high five for friday

TGIF Friends!!

1.  Did some organizing this weekend…just the tip of the iceberg, but you have to start somewhere, right?!

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2. Spent some time this weekend preparing for one of my college friend’s wedding this weekend! I cannot wait to celebrate the marriage of two high school sweethearts!  I will be doing a reading during the ceremony, wish me luck and say a little prayer that the words flow freely.

3. Tweed had a bath and much-needed haircut and looks so fresh and clean now.  I love it when his apricot shows!

Clean Tweed

4.  Spent Thursday night with some of my closest friends at a concert at the Dallas Arboretum to have an early birthday celebration.  It was triple digit heat most of the night but we had a great time!  Got to spend some time with my little friend, Crew – isn’t he precious! AND they brought a cookie cake for me – SO sweet and delicious!

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sweaty friends with the sun beaming down on us!

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Delish! Thank you friends!!

5. Today is my Birthday! That’s right folks, the big 2-7.  Looking forward to what is in store for me in the year ahead.

How was you week?

Linking up with Lauren at The Lauren Elizabeth for #H54F

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It’s my birthday this Friday!  I have to say, I’m a little lot excited (in case you couldn’t tell).  These beautiful pink bottles put me in the mood to celebrate – what could be better than pink champagne?!

It wouldn’t be a birthday without…

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Petit Fours! There is just something about the petit four that is just better than a traditional cake in my opinion.  Maybe its the glaze style icing?  Maybe its just the happiness that washes over me when I am presented with one?  Either way, petit fours are just the best.

What are your birthday must haves?

high five for friday

This past weekend was such a blast, the rest of the week is sort of a blur.

1. I spent the weekend with some of my best friends!  It was so great to have a day off of work and to spend a good chunk of time with the girls.  I was honored to be a part of my friend’s wedding as a member of the house party.  At the bridesmaid’s luncheon we chatted and drank endless glasses of passionfruit lemonade.  All I can say is YUM!  Didn’t get a good shot with the bride, I bet (hope) she has one on her camera.

Sutton at Allison's Shower

2. That evening we headed over to the rehearsal dinner.  We sat outside at tables complete with ghost chairs, milk glass chargers, and mixed china with gold accents.  The tablescapes were beautiful, but I neglected to snap a photo.  So sad!  The great outdoors was beyond warm but we felt like southern belles with the hand fans that were provided to the guests.

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3.  The wedding was an elegant and classic.  After such a long time together it was great to see the bride and groom finally tie the knot.  Many happy tears were shed by the happy couple and those in attendance.  The reception that followed featured a really fun wedding band.  We all danced the night away and celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. Fowler.

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4. Father’s Day was Sunday and my dad and I were pretty boring, I have to say.  We did run around town for a while and spent time with little Tweed.

5.  The rest of the week went by like a flash.  Nothing too exciting to report back, just the usual chores and errands.  Looking forward to a relaxing weekend preparing for the next summer wedding!

How was your week?

Linking up with Lauren over at The Lauren Elizabeth.

high five for friday

Not gonna lie, this has been a long week, but here are some of the highlights!

1. Spent some quality time with my friends at the pool this weekend.  Don’t worry, I wore my SPF 55!  It was great to have my feet in the pool and soak up some vitamin D.

2. Summer has hit the Big D!  So, naturally, that meant a trip to the Rangers game.  Please notice the sun glaring in our eyes.  Definitely won’t be my last game this season! Go Rangers!

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3. In preparation for a wedding this weekend I painted my nails the OPI color, Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs.  You know me, I love a theme! I am so excited for all of the wedding festivities to come this weekend.  The bride and groom have been together for as long as I can remember and it is definitely time for them to tie the knot!

4.  It’s my mama’s birthday today! Happy Birthday Mama!!  Tweed and I have a few fun presents for her that I will have to share with you later!

5. Father’s Day is this weekend and I am not sure what hijinks my dad will have in mind for Sunday.  Tweed and I have a fun present for him as well!

With so much going on this weekend, most of my week was spent preparing! Lots to share next week, I’m sure!

How was your week?

Linking up with Lauren from TheLaurenElizabeth for #h54f

broadway’s biggest night, the tony’s: A fashion review

Broadway’s biggest night did not fail to impress.  First, can we talk about Neil Patrick Harris (NPH)?!

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No only did he look great, but he was a phenomenal host.  NPH brought the opening number to a new level.  It featured all of the nominated numbers and several award winners that are still running today.  I also loved a bit he did where he combined the names of musicals and plays in order to create “playcicals.”  It was hysterical. google it.

I have to say that I have a special place in my heart for Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  Seeing the number from the revival with a sea of rainbow dresses dancing the night away at the ball warmed my heart.  But on to the fashion…

There were very few looks that I didn’t enjoy.  Only two stood out to me as not the best choice.

