How to Speak Southern

Birdie!

August 27, 2015
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If you follow me on Instagram, then you are already well versed in the monumental life news that Wilson and I got a dog last month. Her name is Ladybird Jones of Habersham, she goes by Birdie, and she is the best dog I have ever known. She has my coloring and Wilson’s big head, which we hope she will grow in to. She has an affinity for eating and enjoys eating sticks in particular. She likes carrying magnolia leaves in her mouth while we walk, and running and jumping on anyone with white pants (sorry lady in the square last night!). It seems she shares Wilson’s fondness for white pantsLike father like daughter. 

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Taking her home for the first time. She immediately fell asleep with her head on my shoulder and I decided that I liked her quite a bit.

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 We took her on a bike ride a few weekends ago and she enjoyed it for the most part I believe. She fit perfectly in the basket and therefore I didn’t care if she enjoyed the bike ride or not — I made her do it anyway. Builds character. 

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 Like any baby, she likes to be held as such. And I am more than happy to oblige.

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This was the other morning at 4:15AM when she decided to bark very loudly. I was so mad at her until I looked in the mirror at the bottom of our stairs and realized she was clutching to me like a real human child. I think she actually is a real human child in a dog costume.

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 Too sleepy to open her eyes for the picture.

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 We are working on what it means to be a Southern lady. She has a very liberal interpretation.

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 No pictures, please.

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 Yes we hold the dog all the time.

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One afternoon Birdie Facetimed me when I was on my way home from work stuck in traffic. She was wondering where the hell I was. She has a very strict eating schedule. FEED ME DAMMIT. I’M SO HUNGRY.

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THIS PICTURE MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

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We told her dogs were supposed to ride in the back of the car. She wasn’t sure what we meant.

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 Birdie’s first boat ride this past weekend.

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 She thoroughly enjoyed it.

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So much so that she fell asleep in her water bowl.

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My lovey.

Last night I was so angry with her — Wilson was out of town and therefore I was on solo Birdie-duty and she was so bad. The worst. She peed on me, peed on a rug, ripped a hole in my dress, and carried around a dirty Q-Tip in her mouth that she found in (hopefully) our trash can. I almost threw up. Still might.

But this morning it was like she knew what an asshole she had been and decided to make it up to me by being the cutest, sweetest, most loving puppy ever. She got in my lap when I woke her up this morning and licked the entire side of my face in one swoop. She circled around my legs and sat at my feet while I put on my makeup. She trotted after me while I walked back and forth from the bathroom to the bedroom while getting ready, patiently sitting on her haunches while I picked out what to wear. She recommended the white dress, which is what I chose, obviously. It’s that type of devoted, unrequited love that makes dogs so special. They love without abandon, try to please you to the best of their ability, and give the messiest, grossest, and most loving kisses ever. I’ve fairly certain Birdie has eaten half of my foundation and bronzer after licking my face so much. 

I’d like to apologize in advance for the obnoxious amount of photos that I will most likely post here on SST and on Instagram, but she’s just so damn cute and sweet and I love her. I hope you do too.

Fashion and Beauty

Shoe Self vs. Budget Self — Sole Society Edition

August 19, 2015

It is no secret that I love shoes. I am in a constant mental battle with myself about shoe purchases as I have plenty and don’t need anymore, however I always want more. My inner thoughts go a little something like this:

Shoe me: You deserve those shoes. You work so hard.

Budget me: You don’t need another pair of damn shoes. You don’t have enough space in your closet for another pair and your credit card bill needs to be paid.

Shoe me: Credit card schmedit card. Buy the shoes.

Budget me: How about you take the money you’d spend on the shoes and use it to invest in the stock market? You are supposed to be risky with your investments when you are young.

Shoe me: Exactly. Get risky and buy the shoes. Much better return on investment. Immediate gratification is the best gratification.

Budget me: You are an embarrassment to financially prudent people everywhere. No wonder everyone hates millenials.

Shoe me: STFU and buy the shoes.

Currently, neither side is winning — I suppose you could call it a stalemate. Selfie stalemate. 

Regardless of my inner voices, these booties from Sole Society are super cute and all $100. So if you decide to not invest in the stock market today, you could invest in proper back and arch support and buy these shoes. Ok so I guess Shoe Me is winning now. 

 

 

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See, pretty good. Worth listening to your shoe self if you have one too. Shut up yes you do have one. 

Home Living

Free Workout Videos Online — FitnessBlender.com

August 12, 2015

Ok so I may be very behind the curve on this, but I recently discovered FitnessBlender.com and am slightly obsessed. For those of you who are thinking WTF is this shit, cool it. I promise I didn’t just make a website up.

Fitness Blender is an interweb page that has tons of free workout videos created by a husband/wife duo. You can select which areas you’d like to focus on — upper body, core, lower, etc. — then filter for what kind of exercise you prefer or are in the mood for — cardio, strength training, yoga — and more. I really like it because I’ve been a bit bored of my normal workouts lately and wanted to change things up a tad.

