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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 Green…

Did you know that blue was originally the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day? Blue was assigned to the Order of St. Patrick in the 18th century, but over time, the Roman Catholic feast day has evolved to become a more secular holiday observed all over the world. And revelers now don green when celebrating as a symbol of Irish heritage and the Emerald Isle.

Our city will be turning green this weekend when the Five Points St. Pat’s Festival gets underway offering food, music, crafts and more. We’re looking forward to taking Little Lovely to the Devine Street parade in the morning, and later in the day, my cousin, Gilmore Oliphant, will be performing on the main stage with his Charleston, S.C., based rock band, Moose Kick.

No matter how you spend the day, be sure to wear your favorite shade of green or else you might receive a Leprechaun’s pinch! Here are a few ideas for mommy and mini:

{Lucy Dress by LaRoque Mini // Monogrammed Shamrock ruffle tee by Southern Smocked Company // Persian Green Queen earrings available locally at The Blake (which is hosting a Girls night tonight from 4-7 p.m. featuring four unique jewelry lines) // Carrie Cami in Emerald by J.Crew (25% off sale online with code: BYEWINTER and in store at J.Crew Trenholm Plaza) // Lisi Lerch tassel earrings in kiwi available at Just the Thing // Betty B top in Mint by LaRoque}

Wishing you the luck of the Irish 🍀

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A Lovely Little Valentine…

“My funny valentine,

Sweet comic valentine,

You make me smile with my heart”

 –My Funny Valentine 

Hearts, pink, candy and romance…every girl loves Valentine’s Day! 

Saint Valentine’s Day first became associated with love in the 14th century and developed further in Europe during the 18th century when lovers began exchanging gifts with their valentine including flowers, sweets, and handwritten greetings. 

My family often spent Valentine’s Day in Disney World during our family vacation, so I have fond memories of opening Valentine cards and candy from friends on the long car trip. And a more recent memory that is hard to beat is a Valentine’s surprise from Jody ten years ago when he told me to pack my bags for a whirlwind trip to Paris where we became engaged.

It’s special creating Valentine traditions with Little Lovely, and I wanted to share some of the festive crafts and treats that we’re planning to make heart day even more memorable. {Teddy bears holding hearts are adorable for a snack or bagged as a gift // Valentine door hanger by Snappy Pea // Pink knit LOVE pjs by Cecil and Lou // Dot heart Aline dress by Cecil and Lou // Valentine tags by Love Lucy to put on appleasauce pouches for class treats // Valentine paper heart garland by Spritz for Target to decorate the mantle 

What are some of your family’s favorite Valentine’s Day traditions?

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A Lovely Little Christmas Card…

“Greeting cards have all been sent

The Christmas rush is through

But I still have one wish to make

A special one for you”- Merry Christmas, Darling by Karen Carpenter

Three days away from the big holiday… Have you sent out your Christmas cards yet? 

A recent article in Town & Country explains that the tradition of sharing cards dates back to the Victorian age when in 1843, Sir Henry Cole commissioned artist John Callcott Horsley to design a card and then printed thousands for a shilling a piece. Once postage costs declined, the trend really took off among the masses. 

 Of course hand sketched cards have generally been replaced with our modern day photo cards as technology has developed and become more accessible.

I don’t know about you, but I love opening my mailbox this time of year and seeing the beautiful faces of friends and family sharing season’s greetings. 

While it might be a little late to order custom cards here are a few, festive options to send holiday cheer:  

{Christmas wreath cards by Rifle Paper Co.// Festive holiday card set from Anthropolgie// Custom New Year’s card featuring your child’s art available at Minted (and use code: NEWYEAR for 20% off)// Deck the halls card by Sugar•Paper}

Wishing a very happy holiday from our family to yours!

 
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A Lovely Little Santa…

“You better watch out, 

You better not cry,

You better not pout,

I’m telling you why.

Santa Claus is coming to town.”

Little Lovely had the chance to visit with Santa twice this week. Last year, Eloise was so little and didn’t mind being placed on his knee for a few pictures, but a one year old is much more observant and wary of strangers- especially jolly old Saint Nick.

There was a little pouting and some crying during the first meeting at our country club’s Santa Brunch. Even so, Santa assured us that Eloise is still on his nice list.   

 She finally warmed up and gave some smiles after grabbing a Santa lollipop. Did you know that our modern day image of Santa Claus with twinkling eyes, white beard and red suit comes from the 1823 poem “Visit from St. Nicholas”, more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas”? We’ve enjoyed reading it to Eloise all season.

The big guy made a more personal appearance when he stopped by our house for a special cookie exchange with neighbors and friends. This is the second year we’ve hosted the party, and it’s amazing to see how much the babies have  grown- glad the mommies haven’t aged a bit;).

    Delicious treats to share 🍪
    
So many sweet mommies and babies!    

 Eloise was much happier today! We blew Santa some kisses before he had to head back to the North Pole to prepare for the big day.

And to all a good night!
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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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