Friday, August 18, 2017

The Perfect Summer Dress

In the beginning of the summer, I wrote a summer goals post to try and hold myself accountable to accomplish things over the course of the summer. I was thinking of something to incorporate into this outfit post and thought it would be fun to share a little update on how those goals worked out for me.

My first goal was to run a 5k, and I'll be honest that I did not accomplish this goal. I knew it would be the hardest for me to keep, but the problem is that I could never get into a consistent routine. Working retail and babysitting left me with incredibly unpredictable hours all summer. I ended up with a lot of free time in the middle of the day, which is absolutely miserable for running in the summer. I did run quite a bit but not enough to get myself where I wanted to be. I'm not trying to make excuses I know I could have woken up at 6 AM and gone for a run before work. But I'm not giving up: I'm hoping in college when I have a more consistent routine, I'll be able to find a way to stick with it.

My second goal was all about improving my blog which I think I did this summer! I mostly kept up with posting 5 days a week and I posted almost every single day on Instagram. I worked really hard on improving my blog taking better and more outfit photos. I tried to write inspiring and helpful posts. And while I haven't seen tremendous growth on my blog, I am really happy with it right now.  And to me I think that is all I really want, I love my blog and it makes me excited.

When I wrote goal #3 about falling in love with myself, I wasn't really sure how much I wanted to share about my personal struggles after my freshman year. But in the end, I decided to share it all, because what I did worked for me and I wanted to be able to help others. I feel happier than I've been, I feel confident, and I feel like I am at the center of my life. I don't want to reiterate everything I have already written in this post, so if you want more details on how I rebuilt myself, check out this post!

I think I did a great job with my 4th goal of saving money. I cut down on a lot of impulse purchases. And I only went to Panera once!! Another thing I did was if there was something I wanted to buy I'd think about it for a few days before I purchased. This way I could make sure I really wanted it. Obviously, I couldn't go all summer without buying anything, but I do feel good about the money I saved and the things I did buy. And at the end of the summer, I felt good about being able to purchase things I wanted for my apartment and for back to school. 

Dress: Old Navy // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Bracelet: Georgie Designs

I thought this would be a fun little update! I think I did pretty well with my summer goals, and I plan to set more for this upcoming semester at school. I think that goals hold you accountable and allow you to visualize the life you want. Did you set summer goals? And if so how did they work out?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Simple Inspiration

Today's post isn't going to be long or drawn out, it's going to be simple not because I don't have the time to write something longer but because sometimes there is beauty in simplicity. I've always dreamed of having an inspiration section on my blog where I share my favorite quotes and write about what inspires me. Realistically it's just not something I'm prepared to keep up and maintain right now, but I still wanted to share a little bit of what inspires me today!

I think there is something so beautiful about a moment because there is never going to be one exactly like it ever again. It's special and unique and sometimes it's difficult to realize that when you are there. I believe it's important to live your life to its fullest. Enjoy every moment and be present. Smile and radiate joy. Give a stranger a compliment. Take in all the beauty that life has to offer. So I believe you should simply spend today and everyday simply loving your life!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Favorite Bag

Happy Wednesday guys! I hope you all are having a great week. After today all I have is one more shift at my job at J.Crew and one more day babysitting, it's finally feeling like summer is coming to an end. But the main purpose of this post is to share my outfit.  I'm obsessed with this skirt I just bought last week, I think it is so perfect for summer and transitioning into fall.

Shirt: Madewell // Skirt: J.Crew Factory // Jean Jacket: J.Crew Factory // Shoes: J.Crew Factory // Purse: Longchamp 

My Longchamp bag has been my favorite bag this summer and quite honestly the only bag I used. It was perfect for work but also babysitting and running errands. I have the small size in beige and I absolutely love it, it's classic and fits so much. I can fit my Day Designer Planner, wallet, cosmetic bag, and even a snack! I'll be honest that I never used this bag while I was at school but I'm really looking forward to using it more this upcoming year. It really is the perfect bag for any time, I think a Longchamp is a great bag to invest in. What bag have you all been using this summer?


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to Prepare for Back to School

Whether you're a sophomore in high school or in college, this post is for you! I've teamed up with Sarah from Simply a Southern Prep to share our best back to school preparation tips. She's a sophomore in high school and I'm a sophomore in college, so we've worked together to share what we are both doing to prepare for the year ahead!

Sophomore in High School: Back to School Preparation Guide
Written by Sarah of Simply a Southern Prep
Going into your sophomore year of High School means several things, you survived freshman year (hallelujah), you’re one year closer to a High School diploma, and more! But whatever the start of sophomore year means to you there are still many things to do to prepare.

