A Lovely Little Bluff…

the river never broke a sweat.

it went for miles around us,

running in place

in search of a silent moon.

the darkness was her perfect partner,

leading them all

to the finish line,

where the morning

threw its hands up

as the winner of the race.

we stood on the sidelines,

rooting for time to suspend us,

staring down the clock

and knowing this was

not the end,

but the beginning of our journey

toward forever.

the running river by Marcus Amaker

Nestled on the northern bluff of Beaufort overlooking the May River, aptly named Bluffton is a charming coastal village that has grown in recent years to feature gourmet restaurants, boutiques and the beautiful Montage Palmetto Bluff resort, which was our weekend destination.

The area is special to us as it was the setting for our wedding ten years ago at Oldfield Plantation and now home to Jody’s family. In fact, Little Lovely was able to spend time with her cousins while we had a night away.

After checking into our guest house, we walked to Wilson Village and enjoyed an alfresco lunch at Buffalo’s overlooking the water before exploring the property.

We grabbed our books and a cocktail at the River House to enjoy the view and springlike weather.

From water sports to nature trails, there isn’t a shortage of recreational activities, and hopefully our next stay will be a little longer so we can take advantage of the award winning spa.

For dinner, we hopped on the shuttle and headed to the Canoe Club, a “river to table” restaurant offering sweeping views and local seafood.

After our meal, we found a spot by the fire pit to roast s’mores and look at the stars. A sweet ending to a relaxing day.

With our extra hour of daylight savings, we had time for a walk before meeting up with Eloise and her cousins for brunch at Cahill’s Market.

Hope you had a restful weekend too!


Lovely Lavender…

According to The Pantone Color Institute, ultra violet is the color of the year for 2018; however, fashion experts are pointing to the lighter hue of lavender trending on runways and the red carpet. A flower so representative of springtime is a fitting, pastel shade for the season. From gowns to nail polish, here are a few lavender items to try on this spring.

{L-R: Jay Godfrey Lilac Alma Dress // Boden Lilac Heel // Lele Sadoughi Crystal Sky Lily Earring // Essie Hubby for Desert // Rebecca Taylor Pullover // Mi Golondrina Dress}


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!


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.



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 🍀


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.


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.