Hi there! I'm Liz and I'm a Dallas transplant sharing my style, beauty, and home decor tips! Stay awhile and let's get to know each other! - xoxo Liz
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Hello everyone! I’m nervous and excited to share something with you that’s a bit more personal and will hopefully strike a chord somewhere inside of you! Writing a blog post that goes beyond a cute outfit or reviewing a beauty product isn’t always easy, especially when it has to do with something like body image.
Talking About Body Image
A few years ago, I heard a slogan/hashtag going around that encouraged a healthy lifestyle as opposed to a “get skinny” lifestyle. The slogan was “Strong is the new skinny.” I thought this was pretty clever and a great way to live life. For awhile, this was my mantra. I was going to be strong, not skinny. I went to the gym, counted my calories, joined Facebook fitness groups, and tracked my progress. The only problem was, I still wasn’t happy with being “strong”. What I wanted was to be skinny. And it just wasn’t happening.
Secrets My Heart Hid
As much as “strong is the new skinny” encouraged me to keep going, every time I was at the gym and saw myself in one of those awful, big mirrors on the wall, I felt my heart sink a little. I wasn’t getting skinny. Strong yes, but not skinny.
Whenever I’d go out, I’d see tiny, thin girls and think “wow, they don’t know how lucky they are! My body won’t ever be like that.” And it won’t. That’s just not how I was built. Sometimes I’d blame God and think things like “thanks for all the genetics I didn’t want!” Honestly, I still do think that from time to time and that likely won’t every change. All I wanted (and still do) is to be “skinny.”
My Own Worst Critic
Everyone, no matter who they are, is their own worst critic. We want what we don’t have and focus in on the imperfections that won’t go away. As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but notice the roll of fat coming over the waist of my jeans. You probably wouldn’t notice it, but then again you aren’t looking for it- I am. The jiggle in my thighs? You better believe I notice that! The hereditary double chin? My worst enemy in photos.
I’ve always envied the women that had a natural thigh gap. I can’t even begin to figure out how to get one of those! I used to do weighted squats to try and create that thigh gap and instead it just made my thighs more muscular in the most unattractive way. So yes, I’m my own worst critic.
It’s Ok Not to Love it All
As wonderful as “strong is the new skinny” is for encouraging women to be healthy instead of always trying to be skinny, it just doesn’t do it for me. There are just things about my body I’m never going to love no matter how much I try to convince myself. And that’s ok.
This slogan and many others aimed at empowering women to love their bodies are great, but sometimes I feel like I can’t be honest with myself or others about how I really feel. It’s almost as if its taboo within self-love movements to admit that there are things I’d change in a heartbeat.
I’m thankful that my heart beats, my legs walk, and that my mouth can smile. Those are things I’d never change! But would I shave a little belly fat off if I could? You bet I would, and to me, there’s no shame in admitting that. I’m being honest with myself.
So strong doesn’t always feel like the new skinny. Sometimes, I just really do want to be thin. But strong is what I can become and it’s much healthier than starving myself to be skinny.
What I’m Wearing
I want to give a shoutout to the special boutique that gave me the really cute athleisure outfit I’m wearing in this post! Studio to Street Boutique is locally owned in Texas and run by the sweetest ladies! They aim to give women an affordable version of luxury athleisure style to wear from the gym to the street. I’m linking everything I’m wearing below!
Please check out their online store as well as their Barre studio!
*Clothing was gifted and all opinions are my own.
Oh my goodness guys, it’s almost Thanksgiving! For the shopaholic, that means Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and of course Small Business Saturday. I went through some of my favorite Etsy stores and picked out a bunch of super cute gifts all under $25 that are perfect to give to your besties!
Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to support these Etsy shop owners! I have a personal connection to small businesses through my family. My uncle owns a few businesses, my great grandad owned a service station in Missouri way back when, and then my future sisters-in-law are both starting their own businesses as well. The risks people like them have taken are so scary but also rewarding! That’s why supporting small businesses is so important to me!
Etsy Gift Guide
Alright so here’s where you can find everything in the picture above! Like I said, everything is under $25 and every store is right here in the good ol’ USA. Be sure to check out other items from their stores too!
