I’m lucky to call talented jewelry designer Hyla DeWitt a friend — she consistently creates beautiful, different and very on-trend pieces that are some of the most affordable around. She is KILLING IT with her latest summer collection and lucky for you, you can get these pieces for 20% off between now and June 20 with the code SUMMERFAVES. You can see more of these jewels on her website Hyla DeWitt Jewelry.
Got these earrings last week and can’t stop wearing them.
I think I have to have this one.
Or maybe this one? Can’t. Even. Handle. It.
This necklace with an all white outfit would be fierce.
What are you waiting for?? Shop now and get yourself some summer bling!
I’ve taken a hiatus from house stuff to pick up a few key summer items that I’m really excited about and thought I’d share.
When I saw this dress on Sally from a Piece of Toast blog, I flipped out. Clearly she looks AMAZING in it so it’s an easy sell, but I just assumed it was some expensive Alexander Wang dress. Nope. It’s from Athleta and SUPER COMFORTABLE. Haven’t worn mine yet (need to do about 1,000 more squats) but I’m really excited about this easy, comfy, stylish summer dress.
This body wash from Target smells like that expensive stuff you buy from Kiehl’s for a fraction of the cost. Also comes with an accompanying body scrub. Bought em both.
Essie’s “Urban Jungle”- creamy off-white polish that’s office appropriate and trendy at the same time. Win. Win.
I took advantage of the 30% off sale at JCREW with my $25 gift card and picked up this bikini. I love the color- now about that tan…
I never thought I could love a little thing so much! We picked up Harry on Sunday and have had the best week with him so far. I can’t believe he’s ours! (I know, I am a weirdo.)
I took him to my favorite place in Raleigh (Furbish Studio) to meet the ladies and mingle among fine home goods. He took a liking to their Moroccan shag rug and enjoyed the numerous belly rubs.
Seriously we can’t even handle the cuteness and just gush all over him all day erryday. Cesar Milan would not be happy with us. But he’s doing a great job learning commands, walking and hasn’t had a SINGLE accident in the house! Proud mom.
In between staring at Harry, I’ve been dreaming up some more projects for our house after I put things on hold in March. I found this beauty on Craigslist:
I immediately thought that this piece could be 1) amazing storage for our front living room and 2) a permanent bar (priorities.) Thinking about the bar, I was inspired by this:
See that tortoiseshell wallpaper from the always amazing Bailey Quinn McCarthy from Peppermint Bliss? Well, I thought I could take that idea and apply it to this new piece of mine- removing the green felt situation and replacing it with this:
You can find the paper here. After a few coats of some sealant to protect it from moisture (and making sure it will still fold up appropriately) I think we’ll be in business. Another thought I had if the paper doesn’t work is putting a different fabric instead of the green felt. Would love to get a teeny remnant of some of this fabulousness from Lee Jofa:
Stay tuned. I’m picking up the piece on Saturday morning and will post pics once it is in place and the paper is on it!
Wait, what? Is this one of those paid editorials promoting the new season of Mad Men on HuffPo?
I mean really. Are you FUCKING. KIDDING. ME.
"The conservative activist also noted that women do not deserve equal pay because they "work fewer hours per day, per week, per year” and “place a much higher value on pleasant working conditions: a clean, comfortable, air-conditioned office with congenial co-workers.” Where is this woman getting her data and evidence? Better Homes and Gardens from 1967? And since when did anyone NOT place a high value on legal, humane working conditions? Am I missing something??
Get her out of here and put her in the cage where she belongs. As well as all the Congresswomen and men who voted against this bill. #hillary2016
Words just uttered to me by a 23 year-old employee at our company in the bathroom. Wet hair, glassy eyes, general dazed expression — she probably thought someone I know DIED recently. Or I was hungover. Or like, I have a small child at home. Nope…just working around the clock getting ready for our Paris/London trip. ENJOY YOUR YOUTHFUL ENERGY, YA DAMN MILLENIAL. JUST WAIT.
Last night, I attended the Cherub concert in downtown Raleigh with 250 of the city’s drunkest 19 year-olds.
Amidst the crop tops, fake ID passing in the line, and over-enthusiastic hugs (“oh-my-gahhhh I didn’t know you were comiiiiiiiing!!” running/jumping into one another’s arms; one then exhales cig smoke), I felt ancient. But, like..not in a bad way? Almost in a relieved way. And hey, I was still there so that gives me some cool points right? Right….right.
Anyway, the opener for Cherub was this great band called Carousel. Passion Pit-vibe with more keyboard. Check out their latest song here:
With our trip to London and Paris just a few weeks away, I’m in full “what the hell do I pack” mode. The temps look like they will range anywhere from lower 50s to mid-60s, meaning layers are going to be the name of the game.
Rather than packing a bunch of different sweaters, which take up precious space, I’d like to get a spring jacket that can be worn comfortably under my rain coat and keep me looking (semi) stylish with all of the chic Londoners and Parisians (good luck with that one..)
As much as I’d like to get this Rebecca Taylor number or this Tibi bomber jacket…I can’t bring myself to spend that much cash. Here are a few I have my eye on—but since I am AWFUL at online shopping—please feel free to send me some of your picks!!
My husband has amazing taste in music. One of my favorite things about our new house is the bluetooth speaker we have set up in the kitchen that we use to play his Spotify tunes while we cook, have a drink or just catch up. He turned me on to Rhye and I am absolutely obsessed. Soft, jazzy and a little bit sexy—it will transport you out of your “HOW THE HELL IS IT ONLY TUESDAY” and “WHY AM I STILL WEARING MY ID BADGE AND BLINDLY EATING THESE STALE PRETZEL CHIPS STANDING UP?” and into a much, much better state.
