My Bachelorette Pad

One of the most nerve-wracking parts of moving to a new place, in my opinion, is choosing an area to live in. When I was getting ready to move to North Carolina over a year and a half ago, I was totally overwhelmed by the options (especially when my top living preference, smack dab in the middle of a big city, was not really an option), and ended up in a suburb of Chapel Hill within walking distance to work. What a blessing it was in my first year of adjusting to a new state/job/life after college to not have to worry about commuting or driving in very un-Texas-like winter weather! I admit, I got pretty restless living out in the country, but I loved my apartment and had so much fun making it feel like home for the 15 months I lived in it. I had a sneaking suspicion that this apartment might be the last one I lived in on my own, so I decided to go all-out girly and make it my “bachelorette pad.” :)

Everything in my apartment either came with me in my Honda Accord when I moved or was purchased over the last year. Since that meant a handful of big purchases (namely a couch and a mattress), and I didn’t want to make too many big furniture decisions for a temporary apartment, I kept other furniture to the bare minimum. That also meant I went 15 months with an overturned box as a bedside table…whoops :) My favorite things in my bedroom were my striped curtain (this West Elm fabric shower curtain that I cut in half) and the Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper I put up above my bed–the next best thing to a floral headboard, perhaps?

Simple bedroom - Something Pretty

White bed - Something Pretty

The main attraction of the dining room/office, between the kitchen and living room, was my mini gallery wall–from left to right, the prints are from Oh My Deer Handmades, the Southern Wedding Shop, Emily Ley, the Lara Casey Shop, and the Southern Weddings Shop. Since I was not prepared to invest anything in dining furniture, but I needed a place to eat, I bought a cheap card table, a sparkly tablecloth, and the cutest turquoise folding chairs, all from Target. It cost about $50 and was the perfect solution for what I needed. Keeping flowers on that table as often as I could didn’t hurt either!

Gallery wall - Something Pretty

Budget dining table - Something Pretty
Finally, the pièce de résistance of my bachelorette pad: the peachy pink accent wall in the living room! Honestly, I got tired of it pretty quickly (especially around Christmas, when it clashed with my decorations!), but it was fun while it lasted, and I’m glad I had at least one pink living room in my life :) I followed this tutorial from Mint Love Social Club to make that gold confetti canvas back in college. The coffee table was another Target score that I scooped up because it reminded me of my favorite Ballard Designs style–except this one was $40!

Coral living room - Something Pretty
My apartment never felt “finished” before I moved to my current place, but I was happy that I took my time and (for the most part) resisted the urge to fill space with things I didn’t absolutely love or need. It’s so much fun to now choose things with Dave that we both love for our soon-to-be newlywed home!

Playing Catch Up

Now that things have calmed down a little bit at work and I’m back from Bridal Market, let’s get caught up! I wish I could get together for coffee with each of you to chat, but maybe this is the next best thing. The past year has been one of the busiest and most exciting years of my life, and before diving into the fun new posts I have planned for Something Pretty, I thought a little recap was in order. Here’s what I was up to in the year I took off of blogging!

Lisa timeline

Now, I’m planning our wedding (6 1/2 months to go!), decorating my new apartment (which Dave will move into after our wedding), getting ready for my second magazine launch at work, trying to cut five minutes off of my 5k time by the end of the year, cooking up healthy recipes, and doing my best to make the most of fall! I’d love to know, what are you up to these days? Let’s catch up!

Photos: August 2013: Landon Jacob, September 2013: Amy Arrington Photography, November 2013: Callie Davis, June 2014: Ryan Ray

Packing for Bridal Market

Over the past few months as I contemplated getting back into blogging, I had a lot of fun going through some of my archives, especially from around when I started blogging in 2010. Some of my all-time favorite posts are a series of packing lists I made for four different honeymoon destinations, and even though my “graphic designing” was atrocious (I used Paint, y’all…it was bad), I still think the concept is so fun. Traveling is a huge passion of mine, and with 11 years overseas and a semester abroad under my belt, I consider myself somewhat of a packing expert. This weekend, I’m crossing off a big bucket list and career goal by traveling with my dear friend and coworker, Emily, to Bridal Market (bridal’s version of Fashion Week). I cannot WAIT, and now that I’ve finally nailed down my packing list, I thought I’d share a few items I’ll be bringing with me.

Packing for Bridal Market
Clockwise from top left: Loft lace blouse, Kate Spade statement necklace, J. Crew scalloped dress, Longchamp tote, Sole Society smoking slippers, Ray ban wayfarers, Kate Spade earrings

1. A chic, but slightly romantic, blouse (this is bridal fashion we’re talking about, after all!) that can be dressed up or down.