1. Judith Light wore a Zac Posen gown that would have been lovely except for the incomplete sleeves on the bodice.  They had a robot/armor look to them  with wide shoulders and were open in for lack of a better term, the arm pit…not my favorite.

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2. Scarlett Johansson looks like she is ready for a nice dinner or a night on the town, not the Tony’s.  This is a formal event and she should have had on a ball gown.  I felt like it was almost disrespectful to importance of the event.

 

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And then there were the looks that I couldn’t get enough of…

Audra McDonald looked stunning in her black and white David Meister gown – her side-swept hair was the perfect accent to this dress.

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Jane Krakowski wore a sequin filled metallic Escada gown.  I loved the mixed metals and the solid belt.  Her dramatic eye makeup was such a contrast to the light silver gown, but it really completed the look and prevented her from looking washed out.

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I have to take a moment to mourn the cancellation of SMASH.  The cast was so talented and the music was incredible and I, for one, will desperately miss this show.  Bringing broadway to evening TV was so much fun and I am sad to see it gone after only 2 seasons.  Speaking of Smash, they did a great number at the Tony’s about broadway actors who were a part of TV shows that were cancelled.  It was so funny and a slightly inappropriate at times.  Megan Hilty, one of the stars of Smash, looked great in her cream/nude gown (I have to admit it was a risk to wear a sheer skirt) and her hair looked so pretty pulled up and away from her face so that the audience could focus on her voice.

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However, all of that being said, my best dressed for the night was Anna Kendrick.

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She killed it in a Donna Karan Atelier navy and black gown.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again.  Navy blue and black is one of my ALL TIME favorite color combinations.  This dress was young and fun and totally elegant all at the same time.

With that, awards season draws to a close until the Emmy Awards in fall, such a shame.

high five for friday

So a large part of my week revolved around food, which I’m sure doesn’t surprise anyone about me.  Consider yourselves warned.

1. Met some of our oldest friends at  Saint Ann for a drink.  Miss Martha and my Mama have been friends for pretty much my entire life.  Naturally, Miss Martha’s daughter, Lauren, and I are friends too!  However, we (Lauren & I) had not seen each other in pretty much 10+ years.  It was great to catch up even though it was just for a short time!  Lauren was in town on business and had to jet off to a company dinner.

Davis & SteiblePlease notice the black and white accidental twins…why and I not surprised?! 

2.  My sweet friend Erika of Erika’s Tea Cup came into town and we got a group together for a girls night.  She lives in North Carolina, so naturally, we had a Tex Mex dinner at Meso Maya.  We took up residence on the patio for 2+ hours and had a great time catching up, laughing A LOT and trying not to melt in the stifling heat & humidity.

3. The Bachelorette was the source of lots of laugher and heckling Monday night.  My friend Stephanie and I spent half the time trying to tell all of the men apart from each other (there are a lot of look a likes this season), but all in all she had a couple of cute one on one dates and one rap group date, that let’s face it, should probably have never happened.  A group of us tend to gather for watching parties and I hope that this starts back up for the remainder of Desire’s season!

4.  Went to dinner tonight with my college roommate, Kacie, and we branched out and went to Pop Diner.  While the food left some to be desired, we had fun with our whimsical drinks.  I had a Pop Rocks Martini and Kacie had a Blow Pop Martini.  Mine was actually popping as it arrived at our table.

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5.  The  Tony Awards happen this Sunday night, and I can’t wait!  Neil Patrick Harris hosting, show tunes, AND dancing…what could be better?!?

With a trip to Ikea and a little pool time are in my sites for this weekend, all I can say is TGIF!

Linking up with Lauren at The Lauren Elizabeth for #h54f

 

something i have been working on…

My fingers have been busily working away on a sewing project for the past couple of weeks.  You see, I made a trade with a friend.  She painted my room and I made her couch pillow shams.  11 couch pillow shams to be exact.  Sewing is really more of my realm of expertise than painting, or so I think.  I can’t say I have actually painted a wall before, but I am definitely comfortable sewing.  It was a great trade!  Yes, I did say 11 pillow shams (it’s a big couch).  I love the end result and so I had to share it.

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The pattern combination that my friend chose was fun to sew and relatively easy to match up for the different pieces.  I must say 11 is a lot of pillows.

This is my second sewing project of 2013.  Back in January, I created a twin duvet cover for another friend.  She put it in her son’s room.  The funny cats make a great slightly punk rock room for her 4-year-old boy, which is exactly their style.

Owen's Duvet

Getting back into sewing has really renewed my interest in and love of sewing.  So, attention friends:  I would like to offer my services (for a reasonable fee) to sew any fun household decor.  Let me know what your ideas are in an email (theleighshops@gmail.com) and we can go from there.

Next project a tunic and dress just for yours truly with 2 great fabrics from City Craft (I sang this store’s praises here).  More on that later! I am sure it will be a process, after all there are set in sleeves.