Monday, September 10, 2018

$20 T-SHIRT DRESS, 3 WAYS

AUGUST FAVORITES

10 FALL STAPLE PIECES IN MY WARDROBE





 Hey y'all! 

Happy Friday! Cheers to another weekend -- anyone else majorly pumped for that?!

Today I wanted to share ten of my must-have staple pieces in my fall wardrobe. I like to make sure I always keep pieces that can be mixed and matched to create tons of versatile and simple looks. Then, you can throw in affordable trendy items to switch up a basic look! Here are my must-have items, and if you want to check out an item, you can shop it below!

1. Striped Tee. These are amazing -- I have several colors. Love the slit on the side and the fact that it is a bit longer. I love a good striped tee and wear this one year round. Its also under $20!

2. Leather leggings. This is more of a splurge item, but so worth it. I love this brand of leather leggings. I actually have three pairs now! I always watch for them to go on sale and stock up when they do. They are ultra flattering and suck you in. Great for wearing under flowy sweaters, tees, etc.
3. Utility jacket/vest. This would probably be another year-round staple, but we'll just call it a fall item because I always wear my utility jackets/vests a ton during this time of year. Olive green is basically a neutral and these are great to thrown on for crisp fall mornings. 

4. Mules. I love mules and they are still a big item for fall. They are great to transition into fall when its not quite bootie weather and will keep you from getting too warm. They can be worn with leggings, shorts, dresses -- you name it!

5. Flannels. An obvious favorite, but had to include! Flannels and plaid are just the epitome of fall in my opinion. I love a good oversized, soft plaid top. 

6. Heeled booties. I love a good bootie with a heel as well! When you're wearing flowier pieces, chunky sweaters, etc. I love to have a heeled option to offset the layers and elongate the leg. Especially since I'm on the shorter side!

7. Moto jacket. Another jacket because I'm always cold and always reaching for layers, especially in the fall. I found the best affordable moto jacket and now own it in several colors because its just that good! Love the bit of edge it adds to any outfit. 

8. Chunky sweaters. Of course its not fall without a good chunky sweater. I love fun necklines, flowy sleeves, etc. 

9. Chambray top. Similar to a plaid top, a chambray top is a great piece to keep stocked in your fall wardrobe. There are a ton of affordable options here as well!

10. Long cardigans. Like I mentioned earlier, I think layers are the best part about fall. I love pulling out these long cardigans for the fall. I have them in four colors and love them!




I hope you all enjoyed this post and are getting excited for fall -- I am, if you can't tell ;) Let me know if there is any other fall related content you would like to see and I will definitely do a post over it. Have a great weekend y'all!


Thursday, September 6, 2018

HOW TO START RUNNING





Hey y'all!

If you know me at all, you probably know I love running -- a lot! I ran cross country in middle school before getting injured, but later picked it back up and throughout college, I found a real love for running. It is a great way to stay fit and release stress/energy, which I'm all about!

I share a fair amount on Instagram about my running, and I often get questions about my training and running in general as a result. So today I wanted to share five tips if you are wanting to get into running or start a fitness journey! Of course, I am no expert so I want to preface this by saying -- always listen to your body and do what feels right for you! Everyone is different and fitness is no exception.

1. Get a buddy. One thing I love is finding a friend to run with. If you are trying to get into a routine, it helps to keep you accountable, and also gives you someone to talk to while you train! I actually have a weekly running date every Thursday morning with my friend Mady and it is such a fun part of my week that I look forward to. I will say, I wasn't always super good at talking while running but once you get that part figured out, it's great to run with a friend!

2. Sign up for a race. Something that always motivates me to get to training is to have a race in mind that I want to run. If you need extra motivation, go ahead and sign up and pay for the race, that way you are fully committed! Races usually aren't cheap, so it might be just what you need to kick start your routine.

3. Find a plan. Next after figuring out a race you want to train for, or a goal you want to be at, find a plan that will help you get there. I honestly just look at Pinterest for ideas and make modifications where necessary based of what I know works well for me and my body. There are also plenty of plans you can buy online. If you have a local running shop, they are often times great at putting together plans for customers as well! There are tons of resources, so you just have to find a plan that works for you and stick to it!

4. Treat yourself to a new workout outfit. Sometimes it just feels good to feel good -- and I think a new cute workout outfit is a great way to give you the confidence you need to tackle your workouts. It doesn't have to be expensive, either -- I find Target, Marshalls, Old Navy, etc. all have really great workout clothing that isn't super expensive, so you can treat yourself without breaking the bank.

5. Go slow/give yourself grace. Lastly, I think the most important tip I have is to go slow. I usually give myself 13-16 weeks to train for a big race. That's SUCH a long time! But it is so important to work up gradually to the level of endurance you want to have. Even if your goal is to run a mile -- start out by running down your street a few times. You have to give yourself plenty of grace to accomplish your goal. Its a marathon, not a sprint ;) ok, I just had to! But in all seriousness, pushing yourself too hard will usually just result in injury, which only sets you further back!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful! Let me know if you have any other fitness related posts you would like to see, I would love to do them!



