Fall is finally here and this week was the first time it actually felt like fall here in Nashville. For the first few weeks of fall, we (along with the rest of the South!) were still dealing with 80+ degree weather so thick jackets, scarves, and boots were out of the question. So what do we do? We use lighter layers to give the fall feels without making the heat unbearable!
Some of my must-haves for fall are kimonos (seriously, give me all of them), utility jackets, basic tees, and a classic green vest. It's important to pick lighter options that aren't going to be too hot if the weather goes from 65-80 before you leave the office for lunch. For me, kimonos are great because they give you the comfy, layered look we all love for fall but they're so thin that you can wear them on even the hottest days and be just fine. I also love a good utility jacket because you can throw it on over anything (even your favorite all black outfit!) and have fall vibes just like that!
What are your favorite pieces for fall? I'd love to know what pieces you absolutely cannot live without!
If you're following me on Instagram, you know that I just got back from visiting my brother in Fort Collins, Colorado about two weeks ago. If you aren't following me, you definitely should be! Enough about Instagram, let's talk about FOCO!
If there's one thing we can all agree on about Colorado, it's that the state is absolutely beautiful. It's one of those places where you can be in the city and drive just minutes to an area where the sounds of the city disappear and you're left with nothing but peace and quiet. Everywhere I turned, I was greeted by a breathtaking view and I absolutely loved my time there.
Horsetooth Reservoir- just minutes from town, the res is tucked away in the foothills like a scene from a painting. With hiking, swimming, boating, picnic areas, and so much more, you're sure to find something for everyone here.
Estes Park- about an hour drive from Fort Collins, you'll find the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park which is absolutely a must-see when visiting Colorado. Driving through the largest mountain range in the United States is a quick way to put things into perspective. It's incredible to me that something so massive and beautiful was created by the same person who created each of us.
Food + Drink:
Colorado Room- a quick and easy place to grab a bite in Fort Collins and if you're on the search for poutine, this is your place! We grabbed a variety of sammys and different sides across the table so we could try as much of the menu as possible!
Fat Shack- highly recommended for a post hike meal. If you're exhausted from all the exploring and looking for deliver (and one of the best milkshakes I've ever had!) give them a call and they'll have it to you in no time!
Silver Grill Cafe- brunch brunch brunch. You absolutely have to stop in and eat at this Fort Collins classic. Their cinnamon roll french toast is by far one of the best things I've ever eaten and their cinnamon rolls are basically a cult favorite among locals.
So there you have it! Head on out to FOCO, rent a car, and enjoy the journey! You'll absolutely love your time there and all of the wonderful people you'll meet!
The cutest little day spa I ever did see. O.liv Body Bar is a unique escape from the day-to-day where everything is customized to fit your individual needs. You're greeted by someone at the front desk where you'll check in and they'll show you around. With the cutest lounge areas, fully stocked with complimentary tea and water, you'll sit back and relax while you wait on your appointment.
Your appointment starts with a visit to the body bar where you'll get to customize your massage oil. They start with an extra virgin olive oil shot and you get to add high grade essential oils and herbal powders to create the perfect blend for your needs (don't worry, if you're clueless about essential oils like I am, they have a cheat sheet). You'll then be escorted to your massage room where you can relax while you get a great massage!
I highly recommend opting for a session that involves hot stones because seriously y'all, it's SO good! It doesn't get any better than a couple of hours to take your mind off of everything else and just relax. The staff at O.liv is beyond welcoming and professional and you'll feel right at home. It's my go-to spa here in Nashville and if you're local, it should be yours!
My first year at Hubspot's INBOUND was one for the books. I had the opportunity to attend sessions from business leaders, marketing gurus, social media content creators, and many others! I learned a great deal from each of the speakers and am already exploring ways to apply what I learned to my life and my work. Let's talk a little about what I learned from the Joanna Coles spotlight session.
Your habits: Put your phone down. Standing in line? Stay off your phone. Waiting on someone? Stay off your phone. Look around and connect with the people who surround you. Relationships are built when you start making real connections. Start journaling. Recording your thoughts and emotions will help you recognize patterns in your behavior and in turn, help you find your strengths and weaknesses. Take these and use them in all that you can.
Your passion: If you're feeling stuck or aren't quite sure what you want to do, think about the things that you did as a child. What made you happy? What were you passionate about before you grew up and started to work? If you can't remember, ask your parents, siblings, or childhood friends. Once you know what those things are, do more of them.
Your friendships: Take a good, hard look at your friendships and those you surround yourself with. Consider their actions, whether or not they support the things that you want to do. Determine who is holding you back and who is pushing you forward. It's okay to let go of those who don't support you and don't encourage growth. Surround yourself with people who will help you become the best version of yourself.
