Can you believe it is almost October? Where has the time gone…I mean for real. Well, with October being RIGHT around the corner, I figured it was time for me to sit down and crank out a blog post. I won’t lie to you all, the inspiration has been lacking lately. I am not sure if it is just the weather and feeling like I cannot truly embrace fall? Or maybe I am itching to go somewhere? I am not sure BUT I’m going to power through and wanted to tell you all about some of my favorite FALL TRENDS today!
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!
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!
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!
Truth be told, I love the "boyfriend" look. From denim, to shirts, to blazers, the over-sized look really speaks to me. Growing up, I always bought everything a size (or two) too large. I can specifically remember a conversation I had with one of my college mentors and her telling me that I needed to start buying clothes that were my size. When I argued that EVERYONE wore their tee shirts too big, she was quick to say, well you don't need to be everyone. After that, I slowly started to size down, and it was amazing how much smaller I really needed to buy! But with that being said, I love that the over-sized boyfriend look is a thing now because I can wear over-sized items with them still "fitting" me correctly. And yes, I guess everyone is doing it now, but I have been trying to wear clothes that don't fit for a while. Just saying.
Growing up, I always admired my mom’s fashion. She was brave in her choices, and wore things I never saw myself wearing. For example, her Levi’s. My mom had this pair of Levi’s that I always LOVED…on her. They were not what my friends were wearing so I definitely couldn’t take that risk, but boy did my mom make them look good. They sat high on her waist (you know the hip-hugger was big for my generation at that time) and they had holes in them that were perfectly placed at her knees. I always admired how these jeans hugged her curves without being skin-tight. This was a time when the skinny jean wasn’t quite a thing yet, and the boyfriend fit was not even on our radar. So when the hip-hugger, tight fit, long jeans were “in”; my mom wore a slightly looser fit pair of Levi’s that I was JEALOUS of! I always loved seeing her wear them. But that was just it. I loved them on her…until now.
So typically, our winters in Louisiana are not that bad. Of course this week we were hit with an ice storm so we are all bundled up right now, but is most cases, I can get away with a casual dress and boots during the winter. And I love that. Being able to pair my boots with a cute dress and not freeze my tail off is one of the many reasons I have committed my life to the south. It is funny to think that I wanted to live in a New York for grad school. I didn't end up doing it because I got married, BUT I really wanted to live in New York City for a year to say I did it. Now thinking about it, I think I would have died. Seriously, yesterday and today we have had record lows in Louisiana and I have not wanted to leave my house! Could you imagine if I lived in New York and had to endure blizzards on the reg??? Yeah, probably not my cup of tea. So with all of that being said, I enjoy VISITING cold places and wearing the clothes for a couple of days, but I will stick to my flirty dresses and boots if I have a choice!
How about we make today casual Wednesday? It has been cooler here in Louisiana this week (finally) so I have just wanted to be cozied up in bed all the time. I wish! I also started my workout plan again on Monday and I am SO SORE. Y'all, my body hurts. So whenever that happens, heels are the last thing I want to wear! No but seriously, I love those days when I can just be casual and not worry about what I am going to put on. My ripped denim and a ball cap is all I need to make it through the day!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was perfect and you were able to get some rest. If you live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas, etc...I hope you are staying safe! I cannot believe this storm and I am sending prayers your way for sure. But on a lighter note, I am trying my best to get back in to the swing of things here. Does anyone else find it difficult to get back into work mode after the weekend? I know for me personally, sometimes I just need a break from the weekend. I try my best to utilize my Sundays and relax but sometimes that turns in to my day to actually get things done. I know that is terrible, but I am trying!
It is really time to go back to school?? It is SO crazy to think that summer is pretty much over...I mean, where did the time go?? Well, I don't actually have to go back to class but in the spirit of everyone sending their kiddos back, or starting school themselves, I figured I would have a little "Back to School" theme to this post! I know it is not always the best time for the students (but an exciting time for the parents!), so why not make it a little more fun with your back to school wardrobe?!?
Camo is life. But seriously, I have grown up with this print, from the men in my family out hunting to hanging out at the cam, or even going to school in the south, I saw it often. Anyways, it's not new. BUT how it has made it's mark on the fashion world is and I love it! Being able to dress camo up, wear it with pink, or put it on for a girls brunch...I love how it looks! It's versatile, it's funky and it's growing in my wardrobe.
Growing up, I will admit, I had a lot of insecurities. Being a tennis player, I was very muscular and always thought I was "thick." I was negative about almost every part of my body, then to top it off I had TERRIBLE tan lines. One area I always avoided was my back. For some reason I was always concerned about what my back/backside looked like. Granted, I did not wear a lot of revealing things in general when I was younger, but swimwear or formal dresses...it was always a struggle. I never figured out if it was really the drastic racer back tan line that threw me for a loop, or if I thought I looked too muscular, but seriously...was never a fan. BUT, I think that has all changed! With a mixture of becoming comfortable with my body and developing a deeper sense of fashion, I have come to embrace my backside and LOVE it! Open back or low cut, I feel strong and confident now when I can show off a little skin!
When the Louisiana heat takes over, my desire to get dressed slowly diminishes. I will admit, I do not enjoy being hot and sticky and my clothing plays a large role in that. As I have said many times before, the humidity here in Louisiana is REAL. Like really real. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced so really, I have had to get used to that sticky feeling. But with that being said, I have slowly added pieces to my closet that help in that heat and this wrap dress is definitely a perfect option.
With the summer heat here, I am constantly looking for tops that work well with the warmer temperatures. From sleeveless, to off-the-shoulder, to lightweight, to one shoulder, I am always on the hunt for those warm weather options. One style that I have been drawn to lately is the open back styles because (1.) they help with airflow and (2.) they are super sassy! I love how this open back trend can come in many forms, and this top in particular is one that I will wear all summer long!
I know I have been overwhelming you all still with pictures from Marfa. I mean, it was such a good trip, I can't not share it with you! BUT...reality check, I've been working a ton and each day has been a grind. As much as I wish I was still waking up in the desert, sadly I am really waking up and heading to my office. But its okay! There are so many adventures to be had and I am constantly planning the next one!
For my third and final look with the Who What Wear X Target bomber jacket I went with a super sporty look. I am slightly obsessed with my grey high tops from Rag & Bone so I knew I wanted to create a look with these. Being able to throw my jacket on with ripped jeans and sneakers was an easy fix to a simple look. The floral print adds the perfect touch to this look, and I was super comfortable!
I have to say, I am guilty of over committing myself. This is evident in several areas of my life, one being scheduling (I am 100% convinced I can do it all) and the other with planning events/posts/parties (I want everything to be perfect). I do take pride in this most of the time, but when it comes to the little things and my constant need of perfection, I can get stressed out easily. Lately I have tried to remind myself that it is not always about how grand, or pretty something can be, but more about keeping things simple. I try to remember what the main purpose of the event is and make sure that is taken care of to the best of my ability. The little things that surround it can help, but they are not always necessary. Does it matter if my best friend's birthday party has all her favorite food, décor, a photo booth and gifts? No, she wants to be surrounded by the people she loves (and it could probably be at a Chick-fil-a). Will people look down on me if I am not at every event, every work out class, or every happy hour? No, because they are probably glad that I am at home resting and spending time with my family. Because that is what really matters. I need to remember that. It is not necessarily about being grand, but about keeping it simple and taking advantage of those little moments.