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Last Halloween

10.31.2013
Happy Halloween y'all! Last year I was a bumblebee and Jon was a creepy, pedophile Mario. I say this because he was the butt of many jokes because his costume was a few sizes too small. And we hand out candy to children. It just wasn't right. And it's because we waited until the last minute before Halloween to stalk Walmarts shelves digging for anything they had left. It was that or nudity y'all. You choose. Actually don't! Because I will beat you down if you choose the later of the two.

Last year was my first year actually giving out candy. As a kid no one ever trick or treated at our house because it was way back in the sticks. Or maybe it was the "trespassers will be shot" sign? I don't know. Anyway, I was so stoked when we decorated our business last year and had hundreds of cute little kids trick or treating. I think I was a little too excited because I was handing out handfuls of candy to every child. And if a cute little lion roared for me or a little princess used her best manners, my heart melted and I poured their buckets full of extra candy. And then the kids see that I'm doing that so they start getting all greedy and asking for more and then I get mad because it's not cute anymore. It reminds me of that Friends episode where Rachel ran out of candy and the kids are too cute to turn down so she starts handing out money. And then the kids just start getting greedy.

Boy in the Cape: My friend told me you were giving out money.
Rachel Green: I was but now we got candy.
Boy in the Cape: I'd rather have the money.
Rachel Green: Well, that's not your choice. Happy Halloween.
Boy in the Cape: This isn't fair.
Rachel Green: Well, is it fair that all you had to do was put on a cape and I have to give you free stuff?
Boy in the Cape: Shut up.
Rachel Green: You shut up.
Boy in the Cape: You can't tell me to shut up.
Rachel Green: Uh, I think I just did. And uh oh, here it comes again. Shut up.

So this year I vow to tame it down and save some candy for all the sweet kids of the neighborhood. I'll share pictures tomorrow of our costumes. Jon's creepy again, go figure.

Someday I will...

10.30.2013
Someday I will... sing for a crowd. Karaoke anyone? Until I grow some ovaries, I'll just stick with singing Wrecking Ball in front of my computer screen with a water bottle and a blue tongue from Skittles.

Someday I will... figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Maybe I'll just never grow up. That way I don't have to worry about it. Problem solved.

Someday I will... stick to clean eating. Currently I'm snacking on a handful bag of Skittles. #fail

Someday I will... learn that my good is good enough.

Someday I will... write my blog posts the night before for a straight week so I feel productive and on top of things.

Someday I will... have a second home in Charleston, SC.

Someday I will... own my own boutique.

Someday I will... plan a whole week of meals and grocery shop once that week.

Someday I will... read more because I stinking enjoy it.

Someday I will... stop compulsively buying things and think financial freedom.

Someday I will... learn what makeup products to use and make my face look fabulous.

Someday I will... kick butt at being an awesome mother.

Someday I will... go on more mission trips and make an impact on this world.

Someday I will... surprise my husband with tickets to the Cowboys game in Dallas.

I could go on and on and on.

The Daily Tay

Congrats to Taylor and her first link-up! I just had to be a part of it :) Happy Huuuummmppp day y'all!

Neutrals & Pink

10.29.2013

Jacket | Forever 21
Top | JCPenny
Dress Pants | Banana Republic
Pumps | JustFab
Earrings | Target

Okay, I know these pictures aren't the best, but in all fairness it was my fault. Not Jon's. I wasn't cooperating. We had just come back from lunch after church and my pants were fitting a little snug and I was preparing for a food induced coma complete with football ambiance in the background. Not being cute and smiley and striking poses. I promise to attempt at better pics next time.

As far as the clothes, I love wearing neutral tones with one pop of color. And what better pop of color than pink for October? And if there is a fitted blazer involved you can count me in.

What's one of your favorite things to wear?

Halloween 'Week' Festivites Begin

10.28.2013
Hello there weekenders! For some reason I like to play this game with myself about getting my post up by 9am every morning. Sometimes I'm super organized and git-er-done the night before so she's ready to go in the morning. That's usually somewhere in the middle of the week when I try.  As for Monday and later days in the week, those are for not caring and falling completely behind. Ya win some, ya lose some.

My weekend was a blast!

