Tuesday, April 7, 2015


 Heads up Shopbop Friends and Family Sale starts today!  Use code SPRING25 for 25% off all orders!

Swooning over these nude/turquoise sandals.
Use code Spring25 for 25% off.

Always a huge fan of Mara.  The details on this dress are gorgeous.
Use code Spring25 for 25% off.

I have been really loving the Bella Dahl line lately.  Her pieces are so soft and I think chambray is so versatile.  The back of this dress is really pretty.

Of course they are already sold out of my size in these, but someone should buy them.  So gorgeous and under $80.
Use code SPRING25 for 25% off.
also loving the gladiator version.
Love this white tasseled tank top, also comes in a really pretty purple as well. It is under $50.

I am a huge fan of white dresses for the Summer.  Love the embroidery on this one.

Digging this leather crossbody and all the detail. Plus the price is under $50.
It also comes in black and ivory.

I had the pleasure of meeting with a Smashbox make-up artist while I was in Ulta the other day. I have been on the hunt for a fun pink lipstick for Summer. She suggested the Electric Pink Matte.  At first I was scared this was too bright but it is the perfect pink for Summer if you want a pop of color. I like that it is matte and it stays on forever!  Highly recommend.

Today Banana Republic is offering 50% off all sleeveless tops.  I am a sucker for this mustard color, although it also comes in olive green.  I love the style of this top.
I also really like this Ikat one as well and the back is so pretty.

Piperlime is offering 25% off if you spend $150 and 30% off if you spend $250.   I saw this blouse in person the other day and water colors are so pretty.
Love these fringe sandals.  They would be cute with shorts or jeans.
If you are looking for a great pair of everyday hoops these are what you need!
I bought these in the Rose Gold color and have been wearing them non-stop.  This would be a great Mother's Day gift:)
They also come in a fun dip dyed version.

Another beauty from Mara.  I really like the black and cream print and cut out detail.
Use code SPRING25 for 25% off.

Of course I love the animal embroidery on this cute cover-up.   Not sure how sheer it is, but you might could wear a spanx slip underneath and wear this as a dress too.
Use code SPRING25 for 25% off.

Lastly one of my good friends and talented artist Sam Sidney has created some awesome drawings of Charleston, The Old Village and Sullivan's Island. The limited edition signed prints are available online at one of my favorite home stores Eclectic for a special pop-up shop this month.  These would make a really cool gift!
You can shop them HERE

Monday, April 6, 2015

Scenes From Our Easter Weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Weekend.  I know we certainly did.  It was a good weekend to reflect.  Part of our sermon on Sunday was discussing stressing over insignificant life events and what a waste of time that is and I have to agree,  it is so true.  Life is too short to worry about insignificant petty things.  I have so much to be thankful for and we could not have asked for a more beautiful Easter Sunday to thank God for all our blessings. 

On to our weekend:)

Thursday night, my last night in Charlotte we had a girls night out.  My birthday and my sisters' birthday fall exactly one week apart so we always try to celebrate together.  
We ate dinner at Roosters and it was delicious.  

Their mac and cheese is always a favorite and this time we tried the Duck Confeit Flatbread it was awesome.

I wore a birthday gift from my parents.

Friday we got back in town in time for dinner with Daddy!  We decided to do our Taco Night since we missed it Wednesday.  Matt knew I was tired so he cooked and plated everything beautifully I might add:)  Such a treat.

For dessert we had strawberry pie.  Friends if you ever see a strawberry pie at Publix buy it!!  It is so freaking good!  Our whole family loves it!

Saturday was spent unpacking.  While in Charlotte I bought this cool vintage coffee table at Slate Interiors.  I just love her in our space.  I had been wanting a round two tier table so it was love at first site:)  Our azaleas are in full bloom so cut a few for our den.

Saturday night we went to party at our good friends.  They had an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids and a mini bottle hunt for the adults which I thought was hilarious and a pretty sweet idea. 
.  I wore my fringe top which I love!  My fringe obsession continues

The Easter Bunny arrived Sunday Morning.  Sterling was super sneaky and got up before us and went thru his basket.  I found him in the den in all his glory:)

Frances was clearly half awake and not amused with her basket.

