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Style Collective and The Fearless Award

Alyssa Walls

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 Hey friends! Today's post is a little bit different, but should be fun! I am super excited and humbled to announce that I have been nominated by Annie Spano, founder of Style Collective, for The Fearless Award. (Thank you so much, Annie!) If you remember from this post, I shared a little bit about what Style Collective is, but in a nut shell it is a platform for female influencers  to connect, grow, and learn how to be successful bloggers and entrepreneurs.

 So, today I am going to answer a few questions, spill some fun facts about myself and nominate a few fellow SC sisters for the Fearless Award! Let's get this party started.

Fearless Award Questions:

Who are you?!

My name is Alyssa Walls and I am the fashion blogger behind Teddy Bears and Lipstick (obvi!) I am a stay at home mom of three that has a passion for writing, helping other women find their style, and fashion! I had the crazy idea to put the three together and that is how TBL was founded. My kiddos are my life and I am happily married to the man of my dreams!

What is your blog/instagram all about?

Teddy Bears and Lipstick is all about sharing fashion inspiration, style tips, and encouraging moms to care for themselves as well as their families. Here you will mostly find fashion tips and ways to style certain pieces, as well as the occasional recipes, party/decor inspiration, DIYs, and honest mom life. 

What do you LOVE about blogging/instagramming?

What I love most about this blogging adventure is the community of amazing women I have had the privilege of meeting/talking to. There are so many inspiring, fearless #bossbabes out there and I'm so excited to be a part of that community. I love that I get to do what I am passionate about every single day. Though don't get me wrong, it is hard and it's a lot of work, but it is so worth it to me.

What do you not love most about blogging/instagramming?

Hmm for me I would say the stigma of perfection. I truly believe in being authentic and real with my readers and followers. I never want to come off as having this perfect, easy life. It's not. And I want to make sure that is clear. If you missed it, I wrote a post on this exact topic! You can find it here.

What are your goals (big & small!) for your blog/instagram?

My biggest goal is to be an inspiration and light to anyone who comes across my blog or Instagram. To shine the hope of Jesus, He is my foundation. To inspire women to be themselves, because they are beautiful, to care for themselves, to find their passions and their voice, to have no fear of being different.

I desire this blog to be a second income for my family, to lift some of the burden off of my husband's shoulders. To attend NYFW. To write for style magazines. To meet and work with some of my blogger idols! 

If you could be better at one thing, what would it be?

I would love to be better at many things! I'd love to continue to learn about design and coding  for my site. I would love to be better at saying no, whether it is because I have enough on my plate or because I feel a brand is not giving me a fair deal, I would love to be able to say no with confidence!

Who are your biggest supporters? How/why?

My first and foremost supporter is my husband, Caleb. He has always believed in me, encouraged me, and pushed me. He celebrates my successes with me and encourages me in my discouragement. He is the reason I've made it this far. My mom is also one of my biggest fans; always sharing my content, asking how I am doing, and making sure I know she is proud of me. (She has a blog of her own, I get my gift of writing from her!!!, you can check it out here)

What do you wish there was more of in your life?

Honestly, I feel very blessed and fulfilled with the life I lead. Not to say it is perfect or easy, but I know my hope comes from God and because of Him I am content in where I am at. One thing I and my husband would enjoy, is more financial room. I am hoping this blog continues to grow so that we can have a little more breathing room with our finances, give more, and make some fun memories with our kiddos.

Fearless Award Secret Facts:

1. I spent my 19th birthday in Nepal. I was on outreach with YWAM (youth with a mission) after living in Germany for 5 months. I spent a month in India and a month in Nepal. The hardest and most rewarding time of my life. 

2. Music is literally my jam. Songs speak to me in a way that words don't. (Which is crazy because I am a writer at heart!) If I am discouraged, I turn on music. If I am happy and want to celebrate, I turn on music. if I need to focus and work, I turn on music. (yes, I have music blaring right now) My kids and I have dance parties in our house. I play piano on the worship team for my church. I met my husband, who was the worship leader at the time, by trying out for the team. 

