My favorite winter lipstick

Grape Did It - infrared lipstick

In December, my girlfriends and I are hosting a Christmas cocktail party (the signature cocktail we're hoping to make :) I'm super excited, and can't wait to get all dressed up for a grown-up party. 

But because the holidays are full of travel, and gifts, and parties, I decided to wear an lbd I have stowed away in my closet, instead of buying something new. I rarely get to wear it, and it's got a little sparkle at the throat. 

I decided instead to splurge on a new lipstick. Less expensive and packs a big punch (plus I can wear it all winter).

I went to Ulta yesterday and tried on three different colors. One was too pink, one was too orange, and the other was...perfect!

Grape Did It - winter lipstick color

It's called Infrared and it's by Smashbox.

When I was younger I wasn't brave enough to wear bright lipsticks, now I absolutely love the way they brighten your face and make any outfit look effortlessly pretty. 

Grape Did It - infrared lipstick by Smashbox

PS - my favorite bright pink lipstick

Friday tidbits

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What are you doing this weekend? I just spent a leisurely hour walking around our new Anthropologie (June was at a playdate) and I'm unsurprisingly smitten. I especially liked the above fedora (similar one here).

Tonight my parents are arriving as they pass through on their way to Virginia, & so we're excited for their visit. I'll be making this go-to ragu I so often make for guests these days. Then we'll be getting ready for our own trip up to Virginia on Tuesday! Where will you be for the holiday?

Have a great weekend & see you back here next week.

My inspiration for this year's Thanksgiving table (#1). 

Botanical prints on

Couldn't you just step into Mimi Thorisson's fairytale life in France? (seven kids!)

Love more, fear less. Beautiful tumblr.

Four fall outfits.

We've been drinking this coffee from Charleston Coffee Roasters recently and it is so delicious.

An inexpensive way to enjoy nice cheeses. Yahoo!

A book I'm reading & loving: The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. 

In December I'll be hosting a cocoa & caroling party for the kiddos. I'd love to make homemade marshmallows for the hot chocolate bar :)

Have a cozy weekend! xo


Do you have design advice?

Grape Did It - dresser old 1

Because I'm looking for help!

For years we've had this beat up dresser in our living room. I bought it at a Goodwill store in Birmingham, and I still remember the day Bud and one of our neighbors hauled it into the house.

Over the years I've pinged between loving the shabby look, wanting to at least swap out the old/nonexistent hardware, and repainting the whole thing.

Grape Did It - dresser old

So. Inspired by the bright blue in Monday's room hack, I asked Bud if he'd pick up a few cans of dark but bright blue. Peacock-ish. Not child's room-ish. After a little back and forth, "peacock, not kid's room?" and a picture from the store of three different can colors, I painted our dresser.

Here it is in the yard, post-painting.

Grape Did It - blue dresser

Now I'm dying to add hardware. Part of me would love an old-world look, like this one, but another part of me thinks a brassy, mid-century modern pull would be awesome. The holes are about two inches apart on each drawer, so they need to be some sort of pull, not knob.

What do you think? Have you seen anything inspiring you'd try?

A room hack

Cara's bedroom hack

Isn't it gorgeous?

Here's the hack, below.

Cara's paint - Derbyshire

Cara's room - paintThe paint color is called Derbyshire, by Sherwin Williams.

Cara's room bed

A similar upholstered bed from Overstock

Cara's room duvet

A beautiful duvet, from Anthropologie.

Cara's room blue rug

A handmade wool rug, also from Overstock.

Cara's mirror

Midcentury vibe starburst mirror, also from Overstock (it bears noting, I leaned on Overstock a lot when we designed the rooms in our house).

Cara's room lamp

A blue glass lamp, for the night stands, from Staples.

Cara's room mirrored chest

And a mirrored dresser (Overstock!)

(image credits, in order: horchow, pinterest, overstock, anthropologie, ovestock, overstock, staples & overstock)

PS - I think I actually like this lamp from World Market better. 

PPS - what'd you think? I am having major design fever if you'd like to send me a room hack of your own - just pick your favorite inspiration & I'll see what I can cook up! xo

Friday tidbits


What are you doing this weekend? Tonight we're going to a friend's house for pizza + a movie for the kids & wine for the grownups :)

I'm also hoping to do a small home project which I'll share on here next week. 

The fall leaves are gorgeous around town right now & so the kids and I have been pointing out our favorite trees. Hope you have a bright weekend & see you back Monday.

6 haunted ships.

How to build a wall hung TV cabinet. (I wonder if anyone's ever considered designing a television that doesn't need to stay hidden?)

10 minute bathroom upgrades, if you're in the mood for a quick makeover.

Charleston's new hot spots. Chez Nous sounds especially good.

A beautiful NYC apartment tour.

An ode to Sadie, I'm convinced.

A tiny log cabin.

Hunter boot shearing insoles, holy cow.

I think Bud could agree, Texas cooking.

That's it! xoxo

Wait, no it's not - HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO SERIAL? Holy cow. 

