Why We Should Celebrate Beauty Everyday

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I truly believe we should celebrate beauty everyday. In my opinion, beauty breathes life. Something about lighting a new candle or placing a fresh bouquet of flowers in a vase literally brings a smile to my face.

As I was scrolling through my instagram feed recently, I came across a photo posted by Amanda Marshall and it felt like a breathe of fresh air. There was no witty caption or note inspiring us to do or be better- it was just a gorgeous photo sharing the beauty in every day life. With tragedies happening all around us, I believe it is important we take a moment to recognize beauty- regardless of how big or small it may be. So let’s all stop for a moment and celebrate the beauty in our lives- whether it be intentionally setting a pretty table, noticing a smiling stranger on the street, or watching a bee leisurely pollenate flowers.

I love going through Amanda’s blog “Marshalls Abroad” and noticing how intentional she is with her family. From the meals she makes {seriously, they are each a work of art} to her daily adventures and photographs- joy and love just exude from this girl. Take a moment and go check out how she shares and celebrates the beauty in life. The swoon worthy photos in this post are all hers- don’t they make you want to stop for a moment and praise the Lord for His gorgeous creations?

What beauty can you find in your day?

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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

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If you live in New York or are ever in town during the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, this is an event you don’t want to miss. If you show up early, you will be amazed by some of the gorgeous attire worn by both men and women. Everything from seersucker suits, bright colors, all white and bowties on men to white sundresses and gorgeous avant garde dresses on women, everyone was dressed to the nines- especially in the Rosé Garden section (where we hope to be sitting next year!). I’m already dreaming of the dress and hat/flower crown I will wear next year! And next year I’ll be intentional about snapping some of the gorgeous outfits!

I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with champagne. Growing up, my father gave up alcohol completely. But when a doctor literally told him he needed to add some back into his diet to help alleviate stress, he decided to only drink champagne- hence, my love for champagne and anything bubbly! It is the one drink that was consistently in our house and enjoyed on holidays! I’ll never forget my first glass of champagne in Paris with my parents. So when I first came across the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in college, it was immediately added to my bucket list! And even after years of looking forward to the event, I was not let down. The views, the drinks, the food, the people, the game… does it get any better?

And for those who can’t make it to the event here in NY, you can always order a bottle of bubbly  to be delivered directly to your home through the Minibar Delivery app! And you can get $10 off by using the code ca098821! Cheers!

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Thank you Minibar Delivery!

Make Your Hustle Matter

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Anyone else feel like summer is flying by?! It feels like I just blinked and we are almost half way through the year. This weekend Caleb and I are headed down to Georgia for some much needed family time, rest, and relaxation. We could not be more excited!

This summer, we have been intentional about doing more of what we love and less of what we simply like. Life is too short to not fill your time with what matters most and what makes your heart sing.

What are some things you love and want to do more of
and what are some things you like,
but should think about limiting the amount of time spent doing it?

It’s time to make your hustle matter!

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We are Invited

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Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure.
It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary,
He simply invites us.
God asks what it is He’s made us to love,
what it is that captures our attention,
what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls
to experience the richness of the world He made.
And then, leaning over us, He whispers,
“Let’s go do that together.” 
Bob Goff

Each day we are invited. We are invited to say yes to adventures. We are invited to notice the little, special moments in our normal routine that make us smile- even if just for a moment. We are invited to be part of a community. We are invited to be part of His grand plan.

To me, an adventure doesn’t have to be half way around the world. Adventure can happen in your local coffee shop. Few things feed my soul like hearing stories of victory and triumph. There is something magical about watching the glimmer in someone’s eyes as they recall a special moment in their life.  It’s moments like these that fill the indescribable need of my soul.

What feeds the indescribable need of your soul?


photography :: B Schwartz Photography 

styling :: Tandem Events 
flowers :: La Fleur du Jour 
dress :: BHLDN 
hair & makeup :: Pinned & Proper

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Say Yes

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When you look back on your life, what stands out to you? I’m guessing you are thinking of adventures, experiences and moments of whimsy. Am I right? You remember the moments you said “yes.”

If you don’t know me, I am incredibly frugal. I am a big fan of following a budget. Caleb and I literally enter everything we spend each week into an excel budget sheet I made. {Thank you mom, dad & Dave Ramsey for teaching the importance of saving!} However, I’m learning more about the importance of saying yes- even when it doesn’t fit into my perfectly planned budget.

