Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gift Guide | Something for the Girls

I have a love / hate relationship with holiday gift guides. Yes I love the extra ideas, no I don't like the three digit pricetag to give your neighbor a gift. Apparently some bloggers have money trees that they need to share with the rest of us.

Here are a few pretties for the girlies in your life. I tried to find various (reasonable) price points from a variety of stores. I may or may not have eyed a few for my own list.

Scarf Clutch  |  Notepad  |  Rings  |  Pouch  |  Pumps  |  Jacket

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

O's Favorite Things

I am just going to say it... I am not an Oprah fan. I completely respect all that she has achieved but Ellen is much more my style in the terms of a daytime talk show host. However, Oprah's annual Favorite Things list is pretty top notch.

Here are a few favorites:
Brain-Science Coloring Book - if you live a stressed life, get a coloring book. Just saying. | Poinsettia Cake - A pretty cake for a pretty holiday gathering.  | Rosemary - I love my herb garden so I can only imagine what people without yards miss out on. This is a great option if you kill plants frequently. | Grits Gift Set - You can't get more Southern than grits. | DROP Bottle - I am been downing water lately and love this new infusion bottle

Monday, November 7, 2016

Unintentional Hiatus

I apologize for the unintentional hiatus. Life has gotten in the way. Life is busy and tiring but we are making memories so that is all that matters. Last Saturday, we went to Nemo and Dory's house (aka the aquarium) and it makes me love seeing things through Mary Tilman's eyes. She doesn't have a care in the world and I hope it stays that way.

Here is a little recap on the past six weeks:

 The hubs got me the most beautiful flowers for our anniversary. I am a sucker for gorgeous blooms and these did not disappoint. If you are in the Atlanta area, Blooms of Dunwoody should be your go-to florist.

For our anniversary, the hubs also surprised me with a day date and a night out -- a little game of TopGolf followed by dinner at the Sun Dial. The food was great but the views were the best part. Too bad I wanted to faint during the 100+ floor glass elevator ride.

We also tacked on a trip to the mountains with Aaron's family. I would say little Miss thoroughly enjoyed herself by the dance floor serenade and dinner show at Dixie Stampede. If anything, she keeps us on our toes.

If we have a Saturday at home, we have been splurging Mary Tilman with her favorite breakfast -- chocolate covered doughnuts. As you can see she merely licks the doughnut with her entire face.

I vow to be ahead of the Christmas train this year and signed up for family pictures a while back. I opted for a J. Wills dress paired with knee highs, which made this classic clothing lover quite happy.

Halloween was celebrated in pink for the second year in a row, this year with a feathery flamingo. The headdress was a tad overbearing but she obligated to my countless photo requests.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beaufort, SC

Beaufort, SC may be my town crush (is that a thing?). The sleepy little Southern town is full of charm, history and relaxation.

I surprised my mom with a birthday getaway and only gave her enough information on what to pack. Halfway through, I gave her a present to open and unveiled our final destination. Beaufort is a great girls getaway or romantic weekend retreat. Here are a few favorites:

 VRBO is my tried and true favorite when it comes to unique accommodations. Beaufort has several traditional hotel options in the more commercialized area and also boasts several bed and breakfasts. Our cottage was outstanding and the best part was the marsh view. This little rental was nicely furnished and had a great stocked kitchen (one of my rental pet peeves).

Dockside | A great choice over the bridge on Lady's Island. In my opinion, the menu was quite similar to the traditional seafood restaurant but everything we ordered was delicious. The salmon and scallops were our preferred choices.

Lowcountry Produce | If Southern Living covered this little gem, I knew it must be good. Our lunch was super yummy and the little market was too cute. My chicken salad sandwich was a great choice.

Plum's | Water views get me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Plum's was packed at lunch so we waited a bit but it was worth it. My shrimp salad was divine making this a place not to be missed.

Breakwater | I was torn between lots of options for dinner but chose Breakwater and am so glad I did. It wasn't crowded (probably due to off-travel season) but everything was spectacular. I ordered a caprese salad and scallops with risotto and both were outstanding.

Red Rooster Cafe | A great brunch stop with the sweetest staff. I recommend the breakfast burrito if you like spicy that early in the morning.  I will note that it was a little hard to find due to road construction but is attached to their sister seafood restaurant (go figure).

 Biking | Luckily our house came with bikes but you can rent through a few companies in town. This was by far my favorite part, considering I haven't ridden one in roughly 16 years. Biking is the best way to see the old homes up close and to really get a sense of how quaint this little town is.

Hunting Island | About 16 miles south of Beaufort, makes this state park a great afternoon trip. They have beach access, a marsh walk and historic lighthouse to visit. My biggest tip would be to pack bug spray. The mosquitoes were intense so we didn't last long.

Gay Fish Company | Located down by the state park, this hidden gem is your tried and true fish market. We bought shrimp (for a great price) that had come right off the boat. Another neat perk is their boats were used in Forrest Gump.

Sheldon Church Ruins | On your way in or out of Beaufort, stop by the Sheldon Church Ruins. They are gorgeous surrounded by huge oak trees and a great glimpse into years past.