Sunday, April 29, 2018


Let me first say Welcome to my blog if you've never been here before! I'm Braylea, writer and creator of everything on Sweet Southern Vogue blog, Instagram & Facebook page. On here you can expect to find, pink, trendy, and budget friendly things. Whether it be a top or the trendiest wall in Phoenix, AZ! I absolutely love to travel which brings me here today, to help my fellow travel-lovers plan a Road Trip. If you're not a lover of traveling, you will be after this post when you know how to plan a seamless road trip for you and your best friend! 

How to plan a Road trip Part One: Making A Game Plan


Friday, April 20, 2018

Perfectly Gingham

Spring is finally here! I now remember why I love spring and summer so much. Life just seems easier, when you can throw on a little dress and walk out the door. I am also crushing hard on Gingham.

I have a fun blog post going live soon that I have a feeling some of y'all are going to absolutely LOVE.

*hint it involves traveling ;) *

Have a good day, sweet friends

xoxo, braylea 

Shop Gingham 


Saturday, April 14, 2018

How Well Do You Know Me?

Good Morning sweet friends!! I thought I'd do a little Q&A with y'all today so we can get to know each other a little better. Not like the first day of school where you have to introduce yourself to the class and tell them 3 facts about you. Better. 

Little background
Where are you from? 
I am from a small town in Texas called Graham. Have you ever heard of Possum Kingdom Lake? That's where Graham is, it's a little town population 12,000.
What are you majoring in?
I am currently a nursing major! I am still doing prerequisites and estimated to start nursing school Spring 2019!
Do you work while in college? 
Yes! I recently helped open a third River Rose Boutique in Lubbock, TX. Check out THIS post to read more about it!

let's get nitty gritty 

What are your pet peeves?
Red lights, slow drivers, when I don't get my way (hey, being real here.) Studying, being late, and when people say they're going to do something and don't do it.

What's your biggest fear?
I try not to fear too much. So to keep it simple, I HATE public speaking.

If you could change anything about yourself what would it be? 
To be more outgoing when it comes to things like public speaking, giving presentations, etc. I'm a one on one kind of girl.
Appearance wise- An olive skin tone would be nice haha

just a few randoms 

Hot Weather or Cold?

What kind of music do you like? 
My twitter bio says "Preppy Girl style with a teenage boy music playlist" and I think that describes me perfectly. I like a little bit of everything but my go-to is Kanye, Drake or really any music that makes you feel like you're A LOT cooler than you really are. I like songs you can listen to with the volume maxed out! I mean, I like country and other genres too but I listen to the words of slower songs and they're usually sad. I don't dig that.

What is your favorite thing to do?
 Travel, if I could chose to do anything everyday it would be to travel around the world. US & International. I've thought about being a flight attendant after I graduate college and travel for a few years of life before I settle down somewhere. We'll see..

What's your favorite color?
So basic, pink.

What's your favorite food? 
Mexican Food!! I could eat my weight in chips and salsa.. and do it without shame..

Favorite Candy? 
Sour Straws (red or blue) or Sixletts

Got a favorite movie?
 Forrest Gump, Step Brothers and 8 Mile. Not in any particular order. Bet you weren't expecting that, huh?

You just pulled up at Starbucks, what are you going to order? 
If it's morning time I'll get a Skinny Iced Carmel Macchiato and a reduced fat turkey bacon & after lunch I'll get a Sweetened Passion Tango!

Do you have a boyfriend?
YES! Connor and I have been dating since our freshman year of High School, so basically toddlers. He's the guy behind the camera on 99% of my pictures & though taking pictures of his girlfriend isn't necessarily his idea of a fun Friday night, he does it with a smile on his face!

Do you have a dog?
Yes I do have a dog, her name is Sophia and she is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is basically my shadow because she does every single thing with me. Exercise, study, sits on the rug while I shower, works at the boutique with me etc. She's my girl.

What camera do you use?
Once my blog took off a little bit I invested in a Canon Rebel T6. I absolutely love everything about it. It is so user friendly and the images are high quality. I use a 50mm lens with this camera too. That being said, if I could go back and repurchase I'd get the newer model with the flip-out screen. 

Why did you start a blog?
I wanted a way to document my life and life's little moments in a more intimate way then Facebook, Instagram or the like. I want to be able to share things I'm going through, learning, or my passions with those I love, and who love me. I also enjoy being able to look back on past years on Sweet Southern Vogue and read exactly how I was feeling in each particular post. I think in 10 years this post will be fun to read. Like reading my 20 year old thoughts. 

Fun Facts 
I am a perfect eater. And what I mean by that is I eat only what looks "perfect" on my plate and pick at the rest. 

I never finish drinking an entire bottle of water because for some reason the last like cm of water is gross?

I like to go to bed early.

 I don't like tomatoes but love salsa.

I have 3 siblings, an older brother, younger brother and little sister. I am very protective over all three. 

I've moved 5 times. 
I lived in Graham TX Pre-K-4th Grade.
Covington TX: 4th Grade-8th Grade
Woodward OK: Freshman year
Graham TX: Freshman year-Senior Year 
San Angelo TX: College Freshman
Lubbock: Currently 

Well, now we know each other pretty well I'd say. 
Should I feel bad? I asked a few of my closest people what I should include in this post and they couldn't come up with much. Either I'm that mysterious, there's too much to mention or that boring? Or maybe they just don't like being put on the spot. 

