From Work to Day to Night: One Shirt – Three Ways

There are days where I have to quickly change between work, running an errand, and then going out, but don’t have a lot of time in between. Instead of picking out three different outfits to wear, I tend to switch out just a few things to change up the look throughout the day. In doing this, I keep one thing a constant—it’s usually a top because bottoms or shoes can easily be switched out.

Here, I’ve taken one of my easier tops and styled it in three different ways—a work outfit, a casual running around outfit, and something I can go to dinner in. Plus, this shows how easily a casual top can transition throughout the day, and how one shirt can be so versatile in your closet.

In the morning, I could start off with something like this—a top, blazer, slacks, and heels. It’s a pretty standard work wear outfit. I don’t know about y’all, but when I get off of work, I want to quickly change into something casual to bum around or run errands in.

Shirt – Marshall’s, Slacks – Banana Republic, Blazer – JC Penney, Pumps – Anne Klein

Which brings us to the second outfit. Here I’ve just thrown off the heels (thank god), taken off the blazer, and put on a pair of jean shorts and my favorite comfy studded mules. I’ll quickly grab my wallet, phone, keys, and cross body bag and head out the door. Oh…I’ll also give my hair a little fluff!

Shirt – Marshall’s, Jean shorts – GAP, Mules and bag – Nine West

Sometimes I’m super lucky and someone will want to hang out with me in the evening. In that case, I can just switch out jean shorts with jeans, put on some comfy heels, add a red lip, and I’m good to go!

Shirt – Marshall’s, High-waisted jeans – American Eagle, Wedges – Charlotte Russe, Clutch – DSW, Lipstick – Heatwave by NARS

I could have created all these looks with a simple black tank, but I thought the red and white stripes would bring a more fun detail to each outfit. If for some reason I can’t make it home, I can also quickly pack a pair of jean shorts or jeans, sandals, a cross-body bag, and a red lipstick in my car and change throughout the day. Boom—three outfits in 12 hours!

New Girl

Y’all I’m sad…the first episode of the last season of New Girl aired yesterday, and I’m already not looking forward to the show ending! (By the way, it was another great episode. Schmidt’s mustache was beyond creepy, but the “Wonder Woman” birthday party theme was everything!) I absolutely love this show, and don’t think I’ve come across an episode I didn’t care for. Each time I re-watch it, I see how creative, talented, witty, and relatable the show really is. I also love all the characters, except for Jess—she gets on my nerves sometimes, but she’s got a few good lines here and there. The three guys are everything, and I totally want to be friends with them. Also, I’m pretty sure Winston is the underdog, but he really has come out to be one of my favorites. I mean bird shirts and Ferguson for life!

I think what I love about the whole show is that when it started the characters were the same age as me, and I’ve kind of just grown with them for the last seven years. It’s also nostalgia overload—throwback 90s and early 2000s songs, the old school references, and with Cece’s awesome character, they throw in some Indian (which I’m always a sucker for). (Speaking of, Hannah Simone is like utterly stunning, and I think her obsession with her cats is hilarious.) The show is completely unrealistic, but I really wouldn’t mind living in a loft with three best guy friends! I have to be honest—I don’t particularly care for Jess and Nick as a couple, but I guess I have seven more episodes to come to terms with that—plus get a good dose of Schmidt’s spastic antics, and weird and completely wrong references to Indian culture because of his love for Cece, Winston’s bird shirts and dumb pranks, Aly who is just great, and hopefully Coach comes back! It’s weird but I’m kind of looking forward to seeing how their journey ends!

I guess I should also mention that I’ve chopped my hair! I wanted a fresh, new start on my 35th birthday this past weekend! I donated around 13 inches of it to Pantene Pro-V’s Beautiful Lengths program, and another two inches was cut off to get the style. I can’t believe I was carrying around 15 inches of hair—I feel like that’s the longest I’ve had it. It’s so weird—I’ve gone short (even shorter than this) quite a few times, but every time I go back, I’m always a little nervous. I got my hair cut like this three years ago, but didn’t really give it a chance before I decided to let it grow out so I could donate it again. However, this time around, I’m having a lot more fun with it, so I think I may keep it like this for a bit longer. I’m still learning how to style it, but can never manage to do what my stylist does! I’ll eventually grow it out again because I want to keep donating it while I still can.

