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gift guide | stocking stuffers {LA}

the holidays are here ya’ll! and i absolutely love this time of year, especially because i am able to spend time with my dear family.  i left sunny, warm california and headed home to beautiful, majestic south carolina. these short days of winter always feel so magical when back at home. the evenings are spent snuggling together by the fire, lit by the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, watching beloved holiday movies or playing card games. today, my sisters and i are doing a little last-minute shopping for stocking stuffers!!!

{1}nivea tinted lip balm {2} salt collection from over&above {3}colorful emory boards from spoonsisters.com {4} funny monkey tea infuser at amazon {5} gorgeous hand-knit scarf by spatters and jayne {6} clever “scratch” map to keep track of all the amazing places you have visited at uncommongoods {7}OPI glimmer wonderland nail polish at sephora {8}book of skinny cocktails to help us keep the calorie count down during the holidays {9}smartwool socks at REI {10}utili-key from restoration hardware {11}tabletopics, for fun at family dinners from uncommongoods {12}adorable owl phone case from urban outfitters {13}keep tabs on your favorite recipes from spoonsisters.com {14}hand cream trio from l’occitane

gift guide | for the ladies {LA}

need a little last-minute gift inspiration for that hard to shop for gal pal? here are a few great gift ideas sure to please your sister, co-worker, mother-in-law, or your best girlfriend. happy shopping!!!

 {1}the take anywhere tote in red from baggu {2}the perfect gold bangles from dreamcollective.com {3} super cute owl salt & pepper shakers from designer jonathan adler  {4}must have magazine subscription to anthology {5} luxurious faux fur throw by west elm {6} soy based candles with amazing natural fragrances from archipelago {7} sea blue measuring spoons from west elm {8} loving this locket from antrhopologie {9} heartbreaking & inspirational must read, by caroline moorehead {10} functional art for the perfect hostess, the jujuy pitcher {11} add a little pop of color with the fun & funky driftwood hooks from kielmead

gift guide | for the fellas {LA}

with the holidays just around the corner, i have been full-speed-ahead with my christmas shopping for friends and family. and because i travel across the country for the holidays, i do most of my shopping online. then have the packages delivered to the east coast – wrapped and ready for giving! while perusing the web last night i created “gift idea boards”, cataloging all of the great finds i came across. of course, i thought i would share some of the spectacular items i discovered for that handsome fella in your life. . . wether it be a husband, boyfriend, father or brother.

{1}the perfect travel companion, the doctors bag by peasants&travelers {2} sleek bar set by alessi {3} super comfy slippers by old friends {4} f-bomb paper weight at uncommon goods {5} 30for30 collector’s set from ESPN {6} a bit of a splurge, the sky prodigy automatic telescope {7} sophisticated shave set from steve&co {8} audiophile hd800 headphones by sennheiser {9} the ultra hip MONO case passport wallet {10} unique crow bottle opener designed by tadahiro baba {11} vintage scrabble found at restoration hardware {12} the perfect red holiday cardi by armani {13} fabulously striped socks from richer and poorer

with this ring {LA}

my sweet baby sister recently got engaged & i could not be more excited.  congratulations to {e+w}!!! of course, with wedding bells ringing in less than a year we are in the frenzy of wedding planning . . . which i absolutely love.  i love the lists, the organizing, the exquisite details, the DIY’s, the cakes, photography, beautiful bouquets, and the gorgeous gowns.  while perusing wedding blogs last week, i came across the truly unique and fabulous jewelry design duo at {Bario-Neal} jewelry.

from their website, “Bario-Neal is the collaborative work of designers Anna Bario and Page Neal. Bario-Neal promotes transparency, fair trade initiatives, and the development of third-party certification systems for ethical jewelry.” so in addition to being thoughtful, environmentally aware, and ethically sourced, these ladies are true crafts{wo}man who create simple yet extraordinary pieces. how’s a girl to choose?


little tokyo {AL in LA}

yesterday, my mom & i decided to take the metro down to {little tokyo} to enjoy some authentic japanese cuisine & shop around. we had such a wonderful afternoon walking adrift and taking in the beautiful culture. the streets were lined with various noodle bars and sushi restaurants filling the sidewalks with wonderful aromas as we passed. we had lunch on the patio of the joy mart restaurant and enjoyed an array of delicious dishes including salads, sushi, & spicy salmon. i was delighted to see the decorative papers that garnished the streets from lanterns, & wish trees, to bamboo arrangements draped with colorful ornamentation. having tons of fun here in {LA} and so happy i got to see this section of town!

