When I launched Anna Elizabeth Events over 4 years ago, I didn't know a single soul in the event planning or blogging industry. In fact, I hadn't truly connected with any bloggers or creatives up until about a year ago. I hadn't realized how instrumental this part played in the success and happiness of my own blog and profession. Connecting with other ladies in this industry, talking through the day to day struggles, and building each other up has been absolutely incredible (and much-needed these past couple months).
With that being said, I decided this month to launch a series on the blog where I can introduce different bloggers and creatives that I know and admire in this industry and that I think you'll love as well. For our very first feature, I want to introduce Kelsey from Chasing Cinderella! Kelsey is a life & style blogger based in Annapolis, Maryland and she launched Chasing Cinderella in December of last year. Kelsey and I actually went to the same high school in Severna Park and, although we didn't get to quite connect back then, I've always known her to be one of the sweetest and most stylish girls.
I've asked Kelsey to answer a few questions below about her blog, Chasing Cinderella, her personal life, and things that her readers might not know. Read her answers below!
What are a few words you live by? Everything happens for a reason & Ignorance is bliss
What inspired you to start your blog? I had been following a bunch of fashion bloggers for a while and always got my outfit inspiration from them. After awhile I decided that I wanted to be the place of inspiration for other girls!
What is your day job? I’m the Marketing Coordinator for a New Homes Marketing & Sales company
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully married, with kids, living in Charleston, SC
What is your most popular blog post that you’ve shared? The post 'How To Wear Tassels Into Fall'
One thing you can’t live without? Ugh I hate that this is my answer, but definitely my phone!
Finish this sentence: My readers would never guess that: I am the definition of an ambivert! What’s that you ask!? Read this article.
What is one thing on your bucket list? Ride in a hot air balloon!
What trends are you most excited about for Fall? BOOTS AND SWEATERS!!!! It’s what I live in all fall long!
Who or what inspires you the most? My fellow blogger babes are definitely my inspiration! I love to watch everyone grow, especially my babes Nicole (Where Your Heart is Now) and Gretchen (Living Life Pretty). I have loved watching them grow and gain inspiration from them everyday!
Your go-to recipe? You can never go wrong with a homemade pizza… or delivery ;)
What is your all-time favorite movie? This is such a hard question for me cause I LOVE movies!! If I had to choose one movie that I could watch over and over again, it would have to be How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days! Kate Hudson is all the goals!
If you could dine with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Robin Williams for sure! He has been my favorite actor ever since I was a little girl, and I was devastated when I heard about his death! I just love him!
What is the craziest or boldest thing you’ve ever done? For me, it’s definitely starting my blog, Chasing Cinderella! I am a very shy and self-conscious person, so the idea of putting myself out there everyday on the Internet was very hard for me! In the world we live in today, people can be very cruel sitting behind a computer screen, and I was worried about the reactions I would get from my peers, and even strangers! Now, I can’t believe I every had those fears and am so happy I took the chance and entered the blogging world!
What advice would you give to someone just starting out? Be yourself, be patient, and stay consistent!
Follow Kelsey along on Chasing Cinderella: Blog / Facebook / Instagram
xo Anna Elizabeth
My wardrobe is in full, Fall swing around here lately. I can't help myself! All of the suede jackets, merlot-colored sweaters, and embroidered boots make me wish that I was cozied up with a warm pumpkin spice latte and a good book right about now. (Instead, I'm still sweating my butt off in a tank top and linen shorts but, that's beside the point) I'm ready for Fall and if this outfit isn't a big enough giveaway, the Fall to-do list that I'm currently writing seals the deal for sure. Last weekend before a date night with Sam, I partnered with my good friend from Jade Nikkole Photography to shoot a sultry, Fall look in Severna Park.
I've always been a big fan of the all-black look, especially for a date night, because I think that it makes such a bold statement with delicate jewelry and a sexy lip. I recently snagged a simple choker from PacSun that I've been just dying to wear ever since I did this interview with Twenty Something in the City and they asked me to think about my fave 90's trends. I posted about it on my Instagram story (still getting used to hearing my own voice *cringe*).
I also grabbed this one-piece lace tank from PacSun - which I thought originally was a swim suit (hey, it could work). Surprisingly enough though, PacSun has one of my favorite Fall collections thus far; they've come a long way from Hurley backpacks and Roxy sweaters. As for the ripped, skinny jeans, I got them during a major sale at Lord and Taylor and I pulled the whole look together with a comfy, black shawl from Nordstrom Rack (mainly so I wouldn't show too much skin!)
