2016 Planners.

Friday Favorites: 2016 Planners

So I wanted to do something a little different with the blog and bring you guys something every Friday that is not an outfit post. I am presenting to you “Friday Favorites”, or “FF” for short, and this can be anything from items that I am currently coveting, ideas for holidays/events, places to try, home decor, my favorite jewelry…. you get the picture 🙂 Since my new year’s resolution is to get more organized, that included investing in a good planner to keep me on track. So my first post is dedicated to 2016 planners that I have researched and picked as my top suggestions based on personality types. If you have yet to get yourself a 2016 planner, this is the post for you!

one Canoe two– The “cutesy” planner

If you are the type that adores fun prints and cute calligraphy writing, this planner tops the list on the cute factor. Each month is laid out and then broken out weekly. Each day of the week has its own blank square with ample room for notes, doodles, to-dos, etc. This planner comes in at $42.

Erin Condren– The Overplanner

Calling all bloggers, busy gals, OCDers, or anyone that lives in their planner- this is the planner for you! Being the most expensive on the list at $50-$75 for a planner, it is well worth the money. The great part about this planner is that it is pretty customizable. You can pick what layout you would like (horizontal, vertical, or hourly) since every gal plans differently. It also has the function to trade out covers and other “party” pages within the planner by simply popping them in and out of the coils.

Day Designer The Girlboss

If you want to combine your mile long to do lists, goal sheets, and planner all in one then this is the planner for you. With motivational quotes to daily to-do lists to plans for dinner, the Day Designer has thought of it all and is the perfect resource to keep everything in one place. These planners are $59.

Rifle Paper Co.– The Darling Planner

Sweet and simple, this planner is the first on the list that is not coil bound but more like a notebook. This planner has a monthly and weekly break out containing lined sections. Coming in at $30, this is your every-day planner spruced up with cute designs and layouts.

Lilly Pulitzer– The “girly” planner

Bright colors and paradise themed, the Lilly Pullitzer planner is super girly. It features a hard cover, monthly to-do lists, motivational quotes and even has areas for travel plans and adventures. For $30 this is a step up from your normal, everyday planner.

Sugar Paper– The Minimalist

If you don’t want to spend the money on a huge, all-in-one planner and maybe just need a simple planner that you can write down your weekly agenda, look no further. For $13 you can’t beat what this planner has to offer. It is cute and functional with enough room for all of your notes and plans.

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Scarf-vest.

Happy hump day everyone! I can’t believe we are already in our second week of the New Year! Anyone else already struggling to stay on track with those New Year’s resolutions? I have yet to start my biggest one, using my planner! My sister gave me the cutest one for Christmas and I have been studying it, planning how I am going to attack using it, and trying to organize everything I already have planned for the year. But I haven’t actually written a single thing down yet. It sounds insane I know! It’s almost too pretty to write in… just almost.

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This outfit was inspired by a trend that I had seen pop up and was dying to try- blanket scarf turned vest! I find it funny that last season I had all of these blanket scarves but really didn’t wear them because I didn’t know how. Now this season there are a million in one ways to wear them so I have had fun pulling them all out of the back of my closet and giving them a second shot. Purple is hands down my favorite color and for some crazy reason it does not exist in my wardrobe! Since winter makes it a little more difficult to add color in to your outfit, being that you don’t have all of the bright options that summer brings, I try to add pops of color whenever I can. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE a good winter neutrals look and you can find me wearing this sweater dress, leggings and boots combo all day everyday, but adding color just brightens up an outfit.

This easy make shift scarf vest is the easiest to pull off. If you already have a scarf simply hang it around your neck and belt it around your stomach. I used a pretty small belt so that it would create the cinched look i was going for. Also my scarf was a pretty big size so i folded it in half length wise before draping around my neck.

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Can we talk about these boots for a minute?! If a pair of shoes has ever made me feel like a million bucks, these are them! They look so sleek and chic! Now if only I had thought to buy them in every color 😉

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Dress // Scarf (different color) // Boots (similar) // Belt (similar) // Earrings

Photography by: Kamden Photography

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A year in review.

When going over pictures from 2015 I decided that it would be an injustice not to share all of the wonderful memories from 2015 on here. This is honestly the first time that I have sat down after the new year to reflect on everything I was able to see, accomplish, and do the year prior. Before sitting down to recap, I thought to myself “2015 was alright, nothing big happened though”. WOW. That could not be further from the truth!! So I don’t keep you here for longer than need be I picked my favorites from each month of the year. Somehow even my favorites became a little lengthy. I guess that’s just proof of a great year!

January

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I went to the dark side guys!! 🙂

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Best friends getting together to celebrate the engagement of Jessica to the love of her life!

February

Weekend trip to New Orleans with some of my favorite girls! We crammed 7 girls in a tiny hotel room, came home a couple hundred dollars richer, and had the weekend of a lifetime!

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March

The second most wonderful time of the year- RODEOHOUSTON!! I look forward to the rodeo as soon as Christmas is over. This year I was able to see Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, PitBull and Dierks Bentley.

 

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April

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Fiesta in San Antonio with my girls!

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Chopped my hair off and went lighter again!

May 

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Coming together to celebrate the bride-to-be, Jessica!

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Jessica’s Bachelorette party in Austin, TX.

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Sissy graduated from the second best University in Texas!

June

SO much happened in June so get ready for a whirlwind here. I am going to have to do a separate blog post on my trip to Europe because there are just so many pictures there is no way to recap them here so I will just give you all a sneak preview 🙂

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Sent sissy off to Europe (we would be seeing her very soon though!)

