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Cyber Funday

November 30, 2015

Online shopping is the greatest gift and curse to any shopaholic for obvious reasons. The convenience, expediency and ability to sip wine while shopping clearly makes it by and large much more fun and valuable to society than shopping in person. And with the gift of free shipping and returns, the world is at your fingertips.

I think Cyber Monday is what Charles Dickens was referring to when he wrote, It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Before you go nuts on the internet buying up every possible deal you can (and there are plenty), remember these rules:

1. Remember your Christmas gift list. Before buying something for yourself, think about the gifts you need to buy for others. Should you be allocating your money to those gifts instead? Or conversely, if the item is a gift, will the recipient really enjoy said item or is it just a good deal and you are being a cheap ass?

2. Do you need this item? Obviously you don’t really ever need anything, but if your leather boots are looking more like something that belongs in a cattle ranch as opposed to at a casual brunch, that would be something you “need.” If you have three other pairs of leather boots already, you’re probably good to go. No need to be gluttonous. 

3. Which leads me to the third point — do you have something like this already? Or if the item is a gift, does the recipient have something like this already? Don’t let the good deals get in the way of smart purchasing.

Ok now we’ve gotten that boring BS out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff. All of these items are great deals and would be perfect Christmas gifts for the special gal in your life or as a treat yoself moment.

 

Cyber Monday Sales

 

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Clearly I have booties on the brain. I bought those pointy-toed booties already ($63!) and the PJ set, both of which I’ve been eyeing for a bit. I’ll let you know how they work out. 

Sales to remember:

J.Crew 30% off everything and 40% off all the J.Crew items in this collage as well as some great other stuff too. Code MONDAY.

Shopbop up to 25% off with code GOBIG15.

Nordstrom has great sales and extra 25% off select items too.

Happy shopping!

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Christmas Gift Idea #1 — Driving Moccasins

November 17, 2015

The holidays are almost upon us, and planning ahead for gift giving is key for staying on budget. And for staying in your loved ones’ good graces. 

One shoe that every self-respecting lady (and gentleman) must have is a driving moccasin, and they also turn out to be an easy Christmas gift too. Driving moccasins are one of life’s greatest inventions as they are the equivalent of pajama jeans in terms of comfort except kosher to wear in public and — bonus! — fashionable. Pajama jeans obviously do not fit into either of the latter categories. While primarily more casual, driving mocs are not just for driving — these shoes fit right in at home, work, or out on the town. Chameleons for your feet. 

But don’t buy just any driving moccasins for your loved one… why not design them yourself? Pick the color of the suede, stitching, and tread through M. Gemi, a fantastic Italian shoemaker. They are a tad pricey — $198 — but I think this would make a great Christmas gift.

 

Custom Moccasin - M.Gemi


shoes

M. Gemi has a great selection of shoes — love these, these and these — so go on and poke around. They make good quality items that transcend seasons and trends, which is always a good thing.

And for the man in your life, Wilson loves these driving shoes. On sale! Great color leather and very comfortable per ol’ Wilson.

More gift ideas coming soon. I’m now trotting off to find a mimosa to pour in my coffee mug. Wish me luck. 

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Patagonia Sale

October 1, 2015

Grab those credit cards and get online fast because Patagonia is having a very rare sale on some of its best selling apparel. I am obsessed with my pullover and wear it all the time, and when Wilson let me know one similar to it was on sale, I practically squealed with delight.

Here are some of my favorite picks for this sale:

 

Patagonia Sale

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Patagonia, while an expensive brand, has excellent quality clothes and a killer return policy. If a piece of Patagonia clothing you own is worn or torn, all you have to do is contact Patagonia and then return it and they will send you a new item. Brands like Patagonia that stick by their product are just the best. Why can’t everyone be this way?  So if you are looking for a great winter vest or jacket, look no further. You will keep whatever you buy from this sale for FOREVER.

Just sayin’.

