Am I “Basic” Because I Love Fall?

Am I "Basic" Because I Love Fall? - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comLast weekend, as I was standing in line for beer at Music Midtown a girl tapped me on the shoulder to ask if she could take a picture with me. She and her friends made a scavenger hunt to play during the festival. Obviously, the item on her list was magical black girl, right? Check! Alas, she just needed a picture with someone wearing a flower crown. Almost immediately, two of my guy friends began to make a joke that a “basic” girl must have been on her list. I went to high school with these two  jerks Prince Charmings, so they are allowed to tease me. In their minds my flower crown made me summer “basic”. Then came the pumpkin spice latte reference. Cue eye rolls.

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Let’s talk about calling girls basic on the basis of their seasonal favorites.  First, let’s start with the basics (ha, see what I did there?) and see how the people of the interwebs are defining the term.

“Basic” Definitions

  • Those whose wardrobes include leggings and boots complemented by a Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte in hand.
  • “Basic” is a term to describe someone, usually a female, who is without any defining characteristics of her own, usually because she follows the crowd.
  • Used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to.
  • Lacking intelligence and unable to socialize on even an elementary level.
  • The disease that makes people ratchet AF. This includes symptoms such as an unusually strong affection to pumpkin spice (specifically Starbucks), a longing to wear Uggs and/or LuLu Leggings, and continuously saying “I literally can’t even.”

Things that apparently make me basic

  • Seasonal candles are my jam: To be clear, I’m a scented candle addict all year-long!  However, there’s just something about being curled up in one million cozy blankets with Hocus Pocus playing and my sweater weather candle sending sweet fall scents around my apartment. Also, I should mention that I quite enjoy watching fall candle hauls on YouTube.  Sorry, I’m not sorry about wanting my place to smell like a home. If loving a well-scented home is basic, count me in.
  • Fall wardrobe: Reality check: boots, leggings and scarves have always been staples of chilly days, just like you would expect folks to wear shorts, swimsuits and sundresses in the summer. So how does wearing these items make me basic? Are you mad that I’m hella comfortable in my chunky sweater and boots? Does my flannel offend you? I’m looking and feeling good so again bring on the basicness. P.S. I will also likely Instagram my new boots I bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday as I’m standing on top of fallen leaves.
  • Pumpkin Love: I think PSLs are delicious, whether I’m brewing them at home or grabbing one from Starbucks or a local coffee shop. Would you still call me basic if I ordered a salted caramel latte? Cool, because I drink those too. While I’ve got a thing for pumpkin spice, I need to be absolutely clear on one thing: I’ll take a sweet potato pie over a pumpkin pie any day. Are Patti LaBelle’s Pies going to be a thing again this year?
  • Fall traditions: Crunching leaves, roasting s’mores, browsing through pumpkin patches and carving pumpkins are definitely fall traditions, but that doesn’t mean they are “basic.” Carving pumpkins with friends during college are some of my favorite memories. It’s just a fun (and messy) activity.  Research (i.e. in my mind) shows that stepping on a crunchy leaf releases endorphins.

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For The Love of Fall

I know most of the time, we call someone “basic” as a joke. However, in reality basic is just another term used by society to judge women and their lifestyle choices. If homegirl (of any race) wants to sip on her PSL and take a stroll through an apple orchard or pumpkin patch – why are we making fun of her for living in the moment and finding beauty in fall? How is it really affecting your life?  While you’re making fun of her or me, we’ll be busy making memories.

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Are you a lover of fall like I am? Have you been called basic? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Words of Wisdom to My Younger Self

Words of Wisdom To My Younger Self -- The Palmetto Peaches

For as long as I can remember, my Auntie Karen took the younger generations of our family on Kids’ Day Out trips. They eventually turned into Girls’ Day Outs because the amount of boys in my family was slim. Girls’ Day Out blessed me with some of my favorite memories. These memories include, seeing Beauty & the Beast in theaters, riding a horse for the first time and declaring my dreams of becoming a ballerina.

This weekend, the Peekaboo PrettyGirl Foundation will host their first ever Girls’ Day. The one day mentoring camp will focus on building relationships with 20+ high school aged girls, through girl talk, vision boards and of course — pizza. Reminiscing about my personal connection to experiencing girls’ day in my childhood, and preparing the Peekaboo event, made me think about all the lessons learned in my 28 years of life.
Words of Wisdom To My Younger Self -- The Palmetto Peaches

Image by Tenaciously Tanece for Peekaboo PrettyGirl

After reading Maya Angelou’s Letter to my daughter, I wrote a letter to my 19-year-old self. Besides it being my golden year (I turned 19 on the 19th), it was the year of a few major changes. The year I moved to and from Florida; the year I fell in love, and quickly got my heart broken. Unforunately, the list goes on. Needless to say, a letter was hard to write–let alone publish for the world to see. Here’s a list of things I’d want Young Ace to know.

Words of Wisdom to My Younger Self

Don’t dim your light to make other people comfortable.

You can’t trade in your rough past for an easy future, but it doesn’t work that way.

Don’t the ending of one friendship stop you from embracing another.

Acecily is a dope name.

