Friday, August 30, 2013

Polka Dot Jeans

With Fall coming around, I've decided it's about time I grow my jean/pants collection. Black and blue are definite staples in my closet, but I'd really like to try some colored skinnies...and maybe even printed pants? It's a thought. My latest find includes these lovely polka dot jeans. As I mentioned HERE, I can't get enough of polka dots. So you can probably imagine my face when I found these jeans on the clearance rack, that's right. I checked the tags, price: amazing, size: mine, style: ankle skinnies, SCORE! (For all the short girls out there, ankle skinnies are key to finding the perfect length for our short legs) The moment I tried them on, I was sold!
Jeans: Target || Top: Pacsun(Similar) || Sandals: Forever 21(Similar) || Earrings: c/o Ruche
Now it's still too hot to be wearing jeans in Texas, but these are a great transition piece for summer to fall and I also wanted to wear them right away. Keeping it simple, I styled the pants with my white peplum top, some earrings from TxSC and my favorite white sandals. I went back to the basics with the white top and blue jeans, yet kept it modern with the trendy peplum top and polka dot jeans. Also taking advantage of the last few days I can wear white. Thanks to my mother, I'm a stickler on no wearing white after Labor Day.
Now I know this last photo has different lighting and setting, but I'd like to point out this was my first self-photography picture. Thanks to Kristina, I finally invested in an octopus tripod for my iTouch! I'm still figuring out the tricks to getting a good photo, but this was one of my favorites and also the least blurry, even though the lighting was much darker. I'd also like to take a moment and thank my little brother for taking the rest of the pictures. We've made a deal: if he helps me with taking photos, he can play games on my iTouch. Simple, yet effective ;) Hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Make sure to eat lots of delicious food, shop those crazy sales, and maybe even take a dip in the pool one last time!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

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Getting through the week can feel like an obstacle course sometimes. What starts off great turns into a mess, or what starts off wrong becomes horrible. Things come up out of nowhere and push you off balance. When things aren't going your way, it's hard to recognize the positive moments. Life is complicated and there's no denying it, but looking on the bright side can help.

As a new blogger, I've found myself stressing about my "image" as a writer or worrying that I don't post enough each week. After talking with my new friend Mia from TxSC, I've learned it's important to find what works for me, and that resonates in all aspects of life. Staying true to yourself and doing what you love is real happiness. I've recently read some beautiful posts by Nicole, Christina, and Kendi. They have all taken a chance and expressed their own moments of uncertainty through writing. It's not easy writing a vulnerable post, but I admire each of them for their strength and courage. Through it all, they have the support of readers like you and the rest of the blogging community.

From this little lesson, I felt inspired to create a new weekly post: Words of Wisdom Wednesday. I've always been a lover of quotes and I'd like to start sharing a couple of my favorites each Wednesday. As I mentioned here, I want my blog to help you find inspiration, whether it's through DIY's or quotes. Hope y'all enjoy this week's quotes and feel inspired to kick some butt the rest of this week!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Classic LBD

Over the weekend, I decided to go shopping for the perfect planner. But it ended up as one of those shopping trips. The ones where you're focused on finding just that one item, and instead come out with something completely different or more. Well, it seemed those Back to School kiddos took all the good stuff and left me with nothing. Even the local bookstore had little to choose from. While walking around though, I came upon Audrey Hepburn's classic LBD from Breakfast at Tiffany's on a book titled "The Little Black Dress" by Amy Holman Edeman. I instantly wanted this book! I've slowly began collecting some coffee table books for my "some day apartment" and this book was the perfect addition. From Coco Chanel to Cruella De Vil, the book covers everything you've ever wanted to know about the history and influences of the Classic LBD.


After flipping through pages of gorgeous dresses, I came to realize I have yet to purchase my own LBD. As a major staple for women of all ages, this is something I need in my closet. I want something that transitions easily from day to night, comfortable and flattering, and appropriate for work. Is that too much too ask? I hope not, but I suppose only time will tell.

