Fall Shopping List

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Now that July has come to an end, I can officially start transitioning my closet to Fall. I won’t be able to break out my favorite sweaters or jackets anytime soon, but I can switch out my accessories to ease into the season. I’ve already started swapping out my sandals for these leather booties. They are the perfect in-between shoe that can be worn with a sundress or shorts for the still warmer months. Another easy swap is to change your polish. As it gets closer to Fall, I choose  darker, moodier polishes like  Essie’s Wicked. It is my all-time favorite shade for Fall. Here is a list of my favorite accessories that are perfect for Fall, but still acceptable to wear in Summer.

1. Bauble Bar Rolo Strand Necklace

2. Anthropologie Storied Arc Bracelet

3. Knotted Geo Headwrap

4. Static Cutout Headwrap

5. Tori Burch Catalina Satchel

6. Milly Dalmatian Clutch

7. Essie “Wicked”

8. OPI “Lincoln Park After Dark”

9. Steve Madden Leather Cognac Booties

10. Shoemint Milly Leather Bootie

Tybee Island

tybeeThis past weekend my mom and I went on a short girls trip to Tybee Island, and after the loss of our beloved Border Collie, Blue, it was imperative that we getaway for the weekend. We spent the majority of the time at the beach, soaking up the beautiful weather and salty ocean air.  It was so nice to just relax and have no set plans. We only managed to pull ourselves away from the beach long enough to enjoy a nice evening on River Street. We ate a New Orleans style dinner at Huey’s then stopped by Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for some fudge. Sunday was a bit more overcast, so we visited the Tybee Island Lighthouse and did some shopping in downtown Savannah. Since I’m already thinking about Christmas,  I picked up a cute new ornament (Butter Y’all)  from the Paula Deen store that will look perfect next to my cupcake ornament on my Christmas tree. My mom and I had such a wonderful weekend, but it was hard to return home knowing Blue wouldn’t be there.

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Manicure Monday: Color Run Nails

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This upcoming Saturday, my boyfriend and I (plus a few friends) are running in the “World’s Most Colorful 5k”-Run or Dye. I’ve been looking forward to this colorful run all Summer, and in anticipation of the event, I painted my nails to match the occasion. I splattered my favorite Essie colors over my white nails to give them that “thrown paint” look. I love how vibrant the colors are and the best part about a splatter paint manicure-I don’t have to worry about it getting ruined on race day!

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{Tools: Essie Blanc, Madison Ave-Hue, Tart Deco, Navigate Her, Bikini So Teeny, Play Date & a Straw}

1. Begin by painting your nails a white base coat. I used Essie Blanc.

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2. Add drops of the colored paint on top of the white base coat.

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3. Using the end of a straw, splatter the paint all over your nails. Don’t be worried if the colors mix. They are supposed to look messy!

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{Finished Product}

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Beach Bound

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TGIF! My mom and I are headed to Tybee Island this weekend for a girls only beach trip and some much needed R&R. Since the weather seems to be permanently rainy here in Atlanta, we figured we could find some sun on Georgia’s Golden Coast. Keeping my fingers crossed! I’m mainly packing light, casual outfits that can be dressed up with statement pieces and heels. I was particularly drawn to this Tribal Print dress from Target. It’s perfect for a day at the beach, but with the right accessories, can easily be worn out on River Street. I’m always finding great, affordable pieces there. This Mint Ruffle Bikini is also a Target find. I love how girly it is and can’t wait to finally wear it. Hope you all have a great weekend! I’m off to sun bathe!

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Christmas in July

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Today is Christmas in July and what better way to celebrate than with pictures of my festive felines? Not only is Christmas one of my favorite times of the year, but George and Piper-Jacque also love getting into the holiday spirit. They are so helpful when it comes to decorating the tree, wrapping presents and even posing for those necessary holiday pictures. Every year they get new toys and lots of treats, and with Christmas only 5 months away-PJ, George and myself are impatiently counting down the days. Merry Christmas in July, everyone!

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{Piper-Jacque Christmas 2012}

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{George posing by the tree Christmas 2012}

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{Santa’s little helper}

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{Do we look festive?}

Atlanta Eats: Two Urban Licks

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I chose Two Urban Licks for our anniversary dinner for two reasons: delicious food and an even better atmosphere. TWO’s menu consists of fiery American cooking in a high-energy, urban environment. They specialize in wood-fire selections such as duck, fish and barbecue, but the real focal point is the live rotating rotisserie located in the middle of the restaurant. The open kitchen concept allows you to see exactly how your food is prepared. The bar also plays into this “open display” concept by hanging infused cocktails with exotic fruits from it’s rafters for patrons to see. I indulged with a White Peach Sangria and it was absolutely amazing. One just wasn’t enough! Matt and I both chose wood-fire options for our entrees. I had the salmon which was served in a soy ginger vinaigrette and Matt had the bistro steak rubbed in a chimichurri. Both were excellent choices. We couldn’t leave without having dessert, so we treated ourselves to a butterscotch créme brulee. It was our two year anniversary after all!

