As I am sure you can tell by now, I love creativity. The uniqueness of design and color and patterns; art that can tell a story at one glance. It amazes me. And the coolest part about creatives is that they can come in many forms. I, am a blogger. I choose to put my creative efforts towards fashion and travel and helping you guys style looks. Some people choose photography. They can pick up a camera and capture an image that will take your breath away. Then there are the painters. With the simple stroke of a brush, a canvas comes to life and we are swept into a scene unlike any other. Now the other creatives that amaze me are the designers. Clothing designers, home designers, jewelry designers. They see an image in their mind and make it a reality for us to enjoy. That is pretty spectacular.
A few weeks ago, you probably saw on social media, that Darian and I ventured west for a bit. We flew into Las Vegas then drove up through parts of Arizona and Utah, making a pit stop in a small town called Moab. Now, you may be familiar with this little town due to its popular hiking trails and national parks. I, on the other hand, was slightly new to this area and was not really sure what to expect upon my arrival.
I have to say, I have truly stepped out of my comfort zone this summer and worn some serious color. I am sure you can attest to this if you have been around for a while because I was always pretty good at sticking to my neutrals. I don't know what has gotten in to me, but I have felt so inspired to break out the colorful pieces...and I love it!
There are times when my mind is seriously blown at the creative things in this world. I mean, think about it. People had to take the time to invent something in order for us to use it. Their mind drafted up an image of a space or an object that, at the time, probably sounded crazy to everyone else around them because no one had ever SEEN it. Isn't it crazy how much we truly depend on our sight? Without being able to see, feel or touch something we panic at the thought of taking the leap. But the reality is, without that leap and without that faith, no one will be able to experience our thoughts for themselves.
I think most of you know this about me, but I am blind as a bat. Seriously, CANNOT see. Unfortunately, I started to realize this on the tennis court when that little yellow ball would be pretty fuzzy on the other side of the net...and I do not mean physically. Once I started losing matches due to my inability to see, I finally admitted defeat and went to the eye doctor. Now, I was about 12 years old when all of this went down (5th grade?), so you can imagine, I was TRAUMATIZED at the thought of getting glasses. I had just started at a new school, I was about to get braces, I mean...pretty much my world was ending. SO, with that being said, I opted for contacts. And from that point on, I very rarely wore my glasses in public. In fact, most people didn't even know my eyes were bad. Until lately.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Four years. I cannot believe we have been married for four years. It is crazy. Crazy to think that it was four years ago that I was planning our wedding, fitting my dress and preparing my vows. Crazy to think because it seems like it was just yesterday, but also feels SO long ago. But it is true. It has been four years since we said "I do." And I have to say it has been fun. I won't lie, it hasn't always been easy. People weren't lying when they said marriage was hard. It definitely is. I have definitely had my moments. Some where Jon Luke probably wanted to strangle me and walk out the door. Some where he thought I was being unreasonable. Some where he had had enough. And visa versa. There have been moments I have been terrified. I have been confused. I have felt that it was never going to get better. But we are making it. Making the most of this crazy adventure. And having fun.
I can remember a day when I used to follow the "fashion rules" hard core. I was terrified to wear white after labor day, brown and black could not be worn together, and there was no such thing as a spring bootie. Well thankfully I have opened my mind to some new thoughts because I honestly do not know what I would have done this weekend in Charleston. Truth be told, I finally started to go easy on myself in college because I had a pair of white jeans that I loved. So naturally, when the weather was warm enough, my white jeans were out. Now though, not only have a busted out white jeans, but ya girl wore white shoes AND a white leather jacket this past weekend in Charleston. I could not be happier about that decision and you know I am not going to wait another month to break them out again!
Growing up, I always admired my mom’s fashion. She was brave in her choices, and wore things I never saw myself wearing. For example, her Levi’s. My mom had this pair of Levi’s that I always LOVED…on her. They were not what my friends were wearing so I definitely couldn’t take that risk, but boy did my mom make them look good. They sat high on her waist (you know the hip-hugger was big for my generation at that time) and they had holes in them that were perfectly placed at her knees. I always admired how these jeans hugged her curves without being skin-tight. This was a time when the skinny jean wasn’t quite a thing yet, and the boyfriend fit was not even on our radar. So when the hip-hugger, tight fit, long jeans were “in”; my mom wore a slightly looser fit pair of Levi’s that I was JEALOUS of! I always loved seeing her wear them. But that was just it. I loved them on her…until now.
