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Pink Leather in Paris

April 24, 2017

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Pink jackets and coats were really popular this winter, and I am very behind in getting mine up on the blog. I’ve actually had this jacket for quite some time now, and I don’t know why I don’t wear it more often. When I was planning out my outfits for Paris I knew I needed to bring it along though. I wore this outfit on our second full day in Paris, which was actually fairly warm. I definitely still needed the tights though.

The thing about the pink jacket trend that I do like is how easy it would be to transition the jacket for spring and summer. So easy to grab this and throw it over a white off the shoulder top or one of my simple peplums. Yay for pink coats!

Sweater: J Crew (last seen here)
Skirt: Forever 21
Jacket: TJ Maxx
Boots: JC Penney

Style

Denim Ruffles

April 21, 2017

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World market red necklace denim peplum black jeans moos musing peplum outfit blue denim peplum Denim peplumHappy Friday! This week was shorter for me since I had Monday off, but man did it drag on! All day yesterday I thought it was Friday. Needless to say I was not so happy when I discovered it wasn’t, and I would need to get up in the morning for work. I really should have gotten up to work out prior to work, but ya know I’m not perfect and we should all just be happy that I made it to work on time.

I just wanted to pop in here and tell y’all how incredibly thankful I am for the response I have gotten to this post on singleness. I wrote this post a weeks ago, and it’s been sitting in my drafts for a little bit. I knew it was really personal, and something different that I don’t always do on the blog. However, I am so glad I hit publish! All the comments, texts, and messages I’ve been getting is so encouraging. Opening up and being vulnerable to people is a really hard thing to do, yet when it happens it’s so rewarding. It’s amazing how much you can relate to someone and learn from them.

So this top! Yay for more ruffles! I seriously love how this trend is in. This was a top I bought in Paris on our shopping day. It was from this really cute little boutique who had a majority of blush items that I just couldn’t resist walking into. I found a super similar top from Macy’s that I linked below so y’all can buy one for yourselves. Let the ruffle obsession continue!

Top: Cáte á Cáte
Jeans: LOFT
Boots: Franco Sarto
Purse: Target
Necklace: World Market

Life

10 Lessons I Learned In My Singleness

April 18, 2017

SinglenessThere’s a lot to be said about relationships, dating, and being single. Personally, it’s just not for me. I’m really bad at all of it, and I tend to make a lot of stupid mistakes. Then again, I also don’t have a lot of practice in the area. I’ve had two long term relationships, and two very different broken hearts. (I mean weren’t we all a little crushed when we found out Channing Tatum was married?) I prefer to be in a relationship, and the role of girlfriend has always just come much easier to me. Growing up I was never the girl who had crazy high career woman dreams. I always just wanted to be a Godly wife, mother, and homemaker. I think that’s why I prefer a committed relationship rather than the dating world our culture seems to totally love.

The dating game is hard and fairly new to me. Yet, I already feel so tired of it. If you don’t want the personal story of my failed love life you can just skip to the fun points below. If you’re like me and love getting to know each other, then keep reading. My first long term relationship began while I was in my senior year of high school and went into my sophomore year of college. I’d “dated” (if you even want to call high school relationships dating) before, but this was the first serious thing to come my way. I learned a lot from this relationship, and if I’m honest, it wasn’t the healthiest. We fought and bickered a lot and almost always over stupid things. It didn’t end well, and he started dating someone very quickly after which lead to him quickly getting engaged (but that’s another story and may God bless their marriage). The fact that I hadn’t been single while my peers were learning to date was very clear to me. I didn’t know what it was like to bring someone home to meet your parents, or be taken to meet others. Getting asked out on a first date and never getting a second…it was all new and I quickly discovered how little I knew about dating. There was only about 3 or 4 months in which I was single before my next relationship. I maybe went out a few times with a few guys during that time. It wasn’t a lot. I then met my college boyfriend which was honestly a really great relationship. I learned what it meant to be a team, and to be truly happy in a relationship. If you’ve been a reader for a long time, then you’ve seen that one’s face on the blog before. I truly thought this was it for me. I had found the one for me, I was happy and ready to be married. We were working in that direction when one day things came to an abrupt halt and it not only shocked me, but everyone else too. My world was really rocked by this ending, more than I even realized at the time. The heart ache I felt was a lot more than I could even handle. It’s hard to even really describe the pain that I went through, and God is honestly the only reason I got through it. It’s my only explanation as to how I moved forward. Now that was a about a year and half ago.

