Thursday, August 29, 2013

Brown Baggin It

take the stress out of getting dressed

Wow, fall is just around the corner! And whether you're bringing your lunch to school or work, why not upgrade from that brown paper sack you've been carrying it around in? No matter what your look is, a brown leather bag is always effortlessly cool and never goes out of style. I throw mine on with any outfit and head out the door without another thought. Since I know I'll get a lot of use out of a purse like this, I usually don't mind making a solid investment in real leather that will last through everyday wear and tear. Check out some of my favorite looks below; and if you're on a budget or are just animal friendly, I've also got some faux leather choices and bags for less than $40 on the list!

image via Madewell

image via The Sartorialist 

image via Pintrest

1. Etsy $32 | 2. American Apparel $95 | 3. American Apparel $145 | 4. Nordstrom $68 | 
5. ModCloth $165 |  6. ModCloth $85 | 7. ASOS $42 | 8. Need Supply Co. $140 
ASOS $50 | Madewell $168 | Baggu $115 | 12. Ruche $37 | Gap $50

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Food Flags

you are what you eat

blue cheese, brie and grapes

Justin sent me a link to this article today, and I just had to share! These food flags by Australian ad agency WHYBIN\TBWA for the Sydney International Food Festival are just so on point. There's something so delightfully simple yet revealing in their choice of ingredients, color and texture. Below are my favorites, but you can find more over on

banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit

 tuna and rice

lavash, fattoush and herb sprig

charcuteries and emmental

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Best News of the Week

plus other great things the internet gave us

image via Uproxx

Best News of the Week goes to MadRock, a mashup of 30 Rock quotes and Mad Men scenes. Just when you think the internet can't get any better, it does! Check out the rest of the series here.

In other news...

More hilarity online: these boys went to the salon for updos

If you work at YouTube, you can take the slide instead of the stairs

Scientifically correct planet cakes make chemistry cool again

Someone made retro ads for social media platforms

My hometown in VA hosted a running of the bulls this weekend

There's a new baby panda at the National Zoo in D.C.


Couples getting married at City Hall in NYC are so quirky and adorable it's almost unbearable.

This Breaking Bad cake is awesome too!

Worst News of the Week goes to the continual struggle ladies are facing at/on Wikipedia.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Weekend Edition: Charleston

cheers to two years!
Justin and I took a quick trip to Charleston over the weekend to celebrate our two-year anniversary. Coincidentally, this was our second trip, but we had so much fun discovering new places. If you need a few restaurant recommendations, read on!

When we got to Charleston, it was kind of dreary and rainy; so we popped into the cutest little hole-in-the-wall,Gaulart & Maliclet. This little café serves up French food with a southern twist in an old little house on Broad Street. I got a croque-monsieur with gazpacho, and my only complaint was that I didn't have more! The baguette was absolutely perfect, soft and warm on the inside with a hard and crunchy crust. It really could have been shipped straight over from France.

Luckily, we did have a light lunch though because we went to Poogan's Porch for dinner and chowed down. I didn't get any pictures of the inside, but I did snap this shot of the exterior. I love that Charleston makes such good use of its beautiful, historic homes. If you're in need of menu suggestions, go for the she-crab soup as an appetizer and definitely make sure to get a main course that comes with a side of the mac n cheese because it changed me. Justin got the duck, and it nearly melted in your mouth. Really, you can't go wrong here...or in Charleston in general.

Unfortunately due to the rain, we never made it to the beach on Saturday; but it did clear up enough Sunday to go kayaking! Nature Adventure Outfitters is right in Mount Pleasant and very easy to get to. We went for the early morning session at 8 am, and since the other people in our group never made it, we had a private tour!

Our tour guide, Aubrey Ann, was so great. She knew so much about the environment of Shem Creek and the history of Charleston. We got to take in some great views and even saw a whole flock of baby pelicans. Charleston by boat is definitely the best way to see the city!

After working up an appetite on the water, our last stop was at Magnolia's on East Bay Street for brunch.  We got the signature dishes, pigs in a blanket and shrimp and grits, which far exceeded their reputations. The grits have lobster and scallops in addition to the shrimp, and the sausages are wrapped in pancakes and topped with eggs!

There's so many great places to go in Charleston, it can get a little over whelming figuring out what to do next. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Anthropologie Book Signing

with local legend Barb Blair

image via Knack Studios

Greenville's very own Barb Blair, of Knack Studios, is having an event at Anthropologie on Thursday for her book, Furniture Makeovers! Sadly, I won't be able to make it (the curse of having a steady job); but if your schedule is flexible, you should definitely go and support her! Get the details below:

You can RSVP here, and you can take a peek inside on Amazon!

image via Knack Studios

One of the great things about Furniture Makeovers, besides the easy how-to instructions, are the beautiful photos. They're so inspiring! And if you're like me and can't get enough, you can keep up with all of her latest projects over on her blog.

image via Knack Studios

Or even better, you can visit her brick and mortar store at 11 Lois Avenue.

image via Knack Studios

And there's an online store too if you can't get down to Greenville.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go pin everything she's ever made.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Baking Bad

put the cooks in the kitchen

image via EmpowerNetwork

So I've been burning through Breaking Bad on Netflix lately, trying to catch up in time for the most recent season; and my brother just sent me this article from HuffPost, which was too good not to share!  Elissa Bernstein made this amazing caking inspired by Heisenberg and Jesse's Blue Sky meth and shared her musings on why these two would be a dream team at baking. (Don't worry, there aren't any spoilers!)  Check out her beautiful photos below and find the recipe on her blog, 17 and Baking

image via HuffPost

 image via HuffPost

image via HuffPost

Friday, August 16, 2013

Rosé Tasting at Community Tap

pink wine is the best wine

Last night, I went to a rosé tasting with Sarah, Andrea and Kate from work at Community Tap.  If you haven't been yet, it's is a cool, little growler station over on Wade Hampton Boulevard.  They have a great beer selection and occasionally hold tastings and events in their back room! (You can find more info on them here.)

For $15, you got five tastings, which was a great deal.  One of the owners of Community Tap was the host, and he said he was inspired to have the evening after a trip to the south of France where he fell in love with the rosé from Provence.

All of the wines were wonderful and varied in  their beautiful color.  They were light and fruity without being overly sweet, as rosé is so often mistaken for.  Plus, the whole thing was so well organized, and our host really knew his stuff.  We learned so much from how to naturally ferment the Domaine Saint Martin to what gives the wine its beautiful pink hue.  (I think that's the Domaine de la Berthete Cuvee Sensation above.)

They even had the cutest crostini and Parmesan cheese to gnosh on while you sipped.

It was hard to pick a favorite, but I ended up buying a bottle of the Charles & Charles, pictured above and below.  What can I say? I'm a sucker for good design!

image via Community Tap

Another big thanks to Community Tap for hosting such a great event.  I can't wait to go to another!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

hello there!

stranger danger

Hi guys, sorry that I've been such a stranger lately! It's been about a month since my last post, and I've really just been living life away from the computer...and then my laptop battery died, so I really didn't have a choice! But, I finally got a new one and am back on the blogging horse :) After Forecastle things just got busy in the best way possible-lots of fun things have been going and more are in the works!  I'll try and get some photos up for a quick recap later this week, and I promise to be better about posting what's going on here in Greenville.  Just to keep things short and sweet, I thought I'd leave you with This Charming Charlie, an amazing tumblr that combines the work of Charles Schulz and Peanuts with that of Morrissey and The Smiths.  A few of my favorites are below and you can find the rest here:

Remember KanyeWesAnderson? Still my fave!