What I Learned My First Year Of Blogging



Photos by Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

Y’ALL!  I’ve been blogging at Southern Detour for a WHOLE YEAR!!  Holy cow, can ya believe it?!  Time has surely flown!  This is such a big accomplishment for me and Southern Detour!  I started this blog with hopes of sharing cute outfits, some encouragement, lots of adventures, tons of coffee, and the occasional cowboy.  I’ve been able to do just that and so much more…made friends, dusted off my writing skills, done lots of fun collabs + giveaways, learned about myself and what it takes to be a true blogger.


Here are some things I’ve learned my first year of blogging:

  1. Work Hard – No one else is helping you achieve the success of your own blog.  It’s you and your computer at the end of the day.  Keeping a blog going takes a lot {and I mean, A LOT} of dedication, time, and perseverance.  I get up before work to work on the blog and sometimes come home from a 10-12 hour day at the salon to work on the blog again.  It requires a lot of work, but when the work is done, it’s worth it!  That’s a lot of work {ha}!  I’ve loved hearing feedback from my sweet followers who enjoyed posts and watching Southern Detour grow!
  2. Schedule and Plan – I am such a planner, so this one came a little easier for me.  I always tell people, the blog post I launched this week may have been written well over a month ago.  It’s all about scheduling ahead of time and staying organized.  Tip: I found the Later App for Instagram.  It has definitely saved me time in the long run keeping up with social media.  I can schedule posts in advance and not have to sit there for 10 minutes editing the picture and posting a caption while I’m at dinner with the cowboy or spending time with family at the barn.
  3. Be Original – I love reading other blogs for inspiration.  That’s all dandy, folks!  Make sure you know what your blog’s foundation is and don’t stray far from it.  I love reading fashion blogs and pulling inspiration, but I have to keep in mind, my blog is more than that.  I always strive to make sure every post has great quality, even my outfit posts.  There are a million fashion/style bloggers, so find something that makes yours original.  This is just an example, but applies to all blogs {food, travel, faith, or photography blogger, etc.}.  Be YOU because there is no one quite like you.  And you’re pretty darn special.
  4. Be Consistent – Decide in the beginning how often you’re going to post and stick to it.  I knew I would be working a full time job on top of blogging and I also lead a very busy lifestyle.  I chose once a week because I didn’t want Southern Detour to become stressful or controlling.  It’s been a year and the rest of my life hasn’t slowed down so once a week still works perfect for me!
  5. Be Still – I’ve learned in all the hustle, organizing, scheduling, and business of a blog, sometimes you just need to be still.  It takes some quiet time and stepping back to rejuvenate and reenergize yourself.  Sometimes I just don’t feel like writing.  Sometimes I draw a blank.  Sometimes I am too tired to think.  And that’s ok.  I’ve learned to take it one day at a time.  Blogging is a journey and sometimes it’s just fine to take a detour and come back later.  Don’t burn yourself out on something that should be fun and enjoyable!  Blogging is what you make of it!

I came across this quote and it perfectly explains why I love blogging:

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans — because we can.  We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings.  That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone — because we have the impulse to explain who we are.  Not just how tall we are, or thin, but who we are internally, perhaps even spiritually.  There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls.  The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.” {Maya Angelou}


I just love that, don’t you?!  I’ve enjoyed sharing who I am and what I love on Southern Detour.  I am so glad my little blog is growing and prospering!  I pray over this blog and my followers.  I can’t wait to see just where this journey takes us!  Until then, celebrate ONE YEAR of adventures, detours, stories, and grace upon grace with me!  Heck, you should even go get ya a cupcake too!  Thank you for being a part of the Southern Detour community!  I couldn’t do it without you, friend!



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Layers, Neutrals, + A Tip

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love bundling up in lots of layers and bringing out my cozy cardigans.  Layering is one of the most unique and fun styling trends.  I love layering different patterns, materials, colors, and so on.  Tip: Try layering stripes with polka dots or plaid, a dainty lace top with a chambray button up, or a yellow top with pops of turquoise jewelry.  The possibilities are endless.

With this outfit, I paired a lightweight polka dot top with a super cozy knit cardigan that resembled stripes with the different threading.  I paired it with my “boyfriend” jeans ’cause they are so comfy, duh.  Add some fun jewelry {seems like turquoise always makes it in the mix with me} and the look is complete!  I love mixing neutrals!  This outfit was mostly black and cream, but it’s nice to throw in the camel flats as another neutral.


This photo shoot also gave me the perfect opportunity to be trendy and get a Starbucks drink!  If you haven’t tried the Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino, go now, like run fast as you can.  It’s amazing and almost didn’t make it through the photoshoot.  It’s that good.

