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Weekending at Home: Holiday Hostess Tips


Yikes, the holidays are almost upon us! You may have gathered by now that I’m not into a lot of fuss when it comes to entertaining, just keep it simple and low stress! Head to my recent feature in Skirt Magazine for some easy holiday hostessing tips (including my favorite Christmas Potpourri recipe).

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I had some fantastic help with desserts thanks to Julie from For Heaven Bakes, & Jenny Batt was there to help me style up my bar cart (BTW, how cute is her Charleston Doors wrapping paper!? So cute for year-round gifting). Thanks to Updos for Idos for hooking me up with some awesome hair and make-up!


Have a very Merry Christmas, friends!

images by Abby Murphy Photo



Finding Rainbows in Palm Springs

All images c/o  Fred Moser Photography

All images c/o Fred Moser Photography

I hope you enjoy these lovely photos of the Aqualillies, Kelly Golightly, and me.  The talented Fred Moser snapped these shots at ACME House Company's Atomic Hummingbird in Palm Springs.  Read on the next time you need a little pick me up!

I’ve been following Kelly’s inspirational blog for awhile and we finally met at Modernism Week in Palm Springs.  She continues to inspire me as she frequently gets real about the “a” word on her blog and Instagram.  Yep- anxiety!  You know, that thing that STILL has a stigma around it that brings feelings of inadequacy or shame to my mind when I admit out loud that I struggle with it.  By sharing her story, Kelly has made me want to share a little more of the reality behind my happy and colorful Instagram account.  Guess what? You can be a really positive and overall happy person but really have a tough time shutting off/finding motivation to get going.  No matter where you are with your mental health, couldn’t we all use a little more happiness? We have to remember the good wouldn’t be quite as good if there weren’t some struggles along the way, but we hope this inspires you to find a little more happy to help you get through your own clouds.  There is always another rainbow around the corner, and don’t forget that you just might be the rainbow someone else is looking for! Thank you to the talented Aqualillies synchronized swimmers for literally being our rainbow at my Palm Springs rental house.


Live the Little Things

By now we all know not to put too much stock in material possessions, but with the world of the internet we can be constantly bombarded with reminders that we don’t have as much as our Instafriends.  It’s so much more fun to focus on what you HAVE instead of what you don’t, right?! Finding happy little things to surround myself with helps me stay in my lane and be grateful for what I do have. Sometimes this means picking up a fun new trinket from the dollar spot at Target.  Sometimes this means dressing in a happy color like hot pink or yellow, even when I’m feeling a little blue. Other times it’s lighting a candle and just enjoying that scent for a few minutes. Want to know something we all have in our budget that can evoke a lot of extra happiness? Balloons! I dare you to go by a small hot pink latex balloon (~$1.25) and then NOT see someone around you smile.  Or, keep an eye on our balloon shop’s Instagram for some of our favorite finds.


Phone a Friend


Loneliness is that one feeling that creeps in for me the most.  I have plenty of awesome people around me, a great husband, and I am out and about a lot for my business.  However, sometimes I don’t reach out to really connect with other people because it just feels too daunting.  Feeling like I need to have something fun to do to suggest or a perfect dinner party planned can keep me from doing anything at all.  Well, so what I stink at cooking? Kelly didn’t shun me when all I had to offer was a cocktail and some light snacks. We had a great afternoon and being around each other was so energizing!  Here’s a recipe for the Hot & Dirty Martini I served:


2 oz vodka

½ oz extra dry vermouth

¼ oz olive juice

3 dashes of hot sauce

Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Pour into a frozen martini glass and serve with a stick of 2 green olives.  Throw that on a cute bar cart and voila! Even a simple mini fete is plenty good enough and will help you recharge. Or, going for a walk with someone or even giving them a call can make a huge difference.  When I feel mopey and the last thing I want to do is talk to anyone, but sometimes I try really hard to do it anyway. More times than not I hang up the phone feeling ready to get going!

Be a Tourist

We can’t always be traveling all the time, but I sure do try!  There is nothing that energizes, excites, and inspires me quite like being in another city.  It doesn’t even have to be anywhere fancy, just seeing a new place brings me a sense of adventure.  Palm Springs is the créme de la créme when it comes to giving me an instant dose of happy. The palm trees, pools, and midcentury modern homes get me so inspired.  Well, I sadly can’t be hopping on a plane there every week, so when I don’t have a fun trip lined up I try to be a tourist in my own town. Kelly & her husband/photographer “Fred baby” are great about this; they often drive around to look at the local architecture and photograph homes in nearby neighborhoods.  Tourist-ing is really just about looking at new things. Take a walk on a street you’ve never walked end to end, a bike ride to a local coffee shop, or drive to the next town over.  Notice all of things you’ll see that you haven’t appreciated before!


Anxiety and depression are very real, and sometimes it takes more than a few tips you find on the internet to get your mind where you want it.  The worst thing we can all do is just continue to keep quiet about mental health, so let’s start talking! Talk to your loved ones, a mental health professional, or even to your social media friends about your struggles and also what makes you happy.  You never know who is needing a little extra dose of happy, so try to be someone’s rainbow today. In the words of Miley & Dolly, “We are rainbows me and you, every color every hue. Let’s shine on through.” Cheers to making our own Rainbowland!


