Autumn is My Favorite Color

If there is one thing to know about me, it is that autumn is my favorite time of year. Pumpkin decorations and treats, riding boots, crisp morning air, changing of the leaves – I have always felt that fall offers a fresh start, a new beginning. And, this year I hope to make it the very best yet!

While I realize that autumn hasn’t officially arrived yet, but I couldn’t help but share this fall bucket list for Southern Belles! Stay tuned for The Glitter Guide’s seasonal bucket list that I love to share each time is comes out! Until then, I hope you’ll join me in checking off all the things to love about this time of year.

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When Life Gets in the Way…

Wow! It is absolutely amazing how quickly time can fly when you’re in a caught up in the Summer haze. Looking back, I guess I could pin point when the madness started and that would be after I returned from Hawaii. Truly, that’s when I started getting sick. I thought I was on the fast track – my exciting new job in North Carolina, my boyfriend finally getting his release date and my health on the up swing! Think again…

I don’t think I will ever be able to forget that phone call. After having a MRI on my spine, my doctor informed my that my transverse myelitis had returned. This villain of a disease had taken so much from me before – my hair {thanks to treatment} and my ability to walk. After being admitted into the hospital with so many unanswered questions, all we could think to say was “at least they caught it early.” Comforting, right? Moments like this will make your fast track come to halt and you’re left feeling helpless, angry, and lost. I have always tried to be a positive person – the girl who views the world as her oyster, a believer in everything happening for a reason, always sipping from the glass half full – while finding hope in any obstacle.

Staying in tune with my insane medical history – transverse myelitis {TM} is a rare disease. Frankly, there isn’t much research out there and course of treatment is a fine line. Living this life is enough to make someone lose their self. Having your legs tingle with too much physical activity and the most recent side effect – my hands are tingling too. This feeling of not having any control of your body is mind numbing and indescribable. I would never wish this feeling or sickness upon my worse enemy.

My life is currently run my a treatment of prednisone and chemotherapy, in “hope” to reverse the damage done to my body. Just this week my hair has started falling out. I know that means I need to start looking to wigs to hide what TM has taken from me, but “at least they caught it early” {right?}. I returned to work pretty soon after getting discharged from the hospital and luckily, my life seems fairly normal from that outside. One thing that has been steady throughout this process is my faith and my family. Without these two things, I wouldn’t be able to put a smile on my face everyday and find hope in any situation when life gets in the way.

Hot on Pinterest: Week of July 21

To be frank, I use to be quite the reader so hence why ‘Must Read Monday’ began! With moving to North Carolina, starting a brand new job and my Hawaiian rendezvous I believe that I have a solid excuse for not reading as much as usual. One thing that I have never given up is my infatuation with Pinterest! Head over to my personal Pinterest page and you’ll notice my insane organization of boards and nearly 10 thousand pins! Did I mention that I also pin for both of my jobs too? With that being said, I am planning to start a weekly “Hot on Pinterest” to recap what’s getting repined over and over. Of course, I’ll {hopefully} tell you the source of the images so you can get to planning, baking, cooking, crafting, shopping or whatever the pin may be! Cheers to the first week of Hot on Pinterest! Enjoy!

Tory Burch – FitBit Fret Pendant Necklace. With all the FitBit craze, it’s no wonder surpass that when Tory Burch released her own design everyone just about died. While the rubbery bracelet isn’t my style (even in pink), I adore this Fitbit Pendant Necklace! I think my fellow Pinners would agree! Browse here to preorder this fashion…I mean fitness forward accessory.

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Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Quote. I am a Lilly girl, through and through. There is nothing I love more than repining the latest line, print and honestly, anything remotely related to Lilly Pulitzer. While I am 90% sure that I pinned this lifestyle quote in my early days of Pinterest, it was certainly one of the hottest tickets last week for repins! Even though the source cannot be found, I believe the this Lilly inspired quote stands on its own.

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Bible Verses on Stress. I’m not sure if I should be thrilled or worried about this next pin that a lot of pincers have repined from my page. Linked to Eat, Drink and Be Mary – this pin takes you to a post solely related to 20 Bible verses on Anxiety and Stress. I am thrilled that there a so many people who look to the Bible to find comfort in certain situations, but at the same time there is an extremely large number of people who’ve pinned this! Take a moment to read this verses when you feel anxious or stressed out – it has certainly helped me! Click here to be taken to this pin’s source.

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Glitter Guide’s Summer To-Do List

I loved the Glitter Guide’s Spring to-do list so much that I was thrilled when they share their Summer to-do list! While I realize we are just about a month into Summer (Yikes!) I thought it was better late than never to share. This bucket list is short and sweet so there is plenty of time to check these ultra fun activities off before the autumn weather arrives! Have a ball with the Glitter Guide’s list and enjoy!

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Carolina Girl

Shame on me for ignoring my blog the past week! I promise that I have the best excuse – I’ve been packing, unpacking and starting my new job with the Outer Banks Wedding Association! I couldn’t be happier to be an official Carolina Girl and start my new career adventure in a new city!

