Right now I have to tell you about the most fabulous, groovy bell bottoms

 

I will not lie. I think of the beginning of “Baby Driver” where we are introduced to a good kid with a huge knowledge of music and he has to pay a huge debt to his boss, who is a monster (on screen and off screen) when I wear these jeans. The song is a great setting for the movie even though bell bottoms were not present in the movie. However, it is a perfect song that makes me happy about what I’m wearing.

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But for real let me tell you about bell bottoms. I have had these in my closet since my birthday. Sadly, I was afraid to wear these jeans because I thought they were too daring for me. Of course, a few things happened since I bought them. I moved to Nashville where the range of style is different from the armies of bachelorette parties in matching Cricut shirts and boots, 90s style Guess shirts, designer everything, and girls wearing Molly the American Girl doll glasses. Bell bottoms might not be as daring as some of these options, but I feel as though it’s a classic style that is stigmatized as a trend. However, the secret is you have to style them right.

I have had bell bottoms when was another trend many years ago. In 4th grade, I remember having a pair of baby blue bell bottoms with a glittery sheen. It was something Lizzie McGuire would have worn. In high school, I remember getting a pair a silk lined Miss Me bell bottom jeans after Katie Holmes wore them. Of course, those trends are distant.

I think they should stay. Mine are high waisted which gives a retro feel. Plus it works great with your shirt tucked in. There’s just something awesome about the way it pulls off with a solid top. Now I do need to find an awesome belt to wear with this. However, I just know this is something I will wear more often. I paired it with Diane Von Furstenburg cat-eyed sunglasses I found at Nordstrom Rack and a Cloth and Stone shirt from TJ Maxx.

 

Now I ordered these jeans from J. Crew and they were on clearance for $34. I will admit I was scared when I saw all sales were final. I would like to provide some alternative options. Now J. Crew does have a lighter wash available in the Ashbury flare jeanGap has a pair for $70. If you want to go for an extremely edgy look I would recommend these frayed bottom bell bottoms from Free People. The bell bottoms are very wide.

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My sister came to town and we did get touristy.

 

I feel as though the only way shoe that works with a pair of bell bottoms is one with a heel that provides height and structure. Plus, this prevents the hems from being stepped on and really looking like a tattered mess. My favorite platform sandal is Bushnell by OTBT. However, I opted for the Vionic Rory Bootie in Taupe. These boots are comfortable however I was an idiot and I didn’t wear socks because it showed through. Well, after a day of roaming around in Nashville in these shoes my toes hurt the next day. However, what I did for work the following week is fold an ankle sock over where it only covers half my foot. My heels were fine, which is a miracle considering I have worn flat boots and my heels have been in pain. At work, I have had no problems wearing the Vionics because they provide orthotic support. Plus, the taupe goes with everything.

 

If you don’t feel like wearing bell bottoms yet, let me show you a safe option for everyone, Women’s Textured Skinny Ankle Pants by A New Day. These might be worn weekly like the bell bottoms I had as a kid from Target. I have fallen in love with the A New Day line from Target for my work attire. There was no question that I had to get these textured pants. These are guaranteed to make you dance like Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face” when she is in the skinny pants and black turtleneck. They are edgy for going out, yet great for the office.  I wore them twice within one week of purchasing these pants because I love them so much. Plus, it is great for upcoming holidays parties. Also, I must add they are stretchy, which is great for being around holiday food.

Bell bottoms will be a permanent addition to my closet. However, my advice for the world is this just wear the bell bottoms because you can rock it and you will not look weird. Just say “Lord can’t help it baby got her blue jeans on” to motivate you to wear these things. Plus, you will feel awesome and may you have this Jon Spencer Explosion song stuck in your head if you opt to purchase a pair.

 

Holiday Sale Secrets

First of all this blog is dedicated to Brittany Sims. I keep updating her on when sales are and she has encouraged me to maintain a sales blog. While I don’t see myself blogging about sales all of the time, I think I should reveal my secrets for the upcoming Christmas season. If there’s one thing I love it is saving money, but also I want to help people learn to crack the code. Also, this helps me avoid impulse buys.

