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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

mundane



I was pretty hesitant to write this post tonight. You know, bloggers are supposed to have these fabulous lives, traveling to meetings about shoots and fashion shows and guest appearances, take trips to NY every other week and so on and so on. Well, that's probably true for many, but for many others it's not. It's not for me. Truth is, I was afraid to write this post! For fear of being boring, having no funny stories to tell or exciting news to share, fear of looking like a loser, fear of judgment and criticism, lots of fear. But today, I had second day hair, lunch with a lovely new friend, folded some clean clothes, worked out, had friends over for dinner, and thoroughly enjoyed a cold glass of milk! Those things may seem mundane, I thought. But guys, these are the everyday things that we should enjoy and make the most of! As always, I'm learning to be thankful and find joy wherever I am. There's ALWAYS something to be thankful for, am I right?
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Outfit Details:
Sweater: F21
Shirt: F21
Jeans: DL961
Shoes: Target (not online)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

be mine

valetines day


I love Valentine's Day, I really do! The pink and red, the candy, the hearts, and all of the other cute stuff, I just adore it! It's just one of those easy, fun holidays that everyone can celebrate in their own way! So in honor of this day of love, I'm sharing some of my favorite pieces that you can sport for tomorrow to celebrate, or any other day! Happy Heart Day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

blame the weather



I was SO ready for the cold weather a few months ago! I still appreciate it, but I find myself thinking of swimwear, days by the pool, vacation, tank tops, denim shorts, and sandals! Ah! But instead, we're under winter weather watches and bundling up, which I do enjoy wearing a big sweater and a knit scarf!

This brings me to my next story. I grabbed a Starbucks yesterday, fully expecting to relax and drink my coffee while I stroll through the grocery store picking up all of the items on my list for the week. Considering it was a Monday, early afternoon, I was under the impression that no one would be there, but me and maybe a few stay at home moms. Well it turns out, that when winter weather is approaching in Georgia everyone goes nuts! It felt like I was in a scene from a movie!

There were TWO grocery carts up for grabs when I walked in! My walk turned into a sprint! This was far from relaxing! Not only was I spilling my drink everywhere, but I was getting pushed and shoved and I had to abandon my cart just to get to the bread aisle! It was insane, that's the only way I know how to put it! They were already sold out of most things, I really felt for these grocery store employees! I even went to hide in the health food aisle for a moment, just to get away from the crowd! Because let's be honest, no one is rushing to the health food section at this point. I made it out alive and now that everyone is prepared for the storm, I'm not even sure anything is going to happen! This all made for an exciting Monday!

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Outfit Details:
Shirt: Charlotte Russe (old) Similar
Jacket: Tulle via fab'rik (not online)
Ring: Francesca's


Thursday, February 6, 2014

red



Red is one of those colors that I think is so eye catching and powerful, yet I hardly wear it and it's kind of hard for me to find! Agreed? In my opinion, there's not many people red doesn't look good on, even red heads, they actually can rock it the best! I'm sure some of you are still thinking, "No, red's not my color." You should just try it! Add it into your wardrobe in little, simple things like I did here. Nothing fancy, just a basic dolman top under a sweater. I've actually had someone tell me once that black wasn't their color! That was a new one for me. Honey, black is everyone's color.

I wore this easy, basic outfit on a leisurely Saturday out with friends! What's your go to casual attire?
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Outfit Details:
Sweater: fab'rik (old) Similar
Top: fab'rik (old)
Jeans: COH
Boots: Aldo (old)
Earrings: Modcloth

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

   So just to let you know, this recipe isn't high on the healthy recipes list. But you have to allow some wiggle room. And when it's cold outside, sometimes all I want is a nice, big unhealthy bowl of soup! I make this broccoli and cheese soup at least every other week and Logan thinks it's better than Panera's. I'm not so sure about that, but I am sure that it's pretty much delicious! 

When I first started to explore with making this soup, things went bad y'all...real bad. It was probably back in October and I had worked late that night. But as a new wife, I was (and still am sometimes) determined to make my husband a yummy dinner. It was 10 o'clock at this point, just to clarify. But I wasn't going to NOT make dinner! So here I am, tired, so hungry myself that I want to rip open the bag of frozen broccoli and just start devouring them, like an animal. I'm following the directions step by step, from a different recipe, not this one, and it's just not working! Things are burning, and I had what's supposed to be broccoli and cheese soup spilling over into my entire kitchen! I had a melt down to say the least. At that point, I'm sure Logan was wondering, "Who is this crazy lady I married?" I straight up acted like a toddler, throwing down the spoon and running to the couch to cry, literally screaming, "I just want to eat!"

After I gathered myself together, which is kind of an over statement, there we sat. Spooning this liquid, grain-like substance of a mess that was supposed to be broccoli and cheese soup, the ultimate comfort food. After that night, I found this recipe below. With my husband on standby in case of  another soup meltdown, I made it successfully! No more shameful meltdowns...well, with this recipe at least.

I follow the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything, exactly, except I switch out chicken broth for vegetable broth and I mix mine with an immersion blender at the end, but you don't have to do this step. This is the easiest recipe I found and it takes no time to make! I seriously hope you all try it!



 


Monday, February 3, 2014

snow + life


We survived the snow, obviously....and we joined my friend Kayla and her husband Alex for a little mid-day snow hiking adventure too! The snow, in all it's velvety glory, makes everything, even the not so pretty things, look beautiful!





There's been a ton of things on my mind recently. The big question I'm still asking myself is, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" I know, I'm grown up (well kinda), but I feel like this question haunts me. Sometimes it feels like everyone around me knows exactly what they want to be and what they want to do and I'm just floating around waiting to land on my career cloud. My problem has always been that I'll pursue one thing, I'll sprint that way, and then one of many things happens....I either get scared,  discouraged by something or someone, or just start questioning again. This cycle has caused me to basically keep sprinting in different directions, which always leads me back to the same spot, sitting there still questioning and still looking for answers. I've always felt this pressure to have this one career, do this one thing, and be really good at it, but I've always felt like I'm not super good at any one thing. I'm learning that all this is okay. I'm learning to let it go and to relieve the pressure. Who ever said we had to be just this one certain thing for the rest of our lives?? Why not explore what we can?

Another thing that hinders me, is people. I always wonder things like, "well if I want to be a teacher, then I can't, because I already told everybody that I want to do this or that," or whatever. Well, who cares, right? I'm finally starting to remember that I don't have to answer to anyone. I can be me. So, right now, as I job search and soul search, I'm open to a lot of things and I'm just trying to figure it all out. I know that God is telling me to, LET IT GO! I know that's what he wants me to do, so I guess you can say I'm kind of seeing what's next. I know that doors will open and there's no telling what may be through those doors, but if God tells me to walk through it; I'll walk through it.

You'd be surprised of all the things I've thought of pursuing, most of them are not even similar to one another. With all this said, the biggest lesson I'm learning is that...a job doesn't define me. A job doesn't define me. A job doesn't define me. Everyday I have to keep reminding myself of this, probably forever. But one thing I am sure of, is this blog, you guys. I always look forward to posting and sharing and hoping that someone out there feels the same. So, welcome to my life lately and remember that a job doesn't define you.