. Last person you talked to? like on the phone? my old roommate Megan

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? my mom; she's kinda a big deal in my life. I mean she did give me life and all

36. Favorite Food? Mexican. Chicken or vegetable based dishes though, not ground beef, and preferably covered in queso and served with a margarita

37. Place you want to visit? I have way too many, but my top 5 currently are: San Antonio, Harry Potter World, Rome, Paris, Ireland

38. Last place you were? well I'm currently at home, but before that I was at church

39. Do you have a crush? you mean other than on my future husband Prince Harry? yes

40. Last time you kissed someone? A lady doesn't kiss and tell

41. Last time you were insulted? every other Monday when I get my pay check, I just found out a professional mascot makes more than I do

42. Favorite flavor of sweet? chocolate covered gummy bears, it's the best of both worlds, fruity and chocolaty

43. What instrument do you play? I play a pretty great player piano

44. Favorite piece of jewelry? either my Michael Kors watch or my Mignon Faget ring, I wear both every single day

45. Last sport you played? does dancing around in my underwear while I get dressed count?


46. Last song you sang? Red - Taylor Swift

47. Favorite chat up line? "Hi, I'm _____. How are you doing?" I'm pretty vanilla when it comes to these things

48. Have you ever used it? no. I'm terribly shy and never approach boys first

49. Last time you hung out with anyone? other than my family or at work? way too long ago

50. Who should answer these questions next? every single one of you because I'm nosey and want to read your answers

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Five

1. I posted this on twitter the other day and it got a lot of "favorites" but no response so I'm going to ask it again here. If I feel like I can't talk to my friends about the boy I'm talking to because they'll judge, should I maybe not be talking to him? At what point do you stop caring about what other people think and just think for yourself in a relationship? If I like him, does it really matter what anybody else thinks? In other news, boys are really complicated and make life confusing. If anyone wants to be my unbiased listener/advice giver I'd greatly appreciate it!

2. Why is everyone trying to kill summer and rush into fall? I'll be the first to admit I love pumpkin spice anything, but it just feels wrong to consume while it's still consistently 95+ outside. Let's just throw on the breaks and enjoy the last of summer. Please?

3. When I cut my hair short a few weeks back I also got bangs. I love love love my haircut, so much so that I constantly touch my hair. This is resulting in my bangs looking super oily before the end of the day, particularly when I work late. Anybody have a suggestion of a product I can apply that'll stop the shine without weighing down my hair/make it look crunchy?

4. This week all my friends were returning to school. Even though I graduated over a year ago I still have a good many friends in school, either for grad school, victory lap senior years, or just plain old undergrad. Seeing everybody's statuses and pictures of moving in really made me miss college. I know I've said it before, but Oxford really is the most perfect little town in the world. The realization that I probably won't get back up for a visit before May (when my brother graduates) really breaks my heart. Last fall I wasn't working yet so I could just take off and spend a few days up there hoping between friends' places. Now with working full time, including every weekend, I just don't have that freedom.

5. What do y'all think of Taylor's newest song? I think it's super catchy, but can see myself getting really tired of it soon from overplaying. I think the video is absolutely perfect though. Seriously probably the best I've seen in years! I love how she totally owns how adorably awkward she is when she dances.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Grownup Art

We all reach a point in our lives when giant posters and hand painted canvases from our sorority bigs are no longer appropriate wall accessories. I haven't fully reached this point of my life yet, but hopefully I'll get there in the next 6 -12 months. But maybe you're more grownup than I am and you've reached that point of life. Or maybe you're just trying to act like you've reached that point of your life. Today's post is for you. I've rounded up 3 of my favorite artists to help make your walls better reflect you; grownup, original, and fabulous!

Gray Malin is an artist who's work you may already know. His Prada Marfa collection is widely loved by fashion and pop culture enthusiasts. His pieces are a bit on the pricer side, but he frequently offers discount codes through his Instagram. When I eventually move out and have my own place one of these will be among my first purchases.

Evelyn Henson is one of my favorite new finds. All her pieces are so bright, colorful, and just plain fun. Any of her pieces would instantly make a space seem more welcoming. She does both canvas art and prints which makes her artwork accessible to a variety of budgets. I'll be adding one of her prints to my wall as soon as I can pick a favorite.

