Monday, March 30, 2015

Spending Freeze Wants

Y'all I have a serious problem; I'll tell myself I need to cut down on spending and then immediately start thinking of things I need to buy. The other night I was looking at my bank account and figured out if I don't spend any of my next 2 pay checks I'll have X amount of dollars by the end of April. I clicked out of that tab and started looking up prices for pedicures at a day spa. Like seriously, what is wrong with me?

I'm currently forcing myself into a spending freeze in preparation for the Lilly at Target sale. After adding up all the things I want from the lookbook I realized even with the great prices my bank account isn't going to be too happy if I manage to snag everything I want. So while I'm dreaming of those gold pineapple sandals on my feet here are a few of the things I wish I could buy but am resisting.

Maybe I'll get lucky and the Easter Bunny will bring me something. What's on your spring wish list?

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Five

I haven't written one of these in ages so I thought it might be fun to do again. Does anyone still host a Friday Five linkup? It's been so long I can't even remember who I used to linkup with for these

1. The Lilly for Target lookbook came out yesterday and it's just as amazing as we hoped! The prints are to die for and the prices are even better. I really love that they've included the iconic Lilly shifts in the collection; priced at $40 I think it might finally be time for me to pick up one of these styles that usually don't look great on my body shape. I'm so in love I honestly thought about writing an entire post about the collection, but I'm sure you've probably already seen like 15 of those so I'll reframe. All I have to say is that those gold pineapple sandals and the gold edged dessert plates are the first things going into my cart as soon as the sale starts! PS: does anyone know when online shopping starts? Is it at midnight or do you have to wait until like 8am or something?

2. Anyone have any good feta cheese recipes? The other day I told my mom I was in a feta cheese mood thinking she'd offer to take me to lunch at this little Greek place. Instead she came home from Sam's with the largest tub of feta cheese I've ever seen in my life. So far I've just been eating it on a salad with chicken, cucumbers, and pecans. So any other ways to eat it would be appreciated.

3. I made the mistake of going down the candy aisle at Walmart on Tuesday. I intended to just pick up one Cadbury egg, but ended up with way more. Did you know they make Carrot Cake M&Ms!? Well they do, I think they might be a Walmart exclusive, but holy wow are they delicious. I also picked up a bag of the Starburst FaveReds jelly beans, which may or may not be my second bag this month.

4. Graduation season is right around the corner and I need some help. I already found some little gifts for my girlfriends finishing up this year, but I need help for my brother. He graduates with Honors from Ole Miss and will be headed to Med School in August. I want to get him something because he's my brother and I love him but also because I'm so so proud of him. I want something nice and fun, but also a little practical. Something that he'll use and won't kill my budget. I thought about getting him a year of Netflix, but I'm worried that has too much potential to be a major distraction come fall.

5. I mentioned it Monday, but I'm so so excited that I'm not working tomorrow! This will be the 3rd Saturday that I don't work since starting my job in December of 2013. I'm going to a BBQ fundraiser for our local symphony with my mom. My parents went last year and I was so jealous because I live for these types of events. So when my dad decided he's skip this year because he couldn't eat anything with his diet I jumped at the chance for his ticket. I'm going to try to remember to take some photos to share here, on Instagram, and on Snapchat (hill_goodfellow follow me!) but once I start eating who knows if I'll be able to think of anything other than the yumminess I'm consuming.

What were you loving this week? Any fun weekend plans?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

thoughts you'll have while job hunting

It's a not so well kept secret that I'm currently job hunting, something that I certainly do not love. Thanks to my original post graduation job hunt which lasted 7 months combined with the approximately 3 months I've spent this time around I've seen my fair share of job postings. Unfortunately I fear I've got many more in my future. As much as I'd like to hope that I'll find, be offered, and accept my dream job in the next week, I realize that's completely unrealistic. I also realize it's unrealistic that this will be my last job search for the rest of my life.

In my opinion the job posting is a great little introduction to the company; more and more they're written in a voice to reflect the office culture. A serious corporate job will be written in a no-nonsense style while an office that enjoys casual Friday 5 days a week will let you know to start practicing for the monthly pingpong tournaments. I've never worked in HR or as a hiring manager so maybe I'm being a little tough, but sometimes these job postings are just awful. A good rule of thumb when job hunting is if the posting makes you cringe you'll hate working there even more. Another rule of thumb is "free training" usually is a phrase to steer clear from. Sometimes I'll come across a posting in my searching that just makes me stop and say WTF or one of these things
  • This is 2015 who doesn't know how to use Microsoft Word?
  • What do you mean I should have 3-5 years of experience for this entry level job?
  • LOL good luck finding someone with those qualifications 
  • Is the computer class I took in 8th grade good enough justification for saying I know Excel?
  • What do you mean this is a volunteer position? 
  • Does speaking in abbreviations count as bi-lingual? 
  • I wonder if they know that typo is there? 
  • What if my salary history is "way under paid"? 
  • If I do all this and don't even get a response I'm gonna be mad

