6.24.2019

Summer Dessert Soirée


Happy first Monday of summer!  Anyone else love summer as much as I do?  I don't think I am ever happier than I am during the summer months. Every single thing about summer makes me so very happy and reminds me of every single thing Florida and I am just giddy. I am sure I have told you this once (or thousands) before.  This year to celebrate the official first day of summer I partnered with my amazing friend Steve McKenzie to create some amazing desserts for a dessert party using our favorite china company + some delicious Jackson Morgan Southern Cream flavors + some candles from my Summer Collection with Creative Candles. 

We were both really excited to try some new things and have some creative time together.  I always love my time with Steve, he brings his A game every single time and I always learn a thing or three from him.  That is always a win, win. 

6.22.2019

12 Happies du Jour


The last week or so I have been off my game.  Part of it is because we had a scan this week and those always put me in a weird head space.  The other part is due to a number of things.  Life is so complicated at times and messy and it is hard to navigate.  Our girl is a rising high schooler (is that even a word?) and that comes with its own set of emotions for all of us.  I am working this summer more than I like and I am doing my best to be very present.  Also, some life changes have been going on and they have had me all up in my head.  They are really good changes, thank you Jesus, but trusting when you don't want to is so very hard.  I have never trusted more or been more grounded in my faith and at the same time walked through a harder season of life, and its not going anywhere any time soon.  Lots of feelings, lots of emotion, so many blessings and so much love.  We will be victorious.

6.21.2019

All The Aldo Goodness


I mentioned last week that I had found a great new source for some great bags and shoes and I was not kidding.  I popped in for one clutch and ended up leaving with three pairs of shoes, two bags and the most epic shoe clips.  I was completely clueless that Aldo's selection was so good, but now I know which means you must know as well.


6.19.2019

Starfish And Stripes


As you know I am a huge fan of all things Giddy Paperie.  Leslie Chalfont has been the focus of a number of blog posts and honestly I just adore her.  Leslie is a great supporter of mine and the admiration is mutual.  She is a darling friend, lovely hostess and a fabulous wife and mother.  Can you tell I think a lot of her??  I think one of my favorite things about Leslie is that she is a true artist.  She is always creating and if you follow along with her Instagram stories you will see her sketching and painting all the time.  I love to watch her create and see the inspiration behind her drawings and paintings.  As someone who doesn't even draw a heart that well I think it is pretty magical.

6.18.2019

Entertaining For July Fourth


The goal for my time at Hazen & Co. was to speak on entertaining and, more specifically, for July 4th.  When Taylor and I set up the event I pulled together three different things I could share to make entertaining for one of my favorite holidays easier.  I shared three different things, how to create a red, white + blue charcuterie board, a fun punch to serve, and two ideas for a centerpiece.  I love all three of these things since I am the one who is responsible for these things when we have people over.  My husband is a master at the grill and loves to cook so he delegates the table, the drinks and the decor to me.  It works out perfectly and we consider it a win, win.

6.17.2019

August Morgan In Dallas


I am home from Dallas but the memories and the adventure are still swirling in my head.  We had such a fabulous time and, even though it was just two days, we filled it with all the events, amazing people, fabulous food + sips, and all the giggles.  It was such a fabulous two days and I can't wait to share more of it with you tomorrow.  Just envision all the red, white + blue plus amazing people and an incredible event and you pretty much hit the nail on the head.

6.14.2019

All The Love For Flag Day


It's Flag Day and I have all things red, white and blue for you today!!  Flag Day celebrates the anniversary of the Flag Resolution which was signed in 1777.  On May 30, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson set aside a day to celebrate the anniversary and President Truman signed an act of Congress proclaiming June 14 would be known as Flag Day.  The American Flag is so special and truly does deserve its own day.  I love displaying our flag hanging to the left side of the entrance to our home.  While today's post does not celebrate the Flag with all the items included, it does allow you to dress the part to celebrate the Flag the way it was meant to be celebrated.  Let us all fly our flags today with pride to be a American. 

Americana Love


So many amazing pieces that are perfect for your summer celebrations and are full of all the red, white + blue goodness ... 



Happy Friday! 🎇

6.13.2019

Millie Anne ... Six Months Later


I can't even believe it has been a full six months since we adopted our sweet Millie.  I have to remember that this is the same dog I was sure I would not want, that I was sure I would never love another pet the way I did Miles and that no pup would be my best friend again.  I was so wrong on so many levels.  My friend Libbie encouraged me to do it, not think about it, but just do it.  Lawyer had been telling me for weeks we needed to do it and I just couldn't ... I was so heartbroken over the loss of Miles and yet the minute I got out of the car in Columbus to meet her I was a goner. 

6.11.2019

Our New Guest Room + $500 For You


Our guest room got a fluff, not a major one, but it made some major and fabulous changes to the space we had and I am so happy to get to share it with you today.  I love it so much and I have been feeling strange about this space for so long. It is done and I could not love it more!

