Happy Monday, friends! To say this weekend was wonderful is an understatement. Nothing super exciting happened, but Stephen and I both had an entire weekend at home. As much as I love traveling, we have been on-the-go so much the last few months that relaxing at home was just what we needed. I also took Saturday off from the store, so we updated our back patio with new lighting, went to the grocery store, tidied up and got some home projects completed that have been on our list for quite some time.

This weekend was our first true bout of fall weather - it was in the 80s on Saturday but when I took Sophie out on Sunday morning, it was in the 40s! Talk about a weather shock. I'm definitely a summer girl, but something about these first chilly weekends make me so happy. I am excited about some cozy sweaters, so here are a few favorites under $100!

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And in terms of the sweater in this photo, it's a fun one! It is quite a bit more cropped than I was expecting it to be (and it's hard to tell that in the photo) but note it definitely is a short boxy sweater with a fun sleeve! It comes in a few other colors, though I do love the blue. 

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Once upon a time, I shared this dress that I wore to a wedding. It was a couple of summers ago and I had no idea how much people would fall in love with it. I absolutely loved the color of that dress and it's one of my favorite pieces in my closet. Flash forward two years later and this color is making another appearance in my wardrobe!

A couple of weekends ago, we had a wedding in Raleigh for friends of ours. I left in a rush on Friday afternoon as I was trying to make it to the rehearsal dinner (Stephen was a groomsman) and I managed to leave all of my hanging clothes behind. In hindsight, I probably had enough time to turn around and get them, but it did leave me with a good excuse to go shopping!

I stopped into Cameron Village in Raleigh and ended up finding this dress at Uniquities. It is seriously the most comfortable dress and while I was a little self-conscious of the hip (and booty) hugging shape, I decided to go for it and I think it will be getting some use as well!

What's funny about these photos is that they are so similar to the ones I shared in my other fave green dress. Though snapped years apart, the weather was the exact same - rainy and humid - so we ended up at one of my favorite photo spots under the shelter of our beach house's porches. 
Ever completely forgotten your wardrobe at home or is that just me?!

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Today, I'm excited to share my new list of 101 things in 1,001 days! I recently shared my completed list, and while I had quite a few things left to cross off, I'm proud of what I accomplished! My new list is an evolution of the last one. Some things that I never completed are no longer relevant, others I've added to this, and even more are new goals of mine to reach!

If you have your own list, I'd love to read it!


Start Date: October 15th, 2018 - End Date: July 11th, 2021

Personal
Read 50 books
Learn calligraphy
Finish my book draft
Renew my passport
Clean out my camera roll on my phone
"Unplug" for the weekend
Do a no-spend month
Unsubscribe to all unwanted emails

Health
Try a new workout
Walk 10,000 steps every day for a week
No fast food for a month
Drink 80 ounces of water every day for a week
Try a cycling class
Try hot yoga
Get back to my goal weight
No eating out for a week
Go to bed before 10 every night for a week
Do allergy testing
Do a week-long sugar detox

Professional
Reach 10,000 followers on the ZIA Instagram
Ship orders to at least 25 different states
Visit a new-to-me apparel market
Update my store office
Host an innovative event
Do some freelance writing
Update my resume
Read a business book
Complete Continued Education for real estate license

Blog
Switch to Wordpress
Share a complete home tour
Share a living room home tour
Share a kitchen before and after (post-cabinet painting)
Reach 50k followers on Instagram
Host a blogger get-together
Attend another blogging conference
Attend at least one blogger event

Marriage
Change my last name
Plan a belated anniversary trip
Order our wedding album
Preserve my wedding dress
Send out Christmas cards each year
Celebrate our two-year anniversary (August 2019)
Plan a surprise date night
Celebrate our three-year anniversary (August 2020)
Celebrate Stephen's 30th birthday (December 27th, 2020)
Celebrate my 30th birthday (May 25th, 2021)
Send Christmas Cards each year

Home
Order our first "yearbook" photo album
Organize our home office and share on blog
Paint kitchen cabinets
Update living room light fixture
Mount our TV on our living room wall
Finish guest bedrooms
Participate in the One Room Challenge
Organize our upstairs closets
Move our pink couch to our office
Find the perfect artwork for our downstairs powder room
Continue our Mackenzie Childs Christmas ornament collection
Do a declutter challenge
Find the perfect porch swing
Frame more of our family photos
Create a gallery wall in our stairwell

