Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving OOTD + Lots to be Thankful for

Happy (day-late) Thanksgiving! I've got so much to be thankful for this year, so today I'm sharing a few of those things and my Thanksgiving OOTD.

Old Navy Top (Similar) // AE Jeans
Burberry Scarf (There's so many similar ones) // Justin Boots
Charming Charlie Earrings // Michael Kors Watch

It's been a crazy year and I have so much to be thankful for. My amazing family who motivates and pushes me to do everything I strive for. My other family, my DESOD girls and boys who are my support system and are always there for me. The Undeniable girls (aka the Undeniab├Žs) who are there for me and have become my best friends. All of the opportunities BHMM has brought me and all of y'all who read it. I love you guys and hope to be a little more active in the future. I've got big things planned!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interview: Cathleen Slagle of Classy Cathleen

Unless you've been living under a rock to the blogging world, you've probably heard of Classy Cathleen, the blog run by Cathleen Slagle. She and I have been friends for a long time, so we thought it was about time for us to come together and do an interview! She's so sweet and I think y'all will love her as much as I do.

CLB: Hey Cathleen! I'm so excited to start this interview. First things first (I'm the real-est) tell me about your blog; how long you've been writing, why you started, etc.

CS: (Drop this and let the whole world feel it!) Classy Cathleen was started because of my love of writing, fashion, and well basically just writing! I started in early January of this year, and it has been an incredible experience so far, and I am so excited to continue on this journey. Basically, I blog about fashion and whatever I feel like writing about!

CLB: You write about fashion a lot, who or what are your biggest style influences?

CS: Hands down, Olivia Palermo. I've mentioned her in a couple posts in the past, but she is absolutely incredible, and can make anything and everything look perfect. Sarah Vickers and other various fashion blogs I follow via Bloglovin also inspire me.

CLB: I love Sarah Vickers! What other bloggers are you in to?

CS: You, of course! Also A Beautiful Mess, Michaela from The Monogrammed Midwesterner, Ellen from A Pop of Pink, Carrie from Carrie on Blogs, and Jamie from The Fashion Newcomer. Shannon of GBO Fashion is another long time favorite of mine.

CLB: Those are some of my favorites too! As far as blogging goes, how do you manage keeping a consistent posting schedule while keeping up with tests, projects, homework, all that craziness that comes with high school?

CS: I really don't... We have a and b days at my school and I have all easy classes on a days. On b days I have hard classes so instead of doing my homework I take a beak and work on things for the blog. My Saturday mornings are for blogging it's just part of my week. Sometimes early Sunday mornings before church. Basically I blog whenever I can. School obviously comes first.

CLB: I feel that, the balance with school and blogging can be the struggle. So you're from South Carolina, another southern girl like me. How do you define southern as more than just living where we live?

CS: Ooh.. This is a really good question! Basically always saying "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am" ; "yes sir" and "no sir", southern hospitality, etc. But being opinionated and sassy all at the same time! And Obviously the food and football I feel like us southerners know how to have a good time, and live life to the absolute fullest.

CLB: We do! It's in our blood and I love it. So let's talk about you. Family, pets, you know. 

CS: Oh I love it too! Soo I have 3 dogs: Minnie & Merry (the twins) and Sparky who is older and blind. I have a family of 6 including me. The biggest thing that makes my family different from others is my older brothers autism. We like Disney world a lot.... Like we have a Mickey phone and waffle makers. And it's always hectic here with 4 kids and 3 dogs, but we make it work!

CLB: I think your situation with your brother is so neat, how has that inspired you and your family?

CS: Well for one thing.. We know that even when times are tough things can always get better. Sometimes things with Isaac get tough, but they always get better. It also has helped me treat everyone with respect no matter who they are.

CLB: Overcoming that adversity is so cool. So back to your fabulous blog. What's been your favorite part about blogging?

CS: Meeting new people, and writing of course! I love reading other blogs and posts.. Meeting new people from all over the place is a lot of fun too! But I've learned a whole lot about HTML and other stuff too.

CLB: What's one thing you wish you had known before you started blogging?

CS: Hmm this is tough! I wish I had known how much time, commitment, and work I would pour into it. When I say I put my heart and soul into my blog I truly mean it. But I also wish I had known just how many people I would meet and how many things I would learn.. If I had known that earlier, I would have started a blog a super long time ago!

CLB: Well thanks so much for this interview Cathleen! 

We had so much fun doing this interview and getting to know each other a little better than we already did. Go check out her blog at Classy Cathleen and follow her on Twitter and Instagram!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Showing a Little State (and Southern) Pride

I'm sure that just from reading my posts on here, y'all (here we go) can tell that I'm a southern girl from my speech to my style. Ask anyone I go to school with, even people I text like Cathleen or my Undeniable girls. "Bless your/his/her heart" and the likes come up in conversations regularly, but none more so than what I'm talking about today.

C/O Kentucky for Kentucky Sweatshirt // J.Crew Flannel
American Eagle Jeans // LL Bean Boots

I saw some of the Y'ALL products a while ago and fell in love. The sweatshirts, tees, tanks, and hats are from a brand called Kentucky for Kentucky. They're based right here in Lexington and make some great products for this "kick-ass Commonwealth," and I'm obsessed with this comfy grey sweatshirt. A men's flannel from J.Crew underneath kept me warm in this freezing November weather with some basic jeans and my Bean Boots. I finally learned how to tie them all cute thanks to Shannon from Prep Avenue and it's so cute, see how here

Supporting these local brands makes me so proud to live where I live. Yes, I love my nation-wide boutiques and name brands, but supporting other Kentuckians who are doing big things feels so great. Go check out the great products from Kentucky for Kentucky , whether or not you're a Bluegrass state native!

This post is sponsored by Kentucky for Kentucky

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween...Mr. President

This past Friday was Halloween, as I'm sure all of y'all know, and I had such great time.  I don't know about you, but I just can't do the scary aspect of Halloween (Just ask Justina who dragged me into Halloween Express yesterday). However, I absolutely love dressing up and going to parties with my friends, not to mention the candy. I've had my costume planned for a couple months and I think it's perfect.

Dress: Halloween Express // Shoes: Antonio Melani
Lipstick: L'Oreal // Clutch: Charming Charlie

So I'm actually obsessed with this. I love Marilyn and her whole story (Read her published diaries, she's not what you think she is); I knew she'd be a great person to portray this Halloween. This dress mimics hers in "The Seven Year Itch" to a tee, keeping on the long side and fanning out perfectly. These sparkly shoes which you can also see in my Sweet Sixteen post are actually super comfortable and were perfect for spending my night with friends. I kept my iPhone, some gum, lipstick for touch ups, and a little perfume in this champagne colored clutch.

I found a great makeup tutorial online that nailed down Marilyn's iconic look, from the winged out liner to the iconic red and used some of my favorite products. My hair was the ultimate struggle, seeing as Marilyn's iconic bob is nothing close to my ridiculously long hair. With a fake bob from this great tutorial, I mastered the short, curled hair of the fifties.

I had so fun portraying one of America's most recognizable faces for one night. Marilyn was an icon of her time and still is today, and she makes the perfect costume for this October 31. Happy Halloween y'all!

-xoxo clb