Friday, May 31, 2013

Happy Hour Time

Oh Friday, words cannot describe how happy I am to see you again! The week has flown by and now it is time to enjoy some quality time with our good old friend, Friday, to usher in the weekend! So raise your glasses full of sweet tea and give cheers to Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Drink Special! 
8 mint leaves
½ lime, cut lime into wedges
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup crushed ice
2 ounces rum
4 ounces club soda
Mint spring for garnish
Lime wedge for garnish
Muddle the mint leaves, lime wedges, and sugar in a highball glass. Fill the glass with the crushed ice and add the rum. Stir and top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge.

Around Town!

Nashville, TN: Happy Valley at Aerial-Downtown Nashville, Friday, May 31, 9:00pm
New Orleans, LA: Funky Fridays feat. GARY in the VooDoo Garden at House of Blues, Friday, May 31, 8:00pm
Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival at Lowes Atlanta Hotel, May 30 – June 2
Huntsville, AL: Concerts On The Dock at Seminole Drive, Friday May 31, 6:00pm
Dallas, TX: Friday Night Movies At The Palace – Grease at Palace Theatre, Friday, May 31, 7:30pm

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Starry Dreams


Put A Bow On It

In the South there are two things a Southern girl just absolutely loves, lace and bows! I love how bows can look elegant on an evening gown, fashionable on a dress, chic on a silk shirt, and fun on a bikini. Here are a few of my favorite items that have a bow on it! Click on the name of the item for the link. 

Bright Lights & Starry Nights

Life is constantly moving and propelling us forward, rather we are ready or not. It’s an ongoing ride that we can’t step off of, even for a second. Life is what you make of it; it is made of memories and experiences, the good and the bad. Those unforgettable moments, the people who helped you along the way, and the experiences are what we tend to hold onto the most. So even on those days when you are feeling discouraged and wish you could step off the ride for a few seconds, remember that you are never truly alone and always keep the people who love you close and hold onto the good memories.
“In one of the stars
I shall be living
In one of them
I shall be laughing
And so it will be
as if all the stars
were laughing
when you look
at the sky at night”
~ The Little Prince 
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jump Back Jack

You know you’ve seen a true Southern Preppy when you spy one wearing a pair of Jack Rogers Sandals. In the South Jack Rogers are like the official sandal of summer:
1.    Which shoes should I wear to the wedding? Jack Rogers
2.   Which shoes should I wear to dinner? Jack Rogers?
3.   Which shoes should I wear to the pool? An old pair of Jack Rogers
As you have probably gathered Jack Rodgers are acceptable to wear for almost any occasion. So if you don’t have a pair of Jack Rogers Sandals… Well jump back Jack go buy yourself a pair! They are a Southern staple that will be in style for years to come! Here are a few of my favorite Jack Rogers, click on the name of the shoe for the link. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blackberry Delights

Nothing screams summer quit like blackberries do! As I have said before in the South fresh fruit is like candy to us! What could be as delicious on a hot Southern Summer day then some fresh fruit; not many things, that’s what! So to treat your seasonal craving for fresh fruit here are some wonderful blackberry recipes. Click on the name of the treat for the recipe. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Beach Ready

Every Southerners favorite spring and summer activity is going to the beach! What could be better then to have an ice cold drink in your hand, relaxing, reading your favorite book, the sun on your skin, and a warm breeze blowing? I would say that is a pretty hard combination to beat! I for one cannot wait to go to the beach and feel the sand between my toes and the sounds of the ocean. To help you prepare for a wonderfully relaxing day at the beach this summer here are a few of my beach must haves in order to be beach ready!
A fabulous beach tote bag: Vineyard Vines Starfish Tisbury Tote
A timeless beach tunic that will be in style for years to come: Lilly Pulitzer Captiva Tunic
A pair of over sized sunglasses for the diva within: Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses
Croakies for those oh so fab sunglasses you would just hate to lose: Southern Tide Croakies
A comfortable yet stylish beach towel: Vera Bradley Beach Towel
A Coozie for those ice cold refreshments: Vineyard Vines Patchwork Coozie
A book you can get lost in for hours
Sunscreen for those hot Southern Summer days
A phone and some great music to listen to
Last but not least, a great bikini that is sure to be a hit: Lilly Pulitzer Phaedra Bikini

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Hour Time

Welcome, Welcome, Friday! It is so terrific to see you again! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and is looking forward to the Memorial Day weekend! School’s are out and summertime has officially started in the South!

