08.16.2017

Pre-fall Look

Sweater: Love By Design // Jeans: TopShop // Heels: Steve Madden // Earrings: Lisi Lerch // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff // Lips: Stila “Perla”

I could not help myself with this all white look even though it is way way way to hot for a sweater haha!
I guess I am just ready for fall with all things pumpkin spice (**insert monkey with hands over eyes). I was running some errands the other day and I saw a whole shelf full of candles that were “Pumpkin Spice”, “Vanilla Bean”, “Campfire” and many others. It took everything in my not to pick them all up and run out the door. The idea of leaves changing and curling up with a big comfy sweater gets me so excited for fall.

To make this look a little bit more summery, I would have traded the sweater for a white tank top to keep the full white look. I got this sweater in the Nordstrom Sale and was super excited to wear it all fall long. I went through my closet before the sale started and realized there was not a single white sweater in sight. I guess I just never thought to purchase one.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous week! This week I had some pre-classes before school starts next week and it was actually surprising how hard it was to sit through hour long classes again. Fingers crossed it gets easier to sit for long periods of time and stay focused because that’s going to be my next 9 months haha. Thanks for stopping by!

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08.14.2017

Tips For Adding Color To A Room

Painting: Minted [c/o] // Dresser: // Clothing Rack: Ikea // Floor Length Mirror: Home Goods // Pink Ottoman: Target (Old, Similar HERE) // Gold Trays: Hayneedle // Pinapples: Waiting On Martha // Blue & White Vase: Home Goods // Books: Half Price Books // Blue & White Frame: Tuesday Morning

Happy Monday! I mentioned a couple months back I was redoing my room to “adult” it a little bit more. It is such a slow process but I am having so much fun searching for new pieces to put in my room. Now I don’t have a huge budget so when I see something I love, I normally end up waiting to see if the store will have a sale. If it doesn’t go on sale I run to Home Goods, Marshalls or Tuesday Morning to see if they have something a little more affordable. I have been in those three stores so much because they always have new fun shipments coming in!

One thing I didn’t want to lose when “adulting” my room was the fun colors I had. I am always pinning bedrooms on Pinterest that are all white with accents of creams but I didn’t think that would suit my style in this moment of my life. I wanted to have that white crisp feel to my room but with pops of color. Adding color to any room can be tricky because you don’t want it to become to distasteful. So I have rounded up some fun tips I use when looking/adding pieces of color to my room:)

  1. Finding a painting or print with bold colors that can be a statement piece for the room. I received this print from Minted and I was super excited to place it over my dresser as the stand out item in the room. My color palette is white (main color), navy blue, pink and gold. So this print was bold enough to be my strong navy item in the room that pulled the navy blue out of my bedding and smaller decor pieces.
  2. Adding fresh flowers to a room! This is my favorite tip because I am obsessed with going to Trader Joe’s and picking out flowers from them. I usually go on Sunday so I can start my week off all fresh and bright:)
  3. Table books are a great way to add color to a room because they can be placed anywhere and can come in tons of different colors. Table books can be super expensive though so I run into Half Price Books occasionally to see if they have some of the style books for half the price. I have a list of books I want so I just run through their sections to see if I can find them or others. Most of the time people don’t end up reading table books so I hate spending like $50 and up on them.
  4. This is a really interesting concept/tip but mirrors add a lot of color to a room. They reflect what is seen in them which in the end gives more color. For example, I have a floor length mirror in my room with the pink ottoman close by. The mirror reflects the pink adding more color and depth to the room. Also mirrored furniture is great way to incorporate this concept into a room. Bed side tables sit next to your bed which if your bedding has pops of colors in the pillows, it will reflect that too.

I wanted to share a little bit about the mission of the shop Minted because I love everything about it:) Minted is a design marketplace that connects you to unique products from the world’s best emerging artists and helps you bring your style to life across homes, holidays, and occasions. They are a place for the world’s best emerging artists to be seen and discovered. They enable artists and consumers alike to follow their creative passion.

​They offer:​

  • Access to unique art from the best emerging artists
  • Continually fresh artwork, curated to find the best pieces
  • ​Limited edition prints or original ar​t
  • ​High quality printing and framing
  • Art styling services, with limitless rounds, available for only $79
  • Commission a unique piece from independent artists

Hope y’all loved these tips! I found them so useful and fun for how to incorporate more color into a room without looking tacky:)

Have a wonderful week and I hope it is bright and fun!

08.09.2017

The Next Chapter… (Part 2)

It is almost exactly one year ago, I sat down to write my first “The Next Chapter…” post about where I was headed/doing after graduating college (You can view it HERE). It is crazy to think after just one year, I have a new adventure I will be embarking on this fall! This post might get a little long so I apologize before hand haha.

Come August 21st, I will officially start my biggest journey yet of going back to school and getting a Masters of Science in Business Analytics from SMU (My undergrad was Mathematics from OU)! It is honestly so crazy to say that I am headed back to school because I was that person who said “I am never doing this school thing again!” Well now I am really eating my own words so I guess moral of the story is never say never. To be completely honest I came out of college thinking I would find a job, move into an apartment, and start my life… boy was a way wrong. It was actually really hard for me to accept that I was going to be taking a much different path than most of my friends. If you read the first “The Next Chapter…” you will know right after graduating from college I traveled for my sorority all over the country for 9 months educating and talking to women on different campuses. Even after those 9 months, I still had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do/where I wanted to be in life.

I was super late in deciding to go back to school haha. I’m talking applications were due 2 months from when I made my final decision. That included, recommendation letters, essays, and GMAT testing. Fast forward two months, everything turned in a week before it was due and went in for an in person interview a couple days later. I only applied to one school (Southern Methodist University) so everything was riding on this one decision. I can barely make a decision about what to eat for lunch let alone what I would be doing for a full year haha. Anyway, I received an email with my acceptance letter exactly one year to the day that I graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Funny part was I was in Norman, OK celebrating my best friends graduation so I guess you can say it was meant to be:)

My choice to go back to school was not an easy one at all but I had a dream of working for a big company in hopes of one day reaching an executive level. After doing tons of research and mapping out how I thought I could reach these goals I came to the hard conclusion that this was the best route for me. I by no means think that I am the smartest person in the room because school is actually a huge weakness of mine but a weakness is something I wont let defy me.

I am a big believer in making your own way in this world (with help from friends & family of course!) and continuously challenging or putting yourself outside your comfort zone gives you the ability to reach those goals/dreams.Starting this blog was a big part of me getting outside my comfort zone and trying something new. This blog was started in hopes of traveling more and sharing those experiences while exploring my more creative side hence the title of my blog:) After realizing I didn’t travel enough to have consistent posts, I moved into something I have always had a passion for, fashion, and decided to put myself out there as a fashion blogger.

While I understand that not everyone wants to start a blog or go back to school, I want to challenge each of you to find a passion in something and let that passion drive you to succeed. It’s really easy to get comfortable and accept things around us as it being what it is. There are so many opportunities out there and with a little bit of faith and a huge amount of motivation, those opportunities can be one of yours. Sometimes it doesn’t have to be a massive life change but it can be something small that eventually snow balls into a dream or goal you never thought possible.

I honestly could not tell you where I will be a full year from now but what I do know is that taking this step outside of my comfort zone can only help me achieve what I want in life. I know this isn’t your typical “fashion blogger” post but I hope that through this you can find your own motivation/passion:) Hope everyone has a really great rest of the week!

“Good things come to those who wait. Great things come to those who go out and get them”

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