Friday, May 29, 2015

Life Lately: April + May

I can't believe May is almost over! Where has 2015 gone? 
Since I don't get summers anymore like I used to, I'd really like if time would just slow down. As of June 1st I'll have been in Atlanta for 10 months - which is crazy to me. 

Here's what I've been up to lately! 
Cousin's Bridal Shower + "Meet the Family Dinner"
Cannot wait until July!! 

My aunt's house is straight out of a magazine! And her cakes are perfectly iced. 

Easter weekend with this little man!
My nephew's first baseball game! 



Braves Home Opener
I LOVE baseball. 


College Friend's Wedding
Spending time with college friends in a beautiful vineyard is always a good idea. 


Steph's Baby Shower
Steph + her hubby are not finding out the gender of their baby so we through a Mickey + Minnie Mouse baby shower! This turned out even cuter than we had planned. :-) 


More Braves! 


Mothers' Day
I got to go home + spend time with my mom, Manaw,  sister, + one of my aunts. I also got to kiss on my nephew!

How yummy is this dessert?!

These friends got their Masters!


Best Concert Ever! (Tour de Compadres)
NEEDTOBREATHE + Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors are my two favorite bands. A few weekends ago I got to see them BOTH in one night, along with Ben Rector + Colony House. 



Memorial Day 
My office was closed on Memorial Day + I got to take the Friday off before. I was so excited to get a long weekend, that I rushed home Thursday night.

Then this guy had a birthday...
(love you Daddy!)

And this guy turned 6 months old!!

Well there's a little recap of April + May! 
Don't forget to check back on Monday for my first Love Stories Series!! 

What have y'all been up to?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love Stories

I'm so excited to start this series beginning June 1st! My dream {that is slowly becoming a reality!} is to help ladies plan their wedding in a way that is easy + stress free, while making it fun + memorable for all involved. To begin this dream I have been talking with amazing ladies who are already married. They have agreed to let me share their love stories with you! For one month I'll tell the story of one bride in 4 parts - the dating, the engagement, the planning, + the wedding day! Some of these stories will be family members + close friends, while others will be ladies I've met just through blogging + social media. If you, or anyone you know, would like to have your story featured please shoot me an email 

{alliedanae@southerngritsandgraces.com}

Or if you, or someone you know, would like help/advice planning your own wedding, send me an email there as well! I'd love to chat! 

I can't wait to share this first story with you. Their dating will be posted on Monday, June 1st. I got to spend a little time with them this past weekend + it got me even more excited about these next few posts. This friend {+ her hubby} is so dear to my heart.
She is definitely a Southern Grits & Graces lady!

Here's a teaser photo :-)
Photo by Angie Dean 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Grace Tip #3 - Watch Your Words

My first two Grace Tips have come from my dad's mom, Manaw. This third one is no exception. I told her over Mothers' Day weekend that I've been sharing her advice with y'all and she gave me another perfect quote. 

Grace Tip #3 - "There will always be plenty of opportunities to keep your mouth shut." 


Um, hello! This probably should've been rule #1 (but they're not really in any ranking order). As southern women, we can be protective, opinionated, judgmental, hot-headed, gossips - you name it. But a lady should always know when to keep her mouth closed. I'm not encouraging you to hold secrets from anyone, but to kindly watch your words. You know the old saying "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? Well, ladies, that's one of the biggest lies out there. Words do hurt, and can take years to get over. As a Christian, I am responsible for my actions, reactions, and especially my words. 

A few others quotes to keep in mind that my parents LOVED reminding my siblings & me are...
"Read the situation" (also "Read between the lines")
"Think before you speak"

I have a quote on my computer that I think I got from Pinterest years ago that says 
"Always be a little kinder than is necessary" - J.M. Barrie, The White Birdie.  Although I've never read this book,  I love this quote because I think it speaks to the heart of the southern women. Yes, our tempers can flare, or we get mama-bear protective, but we should be slow to anger just as Jesus was and abounding in love (Psalm 145:8). I was reminded of Proverbs 15:1 this week which says "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." 

To embody the grace of a southern lady I say we keep our mouths shut and try to be a little kinder than we feel like being. 


Choose Joy & Kindness!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I Need YOUR Help!

For years now I've dreamed of being a wedding planner, and those dreams are {slowly} coming true! I'll have more details once some things are finalized, but before I say anything else, I need a little help from you! 

I'd like to create some content to give to my brides to make their experience as easy as possible and to keep things running smoothly for fun between them and their 'maids. 
So where do you fit in? 

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Have you ever been a bride?
Have you ever been a bridesmaid?

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Below are two links to surveys I'd love for you to take if you answered YES! to either of the questions above. Feel free to take both if they both apply to you. 
I can't wait to hear your answers! 



This is one of my favorite wedding shots I've ever been part of. We knew the photo was being taken, but our poses weren't staged. The lines, the legs, the feet, the flowers...perfection. 

Y'all are awesome! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Giving Back: Fashion is More than Just Pretty Clothes

If you've been reading for a while, you know how much I love fashion! But what you may not know is that I've always struggled with feeling so superficial in my love of clothes. I dreamed of being the next Stacy London and really encouraging women that they have so much value and they are worth looking beautiful. But lets face it, not all fashion magazines encourage inner beauty as much as outer beauty. 


"She is clothed with Strength & Dignity, and she laughs without fear of the Future"
Proverbs 31:25



In middle school I was made aware of the dire situation of sex trafficking around the world through a connection at church. In college I came home one Sunday to actually hear the couple from Thailand speak! I have wanted to be involved somehow. We did an event in college to raise awareness for sex trafficking victims and partnered with several organizations in Georgia. But I still felt like I could've been more involved. 

Fast forward to last fall when I took a webinar with Hilary Rushford of Dean St Society. She casually mentioned volunteering at an event called RevealNYC where she helped give head-to-toe makeovers for women coming out of situations of abuse. I immediately contacted Hilary to ask for more details. In March I flew to NYC to be apart of this amazing event (sorry no photos due to the nature of it being a safe place). I got to be a host, which means I worked with 3 women all day as they got facials, manicures, new hair styles, and picked out clothes for a photo shoot! The first lady I worked with almost cried when she saw herself in the mirror! It was worth a quick trip to my favorite city to meet these ladies and work with such a great organization. 

As I was planning my trip to The City and as soon as the event was over, I kept telling myself that something similar needs to happen in Atlanta. There are so many women here who need to know that they are valuable, beautiful, and worth it. Enter Free Fab'rik. I met Rachel, who runs Free Fab'rik at a book club put on my Jenn Sprinkle of The {Well} Studio. I connected with Rachel on Instagram and decided to volunteer for their next Free Spree event (which was last night). Free Fab'rik is the charity sponsored by the Fab'rik stores and they go to different organizations to give women free shopping sprees! 

Y'all last night was so much fun! Again, no pictures, but these ladies have been through so much and it was great to give them some one-on-one attention and show them how valuable they are! I am hoping to be a part of more Free Sprees, or even work directly with the safe house where we were last night! 

Free Fab'rik has a great opportunity to renovate a food truck and use it to take the clothes from location to location. Today is the last day to donate. They are so close to their goal! I'm not pressuring anyone to donate money if you don't feel led to, but at least check it out. You can also donate your old clothes and know they are going to an amazing cause. 

Thanks for reading this lengthy post (without lots of pictures) and letting me share a little more of my hear with y'all!