L+L: Layered And Long.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When it comes to jewelry, I'm a total sucker for dainty details! I love layering necklaces, midi rings, thin bands, and sleek bracelets. Which works pretty well for me since these days all those are "in" fashion anyways! 

A couple of years ago, I got a super cute initial necklace from Maya Brenner which quickly became my every day necklace. 


Before I came home, I was on the hunt for the perfect layering necklace to go with my little M. 

As I was browsing Etsy one day, I came across the gorgeous shop for Layered And Long. You guys, I wanted one of EVERY SINGLE ITEM. They have the cutest necklaces that you can get either as a layered set or you can get each necklace separately to add in with any other necklaces you already have.

After chatting with the lovely Stef over at L+L, I decided to order myself the perfect gold disc necklace with a little arrow stamped inside. I chose the 19" chain so that it could layer easily with my 16" Maya Brenner necklace and when I tried them on together, it turned out to be the perfect size for me! 

Obviously living on the other side of the world did me no good when I ordered because I had to wait almost 3 weeks to get my fingers on my new pick, but y'all, when I did get to finally open it up, it was love at first sight! 

Just look how gorgeous the packaging and the necklace are! They even included a little microfiber cloth so I can keep my necklace sparkling all the time. 


I've been wearing this baby since I got it & I have had so many compliments on it. It's such a diverse piece that I've paired it with my casual jeans & a tee and also with slacks & a blouse and it's worked well with all outfits! 

If you couldn't already tell, I'm officially obsessed. The stalker in me has been eyeing their site often for the next piece I want to add to my collection! I'm thinking a delicate bracelet is next on my wishlist! Haha. 

Stef at L+L has been kind enough to give my wonderful readers a 10% discount on anything y'all want to order using the code: ASLAM10

Are y'all delicate piece lovers like me or are you more into the chunky jewels?! Be sure to check out L+L if y'all get a chance! I promise their stuff doesn't disappoint :) 

Currently.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Hi friends, hi! Remember how I apologized once a couple weeks ago for going Houdini on y'all and then promptly went and did it again?

Yeah, sorry about that.

In case you missed it somehow, I'M HOMEEEEEE! So far, it's been a whirlwind trip!

Ready for a catch up?

CURRENTLY...

>> I've been spending lots & lots of time catching up with family. It's been so nice to hug everyone and get some quality time. There have been dinners, board games, and lots of laughter! 

>> My family & I made the trip up to Waco to watch my brilliant brother graduate with both his Masters & his Bachelors degree from Baylor! I've always been a very overprotective and super proud big sister, but this weekend brought out the happiness in waves. I've seen my brother put a lot of hard work over the last 5 years into this dream and he definitely came out on top! Baylor is done & Duke Law School is looking at their newest student! Wahooooo!


>> So far, other than all my online shopping, I've been really good about not going toooooo crazy on other shopping, haha. Who's proud of me?

>> I've been thinkin' of upgrading my FitBit Flex to the FitBit Charge HR. My Polar watch finally seems to have crapped out after a few years and I would like something that gives me a HR reading while I do my workouts without having to have a second watch. Any thoughts? Do any of y'all use the Charge? 

>> The rest of my weekend included a trip from Waco to San Antonio (in the insane thunderstorms, mind you) to watch my Mother-in-Law tie the knot with her longtime significant other! I had to miss the actual ceremony because it was the same day as Brother's graduation, but I made it down yesterday for the lunch that Amir, Jamil (my BIL) and I were hosting! 


Whew, what a weekend! So many fun things happening & so many celebrations!

What have y'all been up to lately?! How was your weekend? Catch a girl up! 

Linking up here.

Quite Frankly My Dear, I DO Give a Damn.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Be warned here, friends, I'm about to take a little stand on my soapbox and rant. Ready? Ok.

The other day, I was sitting at the coffee shop, getting some work done when I heard a group of college kids talking about some graduation plans they were making. They were fairly loud, so I could hear almost all of their conversation - some of which was funny & some of which was just so plain disturbingly rude.

At one point, one of the girls hollered out "I don't give a f*&#" -- and right behind her was this lady with a kid on her hip who literally stopped in her tracks, turned & looked at this girl with a look of sheer frustration. I heard one of the other college kids tell their friend to "calm down & be more quiet because there are older people in here & their kids" to which the girl responded "I don't give a damn. That's not my business."

Um. Hello. Yes, honey. Yes it IS your business.

You are an almost college graduate. You are pretty much an adult. You should know better.

The world may be your oyster when it comes to what job you will do, where you'll go on to grad school, what travels you'll have in your life, but sitting in a public space yelling as if you own the place, no ma'am. That is not okay.

I know this sounds like such a preachy rant, but I am beyond tired of hearing many people these days talk about how they don't give a rat's booty about things.

I don't care about what's happening in the world.
How could anyone's opinion be different than mine? They are obviously such idiots.
Who cares if their feelings are hurt? They should just take it like a man/woman. 
Why does it matter what I did? It's not THAT big a deal. 

They don't feel like they need to be responsible for their actions.
It's all about them.
What's going on in their life.
What they are feeling. 
How life is for them.
Everything is about them.

And if you ask me, that's just plain selfish. That is not the way I was raised to be and I'm thankful for that. I'm not a pushover by any means & I won't let anyone bully me, but God help me if I stop giving a damn and start treating other people as if they aren't as important as I am.

Everyone is important if you ask me. If I don't like your opinion, I'll still listen to it -- and I may try to have an intellectual debate with you about it, but you won't find me telling you that I don't give two f*&#s and walking away as if you deserve that kind of treatment.

Ok, I'm off my soapbox now.

Thanks for letting me get that rant off my chest, friends.

I Must Confess.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Goodness freakin' gracious, folks! Sorry for pulling a Houdini on y'all all of a sudden. With our trip home coming up in TWO [so much yaaaaayyyyyyy] days, there's been a lot going on -- which means confessions day couldn't have come at a better time!

Making Melissa

>> For being a total OCD freak, I still haven't packed a single thing. Obviously this means tomorrow I will probably be making list after list of things that need to go with me and simultaneously pulling my hair out.

>> Last night, we went out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and y'all, I'm so glad to report that someone in Manila does TexMex right. We've see this little restaurant (think Chipotle style) called Chihuahua so many times over the last 1.5 years, but didn't even bother to check it out until last night. Definitely didn't disappoint. AND I had enough left over that I got to eat it again today! HOLLA. 


>> I don't drink, but somehow after all that Mexican food last night, I have the most killer headache today ever. Hello Gatorade, do your job. 

>> This is going to sound so ridiculously silly (and shallow) but I'm super excited about going home -- not only just to see my family & friends -- but because I also get to get my hands on all the pretty things I ordered online! Hahaha. Seriously online shopping is NOT fun when you have to wait months to finally get your stuff. 

>> I finally watched all of Fifty Shades of Grey and, in all honesty, I was pretty underwhelmed. I thought the guy who played Christian Grey was lame & didn't portray the role very well. Ana on the other hand was well done, in my opinion. Have y'all seen it? Thoughts?

>> Eyelash extensions are da bomb. They make me feel fancy even when I'm not, haha. 

Is anyone else laughing at this as much as I am?

>> I'm almost done with all of Gilmore Girls. I feel like this is super exciting news, haha. What show should I binge next?! Suggestions por favor ;)

>> Did I mention we are going home in TWO days?! Hallelujaaahhhh. I can't waitttttt. Plans to see friends have already commenced and my excitement level is almost through the roof. 

That's all I've got for today, friends! Happy Humpday to all & to all a Happy Humpday, lol.
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