this weekend was a mixture of life’s unexplainable events. i heard the awful news from my hometown, that a really good guy i knew was involved in a terrible car accident that claimed his young life. it’s absolutely heartbreaking. if you’re from a small town, i’m sure you can relate to the fact that everyone knows everyone and it’s inevitable that the people around you become an extended family, whether you love or hate them some days, you know them and they’re a part of your life. i really feel for everyone back at home because it’s not just the family dealing with this horrible ordeal but it’s the entire town who feels this loss. life is so short and unpredictable, live each day with pride. Finney, you were a loving soul here with us and will be greatly missed my dear friend.

on a more positive note, the day before on Saturday, i had a beautiful day with one of my best friends. he came over to pick me up for food and we ended up walking from my apartment to an adorable little cafe, which i had never been to, and had a beautiful lunch catching up over the past couple weeks, talking about the future and getting inspired to go hard into the next week. it’s wonderful to have people around you constantly lifting your thoughts to a higher place while at the same time bringing you down to Earth when needed. i’m incredibly grateful for all of the positive people and everything going on in my life, even my broken exhaust pipe and curtain-less windows. it could be much, much worse. i’m grateful to have a car and a place of my own. and i am very blessed to have a brand new week to strive to be a better human. take this day and savor it. make this Monday a day to start doing what you’ve been waiting around to do for yourself, and tell a friend you love them and are grateful to have them around.


wardrobe: Back In Style / Madalynne
photog: Valerie Petralia
stylist/MUA: Brandy Swope
models: Becky Hardin / Maddie Flanigan

Maddie and Becky were so sweet to work with.. looking so fresh and clean on this style shoot.. also, the bathroom was to. die. for. and you know the clothes make you want to be a professional housewife. we started early and the natural light was definitely our friend, coming through the windows all perfect..

Becky looked beautiful (and tasteful!) in Back In Style’s yellow knitted robe and Madalynne’s flower-printed bloomers.. the pearls just added loads to the what-a-lady factor. i mean, what a freakin’ lady. i wanna be her. the last look with the denim and the pearls. no puedo. i love it, i can’t [take it].


undies by Madalynne
photog: Valerie Petralia, stylist/MU: Brandy Swope, model: Maddie Flanigan

on this day, we collectively decided that panties is too creepy of a word to use for these cute little skivvies and underwear is just too – bleh. so, undies it is! these blue-starred undies are so adorable i could cry. and Maddie not only wore them like a cupcake but made the little one-of-a-kinds.. which i paired with a flowy, white top and the fabulous headpiece of hers which is extremely special, gifted from a friend. doesn’t it just make you want to lounge in bed all day.. looking f***ing awesome?!