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Weekend Life: Picnic Essentials Under $100

photos by Captured by Kate Photography

guest post written by McKay Norton

As the weather warms up and summer begins, escaping outdoors for a picnic is the perfect way to enjoy your weekend. Whether you’re looking for a casual family outing or a quiet setting for a romantic night out, picnics are an easy and fun way to experience a local park or beach.  Even if you’re no picnic connoisseur, there are three essential items to every picnic. See below for our picks for the perfect summer outing and enjoy these photos from Captured By Kate Photography.  
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1. Picnic Baskets

There are a wide range of receptacles that fit the bill for this category; from cooler bags to the classic wicker carry-all.

Straw Market Tote, (similar) $35 // Cooler Bags: Lemon Insulated Cooler Bag ($32) & Striped Cooler Bag ($35) // Wicker Picnic Baskets: Catalina ($49.95) & Picnic Time ($69.95) 

2. Picnic Blankets


Turkish towels are my go-to for picnics because they are so lightweight and roll up really small to be easily stashed into your basket, but these other options are so much fun, too!

Turkish towel, $32 // Round towel, $59.95 // Blanket with Handles, $62

3. Portable Plates

Fun plates are my favorite way to make any type of entertaining more fun!  Melamine plates like these are a great choice because they are lightweight and shatter proof.

Lulie Wallace Plates & Serveware, $6-$28 


Liz's Picnicking Outfit

Don't forget to dress for the Charleston heat! I always feel cool & comfy in a dress + a pair of Keds.  Make your picnic style your own and don't forget a hat!

Shirtdress: solid or gingham, $36-50 // Keds (similar), $ // Hey Y'all Bag by Beau & Ro, $158 // Neck Scarf (similar), $38

Happy Picnicking and if you live in Charleston, come by our shop (Cannonborough Collective) to shop Turkish towels & more in person!



The Ultimate Galentine's Day Soiree

"Oh it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." - Galentine's Day as defined by Leslie Knope.

A group of fabulous ladies in Charleston recently joined me to create our own version of Galentine's Day, complete with lush flowers, donuts, & a mint green bus named Bonnie.  The only stipulation for attendees was that they had to bring something to the table.  Collaboration is all the rage right now, because isn't it better when everyone shoulders the load?  Each of these gals contributed something wonderful, from cocktail creating to calligraphy to hand made jewelry.  We all added them to lovely wooden gift boxes.  I provided my felted heart soaps, which are now available only in West Elm on King Street!  A local clothing brand, Escapada Living, made sure we could even be cohesively dressed from the same line of fun prints.  See the full feature with all of the participants in the artilcle I wrote for Glitter Guide, and enjoy my favorite photos of the day below.

all images c/o  Aneris Photography

all images c/o Aneris Photography

Charleston Weekender shop items shown here: Turkish towels (table runners), $32 // Weekender Bag, $100 // Felted Soap, $14 (available in-store at West Elm on King Street)



Weekend Entertaining: A Brunch Lesson from Tara Guerard

This past week was Charleston Wedding Week, filled with plenty of fashion shows and lovely events put on by the best of the best of our local wedding industry.  Even though I'm an old (ish) married lady, I still love attending weddings and surrounding myself in things related to nuptials, because there is an endless array of inspiration to be found from this genre.  While I love seeing a gorgeous gown, the thing I'm always honed into during weddings is anything related to decor and entertaining.  Pay attention to details the next time you're a wedding guest, because the latest wedding decor trends are usually easy to translate into your own entertaining.  Tara Guerard is a Charleston Legend when it comes to wedding planning & design, so of course I had to take note of as many details at possible when attending brunch at her home last week.  Lela Rose was there to sign her new book, Pret-A-Party, so that in itself would have been enough to keep all of the guests happy.  Instead, Tara went all out with plenty of fabulous details, which I think you will find inspiration from for your next fabulous fete.

A Theme is Always a Good Idea 

You can never go wrong when you keep it simple, so Tara went with crowd-pleasing "Biscuits & Bloody Marys" as a theme for this gathering.  She served a plethora of flavors of Callie's biscuits & adorned the bar with plenty of mixers & garnishes.  She even created her own special bloody mary mix for a little touch of something hand prepared.

Create Great Ambiance

Pleasant background music and decor details are what make you feel like your hostess put in the extra effort into welcoming you.  A courtyard string quartet was such a treat, and the gorgeous flowers/grouping of balloons added a fun punch of color.  I'll definitely be borrowing this palette that contains orange & several shades of pink.

This was such a great morning to hang with some old friends (i.e. Andrea of Charleston Shop Curator), and meet some new ones like Kelly Sharat (the boss babe who owns Moon & Lola).  If you'd like even more entertaining recommendations from some ladies who really know their stuff, check out these links (which are affiliate links) to Tara Guerard's Wedding book &  Pret-A-Party by Lela Rose.