OH EM GEE… it’s pink!

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Lately, this is exactly how I feel when it comes to all things pink! And in a roundabout way, that brings me to the point of this post.

I’m currently enrolled in a Performance Psychology lecture taught by Dr. John Eliot. I was extremely concerned about this class after the first lecture, but I was determined not to give up on it just yet. I stayed after class on the second day we met to speak with him about this. Thankfully, he understands the position I’m in: needing to keep my grades up to get into nursing school. He told me that I would get an A in the class as long as I am selfish. Yikes! I don’t exactly know what that means, but I have a feeling I will figure it out very soon.

Today, we talked about our dreams; what we want to accomplish in this life. Somewhere along the way, I realized why this was so important. I think it was when he told us to tell someone our dream that we know will shoot it down. While I haven’t done that, I have been in that situation. One of my advisors told me that I was stupid and couldn’t make it at Texas A&M University. My dream? To graduate from Texas A&M University. Believe me, I wanted to give up right then. But I also didn’t want to give her that satisfaction. Now, I’m a senior and on track to graduate Cum Laude.

Yeah. I’m totally too stupid to be at TAMU. Totally.

But this whole lecture got me really thinking about my dreams. Of course, I want to be a nurse [and I want to be one of the best]. So I started pondering what exactly I thought about on a daily basis that I wanted to pursue as a nurse; what did I think about that kept me working so hard to become a nurse? I realized that prenatal nutrition was something I knew I would be passionate about, and it is something that is extremely important to me. My mind continued to wander, and eventually it landed on my blog. I don’t give it as much attention as I should and want to. However, I realized that I want my blog to be successful. So something needs to change. The natural next instinct is to find every reason why that isn’t realistic, but that is only justifying negative thoughts and I refuse to let that happen. Instead of letting the negative thoughts prevent me from pursuing [and accomplishing] my dreams, I decided to figure out what I need to do to make it happen.

Plus, I know that being a successful nurse and running a life/style/fashion blog is absolutely possible. I know this because I check a blog regularly that completely disproves that negative thought:

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Haley, from Sequins & Things, is absolutely one of the most beautiful people, inside and out, that I have ever come across. Honestly, I would be honored to meet her, if that were to happen one day. As I read her blog, I feel like she’s speaking right to me. Her blog is basically everything I could ever want for my blog. She’s made both her career as a nurse and her blog a success and she’s definitely a spectacular role model.

While I expect many people to tell me that I can’t make my dreams come true, I’m not going to let that deter me. It isn’t up to them. Dr. Eliot taught me something that I won’t forget:

There’s only one expert on your dreams: YOU

There’s no reason to let anyone tell you that your dreams are unrealistic or that you won’t succeed. Because you know what? Even if you don’t succeed, at least you tried. That’s more than most people can say these days. That’s still a success in my mind.

I highly encourage y’all to read Dr. John Eliot’s book, Overachievement: The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More. I’ve only read a little of the book, but I have high hopes for the rest of it. I think it will really open my eyes and help me make these dreams happen.

So where does the OH EM GEE… it’s pink! come into play? I really don’t know. I just really like pink and I wanted to share those pretty pink things with you. Plus, I’m working on my Pinning skills and those were the lovelies that I found along the way.

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” -Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Dream big, y’all!

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Juice du Jour

YOU GUYS!!!

I got a juicer from boyfriend for my 22nd birthday. Now that might not sound like the coolest present ever… But he got me exactly what I wanted. And he did good. SO GOOD. Basically I have been playing around with recipes I’ve found on the Internet, changing them to fit my wants and needs. That led me to create this deliciously tart concoction:

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I haven’t named it or anything. I’m just sipping on it and enjoying.

I highly recommend it if you prefer a more tart juice over sweet!

Here’s the recipe if you want to copy/paste or whatever:

  • One grapefruit
  • One navel orange
  • One lime
  • One handful raspberries
  • A couple to a handful of blackberries
  • One Granny Smith apple
  • One or two handfuls of carrots

juicing tip || make sure you juice the soft fruits and veggies before the hard ones. You’ll end up getting more juice overall because the hard f&v will push the remaining soft ones through!

happy juicing,

Robyn

Senior Year. Final Semester. Week One.

