Thursday, February 22, 2018

How I Style My Vests

Since the temps have been in the 70’s here in Georgia, it appears the vest season might be winding down for me.  I thought I would share how I have styled my vests, just in case it’s still vest season where you live.
When I purchased this ‘Cheeky Melon’ Lilly Pulitzer vest, I thought I might not get much wear out of it.  As it turned out, I love the way it coordinates with some of the Lilly prints I own.  I styled it with the ‘Dripping in Jewels’ Elsa blouse (duh, when I realized the vest is lined in this exact print).

It also goes well with the ‘Gimme Some Leg’ Lilly print, as shown with this Beacon dress and below,

with the ‘Gimme Some Leg’ Elsa blouse and navy slacks.

I’m forever searching for the perfect pink vest and although this ‘Tropical Pink’ Blake Lilly vest doesn’t coordinate with a lot of my Lilly, it does match the ‘Peel & Eat’ Linden dress.

This off white vest is one of my staples that I purchased at Belk for about $10.  The monogram makes it cute!

My only camo accessory is the monogrammed cap and I think it looks cute with this Gap vest and pink Hunters.

I love the color of this ‘Iris Blue’ Blake Lilly vest.  The lining is the same print as the ‘Lilly’s Lagoon’ Marlowe dress.

I love this yellow Lilly vest paired with the aqua.  The lining print is just adorable—wish it were reversible.

I have so many Lilly pieces that pair well with this ‘Breakwater Blue’ Lilly Isabelle vest.  In this photo I paired it with the ‘Going Coastal’ Lilly Marlowe dress and blue Hunter boots.  And...

in this photo, I paired it with the ‘Crystal Coast’ Lilly popover.

I love this Land’s End pale pink vest paired with a brown turtleneck and pale pink Hunters.  I carried my Neo Noe Rose Poudre Louis Vuitton bag...obsessed with the Rose Poudre!

This navy blue ‘Excursion vest’ from J Crew goes great with hot pink.  Love this with the hot pink Hunters.

I love this ‘Va Voom’ Lilly vest with the ‘Lulu’ lining, paired with green gingham and the violet Hunters.

I also love that Lilly is coming out with more purple/lavender prints and the ‘Havin A Blast’ Marlowe dress looks cute with the ‘Va Voom’ Lilly vest.

I purchased this navy blue stripe vest at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago and love it with the ‘Gloria Cotton Grass Green’ Lilly crewneck sweater.

I think it also looks cute layered with a v-neck cableknit and a tartan blouse.

This ‘In the Beginning’ Lilly vest is one of my favorites.  The print is so bright and cheerful and I’m STILL forever searching for the ‘Worth’ jeans in this print.  I love it with the pink gingham, because gingham goes with everything!

‘Spike the Punch’ is another one of my favorite Lilly prints and again I mixed the printed vest with pink gingham.

I wore this Ralph Lauren tartan vest during the holidays.  I’ve had this one for years and still love it.

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

I don’t use a lot of red in my decor except during the Christmas holidays and until Valentine’s Day.  So, I’ve had some fun with the red but tomorrow all the red will be replaced with my favorite—pink.  We are not going out for dinner tonight because I’m sitting with mama.  I’m perfectly okay with my husband doing takeout and I’ll just add a salad.  Here’s our table set for dinner.

The ivory chargers are from Neiman Marcus, the red check plates and flatware are from Pottery Barn Kids, and the red bowls are from Dillard’s.  The red linen napkins are from Pier One and the cute Valentine linen cloths are from the Dollar Spot at Target.

The scale (which I painted antique white) is from Kirkland’s as are the Valentine heart signs.  The red gingham runner was custom made by Kristy, owner of The Sew Savvy—she has a store on Etsy.  Kristy makes my gingham runners, table napkins, and pillows.

The cheese cutter plate and appetizer plates are by Rae Dunn.

My husband’s response to my card display was “Why do we have an old ladder inside the house?”