Wilmington
Try 10 new-to-me restaurants
Have a stay-cation at the Blockade Runner
Create a Wilmington City Guide
Go to 5 local events

North Carolina
Visit the mountains in all four seasons
See the fall foliage in the mountains
Visit a new coastal NC town
Go to the state fair
Stay at a famous bed & breakfast
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
Go to a Panthers game

Family & Friends
Host a girls' weekend at our house
Send 5 just-because gifts
Host Easter lunch again

Travel
Visit 3 new countries
Visit 3 new states
See the cherry blossoms in D.C.
Visit Colorado
Go skiing out west
Take a couples' trip
Go sailing
See a new-to-me Broadway show
Plan another Christmastime NYC trip
Take a weekend trip to Charleston
Visit Maine
Go to Banff, Canada

All the Fun
Host a holiday party at our house
Throw a surprise party
Go to 5 concerts
Purchase AirPods
Host supper club
Go ice skating
Host an ornament exchange
Try 10 new recipes
Dress up for Halloween
Buy the person behind me's coffee
Send 10 pieces of "snail-mail"
Start a new 101 list
I've been lucky enough to have a pretty incredible relationship with one of our local publications, Focus on the Coast Weddings. I first wrote an article about planning our wedding, which was followed by a write-up on our wedding. FOTC Weddings then featured my rehearsal dinner dress (my mom's wedding gown) and now, I've had the opportunity to write one more little piece for them on our first year of marriage.

This publication is an incredible one. It is filled with incredible vendors and collaborators, and I feel honored to get to participate every so often! ZIA has also worked with the magazine on a few styled shoots as well, and it's fun to see the staff's vision come to life. 

Check out the article below on our first year of marriage!

It is so hard to believe that Stephen and I have already celebrated our first anniversary! This first year of marriage has flown by and in some ways, it feels like we just got married yesterday, while in others, it seems like we’ve been doing this forever - and in the best possible way.

By the time Stephen and I said “I do” last August, we were approaching 7 years of dating. We had already been through quite a few highs and lows of life together: college, graduation, the loss of a beloved grandparent, finding and celebrating our first jobs, moving and settling into careers. On top of that, I opened my own business in September, so by month one of marriage, it seemed like we had been through it all.

I wasn’t sure what to expect in our first year of marriage, but I did know how excited I was to start this adventure with Stephen. Despite being together for quite some time, we took a more traditional route and chose not to live together until after we got married, so I’ll never forget how fun that first month was. Of course, there’s always an adjustment when you add a roommate to the list, especially when it’s a guy, but we’ve found our rhythm for what makes our household work.

I got very lucky in the fact that my husband loves to joke around. I’m very much a type-A person that lets the little things cause stress, and he has been the balancing factor in my life, and especially in this last year. Even in those moments I get frustrated with Stephen - because let’s face it, we all get frustrated with our spouses from time to time - he ends up making me laugh and I’ve soon forgotten what I was upset about in the beginning.

The biggest thing I can reflect on from our first year of marriage is that it’s so important to enjoy the blessing that is marriage. It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stress that can easily overcome us, but living with your best friend makes life more fun than you could imagine.


photography by Drewe + Kate. Photos shot for publication in Focus on the Coast Weddings
Happy Monday! It has honestly been a whirlwind of a few weeks. Between hurricane prep, evacuating the hurricane, post-storm organizing, the OBX for wedding week, and another wedding weekend in Raleigh, it's safe to say that I think I blinked and all of September and half of October is gone!

Some of our good friends got married this weekend, so we spent a few days in Raleigh. I used to live there, so it's always fun being back in town for a few days! Stephen was in the wedding, so I spent Saturday piddling around to some of my favorite places. It also included quite a bit of shopping since I managed to leave all of my hang-up clothing in Wilmington! 

I've always loved French Connection, so when I came across this little navy number, I decided it would be perfect to add to my wardrobe! I love the color (nocturnal navy) and the little ruffle neckline. I wore it to church with flats on Sunday but wearing it with heels definitely takes it up a notch!

