All The Raffia

I think anything raffia or wicker just gives you a more relaxed feel.  I think it comes from the idea that you grab a wicker bag for the summer months, wear a raffia hat to the beach, and stock your back patio with all the wicker furniture.  You add in a woven, raffia or wicker piece and I instantly view it as laid back and relaxing.  Raffia and wicker pieces have made a huge presence this summer, more than I have ever seen.  I see darling raffia top knot headbands, cute raffia sandals, the most precious raffia hair clips and so much more and I am loving the trend.  Can we just go ahead and say I never want it to end?


Slide On

I have always been a fan of flip flops and sandals, I mean I am a Florida girl at heart.  Spending so much of my growing up years in sandals all year long I just think they are more comfortable than most shoes.  With the exception of loafers (Catholic school girl!) sandals are my go to for shoes!  So, it really should not be surprising to you that I have found myself a huge fan of a slide for the warm months.  I bought two amazing pairs last summer and the collection quickly began! 


The Best Robe

Anyone else love a good robe?  For me a robe is ideal for right after a shower and towel off when you need something while you get ready.  I prefer to get ready in a robe instead of my clothes and then get dressed when I am all done with hair and makeup.  I think the idea of dressing last is something that was passed to me by my mother and I just stuck with it.  I also notice I grab a robe for first thing in the morning when I am letting the puppies out and I need a little something if I chose to sleep in a comfy white tee and pajama pants.   I was surprised a few weeks ago with a package from my favorite towel company and found a darling short sleeve robe inside.  Weezie Towels makes robes?  The answer to that question would be ... yes, yes they do!


The Gossip Girl Edit

Today is week number two in a series of four blog posts written by the darling Anna Grace.  I think this one is my favorite, but I am completely obsessed with the fashion of Gossip Girl.  

But really, what girl isn't??

image via Pinterest


12 Happies du Jour

Well hey!!  Happy Tuesday to you.  We are starting this week just so happy to be on the other side of surgery and on the road to recovery.  It was so hard to plan and wait and wait and wait, and I can not tell you the relief to be done. And the words "tumor free" is just the best phrase ever.  We are so much closer to being cancer free and I have my eyes on the prize! The Hubs is still in the hospital recovering, but each day is a new one and we hope to have him home so very soon.  I can tell you each day is a blessing and we are so thankful for all the love, support, and prayers.  We feel each and every one. 

Oh and can we discuss the sunrises we see each day?  The East wing is the perfect place to see this goodness each morning!


The Magic Of St. Simons Island

One of my favorite places to visit when I am craving some time at the beach is St. Simons Island.  With only a five hour drive from Atlanta it makes me so happy to spend a few days or more on the beautiful coast of Georgia.  With the gorgeous moss covered oak trees hanging over the streets and beautiful marsh land I think it is one of the most relaxing and picturesque places I have ever been. I think part of the reason I love it so is thanks to the yearly visit for The Southern C.  Once a year we all gather for the best view days of learning, connecting, and celebrating so it I always leave so refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for another year.  I have also visited a few times for vacation and always find it a wonderfully laid back destination to completely unplug and relax.  When we learned that surgery was coming quickly I knew I wanted to take a few days to get away with the kids.  And I chose the perfect location ... St. Simons Island. 


All The Books

I mentioned yesterday about my renewed interest in reading.  As a child I read nonstop and the older I get the less I seem to read.  I realized that I was spending more time watching tv at night then I wanted to when I could be reading.  My friend Ashley started a book club in January and I immediately signed up and ordered my first book.  I read it in less than a week and then was ready for another book so I picked out a new one and finished that one, again, in less than a week. Four books later the passion for reading was back and I was thrilled.


My Newest Hobby

One of my favorite memories from my trip to Palm Beach was a pop in to Lycette Designs.  I have been wanting to learn to needlepoint for quite some time but I had promised myself I would let Jessica teach me how.  After working with her on a blog post a few years ago I was really excited to learn from her and I just decided to wait until we could meet in person.  I was so excited to be able to visit Jessica at her darling store, take a lesson, and have her help me pick out three canvases to start the needlepoint journey.

design + development by kelly christine studio