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Nordstrom Try On Haul

Hey everyone! I have finally done a try on haul for all my favorite readers. I love when bloggers do these and I can really see what they liked and videos of them in the dressing room. A lot of them do these try on hauls on their Insta stories then have a recap of everything they shared in a blog post. But, I’m doing this one a little different. Would yall rather see them in Insta stories? Anyway, I just grabbed a few things I really liked at Nordstrom while I was visiting Megan in KC and tried it all on and styled things a few ways! Hope you like it! *Side note: sorry the mirror in these pics is a little dirty. What do you do?*

Distressed Denim Jacket

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I love this whole look and this is actually what I wore on Sunday to go shopping, but had my own denim jacket similar to this one. These leggings are thick, high waisted and come in a shorter length! I have both lengths and love them! Great for the gym and or everyday wear.

Everyday Long Sleeve Tee

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I actually bought this shirt! And I have it in white and the black with white stripes. I wear them all the time! I would size down in this brand because it runs a little big. But I love how it’s longer in the back and the side slit adds a little something. I wore the white one in the outfit above with the denim jacket, and below you can see it styled with another jacket.

Suede Moto Jacket

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Okay, I’m really obsessed with this jacket. I actually style it at least 3 different ways within just this post so keep scrolling. It is SUCH good quality and the color is beautiful. The burgundy and blush pink color are actually on sale right now! I am wearing an XS here but I would probably buy the Small because it was a little snug around the shoulders, so I would say TTS!

Cozy Circle Cardigan

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I am a pretty BIG fan of this cardigan. I have it in the dark grey color and wear it all the time. A few of the colors are on sale right now (unfortunately, this color is not, but that is okay). Also, These jeans weren’t my fave because they just didn’t really fit me right. The material was very soft, they were high waisted and had a raw edge hem. I am just super particular about my designer jeans, I want them to be perfect! So if you’re tall, these may be for you!

The Perfect V Neck Tee

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. This is the BEST cotton v-neck around. It doesn’t get wrinkly, doesn’t v too deep in the front, holds up well and the colors are great. Also, how cute is it with this jacket?!

Also, the jeans here are the Citizens Rocket Jeans. I freaking loved these, but they were a bit too long so I had to roll them under. I’m trying to find some citizens that aren’t 100 feet too long and are fitted around the ankle, lmk if you know of any that you like!

Mock Neck Sweater

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So I don’t have this sweater in the grey color, but I do have it in black from last season and it is 100% a staple in my closet. See how it’s long in the back and has a little mock neck? So cute and comfy. Again, this is that BP. brand, so I usually size down!

Ribbed Pullover Sweater

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I’m not usually one for blue sweaters with denim (idk, maybe I’m weird) but I am really digging this look! Also, this sweater is crazy soft and comes in a ton of colors that you will absolutely love. Also, you can see that with a front tuck, it makes it a little slimmer.

Gingham Swing Top

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Gingham, cutout shoulders and a bit of sheer…who is ready for spring?? Because this shirt has me MORE than excited! What do you guys think? Fans of the gingham trend or no? This would look so cute with white jeans and wedges.

The Perfect Stripe Shirt

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This was the other shirt I bought (because, no, I did not buy all of this) and I am obsessed. It is the BP. brand and while I usually say size down, I got my normal size in this shirt. Love the stripes and the fit of this shirt. Also, it comes in several colors/prints! I styled it with a denim jacket and jeans here, not something I’d normally rock, but I don’t hate it!

Yellow Frill Dress

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Tbh, I don’t wear dresses that often. Honestly, I don’t wear them unless I have to. But, this one caught my eye and thought it was fun, aside from the wrinkles lol. I love the yellow color and the side tie. I got a small in this one but I would probably go down a size because the side tie kinda bunched up if that makes sense. This also comes in a blush color if you prefer that, but I think this would be a super cute color for a seasonal transitioning dress! Plus, it looks so cute with the suede jacket and I know it would look cute with a denim jacket as well! Anyone out there agree?

Above is everything I tried on at Nordstrom plus a few other items AND the furry slides I had on in the pics. I apologize for the low-quality photos and me looking overall goofy but I really wanted to do this in hopes of a few of you being interested! 🙂 Have a great weekend and I’ll be back next week!

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How I Grew The Heck Up in 2017

Standard blog opener right now: “WOW I cannot believe it is already 2018 and 2017 is over! My how time flies! Also, are you guys freezing cold? Because, same.” << Wish I could act like I am not totally one of those people haha.

Anyway, Happy New Year! Hope you are all doing great at your 2018 goals. Me on the other hand, I tried to go to the gym last night but it was too crowded. I’ll try again in 2019. Lol…jk….I hope.

