a quick update.

I'm back! After an amazing, impactful mission trip to Haiti, I feel very refreshed and ready to get back into the routine of things. 

The trip was absolutely incredible. So much progress has been made since the earthquake - physically and spiritually - and God is doing amazing things there. Our team painted buildings, visited orphanages, and basically showed as much love as we could to the sweet Haitians. I hope the Instagram snapshots give you a glimpse of the joy in that place! 

Right after the trip was my birthday, and it was absolutely marvelous. My family treated me well - dinner and a Broadway show. They know me so well! 

So that's what's up in my world. I can't wait to catch up with you all and visit around my favorite blogs. I miss you dears!

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taking a break.

I hope your Valentine's Day was simply wonderful! Mine was dandy. I sat at home watching chick-flicks and gorging on chocolate for my special day. Hoping yours was a bit more romantic and eventful than mine! Hehe! 

Anywho, I'm sad to say that this week I'm going to take a little break from my dearly-beloved blog world because I am going on a mission trip to Haiti. I am extremely excited about this amazing opportunity, and I can't wait to see what God will unfold on this trip. However, I obviously won't be able to do any posting from the grounds. :(

In the meantime, I will miss you dears and I will be looking forward to catching up when I get back! I'll be sure to update on a few highlights ASAP. 

Stay warm + have a lovely week.

art by Elizabeth Mayville, text added by yours truly.


be my valentine?

Valentine's Day Gift Guide
earrings | scarf | lipstick | calendar | perfume | bag | chocolates 

This is a little late, but since Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I thought I'd post a little gift guide for all the late-minute shoppers! Featuring adorable, romantic items that will be sure to make your V-Day extra special. 

Be sure to print off this list and sneak it to your man as a little hint! ;)

Wishing you all the sweetest Valentine's Day.


monday moodboard {no. 4}

It's that time of the week again! How? I have no idea. But it is, and my mind is still trying to grasp how the time flew this weekend. All of the wonderful festivities of the weekend have come to a close and it's time to begin the cycle of madness again! Oh well, let's start it off with a little inspiring moodboard this Monday morning. ;)

This week's board is a clean and fresh one. It makes me want to sigh at the relieving simplicity and pristine inspiration.  

Are you feeling inspired?



lots of layers {friday's fancies}

lots of layers.
shirt | pants | booties | bag | scarf

Happy Friday all! And praise the Lord for weekends. 
This week has been absolute madness for me! From school to parties to more school and more parties, I couldn't be more exhausted. Oh, how thankful I am for the delightful reprieve of the weekend from the crazy festivities of life!

Anywho, this week's outfit is a very preppy one. I've been leaning my eye towards maroon hues this season, and I think they can be balanced really nicely with tans and other neutrals. Layering is a big rarity for me and my style, and I need to incorporate it more often! Chambray + a cable knit sweater really captures the layering look without going bulky.

 Cozy layers of warm, deep shades make me want to cuddle up by the fire with a cup of cocoa, flipping through the latest issue of Vogue. Care to join me? 

Linking up with {long distance loving} for Friday's Fancies!



lilly pulitzer spring 2013.

Ok, try not to freak out, but spring has officially arrived at Lilly Pulitzer. And basically, it's perfection. Scrolling through the lookbook will seriously make you swoon. The new collection is brimming with bright colors, bold patterns, and an exuberant amount of girly! Lilly is taking a preppy, feminine take on spring, and I couldn't be happier! So much to love.

all images courtesy of Lilly Pulitzer


monday moodboard {no. 3}

Happy Monday, dears!
This week I've been feeling inspired by geometric angles + fun shapes. You can really see this mood reflected in this week's moodboard: bold patterns, dramatic photography, and unique graphics. 

What have you been inspired by this week?