Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Recap & Favorites

With May finally over, that means that school has ended and summer has started. My summer plans aren't all that exciting because they just involve me working and saving up for college. If you didn't check out my latest Mail Time Post you'd have missed that I'll be attending Mississippi State University in the fall. I hopefully will be getting my roommate and room assignments within the next few weeks.

This past month was absolute insanity, I finished up high school and just had graduation this past Saturday. It's so nice to be done with high school, as I'm excited to head off to college.

I also have started a YouTube channel where I can sporadically upload 'Mail Time' videos and hauls. Which can both be difficult to show in a blog post. However, I will create corresponding blog posts for each time I upload a video, so you won't miss out. I plan on creating some college dorm room hauls, so don't forget to go ahead and subscribe!

Also get excited for new summer blog posts, I've already planned out a lot of my June posts! But if there's something you'd like to see specifically, you can click here to make any blog post requests!

I have also decided on my summer blogging schedule, I will post every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Unless it's a holiday or if something comes up. I will always announce on Twitter if I won't be posting so follow me there!

What are your summer plans?
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chicago Bucket List


There are times when I forget how fortunate I am to be living just an hour outside of one of the country’s greatest cities. I have been downtown for plays, concerts, and field trips for school. But even after living just outside of Chicago for almost eighteen years, I still feel like a stranger to it. Even though I much prefer the slow countryside life to the busy hectic life of the city, I love living close to the city because of all it has to offer. These are a few things that I’ve always wanted to do in the Windy City. (By the way it’s not called that because it’s windy! If you don’t know why, check out the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, or just Google it!)


Chicago Mart Plaza is located on top of the Chicago Sun-Times building in the heart of Chicago.

Looking for something luxurious? Check into Chicago’s Four Seasons! It’s most likely you’ve heard of these hotels since they have one in just about every major city.

The Wit Hotel is just minutes from Millennium Park and Michigan Ave. With such a striking design I wasn’t surprised to see this hotel being praised by Conde Nast Traveler. Which is one of my favorite sites for all things travel!

This picture does not do it justice. If you are familiar-ish with Chicago, you know what I’m talking about when I mention the wiggly and wavy building. I am talking about the Radisson Blu Hotel, how incredible is this building?

Y’all I saved the best for last, The Peninsula Chicago. I included the Chicago because they have these hotels all over the world, from Tokyo to Manila, to Paris! (Just for kicks I checked out the one in Paris, it’s stunning! I just about died after watching this video!) Every inch of this hotel is absolutely gorgeous!


They have Sprinkles ATMs in just about every major city, and Chicago is no exception!

Windy City Cafe just looks like the best place to drop in for some good brunch food, I was eyeing the french toast, it sounds so good!

If I were to only be able to stop at one place to grab a bite to eat, it would be Bang Bang Pie. Both my mom and I have been following their Instagram for a while now, and we’ve always wanted to drop in when we’re in the city. You can buy pies by the whole or slice, the sell several flavors including; Key Lime, Passion Fruit & Malted Milk Chocolate.

You CANNOT go to Chicago without stopping for some deep dish pizza, Lou Malnati’s is a great place to stop for this.

Popcorn Tradition
Garrett’s Popcorn...say no more!


When in Chicago, a great place to explore is Millennium Park. While I’ve been to the been several times, I have always wanted to go their for a concert or just for a run.

Located in Millennium Park is Lurie Garden, a beautiful and peaceful getaway from the hectic city life.

Promontory Point is a man-made peninsula, which looks so incredibly zen and beautiful.

Until I started researching, I never knew this Osaka Garden existed. It is just south of the Museum of Science and Industry, aka my favorite museum. It’s meant to resemble a traditional Japanese ‘stroll garden.’

Harold Washington Library is a giant, beautiful atrium to view the city from.

Where should I create a bucket list for next?
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pre-Graduation Look

Dress: Shop the Mint // Shoes: Steve Madden

I am finally done with high school, aside from graduation coming up in a week! Our school had an assembly yesterday to commemorate the senior class, it's basically practice for our real graduation. I picked out this adorable dress from my favorite online shop, Shop the Mint. And I'm obsessed with these new shoes I picked up at Macy's they were super comfortable and I loved the little tassels!
Friday, May 20, 2016

White Dresses for Graduation

This past Wednesday was my last full day of classes in high school! Today we have an assembly, which is basically just practice for our real graduation. I already have my dress picked out but I wanted to share a few adorable white dresses for those of you graduating or attending a graduation!

Which dress was your favorite?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

US Cities Bucket List


I am so happy that I am finally posting this! It has taken a while to accumulate this list of cities & towns. A small number of these towns I have actually been to but I was either there for less than a day or I was too young to remember. But the rest of them are places I hope to travel to. This is just the foundation for this list, as I expect it to keep growing. If you missed my latest travel post, check it out here!

Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Fairhope, Birmingham, Gulf Shores

Anchorage, Junea

Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale

Little Rock, Eureka Springs, Ozark

Oakland, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Orange County, Palm Springs,
Laguna Beach, Bishop, San Luis Obispo, Big Sur

Aspen, Denver, Frisco, Salido, Boulder

Hartford, New Haven, Mystic, Old Wethersfield

Dover, New Castle, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach

The Keys, Miami, Palm Beach, Panama City, Delray Beach, Clearwater Beach,
St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach, Seaside

Athens, Savannah

Honolulu, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Oahu, Big Island

Boise, Sun Valley



Cedar Falls, Dubuque, McGregor, Spirit Lake, Iowa Falls,
Bentonsport, Pella, Emmetsburg


Cave City

New Orleans

Bar Harbor, Portland, Mount Desert Island, Kittery Point, Kingfield, New Harbor,
Castine, Kennebunkport, Damariscotta, Stonington, Camden, Blue Hill

