Friday, November 29, 2013

With Luck Blog

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Can you believe November is practically over? This month has flown by and now it's time to present this month's favorite blogger: Jenn from the With Luck Blog! Back in my first months of blogging, Jenn was sweet enough to leave a comment(from a previous blogger of the month post actually!). And for all us bloggers, I think it's safe to say receiving comments can be a highlight of our day. It also gives us a chance to read a new blog! After reading some of Jenn's posts, I was hooked. Now I can't profile her blog into one single category, but it really captures a little bit of everything. From creative internet finds to her thoughts on positive communication, Jenn always creates a fun read!


This month may have started out a little off for myself(blogging wise), but this girl was on top of her game! Even after traveling a bunch recently, Jenn had lots of creative posts! A few of my favorite posts from November are here, here, and here. After you read Jenn's interview, make sure to visit the With Luck Blog! And if I haven't convinced you enough yet, you can read about her sweet pup Allegra!

With Luck

When and why did you decide to start blogging?

I started blogging in August 2012. I had been reading a lot of craft and food blogs and stalking a lot of Pinterest and I decided that I really wanted to force myself to try making some things for myself. There’s still a little bit of those things in some posts, but WLB has definitely changed. It’s kinda funny to look back now!

Describe your personal style.

I’d say I have a pretty classic but fun style. I’m a big fan of those closet staples but I love bright, bold colors and unique details.

Where do you find inspiration for new blog posts?

I tend to write about whatever is going on in my head. When I was moving, you saw a TON of decor posts. When I’m doing a lot of shopping, we’ll see some style posts. Now that the holidays are coming there will probably be more crafty things. My far-away friends say that my blog lets them know where my life is at haha

How would you describe your blog in 5 words?

Hmmm…. I hope it’s fun….friendly...and a little random. I had no idea what to say for this one. I’d be curious to hear how other people describe my blog!

What’s your favorite part about blogging?

Definitely the connections I’ve made! It seems so cliche to say, but I love having a whole new way to meet people and build relationships. It’s also proven to be a fun way to really think out loud and sort out thoughts.

What’s your least favorite part about blogging?

Just as much as the connections are awesome, they can be a little disheartening at times. Every so often you read those posts about the nasty sides of other blogging and people feeling down on themselves because of various negative relationships in the blog world. Those always make me a little frustrated but it’s really a true to life relationship - both the good and bad. But that’s kinda cool in it’s own right, isn’t it?

What are your favorite foods and desserts during Thanksgiving?

Stuffing. It’s not even a question. I will forgo all other foods and desserts if I could just finish up the stuffing my uncle makes every year. Now I’m hungry!

Living in the Northeast means Snow! Love it or hate it?

It’s so bittersweet. I work for a school so snow days are just as exciting today as they were growing up - which I love! A lawn covered in snow is so beautiful and a fun part of the holiday season… but after a few storms I’m just over it. When you get a little bit of snow it negatively affects your morning commute and when you get a lot of snow it just turns everything into a gross mess! Piles of grey snow in parking lots are much less attractive than that initial snowfall haha.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! I know it's only November, but this holiday is usually a time for me to reflect on the big moments of the year, the new friendships I made and my blessings. By the time New Years Eve comes around, we usually forget about the previous year and start looking at the year ahead. For me personally, this year has been both eye-opening and empowering. I've made some bigger life decisions and started a new chapter of my life. I'm so thankful for the support from my family and friends. I'm even more thankful for the chance to spend this special day with my family. I never had the chance to fly home for Thanksgiving during college. I was lucky enough to spend the holiday with my friends' families, but it's a nice feeling to really be home, you know?

