Thursday, June 7, 2018

Blue Ruffle Dress

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing with you all one of my favorite dresses of all time! This darling Goodnight Macaroon dress stole my heart last summer and it has been on my mind ever since.  I finally caved in a few weeks ago and bought it and let me tell you all it was probably one of my best decisions yet!! It is the perfect summer dress! The fabric is super light-weight and breathable which is perfect for the summer heat. I am also in love with the ruffle! It is so dainty but adds just a bit of sass!! You can easily wear this dress with sandals or with heels like I did in this post. You can add a darling cross body like I did, or even a large tote would be super cute as well! This darling dress is listed at $65 on Goodnight Macaroon's website. It is definitely going to be a staple in my closet this summer!!

Photos by Chosen Photography


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

My Battle | Anxiety and Depression

Ever since I heard the news of Kate Spade's tragic and unexpected passing, I have been trying to digest and process the news. To hear of another life taken from mental illness just breaks my heart. I am heartbroken for her family and friends as they go through this time. I am heartbroken that this disease took the life of such an inspiration and bright light in this world. To Kate's friends and family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

I have been contemplating on how to react online ever since my phone started blowing up yesterday around 10:30 am. Now, here I am in my pajamas with my hair soaking wet writing this very personal blog post. Disclosure: I am in no way trying to take away from honoring Kate Spade or trying to make this horrific event all about me. I am just sharing my story with this horrible illness in hopes to help someone who feels alone.

Anxiety and depression has been in my life for as long as I can remember. It has been something that has grown as I have gotten older and also has shaped me into the person that I am today. My anxiety started when I was really young but my first memory of it would be when I was in first grade. First grade is when they first start teaching you how to read. I remember being extremely hesitant about this. I was nervous about having to read out-loud in fear that I would mess something up and my classmates would make fun of me. It is evident that my perfectionist tendencies started coming out around that age. I wanted to be right all the time and put my best foot forward. I wanted everyone to like me. I did not want anyone to make fun of me. This fear caused major health issues for my little 6 year old self. I started to have major stomach aches. The kind that all you want to do is lay on the floor and cry. I did not want to go to school. I remember going to see my pediatrician every single day because my stomach hurt that bad. It got so bad that they sent me to the children's hospital to get tests done and nothing came back. Eventually as my confidence arose, my stomach pains went away.

My anxiety was an issue every single year since then, but I could always control it. It wasn't until about seventh grade that it became unbearable. I remember having to call my parents to pick me up from school multiple times because of bullies. I was terrified to go to school. I did not want anyone to see me and I definitely did not want to be made fun of or bullied. I was then put on anxiety medication. I had severe anxiety and depression all throughout high school as well. It wasn't until college that it got extremely severe again. My first semester of college was an extremely hard time for me. The change scared me and I was terrified to be on my own. I could not sleep at night. Life just did not seem to be going right at all. I was sad all the time. I was scared all the time. I was sick all the time. Fast forward to this past semester, I started to have extreme migraines that were caused by my anxiety. I did not want to do anything. I could care less about school, about doing anything that I enjoyed. I had to force myself out of bed in the mornings and make myself get something done. I was in an extremely dark place.

One constant thing about all of these events,  I felt worthless. I was tired of life. I did not feel strong. I was sad. My family and friends pulled me out of some of the lowest points in my life.

I am sharing this with you all today to let you know that you are not alone. Anxiety and depression is not fair and is something that cannot be fixed in an instant. It is a crippling illness that follows you around everywhere you go. But, YOU ARE STRONG. YOU ARE WORTHY. YOU ARE A WARRIOR. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  Mental illness is something that our society expects to be swept under the rug. It is something that those who are not affected do not understand. It is something that cripples and grinds you into the ground if kept a secret. I will be the first to admit, I have been ashamed of this disease. For the longest time, I thought that I was the only one who had this and that no one would understand what I was feeling. Man oh man was I wrong. I have been blessed with so many people in my life who understand what I am feeling and are there to help me. That being said, if any of you are feeling this please no that you are not alone. There are so many resources for mental illness. Reach out to someone and let them know if you are depressed. If you need someone to talk to, reach out to me. I am more than happy to help.

