Wore



It's back. Summer. But I am not complaining!! I would much rather have these hot days than snow. Absolutely. 




For those who might be wondering:
Top: Old Navy (on sale!)
Shorts: Old Navy (similar on sale!)
Necklace:  c/o Our World Boutique (on sale!)
Sunglasses:  Mod Cloth (on sale!)
Shoes: Target


Must Eat Memphis: Babalu


For the past few weeks, it feels like all anybody is talking about in Memphis is the opening of Babalu, a brand new (to Memphis) restaurant on Overton Square. Now that I've been there, I totally understand why.

First of all, when I hear the word Babalu, I immediately think if I Love Lucy (please tell me I'm not the only one!!). In fact, I keep imitating Ricky Ricardo and Jeremy pretty much thinks I'm crazy. Anywaysss, would you believe that there are not one but TWO projectors in this restaurant looping I Love Lucy episodes? Seriously, as a major Lucy fan, I absolutely loved this.



Now, let's talk about the food. Babalu serves up tacos and tapas. Meaning, this is a good place to go if you want to try a little bit of several things on the menu and share orrrrrr just order one thing for yourself. Jeremy and I decided to just go with tacos. I ordered the chicken tacos and Jeremy ordered the Carne El Cerdo, or pork belly tacos. Both were delicious!! I liked that they were a little bit on the smaller side making them more manageable to eat, but they were definitely still filling and absolutely bursting with flavor.

I know we will be returning to Babalu since sooo many people have mentioned how good their guacamole is!! The servers make it table side. Everyone I have talked to brings up a different item on their menu and tells me how delicious it was. I have a feeling this will become a place we go to frequently and never order the same thing.

 So, Memphians, have you been to Babalu yet?
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365 Days Long



Before Jeremy and I got married, I had an idea: what if we took one picture each day for our entire first year of marriage? This thought turned into #365DaysLong.

[ Get it??? My new last name is Long ;) ]

From day one of our marriage on May 31st, Jeremy and I have taken a photo of ourselves! Some days this is super easy, like when we're someplace interesting or spend the whole day together. Other days we completely forget and have to make up for it the next day. There have even been a few days that we've been apart. When that happens, we just take selfies and put them together.

To help make this project slightly easier, we've been using an app called Collect. It allows us to write a caption and even sends me a notification reminder each day.



I love that on our first anniversary we'll have a photo memory for everyday during our first year of marriage. Being Jeremy's wife is one of the best things I've ever been given the opportunity to do and I know these are pictures we'll always treasure, laugh at, and love.

Here are some of my favorites so far!!

Home Sweet Home


I don't have much to say today, I just wanted to check in and share this cute new hoop that I stitched up! It feels really good to be stitching again. I never realllly stopped, I just stopped coming up with new patterns. I've found some inspiration and it feels good to be back!

Be sure to check out my shop! I have a feeling I'll be adding a whole bunch of hoops here in the next few weeks :)


Wore


So, normally when taking these "wore" photos I like to be somewhat off the beaten track. I don't like when people are around judging watching me. I thoughttttt we were in a secluded enough spot this time. That was until someone started catcalling. Yeah, we couldn't see them but we could hear them! So embarrassing!!!

Anyways, I picked this dress up at Old Navy and it has been the perfect dress to wear in the somewhat cooler weather we are having this summer. When Memphis summer does come back, this will stilllll be a great dress to wear. I love it!



Bookworm: Unbroken


If you read any book this year, I recommend Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It's not a light read by any means and the story isn't warm and fuzzy. It is, however, a book you will not be able to put down and a book that will stay with you.

Written by the same author who wrote Seabiscuit, Unbroken is the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete turned American hero who lived through unfathomable events during World War II. He is an incredible example of the trials that a person can endure.

As I was reading, I couldn't believe how one person was capable of living through such unbelievable circumstances. Louis Zamperini did survive his unimaginable ordeal, and in fact passed away just a few weeks ago at the age of 97.

Another reason you should read this book right away is because it is going to be a movie! Yes, Angela Jolie is actually directing it and from the trailer, it looks like it's going to be a good one.

So, have any of you read this yet??

