I have to talk about the solar eclipse for a second. I know almost everyone is probably tired of hearing about because I am. Everywhere I turned the hype was about the eclipse! Gas stations, restaurants, the radio, my nail salon. It’s all people wanted to talk about it. That’s okay though, cause I now I see why! It was soooo amazing! After the totality, we came to the consensus, “we totally understand why people drove hours and hours to witness it in Kentucky.” The display here was absolutely incredible! We had almost 2 minutes of coverage. My favorite part was when the moon completely covered the sun and we took off our glasses. All around us it seemed like dusk and up in the sky it looked as if there was a ring of light! I’m thankful we got to witness such an incredible experience. We’re already looking forward to the next one!
Now, onto this dress! So, darling, right!? It’s pretty simple which means there’s not a lot to say about it. I like that though, cause simple is sometimes the best! First of all, I love the golden color. Mark my word, it’s going to be the color of fall… or at least for me it is! Second of all, the shape and fit is perfect! You can tie up all that extra fabric and it makes for pretty pleats! Thirdly, the ruffle collar is a minimal detail but very cute! Lastly, it’s easy to accessorize a solid dress! I went with a black handbag and jewelry, then tan heels! Trying to dress it up a little!
This dress is a 10 out of 10! All the way, through and through! As soon as I put it on I had bridal, bohemian vibes. It’s so whimsical and airy! & it’s the type of dress that makes you feel beautiful from the moment you put it on! I wore it last weekend in Nashville (if you notice the flower truck in the background) and I got so many compliments on it! Definitely had to use these photos for a blog posts, because I have a feeling some of y’all will love it just as much as I do.
I feel like it’s been a while since I gave a life update so lemme give y’all the 411. I’ve been in Paducah, with my fiancé, for about a week now. (for the record this is where we are moving when Clint graduates). We’re heading back to Lexington tomorrow once the roads calm down from all the eclipse travelers. He starts classes back on Wednesday so we’ll be there for the rest of the year. He definitely doesn’t want to go back, but I told him power through these last bit of classes and let’s get on with it! There’s slowly been some talk of wedding dates and planning.. we’re trying to make some decisions soon because it’s all going to be here before you know it. I’m excited to share the next journey of my life with you guys. I feel like y’all have been here since Day 1 and supported me through it all! It’s the comments, messages, texts, and replies that I get from you all that have kept me going and beYOUtiful blog alive. so thankful for this platform and I get to share what I love on it!!!
Hope y’all have a great day!
and for those watching the eclipse, get ready! I’m right there with you! seriously Can NOT wait!!!
Just the other night I was looking for a location to shoot this dress. I kept telling Clint I wanted to do a blog post with the horses and as soon as I put this dress on I knew this was it! We ventured over to his farm and snapped these photos right before the rain came in! And let me tell ya, this horse was pretty excited to see us! His mom and brother on the other hand were not. They ran off and chose not to be in the pics, but his guy was ready to make his debut!
I told myself that if I’m going to wear a dress that has a tree limb pattern on it, then it’s only right to shoot it out in nature. Woods, ponds, bluegrass, and horse included! & while we are on the subject of farms and sharing pictures of the Kentucky scenery, I wanted to tell you guys a little more about where I’m from!
As a Kentucky gal, I should let it be known that there’s a couple things our state is known for… the biggest of them all.. bourbon, basketball, and the derby.
Have you ever heard of the Bourbon Trail? Are you familiar with the rivalry between U of L and U.K.? And please tell me you have all seen the Kentucky Derby!? In my opinion, these three things bring life into the Bluegrass State!
The Bourbon Trail consists of 9 distilleries, all within 35 miles of each other. If you’re up for an adventure, I suggest taking a roadtrip to try our famous Bourbon!
Basketball… well that’s a whole new subject! Known for our Kentucky Wildcats, the U of L cardinals are also super popular! The rivalry between the two schools is unlike any other. Since we don’t have any major league sports in KY, we take college basketball very seriously!
And last but not least, THE KENTUCKY DERBY!!! It’s the oldest, continuous horse race in the country and it takes place at Churchill Downs! An event everyone should attend at least once in their life!
and one last thing– we’re known as the bluegrass state because our fields have a blueish tinge to them. In the spring, the bluegrass produces purple/blueish buds that give off the blue tint. Our fertile soil and rich pastures led way for bluegrass and Kentucky’s nickname!
I am a little late to the party this morning and getting this post together. Clint & I have been binge watching Breaking Bad and I just couldn’t stop last night! He’s already watched the seasons through twice and he finally got me hooked on them too! I’m currently halfway through Season 4! When I finish them I’ll let ya know what I think! The whole plot line is so crazy.. Idk why I am into it, but I totally am!
