Straw Obsession et Faux-cations

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So I have finally reached my breaking point and I had to make a decision to stop doing at least one thing for a month, so I had to choose my blog. This will be my only post this month and I will start back up in July. I started summer school plus I am working and shadowing a dermatologist, so blogging has to be put on a back-burner. Due to this crazy “summer” schedule of mine, I will not be traveling like I wanted to. Even though that can be upsetting, especially when I see all the great pictures of what all my friends are doing around the globe, I’m excited about all the great projects I’m working on. So for all of you who are in the same boat, this post is for y’all!

 
North Texas is not the most exotic place in the world, but for this post, I wanted to emulate a tropical island vaca, so I had to get a little creative. I’m thankful I have an eye for things like this & I have a great photographer who sharers that same vision, because we were able to capture that (or at least we think we did).

 
Anyway, since I will not be lounging on a beach or exploring local markets in a different country this summer, I decided to do those things in my own backyard. So here are my tips on making the most of your stay-cation:

 
1. Use your imagination! I have been wanting to go to Cuba (thank you Margo & Me for adding to that desire). So I was thinking of a place with fresh produce, lots of flowers, & good food. So I headed over to the Dallas Farmers Market! Even though I was not riding around in cutesy cars, I still had fun smelling flowers & perusing the locally grown veggies.

2. Dress the part (duh). The straw obsession is real right now & it is such a fun pattern/texture for the summer. I wanted to write a post on different straw bags at different price ranges, but my favorite blogger (Aimee Song/ Song of Style) already posted about it & I love her options! I will attach the link to her blog along with my outfit details below.

3. Have fun with it! Try to pretend you’re a tourist in your own city. You might feel a little silly at first, but I’ve discovered so many new things just from opening up to the possibility of discovering something new in a place I think I know very well.

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This was all at a Farmers Market =)

Thank you for reading & I will be back in a few weeks!

 

Bisous bisous ❤

 

 

 

 

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Dress (I got mine at TJ Maxx, but I couldn’t find it online, so these are other options): Option 1, option 2, & option 3

Bag: My exact bag is sold out everywhere ( I found mine at TJ Maxx), but here are other options from a post by Aimee Song =)

Shoes

Hat: I suggest checking a TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack, because they have A LOT of straw hats and they are very inexpensive. Here are other options just in case though… option 1 & option 2

 

 

Confiance (Pt. 2)

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I have been wanting to publish another post about confidence for a while now. After I discovered this wall, designed by Alli K Design, I thought now was a better time than ever to write this. I love to post about pretty clothes and what to wear with them, but truly I believe that you can wear anything and make it look incredible so long as you have the proper attitude. Confidence and style go hand-in-hand.

A little over a month ago, a girl I started to workout with (Dominique) asked me how I was so confident. When she asked me this, I was a little confused. Mostly because I did not know how to really answer that question, because never in my life did I think of myself as a confident individual. I grew up being the awkward, tall, and not so thin girl who did not wear all the trendy clothes and copy what all the cool kids did. No matter what I did to try to fit in with different crowds, I was never fully accepted. When I graduated high school, I had two really great friends and a handful of other friends. At that time, I finally realized that it did not matter how I acted or what I looked like; some people were just never going to like me, and I should not try to please them (I am/was a people pleaser), because I will end up being miserable.

When I started college, I told myself that I was not going to try to be something I wasn’t; even if it meant not being the most popular. So I stuck to that. Throughout college, I’ve been made fun of a lot and some people think of me as being obnoxious, but je suis qui je suis. I am who I am. I am a serious nerd who loves to dress up when she can and for some reason that bothers people. My freshman year, when I met my best friend Maddie (M), I would ask her to take pictures of me all around campus of my #ootd so I could post on IG. I had people either tell me I looked great or I would get stares from people in the chemistry department because, as one grad student once stated (not knowing I was listening), “No real chemist dresses or acts that way.” She was not the only person who ever had anything no so nice to say about me, but she also won’t be the last, and that is okay. I made a promise to myself when I entered college. And even though it kept proving to be difficult to stay true to who I was when I was constantly being beaten down with negativity, I had to honor it.

I finally took all the negativity I had endured and I decided to look at it from a different perspective. I stopped letting myself be a victim and I remember one day (sometime during my junior year) I told myself, “You’ve been through a lot worse than the words people can throw at you. So stop letting it get to you and forget those people. Pray for them, but don’t harbor animosity towards them and don’t waste your energy worrying about what they think.” That is the day when I started to grow my confidence.

