Monday, November 13, 2017

Gift Guide For the: Hostess



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I am officially beginning the holiday season here on the blog! I know it's a little early, but I have so many great ideas planned so I want to get a jump start. One of the holiday series I am going to be doing is gift guides! I absolutely love reading other people's gift guides, and I have some interesting, different themed guides that will hopefully help you with all of your Christmas shopping.

This Hostess guide is probably going to be one of my favorites since I'm living in a house in college this year! I have had so much fun decorating it, and am obsessed with finding new ways to incorporate my style into my house. I absolutely love (and want!) (@santa) everything I put in the collage above:

1. GOLD EYE PLATE | I've been loving eye patterns lately for some reason and this plate is no exception. And it's gold so naturally I was drawn to it. Gold is definitely a pattern around here... And you really can't beat the price... At $6 you could buy a little set of them, tie some ribbon around them and create the perfect gift!

2. and 3. KITCHEN TOWELS | Me and one of my roommates have a running joke about my obsession with kitchen towels. I seem to buy one for every season because I always get suckered in to the ones with funny sayings on them. The "Stirring the Pot" one is my fav for sure.

4. GOLD SPARKLE CANDLE | This just screams Christmas to me. I want like eighty of these for my whole house. They also come in red and silver!

5. ROSES DIPTYQUE CANDLE | Not only are Diptique candles super trendy, they also smell so. good. They are pricey for the size of the candle, but are a good one-stop gift for someone.

6. DOTTED PORCELAIN BOWL | How. cute. is this bowl!? I am obsessed with this one and the leopard print version (it says go wild inside!) It's $10 and I don't want to be too dramatic, but I think I only want to eat out of these bowls for the rest of my life...

7. GLASS DOME | This is the perfect addition to any table's centerpiece. I love how the website styled it with Christmas ornaments inside! So fun and you can change out the decorations inside for every season. 

8. TRIANGLE NAPKIN HOLDER | Another perfect addition to any table. I love the hammered detailing! ($10)

9. CHRISSY TEIGAN COOKBOOK | I don't have this cookbook, but if you follow Chrissy on social media you know that girl can COOK. Her food always looks so good, so why wouldn't you want to gift someone with a book full of her recipes!? It also makes great kitchen decor (with this bookstand?)

10. GLAMOROUS WASH DETERGENT | This is currently in my amazon cart. I haven't ever used it, but I have heard RAVE reviews all over the internet saying it's the best smelling thing they've ever had! (read the amazon reviews!) Sounds like a great gift for a hostess that you love.

11. FOOD CONTAINERS | I am obsessed with these! These fall in the category of something people don't like buying for themselves, but as a gift, they're great! I also love the circular version.

Does anyone else get as obsessed over home decor items as I do?? Writing this makes me so excited for the holiday season and buying gifts for others! 

Check out my "giving back" gift guide from last year. 
Send this blog post to your favorite hostess ;)

Thanks for reading!
















Thursday, November 9, 2017

Distressed Sweater for $20








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Welp. It's officially fall here in South Carolina. Today (wednesday) was so gloomy and it rained on and off all day. The high was only 53!!! 

I have been living in sweaters lately, but this one is probably my favorite of the season. (It also comes in grey 😍I get so many compliments when I wear it, and I have found a couple of similar ones online that range from $200+. It is surprisingly good quality for the price point. I was kind of nervous about the whole "one size" thing once again, and you can see that it hit me just at the waist - it's definitely not an oversized fit!

These boots... I ordered these during the Nordstrom anniversary sale this summer, so I had them for a few months before I was able to wear them. They were SO worth the wait! These are hands down my favorite boots I've ever owned - no joke. They lengthen your legs and actually stay in place (which is a problem I've had with over the knee boots in the past.) My favorite part about them is there's no ties in the back! I really want them in brown, too! So worth the money.

In other news, this cold weather really has me excited for the holidays! I have so many ideas for the next few weeks, but if there is any holiday-related content you want to see (Thanksgiving or Christmas) please let me know! I'm always taking suggestions from comments, email, or Instagram! 

Thanks for reading, and Happy Thursday!


Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall Break in Hendersonville, NC



Happy Friday! As promised, I am here to recap my fall break trip to Hendersonville, North Carolina last week. I went with my friends Mercy, Katelin, Jillian and Haley (pictured above) and we had so much fun! I did a similar trip my freshman year fall break, so I was looking forward to celebrating fall again with my friends and checking a few things off of my fall bucket list!

- BRUNCH AT HONEY AND SALT - 


Brunch at this restaurant was one of the few things we had planned for the trip. My friend Haley found it on Yelp, and it did not disappoint! I got the Farmhouse Skillet (above) and it looked wayyyy better in person. It had hashbrowns on the bottom with pimento cream cheese, sautéed spinach, egg, bacon, avocado, roasted tomato, and a creamy jalapeño sauce. And wow. It was one of the top ten best things I ever eaten in my life. Their coffee, homemade biscuits, and avocado toast were A+ as well. (They also have plenty of dairy and gluten free options including gf pancakes!) We all talked about how good this meal was for the rest of the trip. I can not recommend this cute little breakfast spot enough!