I had fun writing this post and hope you enjoyed getting to know me better! Go tell me a random fact about you on my last instagram post!!

xx, braylea

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Life Update | River Rose Boutique

Here’s my life lately.

I am a Sophomore in college. I plan on getting a nursing degree and with that degree I will practice cosmetic aesthetics. Botox, fillers, skin treatments and the like. If you don’t know what that means, it's one of the only jobs where people voluntarily come into a medical office to get poked and pricked by needles; other than being a tattoo artist, I suppose. So, I want to have a positive job, I want to make people happy and feel better in the skin they’re in. If that’s by getting botox and a facial, LET’S GET TO PRICKEN! 

A little background.. 

Jan 10, 2018

Today I woke up early 7:00am to take my little brother to school while I am still in Graham for winter break. Everything was going great, until boom, school deadline OVERLOAD. Somehow I was misinformed on the fact that I needed to apply for nursing school, like yesterday...

 So this morning I found out that I needed to be taking my TEAS test to qualify for nursing school as well as getting my application for nursing school and many other things in regards to the application process that I could continue naming but you might get bored. 

So here I am completely overwhelmed, on the verge of tears trying to scramble to get all of the answers to make sure I am going to get in on time. (TBA) 

Jan 15, 2018. I jumped the gun and am getting ahead of myself. All is well with school!

There’s also another aspect of my life. Money. Somehow I haven’t figured out a way to live without bills, so if there’s a way to do that, just let me know!

 I’ve been scoping out boutiques and other fields of interest around Lubbock trying to find somewhere to apply. I let my previous boss, owner of The Roost Boutique, know that a few weeks ago. Fast forward back to today as I’m eyeball deep in Nursing School Applications, Meningitis vaccinations and transcript request, I get a call. It’s my old boss. And this is what she says.

**Ring Ring Ring**

A relieved Braylea: "Hello"

An excited Abby: “Hey girl!! So I’ve been talking to a friend and her sister is opening a boutique in Lubbock sometime in March, and is very interested in you to start on this journey with.” 

I wish you could have seen the look on my face. If you don’t understand here it is plain and simple. 
I’ve been searching for a job, particularly a boutique job. I’ve had my eyes on a few places, haven’t “had the time” to get a resume to any (which isn’t like me). Somehow all of these people were talking to each other while I was praying about finding the perfect job and asking God to help me and show me what I need to be doing, I get a call, and I’m HIRED!

If this isn’t God saying he has my back, I don’t know what is. I am so blessed by this amazing opportunity!

Flash forward to today- March 9th, 2018. 
It's been exactly one week since the River Rose Lubbock GRAND OPENING!
 I can't believe this is all real life. The opening was an absolute success. We had so much love and support for our grand opening. But I can't say I'm overly surprised. This was not my boss Chelsea's first grand opening. She has two other River Rose locations. One in New Braunfels and one in San Marcos and now the third one in LUBBOCK. I was so impressed by her already having two other stores but now that I've spent some time with her, I know exactly why. She is one of the hardest working, sweet, positive women I've ever met and I can't wait to rock River Rose right by her side!

Reasons you definitely need to shop River Rose
1. Your Girl (ME DUH) is now working there and managing the Lubbock store. 
2. There is something for every body!! The store is so versatile. From a girly spring dress, to a graphic t-shirt, to the best smelling candles and goats milk lotion. 
3. The price point couldn't be any better. Most River Rose apparel ranges from $25-$45. Cheap enough to afford while still getting great boutique quality.
4. There are three locations, surely you can make it to one.
New Braunfels139 N Castell Ave. Ste. 100
New Braunfels, TX 78130
San Marcos 105 East Hopkins Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
Lubbock | 2110 Broadway St. Lubbock, TX 79401
5. If you can't make it to one of these locations they have an online website!
6. Do you really need another reason? Check out River Rose Boutique!!

USE CODE: Braylea15 for 15% off your entire online purchase!!!

I have been so excited to share this fun new part of my life on the blog but just had to wait until the time was right. Now you can hopefully understand why I've been so MIA on my blog. I hope y'all enjoyed todays post & exciting news!

Thanks for reading, keep scrolling for before & after pictures of River Rose LBK!

xoxo, braylea 

loaded with jewelry & bright clothes

because we're in LBK of course we need red & black galore 

to try on one of everything


INSTAGRAM: @shopriverrose
FACEBOOK: @shopriverrose
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

College Girl Can Eat | Energy Bites

Happy First Saturday of April Friends! 

Today I'm going to share a quick and easy, no bake recipe. This recipe is perfect for everyone. Whether if it's having a snack for your kids before they attend practice or you need a late night snack before bed, these cranberry almond bites are an easy fix! 

I've made a few different energy bite recipes, peanut butter chocolate chip, others with a lemon twang, etc but I think these Cranberry Almond are my favorite! They're just the right amount of sweet with a satisfying crunch.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday

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