11 December

Holiday Giveaway

I am BACK from a short hiatus and with good reason. Today I bring to you an incredible goodie bag filled with so many customized treats that you're not going to know what to do with yourself. Keep 'em, give 'em away - who cares! They're just SO GOOD.

The first Christmas gift I purchased this year was a few months ago for my mom (I can't tell you what it is quite yet for fear she may find out!) but it does involve me making us custom t-shirts. I know how that sounds - just wait. So since I've created everything under the moon from Zazzle, it was the first place I went to. Nevermind the fact that they run mega-sales everyday and I got my design for 70% off. Yep.

I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to design. I think, draw, sketch, color, create, erase, re-create, and then personalize. I love having one of a kind things. So I teamed up with Zazzle and custom made some killer treats and handpicked other ones to put in a huge gift box for one lucky reader!

The giveaway includes:

(1) Stainless steel 18oz customized "Beets Don't Kale My Vibe" water bottle
(1) 11oz ceramic customized "Oh! For Fox Sake" coffee mug
(1) 40 page customized quote notepad
(1) Nashville canvas tote bag
(1) Geometric canvas tote bag
(6) Different handpicked 'Thank You' cards
(10) Merry & Bright gift tags with twine

(Giveaway is worth over $94 and you will receive by December 25th!)
Ends 12/18/15 at 11:59pm EST and open to US residents only. 
Random winner will be contacted immediately and you must email your address within 24 hours to receive by 

17 July


Some days you just feel like playing a little more dress-up. Today was one of those days. Since this Caribbean Cascades Dramatic Y Necklace from Carolee is SO glam - I paired it with a more casual look so I didn't look all Cher circa the November 1990 Vanity Fair issue.

I tend to wear more gold and rose gold pieces because it compliments my skin tone so well. And I love the classic yet vintage style of a long tassel shaped necklace. This one, however, is a more updated version with a whole gaggle of rhinestones, butterflies, flower charms, and crystals. I love it against the emerald green silk top paired with a quirky marigold and zebra print kimono!

My favorite element though is the versatility of this piece. You can totally throw it on over a loose chiffon blouse on a more dressed down day OR with a simple spaghetti strap gown for a more glam wedding look.

What would you pair it with?

14 May

The How-To Guide on
Wearing a Basic

We all know you can wear a tee shirt with basic leggings or denim, but what are the other cool ways to wear your favorite boyfriend tees and tanks!? Elly from 9th & Elm has got some ideas that can help you put some outfits together, or recognize some pieces missing in your wardrobe that you need stat!

/ bonus
9th & Elm is giving away a $50 credit to their website to one lucky winner. Enter at the end of the post via the link!


So stop wearing your tee like everyone else, and let’s jazz it up this spring! But first, you need a cool tee that screams you. Try out these tanks and tees this spring and bring your personality out with not only the top, but the bottoms too.

Rafflecopter Details:
Giveaway begins: May 14th, 2015 at 11:00am CST
Giveaway ends: May 25th, 2015 at 11:00am CST

-Winner must reside in the United States or Canada
-Winner will be chosen at random by 9th & Elm and will be notified by May 26th, 2015


24 April

I decided I wanted to do a little post about my favorite fashion bloggers 
and their style as well as upcoming spring trends. I think it's so refreshing
to take a break from all the fashion and style magazines and see what
real humans wear in the real world sometimes and maybe even get lucky enough
to find out where they purchased some of their threads.
For me, the sun is the breakout moment for spring.
It's warm (finally), inviting, fresh, bright, and generally just puts
everyone in a damn good mood.
It might be cliche, I really don't care, but I love the color, the florals, the stripes,
the open toed shoes, and all the glory that spring brings.
(each photo goes to blog link)



02 April

5 DAYS...
until - you guessed it -


To celebrate the upcoming events next week, 
I'm sharing a few perfect shots I was able to capture last year. The music, 
the moods, the lighting, the attire was nothing
short of perfection.
If I can get even half as many phenomenal shots as I
did last year, I will be over the moon.
The ready-to-wear runway show was filled with
so much creativity and color and the models easily breezed down
the street in an effortless cool-girl vibe.
Check out those painted canvases used as hugely oversized clutches from
What a genius idea!!
What about those adorable little cuties with the boots and pigtails
from aDARable?!
What will be the next big thing this year?