I wanted to share this post all about what I learned in 2017. It was a big year for me. I grew the frick up and I’m not even exaggerating! And boy, did I have a blast doing it. This is a long post, so stick with me. I am sharing 12 high-level things I learned last year and then I want to share some things that made my 2017 amazing! *These kind of go hand in hand but whatever*. Also, some more pics by Courtney Garrett because love these and I thought you all might, too!

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It’s okay to be alone. No, really, it is. Go ahead, live alone, move to a new city alone, eat out in public by yourself. Yeah, these things can be scary but who cares? You are the only one holding you back. I used to be terrified of being alone. I swore I’d never live alone or eat alone but here I am doing it all the time. I can say that eating alone is relaxing and no one is judging you. They are too busy with their own lives.

Talk to people. Everyone has a story. From coworkers to strangers. Have a conversation and get to know people. Make them feel valued and important. Ask them REAL questions and don’t compare it to yourself, just let them talk. It’s so nice learning about others without the expectation to share everything about yourself too. If they ask, you can share, of course. But be mindful of letting OTHER people talk. I noticed I have trouble doing this, and I am constantly working to catch myself now and improving every day.

Don’t be guarded. This was/is hard for me as well. I like to be the cool kid. The one who is tough and phased by nothing. Truth be told, that is such a front. I am only human and to have real relationships with people (literally anyone) I have to let my guard down. Do you have trouble with this??

Thank people more than necessary. I have always been one to say thank you more than I need to. I think my mother beat it into me (not literally, or wait, now that I think about it, maybe it was literally? haha jk) to say thank you to adults, friends, strangers, etc. In the south, it is definitely more common to hear thank you for little tasks as they happen, but don’t forget to tell people thank you when they really make an impact on your life. Write them a letter, send a text, email, carrier pigeon, whatever. You will feel better when you do this, promise.

Good friends are a great thing. There was a time in my life where I felt like I had NO friends. Where I had no one to talk to and it was so isolating, but in reality, I did that to myself. So in 2017, I made a point to spend time with my friends, cherish that time, laugh, cry, sit in silence, talk about nothing or travel the world. Wow, am I thankful for this. I love my friends so so so much and I know I have people in my life that would do anything for me! I hope they know I’d do the same.

Slow down. I read something once that said if you have road rage you are a selfish person. The reason people (typically) have road rage is that they think their time is more precious than everyone else’s. They think they need to get where they are going quicker or more urgently than everyone else driving. Does that not make SO much sense? I know we all get frustrated when we are running late and the traffic is horrible. But in reality, the reason we are driving crazy and fast and pissed off is that we did not prioritize our time correctly and we should have given more time. So, rather than get all sorts of mad about traffic and when I’m late places, I have tried to learn. My time is not any more precious than anyone else’s and my poor and psycho driving could only hurt myself and others, so I should probs slow the freak down.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. I am pretty good at this. I just always have been. Now, I know I CAN be dramatic in some cases but I am actually really laid back and try my best not to let little things (especially things I can’t control) take over my life, ruin my day or put me in a bad mood. This is always easier said than done, but I like to really stay level-headed and not freak out about dumb stuff.

Do the things you love to do. Seriously. Stop saying no. In 2017, if I wanted to do something, I did it. Cue me having the best year of my life. It didn’t matter if I was tired, nervous, had no one to go with, no money, no plans, whatever. If I wanted to do it and it made sense, I just did it. I am so done with saying “dang I wish I had done that” or “wow that looks so fun, I wish I had gone”. Who else is over saying no?

Make decisions. Whether it is about where you want to have dinner or what color shoes to wear with your outfit. Don’t be indecisive. You have an opinion. “I don’t care” is not an answer and the truth is, you usually DO care. People like those who can make a decision. Studies show that they are respected more. It always irks me when there is a question and people say “i don’t care” then I make a decision they don’t like. I’m like CMON NOW, 2 SECONDS AGO YOU DIDN’T CARE! That being said, “I don’t know” is an answer but there is a big difference between the two haha. I could say idk right now but get back to you later with a real answer.

Learn about yourself and those close to you. This can dramatically improve your relationship with yourself and others. I highly recommend studying Enneagrams. I read this book and I am a 7 through and through. Check out these few excerpts from the book about 7’s. If you know me, you are like WOW that is spot on. *Tell me if you have studied Enneagram’s before or if you’re going to read this book!*

“When things get too serious for too long I usually find a way to get people to lighten up, often by telling jokes and funny stories.”

“I think people worry more than they should.”

“Scratch the vibrant paint on the surface of a Seven and what you’ll find underneath is the need to avoid pain. I can’t say that strongly enough–Sevens don’t want to feel unpleasant emotions, particularly that swirl of fear and emptiness they register at their core. No one enjoys feeling frightened, sad, bored, angry, disappointed or frustrated, but for Sevens, emotions like these are intolerable.”  << Can’t even begin to explain the accuracy of this for me.

