emoji heart eyes

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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shirt: Forever 21 (similar) // jeans: Gap Factory // shoes: Franco Sarto // tote: Old Navy // scarf: thrifted originally Totes // bracelet: gift from Emma, originally Bauble Bar

I can't believe I haven't shared this outfit with you yet! The day I wore it was hot hot hot, but it's finally cooling down a little and I know this look will be in heavy rotation for fall. In fact, this is sort of like a 2015 version of one of my favorite outfits from last fall. I'm nothing if not a little predictable, I guess.

Coincidentally, that outfit was the one I wore to my first day at Junebug Weddings, and today is my one year job anniversary! It's been a whirlwind of a year and I'm as excited as ever about my job. Every day I'm looking at the prettiest weddings in the world, connecting with the most talented and creative wedding professionals, and trying to keep my emoji heart eyes in check looking at so many dreamy wedding dresses. It's the dream.

Speaking of emoji heart eyes, did you get a look at my bracelet?? My dear friend Emma mailed me this little cat emoji bling and I've been wearing it every chance I get. I've never been much of a bracelet wearer, especially being that I'm at a computer all day, but this dainty piece of jewelry stays out of the way and adorable all day.

Because I promised a review, let's talk about these shoes for a sec. I posted a wishlist of red flats back in August and lots of you recommended I go with the leather Franco Sarto pair. I'm so glad I did! First, they went on super sale (they still are -- more than 50% off!), so that made them a little more appealing than the rest. Then they came in the mail and they are truly the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever worn. The leather is incredibly soft and the sole of the shoe is sturdy quality. The shape of the shoe is different than my other flats, being cut with a longer front section, for lack of a better explanation, that fits like a glove on my foot. I've been pairing them with everything from little white dresses at the end of summer to stripes and jeans for fall.

What pieces (or pastimes!) have been giving you emoji heart eyes lately?

october | small goals

Monday, October 5, 2015

small goals october

October is an exciting time: everything smells like crisp air and spice, sweaters fill the racks in my favorite stores, and the holidays are nearly upon us. Something about the final quarter of the year always gets my gears going thinking about goals for the new year. I'm already thinking about ways I want to improve various areas of my life in 2016, and my goals for the last quarter of the year will definitely reflect that awareness. I'm very excited about a new year, but first we have to get through this new month! And, even before that, we need to take a look back on last month and see how we did.

Here's a reminder of September's goals

1. let go and relax in Marfa | done! Read about my trip here!
2. finish Unspeakable | Not yet, but I did at least finally pick it up and I'm making moves! And by making moves, I mean turning pages, of course.
3. look into speaking opportunities at upcoming conferences | done! Aaaand now we wait.
4. make a dish that I can take to work for a week | Technically done. I made the pesto couscous, feta, basil, and tomato salad I intended to make. I even brought it every day for a week! And then I entered a pretty bad period of depression that resulted in extremely limited appetite and I only ate it one and a half times that week. I absolutely am counting this goal as achieved because I cooked a meal and prepared it for a week. I also learned that maybe the next goal shouldn't revolve around a whole week, and should focus more on my cravings throughout the week and cooking a few several small meals I can bring to work. I plan on writing more about my journey with intuitive eating, so if you have any questions you want me to cover, please feel free to ask!
5. get professionally fitted for a bra | done! Read all about it here if you haven't yet!

4/5, y'all! Not bad! Here's what I plan to get up to in October:

1. find a signature scent for the cooler months | Is this a weird goal? I've never been a perfume wearer, but I've always wanted to be. I feel like fashion magazines always talk about needing a summer scent and a winter scent, so I guess I'm going to go out and find a perfume for fall that I love and wear it 'til spring. Do you have a favorite?
2. organize my desk space at home | I have a confession to make. If you walked into my house and went directly into our office (or, "desk room" as Dago and I call it), you would think I'm a hoarder. Literally no other spot in my home looks like this, but my desk and at least a foot in every direction around it is piled high and wide with old bills, thank you cards, half-read books and magazines, various art supplies, and more. If I don't know where to put something, I've just put it there. For two and a half years. So, it's time to take care of this. Trip to Ikea, anyone? I need an organizing strategy!
3. finish a goddamn book | It feels like I make a book-related goal every month and never finish -- the goal or the book. This month I'm going to finish a book, any book, if it's the last thing I do.
4. clean out fall and winter clothes that don't fit anymore and make a wishlist | I had a super hard time not making every goal this month home related because I'm in an intense nesting mode lately. At least this is a different side of the house! I need to figure out what needs replacing because it doesn't fit anymore or isn't in good shape anymore, and then make a solid list of things to keep an eye out for this month.
5. go to the farmer's market | I have been killing it at my 26 before 26 list, y'all! It definitely helps that I've been spreading them out through my monthly goals. I feel like fall is the perfect time to go to the farmer's market, so I'm excited to go early one of these weekends with Dago and pick up some goodies!

