Graceful Glance with Tamika Graves

Hey y’all!! Here we go a new year, with some fun new Graceful Glance Interviews!!! I am so excited about this one. I have known this girl for I don’t how long now. Haha Her husband is 7x NFR Qualifier Travis Graves. Who actually went on my parent’s very first traveling team roping missionary team! To cool huh?! They have 2 adorable kiddos Tee and True Graves. Who are absolutely precious might I add! I truly admire this beautiful lady so much, not only is she an amazing rodeo wife and mom but an avid fitness buff! She also has a heart of gold that I really admire. So for this interview and starting the new year I thought we all could draw some extra inspiration from this beautiful lady! So without further ado let me introduce you to Tamika Graves!


(Tamika and Travis Graves) 

 H: What inspired you to live a healthy life style?

T: I have always loved to run. I’m not sure why! Haha Just kidding! It’s an addictive therapy for me. I feel so good while doing it and love getting better and faster at it. I love doing circuit workouts, lifting weights and Zumba, as well. I am cold natured so Hot Yoga works really well for me in the colder months. I’m kinda obsessed with it! I guess my overall inspiration comes from the amazing feeling of accomplishment after I finish a workout I never thought I would be able to complete 🙂

(That is so awesome! I totally loving running too! Although in high school I truly despised it, but now as an adult I really love the free-ness it brings!)

IMG_4493(Tamika getting her running game on!/ Get it girl!)

H: When working out how do you keep yourself motivated? 

T: Some days are harder than others. I honestly just love to run and workout so it’s never too much of a burden for me.

H: Being on the road a lot is it hard to workout and stay fit?

T: No, it’s not any harder and I usually welcome the change of scenery. Most rodeo grounds have a great set of stairs to run and I always love to load the kids in the double stroller and go for a jog and see some different scenery. I have a yoga mat and some weights in the trailer also.

(That is seriously so awesome! I love the dedication you have it is seriously so inspiring! See ladies we have to just make up our minds and get to it. ) 

(Tamika working out! See girls stick with it and you can accomplish anything especially this move!)

H: Do you have any tips for traveling and eating healthy?

T: I always have snack bags of fruits and veggies in my fridge. They are cleaned and bagged ready to grab. This helps me when we are driving to resist the urge to snack on junk.

(This is awesome! I think if we all took a day to do some food prep like this we would see how much it helps against the temptations! Awesome advice Tamika girl!)

H:  Does Tee and True like to try and workout with you?

T: They get all excited when I lay down on the yoga mat to do sit ups or planks.. They love to lay on me and help make things a little harder. Haha! They love to go on runs with me in their stroller. I pack them snacks and if we see a park I always stop and let them play for awhile. They love it.

H: Who is your fitspiration?

T: Rachel Woodard. She is absolutely flawless in every way. I adore her.


(Rachel and Tamika at the back number presentation at the NFR in Las Vegas) 

H:  What is your favorite way to workout?

T: I love classes but I also don’t mind to go at it solo. I watch a lot of videos on Pinterest to get ideas for new workouts.

(Pinterest has soooo many ideas I think my fitness folder is overflowing with ideas!)

H: What is your favorite healthy snack? 

T: My favorite snack would have to be one of my pre bagged snacks.. I mix red and green grapes and add blueberries. So fresh and yummy.

H: What is some advice you could give our readers to inspire them to stay or to start the work out journey? 

T: My advice would be to have a flexible schedule when it comes to working out. Sometimes a morning workout gets pushed to a 10pm workout, and that’s okay. You just have to make a plan to workout a certain amount of times per week and commit to it. Whatever it takes to get it done, Just Do It 🙂


H: What is your favorite scripture?

T: Phillipians 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

(Super fitting for everything we have talked about in this interview!)

Tamika I can not thank you enough for taking the time with us and sharing your fitness journey an tips! I know I am re inspired to get back at it with some good tips to keep me going. Don’t forget readers just like Tamika’s favorite scripture says “I (YOU) can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (YOU!)”. You have got this whatever your journey is fitness, dreams or maybe your struggling. Stay strong and don’t give up! Keep God in all you do! He cares so much about you and the things you set your hands too! Remember what Coco Chanel told us…”Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the runway!” So conquer it with some Grace & Style Girl!! Work it!
Hannah Leigh


(Tamika and Travis Graves with the beautiful children Tee and True!) 
Thanks again girl!


