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February 2017

February 2017 Round-Up

Posted in Lifestyle, Monthly Round-Ups
on February 28, 2017

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s absolutely CRAZY to think that March is already here… where, oh where has the time gone?! At least spring break’s only 2 weeks away, so I really can’t complain.

For those of you who joined the S by S fam in February, welcome!! I’m so happy you’re here 🙂 I started my monthly round-ups last month as a fun way to get a little more personal on here, and share some life experiences that happened that month along with recapping my fave blog posts of the month. I created them as a fun way to look back on the month & reflect on all the blessings. They’re as much for just me to look back on later on as fun little posts for you guys to read! I also include all the links for you guys to shop things I mention, especially my favorite products of the month.

This month’s been a fun one! Some of my favorite blog posts went up this month, so I’m excited to recap those for y’all. On top of that, this month’s been full of fun new experiences (and YUMMY FOOD 😉 )

Akash & I kicked off February with some good ol’ country dancing! I’d been a few times before, but it was Akash’s first time at Hurricane Harry’s, the dance hall we have here in College Station. Nothing I love more than experiencing new things with this boy. We may have looked like a couple of complete idiots, but it was so much fun!


Hands down my most worn pair of shoes this month! I wrote a whole post about these babies here, in case you haven’t seen it already! They’re so comfy & cute- and under $60!!

This past month has been FULL of new recipes & experimenting in the kitchen. I baked my first pie at the beginning of the month and now I can’t stop! You can definitely say I’ve found a new hobby. The one in the first picture^^ is a pecan pie recipe from one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Hayley. She shared it around Thanksgiving & I had it bookmarked since then. If you’re a pecan pie fan, try it out- it’s to die for.

I’ve been really loving trying new recipes- my only wish is that I could eat more so I could cook more!

Please ignore the low-quality pictures, haha!

For Valentine’s Day, Akash & I had a wonderful dinner at my favorite restaurant in College Station, Christopher’s. He brought me flowers and chocolate, so you could say I’m a happy girl. 🙂

If any of you are in the College Station area, Christopher’s is so good– definitely a must try! A lot of nice fine dining places don’t give you a ton of food, but that’s totally not the case at Christopher’s. I know the picture doesn’t look totally appetizing, but trust me- it’s seriously so good. You get a full plate of food, and everything’s absolutely amazing. You won’t regret it!

I got to see my sweet friend Lauren while she was in town for only a few days! Lauren & I have so much in common, so it’s always so fun catching up with her.

I had so much fun collabing with one of my sweet blogger friends, Morgan from The Vixen Blog. I got to do my first giveaway, too, which was so fun! The blog post is here in case you missed it!

In case you missed it, I shared this post, all about what’s in my makeup bag!

I shared all of my favorite pieces for spring in this post! I’m still in love with this clementine crossbody- so happy about this purchase!

The first half of February included a swarm of Valentine’s Day outfit posts! This one was one of my favorites, featuring this pretty olive dress.

This post was a fun one! Akash & I spent the day exploring around Sugarloaf Mountain. It was such a nice day, and the view was incredible. I wish we had more time to do things like this more often!
How was your February? I want to know! I’m a real sucker for new beginnings, and I love how each month is like a fresh slate to start new. Here’s to an exciting month ahead! Thanks for stopping by!

The Perfect Pair

Posted in Fashion
on February 27, 2017

Happy Monday!! I’m so excited to be sharing this post with all of you today- I’ve been working on it for so long, and I finally get to share it! Today we’re going to be talking all about jeans, and how to find the perfect pair. Plus, I’m also going to show you guys my favorite jeans & where I shop for jeans.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’m definitely a jeans girl. For the longest time, I was super used to wearing uncomfortable jeans, so jeans were never really my favorite. I tried jeggings, and those didn’t work for me either- they were either too thin or too “stretched-looking.” It’s definitely taken a lot of trial and error, but I’m so happy to finally be able to say I’ve found my perfect pair- jeans that I wear all the time, and that are crazy comfortable.

