Friday Favorites on a Sunday Night.

Well, it’s a Sunday. But we’re going to do a round of “Friday” favorites, because why the heck not.

Here’s what I’m loving as of late….

  1. Last weekend I attended my dear friend Emily’s wedding in Annapolis, Maryland. Emily is a woman of grace and integrity, and I’m proud to call her my friend. It was a true joy to stand beside her as she married her man, Jeff.
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    We flew into Baltimore—one of my new favorite cities. I tell you, I’m completely smitten with that place.
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    When in Baltimore, do as the locals do and cheer for the Ravens. #GoJoe
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    Call me a southern wimp, but that night at the game was downright frigid.

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    While in Baltimore, my pal Kara and I stayed at the coolest Airbnb—a supa sweet row house.

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    Oh, and just so happened it had a rooftop deck. SCORE!
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    I think it’s safe to say that Kara and I could get used to the rooftop life.

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    And this was the moment I thought to myself why in the world do I live in Dallas? Moral of the story: Maryland is gorgeous.
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    We headed to Annapolis on Friday for the rehearsal dinner. 
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    Em and her maids.
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    The beautiful and historic St. Mary’s Cathedral where Emily + Jeff were married.

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    The venue could not have been prettier.

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    And finally, the weekend ended with a spur of the moment trip to DC/Virginia. Oh HEY, White House!
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    Fun fact: my friend Sarah and I met a Secret Service guy while walking around DC. Never have I felt more cool than when walking around with him. Never.

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    Ok, I just have to brag on the girl in this picture. This is my best friend Sarah and she is a refreshing and steady presence in my life. It never fails that I feel encouraged and loved after conversations with her. Sarah, you’re a good, good gift in my life. Thank you for being my friend!
  2. Oh, how I loved this article. Numbers 3, 22, 23, and 31 are my favorites.
  3. A few friends and I celebrated “Friendsgiving” this past Friday night. Is there anything sweeter than celebrating the gift of friendship? I say no.
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All the best this thanksgiving week,

KAT
Currently listening to “The Middle” by Jillian Edwards

Friday Favorites.

Praise the good Lord, we made it to Friday.

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Ever had one of those weeks where everything just feels hard? That’s how my week has been—good, but exhausting. Thankfully, this weekend is fairly laid-back for me. Hoping for a restful weekend for you as well!

Let’s jump into some favorites, shall we?

  1. Have you seen these illustrations of “real love” before? I’m such a fan of the sweet images—especially these three…
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  2. This past weekend was full of Halloween parties. These two ladies were my party dates…

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    Funny story. While in an Uber to one of the Halloween parties, we saw this ridiculously decorated house. Our Uber driver stopped the car and said, “Get out. We’re taking pictures.” So we did.
  3. I’m normally not one to brag, but this news is too good to keep to myself: I, Kat Williamson, am a CHILI COOK-OFF CHAMPION. I shall be basking in this win for as long as possible because, let’s be honest, it’s unlikely I’ll ever win a cooking competition again. Not sure how I did it, but let it be known that I am the chili queen at Park Cities Presbyterian Church and darn proud of it. Oh, and my chili’s name was “A Chileague of its Own.”

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    My award winning white chicken chili in all its glory.
  4. Well, folks, daylight savings time is upon us. Boo. I’m all about the extra hour of sleep on Sunday, but not as excited about losing the sunshine in my day.

Have a wonderful, restful weekend. This chili queen sure will.

KAT
Currently listening to “Farther from Familiar” by Joshua Wicker

Friday Favorites.

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Hi, and happy Friday.

Let’s dive into some favorites from this week, shall we?

