Summer Bag Picks


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As Austin grows warmer every day, I can feel summer on the horizon. And one of my favorite things about the summertime is the fashion. I'm a huge fan of white, linen and cool breezy silhouettes. But even more fun than the clothing is the accessories.

Summer is my go-to time period for experimenting, I'm not in school anymore so it always feels like the perfect time to try something a little crazy. Which for me means I'll inevitably end up cutting my hair before Septemember rolls around. Let's see how long I last this year. But to make your life a little easier, I've rounded up my top ten favorite summer bags. A couple of these I've purchase reccently, like the Madewell beauty up above, and the rest are on my wishlist.

Enjoy!
Autumn

Let's talk: Coping With Anxiety


  

In 2018, I promised myself I’d be the most authentic version of myself. That I’d be more vocal about who I am, including the good and the bad. Because of that, I’m writing this post. 

I’ve talked once before about anxiety on the blog, and kind of gave a surface level peak into what mine is like. But I wanted to expand upon that, and share some tips about how I deal on a daily basis. 

To provide some context, I’ve known I’ve had pretty moderate anxiety probably since I was 12, or 13. But it wasn’t until I was quite a few years older that I really understood what I was going through, and not until a year ago that I finally talked to someone about it. I used to be the type of person that fed into the sigmas about discussing mental health. I thought if I told someone what I was going through, they’d think I was “crazy”, or “unstable”. So I suffered in silence, and trust me it’s not worth it. It’s never easy to just spill your guts about your mental health, but it’s even worse to just do nothing. So here are a few things I did/do that have helped me cope.

1. Write it out
 Admittedly, I don’t do this nearly as frequently as I should but when I do, it works wonders. Grab a journal or a piece of paper and go to town. Write out every single thing you’re feeling, both big and small and just give your self-time to process it. Most of the time when I’m feeling anxious, it’s also because I'm cycling through emotions way too rapidly to fully process, so writing it out gives me a moment to fully decipher everything gapping in my head.

2. Meditation 
This one is new for me, but it’s pretty much the same premise as writing it out. Being in college, and at times spreading myself way too thin has not been too kind on my anxiety. So taking even just a second to pause, and just breathe is an indescribable relief. It can be a bit difficult to get started, but there are plenty of apps out there to help you get started. Honestly, I’d recommend it to anyone, even if you don’t struggle with mental health. We can all afford to be a bit more mindful.

3. Changing my scenery
In addition to anxiety, I’m also very claustrophobic which tends to trigger my panic attacks. I’ve learned the best way to deal with it is if at all possible to just get out of wherever I am. Whether that’s going for a drive, or even taking a walk changing my scenery really helps put things in perspective. 

This is what tends to be most successful for me, but keep in mind everyone is incredibly different. If you’re ever feeling out of control the best course of action is always to find someone you trust, and talk to them about how you’re feeling. Hopefully, this post was helpful and reminds you that whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone.

Until next time,

Autumn 

March 2018 Favorites

Hello, and welcome back to another monthly favorites post. I've decided to do them a bit differently from now on, starting with a brief overview of my month, and then breaking my favorites into sections! Honestly, it makes them a lot easier to sort through in my head.

March 2018

Overall March has been pretty wonderful. It's finally warm again, and as a person who exists best in warmer weather I've felt my mood rise with the temperatures. It's good to be outside again. Additionally I got to travel a bit this month, spending my spring break in Orlando. I've posted a ton about it on Instagram, so if you're interested in seeing more shots from that, click here. 

Other than that, I've gotten so pretty cool opportunities this month that I can't wait to talk more about as they pan out. But most importantly I've felt a surge of creative energy in March, so I'm excited about channeling that in April. 


Fashion

Okay, I've pretty much lived in these shoes for the past month.  I picked them up from Target a few months ago when I was definitely supposed to be just buying food, but what can you do?  They're almost an exact dupe for a Free People pair I couldn't make myself splurge on and the perfect transitional shoe. And every time I wear them, at least one person asks me about them, so it's a win-win. 

Beauty

Two words, SUBCULTURE PALETTE. Obviously, I'm very obsessed with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette I picked up a few months ago. The pallets itself its filled with lots of warm toned adventurous shades. Because of which I've figured out I really love orange and red eyeshadow. Besides the fact that its a very well-curated palette, I think the reason I'm so fond of it is that it's really pushed me outside of my comfort zone, and forced me to break my boring routine of varying shades of brown. 10/10 would recommend. Especially for all of my medium to darker complexion friends out there. 

Media & Entertainment

This is a new section of favorites for me, but I think it's probably the most fun to write. I've always been a huge fan of podcasts, but never found one that I felt like I HAD to recommend. That is until I started listening to "Still Processing." Still Processing is a podcast hosted by two culture writers from "The New York Times," Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris. And every Thursday they discuss current events and how they intersect with the Black community. But they tackle the issues with a humor, and eloquence that makes the podcasts so much fun to listen to. Even if you're not apart of the black diaspora, I'd encourage you to listen to it. It's a wonderful way to gain insight to the very unique perspective of the black community.

Now onto music. I listen to so much music, it's ridiculous I've never included it in one of these before. But instead of talking to you all about my favorite artists, I've included links to my two favorite curated Spotify playlists this month. One of which is by me, and the other by another blogger who's content I love.  But before you click either, here's what you can expect. Quite a bit of Foster the People, I discovered their Sacred Hearts Club album and am absolutely obsessed. A bit of indie pop, and some fun alternative spring/summer tracks. Enjoy!



And that's it for this month! I hope you enjoyed this new style of favorites post, and as always...

Until Next Time,
Autumn