Life Update: New Job, New Home, New Car


I’d be lying if I said the past few months have been a breeze for me. Life has been pretty hectic lately, but finally things are starting to settle into place.

Let’s start from the beginning: Recently I graduated from college at Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Almost immediately, I moved back home to be closer to family after my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. I hadn’t really planned on moving back home before, but it’s been nice to see everyone and has made it much easier to plan my wedding.

“Outfit of the Week – Maxi Dress Daydream” post at (Photo: taken by Briar Burkhead and edited by Emily Austin)
Photo: taken by Briar Burkhead and edited by Emily Austin

At the end of May, I landed a job as the Social Media Editor at the Plato’s Closet in Jackson, TN. As Editor, I’ve taken over all their social media including Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest (soon there will also be a Snapchat!) I also launched their first fashion blog called Plato’s Closet Fashion Preferred. Most of my time has been devoted to growing it, which is why this blog has become so neglected.

Although I’m pretty  bummed I haven’t gotten to work much on my personal blog lately, I’m also thrilled to have this opportunity. It’s been exciting getting to work with clothes and get paid to write from home!  As someone who shopped for four years at Plato’s Closet to afford cute clothes during college, this is more than just any store for me. Where else can you find all your favorite brands at a cheap price all at one place?

Vogue magazines featured on the Plato’s Closet Jackson, TN Instagram. Follow us at @platosclosetjacksontn. (Photo by: Emily Austin)
Boots you can purchase at the Plato’s Closet store in Jackson, TN that were featured on our Instagram (Photo by: Emily Austin)

While the job is great, I had trouble finding a place to live for a while. After college, my fiancé and I moved in at my Mom’s until we could find a place to rent. Unfortunately that took longer than we expected. The rental company that owns all the good houses here wouldn’t let us rent from them, because we own a German Shepherd. Apparently they’re a “dangerous breed.” I know. I felt they should have been willing to meet my dog before saying I can’t rent any of the homes. Through sheer luck, we met a woman who was moving out of her home and willing to rent it out to us. We’ve been living here for a little over a week now and it feels so nice to have my own space again!

The viscous beast that rental properties cower away from (Photo by: Briar Burkhead)

On Monday, I also got a new car (pre-owned actually, but what-ev’s because it’s amazing.) As if my life hasn’t been hectic enough, my old car decided to to stop running. It would have cost more to fix than it was worth, so my fiancé and I decided to be grown ups and get a good car. It’s safe to say that I’m in love with it<3

A 2015 Nissan Sentra that my fiancé and I recently got.

Things are starting to settle down… a little bit. Lately, I’ve been working on customizing my wedding dress. In November, I’ll be photographing my first wedding for a coworker and in mid October I’ll be getting my own engagement photos done. I know both are going to look so beautiful in the fall weather! If the wedding photography that I’m doing for my coworker goes well, I’m considering opening up myself for hire as a photographer. I know that I’ll need more practice and better lenses, but everyone has to start somewhere!

This year has been a crazy one for me and will probably continue to be. However, I’m hoping I can figure out a schedule so I can begin updating this blog regularly again. If you’re interested in regular fashion content, please subscribe to the Plato’s Closet blog. The maxi dress photos were a part of a post that I did there and the boots and vogue pictures are from the Instagram. Here are a few more photos of what you can expect:

An upcoming Outfit of the Week post that will be featured on (Photo: taken by Briar Burkhead and edited by Emily Austin)
“Outfit of the Week – Fashionably Floral” featured on (Photo: taken by Briar Burkhead and edited by Emily Austint
Photo: taken by Briar Burkhead and edited by Emily Austin

On a side note, aren’t you guys just loving the Pokemon Go app? It’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with it. It’s been doing a pretty good job at keeping me occupied while I wait for Sun and Moon to come out in November. I found a Snorlax one day while I was at Walmart. How hilarious and perfect is that?



What’s you favorite Pokemon that you’ve caught or are wanting to catch?


Update: I’m engaged!

I know it’s been a while since my last blog post and I’ve come to realize that I need to better prioritize my time throughout the day. My classes and workload started to get hectic and balancing that along with work tends to be difficult. Excuses aside, a few exciting things have happened since then. The most notable: On February 28th I got engaged!

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My fiancé Briar and I have been together for four years, some of the beginning long distance when I moved off for college. Although we’ve talked about marriage in the past, I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever that day. It was truly unexpected, but nonetheless I couldn’t be more thrilled! We’ve decided to have our wedding next year, probably on May 6th.

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8 Simples Ways MTSU Students Can Live Healthier Lifestyles

Note: This is an article that I wrote for the print edition of the college newspaper Sidelines at MTSU. 

Most college students tend to live unhealthy lifestyles. We sit in classes all day, stare at a computer for hours cranking out our research papers, stuff our faces with pizza, and then sleep for about five hours before doing it all over again. Let’s not even discuss what the weekends look like.

Research anything about college health, and you’re likely to find a plethora of articles warning about “The Freshman 15.” While this is a proven myth, college students are still at an increased risk of getting cancer and other health problems later in life, according to a 2014 study by Northwestern Medicine and Northeastern Illinois University.

Here are some tips on how you can lead a healthier lifestyle despite a busy schedule:

1. Drink more water. 

Angela Ramos, an MTSU professor who coordinates yoga, Pilates, tai chi and activity dance, said, “Don’t drink your calories. Most people go over their calorie intake because of drinks. If you want something sugary, you can either have a dessert every once in a while or a soda, but most people do both.”

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The Alley on Main

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Enjoying a delicious meal at The Alley on Main with my boyfriend (All photo credit: Briar Bulkhead).

Last weekend, my boyfriend Briar and I decided to try a place we have had our eye on for some time called The Alley. It’s a very small, intimate setting with dim lighting, twinkling lights and amazing food. We were lucky enough to be seated by a huge window and I loved being able to watch people walking their dogs (and secretly snapchatting them.)

We started off with drinks and a shrimp cocktail, which is something I have secretly always wanted to order. I don’t know why, but shrimp cocktails make me feel like I’m classy or something. For the drinks, I ordered a Wildberry Mojito and Briar decided to get the Tennessee Mule. Mine was delicious and fruity, but I think I preferred the Tennessee Mule to it. The ginger beer and Jack Daniels in it was perfect and blended tastefully.

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