Remember On The Way Home | The Chic Sheet, v. 32

Saturday, May 27, 2017

This week has been amazing (hint: it involved New York City!) and I'll tell you so much more about it in upcoming posts-- but for now, a few links I've been loving in my down time, before we hit the road home. Xx

The Chic Sheet, v. 32

1. Who Was Carmel Snow?
Random, very cool fun-fact I discovered while reading my Flannery biography: the 1952 Editor-In-Chief of Harper's Bazaar was named Carmel Snow (this is only the second person I've ever heard of with my name!!). Any guesses what her life-motto was? "Well-dressed women with well-dressed minds." What a fitting legacy! I fully intend to carry it on! 😍

2. @livpurvis on Instagram
I've been obsessed with Olivia's Instagram feed lately, ever since she went to Paris last week! I love that she doesn't just share your typical "Paris" shots - you know, the black-and-white, the Eiffel tower, the croissant and coffee --- oh no. She shared bright blue Parisian skies and a retro movie theatre. I just love how colorful, yet cohesive, everything is.

3. Zach Ryan Classic Americana Summer Collection
I know there's a very small percentage of this readership that's not female, but I came across Zach Ryan's Instagram page through another Instagram friend, and as a fellow entrepreneur and lover of Americana style, I had to mention it. Zach Ryan's premiere menswear collection is just the basics - but clearly they have been well thought-out, and a lot of attention has been paid to the details. I love that he seems to be designing just exactly the sort of thing he wants to wear, but in a more up-to-date way - especially since a lot of preppy menswear companies can be a bit dated in their approach. Plus, I'm all for supporting small businesses, so if the men in your life are looking for fresh staples, (or if you happen to be one of the male readers of the blog - in which case, hey! welcome!) check dis out. 

4. Clinique Cleanser
I've been testing this new cleanser from Clinique for a couple weeks now, and I'm really impressed with it! I feel like I get a deeper clean than I did from the Simple Foaming Cleanser, but I'm not entirely sure if that's because it actually is cleaning deeper, or just the fact that the formula is a gel instead of a foam, ha! Don't get me wrong, I definitely still like the Simple one, but I'm enjoying switching it up a little bit - especially in the summer, when sunscreen and sweat make that nightly deep-clean crucial! (I do prefer the price-point of the Simple one, though...)

That's all for now, friends. Happy Saturday, and have a wonderful weekend! 

What's one thing you've been loving this week?

Summer Bucket List 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

It's Friday! I wanted to share something fun as we head towards the weekend today, and what better way to do that then to create a bucket list of all the things I want to do this summer! Just talking about some of these makes me so excited to accomplish them. I don't know if it's just me, but summertime has always made me eager to cram as much as possible in every moment, before school starts back again, probably due to childhood years of getting to September 1st and feeling like I wasted my summer, haha! But this summer is special: my last summer at home. Here's what I'd like to do with it...

Summer 2017 Bucket List

1. Start a Bullet Journal
After sharing about it in last week's Chic Sheet, and then seeing this post on Carly's blog*, I'm really feeling inspired to make a more serious go at this! As I mentioned on Saturday, I already sort of Bullet Journal, but I don't use an index, and I want to incorporate that - as well as compile more of my random Notes lists into one place! (The Skinny: Here's Literally Another Excuse For Me To Make Lists).

2. Accomplish At Least Half of My Reading Goals
You can read my full Summer Reading List here!

3. Clean Up My Eating
I've been a lot more lenient with the whole "no-sugar" regime since Easter this year. Part of that is due to the fact that the week after Easter was a rough spot for me in my personal life, and I tend to to default to comfort food when that happens (#realtalk). But I'm in a much better place mentally now, and it's time to get back into the swing of things! I'm mentioning this here not only to be honest, but also to hold myself accountable! The starting goal? No sugar + limited dairy during the week, with 1 or 2 splurge items during the weekend. Depending on how that goes, we'll go from there!
Also: vacation doesn't count. XD

4. Have More Picnics
After the success of the last one, I want to make more of a habit of this! I love the idea of a tea-party picnic like Julia did here - how gorgeous is that??

