Saturday Summary

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around the Corley casa. January brings with it some of the holiday celebrating spirit with the buzz of the new year, closely followed by getting back into the swing of routine life at work. I recently got this adorable clipboard calendar from the Target dollar section to help get me organized for the new year. It’s not available online, so be sure to check out your local Target if you want a bargain calendar for big picture planning. img_6837

My husband and I are also continuing to unpack our things. I’m ashamed to say that I completely forgot I bought this gorgeous piece from Digs Design last year.

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I mean, can we just take a minute to check out how beautiful this is?? It’s walnut, with inlaid turquoise for all the waterways, and the base is Alabama marble. I bought mine last year at Southern Makers, which is essentially a locally made goods fair. The event was held at the time at Union Station in Montgomery, where I was also living, but it will be moved to Birmingham for the 2017 event. Digs also sets up a booth at the wildly popular Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham. You can like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram @digsdesign. And nbd, but they totally shared the above photo on their account!

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Back in December, I won a giveaway from our local brewery, Fairhope Brewing Company, and finally claimed my prize when my husband and I went to their weekly trivia night with a group of friends. Though we didn’t win at trivia, I feel that I was a big winner by getting this hilarious t-shirt for free. If you’re not from Alabama, you probably don’t get it, but it plays off of a local billboard urging people to go to church and the never ending Bayway vs. Causeway debate for those of us who have to drive across Mobile Bay on a regular basis (I’m team Causeway all the way). Trivia + craft beer + free t-shirt + supporting the local economy (yes, I’m one of those). Win-win (win win)!

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And I want to leave you with this beautiful picture of the tree lights in downtown Fairhope. They go up in November for the Christmas season and stay up through Mardi Gras. I’ll do a whole post on Mardi Gras later after the parades and balls have really kicked off, so stay tuned!

What have y’all been up to in 2017?

Shelley

 

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New Direction for the New Year

Well, despite getting this blog launched, I was unfortunately not able to do much with it in 2016. In July I accepted a new position that required relocating. Between the job transition and purchasing a new home and moving and getting settled (which we still haven’t fully done), the blog fell by the wayside. I vow to do better this year! My husband (who also changed jobs in 2016) is a computer person, and he’s set me up with a better web address, so I hope to make that transition soon.

So for today, no real updates. That will come soon enough. I just wanted to post because it had been so long. To take a minute to sit down with my thoughts. 2016 was a big year for me personally, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings. With that, I hope to share lots of experiences, recipes, and more with y’all here at Southern Prep Chic. I have still kept up posting on Instagram, so don’t forget to follow along with me and my crazy family, friends, and pets there (@southern.prep.chic). Here’s my best nine of 2016.

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Until next time, Happy New Year!

Shelley

 

Florida’s Unforgettable Coast

Well it’s been about a month since I’ve posted. Sorry about that! Believe me when I say things have been crazy pants with my new job and being in the middle of a move! I have been posting on Instagram and Pinterest, so you can always follow along with my shenanigans there between posts, but I will try to do better about posting more often. Anyway, let’s jump back in. I was blessed to turn 30 last month! My sweet husband planned a weekend away with a couple of our friends to Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Um, it’s more like unforgettable! Completely gorgeous beaches without the crowds…sign me up. We will definitely be back. We stayed at a super cute townhouse style condo in Mexico Beach that he lucked up finding on Airbnb.  I linked to the actual unit because it was that cute. Brand new. Quartz countertops. Cute beachy decor. A bargain at twice the price.

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Don’t forget the Forgotten Coast though!

There are several towns along the Forgotten Coast besides Mexico Beach, where we stayed. Port Saint Joe and Cape San Blas and just a few miles down the road, and it’s the kind of area where one town kind of spills into the next. We spent our first day in Mexico Beach just right across the street from our condo. A bit of bad weather blew up while we were on the beach, so we wandered over to the El Governor Motel pool bar because it is covered and we theoretically would be safe from being struck by lightning. And I know what you’re thinking. “El Governor motel???” Stay with me a second. It was actually a pretty sweet set up. Now, I didn’t actually tour a room or anything, but the pool bar was pretty nice and it is right on the water. They even have small beachfront units with kitchenettes and private grills, and there were several families that seemed to be enjoying the convenience those offered.

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Mermaid lamp at El Governor Motel
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Here we are at the El Governor Motel in a silly giant chair

For our second day we headed to Port Saint Joe for lunch to the Indian Pass Raw Bar. Seriously, people. Go there! And go early. We got there just a few minutes after they opened, and we snagged one of the last tables. No tables opened up while we were there. They have beer on the honor system! It. Is. Crazy. You fill up your pitcher, and keep a tally of how many pitchers you have on this sheet they give you which reminded me a big golf score sheet. Then you just pay when you’re done. They also have a whole wall of bottle beer, which is self serve, honor system style too. So all that was cool. But y’all. The oysters. It was July, which is not traditional oyster season. And they were some of the best, freshest oysters I’ve ever had in my life. They came from Apalachicola, which as my father reminded me, is the oyster capital of the world. (Side note: traditional oyster season is any month that ends in R. Apparently this rule no longer applies, which is hard for me to get over because I grew up with it, but if these oysters were any indication…)

After we stuffed ourselves with oysters, we headed to nearby Cape San Blas to the beach. This beach was so nice. Seriously one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen, and hardly a soul was on it. These pictures really don’t do it justice, and for that I am sorry. The water was clear and calm, and we had a great time riding waves on the giant popsicle float (pictured below). I’m a big fan of any not crowded beach you can find on the Gulf Coast, so be very thankful that I let you in on this secret. This was a PUBLIC. BEACH. PEOPLE!IMG_6041

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Annnnnd it wouldn’t be Florida without some silly, funny cheesy signs. We were a little skeptical of the Ba-Da-Bing Room and Poop Deck, but they make for some great photo ops.

