Saturday, July 30, 2011

my best friend's wedding

so today, my best friend is getting married. I'm not really sure where to begin...

breana and I have been friends for a long time, but it was really just meant to be that we even met. we went to school together for years before we really started being friends, but once we did, we never turned back.

she met jarrod in bible study at west virginia wesleyan. three years later, he proposed on a picnic blanket. and he's perfect for her.

he's sweet and thoughtful and a preacher. and he loves her.

I'm very emotional today so my writing is sort of all over the place. so much of a love fest going on, I can barely handle myself.
I cried at the rehearsal, I cried this morning in the shower -- I'm just so happy for the both of them.

congratulations, best friend. jarrod is so wonderful and you deserve the most wonderful.


ps. pictures to come later.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


vintage red

a few weeks ago, my dearest cousin/sister haley jo emailed me a link to a potential writing opportunity -- sweet lemon mag.

it's a brand new online magazine for women like me -- young, out of college, poor, etc. i thought it sounded right up my alley, so i filled out the application, giving these lemon ladies my swirling ideas for articles.

today -- i got the acceptance email to write for them. excitement! i realize since it's brand new, it could change a lot between now and whenever, but i'm all for starting something new and i love that i get to be a part of something potentially awesome.

my assignment? diy nails/makeup/hair. are you kidding me? they listened to my ideas, now i actually get to write about the things i do on a daily basis? i'm going to kill this. i get to write again! about the fun things i want to write about! for a publication that others (besides my 16 followers) will actually read!

i'm kinda pumped. so be on the lookout for more info about this. i'll try not to let anyone down.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"my nail beds suck..."

it's no secret that i like to do things for myself. i never want to ask for help, even when i know i really need it, and if i can figure out how to make something myself, i sure as heck won't buy it. so it's natural that i have always tried to do my own nails. i went about a year going to the salon regularly for fill-ins and pretty polish -- but then i moved out and had no money so i was back to doing it for myself. i used to paint my nails a lot in high school, then sort of fell out of it once i got to college. well now, for whatever reason, i have found my way back to colorful shades and teensy brushes. here are a few of my recent nail endeavors.


harry potter, gryffindor

wizard of oz

i have several ideas for more manis -- and it's fun because you can choose something for every occasion. i am by no means a professional, or even that good, but i don't think they're too bad to wear out in public. enjoy. :)


ps. the title is a "mean girls" reference. if you didn't get that, then we might not be able to be friends.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

"i don't know much about algebra...

"...but i know 1 plus 1 equals 2."

sometimes you take things for granted, you just do. you forget to be thankful for what you have and who surrounds you. you worry too much about the bills and not enough about the relationships. sometimes, this just happens. but when you snap out of it, at least when i do, there is such relief. you see that you do have these people in your life, and you do have love and support, and you don't have to do this alone. and the flat tire can be fixed, dinner will be better next time and work won't always be so annoying. these people hold you up. try to remember that, even when your world is spinning so fast it makes you dizzy. i am thankful for all the people in my life, one in particular...

"if i ain't got nothing, i got you...cause baby we ain't got nothing without love." --beyonce, "1+1"


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

music of the moment

when i find a new song i love, i want to shout it from the rooftops and tell everyone how amazing the song is. as if i'm the musical expert everyone should listen to. whatev. anyway, i found out via that thing they call twitter that miranda lambert had a girl band called the pistol annies. of course i immediately googled that shiz. miranda and i go way back to me being 16 and seeing her video for "me and charlie talkin'" on cmt and going "who is that girl?" and then a week later listening to that very song in kyle's car with the windows rolled down and he held my hand for the first time. so, like, way back. the annies' first song, "hell on heels," is brilliantttt. it's true country music and takes me to a mountain somewhere. i have listened to it over and over since i downloaded it from itunes. i listened to it on repeat to and from work all week last week, a 20 minute drive each way. it's so great, and i can't wait to hear what they release next.
then another one of my bffs (in my mind), beyonce released her new album "4." another awesome one, B. i've listened to it a few times since i've been sitting here at starbucks (about 3 hours), and so far number one "1+1" is my favorite. nothing like a good beyonce slow jam. not only does her body shake in ways that make you think each part has a mind of it's own, her voice can go places others just can't.

i urge you all (and by all, i mean all 10 of you) to check out both of these women. they are sexy, strong and have serious confidence/badass-ness. and they can sangggg.