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!
Some of the most commonly asked questions that I get from you all is about my hair, so I sat down with my amazing hairstylist, Hailey Oldham, to get you all some answers! I know that not everyone who follows me lives locally in Knoxville, so unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to sit in Hailey’s chair. (Oh how I wish you did … she’s truly the best!) However, she was kind enough to share the products she uses on my hair and spill some of our hair secrets incase you want to have a stylist in your town color/cut your hair like mine.
That being said … if you are local to Knoxville (or you’re in the surrounding areas / passing through), I highly recommend visiting Hailey’s salon, Studio Chrome the next time you need your mane touched up. 😉 I’ve always been very picky about my hair, and I certainly do NOT trust just anyone to touch my hair with color because I think it’s so easy to really mess up blondes. So, trust me when I say that Studio Chrome is the place for you local gals! Hailey will always take great care of you and your haircare needs. She is such an insanely talented hairdresser, and she makes you feel so comfortable throughout the entire experience. I recently collaborated at a local event with a celebrity hairstylist (who has worked with Kim Kardashian), and he even raved about “how well my stylist colors my hair”. I’m not kidding when I say that Hailey is a true hair whisperer. Not to mention, each time I walk out of her salon, I feel like a brand new woman! Isn’t hair day just the best? 😉
YOU GUYS! The biggest sale of the entire year is about to begin, and I’m so excited! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — aka the NSale — is something that you do not want to miss if you are into grabbing really great deals for fall/winter before the seasons arrive. I know that there is a lot of confusion if you’ve never shopped the sale before, but that’s why I am here! I’m here to help you in any way that I can and be a go-to source for all of your questions. I’ve already begun receiving requests from some of you regarding this event, so I’ll be answering all of your questions about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in this blog post. This post should fully prepare you to shop the sale!
I’ve recently received sooo many requests to share my fitness routine, and the time has finally come! I typically change it up every once in awhile, so all of this may change in the future but for now, I’ll share exactly what I’ve been doing to get in shape for summer. Let me preface this post by telling you all that I am by no means a personal trainer, nor do I have any professional fitness experience on my resume. That being said, this routine is just what I have found to be helpful for me and my own body. Everyone’s body is different. REPEAT AFTER ME: Everyone’s body is different! And that’s what makes each of us special in our own way. (It’s really a beautiful thing!) Just keep that in mind throughout your fitness journey because what works for me may not work for you or vice versa … and that’s okay! However, I am happy to share what has been working for me lately and you can feel free to join me in this routine if it sounds like something that would be helpful to you.
Weddings, graduations, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, proposals, black tie events, engagement pictures, you name it … these special occasions are SO much fun, but they can also bring on a lot of anxiety and stress when it comes to finding the perfect outfit. Trust me, I’ve been there. It’s the week before the event and you’re scrambling around town (or searching the Internet) for the perfect dress. Of course, any other time of the year (when you don’t actually need a special occasion dress), you can easily find 500 that you love. But go figure … when it comes time to actually needing a dress for that big event next week, you can’t find even one half-decent thing that you like enough to buy it. Can I get an amen??
I’m constantly receiving direct messages on Instagram asking where to shop for these styles, so let’s just say that this blog post is loooong overdue. I finally gathered my top suggestions of retailers to shop at for these special occasions, and I hope you find it helpful the next time you find yourself in a rut a week before an event.