an atlantic calling –

Artist: alt-j
Song: “Hunger of the Pines”

August is here. For the past month I have pushed this blog to the very back of my brain. With work and an intensive summer course, I convinced myself that investing my time in “an atlantic calling” would be too exhausting.

I’ve missed writing, sharing my passions, and growing through this medium.

As I said, August is here. It’s actually here. The month that I have been anticipating for so long crept up on me. The month that I’ve been thinking about with euphoria and dread.

August. August 24th to be exact– the day I fly from America Paris for four entire months. I begin an unbelievable adventure in 18 days; I can’t wait.

I hope to see a plethora of countries while abroad, but I can’t be sure of where all I will go. I do know that it’s important for me to continue blogging while abroad. I will experience too much not to share.

Before I leave, it’s important that I establish a foundation for this semester. In order to do that, I want to share the meaning behind the name of this blog. I realize I should have done that ages ago, when I first started writing, but now seems like the perfect time.

an atlantic calling –

There are two distinct meanings for my blog’s title, and I’d love to share both with you.

The first is a quite literal meaning. In life I feel inescapably drawn to the Atlantic Ocean. In America I love the east coast “cool” associated with the Atlantic. With metropolises like New York City and Washington DC, and beautiful states like Maine, Maryland, North Carolina and Georgia, I’ve always wanted to move east.

But the Atlantic also touches Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and countless other African countries. Although Paris isn’t on the coast of the ocean, merely flying to Europe feels like an answer to my atlantic calling.

I believe this semester abroad will temporarily quench my thirst to be near the ocean, but in the long term I hope to live closer to/on the Atlantic.

The second meaning is more spiritual and references the ever-popular Hillsong United hit “Oceans.”

Before I explain, I want to share the lyrics because they are worth a read:

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

The imagery of an ocean being life struck me when I first heard it. Like an ocean, life can be calm or tumultuous, exhausting yet rewarding, and bigger than it seems.

Despite all of this, God is in control of our lives 100%. Through everything, He asks us to trust His will and follow His voice. It’s easy for me to become overwhelmed by life– whether it’s school, relationships, work or a combination of them all I tend to focus on those rather than God’s voice.

An atlantic calling is a reminder for myself, and hopefully for others, to fully trust the Lord who leads me so perfectly. However life happens, I trust Him. I can only trust.

As I prepare to leave for four months I must remember this truth. It is imperative. These four months will be scary and difficult and beautiful and exciting. Through it all, my God is my leader.

I can’t wait to begin the journey with you.

- B

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20 during 20 #20: tattoo –

Artist: Glasser
Song: “Home”

I’ve finished my bucket list. As of Friday, June 27th at 11 a.m. I crossed off

getting a tattoo –

Ever since my brother got his first tattoo over six years ago I knew that I would want to get one of my own at some point. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted or where, but I knew I would get some eventually.

Last year I finally came up with an idea of something that I wanted. My favorite passage in the Bible is Habakkuk 3:17-19:

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no heard in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.

This passage has become one of the most important in my life. It’s a constant reminder that no matter what happens in my life, whether I am successful by worldly terms or not, I will rejoice in the LORD.

In order to translate this verse to a tattoo, I decided to go with a symbol rather than just words. I easily could’ve done the reference for this passage, but I had another idea.

Since the last verse mentions God “making my feet like the deer’s” I decided to get a pair of antlers, with one on each wrist.

Three of my best friends came with me, and the following pictures come from Jordyn and Coley.


I went to Zane at Safe House Tattoo Parlor in Nashville. A friend of mine recommended him, and I can now say that he does great work.

in process

I had two big fears going into the day. The first was in reference to pain. I didn’t know what to expect, but everyone talks about getting a tattoo being less than pleasant. Especially on my wrists. It wasn’t unbearable, but there were times that I was glad I had someone’s hand to squeeze.

halfway done

My second and far greater fear was that my concept wouldn’t translate in the way I expected. There are few things worse than a bad tattoo, and I didn’t want to be someone who was sporting one.

Kathleen was there to hold my hand

It’s amazing how much trust you put into this one person’s ability and vision. Zane knew what my tattoos would look like when they were finished, and I had to trust his execution.

finished product

in color

I am overjoyed with how my tattoo turned out. It fits me, it looks amazing, and I couldn’t ask for anything else. It is the reminder and truth that I need every day.

