Holiday Gift Guide 2017 #2: Gifts for Your Sportiest Friend

     I’m so happy to share another gift guide with y’all today (if you missed my first gift guide post, “Gifts for Your Chicest Friend,” you can check it out here)!  I’m so sorry this post didn’t make it onto the blog earlier this week, but I’ve been overwhelmed with exam reviews and I figured better late than never, right?  I plan on getting at least one more gift guide up this season, so please let me know what other category of friend/loved one you’d like a guide for!  Today’s category is “Gifts for Your Sportiest Friend,” otherwise known as the pal you’re constantly supporting in her games, meets, matches, etc. and tends to miss or show up late to friend gatherings due to practice.  Each item shown and numbered in the graphic below is named, linked, priced, and described under the graphic next to its corresponding number.  Here’s the gift guide, enjoy!

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  1. Patagonia Women’s Organic Cotton Quilt Hoodie in Drifter Grey ($179.00) – Comfy, athletic, and cute pieces like this quilted zip-up Patagonia hoodie have been super in lately thanks to the “athleisure” trend.  This would be the perfect go-to jacket for your fit friend to throw on for her workouts or casual everyday looks!
  2. Nike Women’s Dry Tempo Running Shorts in White/Wolf Grey ($16.87) – This white on white pair of Nike shorts might not be the most practical pair, but you’d be lying if you said they weren’t the most aesthetically pleasing pair you’ve ever seen.  The “all white everything” look has been super in over the past few years so I think this pair of athletic shorts would be so cute to wear with a white sports bra or workout top to the gym/sports practice.  These would also be perfect to throw on under a big tee shirt to a casual hangout with friends.  (These shorts come in tons of other colors!)
  3. Woven Pear SPOT Dalmation Socks ($15.00) – While socks might sound like a boring gift, this fun yet sophisticated pair of Dalmatian-inspired spotted socks are not only absolutely adorable, but they also have extra padding in the toes and heels for extra comfort!  These would be the perfect way for your athletic gal pal to add a fun flair to a dreaded morning workout or keep her feet warm on a winter run! (Woven Pear socks come in tons of other colors, prints, and sock styles!)
  4. adidas NMD_R2 Shoes in Pink ($130.00) – Adidas shoes have definitely made a comeback recently and this blush pink pair has to be my favorite that I’ve seen so far!  The shoes’ trendy color is sure to spice up any athletic outfit but also allows them to be dressed up.  (These also come in a black and blue combo!)
  5. Apple AirPods ($159.00) – As more and more people get the iPhone 7, 8, and X, the issue of bluetooth earbuds is becoming more and more common.  Apple Airpods appear to be the best pair on the market right now, with their charging case and amazing battery life.  These would be perfect for your gym-obsessed friends to wear during workouts!
  6. S’Well Galaxy Collection Milky Way Bottle ($25.00) – S’Well water bottles are supposed to be great at keeping your cold drinks cool and your hot drinks warm, plus they’re super on trend right now, making them the best bottle to take to practices and workouts!  I especially love this white iridescent bottle!  (S’Wells come in a ton of other fun colors and prints that are equally worth checking out.)
  7. Emi-Jay Hair Tie Candy Set of 12 Hair Ties ($24.00) – It’s incredibly rare that girls get through a workout without putting their hair up, and it’s even rarer that they can actually keep track of all the hair ties they use.  Emi-Jays are one of the most popular types of hair ties and this set of black, silver, and gold hair ties comes in the cutest candy-themed wrapping!  (Emi-jays come in lots of other colors and prints as well!)
  8. Fitbit Alta in Black/22k Gold Plated ($149.95) – Fitbits have gained so much popularity over the past few years but if your favorite fitness fanatic still doesn’t have one she definitely needs one!  I’m no Fitbit expert but I believe the Alta is the style that most people have and I love the gold plating on this one!  (The Alta also comes in black/silver and purple/silver combos!)
  9. Amazon Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband in Black ($10.98) – From my days of obsessive running (I ran every morning before school in fifth and sixth grade…man that was a long time ago!), I know the annoyance that holding a phone can be (at the time I was holding an iPod Touch but I assume the struggle’s the same).  I got one of these handy armbands back in the day and using it was so convenient and something I never realized I wanted until I received it!  If you have a friend who loves to run to music I would seriously recommend this as a gift, especially with such a low price point! (This armband also comes in grey, red, black with grey stitching, black with red stitching, navy, hot pink, blue, light pink, and purple!)
  10. lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband II (Luxtreme) in Antiqued Alpine White Multi ($12.00) – Every workout enthusiast loves lululemon headbands and this neutral yet fun pattern is too cute!  This headband style is perfect to wear to sports practice or the gym and is sure to keep her hair out of her face so she can focus on the activity at hand.  (This also comes in pink and white!)

