Blue Suede Shoes


Well I think technically they’e velvet but close enough, right? Just go with it!

These aren’t normally shoes I’d go for but something about them I was drawn to. It could be the fact that they were on clearance though so there is that. That being said, since they weren’t full price, it kind of pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. Sure shoes aren’t that big of a deal but I don’t always get flats that I can’t wear on the daily.

And I got another striped button down. I had to! It’s soft and it’s gray not blue like my others I’ve had. And last semester I apparently sat in or leaned on printer ink or something in a computer lab on campus, it got all over my favorite stripe button up so I had to replace it! It was a necessity!

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Musings No. 8 | Friday Favorites

new additions

I just bought these shoes yesterday (linked a similar pair because I couldn’t find the white A New Day version, I only just started seeing them in stories in the last week or so. The ones I bought are pictured above!) and I already want to wear them all the time! I was against this style of shoes for the longest because they reminded me of leprechaun shoes or like something senior citizens would wear. But thennn I kind of started to love the style. You know like when you see a dog and it’s ugly but still cute? That’s how I feel about this style of shoe, they’re ugly but still cute.

I also got this monthly planner from Target and it’s been so useful! I usually stick to weekly planners but I found I like the monthly set up better because I can see everything laid out in front of me and I know what’s coming in future weeks. It’s also helped me plan blog posts wayyyy easier than just decided “tomorrow I should do this post…” I actually have a plan through February, which I’m never that far ahead!

Oh! I also got a new bedspread, so random but the last few months I’ve just been using the duvet insert with no cover because I was too picky but I found this one at ikea and I love it. Shocker, it’s stripes! But it’s perfectly warm and cozy but not too heavy which is perfect for me because I just use that and a blanket with no top sheet (I just kick that off the bed while I sleep anyway so what’s the point right?!)

Clearly this isn’t going in any kind of order and it’s just a random list of favorites, so let’s move on to a new makeup fav, shall we? I love Milani blushes and recently bought the shade Bella Bellini and it’s gorgeous! And stays on so long and doesn’t fade, it’s the perfect pink/rose gold glowy blush! The photo just doesn’t do it justice!

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Tips for Dealing with Anxiety

Since I got some really good feedback for my post about my struggle with anxiety last week, I wanted to make a post about some ways I deal with it. These are all things I’ve tried and have really helped me. It’s really good for times when you feel like it just sneaks up on you.

For me I’ve noticed the best way to deal with it, is accepting it but also keeping my mind occupied so I’m not just focusing on and drowning in my anxious thoughts and feelings.

So most of these are things I do while I’m feeling anxious but I’ve also noticed they help keep myself from even getting anxious in the first place.


I mentioned this in my other post, the reason I wrote it is because I was in the middle of feeling anxious at night and needed a way to just get it out, so I wrote it down on my phone and noticed half way through that I was significantly less anxious.

I’ve learned from a meditation app (I’ll mention my favorite below) that you should acknowledge your anxiety not try to push it away or bury it because that makes it worse.  I’ve found this to be true. When I write down what is making me anxious and why (if there is even a why, sometimes there isn’t, and that’s ok!) I feel better about it because it’s not just stuck in my head. If that makes sense.

Sometimes I’ll talk it out with my mom or text some of my friends who I know will understand what I’m going through about it.


I’ve been diffusing oils for the last four-ish months and I totally believe it works. Every night I diffuse lavender which really helps me relax and sleep better. I’ve noticed differences in nights when I diffuse lavender and when I don’t.

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Red Sweater + My Favorite Podcast

So I’m trying a lot of new things in this post. One of which I don’t think is going to work very well but I guess we’ll see! First, the thing that is working, this red sweater. I decided I needed more than just neutrals in my closet and I really love the color red. So I actually came across this sweater when I linked it in this post and I love it. I’m not only obsessed with the color but also the sweater itself. I want to buy it in all the other colors, which I totally would if they weren’t sold out in my size. Bummer! As of writing this ( 1/11/18) it’s 30% off and there are still a few sizes and colors left!

My favorite black sunglasses broke a couple months back and since then I’ve just been sticking to my aviator sunglasses but I’ve been wanting some black sunglasses. I was originally going to get some basic, ray-ban-looking, plastic black framed sunglasses. Then I saw these at target and had to have them. They look designer but they’re like $16 and amazing!