One of the most beautiful things about making such a drastic move, is the support I’ve received from my family, boyfriend and friends. It’s amazing how many people ask me about how this move has affected the relationship I have with my boyfriend. (The irony of course being that he is stationed thousands of miles away.) When you love someone and know that you were meant to be together, there will never be any doubt that you will. A support system like that is unlike any other and I couldn’t be more blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

Cheers to the endless opportunities my future holds!

Move Over Awareness Month

At one point or another we’ve all felt our hearts jump in terror when flashing blue or red lights appear in the rearview mirror. While they may not be hailing you over to give you a speeding ticket or coming to your rescue after a little fender bender; anytime police officers, fireman, or EMS are blaring down the highway we must get out of their way! All too often, you’ll hear tragic news coverage of a tow truck worker or police officer getting killed because a driver did not take proper safety precautions by slowing down and moving over to another lane. Thankfully, the Virginia Senate made the month of June ‘Move Over Awareness Month,‘ and I couldn’t be happier about this resolution!

Even though moving over is a law in many states, it’s my sincere hope that all states adopt similar awareness programs for everyone to be educated on this simple precautions drivers can make to save a life. Take a moment to read Senate Resolution 102, by clicking here, to learn more about this cause and share it with everyone you know. Whether you are a Virginian or as far away as California, please learn more about this campaign and always slow down and move over when you see any vehicle on the side of the road.  Life is too precious to not make this easy maneuver!

Six Staples for Surviving a Summer Wedding

With June on our heels, wedding season kicking off and hot Southern weather rolling in there is a lot happening in the South. What isn’t to love about a summer wedding below the Mason-Dixon line? Well, there is one thing I believe we’d all agree on and that’s the thick, humid, scorching heat that takes over the outdoors come late spring. Since your weekends will be filled with wedding festivities I thought I’d share some tips and tricks to staying cool and comfortable during summer those hot summer nuptials. From spritzers to sunscreen, here are a few of my go-to suggestions for surviving a summer wedding!

Wear Sunscreen. But, seriously…wear sunscreen! Any part of your skin that will be exposed the blaring sun should be slathered in a coat of at least 15 SPF sunscreen. Whether you’re just outside for the cocktail hour or spending the entire afternoon celebrating outside, pack a small bottle in your clutch and reapply between cocktails.

Up-do Your Hair. While an up-do may not be your best look, trust me, you’ll thank me for this suggestion later. The last thing you want is to see the next day are  pictures of your hair looking a hot mess. Make a spa day of it and plan to have your hair done professionally before the big “I do’s.”

Hydrate. Without a doubt, water should be your best friend on the big day! There’s nothing wrong with indulging in the bride and groom’s signature cocktails, but to avoid dehydration and becoming “that girl” at your friend’s wedding be sure to toss back plenty of H2O.

Pack Your Shades. Making sure to wear your sunglasses should be a given, but I can’t even count the number of times I’ve left them at home! Save your beautiful eyes (and eye makeup) and please, please remember to bring your stylish shades. I always keep a backup pair in my car just in case too!

Spritzers. No, I am not referring to white wine spritzers! I’m talking about those precious petite Evian Facial Sprays. These gems are a true lifesavers and are one of my favorite go-tos for warm weather, from beach to wedding days.

Dress Appropriately. Normally I would say that beauty is pain, but when it comes to the humid air I raise the white flag! Keep it cool with a seersuckers sundress or your favorite lightweight Lilly dress; because there is nothing worse then wearing a tight dress or anything silk to a summer wedding!!

Pop! Fizz! Clink! It’s Graduation Day!

Pop! Fizz! Clink! Graduation day has finally arrived! Like many of my fellow graduates, I too cannot believe that this day has finally arrived. If I have learned one thing about my life, it is that it will always be one big roller coaster ride. The ups and downs, trials and tribulations only add to the excitement of it all, and make the ride worthwhile. Graduating with my Masters Degree is by far one of the biggest “ups” I will have experienced and I cannot wait to walk across that stage today!!

Sure there were plenty of moments when I didn’t think I would ever survive graduate school and make it to this fateful day…but some how I did! While I will not miss the sleepless nights, kissing my weekend social life goodbye, and the insanity of graduate school as a whole; I will miss my graduate cohort. This amazing group of people were there from day one of class until the every end. While we all thought there was no way we would ever mesh, somehow it worked and we have become such close friends. Without a doubt, my graduate experience would not have been the same without them.

To my amazing parents, sister, and boyfriend: you have been my biggest support through every hurdle of my life, and that certainly didn’t change during grad school. Your encouragement, everlasting love, and yes, even unwarranted advice,  has always been the source motivation. There is absolutely no way I would be the person I am today without those four people.

So – Cheers to new beginnings, endless opportunities and a new chapter! I cannot wait to see what next adventure life has in store for me!

 

Skin Cancer: Dear 16-Year-Old Me

As humans, we are flawed in respect of our thoughts of invincibility. Disasters, infliction and even cancer, are something that we believe will never happen to us…until it does. May is Melanoma Awareness Month and just this week,the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund released this PSA on skin cancer, Dear 16-Year-Old Me. With a strong family history of this horrible disease, I visit my dermatologist annually to get checked. Even if you don’t go to the tanning bed, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t still at risk.

Watch this extended version of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund production, and make your appointment to get checked; because skin cancer doesn’t discriminate.

To learn more about the effects of skin caner and how to prevent it, browse here.