Anyone else in the middle of a job search? Anyone have a funny story about looking for a job? Anyone know someone looking to hire a PR/marketing/event coordination position maybe in one of these cities? 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Things I'd rather be doing today

 Today I have to work. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know it's Monday morning and working today is not a new thing for most of you, but it is for me. I'm usually off on Monday which means I spend the day sleeping late, enjoying the red beans and rice lunch at the yacht club with my mom, and catching up on the tv I missed last week. But that isn't the case this week. I switched my schedule up so I can go to a BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, something I'll appreciate when I'm eating my weight in pulled pork but am seriously hating right now. When you factor in that I did more running around at work this past weekend than I have probably since New Years it'd be an understatement to say that I'd really rather not have to clock in this morning. But let's be real, I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd rather not be at work today or class today or doing whatever other obligation is on your planner for the day. What would I rather be doing? Well I'm glad you asked

But seriously, how adorable is this print from Evelyn Henson's new line

Today I'd rather be
  • watching every Disney princess movie
  • transitioning my closet for Spring
  • online shoping
  • eating too much Easter candy
  • reading all the March issues of my magazines I still haven't gotten around to
  • scrolling my twitter, instagram, bloglovin feed 
  • buying everything pretty in the Target $1 section 
  • tweezing my eyebrows
  • watching the rest of House of Cards and Kimmy Schmidt 

But until I can convince my dad that he should support my dream of being a professional stay at home daughter I guess I'll be headed to the office for my 40 hours each week.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Fling link up

I could not be more excited that spring is finally here! Even though I never had to deal with snow or ice I felt like this winter just was never going to end. Fashion wise spring is probably my favorite season. Everything just feels so fresh and new. It's the perfect time to really transition your closet. For spring I like to wear a lot of neutrals paired with hints of pastels. Sure I'll throw in a neon every now and then, but I usually reserve those bright colors for summer. When I'm dressing for spring I think, "how would this color palette look in an Easter basket?"

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Just a note, those sandals aren't Jack Rogers. They look just like them, but cost less than $20. I bought a pair in a natural color the other day and I can already tell they're going to be my go to for everything outside of work this season.

Pick Your Beau

Also don't forget about my Instagram giveaway! I'm giving away $25 to Starbucks and all you have to do is follow and like the picture, no sketchy loops involved

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

50 in 500 days

In 500 days I will turn 25. That seems like a far time away, but in actuality I know it will be here in no time. I've always felt like 25 was one of the most important birthdays even though it lacks any real tangible change. Growing up I always thought of 25 as the year that you finally have everything figured out. You're a real adult and can no longer get by on blaming your young age. The closer I get to that number the more I realize how very untrue my feelings growing up turn out to be. I think for every thing I'll have figured out I'll have two more unfigured out. But regardless 25 is still a big birthday.

I'm sure you've seen numerous 100 in 1001 days lists. The first one I saw was Mackenzie's and it's what inspired me to make mine, or rather my version of one. I really liked the idea of my list ending on an important date, but by the time I thought of it there were less than 1001 days till my next big milestone. Here are 50 things for me to accomplish in the next 500 days. 50 things that I think will help me feel a little more accomplished on my 25th birthday.

Start Date: March 18, 2015 
End Date: July 30, 2016

  1. Visit 3 new states
  2. Visit somewhere outside the US
  3. Attend a professional sporting event 
  4. Attend a concert 
  5. Fall in love
  6. Join a book club
  7. Join a Bible study
  8. Own a piece of real art
  9. Throw a dinner party 
  10. Watch a sunset  
  11. Do a juice cleanse 
  12. Volunteer for a cause
  13. Reconnect with Theta as an alum 
  14. Attend a networking event 
  15. Go to the doctor for a yearly exam 
  16. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails 
  17. Save all important documents to a flash drive 
  18. Better organize my Pinterest boards 
  19. Clean out and organize my closet 
  20. Print out photos for a photo album 
  21. Take a fun "just because" skill class
  22. Read 3 Noble or Pulitzer Prize winning books
  23. Reread a favorite book 
  24. Watch 10 Academy Award winning films 
  25. Find a workout routine I love and can stick to 
  26. Train for a 5K
  27. Donate blood
  28. Donate my hair 
  29. Leave a 50% or more tip
  30. Pay for someone in the line behind me
  31. Share my blog with friends
  32. Write a sponsored post 
  33. Learn to sew on a button
  34. Learn to use a waiter's corkscrew to open wine
  35. Become comfortable applying eyeliner
  36. No spend month
  37. Send 25 handwritten notes
  38. Have a signature drink to order out
  39. Have 5 go to recipes 
  40. Own the perfect little black dress
  41. Own a real winter coal 
  42. Own personalized stationary 
  43. Have a job I love
  44. Move out of my parents' house
  45. Buy a computer
  46. Have a credit card with rewards I'll actually use
  47. Have $20,000 in savings
  48. Start my 401K
  49. For each goal reached add $2 to my savings account
  50. For each goal not reached donate $2 to a charity 

