meet natalie grace!

On Wednesday, July 23, at 6:39am little Miss Natalie Grace Hughes entered the world! She weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.  My sweet sister-in-law had a very long labor (in my opinion)! But she and the baby are both happy and healthy- so blessed.  She is just a precious little doll and I am already so smitten with her.

Tuesday we got the news that she was in pain, having contractions.  I immediately FREAKED out.  Like ran and fixed my hair, planned my outfit, changed a meeting....  you would think I was the one having the baby. My in laws drove to town and got in around 6.  We all headed to dinner, for some reason thinking after dinner the baby would be here and we could visit.  hahaha! My MIL and I stayed up until 2:30am waiting for word that the baby had arrived! She continued to dose on the couch and I got in bed. We woke up around 6am, still NO BABY!  We finally got the text that she had made her debut.  I was SO excited! We got to the hospital a little after 8am and were so happy to meet Natalie and see her parents.  

After visiting for awhile, we knew the new parents need REST and so did we. But I was too excited! So I did what anyone would do....I dashed over to the mall and got a blanket with her name on it and a monogrammed diaper cover. 

Here are some pics from her first few days:

Uncle Dave & his little niece

never too early for some selfie action!
I love love love this pic of my brother in law with his new baby girl!

Can't believe her first week has already flown by!! Love this little girl so much! 


nordstrom sale & randoms

Everyone has been posting about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! I too am excited, but sad because I doubt I will buy anything from it.  Budgeting isn't fun! But if I could get a few things here is what they would be!


The trunk show at Lipp was really fun! You can read my sister's recap here and see her outfit details here! The food she made was incredible. I could eat those cupcakes all day long! And the chickpeas were an awesome alternative to mixed nuts.  They are great on their own or I bet great on a salad.  I ended up wearing this top from Anthropolgie.  


This weekend is my bestie's bachelorette party and I am SO excited! We have a very nice, fun and relaxing weekend planned.  I'll be sure to share all the details next week.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!


thoughts on thursday

I feel like this week is flying by! I have been super busy with work, trying to get all ready for the trunk show this Saturday.  My interns have been a huge help- SO thankful for them!! I hope some of you can make the trunk show at Lipp!

Today I'm hoping to take a little break and head to the mall.  I have no idea what to wear Saturday! Here are some tops I'm considering, all from Anthropolgie:


(click photo to view at Anthro)

I've recently discovered the show Suits and am obsessed.  I can't stop watching it! So glad we have Amazon Prime so I was able to start on Season 1 and watch it all for free. It also makes me wish I was a lawyer!

My sister-in-law's due date is quickly approaching! I am so excited to meet my little niece.  I had a baby shower for her a week ago and will share the pictures soon.  

That's all for today! :) Hope everyone has a great Thursday & great weekend!

Thoughts for Thursday


trunk show

I am so excited that Poppy Style is having a trunk show at Lipp Boutique this Saturday!  I hope you can join us! My sister is also going to be there- providing yummy snacks & a mimosa bar!

New jewelry you might see this Saturday:


monograms & mimosas shower

Sorry for the lack of posts!!! Work has been busy busy busy!  I can't believe I haven't shared photos from the Monograms & Mimosas Shower that we threw for my bestie in June!

ham sandwiches-- my fav! and shrimp cocktail!

the best pimento cheese (palmetto) with veggies

Gigi's Cupcakes- YUM!

chocolate covered strawberries & fruit skewers

I made deviled eggs for the first time and thought they turned out great! Not as pretty as some, but very tasty.

The Bar Set Up


We served champagne with the juice of orange juice, peach nectar or watermelon juice. I made the watermelon juice myself- very easy and so delicious!

Family & Friends
college friends

high school friends

Caroline with her future MIL & stepmother

Caroline with her future MIL & SIL

It was such a fun day! I can't wait for the bachelorette & most importantly the wedding!