Just Candace Things

Life Update from West Virginia!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Hey There Peeps!
I know I’ve been MIA for the last week or so but things are CRAZY busy! The wedding is only 15 days away. So as one could imagine..I’m a tad overwhelmed. Lol. But because I love you all dearly, I wanted to provide a little life update…just last Thursday I completed my first year of graduate school as well as my internship at New York City Ballet! On Friday I packed up my things and the following day headed down to West Virginia to spend some Q.T. with my sweet man, finalize last minute wedding details and decorate our home! It’s been very chaotic, but I couldn’t be happier 🙂 On Sunday I’ll be head down to good ole Georgia to spend time with my family and prepare for the big day! I promise to to keep you all as updated as possible, but no promises as I foresee lots of curve balls taking place over the next two weeks! Not cool Robert Frost (Thank you Kid President for that
I hope everything is GRAND in your World and yay for new life chapters!
Candace (soon-to-be Read)

The Love Story of Candace and Jason

Monday, May 6th, 2013

People often ask me how Jason and I met. Well, it was pretty unexpected and a TOTAL God thing.  But just so everyone knows the story, here it is : ) P.S. This was all written by wonderful fiancé, Jason! Enjoy.


The journey to OUR FOREVER began with a wedding…

If you get a chance, hunt us down and ask for the full story…but we digress. We met on Sept. 3, 2011 at Chris & Katelyn Read’s wedding rehearsal. Candace was the most outgoing of all the ladies and Jason the same for the guys. We joked and chatted through the dinner, to the rehearsal, through the rehearsal, later that night, and all the way through the wedding and events of the following day. Many hours of phone calls, text messages, missed signals, happy stories, sad stories, ups and downs later, found Candace laying in bed after back surgery and Jason responding to a tweet that would lead to a truth infused text message from Candace…”I was totally crushing on you…” The rest is crazy, but allow me to give you the cliff notes version… We talked a bunch and filled in the apparent missed signals, realized how much we both liked each other and decided to make the appropriate changes in each of our separate lives to pursue on another. A couple weeks later, Jason booked a surprise flight to visit Candace, using the assistance of Candace’s mom, Charlotte, and her best friend, Vannessa…he drove 2 hours to Columbus, OH and missed his flight, so…drove 13 1/2 hours down to Candace’s home, picking up Vanessa along the way and said “Good Morning” to Candace in-person for the first of many times! We had our first kiss that weekend and both knew that this was the beginning of a lifetime together!

Fast forward to June 25, 2012, just 3 months from their first kiss…

Jason enjoys surprising and Candace enjoys surprises. So, piggy-backing off Candace’s personally planned birthday party, Jason made arrangements with Candace’s friend, Valerie, to crash the party. Being a Monday night and many states away, Candace didn’t suspect a thing. The surprise at dinner (same restaurant as our first date:) was nice, as Candace simply thought Jason was there for her birthday. However, after moving on to the Wine Loft to the end the night, reality came full circle. Jason and Valerie made the plan to have her gather everyone together and say something they appreciated about Candace. The plan worked to perfection! Jason was the last one in the group to go and, knowing Candace, she was already in tears at this point. He said all the right words (so the ladies say:), got down on one and asked her to marry him. And since you’re reading this story, you know for sure that she said YES!

*Photo Credit: Tarashton Photography 

Release Date Set for Brother’s Keeper!

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

September is five months away and it is already shaping up to be a very busy both for this gal.  New York Fashion Week, Miss America, a trip down South for a wedding and now the theatrical release for the film, Brother’s Keeper. Not quite sure where school fits into this equation, but as always I’ll make it work! ha.  Anywho, for those of you who do not know just two summers ago (Summer 2010) after not winning the title of Miss Georgia and almost giving up on life, I decided to take a gander into the World of Hollywood Film and some pretty amazing things happened! After proving myself as a temp. assistant, I was promoted to Executive Assistant for CFO, Steven Camp and once he learned about my dance and choreography background, I was then hired as the lead choreographer! Such an amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life!

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The Valentines Tale of a Not So Straight Spine!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Hello Love Bunnies and Happy Valentines Day!

I wanted to share a very special story with you guys…and yes, it is about a not so straight spine.  My not so straight spine! ha.On this very day one year ago I went under the knife in hopes of having my 90 degree double curve (aka the worst scoliosis ever) corrected. As you can imagine…I was tad bit nervous, but was looking forward to having this problem corrected as I had lived with it for 10 years and each year it got progressively worse.  Thankfully due to my intense dance lifestyle, I experienced very little pain.  But as I began to slow down with my frequent dancing, I noticed a huge change in my body as well as increased and serve pain in my back! Actually it was one day after dance rehearsal,during my senior of college, that I was in such pain that I could not even lean over to load my dishwasher.  It was in that moment that I knew that I had to do the one thing that I never wanted to do…go under!

