1/2/3/4

Making good on my grown up goal for the month, I decided to make a little inspiration board. I'm always so inspired when Jenny and Kendra, two of my favorite blogger/designers post their mood boards, so here's one of my own!

I've found myself weighed down lately by trying to over-complicate things. From my daily outfits to the words I type, I'm definitely trying to do too much at once. Sometimes, a plain tee is the perfect outfit and a piece of fruit doesn't need fancy fixin's to be juicy and delicious. I often feel inadequate because I'm not an intricate party planner or gourmet chef, but I'm good at other things and keeping these areas of my life simple helps be do my best work in other areas.

Here's my simplification plan:
// be kind, no matter what
// don't get worked up about things that haven't happened yet
// what what feels good, not what I think I need to
// surround myself with objects that are useful or add beauty to my life

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total aside: did anyone else watch the pretty little liars finale last night? 
ho.ly.crap. 

simple inspiration

dress: Old Navy // shoes: Steve Madden // scarf: vintage from Prototype // necklace: gift Forever 21
No, I'm not in school again. I did realize, however, upon taking these photos, that I looked like I was headed to my first day of kindergarten. Why didn't anyone tell me I looked 4?? I guess people are really just used to me dressing like a child. Whoops.

Well, I bought this dress this weekend as an item for my big girl life. Luckily, I have some styling ideas in mind to adult it up a bit. Note to self: pink headscarves do not an adult make. 

Speaking of the headscarf, I ventured to my favorite vintage shops on South Congress the other day for a little browsing of pretty things. Prototype Vintage Design has the best collection of scarves in town. I had such a hard time choosing just one! It's hard to tell in these photos, but the scarf is actually blue and pink, so it'll go with tons of stuff. Love that I finally figured out this easy hair style!

first day of school

crop top: Wet Seal // skirt and necklace: thrifted // sandals: American Eagle
I almost didn't get photos of this outfit. I was having a wonky hair day, lost my iPhone remote, the sun was too harsh, and I started to wonder if it would happen. I decided to give up and wait for the sun to go down a little while I went on a snow cone date with my bestie. She dropped me off at home, I grabbed my tripod, set the timer on my camera app and snapped a couple of quick photos. 

I'm so glad I did because I really loved wearing this outfit! I've been nervous to wear my crop top, fearing I would seem like I was trying too hard. I know you're all probably sick of seeing this skirt, but it literally goes with everything and I felt so comfortable, even in a crop top.

After these photos, I ran home and ditched the cute outfit for work out clothes and went for my very first run! Dago plays soccer twice a week at Zilker Park, so I thought it would be fun to get an hour of exercise in while he finished up and then surprise him after. I didn't actually intend to run--just a good walk along the trail--but I stepped into a decline in the trail and all of a sudden I was running. I didn't run much and got winded pretty quickly, but it was 98° and my first outing, so I don't feel too bad!

I'm so excited to make physical fitness a part of my self0care routine. You won't see me running any marathons any time soon, but I have enjoyed lacing up my shoes, being outside in the evening, and taking my happiness into my own hands.

hello, sunshine

I love to celebrate anniversaries. When Dago and I first got together, I think I drove him a little crazy by surprising him on the 12th of every month with something special or asking if we could go out to dinner to celebrate. Looking back, that may have been a lot of pressure. Sorry, boo!

When it comes to my blog, I've felt a little wary about what was okay to celebrate. Was 200 posts as big of a deal as I thought it was? Or 100 followers? And when is my actually blog birthday? This little blog has taken many iterations to find its voice. If you go back two years from this Wednesday, you'll find my very first post. That was back when I wanted to write humorous, critical pieces about pop culture and womanhood. My first URL was nicolahearts.blogspot.com, to match the rest of my Internet personas. I was posting once every few weeks. Then, my first outfit post happened in early February of 2012. It was grainy and taken in my studio apartment using a bunch of books as a stand for my iPhone. This is a period of owning a blog that I sometimes think about erasing. It was pretty bad, y'all. By May, I had abandoned the blog while I was busy graduating from college and sorting my life out.

