15 Really Great Gift Ideas.

15 Really Great Gifts Ideas for Fathers Day Fathers Day 15 Really Great Gifts Ideas

With Father’s Day this weekend and just generally – summer happenings (graduation, travel + needing a fun hostess gift, etc), I wanted to put out a little gift guide. So this guide isn’t for any one person in particular, it’s just some of MY personal favorite things that I think most people will really love to receive.

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15 Really Great Gifts Ideas

This set of drink salts (margarita + bloody mary) would make such a great hostess/party gift. (They’re really delicious, the perfect mix of spicy and sweet!). I’ve also included a bunch of crowd pleasing foodie favorites. My favorite olive oils and vinegars (you can read about why I love them so much in this blog post), the best hot sauces (and honey!!), and of course my favorite pan.

For a girlfriend in need of a pick-me-up, I’d get her an ice roller (the best inexpensive beauty tool, read about that here!) or a dried arrangement from East Olivia (her work is just beyond). Or maybe some luxe detergent (maybe a weird gift suggestion but it’s something she wouldn’t buy herself – I love this brand!!!).

And on a cozier note, I love that you can make this (really elegant, in my opinion) blanket say anything….and you know how much I love my Chappy (read my review in this post)! In fact, if I were staying at a friend’s beach house in the Hamptons for a weekend (wishful thinking, haha) I would absolutely bring them a Chappywrap as a gift. They’re the perfect picnic blankets or great to snuggle up in after the beach. (Another fancy hostess gift could be these beautiful glasses – the nicest ones I own, or this beautiful Tracie Hervey vase with some fresh flowers or eucalyptus). And also you know I love a fancy candle.

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Weekend Reading, 6.12.21.

Weekend Reading, 6.12.21

Happy weekend! I’m excited for the weekend. I spent the morning reading and then went to the farmer’s market with my mom. Two of my best friends here are moving back to New York (I’m only slightly devastated… I just got here!) and we are toasting them tonight with a party at my friend’s house on Sullivan’s Island. Besides that I am probably just going to read a lot, get caught up on work and chores, and do a bit of lounging at the pool. I’ve been on a reading KICK which feels good after being in such a rut earlier in the year. Have a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Reading, 6.12.21

I’m going bananas (maybe literally?) over this home collab.

I ordered this cute smocked tank in black and white this week. Perfect with cutoffs and a low heel.

Father’s Day gift ideas for dads who love to cook.

Jane Fonda’s best beauty moments.

Our Place is doing a really great deal: THIS WEEKEND ONLY (6/11 – 6/14), take $50 OFF when you buy the Always Pan alongside their new Everyday Chefs Knife with the code TWOFAVES. 

13 Black-owned wine brands to add to your rotation.

Okay, this Etsy shop has such good beaded necklaces. Great quality and I love the magnetic clasps.

How to apply liquid blush.

OOH – Virgin River trailer!

How pretty is this bouclé sweater tank? Such a good layering piece.

Deeply curious about the Stanley Cups after reading this post. Anyone have one? I don’t feel like this is something I need but all the hype makes me think I’m missing something!

Looove this floaty midi dress.

A great explainer on the meaning of Juneteenth.

I really liked this essay from Liz and could relate to it as I feel like I may have gone a bit too hard socially and with work the past couple weeks: More is not Always More. 

Healthy recipes to make this week.

This body scrub is incredible

Zapped the bumps on the backs of my arms in a few weeks.

The death of the girlboss.

Getting so excited about the Gossip Girl reboot.

These Amazon sandals are cute and surprisingly very comfy. I have the red and am going to get the tan too.

Outdoor entertaining essentials!

Love this easy breezy little black dress.

V excited for the new Anthony Bourdain doc.

Such a good (inexpensive!) kitchen makeover.

My current favorite hyaluronic acid serum.

The most anticipated books of summer.

I absolutely must make Venita’s breakfast nachos!

This New Orleans hotel looks beyond… time to plan a trip?

I love this breezy peplum tee. Such a good update on the classic tee.

