Oh, fall! I seriously love this season. It's an excuse to slow life down, enjoy the little things, sip PSLs till you can't drink anymore, make everything cozy and warm, and venture out for apple picking and leaf-peeping. Throw in some homemade chili and apple cider and I'm totally content. At least, that's my recipe to make this fall the coziest and best ever!
Sep 23, 2016
Sep 21, 2016
Hello! Honestly, I don't even know where to start, so I'll just dive in and hope this post makes sense. It's been a whirlwind of a summer, and my lack of spare time led to crickets over here. I never intended for that to happen, but with tidal wave after tidal wave crashing on me, I had to pull back and reorganize my priorities a bit. Okay—a lot. It has been the summer of up in the air and I'm not good with up in the air. I'm a Virgo: planning manic, need everything set in it's right order. So, as you can imagine I was dangling off the cliff with anxiety. I think the hardest thing for me was the facade of acting like nothing was wrong, and telling people I had everything under control. But let's get really real right now—that never works!
On top of the chaos, I also turned 30 at the beginning of this month, and let me tell you—I have never been less thrilled for a birthday. I know that's so cliche to say, but by the time 30 hit, I thought for sure I'd have my act together, and I really don't. But someone recently told me, "Anyone who says they have their act together is just lying to you. Don't believe the hype. It's not real." Those words really rang true for me. I don't need to have my act together. What does that even mean? I guess it can take on different means for each of us in our own lives. I hope if you're in the midst of unsettlement, you won't beat yourself up and believe you're a failure for not having something accomplished by X date. You are exactly where you are supposed to be right this very minute, and your circumstances and season will change when it is supposed to change.
My goal for October is to slowly transition back into new, fresh content here. Not just for y'all, but for me. I truly enjoy sharing and interacting through the blog, and have been able to meet so many amazing people because of it. So, bare with me as I doggy paddle back into a routine.
If you want to stay connected, I have been loving Snapchat for quick, fun bursts of interaction. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Aug 1, 2016
Summer is when I find myself reading the most; all my favorite authors release new books during the summer months. I can never get enough of Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe and Wendy Wax. All three set their books throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina; which happen to be my favorite southern locales, and they make for the perfect beach read setting. I've also been following a few series for the last couple of summers, so this list will give you more than plenty to read during the remaining dog days of summer.
Jul 21, 2016
One thing I've learned from living in Florida my entire life is how to beat the heat and humidity when it comes to makeup. Thinner products with great coverage, formulas that don't settle or crease easily, and a mattifying primer are the best ways I know how to beat cake face or the mid-day meltdown. There are a lot of great products I've tried over the years, as well as products I tried to make work and others that just flat out stunk. About two months ago, I got a little nostalgic and thought about Clinique for the first time in a long time. So, I went out to the mall and to the same counter I made my first makeup purchase in middle school (one of the perks of small town living). Surprisingly, the same woman was working the counter too. It's probably weird I remember that, but I don't think Belk's Clinique counter would be the same without her.
Jul 8, 2016
Zazzle to help fill in some smaller items I had been wanting.