Tretorn Nylite Is 50!

I have been wearing Tretorns since I was in college and one of my roommates moved in wearing a pair.  I was instantly in love with the darling shoe and how much she raved about how comfortable they were.  Debbie Denman (cutest girl ever) wore them all the time and the more worn they got, the more she loved them.  I felt the exact same way with my first pair, a pair that I wore until they truly were hardly even there. They were white with navy details and I immediately fell in love with them and have been wearing the iconic shoe ever since.  My current pair in rotation is a pink on pink pair and I get so many compliments on them every single time I wear them.  Pink + Tretorns ... #yesplease.



Debuting Prints Charming

When I think of Madcap Cottage my head and heart are filled with thoughts of color, pattern, whimsy and fun.  Add in two fun loving incredibly talented designers, Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, and you have pure design magic. I can not think of one single Madcap room that I have ever seen that doesn't make me smile.  Perfect layers with lots of color and pattern and you end up with happy rooms and, of course, happy clients.


On The Way Home ...

I am so excited to say I am on the way home today!!  After four amazing days in High Point and a total of twelve days on the road this month I am thrilled to be heading home to my sweet family and my adorable pup.  I honestly can not wait to squeeze my children and have my pup jump up with sheer excitement when he spots me.  And my bed is truly calling my name. Traveling is always so much fun but there is truly no place like home!

Sigh ... 


Introducing Sweet Caroline Designs

I am completely confident if you were looking for the words "high energy + buffalo check + pink + small business owner" in any google search you would absolutely end up at Sweet Caroline Designs. Caroline Frierson is all of the words above plus so many more. A graphic designer by trade she recently launched the most darling wholesale business which has taken the market by storm.  I love seeing her goodies pop up in my favorite shops and even more I truly enjoy every single product I own.  It is safe to say I am a Sweet Caroline Designs fan!


Warby Parker Goes Archive

Remember this photo from this October 2015 post?  I had the pleasure of trying out five pairs of Warby Parker frames from their Home Try-On to debut their new fall frames.  I absolutely loved the company and the frames were fabulous.  I ended up purchasing the one in the image above, it was by far my favorite of the ones I chose to try on.  Since then my eye prescription has changed but the frames themselves are still timeless and perfect to carry to my eye doctor when my new appointment occurs. 


Pink All Month Please ...

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and a cause that is near and dear to my heart I have definitely been thinking about how I can incorporate more pink into my life this month.  Is that even possible you wonder, but I am here to share with us that it is!

Pink all day everyday please!



Introducing THE GROVE

As I mentioned yesterday I had the absolute treat of being hosted at The Grove in Winter Park, Florida for two days last week.  If you are like me you have followed along with The Grove on Instagram since they opened and it was a huge treat for me to get to meet the girls (finally) and to spend some time in the magical shop in one of my favorite places in Florida.  It mas truly magical from the moment the Uber drive delivered me to the moment a second special Uber driver picked me up the evening of the second day.


Four Days In Winter Park

Where oh where do I begin?  Maybe at the very beginning a few months ago when I received a fun little email from Ginny Enstad asking if I would ever consider coming to Winter Park, Florida. Little did she know at the time she emailed me that not only was I willing but the response she got would be in all caps with an OMG ... YES PLEASE.


Front Door Decor

So the temps are cooling off just a bit and I am contemplating what to do for our front door for the new season.  I am seeing so many inspiring photos on social media with amazing pumpkins and wreaths and the wheels are beginning to turn in my head.  I am a girl who loves her Summer (as you well know because I haven't stopped going on about it) but the moment the air gets its first chill I am dressed head to toe in plaid and layers.  I get it ... enter eye roll here. 😳


Deep Breaths ...

It is incredibly hard to process all going on in our world at this moment.  So much heartache and so much loss.  Truly nothing short of shocking and devastating.  I find in times like this the only thing I can do is pray.  Pray for our people, pray for peace in the suffering, pray for healing. Just pray.

This image popped up in my feed on Facebook yesterday and I immediately knew it described all I felt and the feelings I have every single time I deal with anything that is more than I can handle.  Life is hard, sometimes completely unbearable.  And we have way more questions than we do answers.    But it is also full of joy and love and good times that truly do overcome in the bad. 

Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful and relax and exhale during the ordinary.

Much love and prayer!


Friday Cocktail Goodness ...

As we all know I am a lover of all things bourbon.  I used to just enjoy it in the fall and winter months and stick with vodka and gin for the spring and summer.  Lawyer is such a connoisseur of bourbon that he has changed my view on the matter.  I would say most days when I enjoy a drink it is bourbon related.  Especially if we are out and about, a bourbon drink on the menu will tempt me every single time. My new favorite bourbon is Gentry Bourbon from South Carolina.  Truly so good!



Fall Done Right ...

