Believe in Yourself || Graphic Tee & Slip-On Mules

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I hope you are doing well. With July coming to a close, it is only natural to start talking about school. I am no longer in school, I graduated from college a few years ago. I am, however, a student at heart. I enjoy learning and love an inspiring and empowering environment.

When I saw this shirt on folded on the shelf, I knew I had to get it. The words on this graphic t-shirt are words I want to encourage you with. (This shirt, however, is no longer available. I got it from Rue21 when they were having their closing sale). But other inspiring quote tshirts I like: here, here, and here.

The first line on the tshirt says believe in yourself. Yes, believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it. Believe that you can achieve it. Believe that you are capable of learning, of changing, of inspiring.


Fashion Blogger Feature: Hey Pretty Thing

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I’ve been receiving questions on how I got started with my fashion blog and how someone can start his/her own fashion blog. Rather than just having these conversations on the side, I wanted to share my thoughts and tips with you. I’ve also interviewed some of my favorite fashion bloggers to provide inspiration for you. These bloggers are the ones who have personally inspired me to start and continue my blog. I hope you enjoy this fashion blogger feature series. Thank you.

Today’s fashion blogger feature is Carolyn from Hey Pretty Thing. I found her blog a year or two ago. I love the style of her photos, her personal style, and all her travel endeavors she shares on her blog.

Could you describe your blog & tell us how long you’ve been blogging.
My blog Hey Pretty Thing is mostly about personal style, beauty, and travel. I grew up on the internet and was an OG blogger (I’m talking back in the days of LiveJournal, Xanga, Angelfire, Geocities, etc.!) so I feel like I’ve been blogging forever! As for HPT, I’ve had that for about 5 years.

Why did you start fashion blogging and how did you get started.

My blog celebrates the “pretty things” in life. The idea came years ago when I was talking with friends about the value of beauty. I thought things that existed only to be beautiful seemed frivolous, and sometimes I got too serious and utilitarian about life. So I created a blog that reminded me to slow down, enjoy life, and pursue beauty – whether that comes in the form of wearing a fun top, being engrossed in a good conversation, or traveling to a new city.

What has been a challenge for you in maintaining your blog.
Finding time for everything — I’m a high school English teacher and I blog at night and weekends. I do work all the time, but I love everything I do!

What keeps you motivated, and how do you find inspiration for your posts.

Traveling and new experiences re-energize me in creating new content. I also follow a lot of blogs so that constantly inspires me.

What would you say to someone who wants to start a fashion blog
(Or, do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start a fashion blog)
Be consistent! Most people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into writing a blog, but growth will happen if you create quality content, post regularly, and plan your editorial calendar ahead of time.

Carolyn: Blog || Instagram || Facebook || Twitter

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this inspirational and helpful. I know I certainly did. I want to thank Carolyn for saying yes to this short interview. If you haven’t already, check out her blog and follow her on social!

Don’t forget to sign-up for our e-letter to stay updated on the latest news! Check out our FREE Fashion guide. And if you missed the first part of this series, read it here. I interview Adriana from Fake Leather.

As always, I wish you the best =)

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 || My Summer to Fall Fashion Picks

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I’m sure many of you may know by now but TODAY the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 is open for Public Access! That means if you are not a Nordstrom cardholder (like myself), you can finally take advantage of the infamous sale. This is the first year I will be participating in this sale. I am looking for any great summer to fall transitional pieces, anything I may need for my wardrobe, any unique or great fall pieces.

I thought it’s only appropriate to share a few of my current favorite picks. Click the photo for details!!

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What I would tell my 18-year-old Self || Bridesmaid Dresses pt 2

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This is part 2 of my Bridesmaid dress series where I showcase my bridesmaid dresses I’ve worn for weddings and reflect on my younger self. This pink guava bridesmaid dress I wore for the second wedding I had the opportunity to be a part of. I believe I was actually 20 when they had their wedding, but this post will be dedicated to my 18 year-old self. (I still can’t believe 18 was 7 years ago!! Where did time go?)

Anywho, if you missed my part 1 of this series you can read it here! It’s a letter to my 13 year-old self.

I will also include a bridesmaid tip & some pink dresses at the end.


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Places to Visit & Things to do in New Orleans

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With the new year half-way over, I thought it was time for me to take a vacation. So I did. I flew down to New Orleans. It was my first time there. My sister and brother-in-law hosted me and were my local tour guides. There are A LOT of things to do in New Orleans, it just depends on how much you want to spend. There are a lot of free things to do, and also a lot of not-so-free things to do. Depending on what is “fun” to you, there is something for everyone.

I’m not a night-life person. I love art, history, parks, and food. So we did a lot of those things. With that said, here are a few places that I visited. These places are all free. Of course, there are a ton of different tours available if you don’t have a local tour guide.

While there are a lot of different things to do in New Orleans, I enjoyed just driving and walking down the streets. I didn’t take a lot of photos of the “normal” streets, but I found the architecture interesting and unique. They’re all different colors, with different architectural designs, but all very charming in their own ways. There are definitely French & Spanish influences in some of these homes.

And the Mercedes-Benz dome, we kept driving pass it so I thought “why not take a picture” so I did. It was cool.


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A Letter to My 13 Year-Old Self || Bridesmaid Dress Series 1

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With wedding season here, I want to share with you my previous bridesmaid dresses. I’ve been blessed to have been a part of 6 weddings, and these 6 couples continue to inspire me in some way (directly or indirectly).

But with this bridesmaid dress series, I won’t necessarily be talking about weddings. I’ll definitely include wedding-related ideas, but I want to also share my growth and life overtime. Hence, This series will include 6 posts where I reflect on my younger years. This will be therapeutic for me, and I hope it inspires you too.

This purple/blue-ish dress was my very first bridesmaid dress ever. I was in middle school when my first cousin got married. I’ve had this dress for over 10 years. I’m surprised this dress still fits! (It didn’t come with the crown, that was a something I just added for this shoot). I think I was actually 12 when she got married, but here’s to my 13 year-old self.


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