There is nothing more precious than a child in Christmas pajamas during the chilly holiday season!  And there is something simply magical about a child meeting Santa Claus.  We created a fun holiday tradition your family and friends will always cherish:  Cookies with Santa!  
Now is the perfect time to stock up on precious Christmas clothing!  Nursery Rhymes in Jackson is offering 40% off ALL holiday PJ's and apparel!  For more information on Nursery Rhymes, please visit their Facebook Page here!  Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will have your baby or child beautifully dressed for the holidays and beyond! 
A special thank you to the incredible vendors who helped make this adorable photoshoot come to life!

Photography:  Katelyn Anne Photography

Children's Pajamas - Nursery Rhymes

Cookies - Broad Street Bakery & Café

Glass Bottles – Brown Bottling Group

Santa Plates – Hands in Clay

Stockings, Trees, Textured Blanket and Pillows – Persnickety

Hot Chocolate Booth – The Karovan Bar

Chairs - Modern Revival Rentals

Santa - As himself 






 
 
Winter is the perfect time to add cozy texture to your home decor!  Pernickety is one of our favorite Mississippi stores, featuring everything from original art to beautiful jewelry, Christmas decor, fine china and handsome handmade hunting gear.  

Persnickety recommends adding a layer of interest to your home with chic accessories, such as an embossed tray, beautiful boxes or a cozy fur pillow.  To update your wardrobe, simply add a handbag topped with feathers, or a new pair of readers! 
Persnickety is filled with wonderful gifts for the holidays.  For more information, please click here!

A special thank you to Adam + Alli Photography for the wonderful photograph! 
 
 
Winter's chill has finally arrived in Mississippi.  While we love the cool air and the holiday anticipation it brings, our skin is struggling!  It is time to make dry, chapped winter skin a thing of the past!  We turned to the experts at SKIN the Spa at the Runnels Center for help!  Today, they share their incredible tips for having gorgeous, glowing skin all season long!
We cannot wait for our next appointment at SKIN the Spa at the Runnels Center!  For more information on SKIN, please visit their website here!  
 
 
December officially starts tomorrow, and the anticipation of Christmas is already filling the air!  It is the perfect season for enjoying hearty dishes, like the Skillet Seasonal Vegetables with Fresh Farm Egg, created by Nick Wallace at the Mississippi Museum of Art!  We highly recommend a visit to the Museum; not only for the incredible artwork, but for the delectable fare.  Your tastebuds will thank you!

Mississippi is also home to dozens of pick-your-own farms!  Start a new tradition with your friends and family and visit a Christmas Tree Farm!  Local farms also offer fresh eggs and milk.  We hope you enjoy this beautiful season!
Photography by the talented Mary Moment Photography! 
 
 
 
 
Who is ready for The Battle for the Golden Egg?  It is finally time for the infamous Egg Bowl, when Ole Miss and Mississippi State go head-to-head in the most anticipated football game of the season!  

Whether you root for the Rebels or the Bulldogs, here are a few fun facts about the Egg Bowl you need to know:

  • The Egg Bowl is the 10th longest uninterrupted series in the USA!
  • In the early 1900's, Ole Miss was known as the Red and the Blue and MSU as the Mississippi A&M College Aggies
  • The first Egg Bowl game was played in 1901.  The game started 40 minutes late because of a dispute over the eligibility of A&M's Norvin E. Green, who had played for Ole Miss the previous year.  In the end, it was decided Green could not play in the game! 
  • Since 1927, the winning team has been presented with the Egg Bowl Trophy!
  • Ole Miss adopted the nickname the Rebels in 1936 and MSU the Bulldogs in 1961
  • The 2013 game was the first EVER Egg bowl to go into overtime!
  • This year's game will be the 113th meeting between the two schools and the 87th Egg Bowl.

Hotty Toddy and Hail State!  Good luck to both of Mississippi's fine teams! 

Photograph courtesy of Athlonsports.com 
 
 
From our homes to yours, we wish you and your families a joyful Thanksgiving!  Thursday is a great day of traditions, and we are thrilled to share our favorite Thanksgiving traditions with you today! 
"Philippians 4 6-76 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

In the hustle and bustle of daily life I love that Thanksgiving reminds us to stop and be thankful.  This is my favorite holiday. It's all about food, family, and football. Other than spending time with family and eating so much you need a great nap, watching Ole Miss beat Mississippi State in the egg bowl is my favorite thing about Thanksgiving. Gobble gobble y'all!"
 
