On top of adding a nifty new feature to the blog (my Shop page), I wanted to do an Instagram round up for all of you that do not utilize Liketoknow.it yet or are not on Instagram. If you are not following along with me on Instagram, you are seriously missing out on some great OOTD’s (outfit of the day) and sale alerts. I always try to let my Instagram followers know about the best sales, when certain products go on clearance, and plenty of other tips for all of my budget fashionistas.
I post a lot of outfits on my Instagram that I won’t necessarily do a full blog post on, so these Instagram round ups give you a chance to shop outfits that you otherwise wouldn’t get to see! Also, many of these items are now on sale! To shop anything that I am wearing below, simply click on the products below each image. Also, don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom to enter in a HUGE giveaway! Happy shopping friends 🙂
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I know I’ve said this before and I’m calling it now that there is a good chance that I might say this again, but I think this might be my favorite outfit to date! One of my favorite parts about blogging is trying out new fashion trends and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Midi length is just what it sounds like, it is short for midiskirt and ends at the middle of the calf.
Today I am trying out the midi trend. I tried the midi trend in a dress version here, but had yet to find a skirt that I felt like I could really rock. That was until I found this playful, flamingo number. The skirt is the hard part of the outfit, so I suggest finding your skirt first and going from there. Chic Wish has the best selection of fun midi skirts to choose from that I have seen. I had my eye on this one and this one before finally deciding on my little flamingo friend.
Now for your top. The way I see it is you have 3 options. 1) Crop top 2) Bodysuit 3) Blouse. If you decide to go the crop top route like I did, be sure to pick one that will compliment the skirt. Since my skirt was a bit on the nicer side, I picked a crop top that was equally as nice and would not show too much midriff. Bodysuits are also a great option to pair with poofy midi skirts, like this one, because they do not add any extra bulk and always look perfectly smooth and tucked in. Lastly, if you are looking to wear your midi skirt to work or a more professional style setting, you might want to wear a top that isn’t too tight or won’t show your tummy. A blouse that is not too flowy when it is tucked in will work best so that you don’t have too much volume up top. Since your skirt is most likely going to be the statement piece of this outfit, your best bet is going to be a more simple top. Your outfit should always be about balance so if the skirt is patterned, try a solid top, for a flowy skirt, try a more fitted top, etc.
Find yourself a cute pair of colored heels and your look is topped off! I had been on the hunt for some pink heels well since forever so when these all but fell into my lap last week (along with 6 other pairs), I couldn’t say no. That tends to be a reoccurring problem for me these days…. Not being able to say no to shoes. There are worse problems to have though right?! And every girl needs (yes, needs) a pair of pink heels. I have worn them at least 3 times since last week so that’s proof right there!
Don’t forget to enter the $1320 Nordstrom gift card giveaway in my last post. You can find all of the details here. Have a great week, friends!
I have been saying all Summer long that I wanted to make a Summer bucket list like the good ol’ days and actually check everything off of it. All through high school, I would write down everything I wanted to do that Summer and then I carried that list around everywhere with me so that I could check off every last item. To this day I have kept every Summer bucket list that I have ever made. Boy are those list gold now looking back at all of the crazy shenanigans I used to write down.
While my list may no longer include sneaking out (sorry Mom!) and spin the bottle, I still love putting fun and adventurous items on my list to force myself out of my usual, day-to-day schedule! I might be a little late to the game this Summer, but I still plan on marking everything off of the list. And yes, I admit I might have put a couple on there that I already completed to help give myself a head start 😉
Day trip to Galveston for a beach day
Try the new Steel City Pops for a refreshing Summer sweet treat!
Finish decorating my bedroom and do an unveiling on the blog… FINALLY
Have a pool party with all of the best Summer pool floats
Splurge on a pair of everyday sunglasses. I’m thinking about these.
Buy a new, bright lipstick. I have my eyes set on this or this.
Spend a Saturday morning searching for buried treasure at garage sales
Buy a new swim suit. P.S.- if you didn’t already know, Victoria Secret’s clothing line (including swim suits) is going out of business and everything is 40% off!
Clean out the closet- y’all stay tuned on Instagram because I plan on selling all of my gently used clothes/shoes/bags there!
Deep clean the house- we’ve been living here for close to a year and it is WAY overdue.
Visit a local farmer’s market
Explore new Houston brunch spots and add some new places to the blog’s Houston Guide
Karaoke with the girls… because I have yet to EVER do this. Who wants to join me for ladies night?!
Go to a Houston Astros game
Try one of the 1,000 Pinterest recipes that I pin and never actually try!
Have a picnic at the park
Roller blade the new bike trail through The Heights
Float the Guadalupe River
Stargaze on a roof
Go to a drive-in movie
Now on to the part where you could win a $1320 gift card to Nordstrom! Yes, you read that right! All you have to do is enter below. The more times you enter, the better your chances! Good luck 🙂
Hi everyone! Recently a lot of you have been asking me for blog advice, and I absolutely LOVE answering those questions when I get them. Seriously, if you ever have any questions, send them my way and I would be more than happy to answer whatever you are wondering. I am honestly flattered to hear from you guys!
Anywho, I always tell everyone that my one piece of blog advice is to be transparent and not be afraid to get real on your blog. I tell everyone this yet lately, I have felt like I am not doing the same with you. Like I am scared to open up or that I might be judged for something that I say. Well that is going to stop today. I want this to be a place where yes, I share my daily outfits and fashion inspiration, but I also want it to be more than that. I want it to be deeper than that. By opening up and sharing what’s on my heart, maybe I can help one person or connect with someone who is at the same place in life.