You can shop this complete look at the end of this post (makeup too)!
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How do you get dressed up for a romantic date night? Let me know in the comments!
xo Anna Elizabeth
Happy weekend, babes! Yesterday was a pretty busy day for me as you might've seen if you were following along on our Instagram stories (sharing more about that this week). Krav Maga kicked my butt in the morning before a fabulous, date night shoot with a new photographer, Jade Nikkole, for the blog. Today was supposed to be equally as busy, meeting up with 25 or so bloggers and creatives in Maryland for a styled shoot in a dreamy, open field. But, unfortunately the weather didn't agree with our plans (always good to have a rain date!).
It was kind of a blessing in disguise however - since Sam has been away for work practically 2-3 nights per week as of late, we now get the chance to spend some time together today just the two of us. We're thinking of dropping by an Italian festival downtown, seeing a matinee movie, and maybe even grabbing some rocky road ice cream in place of dinner; my kind of Sunday.
Now for some fun links!
Hey, babes! I hope you have all been enjoying our latest book club read, The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins! If you haven’t started it yet, it’s not too late… There’s plenty of time to finish before our final discussion next week. For those of you who have been reading along, I told you in our announcement post that we’d be discussing the book up until the end of page 162 today. I have been loving the story so far and I can't help my mind from racing about what may have happened to Megan Hipwell and, really, who was involved in her disappearance. The suspense might actually be killing me. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think, too!
So, in proper #BabesWhoBookClub fashion, today I'm posting some discussion questions about the first half of the book to get the conversation going. Go ahead and take a peek below to see my questions and answers, and be sure to leave your answers in the comments. Just remember: It's totally fine if you read ahead but please, no spoilers! Now let’s get to it…
1. We all do it --- actively watch life around us. In this way, with her own voyeuristic curiosity, Rachel Watson is not so unusual. What do you think accounts for this nosey, all-too-human impulse? Is it more extreme in Rachel than in the average person? What is so different about her?
2. How would you have reacted if you’d seen what Rachel did from her train window --- a pile of clothes --- just before the rumored disappearance of Megan Hipwell? What might you or she have done differently?
3. In both Rachel Watson’s and Megan Hipwell’s marriages, deep secrets are kept from the husbands. Are these marriages unusual or even extreme in this way? Consider how many relationships rely on half-truths? Is it ever necessary or justifiable to lie to someone you love? How much is too much to hide from a partner?
4. What about the lies the characters tell to themselves? In what ways is Rachel lying to herself? Do all people tell themselves lies to some degree in order to move on with their lives? Is what Rachel (or any of the other characters) is doing any different from that? How do her lies ultimately affect her and the people around her?
5. Lastly - for good measure, since we're only halfway through right now: What is your theory about who was involved in Megan Hipwell's disappearance?
1. In my opinion, "actively" watching life and people interact around me is a nice distraction and can be quite entertaining. It's perfectly normal for us to be curious - whether overhearing a private conversation, witnessing a couple interact, or otherwise. I know from personal experience that it's easy to make assumptions when watching people that you don't know interact; like Rachel did when she labeled Megan and Scott a perfect couple. I think that Rachel saw what she wanted to in Megan and Scott's simple interactions from the train and, overtime, she created a life for them in her head that was eerily similar to how her life could have been with her ex-husband.
2. Looking back at that moment, I'm not sure that I would have reacted any differently than Rachel did when she saw the pile of clothes. I may have thought that it was strange or out of place for a moment or two but, there was no other evidence to suggest that it was anything other than a forgotten or discarded pile of clothes in a crowded city.
3. I don't think that either Rachel or Megan's lies to their husbands were justifiable. I think that in both cases, it caused the ruin of their relationships. That being said, I think that there are a lot of people that lie to their significant others; maybe because they don't want to hurt them or because their communication isn't strong enough. A general rule for me would be that if the information being withheld affects your partner in any way, short term or long term, it should be something that they know about.
4. I feel like Rachel lies to herself constantly throughout the book and justifies her actions which is why I believe that she is unable to change. A good example of this is when she tells herself that she didn't do anything wrong when she broke into Anna and Tom's house and ran down to the train tracks with their baby. She always says that her intentions are pure and doesn't accept that she is affecting other people's lives in the process with her drinking and dangerous behavior. In reality, lying to herself is only making it harder for her to move on from her relationship and her failed marriage.
