Valentine's Gifts for Him

Fun fact, Brandon and I had our first date on Valentine's Day... 13 years ago! These days, we really don't celebrate Valentine's all too much other than a card and sometimes a little surcee. We stay in with a home cooked meal and normally watch a good movie or something low key like that. Here are some small gift ideas if you're looking to surprise your sweetie with something this year!

Starting at the top left and working right...

Brackish Bowties Plum Thicket Pins are handmade in Charleston using the finest hand selected feathers. Their pins will dress up any suit lapel in the most southern sophisticated way.

Love these Bertte Slim Fleece Jogger Pants and they are just $18!

Brandon just got a couple of these Criquet "The Players Shirtsand loves them! The fabric is a super soft 100% organic cotton, but the shirt itself retains a really great shape. Save 20% off your Criquet order with code HOLYCITY20.

This needlepoint American Flag Key Fob is 100% handmade and under 30 bucks. One of those things he probably wouldn't ever buy himself, but would really love to have.

Ditto for the personalized cocktail glasses. What a fun gift with such a reasonable price for a set of two! 

Kind of obsessed with this Jack Mason Nautical Chronograph Watch. It's more of a splurge item, but sometimes he just deserves it! ;) You can find it on Amazon, too.

Don't think men won't love the Beautycounter Body Collection. Brandon uses every bit of this and loves it all. He especially loves how streamlined it looks in the shower since the packaging is the same on each one. I got him to throw out his toxic Old Spice shower products and swap for these safe options last summer and he hasn't looked back!

You may have seen my post last week about this Winc box, but it's my other newest obsession and would make an awesome Valentine's gift! Read the details in my post here, but basically, it's a wine subscription box where you get four bottles of wine per month for $52. The wines are from speciality boutique wineries, so it's a cool chance to try wines you aren't able to go scoop up at your local grocery store. Plus, they are discounted a ton. To make it even better, you can get your first box for just $30 (and complimentary shipping!). Just go to this link and use code HOLYCITYCHIC to get the savings. You can cancel this subscription at any time, by the way. 

This 1901 Bermuda Driving Shoe is so stylish and under $90.

Also—my Christmas gift guide for him is full of other ideas! 


what i wore: new favorite spring top

We had lots of family time this past weekend. Visited my parents for an early birthday celebration for my dad, then we had a get together with Brandon's family yesterday. Even though it was pretty chilly outside, my eyes are all on spring. Here's what I wore... details below! 

Anthropologie Maeve Sullivan Top
Vince Noella Flats: also available here in lots of sizes!
Gucci Marmont Shoulder Bag


happy hour with Winc

Hey friends! Sharing something different today because I've come across a really awesome subscription box that I thought some of you might love too. Plus, it's the end of the work week... and this is super appropriate for a Friday. 

Wine to your doorstep. 

I mean, need I say more? Wouldn't it be amazing if you came home from work today with a box on your doorstep? Sorry to tease. 

This subscription service is called Winc. It was introduced to me just a couple weeks ago when their team asked if I'd like to give it a try. To which I replied, "No thank you. Really not interested." 

Hello, obviously kidding. I don't really make it to the grocery store as much as I used to since we've had Watson, so I don't always have a bottle of wine sitting around the house. Sometimes with dinner I think "Wish I had a glass of wine!" That's why I love this idea. It takes the trip to the store out of the equation, plus it gives me the opportunity to try some really cool bottles that come from smaller wineries—bottles that aren't available in big box grocery stores.

So what you do is take a little survey to build your flavor profile and after that, they recommend four bottles of wine that you would probably love. You can always edit those and switch them around for whatever combination of wines you'd like. Once you've picked your selections, you checkout, then boom—it's all sent to your house a few days later. And I have a code to share with y'all to take $22 off your first box!

Use this link to get four bottles of wine + complimentary shipping for $30! Enter code "HOLYCITYCHIC" if needed at checkout (just in case the discount doesn't automatically apply). The cool thing is that these wines are already discounted on the website, so you're already saving money by using Winc, and then saving a whole lot more by using that code. 

By the way, if you order a box—get that white blend up there called Wonderful. It's my new favorite! Brandon and I opened it last night to have a glass with dinner and we both agreed it was, well, wonderful. Happy weekend!


favorite workout gear

I'm the biggest believer that cute workout clothes gives you motivation to exercise and makes you feel better while doing it. Is it totally necessary? Well, no, not at all. But for me, anything that helps give me a drive to work out is a win for me. Today I'm sharing my current favorite fitness gear, from clothes to socks and accessories.

This Lululemon On Track Singlet is my new favorite top. The back is unique and something about the front of it is flattering on my arms. I think Lululemon sizing is so all over the place, so for reference, I got this in a size 8 for length. I do not like tight tops! I typically do this size for all Lulu tops. 

I love tie-back tops like this Hot Like Agni Singlet because you can wear it two ways. Sometimes I tie the back to cinch in the look. (It shows how in the link.) I have this in a couple patterns, but really want this grey one. 

I'll throw on this Define Jacket about three times every day. It's especially great to wear before and after a workout—like when you go in the grocery store after the gym and are freezing because you're still in your sleeveless top.

