Saturday, February 9, 2019

Valentine's Day: The Greatest Love of All

Outfit Details:
 Lipstick: Too Faced // Bag: Steve Madden

Valentine's Day has always held a special place in my heart. I think I have talked about this almost every year on my blog, but I truly love Valentine's Day so much! Since I was a little girl, I have celebrated Valentine's Day in full force beginning on February 1st. I love a good excuse to wear more red lipstick and anything pink, red or covered in hearts. For me, the day itself is not about being single or being in a relationship. It's about celebrating the special people in your life and understanding better the meaning of love. 

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps not record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preservers." -1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

My goal of 2019 was to be kinder to myself. In order to truly love on myself, I have to better understand the way that Jesus loves us. His perfect love astounds me everyday. We live in a world where the idea of love is so manipulated. We think about love as only a feeling that may or may not come your way. We talk about love as a symbol like an arrow that hits you and causes you to be enamored with someone or something for a time being. We use love in sentences like "I LOVE Olive Garden breadsticks" because uh... we do, but we use the same word "love" to describe the way we feel about our family, friends and significant others. 

But what does love look like when it isn't just a feeling? The verse in 1 Corinthians shows us that love is an action. So even on days when I don't feel like loving or being loved- The Lord is still actively loving me. For someone who is not always proud of the choices they have made and has fallen face first in front of The Lord many times, the "keeps no record of wrongs" part of that verse brings peace to my soul. The Lord delights in truth, hope and restoration of your soul. He is not keeping track of the number of times you have had to sprint back to Him, He is delighting in the fact that you are home. Like the parable of the inheritance and the son, the father throws a party when he returns home. He doesn't pause once to record the times that he messed up. He loves him unconditionally and here's the kicker... that is how we are called to love too. It is a good thing God gives us grace. 

I guess I still don't really have all the answers here, but I hope this might help you think about my favorite month a little differently if you are struggling to find joy this season, to understand the love of The Lord or learning how to better love someone else/yourself.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Senior Year Dorm Room Reveal

I am so excited to finally share this post!! I put off shooting these pictures and typing these words for a long time. It wasn't because I was feeling lazy or procrastinating (although accurate sometimes! haha), but because of how much I genuinely love and appreciate the space that I live in. I wanted it to be all mine for a little bit. My life is already so public on the internet it feels sometimes. When you write a fashion and lifestyle blog though that's the name of the game! I LOVE sharing my life with y'all and I think it's all about balance and listening to what I need at the time. I needed to have a private space to heal and grow this year. I am in such a better place now then I was when my senior year started and I am now so ready to share this space that I have curated with you guys! 

A little bit of back story... I am a senior in college and I live in an apartment on campus. I have a roommate and live with 2 other girls so I titled this a "dorm reveal" because I am only showing my little room space and not our whole apartment for their privacy. I will be linking as much as I can (or similar items) below but again... I am a college student so a lot of the things in my room are from Target, TJmaxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Walmart, etc. I have broken down each "category" below and tried to answer as many questions as possible, but if you have any additional questions please leave them below! :)

Flower Wall:
I had been inspired to do a flower wall for a long time! A lot of my inspiration came from images like this one from Pinterest and my love for being surrounded by flowers. The flowers and washi tape are from Hobby Lobby! I wanted colors that would compliment the pink/peach colors in my comforter and I spent forever putting little bundles together in the flower department before purchasing them. I could probably do a whole post about how I put it together, but some tips I think could be helpful when creating your own would be to buy lightweight flowers (anything heavy will be hard to keep up), use wall safe tape/command strips for getting the flowers to initially stay and then use washi tape for the aesthetic, and then be patient with it! It probably took me a couple hours plan out how I wanted to hang everything, but it was worth it in the end! The wall art that I mixed in is from various stores like TJmaxx and Joann Fabrics.

Almost all of my bedding is from TJmaxx! Our beds at school are Twin XL so sometimes it's hard to find cute bedding, but I definitely lucked out on this particular shopping day. My comforter is Kate Spade (exact one here) and I am searching hard for a bigger size for when I move out! I love it so much and never regret splurging a little more for something I use everyday. The rest of my bedding is really affordable and has been built up over time. I also swear by satin pillow cases! They are so good for your skin and hair and the ones I use are really cost efficient. 

