Monogrammed Monday

Happy Monogrammed Monday ladies! Seeing that I happen to be currently sitting in a coffee shop and it’s quite frigid outside today, it’s only fitting that I share a few lovely monogrammed mugs with y’all that I’ve recently come across. Whether you’re into hot tea or coffee or hot chocolate or simply feel like dressing up your sweet tea a little, these adorable mugs are a great way to brighten a blustery winter day. And once again, keep in mind that Christmas is just around the corner… these make awesome gifts too!

Homegrown Monogram Mug- $8.00

These simply must be some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen! From Anthropologie, these mugs are made unique by each letter having a different color scheme. And at $8.00, they make a classy gift idea. (Fun fact: a couple of my suite mates actually own this mug, and love it)

Anthropologie Mug

ClaireBella Monogram Mug- $26.00

This mug from Layla Grayce is about as personal as you can get. You practically design the entire mug! Choose from a huge variety of colors, patterns, font styles, and personalization styles to reflect your personality. Zebra print or houndstooth? Pink or green? Single initial or three letter monogram? It’s all up to you!

Claire Bella Mug

Personalized Monogrammed Travel Mug- $15.50

On the go, but still need the coffee? This travel mug from The Floatin Turtle on Etsy is perfect for you then! The 12 oz. mug has 4 different colors to choose from and a giant letter to make it stand out among others.

Travel Mug

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Style Me Southern: Game Day Dresses

In honor of the approaching rivals week, this post is fully devoted to getting you all dolled up for the big game! Walk into any Southern college football stadium and you’ll quickly find that donning a t-shirt and jeans will make you feel a little out of place amongst the other young ladies. Game day is the day to keep it classy! So here’s a few of my picks for great game day dresses, all of which come from First and 10.

And don’t worry… I tried to put aside my Gamecock bias for this one. But the glorious garnet and black will come first!

South Carolina Gamecocks: Off Shoulder Lace Dress- $52.00

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Georgia Bulldogs: Red Caged Neckline Shift Dress- $69.00

UGA Dress

Clemson Tigers: Cute as a Button Dress- $46.00

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LSU Tigers: Amy Dress- $52.00

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Florida Gators: Lattice Orange and White Dress- $52.00

Florida dress

Alabama Crimson Tide: Burgundy Crisscross- $59.00

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Ole Miss Rebels: Red Blue Polka Dot Dress- $58.00

Ole Miss dress

Monogrammed Monday

In last week’s Monogrammed Monday, I shared some of my favorite Christmas decorations with the monogrammed personal touch. This week, it’s time to turn our attention to Christmas shopping! Picking out the perfect Christmas gift can be a real challenge. You want to be original, without being bizarre. You want to be practical, without being here’s-a-bottle-of-laundry-detergent practical. And of course, we ladies know it has to be cute! Here’s just a few ideas for the Southern ladies in your life, your mom, your sister, your best friend, your mother-in-law, your cousin, your co-worker, your roommate… you get the picture.

For the Baker… Monogrammed Oven Mitts

What’s better than freshly baked cookies? Pulling them out with a monogrammed oven mitt, of course! This one from HopSkipNStitch on Etsy is handmade for $20. Perfect for the lady who’s always bringing some sort of sweet treat into the office.

Oven Mitts

For the Runner… Monogrammed Running Shorts

Hit the track in style with these running shorts that sport your initials. Priced at $30 from EPB Designs. Tons of bright colors, and even prints along the sides!

Shorts

For the Fashionista… Monogrammed Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarves are all the rage again this winter. Why not dress it up with a chevron pattern and a monogram? This one comes from SeasonsApparel on Etsy, and is priced for $25. Other colors and patterns available too!

Scarf

Country Cuisine: Sweet Potato Pie

“Song, song of the South, sweet potato pie and shut my mouth.” – “Song of the South” by Alabama

This dessert is a must try for all Southerners! Today I’m happy to share with you my Nana’s recipe for this classic. And this time of year, sweet potatoes are in abundance. So no excuses ladies! Time to get in the kitchen! Did I mention it makes the perfect Thanksgiving dessert?

What you’ll need:

  • 9″ deep dish pie shell
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbs. butter

How to make:

  • Bake pie shell according to package instructions. Let cool.
  • Peel potatoes and cut into cubes.
  • Cover cubes with water and cook on stove on a medium heat setting, stirring occasionally until soft. Drain water.
  • Add vanilla and butter to potatoes, and beat with mixer until well blended.
  • Spoon mixture into cooled pie shell, and place in oven at 360 degrees for just a few minutes simply to warm the pie.

And there you have it! Easy as pie (pun intended). You can eat this pie as is, or we like to add a whipped meringue icing on top. If this recipe doesn’t suit your fancy (if you like it a little sweeter), check out my classmate Leah’s recipe straight from her Nanny’s cookbook.

Monogrammed Monday

Merry Monogrammed Monday y’all! We are well into November, which means that I can sing as many Christmas carols and watch as many Christmas movies as I desire (I do this in October anyway, but now I’m liberated from all judgement!). I sure hope you’ve been getting in the holiday spirit as well. But in case you’re feeling a little “bah humbug” lately, here are some fantastic monogram ideas to put a dash of Christmas cheer in your day!

Monogrammed Burlap Tree Skirt

Why should the bottom of your tree not look as splendid as the rest of it? A monogrammed tree skirt serves as the perfect pallet for all those gifts to lie on! The one shown here is from The Burlap Cottage on Etsy, handmade for $85.00, and measures 60″ in diameter. The red and white piping around the edges serve as a beautiful contrast against the burlap.

Tree Skirt

Monogrammed Wreath

First impressions are important, right? Make a good one by hanging a monogrammed wreath on your door! These from The Shoppes on Main on Etsy are made with a 30″ artificial Northern Spruce wreath and a big red bow, giving it a traditional look that can be used year after year. Made to order for $75.

