September 18, 2014

BLACK + WHITE

Autumn is the friendliest season. It'll wrap you up in a bear hug and surprise you with its colorful personality. It's like the world is throwing one last party before saying "see ya later!" and going into hibernation. It lives its life to the fullest until the last leaf falls. Don't you want to live like that?

Autumn outfits are my favorite. Give me cozy sweaters, chunky scarves, boots or moccs and lots of layers and I'm a happy girl.  Oh, and Mumford and Sons. Give me Mumford and Sons in the fall. And campfires. And late afternoon hikes right before sunset. And flannel. All the flannel. And...






jeans | GAP
shirt | Old Navy
scarf | Forever 21
necklace | Laite Jewelry
moccasins | Minnetonka (DSW!)

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO AUTUMN STYLE?

September 17, 2014

AUTUMN WISH LIST.

I love making wish lists... I think it's part of being a dreamer. I'm always wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and praying'. Ya know? I am also curious like a cat and love to know what items are on other peoples' wish lists. SO my sponsors humored me and let me make a wish list of their collective favorites for this autumn!





Meg | That's me!
Kiki recently introduced me to this adorable Etsy shop, and I am in love with so many of their prints!! I especially have my eye on this fall leaves print. BAH. I just love autumn so much!!

Beth | Oak + Oats
I am loving ankle boots in an obsessive way this fall! I have never been into them because I had no idea how to pull them off. But recently I have been inspired to roll up my jeans and pair them with some ankle boots! THESE ones from Toms are adorable. Like I want all of their wedge boots! 

Christina | Route Bliss
A chunky knit throw, a tote that'll carry my newest laptop (that's a widescreen) + my camera & cute boot socks. 

Sam | Elah Tree
Autumn is my favorite! Oh, how I miss the seasons. I can't wait to snuggle into blankets and add layer after layer of clothing! Accessorizing in Autumn is so fun! I have been loving Walk In Love's new collection and I think their Rejoice Always raglan is the cutest and would be the best for lounging about on cool Autumn days. I also fell in love with these Tom wedges that Beth shared! Swoon! 

Bex | Butcher's Niche
My autumn wish list includes this leopard print dress from old navy, some chalkboard prints to decorate with from Garvin & Co, and the Open Your Bible study pack from She Reads Truth.

Britney | The Quiet Place
Autumn wish list- I'm loving this mug, this Naptime Diaries print -- I love the verse and the colors in it! (Psalm 45:11) 

Amy | Taking Steps Home
I am loving flannel shirts, colder weather, bonfires, & the young buffalo sweatshirt.
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WHAT'S ON YOUR WISH LIST?

September 16, 2014

FLORIDA OR BUST.

Over Labor Day weekend, my college best friends and I road-tripped down to Florida for a weekend getaway at the beach. It was much needed after several stressful weeks of life and work. I think we all needed some time away to catch up and sit by the ocean. We had beautiful weather all weekend, took long walks on the beach, had good conversation, invented the best dance moves of all times, and laughed until we couldn't breathe. I need to take more vacations like that. :)
























WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEACH?

September 15, 2014

WEEKEND UPDATE



RECAP
-- Friend date! Sam and Beth and I had our Google Hangouts date on Tuesday night, and it was great as always. I love getting to know more and more about those girls each time we hang out. I love that we are getting to know each others' sense of humors and sharing inside jokes. BFF status.

-- Etsy Swap 2014!! Oh my goodness, Amy and I were so excited to finally announce our 3rd official Etsy Swap and are so glad so many of you have signed up! Sign ups are still open, so don't miss your chance to participate in giving and receiving some super swell snail mail! :)

-- Maiedae Mixer. It's this Saturday, and I am so excited!! I get to meet Amy and Jenna for the first time ever, which is going to be great. I'm currently trying to finalize what I'm going to wear for this mixer's "Golden" theme. So many decisions. :)

-- Chasing sunsets. I went out for ice cream Friday night because we didn't have any in the house (this shouldn't be allowed) and ended up taking a few back roads in order to get a better view of the sunset. I will forever be one of those people who loves sunsets. Every single one. They are all so beautiful and unique!

OTHER FINDS
-- I love this collection of state prints.
-- I heart Prince Harry.
-- This is such an adorable newborn photoshoot...
-- BAH! This underwater puppy photo series!! Cuteness overload.

YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Etsy Swap 2014 | Autumn
Chacos For Life
Q&A | Secrets Revealed
September Crushes
holders not folders | COZY

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS
Don't miss Oak+Oats' Jamberry Nails giveaway!
Elah Tree has a really cute mug up for grabs!
There is a great giveaway still going on for Betsy's birthday! GAP + Anthropologie + more!

WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR WEEK?

September 13, 2014

holders not folders | COZY

Summer is coming to a close, and I cannot believe that it was twelve weeks ago that Beth and I introduced our instagram challenge and our hashtag #holdersnotfolders. Now we are just a week away from completing this first part of our series! I have loved seeing your photos each day...seriously, I look at the hashtag every day. :) If you haven't already, please join the community that is coming together in our hashtag challenge! We have more in store for this sweet community!

