TxSC: Jamboree Party

On our last night at TxSC camp, we had our khaki cool jamboree party! I struggled with what to wear to this event. I wanted to make sure I ordered something that I'd wear again in the future, since khaki isn't necessarily a staple in my closet. ;) But after reading the description of wear "whites, golds, creams", I tried to base an outfit off of that. I went with a patterned dress from ModCloth, my new favorite spring/summer cardigan, and my go-to flats. I also had to bring out the tights for this outfit, because it was not warm in Austin!

It was a super fun evening spent in the dining hall! We had such a good dinner, plus the mini cupcakes were so yum! They had a bunch of photobooths set out, a craft-bead necklace station, along with an ice-cream float station with Honest Tea and so much more. There was also a fun dance party happening! I headed back to the room semi-early to chit chat with my bunkmates on our last night and to get ready to fly out the next morning!

That wraps up my TxSC recaps! I'll be back again tomorrow (I was a slacker this week) with my post on how to host your own wine club! I'm super excited. I absolutely love hosting it, and so many of you have had questions on how to host your own. Have a good Thursday evening! xo

Thank you to Chelsea Laine Francis for some of these photos!

TxSC: Day Two

On the second day of TxSC, we had a full schedule of yoga (which I slept through ;)), workshops, a keynote dinner and the khaki cool jamboree party! It rained all day off and on, so I'm glad we had things to keep us busy indoors. I spent the morning going over the discussion I was going to be talking on with Carli of Inked Fingers. She has such a sweet soul; I loved getting to know her a bit more!

I went super casual again (and dressed pretty warm) with jeans, an oversized black tee, a printed cardigan, and another cardigan on top. Two out of the three times I've been in Austin, it has been rainy and cold. Maybe I just bring Michigan with me when I go! And at this point, with all of the rain, my nicely curled hair was like peace out, and on came the frizz. ;) Thanks to Chelsea for snapping a few pics of my outfit!

My workshop with Carli was on vulnerability. It was a really great discussion with the group. I talked a bit about my own "scary things" I've posted about on my blog, and how I've always received such an amazing, overwhelming response from my readers. Of course, you might receive the few mean emails, or comments, or whatever, but if you want to share something that will explain who you are (your sexuality, religion, past relationship issues, body image, etc.), then I always say go for it. Make sure you're comfortable enough to talk about those things, be prepared to receive backlash on the internet for whatever you do, but don't feel scared to talk about personal things! There is a huge fallacy in being "perfect" online, and I feel like I've connected more with my readers for not being perfect.

I attended two other workshops after my own, CONNECTION with JulieJen and Amy, and a little Pepperologie course with Jessie. Both were just inspiring to be confident, creative, and to be yourself. And to support other women that are in the same boat! I absolutely love how everyone this entire weekend encouraged you to just be yourself, and that yourself is enough. To always work on becoming a better version of you, and not of someone else. I'm totally guilty of sometimes looking at other bloggers and comparing myself. Or thinking that I'm the only blogger receiving criticism for what I do, or I'm the only one just totally burnt out and tired sometimes. I'm not alone - you're not alone! We're all in this together - in whatever we're doing! Whether that's blogging, or a career, or putting yourself through school, or running a business, or raising your family, or whatever. You are doing an amazing job.

After the workshops, we headed over to the khaki jamboree party! I'll post more about that in my next post. Happy Tuesday, ya'll! (Alright, yeah, I just can't pull that off yet. ;)) xo

Thank you to Chelsea Laine Francis for some of these photos!

TxSC: Day One

As most of you know already, I was in Texas last weekend for the final Texas Style Council Conference. This time, it was held at a Girl Scout Camp in Spicewood, Texas. This was my third time attending this conference, and out of all of the blogging conferences I've been to, it has always been my favorite. It's just so down-to-earth, real, and approachable. This time was especially that way, since we all headed to a camp to spend three days straight together, in our maybe not-always-so-stylish attire, in the pouring rain. I was frizzy all weekend, but I felt more connected to fellow bloggers than I ever have before.

I have three recaps on TxSC - our first day, second day, and the Jamboree "Khaki Cool" party. This was our first day at camp, and it was a field day for the speakers and sponsors to connect and have fun before everyone arrived for registration later that evening. Unfortunately, it was on and off rain all day, and some of the activities didn't totally work out, but we did a lot of walking and exploring and endless drinking of Toms Roasting Co. coffee!

