28 June 2016

Summer Sales and Pretty Princess

I adore this photo of the Cambridge's, especially of Princess Charlotte, in her first balcony appearance for the Trouping of the Colour. Her little wave is just the sweetest. Later on the Duchess said that though she has an angelic face, she has a feisty side.
Several stores are having their summer sales already. Most stores normally do not begin them until July but several started early. There are so many cute dresses on sale at L.L. Bean, Anthropologie, Vineyard Vines (not a fan of their quality lately but style is still on point) and J. Crew and J. Crew Factory. Let me know if you buy anything!
P.S. Yesterday was National Sunglasses Day and I was not able to post since I forgot my iPad yesterday morning...so tired...and got home late. I am an aviators girl, however, you must check out the inexpensive perfect-for-the-pool ones from Forever 21. 

23 June 2016

A Country Girl in the City

Ignoring the overgrown grass, Spring in Kentucky is gorgeous, evidenced by Muzzie's house. I just loved her house out in the country. I grew up just 10 minutes from her in Bullitt County (Bullitt Bourbon is delicious if you drink it). My house was on the border of 3 counties. To show how country it is/was, our schooling was in Bullitt County, electric and phone from Jefferson County, and water was from Spencer County. Seriously country, but I loved it. We could be in downtown Louisville in 30 minutes and back out to the country where the only store in 20 miles was the Country Pantry, which thankfully had a video store. I had an idyllic childhood mixed with kickball and catching lightning bugs intermixed with plays at Actors Theater and shopping at Saks in Cincinnati.

My environment is much different now, for myself, as well as B and the chitlins. B grew up in the country in Ohio but we both settled in a large metropolitan city and have "decided" to raise our children here. We wanted to spend as much time with my husband as possible and his job is smack dab in the city so we did not move out into the suburbs to find a house with a bit of land but have lived in a flat. I use the British word for apartment because it does not sound so bad. Now there are very nice apartments and there is plenty to do in the city, which my children have had the advantage of utilizing without being too far from home. We have traffic and ozone but we also have numerous restaurants, museums, and parks. 

Every week I read my hometown newspaper online. I see tractor pulls, column written by the pastor of Muzzie's church, Plum Creek, Public Notices of when someone buys property or goes to jail. I had to laugh when I read it this morning the list of all of the people in the county that did not pay their property taxes. I suppose it helps to notify them that it's owed but it may also publicly shame them into paying. :) Now to do that in Fulton County, GA would be quite the undertaking...they may run out of ink in the AJC! 

I think there are pros and cons to both living in the city versus living in the country. To me, I think raising children in the country was far better than how my husband and I raised our own in the city. However, my youngest son disagrees. He loves the city and hates visiting my husband's family homestead in Ohio. It's a good thing he graduates next year since I plan to move out to the country ASAP.

20 June 2016

National Wear Lilly Day (Also Summer Solstice)

The first day of Summer is also #NationalWearLillyDay. They are giving out gifts today as well. The tassel necklace is adorable if you spend $200, which is super easy at LP. They've brought back my favorite print You Gotta Regatta! I am buying this dress today and possibly this one. I'm trying to build up my work wardrobe so spending a ton at LP does not make sense BUT it's LILLY!

Here is what I'm wearing to celebrate. I bought this a few years ago at the After Summer Sale. Thankfully it's a tad cooler out today and even colder in my office. I doubt I'll be wearing it much after today until Fall. So far it is my only suitable-for-work LP dress. I'm considering the YGR Elsa but then I'd have to wear pants and Farrah don't wear pants. PS. I ate way too much pizza last night under that dress. Law!

15 June 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today
April 15, 2016

Outside my window... y'all, let me just tell y'all a little something about our weather. It is some kind of disgusting out there. If it is 97* (not including the heat index temps!) in June, law what will it be in August. Lord have mercy...

I am thinking about... those that perished yesterday. Their poor families.   

I am thankful... for online shopping and returns.;) 

I am creating... a list of activities to do this summer on the weekends. Now that my son is in the summer before his senior year of high school and he is working and taking 3 classes I realize our time is limited so outside of church on Sunday (the one day per week I know he will not work), I want to do some sort of family activity while we can.

I am going... to work then home to make supper then veg.

I am wondering... if we will ever get over this election. I mean, seriously, I'm so over it.

I am learning... nothing specifically but I read every day so I am always learning.

In the kitchen... breakfast is a breakfast bowl, lunch is a salad, and supper will be chicken and broccoli skillet with pimento cheese.

