January 31, 2014


Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all safe and warm after the kooky weather we’ve had across the country this week. 
I’ve seen this photograph in the room above a few times over the years and always loved it. I wasn’t able to figure out who the photographer is or where it was taken until a few weeks ago. It’s Thomas Struth and the cathedral is the one in Milan. Now to find a way to get a print…
Other art I’m crushing on:

January 29, 2014

wed / favor ideas

Happy Wedding Wednesday!
My lovely friend S sent me Huffington Post’s “14 Hottest Wedding Trends for 2014” and I wanted to share.

I’m most excited about the “pillow present” idea. Instead of giving guests a favor at the end of the reception, they suggest leaving a welcome gift like milk and cookies or scones and jam. While I think that’s a bit similar to the concept of welcome bags, I definitely think the two can be combined! How nice would it be to have scones and jam to eat the next morning?

January 27, 2014

January 23, 2014

diy / beauty

This time of year my skin tends to freak out from the cold outside and dry heat inside. I could definitely use a little TLC and these affordable DIY treatments sound like just the ticket! Any other easy beauty and spa DIYs?
PS-I also love to take used coffee grounds into the shower to use as a body scrub. Sounds weird, but it works!

January 22, 2014


#rhodeisland (?) from the sky. #backinthebean

January 21, 2014

travel / charleston

Church Street in #charleston. #vscocam

travel / charleston

Got a chance to head into downtown #charleston :) That’s the actual color of the sky! #vscocam

January 20, 2014

eat / charleston

And I like mine raw. #oysters #charleston

travel / charleston

So so so proud of Leah and Rebecca for @planteclothing!!!

January 19, 2014

travel / charleston

#sunset from the back of my grandparent’s house. #charleston #follybeach

January 17, 2014

weekend / travel

I’m heading home this weekend for the first time since May! I can’t wait to see my family, play with the dog, and be back in my beloved city again. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

January 16, 2014

wear / plante clothing

Happy Thursday! A while back I posted about my dear friends’ clothing line called Plante Clothing.

I’m so proud of Becky and Leah and am even more excited that they are semi-finalists in the Emerging Designer category at Charleston Fashion Week in our hometown of Charleston, South Carolina!! 
They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funds necessary to show in Fashion Week and grow their brand. Hooray for young, entrepreneurial women!! Donate to the campaign here
AND until March 1, save 20% off at Plante Clothing with the code TAKE20! What will you order?

January 15, 2014

wed / s'mores favor

Better Homes and Gardens posted this adorable s’mores kit as a Christmas gift, but wouldn’t it be darling as a wedding favor?

January 14, 2014


Lately I’ve been wondering what my darling readers are thinking. My mom is pretty great at giving me blog feedback (hi Mom!) but I would love to hear from more people: things you want to see more of or less of? anything? 
Stay in touch!
Email: blog.awinkasmile@gmail.com
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Instagram: @awinkasmile

January 10, 2014


Happy weekend!
I don’t have any particularly exciting plans, but I hope you do!!

January 9, 2014

three little spaces / cozy offices

Since I’ve been job hunting from home all day, I’ve been camping out on the couch with my laptop. This is especially tempting since it’s been so freezing outside! It would be so nice to have a pretty, inspiring work space like one of these:

{1 / 2 / 3}

January 8, 2014

wed / flowers

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

I happen to really love both amaryllis and ranunculus and the addition of the privet berries and kumquats are the icing on the cake!

January 7, 2014

wear / clinique chubby stick

A couple of years ago I got one of the Clinique Chubby Sticks as a sample and loved it so much that I used it up completely. I’m pretty bad at reapplying lip color, so that doesn’t happen often. Recently the time came for me to update my makeup bag a bit and I decided to look at what shades were available in the Chubby sticks. 
I wanted a sheer reddish color that would be more work/day appropriate and easier than full on red, so I chose the Moisturizing Lip Balm in Two Ton Tomato.

And I was thinking about a berry color with a little more pigment and settled on Grandest Grape in the Intense Moisturizing Lip Balm

Any beauty products you swear by?
This post was not sponsored. I just wanted to share the love!

January 6, 2014

quote / choose joy

First full week of 2014: job hunting, cleaning/organizing, and being healthier. Bring. It. On.

January 5, 2014

inspired / john varvatos

Really amazing light fixture in the @johnvarvatos store in #boston. #decor #design cc: @durbinadam