Happy Birthday Coco Chanel!

Today is Coco Chanel’s Birthday.  132 years ago she was born to a woman that was unmarried, and working as a laundry woman.  She would have been 132 today if she could have possibly lived.   Her parents were nomads so to speak.  Coco’s mother died very young and Coco was sent to live in a convent.  Later in life Coco would change her name (she was born Gabriel)  She would claim she had been born ten years later, and that her family was a bit more romantic than they actually were in their daily lives.

One of her famous quotes is that “My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.”

She truly did.

Chanel is a household name in this household.  I don’t feel embarrassed by that because Coco Chanel was a woman that was controversial, over came many obstacles and never cared what anyone thought of her.  She was set on being who she was going to be.  She was going to be successful.  And she was going to have her way.  She stuck to her guns and surrounded herself with people that were true and loyal to her.   I think that is rather  admirable.

Chanel gave the world many things.  Perfume, little black dress, jewelry, notice of camellia, the Chanel suit, and the Chanel bag.

One of my favorite quotes from Coco Chanel will forever be

“I don’t care what you think about me, I don’t think about you at all.”

I feel that way sometimes.

Best Coco Chanel Quotes | Marie Claire

Pashmina, pearls, white gloves! Classics 50 years later!

You know the one thing that I love is that as Coco aged, she aged!  No botox.  No face lift.  She was herself.

She was distinguished.  She had a distinct look that made everyone stop and take notice.  Not only of what she was wearing, but of what she had to say.  She was a “make your own fun in life” type of person.

I wonder who will be the Coco Chanel of Prisses generation?  I don’t know that we see that feist.  Time will only tell!

Happy Birthday Coco Chanel!

Coco Chanel in her infamous tweed suit, pearls.

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Find your stone

Not many people know ……..I am a HUGE Kathie Lee fan.  I have been for like twenty years!  Or more.

If I couldn’t watch the show, I’d tape it when she was on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.

I read her books, followed everything she did.  I wanted to be a nanny for the Gifford family, I wanted to be a mom like her, I wanted to be an adoring wife like her.  To sum it up, I wanted to be a big ole donkey girl scout! If you don’t know that phrase or are not familiar, you can read here. Only a true fan of the Sugarbaker sisters get it right off the bat.


The Giffords

We’ve all watched to see what Kathie Lee would have to say when she returned to her morning show.  I was not surprised to see her return so early, because if you read her books you know she has a really strong work ethic.  Plus a strong faith.  She is never a victim and doesn’t make it about her.

Kathie Lee talking about Frank on her return to the Today show, August 17th, 2015.

I thought her comment about being graced by God spoke volumes this morning.  When we lost Cooper, almost three years ago, so many people would say they knew I was angry with God.  I never was.  I’ve said this before on here.  I thanked God for his graces.  Losing a child is perhaps the most painful thing I could ever imagine.  But, God graced us even at that time.  I believe that in my heart.  He continues to grace us daily in our lives.

Kathie Lee showed her own grace this morning and it was a reminder of how much your faith in God (if you have that faith) can help you in such painful times of loss.  I never push God or my beliefs on others.  But, I really feel badly for people that don’t have a faith that can help them in the darkest of days.  Believe me I have seen dark days.  God gets me thru them.  When I am feeling lost,  I stop and pray and meditate.  I write letters to God and put them in my bible asking him to take care of what I can’t control or understand.

Kathie talked about Frank and the stone.  Watch the video for that explanation.

In the last few weeks I’ve been working on giving Priss her own voice.  Her own place.  Reminding her that she is good at what she is good at.  I love that this year she didn’t want to do swim team (the popular choice for almost everyone of her friends.)  She wanted to do her own thing.  At first I worried I wasn’t being a good mother and forcing her to do swim team. My husband reminded me if swim team is her thing later in life, she will make it her thing then.  It is not going to make or break her swim career (that I am 110% sure she will not have) if she isn’t on swim team at our pool at the age of seven.  Some of her friends love swim team.  But, Priss doesn’t really find it interesting.  We will go with that!

We’ve been trying to some what teach that she can make a positive difference or a negative difference.  She can be the difference of a friend at school having a good day or a bad day.  She can choose to be kind or she can choose to be mean.  I constantly tell her to be part of something positive.  Don’t be part of the problem.

I think the casting of the stone….finding your stone is perfect timing for us.  Where are you going to throw your stone?  What mark are you going to leave in this world?  Watching Kathie Lee was a good reminder!  Find your stone!


