Guest Post: Oh My Bliss!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hello, friends - I'm popping in to introduce today's lovely guest poster, Caitlin, who's taking over the blog today while I recover with soup, milkshakes + Netflix. I have the great fortune of being at the same college as this fabulous girl, so you guys are in great hands. Not only is she fierce + fashionable, but she's hilariously sassy and a favorite roadtripper of mine. Enjoy this post about her new blog!

Hello there! The lovely Grace is currently out of order due to the spontaneous removal of her wisdom teeth, so in the meantime you get to hear from me! Oh, sorry, I completely got ahead of myself. I totally skipped introductions. My name is Caitlin and I am the girl behind Oh My Bliss, a blog dedicated to sharing my fashion fancies and interweb interests from week-to-week.

Grace has mentioned my little corner of the blog world before… I am the blogger formerly known as Beauties, Bliss, and Bears… Oh My! I had to take time to re-evaluate my vision for the blog and to show it some TLC that it needed aesthetically. I was out of commission for several months, but as of this past Friday I have rejoined the blog world! It is so good to be back, and I am so excited for the future that awaits Oh My Bliss.

I have a love for classic, girly looks, but I do tend to pay homage to my roots with edgier/ more relaxed looks every now and then. I may be hard to believe now, but band tees, skinny jeans, and vans used to be my everyday look. Getting me in a dress was a rarity. Though I may dress differently now I still have a passion for music and I am always on the lookout for new things to fall in love with. 

Every Tuesday I plan to share my current internet obsessions which can range from music, to outfits, or to the things that are making my nerd gears grind. I’ll give you guys a little snippet of what the premier post consisted of outfit wise: 

You can see the whole post here. You can stay updated with Oh My Bliss by liking it on Facebook.

The blog itself has links to all of my other social media pages, so please feel free to follow, like, retweet, and all that jazz. It means the world to us bloggers to see that y’all are supporting the words we write/ speak.
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out what it is that I have to say, and a big thanks to My Spare Oom for giving me the opportunity to share what Oh My Bliss is all about.

Have a splendid week/ HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

Stay Golden,

Thursday Thoughts (on a Friday)

Friday, June 27, 2014


If you're reading anything past this post's obnoxious title, congratulations. I'm well aware talking about Thursday on a Friday is both annoying and potentially confusing, but hey, by the time you read this, I will be la-la land thanks to wisdom teeth surgery.


Not really. But my mouth has been hurting like the dickens, so at this point I'm ready for sedation + laughing gas. And the ice cream. Apparently, though, I'm not allowed to have dairy the first 24 hours after surgery. Which means no ice cream. Or milkshakes. Or gelato.

I feel so betrayed. 

So if there's a shortage of posts around here for the next few days, you'll know why. Also - there will most definitely not be an outfit post on Monday seeing as how my face will be the size of a chipmunk's who has had an allergic reaction. 

Have you had your wisdom teeth out? Any drinks/tips to reduce swelling that you recommend? 

I'm planning on sleeping, getting some sleep, maybe do some reading once I'm back to coherent thought, and some more sleeping. Are you sensing a pattern here? 

I will have Netflix, so I might catch up on some shows (I'm so dreadfully behind on Arrow and Once Upon A Time) - any show/film recommendations? I love all things BBC and romantic comedies especially. 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend - there might be a guest post or two in the works, so keep an eye out for that!

Real Life Wednesday

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

1. I painted my nails last week with this Essie shade Vernis (which I "borrowed" from my younger sister) and loved, loved, loved the color. It's like a periwinkle/cornflower blue - not only did it go with everything and make my hands look delightfully tan, but I got so many compliments on it. Can't wait to use it again.

2. Things have been decidedly "real life" around here, what with working full-time for the past two weeks, hence the lack of a RLW post earlier today...a continuation of Monday's post, maybe?

