Friday, August 26, 2016

Have a Fantastic Weekend

Good afternoon, friends, and a very happy TGIF to you!! Any fun plans this weekend? We've got a pretty quiet weekend ahead, which is just fine by me because I'm exhausted from trying to get back into my work routine after a decidedly laid-back summer! I hope you all have a great weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

19 ways to celebrate the 19th Amendment!! #WomensEqualityDay

The paradox of writing.

Five books that will change your life.

Wouldn't this mug look great on my desk?

On feeling body positive when you have a disability.

I love these women celebrities who slayed sexist interview questions.

Have you read any of these old-school YA books?

The most popular book the year you were born.

How to be active on social media without losing your mind.

Good Housekeeping's beauty editor takes Twitter by storm with powerful tweets.

Ooops! Guess these songs aren't so romantic after all.

Barack and Michelle...their love story in photos.

Can you name these 29 lesser-known films by one image?

Women who made history at the Rio Olympics.

Umm, how cool is this first look of Hairspray Live??

The most heartbreaking character exits on Grey's Anatomy, ranked.

...and the 21 most annoying TV characters ever.

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin! See you there, friends! xoxo

Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Father's Suicide: Searching For a Sign

I've never considered myself an overtly religious person. It's not that I begrudge other people of their beliefs; it's just that I've never really had a clear sense of what my own beliefs actually were. I have a pretty strong moral compass, sure, but things like God and prayer have never really come easily to me.

That's not to say that I don't wonder about it all. Because I do. It's something I've wondered about a lot since my father died.

I'm always hearing these stories about people who receive all these sorts of signs from their departed loved ones. Eerie coincidences. Ghostly occurrences. Even, in extreme cases, visions. It was all so comforting to them and seemed to bring them so much peace. They weren't frightened or scared; they truly felt their loved one's presence at the exact time they needed it.

But I haven't really felt my father's presence at all. Not in any sort of way that matters, at least. There have been a few times where the lights have flickered, but that's it. It's never been anything more than that. For all intents and purposes, it's like he's disappeared from my life. And that hurts more than I probably want to admit. Where is he? Where did he go? I want to feel like he's with me and that there's still that connection there because sometimes, it starts to feel like there's nothing left at all. It would be unbelievably comforting to get some sort of sign from him.

It's not like I haven't been looking because I have been -- all over the place, actually. I look for him in that way you look for someone that you desperately miss -- you look for any sign of them, even in the most random of places. I know looking probably won't turn up anything, but that doesn't stop me from keeping my eyes peeled all the time. And honestly, my eyes are growing very tired. They need to rest.

Or maybe I need to rest. It can be hard to tell the difference between the two sometimes. All I know is that I miss my father. And I wish I felt him with me more than I do right now.

[Photo via We Heart It]

Fall Savings With Groupon

(This is a sponsored post, though all opinions are mine. Thanks so much for continuing to support So About What I Said's wonderful sponsors!)

There's something incredibly special about personalized gifts, isn't there? Maybe it's that little extra touch that I love so much or the thought that goes into it, but those kinds of gifts are seriously the best.

And to be the one giving those gifts? That's always been my favorite part. For my mom's 50th birthday, I gave my mom a custom calendar filled with family photos. And a few years later, I gave her a set of stones with our favorite Frasier quotes on them. Both gifts were full of love and straight from the heart.

That's why I'm loving so many of the deals on Groupon right now! There are so many ways to personalize your gift to that special someone and the savings are incredible -- like a personalized cutting board, giant photo blanket and custom photo canvas wraps!

Be sure to check out Groupon, especially with back-to-school season in full swing. What a great way to keep a loved one in your thoughts -- even if they're heading to college and will be far away from home.

What's your top pick, friends? Do you have a favorite? Are you Groupon obsessed? And, don't forget to LIKE Groupon on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter for extra fun and savings!!! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Video Hello: Lip Balm Haul

Sooo, after what feels like an eternity, I'm excited to share a new Video Hello today, friends! I've been out of the game for awhile, but it was really fun talking about my fave lip balms of the moment -- and you know that I could talk about them four hours!!

Anyway, let me know what your faves are in the comments! I'd love to be friends on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest too! Enjoy!! xoxo

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.

