SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!
Finally the winter months have passed + people everywhere are searching for outdoor patio spaces to meet. Since I love a good party at home I thought I would share my new favorite go- getter’s company “GATHER TO GRAZE”. Jess Williams is my right hand girl to all events but recently she has decided to go for it and started her own small business in the party world. She is offering custom grazing boards for any get- together of any size + I can officially say THEY ARE AMAZING.
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THE SCOUT GUIDE.
last fall I was asked to be in the scout guide of Nashville, for each person’s page you were given complete freedom of what you wanted your image to look like. So naturally (and being my first in print ad) I wanted my page to feel completely ME.
I am thrilled with the outcome because it truly does feel like me, so here are a few of my favorite things. The root of doing what I do is to get back to the basics: less is always more. I like to embrace my surroundings + bring in subtle details to create a design that is inviting, classic and serene.
ALL THINGS I LOVE.
Location: outside. I am a lover of the outdoors so for this shoot I decided it had to be outdoors (and blissfully fell on a gorgeous overcast day in November with the foliage still peaking in the background!) I loved bringing in this arbor from Please be Seated because it gave the look that “Sonoma inspired” style I gravitate towards always!
2. Neutrals are always a good idea. I made the centerpiece arrangement to really blend in with the surroundings instead of overpower it. I HAD to throw in my favorite flowers: white anemones to capture the table runner + slate charger contrast! I also brought in these gorgeous fringed napkins from West Elm because they are my own and I loved the texture they gave! Instead of your normal escort card (not a fan of doing the normal) I fell in love with these west elm coasters as another way to blend in other gold elements to blend with the gold rimmed glasses on the table top!
3. Greenery is great. I got 2 packs of smilax vine for $12 and last minute added the hanging greenery on the arbor! I was so happy I did it because it really allowed a luscious garden image! PS. if you are wanting this look: smilax naturally hangs on to structures, normal greenery does not work as well!
4. Kept my outfit classic. A white button down has never or will never go out of style. I didn’t want my look to be busy or something I would regret in the future…so I channeled Ralph Lauren and went simply classic.
6. I celebrated! In each journey + business milestone its important to really reflect on what you are doing, why you are doing it + what future plans you have. I really celebrated being in this album 7 with all of the many amazing talents that neighbored me in the book. I have loved expanding my network and meeting other entrepreneurs in our community! Can’t wait to share photos of the event we have planned up to launch the guide!
Non- rentals items I used that you can CLICK TO SHOP to make it yours!
I wish the “spring break” holiday applied to me still but every year around April I set aside a long weekend to go back to my warm + happy place on the water! Since I am from Florida I love returning home to see family or finding new places to venture off to in the state, so below are some of my favorite warm weather getaways + why I love them!
fly directly into pensacola airport
warm white sandy beaches
beautiful moss trees + antebellum homes
downtown is precious + full of good restaurants / bars
gorgeous small town with more of a local presence than most Florida destinations!
bike everywhere: no car needed
super close drive to the Panama City airport where you can fly direct
amazing restaurants (Edwards, George’s + Bud + Alleys are my favorites!)
beautiful home rentals + hotel options (The Pearl is my pick!)
serene (but crowded during actual spring break times, best to go during off season!)
alys beach is something to see + spend time walking around
live music + dining outside
good shopping…hello Willow Boutique
home sweet home for me
white sand beaches + warm water
amazing offshore fishing (it’s how Destin was even established!)
good seafood (Camille’s for sushi, Vintij for Italian / good wine + Dewey Destin’s for all seafood … my long time favorites)
Go down to the Destin jetty’s or cruise the harbor at sunset (favorite thing to do when I am home)
the contemporary art …unparalleled.
clubbing scene (if you are into that go to Nikki beach + Palace, I used to be but now I prefer other things)
amazing restaurants + drink spots (le sirenuse, soho house + juvia)
large range beaches
people watching + the miami culture (must go to an authentic cuban spot!)
beautiful places to stay + enjoy hotel perks (mondarin oriental, soho house, and the betsy)
shopping the design district
bigger city getaway on water
boating + seeing the city by water (it made me fall in love with miami)
palm beach + jupiter
beautiful hotels (the colony is newly remodeled + forever classic “the breakers” is located right on the beach)
beautiful interior design scene: kips bay decorator show house is in January - February every year!
fishing + boating is beautiful (super close to the bahamas!)
