Friday, February 27, 2015

happy friday

happy friday! i got my girl scout cookies in a few days ago and plan on enjoying a few this weekend (samoas are definitely the best). i love how girl scout cookies signal the end of winter. they come just when you need a little pick me up, after all of the holidays are over and before any of your warm weather vacations start. if you don't know any scouts, check your local grocery store because the girls are usually selling boxes outside this time of year. only 22 more days til spring! what's getting you through these last three weeks of winter?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

illustrated map: swamp rabbit trail

have you guys seen this cute map of the swamp rabbit trail floating around the internet? local illustrator alice ratterree designed it for the upcoming april issue of town magazine. she included some of my personal favorites (cafe at williams hardware, liberty bridge and the swamp rabbit cafe and grocery) plus a few other spots i'm adding to my list of places to try. i'm not sure if any prints of the map are available, so be sure to snag a copy of the magazine if you want one for your wall. i know i will :)

image via alice ratterree

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

methodical coffee

we had another snow day today! not quite cold enough to shut down the city, but there’s talk of another few inches falling wednesday night :) if you’re looking for a cozy spot to bunker down in on these gray days, let me recommend methodical coffee. i went over there and did some work last week during the ice storm, and it is such a gem. they only opened a few weeks ago but it’s already a warm center of community, coffee and inspiration. 

located in the plaza at 101 north main (right across from tupelo honey), methodical is a multi-roaster coffee bar that switches up their offering each month, so you can trust the team to introduce you to something delicious, exciting and new when you go. the shop is beautiful with lots of natural light and delicate touches the team added to the space by hand (think tiles, wall paper and even a vinyl collection). and at the heart of it all is will shurtz, the vagabond barista himself, greeting everyone by name with a smile and his signature top knot. you might recognize some of the other baristas from around town, too, and if not, just feel free to say hi. everyone was really nice, and i overheard conversations between old friends and new acquaintances. it was actually so busy that day, i couldn’t really snap any photos (also i was working, promise!) so here are a few of my favorite snaps from the methodical instagram account:

methodical coffee
101 north main street, greenville, sc 29601

have you tried methodical yet? i'd love to know your favorite drink!

Monday, February 23, 2015

looks i love: ticking stripe

last week was full of work craziness but i also got my tax return, which meant this weekend i got to treat our bedroom to a little upgrade. we just bought this ticking stripe duvet from west elm, and i can't wait to throw it on the bed. i love how ticking stripe has an old timey farmhouse vibe but can still be very modern...and you better believe it didn't take long for me to start hunting ways to redo our room around the new duvet ;) here are a few of my favorite pins of inspiration so far:

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

snow day

although my porch and driveway are a sheet of ice, greenville got some snow last night! alright, i won't kid myself, it was an ice storm, but i'm still enjoying sitting in my slippers with the dogs asleep on the couch while i work from home this morning. i'm a snowmantic (a term i have just coined) that thinks our once a year winter wonderland is more a thing of beauty than a nuisance. i hope you're enjoying the winter weather too and staying warm! :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

one of the greats

happy galentines day! to celebrate, you should totally grab your girlfriends and check out chelsea peretti's netflix special one of the greats. justin and i watched this back in november, and it's hilarious.  i love chelsea, whether she's smart talking detectives on brooklyn nine-nine, wooing bobby bottle service on kroll show, or taking a helicopter to flee her date with louis c.k. on louie. somehow she's always able to transform minor roles into bold, memorable characters. one of the greats continues in the same vein with outrageous jokes and impressions, but it's also peppered with sharp quips about being still being treated like a "female comic." if you're a fan of tina fey and amy poehler, say hello to your new best friend and check out the trailer below:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

oscar shorts at the peace center

anyone who knows justin and me knows that we love movies. so this year, since valentines falls on a saturday, were doing a little twist on the classic dinner and a movie date. the peace center is showing the oscar nominated short films that day, and weve planned brunch at the green room and a little movie marathon with tickets to both the live action and animated shorts screenings.

if you havent been to a shorts screening before, im always amazed at how rich the stories are despite such a confining medium. you get to enjoy a mix of perspectives and cultures from all over the world, and usually you are in for a roller coaster of emotions, too. youll laugh, cry and definitely leave with something to think about long after the showing is over. plus, youll get a leg up in your oscars pool at work ;) you can purchase tickets here; and if you cant make it saturday, all three screenings will be happening the following weekend on february 21st at the same times.

