Friday, September 28, 2012

High Five for Friday!

1.I bought some mums, gourds, and a pumpkin to spruce up my front porch and kitchen.

2. I received my September Glossybox!

3. I had some Honeybee's frozen yogurt with my husband.

4. I got these super cute Seychelles booties from Zappos.

5. I just love Frank Sinatra and have been listening to his "Best of the Best" album all week.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Visitor in My Back Yard

While taking my dogs out this morning something caught my eye in our pond and I wondered over a bit closer. Was it an alligator? Nah. After a second look; yep, it sure was. I ran in and grabbed my camera and snapped this shot before he went underneath the water. Some people have stray cats in their back yard....we have alligators. Not to worry, we are familiar with them and have a beautiful fence that surrounds our back yard to protect our doggies (and us!)

Monday, September 24, 2012

We have company!

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fantastic weekend! My mother-in-law, Clare, came to visit us from Los Angeles for the week and we've been busy showing her around town. We celebrated her 70th birthday last Wednesday but let me tell you she's a spit fire and doesn't look at all like 70.  

On Thursday evening we took Clare to The Little Dipper, a quaint fondue restaurant in downtown Wilmington. It was Clare's first time at a fondue restaurant and she had a great time. I ate and drank a little too much for the first time in awhile and we had a lot to laugh about the next day.

We took Clare over to Bald Head Island on Saturday where we tooled around the island on a golf cart looking at the beautiful homes and went shopping.

I took her to Mayfaire shopping yesterday where we hit JCrew and Banana Republic. I got the beautiful JCrew Classic pavĂ© link bracelet and Perfect Stripe Henley with Gold Buttons in bright fuscia. 

After that we hit Banana Republic where they were having a 30% off sale; I found this cute Striped Zip Sweater in True Navy and using two $10 rewards coupons I got the sweater (regularly $69.50) for $15.00. Yes, really!

 I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Write me a comment and tell me about it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

High Five for Friday!

Happy Friday! I've had such a great week I almost hate for it to end. I've also had more than five things that made this week special, but here are the top five. Have a great weekend everyone!

1. I spent the weekend chasing Lauren. We spent some time at the  pool, the beach, and just running around the house.

2. It's been four long years since P!nk's last album; I couldn't wait until this week for the release of "The Truth About Love" and I wasn't disappointed.
3. My husband got me this adorable journal that I'm going to write my blog ideas in.

4. Jonnie and I went to Nikki's Restaurant and I got my favorite -"Sweet Potato Roll."

5. I went outlet shopping with my mother-in-law and she got me this adorable little bag from Kenneth Cole.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Bucket List

At the age of 46 I can say that I've lived a very full life, but there are still things that I'd like to experience in this lifetime. I got to thinking about my bucket list today and decided to write it down. Off the top of my head, here are ten things that I still have yet to do.
  1. Go to Italy with my husband.
  2. Go on a photography safari with my husband.
  3. Learn Italian.
  4. Spend a winter weekend in a log cabin with my husband.
  5. Go to a Patriots football game.
  6. Go to a NASCAR race.
  7. Go to a hot air balloon festival.
  8. Go to Spain with my husband.
  9. Ski a blue slope and not a green. Seriously.
  10. Own and drive a motorcycle like this one.

    What's on your bucket list?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Chasing Lauren

I love the expression on people's faces when I tell them I'm a grandmother. It cracks me up. For a few brief moments I might milk it for all it's worth and let them think that I've either had some really good cosmetic surgery or that I've cheated father time, but then I admit that I was a young mother and that I am only 46. After that you can't get me to shut up about my eighteen month old granddaughter, Lauren, a.k.a. "Pineapple," and now that I'm blogging, you'll be seeing a lot of her.

My daughter, Amanda, and son-in-law, Adam, drove down from Pennsylvania with her last Friday and spent the weekend with Jonnie and I. You couldn't wipe the smile off of my face the entire weekend. I didn't go to the gym, I didn't shop, I didn't blog; I spent the weekend doing what I do best - chasing Lauren.

When I say I didn't do my regular routine, I mean even my hair. I'm a mess in this picture but I'm so happy.

This child is the happiest baby I've ever seen and so photogenic.
 Here she is trying to put on her sunglasses.

She loves the pool; not so crazy about the water at the beach but she loves picking up shells and putting them in her bucket.

Friday, September 14, 2012

High Five for Friday!

Have you ever reflected on your week and not been able to recall what you did even a day or two before? One thing I love about High Five For Friday's is that it gives me an opportunity to really reflect on my week and what made it special. Often times it's just little things, but isn't it really the little things that count? I hope that you'll begin to reflect on the small things in your life that make a difference. Leave me a comment and tell me what made your week special.