I wore some variation of this outfit in the Glossier post, but wanted to get this one up because I’ve worn this combination a few times already. I had been on the hunt for a good pair of cropped flares for a few months now, and finally came upon these at Old Navy. Being 5’3” I always have to get cropped pants, roll them in, or hem them myself, so the length on these is pretty great. They aren’t too short where they make me look stumpy, and aren’t so long where they don’t give off the cropped effect. Here, I am wearing a size 4. (I normally wear a 6 or 8, so they run a bit big.) I love a good pair of flare jeans, so combining flares with a crop is kind of perfect for me. I also really like the wash on these—I had been looking for a lighter pair of jeans for a while too. I can’t always seem to get a good lighter pair, because I feel like they always accentuate my hips in the wrong way, whereas darker jeans don’t do that as much. But these seem to not have done that, which was another plus!

All of these items are still available: Cardigan – GAP, Tunic/dress – Target, Jeans – Old Navy, Shoes – Charlotte Russe

Isle of Dogs: Special Screening of Wes Anderson’s New Film

I love dogs (*cough* maybe even a bit more than people *cough*). Put them in a movie made by Wes Anderson, and you’ve basically made me crazy happy! Since Wes Anderson is from Houston (that’s right…we got Wes Anderson, Beyoncé, AND Whataburger), he always does a special pre-release screening of his new films at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) for his parents. Then there are a limited number of people who can go, and I was lucky that my friend invited me to his new film Isle of Dogs on Monday night. (I have to admit, when I left my job at the MFAH, I was a bit sad that I would miss these special screenings, because I absolutely adore his movies. We even got to hear from Roald Dahl’s grandson during the screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox!)

I’m not going to give away too much of the movie (NPR has done a great review of it, and in a more eloquent way than I ever could), but I really think it is an awesome watch! If you love dogs, dry humor, drum beats, Wes Anderson movies, sushi (!)…I could go on and on…you will enjoy this movie!

The attention to detail, the creativity (e.g. he uses cotton for the “dust” in the fight scenes), and the design work is just incredible. It truly is another unique and wonderfully created film by Wes Anderson—mixing the love dogs have towards humans and vice-versa, with politics, dog-activists, and Japanese culture—it all makes for a fun and intriguing storyline. Each scene had my full attention. The music is also different than his other movies—definitely with Asian influence and very upbeat—it really gets you going!

I love stop motion animation and to see the impeccable work he and his team put into creating the characters, the scenes, the placement, and every little detail in between is amazing. I dabble in stop motion a bit and I can honestly tell you that they take a lot of time, dedication, and patience to make. To see it being done on this scale is so inspiring. I wish I had even an ounce of that creativity!

Oh! How can I forget about the dogs?! They are absolutely adorable. You’ll immediately be connected to them, and fall in love with them. You can also feel how much they love their humans, and value being guardians. They truly are the most selfless creatures! (Yes, I know…I should get one. Can someone please tell my landlady?!)

The film opens up in three theatres today in Houston. I hope you like it as much as I did!


Trying out Glossier for the First Time

I knew Emily Weiss (aka “Super Intern” – throwback to The Hills) was going to do awesome things, but I really had no idea what a powerhouse she would become. I’m actually completely jealous (in a good, inspirational way!) of how she’s turned her passion into a multi-million dollar business with Into the Gloss and Glossier, and so many women are finding it relatable.

