Ruffles + Coffee

Did I mention the sun came out this week ... and I may have run right out and worked outside.  It was freezing, but it was so worth it to get some vitamin D.  I had been dying to try the new Valor coffee in Alpharetta and the combination of the shining sun + a lavender latte was calling my name.  Valor started as a cart inside a work space and has expanded into a full size coffee shop and it was truly standing room only inside.  That is fine with me, I braved the chill and had my coffee outside in the sun.


All The Green Please

Anyone else need some serious green this week?  I don't know about the weather where you are but for us its grey, foggy, cold and not very green.  I am so very ready for spring.  I asked for ideas a week or so ago on Instagram while sourcing for green for a photo shoot this weekend.  As usual, you delivered ... oh and so well.

I knew I must share, you all sent me such beautiful ideas!


Lavender + Navy

You may have heard me mention it before and if you know me in real life you know for sure I do not care for purple.  Nope, not one single bit and have for many years.  When I was a teenager and I was just learning to wear makeup the only palettes available at the beauty stores for green eyes always included hues of purple.  Why in the heavens would I want to wear purple eye shadow?  I recall thinking if only I could choose the blue eyed palette or why oh why couldn't I wear another color combination.  Yes, I realize how silly this sounds now but when you are 16 and the palettes at Eckerds say for green eyes you are more than sure this is your only option.  I think at that point I started to revolt against all things purple and for the most part I am still the same way.  With the exception of lavender.  I love the smell of it, the color, and even the word.  Over the years I have owned a few pieces of lavender clothing but I had not completely embraced it until a few weeks ago when my cute girls at Willow Park Boutique showed me a darling top in lavender.  I decided it was time to make it happen for myself.  I would be wearing it and loving it!  


In The Trench

I have been hunting for an amazing trench coat for years.  It is one of those items that I knew my closet needed and I would check out every single trench coat I saw and try it on only to find out it did not meet my requirements.  I wanted something that fit perfectly, wasn't trendy (classic prep to the core), wasn't going to break my budget, and something that was well made.  There have been many over the years that were really good ... but every single time I would decide on it something would fall short and usually it was the cost.  I had my eye on a really good gingham one a few years ago and I was waiting for the sale price to hit and as soon as it did my size was sold out.  The gamble did not pay off and I think I will always be sad about that one.


Cocktails At The Park

I have the best recipe for you for a fabulous day.  I don't know when you will be able to use it, and you can totally break it down into the pieces that work for you, but you need to do this!  Pinky swear! While I was in Sea Island for Summit I was so excited to catch up with my dear friend Krystine who is just so special to me.  We have not seen each other since March (you know, life) and this time together was so good for both of us.  Early mornings + late nights chatting were truly the best. ❤

After the shopping event on Thursday we snuck out to our boutique motel for some down time and a cocktail or two. I changed into a fun caftan and we took our drinks out to the darling pool area.  As you can see we were completely alone (except for Angie) and we hung out, laughed, and sipped drinks.  That hour was so good for me and so fun to just sit and be with her.  There is no one that can make me laugh harder and most times at myself. 

Isn't that just so good for your soul?

I don't have a unique recipe for the drinks I made, I used what I had and I am happy to share.  I had left over orange juice (50 calorie option) + left over mint + berries and I used Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka. I smooshed some of the berries + chopped mint in the bottom of the glass and then added the juice + a shot of vodka and topped it off with more berries and a mint sprig.  It was so good and simple and I really loved it and will totally do it again.   Add in a cute straw and a darling swizzle stick and you truly can not go wrong.

Can you even get over how darling The Park is, the grounds are just so charming.  I equate it to a cross between Melrose Place + Palm Beach + Palm Springs.  I loved all the pink touches, the classic of the black + white and all the adorable details.  As a single girl I would have wanted to move right in and live forever.

I brought my favorite cocktail extras from home to make sure when it was time to enjoy one with my roommates I would be able to make them something fun.  I added in two bottles of Cathead Vodka, both regular + honeysuckle, a bottle of Aperol, some Prosecco, my monogram napkins, fun straws, mint, limes and a collection of Acrylic Sticks.  Truth be told we only used a little bit of everything but it was still ready to go and looked so cute just in case. 😉

I could not resist this caftan after a long day of heels + a cute business outfit.  I just wanted to pull this on and relax for an hour and it was truly perfect.  You can shop it here, it comes both with a tie and without, mine is without.

We laugh so hard together and truly I can't even remember why I was laughing here, and it doesn't matter.  There is something about the way she loves me and supports me that just makes me so happy.  I am sure she told me some crazy thing she did or reminded me of the time I rode my bike into a hedge in Palm Beach to avoid a bird dive bombing me or the day she defined something she was describing to me with photos on her phone and I may have peed a little.  There is something about us together that just works so well.  I can't tell you how much I adore this girl I met six years ago via Instagram.  Can you even believe it, social media has brought such special people to my life.

