Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Favorites: Volume II

These past two weeks have seemed like a complete blur. One dear friend's brother diagnosed with cancer and one family friend going home to the Lord unexpectedly. To say I've been on emotional roller coaster would be an understatement. But as the warm sun shines through and birds chirp outside my window, I'm thankful for my health and family who love and support me. Even through the storm, I'm reminded that God is good. 

When a spare moment came available this week, I escaped to these places. 
Here are a few of my favorite links...

- I'm pretty sure Florida Georgia Line's new album will be my go-to cd for the summer. If you have yet to listen to these tunes, roll down the windows and turn up the volume. It's a good one.
- Mackenzie released new arrivals to her online shop, Design Darling. How cute is this necklace? And this would look adorable in a bottle of vino. (I've been loving my latest purchases from the boutique: this notebook, these fun pencils, and this striped tote!)
- Blair from Atlantic-Pacific has done it again. This relaxed yet pulled together look is my ideal outfit. I swear I could wear it every. single. day. If only my closet looked liked hers.
- I'm finally getting my butt in gear to launch my business (more on that to come soon, I promise!) and I've been trying to learn as much as possible from women who have experience in the wedding/event planning industry. Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous Events is just a doll. She has built a wonderful business while also taking time to focus on what matters most. As a fellow Making Things Happen alum, this balance is something I strive for Southern Grace Events. This post is spot on for tackling your inbox. A color-coded system makes my heart happy. (If only you could see my calendar.) Can't wait for our phone date, Rhi!

Alright, lovelies, it's time for this girl to close the computer and enjoy the beautiful Carolina sunshine :) There are some fun events on my schedule this weekend and I couldn't be more excited! Happy First Day of Summer! xoxo

PS: How gorgeous is the al fresco dining set-up pictured above? You can find more of my favorite entertaining spaces and ideas here

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Favorites: Volume I

Happy Friday, lovelies! Despite the week being insanely busy, temperatures are on the rise, flowers are in bloom, and I no longer have to wear layers upon layers to stay warm. Cheers to that! 

Throughout the week, I seem to make a mental list of my favorites - a new song, a recipe to try, an outfit idea, another and another find for my wish list, a decorating secret, or just a honest, inspirational post. But why should I keep these finds to myself? 

So without further ado, here's the debut of Friday Favorites: Volume One... 

- Rachel at Pink Peonies killed it with these camo skinnies. As she shows, the pants can be dressed up with heels for a night out or with flats to run around town.
- A perfect post on Etiquette 101: The Handwritten Note by Waiting on Martha. My heart lights up when I receive a handwritten note in the mail!
- These picnic pie boxes are just right for a backyard barbeque or summer get-together. And in the coming weeks, these pretties will be available online at Anthropologie. Congrats, Stephanie!
- Kip Moore's new song 'Hey Pretty Girl' has been on repeat all week. Swoon.
- Can't wait to try Lisa's new recipe: Kale, Sausage, and Quinoa Scramble. Perfect for a Saturday morning with coffee!
- My next investment piece (number 54 on my 101 list!) will definitely be this Kate Spade two-toned watch. Love the idea of wearing it with silver or gold jewelry. Mix and match!

What links have you enjoyed this week? Always open to new finds! 

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Playing Favorites

Another month has arrived. And while most of the time, I'm asking for the days to slow down, I couldn't be more thrilled that March is finally here. Why you ask? Well, it's my favorite. Growing up, your parents always tell you not to play favorites, but in this case, it's just too darn bad. (Letting my teeny tiny rebel side take charge!) 

While looking at my calendar this morning, a smile came across my face with the flip of each page. My birthday (the big 23) is in nine days. Making Things Happen 2013 is in less than two weeks. Toss in the beginning of spring, warmer temperatures and Easter. What's there not to love, right?

Do you have a favorite month? 

Have a lovely Friday! xx

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Weekend Wisdom

Happy Weekend, lovelies! Due in part to the never ending rainy weather, I seriously thought this past work week was never going to end. Needless to say once Friday afternoon rolled around, I was elated for 48 hours of quality rest and relaxation.

As I have confessed in the past, I'm obsessed with quotes. Any and all quotes. It doesn't matter whether the pieces of wisdom come from movies, music, books, historians, or just the average joe. And when I need a swift kick in the rear, much of my motivation comes from my quote book. So, I'm bringing back the 'Weekend Wisdom' feature. Each weekend I will share one of my favorites with y'all and hope to pass along the inspiration.

PS... Check out my new 2013 inspiration board (here) and my past ones too (here and here). Do you have a favorite quotation? If so, let me know! Would love to add it to my ever-growing collection.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Why Don't You...

...wear red lipstick on a week day? 

...start a jewelry collection? This bauble would be a lovely addition.

...paint your nails navy blue? I'm currently wearing this shade. a stack of magazines? Can't get enough of this one. 

...go for a bike ride? Preferably with a cute partner ;)

So, what are you waiting for? Let's all do something this weekend that makes our hearts smile.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hello 2013!

1 year. 365 days. 8,765 hours.

