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A Peak Into My Office…

Since I work from home a few days a week, I need to have a designated workspace so I can “leave work at work” (for the most part at least) when I finish work for the day. When I started pulling things together for this room, I was going for a “vintage glam” look. I knew I wanted pinks and tans with gold accents. I repainted the room around Christmas, and used Sherwin Williams Bona Fide Beige for the walls and Sherwin Williams Smoky Salmon for the ceiling.

Side note: painting is a lot harder and more time consuming than I thought it would be. Especially painting a ceiling.

My desk is made out of old doors and salvaged wood that came from Old House Salvage. We didn’t make it ourselves, but looking back, I wish we would have. It took a long time for Old House Salvage to finish the desk, and I think it would have been a quick project. It’s certainly not the most practical desk, but I love how it looks.

Old House Salvage is the place to go if you’re looking for salvage doors, windows, hardware, or wood. You never know what you’re going to find when you go.

IMG_1540 copy I got the fabric for the curtains on sale for $2.99/yard at Tony’s Fabric. My Mema is an amazing seamstress and made the curtains for me, and I love how they turned out. You can’t tell from the picture, but they have a little bit of shine and puddle at the bottom, which is exactly the look I was going for. The chandelier is from Lowe’s, and it’s actually on sale right now for $86. 2 photosI wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the blank wall above my bench. I started playing around with the idea of a gallery wall with photos that I had laying around, but I already have a gallery wall in our living room. I got the idea for the vintage fashion magazine covers and started searching the internet.  I found a few vintage Vogue covers that coordinated well, printed them out, bought a few frames on sale at Michael’s, and stuck them on the wall. All the pillows are from Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. I use the gray cupboard to store miscellaneous items. It was a cheap Craigslist find that was blue when we bought it. We originally painted it black for my office in our townhouse. Now it’s on its third color and still going strong. IMG_1538 copy The striped chair was the last thing I bought. I had been using a rickety/semi-broken antique chair, and I thought the room need a bold pop of pattern. I mentioned the idea of getting a black and white striped chair to my mom, but I wasn’t sure where in the world I was going to find one. A few days later, she was at At Home (formerly Garden Ridge), and found this black and white striped chair. It was the perfect size and was exactly what I was looking for to finish off the room.

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Christmas Recap

Christmas 2014 was one for the books. We stayed around the Upstate, but we were able to see and spend time with both of our families over the holiday.

On Christmas Eve, we ate an early dinner with my dad’s side of the family. After dinner, Andrew and I came home and watched Christmas Vacation, a must-watch for me during the holiday season. I’m pretty sure my brother can quote the entire movie.

On Christmas morning, Andrew and I woke up and opened up our gifts from each other. Big gifts for Andrew were a new golf club and a USA soccer jersey. My big gift was a Kate Spade watch.

We headed over to my parents house mid-morning to eat brunch and open gifts with them.
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On Christmas afternoon, we drove to Clemson to spend time with Andrew’s parents.We actually celebrated Christmas with his family a few weeks ago while his brother and his wife were in town, but we enjoyed breakfast for dinner with his parents on Christmas.We also finished up one of our projects, a second bench for our farmhouse table, while we were there.

We missed seeing the rest of his family for Christmas, but we’re heading down to his brother’s new home in Myrtle Beach next weekend to spend time with them and work on some house projects.

The day after Christmas, we celebrated with my mom’s side of the family. All of the cousins were able to be there, which is always fun. As everyone gets older and starts getting married and having kids, I realize that it’s harder for everyone to juggle schedules and get together like this. I’m so thankful we were able to be together and don’t want to take these times for granted.

The annual cousin picture is always entertaining. I’m honestly not sure if we’ve ever gotten a picture with everyone looking at the camera with their eyes open. I think we did pretty well this year, but the first picture gives you an idea of what it takes to get everyone in place for the picture.

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I’m ready to do it all over again! Here’s to the 2015 Christmas countdown!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I love the holidays. No, I didn’t put my Christmas tree up mid-November, and I haven’t been listening to Christmas music since October. However, I have been regularly asking Andrew if he’s excited about Christmas since June.

I think he’s glad the holidays are here just so he won’t have to hear me ask him that anymore. Until next year at least.

The last month has been pretty busy with moving, Thanksgiving, traveling, and Andrew’s birthday, but we’ve been getting settled in and have enjoyed getting our little house ready for Christmas. Here are a few pictures!

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Goodbye, First Home

We officially move into our house in two weeks.

Even if our current home isn’t actually “ours,” it will definitely be bittersweet when we move out. We’ve loved living in our little downtown townhouse. It was built in the 1940’s and is oozing with character, which is something I wasn’t sure I’d be able to find in a rental. I love the chunky baseboards, crown molding, and every single little creak from the original hardwood flooring.

