July 31, 2009

Fun fall accessories

We've all shared in the excitement now that the Lilly fall collection has made its debut. Many have shared their favorite clothing items, but what about those fab accessories? Here are a few that caught my eye.

Tote of the town - Curious Pink Frenchie
Ms. Bo Bangles

Cheetah Gal Flat


The names enough are having me dream of fabulous fall outfits with these oh so lovely accessories dolled on to really make 'em pop!

July 30, 2009

Destination: Summer



Tomorrow I will be on my way to Traverse City, Michigan, where my boyfriend is from, to visit with his family. T's brother and his brother's girlfriend are coming with us as well. It is so peaceful and beautiful in Traverse City and I can't wait for the cooler weather.
After spending a couple days in Traverse City we are heading to Mackinac Island. I have never been, but heard it's fabulous summer place. I am very excited! We are staying at the Grand Hotel (pictured above) and their motto is, fittingly — America's Summer Place. It has a rich and storied history and is said to be one of the nation's favorite summer resorts during the Victorian area.
Fun Facts:
- It opened in 1887.
- It has the largest front porch in the world.
- Five presidents have visited - Bush, Clinton, Ford, Truman and Kennedy
- Geraniums are the trademark flower
- Six rooms are named after former First Ladies - Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, Jacqueline Kennedy, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush

There are lots of fun things to do at the Grand Hotel like a big lawn for croquet and bocce ball, a heated pool, tennis, golf, cycling and horseback riding and afternoon tea. There is also a dress code. At 6 p.m., gentlemen must be in coat and tie and ladies in dresses. There also are no cars allowed on the island. The modes of transportation are bicycles or horse and carriage. I'm feeling relaxed already! The restaurants sound great as well. We're going to one called Woods and it is actually in the woods. You have to take a horse and carriage to get there.
I'm packing my most summery things and my favorite Lilly dresses. The island and resort sound so charming and full of history. My boyfriend's parents are so sweet to take us all there. I will take plenty of pictures to share when I return. Until then, I have some scheduled posts.
Have a wonderful weekend!

July 29, 2009

It was the sparkles

A year or so ago, while perusing the aisles of Barnes and Noble, I stumbled upon a great author I'd yet to discover-Harriet Evans. I bought her first book, Going Home, and loved it, and found myself back at Barnes and Noble not long after to pick up her second book, A Hopeless Romantic. Besides the fantastic sparkly covers (seriously, the covers are amazing and they're embellished with sparkly areas that are raised up like puffy paint), the stories and the London settings really drew me in. The main characters are really developed and make you want to cry, laugh and cheer along with them and the story lines are full of fun twists and turns and warm fuzzy feelings (these are of the romantic comedy genre, you know.)

Last night, while popping in to get a book for a weekend trip, I was happy to find a third by Evans — The Love of Her Life. I am anxious to get started on this one and will surely have my nose buried in it on the plane Friday.


"Leaving her tiny flat in London — and a whole host of headaches behind — Lizzy Walter is making the familiar journey back home to spend Christmas with her chaotic but big-hearted family. In an ever-changing world, her parents' country home, Keeper House, is the one constant. But behind the mistletoe and mince pies, family secrets and rivalries lurk. And when David, the Love of Her Life — or so she thought — makes an unexpected reappearance, this one ranks as a Christmas she would definitely rather forget."

"As winter slowly turns to spring, all the things that Lizzy has taken for granted begin to shift. Keeper House is in jeopardy and might have to be sold for reasons Lizzy doesn't understand. Her family seems fractured like never before. And, with a new man in her life, she may finally have to kiss her dream of a reunion with David goodbye. By the time the Walters gather at Keeper House for a summer wedding, the stakes have never been higher — for Lizzy, for her family, and for love."

"Laura Foster is a hopeless romantic. Her friends know it, her parents know it — even Laura acknowledges she lives either with her head in the clouds or buried in a romance novel. It's proved harmless enough, even if it hasn't delivered her a real-life dashing hero yet. But when her latest relationship ends in a disaster that costs her friendships, her job, and nearly her sanity, Laura swears off men and hopeless romantic fantasies for good."

"With her life in tatters around her, Laura agrees to go on vacation with her parents. After a few days of visiting craft shops and touring the stately homes of England, Laura is ready to tear her hair out. And then, while visiting grand Chartley Hall, she crosses paths with Nick, the sexy, rugged estate manager. She finds she shares more than a sense of humor with him — in fact, she starts to think she could fall for him. But is Nick all he seems? Or has Laura got it wrong again? Will she open her heart only to have it broken again?"


