3.27.2017

Monday Goals


Racing around today to knock out my long to do list.  We have one week until spring break and we are all so ready for a vacation.  Just popping in to post some inspiration for your day.  Make Monday amazing and know you are the best around!!

Happy Monday lovies ... 

3.24.2017

TPC Loves Hazen Jewelry


I think I fell for Hazen Jewelry at first sight and then I read about the darling Taylor Miller and the rest was history.  This amazing powerhouse has been designing jewelry since the age of 9 and has really never stopped.  As a mother of a 12 year old I would be beyond proud to see her be so passionate about a calling.  To me Taylor does have a calling to create such beautiful pieces and run her company the way she does.

3.23.2017

6 Things That Mean Spring to Me


After a long fall and winter with sweaters and fires and warm drinks for days I am always ready to embrace the new season. There is something about spring that makes me so excited each year.  I think it is the promise of new growth and new life along with the vibrant colors that remind me it is a fabulous time of the year.  The boots and coats are packed away and changed out for gingham button downs and white jeans with sandals.  The long days remind me that summer isn't far away and the quality time with my loved ones will be here before I know it.

3.22.2017

Getting Ready For Bed ...



I love pajamas and the whole evening routine.  Don't get me wrong, I love to get up early and fully embrace the day, but there is something amazing about getting ready for bed.  I think it is the thought of a full day spent well and being ready to refresh my mind and body and prepare for another full day of life.  Well, that and cute pajamas I know are waiting for me.

3.21.2017

Table Tuesday ... Spring Soiree

Since yesterday was the first day of Spring I decided it was time to host my first soiree of the season.  It is time to put away all things winter and dust off everything spring.  I found a fabulous Kate Spade tablecloth at Home Goods and the rest immediately came together.

Bring on the warmer temps and long sunny evenings ... 



3.20.2017

Introducing ... Britt Ford

After writing the feature on Well + Wonder a lot of artists reached out to me to introduce themselves. Since I don't know a lot about art but am very drawn to artists I asked them all to share more about their work and themselves.  I was very excited to meet so many darling artists which I will be featuring over the next few months.


One of the first to reach out to me was the darling and super talented Britt Ford.  I truly loved Britt's email as she introduced herself and shared some of her work.  I think part of me always wanted to be an artist, letting the paint and the canvas take me wherever I wanted to go. In art class I always was excited to try out oils and watercolor.  I was never very good but I am thrilled to meet and share some of the best in their field.

The first thing that impressed me about Britt was her spunk and her detailed email introducing me to her work.  She told me exactly how she felt we were a good match and how we could work together. Girl had done her homework and I was very impressed!  She creates one of a kind thermographic embossed maps and illustrations and has caught the eye of Urban Outfitters along with some local shops who carry her creations.  She created her own medium to be able to produce "100% custom 3D artwork that doesn't break the bank.  Your home, boat, neighborhood, you name it and I'll make it". 

See why I was drawn to her?  You will love her work ...



I had the pleasure of getting to know a lot more about Britt as we chatted over the phone.  She is creating a fabulous gift for the Hubs for his birthday and I can't wait to give it to him.  I love that her pieces have so much detail and are so personal.  It is hard to give gifts that have true meaning when you have been together a long time and I am beyond thrilled with this one!

More about this talented girl ... 

Where did you grow up and how did your childhood influence your career as an artist?

I grew up in Chatham, New Jersey - 35 minutes west of New York City. Growing up I played sports and was recruited to play lacrosse for the University of Denver. My Mom always made sure that I took art classes in addition to sports which ended up being the best thing because my lacrosse career ended early due to multiple knee surgeries. I’m never able to run or play sports again so having that creative side really came in handy as an adult. My Mom is truly the person who influenced my creativity - every time my Dad would go on a business trip we would redo a room, from painting the walls, refinishing furniture to picking out new fabrics. I've been a DIY-er since day one thanks to my Mother.

As a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

I started working at a high end jewelry and home decor store, F. Gerald New at the age of 14. I always knew I wanted to own my own company but wasn't sure what direction that would lead to.

Anything you wish you had done along the way and didn't do?


I wish I had taken more drawing classes. I can draw on the computer but really struggle with free-hand and shadows. It's not too late though, I believe that you can never stop learning and YouTube has some pretty amazing tutorials.

