Wednesday, May 30, 2012

the city of country music, dolly parton, and baseball.

I hope everyone had a super fun Memorial day weekend. Mine was super busy, but super enjoyable.

We headed to Nashville for Ivy's wedding this weekend. It was the cutest, Pinterest-y wedding I've ever seen. It was at the Hermitage and it was so beautiful. Absolutely worth the trip :)
I wore my new dress from Banana Republic and it was perfect. Light and pretty spring hues. Loved it. It was my first Banana purchase, ya know.

After the wedding brother, mom, and I had a special tour of the Pinnacle and the in's and out's of downtown Nashville. It was super great. We got to see the city from the top of the Pinnacle and it was one of the most breath-taking sights (I can't decide if it was because it was beautiful or because I'm sorta afraid of heights!)

On Monday, Logan and I decided we would head to the mountains for the 2 most American things: Bass Pro Shop and baseball! 
We browsed around and I found this "Dolly Lolly" at a candy store beside Bass Pro... I snatched it up quickly because I used to eat these all the time when we'd go camping in the mountains when I was little. It seemed a little more weird eating it this time than I remembered it to be ;)

Speaking of Dolly- did anyone else see where the Bachelorette went to Dollywood on Monday?! I will be the first to admit I'm not too much of an Emily fan but I have a special kind of liking for her now that I know she loves her some Dolly! 
Anyway, We had a blast at the game. It was warm weather but in the shade it was so enjoyable. And speaking of good eats... Am I the only person that was surprised to find these old time favs being sold at the game? I haven't seen these in ages!

But enough rambling!
I have nothing planned for this week and I'm thrilled. I can't wait to sleep in some!
Tonight I'm cuddlin' up with my love and watching a movie. I
Also this week I'm expecting my June Julep box! Too excited for a certain color in there! I'm thinking about doing a vlog on that. What do y'all think about vlogs- weird or cool?
Talk to y'all soon.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

weekend plans.

Happy Memorial Day weekend y'all!
I am having the best weekend celebrating all sorts of things.

Yesterday, I was babysitting and it finally got warm enough to jump in the pool. We made slushies and took advantage of the pretty weather... for four hours. And I somehow forgot sunscreen on my chest. I bet you can guess what happens next... 
I feel so irresponsible for burning my skin as bad as I did but what can ya do now? 

Last night, Logan and I went to the mountains for a fun night together. On this day next month, we will officially have been together for three years. Wow- time sure does fly when you're so in love. We went shopping- I got some deals at Banana Republic and Gap. Then we went to eat at Olive Garden- one of our favs! 

Today we're headed to Nashville for a wedding. It's Ivy's wedding! Remember her from this guest post a while back? She is so sweet and I'm so happy for her.

I know my Friday Fancies post is a little late, but it breaks my heart not to be a part of my favorite link up all week, so...

This week's Friday Fancies was a dream outfit for the Memorial Day weekend. 
I made this before yesterday afternoon, but due to my sun-kissed skin situation, I think I will be just fine in Nashville instead of wishing my days were being spent on the coast of a classy little island :)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"....hear my cry of endless love to my Saviour and to my King..."

This song has been on repeat all week.
Listen the simplicity of the lyrics, the thankfulness to Him! Be inspired. 


Monday, May 21, 2012

healthy mind, healthy heart

This weekend I went to sort through books at Barnes & Noble online to create a rough draft summer reading list. As I was scrolling through the usual favorites: the Pretty Little Liars series, easy read books by Lauren Conrad, and other novels about all things love and revenge, all of which I quickly wrote down, I couldn't help but wonder- what am I feeding my mind?

I looked at the list of books I've read as of late: "Wanted", "Heartless", "Killer", "Wicked". All titles full of anger and rage. Then I looked at the list I'd began to create: "The Fame Game", "Twisted", "Stolen". What is this?! What kind of reflection do these titles about my life?

My pastor this week shared one of the best quotes this week:
"If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders."
Are the things I'm filling my mind with, although I read them very innocently, healthy for my heart? The time I have to actually read for pleasure is slim to none. It's cherished to say the least. Why wouldn't I use this time to read things of encouragement and love? Things a woman of God should be reading.

All of this to say, I stumbled upon a book worth reading. I was quickly enticed by two things: the fact she is a blogger, and the beautiful cover :)

Ever heard of it? 
I quickly read the most beautiful description:

Psst . . . pull up a chair and I'll tell you a secret. 
 You'd better lean in close for this one. 
You don't have to do more, be more, have more. 
I'm sure there are security alarms going off somewhere. You should probably hide this book when your in-laws come over. But it's true. 
It's the kind of true that will change your life, set you free, and make you wake up smiling for the first time in a long time. 
I know because that's what it did for me. . . . 
So watch out, sister. 
If you keep reading you just might be next.

Holy moly! What a breath of fresh air- right?!
I can't wait to start this one.
Anyone wanna read it with me? I'd love to start an online book club :)


Thursday, May 17, 2012

chambray season.