less crowded beaches
biking - beautiful flat land
direct flight into miami + drive 2 hours (a little more of a trek…4-5 days is needed in my opinion!
islamorado is my personal favorite + in college we went on actual spring break there!
beautiful resort right on a private beach: the moorings (shown in posted photo!) OR the caribbean resort
amazing fishing + watersports
a less crowded option for typical spots in Florida, trust the locals with any recommendation they may have!
key west: full of history and vibrant bars / restaurants
anna maria island
direct flight into Tampa + drive 1 hour
beautiful beaches + water
very low key + not as touristy for a beautiful beach town
small town + extremely nice locals
walking the island was my favorite thing to do-it’s small enough to make a morning of it!
super affordable lodging - airbnb is best here as hotels + condos don’t really exist!
WHAT I WOULD PACK…
As we head into this month of LOVE I wanted to share with you all my favorite things I have been finding! I think self love is far more important before you can fully love anyone or anything else. So I am sharing with you my favorite things from self care items, to just getting all dressed up for a night out. Treating myself whether big or small purchases is helpful to make me feel refreshed + taken care of.
dressing for a party.
taking care of the skin.
soft things to sleep in.
Happy Valentines Day…
Over Christmas I shared the exciting news that we are building a home! This has been a complete work in progress since March of 2018 I just didn’t know when to share it OR if I was going to. I decided I would because this is exactly why I started this blog… To show you my style + share where I find things. Our home will be the biggest reflection of our style + luckily Andrew and I share the same taste so it makes decisions easy!
Now after I am in the process I believe that designing + building a home is a very overwhelming task but exciting nonetheless. As always, it takes a village. I always say trust in your professional(s) and that has already proven itself correct.
We enlisted in design help from the talented Clare Kennedy with REDO home + design (check out highlights of her work below plus more on her website + instagram!) + I LOVE HER. I found her on instagram + loved her portfolio. It was a great fit from the start and we are having so much fun together! Below is a little sneak of what I have saved on my instagram profile via folders... I have found this is the best way to compartmentalize everything. Side note: if you are wedding planning USE THIS TOOL!
LIVING ROOM FAVORITES
Let me know if there is something in particular you want to see more of / if you enjoy this new subject!
I am feeling so fortunate writing this post. I entered the year feeling hopeful + motivated to create events that were interesting, different and beautiful. My goal exceeded my expectations! Here is a little recap of what my past year was like. After an amazing 2018, I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!
N FOCUS BRIDAL ISSUE / styled shoot at Cheekwood | images by Daniel Meags
Galentines brunch with Hunter Premo + Ashley Wilson | images by Chelsea Roc
my best friends wedding in San Francisco / designed by me, produced by A savvy event, photos by Kristin Sweeting
Mary Alice + Brian’s wedding at Trinity View Farm, shots by Jordan + Alaina
Sarah Bartholomew launch event with Pottery Barn / photos Austin Gros / SBxPB
pencil + paper co. creative camp / shot by Susan Johnson
Jane + Martin’s wedding / shot by Rachel Moore
Rachel + Gregory’s wedding at Cheekwood / shot by Kristin Sweeting
Carly + James fall engagement party in Nashville / shot by Rachel Moore
the scout guide 2019 launch party at Buffalo Soul / shots by Warner Tidwell
christmas dinner party for our friends, a first of many!
THANKFUL FOR IT ALL. CHEERS TO THE NEW YEAR!
We are officially in CHRISTMAS WEEK!! I am so sad its coming to an end but wanted to share part 2 of the collaboration with Gracious Garlands + Heather Durham Photography! This is a more formal setup but I still chose to keep some things casual!
WISHING YOU A BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY AHEAD
So excited to share my “friendsmas” dinner party that we hosted the first weekend of December! I also was excited to share with you all an alternative look to a centerpiece besides my normal floral arrangements.
I feel like its important to share different things, as well as ways to help save you money! Hosting does NOT have to be expensive. This centerpiece was under $100 with the help of things I already had!
My top five tips:
FIND STYLE STAPLES
-as seen below: choose a style for your serving ware, ivory dishes, minimal glassware, and the modern flatware.
STICK TO NEUTRALS
-neutrals are always a good idea, I naturally gravitate to them but if you do not stick to subtle colors like greys, ivory, white and black. They will mix well with prints + other accessories to make your neutral selections stand the test of time!
INVEST DURING SALES
-I bought everything on this table from a black Friday promo code that saved me 20% on my entire purchase. If you know of sales coming I would wait + buy in bulk on staples (December and January are great months to save on sales!)
