Another Go

Hey friends!

Hopefully the whole “just like riding a bike” saying applies to the blogging world too? Despite it being a couple years since I’ve touched my blog, I found myself renewing my domain name every year as it was about to expire, in the hopes that I would pick it up again when I felt the time was right and I’d be able to share my creative passion in a consistent way that made me happy! But, as I’m sure many of you can relate,ย I started to doubt myself and my abilities. I picked apart old posts I’d written, looked at styles I’d worn that had gone out of fashion (ignoring the fact that that happens to everyone,) criticized misspells and word choices, and slowly but surely, the confidence in myself that prompted me to start blogging started to waiver. What if I have just been embarrassing myself? What if no one finds this helpful? Or interesting? Or uplifting?

What if? ย 

As all of these questions popped in and out of my head while debating whether or not to start up blogging again, I had several people, unprompted and all within the same couple weeks, bring up my blogging and how they wished I would start back again. That not only encouraged me that I was reaching at least a handful of people in a positive way, but made me realize that I missed it so much and needed to do this for my own happiness as well. I’ve always loved blogging as a creative outlet, and while time constraints due to being busy made me stop, my own insecurity and doubts kept me from coming back. So, in this beautiful season in my life, six short months from marrying the love of my life and happy as ever, I figured that I have so much to share that could potentially help others as well as document this time for myself and family (present and future members) to look back on.

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With that in mind, part of what I love to share in hopes of helping my fellow ladies is style! Those who know me know I love finding a good deal, and I don’t believe that you have to spend a fortune to feel confident and beautiful in what you are wearing.

photo (1)photo (2)photo (5)photo (3)photoDress: Dress Up (Sold Out, similar one HERE), Booties: Altar’d State (Sold Out, similar HERE, HERE), Necklace: Dress Up, Bracelet Stack: Pink Elephant Designs (Etsy shop HERE), Earrings: Altar’d State (Similar HERE), Ring: My handsome man๐Ÿ˜‰.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I love the pockets on this dress and couldn’t keep my hands out of them! I grabbed it at a Dress Up sale for $19, and although it is not available anymore, they are constantly getting new arrivals and having sales like that all. the. time. So, I highly suggest you follow any of their social media pages to figure out when they have sales so that you can snag some of their adorable clothes at a good price! I also got the booties at the Altar’d State Semi-Annual Sale for something like $15? It is usually a very pricey store, but if you know the right time to go, you get some great pieces for great prices!

If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading! And if you are doubting pursuing a passion of yours, do it! There is no time like the present, and if it makes you happy, that is all that matters.

Much love,

Konnor with a K

P.S. MAJOR photo creds to the man behind the camera, my wonderful fiance, he is a huge source of encouragement and not to mention a great photographer!

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Let’s Talk, Let’s Talk: 12 Things I Believe to be Good for the Soul

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Today I thought I would share a few things that just lift my spirits and make me genuinely happy. There’s certain things that I think are just truly and honestly good for a persons soul, not only their body but their soul! There are certain fleeting moments where we experience deep feelings of joy, contentment and peace that we realize are notย just emotions, but our soul telling us, “You were made for this and much more!” It isn’t easy feeling that way in our crazy, hectic, day to day life. We know we’re happiest and the best version of ourselves when we slow down and do the things that may not necessarily be “productive” or “useful,” and yet we somehow can’t slow ourselves down to do them enough. So, 12 (ok, maybe 13) things that I believe to my soul good.

1. Driving with the windows down and the music up.

2. Holding a puppy (or any small animal for that matter.)

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My dog just had puppies a few months ago, and to come home to a snuggly, cute-as-can-be litter of puppieswas sometimes just what I needed.

3. Enjoying a meal with zero thought of or care for calories.

While it is important to eat right and be healthy, good food was not put on this earth to never be enjoyed. Indulge in your favorite foods every now and then, no matter how deep fried and smothered it is!

4. Spending time and talking with people who share in what you believe.

Often times, we can find ourselves feeling a bit alone and crazy because it seems like we may stand for or believe in something that no one else does. There is always someone. Find that someone and set aside time to hang out and support each other when you can, it is so helpful in the long haul.
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5. Watching the sun rise/set.

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One of my favorite things in this world to do.

6. Taking time away from any form of technology. br />
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The week I spent in Jamaica without my phone was one of the happiest, most peaceful and content weeks of my life.

7. Having Christmas lights in your room all year round.

Hey, it’s creates a nice ambiance!

8. Laying in your bed after a long day and saying a prayer of thanks for how comfy and warm it is.

9. Staying up till obscene hours of the night (or possibly morning) talking with friends despite having work the next day.

