Take Me Out To The Ballllllgame ...

We weekended in Atlanta and it wouldn't be a complete trip without visiting the Braves. We had so much fun with college chums and by chance running into family: a cousin, aunt, and uncle!!!
I exercised my pop culture knowledge by spying Ace and Dunbar in Atlanta. It made me feel old: I haven't watched the Real World in yearrrrrrs. Chin chin to the B-R-A-V-E-S!!! Xoxo-BLC


WOW!!! 1,000!?!

I don't even THINK I can count to 1,006 without needing a mulligan let alone believe that many of YOU follow this little ol' blog!!! I am beyond touched, so blown away, and convinced my mother paid alllllll of you. Never in a million years would I have thought I had a voice on TCSK. I always wanted a storefront named The Company She Keeps. Woody Allen once said: "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans." While my plans for a storefront aren't in fruition, this blog has taken on a life of her own. Since law school, it has been my creative outlet. TCSK is so much fun to write and you joining me makes it good company and oh-so much more colorful. I cannot thank you enough. And, your comments make my day ALL the time. Gadabout's comment is no exception. You had me at 1,000, but then Clemson ... I don't believe it!?! Then LURECREST!?! TOO MUCH FUN!!! I couldn't agree more: All things wonderful. Many thanks for joining the ride and chin chin!!! Xoxo-BLC


Hot Coffee

There are things I cannot talk about on TCSK: my real name, my job, where we live, etc. There are things I choose not to talk about: politics, downer topics, unfun things, etc. The things I like talking about: me, the company I keep, wearing it well, living a colorful life, happy things, and what's going on in my little world at this exact moment. I'm almost a year late on this one, but its STILL on my mind:
Rewind to a little less than a year ago, I was chit chatting with a fellow law school classmate before class. One of us conservative and the other liberal. We were discussing tort reform like nerdy law students and he brought up the documentary Hot Coffee. I watched it and I think everyone should. Whether conservative or liberal, we can all agree on this: without all the facts, how can you establish an educated view? I urge you to watch it. Xoxo-BLC


Alabama Shakes

For my husband's birthday, I gifted him tickets to see the Alabama Shakes. The Shakes use to open for Drive By Truckers (another one of his favorites) and they were recently featured in Garden & Gun (another previous husband pressie). We were both mesmerized by Brittany Howard's voice. The whole concert was so lively and exceeded all expectations. It was beyond fun and such a great way to celebrate his birthday. Cheers to the Shakes shake'n'it up!!! Xoxo-BLC


Happy Earth Day!!!

Greeting Earthlings!!! Earth Day is tomorrow, but it's URGENT that we celebrate early.
According to Mary Phillips, go green or else: no more wine. Gasp!!! Wouldn't that be awful??
So, I adopted LP's motto: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Some of my favorite green tips: free the lint bunnies, curtail junk mail, reuse everything, and carry a water bottle. So please share: what you are doing to make this a greener Earth? Cheers to a better and greener tomorrow. Happy Earth Day to you and yours!!! Xoxo-BLC


A Sweet Southern Visit from The Sweet Southern Life

This weekend I got to squeeze, love on, and be in the good company The Sweet Southern Life. College friends are just the best: for a short moment in time, life was still, we all lived in Clemson, and we were in the same place in life. Now, we are busy bees, we live all over the country, and we are all in different life stages. I believe spending a weekend with college friends is just the best: we get to be still again, in the same place, and catch up on all of life's happenings. The Sweet Southern Life is a dear friend and I miss her ooooldes. I'm kicking myself for not even snapping one picture of us. Don't fret: I am already planning our next visit ... maybe football season come Fall!?! Many thanks for the sweet southern visit!!! Xoxo-BLC


Fam in San Fran

My parents recently traveled to San Fran and had a blast!!!
I only wish they were going back later this Spring when we will be there.
Aren't they too cute!?! I just love them.
I spy the Golden Gate Bridge and look at those redwoods ...
Recipes from Newlyweds and I will be there soon and we are planning up a storm. From Sonoma to Napa to Sonoma, dish: what must we do? What must we see? Where must we play? Please suggest away. Xoxo-BLC


SMILE! You're wearing Cape Madras ...

Sport your favorite Cape Madras outfit and say CHEESE ...
... because Cape Madras is hosting a photo contest.
Best wishes and fingers crossed you win!!!

PS: If you enter, let me know and I will vote for you!!! :)


"TOTE-ally Perfect" Winner ...

