Trending- Tassels

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It’s Pre-Friday! AND it’s theSkimm‘s third birthday! Click on my fancy new button to your right, or the link in this post to Skimm with me every day!

But on to the main event. I’m usually not one to follow trends- I tend to go for more classic looks. However, I often break that rule when it comes to jewelry. Jewelry is one of the cheaper  things to add to your wardrobe, and most jewelry trends tend to last for a while. One of my favorite trends this summer is tassels! I started to love these last summer, but now I’m sure that they’re going to be around for a while, need it. Last summer was beaded tassels, but now there are embroidery thread tassels, fabric tassels, and so many more! Here are a few of my favorites:

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LAHHVE these Lisi Lerch tassel earrings. These are probably my all-time favorites, even though I have no idea where I would wear them. But how cute would these be with a hot pink romper and wedges for a fancy night out? Too cute.

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I’m also loving these bracelets from BaubleBar. They’re so summery and fun, and would make a great addition to your arm party!

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I’m also obsessed with these tassel and stone necklaces from Nordstrom. I love the natural stone with the pops of color from the thread tassels. These would be great layered with your everyday necklace to dress up a basic tank! Love it.

What’s your favorite jewelry trend this summer? Let me know!

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Friday’s Five

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Yayay Friday! I’m so exited for the weekend! I don’t have a lot planned, but I’m excited to have some time to rest, clean, and get caught up on thank-you notes from graduation. I did have some of what would usually be “weekend fun” on Pre-Friday yesterday, but more on that in a minute. As much as I definitely needed and enjoyed being by myself these past few weeks, the “new” is starting to wear off and I’m ready to make some new friends here. I started visiting churches a few weeks ago, so hopefully I will find a group of people to hang out with soon! But until then, it looks like it will be gourmet pizzas on Friday nights. I mean, hey, life could be worse. Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1. Burd Jewelry

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Last week, I received an invitation from Natasha, the creator of Burd Jewelry, to attend her second trunk show in Rice Village! I was excited because it was my first trunk show as a blogger, Rice Village is one of my favorite parts of Houston, and her jewelry is so beautiful and surprisingly affordable! I will be writing an entire post on Burd next week, but until then, check it out for yourself!

2. Holy Crepes

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After the trunk show, my bestie Ashley and I headed over to Sweet Paris Creperie for dinner. We’ve been here quite a few times, because it’s the best. This time, I tried something new and ordered the Ham & Gruyere crepe and I almost DIED it was so good. We also had a lemon dessert crepe, which was the perfect crisp finish to our meal. If you’re in Houston, be sure to stop by, even if it’s just for dessert! It’s also incredibly adorable inside.

3. The Skimm

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As you all know, I cannot start my mornings without The Skimm. It’s a quick little email that gives you the rundown on current events in an easy-to-read, easy to understand format with fun little subject lines (possibly my favorite part) such as “Whoomp there it is”, etc. Want to know what’s going on in Washington, the Middle East, and even in cyberspace? Then Skimm it. That way when someone brings up the FIFA corruption in conversation, you can at least say, “you know, I have heard a bit about that”. BOOM. Adulthood made easy.

4. Cookie Butter Iced Coffee

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL, I REPEAT, NOT A DRILL. Lauren from DC Girl in Pearls, God bless her. She is a saint for sharing this with us all. I found her recipe for Cookie Butter Iced Coffee the other day, and after that I couldn’t really focus on anything else. I mean, it’s cookie butter and coffee. What a time to be alive. I still have to find a lazy girl’s method for iced coffee for this to work well, though. I think that’s going to be my weekend project. Maybe it can be yours too!

5. Milania Guidice

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Miss her. She’s going to be that friend you can count on to say what everyone’s thinking, but nobody really wants to say out loud. And somebody needed to tell Tre, if we’re being real.

That’s all I’ve got. Have a great weekend!

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Instagram Round-Up

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Happy Tuesday! It’s my first full week of work, and I’m so ready to be able to get in a routine of 9-5 every day. I’m liking my job so far, but I still feel like I have so much to learn! But I think that the more I do things, the easier they will be. However, when I get home, I basically sit on my couch and blog and watch reality TV until it’s time to go to sleep. I desperately need to find a gym, because it’s been maybe three weeks since I’ve had a good workout, and it’s driving me crazy. I tried to go to the gym in my apartment, but all it has is a treadmill and an elliptical, both of which I hate. When I run, I like to feel like I’m actually going somewhere. And I don’t run outside because I’m a wimp. So you see my dilemma. But I digress.

I mentioned my blogstagram a few posts ago, and I’ve been working to build that part of my blog, since Instagram is becoming a critical social media outlet for bloggers. I haven’t posted as often as I’ve wanted, but I think I’m getting there! Here are a few of my recent faves, with links to everything so we can be twinsies. Check it out, and be sure to follow me on Instagram!

