Thursday, May 21, 2015

#1,978 Rudy Burger + City Beautiful.

A few weeks ago I designed a new mural for the wall facing our train station in downtown and today Will started painting and it made me so excited I actually squealed. I appreciate so much that he understands exactly what I mean when I tell him I want it to look like it's been there since the 1950s, and he knows just what to do. I've got a Pinterest board of ghost signs that inspired the design and I would be so honored if someday soon someone snaps a photo of this wall and adds it to their own 'ghost sign' inspiration folder thinking it's an oldie.

It'll be finished by next week! I'm excited to show you the finished message!

For lunch we hit the brand new food truck in town for burgers and it didn't disappoint. So so good! It can't replace PDI for us, but it's definitely going into the regular rotation.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#1,977 Shopping Success.

After a big, delicious dinner at Tabella (soup and salad—my usual), we made a quick stop to shop at Target. I hadn't planned to buy anything at all, but accidentally walked out of there with this sweet and summery chambray shirt that feels washed and worn and silky soft in all its 100% cotton glory + these big swashy swingy chambray-ish pants with a stretchy waist that remind me of Greece (that I've only ever seen in photos and am jealous about) in all its blue and white beauty.
I also got some cereal and face moisturizer all for the grand total of $60. And I'm really pleased about that. Thanks, TargĂ©e!

Jim found a book on CD for Mammaw that we hope she'll enjoy since her eyes won't allow her to read novels like she used to anymore. Fingers crossed she loves the Father Tim stories like I do!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#1,976 Chief Stewart.

This morning, this popped up at the top of my newsfeed.
That's Chief Stewart, the Chief of Police in our little town. He's beloved around here, to say the very least. In light of all the scary things in the news surrounding police brutality and the murder of the Hattiesburg police officers just 30 minutes from our front porch, Chief Stewart and his officers (I'm looking at you Kim Stewart, Jim Thornhill and Kenny Rogers!) have been on my heart and my worried mind. I wish every city could have their own Tyrone Stewart, the kind of police chief who rallies his officers to do the right thing, to be proactive, who gives out his personal cell phone number to everyone in the neighborhood and begs us all to call him if we ever feel afraid or unsafe or if we just need anything he might can help us with. His huge heart and dilligence to protect all of our families in this town is the reason people love our police and I've been praying that God keeps his hands on each officer on duty each night for all of us.

If you see a police officer today, give them a hug. They could probably use it and they definitely deserve it.

Monday, May 18, 2015

#1,975 Au Naturel Makeup.

At the age of 29, I've finally learned how to apply makeup in such a way that has the "no makeup" look, though it actually requires an enormous amount of makeup, ironically. If you have fair skin, allergies, and are a night owl like me, you might wake up and struggle with the same super dark circles under your eyes. It's taken a lot of years to find the right combo of potions and correctors to fix this and I'm excited to share it with you in case that's something you'd like to try, too.

I would love to tell you "if you just drink more water and use eye cream they will go away."

But that is a lie.

Or, well, it doesn't work on me. I am trying to use eye cream these days (a free sample of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair that I intend to stretch through the end of the summer then try to score another free one since it's more costly than solid gold bricks) but I don't know that it's doing all that much for the dark circles. It just seems like the responsible thing to do. SO.

Here's what I look like with my "au naturel no makeup" look, post-makeup but pre-mascara. In other words, this is what I can only wish my skin looked like on its own but it actually required quite a bit of this and that.

These are the products in my bag of tricks:

And here are the steps I go through every morning these days.

1. I put a stripe of my moisturizer on one finger and a stripe of Clinique CC Cream ($37) (I wear 'light') on the next finger and blend it together onto my freshly washed face and eyes. My mama swears her drugstore Garnier BB Cream ($13) is just as good, but it didn't work as well for me, sadly. The high dollar stuff just seems to reflect light softly and smooth on easier.

2. I generously dab on Physician's Formula Gentle Cover yellow concealer stick ($7) under my eyes on the dark circles and use my fingers to very gently blend it in. This is the most important base layer!

