Nashville | November 2016

     If you follow me at all on social media, you probably already figured out that I was in Nashville for a week.  If you don't follow me, well, now you know! My week was packed full and very productive.   I played shows almost every night, started recording my next project, did a little sight seeing, apartment hunted, AND I got to see Stevie Nicks in concert.  To say I freaked out when I saw Stevie would be an understatement!  I also brought my camera along with me and took a lot of pictures, so I thought I would share some of those photos with you!

The Quiet and the Calm

Sometimes American society can view being an introvert as a bad thing.  In my opinion, they couldn't be more wrong.  There is a time to be outgoing and outspoken, but there is also a time to be quiet and reflective.  Finding that balance in your life can sometimes be very hard.   Anything that puts you out of your comfort zone is going to be difficult.  

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers | Review

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers
My Rating: 5 stars
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Weekly Favorites Playlist

Finally got around to updating my favorites playlist!  I'm thinking I should maybe remove "weekly" from the title since lord knows I continually forget to update the playlist every single week.  Anyway, this weeks songs have been stuck in my head since the first time I heard them.  Not even joking, you can find my humming these tunes 24/7.  I dare you to try and only listen to them just once, it won't happen!

New Songs:
Sirens by Fleurie
Gold by Kiiara
Hunting Happiness by W. Darling
Window Pain by Xenia
Rosary by Troy
Sum Of Our Parts by Mary Lambert
Volcano by Emily Hearn

My Life in Photos #2

Waukee Arts Festival

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Sam | Senior Photo Session

Downtown Des Moines

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Justin + Lauren | Engagement Photo Session

Chasers of the Light by Tyler Knott Gregson

Des Moines River

Justin + Lauren

Weekly Favorites Playlist

I have been slacking hard core on my blogging so to make up for it just a tiny bit I added 14 songs to my Weekly Favorites Playlist this week instead of 7.  Hope you enjoy them!

  • Hummed Low by Odessa
  • Rescue My Heart by Liz Longley
  • Alcohol by Shannon LaBrie
  • Ophelia by The Lumineers
  • Pieces by Andrew Belle
  • Wildfire by Seafarer
  • Wintergloves by Coco Melies
  • In for the Kill by Billie Marten
  • Finery by Penny and Sparrow
  • Growing Up by Run River North
  • Run Baby Run by The Rigs
  • Oh My God by Hollow Wood
  • Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers, Daya
  • War of Hearts by Ruelle
Don't forget to follow the playlist on Spotify to be notified when new songs are added!

My Life In Photos #1

     I'm starting a new thing on here! I'm going to (more like TRY) to post a set of photos from the week or month or however often I actually post that show what I've been up to.  So pretty much it's going to be a post of selfies, books, and coffee :)

     Being the total book nerd that I am as well as a photography lover, of course I love to take pictures of books.  I started a 'Bookstagram' account awhile back but have been on a break from it for a couple months.  I couldn't stay away though so I started back a couple days ago! You can find my bookstagram account at @wistfulandwandering 

     Also, I just started using the Tribe Archipelago LXC lightroom presets and I am in love with them!

Summer Uniform

     I don't know about you, but in the summer I live in dresses.  Not only are they adorable, but they are also extremely comfortable and cool.  I typically gravitate towards anything flowy and light weight, hello Free People, and I love a good pattern in the summer.  I rarely shop at Kohls, but I was in there the other day and when I saw this dress I immediately knew that I needed it.  Plus, it was on sale and who doesn't love a good bargain?!
     What is your summer uniform?


Weekly Favorites | May #2

More music, yay! I love finding new songs and there is a never ending supply of music out there that is growing every single day.  If you've been following my playlist, what has been your favorite song so far? Don't forget to follow it on Spotify so you can be notified when I add new songs! Click HERE to follow it!

  • The Bad Days by David Ramirez
  • Rousseau by Nerina Pallot
  • River by Leon Bridges
  • Break by Rebecca Roubion
  • Joe - Live from Austin City Limits by Alabama Shakes
  • Drifting by On An On
  • When We Were On Fire by James Bay


Weekly Favorites | May #1

Totally spaced last Sunday and forgot to add new songs to the playlist.  Don't worry though, I didn't forget this week! Don't forget to follow the playlist to be notified when it is updated!

  • Dearly Departed by Shakey Graves ft. Esme Patterson
  • Willows by Vanessa Carlton
  • Wild Ones by Bahari
  • Carry Me Home by The Sweeplings
  • House of Mercy by Sarah Jarosz
  • Better Than by Lake Street Drive
  • Smokestacks by Layla

Weekly Favorites | April #4

I'm a day late with my playlist, but hey that's alright! Here's some new songs I've been listening to.
  • Make A Shadow by Meg Meyer
  • David's in the Detail by Lewis & Leigh
  • Above The Clouds Of Pompeii
  • Cloudline by Joseph
  • Lean on Me (Epic Trailer Version) by J2, Sizzy Rocket
  • She Always Takes It Black by Gregory Alan Isakov
  • The Fire by Kina Grannis