Over that year and half, I’ve been on some really great dates (hello star gazing), and some realllllyyy bad ones(like that one time I made a grown man cry from simply parting ways after like 2 dates)! Some make for pretty funny stories (to the man who showed up in sweats on a date with a fashion blogger). Once again I was thrown into this dating world that I really knew nothing about. Even better, all the sudden I was graduating college and trying to figure out how to date while not being in school surrounded by eligible men. My seemingly very big ocean had turned into a very small pond to fish in. It was all very new to me, and honestly, not all of it was bad. There are some fun things about dating and being single (free drinks, compliments, and flowers…yes please). And yes, I have learned a lot about myself. I’ve overcome a lot of baggage on my own, and yet I’m still discovering that I carry things I didn’t know would be a problem. I’ve learned a lot about what I don’t like in men (gambling), and what I do (outdoorsy). I’ve learned what I’ll compromise on (country music) and what I won’t (church going). There’s been a lot of important, and unimportant lessons I’ve learned from being single and dating the last year and half. That’s where the idea of this post comes in. I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned, and hopefully they’ll be helpful to you. I’d love for you to share your stories with me and what things you’ve learned. Talking to y’all is my favorite thing ever! So please share!

I should also mention in here that dating to me is a very big deal. I don’t date just to date…or I don’t date seriously just to play games. We’ve all made mistakes and put up with someone we can’t see ourselves marrying for too long (that’s one of my lessons learned below), but dating for a purpose is important. My parents raised my sister and I with the knowledge that you date to marry. There is a point in dating. You get to know someone to see if you can be in a relationship with them. That relationship has a point as well. Marriage. So as I date, I’m looking to see if I can potentially marry this person. If not, well then why continue to waste time, money, and feelings on someone who isn’t going to be your future spouse.

Distance…It’s a real thing.

I’m serious here. This is one of the first lesson’s I’ve learn when my first long term relationship ended, and it’s the biggest advice I give people. Cut ties! *snip snip* It sucks and it’s part of why a break up hurts so much, but it helps you heal. You can’t move on from someone you talk to everyday. It’s just not possible. I know it’s hard. Usually when a break up happens you don’t just lose a significant other, you lose your best friend too. So not talking is just difficult. It’s totally out of the norm, and that’s even harder too. Your normal has totally changed. Yet, you have to let that normal change. If it doesn’t change, it doesn’t end and you can’t move forward.

Now, I’m not one to unfollow on social media. It’s just not necessary to me (and it seems sorta petty). However, I know it is for some people. So if that’s you and you need them totally gone from your everything, then unfollow away. Delete their number even. Whatever helps make that distance real, do it. Because trust me, it helps. My first break up we didn’t talk or see each other. We ran in different circles near the end anyway. The second time around though, I realized that a small Baptist school is not a fun thing to try and share! And it did make moving on harder. For about the first 6 months of my singleness, I ran into my ex frequently. We didn’t talk, but seeing someone is still hard. It brings memories and memories suck too. So in my experience the more distance the better!

Time will become your friend and your enemy.

“Time heals all.” We’ve all heard that before, and it’s annoying. I remember some days thinking this was true, and some days totally hating on this stupid cliché saying. It does hold some truth though. As time passes things do get easier. You don’t miss them as much, and your new normal does become normal. As time passed though and this new normal set in, I think it also made me sad. When you come out of a good relationship moving on sucks too. In a different way than the hurting did, but it still sucks. Moving on means forgetting things. Good things too. So as helpful as it is to forget the sound of someone’s voice the fact that your forgetting is a little sad. Yet, deep down you know it’s necessary.

Three strikes, you’re out!

