Mardi Gras Formal

Laissez les bon temps rouler, y’all! Mardi Gras season is almost officially over and boy will I miss the delicious king cakes and stellar carnival festivities. Did you know that the reason Mardi Gras balls are hosted is because they were considered the proper form of celebration in early French-reigned New Orleans, long before parades? The ‘carnival’ aspect came from the Spanish governing parties. Today, three hundred years after the first recorded Mardi Gras ball, the tradition continues to be celebrated during the carnival season!

Now, my dress color is not in fact one of the main colors of Mardi Gras (purple for royalty, gold for power and riches, and green for faith, as it is a religious celebration at its origin), but I haven’t been able to stray away from red lately! ūüėČ ¬†Although I borrowed this particular gown, similar ones will be linked at the end of this post! Enjoy, lovies! xoxo

Gown: Nordstrom, Lulus, Lulus, Macy’s, Macy’s

Earrings: Nordstrom

Heels: Zappos, Lulus, Amazon

It’s a Good Day to Have a Good Day

Do you ever days when you just¬†know you woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning? You know–days where you’re sure someone is playing a cruel, cruel joke on you and you’re wondering when on earth you must have crossed paths with so many black cats and broken mirrors. I have. I’ve had exactly¬†those kind of days. Running late, spill your coffee while you’re driving to work, break your heel walking inside the office only to realize you forgot to put on mascara that morning. And the day only continues on downhill. You’re late to your next meeting, your gas light comes on, your boss is being difficult, and you went over on your cell phone data limit *insert grimace emoji here*. It happens! C’est la vie! Life goes on and so must you!

I’m writing this not only as a reminder to myself, but also as a note to you. To share with you guys that ways DO in fact exist to overcome all of that bad juju and end your day on a spectacular note. I’ve heard and tried it all. I’ve pinned every inspirational pinterest quote and forced myself to smile in hopes of lightening my mood. But life cannot always be handled with a forced smile and a “Rain and storm always precede the sunshine and rainbows”- esque quote. So here are 5 easy steps to follow when you are having a God-awful day!

1. Map out the rest of your day
If you spent the entire morning in a rush and hail storm of unfortunate circumstance, take a few minutes to catch up to the world around you. Just because your morning didn’t go according to plan doesn’t mean the rest of your day has to follow suit! Take 5 simple minutes to take a deep breath and rework the rest of your day’s schedule. Taking the few minutes to regroup will allow for less rushing and prevent any more playing catch up. It can show you there is¬†still an opportunity to have a productive and decent day. It will make you feel more focused and less panicked that all of sudden the day’s meetings/events/plans are off and seem unattainable.

2. Put on your “Go get ’em” playlist
I’ve read a million times over that smiling when you’re sad or unhappy will somehow trick you and your brain into being in a better mood. Well, this little bit left me¬†feeling absolutely ridiculous smiling when it was the last thing I could possibly fathom. (LOL I’m entirely too dramatic.) Instead, I found playing some of my favorite happy music really does the trick. It helps me refocus and undoubtedly boosts my mood! Music is wonderfully therapeutic. Here are a few on my mood-booster playlist!

  • “Up, Up, Up”–Rose Falcon
  • “Girls”–The 1975
  • “Dog Days Are Over”–Florence + The Machine
  • “Who Knows”–BEGINNERS
  • “You’re Not Stubborn”–Two Door Cinema Club
  • “Punching in a Dream”–Naked & Famous
  • “Dimelo”–Snakehips
  • “High You Are (Branchez Remix)”–What So Not

3. Plan something to look forward to
This one is pretty self-explanatory, and one of the easiest ways I shake off the bad-day-sludge. I plan a girls’ night with margaritas or text my boyfriend and make dinner plans. I’ll make it a point to get extra gummy bears next time I grab fro-yo or I’ll¬†purchase something online (because who doesn’t love mail?!). Why not take a relaxing bubble bath that night with a face mask on instead of hopping in and out of the shower or opt for¬†a glass of wine with dinner? ORRR ¬†I love calling my out-of-town friends and catching up with them over a lengthy phone call. Little things, y’all!

4. Call a friend and vent
I know. We are all adults and we should be able to handle our own adult problems. Well there’s no shame in needing to talk it out first! Some people aren’t ones who enjoy phone calls, but texting my emotions doesn’t always cut it for me personally. I have a few close girlfriends who are always there for me with an open ear and a fresh perspective. Sometimes, that’s all you need is someone to put things into perspective for you. I don’t mean people who say, “Well, it could always be worse Emily,” or “There are kids starving in Africa right now and you’re complaining about having a hectic day!” Yes, people! I am complaining about being overwhelmed and looking for a way to get my head back above water because those kids suffering in Africa don’t make me feel any less stressed in this moment. Call it selfish or spoiled, but I call it realistic.
I’m talking about those people who are going to be honest with me; who will tell me when I’ve bitten off more than I can chew or who will tell me I’m perfectly capable of chewing all which I’ve bitten off. Like I said, a fresh perspective can work wonders for the mind of the preoccupied.

5. Don your favorite lipstick and pour yourself another cup of coffee
My coworker Courtney said it best. “When all else fails, apply lipstick.” I don’t know if I’ve ever related to anything more than that statement, hahah. Lipstick can’t fix everything, but paired with a double shot of espresso it can come pretty close. ūüėČ

I hope these few tidbits help you overcome those nasty Monday blues or midweek slump!

Cheers, lovies! xoxo

Boheme Valentine

So, I’m currently watching season one of¬†Blindspot. Have you guys seen it before? Totally wasn’t expecting to be this addicting and fast-paced! Make that, currently¬†bingewatching. What are some of y’all’s favorite television shows? During the school semester I don’t really have a ton of time to watch, but on breaks and downtime, I’m all about some Netflix and couch time.
I’m super excited to share this look with you guys, especially since it’s been a while since I’ve posted. School has been kicking my butt having to commute to class 3x a week, and thennnnn there’s the fact that Blaine¬†and I moved into a new house last weekend! Holy #adulting! (I am not an interior designer by any means either so any suggestions will be warmly welcomed!)

For this look, I wanted to make it as feminine and flowy as I possibly knew how. My dress is from Bella Bella boutique in Baton Rouge,LA and my boots are from Edge Boutique in Hammond,LA. I’m linking both of their instagrams! I actually got the hat from a girlfriend, but have seen similar ones at Marshall’s. As usual, I will link tons of similar options at the end of this post. I’m pretty sure that for Valentine’s Day I will be¬†missing my handsome Valentine while in class. We don’t have any traditions, per-say but I love anything food-related! Trying new restaurants or eating out at favorite local spots. Plus, there’s always holiday sale candy the day after V-day, which is my absolute favvv! Do you guys do Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day? I’d love to know!

Dress: Nordstrom, Forever 21, Francesca’s, SheIn, SheIn

Boots: Amazon, Nordstrom, Nordstrom

Hat: Target, Macy’s

One last little tidbit for your Valentine’s Day festivities! I made these a lot through high school and college as cupcakes. But for Valentine’s Day, I switch it up to a heart-shaped pan. I’m not really a “make from scratch” kinda girl because I feel like when I bake from scratch it tastes different every time, even when I use the exact same ingredients and measurements. Using pre-made mixes, I know once I bake and ice, I’ll get some delicious strawberry-funfetti cupcakes! Orrrr, for those of y’all who like vanilla cake base better, switch up the icing/cake mixes, like I did below! What are your favorite Valentine’s Day treats??