Guys, it has been one heck of a week and it's only Wednesday! Justin and I are settling into married life pretty well and ICYMI: we made our first move! Last weekend we moved from New York to Georgia of all places and Y'all... it is HOT. Man, people weren't kidding when they said it was hot and humid down here. Anyways, my girl Tomi over at GOODTOMICHA just recently moved to San Francisco and has these adorable blog posts all about her time there and I thought it would be cute to do something similar to document all over our moves. Because when you're a military family, there sure are a lot of them!
I'm not sure how many of these I'll do, maybe they'll be once a week or once a month depending on how much you guys like them. And how much I actually get into but more about that later! Also, make sure to check out our very first moving vlog to actually see the action of our move from West Point to Fort Benning! Read More
The last month has been a whirlwind but you guys, we finally moved to Georgia! We spent two days driving from New York to Georgia for our first Army move. The puppies and Justin and I are all doing fine and excited to move into our new house on Monday! I'm sorry this vlog is a little all over the place. I wanted to do a lot more with this moving vlog but it just got so complicated with all of the driving (Justin drove the U-Haul while I followed in the car with the dogs). We are having so much fun exploring our new town and can't wait to share all of the exciting things to come with you guys. Also, you can follow @TheChambleeHouse to see behind-the-scenes of our home before next weeks vlog! Read More
YOU GUYS. I have been waiting for this moment for YEARS. I finally went and got my hair cut this past week just before we left for Georgia! If you know me personally then you know that I typically always have pretty short hair. I mean, after graduating from college I chopped ALL my hair off and got a pixie cut. I actually had a pixie cut when Justin and I first met! After dealing with the upkeep of having a pixie, I decided to start growing my hair out and then we got engaged. So naturally, I have been growing my hair out for a little over three years now. Read More
When I picked this little red and white dress up at J. Crew Factory a few weeks ago, I knew instantly that I was going to be grabbing it all summer. It's totally light and breezy and basically screams summer. Not to mention red is such a hot color trend right now. I normally am not the type of girl to pull off a red dress but man do I feel good in this one! I originally purchased this floral frock back in May as a last minute option for West Point grad week and ended up wearing it to Justin's graduation parade where we got this amazing snapshot. Name a more iconic couple, I'll wait. Read More
Today's post is kind of one of my favorites I've written in a while. I was able to test out R. Riveter's new Corbin backpack before it was released to the public and Y'all, I am obsessed. But this post is pretty much me fangirling over the namesake for the backpack. Trust me, you'll understand why when you hear more about Margret Corbin. Let me also just say that I normally hate backpacks. I'm not exaggerating when I say I look like a little preschooler in most backpacks because of how large they are on my frame. The Corbin is a perfect size and has my favorite feature in a backpack: lots of pockets. I was able to lug around a laptop, two cameras, and goodness knows what else in this thing! It's also convertible into a crossbody which is seriously innovative. I don't think there's anything this backpack can't handle, just like it's fierce namesake and all of my fellow military spouses out there. Read More
Y'all it's our first MARRIED date night! Can you believe it's been almost two weeks since we got married? Neither of us can so we figured it was about time for our first married date night! We plan to have a date night as husband and wife at least once a week throughout our marriage! We are firm believers that date night in relationships is super important. For our first date night as a married couple, we went to our favorite local restaurant and then went to the movies! At the movie theatre, Justin talked me into playing an arcade game and it was SO MUCH FUN! I love that he makes me be a little spontaneous and feel like a kid again! We also have a mini bonus date where we spent Sunday hiking at Bear Mountain!
Next week is going to be filled with moving vlogs so I hope you're ready for the exciting changes that will be happening on the vlog channel! We will be sharing our house, decorating, and exploring the new area we're moving to! If you aren't already subscribed to our channel now is the perfect time to join our family! Read More
I feel like it's been forever since we had a true Saturday Morning Coffee sit down. I'm sorry to disappoint you but today's might not be exactly what you're looking for but it is something we all need to hear. I have struggled with finding a way to share information with y'all about depression and suicide without being too open and without turning people away, without opening myself up to criticism. I realize now that this isn't the time to be worried about what other people think.
Over the year that this blog has been live, I've written a total of 6 blog posts that deal with mental illness. Whether it's talking about my depression or anxiety, I always felt the need to share about things like mental illness on the blog because sometimes when you're dealing with those things the depths of the internet seem to be the safest place. When I heard about the passing of Kate Spade and the Anthony Bourdain just yesterday, I knew it was time to get a little more raw and real about mental illness. Read More
ICYMI: May was a HUGE month for me (and Justin). That's why it's now well into the first part of June when I'm finally getting around to posting my May Favorites for 2018. I've been doing these favorite posts for a few months now and they're one of my most popular posts each month so I'm obviously going to keep sharing them until Y'all tell me to stop! Like I mentioned last time, I wanted to start a running list somewhere of my favorites for each month so that these posts weren't such a pain to write but I realized that the two things I wrote down for this month were also favorites last month...
