Thursday, January 29, 2015

mindy kaling on marriage

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guys i know i am late to this party, but i just got around to reading is everyone hanging out without me? by mindy kaling, and i finally get it: she is amazing. i sort of knew that already (i mean she wrote, starred in and produced the office), but i just never really thought about it much...probably because i was too busy watching 30 rock for the millionth time. oops. anyways, mindy is great. i devoured that book and really related to her views on parents (she loves them), friends (a few good ones are better than a bunch of acquaintances) and men (why do they take so long to put their shoes on?).

but the thing i loved the most about this book was her optimistic views on marriage. it's so comforting to hear someone else, and someone in hollywood none the less, admit that they still believe in a good, old fashioned, lasting relationship. she had a passage at the end of her memoir that really had me shouting, yes i totally agree!

"i'm not saying that marriage should always be easy. but we seem to get so gloomily worked up about it these days. in the shakespearean comedies, the wedding is the end and there isn't much indication of what happily ever after will look like day to day. in real life, shouldn't a wedding be an awesome party you throw with your great pal, in the presence of a bunch of your other friends? a great day, for sure, but not the beginning and certainly not the end of your friendship with a person you can't wait to talk about gardening with for the next forty years."

 if you're looking to curl up with a book this weekend, pick it up here. i highly recommend it!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

salon saturday

front porch arts collective is starting up their salon saturday series again for 2015, and the first salon will be this weekend on january 31st. what is salon saturday, you ask? well, according to their website it is:

"a riff on the 16th century french and italian model of saturday shakes up the traditional social gathering model, and offers a monthly evening of merriment, intellectual stimulation, discussion, and front porch-curated presentations surrounding a theme. established partly to amuse, and partly to educate, each salon proves to be a laid back networking environment for like-minded individuals of all kinds and ages, and particularly seeks to bring together young artists of the upstate who have not heretofore had opportunities to cross paths."

sounds fun, right? and if you love food, they’re looking for photos to use this weekend. just post your photo(s) of your favorite local restaurant or meal to instagram with #‎salonsavory, and you can get onto the live stream at the salon.

representatives from mill village farms and charleston cooks will also be on hand to talk about their work and interaction with the greenville community, and upcountryprovisions will be there with samples. sounds like a pretty good time! if you're interested, get more details here.

7 pm
1278 pendleton street, greenville, sc 29611

Monday, January 26, 2015

looks i love: kin ying lee's dining room

image via design*sponge

ever since i saw kin ying lee's dining room in the design*sponge book (leave it to a madewell designer to have an effortlessly chic home), i've set my sights on creating something similar. and two weekends ago, we had a bit of luck and scored a dark, wood farm house table on craigslist; plus we found a sale on metal cafe chairs! now that the hard stuff is out of the way, i can't wait to add a few a little pieces to tie the room together. here's how i would get kin's look:

1. poured cement taper holders anthropologie | 2. carlisle dining chairs target | 3. geometric terrarium pod etsy | 4. kate spade saturday neon diamond wool rug west elm | 5. carroll farm dining table west elm 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

shaky knees lineup

the 2015 shaky knees lineup came out last week, and this is one of my favorite groupings i've seen scheduled for the summer. a bunch of our favorite bands are playing, and it's only 2 short hours away in atlanta. tickets are pretty affordable too, and you can buy day or weekend passes. we went the first year shaky knees took place, which you may remember looked a lot like this, and had a ton of fun even though it was pouring. so, i can only imagine what seventies and sunny would feel like. fingers crossed it's a dry weekend, and you can pick up some tickets here.

Friday, January 16, 2015

happy friday: sweatshirt

i thought this sweatshirt from modcloth was hilarious. i would definitely wear it to the grocery store or just out running errands. hope your friday is filled with laughter!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

new year's resolution

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“be healthier, be tidier, stop buying so many striped shirts” i feel like that is usually my january mentality. so this year for a resolution, i wanted to do something fun that i would actually be excited about but that would still be beneficial to my well being. i thought about how i could be tidier, and one thing that immediately came to mind was eliminating clutter. i have stacks of magazines that sit around because i like the cover…or there’s one recipe i want to make in the entire 200-page spread…or because i might finally get around to reading the articles instead of just looking at the pictures. so i figured the easiest thing to do would be to clean house and then nip that habit in the bud for 2015. no more hoarding issues of real simple (the recipes are online, after all) and no more airport issues of glamour collecting dust. this year, i want to invest more of my money in special publications that truly inspire and engage me. plus, since independent publications often publish only a few times a year, i feel like that will give me time to fully digest each issue. here’s what’s on my reading list so far:

do you have any suggestions for what i should check out? i’d love to hear your new years resolutions too!

if you’re curious to learn more about the independent print movement, I highly recommend listing to this episode of after the jump.

