I had some poetry published today! I am so terribly excited to be a part of this brand new literary journal, Bay Laurel, created by an extremely talented peer. The journal seeks to publish works that have been previously turned down by other publications. After curling up to read the journal this morning, I'm honored to be listed among such talented writers, especially my best friend Matt.

Check out the Autumn issue of Bay Laurel! My poems The Pink House on Wilmes Dr and edna, TX appear alongside some really powerful work.

published

Lovelies, it's that time again. As the leaves begin to change (at least that's what I hear--it definitely isn't happening here in Austin), I start getting a restless feeling in my bones and need to make some changes for myself. (For the tl;dr version, scroll to the last paragraph.)

Lately, I've been feeling a little inadequate. I'm graduated from college and trying to secure my dream job, but I have a lot of support from friends, family, and colleagues reminding me that this won't happen overnight.  To fill my time with inspiration and productivity, I've really been dedicating myself to blogging and figuring out what kind of blogger I want to be. I follow tons of absolutely wonderful fashion bloggers on all levels of the follower spectrum and I've been trying out this kind of post and that kind of voice just to see what fit. Unfortunately, a lot of it wasn't feeling quite right. So I tried to make a list of things that would make me a better blogger:

+ a regular photographer
+ a corgi
+ a sewing machine
+ a coffee habit

These things just aren't in the cards for me right now, but I don't think that should stop me from being the best blogger I can be. After reevaluating some things around here on the blog, and I've made a decision. Moving forward, this blog will be known as Writes Like a Girl (please note the URL change!). I'm going to start writing more, rather than just posting more. For me, blogging is more than pretty, edited photographs. I have a lot of funny and important things to say about fashion, life, feminism, pop culture, relationships, body image, depression and anxiety. I want this blog to be a place for all of those things and I think this change will help me do that.

I hope you'll come along with me! + Follow my blog with Bloglovin

a little change


As excited as I am for fall, it's hard to commit to the cold-weather-clothing transition when it's still 93° outside. Oh, Austin, won't you pick a temperature and stick to it?

This is my go-to "I'm late and nothing is clean/looks good on me" outfit. I've worn dressed it down for day and up for night. Both the top and shorts fit me like a glove and go together even better. I feel like a hipster floral pin-up when I wear this, but looking at these pictures is sort of crushing that image for me.

Chances are, this will show up again in a couple of months remixed with tights and a long cardigan. If it ever stops being summer, that is.

ninety-three

Pinterest via A Nice Little Tumblr
Pinterest via The Glitter Guide
Pinterest via The Ordinary Peoples

Pinterest via Keri Smith
Pinterest via Prepfection
Pinterest via Leslie David
Just a few of my favorite recent pins. I've been on a major pinning kick because it's FALL! what better time to be inspired? follow along!

#pinning

 
all the beauty of Austin, TX

 
summer endings // fall beginnings
quality time with contessa // quality time with wine

 
caesar salad pizza // date with dago-bear-to

follow along on instagram @nicolahearts!


instagrins

chambray: American Eagle // pants: Gap Outlet (similar) // shoes: Target // headband: Claire's
When I bought these leopard loafers, I had exactly this outfit in mind. I feel extremely classic in a button down and black cropped pants, so adding these shoes just completes the outfit. 

Maybe it's just me, but I think leopard shoes are the most classic and versatile shoe of them all. There are very few colors or garments that absolutely clash with the animal print and yet they always make a statement of confidence and put-togetherness in an otherwise basic outfit.

I've been so excited to find different ways to wear them, so expect to see these babies all over the blog through the fall months and into winter. 

paws up

similar top // skirt  // similar shoes // similar necklace
Have I ever told y'all about the time I did social media? Because it's something I do. Granted, if you're reading this, you probably do social media too.

See, last SXSW, Dago and I were walking down S. Congress--something we do on a regular, non-touristy basis--and the street was filled with festival-goers. It must have been during the Interactive portion of the festival, because everyone was talking about what companies and organizations they work for doing social media. Being the pretentious hipsters that we are (harharhar) Dago and I started speaking in funny voices and coming up with random things that one might "do social media for."

For instance:
+ferrets who wear hats
+support group for men who have rims of hair around their head
+professional darts league
+gluten free laundry detergent factory
+knitted slippers for furniture Etsy shop

Anyway, I now do social media for a local wedding photographer. Today I wore this outfit to two different social media workshops. Check me out.

pencil me in

urban
I know what you're going to say: leggings aren't pants. Well, you know what? I do what I want.
But really, sometimes it gets so cold or gloomy out that I just can't handle real pants. Also, I work at a 24 hour helpline where real pants aren't required or even expected. Since I don't tend to wear a lot of black anyway, I'm excited to pair my tall boots and knit sweaters with leggings in colors like olive and wine.  
top // bottom
I jumped on the infinity scarf train last fall, but I'm prepared to step up my game for 2012. Last year was all about wispy, florals hanging around my neck. This season, the chunkier the better. Etsy, meet my debit card.
clockwise
1 // 2 // 3 // 4
 Apparently, no one else is as into tweed as I am this year because I have had a hell of a time finding pieces to buy. I'm on a quest for an emerald blazer and a fancy-patterned pea coat in terrifically tweed fabric. I wouldn't mind a pencil skirt in my shopping cart, too. Just because the sky is grey, doesn't mean my tweed needs to be.
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1 // 2 // 3 // 4
 I've gotten into the habit of buying a new pair of boots every year. I've got the slouchy boot, the ankle boot, the over-the-knee boot, the boot that zips up the back, and the heeled bootie. Right now, I'm all about the lace-up boot to add that edge to my fall dresses and the sass to my skinny jeans.

What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

fall wishlist

I'm having a Marc Johns kind of day. I hope this finds you when you're curled up under a blanket with a warm cup of tea.

marc johns





jacket: Target // shirt & jeans: Gap // necklace: Francesca's Collections (similar)
Some girls may fear one day becoming their mothers. I wasn't close to my mom growing up, but as soon as I left for college, we became best friends. I am so proud to say that I am absolutely my mother's daughter. I am every bit as insecure and defensive as she can be, but I also inherited her resilience and strong sense of self.

And I inherited her love for jackets. At any given time, my mom has six or seven jackets in her backseat, just in case. I love color and weight and texture and jackets are the most perfect garment to play with all three. So thanks, Mom, for passing down your cold-natured body and your warm heart. And your jackets.

I leave you all with this lovely picture of my love. Ain't he the cutest?
"Noooooo!"
<3

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