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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 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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A Lovely Little Red Carpet…

“Lights, camera, action!”

The countdown is on to my favorite Sunday night of the year…the Oscars! 

Even as a little girl, I appreciated the glamour and drama. In fact, for a class assignment in second grade, I wrote that my dream was to attend the Academy Awards in a limousineâ˜ș. Well, that dream has yet to come true, but I am looking forward to tuning in from the comfort of my couch. 

And even more exciting than the actual awards is the pre-show of fashion parading down the red carpet. The gowns, the jewels, the perfectly coiffed hair and makeup…

As we wait to see the best dressed in Hollywood tonight, here are a few of my all time favorite Oscar looks. And this fun infographic by Media Run illustrates the most iconic dress from each year of the Oscars.Who will be the big winners of the screen and the carpet? The Oscar goes to…

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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 Pumpkin…

“When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,

And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,

And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;

O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,

With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,

As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes to feed the stock,

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.” – Excerpt from “When the Frost is on the Punkin” by James Whitcomb Riley

My father used to read this poem to my brothers and me on the first cool mornings of Fall, so it always comes to mind when the season starts to change. The vivid imagery and onomatopoeias really capture this time of year.

On these crisp mornings, Little Lovely enjoys visiting with the pumpkins on our front stoop before nursery school.   

 And now that she can toddle around she wants nothing more than to explore the yard and collect acorns and leaves.

Thankfully, the chaos of Hurricane Matthew drifted away this week and was replaced with beautiful, autumn weather. It provided the perfect backdrop for Little Lovely and I to make a visit to our local pumpkin patch.  

  {Eloise found a pumpkin just her size. Her dress is by Cecil and Lou.}

We met some of our friends there for a late afternoon playdate, and Eloise had a grand time meandering through the pumpkins.

Today we picked up some little white pumpkins from Trader Joe’s for a special craft. Using washable paints they were transformed into lovely shades of pink and gold.  {Eloise mainly supervised.}
Hope that you and your little pumpkins have a wonderful weekend!

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A Lovely Little Taste of Wine Country…

A highlight of our recent San Fran trip was a day in wine country. Having spent time in both Napa and Sonoma, which are each unique and beautiful, this jaunt was simply a taste of what the area offers.  We were picked up downtown early in the morning by our guide Glenn, who was a character and also extremely knowledgable of the area. As we made our way inland, the marine layer slowly drifted away making room for the California sunshine

Our first stop was the Kieu Hoang Winery. Formerly a Mondavi estate, the vineyard was recently purchased by Vietnamese businessman, Kieu Hoang, who has focused even more on red varieties. We were some of the first in the tasting room and particularly enjoyed the Chardonnay and Cabernet.   

The outdoor sitting area was inviting and offered a nice view of the winery.

Next on the tour was Starmont Winery located on the historic Stanly Ranch in the Carneros region where we were promptly handed a glass of sparking wine- not a bad greeting! The Pinot Noir Coury Cloin was the favorite among the group, and we all enjoyed getting to know each other while basking in the sun.

A quick lunch break at The Shed followed. The family-owned outpost is a bit deceiving from its rustic exterior, but the gourmet food inside was delicious. To end the day we stopped by Homewood Winery, a much smaller operation run by winemaker, David Homewood. Our tasting was more of a tutorial as we learned and practiced the “4 S’s” of tasting: see, swirl, sniff and sip! The full-bodied reds were crowd pleasers and lived up to the winery’s motto, “the redder the better.”  Although brief it was a lovely day, and I can’t wait to open a special bottle from our trip to relive the memories.

 
Cheers!

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