30 September 2014
28 September 2014
26 September 2014
My first perfume was Lauren by Ralph Lauren. Then I wore Liz Claiborne perfume that came in the red triangle. In college I wore Obsession and Polo Sport. I wore various perfumes in my twenties, but most of them caused headaches so I used lotions primarily for my scent. Then a few years ago I discovered my signature scent...Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder. It smells very similar to Hawaiian Tropic and very warm. I used to be like most women whom switch up scents in the fall/winter and spring/summer, but I do not. My husband loves the scent and it doesn't give me a headache, like so many other scents do. So, this is my year round signature scent. However, it isn't sold year round, so I have to purchase it in the summer, though The Cosmetic Store outlet often carries it year round if necessary.
25 September 2014
Here are a few items of interest from the web this week:
Preppy Vintage Brands Town and Country magazine lists preppy vintage brands that totally take me back to elementary school and seeing my Aunt Sunny and Muzzie dressed in Pappagallo and The Villager.
NY Times has awesome behind the scenes from European fashion weeks. Those attending the shoes are more creatively dressed than many of the models that walk the runway.
You've probably seen this video, but it is so cute!
I don't know about you, but I am a stationery addict. I love all sorts of writing utensils and papers. Ashley Brooke Designs has just put out a new notebook which would be much more stylish than the yellow legal pad that I use on a daily basis.
Mrs. Rabe and I have been online friends for years, probably 6-7 years. Her list of the best parts of autumn is spot on.
Speaking of autumn, I unfortunately had to put away my Lilly and summer Laura Ashley after getting home from my trip, where my Lilly was most useful. Carly has put together a tutorial on organizing your fall clothing. I majorly trimmed down my fall/winter clothing when going through my clothing during our painting this month. It was especially easy as I've lost weight but if you do not have a weight fluctuation or a geographical relocation that force your clothing changes then you may benefit from Carly's post.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Our windows are open so it's wonderful here right now.
23 September 2014
Two weeks ago as I was putting books back on the shelves I took a look at a few of my old books. Muzzie gave me most of them. My prizes are this edition of Little Men and a Little Women still in its original outside cover. As you can see, this photo shows the early 1900 copyrights. Muzzie's knowledge of antiques was vast so knowing that some day these would be worth money is a sure thing. Also knowing my love for Little Women helped.
I also found 2 books of nursery rhymes. The top one in the picture was a gift from my mother to me and the bottom is from Muzzie to my son, Bry. They are both treasures!
I have several more antique books that Muzzie gave me, but I wanted to share the ones that mean the most. Do you have any favorite antique books?
17 September 2014
- The Complete Guide to Getting Yourself to Like Healthy Food
- Bourbon Production in Kentucky Surges
- Baby-shaped Pears Growing on Trees in China (freaky cool)
- The Nerd's Guide to Making Better Doughnuts
- National Geographic is documenting what the world is eating
15 September 2014
Just about every morning I am awake by 8 am. As I work from home I don't have to worry about spending copious amounts of time on my hair or in Atlanta traffic (shew). So, I get up and put on my outfit of the day which is typically Adidas shorts and t-shirt or pajama bottoms and t-shirt and hair goes into a bun. When I need to go somewhere I put on a dress, brush my hair and teeth, fill a bottle of water, and leave immediately. If I don't leave immediately then I tend to spend way too much time on Twitter and then not leave. When I do leave I get coffee and croissant while out. If not, I go into the kitchen and drink a glass of water, make coffee and oatmeal or fruit. Sometimes coffee and tea irritate my gastritis so I will have a Mt. Dew. I know it's unhealthy, but it gives me the caffeine jolt without the irritation. I've been without a dishwasher for 2 weeks so I have been doing whatever dishes were from the night before that I did not get to before bed. Then I sit down on the couch with my iPad or laptop and read blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By 9:00-9:30 I plan my week and get to work. I work until 4 or so depending on my assignment of the day. By this time my son is in the room with me, unless my husband is out of town and I can use the office, and so my solitude is over, but I love being with him as I know my years with him are short.
Edited to add: My swimming pool, which I use most afternoons, will be closed for the summer as of next week so I will begin going to Lifetime Fitness in the mornings beginning the first week of October. So, that will change my morning routine. I'll let ya know how once I see how it goes.
13 September 2014
08 September 2014
Some day I look forward to having grandchildren. My children are ages 20, 18, and 16. I'd like for them to wait a few more years but hopefully not too long. I got to hold a 5 week old yesterday...swoon. When/If I do have grandbabies I hope to be as wonderful of a grandparent as all 4 of mine have been to me.
Nana and I in 2010. Love her sweet spirit and at 95 she is my last living grandparent.
Papaw C died in 1998 just a day after his and Nana's 60th anniversary. His family was from Cornwall, which I believe led to my Anglophile mania.
Muzzie and my last picture before she died. I'm amazed to see my weight loss from the picture in 2010 with Nana. I miss her every day.
This is a sweet picture of my aunt and Papaw Y. He was just the best.