29 February 2016

Lilly FTW

Lilly Pulitzer has brought back my favorite fabric, Southern Charm. It's not just because of the name I find so perfect, but I also love the fabric itself. It has my favorite colors of navy, pink, and minty green. So far I'm only seeing 1 dress, which would be perfect for Easter or Mother's Day and an iPhone case. Hopefully they'll bring back more options. This would be cute in a sleeveless Essie blouse.



Don't forget to get your buy one dozen get the second dozen for $2.29 today only at Krispy Kreme. You can freeze those, you know. 

25 February 2016

L.L. Bean Sale (Today Only: Additional 20% Off)

Thursday is not typically a blogging day for me, however when I see a sale from one of my favorite retailers/brand then I feel compelled to share the love. Here are a few of my favorites from the sale:
Men's mini-tartan shirt (I wear these, not B, and they are perfect with leggings and jeans.)
I saw these sheets on Krista's blog and fell in love. They are so warm and wash well. Here is the comforter. 
Men's Duffel Coat ($125 off!)
Signature line is a bit trimmer so check the size box. This is perfect for the hipster in your life. My boys would love it so this may need to be considered for their birthdays.
My father in law has this in white. They're so comfortable and weather and rust resistant. A must with outdoor furniture.
These 3/4 length French Sailor shirts are my favorite. They are a classic. and only $21 TODAY ONLY!
Mariner dress looks comfortable and cute.
My mother has another one similar to this, which she wears all spring and fall.
Jean skirts are "in" for spring. My how the 90/00's are coming back this year.

Let me know what you purchase! It's such a good sale, but remember it is today, February 25th only. 

24 February 2016

Southern Style is Polite


Over the weekend I finished Southern Living's 50th Anniversary issue. I loved every part of it. This quote by Dominique Browning was especially perfect:
"Southern style doesn't truck between superficial and profound-the superficial happens to be profoundly important. There's much to be said for the Southern way of good manners, simple kindnesses, and cheer; these things make life more pleasant. So, too, the Southern style of homemaking is, above all else, polite-but in an intriguing way-demure, but you know tucked into all those perfectly arranged layers there is the memories and the possibility, of all sorts of dishevelment and reverie. Southern style has a sauciness that other styles don't have. It's classic; it doesn't make you feel uncomfortable and doesn't do rude, confusing, jangling, edgy things to your psyche when you enter a room."
My husband loves European styles in clothes and decor while I'm a mixture of New England WASP and Southern style. We both love antiques, but not necessarily the time it takes to hunt. No matter what, manners, politeness, is paramount. When people come into our home you'll find lots of family pictures because that's what matters most...family memories.

I am looking to change the drapes and tables in our living room. B likes these tables, which are nice, but I want something more substantial, preferably from an antiques market. I mean how awesome would it be to find Georgian tables in a flea market in Savannah? This is kind of cool, but I don't know since we need a similar colored wood television stand.

Again, no matter what style, in a Southern home you will find hospitality. Sweet tea anyone?

22 February 2016

Monday Musings


In today's M.M. I want to talk about some of the things I've noticed lately. These are not consequential by any means but I wanted to just write my opinions as one does sometimes with a blog. Being off of social media has made me more aware of...so many things! Focusing on  friendships has been the number one thing. I felt like I had to be on Facebook all of the time to cultivate my friendships but in actuality, it's the opposite. Calling, texting, or writing my friends and family has made them seem closer somehow, even if it is just typing letters into the phone, I feel more of a connection. Cultivating friendships has been so important to me but tweeting it is not really necessary to enrich your friendships, but may actually make them more distant. You may know what kind of coffee or doughnut they ate for breakfast but the likelihood of them tweeting about how they had a stressful morning getting their child to preschool and running late for work made them need that doughnut. So I'm putting it out there, if you're stressed or have something fun to share, text or email me! I so want to know!

Outside of loafers, I do not care for tassels of any sort. I really do not understand the current tassel accessories trend. You will not find any on my purse or ears. Striped shirts? That is a trend I can (and have for years) get behind. I'm scouring the net for my next Breton shirt purchase for spring.

Yesterday I got Starbucks new Smoked Butterscotch Iced Coffee. It wasn't bad at all. It tasted like a was eating a Werther's candy and drinking coffee. If you like Werther's then I think you'll like the Smoked Butterscotch. I do not like latte's so I get an iced coffee; it's cheaper and way less milky which means more caffeine.

