Off To The Races!

Hello Everyone!
Last Saturday was the Kentucky Derby! I attended a very beautiful, though slightly chilly, Derby Party put together by the Richmond Ballet. The house where it was held was just gorgeous, so I had to snap some photos. I sipped my mint julep and ate way too many sweet potato biscuits while mingling with lovely people in fancy hats. After socializing for an hour or two, a huge projection screen had been set up and everyone gathered around to watch the exciting, yet very short, race. Though Always Dreaming ended up winning the race, I was rooting for Hence purely based on the fact that he was dressed in pink.
Did anyone else watch the race? If so who were you rooting for? xx
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Friday Five – Lessons From My Mom

Hello Everyone!
It’s Mother’s Day weekend, & what better way to show some love & appreciation to my wonderful mamma than to reflect on some key life lessons she has taught me over the years.
My mom & I are very close & talk almost every day, so there are endless amounts of lessons learned from her, but today, I want to share 5 with you. (Imagine that…;))
1. Show Them Your Passion
My mom has been my biggest fan & my emotional support system during my career as a professional dancer. In fact, she is coming to NYC today to watch me perform at the Joyce Theater! But before it was my job, I had countless performances, showcases, summer intensives, & auditions where I had to prove myself as a dancer. It took a lot of guts & confidence boosting, which my mamma was & still is always so good at doing. The one phrase she repeated to me time after time was, “Show them your passion”. In that moment, hearing those words, I was calm, I knew that I could go out there and pour my heart out because even if I messed up, I always had someone who believed in me.
Thank you, mom, for never doubting me, & always lifting my spirits to push me toward my goal.
2. Kiss Lots Of Boys
When I was in middle school & early high school, I had the plan that I wasn’t going to kiss anyone until I was engaged to them. I know…I was crazy. I never wanted to casually date. I was very serious about finding my husband. But let’s be honest, what middle schooler or even high schooler is husband material? My mother, knowing this (even though she married her high school sweetheart), encouraged me to kiss lots of boys! I thought she was crazy for saying that at the time, but what a valuable lesson, am I right? I mean, I haven’t kissed lots of boys, but it freed me from searching for a “husband”, & instead finding a best friend (and a good kisser…)
Thank you for saving me from a potential disaster! 😉
3. Break the (Fashion) Rules
I went to an extremely strict school (on my own accord, I am weird & love rules) with a ridiculously strict dress code. One of the rules being no holes in your jeans. Because of this rule, every time my mom came to my school, she would wear her ripped jeans, just because she could. & she rocked them! What a great lesson in fashion. Don’t wear something because someone else likes it or not wear something because someone says it’s wrong. Fashion is an expression of your personality, wear it because it makes you happy.
Thanks mom for encouraging me to break the fashion rules!
4. Love Pretty Things
I like to say I’ve inherited my love of flowers, candles, & capturing photos from my mom. I have such fond memories of seeing my mom working in the garden, & our house filled with warm scented candles. She still loves candles, & when either of us finds a particularly “yummy” one, the other MUST get it. My love of photos & capturing every moment, I’m sure, comes from watching my mom work for hours on end to beautifully craft personalized scrapbooks for my siblings & I. Savoring those memories and turning them into works of art, hmmm seems familiar…
Thanks mom for instilling the love of beautiful things. They brighten my day just like you.
5. Be Kind
Honestly, my mom has taught me so much about kindness. About genuine love even for those I’ve never met. Every single person deserves love & kindness even if they haven’t show those things to me. Kill them with kindness, if you will. The best part is, she hasn’t taught me kindness with just her words, but through her life. I’ve seen it displayed even when it’s hard. It challenges me to reflect on who I am and how I treat other people.
Thank you for for being someone I can always look up to. I am so proud to call you my mom.

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Show some extra love to your mom this weekend!
What is the best thing your mom has taught you? xx
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Fall Tag

 
What is your favorite thing about fall?
I absolutely love sweaters and candles. Hands down my very favorite things about fall.
(Oh, and October is my birthday month!)
I just purchased my fall candles from Bath and Body works. I got Leaves, Sweater Weather, Marshmallow Fireside, and Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. They all smell so good and I highly recommend them.What is your favorite fall lip product?
I have two favorite lipsticks that I love, but always hold out on wearing them until Fall: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in Divine Wine and Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Berry Haute.  The great thing about both of these products is that they are under $5 each!

What is your favorite fall hairstyle?
I love to let my natural curls take over, especially this time of year! On extra cold days, I like to wear my hair in a side braid with a cozy hat, like this one. You also know I love the look of a Parisian wool beret!
What is your favorite fall color?
Can I choose gold?! Yes. Gold + burgundy + blush + camel = my fall heaven.
What is your favorite fall scent?
I love the warm smells of cloves, tobacco, and cinnamon!
I also have this over the stove recipe a friend of mine shared that transforms my entire house into a fall time dream!
What is your favorite fall fashion trend?
Fall dresses! I’m obsessed with wrap dresses as well as sweater dresses! (Find 50 under $50 here!)
What is your favorite fall Starbucks drink?
PSL!!! Duh! But I will say, I wish Starbucks had a Maple latte. If they did, my loyalty would change.

*They do have a maple pecan latte this year…a little too sweet if you ask me.*

RVA friends: This harvest latte is bomb!

 
What is your favorite fall nail polish?
I love a super dark burgundy nail in the fall, and Bordeaux by Essie is so perfect.

What is your favorite fall accessory?

I love over the knee boots and a skirt, or cozy slippers while I’m curled up by the fire.

What are you being for Halloween?

This is the big question. I need your help! What should I be for Halloween?

Jasmine?

Taylor Swift?

Vintage Circus Performer?

Leave your vote down below!

 

Now I tag ALL OF YOU!
Share what your favorite things about this enchanting season are!
Comment below or post these questions with your answers on your blog! xx

 

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