- GRANDAD'S APPLE ORCHARD -


This little orchard was the perfect little fall spot. Because we went pretty late into "apple season", they weren't many apples left to self pick. The orchard definitely made up for it however, because it had a pumpkin patch, corn maze, frozen and hot cider, apple donuts, ice cream, and plenty of apples already picked and bagged! We had such a good time there. They also had goats, but we kind of forgot about them and unfortunately never made it over to see them :( 

- SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE - 


This is something that we repeated from our fall trip freshman year. There isn't too much to Downtown Hendersonville, but if you've never been, it's fun to walk around and look at all of the bear statues. There are local boutiques, local cafes and a Mast General Store.

- HOMEMADE BREAKFAST - 


I just want to take a quick moment of silence for the breakfast spread you see above. This may have been one of my favorite memories from the whole trip. We all woke up and started making breakfast, lit candles, and had Jack Johnson's "En Concert" live album playing over the speaker all with the beautiful view of the mountains behind the windows. We ate way too much to fuel up for our hiking trip at Pisgah National Forest after that. PS- those are pumpkin pancakes are were AMAZING.

- HIKING THE CAT GAP TRAIL AT JOHN ROCK -


This was such a good hike. It was the perfect balance of flat and steep, making it a good workout but not exhausting. (If you've ever hiked Table Rock, this one is definitely easier.) The weather was so good to us, and the view at the top was so worth it! 

- TUPELO HONEY CAFE IN ASHEVILLE - 


We decided to spend our last night in NC by heading into Asheville. I had never been to Asheville before, and it was an experience for sure! I'm sure if it was extra ~weird~ because it was a Friday night or what, but there were some very odd people there! I saw a human statue, a guy feeding his pet goat a Coke, and I held a python! You can say it got pretty wild. All of this occurred while waiting over an hour for a table at Tupelo Honey Cafe for dinner. It was such a long wait (and we were all HANGRY), but it was well worth the wait. I got the fried chicken BLT and baked mac and cheese. SO YUM. Also, their biscuits were everything I ever could have wanted in life.

-COFFEE IN ASHEVILLE AT OLD EUROPE- 


This place was another lucky Yelp find, and was the perfect last stop to grab something warm for the car ride back. (Downtown Asheville was about 45 min from where we were staying.) They had a dessert case full of huge cake, cobblers, macaroons, etc but we had other dessert plans so I got a coconut milk latte. 

- HOMEMADE APPLE PIE - 


Once we got back from Asheville, we made apple pie from the apples we got from Grandad's orchard. This was my friend Jillian's family recipe and I've never tasted a better apple pie. What you see on top is a homemade caramel sauce that was also drizzled in the middle of the pie too. I can do a recipe post on this pie if you would be interested. 

This trip was the perfect little get-a-way to help me celebrate my favorite season. It was filled with so many memories, some late night dance parties, and way too much food. 

In the wise words of Katelin, "the food was good, but the company was better!" 

Hope y'all enjoyed this look into my fall break trip. What are your favorite fall time traditions? Leave me a comment below. 

Have a great weekend!






Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Star Sweater for the Season






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The weather in SC is finally cooling off and it finally feels like fall aka I'm bringing out ALL the sweaters! Every time I see this sweater it makes me think of the song "Shine bright! Shine far! Be a star!" from the Life Size movie. (it was stuck in my head the entire time I was shooting this outfit!) Which reminds me, Tyra Banks tweeted last year that they were making a sequel to that movie... I really hope she wasn't kidding because my inner twelve year old can not wait for the day that movie comes out!!!!

Geometric star patterns have become all the rage lately if you are unaware. I don't know what it is about stars that is so trendy, but I'm not complaining! When I saw this sweater, I knew it was time for me to hop on the bandwagon. This sweater was so much more high quality than what I was expecting, especially because it only came in one size. (does that freak anyone else out!?) My exact sweater has unfortunately sold out, but the grey version is still available as well as similar orange, red, and black with colored stars options are available on the site too!

If you're wanting to start small on the whole star trend, each of the three choker necklaces I linked above are $5 or under - just an fyi -

Be sure to check the blog later this week for a recap of my fall break trip to the NC mountains!

"if you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it"
Have a great Tuesday!



Friday, September 29, 2017

National Coffee Day + Your New Fav Fall Coffee Recipe





Hello and happy Friday! If you know me, you know today is a very special day for me because it is National Coffee Day. To Celebrate this day and the start of fall, I decided I would share one of my new favorite recipes found from Pinterest (duh). 

I'm talking about an all-natural pumpkin spice coffee syrup. This syrup is vegan, paleo, gluten and dairy free. It's also less than 30 calories per serving so it's a no brainer. (As a comparison, a grande PSL from Starbucks is anywhere from 200-400 calories.) So again, duh. 