Don’t let your head write checks your hustle can’t cash.

Be the example the best example of what it takes to love you.

What would you say to your younger self?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Bachelorette Party Must-Haves

She said yes, and it’s time for you to plan a lit bachelorette party. If the thought of marriage scares you, all the fun that comes with celebrating marriage might ease your mind. Traditionally, planning a celebration to honor the bride-to-be is the job of the Maid of Honor. I’m going to be a little shady and announce that I haven’t been granted the MOH title yet, but I’ve planned 2 bachelorette parties. I’m just a dope bridesmaid, duh.

The bachelorette party planning process is a lot of work regardless of who is planning the festivities. At the end of the day, the most important thing is the bride enjoying her last fling before the ring! Here are the must-haves to remember when you plan a bachelorette turn-up.Bachelorette Party Must Haves -- The Palmetto Peaches

Bachelorette Party Must-Haves

Theme

The theme for your bachelorette party is the most important detail, after date and location. Every must-have on this list is so much cuter when it compliments the theme. You might remember the Feyoncé Weekend from last year, but this year the theme was Mickey Mouse. Nope, not Minnie Mouse…Mickey!

Favors

Shirts, koozies, tumblers, temporary tattoos — the whole shabang! This is the time to show-off your theme for the weekend.
Tip: Remember to use nicknames on your shirts, in case you want to give your fake names to strangers in the club.
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Pictures and shirts by the amazing LJ Craft Life.

Social Media Presence

If you don’t have a Snapchat Filter or hashtag, did the bachelorette party really happen? I’m a huge fan of unplugging, and living in the moment, but this celebration needs some documentation. Use social media to share priceless moments with everyone missing out on the fun, and to laugh at later. Please remember to be respectful by keeping embarrassing pictures or videos to yourself, or don’t take them at all.
Tips: Set your Snapchat filters for multiple locations and for more time than you think you may need. Plans can change regardless of how far in advance you made them, so be prepared for that while setting up your filter. Visit Fiverr for custom geo-filters. Use my Fiverr referral code for a free filter or $5 off!
Bachelorette Party Must-Haves -- The Palmetto Peaches

Activities

It’s fun to play things by ear, but it’s nice to have some sort of direction–especially when you’re in a city you’re not familiar with. Add a Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt, dinner reservations, touristy activities to your itinerary.
Tips: Make sure you cater to what the bachelorette wants and likes. If you’re visiting a different city, try to visit places and see things that aren’t in your hometown.

Signature Cocktail

Choose a cocktail, or mocktail, that compliments your theme. Mickey mimosas was our drink of choice: champagne + orange juice + grenadine. If you don’t use Pinterest yet, planning a bachelorette party would be a good time to start!
Bachelorette Party Must-Haves -- The Palmetto Peaches

An amazing Bride Squad

Leave the party poopers and Negative Nancy’s at home. #YouCantSitWithUs The bachelorette party is one of your last chances to show the Future Mrs. why she chose you to be by her side in the first place. Don’t mess it up.
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Don’t forget to bring an open mind, patience and good vibes. This is a celebration after all! Have you ever planned a bachelorette party? What would you add to this list?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comI’ve been in sort of a planning rut lately. As you may know I have an Erin Condren vertical planner that I use for everyday life. I also have a Day Designer that I use for blog planning. Lately, I haven’t been using my Erin Condren for anything other than the monthly spread. I track my steps sporadically, along with big events in the weekly section. However, I haven’t used it fully since the month of July. That’s right no Washi tapes and no elaborate layouts.

Most of the time I just stick to creating to-do lists in this cute little “list makers gonna list” notebook that I found at Home Goods. As much as I love Erin Condren, I feel like I’ve lost my planner peace. In an effort to get out of my rut I went in search of organization inspo and put together a list of five planner gurus, whose feeds will make you planner nerd out.

I thought some some of my favorite planner gurus might spark my creativity and they certainly did! The organization inspo also made me realize that my search for planner peace may only come after I say goodbye to my beloved EC.

I am working with a company, PurpleTrail Planners, that is giving me an opportunity to review their line of planners. Wish me luck on finding planner peace! But don’t worry I’ll be back soon with some new stickers and fun things for all my fellow planner nerds.

5 Instagram Accounts for Organization Inspo

@theplannersociety

Christy Tomlinson offers a unique monthly planner subscription kit filled with gorgeous items. Her feed is filled with seasonal weekly planner spreads and the fun stationery your heart could ever desire. I won a gorgeous Day Designer from her that I’m going to start working on designing my own custom inserts for.

@paperandglam

Here's the full week! 📒💕 #paperandglam #seasonalglam #glamseptember #theglamplanner #erincondrenlifeplanner

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I’ve mentioned Lisamarie Landreth in my posts before because I love all things paper and glam . She has the most awesome seasonal living tips, her book club has the best suggestions for fantastic reads, and her shop has the best stickers and a very cool Glam planner she designed herself. #Goals

@thedailywriting

This isn’t a guru, but this account shares journal writing inspiration. The pictures are mainly from bullet journals, but holly cow is this feed amazing!