I went totally casual with all of my outfits this weekend, wearing the same pair of jeans constantly, my Minnetonka moccasins, a utility jacket and basic, comfy tees. Chelsea and I quick snapped each other's outfits in front of the Ranger's House while out exploring. A lot of the girls were out doing the high-ropes course, horseback riding, ziplining, and yoga. What a totally unique concept for a conference too right? Huge thanks to Indiana (and the rest of the TxSC team) for putting this all together. I can't imagine how much work went into making this weekend what it was!

I'll chat more about the workshops + things I learned tomorrow in my other post, and I'll probably get a lil' sentimental too. I just love some of these girls that I was able to spend time with this weekend. I teared up a little bit at Jen Loves Kev's recap, when she talked about the Delightful Dozen, and how we've all been blogging alongside each other for years. Sometimes I forget how important those days really were, especially in defining my blog and who I am as a person, as cheesy as that is.

We wrapped up the night with a really fun keynote talk with Jenny of The Bloggess, and a super delicious meal. The catering was spot on this entire weekend! Plus, we had a mingle hour + hang out, and all crashed early after a busy day. More to come! xo

Thank you to Chelsea Laine Francis for some of these photos!

Outfit details:

Marshall's Green Utility Jacket (similar)
Geological Choice Tee in Porphyry c/o ModCloth
Karaoke Songstress Jeans c/o ModCloth
El Paso II c/o Minnetonka Moccasin

Maurices Post-Harvest Weekend

As most of you know already, last weekend I hosted an overnight event with Maurices! Maurices invited four Michigan bloggers (and a friend) for a fun girls weekend outing. I brought one of my best friends, Laura. When I was like "why Michigan?", they said it's because they are well-known in the midwest and Grand Rapids seemed like a great fit to host an event like this. It's so exciting to see things like this happening here! It was all a bit surreal. At points, I was like… wait, are we still in Michigan? We started the evening off by meeting at our bed and breakfast. We stayed at The Leonard at Logan House, which is an amazing historic home turned B&B in Heritage Hill (my neighborhood!) It was so fun to stay there, and it felt so welcoming and cozy. (This post is sponsored by maurices. See maurices' real girl style in store or online at maurices.com.)

We had an amazing meal at Grove. I used to live one block from this restaurant, and I've never been before, so it was wonderful to experience it for the first time! We ordered drinks by the bar, and waited for our table. Once seated, we were able to choose our options for a three-course meal. I ordered pumpkin goat-cheese ravioli, fall squash soup and Otto's chicken breast with squash. It was a very fall meal which was just perfect for the theme of the weekend, Fall for Maurices! Afterwards, we headed back to the B&B. Some of the girls headed out on the town, but Laura and I passed out in our new pajamas. It felt so good to lay down, relax, chat and sleep!

The next day, we all woke up and met downstairs for the breakfast part of our B&B experience. It was so good! I loved their baked french toast. We chatted for a while, and hopped on a bus to head to the new Downtown Market. We attended a "Gift in a Jar" DIY class put on by The Canning Diva. We made a strawberry raspberry sauce, and a curry chutney. Both were excellent! I loved the strawberry sauce with goat cheese on graham crackers. The chutney was great melted with brie and served with crackers. I've definitely never canned anything before and I learned a lot!

After our DIY class, we hopped back on the bus to head to one of my favorite places ever, Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery. You guys have seen this place many times here on the blog! We ran over to the apple orchards to quickly take outfit photos, and then ran inside because it was chilly! First, we did wine tasting. It was my first-time ever wine tasting (a lot of firsts this weekend!) and I loved it. Usually I'm not a big drinker… I don't love the taste of alcohol, wine and beer included. But! I tried a passionfruit peach flavor of bubbly wine and I loved it. I even ended up buying a bottle!

It was wonderful to get to know a bit more about Maurices, and to meet a couple of new Michigan bloggers! This weekend was more than enough to get me to fall in love with the Maurices brand. Everything I received this weekend was perfect and I loved wearing this outfit all day. This sweater was so warm and cozy! A HUGE thank you to Maurices and Digital Brand Architects for asking me to host this weekend event with them! I'm still (even after 4+ years of blogging) so grateful for new experiences like this, and to take part in something fun, new and fashion-related. Also, be sure to check out the other bloggers in attendance - Ashley of The Sweet Season, Kayley of Sidewalk Ready and Jessica of Fab Cocktail.

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