 Matt decided to test our their bubbles while feeding them Reeses Eggs:)
 Sugar high all day.

Sunday Sterling and I went to church together.  Frances Moon is teething like crazy and no fun for anyone to be around so Matt stayed home with her. I always love one on one time with Sterling.  It was a special Easter for us:)

We headed to our frineds house for a fun brunch after church.  I brought Tortelini Pasta Salad.
Several of you wanted the recipe and it is so easy:
Cheese Tortellini (2 packages)
diced cherry tomatoes
Diced cucumber
sliced red onion
feta cheese
fresh parsley optional
Good Seasonings Italian Dressing (the powder kind mixed per directions)
Cook tortellini according to the package and drain.  Mix all and toss with dressing.

We took the obilgatory family photo at brunch.

A few of my favorite ladies.

Sterling would not sit still for a photo but snapped one of this lady.
Dress | Shoes (on sale)
Have a great week!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thoughts For Friday

Who else is excited for the weekend?  We have fun Easter plans both Saturday and Sunday! 

My sweet Sterling lost his second tooth! We knew it was coming soon since the x-rays at the dentist showed his bottom 2 permanent teeth coming in. He was so excited:)

We have been in Charlotte this week and I stopped in an amazing home store, Slate Interiors.  I loved everything!!  Such cool vintage pieces. If you live in Charlotte or are visiting it is located on Central Ave.

Have you all seen the adorable Pom-Pom totes at Old Navy?  So cute!
This week I made Ina Garten's Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with truffle butter.  It was amazing.  I highly recommend.  We served it as an app for Happy Hour.  This Chloe Pinot Grigio is also really good!

We did an Easter Egg at my parents house and my sweet Dad made the kids baskets just like we had growing up.  I still need to paint them, but they are so special.
 Sterling decided to decorate my mom's pot and I was pretty impressed with his art skills.
Found the cutest Romper at JCrew, it has tassels on the ties.
Frances in her sweet embroidered romper from Gap:)  Currently 40% off with code NEW.

While I was in Charlotte I stopped in The Wine Store, one of my favorite wine stores because they have tasting machines so you can try before you buy.  If you like rose I recommend the Lafage, ts awesome!

Can't stop dreaming about this Palm Print Mara Hoffman Dress.
The ct out back is stunning.

Found the cutest shades for Sterling and Finley.

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Finicky Filly New Arrivals + Brown Box Update

Update: I wanted to clarify a few things that I keep getting questions about.  The Finicky Filly Brown Box Club is a free service.  The $18 fee for shipping is waived if you decide to keep any item in your box.  You however are not obligated to keep anything .  When you sign up for the box you fill out a questionnaire about your size and style and what price range you prefer.  Your box is then tailored just for you!   The items below are what they hand selected for me.  I did not keep all the items below, I am merely showing what they look like on me as a model  Also there are no links for the items because Finicky Filly does not have a website where you can purchase items.  They have a website but not for online ordering.  If you want to buy anything or want further pricing feel free to call Finicky Filly or check them out on the House Account App. All new arrivals are posted there.
I also do not receive a commission if you buy anything or sign up for a box.  I have denoted items I was gifted with c/o which I also mentioned at the bottom of the post.  I also purchased a few items.  I love supporting local Charleston Shops.

For my future boxes I will include prices if you want to order. I have also estimated prices for the items below, although since I have sent my box back I am unsure of exact prices.  Thanks for all the feedback.
Thanks Ladies!

Happy Thursday y'all!  I hope you guys are having a great week.  We are enjoying every minute of Spring Break so far!! 

A few weeks ago I posted about The Brown Box Club, a free personal shopping service with a local boutique here called Finicky Filly.  I know many of you signed up and why not it is such an incredible service!!  If you have not signed up and still want to you can sign up HERE

I decided to team up with Finicky Filly and every few weeks I will share some of their new arrivals and what was in my Brown Box.  For those of you that signed up for the Brown Box Club if you ever want to request any of the items I feature you can simply comment on Finicky Filly's House Account App under the item that you would like it be included in your next box. 
 House Account App is free and a great way to see new arrivals at your favorite stores.
 If you are not a Brown Box Member or if you just want to buy anything featured you can call 843.534.0203 to order.