Little Black Dress Inspiration

Now I know I haven't found a planner yet, but finding a LBD is just as important, right? Here's to hoping my next shopping trip includes a planner and LBD, and only those two items ;) For now, I've picked some of my favorites for inspiration! How many of these black beauties are in your closet? Do you prefer short or long? Let me know how you style your LBD!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Triple Max Tons

With August coming to an end, it's time for my Favorite Blogger of the Month post! This month's favorite blogger features Kirsten of Triple Max Tons(the first blog I ever followed). Just two years ago, I was studying abroad in beautiful EspaƱa! I had recently discovered Pinterest, along with some pins from her blog. After feeling sort of homesick, it was exciting to see she was from Austin and wrote posts on local activities, along with fun style and beauty posts! Since then I was hooked and inspired to start my own lifestyle blog. The best part is I finally had the opportunity to meet Kirsten at TxSC! Now she may have been a little taller than expected, but she's just as sweet and genuine as her blog! Now go on and check out Triple Max Tons!


When and why did you decide to start blogging?

I had just moved to Boston with my husband, and was working part-time from home and didn’t know a soul. With a little free time on my hands, I decided to take the leap into bloggerdom. I had no clue what I was doing in those early days - but that was part of the fun of it. Finding my groove, and constantly redesigning the site as it evolved (this is the 6th design scheme….crazy!)

Describe your personal style.

Oh gosh, that’s a tough one since I’m a bit all over the board but I always lean towards casual classics with a twist - like chino shorts in a blinding neon pink, anything with stripes and sequins,  skinny jeans in dark washes or white,  pencil skirts in cobalt blue, basic black pants with edgy zipper details. I like to mix feminine pieces (lacy tanks, for example) with rough-and-tumble styles (hello, moto jacket)….looking prim and polished just isn’t my thing.

What are some of your favorite transition pieces for summer to fall?

Anything army green, classic skinny jeans, ankle booties and scarves. I’m a bit of a scarf hoarder. Oh, and leather. I might get flour bombed by PETA for saying that, but I’d say it’s worth it for a classic leather jacket or handbag made from buttery leather. My most favorite jacket is a cheap ‘leather’ one I got at UO a few years back, and it’s totally falling apart. I’m devastated about it, and wish I had just invested in a quality one to begin with.

Where do you find inspiration for new blog posts?

I recently started doing more outfit posts, so my closet is definitely a starting point. Aside from that, working on South Congress is certainly inspiring -  it’s a street style photographers paradise, and working at two amazing fashion boutiques certainly keeps the sparks flying for content ideas.

How would you describe your blog in 5 words?

Design, life and pretty things. That is pretty generic….I think I just described 85% of girly blogs on the Internet. I need to work on that one!

What’s your favorite part about blogging?

Definitely meeting other creative ladies sharing their style and stories, and pushing myself to learn new skills. Before blogging, I couldn’t tell you what CSS was or anything about Photoshop. Eventually, I went on to freelance as a graphic designer. Never would have happened if not for blogging!

What’s your least favorite part about blogging?

I really struggle with the work-life-blog balance. It’s something I haven’t quite nailed since I started my new job. I’m a slow-poke when it comes to writing posts, so it takes a pretty big chunk of time for me to get a new entry up. ..which is why posting has been a bit light these days!

What do you love most about Austin?

While Austin isn’t the most fashion forward city, I really do like the laid-back and creative style here.  Sometimes I think I’m the only person that doesn’t have a tattoo in this town! I also love Zilker Park and the Greenbelt...it’s so refreshing to have such a lush (ok, maybe not lush since it’s been so dry and hot here!) green smack dab in the middle of the city. If I ever need to unwind, it’s the best place to go for a hike, throw a frisbee, and just think.  I still haven’t been to Barton Springs, which is definitely on the docket. I’m a little afraid of the swampy bottom though, haha! There are also some pretty good eats here - John and I recently went to Epicerie, and I am totally smitten with it. Lick Ice Creams is also a fun place to cool off in the summer.