@theresetgirl

If you’ve ever watched a planner video on YouTube, I would bet that one of Cori Spieker’s videos popped up in the related video section. Her planner decoration is so artfully done. Cori also has a fantastic shop that I have to stay out of.

@thehoneybshop


Etsy owner Shannon Leigh’s feed features amazing spreads mad out of her own fantastic stickers and other shops she loves. Her shop is amazing and her customer service is top notch. Also, I’m so jealous of her lettering!!

 

Help a planner girl out! Which planner brands and layouts do you swear by? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Manespiration:Natural Hair Bloggers & Vloggers

Manespiration: Natural Hair Bloggers and Vloggers - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comNatural Hair Mag’s Natural Health & Hair Summit is around the corner. This event will boast some of America’s best health and hair professionals who are experts in their respective fields. They will cover topics such as nutrition, mental health, personal development, fitness, hair care and more. Come join the summit in Atlanta on October 1,2016.  You can find more information about the event at www.nhmsummit.com.

In the spirit of all things natural, we’re sharing some of our natural hair manespiration! Below you can find some of our favorite natural hair bloggers and vloggers.

Manespiration: Natural Hair Bloggers and Vloggers

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Jasmine Rose @msjasminerose

Jasmine Rose is goals!!!  Seriously she’s one of our favorite natural hair bloggers and vloggers. You can find the best makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel and she lives the healthy life as a plant based vegan.

WHITNEY WHITE @Naptural85

Whitney or Naptural85 on Youtube is a graphic designer, vlogger, blogger, and natural hair enthusiast we can’t live without! She also made the cover of the very first edition of .  P.S. If you’re looking for a bomb flower crown tutorial, she’s got your back.

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Franchesca Ramsey @chescaleigh

You may know her from Youtube, MTV and The Nightly Show. This a writer, actor and comedian entertain and inspires us and is also manespiration.

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SHALLEEN-KAYE @ShalleenKaye

One half of the duo from Natural Hair Does Care, Shalleen-Kaye helps her followers with natural hair care, styling ideas, nutrition, and emotional wellness!

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Jocelyn Reneé @curlynugrowth

Jocelyn works to educate people about the science of textured hair and the versatility of locs and Ace stands by her advice.

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Natural Health & Hair Summit

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Music Midtown 2016 – Palmetto Peaches’ Playlist

Music Midtown 2016 - The Palmetto Peaches' Playlists - palmsinatl.comWow, we haven’t had a Palmetto Peaches’ Playlist in a while. The last was in May, to be exact. One of the reasons I love living in Atlanta is all of the opportunities to see amazing musical performances. Just about every major tour stops through the city and we have some great smaller venues for artists as well. Although, I opted out of Beyonce this year so I could save a few coins. I did spring for Music Midtown tickets. I’m so excited for Music Midtown 2016, happening this weekend. Check out my recap from last year’s festival. I’m most excited to see The Killers, James Bay, Kesha, Corrine Bailey Rae, Alabama Shakes, and DNCE. However, I just love live music in general and am ready for the experience.

If you’re not making the trip to Atlanta for this years’ festival (or if music festivals aren’t your thing), I’ve pulled together a playlist of some of my favorite songs from some of the artists of Music Midtown 2016.  Hopefully,  you discover someone new or just an awesome playlist to jam out to.

Feel free to take a full look at the full lineup and send me any suggestions for artists to check out or songs to add my Music Midtown 2016 playlist!

Music Midtown 2016 Playlist

  • The Killers –  All These Things I’ve Done; Where the White Boys Dance; Somebody Told Me; Mr. Brightside
  • Twenty One Pilots – Heathens; Stressed Out;  Ride
  • Beck – Loser; Morning
  • Deadmau5 – Terrors in My Head; Some Chords
  • The Lumineers – Ophelia; Stubborn Love; Ho Hey
  • G-Eazy – Me, Myself & I; Tumblr Girls; Of All Things
  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color; Hold On; Don’t Wanna Fight; Future People; Boys & Girls
  • Collegrove – Bounce; Bentley Truck
  • Band of Horses – The Funeral; No One’s Gonna Love You
  • James Bay – Let It Go; Hold Back the River; Need The Sun To Break; Craving; Stealing Cars
  • Ke$ha – True Colors; Die Young; Tik Tok; Blah Blah Blah; Your Love Is My Drug
  • Big Boi – Be Still; Shine Blockas; Kryptonite
  • Chvruches -The Mother We Share; Leave a Trace; Bury It
  • Leon Bridges – Better Man; Brown Skin Girl; Coming Home
  • City and Colour – Lover Come Back; Wasted Love
  • DNCE- Cake by The Ocean; Toothbrush; Pay My Rent
  • Raury – Neveralone; Trap Tears
  • Daya  – Sit Still, Look Pretty; Hide Away; Legendary; Don’t Let Me Down
  • St Lucia – Dancing On Glass
  • Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk; Love Like That
  • Corrine Bailey Rae – Green Aphrodisiac; Is This Love; Put Your Records On; Like a Star; Till It Happens To You;  Enchantment; Trouble Sleeping

My plan is to put the phone down and enjoy the music, but I’ll likely add a few clips to our Instagram story. So make sure you’re following us!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches