Archive for January, 2016

Date: Jan 22 2016

Filed Under: Decor, Family

I am so excited to share this Charleston home tour today! This beautiful place belongs to Sarah-Hamlin Hastings, the talented lady behind Fritz Porter, and her beautiful family. For those of you not in Charleston, Fritz Porter is the unique Charleston retail concept that does the interior design work and sourcing for you. It’s nothing short of extraordinary, trust me. Let’s take a peek inside the curator’s home!


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I originally fell in love with this home when I saw it in Charleston Magazine. The light and bright interior and family friendly outdoor spaces are stunning. Sarah-Hamlin Hastings purchased the home from her Grandmother and worked with architect David Baker (of McAlpine Tankersley) to help update the home for her family. Sarah-Hamlin also tapped her good friend Lisa Hilderbrand of Welhil Interiors to work with her on the interiors. It’s always hard to make design decisions for yourself, don’t you think? This painting in the photo below is by Elyssa Rundle (1934- 1994) and was purchased at John Pope Antiques.


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This next detail is one of my most favorites in the home, Sarah-Hamlin draped white theatre draping fabric over the ceiling! It has the lit up appearance because there are skylights above it!


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Love these drapes lining this sitting room!


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The painting below is by Charleston artist Tim Hussey, a childhood friend of Sarah-Hamlin’s.


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This is a painting of Sarah-Hamlin when she was 14 years old by Charleston artist Martha Thomas. I love this so much.


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Mike Kaiser of Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architecture helped the Hastings with their backyard design. Exquisite.


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The home is “U” shaped and was designed with many windows in the mind of beautiful views, including this courtyard fountain.


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I spy a swurfer swing.


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Now THAT’s a family home :) Thank you to Julia Lynn for sharing these photos with us, and to Sarah-Hamlin Hastings for answering all of my questions! Be sure to stop into Fritz Porter in the newly renovated Cigar Factory here in Charleston to say “hi”!


Photos by Julia Lynn.


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Date: Jan 21 2016

Filed Under: Fashion

More spring arrivals making we want to completely skip over the next couple of months.




petal top, water bottle, white top, tassel clutch, stripe dress,

stripe top, tassel slides, lashes tee, levis shorts,

trench, watermelon cooler, wrap sandals, petal dress, dot dress


Pink trench? I think yes please. Watermelon cooler bag? Hell yes. And that red and white petal print in both the top and the dress is adorable! They’re both under $60!!


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Date: Jan 20 2016

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Family, Fashion

Breaking up our week with 9 new Etsy favorites!




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The “more gin please” cross stitch craft kit is such a fun idea. She has a lot of different patterns in her shop including a cute flamingo one! And the jumbo animal balloons would be fun for party photo props.


And I have a few friend makers in this mix too – top right feature my friend Sarah’s $10 watercolor paintings! I have one and love it. The middle left features safe and natural soaps handmade right here in Charleston! And the middle right features a lumbar pillow from my friend Danielle’s brand new pillow shop! Lots of cute textiles over there.


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Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is less than a month away? This year Josh and I, along with some friends, are going to the Garth Brooks concert on Valentine’s Day – I’m so excited for this! Of course we’ll also do something special with the kids, as well as a fun valentine lunch with my girlfriends!


Little red dresses are even more fun to buy than little black dresses, so I couldn’t resist getting this simple red shift dress that I’ve been checking out on Nordstrom. It comes in 10 different beautiful colors (including black), and I think I need it in the coral, too!


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And it’s the perfect dress to dress up or down and accessorize :) Red lips, blushy jewels! This crystal Kate Spade necklace adds sparkle without over doing it and I like that. It’ll go well with all my black tops and jeans that I wear so often.





And this Kate Spade rose gold bangle has a secret message inside – super cute for Valentine’s gifting.




Burberry plaid silk scarf in the pink print – love it.






And the look for less replica of my black pumps! These are definitely the most flattering heels that I own! Can’t recommend them enough.





Kate Spade’s hidden idiom bracelets are so cute and fun! And if you’re a mom you have GOT to see these cute and tiny pendent necklaces – so many adorable pieces for little girls. I especially love the little peanut and the tiny heart.



felicity & coco shift dress, burberry silk scarf,

vince camuto black pumps,

kate spade necklace, kate spade bangle



smashbox lipstick (be legendary), ghd curl wand,

bareMinerals bareskin and blush balm


Photography by Gray Benko. Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.


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Date: Jan 18 2016

Filed Under: Fashion

Whether or not you have the day off, it’s important that we all honor Martin Luther King Jr. today. His life and philosophy should continue to inspire each and every day. And I hope you all enjoy the day, I’m looking forward to having another day home with the kids! In the meantime, I’ve rounded up my favorite and greatest sale finds for your internet perusal.




black sweater, neon pumps, fringe coat, quilted coat, pink dress,

leather clutch, floral dress, taco clutchparka, taupe sweater,

poncho, pink bow dress, black pumps, lace blouse, black dress


That black quilted coat converts to a vest! And you may recognize that black shirtdress from my recent outfit post. That taco clutch, I mean. So fun. The black cowl neck sweater up top comes in a few great colors. And the pink bow back dress is only $35!


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Date: Jan 15 2016

Filed Under: Fashion

A little of this, a little of that. These are a few of my favorite new things.




navy dress, lace bra, stripe dress, lace dress, airplane keychain,

peach dress, puff keychain, blue top, fringe skirt, o barrette,

fringe/slit sweater, kimono top, blue bag, pineapple tumbler, pom dress


That pineapple cocktail tumbler, need. And the side slit fringe sweater – perfect. And that pink fringe skirt, perfect now and later! That backless lace dress is pretty awesome, too.


But my favorite piece of all in this post is that navy dress. Comes in white too, perfection.


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