How To Style Polka Dots | 4 Ways

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dots + dots



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dots + denim



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dots + plaid + leopard



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dots + stripes


Polka dots are definitely one of my favorite prints to style and remix. They're so versatile, and dare I say, maybe even a neutral? Has that been established yet? I need an update. Anyway, I have a polka dot printed piece for any season and nearly every occasion, and I find myself reaching for them every time I'm in the mood to mix & match an outfit. If you're new to or apprehensive about wearing mixed prints, I'd say polka dots are a perfect place to start. Which look is your favorite?

Currently

notes

Making: my new apartment feel more like a home. I'll share photos soon!
Listening: to Smallpools' new album, it's so catchy. Go listen to "Killer Whales" & "Street Fight".
Drinking: coffee. water. repeat.
Reading: Unbroken. This book is so great and really puts things into perspective. Don't rely on the movie, read the book instead.
Wanting: to watch the leaked Game of Thrones episodes, but all my friends keep telling me not to. The temptation!!
Looking: for a dresser on craigslist. I'm obsessed with finding the best deal.
Playing: I'm still playing TrviaCrack. Apparently this game is old news to most people, but I'm obsessed.
Giggling: at this video of Jon Snow as a dinner guest. Genius.
Enjoying: living on my own for the first time.
Waiting: for the new season of Orange is the New Black! So stoked.
Liking: denim jumpsuits. They're not practical for Texas heat, but I still think they're cute. I really like this one and this one.
Loving: my new Apple TV. I don't know how I lived without it for so long.
Buying: I recently bought these shoes and this midi dress. I have been looking for the perfect casual midi dress forever, but they're always too long for me. I hope this one works out!
Creating: a new Spotify workout playlist. Any suggestions?
Marveling: at having my own business cards. I'm an adult now, you guys.
Needing: a three-day weekend. Hurry up, Memorial Day!
Watching: I just started The Wire last night since everyone has always raved about it. Also, last weekend I watched How to Train Your Dragon 2 & it made me cry. Is that weird?
Wearing: at the moment I've been living in boyfriend jeans, and today I paired them with my TOMS and a hello apparel tank top.
Following: multiple dachshunds on Instagram. I have a problem.
Thinking: "I want a dog."
Knowing: I can't have a dog right now.
Bookmarking: this compilation of green smoothie recipes. Yummmm.
Noticing: just how much the GoT show has strayed from the books. I don't know anything anymore.
Hoping:  I can go to Harry Potter World in the fall! Fingers crossed.
Feeling: much happier ever since I moved out of my old residence.
Planning: for Matt's visit to Austin next week! We're gonna do all the Austin things!

What are you currently up to?

How to Deal With Blogger Burnout

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I am the queen of blogger burnout. For every year I've been blogging there has been a short period of time where I was so over blogging that I would just stop for a couple months or I'd stuff my blog with a bunch of "filler" content that I didn't even care about. Blogger burnout happens to everyone. Some people are better at handling it than others though; I've noticed bloggers who are obviously not into it (sometimes they'll even say so), but they continue to blog anyway instead of taking a break. Others, like me, just need a break sometimes. And that's okay!

I've had lots of friends who have wanted to start a blog, and I get excited for each one of them because I think blogs are awesome and love how each one is unique to that person; however, I usually feel the need to let them know how blogs require a lot of commitment and it's so easy to lose motivation. But there are still ways you can gain that inspiration back rather than quitting altogether. These are a few of my tips I try to keep in mind when I'm feeling burnt out in the blogging world:

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Follow dedicated bloggers/Instagram accounts 
Pretty standard reasoning: when you follow people who put a lot of effort into their blog content and images, then you'll be motivated to try harder yourself. Not necessarily motivated to try and be better than them but instead to be your best self for your own benefit. But with that said...

