Friday, June 26, 2015

Country Concert Cutie

Tomorrow night, my best friend Sara (check out her blog) and I are going to a concert for one of our favorite Texas country bands, Josh Abbott Band. Yes, there is a difference between Texas country and mainstream country, in my opinion. So I thought I would create a little outfit inspiration, mainly because I don't know what to wear yet! 

So without further adieu, here are some of my picks that would be perfect for a country concert, or just the summer in general!

chambray dress / cream kimono / halter dress / white kimono / romper / boots (these are my favorite! so comfy and go with everything) / red dress

Honestly, you could put anything with cowboy boots and it would look cute (that may be my Texas talking). For concerts, especially in the summer, I prefer dresses, because there isn't as much fabric directly on your skin. Go with a pattern so you don't have to accessorize much. But for something more plain, I think paring it with a light lacy kimono would be adorable. I wouldn't recommend wearing something strapless, but this romper is just too cute. And of course don't forget your boots!!!

Also, I thought it would be fun to include a list of my favorite songs from the band we're seeing.
In no particular order, these are my favorite Josh Abbott songs (but really all of them are good!)

1. Hangin' Around
2. My Texas (feat. Pat Green)
3. I'll Sing About Mine
4. She's Like Texas
5. Good Night for Dancing
6. Road Trippin (a favorite for both Sara and I)
7. Matagorda Bay
8. Taste

After tomorrow night we may have some new favorites!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

4th of July Outfit Ideas

I don't know about you, but the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday! Between the all important meaning of the holiday, fun celebrations and warm summer weather, what's not to love? I'm extra excited this year because my boyfriend is coming to Texas to celebrate the holiday with my family. 

One of my favorite parts about the holiday is picking out festive outfits for the day. Yes, I did mean that to be plural. My Fourth of July is usually broken up into three parts: our town's parade in the morning, followed by lunch and swimming with a bunch of families, then a party at our relative's house that night. I came up with some outfit ideas based on how I spend the Fourth, but they could easily fit in with however you will be spending the day!

Stay cool in the sun with a simple tank, with flag detail, and shorts. I thought it was best to keep the accessories simple, stud earrings and a red bandana tied up as a head band for a fun touch. Red sneakers are cute and functional. And what Fourth of July look is complete without red nail polish and red lips?

I think this flag inspired bandeau bikini is adorable! Paired with a coordinating towel, and cute accessories, it's perfect for a Fourth of July spent by the pool or on the beach. Don't forget to stay hydrated with this star designed mason jar. 

Finish off the day with fun fireworks, both in the sky and on your dress! The ring keeps the fireworks theme going. Red earrings and wedges are another fiery touch. The ivory bag adds some neutral back into the look. Once again red lips and nail polish are a must. Can you tell I like red?

I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July! God Bless the U.S.A.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Recruitment Ready!

I wanted to start a series about recruitment early in the summer because I think it's easier and less stressful to start getting prepared now, as opposed to in late summer when you're rushing around trying to pack and collect dorm things. I thought it would be too much to go into tips for all of recruitment in one post so I'm going to break it up into a series for advice for each day of recruitment.

When it  comes to joining a sorority, there's a lot to think about. It can be overwhelming; the perfect outfit, hair, makeup, resume... the list goes on. However, it's important to remember that the whole point of recruitment is finding your new sisters

That being said, the first round of recruitment is all about first impressions, your first impression of each chapter and their impression of you. So you want to put your best foot forward, and the best way to do that is make them remember you. The sisters will be meeting lots of girls so you want to make sure there is something distinctive about you. That does not mean wear crazy colored eyeshadow or wild clothing - unless that's your thing. However, a more toned down way to do that is with your clothes and accessories. 

At Clemson, for first round we were given t shirts to wear and then could choose any bottoms to go with it. This is pretty common for recruitment just about everywhere now. I wore fun colored shorts and statement necklaces with my t shirt to make it fit my style. Find something that fits your personality, maybe fun printed pants or a cute skirt. The most important thing to remember for the first round of recruitment is that it will be a LONG day. Comfort is key. You don't want to be stuck in shorts with a too tight waistband and sandals that are giving you blisters. Make sure your clothes fit well and are easy to move in, day one is lots of walking. Also, keep in mind that you're not dressing to impress boys at a party, you're trying to present a polished version of yourself - super short and tight clothing can be saved for going out. As for shoes, if they're new break them in ahead of time so you're feet aren't killing you at the end of the day. It's also fun to try some statement jewelry to make yourself stand out. Try a funky pendant or colorful earrings.

Here are some ideas for what to wear for first round. All of these options are reasonably priced. Old Navy is a great place for cute, inexpensive bottoms. Charming Charlie is awesome for finding fun jewelry. Despite what a lot of people think, you don't have to wear all designer clothes to be in a sorority.

As for the other aspects of your appearance, once again, remember that it will be a long day. If your hair doesn't usually hold a curl, don't try to force it during recruitment. You won't get a chance during the day to do touchups. Find a style that you like that will hold up. Same idea for your makeup look. This is not the time to experiment. If you're considering changing up how you do your makeup, start testing it out now so you know what works and what doesn't. It's never a bad idea to keep it simple. Also, make sure to bring things like powder, q tips, lipstick and mascara in your bag to fix any mishaps throughout the day. 

Now for the most important thing: meeting the sisters of each chapter. You need to get prepared to answer the same basic questions all day: your major, what dorm do you live in, why you want to join a sorority, what brought you to this school... the list goes on. It will get old during the day, but remember that they're just trying to get to know you and possibly spark a deeper conversation. Don't be afraid to open up - not share all your deepest thoughts and feelings, that can be saved for late night talks with your big - but when asked about your major, feel free to explain why it interests you or what you plan to do in the future. 

A lot will be going on and the day will move insanely fast. Keep a notebook with you - if you're not given a recruitment notebook by your recruitment counselor - to write down thoughts and impressions from each chapter as soon as you leave the party. It will do wonders when you're trying to make your decisions that night. 

Other tips: 
Sometimes round one is over two days, have ideas for different options for your outfit. If you have time, wash your t shirt between days, it will help you feel refreshed for the second day, and it won't be wrinkled or sweaty. 

Your smile is your best accessory. Show the sisters that you're interested and excited to be there.

Have some questions in mind in case the conversation lags. Maybe ask what's been their favorite part of joining a sorority.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Keep an open mind. You might be a triple legacy for a certain house, and fall in love with another. That's okay. Be open to joining any chapter. (Also don't look at things like greek rank or yik yak, rely on your own opinions - only you know what is best for you).

Check back for ideas for the rest of recruitment!