In August, I picked the blog back up, dusted it off, and started writing again. This time about my post-grad, pre-job life. I ordered a remote and I started taking photos of my outfits outside of my apartment. I still wasn't posting very often, but I did feel more dedicated to being a blog owner. I changed my URL to writeslikeagirlblog.blogspot.com. I joined the Independent Fashion Bloggers network and, while the majority of the experience was pure follow 4 follow annoyance, I met Elissa of Style Wire, which really made it worth it. I started commenting on other blogs, instead of just admiring from afar, and I included my link, just in case anyone wanted to see who I was.

Starting in 2013, I decided I wanted to go from being the owner of a blog to a real blogger. For me, this meant posting six days a week, every week, and narrowing in on what I wanted to write about. I began connecting with other bloggers, which made blogging so much more enjoyable. No longer did I feel like I was just writing in a vacuum. For Valentine's Day, Dago bought my domain for me. I had my first guest series, I did my first sponsored post, I bought business cards, and went to a blogger mixer.

So, when is my actual bloggiversary? If I celebrate it on the wrong day, does it count? If a blogger asks a question and no one comments, does she make a sound? Sure she does! And she can celebrate anything she wants, whenever she wants. So, happy bloggiversary to me! Let's all raise our snow cones and toast to another year of outfits, sisterhood, and real talk about growing up!

bloggiversary!


It's extremely rare that I post items on this blog that I flat out can't afford. However, that doesn't mean I don't spend time drooling at them online. I frequently find myself lamenting "Someday when I'm successful and wealthy, I'll have..." about this or that beautiful line that I admire. So, I thought I'd share some of those styles I'd wear if I were rich and famous on the blog every so often! A girl can dream!

Kate Spade is at the top of that "Someday..." splurge list. When the KSNY x Darcel items and other new arrivals showed up online this week, I just about peed myself. Donuts and pretzels are just about my two favorite things, so I of course have to have it all.

1 // Donut on a black pointy flat? Perfect with a flirty dress or cropped skinnies. 2 // I've been drooling over J.Crew statement collar necklaces for months, but this feminine pearl beauty takes the cake. 3 // I always forget to wear earrings these days, but my haircut really calls for a fierce pair of jewels clustered at my ears. 4 // Color blocking  and a bow? This precious pair of flats are yearning to be worn with skirts and tights and holiday dresses. 5 // I don't think I've worn a ring since high school, but I would never pass up a dainty golden pretzel to wear on my finger. 6 // Speaking of holiday dresses, is there a more perfect evening bag for upcoming wintertime parties? 7 // For the big finale, the world's most incredible handbag: a neutral pink, crossbody strap option, and a friggen donut. I'm in love. Take me away, Kate Spade!

someday splurge: kate spade

Instagram is obvi where it's at these days, but there's so much more to it than the inherent filters and deciding where to focus and where to blur. I love creating an actual piece of art on just my iPhone. It's always in my pocket and these apps make it so easy to take a simple moment and turn it into 

Afterlight // This is my most favorite app for editing photos. I love cropping photos to capture exactly what I envision. The filters help make certain aspects of the image more vivid or desaturated and I like that I can play with the opacity on any filter. Lately, I've been into adding subtle light effects to bring a little personality into the photo that my iPhone can't capture on its own. If I had to recommend only one app for you to have, it would be Afterlight, hands down.


Picfx // This app is one of my favorites for filters. If I want the filter to make the photo feel a certain way--romantic, retro, lush--I can find a filter to do the job. The coolest feature of Picfx, for me anyway, are the light layers you can add to give some sparkle to your moment. 


Image Blender // I learned about Image Blender during the iPhoneography 101 workshop at TxSC led by Carli of Inked Fingers. If you want to be Instagram famous (don't we all!?), Image Blender is a good place to start. I'm still learning this app, so my examples below are super amateur. Basically, you pick two photos, and then you blend them using opacity and masking. I have so much fun thinking of photo combinations and trying new techniques. 


