Some highlights from my trip to Italy with sisterlove!
BIRTHDAY EDITION - 29 for 29
29 Things I Know For Sure:
- People show you who they are very quickly and most won't change. You must take people at face value and be pleasantly surprised when they prove you wrong.
- Not showing up is the easiest way to ensure that they will never hire you, suggest you for a job, hook you up with their friend, or trust you. Show up or don't agree to the meeting.
- Telling someone that you were wrong will never feel good. But that's not the point of the exercise of apology.
- Nobody owes you forgiveness. You owe everyone civility.
- Wash your face before you sleep every night. And change your pillow cases often.
- It is perfectly acceptable to have a secret room, pile, closet or drawer that gets so terribly messy that you have to clean it once a month because it has become shameful. This makes you a messy human and people love a mess -- entire networks have made all of their money on telling the stories of human messes.
- You can't eat nachos for dinner every night even if you want to. Though every great day should be celebrated with them.
- What you wear and how you adorn yourself matters. Even if you think fashion is frivolous, how you treat your outside is a reflection to the world of what is going on inside. Deny it if you want, but a stranger has no care for your denial. They will see what you show them.
- Not everyone is meant to be partnered or to have children. If these things aren't your bliss, don't do them.
- A hot shower, a cup of warm coffee, and a fluffy blanket. These are the cures for most miserable moments.
- You must try and channel your longing into creation.
- It is not enough to help others. You must attempt to understand them as well.
- You don't have to commit to anything that you feel will not serve you or that you cannot serve. Even if you have said you want to be a part of it or if you have signed a contract --- there is always a way out...except for prison. Try not to go to prison.
- Bad breath makes people not want to kiss you. Brush your damn teeth and always have a mint in your pocket.
- Kissing is great. Kiss people as often as you can. Find someone special and kiss them always. Also, forehead kisses are the sexiest things on the planet.
- When in doubt, start in the middle and go in both directions.
- Don't ask for a sign and not follow it.
- Strawberry ice cream is underrated. It is also amazing on a slice of warm apple pie.
- When you travel make sure you get what your pay for. Either splurge on luxury and enjoy every moment of it or do things as cheaply and efficiently as possible. Nothing is worse than a middle of the road experience in a foreign place.
- Learn how to manage your money before you get a credit card. When you get one use it and earn those points! Points are real!
- Families look like a lot of different things these days. Call the people who make you feel good, challenge you, and support you. If that is your parents great! If it isn't, that's ok too! No matter what, you must try and connect with your family once a week -- whoever that is.
- Always talk about politics, religion, and sex at dinner. How else will you create conversations that will change the world?
- There is a difference between genuine goodness and fake kindness. Find those who are good and stick with them for life.
- Saying "Thank You" and "I appreciate you" never gets old. Especially to the person hearing them.
- Everyone is allowed to change their entire lives without apology. You owe a career path to NOBODY. Make up your mind to change your mind all the time.
- Nine times out of ten people won't actually give a shit about what happens in your daily life so stop empowering their opinions.
- Cats are actually pretty great. I never thought I would believe that but I have been enlightened.
- When someone does something nice for you, don't be upset if they ask for your help in return. This is how the world works. The greatest currency we have is our system of favors.
- Never make a major life decision after 3 glasses of wine, 2AM, or 1 major breakup.
Artist / Charleston, SC
ON LIVING A LIFE:
Coffee or Tea?
• Hmm... depends on the time of day; Coffee in the morning and tea in the evening. I'm a sucker for good bedtime tea. Paromi has a blend called "sleep with me" that I'm obsessed with right now. It's so soothing and calming.
Are you an Audrey or a Katharine?
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
• Open the shutters to let some natural light in --- then check emails in bed.
What is your guilty pleasure?
• Sour Patch Kids (I know, healthy, right?) and Netflix!
If you could live in a movie, book, or play --- what would it be and why?
• What a good question! I think its a toss up between Pride and Prejudice or Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
What is your favourite city in the world?
