New Shades

I can recall before it was necessary for me to wear glasses + sunglasses daily craving to be able to wear a pair of stylish glasses.  I think it was an image of Dominick Dunne that sticks out to me with the tortoise frames and the stylish and iconic Jackie Kennedy with her amazing classic sunglasses.  Glasses seemed to be something of a studious look and I was all for it.  This was, of course, part of my youth, and now that I am 40+ and my vision is no longer 20/20 I rely on glasses to help me see 24/7.  That desire for stylish specs has not changed one single bit, and I wear what I feel like is the best of the best. 


Spring Inspiration with Mallory Mathison Glenn

When it comes to interior designers there are just a small few that I really fall in love with every single thing they design, and Mallory Mathison Glenn is one of those select few. I met Mallory five years ago when she was working on this room at the Holiday Showhouse.  I fell in love with her work immediately and her excellent use of colors and patterns.  When I interviewed her for the blog post she shared with me her vision for the room she had just completed, and I loved her work even more. 


Green, May I Have It All?

It always seems to me that when March begins I really feel like spring is on its way?  Like ... maybe right around the corner?  Also ... I am chatting about weather again, so does that show my age? 😂 I think maybe because I had my first date with my husband in March, or maybe because the world seems to come back to life in March, but I really just love it so.  It also follows February, which is my favorite month, so there is that.  The second that March arrives I am ready to fling the windows open, dust like mad, swap out all the pillows and throws in the den for spring options and truly just move on from winter. 


Spring Shopping ...

Feels the sun one day and sees blue skies three days in a row and immediately starts dreaming of spring clothes.  

Yep ... sure did! 


Six Things I Bought + Loved Vol. 7

Hey, hey
... anyone loving this week, or is it just me?  The sun has been shining and it is giving me good energy and all the feels about spring which hopefully will be here so very soon.  I am ready for colors, flowers blooming, and all the benefits of spring weather and I am sure I am not the only one.  I am so thankful the weather across the country seems like it is back to its normal state, and I pray those affected are doing so much better.  I have talked about weather a lot lately, am I becoming my grandmother?? 


Master Bedroom Dreaming ...

We love our master bedroom!  I love the dark walls and how dreamy it feels ... even though it is dark. When I did this room a number of years ago I paired the chocolate walls with greens and turquoise to tie into the bathroom wallpaper.  Even though its been five years since we redid the room I really love the colors and the choices we made.  Although it is time to upgrade just a few items, it is still current and still sparks so much joy for both of us. 


Shopping Trip Recap

This post, finally I have it for you.  I promised it to you last week and then so much happened and I also realized I did not have the information I needed for you, so it is very, very delayed.  But I have extra information to share so I hope that will help ease the delay.  I can not believe this trip was almost a month ago, I am so very ready to do it all again.  

How about next month?


Do All The Things

Happy Monday
... I hope the sun is shining on you and your day is off to a great start! For so many of my friends in Texas and Louisiana I pray so hard that their week is so much better than the last one.  So many had such awful weather and so many suffered.  It truly broke my heart.  My specific prayer is for restoration and peace and that this week would bring better weather, water, and electricity for all. I am so thankful that so many have shared resources for us to help.  I do not know about you but when I know someone is hurting I need to be able to do something.  At this very moment I pray so hard for my friends in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Lord, they need water!!!


The Southern C Summit - Virtual

As you recall two weeks ago I used my virtual The Southern C Summit ticket on the road, visiting a number of cities over five days and meeting up with some alums from years past.  I love my time at Summit each year as I feel like it really sets me up for the year.  I use the time to get my mind in business mode, meet amazing people, work on collaborations, and come home with a list of amazing people to work with along with new collaborations with businesses I already know.  It is hands down the best thing I do as a blogger and business owner all year long.  There is something about that time away that truly just gets me in the perfect mind frame for the rest of the year.  I am not saying it is always smooth sailing as I come home and work it all out, but the inspiration I glean from the time always gets me going in the right direction. 


