20 September 2017

Week 3: USC vs Kentucky

Football Saturdays are the best.

Football Saturdays in Clemson are THE best, but the ones spent in Columbia tailgating with our friends here before USC aren't half bad either. Our tailgate before the game this weekend was no exception.



I don't have any fun drink ware for Carolina games like I do Clemson games. Sorry, but even I have my limits when it comes to Carolina related accessories. My mom and I scooped up these fun coozies a couple of seasons ago at Swoozies, and it's my favorite one to bring to a Carolina tailgate.



By the time dusk fell, we were ready for the big game! I'd say 99.9% of the people in the stadium were ready for the game that was about to happen on the field in front of them...



... the other 0.1% of the people in the stadium were more concerned about a game happening several hundred miles away in Louisville, Kentucky. You can count me among the latter group.



You can take a girl to a Carolina game, but you can't actually make her watch the game on the field. Cell reception was spotty for most of the game though, so I was relying on scoreboard updates and text message updates from a friend to keep me up with what was going on. There were a few lucky times where I'd get great reception and was able to watch some of my game on Patrick's phone.

We got back to our tailgate after the game in time to see a good chunk of the 4th quarter of Clemson's game. If I can't be at Clemson's game, at least I can bask in the glow of Williams-Brice stadium while I watch Clemson throttle what was supposed to be one of their biggest threats in the ACC Atlantic this year.



Three weeks, three tailgates & games, and Clemson is currently sitting at #2 in the country with a 3-0 record. I won't get into how ridiculous it is that the undefeated defending National Champion {who is the only school that has already beaten two top-15 teams this season} isn't the #1 team in the country... but it's only the 3rd week of the season. I'll give the rest of y'all a couple more weeks to realize that even though Deshaun Watson {& a bunch of other really good players} left for the NFL, Clemson is still Clemson.

Up next: Clemson vs Boston College in Clemson!

The beginning of the football season is always a little hectic for us with the number of games in a row we end up attending. It hasn't been too bad this season, but I am excited for next weekend because it's a weekend at home, there are fun events happening all over Columbia, and Clemson has a night game. Win, win, win.



15 September 2017

Five on Friday

It's Friday? Already? Seriously? Someone please tell me where in the world this week went... you know, in addition to answering where in the world January - August went and where the first half of September disappeared to.

Just kidding. We all know where this week went: Hurricane Irma, 1. Chesson, 0.

Want to know who else is 1-0 other than Irma? Deshaun Watson. Clemson fans have known for years that he was a once-in-a-generation type of quarterback and that he's exciting to watch. Alabama fans begrudgingly will say the same thing about him. Now the Houston Texans and the NFL world have the chance to see how awesome he is and I LOVE it.



Anyway. Let's get down to another Five on Friday...

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Things I learned this week: I don't do power outages and I'm slightly overdramatic when it comes to not having power.



Thank goodness for Instagram stories, right? Y'all got to be there with me throughout the entire power outage and y'all got to count down the # of outages in our county until we finally had our power restored. I'm so thankful that we didn't have to evacuate our home, that a tree didn't fall on our house, that we had no flood damage, and that the worst we dealt with was 2+ days of no power. People had it much, much worse than we did. But you know what? Being the only street in our neighborhood without power is beyond frustrating.

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That being said, y'all were all just as excited as I was about the fact that our power was restored after 53 hours without.



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Quite a few of y'all sent me a fun link yesterday to a post on The Everygirl. Y'all saw a picture from Clemson's Death Valley and then saw a photo credit below it to Magnolia & Main... and probably got just as excited as I did to see it!


{original post Magnolia & Main here, and on The Everygirl here}

That actually wasn't the first time someone sent me a message this week about stumbling across me and my blog online. I might blog a few times about Clemson football, tailgates, and wine and if you google "Clemson wine tailgating"... uh, you might recognize a few of the pictures. What can I say? I like Clemson football, tailgating, wine, and cute wine glasses.

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Three things signal fall in Columbia:
1. Football Season
2. Columbia's Annual Greek Festival
3. South Carolina State Fair



We're 2 for 3 so far! Football season has begun, and we ventured out to Columbia's Annual Greek Festival last night with our favorite Greek. My mom came along for the fun, and let's be real: we were just there for the fries {and pizza}.

{five}
Y'all, football season is in full swing around here. It's Week 3 and we're off to our third football game of the year: USC vs Kentucky.

Clemson is playing on the road against Louisville and all I can think about is our awesome trip there two seasons ago. We were newly engaged and y'all, that was one of the most fun road trips that I've ever been on. The game was excellent, too, even if it was incredibly stressful up to the final seconds.



Here's hoping that Clemson can escape Louisville with another win and improve to 3-0 on the season.

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GO TIGERS! Beat Louisville!





11 September 2017

Week 2: Clemson vs Auburn

In the fall, there is no greater place to be on a Saturday than at a tailgate in Clemson. It was a beautiful day for a tailgate, too! It was in the mid-60s when we arrived on campus around noon and never got warmer than about 75. Sunny, cloud-free days on campus are the best.

