Category Archives: Inspirational

Sunday Reading: Links I Love

Happy Sunday, kids! Hope you’ve had a relaxing and fun weekend! Keep reading for some of my favorites from around the interwebs this week:

I love finding new blogs and I especially love it when those bloggers feature a mix of clothes for both work and play. The Washingtonian did an article on blogger Maria Abad of Maria on Point titled ‘What I Wear to Work‘. After checking out her blog, I’m a fan.


I’m LOVING these nude ankle strap wedge pumps. Darn you, Lent.

One of my fave DC bloggers, District Sparkle, shows how to pack SIX pairs of shoes and a week’s worth of work outfits in a carry on. My kind of packing.

As a twenty-something in my first job, I can appreciate this post: What to buy for spring when you’re on an intern budget.

Read this RIGHT NOW: 18 Things Women Shouldn’t Have to Justify.

Also, I’m LOVING this article: ‘Why Can’t a Smart Woman Love Fashion?‘ This is the author of the TED Talk featured in Beyonce’s ‘Flawless’. Ladies who love fashion yet are still striving to be taken seriously.. READ THIS NOW.

Bookshelf setup

I have always been one of those readers who has so many books that I have to actually use my bookshelf to hold books. (I refuse to get a Kindle, sorry I’m not sorry – I like the physicality of a book.) BUT I recently moved a bunch of my books to Pittsburgh to fill our new bookshelves there which freed up some space on the ones in my current bedroom.

This allowed me to remove a little clutter in my closet and put some shoes on my bookshelves:

I have so many shoes, why not decorate with them?

I have so many shoes, why not decorate with them?

A few of my favorite sparkly shoes serve as accent pieces.

A few of my favorite sparkly shoes serve as accent pieces.

Love this C. Wonder Box that Seth's mother got me for Christmas.

Love this C. Wonder Box that Seth’s mother got me for Christmas.

Can you tell I like A's and monograms?

Can you tell I like A’s and monograms?

LOVE this hashtag I found at Marshall's. A few of my favorite copies on WV Weddings.

LOVE this hashtag I found at Marshall’s. A few of my favorite copies on WV Weddings.

My bookshelves are one of my favorite parts of my room. They serve multiples purposes – from actual bookshelves, to shoe shelves, to holding some of my favorite treasures from my childhood and fun decorations.

How do you have your bookshelves set up?







Weekend Faves: Links I love

Happy Sunday, everyone! Tomorrow it’s back to the grind, but on the bright side, most of us will have a short week this week thanks to the rapidly approaching Thanksgiving holiday!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, are you stumped about what to wear? College Candy has a roundup of 7 Affordable Dresses that won’t offend your granny.

Something I loved from EliteDaily – 100 Things Every Twenty-something needs to realize. A few I liked:

  • THIS: You should always do your best to look your best because it will make you feel your best.
  • You need at least an hour to make yourself presentable
  • Being in a relationship is not a reason to let yourself go.
  • Time itself is an illusion. Always think: “I’ll be there before I know it.” And you’ll prove yourself right each time.

Only Valentino can make a dress that costs more than a year of college tuition, and make it seem totally worth it.

Ever wonder what the Girl Code entails? Elle explains it. I especially like this one:


“Never treat other women disrespectfully: It gives men ideas.”

Forbes gives you 10 Ways to Become Better at Your Job today.

Check out the last meals of famous people who have died.

Loving this DIY messy french twist:

Are you loving the plaid scarf trend as much as I am this season? I just bought the Zara scarf posted in this Glitter Guide post 11 must-have plaid scarves for this season:

Sunday Reading: Links I love

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all have had a fabulous weekend as I have and are sipping coffee or maybe brunching and reading this.

Here are a few things that caught my eye on the interwebs this week:

If you’re a coffee drinker, you will appreciate Coffee and Espresso Drinks Explained. I myself am a black coffee kinda gal, if not simply because it’s simple to order and extremely difficult to screw up. (Plus I’m never that jerk in line that has a complicated order.)

Did you know there is a coffee drink called a doppio? Yeah, me either.

Parks & Rec returned to TV this week (oh, Amy, how I’ve missed you so) along with most fall TV. If you’re like me, you have a HUGE girl crush on Amy Poehler. Want to be her best friend? Here’s what she looks for in a best friend.

Looking for some good reading this fall? PureWow did a roundup of movies coming to the silver screen this fall that are based on books. Can’t wait.

Seriously guys, there are some good reads on this list.

Call me, maybe‘ is an interesting look into our technology addiction and why certain aspects of it are more harmful than helpful when it comes to productivity.

If you’re like me, you sometimes have trouble transitioning from summer to fall fashion. Check out Yahoo’s 9 Ways to Wear Your Summer Clothes Into Fall.

Halloweeeenie is coming up! I personally LOVE Halloween and am always SO excited to come up with an awesome costume. Refinery 29 made a list of 10 easy and fun Halloween costumes and they are seriously hilarious. Seriously? Dibs on hot dogs or legs!!

Time for your weekly heart-melting. How about 27 children’s movies that are wise beyond their? Seriously, sometimes you never realize how profound some of these movies are. I love it.

Real Girl Real Style: Frugal Fashionista

This weekend was relatively uneventful for me. I worked all day Saturday and attended a family reunion on Sunday. AKA I don’t really have any weekend snapshots to share. So, I thought I would start the week of by sharing some Real Girl Real Style pics. These inspiration photos are from two blogs I follow; Bows and Sequins and

Love this army green style from Bows and Sequins.

