best of big neiman marcus sale!

Cute cute things have been added to the Neiman Marcus sale. Plus take an extra 20% off the sale price! I loaded up on a few of these Nest Holiday candles, which I do every year after Christmas because you can get them about half off. These are the best smelling candles ever and I'll often burn them all throughout the year because they aren't overly Christmas-y.
I also love this Parker Azalea Dress. It was $400 and is now $160.

Wouldn't these strappy Joie Aria heels look so good with the dress above? They were $350 and now $97.
I'm also loving this Rag & Bone Wide Brim Hat. It was almost $200 and is now $46.
Here are some other steals! All of it is already on sale with an extra 20% off!


what i wore: black bow at the aquarium

Aren't these croissant earrings below from Candy Shop Vintage so fun? 

dress / earrings / similar shoes / chanel woc bag

We spent New Year's day at the South Carolina Aquarium because it was so dreary, we just couldn't stand to be outside for long. Watson loved looking at all the fishies! He even touched a shark for the first time! We can't wait to go back on rainy days and in the heat of the summer. I'm sure he'll love it more and more with each visit. 

I feel so bad for even sharing these photos just on the off chance that one of you would like to buy a dress like the one I'm wearing! It's from Zara and went on sale a few days after I bought it, then sold out like hot cakes. My shoes are by Karl Lagerfeld and no longer available (I'm really striking out), but these are similar and on big sale. Bag is a Chanel Wallet-On-Chain and only sold in stores. This one is very close to it! Oh, side note though... have you seen this gorgeous YSL wallet on chain? By the way, moment of reality here: this look only works when toting a stroller around too. This little bag can hold nothing more than a phone, cards, and lipstick. So if I'm using it or any other small bag, I've got to have my diaper bag or a tote full of baby stuff in the stroller nearby. 


current beauty favorites

I know I've mentioned my love for the RMS Living Luminizer before, but I'm here to say it again. The stuff is magic in a jar. It's a tiny little jar, yes. But a little bit of it will take you a long way. I've been using mine for about two years. It's probably time for a new one, I guess, but there's still so much in there. It gives a lit from within glow. It's not shiny. It's not shimmery or glittery. It's just glowy. And perfect. I add a little to the top of my cheekbones, the center of my forehead, and my cupid's bow area of my upper lip.

I added the SkinMedica GlyPro Antioxidant Serum back into my routine and have been loving the skin-smoothing and brightening results. Remember when I raved about it a couple years ago? It's packed full of antioxidants to protect your skin from damaging free radicals. It also brightens, moisturizes, and it has a glycolic acid base that helps skin turnover so that your skin texture becomes smoother. It doesn't contain any parabens or fragrance. I love this stuff! 

Beautycounter Daily Shampoo. My hair is so much healthier since switching to this about a year ago and it doesn't weigh it down at all—it's a purifying formula. Plus, it's not full of harmful ingredients like parabens and phthalates that are often found in other shampoos and personal care products. (Those ingredients are linked to issues like hormone disruption, allergies, cancer, and reproductive toxicity to name just a few.)

I've been wearing OPI Tiramisu for Two on my nails since Thanksgiving time. It's the perfect nude in my opinion. The great thing about nudes is that they make your fingers look so much longer! I normally have nail polish ADD and have to change it at least once a week, but this is one of those few colors I just haven't gotten tired of. To me, it's darker than what it shows in the bottle. Here's a good picture that shows how it compares to other popular nudes.

Think I've saved the best for last this time. I'm giving my Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation (which I still love) a little break for the GRESSA Minamalist Corrective Serum Foundation and whoa is it amazing. Most important, it's totally free from harmful ingredients and is "green." Second, it's packed (and I mean packed) with skincare ingredients like broccoli seed oil, various extracts and vitamins, and GRESSA's very own healing complex. Third, this foundation gives the most beautiful results—I love it more than any Chanel, Dior, BECCA, MAC, or Givenchy (the list goes on) foundation I've ever tried. And that's saying something. It makes you look like you're glowing from the inside out. And surprisingly, the longevity on this foundation is pretty awesome too, considering it's a serum. I think the key is in their Air Focus Foundation Brush. I tried applying it with other brushes, but this one is by far the only one that worked the way I needed it to. You've got to buff this foundation into your skin really well to make it last a long time and look airbrushed. That's easy to do because the formula just glides on and the brush is outstanding at doing it's job.



