Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How to Make Your Old Dress Look New

How to Make Your Old Dress Look New

How to Make Your Old Dress Look New

How to Make Your Old Dress Look New

How to Make Your Old Dress Look New

How to Make Your Old Dress Look New


|| Dress: J.Crew (fall 2016) || Sweater: J.Crew (fall 2017, sold out) || Slides: Target (Gucci dupes, without fur or with faux fur) || Earrings: I found these years ago at a boutique in my hometown || Watch: JORD [c/o] in navy || Tote: kate spade new york (available in multiple colors) || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

As I am getting older, I realize that less is more. I am making that shift to quality over quantity! Now, don't read that statement and think I am becoming a minimalist. Because I am not. However, over the past three years, I have been taking a hard look at my closet and thinking of it in more of terms of inventory. I want to have items hanging in my closet that bring me joy, no matter how old they are or what season they are from. One of the questions I get most from my friends is, how do I make old things new?

I found this dress last fall at J.Crew and fell in love with the structure of the dress and the unusual pattern. I didn't have anything like it. I remember telling you all last summer that I was trying to love on navy a little more, still a goal of mine. Anywho, this fall I wanted to refresh this dress and give it new life. One of the easiest was I have found to extend your style with a dress is treat it like a skirt.

Ways to make your old dress look new in the fall or winter:
  •       Wear a sweater over it (like I did here)
  •       Layer a tissue turtleneck under it
  •       Layer a crisp button-down under it
  •       Toss a sweatshirt over it and pair it with tennis shoes for Saturday brunch
  •       Pair it with a black blazer to give it a more polished look for the office
  •       Adding tights and pairing it with booties
  •       Wear a longer skirt (think fit and flare) over the dress, tuck it in, and wear it as a top

Last fall and this winter, I have turned this navy check dress from last season into multiple different outfits, for both the office and the weekend wear. I hope this makes you look at your favorite items a little differently. There is no shame in wearing something that isn't brand new from this season!


As a fashion blogger, I think it's okay to repeat outfits. I don't know about you, but over here at Sassy Southern Lindsey, I am balling on a budget! If an outfit or garment makes me happy, you better believe I am wearing it more than once. Heck, I might wear it a hundred times! It's all about how you style things. Adding something interesting goes a long way. You will have the world thinking your closet is endless. Don't worry; your secret is safe with me! Get creative, have some fun, and rock your look with confidence.




Friday, January 5, 2018

My New Year's Resolutions and Goals

My New Year's Resolutions and Goals

My New Year's Resolutions and Goals

My New Year's Resolutions and Goals

My New Year's Resolutions and Goals

My New Year's Resolutions and Goals

|| Dress: J.Crew (fall 2017, different color) || Blazer: J.Crew Factory (sold out in orange, same style but different colors) || Heels: kate spade new york (few years old) || Earrings: kate spade new york (gift from my sister) || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

The smell of fresh planners and new pens have me feeling giddy with excitement. With the new year here, it's a great time to reflect and revaluate. I saw a lot of change in 2017, both personally and professionally. Adaptability is not in my top five strengths; times like this I honestly wish it was. The past few months I have been juggling jobs, freelance work and my family. My hair is falling out and I have felt on edge. Last week I took a hard look at myself and decided it was time to reevaluate my path.

In 2018, I vow to say no more often. No gets a nasty rap when it comes to the English vocabulary. We are taught from such a young age to fear no. No, don't touch that. No, don't eat that. No, don't hit your brother. I could go on and on. I think that this sticks with us into childhood and extends into adulthood. At work, you feel like you cannot say no because it is a sign of weakness. You can't say no to your best friend because you feel like you will disappoint them. You can't say no to a brand about an unpaid partnership because you feel like you will burn a bridge. Saying yes is what got me here in the first place. Spread too thin and living in constant anxiety about not being able to get everything done is no way to live life.

This year, I vow to be more intentional with my relationships both friends and family. I am a very independent person who happened to get married. I could say the same thing about my husband. We honestly don't require much from one another except for quality time. Jered's other love language is words of affirmation. I am going to go the extra mile to let him know how much I appreciate and adore him. I also want to do this with my other relationships, and this will take some investigative reporting if you will. I want my friends to feel known and understood when speaking with them, sending a gift or spending time with them. We all have our personal preferences, and I need to be more in tune with the people who matter most to me.

In 2018, I am going to treat my body better. I have been working out consistently for almost four years now, between personal trainers and Pure Barre. I want to continue my fitness journey, without a doubt. However, I need to take a hard look at how I am treating my body both physically and mentally. We have been married for almost five years, and I will turn 30 this fall. We do not have children yet; by definition we will be "older parents." I want to be a fun mom like my mom was (I see you, Debbie). That will require being in shape, having energy, and a sharp mind. I am looking at life a little in reverse. I want to do things right now, so my body will thank me down the road.


Taking a hard look at our path is scary. To be this honest with yourself takes guts. I pray that you can muster the courage to do the same (if you haven't already). Let's kick butt in 2018, ready, break!