The Most Difficult Post I've Ever Had to Write



This has been the most difficult two weeks of my life. On Sunday, July 6th, my Father passed away. It still doesn't seem real.

If you've been a reader of Ten Feet Off Beale for a while, you might recall that my Dad had CLL or Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. He lived with this disease for 13 years. He would undergo treatment and get better. He would end up in the hospital and then go home after a few days. The disease essentially made his immune system obsolete, so the real threat was infection.

I don't want to get too much into what happened here, but on Sunday, June 29th, I quickly booked a flight to New Jersey. My Dad was in the hospital with pneumonia and it wasn't looking good. I spent the week at the hospital with my entire family and close friends encouraging and praying for my Dad. This was probably the longest week of my life. We prayed and hoped and overall stayed very positive. It was an emotional roller coaster. He would improve then decline then improve again. I just knew he would get through this. I mean, he had beaten pneumonia before.

This time, however, would be different.

A week later, on July 6th, in a hospital room surrounded by his family, my Father passed away.

The visitation, funeral, and burial all seem like a blur. I just can't believe he's gone.

I will say that I am beyond thankful that he was able to attend my wedding, and that he was in relatively good health. He gave the most beautiful speech, walked me down the aisle, and danced with me like I always dreamed he would. These are memories I will truly cherish forever.


Dad, I miss you so much already and know that you will always be with me. I hold onto the fact that you are no longer suffering or in pain and that we will one day be together again. I love you.


Tory Burch Espadrille Giveaway

So, in my opinion, everyone needs a killer pair of shoes to get them through summer. Well, take a look at these absolutely adorable Tory Burch espadrilles! Want to hear the best part? You can win a pair by entering below!! Ashley, who blogs over at Blog About Design, is giving a pair away! Yeah, that's pretty awesome. Just scroll down and enter using the Rafflecopter widget.

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Good morning readers! I'm so excited to announce a {Pink Tory Burch Espadrille Giveaway} today. Tory Burch has to be one of my favorite brands; they're super chic, and can turn any look from drab to fab. I've decided to style my Tory Burch Espadrilles with a pair of ripped jeans and capped top, and accessorize with a Rebecca Minkoff tote and jewelry! The Tory Burch Espadrilles give the look a great punch of color. From now until July 16th, you have the chance to enter to win a pair of {Pink Tory Burch Espadrille's} like the one's in this post. If you're as in love with these espadrilles as I am and can't wait, get them here. Good Luck! --Ashley

Red, White, and Bouq


I absolutely love decorating for the holidays. Over the years, I have accumulated all sorts of Christmas decorations, Halloween decorations, even Easter decorations. One holiday that I'm majorly slacking on is the Fourth of July. I love America but for some reason, there is a serious lack of red, white, and blue around here right now. When I saw these red, white, and blue roses I knew they would be the perfect way to make our house a little more patriotic.

Who says you can't buy yourself flowers? Especially beautiful roses from The Bouqs. The Bouqs own their own flower farm so when you order the flowers, they are cut and sent directly to you. There is no waste or middle man like there would be going through some other online flower companies. Their pricing is simple, too. They have a $40 flat fee for original size bouquets with Free Shipping! I mean, just take a look at some of their gorgeous bouquets.

Now, I know the Fourth is a huuuuge time for travel and cookouts, sooooo if you don't want flowers for yourself, they make great hostess gifts!! Orrr you can buy one bouquet for you keep and one to bring with you ;)



I couldn't get enough, so I split my bouquet into a few little bouquets so they could be scattered throughout the house. I don't know what it is, but fresh flowers make everything feel so homey. 



This post is sponsored by The Bouqs and Markerly. I was compensated for my review. As always, all opinions are completely honest and entirely my own. 

Another Fix


It's that time again!! I need some help deciding what I should keep from this Stitch Fix! At this point, I've had several Stitch Fix boxes show up at my door and each one has been amazing. Also, every item that I've kept has been worn over and over again. Soooo, I love your opinions!! Be sure to scroll to the bottom and fill out the form.

If you're hesitant about Stitch Fix, my advice? Just try it! There's no long term commitment. If you only want one Stitch Fix box, no problem! You only have to get one. In my opinion, it's definitely worth trying at least once.

What is Stitch Fix? This post should be able to explain it a little :)