We've been so wrapped up in wedding planning that Cameron and I haven't had many free Saturdays in a while. Last weekend, the weather was perfect and we decided to have a little "day date." We went to the flea market, the farmer's market and did a little shopping around town.
Growing up in Nashville makes it easy to overlook all the history that the city holds. I have been to the Grand Ole Opry countless times. I grew up going to work with my mom for various artists over the years, but never really took the time appreciate the building, the music and all that it represents until recently.
Oxford, Mississippi... a place that gets in your heart and stays there forever. I knew nothing about Oxford or Ole Miss before I toured the campus my senior year of high school. In fact, I didn't even apply to go to school there. When a friend asked me to join her on a campus tour, I immediately felt at home amongst the tall oak trees and charming southern hospitality. My four years in college flew by, but the memories and friendships I made in that small little town will last a lifetime.
Hi everyone! I'm back home in good old Nashville after the most INCREDIBLE weekend with all my girls in Miami. We had the best time and I'm so excited to share all the details our trip with you guys in the next week or so. In the meantime, I've teamed up with Dillard's to create this easy breezy summer look.
Our trip to Oxford felt like the perfect oppurtunity to break out my ASTR Front-Tie Midi Dress. This dress is super flattering and also comes in a beautiful light blue. Tied at the bodice to create a cute, retro-inspired keyhole, this lightweight woven dress is equal parts romantic and casual-cool with its button front and twirl-worthy skirt. It runs true to size and will be a staple of my summer wardrobe!
This week marks three months until the big day, so I thought I'd kick off #WeddingWednesday by answering some of your top wedding questions! I loved reading all the questions from my fellow brides out there and will definitely be doing more Q&A style posts in the future. Always feel free to reach out to me with your questions (about anything!) at email@example.com. It really helps me plan posts that YOU want to read and I love connecting with my readers!
I've never met a stripe I didn't like, and this ASOS Pinny Jumpsuit is no exception. The woven fabric, square neckline and wide-leg cut make this jumpsuit a versatile and flattering option for any occasion.
Our first wedding shower was one for the books! It fell on Cinco de Mayo so we obviously had to go with a fiesta theme. It was an absolute blast and felt more like a party than your typical wedding shower. Looking around and seeing some of our closest friends and family together to celebrate us was so special. It was only a glimpse of how the wedding will be and we couldn't be more excited for the big day!
I had so much fun at the Erin Condren event at Adele's last week! I got to hang out with some of my favorite Nashville bloggers and meet a few new ones. We were all surprised with a visit from Erin Condren herself. She is such a light and an inspiration.
Wedding planning is in full force these days! It can be overwhelming at times, but I just remind myself how lucky I am to be planning a wedding with my best friend. The list of wedding to-do's is never ending, but Minted has made things so much easier.
NASHVILLE PEEPS - I'd love for you to join me at my first-ever shopping/styling event with Alexis + Bolt next Monday! Alexis + Bolt is a carefully curated men's and women's boutique in Germantown. We'll be shoppin', stylin' and sippin' on yummy drinks with some really awesome people!
Today I'm continuing my #WeddingWednesday blog series by sharing my daily skin care routine and who I trust with all my skin treatments. I haven't always been the best about taking care of my skin, but in the last couple of years I've realized the importance of it. This has been one of my most requested blog posts and I hope you guys enjoy it! Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.
Hey everyone! Check out my first-ever podcast on The Laptop LIfestyle. The Laptop Lifestyle podcast is for virtual entrepreneurs, millennials on the go, and adventure seekers with big dreams created by my talented friend Alexis Teichmiller.
SoBro Guest House is a trendy and innovative boutique hotel in Nashville with all the comforts of home. From the ease of their mobile check-in (think: no front desk or losing door keys) to the chic decor and prime location, they really make it easy to relax and enjoy your stay. Located just three blocks south of Nashville's world-famous Broadway, SoBro Guest House is just steps away from many of downtown's biggest attractions.
Hey everyone! I'm starting a #WeddingWednesday series where I will be sharing all the details of my wedding planning experience with you guys over the next few months. It's hard to believe we are just SIX months away from our big day!!
If you haven't noticed, Cameron and I LOVE a good staycation. We celebrated Valentine's Day early this year with a little getaway at the modern and industrial 506 Lofts. Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, each of the lofts are themed around different aspects of the building's history.
Hey everyone! Valentine's Day is JUST around the corner and I have some unique photo gift ideas for you. Cameron and I took tons of photos on our trip to Italy, but our favorites were the candid ones we snapped on our Polaroid camera. I've been on the hunt for the perfect way to frame them since we got back and I couldn't be happier with the final product from Framebridge!