PREPARE / BORROW
-I set all my tabletop + party goods out the week before a party. That way I can make sure I have everything I need + if I don’t then I go get what I need or ask a friend to borrow what I need, then return after the party! Use your resource’s wisely based on your budget.
MOVE THINGS AROUND
-For this particular party I set up a little bar table under my staircase + moved things around to make it look different! My friends have been over to our house a ton of times so it’s always fun to show something different + it makes it more festive by having another space to decorate. Plus designating an area for the alcohol also kept people from ONLY being at the kitchen island!
Hopefully this little cheat sheet helps you in your next event. I also have linked everything below if you want to get the look yourself!
M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S
S H O P
Back in September I got to work on a fun collaboration project with the sweet owner (and past sorority sister at Ole Miss), Elle on using her gorgeous greenery from Gracious Garlands + decorating our home for Christmas! Here’s the breakdown + items used for your Christmas shopping needs.
ITEMS USED FROM GRACIOUS GARLANDS:
BOXWOOD GARLAND (ON TABLE)
BOXWOOD WREATH (OVER BUFFET)
LARGE “ULTIMATE HOLIDAY MIX” WREATH (OVER FIREPLACE)
SMALL TRI - MIX WREATH (COFFEE TABLE CENTERPIECE)
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A special THANK YOU to the talented Heather Durham Photography for all of these beautiful images! If you are in the Nashville area (or beyond) + need brand content, lifestyle photos OR a wedding photographer Heather is your girl!!
Every year this holiday sneaks up on me…I love the traditions that we have + every year its fun to make a little pre holiday table full of what’s inspiring me this year! I hope with turkey day next week this helps you find last minute goodies to make your tabletop one to remember! all products used are linked below + per usual my GO TO / life- hack place for delicious
+ easy (pop in the oven) treats is Trader Joes.
Whether you are new to the blog or always keeping up I am SO THANKFUL FOR YOU!
— TURKEY DAY FINDS —
“SIP + SEE WHO’S BEEN SCOUTED”
I am so thrilled to be apart of the 2019 Scout Guide! A couple months ago Sara (the new + amazing owner of TSG Nashville) and I got together on ways to celebrate the new guide + bring everyone who is in it together! We decided there is not a better way to do this than throw a party!
The venue, a local airbnb / music studio called Buffalo Soul that is located in the heart of music row, was a perfect setting for this low key party (and you will also see them in the guide!). Luckily this outdoor everything event held out on the rain for one of the most comfortable nights of fall! Check out the mood board + pics below from this fun #nashville event.
VENUE | buffalo soul
RENTALS | please be seated
FLORALS | Jackson durham
BAR | aero bar
LIGHTING | bright event productions
CATERING | Braiden Mallon, BAM FOODS
ENTERTAINMENT | JT Hodges + Post Monroe Band
PHOTOGRAPHY | Warner Tidwell
INVITATION DESIGN | Grace + Paper Designs
This is by far my favorite color for fall. I LOVE this rich hue that pairs so well with pattern, and neutrals. I recently designed an entire engagement party (with complete design freedom!) off this color scheme + so excited to share how it turned out! ALSO Below are my favorite ways to use this color in daily life + in your home! Enjoy.
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Halloween really snuck up on me this year … I intended to do a murder mystery dinner with my closest friends but the busiest season of the year is hard not to enjoy the down time vs. throw another event. Maybe next year …
So for this year I thought I would highlight a Halloween that I enjoy, this is intended to be an adults only affair since my crowd is sans children currently! Instead of candy - I chose my all time favorite + “treat yourself” cocktail … a dirty martini (the best slightly spicy recipe listed below).
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ALL ABOUT A DIRTY MARTINI
2 1/2 oz of gin (or vodka)
1/2 oz (15 mL) vermouth
1/2 oz (15 mL) olive juice (brine solution from a jar of cocktail olives)
THE BEST TRICK…A SPLASH OF PEPERONCINI JUICE
Cocktail olives (one or two) on a cocktail stirrer …Pour the vodka, dry vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake well.
Rub the rim of a martini glass with the wedge of lemon.
Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass and add the olive.
pour into your martini glass — enjoy!
