Valentine’s Day Recap

Will & I had THE BEST Valentine’s Day adventure.

It was simple. It was chill. And it was so much fun to just have a day spent with each other and no distractions! Plus, I got to be the mastermind behind the plans this year (it’s always been him), so I think I had the most fun of all dragging him around to places that I knew he would love!

Stop #1: The Silver Skillet – An ATL classic since the 1950’s, this diner-esque restaurant is filled with charm and delicious food. We had a solid brunch (of course we did, brunch lovers) and were not even the slightest bit hungry until dinner time. The grits, hashbrowns & eggs were served to perfection. And Will was adventurous and got pork chops… Great choice! My omelette was superb with the tastiest sausage and gooiest cheese. And then there were the biscuits… Holy cow. A spot that’s definitely worth the wait (and definitely best suited for small parties).

Silver Skillet

Stop #2: The Warhorse Coffee Joint – This super secret spot can be found behind the new West Midtown developments and is a spot that you’ll want to keep a secret. (Not sure why I’m even telling you about it 🙂 ) It was the perfect place for a cup of tea and an hour or so of rest and reading books together. If you do find it, please take cash. It’s donation only for coffee & tea, and I hope it can remain that way!

Warhorse

Stop #3: College Football Hall of Fame – I knew that this would be the perfect surprise outing for my man, and it did not disappoint! From the time you step foot into the CFBHall you are 100% in the game. From running around kicking field goals to announcing College GameDay, it is a blast! And great for all ages of college football fans! My personal favorite part was the ginormous Penley mural that hangs in the main lobby and highlights great players, coaches, and college football moments!

CFBHall

Stop #4: Yeah! Burger – Can’t mess up a great day with a lousy dinner haha. So we went to our ol’ reliable spot Yeah! Burger for a scrumptious meal. The Yeah! sauce is where it’s at (especially if you’re using it for the dipping sauce for your sweet potato fries. Mmmm.) Without a doubt, after a full day in the city it hit the spot!

Day of Love

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day together! Nothing fancy. Nothing crazy. Just a bunch of fun exploring new places with each other! Hope you and yours had a fantastic day of love as well… But honestly, what day isn’t about love??

Valentine’s for HER

Now girls, don’t think I forgot about you. As much fun as it is to shop for Valentine’s treats for our men, it’s equally {read: more} fun to plant hints in their mind about all of the lovely things we’re interested in these days!

So here are some HOT new items that I just know you’ll casually bring up to your man this week… 🙂

Valentine's for HER

  1. Handlettering print from Jenn Gietzen ($35) – I’ve followed Jenn and her Write On! Design for a while now, and I’m always inspired! Not only is she extremely talented in handlettering and graphic design but she’s always very funny. Her quotes always make me smile, laugh, and reflect. Also, I can only hope to letter as well as she does at the end of my Year of Words project. Any gal would be happy to hang one of Jenn’s pretty prints in her home.
  2. Cookies from The DoughMestic HouseWife (varies) – Nom nom nom. Every girl {that I know} loves cookies. Duh. So what better treat than a custom box of gorgeously hand decorated cookies?! You must check out The DoughMestic HouseWife on Instagram… Then you’ll understand just how great of a gift this would be!
  3. Ellie Vail Cory Necklace from Lilli & Tori ($42) – With a EKG reading as the pendant, you can literally wear your guy’s heartbeat on your neck {awwww…}. This gold plated necklace is simple, elegant, and could be worn with practically anything. But if you don’t think the heartbeat thing is your thing, check out Lilli & Tori’s awesome inventory.
  4. “I’m So Fancy” mug from Moon & Lola ($28) – Ladies, this mug is a “wake up and feel fabulous” gift. Moon & Lola has several really cutesy mugs along with pillows that have matching themes.You should check out their Galentine’s Day collection for more lovely ideas!
  5. Paper Crown + Rifle Paper Co. NEW clothing line (varies) – This is actually REALLY exciting because the release of the line that is a collaboration of Lauren Conrad & Anna Bond {Ah!} is releasing THIS Thursday! AH! There’s going to be a pop-up shop in L.A. Friday through Sunday, and I’m quite sad that I live nowhere near L.A. Haha. The line is bound to be gorgeous all around and I found this maxi dress along with some others on L.C.’s blog.

What do ya’ll think? I think it’s safe to say that between pretty words, gold fancies, beautiful threads, and cookies it’d be a pretty sweet Valentine’s Day 🙂

ATL Getaway!

You know those rainy days where you feel like being a bum (i.e., yesterday…)?? Those are the perfect days for a day trip! We made our way to Atlanta today to see friends and be tourist-y in the big city.

