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Forgotten Fotos

 
So as I was going through my photos to type up two recipe posts I found some photos of my trip to Athens and a few more from Savannah. So I thought what better thing to do then give those beauties there own blog post. Behold, below pictures from my beloved alma mater, my dad and I sanding a tree trump and my recent trip to Savannah for fourth of July and of course Danielle’s birthday!!
 
 
 
Thomas, Lynae, Jeff, Sean and Kimmy walking arund North Campus.
 
 
Ringing the bell….its a big deal to UGA grads.
 
 
Jeff wanted nothing to do with a UGA tradition.
 
 
 
I spent so many Saturdays here with friends. We yelled, chanted, celebrated and danced in this stadium every Saturday for three years. I have so many memories from Saturdays in Athens.
 
 
 

 
 
A tree stump. What in the world is one doing with a tree stump? Well I am going to create a side table out of it. It needed to be sanded first so my dad and I set about to do just that.  

 
He will kill me for posting this but well he is the best. He helped me sand the tree stump. Picture below is him sanding the more detailed spots on my stump. This guy is seriously the best. I find an idea and he brings them to life.

 
 
These are the mountains you can see from my front yard. The beauty was lost on me as a child but my first trip back from Charlotte I realized the beauty I overlooked each day.
 
 
Seriously good coffee in downtown Savannah.
 
 
He doesn’t know this picture exists but I liked it.
 
 
Two of my favorites waiting to get into Wet Willies.  
 


Weekend Review


So this weekend was simple, laid back and filled with so many laughs. I am pretty sure I could relive this past weekend over the next year and be a happy camper.

Friday was low-key and exactly what I needed after a crazy work week. I grabbed dinner at Burger & Company with Lynae and Jen. It was good but I hadn’t eaten all day so anything in that moment would have tasted delicious.
 

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Afterward we met with a few more friends at Unknown, a local brewery, to grab a beer or two and just relax….no one was in a go out and get crazy mood…which is rare to find us all wanting to NOT go out…..are we getting old?
 
The boys decided that it was time for them to bring back their Poker Night so we girls decided to try our hand at painting. Now this might sound fairly simple but add in wine and some friends and let me tell you the laughs were endless.
 

 We tried out Pinot’s Palette – South End and we had so much fun we are already planning to do it again soon. They give you aprons, write name in front of your station and provide you with an awesome instructor who is part funny part AWESOME (I wanted to trade my picture for his).

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I will say my painting lacking in comparison to some of the other ladies had zero to do with the two four glasses of wine I had while painting.  Who am I am kidding it had everything to do with but boy did we all laugh, drink, eat and laugh some more. Katie even got a little serious at the end and went all Van Gogh on us….see what I did there? Van Gogh…we painted a Van Gogh….get it? I know I am hilarious! Ha

So I figured after an evening of wine what better way to start of a Sunday than hiking? You thought I was going to say Brunch didn’t you? Don’t worry it crossed my mind but hiking was a better/healthier option.

 
 

We headed to Crowder Mountain, climbed to the top, took it all in and then left happy with our Sunday afternoon decision. We followed it by grilling out inside, with one of my favorite kitchen items and hanging out with friends.

It was a successful weekend for me and I hope it was for you all too.
 



White Water Weekend


This weekend was a mix of crazy weather. I think Mother Nature was having an emotional breakdown on Saturday because it rained ALL. DAY. LONG. Thankfully she got her stuff together on Sunday and provided an unseasonably warm January afternoon; which was perfect for cheering on a friend of mine in his first bike race.

 

The US National White Water Center drained the river for this event and created a bike course which each rider got to go down twice. Each run was timed in order to see who placed where. There were plenty of crash and burns but it was all so fun to watch.


Lynae, Thomas, Haven Pup and I watched and cheered on until after the time trials and then stayed to watch the 40 min lap race (which involved spills, crashes, some broken bike pieces and lots of crazy riders) and afterward we called it a day.