5. Do More Outdoor Workouts
I get so stuck in my routine of working out at the gym, (and the convenience of WiFi to listen to podcasts while I run, let's be real!) but I want to broaden my horizons a bit this summer and do more of my workouts out in the sunshine! Whether that's running outdoors (I have a love/hate relationship with this one), bike rides, swimming laps at the neighborhood pool or even working out/yoga in the park (definitely will take some nerve to do that one! eek!), I want to get outside more.

6. Get. Rid. Of. Crap.
As I start to stash certain "college needs" items away in boxes, I'm becoming increasingly aware of just how much stuff I've amassed over the years: stuff I don't necessarily need anymore, and definitely won't be able to take with me to school! It's hard to get a good idea of what's what right now, but ideally, I want to get packed for school with a couple days to spare in which I can just clean. I'm definitely looking forward to that!

7. Photograph More.
I haven't really shared any photography escapades here in a long time, mostly because there haven't been any. I photograph my own outfit posts, and obviously am constantly taking photos on my phone of various things, but it's been way too long since I've just gone out and shot with my camera, for no other purpose than creating art. I'm planning to do some more of that in the coming months.

8. Get Outside My Comfort Zone
With work schedules as full as they are, it's easy to shut down every impromptu plan as "impossible" Especially because I'm an introvert, I always tend to refuse more than I accept invitations, and not that I want to change who I am, but I want to be more flexible, and do some things that scare me [in a healthy way] this summer. A big component of that for me is to be the initiator, rather than just the invitee! Like maybe I should host a plein air dinner party...?!

9. Garden
Something you probably didn't know about me is that I love to garden. There's something special that happens when you sit out under the sun and just feel the dirt between your fingers, smell the fresh smell of growing things, forget about life for a moment. There's definitely a bit of pride involved in nurturing little tomatoes and patches of flowers like they're human children instead of just plants (ha), but I love it and I haven't done it enough in recent years. I want to plant some flowers and make caring for them a part of my daily routine, and if that makes me a grandma? Pass the straw hat. 

10. Live More In The Moment
...and less on my phone.

What are your summer bucket list items? 

*(I'm still so behind on all the posts I want to read over there: can you tell? But I hate to read them out of order, lol!) 

Beautiful Things Don't Ask For Attention | #OOTD

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Can't you tell I really loved The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? But genuinely, that's been a favorite quote of mine for a long time, ever since I read the short story on which the movie is based, a few years back.

I'm trying to learn the art of dressing well, and memorably...but not ostentatiously. I want people to remember me, when I walk in a room, but not just because I wore a really loud print or funky shoes. I want the lasting impression to be (as always), one of grace and elegance and kindness. It's interesting that the older I get, the more I discover about myself as a person, and who God is shaping me to be, the easier it's becoming to dress in a way that feels unquestionably "me". They don't teach you that in stylist school! (Or maybe they do because I haven't actually gone to stylist school and wouldn't actually know. Oops. XD)

But enough about me - let's talk about this amazing Kate Spade sweater! I bought it from one of Hannah Everly's InstaStory closet-sales a couple of weeks ago, and even though it's already been as hot as a usual May is down here (#80degreedays #springintheSouth), I still couldn't resist wearing it at least once this weekend.

Like, can we talk about the bows on the elbows, please?? And the fact that it's Kate Spade, but I only had to pay a fraction of the price for this beauty?? I swear I smile every time I rifle past it in my closet now, you guys. (It takes so little to make me happy, haha!)

It's yellow, which is so out of my comfort zone, but at the same time it feels so perfect. I dunno, y'all. I give up trying to understand what makes me like or dislike a piece. I just know I frickin love this sweater and I'm wearing it even in 80-degree heat and that's all. XD

Outfit Details:
Kate Spade Bow Sleeve Sweater: old, similar, affordable
Shorts: Old Navy
Sandals: old, similar
Sunglasses: Old Navy
Watch: Merona
Black Cross Body (Wallet On A Chain): Merona
Navy chandelier earrings: Forever 21, old, similar

What's new with you?