I am reading... Isle of Dreams by Susan Branch. 

Favorite Quote... The summer wind, came blowin' in from across the sea
It lingered there to touch your hair and walk with me
All summer long we sang a song and then we strolled that golden sand
Two sweethearts and the summer wind

A peek into my day... 

13 June 2016

Father's Day Gift Ideas

I have two fellas in my life that I celebrate on Father's Day, my actual father and my husband. They are quite different but there are a few things that I think they will both appreciate so that is what I am sharing here.

There's much much more on Etsy but you'll have to act fast so that if personalized will be delivered by Saturday. 

10 June 2016

National Iced Tea Day

As a Southerner, I could not let today go by without talking about sweet tea. I have had to cut down on my coffee and tea because of my gastritis, but I still drink at least one glass of sweet tea pretty much every day. In my building is a cafeteria with halfway decent sweet tea but now that my son is working at Chick-fil-A I often get it from there or I make it. 

I prefer just regular sweet tea, made with either Lipton (Mother and Muzzie use) or Luzianna (my personal preference) but I've begun loving fruit flavored tea, whether it is sweet black tea or green. I also like sweet tea vodka. Sweet tea granita is also so easy and delicious. I've heard of sweet tea pie but have not made any. Here are my favorite recipes for sweet tea:

Though styrofoam is perfect for hot and steamy Southern Summer days, unless I am outside, I drink out of either my pineapple glasses or Mason jars. Mason jars are some kind of perfect. I use them for so many things but primarily for drinking purposes. Draper James has adorable lemon pitcher and tumbler. Colonial Williamsburg Marketplace also has gorgeous Levingston Glassware that look like it needs iced tea in it ASAP.

08 June 2016

Lilly Goes To Bonnaroo

In the mailbox yesterday was the latest Lilly Pulitzer catalog and as soon as I saw the outfits I thought of Bonnaroo! Bonnaroo is a hipster music experience that takes place this weekend in Tennessee. Though I would not attend because I prefer country or swing music (okay and 90's hip hop) and Indie music is primarily played at Bonnaroo, I can still be dressed in neo-prep attire (NOT WASP, prep) and pretend.
Bamboo Hoop Earrings (bigger the hoop, bigger the...;)

06 June 2016

Monday Musings

Hey! So how are y'all? I'm just trying to get my Monday Motivation going with some thoughts from the weekend. So, on Saturday, I hit up the pool, which led to the above picture. It was cloudy when I left my flat and so I did not think bringing my sunglasses was necessary. I was wrong because about an hour or so after getting there and swimming my laps, the sun came out. The squinting began. It was so nice to be back at the pool!

Do you recall my post about my pink pearls (on my iPad so I cannot link-just scroll down a tad)? My father saw it and bought me these pearls as a surprise! Wasn't that sweet of him? They were from Charter Club at Macy's.

My adorable niece graduated from the 8th grade with honors. I'm so proud of her. Here she is pictured with my parents. Rea is a sweet and smart girl, with a bit of a smart mouth but you know what, being bossy isn't a bad thing.

Today I am wearing an old knit J. Christopher skirt with a pink Ralph Lauren polo. The best thing about this a-line skirt is that it has pockets! A long time ago my aunt, whom has exquisite taste, had a yard sale and I bought it from her. It was like new! So, I wear it here and there and when I do I think, why don't all dresses and skirts have pockets? Is it really that much more work/cost to put in pockets? I think not. Is there some sort of petition to sign to send to all designers asking for pockets?

Well, I need to get to work. I hope everyone has a wonderful week filled with great hair days and summertime fun! Xoxo-Farrah

01 June 2016

Welcome June

The sun is rich
And gladly pays
In golden hours,
Silver days,
And long green weeks
That never end.
School’s out. The time
Is ours to spend.
There’s Little League,
Hopscotch, the creek,
And, after supper,
The live-long light
Is like a dream,
and freckles come
Like flies to cream.
John Updike
Poem from A Child’s Calendar
It is so hard to believe that it is already June! The year is almost half over, which is unfathomable. Though it is already scorching here in Atlanta, a tad early if you ask me. I hate having to close our windows but 91* means air conditioning!

We had a wonderful Memorial Weekend. Lots of fun at the pool and relaxation...my kind of weekend. Of course with our son overseas, our minds naturally thought of the men that died in service.

Have y'all watched TURN: Washington's spies on AMC? It's kind of violent but so interesting to think of the primitive ways of spying back then. Effective, but primitive.

Nordstrom is having their sale. This dress is my favorite and 40% off!


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