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I recently came across this article about one of my (former) favorite fashion bloggers, and it made me realize something. It seems like everyone and their mother (literally) has a fashion blog nowadays. It's super trendy to link your "like to know it" outfit from Nordie's everyday, and that you're not allowed to re-wear anything. Ever. Unless, of course, that item is a high-end designer bag or pair of Rockstud Valentinos. 

Honestly, this lifestyle just sounds exhausting. 80+ hours a week shopping, taking photos, editing those photos, and of course, looking flawless while doing it? I mean, more power to Caitlin at Southern Curls and Pearls for pulling it off. She, and so many other bloggers, seem to live the life that every girl wants - jet-setting to tropical getaways, having a killer wardrobe (most of which, was gifted), access to big-name fashion events - but, as with everything else online, it's not what it seems.

At its core, it's excessively superficial and unrealistic. Don't get me wrong, I love clothes. I really do. I love the joy of snagging a new dress and finally getting to wear it out. But, I'm also 23 and have a washing machine. Re-wearing things is inevitable, but also smart. Investing in pieces you can wear 50 different ways seems a lot more appealing than a haul from Forever21 that you might wear once and then let hang in your closet.

It struck me when the article noted that Caitlin had to go home and change because her followers had already seen her in that outfit. Read that again. 

I can't help but think of Kate in The Lizzie McGuire Movie when she calls Lizzie out for repeating an outfit. Like...what is this? Middle school? If I re-wear a dress, will the Kates of the world emerge and exclaim that I, too, am an outfit repeater?? 

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Not only that, but it's also quite sickening the amount of pressure put on girls to look that perfect all the time. Caitlin makes it seem oh so effortless, like she rolled out of bed, threw on a pair of white distressed skinnies and a chambray top, and walked out the door fresh and ready to start the day. When, in reality, Caitlin probably stood for a good 30 minutes taking pictures of herself, then sorted through those 250 snaps to find "the perfect one," to then, edit and maybe post. Exhausting. 

Trust me, I know this because I too have experienced said things. I've been guilty of not wanting to re-wear something, feeling the need to constantly buy buy buy to keep up with the Joneses.

I'm not blaming Caitlin, nor bloggers of her space, for the increasing amounts of unrealistic expectations for women. No, the fashion world of social media has done that all by itself. I'm simply noting that consumerism is literally taking over, and it's ruining the fun of blogging. Now, it's like your blog is only successful if that's your job.

To me, blogging is my hobby. It's a space to write about my life, sometimes my outfits, but mostly a space for me to take a breather and express what I'm feeling in a moment, which is why I wrote this post at the beginning of the year.

Again, don't get me wrong, I love to shop and share those finds with y'all. But, I shop for clothes to live in, not because they're my life. My blog isn't my life, it's a place to share about it, and also what I'm wearing while living it. I feel like most bloggers aren't living - they're creating an image that looks like they're living the dream life - and it's so fake. No one has that perfect of a life. Like my mom said, even celebrities have a life outside their fame.

This year, I'm challenging myself to break out of that blogger box and actually live. It's so refreshing to not have that sort of pressure, and also more rewarding when I get to share authentic content. So, keep in mind next time you log on, that everything isn't what it seems. Don't feel like you have to constantly buy new things to stay relevant. You aren't your things - you're you! And that's way better. Keep it real, y'all. •

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Disposable Fashion

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I recently came across this article about one of my (former) favorite fashion bloggers, and it made me realize something. It seems like everyone and their mother (literally) has a fashion blog nowadays. It's super trendy to link your "like to know it" outfit from Nordie's everyday, and that you're not allowed to re-wear anything. Ever. Unless, of course, that item is a high-end designer bag or pair of Rockstud Valentinos. 

Honestly, this lifestyle just sounds exhausting. 80+ hours a week shopping, taking photos, editing those photos, and of course, looking flawless while doing it? I mean, more power to Caitlin at Southern Curls and Pearls for pulling it off. She, and so many other bloggers, seem to live the life that every girl wants - jet-setting to tropical getaways, having a killer wardrobe (most of which, was gifted), access to big-name fashion events - but, as with everything else online, it's not what it seems.