As I am easing into the beginning days of fall I am loving the idea more and more.  I admitted I am not a girl who jumps right into fall, its more of a slow crawl for me. The end of summer is always a hard thing for me to swallow so I am slower to embrace the new season.  A few mornings of crisp temps does help quite a bit to warm me up to the idea of a new season.  I know its silly but I truly love summer so very much!!


White House Wednesday Vol.

It's been quite a while since I posted a White House Wednesday post and it was high time I rectified that.  I don't want you thinking my love for a white house has dwindled.  Let me promise you that will never ever happen. 

I have some amazing images for you today, each of which is so fantastic along with a tour of an incredible home at the end. Sit back, relax and enjoy! 


Outfits On Repeat

Top || Jeans || Earrings (all on sale!) || Bag (vintage)

Remember this post when I was doing some fall shopping?  Well, it all arrived and I picked out my favorites and they are showing up in rotation already.  With a busy fall schedule I put some pieces together so I would be ready when I needed them.  Pairing outfits together is something I love to do and an easy thing to make sure you are prepared for the last minute decision to do something fun that requires more than my homebody outfit of leggings and a comfy tee.


The Magic of Wonder

Last summer my youngest child was instructed to read the book Wonder for part of her summer work. I had no previous knowledge of the book but reading the back cover I realized it would be a book that changed her perspective on so many things. What I didn't know was how much she would absolutely love every single page she read.


Fall Break 2017

Bag || Sweater (similar)

I have been looking forward to this week since the kids started school way too early.  As I was kissing our middle child goodbye as he headed to school on July 31 I just kept telling myself that Fall Break was coming soon.  I could literally see it in the future.


Dinner Party 101

I love to entertain.  Absolutely love it.  I love having people over, deciding what to serve them, setting the table and choosing the appetizer ... truly every single moment of it.  When the weather turns nice in the spring I start thinking about alfresco dinners and porch parties.  When the weather turns cold in the fall my mind immediately goes to pumpkin carvings and crock pot get togethers.  If it involves having people over I am one hundred percent all in.


Little Bit is a Teenager!

I am quite possibly in shock that on this day at 12:20 pm thirteen years ago we were blessed with a tiny baby girl.  She was so much smaller than her brothers, quite possibly the size of a large Kleenex box when she was all swaddled.  The spitting image of her Daddy and her oldest brother she entered this world with a bang. So tiny, yet so mighty and truly a sweet baby.


Introducing Art By O'Neill

I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica O'Neill a few times over the last year at various events but I never truly had the opportunity to chat with her one on one.  I was thrilled to learn she would be creating a capsule collection for Waiting on Martha as the new artist in residence and they would be hosting an event so close to home.  I sharpied the date in my calendar and counted down the days until it appeared.


Fall Decorating ...

We all know I am a huge fan of summer.  I need to admit I mourn a little when summer ends. I feel like summer means lots of quality time, new adventures without busy schedules, wonderful alfresco meals and long nights of movies and games.  Fall is so busy and you have to hit the ground running when a new school year begins and it takes me a while to get into it.  I will admit I have a smidge of a bad attitude while I am adjusting.

Deep breath ... 


Shopping For Fall '17

Mug || Planner || Slay The Day Plaque (Michaels)

As I was calendaring things for late September and October I was a little shocked at how many things I have booked.  Between events and photo shoots and a video appearance I may have taken on a little much for this girl. It is high time I start deciding what to wear for each so at least that part is off my plate. Oh, and any volunteers to go along with me? 😳


Candlefish For Two

My outfit ... Top || Jeans || Sandals

As I mentioned before Lawyer and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary on August 26.  To celebrate I organized a day for the two of us from the moment we woke up to a wonderful dinner for two at one of our favorite dinner locations.  I truly believe that dating your husband and enjoying adventures together is the key to truly enjoying your marriage.  It is so easy to get bogged down in the day to day schedules and kids needs as they get older and forget all about each other.  I have committed myself (and him) to more adventures and weekly date nights and we have enjoyed each one.  I truly love and adore my husband and its so much fun to carve out time for just the two of us.


Introducing Dress For Cocktails

You know how you are scrolling through Instagram and something stops you in your tracks?  Anyone else do this and then spend forever down the rabbit hole of someone's feed.  I do it all the time but most recently when I discovered Dress For Cocktails.


Gathering Silver

I shared last year that I started collected a silver pattern for our youngest. Since she is the only girl I am thrilled to be collecting something she can use in her home one day with her family.  I have put other things aside for the boys, as they also are truly sentimental.  But for her I have started a silver collection.

I originally started the collection with just a few random pieces and over the last 18 months I have been able to locate and collect quite a few more. This weekend after two trips to Scott Antique Market I snagged even more.  It is exciting to hunt for her pattern and then come home, wash and polish the new pieces and add them to her silver chest. She even gets excited when she sees me pull out the chest and wants to know what is be added.

