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I’m back! Back from the Reward Style Conference in Dallas and back to blogging. It’s so good to be home. :) It was a great trip. I had a blast with friends (old and new), learned a lot, and slept very little. Pretty typical blog conference recap! Today I’m sharing a few things I wore to the conference, a few thoughts on Instagram Stories (excited to hear your thoughts on this one!), a pic of my little Ariel who stole the show over the weekend, and a few favorite items from Wayfair because they are having a huge one day sale that I’ve been waiting for!
So yes.. random at its best around here once again. But all good things. :)
Dinner with some of my favorite girls! I wore my favorite ruffle sleeve top in mint! But you knew that. :) Three of us are wearing the exact same Marc Fisher wedges. They are seriously so comfortable and look cute with anything you’re wearing! Jen on the right has them in the “mushroom suede”.. Randi and I are wearing the “blush suede.” Not planned but it’s not the first time we’ve all dressed alike. :)
One of my favorite parts of the conference was hearing Kendra Scott talk about starting and growing her business as a single mom. I’ve loved her jewelry for years and her story was so inspiring!
I searched high and low for something cute to wear to the conference (always a certain amount of pressure when you’re hanging with fashion bloggers!). This banded lace midi skirt was an immediate favorite! I’m so in love.
I bought these shoes on two different days and didn’t even realize they were the same brand and the same exact shade of pink until I was packing them both for the conference! I had to laugh. Clearly I’m a fan! I really did fall in love with this shade of pink. It’s so fun for Spring/Summer and it’s almost a neutral skin color that really elongates your leg. When you’re short, elongating the leg is always a good thing! I also love this Diane Peep Toe Pump in the same color but my heels are too narrow for them! So cute if you’re looking for a good heel and you don’t have #heelissues like I do. I always have to go for the straps! But seriously loving both pairs of these shoes.
A close up of this skirt so you can see the gorgeous the material/pattern. Such nice quality. A bit of a splurge for a single skirt, but worth every penny to me because I know it will be a Spring/Summer staple for many years!
It’s always such a treat at these conferences to be surrounded by so many good friends. We are the only “home decor” people at this conference and we’ve all grown so close through years of blogging together. These women are all so talented, down to earth and just FUN. I’m so lucky to have them all in my life. What would we do without girl friends to share ups and downs with!?
I also took my recent favorite long sleeve shirt dress. It’s just SO easy and comfortable! My friend Kris took this pic and we were seriously laughing so hard. The first few pics she took were hilarious! I had my arm around that lion in one of them. I’d share the outtakes but I deleted them right after! There is a reason I mostly blog about home decor/organization and why most of my fashion pics are quick mirror selfies. Whenever I try to branch out and take “serious fashion blogger” pics things just don’t go well! Ha.. :)
I was so excited to meet and hang out with Erin (My Texas House)! You know when you just know you could be really close friends with someone? (I feel that way about so many of you!) I’ve also always felt that way about Erin. I mean to start with.. her name.. ;) She and I have been friends on IG for a while now and I had a feeling we would just click. We both love home decor and each have 3 kids similar ages. We got chatting and couldn’t believe how much more we have in common. We discovered that we were both living in Virgina and teaching Elementary school at the same time while our husbands were going to the same law school! They graduated the same year AND we were all living in the SAME exact apartment complex those three years. Is that not crazy!? I wish I would have met her then. I could have used a good friend during that time! I was so homesick and exhausted working three jobs to get Kenny through school and well.. that’s a post for another day. :) Bottom line – I’m so grateful for this new close friend and you will all love following her if you aren’t already!
Details on this outfit I wore one day of the conference. It’s so darling! I fell hard for this tiered ruffle skirt. It runs big so order one size down (wearing 0). This floral print top is PERFECT for Spring/Summer. So pretty and feminine and lightweight. It’s nicer in person than it looks on-line. I also went down one size in this top (wearing xxs).
I was worried this skirt might make me look extra heavy because it has so much going on, but it’s actually quite sliming! It zips on the side and the top half is fitted before the ruffles start. It’s a little long on me (I wish it came shorter!) but it still worked. I got so many compliments on it!
After classes and time for dinner! I kept on the floral top and switched the skirt for these slimming Paige jeans. (Love them!) I added my favorite pink jacket (I’ll link to similar jackets below) and these fun beaded tassel white earrings. Ready for the evening!
