Friday, January 19, 2018

5 On Friday: Nighttime Favorite

It's FriYAY and I feel like this week was a doozie. I'm ready for a normal, steady schedule. We went from Christmas to New Years to snow to wedding weekend and MLK Day. I'm craving a steady pace now, I don't know about y'all. 

Ok, how about the first 5 on Friday in 2018 y'all?! This one includes some Christmas gifts that I received this year too. 

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{ONE} Lake Pajamas

Do you guys own a pair of these? I got a shorts set earlier this year and then for Christmas got a long sleeve and pants set and I'm not being dramatic - these have altered my nighttime stress level unlike anything else! I don't' know how to explain the fabric and wear of them, they're just divine and I can't wait to crawl into them at night. Plus, I'm 30 now, I feel like I should wear proper jammies every now and then :). 
via @jessankirby 

{TWO} My PillowGrace Pillow 

You may be noticing a theme here, but I'm really trying to get a better nighttime routine down which includes good sleep. Enter my PillowGrace pillow which contains some of my favorite verses of scripture and is so comfortable. Even better, they have a silk version if you're looking for a pillowcase that's great for your hair and doesn't cause lines. :) Rest Assured, Arise Restored!

{THREE} Pink Ugg Slippers

I couldn't mention a nighttime routine without some good slippers. I've been holding on to a gold JCrew pair for some time and took some birthday money and upgraded to these pink Ugg slippers that I'd been eyeing for quite some time. They just make me so happy!

{FOUR} LaNeige Water Mask

I posted on Insta that I had received a lot of samples of this water mask that you wear overnight and wah off in the morning. Holy moly, y'all sure love it too! It's just so nice to put on a mask and sink into bed, no drying out or getting up to wash it off. I ordered the full size and the brand's lip mask and love them both so far. 

{FIVE} The Headspace App

This app isn't new news, but I'm surprised at how many people haven't tried it yet. If you have those nights where you just can't shut your brain off, meditate via the Headspace app. I fall soundly asleep every single time I use it y'all. Not to mention, I love to do some of their longer exercises when taking a bath with my French Girl bath salts. 

That's a wrap, some of the newest things I'm loving to unwind at the end of a day! What are you loving lately during nighttime?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Reading Bucket List

Every other weekend during my childhood I had to spend time in a place that I didn't quite love. It never felt like "home" and there was often so much taunting, imbalance and unfamiliarity. Whenever I could get away with it, I would tiptoe when no one was looking to the bookshelf and pluck a Nancy Drew novel off the shelf and escape. Away I would run through wooded trails and creaking buildings with each turn of the crisp, weathered page. That was my happy place.

Fast forward 20 years and I had found myself turning to books again for a little escape in 2017. This time though, I loved the life I was "escaping" from, but still needed the brain break to read and get inspiration. It was so refreshing getting back into reading!

Now here I am in 2018 asking for your recommendations for this year. You had some great ones when I asked on Instagram! I also found some from other resources that I'd been eyeing for awhile. I also thought I would share a little about the books I loved and didn't love in 2017. Leave any other suggestions for me in the comments or message me on Instagram!

First off, here are some of the places I love finding new reads: Grace at The Stripe's Monthly Reading Lists, Reese Witherspoon's Book Club, House of HarperA Beautiful Mess, Man Repeller Book ClubPinterest and recommendations on Audible where I end up listening/reading to a lot of my books in the car. I was also recommended to Good Reads (by CambronElsey) and Book of the Month Club (by ImMristenMwhich I plan to check out this year

So without further adieu, here is my 2018 Reading Bucket List - IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER! I also have to mention that it's a funny mix of #bossbabe books, self-help (my word of the year is WELLNESS) and fiction for a fun break. 

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1. Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger - Explores why we do the things we do, from purchases to what we eat! I've heard great things about this author.

2. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (recommended by KellyrenegarTheNashvilleMom and SherritHacker) - Currently "reading" via Audible and y'all WHAT is happening?! I'm a few chapters in and hooked.

3. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod - I bought this last year, but loaned it out from self-help book overload. I'm excited to dig into it this time around!

