Aug 28, 2015

Travel With Me: Asheville, NC

Location: Asheville, North Carolina

I don't think there's a place I love more than western North Carolina. Sure, I love vacations and love the locations we go to. Western North Carolina, however, is home to me. It's where my heart is even when I'm not there. And I love sharing my heart with y'all through these travel guides, and maybe it'll inspire you to make a trip and fall in love as well.

A few weeks ago, I dedicated an entire post to our dinner at the Grove Park Inn, and this week I thought I'd share the entire city of Asheville with you. These are my tried and true favorites, but I highly recommend jumping on the historic trolley tours, discovering the city, and finding your own favorites as well. There are so many places to eat, to see and things to do—for all tastes. These are just what fit my taste.

Aug 26, 2015

Recent Beauty Purchases | August 2015

If you're anything like me, you tend to have a running list of I wish items that spin around in your head, but you can never justify spending the money to own them. That's a great mentality when you're trying to save money (which I'm always trying to do), but sometimes a day or series of days come along, retail therapy happens, and you don't even feel sorry about the money you've spent. Enter last Wednesday. I had a mini freak out when I realized I was two weeks away from twenty-nine. The things I had been putting off, but wanted to achieve during my 20s came crashing down on me and I felt like a complete loser for putting so many ideas, dreams, decisions on the back-burner. Insert online retail therapy. Are there any other words more magical in the English language?

A month or so ago, I started the quest to find a new signature scent. Subconsciously, I may have been grappling with this whole birthday thing long before it bubbled to the surface. I compare searching for a new signature scent to a hair makeover. A girl doesn't change either unless she's looking to change her life. Every time I would walk into Ulta, I would stand in front of the Chanel perfumes for ten to fifteen minutes smelling each one, over and over again.
A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life. —Coco Chanel
At the time I couldn't convince myself I needed to spend that much money on perfume. My max tends to cap out around the fifty-five dollar range. After that, I can't justify the price tag. So, each time I would walk away, empty-handed.

Aug 24, 2015

Blanket Kimono

Phew! To say I've been busy would be an understatement. Work is busy as we enter the "prep for Christmas" season (scary, I know). Weekends have been full of celebrations and parties. This past Friday night a few of us went to the Relevant Podcast 10 year anniversary live taping at Summit Church, here in Orlando. We had so much fun! I love listening to their podcast during the week, especially when I'm tired of everything on Spotify. They're hilarious! If you're interested, you can find the podcast on iTunes.

Aside from that, I'm about a week and a half out from turning 29 and I'm having some trouble accepting that I'm a year from 30. My list of things I wanted to do during my 20s is a scattered disaster of a hot mess, and I'm getting to the point where I don't care anymore. I'm a list making, plan ahead kind of person. My goal for 29 is to learn how to be a bit more spontaneous and just say "yes". In the wise words of Tina Fey:
Say yes and you'll figure it out afterwards.
I've splurged on a few items I've always wanted, but never felt I should buy. Now, I just don't care, so I bought them and I'm loving them. More on that Wednesday though. 

Aug 19, 2015

Running Late Makeup | Tarte Showstopper Palette

Being on time isn't a great talent I possess. So, I tend to rely on products that are going to get me out the door—fast. Since I can't do my hair in the car, I'll make sure that's first priority while I'm still at home. Next, I make sure to do foundation, concealer and setting powder, and fill in my brows before I get dressed and scramble out the door.

Once I'm in the car, I rely on one palette, the Tarte Showstopper. It holds everything I need to finish my makeup without having to juggle a bunch of products. All I supplement this palette with is eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss.

Aug 18, 2015

Back to Basics

1: Jeans 2: Boots 3: Plaid Shirt 4: Watch 5: White T 6: Nail Polish 7: Tote
Today's looks is all about casual comfort that can be pulled together in a hurry. A pair of skinny jeans, white tee, an unbuttoned plaid shirt, slip-on booties, and a go with everything tote from Madewell make for the perfect 'No I wasn't running late at all' combo.

More great casual closet staples...

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