All About The Ears

As I promised in my last post, this post is all about The Fairy Godsisters! I was lucky enough to find The Fairy Godsisters in their earliest stages. Megan and Erin make some of the prettiest, and most unique ears in the game.

Let’s start off with some general facts about this awesome etsy. First off, this is a family business. Megan and Erin are sisters in law and the cutest BFFs! You can really tell that there is so much love in every headband they make. If quality is a concern for you, have no fear. These ears are sewn together beautifully, and made with high quality products. The ears are stuffed, as opposed to the flatter unstuffed ears many shops make. This honestly made them look so much more, “finished.”

Finally, let’s talk about comfort. Something that is not often taken into consideration when it comes to park ears is comfort. When there are already so many factors that could take away from your comfort levels in play, the last thing you need is an uncomfortable headband squeezing behind your ears. The Fairy Godsisters must have sprinkled magical fairy comfort dust onto their ears, because both pairs were super comfortable. I didn’t have to take a single break all day!!

If all of this wasn’t enough to convince you that these ears are awesome, they’re just down right adorable! The Lilly print  I loved for obvious reasons, but the Briar Rose really took me by surprise. The big tulle bow was such a unique and beautiful touch!

I paired the Lilly ears with a hot pink crop top from Nordstrom Rack, and mint shorts from J. Crew. This cute color combo matched the print perfectly, and was super comfortable!

I took a girlier approach when I was Styling the Briar Rose pair, and really took a cue from Aurora. This sweet bow back dress from Macy’s was a steal at under $20, and looked great!

How do you style your park ears?

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Fa-la-la-la Festive!

Everyone has a favorite holiday tradition. For some it is baking cookies, or watching, “A Christmas Story,” for the millionth time. My favorite part of the Christmas season is all of the fun holiday parties

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There is nothing more fun than putting on a festive dress, some heels, and red lipstick! This is one of my favorite go to holiday party looks! Curls just scream Christmas to me, and so does the color red.

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This Lands End dress is oh so elegant and super comfy, which makes it the perfect party dress. This darling sparkly pearl necklace from J. Crew makes the outfit oh so chic, and the heels give you the perfect lift!

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Wishing you all a happy holiday season, and don’t forget to stay fa-la-la-la festive!

Thankful Thursday #1

I wasn’t sure what to write tonight. I could go on and on about this pretty pink dress, and how it makes me feel beautiful and good about myself, but that wouldn’t be 100% true. No dress can validate your existence. Taking a million pictures till you get the right one does not make you any more or less beautiful. In this blogging journey, I’ve undergone some serious stress over things that just don’t matter. Every time I post a picture, all I can see are my flaws and the pictures that don’t look perfect. Although I am aware that perfection is an allusion, these feelings are still so hard to shake. Unfortunately, these feelings are not unique to me. I know girls who agonize over what to post on Instagram, and while I am all for posting great content, sometimes we need to remind ourselves that our worth isn’t based on how many likes or followers we have. So instead of focusing on my exterior and the clothes I wear, for the month of November I will be writing about the things that make me the person I am. The things I am thankful for.

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 This week I will start out by writing about the relationships I am thankful for, and I’m not just talking about romance. I of course need to start this off with the people I first forged a relationship with: my family. I am so blessed to be part of a loving, caring family. It is so rare to find someone whose family fully supports their dreams and aspirations, but I have just that! I cannot tell you how very grateful I am that I have never heard, “what’s your backup plan,” from my immediate family when my choice to be a music major comes up. They truly believe that I can succeed at anything if I work hard and set my mind on it.

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Now on to my lifelong friends. I have not always been the easiest person to be a friend to, but I have so many wonderful friends who have stuck with me through the ups and downs, and I am blessed enough to have two friends who I have loved for over a decade. In today’s society, this kind of deep lasting friendship is rare. So thank you two for living through our pimply preteen years, first crushes, awkward trends, SAT anxiety, and several moves.

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The fact that I have friends who I have known for as long as I can remember doesn’t diminish the friendships I’ve come to be a part of more recently. In the past year I have met so many wonderful and inspiring people that I am lucky enough to call my friends. They challenge me to be better, inspire me to pursue everything with zeal, and reassure me that everything is going to be ok when it feels like the world is falling apart. Thank you for making life more exciting, and for accepting me with open arms.

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Finally, I am so grateful for my wonderful boyfriend. He keeps me calm, and brings so much joy into my life. Thank you for helping me understand that despite what other boys have said, I am not crazy or unreasonable for showing my emotions,  for helping me see my beauty even on days when all I can see is the pimple on my face, and for knowing the difference between when I need to talk about something and when all I need is a hug.

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I hope that this will inspire you to think beyond the surface and to take time to give your blessings the recognition that they deserve.

The Great Pumpkin!

“Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin,” has got to be my favorite fall movie! It makes a fun annual experience something magical, and very, “Charlie Brown.” Over the weekend, I got to visit one of the many pumpkin patches in my area to find my own Great Pumpkin!

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This adorable scalloped navy dress is comfy enough for a trip to the pumpkin patch, and pretty enough for brunch with friends! It worked perfectly with my Kate Spade bag and Jack Rogers flats.

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I have been loving this big bun these past couple of weeks. It’s a perfect hassle free way to keep your hair out of your face while still looking fabulous and put together!

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What is your favorite fall activity?

Dress: TJ Maxx / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Bag: Kate Spade / Necklace: J. Crew

Stop and Smell the Flowers!

I don’t always wear shorts, but when I do, I make sure to find matching flowers!

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These hot pink shorts are one of my favorite summer clothing items! The wider leg makes them oh so flattering, and the pretty little pleats give them a girly flair.

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I paired them with this little striped top for an effortless outfit that is perfect for those moments when you just have to stop and smell the flowers. It’s been so hot lately, so of course, Jacks were a must!

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Let’s get real for a second ladies. Although I adore my long curls, when it’s 93 degrees outside I’m tempted to chop it all off! Instead of going to drastic lengths, I beat the heat with this sweet little bun. It ended up looking a little like Elsa’s coronation hair-do. If only it came with her icy powers!

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Although we can’t all cause a mid-summer cold spell, I made a little list of five ways to stay cool!

  1. Make sure to stay hydrated! I know that everyone says this, but it’s seriously the ultimate life hack! If you’re bored of plain old water, try making a yummy fruit infused water!
  2. Wear your hair up. There are tons of cute and simple ways to keep your hair off of your neck!
  3. If you have access to a pool, use it! Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
  4. Try making some popsicles. Sure you can just pop into the store and buy some, but kitchen experiments are always fun!
  5. And finally if you can’t beat it, make a list of what you enjoy about it! Focus on the fact that summer means pretty flowers, summer clothes, ice-cream cones, and less responsibilities!

How do you beat the heat? -PS

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Top: H&M / Shorts: J. Crew / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Purse: B. Makowsky / Watch: Michael Kors / Ring: Pandora