Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gifting for Ma

Let's be honest, some of us are blessed with VERY easy mothers to shop for.

As Mother's Day is a week from Sunday, I saw it fitting to put together a list of perfect Mother's Day gifts. There is something on here for every budget and each of these things comes in different colors. I'm still unsure which to get my ma.

These flats are perfect for summer and I'm not sure about your mom, but my mom loves to have support around her ankle. These provide that, while still being stylish.

Bobby Brown is amazing. Period. Their colors are timeless and the are appropriate for any age. This is a shade that my mom wears and loves. I know they gift wrap and can be found in most Saks stores. For under $30 mom has the perfect lip shade and it lasts
all day!

A friend got me one of these Anthropologie candles for my birthday and I have been obsessed ever since. They are pretty to look at and smell divine. Their scents are all very different and I would definitely have mom check them out while browsing one day to see what she likes. But again for under $30 you have the perfect gift and their gift wrapping is beautiful!


Summer is the perfect time of year for straw bags. I chose this one for moms because of the large shape and I LOVE those handles. But it's simple and versatile and the perfect summer bag! You can find similar ones at Target for around $20!

Lastly I wanted to talk about something that has some meaning as well. This mixer is the one I have in my kitchen, pink and all. It is amazing. But a lot of moms surprisingly don't have Kitchenaids. These became very popular for wedding registries, some time after our moms got married. If you can afford one, these are amazing. They come in many different colors, but I wanted to show you the breast cancer awareness one. It's beautiful and a portion of the price goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation. You cannot go wrong with this purchase!

So what did you get, are you getting, or any ideas for Mother's Day this year?

Jimmy Buffet's Semi-Wordless Wednesday

Have you ever been to a Jimmy Buffett concert?

Tell me alllllll about it! :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's not good-bye...

Military send offs can be some of the hardest. (as I'm sure many of you have experienced) I cannot claim that this one is about my husband, father of my children or even my boyfriend. This is just a good friend of mine leaving to protect this beautiful country we live in. It's a scary thought, but a very respectable act...all at the same time. This past weekend my bestie and I went to see a concert and ended up staying with this friend. He leaves this week for Dubai as a security personnel for the Navy. As we sat up talking with him for hours (meaning I asked 100 questions) I began thinking about how scary it must be for soldiers. Trained as they may be, leaving friends and family for months or years on end is terrifying. Most military men and women will tell you that joining their branch was the best thing that ever happened to them and he is no different. Question after question, he answered very calmly. It was almost as if he was trying to calm me down. (the conversation got very deep about religious governments in middle eastern countries) The "good-bye" was simple and short, no tears! (which is good for me) But on the way home I began to think about how serious this was and how each and every one of those Navy men are leaving someone. I'm sure every one of you knows a military member, if you are not a spouse, family member or one yourself.

This is a salute to every one of them, God bless y'all.

Thank you for fighting for our freedom.

J and I fighting over something stupid, typical. (this was this last weekend)

he looks serious here. kinda scares me a tad. keep it up J!
- If you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them. -

Semi-Wordless Wednesday

Whoopie Pie Baking Night with the Girls


serious kitchen talk

goofin off about somethin

all smiles with wine, sweets and friends

the beloved wife and i with our goods :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

the beautiful Anne Barge...

I haven't blogged much about weddings on here, unless they were events I was helping to coordinate. Mainly because I'm not married, not engaged and quite frankly not in a serious I felt kinda weird about blogging on weddings. But today that is out the window! As I have said in previous posts, I used to be a bridal stylist and worked closely with many different nationally and internationally known designers. I have also been working with weddings my whole life with my father's business. Needless to say, I have seen more than a few wedding gowns in my life. Prices ranging from $100-$20,000. (if you have it, use it!) But a wedding is often the one day every girl dreams about and in MY dreams, I always look down to see what I am wearing on this wonderful celebration of love. (to a person unknown thus far) OK, let's get to the point...a designer I have loved for years and truly an amazing person as well is the amazing Ms Anne Barge. Her collections are beautiful and whimsically romantic at times. Her spring 2011 collection is posted on her website and I wanted to share some of the beautiful designs.

Which one would you wear?

This first one is going back to Fall 2010, but I just loved the clean lines of it. My opinions and style for bridal is all over the place, you have been warned. Any who, this is a satin and satin organza dress from her La Fluer line. How fun would it be with a beautiful face veil?

Some brides are swooning over short dresses. I am not a short bridal gown fan, but for those of you that funky is this? This is from her Spring 2011 line and it is called Skylar. It is satin with Chantilly lace on the bottom! So Sassy!

My curves would have a hard time pulling this off, but for those of you that have a rockin body...this is hot! I love the name, Brogan, and it is a beautiful taffeta. The fun shape makes it interesting for every ones eye.

Lastly, something I could see myself wearing. A fuller skirt is great for anyone with hips that wants to feel comfortable on their big day. This particular dress is called the "Drew" and is full tulle on the bottom. The belt is gorgeous and I would probably request a more natural color or even a white to match the dress. How fun is this gown?

