Resort Looks for Every Resort Day

<Mumu Swim | SMIJ Caftan>

I am really in the mood to hit the beach. Looking forward to a trip is a l m o s t as much fun as the trip itself. And, that includes dreaming up those vacation outfits. I am one of those people who needs a different suit, cover-up, sunglasses, hat and sometimes even shoes for each beach day. I grew up in Florida. We didn’t have all those Fall and Winter looks to play with so we had to make the most of our Summer wardrobes. Beach looks are a Summer category all to themselves! Here are some SMIJ Cover-Ups paired up with some of my fave swim brands. Hope you get some Resortspiration here.

(Above) gingham suit – I chose to put that with our white cover-up that has red thread running through it. I think these two really complement each other. Great Memorial Day or 4th of Jily beach look, too.

<Topshop Swim at Nordstrom | SMIJ “happy” Caftan>

With the black & White Caftan, I thought a pop of color in the swim suit would be fun. It would look great with a black or white suit, too. Oh, and, mirrored sunglasses!

<Nordstrom one-piece | SMIJ One-Tie Cover-Up>

I love this pink flamingo cover-up. It has a one tie closure in the front giving just a peek at the suit underneath. So…how great to put a suit with some interesting detail there to be seen ever so slightly while you stroll up for a bite of lunch at the resort.

<Red one-piece at Nordstrom | Hat & Shorts are SMIJ>

I love Beach Shorts for running around those Beach Towns, and they can make great cover-ups, too. I put these with a sleek one-piece that can double as a tank off the beach.

<Nordstrom & Henry & Pearl>

Beach blues never go out of style. Piled on the Blue for this beach look. Grab some gold sandals and you are set.

<On-trend High-waisted suit at Nordstrom | Seersucker Caftan at Henry & Pearl in Milton, GA>

Classic, timeless Seersucker and Navy. Enough said.

<Boys & Arrows Suit | SMIJ hat>

This is a beach-all-day look. Umbrellas, beach games, cooler, friends, kids, lunch on the beach, just add sunblock kinda look.

Hope these ideas added to your ideas for your next sunny getaway.

Gather Your Friends, It’s Time to Entertain – SMIJ Aprons are Here

I have been so excited about the very idea of these SMIJ Aprons and now they are here! They are sewn and getting their little anchor embroidered on them this week. They will be ready for your gatherings next week. I think these will make great gifts for Valentine’s Day, Hostesses, Brides, Bridemaids, Housewarming, Mother’s Day and Thank Yous.

Also, here’s something I think would be fun to try this year. If there is a Bride who would like to get matching Aprons or Resort Cover-Ups for your Bridal Party, lets chat. I think these could make great gifts and look really cute in a wedding party picture.

Follow the SMIJ GRAM for updates on where to find these Aprons next week.

Resort Time, SMIJ-Version

Everywhere I turn I’m seeing Spring styles and travel inspiration. I plan to have SMIJ Beach in stores by March 1st. I’ve been getting lots of inquiries about when these styles will be available because you guys think like I do – it’s time to plan those beach trips! These Caftans are one size, flowy beach boho style, and in amazing colors that complement your beach views. If you need one before March 1st, contact me and we’ll get you hooked up. If March 1st works for you, stay tuned for our launch which will also include fun travel tees and new hats you’ll love to wear on the beach. Happy Planning, Beach Lovers!

2018, Here We Go

First of all, thank you for wearing and giving SMIJ in 2017. It’s been another thrilling year! Some highlights were providing SMIJ tees to the Cambridge Bears Athletics and seeing them every Friday night+, an entire team of moms wearing SMIJ hats at a soccer tourney in Jekyll Island, several new stores carrying SMIJ, added new zip codes, fun Tailgate Party at Henry & Pearl, “Game Day” SMIJ cheering on ATL United, ATL Braves, Falcons, kids’ teams and all the college teams. SMIJ showing up in Italy, Mexico & London. And the beach! Where to begin. Seeing so many of you in my Cover-Up designs during your vacations is what began this whole adventure. The highlight list goes on. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I am so excited for 2018. Aprons will be ready early this year. We have a huge St. Patty’s Day planned. There will be a line of Spring tees that are inspired by travel. Resort Cover-Ups and Shorts will be ready for your beach trips starting this Spring. And… that is just the beginning.

Plan your adventures and take SMIJ with you. We’ve got you covered!

Much SMIJ Love to you all. ❤️

Asheville in 48 Hours – with Kids

We took a super quick little run up to Asheville last month and I wanted to share a couple of highlights. I pulled parts of our itinerary from others who provided these same posts. I love following itineraries of bloggers who are great enough to share their experiences. I added a couple of things based on our research and interests, too.

Before our trip, I went on-line to secure Biltmore Estate tour tickets. You get a pretty good discount by ordering 7 days in advance and then you pick your time to enter the house. (Picking the time is only required during busy holiday season.)

