I can remember the days of waking up at 7:50 am for my 8 am class. Yep, there were definitely times when I was that kid. I tried my best not to be because I like to feel like I am organized, but you know...sometimes a girl just wants to sleep. But, while there were a few times I slept in, I would say for the most part, I liked to get up, get ready, grab a coffee and slowly make my way to class. It was these days that became my favorite because they started off on the right foot. You know what I mean? So continuing the spirit of back to school this week, I thought I would round up some easy and casual looks that you can throw on for class. Whether you are a late sleeper, or an early riser, all of these looks can be quick and easy...and comfortable for class!
It is that time of year...school is back in session! I cannot believe the summer break has come to an end and that classes have begun. I mean, where did the time go? Well in the spirit of back to school this week, I've decided to bring you some content that will help prepare you for those days in the classroom. I will be bringing you different looks for class, ways to stay organized and even game day looks, but for now I want to start with the most important accessory for the school year: your back pack!
Sisterhood | noun | (1) a community or society of sisters; especially: a society of women in a religious order; (2) the solidarity of women based on shared conditions, experiences, or concerns.
Yep, I would say those words make sense. But now I want to tell you less about how they make sense via the dictionary, and more about how they make sense in my life. Growing up, I honestly was never really concerned about a "sorority." Tennis was my life. That was my group. Those were my sisters. So I never truly understood the hype to be honest.
We've got some guest stars on the blog today! How cute are my boys in these pictures??? I seriously cannot get enough. I may or may not have had to bribe them both with a treat (truth) but I really do love that they are willing to do this crazy blog thing with me. BUT, let me tell you why they are making an appearance today. Well, it is all because of Barbour.
GGGOOOAAALLL!!!! Yep, I went there. Do I have any soccer fans out there? Well, I have to say that growing up, soccer was the one sport I did not play. BUT, while we were in Greece the world cup was going which made me really get into it! While on the island of Santorini, we were surrounded by people from all over the world who had dedicated their summer vacations to watching endless amounts of soccer games. To watch the finals with these die-hard fans was a lot of fun!
As I am sure you can tell by now, I love creativity. The uniqueness of design and color and patterns; art that can tell a story at one glance. It amazes me. And the coolest part about creatives is that they can come in many forms. I, am a blogger. I choose to put my creative efforts towards fashion and travel and helping you guys style looks. Some people choose photography. They can pick up a camera and capture an image that will take your breath away. Then there are the painters. With the simple stroke of a brush, a canvas comes to life and we are swept into a scene unlike any other. Now the other creatives that amaze me are the designers. Clothing designers, home designers, jewelry designers. They see an image in their mind and make it a reality for us to enjoy. That is pretty spectacular.
A few weeks ago, you probably saw on social media, that Darian and I ventured west for a bit. We flew into Las Vegas then drove up through parts of Arizona and Utah, making a pit stop in a small town called Moab. Now, you may be familiar with this little town due to its popular hiking trails and national parks. I, on the other hand, was slightly new to this area and was not really sure what to expect upon my arrival.
I have to say, I have truly stepped out of my comfort zone this summer and worn some serious color. I am sure you can attest to this if you have been around for a while because I was always pretty good at sticking to my neutrals. I don't know what has gotten in to me, but I have felt so inspired to break out the colorful pieces...and I love it!
There are times when my mind is seriously blown at the creative things in this world. I mean, think about it. People had to take the time to invent something in order for us to use it. Their mind drafted up an image of a space or an object that, at the time, probably sounded crazy to everyone else around them because no one had ever SEEN it. Isn't it crazy how much we truly depend on our sight? Without being able to see, feel or touch something we panic at the thought of taking the leap. But the reality is, without that leap and without that faith, no one will be able to experience our thoughts for themselves.
I think most of you know this about me, but I am blind as a bat. Seriously, CANNOT see. Unfortunately, I started to realize this on the tennis court when that little yellow ball would be pretty fuzzy on the other side of the net...and I do not mean physically. Once I started losing matches due to my inability to see, I finally admitted defeat and went to the eye doctor. Now, I was about 12 years old when all of this went down (5th grade?), so you can imagine, I was TRAUMATIZED at the thought of getting glasses. I had just started at a new school, I was about to get braces, I mean...pretty much my world was ending. SO, with that being said, I opted for contacts. And from that point on, I very rarely wore my glasses in public. In fact, most people didn't even know my eyes were bad. Until lately.
I am sure it is quite obvious by now, but I love to travel. I find so much joy in experiencing other cultures and am constantly searching for the next adventure. From little weekend trips, to oversees adventures, no matter where we are going, I absolutely love the journey. One of my favorite things to do when I am on a trip is to find either a local coffee shop, or local bar and just have a seat. (The bars are always fun because the bartender is easy access for conversation!) Once I have taken my place at the table, booth or bar stool, I then like to find the local (or..the bartender) and say hello. From there, you have the potential for magic. From stories about the bar, to visions of the town, the locals love to talk about home. And why shouldn't they?!? So be there and be the one to listen. I have met so many amazing people on the road when we simply stop and sit. And these conversations truly make the journey that much more fun!
