Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy 2017

Wishing you and yours a very happy New Years Eve & 
New Year -- you deserve it. 
Happy 2017 Y'all-xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Year in Review // 2016

We planned the entire Moody College of Communication Week
We beat Notre Dame and celebrated at Pedernales
We celebrated yet another Ladybird Petal Class
We visited the most amazing pumpkin patch
We created a full length magazine for class
We traveled the world with our best friend
We went to Rhode Island for the first time
We got an internship with Texas Monthly
We celebrated Haute Table's 4th birthday
We went to a {closed} Magnolia Market
We laid in Bluebonnets for the first time
We edited the New York Coffee Guide
We ate ice cream out of a donut cone
We visited East Austin Succulents
We jumped for joy {and balloons}
We visited the Parent Trap House
We experienced to our first rodeo
We got another amazing little
We studied abroad in London
We went to Royal Ascot
We visited Luke's Diner
We bought orange pants
We went to Wimbledon
We visited Prada Marfa
We tried the Rose Latte
We posed with a fence
We stood for 12 hours
We made a beach bag
We met Grace Helbig
We finally tried Del's
We visited Balmoral
We traveled to Paris
We went on a boat 
We turned 20
Yesterday I discussed my resolutions and my thoughts on 2016 as a whole. But today is all about the amazing things we got to do on this blog togther. A huge thank you to all of y'all for your constant support in this interesting 2016. You were with me through all of the above and I am thrilled to see what 2017 brings for me {and us}! -xoxo darling, Hayden

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Resolutions in Review

Last year, like normal, I made some resolutions. Let's see how your girl did:

1. Be More Spontaneous // I think this was the goal I accomplished throughout the year. When I went to London I would randomly get on a bus and just see where it took me. Being in a city like that helped me to understand that you don't have to have everyday planned -- and most days I didn't. I loved traveling like that because I hadn't done it before. I also took a little bit of a step back with my spirit organization in the fall semester in order to better balance my life. It helped me to do more outside of clubs and classes which is something I wouldn't have considered in the past. Because of this goal, I took more trips {San Antonio, Rhode Island/Boston, Dallas, etc.}. And I got to experience things like: throwing my first party in my apartment, getting pied in the face for charity, standing for 12 hours {again, for charity} and my first 5K {and guess what? I walked it!}. I am proud of myself for being a little more spontaneous this year and I look forward to continuing it in 2017. 
2. Explore the World More // Uhm...yeah I think we could say I did this. I started off the year in Florida, then flew back to Texas where I took roadtrips to San Antonio, Luckenbach, then flew to Boston & Rhode Island for a weekend, went home for spring break, then I studied abrod in FREAKING London, traveled to Scotland and Paris, came back to Texas, went to Gruene and the Texas Hill Country, took a weekend getaway to Dallas, and drove through West Texas to Lubbock, then I ended the year in North Carolina. If that doesn't say explore the world more I don't know what does... But in all seriousness doing all of this traveling helped me expand my horizons even more than in the past. And those months I spent in London helped me learn about so many different cultures. I absolutely loved my time abroad and look forward to the next time I can go. 
3. Work Harder // This went...okay. Actually, no it didn't. It went great in some areas. I was able to get a 4.0 in both of my journalism classes {remember Botanic} but I had to drop a class and another one didn't go exactly as planned. Haute Table did better this semester but I still think it can improve and I really took a step back on District because it isn't where I want it to be. I think this semester really showed me that stuff like that is okay. I stress myself out a lot about the fact that District hasn't published in a year, but you know what? That is okay. Other stuff is going great in life -- I am interning at one of my dream magazines (Texas Monthly) in the spring, I am incredibly proud of where I am at in my journalism work, and I got to spend my best friend's last semester of college with her. "Work Harder" is always going to be a goal of mine but I am not stressing myself out over the little things. But, I will warn y'all now, I have a rough class schedule coming up so we shall see how HT does. 
4.  Be Okay with Confrontation // I can't tell you about this one a whole lot...because I still HATE confrontation. It is so easy to get upset in certain situations and my anger got the best of me a few situations this past year. However, I will say that I have been better about confronting people to take on more so that not everything is falling on my shoulders. And those people have been doing wonderful. 
5. Spend More Time on Myself // I think I accomplished this most in the summer because I focused on making myself happy in London. After a few weeks there I realized I didn't have the same goals as a lot of my friends in the program. So I just decided I was going to do what I wanted to do and I ended up spending some really productive time with myself. It. was. great. I still need to take breaks from my phone, drink more tea, and be a little more zen but I think this goal is getting there. 
Overall, 2016 has not been my favorite year. I don't think I accomplished my goals in the same way I did last year. I know most people just want 2016 to end and...I kind of feel the same way. I am excited for 2017 and I am trying not to put too much hope into next year but I have a feeling it will go better. Check back into HT tomorrow for a more positive outlook on 2016-xoxo darling, Hayden.
My nine top Instagram posts of 2016 which are linked to their posts:
 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Week Re-Cap

