the perfect slipcovered sofa

 – a mild obsession with our new sofa, full post coming soon! –

black cat white whiskers

– coming home to snuggles with my favorite three-legged girl –

shoes of prey customized heels

– unveiling of my custom heels from Shoes of Prey – so fab! –

mini pumpkins rhinestone skeleton and velvet pumpkin decoration

– mornings with the doors open, fresh air pouring in and pumpkin accents –

kristen taekman nail polish

 – having dinner with the beautiful and talented Kristen Taekman and being so excited to try out her new polish collection! –

Thank you to everyone who followed around my NYFW adventures on Instagram and Snapchat (CBLied)! It was such an inspiring week and I felt so privileged to be a part of it.  I was fortunate to see the Rebecca Vallance and Rachel Zoe presentations and the Marissa Webb, Mara Hoffman, Betsey Johnson, Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, Nicole Miller and Sherri Hill runway shows.  I tried to snap each one so all of you could experience it with me!

I was actually seated front row for two shoes and second row for two shows (I felt seriously #blessed), and there was a moment when like a sappy, starry-eyed fashion lover, I had a big lump in my throat.  If you had told me five years ago when I was in Mississippi that I would be sitting at runway shows, representing my blog (of which I never thought more than 15 people would read and I was totally fine with it), I would laugh with disbelief.  I still have butterflies when I think about how fulfilling this blog is to me and how much it means to me that you guys check in each day to experience this journey with me. Thank you thank you thank you for all of your support and love – truly. I’m on a cloud!

Before I change tunes, check out this amazing video my mom and sister sent me where one designer replaced runway models with role models. Definitely made me a little teary – how incredible for this designer to recognize some seriously inspirational women.

We have some of our dearest friends from college (and from childhood for Christian) coming in town this weekend from Virginia. We are going to go on a little California road trip – Yosemite, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, and then we’ll drop them off at LAX and Christian and I will enjoy some quality time in Malibu. I feel like I just got home – but this is going to be such a fun trip with old friends!

What are you guys up to this weekend? Who has some nice, cool fall weather? We’ve had a few cool days and its been glorious. Thanks so much for reading! XO –

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    1. Right!? The light pink is called “I’m Pretty” and it’s the most gorge everyday pink! #obsessed

  1. GET ON OUT OF HERE NOW – you had dinner w/ a HOUSEWIFE? I can’t even. I’m dead over it.

    It’s cool to read how grateful you are for where you’re currently at – you deserve it all, and have earned it! Enjoy it, love it, embrace it, and also give back…so that more of this yummy stuff comes your way.

    Love seeing Miss Lula LaShonda, as ever. Bless her little heart! Amazing that she is still thriving and doing so well….must be all that TLC you both provide her.

    1. Are you my favorite person on the planet or what!? Kristen and I started chatting at an event and a group of us ended up having dinner later in the week to talk blogging. She’s even more fabulous than I thought she was and even more stunning in person! #Dream. And I need to do an entire post on Lula. She’s now lived over a year longer than the vet thought she would… we don’t even know what’s happening but I’m over the moon about it! Lots of love to you lady – XO

  2. Loved your fashion week snaps from your trip, and that feeling doesn’t seem to go away no matter how many seasons/shows I see, it’s the best! (Sad I didn’t get to catch you this year, come back for more in the winter!)

    1. I know I missed you AND a friend from Teen USA! I’m coming back in December hopefully I will have my ish together!

  3. Loved your snapchats from Fashion Week! Your snaps are always so fun 🙂

    That roadtrip sounds fabulous. It’s always so much fun when friends come out to visit! I live in the Sonoma/Napa area, and I went to college in Santa Barbara. If you need any recommendations, let me know! I’ve never been to Yosemite, but a girlfriend of mine is visiting me in October (so soon!) and we’ve planned to take a roadtrip out there. I’ve heard it’s astoundingly beautiful (but then again, isn’t all of California!?).

    Have a wonderful time!

  4. It was so fun following along on your trip to NYFW, and seriously wonderful to hear how grateful you are and that the trip was amazing.

    On another note, please let me know if you need recommendations for Napa, Sonoma, or Santa Barbara! I’m very, very familiar with all three, and I know quite a few good spots 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the sweetness! Santa Barbara we are familiar with but I would LOVE any Napa or Sonoma recs you have! Thank you so much for offering!

      1. No problem! I love Napa and Sonoma so I’m happy to share some reccomendations.

        Del Dotto
        Frank Family
        Domaine Carneros
        Fontanella – You need a reservation here, but the food and wine pairing is great. Plus, the tasting is very educational.

        Archetype (brunch)
        Gott’s Roadside (lunch — get the ahi tacos)
        Oxbow Public Market (snacks/lunch)

        Gundlach Bundschu
        Ram’s Gate
        Larson Family Wines (Go for the lawn games and dogs running around, and you can bring lunch with you)

        Fremont Diner
        The Shed (Healdsburg)
        The Girl and the Fig
        El Dorado Kitchen
        Chocolate Cow (Ice Cream)

        I could honestly go on and on, but you can’t really go wrong in either town. Enjoy your trip!

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