When Cottage Hill Magazine reached out to me about sending some samples for a shoot in their new publication, I could tell they had a little something special going over there.  And, BOY was I right.

When you bring together super talented, creative minds the outcome is explosive {which in this case translates to serene}. When I received these images I was so smitten. The way in which they told the story spoke straight to my heart, and here’s why.

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The apron was styled, for the most part, outside of the kitchen. Which truly is how I loved to use my pieces. I remember when I first started out,  I would wear these waist aprons with a simple jean and ribbed tank and go out on the town to do what I needed to do. Somehow it just worked and I love how it does here as well.

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I also love the way they portray the made-from-scratch concept of cooking. With mom in the kitchen cooking and teaching to cook. AND, with boys no less. So sweet and so important for all young ones to learn and embrace these techniques.

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To see the full story & shoot over at Cottage Hill, click here.

To click to see the full image gallery, click here.

 

Thanks again to Cottage Hill & the team for including us!

Images via Cottage Hill. Creative Direction by Cottage Hill :: Story by Kaitlin Holland + Katie Selvidge :: Design by Kaitlin Holland :: Photography by Sawyer Baird :: Hair + Makeup by Hannah Bolton :: Sponsors: IceMilk Aprons

 

It’s not every day you get to throw a 1st birthday party…

I can’t believe my sweet little Sawyer Rose is turning ONE next month. It seems like just yesterday I was sharing her newborn photos. But I am excited for the new milestone and to celebrate along with her.  Inspired by her middle name, Rose, we are hosting a little Winter Garden Party for her #1 and I couldn’t {*couldn’t*} be more excited.

After I got to pinning {because if you follow me, you KNOW I love pinning …} I fell upon the theme almost instantly. And suddenly, my pinboard was alive and thriving – take a peek:

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Floral headpieces are kind of a thing these days, especially in the wedding world, and what better to create for this special occasion.  I’ve been reading up on some DIY crowns, scouring the farm for greenery to use, and will plan to visit the wholesale market for fresh florals. Winter through me for a tiny loop, but I quickly realized there would be no lack of  greens & winter whites or blush florals this time of year. What blooms would you recommend?

Because I can’t spill the beans yet on all of the fun festivities we have planned, I can share her invitation! It sets the stage for the theme of the event so perfectly, and is always the guests first impression of what they have to expect. So, I headed over to Minted to pick out the perfect invite. This invitation is perfection – I couldn’t have designed it more perfectly if I had created it myself. I absolutely love the color palette,  and you know I love a good kraft design. And, you just have to see the floral design of the backside I chose {here} because I can’t even handle it.

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I am currently looking for sea foam / mint dress for Sawyer to wear to her little party {so send them my way if you find something!} And, still working on the final details for her cake, hoping to perfect some long-lost decorating skills because you know it must be homemade in my house!

Can’t wait to share the full birthday with you and celebrate my sweet Sawyer turning 1!

 

Special thanks to my friends at Minted who helped to contribute to Sawyer’s party invitations and decor through our collaboration! Minted is authentically my go-to for invitations, cards & more because the designs are so fresh and the process is so super fast and easy. This busy mom + business owner appreciates that combo – thanks Minted! x

There is a lot of chatter lately about finding your “uniform” {formerly known as a personal style or brand} and as a branding junkie myself, I’m whittling down my own style into a go-to capsule collection for myself. Since most of my personal belongings are packed away until we move, I’ve been living off very little and finding that I really only hit my “go-to” wardrobe pieces anyways – so I’m weeding out the pieces I don’t need and investing in the ones I know will stick with me.

As a self-proclaimed neutral lover {ahem .. have you seen my styleboards lately?}, I love the classic, timeless pieces and the concept of the capsule is just right for this girl.  And, as an entrepreneur & designer, I want an outfit that can take me from being a mom to a business meeting because every day is different.

Here are just a few of my favorite go-to’s {I do own most all of these} and I’ll be sharing more of my favorite Entrepreneur Uniforms with you soon.

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Madewell hat {I drooled over this for a month and it was a total no-brainer. The fit is fabulous and the compliments are endless every time I wear this one out} / Madewell earrings {I love this brass color and wear these just about every day, a great size} / White tee { I need some shirt suggestions, still searching but loved the shape & movement of this piece } / Madewell black High Riser Skinny Skinny denim { I am “obsessed” with this fit. Perfect in every way for this momma} / J.Crew slip on Vans {I have found these to be so super versatile – I can dress them up or down so easily} / Graf and Lantz Grey Felt Tote { If you’ve seen me anytime lately, this has been on my shoulder. Huge bags are my MO and this one carries everything from diapers to my laptop}

We’re in the midst of building a house, which has been one of the most fun {most work} projects I’ve ever done. I absolutely love every little detail and have been inspired by the farmhouse aesthetic along the way. Because remember, I wish to live in a barn …

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I thought I’d share a few of my favorite details along the way, and the inspirations behind them. So today I’m sharing the subtle crossbuck detail that will give nod to the traditional barn “X” doors. We decided to do a double door on the front to really maximize the space and capture the essence of that grand barn door entrance, and I really love the solid crossbuck for the side door.

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These details are all over the farm, from the inside of the barn doors to the long, dark fencing that lines the front of the property.  And because I think the art of careful juxtaposition in design is so important, I love the balance of bringing this “rustic” detail into a nice home exterior.

