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    Sisters Weekend


    My two younger sisters came to visit me this past weekend!  It was the first time they had visited me since I moved to Atlanta. I’m the oldest. Alissa, my middle sister lives in NYC and Caylen, my youngest sister lives in Arlington, VA near our parents and the rest of our extended family. We’ve always been close since we were babies. It’s hard living far away from them now, but I cherish the moments we are together!

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    Jumping into Spring with South Moon Under

    South Moon Under was one of my favorite places to shop at when I lived in Virginia. So, when I moved to Atlanta, I still purchased items online, but missed being able to shop in an actual store. But now South Moon Under finally just opened two new stores in Atlanta! One is in Ponce City Market and the other is at Avalon in Alpharetta. To celebrate the openings in Atlanta, South Moon Under has given me a promo code to share with you: “PEACH,” valid through May 10th, online only for 15% off full price items and free shipping, no min order amount, exclusions apply.

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    Brunch at Casa de Amy

    Two weekends ago my friend Amy had a bunch of us girls over for brunch. Amy lived in Spain for over a year so all her dishes were authentic to what she ate while in Spain. Amy cooked Spanish tortillas, French flat bread with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions and salad with mixed greens, beets and goat cheese. The favorite of the day was the “tostada con tomate,” a specialty from the eastern coast of Spain. For beverages we had freshly juiced, orange pineapple and blackberry mint mimosas, and cafe con leche or espresso with fresh whipped cream. Amy really over did herself and now I’ll never be able to top her brunch. For dessert she even made fudge. I had Amy send over her amazing recipes!

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    Happy Valentine’s Day


    Happy Valentine’s Day! Yes, I know, Valentine’s Day isn’t the most popular holiday. The holiday is an annoying reminder for those who are single, that they are still indeed single. For those in a relationship, Valentine’s Day causes last minute stress to figure out a gift or to send overpriced flowers. However, Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a dreaded or a stressful holiday. Here are some tips and ideas for those single individuals, as well as for couples for a successful Valentine’s Day today.

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    Hilton Head Thanksgiving

    My husband and I celebrated Thanksgiving in Hilton Head.  Jeremy and I drove to Hilton Head Wednesday afternoon and had dinner with his Mom and Stepdad that evening.  Luckily we didn’t hit too much traffic on the drive to Hilton Head.  Wednesday night we watched ‘Jaws’ because Jeremy had never seen it.  Probably a weird move to watch the night before Thanksgiving, but the movie is still a classic.    Read more
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    Nashville

    • Shop the Look Above:  Dress: Love Sadie from Thred Up // Loafers: Aerosoles // Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Aviators: Coach

    The first weekend of May I went to Nashville for my bachelorette party with a group of my best friends and my two younger sisters.  My two sisters (pretty much my middle sister) planned the most amazing bachelorette party weekend for me.  I had never been to Nashville before and wanted to spend my bachelorette weekend at a city I had never been to.  It was a toss-up between Austin and Nashville, since I’d heard so many wonderful things about both cities, but I ended up deciding on Nashville.  After visiting Nashville, I can see why everyone is obsessed with the city…I loved it and would move there in a heartbeat.  Read more

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    Create & Cultivate Dallas

    • Shop the Look Above: Sweater: Joie // Blouse: Pleione // Skinny Jeans: Ann Taylor // Suede Loafers: J Crew // Photos: Marisa from Pieced Together

    I attended the Create & Cultivate conference this past weekend in Dallas, Texas with two of my friends from Washington D.C.: Marisa from Pieced Together and Ashlee from Cobalt Chronicles.  We had a blast at Create & Cultivate and exploring Dallas together!  Create & Cultivate is a conference and online platform for female entrepreneurs in the digital space.  The conference is held three times a year, nationwide and has been previously held in Brooklyn, Montauk, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Portland.  It is a one-day program with workshops, mentor sessions and panels, as well as delicious cocktails, food, pop-up shops, photo booths, gift bags and more! Read more

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    Merry Christmas

    • Shop the Look Above: Jacket: Ella Moss from Lyon + Post // Black Skinny Pants: Ann Taylor // Cashmere Beret: Banana Republic // Purse: Tory Burch // Aviators: Coach // Loafers: J Crew // Photos: Libro Musica

    Merry Christmas from my family to yours!  Every family has their own Christmas/holiday traditions.  This was the first year my fiancé and I had to travel to visit family since we no longer live in Virginia.  We went to Hilton Head for a couple of days before Christmas to spend an early Christmas with Jeremy’s Mom, Stepdad and sister.  My fiancé’s Mom and Stepdad used to live in Virginia and retired and moved to Hilton Head last winter.  On Christmas Eve morning we flew out to Virginia to see my family. We always spend Christmas Eve with my Mom’s side of the family.  My Mom comes from a large family and they all live in northern Virginia.  My Mom has 5 brothers and sisters (my aunts and uncles) and almost all of them have kids (my cousins).  When we were younger we’d spend Christmas Eve at my Grandmother’s house, but the last couple of years my Mom has hosted it.  I love my crazy, large family.

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    The Culture Shock Show Recap

    • Shop the Look Above: Motorcycle Jacket: Forever 21 // Blouse: Pleione // Black Skinny Jeans: Ann Taylor // Boots: Nine West // Purse: Tory Burch // Sunglasses: Tory Burch // Hat: ASOS // Photos: Tyler McClelland

    Atlanta’s 4th annual Culture Shock Show was held on Saturday October 17 at the Georgia World Congress Center.  The Culture Shock Show showcased art, talent and fashion from different cultures, creating a positive reflection of cultural appreciation in the diaspora.  The theme was “Africa Meets Asia” and highlighted the similarities of African and Asian cultures.  Read more

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    Tulum, Mexico

    • Shop the Look Above: Bathing Suit: Target // Sunglasses: Forever 21

    Hi all, so I’m leaving to go on vacation to Riviera Maya, Mexico for a couple of days so I thought I’d do a throw back to when I went to Tulum, Mexico three years ago for Christmas.  Tulum is basically in Riviera Maya but closer to the Mayan temples.  We stayed in a private villa so we had the house staff to take care of us.  Everyone was so sweet!  We had our own cook who made us breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh ingredients every day and the best guacamole I’ve ever had!  I got my scuba diving license while I was there, we visited the Mayan ruins and pretty much just relaxed at the beach all day.  Read more

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    Malibu Cafe & Malibu Wines

    • Shop the Look Above: Tank Top: Free People // Chambray Top: Madewell // White Skinny Jeans: Anne Taylor Loft Petite // Aviator Sunglasses: Coach // Bracelet: David Yurman

    Last summer I visited my best friend who lives in Los Angeles.  We spent the day and went up to Malibu Cafe for lunch and then went wine tasting at Malibu Wines.   Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch is a family owned and operated restaurant with a rustic southern California vibe.  It is secluded atop the Malibu Hills and is well worth the scenic drive.  Malibu Wines is only about a five minute drive from the cafe and offers valet parking as well as a free shuttle service 1/2 mile west of the Malibu Wines tasting room.  A preppy and relaxed outfit is necessary for a southern California outing.   Read more

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