Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cane Crazy

The more I become interested in interior design, the more crazy I get about cane. I've seen several cane dining room chairs, side chairs, and couches on Craigslist that are gorgeous, but need a little TLC. I've become a little obsessed. Here are some of my inspiration images: 

Are you cane crazy like me? Have a fabulous day! 

Miss Southern Prep 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hilton Head Island + Life Lately

Please excuse my brief blogging absence last week. I planned on blogging during my vacation, but I took a much-needed mental break and headed to Hilton Head, SC. I had never been before and wasn't sure what to expect, but had the best time. Here are some of my snapshots:

Of course, all of my road trips start with a Starbucks.

We stayed at a family friend's condo, and this was the view of our backyard:

The beach was gorgeous, and I really enjoyed laying out one day I was there. 

The sea grass was gorgeous.

There was also a turtle nest area near the beach area we visited. I felt like I was in a scene from The Last Song haha!

 I loved the Spanish moss everywhere! It was so, so beautiful.

I had such a fabulous trip! I can't wait to go back!

In addition to my vacation, here's what I've been up to lately: 

Gone With the Wind 
I just started reading Gone With the Wind, and I'm hooked! I've been reading it slowly, but I'm hoping I can start powering through it. 

I recently joined The Junior League, so I've been completing a lot of volunteer hours while I'm still job hunting. We have a lot of obligations this fall, so I'm glad I'm getting a good part of them out of the way.

Grey's Anatomy 
Can y'all believe I had never seen Grey's until a week ago? I started it on Netflix, and I LOVE it. I'm already on Season 2! 

What have y'all been up to lately? Have a wonderful Wednesday! 

Miss Southern Prep
*Photos: 1, 2, 3

Monday, July 28, 2014

Giveaway: The Tufted Frog

Today I'm teaming up with a wonderful Etsy shop for a giveaway! The Tufted Frog specializes in custom headboards, but offers custom pillows, shams, drapes, valencies, and bed skirts. Holly, the owner, was generous enough to send me a custom pillow, and it's beautiful! I chose the coral blue print.

Close-up of the print 

I've mentioned before that I bought a beautiful cane couch (read about it here) that I want to paint white. I really love the white look, but I'm all about spicing it up with accent pillows, and I think this pillow would be perfect on the all-white couch. This is what I'm hoping it will look like:

Holly also makes stunning custom headboards and other upholstered items. I've toyed with the idea of making my own upholstered headboard, but my dad injured his shoulder and I'm thinking it will never get done! Holly's headboards are SO affordable and the perfect solution if you want that look, but want to leave it to the professionals. Here are some of my favorite items from her shop:

Holly was sweet enough to also sponsor a giveaway for my followers! She is offering one reader a custom pillow cover + insert. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter widget: 

Good luck, y'all! Happy Monday! 

Miss Southern Prep 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Last Minute Gifts + Gone Girl

I always like to keep a couple of gifts on hand in case I need to give a gift unexpectedly. However, that doesn't always work, and sometimes I'm left looking for a last-minute gift. Here are some of my favorite last minute gifts: 

Last Minute Gifts

1. A cute coffee mug + a Starbucks gift card
2. Spa hand cream (but nothing heavily scented) 
3. A bottle of wine with a cute stopper
4. A bottle of champs 
5. A picture frame with a picture inside 
6. A nice candle
7. A pretty polish color with a manicure gift certificate

What are your favorite last minute gifts? 

Y'all, I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I had to share my thoughts. This was by far the weirdest, most disturbing book I've ever read. If you're not familiar with the book, read a synopsis here. Honestly, there's been a lot of praise for the book, but I did not enjoy it. It was suspenseful, but it was also just mind-boggling and very dense. I'm not sure I would recommend it, but I think the movie looks better than the book, so I may see that with my mom. If you've read Gone Girl, what were your thoughts?

Have a fabulous weekend!

Miss Southern Prep 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer TV on Bravo + Pretty Letters Shop

I know I've mentioned this many times, but I'm addicted to reality TV. I love almost every show on Bravo, and I'm especially addicted to the Housewives franchise. Bravo has so many great shows this summer--I'm loving it! Here's what I'm watching: 

Real Housewives of New Jersey 
Oh how I miss the days of Seasons 1&2, when all of the girls were friends and the only drama was crazy Danielle. I'm not a huge fan of the new girls, but I think it will be interesting to see Teresa's legal drama play out on TV. 

Don't Be Tardy 
Although it's embarrassing to admit, I love Kim Zolciak and her family. I'm excited for the new season to start tonight! 

Untying the Knot 
I've been watching this show every week. It's kind of a sad concept (a mediator helps couples settle divorces/divide assets), I really like it! It's interesting to see the "stuff" people have accumulated during their marriages. 

Are you a Bravo addict like me? 

Pretty Letters Shop is an adorable Etsy shop that offers personalized gifts and monograms. The shop is filled with Lilly and beautiful monograms, which happen to be two of my favorite things. Megan, the owner, was sweet enough to send me two monogrammed Lilly cups in Lobstah Roll. They are so cute! This is how I'm using them: 

Pen holder on my desk 

For my nightly drinks--cheers! 

I love that the monogram makes them more personal. Here are some of my other favorites from Pretty Letters Shop

Have a wonderful day, y'all! 

Miss Southern Prep
*First three images via Google Images 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Snacks

I'm always looking for healthy, light summer snacks. I love fresh fruit and veggies during the summer, and I eat them as much as I can to balance out the other junk I eat during my dinners out and parties. Here are some of my go-to summer snacks: 

Summer Snacks

What are your favorite summer snacks? Have a wonderful day! 

Miss Southern Prep 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Stella and Dot

I tend to wear the same jewelry every day--watch, David Yurman bracelets, and David Yurman earrings--but I love to change my necklaces to switch-up my look. I'm always looking for affordable fashion jewelry, and right now, I'm loving Stella and Dot. Although some of their pieces are still a bit too pricey for me, they have a section under $50, and some of the pieces are ones I'd consider investing in, since I'll wear them a lot. Here are some of my favorites: 

Are you a Stella and Dot fan? Have a fabulous day! 

Miss Southern Prep 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favorites

Here are some of my favorites this Friday: 

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I picked this up yesterday during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (I'm a Nordstrom card holder, so I was able to presale the sale before it started)! I love big, manly watches, so this one was perfect, plus it was reduced from $250 to $167. 

White Zinfandel 
I know this is cheap, $5 per bottle wine, but I love it! It's so crisp and perfect for summer. 

DIY Wreaths 
I don't have my own door to decorate, but I've been pinning pretty wreaths that I find on Pinterest. I love this boxwood wreath with a monogram! They go for a quite a bit on Etsy and in stores, but I think it would be fairly easy and inexpensive to make. 

I've always loved Spode China, but lately I've become really into searching for pieces on eBay. There are always unique designs that sell for next to nothing! 

I love these necklaces! 

I have to sleep in complete darkness, but I like a night light in my bathroom, so I can see if I need to get up in the middle of the night. How cute is this monogrammed night light from Monograms Etc.? 

What are some of your favorites? Have a fabulous day! 

Miss Southern Prep 
*Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6