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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sleep Dresses

Sleep shirts/dresses are my new favorite thing. I'm not talking about the old school night gowns. I'm talking about the simple, comfortable, wear-around-the-house, sleeping shirts. Seriously, why haven't I ever bought one of these before?  They are so comfortable and keep you stylish all night :)

Here are some of my favorites {I own #1 & #2}:

sleep dresses

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Love, sje

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Swimwear: One Piece

This past weekend I was talking with some friends about how cute one piece swimsuits have become. There are many different styles from sporty to classy to chic. I am really loving this trend. Do you have a one piece swimsuit that you love? Paste the link in the comments below!

Here are some one piece suits that I love (and this is only a few): 

One Piece Swimsuits

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Love, sje

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

On Trend: Tassels

Tassels are hot right now. They are everywhere and I love it. There are so many ways to rock this trend from jewelry to clothing to accessories!

Here are some of my favorite tassel items:


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4 / 5 / 6

Will you participate in the tassel trend?? I am and I think I need some more :)

Love, sje

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Rent the Runway

This past weekend, I fell in love with a website. I fall in love with websites often, yes, but none like Rent the Runway. I realize I am "late to the game" and RTR has been around for a while but this past weekend was my first experience with them and I fell in love. Here's why:

1. The website is clean, clear and easy to use. When shopping online, this helps tremendously.
2. The clothes and accessories are gorgeous. There are so many amazing pieces on the website it is extremely hard to decide which item to rent.
3. They have many different designers that will pair with many different personalities.
4. Prices are incredible. I rented a $400 dress for only $75.
5. Customer service is the best I've ever dealt with in retail. I emailed a few different times (while learning the website) and I would get a response & solution within 5 minutes. The customer service reps that I emailed with were nice and didn't make me feel like I was asking something stupid.
6. They allow you to order your item in two different sizes to make sure you have one that fits.
7. You are able to see reviews & pictures by customers who have already rented the item. This REALLY helps when deciding what size to buy and if the item will look good on your similar type body shape.
8. Returns are free & easy.

If you have an event that you are about to attend and you don't know what you are going to wear...check out RTR before buying a new outfit. So many times, I buy a brand new dress that I love but only wear once or twice a year. With RTR, you'll save money while looking like you spent a ton!

Here's the BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress that I rented for my friend's bachelorette dinner. We didn't dress like a typical bachelorette party; I'm on the left and the bride is in all black :) Here's the link to it on Rent The Runway if you want to rent it!

Have you rented from RTR? If so, let me know what your thoughts are!
Love, sje

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On the outside of a tragedy

I know it's rare that I write a post on my blog that looks more like a journal entry but this is a topic that I feel will be more beneficial online than only in my journal. I know it's a topic that we've all felt but maybe didn't know how to put into words at the time. This is my attempt to put my feelings into words with hopes that it might help others understand what they are feeling. It's lengthy but I hope it is impactful.

an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe.

Lately, I've found myself on the outside of multiple tragedy's. What does that mean? It means that something really bad (not necessarily fatal) happened to someone else and I am affected but technically "on the outside." Am I confusing you?

Here are some examples:
-3 years ago my best friend's husband, also a close friend of mine, died in a car accident. She was in the middle of the tragedy, and although I was greatly affected, I was on the outside.
-A couple years ago, my childhood best friend's father was in a terrible (but not fatal) car accident and recently had a major surgery to get rid of cancer. In both cases, she was in the middle of it and I was on the outside.
-Recently, another one of my best friends was in a terrible car accident (not fatal) and injured herself badly. She is recovering outside of where we live so I feel like there is nothing I can do. She is in the middle; I am on the outside.
-Multiple friends of mine who desperately want to have a child are dealing with infertility. They are in the middle, I am on the outside.
...This list could go on and on.

Like I mentioned, this is a topic that has been on my mind for a while. The reason I decided to write this post is because of the recent tragedy in Georgia. A horrific car accident happened early yesterday morning and 5 Georgia Southern University students were killed and 2 are in the hospital. I don't know any of the girls or anyone that knew them but suddenly the overwhelming "outsider" feeling made its way in and I can't stop thinking about those people who have found themselves in that position.

