Catherine Ann Photography

Ready for May Flowers

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Am I the only one who is totally over these April showers?! I’m so ready for the clouds to be gone and the sunshine to show it’s face! I suppose I can’t do too much complaining because we’ve definitely had a few teasers, but I want to be able to wear looks like this every day! Fortunately, we’re headed down to Miami for a family vacation and cruise next week and then leaving again for California May 6th, so guaranteed sunny skies are on my horizon! I bought this adorable floral number from II Brunettes to take on both of our trips. It’s super versatile and can easily be dressed up for dinner, as shown, or worn for a casual day exploring when paired with flat sandals or even a jean jacket and sneakers! I just love how easy breezy it is and the print is to die for!

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I jumped on this bright pink Three Little Beads necklace the instant I saw it at Trés Carmen Boutique! It was a new color for the local jewelry designers and while I’m typically not too much of a pink girl, I knew I had to have it for summer! I initially thought it would be the perfect layering necklace, and it is, but really love how effortless it looks as a stand alone with this dress. It’s like they were made for each other! Plus, they also coordinate perfectly with my magenta sandals. Can y’all believe these were a $20 Lulu’s purchase?! Gotta love that! However, if I had the money to blow, I would sooo rock it with these fabulous Schutz shoes (that I’ve already pre-ordered in the white). Ps: if you’ve never heard of Schutz, everything of theirs is AMAZING and really not too crazy of a price point!!

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Since I already had so much color going on and nobody likes too much of a matchy matchy look, I opted to carry my simple nude GiGi New York clutch. I considered pairing it with my classic Clare V. leopard clutch, but even though the patterns coordinated perfectly, I felt it darkened this light and airy look too much. This is the perfect easy breezy dress to add to your closet, that you won’t get sick of wearing after one time! Stay tuned on social media to see how I decide to style it for vacation!!

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Dress: Lovers and Friends from II Brunettes {currently backordered, but available at II Brunettes or in this style} | Shoes: LuLu’s {similar here} | Necklace: Three Little Beads from Trés Carmen Boutique | Clutch: GiGi New York from Trés Carmen Boutique

Here’s a little sprinkling of the beautiful spring day that we shot this look on, to brighten this nasty rainy Thursday!! Isn’t Katie from Catherine Ann Photography beyond talented?!

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New Leaf

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Ever since Charleston Fashion Week, I’ve been in a bit of a slump- blogging, fashion and just life in general! It’s rough being an almost 25 year old female, am I right?! As frustrating as weeks like this can be, I truly believe they’re essential to recharge your energy and inspiration. Fortunately, we were able to get away for a long weekend at the beach and I’m feeling refreshed! Plus, I’ve also got a new official photog- Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography– and what better way to turn over a new leaf than with some fab new blog photos?! Seriously y’all, she’s so awesome! If you need some new Pinterest Wedding board inspo, definitely head over to her site! I’ve got several fun and festive spring looks coming for y’all, but considering I like to keep it real here on SMC, I figured it was only right to share what I’ve been living in these past few grouchy weeks. When I say living, I literally mean living. As in, I’ve considered purchasing 3 of everything seen here just so I don’t have to wash them so often. Yes, it’s become a problem! But, this laid back look isn’t near as lazy or boring as it could be {lookin’ at you yoga pants}.

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My go to print will forever be black and white stripes. I always feel comfortable and confident in this classic style and it truly works with just about anything. Since it’s such a polished look, I paired this top with my number 1 pair of distressed denim shorts. I snagged these Lovers and Friends babes at a II Brunettes end of the season sale and they are the best denim shorts I’ve ever owned! The fit, wash, length, hole placement- everything is on point! Plus, even when they aren’t on sale, they won’t break the bank.

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I could’ve just thrown on a pair of flip flops and called it a day, but this is Southern Meets Chic and I’ve got to throw in a trendy twist. In comes one of my favorite spring trends- sneakers! I’m obsessed with sneakers lately! Not only are they comfy and hide un-pedicured toes, but I put a pair on and instantly feel cooler. The cool factor is especially high when they’re a pair of Stan Smith Adidas- therefore fulfilling all of my middle school nostalgia withdrawals of walking around saying All Day I Dream About Sports {or if you’re naughty Sex}- I can’t be the only one who remembers that!