4.  The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson - This one was shared with me from friend and fellow Mama biz owner Melissa. After having to learn the hard way how to grow a thick skin this year, I think this is just what I need.

5. The Dinner by Herman Koch - The Wall Street Journal described it as the European Gone Girl. Enough said :).

6. Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong - Named best book of the year by NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine and more. About the comedic and rollercoaster ride of a woman moving home in her 30s after recently becoming disengaged to her fiance.

7. Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman (recommended by CambronElsey) - Cambron is one of my closest friends so I trust anything she sends my way! Plus, Reese Witherspoon is producing it as a film. Sold.

8. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (recommended by GraceFrederickDesign) - Believe it or not, I've never read this 50-year-old classic!

9. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan (recommended by Meg_Irvin) - About a woman in her mid-thirties living in that "sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap".

10. South of Broad by Pat Conroy  - I'm actually currently reading this in paperback right now. I picked it up after reading a couple chapters at a beach house this summer. I forgot how much I love Pat Conroy and his signature southern style of writing, especially as we get deeper into life in Charleston.

11. The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown - These are Tina's diary entries during her eight years as Vanity Fair's Editor. It's the perfect nonfiction addition to mix this list up!

12. The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (recommended by SherritHacker) - The intersection of two pregnant women in different classes in London.

13. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkenen - I had to take a suspense/thriller break for awhile and now I'm ready for another one!

14. Braving the Wilderness by BrenĂ© Brown - I got to see BrenĂ© speak at SXSW a couple years ago and this sounds dramatic, but she changed my life. I can't wait to dig into her latest novel! If you haven't watched or heard her speak or read one of her books, but that at the top of your list NOW.

15. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht - A PR go-to girl who spent 17 years at DKNY shares her stories and advice.

16. The Four by Scott Galloway - Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are the big four. This book deconstructs how they got where they are and became what they are today.

17. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (recommended by JenningsMoody and Ally_Kerl) - A Pulitzer Prize winner and I know anything Jay and Ally recommend is bound to be great!

18. Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman (recommended by girlmeetsbow) - Gentry is one of my favorite bloggers and recommended this novel. If you can't tell from my other selections and my #1 read of 2017, I LOVE a southern novel and this one is based in Georgia about two sisters fulfilling their mother's last wish.

19. Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall (recommended by Meg_Irvin) - A true story! A white woman encounters and learns from an African American gardener.

20. A Simplified Life by Emily Ley - I swear by my Simplified Planner designed by Emily Ley and loved watching her Simplified Live series on Facebook. I'm already through the intro and first chapter here and can't wait to jump in more as I continue to simplify our home this year.

A few honorable mentions:
  • Beatriz Williams novels (recommended by South of Libbie) - I just haven't figured out which one I want to read yet!
  • The E Myth (recommended by The Yellow Bird) - Honestly, forgot to add to the visual above and I'm guessing I'll be reading this sooner rather than later after the roaring recommendation from fellow woman entrepreneur Nicole Pond at They Yellow Bird. 

At this point y'all know I love a good, informative (and yes long) blog post :) Here are...

My 2017 Favorites Reads
1. Cultivate by Lara Casey (#1 fav this year)
2. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (FAV! I love a good southern novel though...)
3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (#3 fav this year)
4. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis (LOVED, may just have a top 4)

And These in No Particular Order:
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (crazy twist, but pretty gruesome and depressing)
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (trilogy, just love them all - start with Crazy Rich Asians and then China Rich Girlfriend)
Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (total mind eff)
Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner (read, don't audio)

2017 Reads I Actually Didn't Like:
The Paris Effect by K.S.R. Burns - The storyline was a little all over the place and I like the idea, but wanted happier and Paris :)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - Didn't love the story itself, but could be more because of my personal beliefs 
Class Mom by Laurie Gelman - Funny-ish, but weird pace and not good humor 

Ok y'all - what did I miss?! Have any favorites for me that aren't included on this list? Or are any in my 2018 list not worth the read? I know new ones are going to pop up and with 20 already, I've got an ambitious list!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

30 Things For My 30th!

Christmas Eve marked my 30th birthday! Wowza, THIRTY! To my younger self that number sounds old, but in reality, I've been looking forward to joining the thirty club. 