What do you think it means to be fearless? Someone who will jump out of airplanes? Or maybe someone who can walk through a haunted house without skipping a beat? Or maybe someone who is battling cancer but continues to put on a brave face so that no one knows anything is wrong? What is it that truly makes someone FEARLESS? Well, if you are trying to think of one right answer, I don't think there is one. I think FEARLESS could be seen in a variety of ways. And I think we can be fearless in some areas, but extremely fearful in others. Take me for example. Will I jump out of an airplane? Yep, done that. Will I travel around the world? Yep, done that too. Will I walk through a haunted house? Absolutely not. Am I afraid to put myself out there and tell people how I really feel? Yep, most of the time.
With Valentine's Day so close (literally tomorrow!) I obviously had to take a second to talk about it. Sorry there was no gift guide this year but I just had to take a step back. And truth be told, Jon Luke and I are not doing a big Valentine's Day. Our anniversary is right around the corner, so we decided to put our eggs in to that basket...and I am pretty excited about it. Anyways, I figured there were a lot of gift guides out there so I was just going to keep it true to what we are actually doing this year. And what is that? Date night at my favorite sushi spot. Yep, all I want this year is some edamame and spicy tuna. And if you guys know us, you know that this is a slight sacrifice for Jon Luke. I know he loves me when he agrees to go eat sushi with me. (I mean, true love.) Me? I could eat it just about everyday. I know. That is weird right? But seriously, I LOVE sushi. And JL...it is not his cup of tea. He will definitely eat it, but it takes some begging. Except on Valentine's Day. It was a simple, "can we get sushi for date night?" followed by, "whatever you want babe." Score. Like I said, I know he loves me.
If you follow me on social media then you saw my friend Candace was in the bayou last weekend. After some much needed time a part, she decided to make the trip which meant I got to show her around the homestead. TI absolutely love when I get to show people around my stomping grounds. I am not really sure what it is, but I literally get giddy when giving tours around my hometown! It's like "here's my favorite coffee spot, here's my favorite restaurant..." ALL MY FAVS! Anyways, of course we ventured to New Orleans for the day (I mean why not?) because when in Louisiana!
Basic. I like to think that I am anything but BASIC. While I love "basics" or a "basic" color scheme, that doesn't mean I have to BE basic. Right? Right. Why would I confine myself to being basic? As cheesy as it sounds, my parents told me to always be extraordinary, and until the recent years of my life, I never understood what that meant exactly. Growing up, extraordinary was someone that I simply couldn't be. Those people saved lives. They walked on the moon. They won championships. Extraordinary people just weren't me. I was ordinary, I was basic. But why couldn't I be extraordinary? What was holding me back? Myself. I was the one who was limiting myself. I thought I was basic, therefore in my mind I couldn't be anything more. Well, I am here to tell you that I don't want to be basic. I want to be extraordinary. I don't have to save lives on the operating table, nor do I need to walk on the moon. But being some that takes chances and makes the most of life...that counts. I want to be someone that outsiders look at and say, "she's doing something." I want my kids to one day look at me and say "mom, you made the most of life." I want me parents to look at me and say "she's more than we dreamed she would be." I am vowing to not be basic. I am vowing to not restrict myself anymore. Because really, there is a difference in loving the basics and being BASIC. And basic is not what I want to be.
A few months ago I discovered a brand that I have fallen in love with. Autumn Cashmere stole my heart with this beautiful cape (see here) and now I will be honest...there is a slight addiction. Their products are not only beautiful in quality, but the variety of styles will leave you speechless as you shop their line! From over-sized sweaters to capes, they definitely have you covered in the knitwear department. They recently launched their new line and naturally is was nothing short of FABULOUS! There were so many sweaters I wanted to add to my collection but for now, I started with this navy number...all because of the BOW.