We took the scenic route from Atlanta because, ya know, getting there is half the fun. We headed straight to downtown, funky, fun Asheville. We had a delicious, cozy meal at Tupelo Honey Cafe , which offered great service in s bustling atmosphere. It was super cold and windy outside and this meal was warm on every level. We loved our time in Tupelo.

After Tupelo, we shopped around downtown for a bit even visiting the Asheville Anthropologie, because, of course, I need to see the exact same stuff from the Atlanta Anthros just in a different city. Always!

Then, we checked into our Hilton (love those Hilton points!) in Biltmore Park. This is a mixed use – retail, hotel, office, residential – area like any other. The great thing is that it’s dead center between downtown and the Biltmore. It is also safe and offers every convenience a family needs. You can walk everywhere, they have a large indoor pool, room service, access to lots of shops and restaurants. Great place to recharge.

The next day was gorgeous so we got to enjoy the outdoors. It was our day to tour the Biltmore, but we also got to enjoy the grounds and the gardens on the most beautiful day. We got really lucky on that! We also took a scenic ride down the French Broad River, stopping at a couple of river parks.

A definite highlight of our trip was our meal at 12 Bones Smokehouse. Delicious food and huge portions. Also, it’s located in a funky arts district where every wall is covered in graffiti. This is a definite stop if you are in Asheville.

Asheville was a lot of fun and you’ll never run out of things to do. We could’ve spent a lot more time at any of our stops, but this trip was designed to see a lot in a short period of time. We had a blast!

From Jetsetters to Home Bodies, Henry & Pearl Has Your List Covered

Thanks to Henry & Pearl’s amazing selection of gifts I was able to get quite a few presents purchased already. Not only that, I found gifts I’m so happy to give. Each gift passed my 3-second-test, which is simply that I must love something 100% within the first 3 seconds or I don’t buy it.

I found things for my jet setters, tech buffs, Christmas fanatics, fitness addicts, interior decorators, fashionistas, Milton lovers, hoop girls and hostesses. And, each item is under $50, some way under $50.

I’m including a Sneak Peek below. This is only a sample of the gifts available in the shop.

1. Everyone needs a Yeti drink holder. I use mine at Tennis, in the car, at the beach, literally everywhere. Now, they come in all sizes and price points.

2. If you have a hoop girl in your life, know that we can always use a new pair. If they are like me, they are always losing one – or just always want shiny new ones.

3.  These zip code hats come in 2 styles and many colors. They also have “USA” or “Cambridge” and “Milton” choices. These hats are designed so you’ll buy one for you and a friend.

4. The most fun needlepoint keychains for Home, lake houses, beach houses, play cars and keeps. You won’t be able to get just one!

5.  Key chains for the southern girl.

6.  Trim the tree in needlepoint style.

7.  Giving keys have been my go-to gift this year. They are designed to give and give again. Read the story on the display. So much fun to give.

8.  Pop sockets because no one can live without these gadgets. I’m on the wait list for the attachment for the car that it hangs on.

9.  Cute little hostess gift.

10.  These are essential if you have someone in your list who is on-board the sneaker trend. These pretty little socks keep them comfy while hiding in their booties or sneakers.

11. For the jet setter, beautiful luggage tags to set luggage apart and keep them in adventure mode.

12.  A candle is always a good idea. These assign a customized scent to the local cities. All smell great!

13.  I love gifts that can be used. This soap and lotion dispenser will carry someone and their guests right through the holiday season.

Stop into Henry & Pearl with your list in hand. Great gifts and they’ll even wrap them. Stress-free and fun!

Congratulations, Blessed Trinity

I’m so excited to see how great Blessed Trinity football is doing this post-season. Way to go, Titans!

Findlay Rowe and Serendipity in Roswell have our Game Day and green and camo “30075” hats and Henry & Pearl in Milton has this “BELIEVER” sweatshirt to help you support your Titans.

Big Games this Weekend, Dress Appropriately 

Lots of big games this weekend as we head toward the playoffs. You can’t control what happens on the field, but you can control how you dress for it. And, really, that’s what really matters. The weather is cooperating with our need to wear thermals and scarves. Pop into Henry & Pearl to grab a SMIJ thermal and hat and cheer loud. Every game matters. 

To play around with scenarios, click on the chart below.

Wear Your Camo Saturday for Veteran’s Day

On Saturday, November 11th, we have one small opportunity to focus some attention on those willing to sacrifice all for our freedom. Join SMIJ and wear camo on Saturday. Of course, I’d love to see your pictures so send them my way. God Bless America!

Fun Spot to Sip and Shop

How I love a cute coffee shop! I love to find cute places to have our business meetings. These places and the people in them inspire me and spark creativity. This fun spot is in Historic Roswell. Crazy Love Coffee has personality for days, 2 patios on which to sip, a bustling atmosphere, kid-friendly, but also great for a business meeting. If you want (need) coffee, or something a little more hearty or sweet, I highly recommend  this new spot. And, they have a pretty extensive gift selection so you can sip AND shop. I’m taking the kids back for waffles soon. One is named “pink drizzle”. How could that not be good. They all look amazing!