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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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

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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.

Super Fantastic Target Finds

I LOVE TARGET

I mean, who doesn’t?

What gets even better is that I think I might love Target even MORE now. Yes, you read that right. MORE. Check out some of the awesome deals I found at Target today. I still can’t even believe it myself!

Cheetah print loafers: $20

Black sandals: $14

Pink and gray bowling shoes: $6

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And yes, you did read that correctly. That was not a typo.

I bought what I am calling bowling shoes for only SIX DOLLARS.

By some luck of the draw, they were actually my size. I still can’t even believe it!

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Next comes this precious little pink porcelain flower that I found for only $8. It has a few chips, but nothing that is super obvious. I decided it was worth the small investment.

And finally, if you didn’t see from my last post. This $17 three shelf bookcase was an amazing steal and even more worth the price than this adorable flower. I honestly felt like I was stealing from Target by only paying $17. I swear, those shelves last for years and are so little maintenance, and dare I say, cute?

Classy Construction

So this morning my happiness with the outfit I ended up wearing to run errands was a lot closer to the dissatisfied side of the spectrum. Basically all morning I internally judged myself for what I had decided to wear as I shopped around for shelving for my bedroom.

But the weirdest thing happened. I had decided to assemble the $17 three shelf bookcase I had bought from Target (what a steal, might I add), which resulted in putting my hair up in a messy bun to keep it out of my face while I worked. Here’s where the weirdness occurred. I suddenly was in love with my outfit. I don’t know what happened or why that worked. But it did. I wonder if it had something to do with showing off more of the details on my shirt, which I absolutely adore, or simply because my hair was out of my face and my pearls were on full display.

 

Magenta and White Shirt: Banana Republic || Black Shorts: Gap || Watch: Fossil 

Naturally this put me in a great mood so I completed my shelf and started adding some things to the shelves.

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And so everyone knows, I’m working on an awesome post about the top five bloggers I find to be most inspiring for myself. Be sure to look for that later in this week! Hopefully sooner rather than later. I want it to be perfect and perfection takes more time than I wish it did.

xoxo.

Pink & Chambray

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Chambray button up: Merona (Target) || Pink patterned chino shorts: Merona (Target) || I am also wearing my pink Heather watch by Fossil and crystal flower bracelet by J.Crew

I’m currently on the way to Houston Methodist Hospital where my grandmother is being admitted into the ER for a heart valve issue. Which leads me to my question: what do you wear to visit someone in the hospital?

I thought, of course, something with a little color to be cheerful but not completely obnoxious and overstated. What better way to dim the brightness from these shorts than with a chambray button-up shirt? Agreed? Agreed. I also didn’t wear too much jewelry. And especially nothing too sparkly. I hope this suffices!

Sorry this has been so short but I am in love with these pink patterned shorts and I had to share them with you!

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.