One Step

One.

One Step.

It just takes one step to begin your dream. Isn't that crazy something so lofty, so inexplicably overwhelming because of it's possibilities, just begins with one step?

What I love about my job, is the ability to meet people of all different industries. Actors, Producers, Directors, Athletes, Coaches, Publicists, Tech Gurus, etc, no matter what the industry or who the person, is they share a commonality in their journey. They stepped. They took a step out, and that is how it all began, with one step. I actually had the conversation this evening with an amazing clothes designer, we both agreed sometimes the hardest part is just making that first step.

It's so simple, yet we can talk ourselves out of making that step a thousand times over again. The most "successful" people I meet, all have a common thread, they stepped, and they kept going. The truth is, the simple truth is that no one truly knows what they're doing 100%. They are just going, they are stepping. At every level of success, even the most successful are creating, reinventing the wheel. They even at the height of their success, are still continuing to step out. 

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Stop agonizing over how you'll make those thousand miles. Flip it, and work with one step, the first one. 


Toodles,
Lindsey


Betsy Newman Photography


Character Over Compromise




Character. It's such a funny word, as someone who has studied acting, I immediately think of all the characters you could play. But, I'm talking character, the nitty, gritty pieces, decisions, and choices that have built you into who you are. 

Character alone, makes me a little scared when I hear the word. It feels like it should be in all bold, all caps. It's a responsibility. 

To have character, means that you aren't going in all the ways the current pulls you. 

It's standing in the currents, and as they pass, remaining where you are planted. Allowing the currents to shape you as you let them pass, run over you. It's a decision, deciding to stay firmly planted, even though it'd be easier, it'd be less complicated, it'd be more comfortable to allow the current to move you. Character is remaining steadfast in the path of those currents, and letting those rough currents, smooth you, refine, and shape you to be even stronger than you were before. The greater the currents, the greater the temptations, and the greater the hold you take. Character is not built on the shore, it's built in the currents. 

Character. Character is what stands alone. Character is what people you look up to have. A defining aspect, an admirable one, that they have built, they have nurtured, and they have paid the price to remain someone with character. Currents are compromises. Strength in the currents is character. Character > Compromise.

Toodles,
Lindsey



GIVEAWAY: Sseko + Giving Key Dream Sandals

I have been literally waiting for the postman to deliver these sandals. When I first heard about these Sseko sandals, I could not have been more excited, seriously everything they represent is truly INCREDIBLE. In multiple ways, they allow men and women to follow and chase their dreams. Which, of course could not make my heart happier.

First, The Giving Keys, that adorn the sandals are amazing. As soon as I saw "Dream" was inscribed on them, I knew I needed them. If you've never heard of The Giving Keys, they employ the homeless to inscribe the keys to give them an opportunity to transition out of homelessness. Also, the team at The Giving Keys are truly amazing, I met them recently at an event, and their hearts are so on point. They truly have dreamed the Giving Keys vision, and have done it!

Secondly, Sseko is another incredible company offering opportunities for women in Uganda to chase their dreams. Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty in Uganda. It gives women, like Sharon hope and a future. Sharon aspires to become a teacher one day and Sseko Designs is helping her achieve that dream. Sseko shared a bit with me about Sharon, she has a smile that lights up a room, and she loves to laugh and joke with friends. Clearly, Sharon and I could be great friends ;). 

I styled these sandals with this great sequin jacket from Urban Outfitters, a BB Dakota dress from Nordstrom, and a felt hat that has become a staple in my closet. I added a turquoise ring to pull the color from the sandals. Here is a similar version.





If you want to enter to win Sseko Sandals + a gold bangle, then Follow me on Instagram @LindseyJoy09 and repost my Instagram with #SsekoSoleSister!

And of course, never forget to DREAM BIG. Thank you to the Giving Keys and Sseko Designs for pursuing that so wholeheartedly. You inspire me BIG time.

OUTFIT BREAKDOWN:


MAKEUP BREAKDOWN




Toodles,
Lindsey





Reaching, Grasping, Getting





Reaching, reaching, and reaching. 

Sometimes I have those moments. Wait, let's be honest it's a lot more than sometimes. Those moments of reaching, and curiosity if you'll ever get there. 