"In London, Kate Miller had an enviable life: an exciting job at a fashion magazine, an engagement and a wedding to plan. Then it all fell apart — spectacularly, painfully, and forever. That was three years ago . . . and she fled to New York City to live with her mother and stepfather."

"Now Kate is a true New Yorker, in love with the pace and rhythm of Manhattan. But deep down, she knows her life is in a holding pattern, that there is something — someone — more to love. But when her father becomes ill, Kate realizes it's time to return and face the friends and the memories she left behind. What really happened before Kate left London? Can she pick up the pieces and allow herself to love life again?"

(Plots written by Harriet Evans)

Evans' fourth book, I Remember You, set in Rome, is due to come out in October.
Is anyone else a fan? Do find a spot for these on your reading list!

July 28, 2009

Personalize it!


Have you visited the 2 Preppy Girls boutique? It has many adorable items! Recently, I participated in a giveaway and was lucky to receive a monogram decal. I chose pink and decided to put it on my computer. 2 Preppy Girls also has monogram decals for your car, your walls and even tiny ones for your phone. Can we say personalization? Here are a few of my favorite things from the web site.

Golf ice bucket cover

Wall monogram

Laptop bag


Thank you 2 Preppy Girls for your kindness!!
Let the shopping begin . . .

July 27, 2009

I scream, You scream . . .


Much to my delight, Menchie's has opened in Orlando. I could hardly contain my excitement and it certainly did not disappoint. What is Menchie's might you ask? It is a frozen yogurt shop that has all kinds of delicious flavors and a fun toppings bar. You choose your creation and then pay by the weight. There were so many different flavors it was hard to choose. I went with peanut butter and cake batter and topped it with cinnamon toast crunch cereal, cheesecake bites and kit kat pieces. Sounds odd, but it was yummy! I want to go back for the tart flavor with fruit toppings next. Check out their web site to see if you have one nearby.

July 24, 2009

Pajama Party


After a hectic schedule and lots of traveling the past couple weeks, I'm looking forward to staying in this weekend (hopefully this will actually happen!). I see lots of lounging and movie watching ahead. Cheers to the weekend with freshly painted toes, pink pajamas and a side of popcorn.

Sperry update:
Yay - 10
Nay - 7
Maybe - 3
*It was very interesting to see your results. Thanks for participating! I came across the shoes and thought to myself hmm . . . I wonder what people will think of the style. It was love/hate for me. I lean towards the more traditional type of boat shoe, but these could look good with jeans. Like M.A. said, they do remind me of the J. Crew gold driving mocs. It was fun to do a poll. Thanks for sharing!

July 23, 2009

Golden




Yay or nay for fall?

July 22, 2009

Girls just want to have fun

I had a wonderful time at home! Legally Blonde the Musical was soo fabulous. I loved it and I'm still going around singing the songs. Before the show that night, my mom and sister and I picked up our favorite two little girls. We took them to the bridal shop where my sister got her wedding dress and had the littlest one try on flower girl dresses (the other is a junior bridesmaid). It was just the most precious thing you've ever seen. She truly glowed and had the biggest smile. I can't even describe how precious this was. She felt like a real princess. We then went up to the wedding gown floor and my sister got to try on her dress for them and they let our little flower girl wear her dress and walk down the runway with my sister. Too cute! We spent the rest of the day shopping and they helped me pick out a few new Lilly treats.

My sister and I at Legally Blonde.


The kitchen shower also went really well. The bride appreciated it and the decorations, food and recipe box turned out perfect. I forgot a picture of the recipe box and the apron we all signed, but here are a few pics. It was lots of fun!

Here is the wreath. I added some kitchen things to it to go with the theme.

Pink and green decor with the hydrangeas in mason jars. We had quiche, fruit salad, mini chicken salad croissants, salad with strawberries and candied pecans and mini desserts. Yum!

Myself, the bride and my fellow host.

Later that night the bride and the rest of us bridesmaids went to a concert at Chastain Park in Atlanta. It was so nice to sit outside and listen to music. The rest of my time at home was filled with shopping, seeing Harry Potter and catching up with my family. It was a great weekend!

