Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Like meeting The One you are destined to marry, finding that perfect shade of lipstick, leaving the interview for that killer job you’ve always wanted or that LBD that just hits you in all the right places. That feeling you have, you just know. Equally equated with all of those scenarios is that moment you connect with someone who will turn out to be a best friend. Now, that may not be the case for everyone, and it might not happen like that all the time, but when it does happen, you just know.

That’s how it happened when Drea and I first met. When we tell people who don’t understand social media they look at us like we’re crazy, going to suck them into some sort of cult (which wouldn’t be a bad thing, we’re really fun) and think it’s overall pretty stupid. Because, Drea and I met over Instagram. Best social media friends turned real life friends.

It’s not that hard to believe. I moved to Nashville knowing not a single soul and had to push myself to get out of my comfort zone if I wanted to make it here at all. I moved because I felt like God was calling me to move here, to trust him and have faith that he would be putting me where I needed to be. I’ve followed that feeling throughout the years and I’ve never regretted it thus far. But moving across country again, out of college, starting completely over, was a little daunting after I made the decision.  I literally couldn’t remember how I had made friends before, although bribes and homemade goods may have been involved.

But I’ve made some awesome and lifelong friends via social media (namely Instagram), but I remember Drea and I each following each other, saying similar things, commenting on each other’s pictures and finally, when I had had a rough day I posted a pic, we commented back and forth about getting a glass of wine sometime, and, much to my astonishment and amusement, she direct messaged me a picture of her number.

We met at Pinewood Social, and instantly, both of us knew. At the half hour mark we had made plans to become roommates whenever the chance arose, and over couches, cocktails and stories of online dating, life’s younger years and God, we knew that we would be partners-in-crime and friends for life. Basically, she’s a smaller, fun-sized exotic version of me, less farmy/Midwest/hunter/gatherer, but basically the same.

Fast forward to a few months later and it was Drea’s birthday. We had discussed the fact that birthdays can tend to be lackluster because usually we’re the ones putting things together for other people and then ours is just, meh, (unless you have an awesome sister-in-law around), so I knew I wanted to do something a little special for her. After all, everyone deserves to have their own special day with a special memory. So we spent the night before drinking wine, watching Catfish, and reminiscing on her 25th year. At 3 am, we woke up, drove to the Natchez Trace Bridge in Leiper’s Fork, TN, and met our friend Jonathan there to watch the sunrise and take pictures.

After the sun rose, we drove down to the base of the bridge and, in an open meadow, spread out a picnic blanket and toasted to the year 26, drank champagne and ate homemade brownies.

There are some people that come into your life and you just know. You know you will always be a part of it, somehow, someway. I have more than a few of those friends and feel so blessed. Dreaming of raising our families a few doors down from each other, close to enough to waddle to each other’s houses in the throes of pregnancy, weekly dinners and family trips. For now though, it’s single time and the season in our life where we’ll get to keep building our friendship for the years to come and do all the wanderlust, adventurous, crazy things we talk about doing.

It has been a whirlwind and crazy year already. I literally cannot wait to see what the next year will bring, and what I’ll write for your 27th birthday’s blog post. So cheers to 26 chica: doing what you love, the adventures we will have, impacting people, and spreading the love. Think of it as an adventure. Let the free spirits reign.

Photography by: Jonathan Pfahl
Jewelry by: TheFree
Blanket by: Sackcloth and Ashes

Thursday, May 14, 2015

C A T C H | U P

Alright, this is Kathryn, finally coming back from hibernation. Well, not hibernation, technically, but rather so much craziness going on that I couldn't even find time to post.

Because that's the thing about Nashville. Things are happening all the time and there is so much creativity going on that it can be hard to sit down and write a blog post, or even tell everyone about it.

I've met some of the best friends that I know I will have forever. I pulled what is maybe the biggest prank on all of my friends, family, and internet social network ever (check out the InstaFake Wedding), I've been absolutely love my job working for Trumaker as an Outfitter and getting to style guys for a living while also working on my brand, jewelry and apparel (with some home goods). Everyone is so creative in Nashville yet there is a willingness and beautiful growing aspect where everyone is encouraging and open to helping everyone else out, even those in the same industry and their own "competition". That's what I love. I love this city.

While I am not going to catch you all up to date because that would take years, going forward I am working on reshaping my blog and doing more shoots with my jewelry and apparel as well as creative collaborations with friends and getting my creations into stores in Nashville. Remember to check out TheFree on Etsy: www.thefree.etsy.com

But what happens when a few "meh" dates, constant questions about singleness and a rad, super creative friend group of professional/amateur photographers decide to help their said friend pull of the biggest April Fool's Day prank ever?! To read more about the April Fool's Day Wedding, you can head over to www.butwewillstay.com, read the Buzzfeed article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/seibersays/this-instameet-wedding-puts-your-april-fools-joke-1gbzd

Or watch the hilarious video and interview I had with the TV show, Right This Minute:   http://www.rightthisminute.com/story/49824/video/embed

While I will never live down the legend I created from the fake wedding (at least in my family, pretty sure they will air those picture slides whenever I really get married) I still can't believe my life right now. I love it. I love the people I am surrounded by, and I love the fact that I get to live my dream.

Nashville winter/spring was cool. But I'm ready to see what the Nashville summer has in store.

But I'll leave you with a few {fake} wedding pics :)

Photos by Sullivan Fleming


Until next time....

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snow Day Giveaway

Hey there snow birds!

Tennessee got hit hard the last few days from an ice and snow storm which has left most of us homebound and, now, suffering from huge amounts of cabin fever. Good thing I had made a last minute Costco trip before the weather had set in.

Now that being stir crazy has become the norm for the last few weeks (I mean, days) I decided to lighten the mood by doing a giveaway.

Find out how to enter on TheFree's Instagram page:    @the_._free    

The contest runs from now until Saturday. One randomly chosen winner will receive (1) Stop It With a Rock - Wine Bottle Stopper and get to choose their color when chosen.

Stay safe and warm lovelies!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Wanderer Series: Part 2

There is so much around us, down streets we don't frequent, shops we walk past every day. Even in a town that we think we know everything about there can still be surprises and beauty right around a corner. February's InstaMeet was held in Murfreesboro, TN, a town about 30 minutes outside of Nashville. The quaint town square was the meeting place and we branched out from there. Antique shops, old school barber shops, a chocolate shop that was absolutely to die for and, for a surprise, a gourmet popcorn shop!

A few of the Instagrammers actually grew up in Murfreesboro and a few of the places we shot at they had no idea even existed. Which just goes to show, we need to explore the places we live. Take out time to smell the roses. Not always be in a rush everywhere.

Gourmet popcorn. Who knew? The only popcorn I knew existed aside from the kind I popped in the microwave was the kind the Boy Scouts sell in the tins. I obviously do not get out much. This place blew my mind. Sweet and savory popcorn for all levels of tastebuds. Chocolate, peanut butter, cupcake all the way to chipotle, cheese. etc. Literally something for everyone. I left with a small combo bag of the chocolate drizzled and chocolate/peanut butter mix that did not last as long as it should of.

Popcorn from Mars

 Gourmet popcorn shop
  • 115 E Vine St
  • Murfreesboro, TN 37130

I admire people who can skateboard. I especially admire people who can skateboard and also let's me photograph them while they do it. I can just place a foot on a skateboard and somehow find myself on the ground in an unladylike position and wish for grace and balance. 

Then, wandering around Murfreesboro.