TOP: Generation Love [wearing medium] | DENIM: DL1961 [highly, highly recommend this style of denim if you want to invest in flattering jeans, I go down one size!] |FLATS: Something Navy | HANDBAG: Chanel [Deauville in large, buy pre-loved HERE – love this as a dupe option!] | BEANIE: Free People [obsessed w/these!] | | RINGS: Joolz, Cartier | WATCH: Michele| LIPS: ‘Iconic Nude’ + ‘Blankety’
All back is my go-to look during the fall and winter. If I’m running late and can’t think of what to wear – all black it is! I love finding fun black tops like this one with the shoulder cut out which gives the look some some personality. Annnnnd, of course the shoes help that, too! ☺️??
If you read Friday’s blog post [you can load each days blog post by tapping or clicking “Load Next Post” at the end of this post!], you probably saw that I celebrated my 31st birthday on Friday! John took me to Olive Garden Friday evening and then on Saturday he got me, my mom, and my sister tickets to go see Taylor Swift in Dallas. It ended up being such a fun weekend! The concert was a blasttttttt and the time I got with my sister and mom was just pure fun – I cried from laughter so much!
I also mentioned that I would be up for doing a 31 random facts post here on my blog and I had many of you messaging me saying yes – so I thought I’d do it today! Some of the facts a few of you probably know, but I constantly get new readers that are confused or get lost because they aren’t familiar so I figured it was a good time for a fact post. I’ll try to mix in some new things for those of you who have been around since 2013?! ?
31 Random Facts
#1 I am from a small town in Arkansas. I graduated with 120 others and my town had a population of 8,000. There are no Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neimans, Louis Vuitton, or anything like that in the state of Arkansas [!!!] so I was never around any high end shopping, but that didn’t stop me from dreaming! Even where I live now in Oklahoma, we don’t have those stores either, crazy right?!
#2 I went to undergrad in Arkansas at a private Christian university. My major was in sales and marketing and I really loved all of my classes. Since I was a sales major I had to take very in depth courses on personality types and had one really intense course that only allowed 6 students and we all had to compete for grades. Only one student was allowed the A+, one was allowed an A, one a B+, one a B, etc. The professor was super intense and would put all of our work on a projector for the entire class to see and tear it to shreds! It was the most intimidating, scary course but looking back on it – it was one I valued from the most.
#3. Speaking of personality types, as far as the Myers-Briggs test goes, I am [now] an ISTJ. As crazy as it is, I started college as an ESTJ and it changed towards the end of college! [Basically I went to college very extraverted & came out more introverted.] Since graduating I have only become more and more introverted – and am very much like my dad. [And by being introverted, I basically mean that being around people can run down my “batteries” so that I need alone time to re-charge!] Whereas my mom and sis are super extraverted and love being social and can handle being the ‘center of attention’. My dad and
I are the type to avoid being the center of attention at all costs and if we are at a party or event, we are in the corner or the outskirts of the room. You can only imagine how our wedding was – I loathe that type of situation and looking back if I had it to do over I’d do a destination wedding with family only.
#4. Since I went to a Christian university, we were required to go to chapel daily and also had to take a Bible class each semester. To he honest, this could be kind of ‘annoying’ in a way if you think about it – you have to schedule your regular classes around daily chapel and your Bible class. Lucky for me, I can’t say it was so bad because I actually met John in our bible class senior year! It was fall of our senior year when I met him and before I even got to know him I already had this immediate crush. What is crazy is that the professor in this class had us work on this big group project for our final grade and I was kind of the leader of my group and last minute John walked up to ask if he could join our group and I tried to play it cool and act like I wasn’t excited that he wanted in our group. Later down the road he admitted that he knew exactly what he was doing!☺️?
#5. John works full time in medicine and also helps me run my business. He comes home at night and spends an hour working on computer stuff and on any time off he is also my photographer. I would be lost as a goose without him!
#6. John and I started dating ‘officially’ during his first year of medical school which was the same year that I was getting my MBA. He lived in Virginia and I was in Arkansas. Before dating officially he would always call me when he had a long drive or something and we would talk for hours. John used to be super quiet and honestly just plain ol’ shy. He tried to play it cool and act like he wasn’t into me but he was always texting and calling me randomly! ??♀️??♂️ ?
#6. I used be awful about drinking water!! I mean, AWFUL. I made myself start drinking a ton of water each day at the beginning of June and ever since then it is has totally changed my skin! I had always heard that drinking water helps your skin but seeing it actually happen to me makes em a believer. I have a special cup I use and it has just become a habit to drink so much water throughout the day. [See my Amazon picks post to see more about special cup.?]
#7. Even though I drink a lot of water, I still love Diet Coke. I know it is horrible for you but if I am going to eat at a Mexican restaurant or something that I really love, I always go to places that have Diet Coke and not Diet Pepsi. My mom and sister are the exact same way!
#8. This makes me fourth year of blogging full time! I started blogging purely for my parents to see our lives in Virginia and randomly got ‘readers’ following the journey and it evolved over time into what it is now. I never in a million gazillion years thought anyone would care what a small town girl from Arkansas wore or how she curled her hair. Blogging has been the most exciting, but scary thing that has ever happened to me. I adore this job so much and I always tell people it was a total God thing! I thank God all of the time for allowing me to have a job that involves so many things I am passionate about.. beauty, travel, fashion, etc.
#9. Many people don’t know this but when I started blogging – it was before it was a ‘thing’- no where as common as it is now. People were quick to ask “what in the world is she doing posting photos of her outfit or talking about makeup?”. I had so many nay-sayers – including loved ones like friends and family. It was really crazy because the ‘nay-sayers’ got in my head a little, but I’d go to bed at night praying that the Lord would give me clarity on what I was doing and if it was ‘okay’ and I’d always wake up with a peace sent only from Him. Wanna know what is crazy?? So many of the people who criticized me over having a blog ended up starting a blog. *I just wanted to share this because I hope it encourages any of you who are in a spot like I was… and trust your “true blues”.