Hope you're having a relaxing day with family and loved ones! Make sure to thank the cooks before you fill up on the deliciousness; it is Thanksgiving after all. Plus, that turkey takes forever to make. Like I said yesterday, I'm sticking with a chicken or some seafood in the future, but to each its' own. What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Are you cooking any special recipes this year? If you need a last minute recipe, check out my Pumpkin Banana Bread! It's easy to make and extremely delicious ;)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday #13
In celebration of Thanksgiving, this week's words of wisdom quotes are(you guessed it) all about the turkey day! Growing up, it was one of my least favorite holidays. It probably had a lot to do with the fact that I didn't like turkey. All I ever wanted was some mashed potatoes, corn and a big slice of pumpkin pie. Was that too much to ask for? Fast forward a couple years and I'm still not the biggest fan of turkey. I've decided my future family will celebrate Thanksgiving with either a chicken or some seafood. Now doesn't that sound delicious? The mashed potatoes and corn still go with either dish, and pie is always a good idea, am I right?

More than the food though, Thanksgiving is a special time to spend with loved ones and give thanks for your blessings, big and small. Hope you find some inspiration in today's quotes and get excited for the special day! How are you spending the holiday? Safe travels!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Burgundy and a Braid

Shirt: Thrifted (Similar) || Pants: Old Navy || Booties: Target (Similar) || Purse: Steve Madden (Similar) || Rings: Aldo
Unlike the previous weekend's last days of summer, this weekend blew in some real winter weather. It was the perfect weekend to stay in bed, drink hot tea/cocoa, catch up on some reading and browse Pinterest for some winter outfit inspiration! Feeling a bit under the weather, I didn't get out much this weekend. But that didn't stop me from prepping outfits for the days ahead. While looking through my closet, I realized most of my shirts are light and thin. It's helpful for adding multiple layers, but sometimes it's nice to have a cozy shirt without the itchy sweater material.

This brings me to my favorite shirt of the season! I thrifted this vintage top a couple months ago and still can't get over the burgundy color(lighting makes it look brighter). I'm in love with all the deep burgundy, wine and red colors during the fall/winter season. Aside from the color, it's ridiculously warm! I've worn this top to work countless times now, and I no longer need an extra sweater to keep warm. And can we please talk about this fringe? I can't help but shake and shimmy twirl around every time I put it on. This shirt speaks for itself, so I kept it pretty simple in the accessories department with some light jewelry and small purse. For the shoes, I finally pulled out my wedge booties! These were my favorite shoes last winter and I'm hoping to wear them a few more times, sans the excessive rain recently.

What are your favorite colors to wear in the fall/winter season? Which colors will you be wearing this Thanksgiving holiday? Just two more days!!! Happy Tuesday, darlings!

Monday, November 25, 2013

When I Grow Up

When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to post up flyers around our neighborhood (parents never let me...probably for the best) and tutor my friends. To get in plenty practice, I designated Spring Break as "Melissa's school week". Now what does that mean exactly? I wrote up lesson plans, printed out worksheets, and tricked my younger relatives to be my school students for a week. We studied the 50 states, had spelling tests, learned to multiply and even ran some laps in our back yard during "P.E.". It never lasted more than a couple of days, but that didn't stop me from sending out semi-official report cards. I went all out, y'all.

After a couple years and some more school, I was leaning towards a future in computers. I loved computer class and learning how to use different software programs. I was the teacher's pet who helped when the projector wasn't connecting or the internet connection got lost. I knew a good amount, but I wanted to learn more. Thus, I suffered through studied computer engineering my first year of college. Didn't work out so well. Long story short, physics was not my friend and I headed towards the Liberal Arts and Sciences path. In the end, I graduated with a BA in Communication and a minor in EspaƱol!

It's been some months now and I'm so thankful to have a job. Customer service was not what I expected after college, but I also help with editing a monthly magazine! Experience is experience, am I right? Aside from my weekly job, I've started this blog and couldn't be happier. Until now, I never enjoyed writing so much. This blog gives me a chance to express my day to day thoughts, share my favorite outfits, and try new recipes or projects. I might laugh at some of my outfits a year from now, but I'm still figuring out who I am. And sure I finished college, but that doesn't mean I'm all "grown up" yet. For now, I'm putting myself out there and taking life day by day. A lot can change in a couple weeks, months or a year. I may not know exactly what I want to be, but I do know I want to be happy.