A Beautiful Mess // No favorite photo app list would be complete without blogger favorite A Beautiful Mess. Want to put a cute phrase on a snap of you and your bestie? Or a cool graphic border around that landscape shot you took? The filters are simple and the doodles are special, which can help you bump your image up a notch without a ton of time.


What's your favorite photo app on the market?

favorite photo apps

Caitlin, a lovely writer friend of mine has started a new series on her blog asking fellow creatives to answer an edited down version of the Proust Questionnaire. Since I filled it out for fun, I thought I'd give my own answers over here. I've always enjoyed the task of answering surveys, especially personal ones. Some of my favorite questions to contemplate are the 10 Questions asked by James Lipton at the end of each episode of Inside the Actor's Studio, which are actually based on the Proust Questionnaire. Seeing as I've answered and re-answered those questions countless times over the years, I eagerly took on the new questions. Without further ado... 
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What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Barefoot in freshly-cut grass, 93°, pretty sundress and a good hair day.

What is your greatest fear? 
Having my blood sucked by leeches or bed bugs.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?  
Eleanor Roosevelt

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 
My quickly hurt feelings.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
Contrarianism.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Temperance.

On what occasion do you lie? 
When I know I'm not speaking my truth into a safe space.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My face is generally crooked. One side has upward-facing features and the other has significantly (to me) downward-facing.

Which living person do you most despise?
Chris Brown. I realize saying this gives him too much credit, but everything about him makes my skin crawl.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 
Best ever/worst ever.

What is your greatest regret?
Two specific instances of judgement out of ignorance in my past.

What is your current state of mind? 
Thoughtful, a little anxious.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 
My inability to let go physically. I would love to practice yoga and dance, but I'm absolutely paralyzed with fear.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
The volume of our voices when trying to be heard.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My relationship with Dago is incredibly healthy. I'm thankful every day for a partner who values that as much as I do.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Someone who remembered to water plants and hosted perfect parties.

What is your most treasured possession?
The teddy bear I bought myself in high school after a relationship ended. I wanted to never have to depend on a relationship for a special stuffed animal. His name is Lionel Rupert.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When one human's body is violated by another human.

What is your most marked characteristic?
My frequent compliment giving.

What is the quality you most like in a man? 
Humility. (Keeping Caitlin's answer because I couldn't agree more.)

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Solidarity.

What do you most value in your friends?
Compassion and loyalty.

How would you like to die?
I don't care how I die, but I don't want my loved ones to have to find out abruptly or not know that I've died.

What is your motto? 
Validation is the most empowering thing you can give someone.
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I encourage you to answer the questionnaire yourself! Don't forget to link me to it so I can learn more about you.

proust q&a


I've been feeling like I wasn't allowed to blog this month until I got this post written. And then I put it off and put it off and here I am. I've loved focusing on a new grown up goal every month, I really have. I've been able to get parts of my life in order that I definitely would have avoided otherwise or felt too overwhelmed to accomplish all at once. But as each month flies by, I'm finding myself just getting into the goal before I have to come up with the next one.

Away from the blog, I've thought a lot about how I need to go about revisiting these goals. No one becomes emotionally wealthy in a month, masters budgeting in a month, or perfectly curates their home in a month. The point of setting goals is to get you on track. I feel like I've been more proactive this year than any previous because of my monthly goal setting, but I also wonder what I'll actually have accomplished at the end of twelve months.

I think I wanted to take a minute to publicly say that none of these goals have been packaged up and put away as the month has ended.  When August 1 showed up, I was a more active member in Texas politics, but my civic duty isn't over just because the special session and the month ended.

However, there are some grown up goals that I know I want to work on each month through the end of the year that I will continue to share, just as I have been. The goal I wanted to focus on this month will have to wait until at least September because it's just too darn hot outside. I also have some grown up goal related things I want to share with y'all, but the time isn't right yet and I want to wait to see how things go over the next couple of months before I speak too soon.