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{White Peach Sangria}

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{Grilled Salmon, Baby Bok Coy, & Shitake Mushrooms in a Soy Ginger Vinaigrette}

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{Butterscotch Créme Brulee & Sand Dollar Cookies}

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

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I mentioned these cupcakes in my last post, but I didn’t really discuss them in detail. Aside from being my boyfriend’s favorite, they are the best cupcakes ever! They taste exactly like an Oreo. My good friend introduced to me to this recipe by Paula Deen and it’s been my go-to cupcake ever since. I’ve made them for family events, friend’s going away parties, and even added gummy worms to the top to give them a “dirty 30” look for a friends 30th birthday. Whatever occasion you make them for, you won’t be disappointed. In the past I’ve tried substituting low-fat milk for whole to make them somewhat healthier, but I found they don’t turn out as moist. Now, I use less sugar in the frosting (between 3-4 cups instead of 9). Don’t let the excessive amount of butter and sugar scare you away-they are worth every bite!

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An Anniversary to Remember

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Since our anniversary fell on a weeknight, we decided to celebrate over the weekend. We started off with a romantic dinner at one of my all-time favorite restaurants in Atlanta-Two Urban Licks. This place is seriously the coolest, but you wouldn’t know it from its outward appearance. Located in an old warehouse along the Atlanta Beltline, the inside is completely revamped to look like a modern oasis, complete with skyline views of downtown Atlanta, an outside bocce court and a large patio that overlooks the Beltline. They even had a live blues band playing which created a nice, sultry vibe. After dinner we walked along the Beltline, enjoying the breathtaking views and somewhat decent weather (there were scattered thunderstorms all weekend), then headed home to watch Oz. Last year I made Matt a Blurb Photo book as a gift for our anniversary. It was filled with all our memorable moments during our first year together, so I decided to carry on the tradition and make him another one for this year. He loved it! I plan on making one every year. It will be interesting to see how the photos change over time. To end the evening, I made Matt his favorite cupcakes-Cookies and Cream. We had plans to ride Skyview as well, but due to inclement weather all weekend, we had to postpone that activity. We had such a special second anniversary. I’m looking forward to many more!

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{Enjoying my White Peach Sangria}

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{My handsome date}

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{Ready for a walk on the Beltline}

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{City view before sunset}

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{First and Second Year Photo Books}

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{Cookies and Cream Cupcakes just look more festive with a sparkler}

Two Years

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Matt and I have officially been dating two years today. I can’t believe it has already been that long! We have come a long way since our first date (he took me rock climbing at the Rock Gym in Tallahassee and continued to date me even after I dropped him on his back, oops!). We have made so many good memories together over the past two years. I’m so thankful I get to spend time with someone that shares my love for Florida State, makes me laugh every day and doesn’t mind that I’m a “crazy cat lady.” Happy two year anniversary, Matt! I’m looking forward to many more fun times with you!

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{First trip to the beach}

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{Wild and Wonderful White’s Party}

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{First FSU Tailgate}

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{Carving our first pumpkin}

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{Drinks at Proof}

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{Our first Ferris Wheel ride}

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{North Florida Fair}

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{1st & 2nd Annual Tacky Christmas Party}

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{New Year’s Eve 2011 & 2012}

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{One Year Anniversary in Destin}

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{Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville}

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{Golf outings}

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{St. Patty’s Day in Savannah}

Atlanta Eats: The Vortex

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After our little shopping excursion on the Westside, we headed to Little Five Points to grab a quick lunch at The Vortex. This hipster hangout is well known for its craft beers and burger selection, but its The Vortex’s unique décor that grabs people’s attention. A 20-foot laughing skull-shaped façade, now a beloved Atlanta landmark, dons the front entrance, establishing this joint as a “no prep zone.” I felt a little out of place in my J. Crew ensemble, but that feeling quickly changed once we took our seats. We were greeted immediately and handed our menus, or should I say “The Rules.”  Each menu contains a set of the House Rules that eliminate any high maintenance customers. My personal favorite-“This is an idiot-free zone.” As a former server, I can appreciate a restaurant with a “no-nonsense” attitude. The rules gave me a good laugh, but my eyes were quickly drawn to the burger section of the menu. With options like the Triple Coronary Bypass, three burger patties topped with 14 slices of cheese and fried egg, or the Fat Elvis, a burger served with fried plantains and a peanut butter spread, it was hard to make a decision. We finally settled on the Blue ‘Shroom and Lone Star Texas Melt and they were delicious! I definitely recommend getting the sweet potato fries with marshmallow goo as a side item. This was a great, rainy day lunch spot. You really can’t go wrong with beer and burgers.

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{Idiot-free zone}

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{Blue ‘Shroom Burger with Sweet Potato Fries & Marshmallow Goo}

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{Lone Star Texas Melt}