Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

I can not believe that it is already February! Is it just me or is 2017 moving a little too fast? As time flies, I almost always forget about Valentine's Day year after year. I find it to be such a fun holiday to treat either yourselves, friends, or of course a better half. It is also the perfect time to remind those you love just how much you appreciate them whether that be with a heartfelt note or thoughtful gift. This year, I was inspired by Shannon to use these adorable printables as a way to spread a little love to all my close girlfriends. See above my favorite pink goodies worthy of both gifting or receiving. 

Friday, January 20, 2017


Happy Friday! Having Monday off this week was the absolute best; nothing beats a lazy day in a big tee catching up on the Batchelor, right?! These past few days have been spirit week at school in celebration of homecoming today, and it's definitely bitter sweet. It's tradition that the seniors wear togas on homecoming, and yes, mine may be pink. I was also humbled to make homecoming court this year, and the best part is I'm along side three of my best friends. It's so special, especially it being our last homecoming together. Tonight is the big game, and we will hopefully celebrate into the weekend.

Did you catch this look earlier this week on the blog? This pink vest is honestly my new obsession. I feel like I always stick with more neutrals when it comes to basics, so adding a pop of color is super fun and refreshing!

I finally took the time to reorganize my jewelry after years of stuffing it all in a hefty little box. It's so nice to have it all at my disposal now, and I just find it much more aesthetically pleasing ;).

Senioritis is real now that it's second semester and I'm slowly loosing the motivation to actually do much. Despite the slack, I still try to stay on top of everything with my to do lists and daily reminders to keep focussed because graduation is still four months away. 

Have a great weekend! Anything fun planned?!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Making the Right Choice

Senior year has been nothing shy of anxiety, excitement, and uncertainty. While college apps were daunting, they weren't impossible, and I ended up only applying to three schools. I genuinely could see myself at all three I applied to, struggling to figure out which was best for me and my path. These past few months I've been battling the idea of making the right choice, constantly questioning my decision for the next four very important years of my life. There have been times where I know in my heart a particular school is where I should be, but I found at other times I was really unsure of what I truly wanted. This mix of emotions really put a toll on my mindset first semester, but didn't hinder me from acknowledging what would make me happy. While I have yet to announce where I'm headed next year, I can say that I have committed to a school that felt like home the moment I stepped on campus. It felt too good to be true, almost as if the school was made for me. Aside from being the "perfect fit," I can't help but think: what if it isn't? What if it's not what I've anticipated? What if I'm making the wrong choice? I've realized through this process that questions like these are inevitable and life consist of difficult decisions as such. I can't be afraid to make the wrong decision because mistakes are what make us who we are. I realize that where I end up is where I am supposed to be, and my happiness will be what I make of it. 

This has been one crazy journey, but I've learned more than I ever thought possible.
Look out for my college announcement on the blog next week! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Outfit: Pop of Pink

Nothing beats the convenience and comfort of a good vest to throw on during the winter. I am a connoisseur for the J.Crew excursion vests, and couldn't help but snag this pink one on Poshmark the moment I saw it. While there is a chill here and there, it still reaches the 70s here in North Carolina. Even though it's the middle of January and my winter coats have yet to come out, my vests have definitely come in handy with the fluctuating temps. I also can't express how much I love my New Balance sneaks. I splurged on a navy and pink pair last year, but fell for this exclusive pair by J.Crew in store a few weeks ago; they are great neutral that go with practically everything. 

How is the weather where you are? I'm so jealous of the snow flurries elsewhere but here!

Friday, January 6, 2017


I'm keeping this TGIF brief because I've been bombarded with calculus homework, and may I add it is only the second day back. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, so I'm thinking to stay in this weekend to work on some blogging and even give vlogging a shot- wish me luck!

 While I do miss sunny Palm Beach, I have to say that coming home to my own pillow was amazing. I can't wait to go back down over Easter, and maybe for a bit over spring break!

My new little pretties- I am so obsessed! Sort of kind of feeling like Sydney #fangirl! 

I wore my monogrammed signet ring so often that it started to tarnish. I thought an update was due, so I went with a different style offered by Julia Marie. This cutout ring is so fun and a great staple to have. 

Stay warm this weekend!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Reflections and Resolutions

2016 had its ups and downs. It was both emotionally and mentally challenging, from tackling junior year to juggling the normal facets of high school. Many tears were shed, but many lessons were learned. Despite the upbeat, bright aesthetic of Soulfully Southern, my year wasn't as rosy as it seemed. I reached breaking points of stress and struggled to balance life in general. As I began my college search, that anxiety only continued to build. In it all, I discovered myself and my strength. I wholeheartedly believe that everything happens for a reason and so much so that I wrote my college essay about it. We face so many roadblocks in life that we can't dwell on them, but accept them and move forward knowing that there is an underlying reason. I reflect on 2016 as a year of maturity, and I can't wait to continue to grow as I embark on a new chapter of my life in this new year. I thank you for every page view, comment, and email; I couldn't do this without your support.  

Every year I make a list of resolutions that I usually break by the second week of January. My list will consist of the typical cut sugar, exercise more, worry less. This year, however, I really want to emphasize enjoying the little things while also maintaining balance. Pardon the cliche but I just simply want to make the best of each moment. It's weird to figure that in a few months I'll be moving away from home on my own as a freshman in college. I want to make everything count, whether its a home-cooked meal, prom, or my last sports season. I feel like everything is moving so fast and I genuinely just want to live in the moment. While I do plan to eat healthier, exercise more, and worry less, I want to appreciate the little things from the lasts to the firsts.  

What are some of your resolutions for 2017?
I feel like this is my first really personal post and it's kind of refreshing. Let me know your thoughts!

design + development by kiki and co.