Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I believe in Pink...

First things first...Happy Wednesday! I just really can't wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is this weekend! I finally got all of my Christmas shopping done yesterday (procrastination much?). In my defense, I love giving gifts so much, that it takes me forever to pick out the perfect gifts.

Moving on before I get COMPLETELY off topic- this is one of my favorite quotes and as I opened my fridge to get out a bottle of water (to take my vitamins with- go me!), I saw this quote (it's posted on my fridge for a little daily inspiration) and, today, it did it's job and inspired me to blog about this line!

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Audrey Hepburn

I love everything about this quote. It just makes me smile. Since I was in the pink spirit today, I decided to debut this pink seersucker design. It's just for girls so it can be extra girlie! I love all of the ruffles and pink. What is it about the color light pink that makes every little girl look so sweet? (it doesn't have that effect when I wear it :)

I think my favorite part is the ruffle bubble....and everything else.

P.S. Sooooo don't cry- but tomorrow is my LAST day at Shrimp and Grits Kids :(. I guess it's finally time to be a big girl and do my full time internship, but I don't WANT to! My friend Jordan will be taking over the blog (she's so cute)- so not to worry :)

P.P.S. Do you love the new blog design? I do! I figured it was time for a little change :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Here fishy fishy fishy...

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Happy Tuesday! (but more like a Wednesday because it's a short week :)!

Three years ago on Christmas, I convinced my little brother (who was 8 at the time) to use his stocking money to go to wal-mart and buy a goldfish...(my mom was less than thrilled:). His little eight-year old self named this little orange fish Henry Fred Easterling..pretty big name for a little fish, isn't it? The best part is that "Henry" is Chambers' (my little brother) first name. Much to my mother's dismay, Henry Fred Easterling is STILL alive.

I was reminded of Fred when I saw this design! I love the aqua seersucker with orange smocking...I think it is unique! I also love how the boys' design is a little different (and manlier for all those "my boy is not wearing that girlie smocked stuff" dads :)! While the girls has adorable little orange goldfish, the boys design has orange snapper (totally manly!)

It doesn't hurt that it is seersucker :)!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Easter bunnies!

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Happy Monday!! No Monday blues today! I just still cannot believe that Christmas is THIS weekend! I can already tell that this week is going to be crazy...don't get me wrong, I usually LOVEEEE a socially packed week, but I feel as if the holiday festivities are NEVER ending! Because I know that you're dyinggg to know my schedule, I'll lay it out for you! It all began last Wednesday!

Wednesday 12/14: Secret Santa Ornament exchange (you've already heard alll about that)
Thursday 12/15: Christmas light viewing and supper (which you've also heard about)
Friday 12/16: Clemson Alumni Holiday Christmas Party
Saturday 12/17: Holiday Party at a friend's house
Sunday 12/18: Charleston Angler Employee Holiday Party
Monday 12/19: Debutante Party in Downtown Charleston
Tuesday 12/20: Last kickball game of the season (not exactly holiday themed, but still a social event)
Wednesday 12/21: Shrimp and Grits Kids Christmas Party :)
Thursday 12/22: Christmas Cocktails at a friend's house
Friday 12/23: Cocktail Party for some newly wed friends
Saturday 12/24: Christmas Eve party
Sunday 12/25: CHRISTMAS

At some point I have to finish my Christmas shopping (why is it so hard to find something for your boyfriend's parents and your dad!?...I find it impossible!) And don't even get me started on New Year's Eve! With all of this holiday madness, you MUSTTTT wonder how I have any room in my little head to think about Easter...but, oh, I do!

I absolutely love Easter! I mean, what's not to love!? Hellooo Spring, Easter lillies (my absolute favorite flower of all time), white, seersucker, linen...just to name a few! I don't know when the year came that my mom didn't spend endless days shopping for the perfect Easter dress for me...but it came and, unfortunately, my mom doesn't care what I wear on Easter (as long as it covers my shoulders, isn't too tight, doesn't show too much leg, the perfect fabric...blah,blah the list of requirements for the "appropriate" Easter outfits goes on and on...the woes of being a southern girl:)) Therefore, I am going to, once again, live vicariously through you (as you get to search for the perfect Easter outfit for your little one).

I hate to break it to you, but the search will be short because I've already found the perfect outfits (you're welcome :)! I'm absolutely obsessed with this rabbit bishop and jon jon. I mean, what little kid doesn't love Peter Cottontail!? I had the whole collection of books (I still do!) and it doesn't hurt that he makes a pretty adorable smocked design!

Looking for a more casual look during the Easter season? I love this applique look! Once again, the shirt is also a dress AND the other side is the 4th of July design you saw earlier! Such a great deal in my opinion (and I know my deals! :)!

Congratulations! Now that you have your child's Easter outfit picked out (I'm hoping you already snagged on of our adorable Christmas outfits for THIS weekend)...You have more time to focus on what YOU'RE going to wear for the holidays! (Oh, well hey, sparkles for New Years Eve and babysitter for the night (hopefully!) :))

Friday, December 16, 2011

What's not to love!?