Go ahead and listen to their most recent album “Woman” and thank me later. Or thank John.
Help me make decisions again, Internet (this time with shoes)
I’m headed to London/Paris at the end of April and I’m on the hunt for stylish and comfortable shoes that I can tromp all over town in without bleeding/blistering. I’m not really a “sneakers” person but I do have a pair of Supergas that I love. Would love your recommendations for shoes that make me look cool- please include links! If you can’t comment here, shoot me a note at email@example.com. Thanks in advance for your great advice!
Save the Date: Teil Duncan pop-up shop with Furbish Studio
I know everyone gets all twitchy and excited when there is a Sally King Benedict pop-up shop (myself included)…but there’s another very talented Charleston artist that you need to know about now: Teil Duncan.
Happy. Pastel. Beach Scenes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Lucky for you and me, Furbish Studio is hosting a pop-up shop with a select few Teil pieces for sale, starting at less than $100! The sale starts at 10 a.m. EST this Thursday, March 13. I will definitely be scooping up a piece or two for our new house and hope you do too! (except not the ones I have my eye on.)
I need your help people! I am seriously struggling (I know, life is so hard for me…) about whether or not to follow through with a certain paint color for our front living room. I saw this paint color in my favorite home store of all time, Paysage in Wilmington. They have it on their walls, and I absolutely loved the color against all of the white linen/wood/gold they had on their show floor. Here are a few photos:
Pretty right? It’s called Beachcomber by Benjamin Moore. I had the painters scheduled to come today to paint our front room the same color but woke up in a panic last night thinking it may be too dark. I don’t have any photos of our room, but suffice it to say there are a lot of white linen pieces, a seagrass rug, gold/white linen shade lamps, gold mirror and cream bookcase. Lots of morning light, but then it gets pretty dim in there as the sun moves to the back of the house. I’m just scared of the color commitment. Should I test other colors or just go with it? Help…
With the East coast buried in snow again, it is hard to think of a time when short sleeves and sunshine will be the norm (oh wait, that was Sunday in NC.) We have a great little brick patio at our new house and I want to take full advantage of an outdoor space when the weather improves. But I’m not about to drop $800 for an outdoor sofa. Where have you all found good outdoor furniture? I want comfy seating, a table and umbrella. Ikea has some good options but I’d love to hear where you’ve been lucky!
Message me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance for your help!
"make sure you clean that, it’s the only way to get the….
My girl Jeni (zumba instructor) has been incorporating a slow jam to Drunk in Love at the end of classes that includes gyrating on the floor, body rolls, and hair whipping. With this choreo down, I’m one step, a pair of stilettos, and a bodysuit away from starting my true life as a Bey-ckground dancer.
Items I have bought and liked: Trader Joe's edition
Yep, I’m talking about frozen food today. Don’t judge.
Holy hell these are good. Super flavorful, a little bit spicy, and very satisfying. I actually put mine over some sauteed veggies with some avocado last night for dinner. Total time to cook was about four minutes.
Included in the veggies was about a half of a cup of Trader Joe’s roasted corn:
I would put this in everything- salsa, guac, fajitas, you name it.
If you see a UHaul at your local Raleigh Trader Joe’s this spring- it’s mine. Loading up as many cases of this rose as possible. I found it last year, fell in love and then promptly saw it disappear for the rest of the summer. I make regular trips to TJ’s just to find this wine, and I am on a mission to buy as much as possible to hoard as soon as I find it. Literally definition of patio wine- delicious, very drinkable and a little bit citrusy.
Clearly I need to get out more to get some creative content on this here blog….
My parents are treating us to a lovely four-day vacation to London in late April, and John and I have decided to tack on an additional two and a half days to explore Paris. Please email me your recommendations for things to do, places to eat, where to shop, and other things we need to know about to plan a fun trip! Email: email@example.com.
I will be bringing back lots of corgi/Kate memorabilia and practicing my British accent in the meantime.
I can’t bring myself to pay full price on anything (I mean, seriously have these stores heard of the Internet discount codes?) but I also have a serious weakness for luxe materials (cashmere, suede, you get it..) So, when those two worlds collide….
Here are a few of my recent purchases that I got on winter clearance (some not online…sahhreee) that I’m really feeling right now:
This JCREW collection cashmere sweater. 40% off with free shipping…get on it people. I typically wear XS-S in JCREW but I ordered up (M) because I wanted it to be oversized/slouchy. It is even better looking in person.
Typically, I throw a lot of side eye at people who buy $100-$50 cotton t-shirts…but that isn’t to say I would love to wear a t-shirt made out of expensive cotton. So, when I found a T by Alexander Wang t-shirt on sale at a local boutique for $25, I went for it.
Looks like you can get one from the Outnet for $45 right now. I promise I won’t judge you. It feels like heaven and I like to tell myself that I look like I could be part of Whitney Port’s posse when I wear it. Yep, I just referenced Whitney Port.
I found these Joie Ogden flat suede boots for 50% off at Monkees in Raleigh. I like to squish down the top to make them look slouchier. They look killer with jeans but I think they could look cute with a skirt and tights, too. Still a splurge at $150, but I have another pair of Joie boots that have held up really well for the past two years so I think their quality is worth it.
Share the sale love people. What have you found lately?