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September 26, 2014

thank you.

Leaving my family and fiancé behind in New York earlier this week was close to impossible. However the outpouring of love and good wishes we have received from friends and loved ones have made the distance almost bearable.



July 22, 2014

birthday wishes

Happy Birthday to my beautiful and loving Mom. It’s too bad  that I’m 750 miles away from her on this special day, but I do know that she will be very well taken care of!

May 26, 2014

memorial day weekend

Whether you’re frolicking on the beach, basking in the sun, or firing up the grill this Memorial Day, remember to be grateful for all of those who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.

Happy Memorial Day!


February 20, 2014

flowers + sweets

My Valentine was a bit late due to NYC’s 100th snow storm weather, but I was sure to brighten his day regardless of what time his flight landed. We’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day, but we’re big on flowers + sweets so we take advantage.

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January 19, 2014

Brunch at the Fat Hen

$10 carafes of mimosas, an extensive brunch menu that isn’t 100% southern-focused, outdoor seating, and it’s absolutely adorable. That’s all you need to know about the Fat Hen on Johns Island.

September 11, 2013

never forget.

August 9, 2013

LDR Problems

I never used to mind flying so much. That is, until I started hating it–no, despising it. 

A flight can make or break a weekend when you’re in a long distance relationship. It is an added stress and an added headache to an already difficult situation, and a simple hiccup can throw off an entire trip. As I sit here now, waiting for my boyfriend to arrive for a concert that we have planned to go to since I moved, I am kicking myself for being so foolish as to say, “Sure, book a flight for Friday afternoon… we’ll have plenty of time to make the concert.”  

His flight is now officially four hours late and still on the ground in New York.

My last flight to/from New York was a complete mess, as are most Delta flights. And as I sit here on my couch, as opposed to tailgating in a parking lot, I wonder, how do these airlines stay in business? Really, though. There is always a delay, a last minute cancellation.

Has flying always been this difficult? You’d think that now, in the 21st century, we’d have less delays and less problems than we had 20+ years ago, but no. Of course not. I am so very over the stress of this flying back and forth thing, and it’s only been four months. 

July 22, 2013

Birthday Girl

Happy Birthday to my wonderful mom!

So looking forward to celebrating her Birthday with the Yankees on Sunday!

July 9, 2013

The Right Foot

This past week was the perfect way to kick off my 27th year, as well as a very busy summer ahead. It was so nice having the people I love most down here to celebrate with me and just enjoy our time together without any stress or distractions–of course I stressed about the rainy forecast, but weather aside!

The week literally flew by in an instant, but it was indeed a memorable one. My parents got into town on Friday afternoon and we enjoyed a breezy and muggy stroll along The Battery after sunset, Riley in tow. Mike arrived the next morning and the four of us ventured out to Magnolia Plantation to take in the gardens, swamps and scenery. After a brief rainfall, the skies cleared and we made our way into town for dinner at Cypress.

Sunday consisted of torrential rain (I think this was the first time it has ever rained on my Birthday… sad), but we made the most of it with a tour of the famous Calhoun Mansion on Meeting Street–can we just discuss the fact that somebody actually lives there?! They literally live in a museum–followed by a stroll through town, and afternoon wine & cheese at Bin152.

The time with my parents flew by and they were making the drive back up to New York before we knew it.

The remainder of the week consisted of some very special quality time with Mike: Post-work drinks at Coast, Stars Rooftop and The Ordinary. A delicious and thoughtful chicken parm dinner prepared by Chef Madalon while I was working the day away. Fourth of July fireworks and strolls in Savannah. A belated Birthday dinner at Magnolias. Fizzy, fruity and refreshing cocktails at The Gin Joint. Mid-week lunches at Cru Cafe, Jim ‘n Nick’s BBQ,  Closed for Business and The Rarebit. Getting caught in the rain only to see the clouds clear at Isle of Palms. Watching A-Rod play at the local RiverDogs game and getting caught in yet another downpour. Finally, to cap off the weekend, a picture perfect day in Folly Beach– our one and only day without rain!

The week could not have been more perfect and it was the most wonderful way to kick off this very scary year. I have high hopes for twenty-seven! Gosh that sounds old…

Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia PlantationScenes from Magnolia Plantation.

Think I have a sweet tooth? That, and a boyfriend who knows me all too well.

Pre-dinner photo-op.

calhoun mansion

16 Meeting St.

A very thoughtful gift (read the label).

She just loves her walks along The Battery.

Post-work drinks at Stars Rooftop.

A-Rod takes Charleston.

Mike & I were in the bagel shop and witnessed this… Riley is officially the most popular girl in Charleston.

Touring Savannah.

Pre-/post-storm scenes in Isle of Palms.

First trip to Folly Beach.

June 16, 2013

Little Girls & Their Dads

A  little girl’s relationship with her father is a very special one, which is why I enjoyed this article so much. This is the second Father’s Day we’ve spent apart and I would prefer not to make a habit of it, but I look forward to celebrating with him in two weeks.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and an even happier one to my own dad!

The below statements in 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters particularly stood out to me. 

1. “Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother.”  This is very true… I’ve always admired my parent’s relationship and I have always admired the way my dad has treated my mom.

7. “She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.”  My dad always chooses my mom’s side… Always. I suppose this is why #1 really stood out to me. And I suppose that is what he should do.

11. “There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, ‘Yes.'”  He said yes, alright. Twice.

15. “Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.”  I used to love standing on my dad’s shoes as he danced around. Is this something all little girls do?

28. “She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.”  I think this one stood out to me the most… Nightly rituals consisted of me waiting for my dad to get home from work. I’d watch him walk down the street from the train station in the summertime, and I’d wait for him at the top of the stairs in the cooler months, only to then leap into his arms the moment he set his briefcase down.

30. “Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.”  I am pretty sure that neither of my parents have ever missed a Birthday. We always do cake and presents and we always make a wish when we blow out the candles. Even this year, they will make sure to travel  just shy of 800 miles to be in Charleston to celebrate with me.

37. “Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.”

42. “Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.”

44. “Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.”  My dad wrote me a handwritten letter for my college graduation. I will cherish it forever, but it’s hard for me to read because it brings tears to my eyes, immediately upon opening it.

47. “When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.”  Something tells me he knows this all too well…

48. “Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.”  Häagen-Dazs coffee ice cream… Always has been, always will be.

Father’s Day circa 1990…? My mom will know the exact year.

Father’s Day 2011