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Throw on my YSL bag and my new $5 Forever sunnies (that you also may recognize from miss TopKnots PolkaDots because we have the same brain) and this is the perfect easy breezy look, fit for any quarter century life crisis!

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Top: J. Crew | Shorts: Lovers and Friends from II Brunettes {similar here} ps- I couldn’t find these exact shorts online, but I know for a fact there are a few pairs still at II Brunettes and they’re awesome about shipping! | Shoes: Adidas from Nordstrom | Sunnies: Forever 21 {similar here}

Glamping

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Back around Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of getting to spend a day with some of my favorite ladies shooting for the Dandy Boutique Winter Look Book. Sarah, from 428 Main, with the help of Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social, put together this adorable campfire set. While we didn’t actually do any “glamping,” we did stuff our face with plenty of s’mores! Kate Capo, of Catherine Ann Photography, did her usual beautiful job capturing our afternoon. I thought this rainy weekend was the perfect day to share a cozy blogger campfire with y’all!

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We all had a blast putting looks together for our glamorous “camping” adventure!! I went with something that I probably wouldn’t typically wear all together, but it made the perfect glamping attire! Take away the hat and gloves and you’ve got a great outfit for daytime in the city or even a casual night out.  With the hat and gloves, it’s a super funky warm outdoor look!

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The hat and gloves are also super versatile on their own and make a great addition to your winter accessories. The fingerless glove trend has been huge and definitely comes in handy when your texting tip gloves start to fail you (which inevitably will happen). Plus, how can you resist that beading?! I love a little fancying up of gloves!! {or anything}

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This is still one of my favorite shoots I’ve ever gotten to be a part of!! I just love all of the sweet ladies involved and we had such a blast that day!! I also loved getting to play and have fun with my style for the look book. The urban/boho chic look was just too much fun to wear!! You can still shop these looks and more on the Dandy Boutique website!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Clothing: Dandy Boutique

Vintage Rentals: 428 Main 

Creative Direction: Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social

Makeup: Rebecca Wash of Pink Dot Beauty Bar

Bloggers: Chloe Fusselman of TopKnots and PolkaDots | Tara Langdale of Northern Lights-Southern Belles | Venita Aspen of Venita Aspen | Christine Pearson of A List Greek | Rebecca Wash of Pink Dot Beauty Bar

My Look: Kimono, Jeans, Hat & GlovesDandy Boutique | Necklace: Charleston Rice Beads | Shoes: Aldo (similar here)

Scarlet Styles

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Finally!! I can share my newest venture with y’all! I’m so excited to announce that I have joined the Scarlet Plan & Design team as a bridal stylist! Along with fellow stylist and friend, Alden deHart, we will be launching Scarlet Styles this Saturday at the Scarlet Wedding Tour here in Charleston.

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To tell you a bit about Scarlet Plan & Design it is owned by head planner and creator, Sara Skinner. She’s not your traditional planner and enjoys thinking outside of the box to bring unique, quirky weddings to the table. But, don’t worry, we love the traditional southern weddings as well! Hellooo, Southern Meets Chic- that will definitely continue to translate into my bridal style.

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Alden and I will be working closely with the brides to assist with all of their bridal styling needs, from day of to honeymoon packing, we do it all! We ensure that your entire wedding party has a cohesive look, with each other, as well as the overall style and design of your wedding. We will first meet with the wedding planner to go over theme and venue, then consult with the bride on likes/dislikes, measurements and a personal style quiz. After this, we will work creatively together to curate a personalized mood board and then the fun part, dress shopping!

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There are several different packages to choose from and a la carte options to help each bride customize our services to her specific needs. While we are working under Scarlet Plan & Design, if you have a planner from a different company, we are happy to work with you as well!! However, Scarlet clients do receive a nice discount.

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After my May 2014 wedding (that I spent 2 years planning), I could not be more thrilled to be back in the bridal world! Not only do I look forward to creating more Pinterest wedding boards or having an excuse to buy wedding magazines, but I cannot wait to create beautiful memories for Charleston brides!

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A bit on this photo shoot- you know us ladies can’t do anything without pictures to document it! So, of course, we needed some bridal styling shots for the Scarlet Styles website! With the lovely Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography behind the camera, gorgeous Taylor girl (aka Holy City in Heels) as our bride and the beautiful setting of Maddison Row, this shoot turned out fabulous! I’m kinda obsessed with this Kardashian-esque outfit. That’s right, I admitted it, it’s totally Kardashianish- and I’m not mad about it.