Stop letting others opinions define you. Everyone struggles with this. But at the end of the day, those negative thoughts aren’t what you need in your life! You don’t like my blog? You don’t like my jokes? You think I am fake or rude? You are entitled to your own opinion, but I am not going to change who I am because of your opinion. I have actually always been pretty good about this. I have never been much of a “people pleaser” I don’t do things strictly because I want to please someone. I do things because I want to do them or it is the RIGHT thing to do. If you know me at all, you know this to be true. I don’t much care what others think. Probably happier because of it. I still care about peoples opinion of me and don’t want someone to think I’m awful, but I know wrong from right, I know what is important to me and I will live my life the way I want to and not focus on how someone else thinks I should live.

Be nice. Seriously. Be nice to people. Not because you have to or you’re supposed to. Genuinely be NICE to them. You will start to notice how much happier you are. I have really worked on this. My resolution a few years ago was to be nicer (not exaggerating) I think I am doing a bit better? Haha tbd.

How I created my own happiness in 2017!

  • Started learning how to play the piano! I had talked about this and honestly thought I’d be over it by now but I am still learning almost every day. I love it. It’s so relaxing. But also so hard.
  • Bought a new camera lens and I really enjoy taking photos! Really wish I could afford a fancy camera and really start a little side gig. Maybe one day! For now, I love my camera and learning how to edit, use light, place the subject, etc. Fun and relaxing.
  • Traveled to Europe TWICE. This is no secret. Those trips changed my life. I am so thankful I was able to do that and I don’t plan on slowing down.
  • Started renting my house on Airbnb. This allows me to put my house on airbnb when I want to and when I can and I get to make some extra money here and there! Plus my house stays super clean haha
  • I learned how to cook! I would choose 1-2 new recipes a week for a while (kinda tapered off haha) and I wasn’t so bad! Plus I really enjoyed it. I would come home, listen to a podcast or music and cook dinner and lunch for the next day.
  • I joined a community group. This was super scary for me but it has been one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. I am closer to God and I have made a ton of great friends!
  • I stayed single for an entire year. I can’t tell you the last time I did this. I did so pretty intentionally because I finally realized that I am looking for someone who literally sweeps me off my feet. For so long I thought it didn’t exist, but it has to, right? Tell me it does or me being crazy psycho picky is going to come back to bite me haha.

As for 2018, I just started my new job. Today was my first day and it was awesome. I was nervous (of course) but I survived haha. I am stoked about 2018. I have made the right changes, decisions, and moves to ensure my happiness while being a better version of myself overall. Let’s do this, 2018.

How can you create your own happiness in 2018? What are your goals? How are the things you did in 2017 going to help your 2018 be even better?? Drop me some comments!

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Casual Denim Jacket Look

I get more comments when wearing my denim jacket than anything else I own. Okay, that may be a little dramatic, but seriously, it’s great. If you don’t already have one, it’s time to find take the plunge. I promise you won’t regret it. Also, you can find a good and durable option at really affordable prices! Both of mine are under $50 and I have worn them both so many times. Anyway,  this outfit is super easy and you can wear it with any color sweater, making for at least 100 different outfits haha.

Hope you guys like this look and tell me if you want to see more outfits that can be worn several different ways as well as in every walk of life! Outfit deets (all price points of these items) at the bottom of this post! 🙂

Shoutout to the VERY talented Courtney Garrett for taking these pics! She’s an all star and if you’re in NWA and need ANY kind of photos, definitely reach out to her >> www.courtgphotography.com/ and follow her on Insta

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Have a great weekend! Hope you are all a lot further along on the Christmas shopping than I am haha
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10 Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Thanksgiving is NEXT week! What are you going to wear? Maybe you have a super chill day where you can wear your favorite leggings, oversized sweatshirt, and house shoes. I envy you. I mean, I guess I could do that, but my whole family comes to town and I think they would be really confused. Also, it would be documented all over social media and that would be embarrassing. I was sure to add ideas for the really dressy occasion all the way to jeans and t-shirts and everything in between!

These are some cute outfits from my three absolute favorite bloggers and each photo links to the pieces they are wearing (as well as their original posts – show some love) and other options at different price points. Oh, and I added a few pics of my favorite outfits I shared from last season that are obvi still relevant.

Casual Thanksgiving Outfits

1. Plaid button down and duck boots

Does your family do Thanksgiving on the farm? Are all the boys coming back from the woods just in time to grab lunch and go back out? Is everyone is hopping on and off four-wheelers, rangers, etc? If so, I’d go with this outfit. Cute, practical and comfortable.

plaid button down casual thanksgiving outfit

Pic from LivvyLandBlog

In her blog post, you can see the sizing she chose. Also, in the American Eagle plaid shirt, I linked above, I got a small! If you order women’s Patagonia items, I like to size up or they will be really fitted.