 A very BIG congratulations to Sarah Brooke who won the Lifeguard Press "Tote-ally Perfect" giveaway!!! The Lilly Pulitzer Pretty in Pink Arrangement belongs to YOU. I know you will sooo enjoy the Market Bag – Fan Dance, Koozie x 2 – Scarlet Begonia, Tech Case – Chum Bucket, Stuck on you sticky notes – Bloomers, Catchall – Fan Dance, Fridge Pad – Scarlet Begonia, and Sailor Bracelet – Turquoise/White. Sarah Brooke, please email me at thecompanyshekeeps@gmail.com to claim your prize. Many thanks to all who entered and to Lifeguard Press for graciously co-hosting this fabulous giveaway!!! I think hosting giveaways is just as much fun as winning one. Chin chin!!! Xoxo-BLC


Waving Ta-Ta to the Atlantic ...

I am going to miss this view of the Atlantic Coast waving ...
toes stuck in the sand, a good book in hand,
and leisurely beachside strolls!!! Bye-bye for now beach ... until next time.


It's a SHORE thing!!!

I will never forget the first time I met Ash. It was college orientation at Clemson and I could not have been more disoriented. Ha! She has been an ah-mazing friend over the last 10 years and I love her to pieces. Getting to squeeze her, be with her, and just laugh with her again was the most fun. One thing I am sure of: the company I keep, such as Ash, makes my life colorful. Miss you oodles and cannot wait to see you soon!!! Xoxo-BLC


The Vow Factor

This year I will be a maid for the thirteenth time (wow!) and I should add wedding to my hobbies. I love weddings because I love love. It's just a joyous occasion and I always feel so honored to be a part of someones big day, whether as a maid or guest.
This wedding was no exception. I felt honored to be invited and oh-my-goodness
did it have the "wow factor" or as I am calling it: the vow factor. :)
The church was beach meets cottage meets gorgeous.
The entire ceremony was beyond touching and their I dos so heartfelt.
The reception sight could not have been prettier. We walked in through the gardens. 
The weather was perfect and the flowers were in full bloom popping with color.
We could have walked those gardens for hours ...
... but we heard the band playing and our dancing shoes called us to the dance floor.
It was wonderful seeing these two lovebirds tie the knot. We had the best time being amongst college friends again --- it almost transports us all the way back to our early twenties. Oh what fun!?! Chin chin to the vow factor and these two's love, laughter, and happily ever after!!! Xoxo-BLC


It's FRIDAY!!!

Happy Friday to you and yours!!! I'm excited it's Friday because good friends are getting married tomorrow, its the 13th today sooo its bound to be spooky, and being at the beach is just the best.
I've searched high and low for the perfect maxi dress. Until now, each maxi has been
unflattering or uncomfortable. But I found THE maxi dress and sported it for our Friday outing.
Lilly Pulitzer Marlisa Maxi/Alexis Bittar Earrings and Bow Cuff/
Kate Spade Chocolate Clutch/Lavender Pashmina/Ivanka Trump Flips
We landed at the PIT or Pawleys Island Tavern and we added our mark ... or dollas with flare!!! It was so much fun to be in the company of good college friends and what a FUN Friday night. Xoxo-BLC


Beach Bound!!!

... like weddings!!!
We are beach bound to Pawleys Island for two friends nuptials!!
We are thrilled to pieces with our view at the Litchfield Inn.
Sun, sand, saltwalter, "I dos" ... what could be better!?!
The best things in life really do happen at the beach.

Tote-ally Perfect {G-I-V-E-A-W-A-Y}

It's time for a GIVEAWAY on TCSK!!! Many thanks to Lifeguard Press for graciously
co-hosting this fabulous giveaway. One lucky TCSK reader will win ...
... the Lilly Pulitzer Pretty in Pink Arrangement!!! It's TOTE-ally perfect and includes the following: Market Bag – Fan Dance, Koozie x 2 – Scarlet Begonia, Tech Case – Chum Bucket, Stuck on you sticky notes – Bloomers, Catchall – Fan Dance, Fridge Pad – Scarlet Begonia, and Sailor Bracelet – Turquoise/White.
To win, simply leave a comment below!!! No blog? No problem: just leave your email addy. For extra entries, like Lifeguard Press on Facebook, follow Lifeguard Press on Twitter, and tweet/blog/facebook about this giveaway. You must leave an extra comment for each extra entry. The winner will be picked via random.org on April 19th, 2012. Until then, many thanks for faithfully reading TCSK and a BIG thanks to Lifeguard Press for their generosity!!! Fingers crossed you win. Xoxo-BLC

PS: I would be amiss not to report that Lifeguard Press mentioned this would be the perfect Mother's Day present. I couldn't agree more!!!


