Along comes summer, along comes the southern sun, and I say hello to my oily skin for the three long months of the season.
Unpacking every pair of shoes, earrings, scarf, and article of clothing from boxes really makes you analyze your style. Nathan and I just settled into our new place after our wedding and let me tell you…I did not realize how badly I needed to clean out my closet. Everything from my wedding dress to my summer camp t-shirts were crammed in the back of my closet.
After my monthly trip to Books-A-Million, I picked a hardback copy of Classic Style. My closet received a much-needed makeover after this read. I packed up all of my summer camp t-shirts and pulled out all of my favorite pieces for my favorite season; Fall. After this closet clean out and a Pinterest board dedicated to the season, let me give you my “Fall Wardrobe Staples”. The few items that you NEED for the season and that are so versatile for everyday use.
Good bye flannels….HELLO GINGHAM!! Seriously, plaid has been the fall essential for so many years. This season, every boutique, Target, and department store I go into has their abundant supply of this beautiful pattern. I’ve kissed all of my flannels goodbye and hung them in the back of my closet. Gingham is all the hype this season. Definitely what I will be wearing when we make our annual trip to the pumpkin patch.
The Green Cargo Jacket
These olive-green tone jackets are seriously the most versatile piece of clothing I own. You can wear them with anything; sweaters, stripes, leggings, gingham, plaid. You name it, you can throw it over it. It spices up the average fall outfit. It just adds a little something extra to every outfit. They’re light weight so you get just enough coverage in the cold mornings but you don’t sweat when the temperature sky rockets in the afternoon. These green cargo jackets are an absolute must. A staple in your collection.
I have two of these beauties. One has the elbow pads and hood printed in plaid while its a soft army green. It has the cutest snap buttons and I pick this jacket up for my dressier outfits. Now my other cargo jacket is a deep green, cut short, with a zipper. This is my go to for throwing over t-shirts and pairing it with jeans.
The Leather Tote
Now let’s talk a bout my favorite accessory for any season; your bag. Your purse, your handbag, your tote says so much about you. It defines the outfit. It is the single most important accessory in your closet that you own. Make it a good one.
Brown leather bags in the fall are the key to my heart. They can match anything from your boots to your hat to your jacket. My personal bag is a brown leather monogrammed tote. It’s deep and has a nice big pocket. It travels anywhere I do and gets tossed around in the back of my Mini Cooper. I love it to death. Out of my entire wardrobe, this one bag is my everything. It makes my “ootd” look sharp, clean, and stylish. I snagged it from a local boutique here in the Fort and my husband had it monogrammed.
These three items are so versatile that they can pull every fall outfit together 7 days in a row. These are my fall wardrobe pieces that I swear by.
Comment bellow your favorite fall piece that you have in your closet right now.
For more style inspiration, I’ve linked my Pinterest board down bellow of all my favorite outfit ideas…
Wow…2017 is rolling out its final few months!! What a crazy year. This year has been by far one of the greatest years of my life. Well deserving of the Life Update that is coming soon. Nathan and I went from engaged to married, I turned 20, and FINALLY…Fall has arrived. I can officially say that Fall has arrived in Arkansas because it was 80 degrees yesterday and now its raining outside of my fogged up window.
Crisp leaves, candied apples, pumpkin picking, thanksgiving, football, and s’mores. It’s all wrapped into the beautiful month of October; my favorite. I could talk your ears off about the second best time of the year (Christmas in first place) but lets jump right into the bucket list I combined for the month of October. During the downtime you have these are the best ways I have found to spend the next month!
The Ultimate Fall Bucket List:
Tailgate at a football game (We’re planning to go to the Razorback vs. Auburn game)
Go to an apple orchard
Carve a pumpkin
Bake a pumpkin roll
Surprise someone with a good coffee
ABC Family’s Halloween Marathon
Go to The Pumpkin Patch (We annually visit The Wild Things Farm, I will link them bellow!)