At its core, it's excessively superficial and unrealistic. Don't get me wrong, I love clothes. I really do. I love the joy of snagging a new dress and finally getting to wear it out. But, I'm also 23 and have a washing machine. Re-wearing things is inevitable, but also smart. Investing in pieces you can wear 50 different ways seems a lot more appealing than a haul from Forever21 that you might wear once and then let hang in your closet.

It struck me when the article noted that Caitlin had to go home and change because her followers had already seen her in that outfit. Read that again. 

I can't help but think of Kate in The Lizzie McGuire Movie when she calls Lizzie out for repeating an outfit. Like...what is this? Middle school? If I re-wear a dress, will the Kates of the world emerge and exclaim that I, too, am an outfit repeater?? 

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Not only that, but it's also quite sickening the amount of pressure put on girls to look that perfect all the time. Caitlin makes it seem oh so effortless, like she rolled out of bed, threw on a pair of white distressed skinnies and a chambray top, and walked out the door fresh and ready to start the day. When, in reality, Caitlin probably stood for a good 30 minutes taking pictures of herself, then sorted through those 250 snaps to find "the perfect one," to then, edit and maybe post. Exhausting. 

Trust me, I know this because I too have experienced said things. I've been guilty of not wanting to re-wear something, feeling the need to constantly buy buy buy to keep up with the Joneses.

I'm not blaming Caitlin, nor bloggers of her space, for the increasing amounts of unrealistic expectations for women. No, the fashion world of social media has done that all by itself. I'm simply noting that consumerism is literally taking over, and it's ruining the fun of blogging. Now, it's like your blog is only successful if that's your job.

To me, blogging is my hobby. It's a space to write about my life, sometimes my outfits, but mostly a space for me to take a breather and express what I'm feeling in a moment, which is why I wrote this post at the beginning of the year.

Again, don't get me wrong, I love to shop and share those finds with y'all. But, I shop for clothes to live in, not because they're my life. My blog isn't my life, it's a place to share about it, and also what I'm wearing while living it. I feel like most bloggers aren't living - they're creating an image that looks like they're living the dream life - and it's so fake. No one has that perfect of a life. Like my mom said, even celebrities have a life outside their fame.

This year, I'm challenging myself to break out of that blogger box and actually live. It's so refreshing to not have that sort of pressure, and also more rewarding when I get to share authentic content. So, keep in mind next time you log on, that everything isn't what it seems. Don't feel like you have to constantly buy new things to stay relevant. You aren't your things - you're you! And that's way better. Keep it real, y'all. •

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Dear NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Committee,

Hey. How's it going? Good? I wish I could say the same. Instead, I'm looking at the shreds of paper in front of me that once made my bracket. I was so hopeful this year, and you ruined it.

I'd like to blame all of the upsets for this - who even picked Yale? Middle Tennessee State?? No one saw that coming. Except, maybe people from Middle Tennessee. But, even then, that's questionable. I, along with many other notable sports analysts,  had Michigan State in the Final Four. 

Rather, I'd like to blame you, the committee - the mostly old, white and male athletic directors that came from everywhere except Kentucky. I see you, Duke. I see what you did, and I don't like it.

You see, when you seeded all these teams and officially announced it on the grand Selection Sunday, you completely got it wrong. Upsets happen - I mean, it is March Madness - but, frankly, this year seems a little much. By the way, shoutout to whoever leaked the bracket halfway through the show. You're the real MVP.

Alright, so maybe I'm still butt-hurt over you seeding Texas A&M over Kentucky #conspiracy, but the more I watch these games, the more I realize the mis-seeded teams extend far beyond snubbing my Cats.

No. 2 Michigan State lost by almost 10 points to a no. 15 seed. Fifteen. Explain, please. Also, Hawaii over Cal? Unheard of. These match-ups seem a little weird. It's probably because y'all crafted it to be a total mess...and you're probably loving it.