{a little noodle bar in the heart of the district}
{a wish tree. the wish for monkey butlers was my favorite : }

{our delicious lunch from the joy mart restaurant}
{fancy bamboo dangling over a storefront}
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happy friday {AL & LA}

 & HAPPY ME! packed and ready for my {LA} trip to see my wonderful family & friends. {e} and i have planned fun day trips, beautiful hikes, & of course we will all have a little wine at the magical Cornell Tasting Room located in the Santa Monica mountains. hopefully we will see the same whimsical characters from our last visit : ) look forward to sharing our adventures! have a great weekend, {c}
photo via pinterest

color crush::burnt orange {LA}

i love all things autumn. the changing leaves, delicious pumpkin spice lattes topped with cinnamon, the over-whelming anticipation of my favorite foodie holiday – thanksgiving, cool crisp fall air, college football, & the warm color palette that comes with fall fashion. today’s {color crush} is inspired by my sister, katy.  she is crazy about orange AND it is her birthday today. {happy birthday dear sister of mine}!!!

starting top row L-R: {1}wreath by come&knock, {2} shorts by urban outfitters, {3} beautiful orange sunflower, {4} photo from the boss orange collection, {5} amazing orange pants, {6} perfect chair for a pop of color from horchow, {7} a sneak peek from our recent hot air balloon ride, {8} rustic romance nail polish by bb couture, {9} continental wallet by tori burch {10} my sister katy and her husband in their awesome getaway car, {11} tiger lily coat from lulus, {12} perfect vintage bike for those cool autumn days, {13} me in my orange hat at the clemson vs auburn game last weekend, {14} beautiful buttery leather gloves from martin+osa, {15} my idea of a perfect fall day, {16} taylor swift sporting a fun orange scarf as an accent piece.

homeward bound {LA}

bags packed, boarding pass printed, a good book and a few fall fashion mags tucked into my over-size purse and i am off. headed back home to beautiful south carolina today for a long overdue visit to see friends & family. and of course i am heading to death valley to watch auburn (my college alma mater) take on clemson (the team i grew up loving). so excited for this short, but action-packed trip!  just for kicks here is my “songs that remind me of carolina playlist”. . .yes super cheesy, i know!

{carolina playlist}

  • “carolina in my mind” by james taylor
  • “i love beach music” by the embers
  • “carolina girls” by general johnson and the chairman
  • “ms grace” by the tymes
  • “moondance” by van morrison
  • “summertimes calling me” by the catalina
  • “my girl” by the temptations
  • “myrtle beach days” by the fantastic shakers
  • “girl wathcher” by the o’kashions

retrospect {AL}

i have always admired the vintage character of the historic downtown area in gadsden, alabama. this lovely city was home to my grandparents for many years. actually, where they met in grade school & then where they returned to settle down and retire. during my many visits, i would drive around to look at old buildings and found the city’s mid-century, retro flair very appealing. thought i would share a glimpse…

{city hall} the bold linear pattern & beautiful color of this facade would always catch my attention when passing by

if i were a mechanic…this would be my shop. with a few renovations of course

a little cafe my grandparents would dine at when they were 15! unfortunately it was never open when i drove by, otherwise i would have popped in for some french fries, a chocolate malt shake, & maybe a little elvis on the jukebox : )
always thought a little tlc & a few modern upgrades would convert this blank canvas into a great gallery space with its corner lot, angled storefront/overhang, and rooftop lined in lights.

{mary g hardin center for cultural arts} i appreciate the grand presence this building provides to its intersection and the contemporary contrast to the more traditional nearby storefronts

if ever craving a foot long hot dog loaded to the max, this is your spot!
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happy friday {AL & LA}

“this is America, a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad & peaceful sky.”
{images above courtesy of jessica claire photography}