I am sure it is quite obvious by now, but I love to travel. I find so much joy in experiencing other cultures and am constantly searching for the next adventure. From little weekend trips, to oversees adventures, no matter where we are going, I absolutely love the journey. One of my favorite things to do when I am on a trip is to find either a local coffee shop, or local bar and just have a seat. (The bars are always fun because the bartender is easy access for conversation!) Once I have taken my place at the table, booth or bar stool, I then like to find the local (or..the bartender) and say hello. From there, you have the potential for magic. From stories about the bar, to visions of the town, the locals love to talk about home. And why shouldn't they?!? So be there and be the one to listen. I have met so many amazing people on the road when we simply stop and sit. And these conversations truly make the journey that much more fun!
So lets talk about that comfort zone for a second. You know, that area that you tend to hang in until you are pretty much drug out into that awkward space...yeah that one. We all love our comfort zone. I mean, why leave it? Why take ourselves out of something we are used to and put ourselves into a situation that makes our hands start to sweat? I will go ahead and answer these questions from my perspective...I probably wouldn't leave. I am guilty. I am guilty of pitching my tent in my comfort zone. And y'all...it is a comfortable tent.
IT'S SUMMERTIME! I have literally been singing praises for the warm weather (except now it is storming outside) and LOVING the sunshine! While we have been super busy the past few weekends, I have wanted nothing more than to lay by the pool. Well, I would like to be at the beach but I won't be picky right now. Anyways, the pool is definitely doing its job as my tan lines are out in full force! (True story, it is probably one of my favorite feelings to be tan/have tan lines I guess because I always grew up with them from tennis. Although, they are way less awkward now!) BUT, with the summer heat, I couldn't help but put together another swimwear round-up because there are SO many good suits out there right now! Keep reading to see more of my favs right now and hopefully you are able to enjoy the sun also!
GIRL BOSS. We have all heard the term. Some might be annoyed by it, some probably have a coffee mug or two with these words in bold letters. It is definitely a common thing in today's society. But how do you truly define the term? Is it simply for those who are literal bosses? Women who run their own companies and manage a staff of people who work FOR them? Or do you apply the term to your best friend who you pretty much think is just the coolest person on the planet? Well, I think it can go either way. Let me talk to my girl bosses out there for a minute (yep, that means you).
It is official guys...summer is here! It has been SO hot (almost unbearable) here in Louisiana but I am actually okay with it! You know, summertime means a lot of things for me that I love...1) my birthday, 2) pool time and 3) VACATION! How can I complain?? No but seriously, there are just some things I love to do in the summer so I figured I would round up some of my favs and share them here!
Whenever I am traveling, I try to pack pretty light. I know, I know, everyone says that. But really, it makes things much easier when I do not have to stress about my luggage being overweight at the airport. We've all been there. Anyways, for my warmer trips, I have learned that there is one thing that helps lighten my load...the romper. Think about it. If I can plan three outfits being a romper, that eliminates three items right there? Instead of three tops and three bottoms, I just have my three rompers. And not only does this style create space in my suitcase, but they are also easy to wear in the HEAT! In most cases at least. So with that being said, the romper has become a summer staple for me. With our upcoming travels, I know I will be spending a lot of my time this summer in my different rompers, so I have rounded up some of my favorites here!
Are you spontaneous? If I called you right now and said lets go to Italy, would you do it? I know for myself, I would probably have to sit on it for a few days. You know…there are finances, there is airfare. Things we have to think about right? Well, I am kind of over it. I am over the stress. Over the worry. It just seems pointless to me. I am ready for a little more spontaneity. Ready to live on the edge a little. Because if I fail then I will learn from my mistakes, but if I fly...it will be glorious.