I have to admit, I’ve been hesitant about buying Glossier items because I feel like they are a bit too pricey, and that it just might not work with my skin tone or dry/oily complexion. However, after reading reviews and digging the marketing of it (it’s done really well!), I thought I’d just give them a go. I went ahead and ordered a few items—Boy Brown (in Black), Cloud Paint (in Haze), Wowder (in Dark/Deep), and Lidstar (in Fawn). I had meant to order a Balm Dotcom, but forgot to add it to my shopping basket (whoops).

I’m wearing it all here (in combination with a few other items), and I have to admit, I’m actually really, really liking it. For work and even casual/everyday wear, I like my look to be as natural as possible, with out being actually natural. I like wearing makeup and think it’s fun; plus, it helps boost my mood a bit, but I hate looking too done-up (unless it’s actually for something special). Glossier products are definitely for that no makeup, makeup look! Here are my thoughts on each thing I got:

Boy Brow: This works so good! I fill the gaps in my eyebrows almost every day, and always “set” them with a brow gel. This one has worked really well, with or without the pencil. The only downside is that its way too small, and since I use a brow tamer everyday, this product may run out pretty quickly.

Cloud Paint: I love blushes (it’s my second favorite thing next to mascara), so being a blush-enthusiast, I wanted to try it out. It did not disappoint. A little goes a long way and just gives a nice, sheer, natural tint to your cheeks, which lasts for a good amount of the day. Plus, it’s buildable. The only thing about it is, that it can stain your fingers, so you may need to use a makeup wipe after.

Wowder: I have a hard time matching foundation, concealer, and powder to my skin tone—with this coming in only three colors, I was hesitant about buying it. I feel like my skin tone changes quite a bit throughout the year, and I can’t stick to one shade all year-round. (It took like 20 attempts the other day at Sephora to finally find me a good full coverage foundation!) This is also why I stayed away from Glossier skin tint and concealer—there’s no way any of those would work with my color.

I’m actually surprised how Wowder is working on me. With the humidity and heat that starts to roll in in March, my skin becomes much oilier. For the past few weeks, this has actually helped to tame it without feeling too cake-y or matte, so I’m kind of into it. It’s easy to apply it, and the color actually suited my skin tone. I didn’t buy the Glossier brush that is recommended with it because I didn’t hear too many good reviews about it. Instead, I’ve been using an E.L.F. Blurring Brush that I picked up for a few dollars, and it’s been working great.

Lidstar (it looks like a test tube!): This was an impulse purchase, and Glossier had just come out with it. I love easy eye make up, and this is as easy as it gets. I applied a little bit onto my lid using the applicator, and used my finger to blend it out. It has a nice subtle shimmer to it, and would be good for every day wear. I don’t wear it every day, but maybe like once a week, just to give me a bit of bounce. I’m not 100% sure if I’d get another color, but this one will last me quite awhile anyways.

In a nutshell, I’ve been pretty happy with my Glossier purchases. If you’re wondering whether or not to get something, I’d go with some simpler items—Balm Dotcom, Cloud Paint, Boy Brow, etc. and see if you like those first. They also have skincare products, but my skin is way too sensitive, so I have to be careful with things.

The other makeup items I’m wearing are Bobbi Brown foundation, a little Urban Decay concealer, Cover Girl Total Tease mascara, RMS Magic Luminizer (highlighter), and Charlotte Tilbury lip liner (in Pillow Talk).

Outfit: Dress/tunic – Target (old); also styled here (as a dress) and here (with faux leather pants), jeans and cardigan – Old Navy, sandals – Charlotte Russe

This outfit is something I threw on last week for a casual Friday. I love wearing tunic-like dresses with jeans and heels. I also do this with some of my dresses that have gotten a little short (eeek!), so I can keep them around in my closet. Plus, it’s a different way to style your dresses in the colder months, if you don’t want to wear leggings, yet again.

The Outfit My Mom Hates

Shorts, boots, and a long-sleeved shirt—the one outfit my Mom can’t stand.

