Posts Tagged With: southern

Gaffney, I love ya

Horse show season has kicked off to a great start!  We took on the EXCA State Championship in Gaffney, SC recently.  Last year was the first time we had been to this beautiful town.  It never disappoints with it’s rolling hills and friendly folks.  Green River Farms was hosting an Extreme Cowboy Association Race.  We love these shows and what they represent.  You’re displaying true horsemanship over a course of ranch techniques + challenging obstacles with speed.  It’s exciting to watch and cheer on my family and the other competitors.


It made me so proud to see how much Erik + Miss Kitty and Kirsten + Mister Twister had improved from last year.  The horses and riders have matured so much.  Erik and Miss Kitty placed well in the Non-Pro and Pro Divisions.  Kirsten and Mister Twister brought home the Intermediate Champion Title and the Youth Champion Title at this show!!  Kirsten also introduced another horse, Diamond, to the show life and she impressed us with her calm, cool, collected attitude.  Dawton {Kirsten’s boyfriend}, showed for the first time on trusty Trinity.  They did so great and had a blast!  This won’t be the last you see of them.  Both of the courses tackled were tough, but all 3 of them rocked it.


The weather was perfect, the hamburgers from Mrs. Barb’s concession stand were delicious {as always}, the people were refreshing and kind, the late night Olive Garden run was tradition, and the quality time spent with the horses was progress.  Gaffney, you never disappoint and for that, I love ya.

Until the next adventure,


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Keeping it Southern

Many of you have been asking how the Southern Detour Boutique is doing.  It’s going just dandy! It is definitely keeping my mom a busy little bee.  She gets new clothes + jewelry in every week.  If you haven’t been by, you need to go {like run}!  They have been doing so well and enjoy seeing + visiting with all of you each day!

We have loved the loyal customers in our community!  We want to say, “THANK YOU” for supporting a local, small business!  Your shopping goes a long way and is truly appreciated from the bottom of our hearts.  We hope you all will get the chance to come see + shop our unique, vibrant, comforting, friendly, southern boutique.  It’s one-of-a-kind!



Photo credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

Please be sure to follow along on our Facebook and submit your email at the top of this page.  You can find our store hours + location, plus stay up-to-date on giveaways, blog posts, new trends, and be the first to know when our shipments arrive!  Also, we have an exciting event coming soon {even more reason to follow SD}!!  Stay southern, friends!


Fallon + The SD Crew


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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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Trucks, Take Out, and Talks

I heard the awful noise and knew it wasn’t good.  Just great.  The guys shortly decided the clutch had gone out in his straight drive diesel.  My first question, “How much is this going to cost us?”

My dad has always been a handyman.  Literally, I think he can do anything.  Don’t tell him I said that.  My husband is learning to be just as handy.  The two of them are always working on something; a horse trailer, Southern Detour “junk,” a truck, a horse fence, the list goes on.  They have the bright idea to fix the truck themselves!  I’m beginning to think the two of them just love the feeling of accomplishment and getting their hands dirty.

All I’ve heard the past couple of weeks is talk about fly wheels, transmissions, wrenches, pressure plates, and lots of other things that I have no idea what they are.  There were many late nights, take out food at the barn, and O’Reilly runs.  I feel like I’ve barely seen my husband between work, cleanup after the hurricane, and fixing his truck.

The late nights began…


I often heard grunts, life talks, and tools clanging underneath the truck.


Literally, Laugh.Out.Loud. at Erik’s work glove giving us the peace sign below.  That was my feelings exactly.


I even contributed when I could.


The jack was blurry; therefore, proof I really helped!  I even have a very nice grease stain on my sweatshirt to prove it.


At least when I helped, sometimes there was a nice view.


Long days at work, late nights under a truck, sharing one vehicle, and it was all worth it!  Who else can say they’ve replaced the clutch system in their truck themselves?!  Pretty darn impressive I’d say!  I love the handymen in my family.  Wouldn’t trade this one right here for nothing, even with the messy hair and weird light thing on his head.  His truck is good as new, if not better!

HUGE THANK YOU to Paul, Kurt, Tyler, Shiner, Dawton, and my mom, Regina, for y’all’s help the past couple weeks!  Also, Kirsten, for feeding horses so we could get straight to work!  You’ll never know how much you’re appreciated!

Now to take the truck on a long test drive!



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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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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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July Instagram Roundup

Can I just start by saying there’s 146 days until Christmas?!  I’m just gonna leave that there.

This year has flown by for us!  We’ve had so much fun traveling and making memories and cannot wait to take on the rest of 2016!  I’m sharing some of my favorite Instagram posts and all the details/links!  Hope you find these helpful and let me know if you have any questions at all!