 

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My friend Brittany and me with my Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Double Zipped Satchel, which was a holiday sale find. I knew this photo was fitting even though it was from a little over a year ago and the logo on the bag isn’t showing. (Yeah I know low-quality photo, but high-quality friendship).

 

So here’s a little bit of how I plan out my Christmas shopping. However, it is also a team effort between my mother and sister this helps us obtain more. I buy mostly everything online because you will not see me fighting sleep, traffic, nor people.

The first winter sale begins this weekend. Around the first week of November, I focus on cosmetics at Sephora. Since I am a VIB Rouge member, I receive a 20% discount from Sephora. To meet the spending criteria, my sister and I will pick out cosmetics and hair care products but also we will stock up for the upcoming year. I will keep an inventory of what I use and what I need. Sometimes I order it online, but I go to the store to get my cosmetics. I really like the looks of this Tarte Limited Edition Treasure Box Collector’s Edition Palette.  The shade souvenir looks beautiful and I use a thin brush to apply eyeshadow like eyeliner when I have to out at night. This gives a burst of color that makes my eyes pop, but I also don’t have to put a lot of effort into taking off eyeliner at night.

So the week of Thanksgiving is Tory Burch. This particular sale seems to start earlier and earlier, but keep an eye on the products you want and set them aside in the online shopping cart. However, the more you spend the more discounts you get. My mother and sister choose jewelry and handbags then create the order in my shopping bag. Sometimes, Tory Burch will give you gift cards depending on how much you have spent in the past, which is even more helpful. I know you can eyeroll her stuff comes at a pretty penny, but I just retired my first pair of Tory Burch Minnie Ballet Flats that I wore on campus and work. They were 5 years old. I pretty much grab these shoes everytime I have to dress up. I remember it taking me almost 6 years to get an everyday Tory Burch handbag in my hands. Yes, I love designer clothes, but I did not know how to crack the code. For the past two Christmases, I have gotten Tory Burch bags for around half the price. Not bad considering I carry the bag everyday for a year and I will dig it out of my closet to carry again.

Macy’s has been my choice for kitchen appliances for Black Friday deals. However, I compared prices to other retailers and Macy’s has failed me. It looks like Amazon might be the retailer to go to for sales considering they started Black Friday deals for the month of October. This year my eyes are on the Instant Pot, which is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, and food warmer. I need all of the counter and cabinet space that I can get. Plus, I can make french dips, which I love ordering at a deli.

Now as for clothing it varies. Usually, I do an inventory of my closet beforehand to make sure I get something that I need and not something I have. This season is crazy considering there’s not a piece of clothing I have my eyes on. I’m still trying to find a rain jacket that looks professional and I’m not rushing it trying to find the perfect piece. J. Crew is my favorite store for business clothes.  Plus, it is a great time to get slacks that you can wear all year round to work. Nordstrom is another store that I rely on for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales for boots. I really try to focus on what I will wear to work when I buy clothes. Last year, I made some purchases online for sales of 20% off at both Kendra Scott and Anthropologie. However, this year clothing does not apply in my sales strategy.

I know my style, budget, and needs are different from everyone else so here’s what you can do. With the exception of the Sephora sale, most holiday sales will not kick in until the Monday before Thanksgiving. So here is what to remember:

  1. Scroll through your favorite websites and select items to be added to your cart.
  2. Go through your closet and realize what you might need.
  3. Keep a record of the discount codes or coupons.
  4. If shopping for clothes, know your size. Also, it helps to get out a measuring tape to see how big a handbag could be.
  5. Tag team with a family member if you see a deal that says buy this much and save this percent.
  6. Take action when you see the deal.

