pink kate spade bag

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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bell sleeve top

Dallas arts district

zara sale

bell sleeve top

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!

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lilly pulitzer and coffee

If you haven’t noticed, every week I’ve been trying to bring blogging tips and ideas to you (my lovely readers.) And if you haven’t noticed that I’ve been doing this, then maybe you need to like my Facebook page to get updates (hint hint!) Today I wanted to share a few easy ways to avoid or get over the blogger burnout!

Write a Blog Post Somewhere New

One of the worst things a writer can do is sit and stare at the same 4 walls day after day! Nothing sparks creativity when you’re stuck in your room without inspiration. Change up your “office” location and go find a new coffee shop to enjoy while you write!

Get Creative in Your Closet

For fashion bloggers, clothing to photograph is important to the overall success of the blog. However, I hate running out and buying new clothes all the time (translate: I love buying new clothes but my bank account won’t let me.) Go through your closet and pull everything out. Make a goal of putting together at least 3 new outfits you can wear for your blog!

Do Something Social With Other Bloggers

Getting together with other bloggers can give you that little bit of passion you need to keep going and write another blog post! A few months ago, my Dallas Style Collective sisters and I hosted a meetup for other SC girls in the area.

Take a Week Off

You heard me. Take some time off from blogging. I used to blog all the time thinking that people would forget about me if I didn’t. I was soooo burnt out! You can’t keep pumping out great content if you don’t love what you’re writing. Seriously, take time off.

Reflect on Why You Started

Sometimes I get so caught up in being popular on Instagram or trying to earn money for my blog posts that I forget why I started blogging in the first place. I started because I wanted a fun hobby. Take a day and go back to your roots and remind yourself of the reason you started blogging.

Blogging ain’t easy, but it can be really fun if you don’t let yourself get burnt out on it. I’d love to hear your blogger burnout tips or stories! Leave me a comment!

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gingham style romper

 

 

 

salem during halloween

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!

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Blogging, social media, and SEO changes all the time and it drives fashion bloggers like me crazy! Between coming up with blog topics, taking pictures, writing a blog and then promoting it, I don’t have time to always be worrying about a new Google algorithm coming out. Anyone else feel this way?! Today, I wanted to share with you a few SEO and blogging tips to help you out!

Add Details to Instagram Stories

Instagram stories are becoming as important to your account as your regular Instagram posts. Seriously. I am by no means an Instagram story pro, but I do know that there are some pretty neat features we can utilize to make our stories even better. For example, a new feature includes being able to tag your location and even share the weather. For brands with more than 10k followers, you can also add a “learn more” option to put a link within your Instagram story. This is definitely helpful when trying to promote blogs!

Instagram Pods are No Good

It’s true and my heart is breaking. How can something so wonderful and helpful for bloggers be bad for your SEO and blog? Long story short, brands and other followers are catching on to this trick. When you have loads of comments and likes but no conversions either to a link or sale, brands have to wonder just how “organic” all those comments are. Instead of spending time only commenting on other pod members’ photos, use the time to comment on potential followers’ photos.

Blog Titles Matter

We all know that an “engaging” title is important. But the SEO aspects of it are just as important as the catchiness of your title. You want to keep your title under 70 characters so it doesn’t get cut off in search engine results. Also use strong language like “love” or “hate” to get the most website clicks.

Share Your Blogging Tips

I always believe that bloggers should share knowledge and stories with each other. I’d love for you to share your blogging tips with me in a comment below! It’s never hurt anyone to help someone else!

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inflatable pool floats

Oh my goodness I’m so happy it’s summer! It’s been summer in Texas for awhile but having it be official on my calendar is so awesome! Unfortunately, the pool at my apartment complex isn’t quite as refreshing as it was a month ago. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be in the pool everyday. My Dallas blogger instincts tell me that’s where all my Instagram posts will come from this summer!

Don’t hate me if all of my Instagram posts have one of these cute pool floaties in them! I’ve been browsing every store that might possibly have unique pool floats and I’ve found quite a few! Surprisingly, Nordstrom Rack has some really fun ones for $13 and Shopbop has an adorable selection of floats!

I always wonder what started the trend of cute pool floats and how on Earth these pieces of inflatable plastic got so expensive. I mean $60 for a flamingo?! Really? Whatever, let’s be real, I’d totally buy it if my boyfriend and cat wouldn’t judge me. But they will.

Tell me which pool float you love! Also, please please send me links to your favorites also! I still haven’t bought my summer pool float!