Make caramel apples
Scary Movie date with your SO or friends
Wear fuzzy socks
Go to Farmer’s Market
Make a gratitude list (A list of things you’re most thankful for this year)
Go on a hike
Bake a pie
Drink apple cider
Read a good book in 30 days (I suggest The Magnolia Story!)
Break out the crock pot (Pumpkin Butter is my favorite fall recipe)
Haunted House (Our friends have finally convinced me to go)
Collect acorns & pinecones
Find your favorite fall scented candle
Press colorful leaves that you find
Watch Hocus Pocus
Ride your bike through the leaves
DIY spa day (I use moisturizer serum because my skin is so dry this time of year)
The best time of the year is meant to be spent with the ones you love! Grab someone you care about and start checking things off the bucket list. Comment below your favorite fall activity
It’s been almost 8 years since I walked down the Valley for the first time at Church camp. I met my very best friends here. We were lucky enough to spend one week together out of every year. We slept in the same bunk, shared our flip flops, and ate countless packages of fruit snacks. It was hot, humid, and dirty but its some of the best memories I had ever made. Memories of holding onto each other as we cried together, laughing at each other trying to play softball, and memories of our “group mom”, Alicia, dragging us all out of bed at 7am for devotional and donuts. Bless that girl for making sure I had breakfast every morning and smuggling in snacks for me throughout the day. Pretty sure she kept me alive since there was no coffee for the campers. Memories of holding on to Sabrina through my mental breakdown as I found out my great grandmother was passing away while I was stuck at a camp almost 4 hours away. We were so close and couldn’t bare the thought of the week coming to an end.
It’s now been 3 years since we left that church camp and we live states away but thanks to our group chat and our driver’s licenses we’ve still spent a week together every year. This year, that week changed my life…
They drove 9 hours to get here. My girlfriend’s and I had a full day of shopping in our favorite stores, ate take out for dinner, and were having a Sex and The City marathon. We had just watched my very favorite part of the movie where Carrie and Mr. Big finally get married and she has the closet of her dreams (swoon). I had just taken my makeup off and I was down to my underwear for the night. I was having the best day with my best friends. And that’s when it happened…
He was down on one knee. We were standing in our closet of our new home (Just like Carrie and Big). There I was in my pajamas and with out makeup, my two best friends behind him filming it all, and my boyfriend of 2 years was down on one knee with a ring box. I screamed, I cried, I said YES.
It may not sound like a dream proposal to some girls, but it was my dream come true. A day spent with my best friends and the man of my dreams popping the question in our closet of our new home. I got to celebrate with my girlfriends and they took me out to shop for anything and everything BRIDE.
I tried on wedding dresses and we started planning immediately! I’m so blessed to have these girls by my side as I become Bridezilla and so lucky that they will help keep my head on straight. I have the 3 best Bridesmaids a girl could ask for; Alicia, Sabrina, and Sydnei. Thank God for Sydnei. She knows me so well and knows how to ALWAYS keep me laughing. She’s the life of my party!
I can just see my wedding day now. Alicia will have a checklist ready to go and her Mary Poppins bag will be stuffed with everything imaginable I will need. Sabrina will be the one crying when I’m finally ready to walk down the isle but she’ll also be the first one to start a fight if anyone pisses me off. Then there’s sweet Sydnei, who will demand I let her wear converse in the wedding and will be chugging the wine at the reception so she can keep me laughing all night.
I may have the most beautiful diamond on my finger but my most valuable diamond is our friendship-it’s rare, it shines, and it’s so precious to me. After all, diamonds are girl’s best friend.
The coffee is steaming, the sun is going down, and my fingers are typing away at the keyboard. You would think my coffee shop spot brings me to ease but in fact there’s so much noise around me I can barely focus on my own little world. I don’t even know where to begin. The past week has been so frantic and fast paced yet almost felt like it was moving in slow motion. I believe that change is such an important part of our lives and that change is a necessity in keeping the world going round…although I’m not always welcoming of change.
