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Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway

Okay, so (hopefully!) you’ve all heard about the AMAZING Bloggers’ Favorite Things Giveaway by now. But to refresh your memory, a bunch of us bloggers got together and all picked out our favorite things in the whole wide world.  And we’re going to give one extremely lucky winner a whole bunch of our favorite things!

Bloggers' Favorite Things

So without further adieu… Here are some of MY very favorite things!

Bloggers' Favorite Things

My Barbour Beadnell jacket: I got mine last year from J.Crew (Barbour for J.Crew).  It has a Liberty of London purple and white lining and I absolutely adore it.  It’s perfect for quail hunting, fire sitting, and is perfectly SoWeGa chic. ;)  Mine is no longer available, but there is still a plain Barbour for J.Crew Beadnell available.  Tip: Barbour doesn’t exactly go on sale very often… but J.Crew does!  I called to find my size in a store, and they allowed me to use the 25% promotion they had going after Christmas last year…
Anything Plaid: Like most other bloggers out there, I’m obsessed with plaid this year.  I am LOVING my new brown plaid scarf that Tana at Plum Classy gifted me.  Cream monogram + brown plaid = one happy girl!
The Laundress Cashmere & Wool Shampoo: This stuff is the jam.  It’s a wee bit pricey, but I purchased a bottle back in undergrad (over 4 years ago!) and it’s still going strong and saves me a fortune in dry cleaning.  Just turn your cashmere and wool sweaters and such inside out, hand wash or wash in your machine on the delicate cycle, dry flat, and be amazed at the softness.  Plus, it has cedar oil in it to make it smell wintery and run off moths.   They even have a blog where they dole out advice on how to remove stains and launder even the most delicate of clothes.  Do yourself a favor many times over and get this now.  The Laundress even sells a wool & cashmere gift bag that would be such an amazing gift for anyone with a quality sweater collection.
Living Proof No Frizz Styling Creme: I realize that I’ve already talked about this stuff, but seriously.  It’s the best goo I’ve ever put in my hair.  Just read the reviews and buy it and live without frizz and regret.
Sassy Wine Stoppers: This jingle bell wine stopper is from C. Wonder, but take your pick.  Attached to a bottle of wine, this is the perfect hostess gift that a lush wino gal like me will always appreciate.
Essie Carry On Nail Polish: The perfect deep burgundy nail polish for when you want to be festive, but also a little emo.
Sid Mashburn Oyster Shell Belt Buckle:  I realize that this is a dude’s belt buckle.  But there is nothing stopping me from purchasing it for myself.  This is the perfect gift for the Southern gentle person in your life, be he a man, or a woman (I hope someone out there gets the Anchorman reference there).
Cast Iron Skillets: no explanation really necessary, right?  They cook your food, but better.  Buy them old, buy them new, read my post on cast iron care, and cook like a boss.
Citizen Rocket High Rise Skinny Jeans: The best jeans.  Ever.  Once you go mom jeans, you never go back.  Really – I gave the rest of mine to Goodwill (and my shorter-torso-ed madre).
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Cookbook: (<– affiliate link!)  This has been a really fun cookbook not only to read like a novel, but also to cook from.  They adapt a lot of recipes from the famous Charleston Receipts for modern day kitchens, while explaining a lot of the history behind the recipes, too.  Scuppernong Sangria, anyone?
J.Crew Nightshirt: Super comfortable.  Super appropriate, too.  Which comes in handy during all of this Christmas-Holiday-Family-in-town madness.  Too cold?  Add leggings.  Heck, belt it and call it an outfit and a day.
Michael Kors Watch:  I feel like this is THE Pinterest watch of Christmas 2013.  Everybody wants it.  You know you do, too.
Shearling-Lined Bean Boots:  I got these for Christmas a few years ago, and they are crazy comfortable and warm.  You can fold them down to show some fur and be cute, or you can lace these bad boys up and hike some mountains or sludge through some snow.  So very versatile.
Georgia Cutting Board: I pulled this from one of my favorite shops in Thomasville – Firefly.  But they are all over the Etsy-verse too.  You can buy these in any state-shape you’d like.  With a pretty cheese knife or spreader, it would make an awesome gift.  Or for those of you shopping for yourself… just pick your favorite state and we’ll move on.
You would think I was done… but no.  Polyvore wouldn’t let me clip in some of my favorite things from more, ahem, obscure websites.  So in addition to those above, here are some of my other favorites:
Extra Large Custom Tobacco Slat Cutting Board by Marc Ventry | Oysters & Pearls Tobacco Slat Cutting Board, Edge Detail | Oysters & Pearls
Remember my post on Marc and his amazing cutting boards? Well you guyssssss he got a website!!  So please go check it out.  His cutting boards are TDF and beautiful and wonderful and are one of my very favorite things ever.
UPDATE: Next Wednesday (December 11, 2013) is the last day to order anything from
Southern Restoration Furniture before Christmas.  Just in case anyone is using this as a gift guide. ;)
And not only is my cutting board one of my most favorite things, but so are Marc’s Nunya Beeswax products.  His chapstick is some of the best I’ve ever used, and his hand balm is awesome and perfect for tossing in your purse without worrying about spillage!  He makes them all with beeswax from his own bee hives.  Jack of all trades, he is.
Nunya Beeswax | Oysters & Pearls
And the lucky giveaway winner is also going to get two Nunya Beeswax chapsticks and two hand balms!!  Thanks, Marc!
I first discovered GBCC on Instagram, where all good things happen.  Based out of Birmingham, Carmen hand pours all of these candles herself.  They are beautiful, smell amazing, and they are in wine bottles.  Another perfect gift for the lushes in your life who also like their house to smell nice.
The Green Bottle Candle Company Holiday Pear Candle- Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway | Oysters & Pearls
Even better news?  The Green Bottle Candle Company has generously donated a Green Bottle Candle to the giveaway!  So the winner will not only get Rachel’s favorite Capri Blue candle, the winner will also get a Green Bottle Candle in Holiday Pear, too!  Thank you so much, Carmen!
Seriously, y’all, the fabulousness of this giveaway is slaying me.  I’m dead.
And so finally… I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m giving away?  What will the winner get from Oysters & Pearls???
Well, that would be a cast iron skillet, of course.
Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway - Win a Cast Iron Skillet! | Oysters & Pearls Win a Size 6 Cast Iron Skillet in the Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway! | Oysters & Pearls Win This Cast Iron Skillet in the Bloggers' Favorite Things Giveaway! | Oysters & Pearls
The winner will be receiving an antique 6 inch diameter cast iron skillet that was purchased for just such an occasion from the Antique Annex in Bainbridge, Georgia and seasoned by yours truly.  It’s in great shape and ready for cooking!  Oh, and future winner, just don’t forget to check out my post on how to care for cast iron once you get it!
All right.  If you want to win this skillet, the Green Bottle Candle Company Candle, lots of baking goodies, a Capri Blue Volcano candle, and much, much more…
Enter now.  Good luck and Happy Holidays!!

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Until Next Time

Friday Finds

TGIF!

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Right? Ultimate bag lady chic.

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

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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

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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.

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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!
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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!

 

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