I treated myself to a new Lilly Pulitzer candle in the ‘Tons of Fun’ print.  I love collecting the Lilly candles!

I wore this cute Collyn Raye gingham top on Sunday and, shhhhh, I wore it again today.  Collyn also has an Etsy store.

Of course, being matchy-matchy, I carried a red Kate Spade purse to go with my outfit.  I am a Kate Spade purse lover and will do a post later on my collection.

Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you for visiting my blog tonight.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Lilly Pulitzer New Favorites

I changed my Instagram profile to read “Occasional Blogger.”  After not blogging for a month, maybe it should read “I rarely blog.”  Anyway, I’m back to share some of my new favorites from Lilly Pulitzer.  I still love the “classic summer shifts,” but the cotton shift dresses they are making now just don’t fit me anymore—too short and too tight.  Of course it could be that I’m now more into stretchy, comfy fabrics!
Here are a few of the new dresses (soft and stretchy) that I am loving:
Lord have mercy, this one rings all the bells for me.  This is the Sophie Ruffle Dress (rayon spandex jersey) in the "Via Amor" print with flamingoes and ruffled sleeves!  I have this one on my wish list for sure.

The Marlowe T-shirt dresses are my new favorites.  This one in the Lila Verbena "Coco Safari" is a classic look.  I love the Pima cotton t-shirt dresses.

Lilly Pulitzer is killing me with the bows on the sleeves of the Pima cotton Preston Dress in the "Multi Ocean Commotion" print.

The Sophie Dress is another favorite of mine, this one in the "Multi Gypset Paradise" print and this dress has UPF 50+ protection!

Popovers are also a favorite of mine.  They are stylish and layer well with a gingham blouse underneath/vest on top.  This new print is "Seaside Blue Honda Classic" toile and was a must-purchase for me as I have all of the Lilly golf prints.  I’m hoping for a somewhat cool day at the Masters this April so I can wear this with pink shorts.  Of course, my outfit and accessories for the day are already planned.

As I rarely leave home without a cute cap and ponytail bow, the matching “Honda Classic” cap was also a must-buy for moi!

Do I need the matching getaway tote bag? Probably. It’s on “the list.”

I added this to my new faves just because of the color.  The Lana scarf in "Seasalt Tint" will go with a lot of my Lilly.  That $98 price tag though!  Checking Target for a better buy on this.

These Julie sneakers are new and I’m just not sure about them.  I love the “Tropicolada” print, but  I would have rather seen these sneakers in a pink and green print.

Thank you for visiting with me today!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Pioneer Woman

Last night we stayed home to watch the College Football National Championship game.  We are not fans of Alabama or Georgia but cheered for Georgia to win because their Quarterback, Jake Fromm, is from Warner Robins.  Unfortunately, the Dawgs didn’t win but it was a good game.
I set the table for supper using some of my Pioneer Woman dishes and linens.

I love these cheerful dishes, placemats, and napkins.  The flatware is from Pottery Barn Kids.

I’ve been using a lot more red lately...maybe because of the holidays and Valentine’s Day coming up.  The plates and bowls with flowers and dots are brightening up my table during this dreary winter weather.

I decided against traditional Gameday foods and chose to prepare The Pioneer Woman’s Hamburger Soup with a Caesar salad and cornbread.  It’s been so cold and all I’ve been eating is soup.  I will probably be eating nothing but soup until Easter.

Here’s Rae Drummond’s Hamburger Soup recipe:
2 1/2 lbs ground chuck
1 whole large opinion, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14 1/2 oz ) can whole tomatoes
3 cups beef broth, plus more as needed
1 whole yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 whole red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 whole green bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 whole carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
5 whole red potatoes, cut into chunks
3 tablespoons tomatoe paste
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayennne pepper
In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown the meat with the onion, celery, and garlic.  Remove the pot from the heat and drain off as much fat as you can.  Return the pot to the heat and add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir to combine then bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat, then cover the pot and simmer the soup for 15-20 more minutes, until potatoes are tender but not overly mushy.  Soup should be somewhat thick, but if you would like for it to be more “soupy,” add 1 to 2 cups more broth OR hot water and heat through.  Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt if needed.
Serves 12

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year 2018

Some years are better than others and let’s just say I’m looking forward to good things in 2018!
I spent the last few days after Christmas taking down all the Christmas decor.  The house seems so empty now.

