Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Favorites the Inspired Home, The Sweetest Occasion, Habitually Chic, Dear Lillie and More

Good morning! Did you have a good week? It was rainy and windy here for most of the week but the last day to has been beautiful and sunny. I hope the weekend is the same as it was so nice to end the day relaxing with a book in the sun on the front porch. 

Image from The Sweetest Occasion

I could have used a tall glass of one of theses 3 Homemade lemonades from The Sweetest Occasion.

Image from The Inspired Home

Or even a glass of this Margarita Sangria from the Inspired Home

Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Quiche from The Kitchen

Summer to me is all about tomatoes and this easy and delicious Roasted Tomato Mozzarella and Spinach Quiche looks like the perfect meal paired with a salad!

Image Habitually Chic

If you have a $175,000.00 laying around you could rent this Sag Harbor house for a month this summer. If not at least check out this beautiful post from Habitually Chic

Girl's Bathroom Dear Lillie

I am in love with this beautiful girls bathroom from Dear Lillie

If you love home tours and beautiful outdoor spaces you are going to swoon for this fabulous house that The French Tangerine shared this week and if you are thinking of moving to Atlanta, the good news is that the house is for sale!

Do you like history and fashion? Then you might want to book a trip to England so that you do not miss this fabulous marriage of both, Cache In The Attic: Inside Chatsworth's 'House Style: Five Centuries Of Fashion'

If you are a fan of Southern Charm this post from Cote de Texas will give you all of the details of Patricia's fabulous Charleston home.

Did you read anything good this week, or see any good movies? Did you make anything scrumptious, savory or sweet? If so please share!

Have a wonderful weekend. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Color Pop: Bring on the Pink & Orange

Good morning! This week Elizabeth at The Vintage Contessa and Cindy at Rough Luxe interview each other about Ageless Style and and I love their take on finding what works for you, your body, what makes you happy and wearing that.

Image House Beautiful

Elizabeth does not like the color blue and in her comment on yesterdays post she said "add some color!"This little collage of my two favorite summer colors pink and orange is for you Elizabeth.

Make sure to check out Elizabeth and Cindy's post! And do tell, are you a fan of color? Do you like pink and orange?

Have a great day!


Spring and Summer Fashion Blues

Good morning! I hope that your week has been going well so far. The weather here has been very rainy, windy and cold. I am not sure what happened to Spring. 

No matter because I have been online looking/shopping for a few additions to my summer wardrobe. Its funny because lately I find myself drawn more and more to blue and white, stripes, patterns, and  just plain navy blue.

My favorite things to look at are shoes, dresses and bags! What about you?

Shoes are one of my weaknesses and in the summer pair of sandals is my "go to" shoe This year there are a lot of slides and sandals to choose from. Admittedly, some are just fun to look at and are not really something that I would buy.

MD Stripes Image

Totes are also a favorite accessory, after all you can carry your books, tables, wallet, glass and more in one bag and go from work to the beach.

In the summer I love the ease of a dress, after all what could be easier than throwing something over your head? More often than not with a change of shoes you can make the dress go from casual to dressy. This year everything from designer and tastemaker MD Sikes is fabulous, every dress is stylish, classic and looks very comfortable and if you think about, isn't that how you want to dress?

Image MD Stripes

Have you found any interesting summer clothes, shoes or totes? What are your favorite summer clothed and what colors are you drawn to? I would love to know if you found anything special that you think it a "must" for us to wear this summer?

One of my favorite bloggers Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home put together a sampling of her favorite finds for Spring/Summer so be sure to check out her post.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Good morning! I am very excited because today April 25th, is the day that Slightly South of Simple  written by fellow blogger Kristy Woodson Harvey launches! Slightly South of Simple is the 3rd book written by Kristy and the first book in her new Peachtree Bluff Series. 

Fudge Brownies with Fudge Frosting

From the publisher:

From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

This book is beautifully written and draws you in from the minute you start reading. I fell in love with the town, Peachtree, who's motto is "a place to call home" where Ansley's lives and has built up her interior design business after the death of her husband. It felt like the kind of town I would love to live in. 

