5.27.2011

My Blissful Blogspots

I'm super excited about this particular blog post, and I'm thrilled to be able to participate in a blog activity hosted by one of my all-time, favorite sites.



The Blog Guidebook, a resourceful {and beautiful} blog created and maintained by two sweet young ladies, has provided me with enormous amounts of inspiration and guidance as I continue on my journey through the blog world, and I can always count on them for blogging support. This awesome site has become a daily stop of mine in my web travels, and I always look forward to hearing from the lovely ladies at TBG.



As I was making my routine rounds on the web today, a fun request caught my eye. The folks at The Blog Guidebook are on a mission to discover exactly how, why, and where we bloggers "blog", and I'm thrilled to assist in their quest by contributing to the challenge and telling my story. Here's where it all began…



My journey to finding blogging bliss has been such a fun one, and I'm so very thankful that I have discovered this strong passion that was buried before.



I have always loved computers, and the creative crafter in me started to crave some hands-on graphic design dabbling. I had always been interested in starting my own blog, but it took me a while to whole-heartedly commit to the project.  My very own blog…That was just what I needed to fulfill my design desires while at the same time sharing our newlywed journeys with family and friends, and I was on a mission to make it fabulous.



The more tutorials I read on the process of designing a blog, the more I realized how tedious a task this would be. I spent every second of my spare time researching and studying any and all blog tutorials, graphic design handbooks, HTML/CSS Code Implementation guides, etc., and I finally took the plunge and published my first blog post about 6 months after I began my research.



My blissful blog was born on January 27, 2011, and I will never forget how happy, proud, and rewarding that day was for me. I didn't realize it then, but my life would be forever changed in so many positive ways thanks to my creation of {Southern Bliss…Sealed with a Kiss}!



The past 4 months have flown by, and, although it has been a whirlwind, I'm quite pleased with my blog thus far. I'm learning new tips and techniques everyday, and I have found such pleasure and contentment in this new "blogging chapter" of my life. It's hard to put in words how much I adore this new blogging community, and this is just a short list of simple pleasures Southern Bliss has brought to my days. I wake up everyday looking forward to the time I get to spend with my computer and a cup of coffee, and there is nothing more peaceful than reflecting on my thoughts and memories and sharing them with all of you.



My blog content varies on a daily basis, and it tends to range anywhere from Fashion, Food, Friends, Family, and Fun Finds. I simply write what's on my mind, and I typically settle into my "blogging spot" depending on the mood I'm in. I find bliss while I'm blogging in various locations, and I like to switch up my surroundings every now and then…It keeps me engaged, and I always seem to find new inspiration with a change in scenery.



I can {most recently} be found blogging from my patio, porch swing, or cozy couch at our new house in Murrells Inlet, and I find myself blogging about my southern roots when I'm surrounded by the salty air and signature scent of the marsh…Pure bliss!!



{Outdoor Living Area}



{Murrells Inlet Bliss}
If I'm not in MI, I can most likely be found at the desk in my home office or in the living room enjoying my sweet husband's company as I write and reflect on my thoughts. One thing is for sure...No matter where I am, I always find so much bliss when I can get lost in my blog. :)



{Home in Conway}



{Blogspots in Conway, SC}
I can't wait to hear all about you and your blog practices, and I hope you'll join me at The Blog Guidebook's linky party.






I would love for you to join me on my blog travels, and I can't thank you enough for your support! Follow me here, and let's keep in touch!






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xoxo,
Katherine




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5.26.2011

Summer Style & Seafoam Green

Can you guess what my favorite color is yet?? Here's a little snapshot with a few hints…It's the color of my eyes, it fills my closet and my {almost daily} wardrobe, and my wedding flowers were full of it. 
Yep…It's Green!!
It is and always has been my fave, and I love every shade of glistening green in the rainbow.



The temps are rising and the sun is scorching here in South Carolina, and it's just about time to say so long to Spring…As we make our way into the steamy summer months, I have found myself quickly swapping my spring wardrobe for my sandals, swimsuits, and breezy summer styles.
Wanna know the staple that will survive the seasonal transition and maintain it's rightful spot in my closet?



All things seafoam green…
{1. via Elements of Style 2. via Claylicious 3. via Anthropologie 4. via Target}
There's something so appealing about this lovely shade of green, and its "minty" makeup is just what we need to add a clean and refreshing touch to any summer style. These perfect shades of pastels pop in their own special ways, and I can't wait to incorporate some sweet seafoam selections into my beachy wardrobe.  I'm obsessed with all the seafoam fashion statements that I'm seeing this season, and I'm also loving these other fun seafoam finds…



This mint green Vintage Chevy is a true beauty, and I was instantly drawn to this picture since my husband's family owns Palmetto Chevrolet here in Conway, SC.



I'll leave you tonight with a little inspirational quote and day dreams of soaking up the sun in blissful Bora Bora.



{1. via Essie 2. via Anthropologie 3. via Zappos 4. via Design Public 5. via Anthropologie}



{1. via Delezhen 2. via StyleHive 3. via Net-A-Porter 4. via Old Navy}




{via Honey and Jam}



{via Four Seasons Resort}



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Take care, and have a great night!!

xoxo,

Katherine 






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5.18.2011

Much love for EmersonMade!

No matter how hectic my daily schedule, I always find comfort in the fact that I can pick up my laptop and escape for a little while into blogging blissIt has become my new favorite hobby, and I can't believe I have just now discovered this new passion at {almost!} 30 years old!!  Better late than never though, huh?


As I mentioned last week, I feel so blessed and grateful for all of the special relationships and contacts I have made through my blogging world, and I have discovered some fun and fabulous folks that I may never have had the pleasure of knowing


For example, just when I thought I had reached a maximum level of blogging bliss, I was pleasantly surprised with another delicious discovery I made thanks to this wonderful blog community.