live action shorts 1 pm
animated shorts 3:30 pm
documentary shorts 6 pm

the peace center
101 west broad street, greenville, sc 29601

image via the peace center

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

valentines pop up

if you’re looking for something really special for your valentine, stop by dapper ink on friday for the modfetecirca doughnut pop up shop. they’ll have beautiful, local gifts like handmade cards, doughnuts, bouquets and custom floral arrangements. doughnuts will be $3 each, $30 for a dozen or $10 for a gift set; and flowers will be $45 for bouquets and $70/$95 per arrangement. pre-orders are accepted through february 11th, and i’d highly recommend going that route. (you’d hate to be caught on february 13th without a gift if they sell out!) contact circa doughnut at or 623-341-2960 and contact modfete at or 864-423-2936 to place your order.

valentines pop up
friday, february 13th from 11 am – 6 pm
207 wade hampton blvd., greenville, sc 29609

all images via modfete

Monday, February 9, 2015

40 days of dating

have you guys heard of the 40 days of dating project? it started as an experiment between friends, then turned into a blog last year, and now its a book! i only just discovered it with the release of the book, but im already sucked in after only about 50 pages. heres the premise:

"the dating life in new york city can grow tiresome and wearing. tim is afraid of commitment, often dating many girls at once, and hes losing sight of what a healthy relationship means. jessica is a hopeless romantic, jumping into relationships too quickly, always looking to find 'the one.' its been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit. in an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, tim and jessica will go through the motions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations. can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? will they damage their friendship? what if they fall in love?"

apparently, the book answers the big question the blog left unanswered: what happened to their relationship after the 40 days were over? it also includes journal excerpts, details about their lives before the 40 days, stories and essays about love and relationships from their friends, personal commentary on one anothers blog posts, and lots of fun artwork. im not sure how this one ends yet, but i feel like it would make a great valentines gift for just about anyone, from the modern romantic to the design enthusiast in your life.

you can pick up a copy of your own here, and if youve followed tim and jessicas story, id love to know what you think! if not, check out a sneak peek inside the book and the book trailer below:

all images + video via

Friday, February 6, 2015

packed party

happy friday! if you’re looking for a galentines gift for your bff, you should definitely check out packed party. they curate care packages you can ship to your friends all across the country, but they’re packed with cute stuff like bracelets, jonathan adler note books, and confetti push pops…not exactly your average drug store fare. plus, they have a bunch of fun themes like “you don’t need him anyway,” “you pampered thing,” and “miss you, bitch,” so you can be there for your bff no matter where she is or what’s she's going through. 

if you’re wondering, "yay you!" is pictured above, which i sent to my friend sarah on her birthday :)

image via chalkfulloflove

Thursday, February 5, 2015

diy agate air planter

i’m so excited to share this fun DIY project with you. even if you’re not crafty, this is about as simple as a project can get! i got the inspiration for these little planters around christmas time when i bought something similar for my friend janine at urban digs. after sitting on my mantle for a few weeks before our gift exchange, i had gotten pretty attached to what i have dubbed the "agate air planter," but sadly christmas came and i was forced to send it on to its new home. (good friend points for me, right?) so, i figured i would just have to make another one for myself, which turned out to be surprisingly easy once you have all of your supplies assembled.

here's what you'll need:

agate candle holder (etsy)
air plant (urban digs)
pea gravel (small bags available at urban digs)

i liked these brooklynthread candleholders from etsy because they left the back of the agate in tact, which made for an interesting contrast in textures and made sure my air plant would be elevated enough to be visible over the stone.

after purchasing your air plant, give it a good soak when you get home. if possible, submerge it in a bowl of water for 20-30 minutes; or if you don't have a large enough bowl, just run it under the tap for a few minutes. then, set it upside down on a towel to dry. you'll want to do this at least once a week to keep your plant healthy. don't let the name fool you, air plants still need water to survive.

after your plant is nice a nourished, just pour some pea gravel in your candle holder and set your air plant on top. my blue candleholder needed less gravel than the purple one to get the air plant to balance, so just play with the amount until the way your plant is perched satisfies you.

and voila! an agate air planter. i think these sort of look like pineapples from outer space, which just makes me love them even more. do you have any favorite, easy-to-keep-alive plants? i'd love to add a few to my collection. and if you make one of these, post it on instagram with #triedandtruecrafts. i'd love to see them!

Monday, February 2, 2015

the village grind

this past weekend, justin was gone visiting his sister, so instead of having some me time at the house, i decided to go down to the village of west greenville.