Sunday, September 7, 2014

10 Fun + Easy Gifts for Your Recently Engaged Friend(s)

Recently, a friend at work had friends coming into town on their way back from Asheville, NC where they had just gotten engaged.  She wanted to make their one-night visit special and celebrate their new commitment, but was obviously a little limited on time.  She said "You just got engaged... what are some good gifts I can pick up after work?" 
Which inspired this post...

10 Fun + Easy Gifts for Your Recently Engaged Friend(s)

1. A fun card
If you're lucky enough to live in Asheville, you've got the perfect place for a cute &/or hilarious card for any event....Whist on Haywood Road.

2. A ring dish
Again, Whist has a great selection, but this cute little guy is from Anthropologie.

3. A bridal magazine to get the collection started
There are too many great bridal magazines out there to name... some that cater to DIY ideas, regional,  niche, etc. but The Knot is a great place to start.

4. For the bride who will readily admit that Bey is a Queen, the Feyoncé tank

5. Cold feet socks by Groom Socks via Etsy
Whether it's her or him, they're bound to experience that moment of doubt.
Forever? Are you sure? 

6. Ikat monogram letters from Anthropologie
Find a letter that represents the last name they'll soon share.

7. Don'ts for Husbands & Wives from Paper Source
Mini books that contain entertaining advice for a happy marriage.

8. Share a Coke
Take advantage of the times... how easy is that?

9. A nice smelling candle is always a crowd pleaser.
Duncan & York of Asheville has/had my personal favorite--Produce candles:

10. Last but not least, for the animal lovers, the I Do Too bandana

Cheers to love and friendship!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lucky in Lucky

This past Thursday we had our quarterly corporate meeting at work to get everyone pumped up for Fall and Holiday trends and sales.
To kick off the meeting they had a "show us your best boots" contest where volunteers from the office  (which ended up being over 30 people) had to parade across the stage and they showed our boots on the big screen.
Judges narrowed it down to 3 finalists and in the end I was named for having the best boots!
I won $1000 in a Frye shopping spree.... AWESOME prize!

My legs were like jell-o right about here.

My most prized Double D Ranchwear boots.

 Free People Daisy Lace Dress/ Lucky Brand Ditzy Floral Top/ Lucky Brand Necklace/ Vintage Turquoise Ring found in downtown Asheville, NC/ Anthopologie Scalloped Monogram Bracelet

And if winning the boot contest wasn't exciting enough... they announced that **MIRANDA LAMBERT** will be the entertainment for the Belk Bowl on December 30th this year.... her concert that is free to the public starts at 4:00p.m.  I will be camped out all day for that.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Too Damn Young feel this damn old!
So many things have changed in my life since my last post.
I finally became a watch-wearing 9-5er with a "big girl job" that I started about two months ago.
Some nights I even go to bed before 11pm and am considering getting my eyes checked to see if I need computer monitor glasses.

His: Diesel watch (cause every #redneckdiva has a nice Dale Earnhardt watch)
Hers: Fossil watch/ Layered bracelet from Altar'd State/ Lenny & Eva beaded bracelet

Trying to find the sweet spot between looking professional and being able to express my style has been on of those processes that makes it all feel real... I can't default to tennis shoes and jeans like I could in college, or super casual Free People clothes like I could at my URBN internship (you could really wear a crop top and shortie shorts and have purple bed head, if you so choose).

Dress from Altar'd State/ Lucchese boots from Watsonatta Western World - Boone, NC

But luckily, I don't have to give up my boots for Modern. Southern. Style.
I turned 23 a week ago.... and thanks to Austin, I'm learning to play guitar!

And I'm here to tell ya... wedding planning is a lot of fun, but not nearly as glamorous as Pinterest leads you to believe.

Not only is Austin my best friend, completely in-tune with what I'm about, and totally selfless...
He gave me the most beautiful ring I've ever seen.

