Saturday, November 30, 2013

currently loving the classics

{old school prep}

Sweater: Eddie Bauer | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: L.L. Bean | Headband: Gap

And another photo added in just because. My sister took it, isn't it beautiful?

Happy Saturday!


Friday, November 29, 2013

stuffed full of food and love

What a super sweet day yesterday was, and oh, how I'm so blessed! Blessed to be full of food and love. I spent the day at my sweet grandparents' house and had so much fun.

{First, there's the clothes.}

Shelby loves the candid shots, and I'm actually pretty loving this photo.

But for this one....

...probably going to send this one in to Blogger Bloopers, the Tumblr where bloggers have been sending in their super awkward/candid photos! It is honestly one of the funniest things I've seen. I sent in one that I've loved for a while, you can see it here.

And alright, alright, before you call me an 'outfit repeater'-

 I know that I've posted this shirt and (obviously) these boots before. BUT I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THEM. So comfy and cute. And I really wore this so I could wear my new earrings.

EIFLFLJDLWSLJFJFJ I love them. They're the Lilly Pulitzer Bow Tie earrings that my sweet friend, Victoria, got me for my birthday.

Shirt: J. Crew | Skirt: Old Navy | Earrings: Lilly Pulitzer

{And a fashion-forward sister.}

"Mere, will you put this on your blog? I'm rocking a new necklace, brought to you by alphabet blocks!"

{Then there's the food.}

Holy moly, there was so much good food!

Look, I'm a vegetarian, but for some reason, people think that a) my family doesn't eat meat either or b) I cry every time I see meat because I miss it so much. HAHA neither of those happen. 

I'm pretty sure I learned my obsession of taking pictures from my grandfather. 

Even though they were trying to get out of the photo, I'm so happy they're in it. My mother and grandmother prepared so much beautiful food and of course, are too humble to take recognition for it.

And here's my beautiful, meat-free Thanksgiving day plate (fun fact: you don't have to eat turkey to have a good Thanksgiving), full of pretzel salad, rolls, macaroni & cheese, hashbrown casserole, and a little bit of stuffing. 

All of the sudden, my dad's become very interested in my blogging. So thanks for this picture that you spread all over social media, Dad.

Towards the end of our meal, when I realized that my brother had been up from the table for a while, I saw him like this. Always so sneaky.

{And then the desserts.}

Yesterday was also my grandmother's birthday, so we just piled on the sweetness!

Goodness, I made these brownie creations that ended up more like fudge. I could seriously eat only one because they were soooo rich. Recipe coming soon!

Mom made some cute mini key lime pies!

(Hah, mirror pic?)

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is having a great Friday, whether or not you're going crazy with the sales. 

love y'all,

Thursday, November 28, 2013

chances to change


You're probably reading this post in a state of being too full but wanting more food...or listening to family talk about the wildest things....or you're gearing up to go Black Friday shopping.

Who know?! Whatever you're doing, I hope you're absolutely loving it. 

I hope that whatever you're doing today, tomorrow, the next day, the next day, and on and on, you're absolutely in love with it. Because I am.

Today, and every day of my life, I am thankful for the many opportunities I have in my life. I am not necessarily grateful for the things that I have, I am grateful for having the opportunity to better my relationships, better my health, better myself as a person, and having the opportunity to do whatever I want. 

Call me cheesy and make fun of me for keeping a journal, but last night I found my journal from this exact time last year. Last year, I was worried about who I was and what I was going to do with my life. I was so worried about things, where instead I hadn't yet opened the door of opportunity that I'm in now. Every day is a new opportunity to take charge of your life and do something different with it. 

And today, I express the most gratitude possible. I remember a man once speaking to my volleyball team about gratitude, and how if that's all you have in life, then there's nothing else you need. Gratitude caters the needs of people and makes people smile. Gratitude is how we live each day and how we love who we are.

Today, I am thankful for GRATITUDE ITSELF and I am thankful for the many OPPORTUNITIES. 

happy thanksgiving,

PS: today's my grandmother's birthday, and I'm totally thankful for her, too! happy birthday, dee!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

thought for the day

Things are working out, guys. I've dreamt of being something someday, but always putting it off until 'someday' because I'm too young. Either I've come across the fact that I'm old enough to do cool things, or I've realized that age really doesn't matter. But heck, if you want something now, go for it... because things may just work out the way you want them to.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

don't let anyone dull your sparkle

All I can think about during these dull winter days are sparkles. I used to think they were pretty tacky (sorry not sorry), but the more it pops up on my Pinterest and Instagram feed.... I can't help but want something sparkly with sequins. But with taste, of course. I'll be honest, I don't have anything clad in sequins, but boy, do I want something. Here are some of my favorite picks that I've found!

Aren't they the cutest for the holidays? (THANKSGIVING COUNTDOWN: 2 DAYS)

What sparkly things do you like?

Monday, November 25, 2013

a totally blog-worthy weekend

You know you're a blogger when...

your friends scream, "Can this go on your blog?!"

you realize that you're taking your camera in the car simply because you're driving down a street with pretty leaves

you try to remember exactly what type of food you served and how much you made of it so you can blog the recipe

And yup, all of these things happened this weekend, most definitely the first one. I can't tell you how blog-worthy of a weekend this was.

I'm currently crawled up on my bed (with the heating blanket on full blast), not wanting to believe that it's 27 degrees outside. I am in this state of exhaustion, but of happy exhaustion... you know what I mean? Too often I'm tired from doing not-so-fun things, but I'm tired because of all the good in my life, for which I couldn't be any more grateful. The number of times I said "I love you guys" this weekend...

Friday was my friend Evan's birthday. He left Thursday for a school trip, but in the moment of loving M&Ms and cookie cutters...