Now that I’ve changed things up with Fitness Blender, I’m sore as F and want y’all to be sore too. Misery loves company. 

I made Wilson Wilson and I did this video after a walk the other day –re: we walked around a few squares with a beer in hand — and afterwards he astutely observed, “That was hard.”

Well said, Wilson.

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Their expressions are a tad creepy, no? But don’t take that as an indication of the quality of their workout videos. They are fantastic and super easy to use — highly recommend. And no I did not receive a cut for promoting these. 

Ok enough talk about working out — let’s discuss something really interesting and worthwhile. What are you drinking right now? I’m drinking “coffee.”

Fashion and Beauty

Billy Reid Dress

August 3, 2015
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When I was in Charleston a few weekends ago I happened upon a Billy Reid boutique. A talented Southern designer, Billy Reid has some truly beautiful clothes, but wew those prices are ‘spensive. Luckily for me, ol’ Billy put some things on sale for me. I got this dress for $150, and you should too. But only if you’re in the market. 

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dress / shoes (on even bigger sale than before!) / necklace / lip stain

I think this will be a great transitional dress into the fall once Savannah decides to cool down a tad. But even amidst her 90-degree-heat, this dress is still great in this hot Savannah summer.

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Wilson took these photos of me in our square before we went on a date. Re: I actually had makeup on and my hair was somewhat clean. The initial conversation went a little something like this:

Me: Wilson, will you take some pictures of me in the square?

Wilson: What kind of pictures?

Me: Pictures of me in this dress so I can put it on the blog.

Wilson: Sure, can I bring my gin and tonic?

Me: Yes.

Wilson: Then just call me your gin and tonic photographer.

Me in my head: Ah yes, just what the world needs.

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Despite my G&T photog, I think he did a fine job. The model, now she could use some training!

Seriously. Why isn’t is 5 o’clock yet. Shit.

Home Living

Lamps Under $100

July 31, 2015

Ever get that itch to update something in your home? I’m constantly resisting to scratch this itch, but if you must scratch, then scratch wisely. An easy way to give your home an affordable refresh is to switch out older lamps. Here are some of my favorites and they are all under $100…

 

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Happy Friday!
Fashion and Beauty

Weekend Outfits

July 27, 2015
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This past weekend I traveled to Charleston for my best friend Ashton’s bachelorette party, which was just a lovely time. Charleston is so beautiful and it has been awhile since I’ve spent some quality time with its great shopping and delicious food.

I posted the above photo on Instagram that got a few requests for some outfit details, so I figured I’d let you know wassup.

I snagged this crop top and shorts in Zara while traveling in Spain, but both pieces are sold out now unfortunately. But don’t worry, they have some super similar stuff in stock and it’s on sale right now. Woot. And so are the shoes!


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Similar top / similar shorts / sandals / clutch old, similar here

This is what Take #1 looked like. Snort.

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Ah, the difference of what real life looks like versus what we post to Instagram. 

Here’s my Saturday pool bathing suit combo. I bought this bathing suit top for major sale on Shopbop and paired with my go-to bikini bottoms from J. Crew. Because they are black you’d never know they aren’t actually a set. My own form of magic. 

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top / bottoms / flip flops / nail polish

And then because you can’t go to Charleston and not snap annoying iPhone photos of your food, here’s some of those as well.

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Brunch at The Rarebit. Twas quite delicious. This was the special breakfast sandwich of the day — English muffin, two fried eggs, bacon, caramelized onions, fig jam, and Gruyere cheese with a side of potatoes. It was terrific. 

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Drinks at Husk. This was a “Blinker” — it’s not on the cocktail menu, but you must request it because its amazing. Vodka, grapefruit juice, club soda, St. Germain, and something else that I cannot remember.

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Lovely little cheese plate.

All in all, it was a most successful weekend and I loved celebrating my best friend of 14 years. Old friends are the best friends. 

Fashion and Beauty

Save & Splurge: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 17, 2015

Happy freakin’ Friday! Hallejuah. We made it. Congrats.

Today is the first day of the fantastic Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom, and I’ve been waiting for this sale to purchase some new boots for the fall. Boots are a very tricky thing to buy — I really do wear all of my boots all of the time so I don’t mind spending a little bit more money on them, but these “save” options are nearly identical to the more expensive ones. Regardless, they are all on mega-sale and would be great purchases.

 

 

Save & Splurge: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
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Buying boots in the off-season (and on sale) is a good way to save some monies. If you need new boots, now is the time to buy them. Planning is key. 
Have a fabulous weekend in your new boots.
Home Living

Recycled Wall Plates

July 15, 2015
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Howdy!

It’s been awhile since Wilson and I completed any real updating to our little apartment, but this past weekend we decided to be adults and do adult things. Like, do laundry. And change the air filter.

And — hang plates on wallsThe pinnacle of maturity. You know you are an adult when you think, instead of using this to for food, let’s hang this plate on a wall. 