Social media is a wonderful, creative and ever-evolving world. Unfortunately it can also be a place that harbors comparison and feelings of self-doubt. When I started my blog, I vowed to be transparent and real, and to be honest I feel like I've let you guys and myself down.
Hey everyone! Wow, life has been quite a whirlwind lately and I'm so excited to share what I've been up to. We recently took a ski trip to Vail, Colorado and it was just incredible. Since high school, we have been going on ski trips with Cameron's family. Of all the places we've visited in Colorado, Vail is hands-down my favorite!
I hope everyone had an awesome and relaxing holiday season! I don't know about you, but I'm so ready to be back in a normal routine. Lots of exciting things coming in 2017!! Thanks so much for all the support of my blog in just the first 6 months. I've had so much fun with it and every single like, comment and word of encouragement means SO much to me.
We had the most INCREDIBLE staycation at the Thompson Nashville for my 23rd birthday. The Thompson is a new luxury boutique hotel in The Gulch and it exceeded all of our expectations. From the managers to the doorman to the waiters at Marsh House, we experienced nothing but wonderful and friendly service during our entire stay.
Since Cameron and I are leaving for a trip to Vail, Colorado at the end of the month, Christmas is in full swing over here! We've been listening to our Christmas vinyls on repeat and soaking up every minute of this holiday season. We chose Minted to design our first Christmas cards as the soon-to-be Premos and couldn't be happier with how they turned out!
In September I had the amazing opportunity to team up for a styled wedding shoot with Janna Brown Design + Draper Gray, an unbelievably talented sister duo. Janna of Janna Brown Design specializes in wedding and photo styling + floral design. Jess of Draper Gray is a fine art photographer.
Kitty does it again with this MINKPINK lattice trip romper. I don't normally go for fall florals, but this works as a transition piece to pair with your favorite leather jacket and booties. I opted for my go-to Jeffrey Campbell black corset booties featured in my last post. The ruffed sleeves on the romper add the perfect feminine touch and my favorite Stacked Collection bracelets complete the look.
I'm finally catching up after a busy CMA week. I had to share this edgy fall look from a few weeks ago. We took these photos in an old tunnel (that my mom actually used to grafitti in high school!) near my house. This Free People Crushed Velvet Jacket is quickly becoming one of my fall/winter staples. It is so versatile and adds a pop of texture to any outfit. The ribbed trim and rouched details give the jacket a more glamorous and fashionable take on the bomber trend.
I didn't even know what I was missing until I visited Kitty, a boutique and lifestyle brand in East Nashville. The owners of Kitty, Sarah and Rachel, are total badass babes and pretty much do it all. They have the best style, are talented singers and songwriters, and are all about empowering women. They even have a Wall of Fame in the store filled with photos of inspiring women who have lived life according to their own rules. Kitty has quickly become one of my new Nashville favorites and I'm so excited to partner with them!
Kimono Is The New Cardigan. At least that's what my girls over at Hey Wanderer predict.
My love affair with Hey Wanderer kimonos began last year, and I have worn their grey Florence style on REPEAT ever since. Their products are stylish, comfortable and add an effortless edge to any look. My favorite part is that they are all hand-dyed and locally made at their headquarters right here in Nashville.
I wanted to plan a trip for Cameron's 25th birthday but since our busy schedules didn’t allow it, I succesfully surprised him with an equally relaxing staycation at the one and only Urban Cowboy in East Nashville. Their motto, “Arrive as strangers, leave as friends,” rings true to our experience at the hip and distinctively designed bed and breakfast created by Lyon Porter. Our hosts, Max and Chelsea, welcomed us with a shot of whiskey and a smile.
Although I haven't focused on DIY projects on my blog, in my free time I am always painting, creating homemade gifts for friends or doing any kind of craft I can get my hands on. That's why I'm so excited about this crafty collaboration with the fabulous Nashville fashion and style blogger RKC Southern. Watch the video below to learn how to make a fun and stylish boho choker in under 5 minutes! Then scroll down to see how I styled it with a casual sundress and layered chains.
When I started thinking about how I would ask my bridesmaids, my friend Emily of The Social Office reminded me about an awesome boutique paperie called The Dotted Line. A step into The Dotted Line is a step into a pastel dream world. They specialize in custom invitations and stationery, vintage inspired gifts and unique home decor. The Owner, Troy, exudes creativity and is passionate about creating the perfect items for her customers.
