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11.26.2014

WARDROBE STAPLES.

My style is a pretty simple one. I will pick comfy and cozy over any other options every day of my life. My cold weather wardrobe is full of long, flowy tops, cardigans, chunky sweaters, skinny jeans, my favorite pair of boots in the world, and comfortable jackets. You know, the ones that don't constrict arm movement. Side note: why would anyone wear jackets that you can't move around in? It just doesn't make sense to me. ;)

While I was in Knoxville a couple of weekends ago, Nat (one of my official blog photographers) and I went exploring and chasing after the last days of autumn. We found ourselves down by the river surrounded by the most glorious colors, a crisp breeze, and the rolling hills of Tennessee. It was one of the final weekends of autumn with the leaves in full color, and I'm glad we took time to capture it.

















OUTFIT DETAILS
Jacket | GAP (similar)
Shirt | GAP
Jeans | GAP
Boots | Clarks

WHAT ARE YOUR WINTER WARDROBE STAPLES?

11.24.2014

WEEKEND UPDATE.



RECAPS
1 | Christmas photos. On the coldest day of the week, I got to run downtown with two of my favorites and take their Christmas card photos! It was very spontaneous (which means I was unprepared and didn't have my camera) so we did our best the iPhone!

2 | Ugly Christmas sweaters. I've never owned an ugly Christmas sweater, but we have a fun Tristyle & Co. challenge for you aell this month, so I stopped by the thrift store this week and picked up the ugliest one I could find. ;)

3 | Mockingjay. OMG. Katniss is back. I went to see Mockingjay on Saturday with the fam and some friends, and y'all, even though I've read the books and knew what was going to happen, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! It was intense, and I'm not sure I can wait a whole year for part 2!

OTHER FINDS
-- Hey there, Charlie Brown.
-- We all need a little blogging 101 to get started.
-- 12 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes.
-- Oh Mr. Darcy, you are so funny.
-- Straight No Chaser + Kristen Bell.
-- How do you build community?
-- I am totally crushing on this jacket.
-- Take time to unplug.

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HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND?

11.21.2014

ON AUTUMN & BEST FRIENDS

Happy Friday, brave hearts! Today I get to introduce you to my best friend, Nat. We've been friends since college, but not since the very beginning. Nat always likes to tell the story of how we first met. We were both in design school, she asked me to come visit the campus ministry where she was a student intern, and I was totally snobby and said no because I was attending a different one! Can you believe that?? I ended up attending that campus ministry the next semester and through the rest of my college years. It's funny how life works.






Nat and I became closer over the next couple of years as we had all of our classes together. We can both look back on those years and pinpoint the weekend where we started to become best friends. The design department went on a school trip to Chicago during the autumn of our junior year, and when you travel on a bus for hours together, explore a new city together, create hilarious inside jokes together, and laugh until you can't breathe together, you are meant to be friends. That's just how it works! :) We explored downtown Chicago, visited Frank Lloyd Wright's house, took a million pictures in the bean at Millennium Park, ate by the navy pier, walked through the art museum, were overwhelmed by the Merchandise Mart, and made tons of memories.








We are the friends who sing Christmas songs and quote Elf while running up and down the aisles of Target. We are the friends who dance in the car and listen to "Baby" far too many times past normal. We are the friends who go to see UP together every Wednesday one summer at the cheap theater several weeks in a row. We are the friends who cry together, call just to say hi, can sit in silence together, have an incredible portfolio full of inside jokes, and laugh an obnoxious amount.








We have been through a lot of seasons together over the past seven years. Surviving internships, graduating from college, big moves, relationships, living in separate cities, learning a lot about friendship, and growing in our relationships with Jesus. She is a friend who encourages me, accepts me for who I am, and appreciates my total weirdness. I am so grateful to have been given a friend like this one.

WHAT'S ONE THING YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR BEST FRIEND?