Last week the challenge was "COZY" and I loved all of your photos. These are the top nine photos that screamed "cozy" to me. :) From babies to yummy homemade pastries to adorable front porches, you captured this one really well. I hope you made some new friends in the instagram universe along the way!




Next week Beth and I will be sharing our top favorite #holdersnotfolders instagrams from this final prompt. This hashtag is about the little things and the big things in our lives.  It's about reaching out and inviting others along on the journey. We can't thank you enough for joining us and helping to build this beautiful community!

CATCH UP ON PAST POSTS & JOIN US IN THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE!
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Local | Joy | Magical

Our final prompt for next week is HOME. Have fun with this one as we wrap up this first series of prompts. Y'all have made this project and community so fun, and I can't wait to see what you come up with this time around! Go crazy, get creative, play with perspective, dream big, and don't forget to hashtag  #holdersnotfolders.  Be sure to check back next Saturday to see the featured instagrams. I can't wait to see all of your photos!

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEK!

September 12, 2014

SEPTEMBER CRUSHES.



Frye Riding Boots |
I have been obsessed with Frye boots ever since I discovered The Pioneer Woman four years ago and saw how much she loved them. I really am looking for a pair of riding boots this fall (a few hundred dollars less than these), so if any of you have any boot suggestions that are less than $400, I'd love to hear them! ;)

Buffalo Plaid Shirt |
I love plaid and I love flannel. It's what first pops into my mind when I think of autumn clothing. I realize this is a men's shirt, but I tried the women's version and I did not like it. Sigh. So I think I'm going to give this one a try. Plus, we all know men's clothes are way more comfy.

Autumn Is Lovely |
Everything Lindsay Letters creates is magic. Her autumn collection is no exception. I'm also a sucker for a good quote, and I love this one. :)

Striped Pitcher |
I saw this pitcher in Beth's instagram a couple of weeks ago and couldn't help but add it to my crushes list. It is so cute and classy but with a little quirkiness thrown in. Just like me! ;)
(P.S. I wish you could see me wink when I type out winky faces. I always end up making the face of the emoticon I'm using, and I'm sure it would be super entertaining to watch.)

Starbucks Cold-To-Go Cup |
I'm a little bit in love with gold these days, and this travel cup has the perfect golden pop to it. Annnnnd it's on sale. It's currently sitting in my online shopping cart. To buy it or not to buy it? That is the question.

WHAT ARE YOU CRUSHING ON THIS MONTH?


September 11, 2014

Q & A | SECRETS REVEALED

A couple of weeks ago, I opened up the blog for questions, any questions you liked, and you guys came through with some good ones! I always love reading posts like this because it allows me to get to know the blogger better. I hope these answers give you a little more insight into my life! Just imagine we are sitting at a corner table in a cozy coffee shop sipping on our favorite drinks and talking about life. And here we go...





What's your dream job "when you grow up"?
I would love to get married, have kids, and run a cute graphic design shop out of my own home.

What has been your favorite state in the U.S. to visit & why?
Colorado. Hands down. I spent a few summers in Colorado that changed my life, and I fell in love with the state and my friends there. Aside from it being the place where my best friend lives, Colorado is breathtakingly beautiful and a perfect state for someone like me who loves adventure and the outdoors!

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Anywhere anywhere? I think I'd live somewhere in Great Britain. Maybe in Scotland in a cute cottage along the coast. My ancestors are from Scotland, and I would love to spend some extended time there exploring all the different places my family lived. Also, I love fun accents. So there's that. I've never actually been across the Atlantic, but it is a dream of mine to go.

When do you feel most alive?
Anytime I am outside adventuring. A good hike, a day out in my kayak, witnessing a beautiful sunset (let's be honest...when have you ever seen a sunset that wasn't beautiful??) or sitting by the ocean and watching the waves come in will do the trick.

What are you reading during your quiet times?
I am currently going through the Hosea study from She Reads Truth. It's really good! I'm a little behind because I started late and, to be honest, haven't gotten to it every single day.  I don't think that I've ever read all the way through Hosea, so I've really enjoyed doing that over the past two weeks. Do any of you use She Reads Truth for your devotions?

How have you found peace in being single?
This is a funny one to me because there are days when I think that I've got this whole single thing handled and other days when I cry over it. I'm emotional, okay? As a girl growing up in the south, there is this unspoken (and sometimes spoken) rule that you need to get married, pop out some babies, and be a mini Martha Stewart by the time you're twenty-two. Let me tell you, that just isn't the way the world works for all of us and that is OKAY. Everyone's story and journey is different according to the plan Jesus has for each of our lives. You are not less than because you are single, and you are not behind in life because you are single. You are exactly where you are supposed to be. That's hard to remember sometimes when all of your friends are getting married and starting families, but you have to believe that Jesus has a plan specifically for your life and eventually, step by step, you will find out what that is. You also have to remember that this time is not for "waiting"; it is for living. Don't forget to live your life and use the time Jesus has given to you right now. Make new friends, invest in your existing friendships, go on coffee dates, read a lot of books, spend time with Jesus, and take as many adventures as you can. This post about being significant without a significant other by Shauna Niequist is quite possibly my favorite article I've ever read regarding relationship statuses, and I highly recommend taking the time to read it!