These past 3 weeks, I welcomed change with open arms. Packing up our first home and unpacking our new home. A trip to Oklahoma to bring home my new car, Mini the Mini Cooper. Bringing home our first French Bulldog puppy, Charolette (named after Charolette York from SATC of course.) Change has been all around us and we almost haven’t had a chance to breathe.
But I am so thankful for these changes that are almost overwhelming. Our new house already feels like home. I wake up at 7am, brew my coffee, take Charolette out while Nathan lays dead asleep wrapped in our down covers. Routine makes the change easier.
My new little red wagon gets me to and from every errand I run throughout the week. She gives me a sense of freedom I had almost forgotten. When I take the top down, play my favorite song, and drive through town she takes me into a day dream.
Charolette is just a complete goob…plain and simple. I’m a nurture by nature and the oldest of 4 kids which I give credit to my nurturing skills. I’m 19 and I have no children (yet) so Charolette fills that void for me. She wakes up with me every morning and follows me around the house for the rest of the day. I hold her like a baby, she keeps me warm at night, and every Friday night I bring her home a pupcake (dog cupcake) from my favorite bakery so she can indulge a little with me. I love her bunches.
Positive changes have come our way and we are continuously blessed daily with new changes. The only job we have is to accept those changes with open arms and hope for the best. I was so afraid to accept all of these big life moves. I was afraid of leaving my hometown and afraid the dog would be too stressful. God forbid the convertible top doesn’t come back up when an unpredictable spring shower decides to ruin my afternoon drive (if you’re from Arkansas…you will know what I’m talking about). I didn’t LOVE the little world I lived in, but I liked it. God knew that, but he saw something greater in my future. So I changed myself. Changes to myself brought me to see that it was time to let go, forgive, and move forward. Leave the baggage at the airport and get on the freaking flight. So I changed myself…and it changed my world.
When you find yourself in the midst of change, you have two options, to step forward into growth or to step backward into safety. I pray that you step into growth. Don’t let growth scare you. Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as being stuck somewhere you don’t belong.
Open your arms to change, take is slow…
“365 New Days, 365 New Chances.”
Okay, maybe not 365 new days. More like 337 days left. Here we are, almost at the end of January and I can’t figure out where the month has gone. For those of you who have stuck to your resolutions…YOU GO, GIRL! For those of you like me and didn’t attempt a resolution…It’s not too late! Here’s how to make 2017 your best year yet.
No matter where you are in your life there is room for some organization. My niche to staying organized is my planner/agenda. I call her Pearl (because shes an essential just like my pearl earrings) so she comes along everywhere with me. If you have a busy schedule try a new planner for 2017! Check out my 3 Keys to Staying Organized. Get rid of anything that no longer serves you. Through away everything that just hangs out in your junk drawer and get rid of all the unnecessary clutter in your life! With Spring just around the corner, there is no better time to Spring Clean your life. You will feel a huge relief.
Improvement means change. If you want to bring change to this year and make it a fabulous one, welcome the changes that come. I love small changes. Rearranging our furniture, changing up my style, a new makeup product to my routine are all changes I normally welcome. Major life changes on the other hand I HATE. This year embrace those changes that life dishes you out, weather it’s petite or majorly drastic. After all, everything happens for a reason. Take that change with a smile.
Set Goals & Crush Them
It’s so important to set goals for yourself, even if they’re small. Having a goal in your mindset reminds you of what you want to accomplish in the long run. Don’t set a vague goal. Make it very defined and know why you want to accomplish it. Be focused and get inspired! Write it down and keep track or your progress. I keep up with all of my weekly goals in Pearl. Set your Goal for 2017 and Crush it.
