I’ve always been a question girl, but the thing about asking questions is you never know if they will be answered. Last Spring, I would jog through my college town. On these jogs, my mind would race with the questions I was scared to ask sitting still. Why am I restless in my life?What’s next?God, can you open a door of opportunity? I’d promise to sprint through any open doors of opportunity. And then Curtsy called. I’d worked for them as a Campus Director over the past year at Arkansas. Curtsy is an app that lets girls rent dresses from one another in their area. The semester was over, and they were calling me out of the blue. They opened a teal painted door and offered me a summer internship in San Francisco. I wasn’t going to stand there and let it close. I hardly listened to them telling me the reasons not to take it before sprinting through my open door screaming “heck yes.”
I was going to San Francisco.
My first couple weeks, I constantly asked my team to push me. Give me more. Challenge me. I’d run after work and the city was covered in fog. Some days it would clear, revealing a beautiful sunset over the Golden Gate. One night, I realized I didn’t need others to push me. I could push myself. I felt as if my own fog lifted, revealing my own unmistakably authentic sunset. I realized that the sun sets every day no matter what is blocking us from seeing it. If I could remind myself one thing everyday this summer it would’ve been to allow your sun to set regardless of the fog in your own life.
Be like those sunsets, relentless as hell and unmistakably authentic.
Katy Perry always told me I’m a firework but I never understood what she meant. Until this summer. A firework is blindingly bright, daringly bold, and strangely inspiring. This summer I lived and worked in a crowd of exploding human fireworks. They believed the bolder the better. Their ideology was infectious: boldness is confidence. So often I get caught up in my own insecurities and am afraid to be daringly bold.
This summer I learned that surrounding myself with bold people made me believe in my own boldness.
There is nothing more beautiful than watching someone choose to become daringly bold. It’s freaking magical when we choose to let our ideas and dreams become fireworks in the sky.
To be friendly as hell looks less like a firework and more like a picnic in the park. Picnics are more than walking into the park and throwing a blanket on the ground. They take planning, intention, and sincerity to bring the magic to life. The same goes for friendliness. Without planning, intention, and sincerity your friendliness leaves no mark on those you encounter. For two months I was surrounded by people who approached every interaction with this type of friendliness. It changed my life. This type of friendliness fosters feelings of genuine value, utter awe, and pure magic within myself. I found myself spreading their kindness to all I could. It’s why I hope you & I take time to be the wow in other’s days. I promise you, the road less traveled leads to the best picnic in the park.
I want to live my life like that teal house in San Francisco does. The teal house in San Francisco is unmistakably authentic, daringly bold, and friendly as hell.
Instead of feeling restlessness on my runs this summer, I felt awe and inspiration. I found myself taking the road less traveled to the best picnic spot in town, watching the sunsets, and staying for the teal fireworks.
Curtsy, you crept into my heart, you filled it with awe, sewed it up, and painted it with a fresh coat of teal paint. Thank you for the game changing, life changing, wow factor-ing, any other cliche way to say, the best summer of my life.
This girl does not sit still. She’s a small town girl from Mississippi who’s taking this big city by storm. She’s a blogger, yogi, marketing guru, and hair & makeup artist. Ladies, meet your Atlanta inspiration of the week: Katherine Riddick.
More people than ever are beginning to realize that there’s no cookie-cutter recipe for success and happiness. We’re here to put a spotlight on the ladies that aren’t afraid to break the mold and ‘stretch’ to the beat of their own drum. With that said, meet Avery Hinchman: Georgia peach, fitness guru, & fabulous fashionista.
Meet Ella Collier & Caroline Culver: two girls who are painting the A with their keen sense of style and their vibrant music. For these two Atlanta natives, it wasn’t the fact that they were neighbors that brought them together, or even that they went to the same elementary school; but it was their undying passion for singing and songwriting. They started creating music in the same studio, both taking voice and guitar lessons, until eventually their worlds collided.
As you all probably know from reading my last couple of blogs, I spend way too much of my time on Instagram. Not only do I use Insta to do my normal everyday creeping, I use it to feed into my shopping addiction which I know you all can relate to. I love how easy it is to see what someone is wearing just by seeing what company they tagged in their post. So I decided to round up so of my favorite brands that I found solely from being an Insta-holic.
With summer in full swing, it’s the season of jobs for us collegiates – whether that’s a big girl job (#adulting) or a nannying gig with a local family or anything in between, one of the biggest struggles is figuring out what to wear. I know when I got my job offer for my internship this summer, I was totally clueless as to what to wear on my first day. My mom and I went shopping literally hours after I got the phone call, and what do you know – I ended up buying way too many clothes that were way too formal for my office requires. I showed up the first day looking and feeling great, but I kid you not, literally every girl in my office made it a point to tell me jeans were A-OK for the next day. I was SO confused – having grown up with an attorney for a mother who wore pantsuits literally every day to the office, I had never heard of such a thing. Jeans? In the office? My natural next move was to do some scoping on Pinterest – but even that failed me. All of the outfit ideas I found were SO impractical, and honestly, most of them were not even that cute. After some serious online shopping, I eventually figured out the do’s and don’ts of what to wear in my office. So, here it is ladies! A comprehensive guide to office style at every budget – look good, feel good, and absolutely rock it at work this summer.
The six top stops in Lex that will make you shop until you (literally) drop ~ below are a list of my personal favorite boutiques in Lex that you won’t want to pass up. Being a student at the University of Kentucky and being part of my most loved sisterhood, Alpha Phi, I am always searching for the next best dress for an upcoming event. I have never once visited one of these places and not been able to find just that and be confident in my purchase. I not only get use out of the clothing myself, but they are the most perfect styles to upload to Curtsy in order to make cash back in return – woohoo!!
Being a fashion major, I love keeping up with all the latest trends & where else to find the best trends other than Instagram? my obsession! In this blog, I picked some of my absolute fav trends that I’ve seen that have blown up this summer, especially between college girls.