I Went to South Africa!

I haven’t updated my blog in two weeks because I had taken a 23 hour flight half way across the world to the beautiful country of South Africa for a mission trip with some really amazing people.

Differences to look for: 

The first thing I realized when I pulled up to the mountain in Johannesburg was the protection around every single property. When I asked a guy about it there, his words were; “It’s all about protection here, you have to put up a gate around your property and your house, you must lock your door and the door to your bedroom when you sleep. Most people are also armed a majority of the time” said a man who worked for Door of Hope, a ministry that saves abandoned babies. Learn more here. The next thing I learned was pleasantries that were almost required in stores and everyday interaction. When I run into a grocery store and have to speak to someone it’s usually just “Where are the bananas?” and that’s it. In Johannesburg, this was definitely not a thing. You had to say hello, ask how they were and often you would learn their names, and where they were from. It was a lot more personable and easy to make friends. The first night I was there a local missionary gave us a lesson in different words, candy was called sweeties. Shopping carts were trollies and vacations were called going on Holiday.
Packing List

  • 3 pairs of Jeans (or whatever possible minimum you are able to pack)
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 7 t-shirts, short or long sleeved
  • Chaco’s
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic Flip Flops (you never know about the shower)
  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, face and body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Detangle spray
  • Bible/Notebook
  • Quick drying towel and wash rag
  • Advil (helps with headaches because of jet lag)

My Experience

I think mission trips are not only perfect for those receiving spiritual or physical help but also for the person giving that help. I believe that it can really show a person how God wants to work in them. Whether you can go on a mission trip to the next town over, two states over or across the world I suggest you go and follow the Lord’s will.



Going to Prom

I go to a very small Christian school, and when I say small, I mean I know everybody’s full name and what everyone likes to do for fun or what they hate. However, unlike most small schools we actually do have a prom but its all of high school so not many people go. One of my friends from a bible study I do asked me to go to his prom with him so I was much more excited to go to his huge public school prom.

I would say I’m a pretty simple person, I had no clue what I wanted for my dress but this one was definitely more glitz than I had imagined but I ended up loving it the moment I tried it on.

I did my makeup myself because I’m not terrible at it and didn’t really want to pay to get someone else to do it. I started with a primer and covered my whole face, went in with a very thick foundation, concealer and highlighter. I used a powder on top and then went over the powder with highlighter again, bronzer and blush. I used a pencil to draw in my eyebrows since I have very blonde eyebrows. I use a stick eyeliner because no matter how hard I try I can never master the liquid or gel liner. I used the urban decay eyeshadow and my mascara. (See tips for getting longer lashes here)

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I did however go actually get my hair done since I can barely even curly my hair myself and I loved how it turned out.


(Pictured: myself and my brother, Conor Hale)

Dress from Belks, Earrings from Target, Shoes from DSW

I hope everyone who is reading this has a great prom or has had a great prom, and I hope this helped anyone!

Social Media:

Instagram: kirstenehale

Poshmark: khale00

Have a great week!



Pink & Gold Sweet 16

Every little girl dreams of her life as a teenager. When I was a eight, my oldest brother was 16, the age where he started going to parties all the time. Eight years later I still remember the pink invitation he got in the mail inviting him to a friends sweet 16. It was hot pink and glittery, and her party was HUGE. Since that day, I thought about what my sweet sixteenth would look like. Both my brothers just got things like a shirt for their sixteenth and had big parties for their 18th. In my house, we stop having parties around ten years old, so I wasn’t sure if I would have my sweet 16 but I still wondered how I would plan it. When I was about 14-15 I tried to disassociate myself from the whole girly thing and stuck to hiking or camping but lately, I found myself back into monograms and cute clothes, so I was conflicted about what to do for my party, stuck between two opposite personalities. I finally decided on doing a bonfire in the backyard, but every decoration was pink and gold and sparkly, I loved it.

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I love this cake from cupcake bites in Fuquay-Varina! It was so good too!

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We had a sweets tabel in the formal dining room and I decorated the walls with funny pictures from my childhood. My friends thought they were silly and I loved seeing them.

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I had to have a cute place for my friends to take pictures! I got these streamers and taped them to the top of the wall in my kitchen, and put some gold balloons with it. I got mine from Party City and the wall was a huge hit!

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Here’s just one super silly picture my good friend, Becca, and I took! Love her so much!

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I didn’t get a picture with everyone who came to my party, people were coming and going, but I’m so thankful I have such great friends, and I’m glad I got a chance to have a party!

My outfit in the pictures: White top from fedora, ripped jeans from target, a pink necklace from Apricot Lane with brown boots from DSW.

Verse of the Week 

Psalms 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies above proclaim the work of his hands.

Have a fab week!


I Went to Texas!

Spring break arrived for me as it comes for every student, the anticipation that came with the weeks before brought me into an exciting trip to Texas. I live in NC, so I took a plane, which was very bumpy due to very stormy weather. I didn’t think it could have been possible that I had a blast just touring schools, but even 1,204 miles away from my beloved home I had an exciting and very busy week!

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 4.34.17 PMThe silos at Magnolia Market Place!

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Just a few candles I thought about getting at Magnolia market place!

My family actually bonds over the popular HGTV show, Fixer Upper, hosted by this adorable couple, Chip, and Joanna. I suggest you all watch it, and if you’re ever in Texas swing by their market, even if you aren’t into beautiful home decor, the atmosphere was great. They completed the community-like market with green grass in the back, music some nights, a garden and even a line of food trucks! (If you do, try the crepe one! Yum!!)

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If you are in Waco at any point and enjoy the popular pop, Dr Pepper, the museum is right around the corner from Magnolia Markets!

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 4.43.12 PM.pngI fell in love with Dallas! I didn’t have an official tour at SMU, but I did drive through the campus, which was beautiful, and stopped at the George W. Bush Library! Even if you’re not a huge history person, I think it’s worth a visit, it’s packed out with information but it’s not boring information, you can “vote” on what you think about particular issues, or get your picture made into a campaigning “ad.” I totally enjoyed this part of Dallas Texas.

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After leaving the amazing TCU, we stopped at the Fort Worth Stockade. This was a little 1800’s cowboys in the west movie. It was super cute and reenacted the bringing in of cows.

Verse of the Week

James 1:2-4:  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Have a fabulous,