Friday, January 20, 2017

30A Songwriters Festival - Did I Have Fun?

The 30A Songwriters Festival has become a tradition for us over the years.  We've made it to the festival every year since it started (except for one), and every year the weekend is full of a lot of music, very little sleep, many late-night dance parties and usually one-too-many adult beverages.  That combination makes for a really fun yet really exhausting weekend, and this year was no exception.

All that being said, I have to admit that this year I was not as excited about the event as I have been in years past.  The holidays really took the wind out of my sails, and the thought of getting the kids packed and ready to spend the weekend with my parents was overwhelming.  My lack of excitement made me start wondering if it was really worth all this effort.  I waffle back and forth between feeling like my life is a monotonous treadmill and a roller coaster.  Too many days of carpool lines, homework, laundry and after school activities, and I want to scream.  Yet, I feel like I push myself to have "memorable" experiences, and I'm not even sure that I'm enjoying them.  I know what you're thinking that I'm just never happy, but I promise I am.  I just can't help but wonder if the anticipation and the memories are sometimes better than the actual event.  What do you think?

We did a version of this brunch for New Year's Day, and it was so good that we decided to repeat it.  The brioche for the French toast was made ahead of time and frozen, so all we had to do was let it thaw the night before.  Because we did not have a left-over beef tenderloin like we did from NYE, we cooked a chuck roast in the crock pot over night in beef broth, red wine and some carrots, onion and garlic for flavor.  The next morning the meat was so tender and tasted great over creamy cheese grits.  

Festival footwear times four!  I've said it before, and I'm sticking with it, closed-toe shoes are a must at a music festival.  These platform Vince kicks (seen in black and limestone) have been my go-to shoes for the last several months.  Traci picked up these super-cute New Balance sneakers at J.Crew, which was conveniently just a few steps from the festival site.  Finally, you can never go wrong with a classic, black running shoe (here).

We loved getting to enjoy the festival with our good friend Laura, who owns one of our favorite shops, Bluetique.

Here are some highlights from John Prine and Levi Lowery.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Highlights and Favorites 2016

Green Man taproom in Asheville
The second half of 2016 passed in a flash! We missed blogging and talked about it whenever we were together but days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and here we are in January 2017. This is the time when resolutions are made and we attempt to bring about positive change in ourselves and the world around us.  One of our resolutions was to start posting again on WMTH and in doing so be more honest (for more on this click here).  We had good times traveling, drinking, eating and hearing some great live music but those were the exclamation points.  There was a lot of real life in the middle and we are intent on sharing that as well.

Last August, we were able to sneak away for an overnight in Asheville after dropping our kids at camp.  I had not visited Asheville in almost ten years and a lot has changed! There were so many new restaurants and breweries to visit.  Hotel prices in Asheville are pretty steep but we were able to find a good last minute deal at Aloft.  If you have not visited Asheville in a while or ever, it is worth the trip.

It would not feel like fall without a Jason Isbell show in the books.  Emily and I were holding out for him to announce another October show at the Ryman but it did not happen.  Fortunately, we were able to see him in Mobile.  We loaded up the Seville bus with several other couples and made the hour long drive on a Friday night in September.  No photo documentation because we were in the moment (aka talking and sipping champagne) but scroll to the bottom of this post for a video from the show.  Also, we always feel a little goofy taking pictures of each other in front of other people.

Now on to a few new favorites in the skin care department.  Have you heard of Drunk Elephant?  I'm in love with this line.  I use the C-Firma Day Serum, B-Hydra Intensive Gel, TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and the Virgin Marula Facial Oil.  Click the links at the bottom of this post if you are in search of a new skin care routine.  I am still seeking an eye cream that actually provides results.  Just finished Clarins Extra Firming Eye Cream with no visible improvement.  If you have one you love, do tell!  On a positive note, I have found a great under-eye concealer in Kat Von D's lock-it concealer creme.

The #1 thing that I am most excited to share from 2016 will have to wait until next time.  Until then, keep moving forward.  I love this quote from Craig Sager's speech at the 2016 ESPY Awards...

"If I've learned anything through all of this, it's that each and every day is a canvas, waiting to be painted-an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning."

Wicked Weed's Funkatorium in Asheville
Fried Green Tomatoes at Chestnut in Asheville
Remember that small dog from last spring? Here she is now, 50lbs+. She's a sweet mess.
Rooftop sunset at The Henderson in Destin.


Meet @ the Barre

Friday, January 6, 2017

Here's To 2017...

