Monday, April 15, 2019

Currently Trending: Headbands
















Headband // Paperbag Denim: Vici Dolls (similar here) // Similar Bodysuit (runs small) 

One of the newest and most popular trends for spring has me living my best Blair Waldorf dreams! I have loved wearing headbands since I was little and honestly never thought they would make a full comeback like this. I think that is one of the main reasons I love fashion and specifically trends because it is so fun to watch them change and grow!

Headbands and hair accessories, in general, are huge right now. If you guys are interested, I will do a post combining all of the popular hair accessories on trend right now, but I thought for this post I would just share my favorite, simple headbands. Headbands come in all shapes and sizes. Some are simple or blinged out, expensive or affordable. I have "invested" (in quotations because they are not super expensive!) in two headbands for this spring. This one from Urban Outfitters in my favorite color (comes in 5 colors & $14) and this black one from H&M. Both of them are fairly simple and stay on my head all day without getting super uncomfortable. I recommend getting the structured headbands because the elastic kind never stays on my head and always gives me headaches. I have linked a few of my favorite below! Click on the post to shop. 

I hope you are all having a great Monday! We are heading back to Michigan for Easter this weekend and I am so excited!!

XOXO

Friday, April 12, 2019

Easy Spring Dress Combo














Shop the look:
Dress from Marshalls (similar here & here) // Heels // Jean Jacket (mine is old from American Eagle) //  Kendra Scott Hoops // Brixton Sunhat 

Hi friends! It has been a hot minute since I sat down to write and it feels so good to be back! A little life update, I am less than a month away from graduation! I will be moving from Kentucky back to Michigan in May and I am SO excited. Part of the reason I took a small break from blogging was so I could focus on Student Teaching, but we are on the home stretch! My friend Taryn and I shot these photos yesterday and I could not wait to share them with you guys. 

About this look, I was inspired by one of my fav bloggers, Caitlin Covington! I love dresses like this that are so easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion. I dressed mine up this time with these super comfortable and affordable heels from Target, but it would be easy to throw on some sneakers or flat sandals to dress it down. I also love simple dresses like this because I love adding fun accessories. I went with my favorite sun hat and a jean jacket, but this would be equally as cute with a baseball cap for super casual or a cute headband. I also like adding simple jewelry like my favorite Kendra Scott hoops!

The weather in Kentucky has finally warmed up in the past couple weeks and I am feeling super inspired. I have some new content coming your way and an exciting blogging update I'll be sharing in the next few months so be on the lookout! 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

XOXO







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.

XOXO











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.

Bedding:
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. 

XOXO

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