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Here's a quick run-down of who I am....aka my obligatory "about me".

I'm a college graduate, former teacher, boutique manager, candle shop co-owner, dog mom, girlfriend, and blogger. I'm a major foodie who recently learned how to use the kitchen for something other than just making a mess. I spend way too much time watching Grey's Anatomy and on the rare occasion when I'm not watching it, there's a 98% chance I'm thinking about it. I think the internet is the best/worst thing to ever happen to the world. I love chicken tenders, vinyl records, cheap wine, and a good pair of broken-in Birkenstocks.


I spent 23 of my last 25 years living in a teeny-tiny Tennessee town. Then about two and a half years ago,  I fell head over heels for the cutest Texas boy you've ever seen. A few months later and I was packing up and moving 1,500 miles to be by his side. In October 2015, I officially became an Austin resident and I can honestly say I've never been happier. 

Eddie K and I spend most of our free time being tourists in our own city and other surrounding areas of Texas. If there's a vintage store or brunch spot within 100 miles, chances are we've heard of it or visited it. Most weekends you'll find us digging around the outskirts of Austin for vintage tees and old vinyls, but at home, we are owned by a carefree+energetic little girl-dog. She was the best post-Christmas gift I could've ever asked for. She's a mix-breed/"shelter special" who even has her own instagram and hashtag: #LorettaThePointer. She can do exactly EIGHT TRICKS (sit, lay down, roll over, shake, high-five, hug, treat on the nose, + spin) and usually lays in my lap as I blog. She's the root of most of our favorite memories and we couldn't imagine our lives without her.



In June of 2016, Eddie and I embarked on a new journey and found ourselves in uncharted territory ; we decided to open our own business. Whiskey Boat Goods is an all natural candle and soap company we have literally built from the ground up. Launching on 9.1.16, all we hoped was that these handmade goods would bring joy to everyone who received them. A year later and we are in stores all over the United States and expanding more and more daily. 

As for blogging, I started my journey in 2011 as the face behind The Tennessee Life. TL started as a way for me to remember my thoughts and lesson plans while attending college for elementary education. From there, it went from school ideas to fashion and then transferred into me sharing my outfits that I wore while attending country music festivals. 

About a year into the making of The Tennessee Life, everything flipped upside down. I stopped writing about everything EXCEPT music. I worked with artists on the verge of success, reviewed many shows, songs, and videos, and even found myself in a face-to-face interview with the one and only, Mr. Garth Brooks.


BUT....after 3 years and a move across the country, I'm back to blogging about all the other important parts of life on a new blog: Dreams + Gasoline.

So welcome to D+G.
Stick around for all things style+beauty, recipes+dining, product reviews, home decor + travel tips, and my life as a newly-found Texas girl, dog mom, and girlfriend.

We all have a story, this one's mine.....
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