Friday Favorites: Summertime Plans

Friday, July 22, 2016


Happy Friday, friends!  I hope you've had a great week!  It was a busy one, but I am really enjoying this summer, perhaps more than any other summer.  Let's jump right in to my favorites this week.


I have been using Beautycounter products for over a year now, and I have been extremely pleased with the skincare.  I decided to take it up a notch and try the Countertime Collection.  I can't wait to get my package in the mail and report out to y'all.  This charcoal cleansing bar is also on its way to me as well!


My tall friend, Kayd, introduced me to Presidential podcasts by The Washington Post earlier this week.  I've been binge listening since Wednesday.  Presidential is about the 44 presidents and new episodes come out on Sundays.  It gives great information but also is lighthearted.  The hostess, Lillian Cunningham asks "What would it be like to go on a blind date with this president?"  which I find hysterical and incredibly fascinating.



Well, hello dream vacation.



I don't consider myself a picky eater, but when it comes to mayonnaise, I only eat Duke's.  This article from Garden & Gun gets it.



DG and I have booked a quick trip to Richmond, Virginia.  Sweet Allie sent me some great recommendations but she also sent me a link to a podcast she did!  I loved writing down her suggestions but how good is she on this podcast?

P.S. If you have any suggestions for the area, please let me know!  Jenn & Maddie also sent me some awesome recommendations as well!

Did you check out this week's posts?  Here's an Instagram recap, a neutral look for summer, a day trip guide to Windsor in eastern North Carolina, and a look perfect for work to happy hour!

Hope you have a great weekend!  Check back Monday for weekending with Biana!


Linking up with Amanda!
Meet At The Barre

Summer Silk

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I find myself searching for more transitional pieces in the summer more than any other month.  I love this gorgeous silk poncho from Certain Things!  I think it'd easily work in the spring & fall with dark jeans in addition to the summer with white pants.  And these white equestrian pants are the perfect pants for work in the summer.  I wore this outfit from meetings to happy hour in Cameron Village.  Angela & I love to hit Cantina 18 for tacos after work.

Certain Things also has the best accessories.  They carry my favorite leather brand, Hobo International, and their gold earrings are always in style.  These gold earrings are big enough to make a statement, but are timeless.  And plus, the earrings are super lightweight.

P.S. Thanks for sticking with me through these summer months.  I swear my hair has a mind of its own when the humidity comes out.

Be sure to check out Certain Things in Cameron Village for timeless pieces.  They carry some of my favorite brands for every day attire to great investment pieces for work.


Photos by Nieto Photography

This post is sponsored by Cameron Village.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support Champagne & Suburbs.

A Day Trip to Windsor, North Carolina

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Today marks a new trend for Champagne & Suburbs and I am less than a month away from my rebranding.  Did you miss my announcement?  Check it out here.  The launch will be in August (date TBA).

I am so excited to start sharing day and weekend trip guides to parts of North Carolina that are often overlooked.  I'v shared my love of eastern NC before here and here, but now I get to truly expose some of the unique aspects of the region.  I am pleased with the work that eastern NC is doing to attract visitors to the area and I hope to help support the efforts of local governments & businesses by uncovering some of these not-so-hidden gems to you!

So, today, we start our adventure in Windsor, North Carolina.  I should issue you a disclaimer that my dad helped me coordinate this guide.  My parents lived in Windsor after they got married, and he was excited to check out some of the new changes the town has implemented to help with tourism.  We had a great time touring around, and I am excited to have his help with future day trip guides.  

Alright, so first things first.  Windsor is approximately an hour and 45 minutes from Raleigh, 4 hours from Charlotte, and an hour from Greenville.  It's a smooth ride on not so crowded highways once you get out of the major city traffic.  It's a great pitstop if you're heading to the Outer Banks!

