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Golden Hour Cocktails

I love golden hour so much!!  It is that magical time of the day when you have technically "finished" the day and can enjoy the beginning of the evening.  It is called golden hour because the sky is almost yellow and golden as the sun is setting and the beauty of the sky almost shines.  For me it is such a wonderful time of the day when we are done with the busy of the day and can just settle in as a family and enjoy the time right before or during dinner. Our porch is one of my favorite places to spend golden hour, as our house sits with the back yard facing west and the sun sets in the back yard.  We live in a area with a lot of trees and its not a clear view but a view nonetheless.  The sun shining through the trees makes it so very pretty and I love it so.


12 Happies du Jour

Last Thursday the kids and I left for a long weekend at the beach.  I can not tell you how happy it made me to pack (super last minute) and load my kids in the car and head to the coast.  The next school year is coming at a rapid speed and I want to soak up every single second I can with my children.  As we were riding bikes, collecting shells and relaxing it made me so thankful for every single time they say yes to hanging out with me.  These children are truly the best there is and I am very aware of how lucky I am that God blessed me with their hearts. We had such a great time ... and coming home was pretty hard since all I wanted to do was soak up some more time with them.  


Getting Organized With Giddy Paperie

My children start school on Thursday and I am trying my best to be ready for all the paper that comes my way.  Even with our oldest in college I still get quite a bit of mail and I need to keep all of the important papers together since he lives outside our house.  It is always a pile of insurance documents, school documents, and the like. I love to be organized, really organized and nothing makes me feel more out of control than any pile of papers or mail.  I always have a system or two in place to keep all of their schedules and papers in order and this year I am using file folders to keep all their most important documents together and organized. 


Palm Beach ... All The Outfits

Packing for Florida in the summer can be tricky for some and it didn't surprise me one bit when some of you reached out to ask what I wore and how I stayed cool at all in the dead of the summer in south Florida.  Living in Florida I am prepared to be hot and sweaty while I am there most of the time.  Unless I am traveling in the fall or winter it is always pretty warm so I try to be alright with it.  For this trip I knew we would be outside a lot and it would be very hot so I tried to pack accordingly, but it was still really, really hot.  I just made peace with it, wore what I wanted to and between the day and dinner I would take a cool shower and just start again.


Silk Goodness

Can you even with this gorgeous scarf?  I think it is truly so beautiful ... but I would expect nothing less from Kate Hersch who is known for her amazing designs and excellent quality.  The first time I spotted it I was captured by the palm fronds, the zebras and those champagne drinking monkeys!  I have a soft spot in my heart for hand rolled silk scarves and this one is currently on the top of my favorites pile.


Beaded Perfection

I think I have mentioned it once, or 100 times before, but for about four years I owned a monogram gift company.  We carried small monogram gifts and created fun gifts for holidays and the like and I loved it.  Being able to walk into the work room and stitch something I wanted or needed at a moments notice was magical. When we were planning to move to Kansas City (such a long story) I decided it was time to close and focus just on my family.  I am super picky about monograms.  There are fonts I don't love and I am always hunting for new ways to use my monogram and new styles that can be stitched.  I guess you would call me a monogram snob and I am perfectly alright with that description.


The Best Cover Up

I really love this swim cover up and I really love wearing it. I think it is so fun to wear over a swim suit when heading to the pool or the beach. I also think it is so cute with a pair of jeans and a tank ... or even a pair of jean shorts and a t shirt.  I wore it repeatedly in Palm Beach and it was so good for both poolside and for a trip to the beach. The pretty navy and white pattern makes me so happy, but you know I adore all things navy and white.