Don't spend too much time looking at what others are doing
"Comparison is the thief of joy" is such an accurate quote. Yes, we love to follow our favorite bloggers, see what they're up to on Instagram, and gain some inspiration from them, but when we spend too much time scrolling through their feeds, we start to feel (or at least I do) insignificant by comparison. Thoughts like my photos will never look that great or I wish my life looked like hers, etc. just add to a "well, what's the point?" state of mind which does us no favors. Remember, Instagram and blogs are meant to showcase our best selves and are only a sliver of what that person's life is really like.

Pin outfits that you could actually see yourself recreate
This mainly pertains to style bloggers, of course. I used to pin anything and everything that I thought looked good on Pinterest. Some outfits I knew I could never wear because they were more on the "high fashion side" that is far from practical for me. Now I pin with more intent, and I only look for outfit inspiration that I could actually see myself wearing.

Find & follow new bloggers
Style bloggers (or any kind really) who are just starting out are my favorite. I feel like they have so much optimism and commitment when they start, and they always brings a fresh perspective to the blogosphere. New bloggers remind me of why I fell in love with blogging to begin with! These are also the bloggers who will comment back and take the time to have an actual conversation with you, so go leave a genuine comment on their blogs & make a new friend!

Set a schedule that fits your life
When I first started blogging, I thought it was all about getting the most content out there to share. I told myself I would post 4 times a week, and that got old real fast. Feeling obligated to blog so much makes me not want to blog at all. Then I tried out 3 times a week, and it worked for awhile, but I started falling behind on that approach as well. Now I've found a happy medium in posting twice a week, and I feel less pressure because of it. It all comes down to what works best for you and what you can realistically manage. Just be honest with yourself.

Change things up
Is your content lackluster to your standards? Have you had the same blog layout for a long time? Things like this could be the cause of your blogger burnout; you're sick of the same ol' thing. This happened to me last year, I was bored with my blog layout and unsatisfied with my blog's name. So, I changed it up to something I am way more happy with. Find out whatever it is for your own blog that's leaving you uninspired, and do something different with it! A fresh look can be all it takes to get you excited about blogging again. 

When all else fails, take a break
If the thought of blogging doesn't appeal to you anymore, or you feel like it's a constant chore to come up with new content that you're not even excited about, then it may be time to take a break. This doesn't mean you have to quit completely, and you can come back whenever you feel like it. Taking time off is a great way to collect your thoughts and prioritize what you truly want, and sometimes you'll even come back with a new found motivation to continue blogging. It helps to let your readers know when you'll be taking a break that way you don't just disappear without a word (which I've been guilty of). Just know that it won't be the end of the world to take a break.

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How do you handle blogger burnout? Share your tips in the comments! :)

Back in Black

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I wore this outfit sometime last month, and I guess it got lost among all the other unfinished drafts I have stored. (Does anyone else do that? Have an idea, write it down as a post, then just let it sit there in your drafts folder? Anyway...) I know spring is all about floral prints and pastel colors, but I still can't seem to stay away from wearing black! It's like I'm subconsciously reliving my awkward wannabe-goth middle school days, and no one wants to see that.

I've been on the hunt for a pair of pleather leggings/pants for the longest time, but all the ones I tried on in the past were either so tight that I couldn't breath or sagged in all the wrong places. Then this pair came along, and all was right with the world again. I feel like Olivia Newton-John in Grease, only I can't carry a tune to save my life, haha. Of course I found them right as the cold weather is on it's way out, so you probably won't see them again for another few months. I don't think I'll ever be ahead of the curve! :P

Outfit details:
F21 sleeveless turtleneck
Express military jacket (old)
F21 faux leather leggings (similar)
DSW heels
Kohl's clutch

Currently Craving | Backpacks

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After lugging around my giant tote bags for years, I finally decided to invest in a small backpack as an alternative. I originally just wanted one to carry around during SXSW, but I continue to wear it everyday with no issues! I bought the striped backpack you see above from Target except in the all-black color, and it has worked out great (I loved it so much I even left a review, haha)! Now I see trendy backpacks popping up all over the place, and I'm tempted to buy more! I especially love the ones with unique shapes or funky prints. What about you, have you hopped on the backpack bandwagon yet?