I’ve always loved Thanksgiving for a few reasons. Sitting around a table with people you love, enjoying a home-cooked meal with leftovers for days, and it’s the holiday that kicks off the christmas season.

I always look forward to waking up to sharing a cup of coffee with my dad in the early hours of the morning and watching the Macy’s Day Parade with my sisters until it’s time to prepare for our Thanksgiving lunch.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is centered around togetherness and gratitude. It let’s you rest (post meal) and spend time enjoying each other without an agenda.

Last week, Clayton and I had a little pre-Thanksgiving dinner with his brother and sister-in-law. We got to ring in the season with home-cooked goodness and a pretty fall-themed table setting. I love any excuse for a dinner party, and the fast approaching holiday seemed like the perfect excuse!


Decorating a table has to be one of the most fun things about having a dinner party. I went the easy, disposable route by using paper plates and napkins. Luckily, Shindig Paperie has no lack in adorable, season-themed party supplies to make your hosting beautiful without the clean up.


On the Menu:
Meat + Cheese Board
Fall Kale Salad
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Lemon-Pepper Rotisserie Chicken


Hosting a dinner like this was so fun and makes me that much more eager to get home to Dallas for the holidays to recreate it with my family.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions and recipes? Do you have any hosting-hacks to make life a little easier?

Table Decoration and Accessories provided by Shindig Paperie


Backyard Camping

If you know me at all, you know I am more the glamping type than the camping type. I came to the Arkansas, the ‘natural state’, for college, and camping was a common outing on the weekends for my peers. Growing up in Dallas, camping was never something my family did, and definitely wasn’t something I did with my friends. With Devils Den State Park only 20 minutes away from my college campus, I would frequent for hikes with friends. Somehow, though, I made it a full four years without ever having had the experience of camping.

On my senior year bucket list, I scratched in the words ‘go camping!!!’ along with other activities that I thought would be my last. Well, I never went camping, and I am now living post-grad life in the town I spent my college years in. Two things I didn’t expect. That same desire to have the camping experience stuck around and as fall rolled around and the leaves began to change, I knew I had to make this happen.

I picked a weekend, got a group, and hopped onto the state park website to reserve a campsite, when I realized that, unfortunately, the weekend I was trying to go was all booked. Luckily, the group I was going with was a little more optimistic than me and suggested that we camp in their backyard! These two, Sarah and Josiah, are friends of Clayton and I. They live in a cute little house on a big property, fully equipped with a fire pit, firewood, and room to set up a tent. So, that’s just what we did. 


This Boom Chicka Pop kettlecorn made the perfect around-the-fire snack. Plus, that packaging, right? Couldn’t pass it up. 


For our dinner, we did Sweet Potato “Cheese” Fries. I pre-cooked some homemade sweet potato fries and brought them along. We each made foil into a little bowl and piled in sweet potato fries, Daiya dary-free pepperjack ‘cheese’, crumbles of bacon (also made beforehand), and green olives. We stuck it in the fire for the cheese to melt and WOW. A perfect paleo-friendly camp dinner. So yummy. Who doesn’t love guilt-free cheese fries!?


For breakfast in the morning, we had a potato breakfast hash. We definitely utilized the house for this meal. We made roasted potatoes and vegetables topped with an egg, green onion, and bacon. yum.


Backyard camping turned out to be a great first step into the camping world. I got to experience sitting around a fire, cooking hobo-bag dinners, going to bed early because there’s not much else to do, sleeping outside in a tent, bundling up in a sleeping bag, and waking up to birds chirping and the crisp air of an early morning. But, there was the luxury of a bathroom and kitchen and a convenient place to change and brush my teeth. It may be camping for wimps, but it was just right for me. Next time, I’ll bring an air mattress too ;)

Have you ever been backyard camping?




Hi, friends! Must say, that Europe recap I just finished kinda took it out of me. For those of you who have followed along and browsed through the trip recaps, kudos to you! As you can tell, the Colour Journal got a bit of a facelift, and I am super excited about this new direction. It just feels more me. 

So I wanted to take some time today and update y’all on my life lately. I feel like I haven’t really done a good life-recap in quite a while. I got back from Europe in mid-July and everything has just felt like a whirlwind since then.


WORK: The obvious question and the biggest filler of my time these days. What in the world I’m doing with my life is a topic that comes up frequently. When I returned to Fayetteville in late July, I was full-force job searching. Every day I would get up and spend the day sending out resumes, reaching out to people I knew in the area, tweaking my resume, interviewing with companies, etc. This continued for about 2 months. Seriously, guys, this felt like the longest two months of my life. Job searching is NO joke. It pretty much drains every ounce of confidence you had about adulthood and makes you wonder how you’re ever going to make it to that dream job. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic here, but these two months were full of ups and downs of feeling helpless, then hopeful, and repeat. As I continued this process, I was so confused and frustrated as to why nothing was really biting. Then, all of a sudden, I got a few offers at once. Should’ve known it would work out that way. Regardless, I’m so thankful it did!


