On the eve of my New Years vacation and only a few days until the start of 2016 I want to recap my year of travels with you all!
Growing up my family rarely ever traveled. My parents were always working and my brother and I never got a pass to skip school. My first trip to the beach wasn't until I was in 10th grade and I didn't visit fun cities like Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Nashville until I was in college. I was a homebody ready to see what else was out there!
It wasn't until this past June that I took my first ever plane ride! Since then I've been on many, many more flights and learned how to purposefully pack a carry-on, navigate major airports, and diligently search for coupon codes for car rentals (because that young driver fee is no joke!). Not to mention finding awesome hotels and Airbnbs to stay in!
Now, don't get me wrong, I have been extremely frivolous with my travels this year. $500 round trip tickets, $200 car rentals, and the countless dollars I've spent on sporting event tickets definitely adds up! But the hundreds of pictures, new friends I've made, and exciting experiences are worth every single penny--tenfold!
I'm sitting here just thinking about it all! I've crossed the Ambassadors Bridge to have lunch in Canada, cut my work day in half to watch international soccer in Atlanta, had hours long conversations with cute Uber drivers in Boston, navigated the strenuous freeways of Southern California, hung out at Balboa Park in San Diego, drove through rain bands of Hurricane Patricia in Texas, and made it to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis!
So I hope this post inspires you all to pack a bag, book a ticket and just go! Visit a new place...try a new meal...make new friends...and keep those memories forever! I promise, if a girl from small town Alabama can hop on a flight at a moments notice and travel around the country alone, you can do it to!
Be sure to visit the blog next week as I recap my upcoming California vacation!
Sorry for being so MIA as of lately! I found a new favorite show on Hulu, started putting together the itinerary for my New Years Eve trip, and spent some time seeking Jesus! So you guys forgive me, right?
Just wanted to share a few photos from my camera roll & Instagram from the past few weeks. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to check out photos & videos that don't always make it to the blog!
Just got back from the life-changing & amazing FREEDOM conference hosted by my church. *Blog post coming next week!
Late dinner at Cantina Laredo. Restaurant has great ambiance and made me feel like I was in a major city!
As weird and slightly icky as it may sound, I love a good hotel bed. I just sink so deep into them and get some of the best sleep ever!
Still living in these fun overalls!
First attempt at the famous Momofuku Milk Bar "Birthday Cake". Turned out so good!
Last minute gift run to Target!
Hoping you're enjoying the weekend so far!
Can I be honest with ya'll for just a moment? When I shot this look, it was about 75 degrees out. And today, the high was 72 degrees. It's safe to say, it is the opposite of sweater weather down here! Now since we've got that out of the way, let's talk about this look, shall we?!
I'm so happy the "no white after Labor Day" rule is practically non-existent anymore. Because if people still believed in that rule, I would have never been able to get away with this out and winter whites wouldn't be a thing.
Would ya'll believe me if I told ya'll I put this outfit together on a whim? I pinky promise I did. I saw the sweater and thought about what bottoms to put on. I have this one pair of dark wash jeans I always wear if I'm not wearing my black jeans (because I'm addicted to black jeans) but I just wasn't feeling the whole "dark bottom, light top" combo. Instead, I opted for my white jeans that I only had the chance of wearing a few times this past summer. Can you say, winner?! Not to mention, I am LIVING in my Kenneth Cole Reaction booties! They go with just about everything.
*I got this sweater on MAJOR clearance from Banana Republic during one of those massive 4th of July weekend sales earlier this year and am sooo happy I did. I will link some similar options later this week!*
See you back here tomorrow!
Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the start of the holiday season! I just wanted to take a moment to tell you all about the perfect make-up experience I had not too long ago!
Now, just so we all have an understanding, I rarely ever wear make-up. And by make-up I mean clear mascara, Burt's Bees chapstick, and flesh-toned Cover Girl eye shadow that I've had since high school. *Please, pick your jaw up off of the floor. Thanks.* I had severe acne from the age of 10 to 21 so wearing make-up just wasn't an option for me. No concealer in the world can hide deep, cystic pimples ya'll. But once my dermatologist developed a regimen for me that healed my acne, I felt more confident. But even now, I still have no clue on how to shop for and apply make up. I mean, I'm lucky I haven't poked my eyes out with the mascara brush yet! And DO NOT get me started on liquid eyeliner. It's like you have to have a degree and a license in order to put that stuff on! And glory be to God for keeping me from getting an eye infection with that prehistoric eyeshadow--I'm throwing it away today, PROMISE!