Two Weeks Of Love + Joy

The past 14 days I have participated in a giveaway a day on Instagram to share some love + joy daily.  It was so fun and a number of small businesses participated finishing with an amazing giveaway with Frontgate yesterday.  I love partnering with others, it builds excitement, shares their business with others and showers them with some new followers for their brand.  I was picky for this two week process, picking some of my favorites to share with you. It was really a great success for all and today I am sharing each of their businesses so you will have a hard copy of those who partnered with me. 


Stubbs + Wootton

I think my love for a loafer started in elementary school with penny loafers.  I can remember being in fourth or fifth grade and my dad teaching me to polish them for school and always adding in new, shiny pennies.  It was bliss.  For me the loafer is the epitome of prep style. I am a true prep at heart.  If you let me loose with a catalog or in a shop I will choose the preppy look every single time above all things.  The older I get the more this appears.  I love my pearls, love my button downs and jeans or skinny pants, and to complete the look ... love a loafer or a ballet flat. 


Cards + Cocktails

Remember before Covid when we could have our besties over and have them hang all afternoon?  Yeah, me too ... and I miss it so much. A few years ago I invited two besties over one evening and we had darling pink drinks and yummy snacks and played Lilly Pulitzer monopoly.  Before you knew it we were so busy chatting we forgot all about that darling game.  We had so much fun. Last year I set up an evening of cards + cocktails for besties and once again, so much fun. Since this isn't happening this year I thought I would re share the images of the set up before they arrived ... because I love it so very much.  In fact, as I look back on it I would not change one single thing.  All the pink, all the yummy snacks and that yummy pink drink, it was so perfect


Capitol Vintage Charm School

Happy Monday ... the sun is shining here, the music is loud, and I am ready to tackle this week.  Last week was so very good for me, I came home so very tired but also so full of creative ideas, conversations with really good fellow creatives, and a list of action items.  Since I was basically taking my Southern C Summit virtual ticket on the road it was so good to multitask and listen to great speakers while shopping and meeting with fellow alums.  I think it may be my favorite week in a very, very long time. 


Valentine Happies For Him

Happy Wednesday ... now that we have hinted to our boys what we would like for Valentines Day, let's make sure we find something fabulous to spoil them with.  I do not know about you but my husband is so simple in the gift department.  If I made him a great steak and baked potato and did all the dishes while he relaxed he would think he won the lottery. 😂 It is something I do for him each year, and this year will be no different, but I do love to snag one or two small things I know he will love to go along with the delicious meal. 


Valentine Happies For Her


All the goodies for you ladies today ... and tomorrow its all about Him.  There are such cute things in this round up for you, your mom, sister, bestie, and, of course ... to send to your Husband as a hint or two!  One of my favorite items is of course the cute pink pjs + slippers or the darling pink candle and the amazing match cloche.  You know I adore a great candle, and this one smells divine.  And those darling earrings from Hazen, I sent those to the Hubs to snag for me.  I don't think you could go wrong with any of the goodies on this fun list. 


Happy February!

Good Morning
... cue all the hearts and heart eye emojis and all the love texts and letters, this is my very favorite month of the entire year.  I think one of the reasons its my favorite is that its the first real month after we have christened a new year.  The very long January is behind us, and now we can just be ... and be happy in a month filled with love and joy. When I was little my grandmother gave me a charm bracelet one year for Valentines Day that was nothing but hearts.  It is all sizes and patterns and I truly love it so.  I still have it, and wear it, and every single time I see it I think of feeling loved ... and spreading that love


Cocktail Hour ...

It has been so long since I gave you a fun little cocktail hour inspired post ... and this one is going to be so fun.  Maybe it was the long week, maybe it was the couple of days of rain, but I am truly ready for a great sit by the fire, have a cocktail evening. The Hubs has been treating us to morning fires on the weekend and a fire almost every single evening and it has been heavenly. It is so cozy, so warm, and perfect for spending some quality time at the end of the day together. 💗 


My Favorite Robe

As a child and older I was never a fan of a robe.  I think it is the product of growing up in Florida where the littlest amount of clothing when you are sleeping and out of the shower is best.  I had a great terry wrap around I wore as a teen and when I went to college, we all had them, but it was not until I moved to Georgia I developed a desire to own a robe.  I remember the first time I knew I needed one.  I was living in Virginia Highlands and I went upstairs to the house that I lived in the basement apartment under to ask for something and one of the girls answered the door wearing a darling plaid robe.  Under the robe she had a perfect pair of plaid pajamas that was not the same pattern, but still a great plaid.  As she asked me what I wanted I am sure I just stood there with my head tilted thinking ... I am going to need to a "robe" to my list of must haves. 😂 I can remember it vividly ... her pairing of pajamas + robe was perfection.


