Favorite Friday: Florida Georgia Line

So ya’ll, this Favorite Friday is all about my latest country music obsession, Florida Georgia Line. They are on my running playlist and every time I hear them on the radio I instantly turn it up and sing as loud as I possibly can! There’s just something that makes me feel good when I hear two Southern boys singing about whiskey, the country, and women.

Round Here – FGL 

“The moon comes up and the sun goes down
We find a little spot on the edge of town
Twist off, sip a little, pass it around
Dance in the dust, turn the radio up
And that fireball whiskey whispers
Temptation in my ear
It’s a feelin’ alright Saturday night
And that’s how we do it ’round here
Yeah that’s how we do it ’round here”

Tip It Back – FGL

“Yeah, if you had a long day or a long week
Grab a longneck if you’re with me
Come on now, holler “Hell yeah”
Cause tonight we’re here to party
And don’t worry about anything except what’s in your glass
Whether it’s a cold beer, tequila, or a double shot of Jack
Yeah, all you need to do tonight is tip it back”

Get Your Shine On – FGL

“Strawberry shimmer on hot lips,
Silver buckle hangin’ off her hips.
I sparkle when she smiles.
Shinedown on the radio dial.
Homemade jar o’ lemon drop, take a sip.
Don’t stop girl, you know I love it when you get your shine on!”

Just something about those lyrics and the music that makes me run harder, smile longer, and sing a little louder. And then when the Nelly Remix of Cruise came out, I literally about died. haha. I mean it’s come on, it’s Nelly. Ok, ok, I’ll stop before you all think I’m crazy.

Hope ya’ll have a Fabulous Friday Rockin’ Out to your own Favorite Jams!


Favorite Friday: Bold and Beautiful

While I was flipping though the latest Charleston Weddings today I suddenly came across a scene that looked very familiar to me: Lowndes Grove on a blustery yet, superbly sunny April day last year. Bold and beautiful colors of orange and green were everywhere transforming this classic Charleston venue into a stunning and unique reception. That was yet another spectacular day that I worked with Calder Clark Designs. As always it was a joyous and humbling experience to learn from one of the top Charleston event planners. I watched her take spring green patterned pillows and orange flowers and make her vision come to life. Before working with Calder I had been taught that most weddings in Charleston were cookie cutter…rustic, plantations, and lots of the same antique furniture. Same colors, same flowers, etc, etc, etc….BORING!! I realize now that working with Calder taught me that every event has it’s own identity and that all it takes is the simplest of details (it’s always in the details) to transform a cookie cutter event into a unique and unforgettable evening. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean. (See more on Calder’s Blog)

Check out the custom aisle runner!! Stunning…and yes all handmade!!

Wonder where the idea from the aisle runner came from….hmmmmm? Once again, it’s always in the details!

Photos: Gayle Brooker 

Favorite Friday: Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

My mom and dad got me a Crock Pot cookbook for Christmas last year and since being married I have begun to try a lot of those recipes on our lazy weekends. Since Fall is the perfect season for soups I tried my hand at the roasted tomato and basil soup recipe. It was so amazing that it is my favorite thing this Friday!! We have had it in my house twice in the last month and I’m making it again this weekend! It’s very easy and delicious. It is a heavier soup with robust flavor. Grilled cheese sandwiches make the perfect sidekick! Being that it is made in the Crock Pot it can be a perfect addition to a family gathering or holiday party! Enjoy!


2 cans (28 oz size) peeled, whole tomatoes, drained and liquid reserved
2 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 can (5 ounce size) evaporated milk
1/4 cup fresh shredded basil
salt and pepper, to taste



Preheat your oven @ 450F. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with a non stick cooking spray.

Arrange tomatoes on foil in a single layer. Sprinkle with brown sugar and top with onions. Bake for 30 minutes or until tomatoes look dry and light brown. Let them cool a bit; finely chop them.

Place tomato mixture, 3 cups liquid from tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, and all spice into Crock pot. Mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.

Then add evaporated milk and basil, salt and pepper. Cover and cook again for 30 minutes or until hot.

From: Crock Pot Best Loved Slow Cooker Recipes Cookbook

Favorite Friday: Furniture

So I hop over to my Pinterest today to find the latest eye candy and dream about my dream house and what do I spot when I first log in….this amazing furniture! So maybe I’m a little late with this bandwagon but I have lusted after this type of distressed, painted furniture for quite sometime now. Small apartments can’t quite accommodate these things just yet but rest assured that in my dream home there will be a tv stand, dresser, dining room piece of this nature somewhere in my house! I’m in love!

From: Simply Pix

From: Graham and Green

From: DIY Home Decorating Ideas

Favorite Friday: It’s Gel..It’s Polish..It Lasts FOREVER!

