Labor Day Weekend Look

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Hi everyone!!

My FAVORITE color to wear is white. It makes you look more tan, classic, and put together. What’s not to love about that?? Since I love the color so much, I have never been one to follow the ancient rule of no white after labor day. In honor of that spirit, I went to margaritas with my friend recently and rocked this adorable little white dress! It is from ASTR and I love their modern take on lace that the brand is more known for. I couldn’t find the exact one to link for y’all but I found one super similar.  I am one of those women who is a little bit curvier naturally, so I feel like this dress enhances that and helps me look my best! 

For accessories, I wore my favorite shoes from Jeffery Campbell and these firecracker earrings from bauble bar. I wore them originally for the 4th but they seemed to go perfectly with the occasion.

I hope everyone had the best labor day weekend and hopefully you weren’t too blindsided by the week after that!

XO, Kackie

What I Wore during Sorority Recruitment + Tips and Tricks for Surviving!

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Hello internet gals, sorority members, and wonderful pnms!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! Today I want to talk to y’all about my recruitment experience this year and and what I wore as a senior on the chapter side.

A little bit of background here: I go to Mizzou, which has one of the largest formal recruitments in the country. I have been a PNM, chapter recruiter, Panhellenic Counselor, and behind the scenes of my chapter running parts of our recruitment. Needless to say, recruitment is my jam! I love seeing how the strongest of bonds can be formed in a matter of weeks and all that hard work paying off when the new members run home to their chapters on bid day. With all this experience, I decided to show y’all what I wore as a senior during formal recruitment this year and give everyone a few tips for doing your best as a PNM!

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This was the outfit I wore for the first two days of recruitment at Mizzou, known as Open House Day. All pnms are invited to every single chapter and over the course of two days, they meet 3-4 women at each house and get to know them a bit.

This outfit captures my chapter’s personality well, which is the goal of Open House Day. We love our bubble skirts and the berry shirts paired with fun strappy black stilletos. Mine are from Steve Madden and were surprisingly comfortable due to all the support from the straps.

For accessories, I went for my favorite bracelet from J Crew, which I wore every day as a memory aid for the PNMs and my simple diamond studs. Letting the outfit shine was a great call, and who doesn’t love the giant “worth it” on the back?!

 

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The next two days in Mizzou’s formal recruitment is Philanthropy day, which is many of our member’s favorite days! As a Theta, we get to tell around 1500 women all about CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates. It’s such a special cause to our hearts and Thetas all over the country. Being in a sorority involves quite a bit of dedication to your given philanthropy, so passion is a must!

For this day, we wore this STUNNING blue t-shirts with gold foil writing that I will be breaking out again for sure. I found these cute laser cut shorts from Topshop, which look girly without having ruffles or anything. They were so summery, especially paired with gold gladiator sandals that I found at Nordstrom Rack. My favorite accessory of this outfit though, was definitely the Kendra Scott beauties hanging from my ears. They are so funky and fun, which matches my personality perfectly!

 

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Our fifth day is Sisterhood Day, which is my personal favorite! This year’s theme was sleepover, which was so dreamy and fun. My earring game grew even stronger this day, with some serious candy from BaubleBar. I am obsessed with these glam tassel earrings in the perfect shade of blush. I can’t get enough of this color!

I was equally obsessed with this dress from LuLu’s. It features a pretty basic front, which is perfect for awesome accessories. The main showstopper though is definitely that back! I love that the dress is longer and higher necked so the completely open back doesn’t look too out of place. The pattern on the ribbon around it is the perfect finishing touch, too. The bow accent is seriously so cute and I got compliments on this piece all day long.

PS: check out me reppin’ my chapter’s hand sign above!

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The final day of the recruitment process is Preference Day here at Mizzou, and as a senior it was so special!! At Theta, we always wear our black professional dresses and gold jewelry. The goal is to let our ceremony and hearts shine through. I bought my dress from Nordstrom via Calvin Klein and plan to wear it to job interviews as well. I actually had to get it tailored because it was so long on me (I’m 5’6!) so all my shorties out there look out! The gold zipper on the back especially drew me to the dress as I am for sure a “gold” person.