3. In other unglamorous news, my wisdom teeth (yes, I'm 21 and still have them) have PAINFULLY decided it's time to come out. My mouth wouldn't stop hurting yesterday, so I finally took a look in the mirror and nearly fell over when I could very clearly see them. Ouch. I have a doctor appointment tomorrow to see how soon I can get surgery.

4. I'm a little excited about #2...all the ice cream + sleep I can get? Sign me up.

5. I was in New Orleans for a friend's wedding last weekend, but sadly didn't get to stop at any of the usual famous spots to eat, like Cafe du Monde for beignets. I did drive the entire way + back by myself. Cue feelings of accomplishment + independence. I'm telling you, girls - you haven't lived until you've sung along with One Direction at the top of your lungs while on a solo road trip.

6. I'm in love with this entire look: striped shirt, faded denim shirts + huge black sunglasses? The Look of summer. This striped dress by the beach is also stealing my heart. Just...all the stripes. But really.

7. This post about how to photograph writing with sparklers just screams summer...I've always wanted to try my hand at it. Maybe now I will.

8. My need for iced coffee is steadily growing and since my parents don't drink coffee (i.e. there's no coffeemaker in our house) I might just dabble in cold brew coffee. Have you ever tried it? Basically the idea is you let coffee grounds soak for several hours and then strain the liquid. It looks dangerously easy.

9. My poor dog gets so excited when I get home from work because she thinks I'll finally take her on a walk after being gone all day, but my feet are always so sore, I can't stand the idea of being on them any more. But I can tell she's so confused and wistful when she looks at me with huge, pitiful eyes, so hopefully I'll take her out this weekend. I miss our daily walks too.

That's what's going on around here. How's your week going? Have you had your wisdom teeth out before - any advice??

(The Perks of) Being a Haute Mess

Monday, June 23, 2014


(Firstly, if I were more on top of things, I'd have an outfit post to share with you for Modest Monday. But I'm not, so I don't. But that's okay...)

I like to think I try to keep it real here on the blog. My hope + ideal is that stopping by here feels like grabbing a cup of coffee with that crazy, spunky, colorful friend to talk about life, clothes, boys, God, and pretty things. And that said-coffee date never makes you walk away feeling inferior but instead thinking, "Oh, good, she's struggling with that too!"

I say that, because some of my favorite people in this world are the ones who are open, adamant, honest, and able to laugh about what hot messes they are sometimes. "I know - I've gained some weight too!" "Yeah, getting up early is so hard for me..." "Ugh, I have the hardest time finding cute tops that fit my chest too..." "Um, can we just talk about how everyone is getting married or having babies or getting engaged or starting a relationship while we're over here being #FOREVERALONE?"

And yada yada. You get the idea. Maybe it's just me, but I take so much comfort in knowing I'm not alone...and after grousing/moaning about whatever it is that I'm struggling with, I often come away from a girl chat feeling refreshed + re-encouraged.

So here I am on a late Monday afternoon with no Modest Monday post...but instead of beating myself up about it, I'm giving myself some grace (no pun intended, heh). It's so easy to see only the crisp photos + pretty templates of blogs. I think we forget sometimes that the people behind them are real and have those crazy days where things just don't get done.

I went to a wedding in New Orleans this week, so I spent hours behind the wheel in order to see a good friend get married. It was a beautiful + touching wedding and I'm so glad I got to see her united with her new husband. But I came back tired physically + emotionally from a long week and an even longer weekend. So yesterday + today are for resting, getting my energy back up, for reading several a good book, and eventually getting around to washing my hair. I might even paint the town red and walk the dog later.

I'll do the above before I settle down tonight with some comfy pillows and the film Captain America (which I am the last person in the world to see). Because I'm not perfect and I don't always have it together.

Because I'm definitely a hot haute mess. ;)

I'll see you later this week, friends. May your Monday be one of rejuvenation + relaxation.


The Man I'd Marry

Friday, June 20, 2014

I've dreamed, many times in the wistful half-serious way, about the man I'd marry. That he'd be a musician. Or a photographer. Or an artist. That I'd marry another creative soul.