How does it feel? It hurts. It consumes your thoughts and your mood for days, weeks, and/or years. It puts life into perspective. You are desperate to help in any way possible although you feel helpless. You ask why; why did it happen to them and not you? You pray...a lot.

After many conversations with my best friend who lost her husband I've figured it out. In fact, she put all my questions to an end by telling me this: You are not on the outside. Ever. The tragedy happened to you too. You are in the middle of it but you just hold a different title. You are grieving too. It happened to you just as it happened to "the person in the middle" it just looks different at how your life goes on from there.

MY friend died in a car accident. MY friends were injured in a car accident. MY friend is helping her dad recover from major surgery. MY friends are struggling to conceive a child. I am right there in the middle of the tragedy too. It's okay to feel like it happened directly to me because it did. She's had to learn what her new normal is as a single mom. My other friends are focusing on the best way to heal. My friends trying to conceive are learning how to deal with the high hopes and low despairs that come with infertility.

I have to understand that my role in the tragedy is to figure out how I can be the best friend to them in each situation. That's how you cope. Being present. Being that listening ear when they need to talk it out. Staying away when they need to be alone. Being the person to help them transition into their new normal.

Most importantly...

Tell them how you feel. Tell them how many times you ask why. Tell them when you have moments of breakdown. Let them be your crying shoulder. They don't need someone to tell them "it's going to be okay" because they know it will but they also know that it will be different than before, and in a way, that is not okay. They don't need someone to tell them "let me know if there is anything you need" because, truthfully, they won't. The only reason people say those things is to make themselves feel better. The most shocking and the most honest truth my friend told me was, "It comforts me to know others are hurting too. It shows me that I am not alone in this. Just because he wasn't your husband, he was your friend and I know that you are grieving too. When people hear my story I don't want them to feel sympathy towards me; I want them to see how much he was loved by so many. His death affected many people and I want them to see how God is using his death to pour out His blessings. He was my husband; but he was also a son, brother, cousin, and friend."

Oh, the strength and perspective she has!

So, I leave you with this. You are not on the outside of the tragedy. You are right there in the middle of it. It's okay to grieve. It's okay to be honest with your friends/family about how it is affecting you. Your grief might be the only comfort to them when they are numb. You don't have to be the strong outsider because in most cases, the strongest person is the one who you considered to be in the middle. 

Love, sje

Photo by Proverbs 31 Ministries

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rehearsal Dinner dress (for a bridesmaid)

One of my best friends is getting married in June and I am so excited for her wedding. I am a bridesmaid and I am honored to be able to stand by her on her big day. Recently, we were talking about what she would wear to the rehearsal dinner. As we were talking, I realized that I haven't once thought about what I would wear (SO unlike me). The rehearsal & rehearsal dinner gives the bride and groom a glimpse into what their wedding day will look like, so obviously, I want to dress to impress.

She is getting married in the evening at a beautiful outdoor venue that is located on the water. The dinner is going to be at a delicious restaurant downtown. I know NOT to wear white (or anything in the white color family) but other than that detail, I have no idea what style direction to go. Long or short? Dressy or dressy casual? Printed or solid? Help me people!

Here are a few options that I love. I may go with one of these and I may not. What would you choose??

Long Rehearsal Dinner Dresses
Rehearsal Dinner Short Dresses

1. Love 21   2. Teal   3. Vestique   4. Target

Any of these options will look great on a guest at the wedding too. Which is your favorite?
Love, sje

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boho Style

My style is ever-changing and it always depends on my mood. I think it is because I love all kinds of fashion and appreciate the language it speaks. Depending on the day, you might find me dressed girly, edgy, athletic or trendy. If I had to pick one style that I would claim as my own, it would be bohemian. Basically, everything Free People. I simply love it. I love bohemian styled clothes, accessories, interiors, hair, etc.

Can all of these pieces make their way into my closet/home please??

Boho Style