Things you have to buy:
Really, you need the same things you need every year of high school. A new binder or notebook for every class, pens, pencils, a new backpack and/or lunch box, etc. But honestly back to school shopping is so fun! I love picking the cutest notebooks, a new agenda, and monogramming almost everything!

Things you have to do:
Other than the obvious things you have to do to get ready to go back to school such as supply shopping the to-do list of preparations definitely varies by the person. I for example stay up late and sleep in late during the summer, but that’s not really an option during school. So I find it best for the week or so before school starts to start going to bed a little earlier and waking up a little earlier each day so I’m more prepared on the first day.  

How you feel about going back to school:
I personally have mixed emotions about going back to school this year. It’s my second year of High School but it’s my first year at this new school. I am excited for all the new opportunities I will have and the new friends I will hopefully make but honestly most of us don’t truly enjoy the actual school work part of school! Although we all have different interests and some classes can be very enjoyable, especially if you get a good teacher!

First day of school outfit:
Definitely one of my favorite parts of going back to school! I love picking out one special outfit every year to be the designated first day of school outfit. It’s a great way to make a good first impression on your new classmates and teachers, and although not every day of the school year gets an outfit as meticulously planned as this one it’s still a great opportunity!

Sophomore in College: Back to School Preparation Guide
Written by Me, Ashley of My Well Dressed Life
Preparing to go back to college for your sophomore year is nothing short of exciting. You get to see your friends you haven’t seen in months and you get to head back to your favorite place. But preparing to move away for the duration of the school year takes a bit of preparation.   

Things you have to buy:
A lot of times you’ll move into an apartment for your sophomore year of college, so you’ll need to start purchasing kitchen and living room essentials that you never had a use for in your tiny freshman dorm. This summer I’ve also been trying to stock up some of my favorite college basics: leggings and basic tees. These are items that I know I wore time and time again last year and know that I will definitely appreciate not having to wash as often. I also am a big fan of buying my textbooks and school supplies ahead of time, so I don’t have to worry about in the first few weeks of school. Especially at a college like mine where professors waste no time to start assigning work.

Things you have to do:
The main thing I do to prepare to go back to school is get organized. I have this super crazy organization system of using 4 calendars, so I try to get those updated as much as possible before I get back to school. This way I can jump into the year head first knowing exactly what I have to do! I also try to make sure my room is as put together as possible and that my backpack and desk are organized, that way I have a nice workplace and minimize distractions. I think it’s also a good idea to catch up with your friends before school starts, you likely haven’t seen them in a few months and will have lots to talk about so grab dinner and get your hours of chatting out before you’re swamped with school work.

How you feel about going back to school:
You would honestly not believe how excited I am to go back to school. I haven’t seen any of my friends in person in almost 4 months and honestly, I can not wait to get back and give them all a big hug! I also absolutely love my school and being away from it and a lot of my favorite places (hello Krispy Kreme) has been hard. But more than anything I am so excited to get back to school and to start getting into my routine. Working retail this summer and having an extremely unpredictable schedule has been difficult on my type A personality and I am more than ready to get back to predictability.

First day of school outfit:
Outfit Details: Outfit 1 // Outfit 2 // Outfit 3
The past few years I have worn a dress on the first-day school, I feel like it’s the perfect outfit because you look nice and put together but at the same time it is so easy! Because we all know it’s totally not easy to get up on that first early morning. I think making sure you look put together on the first day is important in making a good first impression to new teachers and students. But you should definitely wear what’s comfortable for you! If you aren’t a big fan of dresses, opt for some jeans and a nice top.

No matter what grade you are in, I hope you have a wonderful year! I would love to hear what you all are doing to prepare for school in the comments.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Everyday Style in Gingham

Happy Monday! Today marks exactly 1 week until I'll be moving to college for my sophomore year. I am so unbelievably excited but I feel like my summer flew by in a minute. I'm definitely ready to head back but I absolutely hate goodbyes. And this upcoming week is intimidating me with a whole lot of them. 
The first goodbye is going to come on Wednesday as I say goodbye to the little kids I babysat for all summer. I can't believe how much I have grown to love them over the course of the summer. I honestly wish I could pack them up and take them to school with me! I've babysat for quite a few families, but no other kids have ever made an imprint on my heart quite like these ones. But I've already promised their mom I'm going to come back and babysit on every break. 

The next goodbye is on Saturday as I say goodbye to my summer job at J.Crew Factory. I absolutely loved my job and will be sad to say goodbye. I know I'm transferring, but I'll definitely miss the atmosphere and the people at my store. They were a part of so much of my summer. And even though I'll probably come back and work at some point, I know some of my favorite people will probably move on with different chapters of their lives by then. 

