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Friday Finds


Can I get an Amen?

It’s been a long week for me.  Thank goodness it’s over!  I’m back with a couple weeks’ worth of Friday Finds this morning.

Fair warning, this post starts out pretty girlie, the middle is kinda serious, but it ends with delicious  beer and yet another virtual toast.

Loreal Infallible Lacquer Liner

Infallible Lacquer Liner

Attention all girls: Go forth and buy this eye liner!

When I got my Bobbi Brown makeover, they used a beautiful navy cream eye shadow as an eye liner on me.  I had never thought to use navy eye liner, but she suggested it to enhance my blue-ish green-ish eyes.  It ended making a HUGE difference to me, and makes my eyes really pop.  I have never liked black eye liner on me, it’s too harsh.  Brown is what I usually wear, but the navy was amazing!  But I couldn’t afford to buy the BB navy.  So I scouted Walgreens and CVS but couldn’t find a substitute.  Finally, last Thursday before I left town I swung by Walmart to pick up some nail polish for the wedding (I chose Essie Mademoiselle) and I found this gem of the HBA aisle!  This stuff is amazing.  It’s creamy, smooth, and lasts through a long day of wedding shenanigans, a long night of dancing, and a whole night of sleeping.  Without smudging.  And then comes off with just my Dove soap and water!  And it comes in five colors.  And the brush seems to be of surprisingly decent quality, and is small enough to get a really fine line.  Now I want all the colors.



Are y’all watching this season?  I’ve been obsessed since the pilot episode.  Wheat usually thinks the TV shows I watch are pretty ridiculous, but he LOVES Revenge.  Because it’s so, so, so good.  It’s really the one show we watch together, and we don’t watch a whole lot of TV at all, so that’s saying something.  I am so torn about Emily.  I understand her vendetta, but SO want her to abandon her plot and run away with Jack.  But now I feel like it’s too late.  And of course, it was too good to be true that the preacher and Conrad were just going to confess.  I have to ask y’all: WHO DO YOU THINK THE HAMPTONS KILLER IS????

I was thinking that Victoria was the obvious choice for the killer, but maybe it was Charlotte getting revenge for Decklan’s death?  #hamptonskiller

I also absolutely love Emily Thorne’s/Amanda Clark’s hair.

revenge-emily-thorne EmilyThorne

Marvel Studios' "Thor: The Dark World," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" And "Guardians Of The Galaxy" Red Carpet - Comic-Con International 2013

And I’d take her entire show wardrobe.  But as a side observation: are middle parts back?  Because I think they kind of are, and I’m not sure I can support that.  I mean, Olivia Palermo always rocks one, too, and everyone’s obsessed with her hair.  I read on Day Old News the other day that she gets her hair trimmed every 4 weeks.  That must be amazing.  I wish my hair stylist sister lived a wee bit closer so I could do that too!  I’m also considering ordering the shampoo/conditioner she uses.

2013-09-22-Olivia Palermo

But I’m no OP, so I’ll stick with my side part.

The Smintzes DIY Marinated Olives


I know, I’m obsessed with Maggie and her blog.  But when I recapped the BBQ she and Greg had us over for a couple weeks ago, I forgot to mention one of the best parts: her marinated olives.  I just assumed they were from an olive bar from the big city (Greg had just made a trip to Atlanta, so I figured that was a logical assumption).  But then after I ate approximately 15 of them (sorry!), Maggie told me she marinated them at home.  Whatttttt?  True story.  So this week I texted her to get the deets, which she serendipitously posted yesterday.  If you like olives, but like us, are too poor or too rural for the olive bar, head over to The Smintzes and write that down.

And now, I’m about to get serious.

In addition to just loving olives with my whole heart, my mother-in-law posted an article on Facebook this week about your diet/nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease.  Wheat’s grandfather has Alzheimer’s, so it’s always on our family’s mind.  Anyway, if you’d like to read the article, {click here}.

To sum up a very long article, the theory is that we are all at least a little gluten-intolerant, and gluten weakens our gut so that other nefarious vitamins/chemicals/casein protein/etc. can enter our bodies.  On the flip side, healthy fats and cholesterol strengthen connections in our brain and encourage new cell growth (pulling out all those biology lessons from college).  Therefore, to help keep our brains (and bodies) healthy, we should limit our intake of gluten (grains) and up our intake of meats and fats.

