Life Updates

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a week - I've had a ton of exciting stuff going on! Last week I started a new job as the Creative Director at Lauren Schwarz Photography. I'm doing a lot of graphic design, designing photo cards and wedding albums and working on marketing materials - it's pretty much amazing. Check out Lauren's work - she is fantastic! Last weekend, Reese and I went down to South Carolina for the Gamecocks football game and to handle a few wedding details. We had such a blast with my old college friends - and the Gamecocks won! Great weekend. Here I am with my BFF Candace at the game - oh how I miss wearing dresses and face tattoos for sporting events!photo (1)

On Sunday, Reese and I drove down to Charleston for the night. We had a fantastic dinner at The Ordinary. The restaurant was beautiful - it is in an old bank building and the food was phenomenal. Have you ever heard of Oysters Moscow? Raw oysters topped with creme fraiche, caviar, chives and a splash of vodka. A-MAZING. After dinner we went to The Macintosh for our favorite martini in the world. It's called "Jeremiah's Dirty Little Secret" and its a martini (we get vodka, but you can get gin) with olive juice and bacon and pimento cheese stuffed olives. It's pretty much all of my favorite things in one cocktail.

The next day we met with Ashley Bakery outside of Charleston for a cake tasting. Now, we're not exactly huge cake people, but it was absolutely delicious! The cake we chose is amazing and it's quintessential Charleston - I love it. We're also having a full dessert spread with mini banana cream and apple crumb pies, pecan pie bites, chocolate peanut butter mousse cups, mini fruit tarts, and Charleston chewies. Tasting are obviously my favorite part of the planning process.

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Last but not least, I got a new car!! I needed one for my new job so Reese has been on the prowl and handling all of the negotiating and stuff. I'm way too gullible to deal with car salesmen - thank god for my fiance! Here I am being a total cheeseball with my new Jetta! Watch out people, I'm back on the road!

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Now that all the craziness has died down a little and we're done traveling for a while, I'll be back on a regular blogging schedule, starting with a new Frenchie Friday tomorrow! So be sure to tune in :)

xo Court

Inspired by: SEC tailgating!

Since I'm heading down to Columbia tomorrow and attending a Gamecock football game while I'm there, I thought it would be fitting to highlight a few of my favorite tailgating essentials! If you haven't been to an SEC tailgate before, they are pretty serious. Everyone gets dressed up, there's always good food and PLENTY of booze, and the whole town pretty much shuts down to watch their team play. It's pretty amazing, and I can't wait! Anyway, here are a few of my faves. Oh, and remember - a true South Carolina girl always has a koozie in her purse, just in case. tailgating_moodboard 1. Bloody Mary mix from Fat and Juicy, 2. Needlepoint flasks from Smathers & Branson, 3. FYRKAT Charcoal grill from Bodum, 4. University Ballet flats from Lillybee, 5. Beverage Coozie from Vineyard Vines, 6. Serving tray from Garnet and Black Traditions

Typography Tuesday {6}

It's actually snowing today! I'm totally not ready for this...good this I'm heading down to South Carolina this weekend for some warmer weather! I'm going to Columbia, SC, home of my alma mater, for the first time in about 3 years - can't wait to see all of my college friends!  Today's typography is dedicated to my homecoming...go gamecocks!

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DIY: Literary Confetti

Greetings, everyone! The idea for today's DIY post actually came from my mom, who has been making this confetti for my wedding. It's a simple way to add a personal touch to your big day. All you'll need is an old book or newspaper and a paper punch - I'm using this heart shaped one from Michaels. My mom chose to use an old version of "The Notebook," since a portion of the movie was filmed at our wedding venue, Boone Hall Plantation. DSCN0203 The process is very simple - it's the same as using a hole punch. You can tear the book pages out for easier access. You can also fold a page in half to create two hearts with one punch. I tried to punch out specific words if I saw them, like "love" and "wife." Obviously, if you use a romantic novel, these words are easier to come by!

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Since this is a tedious process, I bought heart shaped confetti from BHLDN to mix in with it, but you can use anything that matches your color scheme. You can sprinkle the final product down the aisle or across the dessert table, or give it to guests to throw in place of rice at the end of your ceremony.

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You could use a children's book for a first birthday party, or a holiday book with a snowflake paper punch for a Christmas party - the options are endless, and it's a super easy project. Happy crafting!

xo Court

 

6 Months Until "I Do"

So, I just realized that I am getting married 6 months from tomorrow (insert panic face here). I still have so much to do! Mostly little things, but it is definitely crunch time. I did just get my proposal from my florist (Whitney at Branch Design Studio) and I love, love, LOVE it! She used my Pinterest board as inspiration, and her vision is perfect. Blush peonies, touches of cotton (for the Cotton Dock!), mason jars overflowing with baby's breath...I could go on and on. Seriously, what did brides-to-be do before Pinterest? It has saved my life. Anyway, to celebrate today's milestone I'm providing another little wedding teaser. This is a custom typography map of Charleston that I designed for our wedding weekend. In addition to mapping out the greater Charleston area, I included our wedding location, Boone Hall Plantation. Also, for those of you attending, we'll be staying in Isle of Palms for the week/weekend - a hop, skip and a jump from the venue. This design will be printed on the welcome bags, most likely. Hope you like it!

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