I am working as a design intern at a shopper social media company called Collective Bias. Y’all. I seriously don’t think I could have ended up in a cooler spot. Since my interview, I have felt so at home at this place. Just a few of the perks include: um, getting to DESIGN, casual attire, DOG-FRIENDLY OFFICE (seriously, pups are usually the first to greet me in the morning), incredible team, etc. I really could go on and on but I will just leave it with this: I truly, truly love it.

The other half of my time is spent working with a handful of different clients as a freelance designer and blogger. I have absolutely loved the flexibility I’ve had to spend half my time working with a ton of amazing people and companies who believe in me and my work. Ah, seriously, guys. No better feeling than to work with incredible people, doing what I love, daily. Such a gift. One of my favorite client’s is Shindig Paperie. I jumped on in September to get their blog going and have loved the creative freedom I have been given with their brand. Pretty much every single product is swoon-worthy, so it makes my job pretty easy. You can see more of what I’ve been doing with Shindig Paperie here!

Overall, I love what I’m getting to do. If you would have asked me a year ago what I thought I’d be doing post-college, it probably would look a little bit different. I would have expected to be working 9 to 5 in one spot, making a consistent salary, and feeling like I had adulthood under my beltHaha. My post-grad life has turned out to be a little different, but I’m just so thankful. Loving to wake up and go to work every day is such. a. gift. Getting to use my passions and talents with incredible people and businesses is such. a. gift. One thing I’ve learned so far that I think I’ll keep with me for a while: passion is more valuable than a paycheck. 


LOVE: You know I gotta do a lil update on my love life though. Ah. *Insert sigh here*. So, I’ll just leave it at this. Almost a year ago I met that handsome man (featured above). Almost a year ago I let love conquer fear. Almost a year ago everything changed. And it’s been almost a year of bliss and joy and learning and growing and understanding grace and the gospel and life with him is just better. I’ll be posting our full ‘story’ on our one-year, yay! Stay tuned for that…


LIFE IN GENERAL: Good. Hard. Refining. I feel like every single day I’m reminded of how much I have to learn about this thing called life. I don’t really think anything could have prepared me for true adulthood. It’s hard and it’s scary and it’s liberating all at once. It builds you up and tears you down. You’ve got the world at your fingertips but you’ve also got bills to pay and reality to deal with. It’s hard to know the balance. It’s hard to know what’s the “right way” because usually there’s not one, but it doesn’t stop me from trying to find it. I guess I’m just slowly realizing that I stepped into post-grad life searching for the map everyone was using, only to find out no one actually ever had one. Which, that in and of itself can be both freeing and paralyzing at the same time.

Right now, it’s about enjoying the process. Savoring small moments. Finding peace in the unknown. Thanks for following along, friends.


European Travels Part 7: Paris

Oh, Paris. Seriously, where do I even begin with this city. The intricate details in every building’s architecture, the sidewalk cafes around every corner, the bakerys that are a feast for the tummy and eyes, the style, the romance…I could truly go on and on. Paris was everything I anticipated and more.

One of my favorite moments of the trip was our first night in Paris when we first approached the Eiffel Tower. We were in awe, it was as though the heavens collided and we felt as though we had made it. And then, as if we were the starlets of some romance film, the Eiffel Tower started sparkling and shining it’s countless lights against the gradient of a perfectly-timed sunset. Paris *sigh*

I’m so excited to share my time in Paris with you all. My photos won’t even begin to do this city justice, all I can do is urge everyone to go and see it for yourself.


Sidewalk Cafes can be found around every corner. They are not seldom in this city. Sit and enjoy a drink, people watch, relax. My best moments of traveling happen like this.

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European Travels Part 6: Amsterdam

Ah, Amsterdam. The city of bikes, good design, and wonky buildings painted different colors on every street. Amsterdam is a city that is filled to the brim with rich culture and a laid-back lifestyle I could definitely get used to. With streets that line canal after canal, more bikes than people, and a value for it’s sweets, Amsterdam is a place you don’t want to miss.

We had about 4 days in Amsterdam and our favorite part of the whole trip was our Airbnb. Seriously, we lucked out. The apartment we stayed in was in a hip residential area called Oud-West, which is seated right behind the infamous VondelPark. Not only was our location a perfect distance from the hustle and tourism of the city center, but the streets were conveniently filled with markets, restaurants, and cafe’s to meet all of our needs. You can rent it yourself here!


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European Travels part 5: London

Hi, friends! Life has been crazy and I keep putting off the last 3 cities on my Europe recap. As little time as I have, I just want to get them on here, or else I know I’ll never finish and it will drag out waaaay longer than it needs to.

London, England. England was the third country we traveled to and was the place we were in the longest. We were in London 6-7 days. For those of you who have been and know how expensive it is, you probably thought it was a little crazy of us. We decided to stay in London the longest because of the fact that we had free places to stay here. Being hosted by friend is by far the best (and most budget-friendly) way to travel!