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My fern obsession…..

The obsession continues.

My Fern

My sweet little fern in an urn for 2015

Last week we were gone for a few days (some of you know I was at the Broadmoor last week.)

We came home to a few surprises.  For one the fish pond had only a foot of water in it.  I screamed when I saw it took off across the yard.  I scared Hubby and kids  to death.  I thought for sure I was about to see a pond with nothing but dead fish.  Luckily they were all still alive.

Nothing like flushing over 600 gallons of water down……or somewhere.  We still can’t figure out what is going on.

Then the fern actually shot up another few inches and it actually a lot bigger than what this photo shows.

It’s our last week before going back to school.  I am sad.  It went too fast.  We will be back to a schedule and having to get up and out the door again.  Bubba will not go to school five days a week.  Still half.  Luckily since I think he will be exhausted going five days.  And I still am not ready completely to be free of kids til 3 p.m. each day.  I’m  sure when a year from now rolls around I could feel differently.  Everyone says that they get so much done.  I can’t wait to see.

The best thing that happened this year was that we have  a cleaning lady that literally deep cleans every single visit.  Not even literally.  She does.  So I can’t wait to see how much time I have for other things now that I don’t have to clean my house eight hours a week.  That seriously was how long it took me!

I will be spending my first week with the kids back in school, finalizing linen, rentals, decor for a September wedding.  We are still waiting for RSVPs.  I would die a thousand deaths if I had to be chased down for a wedding response.  I feel bad for the mother of the bride that is having to, in some cases call strangers.

Happy Monday!  We are going to enjoy the last day of summer vacation of not having to do ANYTHING.  From here on out it’s birthday parties, company, shopping for ballet shoes, shoes for school and trying to organize for our first day.



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I love pretty

Magnolia blossom bouquet

So simple, so elegant SO SOUTHERN

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Summer means wedding season….

I can’t believe how many people have gotten married this summer.

And I’d like to see more details please!

Vanessa Williams


Jennie Garth and Adam Abrams…..look at those cute little trailers!!!!


Tyler Hubbard from Florida Georgia Line…

Tyler Hubbards wife is starting her own fashion blog.  I can’t wait to follow it!
Hayley Stommel seems pretty interesting after reading a brief bio on her.

Duck Dynasty: Mary Kate and John Luke Robertson Share Wedding Photo

John Luke and Mary Kate…..the flower crown……

Kim Coles Wedding photos

Kim Coles…..and that wedding bracelet of flowers!

Kim Coles will have two weddings.  This one in the photo above was her first ceremony.  I love that she wore this bracelet of orchids for the entire day it seems.  It was light and flowy.  Just so pretty.

I love pretty weddings!  I think Jennie Garth’s is the one I love seeing because she seems so happy.  If you were a 90210  junkie like i was, then you probably followed the saga of Dylan and Kelly.  Jennie Garth met her 2nd husband and had three girls.  All seemed so sweet until the divorce.  I’ve of course been a fan of her on Dancing with the Stars.  She seems really shy and that she probably doesn’t love the spotlight.  I hope this marriage will be her forever love story.  I am a big donkey girl scout that loves fairytale endings.  Can you tell?


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Throw Back Thursday……to the 80s wedding style

Over the last week I have had Kelly Preston on my mind.  Weird, right?  It’s not like I’m friends with her!  While traveling I was thinking about this profile I watched about her on E!

Don’t ask me why I was thinking about a show I watched at least 15 years ago!!!!  I just remember her reason for turning to Scientology, her friends talking about how she loves caviar (I just had some at dinner the other night and it was horrible by the by) and of course it touched on her wedding.  The caviar discussion had her stopping a pilot from taking off to open a jar of caviar.  I can’t imagine loving caviar that much!

The profile just painted this picture of this match made in heaven? A lot of the interview covered her past dating life of George Clooney and a few bad boys in Hollywood.  Like Charlie Sheen!  She found her religion, that she felt was why she had such good fortune in the movie industry and her relationship with John Travolta, or Johnny as she referred to him.

Johnny and Kelly

I think John Travolta and Kelly Preston got married when he was on the heels of “Look Who’s Talking.”  Then he was on a down slope of movies when a few years later “Pulp Fiction” came out and he was once again super popular. Once he was on Oprah and she asked him about his comeback…..and his response was that he was on his 50th comeback.  He always seemed very humbled.  Plus, he was always so sweet about his wife Kelly.

That Veil!