Do you have a list? I'd love to see it!

PS: did you see I'm giving away a $25 Starbucks egiftcard on Instagram!? And no, it's not a loop giveaway because you all know how I feel about those

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Monday, March 16, 2015

March Madness 2015

I really didn't follow college basketball at all this year. Ole Miss started the season with an insanely embarrassing loss and later was literally robbed for the sake of Kentucky's perfect season, but we won't go into that. Even though I could count on my fingers the minutes of basketball I watched this season doesn't mean that's going to stop me from filling out my March Madness bracket.

Not to brag, but I'm usually really good at these for someone with little to no basketball knowledge. Before bracket pools were a big thing where you could win tons of money I filled out a perfect one. I guess I'm just lucky when it doesn't really count. So every year I fill out my bracket and see how my guesses fare compared to the ESPN talking heads and self proclaimed sports authorities.

I think in the end Villanova will take home the title. Really I just don't want the Cats to take it home not that I'm still bitter about our earlier loss to them. You can fill out your own bracket here. Good luck on your bracket and "may the odds be ever in your favor" unless you don't have Ole Miss winning their first two games.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

spreading blogger love

One of my favorite parts of blogging is the incredible community. It's a little strange, yet highly refreshing, how supportive and encouraging we can be of people we've never even met in real life. I've heard people talk about blogging cliques and how vicious the women in this industry can be, but honestly I've never experienced any of that. Maybe I've just been lucky, but I'm so incredibly grateful for the women I've met through this hobby. Today I wanted to spread a little bit of blogger love by sharing some of the favorite recent posts I've read.

Sarah's post about embracing your curly hair really spoke to me in a way I can't even describe. Even if God graced you with bone straight hair, this self love post is a great read

Rachael's guest post for Becca about how to make a long distance friendship work really hit home since all my friendships are long distance friendships now

Koryn's post about investment pieces is a must read for anyone trying to make the most of their budget

Tami's post about what not to do as a freelancer was very insightful. I'd love to start doing a little side hustle free lancing to help build my savings account and these tips were really great

Carly's post about ways to clean up your laptop so it runs faster has some seriously great tips that'll hopefully make my little vintage macbook last through the year

Allison's post about making a workout playlist actually makes me want to go renew my gym membership

And my favorite recent post that I wrote: a very easy DIY for Kate Spade lookalike earrings

What's a great post you've read recently? Who's one of your favorite bloggers I might be missing?

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DIY Kate Spade earrings

Late last year Kate Spade put out the most adorable glittery stud earrings. They came in gold, blue, and multi and were the perfect amount of sparkle for everyday or a special occasion. You might remember them from the numerous gift guides, including mine, I'm sure you saw, seriously these were so popular. They were so popular that they sold out everywhere before I could snatch up a pair for myself. So what's a girl to do in this situation, well make her own of course! And that's exactly what I did

This DIY is seriously so simple it's stupid. You just need pair of large square stud earrings, mine were less than $3 at Walmart or you could up upcycle a pair you currently own, glitter nail polish, and clear topcoat nail polish.

Take your glitter nail polish and paint the stone of each earring. The trick is to find a polish with large specks of glitter; I used ICE multi colored. You'll want to apply it evenly and a little thicker than you would on your nails. Let it dry and apply a second coat. Once that's dry you can add a third coat if you've missed any spots. It's really important that you let each coat dry completely so the layers are smooth and even.

Once your last glitter coat is dry apply a coat of clear just to seal it all in. Once that dries you're all done! A super fun and adorable set of Kate Spade lookalikes that cost you about $7.

PS they look waaay better in person! My camera had a hard time focusing on the glitter

What's your best DIY?

