Just Me aghan

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dark Flowers & Distressed Denim

Before I share the photos with you from the Fab'rik event, here's a post with the look I wore. The sheer black top with floral prints makes it feel like fall even though it's still 80 degrees. I'm hoping that the new month of October brings on some cooler temperatures so I can pull out a sweater soon.

Just Me aghan St. Augustine Fashion Blogger

Just Me aghan St. Augustine Fashion Blogger

What do you think of my new 'do?! I had some red toned brown highlights balyaged in and chopped a little more off the back. A major difference from the long hair I had a month ago, I am loving this length. It's easier and I pretty much always have a styled look with this cut. 

Just Me aghan St. Augustine Fashion Blogger

I love these green booties, they remind me of Peter Pan with the fold-over top. I'm loving all the booties on the fashion scene this fall. The chunky and often short heels make booties a comfortable alternative to stilettos. 

Just Me aghan St. Augustine Fashion Blogger

Just Me aghan St. Augustine Fashion Blogger

girl smelling birds of paradise flower
Florida's Fall Orange & Reds = Birds of Paradise & Hibiscus

Smile, it's the middle of the week already! I'm looking forward to a crafty evening with my friend Kelsey tonight. DIY's and wine, yes please. :)

Just Me aghan St. Augustine Fashion Blogger

Booties Charlotte Rousse similar here | Distressed Jeans Marshall's similar here
Top Marshall's similar here, here | Necklace Anchor Boutique
Vintage Louis Vuitton Papillon Preowned Option

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog Fete Recap

This past Saturday I attended Blog Fete in Orlando at the East End Market. It's a small group (only 30 attendees), and a panel of four bloggers and shop owners. You're sure to recognize a few if you are a blogger or pay any attention to the blogosphere. Sarah Hearts, Ashley Brooke Designs, Carmen of The Flair Exchange, and Melissa Creates (BlogFete founder) made up the panel. All of the panelists were totally relate-able, very forthcoming with their tips, and were willing to answer any question thrown at them. There were four main topics discussed: blogging (duh), branding, social media, and shops.

Our swag bags from this event were awesome! Every single thing in our bags I know I will use. First of all how cute is this Hello Beautiful tote from Alexis June Weddings.

Alexis June Weddings
More goodies! Everything from sweets, to party balloons, to paper products, koozies, and soap. 

Blog Fete Swag

On to the sweet things. The cupcakes and fancy frosted rice krispie treats were from Deja Vu Sweets. I loved that the logo of Blog Fete was on the cupcakes, too cute! Onli Beverages provided their sparkling waters. I'm normally not a sparkling fan but these were really tasty, specifically the Green Tea.

Oh man, and the caterer, Cuisiniers was awesome. If I was in Orlando I would definitely hire and recommend them to everyone for their weddings and events. The blackened shrimp tacos, fancy mac and cheese - magnifique! Then they brought out their Chocolate Budino with Salted Caramel and a Banana Anglaise. Wow. This was like the best tasting creme brulee/flan dessert I have ever had.

deja vu sweets, cuisiniers catering, blog fete
Desserts first! ;)
Royal Design Studio was there sharing an adorable stencil set and pumpkin spice coffee. I can't wait to finish mine and hang it up!

Royal Design Studio at Blog Fete

Because this was a smaller event we were able to talk one on one with the panelists too. Kori Clark Design was there giving design advice and caught this photo of me chatting with Sarah of Sarah Hearts about dogs and DIY. The usual topic of choice for me. ;)

Ashley of Ashley Brooke Designs was one of the panelists at Blog Fete. I have been following her shop and blog for over a year so it was really cool to actually meet her! I finally bought one of her mugs there too, her original "everyday I'm hustlin'" design. Too funny and definitely a good motivational quote to see in the morning before work, or in the evening while blogging over tea. ;)

Just Me aghan & Ashley Brooke Designs
Mandy of Waiting on Martha Skyped in with us and told us a bit about her experiences in getting to a full time blogger. It's so inspiring to hear other bloggers stories, going full time can be done! It just takes late nights and lots of coffee. 

skyping with waiting on martha, blog fete
How cute is her dalmatian wallpaper?! I'm in love and must have more dalmatian in my life!

It was a super motivational event. I'm going to start working on getting a shop started as an extenstion of Just Me aghan this fall/winter. I know it will take a lot of hard work and a good amount of my "free" time, but I know it will be so worth it!

That's all for Blog Fete, you can see more photos from the other attendees here. If you have a chance to attend next year do it! I will be buying my tickets as soon as they go on sale. (Thank you hubs for the tickets! What an awesome Birthday present, right?!) I met a handful of other bloggers too and had time to get to know each of them and what their blogs were about. Making new blogger friends is always so much fun, it reminds me I'm not the only nerd editing photos and typing my life away into the internet. :)

Just Me aghan, blog fete

The past few years when I've attended blogging conferences in Orlando I always take a picture before the event, so here's this years. Kisses!