• Amsterdam -- I lived there for two summers during college!
What is the most helpful app you have on your phone?
• Amazon PriceCheck (always looking for the deals).
ON BEING CREATIVE:
What does “being creative” mean to you?
• It means possessing creative skills in a specific area of life. However, that typically spills out into other areas of life as well --- decorating, cooking, party planning and such.
Who inspires you as an artist?
• I love Terry Winters, Mark Rothko, and Jeff Koons. But I'm also inspired by the color palettes and the style of Tory Burch, Alexander McQueen, Kendall Jenner, and Taylor Swift. Just to name a few!
Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
• For me it was when I took a break from painting and was working at a bank in town. It was my first job after college, and while I always knew I was a creative person, I didn't know I "absolutely had" to create until I didn't have a studio and wasn't creating!
What kind of creative patterns, routines, or rituals do you have?
• Instagram is a great source of inspiration, as well as Snapchat, and you can never underestimate the power of a good movie at the cinema or well written novel. Music also greatly inspires my work!
How does your local community impact your work?
• Charleston is the cutest little city. It's so tiny and everyone knows everyone. I love the sense of community I get by living downtown.
How do you handle the pressures of the business portion of being an entrepreneur and artist?
• I love the business side of art. When I’m working with design stores and such, sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly how to handle a transaction or respond to business proposals. So whenever I have questions, I’ll ask some of the other lovely artists in Charleston. Last summer I was having a hard time separating the love of my art and potential business deal and my friend Teil (check her out on IG @teilart) said, “Remember, at the end of the day business is business.” And that really hit me because I tend to sway to the emotional side sometimes!
Are you working on anything special at the moment?
• I’m working on my dear college friend’s wedding gift – it’s a huge liquin lines painting with lots of cool blues, creams and grays; like a morning at the beach!.
How do you define artistic success?
• I think artistic success comes from being completely delighted and proud of your work, which sounds easy, but it's actually hard! Knowing what you want to make in your head and then translating that out into reality can be quite a feat!
Lovelies, our bedroom is looking so sad. At one point in time, our bedroom felt like a sanctuary that I was always so happy to spend time in it. However, this year has taken it's toll and I think it is time for a SUMMER PROJECT! So I am about to start the redecoration process. The walls are staying navy blue --- and the bedding will always remain white! But I think it's time to clean it up, clear out a lot of the excess stuff, and make the room bright, airy, and add a bit more whimsy! Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of stuff? I'm terrible at letting things go!
Take a look at The Lust List --- then let me know your tips in the comments below!
THE LUST LIST
These are a few things I am lusting over right now --- a bit of an inspiration board! Click any item for purchasing information!
Every summer, my family and I head down to Hilton Head Island, SC. Over the years it has become our home away from home --- and I not so secretly wish that it was our permeant family home! What could be better than sun, the ocean, and lots of delicious seafood?!? This year, we were looking to do something different with some of our days and decided to head over to Beaufort, SC! It was my job to find fun things to do --- and I think I did a pretty solid job! Lots of food, treats, and beautiful homes were found, tasted, and lusted over. I can't even begin to tell you what a wonderful oasis this coastal Carolina town is. Here are some of the highlights of our day trip!
As always, head to the end of this post to find my "Quickie List" which includes additional fun places to visit, treats to eat, and places to stay!
Low Country Produce is a full market and cafe that serves delicious breakfast and lunch everyday in the beautiful reclaimed city hall building. On Friday they serve dinner and have live music!
What to Order:
You must try the fresh doughnuts (made to order for your table!), Scotch Eggs, sweet potato pancakes, and crab cakes Benedict. These fresh breakfast choices will make you full and oh so very happy! It is the perfect way to start your day in Beaufort!
This is a beautiful little neighborhood tucked away near the water in downtown Beaufort. The streets are packed with stunning historic homes and lovely tree covered streets (a perfect respite from the heat!).