Anum Tariq is an artist I discovered through her Instagram account which is one of my favorite to follow. She does fabulous sketches of glamour girls in designer inspired looks. She'll even do custom sketches of your signature look if you want something totally original and don't mind spending the extra cash. Her prints would be so perfect in a little girl's room, and gifting one would probably ensure you win Aunt of the Year for the rest of time.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
The Grits Blog - Little Friday Linkup

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The ultimate kick butt beach playlist

This was originally published as a guest post over on Southern Finesse in June. I decided to share it here today with y'all in case you missed it the first time around. With only 2 more weekends before the end of the summer season I'd hate to see you listening to dull tunes or no tunes while enjoying the last of bikini season. Plus I really love summer and am just not ready for it to go away.   

I live at the beach, not a very pretty one but it has sand and palm trees so it counts. I like to think of myself as a beach authority. I drive along the beach every day to get to work, there are multiple "surf shops" in my town, and I've been known to wear flipflops in December. If they gave out degrees in beach living I would hold my PhD. This means I can say with certainty that their are 4 essential items you must always bring with you to the beach; sunglasses, sunscreen, something to drink, a kick butt playlist. If you don't have these 4 items you might as well just plan another vacation because you simply just won't be getting the best experience.

Lucky for you I love pretending like I'm back in middle school and making playlists to share will all my friends, so today I'm sharing mine with you. The science behind my Kick Butt Beach Playlist is very simple every song either reminds me of summer (because duh) or makes me feel hot (because being in a bikini in public is scary) 

Kick Butt Beach Playlist by HG on Grooveshark

Now you just need to pack up your favorite drink tumbler, sunscreen, and sunglasses and you're set. I hope you'll enjoy this playlist while lounging on the beach this summer; I'll be enjoying it as I stare out my window driving to work.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to become Instagram famous

As bloggers/members of the year 2014 I think we all know the importance of Instagram. What started as just a way to share your photos with friends and family has now turned into one of the most popular forms of social media. Whether you're sharing #TBT (throwback Thursday) posts of you dressed for your elementary school play or your latest beach vacation chances are you probably post at least once a week or you know once every 3 hours. We use it to share what we're eating, what we're wearing, and where we're going. And when we aren't posting our own photos we're obsessively checking every hour so we don't miss an update from a friend.

Being Instagram famous is a real thing. I could lie and say I'm not dying for one of my posts to go on the featured page, but I believe in telling the truth, also I don't mind sounding vain. So how does one become Instagram famous? Well you could go on a reality show, start a wildly successful online store, or become BFFs with someone who is already Insta famous and agrees to promote you. Or you could totally cheat and buy followers, which I recently found out was a thing #themoreyouknow
If none of those options work out for you, then I suggest including one of these 10 things in each post.
1. adorable puppy or small child
2. Bible Verses. Bonus if the photo is of the verse highlighted in your Bible
3. Starbucks or ornately frosted donuts
4. #ootd #foodporn #cleaneating #fashionbloggers
5. wearing multiple designers at the same time
6. chips and dip plus an extra large margarita
7. your hand sitting across your clutch showing off your bracelet stack and fresh mani
8. host a giveaway requiring people to "like" the post
9. picturesque resort destination
10. the "it" item of the moment - think peonies in a market bag, pineapples wearing sunglasses, giant eye sculptures (please tell me someone else remembers what I'm talking about here)

PS: help my dream become a reality and go follow me/like all my posts

Monday, August 18, 2014

Liebster Award...Again

Okay so I know I've done one of these posts before, but I always like to read posts with random facts about bloggers to I decided to do it again. If you're not as nosey as I am you can just skip today's post without hurting my feelings. This time I was nominated by kTm of Pick Your Beau. The basic rules are: give 11 facts about yourself, answer the questions, and then nominate other bloggers for the award.

