link love

Friday, November 27, 2015

photo from my Instagram

Today I'm sitting on the couch eating leftover peanut butter chews, watching Gremlins for the first time, and putting up our Christmas tree, but I wanted to share a few links just for the sake of consistency!

♥ I don't typically do a bunch of Black Friday shopping, but I got an email last night saying Anthro was doing 25% off the whole store, so I finally snatched up the sweater I've been wanting for weeks. Since it was such a great sale (and I have this weird thing where I hate just buying one item online), I also got this unbearably cute planter and this yummy-smelling honeysuckle lotion. After I hit the final button on my order, I discovered the *most* gorgeous shower curtain that I'll spend the rest of the day deciding whether or not to buy.

♥ Jenny received an unexpected guest this morning, and I'm so jealous.

♥ Do you think I could convince Dago to do this for our holiday cards?

♥ Are you planning on doing some Small Business Saturday shopping? My favorite local shoe brand SUAVS is offering 20% off with code SMALLBUSINESS20. If you've been thinking about getting in on the slip-ons trend, these breathable, flexible shoes should be your first step.

♥ Love these tips from Liz about loving your body during the holidays.

♥ Hey bloggers: hoping to get more organized in the new year? Non-bloggers: looking for a great gift for your favorite blogging babe? Everyone should check out this 2016 blog planner by The Cutie Life! It has everything you could possibly need, from pages for goals and post ideas to a place to track your stats and keep up with scheduling content throughout the year.

♥ While I don't plan on doing anymore Black Friday shopping today, I get paid on Monday and will definitely be taking advantage of some Cyber Monday sales! Here are a few pieces I'm hoping to pick up for a great price: this cutely-stitched sweater, this cozy tweed midi skirt, these ├╝ber-popular leggings, this gingham flare dress, this faux fur scarf, and this hi-low sweater.

What's on your plate this weekend? (Too soon for a food joke?)

on my lists | turtlenecks

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This is going to be my year. I am going to own a gosh darn turtleneck and I'm going to look gosh darn cute in it. I have big dreams of cozy turtleneck sweaters paired with skinny jeans and tall boots, boyfriend denim and flats, and tucked into midi skirts with heeled booties. It seems everyone else is feeling turtlenecks this year too, because there are some seriously cute options available. Here are a few I'm personally loving:

on my list turtlenecks
one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Don't you just feel all warm and snuggly looking at these? So, to start, I realize the first top isn't actually a sweater. I just really want this J.Crew long-sleeved turtleneck shirt, so I included it. It would be so perfect tucked into a skirt or layered under a dress!

Aside from the striped shirt, I'm apparently all about over-sized grey turtleneck sweaters. The J.Crew Factory one is classic and perfectly cable knit without being bulky. The tasseled Anthropologie sweater is just too cute not to include. It's obviously really different, but I think that might make it my favorite! The Madewell t-neck looks impossibly soft and really versatile, while the extremely over-sized and hi-low look of the Express sweater is the very definition of cozy.

Other colors I'm eyeing? Winter white, baby pink, and dark olive, of course!

Are you into turtlenecks? What's on your list this week?

oui oui

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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dress: BB Dakota c/o Shopbop (similar) // boots: Madden Girl (similar options) // scarf: Prototype Vintage

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

A few weeks ago April had me over to put together a few outfits for Pieceology Vintage's Fall/Winter 2015 lookbook. She and I wear the same shoe size and she wanted me to try one of the outfits with a pair of her black booties. Her pair had a tall stacked heels and a little bit of fringe on the side. If you had told me a year ago that I would fall head-over-heels for a pair of fringe boots and then go buy my own pair because I had to have them immediately, I would have told you that you had mistaken me for a much cooler and funkier blogger. And yet, here we are.

When these booties arrived in the mail, I put them on and asked Dago if he liked my fringe booties. He looked at the boots, and then at me, and said "Oui oui!" He was positive I'd asked if he liked my French boots.

I've been wearing them non-stop, so expect to see them a lot around here in the next few weeks (like, really, a lot). I actually had them rush delivered so I could wear them with this dress to the opening party of the work conference I went to a couple of weeks back. Then, after picking up this scarf from Prototype's booth at Fun Fun Fun Fest, I wore this outfit to The Megaphone Show as the featured storyteller! Me and my French boots? We've got a good thing going on.

Speaking of good things going on, Shopbop has the coolest sale going on right now! I'm planning on buying a pair of Citizens of Humanity jeans or one of these clutches and some pretty gold Gorjana jewelry. Here's some more info about shopping the sale!

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This sale is an awesome time for your family and friends to pull together and put in a big order with a big discount! Need a few ideas? A blanket scarf for mom, a sparkly wallet for your bestie, and some pretty earrings for you. Get that holiday shopping in!

