life lately + libby james album winner

Just thought I'd catch you up on life as of late.  If you follow me on instagram, this could be old news to you (but stick around anyway because I'm going to announce the libby james album giveaway winner at the end of this post!).  

I recently made this apple dip and yes, it makes eating apples that much more tasty.

Since we moved back "home," we've definitely been enjoying spending lots of time with our friends that live here.  I know this is just a picture of us two, but we went to a big birthday dinner last week for one of our friends and this is what I've got to show for it.  Might be an awkward smirk and B looks like he has a shiny tooth, but it beats the creepy family photo/fake smile pic we took afterwards.  We do what we can these days.

I've been craaaaving spring like no other.  We had a "snow day" the other week, but it was still warm enough for me to wear my J. Crew ankle skinnies and Tory Burch Revas (sold out, but I loooove these.)  And if you squint and do a quick glance, the fluffy rug kind of looks like snow.  (Which is about as close as we got to the real stuff since we had no actual flurries)  

I've been loving on the kitty boy... 

...and on this turquoise door I spotted the other day.  It's perfection.

It really has been pretty here.

Look, I even got Cajun Shrimp on my nails in celebration.

Celebrated with a drink at Halls with Ryan, too.  (Any excuse to celebrate.)

Now, the giveaway winner! 

Congrats, Tristan!  If you didn't win, don't forget that you can still save 20% off your Libby James order with the code SWANKY20 until the end of February.


shopbop spend and save // my picks

Pardon the brief interruption, but there's something you need to know about.  Shopbop is having their spend & save event.  With the code BIGEVENT14, you can save up to 30% off, which is huge.  Here are the deets.

...and here are my picks.

hot off the press // j. crew

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Lots of fun new arrivals landing at J. Crew right now.  Here are a few that caught my eye.  These are great transition pieces to get you through that kind-of-warm, kind-of-cold time of year that always leaves me hating my closet.  You've got to check out that last necklace.  It quite possibly could be my new favorite thing.



Just a few photos from the weekend, which was full of girl time.  My girlfriend, Ryan, and I went to Indaco on Friday night and if you haven't been, you're missing out on life.  Everything was amazing.  I can't wait to go back with Brandon.  Saturday was Folly Gras, which was a blast.  We met up with some of our friends (seen in photo above!) and stayed all day.  Good times all around.  By the way, sorry I missed you on Friday.  It's been a little hectic lately between driving the 1.5hr each way to Charleston for my full time job (ending this week), this blog, The Everygirl, doing the home search (still don't know whether to buy, build, or rent), looking for a new job, and other parts of life.  To make up for my absence, please download this app.  We spent hours playing with it on Saturday (no really, hours) and I promise it will bring tears to your eyes.  You'll thank me later.  That's all I've got for today.  Hope y'all had happy weekends!


Libby James Album Giveaway


Rewind to a couple months ago and I was contacted by Libby James, a company that allows clients to create beautiful, high quality albums without marked-up prices.  If you're married, then you know how expensive wedding albums can be.  Let's be clear here though... this isn't just for brides!  What an amazing album this would make for baby pictures or just to document the captured memories that are closest to your heart.  Whatever the occasion, Libby James allows you to download free album-maker software and have a personal touch in designing the album of your dreams. 

I was so excited to get started in the design process.  Design is what I live for.  I'm also quite fond of my wedding photos and always jump at the chance to see/use them.  I downloaded the Libby James software and got to work super quickly.  You just choose your album (which are all priced very well!), upload all of your photos into the software and start placing the photos into the layouts.  Don't worry if you aren't very design-savvy because you can have as much or as little control as you'd like in terms of where the photos are placed (thanks to the automatic options).  I finished my album and BOOM POW! ...a few days later it was on my doorstep.  See the pretty box and cover it has?


I chose the 10x10 Onyx album with 10 spreads.  Look at the beautiful leather and thick pages.


The layout options are endless.  You can create your own photo boxes or use the suggested layouts.


The quality is amazing and the entire process was seamless.  The fun part for you happens now.  Libby James has agreed to give one of you your very own 10x10 Onyx album (a $165 value)!  Let's get this giveaway started...

