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

The Secret Garden

Recently, I found a secret garden. Well not really a secret…but a hidden gem of Raleigh that is underrated. Though being at Meredith College for 3 years now, I have just now heard of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum located right down the street. This beautiful place is a botanical garden devoted to trees and plants found in our American landscape. The arboretum is used a lot for plant professionals, but it is also opened to the public daily just to visit and relish in its beauty.


This hidden gem is on Beryl Road, just down the street from Meredith and NCSU. If you want a cool place to enjoy this lovely spring weather, I highly recommend visiting. I spent about an hour there and still didn’t have time to see everything. Once inside, you forget you’re in the big city of Raleigh. I felt like I was inside The Secret Garden. I love devoting time on the weekends visiting new places and doing things I love. If I never knew this arboretum existed 1 minute down the road from my home, imagine what other spectacular places are out there waiting for me to find them. I have a whole list on the notes section of my phone filled with places in the Triangle (food/nature/shopping/etc) that I want to see and I can’t wait to spend more time checking places off.




This top is from Marshall’s and is by the same brand, Artisan NY, as the lace up linen top featured in my previous post! These shoes were also a Marshall’s find and my jeans are from the American Eagle Outfitters Outlet! If you don’t have time to check out Marshall’s, here are some similar pieces:


Jeans (both $30!)


Kendra Scott Elyse Ring

(gold version)

Ray-bans Erika Style

(this color is 50% off at Ditto)




Each person holds a combination of experiences inside them. We are part what we think and part what we see. Each one of us has a mental library full of beautiful things we have seen and emotions we have felt. Each new experience you have adds to your life and makes you who are. You visit a new garden or taste a new food and you think it’s whatever, but it shapes your life. Imagine spending your life locked in your bedroom alone & eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner & never getting to open your window blinds and seeing the freshly fallen snow & that was all you ever knew. You’d be different right?

We bounce off the people we interact with. We see new gardens and experience how beautiful God’s creation is. We find favorites recipes to make or restaurants to eat at and take time to have a break from the daily life of work or school or both. I think it’s important to find small things to do daily that bring you joy whether that be having a certain food, praying, having devotion time, drinking a cup of coffee, or writing. For me, I like to do a variety of those things. I drink my morning coffee and reflect on my intentions for the week. I pray about those things throughout the day and use the app Daily Bread to read a devotion. I also like to take time in my day to do some blog writing and planning. Whatever it is, find something small that keeps you focused and encouraged about life especially when things start to seem bland and too routine. It really helps to have a little time to learn new things. Then, when you do have time for fun like a holiday or weekend you don’t have to work, find new places you want to visit that you’re interested in and GO!!!!

As always, thank you for joining me at The Coffee Table.

-from Anna with love


Sunday Squirreling

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This past Sunday, I had the lovely opportunity to meet up with the fabulous ladies of Trifabb (Triangle Area Bloggers)! This month’s meetup was at my favorite local shop, The Local Squirrel, located in Cameron Village. I had a terrific time meeting other bloggers in the area. We all connected through our passion for blogging and got to learn a few valuable lessons from the store owner herself who just so happens to be a Meredith College grad (Go Angels!).

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My outfit yesterday was completely from Marshall’s head to toe. I found this great lace up top there recently and love the linen fabric which is perfect for when our hot southern weather comes! Here’s some similar pieces:

Lace Up Tops: 

Pink Denim


compliments to Rise

As part of this event, The Local Squirrel donated a percentage of their proceeds of the day to a local non-profit organization called Hope Reins! This nonprofit’s mission is to provide comfort to hurting children and their families by providing one-on-one sessions between caring leaders and extraordinary equine counselors, many of whom are rescued horses and faced abuse and neglect themselves. Hope Reins strives to teach good communication skills through their program working with horses and doing tasks around the ranch. This organization is such a great place for children and young adults to learn how to communicate their feelings and work through the trauma they have been through in life. If you would like to learn more about this organization or donate today here is the link to their site:

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carolina proud

The Local Squirrel is the perfect place to go for any gift, piece of jewelry, or home decor item! Almost all of their items are made by local creators and artists with the exception of a couple national brands such as Rifle Paper Co. Pictured above are some beautiful decor pieces they currently have on display! Follow them on Instagram at @thelocalsquirrel!


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I had a fabulous time yesterday & am so excited to be a member of such a great group! I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

-from Anna with love

Ultralight Beam

There’s something incredibly soothing about water. The way a nice cold gulp flows down your throat to the way your toes get tickled when the water hits the sand. It’s power, used gentle or harsh.

It’s mind boggling how something can be both so lovely and terrifying at the exact same time.

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On this gusty day, I thought I was going to the symphony but womp here I am at Jordan Lake. Sometimes things don’t go the way you plan and I’ve learned how sometimes the best trips are the spontaneous ones. This sunset turned out to be one of the most spectacular ones I have ever seen & I’m glad I didn’t miss it. I love taking photos during the Golden Hour and the way the sunset reflected on the lake was beautiful. Something about being surrounded in every direction by water made my vision seem so bright and clear like never before.

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Yellow is my favorite color, especially mustard yellow. I’ve been loving this mustard yellow tee from Old Navy. It’s so soft and comfy and I may or may not have gotten an XL for extra comfort. I layered the mustard yellow with an orange scarf and of course my Ray-bans and Kendra Scott Elyse Ring which I’m rarely seen without. Shop this look below!

Yellow Sweater:

Scarf (lookalike):

Kendra Scott Elyse Ring:


Sometimes I forget how a nice walk at a lake or pond can be just as peaceful as walking along the ocean shore. There must be something in the water.

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Thank you for joining me at The Coffee Table.

-from Anna with love

Homeward Bound

Sometimes you lose people. People drop you. Something happens that creates a wedge and you can’t just agree to disagree. Sometimes it’s a physical distance and you simply lose touch because you did not take the time to stay connected. It’s interesting to me how with some situations, time passes and you forget the details of what really happened, yet some pasts are engraved in your mind. I think the times I forget are the ones in which I blamed others for causing all the problems because I have always been an easy forgiver. The times that linger in my mind are the ones filled with regret and shame of being dramatic and arguing over a problem that was never there because I simply created it with my own destructive thoughts.


We are our worst critics and we try to hide from it. We don’t want to be too confident and then be crushed so we just sit in the shadows and wait for another problem to arise where we get to choose whether to blame ourselves or blame others. I’ve seen in my own life that I can think of a hundred explanations for why someone did something that hurt me and how it is totally fine and I understand it 100% so I brush it off with ease and love them just the same. But when it comes to myself, I worry so much that people can’t do the same for me so I feel like I have to explain myself over and over again.

I have been learning now that if someone really loves and cares about you, they are going to love like Jesus.

I know loving like Jesus can be hard for some due to people breaking your trust or failing you in the past, but you have to at least try.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.”

The people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind. You want to have friends who will forgive you. Friends who will teach you and always tell you when you are doing something wrong. Be honest and as the receiver of honesty, don’t be offended when it hurts your pride.


This past weekend, I attended the wedding of one of my best friends from middle and early high school. While at the wedding, I was reunited with other friends I had not seen in a while. Seeing people who have been there at my worst and best and still love me warmed my heart. Though falling apart and losing touch happens, there are some people who make it so easy to come together again. It’s a special moment when you feel so reconnected to home and regardless of how much has changed in our lives we will always have a special place in each other’s hearts. We pick up our friendship right where we left off.

I am so grateful to God for all the beautiful people He has put in my life. People who forgive 70 times 7. They inspire me to also forgive myself.

-from Anna with love