Monday, April 18, 2011

I need more color....

This is awesome map that generates places you have been. It's kinda cool to see all of this, but I would LOVE some more color on this thing. Within the last year I have gotten four of these new colors! I would like to start a voyage after graduation to fill more of these spots! Who is with me?
You can do your own by clicking this!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Throwback Thursday....

-The 1950's Woman-

I was born in the wrong era.

True Meaning

Easter is the next major holiday and honestly one of my favorites. This statement is true, my favorite holiday of all time is Christmas...but Easter is a close second. As I walked around a couple stores yesterday I observed mothers and children looking at things that are meant to celebrate Easter. Eggs, bunnies, baskets, grass, candy, etc. My first thought (loving kids) was, "that is so cute!" Then I began thinking about my childhood and how Easter was celebrated in my family, and still is today. In my house, we enjoyed all the commercial and Americanized Easter festivities. (complete with a serious egg hunt I might add) But this was all on the back burner to the true meaning of Easter. I'm sure we have all heard that term a lot with Easter and Christmas. The "true meaning" can be different for everyone, different for every religion. In Christianity, and in my home, the meaning of Easter was to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This was a time for our family to gather, worship in church and celebrate the resurrection! I'm getting emotional writing this because my family means a lot to me and more than that my relationship with the Lord means a lot to me too. This is the first time I have blogged about this on MY blog. (I did a guest post about motivation through the Lord) But I honestly felt the need to talk about it on my blog after seeing everything yesterday about candy, eggs and bunnies. Whether you are Christian or not, celebrate Easter this year with family. Cherish those around you and rejoice in the fact that you are alive and healthy and have someone to share this beautiful day with.

The Bible can always tell a story PERFECTLY, in comparison of the way I'm trying to tell it, so here goes:

Matthew 28:1-10 1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Easter 2010- My Mema and I :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

OOTN: Swamp Monday

I never really put OOTD or OOTN, mainly because my phone pics kinda stink and I never take a real picture of just my outfit. I wore something last night that was pretty cute and wanted to share. It's a crappy phone but, but I think you get the idea. And I will include a real picture that is more than just the outfit. I got this dress awhile back, it's by Maggie London. Very sackish, but great with a belt. Then I got this belt a couple months ago from GAP and I'm def happy with the purchase. I'm a bargainer and honestly...I got the whole outfit for under $20. :)

My crappy phone pic:

My Lovely Friends Amanda, Me, Marissa:

Tuesday Travels

One of my favorite things to do is travel! (really, who doesn't day that?) But seriously, I would love to be comfortable enough ($$$) to travel. I have only been to Europe once and it was to Italy. I can't even express how amazing the trip was, especially because I'm part Italian. Anyhow, if I could go back there tomorrow I would drop everything, especially school. (ugh!) But looking to the future, I was thinking about how many awesome places are on my dream list. Of course traveling the world over the course of a year would be nice (Eat Pray Love!) but sometimes we need to limit ourselves. So I compiled a list of awesome places I must visit before my time on earth ends.

Without further adieu, my Tuesday Travel wishes: (in no particular order)


I'm also Irish (hence my last name) and would love to see this beautiful country. They have amazing scenery and I would swoon over getting to drink in a real Irish pub.


How can you even think twice about packing your bags for this place? This little chaise lounge actually exists. (for a pretty penny) This place is a paradise and who doesn't love frozen drinks?

Hawaii Source

OK, this might seem really weird. Going from Hawaii to Alaska? But I'm kinda happy these are back-to-back, it really shows the crazy range of places I would love to visit. Alaska is such an amazing state and I wouldn't mind running into SarahP. :)

Alaska Photos


This country is breathtaking. Everything about it seems exciting. I love the beaches and the cities are redic. I think this would be a super fun girl trip! Plus, those accents are presh!

Paris, France

This is somewhere I would pack my things right now to leave to. Paris is a beautiful city and truly a dream place to visit. Maybe it's all the movies about it or the fact that I love the history and art there. Either way, I would probably quit school to move there! Je Adore!

London, UK

My bestie spent last summer here and my Dad went last year as well (seperate trips), both fell in love. Everyone tells me I would love this beautiful English city. I can't get over the amazing beauty of every building and the crazy amount if history in the whole country. This is right next to Paris on my dream trips list.

African Safari

This is honestly the biggest dream on my list. Mainly because it would take approx 3 years of my teaching salary to get there and do what I want. Putting all that aside, going to Africa would be the trip of a lifetime. Most people that know me know that I'm not the most nature-friendly person, but I would forgo my blow-dryer for this trip. I can't even imagine the beautiful paintings the Lord paints every night on the horizon of this beautiful country.

So what's your dream country, city or continent to travel to?