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Above are a few photos for what I wore to bid day! It was a super early morning but my Stila lipstick held up wonderfully. Truman, our school mascot, was there and my roommate and I got the cutest picture! Bid day is one of the best days ever and it was very bittersweet as a senior.

One of the things I kept mentioning in this post was how the things I wore matched my personality or my chapter’s personality. This is so crucial! If you’re not a trendy gal, don’t wear chokers and liquid lipstick. If you hate the typical sorority uniform, don’t wear Lily Pulitzer and pearls. I promise, women in each and every chapter dress differently from each other. You can find many different people in each chapter that it’s so important to be yourself.

When you’re going through as a pnm, I would 100 percent recommend leaning on your pi chis. There can be a lot of rumors flying around and high stress levels, so those women are key. The have given up their chapter to support you. How crazy is that?? Someone who’s entire job right now is solely to support you.

Finally, keep an open mind. You may think you know which sisterhood is a perfect fit for you on day one, but your real home is one you never saw coming! All my friends going through recruitment thought Theta would be perfect for me and I didn’t think so until three days in. I met my big during philanthropy round and fell in love soon after that!

Let me know in the comments if you’re going through or if you’re old like me, if you like recruitment or not! It’s one of the most special times of year for me so I’m so glad I was able to share it with y’all!

XO, Kackie

Bright Summer Shorts

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Hey y’all!

Today I wanted to show off these teal summery shorts that I have been loving this past week! They are from J Crew and are seriously tons of fun. Chino shorts are typically a bit more structured, but I ordered mine a size smaller so that they would be more my style. I love how they look more polished but the turquoise shade adds that pop of summery fun. I paired them with a sweet navy blouse with lace cap sleeves. I think navy and brighter summer colors, like teal or hot pink, go perfectly together.

This outfit was perfect for strolling around some gardens on a lunch date with C. It’s feminine and polished and everything us preppy gals love!

XO, Kackie

Summery Statement Top

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Hey ladies! Today I wanted to share the sweetest little summery outfit with y’all that’s perfect for date night, girl’s night out, or weekend brunch!

I seriously cannot get enough of white jeans in the summer and spring so I try to find as many outfits as possible to pull them into. I love them paired with this off the shoulder striped top from Macy’s. The slouchy sleeves are so adorable, especially paired with the bows at the elbows! You have to be a little careful with this top because it is so large and billowy, so I would definitely size down and only wear it with tighter bottoms so as to not let it overwhelm you.

Nude accessories are always my favorite and wedges are perfect for giving you the height to pull off such a statement top. I could totally see this outfit with a pop of red, either on the lips or as a bag too! I wanted to keep it a little simple and wore my favorite YSL lipstick and oversized pearls.

The occasion I wore this for was the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s “Museum after Dark” event. C and I went with his coworkers from his Phd program and had the best time! Plus, I got nachos after, so what’s not to love?!

XO, Kackie

Weekend Guide in Austin, Texas

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Hi everyone!

So this past weekend I traveled to my home town of Austin, Texas for a girl’s weekend with my bestie, M. We were so lucky to get to stay at my grandparent’s home with a pool for the whole weekend, but everything else we did was essentially unfamiliar to me. I really wanted to experience the mature side of Austin that I didn’t get to as a kid, so that meant sushi dinners and bar scenes galore!

For all of my girl’s trips, I love to start out with getting blowouts so we don’t have to worry about our hair for the entire trip. My hair takes about 45 minutes to style so having someone else do it saved me overall time and I got to feel so pampered. We went to Blo Blow Dry Bar and here’s our after shot!

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Fab, right?! Next we did some major damage at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at the Domain. You can check out this blog post for more info on all the goodies I found there! I also stopped by Francesca’s and will definitely be posting my haul from there soon, too.

One of the things I would totally recommend when going to a bigger or more trendy city is to check out their local farmer’s market. Austin has several, but my favorite is the one downtown. I got pineapple and greens Kombucha and it was to die for!

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For dinner, I wanted to try a new sushi bar that was getting awesome reviews online called Piranha Killer Sushi. It was soooo good and I loved their “sexytinis” even more. You can check out a pic of the sweet drink below. We ate so much edamame and nigiri, i was in total sushi heaven.

