Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Right now Bluefly is running their Friends and Family Sale for the next two days and you can take additional 20% off all purchases.  This blouse is my favorite color blue and already a steal before the 20% off!

This is also part of the Bluefly sale!  It is the perfect neutral color.
It is already 40% off then you get additional 20%!

So I finally jumped on the mirrored lens band wagon.  I went in originally to buy the green lens but left with these rose gold ones and I love them!!  They are super feminine and flattering!

These are my new everyday bracelets.  I pile them on with everything.  I love that they are gold and then have the wrapped detail.  If you sign up for Gorjana emails you can take 15% off your first purchase.

This is the perfect little shift dress for under $100!  You could easily dress this up or down!
Also comes in black.

I am loving these glasses from Furbish.  They are the perfect glass for a margarita!  

Piperlime is offering 20% off all new denim.  I love the JBrand Midrise jeans- they really suck you in.  I am still loving the distressed look and the wash of these jeans.  Use code NEW JEANS.

How adorable are these mocs from Old Navy and they are only $12!!  I picture them with leggings this fall for Frances.

Loving these snakeskin sandals.

I have two of these acrylic trays and love them.  I use one on our coffee table with books and the other for serving.

I am so in love with these plates Paper Snob Shop was sweet enough to send us!  She does all different background images.  They would make an adorable gift!  I want a few more for my two!  She also does the cutest place mats, check out her Etsy shop HERE.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Scenes From Our Weekend

I can not believe it is August already!!  Sterling doesn't start school til after labor so we still have about 4 weeks of Summer left but, man this Summer flew by!!  I headed to Charlotte on Thursday to visit my parents and pick up Sterling who had been there since Sunday. I missed that sweet boy so much!

My mom took Sterling to do some back to school shopping and got him the camo pants he is wearing, they are so cute!  On sale with 40% off right now!

My favorite thing to do while I am in Charlotte is to hit up Southpark Mall.  I think because Charleston doesn't have a great mall, I love walking around Southpark and browsing.  Sterling loves to go to the fountain every time and throw pennies in and make a wish.
I am wearing:

While I was home we pulled out some old pictures for kicks.  I have always thought Frances Moon looked more like Matt than me, but my parents said they thought she looked a lot like me. We compared these two pictures and I do see some similarities.

I always love happy hour at my parents because my Dad makes the best martini ever.  He makes homemade blue cheese stuffed olives.  They are insanely good!

Saturday morning my sister brought us all Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  We decided to give Frances Moon one and her face was priceless.  She loved the doughnut of course.  My girl loves to dominate some food.

I always love when Frances and Finley can hang out. It is so special to have cousins so close in age.  They are 9 months apart, I remember I found out I was pregnant right before she delivered Finley.

I wore my new JCrew blouse three days in a row.  Don't judge just buy yourself one while they are such a good deal!  They come in two other colors too.  Use code DEPTOFSALE to get additional off.

 We hosted a baby shower for our dear family friend Lauren on Saturday.

  My sister is wearing my Equipment Leopard Dress (on sale) and I am in BCBG Dress from Mosaic Clothing.

Lauren decided not to find out what they are having and I love this idea of filling plastic champagne glasses with pink and blue M&M'S topped with mini cupcakes.

All of the hosts plus the adorable Mom to be!

I worked a little more on our screen porch makeover and assembled our Ikea Shelves.  I could have sworn I bought the double shelves but either I was wrong or Ikea gave me the wrong the box.  I may head back next time I am in Charlotte and get another row to add on top.  The porch is coming together slowly, next up we need to hang our new fan, install a glass door, and find a rug.

Sunday we got back in town and we were so excited to see Matt. We decided to grill out.  Matt did filets and I did a wedge salad- recipe coming soon.

Here's to a great week! 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saturdays Steals and Splurges

I have been in Charlotte the past two days visiting my parents and I always love shopping in the mall.  We don't have a great mall in Charleston so I look forward to browsing the stores!

I had been thinking about ordering this tank top for awhile but never bit the bullet.  I tried it on in the store and loved it.  It is on sale and then you get additional 40% off with code TREAT.  It runs on the large side, I bought a size 2.
and yes that is Sterling making a run for it out of his stroller:)  Shopping with kids ain't easy!

These are the last two days for the Nordstrom sale, prices go back up August 4th.
Not sure how I missed this before but they have a LaMer special for the sale.  My aunt used to work for LaMer and would give me samples all the time and it really lives up to the hype.  It is still the best face cream I have ever used.

I always love all Jo Malone scents.  This is a great deal for the perfume, lotion, and candle.  Her scents are amazing.

This Nars Dolce Vita color is my favorite go-to everyday lipstick.  It is such a great color without being too over powering.
 I am also in love with these Alor bracelets.
They are expensive but such classic pieces to add to your jewelry collection.  My mom has several of these and I am always borrowing them.  Great for layering!

Rag and Bone Jeans are a must have.  I swear they suck you in and make you look so slim.  These blush ones are the perfect color and on sale!

also on sale is this Rag and Bone Pull Over.  Love the subtle detail.

Equipment is offering 20% off all sale.  Use code EXTRA20OFF
I think by now you know how much I love Equipment! I own this dress in the leopard print it is a great shift dress.

 The colors in this blouse are stunning.  I would love this for Fall!

