Pink Fringe Sweater Under $30

I can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s finally under 80 degrees consistently! Of course it’ll go back up to 90 I’m sure… but for now, I’m wearing a sweater! This pink fringe sweater is a new favorite of mine! It comes in several colors and is under $30!

I normally never wear bright colors like this (burnt orange is about as crazy as it gets for me) but I feel so gorgeous in this color! I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone more often and wear things I normally wouldn’t. I usually go for a preppy/classic look but since moving to Texas, it’s like my whole wardrobe has changed.

The New England, East Coast preppy-look I grew up loving just isn’t a thing in Dallas. I’ve definitely changed my wardobe a lot since moving here. I’ve replaced cable-knit sweaters with denim jackets and basic long sleeve tees and that works. But when I go home- the duck boots are coming out!

Anywho- I’m going to be sharing more fall styles in the coming weeks. I’ll also be sharing my honeymoon outfits in November when I come home from ST. LUCIA!!! I literally cannot wait you guys! We’ve been planning this trip since January and now that it’s right around the corner I’m brimming with excitement! And the best part is, I’ll be going there with my HUSBAND! The countdown to wedding day is coming to an end and I couldn’t be more excited!

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New Amazon Fashion Finds (and closet staples!)

pink waffle knit top

Red Dress | Pink Waffle Knit | Cowl Neck Sweater | Striped Cardigan | Leopard Jacket

Hey everyone! It’s finally fall! Sort of. It’s still 95 degrees everyday here in Texas but according to the calendar it’s pumpkin spice latte season!! And I am here for it!! I rounded up a few of my favorite fall Amazon styles I thought you might love too! I really am trying to build up a capsule wardrobe for each season and I feel like these pieces go with a lot and I’ll be wearing them often.

The red swing dress is super loose and flowy and comes in 5 colors! Normally, I go for navy blue every time but I figured a nice burgundy would be a good addition to my closet.

striped cardigan

The striped cardigan also comes in several color combos and it’s the softest cardigan I’ve ever worn! I really love it and will probably go back and get another.

The leopard print puffy coat is actually reversible and comes with an attached hood! I really like it for the winter months. I’d definitely size down because it runs large!

pink waffle knit

The pink off the shoulder waffle knit top is my new fave cozy top to wear with sweat pants or jeans! You can really do so much with it! It also comes in several colors!

red cowel neck top

Finally, the red cowl neck sweater is super cute with the button details! The only thing I didn’t like was that it comes vacuum packed so when you open it, it’s really wrinkled. Other than that it’s a great buy!

So enjoy shopping! I’m on the hunt for new items to share with you!

*affiliate links are present. many of these items were gifted to me!

Wedding Planning Update and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

diamond ring on pumpkin

EEEK! We are 43 days away from getting married! I don’t know where time has gone! The last time I posted an update on our wedding planning progress was back in March and we were over 200 days away from the big day. Time just goes so quickly.

I figured I’d give a quick update on what we have left to do and what I’ve learned a long the way! There’s so much no one knows about planning a wedding until you have to plan your own. Then its like yikes! This is overwhelming! So anyway, here’s everything we have left:

  • Hair trial for me – happening this Saturday!
  • Makeup trial- next Friday!
  • Final alterations to my gown- in October!
  • Choosing our first dance song (this is a hard one!)
  • Getting final guest count (I swear that’s going to be impossible since literally almost EVERYONE has to travel to Dallas)
  • Get decor together in appropriate boxes labeled with where the contents should go
  • Buy my morning-of outfit
  • Finish escort cards (my coworker Darlin is doing the calligraphy for them- go check out her card shop on Etsy!!)
  • Buy wedding bands (we’ve been putting this off because $$$)
  • Figure out seating chart
  • GET MARRIAGE LICENSE

Of course there’s a million other tiny details I’m leaving out, such as deciding on my nail color for the day. FYI I’m thinking pale pink but it might end up being an almond or cream color. You’ll find out eventually!

SO here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

1) You are NEVER done paying for the wedding. Just when you think you’ve finally paid for everything, some new expense makes itself known. The little things also add up. Buying thank you notes, a card box, frames for memorial table photos, and everything else all adds up to hundreds of dollars.