Someone who made art with his fingers in some way, who would romance + love me with his art. Through song, through gently falling notes. Through the capturing of a moment on film. Someone who chased beauty and savored the silent moments of sunshine amidst shadows.

I wanted to sit at his feet and watch his strong fingers brush against guitar strings or trail across black + ivory keys. Hear his voice sing words from his soul. Or see his eyes narrow intently + gaze through the lens of a camera at the magic he's trying to capture. Peek over his shoulder as he sketched, bringing life to white paper with grey smudges of pencil or as he painted with color + care, capturing the world around him in a swirl of light and oils with flicks of a brush.

There is something romantic + artistic + adventurous + breathtaking about loving and being with someone who sees the magic in the world. Who creates it with his own eye. As a creative soul, I longed to share that bond with him - with the man I'd marry. I wanted us to create art together. To inspire each other. I knew he would be my inspiration. And I wanted to be his.

But I'd forgotten...that sometimes dreams are just that. Dreams. And if we cling too tightly to them, we can sometimes miss reality - which, while often different than we imagined, can be so much more wonderful. If we only see it.

Because we're all creative souls in one way or another. Some of us exude it more openly through a regular form of art - writing, singing, photographing, playing, painting, sketching, sculpting, carving, dancing, sewing, designing. But some of us live it out in more everyday, ordinary ways.

And that's the man I will marry. My dreams of marrying another full-fledged artist were only wistful 'it-would-be-so-nice-if...' dreams. I never decided he had to be an artist. But I wanted him to be, in some form or fashion.

And he will be...just in a different way than I am. There are some things in life, I've learned, you just know. 

Some call it intuition, I call it the Holy Spirit. Because He prompts + stirs + moves our hearts in strange ways that we don't always understand.

So I've known for a long time now what the man I'll marry will be like. He'll be steady + thoughtful; more serious than me; but with a smile that will light up the room + light up my life; he'll be kind and good and considerate and he'll make me laugh harder than I've ever laughed. And he won't be a musician or singer or artist or dancer or photographer or actor. He'll be something different than all of those things.

And that's okay. Because he will make art in his own way. He'll have a way with words, he'll see the magic in life, he'll be moved + stirred by beauty, he'll want to live out a grand story of art. He'll be a creative soul - just in his own special way. And he will always be my muse + inspire me to create. And I'll inspire him to create create in his way.

That is the man I will marry. The man I will happily and proudly marry. The man I want to marry.

Real Life Wednesday and Things

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

1. I'm really wishing the above picture was a thing today. Wouldn't life be so much lovelier if we had a "Cancel life for today" button? 

2. This week is a record as I haven't purchased a cup of iced coffee or any type of drink for myself....only because I finally got realistic and bought a carton of Starbucks iced coffee from the grocery store.

3. Have you heard of the Glasses Girls? They're mom, fashion + lifestyle bloggers who made a hilarious parody video of Iggy Azalea's Fancy. Um, yes. Can I be this fashionable when I'm a mom?

4.  I had a dream last night that the fall semester was already here and I was back at school. The amount of joyful screaming and suffocating hugs from friends + dorm mates was ridiculous. I woke up smiling.

5. My best friend keeps trying to talk me into bleaching my hair...I like to think it'd look like this. But I actually really like my current dark color. And I feel like 99% of people I know would hate it + think I look like Nicki Minaj. So I'm staying dark. But a girl can dream...

6. Katie's post about Marrying Your Best Friend was one of my favorite posts that I read this week.

7. I painted my nails yesterday, which was both relaxing + tedious (I can never sit still and invariably mess up at least one nail) and mused over the difficulty of cordinating nail colors with outfits. Fortunately, Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere put together this perfect guide on pairing nail polish colors with summer shoes.

8. I've been musing about college and God's plan lately due to Amanda's beautiful + eloquent post about letting it go. Definitely a must-read. While I think college is an amazing experience, I also don't think it's the end-all, be-all and that you can be quite happy + successful without a four year university degree.