The first thing I recommend you do is take the Sans Souchi (pronounced "Suzy") ferry across the Cashie River.  It's about 11 miles outside of Windsor on a small country road.  The ferry is free to use and holds up to 2 cars & 6 people.  It's a short 4 minute ride across the extremely calm Cashie River.  This ferry is generally used by farmers.  We got off on the other side of the ferry & drove through some farmland before hitting the major highway to circle back in to Windsor.  What makes this ferry unique is that it's one of 3 remaining cable ferries in the state.  The state won't pay for a bridge to be built here, so it doesn't look like this tiny ferry will be going anywhere anytime soon.

Once you get back to the town limits, head to the Roanoke-Cashie River Center.  It's here that you can learn more about the history of the county and its significance to the development of North Carolina.  If you're a history buff like me, they are currently researching some artifacts found that may be linked to the Lost Colony.  It's also here where you can rent kayaks and canoes to take out on the Cashie River.  On Saturdays, you can take a free boat ride from 10-11AM.  There's also a section of the river that has a nice, shaded walkway & a small amphitheatre.

I've posted about these sweet little treehouses here before, but these are getting a lot of press.  The Treehouse Guys from DIY Network built these treehouses for the town of Windsor as an addition to an existing campground.  These two houses are right on the water, and the town will build a few more.  These should be available for rent this fall.  Bonus, there is a boat ramp right beside the walkway to these little treehouses.  It'd be the perfect spot for kayaking.

Head to lunch at Bunn's Barbeque.  Their cornbread and BBQ sandwiches are the perfect lunch and their sweet tea was just what we needed to refuel before continuing.

We went on the Cashie Wetlands Walk right behind Bunn's.  They have plants and trees marked and it would be a fun little tour with kiddos.  And the entrance has sweet areas to sit and enjoy lunch if you get your BBQ to go.  You'll also get the sites (& smells) of the Liverman Mini-Zoo, which has a wide variety of animals including bison, emu, goats, cows, llamas, & a zebra.  You may have seen that on my snapchat (@mbg011) from my visit.

If you've been reading here for a while, you know I love a historic house, so we stopped at the Historic Hope Plantation to check out the grounds.  The Hope Mansion has $2 million worth of period furniture.  The grounds include walking trials and the King-Bazemore House.  There is also an information center with incredibly historic documents, like a pamphlet written by John Smith.  Y'all know I was geeking out over that.

Our final stop on our tour was at Bertie Peanuts to take home some samples to DG & my mom.  These peanuts are pretty darn famous across North Carolina.  They're sold at a lot of local businesses in Raleigh and make great gifts.  They start preparing for their Christmas orders in August.  I'd recommend popping in for a container before heading back home so you'll have something to snack on in the car.  My favorite are the Sans Souchi Smokey.

It's worth one last drive through town to check out the architecture of some of the houses, like this one.

If you decide to spend the night and don't want to camp, there is a cute little bed and breakfast hidden by the prettiest crepe myrtles & is in walking distance to the quaint downtown area & the Roanoke-Cashie River Center.

So, there you have it.  A fun little day trip to get out of the city and to explore a new part of North Carolina.  DG and I are definitely wanting to head back this fall to kayak on the river and to do a little more exploring on the water.

Hope you're having a great week!
Special Thanks to my dad for (willingly) planning, photographing, and driving around with me.  


How to Wear Neutrals in the Summer

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I usually love summer for bright colors & light layers, but this summer has been a little different in NC.  Sure, we've had hot, humid days (like yesterday), but overall, it's been a cooler summer than what I can remember!  When I saw this shirt, necklace, and delicate bangles from Fab'rik in Cameron Village, I knew they'd be great transition pieces from summer to fall.  Can you believe we're already thinking about fall fashion??  Seriously!  Hard to believe!

I love the side slits in the shirt & the fun braided straps.  The was totally sold on the necklace with the fun tassels, and I adore any bangle stack.  I totally see this being a great outfit to take into the humid months of September & early October in North Carolina.

Be sure to check out Fab'rik in Cameron Village for these great pieces.  They have the best selection of trendy and affordable clothes that are great quality!

Happy Tuesday!


Photos by Nieto Photography

This post is sponsored by Cameron Village.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support Champagne & Suburbs.

