Sunday, August 26, 2012


Before graduation, my brother and I took a mini-roadtrip from Chicago to Texas.  The trip was a combination of a desperate attempt to sneak in a vacation before I started my new job and the necesssity to get to Texas for graduation.  Given that I had time off and my brother was in town for Lollapalooza, the Windy City to Texas roadtrip was a no brainer.  Plus it allowed for some awesome brother/sister bonding time, which is always a treat. Our first stop on the trip...Memphis!

8060911After an early morning wake up call and nine hours in the car, we finally arrived in Memphis!  Downtown Memphis was fairly deserted (eerily so, actually), so we spent some time wandering around, snapping a few photos and getting acquainted with the city.


8060913Love this little guy.  At this point, I'm pretty sure he was talking to my dad, updating him of our status, plans, and safety.  Thankfully, no matter how old we get, our parents still check up on us :)


8060916Shorts: Gap (on sale in yellow here)
Chambray shirt: thrifted
Sandals: Target
Earrings: birthday gift from my parents
Sunnies: Gucci


8060921We made it to The Peabody in time to see the famous Peabody Ducks.  A little overrated but fun to experience a Memphis icon.  And you know what they say, "When in Rome..."

P8060929Drinks at Local.  I went with the Memphis Mule, definitely a good choice.

P8060956Silky O'Sullivan's on Beale Street.  I'm not one for crazy bars and crowds, so it was perfect to experience Beale street on a Monday.  Laid back and cool, minus the crazy.  I should also note that it was outside on Silky's patio where I realized Memphis is home to the most insane mosquitoes.  I left Memphis with some battle bites to prove it!

8060944The best part of our Memphis trip was without a doubt getting to spend time with my friend, Whitney.  Whitney and I met in college and bonded over our nerdy campus involvement and insta-obsession with OU.  She is seriously one of the sassiest, wittiest, and most fabulous people I know.  She was the perfect Memphis host, and Ryan and I both had a blast spending time with her.  We literally could have chatted and laughed all night!

8060938Monday night Beale Steet.

Ryan and I had a blast in Memphis, and it was the perfect start to our roadtrip.  Another huge thanks to Whitney for being such a fabulous host, showing us the sweet spots of Memphis and letting us stay at her oh-so-chic downtown loft.  Next stop on the roadtrip...New Orleans!


Brooke said...

How fun, enjoyed the pics!
Loving the pink shorts, cute!



Whitney said...

I had sooooooooooooo much fun! My only regret is that we couldn't have had another day of fun. Imagine the trouble we could have gotten into in Graceland. :)

So happy you had a great trip!


Whitney said...

I had soooooooo much fun with you and Ryan! My only regret is that it wasn't a longer visit...can you imagine the trouble we would have gotten in at Graceland??? :)

I'm so happy you had a great trip!!! Hope to visit Chicago soon!!!


Belle said...

The pic of you in a loose chambray shirt, shorts and open sandals has completely inspired me. My boyfriend longs for a girlfriend who is polished 24/7. I used to be obsessed with that image but as I ramped up competing with (and caring for) my horse, things feel by the wayside. My nails - while strong, would chip paint in minutes; my hair is often in need of love. As a solid MAC devotee i have the makeup down (I'm the most made up person in the barn!) but everything else.... yeah...

But your photo has inspired me. Yes it adds a little extra time, but keeping my toes polished and maybe just redoing my fingernails each day to overcome barn-related polish chips; wash and style my hair more often, make that extra effort.

I don't know why, but that photo just thrills me to the core and makes me think 'i can do this'. Glamour and polish doesn't have to mean a ball gown or HOURS of prep; it's just making maintenance a regular part of my day.

So.... THANK YOU!!

Love the new layout too xo