Adventures of 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on how much fun we had this year!  So many trips, adventures, meeting new people, put our home up for sale, got a new puppy, somehow got my husband on a cruise ship, celebrated a year of blogging, kissed a dolphin, and made so many memories!  I’m reminded of how thankful I am of family, friends, and all the good, little things that surround me.  I am so grateful for another year to enjoy life and make the most of the moments we’re given.

I love hearing everyone’s resolutions and plans for 2017!  We’ll be bringing in the New Year casually with a frog-more stew and family time!  I don’t have any big resolutions this year, but I’ve set some goals for myself!  I want to be healthier, happier, and Southern Detour to continue growing in the direction God has planned!  A big thank you to everyone who encouraged, supported, and loved me through 2016!  Couldn’t have done it without ya!  I pray blessings for you and your family in 2017!  Make every day count, friend.



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Merry CHRISTmas!

This time of year is so joyful, hopeful, exciting, and humbling.  It is definitely my favorite season.  There are so many wonderful memories etched into my mind + heart of Christmas time.  I always look forward to making more memories every year with family and friends.  I love reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.  Sometimes we rush the meaning of the most important day of history with all the hustle, bustle, gifts, parties, cooking, and planning.  I really love spending time dwelling on that first Christmas night.

It is so humbling to me that God would send His Son to be born in human flesh among a world full of sinners so we could one day be saved by His grace.  Gives me chills, folks.

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'”  Luke 2: 8-14, ESV

Isn’t it such a beautiful, yet simple story?  It always, always brings tears to my eyes.  Can you imagine the fear the shepherds felt?  Can you picture Jesus being born in a little stable and laid in a manger?  The emotions of Mary and Joseph entering the world of parenthood?  Sometimes I imagine what it must have felt like to be present that night.  What a precious sight that must have been.  How amazing that God cares enough about a wretched sinner like me, that he would send His Son so I can one day have eternal life with Him in heaven.  I don’t know about you, friend, but if that doesn’t squeeze your heart, I’m not sure what would.

Christmas is a celebration of that wonderful night.  A reminder that someone will always love you, be there for you, care for you, listen to you, and has experienced every emotion you have.  It’s also a reminder that one day we won’t feel any hurt, sadness, pain, depression, anxiety, fear, bitterness, emptiness, and sorrow.  There’s everlasting life because God fulfilled His promise.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17

We’re all just walking each other home, friends.  Even in the dark days, we have hope and light.  Even in the valleys, we will one day be on the mountain tops.  God is with us every step of everyday.  If you ever feel alone or your faith feels small, just read the beautiful story of Christmas + the good news of life.

My family prays for peace, comfort, joy and happiness for your family this Christmas.  There are blessings all around us.  The biggest blessing we can ever receive is opening the door and letting Jesus into our hearts.  That my friend is a forever blessing.  Merry Christmas!



Fallon and my little family

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What Goes Around…

What’s that saying?  What goes around, comes back around…something like that.  When I was younger, I wore turtlenecks all the time {they were my grandma’s favorite}.  Y’all, the turtlenecks have made a comeback!  Except now with all kinds of new little trends: fringe, oversize, shoulder cut-outs, etc.

This is the first turtleneck I’ve worn in f.o.r.e.v.e.r. and I gotta say, I kinda liked it.  This blue was such a pretty tone and the cut-outs were fun!


Are you into the turtleneck trend?  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about this one in the comments below!  Hope you’re enjoying the winter season!

Blue Turtleneck Open Shoulder Sweater | Jewelry



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Dear Santa… {SheIn Winter Wishlist}

Give me all the chilly nights, large cups of coffee, and Christmas lights!  I love everything about this time of year.  All we’re missing here in the South is a little snow!  I love bundling up and layering!  SheIn has some cute and affordable pieces that would be great under the tree this year!  Plus, they’re having 40-50% off specials + free shipping right now!  Click the photo if ya love it!







Hope you can find something you like!  These are just a few of my favorites.  Y’ALL, I’m so excited for Christmas!  Sending you all the happy, joyful, Christmas vibes!




