September 30, 2016

Friday Finds // Vol. 1

I have followed Dallas for years and have always admired her talent, her style, and her eye for the unique. She redesigned and relaunched her site a while back and her blog got a complete overhaul. It is absolute perfection.

That's really about all I need to say. Kacey is releasing her first Christmas album next month (A Very Kacey Christmas), and she's doing a tour to celebrate. I've already got tickets to see her at the historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville with two of my best girls.

Adorable mama-to-be, Eleni, of the blog Convey The Moment, always gets it right when it comes to seasonal decor. This fall is no exception. The muted colors and soft details are just enough.

I came across this renovation on pinterest and completely fell down the rabbit hole. Have you ever in your life seen anything this adorable? Well, actually, just wait until you see the inside!

My (and everyone else's) favorite earrings of life are back and better than ever. I've literally been wishing and hoping that Lisi Lerch would do a light pink pair and just. like. magic. here they are!

September 28, 2016

My Style: Tie Dye Tunic + Gun Metal Jewelry

Fall Outfit Inspiration

I took these photos a couple weeks ago near the train tracks downtown. I'm always on the lookout for spots to take pictures that capture the unique vibe and personality of where I live. There was actually a train that came through at one point, and we had to pause for a minute because my shirt kept blowing around! #bloggerproblems

This is also the first set of pictures I took after I got my nose pierced - and the day my parents saw it for the first time. They were just thrilled that it was subtle! I told my mom I intentionally didn't tell her about it because she would've tried to talk me out of it, "Honey, I'm really not sure if that's a good idea." I could hear her in my head when I was sitting at the tattoo parlor. Now I know for most getting your nose pierced at almost thirty isn't a real big deal, but for me it kinda was. As silly as it sounds, it was this little piece of my rebel heart coming out. Life has been great and weird (yes, at the same time) lately and it felt really good to just say, "dang it, I'm doing this!" Please tell me you know that feeling. . .

Fall Outfit Inspiration

Fall Outfit Inspiration

Fall Outfit Inspiration

Fall Outfit Inspiration

Fall Outfit Inspiration

Tunic, JODIFL (found at a boutique in Myrtle Beach) -- Skinny jeans, OLD NAVY
Sandals, JACK ROGERS -- Bag, OLD NAVY -- Stone necklace, gifted KENDRA SCOTT
Drusy Y necklace, gifted KENDRA SCOTT -- Sunglasses, URBAN OUTFITTERS

September 26, 2016

5 Things I Know For Sure At 29

Follow Your Arrow

"If you save yourself for marriage you're a bore. If you don't save yourself for marriage you're a horrible person. . ."

That's the opening line of Kacey Musgraves' song Follow Your Arrow. The song goes on to talk about how we need to just do what we want no matter what anyone else thinks because we're never going to make people happy. "You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't." This list in today's post is something I wish someone would've sent me when I was in high school. Or even just five years ago. I work with high schoolers every day - high school girls especially. I feel so passionately about lifting them up and empowering them to believe that there is no guy out there worth tears (unless they're happy ones), and there's no one in the world worth losing your happiness over. Girls are mean. Boys are mean. Be a shining star in the darkness of the world. So basically, I was sitting in front of my computer last night thinking about some life events that have occurred over the last week and just decided to speak on them. Y'all know I get like this sometimes. And if you ask the people who know me in real life, I'm like this all the time.

So, here ya go. A list of things that I'm without-a-doubt certain of right now. Enjoy!

Follow Your Arrow

one // Love/life is not a fairytale.
Ok, so you've got that one friend who got swept off her feet and carried off into the sunset. ONE FRIEND. I'm telling, y'all, it isn't rainbows and butterflies. And I feel like I'm old enough now I can say this. Remember that time I thought I got the fairytale and he turned out to be a complete and total tool? (That reference is for those of you who have been around these parts a long time) He was actually more than just that, but my mama reads here so I won't say those words. But you know what? It's ok that it isn't a fairytale. Life not being a fairytale is what makes it worth it and fun and something to be proud of surviving. 

two // Dating sucks.
Plain and simple. Modern dating absolutely sucks. And I'm fairly certain all single females in half their right mind would agree. There's no easy way to do it. There's no fun way to do it. There's nothing about it that makes me excited or giddy. It's a dread, honestly. Sarah Belle did an awesome video talking about the subject. My favorite quote from the whole chat? "The person who cares less is the one who wins." Why does that have to be the standard? Why can't we just act like we care, if we do? You know why? Because society has created this culture where the one who "cares" must be crazy and possessive and clingy and (gasp) ready to settle down.

three // Size doesn't matter.
I feel like society is finally coming around to this notion, but I just need to put it here as a reminder. SIZE DOESN'T MATTER. Self-satisfaction matters. Self-respect matters. Self-esteem matters. HAPPINESS MATTERS. Got it? Okay.

four // Giving one hundred percent is easier than half-assing it.
At least for me. I'm a one-hundred percent kind of person. It's all or nothing at everything I do. And I don't say that like "Oh, look at me! I'm so awesome!" It's just who I am - it's who I've always been. And to be honest, it's really hard to be that kind of person in the world in which we live. Most people are looking for a hand out. People don't want to work for things. The youth of America feels entitled to something. And I just spend my days trying to figure it all out. (And I don't mean that in the political sense, folks) If I didn't earn it, I don't want it. And if you're not a one-hundred percent kind of person (refer to number two), then I just don't have any time for you. Sorry. Thanks. Bye. 

five // Some days you just want to be mad.
Now I know this is in contradiction to what I said in the intro about letting anyone steal your happiness. But hear me out. . . I try to give every day my best - my best attitude, my best effort. But there are just some days that you want to be mad. Someone gets under your skin and you just need to get your blood pressure up for minute and come back down. Moments like this give me a reality check. It's okay to just be mad for a while. If in doubt, refer to number one.