Graceful Glance with Brianna

This weeks Graceful Glance is with another one of my favorite people! I have been so blessed to get to know this amazing woman over FaceBook, texts and Instagram! We have been gal pals for less than a year but are defiantly kindered spirits for sure! I love when God blesses you with the opportunity to meet someone with a passion and desire similar to yours but still so different that you get a chance to learn and grow because of them! This is what I have found in my new dear friend and fellow blogger. So without further ado I would now like to present Brianna the beautiful face behind Bleacher Babe!

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Now that I am have formally introduced you to Brianna let us take a little glance into her life, style, goals and faith!

H: What inspired you to start Bleacher Babe? 
B: Growing up in a rodeo family from Alabama, I have always admired the ladies and fashion of the West. Every time I would visit, I always came back with some pretty unique pieces. So many girls would ask me where I purchased them from. I also admired the Pro Rodeo wives fashion as well. Cowboys & Indians Magazine was my Cosmo! I always looked forward to the weekends where I could get all dolled up and strike out with Cole to the rodeos. I would sit with my “bleacher babes” and kill time discussing important fashion, make up and hair tips while trying to maintain my frizzy mane in our humid Alabama weather all while trying to capture the perfect video of Cole’s run! It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! 😉 LOL! I thought to myself, if only I could connect with more girls!!  I felt like BB would be the perfect avenue to share with all of the ladies resources from the western fashion industry & rodeo world. We were kind of behind here in the southeast. As of now, thanks to so many western fashion bloggers out there, we can all stay updated together. The SouthEast has come a long way in a short period of time.


(Brianna stylin’ and smilin’ at another team roping with Cole)

H: How long had you wanted to do BB before you decided to just go for it?
B: BB had been a dream of mine a little over 5 years ago. It all started with Pinterest! I had become hooked on reading Fashion Blogs and thought we needed more for the rodeo girls & girlfriends! I stayed on my Ipad reading fashion blogs, pinning fabulous NFR outfits and connecting with girls like Kadee Coffman that shared the same taste as me! One night Cole finally told me to try doing one for myself! I was so scared, for weeks I put it off. I was terrified of being ridiculed and putting myself out there like that. Cole definitely encouraged me to push through and create one. I am so thankful that he did, because it has been an amazing roller coaster and has opened so many doors for me. I have truly made some amazing friends along the way.

H: What was one thing that encouraged you to keep going when things seemed difficult when trying to start BB?
B: I have to say my fellow bloggers, Hannah Hogner & Adrian Brannan (Adrian Buckaroogirl)! No doubt! Besides Cole and both of our families, ya’ll have been a HUGE support system for me and you will never know how much that means to me. It can be very intimidating and people can be very opinionated. The reason why I love our Western Blogger Community so much is because we are all quickly rising up together and creating a new platform for so many young girls that share the same passion for the rodeo and cowgirl lifestyle as us! Most all of us have come toether to cross promote for one another. We are a voice for the western lifestyle and we all offer something different. We are a team of women who empower other women to pursue their dreams. that’s what keeps me going ❤

12166094_10207801823426591_156942993_n(Left to Right/ Bleacher Babe Report & Rodeo Wife Bobbie Tryan, Brianna and Me at The American Rodeo)

H: You really inspire me goal wise, friendship wise and fitness wise and so much more. What is 1 piece of advice you could give readers who have big dreams?
B: God is Great & His timing is precious. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF FAILURE! I have failed 10,000 times in my life but at least I know I have tried. God has a plan and it is perfect. If you want it, just GO FOR IT!!! Do not let people’s opinions be the one thing that is holding you back! You CAN accomplish anything you set your mind to! I truly believe that. Love yourself for who you are and don’t change that for anyone. Be YOUnique!

A little Jeremiah 29:11 going on there! “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to bring you a future and a hope! Now yall are seeing just why I love this pretty amazing lady!! She’s is awesome right?!!!!

12170744_10207801811666297_2138022862_n(Brianna doing what she does best looking good!

H: Now to get into some of my favorite questions CLOTHES?! What are you most excited about for fall fashion?
B: OMG!!! Although I admire and ADORE the western fashionistas such as Quincy Freeman & the ladies of Gypsy Soule, I am not a risk taker when it comes to fashion…maybe because I would get the weird looks thrown my way living in Alabama. But I commend the bold ladies that do. They are the girls that set the bar for us and I wish I could be more like that. #lifegoals. I do know how to find a good deal! #ballinonabudget. LOL My stye changes by the day! I am seriously digging the grunge look. I love functionality and looking effortlessly chic. I try to channel my inner Jennifer Aniston! The girl looks effortlessly put together, which is perfect for my lifestyle (ropings and running a rope shop). If I could  Mix Tasha Polizzi in with a little bit of Jessie James Decker & Kylie Jenner’s makeup style, that would be my perfect fall look. Big cozy sweaters, motor jackets and biker boots with Squash Blossoms, white tee’s, ripped jeans and flannels. But being the primp queen that I am, my all time fave girly girl look is a Little Black dress, hands down. It’s timeless, classy and minimal chic.

