Apr 29, 2017

Saturday Shopping: 100 Beautiful Pieces For Your Summer Wardrobe

A bunch of my favorite stores (here is a post with where I most often shop) just added new items to their summer lines! Here is another mass shopping post becuase there are so many new items!! I have added a few image carousels becuase the first one filled up. After I finished the second one, I realized I had more items to add, and it was a pain so there's 3. Long story short, blogger did not agree with me today. Enjoy my friends!! 

Thanks for the read, I love you all!! Thanks for following my content and letting me turn my passion into a job. I truly can't thank you all enough. 


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Apr 28, 2017

Blue Ridge Day Trip: Where to Eat + Things to Do

My parents have been taking me to Blue Ridge ever since I can remember. There is so much to do and see in this quaint little town! You can also check out this post for some more Blue Ridge options.


Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
My family has been coming here for years. You can dine outside with a great view of the Toccoa river. I'm a big fan of the fish, salads, and sandwiches. This is a very family-friendly restaurant.

Southern Charm
We did not eat here on this trip, but have several times in the past. They have the best Southern food with great fried chicken and sweet tea, another family friendly location.

The Sweet Shoppe
Aw, I love this little place!! Their cupcakes have won many awards and are a winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars.

Things to Do

Mercier Orchards 
This is a must-do!! Try to come here in Fall and the views will blow your mind; North Georgia is absolutely breathtaking in the fall time. You can pick apples, and other kinds of fruit in the orchards, depending on the time of year. Stop by the bakery and pick up some goodies. My favorites are the apple cider, apple cider donuts, and apple fritters. The fried pies are another one of my family's favorites. My family has made several fall trips here since I was young.

Peep at some of the gorgeous fall views

Shopping Downtown
From boutique to outdoor to antique stores, downtown Blue Ridge has it all along with more places to eat. Some of my favorite boutique are Juliana's and Downtown Abby's. I also love Blue Ridge Adventure Wear- there are a ton of outdoor stores downtown, but this one is by far my favorite. Start at one end of the street and work your way down to see all the shops Blue Ridge has to offer. 

go dawgs!! who's with me?

There are lost of opportunities here for tubing, kayaking, canoeing, and hiking in the warmer months- 10/10 recommend. I would also L. L. Beanery if you want a great coffee shop. Are there any other place I should check out in Blue Ridge?? (leave me a comment)

I just love creating these adventure/travel (whatever you want to call them) posts! I am always trying to find the best way to spend my time and money when I go places, and I'd like to think that I do a pretty good job, so why not share my findings with others?? Let me know where I should go next (in Georgia).


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Apr 25, 2017

My Testimony: Why I Am a YoungLife Leader

About a month ago, I became a YoungLife leader. Throughout high school, I was not involved in YoungLife, but God called me to get involved the second I came to college. I wasn't sure why, I just kinda went with it. I went through sorority recruitment and he showed me that he wanted me to go somewhere else when I did not receive a bid. This was my plan for years, so I was definitely devastated at first, but my plan didn't matter. God has a distinct plan and purpose for all of us. We may not realize it at the time, but he sees the big picture when we only understand tiny details. Throughout middle school and most of high school, I had a hard time making friends and people did like to make fun of me. I was awkward and strayed away from social interaction with new people as much as possible. I got anxiety and always worried about what people were thinking of me. I didn't even know how to look people in the eyes when having a conversation; it just made me more nervous. People I thought were my friends would intentionally do things without me and start separate group messages. They would make fun of me for things I was passionate about, mainly my YouTube channel. I was scared to be myself. In the small picture, that is nothing and not even a problem compared to some of the things people in this world go through. However, that is very hard for a teenage girl, high-schoolers can be brutal.