Perfect for dinner with friends our last night in Texas!
I went to bed at 2:00 am (we can’t ever stop talking and go to sleep!) and then headed to the airport at 4:00 am so that I could be home in time to curl Ariel’s hair for the big day! My parents had come into town the day before so everyone was ready to party when I got there. I was a bit of a zombie from 3 days of non-stop go go go and hardly any sleep during the conference, but Addison snapped me right out of it with her amazing rendition of Ariel in The Little Mermaid. I cried on and off during her performance in both shows! I don’t know if it was the sleep deprivation or just the sheer proud mom moments I had watching her on stage (most likely a combination of both!) but such a neat day for our family. I wanted to record a little IG story to share of the performance but they wouldn’t let anyone take pics or film during the show! I’ll have to share a clip of the DVD when it comes out for those of you who have asked to hear her sing. (Thank you for all the love when I shared her singing on IG stories a while back!)
“Look at this stuff.. isn’t it neat?…”
Never gets old does it? ;)
Speaking of IG stories. I feel like I need to put this out there. I’m kind of struggling with them! If I’m being honest.. I always have. When Instagram first started stories I know a lot of people were so excited, but to be honest I wasn’t feeling the love. As we all know.. social media can be such a blessing and a curse all at the same time. For the most part, I’m so grateful for it.. I’ve been able to share my passion for all things home and fashion and have made life long friends in the process. But social media can sometimes bring out ugly feelings of comparison and can also become a HUGE time suck (as I’m sure most of us have experienced!) and in some ways if we aren’t careful, I think it can be really harmful. One of my blogging goals this year was to do better with IG stories. They are a weakness for me and I want to be better at just sharing every day snaps from our life more often for those of you who enjoy that sort of thing. But it’s hard for me! Because I’ll see my kids having a sweet moment and think “oh I should story that”.. but the second I get out my phone to film I feel like it takes away from the moment. Now I’m not just enjoying a sweet moment between my kids.. I’m thinking about the best angle to share what they’re doing with my IG followers. Filming interrupts special moments for me. Not always, but sometimes. And I don’t like the way that makes me feel. During this Reward Style conference I wasn’t very active on stories. Which is awful as a blogger who is at a social media conference! Ha! But I just wanted to enjoy the conference. And enjoy my friends who I only get to see in person once or twice a year and not worry about filming and sharing everything we were doing. I’m not AT ALL criticizing my friends or other bloggers who did share pics and clips of what we were up to and who are very active on stories. I honestly wish I could be that way! Part of this is my issue because I’m SLOW at getting stories up and I tend to over analyze what to post and what not to post while my friends can knock them out in no time and they aren’t as big of an interruption to their day. I’m sure I’d get faster/better at them if I did them more often. I usually take pics or film little clips for stories throughout the day and then upload them all later when my kids are in bed. Stories are suppose to be “real time” glimpses of “real life” but I’m just being honest that sometimes I struggle with that concept. I guess I don’t want life to pass me by because I’m busy filming it. :) I really want to maintain a healthy relationship with social media and for me that just means breaks sometimes. Story breaks, IG posting breaks, times when I just step away from my phone and computer.
I honestly don’t even know why I’m sharing this with you all. I guess because I’m wondering how you all feel about IG stories. Do you watch them often? Do you love them? Hate them? Does anyone sometimes struggle with the concept like I do? Am I crazy and need to just film more and it won’t bother me so much? What are things you’d like to see more of from me on stories? Obviously there are plenty of things to film during the day that won’t take away from family time and this is not to say I won’t share family moments on stories anymore! I’m just putting it all out there because it has been on my mind a lot lately and I like to be honest with all of you. I would love to hear your thoughts on all things IG story related! I value your thoughts and opinions so much.
Ok.. last item of business and then I will end this already too long post! I feel like it is my duty (as a home decor blogger and friend!) to let you know that Wayfair is having a HUGE sale for today only! Things like this art in my guest bedroom are marked down really low and it’s a great day to pick up anything you’ve been needing home related. Furniture, decor, mirrors.. all of it is marked down just for one day. I’m linking a few things I personally love below. I’ve been excited to pick up some fun things for my home during this sale!
Alright friends. Enjoy your day! Hopefully my next post won’t be quite so scattered. Still running on little sleep around here. ;)
Some things I love looking for at Wayfair:
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