Once again, who knows what I said ... but clearly it was funny! 🤣

Can we go back immediately?  I could use some sun + sea air right about now as it is about 34 degrees outside and we are on schedule for more rain tomorrow.  I will be soaking up all the sun I can today for sure.

I hope your Friday is truly ah-mazing!

Images by Angie Webb Photo


Glossier In Atlanta

A few weeks ago I received an email with some exciting news ... Glossier was coming to Atlanta.  I was introduced to Glossier by a fellow blogger two summers ago when she was talking about the orange blossom products.   As soon as this Florida girl heard the words orange + blossom I ordered them and have loved them since.  I own both the Daily Oil Wash and Daily Perfecting Cream and I use them daily in the shower and immediately after.  I love the scent and they leave my skin looking refreshed and moisturized in this crazy winter season we are in.  Plus ... having that amazing orange blossom scent in the bathroom almost eliminates the grey days outside.


More Pink For Your Life

Pink is just the happiest color in the crayon box and I would choose it every single day all day no matter what!!  And since this is the month where we are all embracing all the pink all day every day I have a second edition of all things pink for you.  I can tell you it was not hard one single second of the scouting I did for this post, or the last one, I am happy to hunt down the cutest pink things for all of us!


Lake Pajamas ... On Sale

I never post twice in one day ... but ... I missed out on the notice that the Lake Pajamas annual sale started so that was most definitely worth a double post.  Lake Pajamas is one of those brands that have a cult following.  If you know, you know.  They are the softest pajamas and seem to only get softer with every single wash.  I love mine, wear them all the time and swear by them.  Last year I branched out and bought a gown and, it to, is the most comfortable thing. This sale only happens once a year and is most definitely worth shouting from the roof tops.  It is that good.

Presidents Day Shopping

Just in case you are like me this morning enjoying a leisurely cup (or two) of coffee and perusing the internet I am here to tell you there are some great sales for you to check out.  Today is the beginning of our Winter Break so the kids are home, there are no alarms this week and we are really down for doing some fun things + relaxing.  I think I have mentioned before that my children get a week off every other month (and start school August 1) and the Winter Break is always the one that stumps me the most.  After chatting with our friends we all decided we would just chill this week and I could not love the idea more.  I had no intention of sharing sales or doing any sort of shopping at all and then I happened upon some really good sales and I really wanted to share with you.


All The Love Potion Please

I mentioned adding a fun cocktail to your Valentines celebrating in this post, but the drink I found was so delicious and fun I think it deserves a post all on its own.  I found the recipe for Love Potion while reading an article on fabulous Valentines cocktails in Town & Country and honestly what first drew me in was the pink color.  I mean, just being honest with you.  But then while reading the ingredients and realizing I only need limes completely sealed the deal for me.  This is such an easy to make cocktail and its so yummy + its pink which makes it a must have in your cocktail playbook. You will love it, pinky swear. 


All The Candy For Valentines

So I told you that Valentines is my very favorite holiday ... there is something about it that makes me so happy, girly, full of love + happiness.  I know it may be cheesy to some, but to me it is just all the wonderful feelings, plus more.  I can recall being a child and cutting out all the hearts from folded paper (remember in half, and then you had a full heart?) and loving all the chocolate.  Since I am partially (ok, fully) addicted to loving on others this is the one day I feel like it is the day you do it with complete reckless abandon. 


Caftan Heaven

Caftan c/o || Sandals || Bracelets c/o || Sunglasses || Earrings c/o

There is something about a caftan that makes me just so happy, it changes my mood the second I put it on.  I love the comfort, the beach-y feel, and the immediately sense of relaxation.  I can not turn down a chance to wear a beautiful caftan and being in Sea Island for the week was the perfect excuse, maybe ever.  With the crazy rain we have had for weeks in Atlanta I was really excited when the weather forecast for St. Simons showed the happy little 🌞 symbol so when Willow Park Boutique showed me their new caftans I was most definitely all in to own one immediately.


Biscuit Casserole ... Yes Please

About a month or so ago I discovered that Callie's Biscuits launched biscuit casseroles.  I will tell you that when that news hit my feed I was all over it as Callie's are my favorite biscuits ever.  I know how to make them but that does not deter me from driving into the city to visit my favorite little biscuit shop.  I love all the varieties and I was so excited to hear Carrie was now making casseroles.  It was like any other brand you are really enamored with ... whatever they release you are just sure you will love, and I was absolutely correct once again.


Love + Kindness

It's Valentine week and I am more giddy than usual, as in ... all the pink hearts, pink confetti, pink and red sprinkles, and most definitely all the flowers and chocolate please + thank you!  I just restocked our hot cocoa station with extra K cups, marshmallows, flowers, and to go cups.  I am loving this little set up and it is getting a lot of visitors which just makes me oh so happy.