Have Fun Along The Way
What’s a great year without a lot of fun? While you’re out there working on making this year count don’t forget to count your blessings. Follow your heart and your passions while setting new goals to dominate. If you’re encountering new changes, stop worrying about them and enjoy them more! Make more time for yourself and practice the art of self care. Spend time with your best gal pals and make the most of it. Learn new things, take new adventures, and don’t forget to document it all along the way. You have 337 new chances, make them the best chances you have.
We’ve been together for 2 years and let’s face it, that’s a while for a millennial couple. Most people in our generation aren’t looking for something serious or they don’t see the value of commitment in your 20’s. We’ve made the commitment to live together and hopefully soon we’ll make THE commitment. Here are our secrets to a happy relationship.
Time Together & Time for Our Selves
Spending time together and taking the time to nurture your baby (your relationship) is super important. What’s even more important is to take time for yourself. You simply can not forget to take care of yourself and love yourself! If you don’t love yourself how are you suppose to love your partner? After spending the majority of your time with your partner it is always refreshing to take an hour or so out of your day to do something for yourself. My “Nataleigh time” of the day may be writing a blog post, having an “at home spa night”, or reading a good book with a good cup of tea. After feeling relaxed and I have spent some time to myself I’m really able to give my my best self to Nathan and vice versa.
Keeping our Relationship Semi Private
Most young women run to their friends or moms to tell them every detail of their relationship. Had a bad fight? Run to mom. Had the best date of your romance life? Get on the group text! We love our friends and family…but a relationship is between two people and that’s how we like to keep it. No one knows every aspect of our biggest fight, our bad days, or even our best days. We keep our little secrets to our selves and its something we cherish together. If it’s a fight we’ve had we take the time to cool off without calling up mom and we come back together with clear heads to work it all out. We find our privacy is really important to our relationship.
Making The Most of Our Differnces
We have things we love to do as a couple. We especially love having dinner at our favorite restaurants, taking day trips out of town, and going for a drive to unwind at the end of the day. But we also have our separate interests and we like to incorporate into spending time as besties/partners. I love a good coffee and writing sesh so Nate will occasionally take me to my favorite coffee shop and plop me down with our laptops and a big ole’ cup of joe. Nathan does photography (photo sessions for life!!). So some days when he wants to have a shoot, I will tag along with him and we have a lot of fun. I think it’s especially fun to see him being so passionate about something.
The wise man built his house upon the rock. Our foundation is the most important to us. Unwavering trust, unconditional love, and a solid support are the foundations we have laid for our future. If your relationship doesn’t have a solid foundation what do you have to build on? It will be shaky if the foundation isn’t firm. With my family living five hours away, Nathan is who I rely on at the end of everyday and I trust him to be there. Build that foundation and build on top of it. Be the wise man.
Love your partner and yourself. Our secrets to our happy relationship. – Nat
My organization routine most likely stems from my slight OCD, but hey…everything has it’s own place and who doesn’t love a good list? I love organization and I especially love helping people GET organized. I’m always the friend who gets the “HELP” phone call to come get sh*t done! Here are my 3 keys to staying organized.
I use an agenda/planner to keep track of everything that comes at me in life. I use one by the brand of Sugar Paper which you can find at Target. I choose this planner because of it’s unique and super functional “This week” pages scattered throughout the end of every month. This helps me to remember what emails I need to write, my weekly goals, and that week’s shopping list. I call my agenda “Pearl” because she’s a staple in my life just like my pearl earrings.
Notebook & Stationary:
Somewhere in the bottom of my purse is always my “handy dandy little notebook”. It comes everywhere with me. It’s what I use to keep my to-do list’s on hand, make pro and con lists if need be, and write down any super important information in case of some emergency or natural disaster. My newly adopted notebook is my “Blog Book” which is gratified with lists, ideas, and bullet points.
A Lifestyle of Lists:
If you haven’t picked up on it already I am a list maker by trade. Shopping lists, to do lists, to call, to buy, to email, to write, to blog, to go, to clean. The list making never ends and this is truly my secret to my orderliness and organization. Bullet points are my boyfriend.
I hope this inspires you to make a list!
