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10 Reasons You Should Plan an Alaskan Cruise

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As promised, I’m back with another post from our incredible Alaskan Cruise we did back in mid-September with Princess Cruises. I’ve planned to do a full blog post on each of the three Alaskan ports we visited during our 7-day Alaskan cruise, but before I do that, I wanted to put together a little post on why an Alaskan cruise should absolutely top your bucket list (if it doesn’t already). I mentioned this in my last post about the cruise, but while I was so incredibly excited to explore Alaska, it wasn’t something that was previously on my list of places I absolutely must go. I mostly blamed that reservation on my husband’s obsession with the various Alaskan reality shows on Discovery Channel (I’m talking multiple-day, 12 hour marathons of Alaskan Bush People, y’all), which made Alaska seem a little more outdoorsy than this city girl was up for. I think it’s very clear that I was absolutely wrong because Alaska is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been (with plenty for everyone to see and do!), but I was shocked to hear from so many of you all via comments and emails that you shared that reservation until reading my posts and seeing my photos (which makes me SO happy!!)  For those of you who are still on the fence, here is a list of top 10 reasons you should absolutely book an Alaskan cruise ASAP!

Click on the read more button below to read all 10 of my reasons, find out what there is t and see more photos of what’s waiting for you to see in do in gorgeous Alaska.

PS – if you haven’t seen my travel vlog featuring me and Cole’s adventures on board the Ruby Princess ship, watch it here!

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Give Yourself a Lyft This Holiday Season

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SHEER MAXI DRESS: For Love and Lemons  //  EARRINGS: c/o Mignonne Gavigan  //  COAT: similar Kensie  //  SANDALS: c/o Express  //  RINGS: c/o Kendra Scott  //  CLUTCH: c/o From St. Xavier

There are certain inventions in the modern world that I personally have a hard time remembering how we ever dealt without. One of the first that comes to mind is Lyft, a phone app that makes finding a ride safe, easy and super convenient! It was only a few years ago (okay maybe like 7 or 8, but it seems like yesterday!) that we had to rely on physically hailing a cab to get a safe ride after a night out (which totally works in bustling cities like NYC, but is a liiiittle more difficult to get in a city like Dallas). With all of the holiday parties and events coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to partner up with my friends at Lyft to talk about how they can make your holiday season a little more effortless.

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Make Like A Leaf and Embrace Change

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HAIR PRODUCTS: c/o Herbal Essences  //  SWEATER: Free People  // CORDUROY SKIRT: Boohoo  //  EARRINGS: BaubleBar  //  BOOTS: Vince Camuto

Fall has finally officially arrived down in Texas, y’all (I felt leaves actually crunching when I was walking in our yard this weekend!) Fall is a wonderful (and welcome!) reminder that change is not only a part of nature, but also that it can be an absolutely beautiful thing. As wonderfully beautiful as change can be though, it can also be difficult. That’s why I’m so excited to team up with my friends at Herbal Essences to talk about embracing change by expressing yourself for all the world to see…through your hair!

Click on the read more button below to find out how major hair styling decisions have helped me gain confidence and embrace change and check out an amazing video that Herbal Essences has put together to help inspire you to do the same!

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The One Thing You Need at Every Tailgate

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SALSA: c/o La Casita Hot Sauce  //  CHIPS: c/o La Casita Chips  //  ROMPER: Socialite  //  BLUE JEAN JACKET: similar KUT From The Cloth  //  SUNNIES: Karen Walker  //  EARRINGS: c/o Virgins Saints and Angels  //  BELT: c/o Raina Belts  //  BANDANA: Madewell  //  BOWL: c/o MacKenzie-Childs

Happy Friday friends!! I’ve been SO excited about sharing this post with you all, and given that tomorrow is the ultimate game day for every Texas fan, the TX-OU game, I thought today would be the perfect time to introduce La Casita Chips and Salsa, a delicious and easy tailgate appetizer! It’s ironic that this post follows one where I talked about how I got started blogging, because the owner/founder of La Casita, Veronica Westlake, (who is also a mega-inspiring #girlboss!) just so happens to be my fourth grade teacher, and was the very first person who recognized and inspired my love for writing. Flash forward 18 years and now the teacher who was such a huge influence on my journey to blogging has turned one of her passions into a business, and the results are delicious. As a girl who’s lived all of her life in Texas, I know a thing or two when it comes to good chips and salsa, and the La Casita hot sauce and chips is absolutely the BEST!

Click on the read more button below to find out why La Casita hot sauce and chips are an absolute must-have at your next tailgate or football watching party.

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VF HEART-TO-HEART: My Blog Journey + Blogging Advice

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Happy Thursday friends!! As I sit at my desk trying to tackle my 150+ emails in my inbox, confirming holiday brand collaborations, signing contracts and doing all of the other things that allow me to make my blog a business (which I am absolutely grateful beyond words for!), I came across the sweetest email from a young girl who shares the same passions as I do…

“I am 14 years old and my mom showed me your Instagram! I thought it was amazing! I absolutely loved it; I am very interested in doing the same thing or something similar to what you’re doing! I was wondering how you got started and if you had any suggestions for me! I absolutely LOVE fashion and I love to write as well!” -Gracie

As I began writing back to her, I had to pause for a moment. While my blog is now also my way of making an income, at the heart of it all, it is the fruition of the same dream I had when I was Gracie’s age. Because I am a “yes” person (and an extreme optimist who, at times, believes there is infinite hours in the day), I often find myself with little time or room in my editorial calendar to write about things on a whim, to share spur-of-the-moment thoughts on the happenings in my life and this world, and most of all, to answer questions and directly connect with YOU, the people who actually allow me to make my dream a reality each and every day (and who I am also SO extremely grateful for!!)

So thank you, sweet Gracie, for your email that not only turned around my morning, but has inspired me to create a new series on the blog in which I can get back to writing from the heart, without any sponsorships or affiliate links.

So here it goes, my first-ever heart-to-heart with you all.

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