While rum may conjure up images of pirates, coconuts, beaches, and daiquiris, I assure you, some rum drinks are meant for sipping fireside. So when Blue Chair Bay Rum (the premium blended rum collection of Kenny Chesney for you country fans), asked me to do some glass clinks to celebrate the Fall season, I was more than game.
As my loyal readers know, Wheat and I have two bee hives in our little apiary. We recently had our Fall honey harvest, so I’m fully stocked for the winter. Rum + honey = a boozy libation that is Fall perfection.
Pour honey and warm water into a mason jar (or cocktail shaker) and shake until thoroughly mixed. Add the remaining ingredients and a few cubes of ice and shake vigorously. Pour into cup of choice, or drink straight from the mason jar.
It wouldn’t be a proper ringing in of Fall if you didn’t have a cocktail too, now would it? Luckily, Blue Chair Bay is giving a bottle of rum away to one of you as well!
To enter to win a bottle of Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum for your own Fall toddy, leave a comment below telling me your favorite rum drink! The winner will be announced on Monday, November 10th.
Note: Must be a U.S. citizen AND over the age of 21 to enter.
I haven’t done a Friday Favorites (this title seems more appropriate than “Friday Finds” now) post in a while, but I’ve been mentally taking notes of some awesome stuff lately, especially over Christmas. Let’s get started, shall we?
This is the best baking spray I’ve found (<– affiliate links). Random thing to be a favorite, I know. But seriously, it doesn’t leave nearly as much residue on your dishes, nothing will stick to it. It really bugs me when baking spray leaves residue on my casserole dishes, and then it’s basically IMPOSSIBLE to get off of there. This one doesn’t do that, and I <3 it.
Remember how I made those pretty Oyster Ornaments? Well, I kept a few for myself, and after I took them off the Christmas tree, I decided they made perfectly lovely fan pulls. So removed the standard fan pull hardware that came with our fans and replaced them with oyster ornaments! I still have a few left from before Christmas, and will be making some more here in a bit that I think are going to be really pretty, too. You can order them over on the Shop page!
I will go ahead and preface this with a disclaimer. I am not a fashion blogger. My husband is not a fashion photographer. However, I am attempting to make an exception today because there are some things I want to tell you about. I love my tall boots, but sometimes they eat my jeans (can anyone else relate?) and it drives me crazy. Sometimes I just want to not have to worry about hiking them up all the time, but I don’t want ballet flats or my booties with heels. Times such as these call for booties like these. They are sort of manly and ugly, made of fine leather that is going to require a significant amount of breaking in – but the kind that you can tell will be well worth it. I love them.
I’m always obsessed with my Barbour jacket, but I’m really loving this new scarf. I mentioned it before, but wanted to share a picture. I love that it’s a brown and black plaid. And I didn’t manage to get the monogram in the picture (oops) but it’s a perfectly bright cream color. I am a big fan of black + brown, so this fits the bill perfectly.
6. Dainty Necklaces
No link for ya here. Once upon a time, in a far away place (Tallahassee) I used to make jewelry and sell it (mainly on Etsy at Frankly, My Dear Jewelry) I haven’t had time to make it for sale in years, but sometimes I make some for myself and for gifts and for fun. Every now and then I think about getting back into making some for sale. Ya know, because I have so much free time on my hands. Anywho, I made this dainty little smoky topaz necklace for myself the other day, and a sweet little pale pink topaz one for Nancy for her birthday. I am working on some other ideas I have floating around in my head, too. I think dainty gemstone necklaces are going to come back hard and strong. At least, they are for me!
I posted about this sweater before on a Friday Finds post. I have been dying to have it ever since I first saw it in a magazine. I tore it out and tacked it up on my bulletin board in my office (I should probably call it my “inspiration board” if I want to be a good blogger). I have constantly and continually checked to see if it would go on sale, and IT FINALLY DID. And it is already in my possession. And it’s just as warm and snuggly and soft as I imagined. It’s a warm winter sweater dream.
And on a personal, New Year’s resolution note, one of my resolutions is to be much more careful about what I purchase. One of my favorite blogs, Feather Factor, recently did yet another post on her Wardrobe Resolutions. She limits herself to 30 purchases per year. Just 30! She tracks them and the prices, and it keeps her accountable. It also helps her keep track of what she purchases from year to year and if she is still wearing that item, makes sure she doesn’t purchase duplicates, etc. Granted, she is purchasing Hermes and I’m shopping at J.Crew and Anthropologie, but it’s still a smart concept no matter your budget. It also encourages you to really think about what you want and what you actually purchase, and she advocates a quality over quantity mentality when adding to your wardrobe. I am going to attempt to do the same. Thirty purchases for my wardrobe in 2014. Saving up for high quality items that will last, rather than purchasing something just because I find it on sale. I won’t lie, it’s going to be difficult. I mean, I’ve already made two of those thirty purchases! But hopefully making an excel spreadsheet and putting my goal out there for the world to see will hold me accountable, too. Wish me luck!
And that, my friends, will be enough fashion blogging for me for a while, I do believe. Wheat was giggling like a school girl taking those pictures for me in the parking lot at his office. But if y’all enjoy this kind of post, I’ll try to work more of them in on occasion.
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!
So without further adieu… Here are some of MY very 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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.