Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This has to be one of my favorite days of the year. I think it’s really neat that there’s an entire day devoted to remembering and savoring the things we are thankful for – from the past year and before. Unfortunately, between the food and the family and the traveling and the gift guides and the black Fridays and everything else going on this time of year (all great things!), it’s easy to skim right over the point of this special Thursday.

On the place settings at our Friendsgiving table, there were three lines for each person to write down what they were thankful for from the past year. From wine to Charleston to these “grown-up” lives we’re living…I loved going around and toasting to the things we hold onto so dearly in our hearts.

The past year has brought some really high highs and a few really low lows, so when I reflect on the year, I’m deeply grateful for so many things and people. Aside from the truly amazing people in my life (including you, reading this right now), three things stuck out.

  1. Charleston: a city that has grown me in ways that I never expected. The people, the food, the opportunities – they all add up to one incredible experience and quite possibly the best decision I’ve ever made.
  2. Little miss #HasellMoon: That girl, as crazy as it sounds, has taught me a lot about responsibility and also a lot about unconditional love. Dogs are really just the best.
  3. Amazing Grace: In so many more ways than one I’m overwhelmingly, down to my core, out of my mind, more deeply than words can express grateful to have finally tapped into the goodness of God’s grace. I’ve seen it come from him directly and I’ve felt it from the friends and family around me. There’s nothing sweeter in this world than the moment it clicks.

“And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:4

I hope that your Thanksgiving is spent surrounded by the people that you love and that you take just a moment to reflect on the wonderful things you have to be thankful for. And then, dig in to the dressing and apple pie – it is Thanksgiving, after all! Have a happy one. xx

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(P.S. I’ll be back tomorrow with the best of the best Black Friday sales! Be sure to check in tomorrow AM to get the good stuff.)

Holiday Gift Guide: For Men


Alright you guys, when I say serious research has gone into this gift guide, I really mean it. I sent out emails to guy friends, spent (literally) hours on the phone with boyfriends of friends and my dad/brother, and did a lot of Internet digging. I had so many requests for this guide, so I wanted to make sure I hit every guy on your list – with something they would really want! (P.S. if I know your S.O. or male family member, there’s a really good chance they contributed to this, so you better pay attention!)

men’s clothing:





gadgets + things:


yeti coolers:


leather goods:




a few more ideas:

  • for the traveler: Beats by Dre
  • for the foodie: a night at their favorite steakhouse (I recommend Halls in Charleston!) or a steak delivery
  • for the golfer: set up a tee time for he and his buddies
  • for the graduate: a new tux (check out Suit Supply!!!)
  • for the hunter: Sitka Gear
  • a gift card to get fitted for custom button downs (Sid Mashburn or your favorite local spot)


I’m pretty sure I’ve NEVER spent so much time on a blog post before. I have to give a HUGE shoutout to my pal Keith Mitchell for spending pretty much all day yesterday helping me think of ideas for you guys. Most importantly, pick something for whatever guy you’re purchasing for something that they wouldn’t buy themselves (aka: less collared shirts, Sperry’s, branded t-shirts, etc. etc. etc.) Happy Holiday Shopping, my friends!

What to Wear: Thanksgiving Day

wearing: BCBG fringe tunic (also available in ivory) / black flare denim / Joie Dalton booties / Rebecca Minkoff quilted crossbody / Prada sunglasses via Ditto / similar necklace

I don’t know about yours, but our family’s Thanksgiving consists of (a lot of) two things: 1) eating and 2) traveling. So, comfort is key. For me, flare jeans, a black sleeveless + roomy sweater (hello, southern 70º Thanksgiving), and a little bit of bling. That all black factor is important when you’ve got two Thanksgiving meals to eat.

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Weekend Browsing

Friendsgiving Tablescape

Last night’s Friendsgiving was a success! I can’t tell you how blessed and thankful and overwhelmed I’m feeling right now as I write this to be surrounded by such wonderful people in Charleston – those who dined around this table and those who didn’t. More to come on the night next week!

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