Everything we know about the third season of Succession.

How pretty are the details on this little white dress?

Loved this take on post-pandemic style: it’s going to be all about pleasure vs. comfort. YES.

Love this: on learning what you don’t want from a job.

This is a great statement blouse at a good price!

This Parisian apartment is just spectacular… WOW!

Did you see Ralph Lauren’s new hot dog stand!?

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photos by Clay Austin.

My Charleston Closet (+ The Best Sweater Folding Trick).

My Charleston Closet (+ The Best Sweater Folding Trick)

My Charleston Closet

When I moved into this apartment, one of the things I was most excited for were my closets. This is, far and away, the nicest closet situation I’ve ever had. I have one large walk in closet off of the bedroom which houses all of my clothes and accessories, and another off of the guest bath that I am using a little like an attic – to store out of season clothes and pretty much anything I don’t need on a daily basis. While the living space in this apartment is a little smaller than my old apartment, the storage space is amazing… you might remember that in my old apartment where I had to DIY my own closet (see pics here!) using those palm print curtains? Such an upgrade.

The one conundrum I had was that I had way more hanging space than I actually needed (or so I thought), and not a lot of shelf space for folded items like jeans and sweaters. I hired Madeline Chuvalas from The Dandelion Effect to help me and it is some of the best money I’ve ever spent. She whipped my space into shape in just a couple days. If you are local to Charleston, I can’t recommend working with her enough. It’s so nice to have everything organized in one place, and to be able to see all my things!!

The biggest thing she did was maximize shelf space by a) using these shoe risers which literally doubled my shoe storage space and b) hanging things that I’ve historically folded (jeans and sweaters).

I’m going to teach you her sweater hanging trick… it’s pretty genius.

My Charleston Closet

I already used all black Slimline hangers (if you haven’t made the switch, I can’t recommend it enough – they take up less space and also prevent clothing from slipping off. The shoe risers are such a game changer. She also used these units to store and display some of my smaller purses. I was so shocked to learn they are actually technically desktop organizers. But they’re so incredibly perfect for purses… what a genius idea!

The other boxes below are hyacinth baskets from Amazon, and also rattan boxes from H&M (sadly sold out – they always go so quickly). I will tell you that H&M does currently have the rattan baskets (small and large), which I also have and love.

how to organize shoes in closet My Charleston Closet (+ The Best Sweater Folding Trick)

The Best Sweater Folding Trick

OK let’s get into that sweater folding trick! This trick is great as it makes it really easy to see and access all your sweaters, won’t monopolize shelf space, and also hangs your sweaters in a way that won’t damage them or stretch the shoulders out.

(By the way, the leopard stool is CB2 but it’s old – this X-Bench from The Inside would be a great swap.)

Start by folding your sweater in half. Position the sweater on a flat surface, with the arm and torso as a V. Then, place your hanger at the center of the V.

Then, fold the torso side over the hanger, and fold the arm like that. Voila. Place in the closet, with each sweater facing the same way.

My Charleston Closet

My swimwear and scarves are stored in the clear plastic boxes above.

My Charleston Closet Closet organization hacks

She also used these boot inserts (not pictured) to keep my boots in shape – they’re stacked on the far right shelf.

closet shoe risers

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photos by Clay Austin.

Beauty Pie Favorites, Old + New.

Beauty Pie Favorites

I have been a big fan of Beauty Pie for so long now, and am excited to team up with them today to talk about some favorites (both old and new!) AND to give 10 lucky readers a complimentary Beauty Pie membership (valued at $99 – scroll to the bottom of the post to enter!).

I’ve talked about Beauty Pie for years and am such a fan of their business model. It’s the first ever membership club for beauty lovers and also the brainchild of Marcia Kilgore (she is brilliant – she also founded Bliss and Soap & Glory… love this interview with her), Beauty Pie is a members club where you can buy luxury and high-tech beauty products across every category (skincare! cosmetics! hair and body! fragrance! candles! supplements launching next month!) at lab direct prices. So you pay for a membership but then can purchase products at incredibly low member prices.