I'm back in Orlando now, getting all caught up. I had a council meeting for Junior League last night and we are getting prepared for the upcoming year. Tonight I am off to dance practice for a performance we are doing in August. I'm choreographing a tap dance for it to 42nd Street so I am hard at work on that as well.
Have a lovely afternoon!

July 18, 2009

Kitchen Shower

Today a friend and I (and our moms) are hosting a kitchen shower for a close friend we grew up with. We have known each other since we were three years old and in preschool. Oh, how the years fly by.
In her honor, we decided on a kitchen shower theme. Some other bridesmaids had a late afternoon around the house shower for her at the Melting Pot and my friend and I decided we wanted to do something a little more traditional.
We chose a pink and green theme and decided on these invitations. The top of the invitation said, "Elizabeth and Joey are tying the knot. Let's make sure their new kitchen is stocked." We also included a recipe card with the invitation and instructed everyone to bring it back with their favorite recipe.

(not the real info)

We ordered a recipe box with the bride's new monogram on it and everyone will place the recipe card in the box so she will be all set to cook some delicious meals. I love that each card will have the person who brought it's handwriting on it and it will be something they specially thought she would like. It's all about the personal touches.
As for decorations, we are using mason jars filled with beautiful hydrangeas with coordinating pink and green ribbons tied around. My mom and I made a wreath for the door that will have matching ribbon and little kitchen tools like measuring spoons etc., tied on to go along with the theme and the mailbox will have a big bow as well. We will have a matching tablecloth and the bride's chair will be specially decorated with a big tulle bow tied around. We decided to use paper plates for easy clean-up. We also have an apron that will be hung up as a decoration that everyone will sign.
Here is the menu (shower starts at 11):
Drinks:
Mimosas
Iced Coffee Punch (coffee/ice cream drink)
Peach Tea

To snack on:
Pineapple cheese ball with crackers
Cheese Straws

Brunch:
Two types of quiche
Mini chicken salad pitas
Salad (with strawberries, walnuts etc.)
Muffins
Fruit

Dessert:
Mini cheesecakes
Cream cheese brownies
Lemon squares

The bride has requested no games so we plan on having everyone mingle, eat and then watch the bride open presents. For a favor, my mom and I made and decorated sugar cookies in the shape of little hearts and wedding bells.
I had a lot of fun planning this and can't wait to see how it turns out. I will take lots of pictures and be sure to share!

July 17, 2009

Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed


I am home in Atlanta and have a fun-filled day ahead! My mom and I are getting everything ready for my friend's shower tomorrow and cooking yummy things for it. (More on this tomorrow.) We're then going to pick up our family friend's daughters - age 5 and 10 - and we're taking them to have lunch and shopping. Fun fun!!
What I am most excited about is LEGALLY BLONDE tonight!!!! I am seriously just beyond excited. I have wanted to see this musical for the longest time and my mom surprised me with tickets. Just imagine the screaming and jumping up and down that went on! I am wearing a pink Lilly dress because you can't see Legally Blonde without wearing pink :) 
HaPpY FrIdAy!

July 16, 2009

Bookworm Tag!

The always fabulous Queen Bee Swain has tagged me to share my favorite childhood book. I cannot pick just one! I was such a little bookworm when I was younger, and still am. My mom would take my sister and I to the library and we would return home with a huge stack of books. Here are some of my very favorite books and series.

Angelina Ballerina will always be one of my most favorite books. She is just the cutest little mouse in a pretty pink tutu and I love the whole gang- cousin Henry, best friend Alice, teacher Miss Lilly and the whole Mouseling family. Angelina teaches us to dream big and be a star. In elementary school we had to dress up like our favorite book characters and I of course was Angelina in a tutu with mouse ears and tail :)

Ballet Shoes is another book I just adored and read over and over. It is a story about three orphans who are adopted and living in London and they train in theater and ballet. Along the way, each discovers their own special talent. The BBC made a movie of this starring Emma Watson from Harry Potter. It was so sweet. The author also wrote Dancing Shoes and Theater Shoes.

I lived and breathed Madeline when I was little. I have a large collection of Madeline dolls and books and my room was decorated in a French style. I was Madeline for Halloween one year, too. I love how courageous and adventurous that little one is. "In an old house in Paris all covered with vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines." I pretty much have it memorized still to this day :)

Betsy Tacy and Tib was another favorite series of mine. It's about three little girls during the early 1900s who were best friends. The series starts out as Betsy Tacy and then in later books Tib comes to the neighborhood. They get themselves into all sorts of fun messes.