My second Brown Box was even better than my first which is saying a lot.  I loved every piece.  I feel like the girls really get my style and what I like,  which is the great thing about The Brown Box Club.

Two of my favorite items that were in my box that I am sure you have seen pictured on my instagram and blog last week were these two blouses.

As soon as I saw the print and style of this blouse I knew it was keeper.  Beautiful colors for Spring and I love the loose flowy fit.  The brand is called Essential Antwerp $200 .  I had never heard of the brand before but the quality is fabulous!  The horn necklace I am wearing was also included in my box.   This blouse looks great with blue jeans, nude jeans, and white jeans- really versatile.
My shades are Ray Bans:)

Second favorite was this Joie Blouse $180 c/o.  I am a sucker for any Joie Blouse.  The floral pattern is so pretty and I love the smocked neckline and loose fit. 

Some other items in my Brown Box this month.  Before this shipment I mentioned we had two vacations coming up so my box was geared more towards some vacation items.

Annie Griffith Maxi $400 c/o || I feel in love this beauty.  The pattern is stunning in person and the fit is amazing.  This was a definite keeper for me:)  If you look on the FF House Account App this dress also comes in a beautiful pink pattern!

Soft Joie Tie Dye Cover-up $180 || This was the softest thing ever.  Perfect for lounging.

Echo Cover-up $55 || Love the colors and this cover-up was a steal under $60!

Mara Hoffman Shoes $80 || These are fabulous for the beach.

Tory Burch Wooden Purse + Annabel Ingall Clutch $300 + $200 || Two great going out purses.

Soft Joie Tassel Blouse $140 |  Great as a blouse or cover-up.

Rebecca Minkoff Romper  $290|| This romper is awesome because it looks like a two piece outfit.  The color is gorgeous in person.

The detail on the romper was so cute it was almost like tiny pom-poms!

Jewelry | I loved all the jewelry in this month's box.  I ended up keeping the tassel earrings and the pink horn necklace.
 Gorjana Leaf Earrings $40| T Marie Tassel Earrings $100 | Sangria Necklaces $65

The box also had three pairs of jeans, another dress and tee shirt.
prices range from $175-$300.

I wanted to mention that while The Brown Box Club is still a free service, they are now charging an $18 fee for packing expenses.  If you buy anything from the box, you will not be charged the fee.  If you keep nothing then you will be charged $18 to cover packing and mailing expenses. 
One additional new part of the Brown Box Club is it now comes with a feedback card that you need to fill out when you send it back.  This is simply to help the girls at Finicky Filly for your next Brown Box to know items you liked or what you would like to see more or less of next time!  Don't forget to fill it out! 
I can't wait fot my next Brown Box shipment!

- Thanks to Finicky Filly for partnering with me on this post.  I was not paid to write this but gifted some merchandise.  The Brown Box Club is still something I love and personally choose to do!  It is a fabulous service!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Asian Mandarin Orange + Spinach Pasta Salad

I absolutely love coming home.  My parents always take such good care of me.  This was the lunch that my Mom made the day I arrived in town.  It was so delicious and full of such flavor.  The dressing is amazing.  It would be great on a salad or even fish or meat as well.  I also think next time I may add in some cheese,  thinking either Parmesan, feta or goat cheese.   This would be perfect for a Summer picnic or even outdoor dinner party.  You could even serve it with some grilled eat like chicken or shrimp!  Saves well in the fridge for several days and is best served at room temperature!

|| A S I A N   M A N D A R I  N  S P I N A C H   P A S T A   S A L A D ||
Thank you to everyone who alerted me to the original source of this recipe.  The recipe was passed to my mom from a friend on a note card so I had no idea.

-8oz Bowtie Pasta
- 4 cups spinach
- 1/2 crasins or dried cherries
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 4 oz can mandarin oranges
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce (recommend Kikkoman)
1/3 rice wine vinegar
1/2 garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup olive oil or canola

Whisk all dressing ingredients together.  Cook pasta according to box.  Drain and place in large bowl.  Add in other salad ingredients and pour dressing over.  Toss all together and enjoy!