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March and April Beauty Favorites

I know I’m late on this but it’s still relevant and I had so many great products to tell you about from March and April, so check out the Mont...
09-05-2022 21:44

Cinco De Mayo Recipes + More

Whether you’re celebrating Cinco De Mayo or are just a margarita + guacamole fan like me, I thought I would share a few of my favorite recipes a...
03-05-2022 21:41

Toffee Eyes and a Matte Lip

It’s all about hydration for this makeup look, especially since I knew I would use a lot of different finishing powers (contour, bronzer, highlight,...
30-04-2022 21:41

Madewell Picks for Spring

Madewell has so many gorgeous things for spring and summer, see my picks below. I’m wearing the ...
29-04-2022 21:42

The Brooklinen Birthday Sale is happening again, and I’

Nothing is a better series of events like organically falling in love with a brand and then after the fact getting to work with them! I bought my ...
26-04-2022 21:46

Bluffton Lemonade

One of my family’s favorite things to do when we visit Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina is called “Porchin\'”. It involves homemade lemonade...
21-04-2022 21:45

Beauty Products that Fell Flat for Me

Nothing thrills me more than testing new beauty products, and while I try to shop smart and purchase things that I think will be the right fit, ev...
12-04-2022 21:45

Wedding Guest Dresses

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. I remember ...
06-04-2022 21:44

4 Bags for Anything and Everything

Here are my picks for the 4 bags you can use for anything and everything! If I had to go through and simplify my handbag collection, I would keep one ...
06-04-2022 21:44

48 hours in Charleston, South Carolina

I’ve been to Charleston a few different times in my life, but recently spent a quick weekend there with my mom and daughter! Justin and the boys wer...
04-04-2022 21:39

It’s Time to Shop for All the Beauty Things! The Sepho

I’m about to state the most obvious thing in the world but — these savings events at Sephora really do come at the perfect time. We’re betwee...
01-04-2022 21:43

The Small Things Content Team!

It’s been a while since I shared the team members who work behind the screens with me at The Small Things. I introduced you to them awhile back, and...
30-03-2022 21:50

K18 – A Miracle Product"!

I remember first learning about K18 and being very, very intrigued by it! (Candace Read (follow her, she’s a delight), and she shared her process fo...
26-03-2022 21:43

All about the Peloton Tread

I never thought I would be a home workout person, but that really changed when I decided to purchase the Peloton bike and commit to 30 days of usi...
17-03-2022 21:53

Simple Makeup for Beginners

If you don’t wear a lot of makeup but want to start including a few simple essentials into your routine, this post is for you. I love makeup, I ...
14-03-2022 21:43

The Blow Dry Brush Comparison (and which one I loved the mos

If this post triggers you because you bought the first edition of the Revlon blow dry brush and accidentally fried off your hair, forgive me. And ...
10-03-2022 21:40

ABLE – What Sets Them Apart and Where They are Heading

It was truly a pleasure to be in the company of so many inspiring and driven women while I was at the ABLE flagship store in Nashville last weeken...
09-03-2022 21:46

EVEREVE Finds for Spring

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. Everev...
02-03-2022 21:43

Two Hair Oils I’m Obsessed With

Hair oil used to scare me. I just imagined greasy, shiny, waxy, hair covered in residue. But let me tell you: that is not what hair oil should do for ...
01-03-2022 21:40

11 Most Re-purchased Beauty Items

no. 1, no. 2, no. 3, no. 4, no. 5, no. 6, no. 7, no. 8, no. 9, no. 10, no.11 01. Kenra Volume 25 Hairspray ...
22-02-2022 21:42

How Did You Know When to Start a Family" And How Did Yo

This is a question I’ve seen come through on a handful of Monday Morning Q&A boxes. How did we know when to start a family" Did we have a fe...
19-02-2022 22:08

Sneakers I’m Eyeing for Spring

It’s all about the sneakers these days for footwear. I’ll admit that my heart is ready for sandals and open-toe shoes to become a daily option for...
17-02-2022 22:09

links + small things

As an extrovert, I really enjoy being around people. Whether it’s directly with my friends, or generally just around other humans, I was finding...
12-02-2022 21:39

Our Ski Trip to Utah (and what I would do differently!)

Justin and I recently took a 5-day trip out to Park City, Utah to go skiing! My family would do regular trips out to Colorado to go skiing when I ...
08-02-2022 21:42

The Best Travel Bags

It’s taken years, but I’ve learned to pack for trips thoughtfully and effectively so I don’t have a lot of wasted space in my bags. There are a ...
25-01-2022 21:46

I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed (Part 2)

From the left, you are looking at the before, after the first round, and after the touch up images. I shared in this post that I finally took ...
24-01-2022 22:06

3 Simple Steps for Organizing a Small Space

I had the pleasure of working with The Arranged Abode again for another organizing project. I hired them to help me clean out and organize my beau...
20-01-2022 21:42

Green Eye Moment

I was inspired by a beautiful green liquid eyeshadow I saw from Pixi to create an olive green eye makeup look. I cannot tell you how many messages...
20-01-2022 21:42

If I had $100. . .

