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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Photo credit: Luisa’s Secret Photography
When I started writing Witty n Pretty, I just wanted to write and enjoy a fun hobby. Everyone needs something to do during their down time, and this was my favorite thing to occupy my time with. However, when I started getting more into blogging and learning all that I could, my motivations changed. I had these big dreams that I’d be an overnight success, a fabulous Instagram ‘it’ girl, and be making crazy money through my blog. I hired a photographer to take my photos like the ones above so I’d be more appealing. I started analyzing what other, more popular bloggers were doing differently from me, which quickly turned into comparing myself to them.
To make a long story short, my self-esteem took a downward turn. Blogging, while still something I enjoy, isn’t always enjoyable. When you begin to look around at more successful, more beautiful women, it isn’t shocking to feel the pain of insignificance. But this led me to another realization- why do women have such a hard time feeling and believing that they’re beautiful?
Women Focus on the Flaws
When women look in the mirror, they focus in on the things they hate! For me, it’s my hereditary double chin and stomach. I can’t tell you how much I hate both of those things, so I go through my day knowing that both of those things are following me around everywhere I go. For other women it might be puffy cheeks, large pores, or circles under their eyes. Whatever the insecurity is, we women zero in on it and can’t, and more importantly, won’t forget about it.
Women Get Jealous
This is true for every human being but when it comes to beauty, women take jealousy to a whole new level. Scroll through your Instagram feed and try not to compare yourself to another girl, seriously just try. It’s hard isn’t it? When I’m cruising through the ‘gram I get jealous of another girl’s gorgeous makeup, perfectly formed eyebrows, big hair, or how thin she is. Frankly, sometimes I can’t shake that feeling and I start to feel inferior or worse- unworthy. Jealousy makes your heart bitter.
Women Feel the Need for Approval
We all want to feel accepted and loved for who we are. It’s just a human need. But approval comes in many forms. For some women, we need our boyfriends or husbands to tell us we’re beautiful in order for us to believe it ourselves. For others, we want society to tell us that. This could be through the amount of Instagram followers a girl has or how many likes her selfie gets. Whatever the source of approval is, women often need it before they’ll accept that they are beautiful.
Final Thoughts and Self-Worth
I’m not here to solve a problem that literally every woman has dealt with at some point in her life. I’m here just to highlight that you aren’t alone in the feeling of insecurity. I have such a hard time looking in the mirror and saying “wow, God made me beautiful!” It drives me crazy that I can’t do that and it’s something I need to work on. Women should love themselves for who they are but we don’t. And that’s why it’s hard to feel beautiful.
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! I spent some time shopping out in Allen, TX at the outlets there. Does anyone else love outlet shopping? It’s where I find all the bargains! I picked up some super cute over the knee boots 75% off at Aldo so I can’t wait to wear those this fall!
So as a style blogger the measurement of my success seems to be my acceptance into Reward Style. You know, that little “shop my look by signing up for LiketoKnow.it” message in most Instagrammer’s posts? Yeah, that’s the thing I’ve been dying to be able to include in my posts but I haven’t been accepted yet! So here’s what I’ve gleaned from other blogger’s success stories about getting into Reward Style.
Style Bloggers Need Outfit Posts
For a long time, I posted a little bit of everything on my Instagram. One day might be a styled photo of my coffee and the next day might be a shot of my outfit. Reward Style focuses on style. Think “Outfit of the Day” posts! So I’ve been trying to adjust my Instagram feed to be just style.
Quality Photos Matter
I don’t know how in depth they go into an Instagrammer’s blog, but I think it’s important that the photography for your fashion posts be up to par with what Reward Style expects. Hiring a photographer is something I’m ponying up the money for and it’s totally worth it. Photos for my outfit above were taken by Luisa (link to her blog here!) She’s amazing and very affordable if you live here in Dallas!
Engagement is Important
You can have great posts but if no one is engaging with them (i.e. commenting) then your social influence isn’t very high. Reward Style will likely notice this and assume that no one is interested in what you have to share, therefore no one will purchase any of your promoted items. I’m still learning how to solve this problem on my own Instagram.
If you’ve gotten into Reward Style, please leave me a comment with any tips or secrets! If you work for Reward Style, then please accept my application! Being accepted into Reward Style has been a goal of mine for the last year and I’m hoping to make that happen soon!
I love the summer months for so many reasons! The sunshine, warm weather, occasional glass of sangria, and fun weekend getaways are all wonderful parts of my summer. However, another lovely part that I usually enjoy indulging in are the semi-annual sales that sweep the mall for the month of July! In past years, I run toward every sale sign or orange clearance sticker (Target peeps know what I’m talking about!) Here recently though, I’ve found myself less enticed by that four letter word. Here’s why.
I Don’t Need It
I love shopping and I like having pretty things but at a certain point I have to realize that I have enough. When did I figure out that I had enough pairs of sandals? Last summer when I looked in my closet. When did I notice that my collection of designer bags was gathering dust? Right after I noticed Kate Spade was having a sale. Realizing that buying more of what I already had was wasting my money, I was able to start setting financial goals for myself.