Thank you to Zane and the staff at Safe House for an incredible experience. Thank you to Kathleen, Jordyn & Coley for supporting me and joining me on this momentous day.

Thank you to all of you for reading my 20 new experiences! This was one I had been looking forward to for a while, and I’m glad that I finally get to share!

With two tattoos down, I’m already thinking of when I can get my next one. I have ideas, I just need the money!

- B

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20 during 20, #19: the rock quarry –

Artist: How To Dress Well
Song: “Precious Love”

I haven’t crossed an experience off my “bucket list” in quite a few weeks. As I’m writing this, it’s hitting me that I’m nearing the end of my list!

I remember starting my list back in February, not expecting my blogging to be dragged out two months beyond the expected date.

But it’s ok, because i’m at

19: the rock quarry –

Knoxville’s rock quarry is a small oasis for college students and rednecks. It’s secluded and unchaperoned by authorities. There’s nothing better than spending a day there.

I went to the quarry last Friday for about an hour with my friend Mamie.

We arrived with our bathing suits and hours of reading. Naturally as soon as we found a spot to lay down we spent 30 minutes talking rather than losing ourselves in our books.

It was 88º and blindingly sunny. After sweating my body weight in a half an hour, we had to get in the water. What a relief that was.

The water was blue, crisp and cool. We had the best time at this little oasis up to the point when the people next to us started yelling and cursing and generally being obnoxious.

Thankfully that didn’t ruin a perfect and much needed escape from any responsibilities we had. In that moment we were together and we were living.

- B

(P.S. My very last ’20 during 20′ is taking place this Friday, and it’s big. I can’t wait to share!)

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lupita nyong’o vogue editorial –

Artist: Sam Smith
Song: “I’ve Told You Now – Live at St Pancras Old Church, London”

Every month, every fashion magazine reveals the next cover model. Yesterday, Vogue revealed that Lupita Nyong’o would be this July’s cover model. Her spread was shot by Mikael Jansson. Today I just wanted to share all these pictures. They’re too perfect to not mention.


in Prada

in Prada


in Vera Wang Collection

in Vera Wang Collection

in Proenza Schouler

in Proenza Schouler

in Rodarte

in Rodarte

in Givenchy

in Givenchy

in Jonathan Sanders

in Jonathan Sanders

Prada heels on floor

Prada heels on floor

in T by Alexander Wang top

in T by Alexander Wang top

in J. Crew suit + Casadei for Prabal Gurung heels

in J. Crew suit + Casadei for Prabal Gurung heels

This pictures are flawless. Cannot wait to get my hands on July 2014 Vogue to see them in person and read her article.

- B

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pia mia –

Artist: Madilyn Bailey Song: “Wake Me Up”

Today I’m returning to my roots, and sharing one of my current style obsessions.

pia mia –

I follow Parker Kit Hill on all forms of social media. He is a high schooler in Texas who has become famous because he’s hilarious. He posted a video featuring Pia Mia’s music, and I was immediately hooked.

She is originally from Guam, and started gaining popularity on Youtube after she shared videos of her singing.

She is now only 17, and an Instagram sensation. She is friends with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and she has benefitted from their fame. With 1.1 million followers on Instagram, @princesspiamia has built up her brand around selfies and her own style.

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Her voice is incredible, and her Instagram is flawless. Most importantly she has a edgy and cool sense of style that seems to set trends rather than follow them.

Here are a few pictures from her profile that show that unique personal style she is already mastering at age 17. She posts videos on her YouTube channel of her singing, and she shares the different pieces she’s wearing, and where they come from:

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So far Pia Mia only has a 6-song EP out titled Ghost, and a song on this year’s Divergent soundtrack. I’m anxious to see how her career progresses, and whether she moves into the spotlight more.

All of these pictures came from her Instagram, excluding the first one. Follow her at @princesspiamia on Twitter and Instagram, or for her inspirations and interests.

Until next time,

- B

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stagnant –

Artist: Pia Mia
Song: “Hold On We’re Going Home”

I started this blog less than a year ago as a vehicle to share my story and my passions. During the first months of an atlantic calling I posted daily about fashion, music, popular culture, and myself.

