November 30, 2016

DIY Decor for the Holidays


One of the best parts about the holiday season is decorating the house to look like a winter wonderland! I remember being so excited to decorate the tree as a little girl and the joy I felt when the lights finally lit up. Wrapping paper tossed around, tape sticking to random objects and a trail of sparkling glitter made wrapping presents a fun and exciting venture.

There are so many wonderful and talented bloggers out there with creative ways to decorate your home. Here are 5 DIY's I think you all will love that will add a special touch to your home!

Leave a comment below of your favorite holiday tradition!

DIY Wreath Decor

Have a wonderful day!

November 28, 2016

Throwback: Childhood Music


A few weeks ago I was driving home after an 8 hour class and couldn't wait to throw myself onto my bed. I was stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. I turned my radio on, changed the station and a song I hadn't heard in years came on. I wrote about that moment here. It was exactly what I needed to hear at the time.

This had me thinking about my middle school years and the music that shaped that time period. Most people would say they would go back to high school, but I loved middle school. There wasn't as much drama and field trips were still a thing. Sitting here and typing this in a library filled with 20 somethings is bringing back those same emotions. We were so young, yet thought we knew so much. It was an awkward, embarrassing, hilarious and honest time.

I created a playlist to share some songs that made up this time period in my life. I could type out everything that happened, but I think music does a better job at telling stories. Whether you were with me or not, a song can unite us all in a moment.


   




                                     
                           


                          





Have a wonderful day!

November 26, 2016

Remember your "Why"



Blogging really has been a blessing in my life. I could go on and on about all the things I've learned that are technical and about myself, but it's so easy to get lost in the midst and forget why you started. That's what's been happening to me lately. Each evening I sit down with my computer and stare at an empty page wondering, "what's next?"

My favorite posts are ideas that randomly spark my mind and when that doesn't happen I feel pressured to create...and that's the worst. I don't think creating should be forced, but what do you do? I don't want my audience being left with nothing, but I also don't want to share a random filler post.  With grad school, interning and growing my brand, burnout seems to be a regular occurrence.

Now with the semester slowing down, I can refocus more energy into my "why" for this space. One step I'm taking is to remove myself. 90% of my work is done from a computer which is a double edged sword. It's convenient and then I get sick of it, so when I get the chance to work on paper I do. The same thing applies with my cellphone. I've become so attached that I miss moments of inspiration that happen everyday. I'm starting to make time for new hobbies like fashion illustration and reading for pleasure, not just for school.

Blogging should never feel like a chore because it began as anything but that. If you find yourself stuck in a writing rut, just know it's normal and take one step at a time to regain your focus and find inspiration.


November 14, 2016

Things I Love about Autumn



By now I'm sure you have seen tons and tons of posts regarding this season, whether it's fall fashion, halloween costumes or pumpkin spice latte recipes. Fall brings warm cozy feelings that a lot of us look forward to after a hot and sunny summer. Even if it's not your favorite season, fall truly does bring its share of beautiful moments.

 Once the temperature drops I rummage through my clothes and find the comfiest sweaters and cardigans. It's almost like wearing a blanket all day! Then I pull up my black suede boots to keep my feet and legs warm. While walking to class, I love seeing leaves dance in the wind. Shades of red, brown and orange hues fill the sky. I like to reward myself after a long week with a treat. Most cases it's a nice cup of hot chocolate or apple cider from Biggby. It's not much, but it makes a difference. Something I still need to do is visit an apple orchard, preferably as a date! It's a simple and relaxing activity that makes for great pictures and memories.  Most importantly, I love traditional autumn food! It's the one thing that unites family and friends around a table while sharing laughs and stories from the past. There's something about eating home cooked food made with hands that once held you. Love truly is a key ingredient. My favorites have to be stuffing, sweet potato pie and macaroni.

Take time to appreciate the present and enjoy the fall season. Before you know it, we'll be making snow angels and singing Christmas carols. Comment below your favorite fall activities!




Have a wonderful day! 

November 10, 2016

I'm Here For You



The results of the election have me and so many others feeling heatbroken, stunned and afraid. Wednesday morning I woke up, thought about the results and tears filled my eyes. My mind went to the worst place possible and all the "what ifs" started to pile up inside. As optimistic of a person I try to be, I'm also human. This is all very new and it takes time to process such a dissapointing outcome. I called my mom bright and early and was left reassured that we will be ok, and you know what...she's right. We will be ok. Not even just ok, we will rise above this. The key is, we have to do this together regardless of who you chose. I don't want us to be divided. I don't want us living in fear. Those are two things I'm seeing the most right now. Nothing will ever get done with that mindset.

It's scary, but God is still with us each and every step of the way. Keep him close and trust him in spite of any doubts or fears. It's not an overnight process, but each step counts. Take care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. Cry, vent, get upset then makes strides forward. I am here with and for you. 


Have a wonderful day! 

November 7, 2016

October Favorites



October has been such a hectic month with interning and school work. I think that's the case every month! For Halloween (I know, super late) I attempted to be a lion. One, because it's free, and two, it's a warm costume idea! My nose ending up rubbing off so I said, "forget it" and went on with my night. I honestly would rather go trick or treating because...free candy. One of the many perks of being a child. I've been learning a lot more about blogging and I'm so motivated to take this space to the next level. Sometimes it takes hitting a plateau to get refocused and inspired. On another good note, my favorite podcast has returned and I couln't be happier! Lola and Babz are my big sisters in my head and have the funniest stories. I love how unfiltered they are, oh and Ike's pretty cool too (seriously)! I have few favorites to share this month and maybe you'll discover a favorite here too! 


Music



Nude Converse















Have a wonderful day!