The Awkward Age of 23

Happy Birthday To me!

Yep, that’s right! Tomorrow, December 12th, I turn 23 years old. Some of you reading this may be thinking “Holy cow, this girl is super young”, actually a whole bunch of Y’all are probably thinking that I am young. Technically, yes I am. But I feel SO OLD. 2017 has really made me mature as a person. I graduated college with a degree in Public Relations, moved four and a half hours away from my parents, found a full-time job- ALL on my own, started turning bills over to my name (insurance, rent, etc.)

“Well, Alexis…Yeah, that’s what happens when you become an adult.”

Twenty Three is such an awkward age. There is no rush of excitement that you get when you turn 21 and can legally go buy your first drink or bottle of wine, even if you’re not a drinker- you just do it because you can. Twenty-two still has a small jolt of excitement because it is typically right before you graduate from college. You still don’t have a pile of “adult responsibilities” loaded onto you yet, so you celebrate, and you celebrate hard. Then there is 23… you work a 9 to 5 entry level job, most of your friends have moved away or are still in school, and you question whether you’re still young enough to go to the bars to celebrate like you did two years ago.

No, this is not a pity party for me.

I guess I am just at that age where birthdays just become “another day”. And that’s ok! I’ll be honest, growing up I expected to be treated like a princess on my birthday, but life goes on and you mature. Obviously, I’m not a 5 year old with a tiara on my head screaming it’s my birthday anymore, but you get my point.

So, to celebrate my birthday the best way I knew how I called up a few of my close friends and took pictures in front of my cute little mini Christmas Tree. Then we went out to the nearest bar and had a few drinks. No…nothing like a 21st birthday celebration, but I had enough fun for a 23-year-old 😉

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-Alexis

How To Decorate Your Farmhouse For The Holidays

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Its that time Y’all! Now personally, I believe that Christmas time deserves two whole months of celebration (yes, I am that girl who starts putting up Christmas decor in early November) but I guess we cant skip Thanksgiving right?

Whether you actually live in a farmhouse (which I am very jealous of you), an apartment, condo, townhome, whatever it may be…I’m going to run you through the perfect guide to decorating your farmhouse for Christmas this year, because what’s better than a southern style Christmas? And best of all, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! There are plenty of opportunities for DIY crafting and dollar general visits because let’s be real folks were all balling on a budget here. 😉

#1 Pops of Plaid

Red and green plaid table runners, pillow covers, throw blankets, bedding, or just about anything you can think of will add the perfect touch of southern Christmas spirit to your home. The best thing about plaid decor is that the styling is limitless! Whether it is buffalo checking, gingham striping, or vintage plaids it goes perfectly with the southern holiday look. Make sure to check out those local Flea Markets and thrift stores because you are bound to find some old decor or furniture that’ll match that perfect look for your winter farmhouse.

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One of my favorite places to shop for the perfect plaid home decor items is Williams Sonoma. They have an entire line of plaid items to choose from to make sprucing up your farmhouse easy.

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Don’t forget about the exterior of your home too! I bought this adorable garden flag for my yard. The checkered background and red truck go together adorably! If you haven’t seen my YouTube video yet, I talked about it some more here, Christmas Haul, make sure to check it out!

#2 Vintage Decor, Kitchen Ware, & Toys!

I DIE over pretty much anything vintage! ESPECIALLY if it is Christmas decor. Right now, call up your grandma, grandpa, your mom’s grandma, your great-grandma… call them all, because one little trip up to their attic and you might find you a treasure chest of Christmas gold. And if it doesn’t go with your farmhouse theme, sell it! You’d be super surprised as to how much vintage Christmas decor will sell for, crazy amounts yall!

I just went off on a little tangent there, but you get where I am going. Flea Markets and Thrift Stores, and garage sales will also be your best friends for this. I don’t know about yall but I find this super fun! Make a Saturday out of it with your girls and go get you some vintage Christmas decor, I promise once you find one thing you’ll become hooked!

You don’t have to go Flea Market hunting to find some vintage Christmas kitchenware, but if you plan to have a holiday party this season…these are a must! These will say I’m classy, have great taste, and they look super expensive! Check out TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby for super cute and great deals on “vintage” kitchenware.

TOYS. Two words. Cracker Barrel. That is all. Go There. 😉

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I found these absolutely adorable vintage styled canvases on Jane.com! I also talked about these on my Christmas Haul as well 🙂

#3 Burlap Stockings and Sacks

The great thing about stockings is they are so versatile. Meaning, you don’t necessarily have to stick with the classic red, you can choose stripes, burlap, green, etc, OR DIY your own! I am currently obsessing over the burlap stocking look. Burlap is not only such a southernly trend, but if you can somehow stick it into your holiday decor, why not right? And if you just can’t force yourself to stray away from the classic red stocking, try tieing a burlap bow around the stocking or stocking hook to spice the room up some, I promise it’ll grow on you.