Another favorite thing about FALL is that October is Dahlia season. Which are some of my favorite flowers! It was such a treat being invited out to the Natchez Glen farm to see the Dahlias in bloom (plus they have roses as well!). I loved being able to take a bucket of these beauties home + it’s a great thing to do by yourself to fill your home with the best priced stems in town, go with friends + eat at Loveless Cafe afterwards, or this would be a great mother/ daughter activity as well! See below to how I used my pretty picks.
The dahlia’s are so robust in color so I thought the perfect place for them was surrounded in neutrals fireside with my favorite combination, wine + cheese. There is nothing I love more than a cozy night in…
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still on the lookout for pumpkin decorating ? these are my favorite every year! (and the best part…they don’t rot!)
FALL style themes…plaids, velvet, textures, 90’s, western, leopard, furs, and camo print. I have found some of my favorite finds that are on trend but I feel like won’t age after the trends change!
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FOR THE HOME
1ST STOP | Gen (my chic Aunt who started P + P and is a major mentor of mine!) opened up her Nashville home for a little brunch + tour of their gorgeous remodeled home. The morning was filled with her + her amazing team spilling their design hacks, fun stories and business tips...PLUS delicious brunch by one of my local faves, Little Octopus.
3RD STOP | because shopping makes you hungry (and thirsty) the trolley took everyone to Little Octopus restaurant in the gulch for a delicious + healthy meal.
4TH + 5TH STOPS | more fun filled shopping with the P + P team. They shared their favorite vintage stores to show the beauty of a good thrift. After they headed to Draper James (Bonus: P + P also helped in this build out!) for the final stop + happy hour! So thankful to meet everyone on this fun day, and loved helping out behind the scenes :)
See more about the day here!
LOVED working with the fabulous team of pencil + paper... Jeremy, Meg, Gen + their sweet intern Margaret.
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+ SHOP MY FAVORITE RED DRESSES RIGHT NOW...
perfect transition dresses into fall!
This summer I had the pleasure in planning a launch party for local interior designer Sarah Bartholomew + her collection with Pottery Barn. The event was held last Thursday + the parties purpose was to showcase the items in her collection, by inviting her closest friends, family and favorite influencers. They were able to chat over prosecco + caviar, see the collection for themselves, and cheers to Sarah on this exciting night!
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The event was held at Henrietta Red and was such a beautiful night. I was thrilled to be apart of this + can't wait to do more events like it. Thankful to my friends below who had their hand in it as well!
PHOTOGRAPHY | austin gros
FLORAL DESIGN | flwr shop
INVITATION DESIGN | stephanie fishwick
CALLIGRAPHY | chelsea petaja
RENTALS | please be seated (boxwood wall / collection backdrop) +
liberty party rental (chairs)
LIVE MUSIC | lindsay ellyn
LIVE STITCHING | ranger stitch
Wondering why almost EVERY "blogger" is throwing the Nordstrom sale out there on every post? The commission from Reward Style (liketoknowit) is significantly higher [on all sale products] for the next few weeks...smart of Nordstrom right? ..that's not all.
I like to keep it real on here ...my first job out of college was with Nordstrom. It is an amazing company [to work for + to shop at] but they are filled with super smart sales tactics ...ie. the 2x a year "anniversary sale". So now knowing what I know, I thought why not share?? ...This sale is a creation of ONLY Nordstrom's house brands (halogen, caslon, zella, treasure + bond to name a few) partnership brands (vince, vince camuto, j crew, madewell). They are all custom products that are created JUST for this sale. So they have complete control of what products will make the most bang for their buck + what will bring in the most income for a "discounted" rate. All the while giving you the thought of "saving big" / incentivizing those with larger social platforms via the high commission rate... They also create hype through this "access only" week which 100% is to get you to sign up for a card (which is also via their in house bank- yep, Nordstrom has it's own bank) So you feel the need to jump in the car on day 1 that it is open to the public. BRILLIANT right?
Anyways, don't get me wrong there are some good finds / great fall staples (HUGE Vince lover) but overall I I have to say I am never THAT impressed with this sale. It is a great time to shop for discounted basics but nothing is overwhelmingly awesome. I still found some items so below here are my favorites...
ALSO if you like any of the items just click the photo + shop directly...it gives me commission! Every girl needs a side hustle.
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- HAPPY 30th -
Last weekend we celebrated my husband, Andrew turning 30 in our favorite place...Exuma, Bahamas with friends. I wanted to share the nautical setup before the sun set! This was truly so easy + super easy to pack down there. I picked items that were true to the scenery but also masculine since we were celebrating him!