What did you want to be when you were younger? Any fun career paths you're heading towards? Ever change your college major? I'd love to hear your stories!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wannabe Longhorn

Shirt: Target || Pants: AE Jeggings (Thrifted) || Flats: Maya - Chinese Laundry || Scarf & Rings: Old Navy || Nails
I'm not a big sports fan. I mean, I love playing sports, really I do. I even played sports in high school and intramural in college. But if you're asking me to sit down and watch the Super Bowl? There better be tons of cookies, top notch commercials, an awesome half-time show and more cookies. I watched some of last year's game, mostly Beyonce, but that still counts right? And no one can forget the whole lights out incident. See how I remember the important stuff? If anything, I'm proud to say I understand the game. It took me a long time, longer than I care to admit, but now I can play any football video game with a fair chance of winning.

As a Texan, I feel like football is pretty  important. We've got University of Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, and Texas Tech for college football. In regards to NFL, I'm pretty certain it's just the Cowboys and the Texans. I might be missing one...but let's just go with that for now. I don't know much about NFL or the teams, but I do enjoy some college football. The whole team spirit aspect, I love it. Call me corny, but I'm a sucker for a close game, a great band, and fight songs. Growing up in Austin, a Longhorn game meant two things: a ton of traffic and lots of burnt orange. Besides my t-shirts, you'd never find orange in my closet. So when I came upon this burnt orange gem, my mind was made up. Not only would this shirt work for fall, I'd be ready for any Longhorn party, tailgate, or game day(invites welcome!). Smart thinking, right?

Now I know it's the end of November and definitely getting past sweater weather, in other parts of the country, but this past weekend was hot! So in an attempt to catch up on outfit posts, beat daylight savings and squeeze in a few fall outfits, I photographed 3 outfits in one afternoon. I usually photograph whatever I'm wearing, but with daylight savings, there's no light when I get home. So now I have a running list of favorite outfits and a bunch of pictures to take! I've worn this outfit to work and it's perfect for a fall day or game day. The scarf looks great next to the burnt orange and blue denim, and even compliments the stripes on my shoes with all the colors. Speaking of shoes, these flats are perfection. I might not own a solid color pair of flats yet, but these beauties go with every color!

Now you tell me, college football or NFL? Any major Longhorn fans out there? Just googled it, Looks like the Longhorns have the weekend off. In more important news, I'm going to see Catching Fire tonight!!! Anyone attending the premiere tonight or tomorrow? Last time I talk about The Hunger Games, I promise, for now at least. Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday #12
So today's post doesn't include the most inspiring quotes, but I've decided to change up the theme. With Catching Fire coming out this week(!!!!), I decided to share some of my favorite quotes from the books. I know this is the second time I've written about the Hunger Games, and in same week, but Suzanne Collins is brilliant! Even if you're reluctant to reading or not into non-fiction, you'd be surprised how quickly you can fall for these books. I can't make you read them, but I can try right? ;)

Any fellow Hunger Game fans out there? If you've read the books, what are some of your favorite quotes? Hope you enjoy my picks and maybe even get inspired enough to read the book for yourself! Happy Wednesday and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Secret Surprise

Happy Monday! You ever have one of those awesome weekends, when it feels like the fun is continuing into the rest of the week? My weekend was pretty rad. Went out to a live concert, ate out with family, and got some outfit pics taken before the sunset! With Thanksgiving next week, there's so much to look forward to. And for all you Hunger Games fans, the premiere of Catching Fire is this week! I bought my ticket last week, so the countdown has officially begun. I might even try to reread the book before then, who's with me?