Burlap Santa Sacks are also super cute to sit right next to your fireplace or Christmas tree.

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#4 DIY Christmas Wreaths and Centerpieces

If you are a Hobby Lobby or Michael’s junky like me than crafty a wreath or centerpiece for your farmhouse this season should be on your to-do list! Hobby Lobby has white Styrofoam wreath forms that you can decorate however you want, paint them, decorate them with ribbon, tinsel, or pin ornaments on them! Stay tuned for a YouTube tutorial on how to make an ornament Christmas wreath on my channel 🙂

The same goes for centerpieces! Grab a rectangular wooden box from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and paint it whatever color matches your kitchen, I’d go with white, brown, or grey and distress it. Then grab some cheap mason jars, place them in the box, and wrap some beautiful red, green, plaid, burlap, (whatever color you prefer) ribbon around the jars. Then you can fill the jars with whatever you like! Candy, pine leaves, cotton, flowers, acorns, you name it!

I hope these tips give you a few ideas to help give your home a little southern Christmas charm this season. Don’t forget to leave your email so you never miss a post, and like/share/and comment so you can spread the love ❤

-Alexis

 

 

Feelin’ Myself

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Ok, not going to lie Y’all. Recently I have been feeling pretty good about myself. I’m not sure if it is the new foundation I bought or the numerous compliments I’ve been receiving from my friends about my skin looking so good, but I’ve been feeling really confident lately! One thing you should know about me is I am absolutely obsessed with beauty and makeup. I could spend my entire bank account at Sephora, as well as multiple hours watching YouTube tutorials of new makeup looks and products. I decided I’d share with y’all what products I use because I tend to try and keep it pretty naturally, but at the same time go for a very classy and glowy look that’ll get people noticing you from across the room 😉

1. Foundation

So obviously the first step in makeup application is the foundation if not primer or moisturizer. I typically spray my face with Mario Badescu’s rose water or a dab of Kiehl’s face moisturizer. Both are extremely hydrating and great for the skin, I highly recommend both. (Kiehl’s is a little more expensive if you are trying to stay on the cheaper side)

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My foundation always varies, because I’m one of those gals who’s all about that self-tanner. So, when I am on the tan side I use Wet N Wild’s Photo Focus Foundation. This stuff is amazing! It mattifies your face perfectly, and it is super freakin cheap yall!  I’m talkin $4 cheap. When I’m on the paler side I use either Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation or Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation. I can rave about both. The fit me is cheap and does the job very well. The Clinique is a little more pricey but makes your skin as smooth as a Barbie doll’s behind.

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2. Concealer

For concealer I typically use Maybelline’s Fit Me, it is a very cheap alternative that works just as well as high-end brand concealers.

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3. Eyes

Eye makeup is my favorite part of the beautification process! I start off by filling in my eyebrows. Right now I am using a brow pomade from Elf, but need recommendations for something new… what do yall use on your brows? Help a sister out. My favorite eyeshadow palette to use for natural looks is Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar, an oldy but a goody. Browns, golds, mauves, so many beautiful colors to work with it this pallete. For eyeliner, I use two different types for the top and bottom waterline. For the top, I use Elf’s liquid liner, so cheap and so good! For the bottom, I use Maybelline’s Eye Studio Gel. This liner is SUPER black and stays on for hours, Jaclyn Hill has recommended it on her channel multiple times. Finally, for mascara, I have recently been using anything from Tarte. Tarte is one of my favorite brands and their mascara is FAB.

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4. Bronzer

HOOLA BY BENEFIT- Enough said.

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5. Blush

Blush is also one of my favorite things about makeup. Its so pretty, and just makes you look so classy and sassy 😉 I have multiple blushes that I switch between but my two recent favorites have been Tarte’s ‘Feisty’ Amazonian Clay and Hot Mama by The Balm.

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6. Highlight

I know highlight has been such a huge trend recently, but I never really jumped on that bandwagon. Now, even though I say that I do wear highlight every day…I just don’t cake it all over my face like I’m trying to blind the next person I see. haha! My two recent favorite highlights have been Precious Petals by Wet N Wild and You Glow Girl by Ofra.

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Then you set it girl!

I’ve linked all the products that I have mentioned, and I have picked out the best deals so you can get them at a good price. So go spoil yourself, or get your loved ones a good Christmas gift!

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-Alexis

 

Lets get her hitched!