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Then, we went to go watch the bats fly out from South Congress bridge, which I so highly recommend for any first timer to ATX. They take their sweet time coming out though, so consider yourself warned! It was so sweet to see something through new eyes, as my friend had never seen the bats before.

Finally, we stopped by an important Austin institution, Amy’s Ice Cream! You can check out some of their unique flavors below and their crazy yellow duck. Shops that are wacky like this really carry the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan! My favorite is Belgian chocolate with Oreo crushins.

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The next day we stopped by Jo’s Coffee for a morning pick me up and you can see some better details of my outfit. The white dress comes in two colors, including the most stunning royal blue, and definitely kept me cool while walking around town. I paired it with my favorite, slightly funky earrings from Kendra Scott. She’s my favorite jewelry designer and is from Austin too!

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We had Chuy’s for lunch, but honestly I would go there for every meal if I could. Their margaritas are serious business and their creamy jalepeno sauce makes my mouth water. They have locations all over the country now, but the original is something special.

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For all those Texas history buffs out there, I included this pic of the inside of the Texas House of Representatives. The Texas Capitol is seriously so beautiful (and taller than the U.S Capitol!!) We loved the pink granite and the architecture the most.

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As for nightlife, we went to both Rainey Street and Sixth Street and I would 100 percent recommend Rainey! Everyone should try Sixth street at some point if they want to, but Rainey Street feels like no where else. It’s a street of refurbished older homes turned into bars with loads of outdoor seating, string lights, and games. We loved one bar in particular, called Icenhauer’s, which served only cocktails named after ladies! Here we are below enjoying the Kelly, aka the most DELICIOUS thing ever! It’s champagne, blueberries and a dash of strawberry syrup.

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Finally, after a loooooong two days but very fun ones, we cooled off at Barton Springs. This is an Austin classic, as the springs form a natural pool that’s around 65 degrees! It feels so refreshing in the summer and they have the most delicious organic popsicles. I got classic cookies and cream and my friend had blueberry lime. The water there was so clear and beautiful!

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Thanks for reading everyone! Let me know if you’ve been to Austin and what your favorite place is.

XO, Kackie

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul!

It’s here people!!! Today the biggest sale of the year (and probably something you’re a bit sick of hearing about tbh) is happening for the public and I could not be more excited. I shopped it on Thursday the week it opened but decided to keep what I got a secret until it opens till everyone can shop it. All of these items are BRAND NEW fall pieces that were just released, so deals like this won’t be coming around for a while. I also included one piece that wasn’t in the sale but will be going on sale very shortly as well. I paired everything with my trusty American Eagle jeans or Jeffery Campbell wedges so that you could focus on the stunning pieces. It also gives me the opportunity to actually style them for you later on so it’s a win-win!

 

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First up, I bought this beautiful Topshop sweater with a lattice back and bell sleeves. I loved it paired with these boots, which I’ll get more into later! The sweater is so cozy and is very white, which is not a typical fall or winter color so I adore it already. It isn’t an off the shoulder top but I wanted to make sure y’all could see it really well.

 

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This cozy (times 3) sweater from BP has me ready for Fall now! It comes in a variety of colors but i already own more oatmeal sweaters than common sense so I knew my wardrobe needed this beautiful forrest color. I think it looks professional and so chic while still being the coziest thing around.

 

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These awesome pink tennis shoes were my one impulse buy from the sale. I already had black and white tennis shoes but these cuties were love at first sight. In case you’re like me and are thinking “But Kackie, colors and I aren’t friends… how can I pull these off??” I included an outfit shot above. They’ve got more grey in them than first glance would show, which looks great and is totally wearable.

 

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In the beauty section I bought the Jouer lip creme duo and the Stila stay all day set. I use the liner religiously so getting a cute little liquid lip for free was awesome! It’s a beautiful color for fall. I didn’t love the Jour duo though. They wear off crazy fast,even for a creme formula and the color is not as flattering on. I think the best route for beauty buys is buying things you already own and can get it at a reduced price or with a gift.