There are exciting changes happening on the blog and my personal life. For starters, I got freaking married, and if you're new here then you can head over to my wedding updates to see how the last ten months of wedding planning added up to my dream wedding! I can't wait to share every last detail of our wedding once we have our pictures back! Justin also graduated from West Point this month which is kind of a huge deal and what has set us off on our next adventure (moving to Georgia). To say this last month was a whirlwind would be an understatement and June doesn't seem to be slowing down any.
With all that, let's get into my May Favorites for 2018! Read More
Y'all I am officially back from my not-so-planned hiatus! I really had planned on having blog posts going live over the course of our wedding week but with all of the graduation excitement and dealing with loss, I just was never able to sit down for long enough to write anything! I promise I'll be making up for it in the next few weeks though with some pretty exciting posts about the rebrand as well as moving vlogs!
I can't believe it has already been almost two weeks since Justin graduated from West Point! Graduation Week at West Point is a whirlwind of emotion and events and that's why I'm so glad I focused on vlogging and taking as many pictures as humanly possible. I figured I would recap West Point graduation week for y'all so you can have a little bit of a better idea of what really goes on during grad week at West Point, what I wore for all of the West Point graduation events, and so that I can capture some of our favorite moments from the week! Read More
The last two weeks of our lives have been a roller coaster of emotion. Justin graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and found out about the death of a close family friend. Then less than a week later, we celebrated our wedding day and a day later found out that Darrian's grandfather (Papap) had passed away. We knew immediately that we needed to sit down and share our experiences with you about how we're dealing with loss during a time of celebration because it can be so difficult to know when to be happy and when to be sad. We hope you find encouragement from this video.
I promise things will be getting back to normal around here starting this week. I will have full recaps on both graduation and our wedding coming up this week on the blog as well as getting back into the Saturday Morning Coffee posts we all love so much! Thank you to everyone who has sent sweet comments, condolences, and congratulations our way. We seriously love you so so so much! Read More
YOU GUYS! It's here! The long-awaited West Point Graduation Vlog is finally here!!! We are so excited to be able to share a little bit of our experience during USMA graduation week and to celebrate Justin's accomplishment of graduating from the United States Military Academy. We show you the DUSA Bride's Coffee, the West Point Graduation parade, the all-important USMA graduation ceremony, the West Point hat toss, and Justin's West Point commissioning ceremony where he officially became a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army! We are all so unbelievably proud of Justin. Next up: Our wedding day!
West Point graduation week was one of the craziest weeks of our lives. I am so excited that I was able to capture all of these special moments for you all and our family and friends who were unable to be with us to celebrate Justin's accomplishment. I can't wait to sit back with our kids 20 years from now and relive these moments! Read More
This week has been a whirlwind. We've been so busy bouncing from event to event that I don't even know if it's hit you yet that you're graduating. But today is the long-awaited day. Today, the day you go from Cadet to "Old Grad" and join the Long Gray Line is finally here. Your path to this point hasn't always been easy. Heck, your first day here they didn't even know if you were going to parade because of the rain. But the clouds broke at the last minute and the sun shone brightly on you and your class. (I had to mention it, obviously, since no one else has yet). This moment on R-Day has defined your class. It's in your crest and everyone mentions it in their speeches, usually. But it also defines who you have become.
While I may not have been around for the beginning of your journey, over the last three years I have watched you grow and mature into the kind of leader that I strive to be. You are humble, kind, and the most honorable person I've ever met. I know that if called to do so you would gladly give up your life for that of the person on your right or left. You have weathered many a storm to get to this point and boy has the sun shone this week for the Class of 2018. Read More
When Justin and I first met, he was in his second semester at West Point. Honestly, graduation didn't even cross my mind at the time, other than to remind me that it was nearly four years away at that point. As we were driving past West Point on Sunday, Justin said, "I honestly didn't ever think I would get to this point."
It's so funny how we spend our time wishing and waiting for certain things. Graduation, wedding day, birthdays, etc. And then they come and BAM! They're gone in the blink of an eye. That's how I feel about the last three years. Today we're halfway through grad week at West Point already and I find myself grasping for memories to hold on to.
That's why I wanted to write this "Memories from West Point" post. I'm a firm believer that West Point, as an experience, is going to be what you make of it. If you only focus on the bad times, the hard time, then you're not going to enjoy it. I would like to think that Justin and I took everything West Point threw at us and ran with it. We lived, we loved, we made amazing memories and friendships that will transcend time, states, even continents.
Here's a look back at some of my favorite memories from West Point. Read More
How crazy is it that when you're watching this it is Grad Week at West Point for the USMA 2018?! We are so excited for the graduation festivities to begin but first, we are sharing this past Saturday with Y'all. It was another rainy one but we watch the royal wedding, cook a HelloFresh meal, work on our wedding welcome bags, and show you some of the damage from last week's terrible storm.