Thanks for reading Kirsten's interview and hope you enjoy reading her blog just as much! You can check out a few of my favorite posts from Triple Max Tons here, here, and here. Hope y'all have a great week!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Green Smoothie

Eating healthy isn't always easy, especially when meals are bland or just plain gross. As a picky eater, my pantry is limited to the basics. With that said, it's difficult trying to make sure I get my daily servings of this and that. Coming upon this smoothie at a local coffee shop in Pennsylvania, I felt as if I hit the jackpot! Veggies and fruits in one delicious drink, I'll take that please.
Similar to my Green Apple Chicken Salad recipe, I memorized the short list of ingredients to make it for myself. The original smoothie included some extra ingredients, but being picky and all, I've listed them as optional. Now if you're worried about tasting the spinach and/or kale, the banana will take care of that! Trust me, I was hesitant at first, but the fruit really does the trick. Now please bear with me during the directions, the specific layering of the ingredients helps to blend the smoothie a little better.
  
Ingredients:
1 Cup of Spinach
1 Cup of Kale
1/2 Cup of Sliced Bananas
1/3 Cup of Blueberries
3/4 Cup of Almond Milk
4 Small Ice Cubes
2 Tbsp of Almond Butter or Peanut Butter (Optional)
1 Scoop of Whey Protein (Optional)

Directions:
1. Prepare the fresh ingredients.
2. Pour the Almond Milk into a blender.
3. Add in 2 ice cubes and half of the fruit.
4. Add in half the Spinach and Kale.
5. Add in the 2 remaining ice cubes.
6. Add in the remaining fruit and greens.
7. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients and ice cubes are crushed.
8. Sit back and enjoy your green smoothie!
Hope you enjoyed this quick recipe and feel free to add your own favorite fruits or veggies, the options are endless with a green smoothie! Let me know what you think of the recipe! Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes? What extra ingredients would you add? Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Feeling Ambitious

Since attending TxSC earlier this month, I've been trying out some new ideas on the blog. While it was an overwhelming weekend, I learned the importance of taking time for your blog and yourself. Since graduating from college in May, I started this blog and started running. I've become fond of both activities, but it's sometimes difficult to juggle the two after coming home from work. By the time I've finished running, showered and eaten dinner, it's 10PM. I already dislike the feeling of being rushed, so the idea of writing a new post just to get it done really bothers me. It's not fair to you(as a reader) or me if I end up writing a bunch of fluff for a new post. Like I wrote in my first post, I started this blog in hopes of making you smile, laugh or find some inspiration.  The whole time balance can be a challenge, but I'm slowly finding what works for me.
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August has been an exciting month overall and I'm definitely I might be feeling a bit too ambitious here, but I've decided to challenge myself for the last 9 days of the month. I'd like to set two short goals, one for running and the other for blogging. I love setting goals almost as much as writing lists, but I should probably take caution when the goals start becoming longer than my to-do lists, huh? I'm excited to challenge myself with these short goals and hope to report some positive news on September 1st!

Running: I recently heard about a running challenge that consists of 100 miles in 2 months. I started running in late May, however I switched over to the Nike+ Running App at the end of June. I'm currently at 74.52 miles, and would love to hit 100 mile mark! I did take off a week in July and the week of TxSc, so even if I hit 95, I'd be a happy camper! As long as the weather stays below 100 degrees, it looks like I'll be running a couple of longer distance runs the next few days!

Blogging: Today marks 9 posts this month, the most I've written in the past two months! While it's better than before, I'd like to challenge myself to write a total of 12! After this post, I only have 3 to go. Using "only" lightly of course, but I do think it's manageable, especially when I've got some ideas already ;)

How do you find balance between blogging and other activities? Do you enjoy setting goals and or writing to-do lists? How do you reward yourself for accomplishing those goals or checking off those to-do items? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Festival Chic






Floral Crown: DIY || Crochet Top: Macy's || Bandeau: Ross  || Shorts: Old Navy || Belt & Sandals: Forever 21
After putting in the hard work to create my Daisy Floral Crown, I decided I ought to wear it! Trying to match an outfit to a hair accessory turned out to be more difficult than imagined. Turns out, daisies go with pretty much everything. Too many choices doesn't help an indecisive Melissa. So instead of staring at my closet, I decided to theme it up a little and go from there. With floral crowns trending at music festivals this summer, I decided to try a festival chic look even if I've never been to a music festival or anything. Sticking with blue on blue, I wore my new crochet top with an old bandeau. As if the flower crown needs any help, I added some white sandals and a belt for some extra color. And last but not least, my hair. For every few bad hair days, comes a good one right?. This was one of those lucky days. After waking up with a middle part and some loose waves, it was meant to be!