9. Also, I have a Pinterest addiction. It was bad before, but I had it under control. Not any more.


Happy Hump Day, friends!

What I'm Loving Now: Black, White + Blue

Monday, June 16, 2014

images via  + here
 Happy Monday, friends! I don't know about you, but I always find my fashion + makeup routine lightening up during the summer. I'm a fall + winter girl through and through, but I can't deny there's something delightful about breezy, simply outfits when warm weather comes. I'm an ardent stripes lover and proud addict as you can tell, but I love the light touch that chambray blue adds to the classic pairing of black + white. The color scheme is perfect for brunch, shopping, a day out, lounging around the house, or even a wedding. I find that black can be very heavy + heat-absorbent in summer, so I like putting it with lighter shades. As such, this is one of my favorite color combinations lately. 

What colors do you love pairing together in summer? Do you ever wear black + blue?

Friday Favorites

Friday, June 13, 2014

I think I have a serious Starbucks iced coffee problem. I've actually known that for the past three years though. I used to be an utter coffee snob and turn up my nose at plain boring iced coffee that didn't (gasp) have a shot of espresso, milk, and syrup like iced lattes or mochas. with everything else that I initially hate, I become full blown obsessed. I need to buy a coffee brewer for the kitchen. Or Starbucks will own my soul even more. #CantStopWontStop #YesIJustUsedAHashtagInABlogPost #ComeAtMeBro

My love for wearing black and other dark colors in 2014 has quieted down a bit due to the heat: now, I find myself loving crisp white, faded denim, and bright colors.

I saw Maleficent, which was just as good (and even better) than I was hoping. Angelina Jolie is the Queen of Film. All hail her. I came home and promptly recreated a modern-day version of her make-up. Smoky eyes galore. And I've been playing Lana Del Rey's cover of "Once Upon a Dream" non-stop. So dreamy + dark.

I'm finally getting new glasses that don't make me look 12 - but Warby Parker makes it incredibly hard to choose from all of their gorgeous frames. I'd fallen in love with a particular one last fall, but didn't write the name down, and now I can't remember. Oh, the woeful indecisiveness.

Can we talk about girl crushes? I'm having a lot at the moment - there's so many fabulous and inspirational women out there! Kendi from KendiEveryday, Mindy Kaling, Jessi of course from Naptime Diaries, and Lily Collins. I love her style + effortless grace. Did you hear she'll be starring in the film adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"?

(Also, I'm loving this song - for driving, tidying up the house, reading, writing blog posts to. Such a fun listen.)

Why It's Okay to be "Normal"

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I don't know about you, but I don't always like the idea of being normal. I'm not exactly normal to begin with, compared to other secular young adults. And I firmly believe that all the best people are a little bit crazy and strange in a good way. As, Alice was told in Wonderland, "We're all mad here."

But sometimes, I wonder if there's too much pressure to not be normal. 

Normal is boring, we're told. It's average, mediocre, and stationary. Be extraordinary, we're told, and revolutionary and special...stand out and be a leader, not a follower. 

And while that's wonderful motivation and encouragement, sometimes we can try so hard to be anything but normal that we end up exhausted. 

Because sometimes, normalcy is a good thing. Sometimes we just want to be an ordinary person sitting in a chair, unnoticed and unimportant in the grand scheme of things...I've been watching quite a few films and tv shows which has led to me musing about fame and the people in our society that we praise as being special. I thought how difficult it must be for famous and successful people in the public eye - actors, musicians, politicians, speakers, writers, dancers, etc. Yes, they are widely known, well-paid, and pursing their passion...but they can't always lead normal lives. 

And they're normal people just like us. Just like us, they have bad days, days when they just want some peace and quiet, to be left alone, to go for a walk or a coffeeshop and not have to wear sunglasses. The world, and America especially, seems to be obsessed with fame, beauty, and wealth...but how often do we stop to realize how good we have it as "normal" people?