Here is the recipe:

- 2/3 CUP PUMPKIN PUREE
- 1 CUP ALMOND MILK (I used unsweetened vanilla)
- 1/2 CUP MAPLE SYRUP
- 2 TSP CINNAMON
- 1/2 TSP CLOVES
- 1 TSP NUTMEG
- 1/4 TURMERIC
- add all ingredients in small pot on medium heat. once all of the ingredients mixed together, I let simmer on low and stirred. make sure to let it cool to room temp before storing in a jar. keep refrigerated. 

It's that easy. I plan to make this all season long because it's that good. The only thing I don't like about it is that it gets super thick when stored in the fridge, so you have to really make sure you mix it in your coffee well! Please let me know what you think of this recipe if you try it out! It also makes a great fall gift to a friend!

One last thing. I wanted to let you know that both Dunkin' and Krispy Kreme have some deals going on to celebrate!

- Dunkin' Donuts: Buy one medium or large coffee today, get one free
- Krispy Kreme: Free hot or iced coffee (all weekend long!)

Happy sipping!


Friday, September 22, 2017

FALL BUCKET LIST




The first day of the best time of the year officially starts TODAY, and what better way to celebrate than with another seasonal bucket list. Fall break. Yellow and orange trees. Crisp fall air in the mornings. Crunchy leaves on the ground. Chunky sweaters. Hot Coffee. Halloween candy. Thanksgiving dinner. The list of things I love about fall is never ending, I am pretty sure. Bring on all of the college football games, yummy scented candles, and pumpkin flavored everything.

It's FALL!!!

1. APPLE PICKING | I've only been apple picking once (fall break of my freshman year) and it was one of the most favorite fall memories. There's something so festive about driving up a windy mountain to pick your own apples, and the orchard I went to was a very old-timey-cash-only type of farm that made homemade cider and cinnamon donuts on site!

2. HIKING IN THE MOUNTAINS | I typically am not the "outdoorsy" type, but I do love a good mountain view and if I can burn a few cals (and take cute pics) sign me up!!

3. BONFIRE | Because who doesn't love s'mores and deep fireside chats??

4. BAKE PUMPKIN MUFFINS | I've been seeing some healthy pumpkin muffin recipes on Pinterest (i.e. dairy and gluten free) so I'll try them out and share them if they turn out good!

5. DRIVE IN MOVIES | No, I still haven't been to the drive in movies! If you remember, I had this on my summer bucket list, but apparently it's not a thing to go to the drive ins in the summer because of the heat and bugs. So now's my time!!

6. DRINK APPLE CIDER | Every thanksgiving, my dad makes apple cider with cinnamon sticks after our family's dinner, and it's one of my favorite autumn traditions.

Do you have any autumn traditions you do every year? What's on your fall bucket list? I would love to know! I am so happy that fall is here and all I need now is for this 90 degree South Carolina heat to go away so that I can wear boots and sweaters!

Happy Fall Y'all!!



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fun Saturday + New Sunglasses from Warby Parker











What a great weekend! This Saturday our normal farmer's market was joined by our annual Latin Fest, so it was a party all down Main Street Columbia all weekend!! Both of these are right up my alley, which is why you see me with my go-to cold brew AND a pina colada... Does it get any better let me know! 

Since I've been in college, every year before school starts, I like to treat myself to something nice as a "back to school" gift to myself. (Since my parents don't take me back to school shopping anymore lol...) I don't really need another pair of tennis shoes or a new book bag this year, so I'm highly considering buying myself a new pair of sunglasses because it can be BRIGHT walking to class, let's be real! I was debating between some different pairs of nice sunglasses to buy, so it was perfect timing when Warby Parker released their new sunglasses collection!! 

The new collection is called the Sculpted Series collection, and all of the glasses are handcrafted in Italy. (Is it bad that I want them just so I can tell people they're handcrafted Italian!?) My favorite part about the collection is the white horn accent around the tortoise shell frames of the glasses! The  horn adds something so unique and special to the glasses! My favorite out of the four Sculpted Series styles are the Stellas because ya girl loves some big sunglasses, and the oversized square shape makes them look SO much more expensive than they are! 

Another thing to know about Warby Parker is that they give a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair they sell, which I also talked about in a past post. They also have great customer service, especially when it comes to their At Home Try On program where they literally ship you 5 pairs of your fav glasses to try on/keep for a week completely free! I did the At Home Try On for the glasses in the pics above and got so many compliments on them! I think these may be the winner!



Shop all of the glasses in the new Sculpted Series from Warby Parker by clicking the images below:


I really love the idea of investing in a nice pair of sunglasses, and it feels even better knowing you're helping out someone in need when you purchase these! What's your favorite of these glasses? I want to know! Also, let me know if you try any of these Sculpted Styles or any of the sunglasses from Warby Parker, I'd love to see some pics!

Have a great hump day! Make today a good one ♥️

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