For August, I think my goal is to feel inspired. I started off the month with Texas Style Council. After the blogging conference, I felt amazing and empowered. I met all of these incredible women and I fully immersed myself in the experience. I expected to come home and feel super inspired to write tons of blog posts about a whole plethora of things. And then I didn't really. I felt awesome, but not inspired. I wanted to have lists of ideas and content-invention strategies, but I didn't really come away with that. So I'm going to do it now! 

I used to love making collages out of my Teen Vogue magazines and make happy lists and listen to new music. It's been way too long since I really felt connected to a song or did a craft with my hands or looked at colors without any words. During the month of August, I want to make inspiration boards, both physical and online. I want to do a craft; maybe try painting again. I want to make a mix CD or burn a whole album to a disc to listen to in my car. I want to buy magazines and flip through them with my fingers. Even planning my inspirational journey for the month is making my heart do flips, so I know I'm hungry for it.

What are your favorite things to do when you're feeling drained of inspiration?

grown up goals: august

romper: thrifted (orinigally American Eagle, love this one!) // jacket: Nordy Rack (similar) // purse: Forever 21 // booties: Charlotte Russe (similar)

 I love that, like a little black dress, a little black romper can be styled any number of ways. So far, I've been repeating the look in my sidebar and adding a yellow sweater on days I wake up late, but I wanted to play with some different options. I love using red accents to add sass to an outfit. I kicked this lacy romper up a notch with red accessories and my favorite denim jacket.

I really wanted a pair of heart-shaped sunnies for these photos. I went to two dollar stores and Target and didn't find a single pair! Womp womp.

I'm excited to pick a new persona for my LBR. What do you have in mind?

LBR

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven 

While other bloggers are beginning to plan cute fall outfits with sleeves and even tights, I know that I have at least another two months (probably three...) of summer left in Texas. Transition pieces are always important investments. I would love to find a well-fitted pair of high-waisted shorts that can be worn through the rest of summer and then over tights in the fall. Bright skimmer pants will always have a place in my closet because they transition both between seasons and from work to casual looks. I've been lusting over lacey tee-like blouses for months and I think I've finally envisioned enough outfits to warrant buying one. When you find a piece of jewelry or pair of shoes unlike any other, you just have to have it. I fell in love with this necklace created by Merl of Clyde's Rebirth at Texas Style Council and I haven't been able to forget it. I originally saw these Seychelle's wedges on a blogger and have been going bananas for weeks trying to find them at a good price. If you've never been to 6pm, go now and search for the expensive things of your dreams!

august wishlist

tee: Brass Plum // shorts (similar) & sandals (similar): American Eagle // purse: Forever 21 // bandana: thrifted 
This is the kind of outfit you would find me in nearly any day the heat index is over 103, which it has been the past couple of weeks. It finally cooled down a little bit yesterday evening, so I headed out for some outfit photos. I love how the light looks in these pictures! I'm going to make more of an effort to take photos at this time.

Anyway, back to the outfit. I love relying on primary colors to pull a casual look together. These are all really simple, easy pieces that could come off sloppy without a color story. I also love how my new purse gives this outfit a little more polished effect, even though the other pieces are a little slouchy.

What do you wear when the it's too hot to walk from your house to the car, but still need to look put-together?

a little effort

photo by my bff matt
i know.
i'm copping out by posting some links again on a friday.
i did a lot of writing this week, y'all.
i wrote two cover letters and redid my resume and online portfolio, plus the two recap posts.
my brain isn't forming smart or pretty words, so let's read someone else's, shall we?

are you a hurry-upper or stop-and-smell-the-roses kind of person?
some awesome, much needed on the internet thoughts on living with your S.O from my blogging boo jenn
a wonderful feature on my favorite femme feminist zooey where she refuses to answer a question about whether or not she's having kids and says some fierce things about self-worth.
ummm can i wear reese's outfit every day for the rest of my life?
i can spend (and have!) hours scrolling and giggling through this tumblr
if you haven't read it yet, this is an important piece on how to talk to little girls

lovely links

jacket: Gap Outlet (similar) // dress: Gap (similar & similar) // shoes: Steve Madden // scarf: vintage // flower pin: Francesca's Collections (similar) // watch: Anne Klein
One of the first things I wanted to do with my short hair was wear a pretty scarf in it. Some of the cutest bloggers like Rachel and Holly rock flouncy, printed scarves all the time, but I felt like I couldn't make it work for me. I've had this butterfly scarf since high school and I'm excited to start wearing it and collecting more!

summer scarf

cannot wait to buy these frames from bonlook!
Welcome to part two of my TxSC recap! For part one, get over here!

