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Shalice Noel

I took a girls trip to Charleston with Leanne Barlow and Jordan Zobrist this last week and it was a blast. Here is what we wore and did!

We also visited Magnolia Gardens. Visit the bridge area. Looks like a scene out of the Notebook.

Little white dress and similar // Pink bag // Amazon $15 sunglasses

White shorts similar // Halter top // Chain sandals // Lagos bracelets // Strapless bra // Turquoise Ring

Last week, I drove 5 hours from Atlanta to Charleston to meet up with my California girlfriends.

We went to The ordinary and Hotel Bennet while in Charleston, SC. I included some of the favorites you recommended.

Cru cafe was recommended as well as The Daily for coffee. Hall’s steakhouse is so good and Husk is great too! Husk I was told, has an awesome mixologist so really good cocktails and their food is all super fresh— farm to table and unique. There is no doubt, the eating scene can’t be beat!

I was hesitant to leave the family and drive 5 hours form Atlanta to Charleston, but boy was I happy I did it. It was refreshing to leave the house, the noise and plug in my favorite pod cast for the long drive, “How I built this,” snack on almonds and sip iced coffee. The simple joys. If you have a chance, reconnect with girlfriends and you’ll be glad that you did. The laundry will always be there.

Happy Friday!

Shalice

How to buy Father’s Day Gifts

Reid here. 

To prevent the cliché of getting a new ugly tie every Father’s Day, I’ve provided some fatherly insight on Father’s Day gift buying.  Let me know if you have any questions.

What to get him?  Think about his hobbies.  Is it golf, fitness, hiking, or reading?  Whatever it may be, pick a category.  Let’s take golf for example.  The kids buy small gifts under $15 and Shalice typically buys the bigger gift.  For golf, don’t buy something like golf clubs, putters or golf shoes, if you don’t know specifics.  Avoid technical things primary to the hobby.  Instead buy gifts that support the hobby.  It lets him know you know him but also trust him to make those bigger purchases.  Therefore, I advise you buy gifts like golf tees, golf balls, a golf cleaning brush or even a golf hat.  These practical gifts support the hobby and are always appreciated during his next golf game.

The DON’T of Father’s Day Gift Giving

·      Do not buy him something that you desire him to be.

·      Do not buy something that requires assembly. 

·      Do not buy something regarding career or self-improvement.

·      Do not get him something that is not his color.   For example, I look sickly in yellow.

·      Do not give him a gift card!  They add bulk to his wallet and or get lost in the trash. 

The DO of Father’s Day Gift Giving

·      Do shower him with meaningful words of encouragement.  He needs it even if he doesn’t say it.

·      Do make cards instead of buying cards.  Take the money you would have spent on a pricey card and give him cash.

·      If overly spending money stresses your husband out like it does me…prove to him how you didn’t spend a lot on his gift by getting something thoughtful or will save you money of the lifetime of the product.  Like home gym equipment or DIY stuff.  Think of something that has a lot of bang for your buck.  I always appreciate that.

Of course, this applies if you want to surprise him.  If he gave you a list, I suggest you stick to the list or play it safe and pick from my Walmart selections.  Tip: there are lots of 2 day shipping options!

Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post! All opinions my own.

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 use code SHALICE for $10 off // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 (Tee shirt I found him on the Nordstrom sale)

Reid is so good at sharing his father’s day wish list every year. I literally shop off of his wish list! I love this hat, new coffee machine, and tee from the Nordies sale.

Do you know what you’re getting your dad or hubby? Happy to help. Email with any questions. Happy Thursday!

xx Shalice

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Up to 25% off!

Grey Lounger // Towel rack // Towel // Polaroid camera // Ice Bucket // Sonos Smart Speaker // Planter // Plastic Glassware // Funboy Yacht // Drink umbrellas

12 under $30

by Shalice Noel

I’m getting lots of requests for items I’m ordering this summer like shatterproof glasses for the pool, practical shorts, gold hangers for my closet and a cute coin necklace. Here’s my top 10 under $30 I ordered this week!

1. FP shorts 


2. Shatterproof glasses for the pool, because we’ve had too many accidents!

3. Gold hangers for my closet

4. $31 Adorable Coin necklace

5. Sandals under $20

6. Sunscreen without the toxins

7. Graphic tee under $30

8. Camel joggers under $20

9. Wrap cardigan under $30

10. Beat the heat with a cute hat!

11. Amazon cover up and THIS ONE

12. Henley tank

WE GOT A NEW PUPPY

by Shalice Noel

The kids have begged me for 6 years for a puppy and guess what??

