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?


Boho vibes and flower crowns

Photo credit: Briar Burkhead




I’ve never actually been to a music festival before, but I would imagine this is something I would wear if I bothered to go to one. This dress (find something similar here) has become a favorite of mine recently, as it gives off this 70s flower child vibe. It’s a faux suede with billowy sleeves and it flows beautifully. When I first bought it from Plato’s Closet (yes I know, I have an obsession) the inner child in me couldn’t help twirling around to watch the skirt fan out.

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Thrift Find: Funky Zigzag Sweater

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Another day, another favorite thrift find. I’m all for having quality pieces in my wardrobe, but sometimes thrifting is the best way to find unique items (especially at low prices). This pink sweater is something I found at Goodwill and I can’t get over how cute and comfy it is. The zig zag patterns across it remind me of the funky patterns often associated with 90’s clothing. I mean, who can forget all those crazy colored triangle patterns?

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Style Guru Bio at CollegeFashionista

Every new year, I struggle to come up with a resolution that I’ll likely ditch within a month or two. Usually it’s something like “eat clean” or “do more cardio.” This year is different, because I decided to focus on something I actually care about: my passion for sharing my thoughts on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

All photo credit: Briar Burkhead


Lately, I haven’t been super active on my blog thanks to end of the semester finals and visiting my family for the holidays. But I have big plans and I’m excited to get started on them! Not only do I want to add different content on my blog and post more frequently, but I’m also going to be starting my YouTube channel in the next few months (a few more pieces of equipment I have to get first.)

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for about two years and I’m finally going to tackle it. Keep a look out, because as soon as my first video is up I’ll post it here.

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Comfy Sweater Skirts and Scarfs

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Striped shirt: T.J. Maxx | Jacket: Forever 21 | Sweater skirt: Rue 21 | Bag: Vangoddy

Sometimes I can be a little lazy when it comes to doing my laundry. As it turns out, this can force you to get a little creative with your outfit. I had no clean pants and limited options when it came to matching tops with skirts. After tearing through my closet, the end result was this comfy fall outfit.

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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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New Blog, New Goals, New Look On Life

(photo credit: Briar Burkhead)
(photo credit: Briar Burkhead)



This new blog comes with high hopes and far too many expectations to be considered realistic. Blogging is something I have always considered doing, but just seemed to be a little out of my reach. I did not think I was the type of person who would be able to gain an audience. However, my outlook on life has changed considerably.

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