/ sunday
Sunday started out with morning mingling and then a keynote speech from the world's greatest blogging team, Emma and Elsie of A Beautiful Mess. They were unsurprisingly precious, though surprisingly nervous, and had some great tips for us like don't drink and blog, teaching can be mostly about learning, and Internet strangers can be some of the kindest people you'll meet. 
Here's a run down of the sessions I attended on Sunday:

/ purchasing with purpose / Janette of Fashion Loves People and Merl of Clyde's Rebirth spoke about eco-styling and ethical shopping. Highlights: Shop based on your own values, invest in quality pieces that could someday be vintage, and support local, independent brands.

/ do your dreams now / Jessica of Noonday Collection presented her journey of starting a business that aids impoverished communities in Africa. Highlights: 95% of people don't give because they aren't asked. If you know someone who can help, ask. If they say no, ask again later or in a different way. If people believe in you, they'll stick with you as you become a success.

/ work + life + blog balance / Julie of Orchid Grey opened up about how she manages her job at ModCloth, spending enough time with her cat and her husband, and maintains a wildly successful blog all at the same time. Highlights: Julie is one of my favorite bloggers, so I loved hearing her real, expletive-filled answers about making it all "fit" instead of trying to force "balance."

/ from blog to book / My girl Megan of Greetings from Texas and new-to-me favorite Becky of Chipper Things shared their individual success stories of making their blogs into books. Megan has twice overcome ovarian cancer, all while adopting her beautiful little baby Macy, who is obvi named after Jay Z. Becky is a killer illustrator who strives to validate all her short sisters of the world. Highlights: Put the same energy you would put into training for a marathon into writing your book, know that you will embarrass yourself, so do it in front of the right people, and be protective of your dreams because apathy can crush an idea so precious as writing a book.

photo of me taken by blogging while brown
/ capstone convocation
After the workshops let out, we all rejoined for a big ole panel with all the weekend's speakers on a stage together to answer our questions. The most disheartening thing for me the whole weekend was the focus of a lot of "smaller" bloggers on monetization. When it came time for the panel, some bloggers seemed to almost berate the "big" bloggers for not giving specifics about how much they charge and how much they make. I was so taken aback that this is why so many people came to the conference and that this is what they wanted to know. 

I don't blog for money. I've personally decided to forgo sponsors and I'm only interested in working with brands I feel really passionate about and that fit into my current blog content. I appreciated that there were workshops on monetization for those who were interested in taking that route, but I thought it was totally inappropriate to ask a large group of successful women how much they are worth in front of another large group of women.

To counter this, I asked my own burning question. All of the bloggers I admire most have hit publish on a post that was difficult for them to share. From Tieka to Elsie, from Kendi to Julie, all of these women decided to share what was really going on in their life, even if it was dark and not perfectly curated. Because the majority of the panel was spent going back and forth about how to make money, there wasn't enough time for a lot of the bloggers to speak on my question, but you could see several of them reaching for the mic with something to say. This, in itself, was validating for me.

On a similar note, I am extra excited about next year's TxSC because it's going to be focused on storytelling! From what founder Indiana of Adored Austin told us, it'll be camp-themed and the workshops will revolve around helping us learn to tell our best stories. The programming is sure to be amazing and I know Indiana always has some killer ideas up her stylish sleeves, so I can't wait!