I talk about the importance of basics all the time, and finding your perfect pair of jeans is at the very top of that list. A pair of jeans will bring you endless outfit options, without sacrificing comfort. On top of that, you can wear jeans in basically any weather (unless you live in somewhere like Texas- then you can wear it for basically 9/12 months of the year.)

I know it may seem like a little much, but finding your perfect pair can be a real process, and a little bit of a pain in the butt. Depending on your luck, you may have to try on a billion pairs before finding a match, but trust me- it’s worth it!

Buckle up, this one’s going to be a long one.

So let’s dive in!
There are a few crucial things to look at when you’re jean shopping: fit, style, wash, material, and price.

It’s up to you to prioritize what’s most important to you, but in my opinion, fit should be at the top of everyone’s list, so we’ll start with that. Get ready, this one’s going to be a long one!

Finding the perfect fit.

Fit may seem like a relatively easy thing. As long as they’re good around the waist & not too long or too short, we’re good right? Wrong! There’s so much more to it. When looking at the fit of a pair of jeans, there’s a few things we need to pay attention to: length, width, and elasticity.

When it comes to length, you have to go in knowing exactly what it is that you’re looking for. Are you wanting cropped jeans? Or maybe jeans that you can cuff? Or even jeans that fit just right, and you can wear with every shoe combination? I personally recommend going for a pair of jeans that hit just a centimeter below your ankle. This way, you can find a pair that’s long enough to cuff, but also short enough to wear with shoes that maybe you want to accentuate.

Here’s an example of one of my favorites:

Try to avoid ankle-bunches at all costs. If it bunches up at your ankles, it’s a good sign that your jeans are too long!

Now let’s talk width. This one’s pretty easy, but you’d be surprised how many people buy ill-fitting jeans. One thing to note- sizes can be extremely inconsistent, even if you’re buying within a brand. I definitely feel for you ladies who get lazy and don’t like trying things on in the fitting room- trust me, I get it! But when it comes to jeans, it’s unavoidable. That’s one of the most basic tips (that you would think is standard)- try them on. I’ve had too many girlfriends tell me that they’re a certain size in all jeans, but that’s so far from the truth! Even within a certain brand sizes can be inconsistent, so it’s better to be safe than sorry!

When trying on a pair of jeans, you want to make sure to sit down & see how they feel when you’re in the dressing room. I spend a large majority of my day sitting, and nothing’s worse than the waistband of my pants digging into my stomach the whole day (particularly sometimes after eating a large meal- admit it, girls, it happens to the best of us.)

One last thing to check when it comes to the width of your jeans- do you see a bunched-up crotch area? If you do, that’s a surefire sign of ill-fitting jeans. Your perfect pair will hug your curves in all the right places.

With elasticity, this is something that most people don’t always look at when trying on jeans. You want them to be stretchy, but not too stretchy. Finding a pair that’s nice and stretchy means you will be comfortable, even after wearing them for hours. However, you do want to make sure that they’re not too stretchy, to the point where at the end of a long day they don’t fit as well as they did that morning. Was anyone else obsessed with American Eagle jeans back in the day? Remember how at the end of your school day your pants never fit as well as they did that morning? I used to think that this was normal, and how all jeans fit- I was so wrong!

Finding the perfect style.

This one’s a little easier than the last. Typically, I recommend girls go for a skinny jean style- they’re simply just the most versatile. Some girls don’t love how tight-fitting skinny jeans can be, so straight jeans are perfect. Flare jeans are so in right now, and so fun. But if you’re just looking for a good, staple pair, I’d definitely say go for the skinny.

Boyfriend jeans have been super trendy in the last few years, but you have to figure out what looks best for your body type. I’ve tried on endless pairs of boyfriend jeans and have only found one that fits me (shown below.) Why? I have thicker legs and a bigger butt- because of this, a lot of boyfriend jeans make me look extremely frumpy. But just because one specific pair of a certain style doesn’t look good on you doesn’t mean all jeans in that style don’t look good on you. Keep experimenting & find something that works! With this pair below from Altar’d State, I tried to find a pair that fits my calves better, and helps to slim out my legs to prevent the “chunky-leg” look.