Tomorrow we pick up our mini golden doodle puppy. He is 8 weeks old and the breeder named him Lukas. We cannot wait to pick him up tomorrow.

If you live in Atlanta, there is a breeder in Woodstock, that has both males and females called GLITZY GOLDENDOODLES. Check out her adorable Facebook page. Can’t get over those pictures of tiny puppies. Honestly, it was hard to just pick one.

This week, we have been watching youtube videos on how to train our new puppy. We’ve also discussed with the kids their new responsibilities. It won’t be perfect but I’m adjusting my expectations.

We’ve bought snacks, raw organic food and a travel crate for him to sleep in.

Next up, will be agree on a name?

Stay tuned 😉

Since we don’t know what we’re doing, please weigh in with any puppy training advice that you may have learned. Looking forward to sharing more of this new adventure!

Tee shirt // Jeans // Sunglasses // Puppy crate

Paris peasant top // Beach Hat // Belted Swimsuit under $50! // Necklace // Sandals

The pool is officially open for the season! I’m excited to bring my peasant top along for the ride. I love the peasant top gently tucked into my under $50 belted swimsuit. How cute is that? I then added a bag, hat and necklace. With kids, work and my in-laws in town, gotta keep it simple!

What do you think?

Anewall BLUSH FLORAL WALLPAPER // VELVET QUEEN BED // COMFORTER was $189 now $140 (on sale!) CLOTHING COAT RACK

What kind of wallpaper did you use?

We ordered the pre-pasted.

What wallpaper do you recommend for an apartment?

Good question! Peel and stick is a great option for renters.

On a scale of 1-10, how hard was it to install?

A 7! It took a lot of attention to detail, but not impossible! Read ALL the directions and be patient.

Would you do it again?

Yes, 100%, I’d like to do our powder room next.

Where did you order from?

@anewall I got the floral pre-pasted wallpaper. I think if you’re renting, opt for peel & stick.

Peasant top in small // Shorts // Similar scarf // Sunglasses $15

How does a place become your family go to vacation spot?  Every family has that special go to vacation spot.  What is your story?

While growing up, my family loved going to Hong Kong.  I know that sounds strange, but my mom grew up in Hong Kong.  My dad was a pilot, so we would fly standby once a year back in the day when you could still smoke on airplanes.  Yes, those were long trips.  But visiting my cousins in Hong Kong was the best.  They would take us to the best places.  If we got separated, they would say, tell the cab…”NOW CHUN TOE, KOWLOON TONG,” and we would get home. Those trips to the markets to get cloths and grubs would forever be one of my favorite memories.

We had enjoyed many great day trips in California.  Whether that was Lake Arrowhead, Anacapa Island (See post) or Laguna Beach, leaving California was hard.  But knowing Florida beaches would be a short drive away, our sorrows turned to joy.  Florida is a favorite place to take our family.

Here is our tips on traveling to the scenic 30A.  The last few times, we have stayed near Alys Beach.  The community we stay in is called Magnolia By The Sea and we found it on VRBO.  It’s a small community of cottages across the street from the beach.  While small, the house sleep quite a few people.  Perfect for multi-family gatherings or big families.  We like that the beach is private and the community has a heated pool.  The perk for the location is that it is a short bike ride to Alys Beach.  I should mention, Alys Beach is our dream vacation goals.  Someday we want to stay there, but for now we enjoy riding our bikes, playing at the park and getting coffee within the town.  You cannot take a bad picture of this place.  The community is design perfection in my opinion.  Everything down to the window trim colors to the outdoor planters.  Every vista is perfectly harmonized.  Reid and I enjoyed sometime meandering the quaint streets.  Reid admires the architecture and design while I soak in photo shoot inspiration. 

Rosemary Beach is also another hot spot we like to take the kids to in the evenings.  It’s a bustling beach community with a lot of night life and you feel like you are in Europe.  While there are many places to eat and play, here is my brief list of our favorites for your vacation planning enjoyment.

·      Stay:  Magnolia By The Sea (Hint:  Staying outside of Alys/Rosemary Beach saves you $$$ – but you can still enjoy the public hot spots)

·      Eat:  George’s (Alys Beach)

·      Dessert:  Sugar Shack (Rosemary Beach)

·      Drink:  Neat (Alys Beach)

·      Breakfast:  Donut Hole (Inlet Beach)

·      Coffee:  Raw & Juicy (Alys Beach)

·      Do:  Rent Bikes – Don’t forget Sunscreen! I like this one – non toxic.

·      Shop:  Don’t be silly, this is a beach vacation

Grey and Ivory Bleeker street poncho via Shopshalicenoel.com