We’ve made a lot of memories in our first home together, and it will be a sad to leave, but we’re really excited to move into our new house. It will be fun to have a place of our own, and there are definitely some things we won’t miss about living in an old house. And even though we have great neighbors, we probably won’t miss having people on either side of our walls.

Here’s a peak into our little home for the past year and a half…

Welcome to University Ridge Condos.

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Here’s our little living room, which is actually bigger than our living room in our new house haha.



Our entertainment center was a huge steal from a thrift store – only $85 and made from real wood. I’m not sure if we have a place for it in our new house, but I’m hoping I can make it work somehow because I really like it and it was the find of a lifetime.


One of my favorite parts of our house is a our coffee station. Our kitchen is TINY, so we had to get creative to fit everything, so we created a little coffee station. The dresser was actually my Mema’s dresser when she was in high school. My great grandfather painted it with car paint, which is what is still on it. All we had to do was clean it up and add new knobs, and now it’s one of my favorite pieces in my house.



Welcome to our dining room.



And here’s our little kitchen. If you blink, you might miss it.


We had to think outside the box when figuring out how to fit everything. We used the open shelves for plates, and keep most of our food in the cabinets. All of our appliances are in a storage closet in our living room. My Kitchenaid is in the bottom of our entertainment center.That’s normal, right? Also, when we moved in we realized that there weren’t any  drawers in the kitchen. Again, we had to get creative – notice the silverwear and other utensils on the shelf above the sink.


The bedrooms are bathroom are upstairs. All of our furniture in our bedroom came from an auction or Marshall’s. My grandparents made the headboard for me the Christmas before we got married.




And last but not least, my office.



University Ridge, we’ll miss you!

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Weekend at HOME!

The saying is true – there’s no place like home. We’ve been in and out-of-town a good bit these past few weeks, so it was so nice to spend this past weekend in Greenville. Don’t get me wrong – I love to be on-the-go and am excited to continue our travels over the next two weeks, but there’s nothing like sleeping in on a Saturday morning in your own bed.

On Friday night, Andrew and I took advantage of our first free weekend night in a while and went on a date to The Lazy Goat. It’s been quite some time since we’ve eaten there, and it did not disappoint. The Lazy Goat has a tapas menu and regular entrees, and for the first time ever, I convinced Andrew to order our dinner off the tapas menu. Andrew isn’t a fan of tapas food because he thinks you don’t get to eat as much since you’re ordering small plates. I’ve tried to convince him that you actually order more plates since they are smaller (and cheaper) and end up eating just as much, but he didn’t believe me until after we came home with leftovers on Friday night. We ordered the Harissa Spiced Hummus, Moroccan Lamb, Truffle Pomme Frites, and the Duck Duck Goat pizza. I think the pizza was our favorite, but everything was delicious. I’m hoping Andrew has a different perspective on tapas now.

On Saturday night we celebrated my brother’s wedding with extended family. It was the perfect little low-key cookout, which is what Katie and Mitchell wanted. I volunteered to make the dessert. I recently got 6″ cake pans, so I decided to make two different 6″ cakes. For the first cake, I made a triple chocolate cake with mocha buttercream, and the other cake was a blueberry cake with lemon cream cheese icing. They both tasted delicious, but I learned that buttercream icing holds up much better in the South Carolina heat than cream cheese icing.


On Sunday afternoon I helped host a baby shower for my cousin’s wife. She has 8 more weeks to go and has the cutest little bump. It was a couples shower, so we decided to do a BBQ. My aunt made a diaper cake with cloth diapers, and it turned out great!


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Wedding Weekend in Banner Elk, NC: Part 2

We woke up to the sound of rain on Katie and Mitchell’s wedding day. They had a backup plan in case of rain, but they were really hoping to be able to get married in the gazebo. Apparently the Lord just wanted to send a few “showers of blessings” as Katie’s Nana would say, because everything cleared up by late morning.

The girls headed over to Nana’s house to get ready while the boys went out for breakfast. Katie put together a little breakfast for us to enjoy while we got ready. And yes, you read that right, the bride made breakfast for us. We’ve all embraced the fact that Katie can’t stay out of the kitchen, and we just go with it at this point. The girl loves to cook and serve people.

Part of our breakfast consisted of pastries from Stick Boy Bread Company in Boone, NC. Let me tell you, they were to die for. I’m not usually a big chocolate fan, especially for breakfast, but I could eat one of those chocolate croissants (pictured below) every morning.

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Everything was so relaxed as we ate and got ready together. We joked that if we did end up running a little bit late, it didn’t really matter since there were just 11 of us.

Katie wore her mom’s wedding dress.  Here’s a few pictures my mom snapped of the original dress when Katie went to get it altered.  They’re a little fuzzy, but you can see that the dress went through a huge transformation. Katie decided to cut off the dress,  get rid of the sleeves, and add spaghetti straps.

