3 Favorite Memphis Coffee Bars


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Who doesn’t love a good coffee bar? My gal Tyler + I live for a warm cup of joe. Living in a larger city, there seems to be one on every corner! If you are a super coffee fan, you know the feeling of walking out of a joint with bitter coffee. What a let down! It is so important to locate your favorites + play them on repeat.

Some of my favorite coffee spots are hidden away, while some are super popular. Scroll down to learn about 3 of my absolute favorites!


Muddy’s Bake Shop + Coffee


Muddy’s, located in the heart of midtown at 585 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104, is the perfect place for a hot cup of coffee. Not far from the UofM, Muddy’s is a happening little shop, that serves students + business folk alike. My favorite time to visit Muddy’s is definitely around the holidays. I love love love their Peppermint Latte. On a regular visit, however, I enjoy their Mocha Latte + a “Prozac” cupcake (chocolate cake with chocolate icing). My sweet T orders “Strawberry Fields Forever”, which is quite funny to hear him order, being a 6″2 tall guy. *hehehe*

City & State


City & State is an absolute must-visit! I have never felt so rustic but minimalist at the same time. The shop is very modernly adorned, with a mural outside–featured in the picture above. They even have an outside water fountain for pups! *heart eyes* While my favorite order from C&S is their hot coco–literally the bestT loves their cup of joe! City & State is also located near the University, at 2625 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112.

Cafe Eclectic 


Coffee goes best with….BREAKFAST, of course. Cafe Eclectic is a classic in Memphis + offers the best breakfast & brunch menus. A cup of their regular + a waffle go down great, before heading over for early morning grocery shopping at Miss Cordelia’s. Located at 111 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103, this little coffee shop gives me life on weekend mornings + being so close to my house, this is probably my favorite. Any chance to stay near home on the island is a go for me!


I could share many more coffee bars, but these are my 3 favorites. Planning a trip to Memphis soon + need restaurant suggestions? Send me an email + I’d be glad to point you in the right direction! 🙂



The Wrap Dress


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I have gotten so many dm’s about this dress over the weekend! I figured I would just do a full blog post on it in light of that. Check out the details below!


T + I had the absolute privilege of traveling to Atlanta for the sweetest wedding of the year. Mary Henner, a mentor in my life, married her knight Cole Bearrow in one of the most stunning gowns I’ve ever seen. The love that they share radiates to everyone around them. I cannot say enough about how special it was to watch them say “I do”.

The gorgeous bride, herself!

Mary asked for cocktail attire for her ceremony. So, I got busy + went straight for Nordstrom Rack. (I’ve found many cocktail attire pieces here before) This green wrap dress was the first piece I picked out + I knew it was perfect.

If you’ve never worn a wrap dress before, you slip it on like a robe. There’s an inside button where the left side attaches under the right. The right then comes over to tie in a bow. I did have to do a bit of DIYing to the neck line–it plunged a bit more than I would like. A few stitches fixed the problem in no time.

I cannot wait to find other wrap dresses to wear on repeat this summer. So classy, yet so fun!


Spring To Summer Pajama Sets





Sleep is one of my top three priorities of self-care. If I don’t get enough sleep I’m either super cranky or falling asleep throughout the day. In order for me to be productive throughout my day, I have to be rested. Anyone else?!

Comfy PJs are so important for a good night’s sleep, at least for me. I have one favorite t-shirt that is on repeat, but I also LOVE a quality set. There is just something about taking a hot shower, slipping into comfy pajamas + crawling into a made bed.

Every Christmas Eve, the girlies in our family get matching pjs. These are perfect for the Winter months, but I have been searching for lighter options lately.

This featured pair is from Old Navy + they are currently my go-tos. The material is so light + so airy, that it feels like sleeping in clouds—I’m not exaggerating here, either. *hehehe* The sweet little bottoms have the cutest silk bow to tie in the front, making you feel less of slob when you roll out of the bed in the morning. *winky face*

In my recent search, I have found so many options that I can’t wait to link below! Check them out + be sure to send an email over if you have any questions!