You're reaching for goals, you're reaching for more, and it feels like you're simply clutching air. 

Where to after? What's up next... and the internal tirade of questions continue to flood your brain. 

The blessing and curse of having a big vision or dream is that you want to get there, and you want to see it realized. What I've come to know more and more, is that I can't get frustrated at myself that I'm not there yet. It's so easy for me to do so. To look down the path and feel like there are miles ahead. 

What is easy, is stopping. Stopping, and allowing those moments of frustration to seep in and halt the whole process. 

But, that's when you can't. That's when it's most important to keep reaching, even if it feels like you're reaching for air.

What I've learned, and continue to learn, is it is absolutely necessary to set small goals in order to reach your dream. The small goals that feel minute, are absolutely necessary and vital. The goals to meet 2 people in your industry for coffee, are ultimately the ones that seem minute, easy to write off, but these are the goals that pave the path. 

So, if you're feeling like you're reaching for nothing, it might be, because you only see the end goal. 

Challenge yourself. Set smaller goals for yourself, reach for those. Those smaller goals will lead, and continue to pave the path towards your ultimate dream and vision. 

On another note//

I recently bought this pillow, because I couldn't part with the saying that was printed upon it, "Do Dreamers Really Sleep?" I legitimately laughed aloud in Bed Bath and Beyond. 

It's so easy for me to get caught up in the huge dreams, the ideas, and the big picture ideas, that I not only lose sleep but ultimately fail to forget it takes many small steps to accomplish this journey. I get sincerely frustrated and down on myself when I feel like I'm not where I want to be. 

It's in this moment that made me want to write this, because it's in this moment I can't forget. I can't forget that even the smallest goals or accomplishments, no matter how small I want to write them off to be in comparison to my large, overwhelming dream, are absolutely necessary.

"Doubt Kills More Dreams, More Than Failure Ever Will."

So if you're feeling overwhelmed, grab a pen and paper, and write down 2-3 new feasible goals for yourself. Remember, a marathon is really just thousands of small steps, each plays a part in finishing the race, and without them, the race would never get finished.

Toodles,
Lindsey



Mix n Match

I love the idea of mixing menswear into your wardrobe. 


I took this men's shirt, and paired it with a long, full, twirly skirt by Bel and Beau. 

I found this Elvis shirt in the Men's section at Urban Outfitters. If you are looking for a cool and fun graphic tee. The Men's department at Urban has some fun ones to sift through.

Elvis has always been iconic to me. I have a cardboard cutout of Elvis in my childhood room, among Marilyn Monroe and I Love Lucy memorabilia. So, when I saw this shirt, I knew I had to get it. The shirt is pretty boxy, so I tucked it into this fun skirt to give it more shape!

Don't be afraid to look in the men's section for your wardrobe, you just might stumble upon a gem! I love Men's sunglasses, graphic tees, and beanies.





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Elvis Shirt:
http://rstyle.me/n/kk6x59p86

Skirt:
http://shop.belandbeau.com/product/the-mrs-maxi-skirt-onyx/

Gold Pave Bracelet:
http://rstyle.me/n/jzmah9p86

Gold Necklace:
http://rstyle.me/n/jtkca9p86

Soul -spiration

I love pick me up quotes. I love by reading a nugget, you can feel the depth of a chapter. I love the imagination and applicability of quotes or scripture. In midst of a chaos, sometimes a sentence can help reshape your thinking, or inspire you to reshape your thinking.

Sometimes, you have weeks that just don't feel like things are going your way. I recently had one of those, and once it starts, it feels like it just won't stop.

My recent challenges are miniscule in comparison to what so many people are going through. My car got broken into at my place, my belongings were stolen, and I've just had a few challenges continue following my car break in.

I love LA, in a way that can't eloquently be described in words. It's electricity, it's passion, it's creativity, and overall drive challenge and inspire me. The things I love most about LA though, can sometimes be equally as challenging. I love all the people that call LA home, but man there are a whole lot of us. In moments of needing to be somewhere important, I'm stuck in 2 hours of traffic for a 10 mile journey. It's far away from people who I adore-- I don't remember the last time I spent Mother's, Father's day, or Easter with my family, has to be at least 5 years.