Crossbuck Farm Fence

More to come! For a sneak peek into my total home design inspiration, take a peek at my Pinterest board here.

One of my favorite things about my job is the people I get to meet through my work. Here are a two Southern friends doing fabulous things that you should support!

Courtney from Honeycomb Studio is doing wonderful things. I first fell in love with her Antler series when I was styling a tabletop for a West Elm event. The gold touches are just to die for in my neutral opinion and the simplicity and organic nature of her work is one of a kind. She has just launched a new lighting collection as well. But for now she’s up for the West Elm Local Grant and I’d love if you’d support her by giving her your vote today!

Honeycomb Studio

Another great Southern find for you today is Gregg at Jack Donnelly. Attention & detail given to one of the Souths most iconic style staples for any gentleman, the khaki pant. They have been growing & growing and I love seeing the diversity in the new styles and colors of pants and shorts in their collection. They are currently halfway through a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for further expanding their collection and I’d love if you can support them {and get in on the good deal to snag those perks & pants for yourself!} Oh, and did I mention the company is named after his Grandfather?

I'd love to know what you think of these two special Southerners! And, if you like these finds, I'll be sharing some more of My Southern Friends soon on the blog!

Well, it’s officially Fall and I must say as a small business owner, I’ve been prepping for Christmas ever since July. I couldn’t be more excited to share that I’ll be participating again this year in the Garden & Gun JUBILEE in Charleston. Even more exciting {well … for me at least} is that I’ll be attending this year, too!

Garden & Gun is one of my very favorite magazines and it paints such a beautiful picture of the South that I was raised to know. The JUBILEE brings together a wonderful mix of Southern makers, designers & artisans and I simply cannot wait to meet others, explore the city, and taste all the wonderful things the city has to offer.

G&G was kind enough to offer up a little incentive that I’m happy to pass along {mostly because I love this piece!} but also because it means if you snag tickets now then hopefully I’ll see you in Charleston! Purchase your JUBILEE tickets now through 9/30 & use promo code: POSTER at checkout and you’ll receive a copy of this beautiful print for yourself.

I love that concert or national park posters have become commemorative pieces framed in homes, and who knows, maybe this piece will hold the same special meaning one day as well.

Garden & Gun Jubilee Poster

So, I’d love to know, what in the world should I do during my trip to Charleston! Would love your suggestion on favorite shops, restaurants, places to stay, & things to see while we’re there.

xo

camo fall trend Camo has become one of the hottest prints of 2014, with the Summer trend easily extending into the Fall {and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon}.

For those of us in the South who have long had camo pieces in our wardrobes, it’s a welcomed trend and I’ve loved integrating a few key “fancy” camo pieces into my collection. If you’re going to do it, do it right. Here are my tips for camo done right.

  1. If you’re going to do it, don’t overdo it. Let your camo piece be the statement of your outfit and go simple and neutral for your other pieces. Think black jeans + white tee.
  2. Know when to wear your “fancy” camo. These stylish pieces are not acceptable wear for a dove hunt, go with the original, “real” camo pieces when in these situations. Please.
  3. Look for pieces with strong, simple construction or classic pieces. This will give you the most effortless camo look without making it look like you tried too hard.
  4. Add a little juxtaposition to really own this trend. I love how “rugged” camo is, so pair it with a nude heel or better yet a camo shift dress. You can have so much fun.
  5. Still not sure if you can rock it? The best single piece {in my humble opinion} to ease into the trend is a clean piece of outerwear. A jacket or vest, and consider going again with a classic piece like a trench or anorak.

Here are my go-to picks for camo this Fall. I’d love to know which you’re loving and what other pieces you can’t live without!


As summer comes to a {sad} end, I look back at my much-neglected, much loved blog and all the wonderful things I have to share these days and commit to being more frequent in my postings.

We’ve been “on the farm” for several months now. We’re in the midst of building a new house {and studio!} and as I’m sure the kids would put it – having the time of our lives living in the country with my in-laws on the family farm. It’s so beautiful here and I find a little dose of inspiration in something new every day.

I wish to live in a barn and this just might be as close as it comes for now.

Take a peek at my Instagram to get just a tiny glimpse of what we’ve been up to and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing a little more on the blog these days!

xo

It’s time to celebrate Dad {or, as my son calls my husband, Papa} and we’ve teamed up with author & entrepreneur, Gena Knox & our friends at Fire & Flavor to bring you a great Father’s Day Grilling Giveaway!

Father's Day Grilling Giveaway

Enter to win a new IceMilk Aprons Men’s Grilling Apron {part of our new Waxed Canvas Collection} along with a great big bag {8.3 lbs to be exact) of John Wayne Hardwood Charcoal from Fire & Flavor. This Southern-inspired pairing is perfect for the rugged, manly, outdoorsman in your life {aka Dad}.

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I am so thrilled each Sunday when I tune in to watch Chef Damaris Phillips on her new Food Network show, Southern at Heart. She has such a delightful Southern charm and recipes that you feel comfortable tackling in your own home. And, she has been sporting an array of IceMilk Aprons on the show this season!

So, in celebration we are giving you the chance to win one of our most popular new aprons, the heirloomed linen halter apron! Entering is easy, just click below for your chance to win. And, don't forget you can still shop online at www.icemilkaprons.com and save 15% for Mother's Day with code MOM at checkout!

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