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A Lovely Little Cover-up…

Pool days and upcoming beach trips mean  updating bathing suit and cover-up ensembles. Whether a tunic, kaftan, shift or pareo, I’m always on the lookout for pretty, lightweight pieces that don’t hinder me when chasing after an active toddler. Here is a collection of lovely little options for mommy and mini to keep you covered this summer:

{Scalloped tunic in neon petal by J.Crew // Toddler girl A-line dress by Cat & Jack for Target // Indian flower mini dress by House of Pom (this line is carried locally at Codington Fields) // Terry cloth toddler cover-up from Old Navy // Pareo Mithi by Roberta Roller Rabbit (this line is carried locally at The Blake) // Esmeralda Beach Kaftan by Boden}

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A Lovely Little Summer Afternoon…

“Summer afternoonโ€”summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James

As the early afternoons of summer get underway, Little Lovely and I are settling into a new routine with a little less structure and a little more time for fun. At 21 months old, Eloise is a busy toddler with plenty of energy and curiosity, so I’m constantly on the lookout for outings and activities to keep us both happy.

Of course the pool is a popular destination (in fact, the first thing Eloise asks about when she wakes up lately is if we’re going to the pool). We’re lucky that our local pool has a designated baby pool that is the perfect size for Eloise to play with her toys and splash around with friends. She’s also quite fond of the snack bar.Our city is fortunate to be home to Riverbanks Zoo, considered one of the best zoos in the country, and last year we purchased a family membership making it a go-to for a #zooplaydate. Right now Eloise gets excited to feed the giraffes and visit some of the animals we read about in one of her favorite books, Pat the Zoo.On rainy days, a trip to the children’s section of our local library branch is a good spot to color, play and peruse books.

Another indoor option we are planning is to catch a family flick at Regal Cinemas as part of its #SummerMovieExpress. Starting this week, participating theaters will show popular kids’ movies at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for $1, and proceeds go towards the Will Rogers Institute. 

For something a little out of the box try family “happy hour” at River Rat Brewery. The outdoor space features a playhouse, toys and games for all ages. There is a relaxed vibe, and the summer menu now includes Prosecco and popsicles from King of Pops. ๐Ÿพ


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Lovely Little May…

Does the calendar really say June 1? The last month was busy as we celebrated family birthdays, Mother’s Day, the end of Eloise’s first school year and turning 21 months old, a fun beach week, play dates with friends, and Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer. I’m grateful for all of the happy memories we made and excited for the sweet summer ahead!

Beach fun ๐Ÿ–:
{Special birthday date at our favorite spot, Chive Blossom}

{Mother’s Day tea โ˜•๏ธ}

{Celebrating Nonni’s birthday ๐ŸŽ‚}
{Birthday dinner with the sweetest girlfriends at new favorite, 1801 Grille!} 


{Play dates and pool days with good friends ๐Ÿ‘ญ}

{21 months old!}

Memorial Day fun ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ:

Happy summer!

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A Lovely First School Year…

School’s out for summer! Last week, Eloise finished the 1’s class at her nursery school, Kilbourne Park, marking the end of a wonderful year. While this might not count as true school, she gained many new skills this year – from music to arts and crafts, Gymboree, playing on the playground and of course making new friends.

{First day of 1’s, August 2016, A Lovely First Day of School}

It’s remarkable to compare her first and last day of school pictures. Eloise could not yet walk or talk and was so nervous when we left her in the classroom on her first day, and now she’s a full fledged toddler asking to wear a bracelet with her  Prim & Proper dress and walk into the classroom on her own. I’m so thankful to her teachers for helping her develop this year and am so proud of the little girl she is growing into each day.

Happy summer!

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Lovely Mother’s Day Gift Ideas…

“Mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take”

Mother’s Day is next week and so is my mother’s (and my) birthday, so I’m always on the lookout for gifts this time of year. Here are a few suggestions for the lovely mommy in your life.

{Hand painted vase with fingerprint design by your little one from Mad Platter // Colorful Cortina maxi dress in fun print by CK Bradley // Pink Tassel Tote from Tuckernuck // Tulip Earrings by Susan Gordon Pottery // Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera to capture all of the special mommy moments // And what mother doesn’t want a new pair of cute pajamas to lounge in on her special day. These are Hula Girl PJs by the Cat’s Pajamas available at The Grove}

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day,

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A Lovely Little Easter Basket…

“Here comes Peter Cottontail

Hoppin’ down the bunny trail

Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way” -Gene Autry

Next weekend, Peter Cottontail will be hopping down the trail and filling Easter baskets with treats and goodies galore. 

My childhood Easter memories are of being at the beach with my family and waking up to find a potpourri of delightful, small gifts and sweets left by the Easter Bunny. Over the years, my brothers and I have grown to appreciate the thought “the bunny” put into our baskets, and now as a mom myself, I hold traditions like these so dear. I’m also especially fond of bunnies in general, which makes it even more fun to procure special items for Eloise’s basket. Here is a sampling of spring surcees for your little lovelies. 


{Eloise’s basket // Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes available locally at Little Lambs & Ivy and where I also found an adorable bunny wand and barrettes by Pink Poppy // Sweet sleeping bunny vase for fresh flowers or jellybeans from The Shops at Cricket Newman // Personalized plate and cup by Katie Scarlet Designs // Sparkle Rabbit Clutch by Cat and Jack at Target // A rainbow of Jelly Cat bunnies and baskets at BeBeep

Another new tradition our family started this year is decorating trees with Easter Eggs- Eloise has already become an “egg”spert. ๐Ÿฐ


Happy Easter!

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A Lovely Little Gala

“The little girl just could not sleep because her thoughts were way too deep. Her mind had gone out for a stroll and fallen down the rabbit hole.”- Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Last night, the Columbia Museum of Art hosted its annual gala, this year themed “A Night in Wonderland.” In a previous post, I shared about this amazing event and how it was a celebration of the museum’s Spring exhibit, Salvador Dali’s Fantastical Fairytales and its proceeds support the museum’s education and community programming and events. 

It has been my privilege to serve as gala chair this year, and because of the hard work of our committee, volunteers and museum staff, the night was truly magical! From the whimsical decor to surreal food and lively entertainment (including viewing of the Final Four games) it was a night to remember.

Here are a few photos that capture some of my favorite lovely little party details.

{Don’t be late for this important date!โฑ}{Queen of Hearts Bar โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ ๏ธโ™ฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‘โ™ฅ๏ธ}{Mad Hatter’s Tea Party โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŽฉ}

{Bubbly bar courtesy of presenting sponsor, Jim Hudson Lexus ๐Ÿพ}{Dueling pianos ๐ŸŽน}{Little Mermaid seafood station}{Drink Me shot before falling down the rabbit hole ๐ŸŒ€}{Cheshire Cat Lounge ๐Ÿฑ}{Festive guests}{Original piece titled “Dali in the South,” by SC artist, Tripp Barnes ๐ŸŽจ}

โ€‹โ€‹{Beautiful friends!}{Surreal donut wall ๐Ÿฉ}

โ€‹{So glad to have my beautiful family supporting me last night ๐Ÿ’—}Thanks to all who worked on and attended our night in Wonderland!