Luckily, not too long ago I had the chance to have my make-up professionally done by Atlanta based make-up artist, Curlese Benson ("CeCe")! I told her about my not-exsitent make-up skills/knowledge and how I wanted a really simple look for some blog photos I was shooting later that day. I wanted to still "look like myself" but without the flaws (like dark marks, spots, etc.). And she gave me just that! She shaped up my eyebrows suuuuper nice, evened out my skin tone by blending foundation colors (my forehead is darker than the rest of my face) and gave me a sweet pink lip ("Snob" by MAC). She added a nice flesh-toned eye shadow, smooth cat eye, and lots of mascara to lengthen and define my eyelashes since I decided against false lashes.
CeCe is so nice, has beautiful and precise technique, and gave me exactly what I asked for. The make-up wasn't caked on heavy at all and I still looked like myself at the end of it...only better! Although she's based in Atlanta, she does travel around from time to time. Be sure to book through her Style Seat page here, and check out her work on Instagram (@BeautyByAllMeans1). Tell her Margo sent you!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you all back here next week!
I'm not sure how it happens, but I end up getting a "second wind" around 1:00 am every once in a while. I think it's because currently my Tuesdays-Thursdays are occupied for a few hours in the middle of the day? Or maybe it's the venti hot chocolate I had at Starbucks? And to think I had just started to get into the flow of my new "schedule".
I'm up at 1:00 in the morning because I kind of have something stirring in my soul that I felt the need to share. Do you ever get those feelings? Like in the movie Mean Girls when Lindsay Lohan's character, Cady, thinks she has word vomit but it's actually real vomit? Too much? Sorry. But I've got this stirring inside of me to talk to you all about The Lord. Not in a scary or creepy way. But more like a confetti push pop way. Like, I'm almost about to explode. And I think it's because I finally understand a little bit more about my walk with Christ. So here it goes.
We all go through different seasons in our lives. Plentiful seasons, calm seasons, dark seasons, dry seasons, etc. But these seasons that we go through ultimately help shape us. For example, I would initially have categorized my season as a dry season. I'm out of work, I have no love/social life, and I have absolutely no definitive idea as to what my next move in life will be. That's how I initially looked at it. But now, I look at it completely different. It's a growing season for me. The Lord has me in the right place at the right time for the right reason! He's given me the opportunity to grow more independent, self-sufficient (to an extent), more self aware and most importantly-- more aware of Him.
And each day, my heart and soul swell at the thought of knowing that He placed me in my growing season right now (although I do have those days where I say, "why am I still here?"). In my walk with Christ, I'm learning that it's all about making [the right ] choices and choosing to be obedient in His word. Instead of falling into the whiny baby pit, asking why I'm not off in a big city living it up, I have to remind myself that the Lord has plans for me.... to prosper! (Jeremiah 29:11). I have to remind myself that I am a daughter of The Most High (John 1:12)! At times it can definitely be a struggle, but I'm learning that it takes time, prayer, and understanding to make the right choice. It takes true grit and self-discipline to be obedient. But to know that because I choose to love and serve my Savior in obedience, I know that in His perfect timing I will be right where He's planned for me to be.
So continue to work through your seasons my loves! You'll move into your next one before you know it!
Hoping you all are having a great Wednesday so far! You're half way through the week -- Yay! Just wanted to share this simple look with you all that I put together last week. Living in the South you never know what to expect weather wise! Luckily when I shot this look the weather was absolutely beautiful.
I purchased this pink coat last year and rarely had the chance to wear it. It's a wool blend and is really more or less a jacket than coat. It's great to throw on when the temperature just starts to dip! Plus, how can you not like the soft pink color?!
To stay true to my style, I threw the coat on over a plain white button up, boyfriend jeans, and a pair of nude pumps.
I picked up these shoes from Nordstrom Rack on a trip to Boston this past September and I'm so happy I did! These are hands down the most comfortable pair of heels I own!
I'm slowly but surely sharing more of my personal style on the blog so I hope you all stick around for it! I've got a brand new style post coming this weekend + my first "real" make-up experience.
Have a great Wednesday!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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