Did you get a gift ard for Christmas"! Looking for new makeup to spice up your makeup bag" Here is how I would spend a $100 gift card at cosmetics...
11-01-2022 21:41

A Basic Makeup Kit

I share *a lot* of products with you through this site and I can totally see how overwhelming it may be to sort through what could work best for you! ...
06-01-2022 21:39

My Emily Ring

Look at baby Emily!!! When I was pregnant with David, Justin and I decided to get something significant that we could pass down to our son whe...
05-01-2022 21:50

Mindful Phrases I Tell Myself

While I generally like to keep things light around here, I thought I would share my most repeated phrases that bounce around in my mind during any...
03-01-2022 21:46

My Microblading Update

You can read the first post I wrote about my microblading experience here! My eyebrows are now just over 5 weeks out from being microbladed. They ...
23-12-2021 21:39

Top 10 Beauty Discoveries from 2021

I’ll always inevitably leave off something MAJOR from this list, but as a general list, these are my top 10 beauty discoveries/loves of the year! ...
22-12-2021 21:40

Dry skin Savers

Skinfix Eczema+ Hand Repair Cream – I’m pretty picky about hand cream because I hate the feeling of greasy hands. This cream hydrates my p...
16-12-2021 22:15

Making Caramels with Mom

When I think of my childhood around the holidays, I always picture mom at the stove making caramels. She shared a little more about where ...
09-12-2021 21:49

Elisabeth Ashlie x Kate Bryan Collection

I am so excited to announce that I created a capsule collection for Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry, my sisters’ jewelry line! Some of you may remember...
01-12-2021 22:02

2021 Holiday Gift Guide featuring Kate’s Favorite Smal

01. Tory Burch McGraw Camera Bag 02. Brooklinen Luxury Bedding Set 03. Mark and Graham Patterned Lucite Tray 04. Mark and Graham Build Your ...
27-11-2021 21:43

Everyday Shampoo + Conditioner Duos

Sometimes you need a shampoo and conditioner reset, and I’ve rounded up a few great options to explore. ...
18-11-2021 21:47

2021 Holiday Gift Guide featuring Stocking Stuffers!

1. NUDESTIX Mini Nudies 2. Better Life Bags Crossbody Strap 3. Urban Decay Double Team All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Gift Set 4. Gwen Monogr...
17-11-2021 21:40

Don’t Sleep on this Sale, but DO sleep on these sheets

I’ve told you that I was a Brooklinen is kicking off their Black Friday promotion early (it starts today!) by offering 20% off all Brooklinen pr...
17-11-2021 21:40

2021 Holiday Gift Guide featuring Gifts for Yourself!

  1. Slip Silk Small Scrunchie Set   2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Face Palette  3. Nordstrom Golden Glow Brush Set   4. Hourglass Ambient...
17-11-2021 21:40

I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed (part 1)

When microblading became popular, I was very interested to see this trend play out for a few years. I spent many nights scrolling Instagram and Pi...
15-11-2021 22:05

Holiday Scents from Aera

The scent in my home is one of the first things I change out when I?m ready for a new mood or a changing season. Not only does it make me happy when I...
15-11-2021 22:05

2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Home and Host!

 1. Vino Wine Decanter   2. Espresso Powder   3. Ash Wood Serveware Collection   4. Black Marble Wine Chiller   5. Acrylic and Gold Stora...
14-11-2021 21:41

2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Him!

1. REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 4. Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds 5. CROCS Classic All-Terrain Clog 6. Chef’s Choice Knife Sharpener 7. KUHL...
12-11-2021 22:14

2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Her!

1. lululemon Align High-Rise Pant 25″ 2. Baublebar Berdine Ring 3. Lake Pajamas Pima Cotton Robe 4. Nordstrom Golden Glow Brush Set 5. Le...
12-11-2021 22:14

2021 Holiday Gift Guide featuring Local Small Businesses!

1. Musee: Rudolph Bath Balm 2. Vidiri Signature Chocolate Bars 5. Rifle Paper Co. 2022 Dovecote Pocket Planner 8. Scatch & Sketch Dot-to-Dot...
11-11-2021 21:42

2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Boys 1st – 3rd Grade

1. Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch 2. Flashing Cube Electronic Memory & Brain Game 3. Micro Kickboard Sprite Deluxe 4. Melissa & Doug...
10-11-2021 21:43