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Watching one of your best friends get married is a beautiful thing. You may cry, smile, or faint cause you hate the dude, but this day was perfect! My sorority Big married her best friend, Caleb, Saturday and I am beyond happy for her.

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The venue was absolutely gorgeous. It was in Marion, South Carolina at a little southern ranch. The ceremony was held outside next to a pond with a fountain that spewed water right behind the pastor as he sighted the sacred words that bonded the two together. All of us bridesmaids wore dresses that matched her maroon colored flowers on her bouquet and carried hydrangeas in our left hand with Caleb’s handsome groomsmen locked in our right arm.

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The second best thing about this wedding was being able to share it with all of my best friends! Being in a sorority made it easy for Megan to choose her bridesmaids, and of course, most of us all happened to be AOll’s. The weekend was full of bonding and feeling like beautiful young women, doing each other’s makeup and hair and not to mention our boyfriends got to bond as well. Side note: The photographer loved us because we were so good at posing for pictures. You can thank sorority recruitment for that!!

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This past weekend has truly given me wedding fever. Ever since I was a young girl I have dreamt of the day that I would get proposed to, where it would be, how I would react, and so on and so forth. I am such a sucker for love. God has placed a man on the earth for every woman to feel loved. I am so glad that I got to witness Megan live out God’s plan. I am definitely that girl who keeps a jar of “wedding plans” and sticks cutouts of wedding magazines in it for me to pull ideas from one day. haha! I just can’t help it. It will truly be the best day of my life.

With that being said… I’d love to hear your wedding stories! What was the theme? What color were the dresses? How many bridesmaids did you have? Let me know. I live for these things.

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-Alexis

 

Tis the Season

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Tis’ the season y’all! And no, I’m not talking about the holidays…I’m talking about camo-wearing, locked and loaded, ass hurtin cause you been sitting in a deer stand for hours kind of season. I myself have personally never been hunting. Im around folks who talk about it nonstop and go quite often enough that I’m sitting here talking to y’all about it right now.

The reason that I bring it up because on my way to work this morning I could not help but notice the abundance of dead deer on the side of the roads from getting hit by cars from what I assume.  So here is my funny store for Y’all on this fine Monday. A year ago from today during the summer, I was driving to my internship from my boyfriend’s house, He lives in Claxton, Ga which is basically made up of just a bunch of dirt roads and houses. He lives on a dirt road himself. So it is very typical to see deer on this road, especially at night time. Well, it was pretty early in the morning and I noticed a dead deer right in the middle of the road on the other side coming towards his house. So anyway, the day goes on and I spend the day at my internship and don’t think another thing about the dead deer.

Later that night I was returning to my boyfriend’s house driving down these backgrounds where there is absolutely no source of light except for my headlights. I am driving about 65 miles per hour jamming to what I am assuming is some Johnny Cash or throwback Taylor Swift jams and then it hits me, low and behold…there he is… the dead deer. Now, by the time I see this massive feller I’ve got 2 options. Literally drive over the damn thing or probably pop my tires by swerving and possibly flipping my car. So, I slowed down as much as I possibly could which was to about 45 miles per hour and just hoped over the guy. IT WAS GUT WRENCHING. Not to mention the thing was already half rotten.

Soo lets keep going. I heard a few pops or two which sounded like my bumper splitting in two and then something dragging underneath my car. I was so scared about the damage that I had done, but at that point, I was just glad that I was ok and decided I would have my boyfriend look at it in the morning. I got back to his house and called it a night. The next day we didn’t look at my car right away, instead we immediately got up and decided we’d relax a little bit with his family and get in their pool…

This is where it gets embarrassing.

Josh’s entire family was in the pool. His mom, stepdad, two brothers, and I were all swimming when his mom pointed out a god-awful smell that the wind kept carrying over to us. We pushed it aside of course because it could’ve been anything with them living out in the country.

Later on that day Josh finally decided to look at my car. The first thing he does is duck his head under my bumper, quickly lifts his head back up, looks back up at me and says with wide eyes, “Alexis…come look under your car.”

I was afraid.

“No….”

“No….seriously. Come look.”

Y’ALL. THE ENTIRE DAMN  HALF ROTTEN DEER DRAGGED BACK TO HIS HOUSE WITH MY CAR!!!!

Worst. Smelling. Thing. I. Have. Ever. Smelled. Ever.

Let’s just say that Josh wasn’t too happy with the cleanup process of this because I sure as hell wasn’t going near the deer, and he also had to fix my bumper because it had snapped in half from running over the already dead deer…

Moral of the story. Pay attention on back roads people. haha!!

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-Alexis