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Jessica’s big day!!

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Off to Europe we go! First stop: Barcelona, Spain

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Second stop: Paris, France

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Last stop: Athens, Greece

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July

Beach trips to Galveston, TX

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August

We attended White Linen Night in the Heights, Houston area.

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I met my blogger bestie, Margret, from Style The Girl. So thankful I met her!! She has given me so much advice on starting my blog and is such a sweet friend!

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Celebrated sissy’s birthday with a Peddle Party! SO MUCH FUN!

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Got to visit best friends in Fort Worth, TX.

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September

Cheering on our Aggies in their first game of the season!

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Meeting blogger babes at the Neiman Marcus fashion show event.

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Cheered on the Houston Astros game after game. All the way to the playoffs!

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October

October was the month for friends. I traveled back to good old College Station for a couple Aggie games, explored my city and celebrated a couple birthdays, and had everyone over for Halloween!

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November

On top of officially launching the blog, I traveled to Belize with friends!

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Went to Dallas with family for Thanksgiving!

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Celebrated my great aunt’s 80th birthday in style.

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December

In December we fan-girled over One Direction at their concert, started a wine club with old and new friends, and celebrated the birth of Jesus!

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Decorated our first home with the cutest christmas tree.

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And celebrated Christmas in my parents new home in our matching pj’s.

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And these were just my favorites! Sorry for the novel of a post but it was too hard to narrow them down! Going through all of my pictures really made me realize what a great year 2015 was. I traveled to SO many place! 2016 sure does have some big shoes to fill but I am so ready for it!! Best wishes for a great year, everyone!

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Cheers to 2016!

Happy New Year guys! The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind with Christmas and then New Years, and thankfully an easy couple of work weeks. I really do hope you all got to spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. I rang in the New Year with some of my favorite people and somehow happened to only snag this one picture. Too much champagne? It is very possible.

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Shirt (similar) //Skirt //Curling Iron Wand

I don’t normally believe in waiting until the new year to set resolutions or goals but I decided to set a few this year being that I felt like I am starting a new chapter. Starting this blog I really am figuring it out as I go and so I think setting goals in that area is important to get it where I want it to be. As for my other goals these mostly come with either “having to adult” (as I like to call it) or simply areas of my life that I would like to prioritize this year.

  1. Be more like Jesus- I am taking these words straight from the sermon at church today. Instead of doing more good things and doing less bad things, my personal goal is to focus more on Jesus and in doing so lead a more christ like life. Jesus constantly shows us an outpouring of love, faithfulness, and compassion. All of these things are what I hope to outwardly project to others. This year I hope to dig deeper into the word, find a church home and bible study, and to love others as Christ loves us.
  2. Travel more, spend less- These two I would like to think go hand in hand because by spending less overall, I can put that money towards vacations. I already have big travel plans for 2016, budget and time permitting, including Hawaii, California, Chicago, and Italy. That’s a lot of places to take on in one year with my right-out-of-college salary!! I want to work on only spending money on the things I really need and less on clothes I will only wear for one blog post and eating out for almost every meal (oopsies!).
  3. ORGANIZE-  Y’all this is a big one!! Since college I have not really had to be that organized, outside of work at least because let’s be honest my life wasn’t all that interesting! Well with starting the blog, moving into town, growing my circle of friends, somehow I am way busier than I use to be! The number one thing on my Christmas list this year was a planner and boy am I excited to start using it! Honestly the part that I am most excited is the “To Do” list part for each week. I really don’t know how I have survived without my weekly/daily to do lists since college! I’m that girl that forgets absolutely everything, so writing down everything is a MUST! Heck I would forget to eat if I didn’t write that down 😛
  4. Grow my blog- I’m a little over 2 months in to this whole blogging thing and I absolutely love it! I’m still learning all of the odds and ends and I definitely have a long ways to go! I have a few specific goals pertaining to followers, budgeting, organizing, and planning but overall I hope to share what I love doing with more people! So if you’ve made it this far through the post, I’d just like to say thank you for stopping by and sharing in on what I am passionate about! YOU are who make this all possible and my hope is that you all can leave the blog feeling inspired or at the very least have gained a little fashion advice!

So let’s kick off 2016 with a bang and put those resolutions into action. If you have made any resolutions or goals for the new year I would love to hear them 🙂 CHEERS!

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Metallic Bodycon Dress.

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New Year’s Eve is upon us and I wanted to share another easy look for the festive night! I picked up this dress last year from Forever 21 for under $30 and its still a crowd favorite. If you are over the sequins, metallic is the next best thing!

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Pairing your outfit with a statement clutch is sure to add that extra touch!

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Dress (similar, only $18) // Coat // Shoes // Clutch (similar)

I can’t get over the fact that these heels are from Target! They are very similar to more expensive pairs that I have been coveting at 1/3 of the price. The earrings that I am wearing are actually my grandmothers that I have always admired that she gifted me on my 21st birthday. I’m not usually a fan of hoops but this pair stole my heart! My suggestions for a stunner New Year’s Eve outfit are to avoid the sequins this year, and instead go for a classier look. If wearing a bold dress, pair it with a simple, classic shoe like I did here. If you are wanting to let the shoes do the talking, pair it with a simple dress like this. Whatever you choose, make sure your most festive accessory is your champagne 🙂 CHEERS!

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