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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 First Day of Spring…

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Today marks the first official day of spring, and Little Lovely and I are ready for blooming flowers, the Easter Bunny, and spring break!

With Easter only a week away, I’ve been prepping Eloise’s basket and was recently introduced to a new, online children’s boutique in Columbia, Duck Duck Goose. This local business is owned by a lovely mother of two, Sarah Rama, and carries an adorable array of brands such as Lullaby Set, Pixie Lily, Petite Plume and others.

Check out their Instagram page to scroll and shop the latest looks and take advantage of some of their custom services:

1. Free gift wrap

2. Free downtown Columbia delivery

3. Free shipping on orders over $75

And as a special offering to Little Lovely readers, please use the promo code: LITTLELOVELY15 and enjoy 15% off your purchase now through Easter, April 1!

We are quite fond of this darling pink gingham pajama set by Petite Plume and bunny eye mask. 🐰

Sweet dreams,

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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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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. 🐰


Happy Easter!

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A Lovely Little Local Christmas Gift Guide…

“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks

Dressed in holiday style

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Children laughing, people passing

Meeting smile after smile

And on every street corner you hear

Silver bells, (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells)

It’s Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling, (ring-a-ling)

Hear them ring, (hear them ring)

Soon it will be Christmas day

Strings of street lights, even stoplights

Blinkin’ bright red and green

As the shoppers rush home with their treasures

Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch

This is Santa’s big day

And above all this bustle you hear

Silver bells…”

The holiday season is underway and that means making my shopping list and checking it twice! 

This week the Junior League of Columbia held its 31st Holiday Market (still open through today) where I was able to snag many unique gifts for family and friends.

Some favorite finds included a delightful smelling holiday candle by Candlefish out of Charleston, which is owned by the creators of Rewined and offers a library of different scents as well as candle making classes! (And don’t you love their stylish matchboxes?) I also had the chance to meet some local artists and designers I enjoy following on social media like Miles Purvis, a native South Carolinian whose work is colorful and inspired by her surroundings. The basket weaver ornaments make a perfect girlfriend gift, and Mack Home is now exclusively carrying her work.{Basket weaver ornaments hand painted by Miles Purvis}

And I discovered The Collective, an eclectic gathering of art and decorative items by Hue Vintage Furnishings, Pixie Belle JewelryLinen+Loom clothing and more located in town on Carlisle Street. 

While I certainly like the ease of online shopping and snatching up cyber deals I feel that it’s important to support local businesses. Here are a few of my go-to holiday gift locations around town.

For a pretty little paperwhite or charming bud vase visit The Shops at Cricket Newman especially when they offer their weekly “flowers to go” deals.{Paperwhites at The Shops at Cricket Newman}

If you like giving sweet treats to friends and neighbors, contact Sugar.Columbia to place your Christmas cookie order, or stop by the new Main Street location of Ally and Eloise’s Bakeshop to pick up some beautifully decorated baby cakes and macarons. {Nutcracker cookies by Sugar.Columbia}

For the pet lover, a special and memorable present is a custom pet sketch by South Carolina artist (and my brother), Dillon Brady. A talented data analyst, web designer and graphic artist, Dillon has a passion for drawing and can capture your beloved pet – but get in touch soon to ensure holiday delivery.  Another spot where I always have gift success is Cottage and Vine, owned by the lovely mother-daughter duo, Ann Ligon and Sazy Johnson. The shop’s mix of European inspired decor, delicate accessories and whimsical surcees  provides an enjoyable shopping experience- and their gift wrapping is second to none!

And for a more lasting gift consider purchasing an annual membership to local movie theater, The Nickelodeon, or to our nationally recognized Columbia Museum of Art. In fact, you could plan ahead and buy a loved one tickets to the 2017 CMA Gala, “A Night in Wonderland,” which will take place on Saturday, April 1, and celebrate the museum’s major spring exhibition, Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales.

With so many lovely, local options you’ll be finished with your shopping in no time making even more time to relax by the tree.  

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A Lovely Gift for Dad…

Father’s Day is a week away, and Little Lovely and I are excited to celebrate our special dad on his first Father’s Day. Did you know that Father’s Day was first celebrated in 1910 when Washington State acknowledged it as an official holiday?

Most dads don’t like a big fuss on their big day. I know mine would always say that something homemade was the best gift of all, but if you’re on the lookout for a present, here are a few things for dear old dad:Sperry Men’s Authentic Boat Shoe // Father’s Day Chatbook // Art of Shaving Starter Kit // Sailwax Dopp Kit // J. Crew Board Short in Oxford Blue // Cortina Leather Slimfold Wallet // J. Crew Italian Silk Tie in Seersucker (30% off with code SHOPEXTRA)

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