3. This may be cliche, but from the time I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a mom. I grew up in a family of 6 kids and it was SO fun! (no, I am not going to have 6 kids, 3 is plenty!) I spent most of my teen years and early twenties babysitting and nannying. I actually just got back into nannying and watch the sweetest 7 month girl that my kids absolutely adore!

4. I never went to college. After turning 18 I went out to Germany and took a writer's course with YWAM. When I returned I met my husband, fell in love and the rest is history. Though I had dreams of going for journalism, fashion, or cosmetology, I never did make it happen! (yet..)

5. I am a sucker for Oreo milkshakes, concretes, whatever! I don't know what it is about Oreos + Ice cream that is so delicious but I just can't say no to them! 

6. I am only supposed to do 5 but had to add this in there. (Just so my husband could maybe understand??) My love language is shoes. That's it.

I nominate:

Delayne - she has quickly become a sweet friend! Her style is always on point and her heart is kind!

Amanda - A fellow mama who loves fashion, her blog is always an interesting read!

Victoria - I haven't actually met her but am dyyying to! She is hilarious, down to earth, and her fashion is fabulous

Nicole - Another fellow mama! She is a super sweet and I always enjoy talking to her!

Raeanne - A #bossbabe and inspiration, she lives with confidence and positivity 

What To Do Next:

Compose the post on your blog (or Instagram? Could be kind of fun?!) and THANK the person who nominated you! Be sure to link to their blog/Instagram!

Answer the Fearless Award questions (the questions that I answered above). List out 5 secret facts about yourself/blog/brand. Have fun with this!

Post on your blog/Instagram! If on blog: Include the Fearless Award graphic (available here & here). If on Instagram: use the hashtag #BecomingFearless and tag @stylecollective_

Nominate at least 5 #bossbabes who you think align with the Style Collective mantra of women championing women! List them and link to their blogs/Instagram. Include a sentence or two on why you love their blog/Instagram!

Inform the nominees that you’ve elected them for the Fearless Award! They should post their answers and award rules on their blog/Instagram

Pick Of The Week : Valentino Dupes

Alyssa Walls

If you know anything about Valentino Rockstuds, you know they are gorgeous and oh so trendy. Everyone and their mom is wearing them!! (But not really because I'm not wearing them and pretty sure my mom isn't either..) Anyways, they are also reallyyyyy expensive. Which is why I am not wearing them. Though I would like to. (If you dont know, they are a high end shoe, in endless designs from flats to pumps to sandals. The part that makes them the Rockstuds is, as the name suggests, they are covered in studs!)

So of course when I found these beauties for under $45, (and currently on sale for under $32!!) I was very happy to add them to my collection.

They come in black and nude and surprise surprise, I chose the nude. I love nude colored shoes as they not only go with everything, they elongate your legs. I just find nude so much prettier than black, and I'm terrified of owning white shoes lol! 

They are comfortable to wear and the heal is a nice thick block, so they are easy to walk in. They certainly don't feel like the 3.5" they claim to be!

The quality seems to be well constructed for the price. I think they have a good faux leather look and feel.

I'd say they run a teeny bit large. And the only thing I don't like about them is that the sole is so long. I have small feet with short, scrunched toes (thanks, mom!! :) so they do look a little long for my feet. To me it was not a deal breaker, but I definitely would have liked them better had they been a little shorter. Also, one of the studs hits right on my pinky toe and it starts to hurt after a couple hours of wear. Not too bad, but I would just keep that in mind if you have shorter feet!

I wear them a lot and they go well with everything! I am always complimented on them.

If you've wanted a pair of rock studs but just can't break the bank, these are a great option!! I also discovered these ones for $80. I think they look even more like the Valentino's!

8 Personal Social Media Myths Busted + A Giveaway!!!

Alyssa Walls

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 We all know the stigma of social media is perfection. Bloggers tend to have this air of perfection about them, and I know I have often found myself comparing and coming up lacking. I don't know how they do it! Perfect hair, skin, nails, teeth, clothes, homes....what is their secret?!?! I don't have any idea. I am not here to share that with you (haha!) I'm just here to be real with you all. I'm faaaaaaar from perfect. And ya know what? I'm not striving for perfection. At least not social media perfection...but that's a whole other conversation..