The Lion, Sans Witch, and a NEW Wardrobe

I absolutely adore Elizabeth McKay's entire line and I could not be more tickled to be included her new contest: "Wear It & Pair It Photo Contest"!!! Elizabeth McKay wants to see how YOU style her line and wear it well. Just submit a photo and fingers crossed YOU get the most votes because the winner gets an entire wardrobe by Elizabeth McKay. Roar like a lion, ditch the witch, and get that new wardrobe already!!! Click here for more details. Go on and sport your Elizabeth McKay!!! Xoxo-BLC

PS: It doesn't start until this Friday, but until then, shop her online collection here and a tidbit on Rue La La!!! PSS: Do you spy Monograms and Manicures and Maryland Pink and Green!?! I do, I do!!! 


Cccchanges ...

Springtime is HERE and it beckons change. Don't you agree!?!
A new weather, new hours, new blooms, new holidays, new header ...
And out with the old and in with the new: ditch that lemon colored tea for raspberry tea!!! 
I promise you: PINK tea just tastes better. Happy Springtime to you and yours!?! Xoxo-BLC


Hoppy, Happy, Hoppy ...

I hope your Easter was hoppy and happy!!! We enjoyed such a lovely Easter Sunday.
 We attended the sunrise service and Sunday School yesterday morning.
Afterwards, Recipes From Newlyweds had us all over for brunch. Oh la la was it delish!!!
Anna is a great host and cook. Check our her blog for our delish meal. :)
   Jesus said in John 11:25: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live,
even though they die." Jesus is alive and let us rejoice!!! Xoxo-BLC


Happy Easter to you and yours!!!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter!!!
While I enjoy the bunny (and candy too), this day is all about Jesus.
Jesus said in John 11:25: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live,
even though they die." Jesus is alive and let us rejoice!!! Xoxo-BLC


Off to the Country ...

We headed off to the country to meet up with my husband's high school friends (now turned hunting friends) for a big crawfish boil. It was nice being in wide open spaces and around friendly faces.
The blues band was such a hoot and even Jimbo, the chocolate lab, enjoyed the festivities. I do believe we were eating baby lobsters, not crawfish. Ha! A lazy Saturday was just the perfect fix after a hectic work week. I hope your weekending is going well too!!! Xoxo-BLC


Happy Good Friday!!!

Wishing you and yours a Gooood Friday! John 3: 16 (NIV) reads, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." May today start your Easter weekend off on the right hoppity-hop! Xoxo-BLC


Over the Moon + Devon Baer = ♥

At the beginning of each month, I look forward to surfing Matchbook Magazine. If you don't already read it, you should!!! It's divine. It's free (what could be better), digital, and filled with fun inspiration.
I literally squealed with delight when I spied Devon Baer's feature. It is TDF!!! 
She looks stunning ... just like her entire line. And her abode, literally a slice of heaven.
Kudos to I Pick Pretty for the heads up that Devon Baer mentioned little ol' me ... I literally jumped over the moon and have been walking on air ever since. How wild that Devon reads TCSK daily!?! I am BEYOND flattered and could not be more tickled. Summer is a Verb also has a nod ... and I am not surprised because she's on my daily-must-read-too. Jump over to Devon Baer's shop to see her pretties and to Matchbook magazine for a twirl!!! Xoxo-BLC


In Good Company

My in-laws came into town to celebrate my husband's birthday and we had the BEST time!!! We laughed, we ate delish cake, we celebrated Ale's birthday, and, most importantly, we spent time together. I am beyond thankful for such a loving and kind in-laws. I don't tell them enough, but I love them and wish we could spend more time together in each other's company. Happy Birthday to my love!!! Xoxo-BLC


Happy Palm (Tree) Sunday!!!

It's Palm Sunday!!! My childhood church always passed out BIG palms on this day. I cannot spy a palm tree without thinking of Palm Sunday. In John 12:12-14, it says:

"The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of Isreal!" Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: "Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt."" (NIV)

Palm Sunday is special to me because I was first saved by His grace on this date many many many moons ago. I am wishing you a very special day and hosanna!!! Xoxo-BLC