Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Heart Is Full: Sundry Tank

Lately I've been walking around in a melancholy mood, feeling like I have nothing to wear and completely torn up over the end school.  I know that probably sounds crazy, but this time of year is always a little bittersweet and leaves me with tons of mixed emotions.  I’m excited for the lazy days of summer which lay ahead, but I’m sad about the passage of time that is marked by the last day of school.  This year my heart is full of even more emotions this time around because not only it is the end of a school year, but it is also the end of our era at this particular school.  A lot of factors led us to make this change, and while I’m excited for what the future holds at our new school, I am going to miss the wonderful community that we have called home for the last seven years.  The kids will adjust perfectly fine.  I know that.  But, it doesn’t obscure my sadness about leaving.  Basically, it comes down to the fact that I hate endings.  When a vacation is over, I just want to get home - no long goodbye, no stretching out the last moments.  As a college student I made a significant effort to schedule my exams at the beginning of exam week so that I wouldn’t be there as the campus cleared out for holiday.  Endings make me anxious, and I’m not usually an anxious person.

In an effort to snap out of my blue funk, a little summer retail therapy was in order, and I am starting with this adorable little Sundry tank. The blue and white stripes are a classic, and the heart adds a little playfulness and a pop of color.  It’s the perfect tank for a casual Saturday with the kids or over a bathing suit for a day on the boat.  Recently, I paired it with Mother Jeans and my Joie sandals, but I think I would love it with a pair of cut-off denim shorts. So instead of concentrating on endings, here's to new beginnings!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

C'est La Vie

My latest obsession?  I'm glad you asked, it's La Vie by Rebecca Taylor.  It has all the feminine style of Rebecca Taylor, but in more durable fabrics and at a better price-point.  I was in Atlanta in the Rebecca Taylor shop a couple of months ago when I stumbled across the line.  It's not all over yet, but I know it will be soon.  The store manager said that Rebecca Taylor noticed that her friends were not wearing her clothes on family outings with their kids on the weekends.  As a mother of three, I totally get it.  I love a pretty silk blouse as much as the next girl, but let's face it, when you're at a birthday party with cake and face paint, a silk blouse is not the most practical choice.  But, in the words of Sophia Petrillo, I digress... La Vie solves the problem of what to wear to the park, the party or the play date.  Soft cottons, pretty prints and relaxed dresses make up a line of easy to wear clothing that I love.

While I was in the store I got this poplin top that is perfect for late winter/early spring in Florida.  I've paired it with my ever-present Vince sneakers, a Chloe saddle bag (similar, similar) and a pair of high-waisted AG Jeans.  I've been on a mission lately to get more jeans without distressing.  I didn't exactly succeed with this pair.  As Scott pointed out, I just moved the distressing off the knee.

I love the detail on this top.  From the flowers to the pleating to the eyelets.  Plus, it is so light-weight.  

This is how I spend most of our photo shoots.  Traci, in this case, had to try to snap a pic in between my fits of laughter.  She was very patient.

Here's another La Vie top I picked up.  This one is a thin gauze with a lace detail around the collar, sleeve hem and down the front.  For the last month or so, I've been pairing it with these Rag & Bone high-waisted jeans - please note they have no holes!  Distressing at the hem does not count!

Here are some of my La Vie picks for this spring!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Kelly Wynne Handbags

We have some exciting news for our Pensacola friends, Kelly Wynne is coming to Bluetique for a trunk show next week!  If you're not familiar with her bags, you're in for a treat.  Her mixture of colors and textures is like no other, and we became fans early on when Bluetique started carrying the line a couple of years ago.  My first Kelly Wynne bag was the Cloud Nine Clutch in Salmon Island Snake, and I still love it.  It is very versatile and now comes with two different straps (one leather, one chain).  I also love my Risky Biz Wristlet, which is available for SS17 in a print I love called Daydream.

It has been amazing to watch how Kelly's line of handbags has grown over the past few years.  Boutiques from Florida to California carry her designs and she just opened her very own retail store in Austin, Texas.  If you are in our area, please stop by Bluetique next Wednesday, March 15, to meet Kelly and see her full line of SS17 handbags!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Inspiration

Today is the last day of February.  I cannot believe it.  The month has flown by with the help of birthdays and Mardi Gras balls.  I need just one more piece of King cake before tomorrow!  The weather in the south has been unseasonably warm for most of the month and I cannot help but have spring on my mind.  Today, I am sharing what I have picked up for spring.  No swimsuits yet but our spring break is less than a month away.  I need to face that challenge soon (cringe).  I definitely need a new pair of white jeans.  I love my Rag and Bone skinnies but they are a little tired and not as white as they once were.  Who makes your favorite white jeans?