Before heading on our 2 week honeymoon I had to get my nails done. My cousin recently told me about this new thing called gel polish or shellac. I went to my local nail salon and asked for this special, extra long-lasting polish. The hostess popped out this wooden box filled with about 15 different containers. Each was a different color! I chose Russian Navy, classy, yet fun. Then they manicured my hands and painted two layers of base coat, then colored gel followed by a clear sealant. In between coats you put your nails under the UV lights. And in about 45 minutes…viola! You have beautiful and indestructible nails. I paid $35 for gel polish + manicure. To get this color removed and a new color on you must go to the salon or else you could ruin your natural nails, be careful ladies!! You may say well that’s not cheaper because you have to go back and have it removed. Well for $25 (at my local salon) I can have it removed and a new color painted on which I know will last a month. That is half the price of a full set + fill ins every two weeks!

I did some research and discovered who made these little jars of nail heaven and of course it was OPI. I would make sure that whichever salon you to uses this brand so that you know you are getting what you pay for.  My gel polish, that is still on by the way because I have to go and have it redone, has been on for over a month! No chips, no scratches, and it’s just as shiny as ever. The only thing is that is just grows out with your nails. It’s amazing! I scratched them on zippers, washing laundry, cooking, swimming, even once with the razor while shaving my legs and nothing!! No nicks, chips or a single peel!!! I highly recommend this for weddings, proms, or every day life. Especially if you’re like me and you cannot paint your own nails to save your life. It’s my new favorite thing. Now I can have professional, perfect nails for half the price of going once a week to get a manicure or a full set all because they last longer! Hooray for perfect nails and saving money!!

Favorite Friday: FaceTime

This year it was our time to upgrade cell phones. Being the Apple lovers that we are we obviously got the new iPhone 4. Let me just say I ADORE it. There are many reasons that I am obsessed with my iPhone. Of course all the usual things that you love about an Apple product: speed, a million apps, ease of use, the 5 megapixel camera, the list could go on forever. However, today I have discovered yet another reason to love my iPhone. FaceTime. I now can have a lunch date everyday with my husband thanks to this amazing feature. We can also FaceTime his mom on her new iPod! How cool is that! It makes staying in touch that much easier and more personal. If you’re work involves jetsetting around the globe, really late nights, or you live more than a hop, skip and a jump away from your friends an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, which all come with FaceTime, are definitely the products for you. You can FaceTime wherever you are! No more Skype dates or waiting to hook up that handy webcam…just FaceTime no matter where you are. Apple not only cares about your work life and social networking, but your personal life as well. They created these features that help you stay close to those that you love. So Apple, thank you again for making me a firm believer in your products…and we’re already saving up for an iPad 2!!! Oh the addiction we have.

From: Apple iPhone 4

Favorite Friday: Glamping {Glamorous Camping}

Today on Favorite Friday let’s just put it out there that I am not a “woodsy” girl. I love the outdoors, mountains, beach, etc. but you will not find me in a tent “roughing it” ever. So when I saw this ADORABLE Glamping birthday party on The Hostess with the Mostess blog I thought now this is my kind of camping. It involves some of my favorite aspects of the outdoors, like s’mores, with mani/pedi’s! Now what more could a girl want on her birthday?? Check out all the details here.

Photos by: Darci Woodiwiss Photography

Favorite Friday: It’s More Than Just Music

This Favorite Friday is all about dancing. What better topic than my favorite DJ! In North Carolina, if you want your event to be talked about for months, guests to never leave the dance floor and superb attention to detail there is only one thing you need…Virtual Sounds. They are one of the top DJ’s in the North Carolina area. Proms, weddings, high school reunions…these boys to do it all. Completing around 250 events a year, Errin Brown and his team will never disappoint. Errin took some time out of his busy schedule so that I could share some behind the scenes information.

From: Virtual Sounds

CJ – Why did you decide to start a DJ service company?

Errin – Great question. My best friend (Dustin) and I love messing with audio equipment of any kind, whether it’s a big P.A. system, car audio, or stage systems. We’ve always had a constant attraction to it and playing our favorite songs. People around us have always wanted us to bring a sound system. Then one day a friend of the family asked us to DJ a Mary Kay sock hop. LOL. That’s right. Mary Kay got my DJ career off the ground. The rest is history.

CJ – How did you come up with the name Virtual Sounds?

Errin – Our name “Virtual Sounds” came when we decided to become a mobile DJ business. We wanted something that sounded modern, state-of-the-art, and advanced. After tossing names around all evening we kept coming back to Virtual. So we said to each other, “Ok, Virtual what?” Virtual Sounds it is.

From: Virtual Sounds

CJ – What is your favorite aspect of DJing?