1 | Friday night date night with the hubs at one of our favorites, Bonefish. Give me a martini and some goat cheese and I'm happy. 
2 | Saturday was a gorgeous Fall day and I spent it with my gal pals in Kingsport. Had to snap a pic of the last bit of the leaves and their color before it all dies. That sounds morbid, sorry.
3 | Pottery painting with the girls. 
4 | Lunch at The Mustard Seed downtown. To die for.
5 | Great conversation and fellowship with these girls :)
6 | I can't pass up a cute cupcake at a cute bakery, The Little Cake. Good thing is I didn't eat it and surprised Jon with it. Weird fact - I don't like cake. Not even the small cute versions like this.
7 | Making the decorations for Sundays Halloween party. I seriously tuned into my creative side this weekend.
8 | Jon and I. Myself - Cruella Deville. Jon - A creepy zebra.
9 | The whole gang. Coolest costume going to the handmade minion in the back! Whoop, whoop!

What did you do this weekend?

Sami's Shenanigans

Five On Friday

10.25.2013
Good morning, loves! Linking up today over at Hello! Happiness for Five on Friday.

One. I am feeling so much better!
This is my number one for obvious reasons. I finally feel like I am over the slump of the 'debbie downer, my life is over' kick I was on. I am getting more movement in my arms and chest, which is huge. I no longer look like a mummy walking with my arms stiff to my side and slouch in my back. The muscle tissue is taking it's precious time healing. I can tell because I still have a hard time pushing and pulling. Opening things such and the refrigerator door is more of a challenge than you'd think. Pushing myself off the couch is basically impossible. I now scoot with my booty. Thank goodness I'm not lacking in that department. I am feeling less and less pain. The girls are mainly just sore and tender. Thank YOU for your all the well wishes and prayers. It has brightened every day for me :)

Two. A sincerely, sweet friend. I had the sweetest surprise last night from a gal pal of mine. She took time out of her busy day to drive to my house in the freezing cold weather and drop off a care package for me. Are you kidding? I could have cried at the sweetness! The package included, Instyle magazine, yoga pants, 3 Fall scented candles, lip balm, a book, candy, and fuzzy socks. Oh and don't forget the balloon and the cute little Halloween basket it came in. Kendall, you my dear are precious! Muah!
Three. I've become obsessed with Youtube videos featuring Halloween makeup tutorials. Although I still have NO IDEA what I'm going to be for Halloween, these videos really inspire me and get my juices flowing for creativity. I have particularly fallen in love with one youtuber, Kandee. She does some seriously awesome effects with makeup and she is a complete cheese-ball which I love. This is my personal favorite. If I was more on top of things and didn't wait until the last minute I would totally be the Queen of Hearts. Next year perhaps?

Four. Bethany Show. I just have nothing good to say about Bethenny Frankel's new talk show. She is loud, rude and obnoxious. And she has nothing on Ellen DeGeneres. Sorry Frankel, you'll never be as good as Ellen. Like, ever.

Five. It's snowing. GROSS! I woke up to text messages telling me it was snowing before I even stepped out of bed. Do you now that can ruin a morning? I didn't let it, but they were right. There were tiny white flakes making their way from the sky to my lawn. And friends from home back in NC were posting pics of the actual white ground they were experiencing today. All I have to say is NO thank you.

Have an awesome weekend!

Your Questions. Answered.

10.24.2013
As promised I am getting around to answering your questions. Whoop! Whoop!

Pamela - When are we going to meet? Well ma'am, as we have talked about there is not a lot of distance between us, sooooo SOON is my answer to your question! And I can't wait. You best believe I'll be wearing my finest pair of cowboy boots for you :)

Nicole - Mine and the hubby's love story and when are we meeting? Well first of all you can find our love story here. And second, we will be meeting at the same time Pamela and I meet I hope! I'm dying to have my first blogger meet-up and I couldn't think of two better ladies to do it with!

Ashley - What is one thing I would do if there were no "ifs"? Tough question, Ashley. If there were no ifs I would move to some shack on a white sandy beach with crystal blue water with the hubs and the pups and never look back. Because we couldn't say "if we didn't have a business we could move" or "If we moved we would be far from family."

Katie - If I had to choose my last meal, what would it be? And of course including a cocktail. First of all, Katie you know me all too well that my last meal would include a cocktail ;) I do not even need to think about this question. My last meal would be at Jon and I's favorite Mexican restaurant. Chips and queso, 2 cilantro/lime chicken tacos, with my mango margarita on the rocks (the big one since it would be my last). Boom! I find this ironic too that my habitual margarita is mango flavored!
 
