Autumn Dress + Update

dress - thrifted // belt - came with a skirt from target // cardi - target // socks - borrowed // shoes - second hand shop // tights - target

Hello everybody! I'm sorry about the lack of posts lately; I've been super duper busy lately and haven't had any time to blog. I have exciting news- my baby nephew was born! His name is Ezra and he's cute as a button. Unfortunately, he has some problems; nothing serious or life threatening, thank the Lord, but enough to keep him in the hospital for several weeks. We've been babysitting my other nephew and my niece so that their parents can be at the hospital with the baby, and we've been going to the hospital almost every day so the kids can see their parents. 
All this busyness has been taking a toll on my blog. You may not have noticed, though, because I've never been very consistent with blog posts anyway. During Christmas break I was hoping to work hard on creating an arsenal of blog posts; however, now it seems like that time will be spent catching up on some homework! So at least for now, there may be gaps in between my posts. Hopefully it won't be too different from normal though. ;)

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the rest of Autumn! With luck, I'll talk to you soon. 


Instagram | 8 Tips to be a Boss 'Grammer (Guest Post)

Hey lovelies! Today Sophia from Someplace in the Midst is guest posting. I'm so excited for you all to read her post! Sophia is awesome, you all should go follow her right now because you need her blog in your life. I hope you all enjoy her post as much as I did!

I'm Sophia (sometimes called Sophie or Soph) from the blog
Ashley so kindly asked if I would share some instagram tips for all of you. Believe me, I am NO expert. I use instagram mainly for fun, but here are a few tips I've picked up over the years. Haha, just kidding, it hasn't been that long since I got instagram.

1. Brightness and Contrast are your bffs.
If I could use only two tools for editing my photos, it would be brightness and contrast. Brighter and sharper pictures are always more eye catching.

2. Don't go over board with filters.
Please trust me. Natural and beautiful pictures are the way to go. Just look at a "pro's" instagram and see. They are filled with bright, colorful, but not necessarily filtered photos.

3. Natural light is your (other) bff.
Natural light is the sun, in case you were wondering. It's just so much prettier than florescent or what I like to call "fake" light. It's also so much more flattering on people.

4. Post pictures of real life.
I don't want to see your lotion collection. I don't want to see a picture of a tropical island that you obviously snapshotted off of pinterest. I want to see YOU and YOUR LIFE and real things that you do. For example: your family. Your sunset. Your campfire. Your friends. Your smile.

5. Leave pretty comments on people's instagram pictures.
Best way to gain a following? Be nice. Always be nice. People may or may not notice if you like their pictures, but if you leave a comment, they'll be 25% more likely to follow you back. I just made that statistic up in my head. Don't quote me on that. :)

6. Don't be afraid to ask for FFF!!
Ah yes. Follow for Follow. Here's the thing. Lot's of people ask me for FFFs. I almost always follow them back. Most bloggers will do that too. Don't be ashamed to ask! It's sometimes a great way to connect with other bloggers. And just random people on instagram.

7. Make your account public.
Personally, I wouldn't post anything on a private account that you wouldn't want the world to see, because there's always a chance something could make it out into the world even if you post it privately. Plus, people will be much more likely to follow you. I'm just saying.

8. Learn from the pros.
My favorite ‘grammers? @carlycristman and @thefreckledfox. Both of their feeds are clean and happy. I love it so much!!

Well, what do you guys look for in instagram feeds? Who are your favorite instagrammers??
Let me know and come chat with me on instagram or on my blog at


(ps: ‘grammer is short for instagrammer.)