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50 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I love getting to know new people. Everyone is interesting in their own way. The past year I have set out to get to know people on a deeper level. To be a better listener. See things from someone else’s perspective and broaden my own. So I thought I would share a little bit about myself that you wouldn’t know by just passing by me.

So here it goes.

1. I have an inherited green thumb

2. I write down a lot of quotes

3. I’ve wanted to own a business since I was a child

4. I LOVE cover artists

5. I like to dig through other people’s junk

6. I am head over heels about antiques

7. I crave Chinese food at least once a week

8. I have never tried raw clams…and I don’t intend to

9. I have an obsession with bags

10. It takes me forever to make my first purchase when shopping, but after that I’m good to go!

11. I wanted to change my name to Matilda when I was young

12. I love anything with lace and bows

13. I really want to be a pageant director for fun

14. Sweet tea is my big weakness

15. I have had too many people tell me I look like Bristol Palin

16. I will not swim in the ocean past waist deep

17. I’ve touched Taylor Swift’s arm

18. I am in love with hot yoga

19. I am training for a marathon

20. I enjoy browsing in Lowes

21. My mother is my world

22. I am a long relationship type of person

23. I should have been a blonde

24. I really suck at tennis, but I enjoy playing

25. I own A LOT of leopard things

26. I could eat my weight in turkey bacon

27. I cannot quote movies to save my life

28. I love photography

29. I buy too much black, white and red

30. Baseball is my all-time favorite sport

31. I am an on and off self-taught guitar player

32. The first thing I notice about people is their smile

33. Cooking is not a strong skill of mine, but I will fake it till I make it

34. I want to write a book some day

35. I hate funnel cakes

36. I have a huge heart for animals

37. I can do a 360 on the kneeboard

38. I am very focused on my career

39. I am always outdoors in my free time

40. I like cheap things that look expensive

41. I have a strong southern accent

42. I believe everything happens for a reason

43. I am a hopeless romantic

44. I enjoy sewing

45. I am a stiff roller skater

46. I have really really bad luck with cars

47. I am a sassy tap dancer

48. I used to want to be a news anchor

49. I want to learn to sail

50. I am very independent

I could go on all day with random facts about myself, but that’s not as fun as hearing about other people! So tell me something random about yourself!

xoxo

Candace Blair

Jar full of Laughter

Since moving back to Arkansas I have been able to reunite with one of my dearest friends, Tabatha. We were college roommates that have turned into lifelong friends. Throughout the years we have laughed and cried and held each other together in the crucial times. She is full of happiness and has a big heart for others. Her beauty comes within and is shown through her kindness and selflessness. Let me introduce you to the one and only…

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Follow Tab on Instagram @tpollock07

Favorite quote: “Life is like a camera, focus on what is important, capture the good times and develop from the negatives. If things don’t work out, take another shot.”

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What is one thing you could not live without? “Without a doubt my camera. I love to capture the little moments. Life inspires my photography and gives me the passion to capture things that are unique.”

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Tab’s Motto: Take a deep breath. It is just a bad day, not a bad life.

Tab’s love for photography keeps her behind the camera most of the time (with the exception of the daily selfies) so I though I could give her a little spotlight this time! Take a look at this gal! She is uniquely beautiful inside and out.

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I love getting to know someone through their style and fashion. Just like every 20 something’s girl, Tabatha has her own style. Here is a closer look at her wardrobe. Dress it up or dress it down – She can wear this outfit all over town.

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Follow Tab on Instagram for a sneak peek into her wacky, unpredictable life.  Thank you Tab for being the best friend a girl could ask for!

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Instagram – gram: is today the most widely used unit of measurement

My life has been a whirlwind! Packing, moving, starting my new job, reuniting with friends and finding those sweet places for lunch dates, shopping and of course hot yoga. But no worries, I am still around 🙂

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Instagram is where you will find my day to day updates! Or a “gram” of my life. My username is Candablair. You will find that I post a variety of different photos throughout my week. Adventures, food, friends, cool things, fashion, etc…the list is endless.

Have you ever wondered where Instagram got it’s name? A “gram” is “the absolute weight of a volume of pure water equal to the cube of the hundredth part of a metre, and at the temperature of melting ice”[2] (later 4 °C), a gram is now defined as one one-thousandth of the SI base unit, the kilogram, or 1×10−3 kg, which itself is defined as being equal to the mass of a physical prototype preserved by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures.” ///// SAY WHAT?

Ok…that can’t be right. Here is Forbes version: “A long week of searching for something that combined the ‘right here right now’ aspect of what we were trying to accomplish with the idea of recording something in your life (hence the suffix -gram).” – CEO Kevin Systrom

Find me on Instagram! @Candablair. I am looking for a new inspiring Instafeed – Let’s see what’cha got!