So that's what I'm up to this month! I've already seen lots and lots of monthly goals being posted in the blogosphere, and I'm SO EXCITED! Be sure to link up below if you're posting your own small (or big!) goals for October!

P.S. Today you can find me over on the new and awesome Lady ATX Mag sharing a #StudioSession about blogging, vulnerability, podcasting, and passion projects. Check it out!

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Friday, October 2, 2015


Some weeks call for impromptu mental health days that take you on a car ride to a town-wide flea market full of magic and junk. Well, maybe not some weeks, but this week did anyway. Shout out to Round Top, TX and this slice of buttermilk pie for getting me to Friday to write this post. It's the little things, you know?

Speaking of little things, here are some little gems from around the Internet this week:

♥ I'mma let you finish, but Jen had the best blog post about attitude and gratitude of all time this week and I've read it too many times and I'm so excited to share it with you because it's important.

♥ ICYMI: I ran a giveaway on Instagram earlier this week for a sweet Austin doodle mug. The giveaway is over, but Signet Sealed's shop has lot more hand-lettered pretties you should check out!

♥ ICYMI Pt. 2: Do you know that I have a podcast? Well, I've had one with my boyfriend Dago for two years now and, to celebrate the show's second anniversary, we recorded a special Emmys-themed year-in-review episode called the 2015 Dinnies! It's a great show that I'm really proud of, and you should probably tune in. ;)

♥ Speaking of checking out local goodies, have you Austin ladies heard of Lady ATX Mag yet? They just launched and they're already killing it with the content, plus I may have an upcoming feature or two! ;)

♥ I've never been inside of a Lululemon, but this is the craziest story I've ready in a while.

♥ Any obscure television list that includes State of Grace is valid in my heart. I also appreciated the Angela Anaconda reference, because I had in fact forgotten about the highly underrated show. However, this list would benefit from the addition of As Told By Ginger.

♥ Queen Demi slays again.

♥ Love these tip for packing a lunch at work. Keeping a loaf of bread at work was life-changing for me, for real.

♥ After quite a bit of shopping in September, I'm hoping to not go crazy in October. That said, here are a few wishlist items: something in plaidsomething in mustard, something in cashmere, something with a little sparkle, and something in leopard.

P.S. I'll be sharing my October goals on Monday, so get your post ready to linkup!

on my list | pretty oxfords

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sometimes my wishlist items are more like "I wish to try this" items than "I need this in order to complete my life" items. This is definitely true for this week, in which I'm considering pretty oxford flats for fall. I have owned a couple pairs of oxfords in my life, but they never really seemed to fit into my closet the way I wanted them to. Lately, however, I've seen lots of cuties (here, herehere, here) rocking oxfords that are a little more feminine, and I'm starting to reevaluate my stance on the shoes.

Here are a few pairs I have my eye on to try:

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

So many pretty shoes! I love that there are some dainty, delicate options of this otherwise masculine shoe because that's right up my alley. My favorite pair are definitely the suede oxfords from Nordstrom Rack, which would look just as cute with my black jeans as they would with a mini dress and tights. However, I'm also slightly obsessed with all of the cutout pairs (two, three, four, and eight) because, duh, how cute are those? But would those look weird with tights? Or would they look extra cute with patterned socks? The classic brown pair from Forever 21 is pretty similar to the Aldo pair I owned in college, but it's a nice safe option for a good price. On the other end of the price spectrum is the J.Crew pair, which, goodness they are gorgeous, but for that price I better wear them every day and to bed. Lastly, the chic ivory pair from Madewell remind me of a wedding I blogged recently where the bride wore oxfords with her Jenny Packham gown and I just about died. Not very practical for fall or winter, but damn sophisticated if you ask me!

Are you an oxford sort of girl? Am I the only one who struggles to feel femme in such a masculine shoe? What are your tricks for styling them?