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I am proud to say that I am a success story of art therapy. After my sister died, I think that weekend, actually, our pastor’s wife suggested that I go into therapy and that art therapy would probably be a good option for me. I didn’t only not object, I enthusiastically agreed to go. Despite what my high school suggested, I stayed off any medication to “help me focus” and went the talking route instead. (I also threw myself into dance company, photography, and hanging out in any free art studio where I wasn’t underfoot after school.) I got back on honor roll in time for graduation, which I consider one of my biggest successes.

One thing that I learned about myself, aside from working through some very complicated emotions for a child, is that I’m extremely tactile. What I mean by that is that anything I created with Wendy, my therapist, had to have texture for me for it to feel complete. My favorite thing to do with her was paint. So one week I would paint and talk and the following week I would either continue working on what I was doing or sit with the painting on my lap, telling her what I created and why. After a few times of this, Wendy realized that as I talked about my painting, I’d run my hand over it pretty much constantly. A lot of my pieces had things stuck to them- CDs or sequins or anything to make them 3D. I was really unsatisfied with one, and Wendy realized it was because it was too flat.

This wasn’t a huge revelation. Honestly, I’m a walking bundle of sensory overload in all ways, but touch has always brought me a sense of comfort and security. I was one of those kids who always had to be reminded “touch with your eyes not with your hands.”  I still sleep with Little Pillow- once a pillow and now essentially a square of flannel. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but when I get upset I rub my face on it.

Whatever y’all. I’m weird. You should know this.

Fall is great because textures start to come out to play. Summer is all about lightweight cotton for me, but with fall comes suede and heavy sweaters and velvet and oooohhh I can’t wait. What are some of your favorite textures to wear?

collage made with PicMonkey

Velvet Twist Headband||Floral Embroidered Velvet Kimono||Steve Madden Women’s Clever Block-Heel Sandals

Faux Fur Tippet Scarf||Knit Faux Fur Pom Beanie||Billabong Furever Love Faux Fur Vest

Cable Knit Loose Sweater||Women’s Bp. Tiered Sleeve Cable Knit Sweater||Johnstons of Elgin – Cable-knit Cashmere Headband – Gray

BB Dakota – Wade Faux Suede Drape Jacket Women’s Coat||Mur Mur Faux Suede Cape Jacket||Mia Monique Faux Suede Booties

 

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One of the best parts of Bubbles & Bloggers is the fact that we support our own bosses in their entrepreneurial endeavors. A couple weekends ago, we had a Shop The City meetup to check out and support a relatively new business venture by our friend and member Sahra. It’s exactly how what it sounds like- a shopping tour of some amazing local spots. I won’t spoil it for you- go on the tour and see it for yourself! We started on 14th Street, hitting up some spots I’ve heard up but had never been to, which was pretty awesome. After a brief(ish) stop to take pictures in front of the totes-appropes WORK IT GURL mural (where I quick-changed into my new rose gold skirt in the parking lot), we hopped in our own private bus and headed to Georgetown. We saw a few boutiques there before a massive storm hit and we ran to the Graham for Amanda’s Whistle & Wild popup and Marisa’s mini styling session.

Really late in the game, Dani thought it might be fun to pop a Sex and the City theme on our day. B&B usually themes our events, and this theme made a lot of sense for a day of shopping with lady-friends. I’m not sure if I totally nailed it, but Dani said I was a Carrie Diaries version of Carrie Bradshaw. I’ll take it! What do you think?

Yes, I got this skirt while shopping.

photos by Sarah

Outfit details:

Sunnies: Betsey Johnson||Asymmetric Acrylic Bar Pendant: BaubleBar||Top: Macy’s||Striped Skirt: Loft Outlet||Rose gold skirt: Current Boutique||Backpack: Betsey Johnson||ECENTRCQ sneakers: Steve Madden

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Y’all. July was a month if there ever was one. I resigned from my position at the firm to start a new chapter (next week) and have jumped a few personal hurdles- one of which I think will be coming to the blog soon if I’m brave enough. I’ve been terrible about working out, which I’m feeling and need to get back to that. Working 12 hour days to prepare myself and the firm for my departure was not conducive to working out or really healthy in any way.

Kendall has started traveling for work, which he loves, so I love. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen more and cooked shrimp for the first time in my life.

Life happens and it keeps moving- that’s kind of the theme for me right now. I’m taking this week off between jobs and I couldn’t be happier to catch my breath. I’m currently blogging from my parents’ basement while my dad cooks a steak. I’m waiting for a call from my wedding DJ. I’m relaxed and I’m happy.

Here’s what I’m craving this month:

I’ve been eyeing the Steve Madden Dainna-L in leopard as the most perfect heel for fall. It has that chic pointy toe and the block heel I require.

There are a ton of Betsey Johnson work appropriate dresses included in the #NSale, but I’m digging the short sleeves and applique on this Fit & Flare Dress.

Speaking of applique, I’m not sure why but I am seriously loving destroyed and appliqued sweaters like the emory park Embroidered Rose Distressed Sweater.

Summer may be starting to wind down, but my Maryland self would use this Don’t Be Shellfish Tote Tote always.  And I mean really I need another purse like I need a hole in the head but I can’t get over this Ted Baker London Blossom Leather Tote. Got the MD vibes with the crab, DC vibes with the blossoms.