*Heyyyy batter batter* This is a lesson that a mentor of mine told me while I was between my two long term relationships. Dating was very new and I had zero idea what I was doing, or what I was suppose to put up with and what I wasn’t. She used this analogy and it was so perfect! Pretty much in the first stages of a relationship a man gets three major strikes. My family calls them red flags, but in my head red flags are a lot bigger deals than strikes (see next point). Strikes to me are simple, but things that are important to you. Like a man telling you that you look nice, or opening doors. Two things which I’ve been on multiple dates with men who just don’t do either. Things I simply could not live with in my life. The beginning of relationships is usually when a man puts his best foot forward. So if there is already things in the beginning that you’re iffy about, it’s kind of a deal (not a big deal…just a deal). Strikes usually aren’t deal breakers all on their own, but get enough of them and boom! You’re out of there!

Red Flags…

Termination. A red flag…just like a red card in soccer, means they are out of the game. Red flags in my own dating life are things like loving Jesus, going to church, partying all the time…things that I just will not compromise in and if someone else does, well we just aren’t meant to be. Know your red flags people! You really can’t skip over the important stuff, or the point of dating is literally pointless.

Time, it’s not worth giving away lightly.

*tick tock tick tock* No one has forever. So don’t waste your time on people who don’t matter. I’ve done this. Too many times to be honest. I’ve given people my time and pieces of my heart that I shouldn’t have. Being single can be very lonely and it’s tempting to spend time and effort on a person simply because they are there. I’ve had those people in my life, and I’ve been that person to others. The rebound, the shoulder to cry on, or the hand to hold when no one else is giving the attention we all so crave. Yet, cuddling and hand holding, attention and love it’s not worth coming from just anyone. And it only fills a temporary desire, not the long term longing we all have. If I could drill this into the minds of the young girls out there, I would. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way one too many times. Only spend your time on people who are worth it, and who will spend their time on you too.

Don’t watch ‘How To Be Single‘ on the anniversary of a break up.

It’s a really good movie, super inspiring…but time it right when you watch it. The year mark of a break up is not a good night to watch it. Trust me. You end up in a bucket of tears, with red splotchy skin, and you feel like a total failure. The girl in the movie really does take singleness and rocks it. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it for you, but it is inspiring. For me it really kicked me in the butt and made me realize that you can do a lot of things while being single and learning how to live on your own is not a bad thing at all. So yes, I say watch it, just maybe not on a significant day.

Dating someone twice is not a good idea.

This is not the case for everyone. It just happened to be in true with this one person and situation in my life. If you tried and had a good reason to end things the first time around, you probably will still have those reasons the second. But you’ll feel twice as bad when you end it because now you’ve hurt someone not just once, but twice. So if you have reasons why you didn’t like a person, or they had three or more strikes against them, remember those reasons. They are probably still there and it probably isn’t going to be better the second time around. You might also help pay for something significant and then you won’t get your money back…*insert face palm emoji here*

Learn to say no.

I’m preaching at myself here. I still have a really hard time with this one. For some reason “No” is just hard for me to say. I always seem to come up with an excuse rather than just saying no. I’m honestly just trying not to hurt someone’s feelings or be mean. Yet, in reality I’m probably just giving them false hope. “No thank you” is an answer and it’s okay to give it. Dating is weird and awkward already. Saying no helps you avoid anymore awkwardness.

You don’t have to hate them or be bitter to move on.

I think this is a common misconception. Hating someone is never the answer. I mean it. Never. It’s okay to look back at a relationship and still think good things. My last relationship was really great and I had a good time. Yet, it would not be the best thing to have it back. I’ve moved forward and am ready for the next good thing God has for me. Being bitter may help you move on quicker, but I think you hold more baggage that way, and you carry that bitterness into whatever relationship you are going to next. Let it all go. (Yes, just like Frozen). It’s not worth holding onto. You loved someone and they aren’t there anymore. It’s okay. You made good memories and you learned some lessons. Now it’s time to learn some more.

God really does have a plan.

