five things.

Cheers to the weekend!! It's heating up in Charleston with temps reaching into the mid-90's (sounds like the perfect excuse for more ice cream!) Here are five other things on my mind: 
shop photo by Olivia Rae James
ONE: I attended a blogger meet-up earlier this week at Eclectic Charleston. The interior design studio and shop specializing in vintage, costal, and modern pieces -- I was in love with all the colors and patterns! I was also thrilled to meet some of my favorite Charleston bloggers (Shelby of Recent Somethings, Chassity of Look Linger Love, and Megan of Fried Green Pickles). I wore my new LOFT dress (it's still on sale!)

TWO: My best friend introduced me to TheSkimm -- do you subscribe to this? It's a daily e-mail newsletter with a quick and entertaining rundown of the top news stories. Never be out of the loop on major news events again. I love it.

THREE: I am working on getting back into a workout routine but it's been a little difficult. I miss having a gym in my office building and a set of classes that I love. However, I have attended a few yoga classes at a nearby gym and for the most part they have been great. I also finally purchased a lighter Manduka (my favorite brand) yoga mat + sling, which will make trips to the gym easier. 

FOUR: H recorded the documentary 112 Weddings a few weeks ago and after I read more about it on A Cup of Jo I really want to watch it this weekend. The filmmaker is a wedding videographer and he revisits 9 of his favorite couples to see how their relationship has changed over time. Has anyone else seen it?

FIVE: My giveaway with Candy Shop Vintage is ending soon, don't miss your chance to win rose gold Charleston Rice Beads - I'll be totally jealous of whoever wins this one ;) 

Have a great weekend! 


etsy summer picks.

I have added quite a few new shops to my Etsy favorites list and I thought it was about time that I share all of my summer picks. 
the waves painting $46 (I love the calming colors and textures) - pom pom shorts $29 (perfect for a tropical vacation or lounging around on a hot summer day) - delicate gold ring $18 (stack them up!) - handmade roman grecian sandals $36 (these remind me of sandals I bought in Florence!) flamingo art print $18 - dewdrop necklace $24+ (in gold or silver perfect for layering)

Do you have any new favorite Etsy shops?

p.s. have you entered the Candy Shop Vintage Charleston Rice Beads giveaway yet?! 


the lighter side of Magritte.

When I visited Chicago last week I was determined to see the Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute (the museum is free on Thursdays to Chicago residents). My friends agreed to meet up after work and go to the exhibit together.
To be honest, I was shocked, the featured pieces were pretty gruesome -- there were lots of dead pigeons and random body parts. Okay Magritte, I get it you're a surrealist artist -- you get a pass. But I was bummed that I didn't get to see the lighter and whimsical pieces that I was more familiar with. So I guess that means that I am a "G-rated" Magritte fan... totally fine by me! :) Here are my favorites (not included in the exhibit): 
-see all of Magritte's work here-

Who are your favorite artists? Are you a Magritte fan?


lettermade embroidered napkins.

I received the cutest linen cocktail napkins from Lettermade, they are embroidered with golden pineapples! I have spotted lots of pineapples in the entryways of historic mansions in downtown Charleston, so these napkins will always remind me of the Holy City. Embroidered napkins are a great gift idea -- and pineapples are the symbol of hospitality, so these would be the perfect gift for your favorite hostess!

Lettermade has lots of other cute embroidered designs -- I like the flamingo and safari club prints. They also offer cute bridal and monogram options, perfect for bridal shower or wedding gifts. Now that I have a set of cocktail napkins, I am tempted to jump on the bar cart bandwagon and throw a little party :) 

Follow Lettermade on instagram - pinterest - twitter - and shop here

p.s. don't forget to enter the Candy Shop Vintage Rice Beads Giveaway!


Charleston rice beads giveaway.

I have been living in Charleston for a few weeks now (minus my Bahamas vacation) and I am absolutely loving it! I have a very special Southern giveaway today from Candy Shop Vintage, a boutique featuring gorgeous vintage jewelry, accessories, and Charleston Rice Beads! The shape and texture of these beads pay homage to the port city's history -- an economy founded on rice that helped establish an important cultural center in the Southeast and the United States. Charleston Rice Beads come in a variety of pretty colors -- gold, turquoise, and rose gold (my favorite!) and they are meant to be worn at different lengths (double or triple wrapped) or layered with other necklaces. I love the story behind these vintage-inspired beads, and I am so excited to giveaway one Rose Gold Charleston Rice Bead Necklace (retail value $75) to one lucky reader.
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One winner will be announced on Monday, July 28, 2014. 
Good Luck! 


my kind of town.

I am in Chicago for the rest of the week for work! 
Follow along on instagram @cornflakedreams to see my mini adventure :) 


what to pack for a tropical vacation.

Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my Bahamas vacation recap post. I want to plan a return trip, especially now I know what to pack and what to leave behind. I didn't wear over half of the stuff I lugged on vacation with me (uggh) and if I could do it over again I'd pack a lot less.
DRESSES: Bring a few light dresses that you can wear to dinner depending on how smancy you want to get. I wore one of my tube-top coverups as a dress one night and a simple stripe tank dress another night. I'd skip the maxi dresses because all that extra length just traps in the heat (but if you are determined to wear one,save it for night time when it's a little cooler). I typically wear shorts + tanks but dresses are so much easier and they take up less room in your suitcase. I also like the patterned strapless dress + coral dress above for a pop of color. 

SHORTS: Bring them but make sure they are versatile -- crochetembroidered and ruffled shorts can be worn with a bathing suit or a tank. 

FLIP FLOPS: I don't care what anyone says flip flops are the best shoes for the beach. I wore my black reef pair all week (so comfy!) and dressed things up in my cocobutter tkees flip flops. You can bring along a pair of nice sandals too - just keep them neutral, that way they will match everything.

SUNSCREEN: After multiple mole removals (6!) in the past few years I am serious about skin care, so I didn't want to skimp on suntan lotion. I talked to one of h's friends (who is a dermatologist) and he recommends Neutrogena Helioplex Ultra Sheer Sunscreen with UVA/ UVB sun protection. The dermatologist I usually see also recommends that line and warned me to avoid spray suntan lotion unless it's being used for your hair part (the spray typically doesn't cover as well as lotion). I also love Aquaphor Lip Repair Lip Balm with UVA/UVB SPF30 sunscreen (nothing worse than blistered lips!) Remember to bring a straw hat for extra protection for your face.

leave it at home...
DITCH THE DENIM: Leave the jean shorts at home. Seriously don't bring any! I brought two pairs and when I wore a pair on the last day (which consisted of walking to town to the ferry and waiting for my ride) they were sooo uncomfortable (can you say swass?!) Denim doesn't breathe so my jean shorts got hot fast and then promptly started to sag and loose all of their shape - not cute. 

Don't bring long jeans either! This should be pretty obvious because you are going to a tropical island... but I'll admit I was contemplating bringing a pair -- ya know, "in case it got cold at night." nope. likely you'll be sunburnt and maybe a little buzzed (hello, pina coladas) so you won't need anything else keeping you warm. On that note, I did bring a light stripe hoodie that i wore when it rained and at night to combat the high AC temps (it was also great to wear on the plane).

JEWELRY: After lugging around heavy jewelry all around Europe, I finally learned my lesson and packed just one long pendant starfish necklace. And guess what, it was perfect. It was simple enough to go with almost everything I packed and I didn't have to worry about getting necklace tan lines or losing my favorite jewelry. 

What's on your tropical packing list?
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