Watson is 9 months old! Well, 9 and a half to be exact. Still no teeth, still sleeping from 7:30pm - 7:30am (thank you, Watson!!), waving at everyone, smiling so big, saying two words ("mama" and "wow"), crawling all over the place, weighing 17lbs, pulling up on everything, trying to walk, and bringing more joy to our lives than we ever thought possible!

favorite baby items: still loving this swing for naps, thankful for this mat, loving this toy (even though he just bangs the blocks together and tries to eat them), prefers this baby food more than any others, loving and using this stroller more and more—and this trike


wearing and doing lately

Hey, friends! Happy Monday. Here's a catch up on what's been going down lately.

I've been collecting some old family photos over the last year and am so happy to have finally found the perfect way to display them. The frame is the 16x20" RIBBA from Ikea. I wouldn't have thought "collage" when trying to decide the best way to frame them, but there's something I really love about this collected look. Some of my favorite photos are the ones of my Memie and Poppop when they lived in Clemson, SC. My Poppop had saved up and bought a car for them. I think they must have taken 50 pictures of each other sitting in it! Then there's a photo of them leaning against the hood of the car on the beach in Myrtle Beach. The way my Poppop is looking at my Memie makes me so happy.

I've changed up this console since I took this picture. I have two lamps on either end now and this frame is moved somewhere else in the house, but this is where it started out.

We took Watson with us to dinner on Friday night. He is so curious and loves to socialize. He was leaning as far as he could over to the side to catch the attention of the people sitting behind us. There was a group of young 20 somethings sitting there and they were taking shots "to baby watson!!!" That's what they would say every time. Watson was giggling and waving—just eating up the attention they were giving him. (Hopefully the shots were erased from his memory as soon as we left!)

See... this is when he got their attention. He kept saying, "Heyyyyy!" and would wave. (He also says Mama, Wow, and Woah.)

Here's an outfit I threw together with an old Alexander Wang button up, an old F21 sweater and the jeans from last week's post. My booties are mentioned here. If you want to recreate, this top and this sweater are similar (and you can buy both for under $30!).

You might can tell from the photo above that we moved the fiddle leaf fig from the dining room into this formal living room. It was under an air vent in the dining room and I think that was what was causing it to turn brown. 

My parents got Watson this swing for Christmas and he has been in Heaven with it. It's a great deal on Etsy for a quality wooden swing, even considering the high shipping from Lithuania. It even has his named etched in the back.

This is my kind of outfit. My DL1961 shirt is on big sale here. I don't think it's as see through as it somehow looks in this picture. I also wore it here. My white jeans are J. Crew and my shoes are the Vince Noella flats and they are 44% off right now! These are the best shoes because they make your legs look a lot longer! A great splurge in my opinion, especially considering the price now.

My boys.

I took this picture in the same exact spot as this one below when W was just a tiny little thing. I think he was three months old then. 


what i wore: snowy and bright

Here's an outfit I wore one day in Asheville last weekend. The snow was so gorgeous and I especially loved seeing it in Biltmore Village. I almost felt like I was in another country with the beautiful french-inspired architecture. The place where I took these photos is considered the "village centerpiece"—All Souls Episcopal Church. It had the most open space to run around in the snow a little bit. The rest of the village was full of trees and the cutest shops. And please note how much of a snow rookie I am. I threw up that snow with no gloves on and then 15 seconds later the cold hit my hands like knives! (Probably because the photo took 15 tries with 15 separate snow-throws.) I ran to the car and heated my hands up on the air vent and gave up trying to get the perfect mid-air picture. 

