A Weary World Rejoices


Happy most wonderful time of the year! 

I hope you all are as prepped and ready for the Christmas season as I am. I am fully prepared to eat my weight in a combination of Pillsbury crescent rolls, chocolate fudge, and my mother’s lemon sugar cookies these next coming weeks.

My favorite part of the holiday season is the peacefulness that comes after the weeks of stress and hectic running around in search of the perfect gifts & holiday accessories. I get wrapped up in trying to make everything perfect during this season. I stress myself out over large things like exams to worrying about how my handwriting looks on a gift tag. The best part of the season comes when it’s the week of Christmas and I’m tired of trying to be a perfectionist and choose to simply be. Resting in the joy on people’s faces & the love of those surrounding you is the most peaceful place to be. There’s no comparison or competition, just peace.

There is abounding joy in the acceptance of where you are and who you are.


In celebration of the Christmas season, I traveled to a nearby greenhouse that sells Christmas trees every year. This is my first Christmas blogging, so I was very excited for an excuse to have a photoshoot among all the lights & bows that deck the halls of Dales Greenhouse. My look of the day was a combination of Black Friday finds mixed with some cool shoes courtesy of grandma (shoutout to Elsie). I was definitely feeling some KJP vibes.


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While roaming around the grounds, an employee of Dale’s saw us taking photographs and welcomed us into a hidden gem out back: The Poinsettia House. Never have I ever seen such a beautiful array of plants. If you’re not in the Christmas spirit, please do yourself a favor and find a poinsettia house and just spend a few minutes in awe. If that doesn’t make your heart giddy then there is no hope, you are Scrooge.


I hope you relish in the joy this time of year is capable of bringing into your heart. I pray for each and every one of you who may feel lost or lonely this holiday season. Don’t let hurts of the past reign over your present. Enjoy time of rest with family and friends. Remember the thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.

Merry Christmas to you & yours from The Coffee Table.

-from Anna with love


Cornhuskin’… as told by a senior

When discussing college traditions, the average person might think of turning a tassel or rushing the streets after winning a basketball game, but for me, the first thing that comes to mind is to most people just a side dish at Thanksgiving…my MCGs know what I’m talkin about…CORN.


Every year, when I talk about “Corn” to my friends and family who don’t attend Meredith College, there is so much confusion. Cornhuskin’ is one of the most confusing things to explain because there are like 20 things that go into it and you feel obligated to explain every little special facet so nothing is left out. I wanted to write this to explain the main attraction in a nutshell. If you have never had the chance to watch, DO IT! As I’ve heard for years, “you just have to experience it.” I have no clue who started that quote, maybe the marketing department, who knows, but it is very true.


At Meredith College “where we reign, in the parking lot where we spend most of our days,” we have a love for tradition unlike any other college I’ve seen. Every year in the first week of November, we celebrate what I would best describe as a Meredith College Holiday known as Cornhuskin’. Since 1945, the students of Meredith divide into groups by their class year and show off how well they can shuck corn, bob for apples, wear a pig nose, and most of all, dance. After typing that out I feel quite ridiculous but let me tell you, it is a huge deal. I mean you have to be outside the amphitheater where we perform at 6 am. show day just to reserve a good seat.

About a month before the day of Cornhuskin’, each class finds out their theme, typically a movie, show, or time period, which will then be used to create a skit for the class to perform, along with a compilation of dances. We try to be as in sync as possible, emphasis on the word try. For every day since we have our first meeting revealing our theme, we work long and hard learning dances and skit lines. As a senior, my month of October was thinking mostly about the fact that you can always retake a class you fail, but you only get one Senior Cornhuskin’.


Each night, for at first 2 hours, then 3 hours, and then until 1 am max (S/O to our big sis class of 2016, I’d never get sleep without you), our class of 2018 practiced 4 nights a week on 5 different dances in preparation for one night. Our theme was Back to the Future featuring numerous 80s hits so each practice felt like a jazzercise class. Ice Ice Baby brings out the best in all of us.