Moving in your 20s…again.

Being in your twenties is hard work…should it be? No one will ever know. As I sit and stare at the cardboard boxes in my living room I think to myself, am I moving to fast?

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Many great dinners and conversations on this rooftop with my Tulsa friends.

This month will mark my 5th move in 4 years. That includes some moving during college as well. After graduation in December of 2012, I packed up my “life” and moved to Tulsa to pursue my career in Advertising. After 6 months I quickly realized that although I still enjoyed my career choice, I needed to get back to a passion of mine that truly fulfilled me, retail marketing. So here I am…moving. Again. Watch out Arkansas, I’m coming back.

Arkansas is truly a place I call “home.” I grew up in a small country town in Central Arkansas and continued my journey after moving to Northwest Arkansas for college. I love everything about the state. The outdoors, the people, the opportunities, the community…I could go on and on. With that said, I am very thrilled to get to go back to my college home town.  Since moving to Tulsa I have in fact realized a few things about myself. I have grown and discovered what I want in life. It has given me a chance to venture out on my own to experience the world in a different light. And that I did.

Tulsa gave me a new passion and joy for life and others. I have met people along the way that I can honestly say have become some of my best friends. They opened their arms and hearts to me and made me feel like I was apart of their lives in a big way. I fell in love with not only my new church, but God. I am so thankful for the people God has given me during this season of my life. A new light has been shed on God’s mission for my life. And I believe this is just another step in his big plan.

With that said, moving is still dreadful. After making this sweet little Tulsa apartment a place that I call “home” it makes me sad to take the decor off of the walls and pack my belongings into bags and boxes once again. There has got to be an easier way. I need some help when it comes to being organized and efficient when packing. Not to mention, saying goodbye to some great people. I know its not forever, but I will miss them dearly.

Even though I am moving to the next season in my life I need a constant reminder that I am ONLY in my twenties!!! I have a lot of life to live and I want other people to experience the adventure with me! So, whether you are in your 20s or not, let me share with you a few things that you should accomplish!

1. Be You.

You can never be anyone else. Be the best you, you can be! Take time to figure out who you are and what you want in life! Make some personal goals for yourself and set out to accomplish them. Trust me, you learn so much about yourself along the way.

2. Be a thrill seeker.

Being young gives you the authority to do some risky things. Now when I say “risky” don’t go get yourself in trouble. Find something that pushes your boundaries. Pick up an adventurous hobby or take a leap of faith on something. I have been making a “life list” for a long time now and I can honestly say that I have crossed off more things since I have been in my 20s. That counts for something right?

3. Struggle.

Hard times brings out the good in people. I have struggled in so many different ways throughout my life and each have taught me a very valuable lesson. Push through the hard times and don’t let failures get in your way or even define you. Do not dwell on the struggles, but take them and keep moving forward.

4. Be on the go.

Make sure you are continually finding new things that excite you. Do not get stuck in a rut of life or a lifestyle. It is important to keep trying to better yourself and don’t let anyone or anything hold you back.

5. Be with your family.

Your parents and family are your support system. They will love you when others don’t. They will pick you up from the lowest bottom and bring you back to where you need to be. They are advice givers. Wise and smart. Trust them and love them forever. I cherish my family in more ways than I can possibly imagine. They have stuck by my side through the thick and the thin. Spend time with them while you can.

6. Open your eyes and close your mouth.

Go out and meet new people. Learn about others. And learn to love yourself. Listen to other’s stories and opinions. Get to know people on a deeper level. People are interesting!

7. Get involved.

Now is the time to start giving back and being apart of your community. It is so important to serve and become a source for helping others. This is one of my favorite things to do when I am given the opportunity. Volunteer it makes the heart grow and become soft for others.

8. Find a new hobby.

I love learning new skills. As a competitive person, I enjoy mastering new skills. Now is the time to pick up that sport you have always wanted to do and give it your best shot!

Above all keep pushing forward. Keep living life to the fullest. What ever and where ever life may take you keep your eyes open and make your time worth while.

Now back to that packing…I can not wait to see what Arkansas has in store for me! Wish me well!

xoxo Candace

Keep up with my crazy, adventurous life on Instagram! @Candablair

Season of Graduation

Graduations are right around the corner! Are you prepared? Whether you are a graduate or attending a graduation – be happy and be armed with the essentials. Check out my list of must-haves for graduation season.

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Graduates

It is one of the most memorable moments in your life – make sure you share it with your friends and family! In order to get the gang together you need to send out super fab invitations! These should be sent out at least a few weeks in advance if not more.