3. I sparingly dab on Benefit Erase Paste ($26) (I wear 'fair') on the dark circles using my ring finger and very VERY gently blend it in by dabbing, never rubbing. I take care to not let it settle into the creases and keep blending it.

4. I put CoverGirl Invisible Concealer ($6) in 'fair 115' (my go-to since 7th grade!) on any bumps and blend it in with a makeup sponge.

5. Using my fluffy little black eyeshadow brush, I put a light dusting of Bare Minerals Well-Rested eye brightening powder ($18) under my eyes to set the yellow stick + Erase Paste and at the inside corners of my eyes.

6. The last step for the eye circles and possibly the most important—I use that same brush to put a light dusting of Stila eyeshadow ($18) in Starlight on top of the Bare Minerals. There is absolutely no substitute that I've ever found for this consistency/color eyeshadow. It's so microfine and sheer, it just gives my eyes the perfect amount of brightness.

7. Now to blend it all together and give me some semblance of a sunny glow, I use a big fat fluffy brush to gently dust Physicians Formula Mineral-Wear bronzer ($8) in a sweeping motion from my forehead to my cheeks, barely dusting my eyes along the way. A sweep across my chin and nose, and that's just enough.

8. Then I add slightly rosy cheeks by dabbing my fluffy brush onto my Clinique Chubby Stick ($21) in 02 robust rhubarb and sweeping/dabbing it under my cheekbones/onto the apples of my cheeks just a little.

9. I do a tiny bit of contouring on my nose to make it look a little smaller by dotting Loreal True Match Super Blendable crayon concealer ($9) in medium/deep ONLY onto the sides of my nose, then blending it in with my fingers. I use my eyeshadow brush and the Stila starlight shadow to dust the stripe down the center of my nose. It's like magic how this works.

10. Last thing before whatever mascara, I just put a tiny bit of L'Oreal Infallible 16 hour eyeliner ($9) in black brown on my upper lid only. I like L'Oreal mascara, but I'm really not terribly picky. 

11. Very last, I spritz my whole face with this magic Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray ($17) so it all stays put no matter how humid it gets outside.

SO. Is it not mind-blowing how much it took to get the above effect? If it helps one of you get rid of your uneven skin and dark circles, then I've done my job here.

This is a crazy expensive list of products—but I should note I've collected these over many months/years and found the perfect assemblage just now. I didn't buy it all at once!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

#1,974 Homegrown.

We spent the afternoon and evening poolside at Josh and Emily's with some of the best people in the world today, and I can't remember the last time I felt so at peace and satisfied. There's a lot to be said for having a group of friends you can be 100% yourself with, to feel the summer sun and smell the gardenias blooming, to sing and laugh and eat way too much pizza with. I'm learning as I get older that you never have to let go of some things from adolescence. Being responsible functioning adults and having kids doesn't stop our crew from being together every day and being silly, rain or shine, for no special reason and without making a plan and I hope that never ever changes. I can't imagine how boring life would be without them.


The soundtrack to our Coppertone scented summer is Zac Brown Band thanks to that concert a few weeks ago that I'm still not over. Particularly Homegrown that feels so close to my heart and this exact season of our lives, so full of revelry and verve it makes me feel alive and like I could cry happy tears. That's a lot for one song, right? But these words are so true, it aches and soothes all at once.

Come on and stay a while if you don't believe me
Why would I ever leave? Cause I know,
I've got some good friends that live down the street
Got a good looking woman with her arms around me
Here in a small town, where it feels like home
I've got everything I need
And nothing that I don't

Saturday, May 16, 2015

#1,973 Sleepy Saturday.