The multiple story lines of the sisters, Caroline, Sloane and Emerson who all come "home" for various reasons draw you in and make you feel as if they are your friends or even your own family. This book touches on so many things, life, love, death, family, relationships, secrets, romance and more. I loved this book and cannot wait until the next one in the series. 

 Just in time for Mother's day and for your summer book pile, 
Slightly South of Simple is the perfect gift for your mom or yourself. Although if I may be honest you will not be able to wait for Mother's day or summer because this book is fabulous and you will want to start reading it as soon as you get it!

You can get a copy at Amazon, Target, Barnes and Noble or your local bookstore. 

If you would like to see Kristy and have her sign your book make sure to check her book tour schedule HERE.

Recipe for Brownies on Once Upon a Chocolate Life

If you would like to make a pan of brownies to enjoy with your book these Fudge Brownies with Fudge Frosting from Once Upon a Chocolate Life are fabulous!

Have a great day!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friday Favorites from Preppy Kitchen, Heather Cristo, A Dish of Daily Life and More

Good morning! A happy Spring day to you. It has been gorgeous here the last few days, mild temperatures, slight breeze, warm sunny days and bright flowers blooming everywhere. 

The weekend is going to be stormy though so I will have to keep myself occupied inside. 

Image Heather Cristo

I am thinking of starting off the weekend with a Strawberry Serrano Lime Tequila Champagne Cocktail from the beautiful Heather Cristo.

The Preppy Kitchen

If you are looking for something special to make for Mother's Day, John at The Preppy Kitchen made these gorgeous Rose Cupcakes and he even included a video of how to create the roses. He makes it look so easy I think I am going to try it.

I love sandwiches and this Ham Brie and Apple Panini from A Dish of Daily Life looks delicious. 

Next to sandwiches I could east pasta everyday, if you do as well here are a few fast and east recipes you might like  22 Spring Pastas on the Table in 30 Minutes or Less.

Image Sandy

Although many are just back from Spring break I know that summer vacation is just around the corner.  If Italy is on your list make sure to check out this post by Sandy of You Maybe Wandering of her fabulous 21 day trip to Italy each place is more beautiful that the next!

This article, Why You Should Make Time for Self Reflection is an interesting read.

Did you read any interesting books, see any good movies or try any new recipes? If so please share because I love hearing about new things.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Joy of Simple Things

Life is full of big moments, your first job, falling in love, getting married, having children, a dream trip, first house. etc. All wonderful and exciting times but I have found that as I age the "big" moments are the little moments that we so often overlook and take for granted. 


There is joy in the simple things if only we stop and realize it. Everyday doesn't need to have a momentous event to be special although sometimes in this world that is dominated by social media it seems that way. 

I sat down and made a list of the simple things in life that bring a smile to my face and lift to my heart. 

 A letter or a card from my family or friends. 
  A toasty fire on a cold day.
Yeast donuts with lots of frosting. 
A new book or rediscovering a well worn and loved one.  
Making an old family recipe and "seeing" myself at my grandmothers side making it together.

A cup of hot chocolate.
Having my mom all to myself when she comes to visit. 
A text from my 16 year old niece saying "I love you and I miss you."
Singing a favorite hymn at church. 

A walk on the beach.
Being the first person to make tracks in the fresh fallen snow. 
Sleeping with the windows open on a cool spring night. 
The first smell of a wood fire in Fall. 
Pizza, spaghetti, grilled cheese and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. 

Watching my pups. 
Taking hot bath after a long day. 
The smile of a friend. 
The sound of the rain on the roof as I lay in bed.
Spending a Sunday doing nothing. 
Visting my favorite paintings at the museum. 

Meandering in a favorite city.
Baking something new and sending it to a friend. 

These little moments make up the fabric of our lives, they make us who we are. They offer respite from the storms of life and remind us that even the little moments can be grand. I am not sure if these moments seem so much more special as we age because we are more aware that life is precious, and finite or if we just come to appreciate the wisdom that comes with age and a realization that moments make our lives and not things. 

Whatever the case I am happy that I can appreciate the joy in the simple things. 

What a bring you joy? Do you find happiness in the little things? What simple thing brings a smile to your face?

Have a great day, enjoy life's little moments. 

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