 

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I got this Caslon tee in three different colors and I have been loving them already. I got it one size up so I could tie it up or wear it long enough to cover me in leggings. They are the perfect length, super soft, and not too low of a cut. Plus, who doesn’t love a good frocket??

 

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Here’s a lil closeup of those to die for boots from Sam Edelman. He has been one of my favorite shoe designers for years and I couldn’t wait to add these suede beauties to my fall and winter wardrobe! They are the perfect amount of sexy and stylish while still being functional with a block heel. The color is seriously one of the most gorgeous shades too.

 

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In the jewelry department I picked up three pieces that I’m OBSESSED with. Two are from my all time favorite jewelry brand, Kendra Scott. I have so many pieces of hers and am always adding more. I have owned the druzy necklace before but have literally worn it to death for two years straight. It’s probably one of my favorite pieces ever! I also bought these gorgeous statement earrings I can’t wait to style for y’all soon. Finally, I saw this little monogram pendant necklace and knew it had to come home with yours truly. It flips over to reveal a K studded with crystals and it frequently revolves while wearing. I have gotten a ton of compliments on these one so scoop it up while ya can!

 

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My absolute favorite item is this crazy cute dress from Topshop! It was not part of the sale as it’s definitely a summer piece but it’s been out long enough I’m sure it will go up for discounts asap. I thought the cut was so flattering and I am obsessed with the bow tie and all the ruffles. The bow helps cut down on any overwhelming factors and the little green dots add a splash of sweetness too. The blue and white striped trend is still in full force but I’ve never seen anything as stunning as this little number.

 

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Finally, this sweet thermal top will be perfect for layering under winter coats and cozying up under blankets on the couch. It’s a bit too low cut for me to wear to work or school, but this would make a killer “social sweater” The curved hem is absolutely beautiful and like I said before, oatmeal sweaters are the bread and butter of my lifestyle. Such a good basic!

 

Let me know in the comments what you bought at the sale or what you’re most excited about buying. Happy shopping friends!!

XO, Kackie

How to Get Out of a “Funk”

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Today I thought I would touch on the mental health side of life with a little advice on how to bounce back! I’m sure many of you in college or in the adult world have experienced this many times. You know the waking up one morning, dirty hair, mascara baked under your eyes, your room’s a mess, no work has been done and there’s no food in your house? Whether it’s a night out, recovering from a flu, or a plain old bad mood, everyone has their own version of this. It can be hard to get back into a productive and healthy mindset but with these steps, you can be well on your way to a successful day!

  1. Grab a glass of water –  We are usually dehydrated so I love to go to my kitchen and pour myself a huge glass of icy cold water with a fresh lemon slice and get to feeling better. Nothing makes me feel better than this step!
  2. Make your bed and put on an awesome playlist – making your bed means you will be a lot less tempted to crawl back into it. It also helps because you now have one organized part of your space and a clear spot for folding or organizing. For playlist recommendations, I love Totally Stress Free or Blush Beats, both on Spotify.
  3. Wash your face and brush your teeth – Sometimes when you get stressed it can be easy to forget the basics of self care. Use your favorite face wash (mine is Kate Somerville!!) and get to feeling refreshed. I have a loooooong skincare routine, but sometimes all you need are the basics.
  4. Set the timer for 10 minutes and see how much you can get clean –  I love how much progress you can make in just ten minutes. Usually if you have good base organization, getting everything in its place or at least off the floor can be a piece of cake. Take before and after pictures too if you need a little extra evidence!
  5. Eat the dang frog – I am a firm believer in this principle! Basically, the premise is do the task that’s scaring you the most or you’re the most apprehensive about. Sometimes, tackling a whole project can be super overwhelming, so I love to just commit to 20 minute chunks. I actually have a whole routine/schedule about this and would be happy to write another blog post about my productivity plan! From a funk standpoint though, crushing the thing you’re most scared of can do wonders for your motivation.

I am so confident in these steps and do them literally every time I’m feeling drained or low. These little tips get me back to feeling like myself and out of a funk in no time! Please comment below if you do any of these or will try them out!

XO, Kackie