We did it! We finally got our matching tattoos! After having them designed by Betsy Dunlap and sitting on the design for 1 whole year, we finally took the plunge and DID IT. We are so smitten with the way they turned out.
Tattoos are such a cool way to express yourself and the things you're passionate about, and this guy is my complete passion. We love travel and most importantly, each other, so we wanted something that would not only look timeless but become more meaningful in time (anniversaries!). Our tattoo's say, "You are my greatest adventure" and they couldn't ring more true. No matter how crazy our lives may get, the greatest thing we ever did was marry one another. It was a super romantic thing for us to do and one i'm happy to cross off my bucket list.
And if anyone tells you tattoos are painful - ours were not. Maybe our placement was a factor in that (because I DO know that other areas are painful!) but we were so shocked with how tolerable the needle was. I recommend doing it if you have your mind set on one.
Photography by my friend, Hello Miss Lovely.
It was a video of a sea turtle with a straw jammed in his nose when I decided to say adios! to single-use plastic and change my carbon footprint. The Gulf of Mexico serves as my backyard and since i've been living in Florida, i've seen what harm plastic can do if you're not careful. Not just plastic, but lack of education when it comes to how you treat the earth. So many times I hear local horror stories of dead sea turtles that wash up on shore. The diagnosis? A chair was left on the sand by some beach goers, washed out to sea, trapped and killed the sea turtle. Did you know when you're at the beach, it's proper to cover up your sand holes, keep them clean, dark and flat so that hatchlings can make it safely to the shore? Or that lights from gulf front homes can disturb wildlife? Most people don't know this! I didn't until I moved down to the coast. Education is a powerful tool! With all that being said, I'm changing my ways! And that starts with reusable grocery bags. Americans use 100 Billion plastic bags per year that can take 400-1,000 years to decompose! Let's stop shopping with plastic bags and start using pretty, reusable market bags! This bag I'm using (below) is from Apolis and i'm in love. They even have bags with cities printed on them (and if your lucky, your city will be on one of them!). I love the quality, texture, leather handles and especially the lined interior so it doesn't get dirty after several uses. Just wipe and bingo! Clean as a whistle. Change is a difficult thing and it's tough to change something that is second nature to you (i.e. using plastic bags at the grocery store; k-cups in your Keurig; plastic water bottles, etc.) Sometimes it feels like there's no outline and you are figuring out things alone. If you want to join me on my plastic free journey, follow and contribute to the hashtag #theweirsgobacktothebasics. We'll keep each other accountable!August 2015 / By Kaylyn/ Comments (0)/ 2
I am not a model. The pictures I take for this blog with @hello_miss_lovely are for self expression, because I enjoy creating outfits and most importantly, IT'S FUN! So when Shop Bando emailed me saying they wanted to fly me out to L.A. for a photo shoot, you could say I had a panic attack. Before I left for L.A., I had a lot of arrangements to make: booking plane tickets and car rental; outfit planning with Autumn; PTO for work...I talked with Bando girl gang, Kelly, on the phone about expectations and she made me feel right at home! Keep in mind this was my FIRST time visiting the state of California as well as flying without my husband. I was a nervous wreck but also completely excited that I was picked for this opportunity. From the minute I touched down in L.A. til the minute we flew back home, every experience I had in Cali was life changing and I am so happy that I got to enjoy it all with Autumn. Literally, there are no words to explain how grateful I am for this opportunity. It's definitely going down as one of my favorite moments of ALL TIME. Thank you, Bando, for showing this Mississippi gal that all my hard work doesn't go unnoticed. I am forever grateful. Check out the trip highlights below as well as the Ban.do email that was sent out introducing Autumn and I. Follow the #havefunphotoshoot hashtag on instagram and sign up for Ban.do emails so you don't miss all the cute stuff thats coming out soon!May 2015 / By Kaylyn/ Comments (3)/ 2