Every time I wear some combination of this, my Mom always says, “I don’t understand this…if you think you’re going to be cold, why not just wear pants?!” Then she goes on to talk about how kids these day dress (I’m unmarried, so in her eyes, I’m still a kid), how she used to put me in the cutest, frilliest dresses because that was her thing, how the boots don’t make any sense, and a couple of other things—then I take her to JC Penney. Done.

Everything my Mom says is so true (she’s hardly ever wrong.) Really though—nothing about this combination makes sense, it’s just super comfortable. When the warmer days start rolling in, I have a hard time letting go of boots, but an easy time of grabbing shorts. So I guess I compromise with myself, and the weather. I tried to tell my Mom that one day—she just asked if I needed some new pants. Cool.

My Mom is also the one who convinced me to buy this light gray blazer. I was going to buy yet another pair of black workout pants, when she made a face at the pants and said, “Don’t you have enough of those. You always wear that. You’ll wear the jacket more…it’s so much nicer!” I was convinced. That woman really knows how to get to me.

The outfit with the blazer is something I’d wear out to dinner or something fun (if I could wear this to work, I’d be all about that life), while the second one is a more casual take on it. I’m a notorious tan shoe wearer, but these gold booties have easily become a “tan” pair in my closet. I was a bit hesitant to get them, thinking they’d be a bit too flashy for every day wear, but I’ve been swapping out tan for these, and it adds just a bit of fun to some outfits.

This sea green sweatshirt is made out of a light, super soft material. I haven’t been able to go a week without wearing it! If you are ever looking for light-weight, easy, comfortable wear—the GAP soft spun knits are awesome. You can mix and match pieces, plus they are great for layering. This gray top and skirt I posted last year is one combo, I also picked up a ¾ sleeve black top and matching shorts, and recently got this striped dress, which I can’t wait to bust out, with hot days ahead.

Today is also the first day of spring! I haven’t been able to enjoy our better weather at all because of allergies, but managed to survive through these photos. In case you missed it, I did a tutorial in my last post on how to get these waves in your hair. This is actually what my hair starts to look like when it falls for a good 30 minutes (in the video, I didn’t really let my hair fall, so it looks a bit more wavy).

I’ll be back next week to wrap-up March, and share a few favorites!

Sweatshirt – GAP, Blazer – JC Penney, Shorts and gray tassel necklace – Charlotte Russe, Boots – Old Navy, Tan tassel bag – Nine West, Loafers – DSW

How To Get These Beach Waves

Every now and then I get asked how I do my wavy hair, and to do a tutorial. I am always a little hesitant about doing tutorials because I feel like there are tons of great beauty/hair bloggers and vloggers out there that put up awesome videos! However, I wanted to share the technique and products that I really like with you, and thought I’d make an attempt at turning this into a video, rather than just writing it. So please don’t hate me if it’s not that good!

I apologize in advance for the fact that this video is just shy of 20 minutes. I went through the entire process from just-washed hair to the final style. I also talk about a few products and styling tools that I love, and explain the technique a few times. (I do use a curling wand, but you can also use a curling iron and just not open the clamp.)

I really want to say that this style is effortless and takes little time, but that is not entirely true. Like all of you, I’m always looking for easy, fast ways to do things. However, it does take some practice using a curling wand, and the amount of time it takes depends on your hair length and texture. But I promise, once you get the hang of it—it’s easy! The key is to practice, and let the hair “fall” for a bit to create that loose, flowy effect!

Below the video, are all the products and tools that I use for the look. I also provide a few alternatives to products that I’ve been using for a while now, and really like as well.) I hope you enjoy this, and pick up a tip or two!

Products to Prep Hair
L’oreal Sleek It Iron Straight Heat Spray (another option: Living Proof Restore Instant Protection)
L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum (another option: Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil)

Styling Tools
Conair Infiniti Pro Dryer
GHD 1” Flat Iron (optional, if you need to straighten your hair a bit)
Bedhead Curlipop 1” Wand
Jaw clips
Flat sectioning clips
Wide-tooth comb
Pintail comb (has a pointed end to help get the part you like)

Finishing Products
Ouai Wave Spray (alternative option: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray)
Kristen Ess Water Based Pomade
Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hair Spray (My absolute favorite hair spray for over 10 years! It’s optional, if you want a stronger hold.)

