4th of July Ready

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

There are few holidays I love more than the 4th of July!  As a United States History fanatic, this is a big highlight for me.  When I was in college & my first couple of years graduated, we spent 4th of July on Shackleford Banks watching fireworks.  But now, I spend my 4th of July with friends and family having cookouts.  I love getting dressed up for the cookouts, and this navy and white stripe dress with this scarf or red beaded necklace are the perfect patriotic additions.  I scored all these goodies from Madison in Cameron Village!  Run, don't walk before they sell out!

Guest Appearance by my girl Angela

What are you wearing this year for the 4th?

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

Linking up with Jenn & Jessi for their "What's Hap-Pinning"  link up!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Happy two year anniversary to DG!  On one hand it seems like time is flying and on others, it seems like that was just yesterday.   I truly appreciate the support, the reality checks, and the fun that DG and I have.  If you've been here for a while, you know that I try to keep it real, but I got truly lucky to have DG as my life partner.  Here's a glimpse back to our wedding day & our 1st anniversary celebration.

All wedding photos by Conway Photo Shop

We visited our ceremony site last year for our first anniversary.  Thanks to my girl Em for this photo.

And the only picture we got on our 1st anniversary trip to Charleston was a grainy selfie after dinner at Poogan's.

Check out our wedding and reception recaps and our first anniverary trip.

DG, thanks for being my person.  You constantly push me to be the best I can be and I couldn't imagine doing life without you.  And thanks for putting up with me.  I know it can't be easy.  Love you big time.


Weekend Snaps

Monday, June 27, 2016

piscina e jardim:
Good morning & happy Monday!  Can y'all believe this is the last week of June?  I'm in disbelief because tomorrow is my 2 year wedding anniversary!  Seems just like yesterday I was prepping for our big day.  We're doing a daycation in the area, and I can't wait to share with you the details of our day (or you can follow along on Instagram @champagneandsuburbs or Snapchat @mbg0112)!
This weekend was the perfect mix of fun & work.  If you read my post on Friday, you know I re-joined a gym.  Thank goodness because I have totally been indulging in all my favorite foods this summer.
I swear by my S'well bottle.  I have the large and I use it daily.  If you've been thinking of one, do it.  They're worth the hype.  I've had mine for a year and it's still one of my favorite purchases.

I tried on some new glasses from Warby Parker.  I love their mission and have been pleased with the quality of my eye glasses.  Stay tuned for which pair I picked.
DG and I grabbed ice cream after dinner on Friday.  I got a lot of questions about my top.  It's an off the shoulder Roberta Roller Rabbit top and I couldn't love it more!  And how fun is my manicure from Paintbar?
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Saturday, I had a photo shoot with Cameron Village and had a blast.  I came home and crashed with the boys.  Gizmo kills me because he always naps with all his favorite toys.  I think it's seriously the sweetest thing.
Sunday morning, Gizmo, Winston, & I were super lazy.  We slept in late and then I had some French press coffee while getting ready for the day.  I caught a class at barre before heading to brunch with my friend Mare.

We went to brunch at Bull Street Gourmet & Market.  It was delicious!  Mary & her husband have a big move coming up in the fall, so we decided to make a bucket list for her so we can eat and drink our way through the area before she leaves.  I like friends like that, y'all.  I decided I socialize through eating and drinking.  And... occasionally shopping.

How was your weekend?
Link up with Biana and me to tell us all about it!

P.S. Stay tuned this week for a tribute to DG for our 2nd wedding anniversary and a 4th of July look!  
Have a great week!

Friday Favorites: Last of June

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hello, hello friends!  It's the last weekend of June!  Traveling for so long at the beginning of the month made this week fly by even faster than normal.  Next week, DG and I celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary and then my in-laws are coming in for a visit.  So far, my summer vacation has been exactly what I've needed and I am excited for the rest of our break!  We'll be taking it easy this week to save up for our anniversary staycation we're doing this year.


(Photo by Conway Photo Shop)

As I started getting ready for our anniversary, I started flipping through our wedding & anniversary pictures.  One of my favorite parts from our wedding day was my bouquet from Simplicity Floral.  I've known Denise for years, and she took my vision and completely nailed it.  If you live in the area, check her out for floral arrangements.  She does an outstanding job for weddings!  


I posted my travel guide for Louisville yesterday on C&S.  It was a big trip because I remembered my camera & tried to work on my picture taking quality.  One of my favorite parts of Louisville was the architecture, but there were two spots on Main Street that has beautiful building facades with nothing behind them... except sometimes cool artwork like this one.


