Tuesday, December 30, 2014

quarterly: design*sponge

a few months back, design*sponge announced they would be doing a subscription box with quaterly. i've tried the occasional box here and there, but i always felt like they were just schlepped together with whatever freebies the supplier could solicit that month. so, i was quite intrigued by the design*sponge announcement because everything they do seems to be so thoughtful and deliberate. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

boozy and bright

image via town

in case you missed it, town magazine teamed up with high cotton and bacon bros. to bring you some festive holiday cocktails. if you're traveling or being the hostess with the mostess, show your friends and family how it's done in greenville! (i will probably go for the yule shoot your rye out because i couldn't bring my stand mixer to richmond with me, although the buttermilk spiced nog does sound enticing.) get the full recipes here. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

christmas center piece

i got to my parents' yesterday, and the halls had all been decked for christmas. i think my favorite decoration though is this cute center piece my mom made. it reminds me of something out of southern living. we have a lot of vintage ornaments that have accumulated over the years, and i thought this was a great way to display them with the silver and crystal. hope your next few days are just as merry and bright! i'll be posting fairly regularly throughout the end of the year, if you're looking for something to read on your days off :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

neue southern

image via b2b media
i waited a while to write this post because i was really debating about whether it belonged here. i try to keep this blog pretty positive; but honestly, not every experience is going to be great every time, and i want this to be an honest space. neue southern was one of those instances for me. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

do or dont: christmas pineapple

image via this is glamorous 
i just got off the phone with my mom, and she has already solicited my spry young muscles to help her polish all the silver for christmas dinner. (we have about 40 people over, so we need every fork, spoon and knife we can get our hands on!) breaking out the silver is an old southern tradition, but it's one that i absolutely love. there's just something so charming about it, and i feel like family silver is becoming something of a dying breed. 

anyways, i recently stumbled across this photo on pinterest, which represents another one of my favorite old south traditions: decorating with pineapples. back in colonial times, pineapples were considered a sign of welcome...a tidbit that i must have picked up ages ago on a field trip to jamestown, but one that has always stuck with me. i love the idea of adding a pineapple to your christmas centerpiece or bar for a refreshing take on gold and live greenery. i think at christmas, it's a little unexpected and fun. what do you think — too tropical or just crazy enough to work?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

new coat

the other day, i bought my first "adult coat." in high school, i got away with wearing my burton snowboarding jacket; and in college, i had a pink north face raincoat with a black down liner i could remove and wear separately...after five winters, it was finally time to retire that little number. so, i had been searching high and low for a nice coat that i could wear to work, out on the weekend and with formal wear. i was also looking for something a littler on the longer side to give me some extra warmth. i searched high and low, but at the end of the day, i didn't really want to order online without trying it on before hand. 

but one random evening, justin and i went to nordstrom rack at about 8:30 pm to get him some work clothes. in the 30 minutes before the store closed, i somehow stumbled upon this amazing sam edelman coat that fit like a glove. i love the asymmetrical details and that i can dress it up or down. it even has a ribbed, sweater-like material on the bottom half of the sleeves that makes the coat super comfortable even when you're wearing multiple layers. and best of all, i got it for about one third of the retail price! 

i've been a nordstrom fan for a longtime, so i'm really glad that they've finally set up shop in greenville. have you found any great deals there? i'd love to hear about them! if you haven't been yet, i highly recommend searching for your holiday outfit or some last-minute gifts there.

nordstrom rack

if you're curious: jeans madewell // shoes converse // sunglasses urban outfitters // lip stick mac

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

greenville gift guide

one of the many perks about shopping local is you can shop at the last minute! swing by your favorite store, message your favorite artist about an in-studio pickup, or just enjoy shorter delivery times from your favorite etsy shop since they're only shipping across town. and in addition to getting a great gift, you're helping support the people and places that make greenville so unique. any of these items would be great under the tree; or when in doubt, you can always treat someone to brunch at soby's

good things come in small packages, like handmade jewelry 
once again sam cameo necklace, $20 at urban digs

spectrum "natural beauty" necklace, $35 at urban digs

give yourselves a gift and learn something new
"couples night: french bistro" cooking class, $135/couple charleston cooks

a beautiful magazine...or book...or flask...or bench. anything from knack will be a hit
trouve magazine, $15 knack 