Share two people who have inspired your career and why?

1. Marie Forleo - Almost three years ago I quit my corporate fashion job and started nannying in Chatham to have more time to work on my company. I had watched a few of Marie’s podcasts and was instantly hooked but couldn't afford to take part of her coaching series, B-School. She offered a few scholarships and in order to win you had to submit a YouTube video. I was fortunate to win a scholarship and B-School was literally the best thing to happen to me as an entrepreneur. Through weeks of modules and exercises Marie helped me shape my ideas and passions into an actual business model. Any entrepreneur that feels like they don't know which road to take should really look into B-School.

2. My other half, Parker. Parker has supported me since day one and has been there for me on the best and worst days. I really don't know how he does it sometimes. PJ pushes me to be a better person - he's always there to offer an ear, read over pitches and give me constructive criticism. There have been days where I'm a complete train wreck but I know that when I come home PJ will be there with open arms and words of wisdom.



Can you share a high point in your career and what was that like for you?



Last Summer, after six months of negotiations I received a purchase order from Urban Outfitters. It was for 375 12x12 units of David Bowie, Prince and Drake. An acquaintance from growing up reached out and I wouldn't have been able to do it without her pushing for me at corporate. It was awesome to get an order from such an established brand but absolutely crazy. I had to get a loan in order to purchase all of the supplies and learned so much about producing artwork at such a large scale. It helped me realize who my customer base is, that I wanted to do do more custom artwork and work directly with my customers/small retailers. It was good exposure and I'm really grateful for the experience.

What inspires you to create?

- My clients - I want to create beautiful pieces that make a lasting impression and provide happiness
- Natural light
- Water (the ocean and Lake George)
- Traditional architecture


Do you have a favorite thing to create?

Recently I have been creating Turkish floral patterns with gouache and thermographic embossing - they’re totally unique, colorful and really make a statement. I also love making home portraits, each one is different and they are by far the most meaningful gift.


Do you have a favorite color?

Navy, navy, navy. And gold!

Anything you must have to spur creativity?

A clear mind and time. If I feel rushed or am worrying about something I cannot create.




Favorite item on your desk (or creative space)?

My navy Smythson agenda. I bring it with me everywhere - it has all of my to-do’s and calendars.

What is your favorite way to unwind?

A gin & diet tonic and chatting/cooking dinner at home with Parker. It is my favorite time of the day.
Five must haves.

- Chai tea
- Natural light
- My agenda
- Gin and diet tonic
- Flavor blasted goldfish (I could seriously live off of these)


Favorite quote. 

I have two!!

It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you. - Leon Brown

For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over. - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I can't wait to see Britt grow and her one of a kind pieces in stores nation wide.  Until then you can order her one of a kind pieces which make fabulous gifts.  I can not wait to gift the one she is working on for me.  He will be so surprised.  

You must check out all of her work on her website and follow her on Instagram.  To place an order from contact her here.  

Thank you darling girl for introducing herself  to me and creating an opportunity for us to work together.  I see a long and happy friendship in our future!

Happy Monday all!

3.18.2017

Etsy Love


Happy Saturday!  I am posting on the weekend which I rarely do and I am here to share some of my favorite people on Etsy.  I shop quite a bit from the amazing options on Etsy and our home and my life reflect it.

3.17.2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Today is one of my favorite days of the year!  Twenty four years ago after work a cute boy invited me out for a green beer and as they say, the rest is history.  Who knew one green beer would lead to a whole life together, but it did!

I would say I am lucky, but instead I am blessed!

I got up early this morning to set up a coffee and hot cocoa station for the kids.  I love to set up something fun to start the day off with celebration.  I mean, why not?


A trip to Trader Joes for a clover plant, a trip to the market for marshmallows and the kids favorite Pistachio muffins and I was ready to go.  I did add in a banana with all that yummy to round out the meal for all of us.  That sugar rush would have had me skipping all day long!


I literally have been biting my nails waiting to debut these darling new coffee cups from Southern Hospitality Company.  I adore them!  And they are perfect paired with all our green and blue for the day. I love that the mug is a little larger which allows me a little more coffee.  This girl loves her caffeine!  The darling bamboo monogram napkins are from Emily McCarthy Shoppe.


