taylor

so taylor was my grade school friend, then my baylor friend, and now my post-grad friend, and it really is crazy that we’ve known each other that long! we’ve been through hundreds of art classes (i tried the math out, and it’s actually more than 500, which is unbelievable) (at which point, i wised up and stopped sitting next to the future graphic designer extraordinaire), filmed two embarrassing history projects (pretty sure we got A’s on both? sympathy may very well have played a factor), ran the baylor line in floyd casey (rip), discovered guerilla troupe, and so many more fun things together, so when she was out in my neck of the woods for a friend’s graduation, i had to steal her for the day to explore one of my favorite areas of dallas: lower greeneville. she fit right in with the hipster/eclectic vibes of the neighborhood, and we knew it was meant to be when the pretty storefront we stopped to take pictures of was actually a records store. as always, i asked her the same questions as i do everyone in this segment, and, as always, it’s so fun to see my friends express their style on paper as well as in the pictures we take!!

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What are you most excited for about summer?
I am most excited for undeniable beach-going weather and surfing. Let’s be real though, is their really ever not a time to do that in San Diego? (the answer is generally no)
Least excited to leave behind in spring?
I will definitely miss all the wild flowers and the green-ness  we had this spring! San Diego has been the greenest it has been in years due to our large amount of rainfall!
Favorite dessert?
Without a doubt, ICECREAM. I prefer cookie dough or chocolate but I am open to pretty much any flavor.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Girly-tomboy, Socal (Southern California), Chrisy would say hipster but hipsters can’t say they are hipster soooo… eclectic?
Who are some of your fashion inspirations?
I would have to say for starters definitely Chrisy. (I wish I had every pair of her shorts) Then I would say Amanda Faye. She is a vlogger on youtube who recently became a mom and has a cool California indie style that I really dig. Is it weird that my 3rd one is a guy? Call me crazy but I love the simplicity/carefree feel of guy’s styles. Cody Simpson inspires mainly my style in accessories. I love his rings, his suede hat, pointy-toed oxfords and I would steal his jean jackets any day.
For each of the following, pick what you’d do if you could only wear one of these for the next year: (1) color (2) silhouette (3)type of shoe (4) pattern. 
1. Turquoise(it’s my favorite color)
2. A-line
3. pointy-toed oxfords (my Sam Edelman ones preferably)
4. plaid
If first impressions are last impressions, what would you hope people would think of you, from the way you dress?
I love this quote by Steve Woodward that says “style means confidence in what you choose to surround yourself with.” I hope the way I dress says everything about who I am and what I value. I would like people to think of me as a loving, joyful, passionate, confident and creative person who not afraid to take risks and truly cares for others.
Any other wisdom for the people? 🙂 
Never let the fear of imperfection keep you from producing work. Get your ideas out there because worrying too much about things not being perfect can hinder your creativity and productivity. You have dreams and aspirations right?! Stop talking about them and go after them. Take action. Even if that means working on weekends, late nights, lunch breaks, etc. A good idea is only as successful as it’s execution. There are going to be people out there who will doubt you will reach your goals; prove them wrong. Don’t worry too much about the journey because “worry is just a misuse of imagination”- Harris III

for your reading pleasure

Alright. Remember when I just started out post-grad and thought I was busy/got overwhelmed? I was v wrong. This past week has shown me a level of busy that shot me back to senior year–taking 18 hours and working 40. Working upwards of 70 hours a week will do that to a girl…

Anyways, all this to say that I’m so sad that the blog has had to take a bit of a back burner this week! New content is coming next week, I promise. But, in the mean time, I wanted to throw together a list of blogs that I’ve been reading. These ladies’ blogs are perfect for a browse when you have 3 minutes to spare, and need a bit of fashion, life, faith, style, or career inspiration! There’s a combination of bloggers from this side of the Atlantic and abroad, girls with millions of followers and girls en route. These ladies have amazing style, and lives they’ve molded to match. Some of them are my friends and some are inspirations, but there’s something unique that I adore and admire about each of them; everyone’s linked up, so I hope you enjoy!