The Bible states in Galatians 1:10, “Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” This is something I truly try to live by. In a society where most people live for the number of likes they receive on an IG post, it is difficult to live as Christ wants us to. I am very picky about what I post, but at some point in time, it stopped being because of what others would think and it was more about my perfectionism. I know some people who would delete a post simply because it did not garner their desired number of likes. Not living how others want me to is something I really try to make a point of. Side note, I don’t drink or party or do anything that college students are supposed to do or find fun, and this also bothers some people. That is just a side note, but it is a point that goes well with this post. I never want to be like others anymore. So even though I carefully choose what I post on IG, I know that it is for myself and less about how many likes I will receive. If I like a picture and it matches my aesthetic, I post it.

This brings me to my next point. Social media really influences confidence. Everyone already knows this, but I think on a day-to-day basis, we often forget and we start to compare ourselves to one another. My roommate Christi is the one who helped me to stop comparing myself to others so much. Whenever we work out together, Christi always has something positive to say about other girls in the gym. Unlike most people I know, she never says something unkind about someone else, she always tries to find something positive to say. She does not know this (well I guess she will now), but her constantly doing this added to my confidence. She made me realize that the girl next to me could be considered beautiful, but that did not mean I was not.

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To wrap up this long post and what I told Dominique was, the main key to confidence is really just being yourself and staying true to that. Or as Chanel once said, “La beauté commence au moment où vous décidez d’être vous-même.” Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. And confidence = beauty. Staying true to who you are and knowing that deep down you are great just how God created you is what makes you confident. Not comparing yourself to others is what helps you stay confident.

Thank you for reading,

Bisous bisous ❤

Culottes

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I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day! I started my morning shooting for today’s post and now I am just relaxing. I usually shoot on Sundays and post Mondays, but since school is out, I have time to write and shoot on the same day.

This week’s outfit is a casual take on two trending items, culottes & jumpsuits. I love how culottes look, but I had yet to find a pair that fit me the proper way, then I found this romper & it is flattering AND comfortable! I got this one on sale in store for $15, but online, it is a bit more. I am wearing a large and it is too big, I typically wear a medium, but since I found this on the sale rack, they didn’t have extra sizes.

Another thing that I  wanted to show with this outfit was a pretty bra strap. When I wear certain tanks, my bra strap will show and I find it very annoying, so I decided to wear a fun lace strap bralette to make it look a bit better.

Lastly, I wanted to show that this romper could be worn with either sandals or wedges, so that is why I am wearing two different pairs of shoes in this post.

Thank you for reading,

Bisous bisous ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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Jumpsuit (Same style, different color)

Bralette

Sandals

Wedges

Bag (Louis Vuitton Speedy 35)

Jeu de Motifs

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One of my favorite things do when choosing outfits is mixing up different textures & patterns. So this look was inspired by my love for pattern play. When mixing patterns (or textures), I try to use no more than 3 different looks and I make sure the colors compliment one another. I will be doing a separate post just for pattern play soon as well. But with this look, I chose 2 different patterns (gingham and floral) and to make it less colorful (I prefer neutrals), I borrowed my roommate’s white off the shoulder (OTS) top to kind of decrease the amount of “activity” in the entire ensemble. I am also really in love with these wedges, so I wore them with this outfit because of their neutrality.

 

Thank you for reading,

Bisous bisous ❤

 

 

 

 

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Top (these are all similar styles since I borrowed this one from my roommate): Option 1, option 2, & option 3 (a splurge option)

Skirt (I got mine at Nordstrom Rack a while ago for much less, but this is the only store that I could find it in all sizes at)

Shoes

Bag

Rayures Bleues et Blanches… Encore Fois

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This week’s outfit is inspired by my current obsession with blue and white stripes. I love how this look could be simple or chic. This dress embodies the simplicity and it is super comfy. I also love  how it has a semi-off the shoulder silhouette. I found it at Nordstrom Rack, but it is not sold online. I have a similar style by the same brand attached at the bottom, but I am unable to find this exact dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading,

Bisous bisous ❤

 

 

 

 

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Dress (not the same as mine, but it’s the same brand)

Shoes

Un Peu Couleur

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Orange is a color that most people believe either looks REALLY good on them or it doesn’t. On the other hand, I think that anyone can pull it off, as long as they wear the proper accessories to go with their ensemble. This week I am wearing another piece from the Victoria Beckham x Target collection. This romper is seriously very comfortable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It could also be worn as a simple, but dressy piece for summer graduations.

I am not a huge fan of wearing super bright colors all the time, so when putting this outfit together, I wanted to keep the color focused on the romper. In order to do this, I had to find a “nude” shoe. Since nude shoes really aren’t my skin tone, I wore these tanned leather wedges. The leather blends close enough with my skin tone, so my shoes & romper are not fighting for attention in this outfit.

I love the scallop detail on this romper!

