some happy pictures, circa twenty fifteen

Holy cow. Somewhere between my everyday rushed breakfasts and crazy school days I had almost forgot this place existed. Quite frankly, Junior year is kicking my ass (more than I would like to admit). I am realizing more and more lately that I hide behind this vision of perfectionism, particularly on here. The simple truth, though, is that NO ONE IS PERFECT. No matter how many posed pictures I post, or how wonderful my feed is, it does not change the fact that I too am human and I struggle. That being said, I am so so thankful for where I have ended up. Change can be scary (and viscerally uncomfortable, too) but I am so grateful for my struggles this year, both intellectually and personally. This school year has been an interesting one, as I am juggling three AP courses and an honors class, along with multiple leadership positions and soon an internship. While its chaotic and stressful some days, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I am so so so thankful for my friends and family for helping me follow my dreams and being there for me when it all becomes overwhelming. These wonderful people are my rock and my home and I don't know what I would do without them. 

Now on to the fun part.

I don't want this blog to be a shroud of perfection. I want to be real with you guys. I want to show you who I am as a person, not as an image. I want to be messy and it be okay. I think there is unparalleled beauty in authenticity and the sad truth is that sometimes social media takes that away. I figure if I, one small teenage girl from NC, can help fight against this, its worth it. So here goes nothing. Here's to spreading authenticity, one blog post at a time. If you like it, feel free to stick around.

Much love and Happy Thanksgiving.



Weekend Wrap: A Day Trip to Greenville, SC

Hello loves, and happy Sunday! It seems like Autumn is flying by and I have yet to get the full fall experience! While juggling school, sports, clubs, and life in general, I often forget to just take some time to relax and enjoy the wonderful area that I live in. Today I did just that by exploring a nearby town called Greenville, SC! My parents grew up in the area and know it like the back of their hand. As for me, it's still pretty unexplored! The city has the perfect mix between the classic southern charm of the region and the hipster vibes of Asheville. My family and I decided to try out a new brunch restaurant called Golden Brown and Delicious and I think I am in love! I had some mouth-watering apple pancakes topped with goat cheese and a cup of OJ. We also ventured over to the coffee shop next door, The Village Grind. I absolutely adored the quaint vibes that the shop gave off! While sipping my vanilla latte (I quite honestly have an addiction to them), I admired the crazy pumpkin carving they had on display! For this day trip, I styled my chunky turtleneck from UO with my favorite skirt from Forever 21 and some black booties (similar). To accessorize, I added a faux leather belt from a local boutique and my favorite yellow clutch from Anthropologie (similar). I'm so glad I got to have a weekend adventure to enjoy Autumn and I look forward to the chilly months ahead.