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November 22, 2014

Weekend Style: Fun Gifts for Any Lady on Your List + Baublebar Earring Gift Set

Good Morning!  We're hanging around here on this freezing cold morning.  I soak in mornings like this.  So nice to relax!

How cool are these earrings from Baublebar?  A touch of edge, but classy too.  They come in this Play By Ear Gift Set.  You can mix and match them and create over 100 different looks for any mood or occasion!

Fun Gifts to Please Any Lady on Your List
**Click on images to shop or links below.**

Love this little stuffed animal Ostrich.  Would make the cutest gift for a little girl!

We're headed to the Garth Brooks tonight with friends!  Cannot wait!  When he was here back when I was in high school, I went to his concert two nights in a row.  I probably haven't listened to him since I was college, but I'm sure I'll know every song.  Should be a fun night!

Hope y'all are having a great weekend!

November 21, 2014

Fashion Friday: Another Holiday Dress, and it's 40% Off!

Happy Friday!  I'm so excited to share another holiday look with you today.  And the best part?  My Kate Spade Virginia Dress is on sale at Nordstrom right now for 40% off, $159.20 off to be exact!  As I've stated before, Nordstrom price matches.  Kate Spade is having a sale right now on their site, so Nordstrom met many of those prices.  And even if you see something that they haven't marked down, you can still call Nordstrom, and they'll price match it.  Pretty cool, right?
**Click on items in images to shop, or links below.**

Dress // Necklace // Ring (on sale, 40% off) // Earrings // Clutch (similar here) // Nail Polish // Sunglasses (same style, different color here) // Lip in Coral Gables // Heels (sold out, similar here, here and here)
Just like the Tory Burch Cora Dress (also on sale) that I'll be wearing this coming Thursday evening for Thanksgiving, I wanted something fancy but comfortable.  I also wanted a versatile dress that I could wear now, and on after the holidays were over.  Enter my Kate Spade Virginia Dress.  I can move in this one and it's not stiff at all.  The lace overlay is great.  This way I'm not having to worry about my dress being staticky and clingy all night.  The sleeve and dress length is perfection, and the back has a subtle cut-out at the top which I love.  That way you can pair it with any style bra you want.  A very classy dress that I can see myself wearing for years to come.  For fit, it's true to size.  The other great thing about this dress is that you can accessorize it with just about anything.  I've paired mine with red heels, but you could also pair it with a bright red clutch or necklace, to dress it up for a holiday event.  And don't forget, it's on sale!

Here are a few other holiday dresses I'm loving too...

We've got Effie's Birthday Party today and if you're in town, South Park's Christmas Tree Lighting is tonight from 5-7.  If it's anything like last year, they'll have face painting, jumpy houses, crafts, in the parking lot behind Symphony Park.  I just hope it's not too cold!
This is from last year's event.  So warm!

TGIF, Y'all!

A big thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

November 20, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Apple Cider Fizz + Kate Spade Sale + OOTD + OOTN

Kate Spade is having another sale!  Take 25% off your purchase, enter code: OHJOY at checkout!
Sale ends on Monday at midnight!

I received some of my Kate Spade Sale goodies in the mail the other day.  If you need a great gift idea, this coffee table book is perfect!  The Kate Spade green cover alone will definitely pop on any bookshelf or coffee table.  And I love the size of these little silver pave studs.  They'll pair well with anything gray in your closet.
When I was thinking of what cocktail to choose this week, I thought since I was sharing some Kate Spade love, that I'd find a champagne cocktail to show off these little polka dot Kate Spade flutes.
This week's cocktail is super easy, and perfect for any Fall occasion.  Maybe something simple to have for a Thanksgiving Happy Hour?

Apple Cider Fizz

5oz Champagne
1oz Fresh Pressed Apple Cider (I used White House.)
Raspberries (for garnish)

Pour 5oz of your favorite champagne into a glass.
Add 1oz of fresh pressed apple cider.
Toss in two raspberries.


I'm also loving this Cedar Street Mini Maise Bag too.  I may add this to my Christmas Wish List.  And it comes in six different colors!

How pretty are these pieces by Theodosia Jewelry?  I could seriously own them all!  I met the owner Jenny Thompson a few weeks ago and she is so sweet and friendly!  A mama to three, living in Charleston, she said she's always loved making jewelry, even as a little girl.  After graduating from Rhodes College with an Art History degree she moved to Charleston and began her line, Theodosia Jewelry.  It's named after her great, great grandmother.  While not all of her jewelry is available online, if you see anything that catches your eye, even in the photos above, you can contact her here or email here at, to see if it's still available.  She also carries her jewelry at many boutiques.  See the full list of retailers here.
Jenny has so many original pieces!  The best part?  She's offering all SSP readers 20% off!  When ordering, just make sure and tell her SSP sent you, and the discount will be applied.

What I'll be wearing today...

Heading out for a girls' night.  Can't wait!
Rebecca Taylor Lynx Print Top (on sale, was $275, now $138) // Kate Spade Studs // Kate Spade Cocktail Ring (on sale) // Kate Spade Karolina Bow Pumps (currently 25% off, use code: OHJOY at checkout)

Happy Thursday, Y'all!

