2017 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for

2016 was a great year for the food, fashion, and design industry. Turmeric became the spice everyone wanted to use in their food, off the shoulder tops had a big comeback, the design industry made florals hot again. 2017 is rapidly approaching and I am already looking forward to seeing what’s going to be a popular trend in the new year. Pinterest just released its 2017 Pinterest 100 trends report earlier this month and the list is filled with a few surprises. They developed this list based on the most popular pins saved on Pinterest during 2016. 

2017 Fashion, Food, Design Trends
Here are the top 12 food, fashion, beauty and design trends to watch out for in 2017. 


  1. Food is Medicine- In 2016, foods that were good for your health like turmeric saw a big upswing. Everyone, including myself, wanted to consume this powerful spice because of its known health benefits. The trend of using food as medicine is here to stay.  Look for foods like grapeseed oil, jackfruit, and kimchi to pop up on your favorite restaurant menus, cookbooks, and food blogs in 2017. 
  2. It is all about Cuban Cuisine– The travel ban to Cuba was lifted in 2016 and Americans are starting to travel to this destination again. Cuba will be the place to go in 2017 but it will also have an impact on our culinary cuisine at home. Expect to see Cuban empanadas, ropa vieja, guava inspired desserts on restaurant menus in 2017.   
  3. Brew your own beer at home– The craft beer industry was all the rage in 2016 and local breweries were popping up everywhere. In 2017, people will want to know how to brew their own craft beers at home. So expect to see home brew kits like  this one sold in grocery and liquor stores around the country. 


  1. Camel is the new black– Camel was a popular color this fall for the fashion industry. The color is becoming a staple piece in many people’s closets. This is a trend that is here to stay in 2017. 
  2. Statement sleeves are the new off the shoulder– Cold-shoulder tops were cool while they lasted but expect to see a lot of people wearing bell-bottom sleeves next Spring and Fall like this one.
  3. Men will add scarfs to their accessories collection-I was just at a holiday party and all men wearing plaid scarves with their blazers. I love that this look is becoming a trend. 
  4. Earthy GreensThe Pantone Color of 2017 was just announced and its “Greenery”. This bright neon green color is earthy and refreshing. Based on the spring runways from Fashion Week, we can expect to see a lot of this color in our spring wardrobe. 


  1. Natural hair and beauty will take center stage– 2017 is all about everything natural when its comes to skin care and beauty. I already rock this mantra but I’m excited to see more natural hair and beauty products on the market. 
  2. Micro-blading is the new threading– Microblading started to generate buzz during the latter part of 2016 but it looks like this trend will become popular in 2017. This process takes a few hours so expect to block out some time on your calendar to get this done. Curious to learn how the process works? This video tutorial explains it all. 
  3. It’s all about the Gold-plated nail- Last summer it was all about the round-shaped nail but this summer everyone will be wearing gold plated nails. I like this trend and I definitely might test this out for NYE. 


  1. Chip and Joanna Gains made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again- One of my favorite HGTV shows is Fixer Upper starring Chip and Joanna Gains. I love their farmhouse inspired designs. Their show has made farmhouse living and reclaimed wood popular again. Expect too see more of this style in 2017. 
  2. Jewel tones take a strong note-Jewel tones are expected to dominate the design industry in 2017. Vibrant colors like emerald greens will bring homes to life. 

What trends are you looking forward to seeing in 2017?

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

This year has flown by so fast that I just realized Christmas is just two weeks away and I hadn’t done my annual holiday gift guide. So for the sake of time, I decided to roll my holiday gift guide into two parts. Today I’m sharing gifts under $500 that you can get for everyone in your life: The holiday hostess, the boyfriend, the #girlboss, the best friend, the foodie and the fitness obsessed friend. I like getting practical gifts that I know people will use years later. I’m not a big fan of clothing or gift cards for gifts because style changes and stores close.

Holiday Gift Guide

For the Hostess

One | Two | Three

For the Boyfriend

One | Two | Three | Four

For the Girl Boss

One | Two | Three | Four

For the Best Friend

One | Two | Three

For the Foodie

One | Two | Three

For the Fitness Freak

One | Two | Three


Am I the only one who hasn’t finished their Christmas shopping let me know? 
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What I’m Reading: Devotionals


As I’ve gotten older my faith and christianity has grown stronger. I attend church regularly, was in a small group for years, and read my bible often. When times get tough and I have no one to turn to I turn to God. He’s my therapist when my real therapist isn’t available.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve heard me talk about two devotional books, I have read this spring: Make it Happen by Lara Casey and 31 Days of Prayer for a Dreamer and Doer by Jenn Sprinkle and Kelly Rucker.

These books are amazing and I can’t stop about talking them. So much so that I’ve started sending them to friends as birthday gifts. I recommend these books for creative thinkers, business owners, women in the working world, and especially millennials.

A few months ago, Jenn Sprinkle hosted a meet up in Atlanta and I was fortunate enough to attend. It was great to sit around a small group of Christian women bloggers and business owners in my community and talk about life’s obstacles and rewards. 

What I found most rewarding about these books were that the issues that I deal with as a full time working woman and blogger, they were dealing with too. Some of the topics discussed in the book are anxiety, managing a work life balance, when to take a brain break, relationships, marriage, friendships, when to take a leap of faith, setting goals, and so much more. 

While reading both of these books I cried and laugh. 

My next step is too dive into Lara Caseys Power Sheets: The Ultimate Goal Setting Worksheets

What devotional are you currently reading?

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you are spending today spreading affirmations of love to your loved ones, friends, and family.

Here are a few special ways to enjoy today:

If your single, check out  this article from Bon Appetit on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Planning on staying in this evening? Check out this article from the Kitchn on how to have the perfect date night at home.

How cute are these ice cream sandwich hearts that my friend Kris made.

I’m obsessed with red velvet anything! This recipe for red velvet waffles has me drooling at my computer.

Live in Atlanta? Check out this list of 13 great affordable places to take your Valentine to eat today from the Eater.