Fashion and Beauty

Tweed Rain Boots

September 26, 2016

Happy Monday. And happy fourth day of fall. I am not one of those peeps that freaks out over fall because of the sweater + pumpkin spice latté season, but it is nice to look forward to lower temperatures. You know, the days when you walk outside and sweat doesn’t immediately bead up on your face and your glasses fog up from the humidity so much so that you can’t see. Real life in Savannah. 

It’s not that I’m anti-fall, it’s just… why do we have to dress like the leaves on the trees in order to be in-season? Why do I need to wear a burnt orange sweater to be considered fall-ish? I don’t want to look like a pumpkin. Or a tree whose leaves are dead. Or a bale of hay, for that matter. What if I want to wear periwinkle? What if I want to dress like a piña colada instead of a PSL? Who doesn’t love a good piña colada?

Just sayin’.

Nevertheless, I saw these boots online and thought they were pretty darn acceptable. Fall in love. Or not, whatever. 



buy them here

I think these would be acceptable in a non-rain situation as well as a rainy one. I like a boot that can be flexible, and these are flexible and only $45. Good deal. 

Our trip to Naxos is coming to SST later this week, stay tuned…

photo credit: joe fresh

How to Speak Southern

Athens, Greece

September 20, 2016

Wilson and I returned from our Grecian holiday a little over a week ago, and wow what a trip it was. 10 days of bliss in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Truly, if you have the opportunity to go to Greece, go. Now.

Looking back, it’s hard to believe a place as gorgeous as Greece even exists.

Because I received a lot of questions about our itinerary from our trip to Spain last year, I’ll try to do a better job at describing our itinerary from Greece as well as our accommodations and activities so you’ll be more in the know. And so that one day when I’m old I can go back and read this and remember. 

Our trip began with a quick overnight stay in Athens. I received a lot of feedback about Athens from people who had visited — that it was a big, dirty city, to not stay there for very long, that I most likely wouldn’t be very impressed by it — and I can understand why. But for me, I love two things: 1) a big city and 2) history, so I actually loved Athens. We only stayed there for one night, but I could have easily stayed for another because I loved the history of the city so much. But if you are not high on history or busy cities, one night in Athens will be more than enough for you.

We stayed at the New Hotel, which was wonderful — centrally located, reasonably priced, and beautifully decorated. The room was small, but clean and the bed was super comfortable. Highly recommend. The hotel also has a rooftop restaurant with a view of the Acropolis that is perfect for drinks before dinner.

We flew straight into Athens, landed in the morning and then checked into our hotel for a quick nap before our afternoon tour of the city. Personally I was super jet lagged and groggy, but after an espresso or three I was back in no time. The miracles of concentrated doses of caffeine. 

Our private walking tour of Athens (booked through our travel agent) went through the Plaka, the oldest part of Athens with narrow streets and beautiful row homes, and climbed higher and higher until we reached the Acropolis. Again, because I love history, this was one of the parts of the trip that I was looking forward to most, and it certainly did not disappoint. After all, how could one of the oldest and most sought after destinations in the world let you down?


Our climb to the Acropolis through the Plaka.


The view from halfway up to the Acropolis.


Finally at the top.



So handsome.


I tried to focus on looking up as opposed to down…


The Parthenon in all her glory. I absolutely loved this… History nerd.


Our travel buddies.







There were amazing homes right next to the Acropolis — can you imagine looking out of your window and seeing the Parthenon every day? — and these were the gates to one of the home’s side garden.


This is the Acropolis Museum, dedicated to all things Acropolis and where a large amount of actual remaining pieces of the Acropolis are safely stored. I highly recommend a quick jaunt around — you’ll see some interesting pieces of the Acropolis that are protected from the elements in here and the museum also has a great cafe that is perfect for a quick cup of coffee (or drink) if you need a resting spot that includes AC. The museum’s restaurant also has a large outdoor area that apparently can get quite happening on weekends.



Some bros inside the museum. At this point I was taking a seat on the ledge near the windows to rest and my travel partners were weary of my picture taking so I took one of some strangers. Hello tank-top-clad strangers. 


Two more bros with the Acropolis in the background.


red dress

That evening we went to Dionysus for dinner, which was just so lovely. Food was delicious and the view was bar-none — we had a panoramic view of the Acropolis, which is elegantly lit at night. The Greeks know how to do it right.

After Athens, we went to Naxos, part of the Greek isles, and then Santorini, which needs no definition at all. More to come…

Home Living

Paint Colors Are Difficult

August 26, 2016

I think it’s a safe assumption when I say I’m not alone in despising the choice of a wall paint color. It’s such a commitment — so many variables to consider and what if you don’t like it!? Such a nightmare.

Because I believe in surrounding myself with people much smarter than myself, I enlisted the help of my dear friend Addison and asked her for three things: one really great white wall color and two really great gray wall colors.

She answered immediately: Farrow & Ball Shadow White, Farrow & Ball Hardwick White, and Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. Boom. Done.

all three

Shadow White / Hardwick White / Gray Owl

(They all look super similar in this picture, but they are really very different in reality. Shadow White is a super rich white with a hint of gray, Hardwick White is a beautiful light gray with no traces of any other colors in it, and Gray Owl is a light, airy gray laced with light blue — very spa-like.) 

I then did some quick research on each of these colors and quickly realized the Farrow & Ball choices were incredibly cost prohibitive for my teeny tiny budget. F&B colors are stunning, but holy crap are they ridiculously expensive. Like the cost of mortgage payment ridiculous. And depending on how many walls you have/how big they are, it could equal the cost of several mortgage payments. Cue Wilson’s cardiac arrest. 

So instead of giving Wilson even more gray hair than I already do on a daily basis, I asked our painters if they would be able to mix the paints, and sure enough Sherwin Williams was able to mix the paints to almost exactly the same color, and for a fraction of the price. I’m sure it isn’t perfect, but neither am I, so who cares. Birdie is perfect though. 

Per Addison’s instruction, I painted nearly the entire house Shadow White and I absolutely love it. I would name my firstborn child Shadow White if that were socially acceptable and my parents and in laws wouldn’t disown me. The walls are an eggshell finish, the trim is semi-gloss, and the ceiling is painted egg shell at half strength. This last part is very important to note — there is a natural shadow on any ceiling, so mixing the wall color to half strength makes it lighter and will appear to be the same color as the walls because of that natural shadow thing. Or something scientific like that. Anyway it’s important to remember so that when your painters paint the ceilings double strength you can tell them they did it wrong. Like this:


Pretty, but wrong.


Wrong again.





Beautiful picture of the scaffolding.


Our dining room. We painted this Hardwick White in semi-gloss on the walls and the trim, and then Shadow White in half strength on the ceiling. I loveeeeeeee the trim and walls painted all the same color — looks saturated and modern. Or as Wilson said, “New, but old and updated.” Oh really, do tell me more.

Finished products (you’ve seen these already but now pay close attention to the wall color please):




I’d like to also point out that Birdie matches the walls and most of the furniture too. Because, again, she is perfect. 

I can’t show you the bedroom quite yet because she’s not done and doesn’t want to be shown off until she has all of her makeup on — sounds like my mother who has never gone out of the house without her lipstick — but let me tell you, Gray Owl is just so perdy. Very peaceful and zen. I’ll show you the master bedroom soon enough… Now on to my midday rosé. I love that that rhymes.

Happy Friday everyone!

Home Living

Life Down the Street

August 1, 2016

Thanks to the help of my mother in law and some of the happiest movers I’ve ever met, Wilson and I have moved into our new home. Louise, thank you so much. You are a saint. 

As often noted, moving is one of the most stressful occasions you’ll experience in life, and this one was stressful, but not as much as our last one, where we packed up everything and moved across three states to a place we’d been to twice. #blessed #not

But moving is much like renovating a house — both are decisions you make because you conveniently forget just how mentally and physically taxing it is, glossing over the fact that, for all intents and purposes, you live like a complete crazy person for a matter of weeks, or months, or years, depending on the magnitude of said projects.

In our case, both the move and the renovation were relatively small in the grand scheme of things, thankfully so, but I did forget how annoying it is to be without things that keep your life going for weeks on end — like a washing machine, or a tv, or wireless.

We just got TV again after two weeks of being without, and here’s how that time lapse of no TV went:

Day 1: We are totally fine without TV. It’s so nice not having it, you know we turn that thing on for no reason sometimes.

Day 2: I really love having no tv, the peace and quiet is so soothing. I feel so relaxed.

Day 4: Let’s put on some music, I’ve got a really great indie playlist.

Day 6: Wilson, do you have any rap on your Spotify?

Day 9: Wilson, do we have a radio? Could you stream from your car?

Day 11: Birdie, why won’t you talk to me?

Day 12: Wait, what month is it? When is July 4th?