Bring on March

March is finally here! Even though I’m a mess of allergies, and can’t really enjoy the few weeks where you can roll down your car windows without choking on pollen, I am so excited for the month. I feel like it’s finally a fresh start to the year. It’s spring, daylight savings time begins (yes to having daylight till 9 p.m.!), and this year’s The Bachelor finally ends tonight (thank god)!

If you follow me on the blog, you know I am all about The Bachelor, but this season…ugh. I couldn’t really get on board with any of the girls, Arie was a sack of wet potatoes, and Chris Harrison was worse than ever (seriously, I need a #firechrisharrison movement to happen). I thank the stars every day that (1) the Olympics were on for two weeks during, so I got to see some real freaking talent and (2) I was not casted during the audition. I seriously would have taken one look at Arie, ran in for the free champagne, and hopped right back into the limo.

If you watched my Instagram stories at the beginning of the year, I did do a little running commentary of The Bachelor—this lasted three weeks. This season has been nothing if not an incredibly lame snooze fast, and Arie, if he isn’t looking like a dumb, spaced out deer in headlights, is just disgustingly sucking face with the girl in front of him. I had to stop my weekly rants because I just couldn’t get myself to type out #boringArie anymore. When Eva Chen (only the coolest person in the world) can’t stand watching the show or Arie, then you know something is wrong.

The season culminated last night with what has to be the most awful finale. Spoiler Alert: Long story short, stupid boring Arie asked Becca to marry him, then six-weeks later changed his mind, and is now with runner-up Lauren, who is basically just another Emily. This does not shock me at all. Becca is smart, cool, and brunette, Arie’s always had a thing for blonde girls. So that explains that. Not only did ABC film Arie and Becca’s breakup (poor girl thought they were going away on a weekend adventure), but then they also aired the entire break-up, unedited for 45-minutes. And nothing happened…not a single thing! I’ve literally had more fun waiting for paint to dry on my walls. Unfortunately, this lameness continues today. (Not going to lie though…I can’t wait for next season!)

On a WAY more fun note, it’s Houston Rodeo season again—I even kicked-off the season by participating in the Rodeo Run! Running through a bit of Downtown Houston, being cheered on by Rodeo parade goers, seeing the trail riders come in and everyone’s enthusiasm, and running the full 5K—what a fun experience! I’m also excited to see both Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton this year.

I’m so ready to trade out my fall/winter wardrobe for a spring/summer one, but this outfit has transitioned nicely into the warmer days. I got the inspiration from this outfit on Sezane. This belt is a guitar strap my cousin got for me from Chile. I’m a bit obsessed with it, and have worn it as a belt on a dress, wrapped around this black sweatshirt/cardigan, and just as a regular belt on pants. These flats are fairly new, and I love the white/black combo. The only issue I have with them is that I’m always super focused on making sure I don’t scuff them, or get marks on the white space. So I can’t just put them on, and not worry about it! I even carry them in my bag, instead of wearing them on my morning walk/train ride to work because I don’t want to get them dirty. I probably should have thought about that before I bought them, but I just really liked the style. They are easily transitioning into my spring wardrobe, and add just a touch of sophistication to any outfit I pair them with.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to March, and I apologize for The Bachelor rant, but it can’t just be me, right?!

Outfit: Black sweatshirt/cardigan – Banana Republic (old); Jeans – GAP; Shoes – Nine West (DSW); Belt – gift (from Chile)

Winter (as in Texas “Winter”) Uniform

I don’t particularly care to discuss the weather over here, but Houston’s been pretty weird these last few weeks. It’s “ice-snowed,” been frozen, most days are just dull, gray, and actually cold, and it rains…just rains. For a Houstonian, this is pretty much miserable.