So lets talk about that comfort zone for a second. You know, that area that you tend to hang in until you are pretty much drug out into that awkward space...yeah that one. We all love our comfort zone. I mean, why leave it? Why take ourselves out of something we are used to and put ourselves into a situation that makes our hands start to sweat? I will go ahead and answer these questions from my perspective...I probably wouldn't leave. I am guilty. I am guilty of pitching my tent in my comfort zone. And y'all...it is a comfortable tent.
IT'S SUMMERTIME! I have literally been singing praises for the warm weather (except now it is storming outside) and LOVING the sunshine! While we have been super busy the past few weekends, I have wanted nothing more than to lay by the pool. Well, I would like to be at the beach but I won't be picky right now. Anyways, the pool is definitely doing its job as my tan lines are out in full force! (True story, it is probably one of my favorite feelings to be tan/have tan lines I guess because I always grew up with them from tennis. Although, they are way less awkward now!) BUT, with the summer heat, I couldn't help but put together another swimwear round-up because there are SO many good suits out there right now! Keep reading to see more of my favs right now and hopefully you are able to enjoy the sun also!
GIRL BOSS. We have all heard the term. Some might be annoyed by it, some probably have a coffee mug or two with these words in bold letters. It is definitely a common thing in today's society. But how do you truly define the term? Is it simply for those who are literal bosses? Women who run their own companies and manage a staff of people who work FOR them? Or do you apply the term to your best friend who you pretty much think is just the coolest person on the planet? Well, I think it can go either way. Let me talk to my girl bosses out there for a minute (yep, that means you).
It is official guys...summer is here! It has been SO hot (almost unbearable) here in Louisiana but I am actually okay with it! You know, summertime means a lot of things for me that I love...1) my birthday, 2) pool time and 3) VACATION! How can I complain?? No but seriously, there are just some things I love to do in the summer so I figured I would round up some of my favs and share them here!
Whenever I am traveling, I try to pack pretty light. I know, I know, everyone says that. But really, it makes things much easier when I do not have to stress about my luggage being overweight at the airport. We've all been there. Anyways, for my warmer trips, I have learned that there is one thing that helps lighten my load...the romper. Think about it. If I can plan three outfits being a romper, that eliminates three items right there? Instead of three tops and three bottoms, I just have my three rompers. And not only does this style create space in my suitcase, but they are also easy to wear in the HEAT! In most cases at least. So with that being said, the romper has become a summer staple for me. With our upcoming travels, I know I will be spending a lot of my time this summer in my different rompers, so I have rounded up some of my favorites here!
Are you spontaneous? If I called you right now and said lets go to Italy, would you do it? I know for myself, I would probably have to sit on it for a few days. You know…there are finances, there is airfare. Things we have to think about right? Well, I am kind of over it. I am over the stress. Over the worry. It just seems pointless to me. I am ready for a little more spontaneity. Ready to live on the edge a little. Because if I fail then I will learn from my mistakes, but if I fly...it will be glorious.
So let's talk about why I really went to California. Yes to se my girls. Yes to see cool places and take cool pics. Yes to the blog thing. BUT, the trip originally came to be when we were discussing the Hillsong Colour Conference. Four those of you who are not familiar, Hillsong is a church in Australia that has probably one of the most well-known worship teams with some of the most well-known worship songs in their repertoire. I grew up in my church at home listening to, and singing their music because it wasn't just church music...it was worship, which I love. Anyways, back to my story. This conference, put on my Bobbie Houston (one of the head pastors of Hillsong Church), was two days dedicated to women who love Jesus. And y'all, when I tell you this place was full of these women, it was so full. Women from all over. Different races, different backgrounds, different stories. But we were all there for the same thing. To share in our love for Jesus. To worship. To repent. To grow. And it was unlike any other.
True story: I love a set. And by set I mean top & skirt, top & shorts, or even a good suit. I can remember when I was in college and I had to buy my first suit for an interview. I had NO idea what I was looking for and I can promise you I did not love many of them. I mean, it is hard to find a suit that is flattering and at the time, I wanted no part of it. Thankfully though, my style (and my maturity) has evolved and I have come to love a good suit. I have several options that I wear for work, some with pencil skirts and some with trousers, and I love how clean they are. With that being said though, I have started to work the "fun" suit into my everyday wardrobe. Something that is funky/casual that I can wear to dinner or a casual lunch meeting it perfect for me, so when I found this Chriselle x JOA suit at Nordstrom...I was in love!
Before we ventured to Charleston, I had been following several places that I knew I wanted to try. One of those was The Darling Oyster Bar on King Street. When we first arrived, Paula was giving me a mini tour (and taking me to get food...duh) which is when she first pointed out this spot. Not only is the inside of this place the cutest, but it sits on the perfect corner of King Street! I felt so many good, Charleston vibes here that I had to have a little photo shoot! My teal Free People dress fit in perfectly so needless to say...I felt "darling."