At the end of the day, you’re probably gonna be exhausted anyways, why not be exhausted for a good reason?

10. Prayer.

11. Sending and receiving snail mail.

I cannot tell you how happy I get when I receive mail, actual mail! I remember how I ran to the mailbox like every day when I was snail mailing one of my best friends, it makes you appreciate talking with them all the more and gets you excited to check the mail!

12. Giant, comfy, snuggle-y sweaters.

13. (For girls:) No makeup days!

I’ll talk more about 13 in another post, but until then have a great Monday everybody, start the week off right! What are some things that make you genuinely happy? Do them๐Ÿ™‚.
Love,
Konnor with a K

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Overalls + Ankle Boots

Friendssss!
I hope y’all have had a great couple of weeks and that going back to school has been/will be smooth for you! I’m about to start my freshman year of college. EEEKKKKKKKKKKK! When did this happen?! It feels like just yesterday that college was forever away and now it’s staring me right in the face! Talk about nerve-wracking. If you get a chance please say a couple prayers for my extremely busy, nannying-packed, wedding-filled, college-going year that lies ahead of me, it would be greatly appreciated๐Ÿ˜‰.
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{Outfit Deets: Overalls- Francesca’s, Lace Top- H&M, Ankle Boots- DSW, Sunglasses- T.J. Maxx, Rings- James Avery, Athens Street Vendor}
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Anywho, this outfit wasn’t super inspired or anything, I kinda just saw the overalls and the ankle boots and though, “hey, somehow I’m going to make these go together.” Welllll, I’ll let you be the one to decide your take, but I kinda liked it๐Ÿ™‚.
P.S. The pockets on these overalls are AWESOME!! I can actually fit my phone and some other little doo dads in them! To all my ladies out there, you know fitting a phone in the pockets of our pants is a total struggle.
Love,
Konnor with a K

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Palazzo Pants + Aztec Prints

Dudes, I love that pants that feel like pajamas are actually a stylish thing. Seriously, I could get used to this considering it’s a struggle to get out a t-shirt and running shorts most days!

IMG_2262IMG_2265IMG_2261{Outfit Deets: Top- Charlotte Russe, Palazzo Pants- Von Maur, Tank- F21, Shoes- DSW, Purse (below) – (Mom’s haha) Kohls, Necklace- (my sister KK’s) Entourage, Earrings- F21, Ring: American Threads}

IMG_2264 IMG_2267 IMG_2269 IMG_2268 IMG_2263We were in the mall on a mission to find Klaire her bridesmaid dress off the rack, and we went into the fancy department store Von Maur. Let me just tell you, I’ve been making fun of that store for FOREVER. I literally had watched a couple speed away in their white, two door convertible Lexus in their nice tennis outfits, laughing haughtily at me and my sister as we ran over a cone in her Suzuki. From then on it was always pronouncing “Vohnnn Mauuu” in an overly dignified accent and making fun of its fanciness. “Can you believe they have a person playing live piano in there? How unnecessary is that?!” “Sorry I don’t want your overly expensive clothing, NO THANKS!” But this fateful day, that all changed. As we walked through the trendy boutique-y section of the store I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw these pants on a mannequin.

“Yo, hold up, I need to figure out where those pants are!”

I desperately searched until I found only two pairs left hidden in the racks. I was afraid to look at the tag to be honest, I mean what could I expect from a store like Vohnnn Mauuuuu other than outrageous and out of reach. Through one eye I read $32.00 and almost let out a whoop! After further exploration of the store as well, I came to realize I may have judged a book by its cover. You’re not to bad Von Maur๐Ÿ˜‰.

Love,

Konnor with a K

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25 Places to Go + Things to Do This Summer: Georgia Edition

Let me give you a little background on how this post came about!

One of my best friends is notorious for asking me to help him plan his dates/any romantic moment he wants to plan. The time he said “I want a good first date idea” was the beginning of my reputation as Georgia’s best wing woman. As his relationship is hitting six months (thanks to me! Ha, kidding. Maybe.), I was helping him plan a special date when I realized that I am always the one asked what to do by my friends, always told to make the plans and inform everyone! I enjoy this a lot, but it just became evident to me that I am always planning stuff and sharing ideas with other people! My friends and I have a summer bucketlist that Iย created. I even shared some of the best hiking spots in Georgia with a woman at the spa because she mentioned she needed some time outdoors!ย The ideas and planningย just seem to gravitate toward me.

I figured, why not just put it on the blog and help some people fill their free summer days with fun things to do? Some are free, some are not, but they are guaranteed to be worth it! So without further ado…..

