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A Lovely Little Stocking Stuffer…

“First comes the stocking of Little Nell

Oh, dear Santa fill it well

Give her a dolly that laughs and cries

One that will open and shut her eyes

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Up on the housetop, click, click, click

Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick” – Up on the Housetop Gene Autry, 1953

I love this Christmas song probably because it was one of the first ones I learned at school and also because my dad was a nostalgic fan of singing cowboy, Gene Autry’s jolly version. And now it’s part of my Little Lovely’s repertoire of toddler tunes, including “Twinkle Twinkle” and “Happy Birthday.”

A few weeks until Christmas, and while I’ve wrapped up most of my big shopping, I’m working on filling stockings and finding white elephant gifts. Here are a few favorites for friends, children and maybe yourself…don’t forget to tell Santa! 🎅🏻💕

{Metallic Mini Madeline Earrings by Mignonne Gavigan available locally at Scout and Mollys // Jellycat Bashful Unicorn brand available locally at Cottage and Vine // Silhouette ornament by Mark & Graham // Rose All Day ornament from Swoozies // Hand painted angel ornament by L Mitchell Art // Monogram dishes by Susan Gordon Pottery // Voluspa Visions of Sugarplums Petite Candle Tin // Corksicle Tumbler brand available locally at Just the Thing // Prosecco Pong}

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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 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 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 Little Holiday Party…

I still cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week – where has this year gone? 

Very soon it will be time to deck the halls and get dressed up in holiday style for party season. In fact, we are looking forward to attending the Palmetto Health Foundation’s annual Festival of Trees event on Friday night and The Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market Preview Party on November 30 (tickets are still available to both). 

Here are a few, festive items I have my eye on this season.   

Kate Spade Color Block Dress available at Rent the Runway // CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Taffeta Dress (extra 40% off today!) // Amanda Uprichard Meringue Dress available locally at Just The Thing (stop in today and get 14% off of your purchase to celebrate their 14th birthday!) // LaRoque Laurel Dress // Ruby Pump by Chinese Laundry // Bon Bon Earrings from The Grove // Lisi Lerch Margo Earrings available locally at Just the Thing and The Blake

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A Lovely Little Gingham…

Although there is some debate of where the fabric originated gingham made its way to Europe in the 17th century from Dutch colonizing Malaysia. In fact, the word is derived from the Mayla “genngang” meaning striped. The lightweight yet durable fabric was first produced in stripe and later adapted to the check pattern we know today. 

Many countries claim ties to the textile. In England and later colonial America, gingham began to represent the rustic countryside and was used widely for household tablecloths, aprons and clothing. During the Industrial Age, gingham was manufactured in the U.S. and even became a symbol of patriotism- especially in blue/red/white checks. 

Some memorable characters have worn the fabric well, including my favorite heroine, Dorothy Gale, on her way to Oz. Bridgette Bardot notably donned a pink gingham wedding dress in the 1960’s sparking a fashion craze.

I associate the delicate checks with summertime and have added a few pretty pieces to mine and baby’s wardrobes this season. 

 

Marco&Lizzy pink pique popover set // Petit Bebe pink gingham bubble by Anavini // J.Crew ruffle hem silk top (50% off final sale today with code: SHOPFAST) // Derby top by CollynRaye // J.Crew Factory gingham shell top
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A Lovely Little Beach Bag…

I’m a little afraid there isn’t going to be room for us to actually get in the car after we load up for our first family beach trip over the fourth. 

This is also our first time taking Little Lovely out of town for an extended amount of time, so I have been making my list and checking it twice to be sure we have all of the necessities. Luckily, our rental comes with a crib, so that’s one less thing to pack!

Since our Memorial Day beach trip was a bit dampened by bad weather I’m excited to see Eloise enjoy the sand and surf to the fullest. 

While beach time with a 10 month old will probably be more limited than I anticipate here are a few things I plan to tote to make the most of our time in the sun. What helpful items are in your beach bag?

Mermaid hooded towel // Small World Princess Bucket Set // Plum Organics Super Puffs // 02Cool Clip Fan // J.Crew Factory Pom Pom Caftan // Honest Company Swim Diaper // TKEES Flip Flops
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