11.27.2014

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving to all you turkeys!

I can't get enough of this Thanksgiving tablescape!


Today (and everyday), I have a lot to be thankful for. As y'all know, 2014 has been a particularly rough year for me. I've griped, whined, and cried a lot over it. I've wallowed in self-pity. That being said, this Thanksgiving, I am trying to be especially mindful and grateful for those things that I have that are taken for granted on a day to day basis. While things have been hard for me this year, they certainly could have been harder; and despite the challenges I have faced, I have always had the basic necessities in life.

First, I am thankful not only to be able to feast and stuff my face today, but to be able to eat every day. I read in this article just last night that "1 in 4 children lives in a food-insecure household."

Second, I am thankful, not only to have clothing, but to have a closet full of pretty things to choose from. As I debated what to wear for today's festivities there are women in parts of the world who don't have that luxury. Women who are required, due to social code, to cover up, to not be seen nor heard.

Third, I am thankful for my literacy. I started reading at a young age and since then, haven't stopped. I feel like something is missing when I don't have a book. Clearly, I also love to write or this blog wouldn't still be around more than 3 years after its start.  Literacy is improving globally, but according to UNICEF (here), there are still 126 million illiterate youth and in parts of Africa, literacy rates fall below 50%. I learned in a training last year, that 3rd grade reading proficiency is a predictor of prison populations. Nelson Mandela said "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nuanced and flawed as it may be, one cannot deny the power of free public education in America.

I could go on and on and on. One can always find something to be thankful for, but that's enough seriousness for one day!

And finally, lat but not least, I wanted to take some time to thank all of YOU, my readers, today! This blog has become a passion of mine, a fabulous creative outlet and a place to be completely me. I have been so excited by its growth in 2014 and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the people you love!

And finally, I figured I'd close with some Thanksgiving funnies after a more serious post!





What are you most thankful for this year?

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for details on all the best Black Friday sales! (Trust me, the irony of that announcement after this post is not lost on me!)

GOBBLE, GOBBLE!

11.24.2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Happy Monday readers!

I can't believe that Thanksgiving week is here!

That means Christmas is right around the corner and I've already started my holiday shopping.

Today I bring you the last of my Holiday Gift Guides: Stocking Stuffers!

Stocking stuffers are always one of my favorite things to shop for. Everything is a little cuter in miniature size and I like to use the stocking as a place for an unexpected or silly gift.

Below you will find 4 guides for stocking stuffers:





So there you have it!

Do you fill stockings with gifts, candy, or a mix of both?

I also am excited to say, I now have all of my Holiday Gift Guide Pinterest Boards set up. I have spent hours searching the internet for fabulous presents and have put together 3 virtual catalogues for you to browse. I will continue to add to them throughout the holiday season, so be sure to follow on Pinterest too:
Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies Board
Holiday Gift Guide: Gents Board
Holiday Gift Guide: Kids Board

The kids board has been by far my favorite to put together, so I am feeling envious of all my readers that have kiddos to shop for this year!

Finally, be sure to check out my other two Holiday Gift Guide posts if you've missed them:
Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies
Holiday Gift Guide: Gents

Have you started holiday shopping?

Have a great day!

11.21.2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Gents

Happy Friday readers! 

We are so close to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and hopefully some R&R! 

Today I am excited to bring you my holiday gift guide for the gents! I've got you covered with lots of finds to please the men in your life! Some of these picks are among Bryce's personal favorites and others include things he might even find under the Christmas tree this year!

The Southern Gentleman...swoon!

Keep your athlete happy with sporty gifts for on and off the court!

If your man is all about the finer things in life (aka expensive booze & cigars), I've got ya covered!

Please the grill master in your life and you're guaranteed a full belly!


And finally, for the little man--spoil him with gifts that scream fun and playful!

I have also created a Pinterest Holiday Gift Guide: Gents board. Follow to see even more gift ideas now and throughout the holiday season!

What men do you have to shop for this year?

Do you have a favorite guide?

I'm partial to the Southern Gentleman (surprise, surprise!), Debaucher, and Little Man boards myself!

Be sure to check out my other gift guides, as well:
Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies
Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers (coming soon!)

Have a great weekend!

11.19.2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies

Happy Hump Day readers!

I hope you are having an awesome week. Mine is surprisingly better than expected. I was nervous about the transition back since our mini Florida vacay, but all has been smooth sailing!  The countdown to Thanksgiving break is on!

I am SO excited today to bring you my first round of holiday gift guides...ladies first, of course!

Below you will find six gift guides to cover all the best ladies in your life. Some of the pieces I have featured are personal favorites that I already own and others come from my very own wish list. 

Ready, set, shop!

Show your bestie just how special she is for you with the perfect present!

Kiss the cook this holiday season and your tummy will thank you!

Glitz & Glam are always at the top of this girlie girl's list!

Details count when shopping for the person that always makes you feel right at home!

For the lady who has everything...

And finally, we couldn't forget the little ladies!

I have also created a Pinterest board with all of these gifts and more that I will continue to update throughout the holiday season. Check it out here at: Holiday Gift Guide: Ladies.  You can see the rest of my boards and pins by clicking here.

Did you have a favorite?  Mine is the "Nester" guide!

Have you started holiday shopping yet?

What are some of your favorite go-tos for gifting?

Have a great day!

11.14.2014

Light Up Your Look

TGIF readers!

I hope you are having a fabulous Friday and have a fun weekend ahead!

Today I have a fun piece to share with you, Light Up Your Look! One Kings Lane reached out to me, asking if I would be interested in participating in this blog series. The idea was to pair gorgeous chandeliers with equally gorgeous jewelry!  Well....in my dream home, I would probably have a chandy in just about every room; and a girl can never have enough jewels, right? So the answer was easy: Yes!

I most definitely find similarities in my design and fashion choices and think the preferences tend to go hand in hand. For that reason, the post was very fun to put together.

I went to One Kings Lane's chandelier selection to pick the pretty chandeliers and tried to pick styles that would appeal to many different readers. Read below to see my picks!

For those of you, who tend to have rustic style, this wooden Winchester Chandelier is a great pick. When you hear the price One Kings Lane's reduced price of $179, it becomes even more attractive. When seeing this chandelier, I automatically thought of Twine and Twig necklaces. I first saw these necklaces popping up in the blog world last spring and thought they were really unique. Our local Southern Season recently got them in stock, and since seeing them in person, I'm convinced I need one! My two favorites currently on the site are the Trail Double Tip and the Shore Shells, both pictured below!

For the modern gal, I went gaga over this Brooklyn Chandelier in Ice Blue. I'm imagining it as a pop piece in an otherwise traditional dining room! The pretty blue, had me automatically thinking of Kendra Scott's iridescent Skylar Earrings that I have been ogling over since July! 

For the lady who like sleek design, this Luna Sphere Chandelier (available in 3 sizes) in the perfect option. I paired it with one of my personal favorites, the Stella & Dot Phoenix Pendant. This necklace is the perfect accessory for both casual and dressy looks and is one I continually wear!  I also thought the Renegade Bracelet complimented this chandelier quite well!



Finally, for the classic woman, this Sara Chandelier is to die for! I am equally in love with this Kiss Kiss Crystal Necklace. The two pieces scream elegant and have me wanting to get all dressed up and wear bright red lipstick!



What is your favorite pair?

What type of chandeliers and jewelry do you find yourself drawn towards?

Do you see a match between your design and fashion picks?

Have a great weekend!