They have been married since 1991.  Three children…..loss of one of those children.  Tons of movies.  Who can forget the mispronunciation of Idina Menzel! And of course lately the rumors that John Boy may be seeing others.

Kelly Preston had a huge veil for her wedding. She was years ahead in her style with the veil.  The dress was pretty typical of the time.  The shoes that had to have been those dyeables just makes me laugh.  And she had white pantyhose on!  Remember how that was what brides just wore in the 80s, and up until the mid 90s!?!?

I have not seen very much about Kelly Preston since the birth of their third child.  I half way feel like something is  brewing.  I keep reading that John Travolta is out with “friends” and it all seems very odd.  I don’t  believe that  you have that many reports about you, without it being true, when it’s multiple sources.  If its just one wretched person saying it, then really who cares?  Twenty rag magazines with how people capture people on phones now, maybe there is truth?

I wouldn’t mind seeing Kelly Preston in a new movie or out and about more often.  I think she has great style and is a very upbeat person.

Kelly Preston is prettier every single year, in my opinion.  She’s gorgeous!

I only wish there were more wedding photos.  I have searched high and low.  They had two ceremonies a week apart.  I swear she wore something pink for one ceremony.

Glad that the wedding dress style has moved away from this style…..because only a few can pull that look off!





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I love pretty

Wedding Ceremony flowers

Flowers for a wedding

I love pretty!


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The Flowergirl….

Priss is pretty excited about being a flowergirl.  We have yet to find the perfect dress.  I see the bride, the bridesmaids, and then I see Priss  in the future photo and I am set on what her dress has to be.  It has to be long, not a lot of frill.  But, I would like texture that doesn’t compete with the bride and bridesmaids.  I don’t want her looking past her age.  She’s a little girl!  And I want it to be timeless.  Of course.

The only dress we’ve come close to loving is more than her father wants us to spend!  OF COURSE.

The funny part of this upcoming wedding is that there are a lot of outfits to shop for.  Bridesmaid luncheon (we definitely need Lilly!) rehearsal dinner.  Then there is the Bubba who is shopping for his little ring bearer outfit.  He’s been kind of funny about this whole process.  He’s really excited, which is something we never really thought would be.  He lives in his pjs every day of his life.  Yet he’s been asking for a tuxedo for this wedding!  Who knew?  Right now we are looking for shoes for little boys since we need a wide range of sizes.

Could you just die over these shoes for boys?

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Loafers for boys……beach wedding

One thing is for certain that you can depend on our family for, is that they will show up dressed for your event.  The head stylist in this family knows that dressing for a wedding is just as much a gift to ourselves, as it is to the bride and groom.  Since, they go to so much trouble to host you at one of the biggest photographed days in their lives it’s nice to be pretty backdrop!

I think it was Coco Chanel that said dress shabby and they remember the dress, dress impeccably and they remember the woman.  I read that when I was 10?  I was not dressing in little black dresses at 12 I can assure you.  I have however tried to remember that thru life!

Besides who doesn’t love to dress up?  I’m always suspicious of people that say they don’t like dressing up.  Thank goodness I found a hubby that was just waiting to be shown the way on why navy blazers are a staple and owning your own tuxedo is a must!

Priss has been saying she wants to be a clothing designer, babysitter and mother when she grows up.  I think the clothing designer would be great idea since it seems the only flowergirl dresses are cheap taffeta and covered in rhinestones.

So if you see a dress in ivory, long, not a ton of beading, no spaghetti straps, some lace, not poofy, but not clingy and maybe a little sash but not a colored sash and no weird fake flower pinned to it.  Let us know!  But, if you see a sequin or rhinestone……pass!




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You Hush Yourself

In the South I think I heard that a million times.  You don’t say “shut up” where I grew up.  Adults said hush a lot.  I find myself saying it now.

This morning I had a bride call and she was describing her decor.  Her mother was on the call too.  I found myself saying “hush yourself” when she said she wanted mason jars for decor and her mother was not having it.  I myself am not a fan of mason jars at this point.  they’ve been done.  And done.  AND DONE!!!!!  It’s over.  We’ve seen them since 2013? Maybe earlier.  I don’t want to see them any longer.

Y’all know my rule.  Once your guests have seen it at a wedding it’s time to move on.  DO SOMETHING NEW!!!!  Reinvent the pinterest wheel.  Don’t keep pinning and copying it.

I looked on pinterest to see what they say for mason jars.  The first thing that came up, was a pin that had been pinned over 20,000 times!!!!  Can you imagine?