Oh, New Orleans. There’s so much joy to be found here. There is also an unexpected serenity to be discovered when you look past the bright lights of Bourbon Street. This becomes especially evident while walking along the Bayou St. John or in the cool shade between the live oaks. The fusion of new and old, the vibrant music scene and unique culinary experiences all contribute to the city’s rich culture and lively spirit.
Today I get to share an incredible story about a beautiful little girl named Melody. A few weeks back, my mom and I saw a heartbreaking video on The Big 98 of a 4-year-old girl crying because she doesn't have any hair. The girl’s mom attempted to console her by telling her how beautiful and perfect she is, but she was not convinced.
One of our favorite things about Cameron’s house is its proximity to 12 South. If you’ve ever been to Nashville, you’re probably familiar with this area from the “I Believe In Nashville” sign. While it is a fun place to check out while you’re visiting, the 12 South area has much more to offer. It has become the one-stop place to live, socialize, eat, drink, and shop. Stylish boutiques, contemporary restaurants, charming coffee shops and beautifully renovated homes are all within walking distance.
The first week of July, we went on the most incredible vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was unlike any other vacation I've ever experienced! We stayed on a yacht called the C-Cra-C (pronounced Secrecy) near the Sea of Cortez. Our days consisted of laying out, drinking daiquiris, fishing, snorkeling, jet skiing, with sea lion and mantarays, exploring the city and eating authentic Mexican cuisine made daily on the boat. Tough life right??
After traveling so much, we’ve barely had time to even think of the wedding. This weekend was our first real wedding planning experience and I have to say it was quite the success! My parents, Cameron’s parents, my Mimi and my two best friends Cookie and Holland joined us on our venue hunt. They all made it such a fun, stress free experience for me and Cam.
After the venue hunt was over, I had some sneaky plans of my own! It’s not very often that I have my two best friends together because Holland lives in Jupiter, Florida. I got Holland and Cookie out of the house to go get our nails done and do some shopping. While we were gone, my mom and Mimi set up the cutest party!
We decided to look at wedding dresses on Saturday. Wedding dress shopping is something that has given me anxiety for weeks now! I am about 5’ nothing and can be really picky about the way things fit me. In fact, I have been known to go through five different dress options for any given event.
I studied abroad in Florence the summer before my junior year of college. So arriving back in Florence felt like being home again! I have so much love for that city and had the best time sharing all the things I love about it with Cameron. He took me on this trip for my graduation present and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world the entire time.
I’ve always known Cameron was incredibly romantic, but he KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK with his proposal. I mean it honestly could not have been any more perfect. A little bit of back-story… Cameron and I have been dating on and off since my sophomore year of high school. When I studied abroad in Florence with two of my best friends after my sophomore year of college, I buried a note for Cameron in a park down the street from where we lived.
As if Cam’s proposal wasn’t incredible enough… We spent our first day as an engaged couple in a treehouse in the Tuscan hills. Our whole trip was amazing, but our time at the treehouse was nothing short of MAGICAL. It was the perfect way to escape from the busy city and celebrate.
Venice is a place that I have dreamed of visiting since I was little! My Nanny and I even had a "Venice Fund" piggybank in her kitchen for as long as I can remember. After missing our bus to Venice while studying abroad (LOL Ally and Holland), I was determined to make it there on this trip.
To be honest, we didn’t do a ton of research before this trip. We knew where we wanted to go and the basics of each city but that was about it. I’m a BIG planner and Cameron is more of a go with the flow kind of guy. Instead of having every minute planned, this laidback mindset really worked in our favor this trip. It enabled us to stumble upon hidden gems that we might have missed. Our last day trip was to Lucca and ended up being one of our favorite destinations on the trip.
Siena was a city that we knew very little about, but I’m so glad we kept it on our list of places to visit! We took a morning train there and spent the day wandering down the windy cobblestone streets, stumbling upon one beautiful piazza after the other. The town has such a quaint feel to it. It makes you want to slow down and take it all in.
Melissa Schleicher, one of Nashville’s most renowned celebrity hair and makeup artists, has built a multimillion-dollar beauty empire over the past 20 years.
In addition to Schleicher’s busy freelance schedule with clients such as Carrie Underwood, she owns several successful businesses. Secret revealed: Schleicher dropped out of high school when she was just 16 years old.
Paul Guihard, a reporter for the Agence French Press, is the only journalist known to have been killed during the civil rights era. On Sept. 30, 1962, Guihard was shot on the campus of the University of Mississippi while covering the integration of the university. He was shot in the back from about one foot away, and his killer was never identified.