The Year that Was

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my Southernistas! It is my prayer that 2019 will be a blessed and prosperous year for you in every area of your life!

I know we that it is January 1, 2019 buy I just wanted to take a moment to look back on 2018. The beginning of the year started out on a sad note for my family with the passing of my grandfather 8 days into 2018. It definitely left a large hole in our life! My Grandfather was 96 years old and he was more like a Father than a grandparent andI miss him so much!

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My Grandfather, Ray Dempson 

With the sadness came joy and many changes in my life I started this blog which I never thought I would ever have a blog I mean what in the world do I have to say or add for that matter that hasn’t already been said or done but I discovered that I do have something to say and I am really enjoying blogging.

I was part of Dia & Co ambassador pilot program which is now the Dia Domino program and I am happy to still be involved in this program. Through this program I met Laura Stanberry (check out her blog) who is not just my style sister and shopping buddy but a great friend. I also met an amazing group of women in the Dia community which lead to an epic girl’s weekend in Nashville, TN with these women who I now call friends. We talked, laughed, shopped, and truly bonded and we continue to keep in touch with each other. I love these ladies!

2018 was also a year that saw me stretch myself fashion wise I wore leggings/pants and animal prints and until 2018 I had never worn any of those items. I found out I love leggings and while I will always love and never give up my dresses and skirts I now have a new appreciation of leggings! Again I have Dia to thank for pushing me out of my fashion comfort zone. As far as my fashion  is concerned I really feel like I stepped up my fashion game. I also started playing with accessories and started taking better care of my skin.

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Leggings & purse from Dia&Co, Blouse from Stitch Fix, Cardigan from Lane Bryant (no longer available), Shoes from Payless (no longer available)
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Pants, Cardigan & Shirt from Dia, Shoes from Botkier (no longer available), Bag from Nine West
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Leopard Print Bryant Blazer & Allie Skinny Pant from Lane Bryant, Shoes and Bag from Payless Shoe Source Christian Siriano collection

These are just a few of the great things that happened to me in 2018! Even though the year started out sad it ended on a happy note and I am looking forward to what God has in store for me, my family and you in 2019.

Until next time Southernistas Be Bold, Be Beautiful, Be Confident!

Nashville Photos by Tammi Montgomery NicPix Photography

 

Dia Ladies Do Nashville — Part 2

Hello Southernistas! So last week I shared the first day of the girls trip to Nashville, TN and I knew there was going to be a part 2 because I couldn’t possibly include a weekend’s worth of memories into one post.


Photos by Tami Montgomery — NicPix Photography

Saturday morning was a cold day in Music City but it didn’t stop a few of us from hanging out on the porch (it is the South) and just bonding before we finally went in and had breakfast together. Thanks to Laura M, Laura S, and Sara for fixing breakfast for all of us! There ladies are awesome.


Hanging my girls Laura M, Laura S (check out her blog), and Sara on the porch. It was really cold!

After breakfast we all got dressed and separated to explore Nashville. For me my girls Laura and Sara took me to Draper James which is the lifestyle and fashion brand of Reese Whiterspoon. In case you didn’t know Draper James has teamed up with Eloquii for a collaboration and they have just launched their third collection with Eloquii (click here to view collection). You can also purchase the collection from Draper James too. Southernistas if you ever get a chance to go to Nashville you have to go to Draper James! It is a wonderful store and I purchased a cute skirt because they also carry the collection in store. To see how I styled the skirt check out my Instagram page @reginaswilliamsgmail.


Me, Sara and Laura inside Draper James. I just couldn’t leave without getting my picture taken outside the store.

After we left Draper James we met up with everyone at Curves with Purpose at the Galleria in Franklin, TN. Curves with Purpose is a pop up store which donates to many charitable causes which sells on trend plus size clothes. You can also shop their website: www.curveswithpurpose.com. If you want to know more about the fashion they carry check out Laura Roy Stanberry’s lastest blog it’s all about this store. That Saturday everything in the store was 50% off so of course there was shopping to done and fun to be had!


Shopping at Curves with Purpose


Sara and Laura trying on and finding some amazing outfits at Curves with Purpose

After shopping was paused because honestly we could have stayed there all day and shopped we went back to our Airbnb to change and prepare for our photo shoot Laura M organized for us girls. We had so much fun and our photographer Tami was amazing. Nashville has beautiful mural art but the most popular mural art are the Angel wings so be warned there is a line but it moves fairly quickly and it is really worth the wait.




