Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter

Happy Easter weekend y'all!

Tonight I attended church for the Good Friday Liturgy.  It was a very somber service marking the crucifixion of Jesus.  The choir presented an awesome performance of the 'Requiem' by Gabriel Faure.

I'm looking forward to Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus Christ! 
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Stuart, Florida

It's Springtime and I'm happy to be wearing my bright Lilly shifts.  This is an old one in the 'Spring Fling' pattern.  Love that it has lace around the neckline and pockets, and of course, bows at the hemline!  
Outfit of the Day...Good Friday.

Gotta get these peeps out of my house.  Lord, they are fattening.  Peeps are my favorite Easter treats and pink & green peeps are just too cute!

Sunday, I'll be preparing a meal for 15 people!  Maybe some bunny bread:)

Now this is tempting me!

I wish you a happy weekend and hope that you will celebrate the true meaning of Easter!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Moziah Bridges, Kidpreneur

Growing up, I thought I was a Kidpreneur.  I would go around the neighborhood painting mailbox flags red for 25 cents...then go back to repaint them when they faded.

Well, I would like to introduce to y'all a genuine Kidpreneur...a dapper little boy named Moziah.  He lives in Memphis, Tennessee and is the owner of Mo's Bows Memphis.  Two years ago at the age of 9, he started his own company selling his handmade bow ties.

Precious.  He is just precious!  I love that he loves to dress up and look sharp.

Here is Mo at 4 years of age...already a smart little dresser!

Mo says on his website "You will always find me looking good whether I'm going somewhere or not."  Lord have mercy, he is cute!

How did this young boy get started?  At the age of 9, his grandmother gave him his first sewing machine and showed him how to make bow ties from scrap material.

Mo started out selling his bow ties to older men in the neighborhood and kids at school.  He always carries his metal case full of bow tie samples.

He is just too adorable!  He has been on the Steve Harvey show, written up in The Commercial Appeal, R.s.v.p. magazine, and many other publications.  Of course he has his own website Mo's Bows Memphis, his own Facebook page, Twitter, and sells his ties online at his Etsy store.

Here are just a few of the cute bow ties he offers...

This bow tie is named "Laugh Out Loud"

Another cute design "aMAZing Noir"

"Designing a colorful bow tie is just  part of my vision to make the world a fun and happy place."
~Moziah Bridges

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

iPhone Cases...For Every Outfit!

Y'all know I like to match my iphone case to my outfit.  This is my collection which I love, but I must say that it's getting harder and harder to keep up.  Each time I get an upgrade phone I have to get rid of the cases.  Right now I have the iPhone 4 and when and IF I upgrade to the 5, I won't be able to use any of these.  Boo hiss on that.

I keep them in my closet and each one is paired with outfits listed in my "Wardrobe Inventory" book.

I really want this Louis Vuitton case, but for $315?
Totally obsessed with this cute chinoiserie case for $58...with my monogram, of course!

To be honest, my soft-gel cases are the easiest ones to get on and off of the phone.  The hard-shell cases are very difficult to attach and I'm always afraid of breaking one of the buttons on the phone.  Oh, the problems of being so matchy-matchy!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Preppy Chandelier Shades

I'm in love with my new chandelier shades!  These darling little shades were custom made for my pink chandelier by Eliza at The Pink Giraffe.

Remember the chandelier I painted for my pink and green closet?

I just love the way it looks now!

More monogram mania in my most favorite font...interlocking script!  I love the pink poms and if you look at the above photo, you will see that Eliza added pink grosgrain ribbon on the back side of each shade.

Eliza also made these adorable monogrammed shades for my kitchen chandelier.

Gingham and more monogram mania...with coordinating rope and fringe.

I've been getting my chandelier shades from Eliza since 2006...she made these cute black and white houndstooth shades for my kitchen chandelier.

Love these also and still use them on small candle-lamps around the house.

Thank you for visiting with me today.  Have blessed Holy Week!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hello Spring!

