2.20.2017

Pearls 101 ...



I am a classic prep who thinks pearls are a necessity for every day.  I can be spotted in my pearl studs almost every single day and they are one of the first things I put on every single day. It is my go to earring and I find it works for every single day no matter the attire. I might be wearing them as I type sitting here in my monogrammed pajamas.  No makeup on and hair in a bun from sleeping but my pearls are already in place for the day.

Yes, that is how I roll!

I don't know when pearls became a staple for me but I can recall my first gift of a necklace from my mother. She gave me a strand that had been restrung for me and I remember seeing it for the first time in its grey flannel bag.  It is sitting as I type in my dresser drawer waiting for a fun event!!

I get a lot of questions on my pearls, where I get them and how I wear them so I have some answers for you today.  Anything you wanted to know that I can share about wearing pearls I can share with you and if I miss something please comment and let me know!!

First and foremost my pearl studs ... 




I purchased mine from a private woman who makes them hear in Atlanta and her pearls are amazing. These huge studs were a fraction of the cost so obviously I went big.  Go big or go home as my best friend says!!  I found some sources for you to purchase pearls this size and then a few for you that are a smaller version.  Oh and my favorite pair that are monogrammed ... which is the best idea ever!

For me these are staple earrings.  I wear them every single day and they go with everything.  Pearls are a staple classic are should be treated just like anything else you wear every day, like your watch and your sunglasses.

My pearl choker is the bees knees ... 




I splurged on these pearls a few years ago and I wear them so often I probably should have gotten them for free.  Ha ... just kidding.  They are hands down the most commented necklace I wear.  It is compromised of five strands, two small strands and three larger ones. I wear them both as is and combined with other longer strands.  The best purchase you will ever make!  

I wear this pearl necklace, just like my studs, with just about everything.  Cocktail attire, button downs, sweaters and even cute t shirts.  If you own it, wear it is my motto and it hasn't failed me yet!

I mix long strands like its my full time job!!







But really ... I do!  Just like I love to mix patterns and colors I love to mix my long necklaces.  One necklace looks fabulous but many look amazing!  I mix pearls with gold necklaces and monogram necklaces and random pieces I find while antiquing.  I start with the longest piece and then just keep adding until I think they are perfect.  

I have sourced everything I can find that I would purchase immediately.  I have had mine for a while so they aren't still available for purchase.  I would grab up every single thing sourced here and mix it up all day long.  The more the merrier!



My assistant asked specifically how to keep them from looking old lady ... she has a single strand that was gifted to her from her grandmother.  Such a good question ...

I love a single strand but I see how it can feel too simple for some of you.  I love the two examples above, taking the single strand and making it something more.  Tie a ribbon in your strand on the side and take it to the next level.  How cute would it be with a strapless dress or even with a button down and a cute skirt for an event. I love it!!

In the first photo I love how her strand has an amazing clasp ... this could be recreated with a vintage pin or even a cameo.  I realize these may both seem too traditional, but you can make the pin as fun as you are.  It can be a large antique flower or something as simple as a pin someone passed down to you.  The more color you add the more fun it would be.

I hope I have inspired you to don those pearls every single day and in so many ways.  Pearls are something that will never go out of style and you will see me wearing mine until I am old and gone. They are classic and beautiful and mix so well with so many things!

Grab those pearls go and make it an amazing Monday!!

2.16.2017

Spring Fever with J.Crew


You know my favorite store is J.Crew just as you know I am obsessed with color and pattern. Imagine my excitement when the March 2017 Style Guide arrived at the house just a few days ago.  You know how you dog ear pages in your favorite catalog and magazine?  Well, I had to dog ear almost every single page and then get out the sharpie to mark all my favorite colors in each item.  Lord, it was almost a religious experience with the new collection. Thank goodness I just purged my closet of all things I needed to part with.

2.15.2017

TPC Loves Elizabeth Heard



For many years my hair was short and sassy and some where along the way I let it grow.  At the moment it is the longest it has ever been allowing me top knots, buns and many days of pulling part of it back in a barrette.  Since I have hair on the dry side I don't have to fuss with it every single morning so on day two and three you will find it up in some manner.

2.14.2017

Happy Valentines Day ... #coffeebar


Good morning and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!  I love this day every single year because it gives me another reason to love on every single person.  I am a girl who loves to dish out happies and sursies and hugs and today is the best day to do all three of these.  Love conquers all ... and needs to be spread like confetti wherever you go!

Ok, all done preaching!


I spent a little time this morning dressing up our coffee cart to celebrate with my loved ones this afternoon.  When they were super little and attended preschool it was easy to celebrate in the morning but the older you get you realize afternoon snack is the best time to love on them.  Plus ... for me it is the time they talk the most.  So, win, win!







Mug gifted to me from my darling bestie Skipper!



You don't have to spend a ton of money to create something special.  Pinky Swear!  I shopped my Home Goods and Target and gathered every single thing I added.  Oh, and Krispy Kreme for the donuts.  I try to purchase things I can use again and again so it seems worth the money to splurge.  The one thing I don't hold back on ever is flowers, because they make me so happy to have them all around the house and its my one purchase I make every single week I am home.

To break down the setup ... the confetti, sprinkles and marshmallow jars along with the cannister for the coffee pods are all from Target.  I have had them now since the fall and I just keep washing them and refilling based on the holiday.  The napkins and mugs are from Home Goods.  The Kate Spade mugs I have had for a while and since I have a whole collection of them I just use the ones I need based on the colors.  This holiday I pulled the pink and red ones. Lawyer doesn't care what kind of mug he drinks from as long as it holds his coffee.  He is so user friendly like that!

