Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sweet Sunday

Hello All!

Sundays are normally lazy days spent lying on the couch with Annie watching CMT and reading fashion magazines. However, since school has started back Sunday has become a day of reading for classes and preparing for the week. This upcoming week is going to be super busy because I start my first round of student teaching!!! WOOHHOO!!! Tuesday will be my first day! Say a prayer for me because it looks like I am about to start getting up at like 6-6:30ish! OMGosh, sooo early :( but its worth it!

And what makes it even better is that 1) the temps will be in the 80's here in SC this week, yay for cooler weather! 2) I'm going to Knoxville for Labor Day with Ben and his family, which is always fun! Good food, I essentially don't eat a lot a few days before because I know I'll get stuffed while I am there. Someone is always trying to feed me lol.

Even though I have had a lot of work to do this weekend, I have been able to spend some time with Ben's mom and sister and do great things. We went to the Upstate Women's show yesterday morning, so much fun! I stocked up goodies for Ben and Annie. I've been working on slowly buying Christmas presents instead of waiting to the last minute :) And we went and saw the movie The Help! It was sooo good! There were a few little differences from the book but over all I loved it. And I loved the clothes, so beautiful! And Skeeter's childhood home, love love love love love. I want it! Hello dream house!

And now for some Sunday Inspiration!

All images via tumblr and pinterest

Have a great day y'all!

Friday, August 26, 2011

OOTD and other fun stuff :)

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous day and weekend!

I wore this outfit for my first day of class this week :)
J. Crew Matchstick Crops, J. Crew top and shoes via consignment store,
Jean Jacket from Belk, Michael Kors watch
(sorry for the bathroom shot, I took this at school with my BB)

Close up of pattern on shirt, and it has the most amazing bow
on the back, however, I am not coordinated enough to get a good picture lol
Also check out this new bedding I got from Target (to replace what Annie destroyed! Grrr) but its super cute! And I've been eyeing it forever and finally just bit the bullet and got it, and I love it!
The comforter reverses to that adorable yellow medallion print! Its a 2 for 1 deal!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Something to think about....

Kim Kardashian is going to be making 45 MILLION DOLLARS by selling pictures and video from her wedding. 

  • we "cant afford" to fund NPR
  • we "cant afford" to fund Planned Parenthood
  • we "cant afford" to fund education
  • small businesses are drowning in today's economy
  • thousands in this country can afford to feed themselves or their children properly

And while I am on my soapbox, stop telling me to donate to starving children in third world countries when there are thousands of children right here that are going hungry. Yes, I understand that other children are important too but so are the ones here at home. Almost 20 million children receive free or reduced lunches at school. Often times its the best meal they get in a day. Many of these children participate in weekend and summer food programs to ensure they eat when they are not in school. Recent reports indicate that 49 million Americans ran out of food at some point in the year. The state of Georgia is one of the top five states with a hunger problem and thats sad but true and it breaks my heart.

I'm not trying to discourage or condone donating to others but with everything thats going on right now its important to remember your own community, neighbors, you never know who is hurting and to ashamed to ask for help. I cant imagine the pain a parent must feel to know they cant afford to feed their child.  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's All In The Details

Its amazing what great accessories can do to a look!

LOVE the shoes Olivia is wearing!

The belt adds a great punch!
 You can't go wrong with a little leopard

Love her glasses! She looks fabulous

Check out that blue purse!

love love love love :)

All photos from Tumblr and Pinterest. 

Monday, August 15, 2011


via Hanneli
Love the hair and the dress!

So casual, yet so put together! And I LOVE this bag!

Emma Roberts make some really good fashion choices!

Similar to top look, but it works so well!

Love this! The shoes! The shorts! The hat!

Kate Spade always has fabulous ads :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happiness is often found in a shopping bag!

I am a fashion junkie. I read blogs, sites, magazines, you name it I've probably got it. However, contrary to popular belief I am not a shopping junkie. Well, not anymore lol. As I have gotten older I have developed my own sense of style, figured out what works for my body (and what doesn't) and about buying clothes I really love.

In my opinion, there is nothing worse than buying something and getting home and deciding you really don't love a particular item. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the moment when your in the store, or you see a particular trend and then realize it really doesn't work for you. Or that you paid a lot of money for something that really doesn't work for you. Which is why if I don't love it or it doesn't really work for me I don't buy or else I'll find myself bringing it back the next day. FYI, this is also why I am a receipt hoarder and make sure I am well informed of a stores return policy. And why I don't buy much from Forever 21 because you cant return items you can only get store credit, plus the quality isn't that great.