Anyways, I'm here to share 8 real, imperfect facts about me! Yay! Also, be sure to enter the amazing giveaway at the bottom of the page!!!! 

ONE

My nails are NEVER done. like, ever. Do you know how many photo shoots I've had where my nails are actually nice and manicured? One. That's right. One! My nails are always breaking. I've always got hang nails, and don't even get me started on my cuticles! Is that gross? #sorrynotsorry. Do I enjoy getting my nails done? You bet! Do I love the look of fresh, well taken care of nails? Heck yeah!! Is that reality?? No! Would my husband be game if I asked for $150+ monthly budget for nails? Ahahaha! He would think I'm crazy!(er) Truth is, I'm a mom. A stay at home mom with three crazy toddlers. A mom on a budget. It is not exactly plausible for me at this point in my life.

TWO

Dry shampoo is my best friend. I probably wash my hair 2-3x a week. And it's usually late after the kids are asleep, so I have to sleep on damp hair. Then I wake up to all these weird kinks and parts...what do I do about that? Nothing. Except spray some dry shampoo in it when necessary. And that's only if I have company coming or have to leave the house. And I only wash it that often because it gets greasy sooooooo fast. *enter distraught emoticon face* It's dry. It's thin. It's a far cry from the thick, shiny, luscious locks you see on all these fashion and beauty bloggers. Or, your little sister... (not jealous!!)

THREE

 I use approximately half of the photos I get back from my shoots. I am so not photogenic and can not smile pleasantly to save my life! I am so awkward behind the camera (though its getting better.) Photo shoots are the worst! How these other bloggers always look so amazing, with perfect poses and makeup and dazzling smiles?! I don't know. I am not the person to ask! Why I wanted to be a fashion blogger, I don't know that either. Except for the part where I love fashion and writing and needed a little side mommy hustle. 

FOUR

My kids all wear hand me downs. Stained, worn hand me downs. Sometimes with holes. Okay, my kids are not bums! But I swear, I buy them new clothes and they are ripped or stained the same day they wear them! Why waste the money? They're just kids. They want to play and have fun and be craz--, comfortable. And I say let them! Do I sometimes wish they were always dressed in cute little outfits, with tidy hair and clean nails? Yes. Yes I do. Buuut. That's not my reality. And it's okay because they are oh so loved!

FIVE

My typical daily outfits consists of whatever denim I find lying around and a t shirt. I'm lucky if I get makeup on. Don't get me wrong, I looooove to wear make up, get dressed in a cute outfit, and take care of myself. And I make sure I do it a couple days a week, because if I don't then I become depressed, sulky, short tempered....(also if I don't spend my quiet time! Which is far more important to me) but the reality is it doesn't happen often. You can ask my friends, family, the mama whose daughter I nanny... they've all seen me without makeup and at my worst!

SIX

We don't always eat the best. I rarely make elaborate, Pinterest worthy meals. We go to Chick Fil A probably more often than we should. (But it's sooo good and then I can let the kids run free and play while I get a few minutes of solitude... not to mention I don't have to cook any of it!) My lunches often consist of scraps left over on my kids plates or a bowl of leaves with dressing thrown on..I mean, "salad." I try to throw in meat, goat cheese, berries, avocado.. but a lot of days that's just too much work! It's not even that it's too much work, really, it's just that it takes so much time that I don't have. Yes, even silly things like that are hard to make time for. This one I'm really trying to work on because I know its important! But so hard.

SEVEN

Though I am OCD and a neat freak, (my poor husband has to deal with my crazy!!) my home is often a mess. I drive myself crazy trying to keep it clean, so I often let it go. (Let it go, let it goooooo! You're welcome.) Anyways, there are often dirty dishes in the sink, crumbs all over the table, and little toys-that-are-supposed-to-be-down-in-the-play-room, all over my living room. It is impossible to keep a tidy house with one toddler, let alone three. I don't know how these other Instagram mamas do it! Except that they must have a cleaning lady. Or a nanny. Or both. Right?

