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April 29, 2012

Cortney Bishop... Inspirations

You all might remember that I mentioned I'm contributing to Charleston Magazine's new site, Charleston Grit. Well the launch party was last week (SO much fun!) and while I was there I met another Grit contributer, interior designer Cortney Bishop. The next morning a few images of her work showed up in my inbox and well I just have to share. (Btw I get a load of stuff in my inbox and I rarely ever do anything with it so this is legit good stuff ya'll.) Seeing as how I'm in the middle of the renovation of our next home, I'm all about some pretty design inspiration.

Sweetest little girly bedroom...

Gorgeous bath...

Love the oversized photograph.

And I pretty much adore everything about this office.

I love discovering pretty new spaces, don't you?

You can see more of Cortney's portfolio here. Seriously good.

April 27, 2012

Wear It

What To Wear This Fall... From The Runway

Have any of you started planning for your fall wardrobe? If you're ahead of the curve you purchase spring and summer items with fall in mind. Well, last week I had the pleasure of joining The Fashion Group International of Charleston for their review on 2012'a Fall/Winter Runway Trends.

Emceed by Rosanna Krekel (in yellow, FGI Charleston), with a panel consisting of Stacy Smallwood (Hampden Clothing), Edward Cortese (Departure's Magazine), Cator Sparks (, and Karen Giberson (The Accessories Council), the evening was spent discussing what will make it off the runway and to, well, us.

Following the presentation of the 2012 Fall/Winter runway shows, Stacy Smallwood was asked what she plans to bring to her clients in her Hampden Clothing store. Among her answers were the color burgundy, leather leggings, longer hem lines, print on print suits, and colorful statement necklaces.

I have to say, I'm all about some burgundy too...

{via Glamour}

Oh, and don't forget a little bomber jacket. :)

For those of you in NYC and Charleston who are looking to get involved in the fashion scene, check out Fashion Group International. Such a great resource with some fun events planned ahead :)

 Happy Friday!

April 25, 2012

Brand To Buy: Sister Jane

Have you discovered Sister Jane's collection? Adorable, unique, trendy, and available through ASOS.

Isn't it so cute? I have this white lace dress and absolutely adore it. I would recommend ordering a size down. 

{Sorry for the blurry instagram.} 

So anyway, I want to add more of the collection to my wardrobe sometime. So cute! Any other lines I need to know about?

April 24, 2012

Quick! Get Your Butt Over There

While running out for some pressed powder and a new lipstick yesterday evening I dropped into Ann Taylor (one of my new regular drop in spots since they revamped their image and opened up at the shopping center right by my house). My friend Natalie had told me about their 40% off sale. Off you entire purchase that is. And no, you don't need to be a card member.

There are so many cute things in their current collection, and I came home with this Spotted Peplum Dress thanks to the 40% promo! Let me tell you that this is the most flattering dress you've put on in years. Being that I just had a baby, I have a "soft body" :) and this dress is the perfect thick stretchy material that sucks you in and smooths you out. I feel like a freaking goddess in this dress. I haven't showered yet today (or I would have put it on for these pictures & none of you deserve to see that mess....) But here it is. Go buy it. Trust me.

And look, the dress has an adorable subtle peplum :) It's so freaking cute and I'll be wearing it year round. And fyi if you order, I bought the petite and a size down.

More pretties that are deserving of your closets...

And did you see that Kate Hudson is their new brand ambassador? She's so gorgeous.

So they just extended this 40% promotion and for all I know it could end in like an hour because it was supposed to end Sunday night. So go now!

April Sponsor Shout Outs!

Check out what's happening with my incredible sponsors. Hugs for all these ladies!

Pretty Mommy

Pretty Mommy Shop has some insanely cool new arrivals. Tucker, Heidi Merrick, Ace & Jig, and the list goes on. I just adore Michelle's style. Girl has it! You can too, go check out her shop.

Gray Benko Photography

The weather is perfect, your kids are growing like weeds, don't let this stage pass by without getting pictures. Gray's your girl.


Sarah Swanson Design

My girl Sarah's still knocking out enchanting spaces. Such a talent she is. You can have her help you too with her E Design Boards. You and your home would be the bomb. And I hope you regularly check her $10 painting shop b/c she's constantly adding pretty new originals!