My cousin, Elizabeth, and I were having a conversation about church fashion. She goes to a country baptist church and they wear dresses and such every week. I go to a nondenominational city church and though we have expensive brands (hello preppies in Alpharetta), we are most decidedly casual. It was ingrained in me to always wear a dress, or at least dress pants, to church as a girl. Mother always made sure that my sister and I were dressed appropriately for all occasions, including frequently hitting up the department store on Saturday for a new Sunday dress. Having this put in my head as a young child, I just cannot wear jeans and sweatshirt like some people. I have infrequently worn leggings with a RL OCBD and ballet flats, but usually it's a dress with leggings under if it is chilly. Do you go to church? If so, what do you wear?

Spring is in 4 weeks! I suppose I ought to consider changing my ringtone from It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas. Hahaha!

Bry loves himself some Chinese food. Over the weekend he asked me to make him some fried rice. Normally I just put some butter in a pan and open a bag of fried rice from Trader Joes. Ha! Gotta love TJ for that reason alone-convenience. Well, I didn't have any but had leftover brown rice so I improvised and he liked it. So easy!

Fried Rice
Put 1 tablespoon of salted butter into a medium sized pan on medium-low heat. While that is melting, crack 2 eggs into a bowl and scramble. Pour the eggs into a pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make scrambled eggs; take out of the pan.

Add another tablespoon of butter to the pan. Once melted add the cold rice. Stir until lightly browned all over (approx. 10 minutes) then add 1 cup of mixed vegetables. Cook until it's warm. Add the cooked eggs back to the pan. Mix until combined and plate. You can add some cooked chicken, tamari, or orange sauce if wanted.

I hope everyone has a great week! 

19 February 2016

When Miss Harper Lee Dies

 I have not been going on social media but once per day to post for my blog, work, etc. I hit the wrong app and accidentally went onto Twitter (I deleted it on Ash Wednesday then we had threat of ice & that's how I get notifications from Bry's school) and as I was about to click the home button on my iPhone the top tweet was Garden & Gun announcing her death. I was shocked, sad, and obviously retweeting. To say that Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird had an impact on my life would be an understatement. It taught me so much about humanity, love, kindness, prejudice, and the Deep South, which a few years later would become my home.


Monroeville, Alabama does not mean very much to many people. It's in the middle of nowhere and tiny. I lived in a tiny town in Alabama, though up at the northern end, while Monroeville is south central so I understand the culture. She left Monroeville for NYC with her best friend, Truman Capote, but often went back to AL to be with her sister, Alice Finch, an attorney. She was a recluse, but could easily be found on her porch or garden, of what I understand. I now wish I had driven the 4.5 hours to find out for myself. Just so I can say "thank you". Also, I want some dirt on Mr. Capote. He sounded fascinating!


When I read the reviews of Go Set A Watchman, I was nervous to read it. I did not want to think she had changed one of my favorite literary characters from what I knew him as, loving and non-prejudicial. Atticus Finch (awesome dog name) had changed somewhat from the first book, but I still liked him. I think if Miss Lee had written a third book she would have straightened things out. 

Even though she did not, as far as we know, Miss Lee was an extraordinary literary figure in the South. Here are some links about her life, death, and quotes:


17 February 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today
February 17, 2016

Outside my window... the sun is going in and out of the clouds. The birds are chirping and going to town on the suet and seed. The temperatures are moderate for Atlanta in February; 50's and 60's are pretty normal.We have seen snow in March so maybe that will happen but so far we've only had a dusting this winter.

I am thinking about... what I want to read next, my FIL is currently at a surgeon's office, healthy recipes on TIU, I am not doing very good about not going onto social media and need to pray whenever I feel like it, and my next house needs a library. 

I am thankful... to finally feel better. Having my bones no longer ache is so nice! I still have a bit of sinus issue and nausea but so much better than a week ago.

I am wearing... black leggings, OCBD, watch, necklace, hair in a bun, and black ballet flats (currently 30% off!).

I am creating... contact lists in Excel, Outlook and Gmail.

I am going... to the Cadillac dealership and pick up Bry from school in a little while. 

I am wondering... if the Smoked Butterscotch flavor at Starbucks is any good. I may have to stop by there this week. My parents were nice enough to get B and I a Starbucks gift card for Valentine's Day.

I am learning... so much from the "Stuff You Missed in History Class" podcast. I am a history buff and am thoroughly enjoying every episode. 

In the kitchen... supper will be meatloaf, baked sweet potatoes, and salad. Cutting back on desserts to weekends only. Bathing suit season will be here before you know it!