Brooklyn - What product do I use on my hair? I'm flattered that you even asked. Good to know my hair actually shows that I use product considering that's the whole purpose. I use Organix Moroccan Argan Oil. I swear by it too! The most effective way is to apply it after shampooing. Cover with a shower cap and leave in for 5 minutes then rinse. Go blow dry and see if your hair isn't shiny and soft. Their flat iron spray is amazing too!
And this concludes our Q & A segment! And if you ever have any other questions feel free to shoot them over to themoderntulip@gmail.com or leave a comment. I'm happy to answer anything you throw my way!

Almost through the week, peeps! #justkeepswimming


Let Me Tell Ya Bout' My Best Friend

10.23.2013

We're kinda BFF's.

This little guy knows how to melt my heart. I say little and he's like 100lbs of pure muscle. But that's little compared to Roxi. Oskar is such a lover. His nickname is actually lover boy. He will be the first to cuddle up in your lap, smother you with kisses, and run to you like it's the first time he has seen you in years when you call his name. He bonds quickly and loves hard. For all you people moaning and groaning..... "here's another obnoxious dog lady" you are correct. Oskar and Roxi are currently my only kids, so yes I speak to them in high pitched voices only used for children and I wrap their Christmas presents each year.

Oskar has been right by my side constantly. He knows when I'm in pain and he is quick to curl up beside me on my blanket and lick my face as if to "make it better". I can't even explain how huge he has been for me emotionally. Yeah, that sounds pretty pathetic when I type it out, but it's true. It's kind of like why they have a program that takes cats and kittens to inmates in jail. They hit a melting spot in your heart and somehow soothe you. And that's just what he has done for me. Soothed me. He ain't hatin' it either. It's not the norm that I'm able to sit on the couch with him and rub his belly for a long length of time.

Well, I'm out. I've got some cuddles to get to. Happy HUMMMPPPP DAAAYYYY folks!

Keep On Keeping On

10.22.2013
I'm not going to lie, I have struggled last week and now this week with this here blog
of mine. It normally brings joy to my heart to sit down and scramble all the words whirling around in my head into a post. But as of lately my mind isn't functioning well enough to put clothes on, much less create a unique, perhaps even funny post for you to read. I genuinely apologize for all of you expecting something better. It just ain't gonna happen. Not today at least.

Sadly I thought by now I would be fully recovered. Maybe it's because some friends I have talked to were up and on the town just days after their surgery. Me? Well Jon took me to dinner last night (because we have no food in the house. none. nada) and it was all I could do to keep my head up at the table. By the time we got in the car to head home I had a pounding headache and was ready for an aspirin and my bed. I spent the entire day in tears wondering if I was ever going to get outside these walls of my prison home again. I did some searching on the internet to see healing processes others had to make sure I wasn't a complete freak taking at least a week plus to get better. That's when I found Raven's post. She nails exactly how I feel under recovery! And she gave me hope. Today marks week one. So if I can get one more week under my belt perhaps I'll be back to normal aside from exercise and heavy lifting. I can deal with that. I would just like to be able to put my arms over my head again. And push myself up off the couch without squirming off. And sleep on my side or my stomach again. It's the little things.

So what does this mean for you? Don't expect much from me. No cute outfit posts for a week, because I now live in my yoga pants and zip-up jacket. No yummy recipes, because that would require a trip to the store, which is just a distant dream for me. No pictures from fun events I'm partaking in, because I'm not. Unless you consider this awesome...
I realize this might seem awesome to some, but not when it's all you've seen for a week.
So here's to hoping I'll be myself again in a week. Cheers to keep on keeping on.

PS. I do promise to answer your questions this week!

A Blog Facelift

10.21.2013
Why hello there! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. They always come and go too quickly. Only 5 more days until the next one!

Notice anything new around these parts? This ole' blog of mine got a facelift. I figured if I was getting work done, my blog should follow suit. Ain't she perty? Thanks to Jana at JTDesigns for making my dreams come true. Jana is not only as precious as they come, but she is quick and organized. Just how I like things! If you are interested in having your blog designed, I would make sure to check her out. You won't be sorry.

Now for my Weekend Shenanigans. It wasn't an eventful weekend because I am still recovering and I can't do much. PS. Thanks for all of your sweet "get well" wishes. I genuinely appreciate all of you. Since I was stuck inside and bed/couch ridden for days, your uplifting comments and emails kept my spirits high. I never imagined blogging could open up such doors for me and create sweet, genuine friendships. I am beyond blessed :) Anywho I am sharing pictures from right outside my front door because I would have nothing else otherwise. Unless you would rather see pictures of my blanket, pillow, pain pills and my couch? It's the first time I've gotten dressed and stepped outside all week and I was pretty excited about it.

