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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!
Happy Hump Day everyone! Getting to Wednesday is like an uphill battle but once I’m there, it’s golden! I wanted to chat about how to wear floral prints in fall. Similar to wearing white after Labor Day, people think you can’t or shouldn’t. I beg to differ. When done tastefully, it can be really pretty!
Choose the Right Color Scheme
In the spring, we think of pastel color schemes and Easter egg-like patterns. In the fall, we think of warm, rich burgundies and deep blues. When wearing floral during the fall, the color scheme you choose makes a difference! For example, the top I’m wearing from Social Seams Boutique features a series of dark blues, reds, and yellows. It works really well for October because it blends in with the colors and elements we already associate with the season. Also, use code Fall15 to get 15% off my top!
Choose the Right Floral
The colors matter but so do the actual flowers themselves. Choose patterns that features flowers that are typically found in the fall. Don’t attempt to wear something with a hibiscus plant on it or some other tropical, summery flower. It just doesn’t work. Go with traditional fall flowers!
Whenever I think of fall flowers, I think of chrysanthemums. Every fall, my mom and I would go to the Amish market near our house and pick out a few mums to put on the front steps at our house. Usually, we’d choose the bright yellow mums but occasionally we’d venture out and buy burgundy. I can’t picture an autumn without mums on our front steps! Now that I have my own apartment, incorporating these flowers into my seasonal decor is a must!
As I mentioned earlier, my top is from Social Seams and is only $24.99! I love that its an off the shoulder top and that it buttons up the front. I think it adds a little uniqueness to it! My white denim jeans are from Lucky Brand and they’re the Bridgette Skinny. I can’t find them on the website anymore (they were on clearance at the store) however my favorite fit is the Charlie Skinny. I’m linking this fit’s white denim skinny jeans that are similar to mine and just so happen to be on sale for $30! My red bag is from Coach (now called Tapestry?) and is super old but still a fall favorite of mine!
Comment with your tips for wearing floral prints during the fall! I love hearing from you guys!
*this post contains affiliate links and my top was gifted. All opinions are my own!
Is it really mid-September already?! I haven’t even had time to decorate yet! As I’m writing this, I have my pumpkin spice candle burning and a box of fall decorations on the floor calling my name. I’m so busy every day that I barely have time to eat let alone decorate. Today however, I’m going to let that box sit there for awhile longer and share this really cute long-sleeve tee with you that has a great purpose behind it!
Prep Obsessed (an online boutique and store in Florida) started stocking these “Pray for Texas” tees right after Hurricane Harvey demolished the Houston area and I decided to get one! They’re still on sale (link here) for $19.99 and half the proceeds go to the American Red Cross. The back of the tee says “One Nation Under God. Pray for Texas.” The front of the tee has the Simply Southern logo too. These tees are so comfy and adorable, I definitely recommend them!
Reputable Charities to Donate to
A lot of people are donating to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, which is great. It says a lot about the heart of the American people in my opinion. However, I’ve read conflicting things about the Red Cross and where donations actually end up. So in addition to the proceeds that go to the Red Cross from my Simply Southern tee, I have a few other charities that are worthy of donation. I’ve done a bit of research and come up with my own list of charities to donate to in both Texas and Florida. Feel free to leave a comment with any of your favorites as well!
- Samaritan’s Purse (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Convoy of Hope(4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Habitat for Horses (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
- Texas Wildlife Rescue Center (they have a need for donations since Hurricane Harvey!)
- Friends For Life (also in need of donations since Harvey)
- Matthew 25: Ministries (4-star rating on Charity Navigator)
Of course there are many other great charities to donate to in both Florida and Texas but these are the ones that I could verify. Always do your research before donating because there are a lot of scams out there unfortunately. The charities I always tend to donate to are local charities such as animal shelters or homeless shelters that don’t tend to have a large overhead budget. Having interned for multiple nonprofits in college, I know what’s wasteful spending and what isn’t.
If you live in any of the affected areas, leave me a comment so I can at least comment on your blog or Instagram and follow you!
Oh my goodness y’all! I had such an amazing time visiting my family over the last few days. I’m a native Marylander living in Dallas trying to survive the heat and cowboy boots, so a weekend home is always appreciated! The air was so crisp and waking up to a fresh pot of good ol’ Folgers with a light breeze blowing through the house was nothing short of perfect. With a hint of fall in the air, I broke out my favorite Marley Lilly fall long sleeve tee!
Seriously, I loved this monogrammed t-shirt so much that I bought my mom one too! The back of the shirt says “Every year I fall for pumpkins, bonfires, s’mores, autumn leaves, apples, & monograms.” How cute is that?! I completely admit that I’m a basic girl, so this tee was made for me! Plus that monogram on the front is a complete home run!
My best friend Jessica and I went with my mom and sister to a local beach in my hometown for an afternoon and I made my sister take pictures of my tee on the beach! There’s something so preppy about wearing monograms and long sleeves on the coast, you know what I mean? We sat in beach chairs while chatting and listening to the waves wash on the shore. That’s something I never really knew how I much I loved until I moved away. It really is the most peaceful sound in the world.
Anyway, if you haven’t gotten this shirt yet- you need it! They put this cute tee on sale quite often too so be on the look out for that! I’m always featuring Marley Lilly products in my posts so I’ll be sure to link to my favorites! For more preppy essentials, check out this post from a few weeks ago!
Happy Monday loves! I can’t believe how fast the temperatures are dropping this year! Even in Dallas! I’ve been visiting my parents over the weekend in Maryland and the morning chill was just lovely- felt like a crisp fall morning! The kitty cats just lay on the porch all day enjoying the light breeze and taking naps!
My Diet and Workout Plan
So I wanted to chat bit about exercise and how I’m trying to get fit (again) and eat healthier. I usually don’t have time to get in the car and run to a gym to meet with a trainer, especially in Dallas traffic. I started looking for an alternative that would still give me the value I was looking for with the convenience of being able to work out at my apartment’s gym. That’s when I was introduced to Courtney Bentley Fitness!
Courtney is a certified personal trainer in Las Vegas but she has an amazing club called the Fit and Fabulous Club! She sends personalized workouts to your phone as well as a diet plan to keep you on track- all for $15 a month! Other perks include:
- Yummy recipes
- Facebook encouragement group
- App to track your workouts and store measurements and photos of progress
- Exercise videos so you can be sure you’re doing an exercise properly
She also has a great podcast and blogs regularly about all things fitness. I think the best part of the club is how available she is to answer questions and encourage you! I highly recommend that you check out her program if you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a gym membership!
My Go-To Athletic Style
Of course I can’t write a blog post without talking about style. So I’m wearing these super cute new Nikes! Let’s be real here, I got the shoes to motivate me to work out and so far it’s working! Normally, I don’t splurge on athletic shoes, boat shoes and boots usually get the bulk of my money- but I’ve seen a number of other bloggers wearing them and obviously I had to have some too! I love that they go with so much and that they’re light weight. You gotta look good hitting the gym! And better yet, they’re on sale right now! Here’s the link!
I also went to Old Navy and picked up a few of these super cute Go-Dry Mesh tanks (link). I absolutely love these tanks! SO comfy and not too tight that you can’t do a sit up without wanting to hide your belly fat. These go on sale frequently and I definitely recommend grabbing several when they do! I’m always pleasantly surprised with how cute Old Navy’s athletic section is!
Be sure to check out Courtney’s website as well as Nike’s shoe sale! Leave me a comment with your best fitness tip!
*some links may be affiliate, which helps me keep my blog running!
Photo Credit: Luisas’s Secret Photography