Another highlight of the week includes a secret I've been keeping for way too long. I wrote my first guest post for Langford Market's Inspirations Daily! I love sharing weekly inspiration through my Words of Wisdom Wednesday series, but this was a chance to share my own creative inspirations. Make sure to check out Langford Market's online shop for some classic and trendy pieces. While you're there, head on over to the blog for your daily dose of inspiration and more!

How were your weekends? Anything planned for the week ahead? Thanks for reading and don't forget to share some of your own daily inspirations on my guest post!

Friday, November 15, 2013

November Wishlist

November Wishlist
Sweater || Skirt || Necklace || Socks || BB Cream || Shampoo & Conditioner
It's official. Yesterday I made my first payment towards my student loans. Goodbye extra splurges, lunch runs to Chipotle, and all those window shopping trips turned real. As I mentioned earlier this month, I've been dropping in the local thrift stores more often and my goodness, I've found some great finds. For all you Austinites wondering where to go, I highly recommend Thrift Town. Not only do they have tons of coupons, they also have 50% off a special colored tag everyday! Within the last month, I bought a blazer for less than $3, a wool scarf for $2, and a leather purse for $8. The number of times I drop by each week is  embarrassing, especially since the employees recognize me now. But you gotta make friends everywhere you go, am I right?

To prevent any splurges, I'm sticking to the basics this month. I can't get enough of the sweater and floral skirt combo, if it's not already evident on my style board. At this rate, I should probably devote a whole board to this outfit, but I digress. It's everything I want in an outfit: simple, comfy and girly. I know there's more products on my wishlist than usual, but this month is that time when I start running low on most of my toiletries. It's no fun running out of stuff, but I so look forward to trying new products! Toothpaste or face wash, it's the little things in life.

Sweater: I've come to realize I own zero cable knit sweaters. I don't know how this is, seeing as how I lived in PA for the past 4 years, but it's about time I get one. I have some simple sweaters, but I love the knit look of this sweater - plus I'll keep extra warm!

Skirt: When I think floral print, spring and summer usually come to mind. Wearing floral prints into fall and winter can be tricky if the colors aren't right, but this skirt's color scheme says hello winter to me. To be honest, I've been wearing my summer floral skirt, but the colors are dark enough to work with my sweater and booties. If the temps drop some more, I'll definitely be adding some fun colored tights!

Necklace: With all the focus on layering this season, I've been neglecting my jewelry. I've got plenty of earrings and bracelets, but necklaces are scarce in my jewelry box. I think statement necklaces are lovely and all, but I love a simple chain like this, it's simple and won't take away from the rest of your outfit

Socks: Another one of those things I never owned in PA: knee high socks. I owned plenty of mid-calf socks to wear with my boots, but they weren't even close to showing. While browsing through Pinterest, I've found so many looks for knee high socks and decided it was time to invest. In case you're looking too, T.J.Maxx has a plethora to choose from, and all for a great deal. I bought a 3 pack for less than $10 and now I've got some pretty colors and patterns to work with!

BB Cream: As I've mentioned before, makeup isn't necessarily my forte. I never almost never leave the house without moisturizer and some lipgloss, but that's it folks. I know it's a year later, but I finally learned the use of BB creams. Seeing as how it moisturizes and covers blemishes all at the same time, I think it'd be a wise purchase. The only question, which one to get? I'm leaning towards the Garnier version, but let me know what you think!

Shampoo & Conditioner: I've written about my hair enough times, so you get the picture. I've been using the same Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner for about 4 years now(it smells amazing, but probably too long, right?), but with all the dry weather in Texas, my hair needs a bit more TLC. After watching Lea Michele in a commercial for L'oreal Total Repair's hair collection, I was convinced this was the answer to all my hair problems. If Lea says it works, it has to, right? I've only used it once so far, but it sure makes my hair soft and shiny!

What are you coveting this month? Got any advice for BB Creams? Stay warm and have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 14, 2013


oh, gosh
For those who read yesterday's post, you heard about my recent lack of inspiration. I explained how diving back into my favorite activities is a huge help and gets my creativity going. And while I completely agree with what I said, something happened recently and brought me back to when I started this blog - I blushed.