Life is short and I believe we should be making the most of it. When I look back at my life- I remember events, trips and fun things my family did together growing up.  I remember the times we said “yes.”  This summer, I am embracing the yes! Of course, I will maintain my budgeting and still firmly believe in the importance of saving. But I want to continue making more memories. I don’t want to look back at my life and wonder “what if.” Do you? Let’s choose to say yes!

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Memorial Day Weekend

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Spring in Bryant Park

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If you follow me on snapchat, you likely know that I have a soft spot for Bryant Park. Multiple times a week Caleb and I grab lunch in the park and soak up the sun. It’s one of those places in the city where you could just sit on a blanket and people watch all day. From men in three-piece suits to fanny pack wearing tourists, everyone is there.

If you get the chance while in NYC, grab an iced tea and go find yourself a little space in the grass facing the New York Public Library. Based on the view and the plethora of languages being spoken around you, you may even forget what country you are in. It is the perfect place to take a break during your New York adventures. There really is nothing like spring in Bryant Park!

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Summer Adventures

Summer Adventures

It officially feels like summer in NYC!! Anyone else beyond excited? Our fridge is officially stocked with summer fruit (yay for fresh berries!!) and I’m dreaming of summer adventures. Our month of June is a bit hectic- in the best way possible. In the coming weeks we will be spending weekends at the beach, attending the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic and the Belmont Stakes, visiting family in Georgia, sailing on the Hudson River and having many, many picnics in Central Park. Follow along on snapchat for daily updates, photos and videos!

Now that we’ve hit 90 degrees, it’s officially time to put away the last of my winter attire and add a few new pieces to my summer wardrobe. I’m currently loving these dresses below and they might be sitting in my online cart… {Bonus- they are all under $25!} Don’t they look perfect to wear while sipping some mint & berry infused water or sparkling wine and watching summer fireworks?

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red dress :: white off the shoulders :: blue dress }

I’ve also been perusing pinterest for the best summer treats, drinks, and activities! Picnics in the park have always been one of my favorite summer activities and I can’t wait to try new recipes this summer!

What are some of your summer favorites?

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Prioritize Beauty

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“People often ask me why I emphasize beauty-
art, candles, music, cups of tea, cinnamon rolls, great stories and books-
as though these things are unnecessary and frivolous.
I prioritize them because I want to bring the whole reality of God and His life into my home.”
Sally Clarkson 

The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind. Where has the time gone? We are already half way  through spring and summer is quickly approaching. Since time seems to be getting away from me, I’ve decided to make it my goal to intentionally slow down this week. I’m trying to prioritize beauty.

Whether it’s a new candle, fresh blooms, a good cup of tea or a stunning photograph- I believe there is beauty in the details. And after all, God is the ultimate artist {I mean, just look around- anyone who has watched the sunset over the ocean or stood amidst giant mountains can’t help but notice His omnipotence!}. 

This week, I want to focus on the whole reality of who God is and the joy He brings through beauty!

How can you add a little beauty in your life?

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photography :: B Schwartz Photography 

styling :: Tandem Events 
flowers :: La Fleur du Jour 
dress from shoot {seen here}:: BHLDN 
hair & makeup from shoot {seen here} :: Pinned & Proper

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Love Needs Light

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As I sat in a coffee shop yesterday, I couldn’t help but dream about adventures I yearned to go on. I began reminiscing on previous trips, here and abroad. I scrolled through photos and got stuck on a recent weekend trip to Brooklyn. In that moment, the Lord spoke to me through the lighting.

Pure love needs light. Light reveals what is hidden in the darkness. It allows our shame to be dealt with, to be redeemed. Light uncovers our baggage and can force us to lighten our load. It reveals our darkest secrets and exposes our sins.  Light allows us to be renewed. Love requires light.

Tim Keller wrote,  “to be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God.”

For so long, I’ve tried to hide my baggage in the dark. In a relationship, being transparent and vulnerable can be painful- both on the giving and receiving end. But no relationship can thrive in the dark.

Praise the Lord, there is never-ending light and grace through Jesus!

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{more photos from the weekend adventure in Brooklyn can be found here}