Also! Use code GRACESENTME – you’ll get the first month of your membership for free! Expires 9/10/21.

Beauty Pie Favorites, Old + New

Beauty Pie Favorites 2021

I tried a lot of skincare products this go around and definitely have some new favorites!!!! These two are an absolute MUST, in my book!

Uber Youth Complexion Multi Action Ampoules.

Wow. These ampoules are incredible. They may be Beauty Pie’s most high-tech anti-aging product and my understanding is that they constantly sell out so now is the time to order them! Each pack contains ten ampoules. They recommend doing an ampoule 1-2x a week *or* using the whole pack over 20 days (every other night). They are packed with anti-aging goodness. Each ampoule contains a professional-strength, super-active mix of Retinoid, Vitamin C, Peptides, Zinc, Copper and Hyaluronic Acid. Apply all over the face, neck, and decolletage before bedtime (under your favorite serum and moisturizer) for noticeably brighter, smoother, even skin the next day. Would typically retail for $125; members pay $23.67.

And for daytime I have been LOVING their Japanfusion™ Genius Lift Elixir.

This stuff is magical. I have been using it every morning before moisturizer and am shocked by how much better my skin looks *immediately* after applying this. The lifting benefits are noticeable (I make sure to really massage it into my jawline and then use upward strokes on the rest of my face) and it also gives skin such a nice GLOW. Radiant, dewy, plumped up skin… this is one of the best new products I have tried all spring and summer. I cannot recommend it enough. After the ampoules, this is hands down my favorite thing I tried from Beauty Pie. It’s also packed with good for you things like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. Would typically retail for $40; members pay $8.71.

Last but not least on the skincare front, you already know how much I love their retinol products and the Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal Moisturizer is such an incredible product.

I have talked about this a bunch before but it’s one of the best retinols I have tried. Encapsulated Retinol resurfaces skin and helps to fade fine lines, Shea Butter nourishes, and then Vitamins E, C, and Ferulic + Hyaluronic Acids help to plump and hydrate the skin. I find that this retinol is just as effective but less irritating than other retinol serums thanks to Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid. Would typically retail for $80; members pay $13.61.

One Palette Wonder™

I could write sonnets about Beauty Pie’s Super Retinol Hand Treatment.

This is an old favorite. It is the best hand cream you’ll ever use, in my opinion. I feel like we (or at least I) take such good care of the skin on our faces but can neglect our hands! Beauty Pie describes this as like dipping your hands in the Fountain of Youth and I agree. It’s formulated in Switzerland with the most effective, targeted and encapsulated Retinol, biotech Pseudo-Collagen and Shea Butter, it helps brighten sun-spots, re-elasticize skin and deeply moisturize. I like to use it before bed. Since it has retinol I don’t recommend it for day! Keep it on your nightstand and thank me later. Typical Price: $58 // Member Price: $8.98

On the makeup front, I have 2 very important products to talk about – new favorites!

One Palette Wonder™ in “Cool Neutrals.”

This is the perfect palette for travel and beyond. The bronzer, blush, and highlighter are all you really need for face… and the eyeshadows easily blend for daytime or nighttime! Typical price: $45 // Member price: $8.97

Velvety™ Matte Lip Crayon (Nude Go-To is my fav).

This crayon is identical to a crayon from another much more expensive brand that I love. It’s matte and velvety (per the product name, haha) but not at all drying. This color is the perfect rosy nude! Typical Price: $22 // Member price: $6.13

Velvety™ Matte Lip Crayon Beauty Pie Favorites

Lastly, Beauty Pie’s candles!

I burn a lot of candles so in my opinion a Beauty Pie membership would be worth it for the candles alone (but don’t do that – try their other products!!!) They sent me the Red Currant & Fig candle and it’s heaven. The perfect combination of sweet fig + warm musk and sandalwood.  I love all their candles though.. Clean House and the Sweet Tobacco, Cedarwood, + Vanilla one are my other favorites. Sidenote: The Red Currant & Fig is almost sold out.. their Bahia de Miel would be a good alternative!