Thank you for reading,

Bisous bisous ❤

 

 

 

 

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Romper

Shoes

Purse

 

 

Fleurs de Mai

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April showers bring May flowers (fleurs de mai)… and this floral bomber jacket. I’ve always loved bomber jackets, but they always seemed a little “too cool for school” and well, I’m not. But I found this one & I really loved it! It is also 55% off right now! Bomber jackets are nice to have in the spring, because when it’s chillier (that’s 60°F and below in Texas), they are a nice staple. This is a double outfit post because I wanted to show y’all how to style a bomber with jeans & a dress.

 

 

 

 

 

I brought Penelope back for this shoot =)

 

Satin camis are kind of trendy & I love how they look, but it can feel like I am walking around in lingerie (which is not really my style), so I decided to wear this one with a jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

I LOVE my New Balance 620s. They are very comfy & you can make them work with almost any casual outfit.

Thank you for reading,

 

Bisous bisous ❤

 

 

 

 

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Top: Option 1, option 2, option 3, & option 4

Jeans

Bomber jacket (I’m wearing a large): Other options

Dress: Option 1, option 2, option 3, & option 4

Shoes

Noir et Blanc… et Rose

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This weekend the temperature dropped here & I had to pull out my jeans again. I typically do not wear jeans unless it is cooler outside. So, this outfit is just my simple take on jeans with a nice top.

 

I don’t drink coffee, but I forgot I was holding my roommate’s cup as I posed for this & it became a cliché prop.

 

 

I LOVE this top. The detailing on it is just like the blue striped dress I wore a few weeks ago. Even though the Victoria Beckham collection sold out, I found some other places this top is being sold. I am wearing a medium.

This is Penelope, my absolute favorite child! I never thought I would own this bag until I was much older (and had a salary), but Nordstrom Rack united me with my beautiful Penelope for much much less than its retail value. I know that not everyone can be this lucky, so I have some replicas linked below. I also want to provide this link for how to spot a faux for those of you who are interested in purchasing one.

 

Thanks for reading,

 
Bisous bisous ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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Top

Jeans

Bag: Replica option

Shoes: See this post for other options =)

Rings

Maillots et Confiance

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Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to look for swimsuits (maillot de bain). I honestly never wore bikinis in public when I was growing up, because I did not like my body. Right now there are a lot of people who post about body positivity & it makes me happy to see that! I wish people were that accepting when I was an adolescent, but better late than never, right? I always thought that in order to wear a swimsuit, I had to look like a Victoria’s Secret model, because that is what was always advertised. I am freakishly tall & I was not born with a delicate frame. Not seeing models that looked like me made it difficult for me to have someone to relate to. So when American Eagle/Aerie (plus other companies) stopped editing their models’ pictures, I was shocked to see that their bodies were similar to mine. They had imperfections! I know some of you are probably thinking (duh…), but it is one of those things that you do not believe until you see it. Even though I had finally started learning to love myself the way I was, Aerie’s campaign amplified it for me. So, when it comes to shopping for swimwear, I prefer to shop there. I was planning on posting about this earlier this week, but I am glad I did so today, because Aerie is having a sale on swimwear & everything is under $20!!! =)

I prefer to mix & match my swimsuits, which is another reason I love Aerie’s site. They have a mix & matcher (yes, I just made this up) to allow you to try out different combinations.

I really love these sandals! I have had this pair for a few years and they’re still holding up (I wear them a lot). I also have another pair in black. They’re good, simple sandals for the spring and summer.

I am not a big jewelry person, but I do love some things. This bracelet is one of them! It is from a little store called  “Boho-Betty.” They are currently having a sale for 40% their entire site (code: SUPER40), but if you miss this sale, you can always get a discount by using the code I have below =)

Thank you for reading,

Bisous bisous ❤






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Swimsuits

Shoes

Bracelet (Use code: EVETTE9 for 20% off)

Merci VB

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Yesterday was one of my crazier days, but it was all worth it. Victoria Beckham’s collection for Target debuted, and like all the affordable Target lines, it sold out quickly. Luckily, I was able to snag this dress before I had to desperately search for it online at 4x its original price. I also ran into some friends with the same determination during the frenzy =)

This dress is seriously perfect. The best part about it is that it is 100% cotton (I am picky about fabrics). The fit is pretty great, I am wearing a medium and there is still some space. I am sure it is made to fit a little looser. I also love the sleeve detail! It is very posh.

The new Liketoknow.it wall is très mignon & I may have a slight obsession with it.

Hi Olivia =)

I love lace up flats. They can be worn with just about anything & they are comfy. When it comes to shoes, I am all for comfort. Suffering for beauty is not really my thing… but it also helps that I am so tall. The ones I have are by Stuart Weitzman, so they are a little pricey. I knew I would wear these a lot when I decided to get them though, so I only recommend doing the same if you know you’ll get the use out of them. I will have other options below as well.

Thank you for reading,

 

Bisous bisous ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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Dress

Shoes: Option 1 & option 2

Bag (Olivia): See this post =)