Day 14: Wilson, Birdie just responded to me!

You get the picture. I’d really love to think that I’m intellectually elevated enough that I don’t need to watch TV to be entertained, but I’ve been humbled by the realization that I’m like any other American — disappointingly and disgustingly addicted to television. If I watch Jeopardy, can I still be smart?


The house is coming along nicely — Wilson and I keep inviting people over so that we have a deadline to do things, otherwise we’d be living in squalor for an unacceptably long amount of time. This past weekend we hosted a BYOC party — bring your own chairs — because we don’t have any dining room chairs. #BYOC16 was a huge success, especially because one guest donated two chairs to our cause.

Here’s some sneak peeks of the living room and dining room — neither of which are completed, but progress is progress and it should be celebrated. Oh and also I haven’t posted in four weeks and am no longer considered a blogger. Which isn’t such a bad thing. 


 My model brought her own props.


I am really digging this little nook.



 My new bowl from Cents and Sensibilities, a lovely antique and consignment store in Savannah.


Recycled goodies from homes prior.


Hide rug was on sale from Cotswold Marketplace in Charlotte.

When we moved in, one of the painters who was working on the upstairs asked me if it was a lion rug. No. 



Dining room, modeled by Birdie.

That table was $250 from Craigslist, thanks to Wilson. You is kind, you is smart, you is important. 


New sideboard from Clutter, a fantastic store in Savannah with a hodge podge of goodies just waiting for a new home. It’s the type of store that you start sneezing in immediately upon entering. Never trust any antique store if it doesn’t make you sneeze. 

Lamps were on sale from Number Four Eleven, another Savannah shop I’m obsessed with.


I stole those leaves from a neighbor. Just some friendly pruning… Don’t mind me… 

So, what do you think? I think I need a drink. Stat. Who’s with me?

Home Living

House Update

June 28, 2016

Oh hello. It’s been a crazy four weeks since we last checked in. My conversations with Wilson now go like this:

Me: Wilson I got 10% off the sconces for the downstairs vanity.

Wilson: Awesome! How much were they?

Me: $300.

Wilson: No no no no. Anna you have to take those back.

Three weeks ago:

Me: I think brushed brass is going to be perfect for the master bath. I love it.

Wilson: Why can’t you just like chrome?

Me: Because I don’t.

Wilson: I’m getting very agitated.

Me: Why?

Wilson: Because you are so expensive.

A week later:

Me, on the way to work, calling Wilson: Wilson, what do you think if we wallpapered the dining room above the chair rail?

Wilson: What the hell? No. We already ordered the paint. Where are you getting these ideas from?

Me: My head.

Wilson: I’ve gotta call you back. You are so expensive.

And then, last night around 2:45 a.m.:

Me: WILSON! Did Craig [the contractor] call you back?

Wilson: zzzzzzzzzz

Me: WILSON!!!!!


Me: Did Craig call you back!?


As always, poor Wilson. Hehe. 

I’ve been the queen of decision making lately, which I’m quite proud of as that is not one of my strengths. Waffling for months over an infinitesimal detail, now that is my specialty. We’ve picked out almost everything — fixtures, tile, paint colors, etc. — for the remodel. I just can’t wait for everything to come together, because right now it looks like a royal mess. There is a saw horse (is that a thing? Am I making that up?)  where our bed should go, floor is missing from part of the hallway, oh and we JUST got walls. So we’ve got some work to do. And our original date of moving in July 1 has long gone out the window as I anticipated. We’ll be lucky if we get in here in a few weeks, let alone the end of the month. Oy.

Anywho, here’s a quick scroll down reno memory lane to get you up to speed on all the craziness that has been going on these past few weeks:


Look! The ugly ass smoky mirrors are down from our master bathroom walls! The only problem is that they are sitting in our master bedroom. Note to self: sanitize that area where those mirrors are resting EXTREMELY WELL before moving in. Sick.


The beginning of demo of the master bathroom. Goodbye nasty jacuzzi tub. No one will miss you.


THAT TOILET! Oy vey. Goodbye, so long, get the F outta my house.


Demo of guest bathroom. We moved the entrance wall quite a bit back so the bathroom will be smaller, but this way we can have two guest rooms. All about compromise.


Initial construction of the wall that will make one oddly long room back into two guest bedrooms.


Before we demo’ed the laundry room. This tiny closet with room for only stackable washer dryer units will transform into a larger room with space for the washer and dryer to live happily side by side. Hallejuah. 


Look! Beginnings of a master shower! This is Wilson’s piece de resistance with two shower heads. I’m a bit nervous he may never get out of the shower. Ever. And for those of you who know him well, you’ll know this is a legitimate concern. 


And now moving downstairs…

The wall came down! There was this odd wall divider (that didn’t go all the way to the ceiling, strangely enough) on the jut out in the kitchen cabinets. Hims gone and I’m thrilled. And this is exactly the way the kitchen will look moving forward (or for as long as I can stand it) so get used to it people.


The living room looking into the dining room — it’s truly amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do to a place. Like I said, this house had great bone structure initially, so she’s really coming along with some beautiful paint colors chosen by the ever-talented Addison Kon. More to come on those later… But in the meantime, check her stuff out. She’s fantastic.


The dining room — we added that chair rail and painted the whole room — wall and trim — a creamy gray in semi-gloss. I’m obsessed. The chandelier is supposed to be hung later this week… It’s like Christmas in July…


Pony tail game strong to quite strong.



 The living room — nothing new in here but four can lights and new paint, and wow what a difference that made. I’m so excited to see how this space progresses.

And just because we’re in the midst of a semi-ridiculous renovation of our new house does not mean that Wilson and I have slowed our social pace down. Heavens no. Last weekend we went to a stunning wedding of some great friends and had a grand ol’ time:


dress / shoes

I scored this dress at a major major sale at The Poole Shop in Charlotte — if you are local, I’d highly recommend because they’ve got some really high-end pieces on uber sale. I’d never pay full price for this dress (it’s more than some people’s rent) but it was on sale on sale on sale.

At the wedding I was asked several times if I still write this blog, to which my response was, I don’t really know. Haha. I don’t have as much free time as I used to and often feel like the posts I do write are lackluster and uncreative — boooo — but I have to say, I was truly flattered that people even cared or remembered about dear ol’ SST. So, I’ll try to do better, and thank you to those who’ve asked where the hell I’ve been. Made me feel the warm and fuzzies. 

Home Living

And Just Like That…

May 24, 2016

We’re homeowners again. Woot!

Wilson and I have been working on an off-market sale of a gorgeous townhome on the same block as our current apartment for a few months now, and we just closed on the home last week.

Here’s the beauty in all of her little glory here:


Isn’t she just the cutest?

Now of course all I have to show you are terrible cell phone pictures, but I promise I’ll do a better job of illustrating what a lovely home it is. She’s got beautiful bone structure. However, she needs some work. Don’t we all. 


 Birdie and her lazy ass sit. 


 Fashion by Wilson. 


 The master. No we will not be leaving the purple walls. 


 Look at that sweet little Bird. 

Wilson and I are starting a mini-renovation of the home this week that will last into July, which means it’ll probably extend into 2018. We all know how these things go. But we move in by July 1, which means I at least need some electricity and running water by then. After our last renovation, I really understood what the Jungle Book means with the whole Bare Necessities thing. Bear? Whatever you know what I mean. 

As far as the extent of the renovation, we’re gutting the two upstairs bathrooms and downstairs vanity, painting the house (besides the kitchen, don’t even get me started on that thing), putting up a wall to make one larger room into two smaller bedrooms, and redoing some of the light fixtures to give them a little refresh. Nowhere near the extent or stress — or gray hairs — of Dartmouth, but needless to say I’m sure I’ll be visiting the hairdresser more often to cover those that do appear. Noel get ready.

I’m excited to share this exciting, stressful, and rewarding journey with all 15 of my followers — writing is my therapy, as is a strong gin and tonic — but here’s the thing: I actually need your help. Sometimes my interior decor tastes stray to the tacky and I only realize this after it’s all done, so I need you to stop me if something looks awful. Ok? Ok. Good talk. 

I have a lot of mixed emotions about this project — mostly nerves about doing this again, but I am happy to be able to customize and decorate an actual home. I’ve loved living in our apartment, but I felt like I could only go so far with making it my own. Cheers to the many beers, tears and sneers this reno will inevitably cause. 

And it’s on to the next one…

How to Speak Southern

Mother’s Day Gifts for Under $100

May 3, 2016

This Sunday is a revered day on the holiday calendar — Mother’s Day. We should all tell our mothers every day how special they are to us (love you Mom!) but this day is particularly special so you have to do it up right for your forever #number1fan.

Here’s an array of items and prices to choose from to make sure your mum feels uber loved.


