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Currently: February 2015

What I’m Listening To: Sia, Childish Gambino, the new Bethel Album

What I’m Reading: Books have been currently on hold, but I’ve been keeping up with some great blogs:
-I really enjoyed Bri Emery’s styling collaboration with GAP. I want that pink sweater!
-Erin from Design For Mankind gave some great advice about blogging here.
-Oh Happy Day’s guide to packing for Paris will surely come in handy for this summer :)

What I’m Working On: Currently in the midst of planning out a new series on here called the LOVESTRUCK Sessions, just in time for the day of love. Valentine’s day has always been one of my favorite holidays, so I’m excited to share with you guys with some love stories that have inspired me over the years! I’ve been planning shoots, editing, and getting content ready for these posts. Be on the look out in this next week for the LOVESTRUCK Sessions!

What I’m excited for: Getting snowed in this February (Fayetteville is usually notorious for at least one week of icy snow storms. Yay, no school!), figuring out what in the world I want to do with my life, continuing to make the most of my last semester!

February’s Goal: Lately, I’ve been thinking about making a ‘mini bucket list’ every month of things I always want to do, but never get around to. This month, I want to carry my camera around with me more, documenting the small, seemingly insignificant small moments. I know those little moments are the ones that truly count, and I want to be better about capturing them.

Mid-Week Inspiration

Hello, world! Once again, I’m caught up, distracted by, overwhelmed with life. Lots of things, new and old, flooding my time, leaving this lovely space on the back burner. I’m heading home to Texas for a few days this weekend, hoping to spend some time planning new content for the months ahead. In the mean time, here are some things that have been inspiring me as of late:

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Planning 2015

My favorite part of a new year is finding a great new planner for all my dates to remember, events, trips, and to-do lists. It’s a couple weeks into 2015, but if you’re like me, you’ve been waiting around to find the one that fits you best. Here’s a compilation of my favorites:
2015 Top Planners

1. Horatio Printing 2. Rifle Paper Co.  3. Kate Spade Daily Planner 4. Paper Source – Confetti Planner 5. Poketo – Color Block Planner 6. Sugar Paper for Target 7. Poketo – Basic Weekly Planner 8. Poketo – Basic Agenda Planner

Personally, this year I went with the small gold one (#6) from Sugar Paper for Target & the weekly desk calender from Rifle Paper Co. I love getting to cross things off of a to-do list, so a weekly desk list is a perfect addition for me!  Last year, I had #4, and loved the size & thickness of the paper. If you’re looking for more local ways to shop, Shindig Paperie is a great option in Fayetteville, AR!

Hopefully this little compilation makes your agenda book shopping a little easier. Now, let’s plan 2015!

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FAVORITES of 2014

A little late in the game for a recap of my favorite moments in 2014, but hey, it’s still January, right? I’d say its still safe zone to reminisce on the past year. 2014 was one for the books, full of life and beauty and hardships and waiting. I had many ‘firsts’ happen in 2014 as well, which is always an accomplishment in my book. I love venturing out into new things, hobbies, & projects. Well, here it is! My favorite moments of 2014:

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January

Currently: January 2015

What I’m Listening To: Lord Huron, Bethel Music, Givers

What I’m Reading: Creative Confidence by Tom & David Kelley.

What I’m Working On: Compiling a list of goals for 2015. I’m always behind on the whole goal setting thing. It usually takes me the full month of January to actually narrow down what I think are obtainable goals. I have about a week until school starts up again, so I’m trying to be productive with this whole break thing and work on updating my resume & portfolio.

What I’m excited for: My last semester of college. Wow! I’m excited to make the most of every moment, make a last-semester bucket list, walk into new projects, challenges, relationships….it’s going to be a semester of growth, I know.

It’s 2015, and I couldn’t be more excited for a new year. So much NEW is ahead, which is both scary and exhilarating. I’m gearing up to embrace the messy and pursue the beautiful. Lets do this.

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Q&A with Brittany Kile of Freckles Emporium

Today I get to share with you guys a post I’ve been very excited about! Recently, a good friend of mine, Brittany Kile, started a jewelry line called Freckles Emporium. We first met two years ago working together in a local boutique called the Mustache Goods & Wears, and have been friends ever since. As long as I’ve known Brittany, she has had an eye for style & a drive for entrepreneurship. Over the past year, she has been creating beautiful pieces and launching her own business. It’s been so fun to see her follow her passions and watch her dreams become reality. I am so for people flourishing in creativity and purpose, and sometimes, all we need to do it ourselves is a little inspiration from others. Brittany took the time to answer a few questions that I thought could help, inspire, and challenge those of us that dare to venture off onto similar paths…


1. How did Freckles Emporium begin?
Freckles Emporium literally started out of thin air. I’ve always loved all things fashion & have always wanted to open my own boutique (still do) for as long as I can remember! Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would launch my own jewelry line. It wasn’t until last summer when I started realizing that I have been collecting beads and all things jewelry related for a few years now! I love creating so it is very meditative for me. I also love to see people wearing my unique pieces & seeing how they style my jewels.

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2. What is a typical process for creating your jewelry and maintaining your business?
The typical process for creating a FE piece varies, but since everything is handmade it is a lot of sitting on the floor beading hours after hours. My girls who help me bead & I always joke that it is a #trial&error process! I get asked a lot where I learned to knot or make jewelry, and I honestly taught myself! I’ve fiddled with things until I’ve made it the way I think that I myself would want to purchase it. On a good day, the average necklace can be beaded in typically an hour from start to finish. That’s with no distractions!

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3. What has been the most challenging part about starting and running your own business?
Other than the back ache you get from beading for long periods of time, the most challenging part of the business would probably have to be not being in any retail stores (other than Lululemon Athletica Southlake Town Square)! I have clientele in so many different areas right now & many of them want to be able to touch & see my pieces in person because they are all so unique due to almost all of them being natural! We are working on getting our website up in the near future with more detailed photos so our guests can see every sparkle in the druzy they are viewing in order to make online shopping more comforting, as well as looking into wholesaling to local boutiques!

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4. Where do you hope to take Freckles Emporium in the future?
In the near future, I hope to expand nation wide in boutiques & to see more ladies wearing my jewels! It’s already so heartwarming to pass someone walking in the town square & to see them wearing one of my necklaces or bracelets. I can’t explain the feeling I get when that happens to me! 
 
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5. What is your advice to others who have dreams of starting their own business?
Starting your own business is a lot of work, but at the end of the day it’s so rewarding. There isn’t a second that passes when I’m doing something for Freckles Emporium that I don’t absolutely love it! I’ve always encouraged people to chase their dreams. A little blood, sweat, & tears shouldn’t steer them away from that! 

Thanks, Brittany! The above photos are from a photoshoot I did with her & her team at the Dallas Museum of Art a few weeks ago. SO much fun! Brittany is full of life & love. One amazing part of our shoot was with one of the women that was on staff at the DMA. She saw us taking photos and came over to take a look at the jewelry. Of course, she fell in love, and started helping us style some of the photos! So sweet! And, not to mention, she was amazing at it! She even let us stay a little after close to get that perfect shot. As we were wrapping up, Brittany gave her one of the necklaces! It was such a sweet moment between the two of them and really just got me excited for the heart behind Brittany’s business. Below is a photo of her pure shock at hearing she gets to take one of the handmade necklaces home with her!

I loved that moment, and I love this jewelry line. Handmade is a great way to go for gifts this Christmas, so be sure to head over to her Etsy shop here and pick something out for someone you love (or yourself)! I have this one in the mail & on its way to me!