Anyways, I think next year, instead of picking favorites or whatever this is, maybe you should select based off of actual stats, strength of schedule, conference championship performance or LITERALLY ANYTHING besides whatever method you used this year. Maybe then, my bracket would have a chance at surviving the first round. Maybe. Happy Hunger Games March Madness.

Sincerely,

A very biased, very confused/upset Cats basketball fan

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An Open Letter to the Selection Committee


Dear NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Committee,

Hey. How's it going? Good? I wish I could say the same. Instead, I'm looking at the shreds of paper in front of me that once made my bracket. I was so hopeful this year, and you ruined it.

I'd like to blame all of the upsets for this - who even picked Yale? Middle Tennessee State?? No one saw that coming. Except, maybe people from Middle Tennessee. But, even then, that's questionable. I, along with many other notable sports analysts,  had Michigan State in the Final Four. 

Rather, I'd like to blame you, the committee - the mostly old, white and male athletic directors that came from everywhere except Kentucky. I see you, Duke. I see what you did, and I don't like it.

You see, when you seeded all these teams and officially announced it on the grand Selection Sunday, you completely got it wrong. Upsets happen - I mean, it is March Madness - but, frankly, this year seems a little much. By the way, shoutout to whoever leaked the bracket halfway through the show. You're the real MVP.

Alright, so maybe I'm still butt-hurt over you seeding Texas A&M over Kentucky #conspiracy, but the more I watch these games, the more I realize the mis-seeded teams extend far beyond snubbing my Cats.

No. 2 Michigan State lost by almost 10 points to a no. 15 seed. Fifteen. Explain, please. Also, Hawaii over Cal? Unheard of. These match-ups seem a little weird. It's probably because y'all crafted it to be a total mess...and you're probably loving it.

Anyways, I think next year, instead of picking favorites or whatever this is, maybe you should select based off of actual stats, strength of schedule, conference championship performance or LITERALLY ANYTHING besides whatever method you used this year. Maybe then, my bracket would have a chance at surviving the first round. Maybe. Happy Hunger Games March Madness.

Sincerely,

A very biased, very confused/upset Cats basketball fan

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Mood: Make it sunny.

Listening to: Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya (so cheesy but so good), also Middle by DJ Snake

Back to back mood boards on the blog because these pictures were just too pretty not to share. Plus, my girl Amy (@amybelievesinpink) suggested I turned them into wallpapers...so voila! Just right click + open in new tab + save it forever. Welcome.

So happy this week has gone so well...unlike my bracket, which is already ruined. Oops. Everything else is great on the home front though. Hoping to make it to the Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend to catch up with my boo Jordan Spieth (jk...sort of), but more so hoping it doesn't rain. But, it probably will because it's Florida. Oh, well.

In any case, I've been brightening up my office attire now that the warm weather is officially back. I snagged this crop top set from Lilly and remixed it to make it office appropriate. Such a win. I love versatile pieces like that!

Hope your week went well...and that you'll have an even better weekend! :)

Images: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

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Mood Board (+ Wallpaper)


Mood: Make it sunny.

Listening to: Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya (so cheesy but so good), also Middle by DJ Snake

Back to back mood boards on the blog because these pictures were just too pretty not to share. Plus, my girl Amy (@amybelievesinpink) suggested I turned them into wallpapers...so voila! Just right click + open in new tab + save it forever. Welcome.

So happy this week has gone so well...unlike my bracket, which is already ruined. Oops. Everything else is great on the home front though. Hoping to make it to the Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend to catch up with my boo Jordan Spieth (jk...sort of), but more so hoping it doesn't rain. But, it probably will because it's Florida. Oh, well.

In any case, I've been brightening up my office attire now that the warm weather is officially back. I snagged this crop top set from Lilly and remixed it to make it office appropriate. Such a win. I love versatile pieces like that!

Hope your week went well...and that you'll have an even better weekend! :)

Images: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

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Mood: Take a chill pill.