I took a chance with Festival Chic, now it's your turn! How do you style your floral crown? Have you ever been to a music festival? What are some of your favorite festival pieces?

Monday, August 19, 2013

DIY: Daisy Floral Crown

I love flowers! All kinds really, but especially daisies. With floral crowns trending all summer, I've been tempted to create my own. I mean flowers in your hair, yes please! Wearing them on the daily? Not so sure. As much as I love the idea, it's been more of a daydream for me. To help encourage myself, I decided to just make one myself. If I'm going to put the work in, I might as well enjoy it right? As a believer of less is more, I decided to go with small and simple daisies. While I love the big floral crowns with a variety of flowers, I don't think it's something I could pull off just yet. I'm thinking of holding off for the big flowers until fall, but we shall see. ;) For now, I'm proud of my floral crown and hope you enjoy my first DIY!



1. Cut piece of floral wire that can fit around head 3 times.
2. Twist floral wire to sturdy the crown.
3. Cut 3 - 4 inches of floral wire and head of flower with 1 inch of stem.
4. Twist wire around top of stem and the crown.
5. Use the pliers to hold the wire around the stem and crown.
6. Twist the remaining wire around the stem.
7. Cut or tear off 1 - 2 inches of floral tape.
8. Tape around the stem to hide the wire.
9. TA-DA, first flower complete!

Feel free to add as many flowers as you like! I covered about 3/4 of my crown and left the back empty because my hands hurt and I was tired. I might go back and complete the rest, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Pair it with some beachy waves or loose curls for a vintage look and voila! Let me know if you have any questions or don't understand something, I know it can be a bit confusing.

Happy Monday!

Warning: If like me, you're not as gifted at DIY's, please be prepared for a LONG project as this was a major challenge.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tale of a Bad Hair Day

We all have them, unless you're a Disney princess or born with soft and shiny locks that never frizz. And if you've got princess hair, well, I'm sure you still have off days too. It's usually one of three things:

1. You woke up with horrible hair to begin with.
2. You tried something new and it failed.
3. Or like me, you convinced your morning self your bedhead hair was gorgeous and a few hours later, you're like "what was I thinking?!"

Now I've mentioned my hair before, but yesterday was just one of those days. I woke up with soft waves and hardly any frizz a little mousse couldn't fix. Instead of straightening my hair as planned, I added some mousse and proceeded to make the biggest mistake brushed my hair. Before I knew it, I felt like a starlet with vintage waves! To keep those waves held, I threw my hair up a bun and headed off to work. A couple hours later, I walked into the ladies room and great, return of the frizz, turns out the mousse wasn't helping after all. Oh and my part felt like changing direction, yippee. So returning to middle school Melissa, I added some water. What's a girl to do when she has no mousse at hand? Yes, it did pop back up, but I at least I was able to convince myself it was a little less frizzy. But unlike middle school Melissa, I now know a variety of braids! Throughout the day I tried a side braid, added water, a french braid, added water, a braided bun, added water, a fishtail braid, added water, and another side braid before I gave up.

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By the end of the day, I figured I was just being over dramatic and decided to let it loose for the evening. After all the braids, my hair picked up some nice waves anyway. Sometimes my hair goes full circle. Do you ever have days like that? What are your go-to hairstyles to save the day?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August Wishlist

It may be August, but summer is still in full swing with this Texas heat. Not gonna lie, but I love the warm weather and I definitely don't mind wearing shorts for another month or two. But with fall fashion approaching and these high temps, I've found it's a tough transition with my summer pieces. I've spent the last 4 years in Pennsylvania keeping warm with heavy sweaters and big coats, but this is the first time I can experiment with fall fashion in the south. Now if you're wondering why I never did this before, I wore uniforms the majority of my life and didn't know anything about style and was much more concerned about my hair than my clothing choices. #theawkwardyears