Here are my outfit details:

J. Crew Stadium Coat (No longer available in the red, but this one is and I love it! It's also $100 off.)
CC Faux Fur Beanie (Mine is the shade "New Beige" but there are tons of colors available)
J. Crew Puffer Vest (That's a link to plenty of options in the same style, but different shades. They are on big sale right now!! Mine is about four years old and I haven't seen this color in a while.)
7 for All Mankind "The Skinny" Jeans (These have been tried and true favorites for years. Also available on Amazon for a great price!)
Zara Beetle Bag


what i'm loving

Things I can't get off my mind lately... 

1. Badgley Mischka wool wrap woat
2. PJ pants (40% off!)
3. hinge bomber jacket
4. pink shorts (40% off!)
5. AG Isabelle crop straight leg jeans
7. twill field jacket (I actually own this one and absolutely love it.)
8. linen blend boyfriend tee (These are the best shirts ever and just $16!)
9. grey joggers  (40% off with code WINTER)
10. quay supine sunglasses
11. gap tie-back tee (40% off!)

But really, this jacket


what i wore: asheville night one

If you followed along on instagram last weekend then you saw that we went up to Asheville on a whim! We heard there was going to be snow and since we never ever get real snow in Charleston, we didn't even hesitate in booking a small weekend cabin for us three. I searched VRBO for some good options that were close to town, a good price, not entirely remote since we have a baby and wanted to feel safe, had a hot tub and fireplace, and had a rustic feel. Got all that? Well sure enough, I found the perfect place for us. I'll share more details and picture of the cabin soon, but a lot of people were asking for a link of where we stayed, so I wanted to go ahead and let you all know! 

We got up Friday just after lunchtime and it had already started snowing just a little. We went inside and got settled in for a while, then headed off for an early dinner in Asheville!

Here's what I wore:

Jeans: These Zara jeans with tassels on the bottom are sold out, but these by Topshop are nearly identical and have great reviews!
Top: H&M—and it's $15!
Scarf: H&M ($13)
Boots: Saks Fifth Avenue (on sale for 61% off right now!)
Clutch: GiGi New York Carly Clutch (available in other colors)
Bracelets and Turquoise Ring: Vahan 

We went to The Marketplace in Asheville for dinner. My best friend Ryan invited me to a guest chef event at her work a month or two ago featuring the chef of this restaurant, William Dissen. So I was already acquainted with him and had tasted his yummy Appalachian cuisine and knew I had to try the real deal by going to his restaurant. We loved it! Our dinner reservations were super super early at 5:30pm since we had Watson, so between that and the promise of a snow storm that night leaving a lot of people at home, we pretty much had the whole restaurant to ourselves until we were mid-meal. If you're ever in Asheville, I definitely recommend trying it out! Everything was delicious. We got the beef brisket golden rice cake to start, then I got the lamb papperdelle as an entree and Brandon got the filet or some sort of steak. For dessert we had the dark chocolate cake with brown butter ice cream and toasted marshmallow fluff. YUM!

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10 goals for 2017


I've never been too big on new year resolutions—or maybe it's just the keeping of the resolutions where I suffer. You know the same old things... eat better, travel to new places, exercise more, drink more water, get more sleep. Those are pretty much perpetual goals of mine, but I have a few things I'm adding to the mix this year. 

1. Unplug

I check my phone a zillion times a day. Or ya know, it feels like it. Having this blog and being active on social media because of said blog definitely requires me to have more screen time, but I'm going to try my darndest to not find myself using a phone or computer when I don't need to. I want to set a good example for Watson and not let him see my face in a screen  all the time. I want to be in the moment as much as possible.

