Styling short dresses in the winter can be extremely difficult because we’ve all grown up being told that you’re ‘not supposed to bare skin’ this time of year. Oh gosh, we’re breaking the rules — but that’s my favorite thing to do when it comes to fashion. I’ve always admired those who bend the style rules just a bit and aren’t afraid to step outside of the box.
I don’t know about y’all, but I love being able to wear my favorite dresses (like this one) year round. I found this Storets biker dress back in October when it was still really warm outside, and now, I love that I’m able to create a totally different look with it throughout the winter months.
Alright, friends – blogging 101 is back in session! I was so pumped to see the positive feedback from my first post in this series and can’t wait to dive into more detail with y’all. Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions at all or if I left off something that you would like for me to include in the future Blogging 101 posts. (You can see what all I plan on covering here.)
By now – after reading Part 1: Finding Your Niche & Knowing Your Audience – you should be clear in the direction that you want to take your blog and know who your target audience will be.
Part 2 is all about the back-end, technical ‘stuff’, which we’ll be talking about today, and trust me, I know it can be super overwhelming. Thankfully my sweet hubby, TJ, offered to come on to LNL as a guest today to help me explain all of this in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s so fun to get dressed up in fancy outfits, to look nice for special events or to feel like you’ve just stepped off the NYFW runway onto the streets of your hometown, but let’s be real for a minute. NO ONE – and I mean no one – dresses up like that every single day of their life. We all have days where we just feel like wearing comfortable clothes – while still wanting to look stylish and put together. Whether it be running errands around town, a Saturday morning coffee or brunch date with your significant other, or for me, a full day without meetings – sitting at my desk working / planning content … you can still manage to feel super cozy in a comfortable, yet fashionable streetstyle-appropriate outfit.
A couple weeks ago on my Instagram story, I had a song playing in the background, and I received over 50 messages asking for the title & artist of that song. I figured I would do a poll to see if you all would actually be interested if I shared my current playlist with y’all, and over 95% answered ‘YES’. So, here we are!
Today, I’m sharing my Winter Playlist, which includes lots of chill tunes, (some newbies – lots of oldies) and all around just a huge mix of what I’ve been listening to lately. I tend to listen to many different genres, slow songs & fast songs, sad music & happy music all at one time, so I hope y’all like a good mix! I’m sure you’ll be able to easily identify which artists are my favorites since I’ve included lots of their music. 🙂
Basketball season is in full swing, and my Vols are doing really well so far! The Lady Vols are undefeated with a 14-0 record. They started their SEC schedule last week with a win over Auburn, and they are currently #7 in the nation! The men’s team has gotten off to a good start as well and a win against Kentucky on Rocky Top tomorrow will be huge as they kick off their SEC schedule. I’m pumped!
Not only am I a die hard UT football fan (which you all got to see a lot of this past fall), but I’m also a big Tennessee basketball fan – if you can’t already tell. Fun fact: My sweet Papaw played basketball for the University of Tennessee back when he was in school, so I always love hearing his stories from that time in his life! Another fun story — when I was cheering at UT, I became friends with a lot of the Lady Vol players. They were always so kind, really great students & absolutely hilarious to be around. I remember at every away game that we traveled with the Lady Vols, the coaches and players would always personally thank us for coming to cheer them on. They’re a really great bunch to be around! Unfortunately, I wasn’t cheering at UT when the amazing Pat Summitt was still coaching, but I was fortunate enough to be able to meet her and hear some great lessons from her before she passed away. She is and always will be a true legend at the University of Tennessee!
One of the most common questions I get from you all is “what to wear to a spring/summer/fall/winter wedding” (and especially recently) – a winter wedding. Those are tricky because it can be difficult to find a dress that’s #1: practical & #2: dress code appropriate for the season and the event itself. Not only do you have to take the winter season & cooler temps into consideration, but you also have to be aware of the ‘style of dress’ for the event. This could be casual, cocktail attire, semi-formal, formal, black tie, etc. I chose to feature a dress in this post that could actually cover a few of these different categories (except for casual, of course).
Happy New Year! I can’t believe 2017 has already come and gone. I hope each of you had a great year full of love, health and happiness, and I hope 2018 tops it!
One of my biggest goals for 2017 was to take my blog full time and become a successful businesswoman in the fashion and blogging industries. This was somewhat a challenge because that meant that I had to grow my blog to the point of where it could be financially stable enough for me to leave my 9 to 5 corporate job. The transition was something I tiptoed around (for months), but after lots of prayer and a huge leap of faith, here we are — I’m finally living out my dream in my LNL world! (all thanks to you guys!!) 2017 was definitely a year of transition and growth, yet ultimately a huge step in the right direction for my career path. (PTL!) I’m SO grateful for this, however, I do want to be as real & transparent with y’all as I can right now because it wasn’t all unicorns & butterflies.
Can you believe 2017 is almost over? I feel like it flew by.
When I first started writing this post, I was planning on sharing lots of my favorite purchases and most worn items that I bought this year, but then I decided to narrow it down to my top 10 purchases because then you all would really understand just how much I LOVE these 10 items & why I continue to recommend them to you guys all the time! (Trust me, it was harder than I thought it would be to choose only 10!!)
Time to find your New Years Eve #ootn STAT! It’s only 4 days away! I feel like NYE always creeps up on me because I’m still in the Christmas spirit for a few days after December 25th, so if you tend to wait ’til the last minute (like me) on finding a cute outfit of the night for NYE, I’ve got your back!
Here are some fabrics and styles to look for when shopping for your New Years dress (or romper, jumpsuit, etc.). These will all ‘look the part’ and keep you on trend for the one night of the year when you’ll definitely want to turn heads …
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Christmas is coming & I’m getting all festive by trying to blend in with the nutcracker. 😉 Juuuust kidding (kind of). In all seriousness, I’m totally digging this whole band jacket trend right now because it’s a STATEMENT piece that can be styled so many different ways! I think this jacket would also look amazing with a simple pair of jeans or leggings paired with over the knee boots!
I found a few different options (of band jackets) to share with y’all (including the one I’m wearing here!) if you want to try out this trend for yourself — they’re all linked at the bottom of this post! But before that, I wanted to share with y’all some of our family Christmas traditions because they are SO near & dear to my heart and truly make this time of the year so special. I’m sure you all can relate & I’d love to hear about your family’s traditions as well! As TJ and I think about starting a family of our own in the future, we know that we will get to add some new traditions for our little family, so send any and all special Christmas ideas our way!