3,000 Photos for #30PhotosInBetween

3,000 y'all. That's the number of photos that have been instagrammed for the #30PhotosInBetween Challenge! Way more than I could have even imagined. We are nearing the end of the challenge (don't worry, I'll be doing a full recap!) but here are some of my favorite pictures from the past week.
I am so inspired by everyone participating. Don't forget, after the challenge is over to use #PhotosInBetween and let's keep the community going!

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Dazed and Confused in Anthropologie + Win $130

The other day I went to the mall. Specifically, I was going to Forever 21 to peruse their racks in hopes of some new threads at a discounted price. It's my go-to store. After leaving the store semi-empty handed (I did buy some rings at $3.95) I strolled around.
There, in all it's glory was Anthropologie.

Am I in the mall? Or have I entered a chic farm shed? I'll never really know. But it's as if I'm entering another world. Another, expensive world.

I meander into the store, confused where to start. Should I glance at the candelabras smelling of honeydew and creamsicles (which apparently is a smell) and on-purpose grungy pottery glazed teapots? Or do I make my way over to the clothes made with 100% recycled unicorn tears and parchment paper? It's a tough choice, but I start with the clothes.

Each one is hung delicately and sits slightly higher than a normal hanger would. I reach for what appears to be a gray sweater and bump into the beachy armoire's open doors, nearly losing my balance. It was all for nothing. This gray sweater is actually a hand scarf and costs $380. Thank goodness nothing fell, I would have knocked over the handmade gluten-free oatmeal cereal bowls.

Everything seems to be out of my budget so I look to the home section, eying some spoons made with used fish hooks - this is why they're metallic- some have scales pressed into them. I'm not really into fish, so I find gold napkin rings and hold on to them. I need to walk out of here with something. Anything, to remember the occasion, even though I don't have a clue when I'll use napkin rings if all I use for napkins are paper towels. Select-a-size to be exact.

Then, I see the sale section. I pass the brushed denim fringed sandals and outdoor picnic arrangement, complete with rotting peaches and cactus. Could have been a real problem if I fell on that.

I make the trek to the sale section to find there, tucked in the back, a lilac button up blouse with penguins on the buttons. I must have him. I pensively turn over the price tag, thinking of the prices of other baubles in the store. But no, it's $29.85 and it's going to be mine.

Oh Anthropologie, you're weird and wonderful. And really hard to spell.

After all that, wouldn't it be nice to win some store credit? Want some cash to spruce up your spring wardrobe? How about $130 to Anthropologie!? I've partnered with some fantastic ladies to bring you this giveaway. Enter in the rafflecopter below!

Ashley ~ The Nashvillian // Alanna ~ Alanna & Company // Erica ~ Coming Up Roses
Steph ~ Insert Classy Here // Kaelene ~ Unlocking Kiki // Kerri ~ Cheshire Kat
Brooke ~ Brooke Meagan Jones // Alexandria ~ A Modern Girl's Travels // Helene ~ Helene in Between 


The Wrong Person to Blame

Lately, it seems like every where I turn there's a news story about Kendall or Kylie Jenner. The half sisters of Kim Kardashian are making the headlines because they're young and what they do is shocking. Kylie seems to be in the spotlight now. Headlines such as: surgery speculation- did she get implants or facial reconstruction? There's the #KylieJennerChallenge on Instagram, where girls are sucking on glass to try to inflate their lips like Kylie's. Then there's the fact that this 17-year-old is dating a 25 year old. The list goes on and on. 

The articles attack Kylie, stating that she's not a good role model for young girls. Which is true. I don't really think anyone would argue that, including Kylie herself. But I don't think the problem lies with Kylie herself. We certainly can't blame one person for how others act.

For example, this past weekend I went to the Something Wonderful festival in Dallas. The electronic music festival is 18 and up, and I'd say most people in attendance are under 21. I saw girls wearing less than bathing suits as their outfit of the day. Their butt and boobs were hanging out. Hell, some girls even wore pasties as if it was just no big deal.

To me, and "my generation", that's downright ridiculous. Why wear a top at all if you're just going to put it all out there. They don't dress like this because Kylie Jenner is wear skimpy clothes. They don't do it because anyone else in particular does it. Frankly, they do it because no one is telling them not to. They do it because they want some kind of attention - good or bad.

I guess the point here is that focusing on one person just seems stupid. She's not going to suddenly change her ways because Elite Daily wrote an article ridiculing her. Girls won't stop wearing pasties either. Maybe we should focus on our own problems and stop worrying about the Kardashians already. Please. I'm begging you.

5 Books That Make Me Want To Be A Better Writer

Some people read to engulf themselves in a story. It's a great way to escape. To learn. To live out a dream. I often read books that I wish I would write. I read each line, jealous of the imagery and am in awe of how well articulated and full circle each story is. Here are 5 books that make me want to be a better writer.
books that make me want to be a better writer

A Hundred Summers - Beatriz Williams
The imagery in this book is inspiring. It's set in the early 30's and late 30's, back and forth between one woman's story of where life seemed to go all wrong. It's beautiful and draws you in, just as good writing should. I couldn't put this one down and felt like I could see the story happening as I went along.

Whistling Past the Graveyard - Susan Crandall
This is a book I recently finished, in record time, I should add. I'm a sucker for books set in the south and this one follows 9 year old Starla on her journey from Mississippi to Tennessee during the 1960s. Each character has so much depth and you care about each one. Not only does it deal with difficult subjects like the civil right's movement, but you're seeing it with different eyes, while a little girl tries to understand the world around her.

A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle
Admittedly, I haven't finished this book. But the way the author, Peter Mayle, intertwines excellent writing along with the exquisite scenes in Provence with witty dialogue, is truly an art. He's basically living out my dream, in some ways, and writing about it. The characters you meet throughout the story are hilarious and detailed.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles - Steven Pressfield
Do you need a book to tell yourself to get off your ass and start already? This is the book for you. This is a book about writing. It's anecdotal but filled with the strife we all face as "writers." Taylor of The Daily Tay told me to read it and she couldn't have been more spot on. Just do it.

Bossypants - Tina Fey
You might think it's odd to have this one on here, but I feel like Tina is just so brilliant and it shines through in this book. She is funny, insightful, and truthful all rolled into one. I wish that I would see everyday life and pull out the nuances like she does. 

Want more? Check out 5 Books That Changed my Life

What books inspire you to write?

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