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Grand Cayman

Dec 28, 2018

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Hygge

Dec 13, 2018

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Winter Wonderland

Dec 10, 2018

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These images were shot with a 24-70mm lens at 24mm, f2.8

Parka | Boots | Leggings | Flannel is vintage :)

Maui (iPhone Camera Roll)

Dec 4, 2018

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I just found this post in my drafts and thought I'd share some of my iPhone shots from our last trip! While I do love my DSLR (obviously)

Christmas Time

Nov 24, 2018



Appalachia

Nov 14, 2018

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A little back story- my husband and I started taking day trips in the fall when we were in our late teens and early twenties to go driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway to look at leaves (we were too poor to stay for the weekend haha and had jobs, school, etc)

Winter Is Coming- Stay Glowing with Olay

Nov 12, 2018

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Are we loving these short days or what?? Haha, just kidding. No one likes the fact that it's getting dark at like 4 pm- and if they do

Autumn Getaway

Nov 5, 2018

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My brother got married in Canton this weekend, so we instead of driving 4 hours down and 4 hours back the day of the wedding, we decided to make a weekend of it. We stayed in Asheville and explored the

At Home PSL

Oct 30, 2018

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Hello, friends! I know most of us have been enjoying all things pumpkin this season and I just wanted to share my easy at home Pumpkin Spice

Road To Hana

Oct 25, 2018


73 miles (from Lahaina), 46 one way bridges, 620 curves through lush rainforest, dozens of waterfalls. Road to Hana was one of my favorite experiences I've had while traveling.

Fair Fun

Oct 17, 2018

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Every year I look forward to the NC State Fair for the food, colorful lights, and overgrown pumpkin contest. My grandma used to take my brother and I

Fall Beach Days

Oct 10, 2018

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My husband and I took our pups to the beach earlier this week for a couple nights- it was a super quick trip but any time spent at the beach is my favorite time. The biggest bonus

Fall things

Oct 2, 2018


Happy October! I love this time of year- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas back to back to back! It's so festive and fun and everyone just seems to slow down.

Hawaiian Helicopter Tour

Sep 19, 2018


I'm *not* being dramatic when I say this, but this helicopter tour was one of the top experiences of my life. Not kidding. To be able to see so much

Maui

Sep 4, 2018

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Ok, there is just something about the ocean. I could literally just sit and watch the waves roll

Tropical Paradise

Aug 31, 2018


What a week! We got back in from Maui on Tuesday

Dominican Republic

Aug 12, 2018

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For this leg of our trip we stopped in the Dominican Republic and took a taxi to Puerto Plata. We walked around and explored, sweated like crazy, ate some of the local food,

Mixing Labels

Aug 6, 2018

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Jeans, Old Navy | Tank, Old Navy | Belt, Gucci | Sunglasses, Celine | Hat, Brixton

Happy Monday! It's so hot here when you walk outside it literally takes your breath away 🔥! I love some summer but this heat is for the birds. My poor pups don't understand why I won't let them run around outside, but if I do they get so hot and out of breath (like literally can't breathe) and I feel like a bad pet owner 🙈 

I've always been a fan of mixing high and low fashion pieces. I don't care if it's a designer bag or a $4 pair of jeans from Goodwill (trust, I have plenty of thrifted items), if I like it I'm going to wear it. I found this bag for $30 on Jane.com and the Brixton hat was a NWT eBay score- I got it for half off what it's being sold at Nordstrom! I definitely don't discriminate when it comes to what I wear. Style isn't what you wear, it's how you wear it. 

LBD

Aug 2, 2018


(Holden Beach, NC August 2017) 

No judgement but I found this post from LAST AUGUST that I never posted so I was like ooooh, content! Coincidentally I just found that black dress in my closet this week (I had put it under another dress from some reason...an attempt to save hanger? Who can know.)

PS:  I'd *love* to have that tan back. Thanks. 





Hiking & Camping Trip

Jul 29, 2018

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This weekend my sisters (the blonde is my brother's girlfriend) and I decided to go on a hiking/camping trip and we had THE BEST time. We hiked ten miles, explored waterfalls, watched the sunset from the top of a mountain, saw so much wildlife, cooked dinner on a fire, ate smores, and had biscuits and gravy (from a pouch!) for breakfast.

OMG. So the three of them wanted to sleep in their camping hammocks, which they did (lol, not me. A tent is good enough- the thought of something potentially crawling on me or in my sleeping bag UM NO THANKS) but Taylor L (brother's gf) ended up getting in the tent because something in her tree kept waking her up. Anyway, we are both in the tent and I hear something like grunting...I asked Taylor L if she heard it and she was like, HOW ARE THEY SLEEPING AND SNORING? Me being me and have watched too much Nat Geo decides to get out of the tent and just check in case it was a bear or something. OH MY GOD IT WAS A BOBCAT. It walked right past their hammocks, beside my Jeep, and into the woods across the path. It turned back at us because we were standing outside of our tent shining a bright af light on it, then just walked away slowly totally unphased. I made my sisters get in the tent with us after that haha, I wasn't playing! Besides that little event the rest of the trip was tons of laughs and workouts and fun. We loved every minute...except maybe the super loud bugs that made noises until day break. Super thankful my homemade essential oil bug spray worked though! Kept the flies, mosquitoes, and ticks at bay. It smells amazing and feels so refreshing on your skin- not kidding. Not one bug bite. I used: 

1/2 cup witch hazel
5 drops lemon oil
5 drops lavender
5 drops peppermint
5 drops eucalyptus 

(You know ya girl had to document the whole trip, so here's tons of photos...)

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