It is that time of the year…another Graceful Guide is LIVE! I have loved putting these guides together for you all and LOVE being able to let the creative juices flow. If you missed the Winter 2019 guide, you can see if here, but for the Spring 2019 issue of The Graceful Guide, I had a lot of fun rounding up Spring trends, some spring break swimwear and gift ideas for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
As many times as Jon Luke and I have driven I-10, you would think that we were extremely familiar with the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Well, I hate to say that was not the case until this weekend. But thankfully we have now come to know (and love) Coastal Mississippi! After our little weekend getaway, we have fallen in love with the Mississippi Coast and I could not wait to put together a Graceful Guide for you all here! I received SO many questions over the weekend about where we were staying, where all we ate and so much more, so keep reading to learn more about Coastal Mississippi!
Okay…this one took a minute. Not only is there a lot of information here, but I have SO many pictures! Whoops. BUT, I am excited to finally share my Graceful Guide to the Bahamas with you all! This trip was one that Jon Luke and I will NEVER forget. We decided to venture to the Bahamas to celebrate our five year anniversary and we LOVED it. From the people, to the hotels, to the excursions, this trip was EVERYTHING we wanted and more. I received a lot of questions about where we stayed, how we got there, food and more while we were on our trip to I have done my best to answer them all here!
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for my anniversary getaway. Not only because I love to travel and explore with my hubs, but because the weather in Louisiana has been SO dreary lately…I need some sun! So with that in mind, I have so many things that I want to share with you guys to help you transition into Spring and Summer, and I will finally be able to do that on this trip. With that being said, you may have already seen the new video on Instagram (yep, I made my IGTV debut), where I rounded up most of the items I was packing for our getaway. I wanted to create an easy place for you all to shop so if you keep scrolling, I have linked everything from the video (and some more!) below!
As I said before, the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots are easy to use and SUPER convenient. Safe for color, and heat-treated hair, I feel confident with each use that my hair will come out feeling smoother than ever. These single-dose tubes contain a blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, strengthening lipids and natural glycerin that targets those damaged hair areas, giving my hair the strength to take on the day-to-day heat/styling it endures. With each use, the strengthening lipids absorb into your hair (rather than just coating it) which targets those damaged hair pieces. After each use, my hair feels like I have just walked out of the salon which is amazing!
If you have been around for a minute then you probably followed along as I ventured down to New Orleans a couple weeks ago for a little girls weekend. And also if you have been following for a while then you know I am a SUCKER for a cute hotel. Thank goodness we found that with The Henry Howard Hotel.
Located just off of Magazine street, this sweet hotel is filled with charm and New Orleans flair. With it’s inviting front porch and true NOLA exterior, you as a guest want nothing more than to grab a drink and enjoy your time on the front porch. But once you get inside, it is even better.
How many times have you been in the shower, ready to shave your legs, only to find that your razor blade needs changing? If you are like me, you probably do not have a new one on hand, and end up having to wait until the next grocery run to re-fill. Well, not anymore. Today, I want to tell you about the new subscription service from Gillette Venus Razor. With their new Venus Direct service, you can choose a custom handle and razor heads that fit YOUR needs then have them delivered to YOUR DOOR. If this isn’t the best thing since sliced bread…I’m not sure what is.
I cannot believe that in a mere month and a half, Jon Luke and I will have been married for FIVE years. How crazy is that? I can still remember when he texted me for the first time. I was in Atlanta prepping for a tennis match against Georgia Tech when the text came through. We had just finished a late night practice and I went to check my phone…there it was. From then, it happened quickly I guess. We started “talking” as they say, hanging out, and eventually in late march became official. It was not long after that I left for a summer abroad in Italy and realized while I was gone that I had fallen in love. We dated for almost three years, and then got married on March 1, 2014 and let me tell y’all, it has been an exciting (almost) five years.
It is a new year, which means…NEW FRAMES! If you have been around for a while, then you know that my eyes are not great. I started wearing glasses when I was about twelve years old and remember it being one of the most traumatizing days of my life. Thankfully though, I have learned to embrace my poor eyesight and now know how to style fun & unique frames! Picking out new frames has become one of my favorite ways to accessorize each day. Often times, a cute pair of specs is just what my outfit needs to get that perfectly curated look, so I have enjoyed trying different frame styles over the years.
From metal, to plastic, to neutral colors and vibrant shades, trying on different frames is exciting for me. I tend to lean towards a minimal, neutral styles which is why I was so happy to discover the High Street collection at Eyemart Express (Vision 4 Less)!
It is ready! The second issue of “The Graceful Guide”! As I said when we first launched this beauty, I am going to release a new guide each quarter. So January, April, July, October, then December for the holidays! I have come to love this sweet project so much and was so happy to hear that you all loved the first issue. It makes me smile when you all love it as much as I do!
I won't lie, Valentine's Day has not always been my favorite. I am not sure if it was the Hallmark feel, or the fact that for many years my Valentine was my mom (truth), but I was never really into it. Then…Jon Luke came into the picture and definitely made things more fun. What I love about him is that he is great at making holidays and anniversaries exciting. We like to think outside of the chocolate box and do things that we would both enjoy and have fun with on Valentine’s Day. So for those who are spending this holiday with a loved one, or with their girls, here are some date night ideas, outfit inspiration and possible gifts for you on this Valentine’s day!