Listening to: Waves remix with Kacey Musgraves...obsessed.

Yuck...been under the weather this week with a stomach bug. The worst! Feeling a little better today, but I'm so ready to get back to my schedule.

Blush pink continues to be my ride or die color, but I'm loving it paired with green for spring. It adds a nice contrast and keeps things looking fresh. Super ladylike and on-trend!

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Mood Board


Mood: Take a chill pill.

Listening to: Waves remix with Kacey Musgraves...obsessed.

Yuck...been under the weather this week with a stomach bug. The worst! Feeling a little better today, but I'm so ready to get back to my schedule.

Blush pink continues to be my ride or die color, but I'm loving it paired with green for spring. It adds a nice contrast and keeps things looking fresh. Super ladylike and on-trend!

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Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer jumpsuit, sunglasses and earrings // Steve Madden wedges (all items c/o Zappos)

I've been itching to try out new styles for spring, and I couldn't think of a better place to start than Zappos! They make online shopping a breeze. Not to mention, my head-to-toe look shipped super fast, which I'm a big fan of (#impatient). 

I opted for a colorful Lilly jumpsuit - a little out of my element - but I LOVE it. I'm always looking for statement pieces to add to my wardrobe, and this piece does just that. And, it's so comfy! I just love the retro-chic look for spring. Paired with cute wedges and oversized sunnies, this outfit makes me wanna head to a beachside resort for a vacay!

I've linked a few more of my favorite styles from Zappos below. They'd be the perfect pieces if you're headed somewhere sunny for spring break!

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Thanks to my friends at ShopStyle and Zappos.com for partnering with me for this post!

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Vamos A La Playa


Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer jumpsuit, sunglasses and earrings // Steve Madden wedges (all items c/o Zappos)

I've been itching to try out new styles for spring, and I couldn't think of a better place to start than Zappos! They make online shopping a breeze. Not to mention, my head-to-toe look shipped super fast, which I'm a big fan of (#impatient). 

I opted for a colorful Lilly jumpsuit - a little out of my element - but I LOVE it. I'm always looking for statement pieces to add to my wardrobe, and this piece does just that. And, it's so comfy! I just love the retro-chic look for spring. Paired with cute wedges and oversized sunnies, this outfit makes me wanna head to a beachside resort for a vacay!

I've linked a few more of my favorite styles from Zappos below. They'd be the perfect pieces if you're headed somewhere sunny for spring break!

SHOP THE POST

Thanks to my friends at ShopStyle and Zappos.com for partnering with me for this post!

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Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer top // J.Crew Factory shorts // similar Jack Rogers sandals // similar Tory Burch bag // Ray-Ban aviators // similar Kate Spade earrings and watch // Kendra Scott necklace // SailBows Preppy Park Ears

I had the best weekend! Bailey got to visit for her spring break, so of course, we hit up Disney for fun times. She made me the CUTEST ears to match my favorite Lilly Pulitzer top - flamingo printed, of course. I'm all about them!

I'm feeling a little under the weather this week and could definitely use some rest. Flipping through all the pictures we took there makes me feel a little better though. We had such a good time! I miss having her around (we're legit best friends), but she's killin' it at UF and making us all so proud. 

And, it just hit me that it's already March. Where does the time go???

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Flamingling


Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer top // J.Crew Factory shorts // similar Jack Rogers sandals // similar Tory Burch bag // Ray-Ban aviators // similar Kate Spade earrings and watch // Kendra Scott necklace // SailBows Preppy Park Ears

I had the best weekend! Bailey got to visit for her spring break, so of course, we hit up Disney for fun times. She made me the CUTEST ears to match my favorite Lilly Pulitzer top - flamingo printed, of course. I'm all about them!

I'm feeling a little under the weather this week and could definitely use some rest. Flipping through all the pictures we took there makes me feel a little better though. We had such a good time! I miss having her around (we're legit best friends), but she's killin' it at UF and making us all so proud. 

And, it just hit me that it's already March. Where does the time go???

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