Monthly Archives: November 2013

I had a blast road-tripping to see my Miss USA roomie, Brittany Sharp pass on the title of Miss Georgia USA this past weekend to a gorgeous new winner, Tiana Griggs. Competition was FIERCE this year in Georgia and it was fun watching all of the beauties battle it out! Check out some of my photos and an EXCLUSIVE video of the announcement of the winner and runner’s up! 😉

Can't even handle how much I love all of the people in this photo. From left: Cassady Lance (Miss GA USA 2010 who is more than halfway through her pregnancy - doesn't she look incredible?!), Jessica Hibler ( TN USA 2012), Steven Fields (dress and hair god to the stars), Kim Greenwood (director of Miss TN, GA, and MS USA), and me, duh.

Can’t even handle how much I love all of the people in this photo. From left: Cassady Lance (Miss GA USA 2010 who is more than halfway through her pregnancy – doesn’t she look incredible?!), Jessica Hibler ( TN USA 2012), Steven Fields (dress and hair god to the stars), Kim Greenwood (director of Miss TN, GA, and MS USA), and me, duh.

Hanging backstage with the new Miss GA Teen USA, Kimi G, Tiffany Fallon, and Julia Martin. Love them!

Hanging backstage with the new Miss GA Teen USA, Kimi G, Tiffany Fallon, and Julia Martin. Love them!

Foxy!

Foxy!

With Kristy Landers Niedenfuer, Miss Tennessee USA 2014!

With Kristy Landers Niedenfuer, Miss Tennessee USA 2014!/ew why is that lighting so bad?!

Beautiful B during her farewell!

Beautiful B during her farewell!

Check out the announcement of the winner in this video:

Crowning moment!

Crowning moment!

With one of my faaaaavorite contestants, Malone Galster. Stunning!

With one of my faaaaavorite contestants, Malone Galster. Stunning! Although I was super happy to see her, I look SUPER HAPPY TO SEE HER! haha

I asked a woman to take a photo of AJ Day and I and there were legitimately at least 10 photos on my camera like this when I got it back. haha

I asked a woman to take a photo of AJ Day and I and there were legitimately at least 10 photos on my camera like this when I got it back. haha

Britt looked gorg! (Duh.)

Britt looked gorg! (Duh.)

The Greenwood trifecta is complete for 2014 and Greenwood Productions will definitely be sending some major contenders to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, congrats to all of the beautiful ladies!

Every so often I stumble over a cover that BLOWS ME AWAY. I love this stripped down/slowed down version of Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home”… I might even like it better than the original. If you’re a music lover, check it out! So pretty I can’t even stand it – and I’m not just talking about his face…

Check it out, I’m obsessed:

Anyone out there have any other great covers to recommend that are better than the originals? Have a great weekend!

Last week I had the privilege of doing Miss Kay from Duck Dynasty’s makeup for 3 days while she was doing a book tour to promote her new cookbook “Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Cookbook” which features a ton of her actual recipes!

As a fan of the show I was hopeful that Miss Kay’s real life personality would be consistent with what the show portrays her as and boy did I hit the jackpot on that one! Miss Kay is the funniest, cutest, sweetest and most genuine little ray of sunshine one could ever encounter! She shared family stories, love advice, and her personal recipe for macaroni and cheese with me just to name a few things!
photo 5(1)She also loves to get her hair and makeup done which made my job extra fun. She gave me the reins in deciding how her makeup should be and since she carries around a purse that says “diva” on it, I thought that’s the direction we should go! I loved the way a bright lip and dramatic lashes looked on her and we decided that she looks like a cross between Elizabeth Taylor and Snow White – not a bad combo if you ask me!
photo 2(2) photo 1She has GREAT skin, is incredibly photogenic, and is so laid back which made my job easy! It was fun to be with her when she got to see her tour bus for the first time – she loved it and so did most of the cars that passed us on the road! She was especially excited that Phil and Si were going to have to ride on a bus that had a giant picture of her on it!
photo 4(2) photo 1(1)There were so many people of all ages and genders that showed up and waited in line to have the chance to meet her including several lookalikes!
photo 4(1) photo 3(1) photo 2(1) photo 3(2)She also has a keen eye for fashion and not only did she look super fierce in the leopard and leather jacket pictured above, but she picked these cute Dolce Vita booties up (along with 3 other pairs!) in a quick 20 minute shopping excursion at Nordstrom.