1. I've never been outside the United States
2. I've never had a serious boyfriend
3. Elf is my favorite pick me up movie
4.When they first meet me, most people think I'm stuckup because I'm incredibly shy
5. I've never gotten a speeding ticket
6. I am an incredibly bad speller
7. Coke Iceees, peach rings, and Chex mix are my favorite road trip snacks
8. My eyes are naturally blue, but when I was little I always wished they were brown
9. I've never broken a bone but I have dislocated my knee cap (5th grade) and sprained my ankle (multiple times)
10. In 10th grade I had a solo in my high school musical. I sang Beauty School Dropout from Grease
11. I like my nails short and brightly painted. I don't know how anyone can handle long nails

1. If you were an animal which would you be? a pig, because then I'd be pink
2. What's your favorite kind of drink? sweet tea no lemon or a frozen margarita with salt
3. How do you relax? glass of wine while mindlessly flipping between my social media feeds, usually with the television on for background noise
4. How often do you paint your nails? once a week, either Tuesday night or Wednesday afternoon before I go to work
5. What's the best piece of advice you could give someone? No matter how bad it might seem right now, this is not the end of the world. Pull yourself together and overcome your obstacles. What doesn't kill us really does make us stronger.
6. What's your favorite thing to order at Starbucks? Green Tea Lemonade!
7. How would you explain your relationship with your BFF? my best friend is probably my younger brother, which I fully realize is weird. We're only 18 months apart so we experienced a lot of things for the first time one after another. Plus being so close in age we know/hang out with a lot of the same people
8. Are you an early bird or a night owl? night owl 110%
9. Who is your biggest girl crush? this is a seriously hard question for me because I have so many, but I would probably have to say Laura Bush because she seems like the ideal southern woman: intelligent, charming, and generous. Plus she's my sorority sister
10. What's your favorite show to binge watch? Sex and the City! Worst part of moving home is that we don't get E. The 3 years I lived in my sorority house I would binge watch it every Friday afternoon
11. Why did you start blogging? You can read the long explanation here, but basically because I had a degree and no job and needed something to do with my time other than being rejected from jobs.

So now I'm supposed to nominate other bloggers but because I'm feeling a little lazy I'm not going to do that. If you're reading this and have never been nominated/feel like doing it again please do! Let me know in the comments so I can read your responses to the questions.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Ultimate Throwback Thursday Playlist

Today I'll be giving y'all a 3rd food post in a row. LOL JK this isn't a food blog. Instead I'm giving you something to combat the two food posts I given y'all this week, a workout post. Okay so it's not really a workout post, it's a music post, but it could be. Throw this playlist on while you're hitting the elliptical and make that hour workout more fun!

This is my ultimate throwback Thursday playlist. Full of songs that take me back to middle school dances when I wouldn't let my mom drop me off until I saw a girl I was friends with arrive. Hopefully these will give you warm fuzzy memories of birthday parties at the skating rink when your biggest fear was being left without a partner for the couples skate song. This playlist got me through many a study session in college and is still one of my favorites for when I'm cleaning my room.

What songs am I missing?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How to get a free donut from Dunkin Donuts

I know what you're thinking, "Another post about breakfast food again today? Is this girl for real?" But this one is totally different. While I still 100% stand by my belief that brunch is the best meal, sometimes we just don't have time to indulge in this treat.

When I'm rushing to get to work on Saturday mornings after I've hit the snooze button one too many times I'm left with 2 options for breakfast: drive thru or yogurt from the employee dining room. I think we can all guess which choice is my favorite, and while it certainly is more tasty it also is more pricey. That is until I learned the trick that is the free donut from Dunkin Donuts. This little trick has seriously changed my life and restored my bank account's faith in my decision making.

1. Go to Dunkin Donuts and order something. Seriously it doesn't matter what it is, just make sure you get your receipt.
2. Go to (it says you only have 3 days after your visit but it's really longer) and put in the survey code listed at the bottom of your receipt
3. Fill out the quick survey (it'll take less than 3 minutes)
4. At the end of the survey you will be given a validation code. Write this on your receipt
5. Take this receipt to your Dunkin and order a medium or larger beverage and receive a free donut
6. Save this new receipt and repeat steps 2 - 5

It's seriously that simple! I stop at least once a week, usually more, and haven't paid for a donut in months. Even if you aren't a coffee person this is great because it works on any medium or larger beverage. The other day I went for an afternoon snack and ordered a sweet tea (only $.99!) to go with my toasted coconut donut (my new favorite). Other delicious combinations I can't get enough of include vanilla iced coffee with a strawberry frosted and hazelnut iced coffee with a maple frosted.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

9 reasons brunch is the best

Today I want to talk to y'all about something I'm really passionate about: food. But not just any food, breakfast food. There are few things I enjoy more in life than breakfast for dinner, and one of those things just happens to be brunch. Brunch is the perfect combination of the breakfast foods we love and the lunch time alcoholic beverages sometimes needed to get through the day. Restaurants that serve breakfast all day almost have it all figured out, but they're still not all the way there. Have you ever been eating at Waffle House or IHOP and thought to yourself, "the only thing that would make this better is a mimosa"?  Oh oops, that's just me?

