tgif + a preppy top

It’s Friday!  Here’s a little preppy inspiration for your weekend.



I’m pretty picky about off-the-shoulder tops, but THIS one!!  Love.

striped top

When I peeked at the big sale at our local Anthro yesterday, I spotted this adorable sketch journal for our young artiste…so cute in person.  Going to snag it for her birthday!  Still can’t believe we actually have an Anthro now!!   

This weekend two of our kids leave for their church youth trip and another has a Saturday afternoon dance performance in town.  The month of June is seriously flying by.  What have I been up to this month?  To be honest, a lot of dishes, driving, and dancing.  Pretty much in that order.  I may be a few weeks away from that moonlight picnic, but lots of good things happening.  Hope you have a fun and happy weekend!

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white moonlight evening picnic

The days really sizzle this time of year here in the south, so much so that it’s preferable to stay inside during the heat of the day.  I’m a big picnic fan, but this time of year it’s almost impossible to enjoy one outside during the day.  You could die of heat exhaustion.  A fun idea on when to have a picnic in the summer is in the evening!  Have you ever had a night-time picnic?  It’s actually one of my favorite kind.  I love the idea of an all white moonlight picnic.  So easy to create – all you need are candles, simple dishes, tasty treats, a table or a blanket, and twinkle lights if you’re picnicking at home.

evening picnic


For those of us with busy daytime schedules (and kids), moonlight picnics in the backyard or back porch are very doable and easy to create.  And romantic.  Think about it – you don’t have to pay a sitter, make restaurant reservations, or worry about a big tab at the end of your meal.  You are in charge of it all – and to make it easy, you can simply pick up your items along with your errands during the week and tuck them away in the pantry or fridge so there’s no big prep situation.  Best of all, you can be as creative as you like!

I loved this eco-friendly Acme Party Picnic box and hoarded it on pinterest forever, but now it’s sold out.  This happens to me so much, I think I have a semi-serious pinterest hoarding problem.   

acme picnic party


Not to worry, I found a few cute and affordable items so you can put together your own similar picnic set.  Starting with this Moroccan tote for less than $30.  Other items found:  mason jar sippers (singles), mason jar sippers (set of 12),  heart shaped cutting board.

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All you need now is a set of cute linen napkins, a carafe, and plates.  Much of this you probably have at home.  Almost forgot the eco friendly cutlery – found a set over here.

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And if you’re looking for the mack-daddy classic picnic basket that comes with everything, I found this guy by a company called Picnic At Ascot.  The best price I could find online for this set was on here.  And a close second in price was this site.



I like to pack fanciful items whenever we enjoy a picnic – it makes the whole experience more fun.  A few favorite picnic ingredients:  sparking apple juice or champagne, french brie, crackers, nitrate-free salami or summer sausage, seasonal fruit, and caviar.  And of course, every picnic must have flowers.

Hmmm, maybe I would like a moonlight picnic for my birthday treat this year : )

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july 4th in seaside + running

Hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!  We enjoyed a mini family road trip taking our runner to her Junior Olympics track meet.  You may remember her as our equestrian, but she has gone from horseback riding to running and it looks like she has truly found her passion.  She tells me she wakes up and just wants to run.  My husband is a runner and marathoner, so his influence been an inspiration.  The only time I run is to a sale or maybe a pas de couru en pointe across a studio floor.  I’ve tried running several times but can’t seem to get into it.  I have great admiration for those who run – it’s such a demanding and difficult sport.  Very proud of the runners in our family.

Here are my two girlies sporting some SEASIDE swag.  Runner on the left, ballerina on the right.  They are growing up so fast!

Seaside girlies

seaside hat bud hat

Since July 4th is just around the corner, I wanted to share with you these fun tees you can find over at The Seaside Style.  It’s their very first July 4th tee design.  I love the classic SEASIDE design and American flag on the front…

Seaside tee front

And the festive, signature “Bud” icon on the back.

Seaside July4th

I really love these tees!  First of all, they’re super soft – not your average tee material.  And the design is simple and classic.  It’s a great keepsake for your Seaside beach vacay or fun outfit for the 4th.  Or both.  When my daughter posted this pic on her IG, several of her friends went out and grabbed one, so the teens love them too.  They’re going like hotcakes, be sure to check them out over here.  They have kid sizes here  and a grey version here.

Seaside tee

You can check out more from The Seaside Style on their website.  I pretty much adore all of their things, but my favorite essentials are their hats, dog leashes, and butter-soft hoodies in great colors.  Check out their fun instagram page here.

seaside style 4th of july

Have you made your July 4th plans?  Ours are still up in the air – we are trying to decide between beach or mountains.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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3 pretty things

A simple list of pretty white things to inspire some midweek fun before the weekend.

1.  A playful eyelet romper perfect for hot summer nights.

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2.  A pretty outdoor pouf to kick up your heels in style.


3.  And a perfect kitchen desk area for organizing inspiration.

wednesday white

Happy Wednesday!

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