Happy Thursday!

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The Perfect Bridesmaid Shoes

September 25, 2015

Happy Friday! Today I am in Raleigh for my best friend Ashton’s wedding weekend and could not be more thrilled. The celebrations begin in under an hour and I need to get my shit together and game face on, but first, here are the great shoes below I purchased for her wedding. She asked that the bridesmaids wear silver, so I went on the hunt for something that is inexpensive, good quality, and that I’ll wear again. I am very pleased with the end product.

 

Steve Madden Women's Stecy Sandals
These Steve Madden heels are fantastic and come in a myriad of colors, so if you are given the task of finding bridesmaids shoes like I was, look no further than this pair. Only $80!
And because I can’t post only about the shoes for Ashton’s wedding, I decided that a trip down memory lane was necessary to truly commemorate my gal on her special day. We’ve been best friends since we were 12 and boy have we racked up some memories together. We also went through quite a lengthy awkward phase together, and that stuff can really bond two people together. Readers, I hope you enjoy. Ashton, I’m sorry I’m not sorry. At least you aren’t awkward now, can’t say the same about myself. 
high school
Ah the peak of our awkwardness. Such a special time in our lives. Who knew Jessica McClintoch dresses could be made any uglier, but indeed we found a way. Ashton, I can wear a ribbon around my neck tomorrow if you’d like. Seems very fetching. 
virgin islands
Our romantic vacation with my parents.
before college
Wew that hair cut.
freshman year
The freshman 15.
frat house
ashton and wilson 1
 When we convinced Wilson that Ashton’s shirt was actually his shirt and that it fit really well.
ashton and wilson
It didn’t fit.
us in nyc
The hottest trip to NYC ever.
fball game
Before we understood the glories of sunless tanner.
us in car seats
When we forgot to bring chairs to a tailgate so we used a car seat instead.
me ashton and street
When we decided we’d let Street into our duo.
my wedding
Ashton my pet, you are the best friend a girl could ask for. You are one of the kindest, sweetest, most loyal people I’ve ever known, and I am so grateful you’re my best friend. I am so happy for you that you found your new best friend because he’s simply the best. Love you forever and always. 
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Travel Essentials

September 17, 2015

This Friday I’m traveling to NYC for a girls’ weekend and I could not be more excited. The weekend’s events will surely hold all of the events that basic bitches do: go to long dinners, drink mimosas at brunch, shop, gossip, and drink some more. NYC is one of my most favorite cities in the world so I am excited not only to visit the Big City in all of her glory, but I also haven’t seen these friends in far too long and it will be a lovely reunion.

In preparation of my quick trip, I decided to pull together a peek inside my travel bag. I hate lugging around a heavy bag and try to keep my carry-on tote to the bare essentials to save my shoulder. It’s also a lot more difficult to carry a cocktail around the airport with a bag full of shit. See below for what I consider are can’t-do-withouts on a plane. Cocktails not included. 

 

Travel Essentials

 

ipad holderipad /  headphones / charger / backpack / socks / zippered tote / roll-on perfume / lip gloss / luggage tag / passport cover

 

This zippered tote is a great find and a great price. There are other similar ones out there, but this one is good quality and not too expensive. Plus that zipper is clutch. And for heaven’s sake, don’t forget your socks. Cold feet on an airplane is such a bad way to start a trip. #amiright ?

 

An aside about friends and visiting them: it is frightening how fast life moves these days. I swear it was April last week. Because I live in Savannah and don’t have my best friends and family at my fingertips like I used to, I have to put forth a lot more effort to make sure a) I know what is going in everyone’s lives and b) they don’t forget about me. DON’T FORGET ABOUT MEEEEEE. I booked this NYC trip on a bit of a whim and am so glad I did it. Being committed to those you love most (and who love you in return) pays dividends far more valuable than those accrued in your investment account. Just a thought on this Thursday… 
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Currently Coveting

September 9, 2015

Ah Wednesday. You’re such a tricky little minx. Not quite the beginning, not quite the end, and you take forever to get to 5 o’clock. Sometimes I want to punt Wednesday in the face. 