Another thing to consider is if you want any sort of details on your jeans. I like jeans that have a little bit of a textured/ripped effect, but depending on your personal style, that may not be for you.

Finding the perfect wash.

This one’s pretty much just up to your personal preferences. My favorite wash is definitely darker denim- I love how it’s more flattering and doesn’t necessarily highlight all of my flaws. I’m also a huge fan of light wash denim especially for spring. Depending on what look you’re going for, pick your wash accordingly. A good tip is to look at the colors you typically wear, and decide what wash would be best for you.

Black & white denim are also some of my absolute faves. Black denim is incredibly versatile, and white denim looks super crisp. One of my favorite combinations is wearing white denim with a white or off-white top during spring time. So clean!

Finding the perfect material.

Like I mentioned earlier, comfort is extremely important to me when picking out a pair of jeans, simply because I have long days, and I spend a lot of my days going from class to class, or from meeting to meeting. Us girls suffer enough with wearing itchy materials & tight clothes- you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort when you’re wearing your favorite jeans! Pick the material that’s comfortable for you, and you’ll never want to take them off. Some people like their jeans a little more stiff, and some like them softer. I’m definitely a soft denim gal, but pick what you like!

Finding the perfect price.

A big misconception that a lot of people have is that nice denim is expensive. I mean, sure, you’re probably not going to find the highest quality pair of jeans for $15 at Forever 21, but you definitely can find an amazing pair for under $100. You just have to know where to look!

One of my favorite places to find jeans is Nordstrom Rack. They have endless options of some amazing brands, at a huge discount- Joe’s Jeans, 7 for All Mankind, Lucky Brand, & Hudson Jeans. Some of these brands retail for $300+, but you can find them at Nordstrom Rack for under $100. The cool thing about jeans is that most of them don’t go out of season; so buying a pair from seasons back won’t even be noticeable. Bargain shopping is key!

Another place that I love for jean-shopping is TJ Maxx. Just like Nordstrom Rack, they have a ton of options that are high-end but for much more inexpensive. A lot of people always ask me how I can afford to have so many clothes with a college student budget. The key is knowing where to shop!

If you shop online, there’s an app called Honey that I use for all my online-shopping. It basically comes in super handy when you’re at check-out to search the entire web for the best coupon codes, and automatically applies it. Free, easy, and so useful. I can’t even tell you how much money I’ve saved using Honey! Let me know in the comments if y’all want some more in-depth explanations on my tips for budget-friendly shopping. I’ve gathered a ton of tips under my belt over the past few years!

Now for the part that I’m MOST excited about- I’m sharing with all of you my all-time favorite line of jeans. Articles of Society jeans are a huge blogger-favorite, and I can definitely understand why! Each of these are priced at around $60, which is more than reasonable for a pair of quality jeans. I find them to be one of the most comfy jeans I’ve ever worn, and mine are always on repeat!

Articles of Society jeans are sold at Nordstrom in the junior section, as well as in independent boutiques. For all of you College Station-area girls, Anything Bling Boutique has them! **Edit: Download the Pocket Points App and get 50% off all jeans right now at ABB- you’re welcome 😉 **

My personal faves are the Karen Ripped Crop, Mya, and the white wash Sarah. If any of you haven’t tried out AOS jeans, try them on and let me know what you think!

You can also shop them here:

Whew, you made it to the end! Wrapping up- I’d go so far as to say that a good, durable pair of jeans are the most important basic to have in your wardrobe. Finding the perfect pair may entail trying on 9,000 different jeans to find the right one, but hopefully these tips helps the process along! Feel free to shoot me a comment below if you have any questions for me, and thank you so much for stopping by!!

Happy shopping!

Roses Are Red

Posted in Fashion, Outfits
on February 24, 2017

I have officially caught the Spring Fever! I can’t get enough of the floral patterns & bright colors. Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons for fashion, and this year is no exception. This Francesca’s dress was sent to me a few weeks ago, and I just had to share! I can totally picture myself wearing this number for a barbecue or for a day at the park. The outfit just screams fun– from the drop earrings to the dress & espadrilles to the print crossbody, I just can’t get enough!

