Life, Style

Real Life Ramblings

February 6, 2017

Don’t let the squares and rolling feeds of fancy photos and curated content fool you. We all know pictures rarely capture the realness of what everyday life looks like.

Is anyone else a little tired of the over critical and anxiety around social media lately? If someone only posts pretty pictures they are “fake” or “surface-y.” If they post too much “real-ness” they are oversharing or their accounts just aren’t pretty. Who cares? Let people be. Let the space be a place to create, for people to be genuine, for people to share the happy moments or the sad moments, or for some people – all the moments in between. I love that social media is a place for people to keep a journal of their lives, to share the highlights, to encourage one another and to post the things we want to post. The best part is, no one is making you follow anyone. We get to choose who we want in our spaces and what we want to share. When we take those pictures and post too seriously we only rob ourselves of happiness. Continue Reading…

Life, Style, Thoughts on Things

The Happy Things

February 4, 2017

It’s officially the love month and my birthday month! We’ve got a lot going on but I’m looking forward to all of it.

If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram, you may have seen that two years ago at the beginning of February we were in the emergency room finding out that our first baby’s heart had stopped beating. A year ago I was struggling with postpartum and unsure of how to handle it without taking any medication, and three years ago we were dealing with some pretty heavy family illnesses and I was basically sick the entire month. I say all of that not to throw myself a pity party, but to let you know that this month I’m really going into it with a heart of openness instead of fear that it will be like years past. I recently read a book called Hope Heals about a family that’s gone through more than I could possibly imagine and way worse than any of my problems compare. I wanted to share one of the quotes that really stuck out to me.

“I can give glory to God, and it can still hurt.”

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Health & Wellness, Life

Be Well, Do Well | Yoga

February 1, 2017

This week I am super excited to introduce Rachel Hébert as a guest writer for The Southern Trunk. A dear friend, a talented writer and someone who has inspired me from the moment I met her. Rachel has a gift for teaching others about how to improve their lives through health and wellness. I hope you enjoy hearing her heart and the simple ways you can change your life for the better. 

Wow. I find myself with jittery fingers running across the keyboard as I start this post. I’ve been journaling since I was 10, and learned what happened at Columbine high school in 1999. For some reason, my 10-year-old heart heard about the students who died and I started crying. Until very recently, I hated my emotional nature. Why did I cry when Miss Piggy rejected Kermit the Frog in one of the Muppets episodes? Seriously, what is wrong with me?

Actually, nothing is. I was made to help people heal in some way, some how, through my tear-filled life.

I think we are all made to help our fellow human beings with our own unique person.

This first post is an attempt to help someone, in some way, through simple things. When I think of simple, for some reason I think of the word small. Maybe that is because as Americans we often eat big meals, drive big cars, spend big numbers, live in big houses, and dream big dreams. These things are good in their place, but I’m not the first person to write about these things not bringing lasting happiness. Continue Reading…

Life, Style

Secondhand Shopping Gold

January 30, 2017

I have always loved a good thrift store run. My momma taught me at a young age that a bargain/discount is never a bad thing, but a smart decision. It’s like finding gold.

When shopping at the Goodwill, you don’t always find treasure, but then some days you hit the jackpot at come out with $20 worth of goodies (just like Macklemore). When I was working at my old office, we had a Goodwill next door, and I would always tell Ian I had to pay the story a visit to let the traffic die down, hah. In the end, it paid off. I found some great stuff for our house and both of our closets. Bargain and secondhand shopping is about more than just a good deal though. It’s good for our environment and culture to shop secondhand and reuse what we can instead of hoarding a cluttered waste.

This past year, I have really tried to refine my closet into only pieces that I wear consistently and that reflect who I am. Clothing is a way we express ourselves and our lifestyle. I recently came across ThredUP and really loved what the company stood for. For those of you who want to sell quality items you’re ready to give up wearing, or for those of you who still want a great bargain, but don’t have time to hit up the thrift store every week, ThredUP is for you. I scored a brand new Zara dress, an H&M dress, and a boutique tunic, plus a few shirts for Cove for under $30! They don’t even look like they have ever been worn – some of them still have the tags. I also want to take a minute to share how fun the experience was. The box my goodies came in was so cute. They had the best branding and it made me feel like all my items were brand new.

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Life, Style

Valentine’s Day Looks Day to Night and the Alternative Date Night

January 25, 2017

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and for those of you who haven’t gotten your significant other a gift, I’m sorry, but this isn’t a gift guide.

I really do love Valentine’s, but not because of all the typical hype. I’m not lying when I say that it is like Valentine’s day year round in my house. Ian has always treated me like a princess, still opens every car door for me and brings me flowers just because. I am super excited though because this is my second Valentine’s day with Cove. I feel so lucky to have two Valentine’s now.

This year I wanted to give everyone a few alternatives to the fancy dinner and overpriced bouquets, and let you in on how we celebrate. I am also sharing an easy day-to-night outfit to transition the day.

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Life, Style, Thoughts on Things

Thoughts on Things: Sweatshirts, Fringe High Tops and 5 ways I am dealing with winter blues

January 23, 2017

I really feel like you can never have enough sweatpants or sweatshirts. If you saw my closet you would probably gasp at the amount of loungewear I have, but I don’t care. It’s what I’m most comfortable in. I found this blush sweatshirt the other day, and it brought me back to Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World days. I feel like Kelly Kapowski might have owned it at one point. I paired it with some jeans and my new favorite sneakers from Guilty Soles. When I found out fringe high top sneakers existed, I knew they were meant to be in my closet. I LOVE these shoes. The other day we were doing our Chick-fil-A run, and I didn’t even realize I had dressed Cove in a sweatsuit too, haha. We were like a sweatsuit family from the 80’s.


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Style

Hi Tops Low Hem and Thoughts on Blogging

January 20, 2017

I just know that a cold front is on the way, but for now I am really appreciating all the sunny and warm days in January. When Sign Here Vinyl sent me The Paige Dress, I thought it was the perfect transition piece. It’s drop hem line with fun ruffles and loose fitting structure make it prefect for running errands or dressing up for dinner one night. I paired it with my favorite Vans, Sk8-Hi, and wore it out the other day for lunch and shopping with Ian. I have always been so nervous to pair sneakers with dresses. I am not quite sure why. But now that I have, I’ve realized that its the most comfortable combination.

The past month, I have been thinking a lot of about this space and the kind of content I put on it. I would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite posts and what you want to see more of. I had a friend challenge me the other day to share more from my heart, and that really resonated with me. Sometimes it’s easy to put out the pretty because sharing our thoughts can expose us and make us feel vulnerable. While I think there is good balance of both, I would love to hear what you think! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Continue Reading…

Style

A Color Story

January 18, 2017

I’m typically an all neutral kind of girl. Our house doesn’t have much in the way of colorful decor, and if you looked in my closet, you would find fifty shades of gray, but even with that being the case, color makes me so happy. It can be so inspiring and fun. Ian and I were out to lunch with my family the other day at Miller Union. It was our first time there and we highly recommend it, because you can’t beat farm-to-table chicken and waffles with sweet potatoes. Plus, the atmosphere is so open, yet welcoming. Afterwards, we were walking back to our car and came across this gorgeous mural. It was a rather warmer day for January and the combination of the sunshine and all the colors of the wall made me instantly happy.

This top from Macy’s is so incredibly comfortable and has some fun color to add a pop. Cove loved playing with the tassels all day. I can’t wait to pair it with some shorts and skirts this summer. What colors inspire you or make you happy? Hope you all are having a great week! Continue Reading…