lilies & sparrows

imaginary friends

Did you have an imaginary friend as a chid? 

I did. Her name was Molly and she had curly blonde hair (hmmm, sounds like someone I know.) 

Now, I feel like the girl crush is our adult beverage of imaginary friends: Jenna Lyons, Kate Spade (and her entire PR team), Kate Middleton and on and on. 

Add to that list Amy Smilovic, Tibi’s founder & lead designer and Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller. 

Amy, a Sea Island, Georgia native & UGA grad (glory, glory), designs the most heart-stopping pieces for Tibi. Obsessed with just about anything the woman does.

And The Man Repeller will go down in fashion social media history books (crossing my fingers that these exist one day) as the self-made mogul. This 21 year-old undergrad is off her rocker in the best kind of way.

And when the two combine

magic happens.

In an alternate perfect universe, we’d all be eating macaroons and drinking champagne together while getting pedicures (OPI The Lifeguard Makes Me Blush, please?

In this universe, they remain my imaginary friends/girl crushes. Charming, feisty and fierce laced with wit and creativity. adore. 

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Amy has a weekly “I’m Obsessing Over” roundup on the Tibi blog. Before a roadtrip down to The Classic City, she obsessed over our town in the perfect manner:

Of course REM, a Bloody Mary, the Varsity, Heery’s and that subtle red & black outfit. I die. Go Dawgs.


blossom

I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.


-Dawna Markova

up & coming

That sticky humidity that is coming to sit for a spell across the South ushers in one of the best seasons we have down this way, Summertime!

Give me those South Georgia gnats and bundles of sweet as sugar peaches and life is good.

Summer this year brings a bit of change for me too.

Graduating in December carried me to Atlanta where I’ve lived with 5 of my absolute best friends for 6 months.

I came out of the womb going 90 mph, so I decided to take some time to breathe post-grad. Needless to say, 6 months of part-time jobs, silly nights and spontaneous trips were the perfect “welcome-to-adult-life” cocktail.

If you’ve followed along here for a while, you know of my job hunt. Sifting through my passions and skills, killing the what-ifs and how-tos, claiming Truth and hitching my wagon to a few good dreams - it’s been quite the wild ride. 

As tough as it has been (easy ain’t a word I’d apply to post-grad, unemployed, job hunting, who-the-heck-am-I life), it’s been a course altering season. 

The Lord continues to do a work in my heart that I know could not be done if I wasn’t in this exact place. Tilling the soil, if you will. 

We’re in this together too, by the way. If you’ve prayed, thank you. If you’re dreaming, keep on. If you are confused, you are not alone. 

Fighting to be rooted in Promises never, ever leads to a dry well. It’s worth it. 

And with that, I’m excited to tell you that I’m moving back to Nashville:

And will be traveling the Western side of our pretty country:

Introducing people to and creating swooning fans of: 

Are these clothes not the prettiest things you’ve ever seen? 

I’ll be traveling from Mississippi to Texas (hope to meet a few of you sweet Texas girls!) to California and on. I could not be more thrilled for the next season.

My pastor in Athens preached out of II Thessalonians on your distinct calling from the Lord. What he said has been painted in a bright chartreuse across the white board of my mind the past few weeks:

It’s not where you live, it’s how you live.

It’s now what you do, it’s how you do it.

I believe in you, believe in the passions the Lord fashioned specifically for your heart and life and continue to pray for you as you choose to live in the confidence of His great provision and plan. 

We’re in for a treat in this life of ours, I just know it. Cheers to adventure & dreams!

Tune into The Nate Berkus Show today! Stewart & James frames will be featured and I could NOT be more excited for them.
Arre & Kristen are two of the most precious people I know. Their frames are gorgeous (Macy & I are using them in the nursery) and we are beyond thrilled the world is being introduced to their charm.
Cheering for you girls!   (That’s Nate & Carson falling in love with the frames. Of course)

Tune into The Nate Berkus Show today! Stewart & James frames will be featured and I could NOT be more excited for them.

Arre & Kristen are two of the most precious people I know. Their frames are gorgeous (Macy & I are using them in the nursery) and we are beyond thrilled the world is being introduced to their charm.

Cheering for you girls! (That’s Nate & Carson falling in love with the frames. Of course)

back in the saddle.

Whoo! Friends, this past week was a rollercoaster ride, but never fear I am back.

All the L&S treasures and swooning that (I so very much hope) you’ve come to know and love are alive and kicking. Hooray! 