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The Red Cardigan

Christmas is uh’comin’, y’all!  This cardigan would be perfect to wear to your family get-together or Christmas pictures!  The material is Viscose, which I have no idea what that is.  But what I do know, it’s the softest cardigan I have.  IT IS SO SOFT.  You get the point.  So not only is it super comfy, but how cute are the little fringe tassels on the bottom.  {Aw}  So Christmasy.  That’s a word, I’m sure of it.



Photo Credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

See what I mean?  So Christmasy.  I told my photographer and friend, I really needed some snow for this shoot.  I loved pattern mixing this cardigan with stripes and plaid.  If you’re not feeling super Christmasy, this cardigan also comes in a neutral, beige color.  Basically, it’s cute, you need it, and it will look good on anyone.  Also, it’ll get you in the holiday mood!  Links below…

Cardigan | Pom Beanie Similar | Blanket Scarf

Merry and Bright,


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Christmas TIME

I just stuffed myself with turkey and dressing a couple of weeks ago.  I’m putting my Christmas decorations out this week {I know, so late, the grand opening of the shop had me crazy}.  I’m buying peppermint mocha creamer as soon as I can get to the grocery store.  Ah, I just love this time of year.  I also love Christmas shopping and giving gifts.  Finding the perfect, suitable gift for someone is such a great feeling!  Hence, why I’m sharing the new addition to my jewelry collection!



Photo credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

I like giving someone a gift they can actually use.  Everyone loves watches!  Jord’s Wood Watches would make the perfect Christmas gift!  They serve a purpose and these wood watches can be styled so many ways.  Plus, they have a men’s line too!  The quality of this watch is fantastic.  Also, they will size them in-house before they ship!  They are so friendly and cordial to communicate with if you have any questions.  They’ve got tons of colors + styles to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for that special person on your list!

I chose the Frankie Style Koa and Ash watch because the neutrals go well with my style.  I can wear this watch with anything + it can be dressed up or down.  They’ve got lots of different watches, ladies.  You can browse the women’s line here!  Hope you find the perfect one, just for you.

Because I love my watch so much, I’m partnering with Jord and giving all my readers a $25 gift code HERE!  Everyone wants to save money this time of year, so here’s your chance!



This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches, but all opinions are my own.

Unique Watch

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Hippie Little Dress

I hope y’all have enjoyed fall and are making the most of the beautiful days we’ve had so far!  The print on this dress is so pretty.  I love the colors and hint of subtle blue.  Paired with some tights and a floppy hat + booties, you’ve got yourself a fun outfit!  I wore this dress with black accessories to really bring the depth of fall/winter into the mix.  You could also pair this with wedges or sandals in the summer.  This dress can stay in your closet all year round!



Photo Credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

StyleWe is dishing out some pretty unique and sassy pieces!  Be sure to checkout their site and grab this hippie little dress while you’re there!

Dress | Leather Fringe Purse

Happy Shopping,


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Trampolines and Pier Fishing

Do you ever have one of those randomly awesome, adventurous, fun weekends??  That happened recently!  The entire weekend was so much fun and spent with my family.  Those weekends are the best in my book!

Friday night Erik and I went to a fancy schmancy dinner for our anniversary.  This doesn’t happen often, so it was nice.  My handsome husband of four years, a delicious meal, and I didn’t have to do the dishes.  Sigh.

Saturday was spent helping my parents’ at their new shop, Southern Detour.  They have been putting the finishing touches on the boutique.  All I can say is there’s turquoise and cute clothes everywhere.  You’ll have to come out to our Grand Opening this Saturday {December 3rd, 8am-8pm} to see it for yourself!  We had planned to go eat crab legs in North Myrtle Beach with my family for dinner.  We do this once or twice a year.  It always ends happy and miserably full on crab legs.  The guys wanted to go drive go-carts after {yes, I’m surrounded by children trapped in adult bodies}.  But…who knew, in the off season, all the go-cart and putt-putt locations close early.  Now you know.  We randomly drove by an indoor trampoline park at 9pm and someone thinks it’s a good idea to check it out.  After paying for our wrist bands, dad is making bets on who will vomit first.  Had we lost our minds?!  It was like kids getting off the bus on a Friday afternoon from school.  We were running to the trampolines full force.  Forgetting we had to work Monday.  Living life to the fullest.  Pulling all kinds of muscles and pushing ourselves to the limit.  Golly it was fun.  Thank goodness I had on jeggings.