EIGHT

I'm not always the best mom. I don't always want to get on the floor and play with my kids. I don't always want to jump on the trampoline when they ask. Sometimes I just can't think of another craft or "cool" thing to do! (and by that I really mean browse Pinterest for an idea, gather the supplies, give the instructions, and try not to pull out my hair when things go awry!) Sometimes I let them watch two movies in one day. Sometimes I give them juice before they've had water. Sometimes I even raise my voice at my kids. Sometimes I'm so exhausted emotionally, and physically, that I just can't. Do I love my kiddos to death? Yes. Do I enjoy playing with them and seeing their joyful faces when a project does go well? You bet! But I am also a human being who tends to fail miserably when she's not taking care of her own emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. 

So, as you can see, my life is a far cry from perfect. It's a far cry form being social media acceptable. but alas, here I am. Wanting to share my tips with you all, bring encouragement, and hopefully some smiles to your faces. I hope you never think I am trying to be unreal with you guys, or only show the best. I like my professional Instagram and website to be aesthetically pleasing, so I'm not really sharing the dirty house pictures, (you can watch my IG stories for that!) but I try to keep it real and honest with you guys! 

One thing I know for sure, I am redeemed. And that, is all that matters.

 

xx

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Pick Of The Week : Caramel Tote

Alyssa Walls


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Original post can be found here

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Original post can be found here

I am so excited to be introducing a new series to you guys! Every Friday I will be posting my 'pick of the week', which just means I will be sharing an item or product with you that I really love and think you would too. Some of these items may just be wish list items, but if not I will try to include styled photos.

My very first pick of the week is this gorgeous caramel colored tote! (I don't know about you but the word 'caramel' just makes me want to buy! haha) Why this piece?? Well, there are several reasons!!

1. The color is absolutely gorgeous! I mean, look at it! It will be the perfect neutral to go with everything and anything. It's a beautiful shade that is going to transition nicely right into fall!

2. The quality of this bag is unbelievable. It looks and feels like a really soft leather. I couldn't believe it when I saw it, and you're not going to believe the price!

3. It is so roomy! Its the perfect bags for moms, or anyone that carries a lot of stuff! I can fit diapers, wipes, snacks, several sips cups, my wallet, pen holder, and other essentials. The two front pockets are perfect for your phone, keys, lipstick, or a granola bar!  I love it because I can just throw everything in it and go.

4. The price. Are you ready for this?! This bag is just $24.99!! Yes, under $25 for a beautiful, quality, roomy bag. 

It also comes in black and gray, and has a long detachable strap so you can wear it cross body or over the shoulder!

You can shop it HERE!!

Three Ways To Dress Up Your Jeans And Tee

Alyssa Walls

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There is nothing better than jeans and a tee. T shirts are so comfortable, so flattering. They come in all different styles, colors, shapes. They can be worn with anything from a pencil skirt to boyfriend shorts. 

A "jeans and tee" look has the connotation of being casual, and comfy. While this is true in part, a jeans and tee can also be dressed up! You can wear this look for a date night, work (if jeans are allowed!), meetings etc!  Today I am sharing three ways for you to easily dress up this look.

 

1.SHOES

I am a shoe fanatic. Your shoes can make or break an outfit, step it up a notch or bring it down to a relaxed level. Shoes can make a statement while bringing your whole look together. Want to dress up a jeans and tee? Start with the shoes. Obviously, heels are going to be the dressiest option. A classic pump is great for dressing up any look! But, you can also choose a sandal, some flats, or boots that have a dressier look to them. Sandals with a heel, flats with embellishments, or black boots with a classy gold buckle or embellishment are all great options. I've linked several different options below, so you can shop them or just get an idea of what look to go for.

 

2. BAG

Like your shoes, your bag can say a lot about your look. Try to go for neutral, classy colors. A small quilted bag with a long dainty chain, or a minimal handbag like I have styled above, or a clutch are your best bets. (And of course, throwing some flowers in it really brings your look from casual to....okay maybe not haha! ;)

 

3. JEWELRY

This is probably the easiest and most effective way to dress up any look! Your jewelry can add so much statement, sass, dressy vibes or whatever look you are going for. I love my earrings and tend to gravitate towards the statement pieces. A simple crystal cluster stud or dangle earrings are my favorite when I'm going for a dressy look. Anything with gold and/or neutral colors are the perfect choice for dressy or classic vibes. 