One of my best friends, Brittany from Hello Honey blog, had the idea first to write a letter to herself. Then this past weekend at Brunch and Slay, one of the speakers asked us all what we would write in a letter to ourselves. What would we say if we were writing to ourself 10 years from now? Well, that really got me thinking and so here it goes. I guess if I’m going to really do this, I better start this off right so here it goes.
That probably sounds weird reading a letter to yourself from yourself but just go with it. You are always giving advice to others, and pretty darn good advice at that, but you never seem to take your own. It probably doesn’t help that you are flying through life at a million miles a minute and barely pause to take time for yourself. That’s one thing that you need to learn, to pause and be present, especially for the people and things that matter most to you. At the end of the day there will always be more work, there will always be more things to do, and your to-do list might never get done, but none of that is important. What is important is that you show up for the people that show up for you and even when sometimes they don’t. Don’t lose sight of what is important in life and when you do, pause, put down the worries of deadlines, fear of missing out, laziness, or any other excuses and show up. Be present.
Stop worrying about what you cannot control. It’s going to take you a little while to find the path to what you want to do in life but don’t stop trying. Each new person you meet and each new experience is going to bring you closer to where you are supposed to be. Slowly but surely you will find your way. Don’t even worry about boys. The moment you stop looking is when God will place somebody in your life. Or that’s what you’ve got to keep telling yourself otherwise you are going to go crazy and overthink everything more than you already do. But really, trust God always because he’s got your back even when you start to think he doesn’t.
Our world is starting to harden you and each new tragedy makes you more and more emotionless. Don’t ever become numb. Instead feel everything, even when you don’t want to. Even through the breakups that feel like they will never pass. Even when friends start to fade away. Even when those close to you go to be with the Lord. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. You will be stronger and you will make it. Find happiness in the little things even when it is hard. Get out, explore and be adventurous, even when you aren’t feeling up to it because that’s when you end up having the most fun and come back smiling.
Be smart with your finances. You were a Finance major after all! Stop being lazy and start caring about saving money. I know that you joke that there is no use in taking any money to the grave with you but let’s be real here for a minute. You are going to live a long life (if you don’t run out of money and become a hobo!) so start thinking about the fact that some day you will have bigger bills to pay than your credit card bill consisting of online shopping and excessive Chick-fil-a trips. Some day you will want to buy a house and you might even be crazy enough to have kids and if they are anything like you, they are going to cost a fortune!
When it comes to friends- quality over quantity. You make friends easily but you are picky about who you let in. You read people far too well and that is something that may get you in to trouble sometimes, but it is also the reason why you are selective when it comes to people you trust. You also have never had a problem telling it how it is. You call it “honesty” but others who aren’t as upfront might find it rude sometimes. Don’t lost your sense of honesty but maybe tone it down a notch. Sally doesn’t need to actually know if she looks fat in that crop top. Maybe just let that one slide. But really, if you are ever feeling down about the quantity of friends that you have, remember that you are far more lucky to have quality friends than an abundance of friends that do not genuinely care about you.
Ok if you’ve made it this far, I have one last piece of advice for you. You have got to stop eating like crap and start taking care of your body. I know you think that you will never gain weight and that you’d literally rather die than go to the grocery store, but you have got to learn what green beans taste like. Also your poor future husband would probably appreciate it if you learned to cook because a diet consisting of Spaghetti O’s and frozen pizza is probably not going to cut it. Hint hint: this would probably also help you cut down on your credit card bills since you eat every single meal out.
Above all, remember to count your blessings, give thanks where it is due, stand up for what you believe in, show up and be present, put your phone down, get more sleep, learn to like green beans, do more of what makes your soul happy, spend less on clothes, and never lose sight of who you are and what you want in life.
Another summer day, another summer dress! I really can’t stop wearing anything but dresses in this Houston heat! When I saw this dress from Discover L.O.L.A, I knew that I had to have it. Tassels are a huge trend right now that I can’t seem to get enough of and coupled with the adorable neckline, this dress is too cute!
They wouldn’t call it sweet summertime without some sweet treats! I didn’t use to have a sweet tooth and I’m not sure where it came from, but as of recently, I have been on a sweets kick! One of my favorite things about Houston is all of the food options we have, #fatgirlproblems. But really, it is a foodie’s dream come true! If you are in the Houston area, here are a few spots you MUST try:
Sprinkles Cupcakes– I don’t know how they do it because I’m not even a huge cupcake fan, but Sprinkles has officially converted me! The best part is that they have a cupcake ATM machine! You heard me right 🙂 My favorite cupcake is the Vanilla with sprinkles.
Sweet Paris Crepes– I may have recently just started branching out on sweets, but crepes will always be my one true love! Sweet Paris has both sweet and savory crepes so there is something for everyone and for every meal of the day. My favorite savory crepe is the chicken and mushroom and my favorite sweet crepe is the Nutella, strawberry, banana and coconut.
Hugs and Donuts– Let me preface this by saying that this is not your normal donut shop and if you haven’t jumped on the gourmet donut bandwagon yet, you are missing out! Some of my favorites include the almond joy, peach and cinnamon toast crunch, and the maple and bacon. Donuts are no longer just for breakfast and you can find Hugs and Donuts open until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. At the end of the day, you can usually snag a buy one, get one free deal!
Steel City Pops– This just might be the hottest joint in town right now according to every girls Instagram! Their popsicles are made from all natural and local ingredients and are pretty darn tasty to boot. I have yet to check them out but can’t wait to try the watermelon, coconut, and blueberry and basil popsicles!
Besides beating the heat with your favorite treat, Discover L.O.L.A has a great selection of some of this summer’s hottest and trendiest clothes and accessories. If you are looking for cute, quality, boutique style pieces that not every other girl is going to have, Discover L.O.L.A has you covered! Some other pieces that I am loving are this midi dress, this off the shoulder dress, and this embroidered romper. So make sure to check them out!