You may also save 20% off your entire order at Libby James with code SWANKY20 until 2/28.
In case you're wondering, my wedding photos were done by the wonderful and talented Marni Rothschild.


lust list

How beautiful are these jules smith drop earrings?  Turquoise is my absolute favorite stone color for jewelry.  Just brightens up the skin and looks great with almost any clothing color... like this bec & bridge isis angle dress, for example.  Keeping with the spring trent, these TKEES foundations flip flops are totally on my radar.  I love a good neutral flop to wear almost daily.  

Brandon and I ate at Wren last weekend and I had this Meiomi Pinot Noir.  It's all kinds of fantastic.  So velvety and smooth.  If you're into pinot noir, you've got to pick up a bottle.  It's my current obsession.

Not much to say about these joie jaclyn ankle strap sandals other than they're gorgeous and would be a closet staple all spring, summer, and fall.  As for this adia kibur link necklace, it's much like one that I own and wear all the time.  A chunky chain will go with anything.  And because it's technically still winter, I'm loving this essie vested interest nail polish because it's the perfect transition color to get you into the warmer months.  What are you loving this week? 


products you need to know about

Nars is one of my all time favorite makeup brands.  Specifically, their cheek powders are fabulous.  Another love of mine is in the form of makeup palettes.  They are a one stop shop - multiple options upon opening just one little compact.  This is precisely the reason I travel exclusively with palettes if possible.  So, when combining my love for Nars with my love for palettes, then we've got ourselves a real winner in my book.

Here are two blush palettes that you definitely need to know about.  Both of the ones below are $49, which is an incredible value considering one Nars blush will run you $30.  Nars blushes are richly pigmented, so a little goes a long way.  What does this mean to you?  These palettes will last a long, long time.  


wear // where

I know it's not spring yet, but it was almost 70 this weekend and now I just can't help but plan out my spring wardrobe in my head.  The moment I read that the color of these Joie loafers is "rose gold" was the exact moment I knew they had to be mine.  In fact, they were the inspiration for this entire outfit.  But the magical thing is that these loafers could pretty much be rocked with almost any spring outfit you'd like to throw together.  The first item I immediately picture with these are an equally perfect pair of white denim.  As many of you know, I'm officially obsessed with AG Adriano Goldschmied and their ankle legging jeans in white are fantastic.  As for this Vince sweatshirt, nothing else looks more relaxed and chic.  Finish the look with the Madewell transport tote and these gorgeous Ray Ban aviators and there you go... now that's an outfit.


weekly roundup


Happy Valentine's Day!  This week was filled with a high and a low.  We found out the house we were about to put an offer on (the only home we have LOVED for months) has a flood level elevation that is too low.  If we bought it, we'd be paying astronomical flood insurance and would have a hard time reselling it.  You know how you picture your life in a house and heck, you've even got that board pinned on Pinterest.  I mean... you just see yourself there?  And then it's taken out from underneath you quicker than your favorite dress sells out on a Gilt sample sale?  (I know you know that feeling.)  So yeah, back to square one.  On the other hand... the high.  Mum was the word until yesterday, but I am officially the new beauty editor for The Everygirl.  My first feature went up yesterday and it's got photos galore that explain steps to achieve two complete beauty looks for Valentine's Day.  

In other news...

From the moment I found this recipe, I knew it might make all of my dreams come true.

Spotted this dress in Shopbop's new arrivals and I'm pretty sure I could live in it.

This is such a cute Valentine's idea ...and it totally makes me want a doughnut!

Discovered this artist and fell in love.

This is probably my favorite link of the week:  The One Year Wardrobe Resolution.  Christi (also from SC!) is documenting her one year journey about learning to be happy with what she has and discovering that less really is more.  She has made the commitment to not buy one single thing for herself all year (Can you even fathom that? I sadly can't).  But she has done so much more than that already!  Just take a look at her Facebook (or instagram).  She is living the "pay it forward" mentality and spreading it to those around her.  I love it!

Sales to shop this weekend...

J. Crew is offering 25% off Valentine's Picks with code HEART214.  Loving this keeper chambray shirt, my absolute favorite fluted skirt, and the fab pixie pants in tuxedo stripe.

Gap is having their "Best of Sale" event right now and there's some amazing deals you don't want to miss.  This stripe sweatshirt dress is on my radar, as are these always skinny skimmer jeans.  Oh, and this utility jacket.

