Monday, March 29, 2010

Preppy Love...

Preppy Mafia Blog
  Oh my stars...I was so honored to have 2 sweet and fabulous ladies crown me...yes, ME...a socialite in the The Preppy Mafia!!!  How completely cool is that?  Both Kim (at My life through Pink (Green and Blue, too) Colored Glasses) and Jen (at Chin Up, Pretty Smile, Give 'Em Hell) were both absolute pink and green angels by crowning me with my PM status!   THANK YOU, both!!!!!   Love you, girlies!

Part of the initiation to the PM is that you have to, of course, follow the rules!

Rule #1:  Click on the above button and paste onto your blog/website

Rule #2:  Answer the below questions

Rule #3: Pass onto 10 bloggers that you Love, go to their blog and let them know they've been tagged


1. Who is your style icon? Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (originally) but I can can't leave out Lilly Pulitzer

2. What is your favorite socialite lit book? Social Climbers by Beth Dunn ;)

3. Favorite party theme? Pink and Green parties rule!

4. Go to Halloween costume? I am woefully sad without an answer for this one!

5. Extravagance you cannot live without? my Monogrammed bags
6. Living person you admire? My Daughter, who is becoming a lovely, lovely young lady!

7. Greatest Fear? My family not being safe.

8. Trait you deplore in yourself? lack of focus and stick-to-it-ness.

9. Which talent would you most like to have? hmmmm?  I would love to be musically inclined (which I am so very NOT).

10. Greatest Achievement? Managing to keep a marriage growing and alive 21+ years and being part of the lives of my three wonderful children...that and being mistaken for being too young to have an 18 year old...that is pretty cool as well.

So, now I crown:

Life From Pippy's Perspective
Chic Crafty Chic
Sweet Pea
The Preppy Apron
Serenity Now - A Mommy's Solution to Staying Sane
One Preppy Day
Tales of a Northern Belle
Mama in High Heels
Jillian, Inc.
The Beaufort Lookout

Y'all go over and visit with the newly crowned Socialites!!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hooked on Houses, have you seen it?


 
Have you see this site? IT is wonderful (and trust me... time consuming, because once you start you can't stop)!!! I love houses and this website just hits my love button. I don't know if many of you know it, but when I went to college ~ back in the day ~ I studied Interior Design; so, although I don't practice anymore, I still have a deep love of houses and homes. I suppose it is a bit voyeristic, but I just love looking at houses of all kinds.

Not to mention, with our upcoming move, I am loving looking at this website and trying to find some inspiration for our new home! So y'all head over and take this quiz to see if you are "Hooked on Houses" like me http://hookedonhouses.net/are-you-hooked/  ....I scored a perfect 13! What is your score?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Retail Therapy Thursday (on the cheap)!


Look at these cuties! I popped into a shoe shop yesterday that I hadn't been in before and I was DELIGHTED to find a couple of super-cute-shoe finds. Not only are they cute and perfect for perking up some currently unknown Spring/Summer outfit (s) but they were a steal. I snagged both pairs for only $25.00...yes, you read that correctly. Of course, they aren't designer ~ but I thought they were adorable and the wanna be frugalista in me is thrilled.



Doing the Super-Cute-Shoe Happy Dance!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bookstore EXCITEMENT!

Did you love this?

IF so, now you can be like me and get excited about this....

It has been too many years!

I am not one to pre-order books but this one just made my list!

From Amazon.com:
From the author of The Official Preppy Handbook comes a new take on the old world that Lisa Birnbach turned into an international best-selling phenomenon thirty years ago.



True Prep looks at how the old guard of natural-fiber-loving, dog-worshipping, G&T-soaked preppies adapts to the new order of the Internet, cell phones, rehab, political correctness, reality TV and . . . polar fleece.
A small sample:



• Wardrobe: Recent prep brands we are forced to recognize. How to tell Casual Friday from, say, Saturday.
• Money: We never talk about it.
• Food: Does the Food Network mean we’re going to have to cook? Bake? Now you’re going too far.
• Scandals: Poor Mrs. Astor. When Mummy’s plastic surgery goes terribly wrong. Rehab and the slammer: the new prep schools.
• We’re outta here: When to name something after yourself, and when not. The right obituary. What to do with your dogs if you predecease them.
• NO TEXTING AT THE TABLE, PLEASE.