I am reading... Downton Abbey: A Celebration by Jessica and Julian Fellowes. It is a compilation of all six seasons. 

Favorite Quote... I think women feel the need more than men to raise their voices to get what they want, but it can be more effective to keep your emotions in check.

A peek into my day... most night's I take selfies on Snapchat. I play around on their filters and have so much fun. Then I send them to my husband, who thinks I am quite weird. It's time's like this that our age difference comes out.


15 February 2016

Amazing Grace



One of my favorite pictures of Muzzie and myself is when I am a toddler and we are eating cake, presumably for my birthday. It is from 1979/80 and yellowed and grainy, which shows it's rawness. I chose the video above because it is beautiful, raw, and Muzzie's favorite song. She has been on my mind the last few days. I think because my father-in-law has been having issues with his cancer and I am trying not to be fearful has put her on my mind. She once told me that I am the most like her because I am so tenacious (as I age I look more and more like her as well). She and Mother taught me to depend on God. So, as in today's devotion, I am 'Returning To The Lord', as in I am going to depend on Him in all things. This week I am not only minimizing negativity, but also getting my heart, mind, and body ready for anything that lies ahead. Right now my father-in-law is doing better but that will not last very long.

I'll be back on Wednesday with more fashion and recipes. You can also find WASP inspiration on my Tumblr and Pinterest. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!


13 February 2016

Happy Galentine's Day



Leslie Knope, the lead character on Parks & Recreation, created a day called Galentine's Day. In the above video you'll see a short explanation of Galentine's Day. Will you have brunch, drinks, or tea with your friends? Watch movies? Or binge watch Parks & Rec?

If you're looking for a few ideas check these out from my Pinterest:
Printables
Party Ideas
Playlist
Banner
Balloons

12 February 2016

Friday Five

This week has not been our best but not been our worst. For Lent this year, one of the things I am focusing on is being positive. So, though my bones still ache and I'm frequently sleepy I will list the positives for this week:
  1. I got to sleep in today thanks to George Washington. On Monday, I get to do the same, thanks to Abe Lincoln. Love them and what they did for our country which is allowing me to sleep in. Speaking of George Washington, you can tour Mount Vernon for free on Monday
  2. My voice is coming back little by little. 
  3. Being off of Facebook has allowed me to not focus on negatives. I have gone on Twitter once a day rather than on and off all day, and that is a big thing for me. 
  4. My hair is looking amazing. That's always a positive in my book. Ha!
  5. My oldest son is training in the swamps. I'm so proud of him. Go onto my Instagram to see his picture.
This week's Friday Five is quite eclectic, not surprising as my ADD has been on overdrive. Wait, that was negative. So, I'm thankful to be seeing a new doctor this month for my ADD. There we go.

This is so cute. In this video you can see what Prince George calls The Queen. He seriously is the cutest.

New York Fashion Week began yesterday. As a fashion marketing major, I am always looking for trends and love to see how I can incorporate them in my wardrobe. As far as American designers go, Ralph Lauren is obviously my favorite. His shows are on the 18th, which are usually live streamed. I like some of Kate Spade, so I will be looking at her show, which is airing today on live stream.

 I adore Nigella Lawson's shows and cookbooks. I currently have her current book on hold at the library and if I love it as much as her others, I will definitely purchase it. The NY Times has a list of her best recipes for Valentine's Day.


A couple weeks ago I was listening to The Archers and they were talking about the Great Garden Bird Weekend. Being a aviary lover I was instantly intrigued on if America has one; they do and it is this weekend! The Great Backyard Bird Count began today. Sign up and join me in searching for beautiful birds in your area.

It's really neat that scientists have found black holes in the universe. My first thought is Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory must be thrilled. This article explains what it means for us. 

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!

Editor's Note:
Coach Outlet has 50% off of everything this weekend. If they have anything from their Classic Collection, let me know! Thanks, Ruth, for letting me know.

10 February 2016

Last Minute Valentine's Gifts for Ladies & Gents

First of all, Happy Lent! I always look forward to this time of year as I get to take a step back. My word for the year, Hustle, is still my focus, but I am focusing less time online. There is so much negativity in my mind lately and a lot of it is because there is so much negativity online. Getting off of my personal Facebook page for awhile is cathartic. I'll still post on my blog page (see sidebar) but I need to just focus on happy thoughts and feel God's love. Taking Twitter and Facebook off of my iPhone for a few weeks is the greatest thing since I spend SO much time on them for both personal and work. Hopefully, this will help me to be more productive and Hustle even more.