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I snapped a few photos on my iPhone that I’ve included below, but I didn’t take the nice camera since Katie worked with  Katie Langley Photography to capture her day. Katie (photographer) was so laid back and easy to work with. We were all using our iPhones to snap a few photos to send to friends and family who weren’t there, and she was so sweet about letting us take our non-professional iPhone photos while she snapped away. She kept saying “your photos are just as important as mine,” even though that’s not necessarily true and hers are going to be so much better than ours. We’re all so excited to see them!

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Her dress came out beautifully, and she looked stunning in it. These pictures don’t do justice to how great she looked in it – it couldn’t have fit her any better.

The ceremony was sweet and simple. We cut cake, toasted them, took pictures, and then they were on their way! They honeymooned in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and based on the few pictures they’ve posted, everything looks beautiful!

We spent the rest of the weekend exploring Banner Elk, Boone, and Blowing Rock with Katie’s family. Katie’s parents actually met in Banner Elk, so they showed us all these cute little places to eat and shop. Driving around up there was so pretty. I took a few photos, but they don’t come close to showing how breathtaking the views were.


We were sad to come down the mountain and get back to reality, but I guess that has to happen at some point, doesn’t it? Everything went by too fast, but it was such a sweet time spent with family.

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Eating Asheville

To celebrate our first anniversary last weekend, we decided to drive up to Asheville to do a culinary tour. We’ve done both of the culinary tours in Greenville and really enjoyed them, so we thought it would be fun to explore the culinary scene of another city. Asheville has two culinary tours,  but after reading reviews, we decided to buy tickets for Eating Asheville.

Over the course of the tour, you get to try small plates at a minimum of six restaurants. Not too bad for $47. Unfortunately, it rained the entire time during the tour, but we still had a good time.

Here are a few details and snapshots from our tour. I took all the photos with my iPhone, so they aren’t fancy by any means.

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar – the tour starts here every week. We had champagne and a few spreads on crispy baguettes.


The Green Room Bistro – This was actually one of the places Andrew and I ate at during our trip to Asheville in January. They served us peanut butter black bean hummus with smoked roast beef and turkey along with a Pale Ale from a local brewery (can’t remember which one). The smoked meats were good, but the hummus was by far the best item at this stop.


Strada – Strada served us food from their brunch menu. We ate cinnamon challah toast with polenta. Apparently it’s the Italian version of French Toast. It was delicious. We also sipped on a glass of Cherry Italian Soda.



The Gourmet Chip Company – Our fourth stop was a quick one. We grabbed our chips and ate them on the go. We had the Salt & Vinegar chips, which were unlike any chips I’ve ever had. They were topped with Dehydrated Apple Cider Vinegar, Mediterranean Sea Salt, and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. I definitely want to go back to this place.

Chestnut – We headed to Chestnut and were served a doughnut with a caramel Chestnut drizzle. The doughnut was good, but extremely sweet and dense.  I left the restaurant wishing we had been served a savory dish instead, since we had already eaten a sweet breakfast dish at Strada.


Sevens Sows Bourbon & Larder – Seven Sows is one of the newer restaurants in Asheville. It had a cool, rustic atmosphere, and I wouldn’t mind trying it out the next time we’re in the area. We had a fried green tomato served over grits. It was pretty dark in here, so my pictures didn’t turn out great.


French Broad Chocolate Lounge – We ended the tour by tasting a truffle and dark chocolate from French Broad Chocolate Lounge. This was another one of the places we went to back in January. They had a line out the door like usual, so I felt kind of cool/guilty being able to skip the line completely and go upstairs with the tour. The truffle was really good, and I’m not usually a big fan of truffles. The dark chocolate was very dark and bitter – not my favorite.

Overall, we really enjoyed the tour. I love culinary tours, because when else do you get to try out seven restaurants over the course of a few hours? When we compared it to the Greenville culinary tours, we didn’t feel like we got quite as much food on Eating Asheville. We also thought there were too many sweets on the tour, but I don’t know if that can be avoided since the chefs change up their menu each time. Plus, the chefs don’t communicate with each other about what they’re planning to make. The variety of food at each stops just depends on that day. That being said, we still had a great time and would recommended it to any foodies wanting to explore the culinary scene in Asheville.


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Life Lately

Life for us lately has been a nice balance. I’ve enjoyed having a few slower weekends because I know we don’t have many of those coming up over the next few months. Here’s a glimpse of our last few weeks in photos…

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We celebrated my sister’s 18th birthday a few weeks ago. We went out for a hibachi dinner (the only time we eat this meal is for birthdays) and came back to the house for cake and presents.


I helped my sister get ready for her jr/sr last weekend. Andrew and I also had a chance to test out our bikes on the Swamp Rabbit Trail for the first time.

