I haven't blogged in over three months, which doesn't look like such a large number once it's written out, but it feels like such a long time ago. 

Somewhere in the midst of putting myself down over my lack of photography skills, belittling my abilities as a web designer and writer, and constantly comparing myself to more established and successful websites, I lost almost every sense of the joy I initially felt when I began this project over a year ago. It was never supposed to feel like this. 

Over the past year, I've gone through some pretty big life changes. I graduated from college last December, started an incredible relationship with an amazing boy in April, got my first full time job in August, and moved into my very first apartment in November. I am, in every way possible, overwhelmed with gratitude. The intangible elements of my life are healthy, stable, and safe...but there are other parts of my life that are not. 

I feel like there's a constant storm cloud floating around inside of me. Sometimes it's light grey and small, other times its heavy and dark, and in some instances, dark black and pouring rain. It's not necessarily a cloud of sadness, but more like a cloud of uneasiness. My cloud swells and darkens when my thighs rub together after I take a shower, when I see yet another tagged photo of myself that I hate, when I realize that aside from this website (which I abandoned months ago) I have practically no hobbies other than constantly buying things that I don't need or truly even want in order to get some sort of temporary high or sense of satisfaction. 

I don't want it to seem as if I hate myself. I don't. I love who I am, I just need to act like it and actually treat myself that way. I'm so caught up with the idea of cleanliness, but obsessing over tidying my apartment 24/7 does nothing for my soul. I want my soul to feel clean. I want to wake up every morning and not be consumed by my consumption, overwhelmed by my possessions, or bombarded by my abundance of belongings. I want to feel light, airy, clean, and pure.


At this point it's not about a certain look, number, or size. It's about a feeling. A feeling of strength from self discipline, a feeling of wholeness from nourishing myself inside and out, a feeling of pride in finally living my life as the person that I've always wanted to be. 

Makeup, fashion, and interior design are fine, but the past year has taught me that those things were only serving as a distraction from the life I've been seeking all along. This is my statement that I want something deeper, and I will pursue it, one step and day at a time. 


My yoga mat is laid across my living room floor, I'm ready to feel good. 

#SeeSummerBetter with Warby Parker

PHOTO CREDIT: MARY FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Hi friends, it's been a while! Labor Day has come and gone, but summer weather and activities are here to stay for a few more weeks (in Tennessee, at least). I've paired up with Warby Parker to share their awesome sunglasses selection as well as their incredibly convenient and personalized Home Try-On Program

PHOTO CREDIT: MARY FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

With the Home Try-On Program, you can easily try on up to five lenses of your choice (either prescription glasses or sunglasses) in a wide variety of styles, frames, and colors. It's fun, convenient, safe, and totally free! Below are some of my favorite Warby Parker sunglass styles that I chose to test out in my Home Try-On box! 

1. Jennings Striped Beach Lenses

PHOTO CREDIT: MARY FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTO CREDIT: MARY FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

These gorgeous brown frames are perfect to throw on for on-the-go summer days, which is why I loved wearing them to the Greenway trails in my hometown last weekend. I've been hanging out at these trails at least once or twice every year since I was a little girl, and it's such a great and easy way to connect with nature and the community at the same time. The Jennings Striped Beach Lenses feature a curved brow, keyhole bridge, and universally flattering medium shape

2. Ripley Whiskey Tortoise

PHOTO CREDIT: MARY FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Out of all the styles I ordered for my Home Try-On, I was most excited about these Ripley Whiskey Tortoise frames. This style is round and rimmed with stainless-steel, and features a stunning tortoise shell design that I'm absolutely obsessed with! The shape of these lenses are really trendy right now, and they go perfectly with virtually any outfit or face shape. 

3. Winston Ginger Lemonade

PHOTO CREDIT: MARY FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Another favorite summer hang out spot of mine is Just Love Coffee, which is a super cool and laid back cafe in my home town. I had an awesome time just relaxing, eating delicious food, and catching up with my best friend the last time I was there, which is such a nice escape from the big girl, full-time employed "adult world" that we've both recently been immersed in. The older I get, the more I value quality time spent with friends and family, and there's no better way to accomplish this than to meet a loved one for an afternoon pick me up! 

PHOTO CREDIT: MARY FREEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

 The Winston Ginger Lemonade frames are a perfect blend of retro and modern, and even though I ordered a sample of these funky yellow frames on a whim, I ended up really loving them! They're really fun and quirky, which is great for summery days at the beach or at an outdoor music festival. 


Thanks for reading, everyone! Which of these frames did you like the best? If I had to choose a favorite, I would probably pick the Jennings Striped Beach Lenses, just because I felt as though they were the most flattering for my face shape. I loved the design of all the frames I chose for my Home Try-On, however, and I'm so glad that Warby Parker offers such a fun and convenient service for their customers!

Do yourself a favor and head over to the Warby Parker website to check out their latest sunglasses collection and get a Home Try-On box sent to your house with 5 of your favorite frames absolutely free! :) Talk to you guys soon! 


August Playlist

Let's get this week started off on the right note with a playlist, shall we? I've been obsessed with the Spotify "Discover Weekly" playlist feature lately; it has such an awesome mix of music from all different types of genres, and I'm constantly finding new artists and songs to fall in love with because of it.

I love all of these songs, but I've really been obsessing over "Bird of Prey" by Natalie Prass, "Cool for the Summer" by Demi Lovato, and "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" by Jamie xx, Young Thug, and Popcaan, which means they were on repeat a lot over the past month. Give this playlist a listen and let me know what you think! :)

1. Cool for the Summer-Demi Lovato

2. Birmingham-Shovels & Rope

3. I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)-Jamie xx, Young Thug, Popcaan

4. Money-The Drums

5. River-Ibeyl

6. Heartbeat-Kopecky

7. Bird Of Prey-Natalie Prass

8. Upside-Allen Stone

9. L.E.S. Artistes-Santigold

10. Emily-San Fermin

11. Crush-Jennifer Paige

12. Step Brother City-Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

13. Holy Roller-Thao, The Get Down Stay Down