But, it's where I know I'm supposed to be right now. These challenges aren't LA based though, it's life -based, these things can happen everywhere. It's just life occurrences, it's apart of growing up, and sometimes these things occur and shake us,make you feel unsettled and/or fearful. So, here are a few quotes I've been finding encouraging over this past month:










Toodles,
Lindsey

Weekend Wear- Overallin'



So, I'm all about trends, but the Overalls trend I was slow to jump on the train of. Mainly, because I'm tall, and most of the styles made me look like I was a 20 something who was held back and left in the 5th grade. I scoured the stores, internet, and behold have found the most comfy and stylish pair. They have been my UPS prize, as they got backordered, and I've been waiting for the package for a month and a half.



This weekend, I finally got my Overalls, and it's safe to say I will be living in these on the weekend. They are easy to make trendy, or casual, whatever look you want to go for. I wore mine to the Rose Bowl Flea Market, which is a monthly gem if you've never been, church, and running errands with friends.

I paired my overalls 
Shop these Overalls: http://rstyle.me/n/jyw6h9p86




with an "arm party":

Shop this Arm Party:
Marc Jacobs Bracelet
Gold Skinny Bracelet, (Gift)
Gold Pave Chain BraceletSimilar Option for $7
Gold Clasp, Forever 21, No Longer Available






Added my favorite wedges:
Shop These Wedges: http://rstyle.me/n/jkkcv9p86















Finished off the look with pink/orange aviators and a few layered necklaces:
Shop These Shades: http://rstyle.me/~22MFJ













Necklace (A Steal at $8.80):
Shop This Necklace: http://rstyle.me/n/jtkca9p86














Topped the look off with a hat, because sometimes I just can't tame this mane.
Shop this similar hat: http://rstyle.me/~270XF









Toodles,
Lindsey

Anthro Loving- 15% off today only








Today, only, Anthropologie is offering 15% off all items if you sign up to become an Anthro member (or if you already are one)! 

Anthropologie, is one of those stores I can always find a "knick knack" or two. I pulled a few of my favorite things I've been eyeing. Of course, Anthro has amazing clothes, but I feel like their house items don't get the credit they deserve, you can find great deals for gifts or for your own home. 

Want the discount? Here's the link: http://www.anthropologie.eu/anthro/user/myanthro/myanthro_signup.jsp

Happy Shopping!
Toodles, Lindsey

Nailed It


I'm not one to always have polish on my hands, mainly because I chip it easily, and well life happens far ahead of fresh polished nails. However, I do love a fresh new look. Here are a few of my favorite looks, and favorite little rings I've had my eye on.

Matte:
I've been obsessed with matte nails for the past year, and found out how to do it myself which saves you a trip to the nail store, and honestly made me feel/look way more skilled at nails. It gives your nails a professional, sleek look, and if you're like me it covers up those hasty mistakes. I can never time drying off those darn nails long enough. But, when you cover up with a matte top coat it smoothes it right over. Here is a shot of what my matte nails look like. The purple Essie color is included in the collage above, as well as the matte top coat.


White
Being that I'm Casper pale, I was weary of donning white nails, but I just tried the look, and love it! It's a crisp way to bring on Summer, and really polishes your look.


Pastel Pink
I love shades of pink, and this particular shade of pink is one that is sought after, sold out regularly, and if you don't already have it, get it, no seriously it's the best. Fiji by Essie is my favorite shade of all time. As soon as you try, you'll soon see why. It's chic, yet bright, and not overwhelming, so it compliments all looks.


Patterned

Feeling funky? Spend a few extra dollars and get pampered, find a fun salon in town that does great designs. Stalk their Instagram and Yelp accounts to get an idea of a look you want to create. One of my favorite LA spots is Olive and June, how cute is it? My friend, Lynette, always has such creative designs, and I know I'll get my moneys worth when I go visit her. It's always fun to get a little art on your hands, when you have a special event coming up, music festival, or just need a little pick me up!




Where'd They Go?

"Where'd all the good guys go?"