Who says that your birthday celebrations can't go on for two weeks? 

Friday night, I had family over to celebrate mine and my brother's birthdays, which was a blast. Good food and good vibes is the sweetest combination.

Now, here's something that y'all probably saw me freaking out over Twitter and Instagram...

Shirt: Gap | Sweater: Land's End | Skirt: J. Crew | Bag: Kate Spade

Yes ma'am and yes sir, that is ever-beautiful, preppy, and adorable YouTube sensation, Sarah Belle! Seriously, if you haven't watched her videos or seen her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or even heard your friends talking about her, have you been living under a rock? (JK JK JK it's alright, but dang, you've been missing out.)

She's a fashion vlogger from, guess where-- Kentucky! (We're all #KentuckyProud.) She's a KD at NKU, not a long trip from Lexington. She was at the Keeneland gift shop doing some shopping, so some friends and I stopped by, doing some shopping as well. (Freak out moment for a sec- the Keeneland gift shop is the cutest store ever. So many great brands and Keeneland attire that's special to Kentucky and Lexington. If y'all live anywhere near, you have to check it out!)

I fangirled a little too hard, but Sarah was literally one of the sweetest people I had ever met. She talked to us for a while and took photos...such a sweetheart!! I was so excited to have met her!

We freaked out a little too much, so of course my best friend, Kirby, took the best selfie, capturing the essence of the moment.

I was so excited to meet her with Kirby, Mallory, and Tarren! Because when you bond once at a UK game, you can handle each other when you're on the verge of tears...

So Saturday was already setting up to be a FAB day. That night, I had some friends over (continuing birthday fun) and had a blast. One of those nights where I just kept thinking, I am so lucky. 


{literally} raising the roof.

And, OH, THE FOOD. Look, my mom and I were joking about this, because I think I get this from her. I get anxious about social situations sometimes like this, but I've found that FOOD is the best way to bring people together. (Hey, my friend Sophia thinks the same...collab coming soon. Can't wait to share that!) So, my mom made a lot of food. We took some hints from the cookout I had had over the summer, but for the most part, we just served what we thought was good food. I take pride in hearing people say, "I have such a food baby. I can't eat one more bite." 

If it were up to me, I'd probably serve just all desserts and cheesy food. Or pasta. 

A little pressed for time, these aren't things that took but a few hours to make all of it. But, we had....

Guacamole (love it homemade, but Wholly Guacamole is the BEST.)
Celery/Carrots with Tostito's Spinach Dip
Garlic Breadsticks, cut into 2 inch pieces...and when we ran out of those, Texas Toast
Brownies w/ Chocolate Chip cookies baked in between the layers (!!!)

The most random, but easiest and most popular thing were the quesadillas. I had put them on the list because, heck, I love quesadillas and they're so easy to make. Every time I looked up, though, my mom was cranking out more and more because they were going so fast! Who knew that quesadillas were taking over the teenage population?! My mom even taught one of my friends how to make them (so this is for you, Ryan).

And then, there was cake, of course! I seriously have the coolest and most skilled mother to make me a monogrammed cake!

I think that my friends left with a couple more pounds than they'd like, but I'm happy to fatten them up at any time.

Also, this is a random thing to share, but one that I feel is important. My biggest struggle in life is MUSIC. I don't listen to music that people like, or I do listen to music that people like, which is apparently bad, so really, I can't win. I don't know what to like or what not to like, so I just stick with country, because I do like it a lot, and random Pandora stations like James Taylor and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I had tried to figure out a good Pandora station to put on, but couldn't find one, so I put it on shuffle and hoped that my friends would change it. Now, looking at my new stations...

Outkast, Outa The Blue, 2000s Hip Hop, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (??), Kendrick Lamar

If anyone ever needs ideas, here they are. Because I would've never thought of them on my own.

(Also, does anyone have any other Pandora station suggestions?? I can listen to it in my car now and my sister and I have been jamming out to Holy Grail radio every morning because she told me to. I'm up for anything.)

Right now, I'm in this state of happiness, because some of the things that I had been stressing about earlier are over/being fixed/aren't stressing me out anymore. And how can you be stressed during such a time of thanks? I have some new things planned to share-- holiday outfits, recipes, new outfits, DIY gifts, and more. I am so grateful for this two day week, because then it's Thanksgiving!

How was everyone else's weekends? I loooove hearing in the comments!

with much love,

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Faves

I've realized recently that my Twitter sometimes seems to be full of links or videos that I'm sharing. I think that it may be a result of me being on Facebook a lot more and having links shared all across my feed. But this is a good list of the things from the week that I absolutely adore or resonate with.

Driving to Boston this summer, we saw both Harvard and Yale, (When in Rome...  When in the North...) so this video cracked me up. Gotta love a good rivalry.

DOES THIS NOT SOUND LIKE THE COOLEST THING EVER?! I love these kinds of announcements. And I love Pinterest (duh).

Do you even understand how much I worship Google (and commerce)?!?!

Spot on, Justin Lee. Thank you for killing it in describing how uncomfortable it can be to be a Christian, simply because of other Christians that aren't sharing God's true love and generosity.

And because everyone needs a little laughter...
Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Let's Cha Cha

The other day, I was so excited when the Southern Bow Boutique posted on Instagram that their $2 Tuesday bow was the Let's Cha Cha pattern! So of course, I bought it.

I had fun wearing it with neutrals and having it pop out. Look, I can't describe the versatility of this dress or these boots. You can't have enough easy black dresses, as I seriously wrote about one yesterday and it was basically the same outfit....oh well. It's comfy and easy, and I love it.

Isn't this bow just darling?

This print is definitely one of my favorites.