Let me know how you like this new editing style! It makes those typical boring days seem a little bit special to me.
We've now made it easier to watch every episode of Darrian and Justin from the beginning! I created a playlist that has ever vlog in order from the very first one (even if they are a bit cringy) which is super easy to binge watch. I'm so excited we have these memories to look back on. Read More
It's Saturday, May 19th and you know what that means! The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was this morning! I actually didn't think I would be able to watch it. That's the one thing no one ever tells you about becoming a cable cutter... it makes watching live events challenging. I actually didn't get to watch any of the 2018 Winter Olympics this year because I didn't have cable. Bummer, right?
But thank goodness The Royal Family has their own verified YouTube channel. Did anyone else know that? Me either. So I was able to livestream the royal wedding this morning without even really meaning to! I got on YouTube to watch something else and realized I could watch the royal wedding. Definitely the highlight of this rainy Saturday so far. Read More
Buckle up, y'all because this post is a long one. Some of you may read this and think I'm crazy for sharing my "secrets" but I believe in community over competition wholeheartedly which is why I don't have a problem sharing this stuff with the world. I want to take what I've struggled to learn through trial and error and share it with others who want to pursue crazy things like being a blogger or starting a YouTube channel.
So I rounded up literally every tools I use for blogging, social media, and YouTube! I'm going to keep this intro short because honestly I think this post speaks for itself. If there's anything you would like to see a full blog post about related to blogging, social media, or YouTube let me know! Read More
Something I get asked a lot as our engagement has progressed is "how are you preparing yourself for marriage?" To be honest, the thought never really crossed my mind in my single years, like it probably should have, but as our wedding date has drawn closer and closer, I've noticed that I've been focusing a lot more on not only preparing myself for marriage but for a military marriage as well.
When you google "preparing for marriage" a lot of Christian resources come up. While I wish I had been more intentional in my single years to prepare for marriage, I will not be focusing on that for the duration of this post. No, this advice on preparing for a military marriage is all based on what I've actively been doing over the course of our engagement.
Some of this is intentional and some of the stuff I've been doing to prepare for marriage has been done without me even realizing that marriage is the reason I was doing it. Regardless of whether I was actively preparing for a military marriage or not, I wanted to share some of the things I've noticed myself doing lately in the hopes that it will help guide you as well! Can you believe there are now less than two weeks until the wedding?! Read More
Darrian and Justin | Vlog 85: Two Weeks Until...
Can Y'all believe that there are only two weeks left until our West Point journey comes to an end AND we get married?! It's so crazy. In today's vlog Justin and I went to West Point to load up the car with some of his things and tried to get some awesome pictures for the 'gram because of how pretty the trees around West Point have been! Unfortunately, it rained... a lot. We did end up getting a few pictures before the total downpour started, though! This vlog also makes it look like all we do is eat...
We are so excited to be vlogging again and hope you love this first vlog back! We promise that we're actually back this time so make sure to subscribe to stay tuned for more exciting vlogs to come! Read More
Saturday Morning Coffee #22 is coming at you right now! How seriously exciting is it that this is the 22nd SMC post? I feel like I get excited about each one of these but what can I say, they're my favorite posts of the week! I can't believe it is May 12th already. Today marks exactly two weeks until Justin graduates from West Point and also just over two weeks until our wedding day! We have been crazy busy with both graduation and wedding related things the last few weeks and even the moving process has been ramped up with the second week of May coming to a close.
This last week was definitely one of those weeks where I could tell that the last few days of our time here were winding down because everything that could go wrong, pretty much did. I got a parking ticket and spilled coffee all over myself at least twice (and again just as I was writing this), just to name a few things that happened this week.
Now grab your hot beverage of choice and pull up a seat because here's SMC #22! Read More
I move in like a month. Wow. Naturally, instead of thinking about packing, I'm procrastinating by dreaming of how I'm going to decorate our future home(s). It probably comes as no surprise that I, like many many others, am obsessed with the Farmhouse style of decorating. There is just something so simplistic and naturally homey feeling that makes the Farmhouse style decor so appealing to me. Maybe it's because I basically grew up in a "farmhouse" (though it didn't look anything like JoJo's version) but I can't wait to fill our home with everything quintessentially farmhouse style. So I took to Instagram and asked for recommendations on where to find the best farmhouse style inspiration on Instagram and boy, did y'all deliver!
I absolutely knew when I saw how many different suggestions you had that I couldn't keep them all to myself so today I'm bringing you the very first ever Reader Recommendations post! I asked and y'all delivered with what have got to be the best farmhouse style Instagrams and I'm so excited to share all of the amazing farmhouse style inspiration with you today. Sit back, relax, and enjoy (and maybe have your Pinterest ready). Read More