26 before 26 | checking in

Monday, November 23, 2015

Over the weekend I celebrated my half birthday! By celebrated, I mean that we didn't move from the couch for the entire day, watched all of Jessica Jones on Netflix, and then ended the night with fried rice from my favorite pan-Asian restaurant. The best part of my half birthday, however, is always checking in on my birthday bucket list to see how many things I can cross off the list! Without further adieu, my 26 before 26 check in:

26 before 26 check in

01. Road trip to Marfa | Completed 9/17-9/20. Read about my trip here.
02: Go to Pedernales State Falls Park | Completed 6/13.
06: Secure a blog sponsor | Completed 7/30. Working with Shopbop has been really wonderful so far and I've loved learning more about the brand.
07: Participate in a link up every month | Successfully in progress! Since May, I have linked up with Fran's budgeting bloggers every single month. Looking forward to putting my November post together soon!
09: Journal every day for one month | Completed! Technically I have a few more days left on this goal, but so far I've journaled every night of November and I don't intend on skipping any days through the rest of the month.
11: Buy a dryer | DONE!!!! Completed July 18.
13: Keep a few plants alive in our apartment | Done! Our snake plant is still alive and thriving, and we've got a cacti here and there too!
15: Go to the flea market | Done! I went to Round Top (a city-wide flea market in the Hill Country) in early October and picked up this pretty! Would love to do another flea market adventure before my next birthday!
17: Attend a crafting workshop | Done! I've actually done quite a bit of crafting this year and I'm excited to do even more at The Paper + Craft Pantry!
21: Bake lemon bars | Done! (And delicious!)
Total: 10 out of 26

Things I expect to complete by May 21, 2016
03: Visit malls in 3 different cities | I have been to 0 malls in other cities since May. I guess I have a little road tripping to do!
05: Host a blogger event | Huh. I forgot I made this goal. I have an event that I'm planning, but it's not blogger-specific, so I guess I need to work on something!
10: Go one whole month without shopping | So, I attempted to not shop in July and failed. After giving it a lot of thought, I've decided to try again in April. I will pick up all the spring clothes I need in March and then save money in April to do birthday shopping in May!
12: Revamp our guest bathroom | Not done due yet due to finances, but I plan on knocking this out in the new year. Fun plans for this room!
14: Go to the farmer's market | Due to weather and poor planning, I didn't make it out in October like I planned, but I don't think I'll have any problem accomplishing this before May.
16: Go to the dentist | Ughhhhh forever dreading the dentist. Any tips or Austin recommendations?
18: Get a massage | Fail. I just don't even know how to go about getting a massage. Again, any tips or recommendations?
22: Watch 5 Audrey Hepburn movies | I watched one! Give me your favorite Audrey recs and I'll try to do this over Christmas!
23: Pose for a confidence shoot | I did a mini topless shoot with Chelsea in Marfa (you can see the super safe for work Instagram pic here), but I don't think this quite counts. Maybe I'll do a fun birthday shoot next year!
24: Speak to students about blogging & dream jobs | Not done. I need to get back in touch with my alma mater for the spring semester.
25: Contribute to HelloGiggles | Not yet, but I think about it all the time! I don't have any experience pitching publications, so I think that's what's holding me back. I think I'm going to start a brainstorm note in my phone for this to keep all my HG ideas in one place.
26: Give gifts for no reason | I always seem to have big plans for this, and then something goes wrong (it sells out, I have an unexpected expense, they buy it for themselves first). I'm going going to accomplish this, though!

Things I hope I'm able to do, but don't feel as confident about
04: Travel to an out-of-state blog friend | Not yet. I have some flying to do if I can afford it! I need to really sit down and plan this out ASAP if it's going to happen.
08: Send a letter every month | Total fail. I have sent exactly 0 letters since May. However, Mia introduced me to this awesome program that allows me to collect your address if you want some snail mail from me! I may not be able to do 12 out of 12, but I could do 6/12 if I really try!
19: Try acupuncture | Another fail. Since physical therapy and a new bra seem to have eliminated my dizziness, I'm not sure I actually need acupuncture anymore? Anybody know if you have to have a specific ailment in order to get it?
20: Complete Duolingo's Spanish course | Hardest fail. I don't even have the app on my phone right now. I guess I should download

Not bad for six months! Having done these birthday bucket lists for a few years, I know that there are usually 3-4 goals I make that don't happen, usually because my interests or needs change over the course of a year. That said, I'm just under halfway through and I've got plans to accomplish a good chunk of these! Realistically, I think I can complete 12 or 13 more of these. I just really need to focus up for the next few months and really save my pennies. Ultimately, I think I could accomplish everything if money were no object, so a big part of accomplishing goals, both for the sake of my bucket list and just in life, has to do with planning ahead, saving and being intentional about spending.

Have you ever done a birthday bucket list? If you're working through one right now, how close are you to finishing?

Also, if you're interested, check out my 25 before 25 journey, as well as my 24 before 24 journey.