Lazy Sunday

Sunday is my favorite day of the week. For me, it symbolizes the end of one week and the beginning of a new one. It’s a chance for me to relax and detox from the chaos of every day life. I’m a firm believer in self-love and self-care. Self-love is the most important kind of love. Part of taking care of yourself is knowing when to take a break. I hope you enjoy the video. Here is your reminder to make sure to take time out of your busy life to relax and enjoy yourself. Whether that’s putting on a face mask, running yourself a bubble bath, binge watching your favorite Netflix show, or drinking an entire bottle of wine to yourself. In the wise words of Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford,

Treat yo self.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

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Top 5 Shoes for Fall

It’s time to break out your sweaters and your favorite pair of fall shoes. Today, I’m sharing with you my favorite shoes to wear for fall. I love stomping around in my boots this time of year, but I also love my flats, a good pair of nude heels, and my trusty pair of Converse. Here are the shoes I’ll be wearing this fall.

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Chelsea Boots
The second I saw these on Forever 21’s website, I knew I had to have them. Like with all things in life, these boots take some time getting used to. In other words, you have to break them in, but trust me, once they’re broken in, you will love them. These are the boots I wore in my “Lace and Faux Leather” outfit post, but I’m sure this won’t be the last time you’ll see me feature them in an outfit post.

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Pointy-Toed Loafers
I have been a longtime fan of loafers. They’re so easy, effortless, and chic. Some might say that these are “Too masculine for a lady,” and to that I say, “Fuck that, fuck gender norms, and fuck you.” I bought these beauties last season so unfortunately, they are no longer available. However, I managed to find a pair very similar to the ones I have here.

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Lace-Up Flats
Lace-Up flats are one of my favorite kinds of shoes. They’re simple and yet they can dress up even the most casual outfit. I’m sure you’ve seen me wearing these all over my Instagram. I own them in three different colors, but lately, I’ve been reaching for my olive colored flats.

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Converse
A few weeks ago, I decided to break out my trusty pair of Converse and I am so happy I did. Every single time I rediscover my love for my Converse, I find myself asking, “Why don’t I wear these more?” They are so comfortable and great for running errands in or if you’re just looking for a comfier alternative to flats or boots. These are definitely a must have for me and as you can tell from the photos, they are very well loved.

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Nude Heels
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized just how important it is to have a good pair of dress shoes in your wardrobe. Whether it’s for a job interview, a special occasion, or for those days when you just feel like wearing something fancy. That’s why I love these pair of nude heels. Because of their “nude” color, I can wear them with anything and everything. I can dress them up or dress them down like I did in my “Neutrals” outfit post.

What shoes are you “stomping” around in this fall? Let me know in the comments below.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

Mornings

Yes, I am one of those morning people. Mornings are my favorite time of day. This is what my typical morning looks like. I guess you could call it my morning routine. Enjoy.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

Neutrals

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TOP: Old Navy – CARDIGAN: Old Navy – JEANS: American Eagle Outfitters – SHOES: Amazon – LIPS: ColourPop Lippie Pencil in “Lumière” – NAILS: Formula X in “Obsessed”

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Photos by Aarron Griggs

Neutrals are my favorite color scheme. I threw on my favorite pair of distressed tomgirl jeans and paired them with this neutral tank top. This top feels like a sweater but is still breathable. I threw on my favorite cardigan which, I know, I wore in my last outfit post, but I warned you, I’m an outfit repeater. Rarely do I wear opened toed shoes in the fall, even when I’m in California. This was one of those rare moments and I decided to go with my trusty pair of nude heels. I haven’t been feeling like myself lately, which I’ll get into more later on in this post. This affected the way I dressed. I didn’t look good because I didn’t feel good. I felt awkward and uncomfortable in anything that I put on my body. I felt insecure and ugly. Hence why I rarely did outfit posts. But I’m working on it. Today was one of the first days where I genuinely loved my outfit. A feeling that I have not felt in a very long time. Now, for the life update.

Life Update

Back in July, I hit “A Bump in the Road” and since then these past four or so months have not been easy for me. At 23, I have gotten to know myself pretty well. I know how easily it is for me to slip into a state of depression. There have been so many times when giving up seemed like the best and only option, but somehow I never do. So, instead, I made it a priority to take care of myself. I started waking up early every single day, drinking more water, and working out in the mornings. I started writing in a journal whenever I felt upset and even when I felt happy because I read somewhere that it’s just as important to document those moments, too.

I am a work in progress, but I can feel it all starting to pay off. Mentally, I feel like I’m in a much better place than I was not too long ago. I’m not always so tired all the time. I don’t wake up with a headache everyday. I started my online class in September. I’m taking Race, Power, and Privilege and while it’s challenging, I am really enjoying it. I get dressed everyday even if I’m not leaving the house. I started making videos, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m trying to be more consistent with blogging. I’m pushing myself creatively and trying to create content that I envision in my head into actual content. I finally got rid of my baby hairs and am now rocking an undercut courtesy of Aarron. I was recently hired at two jobs and will start working soon which I am very excited about. I don’t know what the future holds and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared, but I’m choosing to remain optimistic.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

Coming Up Roses

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Coming Up Roses is a playlist of songs that I curated. This playlist is great for those early mornings, when you’re looking for inspiration, while you’re working, or writing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs