Monday, December 5, 2016

A Green Ruffle Holiday Party Dress

'Tis the season for holiday gatherings and parties! It's one of my favorite times of year, so I thought I would take one high heeled step outside of my comfort zone and share a couple holiday party dresses with y'all. The first one is an adorable green silk ruffle dress with a cozy wool coat and strappy heels. Oh and not to be missed, this tortoise bag from Zac Posen!
Dress (similar, more linked below) // Coat // Shoes (similar) // Bag // Earrings // Ring //Julie Vos Bangle // Bourbon and Boweties Bangles

I love the deep green and ruffle hem on this dress! It's perfect for office holiday parties or a gathering where you're meeting new people and aren't sure of the attire (story of my life lately :)). I keep flats in my bag and this look is so cute with them or with heels. 
It's starting to get really, really festive around Charleston you guys! We took most of these photos in the Old Village in Mt. Pleasant (our new 'hood!) and the houses and storefronts all around town are lighting up and donning bows. 
We also stopped by our local coffee shop, Vintage, which is so adorable! It was my first peppermint hot chocolate of the season and it did not disappoint. I also took this opportunity to slip into some comfier shoes, see how well the look goes with flats too?!
That's all for the first holiday party look y'all! I've got another fancier one coming up next so stayed tuned. In the meantime, linking up more of my favorite holiday looks below. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

19 Month Mommyhood Thoughts (+ Family Photos!)

The night before last Sully woke up four times throughout the night. It's a pretty rare thing when she does that, she's truly such a great sleeper, we're very very blessed. But as she snuggled into me around 3am she did something so sweet I'll never ever forget. She reached her little hands up in the darkness, felt all around my face, found my lips and laid her sweet little chubby cheek right on my face and slept. 

It's moments like that where the love is almost too much to handle. Sure, there are frustrations and always something new and challenging to navigate and learn, but becoming someone's Mama is truly the greatest gift I'm thankful for each and every day. 
On Ryan: Quarter ZipGingham Button DownKhakis, Boots // On Sully: Dress, Bow (similar) // On Me: TopJeans, Boots, Necklace (my "push" present)

So while I was flipping through our family Christmas photos for this year I felt overwhelming gratitude to God for all the blessings, especially that of my little girl and her Dada, in my life. It's just flying by too fast. Do any other Mama's feel this way? Phew y'all! #allthefeels #allthehappytears
Nineteen months is a fun one y'all, Sully is repeating every word I say and is learning at lightening speed. I pointed to a car in one of her books and said, "vroom, vroom" a few times and next thing I know she's showing Ryan the car and saying "vroom, vroom" in a gruffy little voice. 
In the mornings Ryan drives her to "school" and he says she just sits in the backseat talking away, not actually making any sense, but sure sounding like it could be a conversation. This same cute babbling causes her so much frustration though as she looks you right in the eye, does it and then when you don't react to what she said (because you can't understand her) she gets so mad. 
Saying "Elshhhaaa" (Elsa from Frozen) is her favorite thing, as well as slapping both hands on either sides of her cheeks and gasping, opening her eyes so large and turning her little mouth into an "O" when "For the First Time in Forever" comes on. Gah, so cute!
Climbing any and everything is pretty common. As is unpredictable eating when she loves something one day and won't touch it the next. Except for protein, the kid loves protein. She even switches her plate with the kid's next to her at school just to eat their chicken/meatballs/etc. off their plate. I died laughing when her teacher told me that!
Thank you to Jennifer Collins for these wonderful photos around our beautiful new city we call home!
Love you Sully boo, cheers to December, Christmas and this next month of fun (even if you don't look so happy about it below :))!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Our First Thanksgiving in Charleston!

We hosted our first Thanksgiving in our new home in Charleston this year and it was one for the books you guys! This holiday is one that holds a lot of emotion and meaning for us, but this year seemed different and mostly full of happy and joyful emotions. And that is what I was most thankful for this year!
I often get the question from engaged or newly married friends how we split up the holidays between our families. Quite honestly, it's a question I kind of cringe at getting asked. The decision was sadly made for us when Ryan's Dad, Bob, passed away Thanksgiving day in 2009. Ever since then, Thanksgiving is a day we gather together with Ryan's family to support each other, laugh, tell stories and do two of Bob's favorite things, cook and share a meal with those we love. I've always cherished this time with this side of the family and knowing that we'll all be together each year!
This year, we were so fortunate to have Grandpa join us along with Mom and Maddie starting Wednesday evening. We kicked off our time together with big belly laughs playing Cards Against Humanity. Let me tell y'all, hearing Grandpa read off some of those cards was just too much to handle, I couldn't stop giggling all night.

On Thursday, Ryan and I were up bright and early cooking the majority of our Thanksgiving feast, although we did cook some things on Wednesday this year which was nice to get a head start. I really lucked out, Ryan is a phenomenal cook and loves to spend days prepping menus and meals and feeding friends and family.
Oh and don't mind my half nakie child, her top was too cute to get stained with cranberry :).
Our menu consisted of:

It honestly really was our best meal we've ever cooked together! And look how my tablescape came together you guys, remember when I planned it out here?!
We also spent some good quality time out at the fire pit, just catching up under cozy blankets and of course playing with sweet Sully. I have never seen her attach to someone like she did Grandpa, she was so smitten. 
I also love how Thanksgiving brings folks into town we haven't seen awhile (like Liz & Josh), it was fun catching up with friends over our big rivalry game... which can we talk about that by the way?! GO TIGERS!!!!!

How was y'alls Thanksgiving?! Did you scoop up any fun stuff during Black Friday or Cyber Monday? 
Also, my Beautycoutner social is still going strong, you can click here to shop and be entered to win a charcoal gift set with any $100 purchase! I'm seriously loving this company y'all!
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