Sunday, May 31, 2009

kudos jcrew.

dresses found at jcrew
For yet another summer you've lived up to the challenge of creating interesting summer dresses with amazing patterns.
I'll take one of each please.


Thank you friends. I feel a whole lot better. Apparently I'm not out of the loop and now consider myself much more IN the loop. Many of you just use water(!) to clean your face - you need to immediately call your parents and thank them for your amazing genes. photo found here
Special thanks to Mayra as she debunked the dermalogica myth which was exactly what the spa was peddling. Thank heavens I didn't fall for the pitch and buy that junk.
For now I'm going to keep with what I have, at least until it runs out, and reevaluate at that time.
Thank you again! I'm off to a bluegrass festival downtown and then headng to my parents because my brother and his family are coming into town! YES!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

perhaps i'm out of the loop?

This morning I treated myself to a facial. Actually, 'treated' may be the wrong word because I don't particularly enjoy facials but felt like I needed one.

photo found here

At the end of the facial, my girl Deborah asked what kind of products I use. Mindlessly I started raddling off Neutragena, Oil of Olay, and Aveeno.
I thought the woman was going to pass out.

Deborah launched into how I need a "real" skin regamin and at my age (28!!) I need to seriously think about how I take care of my skin. She offered me all of these pricey products that I should be using and told me to think about it.
Well I'm definitely thinking about it and wondering if she's right. Do I need to graduate from drug store products? Am I screwing my skin for the future? Or is Deborah using upsell tactics on me and I'm falling for them?

So I ask you, dear readers, what skin care products do you use? Am I out of the loop? Do I need to buck up and pay up? Help!

Friday, May 29, 2009

knock three times....

I can't believe I haven't posted on door knockers before. I've been wanting a door knocker of my very own since I purchased my house two years ago. I live by the ocean so I'm especially drawn to sealife knockers.

My personal faves are the monogram knocker and the second to last filigree knocker. I'm definitely going to keep looking and find the perfect one for my door. I'll make sure to post the transformation!

All knockers from,, or

it's a BOY!

My brother and sister in law are expecting and we just found
out yesterday that they are having a boy!!!
I couldn't be happier - I already have one niece and nephew
and definitely have enough love to spread for this little one.
October couldn't come soon enough....

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I can't think of a better word to describe what I saw yesterday. Took my breath away....
I may not be working my "dream job" but I'm damn lucky that I work for a company that I believe in and that lets me travel to places like this. I knew there was beauty in the world and consider Charleston one of the most beautiful cities ever - but I've never seen a big sky and amazing mountain tops like I saw yesterday. Yup, it took my breath away... sure did.

homeward bound.

5a Wake Up
Two Flights
7.45 hours
Two Travel Companions
Free Airport WiFi(!)
I got some beautiful pictures in Banff yesterday... can't wait to share. It was a magical place!
There's no place like home.... There's no place like home....There's no place like home.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


found at Flickr

I'm a germaphobe. My phobia hits ridiculous heights when I travel. I irrationally don't worry about germs (all that much) in Charleston but the second I hit the airport I start panicking. I should have stock in Purell.
Even now, in my hotel room, I'm stressing about the germs on the remote. (There was a Dateline on how 'germy' remotes are in hotel rooms. Ugh....)
So now all I can think about is the following:
1. The sick couple in front of me on the flight hacking a lung all flight long and how contaminated I must be. (reminds me I'm due for my next dose of Zycam...)
2. Trying to decide how many times I Purelled today. I'm thinking close to 40 but can't be sure.
3. Thinking how dry the Purell has made my hands as a result.
4. Wishing more people would wear masks on planes so I could too.

Please don't stop reading because you now realize I'm an 80 year old woman.

hooks galore!

I've had a long time love for hooks. I have hooks all over my house and hang everything and everything on them. Jewelry, pictures, pashminas, etc. Anthropologie is my go to store for hooks and am never disappointed. (and they're affordable!) Add a hook to your decor - I promise you won't be disappointed.
The horse hooks aren't from Anthropologie... I found them randomly and now can't find them again to let you know where they're from! ARGH! I'll keep looking and update once I find them again. They're too precious not to know.

