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Camera Roll Chronicles: Kaylee's Bachelorette Party

The weekend of October 20th, 2017, 6 of us girls packed our bags and headed to Nashville, TN.  The official hashtag I came up with for the weekend was…


Our Itinerary for the Trip 

5 women, 1000 bags + a box fan 

5 of us girls at Rendezvous in Memphis, TN 

I was in charge of Kaylee's Bachelorette Bags and had the best time finding all the goodies that went in all the bags.  

I spent a lot of time looking searching Etsy for the best Nashville goodies and I came across some great shops: 

I ordered this bag from becollective and had Welcome! added above the TN state sign
Had to order these cups from YouGotPersonal and they were the best investment 

I wanted tattoos for us, but I ended up getting a custom order of her hashtag, #LeaveItToWeaver
from this shop and she was so sweet and easy to work with: PolkaDotzDesigns

Fran ordered these buttons for us to wear out and it was so nice to have all different types of sayings to choose from.  I forgot the Etsy shop page, but it was easy to find - just type in Bachelorette party buttons. 

Presents for the Bride - specifically for the lingerie shower Friday night 

Friday night we went to eat at Mack + Kate's. 
The service was incredible and the food was pretty good too.  
A perfect night to fill up on good food and cocktails before we went back to the house to hang out. 

All of us girls: Caitlin, Sarah, Kaylee, Mandy, Fran and myself 

Caitlin, Fran and I 

The next morning we woke up and headed through McDonalds to get some breakfast before our spa day.  I got my first EVER massage, a 90 minute swedish massage and it was the best thing I've ever experienced so far.  I completely get it now when people told me to get a massage, I GET IT. 

Post massage glow

After the spa and blowouts, we grabbed some lunch across the street and then made our way to a famous Nashville location: Opryland.  They were setting up for Christmas already and it was so pretty and magical. 

Once we got back to the house, we started to get ready for dinner at Butchertown Hall and then a stop on Broadway - the main party road in Nashville (like Bourbon Street is to NOLA). 

Cookies I had made from Campbell's Bakery in Madison, MS 

The only picture of me and the bride before going to dinner 

Post brunch happiness 

We ended the trip by having brunch at The Southern and it was AMAZING.  

The entire trip was such a good time, even if it started off with getting honked at on the interstate and we thought we were going to die, but other than that - an absolutely wonderful time.  I cherish these girls and I met my Nashville roomie, Fran who I will consider to be a lifetime friend now.  I am so thankful we all got to experience a city we had never been too and I hope to visit Nashville again in the future.  

#LeaveItToWeaver was a definite success! 


Camera Roll Chronicles: Kaylee's Bridal Shower

Today, I bring to you a new series on the blog called the Camera Roll Chronicles.  I never take enough pictures (and none of them are professional), but I cherish the photos I do have.  I am the worst at printing photos and putting them in albums, so I have decided to document little snapshots of time from my iPhone here on the blog from here on out.  I hope you enjoy.

Over the next week, I am going to showcase the events that took place for the #JoiningTheJoes wedding.  Since it's been a little over a week since the main event, I figured it was time to properly document all the activities that took place to prepare Kaylee to marry her soul mate, Edward.  I could not be happier for these two so let's take a look back, shall we?

Kaylee's bridal shower was hosted at the matron of honor's mom's house and it was incredible and hardly needed any decorations.  

We had plenty of appetizers, drinks and desserts to eat while the Bride opened her gifts and made everyone feel at home.  It was an amazing Sunday afternoon and it was the perfect day to kick off the #JoiningTheJoes wedding season.

The basket I made the lovely couple.  It includes the glasses they registered for, two towels, a wooden spoon, a spatula and a salt and pepper bulldog shaker. 

Bridesmaid Caitlin filling out her address for the Thank You Notes Section 

Presents area 

The Bride's favorite flavored cake from That Special Touch

Caitlin and I - she hates this picture, but I love my hair so it's staying.  

Caitlin and I and Baby Kennedy

18 days after this picture was taken, we wore these same colors in Nashville, Tennessee.  
The next post will be all about her bachelorette party and her hashtag, #LeaveItToWeaver. 


The Girl Behind The Blog

Over the last few weeks, I've been making mental notes of some of my favorite bloggers and the posts they write that I enjoy the most.  Some are always less appealing to me (fashion ones) just because I have no sense of fashion whatsoever, but I truly enjoy the daily routines, day-in-the-life posts, mini snapshots and weekend recaps.  

So I am going to take those favorites to heart and tell you a little bit about me today, for any new followers/readers in the mix.  I don't know if I've ever done one of these before, so I am going to format this post like one of my favorite Nashvillian bloggers, Natasha at Hello Happiness!

Why I blog...

I created this blog back in September 2010 (7 years ago, that's crazy!) and the only way I remember is because of my URL: cassandralynn23.  I was 23 years old, had just graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi that May, and was beginning my post-grad life.  I was trying to learn how to be a working woman while still maintaining my college friendships mixed with a little travel on the weekends.  Some of my friends were in the life stages of getting married and having babies and I was around for all of it. 

I knew I would never be a fashion/food blogger, so I tried to categorize my blog as a lifestyle blog where I could just talk about what goes on in my day to day life.  However, over the years it has turned mostly into a diary.  I just want to document the events of my life so I will be able to remember them when I get older, everything from brides to babies to bouquets. 