Fifteen Favorite Swimmies

It’s Monday + I am back to work after a much needed week off. On the way in this morning, I felt like I was melting! Did we even have a Spring? I feel like it was 20 degrees one day + 110 the next! I’m so glad I have been picking up pieces that transition well into summer!

Towards the end of Spring my purchases always end up to be mostly swimwear. As I search for new pieces, swimmies seem to be my number one search. I am loving this featured suit from Target. The simplicity of the suit, itself, with the sweet little ties make it perfect for a pool day.

This flip-flops are Kate Spade + are UNDER $25 at Marshall’s. Take a look at my beach flippie post, here, for other pool/beach day flippies!

Some of my absolute favorite suits have come from Target, but this season I am loving pieces from several sites. Shein has caught my eye + I cannot wait for my latest order to come in!

I’m listing fifteen of my top picks this season below!!

Have a favorite swimmie? Comment with the link below!


Pink Ruffle Accent Top

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On Wednesdays we wear…PINK! Seriously, though, pink is good with me for any day. I’ve found that I love the way I feel in pink + my self confidence is always higher. How important it is to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing!

I am obsessed with pink, but I am also a big fan of details in fashion + love adding a twist to a seemingly plain-jane outfit. This featured ruffle top from Target gives me all the feels. The material is thin, so wearing it on a hot summer day won’t be an issue. It almost feels like a t-shirt!

The fun part about the top is, of course, the sleeves. The ruffle detail falls right over the shoulder, but doesn’t create a 1980’s puff sleeve look. *hehehe* When I first picked the top up from Target, I was afraid the detail would rub my arms uncomfortably, but after wearing it out to brunch this weekend, I was incredibly wrong!

I can’t wait to restyle this top with fun shorts + maybe even dark denim for a night out. Shop this look, here!



A Guide To Downtown Memphis Murals

Memphis is my whole heart; although I hate BBQ with a passion. *hehehe* This city has truly “made me”, as people say” + I am forever in debt to it.

Living downtown, I have access to both historic + modern Memphis. I could cross the street + catch the trolly, or drive a mile + explore Bass Pro. *side note: a Bass Pro in a pyramid; seriously, who ever imagined?*

One of my favorite Memphis missions is finding hand painted murals. If you look closely, there’s an amazing mural on every corner of downtown Memphis. In honor of Memphis In May + all of the tourists traveling to our city, I’m listing five of the must-see murals below!




This super fun mural is located at Vance Ave + Main St. I love the gray stripes, painted in memory of Jay Reatard, a Memphis music artist who died at a young age. I loved taking the afternoon last week to snap a few graduation + pageant pics with my gal, McKell. Check out her use of this mural + her pageant journey, here!

“Hope Will Lead Us There”


Hope Will Lead Us There is meant to be an inspiring piece of art. Painted on the side of Memphis Street Ministries, at E Pontotoc Ave and Turley St, the mural is meant to remind Memphians to keep the faith + look forward to brighter days. The striking color makes for a super fun Insta feed post. *hehehe*

“The Pinch District”


The Pinch District is considered to be the area I live in. St. Jude, Bass Pro, The Convention Center, yummy Westy’s, +The Rendezvous’s Shipping Center are all major businesses in the area. For years, this district was left to be destroyed, even considered a dangerous area. However, in the last ten years, the district has seen new life. St. Jude is even planning a massive development in the next decade. Check out those plans, here!

This mural highlights the life returning to the district + can be found at 393 Main St., Memphis, TN 38103.

“I Am Free”

Photo by artist, Erin Williams.

This mural was created by the same artist as the “Hope Will Lead Us There” mural + has some of the same characteristics. Found in the Uptown area at Second Street and Mill, the mural brings color to the surrounding older buildings. Again, a mural for colorful insta feeds!

