Monday, June 30, 2014

an evening in stone's point


on friday, andrea and i headed over to stone's point shopping center after work. if you haven't been there before, it's over off of wade hampton boulevard and is home to community tap, urban digs, dapper ink and (their newest addition) billiam jeans. we were actually there for a little fun at urban digs, and man, does amy know how to throw a party! thoroughfare food truck was in the parking lot with plenty of good eats, circa doughnut was on tap for dessert, vagabond barista was in attendance for some quality coffee, and free kittens vintage was in the house. and to cap it all off, spectrum jewelry was having a trunk show. can you get more greenville than that? maybe...but it would be really, really hard. read on for details!








first stop, fish tacos from thoroughfare. i got off late and was hungry enough to eat my hand. luckily, these tempura battered mahi mahi tacos with kale slaw and chipotle aioli were 1000x more tasty. (andrea got the cumin crusted, red pepper pork fried rice, but sadly i didn't get a very good photo of it. she says it was delicious though, so order it!) anyways, community tap let us come inside and enjoy their AC while we chowed down. (thanks again! you guys rock) have you checked out their new digs? very cool, literally and figuratively. look at that massive sliding barn door! be still my heart. and if that wasn't cool enough, they have the hippest little dining area and a patio to eat on, plus tons of great brews on tap. (i got the mama's little yella pils) i wish i could have taken some more photos of the new space, but after eating and chatting, we had to dash over to urban digs... so i guess i'll just have to go back :)



























well, andrea and i made it to urban digs just in time. shannon only had two doughnuts left! so, we snatched those babies up, and i saved mine to enjoy the next morning. if you haven't had a circa doughnut yet, what are you waiting for? get your butt to the village market this weekend! also, have i mentioned how nice everyone in greenville is? only 50 times? well let me tell you once more: i've only met shannon, will and amy a few times, but everyone at the trunk show was just so sweet. it's people like them that make stepping out and about in greenville so pleasant. you never know where you'll make a friend. and amy's store is just the cutest: cacti everywhere, carefully curated coffee table books, and plenty of knickknacks thrown in for good measure. she also has the most delightful taste in jewelry and features several local artists in her shop. it's a little slice of heaven. i mean, just look at how she styled her nursery section! if you haven't checked out the shops at stone's point, i highly recommend it. it's a corner of greenville that everyone needs to check out. and thanks for the great party, guys!

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i picked up that little cactus painting at the party too! it's by sidney brunson; i couldn't find an etsy store, but you can pick one up at urban digs. and the horseshoe is from juxtaposition at the village market last weekend.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

insta updates


let's talk iPhone apps! i've been on a sort of whirlwind jet set lately, first  a wedding, then vacation followed by a last-minute business trip. i've documenting most of my travels on instagram, and for a good solid while there i was all about the vsco cam. i like vsco and it's helped me learn a lot about photography, as well as produce some gorgeous photos, but it's also a little moody and serious, if you know what i mean. i missed the light-hearted, sun-drenched instagrams of yore. 

so, i decided to pull afterlight out of its little folder on my iPhone and it was love at second-use. it's been the perfect hybrid of filters and lighting to get the look i've been lusting after for my instagrams. i feel like i am hitting a stride, doing big things with my life, you know? anyways, they updated with light leaks, which are additional to the filters and create a sort of old school / california effect. sort of like you're always at the beach. now, i edit my photos in vsco for lighting / contrast / saturation then pop on over to afterlight to give it a nice glow. obviously good lighting is the best thing you can do for good photos, but a few digital effects never hurt either. see for yourself below and follow me on instagram here

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the collage up top was made with the a beautiful mess app















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Sunday, June 22, 2014

the village market


if you haven't been to the village market yet, you have to check it out! seriously, what are you waiting for? i went two weekends ago to grab a doughnut, but i was out of town last weekend, and when i showed up yesterday i barely recognized the place! this little farmers market is growing by leaps and bounds. check out all the details below:


the village market is located in the village of west greenville, right along pendleton street and across from the village studios and gallery. head over a little before 10 am on saturdays, which is when it opens, to snag a good parking spot.




vagabond barista has teamed up with circa doughnuts to create one devilishly delicious duo. i got a cold brew from vagabond it was just delightful, and even though it was supposed to be 90 degrees the hot coffee was selling fast too, so that should tell you something. also, how cool is all their brewing equipment? apparently you can brew the same beans with with different methods to create totally unique flavors.





shannon, the mastermind behind circa doughnuts, introduced a new flavor since my last visit: chocolate ganache! i cannot even begin to describe how good this was. the flavor was so rich, i really couldn't believe that i was just eating a doughnut. it's not like she just schlapped some icing on top either. the taste was complex and intriguing, and it made you want to take another bite to try and pin down what that secret ingredient was. i love how she's transformed such a humble pastry and given it some highbrow flavor. word on the street is, a third flavor will be introduced soon, too. can't wait!

i think the number of tents at the village market has tripled since my first visit. shindig furnishings has been there since the beginning with some awesome, midcentury houseware finds. if madmen is your jam, you have to check them out. (i still can't believe that no one has snatch up that bar cart!) there's also a bunch of new additions too, like riacycled art. they make beautiful cutting boards out of recycled stone slabs, which are just gorgeous.



i got to chat with some of the vendors, like suzie of statice flowers. her beautiful arrangements caught my eye from across the market, so i had to stop by and get a closer look. she does weddings, events or you can just take home a sweet bouquet for your kitchen table.



if you missed her at indie craft parade last fall, don't worry! brooke jones of juxtaposition has brought her found treasures to the village market. everything she has is so cute, it was hard to pick out what to buy. that little flying pig really stole my heart, but i ended up snagging the pink horseshoe in the first picture.




right next door to juxtaposition was tin oiseau. jessica sharp is the brains behind this operation, and whether you need invitations or thank you notes, she's got you covered. her stamps and stationery are to die for, plus she has some other fun goodies like washi tape and paper straws at her booth. 



after that doughnut, i wish i still had room for asada, but sadly this belly can only hold so much. their tacos are excellent though, so if you go around lunch time, definitely pick one up.


to cap it all off, these guys started playing some tunes around 11 or so. good eats, crafts, coffee and tunes. what more could you want? and did i mention that the village market is dog friendly? 


so bring your pup and come on out to west village next weekend. hope to see you there :)

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