True Prep promises to be a whole new old sensation.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fashion Rant...

Today I have a fashion rant. I don’t often like to discuss personal and what I consider PRIVATE , but something happened this weekend that just irked me. Yes…IRKED! I will warn you that this rant concerns something I would really rather not know about…other folks underpants. So, be warned, this may be O-ffensive to some.


Now, I realize I am not the youngest, hippest or trimmest belle at the ball, but folks…I am sick and tired of seeing other people’s undergarments hanging out of their clothes. I am not on a moral rant here (not that there aren't issues there, to be sure, but this is a major FASHION issue).  That goes for MEN and WOMEN!

Honestly, is it necessary? Or have we spawned a culture that has forgotten the struggles of our forefathers (or maybe that should be foremothers?) to HIDE the panty line???? I remember, back in the day, if you caught a glimpse of a lady’s underpants it was because her big, old granny panties were riding up and trying to escape her high waisted pants and SHE was considered a sad case. We all knew we didn’t want to see THAT! Well now, I fail to see how those big, old, escaping granny panties are any different from some chic with her thong popping out of the top of her jeans…both are just TMI!

On Sunday (at church, no less), I was assaulted – YES, assaulted, my retinas are still recovering – by the lady in front of me when she reached down to pick up something off the floor. Yep, there it was…her thong, in all its glory, coming out of her slacks and reaching about up to her shoulders. There was NO way I could avoid seeing it!!!! Now, she looked to be a fashionable sort, but this “Whale’s Tail” just destroyed the entire ensemble. Who wants the word whale (WHALES are big, y’all!) attached anywhere near any commentary on your tail, anyway???? Personally, my tail doesn’t need to be associating with a whale; it is big enough on its own!

So, y’all (boys and girls) hide your drawers….honestly, we don’t want to see them.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Opi and Nicole

I haven't done a product review in a really long time.  Maybe that is because my Retail Therapy appointments have been few and far between the last few months...hmmm? 

No matter, I love finding a deal and always like to pass them along.  Last week, I was in Walmart and had a coupon for Opi's Nicole nail polish.  Yes, OPI at Walmart!  I love Opi polishes and think they hold up just about better than anything, but with my recent frugalista lifestyle, I have avoided buying any so I was excited to try their Nicole line.  I had a $1 off coupon and was pleased to see that the price was only $6.50 anyway (yes, Opi for $5.50 was pretty exciting!).  I got a really fun hot pink color called "Playin' Hooky" which is just what this Spring starved girl needed.  So, I have been wearing it for a week and love how well it has held up (Opi quality!!!). 


Oh, yeah...I received no compensation for this product review...only a great new nail polish discovery!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

What is in your book bag?

Do you ever clean out your children's book bags?  Apparently, I don't do it  OFTEN enough!!!  Last weekend, I sat down and started pawing through the black hole that is my DS2's book bag and much to my horror I found that his History Book was being eaten by a.....by a long, long lost banana! 

BLECK!!!!  BLECK!!!! DOUBLE BLECK!!!!
Oh, yeah we will be paying for that textbook!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Spring ideas...

It has been a particularly long, and cold winter this year ~ even in the South.  Old Man winter had quite a vigorous hold on us this year and has fought to keep himself alive and well more than I remember in the past few winters.  Well, I am done with it...finished...Spring is what I want.  Let the daffodils and tulips burst into bloom!   I want to hear the loud songs from the azaleas! Today was a lovely day here and I got the urge to start thinking ahead to Easter just in time for Martha Stewart to send one of  her great idea emails. IF you don't receive them, pop over and sign up for just the kind you would like.  I love them!  Here is a link to some of her cool Spring and Easter ideas:  Martha Stewart's Everything Easter

So, do you decorate for Spring and Easter?  I am looking so forward to it!

Friday, March 05, 2010

Serenbe with friends...

Last weekend I had a FABU time! I say FABU because I like to, and it makes my children's eyes spontaneously roll up into their heads. 

Last weekend I was blessed with some quality time with some of my dearest friends for a "girls weekend".  After meeting up with Eve and Nancy ~ at Nancy's house, we headed out to pick up Suzanne who was visiting from TX (you may know her from her blog Southern Inspiration http://www.southernlivingatitsbest.blogspot.com/ .)