“I Love Memphis”

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Photo featuring two of the cutest sorority sisters, Sara Carrisoza + Rachel Wickman.

I LOVE MEMPHIS with my whole heart, so this mural gives me all the feels. Fun fact, I am bilingual–Mandarin Chinese is my second language, so the different languages painted saying “I love Memphis” gives me chills. Located right on Beale St., this mural highlights all the things Memphis is known for, from BBQ to The King, Elvis, himself. Grab a yummy milkshake from A. Schwab’s + head down towards Tin Roof to check this one out!


There are many many many more that I could share! Planning a trip to Mem soon? Send me an email + I can point you in all the right directions!


Spring + Summer Embroidered Trends


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With my classes being finished for the summer + getting all my passing grades back, I am more than ready for constant warm weather. Every summer I pack up my neutral items + search out fun, bright pieces. I have managed to stock up over the past few years, but this year I am on the look-out for not just bright pieces, but embroidered bright pieces.

Embroidered pieces are on the rise this season + I can’t get enough! My favorite finds so far have been this featured sun hat + detailed flamingo clutch. The hat comes from the Target dollar section + I snagged it $5. I couldn’t find the exact one to link, but check this other embroidered pick from target.

This clutch gives me all the feels! I am obsessed with all things pink + even more obsessed with all things flamingos for summer! The size of the clutch is also perfect for carrying to a summer garden or beach party + is big enough for all the essentials. I snagged the featured clutch from Old Navy for less than $20! Shop it, here.

Embroidery is also trending in many clothing lines. Stay tuned for a full embroidered denim shorts post coming later this week. For now, be sure to check out a ton of my favorite embroidery picks, here!


A Guide To Statement Tees



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Statement necklaces have been popular in the fashion world since I was in middle school. Throwback: who remembers wearing statement necklaces with t-shirts? One of my most regrettable fashion choices.

Now that statement necklaces have faded a bit, statement t-shirts have filled their place + I am obsessed. This featured top is from Target + is currently sold out online. *boo* I have seen several at my local Target lately, so hop on into a store near you to snag it!

Like the featured top, jewel embellished tees give an edge to a casual outfit. I have paired this top with both pixies + fun shorts, showing statement tees can even find their way into the workplace. For a night out, I would pair the top with dark denim, fun earrings, + a small heel or platform shoe.

A statement tee is not only defined as a jewel embellished top, but graphic tees are also included. I am in love love love with all things cute graphic tees. They are so comfy, but also nicer than a regular t-shirt + can be worn to fun events.

Loud + fun tops are best paired with an easy going pair of bottoms. I constantly find myself grabbing for a pair of white pants, but I am in love with these shorts from Old Navy! They are incredibly comfy + pair perfectly with a statement tee.

Give me all of the statement + graphic tees for this entire Spring + Summer!!

Shop the featured look + more, here!



Beach Favorites: Flippies

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Praise the Lord, my Spring 2018 finals are o-v-e-r! Hello, Senior year!! This semester has been both the best and worst. I have grown so much personally, but my classes have been incredibly stressful.

I am more than thankful to be putting down the books for a few months. Before I run to burn every piece of Physics material I can find, I am sharing more beach inspiration!

Remember my tip about flippies in my 25 Beach Vacation Essentials post? I truly believe having a pair of flip-flops to cross the hot road is a must. I have found five of the best options to keep those toesies from catching fire!

My favorite pair are the Kate Spade Flamingo Flips + the best is, I snagged them from Marshall’s this weekend for under $25!! I cannot wait to sport them to the pool all summer. They will 100% find a way into my suitcase to the coast + the Dominican for my honeymoon!

Shop these flippies + more, here!



25 Beach Vacation Essentials


We have two months + eleven days until we are beachin’ again + this rainy day is making me dread the wait. We are so fortunate to take a family vacation each summer to Destin + this year we even get to tie the knot in the sand.