- Balsam & Cedar Soy Candle- Here
- Coffee Stud Earrings- Here
- Bath Salts- Here
- iPhone Case- Here
- Fashion Illustration- Here
- Make up Brushes- Here
- Tassel Earrings- Here
- Snow Flake Pillow- Here
- Stars Hollow Mug- Here
- Monogrammed Snowman Ornament- Here
Hey everyone! Normally, I’d share a great sale find or new outfit I bought but I felt a little humor would be nice for a change. I’ve been thinking about writing this post for awhile but hadn’t gotten around to it until right about now. I’m a young professional trying to make my way through the business world without having a real clue as to what I’m doing. However, since I haven’t been in the workforce for very long and I’m not entirely accustomed to how companies are run, I can offer a different perspective on many things. Namely, corporate buzzwords.
Every Monday I create a mental list that I slowly fill in over the course of the week with every darn buzzword I hear. It’s like a game of bingo in my head. While buzzwords have become a regular part of emails and communication, they’re for the most part, useless filler words.
Why do I state this opinion so decidedly? Because I listen to people throw them around all day on conference calls, through emails, and just in regular conversation. Even more annoying, those that use them often are particularly favored by company leadership. In my experience, you may know nothing about anything but if you can use buzzwords, you’re golden.
Most Annoying Buzzwords
I won’t even attempt to rank them because everyone has one or two that drives them crazy, so I’ll let you decide which is the worst.
- “Feedback” – Nice term meaning you’ll have more work to do after you’ve already finished something (also my least favorite buzzword).
- “Circle Back Around” – Is this Ring-Around-the-Rosy? I don’t think so, we aren’t circling back to anything.
- “Dive Deeper” – Does anyone at this conference table have diving equipment? Nope. Therefore, I’m not diving deeper.
- “Best Practices” – Just shut up.
- “Corporate Values” – No matter how much bull crap a company puts into their mission or value statement the only thing anyone really values is making a profit.
- “Let’s Touch Base” – Let’s not and say we did.
- “It’s On My Radar” – Really? I don’t see an antennae attached to your head.
- “Thought Leadership” – You want me to lead with my thoughts? That’s interesting seeing as how you usually shoot my ideas down.
- “Key Takeaway” – All I can picture is a key being taken away.
- “Deliverable” – Ooh look! More work!
- “Spearhead” – I guess it’s better than saying “Can you tackle this?” but not by much.
- “Going Forward” – Just no.
- “Get the Ball Rolling” – I hope you mean kickball, otherwise Imma let that ball sit there.
- “Hop on a Call” – Are you really going to hop? Or just dial a number?
There are obviously a hundred more I could list but these ones really get under my skin. Please share your least favorite below!
Oh my goodness I’ve been so excited about Chip & Joanna’s Hearth & Hand collection for Target! I had seen my local Target putting up these sheets around the collection so no one could see it yet and I was so tempted to peek! When the collection was revealed, it was exactly what I expected to see from them. It has Joanna written all over everything!
The pieces are very earthy and natural looking. They also have that homespun look that reminds me of classic Americana designs. I think its reasonably priced as well, which is always important! I went through all the pieces a million times and selected a few that I thought would be perfect as hostess gifts for the holiday season!
My Love-Hate Relationship with Shiplap
Joanna Gaines uses shiplap in pretty much every episode and she’s really good at designing with it. However, I’m not a big fan. I know, ridiculous aren’t I? Shiplap, when used by those who know what they’re doing with it and in moderation, can look great. The average person, like myself, will either install it wrong or make it look a little too Pinteresty. I love my pin boards but certain things are just overdone and shiplap is one of them.
I’m also not a fan of trendy anything. Similar to how dark wood paneling was popular way back when, shiplap is popular now. Give it a good 10 years and it will be – you guessed it- tacky. By all means enjoy the trend now but don’t invest too much. Trends come and go. Joanna certainly has beautiful taste in everything she designs but shiplap isn’t one of my favorite design pieces she often uses.
Have you bought anything from the collection? Let me know your thoughts on it!