1 Cabi Tennis Tank
2 Katie Loxton Perfect Pouch
3 Cabi Tassel Tank
4 Half United Bullet Top Earrings
5 Frank & Eileen Multi Stripe Italian Poplin
6 New Balance for J.Crew 620 Sneakers 

I picked up the Cabi tops at a friend's show.  I cannot wait to style them.  The Frank & Eileen shirt is from one of my favorite local stores, Scout, but I have linked to it on the Frank & Eileen website.  I really love their button downs!  The Katie Loxton clutch and Half United bullet earrings are from another of my favorite local stores, Bluetique.  The clutch is so reasonable and is great alone or thrown in another bag.  Half United is a company that I just recently discovered through Bluetique.  Each purchase provides seven meals for children in need.  

It would be remiss of me not to share my recent product purchases.  I love the Beauty Counter mascara and the Drunk Elephant Lala Cream. The jury is still out on the Shiseido eye cream.  I will let you know in a month or so.  The last eye cream I used by Clarins was a huge disappointment.  Hopefully, this one will show some positive results.

Last birthday and Mardi Gras ball of the month

Sally's 6th birthday brunch with friends at George.

Check out this Bloody Mary from George.  We had a delicious brunch there on Saturday for my
daugher's birthday.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Girls' Weekend In The Big Easy

Every girl, whether fresh out of college trying to navigate through a quarter-life crisis or an over-worked, exhausted mother and wife, knows the importance of a girls' weekend.  It's a reality-check, a chance to put everything in perspective with some of the people who know you best.  We might not be involved in each other's daily lives like we once were, but that doesn't seem to matter, we pick up right where we left off.  There is a level of comfort between us, and the moment we're all back together the weight of the world disappears and laughter takes over.

This year only three members of our tribe of five could make it, and since we all happen to live on the Gulf Coast, we chose New Orleans.  Horrible storms (remember those tornadoes that reeked havoc in MS and GA) delayed our start for the weekend, and we had to cancel our lunch reservation at Sylvain the Quarter.  It was a bit of a bummer, but luckily we were safe and sound and old-favorite, Rum House, was a good substitute.

 By the time we sat down, I was so hungry I wanted everything on the menu, which is why I thought I could take on the pulled-pork nachos.  I have a tendency to get crazy-hungry.  I get cranky and start shaking, and at that point, I lose the ability to make reasonable decisions about food!  Nevertheless, the nachos were delicious and the margarita wasn't bad either.

 As we've mentioned a few times (here, here, here), Traci and I both love to visit breweries and try new beers, and I've been a fan of NOLA since the beginning when they only had blonde and brown lagers to offer.  The girls and I felt so carefree and spontaneous as well pulled into NOLA Brewing for a taste... just because we could.  I still enjoy the Blonde Lager, but the 7th Street Wheat is my favorite.

For dinner we went to Cochon.  People have been raving about it for years, and I had never been there, so I was excited to try it.  I was warned ahead of time that it was going to be a lot of meat, but I'm a carnivore, so I figured I'd be fine.

I struggled with the menu, which I hate.  I just didn't really see anything that grabbed me, but we started with the wood-fired oysters with chili garlic butter, and I really enjoyed them.

Next came the mushroom salad, which was full of flavor - maybe a little bit too much flavor.  I could only eat a little before the flavor overwhelmed me.

Amy had the rabbit and dumplings, which was a little bit more like a rabbit pot pie but pretty good nonetheless.  In fact, I liked it more than my brisket and potato salad.  I don't really know what I thought I was getting, but I was kind of disappointed.  The meat was good, but not spectacular, and my mama's potato salad puts this one to shame!  In the end, I've been to Cochon, and that's all I'm saying.

In addition to two large bags of to-go food from Mother's, I brought back a King Cake from Sucre.  I loved the beautiful iridescent icing on top, and the kids were so excited (as you can see by the little photo-bomber).

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