Beauty Pie candles Beauty Pie favorites review

Beauty Pie lip pencil

I love this lip pencil so much – it’s velvety and smooth and gives you a matte look without any dryness.

Lastly! Beauty Pie is generously giving TEN of you a one year membership! This is a $99 value. Just enter using the widget below. Get bonus entries for following them on Instagram.

BeautyPie skincare and makeup review

Thank you to BeautyPie for partnering on this post! Photography by Clay Austin.

Everything I Wore Last Week.

Everything I Wore Last Week

This was a fun week of outfits as I was in New York for part of it and had a bunch of events and fun things going on… what a stark contrast to just a year ago. It feels really good to get back in the swing of things, though I will add… small talk is hard! I went to two parties this past week: an event for work where I barely knew anyone and then an engagement party in New York. I need to exercise those social muscles and get better at talking to strangers!!!! From talking to friends it seems we are all in that boat: small talk is an art, it’s something that takes practice, and we are all very much out of practice. Time to get back into social shape!

I’m so glad you like seeing these, it was fun to bring this column back – you can peruse last week’s outfit diary right this way!

Everything I Wore Last Week

Monday

Becca was in town! We went to the pool during the day. I wore this swimsuit and pareo (gifted) from Tanya Taylor’s new swim collection. Took my usual size (medium) in the swim). At night we went to Basic Kitchen for dinner and then had drinks on the roof of The Restoration Hotel. I wore this dress from my Amazon collection, this wonderfully inexpensive Amazon belt, and my leopard Loeffler slides.

Zimmermann dress | Everything I Wore Last Week

Tuesday

Went for a walk with my mom to see some art in Marion Square. Wore this (old) Zimmermann dress, my beloved plastic Birks (they’re basically like socially acceptable crocs; read my “review” of them in this blog post), and these Romy Studio earrings.

Christopher John Rogers for Target Dress

Wednesday

Went to dinner at 167 Raw (fav lobster roll!) with two friends. Wore my Christopher John Rogers for Target Dress + Holst & Lee Dinosaur Earrings and my go-to gold Loeffler Randall sandals.

Anthropologie eyelet dress | Everything I Wore Last Week

Thursday

Stopped by a party for Garden & Gun magazine. This is a random sidebar BUT I got some interesting questions (no, I am not suddenly a gun person, lolz) about this magazine in my DMs. G&G is kinda like Southern Living – it’s a chic lifestyle magazine. I personally would have named it something different (maybe they’ll rebrand at some point) but I like the magazine a lot. It’s founded by Rebecca Darwin, who was actually the first female publisher of The New Yorker. The party was at her beautiful home. I really love that the magazine puts such an emphasis on small makers and Southern designers. After the event my friend Natalie went to Bin 152 – my fav wine bar. I wore the Anthropologie eyelet dress (again haha), this fun heart purse, my dinosaur earrings, and these leopard slides!

dinosaur earrings

These dinosaur earrings just make me the happiest!!!!

gold Loeffler Randall sandals

Friday

Out and about in New York! My friends and I went to Dante in the West Village and then Bemelman’s (so happy they’ve reopened – it’s hands down one of my top 5 spots in New York). I wore this dress (wearing a 6) and my gold Loeffler Randall sandals.

rainbow Missoni dress

Saturday

My second and last night in New York. Went to dinner with a girlfriend at Lil Frankies (lemon pasta magic!) and then two dear friends’ engagement party! I was bad at taking photos but I did snap this selfie. And I wore the most magical rainbow Missoni dress (I bought this on The Outnet over the winter – originally I thought I’d wear it for my 40th birthday, maybe I still will). I will say that The Outnet and The RealReal are the best places to grab Missoni for less, and that I go up one dress size in Missoni – their pieces are stretchy but you (or at least I) don’t want stretch jersey stripes to be tight. Mine is floor length and is totally sold out but they also have two shorter versions in a couple sizes here and here. My necklace is Retrouvai.

Disclosure: If you buy something through my links, I may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. I only feature things I truly love here. Thanks for your support.