A Long Overdue Instagram Roundup!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Good morning!  I got back from vacation Saturday afternoon and DG was home about 2 hours after me.  We spent the evening catching up on the week & hanging out with the two furballs.  Sunday, I went to Pure Barre and then took care of things around the house to prepare for the week.  When I was on the ferry back from Ocracoke, I started cleaning out my phone.  Here are some of my favorite pictures & looks from the past couple of weeks months (seriously, told you this was overdue).

These dahlias are seriously my favorite from spring.  I always think of my Aunt Betsy who passed away from breast cancer when I was in middle school.  These were her favorite flowers & I miss her terribly, so these remind me of all our times together.

I have been a fan of Rah-Rah Designs(c/o) since our honeymoon.  I just love this black & neon pink two piece.  I've been wearing these sunnies & earrings(c/o) on repeat all season, too!

This hydrangea print dress from Shop Borough(c/o) has generated a lot of feedback!  I adore this look (also seen here).

dress // earrings // bracelets 1 2 3 // bangles 1 2 // tote // sandals // sunnies

I still love these pictures from Gizmo's adoptiversary celebration.

And Winston's birthday celebration.

One of my favorite places in Raleigh is Gonza Tacos y Tequila, and their decor is so fun!

And their fish tacos are divine.

Vita Vite in Raleigh has the coolest event space with the most gorgeous chandeliers.  More of this outfit here.

Churchill Downs was one of my favorite parts to my visit to Louisville.  Check out my travel guide here.

And I love this tribute to the winning horse & jockey outside the Galt House Hotel.

I'm struggling with my fiddle leaf fig, but it is still one of my favorite home decor pieces we've added this summer.  I got it from The Zen Succulent in Durham.  I'm a huge fan of Megan George & her awesomeness as seen here.

Bonus, the coffee mug is handpainted in Raleigh & the coffee is made in Durham

I always love stopping by the Raleigh Rose Garden in the summer.  It's where DG and I got married and I still love the backdrop.

Before my mani/pedi at Paintbar Nails.  Mod About You is my go-to color right now.

This walkway at the Leslie-Alford-Mims House is seriously stunning.  This is the perfect event space and there are few things I love more than a historic house.

And this house has the best hydrangeas all around the house.  Southern perfection, y'all.

My sweet friend KST welcomed a beautiful baby girl and I had my talented friend KJS make these adorable items for her.  How sweet are they?

I tried on my 5 pair of Warby Parker glasses, and I really love the pair I've been eyeing since February.  I guess I'll be pulling the trigger on these soon!

Homemade ice cream, manicure perfection thanks to Paintbar Nails, and my new favorite off the shoulder top.

Our daycation from the anniversary was the Umstead in Cary.  It was actually a rainy and chilly day, so I spent my morning curled up by the fire sipping infused water reading.  It was a wonderful anniversary.

The Umstead is famous for their flower arrangements & unique artwork. 

These shoes & dress are being worn on repeat this summer.

It never fails that when I'm getting ready, Winston comes and lays near me.  I've always told y'all he's the best.  And I mean it.

Fourth of July in the 'burbs 

My dad went with me on my most recent day trip and we both were in love with these tree houses.  They appeared on DIY Network's Treehouse Guys and are going to be available for rent in the fall.  Stay tuned for my daytrip guide coming soon!

Before we went our separate ways last week, DG & I went to Pullen Park for pedal boating & a jazz concert.  I can't believe I've lived in Raleigh for 8 years and have never been to Pullen Park.  We're definitely planning on heading back before the summer ends.

We had a hot afternoon for pedal boating as proven by DG's shirt.  But he was so excited to find this statue of Andy & Opey at Pullen Park.  It was dedicated by TVLand.

When I arrived at Ocracoke, it was a little overcast, but turned out to be a beautiful week!  Silver Lake Harbor is always so beautiful.  I'll be writing a trip guide for this serene spot on OBX soon, so stay tuned for more about what to do.

And our amazing dog sitter sent me this picture the last night she stayed with the boys.  Their faces crack me up!

Alright, if you made it to the end, thank you!  I told you this was long & overdue.

Link up with Biana and me to tell us all about your weekend!