We’ve been married four years.  Four.  We didn’t date all that long before we got engaged, so four years seems like a lifetime.


Four years is long enough to know how he takes his coffee {black on weekdays, two creams & one sugar on Saturdays}.


Four years is long enough to know that he’d prefer to binge on a Ken Burns documentary but will stoically agree to Sense & Sensibility {again}.


Four years is long enough to know that when he makes me a cup of tea, he’ll deliver it in our largest soup mug instead of one of my dainty tea cups {because, caffeine!}.


It’s also long enough to know that he’ll be silly when I need it and solemn when it comes to the important stuff.


To my darling man, thank you.



P.S.  Even though we normally stick with the traditional anniversary gifts, we didn’t want or need anything in satin or linen.  Josh ordered me this bikini and a 2015 Lilly planner in my favorite print and I’ve yet to get him anything {because he cannot make up his mind!}.



Leather–Year Three

Our third wedding anniversary is quickly approaching.  It’s hard to believe that we’ve been married for three years!  Josh is very traditional in many ways including how he plans our anniversary celebrations.  He references the traditional U.S. gifts and plans accordingly.  Our first anniversary gifts were paper:  Mumford & Sons tickets.  Our second anniversary gifts were cotton:  shopping sprees for each of us!  This year, we’re on the lookout for leather.  Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

For her:

1//Uptown Clutch from J.Crew.  Perfect for daytime to evening transitions.  I don’t care to carry large handbags, so this petite purse is perfection.  $138

2//La Mer Chateau Collection Wrap Watch in Mint.  This watch would add a gorgeous pop of color to my very neutral wardrobe.  $92

3//The Classic Cambridge Satchel in Red.  Handmade in the UK.  Utterly simple and completely useful.  $148 U.S. dollars

4//Tory Burch Tumbled Leather Thora Sandal in Royal Tan.  Neutral and preppy.  Perfect for the long summer months in the Deep South.


For him:

1//Classic Travel Case from Saddleback Leather Co.  100 year warranty.  American made.  If Ernest Hemingway could have carried this bag, he would have.  $181

2//Men’s Bean Boots by L.L. Bean.  Another American classic.  $99

3//Fish Hook Belt from Vineyard Vines.  Yet another quality American made product that looks sleek while maintaining an edge.  $98

4//Grant Chronograph Leather Watch by Fossil.  Interchangeable bands, 11-year warranty, and water resistant up to 5 ATM.