Polka Dots, Please

If there are just a few patterns I love, then they are certainly gingham, stripes, and of course, polka dots! I have numerous items of each pattern in my closet and wear them frequently. Lately though, polka dots have been on my radar non-stop. Everywhere I turn, there seems to be a cute shirt, bottoms, or accessory with polka dots all over! I find myself wanting them all! This shirt was no exception. As soon as I saw this I knew it had to be mine. It is so versatile and I'm imagining all the different ways I can wear and style this already. 

Top: Old Navy// Necklace: Vestique// Denim: ON Rockstar // 
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters// Clutch: Marley Lilly


I Wish I Knew Then the Things I Know Now

Life as a young adult in the working world is so much different than I had ever imagined. Actually, I take that back. I'm not exactly sure what I even thought it would be like, however, it's certainly different than my college lifestyle! Not that it's a bad thing. But, I feel like I am constantly thinking "I wish I knew that" or "I wish someone had told me that sooner."

Don't get me wrong, I am loving being a young adult, but there are definitely times that I wish that there was a handbook of sorts! Something that would give me answers or lead me in the right direction. Don't we all wish we had something like that at one time or another?!?

I have compiled a list of things I "wish I knew then" that I've been realizing more and more lately (or over time)!
Let me know if you have anything to add!

Always trust your instinct, gut, and intuition. If something doesn't feel "right" or if something feels "off" to you, I've learned that most of the time that is the case. Whether it's a feeling I get about someone or a situation, nine times out of ten my gut instinct is always right. I've certainly learned my lesson on this. I've learned (for the most part) to always trust my instinct!

Don't judge a book by it's cover. While trusting your gut is one thing, judging is completely different. I am still working on this (it's so hard to not judge things sometimes) but what you see isn't always what you get. I've learned there is always something beyond that "cover" that you see. There is always a story beyond the cover that could lead to something great. 

Be yourself no matter what. As a younger girl this is something I struggled with. I moved to a new town where I knew no one right before I started my freshmen year of high school. The girls there had been best friends since pre-k and weren't to fond of letting others in. I seemed to try to meet their "standards" and in turn lost the person I truly was. I have learned to always be myself. There is no one worth changing myself for. If someone truly cares about me and loves me then they know the real me and that should be enough. 

The past is past. The past is in the past for a reason. There is never any good that can come from dealing with people, situations, and decisions of the past. If you take away life lessons from the past then it has done it's job and is done. The only way to get over the past is to leave it behind and to never look back. No need to let the past resurface again! Pay no mind to what the past whispers if all it's doing it bad-mouthing what the present has to offer. (isn't that the truth!!)

What you want isn't always what you need. The things we want to happen aren't always what need to happen at the time. Things always work out the way they are supposed to. I like to have plans and know what is going to happen. I've learned that I can't always control what goes on or how something turns out. Instead I have learned to use the outcome to my advantage and make the best of what I need at the time. 

Life goes by quickly. Life goes by quickly. In the blink of an eye it can be over. It is so easy for people to let every day, week, month and year pass by without giving it a second thought. Enjoy your life and your time. Take advantage of those precious moments, even those that seem "ordinary." Life is meant to be lived, enjoyed, savored, and remembered.  

Mistakes and failure are part of life. I am a huge perfectionist. I never want to (or like to) make a mistake or fail at something. But you know what?? I'm human. Mistakes will happen....many times. There will be things that I will not succeed in. That's ok. That's what teaches us lessons in life and allows us to change how things are. A life without mistakes and failure is a life that hasn't been lived honestly, with authenticity. But a life living with regret from mistakes isn't a life either. Learn from mistakes and move on!

Sometimes it's ok to follow your heart (over your head). I'm not saying to always follow your heart, because lord knows, that wouldn't end too well for any of us! But in life, you must follow your heart at times to experience things you want and yearn for. The heart is a pretty powerful thing. When you get "that feeling" or love or happiness or excitement there is almost no controlling it. Let it happen sometimes. It might just be a good thing ;-)

Comparison is the thief of joy. When we compare ourselves to others we are robbing ourselves of the happiness and joy given our circumstance. Comparisons are so easily done. They can nearly drive you crazy! I've learned that everyone is different. There's always going to be that person that is prettier, smarter, better, more successful. There will always be the blogger who is more witty and popular. There will always be the person who is a better friend. There will always be the person who has more. Don't let their things define who you are. Be yourself. Don't let the comparisons steal your joy. 

Don't worry so much. Now, that's easier said than done for me...slowly but surely I am working on it. Worrying about anything (and everything in my instance) doesn't cure or fix the situation. It only makes you dwell on it, overanalyze a situation, and freak out a little bit more! What will be, will be!

What are some things you know now that you wish you knew then?? 


