Archive for May, 2016

Date: May 31 2016

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Family, Fashion

Happy Tuesday! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a Life Lately post so here we go… there are a lot of pictures and this is not in a specific order…


We kicked of Spoleto season this weekend with two fun events. The first was Old Crow Medicine Show at the Cistern. We had dinner with our friends Charlotte and Haskell and husbands before the show. Excuse my one legged photo.



(I’m wearing this tee and these sandals)


The next night Josh and I went to the Spoleto Soiree at the new Dewberry Hotel downtown. It’s absolutely beautiful and ideally located! And the party was SO MUCH FUN.




And of course lots of family and friends time took place this weekend (+ a sleepover)…




I can’t believe I’m going back this far, but we went back to Harbour Island for a quick trip last month. So much fun!


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(I’m wearing this dress and these earrings)


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The Southern C Summit came to town and it was SO much fun! I spoke on a panel (I got to moderate!) with my blogging friends Grace, Liz (both pictured here), and Caroline about our experiences blogging and I think it went over really well.



(I’m wearing this dress and these shoes, this bag, and this laptop sleeve)


Beautiful tent lighting at the summit by Stray Dog Designs.




Fun group summit dinner at Little Jacks Tavern.




I wore this pink shirtdress with these rockstud sandals (also available here), and this bag one of the days of the summit.




One of the amazing Summit dinners at Fritz Porter with The Bad Bitches.




For Mother’s Day weekend we headed down to Palmetto Bluff for an extra long weekend with Josh’s parents. Pure bliss. I love it there so much.




(Wearing this cover up)




(Wearing this similar dress, this necklace, and these sandals)



(Wearing this swimsuit)


The kids were so excited b/c the locker rooms at the pool have pre-pasted toothbrushes. Really though, they were.




Oh, forgot to add this most amazing Southern C Summit dinner hosted by Tara Guerard. It was so beautiful. These two pics were taken by Lucy Cuneo.



(I’m wearing this dress and these shoes)


The party was featured on Vogue with some of Tara’s tips for summer entertaining tips if you want to check it out.




Here is my outfit so you can see it better – love this dress! And with these sandals and this bag.




We’ve been spending a lot of time in our pool.




And the porch.




I finished Emily Giffin’s new book (due out next month) called First Comes Love. It is so good! And I’m so excited that she’s coming to Charleston next month for a girl getaway event! I have read every single one of her books and she is honestly my favorite author. I’m thrilled to join her at the event and help open it up with a chat and interview! It will be so much fun. Check out all of the details and get your tickets right here!




Charleston’s jasmine is in full bloom and the city smells so sweet!




(Wearing these shorts and these sandals)


Cutest little pineapple chip and dip tray!




Fun boat day with friends for a special birthday.




My friend Lauren’s amazing new kitchen. I’m in love with it.




Stopped into Celadon and found this sweet display of our Real Simple home feature. That store is the best!!




My little yellow top, Theodosia tassel necklace, and elephant slide sandals.




These kids are pumped for summer break!



(Wearing this tee and these shorts)


And one more picture of my San Juan, PR trip that I forgot to include in recap post! This was our favorite spot.



(Wearing this cover up dress.)



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Happy Memorial Day! I’m sharing one of my outfits I wore while in San Juan, PR a week ago! When I saw this white popover shirt at J.Crew Factory I had to have it. I got it in navy last summer so now I have it in two colors. Such an easy top to throw on, and it’s only $30.





My gemstone necklace is on sale for $25!




I carried this raffia stripe tote bag the whole trip – great for hanging around or for the pool! And it’s only $30.




And these black crisscross sandals are the BEST! They’re so comfortable and also come in tan or gold. They’re only $25!!




My denim shorts are only $30 and really comfortable (you know how some denim shorts just are not?) and just long enough!




And the tortoise sunglasses are on sale for $15!





In honor of Memorial Day everything at J.Crew Factory is 50% off! So amazing. And don’t forget to enter to win the Summer Getaway Sweepstakes with JetBlue and J.Crew for a JetBlue Getaways trip for two plus a $1,000 J.Crew gift card to help you pack your bags! :)


white popover shirt, gemstone necklace, raffia tote,

denim shorts, black crisscross sandals, tortoise sunglasses


Photography by Gray Benko. Thank you to J.Crew Factory for partnering on this post.


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Date: May 28 2016

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Family, Fashion

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We have a Tropical Storm coming through Charleston so it looks like a lot of our plans will be shelved and swapped out for more indoor activities. Last night we had dinner at a friend’s house and then kicked of Spoleto season with the Old Crow Medicine Show concert at the Cistern. So beautiful. Tonight we are heading to the Spoleto Soiree at the new Dewbury Hotel downtown. So excited to see it!


As with all good holiday weekends there are some amazing sales happening around the web! Here are my favorites!!


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lily earrings, white top, otami art, pom basket, blue dress,

beach chair, table lamp, white ruffle dress, cork heels,

paisley dress, towel, tassel earrings, white dress, jeweled sandals



Furbish: 20% off with code “ALLTHETHING”.