Me & Ms. Monica


Girl Squad — Myself, Laura M, Laura S. and Jennifer Conner aka www.theliteratehousewife.com and my fabulous heels perfect of Music City


Me and Carrie and Michelle


Fierce and Fabulous

Me with Ms. Monica and Michelle

Group Photo — Photography by Tami Montgomery — NicPix Photography

After the photo shoot we returned back to the house and got ready to go out to dinner at Mockingbird and an early celebration of Laura M’s birthday as well as Sara’s and Jennifer’s birthday. While there we found out the chef/owner of the restaurant is a Chopped Champion and we got to meet one of the Chopped judges Chef Maneet Chauhan! The food was delicious and the Chef and Maneet Chauhan were so wonderful to us. Mockingbird is a must for a really great meal!


Mockingbird Menu and the back is too cute!


The birthday girls with Chef Brian Riggenbach (Chopped Champ), Chef Maneet Chauhan, and Mikey Corona. They were super nice




Food was so good!

We had a great time at Mockingbird

Sunday was our last day and we said our goodbyes to everyone. We said out goodbyes to Laura M and Sara Saturday night since they were the first to leave at 6:00AM in the morning. It was bittersweet for all of us because we had truly not only become friends over the weekend but sisters! We has so much fun and several of us discovered that we are style sisters as well. Although it has been two weeks since the getaway I really miss these ladies and I can’t wait for us to do it again next year! I’ve included more pictures below of our photo shoot.

Until next time Southernistas Be Bold, Be Fearless, Be Confident!


Miss theres Ladies: Laura S., Jill, Jennifer, Me, Carrie, and Dollie! Not pictured Michelle, Katie and Ms. Monica







Photography by Tami Montgomery — NicPix Photography

The fabulous Jill — Photography by Tami Montgomery — NicPix Photography

Dia Ladies Do Nashville — Part 1

Photography by Tami Montgomery (NicPix Photography)

Hello Southernistas! I know it has been a long while since I’ve posted anything and I am sorry. One of the reasons is that I have been preparing for what I’m going to talk about in this blog which is my trip to Nashville, TN with my Mother to meet up with some amazing women that I connected with on the Dia & Co Facebook Community. This community was created by Dia & Co for Dia customers to come together and lift each other other. It is truly a safe place and I’ve gotten to know some awesome women on the community.

I’ve connected with ladies here in North Carolina through Dia & Co and thanks to Laura Mokelke who organized the get together I got to meet some truly amazing women and discover a place I’ve never been to but always wanted to visit. Some of the ladies arrived on Thursday and the rest of us arrived Friday.

Laura Mokelke and Me

The Air BNB we stayed in was really nice and with 12 women sharing this house we made it work. I think it was perfect! It was not too big but not too small the house was cozy and it created a togetherness that allowed us girls to really get to know each other

Our Air BNB




When Mama and I arrived on Friday and got settled in we got to greet everyone. There was a lot of hugging and of course the fashion was firece!

Laura Stanberry (https://wonderfullymadestyle.wordpress.com/)

Michelle looking fabulous

Jennifer Conner (www.literatehouse.com) & I casually slaying

The weekend that we were in Nashville there was a lot going in Nashville that weekend. There was the Tennessee Craft Fair, Octoberfest, Vanderbilt University was having Homecoming so we had a lot to choose from. We went to the craft fair that was held in Centennial Park. Centennial Park is worth the trip because there is a full scale replica of the Parthenon and is one of the locations that Percy Jackson & the Lighting Thief was filmed. There is a small fee to go inside the Parthenon $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors and children. I didn’t get to go inside because I really wanted to attend the craft fair but it is truly a marvel to behold.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon Side View


After the craft fair we went back to the house to change and go out to dinner. We went to Monell’s at the Manor for dinner. I highly recommend Monells if you’re looking for good southern cooking family Monells is where you want to go.

Monell’s at the Manor

Group photo at Monell’s

After dinner we returned to the house to talk and laugh and the most fun we had was an impromptu clothing swap. I was able to get the Girl with Curves Coat dress from Jennifer Conner at a great price and Michelle did a Dia unboxing. We talked we laughed and it was a great end to the night.

Stay tuned to part two of my adventures in Nashville with my Dia sisters. Also my friend and now fellow blogger will also have a blog post up about the Nashville trip.

Until next time Southernistas remember BE BOLD, BE FEARLESS, BE CONFIDENT!