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Y’all its finally cooling down here in Dallas! I’m so excited! After months of oppressive heat, I can open my porch doors and get some fresh air. Fall in Texas is so strange to me though. There really aren’t many trees that change colors and then lose their leaves. There also isn’t that wonderful crispness in the air that I love so much. I’m not entirely sure what I thought living in Texas would be like. I always had a romantic vision of cowboys on horses and bright stars at night- and still enjoying four seasons. That doesn’t happen here. Sigh.
Long-Sleeve Romper for Fall
Since Texas in the fall is very unpredictable, I came across this adorable romper and thought it would be perfect! It’s that awkward time of the season when we have to dress warm in the morning and then peel off layers by noon. This Old Navy romper was a great compromise for both ends of the spectrum. The best part is that it was on sale for $28! And it has pockets!
So, a few other things I’m pulling from my winter wardrobe are my long sleeve shirts, Hunter boots, blanket scarves, and vests (because I literally live in those half the year.) Of course, I’m wearing all of these things with shorts because jeans are just not happening until later this fall. Still too hot!
A few things I’ve noticed other Texas women doing with their fall style is taking classic fall clothing, such as flannel shirts or felt hats, and wearing denim shorts with them. It still looks fall-ish without sweltering in layers of clothing. Speaking of which, I’m dusting off my burgundy felt hat and bringing that out too!
Little Life Update
I’m trying to open up to you guys a little more through my blog and not just posting pictures of my (fabulous) outfits! So I want to share a little life update today! I’m working on my personal health a lot more and learning how to manage stress. Although, I’m not very good at it yet, I have found that running makes the stress manageable. Also, drinking tea in the evening is becoming a relaxing ritual that makes everything all better! See my post about the health program I’m part of if you’re in an exercise and stress rut too!
Photography: Luisa’s Secret
*Old Navy romper link is affiliate
Hey everyone! So glad that the weekend is almost here. The weeks are long and stressful for me so I savor every second of Saturday and Sunday! A few weekends ago I went to a football game between David’s college (UTSA) and University of North Texas and I couldn’t believe how spirited that game was. Holy smokes. Texans are crazy with their football! I’m not a big sports fan but what I do love is a good game day outfit!
What to Wear to a Football Game
So in my limited experience, women who are serious football fans rock the jerseys and face paint. Women who enjoy the game wear their school’s colors. Women like myself, who don’t care either way but go for something to do, wear something cute and casual! My open shoulder top was gifted from Social Seams Boutique and is so comfy! Plus, its only $19.99 and if you use code Fall15 you get 15% off!
It’s long in the back for more of a tunic feel and then loose and flowy in the arms for extra coziness. I can’t wait to start wearing it with a big blanket scarf and my signature monogrammed ball cap! This look is really simple and perfect for days when you know you’ll be eating a lot, which is pretty much every Saturday for me. Definitely check out Social Seams for more cute tops like this one!
Dating a Sports Nut
Ok so almost every guy likes a sport of some sort or at least has a team they cheer on. When I began dating David, I quickly realized that sports aren’t just entertainment, they’re a way of life. The 3 things I learned about dating a sports fan? Keep reading.
First, you will schedule your life around games. Yep, I’m dead serious. I figured this out pretty fast when I asked if he wanted to go somewhere and David looked at me like I was crazy and said “there’s a game on.” Oops my bad. I thought sports were just entertainment, not set appointments.
Second, if you’re in a fantasy league, you must do a destination draft. No ladies, it cannot be at your house, a bar, or restaurant. It needs to be at some sort of an AirBnb or it really doesn’t count as a “draft.” For the best draft, all of your bros have to be there and the WiFi has to be fast. It should also be a weekend-long event, not just a few hours. If you don’t have some crazy story from draft weekend, then did it even really count? Nope.
Third, sports podcasts are a thing and you’ll listen to them whether you want to or not. I honestly had no idea people really listened to podcasts until I met David. At first, I thought this was just something to listen to on the way to work. Guess again. Sports podcasts are playing whenever David is driving, in the shower, or playing a video game. These little gems dictate who he picks to win in his fantasy league.
I mean, if I’m going to date a sports nut, I may as well have cute outfits to wear to sporting events right?! Go ‘like’ Social Seams on Facebook and show them some love!