A Few of Our Favorite Things

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Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

favorite beauty tips
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

favorite beauty tips
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

favorite beauty tips
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

favorite beauty tips
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

When it comes to beauty products, Mom and I are probably the two most low-maintenance people in the world. But we come by it honestly! My grandmother has washed her face with the same Pond’s Cold Cream and used the same Oil of Olay moisturizer for her entire life! We both have super sensitive skin, so when we find something that works, we stick with it! Mom swears by her Cetaphil Cleanser and Cetaphil Moisturizer and is a devotee of Estee Lauder Foundation and Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara.

 

I’m also a big fan of keeping it simple. I love Acure Seriously Glowing Serum and Burt’s Bees Renewal Day Lotion. I’ve switched between so many different make-up brands over the years, but I always come back to my old faithful Bare Minerals Original Foundation and Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara topped off with Mineral Fusion Illuminating Powder, which I grab at Whole Foods.

 

During the summer, we load up on Kiss My Face Spray Sunscreen, which is light, non-sticky and protects very well!

 

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Find the Perfect Makeup Brush

 

 

Beauty with Neiman Marcus

 

 

Tom Ford Beauty

Click on the links below see what FOUR of our FAVORITE BLOGGERS are wearing!

Annie, Most Lovely Things
Brenda, Brenda Kinsel
Cindy, Rough Luxe Lifestyle
Kristy & Beth, Design Chic
Mary Ann, Classic Casual Home

The Secret to Southern Charm

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

 

The Secret To Southern Charm Tour

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FOR MORE INSPIRATION VISIT OUR INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE

The Secret To Southern Charm

The Secret to Southern Charm - canopy of live oaks
Dreamtime

 

There is so much to love about the South. The moss covered Live Oaks…

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Architectural Digest

 

Porch sitting nine months a year…

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Jean Allsopp Photography

 

Mint juleps…

Southern Sweet Mint Iced Tea
BHG

 

And, of course, without exception, the staple of southern living: sweet tea!

Southern magnolia blossom
Jean Allsopp Photography

 

Maybe it’s all of those things, maybe it’s the magnolia blossoms, but there are so many reasons that I love living in the South and so many reasons that I love writing about the South.

southern silver service
Southern Accents

 

And I can’t think of anything more exciting than having a brand new book, the second book in the Peachtree Bluff Series, the sequel to Slightly South of Simple, releasing April 3, 2018, called The Secret to Southern Charm!

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Beth Webb Interiors

 

Maybe it’s the family silver,

Southern Linens
French Garden House

 

Maybe it’s the heirloom linens passed from generation to generation,

Southern quote
Etsy

 

Maybe it’s the love, family and tradition… It was hard for me to say what the secret to southern charm was, but Grammy, the matriarch of the Murphy clan, knew right away.

Southern Charm Wedding Photography
Aesthetic Images

 

Speaking of grandmothers, my two have had a huge impact on my life. (If you want to know more, check out this article I wrote about my grandmother’s pearls for Parade.) And I think it is these family relationships, the respect and love among multiple generations of women, that are a huge part of what makes writing about the South so much fun. 

I am having the best time seeing my readers on The Secret to Southern Charm tour and cannot thank you enough for all of your support. You are AMAZING!  Take a peek at my tour here.  I’d love to see you along the way!

The Secret to Southern Charm

 

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The Secret to Southern Charm

The Secret to Southern Charm - canopy of live oaks
Dreamtime

 

There is so much to love about the South. The moss covered Live Oaks…

Southern Charm-Front Porch
Architectural Digest

 

Porch sitting nine months a year…

Southern mint julep
Jean Allsopp Photography

 

Mint juleps…

Southern Sweet Mint Iced Tea
BHG

 

And, of course, without exception, the staple of southern living: sweet tea!

Southern magnolia blossom
Jean Allsopp Photography

 

Maybe it’s all of those things, maybe it’s the magnolia blossoms, but there are so many reasons that I love living in the South and so many reasons that I love writing about the South.

southern silver service
Southern Accents

 

And I can’t think of anything more exciting than having a brand new book, the second book in the Peachtree Bluff Series, the sequel to Slightly South of Simple, releasing April 3, 2018, called The Secret to Southern Charm!

silver - Secret to Southern Charm
Beth Webb Interiors

 

Maybe it’s the family silver,

Southern Linens
French Garden House

 

Maybe it’s the heirloom linens passed from generation to generation,

Southern quote
Etsy

 

Maybe it’s the love, family and tradition… It was hard for me to say what the secret to southern charm was, but Grammy, the matriarch of the Murphy clan, knew right away.

Southern Charm Wedding Photography
Aesthetic Images

 

Speaking of grandmothers, my two have had a huge impact on my life. (If you want to know more, check out this article I wrote about my grandmother’s pearls for Parade.) And I think it is these family relationships, the respect and love among multiple generations of women, that are a huge part of what makes writing about the South so much fun. So, without further ado, I want to introduce to all of you to The Secret to Southern Charm, and its beautiful brand-new cover!

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The Secret to Southern Charm

 

I have loved all my covers, but I think this might be my favorite yet. I can’t wait to share The Secret to Southern Charm with you on April 3, 2018! If you just can’t wait, it’s available for preorder now on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble!

To celebrate, we are giving away a $100 Amazon gift card! The winner will be announced September 18!

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Setting the Christmas Table

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Photo: Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny

 

Good morning, lovely readers! Can you believe how incredibly close we are getting to Christmas? Is it beginning to look like it at your house?

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Beaufort Dining Room – Smith Cameron Photography

 

This is our holiday table, all set and ready, with Christmas ornaments at every place. (If you peek into the bookcase, you’ll see our favorite Christmas decoration: A felt nativity from Wisteria that is too sweet for words!)

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Do you set your table the same way every year? Is it a bit of a tradition?

 

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Pamela Pierce – Milieu Magazine

 

Or do you come up with something new and different every year?

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Suzanne Rheinstein Design

 

Do you fill your table with delicious treats, buffet-style, so that all your guests can mix and mingle?

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One Kings Lane

 

Or do you set each place full of good things for guests to enjoy?

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Carolyne Roehm via Architectural Digest

 

Do you go all out with the Christmas accessories and decor?

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One Kings Lane

 

Or do you keep the table simple and beautiful, suitable for any season?

One Kings Lane

 

The perfect flourish in a napkin makes each guest feel special. We love a sprig of something fresh at each plate.

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BHG

 

Nothing is more classic at the holiday table than silver and linens. A little dash of something fresh is the icing on the cake!

 

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Cottages & Gardens

This children’s table may be our favorite of all!

We hope that our favorite holiday tables have given you a bit of inspiration for your own. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!


Sparkling Silver

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Morrison Fairfax

 

Silver bells may not be ringing anymore, but we think this shade is sparkly and festive all year long!

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