Earlier this week, I met Angela, Courtney, & Stephanie for dinner at Fiction Kitchen.   I have always wanted to try it, but knew I couldn't get DG to go with me.  I ordered the eastern NC pulled "pork" because when you pride yourself in loving eastern NC BBQ as much as I do, you have to see how this measures up.  Y'all, it was the most bizarre thing I've ever eaten.. in a good way.  It tasted very much like the real thing.  I highly recommend trying out Fiction Kitchen!  

P.S. I also checked off a restaurant on my Summer Bucket List AND on the NC must-try restaurant list.


I met two of my college girlfriends for lunch on Monday, and tried out another new to me restaurant, Relish Cafe. I ordered a shrimp burger with bacon cheese fries... because why not.  It was delicious and I promptly went and joined a gym on my way home.  I wish I was kidding.


I've been able to find time this summer to attend the pool or just to sit outside for a couple of hours each day.  I got to do that maybe 3 times total last summer.  I really enjoy having time to be lazy with DG in the midst of our crazy schedules.  It's done a world of good for our productivity!  P.S. those macaroons from lucettegrace in downtown Raleigh?  OMG.  They were chocolate peanut butter and confirmed joining a gym was a good decision this summer. 

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Alright, y'all!  What are your favorites this week?

Don't forget to check out this week's posts!  Here's my summer bucket list, a date night look from Certain Things in Cameron Village, a lovely hydrangea pattern dress from a local Charleston designer, and what to do in Louisville!

Be sure to stop by on Monday to link up with Biana and me for weekending!

Have a fabulous weekend! 


Linking up with Amanda!
Meet At The Barre

What to Do in Louisville

Thursday, June 23, 2016

I'll be honest and tell you that Louisville wasn't on my Top 10 places to visit in the United States prior to my trip a few weeks ago.  But y'all, Louisville is awesome.  I had a blast and I truly enjoyed my time there.  I want to share some of the things to do, places to eat and drink, and things to see.

Here's my background story on this trip.  I found out Saturday of Memorial Day weekend that there was a possibility I'd be going to Louisville, and for sure on Sunday evening.  I briefly searched some things to do, but I mostly went in blind.  I'm not going to lie, but this was one of my favorite trips!  I even got bumped to 1st class (my first time ever flying 1st class) on the way there.

Place to Stay

The Galt House.  It's right on the waterfront and in the heart of town.  I walked everywhere I went besides Churchill Downs.  There are shops, restaurants, a spa, and bars all within the hotel.  Even better, the rooms had two sinks, which was awesome when getting ready in the morning.

Things to Do

 21c Museum Hotel has a wonderful art gallery attached to it.  One of the exhibits when I was there was artwork made out of shotgun shells.  Proof on Main is the restaurant and bar attached to it, so you can take a glass of wine with you while you tour the gallery.  

Churchill Downs for a night race is a must!  It really is a fun experience and truly one that you can't miss out on if you are visiting.

I didn't get a chance to go inside the Muhammad Ali Center, but I did enjoy walking the grounds.  There is a beautiful outside seating area, and a walkway that overlooks the Ohio River.

Walking across the Big Four Bridge into Jeffersonville, Indiana is something definite to add to your itinerary!  The bridge lights up at night has some beautiful views of the Louisville skyline!  There are parks on both sides of the river (seen in the bottom of this photo).

The Louisville Slugger Museum was the one thing everyone told me I needed to do.  I did visit, but I didn't go through the tour.  The building is a lot of fun and the gift shop is perfect for any of the baseball loving dudes in your life.

Visiting the waterfront was something I did most nights.  The weather was beautiful and it made for a nice way to wind down.  The sunsets over the Ohio River were simply amazing.

If you've been reading here a while, you know I love history.  There is a self-guided walking tour with markers for the Civil Rights Movement and its efforts in Louisville that I highly recommend!  I also found the historic landmarker for the original Galt Hotel, and this on the riverfront about the famous historial figures who visited.

Places to Eat & Drink

You cannot visit Louisville without having a hot brown from the breathtakingly gorgeous Brown Hotel.  The hot brown dish was accidentally created when a chef ran out of ingredients in his kitchen.  It's an open faced sandwich topped with turkey, tomato, cheese, and... bacon.  And visiting the Brown is worth the visit as well.

Against the Grain is a brewery and restaurant right near the baseball stadium.  I got Louisville BBQ and a seasonal brew and was delighted.  Their small plates were delicious as well.

One of the other places that I was advised to go was the Seelbach Hotel bar to try the Seelbach cocktail.  It was accidentally created when the bartender was making an old fashioned, and champagne got mixed into the drink.  The recipe became famous, but was lost until 1995.  It's an interesting cocktail and the hotel is stunning.  And, history nerds unite!  This is the place that F. Scott Fitzgerald got inspiration for The Great Gatsby.

8UP is a fun place to grab dinner & drinks with a nice view of the city.

It was a fun city and I highly recommend a visit if you ever get the opportunity!

Happy Thursday!