Our day in Greenville, SC

Grape Did It -Greenville waterfall

We took a small detour to Greenville on our way home from camping Saturday morning. I keep reading the best things about the nearby South Carolina town, especially all about the yummy restaurants

Grape Did It - Gringo Greenville

We ended up eating at Gringo's Cantina & then explored the town a bit.

Grape Did It - Greenville June ducks

Greenville's downtown is really great, with a suspension bridge that overlooks the Reedy River Falls. You can also feed the ducks, walk on the rocks & relax on the greenspace. There was a musician playing steels drums and we got ice cream at Spill The Beans.

Grape Did It - Greenville Bud June

I can't wait to go back and spend a leisurely day exploring and eating - the restaurant I'd love to try next is called The Lazy Goat and I've heard it's spectacular :)

Grape Did It - purple fountain Greenville

Grape Did It - Greenville sculpture

Grape Did It - Greenville tree

Camping in teepees

Grape Did It - yellow teepee

Friday around noon we left for Lula, Georgia, to spend a night in a teepee!

Grape Did It - teepee roof

The weather was perfect, and we went with our good friends who have three children around Truett & June's ages. The kids ran around like wild animals while we were able to unload & start our campfires (grill & fire pit).

Grape Did It - camping prep

We made hotdogs for the kids, and steak fajitas for the grown ups. Later we chatted over wine and let the kids grill marshmallows for their s'mores.

Grape Did It - inside teepee

June wasn't feeling well & so went to bed early, and then I followed shortly after (with Truett who actually asked to go to bed).

Grape Did It - sunlight, teepee

In the morning we got up and had coffee, made bacon and eggs, and loaded back up to head to Greenville (I'll do that post Wednesday).

Despite a few traveling-with-kids minor disasters, we had a wonderful time and the teepees were such fun. When we first arrived I heard Truett yell to his friend Lindy, "IS THIS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE EVER?"

Grape Did It - teepees

Friday tidbits

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In a few hours we're headed out to camp in teepees! Our good friends are coming, too, and I am super excited to grill out, sit by the fire under the stars & roast s'mores :) What are your plans for this weekend?

Let's do some fun links & see you back here Monday!

A good way to find road trip restaurants.

20 quotes from children's books.

You can end a sentence with a preposition, with. 

Ellen, on Matthew McConaughey's new Lincoln commercial

Fall retreats.

A kitchen in France. Sigh.

The Japanese art of decluttering.

Oskaar & his hilarious take on daylight savings.

The perfect legging.

Good news, Downton Abbey fans!!

Florida voters approve billions for conservation without raising taxes. Woot!

PS - we're also hoping to hit up Greenville on our way home tomorrow - any recommendations for food/fun? (It's been called the next big southern food city).

What I'm loving: Everlane

Grape Did It - Everlane scarf

Yesterday I got an Everlane catalogue in the mail and flipped through it this morning. A couple of years ago my sister gave me the weekender bag from Everlane and I use it every chance I get. (It's here in my five travel essentials.)

Their mission states something called radical transparency and they describe it thus: Know your factories. Know your costs. Always ask why. 

Their line of clothing and accesories are still reasonable pricey, but everything is well made and gorgeous (and far below their counterparts).

Here are a few products I love.

Grape Did It - Everlane

The slouchy v-neck cashmere sweater in light grey. It looks effortless, sexy and so comfortable. 

Grape Did It - Everlane, cotton lawn

The cotton long button down looks crisp and pretty. It makes me think of old fashioned sports like croquet and bocce (which, incidentally, Bud loves to play on the beach).

Grape Did It - Everlane Ryan tank

The Ryan Tank is so Flashdance, don't you think? Very 1980's beautiful.

PS - you can find the scarf above here

Halloween pictures

Grape Did It - Elsa & the dragon

We were late to the Frozen bandwagon but, ho boy, are we in it now. Last week when I'd asked Bud for the thousandth time if he'd want to build a snowman? He asked if I could please, possibly please, learn another line from the song.

June barrels through the house at top speed hollering YOU CAN'T HOLD ME BACK ANYMORE! 

And Truett even overcame his fear of the giant snow monster to watch the movie.

All that is to say June was Elsa for Halloween. Surprise! 

Grape Did It - dragon paint

Truett decided he wanted to be a dragon and, while we found the beginnings of a costume at the costume exchange we hosted, I used felt to stitch together a puffy tail and matching wings in order to complete the outfit.

My brilliant friend Patti did Truett's makeup and for June, I used sparkle cream on her face.

Grape Did It - kids at park

We all met at the park and had pizza, painted pumpkins & then Bud did a hay ride around the neighborhood that the kids loved. Afterwards we trick-or-treated, although I left early to give June a bath (she'd been sick the night before which is one of the reasons I was not able to do Friday tidbits).

It was a wonderful night and I adore our neighorhood and friends who all came out to help make it so much fun. How was your Halloween?

PS - last Halloween


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