I've taken another cold it seems, and after all the hullabaloo of last night—somehow I still wasn't able to fall asleep because of the cold medicine I'm taking. We woke up pretty early to a dreary morning:
And had breakfast with everybody at Topher's (minus the Nowells who were still recovering), then while Ben soldiered through yard work before the bottom fell out, I headed into the office to catch up on work. All the while, my sinuses got stuffier and runnier (at the same time) and I was losing steam. When Ben's mama called and said she'd be stopping at our house for the night, I decided it would be the perfect time for breakfast for supper with Jookie and pajamas and an early night for the first time in so very long. The pancakes were fine.

But the bubble bath and pajamas are even finer. We should thank the good Lord for rest more often.

So cool that we can buy these delicious things in our town now. #fatandhappy

Friday, May 15, 2015

#1,972 BBQ & Blues.

For the past few weeks Josh and Emily have been getting their house all dressed up and 100% moved in to to host a party in their gorgeous backyard and tonight we all got to see the fruits of their labor and spend the night listening to L.C. Ulmer under party lights and the summer sky.

Here are some lovely photos our friend Brooke Davis took:

And here are my sad iPhone photos:

There were some tall tales...

My beautiful little mama and her new short haircut...

Our sweet friend Jenna and baby brudder...

And some spontaneous Conway Twitty...

And I'll never be able to repay all the people that threw this party or the people who made the reason for this occasion possible. I've been so tired this week that I'm not able to use my words adequately, as I know you've noticed. But sometimes, even if you had all the words, they wouldn't be enough.

Tonight, my heart is thankful.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

#1,971 T-Shirt Dress.

I posted this picture on instagram tonight and was pretty surprised when a couple of gals asked where my dress came from—considering it just looks like a grey bedsheet basically.
(By the way—can we talk about how Ben's workout routine has been paying off? Woah...)

A friend of mine was wearing it a few days ago and I was in love—enormous t-shirt with tight sleeves and pockets that's actually a dress? SIGN ME UP. Went to and found it on a big sale. I might never stop wearing it and feeling like I'm in my pajamas.

Here's what I was up to today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

#1,970 Same Team.

Today was so wild.

I want to tell you about it. If you live in Laurel, you probably already know. I want to tell you sweet friends who live far away everything! But the time isn't right yet. I'm not allowed to say much on social media.

The one thing I can tell you?

Life is pretty wonderful/weird lately.

It seems too weird to be real, but I'm sharing it with Ben, who makes this seem possible. And comfortable. I spent the day wiping the sweat from his brow, straightening his collar, looking into a camera, sharing this wild ride. If he's there with me, surely it's not all that difficult or strange. It's just he and I, making it up as we go. Same old same old, right?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#1,969 Ceiling Fan Fix.


If you've got a white porch ceiling fan that works perfectly fine... But it's a little rusty and old... And you go to Lowe's and you can't find a single fan that's comparable or pretty...

You just find another way to get yourself a new fan.

I'd show you an "after" photo but we painted it in the dark. I'm sure it'll look fine in the daylight, right?!

Monday, May 11, 2015

#1,968 Painting + MEGA Mug.

I spent the loveliest morning on the porch painting a house portrait for a very special project. It took almost 3 hours when it was all said and done, but I'm really looking forward to sharing it with y'all down the road when the time is right!

And Laura brought over the Big Ben MEGA mug from the Tew Studios Farm Collection after work and we laughed like hyenas about how ridiculous (yet perfect) this enormous mug is. It will hold about 6 gallons of coffee, for those particularly slow moving morning people.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

#1,967 Summery Sunday.

We spent the afternoon poolside at Josh and Emily's and although it was scorching hot already, it was really kind of paradise. There was much cannonballing and book reading.

And then we went over to mama's for a little Mother's Day dinner on their porch—with a delicious meal all prepared 100% by daddy: grilled sausage, fish and chicken with roasted asparagus, squash, onions, peppers and mushrooms. Well, mama made brownies. And pasta salad. But that's all! It was a treat to eat in the shade of the pine trees and take a short walk around the lake.

Mama and I didn't even snap a picture together, but hey—this one from Mother's Day 2011 with my long hair will do.

I love you so much, Kare Bear. All the wheels would fall off our wagons without you.

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