Monthly Archives: July 2016

At Home with Coastal Salt & Soul

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c/o Coastal Salt & Soul

Like any good 90s girl I was obsessed with Bath & Body Works back in the day. I’d clean the house just to earn enough money for that shimmer body lotion and roll on glitter eyeshadow that came in those adorably named scents. Well, Coastal Salt & Soul is kind of like that but so much better! You see, this line of hand crafted bath and body products nourishes the skin with natural ingredients.

Not only do the products smell like a luxe beach side spa and feel buttery smooth, the packaging and detail in the designs is truly something to be celebrated. They’d make a great gift… that is if you can part with them. I burn the candle on my entryway table because the scent is a great first impression. The hand cream I keep in my purse for those times when you need to refresh. I put the soap bar and body scrub in my guest room tray so that visitors can indulge in a treat yo’ self moment. If you’re looking to pamper someone (or yourself, no judgement) then I highly recommend checking out Coastal Salt & Soul.

Will You Accept This Rosé

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Wine Glasses c/o, Vase (similar), Cocktail Napkins, Nail Polish, Bar Cart, Chair

I don’t know about you but I’m kind of addicted to watching The Bachelorette (and Bachelor). This season I have a major #girlcrush on JoJo and need to know who her colorist is. If you know, hook a girl up! Well in honor of the final rose ceremony I thought I’d throw a girls night in rosé viewing party and it’s super easy for you to duplicate!

First things first, you need rosé because whats a rosé party without any rosé? I suggest getting at least 3 different bottles so you can sample and rate… kinda like they do with the guys on the show. Of course you’ll need some cute glasses to hold your drink and these “yes way rosé” glasses by Smitten Monogram are too cute.  They are the perfect size and you can order them in just about any color. The flower of choice for the night? Roses. They make or break every relationship on the show. No girls night in is complete without nail polish or some sort of DIY beauty treatment for you to mindlessly take part in as you gossip.

As for the details, I made watercolor signs which I put out on the bar cart with phrases like “will you accept this rosé” and “rosé all day”. I also used watercolors to make a rosé rating/notes sheet for the tasting. Not only did these watercolor details add a feminine touch but were also so easy and actually cathartic. I swear watercolors are the new adult color books.

So who do you think will be JoJo’s happily ever after and who will be the next Bachelor?

RocksBox

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Jewelry c/o, Romper

My first RocksBox came in and it did not disappoint. Do you know of RocksBox? It’s a monthly subscription service where they send you three different jewelry styles each month, you wear them and when you’re done simply mail them back (with the prepaid box) and get a new set! Of course though, if you fall in love with a particular style you’re able to buy it at a super discounted price. The best part? It’s only $19 a month and has brands like Kendra Scott, Loren Hope and Gorjana coming to your door. Wait though, it gets better… use code pmaristchxo and get your first month FREE! You’re welcome.

When you sign up, you’re asked to fill out a style quiz so that their stylist can pick out looks you’ll absolutely love. My first box same with a Kendra Scott tassel necklace, Loren Hope cuff and House of Harlow long necklace. I can honestly say all the pieces were so me and I’ve been wearing them on repeat. So, what are you waiting for?

Drink Hottie Tottie

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Hottie Tottie

To be honest, I don’t like soda. I just don’t care for the carbonated fizz and weird flavors. It’s not a vice of mine, so I’ve avoided the Diet Coke addiction and that weird phase of Crystal Pepsi in the 90s. So what is my vice? Juice! Apple, cranberry, grape, raspberry… I love it all but I am aware of the high sugar content. Whomp. Whomp.

Last month though I discovered Hottie Tottie, the most delicious line of juices and teas. These chic little glass bottles are packed with organic, non artificial ingredients and they’re low in sugar. I know, I know but do they taste good? As a self proclaimed juice connoisseur I do so declare, they are yummy! The green tea flavor can be chilled or warmed up for a winter treat. The raspberry pineapple cranberry flavor is perfection with champagne for a summer cocktail.  Refreshing and versatile! You can find out more here.

Style on the Greens

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Shirt (c/o), Skirt (c/o), Shoes (similar), Hat (similar), Earrings

The other day I got to thinking, why is it now socially acceptable to wear yoga pants in public when you aren’t actually going to a yoga class but not golf or tennis activewear when you aren’t actually going to the club? Why?! My campaign for 2016 is not to make America great again but to make it acceptable to wear golfwear while running errands. Who’s with me, America?