Remember these white plates from my master bedroom wall in Charlotte? I bought them for $5 a piece at Sleepy Poet, my long lost Queen City BFF. They’ve been stuck under my bed for the past year because I couldn’t decide where to hang them.

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But I found a place. They now flank a map in our living room. And I have to say, they look like they belong.

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 I love symmetry and these plates satiate my OCD in the best way possible.

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And because I liked the way I’d arranged my coffee table on this particular day, here’s a photo of that too.

So, what do you have in your house that you can recycle to use again? If you buy things you love, you’ll always find a place to put them. Even $5 white plates.

How to Speak Southern

Lowcountry Boil in the Lowcountry

July 9, 2015
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The past weekend we hosted some of our best friends for the 4th of July, and we had quite a fantastic time. Savannah is, by nature, a party town, and we did ol’ girl justice. And then some.

Everyone arrived Thursday night, which I assumed would be our “laid back” night where we would go to bed early in preparation for the next day’s festivities.

Not so much.

We stayed out past 3AM — which I never do because I am a grandma old soul — at a local dive bar singing to the jukebox and playing “darts.” And by darts I mean I threw some darts at the wall, none of which hit or stayed on the dart board. Now that is talent. 

Our weekend was extremely celebratory, to say the least, and I absolutely loved it.

No perfect weekend is complete without the ultimate denouement, and ours was wrapped perfectly, or I should say boiled perfectly, in the form of a Lowcountry Boil. With Chef Wilson at the helm, all of us washed and chopped and peeled and then threw the ingredients into a few big pots and voila! We made a Lowcountry Boil, made all the more authentic by the camaraderie and drunkenness that went in to it.

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This is the type of picture you get when you are trying to balance the camera in one hand and a gin and tonic in the other. But you get the idea.

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The spread. It was nothing fancy, just simple and fun.

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The photos leave a bit to be desired I’ll admit, but what’s a gal to do when she’s had a few too many but wants to document the deliciousness in front of her? She takes the pictures anyway, dammit.

 The recipe for our Lowcountry Boil is below, I hope you’ll make it this weekend just as overserved as we were.

Lowcountry Boil Recipe

4 pounds small red potatoes

Pot of water

1 bag of crab boil seasoning

4 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning

2 pounds kielbasa or hot smoked link sausage, cut into 1½-inch pieces

6 ears of corn, halved

4 pounds large fresh shrimp, leave peel on 

2 Vidalia onions, quartered

Cocktail sauce

Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Put the crab boil seasoning in the water. Once the water is boiling, throw the potatoes in. Then wait a little bit, (don’t you like how exact I am?) then throw the onions in. Then the sausage and corn.

Once the potatoes are soft and the onions are translucent, drop in the shrimp and let them cook until they are pink and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain thoroughly (this step will require two hands, so set your drink down please) and then put into a serving dish. Add a generous helping of Old Bay to the LC Boil and toss so that each part is thoroughly covered. Serve with cocktail sauce.

Serves 12 people

Fashion and Beauty

Investment Piece of the Month: Mario Badescu

July 1, 2015

It’s been quite some time since I’ve given you the scoop on what I invest in. My bad.

Besides my 401k, I do tend to splurge on invest in facial cream. No, I do not absolutely need expensive facial cream but I do love it. And my face loves it back. I take some things at face value. I pun.

Facial creams are a dime a dozen these days, and it is quite difficult to break through the clutter to find the one that works for you. So I’d recommend trying a couple. I’ve tried plenty in my ripe young age, and usually switch what I’m using every six months or so — not necessarily because the current cream doesn’t work, but because I want to try something new. Variety is the spice of life?

The only facial cream I’ve used for more than six consecutive months is Mario Badescu. I was first introduced to my dear friend Mario from this guest post on The SoGood, but I was appalled at the price and therefore did not give him another thought. But then a few months later Mario Badescu was featured on Gilt Groupe, and so I decided to try it. I started with the daily Collagen Moisturizer, the Herbal Hydrating Serum, and the Caviar Night Cream. Now keep in mind the prices on Gilt were almost 50% off so I didn’t spend as much moolah as I would have full price, but honestly, it doesn’t matter. This stuff is the bomb.com.

 

Mario Badescu Skin Care

 

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During the winter when my face is particularly desert-like, I’ll wash my face and apply the Caviar Night cream and then the Serum on top of it, which my face just drinks up. You could say this is happy hour for my face. 

 

After I fell in love with the daily moisterizer, serum, and night cream, I then sprung for the full Anti-Aging Kit and Almond & Honey Face Scrub, and I love both too. The Anti-Aging kit is a pretty good deal — it includes a cleanser, toner, smaller moisturizer, collagen mask (which I put on once a week, much to Wilson’s chagrin) and some cooling eye cream for $30. Not terrible. 

 

 So if you are in the market for a new facial skincare regimen, Mario Badescu is my go-to, and could be yours too. Your face deserves a happy hour.