The Happiest Of Mondays

I can't believe last week is over.  It was good, as in so very good.  This may have been my sixth Summit, but in a lot of ways it feels like my first.  Just like every other thing in my life, it felt new and oh so wonderful in all the ways.  I shared some of my feelings about it last night on Instagram, and I will share more as it unfolds ... but be prepared, I am making some really good changes to so many things!


Zhushing Up The Coffee Table

I mentioned last month I was changing a few things around in our den and I really like the progress so far.  It is always nice to swap things up and play around with your accessories, it feels like you have all new things and you just shopped your home.  I can tell you your husband will definitely like it a whole lot more, mine sure does.


My Adoration For Scout

As you may recall I am a contributor for The Southern C blog and it is one of my favorite things to do.  I love interviews and love getting to know creatives on a deeper level ... I find it so fun and they have so many amazing things to share.  My first blog post for this year was a really good one and I am still absorbing all I learned and discovered about the amazing Owner + Creator of SCOUT Bags, Deb Johns. 


Shopping For All The Pink!

Pink ... its just my signature color.  It makes me happy, gives me life and I think every single thing just is prettier in pink.  Since we are three days into my very favorite month I am most definitely wearing all the pink ... on repeat ... and I love it so.  I am telling you, it is just the best color in the wheel.  There is something so happy about all things pink ... I think the simpleness of the color + its pureness + the feminine side.  It is just sooo very pretty. 💗


Hazen & Co. ... Want To Be My Valentine?

Tomorrow begins my favorite month of the year and I am truly giddy with excitement.  It is a month of love, all things pink, and so many feminine and girly things.  I am here and ready for them all!  I got a wonderful preview to the inspiration photos of Hazen & Co. new Valentine collection and I think I love this new release most of all.  It is truly so beautiful and each piece I want to add to my ever growing collection of Taylor Miller Turner's beautiful creations. Each bracelet, necklace, earrings + (new!) barrettes are so very pretty.  Like really, really pretty. 


Going Green ... How It Feels Now

As you know I decided last year with my husband's cancer battle to go green in our home.  I was very committed to making a safe home for him and for our family and I am so thankful I took the challenge.  I made a number of changes to our home, most importantly to cleaning supplies and things we put on our bodies, and every one of my changes is still in play today.  I have learned so much along the journey and I hope to share those with you just in case this is something you wish to tackle in your own homes and for your life as well.


My Travel Style

So I think I may have told you before, but if I didn't share let me do so now.  I am an earlier packer.  Every single time I travel I pack at least a week in advance.  I start pulling clothes I want to take, make sure my laundry is done so I have all the options and then decide what, if anything, I need to buy.  I don't know when the early packing started ... maybe when the kids were tiny ... but it stuck and now it is just my favorite way to do it.  I used to do laundry for them and then pull all the things I wanted to pack into a clean laundry basket so I would not have to clean it again before the trip.  Traveling with three littles was always a challenge but I found a system that worked and stuck with it.  Now that it is just me I need to pack for I think I do it because I love it.  It reduces so much stress for me and then also helps me think of things I need to do and gather way before I need them.  I can promise you if I am traveling at any time I will have started packing at least one week in advance.

Every single time.  And I love it so ... 


Cancer ... Where Are We Now?

It has almost four months since we came home from the hospital and I haven’t really updated you on all the things happening. As you may recall the first four weeks were a lot to deal with and then the second four weeks were better as the bigger drain came out and he was released to go back to work. He continues to heal from surgery and, although the major issues are all gone and he is so much stronger, there is still some recovery happening. I can recall when he first came home and could barely walk on his own and didn’t eat but a tiny bit thinking it would take months to see him strong again and now almost four months later he is that strong. God is so faithful and so good. There is no other words I can say. He is a miracle.


All The Lettuce Ware Love

With the buzz around the current Sotheby's Mario Buatta auction I have been thinking quite a bit about lettuce ware and more specifically Dodie Thayer.  Mario's extensive lettuce ware collection sold yesterday for $48,000 and I literally can not stop staring at the images.  It was truly such a fabulous collection of her amazing work.  In 2015 I wrote a random thoughts blog post and included the new that Tory Burch had collaborated with Dodie Thayer to release a new collection of her stunning lettuce ware pieces.  There is something about the green in the pottery that is just like no other.  It is the perfect lettuce green and always makes me think of spring and new life when I see it.  I have been captivated for years by its beauty.


Chinoiserie Tulips ... yes please!

Do you remember when I shared this darling calendar with you on Instastories?  I have toted my love for Leslie of Giddy Paperie so many times and I will be continuing to do so as her talent truly has no end.  It is a desk calendar with a card for each month featuring Leslie's beautiful art + Tina of The Enchanted Home's love for blue and white porcelain. Does it get any better?  Each month is truly beautiful but February is truly my favorite.  I am really looking forward to flipping the card next week but I will feel that way each month because Leslie's artwork truly shines on each card.

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