Errin – My favorite aspect of djing is very simple. I love what music does to people. Everyone likes different styles of music everywhere you go. However, it makes everyone feel the same, happy. I love to be around happy people no matter what I am doing. So having a job where I get the opportunity to make people feel happy is a constant rush and motivation for me.

CJ – What is your least favorite aspect of DJing?

Errin – My least favorite aspect of djing is also simple. Being away from my family on the weekends. Although this is how I support my family, it’s very tough being away from my family on the weekends unlike most traditional families. Therefore you will likely see me out on Monday and Tuesday, that’s when our “weekend” begins.

From: Virtual Sounds

CJ – If you could give one piece of advice to your clients what would it be?

Errin – The best advice I could give one of our clients would be: remember what you hired the DJ to do-entertain your guests. So don’t get so caught up in all the things that you want. Your guests seem to get overlooked. Sure, it’s your special day and it’s very obvious. However, you are surrounded by 50-500 of your closest friends. They are there supporting you and celebrating with you. So if you have a certain song on your “do not play list”, consider your guests’ song requests and still allow your DJ to play your guests’ songs that they would like to hear as well. A great DJ will keep your playlist in mind at all times and mix it with the songs that are packing out the dance floor. Therefore, everyone is happy. Sure, you don’t like that song but, look at Uncle
Bobby out there having a good ole time.

CJ – What has been your favorite event to date? Why?

Errin – I personally, have well over 1,000 events under my belt, so choosing one is hard. A few years ago I did a wedding in Cape Hatteras NC, the great outer banks. We had one of our big signature setups ready to go outside. It was a little windy already but, the day, and wind, was pressing on. Once the ceremony was over, the guests began to make their way to the reception. Each minute that went by the wind keep increasing. After about 30 minutes, there was a 40 mile per hour head wind making every one very uncomfortable. I couldn’t even turn my microphone on without getting white noise overpowering the music. Here I had all my big equipment lights with trussing and sound equipment ready for a big party. The mother of the groom finally came up and said “We are asking everyone to go inside. We can’t handle the wind and possible rain. Would you mind taking a speaker upstairs to the 4th floor and just playing a little music?” Without hesitation I had my crew load up the truck and I took my mixer, laptop, speaker, and a tripod to the 4th floor. So back to my roots is where I went, no fancy stuff. Just me and a microphone and speaker. I totally rocked that party and kept a crowd of about 50 people dancing all night long. I received many compliments and bookings from that wedding. It’s truly one I will never forget.

From: Kerri Crutchfield Photography

CJ – Share one personal, unique, or silly thing that makes your company different from all the rest.

Errin – The thing that makes us unique at Virtual Sounds is the incredible staff. If you are going to work for Virtual Sounds, you must have a sincere passion about what you do. The staff would work for free and never settle for just getting by. The staff will always go the extra step to make sure you have the best party ever, one that you will remember for a life time. It’s something you really can’t put into words, but I recognize it the first time I take someone to their first gig.

Favorite Friday: Carnival Magic

This very special Favorite Friday is all about my current favorite Fun Ship the Carnival Magic. It will sail us away on our honeymoon all over the Mediterranean. We have been drooling over all the glamour of the Carnival Magic for the past month. It has everything you could possibly imagine on it! An outdoor theater, adults only pool, RedFrog Pub, a dance club, piano bar, spa, and dining choices ranging from sushi to steakhouse I don’t even know where to begin!! Carnival always impresses me and I have no doubt that this Fun Ship will be magical. Have a Happy Friday!

Carnival Magic Atrium | From: The Carnival Fun Ships

Formal Dining Room | From: Cruise Line Fans

Outdoor Theater | From: Cruise Line Fans

Favorite Friday: It’s that time of year again…

This “Favorite Friday” I decided to focus on one of my favorite Charleston events of the year…Restaurant Week. Twice a year, restaurants all over the tri-county area create fantastic menus at fixed prices for everyone to enjoy! This year Restaurant Week is set for September 7th-18th, 2011. If I haven’t mentioned before one of my favorite things about Charleston is the plethora of marvelous restaurants. Restaurant week allows anyone to enjoy the best of Charleston without spending all of your savings. During the this years first Restaurant Week in January we dined at Husk Restaurant, which recently got voted America’s Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit Magazine. The shrimp and grits there are the best I’ve ever had in my life. A definite “must” if you visit the area. We also dined at Halls Chophouse. It ranks in the top 3 of my all time favorite places to eat. You will never be disappointed. This year once we return from our honeymoon we decided to try Carolina’s. We have heard nothing but good things and expect no less. Check out the website and make your reservations soon…there’s nothing better than a divine meal in Charleston.