Excellence is not an act, but a habit

WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO
Thanks to everyone for your feedback on shoes for my upcoming European adventure. Here is a recap of your recommendations:
Tom’s (multiple posts)
Tiek’s (multiple posts)
Converse (one post said ‘yay’ the other ‘nay’)
Supergas
Bensimon sneakers
I plan on packing my navy Supergas sneakers for sure- but when it came down to finding another shoe, I knew I wanted something neutral, low-profile and comfortable as hell. I channeled my best Tony Bourdain- he rocks his Clarks Desert boots throughout all of his adventures and travels. They are discreet, match everything, classic shoes that don’t scream “I’M FROM THE MIDWEST AND MY BIG FAT AMERICAN ANKLES DON’T DO WELL ON COBBLESTONE STREETS.” 
The Phenia Desert Boot in ‘sand’ is coming with me to London/Paris. I’ll let you know how they work out. 

Thanks to everyone for your feedback on shoes for my upcoming European adventure. Here is a recap of your recommendations:

  • Tom’s (multiple posts)
  • Tiek’s (multiple posts)
  • Converse (one post said ‘yay’ the other ‘nay’)
  • Supergas
  • Bensimon sneakers

I plan on packing my navy Supergas sneakers for sure- but when it came down to finding another shoe, I knew I wanted something neutral, low-profile and comfortable as hell. I channeled my best Tony Bourdain- he rocks his Clarks Desert boots throughout all of his adventures and travels. They are discreet, match everything, classic shoes that don’t scream “I’M FROM THE MIDWEST AND MY BIG FAT AMERICAN ANKLES DON’T DO WELL ON COBBLESTONE STREETS.” 

The Phenia Desert Boot in ‘sand’ is coming with me to London/Paris. I’ll let you know how they work out. 

The Fall-Rhye

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)

Hi all,

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 excellenceasahabit@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your great advice! 

New PJs

Thanks to my girl PWPF I scored this super cute PJs from Target for $20. They are super soft, flattering and comfortable. Very JCREW-ish. Get you some here

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.) 

Spring Workout Mix

Enjoy people. May your workouts be sweaty and filled with the sweet sweet sounds of Rick Ross and Ellie Goulding on auto-tune. 

Breaking news: The Internet helps you make decisions.

Thanks for talking me through that guys. Painters are coming early next week to paint Beachcomber all over dem walls. Pictures to follow. 

Paint help…

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…

When I try to be normal at a work event

whatshouldwecallme:

100 percent nailed it.

Outdoor furniture 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 excellenceasahabit@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your help!