Friday, May 22, 2015

26 before 26

Thanks for all the birthday love, my dears! And without further adieu, my birthday bucket list for the next year...

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photo by Chelsea Laine Francis

I'm so ready to start checking things off the list! If you're curious, check out my 24 before 24 and 25 before 25 lists!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

t w e n t y f i v e

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dress: c/o ASOS (similar) // scarf: Target (similar) // belt: Target // shoes: Forever 21


I made it! I made it to 25! I think what might be most crazy to me is thinking about how 10 years ago I was 15. I had pink hair and I did theatre in my spare time and I listened to a lot of Fall Out Boy. I had big dreams to be the editor of a magazine and to have my voice heard.

Today, on May 21 2015, I have pink hair, I'm the editor of an international wedding website, I listen to a lot of Taylor Swift (okay, and I still listen to a lot of From Under the Cork Tree if we're being honest), and I run this tiny corner of the Internet where sometimes people come and read what I have to say.

What's even crazier is to think about where I'll be in 10 more years. I can't even imagine where I'll be at 30, much less 35, but I can only hope I'll keep making my 15 year-old-self proud.

Hey 25. You're looking pretty good.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

25 before 25 | recap

Whether you've been following this blog for a while or you're new around here, you've probably noticed that I'm real into goal setting and I love a good recap. Since I turn 25 tomorrow (yay!), I figure it's the perfect time to let y'all know how I did on my 25 before 25 birthday bucket list! I did a check-in back in November for my half-birthday that you can check out here, and if you're interested, you can find the original list posted here.
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As of November 21, I had completed 11 out of 25 goals. Since then, I've completed 8 more, leaving me at 19 out of 25! Here's a little update on those:

02. Make fresh lemonade - Completed on 5/17.
09. Pay off my credit cards - Completed 3/11. Thanks, tax refund!
12. Dye my hair a fun color - Completed on 5/16. I waited til the last minute on this one, but I finally dyed my hair a fun shade of rose gold over the weekend! Better pics tomorrow, but here's a quick 'gram.
14. Do an art project for our home - Completed on 2/22. See a cute, summery pic here!
19. Submit a piece of writing to a zine - Completed on 1/3 and 5/4. My 1/3 submission was published in the Winter '15 issue of Vagina :: The Zine and I'll hear back on the Spring/Summer submission soon!
20. Send out family photo holiday cards - Completed on 12/25. You can see our photo shoot with Briley and the card we sent out here.
22. Meet a feminist icon - Completed on 3/22. I met Sophia Rossi at TxSC and then got to see her again last week for the first stop on her book tour! You can read about meeting her the first time here.
25. Make a chapbook of my poetry - Completed on 5/18 with the help of Briley! More on this coming soon.

And the 6 things I didn't complete:

03. Love the way I look in a swimsuit
04. Run a whole mile without stopping
06. Get another tattoo
07. Write half of my memoir
16. Purchase a real camera and tripod
18. Attend a yoga class

I feel 100% proud and content with checking off 19 goals from my list! All six things I didn't complete were things I actively decided I didn't want to do after all. As life changes, goals shift -- I think it's important not to hold yourself to something that isn't right for you anymore or that doesn't get you closer to the you you're working towards.

Looking at the things I did and didn't accomplish, I put together a 26 before 26 bucket list that I'm really excited to start working on! I'll be sharing that list on Friday, so stay tuned!

For reference, here's my 24 before 24 recap!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

that one dress you know everyone has

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blazer: hand-me-up from my brother // dress: Old Navy // necklace: The Land of Salt // shoes: Old Navy (similar)


I don't know about your circle of friends and bloggers, but everyone I know owns this dress. It's from Old Navy, which means it has a wider shopping appeal. It's linen, so it's perfect for summer. And it's a smock dress; my very favorite trend (see more here) that everyone else seems to be favoring now too!

I've seen this dress styled a ton of cute, summery ways, most of which I, too, have worn since purchasing the dress a couple of weeks ago. (Seriously, I wear it at least once a week because it's so. darn. comfy!) However, I did something a little different with it for work and thought I should share since, you know, that's what I do here on this blog.

How do you take a summery, shapeless, linen dress from weekend to work, you ask? Add a blazer, of course! I wore this outfit (with different shoes -- decidedly I'm not feeling the clogs with this) to a work meeting and got all of the compliments. That's one way to know a look is working for you!

If you're wondering how to style the same dress for play instead of work, I love how Tay, Chelsea, and Jesse styled it!

Do you, too, own this dress? I want to know how you've worn it so far!