Jewelry: Anthropologie earrings
THESE BOOTS right?! #AllTheHeartEyes It isn’t quite boots weather in Dallas yet, but these babies refused to sit in my closet for another day. It’s October after all! Burgundy is everywhere this fall and at under $200, they’re an unbeatable price for a quality over the knee boot. I, of course, have my eye on the Stuart Weitzman burgundy OTK boots but for now, this pair will definitely do. They also come in grey and black if you feel like doing some extra shopping : )
I’m also loving this cozy ivory sweater from the Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 collection at Nords. I actually just bought another sweater from the collection, which will be on Brooke du jour soon! When I first put this sweater in my shopping cart, I paused and was like, “Brooke, do you really need another white sweater? Don’t you have a SECOND closet full of sweaters?” But then I rationalized how the open shoulder detail adds a totally different element + trendy touch and then I started typing in my credit card information…
On a completely different note, I have a book recommendation for y’all! I recently picked up Amy Schumer’s book “The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo.” I grabbed it at the airport expecting it to be a quick plane read and just an easy laugh, but it actually really exceeded my expectations. If you liked “Trainwreck” then you already know that Amy Schumer is hysterically funny, but this book shows a different side of her as well. She dives head first into the difficult chapters of her life. One part that has really stuck with me is, “Skip the self hatred and the striving to be some other type of girl. Just let that phase pass you by and love yourself how you are. Don’t waste any energy on it. Make sure you are healthy, but fuck, skip all the rest.” So basically- Feeling bad about yourself is a complete waste of time.
Amy’s philosophy is something I need to really ingrain in myself. I am a perfectionist, type A and anxious- a combination I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I give 110% of myself to everything I do and anything less makes me feel like a failure. Did I answer all of my emails today? Did I finish three blog posts this week? Did I Instagram today? Was I a good enough daughter/girlfriend/friend today? If I don’t accomplish that endless list of questions, I feel awful about myself. And God forbid if I make a mistake- I’ll give myself grief for weeks analyzing the variety of ways I could have been different/better.
WOW. Doesn’t that sound exhausting? It is. And clearly it is time for a change. I will always try my best because that’s who I am but I also vow to be nicer to myself. If it’s the end of the day and I’m tired and want to go to sleep, I’m not going to beat myself up over the couple of emails sitting in my inbox. I’m going to pour myself a glass of wine, get into bed with a good book and take a big breath. I encourage you to do the same : )