There were nights I went to practice even when I didn’t want to and even when I felt the pressure of homework and tests the next day. Like I said, you only get one senior corn.

And then there were days I skipped practice because it was raining. Or I wanted a milkshake more. My class might disown me after reading this.

I was so impressed by the amount of people in my class who hardly ever missed a practice. This time of year can be so busy with holidays approaching and having many midterms. I’m glad there was always someone willing to be kind and help me learn a part of a dance from a night I had missed or help me perfect a move that wasn’t quite right. Shoutout to our Corn Co-chairs for writing the skit to make our whole performance possible and for never missing a night with our class.


Last week of dance practice, you could feel all the emotions flowing. All the things that have been part of our college experience we were doing for the last time. Our big sis class rolled up to the parking lot where we practice, car horns a blazin, for the last time. Thanks for the pizza that night it was much needed. Our class got to present the tunnel we finally got to paint as seniors. We watched our littles killing the game at can art and finally got that President Jo Allen onyx pic. (SEE BELOW)


I participated in my favorite tradition for the last time. My jaw dropped multiple times, especially when I saw those freshmen do such an amazing job. My eyes watered at our littles dancing to My Wish by Rascal Flatts. My heart feared defeat when I saw the juniors creative costumes. It is sad to think about not going out there to dance again. Maybe I’ll initiate an alumni Cornhuskin’ since I can’t bear the thought.


We made posters and signs to place around campus, scrounged around mom’s closet for the totally tubular windbreaker, and made sure our hair was perfectly teased for showtime. But most importantly, we processed in together and we flooded that amphitheater after winning our senior cornhuskin.

It’s a night I can never relive. It’s a time I can never get back. It’s a time I’ll never forget.

**plays Don’t You Forget About Me from the closing scene of The Breakfast Club. Peace out to my rad Meredith College women.

Thanks for joining me for this corny facet of The Coffee Table.

-from Anna with love


My Yellow Year

Happy Saturday!

And Happy Fall (officially this time!!) Somehow tomorrow is October already…?

Life update: one week ago today I hit the big 2 1. I had the pleasure of spending my 21st birthday at a Fall Retreat with the campus ministry I am a part of. No margaritas, but lots of great fellowship and chocolate cupcakes. And my big basic birthday balloons, of course. Welcome to my yellow year.


I know the Pantone color of the year is greenery, but for me, it’s yellow. Don’t mind me if I look like I’m dressed like a brand ambassador for Amazon. Maybe that’ll be my Halloween costume.


Though I love all shades of yellow, this shade of golden mustard is my Fall yellow. Look how it’s making Wells Fargo pop in the background. Shout out.

These photos were originally part of a photography assignment for Sam Holt, but I couldn’t help but steal them away. Anytime I happen to be downtown I like to have a picture to remember. There are so many stores and restaurants down each street that every time I am visiting downtown, I am somewhere I have never been before. During this visit, I visited the Starbucks downtown for the first time. That wasn’t really on my list of places to visit, but you know, ya girl got thirsty. Hopefully, I will earn my title as a City of Oaks local and someone somewhere will know my coffee order when I walk through the door. Maybe they’ll remember me as the girl with the yellow phone case. Not as classy as the girl in the green scarf, but I’ll take it.



Other than this shade of yellow, I am also loving the ongoing fall trend of bell sleeves. They add a lil somethin’ somethin’ to an outfit without being over the top. Give me all the bells & whistles!

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Yellow Tops: cupcakes and cashmere Katlyn Top in Yellow. – size L (also in M,XS) • Cupcakes And Cashmere •
boohoo Violet Ruffle Sleeve Woven Top • boohoo •
Petite Women’s Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top • Gibson •

London Fog Bag: London Fog Lancaster Vegan Leather Triple Tote • London Fog •  
Simple Pearl Necklace:Majorica – 10mm Single Pearl Necklace Necklace • Majorica •

My best fall advice is to wear something yellow & carve a pumpkin! Show me how you celebrate the fall season by sharing a photo & using #thecoffeetableblog!

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Thank you for joining me at The Coffee Table.

