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A Lovely Little May…

“In the marvellous month of May when all the buds were bursting, then in my heart did love arise.” -Heinrich Heine

The month of May has been marvelous and very busy between finishing a kitchen renovation, celebrating birthdays and Mother’s Day, and a quick getaway to Charleston.

Birthday dinner with my best girl 🎂Dinner with wonderful friends 🍾 A special Mother’s Day celebrating my mother’s birthday too💗

This weekend we tried a new boutique hotel in the Elliotborough neighborhood of downtown Charleston, 86 Cannon. Run by a stylish couple, Liz and Marion, along with their two cockapoos, Sully and Gus, the charming spot offers five guest rooms in a fully renovated historic home built in 1860.

I was impressed with the gorgeous interiors and close attention to detail making our stay luxurious, including cocktail hour in the salon and specialty truffles from Christophe Chocolatier left in our room to ensure sweet dreams. We were well located near upper King St. and walked to brunch at the lively Rarebit followed by shopping at Skinny Dip Charleston {make sure to go upstairs to the cafe for some frose}. After meeting up with friends from out of town, we made our way to dinner at one of our favorites, Rue de Jean. A very fun evening!

Even a brief jaunt to Charleston is special, and we were ready to get home for Eloise’s first dance recital.

Hope your May has been marvelous!

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Isn’t she lovely?…

“The loveliest masterpiece is the heart of a mother” -St. Therese of Lisieux

May has always been a busy time for our family with birthdays and Mother’s Day celebrations which means lots of gift buying opportunities. Here is a sampling of pretty presents for your mom (or maybe you).

{Gift card to the new The Nail Barre owned by mother of four, Lauren Truslow. Just download the Mind Body app or Nail Barre; click “book an appointment”; scroll to find gift card options; and email columbia@thenailbarre.com to request a personal message or wrapping // Lele Sadoughi earrings carried locally by Monkees of Columbia (and they’re hosting a trunk show with more from the designer this week, May 4-6) // a beautiful orchid or plant from Cricket Newman (offering 15% off May 3 & 4) // customized tote by Barrington Gifts (use code 4MOM for 10% off and order by midnight tonight to receive in time for Mother’s Day) // a framed photograph of a favorite mommy & me memory // Itaglio set available at Hue Home Studio}

Happy Mother’s Day!

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A Lovely Little Flower Girl…

A little lady carries flowers

And brings a small bouquet.

She helps celebrate

A joyful wedding day.

She is a princess in her gown,

A picture come to life.

She brings such joy in helping

Become a man and wife.

This weekend, one of my oldest and dearest friends, Leah McKee, married the love of her life, and Eloise was asked to be a flower girl. For months we’ve talked about the big occasion and practiced walking slowly, smiling and sprinkling petals. All three flower girls were absolutely adorable as they successfully made their way down the aisle.

What made the wedding personally touching was the setting of the ceremony, The Dorothy Walker Memorial Chapel at Hammond School. Leah and I met in first grade at Hammond and spent twelve years there together building our strong friendship and thinking about our futures. Watching my childhood friend all grown up find her happiness is definitely the stuff of little girls’ dreams, and I know that one day my little girl will fondly recall this special event.

Best wishes, Mr. and Mrs. Wicevic!

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A Lovely Spring Break…

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” – Mark Twain

This year, having spring fever coincided nicely with our family’s spring break, and we packed in events, outings and a beach trip into our week.

The break kicked off with a beautiful Easter weekend and some quality time with family and of course the Bunny.

My dress is by Devon Baer Design and Eloise’s pearl heirloom dress is from Posh Pickle.

We also had a special time taking Eloise to her first Disney on Ice performance and watching her eyes light up as her favorite princesses took to the ice.

The weather was perfect for outdoor activities, so we ventured to Cottle Strawberry Farm for berry picking and eating one afternoon and to Riverbanks Zoo for a morning visit before the crowds arrived.

Eloise’s adorable strawberry watercolor dress is by Little English and her bonnet is from The Beaufort Bonnet Company. Mid-week, we packed up and left town for some relaxation at Litchfield Beach. Although it was a little chilly, our Little Lovely was determined to play in the sand and water! I was grateful for taking long walks, taking in quiet sunrises and even taking time to finish a book, A Man Called Ove.

As an added treat, my mom and brother joined us for a few days. Eloise loved her time with Nonni and Uncle Dillon, and we even got to sneak away for a date night at the charming Caffe Piccolo in Pawleys Island.

My spring fever might not have completely subsided, but breaking from routine to enjoy family and make memories has us all feeling refreshed and recharged.

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A Lovely Little Heart…

“I loved you then. I love you still. Always have, always will.” -Minnie Mouse

The wintry days of January can feel very long, but a holiday filled with pink hearts, sweet treats and love is on the horizon! Here are a few, lovely gift ideas for your Valentine:

Place your order for adorable and delicious cookies by Sugar Columbia // Comfy heart pocket dress by Boden // Delicate ceramic heart bowl and initial necklace by Susan Gordon Pottery (check out a fun Giveaway from @SouthernMamaGuide) // Valentine’s loungewear by Posies and Puddles // Custom treat tags for class Valentines by Scrapbits //Anna Loves Elsa is a sweet story for every Frozen fan

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A Lovely Fall Break…

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” -L.M. Montgomery

The weather this fall has been unseasonably warm even for South Carolina, so we took advantage of the continued summer to plan a beach trip over the long weekend.

Nothing on the schedule except for beach walks and watching some football (for Jody) which meant plenty of time to play and relax.

Dinner on the patio at Bistro 217 was the perfect way to end the day (Eloise is a big fan of their homemade banana ice cream).

We took one more beach walk before heading home. Until next time!

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A Lovely Little Apple…

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple” -J.K. Rowling

The weather was so beautiful yesterday that we decided to hop in the car and head up to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC. Only a two hour ride from Columbia, Sky Top is the perfect destination for a day trip. In addition to acres of varietal apple trees, the orchard features a market of specialty apple products, fresh cider and delicious goodies, including hot apple cider donuts. There is a playground and tables outside where we were able to have a picnic lunch before we started picking.

Eloise was proud to help select the ripe fruit and place in our basket, and we are planning to make some apple crisp together this week. Make sure to add this fun, family activity to your fall list!