Wednesday, May 30, 2012

To be tan, or not be tan?

I promise, I am sunburned in these pictures.  It's so odd that I look paler than I did than I did yesterday, after spending my Memorial Day at a local pool party with some coworkers.   

I pride myself on being pale, I used to be that girl who spent her free time laying out and I have visited a number of tanning salons over the years, but not anymore!  
It probably helps that my husband is so dark, because I know there is no point in trying to get dark anymore.  I will never get as dark as him!  

 I might test out some sunless tanners in the next couple of weeks and see what it looks like to be tan without the help of the sun.  I have never really tried the at home tanners.  I did have a tan sprayed on me for my wedding, but that was almost 2 years ago and I haven't tried it since.  
Do you use sunless tanners?  Which are your favorite?  What should I try first?

This morning, I was trying to figure out I could dress down this outfit to make it appropriate for work and I found this cropped hooded cardigan.  I love this thing!  I have had it for years and years.  It seems those Urban Renewal pieces are great investment pieces!  

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: Target
Overlay: Urban Outfitters

Scarf in my hair: Vintage

I will share how to tie a scarf like this to make a cute headband in my next post! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Colorful Reunion

The hubby had his 10 year high school graduation reunion this past weekend and we had a blast!  It was so great to meet people from past that I had never met before.  We come from such different walks of life, he is from a smaller town and I am from a larger suburb. His school was so tiny compared to my 1,000+ graduating class.  I will never know what it's like to know everyone's name, let alone have a story about them all.  I know I will probably meet new people at my own reunion.  And that is hard for him to wrap his head around.  

Dress: Anthropologie
I bought the dress last spring, but here is one similar.  
Belt: Anthropologie
Overlay: Anthropologie
Wedges:  Dolce Vita from the Bloomingdale's Outlet  
Thank you Dallas for opening that up!!

This is a completely vegan line of accessories!

You can purchase them here.  

I bought it at Century 21 while I was visiting my sister in NYC.  
It's basically an outlet with so much of everything!  I mean everything!!
It's a great shopping destination, if you want a good deal!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Friday Night Lights

It's the end of an era in my household.

The hubby and I have completed the Friday Night Lights series.  

We came across FNL one night when we were wanting to watch a show that neither of us had ever watched. Little did we know that we would fall completely in love with the show.  

It's the kind of show that you keep saying to yourself, one more episode when you know it's entirely too late to be up. It will make for a long day at work, but really, you don't care.  You just have to know what happens next.  

I have to admit, I may have jumped up and down at a couple game scenes, like I was watching a real game. My heart too belongs to Dillon, Texas.  

Here is a clip that gives you some insight about what the show was all about.  

And if you have Netflix, you can stream the entire series.  

This is  the kind of show that makes you want to be a better person.  

Lace and Leopard Print

The hubby has been such a blessing in my life.  I had a great lunch with him today where I really opened up to him about things that had been on my heart since our Bible study on Wednesday.  I love that he really listens and was shocked when he was thankful to me for being so open with him.  Goodness gracious, I'm one lucky girl!

Watch: A Men's Michael Kors
Nail polish: I can't seem to get enough of pinks this season!

Tank: Top Shop
Lace Overlay: Anthropologie
Jeans: James Jeans
Wedges: Dolce Vita for Target

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Food from the Heart

The hubby and I are 'food' people and I thought I would share about the places to eat if you get the privilege of going to Savannah or Tybee Island like we did last week.

The hubby and I landed in Georgia just in time for lunch.  The hubby really wanted some good southern home cookin'.  We had read that people were not too pleased with their experience with Paula Dean's restaurant and that was disappointing.  I have some of her cookbooks and LOVED everything I have made.  

So in my research, I read in a New York Times article comments section, that locals of Savannah highly recommended Mrs. Wilkes.  It was the very first stop after we got our rental car.  

This might have been the best decision we made the whole trip!  While we waited in a line, the hubby asked someone what they recommended and this nice gentleman informed us that The Wilkes House used to be a boarding house and the meals are served family style at large tables.  