3-30_2We had a wedding last Saturday night. My future sister-in-law, Katie, was the Maid of Honor. Isn’t she the prettiest bridesmaid?


One of my college roommates is getting married in May, and she was in town all week for her spring break. When she moves to Greenville in May, she and her husband are living in our neighborhood! We’re so excited to have them close by. We went to a couples shower for them last weekend, and then we went to a Greenville Road Warriors hockey game with them on Friday night. It was a lot of fun! Andrew has been wanting to go for a while, and I’m not a big sports person, but it’s something that’s fun to do once or twice a year.


Last night we got all dressed up and went to the JDRF gala. My boss was the gala chair this year, and she and her husband invited us to sit at their table. This year’s theme was “There’s No Place Like the Carolinas,” a spinoff on the Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie as a little girl, and the ballroom where the gala was held was transformed into a Wizard of Oz wonderland. It was a fun night for sure, and they raised $347,000 for JDRF.

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Love Is In the Air

The 2014 wedding season has officially begun. We actually went to our first wedding of the year in February, but  spring and summer  is the time of the year that tends to be packed with weddings and wedding related festivities. We’re excited to celebrate with so many of our friends and family, and we’re especially looking forward to having lots of chances to see our college friends. It will be a busy season for sure!

This past weekend, I helped host a shower at my parent’s house for one of our good family friends. She’s getting married next weekend, and we had fun throwing one last shower before the big day.  Here are a few photos I snapped…

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My contribution to the shower was the invitations and a cake.The bride loves all things pink, so I tried to incorporate as much pink into the invitation as I could. I created the bouquet using the paint tool in Photoshop, and then did the rest in InDesign. For the cake, I ended up making an almond layer cake with strawberry filling and strawberry buttercream.


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Didn’t my mom do such a great job decorating the table?


The bride with all the hostesses plus her mom and future mother-in-law. We didn’t quite get everyone looking at the same camera, but we did the best we could.

Here’s to the first of many celebrations!


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Half Marathon Recap

Instead of eating lots of chocolate (I wanted to so bad!) and going out to eat for Valentine’s Day last weekend, Andrew and I loaded up the car with his parents and drove to Myrtle Beach to run a half marathon the next day. We’ve been training for a half marathon since before Thanksgiving, and race weekend had finally arrived.

We woke up at 4:30am on Saturday morning to the sound of raining pouring on the roof. Not exactly what I wanted to hear. The hourly forecast didn’t give us much hope, but of course the rain was supposed to let up right after the race. The race was scheduled to start at 6:30, and it was still raining right until we lined up at the start line, so we put our ponchos on and got ready to run in the rain. I may love running in the cold, but one thing I don’t do is run in the rain.

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Here we are at the start. See if you can find Andrew. Hint: look for a blue poncho, red hat, and hands up in the air. He was jammin.

Thankfully, the rain stopped less than five minutes after the race started (thanks, Lord!). We threw our ponchos aside and kept running. Even though the rain had stopped, we were still facing winds at about 20 mph, which wasn’t ideal, but I’ll take that over rain any day.

The race was completely flat, which was nice since that’s what we had trained on. It was also somewhat spectator friendly, which was much different the my first half marathon I ran in Raleigh, NC two years ago. I really enjoyed lots of people cheering us on along the way. It ended up being in the upper 40’s, which is a little warm for my taste (I know, I’m weird), but Andrew liked it.

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We finished in 1:57:40, which is a few minutes slower than what I ran my first half marathon in.  I would have loved a new PR, but I was still happy that we finished in under two hours, especially since we were running against the wind the majority of the race. As weird as it may be, I really think I run faster in the freezing cold. I compared our 10k split in the race with our 10k time from Asheville a few weeks ago, and we were four minutes slower in Myrtle Beach, which is a good bit, especially when you double it. Not to mention that I walked a lot on the last mile in Asheville because of all the hills, and the only time we walked during the half was through the water stops.

All that to say, I still feel like running a half marathon is a big accomplishment and I don’t want to get too caught up on times. It wasn’t easy, but Andrew and I had a lot of fun running it together. I don’t know that it will be our last 🙂 You kind of catch a running bug after you finish the race and forget all those early Saturday mornings filled with long runs. Andrew seemed to enjoy it much more than I thought he would. He hated training and skipped out on a lot of days, but he still did fine in the race of course. We’re currently contemplating doing a sprint triathlon in May.

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Here we are with part of our cheering squad – Andrew’s brother, Matthew, and his wife, Catherine! Andrew’s parents were also there cheering us on. They got up super early on a Saturday morning stood out in the cold for two hours, met us at the halfway point and gave us some energy chews, and then were waiting for us at the finish line. It was so fun to have friendly faces in the crowd surrounding the finish line.

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