The Semi-Annual Sales Aren’t Always the Best
I’ve seen some really great semi-annual sales in my short life. And I’ve also been witness to some that didn’t really get my heart pumping. One such sale is the long-awaited Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I just don’t get excited over 30% off over priced knee-high boots. Sorry, I just don’t. It’s not a steal, deal, or bargain to me. I’ll wait until the end of boot season to purchase a fabulous pair of Sam Edelman shoes. More on my love-hate relationship with this sale here.
Another sale everyone got excited for was the Amazon Prime sale. I was hoping I would be finding bargains on things left and right but I was disappointed. The only thing I was tempted by was a diffuser for essential oils but the reviews advised against me buying it. Bummer.
Stuff Doesn’t Make Me Happy
Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop and buy myself pretty things! It’s taken me years to realize though that nothing I buy will make me happy for long. It gives me that little pick me up I need to get through the rest of my day but that’s it. A closet full of designer outfits will not bring me joy.
Financial Stability Means the Most
A sale gives shoppers the illusion that they’ll be saving money on their purchases. However, unless it’s something you need or have been waiting to buy, you’re just spending money on things you normally wouldn’t have if a sale sign hadn’t been there. If you’ve ever had to worry about how you’re going to pay your cell phone bill each month, then you know having money in your savings account for just in case means more than going into debt or blowing every dime you have on sale items.
I definitely love to treat myself now and then and have never gone without. However, I know that I don’t need to shop every sale, especially if you know you can get a better deal on an item. By all means, enjoy your favorite sale! But don’t get caught up in the madness of it all or worse, try and keep up with everyone else on social media. I think we often forget that although our favorite blogger looks like she has it all, credit card debt is a real thing and financial planning isn’t everyone’s strong suit.
Happy Monday lovelies! I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I did mine. I spent Saturday morning hiking with my boyfriend and our dog, Hayley. Guys, I’m not nature girl, so for me to hike 2.5 miles in 95 degree heat was quite the surprise not to mention a kick-butt workout. Of course, no weekend for me is complete without a bit of shopping!
Chic Zara Find
One of my favorite places to shop here in Dallas is at North Park mall. When I was there over the weekend, the sales were amazing! One of my favorite places to find trendy pieces that are good quality and a great price is Zara. I found this cute ruffle sleeve striped top for $12 at Zara and I absolutely love it! It’s one of those pieces that works with so many different looks that its really a staple item for my closet now.
Obviously you’ve seen my iconic yellow Kate Spade bag that I carry with me all summer! Since I love classic, preppy colors (i.e. navy blue, white, red) this neon bag adds that little bit of summer that every outfit needs!
Since moving to Dallas a year ago, I’ve had to adjust my style, tastes, and ways of doing things to match the norm here. However, I just can’t give up my love of stripes and sailor knots. They’re simply a part of me. You can take the girl from the east coast but you can’t take the east coast out of the girl!
Oh Fourth of July, you stole my heart long ago! I’m an East Coast girl and I swear no other region makes the holiday anywhere near as patriotic. Texas definitely comes close though! I pulled together a few of my favorite Fourth of July themed outfits to share with you just before the holiday. You can’t go wrong with Lilly Pulitzer, a red J. Crew lobster sweater, or a red romper, right?!
Preppy Fourth of July Staples
Since it’s my favorite holiday, there are certain things that are must haves! I’ve always had a little dream of hosting mine and David’s family at our future home for the Fourth. Because my mom was always such a good hostess (and I’ve read countless books on being a hostess,) there’s a few Fourth of July staples every party needs!
- A white and blue dress for the hostess (with a red manicure of course)
- Loads of sparklers
- American flag bunting for the front porch
- Strawberry shortcakes
- Classic swing music
- Hot dog and hamburger bar
- Lawn chairs for lounging
- Floral accents throughout the house
Does this sound too Hamptons to you? If it does, it’s because I was definitely picturing a house there! A girl can dream, right?
Anyway, I wish I could link all of my outfit details for you but I always recycle my wardrobe year after year. These items of been in my closet for years. They’re great staple pieces, you know? I’ll never part with them!
Leave me a comment with your favorite outfit and be sure to leave a link back to one of your 4th of July styles!
It’s my fave day of the year! The first official day of summer and National Wear Your Lilly Day! Every Lilly-loving girl looks forward to this day so they can sport their vibrant prints together. My very first Lilly Pulitzer purchase was one of their fabulous agendas. It was a bright pink, peony print that I just adored (I actually kept it!) The first dress I ever bought was one for my college graduations pictured below!
I put together a few of my favorite prints and styles from the Lilly Pulitzer summer collection! I can’t get enough of that print with the sailboats! Oh my goodness, I love it. I kind of want to treat myself to a new Lilly dress because… I got a new job!! Yay me! I feel like professional achievements warrant new dresses and spoiling yourself a little, right?
Anyway, cheers to my Lilly-loving friends on National Wear Your Lilly Day! May we always be bright, bold, and colorful! Share your favorite Lilly dress with me! I need opinions before I buy one!