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Jeremy Cowart at TedxNashville

Back to a little TedxNashville action. I think you’ve had enought time to sit with everything Ashely Judd had to say and you’re ready for another one :)

Jeremy Cowart is a photographer who has toured with Britney Spears, shot Sting and is brilliantly creeping his way into music videos. In this talk, Jeremy discuss the organization he started, Help-Portrait which is set up in the photography community to bring a little love to the underprivileged by simply taking their picture.

Again, a little disclaimer that this is a 20 minute video so make sure you have a little free time before you sit down to watch.


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Ashely Judd at TedxNashville

They’re finally here! I’ve been waiting so long to share a little taste of my TedxNashville experience with you. And after almost two months, they put up some of the speaker’s talks!

It was hard to choose which one to share first, but I kind of had to give you Ashley Judd. She had a whole different talk prepared, but instead told us about the lives of some of the people she came in contact with while working as an activist and who we can live in love and action.

It’s very heavy subject matter and hard to hear at some points. All these stories are extremely heart-breaking. And of course is 20 minutes long, so make sure when you watch this, you have to time sit down and really take it all in.

I’m excited to share some of my other favorites over the next couple weeks!

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Summer Dresses

It’s about time to forget about the jeans we’ve been wearing all winter and opt for the breezy sundress that makes my heart smile. Nothing makes a sweltering summer day more comfortable than a light cotton dress.

{Via We Heart It}
{Via Idée Géniale}
{Via Ruche}

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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A Splash of Color

Life would be much more vibrant if it rained paint….

and if we still dressed like this lovely lady.

Happy Friday!!!!

PS- I can’t for the life of me find the source for this piece of work. If you happen to know who the artist is, can you please let me know so I can give it proper credit? Thanks!

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Happy Easter Weekend!

I hope this Easter weekend finds you in the midst of people you love remembering our gift of life.

I’ve posted a video titled The Portrait of Christ created by Jeremy Cowart. He’s a photographer here in Nashville with an compassionate and creative heart. I love how he uses so many different ethnicities to create the image of Christ.

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How I Spent Last Saturday

I’ve been a little too scattered the past couple of days to really share what I want to share. There’s so much I wish I could tell you about how I spent my Saturday, but I don’t think words will ever be able to…express…explain…emote…what I heard and saw at TEDxNashville.

Yep, I spent last Saturday listening to 18 creative, industry leaders looking to better the world with their skills. In one day I heard from a rocket scientist, photographer, brain surgeon, poet, ballet dancer, movie star, marketer, priest, social activist, country musician, etc. Without going into detail, I can tell you I walked away with some concrete things about my life that need to be re-evaluted and new goals to work toward.

If you ever get the chance to attend a TED event, PLEASE do. You won’t leave with your brain or your heart in the same way you came.

As soon as the talk videos are posted, I’ll be sharing my favorites with you so you can understand what I’m talking about.

I’m going to leave you with a few quotes(/paraphrasing) from the day:

  • “It only takes 5% of the population to change the world”- Greg Stielstra
  • “Struggle is the redemption of the story.”- Futureman
  • “I love this burden that we’ve been given, to ride the shared wake of one blood’s rhythm.” -Tyehimba Jess

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Pinterest is one of my most favorite sites right now. It’s a place where you can store and categorize images you’ve found online that you  want to keep around. Once you find an image you like, you “pin” it to a board you’ve created for cooking, style, photography…the possibilities are endless.

I wanted to share some of the pictures from one of my boards today. I called it “My Dream Life” and it’s filled with all the stuff that I would fill my life with in a perfect world.

I would have a cute little trailer for weekend getaways

I would build a fort at least once a week

I would wake up with hair like this

This is where I would spend my afternoons reading

I would be a tattooed, tank-wearing baker

You can see the rest of this pinboard here. And if you want to start your own Pinterest account, go here.

Yes, you will spend hours looking through images, but if you’re looking for inspiration, there’s no better place to be.

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Mug shots

A few weeks ago, I was wondering around Pangea (one of my favorite shops in Nashville) and came across a book of celebrity mug shots. I’m not talking Paris Hilton and other recent celebs. I’m talking Hendrix, Bowie and Sinatra. There was even a really great section on historical mug shots. From assassins and war criminals to enemies of the state and O.J. Simpson…this book had it all. And I LOVED it. I flipped through every page of that book while my friend was shopping. If you’re at all interested, it’s called Mug Shots: An Archive of the Famous, Infamous, and Most Wanted.

Aside from their use of the oxford comma in the title, I highly suggest it.

More recently, I’ve stumbled upon some pretty stellar mugshots through a blog called Forrestbound. And more from the source have been popping up on Pinterest. Here are my favorites from the 1920s in Sydney.

{Images via Pinterest}

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Secret Millionaire

Did you watch this last night? It WRECKED me.

Secret Millionaire follows millionaires who take a week out of their lives and move into an impoverished area to find people who are working to change that community’s circumstances.

The first episode sent a formerly homeless and now self-made millionaire into a Knoxville neighborhood. By just wandering around the area, she came across three organizations she volunteered at under the guise of someone in the community. After days of volunteering and connecting with the each organization, she revealed who she really was and gave LARGE and in charge donations.

Watching these community leader’s shocked and joyful faces will soften even the hardest of hearts. There wasn’t a dry eye in our house.

Sundays. 7:00 pm. Clear your schedule. DVR it. Whatever it takes. Make sure you catch this show.


I really want to meet these two sisters from Love Kitchen. They are toooo cute!


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Adele Perfection

In my heart of hearts, I wish I could sing like Adele. She’s only 21, but she has one of the most dynamic voices I’ve ever heard and sings with the conviction of someone who’s lived 9 lives.

Her new album comes out next Tuesday, but if you’ve been as anxious as I have for it’s release, she’s streaming it one her website so you can take an early listen.


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