Monday Inspiration, 22.05.17

Monday, May 22, 2017

via tumblr, (as are all the images in this post. :)

Happy Monday, friends! 
By the time you read this post, I'll be en route to a to-be-disclosed location for our family summer road trip! If you want to keep up on our adventures this week, I'll no doubt be sharing lots of food + travel tidbits on Instagram, so be sure to follow along for current updates! 
Now: to the pre-scheduled posts. :)

Because I haven't shared a Monday Inspiration post in a long time, and I've been feeling the need for some fresh inspiration myself lately, today is a handful of photographs that make me want to improve my craft, dress better, and live (even if just the tiniest bit) more beautifully. In a world full of deteriorating values, let's be women and men who uphold that elegant standard. 

aaaand now I want pancakes.

I hope your Monday is fresh, your work excellent, your time well-spent and your words full of grace and intelligence. Have patience with yourself. Our God is so much bigger than all the tiny stuff.


I'm 67% Mom | The Chic Sheet, v. 31

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hello and happy Saturday! I want to start off today's post with a thank you. I'm not sure why it hit me especially hard this week, but I've been thinking a lot about what an amazing blessing it is to be able to blog. This outlet to share my thoughts and opinions (frivolous as they often are, ha!) with such a warm, friendly and loving group of women is truly rare and wonderful, and I want you to know that I don't take that for granted. We've got a really cosy little community here, and I just wanted to thank you guys for sticking around, for whatever reason you might have, because it means the world to me. I wish I could hug you all in person!!

(from my Instagram story earlier this week)

The Chic Sheet, v. 31

1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Oh my word you guys, this is the find of the week. When we read "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in American Lit, I enjoyed it, but it was also very sad.  I added it to the ambiguous mental tic-list of movies I want to watch eventually, but kind of forgot about it shortly afterwards. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, we watched it this week and wow. It's in the same category as Brooklyn and The Giver for me: one of those sweet, beautiful movies that just make you happy when you watch them. As much as it is contrary to me to say this, I actually liked it much better than the short story. The cinematography is gorgeous, too.

2. Try Living With Lucie | How To Bullet Journal
I've always heard of bullet journalling and sort of ignored it because it sounded too complex, and I liked the system I used. But when I watched this video on a whim yesterday, I realized it's very nearly what I've already been doing, just a bit more organized! I really like the idea of an index, and will definitely be implementing it, once I've finished the journal/planner I'm currently using!

3. "Be Thou My Vision" Audrey Assad Music Video
This music video is just so beautifully shot, I had to share it. Definitely a source of inspiration for me this week.

4. Women's Embroidered Pump | DSW
My obsession with all things fringe and embroidery continues, you guys...this week I've been eyeing up these gorgeous pumps from DSW! Can you picture them with a pair of high waisted skinny jeans and a classic white button down?! (And a neck scarf, of course! ;)

5. One Thing We All Need To Get Better At | College Prepster
Maxie's guest post at The College Prepster this week is spot-on.

6. What Percentage "Mom" Are You (Based On Your TV Preferences)?
Because the breakfast food quiz was too. much. fun. a couple of weeks ago, here's one I found on BuzzFeed that had me lol-ing! (did I just say "lol-ing" oh my word.) Spoiler alert: I'm 67% mom. Once an older sister, always an older sister! (If you thought there was ever an older sister who wasn't bossy from time to time, allow me to belie that hope. XD)

What are your weekend plans?

How To Have A Perfect Picnic (featuring Advice Emily Didn't Know She Was Giving)

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's summertime, which is basically synonymic in my head for let's do literally everything outside. Especially food. There's little better to me than summer sun, food, games, friends, laughter: dining plein air is always, always my preferred method. 

However, I don't know if it's just me, but every picnic I've attempted ended up kind of failing. Maybe I didn't plan enough, maybe I didn't pick the right people, maybe I just have Bad Picnic Luck, if that's a thing (lol) -- but either way, all my past picnics have been sticky, sweaty situations with lots of bugs and food all the same temperature, temperamental siblings/friends and yeah, I'll admit, a little bit of boredom once the food is gone.

Recently, however, Emily and I had a picnic and - no joke, you guys - it was straight dreamy. We were relaxed, the weather was great, the food was good and honestly it ended far too soon.