Friday, December 8, 2017

What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party


What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party

What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party

What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party

What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party

What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party

What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party

What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party


|| Dress: kate spade new york (purchase or rent) ] || Coat: J.Crew Factory (H&M one and H&M two) || Heels: kate spade new york (2013) || Earrings: kate spade new york (similar color, different style) || Handbag: kate spade new york (fall/winter 2014) || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

About this time last year, J.Crew released a cotton candy fur coat that was straight out of my dreams. To me, it was still a little pricey, so I thought, be patient and wait until it goes on sale. You can guess what happened. Yeah, that's right, it sold out in a matter of days. I was beyond heartbroken that my dream coat would not be mine. There are many reasons why I love J.Crew Factory, but the main one is this. If you don't get your hands on something from last year, wait around because J.Crew Factory will recreate it and it will be at a more affordable price point. When I saw this coat hit J.Crew Factory online, I knew I had to act quick. I ordered it in two sizes, medium and large, to determine which would fit best. I took the medium and sent back the large.

I am not sure if you experienced sorority recruitment or not. That is truly an experience of putting your conversation skills to the test. I like to think that I am a somewhat friendly and easy person to talk to. I remember one conversation, in particular, a young lady asked me "if you could be any pair of shoes, what would you be and why?" I am telling you if I could be any coat--this would be it! It's bold, darling, feminine, fun and a little extra! I tried it on at home one evening, and Jered was like "woah, that's a lot of coat, honey."

I think that the holidays are an excellent time to make a statement. You don't have to stick to red and green during December. If those colors are not true to you, take a walk on the wild side and dare to be different! I think that this would be a fun holiday party look or great for a winter wedding. I actually paired this dress with a leopard print coat and black heels and wore to an indoor wedding last month. It looked incredible! When you are trying to figure out what to wear to a work holiday party, check the invite. Does it tell you? If not, base your outfit decision based off of how fancy the invitation is. You can also ask your coworkers or look at Facebook photos from years prior. My rule of thumb, don't dress for the club. Wear something you will be comfortable in and not fuss with bra straps or the overall dress length.

This fit and flare floral print dress is the definition of girlie chic. You can either rent it via Rent the Runway or purchase it from kate spade. Right now, it is on sale, but it is still an investment (at least in my eyes). If you are looking for a different take on a little black dress--this would be the way to do it! You could layer a tissue tee black turtleneck and black tights to give it a warmer and sophisticated look.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Best Black Friday Deals for Athletic Wear

Best Black Friday Deals for Athletic Wear

Best Black Friday Deals for Athletic Wear

Best Black Friday Deals for Athletic Wear

Best Black Friday Deals for Athletic Wear

Best Black Friday Deals for Athletic Wear


|| Top: Vimmia (similar) [c/o Pure Barre Edmond] || Sweatshirt: Alo in charcoal heather [c/o Pure Barre Edmond] || Pants: Alo in black gloss [c/o Pure Barre Edmond] || Shoes: kate spade new york (fall 2016) || Necklace: Baublebar (large monogram in tourtoise shell) || Earrings: Tiffany & Co. || Bracelts: Kendra Scott || Ring: Tiffany & Co. || Photos: Melanie Foster Photography ||

The next few evenings, I am going to be doing thorough research on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals. What does that look like? Creeping on websites, social media and combing through e-newsletters to see who is offering the best deals. This time of year has me feeling like a secret agent, trying to find the best savings in all of the land and world wide web. I will be making my plan of attack in the form of an itinerary and checklist. If you are going to be out with the masses, it is so important to have a plan of attack. I would start by outlining store open times and prioritizing doorbuster deals.

My third home (aka Pure Barre in Edmond) is having a huge Black Friday sale. Doors will open at 6:00 a.m. and the first ten people to enter will receive 35% off new arrivals and an additional 50% off sale rack items. Even if you are not a morning person, this should get your butt out of bed! Who doesn't love cute workout clothes at a fraction of the cost? They will have sale racks with items for $10, $20, $30 and $40 (all arranged by size for your shopping convenience, praise hands). Those prices are better than Old Navy, baby!

If you are local and haven't had the chance to check out Pure Barre, they will also be offering deals on membership. You can purchase an intro month for $79 (usually $99). If you are one of the first 10 to buy this package, you will receive a free pair of sticky socks! This is a great deal to take advantage of, think of it as an early Christmas present for yourself. You will go into the holiday season with a renewed sense of self-confidence and have zero guilt about grabbing an extra cookie here or there. Because let's be real, we are about to go into eating season, my friends!

Now, let's talk about this outfit. These Alo leggings are the definition of fashionable athleisure wear! I am not sure I could wear these to work out in since I am so hot natured. However, I have seen some girls wear them to Pure Barre class. These leggings give you that put together edgy cool-girl look with minimal effort. To keep things simple, I paired the pants with an all gray top and sweatshirt (for those colder days) and played with mixing different textures. Since the top is simple, I jazzed it up with a bold monogram necklace and arm party stack. To drive home the leather look, I added one more touch with these kate spade shoes. These are from last fall, but I happened to find mine at Marshalls earlier this fall. They are so cute and still on trend with the leather bow and crushed velvet. This would be an excellent outfit for holiday shopping. You feel confident, comfortable and warm! All that's missing is a gingerbread latte. If you are braving the crowds or shopping from your couch, I hope you find what you are looking for and are able to save a few bucks!