12 Happies du Jour

You know those magical trips you replay over and over again in your head trying to soak up every single second?  That would our Palm Beach trip.  I can't stop staring at the photos and remembering every single giggle, sight we saw and every delicious bite we ate. It was just that good ... and can I please just go back tomorrow?  Or better yet, let's all just move. 😉 


Introducing Palm Beach Sandals

As a Florida girl I love sandals.  I love sandals so much that I will wear them 9 to 10 months out of the year when I am sure I should be wearing something more appropriate, but I just love them that much.  As a child I wore sandals all of the time and, since I wasn't an athlete of any kind, wore them over tennis shoes almost 100 percent of the time.  I love a sandal and this recent trip to Palm Beach I wore the same pair of Palm Beach Sandals almost the entire trip.  I had so many inquire about my sandals so I am dedicating this entire post today to my love of PBs and why you should love them just as much as I do.


Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Could there be a better National day of celebration?  I love ice cream, but doesn't every one? There is just something magical about a little cone of this magical frozen treat. I made my first batch of homemade ice cream in May and have been making in on repeat ever since.  I love my ice cream maker and I can't believe how easy it is to make.  I sort of feel like I mastered something magical being able to make it at home, like maybe it makes me a super fabulous summer mama.  Silly ... but true.


What Is Selling Fast From The Nordstrom Sale

Today the Nordstrom Sale is now live to the public even though card holders have been able to shop for about a week. I posted my choices in this post and I am back today to let you know what sold from my list, what is really popular and what may or may not be a great deal.  I am just like everyone else, and when I spot a sale I really want to check it out.  This sale was no different even though I didn't need anything specific from the sale.  The more I looked at my list I realized there were three things I wanted to buy and I grabbed those immediately.  The sale is good, really good, but things sell out really fast.  There are some things that interest me, others (like sweaters and jackets) I can't possibly think about right now, and others that don't fit my needs or style at all.  It can be tough for me to make wise choices, but after cleaning out my closet time and time again I realized I need so little and just need to be really particular when I buy things.  I see so much good stuff and it is hard not to just buy it all, but no one needs that kind of inventory in their closet.


Palm Beach ... The Guide

I am equally thrilled to share this post with you and sad this might be the end of the group content I have for my time with Caroline + Mary in Palm Beach.  We had such a great trip which was so good for all of us and I don't want the sharing to end.  I do have one more post to share, but for the most part I have given you almost all the details.  Just like everything that was perfect, you never want it to be over.  I hope you fall in love with one of my favorite places to visit and plan your own trip.  I have all the best details for you ... where to go, what to do and where to stay and everything in between.


Beauty Regimen Upgrade

As you all know I love my Beautycounter products. I have used the products consistently now for a year and my skin is completely different than it was a year ago.  I love how it feels, how it looks and how my makeup goes on my skin.  It is so moisturized, looks younger and plumper and is such an improvement from when I began.  I use Beautycounter exclusively as I love using clean, green beauty and makeup.  There is not one ingredient in my beauty products that I am concerned about and that is a great feeling.


12 Happies du Jour

Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week is going well, honestly ... I hope it is AMAZING.  My dad is in town and has been helping me with some things on my to do list that always bug me.  You know the ones, you keep moving them from one to do list to the next and they never get managed.  Yes, those!!  So far we have killed it and I have a second day of items that we are already working on.  This may be the best week ever just crossing things off in Sharpie.  Yesterday we tackled everything from gluing items back together (antiques always come with these items) to repairing a piece of glass to having a camera lens repaired.  Good stuff!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

It's that time again, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  I am sure you have heard the buzz this week as a lot of people are super excited about the selection and the darling pieces for fall and winter.  For me I am only shopping a few things, and all of them are favorites and go tos, staples for sure. I honestly do not need anything but I do love to check out the shoes, the pajamas (comfort clothes for me), the candle selection and all the UGGS.  It is so easy to be excited about the sale and then purchase things I do not need or won't wear more than once so I try to be extra picky during this sale.  I love Nordstrom as much as everyone and their sales and customer service are truly top notch. This year I needed so little, but did find a few things I either needed to replace, would be amazing as a gift for Christmas (yes, I just said that) or are truly a great deal.


Introducing The Palm Beach Collection

I said it this morning on Instagram and I think its so true.  One of my favorite thing about my collaborations with Caroline + Mary are the custom paper suites that Caroline creates.  For our Palm Beach table Caroline captured the way I see Palm Beach perfectly.  With all the pink stripes, cabanas, the addition of a beach buggy and chinoiserie + bamboo details I think she truly nailed the design.  I am thrilled to share the collection in full with you, and offer you a one day discount for shopping.


