Thursday, August 9, 2012

Inside My Head Part I

Sometimes, I come to my computer in the morning and have no idea what to write about.
There. I said it. I'm pretty sure bloggers aren't supposed to admit that, but there you have it. There are a million ideas swirling around in my head, but sometimes (and most of those sometimes tend to be when I'm putting an upcoming issue of the magazine to bed) I can't wrangle them all together into one cohesive topic.
I like to refer to it as fuzzy thinking.
So, today is one of those days when I'm fuzzy thinking.
So as I sat down this morning, coffee in hand and still blinking back sleep, I browsed through my Pinterest boards for inspiration. I browsed through my Current Obsessions for inspiration. I browsed through my bookmarks and my devotionals and finally my computer files. Ah hah.
It was there that I discovered my email account's FAWL folder. The folder where all emails concerning this very blog get filed.
Oh, I haven't been in there in a while, I thought.
Which is what leads me to this very post on a fuzzy thinking Thursday. Over the course of time, you've all sent so many kind emails, so many words of encouragement and yes, so many questions. So many questions, from the most standard, logical wanderings to the most curious, I laughed-out-loud at the email sort of requests. So today I'll try tackling a few of those. So sorry for the delay—let's get this train rolling.

1. What sort of dog do you have? (This is the most asked question). Camp is goldendoodle = a standard poodle + a golden retriever. And the world's coolest, smartest, and most human-like dog. Ask anyone.

2. What is your job and how did you get there? Well, I went to the University of Mississippi and graduated with a journalism degree with an emphasis in public relations from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. I then worked on my masters degree in the same field. During the school year and every summer in between, I was sure to intern in my field of study—from local magazines to working for MTV's publicity department in New York City. I finally settled into my job as Public Relations Director for VIE Magazine, where I work mainly on the production side of the magazine—planning editorial calendars, assigning articles and photography, planning photo shoots and events, etc. I also am the PR and marketing director for the agency that publishes the magazine, The Idea Boutique.

3. What do you keep in your purse? I'm pretty basic. I actually sort of peaked in there this morning, and today I have:

  • My planner—a MyAgenda.
  • a cosmetic bag of various lip gloss shades, ponytail holders, bobby pins, and blotting sheets.
  • a compact mirror
  • Ray Ban Wayfarers
  • my iPhone and keys
  • business cards
  • Pure Barre socks for classes after work
  • a small leopard print umbrella (hello, it's hurricane season!)
  • a bottle of water and gum
  • a bottle of B12 vitamins (instant energy)
  • a few random neon bangles—just in case?
  • Michael Kors wallet
4. What's your style philosophy? Which one? Just kidding. Sort of. I'm of the opinion right now that I have to dress for my age. I'm 25, which means I believe in investing serious cash in classic pieces I can keep in my closet for the next ten years to develop an arsenal of great, stylish pieces. However, I tire easily of my wardrobe, so I work variety in with trendy pieces that I find for a steal. 

5. How would you define your style? Chic and somewhat minimalist. I look for clean, structured lines in most of my basic pieces that fit me perfectly and in colors I know I'll never tire of (surprisingly, I'm really not one to wear huge prints all the time). Then, I like shock factor in small details—a fantastic pair of edgy shoes, an interesting assortment of bangles stacked up my arm, a color that really wows. I also like to mix up my preppy style (a product of Mississippi/country club summers/and Ole Miss sororities) with harder, edgier elements—a leather jacket over an A-line shift or leather leggings with a simple silk tunic.

6. What's your schedule for staying fit? I wish I could say I had one, but I don't. My schedule is so sporadic that it's hard to stick to a die-hard plan when I'm traveling, on photo shoots all day, or entertaining out-of-town visitors in my home. I watch my calorie intake, because I feel the only true way to maintain or lose weight is have calories in equal or be less than calories burned. Exercise wise, I'm a Pure Barre-er three to four times a week, and Camp and I enjoy long one-hour walks two to three times a week, as well.

7. Do you have a sure-fire entertaining plan? I love to plan parties and entertain—it's in my blood. That being said, I'm growing as a hostess as I acquire things that allow me to do that more seamlessly each year I grow older. I've learned a few good appetizers, a clean house filled with sweet-smelling scents, fresh flowers, a great playlist and lots of wine or a signature cocktail can go a long when the people you love get together for quality time.

8. What's the secret to your optimism? First off, gratitude. If you take a moment to consider all that you have, and, sadly enough, all the people that have so much less than you do or are going through a much harder time than you are, it's hard not to be thankful. Realizing what you have makes it hard not to smile. And that's just the beginning—an optimistic attitude enriches the lives of people around you, and I don't think that's something anyone would argue with wanting to do. Secondly, everyday beauty. That sounds corny, but taking a simple moment to recognizes beauty in the smallest of things makes my day so much brighter.

A few simpler questions:
- What's your biggest beauty secret? Wash your face every morning and every night, and moisturize right after. SPF for the daytime.
- Where is your go-to place to shop when you're in need of something fast: Asos, Forever 21, Revolve Clothing, TJ Maxx, Tobi.
- If you could meet one person, who would it be? F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. They count as one, right?

Bored yet? I think we'll stop with the questions for today.
Happy fuzzy thinking Thursday—you're almost to the weekend!


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