August Wishlist
Journal || Rings & Rings || Leopard Flats || Lipstick || Dress
For some inspiration this August, I created my first Polyvore collage! It's pretty neat, am I right? I added some fashion items and a planner, mostly because I miss my college agenda and I'm sort of OCD about keeping my schedule organized. What's not to like though? The colors pop and the chevron pattern makes me want to use it everyday! Now as a fan of dark fall colors, I'm loving wine colored pieces and this dress is perfect for day to night. For the perfect accessory, I've added these fun everyday rings. While experimenting with rings lately, I've decided they're a staple to every outfit. The leopard flats are something I've always wanted to try and these flats are a steal! Thanks to these flats, I'm slowly starting to believe leopard print is a neutral. The liquid lipstick by Stila looks too good not to try. I've always been a believer in lipgloss, but I love the bright colors of lipstick and this one is a perfect combination of the two!

What are some of your August wishlist items? Do you like to keep organized with a planner or stick with a phone calendar? What are your favorite fall colors? Happy Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Best Weekend EVER - TxSC: Part 2

Hope you liked the first recap from TxSC! I had such a blast writing it, but like the conference, it was a little long and more overwhelming than expected. While I could have combined the two posts together, it's a lot to read in one sitting, no? Plus it kinda leaves you hanging and wanting more, enjoy!

TxSC thoughts on:
FRIENDLY INTROVERT
PROM
SPONSORS
GOALS
Business cards from MOO!
Friendly Introvert: Yes, I did already make mention of myself making new friends, but I'm so proud of myself, and I think it deserves its own little blurb. I'm usually the one in the corner, wishing I was outgoing enough to go and join a conversation. I knew this conference was going to be full of big and small bloggers, but I also knew I needed to take advantage of this opportunity. Not only did I introduce myself to some of my favorite bloggers, but I introduced myself every time I took a seat. It's not always easy, but I did it! Plus I found another excuse to hand out my business cards - hello networking!

Prom Outfit
Prom: I was a big fan of high school and an even bigger fan of college, but some of my best memories were at Prom. I know it's cliche and corny, but I loved the idea of wearing a beautiful dress and getting dolled up for one night, especially when I never wore makeup or fancy clothes. Ask me to attend Prom AGAIN and with bloggers, yes please! Aside from the weird transitions in music, the prom party was a total blast. Grease played on the screen in the background, freebies were everywhere, dancing and waving my hands like I just didn't care, lots of balloons, root-beer floats and joking with Megan(Greetings from Texas) and Danny Silianoff are just a few highlights from the night.

Sponsors: I'm SO grateful for all the amazing sponsors at TxSC. I probably ate more KIND bars than necessary, but they were perfect for when you had workshop after workshop. I also drank some lots of Honest Tea and even tried the organic root-beer, yum! To all the style sponsors, such as Lulu's(top), Ruche(earrings), Savers, Luxe(scarf), Minnetonka, Macy's and others, thanks for all the stylish freebies!

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Goals: So before I attended the conference, I set some goals for myself. I feel that I accomplished my goals of stepping out of my comfort zone and taking advantage of every opportunity. I was able to network with various speakers, brands, and other bloggers. I made sure to take lots of notes and for future post and new ideas for design. I even went with my planned outfits for Friday and Saturday, however, on Sunday I planned my outfit with new earrings and top courtesy of Ruche and Lulu's with some comfortable shorts and sandals. While I had set some goals before the conference, I've been working on a new list of blog goals recently. I've never felt more inspired or learned so much in just one weekend, so now's the time to put this knowledge to work!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
P.S. If you're in Texas, it's time for some Tax-free shopping!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Dear Sister...


