Five More Podcasts to Check Out ASAP!

For Lent this year (which let’s just get it out there that Lent was never a thing in my house and it’s definitely not a thing in my church but 98% of my friends growing up were Catholic and so I always felt left out when I didn’t give something up, too, and so I still sometimes try to give something up and that’s that) I decided to give up listening to secular music. It’s a nice break from songs I don’t love on the radio and listening to the same 4 artists over and over, and I’ve been loving starting my day with worship music!

But sometimes I’m tired of listening to music, and I don’t want to just clean my apartment in silence, so I’ll throw on a podcast! I keep finding more and more to try out, and some of them have been amazing!! I know everyone has different styles and tastes when it comes to what they listen to (and some people would just rather not listen to other people have a conversation and I get that!) but I am going to share some REALLY REALLY GREAT ones with you today that I think you might like, too!

The Heart of Dating

The Heart of Dating podcast is such a fun one! The host, Kait, and her guests dive into the terrible, fun, confusing, awesome world of what it looks like to date as a modern Christian adult today! She has had great episodes about the Enneagram, what it looks like to start online dating, how to prepare now for marriage later, and more! Her guests are always great and share great nuggets of wisdom.

The Good Place

Yeah, The Good Place The Podcast is definitely my favorite on this list today! I just LOVE this show – it’s so clever and hilarious and has definitely made me cry and it’s just written so well. I also love knowing fun facts and trivia, and THAT’S WHAT THIS PODCAST IS! It’s hosted by one of the actors, and they go episode by episode talking to writers, the creator, actors, directors, and even special effects people about what happened, what happened behind the scenes, and other things that the people (aka me) are dying to know!!! Just make sure that you have actually seen the first two seasons before you start listening, because they didn’t start doing the podcast until well into season 2, and there are major spoilers.

Dr. Death

Dr. Death is one that I feel like EVERYONE has already listened to, but that’s ok I’m still going to put it on my list! It’s a limited-series podcast (so there’s only 11 episodes) about a spinal surgeon in Dallas, TX who basically messed up a lot of people’s lives by performing surgery on them when HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DOING ANY SURGERY OF ANY KIND ON ANYBODY. I mean, just because of what happened it was sad to listen to… but it was also fascinating to hear just what happened and why it happened and why nobody stopped this guy sooner. Also it took place in Dallas so I felt like I should listen because I live in Dallas and that definitely upped the icky factor while listening.

Cool Playlist

Cool Playlist is pretty much exactly what you’re thinking- a podcast where the host Eliza Skinner and a guest come up with cool playlists that have 10 songs! Each episode centers on a different scenario and it’s a great way to remember songs you used to love or find new songs/artists you’ve never heard before but want to check out! Some of the fun scenarios have been playlists for a “roadtrip to Disney,” “eating fast food alone in your car at night,” “first day in a very cool new outfit,” and “coming home after a disappointing day.” Just a warning, they do NOT play the entire song when adding it to the playlist, just a sample. I made a friend listen to the “waiting in line for Broadway lottery tickets” episode when we were in New England last fall thinking she would LOVE it and she was getting so sad because “I JUST WANT TO HEAR THESE FULL SONGS!!!!!!!!!!!” Fair point, and now you’ve been warned.

The Next Right Thing

The Next Right Thing is an extremely specific podcast that I didn’t think I would like but I’m actually really enjoying so far! I’m not all the way caught up, but I started from the beginning a few months ago and I’d say I’m about halfway there. The host, Emily, has a very soothing voice and she talks about making good decisions and being ok with the decisions you make in such a calm way – it’s just really lovely. I don’t struggle with decision making ALL the time, but I’ve already taken some of the things/practices she’s talked about and implemented them into my process and it’s been great! And y’all, she even has A BOOK coming out about the same topic! And it gets released ON TUESDAY!!! I’m definitely going to add it to my library list and read it!

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Now that spring is finally here, I thought it was time to do a little spring closet cleaning and refresh my wardrobe a little bit! I’ve been wanting to simplify things and freshen up what I wear every day, and the best way to do that in my opinion is to create a capsule wardrobe! I’ve done a few of these before in the past, and it really helped me to make sure I wear the clothes in my closet by focusing on a few items every month/season.  And by a few, I mean 40.

The beauty of doing a capsule wardrobe and selectively choosing what you’ll wear for the next season is that you can make sure that you really get a lot of wear out of seasonal pieces and you don’t get bogged down and frustrated trying to decide what to wear in the mornings. You know exactly what options you have and can make fast, easy choices that you know you’re going to love.

There’s lots of different ways to create a capsule wardrobe for yourself, and honestly any way you choose is probably going to be great. Some people only pick 30 items, some people include accessories, some people don’t count in shoes, some people do them monthly – it’s really up to you!! I decided that I was going to choose 40 items for mine because I wanted to not do laundry ALL the time, I wanted to have good variety between work and weekend outfits, and I wanted to include lots of shoes in an effort to force myself to actually wear the shoes I already own. I didn’t include any undergarments (like camis) or accessories (like purses) in mine because I only have a few bags that I switch between depending on the occasion. Here’s what I included!

10 tops

I tried to pick tops that would be good layered (mostly at work and church, both of which are FREEZING even when it’s hot outside) but could also be cute and appropriate to wear on their own (like on weekends or during my commute). I threw in a t-shirt for when I’m feeling super casual (which is honestly like once a month lol) and a few longer-sleeve blouses that don’t need to be layered at all. If you don’t need to layer as much as I do, then you can add a few more tops and take out a few layering pieces – just think about what you wear on a regular basis and build your capsule around that!

A lot of the tops I’m including in my capsule are “oldies but goodies” aka I bought them at TJ Maxx years ago but they’re still things that I love and wear regularly. I did add a few replacement items that I purchased recently, like this green blouse and this green tank.