1. Tallulah Gorge: Me and a few of my siblings went there this morning, and I can tell you right now, not only is it an awesome hike, but one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever laid eyes on. After hiking down and past the waterfalls, eventually you will reach the Gorge. If you have never been, there waits a natural water slide made of smooth stone with water running over it! So fun to slide down, just make sure to wear a bathingsuit and running shorts! Great cool down. Warning: wear a good, sturdy pair of shoes or hiking boots and get there as soon as the park opens so you can get a hiking permit! Check out a video of us sliding into the Gorge on my Instagram!

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2. The Georgia Aquarium at Night: New spin on typical Georgia thing to do! Did you know that during the summer they have night hours? Going there at that time would allow for a much less crowded, peaceful experience of the beautiful displays.

3. Star-gazing: Grab a bunch of blankets and pillows (having a truck bed would be ideal,) drive out to somewhere remote and play some peaceful music in your car while you enjoy your friends or significant others company under the stars!

4. The Indian Seats: A much shorter hike than Tallulah Gorge, the Indian Seats have several trails to the lookout point in the Sawnee Mountain Preserve. Take the short route, take the long route, either is worth the view at the top! Tip: pack snacks!

5. Adrenaline Climbing: One of the most fun indoor rock climbing places I’ve ever been to! Friendly staff teach you how rock climb and have several walls according to levels of experience and what kind of experience you want. This requires a minimum of two people, one to climb and the other to adjust the rope as someone goes up!

6. Water Gun Fighting: When was the last time you fought with water guns? Go to Walmart, get some heavy duty super soakers and set the rules for an intense water gun war.

7. Drive-In Movie: Have you ever been to a drive-in movie? There’s more than you’d think in the Atlanta area! Definitely a great way to spend your evening.

8. Outdoor Movie: If drive in isn’t your thing, grab a picnic blanket and head to Centennial Olympic Park or anywhere else in Georgia that offers outdoor movies! They play old (Breakfast at Tiffany’sโค ) to new, and the best part is that they’re free!

9. Rock City: Ok, this is the exception to the rule when it comes to everything being in Georgia. Rock City is in Tennessee, but is VERY close to Georgia (2 hours from myself.) Definitely a good day trip! Fun hike, breathe-taking view.

10. Amicalola Falls: Yet another beautiful hike with waterfalls and views for days!

11. Lake Lanier Water Park: This spot largely seems to have been forgotten, but it is such a fun little water park and a great place to spend the day when its hot.

12. Tubing in Helen: For $3 a person, you can enjoy a 1-2 hour tube ride down the Chattahoochee River. You can laze your way down or pull your tube to the side and swim in the deeper spots, just make sure to wear some kind of water shoes! Then after, spend your day in the cute little town complete with mini golf, funnel cakes, a tiny water park, little shops, the whole shebang.

13. Laser Quest: If you have not been here, you have not lived. I highly suggest a bigger group for this, although two works fine. Love laser tag? Love medieval architecture? Are you competitive? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a few games of laser tag here is the thing for you! The minute you set foot into the castle and dungeon filled, two story laser tag room, you know you’ll never go back to boring old laser tag again.

14. Picnic: Actually take time and plan a nice picnic complete with a good menu and then set out to find the perfect spot to chow down. Drive until you find your ideal spot or plan it ahead, its up to you!

15. Assassin in the Mall: The rules of the game are simple, everyone gets a black marker and draws their targets name out of a hat, keeping it a secret. Once everyone disperses, you must find your target and mark them with the marker with no other players within 10 feet of them. If you succeed, you get their target and move on to try and mark them. If you are marked, you are out and give your target to the person who marked you! Playing this in the mall is intense. Just don’t get kicked out of any stores๐Ÿ˜‰.

16. Andretti’s: This little go carting place is so much fun and offers other fun things to do!

17: Go Roller Blading: When was the last time you did that? If the answer is for your end of the year soccer party when you were 7, its been too long. Sure, the places are usually trashy. Are the skates growing undiscovered forms of bacteria? Maybe. But seriously, so fun. Or ice skating If bladin’ isn’t your thang. Plus, a nice way to cool down from the humidity! The Ice is a really nice rink and only a few years old!

18. Good Local Concerts: Look for your favorite artists or venture to some new ones, concerts in the summertime are the bomb diggity! Check the Masquerade, the Tabernacle, the Loft and Aaron’s Ampitheatre to see if anyone you know is coming to good ole’ GA.

19. Laser Show: I just went to the Stone Mountain laser show this year since I was little, and I enjoyed it so so much! In addition to the classic stuff in the laser show, some new songs and parts have been added, followed by fireworks at the end. And its freeeeeeee!