I loved Baby-sitters Club as well. I am so impressed by Queen Bee's analysis!! Baby-sitters on Board was my favorite because they went to Disney and on a cruise.

Sweet Valley Twins with Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield was always fun to read. I thought they were so cool. Teacher's Pet was one of my favorites because they were doing ballet.

Loved the Boxcar Children and how they survived in that boxcar and took care of each other.

And, yes. I was a huge fan of Little House on the Prairie. I've read them all as well as The Rose Years with Laura's daughter. I liked the Rose series the best.


Well, there are many more favorites, but I will end the list here. Thanks for the tag and the trip back through childhood lane QBS!

I tag the following to share your favorite book(s):

Anyone else can play too!


*I am off to Atlanta again tonight, but have some posts scheduled. Thanks to Mojito Maven for helping with the spammer situation. Have a great weekend!

Update . . .

Well, they struck again. Luckily I changed my settings the other day so that I have to approve comments on older posts. Today I logged in and Blogger informed me that I had 913 comments waiting for me to approve. I was in shock. 913!?!?! Wow. That doesn't include the 80 they did on my last post, which I will delete when I have a chance. Unfortunately this has forced me to now change over to total comment moderation. I'm sorry for the convenience, but I don't want this person posting thousands of these chinese characters on my blog anymore, especially since I don't know what they're saying.
The profile of this person is not available when I click on it and you can only report abusers if they have a blog URL. After doing some research, comment moderation is the only way to go.

On another note, I have Google Analytics, but do not know how to use it yet to figure out who this person is. Can anyone help me or give some tips for that?

Thanks to all for the support and advice!! I'll be back later . . . happy Thursday!

July 15, 2009

Golf girl

One of my favorite stationery companies is Bloom Designs. I discovered this adorable line a couple years ago at the PGA Show when I was putting together a golf gift guide for an assignment. As soon as I saw the pink and green booth with the cheery, whimsical designs, I ran right over and have loved Bloom ever since.
Bloom's stationery is centered around cute golf designs, but they also offer tennis, yoga, holiday and fashion illustrations. The products include boxed stationery, notepads, a calendar and custom invitations and all can be personalized. The prices are very reasonable with notecards ranging from $13-18 and notepads, $10.
All of the illustrations are brightly colored with all kinds of cute designs. There are pink and green tees, an adorable golf cart, a woman in madras pants putting, cute golf outfits and so much more. My personal favorite is called Life in the Rough. It's a collage with golf balls, a golf shoe and glove, a martini, lipstick and pearls. So cute! Check it out here. It's the first item on the second row.
The tennis and yoga stationery is adorable as well. I like the pink and green tennis clubs. The fashion items have cute shoe, clothing and purse designs and the holiday ones are very merry.
You can order Bloom Designs on the web site, or you may be able to find it in your local golf shop. Check the locations map to see which shops carry it.
On sale now is the Glamour Girls note cube for only $8. That is quite a deal!


The Golfing Gals cube would look great on my desk.


I could not grab any of the stationery images to show you here, so stop by the web site and check it out for yourselves. Happy shopping!

July 14, 2009

Not cool

Every once in a while my blog is attacked by someone who repeatedly posts chinese characters just over and over and over again in the comments section. This time the person posted almost 300 comments and I. HAVE. HAD. IT.
It is such a pain to remove because I have to individually delete each one going back and forth from the posts. It can take hours. Is there an easier way to remove comments instead of one at a time? Is there a way to block this person? When they first started doing it they were anonymous so I got rid of anonymous commenting. Oh, but wait. Then they got an account, but a private one, so I can't see who they are. Help!
Has this happened to anyone else? I honestly don't know who in their right mind would sit and copy and paste chinese characters over and over again. The time stamps on the comments were between 3 and 5 a.m. I'm not sure who has two hours to spend doing something so pointless.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions on how to get block comments or have a better way to delete comments. Thanks!! Boo to this horrible attacker!

