I had so much fun rounding up the weekly picks for this week! I have a to-buy list 100 feet long and growing ya’ll this is really bad. However, if I buy anything else navy my friends are going to hold an intervention so I might just hold off on the shopping for a while. 😉 I will just shop vicariously through everyone else.
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Enjoy all of these super freaking cute weekly picks!
Reading has always been such an important part of my life. The concept of having an adventure at your fingertips is such a neat thing! I kid you not when I tell you that I have re-read the entire Harry Potter series ten times. This being said, I am so bad about putting reading on the back burner and have really been missing it lately. This year I really want to focus on carving time out of my day to unwind before bed and read. I have created a massive book list that I want to get and read this year. I love getting new book recommendations from people so I thought that it would be fun to share my booklist with ya’ll!
I have really been interested in thrillers lately, and Find Her looks soo good! This novel is about a girl that was kidnapped for over a year and is learning to assimilate back into society. She becomes involved in another kidnapping case, and it is up to a Boston detective to find her before she is lost forever.
Sleeping is an essential part of happiness. I don’t know about you, but I am a crazy person when I haven’t gotten my beauty rest. I take this moment to apologize to anyone that has crossed my path during this volatile time. This being said, learning how to all asleep quickly is a pretty useful skill to have.
My sleep pattern seems to ebb and flow pretty often. Sometimes I will be able to pass out as soon as my head hits the pillow and other times I turn into a complete insomniac. Because of my sporadic sleep patterns, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that always help to relax me and help me fall asleep:
Drink a Hot Beverage
Drink a cup of chamomile tea or a hot beverage like water with lemon before you get into bed. The ingredients in the tea will actually help to make you sleepy and start the relaxation process. If you aren’t a tea fan, try some hot water with lemon or warm milk!
Invest In Luxurious Bedding
A good night sleep starts with your bedding. Invest in a set of luxurious sheets to set the stage for a wonderful night’s rest. I like to keep my bed linens simple and polished looking. If you are looking for a luxury linen set that not only looks beautiful but feels beautiful, I highly recommend Frette’s Atlantic collection. The sateen stripes add a polished look of luxury to a classic design. Essentially what this means is that I want a set in every color…
I normally wouldn’t suggest such a splurge, however, I truly love the look and feel of this bedding. While many think that bed linen quality is determined by thread count, it is in fact largely determined by the raw materials and the processes used to create the product. Frette truly is the couture of bedding and well worth the higher price tag. I promise.
Get Clean and Cozy
Nothing satisfies me more than taking a hot relaxing bath and then slipping into a comfy satin nightgown. If that doesn’t get you ready for a luxurious night’s sleep, then I don’t know what does! Reading a book in the bathtub helps me to slowly unwind and focus my mind on something other than the day that I just had or the stuff that I need to complete tomorrow.
Unplug and Unwind
I am notoriously guilty of lying in bed with my phone and checking social media or reading interesting articles before I go to sleep. I have made a conscious effort to unplug from everything about an hour before bed lately and have seen such a difference in how quickly I am able to fall asleep.
Surround Yourself With Lavender
I love to give my sheets a spritz with lavender chamomile sheet spray. Not only does rolling around in lavender make my hair smell great, it envelopes me in the perfect lavender cloud to fall asleep on. Even just talking about falling asleep on a cloud is making me sleepy.
Listen to Relaxing Sounds
Gently falling rain and rumbling thunder in the distance is my favorite sound of all time to fall asleep to. Download a track that you like from iTunes and play it on repeat while you drift off to sleep!
Stretch By Candle Light
I don’t care if you are the least flexible person on the planet, lightly stretching before bed will relax you. Light a scented candle, dim the lights, and get down on your floor a few minutes before bedtime to do some stretching!
Dim the Lights
Dim your lights about an hour or so before you go to sleep. This will act as a signal to your body and let it know that it is almost time to go to bed. If your lights don’t have any dimmers, keep your softest light on and turn off any overhead lights that produce harsh lighting.
Consciously Relax Your Body
If you are trying to learn how to fall asleep quickly, this tip is a must try! Once you are lying in bed with the lights off, start relaxing the tips of your toes. Slowly work your way up your entire body relaxing each part as you go. I usually can’t make it past my shoulders before I am fully asleep. Pair this relaxation routine with deep breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth and you will be asleep in no time!
What is your favorite trick to fall asleep quickly? I would love to know!
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At every change of the season I find myself standing in front of my closet feeling like I have nothing to wear. Okay, let’s be real, I do that basically every day… But especially when we are on the cusp of a new season. I like to use the changing weather as a benchmark to asses the gaps that I have in my wardrobe.
I notoriously get distracted with bold prints and statement pieces and end up kicking myself when I don’t have enough basic staples to work with. This spring I want to determine what pieces are missing from my wardrobe (in my case basic staples) and fill in the gaps as needed. Having a strong wardrobe foundation allows me to get creative when styling outfits and gives me plenty to work with. Every season I try to stick with this shopping strategy:
Make a list of the pieces that you want
Asses what you already own
Fill in the remaining gaps with new pieces
I have compiled a list of the basic wardrobe essentials that I am on the hunt for this spring season for your viewing pleasure! I find that it is really helpful to keep a list in mind when I am shopping so that I don’t end up with twenty things that I don’t really need. Feel free to save this image to your phone to keep on hand next time that you are out shopping!
