Sunday, July 28, 2013

our nest: gallery wall inspiration

Thankfully, we're pretty much settled in our cute new house (thank goodness!) All we're missing is our rug (a few weeks late... tick tock, Rug and Home!) and some familiar faces to fill the many frames scattered about shelves, tables, and more.

However, we do have a particularly naked wall about the couch in our living room that I would like to fix. I really want to do my best to showcase our style and personality through our decor since we're renting and painted walls are a no-no. Lately I've been inspired by the gallery wall trend, but I'm not sure how to go about it... and how to start my "collection" of photos, art, typography, and other items to frame and display. Here are a few options I'm considering:

b&w with clean lines?

mirror, mirror?
colorful & whimsical?

shelves on shelves on shelves?

the midas touch?
Which would you choose for your home? Have you tried your hand at the gallery wall and had any luck? Give me your tips and advice, my friends!


Friday, July 26, 2013

saying yes.

"Yes" is one of those words that if you look at too hard for too long, it turns into something foreign. You know what I mean? It's three letters that are so familiar, and yet, at times, it's just not. Am I confusing anyone yet?

Let me start from the beginning. I've always been one to say "yes" to people. I would consider myself an optimist, a people pleaser, etc. I don't like saying "no"-- that usually implies negativity and disappointment. Lots has changed in my life these days-- new city, new house, new roommate (read: a husband!), new responsibilities, new challenges.

God sees these challenges and has His arms wide open, beckoning me to run to Him.
 To say "yes". 

But, for some reason, I just don't. It's not that I'm depressed or negative these days-- not at all! I am happy, and yet, I am restless. I am so intent on my usual need for control, organization, a solid plan, that I am failing to rest in God and simply say "yes" to the beautiful plan He has laid out for me. 

I had a mini crash-and-burn session yesterday morning. I'm not good with rejection. Who is, really? But as I sat down with the new #SheReadsTruth Bible study I began, a sense of contentment began to pull at my heart. I'm diving into a study called Women in the Bible (Part I) and for the past few days have been exploring the story of Sarai/Sarah. 

Remember that Bible school song that went like this: "Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had faaaaaather Abraham. I am one of them, and so are you, so let's just praise the Lord! Right arm, left arm, turn around...." and on and on and on?! It was one of my favorites. Little did I know, belting that song out as a 4th grader would still resonate with me at 22 years of age. 

Just in case you need a quick refresher, those many sons were a faaaaaaar stretch for the elderly Abraham and Sarah... until God made a covenant to build a new nation from their family. Abraham and Sarah said "yes" to God, leaving the only land they had ever known and blindly pursuing the Lord's purpose with an incredible trust. 

However, Sarah was not perfect. Which is why I think I admire her so much. Instead of initially simply saying "yes", she attempted to take matters into her own hands and set up an agreement with Hagar to bear a son for Abraham. Sarah's actions caused bitterness, blame, and hurt. Instead of resting in and trusting the Lord's will, she was restless. And that's where things went wrong.

Eventually, however, Sarah gave birth to Issac, just as God promised. No matter how much we falter, sin, doubt, God still claims and loves us. His plan, though it will take time, is for our good and His glory. 

I pray that these next weeks, months, or however long it takes, that I will rest in Lord and realize his plans for me instead of worrying and becoming a "DIY" life planner. Sarah leaves a legacy of faith and for that I am thankful. 

God is good. He has provided and He will continue to provide. 
I just need to learn to say "yes". 

Just my thoughts for the weekend that I wanted to share. I pray that at least one of my sweet readers will cherish these words and this truth as much as I do!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

(unintentional) blogging hiatus

Hello, my blog friends!

Thankfully we are here and getting settled in our precious new house in Raleigh-- we just love it so far!

Unfortunately, U-Verse has decided to torture me and make us wait two weeks for our internet service, so that means no blogging for me except for the rare occasion I am able to head to the old faithful Starbucks for free (read: price of an iced coffee) internet to send some job apps and do other grown-up things I must now do since I am a wife. (!!!!)