I like to think brunch was invented by a mother with one child who wanted to eat a late breakfast and one who wanted an early lunch. Really I have no idea how the concept came to be, but I want to kiss that person on the lips for having such a fabulous idea. The concept has forever changed the weekend eating game. I hope to one day live in a city with so many fabulous brunch places I can try a different one each weekend.

Taco Bell may try to tell us 4th meal is where it's at, but I think we can all agree brunch is the best

9 Reasons Brunch is the Best

1. socially acceptable to drink before noon
2. breakfast tacos
3. nobody questions why you're coating your plate full of carbs in syrup
4. perfect time for girl talk, gossip, and lots of laughter
5. bacon
6. you don't have to wake up early on the weekend to enjoy it
7. more fun to say than either breakfast or lunch, seriously, just try saying it without smiling
8. can be both super casual to enjoy while hungover or a fancy treat for special occasions
9. bottomless mimosa bars

Monday, August 11, 2014

Designer looks for less

Designer items: I love them, but I really don't love the extra large price tag that comes with them. Unfortunately when you're only working for an entry level salary dressing like you're the trophy wife of a Fortune 500 CEO just isn't in the cards. Or maybe it is. Enter the best phrase to enter the world of fashion since "leggings can be worn as pants"; knockoffs. Okay so I know there are really terrible knockoffs that should never ever be used, looking at you poorly made Coach knockoffs sold out of some creeper's van on the side of the road, but not all knockoffs are bad. Good knockoffs don't pretend to be the actual designer product, they just emulate them. If a design is good why should one designer be the only one to use it?

Today I've rounded up 3 designer knockoffs that are perfect for the end of summer. These are pieces that I'm constantly seeing All. Over. Instagram. I know I for one, am still a bit like a 14 year old girl who just wants to wear what everyone else is wearing. With these great pieces at a fraction of the price now we all can pretend like we can afford to wear designer pieces 24/7.

Bag: Splurge / Save available in other colors
Necklace: Splurge / Save available in other colors
Watch : Splurge / Save 

I don't want any one to think I'm knocking designer pieces, because I'm absolutely not! Obviously the real deal costs more because it's better quality. If you can afford it or have them gifted then honey wear that item every single day with pride. But the great thing about getting a knockoff is that you don't feel so bad if you only use it a few times and then decide maybe you don't love it as much as you thought you would. And if it turns out you love that bag so much you use it every single day until it falls apart, then you can the real deal knowing you'll get your money's worth.

I'd love to see any designer inspired items you've found for a great price! Share them so we can all pretend to be swimming in the money.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Things I am irrationally afraid of

Today I'm going to get my haircut, something I'm long overdo. My poor hair hasn't seen a pair of scissors in about 8 months, and you can tell. I have thick hair with tons of natural body and now that it's gotten so long it really is just out of control. But thankfully today the miracle worker that is my hair stylist will work her magic and give my locks new life. So don't be surprised when I post a selfie today of me rocking a hair style similar to this one.

For about the past 10 years every time I make an appointment to get my hair cut I have the same reoccurring nightmare. The stylist gets distracted and for some reason dyes my hair Ronald McDonald red. Not knowing what else to do we decide to cut it short and she gives me a pixie cut. Obviously this is not a good look for me. I wake up in a panic and spend my entire appointment afraid of speaking too much and distracting her.

Now y'all I've never had a haircut that was just awful so this fear is completely 100% irrational, but that doesn't make it any less real. I'm just thankful I have a nice shade of dark brown hair that doesn't require any highlights or color because I don't think I could handle the stress. I really don't know what I'm going to do when I start to turn grey. Sadly this isn't my only irrational fear. I also constantly worry about

1. Earthquakes - I seriously doubt I'll ever even be able to visit California, much less consider living there because of these. I know there are tons of other natural disasters, but earthquakes just seem the most terrifying because they could literally happen at any time with no warning.