let the festivities continue. eat, drink and be merry this april

if you've been good all year, treat yourself to a little indulgence at christmas breakfast
barrel aged maple syrup, we took to the woods

pretty but with purpose, chop up some veggies or show it off at a party with cheese
"the original" cutting board, $50 slab

a beautiful reminder that spring is just a few, short months away
"morning blooms no. 1" print, $25 emily jeffords

get down with some good ol southern cooking
spirited recipes form asheville's new south kitchen, $20 tupelo honey cafe

a souvenir from your favorite weekend getaway (i love the orange blossom)
savannah bee honey body lotion, $11 mast general store

okay, so this one isn't technically sold in greenville but i love it anyways
upstate shirt, $25 old try (order before 12/14 to guarantee christmas delivery)

check out some of my other favorite small businesses in greenville here and here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

stocking stuffers

jim had the right idea filling pam's tea pot with all sorts of heart-felt items he knew she would cherish. but stockings are a little bigger than a tea pot, so if you're looking for some crowd-pleaser filler items that require no explanation, check out the list below:

"on the road" flask, $23 quirk gallery

"silver street happy hour" flask, $40 nordstrom

triple c oval amplifier, $15 j. crew

gold bracelet set, $18 tattly

shave butter, $8 dollar shave club

soap stones, $8 jayson home

aged-n-charred moonshine hot sauce, $7 bass pro

knit your own dog kit, $12 amazon

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

friends & family gift guide

alright, you've picked out something for your beeb, but you've still got lots of other people on your list — everyone back at home, plus your oldest friends and dearest coworkers. think outside the box (no more ties for dad) and snag one of these unique gifts for your favorite people:  

for your dad who still calls you every week but is still trying to adjust to the iphone
talk dock, $36 uncommon goods

treat your mom to something special like this sparkly, snuggly winter dream
glimmered wool-silk scarf, $40 anthropologie

a blast from your past, challenge your brother to a match after breakfast
mancala, $20 urban outfitters

a cute, gilded friend for your bookworm sister
gold pig book ends, $30 cb2

the officially sanctioned cookbook for your chopped-junkie bff
the chopped cookbook, $28 target

give your favorite officemate's monday morning routine a little extra pep
hot stuff thermal mug, $14 ban.do

a cheesy gift for your favorite crafty couple
deluxe diy cheese kit, $50 scoutmob

raffle win: olive + grey

i rarely win things. my mom is always entering contests and giveaways, and i just never understood how she gets so lucky. well, my day finally came! right before i left for thanksgiving, i got an email from amy over at urban digs saying i had won the big raffle prize from the stone's point block party :) so, i got to take this lovely piece from olive + grey home with me, and it is a beaut. the wood is really nice and sturdy, and has been roughed up just so. it's a (not so) little addition to the mantle that reminds us just how much we love our adopted state. thank you so much!


if you're looking for more pieces from olive + grey, they will be at urban digs' holiday trunk show this weekend on december 5th and 6th. (i am loving that deer head!)

his & hers gift guide

tis the season! i've scoured the internet high and low, reading every gift guide i could find, so you wouldn't have to. if you're on a budget, here's the best of what's out there for $65 or less. i'm sure there's something on this list to put a smile on your significant other's face, or you can alway grab some ideas from gift guides past.

even if his season was a total bust, this sweater will be a hit
nfl one too many ugly sweater, $65 amazon

forget a bird, put a pom pom on it
homeward beanie, $50 anthropologie

a more mature, unique scent than those he's had in the past
salvatore ferragamo acqua essenziale blu, $60 bloomingdale's

her favorite beauty regimen can now fit in her purse
naked on the run, $54 sephora

for your boyfriend who kindly explained the difference between an EP and an LP
do not sell at any price , $18 barnes and noble

for your silly but chic girlfriend who will giggle and say "oh, you wouldn't get it"
how to be parisian wherever you are, $17 barnes and noble

his favorite brooding doctor got the same musical treatment as his favorite brooding driver
the knick: original series soundtrack 2-disc LP, $30 amazon

her teenage dream just put out a new piano rock album
in the wilderness vinyl, $19 andrew mcmahon

to take on all his work trips and let TSA know he means serious business
ravine duffle, $65 herschel supply co.

to throw all her chambray shirts into and haul up the coast when she visits her parents
late night lecture bag, $45 modcloth