12167729_10207801877907953_105449988_n(Brianna’s Inspirations)


(Brianna rocking the perfect Little Black Dress on a night out with Cole!)

H: Your makeup always looks amazing is there a certain tip you could give readers that you think is key to having a flawless look?
B: SKIN CARE!! It plays a huge role in the outcome of your makeup. Wash your face every night, no matter how tired you are. Drink lots of water. As far as make up I’d have to say finding the right foundation for your skin. But do not use foundation every day.. opt for a BB or CC cream with an SPF instead. Primers are excellent to use before applying your foundation for a smooth fresh canvas. Sephora is really great about helping you match your color. I have tried everything under the sun. My FAV foundations are:
12165815_10207801890028256_1018379143_n  Revlon Colorstay- Full coverage, and affordable. You can purchase this at Wal Mart for around $11.00
12167422_10207801890588270_1851952589_nMakeup Forever HD Foundation- I always use this! It goes on so smooth, not too thick but provides full coverage. You can purchase this at Sephora for around $43.00

12170433_10207801890948279_1953156299_nMarc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundarion- This bottle of joy comes with a price tage, but a little goes a LONG way! I only use this for date nights or special occasions. My skin is oily so it leaves me with a matte finish with out drying out my face. No cakey residue. This lille darling will run you around $55.00.

12167672_10207801889268237_1580082707_n(Brianna putting the look together and looking fabulously chic)

Once you have applied your primer and foundation, allow it to dry and then apply powder. I recommend Boots No 7 Perfect Loose Powder in translucent. This truly makes all of the difference when it comes to makeup when you have a good canvas to work with. These tips should hook you right up!

Oh goodness gracious I think I need to try!!!

H: You woke up late and have 10 minutes to get ready? What is your quick go to outfit and hairstyle?
B: Flannel Button up, graphic tee, My Free Bird Billy Boots, leggings, bed head top bun (on purpose!… jk not really, but it is what it is, own it & rock out) #iwokeuplikethis

12166735_10207801894508368_610146034_n(Brianna looking Fabulously Chic!)

H: What is one thing readers might not know about you?
B: At 29 years of age, I am just now starting to find myself and learning new things everyday. I didn’t realize that I could ever be thick skinned, or so passionate about things. I have always been afraid to really try anything because I am afraid of failure & criticism. I grew up with low self esteem but through my readers and fellow bloggers I am slowly finding my confidence.

Brianna you are truly amazing thank you for sharing that with us! See ladies we all have struggles in life it is our choice to be the victor of our own lives! We just have to be willing to go for it!! So proud of you girl!

H: What is a power scripture you use to keep going?
B: “God is within her, she will not fail.” Psalms 46.5

Oh how I love that scripture I may need to put that on something now and add it to my ever growing list of power scriptures!!! Love love it! Ok time to start wrapping up tonight’s blog! Last question…

H: What is your favorite thing to do in your down time?
B: I LOVE TO PIN things on Pinterest! It’s seriously an addiction that I need to seek help for! I also love to cook, workout, Team Rope, primp for date nights and do yoga in my down times.

12167593_10207801921709048_1094312421_n  12165945_10207801922789075_1669335137_n(Brianna showing us how it is done in the arena! A girl with skills right here! #EnterUp)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Girl for gracing all of us with a little peek into your life as a blogger, girlfriend, fashionista and well so much more!! I can not wait to do more blogs with you! Ladies be on the look out for another follow up blog with Brianna and her fitness journey! It is sooooo amazing!!
12167118_10207801923029081_1847723609_nI highly recommend y’all check out her blog page and Girl Boss Interviews, her fabulous Facebook page and not to mention a personal favorite Bleacher Babe’s Closet!

Website: The Bleacher Babe
Facebook Page: The Bleacher Babe
The Closet is a private group but you can ask to join but please read all the rules before posting!
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I hope you amazing reader’s truly enjoyed tonight’s blog as much as I did! Thank you again Brianna for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us tonight and share a little Graceful Glance into your fabulous life! Ladies keep stylin’ smilin’ and lovin’ God! Whatever you are facing right now know that He has your back and will get you through! As Brianna told us earlier! Psalms 46:5 “God is within her, she will not fail!”  Have an amazing graceful and stylish weekend!! Blessings!
xo Hannah Leigh

12167199_10207801812146309_1720006675_nBrianna Inspiring Us All As We Rise Up And Make Our Dreams Reality