More of the PERSONAL side....

+ My full name is Cassandra Lynn Gregory, but I go by Cassie.  (Fun fact: my name on Facebook is Cassie Lynn and some people think that Lynn is my last name - so much so, that I am now getting invites in the mail as Ms. Cassie Lynn). 

+ Single for 29 years and counting…

+ Live outside of Jackson, MS.  Not sure I ever want to leave Mississippi, but I wouldn't mind moving to a different city in the central region of the state. 

+ People refer to me as 27 dresses - I am constantly being asked how many weddings I have been in and how many bridesmaid dresses I own. 

+ I HATE wearing heels.  I try to get away with wearing flats/flip flops wherever I go. 

+ I LOVE to travel... from my weekends to New Orleans, Gulfport, Natchez and Tupelo to my annual trips to Perdido Key, Florida.  This past year I went to Nashville for the first time and I cannot wait to go to Vegas for the first time in less than ONE month!

+ The other details: total southern girl, both graduate and heart, a true type-A personality who loves stationery and writing handwritten thank you notes, making baby/bridal baskets, being a hostess & throwing parties, doing yoga and spending time with friends/family. 

+ Obsessed with Dr. Pepper, deviled eggs, dressing up for themed parties, NEW ORLEANS, big sunglasses, chocolate, pickles/olives, songs that I put on repeat until I get sick of it, Vanderpump Rules and the Real Housewives of every city. 

+ Biggest pet peeve: When you're in the correct lane during rush hour traffic and someone races past you to cut in front and holds the whole line of traffic up. 

Fill in the Blank

The Best Advice I've Ever Received

​"Keep dancing, it will take you places."  That advice took me all the way to Rome, Italy and I'll never forget it. 

Favorite Quote

​"Stay in your own lane." - Bethenny Frankel/Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential

Favorite Vacation Spots

​Perdido Key​, Florida; New Orleans​; Nashville​

Five Things I Cannot Live Without (excluding family, 
friends,​ faith, and God)
Caffeine​, iPhone, French Fries​, Music, and Sleep . 

Favorite Thing to Cook

​I don't cook, but I can cook scrambled eggs.  It's not my favorite food, but it's a start. 

Something Surprising About Me 
have never had a boyfriend for longer than 6 months.  And all my relationships over the years add up to just one total year combined. 

Most Trusted Beauty Secret
​Beautycounter Face Collection - specifically the Rosewater Spray.

Drink of Choice 

​Frozen Margarita with salt and a lime on the rim

Favorite Song
​This constantly changes, but I will always love "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman.

Women I Admire
My mom​, Emily Loftiss, Chelsea Handler, and all the ladies I know in my life (each one has taught me something). 

Books on My Bedside Table
​I have a lot and plan on doing a blog post soon, but here is a few:  How to hang a Witch, Bite Me, Breaking Vegan, Eleanor & Park, and Save the Date.

Free Time Favorites
I love 
reading girly fiction, weekends at the lake/beach/cities with friends​, singing loudly in the car to 90's music​watching movies, making baskets for momma's to be or bride's to be​, and shopping for 

​other people. 

Did I leave anything out?  
What else do you want to know about me?  
Tell me one of your favorite things/books in the comments below! ​


17 in 2017

I'll admit that 2016 had some pretty big highs and some nasty lows; days where I was so happy with myself and the life I had created around me and then days where I was filled with anxiety, anger, or sadness that made me take a step back and look at what I was really doing.  I don't really agree with the bandwagon of everyone saying #2016wastheworst, because there was good in the year too.  Nobody really cares when you complain so it's better to focus on the positive, ya know?

This year I plan on making a better effort with my little blog, Always a Blogsmaid.  I don't know if I should still use this title due to my bridesmaid days ending soon, but I think I still have a lot of life left in this little part of the internet.  I read blogs every day and hope to always love sharing my life and reading about others.  So without further ado, here are my goals for 2017. 

* Go back and read my "30 before 30" list and see how many I can actually obtain before May 2, 2017.  Maybe do a blog post to show which ones I've done. 

* Read 17 books in 2017.

* Completely pay off my student loan debt by December 31, 2017. 

* Be involved and finish at least 2 bible studies: one at the church and one with friends.

* Buy a vitamin case and begin taking probiotics every day.

* On weekends that I am at home, begin cleaning out one dresser drawer or part of my closet at a time - and put some things away in my "hope chest."

* Go to the library at least once a month. 

* Be more consistent with blogging - not sure what that looks like yet, but I'm gonna try.

* Continue being an active member of the #PTLOLetterProject, founded by Whitney.

* Sign up for the CPM program through work and begin working towards that certification.

* Set aside money to be able to take a summer lake trip and possibly a fall trip to Disneyworld.

* Have the best possible time in Vegas in March - and possibly see Britney Spears if she is still in concert there!

* No social media after 9 pm the month of February and see the difference that it has on me.

* Begin searching homes/condos and begin talking to real estate agents to know what the ins/outs of home buying is. 

* Continue using BeautyCounter and making sure I take care of my skin - including sunscreen and yearly skin checks.

* Subscribe to a new podcast each month.  And finally listen to Serial. :)

* Be more encouraging/consistent on social media.  Respond to each Instagram comment and make an effort to comment on others.  Spread happiness.

And if nothing else, I just want to make a lot of memories with my people.
If that's all i do, that's all that matters this year.