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The High Beams

Future home wish list item numero uno: ceilings with high beams. Realistically is that number one? No. It’s more like indoor plumbing and ridiculously good air conditioning (I live in the south, y’all. It’s necessary). I just think they make a room look so much bigger and home-y. Even if you live in a city, the beams make a home feel like it’s out in the country, like a little slice of home with a glass of lemonade. Do y’all like these high beams? I’m in love!

How cool is this room? Besides the beams…that’s a boat on the ceiling!

Photos via Pinterest and Tumblr

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Charleston Day Trip

My friend Savannah and I went to Charleston for the day yesterday to enjoy our Spring Break a little, and I remember why I loved it there so much. I lived in Charleston for a  few months in 2010, then moved back to Columbia, but it was so fun living in such a vibrant city with so much good food and shopping within walking distance of everything. We didn’t get to go to the beach, which is one thing that I’d really looked forward to, but we were able to go to the Cistern at College of Charleston, the Charleston Market, Forever 21 (which took the place of the giant Saks Fifth Avenue when it closed), and explore King Street. Have any of y’all been to Charleston?

And how pretty is my friend?? you might remember her from our excursion to the river a few months ago.

This is the entrance to the Charleston Market, which was created in 1807. You walk in between the two sets of stairs and vendors sell everything from salt water taffy to fine jewelry, art, and cooking books. You really never know what you’ll find.

Apparently now the market also has restaurant kiosks! Everything smelled and looked delicious!

We stopped by the fountain in front of the Charleston Place Hotel, where people like Oprah and Faith Hill have stayed! Very fancy if you ask me…

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Serena van der Woodsen Style File

Oh, Gossip Girl how you slay me. I’m like a season behind from everyone else (so no spoilers, please!), so of course I see the occasional commercial for the newest season. While I’m dying to find out what happens with Blair (apparently she is getting married?!) or Chuck…or Dan, Nate, Vanessa, Jenny, and most of all, Serena, it’s mostly the hoards of gowns, blazers, coats, and accessories that have me swooning. I guess it’s just another day in the life of New York’s finest, right?

What are some of y’all’s favorite Serena looks? I’m posting a few of mine, but of course it’s damn near impossible to actually find pictures or name them all.


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Peplum Princess

It seems like this trend showed up on the runways last year for Spring/Summer 2011 shows, but it’s now finally started completely filtering through all types of lines and price ranges. I saw these images on Pinterest, but have y’all seen any you really like in stores? Do y’all have any peplum dresses or shirts? I love them but I definitely don’t think they’re for everyday- they need more drama!

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Blake Lively is perfect

AND supposedly does not have a stylist. WHAT?!


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I’m so sorry for the delay on this post, but I promise it’ll be a good one! I’m going over the good, the bad, and the horrendously ugly, and y’all need to tell me if you think I’m exactly write or crazy! So…let’s commence the judging.

Amber Riley: Totally gorgeous! While this isn’t the most fashionably daring dress or one that popped on the red carpet, Amber still looked great!

Michelle Williams: She always manages to keep me guessing, but Michelle’s unique sense of style is amazing here! Though this is a really glamorous night she was able to look fabulous without going for a typical one-shouldered or sleeveless gown.

Ariel Winter: This dress isn’t one of my favorites, but I love that Ariel (at fourteen!) took such a fashion risk with the color, the dramatic silhouette, and the fabric. I gotta respect the girl!

Kate Winslet: Per usual, Kate Winslet looked amazing and classic. I hope I look this good when I’m 36!

Julie Bowen: I usually love Julie’s sense of fashion on the red carpet because she doesn’t go for the typical “pretty dresses,” and she is so able to put her own fun personality into her wardrobe. This dress is SO not her, especially if you’ve seen any of her interviews. It looks like she was going way to far for a certain “look” and it definitely didn’t work out.

Lea Michele: looked fabulous. While I personally would have been super uncomfortable in such a revealing outfit, I think this Marchesa gown had the right amount of glamour and attitude to fit Lea perfectly without looking too sleazy. I think it’s because the dress had “sleeves.”

Angelina Jolie: I was so happy when I saw Angelina in something that wasn’t either a drapey nightgown or a black gown. She stepped out in this light, tight gown that looked amazing with the pop of red and the slit up the leg. She looked sexy! I’m not the biggest Angelina fan (I’m team Jen all the way), but even I have to admit she was gorgeous.

Madonna: Ugh…you’re trying way too hard and you need to stop. Just wear something simple and age appropriate. You are 53!

Viola Davis: After reading The Help during the holidays I fell in love with Aibileen, and Viola Davis was amazing in the movie as her! Seeing her in this burgundy gown with the high slit and one shoulder made me see her in a whole new light: she is smokin!

Charlize Theron: Obviously she was one of the HUGE winners of the night! Not as far as the actual awards go…but this dress is incredible! I would have never thought of choosing this, but the color and the long train added all the drama needed at this ceremony!

Zooey Deschanel: No matter how much I love Zooey on New Girl, this dress just isn’t my favorite. I know that it’s supposed to go with her personality and it’s custom, but I just can’t get over the neon green and black combination. The silhouette is super flattering, but I think I would like this dress better if the beads were blue.

Nicole Richie: HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE OF THE WHOLE EVENING! Nicole looked insanely beautiful without looking too dramatic. The simple, but sophisticated silhouette, balanced with the silver fabric (and the diamond detailing) were beautiful. And her simple hair completely perfected the whole look!

Emma Stone: Whoever Emma’s stylist is is a genius! I can’t describe how much I love this two toned Lanvin paired with the belt too…it’s ridiculous.

Shailene Woodley: gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous. Simple and dainty and perfect. Yes, a little bit predictable, but gorgeous none the less. AND I respect and love her so much more for wearing these to the after party!

Claire Danes: I can understand how this might not be some people’s cup of tea, but I love this simple, elegant dress on Claire. It’s not daring or revealing (I mean, compared to Lea Michele), but she looks fabulous.

Amy Poehler: Why is such a funny lady wearing such a depressing dress? Her hair blends in with her skin and her skin blends in with the dress and it makes me sad.

Heidi Klum: this is the way models should look. It’s not an attention grabber nor is it super daring, but she looks great, and the dress compliments her beauty, instead of the other way around.

Natalie Portman: How could Natalie look so fabulous at last year’s Golden Globes and look so weird this year? I don’t mind the color of the dress, but the fabric looks plain and the cut is too. And I honestly have no idea what the thing jutting out of her side is. Somebody help me understand??

Helen Mirren: Um…this woman is 66…I think she looks so much more amazing than I will ever look and that makes me depressed. But very happy for her because she’s awesome for rocking this so well.

Jessica Biel: I know that a lot of magazines don’t like this dress, but I think this looks kind of good on Jessica! It’s a little like a doily, but the color looks great on her complexion and in contrast with her hair. What do y’all think?

Nicole Kidman: Just weird. Too much. And just weird. I’m sorry, Nicole.

Octavia Spencer: The cut, the color, the draping, the fabric…everything was beautiful. Even the jewel detailing at the bust wasn’t overdone or overly simple. Just beautiful, especially for a newcomer.

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So relaxed…

I think the most important part about any outfit is how a person wears it. Women who look like they’re not trying to look amazing ooze this confidence that’s so hard to imitate! It doesn’t matter what you wear, as long as it looks like you just threw it on this morning. Here are some of my faves…


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