October favorites

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Now that it's the end of the month, I've decided to put up a youtube video of some of my favorite things from October. So here it is!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Zooey Deschanel

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It feels like I've been waiting for Taylor Swift's new album for the longest time and I was so excited to finally hear it. Like with each of her albums, I chilled out on my bed, liner notes in hand, ready to go, and listened.

After the initial shock of ohmygoshnewTaylormusic, I actually had thoughts about each of the songs and which ones could become my favorites, {a very hard decision to make.} and I've written them down for you.
Disclaimer: These are very biased and all over the place thoughts. Now that that's out of the way.......

Welcome to New York: I feel like Taylor always has really good opening tracks, and I fell in love with this one the moment she released it. It makes me want to take the next flight to NY and stay for a really long time.

Blank Space: Definitely on my top five. The beat is so catchy and the lyrics are clever in her most signature way.

Style: More of a retro feel that I really love and the hook is genius.

Out of the Woods: Jam. So much jam.

All You Had To Do Was Stay: Another catchy beat. My favorite line? "People like me are gone forever when you say goodbye."

Shake It Off: Twenty years from now I will still be yelling the words to this song alone in my car. Callin' it now.

I Wish You Would: After all these years she still likes talking about 2AM. The lyrics are kind of sad when you think about it.

Bad Blood: The chorus might be one of my favorite things ever. Yes.

Wildest Dreams: So. much. Lana Del Rey. Makes me long for a duet. Also, the vocal range on this track kills.

How You Get the Girl: Adorable. I feel like this could be in one of those cliche movies where the guy comes running up to the girl's doorstep in the rain. And I would love it.

This Love: So pretty and although I've never been in love, this track makes me more aware of the beautiful and terrifying feelings that come with it. The "oh"s in the chorus are everything.

I Know Places: Really like the concept of this song. Favorite line? "They are the hunters, we are the foxes."

Clean: Perfect closing track. Sad and beautiful. Her secret message in the album notes for this one is "She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything." And that makes me feel all kinds of things. 

Bonus tracks:
Wonderland: More of a dark song that I really love.

You Are In Love: More of the emotions that come with falling in love and it's put together wonderfully.

New Romantics: This is more of an empowering track and super fun. I want to live by the line "We are too busy dancing to get knocked off our feet."

Before this album, Red was my favorite. Lyrically and emotionally, it struck something in me. This time though, Taylor has outdone herself. Okay, so the girl could decide to sing the contents of a take-out menu and I'd be all over it, but this album is beautiful and fun and unexpected and so Taylor. I'm in love.

Listen to these now:

Blank Space by Taylor Swift on Grooveshark

Out Of The Woods by Taylor Swift on Grooveshark

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift on Grooveshark

Clean by Taylor Swift on Grooveshark

How to style... the plain white tee

Monday, October 27, 2014

how to style plain white tee

The plain white tee is an essential staple for any wardrobe. There are so many ways to dress it up or wear it down, depending on how you feel like wearing it. 

How do you like to style white tees?

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Music to help get you writing

Friday, October 24, 2014

Music is a big part of inspiration for me when I'm writing. Unfortunately, if I'm listening to pandora or even a record, sometimes I start to focus more on singing along than on actually writing. So I decided to create a playlist of music that won't distract me as much. I love instrumental covers and I find them relaxing and inspiring. Hopefully you do too!

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If we were having coffee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I've seen a number of "virtual coffee date" posts before, but I've never actually done one. I feel like I'm chatting with you over coffee anyway, so I've decided to expand on it. So let's chat, shall we?

If we were having coffee... I'd have a pumpkin spice latte because it just feels wrong to have anything else this time of year.

I'd ask you how you're doing, really doing.

I'd tell you how much I'm ready for Christmas, even though it's not even Halloween.

Speaking of Halloween, I'd ask you if you've gotten a costume figured out yet.

I'd tell you how indescribably excited I am for Taylor Swift's new album next week. 

I'd tell you about the crazy things Stevie does, like attempting to murder grasshoppers and pretending the kitchen table is actually monkey bars. {Yeah, that happened once}

I'd tell you that the unemployed life really kinda sucks.

I'd tell you that re-watching One Tree Hill makes me think deep stuff about life and the future, and I'd ask you why that is, even though I'd know you don't know the answer. And then I'd probably talk about my Lucas and Peyton feels. oops. 

I'd tell you that the Dallas Cowboys are 6-1 for the first time since 2007! and I don't wanna jinx anything buuuut...

I'd tell you that I wish making new friends in real life was as easy as making blogging friends.

I'd tell you that I'm reading Where She Went, the sequel to If I Stay and it's one of those heart-wrenching in a good way books. Cue more talk about those feels. Then I'd ask if you've read any of those kinds of books lately.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

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Things that have me totally buggin'

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I think the most obvious thing on this list would be people who don't get this post title's reference. Or the photo. Please consult Netflix.