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I live for school/office supplies. Something about a cute planner makes me actually write things down, and my monogrammed travel mug makes early mornings a bit happier. Planner: Kate Spade (the print I have is not available this year, but I’m loving this one!) Pencil Pouch: ban.do, Travel Mug: Marley Lilly.

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This striped dress was a perfect addition to my spring wardrobe. It’s versatile, comfortable, and affordable- three of the best things in life. Dress: Old Navy (similar), Sandals: Target (old, but LOVE these), Clutch, Marley Lilly (c/o), Earrings: Kendra Scott, Beaded bracelets: Lily and Laura, Gold bangle: Kate Spade, Necklace: Kendra Scott (old, but love this one!)
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I loved this outfit- I was actually wearing the dress in the picture above, but with some different accessories for a pop of spring colors! Scarf: Big Buddha (similar), Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace: BaubleBar

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My absolute favorite sandals this summer. Secret- they’re from the kid’s section in Target. Another secret- my sister has a matching pair. I actually bought them for her. Sandals: Target

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I am obsessed with this top. I have to limit myself on how often I wear it to work, not a joke. And this tassel necklace is becoming a staple in my wardrobe as well. Top: Macy’s (similar), Jeans: JCrew Factory, Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace: similar.

instagram-bird dressI recently discovered SheInside, a site with super fun, super affordable clothes, and it’s my latest favorite way to spend all of my money. This bird dress was my first purchase, and I love it! It gets lots of compliments (and yes, a few strange looks), and it’s very flattering! Dress: SheInside, Clutch: Marley Lilly (c/o), Necklace: similar, Shoes: Jessica Simpson

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This is another purchase from SheInside. I love this shift dress, it’s so bright and unexpected! I wore it to my sorority’s end of the year banquet with black pumps, and it looked surprisingly chic! Dress: SheInside

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Friday’s Five

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Well, we made it. The week after spring break is always a tough one, because you’ve had a little taste of summer, the weather is getting warmer, and all that’s left of school is the big projects that no one really wants to do. I didn’t have any tests or anything which was good, but I have a lot of things coming up, so I really need to get ahead if possible. (hahahahahaha jokes). Or at least plan out when I’m going to do everything.

But enough about school, let’s talk about how I think I broke my toe yesterday. I was sitting on my bed doing homework, when I decided I could not continue reading about communicable diseases without a package of fruit snacks (tip- do not save mandatory health classes until your last semester, you will hate it- trust.). So I sprung off my bed too quickly and landed on my toes rather than the ball of my foot. They kind of curled under, causing all of my weight to land on my little phalanges. I definitely heard a pop, but it didn’t really hurt so I just continued downstairs for my study snack. Then later, I was putting on my shoes, and tightening the laces HURT. Upon further inspection, I observed that my toe was bruised and hurt when I moved it. Just in time for sandal season, so that’s cool. I will get back to you after I walk to work this morning- that should be fun. So the moral of the story is, don’t get too excited about your fruit snacks- you could hurt yourself. I digress.

Here’s this week’s five:

1. What I’m Eating

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I know, I know. It’s either quinoa or brussels sprouts with me. Honestly, I have no defense for the brussels sprouts, there’s only so many ways you can make them. But quinoa is a very versatile grain, and sometimes I get bored with sprinkling parmesan cheese on top and calling it a side. I found this great recipe for Spring Herb Quinoa Patties on Two Tarts, and it’s by far my favorite quinoa cake recipe that I’ve tried. I halved the recipe, left out mint and green onion (only because I didn’t have any- but it sounds like it would make them even better!), and added dill. What I like most about this recipe is the fact that the cakes hold together really well- I think it’s the breadcrumbs. A half recipe made about 8, and I ate 1 while I was waiting for the rest of my dinner to finish, 3 with my chicken and brussels sprouts (duh), and the other 4 by themselves for dinner the next night. It was a personal patty party. And you should have one, too.

2. What I’m Raving About

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As someone who frequently walks through rain puddles on campus, My Hunter boots are a life-saver. They’re durable, comfortable, and a chic addition to my typically distraught rainy-day ensembles. They’re an investment, but definitely worth it. However, since they’re real rubber, they develop a white powdery film after a while, which I honestly wasn’t too fond of. My sister has a matching pair, and hers were “blooming” as well, so we decided to split a bottle of Hunter Boot Buffer and shine our boots over spring break. I was super pleased with the results- they are as good as new! Also, the bottle is only $12, and both my sister and I used it and there is plenty left! You can see the before and after pictures above! Shiny boots just in time for April showers.

3. What I’m Wanting

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I’m mildly obsessed with this Gold Pulse Cuff from Baublebar. It’s simple enough to be great on its own or as part of a nice stack.  You may or may not know my story about my heart problems, but I think that’s why I love this so much!

