The Power of Words

Hey y’all! And Happy Friday!

Although I have a fun look to share with y’all today, I also wanted to talk about something important: the power of words.

Has someone ever given you a compliment and instead of just flashing a big smile and saying, “Thanks”, you instead make a self-deprecating comment? WELL, STOP IT.

We live in a society that profits from our self doubt, so liking yourself seems like a rebellious act. It isn’t. You should like yourself. It’s you you go to sleep with every night, and it’s you you wake up with every morning. Sure we all have flaws, and wish we could lose those pesky 10 (okay, 20) pounds, or fix that double chin, or worry that one eye is smaller than the other — these might just be the things I focus on, but you know what’s worse than criticizing your own features? Not also praising the specific characteristics that you make you YOU — like an insane maniacal laugh when something is so funny you can’t breathe, or your good heart of always looking for the best in people, or your collarbone because you can rock an off the shoulder top like no other. Again, that might just be me.

The way you speak to yourself matters. Remember that. Try something new for me: for every negative thought you have about yourself, identify two strengths of who you are, whether they are physical, spiritual, or mental. Celebrate you and get that mean-spirited voice in your head to simmer down.

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Shop my look: Dress (curvy here, regular here), Boots (similar here), Purse (here), Earrings (sold out, similar here), Bracelets (here, here, and here), Rings (similar here)

You have to find that place that brings out the human in you, the soul in you, the love in you.

Be good to you, y’all. Xoxo, Liza

 

Chartreuse in the Cold

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

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It has been so CHILLY here in Houston that sweaters have been the norm (and the necessary)!

I recently got this chartreuse cashmere sweater and it’s a bright look on a dreary day!

I’ve been seeing a lot of resolutions all over the blogosphere and I have to say that I love this environment of women setting their goals and getting others to hold them accountable/cheer them on. In my previous post, I talked about the five things I’d like to quit doing in the new year, but I didn’t tell you what I want to accomplish.

I want to find peace and happiness in myself and seek out those characteristics in others. I want to create for me, for you, my readers, and impart my life and my learning with you and hopefully inspire you to take risks, live your best life, and reach for the things that bring you joy. I want to spend valuable time with family and friends and lift them up as they have lifted me.

Here’s to seeking out the best this world can offer us.

Shop this look at the bottom of the post.

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Shop: Sweater (here), Earrings (here), Sunnies (here), Jeans (here), Shoes (here), Purse (here)

Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring your flowers.

Xoxo, Liza Mae

Onward and Upward

Well, 2017, we’re almost done with you (insert waving hand emoji)!

I am so ready for the newness of 2018 and to make being a better me a priority. I’ve already been soda-free since November 28th (A WHOLE MONTH, y’all), and even though I still crave the bubbles in a cold can of Coke, I’m seeing changes in clearer skin, whiter teeth, and better sleep. I hope to continue this well into the new year.

What are your 2018 goals? Want to be a better you? Here are just a few things to think about giving up:

1. Trying to please everyone – This will never happen. There will always been someone who isn’t your biggest fan and THAT IS OKAY. Do yourself a favor and invest time and energy into those that are gaga over you. Your relationships will improve and you will find more happiness within yourself, too.

2. Fearing change – This is critical. Being flexible is so important for good mental health. Change will always come, whether you plan for it or not. Being able to roll with it creates character and helps you not sweat the small stuff.

3. Living in the past – This is so important. Most people are either damaged from their past, or remember it way better than it really was. Where’s the happy medium? Our pasts will always be a part of who we are, just like our dna, but it does not define us. Be present in your life now, appreciate where you are, because these moments may not come around again.

4. Putting yourself down – This is easier said than done. We are our harshest critics, aren’t we? Especially in this day and age, where it’s so easy to hop on social media and start that compare game. That never ends well, does it? Prioritize living your best life and seeking out all that is right for you.

5. Overthinking – This is imperative. I am so guilty of this. I could sit quietly in my head for hours, couldn’t you? I replay scenarios in my head or potential upcoming events and thinking about what I will say and how I am going to act. Get out of your heads people.

I hope I’ve given you something to think about heading into 2018. I know I’ll be revisiting this post when I need a pep talk. Cheers to a healthy and happy, new beginning and a year of peace, joy, and laughter.

Scroll down to shop this look

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Dress (curvy here and regular here), Purse (here), Sunnies (here), Shoes (here), Earrings (here), Ring (here)

And this is what I am going to leave you with the new year approaching: There is no statue of limitations on starting over. Re-invent yourself every day. Be the girl who walks barefoot and listens to the blues. Tomorrow, wear a trench coat and speak fierce truths. Be a phoenix. Be ashes. Burn down. Resurrect. Let go of the idea that you must always be who you have always been.

Thanks for following and supporting and reading and shopping this little blog. It’s been a great outlet for my creativity. I can’t wait to continue to create and cultivate ThatBlondeRebel.

Xoxo, Liza

Monograms and Minidresses

I have to admit I’m a color-holic. I like bright colors and I like to wear them year round. I’m not typically a minidress kind of gal, but over the knee boots help keep the amount of skin shown to a minimum.

Here’s my latest look, including a monogrammed crossbody.

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Shop: Dress (here), Hat (here), Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Crossbody (here), Bracelets (here and here), Boots (here)

Happy Thursday!