I’m in rare form today. Dangerous. 

Moving on. Apparently the new “thing” this year is strappy flats, and I must admit, I do enjoy them quite a bit. Here’s a pair from Zara for $70. What do you think?

Zara flats

 shoes

Cute right? Yes Mom I know they look like my old ballet shoes. That’s probably why I like them.

Wilson don’t worry I haven’t bought them because I am on a spending freeze. Yet. Why am I always on a spending freeze? 

Can you tell I need some wine? Sheesh

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How To: DIY Jean Cut-Offs

September 4, 2015

As summer transitions into fall, now is always a good time to take inventory of your closet. What did you wear all the time? What did you not touch? What looks stupid and you wonder why you bought it in the first place?

Cleansing your closet of your bad clothing purchases can be refreshing and motivating. And I highly recommend it. 

But before you give away any jeans, consider this — could they become jorts instead of jeans?

I asked myself this very question with a great pair of distressed jeans that I loved, but had become too distressed — i.e. I accidentally put my foot through the designer “hole” in the mid-thigh of the jeans, changing the designer hole from tastefully placed to inappropriate and unsightly.  Not a good look. But instead of giving away the jeans, I got crafty. I pulled out the sharpest scissors I had and got to work.

How to Cut Your Jeans to Make Jorts

Bear with me now. This is not the DIYs you see on HGTV. This is down and dirty.

1. Try your jeans on, and when looking in the mirror, estimate the length you want your shorts to be. Then take a ballpoint pen and make a teeny mark on the side seam of the jeans — I said teeny!

2. Take off your jeans and put some other pants on. This is not a pants-less activity. Wilson that means you too. 

3. Get a ruler (who am I kidding, I used my thumb) and measure 2 1/2 inches (you can always do 3 to be on the safe side) beneath your pen mark. From there, take your pair of scissors and begin cutting in as straight of a line as possible. Doesn’t have to be perfect, I’ll share why later. Keep your cut parallel to the top seam of the jeans as a point of reference to keep your line straight.

4. Put on your jorts. They will be much longer than you want them, but here’s the trick — flip up the raw edge of the jeans at about a half an inch in thickness, and then roll the seam twice to your desired length. If you’re feeling particularly bold, you can roll three times for shorter shorts, or if you’d like a little bit of room you can just roll them twice. You can adjust and tweak with the rolling part to achieve the perfect length for your jorts.

5. If you’d like a little bit of fray to your jorts, you can throw them through the washer/dryer and the raw edge will naturally fray a tad. You can trim the fray as it becomes unruly if necessary.

6. Admire your handiwork and how much money you just saved by creating your very own jorts!

 

against the gate

 I don’t like my jorts too short, so I just flipped up the raw edge once.

trying not to laugh

 Trying not to laugh here as Wilson gives me artistic direction: “Can you relax? You look so awkward.”

looking down

jorts up close

You get the idea.

w bird

 And because the real model in the family is obviously the dog, Birdie wanted to be a part of the photo shoot.

dog model

She is a total natural in front of the camera, unlike her mother.

birdie

kisses

Sloppy kisses from The Bird.

pookie

 Her serious face. She is committed to her craft.

square

 Happy Labor Day weekend from Savannah! Try making some jorts this weekend — if you mess them up, who cares. You were going to give them away anyway!

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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. 

 

 

Booties

 

 

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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. 

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Billy Reid Dress

August 3, 2015

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.

dress

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.

lamp post

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.

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Weekend Outfits

July 27, 2015

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!


four of us

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

This is what Take #1 looked like. Snort.

take 1

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. 

pool outfit details

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.

brunch

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. 

delish drink

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.

cheese plate from husk

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.