Y’all know I’m a sucker for anything leather and I LOVE some animal print! #soulmates

I loved having the chance to work with Miss Kay – she is such a shining example of a woman who lives out her faith and who truly loves her family. She is so devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, and really anyone who makes their way into her life. She told me numerous stories of people they had adopted into their family over the years and was so gracious to everyone who stopped her to say hello. We listened to the “Duck The Hall’s” Christmas album several times together while I was getting her ready and she is just SO proud of all of the work her family put into it. Her daughter in law, Lisa, travels with her and was equally kind and delightful. If I thought I loved the Robertson family before, they have found a lifelong supporter in me – if you ever have a chance to see Miss Kay do a speaking engagement or a chance to do a meet and greet while she’s on her tour, you won’t be disappointed, that’s for sure!

If you’re looking for a healthy (plant based, gluten free, vegan) recipe that’s easy and tastes great, then look no further! I’ve already made this recipe 3 times in the past 6 weeks and will be making it many more times this winter! The recipe makes quite a bit of soup and it just continues to taste better the longer all of the flavors meld together. Start to finish takes literally about 15 minutes and it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients or prep work, so basically what I’m telling you is that this is the perfect recipe! Ok here goes:
photo 1You will need:

  • 5 cups Kale
  • 28oz can Cannellini Beans
  • 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 large carrots sliced and peeled (or be lazy and buy them grated like I did)
  • 8 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • enough grapeseed or coconut oil to coat your pan (Don’t use olive oil when cooking at medium heat or above! More on that here!)
  • 64 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
  • 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste

Coat the bottom of a large pot with grapeseed or coconut oil. Add onion and cook 3 minutes. Add garlic and spices except bay leaves and cook 2 minutes longer.

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    I like to use metal or wooden utensils when cooking – never plastic when using heat!

    Add broth, bay leaves, carrots, and tomatoes and cover. Cook 5 minutes.
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    Add beans, kale, and the juice of your lemon or lime.
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    Let simmer until you’re ready to eat. Feel free to add more paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne, etc. Enjoy!

    photo 3(5)I made this for my current (Taryn) and former roommate (Whitney) this weekend on a rainy night to celebrate Whitney’s recent engagement!!!!
    photo 2(1)I am so happy for Whitney and her fiance Donnie who are two of the most genuinely kind people you could ever meet! Their love and excitement is contagious – here’s to wishing them a lifetime of happiness!
    photo 4(3) Hope you all had a great weekend! What are some of your favorite fall/winter recipes?

I have always been a huge fan of Old Hollywood glamour and have done a lot of experimenting with various hairstyles that emulate that time period. Some of you may remember my CMA Awards Old Hollywood look – today I’m going to teach you how to create that same look on your own hair. I can tell you this – creating this look is WAY easier than creating a tutorial. After multiple failed selfies and a curling iron burn, I now present you with my first tutorial, Old Hollywood waves:

Step 1: Start with clean brushed hair and a blank stare
2013-11-14 14-59-46.645Step 2: Part your hair (I prefer a deep side part for this type of style) and gather your hairspray and 1 inch curling iron or wand
2013-11-14 15-04-38.698Step 3: Start with a section in the back. Make your sections tall and skinny and curl hair forward keeping the wand or curling iron vertical.

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At this point in making the tutorial I realized that in order to really demonstrate what I’m doing, I need three hands – two to curl and one to take the photo…. Rather than waiting for an assistant, I endangered my fingers on the 450 degree wand in order to demo how to curl the hair… You can see the fear in my eyes!

Step 4: After releasing the curl, hold it in your hand for a few seconds allowing it to cool in the shape of the curl without the weight of the hair pulling the curl out. Follow with a few spritzes of hair spray.
2013-11-14 15-05-34.498Step 5: Repeat all over your head like such as
2013-11-14 15-07-54.501Step 6: Allow the curls to sit and cool for several minutes once you’re done curling

Ahhhh so many awkward selfies

Ahhhh so many awkward selfies

Step 7: Brush out all of the curls
2013-11-14 15-17-26.112Step 8: You will start to see the waves forming, but the magic comes when you shape them with your hand how you want them to fall and then spray them into place. What really makes these waves look like the 1940s is that they are super shaped and defined.
2013-11-14 15-18-08.6362013-11-14 15-18-29.073Step 9: Go about your day feeling super timeless and glam
Depending on your personal style, you may want more or less curl. Continue brushing for less or add a few extra curls for more!

Whew! We made it through! If anyone has any tips for creating a better looking tutorial, please send them my way as I would love to incorporate more beauty on Wanderlust and Glitter Dust. :)