At Club Monaco, you can take an additional 30% off sale items with code WEARNOW.  These faux leather leggings are fantastic.  Loving this leather-front sweater, too.


product spotlight // clinique chubby stick shadow tint for eyes


Got a fun new find for you ladies today.  It's not a new product, but it's new to me.  It's called the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes (yes, I know that's a long name) and the color is "Lots o' Latte."  There are many reasons why I love this little stick of love... let me count the ways.


1.  The most obvious reason is because it's just one little stick and it's easy to throw into your makeup bag.  So much easier than an eyeshadow pan that also requires a brush.  (Then you drop that little pan of powder eyeshadow and it breaks into a million tiny pieces - yeah, none of that.)

2.  It's EASY.  You just apply it straight onto your eyelid and blend with your fingers.  That's it.  It's a one stop shop, people.

3.  Since it's metallic, it gives the effect of a few different shades and it doesn't look flat on your eyelids.  It gives the appearance that you're wearing a few different products when you're only wearing just this, which is a total win in my book.

4.  It long-wearing.  It's creamy and easy to work with, but yet it will stay put all day.  A lot of cream shadows don't offer both and that makes me mad because I always need to have my cake and eat it too.

5.  It doesn't require a sharpener.  Just twist the bottom and watch it grow.


Here are a few swatches.  See how it kind of looks different in the top photo vs. the bottom one?  See that's what I'm sayin' in #4.  Sometimes it gives a more gold look and sometimes it's more taupe.  This is great for indecisive girls such as myself.


It sure would look pretty blended with "Bountiful Beige" in the inner corner and just underneath the brow bone.  I'm telling you, it's just good.  Real good.  And you can buy it here for $17. 


lust list

I shared a Valentine's Day gift guide last week, but here are the things that I've been eyeing...

You've got to admit, the pom pom throw is all kinds of fantastic.

If only I had this je t'aime sweatshirt in my closet already to wear on Friday.

My favorite denim shirt is made by Banana Republic and this light wash version is a must for spring.  As in, already in my cart.

I've turned my cheek for so long, but these Valentino Rockstud Pumps are too beautiful to ignore.

Nars Lipstick in "Heatwave" is pretty much the perfect lipstick, so why wouldn't it be on the lust list?  That color would work all throughout the year, but I get most excited about imagining it in the summer with a little tan. 

I'm loving petite watches again.  This Michael Kors might resemble a particular cousin (third cousin, twice removed?) that rhymes with smolex ...and I don't hate it.

What's on your lust list this week?  Make sure to check out instagram later today to see who won the Harper Designs giveaway


what i wore: uniform

Blazer: The Limited (similar), Blouse: Vince, Denim: AG Adriano Goldschmeid, Booties: Target (similar),
Necklace: Express (similar), Earrings: Kendra Scott, Watch: Michael Kors

This is an easy outfit to throw on... it's basically my uniform on days when I'm in a hurry, but need to at least feel pulled together.  To mix it up, I love adding an unexpected twist like a bright red blazer.  This Vince blouse is so lightweight and drapey - perfect for layering.  I used the Hot Tools 3/4" Curling Iron (on sale!) to add some messy loose curls to my hair.  It literally took five minutes and they stayed in my hair completely through the next day.  My favorite hair tool to date! 


favorites // piperlime 20% off

Piperlime is giving us all a little Valentine's treat.  Save 20% off your entire purchase (plus free shipping and free returns) with code TREAT (ends 2/11).  I've pulled my favorites.  This vince pintuck tee looks so stinking comfortable, but would look so chic with these rag & bone ridley moto skinnies and this fantastic dvf 440 mini faceted bag (starting to become a sucker for gunmetal hardware paired with unexpected colors).  I'm thinking this soft joie cantara jacket is a necessity as we move forward into spring.  That's a jacket that could be worn during cool moments all throughout the year!  I love it paired over the striped dress.  And of course, when I see a maxi dress with bright fun colors like this hive & honey prism knit maxi dress, I've got to have it.  Finally, I'm a huge lover of Daniel Rainn so I'm sure this gorgeous vegan leather top would be gorgeous in person.  Pair it with these rachel roy larson pumps and the unexpected girliness these kate spade mini bow earrings, then you've got a good look.


Not much to show for this weekend, but in this case, it was because we were too busy having fun to take pictures.  We had two sets of (totally awesome) company this weekend and were busy busy.  We had dinner at Old Bull Tavern in Beaufort with our friends, Jake, Tess, & Jon.  The place is seriously yum.  We went last weekend and just couldn't take it any longer... had to go back.  