We know it took me a little longer than expected to write my recap about Texas Style Council(Part 2 is coming soon!), but I bet you didn't know my sister(aka my photographer), is heading off to college this weekend! It's an exciting time for her as she embarks on a new journey in life, but I couldn't be more excited for her. She's one of those people in life, the kind that push you out of your comfort zone, your total opposite, but love you no matter what, whether you're at your worst and best. In honor of my sister's new chapter in life, I wanted to create a list as if I don't already make enough of some useful tips! But then I thought about it and changed my mind, yay for new ideas! So I wrote a letter, since writing letters is the best way I express myself. This letter is dedicated to my sister and all you other gals entering college or a new chapter of your life!

Sister's High School graduation!

Dear Sister,

Carpe Diem - seize the day and live in the moment! Get involved and make new friends. Join groups who share a common interest and join groups you've always wanted to try. Don't stretch yourself to thin and get burnt out on things you actually enjoy. If you're feeling stressed out, take a break and do your laundry, it's still productive. While you're at it, throw your bed spread in the dryer, especially on cold winter nights, nothing is better than a warm blanket. When it's 2 AM and you're barely running on caffeine, go to sleep and set your alarm to wake up a little earlier. Sleep is always good.

Love the freedom, but know your priorities and stick to them, whether that's classes, friends and family, TV, or school activities. In that freedom, make time for you, at least a couple times a week. Paint your nails, read the school newspaper, watch Netflix, or make a YouTube video. It's always good to relax and reflect on your day/week.

Use a planner or calendar, that way you're less likely to forget an appointment, meetings or class. Use it for making lists or reminders. Create a bucket list of things to complete before you graduate. I'm a list lover and bias, but making these goals is fun and always keeps you reaching for something new. Remind yourself when it's time to buy books or send back those books you borrowed forever ago. Books are expensive, so check the library first, otherwise join Amazon Prime(just remember to cancel after 6 months or they charge you, not that I know from personal experience or anything). Free shipping anyone? I think yes.

Be YOU, no one likes a fake. Don't worry about making everyone happy or being liked by everyone, it's not important and just creates extra stress. Go out with the girls and "fall in love with strangers*", just make sure you go back with those same friends(leave no gal behind). Blast the music while getting ready and take lots of pictures(optional: lay out your pajamas before you leave - I'm kind of a nerd)! Go to school games and events, go crazy with your team spirit and maybe win a free t-shirt(side note: take every free t-shirt, it's FREE. plus you can create an awesome quilt of all your college t-shirts after graduation).

Dress up or dress down, it's up to you. Just don't forget to check the weather, or make friends with someone who does. You don't want to get caught in the rain before a big presentation and/or without an umbrella. Print out some of your favorite pins from Pinterest and make a style collage for daily inspiration. Don't let everyone and their mother change your style. As long as you're comfortable, you'll be confident, and confidence is beautiful.

Lastly, don't forget about regrets. You might make some mistakes along the way, but it's all part of growing up. It's a new journey and preparation for the real world, so enjoy every second!

Love Always,

Melissa - The Blushing Dreamer

P.S. for my Sister: I may have mentioned most or all of this at dinner last night, oops. ;)

*22 - Taylor Swift
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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Best Weekend EVER - TxSC Recap

So it took a little longer than expected, but here it is: part one of my recap from the BEST WEEKEND EVER! TxSC was definitely the highlight of my summer and worth every penny. I met so many talented women and am truly in awe of everything they have accomplished. Whether a brand/business rep, blogger or attendee, these women all had amazing stories and I'm so lucky to have had the chance to meet them. In order to best present my weekend, I compiled a bunch of words that came to mind and decided to write a little something about each of them! To prevent an overload of content, I've broken it down my recap into two posts.

TxSC thoughts on:
INSPIRATION
NEW FRIENDSHIPS
STYLE
FANGIRL

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Inspiration: After attending a bunch of different workshops, I feel so inspired by EVERYTHING. And I literally mean it. Everything I see, whether that's a picture online, a piece of clothing in my laundry basket, or a passage from a book has inspired me for some great upcoming posts! I'm so excited to try some new things. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess(as if they need an introduction), gave some great tips for blogging and this one definitely stuck with me, "Just try it out". I'm still new to blogging, but I'm figuring it out as a I go and that includes trying different types of posts. I might not have 100 followers or a bunch of comments, but I enjoy what I write and that's what matters most.