The game against Auburn wasn't until 7, so we had a day full of tailgating ahead of us.

My mom and I picked up these hand painted wine glasses last weekend at Raspberry Fizz in downtown Clemson. How cute are they?! I'm convinced that we have enough Clemson themed drink ware to go an entire season without repeating.


I was worried about our new tailgating spot this year, and that it wouldn't be as convenient as last year for our friends to stop by and hang out with us. I worried for nothing because we have awesome friends who will always find a way to visit!


Let's talk about the dress that I was wearing at our tailgate during the day. I found it at Handpicked in Charleston this summer, fell in love with it, and had to have it for a Clemson game this year. I was so excited to wear it.

As much as I love it, it is not a game day dress. It's 100% not made for jumping up and down in a stadium and cheering on your team. I kind of expected that to be the case, so I came prepared with an outfit change...


It was a beautiful evening to be in Death Valley!


While Clemson didn't thump Auburn they way that they did Kent State last Saturday, they did come away with the 14-6 victory. Who remembers a time when Clemson beating Auburn 14-6 would be the most amazing thing ever? Now it's kind of expected to beat Auburn {and everyone else ;)} and I'm totally ok with that mentality.



Next up: Clemson at Louisville.

Game Day. 8pm Kickoff. I'm a little nervous about this one to be honest. Clemson hasn't allowed a TD at all this season, but Lamar Jackson can be a touchdown machine when he wants to be.

I'm also busy reminiscing about our trip to Louisville two years ago for the Clemson/Louisville game. We had a blast! From the Louisville Slugger Museum to Churchill Downs and downtown distilleries to Maker's Mark, it was such a good trip with some great friends.

We won't be there this year because we'll be in Columbia for the USC / Kentucky game. Am I more than a little annoyed that our 3:30 kickoff time was moved to 8pm and I'll miss the majority of my game? You bet. The things you give up in a house divided marriage... :)

Happy Monday, friends! Stay safe from Irma!

08 September 2017

Is This Real Life?

Three years ago, when Patrick was giving me reasons every day on why I should move back to Columbia, I told him that there was nowhere in Columbia that I would ever want to work. Nowhere.



But then I heard about this new magazine that was starting up called Fig Columbia. Fig Columbia was going to be a quarterly magazine that would celebrate all things local, and I was immediately enamored with it. I remember telling Patrick that if I could work for Fig, I would move back to Columbia. They weren't hiring {I checked on a regular basis} and I give up on the idea of ever working for them.

Fast forward a couple of years.

I had the opportunity to work with an incredible design company in Columbia when Patrick and I were getting married. It was a company comprised of talented, dedicated, and hardworking women who did incredibly awesome design work and who put together a beautiful wedding invitation suite for us. I ended up staying in touch with this company and following along with them via social media... and when the opportunity to work for them arose, I jumped on it. I knew there was no better place in Columbia for me than with this group of women.


{photo credit to Brynley}

Fast forward to last night.

Last night was a little surreal for me.

Last night, the talented team that I joined four months ago, launched the Fall 2017 Issue of Fig Columbia.



You see, that awesome little design company took on a huge new project at the beginning of the summer this year. We signed on to create and produce Fig Columbia... from the writing and design of the quarterly magazine, to managing all of the social media accounts, and to being the Fig representatives around Columbia.

We launched our first issue of Fig {the 16th overall for Columbia} and it is amazing. I might be a tiny bit biased but seriously, it's such a great issue. It is a product of a lot of hard work, a lot of late nights, a lot of running around, a lot of great concepts/planning/photography/design/writing, and a lot of talent. It is something that I am so, so, so proud of and I can't wait to get started on our next issue.

Y'all, I'm working for a company that I believe in. It's a company where my team members feel like family rather than just the people that I see at work every day. I work with women who are strong, talented, and so great. I'm grateful. I have to sit there sometimes and remind myself that yes, this is my life and this is what I get to do for a living.


{Photo credit to Lindsay}

I get to write. I get to take pictures. I get to run social media accounts. I get to meet some truly special people and companies from all around Columbia and tell their stories. I get to be involved. I get to research all of the fun things going on around town and share what I find with a big audience. I get to do all of this for a living.

Is this real life? Is this my real life?

06 September 2017

Week 1: Clemson vs Kent State

Because it was the first game of the season, a noon game, and a game against a no-name team {Kent State}, my dad and Patrick decided to sit this one out. Totally ok with us! I love getting to road trip up to Clemson and spend the day with my mom in one of our favorite places.

First things first: check out our new parking lot with our brand new Swig wine tumblers.


As soon as I saw these, I knew that we had to have them for our Clemson tailgates. They come in a whole bunch of colors {orange, too!} and you can personalize them any way you want. I bought mine from this seller on Etsy - I highly recommend her! Her shop states that it takes 2-3 days for items to ship but when I told her I was hoping to have them for the first game, she had them ready to ship the day I purchased them.

