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


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,


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!


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.  



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)



Lovely Little Gifts…

It’s hard to believe, but Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away. Whether you are gift searching for your own mother or trying to give your husband a few ideas, here is a collection of items that any mom would love to receive.   Tassel Earrings by Lisi Lerch available locally at Just The Thing to throw on with a fun, off the shoulder top for date night.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice is the perfect book for mom to curl up with on the beach or at the pool this summer.

How fun is this Wonderful Needlepoint Pillow? A sweet accent for any room!

I’m So Fancy mug is just the thing mom needs to pour a large cup of coffee into each morning- especially new moms!

A pretty, white bag is always a fresh summer accessory, and the Elisabetta Bamboo Slouch Handbag by Mark & Graham can also be monogrammed. 

Scented candles are so calming to moms and the Seda France Japanese Quince Candle is one of my favorites.

Moms love to have their dear ones with them all of the time, and what better way than wearing their name with the Mom Gold Bar Necklace by Luca.

A fun conversation piece for mom is the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits: A Handbook of Etiquette With Recipes. It’s a tongue and cheek guide to southern etiquette, and it’s charming cover would look great on mom’s bookshelf.

custom silhouette by Tim Arnold of mommy’s little lovely would be a special keepsake forever.

Of course all mothers appreciate a little pampering with a gift card to a local spa or salon, and homemade gifts and hugs from your little one are the best gifts of all!



    A Lovely Little Monogram…

    Do you prefer a swirly, interlocking motif or the more straightforward block letters for your monogram? In the south, we have an affinity for our initials and take pride in embroidering, embossing and stamping them on our belongings.  

    Historically, monograms entered the scene with the Greeks and Romans using the symbols on coins. While popularity has waxed and waned throughout the centuries royalty has traditionally used the monogram to designate heritage such as the family shield or crest. During the Victorian era, the monogram became what we know today and was adopted by the upper crust of society to assert status. 

    As a decorative art form, embroidering and engraving initials on personal items gained momentum in post-war America. With a quick search I found dozens of articles from 1950’s era women’s magazines discussing the new trend of “highly personalizing” items within the marital home – His and Hers towels etc.

    It seems that monogramming has always been en vogue in the south though perhaps since our culture is rich with tradition and a great sense of family pride. 

    I’ve never been a monogramming maven. Like other classmates, I did have a monogrammed book bag from L.L.Bean, but it wasn’t until I got married that I paid more attention to my initials. It’s so much fun to register for monogrammed linens, isn’t it? 

    Of course prepping for Little Lovely made me seriously consider her monogram, and once we decided on her name I set out to have a few special items personalized just for “EBB.” Hopefully she will hold on to some of the keepsakes, and it’s neat that she and I share initials. Here is a sampling of some of our favorite personalized pieces. Monogrammed bloomers by The Embroidered Home // Pink Quilt from Little Lambs and Ivy // Cheshire gold monogram necklace by Moon and Lola // Eloise dress from Cecil and Lou // Bunny pillow from Codington Fields // Classic canvas tote by L.L.Bean

    To get prepped for Mother’s Day The Shops at Cricket Newman are hosting a monogram show this week where you can order gifts. Also be sure to check out the selection of custom tea towels and dinner napkins from The Embroidered Home– a charming gift for any occasion.