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If you’re engaged and planning to get hitched in the Charleston area, come out to the Scarlet Wedding Tour this Saturday! You’ll see 3 amazing different wedding venues, complete with vendors and a styled bride & groom by us, at each stop! If you can’t make the tour but are interested in having us style your wedding or bridal event, feel free to fill out my contact page for more information!! Also, head to the Scarlet Plan & Design blog to get to know me and Alden better in a silly interview, complete with personal pictures (including some from yours truly’s wedding!).

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Dress: Banana Republic | Blazer: H&M c/o my sweet bestie TopKnots & PolkaDots (even better version here) | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis | Necklace: J. Crew

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Location: Maddison Row Bridal Chic

Model: Taylor Brobisky of Holy City in Heels

A Blogger Friendsgiving

dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-122A few weeks ago, I had the most wonderful opportunity to sit down with some of my most favorite blogger friends for an early “friendsgiving” dinner/photoshoot. This was set up by another dear friend of mine, Alden Haviland of Rutledge Social Management and Consulting, for the Dandy Boutique Thanksgiving lookbook shot by Catherine Ann Photography. Sarah Murdoch of 428 Main Vintage Rentals brought an absolutely stunning setup that will put my table tomorrow to shame. We each got to style our own outfits from Dandy’s fall collection and brought our favorite holiday dish, which you may have seen mine on Monday was a yummy pumpkin cheesecake. It was a beautiful day spent with some of my favorite ladies!
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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Vintage Decor & Display: Sarah of 428 Main

All Clothing: Dandy Boutique

Management: Alden & Taylor of Rutledge Social Media Management

Blogger Babes:

Chloe- Topknots and Polkadots

Tara- Northern Lights-Southern Belles

Christine- A List Greek (blog editor)

Venita- Venita Aspen

Rebecca- Black Book Darling

 

 

Thanksgiving Tradition

dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-121Every family has their favorite holiday traditions, from decor they put out to activities they partake in. These traditions are what make the holidays special and memorable, year after year. Being the nostalgic I am, this is my favorite aspect of the holidays and what I truly look forward to as the season gets close. For my family, our most continued traditions are in food. We love to eat! Now, each year there is always something new on the table, but there are some staples that will always stay the same. At Thanksgiving, my GG always makes her dressing, my mom her sweet potato casserole and I try out a new cranberry recipe each year. But, perhaps the most special of these would be my Grammy and I making our pumpkin cheesecake. Now, I must preface this by saying is not originally a family recipe, but one she found in the newspaper. However, we have tweaked some things throughout the years and made it our own. She and I have been making this together every Thanksgiving for the past 14 years. It has gone from her doing most of the work and me being the assistant to now me doing the bulk of things and her being here for conversation and company. We’ve also gone from a hand mixer (only did that once-terrible idea, don’t try it) to a not so great standing mixer and now this year we’ve got a KitchenAid (thanks for the bridal shower present mom!). It is an evolving process, but one thing always remains the same and that is us doing it together. It is a tradition that I will always hold dear to my heart and hope to one day pass down to my children and grandchildren. Okay, enough of all the memory talk! Many family recipes are great big secrets, but what’s the point in that?! I’m so happy to share this recipe with y’all today and hope to maybe add a new tradition or at least a new dessert on your table this year!

Photos: Catherine Ann Photography
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Grammy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

For the Crumb Crust:

1 cup graham-cracker crumbs (i use a little over a cup)

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons sugar

For the Pumpkin Filling:

2 packages cream cheese (8 0z each) softened

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 can solid-pack pumpkin

3/4 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

For the Nut Topping:

3 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (the expensive, organic kind yes)

1 cup chopped walnuts

** You will need a 9×3 springform pan and a roasting pan for water bath

Crumb Crust:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In a small bowl, with a fork, stir crumbs, melted butter and sugar until moistened.

3. Pour mixture in springform pan and press with fingertips to bottom of pan.

4. Tightly wrap the outside of pan with heavy-duty foil (read: wrap a couple of layers with normal aluminum foil) This prevents leakage when baking in the water bath later.