There are so many occasions growing up where I felt alone as if I had no friends. One day, I truly met Jesus. My whole life changed: my outlook, my personality, my friendships, and the way I felt. Jesus turned my world upside down. Little did I know at the time, but he was using all of my struggles to bring me close to him and strengthen me for all this life can throw at us. All of the feelings of loneliness built me up and taught me that no one else's opinion matters. God's opinion is the only opinion we need to care about. There were points where my anxiety became severe and I didn't know what to do. I could not shake this feeling, no matter what I did, nor could I describe it. Anxiety can only really be understood if you experience it. When I get really anxious, I can't think, drive, make logical decisions, or even function without making huge mistakes. I couldn't shake this terrible feeling and I didn't know what to do, so I got angry. I was very short-tempered with my family and spent most of my time in my room. I went through each school day feeling miserable. However, God takes all of that away from me. When I am weak, he is strong.

I am a YoungLife leader becuase my purpose is to help high school students. High school was one of the worst times in my life and I want to help kids through it. If they're having a rough time, I want them to know that we always have a friend in Jesus, and we are never truly alone. If God is for us, who can be against us? I thank God each and every day for dying on the cross and what he has done in my life. I was raised in the church, but when I got personal with God, he worked in ways I never could have imagined. I've changed so much from the anxious teen who couldn't even hold a conversation. Now I am the one to start the conversation and live life with a smile on my face. My soul is on fire for Jesus!! I am a huge optimist and am always looking on the bright side, the glass half-full perspective. There were days where I just went through the motions to get through the week, but now I look forward to each and every thing I do. Every day is a new opportunity to meet people and share Jesus.

I've been trying to write my testimony for months, and God decided it was time for my "aha" moment. These aren't even my words, nor do I feel like I am typing this. God will work through you and use you for amazing things if you let him. All humans are looking for a purpose in life and we can find that in Jesus. It doesn't matter what you've done or what direction you're headed, becuase Jesus meets us right where we are. He created you and loves you more than you could ever imagine. We were meant to love others with that same kind of love. God loves us so much that he sent his only son to die on the cross and take our sin, so that we could have eternal life in heaven. We are all broken, sinful humans, but he canceled our debt and called us friends.