DAY ONE:

I woke up with high hopes of getting everything I wanted out of my final semester at Texas A&M University. Oh how my dreams would soon dwindle. My first two classes, being in the same lecture room, were mostly uneventful, minus the realization that one of my profs was going to be a cocky S.O.B. and the fact that this lecture hall is underneath our stadium, and thus, extremely difficult to find (AKA first challenge). Then came my third class, and my second challenge. I was going to have to all but sprint across almost the entire length of campus in twenty minutes to make it in time. By the grace of God, I made it. Relief waved over me briefly, then my prof walked in. I have heard stories… But I have never experienced her teaching techniques first hand. Oh boy. I make it through the class, barely, and delight in the fact that I have a short break to get a snack and coffee before I head to my next challenge: getting forced into a yoga class. When the instructor arrives, I ask to speak with her. I explain my whole situation about being a graduating senior and being forced into two other classes that meant I had to drop another kinesiology class and that I couldn’t get into another so would she pretty please force me into hers. She said to stay for class and email her afterwards to remind her so she could see about forcing me in. I did that. But then I made the mistake of sending a second email telling her that I had a backup plan. Sure, sure, this sounds like the nice thing to do…

DAY TWO:

NOPE. I get an email the next morning (day two) from her, telling me that she would not be letting anyone into her class. I accepted defeat and went online to try to find another kinesiology class. To my surprise, I find that she’s actually forced an extra person into all but one of her yoga classes. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I am seeing red at this point. I do the right thing, and where does that get me? Put in an 8am aerobic walking class. Gee, thanks. That’s super. The rest of the day is mostly uneventful. I bought some shoes and dividers and organized. I also ended up submitting my applications to five nursing programs. I had so much tension about that. But as soon as I did it and knew that it was out of my hands, this huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders. It could not have come at a better time. Especially since I had to wake up at 6:30am the next morning for aerobic walking. Ugh.

DAY THREE:

So far so good. I woke up on time. Got to class on time. The aerobic walking instructor is nice. I’m wearing my new shoes. I had time to get an extra hot vanilla latte. I saw my friend and amazing microbiology lab partner from last semester. Now I’m sitting on the floor waiting for my class in 30 minutes.

So basically the first two days were kind of a bust for me. Believe me, I wanted so badly to give up last night and just drink myself into a stupor. But I didn’t. Thankfully, I have God on my side, so I know that He will only put me in situations that He knows I can handle. Without that… there would be definite wine stupor.
I would really like to make my blog more attractive. If anyone out there is reading this, could you recommend a good blog/graphic designer? I would much appreciate it. Mind you, I am a poor college student, so I can’t break the bank on this. But if they’re good, I would invest.
xoxo!
Robyn 

Not Everyone Can Be Five Foot Ten

As I am waiting outside of my classroom for the last few people to trickle out, I hear a girl mutter, “Not everyone can be five foot ten.” Intrigued, I turn to look at what the fuss is about. What I find is a petite girl, maybe six inches shorter than my 5’9″ stature. I notice her tugging at her yoga pants, trying to make them shorter to fit her short legs. Without skipping a beat, I respond, “Having pants that are too long is way better than having pants that are too short.” The look on her face told me she thought otherwise.

On went this conversation, where she proclaimed that having holes in the bottom of her pants is trashy and I replied with the fact that she could solve that problem by hemming her pants and fitting them to her height. I told her that you couldn’t add length to short pants, but you could make long pants shorter. Apparently hemming her pants is just entirely too much work for her, and having holey pants was still just out of the question, but she could ever come up with an argument about why long pants were worse than short pants.

I have no idea why I wasted my time having this conversation. Honestly, I had no desire to defend my stance that having too short pants was worse than having pants that are too long, it is just something about people who feel like they have it the absolute worst in life, but really their “issues” could be resolved if they just got over themselves stopped to hear their options.

However, I do still contest that if you are going to complain about having trashy looking pants with holes in them, either hem them or shut up. I would love to have pants that I could tailor to fit the length of my legs perfectly. I have found that Miss Me jeans do meet the length I prefer, but dropping $115 for a pair of jeans hurts my bank account.

I would love to hear what you think about this topic (just for funsies):

Inspiration for Transformation

Recently, I decided I really ought to recognize those ladies (and their blogs) that inspired my passion for fashion. I thought it would take me longer to decide who these Top 5 ladies would be, but that was far from reality. My ultimate goal from sharing these ladies and their respective blogs with y’all would be that you too can be inspired the way I was, or even in a different way. I don’t expect anything from acknowledging them, but I feel that they really do deserve the credit for the transformation of this blog, as well as more than just a hyperlink to their website from my Favorites page.

So here we go.. Introducing the five ladies (and their blogs), in no particular order, that I find to be the most inspiring and encouraging on my road to discovering my style and fashion creativity!

