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Friday Five | Spring Wardrobe Woes

March 23, 2018
photo c/o the new potato

photo c/o the new potato

Spring has sprung, and I’m celebrating this weekend with all my best girlfriends in Charleston. I couldn’t imagine a better place or people to start this glorious season with. Here’s five links as always!

  • The woes of dealing with your spring wardrobe.
  • The next non-fiction book on my list.
  • A breakfast sandwich recipe with the most beautiful spring ingredient: radishes.
  • Wisdom on writing.
  • Liking the length on this dress a lot (at a bargain price to boot!)



Around {H} Town + Travel, Coffee Talk, Kids, Motherhood

Managing expectations | trials and tribulations on vacation

March 17, 2018

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Hey guys! How was your week? It was spring break for our family so my husband led the charge for a fun old fashioned family ski trip in Colorado. We could only sneak away for a few days, but in ski time that’s pleeeennty of time for me. I grew up in the snow, but not really on skis. I can vaguely remember going skiing in West Virginia as a kid once or twice, but certainly not enough times to be able to hop on skis without fearing for my life on a blue. So, we put the girls in ski school and the hubs took me out on a few runs the first day. There were highs, like riding the gondola and having beers at lunch! And then the lows, like me sitting in the middle of a blue run, skiers flying by on all sides, totally paralyzed as to how I would get down the mountain in one piece. If you’re wondering where I’m going with this story, I think I have a plan to circle back to it later in this blog post. Ha!

After three consecutive family trips that have involved some pretty unfortunate bouts of illness—fever virus, stomach bug, strep, and the flu to name just a few (yikes!), it’s been quite the reality check on managing expectations. Admittedly,  I build up family vacations to unattainable happiness heights. And let me tell you (and if you have children you don’t really need to be told) that no family trip with little kids goes off without a hitch. Don’t let Instagram fool you, you’re only seeing the perfect side of things for the most part. When we schlepped the fam to Colorado last summer, all three kids were sick the ENTIRE trip. Every day we woke up saying “tomorrow will be better.” And they just didn’t get better until we were off the plane in Houston. I’m sure I probably found something positive to post. Oh yes, I remember now. I posted a photo of Jack in his stroller (with a 102.5 fever) with the mountains in the background. On point! What you didn’t see was the doctor’s office across the street that we were about to roll Jack into!

Anyway, what I’ve learned during our recent string of bad luck (or maybe this is just par for the course with three kids under 5 and lots of little germs), is that no trip will be without it’s ups and downs. I mean, life at home isn’t without highs and lows so why would staying in a hotel with pretty mountain scenery and skiing nearby guarantee perfection?! I guess what I’m saying is that I lied when I told my husband at 2 am after cleaning up throw up for 5 hours straight that “I’m done! This is the last trip for our crew. EVER.” Lordy, the drama, you’ve been there before, right?! Please say yes or at least don’t judge the altitude induced (ha!) melt down. The truth is I’ll continue planning fun experiences for our kids each year, but knowing going in that there’s a high probability at some point during the trip one of us will end up stuck in the middle of the blue ski run with only 1 pole. Not to worry, I’m sure there’s a cool filter for that….

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Friday Five | Chocolate Cake & A Bargain Blouse

March 16, 2018

Coconut-Banana-Cake-with-Chocolate-Frosting-12-700x1050After spring break travels and just before Easter, the play for many of you this weekend may be to just stay home and relax. If so, today’s post is your source for the movies to watch, the podcast to listen to and the cake to bake.

Happy weekending!


Coffee Talk, Featured, Friday Five, Interiors, Lifestyle

Friday Five | Pareos & Wine Tasting

March 9, 2018

dining-room-1520461323Today marks three months from our wedding, and I can barely wait. I know the time will whiz by, so I am making the most of  this very exciting season. Sometimes, all that means is staying in town and spending quality time with friends and family before the big celebrations get started, and that’s what we have in store this weekend. Enjoy today’s links!

  • A home the fuels the creative spirits of its inhabitants.
  • The case for wine tasting.
  • These pareos, in the prettiest block print patters, are the perfect packing item for a beach vacation.
  • An under $100 bag in my favorite periwinkle blue.
  • The key to keeping your cookies soft in the center.

Have a great one!

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Friday Five | Final Sale Faves

March 2, 2018
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photo via thisisglamorous

In the final days of the Shopbop sale, I’m giving you one last look at the pieces you may have missed. These five favorites include something for everyone: an everyday bag, a going-out top, a poolside dress, statement heels and a white bathing suit. Stock up before these go back to full price for the rest of the season.

  • This white bag with the ribbon detailing is so hard to deny myself of.
  • A silky cami with a floral print in the coolest color combo.
  • I cannot get enough of canary yellow, as seen in this knit dress.
  • A red heel to add dimension to your spring or summer wedding look.
  • A smocked swimsuit with the perfect pop of primary color accents.

Wishing you all wonderful weekends!

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Friday Five | Acts of Kindness

February 16, 2018

tumblr_n0w9wgS5vs1s8u29to1_1280How are we already halfway through February? I’m grabbing sushi with girlfriends tonight and devoting tomorrow to honeymoon planning! Any recommendations for Italy and the coast of France are very welcome. Here are five reads for your weekend:



Coffee Talk, Featured, Friday Five, Gifts, Holiday

Friday Five | For Your Valentines

February 9, 2018
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My birthday is Valentine’s eve, so I’ve loved the holiday from a young age. I like that it falls midweek this year, giving all of us a reason to celebrate the things and people we love on a Wednesday. I’ve gathered five gift ideas for your loved one(s). It’s not too late!


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Friday Five | For A Rainy Day

January 19, 2018

My sister is in town from Boston, so they’re hosting a ‘bachelorette-lite’ in my honor, and I’m honestly just excited for any excuse to get us all together for a night on the town. They all got married before me, so I can’t wait to heed their advice but more importantly, have fun. As always, five of my favorite finds from the web:

‘Til next Friday!


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Friday Five | Best Selves

January 5, 2018

Hello! It’s been awhile. Just as I am trying to savor this season of being engaged, I try to treasure all the different seasons of the year for what they are. January–as we all know–is one to reflect and resolve. If you have yet to set any intentions for 2018, here are a few ideas with instructions on how to execute.

Here’s to being our best selves for the next 350ish days.