I've been loving chambray since this time last year but I'm loving it even more now that I have bright pants to go with it. 
My fav chambray button up is one that I scored at Goodwill last year, but I would love to have this one from JCrew. It's perfect. 
Y'all know I recently bought a pair of coral skinnies like these that I can't get enough of, but these yellow trousers from JCrew are really nice. But between F21, Target, and H&M I'm sure I can find the look for less somewhere. Speaking of splurges- I'm loving those earrings from Bauble Bar (as seen on Gossip Girl!)
 This is how I wear my chambray... Of course brands differ since I'm not rolling in an unlimited budget for clothes- buy hey, a gal can dream :)


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Julep Maven Box: May.

Sorry this is kinda late!
Actually really late. 
But I wanted to go ahead and share my little goodies that I got in my Julep Maven box for April!

If you don't know what Julep is:
Julep is a company that makes nail colors and treatments. All 3-free! I would compare them easily with OPI, Butter London, and Essie. Also-- Julep is now sold at Sephora (that means a lot to me, may or may not for you.)
A Julep Maven is a monthly program where you take a super cute quiz, pay just 20 bucks, and they send you awesome nail colors and products. Commitment shy? No problem. YOU decide how often to receive your Julep Maven box, and you can cancel at any time.

Now onto the goods...
This month I strayed away from my usual "Boho Glam" style catagory because I was loving the summer-y hues in the "It Girl" catagory. This box included 3 nail colors: Kylie, Ashley, and Nessa.

This polish is very interesting. I had never used a magnetic polish before- but I really like it. I'm still getting used to the stripes (which I do like, it's just different) I love that this polish looks just as great with the effect of the magnet as it does with it! The deep violet is really pretty and I think the magnet stripes look best if I do them on every other finger.

This was my favorite this month.Ashley is a really pretty bright (but not too bright) orange with a metallic/shimmer color. It is very opaque and thick. Two coats was plenty. I really probably could have just done one and been fine! Love love love this color. Definitely will be sporting this one on my toes while I'm on vacation later this month.

I have a love-hate relationship with this one.
The color: divine. The sunshine yellow with a metallic/shimmer finish like the one above is too perfect for summer. But... against my not yet tanned skin- I really don't like it. I know this will change, but right now it just isn't working. I'm going to try an ombre look with "Ashley" and I think I will love that. But until I get more of a tan- I refuse to use it on it's own. Sorry Nessa :( 

But wait... A special offer:
For the remains of March I have a special coupon code for you guys to use. 
Instead of paying $19.99 (what a monthly box costs)
You will get your first box for only... drum-roll please...
ONE CENT! (and shipping is free!)

Click this link, take the fun-as-can-be style quiz, and after that enter the code: SHAREONMAY at checkout and receive your first box for only ONE CENT-- shipping and all! $40+ worth of wonderful products for a penny? What do you have to lose?! 

Hope you ladies get to take part in this incredible deal :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

pinterest obsessions.

Happy Monday everyone!
This is my first full week of summer and I couldn't be loving it more.
Starting the week off by waking up late, running, blogging, and relaxing (painting my nails, lurking on Pinterest, and watching TV) and sushi tonight with my best girlfriends! Speaking of Pinterest, here are some things I've been drooling over lately.

On the hunt for mint denim this week.
Lovin' this whole get-up.

Definitely doing this look this week with my Hayden polish. 

I actually bought something that I pinned. Woah.
I'm really excited about this purchase. It's my first ever with Miss Burch but I think we are going to be great chums- her and I. Tory and Tori.

What a yummy looking summer treat!

Ever since I got my Sideways Cross Bracelet from Derng I've been obsessing over the "arm party" look.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

colorcrush: mint.

Spring is one of the greatest times to break out some color. And while I'm loving the neon trends-- there are some other colors catching my eye as well, including mint.
I feel like it is everywhere- and quite frankly, I ain't mad about it!

Y'all know I love my Julep. Well I got this shade, Suzie, in my Maven box last month and I'm obsessed. 
It's the perfect mint blue. Photograph above appears more of an icy blue, way different in person. (But I have to admit I'd classify it a mint blue. But that's just me)
While we're on the subject... Which do you prefer- mint blue or mint green?
As of now, I'm going to have to say blue all the way.

Are you a Julep Maven? Sign up today by clicking this link and enter the code: PENNY at checkout and receive your first box for only ONE CENT-- shipping and all! $40+ worth of products for a penny? What do you have to lose?!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Aquarius
Okay. A couple of summers ago I bought this eyeshadow at Sephora. They say it's turquoise but on me it's the perfect minty blue. (Maybe it's because I'm really fair, I'm not sure... but I'm not complaining!)
I like to sweep it under my lower lash line. It makes me feel like a mermaid. 
I couldn't find it for sale on the Sephora website but I'm sure you could find it via Amazon or Ebay.

