It’s currently 6:25 a.m. & i’m coming to you live from the duck blind. HAPPY THANKSGIVING FAM!
Every thanksgiving, it has somehow become the family tradition to start the day with a duck hunt. Yes, a very early tradition, but also one of my favorites! I always feel an immense amount of gratitude while the sun rises with a full moon. It doesn’t feel like thanksgiving until i’m out here with the family!
Several people have asked me what I am thankful for this thanksgiving. It’s funny because I choose gratitude every day, but thanksgiving is like THE DAY everyone feels obligated to join me.
I have been giving mine some serious thought this year. After all, a lot has happened in the last year. Lots of changes & new chapters, which have all lead me back to one thing: my family & proximity.
You see, after spending 4 years in a different state attending college, I never saw myself back in Arkansas. I went months at a time, not coming home / not seeing my family. I got used to the distance and time + it was the price I paid to attend my dream school. I didn’t realize, until I moved back to Arkansas, started working here, living with my aunt and uncle, seeing my family virtually everyday, how much i missed them.
I am so grateful to be here & be with them. I think about my friends who are off in new places not near their family at all. It’s been kind of challenging because I don’t have that many friends nowadays or people to hangout with. However, I constantly feel so so lucky, because I do have my family. There is nothing better. I feel very fortunate to be around people who love me no matter what & support me no matter what. I know I am back in this place, with these people for a big reason. That is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving... this place & these people.
I pray each of you found multiple things to fill your heart with thankfulness on this Thanksgiving. It truly is so important. Sending lots of love & lots of thanks to each and every one of you. I have felt so much encouragement as I have graduated college, navigated through the adult world , AND started these new ventures with my brand. Y’all make me feel like a super star & that means the world to me. Therefore, thank you & happy thanksgiving to you!
This is probably one of my most exciting posts I have done in a while. I have been working on a lot of little projects, and I have to tell you about a colllab / announcement I am beyond pumped about.
First, a little back story:
For those who are unaware, my Mom and Aunt have owned a women’s clothing boutique for about 5 years now. Such a great addition to our small town & I am super proud of what hard working entrepreneurs they are. The boutique is called The Social Shop. Unlike most clothing stores, the Social Shop was founded on the idea of private shopping. They are open every day of the week, but people make regular private shopping appointments (at no cost) where they come in and have the shop to themselves. The Social Shop sits on the corner of a quiet street and itself is quite cozy. Anyone can go in and shop when they are open, however, you must ring the doorbell to gain access. We keep it safe, and again comfortable. Also, for those of you that do not live in Stuttgart, follow them on social media, @shopthesocialstuttgart because they ship for free!! They provide a very special services, we like to call it concierge service, and I have really not seen this type of service anywhere else, and that isn’t because I am biased either, lol.
Now that you are caught up:
I have wanted them to bring in men’s clothing for years now. Part of it was because selfishly I wanted to get good looking clothes for myself from them (lol), but also because I think men would really enjoy this shopping experience as well. Everything I know about style I have learned from my Mom and Aunt (who got it from my grandmother, JanJan). They have been picking out my clothing since I was born and let’s be honest, they still dress me to this day. As a male I really don’t like to try things on, like anyone else, and I certainly don’t like to in front of a bunch of people. Their expertise at this quaint shop + men’s clothing would be such a winning combination.
WELL, THE WAIT IS OVER…
In October, at market, we picked up our FIRST MEN’S LINE, and it has finally come in!!! If you haven’t heard of Barbour, you most definitely should. This brand is iconic. It has been around since 1894 and is famously worn by the British royal family (YES KATE, THE QUEEN, HARRY, WILLIAM,ETC.), but also famously worn by my Dad and me, too, if that counts.
Barbour now has 10 of its own retail shops in the UK, and a presence in over 40 countries worldwide including the United States, Germany, Holland, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and Japan. There are now over 5,000 products across the two seasons, and the collections now cater for Men, Ladies and Children (and dogs!!). Broadening out from its countrywear roots, today the heritage and lifestyle clothing brand produces clothing that is designed for a full lifestyle wardrobe. As well as jackets and coats, the Barbour wardrobe includes trousers, shirts, socks, knitwear and a range of accessories. Nevertheless, in whichever area the company now operates, it remains true to its core values as a family business which espouses the unique values of the British Countryside and brings the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing.
I personally love their famous Wax Jackets and quilted vests. I hope guys will check out this brand exclusively at the Social Shop. And I would hurry because it is selling like crazy. Being able to announce this addition and in a way bring it to the Social Shop is SO FUN for me. Please reach out with any questions AND stay on the lookout for details about the Southern and Thankful X Barbour Pop Up Shop this Friday in downtown Stuttgart. I am currently so grateful that we are fortunate enough to bring this brand to my hometown with people I love so so much. This is going to be fun!
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Southern and Thankful
Writing this today reminds me of when I used to write every single day & about such simple things to be grateful for. All feels right in the world!
Today, and every day, I am thankful for my car. I was talking with a friend the other day about times when we didn’t have our cars for an extended period of time. For example, when I got into an accident on college move in day and my parents had to bring my car back to Arkansas to be repaired. I didn’t have my car for almost a month. Having grown up in a place with NO public transpiration and everything being so close, the idea of walking or taking the bus seemed so foreign at the time.
Now, in present day I find myself using my car way more than I probably ever have. A lot of the time, I’m commuting an hour each way between work and home. Some days that is frustrating, but most days, especially recently, I have been thankful to have a car and thankful to have the time. Some people are not even fortunate enough have any mode of transportation but their own two feet.
I have also been using this time In my car to do a lot of talking to God and lifting up different prayer requests to him. I have realized, especially with this weird life stage I am in, that spending this time with Him is one of the best things I can do. It beats worrying or stressing out over things I have little to no control over. I highly recommend that you do this, too, if you have any type of commute during your work day. I’m so thankful that God is there and he is happy to listen!
Also, let’s not forget that I have clothes and shoes and cameras and food and basically my whole life in my car at the moment. When people ask where I am living these days I usually reply with a laugh… “basically out of my car” because it is so true!! Thank goodness I have this space that is my own that gets me to and from safely…I don’t know what I would do without it.
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A recent graduate from Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!