Thanks for reading!  Check back next week for another gift guide!  Happy shopping!

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A Tee Shirt Dress & A Double Wrap

     A few years ago we were introduced to the ultimate combination of comfort and versatility: the tee shirt dress.  Tee shirt dresses can be found just about anywhere at this point and are so fun to dress up or down!  Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to style tee shirt dresses for fall.  Enjoy!

     I picked up this comfy grey tee shirt dress at a boutique while on vacation a couple years ago and I’ve loved wearing it ever since.  This dress actually laces up in the back, making it the perfect blend of two of the biggest current trends.  To keep warm, I topped the dress off with an army green utility jacket.  This pair of booties has definitely become one of most worn this fall, the taupe color matches everything!  I added a fun touch to the basic outfit with a trendy jewelry set from High Strung Jewels, including a black double wrap necklace with turquoise tusk charms and a matching black beaded bracelet with a little turquoise skull charm.  I love High Strung Jewels’ selection of jewelry and art and I’d definitely recommend checking the Etsy shop out here!  I layered that black and turquoise bracelet with a few gold and white bracelets from Sashka Co. to match the gold hoops, rings, MantraBand, and watch I wore with the ensemble.

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dress (similar) // jacket (similar) // booties // necklace (similar) // hoop earrings // watch (similar) // white and gold beaded bracelets (here and here) // black and turquoise skull bracelet (similar) // MantraBand // cross bracelet (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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The necklace and black beaded bracelet from High Strung Jewels as well as the white and gold beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!

Scripture Sunday Vol. 23

     Happy Sunday!  Today I’m sharing another installment in my “Scripture Sunday” series!  I hope you love today’s post as much as I loved writing it, but if the Christian religion offends you for any reason please feel free to continue scrolling through my blog and find another post that better suits you.  That disclaimer aside, let’s get into the post!  Enjoy!

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Today’s Verse:

2 Corinthians 5:20; Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

     Being born and raised as a Christian, I have grown up hearing about evangelism and how the love of God should be spread.  As an elementary school student, I thought the only real way to do that was to go on mission trips as my father had when I was little and literally spread the word across the world.  As a middle schooler, I started hearing about how you could do it in your own community and I honestly didn’t understand how that applied to me; I live in the Bible Belt, and it seems like everyone here is a Christian.  What I’ve now come to realize as a high schooler is that just because someone goes to church and labels themselves as “Christian” doesn’t mean they live as though they are or that they even completely understand what the term means.

     I now see the term “Christian” as someone who has accepted the love of God, devotes themselves to having a relationship with Him, and strives to help others to have the same experience.  I once heard this analogy that I love that relates Christianity to a favorite but less popular pizza parlor.  The analogy basically says that if I knew of this incredible pizza parlor that no one really went to, I’d recommend it to all of my friends and family because I’d be doing them an injustice by not letting them know about it.  If they don’t want to go try the pizza, that’s perfectly fine, but I’m going to continue recommending it because it’s that good.  As a Christian, I now do my best to convince my friends to try this “pizza” that is actively living aside Christ without becoming so annoying that they never want to try it.

     That being said, you can tell someone to try something as much as you want, but if you act like trying it has had no effect on you (or maybe even a negative effect) they won’t see the point.  I think that as Christians it is so important that we display God’s love and the joy that it brings us on the daily.  We are God’s best advertisements, the thing that separates Christianity from being a thick, random, and old book written ages ago.  This is not to portray Christianity as some dying corporate business that needs customers, but I think spreading God’s love is both the “right” thing to do and the kind thing to do.  Loving others well is the hardest and funnest part of being a Christian, and it’s something we can all get better at each and every day.

     2 Corinthians 5:20 says “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”  As an ambassador for brands, I can say that to me the meaning of the word is to represent something well, for what it truly is.  God wants to use us to make His appeal to others.  He wants us to show what His love is like and how it changes lives.  He wants us to bring people to church, youth groups, YoungLife, Bible studies, etc.  If the being that created me and loves me unconditionally despite all of my Sin and downfall wants me to do this, you better believe I’ll do my best to fill the role.

     This week, be an ambassador for Christ.  Represent God’s eternal and unconditional love in your school, in your home, and everywhere else.  Pay attention to the details and strive to make His presence known through your actions.  Through Him, love others well.  It won’t always be easy, but that’s why He’s one prayer away to help you.

Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed week!

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A Long Cardigan

     Y’all know better than anyone that I love jumping on trends and trying out new, spunky items of clothing.  I’ve loved the big, cozy oversized cardigan look but didn’t have any, so I asked my stepmother if she had any she’d be willing to pass down to me.  What she handed to me definitely fit what I said but wasn’t quite what I had in mind…when I said “oversized” I meant about mid-thigh, but the two Old Navy cardigans she gave me come down past my knees.  I was determined to style the cardigans but it took me a couple months to figure out how.  Today I’m sharing my new favorite way to style my long grey cardigan.  Enjoy!