I am officially back in FLA after a wonderful week in North Carolina. I am feeling refreshed and ready to begin 2017 (have y'all seen the BuzzFeed count down?). We did a lot of hiking and a lot of eating. We even won a trivia game at a Boone brewery! On the way back I read one of the funniest books I have read in a long time, Best. State. Ever. by Dave Barry. I would highly recomend if you are a Floridian or if you have ever been to Florida, or if you have ever said something unkind about Florida. It had my family and I in stiches the entire time. 
This week I am doing some more relaxing, ready to begin anew in 2017 and traveling to the Orange Bowl. What are y'all up to? -xoxo darling, Hayden
 I conquered Elk Knob for the third time! 
 It was the first time I hiked it when the sky was clear,
 the views were beautiful.
 The fam bam participated in trivia night at Lost Province Brewing Co.
The family knows their Christmas movies...
 Everytime we visit NC we stop at the Cascades.
Of course we had to take a trip to Linville Falls.
 In case you missed it, our family holiday card {via}.
The Varsity was the perfect way to end our trip, we always love visiting the Athens (GA) location to get an FO (frosted orange that is like a creamy, less sugar-y orange julius) {via}.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Olive Drab Warmth

Location: Boone, NC and Mast Store, Valle Crucis, NC
{I'm wearing an old Woolrich pullover, eight year old 
Steve Madden Boots, and a four year old Old Navy 
scarf but I put alternatives above 
that are just as good!}
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Quotes of the Week

Happy Monday Y'all! I am heading home from NC today {sad face} but we are making stops in Clemson (SC) and Athens (GA) today so it should be fun! Make sure to follow my snapchat {@hap213} & the blog's instagram {@hautetable}. Hope y'all's holiday went well-xoxo darling, Hayden! 
All photos can be found on my Pinterest board.
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday-xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday Inspiration

Merry Christmas Eve y'all! The fam bam is baking today and then we are off to our annual Christmas Eve Italian Feast. Tomorrow is our last full day in NC so we will be opening presents and doing some mountain driving. Then Monday we begin the journey home with stops in Clemson (SC), Athens (GA) and Macon (GA). Then Tuesday we'll make our way back to Florida. What are y'all up to on this lovely Christmas Eve? -xoxo darling, Hayden
*Photos are not mine and are from Pinterest*
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Plaid Falls

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Week Re-Cap

It's only four days until Christmas {how did this happen so quickly?}! This week started at the beach and has ended in the cold of North Carolina but I wouldn't have it any other way. We are in NC until the 26th so we have been doing some hiking, shopping, and lots of eating. I have been coming to this part of Western North Carolina since I was a baby {my mom literally climbed Grandfather Mountain when she was pregnant} so if you are ever looking for ideas on things to do, shoot me an email because I have tons of ideas! Check out the photos below-xoxo darling, Hayden.
 A quick trip to the beach one afternoon.
I am not over the beauty of that water & those trees.
The community college in FM got an amazing basketball 
arena so we went to their game.
 Some necessary roadtrip candy.
 It finally felt like fall in Kennesaw Mountain, GA. 
 Y'all. I have seen so many deer this week.
 After reading this article, I made the fam stop for dinner at Greenwood's in Roswell, GA {mainly for the pie}. Update: It was pretty phenomenal. 
 Our cabin for the week! 
A sneakpeak of tomorrow's post. {via}
 A Monday morning hike at Moses Cone.
 You can just barely see Blowing Rock in the distance.
 It's below freezing during the night 
so dew freezes on the plants.
 Cook Out has the BEST milkshakes.
 A view of the Linville Gorge.
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