Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Love Weddings! Drinks All Around | October Style Challenge

Hello loves,

First things first. I - LOVE - WEDDINGS.

I admit it. I am a hopeless romantic. I get caught up in the flowers, the vows, the venue... Shoot, I even get caught up in the color scheme. Weddings. They're down right magical.  

And... I'm in luck.  My beautiful best friend, Melissa, is getting married next summer - and asked me to be her Maid of Honor.  Not only to I get to attend the wedding of two of my most favorite people on the planet - but I get to help her plan her big day.  Since the boyfriend no longer exists - this may be the closest I get to planning a wedding in quite some time. #foreveralone

Snap out of it, Traci. Let's get to the point.

Yes. So, the people at Weddington Way approached me with a challenge to style a bridesmaid look centering around one of their dresses. My reply was "HECK YES I WILL." Okay, that wasn't really what the email said - but you get the gist.

The challenge was as follows: If you were the Maid of Honor and the bride asked you to help her style the look for her big day, what would you suggest?  -Side note how convenient that I AM the Maid of Honor?!

I took one look at this dress and my mind immediately went to Breakfast at Tiffany's - and then to Blair Waldorf (this is the way my brain works).  The style of the dress is super classic. I paired it with the black pumps - pearl collar - and trendy coral lipstick.  Mint and coral will forever be my favorite color combination. I cannot get enough. 

I threw in the cute tank just for grins...hoping my bride will let me wear this while we are getting ready ;) 

Take a few moments to peruse their site and gawk at all the BEAUTIFUL dresses.  How would you help style your friends' wedding? 

I challenge you to create your own style board and link to your post below!

Don't forget to check out all of their bridesmaid dresses here!

With love,

Traci J 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Make your Mani "Fall Fabulous" with Julep

Hello loves!

If any of you have been paying attention to my Twitter or Instagram, I have been obsessing over how pumped I am about fall being here!  SRSLY guys. I love all things fall, especially nail polish. 

 The beautiful people at Julep and I want to help YOU find the perfect nail color to take your mani from fun in the sun to fall fabulous

Check out my outfit inspiration based off of Julep's Roc Solid.  

Relaxed Roc-er
Based off Julep's Roc Solid 

Looking to shift your style into Autumn? Use this helpful chart from Julep to pick your perfect fall polish!

What color will your nails be rocking this season? Let me know in the comments!

With love,

Traci J

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Embracing the Wanderlust. Life Lately

Welcome home, loves!

It's been ages since I've written a blog post - and I am so sad about it!  Sometimes I get a bit ambitious with how much time I think I have... I truly thought that I'd be able to manage a blog, plus do my Traveling Leadership Consultant job at the same time.  Let me tell you, that is not the case!  Somewhere along my travels - I made the executive decision to take a blogging hiatus. It was too much to try and work on blog posts and perform my job to my highest abilities.  Believe me when I say that I am so sorry for disappearing. 

But have no fear! I am home for a week, and am hoping to get a few posts lined up while I'm here.  For now, I thought I'd catch you up on what my life has been like over the last couple of months.  I have been extremely busy with sorority recruitments, officer trainings, and developing leadership at ZTA chapters all over the country.  While this has been the most difficult job I have ever had, it is also the best, and most fulfilling job I have ever had.  I love every minute of it, and have never been more happy. :)

Through traveling I have learned more about myself than I've ever known before - and it is so satisfying.  There is no greater way to discover yourself than to travel alone.  If you ever get the chance - you have to take it.  

Take a look at all of the friends I've made, food I've eaten, and fun I've had since July!

These are my fellow Leadership Consultants.  Although we travel individually, we are all one big support system for each other.  We also have the BEST GroupMe chat. 

Dear Lord, the food.

Top Left: Chai Lattes and Croissants at Caffe Strada in Berkely, Califronia
Macchiato at Quills Coffee in Louisville, Kentucky
Chicken Spaghetti at Arcade in Memphis, Tennessee
Middle Left: Cheese Fries, Chips Ahoy, and Water (the ultimate recruitment diet)
Cotton Candy SnoCone from Jerry's SnoCone in Memphis, Tennessee
Bottom Left: Lemon Raspberry Cinnamon Roll at Cinnaholic in Berkeley, California
Macarons at a bakery in Berkeley, California
Lobster Roll and Fries from La Forge Casino Restuarant in Newport, Rhode Island *as seen on Food Network

Top Left: Church where John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy were married, RI
Me. Being adorably patriotic, TN
The beautiful beach, RI
 2nd Row Left: Cute care package given to me at Berkeley, CA
The MOST amazing board game ever - QUELF, TN
3rd Row Left: Beach selfie, RI
4th Row Middle: Justin Timberlake's Parents' House, TN
Beautiful event set up, NC

Stay tuned for some beauty and fashion posts this month!

Traveled recently? What did you learn? What did you love?
Tell me in the comments!

With Love,

Traci J