Sounds pretty paleo-ish, if you ask me. But this diet also sounds very much like the Mediterranean diet to me, too.  I’m not the kind of person that jumps into diets 100% – except for that one time I went vegetarian for a month, then vegan for the next month, but that was an experiment and is neither here nor there.  I definitely don’t think it’s a terrible idea to reduce our carb intake, especially when (let’s be real) we (aka Wheat and myself) probably aren’t burning them off.  If you lead a really active lifestyle and are burning your (healthy) carbs right off, more power to you.  And we’ve all known for a really long time that olive oil, though very “fattening,” is really, really good for you.  Eat it.  Cook with it. Enjoy it. Life’s short.  And this “Grain Brain” diet even encourages butter consumption!  Butter is lacking in casein, which is basically dairy protein.  Therefore, even though he argues against consuming a lot of dairy, especially in conjunction with grain (which according to Dr. David Perlmutter, who wrote the book, is the root of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other brain diseases), you can eat all the butter you want!  He also waxes poetic on the benefits of intestinal flora (ACTIVIA!!!!).  I worked at a health food store in high school, and I remember learning about probiotics and the benefits of replenishing your gut, especially when on antibiotics (which also kill good bacteria).  Dr. Perlmutter is a huge proponent of sauerkraut due to its fermented nature.  I also love it, due to its crunchy tangy pickle-ness.  A foodie friend recommended The Art of Fermentation (<– affiliate link!), so now I’m really thinking about buying it.  Although, I do have a birthday coming up very soon… Bueller?

Basically, eat less grain, eat more fermented stuff, and definitely don’t eat bread and chug a glass of milk at the same time.  I guess cheesy bread and pizza are probably against this diet, so maybe the Mediterranean diet won’t work either.

I’m not saying I’m giving up bread, or milk, or pasta, or cheese, or cream, or pumpkin spice lattes.  I’m certainly not giving up baking delicious cakes.  But I am going to eat olives with abandon.  And try to get more exercise.  And drink red wine (oh woops, I already do plenty of that).  And not worry if I eat an avocado.  When it comes to food, my motto has always been, “Everything in moderation… including moderation.”  Actually, that’s my motto when it comes to most things.  And so, much like we already pretty much do, we are going to continue eating meat and lots of veggies for most meals.  And we will still splurge on cakes and cupcakes and bread and pasta every once in a while.  Some weeks more than others.  But it’s definitely something to ponder on this gorgeous Friday morning.

Back to favorite things.

Dogfish 90 Minute IPA


I usually am not an IPA lover.  I prefer pale or brown ales usually.  I love Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, for example.


But this Dogfish 90-minute IPA is SO delicious.  It’s hoppy, but doesn’t leave that bitter aftertaste most IPAs do.  It’s super smooth and just so gosh-darn-good.  And it’s 9% alcohol… so you only need a couple!  Anyway, if you’re an IPA lover, or someone who may want to reconsider their feelings about IPAs, try this beer!  And if you haven’t tried Southern Pecan, you should try it, too.  It’s nutty  and smooth, but not bitter, and it really does taste distinctly of pecans.  As any good Southern girl does (especially one who grew up with a pecan orchard in her Poppie’s backyard), I like anything with pecans, including this beer.   Both of those pictures were taken at one of my favorite restaurants ever, The Whip at Lake Talquin.  They’re really upped their booze selection, which makes Wheat and me very happy!

I don’t have my own picture, but I am really diggin’ the ciders these days, too.  Mostly thanks to my friend Charity and her affinity for the bev.  So now I’m hooked, too.  Plus, it’s super seasonal, yo.  My two favorites are Crispin and the Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider.  They’re both really good, but the Angry Orchard is much easier to find here in the backwoods.

In summation, all of these long necks are worthy of your frosty glass.  Or your koozie from last weekend’s wedding.  Or in our case, last weekend’s or this weekend’s wedding.  Our koozie bin overfloweth!  Which is just fine, since I never leave the house without one or twenty.  Anyway, we are so excited to celebrate the nuptials of two more good friends tomorrow afternoon.

So with that, cheers to Jim and Mandi!

Hope everyone has a great weekend full of wedding koozies and celebrations!

Until Next Time


Friday Finds


But seriously.  TGIF.

It’s been another long week, amiright?

This Friday Finds isn’t nearly as cool as last week’s post, but it’ll do pig.  It’ll do.

Here’s what I’m obsessing over this week.

This entire outfit from Anthropologie.


I am obsessed with everything in this picture. Even her hair. I *will* have that fabulous red bag lady sweater at some point in the very near future, if I have anything to do with it.
And I do.

However, I don’t see myself purchasing very expensive jeans in the near future, so I made a substitution.

These deconstructed Gap jeans.