2. the idea that life will never be as good as it was in college - To say I loved my college experience would be an understatement. Think of the time you were happiest in your whole life, multiply that feeling by ten, and that is what my time at Ole Miss was like. I would often tell my friends that I think I peaked in 2011, the year I was president of my sorority. They always thought I was kidding, except I wasn't. It's really hard to imagine life getting better than that

3. Dying alone - At the risk of sounding like something out of 1950, my lifelong biggest dream has been to fall in love, get married, and have babies. I'm 23 and have never had a serious relationship with someone that I could imagine being with for more than a year, let alone forever. I 100% believe in soul mates, but sometimes I worry that because I'm so shy I'll miss mine until it's too late to raise a family

So why do I tell you all this? Because I'm hoping someone will tell me these are totally normal things to worry about and maybe you worry about something more irrational.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What's in my Bag? : bag lady linkup

Today I'm linking up to share what's in my bag. I love these types of posts because I'm incredibly nosey and love getting these little inside looks at the real lives of bloggers I follow. Before I show you what's inside my bag I want to preface it with the fact that my bag usually isn't this neat. I just switched to this clutch last week and haven't had enough time to fill it with the usual gas/Dunkin/Walmart recipes that are usually rampant in my bags. This was exactly what was in my bag when I wrote this post last night; I think it kinda misses the point when bloggers write these posts but get rid of half the stuff they usually carry so I wanted to be 100% authentic.

As I said before I recently started using this clutch and I'm kinda obsessed with it. I bought it at TJMaxx months ago and have only used it a couple of times before now. In my mind a clutch was only for going out to dinner or to get drinks, not for everyday use, but now I think I've changed my mind. I probably wouldn't want to take this bag shopping, unless it was Target/the grocery store so it could sit in the buggy, but it's kinda perfect for work and random errands. I feel more chic and put together using it. 

EOS egg chap stick
license plate tag (should probably actually put this on my car)
coin purse (just like the one I'm giving away, except in pink!)
lip stick
sun glasses
lens cloths
fortune from a cookie (behavior is a mirror in which everyone shows his own image)
lip liner (can't wear lipstick without it)
bobby pins
tampons (maybe TMI but I live in fear of needing one and not having it #alwaysbeprepared)
pens (a work essential)
hair tie
Bag Lady Linkup

What's in your bag? Go link up and share

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Goals

Umm can y'all believe we only have 5 more months left of 2014? That's just crazy to me. July was a pretty successful month for my goals. I completed 3 of the 5 goals (didn't donate to charity or clean out my closet to donate) which means I get to add $30 dollars to my "me fund." I'm currently at $250!

I'm really excited about my August goals. I think these are all things I'm capable of achieving. Plus they'll lead to a happier and healthier life.

1. Fewer treats - During the past couple of months I've discovered the joy that is taking the back way to work so I pass Dunkin' Donuts. This little obsession with strawberry frosted donuts combined with my little sister's medically required mostly ice cream diet has not been good for my health. I'm limiting these treats to once a week for the month.
2. More fruit - Summer is the time of year with so many great fresh fruit options and I really haven't taken advantage of them enough this year. I really love fresh fruit and this is one food love I plan to embrace more this month.
3. Quicker email responses - Slow email responses are one of my biggest pet peeves, yet recently I've been so guilty of this myself. I'll read an email almost immediately and then forget to respond. I'm challenging myself to respond as soon as I read each email.
4. 24 hour waiting period on any fashion purchase - I added up my purchases from July and while my closet is happy, my bank account sure wasn't. I have to want an item for over 24 hours before I am allowed to buy it, for any purchase over $100 I have to want it over 48 hours. Hopefully this wait period will cause me to use some restraint and not get caught up in any flash sales.
5. Read a book - I really wanted to read GirlBoss, but my library doesn't have it, so I'm looking for a good suggestion. I'm leaning toward something nonfiction as opposed to a novel because it's been a while since I've picked up something other than a fluff novel.

What are your goals this month?