Happy Monday! It's Stitchfix time!

If you haven't heard of Stitchfix here are the deets: 
1) Go the link, sign up and fill out all the info they ask for about your personal tastes, they'll hook you up with a stylist who'll send you a box with 5 items that they think will look great on you, based on what you tell them.
2) Pay a $20 styling fee which includes the box shipped to you and goes toward your purchase should you choose to keep anything in the box. 
3) Get your box (which you can set up on auto for once a month or schedule them as you wish) and try on your items! You have 3 days to decide and there's a free shipping bag included to send back what you don't want.

Here's a look at what I got this round:

Bay to Baubles: Constance Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace $34

Thin chain, just the right length. I'm really picky about my jewelry, especially necklaces (I hate stuff around my neck) but really felt comfortable with this. A simple statement piece. Keeping it!

Pixley: Samy Woven Dress $74

I loved how flowy this dress was and it's rather lightweight and comfy. The length was great. I just decided not to keep it because I really have nowhere to wear a nice dress and this one seemed a bit nicer than something I could wear casually. 

Pixley: Messi Lattice Neckline Knit Top $68

I chose to dress this top up two different ways. The first one is a bit dressier, I paired it with a midi skirt and nude heels. The second look is probably how I would wear it more often. I love the detail at the top and how loose and flowy it was. Definite keeper. 

Papermoon: Georgie Knit Tank $38

 Love this top so much! Perfect summer layering top. I put a long blazer/vest with it (Forever21). This will be a new staple.

There was also a pair of denim boyfriend shorts in this box but they just really weren't my color so I didn't even try. I've been very picky with my "keep" items lately as I'm working on building a solid spring/summer wardrobe with less, but everything can be mixed and matched in different ways. Simplicity is key.

Want to give it a try? There's nothing to lose, even if you only do it once, it's a super fun experience. GO HERE to read more and sign up!

a haircut and lessons in self confidence

A few weeks ago I finally admitted to myself that I wasn't ready to grow my hair out (which was ironic because I was already at a bob). I felt for some reason I needed to grow my hair out, that it was just time to have long hair. I really was fooling myself, because I've come to be more comfortable with experimenting with my short hair. 

This was the first cut:
I kept the undercut on the side but the whole thing just still felt too much like a bob for me. I was constantly pulling it back and just avoiding actually styling it. I've gotten busier over the past few weeks and taking care of myself was put on the back burner. SO, I made an appointment this weekend for a trim but ended up just going for it. 
This is about the shortest it's been in a very long time and I'm still getting used to styling it, but I'm loving it. 

I'll be honest, within minutes of having it cut, all of the old familiar feelings of oh my gosh what did I just do? When you cut your hair this short you can't rely on your hair to make you feel more feminine, to hide a zit, make me feel more beautiful when I'm having a fat day. When your hair is short, all of your insecurities about how you look are wide in the open, and it's quite the adjustment if it's something you're not prepared for.

Even in 2015, long hair is still the standard for feminine beauty. The majority of women we see in movies and media have long hair, if they have short hair, they're usually cute little petite women. The number one thing I hear from people is that they could never cut their hair short, "I just don't have the face". So let me put this out there: IF YOU HAVE A FACE, YOU CAN HAVE SHORT HAIR. 

I can tell you, and I know many women who can attest to this, they never regret cutting their hair. They learned so much about themselves and how they view themselves, and it resulted in a more positive body image. Now, I'm not advocating for you to just go out and chop all of your hair off (unless you've been wanting to, then by all means get to chopping!) but what I'm trying to get across here is that beauty is what we make it. Whether your hair is long or short, whether you're curvy or stick straight, you're beautiful. You're beautiful if you have freckles, or if you're on the pale side. You're beautiful if your skin is always red, if you have birthmarks. 

So, the moral of the story here: just be yourself, be what's most you, do what you feel comfortable with and don't worry about what society and what everyone else is telling you to be. You're beautiful and the length of your hair or shape of your body has nothing to do with that beauty. 

everyday style vol 1.

Now, let me preface this post with a warning: I'm not a fashion blogger. I'm barely a blogger. So I'm not delving into a new horizon where I believe I can expel fashion advice to the masses. I've just been on quite a style journey over the past couple of years, really finding in enjoyment in trying to look somewhat put together and still practical and comfortable. If I can do it, you can, too! 

Ok, I'm glad we got that out of the way. 

I decided to start a series on the blog dedicated to totally doable, everyday style for just about anyone. Many fashion bloggers I see online are very much not my body type. I'm sure I'm not many people's body type either. I see things that look super cute on other women and would make me look like a beached whale on drugs. I'm hoping to provide a little bit of variety? I don't know.

I'm not going to have a million photos of an outfit and the details over and over. I just don't have the time or patience. Also, almost all the photos will be selfies done with a remote or timer and once again, I just don't have time for a million detail photos. I think if you see the photo you get the picture. I don't need need to take photos of myself at multiple angles to show what I threw together that day, around here we keeps it reals. 

So yeah. I can't promise everything I wear will look awesome together but I can promise I'll be wearing an outfit. Like, I'll have clothes on. Keepin' the expectations low, great strategy!

Shoes: DSW / Pants: Lou & Grey / Tank: Tailgate Clothing / Jacket: Lucy

Shoes: DSW / Jeans: Madewell (similar) / Tee: Madewell / Purse: Fossil (similar)

Shoes: Target / Leggings: Lorna Jane / Tank: Amuse / Sunnies: Urban Outfitters

Boots: Madewell (similar) / Jeans: Gap / Top: Lou & Grey / Bag: Fossil (similar) / headband: me :)

Sandals : Target / Jumper: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Stitchfix

Shoes: Target / Pants: Stitchfix / Top: Old Navy (similar) / Bag: Fossil (similar) / Hat: similar