I happily introduce to you EMERSONMADE
Get ready to enter fashion Heaven, and go ahead and relax, take a seat, grab your wallet :), and prepare to be hooked {just like me}!!


I {thankfully} clicked over to their site after seeing it on another blog, and I was instantly hookedWhen I say hooked, I mean within ooh, a few seconds!!


As I navigated around their awesome website, I fell in love with their style and their story {and I ended up with a Wish List a mile long}, and I'm so happy to share it with you!!  Be sure to check out their blogs, and get to know Emerson & her hubby Ryan {& their pup Pedro}…The creators of the amazing EmersonMade who are such an inspiration! 


I'm sure some of you have already discovered this delicious duo, but if you haven't, you must do so soon!  Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter too!  


I'm definitely going to have to start an "EmersonMade Series" since there is no way I can fit all my faves into one postHere's just a little glimpse into why they bring a big smile to my face!


These were the first finds that caught my eye



{via EmersonMade}
And these will be making their way to my closet and jewelry box soon I hope!! :)



{via EmersonMade}



{via EmersonMade}



{via EmersonMade}


Enjoy your time with EmersonMade, and have a great Tuesday!!


xoxo,
Katherine

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5.14.2011

Blissful Blogger...Aisle to Aloha

I know I have said this many times before, but I just have to say it againI love blogging!!!  I love every, single, little thing about it.


I love that my blog has filled me with a passion I never knew I had.


I love the fact that I have learned new graphic design skills, all thanks to researching and creating this blog.


I love that I get to sit down each day with nothing else but my computer and a cup of coffee and reflect on memories and write out my thoughts.  That is so peaceful and therapeutic to me!


I love hearing my friends and family say that they enjoy the reads or that something that I posted has inspired themThat warms my heart!


I love that I can share my special memories, fun finds, and love for my friends and family with all of you.


I love that my blog is serving as my journal {an electronic one, that is}…This is such a special time for me as I'm approaching the final months as a 29-year old. Bring on my thirties!!


And, last but definitely not least, I LOVE that my blog has led me to so many WONDERFUL new friends, fellow bloggers, and inspirational people, from all walks of life, who have become special to me and a new part of my life!!


When I began my journey as a blogger, I will admit that I was quite lost.  I knew I wanted it so badly, but there was just so much to learn.


I {thankfully} stumbled upon a fabulous blogger named Lindsay, who is the deliciously fun author of From the Aisle to Aloha.
Today, I introduce you to LindsayNot only has she become a fab friend of mine via blogging, Facebook, and twitter, but she is a daily inspiration to meThank you Lindsay!!!


I can't wait for you to meet her and check out her blog and Etsy StudioI guarantee she will bring a huge smile to your face and brighten your day almost immediately.


The night that I discovered Lindsay's blog, I was so frustrated with my blog setup and I just had to get away from it for a few minutesI checked out a few blogs for a little happy enlightenment, and there was Lindsay!  I read her whole, entire blog right then and thereEvery single word made me happy, and my confidence was restored.


I started communicating with Lindsay via e-mail and twitter, and her bubbly personality came through in every convo that we had.  She even took time out of her super hectic schedule to offer me some blogging tips and adviceI'm so thankful for her!


After falling in love {and becoming slightly obsessed} with her blog, I started visiting her Etsy shop almost daily.  Her paintings are so unique and they each have such vibrant pops of color that will complement any room in which they are hung.


I absolutely LOVE all of her paintings, and my new waves add the perfect touch to our Murrells Inlet home.


See how pretty they are??





{a little touch of love from Hawaii in our SC home}
Every time I walk by them, I think about Lindsay and how helpful and sweet she has been as I have embarked upon this new blogging chapter of my life.  I can't wait to add more paintings to my collection, and if you haven't discovered these Aisle to Aloha jewels quite yet, you need to check it out nowYou won't be disappointed!! :)


Sending love and hugs to Lindsay in Hawaii, and I wish you all happy shopping at Aisle to Aloha Studio!


xoxo,
Katherine

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5.11.2011

{good eats: dutch pancake}

I sure do love delicious food, and I've decided to start sharing some of my favorite recipes on my blog for all of you to test and taste in your very own kitchens. :)

I get the majority of my recipes from my wonderful parents who have instilled in me a love for cooking and who have taught me everything I know about it.  All the recipes in my "Good Eats" series are tried and true, tested and approved by yours truly, and I hope you enjoy them as well!

First upThe Dutch Pancake.
This dish is super simple, so quick, and it makes for a pretty and perfect breakfast entree. Try it out and let me know what you think!

DUTCH PANCAKE
Ingredients
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter

Combine the first 5 ingredients; mix well.  Melt butter in 10 or 12-inch oven-proof dish in 400 degree oven.  Pour batter over melted butter; Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Serve immediately with your favorite syrup {I warm mine before serving}, a sprinkling of white, powdered sugar, and if you prefer, fresh fruit or preserves.

Simple and so scrumptious!!  Enjoy!

xoxo,
Katherine

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5.10.2011

{mother's day preview}

It's good to be back!!  The past 10 days have been filled with weddings, work, and weekend getaways, and I can't wait to update you on the fun had by all!!


I'm currently visiting my parents and showering my sweet Mama with some much-deserved, unconditional love in honor of Mother's DayI count my blessings everyday that I was the lucky one brought into this beautiful world by her, and I may just have to make this "Mother's Week" rather than just the day! ;)


I have a special post coming up just for her, and I wanted to leave you with a taste of what's in storeThis picture was taken soon after I was born, and it makes me so happy.



{my beautiful mom and me}
I hope you all have a great day!


xoxo,
Katherine

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