We're not stalked by paparazzi, we're not under incredible high pressure to have our billion-dollar film do well at the box office, to close an important multi-million dollar business deal, to make political decisions that affect not only our nation but also possibly the world, or pen the next hit single on the radio. We don't have to strut on a runway in impossibly high heels in front of the entire fashion world. We don't have to do all of these things to ensure that our public image is still intact in order for people to admire and appreciate us. 

We are normal girls + women who are loved and supported by family, by friends, by peers because of our normalcy. 

Because when did we put a price on value? When did beauty become about appearance and always looking young + fit instead of showcasing someone's spirit + personality? 

I know myself - and I'm not Wonder Woman. I will never be her. I am someone who appreciates the little things in life. Someone who treasures and enjoys the normalcy of my life. And that is not boring - because a real, normal woman is a woman who both struggles and succeeds, who has good hair days and dark under-eye circle days, who strives to live out her faith and strains against spiritual dryness, who desires to do great things in His name and accepts the mundane setbacks. 

That is the kind of woman I want to be. A normal one. And there's nothing wrong with that. 

Real Life Wednesday: Summer Edition

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

1. Can we talk about how lovely summer is? I wrote an unpublished post about how summer really doesn't like me, because the past few summers ended being stressful...but I tend to forget there's always light at the end of the tunnel (even if it looks like the light of the oncoming train at first). Cough. 

ANYWAYS, my point is that I spent the first couple weeks of recovering from school by sleeping absurdly late (still am, actually), and having far too much time to think about life, the fact that I'm a junior, that I graduate college the spring after next and what am I doing with my life?

But as always, God's got things in hand and the past week + a half have just been lovely. Getting lots of sleep, spending the night at my best friend's, marathon-watching Ugly Betty with my little sisters, getting fresh air, catching up with old friends, and finally figuring out that I don't have to take summer school this summer. This girl is a lot happier. So, friends, if your summer's looking a bit bleak, cheer up! It gets better, I promise. 

2. Iced drinks are my jam as always - I'm still loving iced caramel coffee, but pomegranate mocktails, Raisin' Cane's lemonade, and  Dr Pepper with vanilla + raspberry flavors from Sonic are up there also. So, so good. 

3. Jimmy Fallon really is the best. He's rapidly become my favorite talk show host simply because he's so nice! He's absolutely hilarious too, of course, but I love that he can crack me up without being offensive or downright cruel towards celebrities. This skit with Justin Timberlake + Steve Carell is too funny. 

4. Let's talk books! I have been a reading machine over here and whizzed through thirteen books in the past two weeks. I've been a bookworm since birth, but rarely have time to read for fun during the college semesters. I reread The Ruby Red trilogy, a fantasy series about a girl who realizes she has a time-travel gene. Quite a good read that had me up an entire night because I sped through the first two books. 

My other top favorites so far have been Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Everyone is Beautiful. Mindy's book is a hilarious collection of honest, funny, smart essays about Mindy's life, how she landed a role on The Office as well as being a writer for the show. I love her. She tells it like it is. (Also, can we take 5 minutes to freak out over how cute her + The Office co-star, co-writer, best friend and ex BJ Novak's relationship is?)

And Everyone is Beautiful...oh, my gosh. I loved that book so much. So. Much. It's about a young mom of three little kids with a wonderful grad student husband. Exhausted, worn out, and a mother 24/7, she sets out to make some changes by joining a gym and rediscovering hobbies + passions. One of my favorite things about this book was that it felt so real. Despite being an unmarried college student with no children or even a romantic relationship, I related to the main character so much, especially when she realized she had to rediscover herself without loosing everything in her life that mattered to her. I can't recommend this book enough except to say go to a library or a bookstore and read it! I laughed so, so many times at the crazy things her little kids did and found myself rooting for the main character's marriage. I saw my future in this book...I saw myself in that exact situation ten years down the road. And I don't mind at all. Because as the main character realizes, we're all messes. But everyone is a beautiful mess. 

(And now I just wrote a cheesy mini-novel review. But....yeah. It was that good of a book.)