Maybe it’s the adorable prints and comfy slight stretch in the fabric of the designs by Sydney Elizabeth but I want to wear her designs 24-7, on or off the course. Her designs are made in the USA and I love that she’s another young entrepreneur full of talent. This skirt though reminds me of my Lily Pulitzer ones and I’d easily pair it also with a pink silk tank and wedges for an out to dinner look. Way more versatile than yoga pants, people!

Barn Reno: #PatriciasPartyPad

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First of all, let me apologize for the quality and random sizes of these pictures as they were taken from my iPhone. Looking back I probably should have taken some better quality, more detailed shots but I wanted to share the “before” of the little ol’ barn at #patriciaspalace as I’m currently working on the “after”.

When I purchased my home a few years ago, in addition to the rundown home, I got this dilapidated barn. Back in the day this pole barn, as it’s called officially, was home to the two family horses of the previous owners but over the years was used as more of a shed and slowly deteriorated. By the time I got it the barn was in pretty poor condition, I subconsciously would cover my head whenever I went in there, fearing it would fall down at any moment.

Well this spring we tore down the old barn (thanks to the farmers across the street and some heavy lifting from my handy family) and began to rebuild. The new barn, which we shall now refer to as #patriciaspartypad is a spacious 2 car garage, plus fits my golf cart. But the best part of the party pad? The loft space! on the second floor I plan to turn it into a little hangout with a farm table and sofa. I’m aiming for a preppy/lodgy/equestrian theme in terms of decorating. Think more Ralph Lauren as apposed to my Lilly Pulitzer inspired home.

Do you want to see more of the process and inspiration?

 

Entertaining Essentials

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Dinner Plate c/o, Salad Plate, Flatware, Napkin (vintage but similar), Napkin Ring (similar), Placemat, Tablecloth (similar), Glasses (vintage but similar), Place Card, Ginger Jar (similar)

Besides the obvious of good conversation and delicious food there are a few other elements that I believe are a must for entertaining. No matter if you’re just entertaining one friend or a group of twenty, the elements you always need are fresh flowers, soft lighting and beautiful plates.

When it comes to flowers I don’t discriminate, I love cheap “filler” flowers just as much as an in-season peony and their ability to bring nature indoors. Let’s be honest, the best kind of lighting comes from the flame of a candle, everyone’s skin looks like a Snapchat filter with candlelight!

Now there’s something about a good plate… whether it’s a mixed, matched antique set from your grandmother, a fun print on a paper plate or a multi-purpose modern day porcelain that’s dishwasher and microwave safe. These B By Brandie plates exactly the latter. Their colors are bold, their patterns fun and they’re perfect for mix and matching. Think of them as a modern day heirloom that you’ll have for years but use on the daily. I already am trying to decide which pattern I’ll buy next!

Raise Your Palm

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Top, Skirt, Purse (vintage but similar), Earrings, Glasses, Shoes

Would you judge me on the fact that this skirt is literally the same exact print as my headboard? When I like something, I like it… what can I say. I’ve had my eye on this Party Skirt’s palm print skirt for ever but couldn’t justify spending the $275. When I found this version for half the price I didn’t question it. Don’t you love a good deal?

Another good deal was this vintage purse I found at an antique store while in South Carolina. I’d seen it on Luella June and wanted one for myself. I was shocked when I scored the vintage version for $23 when the modern one sells for $98.

Casual Chinoiserie

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Napkins, Plates, Flatware, Earrings, Glasses, Placemat (similar), Vase (similar)

Over the July 4th weekend I visited my family in Aiken, South Carolina. Besides spending quality time with loved ones, my second favorite thing to do when in town is shopping. While the brick lined streets of Aiken are full of charming little boutiques my must-go-to is always Folly. The boutique specializes in decor and gifts, carrying brands like Dana Gibson and Jonathan Adler. It’s a mix of equestrian prep and chinoiserie chic.

 I found these festive tassel placemats there and when I found out they were 75% off it was a no brainer. They actually are reversible too with one side blue and the other a minty green. They went perfectly with the Casperi plates that I also scored while in Aiken but from TJMaxx. It’s like the placemats and plates were made for each other!

Oh and who wouldn’t LOVE Lisi Lerch tassels as a party favor?

Summertime Pineapples

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Dress, Bracelet, Earrings, Sandals, Hat

This might be the comfiest and coolest dress I’ve worn. I purchased it months ago from Tuckernuck but it just recently made its way to the front of my closet. The nylon/spandex combo is cool against the skin and figure flattering as it just skims the body. Add a hat and shades and your accessorized for dinner after a day at the pool or beach.