It was seriously so thrilling.  We don’t have many pictures because we were living in the moment and too busy making fun of each other.  I would definitely go back even though I felt like I’d been hit by a dump truck on Monday.  It doesn’t take much for me, folks.

Even after all the adventure Saturday night, we were at church Sunday morning and decided to skip a nap and go pier fishing that afternoon.  I love going to the pier and looking out over the ocean.  It’s always so beautiful, no matter the time of year.  The guys had their fishing poles and I had my camera.  We were set and headed to the state park.  It was a gorgeous day.


Sorry for the picture overload.  That sky was so blue, I just couldn’t help myself.  Plus, we’ve got to document these moments.  Even though it was just another Sunday afternoon, it was also jokes in between the photos, learning how to cast the line out, eating cookies’n cream icecream, breathing in the salty air, soaking up the sun, car karaoke the whole way home, and making memories with the people I love the most.  Sometimes the littlest things are the biggest moments.  I love weekends like this.  They are my favorite.

Sentimental and sappy,


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Importance of Shopping Small + My Favorite Local Businesses

Do y’all know what Saturday is?!?! Small Business Saturday!  Wahoo!


I was born and raised in a small town.  I’ve seen the same people work hard all their lives and provide for their families locally.  I’ve seen community matter when nothing else did. I learned at a young age to shop small when you can.  Our society is so technology savvy now.  It’s as simple as getting online, hitting a button, and the package arrives at your door.  You never even had to get up and get dressed, BUT let me tell you what’s way more rewarding.  Spending your money to a hard working, locally owned business/family and seeing it provide for their little girl’s soccer season, their son’s first truck, a family member’s medical needs, and helping them live and keep the doors open Monday-Saturday.  It may take a little more effort and time, but shopping with small businesses is the best way to shop.  You’re making connections and helping others.


I’m listing a few of our local shops that are my favorite:


Jenn’s Southern Threadz Boutique Conway, SC

The Mustard Seed Boutique Conway, SC

Flirt Boutique Florence, SC

Curtains N Things Conway, SC



C3 Coffee Bar Conway, SC

Andy’s Pizza Aynor, SC

Donzelle’s Restaurant Conway, SC

Radd Dew’s Bar-B-Que Conway, SC

The Trestle Bakery and Cafe Conway, SC

Dry Dock Seafood Mullins, SC

Everything Else:

Landscapes By Mew {Landscape and Garden Center} Conway, SC

Sweet E Photography {Photographer} Aynor, SC

Blue Ribbon Equine Services {Veterinary} Green Sea, SC

Conway Feed and Garden {Supply Store} Conway, SC

A Head of Style Salon {Salon} Conway, SC

Mike’s Cabinet Shop {Custom Cabinets} Conway, SC

Brooke Holden Calligraphy {Wedding Planning + Calligraphy Designs} Myrtle Beach, SC

Fastline Design {Engineering and Custom House Plans}

Nye’s Pharmacy

The next time you decide to go shopping, need a service or gift, be sure to shop local + small.  It matters more than you know.

Feel free to add to the list in the comments! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

Small Town Girl,





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Comfy, Cozy, Camel Coat

This time of year I’m always wearing light jackets + heavy cardigans.  This coat is the perfect mix.  It’s just thick enough and keeps you extra warm, but it’s relaxed and doesn’t make you feel squished.  Know what I mean?  Basically, you can drive in it comfortably.  Plus, the color is so great.  I always go for browns, neutrals, and camel tones.  This coat’s color goes with almost every outfit of mine.  I wore it everyday in Texas. #noshame



Photo Credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

This cotton-blend coat is $22 and yes, it is as soft as it looks!  That’s a great deal in my book, folks!  Plus, they have it in grey!!  I loved pairing it with a colorful scarf and top to make it pop.  Somehow, I managed to sneak in turquoise {always}.  Hope y’all loved this outfit!  I’m linking everything below!

Camel Sweater Coat | Turquoise Necklace | Cowgirl Boots

Happy Shopping,


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