wednesday white summer dress

Thank you for all the great feedback on my recent post.  Your input was really valuable and helpful. I’m reading over comments again and writing down a few notes to reflect further.  I like the point some of you made to keep posting what feels authentic, whether it’s in video or written format.

White fashion sidenote: I recently picked up this summer dress in black and LOVE it.  Just spotted it in white (which I didn’t see when shopping in the store) and holy moly it’s adorable…and it’s on sale!  This is the perfect summer dress: stylish, edgy, and on and super comfy.  By comfy, I mean you can eat cheese and dessert and not feel guilty or uncomfortable around the waist, ha ha.  There’s plenty of room in the waist without looking like you’re wearing a parachute.  What sold me on this dress was the fringe and dots together – swoon!

Styling:  this dress would be adorbs with a big straw hat, a striped hat, or even a denim jacket.  For shoes it would look great with sandals, wedges, or heels.  For hair you could do a swept up twist, sidepart pony, or long side braid.  I wore my dress with straightened hair, red lips, denim jacket, and nude wedges and really liked the look.  You could also glam it up with opera length pearls tied in a knot and a low bun.  Tres chic!

**Yikes, just noticed it’s selling out…but plenty sizes left in black and petite sizes in white.  Alternate white summer dresses I also like are here, here, and this eyelet top and skirt combo.**

Love the versatility of style this dress has – it can go edgy, dressy, casual, or vampy.  Versatility is pretty important in our environment here at the beach, because so many activities are outdoors.  I also think this is a perfect picnic dress.  White dresses and picnics are the epitome of summer.


Wow, did I just talk myself into getting this in white?  Yep, ordered one.

Back to the last post’s topic, I’m going to research vlogs more, and what all is involved with production.  A friend in the profession warned me that producing videos is very time consuming.  I was like oh ya, that makes sense.  This is something I will never forget when I used to edit my own stories when working at ABC, and later at FOX in Atlanta.  Editing in general can take FOREVER.  But in the news world you only have a short period of time until your deadline, so you have to be crazy fast in your edits.  If I did produce any vlogs, I would make them simple, conversational, and informational.  I would probably aim for one or two a month.  The posts on the blog would continue as is.  I guess I was thinking some videos might add an extra layer of communication.

Some of you pointed out the topic of privacy for our family and that’s also a good reminder.  As our children have grown older, you may have noticed less of their “life” posted here on the blog.  I think as kids get older they need more privacy, and I always try to respect that.  No one likes to grow up on display or under a microscope.  Plus, sometimes I think to myself, “do I want us to live our life or document it?”  Definitely live it!

Last but not least, I did not want anyone to feel guilty about not commenting, so please don’t apologize.  That wasn’t the intention in my post ; )  I save guilt trips for motherhood moments, ha ha haa.  Just ask my kids.

Cheers to you for being the coolest blog friends.  Thanks for being so authentic and kind.  Hugs to you all!







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blue inspiration + something personal

Guys, I am so sorry for skipping out on you last week.  The Seaside Dance Festival was amazing, but it took all that I had and I seriously needed to hit the reset button last week.  The dance festival was extra challenging from a work-sense this year because Peter was gone for four days on a school field trip with one of our kiddos and I had to work while being a solo mom to our other three.  Probably shaved a good two years off my life in those four days.  But I’m back in action!

Feeling some true blue inspiration today.  Can you believe summer is nearly here?

image Amy Stone,  hat Preston & Olivia

About to share some personal thoughts with you – and I need your feedback.  But first, a gorgeous library in blue.

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seaside dance month + behind-the-scenes peek!

Excited to invite you to our 3rd annual Seaside Dance Festival, May 5 – 7th!  This is my biggest project of the year and a HUGE event in our town – one you definitely don’t want to miss.

In a minute I’ll share some fabulous behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and a few personal moments that you’ll enjoy.  But first, a little more info on our event.

This year’s dance festival is an exciting weekend of dance events featuring acclaimed guest artists from around the world.  Our festival is produced by Poor Truman Creative and directed by Davis Robertson (bio here, also interviewed him in a previous post here).  Davis is co-founder of New York Dance Project, International Program Director of Bolshoi, and former Artistic Director of Joffrey Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet Concert Group.  Love the exciting range of work he puts together for our event and always enjoy working with him!

Our event is sponsored by The Merchants of Seaside, which means admission is FREE.  Yes, free!  Here is our schedule of events:

More details on our schedule here and some fun pictures from last year’s performance here.

There are so many things that make Seaside Dance Festival extra special and like no other dance event you’ll see in this country.  Our weekend is filled with incredible variety that entertains ALL ages and tastes in dance – and you don’t have to be a dance expert to enjoy it.  Below are some personal pics and fun moments from last year’s show plus some behind-the-scenes shots that you will love!

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the perfect gift

I recently made what I call a “comfort” package for a friend.   She loved it so much that I wanted to share the idea with you.  A comfort package is something I kind of made up – it’s like a care package except all of the items inside are designed to soothe, relax, comfort, and de-stress.  I quickly snapped a pic of the one I made before delivering it.  It isn’t a styled photo, but you get the idea.  Also, I took the blanket off the hanger when I added the final items. 

Here are my suggestions and key ingredients (non sponsored) for creating a thoughtful and stylish comfort package:

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