Friday, July 22, 2016
Labels: my life
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.
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).
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.
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!
Monday, July 18, 2016
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).
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.
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.
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.