This is Haven Pup or really just Haven. She is a herder by nature and with all the bikes running around she was struggling to keep it together, but man is she a precious one.

We clearly pay attention to signs really well. Although I think since the river was drained the danger was removed.


Here is Jason on one of the uphill turns that some A LOT of people struggled with!

 
This was another turn that people had problems with. Please note Jason made it through unscathed and in really good time considering he has never raced before.
 
 

One fashion comment to make while I am here is that I got this scarf and one other for Christmas from my cousin and his wife. Ummm…I love them. Check out BSprinkled for to get one of these infinity scarves.

Birthday BFFEL

 
What in the world is a BFFEL? Well that would be my lovely friend Kimmy. It came about sometime in college and it has just stuck around!
 
 
We became good friends in high school, 9th grade Algebra class to be exact. She helped me with cheerleading tryouts and the rest has pretty much been history. We have had our ups and downs (what friendship hasn’t) but I have no doubt in twenty years we will still be BFFELs. 🙂
 
 
She married her high school sweetheart this past May. They have been together for 9 years tomorrow. They are the couple other people hope to be one day….or at least I do. They love each other more now than they did a year ago and they trust each other so much. I am so happy they finally became husband and wife this year.

 
These were the high school days…..I am hoping some of those pictures never get resurfaced…..I wonder what we thought sometimes back then! 🙂

 

 

 
What can I say, we are two peas in a pod. She has always supported me, laughed with me, cried with me and been a shoulder to lean on when I needed one. I am not quite sure what I would do without her, but I am pretty sure I won’t ever have to find out. Our friendship has survived high school drama, boys, college and now living in separate cities. We make sure to talk at least once or twice and week and we always know the other is there if there was ever a need.
 
Thank you for being my best friend and a constant in my life. Wishing you the best birthday yet and many many more to come! I look forward to all this life has yet to show us and all the fun, exciting and random memories we have left to make.
 


Friendsgiving

 
I am all for the holidays. Once Thanksgiving gets close I am full blown holiday crazed. I decided a few weeks ago I wanted to have a Thanksgiving dinner with my group of friends. So with a ton of emails and some planning later we ended up having a fantastic “Friendsgiving” this past Sunday.
 
 On Saturday Thomas and I went shopping for decorations, more so I shopped for decorations and he shopped for cooking supplies. We got supplies for our dishes the following day and made a plan to decorate on Sunday.
 
We decided to use my boss’s hurricanes for the centerpieces and I got moss, cranberries and candles to put in the middle.

 
As a side note, cranberries taste awful. I don’t know this from personal experience but from the faces Jeff and Thomas made I can gather they weren’t delicious.
 
Thomas made turkey cake pops to go on the table and wrapped the napkins in leaves.
 

 
 
My lovely friend Jen.

 
 And this is my friend Thomas in all his Turkey Leg glory!
 

Mid Twenties

 
If you would have told my 16 year old self that I would look forward to turning another year older….I would have laughed in your face. Now-a-days I look forward to growing older, which is all subject to change at 30, get back to me then. Seriously, I am looking forward to this next year of my life. I have some really good feelings about this 26th year of life.
 
Now on to the celebrations! I rather enjoy LOVE my birthday! I start a countdown a month before the big day. My original plans were to go to Banner Elk, NC, sip wine, enjoy the cold weather and hang out with three awesome ladies. Well those plans came to a halt so instead two of my favorites came up from Athens, Kimmy and Anna, to spend the weekend and celebrate my happy day.
 
Friday was low-key with dinner and drinks. Saturday we went shopping and I picked up two goodies from J.Crew with my gift card from Anna.
 
After shopping we grabbed a late lunch and then went back to my apt to get ready. We had dinner at Basil (YUM) and went to Connollys for a few drinks afterwards. I had an absolute blast and so thankful for all my friends who came and celebrated my birthday with me. It was an amazing evening!
 
 
 
Sweater | Skirt (DIY) | Belt | Clutch | Heels | Necklace | Bracelet
 
My grandmother made my tulle skirt for me and I could not love it more! The clutch was my birthday present from Kimmy.
 