Southern Blog Society

Calling all southern bloggers! Are you a blogger in the south? Do you love all things southern? If so, apply to join the Southern Blog Society! I recently became a NC contributor and can't wait to network with other southern ladies! So, come one, come all y'all, and join our little southern corner of the internet blogging world! Each week you will be introduced to a southern blog contributor and see features on DIY, Eat, Learn, and Wear.

I love that SBS was created and founded by two precious fashion bloggers, Cathy from Poor Little It Girl and Jessica from My Style Vita. So we have them to thank for creating a place for us to interact, be featured, and connect with Southern bloggers!

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Southern Blog Society and apply to join! 
Keep Calm + Stay Southern!


This Week's Uniform

Today marks day five of rainy weather in my parts of North Carolina. While rain can sometimes be a good thing, I have had my fair share. Enough is enough. I am ready for pretty skies and to actually see the sun for once! 

When it rains it throws off my whole week...for a few reasons. Not only does rainy weather make me a) want to be laying in my bed 24/7 b)  feel dreary and sad but it also makes me c) feel limited in what I wear. (hellllo, fashionista's nightmare)

I have to say goodbye to my favorite flats, my beloved suede booties, and even my furs. What fun is that?!? I have pretty much implemented a "uniform" of sorts for when it is raining. So this, my friends, is what I've been wearing for pretty much five days straight. 

Hunter boots: Say hello to puddles. I am ready for a flood in these babies (hi Brian, totally stole your joke!) I was on the fence for a while about getting these because I had my LL Bean boots from college, but I am so glad I took the plunge. These can be paired with nearly any outfit and you still end up looking pretty chic. Seriously, if Atlantic-Pacific can do it, why can't I?!

Button Downs: I'm not sure what it is about J.Crew's button downs, but I love them. They are so "easy." They're perfect to be peaking out under a jacket on all of these rainy days.

J.Crew Downtown Field Jacket: Well, I love this jacket. Simple enough. And I hate rain jackets! It allows me to still look put together!

MK Hamilton Tote: Ever since I got this bag I haven't been able to put it away. I love that during work hours it can hold my planner and anything else I need for work, and then I can throw it over my shoulder for a night out on the town. This bag goes with me everywhere!

Leggings: I know some people don't agree with wearing these as pants, but I see no problem doing it. I always, always, always wear two pair of them (don't want any slip ups!) and they go great with my oversized sweaters and tunics!

So, as much as I have grown to love this "uniform" over the past few days I am extremely ready to put this away and get back to my suede booties and fun tops! 


Friday Fancies: Emerald City

When you first saw the title to this post was your first thought "Wizard of Oz?" 
Mine too.

But, today I won't be talking about the Emerald City in Wizard of Oz (although that's one of my favorite movies!) Today is all about a color I am absolutely loving right now... emerald green. I think this is such a flattering color. Almost anyone can pull it off, and nearly every clothing item looks good in that shade! I don't think I've found an item yet that I didn't like.

What always makes a great color to me is being able to wear it both casual and dressy. While not all colors are like that, emerald definitely is. I have a pool cover up that is emerald along with one of my favorite formal dresses!

I love the day to night styles below! What do you think?

Top: Nelly.com // Leather Leggings: The Row // Shoes: Top Shop Maisy T-Bar Shoes
// Dress: Tory Burch Kathy Silk Dress // Shoes: Christian Louboutin


Apothecary Jars

Now that I have my own apartment to decorate (an apartment tour coming next week!) I am always on the lookout for decor. I have recently re-discovered my love for apothecary jars. I love how simple, yet sophisticated they are. The best part is they can be used and styled in so many different ways. 

I had been searching high and low for clear apothecary jars for my apartment for quite a while, but kept coming up empty handed. But whether it was pure luck or maybe just the fact that I had my eyes peeled for them constantly, I came across a few different sized apothecary jars over the past few days!! I couldn't even contain my excitement, I scooped them right up (Brian can vouch for this... sorry for making you suffer!)

I found two large glass apothecary jars at Marshalls for just $9.99 each. Talk about a deal! I am wanting to use these on my mantle (I think). They would be great end pieces that could be changed out with the season or holiday. The jars are a little on the large side, approximately 21-23" so I'm not quite sure what to fill them with! Suggestions are welcome :-)

Then, last night I stopped in Kirkland's with my mom and found this set of three glass apothecary jars for just $15.00. They came with an 8", 10", and 12" jar. Once again, now that I have the jars I'm not sure what I want to put in them or where I want to put them (and if I want to keep these in a set or not!)

But, luckily with Pinterest my troubles are only seconds away from being cured. I perused Pinterest for quite some time today searching for things to fill these jars with. Here's what I've come up with so far. Let me know what you think or if you have any other brilliant suggestions!

Wine Corks

Pine Cones

Bathroom Decor & Storage


What do you think??

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