Prepare yourself to see lots of wedding-related posts.
And as for the blog, I am really excited to start back up.  
I have taken the pressure off of myself of having a big blog following, and am more utilizing it to document and share, as it should be.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fringe for Fall [Transition]

Necklace from Free People/ Top from Urban Outfitters/ Vintage clutch found at Moon and Arrow- Philadelphia, PA/ Free People skinny jeans/ Big Budda booties

West Asheville.

You were probably starting to wonder.... where is the fringe?

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Bittersweet Truth

....about working at URBN.

Why was URBN awesome?
Well, as you could imagine, the work space was beautiful....

Don't even get my started on the Free People building....

Jharoka, our coffee shop, knew I wanted a small black coffee and a breakfast wrap every morning...

I met wonderful, amazing people like Kathy, my supervisor, and Jen, my counterpart...

Johanna (pictured here) and many more people who helped me along the way, who I could also laugh with or ask a bizillion questions.....

Complete creative freedom in a fundraiser that helped puppies and kitties...

And I got to be Twitter famous for a day...

The view at lunch was great...

The view at my desk wasn't bad either...

Two words: sample sale.

Summer Party. Food. Drinks. Photo booths. Zip line. Rock climbing wall. Inflatable obstacle course. Screen printing. You name it.

And the best part of all....
Working on this one day...

 And seeing it online in a couple months and feeling like "I WORKED ON THAT!!"

It was an amazing experience.

At the end of the internship I was hoping to be offered an temporary tech design job that would eventually turn into a permanent "big girl" job.
The offer I got instead was to extend my internship through the end of the year.
I wrestled with the decision to stay or leave for two or three weeks.
I loved URBN, but I [obviously] love the south.
I enjoyed Philly so so so so much, but it wasn't home.
I appreciated technical design, but I wanted more creative freedom.

My parents had helped me with rent of the summer (fortunately) and I think if the pay would have increased I would have stayed.
The door is still open at URBN, but I am happy to say I am back in the south.

My ultimate goal is to have my own store in downtown Asheville, but I realized quickly I'm going to have to do some work I don't necessarily l-o-v-e doing in order to save enough to do that.

Working part time and looking for more ways to continue learning about apparel construction and the industry in general isn't as glamorous as "working for URBN" but one thing I have learned in the past couple months is "Be who you want to be, not what others want to see."

God has a plan and that's all the comfort I need.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Straight from the URBN Archives

Besides coffee from Jharoka, my favorite part about mornings at home office is catching up with whats new on our intranet.  On the URBN community page they introduce new hires, have a classifieds section, inspiration pictures, news about new store openings, sales percentages, etc.
Not too long ago they featured all these old Urban Outfitters ads that I assume are from the 70's.

 4307 Locust St. was on U Penn's campus, and started with Dick Hayne buying a space and filling it with things he knew his friends would like such as plants, beautiful imported rugs, and apparel items.  His intention was for the store to also serve as a hang out spot.  That's why if you walk into an Urban Outfitters today they are blaring music and have lots of quirky home goods to keep you entertained.

It is wild to see an Urban Outfitters ad in newspaper form.
URBN as a whole is so good with connecting with the customer via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, the BLDG 25 blog, etc.  that it is hard to imagine any other way.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What I've Been Wearing

Free People shawl (similar)/ We The Free top/ It! shorts/ Locket from Lucky Penny- Boone, NC/ Lucchese boots 

 I borrow this shawl from my generous roommate, Amelia, and got SO many compliments. 
I love it.

At our favorite coffee spot in Philly.
Free People top/ Sanctuary shorts/ Lucchese boots 

($19.95 right now, ya'll!) 

Me and my lovely right-hand-girls. 
Free People jacket/ Urban Outfitters dress/ Angel Court necklace from Vaquera- Asheville, NC/ Old Gringo boots

Barefoot in the rain.
Cause you can take the girl out of the south, but you can't take the south out of the girl.