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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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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 First Mother’s Day…

“Motherhood: all love begins and ends there.” -Robert Browning

Sleeping past 7 a.m. and waking up to a smiling baby girl is probably the best gift any new mother could receive. I was further spoiled by my little family today with beautiful flowers, cards and special gifts. After a leisurely walk, we joined our mothers for brunch where Little Lovely entertained us with her laughs and smiles.    I can’t imagine a more perfect first Mother’s Day! Hope yours was special too. 

 
 

  

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A Lovely Little Ad…

Mother’s Day is approaching on Sunday, and the airwaves are filling with touching commercials that tug at the heartstrings, especially those of this first time mommy.

I appreciate a well-crafted campaign, so I wanted to share a few ads that made an impact and had me reaching for the tissues!

  Hallmark #NoOrdinaryMom

 Celebrate Every MOMent by 1-800 Flowers

  

Johnson’s Discover the Little Wonders of Becoming a Mother

New parents can certainly relate to Johnson’s tender #LittleWonders campaign. Not to leave fathers out- here is another #LittleWonders spot that will reduce any dad to tears.

  

Johnson’s Discover the Joys of Fatherhood’s Little Wonders

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

  

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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!