Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The Best of the Best

It's that time again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! I've went through all 46 pages of sale items for you and rounded up the best of the best! I'm warning you: everything will sell out fast! My rule of thumb? Purchase everything you want/like, try it on, and then either keep it or return it! Nordstrom has an amazing return policy and I always take full advantage of that during this sale! You never know how fast something is going to sell out! Simply click the Nordstrom link above to shop the sale or click any of the items below! Enjoy, babes!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Three Tips for College Freshman // New Instagram Account

Duffel Bag: Vera Bradley c/o || Top: Nordstrom (sold out, similar options here) || Denim: Banana Republic || Shoes: Converse || Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Hey y'all!
It's officially official. I'm back on Insta. You can find me here ---> @bloomintobeautiful
A lot of you babes have already tracked me down either via name search or my personal IG! I love that! Thank you so much for supporting this little blog of mine and hanging on for dear life as I take us on a roller coaster! ;) 

If you're going to be a college freshman... let me give you some advice. To be honest, my first semester of college was completely insane. I learned a lot and I grew, but if I could go back, there are definitely some things I would have changed! I've put together three tips that I think every college freshman should know before they even step on campus. 

1. Don't take out student loans
I know, I know, I know. You've probably heard it a million times from fifty different people... but let me tell you... they are the most horrible thing you could ever accept! At the time, you think, "Oh perfect. I can live off of my loans and not have to work while I'm in school." But babe... let me tell you. This is only going to cause you financial strain in the future when you have to begin to pay off those thousands of dollars in student loan debt. My advice? Save. Work and pay out of pocket for your tuition. This may mean only going to school part-time and living off campus - but that's okay - you will be grateful you chose to do that in the future. You may even get some amazing financial aid, grants, or scholarships - which is the dream! - and if you do, then you can attend full-time with a part-time job to pay for the other expenses. Plan for your future - it's the smart thing to do!

2. Studying over Netflix binging
Netflix hadn't been around for maybe six months when I first started college. Can you imagine? Oh, how I longed to just binge watch my favorite shows and movies instead of study late at night. I've had a few F's in my college career and each one resulted from putting something else above studying. When you're in college, besides attending class, studying should be your number one priority. I'm not saying don't have any fun but put your studying first and then go hang out with your gal pals / boyfriend. There are so many great studying methods out there too! I suggest looking some up on Pinterest - or if you want to know mine, I am happy to share them with you!

3. Get out of your dorm room and meet people
I know I just told you to not put other things before studying... but you can still have fun afterwards! One of my biggest regrets of my freshman year was that I didn't get out much! I wish I would have joined a club or went to more social gatherings in my free time. I'm a pretty shy person - well, I was at that time in my life - and I have a hard time putting myself out there. I know, I'm basically writing my every thought and feeling on the internet... you got me... but it's different! So when you want to just hermit away in your dorm room, remember that there are so many opportunities just beyond that door - so many friends and connections you could be making that may change your future forever! You can do it!

I know these aren't the greatest of tips... BUT I have to say these would be the top three I would have wanted someone to tell me before I made that leap into college life. You live and you learn... so you're still going to make mistakes... and that's okay! But you will grow from them and may be someday you'll be telling college freshman your tips. ;)

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Simplifying My Closet

About a month ago, I gutted out my closet, and I ended up with around 20% of what I had before. Lots of people told me I was crazy - "I mean, you're a FASHION blogger!!! You NEED all of it!" - but I was so tired, y'all. I was tired of constantly looking in my closet to only find things I didn't really like or that didn't fit MY style. I know I sound like a broken record with some of this stuff... but this was one of the first steps I took in finally being ME and not living to be just another "fashion" blogger.

To be honest, this was all sparked when my husband and I watched this documentary by The Minimalists. It seriously changed my husband and I's perspective 100%. It showed me that what I was doing went against everything I stood for. It honestly made me feel sick. I had become that girl who purchased a pair of shoes just so someone else would buy them through and I, in turn, would make more $$$. Oh boy. And how did I decide what to purchase?? I would see what the "biggest" and "bestest" of fashion bloggers were wearing. Because if they were wearing it, their followers were buying it, so wouldn't mine as well?

It became a disease in all honesty... one that I couldn't kill. I COULD but I didn't WANT to. It wasn't clear to me that all of this was happening until after I watched this life-changing documentary. It's something everyone needs to see.

The first step for me was to completely gut my closet - which I did - and live with LESS. I went through each individual piece and if I didn't LOVE it... it went into the BYE FELICIA stack. In turn, I had a huge closet sale - which many of you shopped - and also donated a lot to charity. After everything had been sorted, I had close to 200 pieces of clothing, shoes, and accessories to sell or donate.

I sat in my office floor looking around me at the piles of clothing. What was all of this for? Imagine what I could have done with the money I WASTED on all of this. I could have gave more. I could have bought a meal for someone. I could have went on an amazing adventure with my husband. I could have LIVED more. I could have LOVED more.

Now that I have this simplified wardrobe, I have found myself feeling happier with what I'm wearing, and my focus is more on the good things. If I need something, or come across something I really like, I now have a rule: if one comes in, one must go out. I have seven pairs of denim (shorts included), around 5 dresses (all occasions), 10-15 tops (all seasons), and a handful of jackets (denim, utility, winter, etc). Concerning shoes.... I had close to 50 pairs. I now have around 12 in total - all seasons! I have only purchased two tops (t-shirts) and one pair of shoes since the clean-out. And all of them were on sale! It's been such a freeing experience and I'm so glad I made this change.

I've had quite a few people ask me, "Are you still going to post your outfits????" Of course! But they are pieces that I LOVE and that make me feel good! I just want to say that I'm sorry if I ever made you feel like you NEEDED a pair of shoes just because I was wearing them. I'm sorry if you ever swiped a credit card just to be like me (or any other blogger). I love you guys! I'm so thankful for each and every one of you. For those of you who are sticking around through this transition - I am beyond grateful. 

I've found throughout this process - simplifying my wardrobe, not posting on Instagram, etc - that it's more about Him and less about me. That's all I wish - to glorify Jesus - and I can't wait to see where He takes this. 

As you all know, I've been on a major Instagram cleanse - I deleted my blog account completely - and it has been so good for me. (You can read my post on why I did that HERE) I'm still praying over it all but I feel like I'm (almost) ready to come back. For now, I'm giving out the new Instagram handle, but I won't be posting yet. You all will be the first to know when that happens! If you want to be ahead of the game, the new IG name for the blog is @bloomintobeautiful. I chose this name because it's focused on the blog - not me - and if you know the story behind my blog name, then you know it's focused on Jesus. (You can read that post HERE

It's going to be a great adventure and I'm so glad to have you guys alongside of me! Let's BLOOM!