It's a beautiful day in South Florida!  Our house has been painted a bright yellow and now I'm putting my final touches on the front porch decor and sprucing up the garden.

My "Spring Friendship Gifts" are ready...little polka dot boxes filled with shred and jelly beans.

A sweet little Easter basket is on the way to Mama...full of her favorite candies and gift cards.

My Lilly shifts have been cleaned, pressed, and are ready to go!

Yesterday, I served a lite breakfast to husband and our friend Mark on the front porch...with a little Spring theme.

Last night I walked up to the town square at Tradition and feasted on goodies at the Food Truck Invasion.  If the trucks are ever in your area, you must go...on a cheat day.  Lord have mercy, it was delish!

Today I putting together my "Derby Day" outfit.  Of course it will feature this Lilly print...

Happy Spring y'all!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prissy Brooches

Brooches are nice accessory pieces to add to your wardrobe.  Here are a few of mine...not precious stones, but still prissy and cute!

The gold Chanel brooch with pearls is my favorite!

Brooches, at the most proper place, are pinned to a garment high up on the left shoulder.  Of course they may be worn anywhere...on a collar, on a purse, at the center of a button on a collared blouse, and they also look nice to secure a scarf or shawl.

Some more of my favorites...

Of course, the Queen of Brooches is Queen Elizabeth II.  Her brooches are very tasteful, eye-catching, and priceless!

Love the "True Lovers Knot" brooch she wore to Prince William's wedding.

On Christmas Day 2012, she wore this fabulous "Eternal Dove" brooch.

At Royal Ascot in 2011...wearing the "Williamson Jonquil" brooch.  This brooch features the finest pink diamond in existence!

On a trip to Australia, she wore the "Australian Wattle" brooch.

The "Jardine Star" is said to be her favorite brooch and she wears it regularly.

Have you ever seen the Queen photographed without a brooch?  Her pearls, hats, gloves, and prissy pocketbooks are always elements of her Outfit of the Day.  Before you start thinking that brooches are just for us Senior ladies...take note that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge likes to rock a brooch too!

You don't have to spend as much as the Queen does to accessorize your wardrobe with brooches.  Department stores and places like Target all carry cute brooches...Dress like a Queen y'all!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to Get your Children to Behave in a Restaurant

You are finally seated at your table in a restaurant and starting to relax for an enjoyable meal.  You hear the screams from the children at the next table.  Then there's the sound of the flatware being banged on the tabletop. Now the children are up and running around the restaurant.  Oh my goodness!  You try not to stare.  Has this happened to you?  I have certainly experienced this.  In fact, if that behavior is going on in a restaurant, you can bet it's happening right next to my table!  And...9 times out of 10, the parents are on the phone or chatting with their table guests and not paying attention to their children while all the shenanigans are going on.  I realize that parents need time out...especially the Mamas!  But I also think that more parents should make sure their children are behaving like civilized human beings in public.

An Italian restaurant in Washington state is concerned about the unruly behavior of rowdy children in their restaurant.  They offer discounts to the parents of well-behaved children!  How do y'all feel about this?

Listen to this...Lord have mercy,  McDain's restaurant in Monroeville, PA has banned children from eating in their establishment.  You can read more about this here.

Other restaurants around the country are posting signs reminding parents to make sure their children aren't screaming, running around the restaurant, or misbehaving in any other way.  I have to tell y'all that my Daddy never needed to be reminded about his children's behavior in a restaurant.  One wrong glance in the wrong direction and we were history!  Seriously!

 Find a Babysitter  recently wrote an article "How to Get Your Kids to Behave in a Restaurant."  It is a very interesting post...explaining steps parents can take to prepare children for "Dining in public" and reiterates that parents are ultimately responsible for teaching their children how to behave in public.

So, how do you feel about parents receiving a discount if their children "behave" or what do you think about restaurants posting signs with "rules of behavior" or even banning children?