What do you dream for Rivers & Roads?
I love this blogging world a whole lot more than I thought I would in the beginning. I have been delightfully surprised by the community I've found and the friends I've made. My dream is for Rivers & Roads to continue growing so that one day I can take this whole blogging thing full-time and maybe pursue starting a small businesses associated with this space.

What fictional universe would you live in?
This is a tough decision for a nerd like me! However, I think I'd have to say I'd live in Narnia. It's been my favorite fictional place since I was a little girl. I've read the books countless times, and that magical land and it's unique inhabitants hold a special place in my heart.

What is your spirit dog?
I mean, if I were a dog, I would probably be a Labrador Retriever. They are super loving and friendly, and they are really good swimmers! They like to go on long walks and take long naps...just like me! #twins

What qualities do you look for in a man?
Nerdy and adorable. ;)

What is your favorite flower?
I love tulips and sunflowers!...not necessarily together. Tulips are so classy, and sunflowers may be the happiest flower in all the land!

If you could be an Olympic athlete, which event would you participate in?
I'd totally be an Olympic swimmer! I grew up swimming competitively since I was seven years old, and I loved it!! It's my favorite event to watch of the summer Olympics. That and gymnastics. Now, if we are talking obscure Olympic activities, I would totally rock the "awkward faces" event. I have a rare talent in that department. Ha!

Why you be so cute? 
Uhhhh. I was born this way. ;)

Ocean or mountain?
Mountain! Listen, I love the ocean, but I couldn't live in the sand all the time. So. Much. Sand. Also, I sunburn far too easily. If the sun weren't so destructive and the sand didn't get EVERYWHERE, I'd be fine with sitting by the ocean for the rest of my days. However, there is just something beautiful and still about the mountains. I'd need access to some sort of body of water though...like a lake...so I could swim and kayak any time I wanted.

What is your go-to comfort food?
Does ice cream count as a food? ;) Okay, cool. Ice cream. Also, chips and salsa for dayssssssss. I could eat my weight in chips and salsa, but only mild salsa. I'm a sissy when it comes to spicy things.

What is your favorite photograph you have ever taken?
Oh wow. I can't pick just one! This photo is one of my favorites, though. I was staying in a cabin on top of a mountain in North Carolina and got to witness one of the most glorious sunsets I've ever seen. I felt like I got a tiny glimpse of heaven. The picture does not do it justice.

What are your favorite blogs to read on a daily basis?
There are so many great blogs out there, and I honestly wish I had time to read more every day. Here are a few of my favorites:
Oak + Oats
Elah Tree
Maiedae
Taking Steps Home
Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe

Well that was fun! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for me! Now it's your turn. Pick one of the questions above and leave your answer for me in the comments!! XOXO.

September 10, 2014

CHACOS FOR LIFE.

If you've been around this space for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of Chacos and wear them on a daily basis and with basically everything. My love for all things Chacos began when I received my first pair on my fourteenth birthday. I've worn those babies for the past twelve years, and they have served me well during all of my summers working at camp, countless hiking and swimming excursions, and the every day wear and tear. After so many years of adventures together, my favorite shoes have started to wear out, and I knew it was finally time to take Elsa's advice and let it go.

I get really attached to things, so giving up my well-loved but falling-to-pieces pair of Chacos for a new and improved pair, was a big deal for me. It's like parting ways with an old friend, even though you both know it's for the best. Too dramatic? Sorry.



This pattern caught my eye because it is so colorful and oh so pretty! If you're in the market for a new pair of the best sandals you'll ever purchase, I highly suggest going the route of the toe strap. It helps to keep my feet from sliding forward when I'm hiking, and contrary to popular belief, it does not pinch your toes.



There are two types of soles to choose from: Unaweep and Yampa

I prefer the Yampa sole because it is lighter weight with a low profile tread, whereas the Unaweep is much heavier and creates more of a full performance shoe. The Unaweep is definitely the more hardcore of the two options. I do actually have a pair of Chacos with the Unaweep sole, and they served me well during the summer I worked in the mountains of Colorado. I don't wear them as often for the every day simply because of the weight and clunkiness of the sole.





I love everything about these shoes, but my absolute favorite feature is the LUVseat footbed and its amazing arch support. I have a pretty high arch in my feet and these shoes are just as supportive and comfortable to me as a good pair of hiking boots.

When I broke my foot last year, I wasn't allowed to walk for a couple of months, but when I finally could walk again, I had to wear shoes with excellent arch support. This is where my Chacos really came in handy. They were the only shoes that didn't make my foot hurt with every step. I owe them big time! I am a Chacos fan for life.



ARE YOU A CHACO LOVER?