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Perfectly Coutured by Bethany

“Wife, follower of Christ, boxer lover & fashion obsessed.”

Instagram || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

What Courtney Wore by Courtney Kerr

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

Instagram || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

Jimmy Choos & Tennis Shoes by Tara

“I am a southern raised red head that loves putting together the perfect outfit, throwing a fabulous party, and taking pictures. I am a corporate lady by day and blogger by night.”

Instagram || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

The Sweetest Thing by Emily

“You’ll find that blogging is my creative outlet…”

Instagram || Twitter || Pinterest

Sequins & Things by Alyson Haley

“I’m the kind of gal who loves finding that amazing deal on something you really wanted but refused to pay full price for…”

Instagram || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest

*****

These ladies all obviously have one thing in common:

They are f a b u l o u s.

I am 100% certain that they have other similarities, but I think it is their differences that really enables them to inspire me even more in a variety of ways! Every single one of these ladies are clearly externally beautiful, but what makes them different (from each other and other bloggers) is that they are beautiful on the inside as well. Each has their own thoughts and opinions and views on style, fashion and so much more.

I am going to be perfectly honest. I know that all five of these women have a lot going on in their own lives, but a little part of me would get such joy if they did see this and read this. I don’t know how I would know if they even did, but the idea that they could is just really super exciting to me. Hehe!

Since I have made it so incredibly easy for each of you to access their blogs and social media sites, I expect that to happen! I promise that y’all will not be disappointed. I have yet to be.

xoxo.

Changes are Brewing!

Recently, the most exciting thing has happened. Are you ready for this? I have become mildly extremely obsessed with fashion. I know. I can barely believe it myself. But I really want to do my best to see if I can make something of this new passion of mine.

This is my first attempt at any sort of fashion blogging blog-ness. Please give me a chance. I’m a quick learner.. But the first few attempts may be complete disasters. I like to call this look “Comfy Casual”. Why, might you ask? You guessed it. Because it’s comfy.. and casual. I know. I’m just so mindbogglingly creative.

Boyfriend shirt: Gap || Tiffany blue bubble necklace: Brina Box

     

Crystal flower bracelet: J.Crew Factory || Silver and gold crystal bracelets: Swarovski || Pink leather Heather watch: Fossil || Ichthus bracelet: James Avery Jewelry

Well.. How did I do? I hope good. Or at least decently. I honestly have no idea what I’m even doing at this point. I’m just going with the flow.

However, I decided.. Bring on the reorganization of Sweet Southern Sass blog! While I will continue to divulge the numerous, random, and sometimes disturbing thoughts in my posts, I will also have the occasional posts dedicated to an outfit that I deem to be worthy. {Side note: That means basically every outfit that I put any effort in to.}

Along with adding some fun fashion content to my posts, I will also do my best to make this place look legitimate so people aren’t embarrassed to visit this blog. Any suggestions? I’m thinking about an About Me page, a Contact Me page, ..but that’s about as far as my ideas go.

HELP!

In the mean time, I will be experimenting with different changes on the blog. Please don’t fret. I will attempt to calm this massive blog storm as soon as possible. AKA when Sweet Southern Sass blog has accomplished perfection.

xoxo.

So I had this idea…

As I’m conditioning the mane of hair on my head with a enormous dollop of conditioner, an idea struck me… Now, this might sound totally crazy and unlike me… But I think I’m going to cut my hair.

Not like a short little hairdo or anything weird like that. I mean, I want people to know I’m a girl. But an inch or two below my collarbone? I seriously can’t even believe I am admitting this right now. That’s how big of a deal it is.

I’m not even kidding. This is a HUGE deal. I am obsessed with my hair. And I’m obsessed with having long hair. But with the massive amounts of super fine hair that I have, plus the unforgiving weather in Texas, I think this is the best choice. I can wear it in all it’s natural, wavy glory if I shower at night or *GASP* I could even shower during the day and blow dry it straight.

Did Hell just freeze over?

This whole thought process started an ordeal where I had to find out where this whole idea came about. Then it hit me. COURTNEY KERR CUT OFF HER HAIR TOOK OUT HER EXTENSIONS. Voila!

Side note. I might have a tiny little girl crush on Courtney Kerr. And I’m absolutely fine with that. I mean honestly, can you blame me?

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Basically, I am going to have to think about this a little more and get pre-approval from a very important person in my life.

Until next time, lovelies!

xoxo.