I’ve also spent most of my waking time attempting to stay warm with space heaters and a heating pad (my place has the absolute worst insulation), and catching up on Grace and Frankie (thank god I haven’t watched the last three seasons, because it was SO good to binge watch), and the Winter Olympics. (Could Adam Rippon be any cuter?) If you’ve been watching, there really have been some amazing moments so far! I swear I get such a high watching snowboarding in the Winter Olympics as I do when I watch swimming in the Summer Olympics, and of course, figure skating is my gymnastics.

I always wished that I had been more athletic when I was younger, or pushed my parents to put me in some kind of sport. I get a teeny bit jealous watching these athletes, especially the 17-year olds ones win gold medals! Alas, I thought chess club, collecting stickers, and reading Ramona Quimby books were my calling. Not sure if anything has changed—I still love Ramona, except I’ve traded chess for Hulu, and collect ink pens over stickers. I’m bummed that the games end this weekend. Maybe because of them, I’ll muster up enough courage to try out snowboarding one day OR maybe I’ll just stick to walking, and hope my ankle doesn’t give out.

I don’t know about everyone else, but after a few cold months, I wake up most mornings without the momentum to put together a cute outfit or dress up. Not sure if it’s the drag of having to wear a thick coat and rain boots (something I’m so not used to), or just being lazy. I would much rather walk around in black workout pants and a sweatshirt. With it being like this, my winter uniform has been some combination of a dress or long-shirt, warm cardigan or chunky sweater, opaque black tights, and boots. Nothing special, but it has been really comfortable. Unlike most Houstonians who can just jump into their warm cars, I do have to drive, take the train, walk, and do it all again in the evening, so staying warm and being comfortable are so key. I say this every year, but I can’t wait for the days of 100-degree weather, and jean shorts all day…every day.

Dress – Old Navy (similar), Cardigan – Forever 21 (eek! from so long ago), Neck tie – Target, Tights – Marhall’s, Boots – DSW 

Plaid Suit – Three Ways

A decade ago, I owned around 15-20 pairs of suits (my job had a serious dress code.) Today, I own two…they’re really not my thing! (The other week, I accidentally ripped a hole in the lining of one, so now I just own 1 ½.)

I’ve seen suit styles evolve over the last few years—they’ve gotten really chic, and you can dress them up or down. While my current profession does require the occasional suit, I prefer to take a more business casual approach, so I am not filling my closet with things that I don’t particularly care to wear. When I came across these two pieces at Banana Republic, I was excited. It’s a suit, without really being a suit. I can amp up the pieces to be completely professional, or take a more casual look by separating the top from the bottom.

Here are three different ways I styled this plaid suit. Unfortunately, I just checked Banana’s website and they no longer carry these two pieces online. The stores may still have them, and I’m sure they will come out with something similar soon.

The Plaid Suit

Two matching pieces, patterned, and when worn together the outfit looks quite professional. If I wanted it to look even more professional (which I’ve actually never done, which is why I didn’t take a picture of it), I could just thrown on a blazer (I’d most likely do black).

By the way, I realize that in these pictures the colors in the top don’t exactly match the colors in the bottoms. I’m not quite sure what happened…I think it was the lighting in my apartment, but they really are matching!

Plaid top – Banana Republic, Plaid pants – Banana Republic, Nude pumps – Anne Klein, Bracelet – Contemporary Art Museum, Houston

The Casual Look

This is probably my favorite of the three looks, and the one I feel the most comfortable in. I’m lucky that I can wear jeans to work, so this is something I’ll throw on for a more casual day. I could have even worn the top with a pair of simple black slacks and pumps.

Black blazer – Ross, Black jeans – GAP, Black/white loafers – Nine West (from DSW)

The Business Professional Look

This is something I’ll put together if I have a day of important meetings, a work event, etc. I could have shown you quite a few different tops, but I chose to show the style that I would gravitate to, hence the more t-shirt like top. I also think a dressy blouse, or textured top would look great.