Your reputation: Pay attention to it. Your reputation is the most valuable thing you have. Take it seriously. Don't risk your reputation for anything. You need it.
Eats + Drinks
Cheers: I feel like visiting Cheers is a must. It's an icon from the 90s and hey, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.
Boston Seasons Beer Garden: Such a cute little setup near City Hall Plaza. With a great local beer and wine selection, fire pits and cozy seating, and a couple of putting greens this was almost a repeat stop.
Legal Seafood: If you're a seafood fan, this seemed to be a very popular spot. I'm not a huge fan so I stuck with fish and chips. They were pretty busy for 4pm on a Tuesday so it's safe to say that the locals love it!
Eataly: My absolute favorite spot during the trip! The spaghettoni was SO GOOD. We made reservations but arrived about 20 minutes early and they seated us immediately which was great and our waiter was beyond accommodating.
Mike's Pastry: I think this one is pretty self explanatory. There were so many pastry options, I could hardly narrow it down. I suggest the Oreo pastry and I promise you won't regret it. So good and so worth the walk to the north end.
So there you have it! Let me know if you've been to any of these places or what your favorite Boston spots are!
If you're anything like me, packing can become stressful and complicated quickly. Growing up with six siblings, space was always limited and I was the queen of overpacking. As I've gotten older, I've made it a goal to travel only with my carry-on and to only take items that I know I'll wear. I'm preparing to leave for Boston on Tuesday so I figured I'd share my packing tips with all of you. If you're looking for simple, white luggage that doesn't look dirty after your first trip, check here! I'm loyal to CALPAK for life after this set!
1. If you don't love it, don't pack it. Seriously. I can't tell you how many times I've packed items that were cute and trendy but weren't pieces that I truly loved and they ended up sitting in the hotel for the entire duration of the trip, only to be folded back up, unworn, and carried home. If you only pack pieces that you know you love, you'll be less likely to get to your destination and feel like you're out of options after 3 days.
2. Stick to a color scheme that you're comfortable with and try not to step out of it. I know this sounds basic and possibly a little boring (we're all thinking about Instagram photos, right?) but I promise you, it's for the best. Personally, I like black and other neutral shades so I typically stick to black, gray, and white while I travel.
3. Do not pack all of your shoes. It's a struggle, I know. I try to limit my shoes to 3 pairs but also make sure to focus on comfort when choosing which ones get to go. I always take a pair of sneakers because chances are, I'll be in the hotel gym or taking a run every day. Be practical when making your shoe selections. Are you going to be doing a lot of site seeing or walking? Pick flats. Your feet will thank you.
I'm going to break my packing list down by category so that it's easy to follow if you decided to give my capsule travel wardrobe a try! I'll link my favorite items as I add them so you can find affordable options in time for your next trip.
Basic tanks are a must for any trip, especially if you're unsure about what type of weather you're headed into. The Old Navy Luxe Tanks are my favorite tanks and you can grab them now for under $10! I have multiple colors and both necklines and I promise, you'll love the fit.
I'm also a HUGE fan of the Old Navy Luxe Tees and the way that they fit. Again with the whole multiple colors thing (I know, I have a problem), you seriously can't beat them!
I always travel with two pairs of jeans, one light wash and one dark wash. For light wash jeans, I'm a big fan of the Universal Threads line at Target. The fit is great and they're under $30 so it really doesn't get much better than that! Now for my dark wash jeans, I'm pretty loyal to Express Jean Leggings and often opt for the distressed look. Everything is 40% off at Express right now for Labor Day so if you've been eyeing something, now is the time to get it!
Black leggings are another staple for me when traveling but definitely not a thin, cotton pair. I tend to go for Victoria's Secret Sport leggings because they're a great material and they hold everything in which I know we can all appreciate!
I definitely recommend taking along a lightweight jacket or vest. I typically go for the utility jacket look because it goes with any neutral color and they tend to have a lot of pockets which absolutely come in handy while you're out and about. My favorite options are both from Target so they're affordable and good quality! My go-to vest can be found here and my absolute favorite style of jacket can be found here.
Another thing to consider is packing a neutral cardigan or kimono. It's always a good idea to have extra options for layering so you really can't go wrong here. I don't have one to share but I'd recommend sticking to cardigans that you're comfortable in. Avoid the ones that you find yourself constantly adjusting while you wear. Remember, we're packing for comfort and simplicity here.
Dresses are so easy and can be worn so many different ways. I love packing basic tshirt dresses because you can dress them up or down depending on what you need. Again, some of my favorites are the Old Navy Jersey Knit Dresses because they're comfortable and affordable (they're all 50% off right now). They also have a tank version which you can find here.