So many of the elements of our guest room came together over time but when I partnered with my sweet friend Ashley Brooke (one of my favorite bloggers, like ever) + Frontgate (one of my favorite companies on the planet) things happened pretty quickly.  We both had a room in our house that we felt was in need of a little attention.  She tackled her dining room, you must see it!!, and for me it was this room. We both love Frontgate and teamed up to tackle these rooms + give you $500 to do your own refresh, keep reading!!

6.10.2019

Introducing The Summer Style Collection


It's here, it's really here.  You know when you work on a project for months and then the day comes when you can finally tell the world, well today is that day.  I relate a launch to Christmas morning, so much excitement!!  I have paired up with two of my favorite brands and friends to collaborate on a fun summer pairing. Hazen & Co. (I 💙 Taylor) + Elizabeth Wilson Designs (Elizabeth is the sweetest!!) and I have created two pairings for you I know you will love and are perfect for all your summer outfits.  Introducing ... the Summer Style Collection. 

6.08.2019

Frosé Popsicles ... Yes Please!


It might just be the best day of the year ... it's National Rosé Day.  I love rosé and drink it all times of the year, but summer really is just the best time to enjoy it. It is light, fruity and the pink color makes it even better. How can you say no to the perfect pale pink wine?   On Tuesday I shared a recipe in 12 Happies for a fabulous popsicle recipe and made some for myself to enjoy today. I have never made popsicles before but it was easy and fun and I will be adding homemade popsicles to the summer bucket list just as I have already added ice cream.  It seems silly to say I have never made either before now, but it is true and I will be making up for lost time in the next few months.  It is homemade popsicles + ice cream on repeat at our house for the near future. 

6.07.2019

Shopping For Father's Day


It's almost Father's Day and showering our Daddy with love is at the top of our to do list. So many think that the Mother is the heart of the home, and she is, but for us our Daddy is pretty special and deserves all the love and pampering we can manage.  He is just the best and works harder than anyone I know.  He is balancing his life like a master and I could not be more proud he chose me to walk this life together.  I absolutely love the photo above taken by my best friend at our rehearsal dinner ... we were so young and so excited about our new life.

6.06.2019

The Perfect Garden Room


Eddie Ross and I have been friends for about seven years.  Having first met at a shopping date at Scott Antique Market we have see each other at various events over the years.  We share a love for thrifting and shopping antique shops and estate sales.  We are both collectors of things we love and have chatted about our obsessions many times.  Eddie introduced me to the best candles, the source for the best silver polish and taught me how about the art of collecting silver flatware pieces.  He has incredible talent and is quite funny, as you can tell from his Instagram stories.  I was thrilled when he and long time partner Jaithan bought their dream house a few years ago in Pennsylvania.  Watching them transform their incredible home, Edgewood Hall, has been so amazing.  The ups and downs of renovating are many and its not for the faint of heart, but what results is a fabulous work of love.

6.05.2019

I'm Heading to Dallas!

Sips & Summer Styles with Paige Minear

I am heading to Dallas, Texas next week and I am super excited about it.  I haven't traveled in two months and it's time to make some fun out of town memories.  I get to hang out with some of my favorite girls, Hazen & Co and August Morgan and I know it will be simply amazing! Do you recall the fabulous Merrily Minear trio Hazen & Co and I worked on in December?  Well, we have a new fabulous collaboration for you and this one is just as amazing, if not more!!  I can't wait to share it with you next week!!

6.04.2019

12 Happies du Jour


Happy Tuesday ... anyone else kind of in shock that it is June 4?  The kids have been out of school for just a couple of weeks and it already seems to by flying by.  I am doing my best to make sure we really soak in this summer, as it will be gone in a blink if I don't.   I have been taking a moment each day to stop and celebrate the summer, make a memory and make it last.  It has been so fun already and I can't wait to see it all come together at the end of summer, which we are currently not discussing.  At all.  Every morning last week I sat on the front steps and just enjoyed the incredible gardenias blooming. The scent was fabulous and my coffee just seemed to taste even better, if that is even possible. 

6.03.2019

Blush + Navy For Mother's Day


Immediately after my big box of Creative Candles from the Summer Collection arrived I wanted to use them.  As in immediately.  I pulled the candles out and started setting them in piles to use them for different places and different tables, I was so excited.  As I shared Creative Candles are incredible and the colors are so very pretty and I was thrilled to have so many colors, sizes and options at my fingertips.  The box arrived the week of Mother's Day and I was tasked with setting the table for the weekend while the Hubs + kids did the cooking and the rest of the preparations.  When my husband asked me to manage the table I was thrilled, and so prepared. 

6.01.2019

The Perfect Lantern


As some of you may have seen on stories, I have been searching high and low for candle holders for these fabulous white 4x6 pillar candles.  My vision was to be able to light them on the porch, the front door steps and all over the deck when we needed them.  Since it is porch season we spend so much time outside and candle light just makes it even more magical.  Looking for holders turned into a Goldilocks moment ... some too short, too fat, too tall, too weird, I couldn't find anything at all that would work. 


 

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