Valentine's Day is my husband's and my 18th wedding anniversary. Yes, I married very young, thank you. ;) Anyway, I have had a nasty virus and have not had a chance to even think of anything so I turned to my trusty Amazon Prime subscription and started brainstorming on things that I think he would like and put them here.



Daniel Wellington watches are so cute. You can get them in leather or fabric (his, hers), and the straps can be purchased separately. These are both under $100 and on Prime so you can get it speedily.

Planning a short trip is always a good idea. I would purchase the book then use it to find ideas on what to do for a long weekend (like this weekend because of President's Day, thank you Pres. Lincoln for the extra sleeping time) and then plan it with Airbnb and Kayak. They will be so excited, at least I would. Have your itinerary and confirmation info inside of the book for them to open.

My husband feels love through others doing for him. For instance, he loves a clean home, home cooked meal, organizing his papers, etc. A gift for him is me in a cute apron and cooking him his favorite meal and a spotless home. If you're a fella, do the same thing. Wear the apron and get to work. Your wife/girlfriend will swoon!

Subscription boxes are super easy to do and you can print out your receipt/email and wrap it up. For gentlemen, I would do Dollar Shave Club or Nature Box. For ladies, ipsy is my daughter's favorite but I like BoxyCharm. I grew up with Harry & David subscriptions (their pears are amazing) and I think those are always a good idea like flower of the month or bacon of the month (I'd like that more than my husband).

Do you have your first movie ticket, love letter, photo, etc? Make a framed photo for their office or your bedroom. 

It is going to be very cold here on the East Coast (even here in the South) but if you're like my daughter in So Cal where it will be in the 80's take your significant other on a picnic. Plan the entire thing yourself. Go to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods and get sandwiches/wraps, chips and hummus/guac, fruit, chocolate, and wine (or sweet tea) and go some place that has a special meaning for you. If you're stuck indoors, put the kids to bed and do this indoors...which may be, um, more convenient. ;) My husband and I have had many a picnics on the floor since we have lived away from family and getting a sitter is not always easy. It's funner to sit on the floor rather than the dining room table or couches. Netflix and Chill...

Whatever you purchase, I hope you have a lot of fun!




05 February 2016

Southern Living 50th Anniversary


Southern Living has been a part of my life since I can even remember. Mother has been a long-time subscriber and I have been reading the magazine since I was a girl and have continued these last 3 decades. Of course Nana has subscribed for decades as well and I have inherited a couple of the Annual Recipes Cookbooks. This month is actually Southern Living's 50th Anniversary. I saw their celebrations on their Snapchat and it looked spectacular!
http://www.southernliving.com/general/southern-living-50th-anniversary
For their 50th Anniversary, Southern Living has put out a coffee table book and a special edition magazine. I was so excited when I picked mine up and it does not disappoint. The South has changed a lot in the last 50 years, yet, the core of the South has not, which is evident in the magazine and website.

The website has also been updated and it is so clean and fresh. Check out the 50 years of Southern Recipes. SL House Plans are my favorite for when we decide to build. And so much more! 

03 February 2016

Galentine's Day Gift Guide

Galentine's Day is right around the corner. I was thinking of things for my besties that I decided to create a gift guide. This is a girly gift guide, not necessarily what I would purchase for Christmas or birthday. There's more pink, less plaid than I normally prefer. ;)
Before Galentine's Day purchase these cute shirts for your friends or all of your friends purchase before your party so you match.

Every girl needs cute cards to send notes to her friends and family. These are just adorable and on sale.

 In your gift box, you have to have pink nail polish. This Essie shade (Bachelorette Bash) is a universal color.
 Ashley Brooke Designs has cute mugs and travel cups. This one has 22 karat cold lettering!
 This dopp kit is also by ABD and was just released today! Your girlfriends will love seeing it in their purses every day. I know I would, at least!
Last year my niece had this on a T-shirt and I thought it was the cutest! It's perfect for your younger girlfriends.

I have one of these in Lilly, but this external battery is cute and fun. They come in handy.

Kate Spade has several cute card wallet's. I think those come in handy when you just want to take your drivers license, cash, credit card and metro card. I also like Mark & Graham's with the monogram.
Pajamas with hearts are too cute!

01 February 2016

February


"All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair—
The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing—
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!"

~Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Robin, Whitebreasts, and Snowdrops, February 1906.
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

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