What to Expect:
There are about six square blocks of restored antebellum homes and stunning views of the water. Be sure to take water (for hydration) and a camera (to capture to beauty!). It gets very warm walking around, but there are also bike rental services and historic carriage rides available in town if you are looking to catch a breeze! These houses are worth the walk I promise!
After you walk around the cute town, you are going to need to pop into this beautiful shop full of southern charm and home to the famous Sweet Tea Float. This beautiful store has home furnishings, decor, jewelry, gifts and my personal favourite: The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley!
What to Order:
After you have found all of the things you never knew you needed, head to the back of the store and order a Sweet Tea Float from the perfect little soda shop! What is a Sweet Tea Float? Oh --- it is just a big serving of Southern Sweet Tea with lemon, peach, mint or mango sorbetto floating in it. It is the most refreshing treat and you won't want to miss it!
The Inn is an opulent 18th-century Victorian mansion with a veranda, garden, rooftop bar & beautifully decorated rooms. They call themselves a home and hideout to romantics, heroes, bon vivants, and scalawags --- I call it stunning.
What to Expect:
Though I didn't spend the night at Anchorage 1770, Frank (one of the owners) gave us free range to look in the rooms and discover the space. I was instantly taken by the beauty and individuality of each room and the abundance of porches and common space. The Inn is a perfect fusion of modern luxury and classic architecture and history.
If you are up for a drive right out of town, head to St. Helena's Island and stop at this roadside dive for the Shrimp Burger and sweet potato fries. There is nothing fancy here -- just great flavors, great prices, and paper plates. But you will never have food like this again. I'm still dreaming about it.
What To Order:
Like I said --- step up to the window and order the Shrimp Burger and sweet potato fries. They have other things, but honestly if you don't order this you are a fool! They say Tom Hanks stopped by every single day for a Shrimp Burger when he was filming Forrest Gump. And if you are like me, you trust Tom Hanks. He is an American Treasure after all ;) So is this roadside treat!
- Grab a Sweet Tea Float at Scout Southern Market
- Eat a Shrimp Burger (deep-fried chopped shrimp cakes on a bun; $4.25) and sweet potato fries at the Shrimp Shack on St. Helenas Island.
- Wander around The Point -- which is the historic district full of about twelve blocks of beautiful historic homes.
- Grab breakfast or a treat at the Low Country Produce and Market.
- Eat a delicious Gullah lunch at Gullah Grub
- Spend at least one (glorious!) night at the Anchorage 1770 Inn.
- Check out the famous Sands Beach boardwalk in Port Royal.
- Visit the Old Sheldon Church Ruins and take lots of pics!
- If you want to visit a plantation, can check out the Edgar Fripp Plantation --- also known as Tidalholm.
- Stay out late and catch a movie at the Highway 21 Drive-In.
Lovelies -- Did I miss anything? Have you visited Beaufort recently?
Let me know in the comments below!
This past week, Craig and I went down to Charleston for a few days to relax and reconnect before work gets crazy for us later this fall. I had heard so much about how beautiful Charleston was and since I was already meeting my family for our traditional summer vacation in Hilton Head, SC the following week --- the timing just made so much sense.
I am putting together a City Guide for Charleston as we speak, but here are my outfit details from the week to hold you over until all of the food and entertainment recommendations you can handle! But really --- who knew how much of a foodie town Charleston is?!??! I ate so much Craig had to roll me back to the hotel every night! Thank god for flowy dresses....
This Mara Hoffman dress (via Rent the Runway) is probably one of my favourite pieces I have ever worn! Not only is the dress stunning --- I mean look at it --- But it has pockets! POCKETS! Everyone who knows me, knows I am a sucker for pockets and this dress is giving me a bold print, lots of comfy breathable fabric, and deep pockets for hiding little treats! This dress is pure goddess goodness.
I am a huge Lilly Pulitzer fan -- but sometimes struggle with the bold patterns. The breezy stunning pieces with bright bold colors just don't always work with my aesthetic. So when I found the Blossom Dress two years ago I HAD to have it. Unfortunately, they don't make this dress anymore but I found one avail HERE on eBay. Snatch it up --- you won't be sad you did! And also...POCKETS! Just know, this dress does have a built in corset and it can get very tight throughout the day in the heat. I for sure had to do a mid-day change into something a bit more breezy!