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Apr 19, 2017

Where I Shop? My Favorite Stores

I often get asked my favorite stores and where I purchase the majority of my clothes. When shopping, I am always balling on a budget and looking for the best sales. All of these sites are affordable with the exception of Free People, Madewell, and Urban Outfitters where I shop sale. I do not shop at one particular store and shop a little bit of everywhere to get the most out of my wardrobe. 
  • Free People // This is my favorite brand of all time. Free People's clothing is amazing quality- not to mention absolutely gorgeous. I am not a fan of the price tag, but I always find items from here on a huge sale. I like to shop in-store between seasons at Free People or I shop department stores (in-store and online) like Lord + Taylor, Nordstrom, Macy's, 6pm.com, and Belk.
  • Madewell // Madewell is the sister company to J. Crew, so yes they are a bit pricy. Madewell sums up my style so well: classic and simple with trendy touches. They are well known for having great sales in-store and online; they also have a lot of great basics. 
  • American Eagle // I love American Eagle's latest spring collection. I swear by their denim and they've managed to stay on top of the latest trends throughout the years. They do 30-40% sales often and have good clearance.
  • Abercrombie // You're probably to surprised to see this on my list,  but Abercrombie has really upped their game lately. I love almost every item on their site. They do not have great prices, but always have a ton of great items in-store and online in clearance. Oh, they also have petite sizes online (I'm 5'1)!
  • Country Club Prep // I love CCP, and have been shopping here for 4+ years- it's great becuase I can also get 20% off and free shipping always, so everything is cheaper than purchasing elsewhere. Shoot me an email at xcgal98@gmail.com for a 20% off discount code. They sell Birkenstocks, North Face, YETI products, Jack Rogers, True Grit, frat brands (Southern Proper, Southern Tide, Southern Shirt Company, etc.), Barbour, and everything under the sun. Also, the customer service is awesome!!!
  • Southern Proper // This has been my go-to brand for tee shirts since eight grade (that was 5 years ago) becuase they are so soft. They are made with a Peruvian cotton, and they have the best designs. I love the All Prep Pullover for winter. Also, you can get 15% off with the code DSGS. Their items are such great quality and I love them!!
  • Target // Who doesn't love Target? They sell everything. Their dollar section is one of my favorite thing. Target is known for having great swimsuits, but I really love their shoes as well. I also get a lot of clothes here. I recommend downloading the Cartwheel app becuase they constantly do extra discounts on their products (like 20-40% off clothes, BOGO 50% off on shoes, swim, + clothes).
  • Old Navy // Old Navy is cheap as it is, but they are always doing an additional 30-50% off every time I buy something. They also always seem to be doing store credit back, so $10 or $20 in store credit for every $25 you spend. On top of that, the clearance is always poppin'! I am a big fan of their jeans, and their workout wear (similar to Lulu Lemon). One more thing I might add, they have a great selection of petite sizes online. 
  • Forever 21 // I went through a phase where I hated F21 for their quality, but they have gotten so much better over the years. I love F21 becuase some items are so cheap and really such as great bargain. Why spend a lot of $ on trendy clothes? I do recommend shopping online becuase their stores tend to be overcrowded and hard to shop. If something doesn't work online, you can return it in-store for cash back. 
  • Urban Outfitters // I rarely ever buy anything full price here and always go for clearance. If you wait, I feel like almost everything goes on clearance here at some point. I definitely don't go to UO a lot, but I get a few good pieces every now and then. 
  • Amazon // I order everything I possibly can off of here! Amazon Prime is only $50/year for students, and what is better than free 2 day shipping?! Sign up here.
  • Nordstrom // I love Nordstorm's BP line becuase it's created for teens and it's affordable. I also purchase all of my designer items here for Nordstrom's customer service and warranty. I buy a lot of Nike here, or at the Nike outlet.
  • Zaful // This is a wholesale site, so the items are from China. However, everything on here is dirt cheap and there are a lot of dupes for expensive brands like Free People. You never know what you're going to get with sizing, appearance, or quality of the item. There are some thing from here that I hate and others that I wear 24/7. Shipping does take at least 2 weeks.
  • Boutiques // I frequent local boutique becuase you can find unique items that aren't owned by everyone and their mother, or you can find dupes for trendy items. 
I also shop at H&M, PacSun, and Show Me Your Mumu sometimes. Leave a comment with any companies I should check out or any tips you may have for finding sales. I hope y'all found this post helpful or it brought you some form of enjoyment.


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Apr 17, 2017

Day Trip to Charleston

Charleston is one of my favorite cities, and only a 2.5 hour drive from Statesboro. On the weekends, my friends and I like to make day trips to this lovely city. If you've been to Savannah, Charleston is a bigger and better version. 

This cute shop is located on King Street, along with tons of other shops and places to dine. Glazed is the top rated donut shop in all of Charleston. The donuts here are great, and you really can't go wrong with a light breakfast here. I am a big fan of the raspberry glazed donut.

Shopping on King Street
There are so many cute and neat shops along this street! Start at the top of the street and work your way down to see all the shops (if you have the time). 

I stopped here for lunch after walking around King street. This is a superfood shop with healthy food from wraps to juices and smoothie bowls. I got a pitaya bowl, which is made with dragonfruit. The staff is very friendly, and this would be a great place to go if you're vegan.

Andruw's shirt // Use code DSGS for 15% off

The Battery
Here, you can see gorgeous views of the Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter in the distance. Parking is free along the road, and gorgeous homes line this street. This would be a great spot to watch sunrise or sunset. 

Rainbow Row
Rainbow Row is a street of brightly colored houses in a row. This is one of Charleston's well known assets, and it's in walking distance of the battery. You could get some great Instagram pictures here.

Folly Beach
This is a great beach to relax on and watch the sunset. There is a wonderful pier for fishing, and sometimes you can spot dolphins here. 