November 19, 2014

Wednesday Whereabouts: Carolina Visit + A Reader Request + Effie's Birthday Re-Cap

Swing Sweater // Necklaces: Poppy Style, Twine & Twig Holiday
This past Saturday, Lanier and I took the girls up to Chapel Hill to their first Carolina game.  We were so excited to show the girls where we went to school!
They had a blast, but it was FREEZING!
Wheeler's scarf has sold out, but it's Zara.  And Effie's is Asos, and it's out of stock too.  Asos still has a ton of plaid scarves available.  Check them all out here.
Lanier lived on the ninth floor of this dorm his freshman year.
Jackets // Shoes // Leggings (old, similar here)
Cupcakes for the birthday girl!
I found the girls' little Olaf hats at Marshall's last week.  Here's a similar one and just as cute.
Bundled up!  It's was freezing!  Similar scarf here.
My Gap Jacket is on sale for $45 off, if you spend $100+ at Gap until Thursday at midnight.  Use code: SPREE at check-out. // Earrings
The girls made it to the end of the game!  We had no idea it would be such a good one, but it was!  Lots of fireworks and cannons, that Effie did NOT like.  She would hide in the blankets when we would score, which surprisingly happened a lot!
 Wheeler saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
A few more pics of Effie's class field trip last week to the farm.
My parents live really close to the farm we visited with Effie's class field trip last week, so she and my sister joined us!
Leave it to Effie to pet EVERY animal, including the hogs.
Vaughn's Jacket (on sale for only $19) // Shirt (similar here)
Poor Vaughn hasn't been himself this past week.  He had an ear infection a few weeks ago, and I think the antibiotics he took didn't fully knock it out.  We're heading back to the doctor today to get his ears re-checked.
How sweet are these little Tea Collection Dresses (Printed Skater Dress, Light Pink Graphic Dress)?  I got them for the girls to wear with leggings and boots.  Love how Tea Collection's clothes are so soft.  With my kids, if the clothes aren't comfortable, they'll  never pick it out to wear.

I had a reader email saying she was in search of a new lunch box for her husband.  Here are a few fun ones I found.  I've also included a few cookbooks too.  I may need that one for the kids.

OXO Gray/Green Bento Box // Red Bento Box // Takenaka Green Bento Box // Takenaka Red Double Bento Box // Yum! Healthy Bento Box Lunches for Kids // Orange Bento Box // Effortless Bento // Mint Green Bento Box

Effie's birthday was this past Sunday.  Unfortunately she had a stomach bug, so she wasn't even up for opening many presents on her special day.  We made snowflakes and hung out in bed for most of the day.  Thankfully, she's recovering and will still get to celebrate her birthday with all of her friends this weekend at her party.  While I was going back through old posts like I do sometimes - one of things I love about having my blog - I came across this post on Effie's first birthday...

"Effie celebrated her birthday!  She's turning one today, but we're saving the celebration until Saturday!  Time flies by so fast!  Still can't believe she's already a year old!  She's still crawling, but getting set to walk - we're hoping before Christmas - fingers crossed!  She can say "Mama" and "Dada."  She can wave "Bye-Bye" and say "Hey!"  She loves playing with Boozer, as much as he'll allow.  Bath time is her favorite!  She enjoys all of W's toys, especially the ones W holds in her hands at the time.  But W is a sweet sister and shares with E, if E wants to take it from her.  She enjoys putting anything in her mouth, and will eat anything food you give her.  She's growing up so fast!  I can only hope that E is as sweet, independent, smart and loving as her older sister.  May the next year bring new, fun stages and more symbiotic play with W.  Can't wait to see them walk and talk together, as sisters.  Because, sisters are the best!  I should know, I have five of them!!"

It still gets to me, how little she was then.  Effie sure is growing into a beautiful, smart, helpful little girl!  Just as independent as she was when she turned one.  And the greatest helper.  Even her teachers tell me how helpful she is in the classroom.  I swear she would change the diapers and feed the boys if I let her.  Always asking what she can do to help next.  She cares so much for her little brothers and constantly "reads" books to Vaughn and plays with trucks and cars with Logan.  She's definitely a jack-of-trades and loves playing with her dolls and plays Barbies with Wheeler.  But what she loves most is to dress up into her costumes.  "No, Mama, I'm not Effie, I'm...Cinderella, or Jane from Mary Poppins, or Wendy..."  And just like Vaughn, she is a true animal lover.  If she could be around them all day, I think she would.  Talk about extroverted.  I don't think Effie's ever met a stranger.  Let's just say when I asked her who she wanted to invite to her birthday party, she said "the WHOLE school!"  If we walk down the halls, she says "hey" to every teacher!  I'm so proud of the girl she is growing up to be, and my hope is that she continues to carry these traits with her as she grows.

We love you, Effie, with all our heart!  Happy 5th Birthday!

It's freezing here again today, so I layered up!
Ugg Boots // Lululemon Wunder Unders (Unfortunately, this print is old from last year. But I love the other prints available right now too!) // Gray Cableknit Long Cardigan (Old, mine is the Lilly Pulitzer Connell Wrap from a few years ago.) // Old Navy Red Plaid Jacket (on sale for $42) // Essie Shearling Darling (free shipping)

Happy Wednesday!