Tales from the North & South...

and other reasons why I haven't blogged anything since july.

The North:

Hurricane Hermine was headed for the South Carolina coast and we were headed for Connecticut. It was my first trip to the New England area, and I was super excited. Of course, my bags were packed with loads of preppy pieces{and a few bohemian things too}...I was ready for whatever{I had never spent Labor Day in the North...who knows what could go down, a Girl had to be prepared}.   

Thimble Island boat tour

Thimble Island boat tour

Enjoying the taste of eaten words 

Enjoying the taste of eaten words 

One word: Picturesque

Honestly, the town looked like the set of Hocus Pocus. I mean, how could you not love it.  We were staying with my boyfriends family, in a cottage, one block from the water in Branford, Connecticut.  It was an awesome trip full of first time experiences. The most monumental being a day trip we took to Narragansett, Rhode Island. I, a thin blooded southern belle, went boogie boarding in the COLD, HURRICANE force waves {in a wet suit of course...I haven't completely lost my mind}. I had sworn the night before, in front of everyone, that I'd absolutely not be getting in the frigid waters. But low and behold...I had to eat those words and boy were they delicious!

And The South:

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For the past nine years, I have been a vender at a fall festival in the little known town of Aynor, SC. It's always the third Saturday in September, and has been for the past 30 plus years. So, therefore I spend the month of August getting my life "Hoe-down" ready. This year is was no exception{adding a Labor Day trip two weeks before had me in full force}. Since closing my brick and mortar location, this festival is the only time I get to have a face to face interaction with my customers...and I LOVE it. My strong suit is merchandising looks for individual customers, and this task can be difficult to communicate online. My customer, most of whom turned into dear friends, trusted me to come into their lives and help revamp their wardrobe. I miss being able to share my gift of fashion with them, so this fun once a year event is treat for everyone{mostly me}. 

2012

2012

2016

2016

The Hoe-down just keeps getting better with age!!!

 

Garden & Gun:

As another natural disaster loomed {Hurricane Matthew}, I reluctantly planned to attend a sold-out fundraiser luncheon to benefit the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics. I was sure this was going to be a snooze, considering I wasn't currently the slightest bit interested in terminal velocity or long division. The only saving grace was going to be the finger sandwiches, and the key note speaker. Rebecca Darwin, the Founder and CEO of Garden and Gun Magazine spoke about the struggles that come along with turning your life in a different direction{oh,don't I know it}, as well as what it means to be "Southern & Sassy"...The decor and food were fabulous and oozing with southern style, and although I never saw a finger sandwich...I didn't leave empty handed. I snatched up an autographed copy of "The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life," and also made a new friend...Lisa Matthews. She and her husband,Lex own "Mark Lexton" and design impeccable jewelry.  

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custom made clutch and cuff -- for inquires please see contact page

custom made clutch and cuff -- for inquires please see contact page

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By the end of the event, I was quite thankful that I'd been able to snag a ticket to such a swanky affair. 

XOXO

-Nicole