Monday, January 30, 2012

the backdrop to our story.

There's a tiny island called Daniel Island that is a part of Charleston that serves as the backdrop to Guy's and my love story. I moved to Daniel Island post college; I had ended my relationship with my first love, didn't have a clear career path, and was enamored with the idea of living at the beach. Charleston (and Daniel Island), seemed like the perfect choice.
Guy came to Charleston to attend College of Charleston and post college moved to Daniel Island as it was close to his job. Little did we know we were living on the same street, mere doors from one another.

Fast forward two years where Guy and I are working at the same company and I join his team. We're immediately smitten with one another, both end the relationships we were in, and the rest is history.

I tell you this because it explains just how big this house purchase is for us. I've lived off Daniel Island for the past 6 years; Guy for 3. We always knew we wanted to get back. Purchasing this house isn't just a house purchase. It's getting back to where we fell in love. Where we work. Where we love to be. It's even the backdrop for our engagement.
These keys symbolize a continuation of our love, our story, and our future.
I couldn't be happier.
Thank you for all your love and support! Pictures to come!
xoxo


Thursday, January 26, 2012

kitchen redemption recipe: mango mahi & corn quinoa

After my epic fail Tuesday, I knew Wednesday night had to be a winner in the kitchen. My ego can't handle two poor days back to back. Guy planned to make a mahi and mango salsa dish so I decided to make a corn & green pepper quinoa side dish.
Perfection!
{Easy, delicious, and healthy!}
{Recipe can be found here}

{The finished plate - a bit monochromatic but oh so good}
{Ah-mazing quinoa recipe can be found here}

This truly is the perfect weeknight, easy & healthy meal.
Let me know if you try it!
Happy Thursday! Be thinking about Guy and I today at 3p EST - we'll be closing on our new home!

xoxo


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Kitchen Fail

What's that they say about the best laid plans?

For two days I've been planning to make this delicious sounding lemon blueberry glazed bread.
As you can see, huge, stellar fail.
Oh well, you can't win them all right? To make myself feel better, I cracked a brew, turned on Austin City Limits and let the sounds of The Head and the Heart wash over me.


And suddenly, everything was right again.
xoxo



Monday, January 23, 2012

the first impression.

If a first impression is important, the entryway to your home is one of the most important spaces in your house. It's often the first place guest/friends/family see as they walk in so you want to set the tone for what your home says about you. As you can imagine, I've been pouring over pictures to help inspire me for my new home. Here are some of my favorites....






Have you done anything creative in your own home entryway? Do tell!
Happy Monday friends!
xoxo

*In other, more random news, I'm selling two lovely pair of boots (size 8 & 9) that you should check out. They're gorgeous. And one is Frye. And I don't want to part with them. But my feet have grown. My growth is your gain. Check them out here!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

life changes in seven days.

Remember this post where I talked about being giddy nervous/excited about something? Well, I'm not pregnant thankyouverymuch. That seemed to be the guess dujour of the day. I guess when you get married people assume your big news is always around getting knocked up?
Anyways.....the big news is that in seven short days, this beautiful house will be ours!!!! Guy and I couldn't be more excited and can't wait to make this house into a home!


Keep your fingers crossed for us that everything continues to go smoothly and we're handed the keys by this time next week! I can't wait to get in there and make it our own. And speaking of which, I'm taking any and all home decor blogs/website recommendations.
xoxo


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

be still my heart.

I treated myself to this beauty.

And I can not wait to get it.
Fancy yourself a beautiful one of a kind painting? Run, do not walk, to this sweet little Etsy shop.

Who doesn't love buying themselves something beautiful while supporting an artist's talent?
xoxo


Monday, January 16, 2012

gratitude.