If this blog post helps one person, it will have served it's purpose. Thank you for reading.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

My Favorite Picks | Lauren James Pink Friday Event

Hi everyone!
I hope you all are having a fabulous Sunday! As promised, today I am going to be sharing all of my favorite pieces from the Lauren James Pink Friday event, which ends today!! I have been raving about this sale because it is so good! I definitely recommend taking advantage of this amazing sale and stocking up on some adorable pieces to add to your summer wardrobe!!

This darling set is now $48 when it was originally $128. It come is 5 gorgeous colors and the scallop details stole my heart the first time I saw it! 

This dress if definitely a classic Lauren James dress. It is so elegant and feminine and I am obsessed with the bow detail in the back!! It is now listed at $54 when it was originally listed at $128!

This dress is one of Lauren James best-sellers and you can definitely tell why!! The bow cross-back detail is just too pretty to pass up! It was originally $128 and is now $54

I got this dress at the beginning of the spring and instantly fell in love! It has such a flattering silhouette and it super comfortable. Not to mention, the subtle bow detail on the back is just perfect! It was originally $56 and is now only $28!

This dress is one of my favorite items that is on sale! I love that you can easily dress it up or down and the subtle scalloped bottom is just perfect!! It was originally $42 and is now only $15!!

This skirt just screams summer!! It was originally $58 and is now $26.

Can we all just take a moment to talk about this darling top?! I am obsessed with the peplum trend and this top is just giving me all the feels!! It is only $18!

This romper is honestly one of my favorite designs ever!! It has the prettiest scalloped open back and I love the bow detail on the front!! It is so figure flattering and overall just perfect!! It is now only $37!

Ok, I definitely saved my favorite piece for last! Ever since they released this design, I have been obsessed!! Such a darling dress with the best fit!! I blogged about this dress yesterday, which you can read about here! It is only $20 and is definitely a necessity in your summer closet!!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to shop this amazing sale!!
Thank you all for reading and happy shopping!!


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Pink Dresses and Cupcakes

Hi everyone!!
Happy Saturday! I am so excited for today's post!! Yesterday, Lauren James started their "Pink Friday" sales event and it is SO good! Practically everything is on crazy sale and you can grab a bunch of summer essentials for less than $50!!! Some of my favorite dresses from their spring collection are $54 and under!!! How crazy is that?! It is the perfect time to snag some darling dresses and tops for your summer wardrobe!!
I have been getting a lot of questions about Lauren James dresses and let me tell y'all I absolutely love them!! They are great quality and the fabric of each dress that I own is fantastic. The cotton dresses (which are $20 and under!!!) are super soft and are great for the warmer days. They can also be dressed up or dressed down super easily. The seersucker dresses (only $54!!)and sets are super figure flattering and perfect for a night on the town, a day at the winery, or even a wedding!! The fabric is so lightweight and soft so it is super comfortable. For the cotton dresses, I recommend going up a size if you want the oversized fit. The cotton fabric is a little bit on the heavier and thicker size so this just guarantees and it won't shrink when you wash it as well! The seersucker dresses are definitely true to size!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure to hang out with Syd from Chosen Photography and take some of the cutest pictures ever!! I wore this dress that is included in the Pink Friday sale and let me tell you all it was absolutely perfect! It was almost 100 degrees when we got out to shoot and this dress was perfect for the heat. It is just so light and comfortable and perfect for the hot summer days! Syd and I went to a local cupcake shop called, The Sweet Divine, in Downtown St. Louis and it is possibly the cutest cupcake shop ever!!! I mean just take a look at these pics!! I kept getting so many compliments on the dress and they could not believe that I told them it was on sale for only $20!!
I am going to share another blog post tomorrow over my favorite picks from this amazing sale so keep a look out for that! Also, MAJOR shoutout to Syd from Chosen Photography! Chosen Photography is a faith-based photography business who is run by a husband and wife (congrats to the newly weds!!) team who offer beautiful photography and also amazing videos!! Syd is so much fun to work with and her photos are absolutely gorgeous!!
Thanks for reading!