"Don’t save things for a special occasion everyday of your life is a special occasion."
~ Thomas S. Monson

Drink Special! 

Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri
1 ½ ounce white rum
¾ ounce lime juice
1 cup seeded, chopped watermelon
¼ cup lime sorbet
½ cup crushed ice
Lime slice for garnish
Mix the liquid ingredients, watermelon, and lime sorbet in a blender with the crushed ice at high speed until smooth. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: OurVinyl.TV Showcase FEAT. Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, and Sol Cat at The High Watt, Friday, May 24, 8:30pm
Seaside, FL: Memorial Weekend Concert at Amphitheater, Saturday, May 25, 7:00pm
Birmingham, AL: Lion King Touring at QPWZL – TM Test Facility, Friday, May, 24, 8:00pm
Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park, Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27
Richmond, VA: A Million Blooms at North Side/Ashland, Daily 9:00am-5:00pm

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Seaworthy Swim Trunks

A true man does not shy away from pastel colored swim trucks or swim trunks that may have a print or pattern; they embrace it! It is easy to spot a true Southern gentleman at the beach, he is the one with the brightly colored swim trunks. So this summer be bold and wear some awesomely colorful swim trunks! Here are a few of my favorite picks, click on the name of the swim trunks for the link. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dream The Dream


Time comes and goes, never be afraid to dream a little bigger. Dreams are what people are made of; it’s what every county was built on and the cause for continual growth and progress in society. Dreams carry us through our day to day the life, they give us hope for something more, pushes us to try harder, and has the possibility to lead us to a truly fulfilling life. So never give up on a dream because at times it may seem impossible, or take up too much time, etc. Everything that is truly great in life wasn’t achieved because it was easy, everything requires a certain amount of work and hardship and in the end it was all worth it.

Shake It Up

Down South it can be just down right hot and some day you just need to shake it up a bit! In my opinion a milkshake is the best possible way to shake things up and feel refreshed! One of the great things about a milkshake is you can justify drinking one morning, noon, or night; after all they have milk in them, that’s healthy, right… The best milkshake recipe I have come across is Paula Deen’s Vanilla Milkshake, I have to give it to her she knows how to do good old fashion Southern cooking and treats! Here is the recipe for a great vanilla milkshake you are sure to enjoy!

Paula Deen’s Vanilla Milkshake Recipe

4 cups quality vanilla ice cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk, less for thicker milkshakes

Using a blender or milkshake machine, blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve in tall glasses with a straw.

Enjoy A Timeless Delicious Treat And Shake Things Up This Summer With A Milkshake! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

For The Love Of Books

During summertime in the South one of my favorite things to do is sit by the pool or preferably an ocean and read a book. I have always been an avid reader and a lover of books. I believe one’s choice of books and taste in literature helps to form who you are as a person; each book becoming a piece of you. For me, when I open a book it is an escape from reality, a book is the least expensive vacation a person can take. Stephen King is extremely accurate when he said, “books are a uniquely portable magic”. So this summer sit on your porch or by the pool with a tall glass of Southern sweet tea and get lost in a book. 
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Blush Beautifully

Some days a girl needs to add a little extra color to her cheeks either to make her look a little fresher, brighter, or rested. I don’t wear a ton of make up, but I must confess I have an addiction to makeup. So here are my favorite blush picks for those days when you just need to add a little pop of color to you cheeks!
Two Faced Sweethearts
Bobbi Brown Cheek Tint
Benefit Fine One One Blush
Dior Cherie Bow Blush