Orange You Glad…

Hey y’all, and thanks for stopping by today!

I am loving bright pops of color, and as we are coming to the end of Summer (hopefully soon, because Houston, August is the hottest), I’m still going to be throwing in those bright colors. The outfit below is no exception.

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Shop: Top (similar), Jeans, Shoes, Bangles, Earrings, Sunnies

Hope you squeezed the life out of your day (get it – like an orange?)!

Here’s Looking at you, Houston

Hey y’all and welcome back to That Blonde Rebel!

Last week marked my 1 year anniversary of moving to Houston. It’s been an awesome, wild, and surprising year filled with highs and lows and I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about myself and this city.

My last year in San Antonio was one of the hardest, saddest years of my life. Everything at school (former high school English teacher) felt like it was crumbling around me, my mom and I found her best friend passed away, and my anxiety and sadness was sending me into a downward spiral. My family and friends encouraged me to make a change and Houston was the logical place to go as it was close-ish to home, and I had both friends from high school and college here. Within a month of living here, Harvey hit. I was about to start a brand new job in corporate America and Houston was devastated by the flood. If there’s anything I’ve learned since moving here, it is that there is good in the world, we are resilient, and at the end of the day, it will be okay, maybe not right in that moment, but things will be okay. I’ve learned to be strong, to bet on myself, and know that every single day I am growing and learning in some way, whether it’s emotional/mental growth, career growth, or blogging growth, I am proud of the person I see in the mirror today. This city has brought out the best in me, encouraging me to meet new people, try new things, and branch out. I cannot wait to see what this next year has in store. Every experience (both good and bad, happy and tragic) leading up to this big move to humid Houston has prepared me for the hiccups and triumphs this life has to offer. I’ve got to say though, I’m definitely ready for more triumphs!

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That’s all, folks!

Rocking the Fringe

Happy Monday, friends!

I recently made a drastic chop to my hair, including some fringe (aka bangs, aka divas). Since I typically part my hair in the middle, these things have been quite the challenge to tame, but I’m slowly managing.

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Here are 3 things you need to consider before getting bangs:

  1. Maintenance – from trims to product, these bangs are work! Be ready to commit!
  2. Time – if I don’t wash my hair everyday, then the bangs are up. They are long enough already to get in a high pony. I’ve worn them down about five times since I’ve cut them two weeks ago. Before bangs I could just throw in some dry shampoo and go, now I’ve got to put in the work to wash them, blow them dry with a round brush, flat iron, texturizer, and hairspray. I’m ready for them to be a little longer so I can make them more winged, more boho.
  3. Boldness – How bold do you want to go? I was inspired to chop my hair and get bangs by Courtney Kerr and Sienna Miller, but there are different styles of bangs. Do you want blunt, do you want Bridget Bardot? Do you want wispy, parted down the middle, like long layers. It’s a lot to consider.

When I went to cut my hair, the stylist said that she thought the bangs would look great on my face shape, but did I really want bangs or was I just having a moment? I thought that was hilarious. For me, this was a fun change, I just need to be better about styling them!

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Shop: Top, Earrings, Sunnies, Shoes, Bag, Bracelets (here and here), Ring

Cheers to a great week ahead!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

 

Christmas is coming early, y’all! That is what the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is to me! I have been shopping the #Nsale since before I was blogging. Typically, I shop the sale with my mom in San Antonio, but now that I’m living in Houston, I’m thinking I’ll shop online with curbside pick-up!

The sale’s early access will begin July 12th for Nordstrom cardholders. Cardholders – exciting stuff – if you have a triple points day to use, YOU CAN! On the 20th, the sale will be open to the public.

What I love about the sale? That new pieces are at an all-time low for a limited time! Prices will go back up August 6th. That means that this is the optimal time to stock up on all the trends for Fall.

My plan on attack for this sale is pretty simple this year: Essentials. This means jeans, booties, bras. In previous years, I’ve gone absolutely BANANAS at this sale, and I am going to try to keep it to six things. Some of you messaged me on Insta saying I couldn’t and shouldn’t do that to myself, so we’ll see if I crack.

In the meantime, here’s a summer look and can you spot the change? That’s right, I did a major chop last week. I’m still adjusting to the fringe on my forehead and the new length, so give me some time to tame these divas (otherwise known as, bangs).

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Shop: Top, Jeans, Shoes, Sunnies, Earrings, Bag

Can’t wait to share what I scoop from the sale and how I weave these new pieces into my everyday wardrobe!

Peace, Love, and Nordstrom, Liza