Love this army green style from Bows and Sequins.

Jessica of Bows and Sequins‘ outfit is slightly higher priced than mine. Her outfit is Anne Taylor, Zara and J.Crew, while my dress Target (got it on sale!), shoes are Forever 21 and my belt is from H&M.

My second inspiration photo is from My Style Vita:

My look is: Top Marshall's, Shrorts American Eagle, Vintage Belt, Target sandals

My look is: Top Marshall’s, Shrorts American Eagle, Vintage Belt, Target sandals

I wore this look to a family reunion picnic yesterday, so I dressed is down by not wearing wedges and opting for flat sandals instead.

I’m excited that this week holds more extremely warm summer weather as I still have a few summer pieces I want to get more wear out of. Hope you are all feeling inspired to dress fabulously this week! Happy Monday!

Real Girl, Real Style – Frugal Fashionista’s Pinspiration

Since buying my denim vest a couple months ago, I’ve been trying to work it into my wardrobe rotation as much as possible.

Last Friday, I wore this ‘casual Friday’ look to work. I get inspiration from everywhere, but especially from magazines and Pinterest. When I have a new item, or a piece I’m trying to wear in a new way, I often take to Pinterest.

I got this outfit inspiration from Pinterest, and of course had to style it the Frugal Fashionista way:

Vest: Levi's, Tshirt: Target, Pants: Gap, Shoes: BCBG

Vest: Levi’s, Tshirt: Target, Pants: Gap, Shoes: BCBG, Bangles: Forever 21

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?

Make the world dance…

The last few weeks have been insanely stressful for me. It’s officially 2013, which means in just a few short months, I will be finishing grad school and will officially be thrown head first into the “real world”. So, I’ve started applying for jobs and trying to decide where I’m going to end up (Pittsburgh, DC and Charleston are my top choices).

Everyone has been posting this video on their pages lately, and it really hit home for me:

“This is life people! You got air coming through your nose! You got a heart beating! That means it’s time to do somethin!”

“Keep going, keep going, keep going. What if Michael Jordan had quit? Well, he did quit, well, retired. But BEFORE that, in high school, what if he had quit when he didn’t make the team? He would have never made Space Jam! And I love Space Jam. What will you create thaat will make the world awesome?”

“We can cry about it, or we can dance about it. We were made to be awesome. It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance. So get to it. Create something that will make the world awesome.”

I’m inspired.

We made a deal ages ago, we’re soulmates.

Tuesday, I was fortunate that my amazing friends Mallory and Katie came to town for ‘Sushi Tuesday’ (a tradition for us when we were all in school at OU) and a few drinks. This wasn’t just any visit, though, because Mallory and Katie have both moved on from OU and started their new lives one in Columbus and one is stationed in Germany in the US Army.

I’ve posted before about how my core group of friends from college has scattered across the country – California, Oklahoma, Illinois and various places in Ohio. When my final year at OU started in August, it really hit home that I would be having to spend the year that’s supposed to be the best without some of my very best friends. It was a tough idea to swallow.

Drinking our signature drink in one of our favorite places.

As I caught up with two of my best friends, I couldn’t help but smile because it was like no time had even passed since we’d been sitting in our favorite bar, drinking our favorite drinks talking and laughing and being ridiculous. When I had to say goodbye, I kind of lost it. Mallory is flying across the world to where she’s stationed in Germany, and won’t be back anytime soon. Yes, we talk, but it’s just not the same sometimes.

After all this I couldn’t help but think of the Sex and the City episode, when Charlotte suggests that the girls are each others soul mates, and men are just these great, nice guys to have fun with.

Doesn’t it make life just a little bit easier knowing that your friends, no matter how far around the world or across the country they are, are your soulmates? That no matter what you do or what happens, you’ll always be friends? It certainly makes my days a little better.

So here’s to you, my amazing friends, no matter where you are. You’re my soulmates, and you always will be.

A Reminder of What’s Important

This morning as I browsed through the blogs I follow, I came across one post that I really enjoyed from Bows and Sequins. She posted this on her blog, and I thought it was a great message, so I wanted to share:

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very
large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the
important things–your family, your children, your health, your
friends and your favorite passions–and if everything else was lost
and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else–the small stuff. “If you put the sand
into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles
or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time
and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play
with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your
spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to
clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls
first–the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is
just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee
represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

A great way to help you remember the important things.

Happy Monday!


Things I Learned This Week

Last week, I had a crappy week. It just seemed like one thing after another was going wrong and I couldn’t catch a break. And it was my own fault.

After expressing  my sorrows in a dramatic woe-is-me Tweet (yeah, I know, who am I?) my mother Tweeted me back (yep, that’s as weird as it sounds. Sorry mom, it is!) “Sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield.”

Amen to that.

Then, the other morning as I was browsing Pinterest and trying to wake up, I came across this quote:

It really hit home for me. My dad always says, “Just remember in a year, you’ll be laughing about this stuff.” Exactly. My crappy week will be a faint memory a year from now. We have to choose to sing as we climb, because regardless of your state of mind, you still have to climb.

One of my favorite quotes by Winston Churchill:

…Because we still have to climb.

Still having a crappy day? Check out Buzzfeed’s 23 Ways to Have A Better Day.