There are a few of these located throughout Charleston. Sesame serves gourmet burgers with endless options. The menu provides a wide array of burger toppings, you can even get bison meat or avocado as a topping. Btw, avocado on top of burgers is amazing. The burger I ordered had peanut butter and banana, which was rather obscure but very good. You can even get fruit as a side (A+ in my book). Definitely go here, amazing burger joint!!

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Apr 15, 2017

Saturday Shopping

Shop the widget to find a bunch of great items from Nordstrom and Free People. If you've followed my blog for a while, then you know how much I love Free People! The BP brand by Nordstrom is a favorite of mine because of their affordable and cute items. If you want to shop more items for spring, check out last week's post, with great items from Madewell, American Eagle, Forever 21, Urban, and many more stores. Thanks for reading!

Saturday Shopping archives ~ 12.10.16 // 12.31.16 // 4.1.17

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Apr 14, 2017

Nicaragua - CRU Mission Trip 2017

Over my college spring break, I went to Nicaragua on a mission trip with Georgia Southern CRU + Filter of Hope to share the gospel and distribute water filters. I also made a montage video with my GoPro and a video talking about my experience/mission trips. This post has more photos to really share everything I experienced. 

Going on a mission trip is truly a life-changing experience. Prior to this trip, I had not been out of a 13 hour driving radius of Atlanta, so I was in for a culture shock. Nicaragua was the best week of my life. I have never felt more connected to the lord or seen him work more through me and so many of my friends on the trip. We don't realize how blessed we are and how luxuriously we live in the United States. The people in Nicaragua have almost nothing and are some of the happiest people I've ever met. Sharing the gospel is the best news you could ever give anyone and such an amazing feeling. I had happy tears throughout the entire week, seeing so many people come to Christ- our team was able to share the gospel with 1028 people, 119 people prayed to receive Christ, and we gave out 429 water filters. We have such an amazing God! If I learned anything from this week, it's that the lord is faithful, shoutout to Jenn O. If you ever get the chance to go on a mission trip, don't question; just go. I went in thinking I was going to do so much good for others, but they did even more good for me. If Nicaragua was a little slice of heaven, I can't even imagine what God has in store for us.

One day of our trip, we went to a local school, upon their request. We shared the gospel, installed a few filters at the school, and played with the children. We also brought a pinata for the kids, as you can see in my Nicaragua montage video. I chased these girls around, playing tag, for a good hour or so. 

I shared my testimony with this family, and all four of them prayed to receive Christ. They knew of Jesus, but did not follow him. It is amazing to think these three girls can grow up with Christ, and save their kids. We all got emotional, and it's one of my favorite experiences of the whole trip. 

I made so many amazing friends on this trip! Here is one of my groups from the week. There's a big frenzy when we're all reunited at CRU every Tuesday (all 100+ of us).

Here are photos from Magnific Rock in Popoyo, Nicaragua in sunset- the name says it all.

It rained while we were all standing in the school yard. Nicaragua is in a dry season and had not seen rain in months. We saw two rainbows in one day, just another one of God's miracles!

This is the surf shack on the beach, where we ate all of our meals. 

One day, we were on the beach and this 2 year old child was running around. His name is Ocean. Isn't this the most gorgeous 2 year old you've ever seen?! Nicaragua never fails to amaze me.

Here is a photo of a filter, which costs about $40 to make. These filters last for 10 years and can filter 150 gallons of water a day. Filter of Hope makes quality filters with durable materials. To install these filters, we simply asked the family if they had a bucket, and drilled a hole to attach the filter. 

Cattle and all sorts of animals roam freely around the villages becuase there is no animal control.

Here is a giant pig, and Jaime, one of the translators, who accepted Christ this week!

This little guy was outside our hotel most mornings, waiting to play!

This is a 3-legged dog whom stayed close to the surf shack on the beach. We nicknamed him Zig Zag. His front two legs work, but his third leg does not function properly. Thus, he has to drag himself with his front legs. I cried when I first saw this dog, but he stayed with us all week.