We talked about why our past picnics had failed, and why this one was so phenomenally better, and we came up with a couple tidbits that I'm sharing today, so that you too can have success in your picnics (because you know you want a good picnic in your life).

The reason behind most of my picnic failures has been a lack of time to get good food prepared, or to find the perfect, out-of-the-way spot. As much as I love impromptu adventures, I know myself and my tendencies, and I'm just much more prone to enjoy said adventure if I've had time to make it what I want it to be (or as close to that perfect picture in my head as possible, haha!). 24 hour notice, for me, please! XD
Too late in the summer, and the bugs come out and (if you live down south, at least) it tends to get quite humid and muggy. Too early in the spring, and the chilly weather that is pleasant while you're moving around can get pretty cold when you're sitting still! May is really the best month for having picnics, at least in my opinion, so I'd definitely suggest planning one soon!
If you do decide to do your picnic later in the season (which is still doable, just requires a bit more prep) I'd recommend sitting in the shade. Not only is the temperature more consistent, but you avoid getting burned from long hours in direct sunshine. Plus, your food will last (and taste) better if it's not been baking in the afternoon sun. 
(Especial props to Emily for pointing this one out.) Some people just aren't picnic people. And that's OKAY. (They're probably library people, and those types of people are really great when you want to go to the library.) But today, find a friend who isn't bothered by bugs, or heat, or picky about food, or put off by cold pizza and get outdoors. It'll be better for your friendship - and your picnic - to choose the outdoorsy one. XD
The best picnic places are away from instead, bring some books, magazines, or music to listen to while you chill! Also if you have an eno, this is definitely the recommended form of sitting (after eating, of If anything, it provides hours of entertainment trying to get gracefully into it, ha! But honestly: if you've never sat with a friend in an eno and just watched a summer afternoon sky, sharing your favorite music or just need to go do that ASAP. I promise your life will be blessed by that experience. 

picnic blankets (similar, similar) / watch

Are you a picnic person? What do you find makes the difference between a good picnic and a failed one?

Soft Mint Oxford + Rambling | #OOTD

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tapping into something a bit preppier for today's outfit post. Because why not? ;)

I actually shot these photos pretty early in the morning, which I usually don't get the chance to do, and I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I need to shoot at the early golden hour more frequently! There's really nothing to rival morning light (and these photos don't nearly do it justice, of course).

I have a confession: I'm doing that mean blogger thing today, where I wear an item that isn't sold anymore, and I'm sorry. I did try to avoid sharing this one, since I knew I couldn't find one exactly the same anywhere, but I'm just too obsessed with that soft mint shade to not share. I found it hidden in the back of the sale rack at Banana Republic, and unfortunately it's no longer available...I did link the same style of shirt, which comes in a handful of other gorgeous pastel shades, but the mint is, lamentably, gone. I also linked a couple other similar options for you, so hopefully you don't hate me too much now. ;D

^When you're just so dang excited that vacation is less than a week away. #so #close

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Dillon Blouse (mint color no longer available): exact, similar, mint gingham
Leather Loafers: Crown Vintage via DSW
Knock-off Dior earrings: old, similar
Sunglasses: Old Navy
Leather Double-Strap Watch: Merona

Random Question du jour: what are your blogger pet-peeves? (I can't stand seeing other bloggers talk down to their readers. Ick.)

Summer Reading List 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

It's that time of year again, you guys! I'm so excited to share this post, and hopefully accomplish most of these books before I leave for school in September... There are so many titles I've been itching to read, and though unlike past years, my schedule won't be getting any lighter this summer...I like to think I can still make it happen.

After all, it doesn't feel like a real summer if you haven't spent at least a couple days just lying around for hours reading, (preferably by the pool or in an eno), in my opinion.

Summer Reading List, 2017

1. Flannery: A Biography by Brad Gooch
I started this one last week and have really been enjoying it! I do love a good biography, and learning about Flannery O'Connor's [brief] life has been really eye-opening about myself actually...I didn't realize how much we had in common! I would've loved to have met her. 

I'm hoping to finish it before I go out of town in a week, so that I can bring some new books with me while I travel!

2. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Instagram friends might remember my little rant a couple weeks ago about capitulating to the Fixer Upper craze. Since then, not only have I watched reruns of the show, but I got the latest magazine and now I want to read the book...I'm obsessed! But in all seriousness, I think Chip and Joanna are so cute, and The Magnolia Story looks like a great, light, summer read.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
I had this in my master-list of Books I Want To Read in 2017, so here's to actually accomplishing that small goal! I actually purposefully saved The Book Thief for the summer, because I always like to have a few fast-paced fiction books to read on vacation/weekend trips!

4. Beyond The Call by Lee Trimble and Jeremy Dronfield
My other fast-fiction book of choice! I've heard pretty good reviews for this based-on-a-true-story WWII novel, and reading the synopsis, it sounds like just the kind of thing I love. :)

5. The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis
Another I've been planning on reading for a long time, this is one book on this list that is non-negotiable. I'm only hoping I can finish it before school starts...*wipes brow* (but seriously reading challenges are my favorite type of challenges let's DO THIS.)

6. John Adams by David McCullough
I loved 1776 when I read it back in the fall, and ever since then I've been meaning to pick up David McCullough's other key historical work. I got it from the library a week or so ago, so that's a step in the right direction, right?

7. East Of Eden by John Steinbeck
I'm being so ambitious by throwing this one on the list, but hey: optimism, right? XD

8. Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab 
I always throw in one "odd" book, in a style or an author that I literally know nothing about, just to stretch my literary horizons! Last year's was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, written entirely in letter-form, and I ended up really enjoying that one. Science Fiction isn't a genre I've really read much at all of...I'll let you know how Vicious is!

See my past reading lists here

What are you hoping to read this summer??

Hooked On A Feeling | The Chic Sheet, v. 30

Saturday, May 13, 2017

I've been in the best mood the past two days and I'm not completely sure why, but I am rolling with it! Life is speeding up, and the summer plans that seemed so impossibly far away during the cold February months are now here and about to go down, you guys. I'm so excited and also a little breathless at how fast these last two months have gone! Life is a messy, beautiful whirlwind and I'm so grateful for grace, as always. (Also weekends, sleeping in, and the fact that it's light at 5:30AM now when I'm going to work because heck yes that makes everything better!)

Grab a cuppa coffee, and welcome, my friend, to:

The Chic Sheet, v. 30

1. Hannah Everly Orange Skirt
Ever since I first discovered Hannah Everly's skirts a couple years ago, I've known I wanted was just a matter of waiting for the *right* one. They are expensive (as they should be: they're beautiful, made-to-fit skirts!), and I really shouldn't get one right now because #budgets and all that but...gah. This orange print is just too. dang. adorable. Holy moly. *all the heart eyes*

2. At Home With... Podcast
Have I mentioned I've been into podcasts lately? I like to listen to one while I warm up + run my first mile! By the second mile I need something a bit more upbeat, but it's a great way to add in more self-education to my daily routine, and you know I'm all about that. My two favorite YouTubers, Lily + Anna just started their own podcast, and I couldn't be more thrilled!! I love both these ladies' channels, but haven't had much time lately to keep up with their videos, so I'm super excited to get to multitask and still enjoy a little Lily and Anna #realtalk in ma life. The topic of the podcast is exploring each weekly guest's home decor/lifestyle. Um, yes please!

3. Karlie Kloss + Derek Blasberg Explain The Midwestern Diet
I'm not from the Midwest, but I still cracked up watching this very informative, very scientific, exposé into the Midwestern diet. ;)

4. Guardians of the Galaxy Complete Playlist
The girls and I are hoping to go see Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 this weekend, and in preparation, I watched the first one (for the first time...I'm so behind, oops!) last night! So naturally this is my get-ready soundtrack this morning. XD I do love throwback music.