My go to look in the summer is a long pleated skirt and a 50's inspired faux crop-top. I just tie my favourite shirt up to the height I need it to be...show the smallest bit of skin...and through a fabulous hat on. When I walk out the door I feel sexy and totally chic. This JCrew chambray is the most lightweight and durable shirt for the summer. I somehow never sweat in it. I also live in this skirt from ZARA which is unfortunately no longer available, but you can find similar skirts HERE and HERE. And the hat is available for only $15 at H&M.
Ladies this pajama set only costs $25 from H&M. I literally wear it every night and can't get enough. The fabric is light and airy and oh so very cute! Get a set before they sell out! They are perfect for breakfast in bed ;)
This dreamy dress is from the cutest little shop called The Impeccable Pig. The shop is a cute little boutique that I found in downtown Charleston, but they have locations all over the place and an online boutique. They have great jewlery and fun pieces that you can mix and match! I also found an amazing new necklace there that I will be wearing all the time!
Happy FriYay! The weekend is here and there are so many things to be excited about! This week I have been spoiled rotten in Charleston, SC. I got to spend four uninterrupted days with my guy in the most beautiful hotel, ate way too much food, had fresh baked cookies every night, and made best friends with every barista in town. Our room at The Restoration was so lovely it took all of our strength to get out of bed and head out into the sweltering heat everyday --- but not to worry, we managed. Craig headed home this morning and tomorrow I drive to Hilton Head to spend a week with my Mimi and Sisterlove to celebrate the summer (and Mimi's birthday!). Have a wonderful weekend friends!
Here are some lovely little things I found this week...
I'm going to miss the First Family something fierce. Michelle Obama is THE BEST.
This corn dip looks out of this world!
Would you eat these weird ice-cream flavors?
Jon Stewart knows what's what.
This sloth and kangaroo hug it out.
This fascinating read about the life of Frances Farmer.
How can we break unhealthy routines?
This little prince makes me smile!
She thirsty --- and I love it!
Why do people in old movies talk weird? (My Mid-Atlantic accent is on point!)
(Painting by local Charleston artist Morgan Cole.)
I love a summer wedding! I really really do! It is pretty ironic because while I am in a domestic partnership with the most wonderful man, I'm not really sure that I want to have a big traditional wedding. But you better believe I love celebrating with my friends and dancing until my feet can't move anymore! I'm also the luckiest lady because my dapper man LOVES to cut a rug and has zero fear on the dance floor!
This past weekend I went to Madison, WI to celebrate my old camp friend George and his beautiful new bride Ruth. Their wedding was full of lovely details, elegant flowers, and a doughnut cake --- basically it was a swoon worthy Pintrest board come to life!
There were tons of wedding weekend events that all needed different looks! A fun Fourth of July themed rehearsal picnic (with a surprise ice-cream truck!), the beautiful country club wedding, and a delicious dinner with friends! Luckily, Rent the Runway hooked me up with some beautiful dresses for each occasion!
I started the weekend festivities with this amazing Cynthia Steffe dress -- which I loved! The extra flow fabric came in hand when I decided to eat that extra veggie burger...and then the ice cream truck turned the corner! I ate all the things and still felt awesome!!!
This Halston Heritage dress is so fabulous! I felt like I had stepped out of Mad Men and into the past! I felt like a modern day Audrey Hepburn for sure --- which you know I loved! How perfect was this country club's facade? It made for a perfectly retro shoot!
This nha khanh is quite the statement! It made me feel like dancing all night long! It was the perfect dress for dinner with friends --- I felt fabulous and dressed it down with a ponytail and simple heels. The great thing about this dress however, is that it could easily be dressed up for any formal occasion!
Thank you so much Rent the Runway for these beautiful dresses! While this post was sponsored the opinions expressed are my own!