This is my motto for 2012.
A few days ago I was going through pictures from when I first moved to Charleston, which was eight or so years ago. I was immediately envious of the young twenty two year old's body that was staring back at me in the picture. I soon realized I've always taken my body for granted. I've always looked at pictures from years past and wished my now present body looked like that in some way, shape or form. But I'm finally realizing that my body has never let me down, gets done what needs to be done, and is a constant work in progress.
So today, I'm grateful for....
 ....my pin straight arms that mean I never have to worry if a sleeve is going to fit.
....the extra five pounds around my belly that are proof of how happy married life has made me.
....my scarred knees because they mean I haven't sat on the sidelines not participating in life.

I'm going to be thankful for my thirty year old body now. Not when I'm forty, looking back.
And let me tell you, it's kind of a relief to let your body be just as it should be.
xoxo


Friday, January 13, 2012

fill in the blank friday!

Happy Friday Friends! Today felt like a perfect day to play along with Michaela Noelle and her "Fill in the Blank Friday" series! Here.... we.... go!

Right now I am: Multitasking on many things. Working, Pinteresting, Searching, Dreaming, etc

Outside is: Cooooold! It's been beautiful here in Charleston but today we got a cold snap. I'm actually in a sweater! Whhhat?

I'm excited to see: My friends tonight for dinner! It's Charleston Restaurant Week here in Charleston so we're going out downtown for a delicious Italian dinner and drinks after. Love nights out downtown! Perfect way to start a long weekend!

I'm nervous about: I'm giddy nervous about something really exciting but I can't reveal why yet. I know, I'm so mysterious!

I'm dreaming about: Lunch. Is that bad? Most of my thoughts revolve around food.

There are more questions but this woman is running short on time! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

new year, new snacks?

Time to chat about one of my favorite subjects....food.
With the start of the new year, I need a fresh take on what I eat. I love to snack. And if my four favorite snacks below don't scream 'savory, salt lover', I don't know what does.
{quaker rice cakes/pistachios/cheese & crackers/ Sunchips & guac}

As much as I love the four above, I need to liven up my palatte a bit. So here's what you come in.
Favorite savory snacks dear friends? (without being too terrible for you of course)

And...... go!
xoxo


Monday, January 9, 2012

recipe: cheesy garlic biscuits!

Like most of the country, we're having unseasonably warm weather for January. This didn't stop me from making a wintery dinner that I had been craving for a few days. The star of the dinner ended up being the cheesy garlic biscuits. Of course I found the recipe via Pinterest. What can't you find on Pinterest!?


{You can probably tell I cooked them 2-3 minutes too long. Take that into account if you try this recipe.}
We also made a potato & corn chowder soup. It was good but not great. My first semi let down from Pinterest I'm afraid.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Did you get into anything fun?
xoxo
PS - thank you for all the sweet comments on my hair cut. Y'all know how to make a girl feel good!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

i lost 12 inches over night.

Do you ever feel dragged down and you don't know why? I've felt that way about my hair recently. It was crazy long.. like longer than I've ever had it long. It was always in the way, never looked the way I wanted it to, and was a constant pain in the ass.
Yesterday I decided I had enough, marched into my favorite salon, and took care of the beast that was weighing me down. 

This was then.....

This was when I was practically jumping for joy...

And this is now... 12 inches lighter and couldn't be happier about it!

It's a pretty awesome day when you get to help someone in need by helping yourself. Hope whoever the little girl is that gets my thick blonde hair made into a wig has a smile on her face when she recieves it and immediately runs like hell to feel the wind blow through it.

Happy Thursday Friends.
xoxo


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

a touch of country

2012 came in like a lion for me and laid me up the last three days with the mother of all head colds. Hopefully this isn't a sign of what the year is going to be like.
The only advantage to being sick ishaving all the time in the day to surf the internet for various inspriation.
A family friend is renovating her home and is including a barn door between two rooms and it sparked my interest. I had seen an image on Pinterest before of something similar so I decided to dig deeper and found loads of inspiration!






I have to say I love the look but I fear this would be a pricey element to add to a room. Not sure my DIY skills are quite where they need to be to create one of these beauties!

Is everyone else back to work today like me? Here's to hoping it's a quick one!
xoxo