Monday, July 14, 2014

Where I've Been & Where I'm Going

Ya'll, it's been nearly a month since my last blog post. It's so strange to even write that considering my blog has been a major lifeline for me for the past 6 years. It's been a way for me to express creativity, meet some amazing Christian women that I feel just get me, and share a bit of my life in the hopes to help and inspire others. But about a month ago, as I was rapidly approaching my 6th blogiversary and my 28th birthday, I felt this strong urge to slow down (it was God). Those kinds of urges don't happen to me often, so I applied the brakes and stopped worrying about posting because I'm supposed to. Excel workshops were cancelled postponed. Tweets became few and far between. There was a strong desire (God pushing me) to savor the summer.

So I went on a really fun trip for work to an interior design trade show. I blogged briefly about it here. KJB and I went on vacation to Savannah and Tybee Island in Georgia (photo diary below). My birthday came and turning 28 seemed less scary. KJB's brother got engaged and a wedding has been planned quickly; I'm finishing up decorations and flowers for a ceremony this coming Friday. My Nannie was hospitalized for a long-running bout of pneumonia and asthma issues (she's better now, don't worry). My love of reading was rediscovered.

Those things kept me busy in a new way and made the first half of summer fly by. With Vacation Bible School at church this week and the wedding on Friday, I'm sure this week will go by quickly, too. But this morning I opened up my computer and felt the desire to post something. To be honest, I've thought several times about calling it quits, and I've never really had those feelings about blogging. This blog isn't my job, it's something I do for fun, so I  knew that when I felt God whispering to me to slow down, it was for a reason. With the crazy, fun, and mix of emotions that have ensued the last four weeks, blogging would have felt like an obligation. A hobby should never feel like an obligation.

Blogging will continue at whatever rate it decides. I can't promise I'll post every week, but I will be around sharing bits of life and inspiration. Instagram is a great place to follow along with things in-between.

And now, photos from vacation...
























Thursday, June 12, 2014

OFS Brands

Earlier this week I fancied around the Windy City attending the annual interior design trade show, NeoCon. Showroom after showroom, floor after floor, filled with new products, best sellers, award winners, and the like. This year a couple of furniture brands in particular hit the nail on the head for me and OFS Brands was the leader of the pack. Their simple yet colorful styling sucked me in and had me oohing and aahing their goodies. From the succulents and air plants to the stationary selections, they had me wanting more, more, more from their designers.

Friday, June 6, 2014

S T A T E M E N T


That pretty statement necklace up there has been begging me for the past couple of years to find a home in my closet. So when Stella and Dot released it as part of their summer sale, I finally caved and snatched it up. It's the type of necklace that goes with every style and any color palette. I mostly wear neutrals but the blues, teals, and pinks in this necklace makes it super versatile.

You can window shop and purchase any of the pieces right here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

B U C K E T L I S T


With summer upon us, get ready with a list of memories you want to make. Whether rowdy or restful, you choose the path you want to take. Jot down an agenda of lots of new things and you're guaranteed happiness with what the season brings. In the comments below share your favorite festivity; let's inspire each other to try a new activity.

Friday, May 23, 2014

E M B R A C E THE O U T D O O R S


Nothing greater than the great outdoors, that is, except the comfort of home. When it's time to go camping, bring some of that comfort along. Embrace the wilderness by donning a floral crown, bask in the sunshine but shade your eyes with oversized sunnies, and protect your pucker with layers of SPF, as not to hinder fireside smooches later. A mosquito net will keep you bug free at night, string lights will light up the site like a festive party, and candle filled lanterns will give a romantic glow.

Find and purchase all of the items, along with my favorite outdoor, finds right here.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

D R E A M

All things are possible through Christ, so why not dream the big dream? Go big. Pray that God will lead you and step out in faith. You never know what path He may lead you down.