In Style

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Me

1. Saint Laurent bag (also available here)  //  2. Artis Fluent 5 Brush set  //  3. MAC eyeshadow palette  //  4. Artis Flenta Oval 8 brush  //  5. T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand  //  6. Alexander McQueen book   //  7. Tom Ford book  //  8. SimpleHuman Wide-View Mirror

I can not believe that Christmas is only 9 days away! This year has flown by so quickly. Steve and I decided not to decorate the house this year because we were supposed to temporarily move out. (Our wood floors were destroyed in a minor flood this past summer and construction was supposed to begin this month.) We had also planned for me to spend the first half of December with my dad in Virginia to help him out while he began his radiation/chemo treatment. So with all of this going on, we agreed not to put up the Christmas decorations inside our home this year. And without any decorations inside our house, it just doesn’t even feel like the Holidays around here.

However, just because we’re not decorating, doesn’t mean we’re not celebrating! Steve, my family, and closest friends have all been asking me what I would like for Christmas this year. It took some thinking but I finally came up with a list! Continue Reading →

In Style

Black and White Cocktail Dresses

Black and White cocktail dresses by The Style Gospel

Now that Halloween is over, the Holiday season is right around the corner. Which means parties galore! My sister is heading to a black and white-themed cocktail event in the coming weeks and asked me to help her find something. So today’s post is all about the black and white cocktail dress!

Thanks for stopping by!

In Style

Favorite Finds: Shopbop Sale


brown boots  //  brunch tee  //  black boots  //  white dress  //  red dress //  black dress

Shopbop is billing their current sale as the “event of the season.” With almost everything on their site 25 to 30% off, I would definitely say it certainly is! This is such an exciting sale that I had to post about it. Considering I haven’t posted since April, you know it’s gotta be good.

Discount Code: MAINEVENT16

The above pic are items I have on my main list. Check out a few more of my favorite finds from Shopbop’s sale below!


Bomber Jackets:




In Recipes

Coconut Cake


Flowers, cake stand and cookie platter from HomeGoods

I was so late in making reservations for Easter Sunday brunch that all the restaurants I looked into, and even my own neighborhood club, were either all booked up or way too expensive. So I decided to make a special brunch for Steve and I after we got back from Easter services. I made an herb-encrusted roasted rack of lamb, roasted asparagus, and mashed potatoes. We finished our meal off with this delicious coconut cake, a recipe I found in the most recent issue of Paula Deen’s Southern Desserts. Continue Reading →