 
 
 

 
Ladies meet my friend Jeff, he is single!

 
After we finished our night in Uptown, we headed back to my apartment to enjoy a piece of the cake Thomas made for my birthday! Please note not only was everything on this cake handmade but it was DELICIOUS.

 
 Inside is a layer of chocolate and a layer of strawberry cake, buttercream frosting and chocolate covered strawberries on top.
 
Seriously, could not have asked for a better way to spend my birthday. To each and everyone that came, THANK YOU! You each made my day extra special and I so happy I have the best group of friends.
 

Whirlwind Weekend

I really do feel like sometimes I blink and my weekend is gone. Do you ever feel like that? I had zero plans as of 6:30 pm (when I left work on Friday) but don’t fret I found some. Something to know about me is I dislike loathe doing nothing most of the time. I start my weekend saying. “I’m just going to relax this weekend and not do anything.” Then around 8 or 9 on Friday I am itching to do something.
This weekend was no different. It involved Bad Grandpa, Common Market (running into old flames), hair appointment, getting my friends ready for Halloween, house party, All American Pub, some DVR, Disc Golf and Hocus Pocus (SJP pre Carrie Bradshaw).
I am not one to turn down a movie invitation so after a failed first attempt to see Bad Grandpa, we finally found a theater with enough seats and I laughed a lot. Now Johnny Knoxville isn’t always my cup of tea but the kid in this movie MAKES it for me. It was seriously funny and worth a watch (maybe RedBox style). After movies we headed to Common Market, which is a local place, within walking distance from my apt and where I constantly run into this guy I have ZERO desire to see. You are probably asking “Well then why do you?”. Well I go because I refuse to stop just because of him, enter stubbornness at it’s best. It was a fun night with great friends.
 
Saturday started off with brunch and then getting my hair done. The last time I stepped into a hair salon was February….YIKES! After hair I got two of my friends, Devon and Jen, ready for Halloween. Devon was a zebra and her costume was UH-Mazing! Jen was a Greek goddess and she looked gorgeous! Proof in the picture below.

 
After getting them ready I went home to “relax” read I got in my comfy clothes, glasses on, hair up in a mess and planned to do nothing. A phone call and a few persuasive words later I am headed to a house party and then All-American. I wasn’t kidding when I said I don’t relax well. 🙂
 
 
This is apparently the only face I know how to make in pictures these days…geez!
 
Sunday I watched lots of DVR, played disc golf (horribly) with Lynae and Thomas and spent the rest of it making dinner and watching First Daughter and Hocus Pocus. I always forget SJP is in it and she always takes me by surprise…pre Carrie Bradshaw days!
 

Travel Bug

You wanna know a secret? If you ever talk to me two of the things you will learn quickly is that I love fashion and I want to see the world. The secret you might not find out, I am not as traveled as I come off. Below are some places I dream of seeing in my lifetime.

 
 St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. I mean look at those colors, who wouldn’t want to see this place and experience Moscow (maybe just me)!

 
 Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I have a serious love for the Asian Continent. I would love to spend weeks months exploring the countries there.

 
Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslautanen. I LOVE cold weather. I will happily trade in my four seasons here in the south for two seasons year round of fall and winter. I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights and you can from these igloos located in Finland.
 
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Where have I actually traveled you ask. Well I’ve only the left US to go the Caribbean and Mexico via a cruise ship and a few trips to Toronto for work and Niagara Falls for family fun. The farthest west I have ever been is Nashville, TN. I have covered the eastern seaboard a good bit, as evidenced below.
 
 
A cold trip to Boston led to laughs, memories and so much fun. These ladies made this trip and we still talk about it. Which is why we need to plan another one. Am I right Dani, Anna, Christine?

 
A wonderful trip to NYC, my favorite city to date, with T and other good friends. It was a fun few days of sight seeing, shopping, food and friends. A trip I will never forget and a trip that ended with me purchasing my first pair of these amazing flats. 

