Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer for Target

Target's collaborative effort with Lilly Pulitzer is coming up this Sunday and I'm not gonna lie, I'm a bit nervous.

Everyone is asking me if I have a shopping strategy?  Of course, I do. (I've been doing Target + Lilly recon work since the announcement back in January!)   I will stay up late Saturday evening/Sunday morning to shop online at Target first.  If I don't get all the items on my list, then I'll be off to my local Target to compete with other local Lilly lovers for the in-store items.

 My Lilly P outfit is pressed and ready to go.  "Here's What I'm Gonna Wear":
The Lilly Pulitzer Originals 'Floaters' shift, pink Topsiders, and white cardi.  Since the Weather Channel is calling for a 90% chance of rain at my location, I'll carry my Lilly 'Floaters' umbrella too.

I've have checked out the Look Book at Target numerous times and my list is long...these are the top five must-have items on my shopping list...

The 'Boom Boom' Umbrella and the 'Nosie Posey' Hammock.  I can't use them yet because my backyard is a mess, but they are just too cute and I must have them both!

The 'Fan Dance' Shift.  If I don't get this one, I might shed some tears.

The 'Nosie Posey' Button Down Blouse is precious...a must have!

The Embroidered Clutch...I just love this and it can be used with so many outfits.

I'm so excited for this sale and can't understand those Lilly Pulitzer fans who are saying that Lilly Pulitzer must be rolling over in her grave because this sale devalues the Lilly brand. I don't believe she would turn down her nose to a budget-friendly sale of her fabulous loot!  I buy Lilly for the patterns, styles, and colors...not the price! can bet there will be shoppers buying to resell the items at a huge markup on eBay or other online Lilly resell sites. There really should be a limit on the number of items you can purchase.  But whatever.

If you are going to the sale, shop nice y'all!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Masters Week 2015

Well, I got through the Monday-after-the-Masters!  It's such a depressing day after the gates to the most beautiful place I know are closed.  We had a wonderful time at the Augusta National...great weather, saw some awesome golf, and ate good food.  They certainly know how to run a golf tournament and of course they have THE best Southern Hospitality ever.  Seriously, from the time you enter the gates, you are greeted with friendly smiles and all the workers saying "Welcome to the Masters.  Enjoy your day!"  I heard this greeting on Sunday:  "Welcome to the Masters.  This will be one of the greatest days of your life.  Enjoy it!"  And...the course is just as beautiful in person as it is on television.

Sunday started with the Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship Tournament, sponsored by the Augusta National, U.S. Golf Association, and the PGA.  Open to boys and girls ages 7-15, this a wonderful program aimed at drawing more juniors to golf.  I was over at Mama's house watching the tournament when this precious little girl pranced across the screen.  Fashion is everything inside the Augusta National and I just adore her little outfit and bonnet.

This is a close-up look at the little bonnet with the Masters logo!  I had just seen this bonnet on the Instagram account of the lady who makes them...For Monogram Sake.  While you are visiting her site, check out all the other Masters stuff she, love, love it all!

Wednesday night I prepared our traditional Par 3 Supper.  You can read more about our tradition with this meal here.

At the start of the tournament, these are the golfers I was watching...Freddie Couples is one of my long-time favorites, but he unfortunately did not make the cut.  Rory McIlroy had a chance to win a Grand Slam, but didn't get it done.  Everyone says Tiger is good for the game, but I just like to watch him play golf...and of course, you can count on there being some Tiger drama.  (Tiger: "I hit a tree trunk with my club and a bone popped out on my hand, so I pushed it back in.")  You gotta love that!  Bubba Watson doesn't seem to be all that popular with his fellow tour players, but I love him!  Brooks Koepka (FSU) did pretty good.  Last but not least, I was happy to see Ben Crenshaw.  He was my late BFF Teresa Jane's favorite golfer, so I love him too!

I wore Lilly Pulitzer "White Tag Lilly" skorts all week.  They are perfect to wear at the course and comfortable too!

Besides the great golf, you can count on the Pimiento Cheese sandwiches being great too.  

Pimiento Cheese in the morning and a Barbecue Sandwich in the afternoon.  I pretty much eat all day at the Masters!

Congratulations for Jordan Spieth for his wire-to-wire win.  The 21-year old started the tournament with a huge lead and stayed the leader until the end.  Records were broken and traditions were kept.  It was another beautiful Masters week in Augusta.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Hope y'all had a wonderful Easter!  We started the day with a beautiful sunrise service at All Saints Church in Warner Robins.  It was a wonderful celebration of  the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

This was my Easter frock...the hot pink Lilly Pulitzer 'Janice' dress with a gold shawl, clutch, and Revas.

I set the table for Easter with my Willfred Bunny Toile dinnerware...same dishes, different guest list!

It was a good Easter day...with family and friends.

On Good Friday I wore the Lilly Pulitzer 'Nibbles' skirt, a white blouse, green ballet flats, and carried a green Kate Spade 'Quinn' pocketbook.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Derby Day Wear

As usual, Vineyard Vines is a great place to shop for Derby Day wear.

Love this Racing Horse Dress with the racing horse print scene on the silk sash.

This Race Day Hat with the grosgrain bow is adorable for any Spring or Summer day!

If you already have a Derby outfit and need a Race Day Scarf, this one is cute with the little tassels.

Love this Derby Day pony cap!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monogram Monday

This hand-painted, monogrammed cross is on the front door today.  I love it and it's great for the Easter season or throughout the year!

Alicia, the artist and owner of Two of a Kind Art has the cutest loot y'all!  I first saw some of her work at The Emporium in Warner Robins and then started following her Facebook page.  I'm excited that she is opening her own shop in the quaint little downtown area of Perry, Georgia.  The soft opening is scheduled for March 26, 2015 10am - 5pm.
Take a peek at some of her designs...

How darling in this seahorse?  It can be monogrammed y'all!

Two of a Kind Art
900 Commerce Street
Perry, Ga

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cherry Blossom Festival

The 33rd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is underway in Macon, Georgia.  There are lots of ways to "Party Till You're Pink"  with nightly concerts, food trucks and fair food, amusement rides, a parade, arts and crafts, luncheons, and tours of historic homes, churches, theaters, and museums.  There is truly something for everyone to celebrate spring and the beautiful cherry blossoms.

In 1949 the late William Fickling, Sr. discovered the first Yoshino Cherry tree in his back yard.  During a trip to Washington, DC in 1952, he spotted a tree that looked exactly like his tree.  On a return trip, he compared a cutting from his tree to those around the tidal basin.  It was a perfect match!  Upon his return to Macon, he learned how to propagate the Yoshinos and began freely sharing them with the community.  There are now 300,000-350,000 Yoshino Cherry trees in Macon.

Pink bows are tied to any and everything here in middle Georgia and talented artists have painted the cherry blossoms on automobile windows and business storefront windows.  The whole town is decked out in pink! 

My mailbox is adorned with a pink mesh bow and cherry blossoms.

Of course, if you have a festival and a parade in the South, you simply must have a queen.  Congratulations to Queen Jaedyn Ellis and the Cherry Blossom Royalty!

The Queen and her Court:  (left to right) Tolu Sogade, 3rd runner-up; Valerie Davis, 1st runner-up; Queen Jaedyn Ellis; Kiara George, 2nd runner-up; and Savannah Alday, 4th runner up.

The Cherry Blossom Festival will be going on now through April 4, 2015.