White blazer – JC Penny, Gray t-shirt – Old Navy, Black/gold pumps – Donald J Pliner, Green cross body purse – DSW 

With pieces like this, you can recreate quite a few different outfits, especially if you’re not huge into suits like I am. This is definitely my favorite version of the non-suit, and I’m glad I invested in a couple of pieces that I know can adapt to my closet.

Also, if you’re like me, and have a hard time finding good dress pants—try the Sloan pant from Banana Republic.  The fit and material are great, and they have a nice slimming pencil leg effect. Being only 5’3”, I actually didn’t have to get them hemmed. (Here I am wearing a petite, size 2.)

Milk and Honey

are your own
soul mate

–from milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

One of my goals for 2018 is to read one book a month. This may come easy to a lot of people, but I had to consciously make this a priority because I have a bad habit of streaming shows at night, when I should be doing something more productive, or even sleeping! This year, I really wanted to make an effort to read more, and branch out in various genres of books.

For January, I chose Rupi Kaur’s milk & honey. I came to find out who she was through a few Instagrammers I follow, when she released her new book last year, the sun and her flowers. I’m not huge into poetry, but after reading a few of her pieces, I was curious about the rest of her work—especially being South Asian and all.

Her proses are quick and to the point. (It won’t take long to finish the whole book, but I have to admit there were times when I had to take a bit of break.) Her pieces are beautifully written, and some really get into your heart and head. Others were tough to read, and made me sad.

She explores a range of topics, and you’re bound to be connected to a few. The last chapter of the book, the healing, is the one that I felt the most connection to. Here are a few of my favorites, throughout the book.

i struggle so deeply
to understand
how someone can
pour their entire soul
blood and energy
into someone
without wanting
anything in

She writes, “– i will have to wait till i’m a mother” at the end of this. My Mom immediately came to mind, at the fourth line. I feel lucky to have one who completely embodies this—is selfless and has always done this for me, my brother, and my Dad.

do not bother holding on to
that thing that does not want you
–you cannot make it stay

it takes grace
to remain kind
in cruel situations

Hilary Clinton, after the 2016 election, is the first person I thought of as soon as I read this. 

i like the way the stretch marks
on my thighs look human and
that we’re so soft yet
rough and jungle wild
when we need to be
i love that about us
how capable we are of feeling
how unafraid we are of breaking
and tend to our wounds with grace
just being a women
calling myself
a women
makes me utterly whole
and complete

your art
is not about how many people
like your work
your art
is about
if your heart likes your work
if your soul likes your work
it’s about how honest
you are with yourself
and you
must never
trade honesty
for relatability
–to all you young poets

If you’re looking to read a selection of poems that speak to you, and are easy to read, I would definitely get this one. I’m hoping she does a book tour stop in Houston, as I’d love to hear her read in person. I’ll grab her second book later this year, but up next is, “A Wrinkle in Time”—which I’m super excited about!

Outfit details: dress (similar – model wears it without a belt) and booties (old) – Old Navy, belt (old) – Zara, hair ribbon (leftover material) – Joann Fabric and Crafts 

Outfit talk: I have to admit, I struggled a bit with how my hair should be styled with this dress! With beach waves and the white embroider at the top, it just looked like I had too much going on. I tried it with milkmaid braids, and that made me feel like yodeling, and with just straightened hair, it looked a bit boring. Then I decided to try out just a sleek pony tail, and for fun throw on a ribbon. I really wasn’t too sure about the ribbon—I don’t think I’ve worn one in my hair since junior high (!), but I actually don’t mind it here. Cinched at the waist with a belt, it fits my figure better than when I wore it loose. It’s also long enough so that if I do belt it, it doesn’t ride up like some other dresses do. I absolutely love the white embroider on this dress, especially at the arm cuffs. I definitely see this transitioning from season to season—I can layer it, belt it, or add a professional look to it by just throwing on a white blazer.