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Lazy Beach Drinks

My college years were by far the most fun of my life, and I make no charade of hiding just how much I miss them. On just about any given day I would gladly go back, but there are certain times that I especially yearn for those happy days; this week is one of them. My brother is home for Spring Break and I honestly could not be more jealous. Seriously why don't we have Spring Break in the working world? I wouldn't even want to be paid for it; it'd just be nice to have a few days to myself where I could binge watch HGTV and catch up on all my back copies of Glamour.

With so many people headed to the beach for Spring Break or just a warm vacation I wanted to share some of my favorite lazy beach drinks. Sure Pinterest is filled with tons of yummy concoctions, but when you're on beach time who really has the desire to mix 3 different types of lemonade and slice 5 different types of berries. In theory these drinks are great, but in actuality I bet you've never made a single one of them. This is where my lazy beach drinks come into play. These are simply just a Sonic drink mixed with alcohol. Lazy yes, but seriously so smart! And because you're making them individually you can totally customize just how much alcohol goes into your cup.

Sonic Drinks seriously make the best mixers because the ice is the best and the Styrofoam cup means your drink won't melt as quickly and you can just toss it in the trash when you're done. These drinks aren't just for the beach; they're really perfect for any warm weather drinking activity! During my time at Ole Miss they had a very lax drinking policy in the baseball student section. As long as it wasn't glass you were good. That meant those of us who didn't plan on sitting and drinking beers all afternoon could run by sonic and bring one of these premade drinks in to enjoy the game.

And just as a reminder, because I'm always the mom of my friend group, be smart when you drink. Never get behind the wheel after drinking; the cost of a cab is way less than your life. And make sure to mix in some good ole H2O so you don't get dehydrated.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

thoughts on loss

I have never lost a loved one. The only grandparent I've ever been close with is still alive; I can talk to any of my siblings whenever I wish, and see my parents daily. I realize I am in the minority and not many 23 year olds can say they've never experienced true loss. Sure I've experienced loss, but never of a person or even the death of a pet. Not winning a student council election, not getting a call back after what you thought was a great interview, or even having my home destroyed in a hurricane can compare to the loss of a loved one.

Last month a girl I graduated high school with was murdered. In high school a boyfriend's best friend drowned in an icy lake. Just last week a young man I'd never met, but am friends with many who were very close died in a tragic sledding accident. In all these cases these deaths did not affect me directly, but I still felt sadness. I was hurting for those I loved that loved these people. Seeing their pain and imagining their grief brought me sadness. I almost feel guilty for these emotions. What right do I have to grieve people I don't truly know. In these times I am left feeling like an imposture or someone imposing on something very private.

Because I've never experienced true loss I am always left unsure what to say. I have no prior experience of what I would have wanted someone to say to me to help ease the pain. I know everyone grieves differently so there is no perfect way to reach out to someone in these situations, but I still feel the need to extend myself. The best I can ever offer is a simple "I am so sorry for your loss please know I am here if there is anything I can do during this difficult time." I realize that is so small and insignificant compared to the pain and grief they feel, but it's all I can offer.  

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hey it's okay!

Hey, it's OK...

... to bribe yourself into waking up early with a stop for McDonald's breakfast

... to need a Beyonce playlist to pump you up enough to file your taxes

... to have already slipped up one or two times on your Lenten sacrifice

... to justify all purchases with "it was on sale"

... to justify the 5 boxes of Thin Mints you bought as just wanting to help your local Girl Scout Troop

... to already have a wish list for your birthday that's still 5 months away

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Welcome to Salsa

I could not be more excited to introduce y'all to my new blog, Salsa! This little rebranding change has been a long time coming and I'm so excited to finally see my thoughts put into something I can share. I did all the design and coding myself so if you see something that doesn't look right shoot me a message so I can fix it! Before officially making this big change I did a lot of thinking about how and why I wanted to rebrand. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who reached out offering advice and support while I was trying to convince myself this was the right choice. During the almost two years I wrote From Mississippi With Love I absolutely fell in love with blogging. I started that blog never thinking it would develop into this hobby that I so much enjoy today. My desire to ensure this continued to be a space I loved returning to weekly is what ultimately inspired my change.

In many ways this is still the same blog that it was before; I have no plans for the content or writing style to change. The new name does not mean I'm suddenly becoming a food blog. So if I'm not transitioning into a food blog, what in the world does the new name mean? Well it's very simple; Salsa is a play on an essay I wrote in high school about how life doesn't have to be made of all the best things to be enjoyed. If you look at the ingredients of salsa I'm not a big fan of any of them, but when you combine them together I'm in love. I honestly think life is like that. Salsa the blog is about not consuming myself with the many small things that make up life, but instead enjoying and making the most out of the big picture. 

Thank you again for all the support! I'm so excited for this new chapter in my blogging life.

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