The New Way Sephora is Winning at Convenience

This post is sponsored by Sephora. Convenience is king. And with quick shipping these days, we’re all getting very accustomed to receiving the thing...
10-11-2021 21:43

The New Look

One of the parts of this job that you don’t see is how often I sit right here working on my computer. If I’m honest, I *much* prefer the physi...
09-11-2021 21:45

2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Toddler Girl

When it comes to buying gifts for toddlers, it’s really all about what they’re into at that time. Right now, my 3 year old Emily cannot get enough...
09-11-2021 21:45

Our Beautiful Family Room by Bassett Furniture

In the 12 years that Justin and I have been married, we’ve lived in 6 different places. Over those years, we’ve used the space in our homes very d...
15-10-2021 21:43

Effortless Athleisure

I tend to share more of my “dressed up” outfits on Instagram during my workdays but today is all about my wardrobe on my days off which is almost...
12-10-2021 21:45

One Simple Swap to Modernize your Eye Makeup

I tend to stick with the classics when it comes to style and beauty, but I also like experimenting with some trends as long as they feel true to what...
12-10-2021 21:45

Stripe Details

01. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. I’ve been enjoying adding in a few details of bold stripes to...
09-10-2021 21:42

My Apple Harvest Scent Launch with Aera (and all about their

I am so excited to introduce you to the scent I designed with Apple Harvest capsule! It’s warm, bright, and fills the room with the scent of the ...
08-10-2021 21:39

Clothing Comparison: Black Denim Edition!

Remember my White T-Shirt Contest post from a few weeks ago" Well, I’m back with another edition albeit with a less witty name. I’m comparing 6 di...
30-09-2021 21:44

The Ramlin’ Rose Triathlon Recap!

A day that I anticipated for months finally came. The Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon was on September 26th, and I plus 3 friends completed the event! This ...
27-09-2021 21:45

Undergarments: My Favorite Socks, Bras, and Underwear

I’m about to share a potentially controversial statement: I’m team “no thong”. I know, I KNOW! But I found the best briefs that are the close...
16-09-2021 21:43

The New Chapter

Well, we have started school and everything kicked off swimmingly! My boys are together at the same school, and Emily is spending another year at the...
13-09-2021 21:45

Brooklinen is Having a Sale!

I have such a fondness for my Heathered Cashmere duvet cover and it is *next level* soft. I love the warmth it brings to the room, and it’s a nice ...
04-09-2021 21:42

Blouses and Shells for Fall

Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one who isn’t a huge fan of the enormously exaggerated shoulders/arms in blouses these days. I put a poll up on...
26-08-2021 21:42

3 Back to School Hacks

My boys are going to be in second and first grade this year, and I’m setting up a few helpful resources to encourage them to be responsible and in ...
19-08-2021 21:45

White T-Shirt Contest: Which One Is The Best"

Jeans and a white t-shirt are probably one of the most basic, easy outfits of all time. The jeans and tee themselves can be as simple as they come, b...
18-08-2021 21:42

My Favorite Curvy Jeans

I’ve always been curvy, whether I was wearing a size 2 or 12. And I’m sharing a few of my “holy grail” tried & true denim favorites that were...
16-08-2021 21:46

links + things

The heat is no joke this week in Raleigh, but that is par for the course of Raleigh at this time of year! I got the new ilia mascara in a PR mailing ...
13-08-2021 21:43

2 Eye Palettes I Can’t Quit Using

As a beauty blogger and makeup lover, I’m regularly buying and trying new products. This also means I regularly purge and clean out my vanity, but t...
10-08-2021 21:42

Our Bright and Airy Kitchen

I’m so excited to share my updated kitchen with you today! Youcan read my original Kitchen Tour Blog post here if you want to see where we started...
04-08-2021 21:46

My favorite athleisure tank

When it gets to this point of the summer, I want to wear at little as possible that is still acceptable in society. The air is thick, the sun is usual...
28-07-2021 21:46

On Making Friends

I haven’t always been extroverted. I actually was very shy as a little girl, and it wasn’t until I moved to Greenville, NC that I felt like I rea...
26-07-2021 21:43

Summer Style Heros

The things I’m wearing on repeat this summer. J.Crew red swimsuit – of my suits, this is the one I’ve grabbed the most. I often wear it strap...
22-07-2021 21:47

My Favorite Beauty Holiday and a Sweepstakes Announcement!