Sarah, from Classy Girls Wear Pearls. The blog that started it all for me. When I worked at a dorm, girls would walk by the front desk and ask about ‘that girl with the perfect blog, fiance, and life’, and I’d know they were referring to my obsession with all things Sarah Vickers. To me, it’s not just the gorgeous clothes, the timeless style, the idyllic backdrops for her photos (although trust me, in some low moments, all of those were enough to send me into a “God, why don’t you love me?? Why can’t my life be this perfect??” slump), it’s how hard Sarah and her husband, Kiel, worked to make those dreams a reality. They built an industry and a niche, and they celebrate that, and I so admire it!! If you need me, I’ll be wishing I had pin-straight hair and wore pearls every day…

Anna, from The Anna Edit. While I might have been raised to walk in the preppy/Sarah Vickers path, The Anna Edit is the blog that best exemplifies my style, work, and house goals. I came accross Anna’s blog from youtube, and remember clicking through every post and thinking ‘I love that…I’d wear that…I own that…I love that..’ and not being able to stop. PS she’s the one who pointed me to one of my absolute favorite style books, the New Garconne. I just love the classic simplicity with which she lives her life, and so much of what I aspire to be and do, she exemplifies. Also her accent is adorable, she and her fiance are the cutest, and they live in Brighton—seriously, I never had the option to be anything other than obsessed.

Madison, from Minnie Muse. The thing I admire most about Madison is her genuineness. She is so true to her style and to herself, and she deliberately and fearlessly shares vintage styles in a blogging world where it is so tempting to just post the next trends. She also owns and runs an etsy shop, is a full time student, and she gets the RA struggle. And we share a love of British period dramas, cute coffee places, and head scarves.

Sydney, from Summer Wind. Classic, timeless, and ladylike—these are the words that instantly come to mind when I think of Summer Wind. She even named her blog after a Frank Sinatra song!! Sydney’s blog was one of the first I started following once I started blogging myself. I really admire her work-life balance, her interior design skills (she recently moved apartments and has been keeping her blog updated with developments!), and, of course, her style. I think she dresses like a Kennedy, with a side of business. And I love that she stays true to herself! Sydney is quick to brag on her home city (Pittsburgh), her college, and her family, and that’s just something special.

Madeleine, from Lily and Blush. You know when you’re just getting into blogging, and you keep hearing how blogging will connect you with people you’d have never met otherwise? I heard that SO much during my first few months, and kind of brushed it aside, but then I met Madeline. The woman is in Australia! (Side note: check out her Insta stories for her accented narrations of her cat and adventures with her husband! Too cute.) I so admire Madeline’s confidence, easy-going personality, and positivity—although I’m also majorly jealous of the trip she took to Europe last year, all documented on the blog of course!

Krista, from Covering the Bases. I can 100% say I would not be a blogger without Krista Robertson/CTB. I’d had some bad experiences with reaching out to bloggers for advice/help as I was starting, and I either didn’t hear anything back, or…oh yep, that’s it, I just didn’t hear anything back. So many of them just ignored me! Krista not only got back to me, she gave me practical, thought-out, and overall solid advice on what it would look like to start up my blog. She was so personable and so kind, and that impressed me so much. Not only was this girl running a beautiful blog, she worked a full time (and super amazing, btw) job, and somehow found time to answer an email from a nobody in Texas. That says a lot about a person! Krista’s motto for the blog—work hard, dress well travel often–is the ultimate business plan. Check out her blog for a day in the NYC life, coupled with good humor, relatability, perfect hair, and a lot of gingham.

Samantha, from New York Blonde. One of my Style Collective sisters! I love reading Samantha’s blog because her style is so quintessentially New York–quite apropos, considering the blog’s name. She is gorgeous, has amazing taste, and pays homage to the great city she lives in. I think of all the bloggers I follow, Samantha is the ‘trendiest’, in that she pays attention to trends and NYFW, and adapts them into her life and style, but still while keeping her overall look timeless.

Joanna, from At Home. Because what kind of Baylor girl would I be, if I weren’t obsessed with Chip and Joanna Gaines?? Jo is everyone’s #goals for so many reasons; if for some tragic reason she’s off your radar, consider this your golden opportunity to jump into the fray. Shiplap, neutrals, fresh plants, and Jesus—seriously, guys, what’s not to love?

Hannah, from The Cake by Hannah.  I found Hannah’s blog because so many people kept saying “You live in McKinney? Have you heard of Hannah Morrison?” and when I finally got around to following her blog, I understood the hype. This gal is adorable, y’all! She has the cutest pup (named Presley, how precious is that??), and she runs The Cake Shop, a company that grew out of her blog. But, most importantly, Hannah is such a light for Jesus. Every single one of her posts shines with His love and kindness, and that’s what she actually set out to do on her blog: spread kindness like buttercream frosting. Check and mate, guys. SO much to love about this philosophy, this lady, and this blog.