Here's how I'm working on it... I removed social media notifications on my phone so that I'm not notified when something new happens. I also moved my Facebook and Snapchat icons to the very last home screen page so that I don't see them when I use my phone. This has helped tremendously. When I look at my phone now, I'm not tempted to check those apps because they aren't in front of my face. I'm really thinking about deleting the Facebook app all together, but sometimes I do need that for work things. I deleted TimeHop. I liked checking it, but if I can do without one app, that would be it. I also changed my email notifications so that I am not alarmed when a new email comes through. Previously, I would find myself stopping what I'm doing mid-task whenever I hear that little email "ding" on my phone. I'll be making dinner and hear that little chime... then I stop cutting the tomatoes to check it. (This is also because I have a low attention span and get distracted easily.) I've wondered how much more focused I might be if I'm not constantly distracted by email notifications "dinging" in. So, no more "dings" it is. I'll check my emails when I have the time to consciously sit down and do it with intent.

2. Eat some vegetables for goodness' sake

But see... I really really like french fries.

3. Rest 

This is sort of echoing the first paragraph, but when I recently looked in the mirror and saw that my under-eyes are starting to look like sandbags, I decided I need to make it a point to get adequate sleep. When Watson goes to bed around 7:30, it's like my mind just goes free and I think of a million things I need/want to do since it's my first baby free moment I've had throughout the whole day. So I get to doing whatever it is and before I know it, it's one or two in the morning.

Here's how I'm working on it... My parents gave me a Fitbit for Christmas and I've been loving it. One of my favorite features is the sleep reminder. At 10pm, I get a notification on my phone (Ok, I guess this is the one exception to the above!) that tells me it's time to start winding down for bed. If I'm doing something work related late at night, I'm reminding myself that it's okay to not finish it as long as it's not some sort of contractual obligation. Keep telling myself that the way I feel the next day (and reversing my dark circles) is more important than getting the task done a little earlier. And by going to bed earlier, maybe I'll feel like waking up before Watson does. I've started loving mornings more and more as I get older.

4. Try yoga again

I took yoga as a course one semester in college and I got addicted to it because it put me in such a great headspace. And then...I stopped after finals and haven't done it since.

5. Buy Smarter

I've been working on a big closet cleanout and through that, I realized how many things I should never have ever bought in the first place. I did a good job in 2016 of clearing out the junk and clutter, but 2017 is going to be the year of not letting the things that eventually would be considered junk ever into my house.

Here's how I'm working on it... I heard this either in the Minimalism documentary on Netflix or as an excerpt from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but before buying something I'm asking myself "Will this item bring me joy?" If the answer is no, then I won't bring it home. The same goes for free things, too. You know... takeout menus and other paper goods that could amount to mounds of clutter.

6. Buy Local

I'm so guilty of online shopping for everything. It's often cheaper and it surely is a lot more convenient because you can do it from the couch in your PJs. Plus you can get things price matched and returns are usually free at a lot of the big box stores. But it does nothing for my local economy.

Here's how I'm working on it... While I'm not going to give false hope that I'll be giving up my online shopping, I feel like I can make big changes when it comes to supporting local Charleston artisans and suppliers. I just switched my favorite coffee to this one by Charleston Coffee Roasters and it's so delicious. I also just rediscovered a local boutique near my house and have enjoyed buying a few pieces in there. I started working on this a little at Christmastime. We bought locally made Geechee bottle trees for our moms and I'm definitely going to continue keeping local artisans and shops at the top of mind when it comes time for gift giving in the future.

7. Stop being late to everything

Brandon should appreciate this one. I defend my tardiness by the fact that I am very efficient and try to fit as many things as I can into a given time period. But see, then I get carried away and end up being late, so I guess that's not efficiency at all. So here's the issue. If I'm early to something, all I can think about is how I could be getting extra things done! But it's rude and I know that. So I'm going to work on this.