5. Bake crust 10 minutes and set aside to cool completely.

Pumpkin Filling:

1. In large mixing bowl (again, this recipe really requires a standing mixer, or two people if you must use a hand mixer) Set your mixer on Medium speed and beat the cream cheese until smooth. Using SOFTENED cream cheese it THE most important aspect of this recipe. You’ll notice in my pictures you can see a few spots of cream cheese, that’s because I didn’t have it soft enough when I started (rookie mistake). If possible, leave it out overnight to make the next morning, but it needs at least 2 or 3 hours on the counter.

2. Once smooth, slowly beat in sugar until blended. This will take about 1 minute and you’ll need to stop and scrape the sides with a rubber spatula throughout.

3. With mixer at low speed, beat in pumpkin, sour cream, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and salt.

4. After these are in, add eggs one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

5. Pour pumpkin mixture into crust and place springform inside of large roasting pan.

6. Place pan on oven rack. Carefully, pour enough boiling water into roasting pan to come 1 inch up side of springform pan.

7. Bake cheesecake about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the center barely jiggles.

8. Cool cheesecake completely on counter before adding topping.

Topping:

1. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar and maple syrup.

2. Add walnuts to mixture.

3. Carefully pour over cheesecake. (I like to just do in center, it just looks prettier than all over)

4. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.

Obviously, the topping is optional. This is actually the first year I’ve used the topping and it was truly to make the pie prettier for this post. But, it was definitely yummy!! In the past, we’ve served it plain with Cool Whip. I think for Thursday, I will do it with the walnut topping, but also serve Cool Whip on the side!

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I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this post!! Also, I would even more LOVE to hear if YOU make our pumpkin cheesecake and how it turned out. Pictures welcome also 🙂 Just head to the contact form and shoot me an email!! dandy-boutique-fall-lookbook-73

If you love this holiday post, just wait til you see what I’ve got in store for you Wednesday! This was all part of a blogger “Friendsgiving” shoot put together by Rutledge Social with clothing from Dandy Boutique, tablescapes and vintage rentals by 428 Main and photos by Catherine Ann Photography. The decor is just stunning, outfits adorable and photography so beautiful. I can’t wait to share with y’all!!

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unnamedThe time has come for me to tell y’all the big surprise I’ve been hinting at all week! You may have noticed that every look on SMC this week was head to toe Gwynn’s. If you’re not familiar, Gwynn’s is the only locally owned luxury department store in the Charleston area. They carry everything from home decor and cosmetics to menswear and of course, women’s fashion. They are always my first stop for designers such as Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo and J. Brand. Starting tomorrow, every single piece that you saw on the blog this week is on sale! It doesn’t stop there though, because actually the ENTIRE STORE is on sale!! No restrictions, no limits, everything is anywhere from 10% to 70% off, even the big brands that hardly ever go on sale! Even better, the sale opens to the public on Sunday, but special VIP’s (read: you guys!) will get to shop the sale starting tomorrow!! That’s one day early to beat the crowd and get that item you’ve been swooning over! Don’t live in the Charleston area? No worries! Just give Gwynn’s a call and they will assist you with your purchase, plus give you free shipping!! After you’ve finished shopping for yourself, this is the perfect chance to knock some people off your holiday gift list. You really can find something for everyone on your list here. Just a little hint (and sneak peek into my gift guide coming in December): Brackish bow ties for the boys (particularly the Clemson/Carolina colors), Nest candle for your grandmother, Hunter boot liners for your little sis and Laura Mercier body scrub for Mom!! Plus, they offer beautiful complimentary gift wrapping, so you leave with a present that can go straight under the tree!

Here’s a little recap of this week’s looks from Gwynn’s that you can now find up to 70% off!!

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Photos by: Catherine Ann Photography

I’m Back!!

I’m beyond thrilled to be back from my little SMC blogging hiatus!! Fall has been absolutely crazy and I’m so happy to finally share everything I was blessed to be a part of with y’all! I’ve also got some exciting projects in the works, so be sure to stay tuned for more deets on those and maybe even a little renovation to the site… For now, here’s a recap of what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks!