Kendall Poole Ellis, Founder of Inspiration Mississippi 
"Growing up, we always spent Thanksgiving in Macon, Mississippi with my grandparents.  All of my dad's family would gather - 23 of us!  My grandmother's family owned a bakery in Boston, so she made the most delicious homemade pies.  She would have us out in the yard picking pecans for her.  I still remember the year they gave us a metal stick with a cage on the end.  The pecan picker was a game changer!  I think she made 3 pies that year!  She would make the homemade crust and would always let me make mini pies with the excess.  My dad would always make us Chex Mix for the road trip, so now Chex Mix is just as much a part of our Thanksgiving as the turkey!  

Now that we are grown and have kids of our own we get together at my mom's.  We try to help out by bringing different sides, but no one makes a Thanksgiving spread like my mom!  You can guarantee there will be pie, Chex Mix, crafts for the kids, food galore and a few extra guests.  My mom invites anyone and everyone she sees - check out ladies in the grocery store, neighbors whose family is somewhere else or people who don't have family to celebrate with.  She always says if you leave her house hungry it's your own fault!"

Emily Ferguson, Creative Director 
"Every year my mom's side of the family gathers in Gore Springs, Mississippi, at my Aunt and Uncle's house that is surrounded by land, a large pond, and a huge front porch lined with rocking chairs and a swing. Thirty family members pile into one house and stay for two nights (Crazy, right?). Everyone arrives on Thursday evening and we have our big Thanksgiving meal together. While we always enjoy a big meal together, the best part is the rest of the weekend, filled with fun activities that my aunt and uncle plan and have previously sent out an agenda to all the family members who will be there. Each year everyday offers something different. Our family has a strong Irish heritage, so two years ago, on the agenda was a night where everyone wore green, spoke with an Irish accent, and we had an authentic Irish meal. We will also fill the weekend with things like a zumba class, four wheeler riding, hunting, crafts, talent shows, etc. This year our biggest event on the agenda will be the making of a family movie. It is a weekend that the whole family looks forward to all year. We love to be together, relax, and have a really great time. This special weekend reminds us of the sweet blessing of family." 
Aimee Sanford, Client Relations and Advertising Director  
"As a child, we spent many Thanksgivings in the gorgeous mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina.  My grandparents have had a home there since I can remember, and I have so many fond memories from each and every year.  Hiking with cousins, drinking hot chocolate on main street and watching the tree lighting were always favorites.  The meal was also amazing.  From my grandmother's delicious, buttery rolls, to my mama's dressing and my daddy's pumpkin pies, we always over-indulged!  On Thanksgiving afternoons, we walked off our turkey and dressing with a beautiful hike, laughing and sharing stories with family. 


My grandmother passed away last year, but we will continue our Thanksgiving tradition and spend the holiday in her beloved mountain home.  She will be greatly missed, but I know she would be tickled to know that her great-grandchildren will be enjoying Highlands as much as we did as children.  I wish you all a wonderful, happy and healthy Thanksgiving!"
Mitchell Walters, Editorial Director
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving week!  With Christmas just around the corner, it is time to ponder the perfect gifts for your friends and family.  Why not create memories and take an unforgettable trip!  We reached out to Jill Hiers, Owner of Custom Travel Professionals, LLC, to share ideas for the ultimate holiday present! 
CANCUN

Jill says, "Cancun has amazing all inclusive resorts, easy flights, amazing Mayan Ruins and Cenotes, as well as Mexican culture." 
ASHEVILLE

"Asheville is nestled in the mountains with incredible art and shopping.  It is also home to the Biltmore Estate with its winery and gorgeous surroundings," says Jill.

JAMAICA

"Visit Montego Bay!   Easy flights, beautiful beaches, Hip Strip, and Jerk Chicken!"
NASHVILLE

"Nashville is a great weekend getaway with both musical and historic things to see such as the Ryman, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Hermitage," smiles Jill.