I’m okay with mason jars for a rehearsal dinner.  But, for a wedding I just can’t get excited about it.  UNLESS the wedding is really a true farm wedding.  It’s really a country styled event.  If it’s not being held in a barn or with that type of setting then I don’t think it’s a great design concept.

For a barbecue?  YES!

For a formal wedding…..where you are paying over 250.00 per guests (at least!) NO!!!!

If you are doing a wedding for less than $100 per guests it might be a great option.  Yes.

I wouldn’t be living up to my “take an idea and make it better” if I didn’t think of how to use the millions of Ball jars that are being stored in garages, attics, crawl spaces or piled up next to a garage now that weddings have passed their wedding use.

Obviously there is the idea of painting the glass and using as a vase or candle holder.

DIY Mint Seafoam sprayed paint painted wedding mason jars decoration pink peach white green yellow pastel centerpiece

Vase for flowers……bridal luncheon, tea, birthday party, summer dinner, patios, nothing formal but for something nice.

Kind of love this idea of using them for a favor

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Favors, cute welcome basket idea, even a great neighbor gift at Christmas.

This idea I call……CREEPY.  I saw this and thought…..is this for a wedding or a Halloween party?  YIKES

Vintage Pictures in Mason Jars http://www.handimania.com/diy/vintage-pictures-in-mason-jars.html

Halloween idea…..

I’d totally do this for a creepy effect in my decor for a Halloween party.  I’d print off photos of skeletons, or creepy images.  Then stick in the glass and use a waterproof led light to give the effect.  Obviously you will need to laminate the photos in the jar.

There will always be the ideas to use a jar for crafts.  Buttons, loose odds and ends.  Using in a kitchen to hold cooking utensils.

Of course just like anything everything old is new again.  I’ve said it before when I was growing up people drank out of mason jars (iced tea, water, and yes moonshine.) I’m sure one day all these jars will come back into fashion.  Brides can say they are using the jars their mothers used at their weddings.  Which is a cute idea!

Lucky for me when I said “hush y’all” to a mother and bride they didn’t take offense.  They listened to the reasoning and why I don’t suggest mason jars in the design.  I want them to have new and different!  I want their guests to walk in and say “WOW” not oh that’s cute.

Happy Designing y’all!




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Entertaining…..on a Tuesday just for us

I feel like we have spent more time inside this summer than we did this winter.  It’s weird.  It’s possibly the weirdest summer yet!  Plus, it’s a wonderful summer.  So weird and wonderful?!!?

My kids were watching an episode of the Middle.  The episodes they watch are pg rated.  But, they say ‘stupid’ which we do not say.  I think I am the last mother that feels like their child has just cussed if the words stupid, shut up, I hate you, or liar are used.  All these words are off limits in our house!  If you can’t say anything positive don’t say anything at all!  I heard a child say “I hate you, you are so stupid” to their sibling at the park and I was appalled.  Shocked.  My kids just sat and stared at the kids.  It was like watching a horror show for us!

Something on one episode made me decide we would start our own dinner parties at our house even if it was just us.  It’s our new thing.  I try to find anything to keep the days lively around here.  I’m literally grasping at straws!  We’ve done it all it seems like.  Game night, movie night, theme night, etc.,

So in an effort to make the rainy evenings fun, I have come up with a once a week signature cocktails (adult version with vodka maybe, kids without obvioiusly.)

Here’s the recipe:
One container of strawberries (hulled)
Club soda

I took all the strawberries and 2 T of agave (you could use honey if you had to but only do 1T)

Blend together until pureed.
Fill glasses with ice.  Fill glass with 2 to 3 T of strawberry mixture.  Squeeze one lime into.  Top off with club soda.
Add a straw, b/c kids love anything with a straw.

It’s a refreshing drink!  Everyone loved.

I will not share the recipe for the flank steak with avocado dressing.  It was not my favorite or even close to it!  But, I did tomatoe pie and everyone still claims it’s their favorite.  I do one with only tomatoes (the key is to dry the tomatoes out) with parmesan, basil.  I saw a recipe with cheddar cheese and that almost made me want to be ill.

Summer is flying by.  I sometimes start to make my mental check list of what I will do once everyone is in school again.  But, I get distracted pretty fast and remember that these children are only little for this time.  Jumping on the trampoline with them for ten minutes makes them so excited.  It’s crazy!  Hubby just said last night that the trampoline was the best purchase ever (which cracks me up since he didn’t want to buy it in the first place!)

Happy Summer…….may it be sunny for 48 hours!  Fingers crossed.

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