I have seen so many people lately talking about their word of the year. The word that they want to focus on in 2019. The word that may change them, break them down, or lift them up. Truthfully, I have never done this. Picked just one word I mean. I guess I have often times felt that there was no way one word could truly define my year. How could I place all of my heart on just one word? How could I select just one word to live by, think about, or pray over? Well, after 2018, I think I understand.
And cue the Taylor Swift…”Welcome to New York.” When I saw this, I say it with the most sincerity, but New York has literally always been on my mind. When I was in high school, my dad and I started going every year at Christmas. It did not take long at all for me to fall in love. Fun Fact: I wanted to go to graduate school there. I was close but I decided to get married instead haha But seriously, New York has always held such a special place in my heart. The city, the lights and the people...all of it gives me the feels. It is one of my favorite things to take people to New York for their first time, but every time I go I end up finding new places...which is the beauty of it! You can go to New York every month and do something COMPLETELY different. Just get lost in the hustle and wander.
It is that time of the year: Christmas is in full swing! I don’t know about you but my Christmas shopping is complete (some even wrapped) and my Christmas list is ready. (Santa, I think I have been pretty good.) haha But seriously, I am that person that will think of random things I want throughout the year and add them to my a note in my phone. Things that I would never buy myself because I don’t really need them, or they are too pricey, or I just need ideas…you know the drill. This is the time when I can say, “yep, this is what I want.” And EVERY year for the past few years (probably five to be specific), I have had one thing on there that means more than the jewelry or clothes: my photo books from Artifact Uprising.
It is finally here! The first ever issue of The Graceful Guide! Y’all, this has been a dream of mine for a while. Over a year ago after I wrote The Graceful Guide to Alaska, I started dreaming about this project. I can remember completing that guide and thinking, “man this would be a cool idea for a fancy newsletter…” And so it began. I have dreamt up ideas of how it would work, how often I would create new issues, what they would include…you name it, I thought about it. But it was there that this idea came to a halt: in my thoughts. While I had these big dreams and big plans, I also had a voice in the back of my head telling me it was a dumb idea. That no one cared. No one would read it. I was not good at graphic design. I am not “big enough” for that yet. So per the usual…I let the voices win.
I have to say, I think one of my favorite places in the world might be Napa Valley. I’ve made the trip twice now and both times were pretty magical. It is funny though, the two times I have been were during the exact same time of year so I have only seen Napa in the fall (late October to be specific). But y’all, the fall in Napa…it is perfect. When you hear people talk about the California weather and how good it is, I know I often roll my eyes (probably with jealousy) because in my head I am thinking, “it can’t really be that good.” Well it is. The weather is perfect, the leaves are changing and the wine is endless. My kind of place.
There is nothing I love more than when I am able to take time for myself. Whether I am able to clean my house, clean out my closet, take a nap, read a book…there are so many things I can do when I have time for ME. But I will say, my ultimate “me time” is when I can light all my candles, take a bath and pamper myself for a bit. I love trying different face masks, helping my skin recover from a long week. I was recently given the opportunity to try the new Olay Clay Stick Masks and y’all…they did not disappoint!
I have had to learn a lot about GRACE lately. Really, giving it to myself and not being so hard on everything I do. It has always been a struggle for me because I am an EXTREME perfectionist. I will say…this is one of my biggest flaws. Anyways, this nearly impossible standard I set for myself has been my biggest enemy because it controls so many areas of my life. I want to be the perfect wife, the perfect daughter, the perfect co-worker, the perfect friend. I say “yes” to WAY more than I can handle, and when I say “no” I feel absolutely defeated inside. The struggle is real y’all.
I have to say, I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween. Truth be told, I’ve always been a little “afraid” of the idea of it. I do not like haunted houses, or scary movies, or any of that non-sense. I am a scaredy-cat…I’ll admit it. BUT, what I do love about Halloween is dressing up. I LOVE when for just one night I can be something or someone else (for fun of course) and wander around asking for candy of all things. I have some of the best memories growing up from when my dad would take me trick-or-treating. My costume selection was all over the map also. I was Tinker Bell, the Pink Power Ranger, a black cat, and Darth Vader. All. Over. The. Map. But without a doubt every year, I had a blast.
While we don’t quite have that crisp, fall air in Louisiana yet, fall is upon us. The leaves are slowly beginning to change, Starbucks is inundated with pumpkin spice latte orders, and we are all dying to break out the sweaters and boots. With that being said, Louisiana has not really allowed for sweater weather, which means I am latching on to other fall trends to help me make it to the cooler weeks. I recently wrote a blog post about some trends I am currently loving, but I have to say that I think my favorite right now is the animal print trend. Give me all the leopard print cause ya girl is OBSESSED! Seriously, in every online shopping venture I have had lately, when I go to my cart to checkout…there it is; the leopard print. And I do not mind it one bit. From jackets to pants to booties and tanks, I have had so much fun styling this exotic print!