For starters, isn’t this ring sent from above?

Maybe paired with these Friendship Bracelet shoes from Urban?

And these lace shorts from Anthropologie (I am pining after these.):

Ark & Co. makes a similar short for nearly half the price. Don’t laugh, but KnowStyle carries them and they.are.precious.  (I’m well aware that KnowStyle also carries tops that belong on high school spring break in Panama City, so proceed with caution when shopping.)

In other news, how fun are these framed feathers?

Inexpensive and quite lovely. 

Scattered along a wall like so?

Beauty.

Ah, that felt so good.

p.s.- I’m about to burst with fun news! Coming so soon…

aztecan glam

Sparkly Aztecan mini dresses from Allsaints Spitalfield - normally I’m against mixing trends, but these are two that are so lovely together. Adore!

shake & shimmy.

The wind is blowing and sunshine is dancing in this neck of the woods. 

Because you only have one trip, you might as well enjoy it.

-thoughts of life from the ever iconic, Iris Apfel

"She carries music down inside and it’s clear from here, she enjoys the ride."

Enjoy the ride today!

I was born to love you.

Swoon! I don’t believe I’ve ever been more in love with an accessory in my whole entire 23 years. Found here. Do you love too?

(title: Born to Love you by Nathan Angelo)

Can I be a Cat?

Because for one of my nine lives, I would like to be an interior designer. Nothing can make me get light headed and nearly fall out of my chair like an impeccably decorated room - the perfect mixture of texture, tone, light, shape and color and I’m done for. 

One designer that always gets it right is Amanda Nesbit. Her room for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House sent me into a droolworthy tailspin. 

ADORE.

And her own jewel-toned home is quite lovely as well. 

That pink accent chair is so perfect I can hardly stand it. 

Too bad I abhor cats because after my interior designer life, my next existence would be as a Rockette.

(Kips Bay images via NYT. Nisbet home images via House Beautiful)

Wander on Over.

Hop over to Madison’s blog today for my Met Gala gush session. She so kindly asked me to guest blog my favorite looks from last Monday’s soiree and I may have slightly swarmed her blog. At least it’s with absolute beauty correct?

My favorite of the evening:


Take my breath away, away, away. 


And Hailee Steinfield, this 15 year old babe, has got some kinda serious style. sister.is.a.diva. Eager to watch her blossom and bloom as she’s already doing in this Stella McCartney number.


And that middle part? Are you real? 15? When I was 15, I wore a glow-in-the-dark Berenstein Bears shirt that I just knew was so cool and hipster. It wasn’t.

Thanks sweet Madison (a current Mocha Club intern!) for letting me having a ball on your blog!

(I realize this is quite a delayed post. I’m not sure where my brain has been the last few days job hunting but never fear, I’m back!)

pretty, pretty.

Happy Thursday!

Album Art

Have you heard the songs I sing I over you?

Have you seen My dance I dance for you?

-Caroline Eddleman, You’ve Had What You Need

(My church in Athens recorded a worship CD and it’s made every morning this week sparkle with truth. Love that! If you’d like one, visit here. Sweet Emily Hearn has a few songs on it as well.)

ArtistCaroline Eddleman
TitleYou've Had What You Need
AlbumLeave Your Guns With The Usher

spinach.

Like ol’ buddy Popeye, I’ve needed some proverbial spinach as a pick-me-up, pump-me-up lately. And the following series have been just what the sailor ordered. 

Hope you experience the same heart burst. 

Believe (not just know) today that you are treasured, adored, loved and protected. Let the unwavering truth of our Lord’s great affection for you sink down deep into the foundations of your heart. 

Look to the bright blue sky today and hear Him say "I’ve got you, baby girl." 

Amidst the royal clamor…

Would you take a moment today to pray for us in the Southeast? A devastating series of tornadoes struck Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama two days ago and we are only beginning to see the affects of the heartbreaking damage. 

My friends and family are all safe, however I have many friends who have family members and friends who lost their lives. It’s gut-wrenching to watch the death toll continue to rise - we’re at 297 right now.

This is our communityour people and our history. Beautifully, our famed Southern hospitality extends far past warm welcomes and saying yes m’am. It is the fabric of our communities, rooted deep in a love for each other that rises up in the midst of tragedy. 

Many of you readers, I know, are in Alabama and my heart is breaking for you. Know that I love you and am joining with you in prayer as well. 

Trusting the firm truth that the Lord is faithful and our defense.