2. I’ve had this outfit saved on Pinterest for ages, and figured Bridal Market would be the perfect place to recreate the look with all black attire and a statement necklace.

3. My go-to scalloped little black dress, to be worn with a top knot and bright red lips.

4. My trusty navy Longchamp tote for carrying around the essentials: my wallet, my change of shoes, an umbrella, my cell phone, and lipstick.

5. Cute smoking slippers in a dark color for running around the city between shows.

6. I borrowed Dave’s black Ray Bans after my old sunglasses broke…about three months ago. I love the classic shape that I’m convinced looks good on anyone!

7. I wear these Kate Spade earrings at least four times a week–they add just the right amount of sparkle to my mostly-neutral wardrobe staples.

If you’re headed to Market, let me know–Emily and I would love to see a few familiar faces! :)

Something New

Hi, friends!

Gracious, where to begin? When I set aside Something Pretty over a year ago, I assumed that I would either pick it up again a few months later, or make the decision to quit blogging entirely. Well, that was July 2013, and although I am very glad that I decided to put blogging on the back burner during this very busy/amazing/crazy/blessed year, I haven’t been able to bring myself to take Something Pretty down altogether.

For three years, I worked on Something Pretty every single day with my end goal in mind: to get a job at Southern Weddings. Now that I am indeed working at (and loving!) SW, I’ve realized how many other blessings this little blog gave me, besides a portfolio. In short, it trained me to appreciate small moments, to seek out joy in every circumstance, and to celebrate the beauty of life, every step of the way. Those are the reasons that I’ve decided to start blogging again–I don’t want to lose any of those qualities, not one bit.

lisa olsonPhoto from my engagement session by Ryan Ray

Something Pretty won’t be the same as it used to be though–most of all, it’s no longer going to be a wedding blog. I’m now so lucky to use my passion for weddings and marriage in my day job, and I am looking forward to using this space to reflect on the other things I love. If you’re looking for gorgeous, meaningful weddings and incredible love stories though, look no further than the Southern Weddings blog, as well as our beautiful print editions, Volume 5 (2012), Volume 6 (2013), and the soon-to-be-released Volume 7. I’m SO proud of the work we do at SW, and would love to share it with you!

Instead, this space will be more personal–a place for my family and friends to follow along with my life in North Carolina, my travels across the South and beyond, my wedding plans, and snippets of some of my favorite things: celebrations, style, decorating, and more. I’m excited to have a clean, fresh new design and logo (created based on the same inspiration board as my past design–I love that!) to reflect this simpler perspective.

It’s good to be back! xoxo


I can’t believe I’m sitting on my new couch in my new apartment in my new city writing this post. Y’all, I have dreamed about the possibility of this day ever since I started blogging three years ago, and it is with so much joy and gratitude that I can finally share what my new job is with you!

I have been reading every bridal magazine I could get my hands on since at least early high school, and though I have enjoyed so many of them, no magazine ever resonated with me quite like Southern Weddings does. Not only do I think it is the most thoughtful, creative, beautifully designed magazine on the market, I also love the undeniable focus on marriage. It was so clear to me from the moment I opened my first copy of V4 (the fourth issue of Southern Weddings) that this magazine was not only full of gorgeous Southern wedding details, it was also overflowing with inspiration for truly beautiful, thriving marriages.

Southern Weddings job announcement

I can hardly find the words to express how humbled and grateful I am to be the newest editor for Southern Weddings. I am so thankful to Lara, Emily, Nicole, Marissa, and Kristin for taking a chance on me and welcoming me to Chapel Hill and to their office with open arms. These women are incredible, and I cannot wait to get to know all of their hearts so much more. V6 prep is already well underway and I’m so ready to dive right in, meet all of the wonderful brides and readers, and help make one heck of a beautiful, meaningful magazine happen. I am being officially introduced on the Southern Weddings blog today, so if you’re interested in hearing a little bit more about how I got my job (along with a video about what happened when I got my job offer email!), you can find it all here.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and prayers during this journey, from the day I started Something Pretty to now. I’m especially grateful to my family, who has believed in me fiercely since the beginning, my boyfriend Dave, who this journey would not have been nearly as fulfilling and joyful without, and my sweet friends who were always quick to offer me their prayers. I have not made a final decision on what path Something Pretty will take quite yet, but for now, my focus is going to be on getting acclimated to my new job and schedule. I will definitely keep everyone posted, but please feel free to follow along on the Southern Weddings blog, as well as my personal social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) in the meantime!

Love, Lisa