Tip 1: Don’t waste too much time searching for that perfect graduation invitation. There are millions of great places to order from and they are all about the same prices. Another option is to shop locally or make your own. It’s a fun way to show your style and creativity. Check out my quick list below.

Tiny Prints

Vista Print

Shutterfly

Storkie

Shindig Paperie (Local Favorite)

Dinner party

The second step in coordinating graduation is hosting a graduation dinner party. This can be the best part of the graduation experience! …or maybe everyone is just super hungry after sitting for hours. Either way – make it memorable! Usually graduation dinners are for family and friends. But this is also where it gets tricky…and a little pricey if you let it. There are several options when planning the perfect party.

Tip 2: Invite only immediate family and closest friends to the after graduation dinner party. This will save you money and give you the control over the number of people attending. I recommend making reservations at your favorite local restaurant in advance!

You can either have a buffet style dinner or have each individual pay for their own. I also suggest choosing a venue that has some sort of party room or isolated area so that your table of 20+ does not disturb others around you. Oh! And don’t forget the cake or sweets!!

The dress

Ok, now my favorite part! Now that you have sent out your invitations and have planned the dinner party – it is time to pick out the perfect graduation dress and shoes. If you have ever attended a graduation you can remember that it is quite lengthy…so keep that in mind when making your wardrobe choices.

Tip 3: Choose a dress is going to be comfortable and not too hot in the grad gown, but also makes a statement for the dinner party. I would recommend sticking with neutral colors like black, white etc. There are endless types of dresses that would work perfect – so I am not even going to attempt to make a list!

Tip 4: Shoes. This can get tricky…choosing the shoes that look awesome with your new dress, but also prevent you from tired feet and stage trips. That’s right. There is always that one person that trips on stage.  If you can walk confidently in heels – go for it! If not, then please don’t. Flats can also be very flattering with the right dress and can make your experience less painful.

Photos

As one of your most important days of your life you should take lots of pictures! This is also a great time to take family photos as well!

Tip 5: Make sure your mom gets those cheesy graduations photos…you know the ones I am talking about! Cap and gown, holding your diploma, throwing your hat in the air…etc. etc.

Thank Yous

In my opinion, one of the most important parts of tying up that graduation experience for everyone is sending out graduation thank you letters. This is a little extra for those that attended or gave you a present.

Tip 6: When receiving gifts make a list of each gift and the person that gave it to you. It is also a good idea to hold on to that invitation address list so that you will have the addresses to send the Thank you letters to. The letter should be handwritten and make it personalized! I always thought it was better to get a “special” letter than a generic – Thanks for the gift. Love, Your friend. That’s boring! Spice it up! Be happy!

Attendees

Now for those of you attending graduation. This can be an enduring process. Perk up! It’s a celebration!

The invitation

Tip 1: Make sure you hold on to the graduation invitation, especially if you are from out-of-town. The invitation will be the key to getting where you need to go and being on time! Plus it makes for cute fridge decor.

The dress

Tip 2: This is the graduates day. Don’t try to out-dress them. It is important that you look presentable, but also comfortable! I would recommend a simple dress or slacks.

The ceremony

Tip 3: We all know graduations last fooooeeevverrr! So make sure you are prepared. I would suggest stocking your purse with snacks and drinks. This will help pass the time and keep the tummy rumbles to a minimum. Here are my favs!

– Swedish Fish

– Grapes

– Hershey’s Kisses

The after party

Tip 4: Make sure you know where the venue is in advance. Don’t be late! You don’t want the graduate to get there first without a congratulations clap and hugs!

The gifts

Ok, now this is what we all struggle with. What should I get them for graduation? Well, it depends on if they are completing high school or college. For the high school grads I would recommend getting them money and anything for their dorm / apartment. Moving to college is a big expense and moms and dads appreciate all the help they can get! Here is an example of some dorm room gifts.

– Organizers

– Laundry essentials

– Blankets

– Snack baskets

– Family photos / mementos

– Dishes / Cookware

– Target gift card

If the graduate has just completed college then the gift list will be a little different. This person is transitioning into the adult world and most likely either just started a new job and is moving into their first real “place.” They need REAL essentials!! Here is a list of things they will need. Big and small!

– MONEY! – For real!

– Dishes / Silverware

– Cookware

– Laundry / Cleaning essentials

– Bedding

– Furniture

– Gift cards

– Food

– Car Care

There are a ton of other options besides that expensive pen you are thinking about!

I hope this helps you for this upcoming graduation season! Good luck and congratulations graduates!!!