Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer Summer 2016 New Arrivals

Hi friends, we've been dealing with a sick little one these past few days, the doctor said she's on the tail end of a viral infection (thank you for all the tips on Insta!). This stage is the worst though, she cries every second at the drop of a coin, but at least her temp has gone down as it got up to 102. The weather has certainly matched the mood with all the rain, that's for sure. I can't wait for sunnier, warmer temps this week and for Sully to perk up too! 

In honor of sunnier days, popping in to share a quick post on my absolute favs from the most recent summer release from Lilly, these pieces are all calling my name (or already have ;)). Oh and don't miss the fun promotion they just announced. Enjoy!
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 (+ tote) // 8 // 9 

From previous posts y'all know my favorite styles are the popovers (are you kidding me with the lace sleeve?!), Elsa's, Dusk dresses and tanks and of course their t-shirt dresses (I just added this one to my collection). My striped t-shirt dress from many years ago might have seen its last day, so I'm definitely eyeing the brighter blue one featured above. And the new Out to Sea print might just be one of my favorites yet!

What are you loving? 

Click the images below to see more photos and shop (+ a few favs not included above)!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Cocktails at Zero George in Downtown Charleston

I found your favorite place for cocktails and delicious eats with a classic southern historic view in downtown Charleston – Zero George CafĂ© + Bar. I’ve known about Zero George for some time, but thought of it purely as a luxury hotel and a bit inaccessible to be honest.
Well goodness was I wrong y’all! I’m actually almost mad that I’ve been missing out on this place during all our recent visits to Charleston for weddings and other events over the past couple years. And let's be honest, compared to DC prices, its really no biggie. 
~Ok, let me set this up for you… you’re wandering down historic George Street after a day of shopping three blocks away on King Street and you're ready for that perfect, not too sweet cocktail to cool your lips from the inevitable humidity looming all around. You arrive at two iron gates that open up to a beautiful garden and old brick landing surrounded by possibly the five most gorgeous Charleston structures you’ve ever seen. Directly in front of you sits four retro blue bikes ready for a stroll. Look to your right and make sure to wave hello to the couple as sweet as that tea they're sippin' on the front porch right outside their room.
After this moment of bliss, you turn left, walk up to the Kitchen Carriage House and step over the perfectly patina’d transom where you’re greeted by friendly staff and most surprisingly, a gorgeous and quaint kitchen full of beautiful cookware and chefs hard at work.
You are then seated, a matter in which you have many options both inside and out. Peruse the menu that has your mouth watering and leads you to have the barkeep’s recommendation. After all, how is one to choose between the American Surrealist made of whiskey and lavender syrup (pictured below), or The Red Scare made of tequila and habanero simple syrup.
Photo courtesy of the lovely Alexandra Bee Blog

Next are some eats for the table, an easy decision when the first two menu items are not-so-traditional “Deviled Eggs” which not only contain an option with black truffle, but also one with caviar. Next on the menu is the Grass Fed Tenderloin Tartare with, and I quote, “Hen Egg Botarga”. Trust me, it’s all you could ever dream of when it comes to a small plate.
The drink and food orders go on. Before you know it, the sun is setting and you realize why even locals are clamoring to stay just a stone's throw away at the accommodations on the grounds. It is truly somewhere you never want to leave and will always be craving a trip back.~
Do you see what I mean? This is why I am counting down the days to my next visit (we already have reservations for our trip in June!). All the above photos are from my visit while I was down for the Southern C Summit (day 1, day 2, day 3). I met up with the below bloggers and really enjoyed the time out in our private room with champagne, cocktails and delicious noshes. A HUGE thank you to Byrdhouse PR who helped organize this fabulous get together!  
From left to right: Tiffany of Skipping Breakfast at Tiffany's, Allie of Alexandra Bee Blog, Paula of Paula Rallis, Yours Truly and Meg of Borrowed Heaven
I was so excited to meet these two wonderful ladies y'all! I've been following along for awhile and am completely in love with their blogs! From left to right, you know Allie, then we have Cayce of Hanging with the Hewitts and Ashley of Sweet Southern Prep.
What are your favorite places in Charleston for cocktails?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

That's A Wrap - The Southern C Summit, Day 3!

