Fashion Friday: The Cold Shoulder

This comes across as one of those trends that everyone loves to hate, but no one wants to actually try.

Well friends, I tried the cold shoulder and I am ready to incorporate it into my closet as much as possible. ( there is a chance I MAY have bought a CS Romper on Poshmark a couple weeks ago #noshame). 

There is something about these shoulder baring tops that hit the perfect blend of cute and sexy all at once. Which of course make them easy to wear to any occasion that comes up this Summer season.

the cold shoulder

 

XoXo- C
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Show Some Leg

Shorts are a staple for summer

Especially in the death heat that is Alabama summer.

Sadly, my closet is down to about one pair that fits

On the bright side, that means I have an excuse to add this year’s trends to my closet.

Show some leg

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Patches have made a comeback and my tween heart doesn’t care how lame you think this is!!! Downside- AE is charging WAY more than they should for this trend. Plus side- Thrift stores have so many shorts and you can buy patches on Etsy or at Michael’s pretty cheap. DIY patch party anyone?!?

2)

Matching two piece sets have been on my skeptical list for a while now. At first, all I could think about was how tacky it was going to look having all the same pattern on. But the more I see it on people, the more I fall in love with this trend. Personal Tip- keeping it to one bold pattern is enough. I have seen some that get a little too extra. For me, that just makes go down hill fast.

3)

Oh, the love-hate relationship I have with rompers. I have always been afraid of them due to being so short. But this year I’m throwing away all those fear and I am on the hunt for the perfect one This one for Charlotte Russe is a close contender- Because really who can say no to cut outs AND floral.

4)

Another year has come and I still have not made it to the holy grail that is Coachella. Of course, that isn’t gone to stop me from letting my inner wild child shine and stocking my closet with festival shorts. High on the list are these ones with the side lace for a little extra fun. ( maybe add some patches! All the trends.)

What is the short trend you all are looking forward to most?

Leave it in the comments.

Xo- C

Ragnar Diaries: Road to Ragnar

If you had told me a year ago that I would be gearing up to run a 200-mile relay race with 11 of my friends. I would have told you that you were on crack. Yet here I am running around getting everything ready to pack up for what I am expecting will be one crazy weekend. (if you don’t know what Ragnar is Click the link here and take a look at the insanity that will be happening this weekend)

You may be wondering how I found myself doing something so outside my comfort zone. Well, it all comes down to the ” year of yaaaassss” and my love of pizza. ( yes. I agreed to this for free pizza- this is not the first time I agreed to do something because of the promise of free pizza)

When my friend asked me back in November ( I think, dates are hard.) I looked at him like he was insane. But since I wanted to stick to my ” year of yaaaassss” I said sure why not. Thinking of course that there was still time to back out.

I started training on my own around that time. At my first run, I thought I was going to die and my average mile time was around 17 minutes. I remember sitting on the floor at the gym thinking “there is no way in hell I can do this. JK is going to kick me off his team.”

Yet I kept going because I had talked about it so much with everyone that I started to get excited. I mean who wouldn’t be excited to be jammed in a van with their friends while all gross and sweaty….( partial sarcasm).

We started doing Saturday runs together outside to get used to running not on a treadmill. Somewhere in the training it got to a point where I really started to look forward to Saturday runs and not dread everything about them. My miles and speed slowly started to increase without me even noticing it and my confidence about the race started to get a little higher (not much.. but a little)

I’m excited and nervous about how this weekend is going to go. Either way, it is going to be an interesting story to tell for a long time. And for those who know me, know how much I love bragging rights ūüôā

The last two days have been filled with packing, prepping snacks, prepping amazing playlists and trying to tune out the nerves while I get ready to spend 36 (+) hours with my VanFam!

Don’t worry blog friends- I will updated you on how everything goes!**

Xo- C

 

** If you follow me on Instagram I will be posting and Insta-streaming events of the weekend! ¬†If you don’t follow and want to check it out- My insta username is Cupcakenova. ( I will be making my Insta public for this weekend only for those who want to check out the craziness!)

Swim into Spring

Happy Second Day of Spring!

(Yes this is going up a day later than I wanted it to.. oops)

I don’t know about you all, but I am so ready for sunshine and warm days.

Sadly my wardrobe is a little less ready.

Which clearly means it is time for me to start searching fort the perfect spring trends.

I’m dedicating every Tuesday from now until May to searching and sharing my favorite spring trends!

Up first  Swimwear!

Swim into Spring

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For me- this summer will be all about cut-outs, halter necklines (this year’s tan lines are going to be the best!) and bold colors/patterns!

What is your favorite swim trend? Let me know in the comments.

XoXo-C

On Repeat: Divide

Ever since the day this album dropped I have listened to it in full at least once a day. (usually more… #notevensorry).

A friend told me the album should just be renamed ” your future wedding songs”

and I couldn’t agree more.

If you haven’t heard it yet- sit back and get ready to be gut punched in the feels. (No joke- just wait until you get to Save Myself. )

But for real- how do I get my very own Ed Sheeran?

Most Played Song:

it is a tie between “Dive”¬†and “Perfect”

Anyone else obsessed with Divide?

Post your favorite song from the album in the comments

Style Me Savvy: All Choked Up

All Choked Up

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Chokers are making a fashion comeback and I for one could not be happier. Personally, I am a bigger fan of the ones that have the choker and a secondary layering necklace. But let’s be honest you really cannot go wrong with any of them. ¬†Thank you 90’s fashion Gods for bringing this trend back.. and please never take it away from me.

What is everyone’s favorite choker trend?

The years pass, but they never get easier

I knew I wanted to post today

But I had known idea where to start

How do you write about something that completely changed your entire life in one small moment?

Yesterday I went to a World AIDs Day event to see a friend speak about a family member she had lost to the disease.  In her story, she said:

¬†” Something’s change you right in that moment and others change you over the rest of your life*”¬†

She has no idea about my experience in 2003

and she probably has no idea how that one sentence resonated with an experience completely different from hers

December 2, 2003: 

In that moment, death became real.

¬†Not in an old age” way

Not in a ” life threatening illness” way

Not in a “car accident” kind of way

But in a way that someone actively decided to end their life.

And all I could think in that moment was “why?” and “How?”

Why did you feel this was the only way?

Why didn’t we notice?

Why are people so insensitive about what happened?

Why aren’t we talking about this?

How come the school isn’t talking about this?

How does something like this get pushed to the side?

How do we stop this from ever happening again?

These questions have stuck with me for the last 11 years.  And over the years, it has not only shaped the kind of person I am but my career path.

 

These are the topic that people do not want to talk about.

Suicide, death, and depression

But not talking about them does not make them go away

Sadness is real, Depression is real, and sadly Suicide is real.

And depression takes so many forms:

The depressed person can be that person who “Acts out and is impossible to deal with” Because they have no outlet for their emotions

It could be that student with the straight A’s who buries themselves in work because they don’t want to deal with the real world.

It can be that person who sits quietly, going day-to-day doing what they have to do to survive but never really living outside that comfort zone.

 

But until we live in a world where people do not feel isolated or are no longer spoken badly about for talking about their feeling, their anger, their sadness, and all the other things that make up the “ugly” side of human life

We will never live in a world where people feel like their life matters…

…and every life matters.

peopledonot

 

 

(*this may not be verbatim, I’m really bad at quoting)