J. Crew chino shorts: bringing back the fanny pack

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I spent a whole week in chino shorts. This is real.  

I told my dad that Dan's manners instructor said I needed to bring a fanny pack or tool apron to put his treats in and NOT to keep them in a purse or my pocket. So Dad hooked me up with this fanny pack he had in his closet. I mean, I have a long fanny pack tail and all. That's hand me down style. 

During the making of these photos, Dan sat for a whole minute, so something is working. I'm not embarrassed. 

J. Crew chino shorts: orange crush

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Allison and I went on a tour of the Topo distillery last week. 

We learned about the distillation process and saw how they fill with a 1940's dairy equipment, hand label, and hand cork each bottle. 

To me, the most interesting part about the distillery is their local and sustainable practices. The water they use for cooling is run through the system at least twice. They grow organic wheat in Scotland Neck, and leftover mash goes to fertilize fields and feed livestock. 

Topo prides itself on flavor. The spices below go in their Piedmont gin. 

After the tour, we strolled down Franklin Street and ended up at Sup Dogs. It is one of my Greenville favorites and has more recently opened up another shop in Chapel Hill. 

I had dreams of taking pictures with the beautiful scenery on campus, but it started pouring rain. Allison insisted on me standing in the rain for a few of the photos. 

Patio at Sup Dogs, Chapel Hill, baseball on TV. I don't hate it. 

Definitely #notpaleo, but a must. 

Anyone else love Sup Dogs? If so, you have got to try the Orange Sup Crush. I had never had it before, but it was on special and sounded good. It is basically orangeade and so delicious! 

Moon and Lola Compton earrings // Trina Turk top // J. Crew 4" chino shorts // Jack Rogers Napa Valley Navajo

J. Crew chino shorts: red and blue

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Last Wednesday, my mom and I went to the farmer's market to eat lunch and search for a plant like the one she had last year (seen here). I've looked a few times this summer, and we haven't been able to find one. 

We had an (always) delicious #notpaleo lunch at the NC Seafood Restaurant and picked up some peaches. 

Dan will eat anything. 

Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic sunglasses // HMD earrings from Mom // Polo shirt // HMD scarf belt from Mom // J. Crew 3" chino shorts // Jack Rogers Napa Valley Navajo

J. Crew chino shorts: turquoise and pink

Monday, July 28, 2014

I wore this outfit to visit with my pal Wendy and discuss life and our upcoming year in small group. 

I didn't do this on purpose but realized later in the day that my shirt and fingernails matched and shorts and toenails matched. On my fingernails: essie madison ave-hue; on my toenails: essie in the cab-ana

Lacoste polo (some colors on sale) // J. Crew 4" chino shorts (on sale + extra 40% off) // HMD Dooney & Bourke bag from Mom // Sperry topsiders

a week in J. Crew chino shorts

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I'll be starting a new mini blog series tomorrow, showing some ways I have worn my J. Crew chino shorts during a typical summer week. I have worn some of these pairs to death for 5+ years, and others I just bought during a recent sale. Almost all were purchased on sale and some even altered over the years. They have held up well and continue to be my summer go-to. In the meantime, check out ways I have previously worn my J. Crew chino shorts here and here and other styles of J. Crew shorts here, here, and here

summer playlist

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Here are a few songs I've been enjoying this summer . . .
(One day I will learn how to make a downloadable iTunes playlist. If you know how to do that, please teach me!)

Klingande - Jubel

Kenny Chesney - Anything But Mine

The Avett Brothers - At the Beach

Hank Williams Jr. - All My Rowdy Friends

Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown

Kings of Leon - Manhattan

George Strait - Easy Come, Easy Go

The Civil Wars - From This Valley

Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry

Tim McGraw - Everywhere

Jack Johnson - Sitting, Waiting, Wishing


Blake Shelton - My Eyes

Jump Little Children - Broken

George Strait - She'll Leave You with a Smile

As you can see, I'm into 90's country these days and apparently mainly male artists. What are YOU listening to this summer???


Thursday, July 24, 2014

My friend Hillary and I met up in Beaufort late Friday night. After settling in and cuddling with the cat, we woke up for the beach Saturday. I enjoyed grapefruit and coffee on the porch before Hillary got up. The house we stayed in has a lovely front porch, perfect for morning Bible study and breakfast. 

We stopped by the Beaufort farmers' and craft market then headed to the beach at Fort Macon. I am not usually an ocean swimmer, but the water there was pleasant and calm. 

I finished reading The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty and started on Go Down, Moses by Faulkner. When I go to the library, I often look for what I feel like I missed in my southern literature class in college (either because it wasn't assigned or I just didn't read it). 

Hillary dusted off her ballet skills on the beach. 

We strolled the Beaufort waterfront and I fell in love with this house, still decked out patriotically. 

We waited a little too late for outfit photos, but Hillary did her best and impressed me with her photography. 

I saw this Just Madras dress at High Line last summer, then I saw Mackenzie wearing it on the Tuckernuck blog this spring. I had to have it, and I was thrilled when I went by High Line this summer and found exactly what I wanted. Now I want it in every color! My earrings are Moon and Lola, belt is hand me down from Mom, and sandals are Jack Rogers. 

Our romantic stroll coincided with the super moon. 

Seriously, who owns this house, and will they let me rent a room?!

On Sunday morning, we went kayaking on Taylor's Creek. After our workout, I had to go in the recently opened SOUTHERN fROCK store, where I found the best fitting wrap dress I have ever put on! We spent a little more time on the beach, then I stopped by Dee Gee's before heading home. What a charming place to get away! 
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