Every year, packing is so dreaded. Even for a small weekend trip back in March, I was running around crazy trying to make sure I remembered everything. I’ll admit, I am the “everything + the kitchen sink” type of packer. You just never know what you’ll need! However, over the past year I’ve tried to be super intentional when packing. Even by laying outfits out on my bed and packing them together.

As the sun is getting warmer + flowers are starting to bloom, I am listing twenty must-haves for every beach vacation!



Okay, my first checkmark is always swimmies. I shop year round for swimmies + always have a new set before leaving for the beach. You might think it’s impossible to forget swimwear when heading to the beach, but my Father-In-Law forgot all of his two years ago + he is the BIGGEST beach fan. So, it can happen to the best of us. *hehehe* No worries, he was able to head to the outlet mall and replace them, but I would be so heartbroken if I left my favs at home!


I could NOT live in a world without music + there’s just something about cranking it up while listening to the waves. We make sure to grab a speaker before heading down each morning. Our stations range from country to pop + everything in between. Hope the fishes sing along with us. *hehehe*


Okay, this may seem like a no-brainer, but some people only bring towels. While towels are super important (see next listed), you can’t pull them down to the water. My most favorite part of beach days is pulling my chair to the water, applying tanning oil + baking. With the water on ya toes, you won’t completely burn up.


Have you ever gotten down to the beach + forgotten a towel? SOS. We make sure to take one more than needed each time. When coming out of the water, a quick pat down is always nice, before laying the damp towel over your chair + kicking back. As an extra, monogrammed are my favs.

Beach Cart

My Father-In-Law lives by a beach cart. It is so easy to throw in everyone’s bags, the cooler, the towels, + even the chairs + roll. The cart can even be used to hold the trash bags during the day.  Without the cart, it would take us five-ever to carry all of our mess down to the beach + on beach time, this matters!


Okay, so tents are a must-have for our family. We all love the hot Florida sun, but my Father-In-Law hits the sand as early as 7:00am + has to be dragged off around 5:00pm. This makes for a super long day in that hot sun, so tents allow us to take a break + even a nap.

Water Bottle

My camelback is a lifesaver each summer + ESPECIALLY while at the beach. We drag a cooler down each day, but there’s nothing I hate more than a sandy water bottle bottom. By using my camelback + room temperature water, I am able to stay hydrated without creating tan spots from all of the sand.

Cup Spike

If you don’t want to bring a reusable water bottle down to the sand, bringing along a cup spike will help with the sand issue. This Etsy listing has the cutest spikes + can even monogram for you. This can easily be thrown into the next listing!

Beach Bag

Every gal has a bag for every occasion, but a beach bag is one of the most important. I usually find one from the Target dollar section each year, but this go around I am finding a more sturdy one. I have my eye on this bag from Aldo + will probably snatch it while it’s on sale. Stay tuned for a full post on what I carry in my beach bag!

Waterproof Phone Bag

This can literally be as simple as a zip-lock bag to keep your phone safe, but grabbing a holder will save you the stress of worrying about it. I have even snagged these holders from Amazon before + it was so worth it. Just throw it in your beach bag + your beach bag into your beach cart + enjoy that sun, gal!


When the speaker isn’t playing your jam, earphones allow you to keep the vibe going without asking the older peeps to turn the station. Even if you aren’t listening to music, earphones can supply you with a fun audiobook while your toes are in the sand!


SUNNIES ARE A MUST. There’s nothing worse than trying to nap on the beach with the glaring sun in your eyes. I usually tote at least four options down to the coast + switch them out daily. Funny story–since T + I are getting married in the middle of our family vacay this year, he is not allowed to wear sunnies until the wedding because he always gets a raccoon burn-line. *hehehe*

Skin Care

I am more than blessed to not really get a sunburn. I have a percentage of Cherokee Indian in my blood (peep my high cheek bones + tan in the summer), so I only bronze. What a nice problem to have! However, I’ve already had an episode of skin cancer. There were three little spots that popped up on my neck last summer that have to be removed. With my other medical history, this was very scary. So, SKINCARE SKINCARE SKINCARE. From then on, I have learned to put sunscreen on all susceptible skin cancer areas. I feel as though I’m still young, so I do still tan with oil, but make sure all sensitive spots are fully covered.