     To offset the extensive length of the cardigan, I wore a somewhat short maroon button down skirt.  I brought a little white into the look, to prevent it from looking too dark, with one of my favorite embroidered tops from Loft.  I love adding a little pop of color, so I decided to wear this yellow beaded choker from KyzBeadz.  I love all of KyzBeadz’s products and would definitely recommend checking the shop out for more fun and trendy jewelry!  I saw the simple top as a canvas for longer jewelry, so I thought this simple, gold, vertical bar necklace from Aqua Kiwi would complete the look.  I coordinated the rest of my jewelry to this necklace and choker pair by keeping it all gold, including some Sashka Co. bracelets, my MantraBand, gold hoop earrings, and my watch.  Finally, I tied the pop of color back into the ensemble with my favorite multi textile TOMS booties.  What do you think, did I manage to pull off the long cardigan?

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top (similar) // cardigan (similar) // skirt // booties // choker (yellow choker from linked set) // necklace // earrings (similar) // MantraBand// beaded bracelets (here and here) // cross bracelet (similar) watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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The choker from KyzBeadz as well as the necklace from Aqua Kiwi and beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 #1: Gifts for Your Chicest Friend

     I absolutely love creating gift guides (check out my gift guides from last year here), so kicking off this year’s gift guide series today is so exciting to me!  As opposed to last year when I posted one gift guide that covered a variety of friend types, this year I’m posting several guides so I can give more gift options for each category!  Now through Christmas I will be posting gift guides weekly (at least), each targeted at a certain recipient category (like your chicest friend, your sportiest friend, your guy friend, etc.).  Today’s category is “Gifts for Your Chicest Friend,” meaning the one who’s clothes your friend group is always drooling over, the first one to jump on a spunky trend, and/or the one you often FaceTime for outfit advice (you and I both know you have done that before).  Each item shown and numbered in the graphic below is named, linked, priced, and described under the graphic next to its corresponding number.  I hope this post helps you find the perfect gifts for your most fashionable friend!  Enjoy!

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  1. Anthropologie Gilded Shapes Monogram Mug ($10.00) – This white mug is accented with gorgeous flecks of gold and a simple initial.  Perfect for her favorite morning coffee, evening tea, or fireside hot coca sipping, this mug is simultaneously useful and aesthetically pleasing.
  2. Kendra Scott Elyse Ring in Rose Gold ($70.00) – Sparkly, on trend, and versatile, this ring would be a perfect go to ring for the stylish girl but would also be a great way to dress up a look for special occasions.  (This ring style comes in several other metals and stones!)
  3. She Believed She Could, So She Did MantraBand in Gold ($35.00) – The perfect everyday bracelet, this cuff will match everything and pose as the perfect motivational reminder!  I have this cuff and I wear it every single day, it’s the best!  (This also comes in rose gold, silver, and grey!)
  4. Rebecca Minkoff Molly Metro Wallet in Rose ($75.00) – Little keyring wallets like this one are great for girls on the go to attach to their keys for easy access to their license, cash, coins, and debit or credit card.  This metallic rose gold wallet is sure to add that extra dose of chic to any set of keys. (This also comes in blacksilver, red, black glitter, silver glitteran iridescent opal color!)
  5. S’well Calacatta Gold White & Gold Marble Water Bottle ($25.00) – You’d have to live under a rock to have not seen S’Well bottles everywhere over the past couple of years.  As on trend as they are, I haven’t seen a ton in this cool white and gold marble pattern yet!  I’m sure your fashion-forward friend would appreciate this unique and pretty design. (S’Wells come in a ton of other fun colors and prints that are equally worth checking out.  The plain white marble bottle is here.)
  6. J.Crew Factory Faux-Fur Pom-Pom Key Fob in Rose Ash ($6.00) – Faux fur pompom keychains have been trending for a few years now and this rose color is just too cute!  Her keys, backpack, wallet, etc. will carry the same girly spunk she does with the help of this fun accessory.  (This also comes in bluish-grey and black!)
  7. Anthropologie City-Themed Glasses Case in Paris ($18.00) – Few girls have cases for their beloved sunnies (this would also be perfect for everyday glasses!), but even if they do I’m sure they’d gladly switch out the one they have for this adorable city-themed case with a velvet lining!  (This also comes in New York City, London, Miami, and Los Angeles themes!)
  8. Madewell Tassel Earrings in Champagne ($28.00) – A good set of earrings always makes a great gift, and these are quite possibly the perfect pair to give this year.  The gold studs have pretty cream colored tassels that would match just about anything in the most elegant way.  (These also come in violet and copper tassel colors!)
  9. Anthropologie Pommed Berkshire Gloves in Pink ($32.00) – These precious pastel pink pompom-adorned gloves (whew that’s a mouthful) will keep your gal pal’s hands warm all winter long in the most adorable way.  (These also come in black, white, chartreuse, navy, and red!  I especially recommend these if she drives/will start driving soon.  I never realized how badly I need a nice pair of gloves until I started grasping my steering wheel in 30℉ morning temperatures − let’s just say it’s not so pleasant and my hands are usually blue by the time I get to school.)
  10. Essie “Penny Talk” Metallic Copper Nail Lacquer ($9.00) – Nail polish is such a fun way to add a little extra “pretty” to your overall appearance (this coming from a girl who paints her nails maybe twice a year) and this shimmery rose gold hue would just be so glam!  The best thing about metallics is that while they’re easy to wear all year (whereas lots of other colors go in and out of season), they’re absolutely perfect for the holidays!