Then we four girls headed to Serenbe for the day http://www.serenbe.com/ . I had read about Serenbe several times but never visited and it was a wonderful treat to be sure.  It is a unique and tranquil place and I can see why someone would want to live and work in this community.  It is described as:
"Serenbe is a 1,000 acre community located under 30 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It is a national model for the future of balanced development in the U.S.—focusing on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations."


We had a great lunch at the Blue Eyed Daisy in downtown Serenbe and then enjoyed a sunny walk to see some of the residential area.
Of course, no "girls weekend" is complete without a bit of retail therapy so we spent some time in the shops at Serenbe. My favorite was Repurpose. It is a really cool shop showcasing new life for "found objects" with some lovely fresh flowers thrown in for delight! Everything had so much character and was unique
 as only a "repurposed" item could be!

I love this photo of Nancy,  She is apparently like the Pied Piper, but with the cats of Serenbe!   

So, after our jaunt around Serenbe, we headed back to Atlanta and a stop at Ballard Designs http://www.ballarddesigns.com/ to see what might be lurking in their outlet.  Then back to Nancy's where she treated us all to a delicous dinner.  We finished off the night in the wee hours after much laughter, sharing, liberal servings of Eve's Homemade toffee and, of course, a Chick Flick!  It was sad to go our separate ways on Sunday morning....but I went away happy and content and knowing the God has truly given me some very special friends in my life.  I can't wait to do it again!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Boobie Prize!


Now, I don't make it a habit to talk about my girls in a public forum, but I wanted to share my experience with my very first mammogram. See, I am real wimp and don't like pain one little bit. Heck, when I was pregnant, I begged my Dr. to start my epidural 2 weeks before the due date...just in case! Pain just isn't on my agenda....really. So, embarrassingly, I have to admit that last year, when my Dr. told me it was time to get this much talked about joy-of-being-female experience done, I kind of skipped out on it. I just didn't do it. No harm, no foul...right???? Come on....work with me here.


So, fast forward to this year and my annual physical...Dr. (being all on top of things and all) notices I haven't had my girls checked out when she looks through my file. You know what happens next, right? She tells me about how important this is (I even asked about the "new" guidelines, which she quickly dismissed as garbage). She even goes into great detail about her recent Mammogram and how it didn't hurt...really, she said that.


Well, since I am in a season of life where I need to get everything in order for this upcoming move, I decided to schedule the test. My head started swimming when I called for an appointment and they could see me so quickly (in less than a week, when I was figuring a month and knowing myself would probably managed to talk myself out of doing it ~ again).


Anyway, I went this morning for an 8:30 am check in for a 9:00 am scan. You won't believe it! It was more spa experience than squish the girls until they scream experience. The imaging center I went to was very peaceful, quiet and a bit posh. The technician who performed the test was super sweet, gentle and understanding about my great fear of pain. Honestly, there was no pain. It was more like some pressure, but nothing even vaguely what I expected! AND I was finished and out of there at 8:55 am.


So, why am I talking about this - here in public? It is because breast cancer is serious stuff and I lost a dear friend to this awful disease 6 years ago and know so many others who have lost dear, precious women to it as well. If you have been putting off getting your Mammogram (like me) I encourage you to go get it done. I didn't hurt a bit...REALLY.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Moving....

When you hear that word...moving...what does it make you think of? For me it means boxes and big trucks and for sale signs. Yes, the Southern Somedays family is going to be moving. Now, you know why I have been a little lax in my blog posting ~ it has been a bit up in the air around here!

My DH has taken a new job and we will be relocating over the summer, after the children finish up their activities and such. So, to add to all the excitement of DD finishing up her senior year of high school and getting ready to head off to college we are getting ready to head off to a new state!
I say "new" state, but actually it isn't new to us. We will moving back to South Carolina! We lived there for many years in several different towns as DH's job transferred us. We are actually moving back to the town where DD was born (how funny is that?). My oldest DS was also born in SC, and I have family in the Upstate of SC, so this feels like home to us! We loved SC and have often wished we could end up back there. Now we are!!! There are some really big pluses about our new location, one being only an hour from the Beach!!! WhoooHOOOOOO!!!! THAT makes it a winner in our book.

So, I am giving you a heads up...Southern Somedays will probably have a decidedly transitional feel for a while...now where are those boxes?
P.S. I don't know why the spacing on this post looks all wonky....Blogger isn't liking me much today!