This post is sponsored by Sephora. Lip color: National Lipstick Day Sweepstakes happening in the Sephora Beauty Insider Community Forum! There will b...
14-07-2021 21:50

Summer Salads

I can easily get bored of salads unless they are filled with various *extras*. A simple romaine lettuce with dressing and shredded carrots gets old r...
29-06-2021 21:46

A Dreamy Low Country Getaway

I feel like I say the same thing over and over in regards to my fondness and love for Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. But when a place hol...
28-06-2021 21:42

10 Year Anniversary

It’s hard to believe I’ve been sharing things on the internet for 10 years! The entire landscape of being a blogger, or influencer, has changed...
28-06-2021 21:42


I always enjoy reading the random posts from other bloggers or influencers I follow when they share random facts about themselves. Sometimes there are...
27-06-2021 21:43

Summer Statement Accessories

Does anyone else feel like summer just makes them come alive again" I love the sunshine and the bright blue sky so much! I recently added some fun ac...
22-06-2021 21:46

2 Matte Foundations for a Humid Summer (or anytime!)

During a humid summer, I sometimes shift over to a more matte finish in my liquid foundation to combat the natural shine that comes from the heat and...
17-06-2021 21:45

Sophisticated Home Fragrance

I’ve had an my favorite scents since there are so many great ones to choose from, and Aera has just recently launched even more scents through a co...
16-06-2021 21:47

Straw Bags for Summertime

The only thing I think when I look at a straw bag is “summer”! It’s really the only season I consider carrying one, and I love that you can find...
10-06-2021 21:49

Our Summer Routine/Schedule

The older my kids get, the more busy and full our lives seem to get as well. Justin and I both like to stay pretty busy during the week (well, probab...
07-06-2021 21:45

It’s been 10 years!

  Throwing it back to the one that started it all. . .it was not the first but certainly the most viral photo and hair tutorial that I shared back i...
02-06-2021 21:46

Can I wash my Hair Every Day" (Part 2)

Read part 1 (on which the comments section led me to write this follow-up post!) here. Since I already addressed the initial question of hair washing...
27-05-2021 21:48

The Back Porch

come on over! I love to be outdoors, and our back porch is one of my favorite places because it combines the outdoors with hosting or feeding family ...
24-05-2021 21:50

Bra Guide: my favorites and when to wear different types!

The right bra not only should be comfortable and be easy to wear, but it also needs to work with your wardrobe. I have a few bras that I regularly a...
19-05-2021 21:52

Can I Wash My Hair Every Day"

Washing your hair used to be really, dare I say, simple" You wet your hair, you shampoo it, sometimes you shampoo it twice, then you rinse, apply con...
18-05-2021 21:53

A Long Wear Nail Polish System that is Blowing my Mind

I’ve shared candidly that nail polish doesn’t often last very long on my fingers. Between naturally thin and weak nails, and a job that requires ...
13-05-2021 21:48

Our Stay at the Sweetgrass Inn on Isle of Palms

When the Sweetgrass Inn reached out and offered to host us for a weekend getaway it took a grand total of 1 minute to reply and say “YES!” after ...
11-05-2021 21:48

Strawberry Margarita with Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Last year, a few months into lock down, my friend Caroline texted me and said “I’m bringing something over! On the way now!” I had spent the mor...
04-05-2021 21:55

5 Things I Love about Visiting Bluffton/Hilton Head Island

A little photo dump from our most recently trip down to Bluffon, SC. . . I’ve shared that we visit my folks in South Carolina pretty often and it ...
30-04-2021 21:52

The Best Bedding is Having a Birthday Sale

this post is sponsored by Brooklinen I shared a thought I had on Instagram stories recently and I felt so validated hearing that so many of you think...
28-04-2021 21:55

A Few Favorite Wines

I enjoy a glass of wine every once in a while, especially with a good meal or on the weekend when I’m looking to wind down. Over the past few years...
27-04-2021 21:57

Pretty Jewelry that is also great for Mother’s Day

I honestly feel naked if I forget to put on my jewelry. It’s one of those finishing touches that even in its most delicate form, doesn’t go unnot...
22-04-2021 21:52

Spring Outfit

These pants are everything I want in a pant on a warm day. Breezy, light, and made with linen. You can find links to this entire outfit by clicking h...
20-04-2021 21:51

10 things I love about living in Raleigh, North Carolina

Justin and I moved to Raleigh from Greenville, North Carolina in 2009 just a few months after we were married. We were both in Greenville for college...
12-04-2021 21:49

Spring Style: Tops + Tees

  No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9 When I looked through the styles of tops I tend to ...
10-04-2021 21:48

Fun Nail Colors

From left: Essie Gel Couture Sizzling Hot, Londontown Lakur Weekend Cheers, OPI Cajun Shrimp, Olive & June XOXO, OPI Strawberry Margarita For the vas...
08-04-2021 21:50

Feeling Thankful

Maybe it’s our upcoming wedding anniversary, or maybe it’s just this particular season of our life right now, but I’m just feeling extra thankf...
05-04-2021 21:54

Spring Style: Shoes

I’m admittedly not much of a shoe girl. I’ve always preferred simple, neutral shoes that complete an outfit without being the star of the show, y...
23-03-2021 22:21

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