-from Anna with love


Desserts & Dior

Hello friends!

Happy September!! I hope your first 5 days of the second most wonderful month of the year (aside from December) have been filled with the thought of pumpkins and cinnamon spice 🙂 If you’re reading this today, then the PSL at starbucks made its grand return 14 hours ago so please go enjoy that.

Though I am obviously thrilled about this new month, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the last day of August. August was filled with anxiousness and excitement as I started my senior year of college at Meredith. It has been extremely hectic finalizing a schedule for this semester and making sure I have everything completed before May. And aside from all the school work, there are a million club activities and events to tend to and sometimes there’s no time to relax and just be. But here, now, today, I have some of that relaxation time. Thank you God for the ability to rest and reflect the goodness.


On the last day of August, I attended another fabulous Trifabb event! This time, we were hosted by Kendra Scott of Raleigh in North Hills. The lovely ladies of Kendra brought in desserts from the newly opened Seasons 52 Grille in Crabtree Valley Mall and makeovers by Dior. Let me tell you, every time I am surrounded by the ladies of Trifabb, I become more and more inspired to write and continue blogging. Surrounding yourself with encouraging and supportive people makes all the difference.


Speaking of being around people who inspire and encourage you…the lovely Molly Stillman not only organized this event, but brought her camera and took professional headshots for each of us who were interested. Thank you Molly for always making the events such a great time. During the evening, Kendra Scott donated 20% of the proceeds to a nonprofit here in Raleigh that Molly is very involved in called Transforming Hope. Their mission is to end human trafficking through “education, prevention, and restoration.” North Carolina is rated in the top ten of states where human trafficking is most likely to happen, so Transforming Hope wants to educate those in the Triangle and raise awareness of this issue. If you are interested in learning more, getting involved, or donating, click here. I could hear the passion behind Molly’s words while she spoke about the nonprofit’s mission. When the people who lead an organization have such passion, you know it will be a great success.


I love supporting companies that have a mission that goes beyond just making a profit. Kendra Scott seems to be always giving back. Last year, the company gave millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations, including some in Raleigh. I believe that it is important to bless others with what you have been blessed with. Finding companies that also find blessing others important is something I always look for when shopping. So thank you again Kendra Scott for giving so much, to us Trifabb ladies and all the organizations you have supported! I have one piece of Kendra Scott jewelry in particular that I wear EVERY SINGLE DAY no matter what. It goes perfectly with everything, including my onyx. To check it out, click here.



This night was another night where I was able to relax and not stress about turning something in or meeting a deadline. On social media, it is so easy to become competitive. You compare your likes, comments, and followers and wish for more just because you think that’s what gives you value. As a blogger especially, it is easy to compare myself to others and wish I was as well known as they are. That’s really not what its about. I want to remind myself daily that we should point out others strengths, even if that means admitting that they might be better at something than we are.

We should put out our best and just have fun with it all.


Probably the best part of the night was finally meeting Mallory Middleton face-to-face. Mallory and I had been insta-friends a good while, but had never met! Her blog, The Cheers Years, is filled with fun recipes that have a nutritious spin on them! The best part is that tons of her recipes are only 5 ingredients. Perfect for someone like me with little to no cooking skills but with a huge interest in nutrition. Shoutout to Mallory for doing the hard part for me.

I am so happy for this new month. I am so grateful to be blessed with time for rest. I know that no matter how busy life can be, there will come time for rest. I pray that each and every one of you reading this will snuggle up in a sweater, enjoy the upcoming chilly weather, and pray with a grateful heart. Thank you for joining me at The Coffee Table.

-from Anna with love

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

My Big Fat Kindred Cake Picnic

In this blog post I worked with Kindred Cake Co. to create a one of a kind picnic. With bohemian prints and bright colors and Chick-fil-A lemonade I beat the heat.