Be sure to check out the two Nicaragua videos on my channel: montage and experience. I hope all of this content has inspired you to go on a mission trip! I recommend that everyone go at some point in their life. Wherever God sends you, you will have an amazing experience serving others and being wowed by the truth of the gospel. If you've ever done mission work, comment your stories below. Thanks for reading friends!!


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Apr 9, 2017

48 Hours in Hilton Head

I stayed in Hilton Head a few weekends ago with my parents and thought I would share some of my favorite things on the island!

Where to Stay

Sea Pines Resort
There is so much to do in Sea Pines, so I recommend staying here. Sea Pines is my favorite spot on the island. The resort is very nice! If you do not stay in Sea Pines, it is $6 for a day pass- there are so many things you are going to want to do/see in here. 


Skull Creek Boathouse
Skull Creek is an upscale restaurant, and a great place to watch the sunset. They have great seafood, and I also recommend the sushi. You really can't go wrong with anything on this menu. 

Grilled Salmon BAT - (Bacon, Avocado, + Tomato) + Sweet Potato Fries
This is my favorite and I get it almost every time I go! The sweet potato fries are so good.

Pecan Crusted Mahi Mahi

This is a great family restaurant, and everyone in the family loved it. It's right next to Skull Creek, in the same parking lot. All of the seafood is great, and there's also an awesome dessert menu.  

The Salty Dog Cafe is well known for its tee shirts and sweatshirts throughout the country. This is definitely known as a tourist trap to the locals, but worth going once if you've never been. If you just want a shirt, there is a separate tee shirt factory elsewhere on the island. This restaurant is also in Sea Pines ($6 entry for a day pass), right by Harbour Town. Along with the cafe, you can also get ice cream and pizza right next door. There is a beautiful dock and view of the ocean, so I recommend dining outside. The food isn't all it's hyped up to be, but it is good. If you're of age, Salty Dog is known for having a good drink selection. The entire area is very cute, and I recommend going if you are in Sea Pines. 

Pineapple Smoothie (non-alcoholic)

Mahi Mahi Dog

Fish Tacos

This is such a neat place! No where else can you find great Mexican food and great coffee.

This is a great hole-in-the-wall restaurant with amazing and affordable seafood. 

I come here for the amazing avocado toast with mashed avocado, tomatoes, egg, and pumpkin seeds. Toast with Nutella and fruit is also available. The coffee is also pretty great. The toast is pretty filling, and one could even be split in between two people. Stop by this place if you're looking for an Instagram-worthy breakfast. This coffee shop is in Coligny Plaza with a ton of shops, right next to Coligny Beach.

Smash Toast (Top: Berry, Bottom: Avocado)

This is a cute coffee shop with great brunch, coffee, and smoothies.

There are so many food spots on the island that I am dying to try, but here are some of my favorites so far.

Things to Do

Harbour Town
Harbour Town is located in Sea Pines, so it is $6 for a day pass if you aren't staying there. Harbour Town has a lighthouse; it's small and you have to pay to go to the top. However, it is very pretty. There's a Yacht Club with a great view of the water and a ton of cute shops.

Baynard Plantation Ruins
If you're already in Sea Pines, this is a quick stop and you might as well check it out.

Sea Pines Forest Preserve
This area is very pretty, and there are a ton of trails back here if you're a hiker. This is also located inside Sea Pines.

Coligny Beach
This beach is right next to Coligny Plaza with a bunch of shops and restaurants. It's a great spot for free, public beach access.

If you are wanting to check out small shops, go to Coligny Plaza and Harbour Town. There is not a ton to do on this small island, but it's great for a weekend trip. Do not travel here unless you enjoy spending time on the beach. Hilton Head has nice beaches.

Let me know if y'all would be interested in seeing more travel posts! I would be more than happy to do one for the city of Savannah.


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