Hope you check each of these ladies out!! They’re up to some pretty amazing things ♥

hannah

I think I must’ve met Hannah unofficially three or four times, before we actually became friends, but when it stuck, it stuck. We were both Southern California transplants to Baylor, had both played water polo (let me tell you, girls with that particular skill set are few and far between in the South), and shared a love of Panera and an incomprehension of the Nikes-and-srat-shirt uniform that so many of our sorority sisters rocked on the reg (don’t get me wrong, we all have a day when getting out the door is a miracle, but every day? It’s just not done in California. We realized the difference: in California, people dress well but keep their makeup pretty basic/minimal, and it’s the inverse in the South—full makeup and hair to match tshirts and leggings. I guess to each their own?). Now that we work together post-grad, we get to reminisce over both our Baylor days and our SoCal days. Hannah’s always one to listen, let me barge into her office or instigate a coffee run, and our Monday lunches are consistently one of the highlights of my week. Personally, I think she sells herself short on the fashion front—girl knows how to put together a look. But I’ll let y’all see for yourselves…

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What are you most excited for about spring?
I’m most excited about wild flower and crawfish season in the Spring! And I always just feel like there’s this spirit of rejuvenation in the air.

Least excited to leave behind winter?
However, I love colder weather, so I’m definitely bummed to be losing the season that is *supposed* to have a slight chill in the air.

Favorite dessert?
Oddly enough, this is a difficult question for me. I say “oddly enough” because I’m definitely not a sweets person… I can’t choose between my top 3: creme brulee, tiramisu & strawberry shortcake. Really, fresh fruit is enough of a dessert for me – my granny was Scottish and served the very simple “berries & cream” for dessert, which is probably where I learned to love adding fruit to my desserts.(Chrisy’s note: I was surprised Italian Cream Cake didn’t make the list! Basically, Han is just a terribly well-rounded human)  

Describe your style in 3 words.
Simple, comfy, and naive. I typically stick to classics that I know work well, and have a few items I wear pretty regularly that I just pair with other items. I strive to wear clothes that are comfortable, because that’s when I’m most confident in my own skin. I say “naive” because honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing. I don’t know how to accessorize; all I know is what I feel good in and what colors look good together, and I go from there… I think it generally works and I end up looking pretty put-together.

Who are some of your fashion inspirations?
Honestly, I’d say the gorgeous girlie writing this blog, Ms. Christina Lindsay. While we don’t have the exact same fashion sense (mostly because hers is much more elegant than mine) I love 110% of her looks. (Chrisy’s note: I promise I didn’t pay her to say that! She’s too kind to me.) 

For each of the following, pick what you’d choose if you could only wear one of these for the next year: (1) color (2) silhouette (3) type of shoe (4) pattern.

  1. Black – While I love pops of color, in general I like when everything I’m wearing matches pretty perfectly, and black is an easy color to match with anything else.

  2. A line – I feel the most confident while wearing things that show off my waist. Plus, I love a good skirt.

  3. Flats – I basically live in my nude flats, anyone you ask can attest to that. While I also love boots (and, therefore, love cold weather) I don’t think I could live without my flats.

  4. Polka dots – I just feel like they’re so playful! I also have a lot of stripes in my wardrobe…

If first impressions are last impressions, what would you hope people would think of you, from the way you dress?
I would hope people think I’m a confident, modest, young professional. In public, I try to dress myself so that if I were to meet a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, I’d feel good about shaking their hand and not being embarrassed by my fashion choices. This doesn’t mean being in a pantsuit 24/7, but at least being dressed presentably. I guess I get this from one of my college professors, who advised me never to dress like a slob on an airplane, no matter how tempting it may be to wear sweats, because you never know who you could be seated next to.

Any other wisdom for the people?
You do you. You don’t have to be up to date on fashion trends to feel good in your own skin. I honestly have no clue what I’m doing when I’m getting dressed, but it seems to work out pretty well just by choosing what I’m personally comfortable in. Be your own person & always endorse yourself by how you dress, because you really never know who you could meet. Also… be willing to try new things; be it food, fashion, fitness, or something else that starts with the letter “f” (yay alliteration).

becca

i met becca day one at baylor (literally, day one haha, we were in the same welcome week group!) and we’ve said since then that our friendship is based on food and Jesus. and it’s a good thing that that’s our common ground, because a lot of other things we have very different opinions on—she doesn’t understand my love of avocados, and i don’t get hers of nick jonas, but what can you do. our styles couldn’t be more opposed: i’m about structure and classics and becca is here for being bold and unprecedented… but that’s why i started this tag in the first place. to celebrate expressions of style, in all their differing forms. differences can be complementary, and i like to think that’s how becca and my friendship works out. it’s definitely how her style works out.