July 13, 2009

Jet-setter

Happy Monday friends! Sorry to disappear at the end of last week- I had a deadline at work that I had to rush to meet all day Friday and then had to jet off to the airport for a quick weekend trip. I went home to Atlanta and Saturday morning my family and I drove to my grandparent's house in Birmingham. That night some relatives hosted an Around the House Shower for my sister who is getting married later this year (I don't think I've mentioned that). It was lots of fun and great to see everyone. Sunday morning we had brunch with my grandparents, drove back to Atlanta and then I flew back to Orlando. What a whirlwind of a weekend!
I did manage to sneak in a little shopping time Sunday and found some shoes at J. Crew. I didn't purchase the ones I found on Piperlime and I'm glad I didn't. I got a great deal on these below. A big thank you goes out to all for the wonderful shoe advice! I know I can always count on y'all to help a girl out :)
It's going to be a quick week because in just a couple days I will be back on the plane again to Atlanta. A friend and I are hosting a Kitchen Shower for our friend who is getting married in August. We are doing a pink and green theme and I will be sure to take some pictures. It's been fun planning all the details.
I am now off to relax and watch the Bachelorette. Have a wonderful evening!

Here are the shoes. The strap goes around the ankle and they look much better in person. They were a steal of a deal - much less than the online price. Yay for shoes!

July 9, 2009

Business casual

Dear readers,
I work in a business casual office, emphasis on the casual. Men sport polos and khakis and women wear a variety of things and can even get away with knee-length shorts. Recently we were sent a memo reminding us all of our dress code and that jeans and flip flops are not allowed (except Fridays). Well, my problem lies not in the clothes—my standard uniform is a dress and cardigan—but in my shoes. I have a love of ballet flats, being the tutu queen that I am, and sandals. I have never been a big heel wearer. As of the recent memo, I am concerned that my sandals may lean more toward the flip flop side. They are not flip flops for sure, as I would never commit that work faux-pas, but after being in this office for three years I am ready for big girl shoes. Yes, let's bring on the heels. I am now on a search for some new work shoes and am hoping you can help me out.
Sincerely,
The Pink Tutu

*I have seriously been on a search for tan or nude-colored shoes for months and have found only one pair, which is below, on Piperlime. If I decide to make these mine, today is my lucky day because they are having a 20 percent off sale on pumps, today only.
Pretty please send your favorite shoe ideas my way!

July 8, 2009

Pretty baubles

Banana Republic has a nice little sale going on now and I found a couple jewelry items on the web site that were pretty cute. For me, it's all about the accessories!


Starfish necklace - $29.99
Confetti bangle - $19.99

Party bib necklace - $69.99


I may just have to pop in and try some on!

July 6, 2009

It's the little things

Driving to work this morning, I was sad the weekend fun was over and was stressed by the week ahead. I gave myself a little pep talk and made my way to my desk. What do I find there? A little present just waiting for me. My very sweet and thoughtful co-worker had made a little gift for me. It immediately made me smile and couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Just what was in that box? Lilly push pins! My co-worker is a Lilly lover as well and made them to match my Lilly-decorated desk. How sweet! It totally made my day.

Here are a few. Most of them are already happily decorating my work area!
(Sorry for the terrible quality of the picture.)

It truly is the little things in life that make it so worthwhile!

July 3, 2009

4th of July attire

Here is what I'll be wearing for the 4th!


J. Crew dress with belt loops my mom sewed on for a red gingham ribbon to tie around and my red and white espadrilles and polka dot clutch.

Juicy Couture red and white polka dot bathing suit with matching flip flops and beach bag.

My mom decorated these flip flops by putting the red gingham ribbon on the straps and adding a bow on the end. They will make an appearance at pool time as well, or maybe on the boat.

What do you plan to wear?

I am excited for a day of boating, cooking out, hanging out with friends, catching some fireworks, playing with sparklers and celebrating this great country of ours.

Have a fabulous 4th!!

July 2, 2009

Let's get this party started

Here are some cute ideas for 4th of July festivities. I just love all the red, white and blue! My favorite is the glass jars with the sand and the paper pom-poms attached to skewers that look like mini fireworks. Find the how-to for all of these Martha Stewart crafts here in the slideshow.




I am ready to kick off the weekend! Tonight begins the celebration with dinner at one of my favorites, Urban Flats, followed by a little mini-golf and a movie. Tomorrow I'm headed to Sea World for the day. Let the fun begin!

July 1, 2009

She's a grand old flag . . .



Is everyone getting their red white and blue ready?
I know I am!

Thanks!

A big thank you goes out to these three lovely ladies who gave me the Lovely Blog award - Miss Madras at Madras and Pearls, Bille Anne at Preppy Panache and Park Avenue Princess! Please check out their blogs if you have not already done so. I love keeping up with their great finds and what they've been up to. (If I left someone else out remind me and I'll add you.)

Have a great afternoon and I'll be back later!
 
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