So let's talk about why I really went to California. Yes to se my girls. Yes to see cool places and take cool pics. Yes to the blog thing. BUT, the trip originally came to be when we were discussing the Hillsong Colour Conference. Four those of you who are not familiar, Hillsong is a church in Australia that has probably one of the most well-known worship teams with some of the most well-known worship songs in their repertoire. I grew up in my church at home listening to, and singing their music because it wasn't just church music...it was worship, which I love. Anyways, back to my story. This conference, put on my Bobbie Houston (one of the head pastors of Hillsong Church), was two days dedicated to women who love Jesus. And y'all, when I tell you this place was full of these women, it was so full. Women from all over. Different races, different backgrounds, different stories. But we were all there for the same thing. To share in our love for Jesus. To worship. To repent. To grow. And it was unlike any other.
True story: I love a set. And by set I mean top & skirt, top & shorts, or even a good suit. I can remember when I was in college and I had to buy my first suit for an interview. I had NO idea what I was looking for and I can promise you I did not love many of them. I mean, it is hard to find a suit that is flattering and at the time, I wanted no part of it. Thankfully though, my style (and my maturity) has evolved and I have come to love a good suit. I have several options that I wear for work, some with pencil skirts and some with trousers, and I love how clean they are. With that being said though, I have started to work the "fun" suit into my everyday wardrobe. Something that is funky/casual that I can wear to dinner or a casual lunch meeting it perfect for me, so when I found this Chriselle x JOA suit at Nordstrom...I was in love!
Before we ventured to Charleston, I had been following several places that I knew I wanted to try. One of those was The Darling Oyster Bar on King Street. When we first arrived, Paula was giving me a mini tour (and taking me to get food...duh) which is when she first pointed out this spot. Not only is the inside of this place the cutest, but it sits on the perfect corner of King Street! I felt so many good, Charleston vibes here that I had to have a little photo shoot! My teal Free People dress fit in perfectly so needless to say...I felt "darling."
Truth be told, I love the "boyfriend" look. From denim, to shirts, to blazers, the over-sized look really speaks to me. Growing up, I always bought everything a size (or two) too large. I can specifically remember a conversation I had with one of my college mentors and her telling me that I needed to start buying clothes that were my size. When I argued that EVERYONE wore their tee shirts too big, she was quick to say, well you don't need to be everyone. After that, I slowly started to size down, and it was amazing how much smaller I really needed to buy! But with that being said, I love that the over-sized boyfriend look is a thing now because I can wear over-sized items with them still "fitting" me correctly. And yes, I guess everyone is doing it now, but I have been trying to wear clothes that don't fit for a while. Just saying.
In case you haven't been able to tell yet...I am SUPER particular about my feed. Yep, about my Instagram feed. Almost to a fault. I am so consumed by those little squares, and spend so much time planning, preparing, & brainstorming...just so the feed will flow. (It's all about the flow, right?) But seriously, it has gotten so intense lately that Darian and I actually refrained from shooting at this turquoise building a few months ago. Literally y'all, we looked at it and said, "I don't think that is going to fit the feed." And sadly, my favorite color is actually TURQUOISE! So with that being said, this particular shoot was about me loosening up. I, in no way, want to prohibit myself from being me. And I definitely do not want to falsely advertise my desires and heart on the blog. So, here you go. True statement...my favorite color is not actually blush (even though I do love it), it is turquoise. Yep, I put some BOLD turquoise on my feed. I peeled back one small layer of my need to be perfect. And please do not get me wrong, I still spent SO MUCH TIME trying to get the turquoise to fit, BUT, I did it. And to tell you the truth, I actually love it.
So truth be told, I have wanted a pair of overalls for a long time...BUT I have been so afraid to commit. Honestly, I feel like I look very awkward in them. It is like my body isn't the right shape or something. Seriously, I have only found a few pairs that have really caught my eye, but this Free People pair was different. I LOVE these overalls. I love how they fit. I love how the feel. I love the wide leg. I love the low neckline in the front. They really might be the perfect pair of overalls. Yep, I said it.