Polka Dot Top | Cardigan – Similar | Jeans | Flats | Computer/Camera Bag

Hope you’re having a great week and enjoying some cooler weather, friends!



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Harvest In The Storm

I’d been watching Mr. Hyman plant his sweet potatoes and harvest them over the past few month as I’d pull out of my parents driveway to head home.


There’s a hurricane passing our way this weekend.  We haven’t gotten a bad storm like this in a long time in this small town.  Our first cold front of fall is blowing in.  It was chilly and starting to mist the other night.  Everything at my parents’ farm was secure and animals tucked in tight for the storm.  We went to get our bellies full on BBQ and biscuits at a local restaurant.

We were all so tired from crazy schedules and getting ready for Hurricane Matthew this week.  As we were passing by Mr. Hyman’s field, we looked over and saw his tractor shedding lights on him and his wife trying to cover the large wooden boxes of potatoes in preparation for the storm.  The wind was blowing the tarps and light was streaming in the dark from his wife’s flashlight so he could secure them to shelter the sweet potatoes.  Love their hearts.

My dad turned that Chevrolet in before I knew it.  All five of us hopped out ready to lend our hands.  The men had the tarps covering the sweet potatoes in 30 minutes.  Mr. Hyman was so grateful.  I noticed his tired eyes and worn hands from the farming.  I was grateful too.  Thankful for people like him.  Homegrown, farming the land, providing for America in the dark, wind, and rain.


Got me thinking.  I swear my mind never stops.

Mr. Hyman sheltering his prized sweet potatoes is how we should treat ourselves.  When we’re going through storms, trials, temptations and the wind is raging, the rain is coming down, and we can’t see through the darkness in life, we need to guard our hearts.  Don’t let the storms of life destroy you and make you bitter, depressed, and drowning in your own sorrow.  I’ve got good news, friend.  Storms pass.  And when the storm passes, there is always sunshine.  Some storms will be bigger than others.  Heck, you may even get a hurricane occasionally.  Will they leave damage and scarring?  Sure.  Just make sure to pick up the pieces of your heart after and let the Ultimate Healer put you back together.  God’s gonna take care of you, you little sweet potato, you.  There will be brighter days and helping hands along the way.  You’re never alone because God’s always holding you in His worn, scarred hands and there’s always, always people helping people.

Loving God and loving people,



“They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.'” {Jeremiah 5:24}


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Sometimes You Just Need To Bake Cookies With Your Sister… + A Recipe

Because sometimes that’s exactly what you need to do.  Bake cookies with your sister and call it a day.  If you don’t have a sister, a really good gal pal would work too.  You just need some tasty ingredients, good sing-a-long music in the background, and it’s bound to be a great afternoon!

I found this recipe on Pinterest.  It’s awesome because it’s called, The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies!  These cookies have “less butter for chewiness, more vanilla for buttery flavor, brown sugar for moisture, and cornstarch for softness.”  I have always loved simple chocolate chip cookies.  These were good without the guilt!

My sister, Kirsten, helped with the cookies and we had so much fun!


The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Original Recipe: Amy’s Healthy Baking

24 Cookies

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 1/2 tsp. Cornstarch

1/4 tsp. Salt

6 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled slightly

2 Egg Whites, room temperature

1 Tbsp. Milk

4 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Light Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Regular Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

2 Tbsp. Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter and egg whites until fluffy. Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Stir in the brown sugar, smearing out any clumps along the side of the bowl. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the regular chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips. Cover the top with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Roll the chilled cookie dough into 24 balls, and place on the prepared baking sheets. Press 5 or 6 mini chocolate chips into the top of each. Flatten slightly to about ¾” thick. Bake at 350°F for 8* minutes. Enjoy!

*Side note, I cooked my cookies 10 minutes like the original recipe said and they were too overdone for my liking.  I love cookies to be gooey, right?!  It’s taken me almost 4 years to figure out I have a very hot oven, obviously.  They will look almost under-done when they’re finished, but I promise they aren’t!  Don’t overcook them and ruin all your hard work!  Now, go grab you a tall glass of milk and a cookie, or just bring the whole plate.

Sister love,

Fallon & Kirsten


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Boho Yellow

Hey, that rhymes!!  Poet and I didn’t know it, whaaaat!  Okay, moving on.

Y’all, this top is the perfect color for fall.  I love flowy material.  If you know me, I hardly ever wear tight fitting clothes.  Sometimes, I’m guilty of going a size up because I love to be comfy!  Cute + comfy, is that such a crime?!  These bell sleeves are so cute!  This top is from SheIn.  Their clothes are extremely affordable + adorable {HA, I’m on a roll today!}  Say that five times fast.


I hope y’all enjoyed this look for fall!

I crack myself up.  Also, this top is only $12.99!!!!  I promise that’s not a typo!  Go get yours now!