This is a hard lesson. I’m still learning to trust God and let him hold my heart. It’s a constant prayer and battle for me. Yet, I think this is the most important lesson of all. When I was hurting and broken I was in a constant state of prayer, asking God to take the pain away and for strength to get through each moment and day. Then it got easier and I wasn’t in as much pain. Yet, I still am striving to be in that constant state of prayer. Asking God to guide my decisions and to only let me feel attraction where I should. I’ve found that it may be hard to read men, but it’s also hard to read myself. I don’t want to fall for just anyone, I don’t want to give my heart to just anyone, and I especially do not want to get hurt again. I don’t know God’s plan or the person who is suppose to have my heart. So I truly am seeking and asking God to hold my heart and only give it to the right person. I may not know his plan or why I’ve gone through all the situations I have, but I do know that ultimately He is good and He does know the future.

I’m no pro at being single or dating. Honestly, I suck at it. I’ve played games, I’ve been clingy, and I’ve given up. But I am trying and these are all just lessons I’ve learned through my experiences. I hope that the things I’ve learned the hard way can make your process a little bit easier. Like I said before, I do love hearing from y’all. If you don’t feel comfortable commenting your story or lessons below then send me an e-mail (hello@moosmusing.com). I promise I’ll answer comments and e-mails. What are some lessons you’ve learned while dating? Seriously we can all learn from each other!

Travel

A Sunday In Paris

April 17, 2017

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Our second day in Paris was a Sunday. We started the day off by visiting a church service. While it was amazing to see a church service in Paris everything was in French so ya know we didn’t understand very much of it!

After that we started the day at the Musée d’Orsay. I had read a lot about how beautiful this museum was, and it did not disappoint. We ate a small meal there in the same room as the world famous clock. I was bummed we didn’t get a picture in front of it because there was a lady with a stroller who literally left the stroller there for the full time of our meal. Come on lady! It’s a famous instagramable spot!

The museum itself was really incredible though. I can’t believe that I walked through and saw Van Gough’s! We study so many things being an art major, but to think that I actually traveled to the museums that hold these famous works of art and saw them in person rather than just in a school textbook is incredible. People go their entire lives not even knowing about art, or studying it but never seeing it. Yet, I was so blessed to travel and see it! My brain is still blown!

One item that I absolutely knew I wanted to bring home from Paris was perfume. Your sense of smell if really strong, and the memories that attach to smell is incredible. So buying perfume and wearing it while in Paris was something I wanted to associate with my trip. We happened to stumble into this shop while exploring, and I fell in love with their perfume. It is meant to be layered so rather than just a bottle you can buy multiple and layer them in different ways to create different smells. I bought Immortelle, and Bigarade. You can see the little shop in the video below.

We happened upon the shop on our way to Luxembourg Palace. I think that this was one of my favorite places in Paris. The gardens are huge and amazing. The little pond/lake thing in the front with all the boats was so cute! I loved how a ton of Parisians just sat around the gardens, hung out, read, or watched their children play. It was just such a lovely outdoor spot. This is one of the places I would just love to go back to and see all in bloom and leaves on the trees!

From there we headed to the Pantheon which was pretty cool. I love physics so the whole pendulum thing was fascinating to me! After that we went to Shakespeare and Company. Now this is literally just a book store…I’m not sure what made me think it was going to be something else, but nope just a book store. Right across the way is Notre Dame. Again with the perfect timing, we headed there just as it chimed! I’m telling you, us and timing really got along this vacation!

There ya have it for Day 2 in Paris! Watch the vlog and let me know what you think!

Style, Travel

Paris Sunrise

April 13, 2017

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This moment, this glorious and perfect moment. The city was fairly quiet, not quite awake yet. Very few people were out and about; the photographers, the runners. Just enough to know the city had life, but not ready for the busyness of the day. There were a few car engines, but no honking. The tourists were not awake. It was simple and peaceful.

This moment when the sun was barely peeking over the rooftops, this moment when the light was not yet harsh but rather soft and warm, this moment of a golden hour morning. This moment is just another moment where Paris stole a little bit more of my heart. It will forever be engrained in my mind how even on a cool morning I felt warm. How in a boisterous and busy city I felt the calm. How in a city with a language gap I still felt like I belonged.

