Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Inslee By Design {obsessed}

Not so sure I can verbalize how I feel about Inslee Haynes' artwork. 
I've featured her work on the blog before, but it's worth revisiting ...trust me.

Inslee transforms her beautiful illustrations into note cards, calendars, framed portraits, etc. 
She also blogs

Let's take a look-see, shall we?

and perhaps, my favorite of all...

What a wonderful gift for a bride!  
Inslee can transform any photo into sheer amazingness.


Monday, January 30, 2012

spring {lust list}

We've been so blessed in Charleston with the most mild winter imaginable.  I sort of laugh inside when I say, "winter" because the weather has been in the 70s many days throughout this past week --hardly "winter" at all. I cringe when I think about a cold front blowing through --just want this spring weather to stay until summertime comes along.  Even though I'm sad that I've only gotten to wear my new red J. Crew stadium trench three times, I'd be more than happy to hang it up until next winter.  

Here are some things I'm lusting over.  Things that need to find their way to my closet come springtime.  

Sam Edelman makes some amazing sandals.  The "gigis" are comfortable, affordable & adorable.  I'm in love with so many colors, but these are going to be hard to pass up --talk about a fun print!



I love a good shift dress. Dying to throw on a chunky statement necklace with this dress -to accompany sun-kissed skin & gold wedges.


Craving a bright clutch.  Can't go wrong with Tory!

What pieces can you not wait to purchase for the spring?
tell me, tell me!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Please excuse me for a bit...

...because I'm busy at work.
Hi loves! As most of you know, I work for development in a children's hospital.  We are putting on a "Cares for Kids" Radiothon this week.  Actually, we started it today and it will end on Saturday.  Tomorrow morning, I've got to be at work at 5:45am and will be there until 8pm-ish.  Lots of hard work, but it's all worth it!  

So many restaurants have donated meals to all of those executing the event --so much for my "eating healthy" kick.  Will have to wait 'til Monday.  We've got breakfast, lunch and dinner provided by fantastic local restaurants ....and the Dunkin Donuts trays are absolutely calling my name.  Oops.

You can listen to our Radiothon live by clicking here.
We play such touching stories, so if you listen, have the tissues ready. 

Since I'll be racking in 36 hours of work in three days, you won't be hearing from me for a few. 
Happy almost weekend!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

get {fit}

Raise your hand if your new year's resolution was to get in the gym & eat healthier? 
This year, for some reason, I didn't have that resolution (unlike previous years) ...and it's not because I'm already doing it.
Last year at this time, I was preparing for the Miss Charleston pageant.  I was in the gym at least four days a week and was eating small portions & lots of fruits/veggies (eating healthy is really the #1 factor in weight loss). 
I felt so good about myself ...not just about the results I was seeing, but I - plain and simple - felt GOOD. 
Now... I feel like the nachos I ate for dinner.  Kind of soggy & lazy. 

Granted, I still am in the gym four days a week (on my lunch break), but my eating habits are horrible! 
I can always count on Pinterest to give me some motivation. 

I love this quote...

and of course, what's motivation without seeing a photo of Carrie's super toned legs? 

My new year's resolution (a little late) is to clean up my diet & see what kind of difference it makes in how I feel and look.
What are your favorite healthy snacks?

all images via Pinterest

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's time to....

...share the iPhone pics :)

Sweater from The Limited - My hair before I chopped it off again :)  Ok, just some layers.

 Wish that little pup was mine!  I stalked the owner in the parking lot until I could hold her! - Flowers from Brandon

 Work outfits: casual & snazzing things up with my beloved Kendra Scott earrings

 Date night with my love at O-ku

 more Kendra Scott love

 in love with my new metallic Tory Burch Revas

My hubby to be.  He's special.


P.S.  Thank you all for the advice on my last post!  We have picked our ceremony location and reception venue -will share when everything is set in stone.  Found out that one of my readers is the bride in the last pic I shared at Daniel Island! So neat!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wedding Help! (my weekend)

Right now, we are having the hardest time deciding on a church and reception venue.  So we decided to use last weekend as a time to go about town and look at a few more places. 

We've decided to get married in Charleston.  
We've narrowed it down to two churches: 
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is our favorite, but you can get married no later than 2pm there.
1,2 via - 3 via

...or St. Mary the Annunciation, the oldest catholic church in the Carolinas and Georgia.
We don't love the looks of this church as much, but at St. Mary's, we can have a late afternoon or evening wedding, which is our preference.

So which one?  The church we think is breathtaking, but will only allow us to get married at 2pm?  Or the church that is full of rich history that will allow us to get married up until 6pm, which is what we would love?  We are willing to sacrifice the better time for the better church, but then again, they are both gorgeous!  What do y'all think?

Okay, now for venues.  These are our two favorites.

Patriot's Point Pavilion
Of course these are all iPhone pics.  Here is one of the inside of the tent.  Keep it mind that it is obviously not set up for an event!

Here are two professional photos by Juliet Elizabeth of the venue.

But what about the weather??  What if it's raining cats and dogs?
So we decided to look at an indoor venue, too.

This is the clubhouse at Daniel Island Golf Club.
...again, NOT decorated for any event! 
Below is the foyer/bar area

and now for some professional photos:

This venue has that swanky, southern sophistication.  The other one (Pavilion) has gorgeous views and is a better location in relation to the churches. 
They are both right around the same price.

HELP! I need your opinions!

Thanks ladies...