Flower Wall: Hobby Lobby // Comforter: Kate Spade // Satin Pillow Case // Similar Owl Throw Pillow // Similar Heart Throw Pillow 

Wall Prints:
I recently switched up the prints that I have hanging on my wall (I am such a dork... I edited the photos all the same so they would match and reordered them). I have ordered twice from Printiki and I love them! I think the square "polaroid style" prints look so cute and the photos themselves help fight home sickness every day :) 

Letter Board: Target (Similar) // Wall Prints: Printiki // Lights: Walmart 

Beauty/Makeup Space: 
This is probably my favorite little space in my room. I use this mirror to get ready every day (it was a gift, but I'll link it below!). It lights up and has a 2x/3x magnified mirror on one side. I keep all of my hair supplies, makeup bags and toiletries in the gray bin below for easy access. I also store all of my makeup pallets in a little basket next to the mirror. 

Desk Space:
My desk space is a little cluttered because I have so many cute things I want to have in my room but not a lot of space. My biggest advice for creating your desk space is to invest in meaningful items that you want to be surrounded by daily. I have prints from some of my favorite places, gifts from friends, etc. and they make me smile every day when I'm stressed or homesick. The Michigan "home" sign was a DIY project, but really simple to recreate with a frame from a craft store and some paint. 

Closet Space:
I keep saying each section is probably my favorite space... but I really love my closet/dressing space. My mom is super crafty and reupholstered this chair for me a couple years ago! I usually use it to lay out outfits everyday. I am also admitting... that I have a TON of shoes. I was not prepared to downsize my shoe collection when I got to college and its honestly only gotten bigger the last 4 years. I keep my tall boots, OTK boots and booties on the shelf under my makeup space. My sneakers, heels and flats are organized on my rotating shoe rack. I honestly don't remember where mine is from, but it is a life saver. I might also have a bin of shoes in my closet that I don't wear as much... haha Last, I like to keep my bulky sweatshirts folded on one shelf of my closet and my big bags on the top shelf. 

Organization Not Pictured:
When I was looking back at these pictures I realized I didn't get any good shots of under my bed. I keep everything else I need for school such as suitcases, seasonal clothes, handbags, additional toiletries and things like that under my bed. I use bins from Walmart (I have a ton of these for packing/moving) to hold everything and these bins for scarves and accessories. I like to shove the uglier bins to the back so you can't see them and put these at the front so they look organized. 

I hope that answers all your questions! Drop any additional questions/ comments below. 


*This post is NOT sponsored and as always, all opinions are my own*

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Feeling 22!

Photos by Matthew Lively 

When you can't find any inspiration for a birthday blog post, and you're stumped on what to say about turning 22, a phone call from your best friend might do the trick. Leave it to someone who knows my story better than almost anyone to remind me of who I am today and where I have come in the last year of my life. My 21st year was definitely one that I will remember forever. I am so thankful for the last year because I wouldn't be who I am today without all of the struggles, blessings and memories. 

When I turned 21 at midnight last year, I was doing laundry at school and the washer broke so I hand washed all of my clothes in the sink. The laundry room was freezing and I remember being freaked out because there was a giant centipede in the sink when I went to wash the detergent out of my clothes. The time on my phone said 12:05 and I remember thinking, this year is going to be something else. It was like the Lord was telling me to hold on tight and lean into Him. It took a while for me to get the picture... When I turned 22 last night, I was snuggled up in my bed, doing my devotions because I hadn't had time all day and thinking about all of the blessings that I have in my life. 

I truly give God all the glory for the ways He has shaped me this year. Sometimes change can hurt really bad. This doesn't make for a super happy birthday post, but to be completely honest this year was painful in many ways. However, I have never experienced peace like I have in the past year. If you are running from The Lord or scared to lean into Him for whatever reason know that I was there too, but also know that joy will come in the morning! The Lord will slowly chip away at the pain of your past and make you knew if you lean into Him.

Thank you all for helping to make my birthday so special every year! 
If you want to know a little about what me, you can read previous birthday posts here & here


Sunday, January 6, 2019

My One Resolution for 2019

It has been a HOT MINUTE since I felt like sitting down to write in the last few months. My journal this semester became one or two sentence entries and I just felt like I couldn't find a way to express my thoughts. 2018 was one of the most challenging and beautiful years of my life. I pushed myself in my academic and acting career, traveled to almost 10 new cities and learned a lot about relationships, myself and the importance trusting in The Lord no matter my circumstances. 

