Poolside Essentials





As promised, I am sharing my must haves for the pool! I love love love spending time at my neighborhood pool in the summer and I can't wait to soak up my last week there before school starts :( I got my pool bag (same style, different design) last year as a birthday gift and I absolutely love it. At the end, I'm also going to be sharing some of my favorite swim suits!

Summer Reading // Somehow, reading books for school is a lot less of a chore when you're doing it in the sun!

Notebook // I always bring a notebook with my when I head to the pool because my mind always gets going with ideas and I have to right them down on paper.

Swim Cap & Goggles // You never know when you're going to want to swim some laps ;)

Hat & Sunscreen // It's so important to protect your skin from the sun. I always make sure to wear SPF 30.

My Favorite Swimsuits: one // two // three

If you're looking for super cute, inexpensive sunglasses, make a trip to Target asap!! They have so many choices and you will not be disappointed. Victoria's Secret is my go to for swimsuits (the one pictured is my absolute favorite). I'm really not picky with designs because I tend to stick with plain black. I start school August 12, so I'm really going to try to soak up all the time at the pool that I can this weekend/week!


Back to School Jitters

Fire

All week I have been trying to sit down and write a new post about typical "blogger" things. I've been planning on sharing some makeup favorites and poolside essentials, all of which I still want to post, but something is a little off this week. Being in a lot of pain post-surgery sure isn't helping me out any, but I'm also feeling a huge lack of inspiration. Lately, I've been experiencing a lot of setbacks that have been getting me down. I know everyone can relate to the feeling of having everything pile up on you all at once. So instead of forcing a post out of myself that I'm really not feeling, I thought I would just get on and write. Normally, I feel a surge of excitement and motivation getting ready for a new school year and for some reason, I just don't feel that way this year. While I'm excited about getting to start college a year from now, I know my apprehension isn't attributed to "senioritis" quite yet. This is the first year in a long time that I feel a legitimate fear about returning back to school. I'm a huge control freak and I like to know exact details about every situation all the time, so all the unknowns about this year are causing me a lot of stress right now. I have to remind myself daily that stress and setbacks are only temporary. I'm trying really hard to enjoy the time I have right now instead of worrying and stressing out about the future because, ultimately, everything is going to work out the way it is supposed to. I know that once I get to feeling better, I'll be feeling more motivated and excited and will have some more fun things to share on my blog. While I am nervous and scared about this new journey that I'm going to be taking this year, I feel really blessed that I have an outlet like this where I can share all of my experiences. Thank you to everyone that takes time out of their day to read what I have to say on here. My main hope in blogging is that I'm able to make an impact on someone's life in even the smallest way. I hope you all have a great week!

xoxo

Mid-Summer Update





Long time, no post! I thought I would fill you guys in on what's been going on in my crazy life lately, since I've blogged last! I spent a weekend with my mom in Oxford, Mississippi visiting the University of Mississippi and I fell in love with Oxford even more than the first time. I'm so excited to really begin my college search journey this fall and I can already tell I'm off to a great start! 

Another summer swim season came to a close about two weeks ago and it's definitely bittersweet. I've promised my swim coach, George (pictured above), a shoutout on the blog and it's definitely well deserved. I wish I could've gotten a photo with all three of my coaches because they are really the best! I'm very thankful to have had these coaches for the past few years that have cheered me on and helped me to grow and become a better swimmer. It's been another great season! 

Now, on to something I've been insanely excited to share for a while now... This past Wednesday I was in a photo shoot for a locally-owned, online boutique and, as soon as I receive the finished photos, I will be sharing them on here with you guys! I had a blast shooting and I can't wait to share all of the fun details! Above are some behind the scenes pictures my sister snapped while helping me out :)

For the past 3 days, I have been recovering from having my tonsils taken out, which is brutal. I have never had any major surgery like this before, so it definitely hasn't been fun! I am hoping that my time recuperating will allow me to round up all my photos and thoughts to share with you guys! Once again, I can't believe how fast time is flying by (more on that to come in August :) ) and that summer is almost over. I have some fun things planned before school starts for the blog, so stay tuned!

xoxo 

July 4th








Before the actual 4th of July, my friends and I celebrated at Red, White, and Boom country music concert. On the first day, I wore this top from Nordstrom and, for sizing reference, I ordered it in a 4, but probably should have gotten a 6. Either way, it's super cute and very affordable. I got my Day 2 shorts on serious sale at a Saks Off 5th outlet for $20! As you can see from the photos, on Day 1 we had to break out our favorite accessory: the rain poncho. It was hilarious, but the thunderstorm wasn't exactly bearable, so we ended up leaving early. On the actual 4th, my neighborhood has a parade and my dad gets super into it (hence the Captain America costume...). I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I've been taking a little bit of time off, but I have a really exciting project coming up within the next few weeks and I absolutely cannot wait to share it with you guys!

xoxo

Summer Reading List


This summer I have really been making it a priority to read more. I've had an ongoing list for the longest time, so it'll probably carry over into the fall and winter, but I really hope I can stick to finishing it because I love reading! Here's what's on my current list- what's on yours? (side note: the French parenting book in the photo is my summer reading book for school- LOL!)








Hope you all are having a great week!

xoxo



June Favorites


I cannot believe that June is officially over. It is by far my favorite month and every year on July 1 I can't help but be a little sad. This month was filled with so many amazing things (photos from Taylor Swift, Red White and Boom, Darius Rucker, and Fall Out Boy concerts above!!) and was the best start to summer I could ever ask for! Today I'm sharing some of my favorites for the month and summer in general:

Off the Shoulder Tassel Dress - I have a whole post on this dress, but I have gotten so many compliments on it and it is perfect for so many different occasions!

Tie Dye Dress - I wore this dress from Lulu's.com to the Boys of Zummer concert this past week and it was so comfortable and perfect for the occasion. It's a little different than my usual style, but I think I'm going to get a lot more wear out of this one!

Kendra Scott Dylan necklace - My grandma got this for me for my birthday and I have worn it so many times. It's the perfect everyday necklace and I couldn't be more in love with it! Unfortunately, the periwinkle color I have is sold out on the KS website, but I love both the hot pink and turquoise colors.

Rimmel Radiant BB Cream & Maybelline Lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin - Two beauty favorites that I couldn't recommend enough. I don't like to wear heavy foundation in general, so this BB cream is super lightweight, but covers everything (I wear the shade medium). I've been wanting a bright lipstick and this pinky orange color is the perfect pop of color.

The Husband's Secret - I breezed through this book in about 3 days- it is so good!! I have recommended it to every single one of my friends. The way it is written and the whole story in general is so good. I'm planning on sharing a list of all the books I have on my list for the rest of the summer next week!

Stay A Little Longer - I love country music all year round, but in the summertime especially! Brothers Osborne was one of the openers for Darius Rucker at Riverbend and they are amazing. I've been listening to them since I saw them at the Red White and Boom music festival last summer and this song is my absolute favorite right now.

Hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend!

xoxo