Into the New Year…

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday month!  I have loved (almost) every minute of it-seeing friends and family, celebrating the season, decorating my house, party planning, shopping, wish listing-all a blast!  December was extremely fast and furious-I know that I have been an awful holiday blogger!  I have learned so much in this inaugural year of Lavie…one of the main aspects being time management, the importance of pre-planning and organization.  So…with that said, my first New Years resolution is to post at least twice a week-no matter what!

New year decorationsWith that said…NYE-amateur night or time to get creative??!  My vote-time to get creative and enjoy the last moments before the inevitable January life cleanse!

First on the list a yummie New Years cocktail.  (staring Champy, of course!!)

New Year cocktailSo easy, it’s a sin…and deliciously sinful!  Gayot Guide to the Good Life has the Top Ten Sparkling Wines to ring in the New Year with.  My top choice is  Domaine J. Laurens Cremant de Limoux from Limoux, France (hello…the birthplace of bubbles!!).

Next, what to serve!  Spicy Red(or Green) Pepper Jelly Cheese Spread is my holiday go-to when I have to take an app to a party.

New Year appetizerI LOVE this savory treat!  Take a cold block of Cream Cheese, add the recently refrigerated sweet/spicy jelly of your choice over the top and serve with crackers (I think it is best with Wheat Thins!).  Voila…done!

My NYE plans are super laid back.  Cocktail hour with friends and then carting over to a family friendly cul-de-sac party with tons of fireworks and good cheer-…boots, jeans and warm weather accessories will be the uniform.  I ordered this sweater from Madewell (extra 40% off sale) in hopes that it will be here for NYE.

bon voyage sweaterTime to say goodbye to 2014!  These black Moto Skinnies and dove grey booties are also on the list!  Club Monaco is also having a great sale…40% off sale and 50% off clearance.  The Arleta Dress will be the perfect workday dress for 2015!

Arleta DressWhat are your plans for the last day of the year??!  Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of time for reflection and goal setting for 2015!  Work, work out, then go out!  That’s just how it goes for this chick.  Thank you all so much for tuning in to Laviebythesea this year.  I have enjoyed developing posts and reliving my silly little life with each of you.  I look forward to next year and all the wonderful surprises that await each of us!

Have a safe, happy, Sparkly New Years!  XOXO,  Catherine

This and That….

The last week has been uber-Full! Lots of work, lots of fun…and a new in-town adventure on a rainy day!!

IMG_5162IMG_5157 Chez Nous might be the best new lunch/brunch/dinner spot in town!!!  Ans and I ventured out in the cold and rain for Sunday brunch and enjoyed some much needed catch up time.  Chez did not disappoint.  Located on Payne Court downtown, it felt like we were invited into someone’s home for a warm and cozy breakfast by the fire.  After walking through a delightful courtyard, we were greeted by an extremely chic hostess (wearing classic Le Petit Bateau) and seated in an immaculately decorated alcove.

Chez NousChez Nous 2Chez Nous 3The menus are created daily…though not many choices, a feast just the same!  I had the Omlette aux Champigants with wild mushrooms and aged Gouda.  It was served with a salad frisee and radishes.  DELISH…I cleaned my plate!  We shared the chocolate mousse and lemon boudin with sea-salt caramel-becuase, why not!

IMG_5151IMG_5168IMG_5156Chez Nous
6 Payne Court
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
http://www.cheznouschs.com
843-579-3060

My weekly journey to Madewell was a hit!  As per usual, the sale rack is full of fantastic finds.  I love this Silk Blouse -great for layering this winter!!

flutter blouseI also picked up this Cargo Workshirt in slate grey on super sale!  Not bad for a 15 minute run through!!

chambray grey shirtHappy Hump Day friends…I’m off to Charlotte for business (and a little shopping too!).  We are hoping to hit Nordstrom and West Elm before we have to head back!  XOXO,  Catherine

Wednesday Wishlist…

Does the list ever end??! Rhetorical question of course, because we all know the answer to that question is NO!
One of my favorite bloggers Julia Engel author of Gal Meets Glam had this look in her latest post…Express vestThe faux fur vest is a welcome surprise from Express!!  Shop online now through Friday and receive $25 off every $75 you spend!

West Elm never dissapoints…these mercury cut glass hurricanes will be the main focus of my mantle this year.  Tres Glam!
West Elm HurricanesShop West Elm online now to receive 20% off rugs, lighting and coffee & side tables.  If there is something you have had your eye on in those departments, now is the time!

I came across these beauties on Instagram…to die for!  Joe’s Insta had the Joe’s Jeans Off Duty Releve Leggings styled with a Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction tee for a post-yoga stretch.  Throw on a jean jacket and a pair of snake print slip on’s and you are good to go for a night out on the town!  I can’t decide whether to go for the gun-metal crackle (pictured below) or black.  Or both??
joe's jeans off dutyShop Bloomingdales.com now and receive 25-30% off select women’s shoes and 40% off select designer wears.  (through 10-30)

I think I have found my first statement bag, thanks to Chloë and Bluefly.com.  The Chloë Black Leather Partay Bag has my name all over it.  Black grained leather with gold hardware, classic shape and convertible??!  Or do they mean it looks good in a convertible??!  Either way…it’s moving to the top of the list!!
Chloe Partay Convertible Satchel BagBuckley K is my latest online shopping find.  Founded by two sisters who envisioned the perfect shopping experience for the stylish female traveler, Buckley K is an e-commerce store that has key pieces for looking great and traveling light.  My favorite so far is the Rue Dress.
Rue DressI can see this with booties, leggings, tights and pumps, etc……

Please cool weather, hurry up!  This Flannel Cargo Workshirt in Buffalo Check from Madewell.com is ready to jump out of my closet!  Hurry, hurry!!!
Buffalo CheckShop Madewell.com and receive 30% off all sales styles through Halloween!  Boo!

Mr. Tom Crawford says it is supposed to be a cool Halloween weekend!  I’m having my annual pre-Trick or Treat Halloween party this Friday night.  Everything is in the road…except my costume.  One would think I would have what to wear in the bag…not so!  I’m not creative in that way-for myself at least.  If anyone has any suggestions…please DO TELL!

Fun pictures to follow!  Happy Hump Day friends!  XOXO,  Catherine