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July 2016

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Greenville Travel Guide

July 29, 2016

You all. I may have found one of the sweetest, barely scratched-surface, cities around – Greenville, SC.

About a month ago, we traveled to Greenville as part of our yearly vacation. I had wanted to go since realizing two of my favorite bloggers are based out of Greenville. Check out their sweet blogs The White Buffalo Styling Co. and For All Things Lovely . Not only are these two amazing bloggers, but they just seem so warm and personable in their writing and sharing.

Okay, back from my tangent.

For those unfamiliar with Greenville, it is a smaller city located not far from the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is in upstate South Carolina and is less of a that typically thought of South Carolinian coastal feel. We traveled to South Carolina’s coast last year (Charleston and Hilton Head) and while I loved that experience, I almost felt more at ease in Greenville.

We started our trip with a stay at the downtown Courtyard Marriot.You all, the staff was so kind here. I know hotel staff is supposed to be hospitable, but we all know that isn’t always the case. This staff was accommodating, gave great recommendations, and were just so helpful in general. The location was also great as downtown Greenville is pretty active.

Following our arrival, we ate lunch at Grill Marks. The restaurant specializes in burgers and milkshakes. While we didn’t go the milkshake route, the burgers were very good and had special branded grill marks on them. It took me halfway through the meal to figure that out. Shake my head.

We then decided to do some adventuring by heading to the local Mast General Store. Mast has locations all around the Carolina’s and I believe one in Tennessee. The premise is that you can buy outdoor gear, kids stuff, clothing, etc. at their stores. You can also buy my favorite mug ever.

Downtown Greenville has a lot of cute shops and restaurants. The week we were there, a soccer tournament was happening and that added even more energy with all the teens and families.

Along the edge of downtown Greenville is one of the prettiest parks, It’s called Falls Park by the Reedy and well…I will let the photos do the talking.

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There’s a suspension walking bridge across the falls that offers pretty views. We went back at dusk and it was just perfect. Alongside the park, there are a couple of restaurants that overlook the area. Additionally, there is a portion of the park with an outdoor theater stage. We saw college-aged kids practicing for a performance and it looks like something fun for the community.

After walking around for a little bit we were beat. We went to wash up and rest before heading out to dinner.

For dinner we went to Smoke on the Water. I’d describe this as a classier barbecue joint. The menu included pulled pork and chicken, ribs, and brisket. The food was very good, but what set the restaurant apart was really the service. Our waitress was so professional and nice. I was so impressed by this because we often go to restaurants around our own town and the wait staff acts like we are a burden. I hate that feeling and thus naturally really appreciated the kindness. In addition to the kindness, the restaurant had great dessert and appetizers – loaded potatoes with barbecue anyone?

We finished the night with another walk along the Falls and through downtown. It had a nice energy but was also very peaceful. Hands down enjoyed Greenville.

26 x 26 Recently Read

Recently Read: Room

July 28, 2016

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I haven’t mentioned this yet, but one of my overarching goals this year is to complete a 26 x 26 list. This list is compiled of 26 things I would like to achieve prior to turning 26.

One of the items is to read 26 non-school books. Easy enough right? Ehhhh….harder when in school and in a world filled with Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

Currently I am at 16 books. Not too shabby considering some of these books are monsters.

One of the 16 books I have read is Room by Emma Donoghue.

I could hardly put this book down.

It was just so interesting and was told from such an interesting perspective.

The story is about a mom and son duo, Ma and Jack, who live in “Room”. Room is a small space where Jack learns things from a handful of books, a TV, and Ma. However, Jack has never experienced the world. Ma and Jack’s experience in Room and after are not only profoundly interesting but heartwarming as well.

I would highly recommend this book.

What books have you read recently that you’d recommend to a friend?

DIY

Add a Little

July 27, 2016

One of my favorite things to do is to add simple updates to already cute pieces. Sometimes there are ways that you can just add a little pizazz or extra oomph to something that make an item even better.

This was the case for a little baby blanket that I updated for a family member.

Often you can buy swaddling blankets like the one below on sale at Kohls, Marshalls, or even Target. I purchased this one as a set at Kohls for $5 for the set.

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While the blanket was cute, I wanted to add a little more to it. Luckily I had some navy blue poms on hand that matched the blanket perfectly. As you can see above I laid the poms on the blanket to get an idea for look prior to pinning and sewing.

Once I found a design I liked, I pinned the poms and used my sewing machine to quickly add them on.

Here is the finished product:

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Once finished, I folded this cutie up and sent it to a family member who just had her first little girl! It was a simple way to say “thinking about you” and a simple and easy update project.

I will caution, with any product and kids, use discretion and safety. While the poms are anchored on, you should always watch a child near small objects. Safety first you know.

What kind of items do you like to update or put your own spin on?

 

Smart Buys

Recent Purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 26, 2016

I’m a bit late to the game to post about this – and understandably as I am not a fashion blogger – but I wanted to offer some reviews on my most recent purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

This year I went ahead and signed up for the Nordstrom debit card. This allowed me early access to the sale both in store and online. I SO appreciated this because things do tend to sell out. In fact, some of my purchases no longer exist on the website and so I am giving you a loose version of purchases.

So here we go:

Nixon Watch

Nixon ‘Ragnar’ Watch

Favorite purchase. Hands down. This watch is that perfect blend of classic, unisex, and just awesome. I am not a watch person but was willing to give it a go for this beaut. I have no regrets about this purchase and at it’s current price point it is a really good buy.

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BP. Stripe Top

I actually purchased a short sleeve version of this striped top but it is no longer available. This longer sleeved version is a great alternative though. I love this top as it is so so soft and a little longer in the back. If you can find it in stores, I would recommend long or short sleeve versions. It also comes in a variety of colors.

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Sole Society ‘Thalia’ Crossbody

Again, the actual color I purchased is out of stock, but this is the same bag in grey. I purchased the plum version and just love the color. The inside also has a lovely dalmatian print. It reminds me of those Chloë bags that are so expensive but at a fraction of the price.

While I like this purchase, I’m not sure if it will stay or go back. I’m fairly short and the bag is a big saddle bag that hits awkwardly at the top of my thigh. We shall see.

In addition to the above, I also picked up a Halogen cardigan (no longer available), a Panacea necklace (no longer available but I’m taking mine back – it just isn’t me- and the cutest free people sweater. The Free People sweater is still available here but the photo won’t link :/

The last add on purchase I made was these wonderful Voluspa Candles. They are at a great price and smell SO good. I typically buy a large Voluspa candle at some point during the year but they are so pricey. For this price point I can enjoy them a little bit more.

So there you have it. Any Nordstrom picks that you’d recommend?