Also from my post yesterday, I love love love love the Banana Republic Embellished Sheath Dress.

I have an adorable Miss to Mrs. tumbler that I use always, but how cute is this I’m Getting Meowied Mug? It’s my time to enjoy this stuff right?

I have somehow scratched both pairs pink cat-eye sunnies I got this spring, and these 46mm Round Cat Eye Sunglasses are under $15 so…

My Macbook case has been through the wringer and is now cracked. Upgrade to this super gorgeous Hard Case Macbook Pro Case or nah?

I have been looking for a perfect rose gold nail polish. Oh hey Kendra Scott with your Rose Gold Metallic Nail Lacquer.

Treasure & Bond High Waist Crop Jeans fit my personal jeans requirement perfectly- high-waisted, cropped, and distressed.

I have yet to find espadrilles that I love and that also feel good on my feet- but Platform Sandals? I could try that!

 What are your August plans and wishes? Let me know in the comments!

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After a successful Lent of no shopping, I broke it spending entirely too much all at once. To be honest, I think I was feeling better when I couldn’t shop, so I may come up with some kind of deal with myself where I only can shop every other month or something. Not to say I got anything too ridiculous, just that I don’t really need anything at all! From my April wish list, I ended up with the Cupshe Melodic Blues One-piece Swimsuit, the Betseyville Naveah Gladiator Sandals, and the Pintucked Swing Blouse (thanks Mama for the last one!).

  1. I personally think it would be pretty rad to have a driver… and somewhere sunny (read: beachy) to go. Until then I’ll settle for this WildFox Couture Take Me Somewhere tee.
  2. I live in my black quilted Steve Madden slides, and the insoles are starting to come out with my foot every time I take them off. It may be time to upgrade to the Empire. Note: these sold out before this post got a chance to go live, these are similar though.
  3. Old Navy strikes again: I’m loving the Laser-Dot Multi-Tassel Tote for Women.
  4. I’m so into fruit-themed everything for summer and this Watermelon Slice Glitter Keychain is just a cute little something that caught my eye.
  5. Still on the hunt for a utility jacket with attitude and I found this INC International Concepts Linen Embellished Utility Jacket.
  6. Ummmm did you know that Katy Perry has a shoe line? Because she does and her Katy Perry Geli Novelty Beach Sandals are ADORABLE!
  7. I have been wearing my gold Coach loafers (a fab TJ Maxx find) about into the ground. I would love a similar style in pink. Enter the Ralph Lauren Belen Leather Loafer.
  8. …would also love a red like the Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Leather Loafers.
  9. I’ve seen some ADORABLE camo t shirt dresses on Instagram recently. Love this swingy z supply Camo Shirt Dress.
  10. I’m a big fan of totes, fun patterns, and monograms. All those come together in the Printed Crab & Cleek Boat Tote. If I had to choose, it would be the ginger jar pattern shown, but I also love the surf woody and the striped shirt!
  11. Colors + tassels scream summer to me and these Long Rainbow Tassel Earrings are perfection.
  12. Even though most brides I’ve asked said I absolutely do not need a wedding purse, I still love this rose gold bag.
  13. The Victoria Beckham collection was long-awaited at Target. The Black Calla Lily Satin Ruffle Hem Dress is by far my favorite piece!
  14. The open-shoulder style is a little tricky on me, but I can’t help but love the patter on this Entro Cowgirl Patch Dress.

What are you craving for May?

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One of my favorite tops in high school was actually my mom’s Easter dress from when she was about the same age. It was a really light chiffon material with dainty red embroidery. I loved wearing it was a shredded denim micro-mini and my cowgirl boots. I was certainly finding my own style at the time, but it was cool to be wearing something that my mom also wore in high school.

Embroidery has been coming around in a big way. I actually fell in love with an embroidered utility jacket, but according to the size chart I’m like a large and that particular size is all gone so there we go. I’m especially loving the peasant-y dresses and floral shoes though! Such a pretty look for summer! (And the Betsey sneakers are a total dupe perfection move in case you don’t want to shell out the cash for the Gucci version!)

the carolove embroidered embroidery

 

Dresses: 1.Free People Perfectly Victorian Embroidered Mini Dress||2.Women’s O’Neill Tulip Embroidered Dress||3.Women’s O’Neill Cove Embroidered Swing Dress

Tops: 4.Women’s Sun & Shadow Embroidered One-Shoulder Top||5.ANTIK BATIK Floral Embroidered Top||6.Tory Burch Jillian Embroidered Eyelet-Sleeve Top

Bottoms: 7.7 For All Mankind Josefina Embroidered Boyfriend||8.Women’s Topshop Moto Embroidered Denim Miniskirt

Shoes: 9.Betsey Johnson Maya Embroidered Sneakers||10.Women’s Sam Edelman Jemmie Peacock Embroidered Espadrille||11.Women’s Kenneth Cole New York Olani Embroidered Wedge Sandal

Bags: 12.Star Mela Palma Embroidered Tote||13.Steve Madden Azalea Embroidered Hobo||14.Jsimba

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