Sunday, June 5, 2011

the wishlist

Hello blogosphere!  The last few months have been crazy busy so I've taken an unplanned leave of absence from the blogosphere.  A lot of wonderful things have happened in the last few months including turning 26 back in April.  I got to spend my BIG day in the windy city with my bestie, Jill, click here to read all about our fun trip!  As some of you know my 25th birthday wasn't the best, I think most it had to do with my fear of turning 25.  But now that 25 is behind me, 26 ain't nothing but a number.  And more importantly my 26th year is proving to be far better than my 25th, maybe aging has some perks.  Other benefits of birthdays are presents of course!  I got some great gifts from friends and family, including a few items from my wish list (see right).  My sweet friend Jill got me my first piece from the Fleur de Lys dinnerware set, I felt like a bride getting her first piece of china (or what I imagine a bride feels like when she gets her first piece of china ;) ), check out my adorable sugar pot.

My sweet friend Mary Grace also took note and got these turquoise latte bowls from my wish list.  I absolutely love them and they match the decor of my home perfectly.

Thank you to all my amazing friends and family for making me feel so special on my birthday, I am so blessed to have each of you in my life!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

mardi gras madness

To my my faithful followers, I'm sure most of you have been checking in on my little blog for the last two months wondering where on earth I have gone, I'm happy to report that I'm alive and well!  And I'm totally kidding about the checking in on me...I'm sure it will be another month before anyone notices this post ;)!

Anywho, the last two months have been a blur and I really can't believe April is around the corner.  For those of you who don't know, Mardi Gras, is considered a holiday along the gulf coast.  The weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday are filled with parades and balls.  Quite honestly I don't know the history of Mardi Gras so I'm not gonna try to act like I'm completely in the know.  What I do know is that contrary to popular belief Mardi Gras started in Mobile, AL, the town (or the next town over) that I'm happy to call home.  From what I hear, New Orleans throws the king of all Mardi Gras parties; however, Mobile pulls in a close second as the queen.  I've lived in Mobile for the last two years; however, this is the first year I took part in all the Mardi Gras festivities, I can assure you have been missing out and I look forward to next year's revelry. 

My cute Mardi Gras wreath handed down from Mama Bear.

I went to my first ball back in January (see post below) and had so much fun.  I went to my first parade during a birthday scavenger hunt and had so much fun.  I pretty much gave up on the list of items to find and parked it on the corner of a street to catch beads!  My Mardi Gras experience culminated with the MOT ball in Mobile and parades throughout the day on Fat Tuesday.  I had a wonderful time at the ball and parades and cannot wait to do it all over next year!

Me and my sweet friend, Jill all dolled up for the ball.

Post dancing.

Me with all my Mardi Gras beads!

Monday, January 10, 2011

a jar for the seasons

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, it's hard to believe it's already January 10!

Last year I found this great apothecary(ish) jar from my favorite furniture store, White House Antiques.  You can only imagine how happy I was when i found out the jar would only set me back $10.  Are you kidding me?  These things run for $50+ at Pottery Barn.  I had initially planned on putting sand and sea shells in the jar, but that never came to fruition, so my sad and empty jar sat on this bench for the better half of the year.  Once Christmas rolled around, I found that I had ornaments in excess.  I was able to put an assortment of silver, blue, and pink ornaments in the jar.  I love the muted colors I was able to find.

Since the colors I selected weren't too Christmasy I thought the ornaments could carry me through January, but I knew by February I would have to come up with something new.  I was presented with a brilliant idea this weekend.  I went to my first Mardi Gras ball over the weekend and collected my fair share of beads.  Here's a picture of me and Marjorie all dolled up.

I digress, once I got home I didn't know what to do with all my beads.  I couldn't just toss them, I had earned these beads!  And then it hit me, I would put the beads in the jar.  I was a long way from filling the jar, so I had to rummage through some of mama bear's decorations (thanks mama!).  I'm still short but I imagine I'll be getting more from parades and such.  Nonetheless, my jar will be good to go through early March!

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!