 

2. Striped Tee & Distressed Jeans

This is my go-to for basically every walk of life. Literally, have this outfit on as I create this post haha. You can never go wrong. I do like how she added the cute neck scarf to add some variation here!

striped tee distressed jeans and bootie thanksgiving outfit

Pic from LivvyLandBlog

Exact top from picture above

 

3. Casual leather leggings outfit

I am absolutely obsessed with these leather leggings. You can dress them up or down and the outfits are always so stinking cute. I have gotten a ton of compliments on these leggings when I wear them and the best part is they are actually comfortable! I love this casual look and I’d even wear it when sneakers.

Pic from EmilyAnnGemma

 

4. Leggings and Cardigan

You can’t go wrong with the cozy cardigan option. I mean, throw on a loose tee, some black (v stretchy) leggings, your best cardigan and some boots and you are ready to eat your way all the way through Thanksgiving. This is the route I’m sure I’ll be talking this year (as with every other year).

Pic from BrightonKeller

Linked some good faux leather legging options, but if you are looking for plain black GREAT leggings, I cannot recommend the Align Pants from lululemon enough. I seriously want to give a pair of these to everyone I know.

 

Sweater & Jeans for Thanksgiving

5. Classic clean White sweater & black jeans

I have so many white sweaters, blouses, and tees in my closet because this is one of my favorite looks. Not sure what it is, but I love white tops. Maybe because they make me look tan, but also clean and put together a little bit? Idk. But can we talk about those slides she has on? That is the color I need!!!

Pic from LivvyLandBlog

Exact sweater from photo above

 

6. Off the shoulder sweater & distressed jeans

I think everyone is well aware of the off the shoulder sweater vibes this season. I am a fan. It makes your cozy sweater look a little more dressed up. Am I right? What are thoughts on this style?

Pic from EmilyAnnGemma

 

7. Tan sweater and statement booties

I am obsessed with the leopard booties. Really think I need them but I am making myself wait to really see how much I *need* them after I get everyone else’s Christmas gifts. Also, have to pay bills and things, but not that important haha.

Pic from BrightonKeller

 

8. Mock neck sweater & jeans

I personally LOVE the color of this sweater. And the bell sleeves? Yes, ma’am. It comes in a few other colors and I would say it’s TTS or size down. A lot of BP. brand items run a little big.

Pic from EmilyAnnGemma

 

Shelby’s Last Season Faves for Thanksgiving Inspo

9. All black with tan booties

How cold do I look in this pic? Lmk haha. Moral of this is that you can never go wrong with all black. In my personal opinion.

black sweater off the shoulder with distressed black jeans

Original post here

10. Beanie game strong

Few things I love more than a good beanie. And the weather is finally here. I love that you can dress it up or down and this is one of my favorite looks from last season. I think I may wear this (sans beanie) to work tomorrow. Inspiring myself here.

Original post here and here

If you like this post, please let me know! Hoping to take pics this week and next week of new outfits. Also, I regularly share my day-to-day life on Instagram and Snapchat stories, so if you like dogs, pretty sunsets, and other miscellaneous posts, be sure to follow me there!

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Sale Roundup – Fall, Outerwear & Beauty

Hi! I wanted to put together a big sale roundup post for everyone. Some of these sales are actually ending today, so don’t wait!

The Sephora sale is a must. I didn’t picture any of the items above, but they are linked below. These are things I buy again and again, can’t live without. Also, a great time to stock up on gifts for your friends, sisters, and moms for Christmas! I will be posting Thanksgiving outfit ideas and gift guides this week so stay tuned!

A few things to point out…

  • The plaid shirt in the graphic is seriously SO SOFT! I got a small and I’m really excited. Also, I buy all my underwear from Aerie now. It is way better quality than Victoria’s Secret and with the sale, it is priced better. Highly recommend.
  • The white sneakers pictured are my fave white sneakers. I wore them all over Europe and they go with everything.
  • The burgundy sherpa pullover runs a little big, so be sure to size down. I got an XS!
  • All of the products I have from Sephora are linked below. I am low key (high key) obsessed with all things Anastasia brand.
All of the links in the graphic above are clickable!

Be sure to check out my recent post about my Lululemon partnership and the new store in Rogers!
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Shopbop Sale Favorites!

Here are some of my favorites from the ShopBop sale happening now! I ordered a few of these items today and others I already have and LOVE. You can click right on the photos to open the products or shop the products at the bottom.

I will keep adding items if I see anything else that I love, have to have or already have.

Don’t forget to use the code: EVENT17.

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