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20. Bike Ride/Walk/Run on the Greenway: Not only is it exercise, but a good time to catch up with someone and enjoy the weather (can you tell I like the outdoors yet? :))

21. Host Your Own “Chopped”: If you haven’t seen the show, look it up! Designate three people (or however many you’d like) as judges, and get as many competitors as you want (teams work as well!) Have someone not competing buy weird “mystery ingredients” that, once they are revealed to you, must be included when you cook each course in a timed manner. Have the judges decide who to chop at the end of each course until on person or team remains! Fun evening, make sure your pantry is well stocked with basics beforehand!

22. Make a Slip N Slide: Grab some tarps and head over to a house with a nice hill and a hose and you’re set! To make it even more fun, grab some sprinklers to set around it or have it going into a lake or pool if possible!

23. Go Berry or Apple Picking: In the morning, Berry Patch Farm is misty and beautiful, and you can venture to pick all the pesticide-free blueberry’s you want for less than $2 a pound (trust me, you won’t get past 2 pounds.) Take them back home and make a fresh pie or cobbler that is guaranteed to leave you with a food baby.

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24. Go to a Park for a Pick Up Game: Get some friends and grab the old football, soccer ball, volleyball or frisbee from the bin in your garage and get word of a pick up game around! Being in a big group playing sports is one of the best things in this world, even if you’re not “sporty.” Everyone pitching in to cookout after is always fun too!

25. Game Night: Play it outdoors or indoors, it doesn’t matter! Grab apples to apples (or cards against humanity if you’re like me ;)), marbles, catch phrase and other random board games and leave your evening open to play a bunch of games together. Some of my best memories are bringing friends home for game night!

Bonus things: Lake beach days, Braves games, local mission work, bonfires, six flags etc.

Well that’s all for now, any things you like to do for the summer?

Love,

Konnor with a K

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Fringe + Funky Fresh Hair

Yo.

Since I’m such an inconsistent blogger, I’ve decided to cut the whole “I’m backkkkk” and “I’m committing to blogging now yay!” stuff haha! I’m pretty non-committal as is, so I think I’m just kidding myself here if I say I’ll do this every week. Have you ever tried blogging? It’s time consuming man, I’ll tell ya.

I don’t know what it was about today though, the beautiful summer weather? The outfit I was particularly fond of? Both? Gave me the creative urge to get outside and take some pictures.

Side Note: Fringe-y tops double as boredom entertainment, I swear I’ve been messing with the end of my shirt all. day. long. The many I got recently will prove handy for long car rides and slow work days haha!

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{Outfit Deets: Fringe Tank- TJ Maxx, Bandeau- Aeropostale, Maxi- Random boutique in Athens who’s name escapes me haha, Sandals- DSW, Earrings- F21, Rings: Francesca’s, American Threads, Kohl’s.}

 

IMG_2254 IMG_2258IMG_2253 IMG_2260While we’re going off on tangents, I finally got my hair cut after over a year and finally (sort of) figured out how to curl it without looking like Shirley Temple. YESSSSSSSS! Now the really challenge will be doing it again๐Ÿ˜‰.

Oh yes, back to the outfit. I’m really really excited about the fact that most of the common trends currently are all extremely loose and comfy. Kimonos, maxi skirts, palazzo pants, loose shirts, soft material, all that jazz! It just makes for a happier day. Will we look back 10 years from now and hate the way we dressed? Maybe. But I’m just gonna take advantage of this comfy style period๐Ÿ™‚.
Have a great week!
Love,
Konnor with a K

 

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A Few of My Favorite Things: Peach, Bows + Budgeting

I feel like its finally that time in good ole GA again, time to box the winter clothes and bring out the shorts and tank tops! It’s probably one of my favorite times because all the darker, more muted colors of the cold seasons are replaced with neons and pastels. But the reason I mentioned budgeting in the title is because it is something very new to me (haha). I never set aside a certain amount for my clothes, which I know many people have to do! Instead, I’ve always bought sporadically, thinking “oh, it’s just one top, won’t add up to much!” Ten tops later….you know the drill, all those little purchases add up, we just don’t realize it. This year, I tried a different approach. I allowed myself a certain budget I had to stay under and made that what I would by my warm weather clothes with. It was a nice change to say the least! Now I don’t feel as much of a need to spend sporadically on little things because I feel taken care of for the spring and summer. Doesn’t mean I won’t get roped into the shoe section at Target though! Hey, I’m only human๐Ÿ˜‰.

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{Peach Blouse: TJ Maxx, Fabric Shorts: TJ Maxx, Tank: F21, Gladiators: JustFab, Head Wrap: F21, Jewelry: F21, Rose Gold Watch: Fossil.}
What are your thoughts on spending/budgeting? Any tips for me? I need them haha๐Ÿ™‚.
Love,
Konnor with a K

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