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Gameday Ready!


SEC Football hits the ground running this week, and I am more than ready to watch some college football games.  I will admit I love college football but do not care for professional football.  I think it is an entirely different dynamic for me and just doesn't feel the same at all.  As you may know, I attended UCF but spent most weekends in Gainesville at UF as one of my college roommates was dating someone there, and at the time, UCF didn't have a football team.  My dad attended UF, his parents taught there, and I grew up rooting for the Gators.  Many years later, nothing has changed; I bleed orange and blue. ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™


Goodbye Summer with Printfresh

I have the best news!  My favorite pajama company is having a GOODBYE SUMMER SALE, and some of the best patterns are up to 50% off.  These pajamas are the best I have owned, and the organic cotton gets softer with every wash. I have a number of the patterns on sale and think they are so fun. 


Behind The Boxwoods

I am beyond excited to share with you that I have partnered with Southern Bungalow Co. and created a custom candle!!  This candle results from months of sniffing the most amazing scents Susan sent over and trying to narrow down my favorites.  Every scent from Southern Bungalow is magical, and I knew she would send some incredible combinations when I made a list of my favorite scents.  I wanted something light but memorable so it would be something that could be burned again and again.


Tailgating In Style

Is anyone else ready for tailgate season? I love tailgating, and this year I decided to forgo a particular team or team colors and just really embrace my love for plaid and vintage items.  I could not love it more; it is perfect for any sport, for ladies or men, or a combination of the two.  I say three cheers for all the plaid all the time. 


Denim, On Sale

Yes, my blog post is late today ... but I have been working on two massive projects, one that launches on Friday and one next week.  It has been so fun but so time-consuming!!  But I am not skipping today's blog post because I must share with you this incredible deal.  I just spotted my favorite store is having a denim sale, and you and I must check it out. 


National Peach Day

I almost missed National Peach Day ... but I can not miss the opportunity to share the fantastic picnic I had with friends in Perry, Ga., earlier this summer.  Eating a peach-inspired meal in an orchard is a must-do; we had so much fun. My friend Avoly's husband Tyler manages the most beautiful orchards just outside Perry, and he was so generous to offer to let us set up a table and spend some time in one of the orchards during golden hour.  It was truly stunning, and, as always, I learned so much from Tyler about the peaches


Monday Thoughts ...

I started this week with a deep clean of my kitchen.  I just sat down and am tired, but my kitchen shines like a diamond.  It is amazing how much cleaner your space is when you remove everything and clean it all. It feels so good.  I did the same thing with our bedroom and bathroom this weekend and lost track of time cleaning.  I have neglected it for far too long. Things have begun to pile up, which is always a bad thing! If you are feeling overwhelmed at all, I suggest deep cleaning something.  It will clear your head in no time at all. 


Summer Items I Would Buy Again

I was folding laundry and putting away another stack of post-trip clothes and accessories, and I stopped for a second and noticed a pile of things I had bought this summer and loved.  I realized they were things I would buy again in a heartbeat and decided I should share.  It was a great summer, and with only about a month left of summer, I am absolutely still really leaning into my favorite season.  I will love fall when it arrives, and I feel settled, but summer is hands down just the best, in my opinion.  So with that ... let's chat about what I bought and really loved!


New York Times

Yesterday an interview I gave in July for an article went live.  I am beyond excited to share that I am quoted in a New York Times article speaking on ruffles, bows, and the best ever, chintz.  I was excited to tell the writer, Lia Picard, when she asked if we could talk about three of my favorite things. I can promise you that you will see me in a full baseball slide toward anything chintz at an estate sale, and if it has bows or ruffles, you better bet I will buy it at first sight. 


Pawleys Island

I spent four days last week traveling to a new to me location, one that truly captured my heart.  I will definitely be returning as it is charming, unique, and a quiet little space on the South Carolina coast.


Vintage Paint By Number

When I was younger, one of the notable art projects was paint-by-number.  They were small, kept me busy all morning or afternoon, and never turned out quite like the photo.  Nonetheless, it was so much fun to do.  I think the paintbrush was always a little more giant than it needed to be, which I will blame for my result not looking like the box.  I was one of those kids who expected my results to resemble an example.  That little fact would take years to unwind ... ๐Ÿ˜‰


The Perfect Italian Meal ...

