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Friday, September 30


{Because sometimes a song perfectly embodies the ache of the human heart}

I am the sea on a moonless night, calling, falling, slipping tides
I am the leaky, dripping pipes, the endless aching drops of light
I am the raindrop falling down,
Always longing for the deeper ground

I am the broken, breaking seas, even my blood finds ways to bleed

Even the rivers ways to run
, even the rain to reach the sun
Even my thirsty streams, even in my dreams

I am restless, I am restless

I am restless, looking for you
I am restless, I run like the ocean to find your shore
I’m looking for you

I am the one that you left behind,  I am the thorn stuck in your side
I am the bored and clouded eyes looking for the well that won’t run dry

Running hard for the other side
, the world that I’ve always been denied
Running hard for the infinite with the tears of the saints and hypocrites 

Oh blood of black and white and gray

Death and life and night and day
One by one by one, we let our rivers run
I am restless, I am restless
I am restless, looking for you
I am restless, I run like the ocean to find your shore
I’m looking for you

I’ll be waiting, anticipating
All that I aim for, what I was made for
With every heartbeat all of my blood bleeds
Running inside me, looking for you

Looking for you

~ Restless, Switchfoot

Friday, September 23

Neither Hair nor There

Looking back at some of the recent outfit posts, I've realized that I don't really love my hair. Unfortunately, this isn't a new concept for me. There are days {and outfits} when my natural curls seem perfect, but most days I prefer my flat iron, and I regularly dream of having perfect messy waves. Then, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, part of me wants to just chop all my hair off a la Emma Watson. So while I'm wrestling with the decision {and my often unruly mane}, here are some of my current hair inspirations.

{see them all here}


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Tuesday, September 20


Things have been tough in our house lately, and the past few days have been filled with heavy hearts and the closeness of family. In all honesty, I spent the majority of the weekend in an over-sized tee, jeans, and a cardigan, but when dressier attire became a necessity, this ensemble certainly matched my melancholy demeanor.

F21 top & skirt, vintage belt & earring, Dolce Vita for Target wedges


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Tuesday, September 13

Breakfast for Dinner: Paleo Granola Pancackes

Sometimes you just need a meal that takes you back to childhood. For me, that meal is breakfast for dinner. I remember going to my grandmother's house as a child and having pancackes, bacon, and "coffee" {mine was a watered down version of milk with the tiniest bit of decaf coffee added}. A few nights ago, after a terribly exhausting day, breakfast for dinner was exactly what we needed, and since wheat and grain products are no longer part of our diet, I did a bit of improvising. {I adapted the recipe from this book and added 1/2 cup each of gluten-free oats, cranberries, and walnuts.} The result was incredibly satisfying. Full of flavor and hearty enough for an evening meal, these pancakes are definitely here to stay.


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Thursday, September 8

Red Head Red Hot

While I generally avoid the combination of red and black {outside of game day that is}, I recently made an exception with this outfit. These red pants were too perfect a companion for black cage sandals, and so I broke my own rule. I balanced out the edge of the pants and sandals with a Chanel-esque blazer that was perfect for the sometimes overbearing AC indoors.

Target tank & heels, H&M trousers, UO blazer, Vintage belt, F21 necklace

Added bonus: I already have an appropriate outfit for football season.

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Tuesday, September 6

Long Weekend

This Labor Day weekend husband and I spent some much needed time in the north Georgia mountains with some of our favorite friends. We revisited the Nantahala River for a bit of kayaking, grilled burgers on the cabin porch, ate breakfast at a local country store, and laughed and talked with friends. Sunday evening was spent at a pizza-making contest {our pizza won}, followed by homemade peach ice cream and painting on the porch while listening to the rain. On Monday we celebrated two years of marriage with a low-key but delicious homemade dinner, cuban sangria, and chocolate peanut butter almond-flour cupcakes.

If only every weekend were a three-day weekend....

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Monday, September 5

I Walk the Line

Two years ago today husband and I united our lives forever, and have enjoyed every single day since. A delicate mix of joy and sorrow, these past two years have been heart-breakingly wonderful. While I know that we have a long road ahead filled with uncertainties and hardships, I also know that we will face them side by side and nothing in this world change that.


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