The Atlanta Streetcar just opened last Tuesday, so we wanted to see what it was all about. The vision of the Streetcar is to connect Atlanta unconnected neighborhoods, a bold yet necessary endeavor to unite the city. For now, it’s only circulating 2.7 miles, but you better believe we rode the whole darn route! It was cool to see that travels to Centennial Olympic Park may already be more convenient. I can’t wait to see future phases linking the BeltLine! Atlanta is getting cooler and cooler. Oh… and for the first 3 months, it’s FREE!

Streetcar Selfie

And yes, we took selfies on the Streetcar…

Following our fun ride, we made our stop at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market (one of the stops along the Streetcar’s route). Lets talk. about. some. FOOD!!! Oh my gosh. If we lived in the city, I would beg to go to the Curb Market not only for all produce and meats, but for every stinking meal. There’s Sweet Auburn’s BBQ, Venezuelan food from Arepa Mia, amazing jerk chicken from AfroDish Restaurant, Bell Street Burritos, and so much more. Will & I grabbed coffee from the Sweet Auburn Bakery… divine. And then Mary bought our group a whole sweet potato pie… That girl…

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

It was an A+ day in the A. (See what I did there?) I just adore exploring cities and getting to know their unique characters. Until next time, Atlanta!

FriYAY Faves (& only 7 days until Christmas!)

I cannot handle the fact that Christmas is only 7 days away! And today is the last day of school for a little bit! WAHOO!! I’m having an excitement overload this morning! 🙂

If you’re looking for a few last minute gifts that any gal would love, check out my last FriYAY Faves before Christmas! Don’t worry, I love FriYAY Faves so much that I think I may just keep them all year round!

FriYAY Faves

1. “With All Your Heart” hand stamped necklace from Befriending Faithfulness ($20) – My friend Erin has opened a beautiful Etsy shop called Befriending Faithfulness. She makes AWESOME hand stamped jewelry (and can even personalize it to say anything you want!) and embroidered hoop art. All of her pieces are inspired by scripture and are SO encouraging. Plus, one of the things I love most about Erin’s shop is that she donates 10% each month to a worthy cause. Check out her blog and befriend Befriending Faithfulness! (See what I did there?)

2. Coral & Tusk hand linen from Firefly ($44) – I know it’s a lot for a hand towel… but look at those woodland creatures!!! Coral & Tusk also makes stockings with these same characters, so stock up and have them ready for next Christmas!

3. “The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking” book by Kate Payne ($20) – I adore Kate’s blog and visit it frequently. She does everything from canning and pickling to home decorating and gardening. All of her projects and lifestyle tips are fabulous and practical! Plus, her personality is just too cute, so I’m sure her Hip Girl’s Guide would be a fun read! Also… she just came out with “The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen”… I probably really need that one haha.

4. “Ready to Run” Vest from Red Dress Boutique ($46) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I reeeeeally want a fur vest. But I’m having trouble finding the perfect one. Nothing that looks too fake, something that will go with everything, and something I won’t be tired of this time next year… It’s tough. But I really like this leather-trimmed faux fur vest. It’s just enough fur but not over the top. Plus, I think that it could stick around as a great winter piece for years to come.

5. “Let’s All Be Brave” mug made by Glory Haus from Annie F. Downs ($18.25) – Annie is one of my favorite people. We’ve only met three times, but she is truly an inspiration and never ceases to encourage me {especially through her social media platforms… including her new podcast!} Her new book “Let’s All Be Brave” urges you to be courageous, even when it’s not easy or convenient. And boy is that a message that I need over and over and over. I love this mug because I could sip my cup o’ joe each morning from it and be reminded to walk through the day bravely. Thanks, Annie, for such a strong message and a cute tool to serve as a reminder of it!!

Hurry hurry and get that Christmas shopping done!! And then sit back and enjoy the holidays, won’t you? Because remember, it’s not really about the presents at all. 🙂

Batch Charleston #3

Our final box of our gift subscription to Batch was definitely my favorite of the bunch! (Have I said this each time? I think so.) If you aren’t familiar with Batch, read my previous reviews here or here! What you need to know about Batch… They are a delivery service of amazing local goods straight to your door 🙂

Here’s what we got this time around:

Batch Charleston

And great news friends! If this sounds like something that a loved one of yours would just love as a Christmas gift, you still have time to order for them to receive a Batch for the holidays! They also have 3-, 6-, and 12-months options for giving holiday subscriptions! The deadline is December 18, so hurry on over and place your order for quality local goods from one of your favorite cities in the US!