I love these ones from Mod & Jo and am so excited to start working with them! When I found their jewelry line, I immediately fell in love! I was a big fan before they reached out to me, so I am particularly excited for this partnership! They have something for every style and comfort level, from simple studs to crazy statements, to dainty layered necklaces and large, unique rings. You will not be disappointed. You can even use my code, 'ALYSSA15' for 15% off your purchase. You can see another pair of their earrings I styled here. This necklace in blue calcedony, matched perfectly to the earrings and my shirt! 

I hope these tips helped! Let me know in the comments :) Read through my 5 min takeaway for a surprise 4th tip!

xx

 


A jeans and tee look can be dressed up in three easy ways. When you want to be comfortable in a jeans and tee but need to look a little more polished, professional, or dressy, you can do that! 

1. Choose your shoes wisely. Try to go for a heel if you're comfortable with that. If not, choose a flat, sandal, or boot that have a dressier feel to them. I.e, embellishments, a small heel, a leather look and feel.. etc

2. Try to pair your look with a dressy bag. Something with small dainty details, like a clutch or smaller handbag, or a classic handbag.

3.  Complete your look by adding some dainty or statement jewelry. If you go with statement earrings, pair it with a simple necklace and vice versa. You don't want to go too crazy with the accessories if you are going for a polished look. Simple is better!

4. Surprise number four! If the weather permits, throw on a blazer! This instantly adds a level of chic to your look! Go for neutral or light colors and clean, fitted lines. 


The Importance Of Friendship, Support, & Other Reflections

Alyssa Walls

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Shopping, it's what I do best ;) haha!

Shopping, it's what I do best ;) haha!

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My super cute dress

My super cute dress

 As I reflect back on my six months of blogging, I thought I would share some lessons I've learned and ways I've been stretched! I want to do more personal posts, posts about what I'm learning, posts about real mom life. Posts about how the blog is going, how parenting is going, struggles and triumphs. Let me know what you think in the comments!

1. Stay true to yourself

This was probably the first lesson I learned as a blogger. When you are first starting, it is so exciting when brands start to reach out to you and you just want to say yes to them all! I quickly realized that I don't ever want to support something that isn't true to who I am. I want to be that friend you can trust, to bring you the good stuff. Someone you can always turn to with questions or advice. So be sure that whatever I am posting about, whether it is sponsored or not, it is here because I love it and think you will, too!

2. Friendship & support are far better than being on top

Shortly after starting my blog I joined Style Collective, which is a community of bloggers that support and encourage one another. I always had (and still do!) someone to answer my questions, give me advice, and help me with blogger basics I knew nothing about! I instantly had friends and felt part of the community. Through this amazing community I have learned so much and have made someone awesome friends. The founder of Style Collective, Annie Spano, recently launched a podcast all about Becoming Fearless! You can listen to it here.

3. You have to step out of your comfort zone

Annie reached out to her community of fellow SC sisters, asking if anyone would be interested in becoming a Regional Leader for their area. She didn't give details but I knew I had to sign up. When the time came, she sent out the details that she wanted to have Style Collective parties all across America to celebrate her podcast launch. As regional leaders, we were responsible for getting all the details together for an event in our area. My first reaction was "what in the world did I get myself into?!" But I quickly shut down my fears and doubts and went at it full force. Another Denver blogger had signed up to be a regional leader as well, enter Delayna of Delayna Denaye, so not only did I have to plan this event, which involved reaching out to brands and businesses, I had to coordinate it with a complete stranger! (Who quickly became a sweet friend!) Our event ended up being a huge success, it was so much fun meeting other Denver bloggers! I also learned how to pitch to brands, how to throw a blogger event, proper etiquette etc. all because I stepped out of my comfort zone! Now I am excited to do more of these events and grow my blog through them.

These lessons may have come from blogging but can, and should, be implemented in any part of life! 