Being able to share those parts of myself with the world made me feel alive. I felt authentic and creative.

When 2014 started I found myself taking too many school hours, and stuck inside my head. For the longest time I have felt stagnant. Instead of learning and growing, I found myself regressing into old habits and mindsets.

I love being around people, but I chose to spend my nights home rather than with friends. This moping led to me distancing myself from many of the things I care about in life.

I didn’t blog nearly as much as I could or wish I would have. My books were less captivating than before. “Vogue” felt like a chore more than a treat.

I believe that this season was supposed to be stagnant for me. It was terrible when it was my everyday, but now that I have begun the transition to a new season, I can see how necessary it was.

With that transition comes renewed passions and fervor for life.

That is why this summer I have decided I want to revamp and assess an atlantic calling, and return to its roots.

On my next day off I’ve decided to spend the day in a coffee shop and work on reorganizing and planning my next steps, and I’m giddy.

This is the inspiration board I have above my desk. As I’m writing this I’m looking at it and smiling. These things are the reason I blog, and the reasons I choose to no longer remain stagnant.

To moving forward,

- B

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my weekly obsessions 6.3.14 –

I am very aware that I have an obsessive personality that manifests itself in a multitude of ways. Whether people, songs, or a TV show, I love to completely invest myself.

So, it only made sense that, starting today, I share a few things that I love every week.

#1 — “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt

I impulsively purchased this book two weeks ago under my friend Mamie’s insistence.

And thank God I did! This novel is set in 1987, and tells the story of June Elbus. She is a 15 year old girl living in New York state who finds herself to be accidentally in love with her gay uncle, Finn. The story starts in his apartment, and he is painting June and her sister Greta’s portrait. He is gay and dying of AIDS. At his funeral, there is a man who June’s family refuses to express hospitality towards, because we find out he was Finn’s partner. Eventually, June and the man began the grieving process together, because they were the people who loved Finn the most.

I’m about a quarter of the way through “Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” and I am captivated by it. The writing is beautiful, and the narrator has such a unique and solid perspective. It’s a wonderful read.

#2 —  “Amnesia” by Justin Timberlake

“The 20/20 Experience – Part 2″ came out last September, but for some reason I just started listening to the album for the first time this week. I cannot stop listening to this song. It’s phenomenal and overwhelming for me to listen to in the best way. Around 5:15, the song shifts into Justin singing:

“Tear me apart, and do it again tomorrow. I almost forgot who we are.”

…and I can’t handle it. It is just bomb.

#3 — Claire Underwood

Speaking of being way behind on popular entertainment, I just started watching House of Cards, finally. I’ve looked forward to watching it for a while, but put it off because each episode is an hour, and that feels like such a commitment.

But damn. I am blown away by the acting, the music, the editing. All of it.

Most importantly, though, Claire Underwood is my queen.

If you’ve never seen HoC, you probably won’t understand my love for Claire. But she is a boss. I’m not far enough into the show yet to know her well enough, but I know I like what I have seen.

Most of my draw to her character is her impeccable wardrobe. She is a professional woman who knows how to dress for every occasion. Whether a cocktail party, a gala, or even a run in the park she is looking fresh to death. She is just a class act.


I watch HoC with one of my best friends, and we always swoon when Claire is on screen. Can’t wait to be caught up.

#4 — Zara man sandals

Ok I have wanted a pair of leather Jesus sandals for about three years. I’ve always been afraid to get a pair because of possible backlash from random people. But those feelings are all behind me now that I have found exactly what I want in a pair of mandals.

Image 2 of SANDAL WITH BUCKLES from Zara

This sandals are amazing. Finally I won’t have to wear Chaco’s everywhere I go this summer! I don’t have a pair yet, but they are at the very top of my must-have list.

#5 — Jessica Chastain at the AmfAR Gala

in Givenchy Haute Couture

in Givenchy Haute Couture from Harper’s Bazaar

Jessica Chastain is for sure one of my celebrity crushes. Who doesn’t love red hair? And she looked divine in this simple black gown from Givenchy Haute Couture.

Praise Him for Jessica & Givenchy.

- B

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