 / blogger shout outs! /
Toyosi of Standard T is just my favorite person on this planet and everyone should go follow her as she finishes high school and becomes famous for being fab.
Kara of business and pleasure inspires me so much and I hope to be as driven, in love, and stylish as she is in years to come.
Laura of Hello, Clementine! is my new bestie and we're going to go self care crazy all over this town.
Becky of The Pink Samurai stole my heart the night of the swap and hands down wins best Texas tattoo of all time.
Lauren of Make it a Double has got it all together, from her career to her blog to her relationship. Can't wait to grab a drink with her!
Whitney of whit + wonder is an excellent graphic designer who I'm so excited to work with someday. St. Ed's girls gotta stick together.
Katie of Sweetly (coming soon!) is my soon-to-be sister in crime blogging. She also scored the green skirt from my blog button at the swap! We're meant to be.
Melissa of The Blushing Dreamer is even cuter in person than on her blog. We need to get a snow cone date on the books while the season is still hot.
Kelsey of she, in the making is sweet like sugar and a super talented photographer.
Mia of Mia Moore has a lovely vintage, feminine style and big dreams for her future. 
Linda of Little Tin Soldier is like all your favorite parts of kindergarten all built into a stunning, savvy, and stylish woman you want to have on your team.
Regina of Sisterly Blog is actually an acquaintance from high school with whom I was lucky enough to reconnect this weekend. She's so well put together, owns a pair of Kate Spade pumps, and has that hot librarian thing going for her.
Rachel of Rue Rachel is the fiercest and most fun girl on the block, while still getting shit done.
Kirsten of Triple Max Tons makes getting dressed look easy. After I see her, I always wish I'd gone for a breezy button down and cool shorts instead of whatever I've got on.
April of Pieceology is a tiny ball of fire and sass and will beat anyone in a longest high heels wearing contest, I swear.
Kristen of The Mrs. and the Momma rocks a tutu like no prima ballerina could. She was seriously robbed at prom for best dressed.

oh my blog(ger conference) | part two

This weekend was one of the best of my entire life. I feel like I was wrapped in a beautiful jacket of empowerment, education, assurance, and sisterhood. The theme this year was summer school, including freezing classrooms, expert teachers, and prom! From the programming and workshops to the zillions of inspiring women I met, every moment was organized to connect bloggers with resources, brands, and other bloggers to help us all feel more confident and prepared for being positively successful in whatever kind of blogging we do.

I couldn't possibly type out every inspiring thing I heard over the weekend, so I'm going to give a run down of my experience with highlights from the conference. If you have any questions about specific workshops, etc., feel free to ask in the comments or an email!

/ friday
I was fortunate enough to be a TxSC volunteer. On Friday, I helped set up the Smart Style Swap presented by Lulu*s. I was welcomed in by the kindest, most darling blogger in the history of the world, Linda of Little Tin Soldier, who I originally met at the March mixer. I got to hang out with the amazing Brittany of Brit Brit Land as we used our super strength to peel and scrape a decal off a window, collect and hang about 400 items of clothing, and met bloggers from all over the country (plus Canada!). I immediately adored Brittany because, like me, she blogs because she loves to write. We had awesome conversations about books we've read and books we want to write. She scored a lovely piece from Lulu*s and I got my hands on the most beautiful skirt, which I'll be sharing later. I also met the wonderful and talented Becky of The Pink Samurai, who draws her daily outfits and crochets the prettiest pieces. 

It was hot and we were on our feet for a bazillion hours, but I had so much fun and was super energized to continue the fun on Saturday.


/ saturday
Saturday morning we all piled in a couple of elevators and headed up to the 17th floor of the Hyatt Regency. Here's a run down of the "classes" I took:

/ social media for brands & bloggers 101 / Terri of Finding Drishti gave us 8 tips for managing social media like a boss. Highlights: find your focus & go deep, get organized, and pimp the hell out of it.

/ iPhoneography 101 / Carli of Inked Fingers showed us how to make art using the camera you have with you: your iPhone. Highlights: the app ImageBlender. I made the photo above with the white dress and crepe myrtles by blending two images and playing around with the masking and opacity. Coolest. App. Ever.