This picture really doesn't show all the table had to offer.  First, when you sit, there is sweet tea waiting for you at the table. BONUS!  I couldn't get enough of the sweet tea!  Next they brought out fried chicken, biscuits and cornbread along with 20 sides.  I'm not kidding... you read that right.  

If you go, you should know that you will probably have to wait in a line, we waited almost an hour.  Also, they only accept cash.  
Come hungry... I actually took this picture after we were all done eating and it hardly looks like we touched it!

An old coworker recommended Sundae Cafe on Tybee Island.  This place happened to be two blocks from our little cottage that we stayed in, so we were able to walk there for our first dinner in Georgia.  This place was amazing!  It just made our day of stuffing our faces with delicious food complete.  

We shared the seafood cheesecake (not a dessert, don't worry), margarita scallops, and lobster mac n cheese.  

Something to know about this restaurant, make reservations.  

We spent our first full day on Tybee at the beach and the next day we explored Savannah.  We took the Old Savannah Tours, which much like the double decker buses in NYC, you can hop on and hop off wherever you would like.  We were so unfamiliar with the history of Savannah, so this was a great opportunity to learn more about it. 

The Soho South Cafe was another place that was recommended to us and it was the cutest place and a must stop if you love art and great food.  

The waiting area housed most of the displayed arts and prints to be sold.

The adorable entrance to the dining area. 

Leopold's Ice Cream was an old ice cream parlor that first opened in 1935.

The hubby tried the Mint Chocolate Chip

I was more daring and tried the Honey Almond.  

They were both so good!

Oh My Goodness!  I can't describe how good the pralines are from River Street Sweets!  

When you walk into this store, you'll understand the saying, 'like a kid in a candy store.'  I wanted to try everything!  

This pictures shows rock candy, gummy fruit candy, truffles, and chocolate covered pretzels.   They have so much more... much, much, more!

This was the cute box our pralines were in and of course we had to take some home!

The Foxy Loxy is a coffee shop and also a print shop in an old house.  I just love the creativity of the town and the people who live there.    

Who wouldn't love a town with a house like this!  This is actually next door to the Foxy Loxy.

Overall, Savannah reminded me so much of Austin, Texas.  It's so unique and so much history.

And if the hubby has it his way, we will be moving there sooner than later!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Florence Welch

This morning, the hubby told me that I looked like Florence Welch.  I couldn't stop laughing because, as you can see, there is not much of a resemblance.  

My POC (pop of color) was with my shoes, today.  

I picked this dress so I could wear my new JewelMint earrings!  

Dress: Anthropologie
Shoes: Ann Taylor
Earrings: JewelMint
Bracelets: Kendra Scott

I as the day went on, I thought about why the hubby would think I reminded him of Florence.  

It's nothing about me necessarily...

It's the sleeves on my dress!  

Love him so much.  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

It could be home...

Last week the hubby and I had the privilege of taking a week off work, stress and reality and spend some time together in Georgia.  We had both never been there and couldn't wait to be beach bums on the East coast.  

So we packed out bags and headed out to:

This was our cute beach cottage for the week!  Adorable inside and out!

Savannah was about 20 minutes away and we fell in love with this city!

 We indulged in Georgia's finest things... Peaches and a local blueberry wine!

The most romantic city!

I wish we had bikes to ride around this city.  There were so many parks perfect for wasting the day away.

 My niece would have been in heaven with all these sea shells.

The hubby and I woke up early to watch the sunrise... The sun was tucked behind some clouds so this was the best shot I could get.

Sunrise and puffy eyes!

24 hours after we landed in Savannah, the hubby shared his love for the city!

This could be our future house! 

We were enjoying our time in one of the many parks

One reason we chose Tybee Island was because of this gorgeous light house.  I have always wanted to go inside one...

And now I can check that off the bucket list.

This was the view from the top of the light house.  I used the app Photosynth to take this panoramic picture.   

The hubby looks like he is the last man standing on the beach...

So peaceful...

Loved the beach... Loved Savannah... Loved Georgia

I can't wait to return.

Maybe we will have a moving truck behind us.