When I thought about what I wanted to accomplish in 2019, the list seemed about a mile long. In the next year I will graduate college, hopefully obtain my first teaching job, move to a new place and who knows what else the year will hold! As exciting as all of these things are they are also extremely overwhelming so adding resolutions like "run at least 3 days a week" or "drink 8 cups of water minimum" seemed like things I would forget about eventually. That's when I realized I really only had one resolution I wanted to accomplish this year through all of the crazy. My one resolution for 2019 is to be kinder to myself. 

To be kinder to myself will look like a lot of different things depending on the minute, day, week or season of life that this next year will bring. It includes things that will improve my daily health like drinking more water, sticking to a skin care routine, getting plenty of exercise, running more, etc. but leaves room for me to be human. On the days when I don't make it to the gym or do my devotions, forget to wash my face or wear sweatpants all day, I will remember to give myself grace. Being kinder to myself also means putting extra effort into bettering who I am as a whole person. I want to spend more time reading, focusing on being present, staying updated on current events and learning from my mentors. 

My dad gave me the devotional above for my birthday coming up and I cannot wait to dive in more. The biggest part of being kind to myself includes one of the hardest tasks I have yet to master completely in my years of being a Christian. To completely and fully accept that on any given day, the God of the universe loves me unconditionally, forgives me for my daily mess ups and is always pursuing me. I cannot begin to explain how difficult this is for someone that is so critical of themselves. Spending time in the word everyday and having an active relationship with Christ is the only way that I have figured out how to genuinely be kind to myself. Kind enough to leave all of my faults at the cross, to cast my anxieties on him and to walk in freedom. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who have stuck around and been active readers since I started blogging back in 2016. I can't wait to see what this year will hold!! 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo

Only a couple more days of class until I'm packing up and heading to Indiana for Thanksgiving! There has been so much transition in my life and family the last few months, I can't wait to be together and live in the comfort of holiday traditions. When I was putting outfits together for this weekend, I realized I usually end up sporting three different looks throughout the course of Thanksgiving Day each year. My family always dresses up nice for family dinner (a tradition I love!) and then we end up changing into something more comfy for relaxing by the tv in a food coma, playing football in the yard, watching the parade and taking our annual family pictures. My sister and I usually end up changing into comfy clothes to talk about our Black Friday game plan and hit the stores. We don't usually go all out, but sometimes we will hit up one or two stores if theres something we are trying to find. Last year we ended up going to one store and then sitting in the parking lot for hours just drinking coffee and talking! The best memories for me are during Thanksgiving and I am so excited for this year! 

Outfit #1:
Baker Cap (I own this in a size M) // Dress (I just ordered this last week and am hoping I get it before I leave! I think the color is perfect for Thanksgiving) // OTK boots (these are super similar to the Steve Madden ones I own and I have heard great reviews about these ones!)

Outfit #2:
Striped Sweater // Skinny Jeans (under $20!) // Booties (I own these and have worn them a million times this fall!) 

Outfit #3:
Beenie // Pullover (these are so trendy rn! I love the color of this one and the pink version) // Leggings (these are my ride or dies!)

I hope you all have a great holiday! I will be sharing my annual thankful post really soon. Even when times are tough there is always so much to be thankful for :) 


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

New York, New York

Shop the look:
Sweater (similar) // Jeans (on sale for $14!) // Baker Cap // Shoes // Similar Bag

I have already shared a lot of these pics on social media so I will keep this short and sweet! This was my first trip to NYC and I'm basically ready to pack my bags and move into my high rise apartment. It's hard to even explain the feeling, but I was so emotional all day! Walking through Times Square, exploring Central Park, sitting on the steps of the Met, seeing the 911 Memorial and The Statue of Liberty for the first time was so overwhelming. After spending my whole life learning about NYC it was surreal to see it in person. My time in London didn't compare even though I was seeing landmarks I've known about forever when I was in Europe to seeing Lady Liberty. We are going back the day after New Years and I cannot wait to see the city at Christmas time!

I planned this outfit out weeks ago and I have been so excited to wear it!! This sweater was a favorite for many during the NSale and I'll be wearing it all fall/winter long. These girlfriend jeans are from HM & they're currently on sale for under $14! They run really large though and stretch a lot so I would recommend sizing down. They are really comfy though and I love the distressing. My hat is also from HM and my shoes are Steve Madden (I own these in a couple colors because they're my favs!). 

I hope you're all having a great week! My cousin and my best friend are coming to KY this weekend and we're going to do a bunch of fall stuff including going on a hike and to a haunted house and I'm sooooo excited :)