A little addition of green marshmallows and sprinkles makes any hot beverage more fun, don't you think?  I scored the amazing Spode bowls from Home Goods (I snagged three) and the fun coffee canister is from Target.


These mugs are the best!!  I need to order more ... maybe some blue ones for our new guest bedroom. You will love Southern Hospitality, the girls are so sweet! I love every single thing in their shop.






Of course my favorite Keurig was the star of the morning pumping out coffee for me and cocoa for the littles.  I made theirs in to go cups since we are still adjusting to daylight savings.  This year it is killing me softly.  #ugh




One more cup and I am off for the day.  I need to get a long list of things done to be able to truly enjoy the weekend!  Oh, and I have two more bags for today's 40 bags in 40 days commitment.  I am loving the feeling of purging things we truly do not need.


Happy Friday ... may your day be full of blessings!!


3.16.2017

Spring Bar Essentials ...


It is freezing here in Georgia (this am it was 27) but I am wearing bright colors and ushering in spring every where I possibly can.  I almost feel as if I am willing it here as quick as possible.  A few weeks ago I changed over our bar cart from a winter feel to a happy colorful reminder of all things set to come.  With the warmer weather around the corner (please Lord!!) I am envisioning lots of dinner parties and girlie happy hours where I will need a stocked space to be able to serve those I love and adore.

First of all you need a fabulous cart.  Mine is the Audrey Butler cart from Ave Home and we love it. It is large enough for me to load it up and leave it. When I know people are coming over I add a small cutting board and a fun vase of flowers.  Just a little freshen up and a place to cut citrus.



Next up glasses.  We love Catstudio and their darling designs.  I love that we have glasses that mean something to us, not to mention they are full of amazing images to chat about.  Since the Hubs grew up in Jupiter and his mother's family is from Palm Beach that area means so much to our life.  These are perfect for us.  I also love the size, they are perfect for anything from a sparkling soda to a full cocktail and every single thing in between.  I also love to give these as gifts.  I have my eye on this set for a friend who just vacationed in Paris.  It will be a perfect reminder of her family vacation.



Next up and super important to include, napkins.  I love a colorful monogrammed napkin, it is just one more way for me to add color to our home.  These are from Emily McCarthy Shoppe and the monogram I chose is one of her options.  I mean, those elephants are darling, don't you think?  A few times a year she sells the napkins as buy one, get one and I stock up.  I have them in pink, white, green, orange and most recently navy.  They make an appearance for so many functions.



I love swizzle sticks!  I have a huge collection of them and this summer I had to tell my assistant to keep me from ordering any more.  I mean, they are just so fun to add to any cart!  These are also from Emily McCarthy shoppe and I ordered them with my napkins.  They are from the gift bar and are always available.  I love to give them as hostess gifts and paired with a set of cocktail napkins they make a perfect birthday gift for a bestie.

I use this vintage blue and white monkey to hold all kinds of things but citrus is very favorite.  He is perfect for the bar cart and plays so well with others. I found a few of them available on Etsy for you. Check out this one, this one and this one which is identical to mine.


Foo Dog Lamp || Shade (custom by me)

3.14.2017

Lilly Pulitzer x Society Social


Town & Country calls it a match made in Instagram heaven, I call it nothing short of brilliant.  Lilly Pulitzer's most recent collaboration is with the one and only Society Social.  For one day only you could take home a Society Social bar cart made exclusively for Lilly filled with amazing goodies.

3.13.2017

Gingham Heaven



As you well know I love gingham!  Something about those tiny little checks that makes my heart skip a beat.  I think I have shared that my love for gingham started very young.  My grandmother had yellow gingham wallpaper in her kitchen and the sight of it always made me happy. To this day any sight of gingham makes me so very happy.  I love wearing anything gingham and I love to mix it with so many other patterns all spring and summer long for darling outfits.  I am ready for warm weather, alfresco dining and fun outings.

Bring the spring weather for good please!!

I was able to round up some amazing gingham pieces you must add to your closet for the upcoming warm weather.  The first day of spring is only a week away so it is time to start planning all those darling outfits. All of the pieces I found are perfect for pairing with darling white jeans and cute sandals.