5. Bauble Bar Earrings
Bauble Bar is killing it with the earring game at the moment! I'm in love with these adorable KiKi drop earrings (they look like lemons and that is a major selling point for me, you guys), as well as these gorgeous Catalina tassel earrings. Makes me want to take off to Cancun with a straw bag, leather sandals and a white cotton dress...which probably makes me a walking Blogger-cliché, but ah, c'est la vie. XD

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

What's In My Gym Bag?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ever since I started working out, I've been wanting to write this post. At first I waited, because I wasn't sure what I was doing yet, and what I packed for my first couple weeks might not be the best and most edited version of what I'd actually need. Over the months, however, I've become more and more streamlined with it - adding what I need and getting rid of what I thought I needed (but actually didn't) and especially since increasing my workouts to 4 per week recently (I'm getting a little obsessed...someone stop me before I become a gym rat, ha!), my routine has become pretty set. Not to say I'm a pro at it, of course, and depending on what you're doing at the gym, where you're going afterwards, etc, the different necessaries will vary. But these are the bits that always come with me: anything I add from there could be different any day of the week. ;)

What's In My Gym Bag

First on the list is always, always music. I can't workout without music. Maybe that makes me weaker, but just listening to my own and others' heavy breathing, and the squeaking of the other machines around me just makes the whole experience so much less enjoyable. When I have a great soundtrack, it feels a lot more like an epic transformation-montage in a superhero movie, rather than a huffing-and-puffing little girl on a treadmill. And I can't do that without headphones. ;)

I've recently been trying to be good about recording all my workouts, so I can track my progress more closely. I use this journal to plan workouts in the morning before I get out on the floor, and then again afterwards to mark my stats from my run. (It's pretty fun, actually, if you're nerdy about this kinda thing like I am. XD)

3. GUM
I don't know why, but I always like to have some minty gum in my bag for post-workout, or to chew on while I train (if I'm not doing abs...choking hazard, and all that, ya know. ;). My all-time favorite is Trident Original: I swear it's the best gum there is. :)

For obvious reasons. (Arm + Hammer isn't a very glamorous brand, but their deodorant is totally natural and works really well. It's honestly the only brand I'll use.)

Instead of carrying around a small perfume bottle, which could leak or break in my bag, I like to bring a squeeze-tube of lotion, in my favorite fragrance du jour. Clinique "Happy" is a nice light scent to massage into my hands/neck after a workout, just to freshen up, even if I'm just going straight home to shower.

In case I decide to run or walk outside for my warmup. I've been without these too many times, and squinting through a run is not conducive to a good workout! They also can act as a cover for any sliding eyeliner or limp hair (sunglasses fix everything! haha) if I'm running errands after my session.

You never know when one is going to break, and this is not something you can really get away with skipping...unless your hair is much much shorter than mine, at least!

Because sometimes, especially as we're getting into the hotter months, a workout can be really sweaty and you just don't want to wear your shirt for a moment longer (I'm looking at you, hot yoga class!). I always keep a clean tee in my bag, even if I don't always use it, because not having the option to change is a lot worse to me than the little added weight in my gym bag!

9. WATER BOTTLE (not pictured)
I don't think I go anywhere without my Camelbak, at this point, but especially when I'm going to workout, this is a necessity. I know it sounds like such a no-brainer, but after working at a gym for 2.5 years, you'd be surprised just how many people don't bring their own water on a regular basis! Not only is this a cheaper alternative, but you also save time by not having to rely on someone else for your source of hydration, and (depending on what water bottle you end up using) also can last a lot longer without running out. In general, I try to finish one 750ml bottle during a 1-hour workout. Just enough to stay hydrated (and not pass out!), not so much that I get cramps, or nauseous, or need a bathroom break in the middle of a circuit. XD

And that's it! I try to keep it pretty simple, because I usually walk to and from the gym, and I don't want to carry a ton. Also, my bag is from Kate Spade about a year ago, and it's the perfect size to carry what I need, and not too much more - though I does have a lot more space than it looks like it might! I also chose this one because it's a backpack, and when you're walking often, carrying a weighted bag on one shoulder, it can really start to mess with your neck/shoulders/spine-alignment: not fun! Backpacks are much more ergonomical (also: they v cute).

What do you bring with you to a workout/dance class/run?

Shopping For Your First Pair of Heels | Tips + Recommendations

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I was asked by a sweet friend this weekend what my suggestions were for buying your first pair of heels - and as it wasn't the first time I'd been asked, I thought it might be easier just to create a post with all I have to share, so it's a bit easier for anyone who may be wondering the same! 