The amazing vase was a gift to me from Coton Colors and is amazing.  I can't wait to add another attachment to the front of the vase for Easter!!  Its the best vase and so incredibly cute!

And of course, the most important thing on a coffee cart is a good coffee maker and fabulous coffee. I have found my new favorite combination.  This coffee maker from Keurig makes my mornings even more fabulous as it makes coffee so fast for me and in the darkness of the morning it can't quite come fast enough.  I am addicted to this pod from Intelligent Blends coffee.  It is very strong just the way I love it.  Oh, and next up in the queue is the Tall Dark & Handsome pods.  Don't you love the name?


I hope I have inspired you to set up something special for those you love and yourself!  I love walking past something festive.  It makes me happy ... and making cocoa from this space this afternoon will brighten my day and hopefully theirs!

Have the best day filled with love and hugs ... and spread the love!  Happy Tuesday!!


2.13.2017

From The Desk Of ...

Good morning and Happy Monday!  I am thrilled to be home after a week of travel and sitting in my office as the sun pours in and welcomes me home.  Travel is incredible and the blog provides me with amazing opportunities for travel but is there really any place like home?

Deep sigh and soaking it all in ... 




2.09.2017

My Signature Six with Dixie Delights


Happy Thursday!!!  I am on the road again, this time in Sea Island for The Southern C Summit and I am soaking up the sun, the amazing creatives and some quality time with some of my favorite people.  The weather here is amazing and the sunset last night was nothing less than fabulous.  I mean, aren't they always better at the beach?

2.07.2017

TPC Travels ... #nashville


I had the most amazing weekend in Music City attending the Nashville Antiques and Garden show.  It was the best weekend I have spent in a while with amazing friends, the most beautiful antiques and incredible food and drink.  I have wanted to attend the show for a few years and the timing never worked out. I made sure to add it to the calendar early this year and schedule everything else around it, I was determined to go.  It was worth every single second as this may be the best antique show I have ever attended.  The garden section was incredible and each garden was unique and creative.  There is just something about spring flowers and the smell of hyacinth in the air as I walked around that spoke to my flower loving heart. The weather may have been freezing outside but the gardens inside made it feel like a warm day in April.




I arrived early Thursday morning and after dropping my bags in Franklin and changing I headed straight for the show to attend Early Shopping.  I was greeted with a glass of champagne by the darling Ruthann and Eric Ross who chaired the event.  I thoroughly enjoyed that amazing glass of champagne which made the early shopping experience feel so special.  Well done to my friends the Ross' for a perfectly curated Early Shopping event!

As I walked the floor I became instantly aware that I had completely underestimated the show.  I knew it was going to be amazing, but the level of incredible antiques completely blew me away.  This is a gathering of the best of the best.  Some of the vendors had traveled from England for the weekend and their booths were like nothing I had ever seen before.  It was eye candy for three solid hours ...




 



See what I mean?  It was so hard to walk away from so many things!!


Thursday evening I attended the Preview Party which was packed full of fabulous people and even more incredible shopping.  I spotted so many more things that I fell madly in love with during the party. It was almost as if the entire evening was laid out with all of my favorite things.  Staffordshire pups, paintings, china, more Staffordshire, Opaline glass and the most adorable Italian spaghetti hair pup which I could not walk away from.  He instantly became mine.






The most exciting part of the evening was celebrating a Best In Show win for my friend Troy Rhone who designed one of the gardens.  The garden he created was spectacular and the magnolias that framed the space took my breath away.


This is a shot of his incredible Mediterranean garden that won the eye of the judges.  The details were fabulous and the garden deserves its own post which will air next week.  I took so many shots of the space to try and capture not only the details but also the feel of the space.  Well done Troy!


Friday began with more antiques and more shopping!  There were lectures but I did not sign up to attend any of them not wanting to miss out on any of the booths.  I had planned to meet up with a few people and was so excited to spend the whole day shopping and meeting friends.  


The day did not disappoint ... more eye candy and me doing all I could to keep from buying every single thing I spotted.  I wanted to take home every single pup I encountered, and I promise you I could have filled my car to the brim.  Oh, and yes the Bloody Mary was incredible as well!










Friday night was my favorite party and one I had been looking forward to for a while ... The Bourbon Party.  As you know I love bourbon and I was super excited to sip bourbon with incredible music and the fantastic antiques in the background.  It was a magical combination for me!







I had the best time ... the bourbon selection was top notch!!


Saturday I was back at the show for the Design Panel lecture.  Robert Leleux moderated a panel chattring with Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company, Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner about how travel and social media has transformed their eye and influenced their designs.  I thought it was incredible and fabulously entertaining.  Carrier and Company is new to me (how did I miss this one?) and Mary and Nathan are always fun to be with.  They are witty and funny and so down to earth not to mention beyond talented.  

After the talk I took one more walk around the antiques floor to make sure I did not miss out on anything I wanted to purchase.  I am telling you it was hard to leave so many incredible things behind. If it was up to me I would have driven home with a car full of Staffordshire and oil paintings.  Every single one of them I saw was better than the last one.  It was truly almost over the top with all of the incredible choices.  



I told you, the show was incredible ... fabulous antiques, incredible speakers and parties.  Pair that with dear friends and quality time, what more would you want in a weekend?

Mark your calendar for next year.  This is a must see event and I promise you I will be in attendance every single year!

Happy Tuesday ... 
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