I recently ventured into the world of colored jeans by going coral
And I have to say I dig them-but only in the nicest hues. This pair definitely makes the cut!
They are so crisp and clean. They are calling my name. 
I think I'll own some by the end of the summer.

The jewelry department is killer when it comes to mint too!

So- do you dig mint?
Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Here's a playlist with a couple happy songs. 
It's a nice kind of pick-me-up.

Studying all day for tomorrow's finals.
They're going to be tough ones. Pray for me.

Love y'all!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weekend Wrap-up.

This weekend was filled with fun. Shopping, "wrastlin'", and ahhhh time :)
I can't believe that in four more days my life will be a weekend everyday.
Hellooooo Summer!

On Friday, My best friend K and I went shopping. I picked up a couple things from Forever 21.
I saw this top originally on Natalie's blog, and I was about to buy it online. I thought I would wait it out for my next trip for F21 because I hate shipping costs! I almost screamed when I found it in the store. I'm so excited to wear it!

I can't wait to wear this top. I love the sleeves, they flare out like bell bottoms.
I feel like I should be a country singer throwing my arms up and belting out a high one... 
Right now, I'm thinking I'll pair it with my white skinnies and a chunky turquoise necklace.

I was immediately drawn to these earrings because they remind me so much of something from the Neons collection from Bauble Bar. I can't wait to do some color blocking with these pretty ladies.

Saturday, Logan and I went to our old high school to support the football team (Logan played, and now both our brothers are players) as they hosted a wrestling match. 
Yes. A wrestling match.
Not a wrestling match like you'd see in school, but real, older men... wrestling. Think small-town WWE.
It was the craziest thing I've ever seen. 
Nonetheless, Logan was loving it. At the end he wanted a picture in the ring... Yep- that's my boyfriend.
Still laughing out loud at this.
And laughing at the fact that he keeps telling me he wants to pursue wrestling as a career. 

Sunday was rest.
I went to church
Ate some Zaxby's.
Laid in bed and watched E!
Shopped a little with Logan.
Had frozen yogurt for dinner. (Cake batter with cookie dough on top. Mmmmmm!)
Watched some more TV, this time Duck Dynasty :)
And painted my nails in preparation for finals. Yeah- you read that correctly.
(Nessa by Julep)

What did y'all do this weekend?
Let me know!

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Today I'm taking part in a fun little link up over at Long Distance Loving blog. 
The point was to create a dream outfit for the KY derby (I will be doing that one day, by the way. Promise.)

Hat: I started with the hat, and I will admit, I'm not in love with it. But it will do. I mean it's super cute with the bow- super southern and sweet.
Dress: I decided that I wanted the accessories to be the statement, so I toned it down with this beautiful mint-y teal-ish dress from Tibi.
Jewelry: Now to my favorite part! I love the southern girlishness splendor going on is doing great things. All the bangles are from Ms. Kate Spade. And you can't do any big southern event without a monogram somewhere! I've been seeing a lot of celebs with these necklaces. I love them, but I can't decide if I'd actually where one. I'm thinking probably definitely. This one is from BaubleBar. Which by the way, BaubleBar is a new discovery for me- and I'm diggin' their neon jewelry! Check it out.
Shoes: The sweet bow slingback pumps are from... Oh! What do ya know... Kate Spade.

But that's it. I've got some fun plans for the weekend. Y'all are going to flip.
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Much love,

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


So many of you may have seen this post of my coral pants I wore yesterday on my Instagram.
By the way, follow me-- @torigjohnson

Any who. I thought I would share that outfit I was oh-so-obsessed with. 
But then I remembered that is the only picture I have besides these of my brother and I... 
and that doesn't really help you... Haha!!

So it's a little make-shift, but here it is: 
the cutest summer outfit I've worn in my life. 

Let's start at the toes.
LC Lauren Conrad Flats
These flats are so awesome. I found them on clearance for like $10.
You might be able to snag them on eBay, but they are no longer in stores.

My jeans- a.k.a. the star of the show,  are actually sold out online too!
But here is the link to the kind they are. The have blue and green left. 
(I almost got the green ones too!)
I really love these jeans. The only problem is they run really small. I had to buy two sizes larger, and my friend did also. And looking at the comments on their website- so did everyone and their mommas!

For my top, I wore just a regular cotton, taupe, flow-y top from Forever 21.
It was from a couple seasons ago, but there, they come a dime a dozen. 
I'm sure I paid no more than $10 for it.
It is really similar to the one above.

American Eagle Tassel Necklace
My necklace is from last summer. It's one of my favs.
Everything about it is so bohemian and summer-y and eclectic and bright.
I saw a couple like it in AE last time I was there, but I would check Etsy. It's my new go-to place for jewelry.

That's it!
Today was the last day of school.
I can hear the hallelujah chorus.
Get used to hearing a lot of me. 

Much love,