Our new tailgate spot has us super close to downtown Clemson and Bowman Field... which will be great anytime that Game Day comes to town, on Homecoming, and on days when we want to do a little shopping. This past Saturday was a day that we wanted to do a little shopping... by a little, I mean I probably need to not shop again this football season. Oops.

{PS - any Clemson friends who wander by Bowman Field or downtown this season, we want to see you! Our new lot is Lot 25 and right next to the Alumni Center.}

While we did miss our favorite tailgate friends {they were both in a wedding... who gets married during football season anyway??} we did get to catch up with quite a few other friends.


... and then it was time for the most important part of the day: watching OUR defending National Champions run down the hill!

Y'all.

I've heard Death Valley be loud before but I've never heard it that loud for a noon game against a no-name team like Kent State. Never. I think everyone was incredibly excited to see Clemson take the field again after an amazing 2016 football season.


We made a short game out of things and headed out of the stadium at halftime to get back on the road down to Columbia. It was a great first game back in Clemson though! I'm so excited for this coming weekend.

Clemson vs Auburn at night under the lights in Death Valley.

GO TIGERS!

01 September 2017

Five on Friday

College football is back! It's like Christmas Eve over here and I cannot wait to be back in Clemson tomorrow for my fifteenth straight season of college football. January 9th seems like a lifetime ago and it's high time for another season of the best game.

Linking up with April for a long-overdue edition of Five on Friday.

{one}
I took advantage of the cooler weather earlier this week and managed to squeeze in a quick run after work before it started to rain. This run felt so good after last Saturday's not-so-great race. There's still a long way to go to 13.1 but I'll take any positive run that I can get!



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There have been so many murals popping up around Columbia over the last few months and it's been fun watching the progress of each one of them. I don't make it down to Five Points often, but loved getting to see the latest mural being worked on earlier this week. Can't wait to see it when it's done!



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Our dining room table got a fresh look this week with a new table runner, new placemats, and a new centerpiece.



Next up: new sofa and a completed man cave! The man cave is so close to being done and as soon as it's done, we can shift furniture around in the house, and our new sofa comes home from Westend Interiors.

{four}
I've said it once before but it's worth repeating: if you find this beer in stores anytime soon, buy it! The New Belgium Fat Tire Special Release White Ale is so good.



Also, check out this pretty glass that I bought while we were visiting New Belgium a few weeks ago. Biking and breweries, two of my favorite things combined on one glass.

{five}
One day really soon, I'll share about the job that I started at the beginning of May on this blog. I've never talked about any of my previous jobs on here before but this job is a tiny bit more well known around Columbia.

How well known? Let's just say there's a magazine going out next week to thousands of homes around Columbia and into dozens of shops/restaurants that has my name under "Writer". It's still surreal to think about. This job has given me the opportunity to meet so many people in Columbia and it makes me be involved, which is awesome. I also get to work with an incredible group of women who are all crazy talented, inspiring, and awesome to work with {even if they outnumber me 5:1 when it comes to Clemson and South Carolina...}

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That's a wrap for today, y'all! Thanks for hanging in there with me this summer while I disappeared and did all of the fun things, but a special thanks to all of y'all who have encouraged me and this blog! As of last week, I've officially been blogging in this space for FOUR years.

Who saw that one coming four years ago? Not me!

Happy SOLID ORANGE Friday! GO TIGERS!

31 August 2017

Welcome, Football Season

It's the best time of the year: football season!


In less than 48 hours I'll be back in Tiger Town and anxiously waiting for the Defending National Champions to run down the hill for the first game in Death Valley. It's going to be so weird to not have DW4 on the field this season but I'm excited to see this Clemson team write their own story.

{Remind me of that later when I'm bemoaning the fact that Deshaun graduated early and is playing as a backup on Sundays these days...}

It's time to bust all of the orange and purple out of the closet.



It's time to pack the coolers, find all of the orange and purple tailgate accessories, and try out new tailgate recipes.



It's time to plan another incredible weekend in Tiger Town with some of our best friends.


It's time to hop from tailgate to tailgate and visit with friends that we haven't seen since last football season {& their newest additions!}


Here's how football season is shaping up for us this year as we embark on season 9 of our house divided relationship.


Week 1: Clemson vs Kent State
Week 2: Clemson vs Auburn
Week 3: USC vs Kentucky
Week 4: Clemson vs Boston College
Week 5: Weekend at Home {essential after 4 straight games!}
Week 6: Clemson vs Wake Forest
Week 7: Weekend at Home
Week 8: Someone thought it'd be a great idea for both Clemson & USC to have the same Bye Week...
Week 9: Clemson vs Georgia Tech
Week 10: USC at UGA
Week 11: Clemson vs Florida State
Week 12: Clemson vs The Citadel
Week 13: Clemson at USC

Thirteen weeks of football, ten games.

Peace out, summer. Bring on football season!

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