Monthly Archives: February 2012

Stumbled upon this blog and feel in love with this baby nursery! Gathering ideas now so in the future my life will be a little stress free.. 🙂

I always knew I didn’t want Zoey to have a girly girl room. No barbie dolls or princess themes- can be cute but just not for us. I already had a vision for her nursery- white, simple, modern, and lots of diy projects from mommy + daddy. I wanted the nursery to have the reminiscence of a boutique. A baby retail boutique.

Daddy used this fabric to make her changing station cover, bedskirt, and bedsheets. 

And he also made the decorative pillows and matching foot rest. We love daddy! 

We added the extra hanging space here both for aesthetics and space saver. Her closet was getting overflowed!

The goal is to have her shop in her own room so she doesn’t feel the need to go elsewhere!

I love these small cubes to display her shoe collection.

Zoey’s hand and foot prints at 1 mth. 

Zoey used to fit this…

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Sweet Catherine’s Restaurant in SC!

Sweet Catherine’s distinctively “sassy southern” style is all over its menu — fried green tomatoes, Grandma Velma’s trio of pimento cheese, chicken salad and broccoli salad on a bed of lettuce, and pan-seared cheddar grits topped with shrimp and Parmesan cheese. But the menu also includes items from other regions — Margie’s Marinara promises to make any Italian mother proud and the black bean and corn quesadilla makes claims of perfection.

The two-story restaurant is tastefully decorated in warm earth tones, and the exposed brick lends an element of the historical, which is consistent with Fountain Inn’s resurgence that combines respect for the past and a commitment to the future.

Sweet Catherine is owned by Genie Mahaffey and Michelle Amrien, who named the restaurant after a friend, Angela Catherine Driskell Murdaugh, who died from diabetes. Amrien writes in the menu: “After high school, she was my first roommate and taught me how to cook. Over the years, we talked about having a business together but God had other plans.”

Sweet Catherine’s, a short walk from the town’s beautiful new history center, is also open for dinner on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and offers a brunch / lunch buffet on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Located at 111 S. Main St. in Fountain Inn.

Sassy on Augusta

Sassy on Augusta, located in the historic Lewis Plaza, is home to modern woman’s clothing.  It is run by mother, daughter team Libby and Lisa, and has become a staple on the Greenville, SC boutique shopping scene. Here is a little more about Sassy from their website.

Mother-daughter fashionista team, Libby Sfiris and Lisa McGehee, have created a unique boutique with a blend of beautiful clothing and accessories to delight mothers and daughters that love to shop together.  Sassy’s concept encompasses unique and edgy style for both the young and young-at-heart.

As a University of South Carolina grad, Lisa spent the first years of her career working for a Greenville-based bank.  During that life altering time period where she battled and beat cancer, she gained a new-found appreciation for life.  Today, Lisa is realizing one of her dreams – being an entrepreneur in the boutique fashion world.  Having grown up as the daughter of a boutique fashion store owner, fashion has always come natural to Lisa as she watched the success of her mother’s boutique over 20 years ago.

Today, this ideal mother-daughter pair has combined experience, a fresh look and an eye for customer satisfaction to create a fun and relaxing shopping experience.
Libby and Lisa bring the latest in fashion to Greenville from the west to east coast fashion markets.  This knowledgeable team, the relaxed atmosphere, and excellent customer service combine to bring our customers an enjoyable shopping experience.

(http://www.sassyonaugusta.com/index.cfm)

Southern style ..welcome Emma Graham Collections!

When talk of fashion school comes up most people instantly think of scoping out schools in New York City or Los Angeles in order to gain experience and earn their degrees. However there are a surprising number options in the South!
Emma Graham is a new clothing line from the design team Jackie Graham and Emma Mahon. Although they are based in Boston Emma received her fashion merchandising degree from the University of South Carolina and studied abroad in London and Paris while in college. Their inaugural spring 2011 collection will  effortlessly blend into the young southern woman’s wardrobe. The designs are very much inspired by a Southern lifestyle and are the perfect companion whether you are wearing a derby hat to the Carolina Cup or a baseball cap to a tailgating party. The line is not only sold online but you can pick up a piece at many boutiques located throughout the South. Here are some of their pieces below that I adore!

Thinking about getting the pink one for graduation!

Savory Wine

Wine has never tasted so good! Here is some info about my new favorite wine filled with sweet and delicious flavor!

Cupcake Vineyards wines were introduced nationally in 2008 from California’s Central Coast and represented a finely crafted, fruit-forward, indulgent and eminently approachable style of wine. The inaugural release included Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then, Adam has used his global wine making experience and relationships around the world to add seven international wines to the Cupcake lineup, including such renowned regions as Marlborough New Zealand; Mendoza Argentina; Italy’s Prosecco, Trentino and Asti regions; Barossa Valley, Australia; and Germany’s Mosel.

Cupcake Vineyards winery is located in Soledad, California, where warm days give way to cool nights as the fog rolls in off of the Pacific Ocean. It is this cooling influence that slows the growing process, increasing the time the grapes “hang” on the vine and thereby allowing the grapes to mature a little slower than in hotter regions. Slow growth and cool weather leads to a more balanced level of acids and sugars, thereby adding to the complexity and structure of the wines of the Central Coast. This region is poised to become one of the newest and most exciting viticultural opportunities in the coming years.