Great Movie Recommendations

Since all of us are now "going to the movies" at home for the foreseeable future, I decided to share some amazing movies that we have watched over the last year.  We have watched a lot of tv, but who hasn't, but there are truly some great movies that made an impression on me. I came across this article from Town & Country yesterday which got me to thinking, and adding new ones to my list, what would I recommend? So ... here you go, my top picks from all of our watching.


All The Paint, please!

Happy Monday
... I hope your weekend was a good one!  For me it was filled with estate sales, shipping, more estate sales and lots of sunny cold weather.  I also did a bunch of needlepointing which was so fun to fit in, it relaxes me so very much! I did a super fun question and answer session on Saturday evening and got some amazing questions ... including a lot about the paint in our home. I love paint ... and I love great colors so I decided the best way to share with you would be in today's blog post.


Blood Orange Bourbon Smash


A few years ago I made this yummy cocktail for Lawyer and I and then, somehow, forgot about it.  With the weather this week being cold and wet I thought it would be so yummy to serve tonight by a fire and a movie.  I am linking the original post for you with the recipe, but to help you along I will tell you that at the market today you will need to grab a few blood oranges, some fresh mint, and bitters if you do not already have it in your bar.  I used bourbon since that is our favorite, but you could change it to vodka or gin if you prefer. 


Blue + Green

A week or so ago on Instagram Whitney English talked about how to update a room, or your house, using what she called the ONBB system.  According to her plan, you add in some old, some new, some borrowed items (nature, trips, etc.), and some blue and green.  When I first read her idea I remember tilting my head but as she showed examples I was immediately on board.  For our house of many colors, as my kids refer to it, I have always stuck to the plan that each room needed some of the same elements to feel connected to each other. For me that has always been both green and blue.  I completely agree with her idea ... and even if your green is a plant or two, the two colors instantly balance any room.


Pink, Pink + More Pink

We are now 11 days from February which for me is the month of pink.  I wear all the pink in the month of love and this year I feel like it may be on steroids.  I am feeling all the love.  Love for my neighbor, love for my country, love for the changes we have made in the new year, and most of all, love for my people. My level of pink may be completely out of control, and I am more than alright with that. 


Bagel Board Goodness

There are a lot of board inspirations on the internet, and most definitely Instagram, and you can literally make anything from a hot cocoa board (yes please) to a burger board and every single thing in between.  Think of it as great merchandising for your meal or snack.  A year or so ago I spotted a bagel board on Instagram and was immediately drooling.  I love a great bagel on Saturday morning complete with lox, sliced tomato, sliced onion, and finished with salt + pepper.  Since I am mostly gluten free I try to limit my bagel consumption to once a week knowing it will most definitely spark a headache.  That bagel board stuck with me and I kept trying to think of a time I could make it work.  I found myself thinking a lot about ... well, would a bagel board be fun for sleepovers?  Would it be good for Christmas morning?  Honestly the conversation in my head became ridiculous.  Until ... last week. 


Consigning With The Real Real

Does anyone else tackle their closet this time of year to start fresh with a clean and organized space?  My closet is one of the spaces in our house that can either bring me joy or truly stress me out quite a bit depending on the organization and tidiness of the space. My closet is a good size but most definitely not large and is organized the best it can be with the size it is and the sheer amount of the items inside.  Sometimes I feel like I own the Carrie Bradshaw closet with all the things stuffed inside which was clearly bigger and deeper than it seemed.  The main difference being, obviously, the clothes inside being very, very different


A Great List Of Interviews ...

A week or so I put out a poll on Instagram asking what you would like to see on the blog this year and one of the topics I added in was who you would like to see interviewed.  I got some great suggestions, and have noted down each one.  What I realized was how many of you that have not read some of the interviews I have completed.  The most requested person was one of my dearest friends, Emily McCarthy.  Emily is one of the best people I know, both inside and out, and I interviewed her, and she interviewed me a while back.  I talked with her last night and we agreed we needed to update the interview which will happen most likely LIVE on Instagram very soon.  I just love that girl. 