7 layering pieces

Since I’m in a lot of “brrr I’m freezing” scenarios in my life, I really like to make sure I have a lot of good layering options/cardigans to choose from. And also I just love me a good cardigan! I made sure to have a variety of colors that would go with most of the tops I put in my capsule, along with a black blazer for work and a jean jacket for cuteness!

5 dresses & skirts

Texas gets hot and it’s nice to have some fun dress/skirt options to look cute and keep cool! I’ve gotten into such a rut of wearing jeans every day to work, so I’m hoping having some cute dresses will make me want to dress up a little more. At least once a week. We’ll see how that goes. I can already anticipate that I’ll be wanting to wear this black eyelet dress a LOT!

8 bottoms

Because I do pretty much wear jeans every day, I wanted to make sure that I had a LOT of options to wear. Black jeans, dark jeans, lighter jeans, white jeans, green pants that are like jeans but aren’t actually denim, distressed jeans for the weekend – gotta have ’em all! I made sure to also have my favorite shorts in the mix and a fun jumpsuit, too! I love this black one because it’s so simple – you can dress it up, dress it down, wear it to work, church, running errands, out to dinner – the possibilities are endless.

10 pairs of shoes

Just like wearing jeans to work everyday, I’ve gotten in a huge ret with wearing the same 2 pairs of shoes and basically nothing else. Now, you can’t go wrong with a pair of black flats and a pair of tan loafers… but there are just so many other options I can go with! In an effort to actually wear other footwear, I added TEN pairs of shoes to my capsule. And yes, that does feel like a lot, but each pair is so distinct in shape/color/pattern/occasion that they all still feel necessary. Thankfully I already had pretty much all the shoes I’d need, and I only had to replace a worn-out pair of sandals that could be worn to work (I found these cuties).

Five for Friday #50

Hello and happy Friday!! I normally only do these posts once a month, but there were just SO many things I’ve found and loved lately, I had to do another right away!!

one || If you’re not already following Brighton Keller’s blog, then go do so immediately because you’re missing out. She’s a Dallas fashion blogger, but she has been consciously moving toward writing about bigger, “more important” things (like self-improvement, organization, faith, etc.) and I’m here for it. I loved one of her recent posts about what to do when it seems like prayer isn’t working and it’s filled with good reminders!

two || Hi I have found the most beautiful spring top and it is the best color and just looks like it would be so flattering and I maybe ordered it and it will be arriving tomorrow and I hope it’s as lovely in person as it is online!

three || I might have mentioned this before, but it’s worth sharing again! One of my favorite podcasters (who wrote this book called The Wondering Years that I really liked!) has an email newsletter that gets sent out once a week? Once a month? I can’t remember. But it goes over things happening in pop culture, shows new movies coming out, includes a picture of a CUTE DOG every time, and it’s just great. I generally think it’s pretty annoying when people send out email newsletters and I never sign up for them, but THIS ONE is amazing and I read it every single time it shows up in my inbox and you should sign up for it, too!

four || Ummmm are you all as excited as I am for the Vineyard Vines collection at Target coming out in May?!? I can’t wait to see what they have and I hope it doesn’t sell out as fast as the Lilly Pulitzer collab did!

five || I didn’t think the perfect loafers existed, but then I found these bad boys and now I’m a little bit obsessed with them.

I’m so happy that the weekend is almost here! I am FINALLY getting to hang out with one of my favorite people tomorrow (hey, Arie!) and we’re going to see a short performance at the symphony! We’re both so busy and keep missing each other, so I’m really pumped for some good friend time and catching up!

Have a great weekend!

Four Years in Dallas!!!!

Last week marked FOUR YEARS since I moved to Dallas! Which is crazy! How has it been FOUR years already?!?!?!? I feel like so much has changed and happened since I first moved here in 2015.

I actually have friends now (which it isn’t easy to make new friends when you move to a brand new city and know zero people there)!

My sister and her family live in Dallas now, too!

I like my job now (it took a while and it wasn’t great for a long time, but now it’s seems amazing)!

I finally found a church that I LOVE and got really plugged in there!

I’ve had lots of friends come visit – I love showing people around and giving my world-famous Kelly tour of downtown Dallas!

I’ve lived in 2 apartments that were 1 street apart!

Here’s some of my favorite snapshots from the last 4 years – I’m so excited to see what year 5 has in store! I’ve explored so much of the DFW area already, but there is still so much more that I need to see and do and try!

Five for Friday #49

Hello and happy Friday, friends! I hope that you’re as excited for the end of the week as I am! Who am I kidding – of COURSE you are! This was a slower week for me which I am very thankful for, and I have a few fun things planned for the weekend, which I’m excited for! Since it was a slower week, I’ve done a lot of cleaning and a lot of crocheting which has been great. I am making a baby blanket for my sister’s newest baby (due in May!) and I, as usual, am very far behind in the process. Having a few nights to just sit down and relax and focus on crafting has been just what I needed.

Here are some of the fun things that have caught my attention recently!

one || The entire world is obsessed with the KonMari method of cleaning out their closets and their homes and I just need to make sure that Gilmore Girls was all over this trend years ago.

Great. Now that you know that very important fact, here’s a great guide to STARTING the de-cluttering process a la Marie Kondo.

two || Love this post about being single in your 30s. It was honest and hopeful and worded really well as another single person in my 30s.

three || This poster of A Pop Culture Guide to Proofreading Marks is hilarious.

four || A sweet coworker gave me these amazing earrings and they’re definitely my new favorites. I’ve been obsessing over tortoise shell jewelry recently and so you know I was excited when I got these!

five || One of my favorite artists has a new flower collection and to promote it, she came up with an adorable spring “flower-scope.”