Speaking of quality, if its not going to last don't buy it! Yes, it may cost a little more up front but its worth it when its an item you'll wear for a long time. Stick with affordable quality on basics and splurge on items you'll keep for years. I love Target because often times they have really cute stuff for a reasonable cost, this is where some of my "trendy" but not timeless pieces come from. However, beware Target can be a money pit if your not careful! For my classic pieces I have been loving J. Crew lately (this is not always the case though, its varies from season to season). They can be a little pricey but if you wear that dress for years, the cost per wear becomes pennies. Quality is better! You can also hit up consignment and thrift stores for good deals. I have found tons of great stuff from J. Crew, Lilly, Vineyard Vines, Dooney and Bourke, etc. all for great prices and often times brand new! The effort to search through the racks is so worth it! Just this week I found a great pair of loafers from J. Crew and brand new with tags Vineyard Vine pants at one of my favorite stores! Major score! You can also find great deals online, just make sure the site and seller are reputable. Bargain shopping is a great way to find great clothes for a good price. You can look fabulous on a budget with a little effort. If you need inspiration for what items are worth having in your closet, look no further than Matchbook Magazine's checklist of 50 classic pieces.
via Matchbook Magazine's Tumblr
Additionally, here are some of my favorite sites for bargain hunting:

Bonanza A little like EBay, but more user-friendly.

Bags @ Bonanza  Awesome bags! Will do a review/post later this week on my recent purchase from here :)

J. Crew Aficionado  (look for the weekly post of readers selling their J Crew stuff, its usually on Monday. They also share coupon codes and sales info)

Atlanta Consignment if you are ever in the Atlanta area, these stores are great upscale boutiques. Some can be pricey but often times you'll find great deals. I frequent a lot of these stores when I am on the hunt for new clothes.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Some days you just feel blah...

And for me that day is today. For a vacation week, this week has been nothing but stressful and full of disappointing moments and my feelings being hurt. Sometimes people just suck. And for the first time in ten weeks I haven't been on the go and have been home with my sweet family and what have I spent the most time doing? Crying. Yeup, I have literally been brought to tears almost every day.

I am complete honest about the fact that my family sucks, there is no closeness and there is very little of actual "family" moments. Of my relatives, the one I talk to the most is my Grandmother and even then its not as frequently as I would like. I have not spoken to my Aunts and cousins in almost ten years, and my Grandfather and Step-grandmother in like two years. I found out in December that my Grandmother was real sick with cancer and she has been receiving treatment for the past few months and we thought she was getting better. Earlier this week I found out that she is not, she is struggling with her treatment right now and is exhausted. And the doctors don't know what to do next. Every time I think about it I start crying and cant bear the thought of my Grandmother dying. Please pray that she gets better.

On top of that I had a huge falling out with my family this week. At this point I don't see myself ever having a good relationship with my parents and siblings. I find myself separating from them more and more  every day. Up until this point I have tried to be hopeful that things would work out but they aren't. They continuously make me feel like I am not part of the family and that nothing I do is right, I feel like a scapegoat and I'm over it. I am thankful every day for the family I have with Ben and that I have become a part of his. Between my grandmother, my family and a few other things my heart hurts this week. I found myself disappointed in people I never expected to disappoint me.

As a result my vacation week has been somewhat stressful and not as relaxed as I had hoped. These past few months have been full of hard work, constantly being busy and constantly traveling. I knew when I made the decision to go to Clemson it would be a struggle but I know it will be worth it in May when I graduate with my M.A.T. I finished up Summer School with a 4.0 gpa! Yay :) I am very proud of that fact and it wouldn't have occurred without the help and support of Ben and his family. School has been hard, but being away from Ben and Annie has been even harder. I miss them every day, having half of your family living 2 1/2 hours away is heart wrenching. Ben and I alternate every weekend driving to see each other. I go to GA one weekend, him and Annie come to SC the next. We have always been traveling and doing things for as long as I can remember, but it gets exhausting when you travel almost every weekend for months. Too bad we can accumulate frequent driving miles. Every day I say a prayer that the right job will come along for Ben in SC.

I know this update hasn't been the most positive but there have been some good things from this week and I will post about that later. For now I am going to go be spend time with my Annie!