This Thanksgiving I’m not going home. It’s hard to believe that I’m not for the first time in 4 years. It has honestly sucked getting to see all of my friends posting pictures and snapchatting being back home while I’m stuck in New York City. Granted though, I grew up missing every holiday because I was showing horses. But even then, I was with my horse show family. This year just seems extra hard. Instead of dwelling on it…I decided to make a list of things I’m thankful for. Something I want to continue to add to as I grow older.
ONE: I’m thankful for my future job. Whatever that might be. But thank you in advance for hiring me and helping me get started on my own and onto a new journey of life.
TWO: I’m thankful for my family. For raising me and teaching me how to a lady. For loving me through thick and thin. To my Mom who never lost her patience when I was what she would call “meaner than a snake” growing up and being my fashionista insipiration. To my Dad who continues to support my dreams and shows me what being a hard worker is all about. To my Brother who has put up with my chaos for 23 years and I’m so grateful to finally be growing a bond with after all these years.
THREE. I’m thankful for being given the opportunity to get an education. The University of Alabama for being my home for 4 years and getting my Fashion Retail degree (in 3 weeks). For attending a small private school for 14 years before college that helped me prepare for greater things.
FOUR. I’m thankful for getting to experience 4 months of living in New York City. I’m thankful for my parents for spending A LOT of money on me to live here and complete an internship in order to graduate. The friendships I’ve made here and the exploring I’ve done. And a dollar does not go a long way in New York City. Living here has only made me grow as a person and more grateful for what I have…and eager to get back to Florida.
FIVE. I’m thankful for being granted the opportunity to move back to my hometown and into my OWN house in the next month. (I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am about this). Follow my Pinterest Board to see my decorating ideas.
SIX. I’m thankful for horses…especially Scout. For teaching me what it’s like to love and be passionate about something. Showing me drive and determination to always do my best and excel. For teaching me what a bond truly is and that blood, sweat and tears all pay off in the long run. For teaching me how to care for a creature as amazing as you…(hopefully Mom or Nikki reads this to you)
SEVEN. I’m thankful for my friends. My high school friends, college friends and horse friends. For the friends I’ve lost and the friends I’ve gained. The ones who have knocked sense back into me but at the same time lost all sense with me. Y’all know who you are. And Matt Moor…for being my rock for 4.5 years.
EIGHT. I’m thankful for Shotguns & Seashells. For having all of Y’ALL (my readers) for being such great support systems and always giving me feedback and for continuing to follow along with me as I’ve conquered style in Alabama, New York and Florida as I officially move back to my roots!
Believe it or not this was my 2nd outfit post EVER on instagram. Oh has my style evolved, oh how I’ve grown and oh how my hair has changed!
I hope y’all have a great Thanksgiving and stay warm!
Recently, I wrote an article for Vero Crush on what it was like to grow up in Vero Beach, FL.
I wanted to share the article with my readers on Shotguns & Seashells as well. You can learn what it was like for me to grow up in a small town, some family history and why I’m looking forward to moving back.
I’m mad for plaid, faux leather and fringe this fall. There’s literally no hiding it for me this fall. I’ve kinda gone into a little obsession with more edgier things since moving to NYC and I don’t hate it. I do just wish that when I move back to Florida the weather starts to cool down some so I can wear my NYC outfits!
This little black dress is on my radar for all things classy and elegant. It makes the perfect interview, business meeting or black tie event dress. The simple cut out in the front makes it sexy and the white adds an elegant touch. This Macdougal Dress made by by SMITH is a must have for my closet. I styled it with black booties but heels work just as good…hate to admit it but I don’t own any black heels. But that needs to change. It would look really chic with a blazer as well.
If you didn’t know the designer of by SMITH is Smith Sinrod. She is also an Alabama graduate with an Apparel Design Degree. I had the pleasure of meeting Smith this Fall at Coterie in New York City and she was so beyond sweet! We even had some of the same teachers too in the Apparel and Textiles program at Alabama. You can view her entire Fall 2015 Collection here. One of my favorites aside from the dress I have on is the Allen Dress that Smith custom printed by using sharpies. The details in it are amazing and even cooler in person!
Bloomingdale’s is having their Friends & Family 25% off sale and I rounded up some of my favorite items from past blog post for y’all! Some of them are even marked down on sale BIG TIME! Make sure to use the code HOLIDAY when you check out!
Fringey- fringe I do love you! So…saying I’m obsessed with this fringe faux leather jacket is an understatement. I’ve been wanting something like this for a year and I finally jumped the bullet when I moved to New York. Paired with distressed denim, chucks and a white tee. Comfortable but making a statement at the same time