Thanks for reading!  Check back soon for another gift guide!  Happy shopping!

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An Outfit Inspired by Dani Austin

     Long time, no installments in any of my fashion-related series!  Today I’m excited to share a new post in my “An Outfit Inspired by…” series featuring an outfit inspired by the Texan YouTuber and blogger behind Dani Austin (Dani Austin herself, ha!).  It’s so fun to experiment with different pieces in my closet until I create a look that truly reminds me of these influencers, so this series is definitely a favorite of mine.  My other “An Outfit Inspired by…” posts are here if you’d like to read more inspired by Danielle Carolan, Kate from Lonestar Southern, Carly Heitlinger from Carly the Prepster, and Abigail from Belle of the Ball!  Enjoy!

     Dani Austin graduated from the University of Texas a couple years ago and currently pursues her blog, thedaniaustin.com, and 141,200 subscriber YouTube channel, Dani Austin, as a full time job.  She also has a 135,000 follower Instagram, @daniaustin, and 8,400 follower Pinterest, @daniaustin.  She started her YouTube channel in 2012 as a college sophomore under the influence of her brother, YouTube singer Landon Austin, and it’s grown exponentially since then.  Now engaged, Dani has YouTube friends across the country and travels constantly for different events and brand deals.  Her content frequently includes outfits, travel related posts, sales guides, and faith pieces (read her Christian dating advice post here, it’s so good).  She collaborates with tons of companies, including beauty and fashion brands like Smashbox and Nordstrom, regularly.  As she plans her wedding, Dani is constantly sharing updates on dress shopping, sticking to a budget, and premarital counseling with her followers across all of her platforms.  One of the things I definitely love most about Dani is how real she is with her followers.  She’s constantly sharing on her Instagram story, from hauls to “retainer talk,” a little “series” she’s begun where she gets real with her followers from the comfort of her bed, retainer in mouth and all.  Dani’s style is spunky and chic, often experimenting with the latest trends in the girliest hues.

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(The images above are from the Dani Austin website and belong to Dani.  Their respective blog posts are linked within the images!)

    When creating an outfit inspired by Dani Austin, I knew I had to include this lavender bell sleeved sweater because I actually purchased it from Nordstrom after she linked it on her Instagram story (I swear I’m not always that easily influenced, but it was less than $40 and look at those sleeves!).  Since I purchased this sweater fairly recently, I was actually able to link the exact product for y’all, and I think you will love it’s soft material, flattering side cuts, subtle high low detail, fun sleeves, and gorgeous color as much as I do (it also comes in burnt orange, perfect for fall)!  I decided to pair it with a simple denim skirt that actually buttons down the side (same one I wore in my Thanksgiving outfit post, before I cut it!) because wearing a unique spin on a basic trend is not a far reach from Dani’s typical ensembles.  These fun TOMS booties were a no brainer, Dani’s constantly wearing brown booties and I could definitely see her loving the bright pop of color on these (plus the purple matches the sweater)!  Since the shoes and sweater were already pretty loud, I opted for some simpler jewelry including my gold Kate Spade watch, a pair of thin gold hoops, and a white and gold choker from Beads by Syd on Instagram.  I adore this choker for its larger, bubbly white beads and dainty little gold triangle charm.  Plus, it has a toggle closure in the back which makes it so much easier to put on than typical lobster claw clasp chokers.  All of my pieces from Beads by Syd have proven to be amazing quality, so I’d definitely recommend checking her page out!

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sweater // skirt (similar) // booties // choker (Shop Sydney’s Instagram here!) // hoop earrings // watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!  How do you think I did imitating Dani Austin’s style?

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The choker from Beads by Syd featured in this post was sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!