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What are you most excited for about winter?
I am most excited about the quickly approaching holidays, which means yummy food and quality family time.

Least excited to leave behind in fall?
Fall is my absolute favorite season! I am least excited to leave behind the beautiful fall colors.

Favorite dessert?
Most definitely a strawberry, banana, and Nutella crepe.

Describe your style in 3 words.
Edgy, comfortable, undefined. (chrisy’s note, I want to interject here to say that becca’s style is marked by an attitude. like, she might not wear the same sort of look every day, but she wears every look the same way—with an attitude of confidence and casual capability. I’ve always admired that!)

Who are some of your fashion inspirations?
I have never really thought about my fashion inspirations before… I would have to say I love Jaclyn Hill’s style. She always has fun, edgy outfits, and I wish I could put outfits together like she does.

For each of the following, pick what you’d do if you could only wear one of these for the next year: (1) color (2) silhouette (3)type of shoe (4) pattern.
1. Black
2. Oversized
3. Boots (chrisy’s note: this is so real; once the temperature dips, I know it’s only a matter of time before I get a text telling me she broke out a pair of boots)
4. Stripes

If first impressions are last impressions, what would you hope people would think of you, from the way you dress?
I want people to see my clothes and think that I embrace my individuality and that I like to have fun with my style by changing it up. I would hope that it encourages them to do so as well.

Any other wisdom for the people? 🙂
Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable, confident, and happy, even if they aren’t considered to be trendy or fashionable. Everyone has their own sense of fashion, which is great, because that makes everyone individual and unique!

caro

i met caroline through my sorority; she was president of our pledge class and i was chaplain, and you can’t really start a friendship off on a better note than that. one of the things that i admire most about her style (and her person, because they really do overlap) is that she takes inspiration from many things, but doesn’t seek to duplicate them. she lets her life be touched by many things—people, 60’s TV shows, KLOVE, etc—and then she turns around and weaves it all into an intricately simple lifestyle. and she rocks her curls better than most, so you know she’s doing more than a few things right. 

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In Texas, fall has a habit of coming way late. What are you most excited for about the changing seasons—if and when they do come?
I’m definitely looking forward to the cooler weather and the fall foliage (even though only 2.5 trees will actually turn colors around here).

And what are you least excited to leave behind in the warmer months?
The slower pace, time spent with family and friends, and turquoise nails (I am one to follow seasonal nail polish rules).

What’s your favorite dessert?
This is a loaded question. My sweet tooth is hereditary so I love anything sweet. Choosing one is impossible so I’ll give you a few: Blue Bell ice cream (it’s my personal mission in life to share my love for this with everyone), Sprinkles cupcakes, and the Strawberry Kiss from The Stagecoach Inn in Salado, Tx (baked meringue, Blue Bell, and strawberries).

Describe your style in 3 words?
Modern, vintage, minimalist (I’m all about juxtaposition with any type of design). My mom always had a leaning towards a more tailored/preppy style so I grew up in simpler looks. Mix that with the over the top style of the rest of my family and you get ME- a more modern-tailored look with random sparkly pieces.

Who are some of your fashion inspirations?
Mary Tyler Moore, the classic answer Audrey Hepburn, and Kate Middleton (really I just love how the British pattern mix so well).

For each of the following, pick what you’d do if you could only wear one of these for the next year: (1) color (2) silhouette (3) type of shoe (4) pattern. 

  1. Gray/Silver- it’s probably not the best with my skin tone but it can be easily dressed up or down. It’s my favorite UN-color. Chrisy would probably say turquoise, which I wouldn’t hate either.
  2. I’m very minimalist in most things so nothing too fussy or cinched. I like oversized button downs and shift-style dresses.
  3. LOAFERS! Preferably silver (I just want everything to be sparkly/silver). Again, these can be easily dressed up or down.
  4. I own mostly stripes but there is a special place in my heart for hounds tooth (pants, sweaters, button-ups, you name it)

If first impressions are last impressions, what would you hope people would think of you, from the way you dress?
That I care, am put together but don’t take myself too seriously. I appreciate pieces that complement me and simply enhance my personality rather than making my appearance the focal point.

Any other wisdom for the people? 🙂 
Stay cool, never change, HAGS. But really, be you when it comes to fashion. Find inspiration but don’t copy. Your take on style shares a little bit about you before you even say a word!

And shout out to Chrisy for being the best! The best of friends who encourages my unhealthy obsession for Sonic happy hour, subject to photograph (but really, this girl doesn’t take a bad picture), and future programmer extraordinaire.