So, sadly it will be a little while before I check in but I will post a honeymoon recap ASAP! Meanwhile, follow me on twitter and Insta (@ryann_km) for updates! Thank goodness for smart phones. 

Many apologies for the boring picture and content-less post. I'll make it up to you very soon. Meanwhile, feel free to soak up the cuteness of my husband as we enjoyed our first meal in our new home... leftovers! Yes, I am definitely my mother's daughter. 

Have a great week, y'all!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mrs. McCall checking in!

Hi ladies! Thank you so much for all the love in your comments and tweets over our wedding weekend. Andy and I are back in America after a wonderful honeymoon in St. Lucia (recap to come next week!) and have hit the ground running as we get ready to move!

Tomorrow we are heading up the road to Raleigh, NC (or Raleighwood as a friend fondly calls it!) to begin "our" life and build our home together!

via etsy

That being said, I might be MIA in the blog world for a week or so as we work on getting things together. However, I promise to bring updates on the house, honeymoon, and everything in between ASAP... and then a wedding recap once we get pictures! Meanwhile, keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram... I'll still be posting relatively regularly, I'm sure!

While I'm thinking of it, I want to give a HUGE thank you to the lovely ladies who guest blogged for me while I was gone- thank you, thank you, Lindsey, Ashley,  Emily and Whitney!

Thank y'all again for everything! Happy (almost) weekend!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

[guest blogger]: Whitney at The Observant Turtle!

Hey everyone! I'm Whitney and I blog over at The Observant Turtle. I'm so happy that Ryann asked me to guest post for her while she's off getting hitched.

I've been blogging for almost two years now and it's been such a great experience! Mostly because I moved a thousand miles away from home shortly after starting my blog. I wanted to find things to do in Houston and found so many new friends in the process!

I've always been really into social media and usually the first to jump on the bandwagon of new social media sites. Unfortunately, when I got married back in July 2011, I wasn't aware of Pinterest yet. It wasn't a huge thing like it is now, so I had to scour the internet to find inspiration for my big day! I found myself settling and compromising on quite a few things that I really wanted for the sake of our budget or my family's opinion. Don't get me wrong-- our big day was absolutely flawless. If something went wrong, I was never told! It was a gorgeous day. But since Pinterest has taken off, I've been made aware of so many cool things that I never knew existed before we got hitched!

In case you didn't know our wedding was navy and pink. (Here are pictures of the wedding party, ceremony and reception.) It was such a classic and preppy combination, but I've really been drawn to gray and yellow recently! So, even though our big day was awesome, here's how our big day might have been different if Pinterest had been around when I got married:

If you've gotten married, is there anything you would change? If not, do you go to Pinterest for a lot of ideas?

Friday, July 5, 2013

[guest blogger]: Emily of Life with Emily!

Hi friends & fellow readers of Ryann's blog! I hope y'all are doing well. I am filling in for Ryann today while she is honeymooning and soaking up every second of being a Mrs. (biggest congrats to her!!!!)
My name is Emily and I blog at Life with Emily, a life + style blog. My blog is a collection of fashion, photography, my adventures, and everything else along the way! For those of you who read my blog, you know I am a huge reader. It is something I really enjoy, especially in the summer when I can sit on my porch and read a good book! Today I am going to share some books I have read and some that are on my "to read" shelf!


(P.S. I use GoodReads to keep up with the books I've read and the books I want to read! Best app/website ever!)

Books I've read and loved.
When I have been at work all day reading paperwork, talking on the phone, and dealing with clients the last thing I want to do is come home and read an in-depth, serious book. The books that I most often read are the easy, girly books. They are easy to read on and off (when I have time) and it's easy to get lost in them! These four books I have read recently and couldn't put them down! Each story line catches you from the first few pages and I was actually sad when I came to the last page of each. (click the titles below for a brief plot overview!)