1. I spent an evening catching up with my friend Carolyn.

2. I went to the farmers market and checked out all the Fall fruits and vegetables.

3. I listened to Alanis Morissette's, "Havoc and Bright Lights"all week. Check out the "Guardian"video.

4. Jonnie returned home on Monday!
5. I baked this Pineapple Bundt Cake to greet my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter when they arrive today. Will have to let you know how it tastes.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Fall Wish List

I love Polyvore. I could site and create outfits for hours. This outfit is inspired by this seasons burgundy colors and polka dots. I've been itching to buy this JCrew bracelet for awhile now and it's first on my list. What's on your Fall wish list?

My Fall Wish List

Ralph Lauren Blue Label shawl collar cardigan, $495 / Zipper jeans, $270 / RED Valentino high heel sandals / Rebecca Minkoff leather satchel handbag / J.Crew j crew / Susan Caplan Vintage enamel earrings, $745

Monday, September 10, 2012

Looks to Keep

Trends come and go, some stick around for awhile. Isn't it great when you can dig in the back of your closet and pull out last seasons trends that are still going strong? Here are a few trends from seasons past that you can still wear fashionably. Remember certain trends of this season, such as burgundy, polka dots, and saddle bags and combine two fall trends in one!

1) Peplums; on dresses or tops, dressed up or down, 2) Color-block; body slimming color-block sheath dresses are both stylish and flattering, 3) Capes; go for rich details like the black trim on one from JCrew, 4) Leather Sleeves; dressed up or down this blazer makes a statement, 5) Slipper Loafers; perfect for travel, tomboyish slip-ons look great with cropped jeans and are still big, 6) Envelope Clutch; still a hot accessory, 7) Cross-body bags; saddlebag versions are very popular.

Looks to Keep


River Island red peplum dress

$63 -


Color block dress

Theory jacket
$540 -


L K Bennett clutch handbag
$200 -

Friday, September 7, 2012

High Five For Friday!

TGIF! Hope you had a great week. Here again is the five things that made my week special. What made your week memorable? Leave me a comment.

1. Jonnie and I ventured outside our comfort zone and went somewhere we'd never been to eat before; Asian Fusion Noodle House in Wilmington. Let me just say it was AMAZING and the coconut cake was to die for!

2. I went outlet shopping with my friend Joanne and got this navy polka dot shirt from JCrew.

J. Crew Factory Perfect Shirt in Navy Polka Dot $35.70
, 3. I had an extra day to spend with Jonnie and the "pups"; this is the little one, "Leland."

4. Jonnie and I loved the Asian Fusion Noodle House so much, we went back again and had their coconut cake again!

5. Our friend, John, introduced me to Conundrum wine and that's how I ended my Thursday.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Heels To Die For

I love shoes! Can't have enough of them really. Heels 4" or higher are my favorite and I'm going to insist I wear them to my own funeral, morbid I know but seriously true. Anyway, we've talked about Fall trends; patent leather, and color-block.Well, these peep toe slingbacks in patent with covered platform and block heel from Sole Society scream Fall. The "Andrea" features a mirrored metallic heel detail and metal buckle closure. The heel height measures 5", and the platform 1/4" and is just $49.95. Just thought I pass the love. Mwuah!

Monday, September 3, 2012

20 Things To Do When You're Bored

Whether you've just sent the kids off to college, you're saving up for that new car, or just trying to save money, a lot of people are pinching pennies these days. So what to do when you're bored and on a budget? Here are a few ideas from beauty and fitness to philanthropic and just plain fun. Enjoy!

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1. Paint your toes; try different colors and don't be afraid to experiment.
2. Give yourself a homemade facial masque, like this one.
3. Take a bath in Dead Sea salts or some essential oils.
4. Go for a makeover at your nearest department store or call your nearest Mary Kay consultant.
5. Give your hair some TLC and treat it with a masque like Earth Science's Olive & Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair Masque
6. See your hairdresser for a quick trim.
7. Wash your car.
8. Meditate.
9. Go for a walk, run, or bike ride; just get outside and get moving.
10. Bake a cake.
11. Volunteer. Check out for organizations in your area looking for volunteers.
12. Get out your camera and work on your photography skills, you may discover a new hobby.
13. Read.
14. Learn how to knit.
15. Clean out your closet and donate your clothes you don't want to the Salvation Army.
16. Make playlists for your iPod.
17. Experiment with your makeup.
18. Make a collage of your favorite outfits from magazines.
19. Nap.
20. Skype with a friend.