Hello again world!
It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted. I have a lot of explaining to do.
I’ve been taking a(n 8 month) break to refocus. Laying it all out there, at this time last year, I was looking for shallow validation: followers, likes, attention, a better closet… All the wrong reasons. It drove me to be competitive, but not in a healthy way. I made sure it wasn’t visible in my posts or my content, but it was the blog/Instagram driving me, instead of my passions driving the blog. It was exhausting, it was inauthentic, and it was shallow. Now that I have a handle on everything, I feel rebalanced and ready to try this again.
So as an update, in the past 8 months, I’ve:
- Gone to Mexico on a cruise with 25 of my family members.
- Decided to make the year going into my 30’s the beginning of my best life. For myself.
- Earned a raise.
- Spent some time with my family and showed them that Tennessee isn’t THAT bad (but it definitely isn’t Texas).
I can’t say that my future posts will be perfect, but I am not going to focus on my likes, comments, and followers. I’m back and better than before.
As soon as I saw this vintage satin starter jacket on eBay, I fell in love. I love this jacket almost as much as I love Sam… There aren’t many vintage Texas Tech pieces that I’ve found.
It make me feel edgy, especially with the ankle boots and distressed jeans. I paired it with black sunglasses and a black and white stripe button-down to keep it in the same color family. I wanted the jacket to be the statement piece of the whole look.
What vintage style do you love to wear in a modern and updated way?
Anyone that knows Sam and I, knows that we’re almost opposite in every way. I’m more bubbly and adventurous. He tends to be more reserved and calm. We both value family, hospitality, and details.
When we lived in our apartment for 2 years, we found our common style. Modern, sophisticated, highly-curated. When we found our dream house, we were excited about the new challenge.
We aren’t dining room people. So we decided to do something different, turn our dining room into a social room. The walls were a silvered sage color with cream trim and wainscoting. In short, not anything we would ever pick on our own in a million years.
It took some convincing (mostly me trying to convince Sam) but we ended up going with bold navy (Sherwin Williams Naval) and a soft white trim. I personally think the results are stunning.
Its a definite improvement on the prior shades, and its a refreshing contrast from the various shades of grey that we have everywhere else. Paired with the soft cream sofas and faux coyote fur throw we brought over from the apartment, it’s perfectly us. Still on the hunt for the perfect wall art, and we are planning on slowly upgrading the lighting fixture, lamps, and the dark wood tables to suit our visions, but it still ties nicely with the room updates.
What do you guys think? Is there a bold color you’d try (or have tried) in a room?
The temperatures are falling fast and what better way to bundle up with a sweater? Below are a few versatile options, great for layering or however you want to wear them!
Sorry for not posting on Friday, I was out exploring the gorgeous Palo Duro Canyon in Texas.
I went to the K-State v. Texas Tech game this past Saturday and I had so much fun. It was also Mr.’s first time in Lubbock and his first home game (he never went when he was at his school.), and I also had some friends in town for the game too!
As always the weather in Lubbock is bipolar and as typical for the South, gameday outfits include fashionably wearing team colors. I wore a loose red and dark navy plaid shirt (in my defense it looked black in the store) with black skinny jeans and ankle boots, topped with a medium-taupe short fur vest. I accessorized with a small black crossbody wallet, my Dallas coordinates bar necklace and some antique-gold, art deco stud earrings. I also had my black semi-rimless/clubmaster sunglasses.
Shirt : Romeo & Juliet Couture [Francesca’s] (similar) | Jeans: Wet Seal (similar) | Boots: Aldo (similar) | Vest: Banana Republic (similar) | Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory (similar) | Necklace: BaubleBar (here) | Earrings: Forever 21 (similar) | Crossbody: Kohl’s (similar)
My midterms are finished which explains my weeklong hiatus but, I’m alive and well. Back to blogging!
Here are a few key pieces I added to my closet last month.
Floppy Felt Hat (Banana Republic)
I love this hat but I waited for it to go on sale topped with promo codes and my BR card rewards. I’m so excited to pair it with my grey exploded-plaid blanket scarf.
Basic Turtle-neck Tee (GAP)
It’s the perfect addition for layering and just casually wearing with jeans. I bought it in grey and black, but I’m looking for a striped one to add to my collection.
Chunky Low-Heeled Boot (Charlotte Russe)
I love ankle boots, but all the ones I have are medium-heel, and I wanted something a little more casual. I love this boot, and can’t wait to wear it to a football game this weekend!
A few Saturdays, ago Mr. surprised me with a day trip to Nashville! We were already out getting breakfast, and after eating (WAFFLES. NOM), we rounded up one of our cousins and made the trek westward. I didn’t have time to change, but I really didn’t need to. These boots were comfortable the whole trip, and we did a whole lot of walking! (Insert “made for walking” cliche). Read on to see the outfit and makeup details!
Most people haven’t heard of mother-of-pearl’s first cousin abalone. They both come from the inside lining of sea shells. Unlike mother of pearl’s milky base which reflects pastels, abalone has a deep brown base that shows smokey shades.
Abalone accessories are great for summer with it’s turquoise and island feel but perfect for fall with it’s emerald and deep purple hints. It goes with a variety of different styles and comes in so many different pieces! Take a look at what I’m loving:
I’ve never attempted denim on denim, but I saw it on my cousin when I went home and I loved how it looked. As soon as I got these subtle flares, I knew that was a look I’d want to recreate. Pairing the medium wash chambray shirt with the deep indigo provides a refreshing contrast.
Southwest Style – Loose ponchos and blanket sweaters are so in this fall. While they aren’t always exactly flattering, they are perfect when you want a low-effort warm fall look. Pair it with fringe boots OR accessories (not both at the same time, that would be overkill), and you have and easy, effortless look.
The weather was breezy enough for me to try this cozy new scarf-kimono hybrid. Love it!
Here are some ponchos, capes, and flowy cardigans that I love.