The pattern I selected for her is Grosvenor by Community and it is a silver plate pattern from 1921.  I love that it is silver plate for two reasons, she can use it every single day and it frees her up to collect a sterling pattern if she chooses later on.  The pattern is elegant yet classic and she can add a monogram to it if she chooses.  I truly do love the pattern.

At the moment she has 12 dinner forks, 8 dinner knives, 6 luncheon knives, 6 gumbo spoons, 2 teaspoons, 2 salad forks, 12 cocktail forks, 1 tomato server, a few butter knives and butter spreaders and a lemon fork. This weekend I also found a ladle and this morning I found a carving set and a pair of ice tongs. Along with antique shops and Scotts I have perused Replacements.  Their prices are a bit higher but they do stock hard to find pieces and sometimes the prices are truly perfect.  As I said before, it is all about the hunt for me. At the moment I am also looking to find a silver chest with more than two sections as her chest is beginning to fill up and you truly can't see what is inside.  We own Lawyer's grandmother's silver and it is in a rather large chest but I am noticing these are harder to find.  I am on the quest for something similar.

As I find pieces I don't always know what they all are.  The lemon fork was a tough one to identify.  I originally thought it was a pickle fork, but I was incorrect.  This guide is so useful and I printed it out to keep in the chest to help me identify what I find.  The knives and spoons are the most difficult for me since there are so many of each.  At the moment I am hunting more salad forks and teaspoons which seem to be the hardest to locate outside of the internet.  I will find them, it will just take some time!

What I love most of all while I am collecting is how involved Little Bit has become.  Every single time she sees me pull out the chest she is excited to see what I have found.  She knows I am saving it all for her and it is fun to see her enthusiasm as she sees me wash and polish each new piece.  Maybe one day she will even want to help me hunt.

Well, that is if she ever decides it is more fun than making slime with her besties ...

Happy Tuesday!!


Random Thoughts ... #09112017

Happy Monday to you all.  I have been rather quiet on the blog, but I am back and ready to make this week the best ever!!! I just needed a little time to process all of the goings around me and to hunker down with our family and friends.  I feel fabulous this morning, highly caffeinated, music playing and ready to tackle the week!



Last Call #801

I have eluded to being off the blog the last week or so for personal reasons but I didn't give any details.  Today as I sit here at my desk the week weighs on my heart, not in a bad way but instead in a way full of love and purpose.  The story I have for you is one I will never forget.  I write today with full permission of the parties involved and can tell you this post will inspire you beyond words.


Random Thoughts #09012017

Happy Friday loves!  It has been a long week and I have neglected the blog for most of it.  I apologize but when my family needs me the blog, sadly, is the first to go.  I will share this much. Life is short, relationships are everything and we are all incredibly blessed!  Hug those you love, pray for those who need us and take a moment to help someone in need every single day!

Oh, and a smile and a hug makes everything better!


Jayes Studio Giveaway ...

Did you see yesterday's post?  I shared all the details of quite possibly the collaboration of the year along with a sneak peek of some of the products that will be available!  I am thrilled to see Thomas' artwork gracing the incredible Jayes Studio toleware.  It is like Christmas came very early this year!!

And that is always a great thing!!


Jayes Studio & TomTom and Co.

I am so excited to share this news with you I can hardly stand it!  My dear friend Thomas Ard has joined forces with the leader in painted toleware, Jayes Studio, to add his fabulous designs to their fabulous tole pieces and the products hit stores in just a few weeks.  Think fabulous pieces you will want for yourself and every single person on your gift list this holiday season. As you can spy from the image above this collection of blue and white pieces is right up my alley but there are so many amazing pieces to chose from in a number of color stories so you truly can pick from almost any combination.

Can you tell I am literally giddy?


Zhush Features TPC

I was beyond excited when Sue de Chiara reached out to me a few weeks ago requesting to feature our home on her amazing blog.  I have followed the zhush for quite a while and we "met" officially during our participation in a One Room Challenge together.  I have immense respect for Sue as a design blogger, shop owner and woman. Not to mention her incredible eye and sense of style. Her house is amazing and I urge you to take a tour of her home on One Kings Lane!


Real Estate Crush ... Mimosa Hall

Yesterday was a fabulous day.  I started off super productive at the house tackling our pantries and ended it with a volleyball double header and a fantastic dinner at Pizzeria Lucca in nearby Roswell.   As we drove home last night with the windows down and the sunset I was truly just one happy girl. The drive home took us along the Chattahooche River which was truly stunning at sunset. Add in some 80's number one hits and all was truly bliss.


