There is nothing more exciting to me than when the summer season begins to turn to fall. Not only does this new season mean football on the television, pumpkin spice lattes and cooler temps, but it also means it is time to re-vamp my wardrobe. Now, I do not mean that I have to do away with everything and start over. In fact, it is quite the opposite. With each season change, I love to find a few essential pieces to add to my closet. Pieces that will be both versatile and classic, and of course, I love when they are budget friendly.
If asked what my “go-to” look is, I think my first answer would be jeans and comfortable sneakers. Thankfully, I have learned over the years that styling a cute pair of sneakers can go a long way. Why limit yourself to an athleisure look when you can get SO MUCH out of these cute kicks day-to-day? Whether you are feeling flirty in a mini skirt, or just want to stick with your boyfriend jeans, your sneakers will cover A LOT of ground…literally.
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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
Have you ever traveled somewhere that just blew your mind? For real, when you got there you stopped and said, “it just doesn’t make sense.” Well that was me at Antelope Canyon. I had scoured pictures all over the internet to try to grasp what all I was going to see, but those small images on Google did not do this place justice. AT ALL. From the moment we entered the canyon, I was speechless. I stood in AWE of the canyon walls that towered over me, radiating these blush and orange hues. It truly was one of the most magical places I have ever experienced…and I would return in a heartbeat.
Over the weekend I asked you guys what you wanted to see on the blog. You sent in your responses and I have been content planning like NO OTHER this week. I loved hearing what you guys had to say and reading your ideas…keep them coming!
While there were so many responses I loved (and I will get to more of them), there was one that I wanted to go ahead and talk about now.
Can you believe it is almost October? Where has the time gone…I mean for real. Well, with October being RIGHT around the corner, I figured it was time for me to sit down and crank out a blog post. I won’t lie to you all, the inspiration has been lacking lately. I am not sure if it is just the weather and feeling like I cannot truly embrace fall? Or maybe I am itching to go somewhere? I am not sure BUT I’m going to power through and wanted to tell you all about some of my favorite FALL TRENDS today!
Definitely having a throwback Thursday moment thinking about my old G-Shock days. Do you remember? It was the coolest watch to have and EVERYONE had one (in a variety of colors). Well guess what…it’s back and I am BEYOND excited to be partnering with G-Shock to tell you all about their new S series watch!
People ask me all the time how I transition my wardrobe from summer to fall. To be completely honest? I wear shorts and tanks until the one cold front of the year hits the south, then I pull out my sweaters. Haha Just kidding (but kind of not). I LOVE the transitional season and feeling those temperatures start to fall is my favorite. Denim and light sweaters, or my over-the-knee boots??? It really is the best time of the year. And (another plus) I love to be outside and not sweat through my clothes. ANYWAYS…(so sorry for the side bar), I started thinking about what pieces I will use for my some what short transitional season, and my denim skirt was at the top of my list. Throw it on with a blazer and tee (as I did here), a sweater and flats, or a tee and a motto jacket..either way you have a fun look that will take you right into the fall season!