5. To combat all my Ugly Betty watching + hours of reading, I've been taking walks every day. Sometimes even twice a day, which still shocks me because I was horribly anti-exercise all spring semester. But I finally found my motivation and am now addicted to daily walks - even if it's hot and sunny! 

There are three reasons for this: 
1) I tell myself I'm working on my tan by getting out in the sun. 
2) My family has a dog and the poor girl doesn't get out much if I don't take her.
3) I take my phone + earbuds with me and put Pandora on. 

It's been glorious and I love it! 

6. There was supposed to be a Modest Monday post at the beginning of this week, but the weather decided it was time for a monsoon and poured/sheeted/stormed all day, so....I had a very cute outfit planned that I ended up wearing three different ways. Which might make it on the blog later this week. 

7. I went through a massive closet clean-out and have multiple huge trash bags of clothes to donate to a thrift store. It feel so good to declutter and organize my life. I'm planning another one before I go back to school in the fall. 

8. I'm attending two weddings in the next few weeks and I couldn't be more excited!! Time to go shopping pick out outfits from the wardrobe I already have. Still...very excited. I love weddings, getting dressed up for them, dancing at receptions, and the cake. It's always about the cake, right, girls? 

How's your summer going? Favorite summer drinks or books that you've read recently? Hit me up!

You are Allowed

Friday, June 6, 2014

-inspired by Hannah's post

You are allowed to be afraid. You are allowed to wear loose + comfy shirts even if they are not figure-flattering, because sometimes you want to be loose and hidden not emphasized and attention-seizing. You are allowed to cut your hair short because you're restless and ready for a change. You are allowed to wear makeup or to go bare-faced, because there's nothing wrong with that either, and really, it means you're confident + comfortable with your face as it is. You are allowed to hunger for meaning and beauty and purpose. You are allowed to worry about the future and whether you will succeed. You are allowed to then forget about those thoughts and believe in the improbable yet possible fact that you will not in fact fail, that everything really does happen for a reason, and God doesn't make mistakes in steering your life.

 You are allowed to want to be different from your parents because you're you, your own person with a different set of dreams, hopes + goals. You are allowed to yearn for the place that you will call home. Because our childhood homes can be different from our future ones - and sometimes we can sense our other home, even if we haven't found it yet. You are allowed to say 'i love you' even if there's no reply. You are allowed to love and believe that it is Love, not just a crush, because the poet who said Love knows no age had it right. You are allowed to not let anyone tell you otherwise because if they do, they haven't experienced Love.

You are allowed to imagine your future children and all the giggles, baby kisses, and even time-outs. You are allowed to wish and hope and run away to Neverland in your dreams to visit Peter Pan. You are allowed to treasure the wind and its gentle, wanderlust-inspiring brush. You are allowed to think you have a good idea of where your life is heading and then, terrified, realize you really don't. You are allowed feel more than is humanly possible. You are allowed to laugh the loudest laugh because laughing means you're alive. You are allowed to cry tears salty and bitter and stinging. You are allowed to write letters to your future self or your future love. You are allowed to want to leave home and travel far.

 You are allowed to feel strange and restless in your own skin and search for the release of your truest self. You are allowed to find the person who makes you smile with your soul and to hang on to them. You are allowed to run away for an hour and escape to trees + sky with only your thoughts. You are allowed to make art. You are allowed to live a messy, raw life. You are allowed to love yourself cracks, flaws, and all. You are allowed to believe someone else will too.

Wednesday Inspiration

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hey, friends. There hasn't been too much happening this week (just a lot of Netflix + Ugly Betty), so I thought I'd share some summer inspiration from my Inspiration Board. It's probably my favorite board to pin to - I use it for anything bright and colorful, fashion looks I'm loving right now, hair + beauty ideas, and quotes that I really love/need for my life right now. It's great...if you haven't made one for this year, I highly recommend it! It's great to have an evolving board that changes with my mood. I love it. Here's some summer-themed pics I've pinned lately.  

Aren't we all? Happy Wednesday, friends!