of maxi skirts and scheduling. . .

I have a huge post coming from our recent "Winter Solider Locations Tour" in downtown Cleveland. (#rabidfangirl #proudofmycity) For now, I'm a little overwhelmed with event planning, dog training, and writing . .so sifting through dozens of pictures doesn't exactly sound appealing. :P It was awesome though--seriously, one of the best days of my life--and I can't wait to share it with you! In the meantime I'm trying to schedule blogging into my every day life. . . otherwise it gets stranded somewhere in the middle of a million little projects. I'm so grateful for all your support! :) I promise, promise, promise that you WILL get the aforementioned post, as well as my adventures with natural makeup, (loovvee!) and an activated--charcoal-facemask-vlog. Yes, vlog. Just bear with me. :P


Its high time for an outfit post! Here are a few pics I had my mom snap of me the other day. We were stuck without a car (the battery died unexpectedly,) and ended up going on a spontaneous shopping trip. Thankfully we were within walking distance of Dunkin' Donuts (coffee!) Marshals, and Bath and Body Works. Ohhhh yeah. I'm all into pretty-smelling, sparkly, girly things. Kind of my weakness. Hey, I even got a dress out of the deal. Check my Instagram if you want to see it. ;) I added the dainiest lace cap sleeves for added coverage, and was so excited to wear it to my "adopted" brothers wedding this past weekend.

Anywho, I really love all the summery colors in this outfit! I guess it must be the "summer of the maxi," because they are pretty much all I'm wearing. This peach one brightens up so many tops. It actually belongs to a sister, but she hardly wears it, so stealing borrowing is totally permissible. :P Even though it is way too long and I have to roll the top waaaayyy down. Oh, and. . .yeah, its kinda from Dollar General. Secret between you and me, ok?

My shirt was on clearance at Macys around February. Actually, it was one of my birthday gifts. I ended up returning an outfit that was rather expensive, and came away with a ton of awesome deals and a lot more for my money!  :) For awhile I didn't have anything to match with the top, but then Maria got this skirt. . .and the rest is history. The exact same peach color decorates the ruffled hem, and I love the hints of blue and mustard. The only downfall is the see-through material. . .easily fixed by a cami, but not very friendly in Ohio humidity.


Navy-blue cami: Target
Ruffled tee-shirt: Macys ($10)
Peach maxi: Dollar General (borrowed)
Gold flip-flops: Old Navy
Sunglasses: Claires
Bird earrings: Earthbound

I'm not sure if y'all can tell, but I'm a bit uninspired in the blogging/writing department. I believe in being real, so folks, here you have it! Social networking can be so deceiving. Its very important to me that you--especially those of you who don't know me IRL--realize that my life isn't perfect, even if my pictures show otherwise. :P This isn't a disclaimer, its just raw fact. For ie, besides being busy, I've tried posting this and my Cleveland post several times now. . .and I just can't seem to spit it out. So frustrating. Like I mentioned before, I have a ton of little projects going on. . .actually, I just finished a master-schedule of sorts and taped it to my bedroom door. Hopefully it will help me stay sane and put all my ducks in a row. This is usually a crazy time of year anyway, with a huge event to plan (for homeschool grads,) and besides, I have a puppy to train and a job to find. The puppy part is like being mom to a toddler. :P She's learning, but even at 13 months old. . .she is still very, um, playful? Yeah. Belle is all puppy. ;) Anywho, so I realize I'm rambling. But you don't mind, right? Being an adult is strange. . .trying to understand where God wants me, meeting goals I've put off for years, (win!) learning to cope with new feelings, opinions, and worldview. To anyone in their 20's--hang on. I just know we'll all look back and at all the frustration and worry. . .and laugh. "Stress makes you believe that everything has to happen right now. Faith reassures you that everything will happen in God's timing." --unknown

That's life in a huge nutshell. Its spinning away from me, and I'm trying to keep up. Not that I'm complaining! I love activity and the crazy times. Just need to get organized and take a deep breath. Note--if you have a friend who is like a sister. . .give her a call. Its so refreshing to get new perspective. <3 Love you, Marissa!


  1. Love ya :) I enjoy seeing these glimpses into your life. It was beyond lovely to see you at the wedding! :hugs:

  2. As a woman who is fast approaching her 30's let me tell you that you will make it. My 20's were tough! I spent the majority in college and I was full of self-doubt and worry. Now I'm finding my own voice and sticking with it. College is done, I'm starting a new career, I have a book published and another one soon to be. You will make it. Your 20's are a grand transforming time and you're getting through them with grace.

    1. You have no idea how encouraging you are to me, Catherine. Thanks for admitting that the 20's are tough. A lot harder than the teen years, IMO (or as my mom says, "birthing pains." ;) ) I am looking forward to my 30's like you have no idea! Anywho--you are an inspiring person, and I always appreciate your wisdom. Thanks for saying all of this.

  3. 1. you and your mama are absolutely adorable.
    2. Your outfit is super cute. simple, colorful and it looks super comfortable. All wins. :)
    3. puppy toddlers... I'm right there with you. Mine is 7 months old now, but we're still dealing with all sorts of toddler behavior. :) She just started chewing everything in sight... So far we've lost at least 3 soccer balls. :)
    4. I just want to let you know that I love your writing and pictures, and your blog is in my top favorites. :)

    1. 1. hehe. . .thank you. ;) We had a lot of fun that day.
      2. It IS so comfortable! Maxi's are just amazing like that.
      3. Awwww. . .what kind of dog do you have? I'd love to see a picture!
      4. This is such a blessing. <3 Thanks so much!