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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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Lovely Little 🍓

“One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.” -Goethe

On this very warm second day of spring, Eloise and I decided to head to our local strawberry patch, Cottle Strawberry Farm, to pick some fresh berries. 


Since it was very warm this afternoon our picking was brief, but we still managed to fill our basket! My little helper supervised as I prepped the fruit to make yummy smoothies for an after dinner treat using a Junior League Kids in the Kitchen recipe.

Cheers!

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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 Lake…

“So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake” -Edgar Allen Poe

The lovely Lake Oconee was our weekend destination and provided the most peaceful and relaxing setting. It was our first visit to the Ritz Reynolds Plantation, and we quickly embraced its elegant and rustic charm. A luxe lodge nestled on the water about an hour from Augusta, the property is strategically scattered with adirondack chairs, chimeneas, walking paths and twinkle lights to create a restful environment. 

After getting settled into our room, we headed to the lawn to catch the sunset and opening reception for the conference Jody was attending. Dinner on the patio followed where we looked up at the stars while snuggled under fleece blankets, and we ended the evening around the fire pit roasting s’mores.I hit the gym and spa Saturday morning while Jody conferenced, and then we met up to explore the Oconee Trail. By the time we made it back from our walk (six miles later), we were hungry and ready for a lakeside lunch. It was a treat to have an afternoon without any plans, so we meandered from deck chairs to playing ping pong in the “backyard” to a cozy spot in front of the roaring fire in the lobby to read.

​In fact, cocktail hour lingered a little too long, and we rushed to get ready for dinner and Casino Night. The dealer might have gotten the best of us at the Black Jack table, but I always feel lucky to spend a weekend away with my guy.

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My Lovely Little Sunshine…

You are my sunshine,

My only sunshine,

You make me happy when skies are grey.

You never know dear how much I love you. 

Please don’t take my sunshine away. 

-“You are my Sunshine by Jimmie Davis, 1939

We can all agree that winter in South Carolina has been very mild (thank goodness). Even so, it’s nice to see the days becoming longer and the sunshine warming up these February afternoons. 

The changing of seasons is also a reminder that my Little Lovely is growing  – how is she 17 months old? This stage is so much fun as Eloise explores, runs, dances and shows more of her sweet and funny personality each day. I wanted to capture these moments and was delighted that photographer, Travis Dew, was in town last week and had an opening for a session. Eloise and I played in the yard and even stopped to “smell some flowers” as Travis snapped away, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the images. Sometimes it’s hard for mommies to see how much their little ones are changing since we are with them at all times. These beautiful photos are proof that my Eloise is becoming a lovely little girl.

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A Lovely Little Night in Wonderland…

“When I used to read about fairy tales, I never thought I would wind up in the middle of one.” -Alice

If you’ve ever imagined what it might be like to fall down the rabbit hole into a surreal world of fantasy, now is your chance to spend A Night in Wonderland at the Columbia Museum of Art’s 2017 Gala on Saturday, April 1, from 7 p.m. until midnight.  I have been an active volunteer with the museum for many years, and I’m very proud to serve as this year’s Gala chair. 

Our committee has been working hard since this summer planning an amazing event, and we can’t wait to roll out the red carpet to the community for a special evening celebrating and showcasing the museum’s major spring exhibition, Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales, which features 36 colorful prints from The Dalí Museum including illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote, and the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. 

The whimsical, black-tie affair will be filled with enchanting cuisine by Scott Hall Catering, dazzling decor transforming the entire museum into a magical wonderland and lively entertainment from The Root DoctorsThe Columbia City BalletThe University of South Carolina School of Dance, mad dueling pianos performances and more! 

This fabulous party also has a fabulous purpose as the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year raising significant funds to support the museum’s national award-winning arts education and community enrichment programs.

Gala tickets are $150 per person ($75 of every ticket is a tax deductible donation to the museum) and on sale now and sponsorships are still available. If you’re interested in getting involved, feel free to reach out to me, and stay tuned for more posts leading up the big night.

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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!