(and try to guess my favorite photo below)

amanda valentine

26 March

NFW Countdown

We are less than two weeks out from Nashville Fashion Week and the city
is buzzing about securing locations, nailing down details, and setting up
shop in various venues around town. Days will be filled with 'Shop Local' deals and
parties and nights will be brimming with the creative raw talent that new and upcoming
designers bring down the runways.
If you want to catch a peek at the lineup - click here.
New and old designers are bringing a fresh spin
on their garments this year and I, quite literally, 
cannot wait to discover a new perspective on fashion.
Among the designers on opening night is Amanda Valentine...
a personal fan favorite.
I identify so much with her in more than just a fashion aspect.
She's creative, quirky, individualistic, free-spirited,
down-home, and has a huge appetite for success.
Rock on Amanda.


amanda valentine

12 March

Nashville Fashion Week

Aahhh...one of my favorite times of the year - 
Nashville Fashion Week. 
Hotel booked. Itinerary printed. Outfits picked. Bags packed.
The lineup has been announced and I am fan girl(ing) about seeing
Amanda Valentine.
Also? Opening night is at the local seed and feed. My cowboy boots are already 
singing their praises and I cannot WAIT.
This year will be a little different, in terms of which bloggers and influencers
get a coveted spot to cover the media surrounding those 5
blissfully dressed days.
Here's to hoping that this year will be as good to me as last year!
To help get the word out and secure my spot,
I'm putting together a swag bag valued at $300 to giveaway to one
random winner who has shared, tweeted, instagrammed, or liked
this post or any of the following ones to come.
They're tracking my every move so every retweet, like, and share COUNTS.

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter,  and Facebook
to share my Nashville Fashion Week posts to be entered to win!
(look for the NFW camera icon - more details to come)

9th and Elm

03 February

Sweet on Him

Buying a Valentine’s Day gift for the man that has it all can be such a pain! No, he doesn’t need another quirky tee, definitely not another phone gadget…what other life-essentials does that leave us with? How about these picks from 9th & Elm:
 (PS - use code LUV9E for an extra 10% off!)

- WANNA WIN $100?! -
9th & Elm Giveaway

*Also check out outfit ideas below for a special night out (or in)  :)

So you know your man’s smoking hot, right? Why not share in his passion for fine cigars by presenting him with this handsome leather cigar case.

Every gentleman knows the benefits of keeping a sharp appearance. Between closing business deals and landing a lady, shiny shoes can get you far in life!

What’s better than a bottle of his favorite whiskey? A vintage inspired oak whiskey barrel filled with his most favored libations of course!

So he already has a perfectly curated set of cigars that pique his tastes, but does he have a high quality copper finish cigar cutter?

Celebrate his classy drinking side by gifting him an engraved leather flask that bears his initials

It’s party time and you know the boys will be flinging their bottle caps all over if you don’t have a designated spot!

So you’ve got a wine guy on your hands, huh? Give him another reason to pop a cab next time you two do dinner at home with this gorgeous all encompassing wine opener and preserver kit!

No idea what to wear? The horror! 
Check out my fave pink Valentine outfit inspiration!

09 January

Cuff Me!

I've seen so many posts recently (Pinterest) with people showing off their beautiful ear bling. Maybe a little sparkle on one side only,
or a larger bling on top of the ear with some smaller bling on the bottom, or if you're more an asymmetrical kind of person - equal bling on both sides.
I'm talking about the ear cuff and from my favorite jewelry place to ever hit the world wide web ...
Surely, anybody who has an eye for style has heard of or even owned stock in Baublebar by how much they've purchased (totally guilty).
Their selection of ear cuffs had me buying 6 different pairs. 
Rack (stack) 'em up!