Southern State of Mind

Thursday, July 30, 2015

{On The Road Again} Hilton Head Island

Hi there! Is summer whizzing by for everyone else? Seriously, I feel like I am still in the thick of it and WHOMP WHOMP it's all about back to school everywhere I turn. I am holding on to every last minute of it though and we are enjoying our time at the beach with my parents. I can't believe we have already been here a week. I guess time flies when you're a beach bum. 

Before summer gets away from us I wanted to share some of the highlights of our trip to Hilton Head last month. It was a great time despite the fact that we were there during some crazy high temperatures. Seriously, it was like the heater was blasting you every time you stepped outdoors, but that didn't stop us from soaking in everything Hilton Head has to offer. 

Hilton Head Trip Recap

Monday, July 27, 2015

How to Host a Low-Country Shrimp Boil

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EDWARDS®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EdwardsPies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


Hi friends! How was your weekend? If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen that we've had a great first weekend at the beach complete with a sunrise, rocket launch and a turtle hatchling release. Y'all. COOL STUFF!

But the best part was hosting Sweet P's pirate themed 4th Birthday Low Country Shrimp Boil. 

Is there anything more fun, casual, and yummy than a good ol' fashion shrimp boil? This has become our favorite meal to serve when we have company or are hosting a party. 

It really is more than a meal. It’s an event. And a super fun and social way to enjoy a summer evening with family and friends. 


how to host a shrimp boil

There is one very important thing to keep in mind when planning your low-country shrimp boil...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Printable Octopus Triptych- Now Available In My Etsy Store!

Hey y'all! Happy happy Friday! 

SURPRISE! The boys and I are beach bound... for THREE WEEKS. #sorrynotsorry Sadly the hubby will be staying behind (you know, to bring home the bacon) but I will be getting two extra sets of helping hands from my parents. #wootothehoo

Today I have some fun news to share- Southern State of Mind now has an Etsy shop

If you've been around here long you know I have a thing for salt life and love sophisticated touches of the coast around my home. A project I did years ago was this DIY Octopus Triptych.


DIY Printable Octopus Triptych Art

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July Pretty Preppy Party Features

Hi friends! Hope your week is going great! I am still digging out from the weekend, and yes it's Thursday. Please tell me I am not alone?

Y'all! Guess what?!?! I met my AWESOME Pretty Preppy Party hostesses this past weekend at the Haven conference. They really are as fabulous in real life as they are in blog life. Sadly Julie was not able to join the fun, but she was there in spirit. It was fun catching up with these girls and we have some fun things planned for the coming monthly link-up.



Today I am here with a couple fun features from last weeks Pretty Preppy Party:

I just loved this Eclectic Gallery Wall from Trailer Trash Treasure Trove. She mixed rustic, modern, graphic- but kept it all in the same color. I love that big arrow too! 



Friday, July 17, 2015

{Crushing On} Ultimate Chic Home Accessory- The Tassel

Happy Friday party people! I will be spending the day at Haven Conference here in Atlanta. For those of you that are not familiar with this, it's a design and DIY conference full of bloggers and do-it-her-selfers...aka- my kind of conference! 

It's no secret that I love using tassels in my home. I don't know when the love affair started but I can't seem to shake it. They really do add the most perfect chic detail to any room. 

tassels home accessory

Thursday, July 16, 2015

July Pretty Preppy Party

Hi friends! It's time for our favorite party- the Pretty Preppy Party! This is where once a month we invite you to virtually join us to link up and celebrate all things Pretty & Preppy. Today's party is extra special because Team Pretty Preppy Party is going to see each other at the Haven Conference in Atlanta tonight. I know I am excited about leaving the virtual party world, for an actual party! We will miss Julie but know she is enjoying the summer with her cute family.

Before we get started, let's take a quick peek at what your hostesses have been up to this past month.

Sarah at Life on Virginia Street showed us how to make some pretty fab pillows... using cloth napkins and tablecloths. Brilliant!

Pretty Preppy Party
Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

{Style State of Mind} One Dress | Two Seasons

Last weekend, I was able to run out for a couple hours without the kiddos so I decided to pop into Old Navy. When I walked in there was a sign that all dresses were 60% off. So, I ran around like a crazy person grabbing every dress I could get my hands on. #duh

I was happy to walk out with two new dresses that I think will work great for the summer and transition to fall. This jacquard woven dress surprised me with how well it was made and it feels like something you could find at Madewell or Anthro for much more.  

The best part? It was $14.


{what to bring a new mom} Healthy Breakfast Casserole

They are tired.
They are hungry.