4. What I’m Working On

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Building my blog’s Instagram page. I have a really big vision for this little blog, most of which I don’t have time to get serious about until after graduation, but Instagram doesn’t require that much effort- I just have to live my life and remember to take pictures. Which is actually kind of hard for me. But anyways, I’m working on posting fresh content every day, and I would love for you to follow along with me at @sweetcatsblog!

5. Sass Queen of the Week

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Abby Lee Miller, Dance Instructor and One-Liner Extraordinaire. She scares the crap out of me and I wouldn’t have lasted five minutes in her studio as a child, but as a young adult, she lights a fire under my butt and makes me want to make it to the top of the pyramid. Also I’m currently having Dance Moms withdrawals. Abby will most likely be back on this list soon.

That’s all I have for you this week. Enjoy your weekend, and figure out how to be the best.

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Gift Guide- Best Friends

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Christmas is COMING! I literally can’t believe it’s already December. This semester has absolutely flown by, but at the same time I feel like I haven’t had any down time in forever. I think staying in College Station over the summer has gotten me all sorts of confused. I digress. But really, it’s already December and as if finals weren’t enough to stress about, I have yet to decide for sure what I’m getting anyone for Christmas, let alone purchase anything. Also, since I have an actual income, I want to buy my family and friends something nice that I actually want to get  them, not just something that I bought because I could afford it.

It’s easy to buy for my friends, because I just buy things I would like. This also goes for my sister, but I know not everyone is basically twins with their sister, so for all intents & purposes, this is a “best friends gift list”. Here are a few things I have my eye on:

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First, I’m loving this mug from Ashley Brooke Designs. She has a wide variety of sayings for all types of friends, but I’m loving this little quip for some of my sassier, coffee-drinking friends.

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Next is this personalized notepad from Design Darling. While I love a good monogram, I think the full name is a refreshing touch to this stationery. This would be perfect for your friend with a busy schedule and a list-making tendency, and would make an adorable addition to a home or office desk.

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Another great option is this monogrammed travel tumbler from Marley Lilly. I have one similar to this, and it’s great for bringing an extra cup of coffee to work or school on early mornings! This is great for your friend who’s always on-the-go.

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Finally, this sassy bracelet from BaubleBar is a perfect addition to your snarky pal’s stacked wrist. If you say this more than once a day, you should probably buy it. There are also a few more trendy sayings if you’re one of those girls who actually can even. But I’m not.

What are you buying your besties this Christmas? Let me know!

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Julep’s Transition to Fall

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Happy Tuesday! I am so happy to have the day off of work- even if it is to study for my tests this week. But I plan to stay in my pajamas until I have to go to class (and maybe even when I go to class…jokes, I’ll put on yoga pants) and enjoy some rare time at home.

I was recently contacted  by Julep to create a fall transition outfit inspired by their new fall shades, and was so excited to participate! If there’s two things I love, it’s color-coordination and nail polish. The color that immediately caught my eye was Claudette, a rich, oxblood color. I thought it would pair perfectly with my maroon pants and a neutral sweater to ease into fall! I added riding boots because I spend March-October staring longingly at mine that are tucked away on the top shelf of my closet, and I’m always dying to wear them!  Also, after I finished putting this look together, I came across Roc Solid, a creamy forest green that would look great with these pants!

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If you’re looking for some new nail polish this fall (and let’s be honest, we are always looking for new nail polish), head over to Julep for some haute hues that are sure to bring some fun to your fingers!
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Trends I’m Loving- Home State Shapes

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It’s Tuesday, and even though I’m not sure what I’m going watch tonight now that RHONY is done, it’s going to be a great day. I should be getting my package from the Kate Spade surprise sale today, and I’m beyond excited- yay!

One of my favorite trends lately is jewelry and clothing featuring the shape of your home state. I love Texas, being from Texas, and being a Texas Aggie, and I love that there are new ways for me to share that with everyone!

Here are a few of my favorite Lone Star State pieces:

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My all-time-favorite Texas bauble is definitely a gold necklace with a heart, like this one from Etsy. I would put the heart over Aggieland, because it’s home, and I’ve had some of the best times here.

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Next, I’m loving this monogrammed Texas tank from Marley Lilly (minus the burnt orange. #bye). This would be so cute for a lake or pool day, or to wear to class or the gym in the August heat.

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I also love these Texas studs from Charming Charlie. They would be a great addition to a gameday outfit, or any casual ensemble.

What’s your favorite way to wear your home state? Let me know!

Today, I’m linking up with Zelle from A Southern Style, Kristina from Medicine & Manicures, Katie from Champagne & Suitcases, and Amanda from As the Wine Cork Turns for #TrendingTuesday- head over and see what’s trendy this Tuesday!