Now that that's been said, I try to be a pretty positive person. But there are just some things that kind of really annoy me. I mean, everybody has some little pet peeves. Mine just happen to be things like....

+ When people don't use their turn signal.

+ When the wifi has a personal vendetta against me.

+ When I get asked if I'm over 18. {Seriously. I need to start wearing a sign. #shortgirlproblems}

+ When there's not enough pages left in a book for the things I want to happen to actually happen.

+ Every time I hear the phrase "you _____ like a girl" uttered.

+ Summer weather in autumn.

+ Cliffhangers. AKA the worst thing ever.

+ Canker sores. Also the worst thing ever.

+ When nail polish starts to chip after one day's wear.

+ When Tony Romo throws an interception.

+ Decaf coffee and unsweet tea options. What's even the point?

+ People who diss Taylor Swift in front of me. lol no thanks.

What are some of your pet peeves?

Helene in Between Blogtober

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Take me away

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I've always wanted to go to Greece. In the beginning the whole aspect of the country seemed like something out of a novel, and then my interest grew with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 when Alexis Bledel traveled there. The sparkling blue waters and breathtaking architecture drew me in and I knew that one day I would be there. One day.
For now, at least there's pretty pictures.

If you wanna see where else I dream of traveling, take a look at my pinterest board.

What is your dream vacation?

Helene in Between Blogtober

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Choose happy

Monday, October 20, 2014


Let's take Monday by storm. You can create your own happiness. Wake up in a good mood. Choose happy. It's worth it, promise.


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Self care tips for the rough days

Friday, October 17, 2014

Taking care of yourself is important, and mental care is no different. I recommend taking one day a week and declaring it a "you day," but doing things to make you feel better on the particularly tough days is important as well. If you're not quite sure where to start, these are some of my favorite self care methods.

Set the mood. No, not that kind of setting the mood. When you're feeling blah, set things up that can make your mood lighter. Light your favorite candles, set up the record player, {or whatever you listen to music on} anything that makes your heart a little bit happier.

Paint your nails. I don't know what it is about the process of painting your nails, but it's always therapeutic to me. Grab a color that you love and paint away.

Downward dog it out. There are all kinds of studies out there that show yoga is good for your mental health, and at least for me, it's very true. The concentration on the breath/ movement flow helps to soothe your mind and can also make you less anxious. If you're new to the yoga thing, there are tons of dvds and youtube videos that can help get you going. 

Watch a comfort show. When I watch Gilmore Girls, it feels like home. Cheesy? Yes. But also true. It's like I'm right there in Stars Hollow and it's the most comforting feeling. What show makes you feel that way? Watch it.

Get creative. If you're a writer, write. If you're an artist, make your art. Whatever you like to do creatively is a great source of inspiration and positive vibes.

Remember that the bad days are temporary. Rough times are going to happen and it's okay. It's not a forever thing.

Take care of yourself. You matter. What do you like to do for self care?

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Kaeleen's guide to shopping on a budget

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that's what it's like when I see a store. Only it's better."

I've never actually seen Confessions of a Shopaholic {I know, ironic} but I do know I relate to this quote in a strong, somewhat over-dramatic way. I just can't help myself when it comes to shopping, but doing it on a budget can be tough. With these tried and true ways, however, it can be done. Have no fear.

Resale shops are your friend. Seriously. The best ones have quality + designer brands for amazing prices. Off-price department stores are also great. With these types of stores it can be a hit-or-miss, but if you happen to go on a good day it's like a treasure hunt and you can end up with tons of pieces. Clothes Mentor, Ross, and Marshalls are some of my favorites.

When in doubt, coupon it out. Don't go so crazy with it you end up on TLC, but it's always good to use coupons. Take advantage of websites like RetailMeNot when you're about to shop. And if you're going to Target? Get the Cartwheel app. Now. 

Be a sale spotter. There's nothing like a good sale. BOGO? 30% off? Don't mind if I do. That being said....

Don't buy something just because it's on sale. If you're not careful, you could actually spend a whole lot more than you planned, and you'll just end up with a closet full of things you wonder why you bought in the first place.

If you're in need of new pieces, make a list. Write out exactly what you need and take the list with you on your trip. That way, you're less likely to get distracted by things that you might not need.

Shop your closet. If you already have the essentials, there are so many outfits that can come from things in your wardrobe. I'm always consulting pinterest for fresh ideas on how to pair and style things I already own. 

Happy shopping!

Also, I didn't mention it yesterday, but I'm loving the little makeover the blog got. It's all thanks to the lovely Sarah over at Venus Trapped In Mars! If you're in need of a new design, she's your girl.

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Why feminism isn't a dirty word

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A few weeks ago, Emma Watson made a game-changing speech at a UN conference. Chances are you've heard about it- it's caused immense praise and backlash alike. As a UN Women Goodwill ambassador, Emma has helped begin a campaign called HeForShe that aims to be a solidarity movement for gender equality. The one thing she said that stuck out the most to me is this:

"The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women's rights has become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it's that this has to stop."