"Get over yourself, goodbye...It must be hard to be you, yeah...Living in your life..." --Eden's Crush

[Photos via That Kind of Woman]

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Tunes: Bon Jovi's "It's My Life"

Editor's Note: Song lyrics denoted in bold italics.

I don't think it's a coincidence that I entered young adulthood at the dawn of the new Millennium. Things were changing big time and I was growing up. Everything seemed new, like you were doing it for the first time, and the novelty hadn't worn off yet or even smudged. There was a palpable freshness in the air; you couldn't help but feel like anything was possible. Simply put, it was quite an exciting time to be alive. Full of hope and promise of great things to come.

Yes, I know that last paragraph read like a high school graduation speech, but I suppose that's only appropriate. I mean, I did graduate high school in 2000 (sounds like a lifetime ago now, doesn't it?) and you really can't get more new-beginning than that. And back then, when I'd think of new beginnings, there was always one anthem that came to mind. I say anthem because I can just picture it blaring over the speakers in an arena during a rock concert. That, or blaring over the CD player as I sing along and do my fiercest poses in front of the mirror. I vote for the latter.

Bon Jovi's "It's My Life"
From Crush

Maybe that's why I thought of this song as I was working on the back-to-school post yesterday. Of course, there were SO MANY killer Bon Jovi tunes to choose from, but this one spoke to a new generation -- my generation -- so it sort of felt like a theme song for the masses, you know?

This ain't a song for the broken-hearted
No silent prayer for the faith-departed
I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd
You're gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud

Youth is nothing if not a time for feeling lost and confused. You're having all these new experiences and just trying to find meaning and purpose in life. It's hard, isn't it? And you think that things are NEVER going to get any easier; you might even think you'll never find your way. So you end up wandering around searching for those answers and sometimes, even before you arrive at any kind of conclusion, you realize something else. You're a young adult. This life you're living?


I know, it can be quite the shocking revelation when it hits you that first time. Sort of like a bolt of lightning or a giant light bulb going off over your head. That's how it was for me, at least. And of course, you're determined to make your voice heard. Loud and clear. To anyone and everyone in your life. Not in an evil or malicious way -- just in a way that lets people know who you are. Because you're starting to see that your voice is a powerful thing and you're going to own it.

It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life

People say that there's a sense of invincibility that comes with being young, but I also think there's a certain sense of urgency that goes along with it. It's the first time you're really realizing that your life is finite, that you're not going to live forever and that it's what you do with your life that matters the most. You may not know everything, but you know that you want your life to mean something. You want to live it to the fullest, to live it on your terms. But perhaps most of all, you don't want anything to stand in your way. Ever.

This is for the ones who stood their ground
For Tommy and Gina who never backed down
Tomorrow's getting harder make no mistake
Luck ain't even lucky
Got to make your own breaks

Stand your ground? What does that even mean? I do wonder about that sometimes, and the older I get, the more I think it's all about tuning out that excess noise. It's not letting people get inside your head -- especially the ones that don't matter. It's about not believing what people say about you, even though you're struggling to just shrug off those cruel and hurtful words. It's about not giving into those inner demons that are all sorts of hell-bent on destroying you -- but you're determined not to let them, though. Most importantly, it's about BEING WHO YOU ARE and not being afraid to show your true colors to the entire world.
This life is hard. Really hard. There's just no way around it. But that certainly doesn't mean that this life can't be beautiful and that you shouldn't shine your light for all to see. After all, remember what I always say?? #BeBraveBeYou

Lilly Pulitzer Is My Spirit Animal

Like many fashionistas-in-training, I discovered the wonders of Lilly Pulitzer pretty late in life. Truth be told, if it wasn't for all my blog reading, I'd have NO IDEA that her bright, colorful and chic clothes and accessories even existed. And, really, what a sad world that would be, right? We all could use some bright in our life, and lucky for us, Lilly is coming to the rescue in the form of her After Party Sale! The two-day shopping extravaganza is a cornucopia of everything from dresses to tops to blinged-out accessories, and although there is a bit of a wait to get it, it's totally worth it.

Even after the sale is over, I intend to keep exploring this treasure trove of a gold mine. Check out a few of my fave fashion go-to items, starting with this navy blue cardigan (fall, anyone?!?), $78, above...

Will you be snapping up any faves, friends? What's your fashion style, if you had to describe it in only a couple words? Are you wild or more traditional? Let's chat! xoxo

(This is NOT a sponsored post; I just get really, really obsessed when I find something new that I like!)

