Friday, October 21, 2016

5 on Friday: Dry Rosé Cider, My Fav Sweater and More!

Happy FRIIIIIIDAYYYYYY y'all!!! I gotta say, and I never ever want to wish time away when I have a baby girl that changes every single day, but gah y'all I'm happy it's Friday. TGIF. 

Luckily we have a relatively unplanned weekend ahead to spend time with our girl and get the last few big things we need to get done finished around the house to feel settled. So today I'm going to kick it off with a little Five on Friday, something I haven't done in awhile and I'm so happy to bring it back.

A new offering from Candlefish! Y'all have heard me obsess over Candlefish in the past with this post and now they even have a partnership at Anthropologie. Plus, the ladies of Southern Charm are even fans. 

I joined fellow bloggers this week in downtown Charleston at their studio to make some candles, mingle and hear more about an exciting new offering coming soon! I can't wait to share more, but for now I'll leave you with this picture of these gorgeous friends!
Make sure to visit Charleston Shop Curator, Coastal Bride and Charleston Weekender who are with me above!
The sweater I'll be wearing all season. I recently ordered this Free People sweater that is flowy, slightly open in the back with a mock collar and is everything I've been looking for and more. It's hard to find a sweater that's comfy, stylish and not heavy or itchy. This is the one y'all
Rosé Cider. Yep, you read that right, I found this Wolffer Dry Rosé Cider at Whole Foods this week and I'm pretty obsessed. It's definitely sweeter, but the cute little bottles and the fun branding make it the perfect treat for my basic babes out there. 
Always a good hair day. Not even gunna lie, I saw this photo that my amazing hair guru (stylist just didn't feel right), Lex, texted me last night and I had to asked, "Is that MY hair?!". Haha! Talk about a good hair day, so in love with my updated locks. It just feels so darn awesome to get your hair did, am I right?!
Photo cred: Lex, follow him on Instagram and visit him at Stox & Co if you're in Charleston

Our new dining room table! If you follow me on Snapchat (name: ephilli) you know that we love to frequent the Celadon Sunday Flea and on our last trip we found this beauty. I loved how wide it is and it even has a built in leaf that pulls up through the middle when you maneuver the levers underneath.  
Still trying to decide on those barstools you saw here, now I need to decide on some dining chairs as well... any suggestions?

Surprise! Adding in a bonus item to this post because this popped up on my Timehop and how could I not share this adorable little fall baby. Absolutely mind-blowing what a difference a year makes! See all the photos in this post on Sully's 6-month mini session with Allison Shumate.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Clemson Lake Engagement + Surprise Party

It's almost Friday you guys, we're almost there! I really feel like this week has flown by though, maybe it's because I've had something after work almost every day, which, by the way, I'll be sharing one of those post-work events tomorrow(!). 

Today I'm excited to slow down for a second though and bring you the beautiful engagement of one of my bestest friends in the whole wide world! Even better, it took place on the gorgeous Lake Hartwell during our Clemson weekend that I shared here
Y'all, I wish I could show you the texts and explain the conversations leading up to this engagement with the groom-to-be, Jake. They were so sweet. He really went above and beyond to make this moment and all those after super special for his future Mrs. Especially when it came to selecting the photographer, Alicia, of Alicia Tegen Photography, to take these gorgeous photos!
But first, let's rewind and talk about leading up to the proposal itself... The nerves flying around the house pre-proposal were unreal you guys. Jake was trying to hold it together in front of Sam, I was trying to sneak away to position the photographer (along with the help of TJ, thank you!), Sam's siblings were hiding in the bushes and inside all the other girls and guys were trying to keep a straight face and set up a surprise party! 

When Alicia was in position, I gave Ry the signal we had agreed upon to alert Jake that all was ready and wouldn't you believe it... the man completely forgot our signal and missed it! Typical. ;)

So then it was up to me to give Jake the thumbs up without Sam seeing. Luckily he got the message and stepped out for a "work call" coming back in to grab Sam so he could talk to her about it. As they walked down the path towards the lake we were inside scrambling to get decorations set up and her siblings inside. 

Well you guys, all that went by the wayside the minute Jake dropped to one knee. We couldn't help but watch, cry and laugh before we cheered them on as they walked up towards the house. Everyone was such a big help throwing this little surprise party together, it was so exciting to have our whole crew there together!
Then it was time to ooh and ahh over the ring (which is so classic and beautiful, I died), share hugs all the way around and clink our glasses!
I'm telling you what, this is one amazing couple. They're going to create such a beautiful life together as husband and wife and I feel so blessed to witness their wonderful love. This is about to be one fun year of celebrating these two!
As you can tell, it was such a wonderful and emotionally happy day, Sam was surprised and we all had a blast celebrating the night away!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Welcome Home Wednesday: Belly Up To The Bar(stools)!

Welcome Home Wednesday is BACK y'all! And today I'm sharing my favorite barstools with you. 
One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten

I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to unpacking our house and one area I can't wait to utilize is our kitchen island. It's where I see us entertaining our guests, mixing up pancakes on Sunday with Sully, splitting a bottle of rosé with a girlfriend and oh so much more. So barstools are a pretty important purchase and one I've been debating for awhile.

