I have some big news I would like to share with all of my wonderful Lookbook readers. I know it has been quite some time since I have posted to The Lookbook, so there is much to share. As you may know, in January Brett and I decided to make a big move to Washington, DC. I was offered a fantastic job there, and we simply fell in love with the city. In less than one month’s time, we sold our condo, packed up our things, grabbed the dogs and headed to the city.

On the way, we found a beautiful little english basement apartment in the Eastern Market. It all seemed perfect. In early February, Brett headed off for Spring Training and I started my new job as a Digital Strategist. In the beginning, I loved it. I rode the train everywhere, wandered the streets of the city exploring all that it had to offer, and on the weekends I toured the Eastern Market with my two pups. It was fantastic, until Valentine’s day when a major surprise came our way.

That day, I discovered that Brett and I would be having a little baby of our own. I was beyond elated. I have loved Brett since I was sixteen, and now we were going to start our very own family – it was incredible. However, as my tummy began to grow and my understanding of what it took to take care of this baby set in, the loniless too came upon me. No longer was it enough to take the train to my great new job, and explore the city alone, I wanted to be with my other half – and my family. I became homesick for the people I loved most.

Memorial day weekend, all the girls in my family came to visit me in DC. We had a wonderful weekend sightseeing, walking the streets, and of course, shopping. It was that weekend that I decided I wanted to come back to Nashville to be with my family. So, the very next weekend I packed up my things and made the drive back to Franklin. Once I got back to Tennessee I took about a month or so off – I prepared for baby, visited Brett, and rested. Growing a baby bump is exhausting! After about a month, however, I became a bit restless. All of you who know me know how I like to be busy and I love a project. The only issue was that I didn’t know what direction to go in. I love The Lookbook, it has been my baby for quite some time, but I think it has done its purpose in my life. This wonderful online magazine has allowed me to meet so many amazing people, who are now my closest friends. It also gave me an opportunity to showcase my talents and my passions in one place, which led to finding a great job that I would have otherwise never have been prepared for. It also allowed me to be inspired each day as I wrote about the people, places and styles I am so fond of. Now, though, I have to announce that I will no longer be continuing with The Lookbook. I am so thankful to all of you who have supported this project the last few years – it truly means the world to me.

With all of that said, and that big announcement made, I would like to share some other news with you. As I was at home contemplating my next project, a great opportunity came to my mom and me. So many little dots began to connect, and we were able to find a space in downtown Franklin where we have decided to open a store together. This is the perfect next step for me – the baby can come, I can stay in the fashion scene, and I get to work with my mom – now this is perfect. The store is called Vintage Jolie, and we will carry home decor, clothing and accessories. I promise you will love everything! We will be opening September 12th and I sincerely hope you will all come visit us. Little baby Porter will be here early October, so when you stop in you can meet the handsome little man too! I will be sending you all some information about our grand opening party, so be on the lookout. Our new address is 101 E Main St, Franklin, TN – please like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@vintagejolie).

Again, I am so thankful to all of the wonderful readers of The Lookbook, and I hope you will follow me along this next great adventure as well.

With much love,