So don’t forget the Forgotten Coast the next time you want to make a Florida beach trip! We can’t wait to go back.

 

 

Point Clear-ing Our Minds

Terry and I spent a night this week at the fabulous Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama this week. As a former civil war hospital, the historic hotel originally opened in the 1840s and is rumored to be haunted. It is located on the Mobile Bay in Baldwin County. We had been on the grounds before, but had never actually stayed a night. We opted for one of the Larger Guest Rooms in the Spa Building (one of the newer buildings), and it did not disappoint. We had two balconies, one of which overlooked the bay (that’s the view in the top photo). The other overlooked the Robert Trent Jones designed golf course.

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We had breakfast at the more formal of the two restaurants the hotel offers. The food and service (and view!) were impeccable.

 

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I had the Signature Lump Crab Scramble, which is featured on the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die list put out by the Alabama Department of Tourism. It was fantastic. It comes with your choice of grits or potatoes. I went with potatoes, which is a delicious mixture of regular and sweet potatoes.

The reason for our brief visit was a job interview that I had in nearby Mobile. I accepted the job and we will be making the move from Montgomery to Fairhope this summer! Stay tuned for our farewell tour to Montgomery, and our journey to get to know our new home! This was the answer to a lot of prayers, and we are both beyond grateful to everyone for praying for us and encouraging us!

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I broke out the Waterford flutes from our wedding and some champagne (given to me by a sweet co-worker) to celebrate. If you like a sparkling rosé, I would definitely recommend this one from Moet & Chandon, although it’s on the pricier side. You can order online, but not in Alabama. Stay tuned for our upcoming adventurers in becoming a coastal Southern, Prep & Chic (Southern, Prep & Coastal? Who knows?)!

Happy 4th of July!

We did a pretty tame Independence Day weekend, but I did want to share a few things with y’all!

Saturday we went to a hamburger cook out/pool party hosted by one of our favorite in-town couples. It was about 98 degrees, so to stay outside, you had to stay in the water. Luckily I had these sweet drink floats to keep my cold beverage nearby. Cucumber vodka punch not included.

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Sunday we hosted another of our favorite couples (and their FIVE dogs) for a more low key grilling session at our home. While we kept the menu simple, this reminds me of a few favorite festive recipes from yesteryear.

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The Budweiser is for looking festive/drinking separately 

 

Fruity Champagne Punch

2 bottles champagne, chilled

1 2 liter bottle Sprite, chilled

Splash of lemonade to taste

A mixture of patriotic colored fruits: strawberries, blueberry, raspberries, watermelon, etc.

If you’re making this outside, I would make some fruit & sprite ice cubes. As simple as it sounds: fill ice cube trays with a mix of different colored fruits, cover with Sprite, and freeze overnight. Use Sprite from the bottle for the punch so it won’t water your champs down more.

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Mini Flag Fruit Pizzas

1 package break and bake sugar cookies

1 container whipped cream

2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Same variety of fruits from the punch

Seriously this is so easy. Break and then bake the cookies per package instructions. If you’re feeling salty, make them from scratch (You go, girl!). Place them on a rack to cool. Mix the whipped cream with the sugar, and cover the cookies. Decorate with fruit in any patriotic design that strikes your fancy. Then, you stuff.

Hope everyone had a fun, safe weekend celebration the U S of A. Don’t drive and drive, people!

What are your favorite 4th of July traditions?

 

 

Shelley Pope Corley

Hey y’all! I have been down the blogging road once or twice before, but here I am yet again with a little more focus and direction. It’s a simple concept, really. This blog will focus on things I like: home decor, food, drink, travel, fashion, beauty, dogs, etc. It’s as simple as that. I’m Shelley Pope Corley, and I like things Southern, Prep, and Chic. You can follow me on Instagram @southern.prep.chic and Pinterest @southernprepchi (I ran out of characters!)

A little bit about me: I’m married and live in Alabama with my husband and two fur babies. No human babies yet, but maybe one day. I am from a rural area. My family owns a beautiful camp, which is where my husband and I were married in 2013 (pictured below). My husband is originally from Dallas, which usually means I get a few metropolitan fixes a year.

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So let’s jump right in! It wouldn’t be summer in the South if it wasn’t already 90 degrees every day (seriously, it’s mid-June ahhhh), so I want to start off with a few beach/pool/lake essentials. Even if you’re just splashing in an inflatable pool, to survive a Southern summer, you need a lot of water.

I recently scored these jellies by Jack Rogers during the Nordstrom summer sale. I love them! They’re not only great for the pool, but running errands around town. If you’re familiar with the usual fit of Jacks, these are much more comfortable, and run just a little bit wider.

As my twenties fade away (I turn 30 next month), I find myself growing more modest. Luckily, swimsuit trends have taken a turn for more coverage! I’m loving this one piece from Jessica Simpson. It’s still fun, and I love the bright colors. If you have a long torso, I would order a size up. It matches my new jellies too! I also added this top paired with these bottoms from Victoria’s Secret to my swim collection. Rumor has it this is the last year they will do swimwear, so I had to try the infamous push up top while I had the chance. If you’re truly modest about your chest, it’s not for you. But I loved the pebble print, and it delivers what it advertises!

What are your favorite swimwear and sandals for summer?

SPC