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My Struggle with Anxiety

I’ve wanted to write a post about this for over a year now but I could just never bring myself to do it. I’m doing it now as more of a therapeutic way for myself to make myself feel less burdened by it. I’ve struggled with anxiety for about three years now and it is one of the most frustrating things ever. It’s isolating and feels stupid and at times absolutely ridiculous.

Honestly, maybe I’ve had anxiety all my life but just passed it off as normal nerves. But over he last few years it’s been more obviously anxiety, that panicky feeling in your gut, the stomach ache, and tension.

When I first came to terms with anxiety, I felt ridiculous. Anxiety feels ridiculous. Because sometimes you get hit with a wave of it and there’s an absolute reason why and sometimes you get hit in the face with it for no reason whatsoever. And I’ve learned that that’s ok.

But it still sucks.

It feels isolating because no one talks about it and then trying to explain it to someone that it’s not just a regular nervous feeling to someone who doesn’t get anxiety, kind of makes me feel totally lame. “Well how come they can deal with this totally insignificant thing but I can’t. Why can’t I be normal?”

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Looking Back on 2017

Looking back on the goals I made for 2017,  I actually feel really good about my progress. Obviously I made more progress on some than others but slow progress is better than no progress!

Photograph more

I’m really proud of succeeding with this goal, especially in the last few months.

First time getting a photo published, definitely a freak out moment in this year and it’s definitely framed on my wall by my desk.

watch more baseball

I don’t know if I necessarily watched more baseball, but I did go to a minor league game for the first time in like 11 years and went to a college baseball game for the first time so I saw different baseball!

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Basically Stepping Into Stars Hallow

This obviously isn’t Stars Hallow, but it definitely has a Gilmore Girls feel, right?

I’m really going to miss all these Christmas decorations.  I still have all mine up because it’s just too depressing taking them down but I’m going to be so bummed taking photos now with no jolly decorations! Can we just take a vote and leave the garland and trees up? They don’t even have to have all the ornaments and bows, that way it’s just greenery, totally normal everyday greenery.

Anyway, on to the outfit. I’m basically walking Old Navy ad, but really what’s new?

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Ruffle Sweater + Leather Pants


Can you believe it’s just two days until Christmas? I feel like I’ve been waiting forever and at the same time it came so fast.

I love dressing up on occasion but usually for holidays, I go more casual and comfy. That being said, sometimes I like to dress up on Christmas eve. So this was the outfit I was planning on for tomorrow night with the family. Now who knows if it’ll actually happen, always depends on the weather… and my mood.

This sweater is also my favorite and I want it in all the colors it comes in! This green is one of my favorites and I love the little ruffle at the bottom that makes it just a tad different from your basic sweater.

But let’s talk about the pants for a second, shall we?

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Classic Winter Outfit

On cold days, this is another go-to outfit; a cozy sweater paired with a cute beanie with a fur pom, a warm scarf, some jeans (or leggings) and some ankle boots and I’m good to go.

Winter accessories are just my favorite, it’s so easy to dress super comfy and cozy with absolutely no thought, but still look put together. Through on a sleek camel coat or for those super chilly days, a giant puffy coat, instantly warm and ready to go without looking like you rolled out of bed.

Beanies are also perfect for when you’ve already gone too many days using dry shampoo but can’t fit in the time to wash your hair (because let’s be real, it’s kind of a hassle!) beanies are the best!

I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away! How did time fly so fast? I’ll be taking full advantage of all the Christmas decorations because they’re just so jolly and make all photos that much better. Can we just leave them up all year?

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Black and Brown

Finally another outfit post! It took so long because school started to catch up to me (shout out to my fellow procrastinators!) So I was either doing a ton of homework or exhausted and just taking time to relax and watch Netflix!

However, now that the semester has ended, I have a number of outfit posts planned out and ready to go.

Until I got this sweater a few years ago, I hated pairing black and brown together. Now I wear it more than anything else in my closet and it’s almost always with black jeans or leggings. It’s especially perfect for this crazy Texas weather because it isn’t too thick so those days when it’s freezing in the morning and then warmer in the afternoon, this doesn’t get uncomfortable.

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