1. My one and only Fall DIY project from a week ago. I'm surprised that wreath even happened.
2. Cuddles....lots and lots of cuddles.
3. My sweet Roxi baby watching football with mom and dad.
4. Jon's new project. I have to say, I kind of love it.
5. Fall colors are popping up all around. I just love the Fall sky. It's such a brilliant blue!
6. Sunday lounging in the front yard, working on projects wouldn't be the same without a brewsky in hand.
7. Leaves are falling everywhere (a little too quickly for my taste). I'm shut in for a few days and come back to this. What the heck!
8. Wicked witch boots and my pumpkin.
9. I have no idea... 

What did you do this weekend? Please tell me something fun so I can live vicariously through you!
Sami's Shenanigans

Where I've Been.

10.17.2013
Happy Friday, love muffins! I feel like this week has flown by! It could be because I have spent the past 3 days on Oxycodone, muscle relaxers and antibiotics while curled up on my couch with my pillow and blanket. I realize that sounds odd. Let me explain...

Remember Tuesday when I said that "thing" was happening, but I couldn't talk about it just yet. Well I'm here to clear that up and give you the inside scoop. Tuesday morning I was in surgery getting breast implants - insert jaw drop here - that seems to be the common reaction. You are probably thinking why the heck is she putting this on the internet for all to see? Well, reason number one is because I had no boobs to begin with, so I am pretty dadgum sure that if anyone took a look at me now they would put two and two together. "Hmmm she has been MIA the past few days and now she has two lumps on her chest. Wonder what she did?" Yeah, I think people can figure that out so why try and hide it?

Reason number two is because I know there are other women out there who want more information on the subject of implants. And maybe hearing it from someone who has recently experienced it will help answer any questions they might have. And like I've said before, I am an open book.

Please keep in mind that I am writing this post while doped up. Not sure if it will affect my writing or not. Heck, it may make it better. I could only hope. I will say that it's taking me longer to write this post because I keep forgetting what the heck I'm talking about and I'm having to go back and reread every sentence. Not to mention that I keep dozing off mid sentence. That would be pretty dang annoying if I wasn't too doped up to care.

Why Implants?
My chest has always been my insecurity. At a young age all my friends around me were developing much faster than me and I was teased a lot because of it. Some called me "ant-hills" and jokes were made about my chest being as flat as my back. Kids can be so stupid. As I got older I became more frustrated with the fact that I felt like I didn't have a womanly shape. I couldn't fill out clothing that I loved or feel confident in a bathing suit. Once I got married I found it affected how I saw myself in Jon's eyes. He made it clear that he could care less what size chest I had. But for me it was always on my mind. An insecurity I just couldn't let go of. All this to say I've wanted this for a very long time.

Where? I had my surgery done by Dr. Ness in Gastonia. I highly recommend him. He listened to all my thoughts and answered all my questions. The whole office was pleasant and helpful and they just made the experience that much better.

What to expect. I got the "girls" on Tuesday and I've been in pain ever since. It has died down a little, but it's still uncomfortable. The worst part was coming off the anesthesia after my surgery and waking up to a shock of extreme pain. It was the most brutal pain I've ever experienced. I don't know which was worse, the sharp pains in my chest or the difficulty I had taking a deep breath. It was more abrasive than I ever imagined. I'm not telling you this to scare you if you are interested in getting implants. I'm telling you this to inform you of what to expect.

Recovery. I have spent the majority of my time on my couch falling in and out of sleep from the medications. I have no appetite. I'm extremely bloated from all the liquids I'm drinking to stay hydrated. The medication is causing constipation (sorry, I warned you I'm an open book). I can't put normal clothes on so I'm living in yoga pants and an easy access zip-up jacket. I have an icepack on my chest at all times. I have a compression band wrapped around my chest to keep the "girls" from riding up underneath my chin. And I can't shower or use the restroom without the help of my husband. #pitiful

The details. I had my incision in my armpit because I didn't want to have a visible scar. If we were going to pay a few grand for implants, they better look good. I had my implants placed under the muscle because it supposedly has a more natural look and also there is less of a complication to breastfeed when the time comes. I chose saline over silicone because if they happen to leak, saline is just salt water so it's not toxic to my body.