Out of embarrassment of course, but the timing couldn't have been worse. Not going into details, but whether I trip at the store, run into someone, or daydream while waiting in line - take your pick - I get embarrassed pretty easily. I'll try to save face, but before I know it, I look like a tomato. Take that back, I do know it, trust me I do. My face gets all warm and I begin to wish my skin wasn't so fair or my hair wasn't so dark so that maybe it'd all blend in together, if that even makes sense. The thing is, I just can't stop it. Eventually it fades, but boy is it annoying.

While I don't enjoy turning red everywhere I go, it's part of who I am and half the name behind my blog. In the moment I'm always frustrated, but it's something to laugh about later. Do you find yourself blushing often? Happy Thursday, lovelies!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday #11
I'm not sure why, but November has felt a little off. Maybe it's the mood swinging weather or the daylight savings time change, but I can't seem to grasp the same inspiration from previous months. In August, I went to TxSC. In September, I was trying new outfits. In October, I was full of Halloween costume ideas. When last week came around, I was back to square one. In need of some inspiration , I finally caught up on reading my magazines, did some laundry cause it makes me feel organized, and watched season 3 of New Girl. It's the little things in life.

By the end of the weekend, I put together some colorful outfits, came up with a list of new DIY's, and decided to put more time into my hobbies. One of those hobbies being painting. After typing that, I realize it sounds so much cooler than it really is. The truth is, I paint those "paint by numbers". I mean, I'm not doing a 5 year old's craft project, but I'm not an expert either. I guess you could say, I'm at an intermediate level. It takes a lot of mixing and close attention to detail in order to keep the colors consistent, but I love it. Though sometimes if I'm feeling rebellious, I'll mix my own colors to keep it interesting! But seriously, it adds color and helps when you start running out of paint. I started a painting of a tiger over the summer and never quite got back to it. I'm thinking it'll be a fun project for the weekend, especially with a hot cup of tea!

It's the artsy hobbies like painting and dancing that get my creativity going. With today's Words of Wisdom quotes, I found that art is everywhere and anywhere. As corny as it is, we're all works of art. The more we live our lives, the more colorful our pieces of art. Think about it, when's the last time you sat down and sketched or doodled in your notebook? Try it out, you might surprise yourself and find some inspiration at the same time. Do you have any artsy hobbies? Where do you find inspiration?

Friday, November 8, 2013

I'll Second That

Now where are my Jennifer Lawrence fans? It's hard not to like her. She's honest, speaks her mind, and trips just as often as I do, maybe you too? I might be bias, since I love The Hunger Games and all, but she's so dang relatable and genuinely funny. She definitely stands out among today's young celebrities, but in the best way, being herself.

JLaw has spoken out about body image in the past, but this interview nailed it. "You look how you look" and it's important to be comfortable in your own skin. I couldn't agree more with her response. Calling out "Fashion Police" on promoting the "wrong values" was so important. Think about it, do you really enjoy watching celebrities being judged for some outfit and called "ugly or fat"? I mean, I definitely like watching the red carpet and flipping through style magazines, but that doesn't give me the right to bash anyone for wearing something I wouldn't choose. By watching these shows and  and accepting ideas of the perfect body type, we're allowing the media to continue influencing us. Once we learn to accept our bodies, our confidence will grow and leave us repeating JLaw's famous words, "screw those people."
What did you think of JLaw's interview? Do you agree or disagree with anything she mentioned? How do you keep a positive attitude about body image? Happy Friday, lovelies!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Words of Wisdom Wednesday #10
In the hustle and bustle of life, we're bound to get caught up in our problems and forget to appreciate the little things. When one thing goes wrong, it feels terrible and we beat ourselves up about it. The thing is, our lives are full of ups and downs. I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason, and even if they're not so great, it will all work out in the end. Sometimes it just takes a while longer. Like we choose happiness, we should choose to remember how fortunate we are.