Monday, April 11, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

OK, so I'm a little early on the flowers part. But the weather here in Florida has been crazy. Thunderstorms with hail and tornadoes one day and beautiful 90 degrees the next. (those of you up north still in snow, don't hate on me for the 90 degrees comment) Needless to say this is what my dining room table looked like yesterday....
I really wanted something yellow, my living room is yellow, blue and white. (I did a post on it when I first started my blog) But in case you all didn't know, I'm a graduate student living in the slim for mola. As I'm sure many of you are, college or not. So I decided I wasn't going to spend a lot and this is what I came up with:

I got those dishes for Christmas from my dad. I had been wanting something nice but always had a crazy array of living arrangements and never got anything. Well it's April, so I pulled out my Christmas gift and put it out. (PS those dishes were majorly on the cheap and are really heavy and super simple). Then I decided to wanted something yellow, very spring and summer but also goes with my living room. I got these:

OK how fun are those flowers? I love the flower, I'm not sure what it is so if you know shoot me a comment. Here's the deal: I got 2 stems of them at the dollar store, along with 2 packs of white stones and an hour and some pliers later, beautiful! So for $4, I added some color and felt much better about my new table! :)

I wanted to show an aerial view because I just LOVE this new look! Also, those corn s&p shakers are my grandmothers. She meant the world to me and having these on the table just adds a hint of tradition to a beautiful thing. Let me know what you think!

PS. please ignore my red chair seat covers. I need to replace those and haven't gotten the energy to recover them. oops!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Scrumptious Sunday

Seems that I do all my yummy cooking on Sunday nights. Chicken is a staple in my life and today it was on sale, so I picked up some. (I like to freeze half, cause I cook for one) Tonight I wanted to try something new and I ended up with Chicken, Apple, Sweet Potato skewers that I grilled! Sooooooo yummy and sooooo simple! Cut the chicken into strips, so you can skewer them. Sliced the apples so they can easily slide onto the skewer.

This was the finished product. I did end up microwaving the potato chunks for like 4 minutes before I put them on. I put oil in the pan and skewered all the ingredients, then put it back in the fridge till I was ready to grill.

Right before I put them on I added some S&P, perfection! When they came off the grill, I drizzled some honey for a sweet touch. Can you say A-mazing?

Beautiful Bows

Today I purchased two really simple bows to add to my collection. Bows, as in hair bows, as in I'm not a child anymore but still love a good ribbon in my hair. Then I got to thinking, I wonder what other people think about bows? Are they for children? Can you wear them to a certain age and then probably give them away? Are they reserved for people below the Mason-Dixon? I decided to ask on my twitter and these were some responses:

"I wear bows at least twice a week but if you’re not from the south, I frown upon it."

"I have mixed feelings about adults wearing bows in hair.... I think it's okay until mid to late 20's then not sure! Haha"

" I love hair bows, but only on kids."

"After college I think it’s a little obnoxious. Lol. Unless they're little :)"

"I do it all the time! But not those massive bows the size of the child wearing it. Small & inconspicuous."

Keeping all these in mind, because y'alls opinion means something to me, I put my new bows right next to their beautiful friends. Keeping in mind I live in the south, I'm in my twenties and my bows are always size appropriate. Everyones opinion is important, so what do you think?

Are bows appropriate for women to wear?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

What I Love About the South - Shannon's Guest Post

Hey everyone! So excited the day has finally come for my guest post. I decided to have some fun and share with you some of the reasons why I love the South so dearly. I'm sure Lauren can echo these sentiments.

SEC Football
I don't know what it is ya'll, but there is something about the SEC. I know my Seminole friends will disagree, but no other conference comes close! Maybe it's because we know how to party down here and our tailgates are epic. On that note...

Game Day Dresses
{{Pic via Natalie Kim Gameday}}
We have serious fashion sense when it comes to supporting our teams. Every game day is a chance to look adorable and sport our latest handmade fashions and awesome accessories.

Sweet Tea
Serving it in a Tervis Tumbler or mason jar gets you extra brownie points. Seriously...this is a staple in every TRUE Southern home. Back when I traveled the country for work, I mistakenly assumed every dining establishment served this delicious delight. No waiter, Raspberry Tea or Unsweet with Sweet & Low is NOT sweet tea. Please don't offend me. My faves: McD's, Firehouse Subs, & Chick-fil-A.

Flip Flops
Even in the winter, a southern girl can never have too many. My faves: Reefs, Rainbows, & Havaianas.

Lilly Pulitzer
If you read my blog, you know my love for all things Lilly. Vibrant prints and serious feminine sophistication, a must at garden parties, bridal showers, and teas.

Perhaps it's because we do things a little slower. Perhaps it's because we enjoy the sand in our toes and a cold drink in our hands. Perhaps it's because we have some deep rooted traditional values. I love the South. Sometimes I think about how I might like to live in the big old city they call New York. But if they can't get sweet tea right, how could I? I can't imagine my life anywhere else but the sweet place they call The South.

Where do you call home and what makes it so special?
If you want to visit Shannon's blog, "Eat, Pray, Love...LIVE" click here.
If you're missing Lauren, hop on over and check out her guest post.