Top | Shorts | Sandal – Similar


Authentic Mexican top from Cozumel, Mexico – Similar here + here | Jeans | Sandals


Hat – Similar | Top | Jeans | Sandals – Similar


Shirt – Similar here + here


Top from my parent’s store located here | Jeans | Sandals


Bikini Top – Same brand, similar style | Shorts | Sandals – Similar | Sunglasses | Pineapple from your local grocery store {ha}!

August, we ready for ya!  Also, fall is my favorite.  Be prepared for an abnoxious amount of coffee, pumpkin candles, floppy hats, and apple pie!



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Little Miss Sunshine

After walking through a herd of 100 goats, 5 dogs, lots of chickens, 1 emu + a sweet farmer on a tractor, we finally made it to the beautiful field of sunflowers.  I am not even kidding.  He was such a nice man for letting us use his farm for our background.  I’ve told you before, my photographer and I go to great lengths for these photoshoots.

This has to be my favorite shoot we’ve done so far.  I am such an old soul/hippie at heart.


I know you’re thinking, “Aw, those sunflowers are so pretty.”  Well let me tell ya, those pretty little sunflowers also attract bees.  Lots of bees.  After our trek through the farm, I almost died from a heart attack from the bees surrounding me in the middle of the sunflowers.  However; for the love of the blog, I pressed on to get the shots for this post.  I’m really good at laughing at myself, so I had to share this:

My thought process: “Oh…okay, I just realized there are bees everywhere.”


“Alright, this is getting a little uncomfortable.  But, I’ll smile for the camera anyways.”


“Okay, forget it!  I am FREAKING OUT right now!!”


Face of distress right there.

So moral of the post, laugh at yourself my friends.  Life will be a little easier if you do.  Also, buy this cute outfit.

Hat {Sold Out} – Similar | Tank {on major sale!!!} | Shorts | Sandals



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Southern Pork Chops Recipe {Hello Fresh}

We’ve been using Hello Fresh for a few months now and we are really enjoying it!  It’s made my busy schedule so much easier.  No more meal planning, long trips to the grocery store and wondering what we’re having for dinner when I get home late from work.  It has fit into our schedules so nicely!

A couple weeks ago, we got the Southern Pork Chop meal in our box.  They were definitely speaking my food language.  I love anything southern and smothered in gravy.  This meal was one of my favorites that we’ve tried so far and I’ll be keeping the recipe card to pull out later!  I just couldn’t help myself and had to share it with y’all!

Southern Pork Chops

{with Collard Green-Potato Hash and Black Pepper Gravy}

Prep: 10 min | Total: 30 min | Servings: 2


2 6oz. Boneless Pork Chops

8 oz. Collard Greens

12 oz. Yukon Potatoes

2 T Sour Cream

1 T Chicken Stock Concentrate

1 Yellow Onion

1/4 Cup Flour

1 T Cajun Spice

4 T Olive Oil


  1. Prep the onion and potatoes: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes.  Toss them on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking, until golden brown and crispy.  Halve, peel, and finely dice the onion.  Remove the stems and ribs from the collard greens and roughly chop the leaves.
  2. Cook the onions: Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook, tossing for 4-5 minutes, until softened.  Remove 1/4 of the onions from the pan and set aside.
  3. Cook the collard greens: Add the collard greens to the pan and toss to coat.  Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, cover, and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Uncover, then toss until the liquid has evaporated and the greens are tender.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove the greens from the pan and set aside.
  4. Cook the pork chops: Set aside 1 teaspoon flour for the gravy.  Toss the remaining flour and Cajun spice together in a shallow dish.  Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in the same large pan over medium heat.  Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper, then press into the flour mixture to adhere to both sides.  Shake off any excess coating.  Add the pork to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked to desired doneness.  Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Make the gravy: Once the pork has been removed, wipe out any black bits from the pan.  Next, add a drizzle of olive oil, the reserved onions, and the reserved flour to the pan over medium heat.  Cook, tossing for 1 minute.  Whisk the stock concentrate and 1/3 cup of water into the pan and simmer until thickened and reduced by half, for about 2-3 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream.  Season generously to taste, with salt and up to 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Finish and serve: Toss the collard greens with the potatoes on the baking sheet and return to the oven to heat through for 1-2 minutes.  Serve the Southern pork chops on a bed of collard green-potato hash and drizzle with the black pepper gravy.  Enjoy!


This was so delicious and easy to make!  Hello Fresh is dishing out amazing recipes every week!  If you’d like to try it, use code MPDH4K to get $40 off your first box!  Let me know if you have any questions about the meal delivery subscription!  Have a great week, friends!

Bon Appétit,


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