Every New Years Eve, I say the same thing... Where did the time go? Despite telling myself there are plenty of days and hours to achieve my list of resolutions, life takes over and half of the year is in the rearview mirror before I have a chance to blink. 

So I'm vowing to make this year different. Throw resolutions out the window (besides, I have my 101 in 1001 list!), cherish each moment, and take nothing for granted. To love and laugh. To forgive and forget. To be thankful and humble. To travel the path that the Lord planned for my life. And I have a feeling in my heart that this year will be my year. 

Cheers to 2013 and Happy (belated) New Year! 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My 101 in 1001 List!

It's finally here! My 101 in 1001 list is complete and I'm both excited and nervous to share it. As the sweet Mackenzie reminded me, it is one thing to put the pen to paper and a completely different thing to share it with others. So without further ado, here goes nothing! 

{4 down, 97 to go!}

1. Come up with 101 things (November 2012). 
2. Move into my first apartment. 
3. Start my own event planning company, Southern Grace Events. 
4. Upgrade to the iPhone (November 2012). 
5. Upgrade to MacBook Pro (December 2012). 
6. Graduate from college.
7. Send 50 handwritten notes to family and friends. 
8. Schedule routine appointments with doctor, dentist, dermatologist, and go at least once a year. 
9. Learn how to braid my hair. 
10. Find a beauty and skincare regimen that works for me. And stick with it! 
11. Eat the recommended serving of veggies every day for one week. 
12. Eat vegetarian for one week. 
13. Go 30 days without sugar and flour.
14. Drink eight glasses of water every day for a week. 
15. Try acupuncture.
16. Take all recommended vitamins and supplements.
17. Find out my blood type.
18. Read 30 new books. 
19. Re-read one of the classics. 
20. Take a cooking lesson. 
21. Try 30 new recipes found online (Pinterest, other blogs, etc.) 
22. Eat and cook homemade meals every night for one week. 
23. Grow herbs on my windowsill.  
24. Take a sewing lesson. 
25. Create a living will. 
26. Buy my first car. 
27. Go on a spontaneous weekend road trip. 
28. Complete 15 5ks (1 of 15).
29. Run a 5k under 25 minutes.
30. Try one out of my comfort zone workout class. 
31. Relaunch my blog with custom design. 
32. Tie up loose ends for blog and business - business cards, Facebook, Twitter, etc. 
33. Organize must-read blogs into a reader. 
34. Create two regular features on my blog.
35. Establish an editorial calendar for blog features. 
36. Guest post on a blog. 
37. Create a professional portfolio. 
38. Establish a media kit for Southern Grace Events. 
39. Connect with a blog friend in person. 
40. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop. 
41. Attend ALT Summit. 
42. Attend Making Things Happen conference. 
43. Pay it forward to an unsuspecting person.
44. Create a daily devotional routine. 
45. Tithe consistently to Elevation Church.
46. Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. 
47. Volunteer at a children's hospital. 
48. Organize and plan a charity event for a cause close to my heart. 
49. Take a swimming lesson.
50. Take a calligraphy class. 
51. Ride in a hot air balloon. 
52. Go to a drive-in movie. 
53. De-clutter my closet. 
54. Invest in classic pieces - handbag, wallet, shoes, boots. 
55. Own a red dress. 
56. Wear the right shade of red lipstick. 
57. Own a piece of Lululemon gear.
58. Create an inspiration board. 
59. Create a bar cart. 
60. Have one of my events featured in a magazine. 
61. Plan my best friend's wedding. 
62. Plan a surprise party for a friend. 
63. Plan a New Years Eve party. 
64. Create a list of all states visited. 
65. Renew my passport. 
66. Use my aforementioned passport. 
67. Learn how to ice skate. 
68. Use my skating skills at an outdoor rink. 
69. Take my Mom to see Garth Brooks in concert. 
70. Spend a weekend with just my grandmother. 
71. Visit Savannah, Georgia. 
72. Visit Charleston, South Carolina. 
73. Go to a double-feature. 
74. Go on a stay-cation. 
75. Dance in the rain. 
76. Go apple picking. 
77. Sort through contacts and create address book. 
78. Have all email accounts down to zero. 
79. Organize photos. 
80. Organize iTunes.
81. Get rid of all magazines. 
82. Go to the CMA Fest with Amanda
83. Go to a performance at the Grand Ol' Opry. 
84. Buy something at a flea market. 
85. Learn how to shoot a gun. 
86. Go on a winery tour and tasting. 
87. Ride in a horse drawn carriage. 
88. Have family portraits taken. 
89. Invest in a camera. 
90. Take a photograph lesson to use camera. 
91. Send out Christmas cards. 
92. Make a homemade gift.
93. Create scrapbook for my grandmother. 
94. Go ziplining. 
95. Ride in a ferris wheel (November 2012).
96. Learn the Thriller dance. 
97. Buy flowers at the historic Radcliffe Flower Shop in Charlotte.
98. Reconnect with an old friend.
99. Go a 24-hour technology free period - no phone, laptop, etc.
100. Inspire someone to have a list of their own.
101. Put $10 into savings for every task completed. 

Read about making my list here!