2) You will overlook something important. I think our biggest “oops should have thought about that” was the weekend our wedding is going to be on. It’s the weekend before Halloween and Dallas shuts down the street RIGHT NEXT to our hotel for a huge annual bar crawl. We definitely didn’t think about that when we chose our date. Oops.

3) You will have emotions you didn’t expect. Goodness, I swear I’ve been on so many emotional roller coasters through all this. Weddings are emotional all the way around. So don’t be surprised when you get annoyed over something that normally wouldn’t bother you or sob over something you wouldn’t typically shed a tear for.

4) People don’t always know wedding etiquette. Oh man. This is a big one. Sometimes people just plain forget their manners! Don’t be surprised when a guest invites someone to your wedding that isn’t on the guest list. And don’t be surprised if people ask nosy things about the cost of your wedding.

I’m going to do a follow up post after our wedding so I can share everything I learned from the wedding day. I feel like you can prepare all you want for it but until it’s actually happening, you’ll be in the dark.

Wear to Work Inspiration: Leopard Print

leopard print skirt and bright bag

 

Yes, I know I’ve been wearing leopard print way too much lately but I’m obsessed! I got this skirt from J. Crew on sale and it’s really cute for work! I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it with pops of neon but I really like the vibrancy!

leopard print skirt

 

Not gonna lie, when I was outside taking photos of outfits this past weekend, it was hot as blazes and by the time we were done I literally had to go home and shower. Its been 100 degrees every single day for the last two weeks here in Dallas. So I’m ready for fall to come so I can wear this skirt and a million other leopard print things I’ve snuck into house that David doesn’t know about (kidding, sort of).

You can find the my leopard skirt here and it’s on sale right now! Gotta love that!

Socializing to Improve Your Mental Health

stoneleigh hotel rose garden party

Oh my goodness everyone, it has been a whirlwind few weeks! David and I have been so busy with different things that the days just got away from me. On top of that, this past weekend we had a freak strong storm blow through Dallas and it knocked out our power for 3 days! There were trees snapped in half all over the place, power lines down, fences completely gone, and even a crane fell on an apartment complex and unfortunately someone was killed. With all that said however, I’m so thankful that David and I and our fur kids are safe and sound. Now on to the good stuff!

Socializing and mental health go hand-in-hand I have found! I wanted to share what I’ve been doing in recent months to improve my mind and a few suggestions I have for you to do the same!

getting over my comfort zone

The last few years have felt isolating to me. I moved to a new city, didn’t know anyone, and always felt like I was going to be moving again so why bother. Earlier this spring I told myself “summer is coming and I want to have a summer that is full of laughs with good friends.” So I decided to start making it happen even though it made me all sorts of anxious. I signed up for blogger brunches, started going to networking events and happy hours, and got tickets to local events like the one in the picture above!

This was a particularly fun event! It was at the Stoneleigh Hotel where they hosted a Rose Garden Party! I met tons of people and had a blast! I took one of my friends with me and ended up seeing a lot of people I knew so I got to further connect with them. I normally wouldn’t do this. It’s out of my comfort zone and my anxiety told me there’s no way I could handle it. But I did and it paid off!

How my mental health improved

I felt like a new me! Being around people and sharing in laughs can make such an impact on how you feel emotionally and mentally. Sometimes its really hard for me to go to events that I’ve already signed up for. I think “it would be easier to stay in bed” or “what if it’s awkward?” 9 times out of 10 I end up being so glad I went and so happy when I get home. People are meant to be with people!

3 ways to get social

Finding my “people” wasn’t easy. But the best way I found friends and community is through my hobby: blogging. Start with what you love to do and then go from there. Runners have community. Dog lovers do. Cat lovers certainly do. Whatever it is you enjoy, find your group there!

Join a meet up group! Meetup.com is where one of my friends found her group of gals to hang out with, which she then introduced me to! BOOM. A whole new friend group! Sure, meeting up with a group of people you don’t know can be unnerving but everyone is in the same position as you are.

Establish your local “spot.” Whether its a Starbucks down the street, a dive bar, a restaurant or a gym, find one place where you dig the vibes and start frequenting it. Over time you’ll start to know faces and get to know the people behind them. It’s a great way to slowly overcome social anxiety and be present in your community.