It was a small piece of heaven to sit and watch the city wake up. Slowly, more cars joined the road, slowly the streets became more crowded. Just another tourist on the streets. Yet, it felt like I had seen a secret part of Paris. A part that not everyone gets to see. Where she is shining and calm and just so close to perfection.

Sweater: LOFT
Jeans: Hollister
Boots: Saint James Bay from JC Penney
Necklace: J Crew

To see more from this day in Paris check out this blog post.

Style

Greenhouse Charm

April 11, 2017

Spring Dress Inspiration


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Spring! Doesn’t this dress just scream spring? The florals, the color, it’s all beautiful. Thank you Old Navy! They have a ridiculous amount of spring floral dresses. Some would be great for Easter, or the coming months and weather! Being that I’ve been collaborating with them recently I’ve been shopping there a lot. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with their sizes and how well they fit me, and the prices! They seem to be consistently having a sale, and most items can be bought for around $25-$30 if not less! Old Navy seems to be the perfect I need a new dress or top store to run into real fast and find something perfect. We all need more of those stores in our lives.

If you follow my instagram then you know this past weekend was full of wedding festivities! One of my best friends celebrated their wedding day, and man was it a blast! I helped with most of the planning, and was in charge most of the weekend. It was a big job, but we made it through! She was such a beautiful bride, and I was so honored to stand next to her on her big day. Being a bridesmaid is a lot of work, but seriously so fun!

Thank you Collectively and Old Navy for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #sayhi #oldnavy

Travel

Paris Day 1

April 10, 2017

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Paris! I still can’t believe that I was in Paris! Lately I’ve been seeing so many photos on instagram from other people who visited recently or are heading there and my heart just aches to go back. It was just such a wonderful experience. Did you see the first Paris post from last week? That post covered our travel day coming into Paris, and today is all about our first full day in the city.

By this point in our trip we were about halfway through, and man were we exhausted. We had been on the go the entire time, and we still weren’t slowing down. We definitely traveled like a tourist and went and saw everything! We did so much in this first day in Paris, and just by the morning we were falling asleep walking around (sorry Louvre). We also really realized this day how little we had eaten, and how much more energy we had from a simple crêpe.

So lets go through the day! Since we were staying in the city for a few days we got up early to see the sunrise over the tower (more pictures to come). It was seriously so magical! I seriously have a love affair with the tower herself. She is just so majestic. From the Eiffel Tower we stopped in Angelina. This café is on the side of the Tuileries Garden by the Louvre. It’s mostly famous for their hot chocolate and when I was planning our trip everyone kept telling us that we couldn’t skip this place. Boy were they right! In Paris when you order hot chocolate they literally bring you chocolate and milk. Then you get to mix them together in your cup. Best hot chocolate ever! It’s so rich and creamy. Also the croissant I had from there was incredible. I have no idea what glaze was on top of it, but it was just perfect.

From there we headed to the Louvre. Honestly, we didn’t spend much time in the Louvre. We walked around, saw the Mona Lisa, and then were so tired and barely paying attention that we just left. So this really does give me an excuse to go back to Paris because I saw such a small portion of the museum.

After we walked out of the Louvre we were heading to the Palais Royal and we ran smack into a crêpe stand. It was so perfectly placed and it was the first one we had seen. They are just as amazing as everyone brags about, and I don’t think I will ever be able to have on in the states that compares. We took our little Parisian snack and hung out on the famous black and white posts. So many people visit the Palais Royal, and I’ve also heard about Parisian’s taking their children there to play. It’s so beautiful and it was a fun place to people watch and relax for a bit.

Before the end of the day we did a little shopping, and stopped in at the Arc de Triomphe. This was probably one of my favorite views of the city, even if we had to climb more stairs to get there. As I’ve seen more pictures of the tower now it’s fun for me to guess where people have taken them from in the city. I feel like the top of the Arc is a pretty common place. After that we headed back to our adorable little apartment and relaxed a bit. Then of course we ended the day watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle. I kind of wonder if people who live in the city don’t notice her sparkle every night anymore. It’s so amazing to me, but I wonder if it’s just a common occurrence for them.

Here’s Paris Day 1’s vlog!