5. For some reason, I have a creepy, gut feeling that Scott and Rachel somehow worked together in the murder of Megan Hipwell. I think that at this point, Rachel doesn't know because of her drunken blackout but, that Scott is fully aware. From their interactions together and the eerie flashbacks to Rachel standing by the underpass with blood on her hands, that is the feeling that I get. My theory (in case you're really curious) is that Rachel went to Megan Hipwell's home that night when she was blacked out because she was furious about seeing her kissing her therapist that morning. I think that Scott found out somehow and the two of them then murdered Megan out of rage. Ah! There you go. Now I need to finish the book to see how wrong I really am.
Now it's your turn to answer the discussion questions! Leave your responses in the comments below and feel free to get the conversation going with your fellow book club babes.
xo Anna Elizabeth
YAY! As you can see, we're doing something extra fun today and hosting a 'Back to School' Giveaway! Summer is coming to an end and although I'm not in college anymore, a lot of my readers are. So, we wanted to treat you with something that I know from personal experience would be an awesome incentive for heading back to class. Writing in a Kate Spade notebook makes taking notes just a little bit easier, right?
I partnered with a group of incredible bloggers and creatives to give one of you a chance to win a Macbook Air, Kate Spade handbag, notebook, planner, and water bottle. All you have to do is enter below using the Rafflecopter - the more entries you complete, the better chance you have at winning this amazing prize!
Good luck, ladies!
xo Anna Elizabeth
One thing that I don't go without on any given week is, you guessed it, Netflix. I'm a sucker for a really great stand up special, gritty TV show, or informative documentary (as long as it's about wine. kidding. but, really.) Sometimes I even enjoy those corny, Adam Sandler comedies if I've had a particularly crappy day.
Most nights, I have a glass of chilled wine in my hand but, there's something about drinking a classy. Chardonnay when you're watching Pablo Escobar murder one of his friends that he believes betrayed him, that doesn't sit quite right. That's why I created a pairing made in TV heaven: Netflix and cocktails. Your August guide to binge-watching and couch-sipping is here:
1. Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
Synopsis: Ali Wong's stand up special delves into her sexual adventures, hoarding, the rocky road to pregnancy, and why feminism is terrible.
Best paired with: Pink Grapefruit, Elderflower & Rosemary Vodka Cocktail
Synopsis: Los Angeles denizen Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) survives by scavenging and petty theft. He stumbles into a new career as a cameraman and -- armed with a camcorder and police scanner -- begins nocturnal forays across the city in search of shocking and grisly crimes. When he catches the eye of a news director who welcomes the chance to raise her station's ratings, Louis goes to increasingly greater lengths to catch the "money shot."
Best paired with: Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
3. SOMM Into the Bottle
Synopsis: Filmmaker Jason Wise examines the history of wine, including its production, the aging process and what makes some better than others.
Best paired with: Riesling
Synopsis: Narcos tells the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It centers around the notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar and Steve Murphy, a DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him.
Best paired with: Jalapeno Grapefruit Margarita
5. The Do Over
Synopsis: Two down-on-their-luck guys decide to fake their own deaths and start over with new identities, only to find the people they're pretending to be are in even deeper trouble.
Best paired with: Perfect Pina Colada
6. John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
Synopsis: Armed with boyish charm and a sharp wit, the former SNL writer offers sly takes on marriage, his beef with babies and the time he met Bill Clinton.
Best paired with: Peach Moon
Let the binge-watching and the couch sipping begin! What is your favorite Netflix and cocktail pairing? Let me know in the comments.
xo Anna Elizabeth
Last week, Sam, Oliver and I escaped for a few days to Tilghman Island to soak in the sun on the water and spend time relaxing with family. We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather the whole time we were down there. The majority of our two days was spent either chasing Oliver around the enormous backyard (he slept for 3 days straight when we got home), or lounging on the wrap around porch while drinking local wine.
When I was packing for our trip, flowy dresses and slip-on sandals were definitely my two points of focus. With Fall waiting just around the corner, I wanted to wear a lot of my light-colored, halter dresses one last time before I switch to suede and burnt orange. You guys know that I can't resist a good sale and this crochet dress that I picked up from Urban Outfitters the weekend before was on major clearance (it still is! Under $50). I paired it with my favorite Summer sandals from Old Navy for a simple, beach town look.
On our last day in Tilghman Island, Sam and I wandered over to the cute, little town of St. Michael's while Oliver was still sleeping. We popped into a few shops on the main street before grabbing breakfast at a Mom and Pop diner near our rental. All in all, this quick, weekend trip was the perfect way to start the last month of Summer.
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How are you all spending the last month of Summer? Let me know in the comments!
xo Anna Elizabeth
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