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You're going to read this and think "yeah, yeah, yeah...no one can be THATTTT happy!" In all seriousness, I woke up this morning feeling, honestly, just HAPPY...and it's such an awesome feeling! (I'm generally a pretty happy person, but everyone has those "not-so-happy-stay-away-from-me" days, right?) NOT TODAY! My wonderful outlook on life today might have something to do with:

b. It's CHRISTMAS time (still as a 24 year old, I get weirdly excited about Christmas). I just love it! Ever since I finished with exams (HELLOOOO Christmas break!), I've been seriously in the spirit! For example, last Saturday night I stayed in to drink hot chocolate and watch the Grinch (don't judge me that I also watched it on Tuesday night:) and last night after our weekly supper club, we poured solo cups of apple cider and I made everyone trek downtown Charleston to walk around Marion square and look at the lights! Obviously, the boys were miserable at first (grinches!), but then they even got into the spirit and sang Christmas songs! (Honestly, they could have been just mocking me because I was SOOOO excited about the lights..but, oh well, I'm going to just believe that they actually got into the spirit:)
c. Sometimes driving over the Cooper River Bridge in the morning to work, it still honestly amazes me how beautiful Charleston is! Obviously, this morning was one of those mornings! It's 75 degrees, the water was sparkling, and the sun was shining! (the best part is that after I get off at 12, I weaseled my way into a Friday afternoon boat ride:)

Obviously, I did not take that picture (ever or this morning :), but you get the picture!

Anywho, I decided that since I was in such a "Charleston-Loving mood" this morning, I would debut the Charleston Harbor line! I loveee the light blue seersucker of this line! This design is so cute that it, honestly, speaks for itself!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hellooooo 4th of July!

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Okay, Okay...I know it's December and Christmas is next week, BUT I can't help but get excited about thinking about 4th of July! I mean, what's not to be excited about!? Beach, boats, fried chicken, fireworks...just a few of my favorite things! (I'm getting a little ahead of myself, I know! One holiday at a time, right?...)

Everyone knows that the perfect red, white, and blue 4th of July outfit is a necessity! Those pictures last a lifetime you know..;). Not to fret pet, Shrimp and Grits kids has PLENTY to make sure your little one is the best dressed at the picnic, beach party, or wherever you spend your holiday (to each his own, right?)

Looking at all of the Spring 2012 designs, I chose a few that, I personally, think are perfect for this fabulous holiday (AND the rest of the year). You've already seen the Shrimp line (go back a few posts) and it's obviously perfect for 4th of July! (Anything red or blue seersucker is PERFECT in my opinion).

Another one that I LOVEEE is the anchor line (see below!). The blue seersucker check with red anchors and lobsters are perfect for 4th of July and all summer long! I think my favorite pieces are the bathing suit (it doesn't hurt that Lyla Gray is hopelessly cute) and the shirt/dress! The shirt/dress is awesome because since it can be a shirt OR a dress, you can buy it now as a dress and in a year or two, wear it as a shirt!

Another favorite is the reversible 4th of July/ Easter design! Once again, I LOVE the shirt/dress (way to get a bang for your buck, right!?) It's a reversible shirt/dress! I'm pretty sure that qualifies as FOUR different outfits in one! The opposite side is an Easter print, but that'll come in a different post...Gotta keep you on your toes, ya know ;)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Get Invited to a Par-tayyy!

I just love a good party...I really do. I,honestly, get more excited about planning a party than I do actually attending it (Strange, I know). I just can't help it though! I love planning out what apps and drinks to have, what place settings to use (if it is a rare dinner), what music to play, EVERYTHING! It's just so exciting! It's one of the reasons that I love the holiday season...parties GALORE! Actually, I can find about any reason to have a party.... "It's Wednesday!?..we should celebrate"! :)

For this reason- I woke up super excited this morning because tonight is our second annual Secret Santa ornament exchange! My friends and I from college started this tradition last year and it's so fun! It's like a secret santa but it's only ornaments! (the nicer ones that you hate buying for yourself but look so pretty on the tree:). It think it all started because we realized that once we "grow up" (24 is obvioulsy not grown up), get married, and have a tree to decorate-it'd be nice to actually have some pretty ornaments! So, we all get together, make apps, drink wine(/champagne), and exchange ornaments! SO fun!

Anywho, I'm totally off subject (as usual!). The party I'm supposed to be talking about is even better than the ornament exchange because you get CLOTHES! (minus the tiny detail that you have to pay for them :)! We got our spring 2012 invitations in the mail yesterday and they are so cute! With all of the precious previews I've been posting, I know you're just dying to see them in person and go to a party! Soooo...here's what you do!

1. email scheduling@shrimpandgritskids.com with your location (city and state)
2. Mary (the scheduling lady :) will forward your email to the closest rep.
3. the rep will get in touch with you with dates, hostesses, etc!

Pretty easy, eh? Like I always say...anything is reason for a party...ESPECIALLY cute clothes!

P.S. I TOLDDDD you the invitation was cute!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Preppy Alligators!