Xoxo, Liza

sleigh my name, sleigh my name

Well, y’all. The holiday is right around the corner and I am LIVING for red this season!

I LOVE absolutely everything about the holidays. Christmas-themed 5Ks, white elephant, secret Santa, gingerbread house making, cookies, Christmas trees. There’s just a bit more joy in the atmosphere during this time of year and I am here for it.

Scroll down for my festive look!

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Shop the look: Dress (here and similar here), Earrings (here), Clutch (here), Sunnies (here), Bracelets (here, here, and here), Watch (here), Boots (here)

To hot chocolate, Anthropologie holiday candles, and festivities with friends and family,

Xoxo, Liza Mae

Fall Lillies and Butterflies

Happy Thursday, y’all! Thank you so much for stopping by ThatBlondeRebel!

I’ve got an easy Fall/Holiday look for you that is easy to layer and fun to dress up!

H&M has been CRUSHING the dress game lately and this dress is no exception! How great will this be with a fur vest and some glittery booties? Instant perfection! I love how butterflies adorn this frock but the muted colors keeps it ready for the cooler seasons!

Scroll down to get some inspiration for yourself or shop the look! I know these earrings would make any girl smile with delight as she opened them and saw their sparkly wonder!

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Shop the look: Sunnies (here), Lip (here), Earrings (here), Dress (similar here), Bag (here and here), Shoes (here)

Keep on shining bright, y’all!

Xoxo, Liza

Photos by Alexis Zamora

 

 

How Merlot Can You Go?

Happy Tuesday and thank you for stopping by ThatBlondeRebel!

My sweet Mama (fellow blogger @frickspicks) recently turned 60 and we decided to make a family trip of it! My parents, older sister, and I made the scenic hour drive from San Antonio to the Texas Hill Country. Unfortunately, my rockstar nurse brother couldn’t make it, but I think we drank enough wine for him, too.

We ventured to Fredericksburg, Texas, also known as the Tuscany of Texas, or simply put, the Texas Wine Country.

Typically, I keep these posts short and sweet and strictly, fashion. However, I loved our trip and think you should all do as we Frick’s did, and indulge yourselves in some vino.

Scroll through to shop my cuddly, chenille sweater (LESS THAN $50), read our itinerary, and see some photos of the memories we made.

First of all, how cute are my parents?! We had a great dinner followed by drinks and dancing at one of the local watering holes (scroll down for more on that).

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Shop my look: Sweater (here), Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Ring (here), Bracelets (here and here), Bag (here), Leggings (here) — wine not included 😉

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Our Saturday was filled with touring wineries and making friends over cheese and uncorking bottles.

Weekend Information

  1. Lodging – Where to stay was obviously a tough decision. Do we want to be close to Main St. or more rustic and out of town? We chose to be close to the happenings of town and stayed at Ella Bell’s Haus. This house is a 1935 Craftsmen that has been completely renovated with brand new amenities. The house sleeps six, includes an outdoor firepit, and is immaculate. It is charming and cozy and the owners, Ron and Kim, really thought of everything when it comes to a vacation property.
  2. Dining – We brought along some necessary breakfast foods (bananas, chocolate croissants, coffee cake) and some snacks (custom cookies and chips and salsa), but we knew we were going to venture out for dinner both nights. We went to Crossroads which has a great outdoor dining space and is connected to a large bar. We had a great meal: jumbo shrimp, scallops, asparagus, kale, mashed potatoes, steak, and a country fried steak. Add some wine and beer to the mix, and we almost had to be rolled out of there. Easily enough, we hopped in to the bar and danced off our rich dinner. Everyone in the place was so friendly and the ENTIRE bar sang happy birthday to my mom and cheered as the band sang their custom birthday anthem and shouted “HIP HIP HOORAY” (which is a family thing so it was so special and unplanned that they did that). The next night we went to August E’s and actually sat next to the sweetest couple who we wine toured with earlier in the day who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. This place is awesome. There is tons of artwork adorning the walls, it has almost an industrial gallery vibe. The food was AMAZING; my sister ordered sushi, my dad a pork chop, and my mom and I had steak. Our waitress, Brenda, was the absolute best and brought out a creme brûlée with Happy Birthday in chocolate sauce. I had mentioned in my reservation that it was my mom’s birthday and wow, they delivered. Every employee who came into contact with my mom told her happy birthday. The customer service was fantastic.
  3. Wine Touring – So I have been to Fredericksburg before, and went on George’s 290 Wine Tour. George is fantastic tour guide and I knew we had to book with him for our special weekend. He picks you up in an excursion limo and there, you meet the other patrons of the tour. 10 people easily fit into the excursion. George gives you a run-down of where he is taking you. He had previously asked me which wineries I visited the last time so he could tailor the tour to some new venues. There are SIXTY wineries in Fredericksburg, so the options are aplenty. Lunch is included in the price and I had a great ham sandwich on a tasty croissant from Fredericksburg’s famous Peach Tree Restaurant. George is an expert on the wineries and I knew we were in good hands with him all day. I HIGHLY recommend getting in touch with George for your trip!

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Overall, it was a great weekend filled with A LOT of laughs and A LOT of wine. I can’t wait to head back to the hill country again!

Also, this post has made me thirsty, and I know I’ll be breaking open one of my new bottles of wine after work!

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, y’all.

Xoxo, Liza