As of now. I have not tried on any clothing or gone out to buy new bras yet because I still can't lift my arms over my head. I'm extremely tight and uncomfortable. But the upside is that it's getting better. I'm noticing a slight difference everyday that I wake up. Slowly but surely I'm getting there. Recovery is really different for every person. Some friends I've spoken to were out on the town 2 days after their surgery. Me? I can't imagine the thought of going into public right now. I can barely stand up straight much less look normal enough in public that people won't stare at me. Besides they say your implants won't drop for awhile so the cup size may change.

If you have any questions regarding implants, feel free to ask. I know I had a lot of questions once I scheduled my surgery and thankfully I have a few friends who have them and were able to give me advice and details of what to expect. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Well I wrote much more than I thought I could. It only took me 3 hours... I may or may not have nodded off somewhere in the middle there. #medsarekickingmybutt



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Pumpkin Crumb Cake

10.14.2013

I've mentioned before that when I make a meal that turns out decent I like to share it with you. Because we can't all be awesome and create recipes out of thin air. Some of us need a little help, called inspiration. Or better known as PINspiration. That's where this recipe came from. It's a mouthful of amazingness. Pure amazingness.
Obviously tis' the season for everything pumpkin. I couldn't help but join in on the fun. I actually just got extremely stressed and when I get stressed I bake. And when I couldn't think of what I should bake I thought of what was appropriate to bake. When I thought of what was appropriate. I thought pumpkin. When I thought pumpkin, I thought what the heck should I make with pumpkin? Then I thought of dessert and how much I like dessert in the mornings, with coffee. Then I thought of how crumb cake is an appropriate dessert to eat for breakfast. Then I thought pumpkin + crumb cake = Heaven in my mouth. And that's how this recipe made it's way into my life.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake
Recipe adapted from here.

3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
3/4 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
Crumb Topping
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
2 cups flour
1 cup unsalted butter (melted)

1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9x13 pan.
2. Make the crumb topping. In a medium bowl mix both sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and flour. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork to form large crumbs. Set aside.
3. For the cake, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with a mixer until fluffy. Add the sugar and mix well. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla, pumpkin puree and vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture and sour cream alternating between the two, ending with the flour mixture. 
5. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Add the crumb topping onto the top of your cake. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nom. Nom. Nom!

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You Have Questions. I Have Answers.

So today that thing that I'm really excited about, but can't share with you just yet is happening! So I'm going to keep this post short. I may be MIA for the next couple of days, but no worries I have posts lined up for you. And I should mention I may not get back to you right away if you leave me a comment or drop me an email. No need to worry. It will make sense soon. 

This thing that's happening got me to thinking. I like to be real on this here blog of mine. I like to think I am writing to a big bunch of girlfriends who are simultaneously sipping on cocktails with me as we read about each others lives. So why not share the truth or the nitty gritty? That's usually what happens after a few cocktails, right? 

So I thought it would be fun to answer your questions. Is there something you want to know about me directly? Or something in general you want my thoughts on? Ask away! No boundaries. Alright I lied there is one boundary. I won't can't talk with you about sex. I don't think that needs an explanation as to why... *cough* because hubs said so *cough*.  Erin has done something like this, what she calls "Dear Erin" and I get a kick out of it every time.

What do you want to know about me? I'm an open book. Want advice? Want to know why peaches have fuzzy skin? I may have an answer for that. Who knows. Only one way to find out... ask me. 


Comment below with your question as yourself or anonymously. Or you can email me at themoderntulip@gmail.com. I'll share my answers here on the blog in the near future.
 
Ps. Don't hold back. 

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Weekend Shenanigans

Hi Kittens! Happy Monday morning! I'm quite cheery this morning because I got SO much done this weekend. I actually realized what a boring adult I am now because I'm happy with the fact that I got my adult chores done and I feel relieved because of it. Lame. But I had good reason to get all those things done. Jon and I are heading out of town this evening for something I'm extremely excited about. I can't share it with you just yet though. But I will. Later. Bum, bum, bummm... I'm sure the anticipation is killing you!

I thought I'd link up my weekend with Sami over at Sami's Shenanigans because, well I always check it out on Monday morning so why shouldn't I join in on the fun?
Sami's Shenanigans

Friday evening Jon and I went to dinner with two of our good friends and their sweet babies. 
Adorable, right? I love it when she steals my phone. I'm always left with these cute surprises. 

