wednesday white mani

My favorite nail color for summer is a nice, clean white.  It’s such a fresh look and goes with everything.  Plus it makes me think of the beach.


When our cousins were visiting last week, I couldn’t help but notice Lolly’s beautiful nails.  A soft white with the slightest shimmer, like a string of freshwater pearls.  She told me the color is Kyoto Pearl by OPI.  Let me tell you, it is one pretty white.  Not too sheer, not too opaque.

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I totally forgot to take a picture of her mani, but the result is very similar to these seashell penny tiles, which would be gorgeous in the backsplash of a bathroom, by the way.  Or the backsplash in a butler’s pantry coming off the kitchen.  Found some here and here.

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Love finding new nail polish colors.  This one’s a classic.  I plan to try this color out for my next manicure.

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grey gardens

This post might be a little random – my coffee never kicked in this morning so I’m feeling a little less focused than normal.  Does this ever happen to anyone or have my adrenal glands officially kicked the bucket?

Wanted to give you an update on my flower and boxwood planting attempts.  Yes, I actually planted them…and yes, they have lived for more than 3 weeks now.  Woo hoo!  I think next I’ll attempt to put this little guy in our keeping room.


And you know I’m always decorating our imaginary farmhouse.  Lately I love the idea of using a deep grey somewhere.  Whether it’s in the living room, a study, interior doors, or outside on an adorable potting shed.



My favorite shade of dark grey right now is Dragon’s Breath by Benjamin Moore.  The name kind of makes me think of the term coffee breath, ha.  Except Dragon’s Breath is completely wonderful and doesn’t cause people to back away three feet.

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Cheers to caffeine addiction, breath mints, great paint, and plants that live well into old age!

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beach life

We’ve had our cousins in town from Austin, Texas.  It’s been such a fun week!  Boating, beach lounging, shopping, and all the activities you can imagine doing while visiting our area.  We’re still “on vacation” so I’ll try to share more pics next week.

On Wednesday, we took the boat out for a fun day at Crab Island – a unique part of the Emerald Coast which leads into a portion of the bay that’s shallow and clear.   We even boated to dinner at our very favorite sushi place, Harbor Docks.  Our cousin, Lolly captured the cutest shot of Peter leading all the girls to one of the small beaches after dinner.   

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Peter has never named his boat…I think the name “Sea Mistress” would be fitting.  He loves his boat about as much as I love my horse ; )

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Beach time with family makes me feel so happy.  And it’s like I get to see our surroundings in a whole new way.  Are you planning to travel soon?  Here’s a list of beach fashion inspiration I put together for your summer vacay…


  1. Lovvvvvve this packing list (complete with outfit pictures) by perspicasity.  Especially the red coral necklace, which is well-priced.  I want it ALL!!
  2. Check out this brilliant sun hat DIY.  Had no idea pom pom trim could be so chic!? [photo via]  sun hat DIY
  3. This $21 embroidered cover up is perfect for a little sass at the beach.
  4. A simple maxi for summer is essential.  I adore this charcoal wrap maxi, or this $27 cream strapless maxi or this $80 cream with straps.  If you like pattern, I’ve tried on this blue ocean maxi and love.  It’s super comfy and you can’t go wrong with the pattern, price, or color.
  5. A statement necklace is a wonderful wardrobe staple.  I would wear any simple dress, tee, or maxi with this killer crystal industrial necklace.  The whole jewelry line is over here.  necklace
  6. This budget friendly beach tote would be adorable monogrammed.
  7. And of course, this is my favorite all around beach/boat/barn hat.  It’s preppy fab and goes with everything.  I’ve had mine for 7 years!

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    SeletaI‘m Seleta, a city girl living the beach life with my husband, fabulous four offspring, happy horses and frisky fur babies. A former TV personality turned Designer, I love to share the sparkly side of life. Read more here.
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