I have to admit, I'm one of those girls that likes Valentine's Day. I always smile when I get a Valentine's Day card in the mail from my Mom or Grandma. Last year I got the most adorable cards from some cute little family friends of mine. And old school pencils...the key to any CPA's heart. The guys this year will have to really step up their game to top puppies and pencils.
Alright, let's talk clothes. When planning an outfit for Valentine's Day it's easy to reach for something red or pink. Which is fine. Who doesn't like a good theme? Red and pink are two of my favorite colors. Put them together and I'm an even bigger fan. The thing I'm not a fan of is blending in. Who wants to go on a date on Valentine's Day and look like every other girl at the restaurant/bar? (think back to the first episode of this season's The Bachelor where almost every girl chose to wear a red dress on night one. so awkward.) I will wear this outfit to work and church in February, but I most certainly will not wear red or pink on the 14th. What will I wear? Stay tuned : )
I hope whatever you do that day, wherever you go, whoever you spend the evening with will be what you hoped for. Wear something you feel confident in. You should leave the house the morning of the 14th thinking you are God's gift to mankind. Listen to Cool Girl by Tove Lo on the way to work, and you'll be ready to rock Valentine's 2017.
Today was one of those days where I would give anything to be able to call my grandma. I used to talk to her on the phone all the time. She would always know what to say to me. She would give me advice, and she would never sugar coat what I needed to hear. She was so strong and as beautiful as can be. Today is one of those days where I miss her with all of my heart. I'm so thankful for the time we had together.
Gram loved fashion and all things beautiful. She was always dressed to the nines, no matter what she had planned for the day. I never once saw her in sweat pants or a tshirt. Never. She would fold her laundry in heels. I remember feeling so special when I walked into a room next to her. People always noticed her, and she carried herself with grace and sophistication. She taught me many things, and made me proud to be a part of her family. I won't go into all the life lessons I learned from her (because I am already holding back the tears as I type this), but I will share one of her beauty secrets that she shared with me.
Gram loved Estee Lauder. When I was a freshman in high school she took me to the mall to get my makeup done, and then she bought me all the essentials. I still remember how pretty I felt that day. It was summertime and my Dad was coaching at basketball camp. Me, Mom, and Gram stopped by the gym to show him my new look. He said I looked pretty. I remember walking through that gym like I owned the place. I wondered if this is what it feels like to be Gram. Turning heads all the time.
The most important product you could ever purchase (according to Gram) is linked below. Estee Lauder Night Repair. As a teenager I was a bit confused by this. The lipstick, the eye shadow I was excited about...but Night Repair? I'm not sure why we needed to wear it. Gram looked gorgeous. Why would she need Night Repair? I used it because she told me to, and I've been using it ever since. It's the one and only skin care product I use (other than plain face soap). Let me tell you ladies, it works. Gram was right of course, and if she was still here I would thank her for the advice. I would thank her for so many things. I would tell her about my fashion blog and let her know that she was part of the inspiration behind it all. Teaching my Mom, then me everything we know when it comes to fashion and beauty. I hope she's proud of me, and I hope to one day be as great of a grandma as she was to me.
I got this white coat when I was in Austin shopping with my Mom. I don't even remember what we went to Macy's to look for. I'm sure it was something specific. I always have something in mind. I hate to look just for the fun of it. It's too overwhelming that way. When we were walking out of the store I heard my Mom call my name. I turned to see her holding the most gorgeous white coat. She always spots the best things in store. She can see something and know if it will look bad or good on me. It never fails. She's the best person to go shopping with. Thanks Mom for the fab find : )
In college, I had a pair of tan Gianni Bini riding boots that I adored. They looked similar to the senior boots that the guys in the corps wear at A&M. I thought I was so cool with those boots. For fall, I couldn't find a pair of black booties that I liked so I decided to get these instead. The two different tones caught my eye, and I love the buckle. The heels are pretty high, but because it's a thick heel they're still comfortable. You can get them in tan, black, or maroon. Originally Nordstrom had them priced for $110, but they marked them down to $60 for the holidays. Not a bad deal for a good pair of shoes. They run small, so be sure to go one size up. I'm normally a 7, but had to order 8s. The other links below are all items on my wish list. Happy Sunday and happy shopping : )
The other night someone asked me about my goals for 2017. My response was something like “that’s top secret information.” I know, I know. I totally took the immature route and acted like a 5th grader. Maybe I was trying to flirt by playing the “I’m not telling you” card, but more likely than not I only said that because I don’t know. Or I didn’t know in that moment what my goals are/what they should be for 2017. Last year was such a big year. I made some huge decisions and changed my path/direction in many major ways. It was great, but now what? I don’t necessarily want to flip my life upside down again, but I never want to sit back and settle for anything less than this life should be. A fun filled, crazy, confusing, almost magic kind of life.
So here we go. My goals for 2017, in no particular order: