Hey y’all!

Well, it’s official – I am now an active member of The Junior League of Houston! After 90 + hours of hard work, I am so excited to be an active member! I can say I am truly blessed as I have found the perfect organization for me! I have gained a lot of new friends along the way and I am so excited to have completed my first year!

If you aren’t familiar with the Junior League of Houston you can find out more about it here. It is a Women’s organization that promotes volunteerism amongst the community. Sorry, gentleman, … I know you are just dying to wear that apron shown in my headline 😂.

This year I have had the privilege of volunteering for Texas Children’s Hospital. As a provisional member, we had a choice on what exactly we would like to do with Texas Children’s. Several of my friends volunteered in the Medical Center actually at TCH. While I would have loved to have done this and gotten more hands on experience with the patients, I was chosen for the Doll House/ Blanket Segment. This required coming to the Junior League of Houston and sewing/ constructing dolls and blankets for the patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. To some, this may seem like a pain. However, to me, it was the perfect time to brush up my sewing skills and be crafty! I didn’t know exactly what to expect at first; I hadn’t sewn on a sewing machine since Junior year in college. To my surprise, I picked it up quickly and was actually sew relaxing!  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

Anyway, what became my, “freaking out to get off of work in time to better our community,” quickly became my favorite evening activity. Whether we were stuffing dolls, sewing, cutting, or tieing the blankets, so much hard work went into our hours of volunteering at the league. And it was such a great chance to meet other women who were just as passionate about helping others as I am!

These are the adorable little dolls we sewed for the children at TCH! I know no faces, but the capes on the dolls were adorable and the children really enjoyed receiving them!

TCH was what I completed the first half of the year and really put things into perspective. It really made me think what is important in life and reiterated why I decided to do this. Although, I do love fashion, this honestly had a lot to do with me starting my blog back up again. I want to share with all of you how important it is to serve in your community and enjoy doing it! I can’t tell you how many times in high school I had to wake up early on a Saturday morning to do something that I wasn’t really thrilled about missing all my morning shows for. Or sleep for that matter. However, those moments I always felt better when I left knowing I had helped someone that day that really needed it. Little did I know, these experiences at a young age would show me how important volunteering and serving the community is in my adult life. I especially love the Junior League because there are so many choices for something you love to do that betters the life of another person. Seriously. If you love animals, fashion, children, museums, outdoorsy things, or just about anything else – they’ve got it for you!

This last half of the year I had the opportunity to volunteer in the Junior League Pantry. The pantry sells frozen items + food from the kitchen offered from the Junior League. It reminded me a little bit of my boutique days – the cash register and all, (ugh) but was such a neat experience! Learning all of the products the Junior League carried or learning what was the most popular item was so much fun for me. Since I find sales trends to be very interesting, this became a great placement for me and kept me on my toes. We also were at the league for so long during the day (I had a Saturday shift) that I was able to get close with all the girls that I had pantry with. Not to mention, having the opportunity to try out the grab & go goodies (what I am holding in the tray in my headline pic) often lead me to buying some of the frozen items for later. By the way, if you have never tried their breakfast tart, you don’t know what you are missing! Hot item right there for sure! To say the least, it was definitely an added plus to be around the food!

I am kind of sad that now my provisional year is over. Yes, it was a lot of hours and hard work, but sooo rewarding! I am so glad to have had the opportunity to start serving the community on a regular basis. I am also going to miss my friends I saw regularly in my segments, but now I will get a chance to see them at meetings and outside of the league! It really is such a fun organization to get involved in. Like I said, there is an activity out there for everyone! I can’t wait to start this year volunteering for the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston. Stay tuned for more as my adventures with the league continue!

Ps – Like my shirt + Junior League look? I literally have found the perfect white collared blouse. PSA – This looks good on women of ALL ages! This picture doesn’t do it justice (excuse my apron and tray of goodies) but the back of it is scalloped/ tunic style and is so flattering on so many people. I plan on doing a post with just my shirt in the future. However, so you get a sneak peak, you can shop it right here below. I am wearing a size 4 + fits true to size. It is a great classic blouse! If you are a local Houston native, I bought this blouse at Monkee’s right by the Tanglewood HEB. Monkee’s is such an adorable boutique if you have never been before!

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White Collared Blouse

Please leave a comment! What are some ways you like to get involved in the community? I would love to hear about other opportunities to get involved – especially in the Houston area.

I hope everyone has an awesome day!

xo,

byrdie

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Kristen, or known by her friend's as "Byrdie," is an ambitious twenty-something currently living in Houston, TX. Before pursuing her Master's, she graduated from Texas Christian University with a Fashion Merchandising Degree. Since graduating she has had wonderful opportunities with Stanley Korshak, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and Francesca's. Her love of Fashion couples with her desire to help other's in need -- whether it's Fashion advice, or just a friend that needs help, she is always willing to lend a hand to others. In her spare time, she can most likely be found at any place that serves Mexican food, walking her maltese pups, or volunteering at the Houston Junior League. While she never thought writing was her "thing," she was encouraged to start writing her own blog when she interned for a blogger while at TCU. Kristen has a lot of things to say, and wants to spread her love of Fashion to friends and followers everywhere!

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