Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWhile at Miss USA, all of us contestants always made fun of what seemed to be the dress code every day: “trendy daytime casual.” Like… what exactly is that? However, today’s look kind of reminds me of that. (Except I probably would have been wearing the tightest outfit imaginable back in those days and that weight… butimean…)  Continue reading

One of the first contestants I met when I arrived at Miss USA 2013 was Miss Nebraska, Ellie Lorenzen. Obviously she was beautiful, but I specifically remember how bubbly and genuinely kind she was. Little did I know that she was also a woman of many talents. ellie lorenzen ellie l illustrations

Having studied fashion design in college, Ellie has always known she would work in fashion in some capacity. She grew up sketching and post Miss USA decided to do a sketch of her Miss USA competition evening gown. It caught the attention of other pageant contestants and Ellie L Illustrations was born.  Continue reading

Photo by Bruce Dorn

Photo by Bruce Dorn

I was recently in Las Vegas for an entire week, and I have to say – it was one of my favorite trips to Vegas! As some of you know from reading prior Vegas posts, Vegas isn’t really my faaaavorite city – I’m not much of a club girl and I don’t get too into gambling. I do love the shopping, restaurants, and pools here and because of various jobs, Miss USA, etc. I think this my 10th trip to Las Vegas (and some of my trips there have lasted over 2 weeks), so I’ve done a lot of the touristy things (aka 99% of what Las Vegas is) a lot of times.

I experienced some new things and some of my favorite old things on this trip which has made it so fun. I was hired for a photo shoot in the Valley of Fire State Park and the scenery there blew my mind!  Continue reading

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetEven though Nashville is covered in WAY way way way way too much snow and ice right now, it’s March. Spring is here… ok, it’s coming fast. I for one, cannot WAIT to start sporting some sexy spring/summer shoes. One of my very favorite styles you’ve seen me wear with jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. is a skinny ankle strap sandal. This barely there sandal is so flattering to the leg and can either blend right in in a neutral color or be a subtle pop of color. (Right now I’m loving neon yellow, coral, and cobalt.) Continue reading

This past month’s playlist is double the size of my typical playlists. I went crazy listening to new releases and went crazy for a lot of them, especially the new Punch Brother’s album. (Chris Thile of Nickel Creek’s band!) I also couldn’t decide between the regular and acoustic versions of the new Gavin Degraw and NeedtoBreathe collaboration, so I had to have both! Enjoy!