I may be extremely ready for spring, but we have at least a few more weeks of winter-ish temps here in Austin. Luckily, Tieka has plenty of winter outfit inspo to get me (and you) through! Love this sweet sweater look, this casual coffee run outfit, and this maxi skirt ensemble.
Speaking of outfit inspiration, I'm definitely pinning Sade and Valery's Valentine's looks for next year!
English Factory is killing it with the spring vibes.
Surely you've experienced FOMO, but what about the joy of missing out?
One of my favorite artists, Maritza Lugo, created a powerful series showing Disney princesses struggling in a world without healthcare for women. This interview about the set has so much great info about both the artwork and about the state of reproductive care in the U.S.
This 12-year-old is publishing an activism guide for children and teens. Goooooodness I wish this had existed when I was younger!
Do you love vintage Coach bags as much as I do? Katrina's 2-step vintage purse restoration how-to is a must-have!
Rachel and Noelle are one of my favorite pairs of blogging besties, so of course I'm obsessed with their Galentine's photo shoot (and their outfits).
All these scallops got me like....
Olivia shared some real talk on self-love and particularly positive self-image that I needed to hear this week. Maybe you do too?
I've been bit by the springtime bug and there's no going back. Luckily, Anthropologie's pre-spring arrivals are feeding my soul with pastel hues, feminine shapes, and breezy fabrics I can't wait to wear. While Anthro is typically a little out of my price range, all of these pieces are under $150, meaning one or more might come home to make my closet a little sweeter this coming season!
Which pieces are your favorite?
blouse: Forever 21 via Poshmark (similar) // midi skirt: Forever 21 (similar) // hat: Brixton c/o Shopbop // shoes: Sole Society via Poshmark (similar) // purse: vintage Coach via Pieceology Vintage // tights: Loft
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
Sometimes you're in the middle of putting one outfit together and switch gears to try a different one, but get caught in the middle and realize it's magic. Also, sometimes you don't realize you're carrying your purse backwards until the very end of a photo shoot. You know, just girly things.
Other girly things? A Peter Pan collar blouse and a floral skirt. This outfit definitely channels one of my favorite style icons, Olivia of What Olivia Did, who nails über femme styling every single time.
Being totally honest, I think I'm having a mini style crisis. When I was in New Orleans over the weekend for work (see a few snaps from my trip here!), I thought I did this great job of packing, but got there and didn't feel comfortable in my clothes. I think the "lifestyle" thing is throwing me off a little. I'm finding myself attracted to pieces that I don't really have anywhere to wear, and the things I've bought recently don't have counterparts to make an outfit. Or, at least not an outfit that feels totally me.
It may also be the case that the massive changes in weather every day are making dressing generally difficult. I bought a handful of sweaters before the trip because it was supposed to be chilly, but it was a balmy 77 degrees pretty much the whole time we were there and I had to throw together a few outfits at the last second. You'll see when I post my budget update later this month, but my purchases have been all over the place.
What's your approach to packing for trips? What about shopping for a new season? I think I need a new perspective!
P.S. Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you spend it loving on your people and loving yourself most of all!
P.P.S. Are y'all interested in my New Orleans travel recommendations from my trip? Travel isn't really my area of expertise, but we had a great itinerary and did some really cool stuff!
Happy Friday! This is a reoccurring post I've thought about doing for a while, and now seemed like exactly the right time to start it. Every few Fridays, I'll share a few self-care tips to get your weekend started off right. Cool?
To Buy // New Underwear
Y'all, I may have started this series just so I could share my love of buying new underwear. It became a self-care strategy back in my hotline days, but has become one of my favorite things to do. Buy a pretty pair, replace your ratty or too-tight old pairs, buy 10 pairs at once so you have literally more than a week's worth. I am a huge fan of these from Gap, but also love buying a pack or two of Calvins to mix things up. My favorite shapewear undies are by Yummie, and I like them because they're not at all constricting, don't show lines, and are super soft. Lastly, since Valentine's is just around the corner, you can't go wrong with something pretty and lacy from Natori.
To Listen // Process by Sampha
Sampha is an artist I've been following through his features on other artists albums, like Solange's latest. He finally just dropped his first album, Process, last week, and I've been listening to it non-stop since. Some of the album feels like meditation, while other songs make me cry, so fair warning that his beautiful voice may bring you the therapeutic tears you didn't know you needed. My favorite tracks so far are Blood On Me and No One Knows Me.
To Follow // Motivational Tattoos
My latest illustrator crush on Instagram is an account called Motivational Tattoos, which is exactly what it sounds like. Their claim to fame are definitely the band-aid-shaped temporary tattoos, stickers, and even enamel pins, but the account is full of encouraging illustrations to help combat the yucky feels scrolling through Instagram can sometimes give us.
To Read // A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms
I'm actually in New Orleans for a little work trip as you're reading this, and one of the things we've got planned is a palm reading. As I was poking around the Internet for something fun to share, I happened upon Refinery29's palm reading guide for beginners. If you're into that sort of thing, it can be a cool way to get in tune with yourself from a new perspective. If it seems a little out there for you, the distraction of learning about something new certainly doesn't hurt!
To Watch // Cupcake Icing Gifs
I'm going to share this without commentary because it's just that good. Especially number 10.
What self-care practices did you do this week or have planned for the weekend?