I’m linking this top and a few other really cute tops for fall that I liked!

Boho Yellow Top | Burgundy Fringe Trim Top | Army Green Cold Shoulder Top | Black Beige Plaid Top




SheIn -Your Online Fashion Print Dress

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The Mountains Are Calling

You know that quote, “The mountains are calling and I must go,” I’m pretty sure that really happens to me.  I’m also pretty sure it’s hereditary.  It happens to my parents all the time.  Soon as the first signs of fall are present, I have a need to see the mountains.  It’s probably my favorite scenery in the entire world.  Simple but makes my little heart so happy.

Thankfully, my husband understands this weird hereditary trait that I inherited, and he goes along with it just fine.  We had the busiest work week.  Overtime on the job and we were trying to finish the plumbing in our trailer.  If you missed the renovation post of our horse trailer, I’ll fill you in here + lots of photos.  We had every reason not to go to the mountains, but we made it happen.  This was the last weekend we would really be able to do something for ourselves with horse shows coming up and using up all our free time + money to finish the trailer.  We headed to Blowing Rock, NC with a horse, 2 dogs, and enough luggage to stay for a whole week {I always overpack, I admit}.

We stayed at Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve.  This place is beautiful and the facilities are so nice.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to enjoy the trails there.  The preserve has over 25 miles of horse trails through the mountains.  Erik was able to get a few rides in at their arenas.  We did some shopping {mostly me}, ate at their local restaurants, and took in the pretty scenery.


I love these little trips.  I love the mountains.  They give me some kind of peace and happiness.  I love my husband, who just gets me.  I love horses.  I love local shops and diners.  I love cream-filled strawberry pancakes for breakfast.  I love that we were able to bring our two pups along, even though Dally growled at a granny while we were downtown and 5 minutes later she was the friendliest pup ever.  I love salted chocolate caramel apples.  I love fall and making memories with my family.  Blowing Rock, I love ya.

Lots of love,


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Southern Detour? + Exciting News

Where did you come up with Southern Detour?  I’ve been asked this question a few times, okay maybe a zillion – I promise I’ll get to that!  There are so many exciting things happening behind the scenes at Southern Detour.  I feel it’s the perfect opportunity to share those things with you and tell you how Southern Detour came about all in one post!

Last year, I went with my husband, parents and sister to the big ol’state of Texas for her Extreme Mustang Makeover Competition {if only I’d been blogging then…what an adventure}!!  By the way, her and her horse, Mister Twister, won and took home the check!  Isn’t he a cutie?


On the way back to South Carolina, we were throwing names around for a possible shop in the future.  I’ve always loved clothes, especially boutique clothes!  I am very southern, born + bred.  I am so proud of my southern roots.  We were definitely drawn to having ‘southern’ a part of the name and brand.  On our 22 hour drive, we passed a sign that said DETOUR just as I was thinking SOUTHERN and it clicked.  Southern Detour.  It was perfect!!  We all loved it.  You’re always on detours, whether you’re on an adventure, navigating through your day, or just traveling through this crazy thing we call life.  Shortly after, I had thought about blogging {because our lives are just so darn interesting} and the name could not have suited me better.

Simple little story, but I’ve been blogging here for a year and never looked back since!

Just recently, my parents have taken the name further and opened a shop full of cute clothes, antiques, jewelry, art, and all kinds of trinkets in our hometown!  They have carried the name Southern Detour because it represents everything the shop is about.  It has a southern flair and they are always on a detour looking for new pieces to add to their place.  So very exciting!!

Southern Detour is now a place where you can locally shop unique pieces you can’t find anywhere else, follow along with our life’s journey on the blog, and gather to make new friends + find encouragement.  We are merging the two on the same Facebook page so there will be less confusion and you can find everything all in one simple stop!  If you’re local, come visit my mom and find the perfect piece {or two, or six} for you to take home.


We are so excited about this new adventure for Southern Detour.  Make sure to sign up with your email and never miss a post + stay up-to-date!  Thank you so much for reading along and being apart of the Southern Detour community!



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2016 Fall Favorites

Just in case you’re wondering, fall is my absolute favorite season EVER.  There’s just something about the savory smells, pumpkin lattes, cozy clothes, coffee overload, cobblers, mountain trips, cookies, cuddling, floppy hats, football, horse shows, s’mores, okay I’ll stop now.  You get the point.  Fall is the best.

I wanted to share some of my “fall favorites” with you gals!  These are the things I can’t stop using right now!


