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 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!
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.
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.
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!
Have you been to Nashville? If you haven't made the trip yet...you should. Pick a date, put it on your calendar and go enjoy. I am sure you have heard people say it is lively and fun, but seriously, Nashville is LIFE. I visited for the first time around last Thanksgiving before we ventured to Gatlinburg for the holiday. I quickly fell in love with all that Nashville had to offer...from the honky-tonks on Broadway to the quaint restaurants in 12South. I truly loved it all. I felt like everywhere I turned there was such an exciting energy! I know it sounds weird but my creative juices flow like crazy when we are there and I always love to go back for a visit! Just recently I was able to make a (super) quick trip to Tennessee and was beyond excited. (Even a day in Nashville is worth it!) So naturally I hit up some of my favorite spots and snapped a few pictures (duh!) but it was the perfect fix for now!
So last week we had a huge FREEZE in Louisiana. Like, roads closed, businesses closed, everyone stay inside kind of freeze. And it was COLD. But by Sunday, it was about 70 degrees and we were in short sleeves. Crazy. Well now, the temps have dropped again (although not quite as bad) so I am back in my cozy sweaters. I will be honest, our guest room looks like a tornado tore through it because I have sweaters and coats all over the bed! I don't want to go through all the trouble of putting them up/taking them back out when it is freezing one day then hot the next! I am just confused in the fashion department right now I guess. The truth is through, I better enjoy it while I can because I know in a few months, I will be complaining about the heat and humidity!
While Darian and I were in New York, we decided to walk over to Brooklyn one day. Yep, we walked the entire bridge, and early morning too BUT it was so much fun! That morning light on the bridge was well worth the early wake up call (stay tuned for those pics soon!), and we were able to enjoy some time over in the Brooklyn/Dumbo area. Once we made it across, we had a pit stop at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and y'all, that place was beautiful! We grabbed a coffee (I changed clothes) and we were back at it! This view of the city was from the rooftop bar at the 1 Hotel and I was in love. But Brooklyn itself is such a gem and I loved seeing the city! And I have to say, I think one of my favorite things about this adventure was finally seeing (and riding!) Jane's Carousel!
Don't sleep on this overall trend. I have been loving the overall look but have been hesitant to commit to a pair. This linen pair from Free People though...they are pretty great. I love the loose, comfortable vibe and I love how they feel! I have worn them to travel, for casual days running errands and during our time at the beach! They are perfect for any occasional and are so easy to wear.
Continuing from the post before...I love basics. Just easy really, I love easy. The blouse and denim combo from my previous post...classic look for work or play. A maxi dress or tee shirt dress...also an easy look that can go from day-to-night. I mean, lets be real. How many people love to get up EVERY day and plan an outfit? Don't get me wrong, sometimes I do love the act of putting pieces together and creating my own look, but others? I want to stay in bed so the first thing I can find (or the outfit I wore last Monday) might be what I end up wearing. SO...with that being said, I have begun to add easy dresses to my wardrobe because I can get so much use out of them. As I said before...sometimes I just need easy.
The camouflage is back. I mean, it's not like I really ever stopped wearing it though, let's be real. I am crazy about camo right now, whether it be this jacket or my camo jeans. Typically, patterns are not really my thing. I will work in stripes or plaid everyone once and a while to break things up, but even then I am very particular. With that being said, I love how camo adds variety to my patterned options. It has definitely been a fun trend and I have loved working it in to my everyday wardrobe!
With the fall weather slowly rolling in, I have been on the hunt for unique jackets. It is so easy for me to throw jeans and a cute jacket on when the temperatures are cooler, so having pieces that add something different to my look are always fun. Patterns, beading, and textures have become high on my list because it is good to change it up!