Thomasville – I adore you!

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If you’re looking for a town to visit this December, then I’ve found the place for you. Kev and I spent yesterday exploring Thomasville, GA and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. You’re probably wondering how we chose such a random place? Well, we have Southern Living to thank for that. They recently wrote an article about the Christmas magic that can be found in this small town. And I just couldn’t resist checking it out!

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Orange Blossom Style

If you’re up here in North Central Florida, then you’ll know it doesn’t feel quite like we’ve started the Spring season. It’s been downright cold up here. I’ve been trying to look on the bright side of things and what better way to welcome Spring than by styling with some gorgeous orange designs. This post is dedicated to my love of all things orange blossom. From perfumes to clothes to shoes and bags to stationary goods, I’m always on the lookout for the best finds!

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It’s Fall Y’all

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall,” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I couldn’t have said it any better myself; I just love Fall. It’s a season that I look forward to all yearlong and hate to see end. It’s one of new beginnings and reminiscing on past moments –  that crispness in the air brings back so many memories.

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Memories of my family visiting North Carolina and fall festivals.  To road trips with my dearest friends and hiking in Tennessee. To making fall decorations and baking delicious treats. And to carving pumpkins and going on hay rides – just to name a few.

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Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year.  To get into the spirit of things, 1. I consult my favorite magazines for inspiration. 2. Look through old family photos taken during the Fall and 3. make a Fall Bucket list to remember all of my favorite fall activities.

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch
  2. Decorate pumpkins
  3. Drink apple cider (or make it – if I’m feeling fancy)
  4. Paynes Prairie picnic
  5. Newberry Cornmaze & Hayride
  6. Fall decorations
  7. Baked pies and pumpkin goodies
  8. Front door decorations
  9. Go to a Fall festival
  10. Football game

So far I have a few things crossed off the list already, including a miraculous Gator football game!  More Fall loving to come in the next few weeks!

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Southern Artist Spotlight on Brandon Peebles

I snapped this great picture of Brandon at UF

My first amateur photoshoot with Brandon turned out beautifully

One of my favorite parts of the South is the amazing influence that it seems to have on all aspects of life. From food and style to art and music, it is easy to see its rich influence. I love being able to uncover these hidden influences because it showcases how a culture I hold dear continues to progress throughout time.

I’m so happy to see our generation continue to uphold the traditions of our ancestors and continue the southern legacy. When I first met Brandon Peebles, he resembled the makings of a southern gentleman – kindness, style and manners. When I found out that he was an artist as well, I was thrilled to learn that his southern culture carried over.

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The Orange City native has been able to blend the old with the new – drawing on southern history and modern influences. Peebles takes time to browse through southern history books get a feel for the culture. Country music has also had an influence on his work – especially slow songs that give a peaceful mindset. Nowadays he’s finding that his art is a tribute to the South and the lifestyle that depicts him. “It’s more fun when you have something to draw that relates to a part of your life.”

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The University of Florida and its environment have also inspired some of Peebles’ work. You can often find Peebles sitting outside under the oak trees and using the environment for inspiration.

Creativity flows under beautiful oak trees

Creativity flows under beautiful oak trees

Peebles’ hobby has transformed into an endeavor where he is able to give back to the community. He recently volunteered as a Project Makeover art coordinator where he created murals to beautify local schools. These murals provide students with a dynamic and fun environment in which they can better learn.

Brandon sketching an outline for a mural. Photo taken from Project Makeover's Facebook

Brandon sketching an outline for a mural. Photo taken from Project Makeover’s Facebook

The 21-year-old industrial and systems engineer hopes to pursue a job in engineering. But there’s always the thought of doing more that keeps him motivated – “In the back of my mind is the question of what if I did decide to pursue a career in art,” Peebles said.

Sample of Brandon's work

Sample of Brandon’s work

Brandon is such a humble artist who genuinely enjoys exploring his background and incorporating it into art. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for him and his artwork. He has some exciting news coming soon about an upcoming project he’s been working on. His story will continue in a Part 2 post sometime in April.