Dinner Deets

Top || Jeans || Shoes (on sale with 25% off)  || Earrings || Bag

Last Friday evening Lawyer and I had dinner with two friends he met in law school.  It was a fun change from our normal stay at home date night so I was super excited to wear my new favorite shirt. I spotted the top while grabbing some fun pieces for some fall events and this top and I fell in love with this top at first touch.  Super soft and fabulously thick it wears well, hangs well and is so comfortable.  I might need to live in Supima cotton every day all day. I snagged it up quickly and immediately talked a girl at the register into getting one as well.


BLOGGING 1101 ...

As I have been chatting about on Instastories I am involved in an online workshop tomorrow evening with the darling Carrie Grace.  I am super excited and have been working for more than a week to prepare for this live conference.  I will admit I was so nervous but as the content came together and the slides starting happening the nerves turned into pure excitement!


Saturday Scores Vol. 14

I spotted this image on Pinterest earlier this week and completely stopped searching and stared it at for ever!! And then I read every single word of the blog post quite possibly twice.  Isn't it incredible??  It started my mind spinning about anything I need to add think about adding to my blue and white collection to be able to create something similar for Thanksgiving.  I have never done an all blue and white table for the fall and I think it would be perfect!!


A Gentry Bourbon Date Night

I was researching tailgate parties for a friend the other day on Pinterest to collect some images for a photo shoot she is working on and was immensely inspired by all the amazing classic preppy photos. It was one monogrammed button down with pearls after another.  Add in a little plaid and finish it off with a needlepoint belt and I was completely smitten.  My preppy heart could hardly contain the goodness that was all over my screen.  As sad as I am to see summer come to a close I was slightly excited to see some plaid goodness everywhere.  Maybe in a month I will be ready to embrace the fall.


Coffee Please ...

I know without a doubt you are with me on my excitement over the first cup of coffee of the day. I wake up to my 6 am alarm each day and after stretching for a minute my brain immediately starts thinking of coffee.  I literally get excited about that warm cup of strong yumminess. It may be my favorite part of each day when I wake up. 


Feeling Like Me ...

We all have bad days and some of those bad days extend for more than just the day and we end up with a bad week.  It happens to everyone and sometimes it takes a little more to get back to feeling like yourself.  Last week was that way for me.  It started off emotional with my youngest starting her 7th grade year and then hit me hard after losing a large and ever present member of my family and I was left feeling drained and lost and totally in a fog.  Part sad, part grief and just completely and totally drained.

We can all relate.


Introducing LBH & Co.

As you may know I write a monthly installment for The Southern C titled From The Desk Of.  For the last 18 months I have had the pleasure of interviewing some incredible creatives to learn more about their business, their path to success and what drives them personally.  It is one of my favorite things to do each month.


Croquet Love!

My love for the game of croquet started as a very young child.  My grandparents gifted my mother and I a set when I was about 3 and I distinctly remember being taught how to play immediately.  I will find that photo of me in cute plaid pants and blue clogs with a mallet I am sure was as big as I was learning to play.  My mother was wearing amazing flare pants in an incredible pattern with her beloved Dr. Scholl's sandals.


Saturday Scores ... Vol. 13

School is upon us! Did you see last Friday's amazing giveaway of back to school goodies with Madeline and Company???? It was absolutely too good to be true filled with all of those amazing supplies. My assistant wanted it for herself! In fact she was so excited she pulled together some of her personal must haves for senior year. Note that it does not include a backpack ... she already has her Madeline and Company backpack that she absolutely adores. 


Dinner Party Table Perfection

Happy Friday!!  I say it every week, its my favorite day.  This week has been so crazy that I may have stood on something tall and jumped right into Friday's arms half way through yesterday.  I was so ready for the weekend I could hardly stand it.

Hello Friday, I am so thankful you are here!


S'mores Galore!

Happy National S'mores Day!  Since this is a favorite dessert for the Minears I knew it was the perfect day to share our recipes.  Lawyer loves to grill and since he uses a charcoal grill it is easy to roast marshmallows as soon as we are done with dinner.  The kids will ask, s'mores tonight?, during dinner at least once a week.



Weekend Precis ...

Since my youngest child started school today (UGH) I knew I wanted to make this weekend last as long as possible. After thinking about it for a few weeks I knew I wanted to spend the weekend making new memories and having adventures, and that we did. And we lived it out until the very last second, coming home last night from the lake to arrive at 9:30.  Not ideal for anyone's schedule but also so very worth it.

It's those moments we don't forget ...


Saturday Scores ... Vol 12

Happy Saturday!!  I am super excited to share a fun sale with you today that starts at 8 pm tonight. Set an alarm, mark your calendar on your phone and get ready, this is a fun one!


Mom Social

So as you have noticed in my Insta stories one of my children started school on Monday.  The youngest starts next Monday and the oldest doesn't start his new semester until the end of the month. Thank goodness for some sanity with these early start dates.  They might have started school but summer is no way over for me.  I still have a full month to soak it all up before swimming kicks up again and we have to think about a new season.
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