TJ and I recently traveled to Hawaii for vacation, and it was absolutely amazing! It had been a place on our bucket list for years, and we knew we wanted to visit before starting a family. I had been to Oahu when I was in middle school, but TJ had never been to Hawaii at all so it was a must see for us! We didn’t realize it until we got there, but this vacation was actually the first trip (just the two of us) since our honeymoon over two years ago! Over the past couple of years, we have always traveled with family or friends as well, so it was nice getting away just the two of us again. We loved the special quality time!
We split our 10-day trip in half between Maui and Oahu (travel guide for Oahu coming soon). The first five days, we stayed in Maui, and WOW. Just wow! It is officially one of my all time favorite places I’ve ever traveled to. It’s an absolute dream, and everything there is so beautiful! The natural beauty of the entire island is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s truly breathtaking! The relaxing beaches, fun adventures, and warm aloha spirit from Maui locals made us quickly fall in love with this tropical destination.
Sometimes, you gotta boss up & create your own lane.
When I started on this blogging journey 2 years ago, I never knew what it would turn into or how many wonderful people I would meet along the way. I never knew that taking a leap of faith into my “own lane” would lead me to today. I was SO nervous to take this blog full time almost a year later and even more afraid to become my own boss. But God lit up this “lane” so perfectly and practically stepped on the gas pedal for me to lead me in the right direction …
New York Fashion Week is ultimately one big research project for me. Whether I’m attending a runway show, a presentation, an event, or even just walking the streets of Manhattan, I am constantly taking mental notes during my time in the City on what trends I’m seeing the most of, what streetstyles are most popular, and what style inspo can I bring back home to share with you all.
This year during fashion week, I noticed a lot of tweed, pastel colors, huge statement sleeves, and lots of unique handbags. More specifically, unique belt bags. Or dare I say “the modern day fanny pack”? 😉 That’s right … the 90s are making a comeback, and those once-popular bags around the waist are coming back in style! The it-girls of NYC, designers, and models at fashion week have proven it to be true. This time around though, the design and structure is a bit updated. This season’s most popular hangbag trend is in the form of a real belt that can be worn around the waist, through belt loops, or even over one shoulder with the bag resting on one’s chest. My personal favorite way that I saw people styling it was around the waist, so I decided that I would try it out for myself once I got back home to Tennessee! I love being able to incorporate the top trends from NYFW in my daily life!
We had the most incredible stay at the Hilton Midtown in the heart of New York City for fashion week 2018. I mentioned our stay in my New York Fashion Week Recap, but as promised, I’m sharing a few more details about the hotel with you all and why it’s the best option to book for future trips to the Big Apple.
New York Hilton Midtown genuinely exceeded our expectations, and we’ll definitely be booking another stay there in the future. From the bellmen to the front desk assistants to the doormen hauling taxis to the managers, we experienced nothing but amazing quality, friendly service.
This year was my second New York Fashion Week, and it was one for the books! I’m leaving The City with no voice, a full heart and LOADS of style inspo for the coming months & spring / summer 2019. (Side note: I’m actually LOVING the new trends coming in next season … think big shoulders, fun (unique) sleeves, tweed, pastels, ruffles and all things chic.)
Since NYFW is such an incredibly busy, chaotic time, it’s hard to share every little detail or every single link to outfits during my time in the Big Apple, so I wanted to take the opportunity to recap all things Fashion Week 2018 in this post, including all my outfit details (+ links to shop), all the shows & events I attended, memories that were made with friends from all over the country and trends that I saw on the runways for the upcoming seasons. I hope you’ll find this post helpful, entertaining and inspiring! As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask. 🙂
A recent sermon at our church really opened my eyes about how important it is to simply spread love and kindness throughout our every day lives. In this life, we’ve all been at that moment where we feel like we are needed for so many things or we are being pulled in a thousand different directions. Or what about those times when we’ve felt like we haven’t been the best friend, wife, mom, sister, employee, etc? We’re all human, and we’ve all been there. BUT we all seem to forget far too often that our main purpose on this earth is just to love God and love others. That’s it! We are just called to LOVE. That’s the main thing God asks of us, and it’s really a much easier task than we make it out to be. I think we just sometimes let those efforts of love and kindness slip away from our busy day-to-day schedules.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really tried hard to step away from some things (like working until midnight) to make time for the things/people that matter most. I’ve also tried to make a conscious effort to put a smile on a stranger’s face or do something nice for someone else that I come in contact with daily. Now, I’m not telling you all this to ‘brag’ — not my intention here at all — but just to say that if I can do all of this, you can too! I’m the queen of saying, “I can’t … I don’t have time,” which in most of my cases is probably true, but the point is that I’ve had to learn how to make time. I’ve forced myself to physically think about how I can brighten up someone else’s day. It’s all about choices and deciding that you are going to help make this world a better place. It may sound cliche, sure … but just think how much happier this crazy world would be if we would simply do what we’re called to do: love God & love others. Here are some ways that we can all spread love and kindness in the world every day …
I’ve been getting questions from some of you asking if I planned to cover anything else besides women clothing/shoes during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so I wanted to share a few of my personal TOP FAVS and all the best items from each category of the NSale! I included men’s fashion, beauty, home and then of course, still included my top women’s favorites as well. I didn’t include anything kid/baby related since I don’t personally have children of my own yet, so I felt like I wouldn’t be the best resource to you all in that area since I still have a lot to learn myself when it comes to babies … one day, we’ll get there 😉
I get questions from you all daily about my skincare routine and the products that I use, so I thought I would round them all up in a blog post for you to have all of this information in one place! I used to use Rodan + Fields (and I still use some of their products occasionally — definitely still recommend them!), but I recently switched it up and I’ve been using Tula products for about 4 months now. I’m completely hooked!! There are so many things to love about this product line, so keep reading to find out what all I use and why I love it so much!
One of my favorite new discoveries lately has been a line of handbags from Hammitt. Designed in Los Angeles and made with the best materials from around the world (hello, European leather! It’s SO soft!), Hammitt bags are some of the most unique bags I’ve ever seen, but they also aren’t too trendy. All of their hardware comes with a lifetime warranty, so you can keep your favorite bag forever!
This year, Hammitt is celebrating their tenth anniversary – so instead of receiving a gift, they are giving a gift! 20% of proceeds from this year’s sale-bration will support Walk With Sally, a nonprofit that pairs children who have lost family members to cancer with mentors who understand that experience. You all KNOW that I’m all for supporting companies who mix style and charity, so I’m excited to team up with them and drive as much support for Walk With Sally as possible.
Happy … Thursday?! To be honest, I’m not even sure what day it is at the moment because I’ve been up working on my top picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale since 3am this morning, but it’s been totally worth it because it is sooo GOOD you guys! I honestly feel like Santa Claus on Christmas morning right now because I’m getting to share these amazing finds with you all for the very first time. LOL! If I’m this excited about feeling like jolly ole St. Nick over a sale, then I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when I have kids of my own to spoil at Christmastime someday!