More and more of Kokoon's new spring arrivals keep pouring in and they are simply gorgeous. I have so many pieces on my wish list (which is a major wish list because of this home renovation...). And even more exciting, very soon Kokoon will be launching a shopping website! BIG. Look out for a fun giveaway from Kokoon soon :)


Bellisima Baby Bags

Major news. Bellisima's owner, Sabrina (along with her family), was just featured in May's Ebony Magazine. Her story runs on page 125 and she shares her empowering and personal story of managing motherhood, homeschooling her children, caring for a special needs child, running a small business (hello Bellisima Baby Bags!) all while attending college. Go girl. 

If you haven't lately, go check her shop (which is getting a makeover very soon). Today starts her Mother's Day special (it ends April 26th) for 30% off any JP Lizzy diaper bag on her Bellisima Baby Bags site!


Stella & Dot

Lucky for us, new arrivals keep rolling into Stella & Dot too. Think pretty colors and summery designs. You know, just the sort of thing you're looking for to complete your summer wardrobe.


 Pretty Smitten

Pretty Smitten is temporarily closed.... But for a very good reason! Elizabeth just welcomed her third child to the world. She'll be reopening her shop in June. In the meantime, go show her some LOVE! 


Thanks to all my Sponsors, Ya'll are awesome!!

April 23, 2012

Bike Baskets

This cute bike basket might make me get out and ride my bike a little bit more. It's available in white and black too.

Sarah Boyts Yoder

I met a new to me artist last week. She's beautiful, super sweet, and incredibly talented (I swear there's something in the water here in Charleston).

Introducing Sarah Boyts Yoder:

Look for an "In Her Studio" post soon. 

April 21, 2012

Odds & Ends

Spoleto Scene just hosted their annual Kickoff Party this past week. A good time was had by all, and when I say "all" I mean all the beautiful people. Geesh that's a good looking group. If you're looking for a good reason to visit Charleston (I know a lot of you are b/c I get your emails) well then the end of April through mid May would be a fun time to come down with Spoleto going on. And for those of you who are looking to get involved and meet people (again I know you're out there because of your emails), well join Scene. Despite supporting a great cause, you'll get ticket discounts and meet a ton of people.


It's safe to say that a ga-zillion of you nearly died over these bad ass striped rug runners. Too bad they were in some far off land (Copenhagan). :) WELL, Amber just got some in her Shoppe!! So go get your rug on.


And hey all you expecting Mommas, Casi shared a really cute maternity style post featuring style bloggers on Babble. I'm honored to be included. There are some amazing outfits (and ladies) over there, so if you're expecting, go take a peek. I'll always love this photo of Sydney from The Daybook...

April 20, 2012

April 19, 2012


These are Christian Siriano for Payless. Yes, really. The collection is due out in September. And it's good.

via Glamour.

April 18, 2012

Shopbop Sale!

You should know...

Quick! Go Shop SHOPBOP Now! Ends tonight.

You're welcome :)

Rugs I Dig

I have a major decision to make. The really awesome kind that I feel super lucky to get to make. You see, Rugs USA wants to give me a rug. Yep, I get to pick out a rug, let it live in my house, and review it for you all. I know, lucky. Especially considering that we're currently renovating a new house -- aka I need some more rugs!!

So I've been spending a lot of time perusing their collections.  I didn't think I'd have such a hard time making a decision. There are a lot of pretties over there.

These kind of make me weak in the knees as I'm all about the saturated rug right now. Right now Rugs USA is having a 35% off sale so you could get one of these Winsdor Overdyed Grove rugs in the 8x10 size for under $400. Take that Anthropologie! :)

But I also love a good pattern too... Always adore the blocks rug and how cute is this southwestern patterned rug.

But then I think a fun stripe or chevron would be perfect.

Seriously, all amazing. And they all come in a lot of different colors and sizes. There are a ton more pretty rugs on their site too. I'm leaning towards putting this rug in the kids' playroom. It'll be right off of the main living area of our new home, so it needs to look pretty.

Which one do you think I should pick?
And let's talk about how awesome Rug USA is!