Wreath

Monogrammed Tree Topper

Nope, it’s not an angel or a star. A monogrammed tree topper is sure to draw eyes straight to the top. This one comes from Charmed South on Etsy (measuring at approximately 12″), and includes the bow for $40. Or go to craft store, pick up a wooden letter, and decorate your own. Who knows? It could become a family tradition from year to year!

Tree Topper

Southland Spots: The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC takes Southern class to a whole new level! This gigantic home which belonged to the Vanderbilt family in the 1800s is worth the trip and worth the price of your ticket. There’s truly nothing quite like it in all of the Southeast.

Take a tour of the enormous, 178,000 square-foot house, that includes a grand banquet hall, a library with nearly 10,000 volumes, and even an indoor bowling alley and swimming pool. Choose a guided tour, where you’ll be given in-depth history behind each room and its inhabitants, or opt to grab your own booklet guide and explore for yourself! And the house is just the beginning.

A walk around the grounds is a must as well. Spring or summer time? Perfect. The gardens will be in full bloom with every kind of flower imaginable. And winter at Biltmore is only better… because that means Christmas. The decorations are as grand as the estate, and be sure not to miss the special candlelight tours of the home in the evening, complete with live Christmas carols performed by a choral ensemble. (It was definitely one of the happiest moments of my life, to be sure.)

But wait… there’s more! The stables of the home have been completely transformed into adorable gift shops (one of which sells Christmas merchandise year-round!). The grounds include biking and walking trails, an equestrian center, and a winery. And in case you don’t have time to explore everything in one day, there is even an inn on the far side of the property.

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Deep-Fried Dialogue: Part 2

Because there are always more Southern phrases to talk about! If you missed the first post, I gave 5 words or phrases I hear daily that would probably make any Northerner roll their eyes or give you a puzzled look. Today, it’s time for 5 more! How often do you hear these?

  • Over Yonder: I may be terrible with approximating distances or giving directions, but I understand this one just fine. It can refer to anywhere from a few feet away (“grab me that chair over yonder”) to all the way across town (“the bank is way over yonder”).
  • Mash the Button: What’s that? Press the button, you say? Of course not! Here in the South, we like our buttons just like we like our potatoes. Mashed.
  • Pet Names for Random People: Did the little old lady behind the counter just call you Sweetheart? Honey? Darlin’? Don’t be alarmed. We may not know you from Adam, but a pet name is simply our extension of Southern hospitality to you. It’s like you’re part of the family!
  • Pocketbook: I’d like to see a purse that would fit in your pocket. Or one that actually looks like a book.
  • Coke: “What kind of coke do you want?” the waiter asks. “Dr. Pepper,” the man replies. Pop or soda simply won’t do when it comes to the generic term. And I’m sure Pepsi isn’t happy to be so frequently called by their rival’s name. If it’s a fizzy soft drink, it’s coke.

Monogrammed Monday

November has brought in a chilly breeze here in the upstate of South Carolina. I literally could not get warm all day today! Time for blankets, space heaters, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Flying South for the winter? Don’t be deceived. We aren’t exempt from the chill. When it’s time to brave the cold weather, here are some ideas to keep you styling in your monogram as you walk across campus for your 8 AM, sit in the bleachers at the night game, or head out for a little early holiday shopping.

Monogrammed Crewneck Sweatshirt: Sale price of $29.99

This pullover from Marley Lilly comes in a variety of colors. So whether you want to rep your college colors or simply want your favorite shade, you have options! I chose the purple and orange to display especially for my Clemson Tiger girls. You’re welcome. The great thing about this particular sweatshirt is that the monogram can either be small in the corner of the front, or large in the center of the front or back. You choose!

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Monogrammed Fleece Vest: $44.99 

Also from Marley Lilly, this vest also comes in a wide range of color options. Choose your thread color for the monogram as well! Pair it with a long sleeve t-shirt or a cozy flannel button-up, throw on some boots, and you’re set.

Vest 1

Vest 2

So place these on your Christmas list, or simply place your order right now! Are you cold yet?

Media Moment: Scotty McCreery

I am quite the country music fan. I’ve grown up on Alan Jackson and Leann Rimes, and if you were born in the 90s and live in the South, I’m guessing quite a number of you did as well! The country genre has gained huge popularity throughout the U.S., and many artists could even be more accurately characterized as country/pop crossovers. But let’s face it… nothing says Southern charm and gets your toes tappin’ quite like a feel-good country tune. So today, I’m sharing one of my new favorites with you!

Ever since Scotty McCreery won the 10th season of American Idol in 2011, he has clearly become one of the most popular new voices in country music. The North Carolinian won Best New Artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards and New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards last year. His new album, See You Tonight, was released just a few weeks ago, and I would highly recommend that you give it a listen! Here’s the title track’s music video for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Southland Spots: Magnolia Plantations and Gardens

Happy Halloween all! Hope your day has been filled with sweet treats and fall favorites. But for just a few minutes, I’m going to need you to switch seasons with me. Imagine warmer weather, buzzing bees, and blooming azalea bushes. It’s springtime in Charleston, SC!

Charleston is probably my favorite place to visit. From beaches to beautiful, historic downtown, it truly has a little of everything. Today, I’m sharing with you a family favorite spot in the city: Magnolia Plantations and Gardens! As the oldest public gardens in America (opening to the public in 1870), keep it in mind for a day trip when spring rolls around.

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Attractions include:

  • A boat tour on the Ashley River
  • A zoo area where you can pet and feed the animals
  • Tours of the plantation home
  • Walking paths through the beautiful gardensImage
  • Located at: 

    3550 Ashley River Rd.
    Charleston, SC 29414

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