If you are from the South like I am, you know how unbearable the heat has been this weekend. My cameraman almost died. His face was blood red and burning up. For 20 minutes….. For all you northerners, must be nice. Kindred Cake Co. reached out to me recently and wanted to sponsor a summer activity featuring one of their beautiful cake creations. What a better activity than a picnic in the park? My Pinterest has always been flooded with those Summer bucket lists that I never actually end up doing and picnics are always at the top of the list. I have never been on a picnic because A) it’s easier to just eat in my kitchen and B) the summer heat in North Carolina. But I love collaborating with local businesses, so I couldn’t pass it up. Kindred Cake Co. was gracious enough to supply a beautiful semi naked yellow cake with buttercream frosting, flourished with a decadent floral wreath. When we decided to make this happen, I left all the creative baking decisions to Kindred. I was surprised to open box and see yellow flower petals. They used my favorite color without even knowing!

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Kindred Cake Co. is a local home bakery located in Wake Forest. What I love about this business even more than they are local, is that it is owned by a mother and daughter! The pair uses and continues to create their own family recipes which makes Kindred Cakes so unique and special. This cake was delightfully yummy and tasted as great as it looked!


When I decided to do a picnic, I didn’t want just any picnic. I wanted a picnic that would keep me as cool and comfortable as possible as one could be in 100 degree sweltering heat. So I grabbed my pillows, throw, and antique picnic basket (thanks Maddy) and hit the road to Fletcher Park.

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This picnic was inspired by the luxurious glamping I have seen in magazines and on airbnb. I was inspired by the campsites bohemian looks with bright and bold colors. Getting outdoors and doing something new is always fun, sometimes it just takes eliminating some of the intimidating factors in order to make yourself try. Nobody likes itchy grass so I had to figure out a way around that.  I picked up these gorgeous pillows at Home Goods and the striped throw turned picnic blanket from Target. Though my Chick–fil-A lemonade was refreshing, I didn’t last in that heat for more than our hour hahaha.


All in moderation. Balance is key. Knew I was going to have some cake so I brought some watermelon and blueberries to still get those vitamins. #healthiswealth


Thank you so much Kindred Cake Co. for such a beautiful creation and for inspiring me to finally have a picnic! Finally marked that off the bucket list! If you are interested in placing an order from them for a cake, cupcakes, or any special sweet treat you can email them through their Facebook page or Instagram! Mention the code CAKELOVE to get 20% off your order which is good through the end of August! Happy Summertime!

-from Anna with love




Sleepless in Raleigh


good morning. night. 12:41 am eastern time from a sleepless gal

Surprisingly after what is supposed to be the longest day of the year, summer solstice, I am still ringing in the season and am yet to feel tired. Well I thought I felt tired, but after laying down in bed for two hours trying to sleep with no success, I think my brain is feeling otherwise.

It is always this time of night where questions and thoughts are flowing through my head begging for answers. I get so annoyed when my brain seems to complicate my choice for a simple yes or no question. As I ponder my options and organize different opinions, random thoughts start to infiltrate. A quote that kept popping into my mind is this:

“There is nothing more you need to be, do, or have in order to be happy.”

I first found this quote scrolling through Pinterest back in 2013. It encouraged me so much that day and reminded me that there was no reason for me to be moping around because I couldn’t have exactly what I wanted. I felt so empowered by the reminder that I could be happy without achieving a certain status or being in a certain friend group. At the time, I had been so caught up and focused in pleasing certain people that anytime I felt the slightest rejection my mood would suddenly down spiral. Sometimes as humans we get so zoned in on our own personal goals and dreams that we forget to pause and ask God where He wants us. I have found that chasing over certain things persistently for selfish gain will just leave you with a feeling of falling short.

I love having goals and things to work harder on, but I think it is also important to reflect on what is already good in your life as well. If you are content and appreciative of where you are in life, then when something good comes, you can relish and enjoy it, instead of just trying to get, get, get and moving on onto the next big thing. I used to spend so much time working on myself because I just wanted to prove a point. I selfishly just wanted to prove to people that they were wrong about me. I wanted to just prove my worth. I should have never been so tough on myself trying to prove my worth to other people when I have a God who loves me the way I am; the way He made me.

