Time For The Holidays

Wow! I cannot believe that I have not had time to blog in the last two weeks.  It must just be that time of year.  I have so much to catch up on such as my holiday market and seasons highlights.  It's been a wonderful holiday season and I'm excited to share all that we have been up.

Now we are just getting ready to pack for our annual Christmas trip to Kiawah Island.  We go every year for Christmas and enjoy

Walking On the Beach



Mac and LPM

And Having Cocktails by the Fire

We are so blessed that Girlie and her entire family joined us last year and we will truly miss them this year.

I will also miss being with my God Daughter. Lily!

We are very excited to be with family and dear friends during the Christmas Time.  Where do you spend Christmas each year?

A New Restaurant In Town

We had the most wonderful evening going to Pasture a new restaurant in town for Friends and Family Night last week.  Ry Marchant also the owner of Six Burner has decided to bring some great dining to a new area of town.

Mr. M and his dtr MM

I know all the ladies had a wonderful night out and can't wait to dine there again very soon! Thanks for a wonderful evening!

Jessica Tongel

I was thrilled when I met Jessica Tongel at the Holiday Market for the Junior League last week!  Of course I loved everything!!!! She designs Custom Draperies, Pillows, Table Skirts, Bedding, and hand painted items for the home and Garden.

                                     These are too precious!!

                                        Love the Bedding.

Wall Hangings

And of course I LOVED this sign because this year I will have a booth at VGF! I can't wait!!!

She has so many darling goodies that I had to order some! I will definitely be posting about them when they arrive :)

Ashley Rose Jewelry

I have recently reconnected with a lovely lady who I met at Roanoke College my senior year.  It's been fun catching up again and learning about her fabulous Jewelry line.  Her pieces are serious incredible.

Ummmmmm I am dying over this!!!!

Ashley is such a talented designer and I seriously love it all!!!!  She can be contacted through her facebook page if you are interested in ordering.  Her darling jewelry would make great Christmas Gifts!

Blue Dutch Oven

Colin and Merril are Absolutely one of our Favorite couples in Town.  I just adore them and  am so excited that they have recently started a blog "Blue Dutch Oven."

They are such a gregarious and fun loving couple and when ever I am with them, Colin and I are bound to be partners in crime!  We just have way too much fun together!

I am excited to follow their new adventures in the kitchen and learn more about good cooking and delicious food!  Let's face it, I need help in that department!  Boys, I can't wait to one day know how to cook my own Thanksgiving feast!  Love you Both!

Fabulous Holiday Dress

I just absolutely love my Anne M Cramer Skirt that I purchased last year.  She has now turned the design of the Flynn skirt into a full length dress!  It is just too darling!

Where would you wear this precious holiday dress?

Time For The Holidays

I can not believe that today is the First Day of December! My My it has come quickly!  We have two holiday parties this weekend to kick of the season and I'm excited to wear my new winter designs!  I'm also excited to unpack all of the fun Christmas decor and turn the house into a Winter Wonderland!  Each year I collect Mackenzie Childs Christmas Tree Ornaments and our small tree is quickly growing.

I get so excited each year to check out the newest ornaments and have a few on my wish list for this Christmas!

Do you collect special ornaments for your tree?

Garden And Gun December Issue

Garden and Gun's December Issue is one of my favorites yet.  They announced the winners for the Made In The South Awards, which I actually entered and as they put it........

"This year's winners prove that the best things made are made in Dixie."

Made in the South Awards  
Although I did not win, I was beyond thrilled to see that our dear friend's at Ledbury were the runners up in Fashion.  How could I be sad about that.  Paul and Paul have done an amazing job with their line and we are so lucky to have Ledury in our backyard.  Truly the new store is incredible!

Ledbury; Richmond, VA

Under the tutelage of London’s premier shirtmakers, the duo behind the Richmond-based shirting company Ledbury acquired an eye for artisan talent. So it’s no surprise that when CEO and designer Paul Trible discovered Wiley Brothers belts through friends, their collaboration led to the first items in Ledbury’s new Commonwealth Collection. Each belt is made with English bridle leather and white bronze buckles. The collection of Virginia-made accessories will eventually include everything from cuff links to garment bags. $155; ledbury.com

G&G  also had Amazing article on my home town of Richmond! The article by Dean King can be found on page 80 under City Portraits and is titled "Back Home in Richmond; A New Currant Is Rising In the Capital Of The Old South.

State Capitol
Richmond once the Capital of the Confederacy is routed in Tradition and has some of the most beautiful architecture I have ever seen.  I was disappointed to find that this article is not online, but if you subscribe to G&G you must read it!  I am proud to Claim Richmond as my Home.

The Jefferson Lobby
Monument Avenue 
Finally, I absolutely Loved the Article "Licked To Death By a Pit Bull."

Anyone who has ever met Leonard, certainly knows why I LOVED this Article!

Great Edition!  It was a JOY to read!

Happy Birthday To Linger

It was so much fun celebrating one of my dearest friend's birthday's this past weekend.  She is truly a Holiday Baby and we made it a night to remember!

Is anything better than great company, hilarous conversation, and a night with your besties?

                               Happy Happy Birthday Darling!

Holiday Market

I hope everyone had a fabulous Turkey Day and enjoyed all the food!  It's so hard to believe that December will arrive this week.  It's also an exciting week because  I have another Holiday Market this Tuesday for The Junior League at Westwood Club.

If you live locally we would Love to see you!  It will be a fantastic evening!

Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite holidays!  Each year we head down to the beach on my in-laws property and have an Oyster Roast.

Mac is in charge of manning the Oyster Station and does a beautiful job.

My father in-law always wears his traditional kilt made out of Tartan in his family Pattern.  My husband's name is McCarrick and he is called Mac for short.

The Dogs have a ball on the River and Lucile can't get enough of the water no matter what the tempature is.

Here's a close up of the fam minus Leonard.  He's hard to track down.
In my usual fashion, a game of late night dress up always ensues.

What are your Thanksgiving Traditions?

The Nicole Debuts In Texas

I was so excited when I received this picture from Girlie of her debuting The Nicole in Texas!  Girlie has purchased several precious pieces this fall and I am so excited for Designs By Kara Kihm to spread to new states across the country!

Thanks for sharing Girlie!  It looks darling on you!


Last weekend Mac and I were very excited to Celebrate the Sale of our old house 4505 Hanover Ave!

 It was a wonderful first home and we made such dear friends on our block!

We went to Dinner at Edo Squid and then headed to the Commonwealth Club for cocktails.

We enjoyed sipping port and shared a lot of laughs!  I sported The Nicole in Navy and figured it was a great time to debut it in Richmond.

Even though we will miss living right across the street from this group, we are excited that we are still within walking distance and can see them often.

To A Wonderful Woman

It was wonderful to be down in Key West  two weeks ago and Celebrate the life of Mary Louise Taliaferro Wilson.  Grandma Tobby was an incredible lady who raised 8 children all over the world from Malta to Bahrain to Charleston to Key West.

She settled in Key West for the last forty years of her life and "was an icon of Key West Society."  Tobby didn't know a stranger and her house was the gathering spot for countless family reunions, parties and events. We will truly miss our time on Aster Terrace.

A beautiful ceremony was held in her back yard and she was laid to rest with her husband, KK in the canal in which she swam every day for 40 years in the backcountry of Key West.

The weather was gorgeous and it was such a meaningful week.  We stayed on the Caribe at The Key West Yacht Club

And even found some time go to the beach.

One thing is for sure, our trips to Key West will not be the same without Tobby Wilson and she will be dearly missed!