This slow pace continues in the cellar where the winemaking team takes the time to craft wines that are complex, rewarding and handmade. Gentle pressing, cool fermentation, malolactic fermentation and long barrel aging in small barriques allow them to elevate the wines so that they are rich, creamy and downright delicious. Winemaker, Adam Richardson has since added a few additional wines from other cool climate regions to augment Cupcake Vineyards portfolio and match up with additional cupcake profiles, such as Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.

To this day, Cupcake Vineyards encourages everyone to “Live Deliciously.”

Source: cupcakevineyard.com

Someone On The Rise!

Jules Reid, with her Southern girl charm and an eclectic New York sensibility has created a vibrant world of color, pattern, playfulness, and international chic that defines her namesake fashion collection.

She has quickly become a favorite among the well traveled resort set, yet her designs are at home from Capri to the Vineyard, St. Barths to Malibu. The Jules Reid line is carried in over fifty specialty boutiques and at JulesReid.com!

Here is some info from her website!

Jules Reid, a Southern girl with a mix of New York, brings her love of bold patterns and vibrant colors to the fashion line that bears her name.

Having spent ten years as a young Wall Street power broker in New York, Jules then followed her creative passion by founding her own interior design firm. Her use of bright patterns, luxurious fabrics and touches of summer drew on a wealth of inspirations and influences, from Slim Aarons photographs of Palm Springs and Capri to the high impact colors and whimsical sights of India, where Jules lived as a child.

For years, Jules had been collecting vintage clothing and designing pieces to wear herself. Her time as an interior designer honed her signature aesthetic and Jules officially launched her namesake clothing line in 2010. She immediately gaining a devoted fan base from Harbour Island to the Hamptons for her sophisticated, bohemian take on resort chic. Like her personal icons Emilio Pucci and David Hicks, Jules designs her own patterns and creates new ones each season. Jules sources her fabrics from India and France, and the line is manufactured entirely in New York.

Today, Jules splits her time between New York and Virginia and is the mother of three young boys. The Jules Reid line is carried in over fifty specialty boutiques and has been featured in numerous publications including Town & Country, Travel + Leisure, and Lucky.

Below are some of her collections!

Starting a vintage trend

Sometimes I love the idea of a Charlotte (from Sex & The City) life: all serenity and tastefulness, where everything matches and looks polished. But a domestic landscape like that can also feel too cookie-cutter particularly when it comes to dinnerware. Plain white china, mass-produced bowls and department store glasses are fine for occasional dinners, but a noteworthy party calls for a new approach well, an old one, actually. Going vintage with your tableware lets you be as creative and personal with the table setting as you are with your food, and it can be a fairly inexpensive way to bring drop-dead chic to the party. But what you don’t invest in dollars, you need to invest in time and focus.Below is an image of a table spread that has a very vintage feel and approach. Using different colored glasses and fresh cut flowers allows for a warm and festive dinner!

 

Sweet Tooth!

Next to smoothies my other favorite breakfast  is yogurt parfaits made with fresh fruit.  One of my favorites is McDonald’s fruit and yogurt parfait – strawberry yogurt, strawberries, blueberries and granola.  It is also fun to make them at home.  You can do all kinds of fun combinations.

Banana Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or pina colada yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2- 1  banana, sliced (if you use 1 whole banana that will give you 2 servings of fruit for the day!)
  1. Place 1/4 cup granola in the bottom of a glass or bowl.
  2. Follow with 1/4 cup yogurt and all of the blueberries  (and 1/2 banana if using a full banana).
  3. Then top with remaining granola, yogurt, and banana.

Stylish Lace

My new obsession in this season is lace! I have come to realize that lace is very elegant, sophisticated and even chic. My favorite thing to do is add a simple lace piece whether it be a scarf, shoes, handbag or top and pair it with solids. This keeps the outfit simple yet bold and fun! I think in this dragging winter season (when you have days that are 70 degrees and 40 degrees) it is great to start utilizing some spring elements.

Right now I adore blacks, nudes and ivorys with a lace piece. It is a very effortless look but enhances most solid colors. Below are some looks and pieces with that extra touch of lace adding a romantic flare.

Scrumptious Cake Pops!

 I was so excited when I heard Starbucks had added these little guys to their menu awhile back but sadly did not try one until recently. What I love is that they are kind of like mini cupcakes on a stick. Who wouldn’t be excited about that??

The cake pops come in three flavors, Birthday Cake, Rocky Road, and Tiramisu. They are about 200 calories each, which to me seems like a lot but then I noticed everything else was around 400 calories haha!

If you want to try one I would recommend Birthday Cake! It tastes very similar to confetti cake, which is by far my favorite type of cake and cupcake. Rocky Road tastes just like plain chocolate cake (disappointed). Tiramisu tastes like vanilla bean and not much else.

I was expecting the cake to lack moisture and taste very basic however to my surprise it was the complete opposite. The cake used inside these pops was moist, delicious and fresh!

Cost: $1.50 each, two for $2.50, or six for $7.50.