I love the new block heel trend this spring and have been embracing it wholeheartedly. Block heels are like the Ugg boot of heels because they are SO comfortable to walk in. I love fun statement heels as much as the next girl, but I find myself reaching for neutral colors so much more often for day to day use. I love this suede pair from Sam Edelman. The crisscross detailing and lace up ankle accent add such a fun element to these basic block heels!
In addition to a good pair of everyday heels, I like to have a pair of simple wedges and a pair of casual grab-and-go sandals like my Jack Rogers. In fact I try to purchase several pairs of casual sandals every year because I find that when I only have one pair, they get ruined so much faster because I am wearing them so much.
Shirts and Blouses
If you’re going to buy one shirt this spring, buy this simple roll tab blouse (and it’s on sale!). The options are literally endless with this wardrobe essential and I highly recommend purchasing at least one. Shirts are where I start to veer off course when I am shopping. There are so many stunning tops with bold patterns and colors that I adore! But honestly how many times can I really wear a bright fuchsia shirt without people noticing? I find that I am so much happier with my wardrobe when I have a good selection of basic tops to accessorize with bold accessories.
Dresses and Rompers
Having a collection of simple but stylish dresses in your wardrobe arsenal is a must. They take so much less time to style than a full ensemble and you don’t have to wear pants. That’s a win win if I ever saw one. And wait, it gets better! Rompers are like dresses, except you don’t have to do everything with your legs clamped shut. Run, frolic, dance on a table at brunch; rompers give you that choice. I have really been loving the look of the off the shoulder romper trend, and this striped one is SO perfect I can’t even stand it.
Pants and Jeans
White pants make for some of my favorite spring outfits and are a complete wardrobe essential. I feel like you can throw anything over white jeans and it just looks good. I love the white toothpick jeans from J crew, but there are so many other options out there to try!
With all of the seventies inspired fashion that we have been seeing as of late, I have noticed a rise in the popularity of wide leg and flare jeans yet again. No jean is the same, but I feel that this rings especially true when it comes to wide leg jeans. If the beginning of the flare isn’t placed properly, it can make your legs appear much larger than they really are. Find a pair that subtly begins to taper down below the knee. When executed properly, wide leg jeans can be SO flattering.
While I have been advocating stocking up on your wardrobe basics, fun accessories and statement pieces are just as crucial to a well rounded wardrobe. Dress up the simple tops and dresses that you have picked out with statement jewelry or a fun hat!
What spring essentials are on your shopping list? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to know what everyone is purchasing this season!
Instead of doing a normal Design Find post like I have been doing in the past, I thought that it would be fun to mix it up a little. From here on out I will be doing a weekly post with my favorite design finds as normal, but this time with my favorite fashion picks as well! Woohoo for more excuses to shop.
When I graduated high school I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to move into an apartment with my best friend in downtown Dallas. Eighteen years old living downtown? Party time. It was so much fun getting to live with my best friend, but as much as I loved it, I craved a place that was all my own. (Sorry Haley, you know I love you). After living together for two years we decided to get our own respective bachelorette pads. Living alone was truly one of the best decisions that I have made.
I have prospered and grown so much faster since I have moved into my own apartment. This has nothing to do with Haley or our friendship, but more so to do with the level of independence that living alone forces you to embrace. Not having someone to come home to every night was weird at first, but I have SO learned to love it. I now crave me time and look forward to curling up in bed alone with a glass of wine literally all day. Like i’m still laying in bed in the morning and already thinking about said glass of wine. This is just one of the many reasons that I wholeheartedly believe that everyone needs to live alone at some point in their lives.
These are the other reasons:
You Can Have a Dance Party at 3 am
When you live with someone you have to cater your needs to their needs. You can’t blast music and do Zumba in the middle of your living room at 8 am and stumble in at 3 am and have a dance party with five of your closest friends. If you do, chances are your roommate will want to stab your face in. Just saying. Just like when they decide to have people over and you have an exam the next day. There is no need for face stabbing when you live alone.
Your Groceries Will Stop Disappearing
There is nothing worse than looking forward to the last three bites of Ben and Jerry’s that you strategically left for yourself all day and coming home to an empty pint. WTF. “Well there was only three bites left so I ate it because I didn’t think that you would care?” Oh I care. IIIIIIIII care.
You Can Do Chores Naked
While doing more chores naked is not an activity that I often partake in, it is quite nice to have the option available to do so. The point here is that when you live alone, you can do whatever the hell your little heart desires. I underestimated how much I would enjoy this before I finally lived alone and I promise that you will LOVE it.
You Become More Accountable
It’s just you now. When you decide to let your dishes pile up for a week, you’re the one that is going to have to clean it up. When I had a roommate the person that cleaned the apartment was generally whoever got sick of it being dirty first. Now sadly I am the sole individual responsible for how clean my apartment remains. I make sure to deep clean my apartment once a week (if I’m feeling super adulty) on Tuesdays to make it easier to schedule.