  1. I get a bad rap at work for being the resident “girly girl” in the office. At first I was super offended by that title because I’ve always associated girly with high maintenance—which I’m not! But I’ve begun to come to terms with it, because HECK, there are worse things to be, am I right? That being said, I often subconsciously downplay my love for girly things among peers, but then I see something like the trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and I lose all cool. I cannot lie, I cried a little the first time I watched it.
    Sometimes you just have to lean in to your God-given personality…and mine is apparently one that is girly + emotionally driven when watching trailers for cheesy and beloved television shows.
  2. I took the plunge and bought a new plant yesterday.
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  3. A sad, but important article for female runners.
  4. Check out the home tour of our favorite Laguna Beach resident. Her space is lovely and relaxed, plus I think she’s just cool. Loved the quote: “I think people tend to feel married to the first career decision they’ve made and they feel stuck with it, and I think it’s okay to say, You know what? That’s not for me—I’m going to try something else.”

Alrighty, that’s it for me. I’m off to find a halloween costume that’s fun yet suitable for a 27 year old woman (more challenging than it sounds).

KAT
Currently listening to “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett

The Bucket List.

Four years ago, I started a bucket list.

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It contains nothing spectacular. No bungee jumping or eating of crazy food. Not even a crazy feat of strength…I mean, I thought about including “run a marathon” on the list, and then I realized that I would feel no remorse whatsoever if I made it to the end of my life without running 26 consecutive miles. (This statement makes me wonder if I’m really a Williamson.)

The list has grown and evolved through the years, and I’m sure there’s still some changing left to do, but I genuinely love my list and am going to try to achieve one of these dreams during my 27th year of life.

BUCKET LIST (in no particular order):

  • Concert at Red Rocks
  • See Swan Lake in NYC
  • Backpack through Europe with my dear friend Sarah Sirotkin
  • Hike Machu Pichu with my sister Sarah
  • Kiss a man I love at midnight on New Years Eve
  • Scuba dive (I don’t have a particular place in mind for this goal, but bonus points if I scuba dive in a cool locale)
  • Go to the Brooklynn Flea Market and Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena
  • Hike the Grand Canyon
  • Be a foster mom
  • See a whale in real life. (But not a killer whale. Already seen tons of those at Sea World.)
  • Visit Phuket, Thailand + ride an elephant while there
  • Buy a vespa
  • Be a volunteer baby holder at the hospital
  • Marry
  • Write and publish a book

That’s it so far! Safe to say I’ve got the dreamer’s disease. Stay tuned for updates on these goals in the years to come!

KAT
Currently listening to “Read My Mind” by The Killers

Friday Favorites.

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Long live the king and love live Fridays in the fall.

Here are some of my favorites from the week:

  1. Anyone else obsessed with Vogue’s 73 Questions? I can’t get enough of these interviews. (I loved Reese Witherspoon and Blake Lively‘s interviews, and a new one was released of Emma Stone this week.) If you’ve never seen a 73 Questions video, think Jimmy Fallon interview + an episode of MTV Cribs. Sounds weird, but it’s absolutely brilliant. Also, how great is the interviewer, Joe Sabia? I did a little research on the dude and turns out he not only interviews the celebs, but was also the mastermind behind the entire concept. Read more about Joe/the 73 Questions process here.
  2. I successfully conquered the State Fair and it’s fried delicacies this past week. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the State Fair of Texas is probably my favorite thing about Dallas. From the food (deep friend chicken + waffles!), to the attractions (they had a Taylor Swift exhibit this year), to the people watching (a personal favorite pastime of mine), the State Fair simply can’t be beat.
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    Check out this big bubba. A whopping 1,500 pounds of pork right there.
  3. My mom and dad are the coolest. This past weekend, they headed to Kentucky so my mom could run in a relay race that made stops along the Bourbon Trail. Mom ran and Dad drove a 15-seater van full of runners. So proud of them both!
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  4. Can we all agree that there’s just something special about being with a friend you can be yourself around? Last weekend, my friend Kaelee and I had planned on going to a Nelly concert, but it fell through last minute. So, we headed to Trinity Groves, ate giant pieces of cake, and listened to Nelly songs on our phones. Time with this friend is always goofy, fun, and good for the soul.
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Enjoy your weekend, friends!

KAT
Currently listening to “Beautiful” by Carole King