I also received quite a few compliments on the heels I'm wearing (wore them to the wedding with this dress). They are sold out in brown but I've linked some other pretty options!
dress: French Connection / heels: Splendid / bangles: Julie Vos

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It's hard to believe that it's been 1,001 days since I started this 101 things list. There are quite a few things that I didn't quite get finished, but it's so fun to look back on the things that I did. 

Some of these things will transfer over to my next list, whereas life has changed and others just don't really apply anymore. It feels like just yesterday that I started this list, so I'm trying to really hold on to certain moments because time flies by a little bit faster each day. 

As I reflect on the last couple of years, you can definitely tell that some of my favorite moments involve my husband. Because he's my best friend, I think that will quite often be the case, but the last 1,001 days have been momentous in our lives: engagement, marriage, traveling together, new adventures. Check out a few of my favorite moments from the last 1,001 days. 
19. & 20. Get engaged & married.
Two of my all-time favorite memories from the last 1,001 days. It's hard to believe that it's been two years since Stephen proposed and that we've already celebrated our first wedding anniversary! 
52. Take a blogger trip. 
This past spring, I headed to Charlottesville with two friends of mine who are also bloggers! Such a fun trip.
67. Go skiing
Prior to 2016, I had never been skiing! Since I started this list, I've now been twice - I'm still not any good but I do love going! I've been to the same mountains each time to ski, so I'd love to visit somewhere different the next time.
70. Go to NYC with Stephen
Last December, a week before Christmas, we took a family trip to NYC. It was Stephen's first time visiting the city, and we had the best time! I loved showing him some of my favorite spots as well as finding a few new ones together.

77. Travel to a new country
We went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon - and it was amazing. Traveling is definitely going to be a big goal on my next list. 

Check out the entire list below.
Start: 1.8.16 | End: 10.4.18
Items Completed: 52/101
Personal
1. Come up with 101 things (this is a hard one!)
2. Buy a stranger coffee
3. Buy a house
4. Send 25 handwritten notes (completed May 2016)
5. Do a major closet clean out and donate the items (January 2016)
6. Remove at least one item of clothing and donate it once a month thereafter
7. Learn how to tie a tie
8. Watch 5 documentaries
9. Organize another fundraising event for the ALS Association - May 2018 at ZIA
10. Get rid of jeans that I hardly ever wear and invest in a few new "good" pairs (like these) (purchased these and love them!) (February 2016, see them here)
11. Redo my (our) bedroom - check out our bedroom tour here
12. Create and maintain a budget
13. Start journaling.
14. Do a bible study series
15. Maintain my recipe box (this is a work in progress)
16. Learn calligraphy
17. Unplug for a weekend (no phone, computer, social media)

Family + Friends
18. Send a care package (sent our niece a package when she was sick)
19. Get engaged (read about it here)
20. Get married - August 5th, 2017!
21. Surprise Stephen with a fun date night
22. Give my mom flowers (August 2016)
23. Treat my parents to dinner
24. Send out Christmas cards (Sent these out December 2016)
25. Make one of my Nonny's recipes that I've never tried before
26. Give 5 "just because" gifts
         - Gave my mom this tee after she said she liked mine
         - Gave Stephen a pullover
         - Gave my mom a balsam candle
27. Host a girls weekend with my college girlfriends
28. Take a roadtrip with Stephen (this was a mini-one, but we headed down to Southport for a spontaneous afternoon trip in May 2017 - and we pretty much take a roadtrip almost every weekend to one place or another)

Health and Fitness
29. Run a 5k
30. 20 + Pure Barre classes in a month 
31. Take a PB platform class. (May 2016 - read my thoughts here)
32. Sign the 100 classes barre at PB! (October 2016)
33. No fast food for one month
34. Try a juice cleanse -- hello, Suja!
35. Drink 80 ounces of water a day for a week
36. Try out a spin class
37. Sign the 250 classes barre at PB!