In the holiday spirit of Thanksgiving, this quote really spoke to me. This month is a time to reflect on what we're all thankful for. Things have been crazy lately, but instead of fixating on the negative, I like to remember the special moments and smile. It's okay if today's not your day. Just remember this quote. It's a small reminder that while life can get complicated, the blessings always outweigh the negative stress. So keep your chin up and remember to take in the little things!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thrifted Story: Mustard Skirt

Skirt: Thrifted (Similar)
It's finally November! And while I'm anxious for Thanksgiving and the endless supply of pumpkin pie, I can't help but stress about one thing:student loans. This month marks 6 months since I've graduated college and the end of my short and sweet, grace period. It's official. The real world of budgeting is in effect. In order to curb my excessive shopping problem, I'm beginning to frequent the thrift stores more often. It definitely involves a bit more patience, but it's completely worth it in the end. Not only do you feel a small sense of accomplishment, you've got yourself a steal!

Every once in a while, my mom goes thrifting for a specific piece. I tend to accompany her so I can help her look, give advice, and look for things I never knew I needed. We recently made a trip to her favorite local thrift store in search of a fall blouse for work. The prices are great, the brands are surprising, but the racks are packed and completely unorganized. I take that back, you can find the dresses on one rack and jeans on another, but it's a free for all when you're looking for your size.

In search of a mustard skirt from my September Wishlist, I headed over to the skirts section. After skimming through the neutrals, I came upon this mustard beauty(you should know, I completely disdain mustard, food wise. #ketchupforever). It was The Limited, my size, and the perfect fall colored mustard. Right away, I pictured wearing it to work, church, or out to happy hour with friends. This skirt was a staple and it fit like a glove. The only problem, there was a 2 inch tear below the zipper seam. I'm assuming the owner gave up on repairing the tear and gave it away. Although I can't blame them, as I've done the same before. But for $5, I thought this skirt was worth the extra TLC. I brought it home, found some golden thread, and sewed up the tear in no time!

Since then, I've been pairing it with different tops and layers. I can't wait to style it on the blog, but this rainy weather hasn't been the most accommodating. And now that daylight savings has arrived, I've seriously got to step up my game. Until then, here's to hoping for less rainy days and some more fall weather!

Found any good bargains lately? Have you ever brought home a clothing piece with a hole or tear? If not, would you consider fixing it up? Happy Tuesday, friends!

Friday, November 1, 2013

To Roar or Hula?

Top: Thrifted || Skirt: Thrifted || Flower Crown & Belt: DIY || Shoes: Thrifted
As mentioned in Monday's post, I decided to dress up as Katy Perry from "Roar" this Halloween. Not wanting to spend a fortune, I was able to thrift the tiger top and grass skirt. Since I didn't buy a leopard crop top or bustier, I pinned the front of my shirt for a similar look. Staying in line with the song, I had a "tiger" print top, only to be later corrected by my little brother that Katy was actually wearing a leopard print top, oops. For the rest of my costume, I completed some simple but time consuming DIYs. I knew how to make a flower crown, but creating the flower belt was a challenge, especially since it took twice as long! I thrifted most of the flowers, but then remembered the Dollar Tree has a wide variety too. Side note: that store has everything you need to make a flower crown! To complete the costume, I used a brown marker and drew on some arm bands. Don't they make me look extra tough?

As much fun as I had prepping the costume, no one recognized my costume. Maybe a few people, but the vast majority believed I was a "hula dancer" or "Hawaiian". I don't blame them, seeing as how I had a grass skirt with tropical flowers. Who knows, maybe I'll pull it off next year! How was your Halloween night? Did you get dressed up? Any costume ideas for next year? 
Have a wonderful weekend!

*You'll have to excuse the background, it's sort of become an unconscious tradition to take Halloween pics in the kitchen.