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New Frienships: Making friends has never been easy for an introvert like myself.  And at this point in my life, I've realized I have to start over. The majority of my close friends live in the Pennsylvania area, so it's time for a change. With the conference, I had the chance to meet women who were ALL interested in the same thing. Even if we blogged about different things, we could all relate since we know the work and time that goes into blogging. I was lucky enough to make friends with both bloggers I follow and bloggers new to me I'll be honest, it was pretty intimidating meeting some of the bloggers I follow. I was pretty nervous at first, but they were all so genuine and real. Really hoping to keep in touch with these awesome gals!

Eria and I - Style Swap (Peter Tung Photography)
Style: All I can say is everyone was beautiful! While it's a style/blogger conference, everyone rocked their outfits. I remember saying I was second guessing the outfits I chose, but in the end, I loved what I wore. It may have not been the latest trends or , but it was my personal style and I felt 100% me. It was inspiring to see so many women take style risks and just own it! Personal style is unique and these ladies proved it!

Megan and I
Fangirl: There were plenty of fangirl moments this weekend. I got to meet Kirsten of Triple Max Tons(first blog I ever followed, plus she's an Austinite), Megan of Greetings from Texas(funniest blogger I follow), Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky(best hair/style blogger I follow), Nicole of writes like a girl(most inspiring blogger I follow and a Native Austinite like me!), Meg of Everyday Meg(most creative blogger I follow and super sweet),  Toyosi of Standard T(most impressive blogger I follow and she's only in HS!), and Erica(we're pretty much besties now) of Sea of Blooming Dreams! Like I mentioned before, it was pretty intimidating introducing myself to these awesome bloggers, but they're all so fun!

Hope you enjoyed the first part of my TxSC Recap, look out for part 2 later this week! :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Today's the Day!

It's here. It's finally the day. And all I can think is I'm FREAKING OUT! You may have noticed the button on my sidebar at one point, but I'm attending the Texas Style Council Conference in my beautiful hometown, Austin. I've been waiting for this event all summer long and now it's here. I apologize in advance for the over exaggeration but this is kind of a BIG DEAL. It's also part of the reason I started this blog. Although it's not required you attend as a blogger, I felt it'd be an opportunity to finally start that new years resolution and actually register with a blog title. Many of my favorite bloggers were attending and what a better way to meet them? I'm so overwhelmed by all the amazing speakers and workshops, but I couldn't be more excited!

Texas Style Council

I've been planning for this event for quite some time now. I've been doing my homework on the speakers ahead of time, planning my outfits for each day and the prom, writing out my schedule and choosing the workshops I want to attend, however there's just one little detail I'm most nervous about: the fact that I know no one attending! And I'm not going to lie, I'm a real introvert and can get intimidated quite easily. Sometimes it comes off wrong, but I truly mean well. This conference is going to be a big challenge, but I'm so excited to meet new bloggers and friends!

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In honor of the conference, I've decided to challenge myself as both a person and blogger. While I'm shy by nature, I'm not going to let it get the best of me. I plan on introducing myself to some of my favorite bloggers and trying not to act all awkward from being starstruck bloggerstuck(yeah, I just made that word up). I'm going to be ME and wear whatever I like, not because it's the most trending item, but because I feel 100% me! Even as I'm writing this, I am currently second guessing everything I planned on wearing. However, I'm going to challenge myself to stick with my original choices! And last of all, I want to take advantage of every opportunity this weekend! That includes volunteering for the unknown, attending the workshops most relevant to my blog, networking with those sponsors/businesses, and writing a crazy amount of notes for help in the future!

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Today's events include a Solo Happy Hour and a Style Swap! I'm super excited for both and hope to see some of y'all there! If you see me in the corner fidgeting with my hair, come say hi! I've got my two articles of clothing packed, a book I hope someone will love just as much as I did, my business cards and an extra pair of shoes(you just never know)! With TxSC this weekend, I'll most likely be MIA for the weekend and the next few days for recovery. I'll definitely be on Twitter and Instagram, so look out for updates! And if I'm feeling super ambitious, who knows? Maybe I'll write a recap post on Monday! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!