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Trends I’m Loving- Personalized Jewelry

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Happy Tuesday! I’m so ready for the weekend already (as usual), but this week I’m extra excited- my birthday is on Sunday! I’m so excited to go home and celebrate with my family, and come back and celebrate with my friends! Twenty-one has been fun, but I’m definitely ready to be feelin’ 22- more on that later!

I know that monograms and personalization aren’t really “new” trends in jewelry, but I feel like there are more ways than ever to show off your initials and more through your bling. Here are a few of my favorites:

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I love this simple initial necklace from Kate Spade Saturday. It would be a great everyday necklace, and would be a nice way to anchor a few layered necklaces.

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Next is this Engraved Bar Necklace from Benevolent Jewels. I love the idea of a name instead of a monogram- or even a Twitter handle for bloggers!

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Last are these initial rings, also from Benevolent Jewels. You can wear just one, or you can stack them for all of your initials! This is a cute way to add a small, personal touch to your outfit.

What do you think about personalized jewelry? Let me know!

Today, I’m linking up with Zelle from A Southern Style, Kristina from Medicine & Manicures, Katie from Champagne & Suitcases, and Amanda from As the Wine Cork Turns for #TrendingTuesday- head over and see what’s trendy this Tuesday!

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Friday’s Five

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Happy Friday! I’m in Houston this weekend visiting my bestie Ashley! I’m sure I’ll have lots to share next week! But this week isn’t quite over yet, so let me share with you what I’ve been loving this week:

1. First is this article “In Defense of Having No Idea What to do With Your Life” by NYC PR Girls, one of my newest favorite blogs. As we all know, and I’m sure will be hearing more about as I search for jobs this year (STOP, old), I really don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.  It makes me feel better to know that there are many other people in the same boat, and that it will be okay!

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Next is the Kendra Scott GlamRocks Collection that launched Wednesday. My favorites are these Ellie studs in multicolor drusy, but the whole collection is fabulous, so check it out when you have the chance!

3. Next is a chance for me to toot my own horn a bit. I’ve been to the gym every day this week! I’ve never enjoyed working out, but for some reason it’s my new hobby. It feels good both mentally and physically to get some exercise, and I’m going to keep it up as long as I can!

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Next is Sassy Kate, because why not?

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Saving the best for last: Jersey’s back, trolls. I’m so excited for this season, mostly because of Dina and Milania. I think that Milania Giudice is the true star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and apparently it’s a common opinion. My roommates and I found this hilarious Buzzfeed article with 15 glorious reasons why Milania is everyone’s favorite Housewife. (Also filed under: reasons Milania Giudice is my spirit animal)

I’m linking up with Amy & Karli today for Oh Hey Friday!

 

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Queen Bee

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Sorry for the lack of posts this week!  I would say that it’s because of my online class, but it’s actually because I stayed out late on Monday and I’ve been super tired…I’m such a grandma. But I plan to get back on track!

One of my favorite parts of my townhome is my bathroom-it’s actually the reason I chose my room! That sounds really weird, but I just love it. There’s copious amounts of counterspace, a large linen closet for all of my unnecessary toiletries I can’t live without, and there’s a walk-in closet. So obviously, I had to have it. It’s actually been my favorite room to decorate, (I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect painting for inside my closet) and today I’m going to share my jewelry tray that I keep on my counter.

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So it’s maybe not the most organized system (and this is after I cleaned it up a bit), but I love having my everyday jewelry on display.(Also, this isn’t even close to all of my jewelry- I store the rest in a dresser drawer, but it’s kind of a mess.)  I’m obsessed with this Sarah Hansen Annapolis Queen Bee tray. It just really speaks to me on a personal level, since I like to think I’m the Queen Bee. Before I got the tray, I had everything on a glitter plate I crafted, but it was too small. I love the size of this tray, and that it keeps everything in its place while also making a statement itself.

The jewelry tree was my grandmother’s, which makes it extra special. I’ve had it for years, but never quite used it to its full potential until this year! I like the different levels, it makes storing both necklaces and bracelets easy. You could probably find one similar to mine at an antique store, or there’s this interesting piece from Anthropologie, and this one from ModCloth.

Keeping with the royalty theme, I have a little ceramic crown that I use as a catchall for my rings, studs, hairties, and bobby pins. I like it because it allows me to keep even more things out on my counter without looking like too much of a mess. I love this Giraffe Dish and this (mildly creepy but still cute) “Lend Me a Hand” ring holder.

I also keep my Aggie ring box here, so I can tuck my little piece of gold away safely each night, and my many lipsticks, perfumes, and current nail color. I love it when storage can double as decoration, and that’s exactly what this tray does! It’s a great way to keep my everyday baubles at my fingers while adding some character to my bathroom.

Also, have you entered the giveaway for a pair of earrings from The Beautiful Fools? DO IT, and you can put them on your jewelry tray!

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