Winter ... At Our Door

Last week when I drove into the driveway I was sad thinking that when my holiday decor came down my front door would look so different, and honestly sad.  Winter is not one of my favorite seasons due to the fact that there is nothing green or living showing. I do love fire season and snuggling up in the house but greeting a front door without a cute wreath and something living just sounded not fun at all. So ... I decided to change that up and make it fabulous, and I am super excited about the result. 


New Morning Mercies

Last year about this time, maybe a month or so later, I purchased the best book I have purchased in a long time, New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp.  Every single time I share it in my stories I get a ton of questions about the book title.  It comes from what I have shared, which would be a tid bit of what he has written.  It will catch your attention and then you need to know what book it is I am quoting from.  It is truly the one book we could all add to our daily routine. It is a fantastic devotional that will speak to you, convict you in love, and give you something very clear to think about all day long.  I could not love it more. 


Cottage Journal ... Editor's Favorite

I am super excited to share that our home has once again been featured in The Cottage Journal. In the current issue, entitled Southern Cottage, our home is part of the editor's round up of favorites of the year. I truly can not believe we were chosen, the honor is the best way to start off the year. The feature is identical to the one from the summer but if you missed it the first time this is your chance to see it again.  I truly can not believe it was printed twice, it is such an exciting way to start the year. If you do not see the magazine at your local market you can purchase it here online


Blue + White To Transition

When I worked at The Gap in college after Christmas the first two shipments would be all blue and white items. There would be a lot of navy, some cream, some white and a variety of blue pieces to make the transition to spring. I recall it being a great gateway to the colors of spring and also one of my first impressions of how much I loved blues + whites together. When I was taking down Christmas decorations yesterday I was thinking of how much I love all of my blue and white pieces and how the first Shop Pink Clutch sale of the year needed to be all blue and white. It just seems a perfect gateway, don't you think?


2021 Goals

A brand new year and I have some serious thoughts running around in my head about what I want to accomplish and what I am giving up ... not really resolutions, but rather goals. In 2019 I worked really hard on abolishing expectations in my life and I have done really well managing that for the most part.  Last year I worked on faith and using my inner strength.  This year I have a list of things I want to accomplish both personally, professionally, and for our family.  Honestly, I am thrilled to start a new year with a whole new mindset


Six Things I Got + Loved Vol. 6

This post is always one of your favorites and I am thrilled to continue this series into the new year.  I don't buy a lot of things, but what I do I put a lot of time and thought into and when I share it you can be sure it was a keeper in high rotation.  I have tried to edit my closet and life over the last year to keep only what I wear and force myself to do so.  I have had the same style for so many years so it is easy to know what I love and wear, and hopefully, what looks the best on me.  I tend to gravitate to classic style and, as always, still have the prep in me.  It just is what it is. 

I have found a few things the past few months that I really love and have found that I have purchased them each more than once. When that happens it is time to share with all of you.  Two of them I am new to wearing and loving and the other four are classics in my life.  Two of these photos today are straight from my Iphone, they aren't the best but clearly you can see I wear my stuff as I say I do. 😉


The Southern C ... Virtually

If you have followed me for any length of time you know I live for The Southern C summit each year.  I plan for it, I get super organized about how I spend my time there, I beg one of my two best besties to go with me (a dream would be both at the same time) and I go and soak up the time and energy.  It is, hands down, my favorite thing to do for my business each year.  This year since things in our world are so different we can all still attend, just in a different way. 


Starting The Year ... With Lilly Pulitzer

Oh hey friends ... its one of my favorite days of the year, the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale.  I have loved Lilly way longer than I have owned it and every single piece I purchase brings me joy.  There is something about the patterns and the colors that just make me feel like a newlywed wearing Lilly on her honeymoon.  I have so many pieces that will instantly date me and I could not love it more.  Today the sale goes live at 8 am ... and runs today and tomorrow, so shopping will be easy to do.  I am adding in my favorites below, there are some great items and really great prices to take advantage of.  What a perfect way to come back from a holiday ... with Lilly! 

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