Literature In A Hurry

There are times in our lives we have to look back and say, “In a way, I don’t blame myself for giving up an activity, but it could have helped me.” I’ve heard it many times from artists and musicians. Yet you have probably asked someone why did they take a break from such a wonderful gift. The past year has been quite evident of that with my blog.

Here’s a little round-up of what I have done since I blogged like a crazy person.

  • I began a quest to move to Nashville. That was a success.
  • I landed a job in the health communication. That was a success.
  • I finished my master’s degree, which was also a success.
  • Also, I planned tons of gatherings with my two favorite childhood friends at home. It was a success considering I live far from them now.
  • My blogging life…oh that was a complete dumpster fire. That falls into the category of “I wish I could have worked on it and it could have helped me.”

literature in a hurryFor every success, you have some flaws. For me, that was staying on schedule with my blog that I had neglected. I also wanted to change my blog name. It took me forever to come up with a new name, which came from one of my favorite movies. However, the name depicts my life as a young college student, a graduate student, a young life-long learner, and whatever stage in life I am. However, this name is a reminder that no matter how fast my life is I always have a story to tell.

My purpose is to be a storyteller whether it is through my blog, pr, digital drawings, photography, and my daily life. I have been blogging on and off, tentatively, or whatever you would like to call it since 2010 when I was a freshman in college. Yet I have friends tell me “you need to blog more” or “you depicted Mississippi State so well in the BuzzFeed list and you could blog about anything.” It’s good to have encouragement, but things must happen on it’s own time. However, a break allows you to regroup and most importantly focus on what matters to you. So even though I’m starting back up, I know I might stop. I know I need to show off my talents.

There are many categories of blogs, but I’m going to be the crazy person all over with different topics from product reviews to thought-based blogs. Plus, it’s obvious I love food so there will be blogs about restaurants and my own recipes. I’m not hiring a photographer for this blog unless a friend wants to take good pictures of me or I hand off the phone for a snapshot. It will reflect my life in a hurry and it shows a real glimpse into my life. Plus, there are blogs that make people feel bad, which serves as a reminder that they cannot afford 5 Vince sweaters, have enough designer purses, or they are not living the right life. I just want people to read my blog and think, “Yes, that’s what I’m going through” or “Oh I needed to hear that.”

I’m going to be honest and say most of my wardrobe is from TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Target, or sales. There’s nothing wrong with that because it shows I am creative with my resources. I think I dress pretty good although I get to that point where I’m like “People probably think my black tassel earrings from Valerie Ochs that I got at the Old Orchard Barn Sale in Sikeston are the only earrings I own.” Seriously, I’m going to miss going to the sale this weekend and that’s one of the few downsides of living away from home. However, I have tried other earrings with tassels, but these are so light.

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Pictured with my Valerie Ochs earrings. I’m surprised my hat didn’t go into the Cumberland River because of the wind during this shot.

Now on my Instagram posts, I have made posts that should have been blog posts. Accessing my website isn’t as fast as posting something on IG. So I am going to include the hashtag #LiteratureInAHurry on some of the posts. Plus, it’s fitting because I had to share my feelings about going to Becca Steven’s “Love Heals” book signing and the loss of Tom Petty on IG.

When I moved to Nashville I had two weeks where I went to work, to go home what was supposed to be my long awaited haven and I worked on my master’s. My zeal was beyond stupid once I finished that paper. So I drove to treat myself after my last paper, I drove down to 12th South for Five Daughters Bakery. While driving, I thought well this is it. It’s time to not only make an impact in this city I dreamed of moving too, but fulfill my purpose whether it be volunteering or contributing to the field of communication.

On that drive, I told myself I need to write creatively because in high school I did want to major in English.   that was about two months ago and it has taken me this long to get myself back into blogging. Don’t get me wrong I love working in public relations. Plus, I had concentrations in journalism and broadcasting as well in undergraduate. The problem is you often have to leave creativity at the door or it is often forgotten about it. Yes, it has taken me awhile to get started, but here I am. So here’s my shot.