J.Crew: 30% off with code “WEEKEND”.


Lele Sadoughi: 20% off with code “SUMMER20”.


Nordstrom: Up to 40% off.


One Kings Lane: So many blow out sales!


Serena & Lily: 20% off with code “HEREWEGO”.


Shopbop: So many amazing markdowns.


Tuckeruck: 20% off with code “HELLOWSUMMER”.


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Date: May 27 2016

Filed Under: Fashion

Happy Friday! LOVING this collage of pretty things so much. Especially that white paisley dress up top and the blue pleated dress down below!




paisley dress, white sandals, pink dress, camo dress, silk scarf dress,

ruffle top, blue floral dress, blue clutch, gingham dress, red dress,

blue pleated dress, palm skirt, black top, blue swirl dress


Gray wore that red dress during our trip and it is SO cute!! And isn’t that blue floral off the shoulder dress fun? I also really love that black top! Which are your favorites?



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Date: May 26 2016

Filed Under: Fashion

Nordstrom’s huge half yearly sale just started and it’s as fabulous as usual! So many great things – all up to 40% off! So many steals.


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white dress, black bag, scallop swimsuit, black sandals,

navy espadrilles, orange print shift, paisley top,

stripe linen dress, gold sandals, stripe tie dress, pinwheel tote,

pink bag, navy dress, white wedge sandals, red dress


Those Valentino sandals – yes please! And that red dress comes in a ton of colors and is so cute! And isn’t that orange print shift dress fun?


Check out the entire Nordstrom sale here!


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Date: May 26 2016

Filed Under: Fashion

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Back in early February I asked my friend Jess at Bare Beauty Blog to help me come up with a skincare regime that would be great for my skin. Not only is Jess THE go to girl for any green beauty question, but she’s also extremely knowledgable on cystic acne, which is something I’ve suffered on and off from for many, many years. While it’s been under control the last couple of years I’m very weary of trying new products. But considering that I’m getting older, plus the desire to use cleaner and safer products, I knew it was time to make a change.


Since Jess knows about acne prone skin (and is a green beauty expert) I knew she’d be the one to trust. She recently shared this on her blog…


“After having near-perfect skin my entire life, I went off the pill, turned 30 and had a miscarriage, and soon after, I was plagued with out-of-nowhere hormonal cystic acne. It covered my cheeks, and each boil had it’s own throbbing heartbeat. My face hurt, and my confidence took a real beating, too. I wasn’t excited to go out anymore, and I didn’t even want my husband to see me without my makeup on. I tried so many different skin care lines, and many were great, but none totally rectified the problem. My dermatologist (whom I love) recommended a number of prescription medications, but I refused to subject myself to harsh, dangerous chemicals, plus I was trying to become pregnant, so that was not at all an option for me.”


“Fast forward: after 2.5 years of constant cystic acne, I was getting desperate. I cut out dairy (which does work wonders), and I even (begrudgingly) went back on the Pill. It still wasn’t enough. Just when I was about to lose hope, Kevin from True Botanicals reached out to me and offered to send some samples of their new Advanced Anti Aging Kit for Blemish Prone Skin. It sounded too good to be true; products that fight both the first signs of aging as well as acne. I grilled poor Kevin on the ingredients in each product; I think we talked on the phone for almost two hours one day! I decided to give True Botanicals a try. Two weeks later, my skin started to clear. A month later, my acne was…gone. That was over 1.5 years ago. I’ve since gone back off the Pill, and my skin is still totally clear.”




Amazing, right? Now, it’s worth noting that I’ve seen Jess in all these stages (we used to bump into each other at the dermatologist here in Charleston!). Today her face is clear and beautiful. In fact, while we were at our annual girl retreat in Kiawah this past February I couldn’t stop staring at her amazing skin. So I asked her for help finding a skincare line that is safe and anti-aging. Of course she knew that True Botanicals would be perfect for me. As soon as she emailed me the list of products she recommended for me I immediately clicked over and bought them all up.




So I’ve been using True Botanicals for over 3 months and have seen a very real change! My skin is brighter, hydrated, plumper, and much more even. I’ve had numerous friends and family members comment on the change! I originally started with the Pacific Cleanser, Pacific Balancing Face Oil, Pacific Night Serum with Retinol + the Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment, and the Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage. Cannot recommend these products enough. All of them. Since then True Botanicals has sent more more of their amazing products to try and I can honestly say that there is not one product that I have not liked a loved. I especially love the Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask and the Pacific Mist!




True Botanicals uses glass bottles for all of their products to optimize the freshness and potency of their ingredients. And they spare no expense when it comes to the ingredients in their products. They never ever use any toxins.




You can take 15% off your True Botanicals orders now through May 30th 11:59 PST with the code “LOOKLINGERLOVE15” (offer not combinable with other offers)! If you were to try just a few products I can’t say enough about the Pacific Cleanser, the Balancing Face Oil, and the Night Serum with Retinol + the Topical Vitamin C Treatment (you mix the vitamin c capsule powder with a few pumps of the night serum). Please let me know how you like the line :)


PS I highly recommend you check out Bare Beauty Blog :)




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