Growing up, my parents instilled in me the belief that I could be anything I wanted to be. Some of my "dream grown-up jobs" included veterinarian, teacher, singer, and runway model. My model dreams were soon crushed, but only because I realized you had to actually be tall to walk the runway. I had no reason to believe I couldn't do any of the other things. As I stared getting older, however, I began to see that not everyone thought this way, and I didn't understand why. But I knew it wasn't fair.

I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be a feminist. If I had a dollar for every time I've read about or heard a woman dismissing feminism because "they don't hate men," it'd probably get me a lot of Starbucks. But listen. I love men. Famous ones, ones you see at the store and temporarily fall in love with, Southern ones, athletic ones, shy ones, loud ones... you name it. But I'm still a feminist. I would like to have a family one day. I'm still a feminist.

See, I can dream of having a family and also dream about excelling in a career I love, with the same respect as men. I can do both things. I can be independent and still have a man standing beside me. It's possible; just look at Beyonce and Jay-Z. Feminism doesn't have to be this "either or" thing, and I feel like a lot of people don't realize that. There's still a belief that being a feminist means you think women are better and all men are evil, and that's not it at all.

As Emma so eloquently points out, if you believe in the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, then by definition, you are a feminist. By this definition, every single educated person ever should be a feminist, but unfortunately it's not this way. Why? Why are people so scared? Why, after Emma Watson's speech hit social media, was she threatened with personal photos being hacked? Why are nearly one in six women victims of sexual assault? Why are so many of those women blamed? 

These questions, along with so many more, are why I believe feminism is so important. It's not a dirty word either, and I wish every person in the world could know that. Simply put, feminism is equality.

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My heart is grateful

Monday, October 13, 2014

My heart is grateful today, and here's why.

There is nothing quite like putting on a vinyl record of your favorite artist and getting lost in that world. 

Kisses from your pup that make your heart melt.

Two words. Pumpkin spice.

The comforting feeling of autumn.

What is your heart grateful for?

Ember Grey

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I never thought blogging would...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Blogging isn't something I ever thought I would really do regularly. I had a few blogs in the past, but quickly got bored with them and gave up. However, this one quickly became different and I never could've imagined how much I ended up loving it, and I've learned so much about what blogging can do in the process.

I never thought blogging would help my social skills. I've always been an introvert and I'm sure I always will be, but I've found that I tend to blog the way I talk, mostly because I feel like I'm chatting with you over coffee. I'm learning to take that skill and be more laid back in real life.

I never thought blogging would mean spending five minutes arranging props a certain way and another five on the perfect filter, just so that instagram photo looks spectacular. It's kinda fun though.

I never thought blogging would be a career choice. I used to think of blogging as only a hobby, and then I found so many "full time bloggers." I think it's great anytime we have the opportunity to make a career out of something we love.

I never thought blogging would lead me to so many communities. I had no idea how many people I would end up "meeting" through blogging and sharing our stories with each other. The blogging community is truly an incredible thing.

I never thought blogging would become so important to me. Having an outlet to share my writing and passions is one of my favorite things about blogging and I'm so thankful for it.

Today I'm linking up with Helene and Taylor for #Blogtober14! 

Helene in Between Blogtober

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How to style... booties

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ways to style booties

Booties have become an essential part of autumn wardrobe, probably because they're boots. And we love our boots. 

These are three of my favorite ways to wear booties because the looks are versatile and can be played up as much or as little as you'd like. Sported the perfect way, booties can complete an outfit wonderfully. 

How do you wear them?

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Four ways to boost your dressing room confidence

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

You know how the story goes. You've been shopping for hours and have found the perfect pieces that you just know will look amazing, and all that's left to do is try it all on. You walk into the dressing room and begin the process. After a few try-ons it becomes increasingly clear that absolutely nothing looks good, and so you're left feeling unsuccessful and defeated. 

Yeah. I hate it too. It can take the fun out of shopping, and for me, that is just not acceptable. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help out your confidence in the dressing room.

1// Bring a friend. Somehow everything is better with a friend, shopping included. Bring someone who's opinion you can trust and who will reassure you when you're second guessing yourself. 

2// Eat something light beforehand. Obviously, if you were to eat say, a full-course steak meal, you would feel bloated and clothes will end up looking less than fabulous. You should definitely eat so that you're not shopping on an empty, grumpy stomach, but save the heavy stuff for an after-shopping treat.

3// Look at things from another perspective. We are often our worst critics. Add in full length mirrors that aren't always the most flattering and everything is distorted. Try picturing yourself as another person and look at yourself and your outfit from their perspective. Chances are things won't look so harsh anymore.

4// Breathe. An outfit doesn't define you. Clothing sizes don't define you either. If certain things don't work for you, that's okay. Instead of focusing on the things that don't work, think of what your favorite pieces have in common. Play those up. And work it.

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