Our first connection was with a family in Croyden. Croyden is a suburb about 30 minutes south of London. Now, before we got to London, 30 minutes didn’t seem like too far from the city. Once we got there, we quickly changed our minds. The cheapest transportation pass (per day) in London was about 18 pounds. Crazy! As soon as we figured this out, we scheduled our time accordingly and scrambled for a new place to stay in the city. Luckily, Hannah had a connection in the city who was actually going to have a vacant apartment during the time we would be there! She let us stay in her apartment for free the rest of our time in London. This made a HUGE difference, being in the middle of the city. If you’re going to London, do your best to find housing downtown!


London is painted with historical buildings and architecture everywhere you turn. It’s a beautiful mix between the old and modern London. They do an incredible job preserving the old buildings and homes.



The Camden Market is a district filled with thrifty finds, vintage stores, and an eclectic mix of tourists and locals alike. There is a clothing market and a food market. As funky as the clothing market was, I wasn’t too impressed with the quality of items. I was more drawn to the food market because it was filled with vendors giving you a true ‘foodie’ experience with foods from all over the world.


The Borough Market is another great place for you foodies out there. They have every type of food you could think of! It’s a great place to get a meal + some souvenirs!


One of our favorite spots was a coffee shop we stumbled upon called “The Book Club”. It had a great environment for enjoying a coffee, people watching, or grabbing a bite to eat.

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One of my favorite memories in London was when we did a ‘high tea’ at the Dean St. Townhouse. High Tea’s are very common in London, especially for special occasions. Everyone orders a different type of tea (you get your own pot), finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts. A perfect way to spend an afternoon. You feel super cultured and girly while enjoying a high tea. A little pricey, but it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

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  • High Tea at Dean St. Townhouse
  • Lunch at the Borough Market
  • Fish and Chips at Shakespeare’s Pub (it’s a must!)
  • A stroll or bike ride through Hyde Park
  • Seeing Buckingham Palace! It’s pretty surreal.
  • TRY PIMMS CUP! My trip to London made this drink one of my new summer favorites.
  • Camden Market
  • Clapham Commons. Grab a pitcher of Pimms Cup and a blanket and lay out on the grass!
  • Clapham Junction is a really young, hip area of London full of great restaurants and pubs.
  • Harrod’s. We never went, but I wish we would have just to have seen it!

Next Up: Amsterdam! Thanks for following along on my trip recap!


European Travels Part 4: Day Trips in Italy

On our trip, we spent the most time (a full week) in Italy. We knew that there were a few core places we wanted to stay (Rome and Florence), but we also knew that there are so many places in Italy we just couldn’t miss. Today I’m going to be recapping our three day trips in Italy: Tuscany, Cinque Terre, and Venice! 


Ah, Tuscany. The wine region. If there was anything on my bucket list for Europe, it was to do a wine tour in the rolling tuscan hills! And, we did just that. For this specific outing, it was just me and Hannah. We went with Tuscan Wine Tours for our wine tasting. It was about $100 a person and that price included a wine tasting class to start your day, transportation to and from Tuscany, tour of two local wineries, a classic tuscan lunch at the second winery. Let me just say, this was probably the best thing I spent my money on the whole trip. If you have the opportunity, you must do this!


^The three sections are different grapes which produce different types of wine. 


We learned so much, met a bunch of great people, and had one of the best meals of our whole trip. An unforgettable experience!


Cinque Terre, have you heard of it? If you haven’t, you’re welcome. Cinque Terre is a region on the coast of Italy, made up of five different small towns. If you’ve ever seen that picture floating on pinterest of all the colorful little houses off the coast, this is the place. A lot of people hike from town to town, but we just decided to stay in one city for the day, explore, and lay on the beach.

One big mistake we made: I didn’t really know that one of the main attractions of Cinque Terre was the public beach. I had always known water was a part of Cinque Terre, but didn’t know how much beach there actually ones. Unfortunately, we didn’t bring our bathing suits for this reason, but it was for sure one of my biggest regrets!


Caprese salad while overlooking the italian coast with wine for the table. Doesn’t get much more italian than that! 



Venice was our last stop in Italy before we flew out for London! While I’m glad we can say we went, Venice was actually one of my least favorite spots. Don’t take my word for it though, I’ve heard some people say it was their favorite! For me, I kept wondering where everyone was! The streets seemed empty, which was quite the change from the busy italian streets we were used to. It was fun to get lost on the streets and alley ways of Venice, though!



*My best advice for your time in Italy is to do a wine tour! You wont regret it!

*Get a liter of wine at every meal.

*Cinque Terre – don’t miss it. But be sure to bring swim suits. I would have loved to stay the night there if I had the option to.

*Gondola rides are way overpriced, but you can haggle!

*At some of the wineries, they also harvest olive oil! Since we didn’t check luggage, bringing home a bottle of wine wasn’t really an option. But, olive oil comes in a travel size, so be sure to get two or three or ten to bring home to loved ones!

*Be sure to try your best to stay in Venice when you visit. We stayed on the outskirts, which made the commute way further than desired.

To sum up my time in Italy, I will just say that I could have spent my entire month in this wonderful country. I’m set on coming back, that’s for sure. Next up, London Town!