2016… I gave it a big ole’ smooch and I kissed that year good-bye and don’t miss it a bit. It was a struggle if anything. It brought so many changes and unnecessary negativity to a girl who was trying to stay afloat with positivity . I know I’m not alone when I say I felt a turning point as 2017 came along. It was a relief and it left me feeling refreshed. Here’s to turning 20 in 2017 and how I plan to make it a year I will never forget.
“Oh, to be 20 again and know what I know now!” My 60 year old grandmother’s voice sprung out of the phone when I told her about this blog post.“What would you do differently if you could be 20 again?” Knowing this one of a kind woman, her answers didn’t surprise me. She would have moved off to the city in her 20’s. Traveled more, dated less. Made more time for her girlfriends and adventuring out in the world, learning about herself along the way.
I feel so much pressure to have it all figured out and have a plan for the rest of my life jotted down somewhere in an agenda that doesn’t even exist yet. But what I gathered from my grandma is that she would have let herself float along and enjoyed what the world had to offer to her and take her time with life.
I’m going to remember 2017 as the year I turned 20. The year I’m living with the love of my life and growing our relationship along the way. The year I started my blog. The year I got my anxiety under control. I took trips and put miles on the car. The year I started planning my wedding on Pinterest, because heck…I’m turning 20. The year I cherish the friendship I have with my best girlfriends who live a state away and we laugh until we cry like we did every summer since we were 11. The year I just wore the freaking bikini and I had desert after dinner. The year I put myself first and took more long bubble baths with a good book instead of crying myself to sleep over a bad day. The year I really slowed down, traveled more, and enjoyed what being 20 has to offer me. The year I will remember for a lifetime. CHEERS TO BEING 20 IN 2017!
What will you do this year that you will remember for a lifetime?
A simple southern girl living the simple southern life style. That’s how I would describe myself and I love that because I believe there is beauty is simplicity.
However my beauty routine is not one of simplicity…I wake up and make up. Here are my 5 favorite beauty products I recently collected to replace my ba-oring simple ones!!
No. 5 : NYX’s Lip lingerie
NYX launched their Lip Lingerie in 2016 and I was all about these beautiful nude matte liquid lipsticks. They really vamp up the pouty matte look you’ve been searching for. It’s also a dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hill’s matte liquid lipstick. My favorite shade is Bed Time Flirt…get it here.
No. 4: Loreal’s Magic Lumi Primer
This primer works wonders-lasting all day and giving you a luminescence glow. The best trick is to mix it in with your foundation and TADA…you have a beautiful glowing foundation! Find it at any drugstore.
No. 3: Coconut Oil
If you haven’t already, jump on this bandwagon. Better yet…THROW yourself on the bandwagon. Deep condition, moisturizer, chaptstick, shaving cream, face mask, lotion, makeup remover, and the list goes on! Coconut oil does it ALL! I’m convinced it’s a cure all and I use it religiously.
No. 2: Roller lash Mascara
The world of mascara is overwhelming. Every brand name has a million different formulas and I’m convinced I’ve tried them all. No other mascara has given me such va-va-voom lashes! Thank you Benefit for giving my lashes the up-do they deserved!
No. 1: Function of Beauty Shampoo & Conditioner
I love anything personalized. I mean, if it’s not monogrammed…is it really yours? When I found out I could personalize my own shampoo I ran to upstairs to trash all of the Herbal Essence and OGX I owned. Function of Beauty allows you to completely customize your shampoo down to the name, color, functionality, and fragrance. BONUS…you don’t even have to leave the house. You order it online and have it shipped to your home as frequently as you’d like. It’s just a win-win. Go on…personalize your shampoo, ladies.
*Bonus* Mini Beauty Blenders
Anything “mini” is ten times cuter and beauty blenders are already a blessing. Now imagine mini beauty blessings. I took my beauty blenders to the next level and got a hold of the mini version for under the eyes and around the lips. Game. Changer.