just 10 things

  1. WOODSON, TEXAS: I’m from this town of 296, where my dad is the superintendent of the one school, which my brother and I started going to in kindergarten; we both graduated from WHS – and I only had seven people in my class. My mom was my sixth grade teacher and still teaches there – and I teach there now, too. No, we didn’t ride horses to school (I don’t even own a pair of boots.), but yes, I love this safe and comfortable home.
  2. WRITING: I remember asking my parents to buy me a tablet to write stories in when I was so young that some of my peers couldn’t even write complete sentences yet. English was always my favorite class in school, and I created my school’s newspaper and started contributing to my county’s weekly paper. I went on to major in journalism and write for publications like Austin Home, New York Resident and Us Weekly and cover events such as SXSW and New York Fashion Week. See where I’m currently writing via my online portfolio!
  3. AUSTIN, TEXAS: I attended the University of Texas at Austin and can still hardly believe I graduated from such an esteemed school. Though I’m away from ATX right now, I’ll be back, because I love it all: Alamo Drafthouse, Cathedral of Junk, Spiderhouse, Greenbelt, The Domain, Kerby Lane, Toy Joy, SoCo, the Veloway – See a complete list of my faves here😉
  4. MOVIES: I’ve always said my favorites are “A Walk to Remember the Titans”, combining two that I love. My family and I loveee going to the theater (mainly for popcorn and previews, amiright?), and if a movie can freak me out (in a scary or mind-blowing way (like “Predestination”…WaTcH!), I love it even more.
  5. FASHION: I always joked that when I die, I want to be cremated and spread around a mall, because I can’t get enough of new trends, window displays, glossy magazines, fashion blogs, “Project Runway”, fashion boards on Pinterest and buying new accessories/outfits!
  6. TRAVEL: I am used to making 28-hour drives to different states and have visited over half of them – and maybe a third of the baseball parks in the U.S. The only places I’ve visited internationally are Cologne, Germany, and Playa del Carmen, Mexico (loved both…can’t wait to see morrre).
  7. CATS: I’ve probably owned about 75 cats, but right now, my husband and I are happily raising Catalina Crookshanks. I’ve also adopted a polar bear, and penguins = mine and Tommy’s spirit animals. Fourth fave animal = unicorn;)
  8. GLITTER: Everything is better with glitter (just look at this blog title and/or ask Ke$ha;)
  9. LOVE: I really really really do try to show love to all – why wouldn’t you? We’re all stuck on this rock together, so be nice/spread peace! Thankfully, it’s super easy to love my loved, because gawww, they’re amazing…like tooooo good to me.
  10. LIFE: Speaking of being on this rock together, remember that it’s all about balance and perspective and blooming where you’re planted and being the best you can be and breathing and finding your passion/sharing it with others and being you and laughing until you cry!
    • Balance: You will have amazing moments of triumph and happiness, as well as horrible moments of stress and sadness. Through it all, you can eat chocolate when you’re sad and happy and dream about the future while still making the most of the present. Everything in moderation, with your head on straight.
    • Perspective: When those sad moments occur, try try try to find the silver lining. Know that everyone deals with loss. And when you’re overjoyed, know that there’s a time for everything, and even good things must come to an end. ALSO, I say these mantras over and over, but I just decided to change this one to “bird’s-eye view”, so that they all start with “B”!
    • Bloom Where You’re Planted: How many times have I blogged about this? My high school English teacher drilled this into my brain, and now, I have it hung in my house and sneak it into my English lessons. You are where you are. Will you always be there? Probably not – since we’re always in a state of motion, with moves and career changes and marriage and etc. So wherever you are and wherever you end up, do your best in that very place.
      • ALSO, I’ve written a good deal about this state of motion: I used to say that life was all about waiting – We wait in lines and drive-thrus. We wait for our alarms to go off, our coffee to brew…for work to start and then be over…then wait until it’s time for dinner, bed and it all to start again.
      • Recently, however, I’ve been thinking that it’s all about change, too; my bff and I feel like we’re always…well…waiting for the next big thing! As we wait and move forward, we encounter these big life events, such as graduating college, finding a full-time gig, getting married, buying a house and having kids. I guess it isss exciting that there’s always something to look forward to…It just seems like the in-between (the “upside-down” I – and other “Stranger Things” fans – may call it) time is just…there – and this time of limbo just flies by!
      • So enjoy those little moments that do make you laugh until you cry, which can be filled with things as simple as going for a walk, stretching as you get out of bed, cuddling with your cat and this.
    • Be The  Best You Can Be: The Woodson ISD motto is a good one, and it’s simple (So why do we complicate things?): Be the best human you can be. Do your very best at every single thing you do. Period. Yay.

P.S. – Happy six-year dating anniversary to my husband, Thomas Wayne Baze. ❤

Woodson, TX: How to tell you’re from this awesome town!

 You’re probably familiar with those “You know you’re from a small town when…” pages, and I like those funnies as much as the next person…but they’re a little generic. It’s common – especially in tiny Texas town – to have a passion for Friday-night football, a memory of riding a four-wheeler and only one blinking red light…but Woodson, Texas…not a single traffic light, blinking or not!
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Therefore, we need our own honorable pages and relatable stories, right?
I present to you…”Woodson, TX: How to tell you’re from this awesome town!”
Woodson is…
-famous for the Japanese bomb
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-full of many people from the Jones, Brockman and Dickey clans
-fun for hard-working, ambitious and talented Cowboys and Cowgirls (since said boys and girls get to be in sports AND U.I.L AND OAP AND pep squad AND so on…)
In Woodson, you…
-have to ride the Drag for fun – though we used to have a movie theater
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-hang around forever (even if you said you wouldn’t! I mean, you HAVE to come back for Homecoming…and to see your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.)
-have dogs that regularly walk into the school building, Christmas lights on the water tower, chickens in your backyard, snow days on the football field, dress-up days during Homecoming, no waits at a red light and a lifetime of love (and then some!)
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People from Woodson will always…
-remember great moments, like our 2001 six-man team, small-town pancake dinners at the Inn and men-as-women pageant contestants
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-remain close to the few people they graduated with (in some way or another)
-reach for their highest goals, because the people and experiences mentioned above stick with you, reminding you to be the best you can be.
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Fall Fashionably into Fall!

Crisp & cool weather, crunchy leaves, cocoa or a PSL…Fall is a good time in the world, and that includes the fashion world. My tips for transitioning outfits from summer onward? Throw jackets over cute dresses, and accessorize accordingly. 🙂

Example #1:
dress2This dress (a Chelsea & Violet) is great to dress up or down, rain or shine, as you’ll see above and below. My beloved Levi jacket, combined with great biker boots, make this weather-appropriate. I added a Buckle belt, Forever 21 chain bracelet, giant turquoise ring and a cool statement necklace that I bought in a Boston subway once – Perfection!

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Example #2:

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Another great way to look stylish during Texas’ fall, without sweating, is to add boots to a jean + 3/4-length shirt combo. My fuchsia pants (on sale now) tuck nicely into these on-sale/black boots, plus this top…LOVE (it’s from my fave small-town shop, Casablanca)!

black6Of course, I pile on bling, to tie up the outfit even more than that adorable back bow does, with an Austin-made necklace (above), Forever 21 two-finger ring and leather-and-gold cuff.

black7How do you make the switch from bikini days to scarf months? Share your pretty pics with me here and on social (@britho10)!