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Those of you who have been shopping at Shrimp and Grits Kids for years know that Megan always does an "alligator" design (and it always is one of our most popular!)

Every year, the alligators are a little different while also continuing to be one of her signatures. I have to admit- after the Santa Alligator design (which, by the way is still available for Christmas on www.shrimpandgritskids.com), I didn't think I could like one more...BUT, once again, she proved me wrong (what's new :) and I have a NEW favorite! I don't know whether it is the styles she included-like the bow back dress or the new bubble or the preppy aspect of it that I like more...I guess I just like it all ;)!

I love how some of the cutest smocked animals are the scariest in real life. Have you ever thought about that? I mean, who looks at a jelly fish, shrimp, or alligator and says "awwww, how cute!". If you do- more power to you- but, in my opinion, they are anything BUT cute....UNTIL they are smocked onto an outfit!

How cute is the picture of Lyla Gray (Megan's youngest) with the iphone and sunglasses!?.....

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sadie Surprise!

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All this talk about Spring and Summer has got me in the mood for sunshine and water. Too bad it's only December :)! Back to focusing on Christmas, boots, coats, and snow... I guess...

Luckily, I can still get my warm weather fix through talking about summer clothes :)

Two seasons ago, Megan discovered that she could design her own fabric (like she needs anything to make her even MORE creative) and, since then, her original designs have been some of my absolute favorites (for example, the paisley fabric this season)!

Obviously, this "sadie" design is NO exception. Its' just so pretty and sweet! It's absolutely PERFECT for Easter or a Spring or Summer wedding. I just love this print- if they could make it in my size- I would wear it!

I just love all of the ruffles and bows...I just don't know what my favorite is! The bubble or the bow-back dress!

P.S. HAPPY FRIDAYYYYY!!!! I hope all of you have your Christmas outfits ready! Those pictures last a lifetime, you know! ;)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jiggly Jellyfish!

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I am going to be honest with you. I was seriously skeptical of this design!

It could have something to do with the fact that I am deathly allergic to jelly fish....two summers ago I was innocently enjoying a boat day when my best friend and I both got stung. Actually, he got stung first and since I was hanging on his back- he yelled and threw me right into it (Pretty chivalrous, right?:) Oh, Don't worry- he was fine...his leg looked completely normal after two days while I looked like a serious burn victim for three weeks . It was horrible! Not to mention that it was 100 degrees here so my poor, red, inf lammed stung legs were always showing (I think I'm still recovering from the emotional devastation :) To me, jelly fish are like the mosquitoes of the sea. I mean, WHAT good do they do!? I'm obviously not a marine biologist so maybe I'm not completely educated on this subject, but it looks to me that all they do is make little children (and me) run out of the water crying. So when Megan mentioned doing a jellyfish line, it was hard for me to get over my extreme hatred for these nasty creatures. I honestly couldn't imagine how to make these THINGS cute (I'm getting all feisty just thinking about them).

Of course, as usual, she proved me wrong! If jelly fish were this cute, I might, slowly begin to get over my extreme loathing.

I love so much about this design!
1. I love the light green seersucker (duh!)
2. The last dress shown is ALSO a top! For instance, a size 2t dress would fit a 6 year old as a top (pair it with our white pique capris :)!
3. I am OBSESSED with the one piece bathing suit...(I love a good ruffle, you know!)

So, maybe I'm slowly starting to re-think my position on jelly fish.....

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Spring 2011 Previews BEGIN!

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Confession: I have mixed feelings about this line. I'm SO excited because I honestly think it's Megan's cutest, most original line yet, BUT I'm also sad because it is the last line I get to preview :( After working here for two years, I finally have to go to a full-time internship for graduate school. I guess I should take on the "glass is half full" attitude and just be excited, eh?

Honestly, I'm obsessed with this whole line. It's going to be hard for me just to preview one design at time, but patience is a virtue, right?

This design is one of my favorites, but the reason that I decided to preview it first is because, duh, it has SHRIMP! What design is better to preview SHRIMP AND GRITS kids Spring 2012 line than the Shrimp and Fiddler Crab Line!? Personally, I love Shrimp... shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp and grits, fried shrimp, grilled shrimp...you can cook shrimp about any which way ;). I never knew that shrimp could be cute though. Have you ever seen a live shrimp?...they look like demons! Far, far from Cute! But, OF COURSE, Megan can make a shrimp adorable!

These outfits are so perfect for summer for numerous reasons:

1. They are seersucker (y'all know how much I love seersucker)
2. They are red, white, and blue (HELLOOO 4th of July!)
3. I love any kind of ruffle fanny (just wait until you see the girl's bubble)...I'm obsessed.

Okay, Okay I know I'm rambling (I have a bad habit of doing that)..and I know y'all are dying to see...so drumroll...

Seriously, how cute is this line!? My favorite part is the girl's bubble (obviously!). I think that the ruffles on the fanny and cross back are so so cute (not to mention that the little girl is so cute that I just want to SQUEEZE her)!