You Get to Date Yourself
This brings me to my biggest reason that you need to live alone at some point in your life: While many of us will get married and find the person that we will share our lives with, at the end of the day we all walk this life alone. You are SO lucky that you get to spend this crazy life with the coolest person ever… YOU. Living alone lets you celebrate this fact every single day. Get a little crazy and have a Nikki Minaj dance party on your kitchen island (pfft I’ve never done that before what are you talking about?). Life is short. Date yourself.
Anyone that knows me on a personal level knows that I am truly obsessed with coats and jackets. But seriously though this isn’t an “Omg I’m obsessed with those earrings obsession.” This is a “Marie we are holding an intervention if you buy another blazer” kind of obsession. Hey, the first step to fixing a problem is… buy another trench coat. Wait no, whoops… admitting that you have one? That sounds right.
One day, I found the perfect khaki trench coat from Brooks Brothers that sparked my love for coats. I love a good winter coat, but my favorite pieces to style and wear are trench coats. These light weight coats are perfect to wear all year round, and for that reason I didn’t mind spending a little more money on a high quality piece than I normally would.
However, with that being said, there are SO many affordable freakin cute trench coats out there that are just waiting to be purchased and loved. I have been eyeing a few of these gorgeous coats myself and thought that I would put together a fun roundup of my favorite pieces and looks of the moment.
Khaki trench coats are perfect to throw on over a pair of jeans and an oxford. Trenches add a polished look to any outfit and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I suggest starting with a basic khaki trench and a basic navy trench that will give you more versatility than a graphic patterned one. Once you have your neutral bases covered, venture out into the world of patterns and get a little crazy!
The weather in Texas has been crazy warm this year. We had a 90 degree day yesterday… Seriously? It’s March. Texas, go home you’re drunk. I have been loving all of the warm sunny days don’t get me wrong, but I am a little sad that “winter” is over so quickly.
But that means…
I’ve been loving the off the shoulder shirt trend this spring and this flouncy blue one is a favorite! I have a larger chest, so unfortunately I have to skip out on certain off the shoulder shirts that have an unflattering drape. However, I immediately fell in love with this feminine top the second I put it on. The drape is flattering and just what I was looking for!
This was shot in College Station, Texas on my trip to visit my best friend Alex. We had such a great time talking blog stuff, binge watching dance moms, and shopping in Houston. My other best friend Haley met us down there for a couple of days and joined in on the fun! It was the perfect girls weekend, and just what I needed.
The warmer months of Spring and Summer are just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than getting drunk? Ahem I mean styling your bar cart. I typically gravitate toward modern chrome and glass pieces when it comes to interior design, so I thought that it would be fun to shake things up a bit with a touch of bohemian.
The raffia bar cart from Serena and Lily sets the scene. Pineapples, Billy Balls (the yellow flowers) anchors, and margarita glasses all work to support the bohemian theme of the bar cart. You could even add a palm frond or a funky lamp to up the anty!
Side Note: I’m going to buy twenty metal pineapple tumblers and use them everywhere I go (they’re THAT cute). Coffee from a metal pineapple? A little toasty maybe, but well worth the third degree burns I would say.
Happy tropical boozing and styling everyone! What would be one of your bohemian bar cart must haves? Let me know in the comments below.
As February draws to a close, we all have one thing on our minds: Leo finally won an Oscar. Just kidding. Spring. Spring is on our minds. It’s time to start shifting wardrobe gears and prepping our closets for the warmer months of Spring and Summer ahead. To say that I am excited would be a large understatement, but who am I kidding, I just use the changing weather as an excuse to do some heavy shopping. While I normally am not a huge trend shopper, there are some fashion trends that I have my eye on this spring.
Off the Shoulder Tops
They’re back ladies (and here you thought we didn’t see enough of them last year)! The off the shoulder trend is back in full swing and cuter than ever. Because they are a recurring trend from last year, there are so many more to choose from!
I love the flirty feminine look of these off the shoulder tops and dresses. They are perfect with a pair of skinny jeans or thrown over a bikini at the pool! The options are endless.
I have always loved the dramatic flair that a floppy hat adds to an ensemble. I am more than happy to see the fedora craze replaced with chic floppy sun hats. It’s pretty hard not to look confident and badass with a giant sun hat on! Plus as an added bonus, floppy hats provide amazing sun protection for your face. No one needs leathery skin at age thirty.
The return of seventies inspired pieces that we saw this past fall and winter are continuing to make an appearance in the warmer months of spring. Wide leg pants are back with a vengeance! Thank goodness. I mean seriously how many pairs of skinny jeans do we need? We need variety in our pant arsenal! Enter the figure flattering wide leg pant. A good pair of wide leg pants will make your thighs, legs, and waist look thinner and toned. Who wouldn’t want that?!
Pom poms, tassels, and raffia have taken over the scene and I honestly can’t complain. It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when you’re wearing pom poms. Happy fluff balls are officially in style! Festival inspired cattle heads, embellished gladiator sandals, and fringe are also officially in style. This desert / fiesta / festival style is the perfect summery companion to all of the off the shoulder pieces we have also been seeing so much of.