Finally it feels like fall here in Virginia! The wardrobes have been flipped, there is a definite bite in the morning air, and we moved the thermostat to heat over the weekend (if only for a few hours). I'm not thinking Christmas gifting just yet—though my children are already modifying the lists they made THIS SUMMER—but these seasonal finds give me all the feels. Listings go left to right, top to bottom. I like my handbags big and as a mom of four, you never know what you might find in my . . .
Over the weekend, Graham and I pulled out our calendars and looked at the next month in amazement. October is packed, you guys. If you include the dog (and we do), our immediate family has four birthdays this month. Whoa. After we wrapped our minds around the parties and visits, trips and practices, we pulled the lens back even further to look at the rest of 2017—we may never come up for air again. The last quarter of the year is my absolute favorite, but if I'm not careful, I'll exchange the . . .
This week's Company Memo from Lorae makes me want to find a Fiddler Leaf Fig and put it in a Uashmama planter in front of my Lindsay Cowles feature wall. You gals who love modern decor, this week is for you. Have a super weekend, everyone! October is here! Want: Olivia Burton Watch My friends know I am a watch guru—you would think I'd be on time more often—and I have found a new brand to add to the list. Olivia Burton launched in 2012 when two ex-fashion buyers came . . .
"A home should be as clean as you can get away with." -Shirley Conran There is a pesky five-syllable word out there I've been trying to hone and grow for a while now. It's a little thing called hospitality, and it comes easier for some of us than others (points at self). Opening your home to guests, neighbors, and strangers and making them feel welcome and cared for is an art. Over the years I've gotten better at this. I've spent less time worrying about what's simmering on the stove and . . .
I get to see my friend—and today's guest blogger—the Fredericksburg Foodie in less than two weeks for a quick overnight in Richmond, Virginia, recently named one of The South's Best Food Towns in Garden & Gun. This is perfect for us since we literally eat our way through every town we visit. I can't wait to try her Cider Wine Cocktail when temps turn cooler this weekend. And though we Virginians can pick up our Bold Rock Cider at any grocery store in the state, I think this drink may require . . .