Yesterday I introduced you to the beauty of VIETRI Limoni and we talked about the food today.  This meal is so easy to make and one I make a lot.  As I mentioned before, I am part Italian, and a delicious pasta meal with fresh ingredients is a comfort meal for me. As a child, other kids had fish sticks, macaroni, and cheese, and my go-to was buttered noodles with extra parm accompanied by a fabulous crusty bread.  All the carbs, please + thank you. 

This yummy pasta dish is so easy to make.  Known to the world as TikTok pasta, I choose it repeatedly for its perfect combination of roasted tomatoes, fresh garlic, and shallots, and the delicious feta cheese that gives the dish a yummy bite. Even though feta cheese is Greek and not Italian, I think it is refreshin refreshing, and delightful. To be honest, the first time I made it, I was not expecting to like it at all, and then I found out it was so good I swore to make it time and time again. 

TikTok Pasta ... 

2 pt. cherry or grape tomatoes (I always add extra)
1 shallot, quartered
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil, dividedexcellent excellent
Kosher salt
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 (8-oz.) block feta
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
10 oz. pasta
Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
Fresh basil, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large ovenproof skillet or medium baking dish, combine tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and all but 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt and red pepper flakes and toss to combine. Place feta into the center of the tomato mixture and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Scatter thyme sprigs over tomatoes. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until tomatoes burst and feta is golden on top. Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente according to package directions in a large pot of boiling salted water. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water before draining.

To skillet with tomatoes and feta, add cooked pasta, reserved pasta water, and lemon zest (if using) and stir until combined. Garnish with basil.

For this dish, I poured the tomatoes and feta mixture directly over the pasta in the bowl and let the goodness drip and run down into the pasta.

What is more perfect than a pairing of pasta and a delicious salad?  I love an excellent arugula salad, and this one is delicious while remaining light and easy pairing to a heavier pasta dish. 

Arugula Salad ... 

Fresh arugula
salt and pepper
freshly shaved parmesan

Dressing ...
1 shallot, finely minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
Splash of hot honey
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mix well and pour over salad; garnish with shaved parmesan.  I love a lot of cheese!

Just a few extra images entice you to purchase these pieces and make this meal. You really can not go wrong with any of it.  Add to cart!

VIETRI Limoni pieces used ... 

Limoni Dinner Plate
Limoni Cereal Bowl
Limoni Pitcher
Limoni Figural Lemon Platter
Limoni Medium Serving Bowl

Happy Thursday ... now, of course, I am craving pasta!!

Images by Angie Webb Photography


Vietri Limoni

VIETRI is one of my favorite brands to own and use, and I am thrilled to partner with them for this project. When we first discussed working together, I could choose my favorite collection to present, and hands down, I decided on Limoni. My grandmother was Italian, so I grew up eating pasta and Italian meals regularly. My comfort food is pasta with fresh ingredients, warm and crusty bread, and a simple salad. This meal is always a crowd pleaser and has never looked better than served on these gorgeous lemon dishes.  Vietri describes them as ... "cheerful, vibrant, and iconically Italian," and I think their description is spot on.  With the gingham tablecloth, the fresh herbs, and all the lemons, I felt like I was eating somewhere in Italy and not on my beautiful deck.  It was a fabulous meal and a beautiful one made possible with the stunning Limoni collection and other beautiful Vietri pieces. ๐Ÿ‹



Everyone in America and beyond has heard of Kim Kardashian; because of that, we all know her brand of shapewear Skims. However, until yesterday I had not seen them in person, touched them, and wanted to leave the store with a shopping cart full of the pieces.  After having lunch yesterday at the Nordstrom Cafe with my friend Nicole, we stopped into the pajama department only to discover that Nordstrom has quite the selection of Skims products. 


Six Things I Bought + Loved Vol. 18

Well, that was a break I didn't expect to take. Two weeks off from the blog, first vacation, and then prepping for school to begin was all-consuming in honestly the best way possible.  I indeed had no intention of not writing, but one day led to the next, and finally, I just gave in to the schedule of our time as a family.  I intended to lean into the summer as a family, and in the last two weeks, I finally just gave in.  It was truly remarkable, and it feels weird to be "back" to work.  I feel like I am cheating on summer and my family, but school has begun, and our summer break from school is over.  Every morning will start to feel more like the school year again ... and I will be patient with myself until it happens. 

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