There is the most beautiful stillness that is found in the assurance that God knows what He is doing even when you do not.

Such trivial issues I was thinking on before 12: 41 am…

-from Anna with love.

Cheers of Copper!

Long time no blogging!!

I am back! The past three weeks have been the busiest weeks I have had in a long time. I had my last weeks of class and exams, moved into a brand new apartment, and spent lots of time with dear friends who are now college alumnae. The past few weeks I wanted to focus on just being. I wanted to end the school year focused on the people around me and the tasks I had at hand. It has been nice having a little vacation from my computer and phone, but I have missed my outlet of creativity at The Coffee Table. Now that I’m back and have more free time with school being over, I am excited to be doing some new posts and hopefully some fun traveling to document, but for now, cheers to settling into a brand new apartment!!

My new home is not too far from my old one, but is completely different! I am so blessed to have moved into such a nice place & I am very very excited to live somewhere with a pool. Though moving out and moving in has been a long two week process, I have finally donated loads out of my closet and have almost completely decorated my room. I love how my new room is less chaotic and hectic than my old room. I have decorated with peaceful colors, soothing textures, and cooper accents.

Thanks to Copper Mug Co. I have a gorgeous way to drink some iced coffee for the summertime!  

I love the brightness these copper pieces have brought into my kitchen and room! These pieces are not only beautiful, but also very affordable if you are looking for some nice glasses to serve your guests or just a nice little treat to make your day feel special!

Here are the two pieces featured in this post & pictured below!


Meet Paisley! This 9 week old pup belongs to my roommate Amy and she is loving her new home! (i think she deserves her own instagram)


I love that in my new apartment I have a little corner nook right by the window to sit in the mornings and do my devotions, read the Bible, and sip my coffee. If you struggle to read God’s work routinely, it really helps to have a designated spot in your home or place you like to visit to be your designated quiet time spot. Having a pretty & calm space to do my reading, motivates me and helps me to focus.




Also loving this Raleigh coordinates pillow I bought from All That Sparkles Shop. I wanted my room to embody myself so I chose this pillow because it is locally made and displays my love for the city of Raleigh! Make sure to check out this local business!


I hope to share more of my new place once I get more settled! Be sure to check out Copper Mug Co. and their lovely pieces! And happy summertime!!

Thanks for joining me today at The Coffee Table.

-from Anna with love


Clothe Yourself

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break & spent time celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! What a good Friday and Easter Sunday it truly was. Without the resurrection we would have no hope of changing our ways. He freed us from sin by His death, but the Resurrection is what gives us blessed assurance of eternal life.


Recently, I have been challenging myself to spend more time reading the Bible and memorizing pieces of scripture. I am embarrassed by the days during which I made time for television shows, YouTube videos, and secular music, but never once picked up the Bible. I can’t be a very helpful Christian without actually knowing the truth in the Word to share with others. Sure, I have still been watching the Youtubers I enjoy hearing from, but I have significantly limited the time spent doing it. I used to watch videos every single day whenever I was bored, but now I only watch videos one day a week and I only watch ones that I think could teach me something useful or inspire me.

One verse I have been dwelling on this past week is Colossians 3:12.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

I found this verse when I was getting really frustrated with the actions of some people around me. I literally googled, “verses about dealing with people who make you mad”. LOL. Sometimes I just need to tell myself to chill.

The five qualities in the verse are five that I am striving to have. It’s a 5 for the price of 1 reminder. I really focus on being patient and when I am patient, the rest are easier to do.

One of my intentions for the month of April is to treat people with kindness even if they really annoy me. Something I have noticed I have struggled with is letting little things worry and bother me instead of looking at the big picture that God paints for us in the Bible. That is the reason behind my desire to know the Bible better. I have noticed even just by memorizing this one verse and repeating it to myself daily, I have been so much better at letting things roll off my back instead of letting things frustrate me and ruin my mood. You might not know what other people are going through or feeling so you should just be kind anyway, even if their personality clashes with your own.

It can be hard to do. If you struggle with getting frustrated by people around you I recommend memorizing a verse like Colossians 3:12 or Luke 6:31.

