Mother, May I?

Mother’s Day only comes once a year and it is right around the corner, y’all.

Moms, or those maternal figures in your life, are selfless. They put everyone ahead of themselves and their love is all encompassing.

My mom is no exception. So to you, Mom, thank you.

Thank you for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for your kind words, supportive actions, and your hugs. Thank you for encouraging me to bet on myself. Thank you for leading by example in forgiveness, compassion, and generosity. You are the absolute best. You are so special to me and our relationship means the absolute world. If I can be even half the mother you are to my future little ones, I’ll have done alright.

Keep scrolling for some mother-daughter pics, shop my outfit, and check out my 5 top gift ideas for that sweet soul in your life.

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Love you, mean it, Mama!

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Shop: Top (here), Jeans (here), Earrings (here), Shoes (here)

FIVE GIFTS FOR ALL THE MAMAS OUT THERE

Best Candles in ALL THE LAND (shop here)

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Julie Vos Gardenia Hoops (shop here)

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Mom’s New Fave Tote (shop here)

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The Sweetest Espadrille Flats (shop here)

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A Gold Foil Art Print (shop here)

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Happy Mama’s Day to all the strong, beautiful, and amazing women out there!

Xoxo, Liza

 

Cheer Up, Buttercup

Needing more CHEERFULNESS in your life? Say no more, I’ve got you covered. Keep reading for 3 ways you can add more happiness into your life.

  1. INVEST in your relationships – ENGAGE in your life, y’all! Find happiness in others’ successes. Just because something great happens for someone else doesn’t mean anything on your end is lacking. I read somewhere that people who have a sense of a social connection with others feel less sadness, depression, and isolation than those that feel alone. Ask someone how they are, slip a card in the mail, send a text “just because”. It’s a win-win.
  2. Think POSITIVE – you know the old saying, “when life hands your lemons…” Well, sorry to burst some of your Eeyore bubbles, but it’s true. Finding the positive in a sticky situation keeps your stress and blood pressure down. For example, a rock flew from a truck and hit my windshield. There is currently a large “L” crack. This was a crummy deal and it probably scared me more than anything else. But I was safe and the windshield can be replaced.
  3. FRESH AIR – I think the pollen has pretty much subsided down South, so get outside! Sorry Northerners, but I think you’ve got to wait a little bit longer. A walk outside, for even 10 minutes, can reduce stress and help you clear your head! Find a spot to sit, take some deep breaths and tell yourself that it’s all going to work out. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in, exhale your stress out, and open your eyes. It’s a whole new world with a whole new perspective.

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Shop: Top (here), Earrings (here), Jeans (here), Sunnies (no longer available), Bag (here), Shoes (here)

Here’s to a day of cheerfulness, sunshine, and positive vibes, y’all!

Xo, Liza

5 things to do to embrace spring

Well, we welcomed the official first day of Spring this week, y’all!

I, for one, have been long anticipating the beautiful Houston Spring weather with lots of off the shoulder tops, crawfish on patios, and sitting by a pool catching some sun.

Spring also welcomes in change; we want new clothes, new skin, a new life.

Here are 5 things you can do to get Spring clean – from clothes to your house to your appearance, we want a fresh start after an icy winter!

1. Clean out that closet – I literally did that on Sunday. I have four bags of stuff for Buffalo Exchange and one bag for Goodwill. The best thing about going through your closet? You find pieces you once loved and you can’t remember why you stopped wearing it. Plus, when you resell your gently loved clothes, you can put that money towards some Spring newness.

2. Change your bedding – I recently made a simple change by switching out my old quilt for a new one last week (similar here). I added some different pillows, and ta-da, a space to rest your head that feels like new! Should I do a new bedding reveal?

3. Tap into some new skincare – Let’s face it, winter does a number to our skin. We’re paler than ever, our skin is dry, our lips chapped. Incorporate some goodness into your skincare routine.

4. Deep clean your place – Household cleaning items are essential this time of year. Although it’s gorgeous outside, you’re also dragging in tons of allergens through your door like pollen. Dust, swiffer those floors, and wash your sheets regularly!

5. Add some fresh blooms to bring some happiness indoors – whether fake or real, add some color to your breakfast table with some flowers. For me, this always puts a smile on my face.

Scroll down a Spring look!

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Shop the look: Top (sold out – similar here), Jeans (here), Bag (here), Bracelets (here, here, and here), Shoes (here), Sunnies (here), Earrings (here)

Keep on shining’ y’all!

Liza

 

Be Your Own Valentine

Well, y’all, the day has arrived. V day is here.

Now, some people think it’s an overrated holiday forced upon us by big corporations.

However, I think it’s just an extra day out of the year to shower ourselves and the people we care about with some extra love! I am currently single, but that doesn’t stop me from buying into the hype of Valentine’s Day. I sent out my snail mail with vintage-inspired Valentine’s to my nearest and dearest, treated these fingers and toes to a mani/pedi, and bought myself flowers (because according to Henri Matisse, there are always flowers for those who want to see them). Whether you’re celebrating with your SO, getting a group together for a GALentine’s dinner, or hanging by yourself with some Hershey kisses, be good to you and give yourself an extra pat on the back with love today.

Here are 5 things you can do to treat yo’self TODAY: 

  1. Take a hot bath – unwind, pour yourself a glass of wine, and take a soak. For some extra relaxation: throw in a floral bath bomb (like the one here).
  2. Take a walk – teach your body that behavior matters: get your blood circulating, put on your headphones, quiet your mind, and jam. Need some new tennies? Check out my new gym shoes here!
  3. Bake your favorite treat – Brownies, cookies, gluten free something? What’s something that you absolutely love to snack on but don’t have often enough? Here’s a recipe for one of my favorite sweet treats – Strawberry Cake!
  4. Send some kindness to someone else – Write 1 positive email, text, or card praising or thanking someone you care about. I love this stationary here!
  5. Buy yourself a happy – sometimes pulling out your wallet can put the biggest smile on your face, am I right? This pretty initial necklace has caught my eye and you can find it here! I also just treated myself to this honey lip scrub ($6) and pink clay mask ($8)!

Scroll down for a Valentine’s-inspired look!

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Shop the look: Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Necklace (here), Bracelet (here), Sweater (here and here), Top (similar here), Jeans (here), Boots (here), Bag (here), Rings (here)

And remember, at the end of the day, being happy never goes out of style.

Xoxo, Liza

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.

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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