Books I want to read.
I am quite guilty of judging a book by it's cover, although that is not always a good thing! These four books are waiting to be read this summer. Each was carefully selected based on reviews, plot, author, and (maybe slightly) the cover!! I can't wait to dive into them and give a review! (click the titles below for a brief plot overview!)

I hope Ryann is enjoying married life! Thanks for letting me post!

What books are you reading (and loving) this summer? I am always searching for new reads!
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

[guest blogger]: Ashley of Monograms and Margaritas!

First of all, I want to send my biggest Congratulations to Ryann and her new HUBBY!

I'm Ashley, and I blog over at Monograms and Margaritas! I'm a 20-something college grad who loves anything monogrammed, maroon and orange, and believe that a margarita can solve all of life's problems.

While Ryann is off enjoying her wonderful honeymoon, I am stuck working, and living in an un-air conditioned house. I'm currently dreaming of my dream vacation, but un-luckily for me, I don't have the time or finances to jet off to some fabulous places.

But, if I DID have unlimited funds...

I'd be lounging on this hammock in the Maldives

With my boyfriend, Luke

Wearing this bikini, and these sandals, and obviously this sunhat. I'd top it off with this coverup.

And to dinner, I would wear this dress, and these shoes, and drink fruity cocktails without worrying about calories!

What would YOU do if you had unlimited funds?

Like what you see?
Come check out Monograms and Margaritas for more!

Monday, July 1, 2013

[guest post]: Lindsey at Turtles and Pearls!

Hi Unspeakable Joy readers! My name is Lindsey and I blog over at Turtles and Pearls. I've been reading Ryann's blog for a long time now and am so excited that she is now a Mrs! I remember when she first announced her engagement, and it literally seems like it was yesterday. Ryann and Andrew, I am so excited for you both! Congratulations!

While Ryann is away on her honeymoon, she asked me to guest blog and I jumped at the opportunity. Although I am extremely jealous, I thought I would share what I would bring if I were honeymooning with my new hubby. (Disclaimer: I'm not married...or even engaged! This list is purely hypothetical.)

honeymoon essentials

First, a cute coverup is essential. This one from Lilly Pulitzer definitely caught my eye, but I've heard that Target has a similar one for a fraction of the price. I love the idea of wearing white on my honeymoon as an extension of the wedding, plus white always looks great against tan skin.

Next (I know this is a given), be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen. Also try to remember to reapply it every 2 hours. There's nothing worse than getting a painful sunburn, but even more so when you're on a special vacation. Aveeno sunscreen is by far my favorite because it doesn't feel greasy and actually smells pretty good.

If you're traveling out of the country, be sure both yours and your husband's passports are ready to go in advance. In addition, I like keeping my passport with my plane ticket, and this cute organizer makes that easy to do. As an added suggestion, check and see what currency you'll need if you're traveling to another country and try and get your currency converted in advance.

The next thing on my "must bring" list is this adorable Kate Spade Mrs. necklace. I think this necklace would be a perfect gift for a bride. It is something that I would love to wear both on my wedding day and throughout my honeymoon. As an added plus, this necklace is both delicate and simple, which would make it an easy addition to any outfit.

When I'm sitting on the beach, I always like to enjoy a fruity adult beverage or two and I know my honeymoon would be no exception. Sun + alcohol + no water = one big headache, so make sure to stay hydrated! This tumbler from Marley Lilly would be perfect to carry around to sip water from while showing off your new married monogram. And again, wouldn't this be a perfect gift for a bride?

Last, but definitely not least, a cute beach bag is a must. This Kate Spade tote sums it up perfectly. After months of wedding planning and the excitement of a wedding day, rest, relaxation, and spending plenty of time with your new hubby is definitely a necessity.

What items would you bring along on your honeymoon? Feel free to share!