Monday, July 29, 2013

Charleston Trip II


Charleston to me means sand in my toes, waves, the ocean, and food. Lots of good food. I think every trip is starting to feel a little more like home, even though we don't live there yet. At least we're getting used to the idea. I know we're falling a little more in love with it each time though. It's stollen our hearts, and we couldn't be more thrilled.

Lee was supposed to work from there a few days 2 weeks ago. Well, his meetings got all switched up, so he ended up going the entire week. We hate being apart that long, so I decided that if I got all my work done, I'd go too. I did, and ended up driving down with my Dad and little brother the day after him. It was actually very relaxing for me. Sometimes I feel like I don't know how to relax anymore, especially when I'm not with Lee. I feel like half of me is missing. I don't have that kindred spirit to share everything with, and for a togetherness person, that's sad. It was good though. I'm learning how to actually let down and relax. I went to lunch by myself (which I never do. I think it was actually the first time!), I went to coffee alone and sat for hours, and I went to the beach alone! I was really alone there. I showed up at 8:30 and it was practically all mine. It was so peaceful to just sit and listen to the repetitive, constant wash of the waves on the shore. I read a little, sun bathed a lot, and took another solo-lunch break at a fun little spot a couple blocks inland. 

After my Dad and brother left, we decided to have a little date night. We spotted the cutest, tiniest, most romantic looking Italian Restaurant (Pane e Vino) during our first visit at the beginning of the year . We saw it when we were leaving town and said we'd go next time. Well, next time came and went, and we still hadn't gone. We said for SURE we would go this time. Well, we almost talked ourselves out of it, and I'm so glad we didn't! It was like a date night in Italy. Seriously! A big thunderstorm had just passed through, and I was so hoping it wouldn't come back so we could grab a spot on the patio. We got lucky because it was covered, and completely lit by twinkle lights. There was beautiful jazzy music playing, and we were one of the only couples there. We aren't normally crazy about Italian places, but now I think we're sold. This was so authentic. . .All homemade pastas and sauces, delicious bread and olive oil appetizer. . . A tall bottle of sparkling water on the table. I love when people pay attention to details. I had spinach ravioli with an asparagus proscuitto cream sauce. It was to die for. It's all I can think about. I want to go back and order that exact, same thing! 

All in all, it was a great break week. I felt refreshed and ready to get back to work upon our return. 

Cheers to the ocean, homemade pasta, sandy sun-kissed faces, sunset beach walks, and the rest it brings our souls!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Charleston Trip I

My little brother, whose not so little anymore, and Dad came to visit us for 2 days last week. They were coming to visit Luke, our other brother, in Charlotte, and be at the live album recording he was drumming for that weekend. They popped in to see us as well. Lee ended up being out of town the whole week because of work meetings, so we went to him.

I was glad to have driving company, and got to show them around our soon to be home city that afternoon. It was hot, and humid, and these two NW-ers definitely weren't used to it. We went to one of our favorite little restaurants right by the beach for dinner, and ended up having to eat outside. The sun was starting to go down, so the heat let up a bit, which we were all very grateful for. Afterwards, we walked to the beach and looked at the beautiful houses surrounding it. We ended the night with some fro-yo. It was pretty darn great. Short and sweet.

I can't wait to be on vacation with the rest of my family! August, you couldn't come sooner.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Tuck & Bonté || Art Deco

It's a roaring party over at the shop. We are so happy to launch our new line of Art Deco Tuck & Bonté party products. We hope you'll go check them out and tell your friends too!

Also, follow us on Instagram (@tuckandbonte) to get coupon codes, sale news, and to keep up with the fun stuff we're doing!


All Photos by Revival Photography

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sometimes I'm just too busy living life, working, traveling and enjoying the 'now' to worry about blogging it all. Although, I was surprised when I got on here and saw that's it's been over a month since I've posted anything. Sorry, readers, if I even have any readers left. If you are still here, we have some major catching up to do.

This year has been a whirlwind, in the best kind of way. So many changes and new opportunities that I never anticipating 2013 bringing. They have been welcomed with open arms though.

The business has really exploded and I find myself working more than I ever have in my entire life. Even with all the exhausting late nights, I have never been more satisfied with my work. I have also never been so stretched. It's coming up on my 2nd anniversary of quitting my job to pursue our business full time. It's amazing to look back and see where our journey has taken us, and what a crazy adventure ride it's been. I feel more blessed than ever. (more on this soon)

We're going on 2+ months since Lee transitioned to his new job. This came completely out of the blue, and was one of those 'too good to be true' opportunities. So of course, we took it. Along with taking the job came agreeing to relocate, which will take place in the next 6mos-1year. The company is based out of Charleston, SC, and we are just a little bit exited to be moving there. Never have we both so quickly fallen in love with and felt so at home in a city as we do there. The hard part is living fully 'here' until the move.

Here's a few photos from our most recent trip. We even started house hunting and neighborhood shopping! Praying for the perfect house at the right time.

I'm also head over heels in love with the palm trees and Spanish moss. I never thought I'd live somewhere with palm trees, but now I can't wait! I'll try frequent this place more often in the near future.