These photos are from the event Delayna and I hosted for our Denver Style Collective sisters. The girls that came were so fun and so sweet! It was awesome getting to know them, talking about the things we love most, and bouncing ideas off each other. Make sure to check out their blogs, you won't be disappointed!

Delayna || Nicole || Amanda || Char || Raeann

Our amazing event was hosted by the cutest boutique I've ever seen! As soon as I walked in I was swooning over the aesthetic and pretty pieces! If you live in CO you must check out Fab'rik Boutique! The owner, Leslie, and the girls she had working that night were so extremely sweet and helpful! It is located off S Sante Fe Dr in Littleton! 

I got to reach out to some amazing brands who were so kind to give us goodies for our swag bags! You should check out these amazing businesses. Lots of wonderful people! 

Patterns & Pops

Senita Athletics

LeeAnne Grace Beauty

Beauty For Real

Everly Oak

Glamour Bar Denver

Ankit

And of course, our amazing photographer Jenna Sparks Photography!

I hope you found some amazing new people and businesses to love! Have a lovely week!


As a blogger I've learned a lot of the things in the last six months! My top three lessons I felt were good enough to share with all of you and hope they bring some encouragement!

1. Stay true to yourself. Don't feel pressured to be something you're not! Don't be afraid to be the person you were created to be! Don't be afraid to stand out and be different

2. Friendship and support are far greater than being on top. I never want to be the person that looks back on her life and realizes she ruined relationships because she was too focused on being successful! I would much rather have good friends, support others and be supported. I want to live a life that is pleasing to God. I think there is room for all of us to be successful! We don't have to live a lonely, selfish life to get there ;)

3. You have to step out of your comfort zone. This one is scary!!! But I don't want to let my fears or doubts stop me from growing. Whether it is in my faith, my business, or my relationships. I want to be able to try new things and grow in new ways. And this takes stepping out. Do it in faith and you will see good things come from it!


How To Wear A Kimono + A Letter To Moms

Alyssa Walls


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Kimonos are one of my favorite summer pieces to wear. They are lightweight and add so much to any look. They can be worn with dresses, leggings, and denim. But my favorite way to wear them is with a white t shirt and some distressed denim shorts! They come in all different colors, styles, and lengths. I will link some of my favorites below :)


FOR THE MOMS

For those that don't know, I am a mom of three. You don't see them on here often because, well, bringing three small toddlers on a photo shoot is not my idea of fun! Haha. That and I am still not sure how I feel about having them plastered all over the Internet. But I am a mom, and they are my life. They are the reason I finally decided to go after my dream and start this blog. I want to be an example to them that dreams are good. Hard work is good. I want them to chase after their dreams, not just to be what the world says they should be. And while being a mom is my favorite job, it is not always easy! In fact, it rarely is.

 There are a lot of things about being a mom that are difficult. Being responsible to raise up these little people to be kind, responsible, loving human beings is a daunting task! I understand the feeling of failure, like you're not doing enough or doing a good enough job. I understand the struggle to compare. I understand the heavy feeling of depression and being heavy laden.

 As moms, we do a lot for a lot of people, often putting ourselves on the back burner. I started Teddy Bears & Lipstick to hopefully change that mindset for some of you. I am a huge supporter in the fact that it is not only okay for you to take care of yourself, it is vital! Take care of yourself. Do something for yourself because you love to do it. I am not advocating for a life of selfishness and child neglect. But I don't think it has to be one or the other. Be the mother that does what is best for your children because you know it's best for them. You are one of the few people that knows your child inside and out, trust that! Be the mom that gets on the floor and plays with kids. Be the mom that gets dressed in the morning. That goes on dates with her husband and best girl friends. Be the mom that takes time outs in the bathroom. Be the mom that feeds herself and not just her kids. Be the mom that says no because you just can't take on another task. Be the mom that encourages healthy eating and lifestyle, by demonstrating it. Be the mom you were called to be, not what the world thinks you should be. Life can be stressful, but life is also short. Live it to the best of your ability (with the help of God's grace), by taking care of yourself as well as others. Love. Listen. Pray. And keep on mommying.

 

Happy Mother's Day!


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