Owning your own business and being a Mom to a bustling two-year-old lend yourself to most people thinking you're older anyhow. Then when they find out you're in your 20s, it's crazy how quickly they discredit you or scoff. So bring it on y'all!

We're big fans of always celebrating birthdays anyway, no matter the age. The fact that God has blessed us with another year on earth with the people we love is certainly worth celebrating. 
While sometimes sparse :), this little blog was created to document and journal our life. So on the last day of my 29th year, I wrote this post and now am happy to share 30 things with you in the new year. Yep, "things", pretty vague, but I had a mix of things to share from things I've learned to things I've done to things I love.  
Here ya are... 30 "Things" :)

1. The last meal I had in my 20s was sushi (tuna) rolls from Locals. Our fav sushi spot here in Mt. Pleasant!

2. I asked for donations to the Diaper Bank of Charleston this year in lieu of gifts. I'd love your support! Just add a pack to your Amazon cart from my list and they'll be sent my way to bundle and deliver to Moms and babies in need.

3. The day I was born, Christmas Eve 1987, wasn't all tinsel and jingle bells. It's a long story, but my Mom was 16 when I was born which, if you think about it... would be quite stressful for both a 16-year-old becoming a Mom and her parents. :) I'm so proud of my Mom for having the courage to bring me into this world and do what's best for me from such a young age. And so grateful to my Nana and Papa who support my Mom's dreams and mine. 

4. Fun enough though, I came home in a really large velvet and silk stocking. I still pull out that stocking today and actually used it recently for client photoshoots!

5. We've owned three homes and rented four others throughout three different states (SC, VA, DC).
Our Richmond, VA home!

6. I don't think of myself as well traveled, but now that I go to write it down... I've had the pleasure of visiting Germany, Italy (Positano is our absolute favorite place + Pompeii is unbelievable), France, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Bahamas and in the US of course South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, DC and also NYC, Maryland, Illinois, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, Kentucky, Tennesse, Alabama, Ohio, Massachusets, New Jersy and Delaware. Plus flown through or driven through many other states and countries (like Russia and Iceland). 
7. Our daughter's name is Sullivan Louise and at the time I didn't think we had a reason for the Sullivan (at least no family tie) until someone pointed out that "Sullivan"s has always been on my heart. We always knew we wanted to get back to Charleston and now we live 5 minutes from Sullivan's Island with our sweet Sully Lou. The Louise is family, it's my Nana's middle name. 
8. Speaking of Nana, I lived with her and Papa until I was 6 when my Mom graduated from Clemson and married my (step)Dad. My room at Nana's house is still intact with my Little Mermaid sheets and Puff The Magic Dragon handpainted on the wall. Watching my daughter now play in that room gives me #allthefeels. 

9. It's impossible for me to choose one favorite anything. Here are my tops though... Movies - Little Mermaid, Moulin Rouge, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Steel Magnolias and Sweet Home Alabama. Songs - Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston, American Honey by Lady Antebellum, Good Day by Nappy Roots, Cabin by the Sea by Dirty Heads. Food - Raw tuna, raw salty oysters, donuts. 
This is me belting out "Part of your wooooorrrllllddd" from the Little Mermaid on the beach with a sandy mermaid tail haha!

10. My happy place is on a beach or in a foreign place with my husband. 

11. I rode a female horse named Ralph growing up. We mostly rode English, but good 'ol western trail riding is another happy place for me. 

12. My husband and I met at the Carolina Cup horse race. I literally bumped into him (with my rear end haha) while he was bending down to get a beer out of a cooler. Ten months later we were engaged and the rest is history!
13. Pinckney Palm is the name of my social media agency here in Charleston. The Pinckney comes from Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who, if you ask me, was the original #bossbabe. The Palm comes from the joy the palms lining my beloved city give me each day. 