Happy National Coffee Day!

Ashley Brooke Designs Mug
My brand new Ashley Brooke Designs mug I picked up this weekend! #motivation

Happy National Coffee Day! How many of you are chugging PSL's this morning?

Coffee is my best friend on Mondays. I would be lost without my cup of joe at 8 AM while attempting to get my head back on straight for the work week.

Over the weekend I was able to attend two blogger events, Blog Fete in Orlando and a Denim Dinner hosted by Fab'rik in Jacksonville. I love meeting other like minded bloggers and being able to share tips and what has worked for us. More on those two later though.

Happy National Coffee Day and Happy Monday, meh. I hope you have a productive and caffeinated day. ;)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Show Recap

This past weekend was the Love Your Mother Eco Fashion Show put on by Panache. I had the privilege to model for my friend Michelle Dorminey's collection called Electric Metal. All of the designs she made were made from cords, soda can tops, wires, and lids. There are some more detail shots of my outfit in this blog post.

(Left to right) TJ, Tonya, Michelle, Shannon, me and Nicole
Here's a peek at what it was like to be a model behind the scenes for the event.

Over muffins, mimosas and fruits Michelle got us prepped for the show.

Getting my silver leaf lightening bolt touched up. Yes, it is just like the gold leaf you hear about in many DIY projects, and it was affixed with Elmer's glue. How cool is that?!

Instead of doing five models' hair AND makeup on the day of the show, Michelle prepped wigs for all of us. Crazy, wild wigs with electronic pieces as part of the headbands.

Crazy cool hair right? :)

This collection was made from old VW marketing material and made by Juliana Koutouzakis, the creative director of the whole show. These ladies looked so awesome

Our group just before taking it to the cat walk.
Dee brought his drone out and caught some images of the show from the sky. Thanks babe! :)

StADrone image of VW of St. Augustine

Love your mother eco fashion show
That's me on the big screen!
Love your mother eco fashion show
Rocking my eco fashion recycled get up like it was Versace!
Love your mother eco fashion show aerial
DJ Applesauce and a bit of the crowd from above.
Love your mother eco fashion show
Of course it started to sprinkle right when our group was up. Luckily it didn't last long at all.

The Record has a compilation of photos from the event on their Spotted site. Definitely check that out to see more of the outfits from the Love Your Mother Fashion Show!

Just Me aghan, Love Your Mother Fashion Show
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As a fashion blogger I had such an awesome time modeling for this show, but I'm ready to be a viewer at the next one. Does anyone know of any fashion events coming up in St. Augustine or Jacksonville?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Georgia Trip- Part 2, Goats on the Roof

Driving through Georgia to our hotel we passed a building with a massive sign that read "GOATS." I did my usual squeal for farm animals and insisted that we make a stop there before heading back home. Little did I know that in addition to the adorable goats, yes there were even babies, the place offered sluicing for gems! Needless to say I found my new favorite spot in Georgia - Goats on the Roof.

Goats on the Roof

Goats on the Roof is located just south of Clayton, Georgia; which is about an hour and a half from Asheville, NC. When you first walk up you will be greeted by a number of friendly goat faces from the top of the building. 

Goats on the Roof
stones in a bucket

sluicing for gems at Goats on the Roof

There are two gift shops with the cutest little stuffed baby toy goats, local jams, fudge, ice cream, and of course rocks! We opted for a large bucket of dirt that had the top covered in gems I recognized.

gem sluicing

Outside in the sluicing area we took our screened boxes and sifted handfuls of the material through the running water. It was awesome to see all the stones that I recognized and some that I didn't. They were decently sized too! Dee even got into it a bit.

Goats on the Roof rocks

After finishing our bucket we stashed our goodies and walked around to see the goats. There was a lookout area where visitors could go up to and see where the goats were hanging out. You could feed the goats too, one contraption was a pulley system that was connected to a stationery bike. As you pedaled it delivered the feed up to the goats.

The young kids were adorable! Living on a farm as a young child I remember playing with our own goats and bottle feeding the babies. They are just the sweetest little animals!

Goats on the Roof, baby goats
Petting the baby goats! 

A couple of the goats looking for the food to come over.

Homemade fudge for sale! Yummy!

Making ice cream with dry ice
Making ice cream with dry ice!
Geode cracker!

If you are in north west Georgia I recommend a stop at Goats on the Roof. Kids will love seeing the goats, and everyone will have fun sluicing for gems and/or eating some ice cream!

Goats on the Roof

Located in Tiger, Georgia