Monday, August 22, 2016

4 Reasons Back-To-School Is Better Than New Year's

With summer winding down (insert crying emoji), I'm slowly working my way back to my school year work routine. In addition to limiting myself to two episodes of Angel each day, this routine includes heading to the campus library a few times a week. I went a handful of times during the summer, and the scene was calm and quiet -- picturesque, even.

And then, thousands of students descended on my tranquil paradise like flies drawn to a summer picnic. They came back in droves today -- the students, not the flies. Now, I don't begrudge them an education, of course; I applaud furthering your education and am thoroughly pro-knowledge. But between the crowds, scared freshmen and the loud college band across from the library, it was all a lot to take in! Sensory overload, anyone??

Maybe, though, it didn't have to be that way. The more I thought about it, the more I realized something: The back-to-school season is SO MUCH BETTER than New Year's. Don't believe me?? Here are four reasons back-to-school gets an A+ every single time...

It's a new beginning: It's so easy to get bogged down by the stresses of life, but this time of year, everything just feels fresh. It's like you've been given a clean slate and you get to start over. Whatever happened in the past? It's time to put it behind you and LET IT GO!!

It's a chance to learn something new: What about that hobby you've always wanted to pick up? Now's the perfect time. And I bet it will actually make you feel like a whole new person -- an added bonus, for sure!!

It's all about the nice weather: Hello! Who would choose the cold winter over the warm weather of the late summer? OK, my mom probably would, but she's probably one of the only ones! I mean, the weather right now is just so inviting -- crisp air, leaves starting to change color, warm sunshine! It's a summer lover's paradise, I tell you! It's days like these when I actually don't dread going outside.

The school supplies are all over: I'm a self-proclaimed supply-aholic. Some people go nuts during Fashion Week; I'm tempted to drain my bank account every August and fill my room with all kinds of pens, pencils and notebooks. I'm still kicking myself for not buying the Wonder Woman notebook I spotted at Target last week!

Do you love "back-to-school" time, friends? What's your favorite part? Anything you're hoping to accomplish?!? xoxo

[Photo via We Heart It]

Sponsor Spotlight: Glitz & Love

There are two things I'm pretty passionate about: Glitzy things and love. You know, leaving a little sparkle and love wherever you go! Maybe that's why I quickly fell in love with the gorgeous Etsy shop called -- you guessed it! -- Glitz & Love. Honyuet, a jewelry designer from Singapore, is an amazing talent when it comes to what she calls "everyday pretty" and bridal jewelry, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and even jewelry sets!

I love designers that have a clear sense of her they are, and Honyuet certainly falls into that category...

On her shop and work
Glitz & Love is an exciting online boutique full of beautiful bridal jewelry. The collections range from simple pearl earrings, to stunning Swarovski crystal necklace, to deluxe halo style cubic zirconia earrings. All jewelry are hand crafted with Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls, cubic zirconia and more. If you love sparkles like we do, then you will swoon over Glitz & Love!

On the design process
Glitz & Love is my one woman show. Everything here is designed, handmade and taken pictures by me. I love what I do, and I hope you love what I make as well.

And of course, I spotted a few pieces I love in her shop! Here are five things I'm eyeing RIGHT NOW...
Name bangle, $13.50
Petite silver comma symbol necklace, $9.90
Personalized anchor necklace, $22
Red cocktail ring, $20
Little stars bangle, $13.50

Be sure to follow Glitz & Love on Facebook and check back often because Honyuet is always adding new gems. You can also score great discount deals on your order...

3% OFF orders Over $50: LOVE50off3
10% OFF orders Over $100: LOVE100off10
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Thanks so much, Honyuet! Keep up the AWESOME work! xoxo

Man Candy Monday.

Ahh, Monday -- how I love and loathe you all at the same time! Please be good to me this week, alright? I hope you all have a great week to, and to kick things off, today's guy is a rather interesting pick. It's not exactly a person, but more like a TV character; you can even probably guess which show he's on based on the last few weeks. Anyway, he's fun. He's got a snazzy sense of style. And he's extremely perceptive and intuitive...


"Well, first there was the welcome home parade thrown in my honor, ticker tape, streamers. Honestly, I was so touched I almost wept."
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