six strong women to look up to

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Don’t you think that now more than ever, we need strong, female role models to look up to? There are so many incredible women in history to look to as role models. From the Hepburns to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hatshepsut, it’s not hard to find stories of inspiring women dating back to the beginning of time.

But times have changed and we’re living in a new era where women are, maybe not always but more than ever, free to be themselves and to carve out a path that works best for them. I have this whole theory about how women are primed to really take over the world. That’s not to mean any offense to men, because I firmly believe that equality and power for women will only make things better for men. Like John Laurens said in Hamilton, “We’ll never be truly free until those in bondage have the same rights as you and me.”

So, I wanted to share six of the women who have been especially inspiring to me lately:

Kamala Harris
An attorney and California senator, Kamala Harris is a half-Indian, half-black daughter of immigrants who has truly taken the politics world by storm recently. It’s incredibly important to have the representation that Kamala provides in the highest ranks of government, especially when it’s coming from someone who isn’t afraid to speak out.

Audrey Gelman
Audrey is the founder of The Wing, the chic women’s only clubs originally founded in New York that have now expanded to DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London, and Toronto. She has a past in government, having worked for Hillary Clinton and Scott Stringer, but I find her work with The Wing to be so inspiring. There’s so much value not only in supporting women-founded and women-led companies, but also supporting spaces created with women in mind. For too long, women have been forced to maneuver their way in and through spaces that were designed to keep us out.

Amal Clooney
In my eyes, Amal is one of the most incredible women of our time and an incredible role model for women of all ages. She’s a Lebanese-British human rights lawyer who has represented high profile clients such as Julian Assange, the former prime minister of Ukraine, and Greece in an attempt to repatriate the Elgin Marbles. Most notably, in my eyes, is her work in court against ISIS, representing Nadia Murad, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and ISIS survivor. I admire Amal because she is able to take on the world’s toughest cases while still fully presenting herself as a proud, feminine woman.

Reese Witherspoon
I both look up to Reese Witherspoon and her character Elle Woods for the duality they represent. As a fellow southern girl, I love how Reese promotes and represents southern heritage in its modern state. She supports progressive causes and pushes forward for women in her work with her production studio, but also brings attention to the traditions of the south, like philanthropy, community, and togetherness, that I love so much.

Glennon Doyle
Glennon has been especially incredible this year for me. You may know her as the Christian mommy blogger who, after getting divorced from her husband, married womens’ soccer star Abby Wambach. Together, they’re an incredible couple doing work through their foundation Together Rising. I think it’s so important for white, Christian women to speak out against the current administration and the values that it holds. Glennon has been leading the charge and doing just that.

Jen Hatmaker
Similar to Glennon Doyle, Jen Hatmaker is a white, evangelical Christian from Texas who, in addition to hosting an incredible podcast that I highly recommend, has been vocally supporting senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke. She’s another example of privileged women speaking out, despite the backlash they inevitably receive from their peers. She’s also a mom to five kids, two of whom are black. She’s such an advocate for love and acceptance and that’s why she inspires me so much.

the weekend list no. 45


Happy Saturday! You guys, I don’t want October to end. I’ve been enjoying the season so much even if it is still in the high 80s in the south right now. Fortunately, this morning actually feels like fall as when I woke up, it was 64 degrees out. Regardless, just making fall dishes, decorating, and watching Halloween movies has been so much fun. This morning, I’m at my nephew’s football game and later tonight, some friends and I are getting together for girls’ night!

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My low is just that I’ve been really concerned with the state of the world these past few weeks. Between the supreme court confirmation and the new U.N. report on climate change, it’s been harder than usual for me to maintain a positive attitude. Really, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with letting myself be a little less positive at the moment because it’s in response to negative things that deserve attention.

A couple of highs to share, one of which is related to my low. Not long ago, I randomly had an urge to do a study of Esther. So, I pulled up She Reads Truth’s program and as I started reading, I realized it was seriously so relevant to what I was feeling. Seriously, if you’re feeling like you’re at a loss during these negative times, read Esther! Other highs are that I’ve been taking on some really interesting work projects, including things involving Cosmo magazine, Malcolm Gladwell, country songwriters from the 70s, and more. Also, reading Reese Witherspoon’s new book has seriously been such a high. Expect a full review soon!

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As I said above, I’m spending today with family friends! For the next few weeks, I’m focusing on reaching my personal and professional goals as well as knocking out some of the bigger items on my October bucket list like having our annual “You’ve Got Mail” viewing night with applejack brandy sangria and caramel popcorn.

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One of the best practical posts I’ve seen on achieving Parisian style.

Why your vote matters.