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

FALL TRENDS TO TRY + ROUNDUP




Hey y'all! 

Today I wanted to share a round up of some high-level fall fashion trends that are big for fall 2018. I have done a lot of research and found the trends that I love most and are cute, of course trendy, but also wearable and not things that are overly ridiculous or too uncomfortable. I have also included some more basic items like sweaters, flannels, etc. that anyone can use/love! I will highlight all the trends I have to talk about, and then down below will be a shopping feature where you can click any item to be taken directly to the retailer's page to shop the item. 

Key Trends
-Striped Knit Tops
-Bomber Jackets
-Lace up boots
-Oversize plaid shirts
-Party/slip dresses
-High waisted denim
-plaid pants 
-track pants
-Chunky sneakers/dad sneakers
-Western Chelsea boots
-Mules with heels


Key Textiles/Colors
-Simple stripes
-Grey plaids
-corduroy
-"Texas" orange
-shine-gold/metallic materials
-satin in rich colors
-glossy leather
-mustard yellow
-florals

All of these items can be found in this shopping feature! 




Thanks so much for reading! I hope you all enjoyed this post. What are your favorite trends for fall? Leave them in a comment down below!


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

LOVING LATELY: BANDANAS






Hey y’all! 

Happy Tuesday — hope the return to normal life is treating y’all well after the long weekend. I surely didn’t want to head back to reality after our fun weekend in Colorado. But here we are — time to tackle the day!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite accessories as of lately. I have been reaching for my hair scarves non-stop. Whether they are in my ponytails, around my top knots, or my neck or bags, they are such a fun piece to add to any look. I have found tons of affordable options as well which I love! I am linking them down below — click any image to be taken directly to the shop page.




Thanks so much for checking out the post. Talk to you in my next one!


Monday, September 3, 2018

AUGUST AMAZON FAVORITES




Hey y'all!

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite purchases from Amazon for the month of August. I think I will try and make this a regular post, because I feel like Amazon is one of those places that you can find so many hidden gems, but sometimes you just need a recommendation! So, here are my recommendations! You can click on each item to shop it directly, and read my commentary below each item!




I hope you all enjoyed this post! Did you find anything noteworthy on Amazon recently that I should know about? Be sure to let me know in a comment down below!



Friday, August 31, 2018

WHAT I'M PACKING: MOUNTAIN WEEKEND




Hey y'all!

Happy weekend -- and a long one at that! I couldn't be happier.

Today we are headed out of town for a mountain weekend trip. Last Labor Day, Nate and I's friends started what we are calling our annual Mountain Weekend Trip! We camp, hike a 14er, and just have fun exploring together. It should be a lot of fun and a great chance to relax. 

Today I thought I would share what I am packing for our trip. Keep in mind we are staying in a cabin one day, but also hiking, so there is a range of items in my suitcase ;) and being the fashion blogger I am, of course I had to bring cute things and probably too many things too! I can't help my overpacking nature-- I have to be prepared for anything!

I hope you all enjoyed this little roundup. I have linked everything I will be wearing on the trip if you want to shop my looks before you see them on Instagram!

Thanks so much for reading and have a great long weekend, y'all!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: OUR WEDDING VIDEO


Hey y'all!

Happy Wednesday. Today I wanted to share our wedding video because I realized I have had this to share for at least a month and completely forgot to post about it! It is so fun to go back and watch and just remember how special of a day it was!

Our videographer was a friend from school, Ellen Eldridge. She really killed it! We loved working with her and having her be a part of our day.

I hope you all enjoyed this short little post -- thanks for checking it out! Watch our video below!





Monday, August 27, 2018

CURRENT MASCARA ROUTINE + FAVORITES







Hey y'all!

Long time, no blog post! Last week was a crazy week (Nate had food poisoning and work has been crazy) so I just decided to take a break from blogging. Sometimes I just need to step back and slow down on life so it felt good to do that! (Side note -- I always post daily on social media so if you're ever wondering what I'm doing, check Instagram!)

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite mascaras as of lately and tell y'all about my mascara routine. Lashes are my favorite and I love finding new mascaras to make mine look better! I have short and blonde lashes so it takes a loooot of work but I'm here for it.

First I have been obsessed with this mascara -- the Benefit BadGal Bang mascara. Its a bit pricey, but so worth it. It makes my lashes so much longer and its so dark -- I love it! The brush is really unique so I think that makes a big difference too.

Next I take this mascara -- another favorite from Benefit. They are truly my favorite brand for mascara and they have tons of great products for other use as well. The "They're Real" mascara has been my favorite for awhile now. I just about always have a bottle of this one on hand! Its great for getting every single lash and especially your outer lashes that are shorter/hard to reach.

Lastly, I finish off my top lashes with the CoverGirl Fibers mascara. This one is also really great on its own for a more natural look! It is really black and helps hold the curl and volume well. Then I go in with Make Up For Ever's Excessive Lash mascara. This one I use on my lower lashes because the brush is really small -- it helps to focus on them better than any other mascara!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful! I've been more into makeup lately so I have loved finding this routine! Leave me a comment down below if you have a favorite mascara or one I should try because I'm always interested in trying new makeup!