  1. Arbonne Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème: At the salon, my hands are constantly in contact with water, chemicals, and heat.  Over time, this really dries my hands out and the skin around my nails crack.  This hand creme has been so moisturizing and hydrating!  I put it on at night or whenever I think about it.  It’s vegan, gluten free, plus it doesn’t leave that sticky/thick residue feel.  It has a light, clean smell that I love!  Feel free to contact my consultant, Alisha, if you have any questions here.
  2. Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColor: I’ve been looking for a good matte lipstick/gloss and I found the perfect one!  I got a pretty, rich, pink color {Embrace} which would be a solid everyday color for me.  I also got a bright, coral color {Flirtation} to carry into fall.  It’ll be a fun transition color as my tan starts to fade {not that I had much of one anyways…boo}.
  3. DW Home Apple Cider Candle: Don’t tell anyone, but I may have bought this candle in July.  Did I mention I’m ready for fall?  K!  This apple cider candle is the perfect fall blend.  So sweet, cinnamony {that’s a word}, yummy.  I’ve also had their Spiced Pumpkin candle and it’s uh-mazing as well!
  4. Sugar Lip Polish: My lips tend to get dry all year round.  In the summer because of the sun.  In the winter because of the dry, crisp air.  I love this lip scrub.  It gets all the dead skin off and leaves my lips feeling soft!  My lipsticks always go on smoother after I use this!
  5. Jergens Natural Glow: I’ve been using this tanning moisturizer since forever.  Not even kidding.  It gives me that subtle glow overnight, plus this is the firming one!  It definitely gets my pale self through fall/winter!
  6. Monogram Mug: This mug was a limited edition from Anthropologie and is sold out!  Bummer!  Luckily, they’ve replaced it with one that’s just as cute!  I actually have a mug collection, an entire stash of coffee cups that is about to over-take one side of our cabinet.  When we go on a trip that’s normally the souvenir I bring home.  This one was just so cute and nice.  Plus, extremely affordable!  I love anything personal.  This would make a sweet gift!
  7. Kenra Volumizing Shampoo: Because winter makes a girl’s hair flat, am-i-right?!  We need a little umph in the fall!  I love this shampoo.  It gives my hair a little fluff and smells nice!  If you’re local, you can get this shampoo here.

Let me know if you have any of these products or try them out!  Also, let me know if you have any questions at all.  Share some of your favorite fall products with me below!



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19 Reasons Dogs Are The Best

Dogs are seriously man’s best friend.  I have never met a more happy, go-lucky animal.  I’ve always had a dog for as long as I can remember.  If you don’t have a pup, you’re totally missin’ out!  Here are 19 reasons why dogs are the best:

  1. They are the greatest company, y’all.  You’ll never have to feel lonely again!
  2. Dogs are always, always happy to see you!  When you’ve worked a long day and they are waiting to greet you at the door {tail wagging}…best ever.
  3. They are always up to cuddle.
  4. Puppy breath.
  5. By the way, puppies are the cutest baby animals in the entire world.  Nobody can argue with that one.
  6. They are loyal and will love you no matter what.
  7. They can make you laugh at them and yourself, mostly yourself though.
  8. You don’t need an alarm clock.
  9. Puppy breath.
  10. They make you get outside.
  11. They can’t lie.  As soon as you walk in, you know if they’ve done something bad.
  12. They make you clean your house often.
  13. Puppy breath.
  14. You don’t have to work out.  Puppies keep you in shape from running after them, around the neighborhood, in the house, down the road, etc.
  15. You get to show off their cool tricks in front of your friends and family {only if a treat is involved}.
  16. You don’t need to pay for a house alarm system.
  17. They help you practice grace + forgiveness.
  18. Also, PUPPY BREATH.
  19. Dogs teach you to care for something else, besides yourself.  One of life’s biggest lessons.

We have two pups, Jax and Dally.  They keep us busy constantly.  We love their company, humor, different personalities, and loyalty.  I couldn’t imagine life without a dog!  Share below a little about your pup!  I would love to know if you could add to this list!

Dog Lovin’ Since 1990,


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Falling for Floral

Floral prints make me happy.  There’s just something sweet and simple about them!  I definitely fell for this dress when I saw it!  My parents own a garden center in our hometown.  They love antiquing or “junking” {whatever you wanna call it}.  They’ve been making beautiful signs and giving old “junk” new life.  My mom is also starting to include some cute clothes, jewelry, + accessories inside.  My mom has always loved boutiques, unique clothes, shopping, etc. {I get it from my mama ha}!  She got this dress in and knew I had to have it!


These colors are swoon-worthy!  It’s the perfect fall floral dress.  Better yet, it could also be a good spring dress too!  I love pieces that can transition to other seasons.  It really gave it a fall touch with the knit cardigan and floppy hat.

If you’re local, come visit my parents’ garden center here!

I am linking similar pieces so you can re-create this outfit!

Dress: Similar here + here | Cardigan: Similar here + here | Heels: Similar here + here | Floppy Hat



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