What a busy weekend this was! I love action-packed days full of friends and fun, but man, does it wear me out! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we used to spend every non-work day out and about, from one event to the next, flying by the seat of our pants, heading in any direction we wanted, meeting friends at all hours of the day or night, fast forwarding through work, not to make it to Friday, but only to 5 since we could just as easily do on a Tuesday what some reserve for Friday and Saturday. Apparently, I’m not as much a night owl as my former self, though I’m pretty sure a husband, a baby and longer work weeks factor in somewhere. We’ve gone from late nights involving bars and beer bottles to late nights involving lullabies and milk bottles. Such is life.
This weekend was a return to the old days. Fun with friends, drinks in hand, hopping from one activity to the next. The good times kicked off with a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon at Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest in Sandestin, one of our sponsored events at work. It’s always such a fun event and I was a little sad I couldn’t attend last year (hello, baby on board!), so I was excited to make up for lost time this year. We met up with Cassi and Travis and made the rounds from tent to tent, checking out the selections, sipping, sipping and sipping more. It was wonderful.
Before we knew it, though, it was time for a quick change and a short drive into Destin for Ash & Claudia’s wedding. We swore we would be back after the wedding to dance the night away and keep the night going as long as we could.
Have I mentioned that I love when Hunter wears suits? I think they’re growing on my country boy, but I’m not sure he would admit it. He definitely wouldn’t let me sneak a picture of more than our shoes.
The wedding ceremony was lovely; I always love watching the first dance and remembering ours.
We sat next to Amanda and her husband Chris, who I found out were expecting. So excited for them! As we have experienced, a baby has the power to change your life completely in the craziest most amazing way possible.
A few hours and a few drinks later, we decided to hit the road. We didn’t stay out as long as we planned and we never made it back to Baytowne to meet up with Cassi and Travis (sorry guys!). We sneaked out a tad early to have our own little date night, just the two of us, reminiscing on those days before promotions and more responsibility, before diapers and a baby, and before we had a clue that those fun Fridays (and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) would take us as far down this lovely road as they did. So happy they did. I love you, babe!
She’s baaack! India Hicks is back at the beach armed with a fabulous trunk show my eyes can’t wait to devour. India is launching a fine jewelry line and is showing it off to all of us lucky beach girls (and guys) before it even hits Bloomingdales. Location: the equally-fabulous studio b. in Alys Beach
, which I adore. As a style icon, designer and possessor of impeccable taste, India brings an impressive background to the jewelry scene. Not to mention, she’s practically a royal and was even one of Princess Diana’s flower girls. Wow!
Not only is she all of these things…
… but she’s a stylish mom, too! How cute is this picture?
She is the epitome of casual luxury. A relaxed style that loses not one ounce of chicness.
India has quite the family history of elegance and style and lives up to every bit of it.
As someone who has a mild obsession with monograms, initials and all things type-related, I was immediately drawn to the simple but creative lettered patterns.
Several pieces even pay homage to the geometric hexagon design her father was famous for.
The collections are simple, elegant and interesting without trying too hard. I’m so excited about seeing them all at studio b. and can’t wait to see India in person.
Here are all the details. I’m definitely going to be scoping her style and hoping I can pick up a tip or two about being comfortable and looking fabulous. She just makes it look so easy! Pictures to come!
Photos: IndiaHicks.com & studio b.
On another of our walks around Lake Defuniak, Emery and I got plenty of fresh air, sunshine and even duck sightings. We don’t usually walk right by the water and I didn’t realize there were so many duckies around the lake! Next time I’ll have to bring bread crumbs…
We took a note from the day and let Emery sleep with a few duck buddies of her own.
On my way to the first night of the 30A Songwriters Festival, I had to pull over not once, but three times to snap a few pictures as the sun went down. It was just that good.
Over Western Lake
Over Camp Creek Lake
This month’s After Hours event was at the fabulous Chops 30A, where I caught up with a couple friends and met several new faces. One of those was Giovanni Filipponi, the main man in the kitchen as well as Hell’s Kitchen current season cast member. Everyone sampled lots of his tasty apps (kobe beef! venison! tuna!) and sushi as we mingled around the amazing bar area (which is a little mesmerizing the way it changes colors the longer you stare at it). I asked if Gordon Ramsey was really like what we see on TV. He is and it was hellish. I guess the show even offers psychiatric help at the end for anyone that wants/needs it if the Chef’s comments are a bit too cruel. Very interesting! Overall … good food, good cocktails, and a little cocktail trivia.
Photo: FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen
This month’s Walton Area Chamber After Hours was at Redfish Village and even though it was a cold night, there was a nice crowd there to network, sip wine and check out the Village. Aside from the main tent set up on the lawn, there were 3 condos open for viewing with wine sampling in each. The Village Boutique and The Aesthetic Clinique had their doors open late as well. I met a few new folks, caught up with some old friends and loved every bit of the decor I saw. The interior design was all done by Lovelace Interiors and every detail was impeccable. I wanted to borrow quite a few of their ideas, but this was by far my favorite room. It’s the perfect combination of upbeat and peaceful, don’t you think?
I made by way to the Donut Hole in Santa Rosa Beach yesterday for a little brunch. If you’ve never been there before, they have (obviously) a ridiculous number of homemade donuts and pastries, but also really great breakfast and lunch. I went with the seafood omelet, which was very tasty and big enough to feed two. Even though I was full and happy, I couldn’t resist taking a donut or two home for later. Believe me, there’s no shortage of choices – glazed, powdered, chocolate, jelly-filled, plain, cream cheese – the list goes on. No matter what you pick, it’s sure to be delicious!
Pish Posh Patchouli’s in Rosemary has all sorts of amazing products for your face and body (lip glosses! lotions! soaps!) and even for your home (I heart Archipelago candles!). One of the coolest things you can possibly find is a perfume bar with bottle after bottle of various ingredients that you mix and match to create your very own signature scent with a little flair. It’s so fun! When you’re finished, not only do you feel like you’ve done a little arts-and-crafting, but you walk away with a personalized bottle of fantastic smelling perfume. Ahh, perfection!
I love driving around the beach looking at Christmas lights and decorations — it’s one of the best parts of the holidays! This house in Alys Beach is so perfectly wrapped with its bright red bow, you can’t help but stop and admire it.
DeJa Vu in Pier Park is offering 50% off all clothing AND 40% off all shoes now through the end of December! Only 10 shopping days left! If you go, I’m sure you’ll walk away with something. I love my new red plaid jacket!