I seriously cannot believe Easter is this weekend. Where is the time going? I feel like every time I look up, it is a month later than the last time I checked. I guess that is my fault as I keep myself super busy. Anyways, I know Easter is this weekend so you might already have an Easter dress ironed and ready to go, but I had to take a minute to share this lace number from Nordstrom with you all! This dress is definitely going to be my pick for the weekend, but it is also perfect for those spring/summer weddings you might have on the calendar. I obviously love the blush color (duh!), but the fit and the lace are perfect!
So if you know me, then you know I love the beach. Truly, I am happiest when I am in a swimsuit, with my toes in the sand, sun bearing down on me. I was born in July so I have always sworn that is why I am such a beach bum. My mom never missed a day laying out when she was pregnant with me, then I spent nearly every summer at the beach growing up. I mean, it was ingrained in me to love the salty air. And boy do I love it. So recently, we ventured to Palm Beach for a few days to attend my friends wedding. Thankfully, I was able to spend a few short minutes in my bathing suit, and took full advantage of it. As I am now planning summer excursions though, I have found myself doing a lot of swimwear shopping and thought this would be the perfect time to do a little round up for you here! Keep reading to see some of my favorites right now, as well as other styles I love!
I am sure it was no secret, but one of the things I LOVED about Charleston was the abundance of PINK WALLS. If you are a dedicated follower on Instagram, then you know...I have a thing for pink walls. It is so true. I literally drive around and search for them. Is that terrible? I mean, what has my life come to? But it is the truth...and I am all about being truthful. Anyways, Charleston was full of charming side streets and beautiful buildings, but when I would find a good pink wall, you can bet I had to stop of a photo op. Nope, no shame in my game.
I am sure you have probably been able to tell, but I have a lot of weddings happening in my life right now. One in particular is for my main girl, Darian. As you see EVERY DAY when I post on social media or the blog, Darian does a lot for me. A LOT. Words cannot even begin to express how thankful I am for her, which brings me to this season in her life...it is my turn to do something for her. With that being said, I am showering her with wedding fun, from bridal showers to bachelorette parties, and have been thankful for Basic Invite and their beautiful invitations!
One of my biggest issues (and probably my only one) with living in the south, is that I really wish this weather was more consistent. As of late, I have been in a heavy sweater, shorts, a swimsuit, back to a heavy jacket. What the heck? I really do not get why it is so up and down but I guess that comes with the territory when you live somewhere that doesn't have true seasons? I definitely jumped the gun when I put my sweaters/heavy jackets away a couple of weeks ago. Bad idea because when I woke up yesterday morning to 45 degree temperatures, I really needed that coat. I can definitely tell that I am ready for those warmer temps but I guess my swimsuit is no good when it is still so cold? So to the warmer weather somewhere out there...Louisiana welcomes you whenever you are ready.
If you have been following me on social media, then you probably saw that I was in Charleston recently for a girls weekend. Paula, Kendall, Chandler and I met up in Chucktown because it had been far too long since our last weekend together. If you remember, the four of us met via Instagram and spent a weekend together in New Orleans back in December. That weekend, I was able to play hostess and show them around one of my favorite cities, but this time, it was Paula's turn. Paula, the South Carolina native, went to college in Charleston so she said from the beginning that she couldn't wait to show us around the Holy City. So there we were. Four girls, back together. But this time, experiencing one of the most charming cities I've ever been to...Charleston.
So, you may have seen on Instagram, but this past weekend we were in Palm Beach, Florida for my friend's wedding. It was my first time in Palm Beach, and I truly LOVED it! The restaurants, shopping, the beach...it was all beautiful. I am thinking I need to take another weekend to go back to visit (hint if anyone wants to collab!) because I would LOVE more time there! While we were only there for two days, JL and I were able to do a pretty good bit. We spent time at The Breakers Resort, which is STUNNING, where we had a couples massage for our anniversary. (Thanks babe!) And we ate some real Italian food. Then of course we took pictures. That is JL's favorite part. Not really, but we did get up early to go down by Worth Avenue and I LOVED that area! The shops are adorable and the street is lined perfectly with all of your shopping desires. Then to top it off, it dead ends into the beach. Perfect right?