Monday, January 12, 2015

looks i love: copper pendant lights

buying a house scares the living daylights out of me (how do you pick a city to settle down in?!) but there are certain aspects of homeownership i dream scraping the pop corn ceilings...putting in real tile floors...and replacing the light fixtures. and if i had my way, we'd have gorgeous copper pendants. i love how they're retro yet modern, industrial but feminine. sort of like rose colored glasses for your home. check out more of these beauties after the jump:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

restaurant week south carolina

restaurant week south carolina is next week! a variety of restaurants around greenville will be featuring prix fixe menus, usually about $30 for three courses. we love to use this as a chance to step out of our comfort zone (aka: tacos) and try one of the fancier restaurants around town. it's also a great excuse to build up some fat to get you through the cold front that is coming through (remember that snow storm last year?) or just to indulge yourself for good behavior, so you don't totally jump ship on your new years resolutions. restaurant week south carolina is january 8th - 18th. you can find a full list of participating restaurants here, or check out some of my favorite recommendations below:

we went here for restaurant week last year, and it was much so that we may have gotten a few things that were not included with the deal, like cocktails and those sriracha chicken skins pictured above. i really enjoyed the rustic nature of the menu (think rabbit and duck) and would recommend this to any curious eaters.

passerelle is so charming from the quaint tile floors to the crepe stand outside by the park. and luckily, they have the chops to back it up, too, with delicious, casual french courses. mussels will be on the restaurant week menu, and that sounds like perfection on a cold, rainy night.

this might our favorite restaurant in greenville. it's upscale comfort food with a fun, nightlife vibe. justin raves about the meat loaf, and the above picture is only half a serving. the greenroom also lays claim to some of the best french fries in the country.

while the paella is a greenville favorite, my preferred dish at the lazy goat is their appetizer of goat cheese balls drizzle with honey. you just can't beat it, but i hear they have brussel sprouts on the restaurant week menu, which i would also be game to try. 

larkins was my favorite tent at fall for greenville, so i'd love to get another sampling. and you just can't go wrong with a big ol juicy steak.

high cotton
a greenville and charleston classic, high cotton seems like the best of carolina cooking. plus, they'll be changing their menu every night during restaurant week, proof that southern food is anything but boring.

i've heard that stella's is one of greenville's best kept secrets due to the fact that it's off the beaten path and away from main street. if you're looking for something different from  a chef who really knows how to showcase local, seasfonal ingredients, this is probably your best bet.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

a look back at 2014

wow, what a year 2014 was! now that we're done traveling and our guests have left, i have a moment to pause and reflect on all the wonderful things that happened this year. the blog turned two in december, and i just want to take a moment to thank everyone for their support. whether you've read a post, allowed me to snap some pictures of your business, or were one of the internet friends i got to meet in real life this year, i'm always blown away by the kindness and connectivity of the greenville community. below are a few of my favorite moments from the past year (and the top image is from our behind the scenes tour of the well):

brewery 85 opened in greenville

i visited my brother in brooklyn

i took an iphone photography class

street artist gaia painted a new mural downtown

justin surprised me with a trip to savannah for my birthday

i tried my hand at mixology for the first time with a 4th of july cocktail

a farmers market popped up in the village of west greenville

greenville got a local donut shop

i got a taste of euphoria at tapas and tinis

we tried a bunch of foodtrucks 

justin and i went to euphoria

and we finally made it to fall for greenville

the blog got a makeover

we went to canada for our three-year anniversary

justin came to indie craft parade with me

we saw lots of our friends from back home and even went to asheville together

we got a second dog

i thrifted and DIY'd some target-inspired halloween decorations

i did my first style post

 i won not one, not two but three contests and discovered some great new brands

and i did my first giveaway on the blog. 

my favorite post of 2014 was discovering this cute tree house in atlanta. thanks again for supporting truly unruly as it continues to grow!