And we're back!  We said goodbye to 2016 and kicked off 2017 with a bang, and a lot of entertainment from the littles (scroll for a little peek).  The new year brings new resolutions and new goals, both personal and professional.  You may, or may not, have noticed that we've been on an extended hiatus from the blogosphere.  After almost two years of dedicated posting and finding our voice, we realized that we were exhausted.  Let's face it, sometimes it's all we can do to keep the kids alive and fed, and while we may aspire to "have it all," the reality of trying to achieve that is really not very pretty.  We're in awe of the women who seem to have life by the tail, and although we may get there from time to time, most days are a struggle.  We both joke all the time about posting how we REALLY feel, but then we chicken out and share those thoughts only with each other.  Like so many people (girls, we're talking to you), we strive to put our best foot forward even if that means we're dying on the inside.  We love everything to look beautiful, stylish and graceful, but that takes a lot of hard work.  Our lives are really busy.  We live on a budget (yet dream of a shopping spree).  We try to feed our kids healthy food, which in some cases means choosing Chick fil A over Whataburger.  We still love to go to a show on a Thursday night, but we realize that means we'll pay the consequences all day on Friday.

So look for us to get real in 2017!  We still love all the things we love - fashion, travel, music, food, etc. - and we don't intend to stop.  We're just going to reveal a little bit more of the why and the how instead of just the fabulous "look-at-me" finish.

We both went for black and white tops, dark jeans and black pumps for our New Year's Eve looks.  Both tops are from J Crew, and Traci's can be found here.  Emily's has been sold out for a month or so, but you can find similar looks here and here.  For dark/black jeans, we like these and these.  Finally, every girl needs a great pair of black pumps.  They are timeless and they can take a look from boring to chic instantly.  Check out some styles we like here and here, and if money is no object, here.

A big New Year's Eve lead to a Bloody Mary Morning.  Actually, it was a Bloody Mary afternoon.  We struggled through brunch of the Barefoot Contessa's Pan Perdu (yes, I even made the brioche...for Christmas, but ended up freezing it because I couldn't get it together Christmas morning) and creamy cheese grits served with leftover beef tenderloin from the night before.  It turned out really well and would have been perfect if our heads had not been hurting so bad from too many glasses of bubbly the night before.

Right before the dads and the kids took the polar bear plunge.  Yes, we live on the Gulf of Mexico, but for this group of native Floridians, that water was COLD!

As for this video, we have not comment. Ha!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Costume Committee minus our sweet Melissa.

If you read last Thursday's post, you know that the Fiesta of Five Flags Coronation ball was last Friday. I did end up ordering a dress on Thursday, from my post, and it arrived Friday afternoon.  I was tied up downtown getting the court ready but my awesome neighbor dropped it off for me.  The costume committee had just as much fun getting ready as we did last year.  The ladies from my favorite salon, Style Downtown, came to help the princesses with hair and makeup and stayed to help us after the court left.  I included a lot of pictures below.  The picture of the court and set is blurry but I wanted to include it anyway.  I hope you enjoy some of these shots from the ball!

Princess Mary Margaret and Courtney of Style Downtown

Courtney has been doing my hair for about 11 years.  She's the best!

The Botts twins backstage before the court presentation.

DeLuna and his Queen backstage before passing the torch.

The Coronation set

DeLuna and his beautiful bride.

Emily & her mother looking gorgeous.

My buddies Robert and Jason.

Pumps and Push-Ups

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It's that time again...Fiesta!

We are on the tail end of our two week celebration called Fiesta of Five Flags.  We blogged about it last year here and here.  During Fiesta, there are so many different events including a street parade, a boat parade, DeLuna's landing reenactment, and coronation.  I am on the costume committee.  A fun but busy role.  Some think that we are actually in on designing the costumes, picking styles and fabrics but it is far less glamorous.  We actually make sure that the court (king, queen, knights and princesses) has all of their costume pieces and parts before heading out for the day's events AND that all of the pieces are clean.  This involves lots of loads of laundry, wrinkle release, and vodka spray.

All of the sudden, coronation is upon us and I have no idea what I am wearing.  I just spent some time looking at dresses online.  My latest Netflix obsession has me thinking, what would Olivia Pope wear?  It seems like we were just talking formal shopping during Mardi Gras and here we are again.
Which is your favorite?  I guess I need to scramble.  One plus is that every dress I picked below is on sale which makes overnight shipping okay, right?!??

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