Saturday, August 23, 2014

Meet one of our darling Texas gals, Shalyn Nelson! We met this sweeter than sweet tea photographer when we were in Austin for the Texas Style Council event! She also happens to be the mother to the cutest creature around: #HattieTheHedgeHog. Here's some of our favorite snaps of this little prickly creature: 1. Smart Hattie, 2. Festive Hattie, 3. Cozy Hattie, 4 Silly Hattie, 5 Curious Hattie. We could have kept going with the photos. Read on to see what makes this Ruchette a happy woman!

1. A go-to drink.
Chick-Fil-A Sweet Tea or Diet Dr. AWESOME...I mean, Pepper.

2. A go-to Karaoke song.
As cliche' as it is, I'd say '''Don't Stop Believing'' by Journey. I love that freakin' song. Admit it, if you're in a room and it comes on...everyone will have their heads back, hands up and will belt it out screaming at each others faces. I love it. It's like insta-magic.

3. A uniform.
A smile. "You're never fully dressed without a smile." :)

4. A hair stylist they love.
You're talking to the girl who gets her hair trimmed once a year... Hot Hair Mess Express over here.

5. An exercise routine.
Volleyball, snowboarding or wakeboarding if possible. I love sports. But because I can't do that every day, I've been really into these Pilates classes lately with the machines. It hurts so good. I can't move for days and will totally look like a gremlin getting out of bed the next day, but it's a baller shot caller work out for sure.

6. A hobby.

7. A best friend.
This guy right here...My husband, Drew. He has hot pants, holds my hand tight, wipes away my tears, makes me laugh, let's me dream, believes in me, prays with me, pushes me, grounds me and loves me hard for some strange reason. I still haven't figured out why, but I don't hate it that's for sure. :)

8. A healthy sense of self.
What we say to ourselves about ourselves either makes or breaks us. You own your own blue print, your difference matters and contributes to the world around you. You are valuable to God, your family and your friends. Don't let negative self talk convince you otherwise. You rock. The end. Own it. Believe it. Then, WALK. IT. OUT! :)

-- Shalyn Nelson, So Shay

A huge thanks to this pretty lady for letting us feature her - and for taking over our Instagram for the weekend! Be sure to follow along @shopruche, and make sure you're following @shalynnelson too!