The Importance of Showing Up

The Importance of Showing Up

Hey all and happy Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

I came across the following quote the other day and shared it in my Sunday Inspo series on Insta Stories yesterday and it really resonated with me:

“You’ll have good days, bad days, overwhelming days, too tired days, I’m awesome days, I can’t go on days. And every day you’ll still show up.”

I think this is a great reminder that you are absolutely in control of your mindset. I am so guilty of letting one thing that happens completely spiral my day, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Show up for yourself, for your friends and family, for your career. Maybe it’s waking up 10 minutes earlier to grab breakfast on the way out the door. Maybe it’s smiling more at others as you stand next to them in the elevator. Maybe it’s calling a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and giving them an ear. Here’s to taking control back and putting my best foot forward. Anyone else need to press the reset button on your mindset? Let’s show up and do it together!

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Shop: Top(similar here too), Skirt, Shoes, Ring, Bracelet

(bag, earrings, and sunnies are all sold out)

Keep shining, y’all!

This is Thirty

This is Thirty

Hey party people, and happy Tuesday! And Happy Birthday to Yours Truly!

I cannot believe this new decade is here and I’m so ready for all of it. Thank you for all the messages, posts, and love that has come my way already surrounding this big day. I had a wonderful weekend celebrating with my family and friends.

Scroll down for a bright look I am LIVING for and to read 30 things about me, some of which you may or may not know.

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Shop: Dress (regular here, curvy here), Shoes (here), Pin (here), Bag (here), Jewelry (Earrings, Cuff Bracelet, Multi-Stone Bracelet, Ring)

And now… for 30 facts about moi:

  1. I was actually born on Father’s Day
  2. The first chapter book I ever read was Harry Potter
  3. I hate condiments (no ketchup or mustard for this girl)
  4. I’ve never broken a bone (knock on wood)
  5. I filled up my passport before I went to college
  6. Tim Duncan (hands down, one of the best pieces of the Spurs family) knew who I was in 3rd grade
  7. Sloths are my favorite animal
  8. I was a high school English teacher before moving to Houston
  9. I’ve had the same two best friends since middle school
  10. I’ve been in 11 weddings (and there are probably several more to go)
  11. Large statement earrings are my favorite accessory
  12. My favorite movie is easily Almost Famous (also, download the soundtrack, you won’t regret it)
  13. I am terrified of rollercoasters
  14. I’m a meat-eater through and through (if it didn’t have meat on the plate, it wasn’t a meal) – I love short ribs so much
  15. I’m the youngest of three (they taught me how to ride a bike and how to swim, not out of wanting to, but because they needed to – I was slowing down their games lol)
  16. I rolled my ankle during a football weekend in Oxford and have struggled to wear skinny heels every since (block heels or wedges are about all I can do)
  17. My best family memory was Christmas in Michigan where Santa came on Christmas Eve while we were at church and the restaurant was closed (leaving my mom in her floor length fur jacket and the rest of us eating at a McDonald’s)
  18. I was born in Chicago, lived briefly in Detroit, moved to Texas for ten years, and went to school in Mississippi for six, and then back to Texas (it goes without saying that I have a weird accent)
  19. My favorite clothing item would be an off the shoulder top and/or dress
  20. I have always loved to dance, although I’m not as good as I used to be
  21. Having a fresh mani/pedi is quite possibly my favorite thing to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon
  22. Likewise, I love a nap any day, any time
  23. I’ve been a true-blue Grey’s fan since high school and sob almost every episode
  24. I rescued a dog in college and he’s the best worst dog you’ve ever met (bless my parents for always taking him and loving him while I’m living in Houston)
  25. One of my favorite places to visit state-side is Miami – solely for the sun, the food, and the photo ops
  26. I’m a total night owl
  27. Flowers can absolutely turn my day around
  28. I absolutely don’t know what life was before the internet
  29. I don’t drink coffee but I am addicted to ice cold coca-cola (I’m trying to introduce more water into my life)
  30. I started this blog as a way to show girls and women who look like me to be confident, take fashion risks, but stay true to yourself and always look for the happiness in every day

Thanks for reading through this one. Let me know in the comments if anything surprised you or if we have something in common!

Xoxo, Liza

(the girl, ahem, the woman, who is now 30, flirty, and living her best life one outfit at a time)

Songs for Sunshine

Songs for Sunshine

This is a different kind of post, y’all.

I absolutely love music and the power of it. I love all kinds and believe that music can absolutely impact your mood.

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

Here are five songs I love to listen to

Sunshine (The Knocks Remix) by POWERS

Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit

Take a Chance on Me by ABBA

Beautiful by Carole King

Halcyon Birds by Broken Back

These are a mix of throwbacks, alternative, and just bring me a smile on way into work each day. I hope they can do the same for you!

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.

Scroll down to shop this happy look!

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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