My sister isn't coming to move-in this year as it is on a Monday and she has school, so it will be a tough goodbye to her on Sunday morning. But I am trying to look at is as more of just a see you later until my family is up for a visit. As much as my sister and I bicker we really are so close and I have absolutely loved being able to talk with her every day at home this summer and will definitely miss that up at school.

Top: J.Crew Factory // Pants: J.Crew Factory // Necklace: KJP // Bracelets: Alex and Ani // Shoes: Jack Rogers(Similar)

I guess because my summer was so long, I've been home since May 4. It really feels like a good part of my life. I've managed to make memories, get in routines, and adapt to a life at home. But now I'm about to be headed to my favorite place in the world, where I get to see some of my favorite people and know that a lot of sad goodbyes only lead to some happy hellos very soon. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Latest Obsession: Skirts

One of the first accounts I ever followed on Instagram and as a result one of the first blogs I discovered was Summer Wind. Her style is exactly the classic style I dream of having, she is one of my favorite people to go to when I need style inspiration. I recently realized that one of the reasons I love her outfits so much is because she is always wearing skirts. I've always struggled with wearing skirts because I feel like they always look too dressy for my day to day life and I often times feel like a teacher or a business women in them. But looking at Summer Wind's outfits I felt inspired to find a way to incorporate skirts into my day to day life. So here are some of my favorites that I have found so far, I look forward to the challenge of finding new fun ways to wear skirts in everyday life!

Do you all have any favorite skirts? And how do you like to wear them? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear your ideas!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lovely in Lilly Shorts

I love sharing outfit posts on my blog, but sometimes I get a little tired of posting them because I want to be able to say more in the post. I realized that just because I'm sharing an outfit doesn't have to stop me from writing a fun post. So today in conjunction with this super cute Lilly outfit that I love, I'm going to be sharing 10 facts about me that you probably don't know!

1. I love flamingos(okay maybe you knew that from this post). But totally unconsciously I find myself standing like a flamingo(see picture above), and honestly I have no idea why. For some reason when I stand like that I feel really balanced. Idk haha judge me it's fine. 

2. Pasta is my favorite food, honestly, I could eat it for every meal. It was the thing I missed the most while I was away at college, dining hall pasta was extremely average and bland. I love baked ziti and penne alla vodka, and I'm actually eating pasta with vodka sauce as I write this. 

3. For as long as I can remember I've loved country music, it's definitely my favorite type of music. I guess it's because it is the music I grew up listening to and because I live in Georgia where country music is most definitely king. My favs are definitely Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. 

4. I'm an over thinker, over packer, and over planner. Basically, anything that can be over done, I over do it. Catch me bringing 4 different bags home for a long weekend home, it's most definitely excessive but oh well. I feel like all of these things are both a blessing and a curse. 

5. I started this blog as a way to help people. I've always had this strong desire to inspire others and I guess that's part of my reasoning behind starting this blog. While it's fun to share outfits and fun travels, I hope people can learn and benefit from the posts I share.

6. I have an irrational fear of not being able to turn the lights on. I'm not scared of the dark, but I'm scared of not being able to get out of the dark. I have dreams about this happening quite frequently but have only had this actualized once when I woke up to the power being out. 

7. I love to wear dresses and skirts but I rarely do because I always feel like I look too dressy. But I'm trying to get more comfortable simply wearing the clothes that make me happy! Sneak peak, tomorrow's blog post is all about my love for skirts haha

8. I rarely wear t-shirts, but I have a whole dresser drawer overstuffed with them. I have my big and my sorority t-shirt chair to thank for that(all the shirts are just so cute, I can't resist)! Not going to lie I'm going to pass 80% of them down to my little in the spring because the shirts deserve to have a loving home!

9. I wouldn't consider myself an outdoorsy or adventurous person(I think most people I know would agree) but I love going on hikes and going new places. A little adventure every once in a while is always fun, I'm still obsessed with the zip lining trip I took last summer. Probably one of my favorite memories. 

10. I'm an extremely picky eater. I really enjoy mostly eating very simple plain foods. Which is actually really good for me because those are the easiest things to cook. I'm usually willing to try new things because I really hate how picky I am, but I always revert to my favorite staples. 

Top: J.Crew Factory // Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer // Necklace: Brook and York // Shoes: Palm Beach Sandals
I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better as well as getting to see this super fun outfit! I bought these Lilly shorts last summer and they have been a fun summer staple ever since. I paired it with a simple tank from J.Crew Factory. This tank is perfect for going with all your favorite printed shorts while still having some fun touches with the fringe. Happy Thursday, we've almost made it to Friday!