Remind yourself that loving others like Jesus is more important than getting exactly what you want. You aren’t on this Earth to fill all your desires. You are on this Earth to love people, spread God’s love, and work hard for what you love. There is no shame is working hard for what you want, as long as you are achieving that in a Godly way. I believe God is a good father and wants His children to be happy. There is great joy in the Lord knowing that He has placed you and is guiding your path.


You might hate your job or your house or your clothes, but think about what Jesus did for you. You have life. Eternal life through faith in Him.

-from Anna with love

The Outfit


I picked up this outfit while shopping at Anthropologie after the spring fashion show mentioned in my last post! The top is from the clearance section & the pants are from their new spring line! Best of both worlds.


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Spring into Anthro

Happy Spring!!!

This past Thursday, I had the lovely opportunity of attending the Spring Fashion Show at Anthropologie! I adore everything in Anthropologie, especially all their floral and pastel pieces that come around every Spring! Each year at this Anthro event, the store showcases their new arrivals for Spring and gives women in the Raleigh community the chance to show off all their modeling skills! I loved seeing women I know and admire strutting their stuff on the catwalk!


All the women featured in the shower were beautiful and real. It reminded me of the scene in 13 Going on 30 when Jennifer Garner is presenting her new vision for her magazine and she talks of how she wants to see her neighbors and mother and friends and the football team and people who you actually see and know. I love how this fashion show was like that and I want to share it with you.

Thank you Anthropologie for always keeping it classy and representing women well.

Shop the Spring Trends at Anthro


Angel Proud!! I loved seeing Meredith College grad Melissa, from Mel in Chanel, participating in the show! She’s such an inspiration to me!

Ivory Dress:


Baseball Hat


MY FAVORITE PIECE EVER. I’ve been eyeing this dress even before I saw it at the show. And Rachael Pope made me love it even more.


Shoutout to Anthro for inspiring me. I am moving into a new apartment soon and my goal is to cook more often than I do and it is sad, but true, that I need some cute kitchen supplies like these to keep me motivated lol.

Apron (on sale for $20!!!!):








Pom Pom Top:


All Photography by @samuelholt

I am so grateful to God for giving me opportunities like this. It makes me so happy to have new experiences meeting new people and getting to attend events in support of things I love! Happy Spring & Happy Easter!!!

He is not here. He is risen. Mark 16:6

-from Anna with love




Pale Predilection

A few weeks ago while attending a friend’s wedding, Sam and I passed these unique trees on the drive home. I dropped a pin and we said one day we would go back to check it out. Yesterday, we followed the pin and routed our way back to these beautiful trees. About 10 minutes from our destination, I noticed signs saying a market stand was approaching, selling local honey and apple cider slushies so I wanted to stop there too since it was on the way. We drove a bit further and it turned out that the cool trees are owned by the market selling the honey and their building had been right behind the trees the whole time.


Turns out Millstone Creek Orchards is more than just a little market stand. Aside from all the beautiful apple and peach trees, they have an entire building filled with local honey, homemade butters & preserves, baked goods, home decor, apple ciders slushies (10/10 would recommend), and the best customer service you’ll find. Though we weren’t there long, I felt the happiness and kindness in that building the whole ride home. I love meeting such kind people behind a business. Beyond the building they have plenty of outdoor picnic tables, tire swings, and even do hayrides. Blueberries and blackberries in full swing soon!!! If you love shopping local or just want to spend some time outdoors while meeting some wonderful people, go visit!



I found this dress at Kohl’s a while back (thanks grandma) and sunglasses compliments to College Inn. These comfortable wedges are yet another Marshall’s find (surprise surprise). To shop this look, here are some similar pieces!





Contemplating how to tell an apple tree from a peach one. SOS.


I’m so glad some twisty trees led me to fresh local products & some wonderful people. We left the orchards with local honey, a cool t-shirt, apple slushies, and too many chocolate chip cookies, but the feeling of supporting a great place goes beyond all of those things. All worth the drive.

-from Anna with love