I originally had this post scheduled for next week but I got so many messages about sizing and coloring last night that I decided why not go ahead and share it! (another reason I’m late… my other post was ready to go!) For everyone asking I am wearing the size Small! It was a little short on me! (I almost thought about pairing white denim with it and wearing it as a tunic.) If you’re worried about length I suggest sizing up! Other than that the chest and shoulders fit pretty TTS. And to set the record straight, it’s a golden color. I know it appeared orange in my Instagram story but in person it’s more yellowy. I think this dress would be super cute for game day! I’m a Georgia Tech alumni and these are our colors, so I would totally wear this dress to a tailgate! This color is also very popular right now! I have a feeling you’ll be seeing plenty of it this fall!
If you have any other questions just shoot them my way!! Have a great day!
From the time we woke up, to the time we went to bed, our days were planned out in Nashville! The one thing none of us knew about, was a surprise! SheaLeigh planned an event with Kendra Scott for us and kept it a secret right up until we started getting ready! Best surprise ever, right!? When we got there they had a huge banner made with our hashtag, champagne, and the color bar open for us! So awesome!!! But it keeps getting better… We each got to pick a piece (up to $80) to design at the Color Bar!!!! I can’t even tell you all how overwhelmed I was by all the choices. From rings, earrings, necklaces, to stone colors, and shapes, I was in my most indecisive state ever. At first I was getting earrings. Then I had my heart set on a ring. Finally, I decided on a necklace…. After I made it though, I was like, “I gotta have the choker and ring to match!” So I ended up walking out of there with 3 pieces that I absolutely love and know I will get my wear out of them!
Here they are:
However, at the Color Bar they have a necklace called the ‘Mason Y’ Necklace! I designed it but the Y necklace above is very similar. I wanted to keep my stones cohesive so I chose the ‘Ivory’ color for my ring and both my necklaces. I’m a matchy, matchy kinda girl and these were the ones that just kinda spoke to me! Ivory seemed like the best color choice because I wear it with almost everything. If I learned anything from this adventure to KS it’s that you can’t go wrong with any piece! It was fun watching all the girls create their own, based on their individual style. If you’re going to splurge on something, have it be a piece of jewelry! It’s something you wear everyday and will have for the rest of your life!
I’m feeling like I just walked off a Michael Jackson music video set in this outfit. And I’m definitely not complaining. The ruffle sleeves, buckle slides, and sunglasses are giving me the 80/90’s vibes. Btw, my favorite MJ song is probably, “I just can’t stop loving you”! What’s yours!?
So let’s talk about this top! It’s so dang chic!!! The material has a rich silk feeling to it. Not to mention it’s very soft and comfortable! I think it’d be great to wear in the fall and winter because it traps the heat! If you’re wondering about the size, I got a Small and it fit almost perfectly. It was kind of short so I tucked it in and wore a belt. If you’re looking to make a statement this is the way to go!! There’s no denying those adorable ruffles!
Today’s post is courtesy of NA-KD!
You can shop the look with the links above or by the pics below!
I am back in Kentucky after a fun weekend in Nashville, with my blogger babes! We all met about a year ago, through Instagram, and finally planned out a weekend for us! I’m going to be sharing a huge recap soon of all the things we did and clothes we wore! There are some really cute pics, outfits, and jewelry! Seriously can’t wait to show y’all!! So stay tuned!
I feel like my summer wardrobe is slowly coming to an end since I’ve only been buying fall, transitional pieces. But while the summer heat is still here, I wanted to share this adorable dress! Simple, spaghetti strap dresses, like this one, are so fun! I call this the throw it on and go look! Since you don’t really have to layer up or style much they are just easy to wear! Dresses with patterns and prints are also super simple to accessorize. I normally just pop in one of the colors and keep it minimal! With this dress I was feeling the royal blue! Love how this outfit came together <3
Hope you all are off to a great Monday & have a fabulous week!
Happy Friday!!! I’m off to Nashville to meet some of my blogger babes for a fun weekend! Since I knew I had to be up early and my sleep schedule is thrown off from India, I kinda wanted to regroup my morning routine and share it with you all! Here’s some tips, thoughts, and suggestions (for you & for me!)
I know I should get better about setting an alarm and getting on a set sleeping schedule, but while C is still in college classes it’s almost impossible. Sleep comes and goes. The one thing that stays constant is.. I roll over, check the time, and open the notifications on my phone. I’ve read studies about how you shouldn’t start your morning on social media or checking emails. Let’s be realistic though, half of my job takes place on my phone. I joke about it, but it’s my lifeline. After a quick glimpse at my phone, I click publish on my blog post. You’ve probably noticed some mornings they may go live at 6 A.M., majority of them go live around 9 A.M.
Stop and look at the roses (or whatever flowers I have in my vase). When I look at fresh blooms I tell myself it’s a new day, with new beginnings. Appreciate what I have and count my blessings!
Drink a glass of tea or ice water, with a squeezed lemon wedge. I read everywhere lemon water is suppose to help your metabolism. I guess I still believe that 😉
Read a bible verse or daily devotion. I have an app on my phone that I like to use. I also keep a couple books on my nightstand and in my office.