 Saturday, we welcomed our friends, Cody & Drew, into town and headed to Savannah.  I'm quickly loving the quick 35 minute drive it takes to get there.  We had drinks at Tubby's and went to Jazz'd (again! - so good!) for dinner.  Ended the night with drinks at The Bohemian.  I really should have taken more pictures.

...and just because.  Here's the kitty boy, Winston.  And because someone asked about him in a comment last week and it made me realize he hasn't made any recent appearances.  He's just as happy as a bug in a rug.  This is his morning routine... he likes his belly rubbed as long as possible before and after his breakfast. 


weekly roundup

Holla - it's Friday!  We've got some friends coming to visit this weekend, so that's something we've definitely been looking forward to.  Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to get outside some.  Oh and on Sunday we're going to do some more house hunting.  So overwhelming!  On another note... here are this week's worthy links.

This is, without question, my favorite link of the week.

Such a pretty statement necklace.

Loved reading these fitness/nutrition tips from a celebrity trainer.  They're good.

What a great tote!  They make the best products.

Since it's fashion week and all... here are your street style essentials.

This low carb pasta looks absolutely delicious.

A look back at the polaroids of models before they were famous.

This is a great quote.  And so is this one.

There are some items still left on my blog sale.   I've also been updating the "shop with me" tab.   Check them out!

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HARPER DESIGNS instagram giveaway

Everybody loves baubles, right?  Well if you do, then you're in luck because I've got an exciting giveaway for you today.  Harper Designs is a brand new jewelry line that just recently launched.  Amber, the owner, contacted me with an interest in giving one of you ladies the opportunity to win three pieces from her collection.  And let me tell you, their gorgeous.  The great thing about this company is that all of the beads are carefully curated from gem shows all over and ordering bracelets is super easy on their website.    Now - on to the giveaway...

To enter for a chance to win a set of three Harper Designs bracelets (a $120 value!), simply repost the photo below on Instagram & follow the directions listed!  (Find me on instagram - I have the photo posted there too!)

That's it!  Winner will be announced on Wednesday the 12th.

Check out Harper Designs on Facebook and on Instagram


a tour of our first home

I just realized I never shared many photos of our home in Charleston.  We lived in a condo that we absolutely loved.  It was the perfect place to get our start as a married couple.  We're now looking to buy a home in Beaufort.  While we're excited for more space and a yard, we will always miss this condo and the view we had there! 
Brandon and I share a very coastal, updated traditional, laid back, yet chic taste (ok, you got all that?).  Our home has (had?) a lot of earth tones, mixed with fresh, more modern pieces.
I love mingling classic southern pieces with feminine touches. 
Our dining table came with me from college.  I revamped it by staining it dark and adding two different chairs (the wicker ones).  If it's up to me, the first furniture purchase we will make once we move into our new home will be a big reclaimed table.  This one is small, but it worked for us.
I loved our gallery wall because it included meaningful pieces - a couple of engagement photos, a drawing of Tillman Hall on Clemson's campus, and two Rhett Gallery pieces (a painting of the Beaufort River and one of the sandbar during The Water Festival).
One of our favorite things is this antique bar which belonged to Brandon's grandfather.
The painting on the table below (of the Heron) is a finger painting done by my talented Aunt Mary Ann.  Yes, a finger painting.  Amazing, right?  Artistic ability runs in that side of the family and I'm amazed at their talent.
The book on the bottom, "The French Cat" is absolutely fantastic.  If you're a closet cat lover like me (not very "closet" anymore), then you need it.  There is a "French Dog" version too.  Love.  I snagged the William Shakespeare book at an estate sale for just a dollar or two.
Our master bedroom kind of got pieced together.  It was never quite done.  We bought the king bed and mattress when we got married, but truthfully, the bed is a little big for the room and a little big for the rest of the furniture we own.  That's a project I want to tackle sooner than later.  We need a bigger dresser and nightstands.  I want to use distressed white furniture in our room to contrast the dark bed.  Baby steps...
One of our nightstands has a framed drawing that my wedding gown designer did of my dress before it was created.  That's so special to me.  The painting next to it is a print of one of Claire Elsaesser's works.  She's amazing.
...and our guest room.  Not much going on there, but it gave a pretty soothing vibe.  
This is the view I already miss!
Goodbye, little condo!  You were good to us.

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