Two versions of the Align pant to love.... *Note, I normally wear a 6 in Lululemon bottoms, but had to size down to a 4 in both of these below.*

The Align Pant II in the perfect just-above-the-ankle length. I have these in black, but they do come in other colors too. Perfect for barre or yoga, but they would work for any exercise. Here's what's so good about them: My biggest pet peeve while working out is having to pull up the top of my pants because they've ridden down, but you don't have to with these. Not to mention, they claim to make you feel like you aren't wearing pants at all and I have to say, I agree. I thought I loved the High Times Pants, but these are way better in my opinion because they come up just as high, but aren't as thick.

Same pant as above, but in the crop. I have these in black cherry and it's a fun change! Again, I sized down to a 4 in these and the ones above. The sales rep said a lot of people have to exchange these for the same reason.

That's it for Lululemon. I used to be very anti-$90 yoga pants, but now I wear workout clothes all day most days and want them to be cute! Also, I see the value in it now. I still wear my first Lulu pants from 2013. They last forever and still look new! I can't tell you how many $40 pairs of pants I've been through during that time. So now I invest differently—instead of 10+ cheap workout tops that are picked, stretched, and taking up prime real estate in my drawer, I have about 5 Lululemon tops that will keep their shape and color. 

My favorite shoe as of late is the Nike Air Huarache. I always size up one full size in Nike's from the size I typically wear in heels and other shoes. I have these in a brighter blue that is no longer available, but really digging these.
Well, it's no Apple Watch, but I personally love the Fitbit Flex 2 because it's slim and I can always take out the tracker and put in my pocket. I sit a lot during the day while working, but then again, I'm constantly running after Watson who is the world's fastest crawler. So I was really curious how many steps I get in. It's a good reminder to get up and move!
These Champion Freedom Racerback Sports Bras have been a favorite of mine for years. They are inexpensive and work so well.

These Old Navy Active Socks are amazing! I picked them up randomly in the impulse buy section and am so glad I did. I'll probably get them in the black, too. 
I've been getting a FabFitFun box once per season for about a year now and feel like it's really worth the price. There's a great mix of items in there from health to style and beauty. The value of each box is always over $200. I discovered my favorite earbuds in one of the boxes! You can save $10 off your first box (making it $40) with code HOLYCITYCHIC! 

What are some of your favorite workout items?  


our trip to Asheville, NC

I took a ton of video footage during our trip to Asheville, so I really don't have all that many photos. But I thought I'd share the ones I do have! That sounds like my parents when I ask them why my older brother has five baby photo albums and I have half of one. "Oh Meg, video cameras came out when you were a baby!" Suuuure. ;)

Our little cabin was actually in Weaverville, NC, but it was just about 10 minutes away from Asheville. We heard there was going to be snow, so we booked it on a whim using VRBO—here's the link if you're interested in staying there. It was perfect for us because we wanted something small and cozy, rustic but with all the conveniences we needed for a baby, and nothing too remote. There were other homes around, so it felt safe. Plus, Weaverville was actually a precious little town! We loved Blue Mountain Pizza for lunch and Well Bred Bakery for treats. Both were just down the street from the cabin.

This was the view we woke up to on Saturday morning! It was neat because we drove up with no snow, then saw it start falling when we arrived, and then woke up to this. By the way, all of you that get snow all the time are probably like, "Yes, and??" We never ever see snow in Charleston, so this was a big thing for us!

Yep, that was Brandon crashing into the trees.

On Saturday, we drove into town to visit the Grove Park Inn. It was my first time there and all I could think about was going back to stay there (without Watson!) and spending all day at the spa.

Judging by Watson's face, cheerios < a chocolate croissant and mocha frappe.

Maybe I'll get crafty and merge all my video footage into a vlog to share with you guys! It was such a relaxing, perfect weekend getaway. Quiet and peaceful. The kind of trip that recharges your batteries and we hope to go back to this little cabin each year.

If you missed my two outfit posts from this trip, they are here and here!


spotted: J.K. Kling Interior Design (+ are we moving?)

I'll get to the pretty eye candy soon, but here's a little home update for you. We are at a big decision making point with our house where we can't decide whether to do some bigger renovations to make us want to stick around for a while (which would ultimately price us out of our neighborhood since we have one of the larger homes—and I say "larger home" lightly because most in our hood are around 900 - 1200sq ft., whereas ours is about 1800 or so.) 

Or.... we want to hit the road and move on to the next house. 

We've been looking at homes here and there over the past six months. We've met with a home builder and walked across home sites thick of bugs and brush. We've looked at some new builds and some major fixer uppers. And then we keep coming back to our old brick bungalow and remember the reason we fell in love with it—the location. And it's sweet little charm. It's such a walkable area and less than a mile from downtown. Close to Brandon's work, too. Oh, and we have great neighbors! 

But the kicker is that if we do some more renovations, we're at a point where anything else we put into the house will not be money we recoup when we sell. That's okay with us if we feel like we'll stay here for a handful of years at least. So we met with a contractor last week and are waiting to hear back on the estimate and extent of the work. 

Meanwhile, I've been going crazy on Pinterest envisioning design plans and assessing our overall interiors style. I'm always always searching for inspiration and I found a bunch of it in J. K. Kling Associates. Woah! So many pretty things I've had on my pin boards were from this mother-daughter design team duo and I didn't even know it. Today I'm sharing some major lust-worthy images of work they've done. 

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