#10. True Blues… what are these?! Well my very wise and successful cousin refers to true blues as the ‘real deal friends’. There’s a lot that goes into this but my mom has always been a true blue for me. I remember in college thinking my mom was not as smart as me ??? and now I am like “wait she was right all along!!” It’s a good thing I’ve always listened to her and followed her wise advice [for the most part]. She’s been the one who even when I got my feelings hurts from said ‘nay-sayers’ she would quickly remind me to not let it take up another second of my time and get back to work.
#11. Throughout medical school we moved 7 times. During John’s fourth year we had to put all of our belongings in a storage unit and used my parents home as our ‘hub’. There were months where John would be away for a month and I would stay at my parents and work as a substitute teacher because John would be living in little hospital apartments or someone’s extra room.
#13. In the summer during college I counseled at a church camp that I grew up going to and it was always the best week ever! It was totally outdoors – we slept in cabins with no AC and didn’t have any AC all week. Lots of bugs, sweat, etc. But guess what, I still got ready and wore makeup/fixed my hair every day — and I wore wedges! ? Funny how somethings just don’t change.
#14. Myself, John and my brother in law, Chad are the only ones in my family who are not in education! My brother and sister are both in education and I was the ‘black sheep’. Ooops! If you saw #11^, I did sub for a while and it was the most exhausting thing!! I remember subbing in the Kindergarten for a week at a time and leaving needing a nap everyday! Shoutout to all of the teachers out there!!
#15. I’m the youngest of three. My sister is 8 years older than me and my brother is 3 years older than me. Our family is very tight knit and we all love being together.
#16. My sister and her husband have 2 kids and my brother and his wife have 4 [so I have 2 nephews and 4 nieces]. Up until I married John, my family made me sit at the ‘kids table’ at all holidays!? Literally, it would be me and all the kids at Thanksgiving at one table! But get this, now when the family is all together – John goes to sit with the kids.
#17. I tried to play basketball in 4th grade – 7th grade. That was a no-go for sure! Once I made cheerleading I quit ‘trying’ to be a basketball player. Since my dad coached basketball and my brother played I tried to play just so I’d fit in that was a hard NO. ?
#18. I have to wear glasses at night or to watch TV or work on a computer. I literally can not leave town without them! I tried contacts and loathed them!
#19. I am Native American. Luke is the cut-off for receiving benefits. I had some scholarships from my tribe for undergrad and grad school and I also was given $300 at the beginning of each school year in college to shop for clothing. I remember always being excited when my card for that came in the mail.
#20. I try new skin care and makeup products each week and have for the past 2-3 years. I think I could review 90% of the full coverage foundations at Sephora at any given time.
#21. Hat Obsessed. I wear hats 80% of the time and basically collect them.
#22. I’ve been obsessed with golden doodles ever since my sister got one back in 2006? It was before they were common and she had one named Charlie. I begged John for a dog for years and he always said “no I don’t like dogs.” Fast forward… For my birthday in 2014 John got me Fitzy [mini golden doodle]. He told me in September that we were going to get one and I cried. When he met Fitz and his siblings he was hooked immediately. Ever since this John loves all golden doodles and treats Fitz like he’s a real human son. It is really sweet and I’m always like “remember how you didn’t like dogs?” haha.
#23. I don’t love eating at fancy restaurants. I claim to be ‘low maintenance’ because of this! I’ve said it before but I’d rather save up for a handbag instead.
#24. I hardly ever watch TV. The past couple of years or so John and I have tried to watch an episode of a show we are into at night [we just watched Jack Ryan??] after Luke is in bed as a way to do something together or have carved out time. Being an entrepreneur is tricky because I would work around the clock if I could but I know that is a bad way of life so I am intentional about carving out time for what is really important.
#25. Reading is the one past time I love the most. I actually like traveling alone because that gives me time to get away into a really good book. I have read 19 books in 2018 so far. I use Audible a lot when I am working on a project or getting ready so that I can listen while I work. Murder/suspense books are my favorite! I used to do blog posts on my favorite books years ago but I kind of stopped..I keep telling myself I need to get back on it. [Read most recent post here – and it links to the other ones!]
#26. I love Amazon Prime… more than Target.
#27. We are currently building our ‘dream home’ and boy it is work! [Read reveal post HERE]. PS. I have tab on my IG and highlight all Home Building stuff there!
#28. I don’t like doing anything during the day until my bed is made and coffee is drank. It drives me bonkers for our bed not to be made!
#29. As a mom, I am not nearly as Type A as I thought I’d be. Also, we learned really quickly that after a child learns to walk – life gets so much crazier! We did not even know what was coming, lol!! When Luke was under a year we still went out to eat and did a lot of normal stuff that we always did. Now that he is so mobile we hardly ever eat out. But it is also so fun and he cracks us up!!
#30. I may write a fashion blog, but you’d be shocked if you saw my closet. I am not a hoarder with clothing at all so most of it goes to my mom, sister, & sister-in-law. We all all wear the same size in clothing and shoes!
#31. My go-to Starbucks order is super boring but I get asked this SOO often…ready for it?! Iced Coffee w/ soy & Stevia. I love sugary Starbucks drinks but I won’t let myself have them because they can be so high in calories and I actually really like the iced coffee drink that I always get! I like iced coffee quite a bit but I will order it hot if it is super cold out.
Let me know a fun fact about you in the comments below! Also – if you enjoyed this post let me know and I can do more types of posts like these.