Upholstered Headboard

3.05.2015

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Lately I've been dying over gorgeous upholstered headboards that I'm seeing all over the place. I currently have one that I made as a DIY in college, but it is definitely time for an upgrade! All of the styles that I'm drawn to seem to have some similarities: nailhead detailing, tufted fabric, or an intricate shape. These are a few of my favorites that I have found on Pinterest.

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This hot pink headboard makes we want to redo my bedroom decor completely! But I also love the neutral colors below. There are so many gorgeous designs to choose from; I'm sure I will have to spend a lot more time on Pinterest before deciding which style I like the most. 

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Vintage Mink

3.03.2015



While I was visiting Pittsfield, Illinois last week, I took some photos around the historic sites in town and at places that I remember seeing during my childhood visits. The Pike County Courthouse is the main attraction in town and sits in the center of the town square, but the Historic East School is a beautiful site as well. I was looking for a fun background to shoot this "outfit" and chose the East School…really I just want to show you this vintage mink collar that was my grandmother's. This collar is so funny….I had a hard time taking a serious photo while wearing it! This is an old photograph of my grandmother wearing her mink collar in 1962. It's over 50 years old! I think my grandma pulled off the mink better than I do, but it was fun to wear for a bit.



I loved getting to play with this vintage mink, but I don't think I would actually wear it- especially in Dallas. The snow and the old school were such a pretty background to shoot at- I'll miss my time in Pittsfield!

Wedding Weekend

3.02.2015

Happy Monday! This weekend was packed with festivities and pretty things for my roommate's wedding. The weather in Dallas didn't want to cooperate, but we made it and my roommate is married! I can't wait to see all of the photos from the wedding photographer and let you see how beautiful the bride was, but here are a few details from the weekend that I captured on my phone. Have a great week!

{bridemaid bouquet of wildflowers}
{delicious Italian cream cake}
{bridesmaid flower power}
{goofing off in the bridal suite}
{petite fours while getting ready}

Pike County Courthouse

2.27.2015

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I can't seem to get away from the snow this week! During my time in Pittsfield, Illinois, I visited some of the historic landmarks in town that I remember always seeing during my childhood visits. This is at the Pike County Courthouse, and I'm wearing my mom's amazing rabbit fur collar coat.

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This was my first photoshoot in single digit temps...and hopefully my last!

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This Furla bag was the best travel bag for the airport and needing to carry so many different items with me at once! Gray is the perfect neutral to wear with anything and transition easily from season to season. In case you were wondering, these Tory Burch booties are not snow booties nor were they very warm, but they are my favorites right now and got me through a lot of snow and mud this week.

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When I was younger, I would always put on my mom's coat and play dress up- the fur is so soft! I had to seize the opportunity to wear her coat in Pittsfield; she was so nice to share it and take these photos for me in the cold.

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While we were walking around the town square taking photos, my dad grabbed us a coffee from the ONE coffee shop in Pittsfield... we didn't even ask! It was such a warm and welcome surprise. I hope you're all staying warm out there!

Saying Goodbye

2.26.2015



Today was a special day. Today my family celebrated the long life of my Grandpa George. He lived to be 98 years old and is now with the Lord, leaving us with a strong heritage of faith and a full life to be remembered. When I found out that he had passed last weekend, I was so busy that I didn't allow myself time to slow down and think about the loss (partly on purpose, I suppose). However, when I arrived in my dad's hometown of Pittsfield, Illinois this week, I had no choice but to slow down and think about the impact of Grandpa's life… there's not much to do in Pittsfield to keep busy ;)

I loved seeing cousins, aunts, and uncles that I don't get to see often and telling stories about Grandpa George and his famous one-liners. The stories we heard over and over from friends and family consistently pointed back to his selfless heart and his humor. There were so many thoughtful details that made this day special: from incorporating wheat into the floral arrangements because he was a wheat farmer to having all five Jenkins brothers sing during the service- such a special day. Saying goodbye to my last grandparent was hard, but it was such a sweet time with family that this day will be a happy memory for me.

Dallas Blogger Brunch || Smoke

2.24.2015

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Over the weekend, I hosted the second Dallas Blogger Brunch at Smoke in south Dallas. I invited 8 Dallas bloggers who I connected with on Instagram or through mutual friends to attend. Last month was our first Dallas Blogger Brunch at Sissy's Southern Kitchen and I met such wonderful women so I decided I'm going to make it a monthly event. This month, we went to Smoke and had a delicious brunch while meeting new friends.

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Saturday was overcast and chilly, but Smoke has an amazing view of downtown Dallas so we had to take a group picture after brunch in front of the skyline. Two girls who attended, Brooke of One Small Blonde and Sage of So Sage, had just returned from New York Fashion Week, so I loved getting to hear about their recent adventures. I also met Natalie & Sarah of We The Birds, who are the sweetest sisters! Kari of Sophisticated Whimsy and Kailee of A Dash Koko also attended and I had such a good time getting to know them. Stephanie of GeekGlam took all of these amazing photos- I love working with her.

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Arranging flowers is one of my favorite parts of preparing for an event. I bought hydrangeas and white stock from Central Market to make a simple floral arrangement to brighten up the table.

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Of course bloggers have to take photos of everything, so we all stopped to take photos of our food before actually eating it- I love that Stephanie captured this photo of Kari Instagramming her food :)

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I ordered the blueberry ricotta pancakes and they were life-changing- I highly recommend them! I'm looking forward to next month's brunch and another opportunity to meet more amazing women in Dallas!
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