The Southern C Summit I attended down in Charleston with Allie seemed to just zoom by. Before I could even blink we were attending the final events on Friday, and let me just tell ya, they were spectacular! When your day starts with Charleston Power Yoga and Coolibar on the beautiful rooftop of the perfectly pink Mills House, you know it's going to be a good day. 
I couldn't help but snap the below photo of the beautiful Charleston streets while we were waiting on our Uber (which is a shame to do in in this town because the streets are so beautiful, unless you're in a hurry that is like we were). This is seriously one of the most gorgeous places on earth you guys and our weather couldn't have been more perfect. I mean...
After two days of awesome sessions and networking - see Day 1 here and Day 2 here - it was nice to unwind at the Le Creuset Atelier which is just across the bridge from the Charleston most folks know, so it lends a gorgeous view of the marsh and Holy City beyond. 
Outfit details: On Allie - Ray-Ban AviatorsDavid Yurman hoops, top from Anthropologie (sold out, love this chevron option), Moon & Lola XL Monogram Necklace, J Brand coral jeans, on sale, Billie Reid clutch, Gorjana braceletTarget sandals; On Me - Le Specs sunglasses, Tiffany Elsa Peretti necklace (I never take this off!), ASOS dress (sold out, similar), Stella & Dot clutch, tassel from my Rebecca Minkoff crossbody, Jack Rogers
How do I even begin to explain my love for this brand you guys? Quality cookware still made in France, any color your little heart could desire (right now they even have a pink color called Hibiscus!) and they're heirloom pieces that you pass down for generations. Love. Love. Love.
It was so cool not only to see the unique pieces around the office, but also how the partners there incorporated the cookware into their stations. As for food, the pork belly and pimento rolls were by far my favorite, although the quail eggs were quite a treat too!
Can you tell I'm lovin' on Snapchat more and more these days?! The photo above and below are from the platform. It's now my favorite place to share and connect, name: ephilli. 
It was really bittersweet to have the Summit come to an end. I learned so much, had experiences this little blog just can't even begin to capture and most importantly, met people I'll never forget and look forward to connect with again and again. A huge round of applause to Whitney (pictured below) and Cheri for all their hard work to bring such an amazing event together. It was worth every penny and I couldn't recommend it higher for those of y'all that have never been!
PS: Don't know HOW, but this funny photo of me and Allie from Day 2 missed the blog post, but it's one of my favorites from the event. We were so excited to get our swag bags and had the best time drinking cocktails at Fish and going through all our new goodies :). 
Who's thinking about going next year? And did you see the announcement of when and where the Summit is going to be next round?!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Take a Peek into The Southern C Summit, Day 2

Oh my goodness you guys, I'm exhausted. Anyone else feeling this way today? We just got back late Sunday night from a weekend in South Carolina where we had two weddings, one in Greenville and then one in Charleston where I was a bridesmaid. They were gorgeous weddings and I'll have more to come on this later, but for now I'm excited to be back with another round of my experience at The Southern C Summit in Charleston, SC. 

PS: Make sure you don't miss my 5 key takeaways from day one here!
Our second day in the holy city was much more laid back than the first day where we were going from sun up to (way past) sun down. It was a nice change of pace, although our brains still felt full as a tick because of all the great sessions and networking :).

To fuel up for the day, we hit up Callie's Hot Little Biscuit which is right down the road from the venue, The American Theater. It's my favorite place for grab-and-go breakfast and a must-hit if you're in Charleston.
As I noshed on my country ham, blueberry and shortbread and cinnamon sugar biscuits, I really enjoyed watching Mandy from Waiting on Martha talk social media. Seeing as social media is my day job, I didn't find a ton of things completely new, but really appreciated Mandy's presentation style (it felt like coffee with a good friend) and view of bring all things social to life. Here are a couple of my favorite slides:
After this presentation, we all hopped over to the gorgeous tent (had to include more photos below!) for book signings. I snagged Kim Whitman's book Monograms for the Home (perfect for my coffee table) and was so excited to meet and have Eddie Ross sign his book Modern Mix for my MIL for Mother's Day. I have to say, I'm having regret over not purchasing Julianne Taylor's (of Taylor Burke Home) book Design Her.
When we got back, the Summit broke out into two tracks and you had a choice on which sessions to attend. I was surprised that there weren't more bloggers in attendance, but the choices left room for any audience, whether you were a small business owner, creative or blogger. I chose the sessions Growing and Monetizing your Online Presence by Womanista, Brand Collaborations with Buru, Hatch, Cotton + Quill and Emily McCarthy and Target Practice - Sharpen your Skill with Hoffman Media