Becoming the Carolina STYLE Magazine- Charleston Market Editor

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If you follow me on any form of social media, this isn’t news to you. But, this is my first official announcement, on the blog, of my new position! I’m beyond thrilled to be representing the Charleston market for Carolina STYLE Magazine!! STYLE embodies not only the fashion, but also the culture of the Carolina’s. It is now my responsibility to provide this perspective of Charleston by finding savvy contributors and engaging content for the site. Fashion-check, Food-Check, Events-Check, Arts & Entertainment-Check- yeah it’s basically everything I love all in one spot and I’m living the dream!! I am even currently working on an editorial for our Holiday Book {pinch me!}

 

Rutledge Social Blogger Ice Cream Social

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 Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

What do you get when you gather local bloggers in a beautiful location and serve fabulous cocktails and yummy ice cream? A Rutledge Social event! It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, laughing with fellow creatives over delicious treats from Flute Bar Service and Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop. Which if you’ll remember, my husband owns and was so gracious to provide the ice cream (hence the cutsie me holding a bowl of ice cream pic)! There was lots of swooning to be done at Ro Sham Beaux, where the event was held, as there is a gorgeous chandelier or trendy velvet sofa in every corner. Lots of time was also spent in the photo booth, complete with chalkboards to write our social media handle, and Catherine Ann Photography behind the lens. It was a beautiful day spent with beautiful people!!

Top: Old Navy | Skirt: Blue Poppy Boutique | Necklace: Target {I wore leopard print pointy toed flats with this!}

 

Teen Vogue #BTSS

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Event Photos: La Li Photography & Sky Photography

Outfit Photos: Terrence Edwards of @charlestonstreetstyle 

I was BEYOND honored to have been asked to be a panelist for the Teen Vogue Back to School Saturday at the College of Charleston a couple of weekends ago! I’ve been so blessed to meet some truly fabulous ladies lately and Christine Pearson, who contacted me about the event, is certainly one of them! The panel consisted of fellow bloggers, Tara Langdale of Northern Lights-Southern Belles, Chloe Fusselman of Topknots and Polkadots and Taylor Brobisky of Holy City in Heels and myself. We spoke a bit about our blogs and ourselves and then opened the floor to questions about all things fashion from the CofC sorority girls! In addition to being on cloud nine about participating in a Teen VOGUE event, we also had a total blast!! You can read ALL about the #BTSS and see even more photos here on the Carolina STYLE page!

Romper: StyleDwell | Booties: Dolce Vita from II Brunettes | Clutch: Trés Carmen Boutique

 

Wine, Dine and Design

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When I was asked by my good friend, Jeanne Everett, to attend the Wine, Dine and Design event where she would be showing her original designs from her line Corinne and Molly, it was a no brainer. The charity event was held in Columbia and was to benefit the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. It showcased local lines, from established brands such as Southern Tide to emerging designers like Jeanne of Corinne and Molly. The ambiance was beautiful with candlelit tables lining the runways. The Corinne and Molly collection was vibrant with rich jewel tones of sapphire green and cobalt blue. Jeanne also used a lot of metallic, from a sassy silver top to a feminine gold polka dot matching set. Her show and the event itself were a huge success! I can’t wait to see more from Jeanne with Corinne and Molly! Head here in case you missed my Insta takeover of her account- I had a blast and got some great shots of not only the show but also behind the scenes!

 

Dallas Trip

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Last, but not least, two weekends ago my mom and stepdad, husband and I went to Dallas, Texas celebrating my stepdad’s 50th Birthday! Noooo I didn’t bring home Ebola, but we did have a wonderful time spent over family and football! Because let’s face it, as much as I adore all of this fashion stuff, family is my one true love. In fact, I love them SO much that I didn’t even drag anyone to do any shopping the whole weekend! And that’s tough because Dallas has some fabulous shopping. Okay, so we did do some window-shopping in Highland Park Village last night {drool} but that really was it. Thank goodness all of the stores were closed because this adorable area of town provides you with stores like Chanel, Louboutin, Tom Ford and the likes. It is a can’t miss and my favorite restaurant in Dallas,Patrizios, also happens to be there. (we are way spoiled by our food in Charleston, because the Dallas restaurants do not impress me, I just love the ambiance at this little spot though) However, my main favorite spot when going to the Big D is Billy Bob’s AKA the world’s largest honkey tonk. It lives up to its title by boasting an indoor LIVE bull riding arena, concert stage, restaurant and two huge dance floors to get your two stepping on! It’s exactly how you would imagine a night in Texas! It was another family vacation weekend for the books and I certainly think my stepdad would agree the perfect way to spend his last weekend being 49!

OH and I guess I also can’t forget the fact that we’ve been to every home game this Clemson football season. Yes, my life has been ruled by football lately and Yes, I love my husband very much.

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