If you’ve ever crossed the road between the beach + your condo, you know the pain of the hot asphalt. It is literally like walking on fire. I love these Tory Burch sandals + they would be perfect to throw on when crossing the road + throwing back in your beach bag once you hit the sand.

Cover Up

Okay, so you have your flip-flops for the walk across, but what about covering up your suit while cars are passing? For this reason, I never leave Memphis without a cover up. Even if just throwing on a large t-shirt, I feel so much better knowing the community is not staring.

Easy Dinner Outfits

Denim Shorts

Denim shorts with simple tops are a staple for me when packing for my yearly getaway. I love how easy it is to throw up a pair of my favorite denim + a flowy shirt. This outfit choice saves a lot of time for me, since my hair is usually just let straight since its a casual pick.

Simple Dresses

I love shopping for our yearly beach trip + finding perfect little dresses are one of my favs. I usually pack at least two dresses for the week + like to spread them out. I’ll usually curl my hair for dress looks, so I have to be sure to come up from the beach a little earlier than for a simple denim look.


Rompers + the beach go together perfectly. They can be dressed way up, or dressed way down, depending on the restaurant choice. Not to mention, you literally just step into your outfit + they take up NO space in your suitcase.


Okay, this is admittedly my weakness. I literally bring a tub for all of my shoes each year + to be honest, this will probably never change. I love having tons of options to pair with my outfits + HEY it’s vacay, so who cares? Make sure to pack several options, from simple flip-flops to espadrille wedges.


Cardigans + Sweatshirts

So, you wouldn’t think to pack cardigans or sweatshirts for your beach trip, but the wind on the beach at night can be a bit nippily. I love coming back from dinner, washing my face, and throwing a sweatshirt on with my denim shorts to hit the beach for a while. It’s so much fun to find scurrying crabs in the sand + the moon over the water is breath taking every time.


One of my favorite traditions at the beach is waking up early with my gal Tyler + my MIL Toni + going for a morning walk. There’s nothing quite like seeing the beach before you can’t move two feet due to your neighbor, Bill, spreading his crap everywhere. *hehehe* We usually don’t go far, but far enough to need tennies, for sure.


I love carrying a hat down to the beach + ball caps are my favorite. Not only do they cover up your beach hair, but they help cover your eyes when your sunnies start to give you a headache. The cutest Etsy shop makes embroidered caps + I have three different SK ones to sport.


This one should be taken with caution. Tyler + I brought five large floaties to the beach last year + the pictures were on point. HOWEVER, blowing them up is a pain. I wish I could find the selfie of Tyler, T + I shoved in the four-runner with the floaties on ropes flying in the wind. I’ve included a picture below for you to view the massive size of the watermelon we had. I’m pretty sure Tyler still has marks on her hands from holding this baby down. *hehehe* So, overall floaties are a must for at least one year. I think Tyler + I have had all we want.


Hygiene Bag

The easiest way to make sure you have all of your hygiene products is to find a bag to hold it all. I love this pink one from Amazon. I usually pile my shampoo, conditioner, razor, lotion, bobby pins, hair ties, brush, straightener, curling iron, ect. into one bag. Whew! That’s a lot in one breath!

Makeup Bag

If I forgot my makeup bag I would 100% buy all new makeup. I usually grab a larger makeup bag than I use on the regular so that I can pack all of my makeup into one place. This bag is similar to my usual + this one is the size I usually drag down to the beach. A big reason for choosing a larger bag is being able to fit all of my pallets into one bag. This helps a ton!


I’m sure there are more must-haves that I could pull out of my brain, but these 25 seem to cover the essentials. Bless T’s sweet heart when we have babies; he might just have a truck transport our entire house! *hehehe*

Have a beach essential? Share it below 🙂