14. The best meal of my life was at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. 

15. Back in my event planning days, I had the pleasure of orchestrating an event where Maya Angelou was the speaker. Spending time in her presence behind the scenes with a local choir was something I'll never forget. Grace and kindness filled every ounce of the room when she was present. 

16. When I was in elementary school, we were invited to the White House for a special Christmas tour because my Mom's architecture firm had an ornament on the official tree. 

17. After a particularly fun trip to Las Vegas, I awoke one morning to a phone full of messages. There was my photo at the top of the Daily Mail's e-newsletter and in an article online after being seen hanging out with Wilmer Valderrama. It was a fun night and he was a gentleman, despite what the article claimed. My one second of fame, ha!
18. I was Miss Cheerleader of South Carolina in 2005. 

19. Some of my favorite childhood memories were spent in my grandparent's backyard riding in the wheelbarrow and searching for golf balls, picking fresh raspberries from their garden, digging for worms while Nana gardened and swimming in the pool. Sully got to experience the garden and a Papa walk while we were home last time!

20. Right before I got engaged, my Dad sent my Mom and me on a whirlwind trip to NYC before I was off and married to Ryan. Now I can't wait to take Sully on a Mommy/Daughter trip to NYC!

21. Pink is my favorite color. Shocker. 
22. My daughter was born on the Lilly for Target sale day (her actual due date!) and we're pretty sure that's why I went into labor - we stayed up to shop it right at midnight and the site kept crashing. It was stressful y'all!
23. All my life I was told I was terrible at math and couldn't do anything remotely close to it as a career. While that may be partially true ;), I went on to work for the number eight bank in the US. Don't let anyone tell you who you are - you know your capabilities and worth. 

24. Speaking of things I've learned in 30 years... Happiness is a choice. It's not based on circumstances. Period. Choose Happiness Y'all! 
25. Luck is not a thing - being blessed by God, yes. But, hard work is hard work and it will pay off. So will kindness. 

26. Everything happens for a reason. I strongly believe that. If I can't begin to grasp the reason for something (and there's been a lot this year that I can't seem to grasp) then I remind myself that I'm a mere human and God is SO much bigger. 
27. Put it in God's hands. When you're stuck, sad, happy, overwhelmed. Put it in God's hands. He always, always, always provides. Always.

28. My husband is the light of my life and my rock. Ryan Alexander Phillips - you're my Prince Charming and all the other hokey, lovey-dovey things. Thank you for making almost every year in my 20s the best yet (we met when I was 21 and he was 20). 
29. Pinckney Palm is actually the second business I launched. Back in Greenville, I ran a successful cake baking business called Gilded Pastry. 
30. This blog was first called The Married Appetite and was written by me and Ryan back in 2011 to document all our culinary adventures and recipes. At the time, I had Le Creuset as a client, so blogging about the food world was a no-brainer. 

Ok one little bonus, I can't help it. I seriously doubt anyone has read this far. Except for my Mom - hey Mom! :)

Finally, I have to celebrate a big moment from each year in my 20s...
  • 2008 - Age 20, I took a class at Clemson where I was required to start a blog and then an account on a little thing called Twitter. Fast forward 10 years and I operate my own social media agency!
  • 2009 - Age 21, Met my husband and moved to Charleston, SC
  • 2010 - Age 22, Got engaged on the Clemson football field and graduated from Clemson
  • 2011 - Age 23, Got married in Greenville, SC
  • 2012 - Age 24, Bought our first house in Greenville, SC
  • 2013 - Age 25, Moved to Richmond, VA and bought our second home
  • 2014 - Age 26, Pregnant with Sully Lou
  • 2015 - Age 27, Sullivan Louise was born in April and we moved to Washington, DC
  • 2016 - Age 28, Moved to Charleston, SC and bought our third home
  • 2017- Age 29, Launched Pinckney Palm, hired our first employee and are moving into our own office space in downtown Charleston 
That's a wrap you guys! Where are all my 30 friends? Tell me in the comments the best part of being 30! 

Thank you for another year of readership and love! Every view and comment makes me feel like quite the special lady. 
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