I’ve been seeing these drop earrings everywhere lately, and they’re starting to really grow on me! I found these at Francesca’s too, for under $30!

 


Shop the look!

 

Hope you all love this look as much as I do! Have a fabulous weekend, I’ll see all of your pretty faces on Monday! Kisses from College Station

Flirty & Feminine

Posted in Fashion, Outfits
on February 23, 2017

Something about embroidered details just gives me all sorts of heart eyes! This dress is no exception, either. This dress reminds me so much of children’s dresses, and I have to admit, I’m digging it! The whole look is so soft, and fresh- so simple yet fun! This combo is perfect for a lunch date, or church on Sunday morning.

The weather in Texas lately has been bezerk!! One day it’s 80 degrees and then the next it’s 50 degrees.. I guess that’s Texas in a nutshell. How’s everyone’s week going so far??

See you all tomorrow!

5 Tips for Staying Motivated

Posted in Lifestyle
on February 22, 2017

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having an awesome start to February! This month I don’t have too much going on- it’s after all the holidays have died down, school’s started back up, and there’s not a ton to look forward to. Months like these can sometimes put me into a rut, and it makes me feel sluggish and unmotivated- I almost feel like there’s nothing to look forward to in the near future. Especially when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, this is always the time that everything flatlines for me. I’m sure there’s no way I’m the only one who feels this way (unless I really am… then shame on me.) After a while, though, I’ve figured out a few ways to try to overcome it, and I wanted to share these tips with you in case any of you are going through a rough patch!

1.) Remember why you started.

This one’s a hard one for me! Especially when it comes to diets and workout plans, I always start to plateau around 3 weeks to a month in. It’s helped me a lot to think about why I started in the first place. Maybe you’re trying to get in shape for a vacation coming up, or working on a long term project. If you remember why you started, you’ll remember why you wanted to do it in the first place, which will hopefully motivate you to get back into it!

2.) Take a breather.

I don’t know about y’all, but sometimes all I need is just a day off to do something fun. There have been SO many times where I have big exams coming up that I’ve been studying and studying and studying for- but then I get burnt out. That’s when Akash and I decide, “Okay, if I sit here and try to tough it out, that’s not going to do me any good.” At that point, you might as well get some fresh air- go on an adventure for a day, take a walk, go to that new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try! Sometimes all you need is just a little fresh air. 🙂

3.) Find a new hobby.

Or spend some time doing something you already enjoy! For me, starting my blog became this incredible outlet where I could channel all of my creative energy. I definitely look at it as a passion of mine, and when I blog I think of it as getting to do the “fun stuff.” Figure out what that may be for you- exercising, reading a book, even knitting! If you’re having trouble with getting up in the morning and looking forward to something everyday, try finding a hobby that will make you excited to get up and start the day.

4.) Surround yourself with people who bring you up.

Something that’s been hard for me to learn (and that I’m still in the process of learning) is surrounding myself with people who are driven, and only pull me up. I’ve had my fair share of bad friends- ask my mom, she’ll tell you all about it- to know that when you surround yourself with kind-hearted people, it really makes a difference in the way you see yourself. Find people who will motivate you, encourage you, and support you.

Last but not least,

5.) Go on Pinterest & find some motivating quotes. Then write them on some sticky notes and put them around your house!

This seriously works. When I was a junior in high school & studying for the SAT, learning the vocabulary words was one of the hardest parts for me. Insert this tip. After writing the definitions on places around my house, I’m not kidding, I learned them all within a week. I know this example’s a little silly, but it really works! My favorite is putting one up on my mirror to wake up to each day. It may seem goofy, but try it out! It’s worked for me, and I’m sure it can work for some of you. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed hearing my tips for staying motivated! This time of year can be kind of “bleh” for a lot of people, so know you’re not alone! Wishing everyone an awesome rest of your week, and I’ll see you all on Friday!