We’re staying home tonight and watching football.  That is totally okay with me.  I’m wearing champagne-motif PJs that I got from Target a couple of years ago.

I decorated the bar and we’ll celebrate the new year sipping champagne.

All my Christmas trees are down and out of the house because Mama always said it’s bad luck to have the Christmas trees up on New Year’s Day.  Following Mama’s other traditions, I hope I don’t forget to open the doors at midnight to let the old year out and the new year in.  Also, tomorrow I won’t be washing clothes or taking out the garbage because that’s bad luck.
Southerners are very superstitious about what they eat on New Year’s Day.  I was always told not to eat chicken on New Year’s Day or I would experience financial difficulties in the new year.  Pork, black-eye peas, greens, and cornbread are a must if you want good luck in the new year!  This is a little history about these “lucky” foods.
Black-Eye Peas:
The tradition of eating black-eye peas dates back to the Civil War.  When General William T. Sherman led his Union troops on their destructive march through the South, the fields of black-eye peas were left untouched because they were deemed fit for only animals.  As a result, the humble yet nourishing black-eye pea saved surviving Confederates from starvation.  The peas are said to represent coins.  More coins, more Starbucks!
Greens represent wealth and paper money, as they are flat and green like U.S. currency.  Any greens will do, but in the South the most popular are collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, and cabbage.  I’m having lots of turnip greens and hopefully some extra paper money will come my way!
Throughout history, owning pigs and livestock was a symbol of prosperity, so today pork is eaten in the hopes of prosperity and a bountiful harvest in the coming year.  Pigs are also a symbol of progressing into the year ahead since they move forward using their snout to root for food.  Here’s to hoping the Honeybaked Ham I’m having will bring prosperity.
Cornbread symbolizes gold and is used for soaking up the pot likker from the greens.  When wheat was a rarity in the South, Southerners made cornbread as a regular meal staple.  I love cornbread  with my New Year’s Day meal...going for the gold!
Happy New Year to everyone and wishing you good health, happiness, and prosperity!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Tablescapes

As the Christmas season is almost over, I’m sharing some of my holiday tablescapes.  I don’t have a formal lifestyle and am surrounded by a small family, so everything is low-scale and very casual these days.  That’s okay with me!
“Truck Yeah!”  Red trucks are all the rage right now and this one is a cutie I found at JC Penney.  The truck plates are from Pier 1 as are the red script napkins.  Of course, gingham goes with everything so I layered the two napkins together.

“Baby It’s Cold Outside.”  I have had these snowmen plates for years and layered them with galvanized charger plates from Kirkland’s and black gingham plates from Pottery Barn Kids.  The black buffalo check napkins are from The Sew Savvy on Etsy.  I used the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” ornaments from Hobby Lobby as napkin rings.  The centerpiece is from Pier 1.

This is my “All I Want for Christmas is Rae Dunn” scape.  I have been collecting Rae Dunn pottery for awhile and I’m pretty much addicted.  Once you start with this stuff, you can’t stop.  If you are a new collector, good luck out there!  There are a ton of people who buy it all up and then list it online for ridiculous prices.  I will just take my chances of finding the pieces on my wishlist at TJ Maxx and Homegoods. My favorite pieces have the “tall skinny letters” like the ones below.  Seriously, when you find a piece you are looking for, it’s like JACKPOT!

I found these tartan charger plates at Michael’s for under $2 each!

Yes, more Rae Dunn, please!

Thank you for stopping by today and Merry Christmas to everyone.