8. Find the good

It's so easy to highlight the negatives when situations are unpleasant or things don't go as planned. I'm really guilty of often seeing the bad before I see the good. There's a sign near my house that says "A negative mind will never bring a positive life" and I think that's a really good reminder. I also believe that positivity breeds positivity and will make you more happy in general, so I want to surround myself with this energy as well. (This study agrees.)
Here's how I'm working on it...  I'm remembering these quotes:
  •  "The key to happiness is letting each situation be instead of what you think it should be." -Mandy Hale    
  • “Better to lose count while naming your blessings than lose your blessings counting your troubles.” -Maltbie D. Babcock
  • "If it doesn't open... it's not your door." 
  •  "Surround yourself with people who reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Energies are contagious." -Rachel Wolchin 
  • "I can choose to let it define me, confine me, refine me, outshine me, or I can choose to move on and leave it behind me."

9. Me time

Don't get much of it these days and I'm fine with that because I treasure all the moments I have with Watson. But the other day, I ran to the store all alone after Watson had gone to bed. I'm telling you, I could have spent forever in there! Just some time to myself felt great.

Here's how I'm working on it... Last week, I signed up for unlimited classes at Pure Barre Charleston for three months and am loving it already. It's not just about the physical rewards (although I can't wait to compare my before and afters), but it's mainly about having that hour for myself. There are tons of class options on the schedule and there are multiple studios in Charleston, so I can never use inconvenience as an excuse to not go. I've been going in the evenings when Brandon can get home to be on baby duty. Also, once a month I would like to do something for myself—a pedicure, a facial, or a morning alone at the coffee shop. Doesn't matter what it is, but I do believe in pampering yourself.

10. Forget resolutions

I will fail at these goals and when I do, I'll make monthly goals instead. I think setting one goal at a time is much more attainable and reinforces the importance I've placed in each one of these resolutions. But I'll try my hand at all of them at once first!


life lately

You know those funny memories you have sometimes? Things that have no real importance, but you can remember it happening just perfectly? There's one memory I so vividly have from when I was a freshman in high school. A new kid in the senior class said to me, "When will you graduate?" It was only 2003 then. I answered, "2007" and he said "Man! That's sooo far away." I remember feeling the same way, but here we are in 2017. A year I thought was so far away is now a distant memory. I recall this silly conversation every single year as another one passes. I just don't know how it all happens so fast. 

I think that may have been a pointless story, but wow! It is 2017. Happy New Year, by the way!

I took a little unannounced time off throughout the holidays to soak it all up and enjoy a bit of a breather. The end of 2016 was pretty hard on my family and I think having a little time off to enjoy the fresh start of a promising new year was just what I needed. 

Christmas was really special for us this year with Watson. It's been a long time since I've felt the magic of the season so much and it was really exciting. I know it's going to get better and better every year as our traditions grow and his imagination and spirit do, too. This ornament is by Coton Colors. They have all sorts. We have a "fun tree" in our play room that has a growing collection of these ornaments from special moments in our life.

We spent Christmas Eve with my family. Santa brought Watson a Radio Flyer trike and he lit right up when we put him on it. This picture just hits me right in the feels! He's sooo giddy with joy.

W loved riding the golf cart in my parents' neighborhood. Except I had a major mom fail and cut him out of this picture.

A few pieces I'm eyeing at Celadon.

Santa brought me some Uggs. I had them back in college and felt like my feet needed some ugly comfort again!! Not ashamed. They feel amazing and are the best to throw on with yoga pants. I seriously love them. I picked up this scarf just recently from Urban Nirvana spa. I love how chunky it is!

Watson kisses you by putting his mouth on your nose. It's a slobbery mess and it melts my heart.

No Sunday scaries here at Hometeam BBQ. But for real, their queso though.

Reading The Magnolia Story slowly on purpose because it's so good that I don't want it to end.

Bath time with this cutie pie.

We took little one to Charles Towne Fermentory. It just opened up in our hood, so we walked up there one afternoon.

NYE with these precious friends of mine and our hubbies. We just hung out at the house with pizza, champagne, and Clemson football. And Mariah Carey on DVR—rewound multiple times. What a tough moment! I felt bad for her.

Happy New Year! Hope you all had Merry Christmases and holidays, too. Excited for things to come in 2017! xo
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