They are a new Mom and they need your help! 

Yesterday I shared a fun idea for a gift basket filled with goodies for a new mom. Today I am sharing my go-to recipe to bring a new mom. (or really anyone who could use a meal) When we brought our babies home, it was such a blessing to have friends and family stop by with meals. Those first few weeks are such a fog and it's amazing how the day can go by and all it feels like you have done is feed your baby. Feeding yourself is not a top priority! 

While I loved receiving dinners, it was also such a treat when someone would bring breakfast or lunch. Lately, instead of bringing dinners I have been preparing a yummy breakfast casserole. It's healthy, can quickly be heated up and the new Mom (and Dad!) can eat off of it for several days. It's even great for lunch or an afternoon snack. 

Casserole to Bring a New Mom

You know I am a fan of simple recipes- usually five ingredients or less so this one is right up my alley. To keep mine healthier, I usually do half and half egg whites and regular eggs, but you could skip that and just do regular eggs. 

Here is what you will need:

Monday, July 13, 2015

{what to bring a new mom} New Mom Gift Basket

 This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and healthy mama® , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #gethealthymama 

It has been sooo fun earning my "aunt" badge lately with lots of new babies among my besties. I love getting my baby fix when I go hold their littles and it *almost* makes me want another. 

But then I quickly snap back to reality. :)

I wanted to bring a friend a few things that I could not live without the first few weeks as a new mama so I made her a new mom gift basket. 

This is a cute idea to give to anyone that just arrived home from the hospital. And is wondering what the heck they did to themselves. 
Because let's face it- those first few weeks are H.A.R.D.



The basket is lined with a lightweight swaddle blanket and is something that would work in the nursery, the pantry or next to the chair where they nurse to corral their necessities. (also known as where they will pretty much be living for the foreseeable future)

The other must have products I included in the new mom gift basket are:

Friday, July 10, 2015

{Scarf Week} PJ Pants to Burberry-"ish" Scarf Upcycle

Happy Friday sunshines! 

What a whirlwind of a week recouping from the holiday weekend and here it is- the weekend again. I am definitely not complaining though because it just means it's time again for more fun in the sun. High fives for making it through the week, y'all!


DIY Burberry Scarf

So, are you intrigued with the title of today's post? 
Are you asking yourself what SCARF WEEK is?  
Are you wondering what exactly a "Burberry-ish" Scarf is? 
Do you think I have finally lost it turning PJ pants into a scarf? 

All good questions, darlings. And I have good answers. 
Let me take it from the top. 

We all know it's SHARK WEEK, but did you know it's also SCARF WEEK?

That's right. My super fun friend Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried & True came up with a much less terrifying thing to celebrate this week - ALL THINGS SCARF. How fun is that!? And how adorable is this graphic?

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

DIY Shark Hoodie {No Sewing Machine Needed}

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It's the week we all love to hate. SHARK WEEK!

Has everyone else been avoiding their TV this week? I mean, REALLY, who watches this stuff? I think most of us will be gracing the sandy beaches this summer and I know I don't need any additional reason to be certain a shark is going to come up and gobble me up.

Although I may have a fear of sharks, I definitely don't have a fear of knocking out a cute almost no-sew project for my little buddy. (Yay, for no sewing machine, because let's face it, sewing machines can *almost* be as scary as sharks, am-I-right?)


I made this simple beach cover up in less than 20 minutes and for a couple bucks. This hoodie was perfect to have on hand when we were in Hilton Head to throw on after the pool or while we were lounging in the condo. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

{Style State of Mind} Tassel Summer Scarf

Whoop- whoop! I'm back today with another style post- and it's not even Friday yet.  That's right, I decided to "rebrand" my Style Fix Friday posts as the new and improved "Style State of Mind" series. #seewhatIdidthere 

Honestly, I like to post things when the inspiration hits and didn't want to be limited to posting fashion posts only on Friday. Good thing I have 10 years of brand marketing experience to come up with endless fun titles. :) 

With blistering cold temps only reaching the high 80's this week, I pulled out my tassel summer scarf. There are lots of ways to wear a summer scarf and today I am going to show you two. I have this particular one from Old Navy (on sale for less than $10) and every time I wear it I receive lots of compliments. 

Someone even offered to buy it off of me. #truestory #weird

I love throwing it on with a simple black sleeveless dress. This dress is a staple in my closet these days. It does not wrinkle and the material is super flattering. It's great for hiding the belly and is so versatile for pairing with just about anything in my closet. I've had it for years so I can't source it, but my guess is that you have something similar in your closet.