Just Candace Things

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