stock photosHey guys! Happy Monday! I feel like the summer just flew by and I barely had a chance to use my pineapple pool float. Or go to overpriced brunches every Sunday. First world problems, right? Summers in Texas are so different from summer back in Maryland. The heat here just blows me away! I’ve lived in Dallas for just over a year now and I wanted to share a bit about my time here and the struggle to make friends in a new city!

Loneliness of Not Knowing Anyone

I moved with my boyfriend to Dallas in search of better paying jobs and cheaper cost of living. Also, David’s from Texas so that kinda drew us here anyway. My first 6 months here were nothing short of lonely. Sure, I had David but that’s pretty much it. I didn’t know a soul here and it sucked. I’ve spent my entire life on the East Coast and all of my friends are there. It was a big deal to pack up my stuff and leave all that I ever knew. Plus, it’s hard to make friends as an adult. It just is.

Difficulty in Finding Friends

My first job here in Dallas gave me the security of having great coworkers who became friends. They were really open and invited me into their work group. That part made my days easier, but finding friends outside of work proved a bit more challenging. I thought blogging would open up opportunities to get to know other Dallas bloggers and it did to a degree. However, Β I noticed pretty quickly that these girls already had their groups of friends and weren’t particularly open to outsiders.

Don’t get me wrong, bloggers I met up with at events or knew through Instagram were kind and polite, but that’s different from being friendly and inviting. I was reminded by another blogger that finding friendships within the blogging community is difficult because it’s constant competition between bloggers. And I can definitely see that.

Learning to Find Friends

Eventually, I found a few blogger gal pals that I could get coffee with and bounce ideas off of. A lot of them I found through Style Collective! One of the smartest things I ever did was try out an app called Shapr. Shapr is an app that connects you to other professionals in your city looking for similar opportunities. In my profile, I said I was looking for freelance work and new friends in town. That’s how I met Laila, my fabulous fashion PR friend who puts up with my tiring shopping trips!

I also found that getting out and doing things within the community opens up a whole world of opportunity. The difficult part is just getting out of the house to go do something. Dallas is a fairly transient place and there’s a lot of new people here. The challenge is finding them and getting outside of your comfort zone. Nothing is ever easy though, right?

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Oh my goodness you guys, I went to Target the other day (surprise, surprise) and their back to school dollar section was awesome! They had things for teachers, students, and college students. Since I can relate a little more to college students, I figured I’d cover the neat dorm room stuff! So I went through the dollar section with my phone and took photos even though a few people gave me those “what the heck are you doing?” looks while I was doing it. Whatever.

Must-Have Dorm Room Stuff

Once upon a time I was a college freshman and so excited about going to college. I was a little younger than most freshman- 17 years old – and was full of energy. It only took a few months to have that zapped from me but nonetheless, college was a blast! Before I arrived on campus, I went shopping for dorm room stuff. Lots of dorm room stuff. Most of which I didn’t end up needing. I figured I’d share my must-have dorm room items that I got the most use out of!

Cheap dish-ware: Seriously, don’t spend money on cups and plates. You’ll destroy pretty much whatever you use anyway so you only need the cheap stuff. The plastic cups above were only $1!

Inexpensive dorm decor: I had one roommate that literally drilled holes into the wall to hang things. Worst. Idea. Ever. I love the fun cork board, peg board, and wall decals I found in the dollar section! Under $5 each and easy to remove at the end of the year!

Recipe book: My mom printed out a few recipes for me and I’ve kept them in a binder since! If you have a traditional dorm, you’ll want to have easy, no-cook recipes in there that you can whip up before class.

Sturdy laundry basket/hamper: I lugged my hamper to and from the laundry room multiple times and I was glad I invested in one that wouldn’t split open under the weight of 3 weeks worth of laundry.

An actual backpack: No cute little shoulder bags or messenger bags. An actual backpack is what you’ll need to avoid back pain. Those college textbooks get heavy walking across campus!

For college graduates or seniors, leave a comment with one thing you wish you had when you started school!

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Hey guys! Is it really Monday again? As much as I enjoy my job, I enjoy the weekends even more! I was doing some online shopping over the weekend when I noticed that a few stores had debuted their early fall product line. My heart skipped a beat for a minute and then I realized fall doesn’t come until December in Texas. Nonetheless, every store is starting to put summer items on clearance! YAY! I live for clearance finds! Since we’re on the subject, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite summer clearance things to stock up on for next year!