I was one of those precocious middle schoolers who wanted to wear heels to school in 6th grade - and actually did wear one pair of stacked-heel cowgirl boots at least 50% of my 8th grade school year. After that, I transitioned into the more classic pump, still taking every opportunity to rock a pair I'd found at the thrift store that was my first "real" pair of heels. I don't own them anymore, but it was the start of a beautiful friendship. ;)

I honestly don't wear heels very frequently anymore: long hours at work make heels impossible, so only on Sundays to church do I have the opportunity. Still, there's nothing quite like pumps to dress up an outfit, and though I don't wear them all the time, I still keep a few pairs in my wardrobe as an absolute essential for formalwear. I think every woman should own at least one black and one nude pair, as you never know when you'll need them.

Tips For Shopping for / Wearing Heels:

1. My favorite brands of heels I've ever owned (and still own, because they're still going strong) are definitely more unorthodox brand choices, but they're honestly the most comfortable heels I've ever owned. One is from Seychelles, and the other from Old Navy. I can wear either of their heels for a good 5 hours with no problem.

2. If you're unsure about heels because you're afraid you're going to trip in a stiletto, try a block-heeled shoe. They're super easy to walk in, and actually very on trend at the moment. And though it's true that most block-heels tend to be more casual/beachy, you can definitely find some that still look classy and dressy. (See above links) Another option would be a wedge - again, you might have a to search a little harder for something more formal, but it's not impossible.

-Another way to ease into wearing heels is to start with a shorter height. Generally, I aim for under 5" heel height anyway, (just because I could trip over literally anything), but especially if you've not worn heels long/at all before, that's a much more manageable height!

-I know a lot of people are worried about walking right out of their heels, and though that is a lot less of a hazard than it seems like it would be, if you do want that extra support, look for a heel with an ankle- or arch-strap. It will definitely add more stability to (and therefore give you more confidence in) your stride. :)

-For your first pair of heels, I can't recommend more a pair of nude heels. Everyone says classic black heels are a must, but personally I've gotten much more use out of my nude pair. Leg-elongating with a dress or skirt in warmer weather, just as endlessly classy as a black pair with your jeans and trousers on cooler days. And you can wear nude with brown and navy, unlike black. ;) 

-Practice, practice, practice. That's the only way to become comfortable walking in your heels. Wear them around the house, wear them to a long work shift (but bring a pair of flats to switch into when your feet get too sore!), wear them to shorter occasions until they've softened to your foot a bit more. Before you know it, you'll be a pro. 💃

What are your tips for walking in + wearing heels?


Parisienne Again | #OOTD

Monday, May 08, 2017

Through all my style morphings over the years (and I've definitely come a long way/changed a lot from the hot-pink-zebra-stripe-rocker-chic I embodied in 5th grade), there is one style that is forever my inspiration, and that is parisienne. (Betcha didn't see that one coming.)

They say when everything around you is changing, you tend to hang onto the things you can control, the safe things, like familiar foods, and music, and people. For me, French-inspired style is exactly like that. If I'm having a day where nothing seems to be working, or even when I don't feel like wearing anything in my closet: stripes, black, and neutral classics always make me feel good in my skin again. 

I recently picked up this trench coat (super affordable at Old Navy!), and let me tell you: it's a game changer. I've always known I'd need a trench coat in my life, but especially since we've plunged back into cooler temperatures this past week, I didn't realize how much I was lacking some sort of light, spring jacket! I know everyone talks about having a staple denim jacket, but if you're like me and wear jeans all the time, (and don't fancy looking like Britney and Justin circa 2001), it's not really that practical. But a trench coat? Now that's something you can pair with anything.

Outfit Details:
Striped turtleneck: old, similar
Lightweight Trench Coat: Old Navy
Cropped black trousers: Old Navy "The Harper" Pant
Embroidered block heels: Chinese Laundry via DSW
Double-strap watch: Target
Sunglasses: Old Navy

What are your "comfort food" closet items? What pieces do you wear when nothing else works? 
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