Thank you, Jill, for these amazing ideas!  We hope to find a surprise trip wrapped beneath our tree this Christmas!  For more information on Custom Travel Professions, Inc., please visit their website here!

Asheville photographs courtesy of Asheville.com
Nashville photographs courtesy of visitmusiccity.com
Jamaica and Cancun photographs courtesy of Custom Travel Professionals, LLC
 
 
“I grew up in New Albany, Mississippi, surrounded by a lot of family.  I had the perfect small town childhood,” reflects Catherine Ann Herrington Davis, Owner of Hi Y’all! Made In The South.  Catherine Ann and her husband, Parker Davis, design and sell custom artwork, apparel and pillows, inspired by the colorful people, beautiful places and traditions in the South that have influenced their lives.  Catherine Ann says, “Southerners are confident, excellent cooks, and know how to have a good time.” 

Catherine Ann is gorgeous, humble and sweet, and has an infectious passion for Mississippi.  As a graphic design student at the University of Mississippi, Catherine Ann started making pillows for her graduation thesis project.  She laughs, “It is hard to believe I am still making pillows today!” 

The Hi Y’all! Brand has completely exploded, and it all started at the kitchen table.  In the spring of 2012, Catherine Ann was brainstorming ideas for a business name, and Hi Y’all! Just clicked.  She smiles, “Little did my husband know, that one day we would be building a brand together under the same roof.” 

Catherine Ann says, “My artwork and love for the South are tightly interwoven.  My past experiences and the memories from growing up in Mississippi create the imagery for my artwork.”  Inspiration abounds in Mississippi, and Catherine Ann designs each piece with its own story.  She says, “One of my favorite paintings was inspired while stopped at a stop sign.  I saw children playing in a church playground and was reminded of my summers at vacation Bible school.  ‘Jesus Loves the Little Children’ is one of the first songs I learned, and it reminds me today to love others and have faith like a child.”

Many of her pieces feature quintessential southern sayings, guaranteed to make you smile.  She says, “When I was a child, I loved listening to my mother talk on the phone.  Southern conversations are the best.  My favorite sayings are ‘Bless your heart!’ and ‘My mama said.’”

Catherine Ann and Parker proudly make all of their Hi Y’all! products by hand in their studio garage in Starkville.  With their business growing rapidly, they hope to one day expand into a studio space with a storefront.  Catherine Ann smiles, “The Southerner in me enjoys meeting new people and making those Mississippi connections!”

She reflects, “Parker and I feel so blessed to call Mississippi home.  My dad gave me the best advice for owning your own business.  He said, ‘Always work hard and remember who you are.’  This is the official Hi Y’all! Motto.” 

For more information on Hi Y'all, please visit their website here.  Photography courtesy of Stephanie Rhea Photography

 
 
AliceClaire Thompson and Jason Scott were united in a beautiful church ceremony surrounded by the bride’s favorite flowers, white orchids.  Following the sweet vows, guests flocked to The South in downtown Jackson for a colorful affair.  The venue was transformed into a completely magical space, draped in orchids and décor in brilliant shades of purple. 
LOVE STORY

One frigid December evening, AliceClaire met Jason and sparks immediately flew.  Just days later, the two shared their first date and talked for a remarkable eight hours!  “That was without question the moment we fell in love,” smiles AliceClaire.  Jason proposed two years later, and AliceClaire eagerly began planning their wedding.  In the midst of the excitement, her family suffered a shocking loss when her childhood home burned in a devastating fire.  Miraculously, her mother’s wedding gown was found amongst the rubble.  As a sweet nod to her loving parents, AliceClaire wore a custom veil on her wedding day, delicately sewn with lace from her mother’s beloved gown, as well as her own.  The veil became a beautiful reminder of family, love and faith; one that AliceClaire hopes will be worn for generations to come.



VENDORS:
Photographer: Followell Fotography
Event Planner: Kendall Poole Event Planning
Dress: The Bridal Path
Hair: William Wallace Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Tuxes: Tuxes Too
Videographer: Nathan Willis
Venue: The South Warehouse
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Florist: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral
Catering: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral
Band: Az-Izz
Bride’s Cake: Cakes by Iris
Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Iris
Print Material: Emily Ferguson of Designs for KPEP