Plan out my day… In my head or on a post it note I like to set my goals and to-do-list. Each time I get to check one off I really like it!
Let me know what else you all like to do to get your morning routine started!!
Luxury Scent Box is a company that allows you to “explore your senses, one fragrance at a time”.
To all y’all more about it, t’s a monthly subscription to a variety of authentic designer fragrances. You start off by discovering what types of scents you might like by being paired with a fragrance specialist that will help match you to your preferences. From there you can create a profile, take a short survey, and receive all your recommendations. Each month you can add scents to your calendar and create a timeline for receiving which ones you want. Then, for $15 you recieve .30 fl oz. of a luxurious smell, in a travel size case. Personally, I love these fragrance bottles because they are small. Makes them great for traveling, to keep in your bag, or throw in your car. I have mine scattered everyone. My apartment, my parent’s house, my car, in purses. You never know when you might need a spritz to freshen you up!
Another great thing about this box is that it allows you to test out a variety of fragrances. I’m super picky when it comes to my perfumes. I have a sensitive sense of smell, so the littlest aroma can give me a headache. When I was asked which types I was drawn to I knew exactly how to describe my preferences. Now they send me ones tailored to my wants and I get to see which ones I really like. When I find a favorite, I keep it in mind, yet I still keep testing others as well.
For $15 a month I say give it a go! I have a feeling y’all are going to love trying out all the designer fragrances as much as I Do!
You can also sign up for the Luxury Scent Box “Extras”:
Choose any fragrance during the month
Includes Case (love my black velvet case. I never have to worry about it leaking out)
Free Shipping (ships wishing 1-3 business days after your order is placed)
Everyone always says, traveling is good for the soul. I couldn’t agree more! Not only do you learn things about another place and the culture, you learn little things about yourself along the way.
My time in India was short but so eye-opening. Throughout the entirety of the trip I kept telling Clint all the things I was thankful for and I wanted to share them with you all, along with what I learned. Today’s post kind of ties up my Indian travels. I’m leaving it on a real note with you all in hopes to give you a glimpse into my emotions/feelings. Most of y’all only see fun pictures, but I promise there was much more to it than just that!
My tips, thoughts, blessings, and suggestions:
Be Prepared to Travel- tickets, e-visas, credit cards (call them before you leave – I had trouble with mine), medicine, passport.. if it crosses your mind, take it!
Travel with someone you love. I know that sounds a little silly, but seriously. This trip Clint & I never left each others sides. Everything we experienced, we experienced together. It changed us and our perspective of what’s really important in life. Going on a trip like this is life changing and you want to share it with someone you genuinely care about. Not to mention you’re with them 24/7
Ice. In India it’s rare that you have ice in your water. Since we always ordered bottles they would bring it out with just a glass. It wasn’t until I didn’t have ice that I realized how thankful I really was for it.
Count your blessings twice. We all say it, but do we really ever do it? This trip made me reconsider everything special in my life and what I hold dear to my heart. I learned that material things aren’t what matters. It’s family, friends, and God. Over there I witnessed how individuals get by on so little. They survive not off money, cars, and the finer things in life, but just off what they can make. They take it day by day. Their focus isn’t on what they can buy but how they can live. Imagine if that’s what we were all like. Aside from material things think about how much love we could spread.
Thank goodness for Amazon Prime…. like I take 2 day delivery so forgranted. Over there Amazon Prime is irrelevant and they all get along just fine. I’ll order groceries, food, medicine, clothes, books, gadgets, accessories, & etc. only to have it delivered within the next 48 hours. Do you know how lucky we all are to have that in our lives!?
Sewage system and America’s infrastructure. Kinda weird I’m thankful for these two things? Not really, I just needed an experience to make me realize. On our drive from Agra to New Delhi it started storming. It felt like the rain was never going to end. The worst part about it was that the rain had nowhere to go. It just flooded the streets and sidewalks. It got to a point where I didn’t know how we were even going to make it our hotel. I leaned over to Clint and said, “this would never happen in Kentucky.” When it rains, we hop in our car, and go about our daily business. In India they have to shut everything down and hope people escape from the flooding.
Grocery stores and markets. It’s no secret life in India is very different. Where we go to shop at Wal Mart or Target for the things we need, they shop along their sidewalks. Booths were set up, garages and shops were open, their were moving fruit wagons, and food/drink carts were everywhere. This is how they get their supplies. Forget going to SAM’s Club or Costco.
Appreciate what you have. This kind of goes along with count your blessing twice.
Be Thankful for everything.. good, bad, sad, wrong, happy.. Seeing India in a new perspective made me think, no matter how big my problems are or the troubles that are thrown my way, it could always be worst. My worst isn’t even the worst.
This experience taught me to live life with love. Put my heart first and not my head. Until next time India… and to wherever my heart takes me next.. Thank you Lord!
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9