Blog
38. Attend a blog conference (went to Create + Cultivate - January 2016 - read it here)
39. Host a blogger get-together
40. Reach 20k followers on Instagram
41. Create a new series
          - Coffee Date - see the first volume here
          - Fine Print
          - Wedding Wednesday
42. Switch over to WordPress
43. Buy a new computer (purchased a MacBook Air, which I love - February 2016)
44. Publish a new "what's in my bag" post (See post here - April 2016)
45. Create 6 video blog posts
46. Attend a New York Fashion week show
47. Design new business cards (January 2016)
48. Find 15 new blogs to read
49. Double my blog page views (April 2017)
50. Reach 1,000 likes on the Southern Style Facebook page  (May 2017)
51. Do a home tour
52. Take a blogger trip
53. Get a new camera lens (purchased this one in April 2016)
54. Publish a "how-to" post
55. Collaborate with 5 brands that I've never worked with before
          - Maggy London
          - itCosmetics
          - Dove
          - Johnston & Muphy
          - Nordstrom
56. Do a his + hers post
57. Create a themed photo shoot
          - Mother's Day (April 2016)
Professional
58. Host a work event (March 2016)
59. Attend a work-related conference
60. Do some freelance writing
           - Wrote a short piece for the North State Journal (March 2016)
61. Close my first real-estate sale (January 2016)
62. Update LinkedIn profile (July 2016)
63. Establish a new organization system (purchased this hanging file holderthis acrylic holder, and these folders - spring 2016)
64. Keep my email Inbox cleaned out and organized
65. Improve my work office's aesthetic appearance (always a work in progress, but it did get a facelift)
66. Shadow 3 professionals to get insight on what they do

Travel
67. Go skiing -- can you believe I've never been?! (February 2016 - read about it here!)
68. Visit a winery - check out my trip to Charlottesville here
69. Go to the mountains in the fall
70. Go to NYC with Stephen - we went with my family in December 2017
71. Tour the White House
72. Take a spontaneous weekend trip
73. Go back to Charleston, but this time with Stephen - June 2017 for Pretty in the Pines' wedding!
74. Visit a national park
75. Travel to 3 new states
          - Dallas, Texas, for Create and Cultivate (January 2016)
76. Go back to the Biltmore, but this time in spring
77. Travel to a new country - St. Lucia, for our Honeymoon!

All the Fun
78. Make 10 new recipes from Pinterest
79. Go to 3 concerts
          - Avett Brothers -- Azalea Festival (April 2016)
          - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - October 2017
80. Have a staycation - read about our anniversary staycation here
81. Watch 5 documentaries
82. Host a dinner party we hosted our friends for December 2017 supper club
83. Take a surfing lesson
84. Learn how to actually fold fitted sheets
85. Get a facial -- scheduled for June 10th!
86. Try at least one restaurant during Wilmington Restaurant Week
87. Hang curtains in my bedroom
88. Watch the sunrise at Wrightsville with Stephen
89. Read at least 30 new books
  • The Magnolia Story
  • Me Before You
  • The One and Only
  • Lies and Other Acts of Love
  • Silver Girls
  • The Rumor
  • Everyone Worth Knowing
  • Where We Belong
  • The Matchmaker
  • The Things We Do for Love
  • Pink Lies
  • The Identicals
  • First Comes Love
  • Here's to Us
  • Beautiful Day
  • Slightly South of Simple
  • The Secret to Southern Charm
  • Girl, Wash Your Face
  • Winter Solstice
  • Grace, Not Perfection
  • The Blue Bistro
  • Two by Two
  • At First Sight
  • Firefly Lane
  • True Colors
  • Hurricane Sisters
  • The Lucky One
  • Forever Summer
  • One Week to the Wedding
  • Weekenders
90. Refinish a piece of furniture
91. Try a cooking class
92. Have afternoon tea at the Plaza Hotel - we stayed there but somehow never had tea
93. Cook every night for one week
94. Go zip-lining
95. Read a Royal Family memoir
96. Throw a surprise party (helped throw a surprise engagement party - read about it here - March 2016)
97. Have a picnic
98. Learn calligraphy
99. Try 10 new restaurants in Wilmington

  •           Fork & Cork - April 2016
  •           Beer Barrio - April 2016
  •           Clean Eatz - June 2016
  •           Dixie Grill - August 2016
  •           Johnny Luke's - September 2016
  •           Pembroke's - November 2016
  •           Pinpoint Restaurant - December 2016
  •           Halligan's Pub - December 2016
  •           Blackfin - Summer 2017

100. Buy a pair of true designer heels (purchased in New York in September 2016 - Louboutins for wedding!)
101. Save $5 for every goal completed

Have you done a 101 in 1,001 list? I've already started on my next. It's been so fun to look back over the last couple of years to see what goals I had set and what I've accomplished. 
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