The sessions were back-to-back, but we stayed alert with delicious cookies on our table from Grey Ghost Bakery. I went for the Chocolate Cayenne and y'all, it was so hot, I could barely eat the whole thing!
Before I knew it, it was time for another afternoon of networking during Cocktails and Conversation. Some highlights for me on this day were the macaroons from Tree House Macaroons, the charm bar from Moon & Lola and meeting nice folks from catstudios (which make my favorite tea towels!) and other bloggers like Paige of The Pink Clutch

Side note on the macaroons - untrue to my usual basicness, I do not like macaroons(!), but these were unlike anything I've ever had, SO GOOD! The banana pudding was my favorite and they ship so I'm thinking these are on dock for birthday gifts for my friends all over the country.
After a fun day at the Summit, we unwound with drinks and dinner at The Westendorff with my friend Mary and her (now!) husband and friend. We were staying at Mary's house which is on the same street as this restaurant, so it worked out perfectly. Not to mention, the food and atmosphere was just fantastic. I highly recommend this on your next trip to Charleston!
Phew, what an awesome time!!! Next up, our final day at the Summit which includes a beautiful brunch out on the water at Le Creuset's headquarters. Let me know if you have any questions on the sessions or Charleston!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Five On Friday: Celebration Month Begins!

I refer to May as our month of celebrations. We've got Mother's Day, Ryan's birthday, the Derby, our anniversary (this year it's our 5th!), this little blog's anniversary (2 years!) and in 2016, four weddings too! 

Things really seemed to kick off this week and I'm excited to share a little snippet here for Five on Friday with you. Before we jump right in to the celebrations though, I just have to share two things with you... 

The one room challenge is complete and full of inspiration!
Have you guys been following along on the one room challenge this year at all? I really enjoy seeing updates from some of my favorite bloggers on this challenge in which they took six weeks to update a room from top to bottom. It wrapped up this week and I loved seeing fellow Summit attendees share their rooms - right now Paige from the Pink Clutch has my top vote, although I'm really loving the Mandy's office from Waiting on Martha. Who are your favs?
Speaking of the Summit, did you see my feature on the Southern C e-newsletter today?! 
I was delighted to see The Southern C share my blog recap of 5 Key Takeaways from Day One at the Southern C Summit. Visit their website and subscribe in the blue box to the right so you don't miss another newsletter!
Now on to some celebrations....

Happy 28th birthday Ryan! 
Sully now understands how to blow out candles. How she learned this, Lord only knows. Wherever she picked it up, it was pretty darn cute watching her blow the candles out with her Daddy on his "cake", Strawberry Pretzel Salad

The most precious and thoughtful gift for a one year old. 
I'm giddy to share Sully's "Babies who Brunch" first birthday with you, but in the meantime was so excited to see this post pop up in my Bloglovin feed. I seriously teared up thinking of this gift and reading the words from one of my besties, Allie of Alexandra Bee Blog. She and her beau gave Sully the most special and thoughtful gift I've ever seen, I was (and really still am) blown away by this precious gesture. Click on over to her blog to learn more. 
A Derby Party and Mother's Day.
We had the best weekend at home (finally!). Some of our closest friends here in NoVA threw a fantastic Derby party on Saturday and on Sunday we celebrated my second Mother's Day. You absolutely have to click over to Catherine's blog to see her decor, beautiful Beatriz Ball serveware and out-of-this-world delicious recipes!
I made my classic bourbon chocolate pecan pie for the occasion!
I got my Mother's Day wish and we had the perfect day lounging around as a family after Mass on Sunday. Thank you Ryan and Sully for making me feel like the most loved Mama in this whole wide world!
Sully and Dada gave me a card that said... "I hope this Mother's Day is much more enjoyable than the day you birthed me" ha!
Ryan made me blueberry and blackberry french toast with whipped cream!
Don't worry, Sully helped me eat it!
By the time I remembered to break out our matching Lilly for Target, which launched the day she was born, Sully had pretty much already outgrown this sweet shift.

Now we're off to South Carolina for a weekend of weddings! Stay tuned in on Snapchat (name: ephilli) as I visit Greenville and Charleston and attempt to do two weddings in one day :). 

Here's who I'm teaming up with today on this Five on Friday: A. Liz AdventuresCarolina CharmHello! Happiness and The Good Life.
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