Grateful

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

The Next Chapter

Q Weddings for Camille Styles{One of my favorite shots from Camille Styles’ Style Me Pretty Living shoot, by Q Weddings}

Dear friends,

I just want to apologize for not blogging much over the last few weeks since I graduated, and I want to explain what has been going on a bit. I can’t go into too much detail yet, but I promise I’ll share everything soon!

I started blogging in December 2010 from a my very cold, very un-cute apartment in Pittsburgh. I had just completed my first internship, which was at Pittsburgh Magazine. It changed my life, not only because it solidified my desire to work in bridal magazines, but also because it introduced me to blogging. I was assigned an article for the Weddings edition on a local marriage blogger, which led me to food blogs, and then fashion blogs, and finally, wedding blogs. Jessica Sloane‘s wedding was featured the day I discovered Style Me Pretty. I started blogging about weddings exclusively in March 2011, and it has given me more opportunities and experiences and even dear friends than I ever imagined it would. However, as much as I enjoy blogging, it has always been a means to an end for me. My first love has always been magazines, and this blog has first and foremost been my way of challenging myself to learn the wedding industry as well as I could and to write about it regularly.

The full story of how this happened will come later, but long story short, three days after graduation, I was offered my dream job at a bridal magazine. It’s the job I’ve always had in the back of my mind as my impossible goal. But truly, anything is possible through the Lord, and by His grace and in His timing, it happened. I still can’t believe it, and at the end of this month, I’ll be moving across the country to get started. Y’all, I am SO excited and grateful. I can’t wait to share more, but for now, I do want to apologize for the irregular blogging. The main reason is that I’m spending as much time with my family as I can before I move at the end of the month, and I still have lots to do before that happens. I’ll still be blogging every once in awhile, but for the most part, I’ll be taking the rest of this month off of blogging regularly. If you’d like, you can always follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you want to see what I’m up to!

Have a wonderful June!

Love, Lisa

Sweet Summer

I usually try to think outside the box in inspiration boards, but every once in awhile, I prefer to just pull images that are inspiring me and that I’m drawn to. The latter was how this board happened, and the result is completely my style–even the colors are similar to my branding! Pastels are usually associated with spring, but if they’re anchored with more natural green, I think they’re just as appropriate for early summer.

Sweet Summer{Bride and groom: Ryan Ray via Lauren Conrad| St. Germain cocktails: White Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty| Flowers: by Hollyflora| Monogram: Amalie Orrange Photograpy via Wedding Chicks| Cake: Annabella Charles Photography via 100 Layer Cake| Ring bearer: Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings| Calligraphy: Eric Kelley Photography via Once Wed| Bridesmaids: Naomi Chokr Photography via Camilyn Beth}

What’s your favorite detail in this board? I love the floral monogram and the hint of gold in those Camilyn Beth dresses!

Love, Lisa

Dress Envy

I’ve never been a big fan of beading, but the slightly 20s-inspired draping pattern on this Jenny Packham gown may have changed my mind!

Jenny Packham

One of my favorite photographers, Trent Bailey, photographed this style at Central Park, paired with a gentleman decked out in a cream Billy Reid dinner jacket. So gorgeous! Check out the rest of the shoot on Style Me Pretty.

Love, Lisa

To Be Inspired

The past week since I graduated has been such a whirlwind! I am so absolutely overjoyed about what’s ahead, but until I can share what’s going on in the next few months, I thought I’d share what I wore for my graduation. I absolutely loved my Southern-made Jolie and Elizabeth seersucker dress–I’ve been following their company since I saw them in Southern Living last year, and the dress was exactly what I had hoped for. I paired it with the Lilly Pulitzer wedges I scored on Rue La La a few months ago and a custom Kendra Scott ring I had made at their “Color Bar” in Austin. I have not had a typical college journey, and instead of getting a University of Texas class ring, I wanted something that would represent the three schools (and two sororities) that contributed to my college experience. I was so happy with how it turned out!

Jolie and Elizabeth dress | Something-Pretty.netKendra Scott ring | Something-Pretty.net

Even though this outfit was for graduation, I can absolutely picture it as a cute bridesmaid or wedding guest outfit as well–in fact, I’ll be re-wearing the dress to one of my friends’ weddings in August! Minus the cap and stole, of course. :)

Have a great weekend!

Love, Lisa