St. Michaels

Cape Cod, Nantucket, Provincetown, Marblehead, Deerfield, Brewster 

Mackinac Island, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Buffalo City, Saugatuck,
Bay Harbor


Hattiesburg, Fennville

St. Louis, Kansas City, Ridgedale


Panhandle, Lincoln, Omaha

Lake Tahoe

New Hamsphire
Portsmouth, North Conway, Hancock, Harrisville, Sugar Hill

New Jersey
Asbury Park, Cape May

New Mexico
Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Silver City

New York
New York City, Queens, Long Island, Freeport, Oneonta, Sag Harbor 

North Carolina
Asheville, Charlotte, Blowing Rock, New Bern, Southport, Manteo,
Apex, Lake Lure, Hillsborough, Edenton

North Dakota
Medora, Fargo

Cincinnati, Cleveland

Oklahoma City, Tulsa

Portland, Bend

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
Block Island, Newport, Little Compton

South Carolina
Charleston, Greenville, South Carolina, Beaufort

South Dakota
Rapid City

Chattanooga, Gatlinburg

Austin, Marfa

Salt Lake City

Stowe, Bennington, Grafton


Seattle, Port Angeles

West Virginia
Fredericksburg, Huntington

Lake Geneva

Jackson Hole

Any cities you'd add to this list?
Friday, May 13, 2016

Favorites from LOFT

Y'all must know by now that LOFT is becoming one of my favorite stores. They have such classic pieces that are such great quality. I wanted to share a few of the pieces that have caught my eye the past few weeks. They also offer $25 off your purchase if you sign up for their emails!

I think the name of this hoodie is perfect. This piece is perfect for evenings spent
on the beach watching the sunset during the summer.

I just fell in love with the print on this dress, and the
fit is so flattering for tons of body types.

I have always been a fan of bright white for the summertime,
it just looks so bright and crisp.

This bag is absolutely perfect for the beach, I also really liked this one.

I styled these beauties in my 'Spring Outfit Ideas' blog post. I am obsessed
with espadrilles and I love the stripes!

I absolutely fell in love with these shoes the first moment I laid eyes on them!

When I think scarves, I think fall & winter. But I love light and airy
scarves like this one for the warmer months.

This is me in a necklace; gold with pearls!

I've been wanting to expand my sunglasses collection,
and these pink tinted ones for summer.

What was your favorite item?
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

7 Travel & Fashion Instagram Accounts to Follow

I have been wanting to expand my blog with more travel related posts. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite Instagrammers who combine fashion with travel. Let me know in the comments what travel posts you'd be interested in seeing from me!

Kiersten Rich (@theblondeabroad)

Kiersten has such a fun feed full of great fashion and travel inspiration. She is currently in Mexico!

With Love From Kat (@kattanita)

Kat is based in Paris, and is all about travel, fashion and beauty. And she has her very own travel app that I still have yet to download.

Jessica Stein (@TuulaVintage)

I love Jessica, she has such a unique style and her photos are always amazing. I've been loving her most recent Instagrams, because she's in Utah at the moment.

Stephanie Be (@stephbetravel)

Stephanie is always going on such exotic getaways!

Carin Olsson (@parisinfourmonths)

Carin had originally went to Paris for what she thought would be for four months and ended up staying, her feed always captures the chic and gorgeous streets of France.

Julie Sarinana (@sincerelyjules)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you would already know Julie. She offers such great wardrobe inspiration and wanderlust with her account and blog.

Halley Elefante (@the_salty_blonde)

Halley is located in Oahu, and her style and travel represent the ultimate tropical and beach-y vacation.

What are your favorite Instagram accounts?
Friday, May 6, 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

We have a Mother's Day tradition of going to Corner's Bakery with some family friends after church. I already have a pair of earrings and a cute card for my mom. I wanted to give y'all some inspiration on what to get your mom this Mother's Day!

Mug: I don't think I've ever met someone who doesn't like mugs, there are so many cute ones out there!

Phone Case: I love how personalized you can make phone cases, especially when using the website CaseApp.

Shopping Day: Not only is this a great gift but also such a fun bonding idea to do with your mom.

Spa Day: Yet again another great bonding experience!

Jewelry: As I mentioned before I got my mom a cute pair of earrings, it's a great gift!

Cozy PJs: This is such a great gift as well, perfect to wear during your spa day!

Nail Polish: I find that my mom always has the same nail polish to choose from, it's always a great idea to give her a few more colors.

Books: I think this is always a good option when it comes to gift giving!

What are your plans for Mother's Day?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mail Time Vol. 4 + College Announcement

It's time for another one of my favorite posts to write! I've gotten some goodies in the mail these past few weeks, and I can't wait to share everything with y'all!

Lisa of DesignsLM sent me these adorable cards from her Etsy shop,
they are all so cute!

I also received a few products from My Beauty Tea. They have lots of
fresh teas that I can't wait to drink! Plus how adorable is their packing!

I wasn't expecting these but I got some face masks from
Nugg Beauty that I'm excited to try out!

I'm was so excited when Graze contacted me to review one of their boxes. 
If you are familiar with this company, they send out boxes of healthy snacks
to try each month. If you use the code 'anchoredinthesouth' you get a FREE box!

I got eight different snacks that I can't wait to try!

In case you missed it in the title, I have decided on a college! I didn't want to make it a huge deal,
but I still wanted to share it. Y'all were so sweet in wishing me luck on my decision which is....

Mississippi State University!

While I didn't have the Say Yes to the Dress: College Edition moment for any of my top three colleges, I think this was the best fit for me. I will be going in Undeclared and I'm so excited! And of course I'll be continuing blogging in college!