 Pottery Barns Kids is running a great sale on their Summer stuff.  We have this hooded towel for Frances and love it.  They are 50% off now.  They would make a great baby gift.  Shop all sale towels HERE

 I love the sharks for a little boy.

 A great time to stock up for back to school too.  All lunch boxes and book bags are 50% off.
Shop all book bags and lunch boxes HERE
Love this Stingray set.
I loved Sterling's duffel bag so much I decided I wanted to order Frances Moon one, and of course the Flamingo sold me!  50% off, and if you don't like the flamingo you can just do the stripes.

NM Last Call is running a great sale.  I own this blouse and love it.  It is now 60% off!

Happy Saturday and Happy Shopping!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hosting Dinner Club : All The Details

I love nothing more then entertaining.  I love planning a menu, the table, my outfit- all of it.  About 3 months after Sterling was born we started doing a monthly girls Dinner Club.  At the first of each year we each sign up for a month and host dinner club at our house.  When it is your month to host you cook, provide the booze, everything.   Since we each only host once a year it is not too much work.  We normally time the dinner for 7 so kids can be bathed and ready for bed.  The husbands are usually banned to take care of the kids and get them to bed while us ladies socialize.   I am embarrassed to admit it has been two years since I last hosted.  I played the pregnant card last year because I was so nauseous and cooking made me ill.  So this month it was due time for me to host.

First thing I always do is plan my menu menu.  I knew I wanted to do an Asian theme, something a little different than I had cooked before.

I typically plan the menu and buy all the groceries the day before.  I do as much prep work the day before so I can enjoy myself once the girls arrive.  On Tuesday I made the Cabbage Salad, diced all the veggies, and cooked the meat for the noodles and lettuce wraps.
The Cabbage Salad also know as Asian Slaw is one of my favorite sides.  It is best made the day before so the flavors can sit.  (recipes at bottom of post)

Fresh flowers are must for any dinner party.  Thank goodness for Trader Joes and their cheap flower section.  I picked up a new orchid for our dining room table and some gladiolas, less than $20 for all flowers not bad plus the orchid will last awhile.

Next up setting the table.  I always do this early in the day so it is done.  One less thing to worry about come dinner time.

I like a fairly simple table.  I love my napkins from Furbish Studio and my crystal napkin rings from Open Door Shop.  I always use white plates.  I prefer how food looks served on a white background.  The white plates are our everyday plates from Crate and Barrel we registered for when we got married and I still love them.

Then, outfit time.  I had been waiting to wear my new Sabine Dress from Piperlime.  To say I am obsessed with it is an understatement.  I love the bright blue embellishment and it is so comfortable.  It runs TTS, I am wearing a size small.

After I am dressed I assemble the appetizer.  I remember a tip from Barefoot Contessa that if you are cooking a big dinner do a store bought app- something that you don't have to cook.  I knew I wanted to serve Callie's Pimento Cheese and Dillicious Dip.  So easy just to pick it all up in one shop and throw on a platter. I added some sliced cucumbers from my CSA Basket.

Once the ladies arrive it is wine time while I start to heat up the meat I had cooked the day before.

Once all the food is ready, I find it is easiest just to serve everyone's plate and set the table.  That way no one has to reach to serve and we can all sit down at the same time.

This dinner was a huge hit.  I highly recommend the whole menu!  
Good times with my best friends.  I truly love these ladies.  So lucky to have them in my life. We are missing one friend in the picture Lindsey who came a little late!

 || RECIPES ||

I posted this recipe a few months ago from Gwyneth Paltrows Cookbook It's All Good.
View the Recipe HERE


Ingredients for dressing:  (I double this)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ramen noodle seasoning package
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for salad:
1 small head green cabbage shredded (I buy the pre shredded kind at Trader Joes.  I used 3 bags which made a huge bowl of salad) 
4 green onions, chopped
2 packages oriental ramen noodles, crushed
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds

1.Make dressing by combining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to dissolve sugar.

2. Combine all salad ingredients and then add dressing to salad and toss again.

3. Let chill at least 8 hours in fridge


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 8-oz dried fettuccine or linguine noodles
  • 2 TB Asian sesame oil
  • 2 TB cooking oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • ¾ cup regular soy sauce
  • 1½ cup good chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 6 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and julienned
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts or cashews for topping
  • chopped green onions for garnish
  1. Set aside cooked/minced chicken.
  2. In a large heavy pot, cook noodles in salted water until al dente (don’t over-cook) according to package. Drain and toss with Asian sesame oil to prevent sticking and for flavor infusion. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, heat cooking oil over medium heat. Add garlic and stir until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce, chicken broth, brown sugar, and Sriracha. Stir well. Add cornstarch dissolved in broth. Stir constantly while simmering, until sauce thickens.
  4. Once sauce has thickened, add the minced/cooked chicken and simmer in the sauce for about 5 minutes.
  5. If noodles have cooled too much, warm it up in microwave. Toss noodles with desired amount of chicken/sauce mixture, or just toss it all in! Toss in julienned cucumber to combine.
  6. Divide onto serving plates or bowls. Garnish with green onions and nuts, if desired.
  7. Leftover noodles should be wrapped tightly and chilled. Just heat up in microwave when ready for leftovers!