Pre-Surgery Spine…pretty intense! 


After much research I found myself at Emory Orthedopedic and Spine Center on December 6th receiving a firm YES from Dr. Dheera Ananthakrishnan (we just call her Dr. A…lol) that I would need to have the Harrington rod surgery.  So without much else to consider the surgery was scheduled for Tuesday February 14th, 2012.

8 hours, 2 titaium rods, 18 screws and a hook later…I now have a straighter spine!  I wanted to share this story because often times in life we have to face the things we have fear most, but it is during those journeys that we learn the most about ourselfves.  And when we better understand ourselves we become more open to discover other things…like true love! Or at least that’s what happened to me : ) So don’t be fearful.  You never know how things are linked to one another! Be open. Embrace the journey because only God knows what lies ahead of you!!! Happy Valentine’s Day Lovers <3

Post Surgery Spine…MUCH BETTER!


Valentine’s Day 2012

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P.S. I want to take a quick moment and give a SUPER DUPER THANK YOU to my momma, sisters, grandma and auntie sharon who helped me get through this recovery! I couldn’t have done it without your LOVE, support and patience with me : ) Means more than you guys will ever know!

There She Is…Miss America!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

In just four days we’ll have a new Miss America! woot woot. And just in case you did not know in pageant land Miss America is basically the equivalent of the Superbowl. So yes, this time of the year is a big deal! Out of 53 contestants one young lady will be crowned Miss America (affectionately known as Miss A) with the opportunity to travel the globe representing the World’s largest scholarship organization for women, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Artistry by Amway to name a few.

Like most young girls, I too dreamed of becoming Miss America! And thankfully I had a chance to compete for the title of Miss Georgia for not one, but three years! Although I did not win the title I learned more about myself than I could have ever imagined. Additionally my participation with the organization granted me some amazing life experiences that I would not change for anything in the World. One of those experiences included working with the Pageant Planet, an online resource for pageant girls (yes, this means you should check it out!). During my time with the Pageant Planet, I had the the pleasure of interviewing my favorite Miss America, Kirsten Haglund (now Smith). In celebration of Miss America Week I would like to share my interview with her! In our time together she shared some of her experiences as Miss America 2008, how she began the pageantry journey and words of advice to aspiring young ladies who have the same dream. Hope you enjoy!!

Strength to Endure..

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Welp, it’s the most exciting time of the semester…finals. NOT. Right now I am currently drowning in a world of papers, exhibits, and research while simultaneously balancing my sanity, internship and wedding plans.   Like I said…drowning.  So the question of the week for myself has been…”Why? Why am I doing all this?”  While browsing Pinterest scoping out more wedding ideas (when I should have been writing my 15 page paper that’s due Monday and is no where close to being complete!), I found my answer…



And you know what…I could not agree more.  I have come to learn that not all opportunities fall into your lap.  In fact, most opportunities arise as a result of your hard work.  You must continue to work with great passion and tenacity so that your dreams become a reality.  Upon seeing this image my mind was immediately drawn to a famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

 So while this blog is not exactly fashion or entertainment provoking, I just wanted to take a moment and remind you that in the end every ounce of energy you have invested in your various dreams is not in vain.  Continue your pursuit because the reward will be great no matter how long or difficult the journey is.

And yes, next week once I am done with finals I PROMISE to have a lush fashion/entertainment blog post for your reading pleasure.


Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

After 50,000 years my blog is finally LIVE : ) The page still has a few kinks, but I just couldn’t delay sharing any longer! So please just bare with me as I work through them and make this blog more exciting and interactive for YOU.

But enough of all of that…WELCOME TO LIVE, LOVE AND READ! Words really cannot express how excited I am about this blog. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to discover a way to marry fashion, art and entertainment. After much research and thought, I decided that having a blog was the best way for me to share my insight with the World. With that being said…I anticipate posting a blog each and every Wednesday about a variety of things. My primary focus will lifestyle-sque (that’s a Candace word..feel free to steal it as long as you give me credit!) ranging from pop-culture/entertainment,travel, DIY and of course the latest in fashion! I am personally convinced that all of these topics are “typically” swarming around in the mind of a young woman. So why not create a fun, carefree, and relatable place where she can find all of those things? Or at least that’s what I think!

Again welcome to Live, Love and Read! Stay tuned…I have lots of exciting things coming your way…starting TODAY!

– CH