Saturday I did half of those adult chores I was talking about. I started off by being the coolest wife ever and making monkey bread for breakfast #bestdecisionever. Then I proceeded to organize bills, file paperwork, clean our floors for once, wash windows, catch up on laundry, IRON and I even got a little crafty and made a wreath... I know, I know. I impressed myself people. 
 Oh and I hung out over at The Daily Tay for the day. Met some new peeps. I love making new friends :)
Saturday night my best friend and her boyfriend came into town just to visit and have dinner with us. It's never a boring time when we get together.
Sunday after church and lunch with friends we came home and I finished playing adult for the weekend. Cleaning out both of our vehicles, which by the way I consider an awful task. I can't tell you the countless wrappers, stale french fries and receipts I found laying around. Not to mention the amount of dog hair I sucked up was enough to make a fur coat. Disgusting. Oh! We finally finished our porch! Well, Jon and his dad finally finished our porch.

And of course we spent the evening watching Dallas be Dallas. At least they finally won this time.
And that's a wrap, folks.

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Encouragement

10.12.2013
I had a post already planned for today, but I quickly scratched it because I just had to share the moment I had last night... err or this morning. I was up late into the night and well into the morning. I couldn't lay in bed. I couldn't sleep. My eyes were wide open staring into the dark. I felt complete discontent and discouragement. I am not really sure what for. Do you ever have those moments where you just seem to get really down? It's an overwhelming feeling of, "I'm not content". I don't ever like to feel this way *obviously*, but I couldn't help but fight the feeling. So rather than toss and turn in bed I came downstairs to my office and sat at the computer, flipped through a few blogs, messed around on the internet, and then I became even more discouraged. I was just so disheartened for reasons I don't know.

I tried reading happy blogs...cute articles...nothing worked. So just when I was going to shut down and head back to bed to try and sleep, I leaned over my bible and my journal. I usually do a morning bible study once Jon has up and left for work in the morning. But something urged me to open it up last night. Someone was tugging at my heart strings. 

I follow along with a study called She Reads Truth. I've talked about it before so make sure to check that out for more information. I've missed a few days on the study so I decided I'd dive back in. They are doing a study on God's promises right now. So I started at Day 1. The first piece of scripture to read was John 16:33.

These things I have spoken unto you, the in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

I cried. This verse spoke straight to me. He spoke straight to me heart exactly in my time of need. He heard my plea, my desperation. He felt my weakness and vulnerability. And he fulfilled all those voids. He poured His grace into my heart.

I can't even explain the sense of peace that brings me. "The in me ye might have peace". I have no reason to feel unsettled. He tells me plain and simple right there. Sometimes I let this world get the best of me. But thankfully I have a God who continuously fills me with hope and grace.

My faith in Him keeps a smile on my face. I hope you can find encouragement in that verse if you are experiencing discontent. God is good y'all.

Have a fabulous weekend, loves!

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Blooper Reel

10.10.2013
One of my favorite things about taking "fashion" pictures (and I use that term lightly) is looking back through at the hundreds of pictures Jon takes of me and finding the worst. The first time he ever took pictures for an outfit post he was very reserved with the camera. Only snapping the shots we both deemed necessary. Well after looking at those pictures we learned quickly that I get an average of 1 good picture for every 5 he takes. So a few pictures wasn't going to be enough. It's not him, it's me. I feel so funny in front of the camera that I have to goof off and laugh at myself to feel comfortable.

I present the Blooper Reel. {I forwarn you there are a lot of pictures} Sadly I know what that says about myself. We all can't be good at everything ya know.
Note to self. Duck faces aren't cute.
 This hair is really starting to piss me off.
Got it. I guess not in time for a decent picture.
 Distracted by bling.
1. "Do I want sushi or pizza tonight?"
1.Any day now Mr. Mills. The neighbors are driving by. 2.And their laughing at me. 3.And now I'm embarrassed and I'm blushing.
Not funny.
 Dadgumit my shirt keeps riding up.
1.Did I just hear the training coming? 2.Holy $*#@ I thought that was the train.
Not sure what he did, but that's my sassy face.
1.Booty shaking. 2. Gosh booty shaking cracks me up. 3. That was stupid. I just shook my booty on the side of the road.
 "What?" Like you've never shook your booty before.
I'm over this. That's a rap.

Please don't be surprised if I sign a contract with Vogue in the next few days. I hear they are looking for awkward white girls. All fingers point to yours truly.
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