I’m a huge fan of Myka Meier (she liked my photo on IG recently and I majorly fangirled) and am loving her series of etiquette posts on The Glam Pad.

How cute is Atlanta food establishment The Varsity? That branding is on point!

The winners of the 2018 MacArthur Genius grants are so inspiring!

Why you should host a murder mystery this Halloween.

I really want to have one of these custom tote bags made, but I’m not sure what I want it to say yet! What would yours say?

How many of the most beautiful cities in Europe have you visited and how many are on your list?

Saada is just really, really cool.

Perfect for fall: how to take care of your sweaters.

Some excellent ideas to upgrade your bath game!

Workouts for when you only have 10 minutes.

a few fall things

Hello! How’s your October going so far? I’m making sure to celebrate it to the fullest extent possible this year, aiming to do something autumnal every single day. I shared the photo above on my Instagram recently and wanted to dive in deeper to the three elements because they’ve been some highlights of my fall season so far!

caramel apple cider
It’s easy for me to say my favorite fall drink is apple cider, specifically with a little bit of caramel. I recently made my own hot caramel apple cider at home and about died and went to heaven. I’ll admit, I didn’t have the right ingredients on hand to make a proper caramel sauce, so I improvised (I actually used a little bit of almond butter in it) and also made a coconut whipped cream topping. For an easier version, buy some cider from the store and heat it up. Top with Cool Whip and a drizzle of prepared caramel sauce, like the kind you use for dipping apples.

callie’s hot little cinnamon biscuit
I’ve been really into using biscuits as my cobbler topping lately, so I had some on hand when I saw this recipe on the Draper James blog one night. I immediately whipped up the cinnamon butter for the biscuits and it was so good. This is such an easy fall treat to make, especially if you happen to have Pillsbury Grands or leftover homemade biscuits on hand.

southern living october issue
I really like the fall issues of Souther Living. In fact, I recently checked out the 2017 September and October issues before this year’s October issue hit stands. When it did, I instantly snatched it up because of the gorgeous cover (see above)! Definitely get your hands on this issue if you can because it has so many great ideas for celebrating the season.

Okay, that’s all for now! I’ll be back tomorrow with What I Ate Wednesday.

the best apple cobbler + other fall baking ideas


So, the other day I made the absolute best dessert in my personal baking history and, funny enough, it was probably the simplest. I made an apple cobbler with biscuit topping with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and I swear, I drool just thinking about it.

Baking really is one of the greatest fall activities, if you ask me, because the flavors are some of the best. Pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, sage, maple, and caramel. 🤤 Below, you’ll find links to a couple of fall baking ideas, followed by the recipe for my beautiful apple cobbler.

glazed apple pie bars via elisabeth + butter

pumpkin whoopie pies via elisabeth + butter

apple crisp (v) via minimalist baker

banana bread cinnamon rolls (v) via ambitious kitchen

pumpkin flan with maple caramel via barefoot contessa

french apple tart via barefoot contessa

the best apple cobbler you’ve ever tasted

6 apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp lemon juice
8 Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
Almond Milk
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F)

  • Peel and slice apples, add to saucepan with sugar, water, cornstarch, lemon juice, and dash of cinnamon.

  • Bring it to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Add apples to cast iron skillet (or baking dish) then top with 8 biscuits, spread apart evenly.

  • Brush the tops of biscuits with almond milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

how to: game night + breakfast for dinner


Do you guys like to play board games? I’ve always been a huge board game person and, honestly, what’s a better way to spend a fall evening than playing board games and eating breakfast for dinner? For my mom’s birthday this year, that’s what I planned for her. We had a tournament with three games and, in the end, I lost to my mom by only one point !!! Even though I didn’t win, It was such a nice, cozy night that you can easily recreate yourself.

the mood:
Cozy, cozy, cozy all the way. Set the lighting low with lots of candles and provide throw blankets for your guests to cover up with. Lay out some cute themed napkins and create a cozy space for playing games. Set the vibe with a playlist full of fun songs that aren't too crazy but are upbeat enough to please a crowd and keep everyone awake. Backstreet Boys and N*Sync are always a good choice. Another idea to consider is having everyone put their phones away in a basket during the games.

the food:
Game night calls for comfort food and for our party, we decided on a crowd favorite: breakfast for dinner. I made a batch of mini pancakes with a cute little toppings bar so everyone could customize their plates. On the side, we served our favorite vegetarian sausage patties from Morningstar. Coffee and orange juice are the perfect drink options for this theme, served in pretty glasses.  

the games
Pick any games you like! I recommend taking advantage of the occasion by playing all those games that require a group of people. For an all-out tournament, pick three to five games varying in length and see who wins the most. Below are some game suggestions.