/ self photography 101 / Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky shared her best self photography practices. Highlights: Her hair! It's serious awe-inspiring. (She actually just used this post from her blog [which I refer to already] as her power point, so you can all go learn too!)

/ personal budgeting 101 / Kelsey and Eric of Words of Williams gave an amazingly informational lesson on starting your first budget and how to stick to it. Highlights: set a specific goal, find the tool that works for you (they use YNAB), and do it for at least 3 months before reevaluating.

Then I walked to Whataburger for lunch with my lovely blog friend Kara of business and pleasure. It's always great to reconnect and grow a little closer every time you see someone! She's a fierce dresser and such an inspiring woman.


/ prom
 Then it was prom! I wore a vintage dress I nabbed up a few years ago at Top Drawer for $3 with other vintage and thrifted accessories. The dress is actually backless, which I never wear, so I felt a little extra fabulous and a little extra rebellious. I hand-jived, photo boothed, and hung out with some of the most fun ladies at the conference, including Toyosi of Standart T, Regina of Sisterly Blog, and Laura of Hello, Clementine! Some of my favorite sponsors were BonLook, Accessory Fanatic, Altar'd State and Clyde's Rebirth.

As I was browsing through BonLook's specs selection with my new bestie Laura, the greatest moment of my life went down. Kendi of Kendi Everyday noticed my tattoo and stopped me to ask about the story behind it. I started to explain that I'm a writer and feminist and I believe in Sisterhood. She loved that idea and asked about my blog, so I gave a couple of bullet points, including that I write about my experiences with depression. The conversation quickly devolved into the two of us joking about different depression meds that mess with your body and mind in different ways and how hard it is to have a business when you don't feel good about yourself. Even with her husband and Laura standing next to us and a whole ballroom of prom-goers around us, I felt like Kendi and I were the only two people in the room. She was so encouraging about my writing and about pushing forward. In the moment, she wasn't Kendi the famous fashion blogger who everyone is fangirling over, she was a sister in my struggle and in my successes. I gave her my business card and she told me to put my face on it next time. 

I pretty much floated on a cloud for the rest of the night. 

I'll be posting part two of my TxSC recap tomorrow, so keep an eye out!

oh my blog(ger conference) | part one

pants (similar) & peplum: Forever 21 // shoes: Lulu*s // purse: gift J.Crew Factory // earrings: Francesca's Collections
 If you follow me on any form of social media this weekend, then you got a sneak peek at what I wore on Saturday at Texas Style Council. I can't remember if I knew about the conference first or bought the pants first, but I knew upon the realization of both that I would wear them to my very first blogger conference. Is there anything more style bloggery than colored, printed, ankle-length skinnies? 

These pants have actually been pretty central in my mental shopping list over the last several months. I knew I needed a pair of killer flats, which I bought after my first outfit post in the jeans. When I bought them, I also knew that I wanted to acquire a black peplum top to make the perfect outfit out of them, but I've had a hard time finding one that really fit. After window shopping, trying on, ordering, and returning a handful of peplum tops, I finally found one that I love! Throw on a cute clutch and a pair of bold earrings and I've got a dynamic blogger look.

I know you were all hoping this post would be an inspiration barf fest of everything I learned over the weekend. I promise it's coming! Our Internet went out this weekend and I'm typing this on my phone, so I'll be back (hopefully tomorrow!) with a full Texas Style Council recap.

What's your quintessential blogger outfit?

what to wear: to a blog conference


And I'm off--down the road--to my very first blogger conference! I'm so excited to hang out with girlfriends, connect with new-to-me bloggers, and learn so much about blogging, business, and book writing. Not to mention seeing some of my most favorite bloggers speak in person. (Talk about a #fangirl moment!)

See you back here next week full of inspiration and ideas for the ole blog.

Speaking of the "ole" blog, this is my 300th post! I love milestones!

If you're going to TxSC this weekend, I can't wait to meet you! And if you're not, enjoy your weekend and follow the #TXSC13 tag on Instagram.

it's heeeeere!


go fourth and shop

xo

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