Here's where I'm looking for your help... What's your favorite? I'm leaning towards number one or number two above. Especially after seeing these photos.
 Source (yes, I realize these are the chairs, but same thing, they're SO pretty!)
Source: Isn't Leslie from Pretty Petal's kitchen so dreamy?! I had to feature this one on my Instagram.

What's your vote? And if you're craving more Welcome Home Wednesday post, check out these favorites:

Check back in tomorrow for all the beautiful details on the engagement of one of my besties that I gave you a preview of in this post!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Shopbop Sale: My Top 5 Picks!

Hi friends, resurfacing from the depths of unpacking our new house and what feels like an endless ocean of boxes! 

I took last night off from new house duties for a Mommy/Daughter date with Sully to Poe's Tavern and the beach (how cute were those Insta Stories?!) before coming back home to catch up on personal emails and other odds and ends. It was so refreshing! I don't think I realized how stressed I had been going to bed every night still not feeling like I made a dent in all the house clutter.

One of those "odds and ends" was perusing the Shopbop sale and picking out all my favorite things. I could use a serious fall wardrobe update, I don't know about y'all. And with 30% off designer brands that rarely, if ever, go on sale, how could a girl resist? Here's my top 5 + scroll to the bottom for a full look at what I'm loving. Nothing like a little retail therapy!


I don't own a pair of tan/brown booties, only gray suede so these Splendid cuties were a must


Leopard is my favorite neutral (who else agrees?!) and this Equipment dress is perfection


All black sunnies are my favorite for fall/winter and I've had my eye on these Karen Walker's for quite some time


A solid blouse you can wear alone, with vests and under jackets was high on my list, this one from Free People was perfect


I'm a shorty so cropped jeans are my jam, the color and look of these Mother ones checked all my boxes

There are so many other goodies from Tory Burch and Mara Hoffman, but the above five really hit at fall staples I'll get a lot of use out of this year and for years to come. Scroll through the below to see what's still lingering on my wish list. 

What other fall staples are you on the hunt for this season? 

Who's in Charleston and wants to come help me unpack?! I'll supply the rosé! ;)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Weekend Recap: Our Annual Clemson Trip!

As we're evacuating Charleston in preparation for Hurricane Matthew (crazy!), I thought I would take a look back at a beautiful, sunny and perfect weekend!

It was our annual Clemson lake weekend with our crew we've been going with for the past five years. This year though was pretty special, the planner of this weekend, my bestie Sam, got out-planned and proposed to on Friday! Oh and how can I also not mention that big Tiger win?! So great.
Photo cred: Alicia Tegen

There was a lot of prep and planning leading up to the proposal and I have to give MAJOR kudos to her now fiancé, Mr. Jake Parks, who well, knocked it out of the park. In fact, there's just so much goodness that I'm going to do a separate post on the engagement and party afterwards. For now, let me back up and give you a true weekend recap from start to finish!

And that start my friends begins with the fact that WE CLOSED ON OUR HOUSE on Thursday night!!!! Finally! If you've been following along on Instagram, you know we've had delayed closing after delayed closing due to the silliest things like shower doors not being installed. After a lot of hard work on everyone's part, looking at you Krystine, we finally went to the attorney's office to sign our life away and pick up the keys to our new house in Charleston (Mount Pleasant to be exact)! 
We didn't even get a chance to run by the house though before we hit the road to Clemson for the weekend (last night was the first time we stepped through the door as homeowners, ha!). We arrived really late to our lake house, put Sully down and then caught up with all our friends who had already arrived. It was bliss! And can we talk about how awesome this lake house was...
Friday morning came very fast and I headed into Clemson to meet my Mom so Sully could go spend the weekend with my family. We couldn't help but snap some pics of Sully at her Mom and Nonna's alma mater, plus GameDay was getting set up which was really cool.
Sully's Outfit: Dress, Shoes, Bows (similar)
All photos above taken by my dear mother!
My Outfit: Dress (similar for Fall); Ray Bans

Then it was girl time on the lake while the boys played golf before "getting ready for dinner" at the house. 
You know what happened next... the proposal! Here's a sneak peek at more photos from Alicia Tegen that I'm going to share in a later post. 
Photo cred: Alicia Tegen

Saturday rolled around and off to tailgate and cheer on our Tigers we went! The game wasn't until 8pm so it was a long (in a good way!) and awesome day of hanging with our friends. To say the game was stressful is an understatement, but we pulled out a big W in the end against Louisville putting the best end cap on our already great weekend!
My Outfit: Dress (sold out, love this one under $50); Long Necklace; Shoes (now on sale!)
On Sunday, we packed up and said our goodbyes before hitting the road to Greenville to celebrate my Dad's birthday (which was yesterday - Happy Birthday Dad!!!) and pick up our Sully girl. 
We also got to see my Nana and Papa which is always a treat! Aren't they the cutest?!
And here's what I love saying still... then we headed home, as in to Charleston! I really still can't believe we live in Charleston you guys haha! I think it's going to take a while to fully recover from all the excitement (and late nights), but it was such a great long weekend!
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