 
A late night/early morning drive to Virginia Beach to visit Dani Lyn was so much fun and exhausting. Sleep was overrated, Skip and Go Naked was underrated and the memories were perfect. Plus we ate at HK on the Bay, which has the most incredible Seafood Macaroni.

 
Last is my trip to Washington, DC with my little sister B and her ninth grade class as a chaperone. Who thought I was qualified is beyond me, but it was a blast and I learned so much, soaked up some US History, that may or may not have been forgotten since first learning in middle school. 
   
I have always wanted to go places everywhere really but I started to realize I’ve put my love of fashion above my love of travel. Not to say this is a bad thing but I won’t have memories from spending $200 on a pair of shoes or $500 on a purse but I will have memories from spending $700 on a plane ticket to Europe.
 
So this long blog post is  basically to say my priorities might be realigning. Does this mean I don’t want or won’t sometimes buy those shoes or purse? No, I definitely do and will, but I want to live outside the here and now satisfaction and live for the future satisfaction and the lasting changes traveling will hopefully have on me.

So tell me where you want to travel or places you want to revisit?

Pumpkin Patch Shenanigans

Lynae, Jen and I spent part of our Saturday at Hodges Farm to pick out pumpkins. They wanted to carve them, me on the other hand I planned to glitter them. 
They let you price your own pumpkins, but give you the scale above to go by. 

Meet my lovely friend Jen. I said smile and she gives me this. 

They had old school Red Flyer Wagons you could grab and wheel your pumpkins up.

This is my fabulous roommate Lynae. She is ready to get some pumpkins. 

That’s right, I voluntarily stood beside this girl in her Florida jersey. It took a lot for this Georgia girl and alumni but I like her enough. 

Cardigan: J.Crew | Top: Loft | Leggings: David Lerner | Boots: Lucky Brand (old, this years version) | Necklace: Ebay (this shop owner)

If you want leggings that keep their shape and are super comfy look no further than these David Lerner leggings. They are a little on the splurge side, mine were a gift from one of my good friends, but they are totally worth every penny. I plan to snag these in black on black or these in navy up next. 

Clearly something was really funny. It kind of looks like a staged picture, at least to me, but I really was laughing. 

ThrowBackThursday


I know I said I would get back to my Try it First Thursdays but that just didn’t happen this week. I’ve left work post sunset for the last few weeks which makes taking pictures rather difficult to put it lightly. I do promise I have some fun plans this weekend and will return to my regular scheduled life next week, I think! For now I leave you with some throw back pictures of some of my favorites and why I love them so.

Anna & I in Boston on our last day eating at Cheers. Apparently something was hilarious! This girl helped me survive my last year of golf and is one of my absolute favorites!

 
 
Dani-lyn & I before at one of our best friends wedding rehearsal dinners! Adore this one!

 
Graduation Day! 4 1/2 years, two degrees and a smile that was super happy to be DONE!

 
Moving day to Charlotte! I was so excited and beyond nervous. I also was on crutches due to a tow truck totaling my car two days prior.

 
Nashville for my 25th birthday! These are three of my bests. They have literally gotten me through more of life than I have time to tell you about. 

This is my sister Brooke. This one was a surprise love! I was an only child for 10 years then she came along. To say that I was unhappy would be an understatement, but now I couldn’t my life without her. She is my sister and my best friend (cheesy I know).
 

Oh Broad St. That street holds many memories, some I would share and others I will let it keep. Downtown Athens is an experience everyone deserves to get one time at least.
 
 
 YHC days with SB! My first two years of college allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people and this girl is definitely one of them.

Met this girl when I moved to Young Harris in the sixth grade. Little did I know that a few years later in the ninth grade she would become a good friend and now my best. We have been through a lot and now laugh at it all. She is a constant and I am happy to have her in my life.

 
Almost a year ago this photo was taken at her wedding! I met Christine when our schools played each other in golf, you read that right, we tear up those greens! She quickly became a good friend and over the years, despite the distance has become someone I couldn’t imagine not having in my life.