Shopping Tip: Always, always shop sale racks for things you can wear or use next year! Saves you a lot of money and getting a deal is exciting!

Rompers

I don’t see rompers going out of style in the next year so it’s a safe bet to buy a few on clearance now and wear them next year. I have a few from Old Navy that I bought last summer and they’re still in style now! Not gonna lie, some rompers are too short on me and give me an unattractive, ahem, wedgie in the back so be sure you know what size you are!

Pool Floats

I bought the pineapple float pictured above on eBay for $20! Normally these pool floaties are at least $30 a piece but many of them have come down to under $20 recently. Target I know for fact has them marked down! I brought my pineapple float to the pool yesterday and got tons of compliments on it.

Sandals

Wedges, flip flop, strappy, and statement sandals are all great items to stock up on right now. Old Navy has a bunch, Target is marking them down, and I believe even DSW is putting them on sale. I wear my sandals out pretty quickly so I always buy some if I think they’re a good deal.

Basic Tees

You can’t go wrong with a basic tee shirt. I love them because they’re versatile and easy to throw on. J Crew is marking their v-neck tees down in price and they’re my favorite! I always buy neutral colors first and then a fun bright pink too!

Dresses

Sundresses and maxi dresses won’t ever go out of style so it’s safe to buy a few off the clearance racks. Zara had a bunch of cute ones and so did J Crew. Be on the look out early because these items usually go fast once they’re on sale. Normally, I’m a size 8 in pretty much everything and usually that size tends to go quickly.

Cold Shoulder Tops

This is a trendier piece and I’m not sure how long it will last. It’s been in style for a few years now so it might come back at least next spring. J Crew has so many cute ones on clearance as well as Nordstrom!


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?Β 

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.Β 

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.

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Hey guys! I was pretty absent from my blog and social media last week but there’s a good reason for it! I was in Denver with David for a little getaway and I’m sharing a few vacation photos with you! I’ve seriously never been so tired from a trip but it was so worth it!

Hiking in Colorado

Saturday and Sunday we spent hiking. A lot. My legs still hurt! We drove out to Red Rocks Parks to hike the trails and burn off our biscuits and gravy breakfast from earlier in the morning. Fun fact: Red Rocks is in the town of Morrison, my last name! This place was absolutely stunning and the hike, while it almost killed me (I needed my inhaler), was so worth it! David pulled a sort-of-almost-funny joke on me. He was going down a set of stairs in front of me and then turned around real fast and started to get down on one knee… and then he laughs and goes “just kidding!” NOT a smart idea while on top of a mountain!

Sunday we spent in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Oh my goodness you guys, I could move there in a heart beat! The mountains were gorgeous and the water sports looked even better! But the best part were the chipmunks, they were everywhere! I had one crawl into my hand looking for a tasty morsel and then another crawled onto David’s shoe!

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DENVER HOTELS

Where to Stay and Play in Denver

David and I wanted to stay in the city because we like being close to all the fun stuff! Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Denver offered me a great rate at their beautiful hotel. On my first night there, they sent up a complimentary cheese plate, Cadbury bars, and my favorite vanilla latte! How nice is that? Every morning they had a nice little coffee bar in the lobby that turned into an evening wine bar for guests. Fun little perks like that made our stay even better!

Thursday night David and I went to a Rockies game to enjoy some downtime together. Whenever I visit a new ballpark, I have to try out the food. I grabbed a hot dog and almost got some nachos too, but luckily David stopped me from that big mistake. Although Coors Field has some great food, nothing beats a crab cake in Oriole Park!

Saturday night David took me on a date night to a local Italian restaurant where we indulged our carb-loving selves. Can I just eat pizza and pasta for the rest of my life? Everything was so tasty! I gotta say, Denver restaurants have some great food! We browsed the 16th Street Mall for tasty little cafes and found quite a few places that will be on my list to visit again! One of the best places we found was a sports bar called Back East. I’ve never had a chicken sandwich on a pretzel bun before but wow!

Anyway guys, Denver was fantastic and it was hard to come home! Comment with your favorite vacation spot so I can get some ideas for my next trip!

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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!

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