I can't even count how many times I've heard this statement recently. I've heard it said from people I just met to old friends. It seems to be a common statement among my friends who are dating or single. The issue isn't always the frustration with our current dating situation, but seeing it contrasted against snapshots of friends in a different situation, on the same timeline. It's a filter of what we want, but have not yet discovered or found.

I grew up in church, and remember those "Wait for the right one" type talks. This is my issue with the word "waiting" in terms of dating. It sounds passive. I totally get why it's used, but it sounds like you're putting your life on hold to find someone. It puts you in the back seat, rather than the front seat. It sounds like you're living your life "reactively."

Instead of questioning where did all the good guys go or "waiting" around. Go out there and live. Live and live life well. 

If there is something you've been dying to pick up or somewhere you've always wanted to go, save your money, find a friend, and go! Instead of sitting back and "waiting," better yourself into the person you want to be. Instead of focusing on the characteristics you are looking for in someone else, sharpen them in you. Sharpen and define those characteristics in yourself. 

Lastly, just don't settle. Know your value, know you are worthy, and don't discount it, don't cheapen yourself to not being treated well. 

"A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect."

So, what if we changed the conversation, single folks, instead of where are they or "he's just not ......"? Into, where am I, and who do I want to be? 


Toodles,
Lindsey








D- Town Boogie (Style Details)





This past weekend, I went and visited one of my best friend's Kate who moved to Dallas. We met in Los Angeles in college, and I haven't gotten to see her "Dallas" life, so we finally found a date that worked for me to visit! When the trip got closer we realized, some of our guy friends had planned a trip to Dallas as well, so it ended up being a great crew of LA friends in Dallas!

On Saturday, Kate and I went for a quick brunch at Company Cafe. It was so nice, so we sat outside, then explored the area around the cafe. We stumbled upon this chalkboard leaning up against the back of a restaurant. In bold white letters, the top of the board read, Before I Die, and below it were many scribbled colored chalk dreams. It was so crazy to see how different each line was from the next. I grabbed  a piece of chalk and added to the plethora of dreams that graced the board. It was such a surprise to find the board, and the goals I wrote down are still etched clearly in my mind. What a fun idea someone decided to start, it left me feeling inspired.



After brunch we headed to meet our guy friends at The Rustic. It was magical. Everyone was just sitting at large picnic tables, enjoying the day and the company they had with them. Country music was blasting, and it made me feel like I was 16 again, with each old tune that played. If you're in Dallas, it's definitely a fun spot to check out. We cooled down from the Texas heat, and a quick game of bean bag toss. It was such a great afternoon and weekend.



One of those weekends that refreshed my soul. Quality time with some of my favorite people, exploring and discovering Dallas.

Style Details
Here's what I wore on Saturday. I'm OBSESSED with this new Maxi dress from Asos. I'm tall, and always have trouble finding dresses that are long enough, and this does the trick. I paired the bright neon dress, with a fun pop of pink on my lip and carried the color through to my bag.

For the accessories- I have been loving the mid finger ring trend, but haven't found good ones yet. I've bought lots of cheap mid finger rings, but they keep turning my fingers green. So, I bought the smallest size Nordstrom offered in these gold stackable rings, and made them into mid finger rings! The price comes out to be a little over $10 a ring, which was what I was paying for the cheap ones I had before that were half the quality.








You can find links to my outfit at the top and bottom of this post. Happy Shopping, Xo!

Dress
Sunglasses; Similar
Purse; Similar
Wedges
Rings

Lip Color
Eye Makeup
Mascara

Toodles,
Lindsey







Fiesta Summer


When I grew up in Texas, my friends and I would wear embroidered "Mumus" to camp. I never was obsessed with the look, because it wasn't the most flattering. Lately, I've found so many "Mumu's" "redesigned," ones that have better shape, and in a greater span of colors. So, in honor of my love for the "remade" Mumu, I've put together some of my favorite Fiesta trends for this season, with pops of neon to spice up your look. I always love the versatility of items I buy, and these accessories can transfer from day to night pretty seamlessly! Also, how adorable are those Free People sneakers? ((Hover over the image, and when you click it, it will take you to the retailer's site. Happy shopping, Xo!)) Toodles, Lindsey