(Click on photo for shopping details)

When I was hunting all things gingham for this post I noticed that Banana Republic is having quite the sale.  You must hurry, it ends tonight at midnight.  You can get 50% off five full price items with code BRFAMILY.  That is a fabulous sale and you can bet your tiny little checks I will be shopping this morning and adding five new gingham pieces to my cart.  I mean, it is 50% off!  

Have the best day and starting thinking about all the things you want to do with those warm days coming!!


3.10.2017

Happy Hour with TomTom


Happy Friday!!  Hope your week was short and sweet just the way they should be!  I have been working all day in the guest room and our daughter's room pulling all of the details together.  Moving is definitely not an easy thing and we only moved three rooms in the house.

3.09.2017

Powder Room Reveal ...


Happy Thursday!!!  I have such a fun post for you today, one full of fabulous color and pattern!!  I am truly so excited I can hardly stand it.  I have been working on this room for quite a while, six months to be exact and its the smallest space in the house.

Wowza!!!

3.08.2017

What Makes Me Happy ...


Happy Wednesday!!  Today I am posting at The Uptown Acorn with my friend Ron as part of his What Makes Me Happy series.  I was thrilled when he asked me to contribute ... I love working with other bloggers.  It was hard narrowing it down to just four things I love since I have so many things I adore, but when I sat and thought for a few it was way easier than I thought!!  I mean, there are four things I just can't imagine my life without!!

Pop over to his blog and read my article ... I think you will agree all four of my items are what make me the happiest!!  You will love his blog.  His eye for detail and his incredible style will keep you coming back for post after post.  I love when he posts about parties, I can just see myself popping over and having the absolute best time!!  I can't wait to visit New Orleans and have drinks on his porch!!


I am off this morning to spend the day with one of my favorite people, my darling friend Skipper. It is her birthday today and we spend our birthdays with each other doing things we haven't done and I have a fabulously fun day planned for her.  I pick her up just after 8:30 and we are off on a full day.  You can follow along with us on Instastories!!!

Have a fabulous Wednesday!!  

3.06.2017

Candle Making with Candlefish

If you have ever smelled a Candlefish candle you instantly can tell the difference in these quality candles.  There is something quite different about a Candlefish candle and once you light the candle you will notice the smell that first drew you to the specific candle has now drawn you in with its layered scent and magical glow.  Since I am quite a candle connoisseur,  I was thrilled to make the introduction of Candlefish's new location in Ponce City Market and the knowledgeable and kind staff.


3.02.2017

Porch Appeal


As the weather is warming up here in Atlanta I am starting to think about our front porch. I say "porch" but it is really a small area and probably should be called a stoop.  Anyway, it is time to clean out my planters and freshen them up for spring and summer.

3.01.2017

My Love for Teggy French


I absolutely adore Teggy French!  I don't recall when I first noticed her feed on Instagram, I think I just needed something like her in my life and one day she appeared.  Alex Weichert is a fashion blogger and style icon known for her incredible eye and Palm Beach vintage vibe.  Since starting her brand she has become incredibly popular with followers and has had the opportunity to work with some incredible brands.  One look at her portfolio and you will immediately understand why. Alex's style is simply divine!! 


A self described “modern day C.Z. Guest” Alex’s style is a definite nod to the past. A time when women dressed for dinner and attended events with minks and full length gloves. Honestly I can’t quite get enough of her daily posts both on Instagram and her blog. I am so drawn to her “preppy with a twist” style. 


Alex excitedly agreed to share her closet with me for my series with The Southern C and it was so fun to be able to ask her everything I wanted to know about her style and how Teggy French began.  The post was hugely popular as I knew it would be and it was such a delight for me to have the opportunity to learn so much about her.


My favorite question to ask all of my interviews is their five must haves.  For Alex I had to adjust the question to include fashion.  Her response was exactly as I thought it would be ...

Vintage Pucci. Vintage Lilly. Turbans. Teggy French x Victory Optical sunglasses. Anything Jules Reid.


Alex also shared her bar cart with me for my Bar Cart Series and it was just as preppy and chic as she is, not that I had any doubt it would be.  Her drink of choice is a Hot 'n Dirty, a spin off of a dirty martini but this one is spicy.  umm, Yes Please!!!



Isn't she the cutest??  I will leave you with a few extra photos of her and her incredible style.  They are sure to make your Wednesday fabulous!




Have the best day ... 
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