Gap Deconstructed Real Straight JeansGap Deconstructed Real Straight Jeans

I was in Tallahassee last weekend for a hair appointment, and hopped over to the mall and tried these on.  I got them in short length, because I’m short, but also so that I could wear them more like the ones in the Anthro picture above with my own bag lady sweaters (until I purchase that red one, of course).


Bag lady sweaters are the BEST.  Mary Kate and Ashley exemplify the perfect bag lady chic vibe I like to go for in the fall.


Right? Ultimate bag lady chic.

Another thing I’m loving lately is my new favorite Food Network Show, Heartland Table


She isn’t Southern, per se, but she appeals to a Southern viewer, which I find refreshing amongst the “Southern” Food Network crowd.  There are no airs about this gal.  No cane syrup-sweet accent she’s laying on too thick.  She uses a normal human amount of butter in her recipes.  She doesn’t break into uncomfortable song at the end of every episode. But she grows her own food, visits and talks with farmers, and is really laid back and almost suspiciously normal-acting in front of the camera.  Like, I could be friends with this girl.  I could be this girl.
Except, by no fault of my own, I would have a cane-syrup-thick accent.

Anyway, I love her show.  She makes pie dough from scratch, grows her own lettuce, and doesn’t  annoy the shiz out of me.  I highly suggest you check her show out!  I’ve got all of them DVR’d, if you want to come over and marathon it with me.

Bobbi Brown Makeup


I haven’t been loving my makeup for the past year or two.  I feel like my skin has changed a lot (#midtwenties), and I just couldn’t figure out what worked for me.  I saw this feature on Bobbi Brown on CBS Sunday Morning (my FAVE!) and loved her natural aesthetic.  Then I started seeing Katie Holmes around in her Bobbi Brown, and she’s looking better than she ever has, IMHO.  So Saturday after my hair appointment, I went and got a full makeover at the Bobbi Brown counter in Dillard’s.  It was awesome.  I wish I could have bought everything they used on me, but alas, I still have to save up for those J.Crew boots, Madewell boots, and red bag lady sweater from Anthro.  I did purchase the liquid foundation pictured above, as well as the undereye corrector and concealer.  I am LOVING it all.  If you’re interested in the CBS Sunday Morning feature on her, {click here}.  I love how she puts her philosophy: “All women are beautiful.  What beauty is to me, is not looking like a super model, not looking like a Barbie doll.  It’s about being comfortable in your own skin and knowing how to use makeup to make you look better and enhance who you are.”
Isn’t that what we all want out of our makeup?

Speaking of all things girlie, I’m also loving my borrowed curling iron from Charity.

Ion Titanium Pro Curling Iron

I am just now learning to use these girl tools, and I really didn’t know how to use a curling iron. But Charity let me borrow this curling iron, and after a quick text tutorial from Rachel, I am feeling fairly confident at actually doing things to my hair.  Thanks Charity and Rachel! As proof of my new-found hair potential, please enjoy this awkward bathroom selfie.


I can be quite the awkward turtle, I’m well aware.  I’ve just been blowing it out straight, which takes surprisingly little time, then run a flat iron through it, then a curling iron.  Or just the curling iron.  I don’t really know, I’ve only been doing it for a few days and I am really new at actually doing things to my hair.  Update: here’s one from this morning after using the curling iron – I’m getting better!

Any product or curling iron suggestions for me?

So that’s what I’m loving in my world right now.  What are you loving?

Happy Fall Friday!  Go forth and soak up all the glorious Fall weather we’re having!



Our Wedding

I’ve had a couple people request a wedding post, and another request to see our oyster cake topper.  I had put it off, but Lilly Pulitzer‘s recent passing reminded me of what I wore on my wedding day, and in light of our upcoming one year anniversary, AND in light of the fact that I’m traveling to Miami as you read this for my dear friend Jessica’s wedding… I decided that a wedding post was in order today!

Our wonderful photographer was Mary Beth Tyson.  She was a dream to work with, is ridiculously nice, and is an amazing photographer.  I HIGHLY recommend her!  All the pictures in this post are Mary Beth’s work.  You can view more of her work on her website/blog here.   Okay, here we go!

2002Harold, looking very dapper in his blue seersucker bowtie, from Ryan at Pecan Pie Puppies.  I also purchased my mom’s yorkie, Babe, a bowtie, and my sister’s poodle, Betsy, a hydrangea collar adornment.  They were all SO adorable, and Ryan was wonderful to work with.

