A Monday Pause…

Sorry to have missed the all important Monday post!! My month-long visit with my Mom and her hubbs culminated this weekend with her 70th birthday BBQ bash. It was soooooooo much fun, but it was A Lot!! I am so thankful to have had so much help from friends and family. I literally could not have had more fun…everything fell into place-even the weather cooperated.

Here are some of my favorite moments from their visit to SC…



My Aunt in the kitchen, always such a treat…more of what I learned from this life long pastry chef to come on lavie!!!




Out for a fun night on Morgan Creek…


My Mom and her cousin Tim…they are toooooo much!

The Fam 3

Family and best friends…

The Fam 2

The Fam 4

Having this amount of family around-not to mention the friends that are my family here in Charleston is the best feeling in the world.  It’s so interesting that we have so much technology to keep us in constant communication, but the time spent with the people you love the most (at least in my case) seems to have declined in recent years.

I’m looking forward to the 1st annual “cousins” trip to Lake Lure in 2015.  It’s time for our generation to start a new tradition!

Happy Tuesday friends!  XOXO,  Catherine


A Happy 4th…


I hope everyone had a safe, happy, FUN 4th of July weekend.  Charleston was totally a-buzz with activity.  I enjoyed spending time in the sun, did a little shopping and was glued to the TV for yesterday’s Gentleman’s finals at Wimbledon.  What a match! Although my man came up short it was a total nail biter between 2 true sportsman.  It was also pretty cool seeing The Prince and Princess, Bradley Cooper, Kate Winslet, Posh & Becks and a very dapper Samuel L. Jackson cheering in the stands.  Click HERE to see the Daily Mail’s photo diary!

Back to the grind…Happy Monday!  Let’s make the most of it!  XOXO,  Catherine

photo credit:  Blake Lipscomb

Thankful (it’s) Friday…

Rockville, SCHello and happy Friday!  I am a tad on the unprepared side today as I write today’s post.  This week has been crazy busy!  Re-entry from vacation (always a bit#h!!), immersing myself back into work, and hosting last night’s Mother’s Day Happy Hour for My Sister’s House (click to learn more about My Sister’s House and donate here).  Salty Girls and Dee Ruel (as seen on etsy) host a fantastic celebration.  In its third year I feel like the party AND three of us have hit our stride.  The common goal is to make the most we can for those who have so little-and to create a night about family, friends and fun!!

Thank you Dee and Amber and everyone who came out and made last night a huge SUCCESS!  Back to work, and looking forward to kicking off my weekend in one of my favorite places in the Lowcountry!!

Cheers!  xoxo,  Catherine