I know I didn't list out my shoes but like I mentioned earlier, pack for comfort. You want to wear shoes that you know you can walk all day in because chances are, you'll be on your feet most of your trip. Take a pair of sneakers and then pick out two pairs that don't hurt your feet and you'll be good to go!
So there you have it! That's my go-to packing list when I'm headed off for a few days. I get it, overpacking it so easy and you probably think you'll wear it all but trust me, you won't. Stick to really basic and simple pieces that you can style different ways and you'll feel much better about packing- plus it makes unpacking super easy!
Now make sure you're following me on Instagram to follow along with all of my upcoming travels!
Y’all. I cannot contain my excitement. I’ve been waiting to write this from the moment that Jaclyn Hill announced her latest collaboration with Morphe. The Vault Collection is made up of four palettes, containing ten shades each, that did not make the cut for the ever-so-popular Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette. If you have it and you love it, you basically have to pick up the Vault Collection and that’s all there is to it.
I was unable to be online when the collection launched (thanks to my 8-5) so I had to make an ULTA run and pick them up. I missed out on the Armed and Gorgeous palette but today, we’re going to dive into Ring the Alarm, Bling Boss, and Dark Magic. If you’re looking for swatches, eye looks, and honest thoughts from someone who purchased the palettes with their own money, you’re in the right place!
First things first, I want you to know that I LOVE the original Jacyln Hill x Morphe palette and my only complaint is the fact that it’s just too big to travel with. The Vault Collection is made up of smaller, sleeker palettes that are much more travel friendly than the original. Thanks to the size of the new palettes, we can now take Jaclyn’s highly pigmented and seriously gorgeous shadows anywhere we go!
Ring the Alarm:
Now if you want to see the looks I create with these palettes, head on over to my YouTube channel where I’ll be featuring a different palette each week for the next three weeks. We’re starting with Ring the Alarm this week and I’ll walk you through the super simple eye look that I’ve been wearing way too much lately. Click below to watch the video and make sure to subscribe and share with a friend while you’re there!
I get a lot of questions about how I curl my hair, what products I use, how I get it to stay, etc. so today, we're going to talk about it! My hair routine is SUPER low-key and if we're being honest, I only wash it every 4-5 days. For me, dirty hair styles better than clean hair so I'll typically let it go on day one and then curl it for day two. The Drybar Wrap Party Curling Wand is hands down the best tool I've found. Seriously, my curls last for days and I LOVE the way they look. I've linked everything I use on my hair here so it's super easy to shop!
You only need three products to achieve my curls:
You guys. I cannot believe that I am where I am and I owe it all to you.
I love sharing my life here on the blog, on YouTube and on Instagram. More than sharing my life, I love getting to know all of you. I've developed friendships online that I wouldn't trade for the world. It's crazy to look through my conversations and think that if I'd never posted a picture or recorded a video, I wouldn't know all of you. So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you for your constant support of me and all that I do.
As a way to say thank you, I've put together a small giveaway that will run for the next 2 weeks. Entering to win is SO easy. All you have to do is follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my YouTube channel. Click the video below for all the details and to get entered!
What you'll get--
If you're anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with hair care. I enjoy trying out new products but most of the time, I'm over them in a couple of weeks and back to my old faithful products. Today, we're talking about my go-to, tried-and-true hair care products. Check here to shop for all of my favs in one place!
So there you have it, my absolute must-have hair care products! Let me know which products you love and if there are any products you think I need to try! Click below to watch my video and hear a little more about my hair and all the tools and products I love!
I'm always on the lookout for new products and I recently had the chance to stop by ULTA and pick up a full face of new drugstore products. When trying new products it can be helpful to seek out the opinions of others with similar skin type and taste in makeup but it's also fun to just grab all the products you need and try them out yourself. You click the link below to see my (super long) full face of first impressions or just read below if you want to see if I think you should pass or purchase without hearing all my random thoughts! Interested in purchasing some of these items? Click here to shop them all in one place!
Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in Newtrals2 ::: Purchase
LA Girl Pro Matte Foundation ::: Purchase
Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer ::: Purchase
LA Pro HD Powder ::: Pass
Catrice Prime and Fine Contouring Palette in Ashy Radiance ::: Pass
Catrice Strobing Blush in Mrs. Summer Peach ::: Purchase
LA Girl Glide Gel Liner in Brown ::: Purchase
Catrice Eye Brow Stylist in Date With Ash-ton ::: Purchase
Catrice Eye Brow Filler Gel ::: Purchase
Catrice Lashes to Kill Mascara ::: Pass
Catrice Lip Dresser in The King's Peach ::: Purchase
Hi friends! I'm Cally, an Arkansas native living in Nashville, TN. Here's a look inside my life, posts about products I love and probably a few too many Friends quotes!