Spartina 449 Giveaway

bag & wallet c/o Spartina 449 || madewell high-riser jeans || shoes: urban outfitters 
blazer c/o karen kane || necklace: loren hope || rings via Hey Rooster
photos by LMR Photos

Every so often you stumble upon a new designer and just have to bonk yourself in the forehead and wonder out loud "um? where have I been to have not known about these company?! They rock!"  And thats just how I felt when introduced to Spartina 449.  Having spent 4 years in South Carolina for college, I loved finding this SC island based brand.  You can spend a lot of time drooling over their website full of quality leather and canvas handbags and wallets.  Especially right now with all their new spring patterns.  Makes me wish I was out to eat in Hilton Head or Charleston dressed up to sip a mint julep on the patio -- cute bag in toe of course.

I was beyond thrilled to get to style a couple of pieces -- the hollecker leather bag + a snap wallet.  This bag is instant fave.  Great size for regular personal purse items, plus the "mom extras"... a diaper, paci, yaknow.  Other parts I love about this bag is that it has a removable strap, but particularly about this feature is I love how the hooks are hidden when the strap isn't in use, so it's not all like "oh snap, that girl lost her strap," and the bag looks perfectly functional both ways.  And thumbs up to the wallet too.  Sleek design snap shut and well organized on the inside to see what you need when you need it.

But don't let me steer you wrong that handbags and wallets are all Spartina 449 carry.  They've got great accessories, jewelry, and resort gear too!

The Giveaway:
One of the things I love about Spartina is that their products are so intentionally designed.  So much thought goes into each piece's creation that all the patterns have not just their own name, but their own story.  The giveaway today is for two pieces with the Quarterdeck pattern -- a scarf + tassele wristlet wallet ($80 combined value):

"Ceremonious receptions for officers and those offering respect to a ship and its captain occur on the most revered area of a sailboat, the Quarterdeck. Marked off by decorative lines and classic knotting, the Quarterdeck is traditionally known as the raised deck behind the main mast of a tall ship where the colors are also stored. Today, flags are often used to decorate maritime establishments on land to resemble the shipboard quarterdecks. The Quarterdeck pattern represents esteemed nautical designation and seafaring tradition."

So... good looking functional pieces that come with their own story/conversation starter.  So you can really dress to impress with these pieces!

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Good luck!

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backyard palace

We are in the process of building the ultimate fort in the backyard.  So far we have the support structure, the first floor of the fort, and the swings.  Through the summer we will add the outside structure, stairs + second floor, roof, and slide.  We are all pretty pumped.  Perhaps David is the most excited.  I'm pretty sure this is the "fort of his dreams" that he has been designing since he was 8.  A son of an architect, engineering major, and kid at heart it is just time for this fort to happen.

For right now, without the walls or roof etc, we've still been finding lots of ways to enjoy it.  We string our hammock across it and play imagination games of all sorts.  Last week after breakfast on my day off we strung a power cord across the top floor beams and draped blankets and towels to make a little tent hangout.  And we hung out there ALL day.  I literally did nothing but hang in the fort.  Even when the kids took breaks for naps inside, I stayed in the fort.  Doing mostly nothing.  We watched a movie out there, ordered and ate pizza.  It was a magical relaxing day.     


links around

hat: j.cew  || baseball t: conversation piecest || necklace: caroline g shop

the American Blogger documentary trailer was released & I love seeing some of my favorite faces!

Naptime Diaries released their new spring prints & there is a 15% off sale through Monday!

I loved this post by Hayley of The Tiny Twig "Where I Stand" about the heart of blogging.

Oh Sweet Joy's post on having a successful closet sale was perfection!

Thrive Moms is having a virtual retreat (FREE) and selling these goodies to help with the costs.

Workshops for the 2014 Influence Conference were announced! I'll be leading "Fashion Posts + The Armor of God".  Check them all out here.  Buy tickets here!

I super want some birkenstocks.  #ilovethe90s

I got an advanced copy of Kristen Welch's new book, Rhinestone Jesus, & can't wait to dive in.  You can pre-order here.


happy weekend friends!!
hope it is full of Spring (minus the allergies)!