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!

Happy Friday everyone! It doesn’t feel much like Friday to me since I’ve literally been sitting at home all week because of the crazy ice and weather in Nashville. I was supposed to be in four different cities this week – alllllll cancelled.

I saw where someone had put on Facebook that these past few snow days = freshman 15. HA! I can’t help but agree, I’ve been doing my fair share of eating and drinking this week. #oops

Also, due to the weather, there’s no way I was going outdoors for a photo shoot! (Yeah yeah I know some of you probably live in Fargo, I GET IT, IT’S COLDER THERE! However, we don’t have snow tires here and the city of Nashville literally has like… 5 trucks that can plow and salt. Let us wimps have our dramatic moment, pleeeease!)

SO, because of that, here is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while – pieces to invest in and pieces to save on. I’m known amongst my friends as being a superior bargain shopper – finding ridiculous pieces for ridiculous deals and I think it’s good to be strategic where you’re spending your money on fashion – some of the items in your closet are only going to realistically be worn for one season and some you’ll wear for years and years.

Invest: The key thought on investment pieces is that they should be classic(ly your style, you’ll notice with me that means a lot of leather!) and be of high enough quality that they’ll last long enough to make the investment worth it.

1. Boots – a nice pair of boots will last almost forever. You guys know how much I love my cowboy boots and I’ve had some of them for 10 years now and they’re still going strong. Any type of nice boot is worth the investment though – riding boot, cowboy boot, high heeled boot, etc… find a pair or two you LOVE that is versatile and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. (I wear some of mine with shorts, dresses, jeans, etc.)

Ok, so this might be classified as a crazy pair... but the American flag never goes out of style, right? I also have numerous (as in way too many) pairs of cowboy boots so I technically NEEDED a crazy pair! ;)

Ok, so this might be classified as a crazy pair… but the American flag never goes out of style, right? I also have numerous (as in way too many) pairs of cowboy boots so I technically NEEDED a crazy pair! ;) (Get them here) When you invest in a couple of nice, classic, neutral boots, you can then add some crazy pairs if love them and think you’ll wear them for years.

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Does the fact that I could eat Mexican food for every meal make me such a basic white girl? If so, I don’t even care. My passion runs DEEP. In recent years, I have grown to love it even more because believe it or not, it’s actually easy to eat incredibly healthy with many of the basic ingredients of Mexican cuisine. If you’re trying to be vegan and/or gluten free, it ain’t NO thang! IMG_0567
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As I sit here covered in 5 blankets during Nashville’s polar vortex, it got me thinking that I’d like to share the easy supplement combo I take to fight the winter blues.IMG_0565

Although I’ve got a pretty sunny disposition naturally, the grey months of winter definitely take a toll on my mood and energy. This hasn’t always been the case – several years ago it happened to me for the first time. and it happened so gradually that I didn’t even realize how bad it was until the first warm sunny day of the year. I felt so immensely more energized and happy that it got me searching for some solutions.

Excuse the weird tag on the side, but sometimes I feel like this… I definitely say no to the tanning bed, but maybe I’m just SAD because I need a spray tan… have y’all seen how pasty I am right now!? Ughhhhhh.

Cue Dr. Kimberly Brengle from 3 Elements Chiropractic and Wellness who asked me a variety of questions and then assessed that (especially because of a predominately vegan/vegetarian diet) I needed Vitamin B and Vitamin D in my life. Ever since then I am pretty religious about taking them as soon as it starts to get cold and it makes a world of difference. I think as long as you do your research and use a reputable, non synthetic brand where you’re sure the vitamins are being absorbed, it’ll do the job, but I really like the sublingual vitamins from Garden of Life.

They are incredibly high quality, non synthetic, non GMO, gluten free, and vegan.

The B13 is made from “Methylcobalamin, a Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) is a water soluble B vitamin that is essential for energy, metabolism, formation of healthy blood cells and DNA synthesis. Methylcobalamin is the active, natural form of B-12 (equivalent to the B-12 in your body). One spray per day below the tongue should do you just fine and it has a raspberry flavor that actually tastes good.” 

More on the D3: “Vitamin D can be found in many foods such as dairy and fish – you can even get your dose of vitamin D simply by sitting in the sun. And yet, many individuals could be deficient in this all-important nutrient for their health. Why? Certainly those who are vegan or vegetarian would not be getting enough D3 in their diet and would want to consider supplementation, along with those in northern climates who don’t spend as much time outdoors in the sun. Regardless of whether you fall into one of these categories or not, chances are you may not be getting adequate amounts of vitamin D.”
Now stock up on vitamins in the winter and start feeling more like this:
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Valentine's Day Fashion

Valentine’s week is almost over… so luckily for you guys, my cheesy posts almost are as well. I can’t help it – let me count the ways I love thee:

-Flowers
-Chocolate
-Romance
-Candlelight
-Compliments
-Fancy Dinners

Bring. It. On. Even if you have to TREAT. YO. SELF.  (Seriously, click that link… I have probably watched that video 45 times, it’s hilarious.)Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI love wearing blush pink with red – it’s a classic romantic look that I paired with other classics like Old Hollywood curls (check out my tutorial here!), pearls, and cat eye sunglasses! Chic, ladylike, and on trend. Sign me up for wearing a skirt like this every day. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

How precious are these heart/love rings?!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWhat is your best Valentine’s memory? Strangely, even as sappy as I am, my favorite Valentine’s Day doesn’t even involve romance for myself! Last year I went to Lake Tahoe with several of my close friends to celebrate a wedding and we all had a blast – hot tubbing, sitting around a fire, hiking, taking in the views, eating great food, dancing, etc. It’s my favorite thus far. (Happy Anniversary Carly and Marc!)Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHave a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to enter my Colt’s Chocolates giveaway!