All The Lilly Please + Thank You

Can you even go to Palm Beach without wearing Lilly Pulitzer?  Is that even allowed?  I know I can't do it and I feel the need to wear a lot of it, buy a piece or two, and make sure I pack all of my favorite older Lilly pieces.  Since this was the first time exploring Palm Beach for my friends I immediately told them to "Pack your Lilly + add "Shop at Lilly" to the agenda. There really isn't any other way to do it.


Perfectly Palm Beach

We are back at it and I could not be more excited to share this table and this weeks content with you.  My girls (Sweet Caroline Designs + Mrs. Southern Social) and I headed to Palm Beach for a few days, some quality girl time and all the creativity we could make happen.  I was so excited for this trip for a couple of weeks and when it finally came down to the day we were leaving it could not have come at a more perfect time.  The kids were off to camp, Lawyer was busy with work and I needed some girl time and creativity on the road.

And oh did we create.  


Pink Luggage ... Yes Please!

I am literally bursting at the seams to share all of our Palm Beach trip with you, it is literally the best trip I have taken in quite some time.  Of course, no trip can compare to a family trip, but work trips can be hard and not the most fun at times.  Luckily, I am super picky about who I work with, who I travel with and where I go.  This trip for the four of us (Caroline, Mary, Andrea + me) was hands down the best trip I have taken this year.  The combination of my favorite state + my favorite city + the best hotel + an amazing photographer + a fun group made it simply perfection.  Like I said, I can't wait to share it all with you.


Americana Collection

One of the best things about working with Sweet Caroline Designs has been the introduction to her incredible paper designs.  Caroline is gifted in creating paper goods and not only can she create your exact vision, she over delivers every single time.  From our Charleston Collection to our Palm Beach selections coming soon, you can quickly tell how why I am over the moon with every single thing she creates. 


Red, White + Gingham, Yes Please!

We had the best day yesterday.  💙🎇 The funny thing about our cancer journey is that I have learned to set aside my expectations for something so much better and every single time I am met with this decision I have found the something better is always better. For years we had the same plans ... Marietta Square parade with donuts + pool with sandwiches + grilling with friends + Fireworks.  Last year we did all but the parade and this year we did none of the plan.  But ... it was still good, like really good and ended up perfect.  This is the second holiday we have been able to be just the five of us and the laughter at the table is by far my favorite part.


Lilly, White + Blue

Anyone else super excited about a three day work week?  Yes please, especially after my fabulous trip last week.  With the Palm Beach trip still replaying in my memories I am sporting all my Lilly on repeat.  There is nothing I can wear that makes me feel more like a Florida girl than anything from Lilly Pulitzer and, since I picked up a bunch of pieces from Worth Avenue, it makes me feel like I am still very much on vacation. I call that a major win, win, don't you think?


Old Navy ... Tried and True

I have always been pleasantly shocked by how good Old Navy's collection is time and time again. I have found everything from the cutest pajama shorts to pair with a good graphic tee, fur lined loafer slides, the best sweaters, and velvet pants. If you need a cute dress, its the best place to start.  When we needed some one piece swim suits last week for church camp, we hit the jack pot with a few, especially this one. I love that you can find the basics at Old Navy but also some fun and not expensive trendy pieces as well. I was so happy to find these darling espadrilles a few months ago, perfect style plus under $30, oh yes! Old Navy just doesn't disappoint. 


Blueberry Pie Perfection

Two weeks ago I received a fabulous box from Southern Baked Pie shipping me this gorgeous and incredibly delicious blueberry pie. Even though I knew the box was coming I was over the moon to find it on my doorstep. I have spoken about Amanda's pies before and I am happy to share them many, many times.  Amanda makes an incredible pie complete with an all butter crust.  These delicious works of art are not only incredible, but so beautiful and will make you the belle of the ball for sure when you serve them.

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