2106The Bar set up.   It was a family and close friends only wedding (still approximately 80 people or so), but there was no shortage of booze or fun.2107The story with the boat: A childhood friend and I sanded, repainted, and sealed this old sailboat back in middle school, and it’s been a fixture at our lakehouse ever since.  It was perfect for a boatload of beer at the wedding.  I ordered our koozies from Koozie Revolution, and have ordered from them again since.   I love hydrangeas, and they were everywhere!  We recently (finally) planted this hydrangea from the boat in our yard, along with another one from the wedding.  They are doing so well, and will be a special reminder in our yard of our wedding day!2111I used my own collection of antique blue ball jars for aisle arrangements (on shephard’s hooks down the “aisle” in the sand).  I ordered the peach ribbon in bulk from Amazon, and the hydrangeas were from Bayside Florist in Port St. Joe.2155There was literally a waterspout down the beach a bit during the insane thunderstorm earlier on our wedding day.  I was freaking out, of course.  But just in time, the clouds parted and the sun came out and we had a gorgeous sunset!2191

My handsome daddy walking me down the aisle.

What I wore: I’ve always been a no muss, no fuss kinda gal, and couldn’t see myself wearing a big fancy dress… so I wore a white Lilly Pulitzer dress (no longer available).  Here is the Lilly white dress collection for this year, though.  J.Crew earrings (no longer available but similar from Kate Spade here).  I got my birdcage veil on Etsy from Bows N Berries.  I wore a very, very old pearl bracelet that was passed down to me from my grandmother (something old) and borrowed my sister’s sapphire ring (something blue and borrowed).  I didn’t wear them until after the ceremony, but I also wore these basketweave Lilly wedges.

2013My sister, Anna Jo, also did my hair and makeup!  She had just started back then, but she just graduated from Aveda hair school a couple weeks ago, and we’re very proud!  She also did my mom’s hair, and her own (duh).  She’s looking for a job in Jacksonville, Florida, if you’re looking for a stylist! ;)

2026My mom, Lisa, and Anna Jo also wore Lilly dresses.  It was only appropriate at a casual beach wedding!

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2192My handsome groom and his dad, Bruce, and his brothers, Parks and Carlyle.2238It was (obviously) a very casual beach affair!2267Saying the vows!

2380So very happy :)

2415 2482Our caterer was the amazing Jessica at Gourmet by the Bay!  She made the BEST little mini fish tacos, grilled veggies, bruschetta, mini crabcakes, little chicken salad sliders… all of her food is unbelievably delicious.  She has a food truck that is often found serving to-die-for beignets and biscuits along the beach during the summer, and she is currently posted up in Blountstown, Florida (my semi-hometown and the location of her previous incarnation as Wisteria Cafe).  Like her on Facebook, and if you ever see her truck… STOP AND EAT IMMEDIATELY.2387The gorgeous sunset and our cake!  It was REALLY windy though, so we had to go ahead and lay the crystal toasting flutes down.  Our cake was by Rhonda Tull in Port St. Joe, and it was perfect!  I gave her a picture from Real Simple (haven’t tracked it down online but it was from a Real Simple Weddings last year) and topped it with my oyster shell topper (more on that next).  If you’re interested in Rhonda’s cakes, you can find more about her and see some of her other cakes on her MySpace Page and read reviews about her cakes here.

2390And finally, our rings on our oyster cake topper. Wheat and I connected at a local oyster bar (Reagan’s, for those familiar with St. Joe Beach/Mexico Beach).  We got married in front of my parents’ beach house.  We love oysters.  It was only appropriate.  I bought our handmade porcelain oyster shell cake topper from Holly Heaslip at The Bay Scallop Shop.  I am still in love with it a year later.  All of our jewelry is from Godwin’s Jewelry in Bainbridge, Georgia.  I cannot say enough good things about Godwin’s!


That about covers it all!  My wedding was a little different than most, and very small with a lot of DIY-ing and help from beloved family and friends.  I could never have done it without my amazing Mama, or our friend Howard, my aunt Lori, cousin Kristy, grandmother Tezzie, sister Anna Jo, and everyone else who helped make it happen.  It was a short engagement (i.e. 2 months!), and I wasn’t sure it could be done, but we did it!  And it was perfect.  We were surrounded by family and best friends, and had the most amazing and fun weekend ever before leaving far too early the next morning for the airport.  Perfect.



I’ll be MIA in MIA all weekend ;) celebrating Jessica and Evan’s nuptials, but I’ll be sure to fill you in on all the romantic and fun details next week.  I can hardly wait to be reunited with my college girlfriends and spend a weekend in the hot south Florida sunshine while celebrating one of our own.  Cheers to Jessica and Evan!