Monday, May 25, 2009

oh canada!

hi friends! hope you had a lovely long weekend. i definitely did.

I'm heading to Canada tomorrow for a few days. Never been!

I'm excited - even with it being a jammed pack work trip.
Have a great start to your work week!

diy - bathroom redo

Guy and I decided our day off would be a great day to
tackle a DIY project. I've been meaning to paint my
bathroom for a year and a half now and we finally did it!
The pictures above and below are the befores....
bland, builder's white, and totally not me.

The three pictures below are the 'after'. The pictures
don't do the color justice but TRUST ME - I love it and
it's amazing. Feels more like a spa than a little cramped
The three pictures below are the 'after'. The pictures
don't do the color justice but TRUST ME - I love it and
it's amazing. Feels more like a spa than a little cramped

Hope you like! I'm pretty happy with the result and glad G & I were productive with our day.

sunday night fun.

Sunday night we dined with friends and had a wonderful evening. What's not to love about plenty of wine, cheese, and friends!
Happy Memorial Day all! I'm in the middle of painting my bathroom... updates coming soon! xo

Sunday, May 24, 2009

memorial day weekend: part one

Friday night Guy and I went to dinner and then saw
Sunshine Cleaning at the Terrace. Low key and
a perfect way to start our holiday weekend.
Sunshine Cleaning was great and everyone should
see it. It was a bit darker than we expected but still fab.

We wrapped up Friday evening with a snuggle with Gus,
wine, and a murder mystery on TV. Perfection.

We visited Seabrook Island Saturday to visit with Guy's
cousins who were in town. It was cloudy but still warm
and made for a lovely few hours sitting by the beach.
A shot of the new bar/restaurant by the beautiful
pool and beach area.

Saturday night.... dinner at Coast (delicious!), a walk in the
rain around College of Charleston (G's old stomping ground)
and a movie at home afterwards.
Hope you're having as wonderful of a weekend as I am!

Friday, May 22, 2009


thanks to diagnosis deferred for sharing this gem. Can. Not. Wait.

do you wonder...

...does he think of you?

...will you regret not taking that risk?

...does that song mean to him what it means to you?

...did one small action change the path of your life? I making enough of a difference?

...will I become the person I want to be?

Thursday, May 21, 2009


hi friends. I'm dealing with a lack of inspiration over the last day or so. I'm hoping the holiday weekend will reinvigorate me. i promise to be back soon... just need a night or two to reenergize. xofound at Flickr

unconditional love.

Margo and I volunteered last night at our local ASPCA (her, Collins, and I take pictures of the pups and update the website so families can search and find their new member of the family!) There was something about yesterday that touched my heart. Normally there are only one or two families there while we're volunteering but yesterday there were literally eight families looking at the cats and dogs.

We've heard so much about families having to give up their animals because of the economic crisis we're in - it warms my heart to see families that can still afford (emotionally, mentally, and economically) to add a furry friend to their family. I wish everyone could....

All of this made me think about how lucky I am to know the unconditional love an animal can bring. Gus is my current ball of love but my parents were great a let me have a dog and a cat growing up. I truly believe being a pet owner teaches you empathy, responsibility, and some level of selflessness. I can't imagine coming home without Gus waiting for me.
The first two pictures are of me with Dixie. Apparently we napped together a lot? The last is of Gustavo. Oh how I love him.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

if you weren't crazy overpriced... would be mine and I would wear you proudly all over Charleston. :sigh:

Found at Anthropologie

adding to my collection

I adore a hand written note. I love receiving them and sending them. I collect unique cards and it's always a joy to send one to a friend, knowing it will make her day.
I can't remember how I found out about
rachelaustin but I'm in love and just ordered 6 cards. Yippee!
Below are some of the prints that she sells. What's not to love? She takes a map, paints beautifully over it and sells them for ridiculously reasonable prices.
I can't wait to see these beauties in person...