Mother's Day Gifts for Under $100



one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine

Also, number 1, 3 and 9 are all an extra 25% off  with the code GETSHOPPING. So what are you waiting for? Time to tell Ma just how fabulous she is.

Happy Tuesday!

How to Speak Southern

Easy Recipe: Parmesan Lemon Asparagus

April 14, 2016

This recipe is so easy I feel almost embarrassed sharing this, but I’m always surprised at the things that I share that resonate with people, so I figure I’ll put this out anyways. Parmesan Lemon Asparagus is a super easy mid-week side that you can whip up in a hurry and still feel fancy when you eat it. I’m all about some mid-week fanciness. With spring finally here and in full bloom, you can get fresh asparagus just about anywhere, too.

Parmesan Lemon Asparagus

1 bunch of fresh asparagus, washed and with the ends popped off

1 T of olive oil

1 tsp of kosher salt

1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper

1 whole fresh lemon — halve the lemon and remove the seeds, setting one half aside; slice the other half into four slices

4 T of grated Parmesan (none of the fake stuff please)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the bunch of asparagus and pop the ends off (very important, the ends of asparagus are gross and tough). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange on the foil.

asparagus 1

 Add the olive oil, salt, pepper, and Parmesan and toss to coat. Spread the asparagus in an even layer.


asparagus 2

Squeeze reserved half of the lemon over the asparagus, and then arrange the four lemon slices on top. Pop in the oven and cook for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until the ends of the asparagus are slightly browned.

asparagus 3

Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

finished product

Pairs very well with a bottle glass of Malbec.

Fashion and Beauty

Shopbop 25% Off Sale

April 5, 2016

Hi! Despite the heartbreaking loss of our beloved Tar Heels, Wilson and I are surviving. I’m surviving because I’m eating some particularly delicious oatmeal, Wilson is surviving by most likely having a nip or two before lunch. 

But do not despair fellow Tar Heel fans — Shopbop’s annual Friends and Family sale is here! 25% off almost everything with the promo code INTHEFAM.

Here’s some of my favorite things:


Shopbop Sale

 one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten

There’s some really great stuff in this sale so poke around on your lunch break. You could find just what you need to brighten your spirits and your wardrobe.

How to Speak Southern

Let’s Catch Up

March 23, 2016
pool view

So it’s been a few weeks, hasn’t it? SST had some technical issues, and since I don’t know shit about the interworkings of the interweb things took awhile. My bad.

But we’re back now, everything’s good, and SST shouldn’t crash again anytime soon. Hopefully. 

Since it’s been a hot minute since we last spoke, I figured now is a good time to catch you up on my life. While I realize there are approximately five readers now that I’ve been offline for four weeks and hardly post anyways, just humor me. Yes Mom I’m talking to you. 

2016 has been a very kind year to the Jones family. Wilson and I have grown accustomed to Savannah, and have become quite fond of her quirks and idiosyncrasies. Because she does have many. 

This is my current situation, which has become another custom in our household (apologies for the crappy cell phone pics):

birdie in bed

Mother-daughter bonding time at its finest. As if Wilson and I weren’t already obsessed with this dog, our infatuation has taken on a new level of unhealthiness of late. Birdie is just a hop, skip and a week away from sleeping in our bed with her own Tempur-Pedic pillow.

half marathon

Wilson ran a 10k race recently and scored a personal record — he’s very speedy.

three of them

We also received a visit from my two most favorite people ever — my nieces. Here they are grilling Uncle Wilsie about the facts of life.


The funny thing about little people is that they rarely stop moving for a photo, and I often wonder how Anne Geddes got those babies to sit still for all of her photos, let alone wear flowers on their heads.

the edition

I went on an impromptu trip to Miami with some gal pals and we stayed at The Edition, which was uber swanky. This was one of the outdoor restaurants, which was entangled in a beautiful mess of bougainvillea.

la piagga2

This was taken on a leisurely afternoon at La Piaggia, which was a wonderful restaurant filled with chic people getting their Sunday Funday on. They were very serious about this activity. 


I visited my Mom and Grandmother in Orange Beach, Alabama — yes Alabama has a beach, and a beautiful one at that — and this was one of the sunsets.


Wilson and I have taken up a new hobby — drinking homemade margaritas. Recipe to come soon.

savannah morning

Birdie and I went on a sunrise tour of Savannah a few weeks ago and were very impressed with what we saw.

hi fans

Birdie would like to let all of her fans know that she misses them and is going to make me post pictures of her more often.

Happy Wednesday!