Archive | December, 2011

Inspire | Heidi Merrick.

29 Dec

Yes, it’s only almost January. I realize that the cold is only starting here on the east coast, but I can not help dreaming of warmer days and sunny rays. Heidi Merrick’s Spring 2012 collection help put me in the summery mood last night and is inspiring my own Spring/Summer 2012 line.


Home for Christmas.

27 Dec

I love being home for the holidays. Details always make this time of the year feel more special, especially when my mom sets herbs in dainty, glass containers at our place settings. Ribbon candy in apothecary jars. Berries and red birds in the kitchen. Chestnuts and twigs on the coffee table. I know that no room or space will be neglected. It truly is all in the details and that’s what makes it feel like home and the holidays. Hope your holidays were just as special!

Southern Weddings | Ornament Swap.

21 Dec

In my daily perusing of blogs, pinterest, and the like I came across Southern Weddings website and saw this:

Each year Southern Weddings hosts an ornament swap. So many of my friends had entered calendar exchanges for the holidays so when I came across this I entered my name. Using wine corks, a hot glue gun, and some gold glitter I constructed this sweet tree ornament.

I sent out four ornaments and these were the ones I received:

I loved having Christmas packages arrive at my door each day!

Museums and Cupcakes | D.C.

19 Dec

Happy Monday! I’m back from D.C. (after flying to Charleston twice yesterday. Flight #1: fly almost to Charleston and had to turn around for computer glitches. Flight #2: made it all the way to Charleston without turning around). Here are some highlights:

We stayed right across the street from Georgetown Cupcakes. I limited myself to one cupcake, although if I lived here full time I would most certainly trek across the street in my pajamas like Lauren and Tice. People are constantly standing in a line that goes out the door, which I now understand. Funny how one treat can make people swoon. Later that night we ate Turkish cuisine at Cafe Divan and then had the most delicious Praline meringue for dessert at Kafe Leopold.

Saturday we took the Metro from Court House to D.C. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History had an exhibit on the Hope Diamond and many other gems and minerals. I even managed to find several larger pieces that would fit nicely in my home, on display (specifically that orange beauty on the bottom there). 

And here’s Santa on the metro. Actually, one of about 300 Santas. They were everywhere, which added quite nicely to the Christmas cheer, he didn’t even mind me snapping a picture.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Weekend Getaway | D.C.

16 Dec

I’ve packed my bags (full of the most warm scarves, jackets, gloves, and boots I own) for a little getaway to D.C. Best friend Lauren has no doubt formulated a weekend itinerary sure to include only the best ways to experience Christmas in the city. And this time we won’t burn the oatmeal cookies.

Dress | One-Shoulder.

15 Dec

Here’s a little something else I’ve been working on. The thing I love most about this fabric is that it has a faint silver shimmer in the light. Originally, I bought this gold trim to enhance the look a little but haven’t finalized my thoughts on the addition.

A festive one-shoulder bow and shimmer make this dress essential for holiday parties or bridesmaids.

Holiday Party | Black + Gold.

14 Dec

And rocked around the Christmas tree I did, at the Charlotte City Club in this ensemble.

dress {anne marie cale}. earrings {jose and maria barrera}. ring {joyus}. shoes {christian louboutin}. clutch {lilly pulitzer}.

Topped with a Bow.

9 Dec

Hope your weekend involves sparkles, Christmas parties, and lots of laughs. The temperature has dropped quite drastically here in Charleston, but that won’t keep away little numbers like this one. I’ll be wearing one of my own designs to a Christmas party in Charlotte on Saturday, and it might just be up for grabs come Monday!

{via camille styles}

Holiday Cheer.

6 Dec

Last week I spent some much needed time in one of my favorite stores in the Old Village, Out of Hand. The ribbon and fine paper filled walls literally make me dream in glitter and gift wrap. They have the most wonderful paper products, jewelry, and gifts. Every inch of the store houses perfectly unique gifts and plenty of holiday cheer.

One day I will have an entire room devoted to paper, ribbon, buttons, and glitter. And I will probably never leave. Or have to clean it up and store it away. What a dream.


2 Dec

You know how delicate details make you feel special, like you just want to stay in that moment forever and soak up every single second? Lace has that effect. The intricacies involved in its patterns and presence bring back memories of your grandmother’s perfectly polished table at Thanksgiving or the sweet sentiments of a gentle textile. Lace makes you feel girly and fancy. Who doesn’t want to feel that every now and then? Find an excuse, heck forget the excuse and don some frilly lace this weekend!

via 1. the crazy tumblr 2. katie armour the neo-traditionalist 3. lilly pulitzer 4. atlantic-pacific 5. pink wallpaper 6. nestegg 7. pinterest

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