high five for friday

TGIF!  Finally it’s Friday! Yay!  Friday could not have come soon enough this week.

1.  Today is my Dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday to you Papa!  He loves to cook rather than go out to eat, so I am sure this weekend will be filled with many home cooked meals.  (Trust me, I’m not complaining!)

2.  I made a purchase on eBay a couple of weeks ago and it arrived this week – new to me Lilly Pulitzer pants!  The are a smidge big, but so cute a fun! Plus I got a great deal, so heading to the tailor for a few alterations won’t be a big deal.

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3. Picked up my sweet friend, Stephanie’s French Bulldog, Henry,  from boarding and hung out with him for a few hours on Sunday.  He is hysterical!  He loves riding in the car – he just lays down and falls asleep.  He is shockingly strong for his size…he was definitely the one taking me for a walk on the leash not the other way around.

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4.  My parents had my grandparents over for dinner one night this week and I joined them.  It’s always fun to get to hang out with all of them.  My grandparents just returned from a vacation so we got the full run down of the trip.  Tweed loves seeing them too!

5.  I hope to be able to carve out a bit of time to keep working on my new top!  I am sewing a pretty advanced (at least for me) pattern.  I will share all about how this project goes when it is complete.  I can’t wait to get the top finished – I have a whole outfit in my mind that I am dying to wear! 

How was your week?

Linking up with Lauren over at The Lauren Elizabeth for #h54f.

high five for friday

What a great week, birthday, wedding, road trip, and the 4th! Sheesh that’s a lot when I look back at it.

1.  Friday was my birthday.  After a quick breakfast and hair cut, I hopped in the car and headed down to Austin for the weekend.  I stayed in Georgetown with longtime family friends who pampered me for my birthday left and right!  It was SO sweet of them!

2. My friend Joanna got married on Saturday and I had the honor of doing a reading and being in her house party.  It was so much fun!  The bride and groom are high school sweethearts so it is about time the tied the knot.    Joanna and I bonded over numerous group projects, groups papers (yes, apparently that is a thing) and History of Costume flashcards in college and have been friends ever since.  Here we are at the rehearsal dinner and then at reception.

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3.  Sunday I spent the day with our family friends.  We drank tea from their visit to England, made delicious orange muffins (I mostly supervised), and went to a GREAT burger joint, Mighty Fine Burger.  Also, we watched their dog, Sister, run around the backyard constantly on the hunt for prey.  Luckily she didn’t find any this time, although I hear she definitely wins in battles against birds.  I was sad to have to pack up and head back to the Big D.

4.  Hope everyone had a great 4th!  Tweed was VERY patriotic in his stars and stripes bandana.  Still loving his new haircut, by the way – shorter ears are the way to go!

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5.  My goal for the weekend is to at least paint the last 2 walls of my bedroom.  I hope that by writing this here, I will have the accountability and push I need to complete this task.  Wish me luck!!

How was your week?

Linking up with Lauren at The Lauren Elizabeth for #h54f.

high five for friday

 

This week came and went all too quickly.  Did you have that kind of week too?

 

1.  Before my aunt left town we made a trip to City Craft.  My aunt is planning to redecorate her kitchen and play up its retro feel.  We needed a fabric that looked like a step back in time and full of whimsy.  City Craft is by far the my favorite place  to snag great quality fabric this is beautiful and interesting to boot.  It was tough to leave behind the turquoise and pink print with 1950s telephones on it, but we did find a great geometric print that will compliment her red countertops and is less girly.

2.. Sunday night, my Mama and I got to enjoy her Christmas present….tickets to Wicked! It was wonderful, as usual.  This was my fourth and her third time seeing the show.  Yes, I’m a musical theater girl, what can I say, it’s in my blood.  It’s always fun to have a mother/daughter date and this was no exception.  Nothing like a night at a musical to make me miss dancing.

3. Being at City Craft put the sewing bug back in me!  I can’t wait to show you the results!  Bear with me, I am out of practice so it’s a little slow going. But the machine is out and the sewing has begun.

 

4. I took a little time for myself this week.  With all of the hustle and bustle around me it was great to just have some time to sit, relax, and catch up on my shows.  2 episodes of Smash and 3 of Nashville later, I am almost caught up!  Don’t worry, it wasn’t all sitting, there was some sewing time mixed!

 

5. This is a little bit different for me to share, but I can’t resist.  Lauren really spoke to me with her post on Wednesday.  Take a moment to read it, you won’t be sorry! Although I am not a cat lady, the message rings true and takes a weight off my shoulders.  Isn’t it funny how God can put things in your life at just the right time?

 

 

How was your week?

 

Linking up with Lauren over at The Lauren Elizabeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

high five for friday

This week has absolutely flown by!  I haven’t had a second to spare.

1. I spent Easter with the majority of my extended family.  It was great! My 4-year-old cousin Emmylou, a virtual mini me, showed Mary-Todd (only other girl out of the 9 cousins) and me how she has learned to write her name.  She is the youngest of the 9 so it is fun see what she will say next!  The three of us girls are only together a few times a year so we soak up every minute.

2. Also, at our Easter celebration, we got to have my Aunt Kelley’s Sheet Cake for dessert! It is the ABSOLUTE best!! (it’s so good it deserves its own piece of the 5.)

3. I attended a luncheon this week to celebrate my Tri Delta Alumnae chapter raising $20,000 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital this past Christmas season at our annual Cookies & Castles gingerbread decorating party.  We had such a wonderful time with this event and all of the candy filled children in attendance – it was a giant room full of sugar highs.  TSRH is an amazing place that does so much for children and really doesn’t feel like a hospital at all.  It is an honor to work with this hospital and these great women.

4. Dallas has been rather gloomy, chilly & very un spring like this week.  So, to combat this problem, I went for the yellow pants.  It completely changed my attitude for the better.

 

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5.  Friday is cleaning day  (boo….) and I have the urge to cook this weekend.  So, as usual, I will be perusing The Pioneer Woman‘s blog for recipes.  If I have any luck with this, there will be more to follow.

How was your week?

Linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk Blog.

 

all things BlissDom

Here it is a little more than a week after BlissDom, and I am just now sitting down to talk about my experiences.  It has taken me a little time to really process through ALL of the information I learned at BlissDom.  It was so inspiring and encouraging.  As you know, I am definitely new to the blog world.  I have read blogs for years, but I have only been on the other side for a short time.  I came away with many things to investigate further, ideas to put into action, friends, and much more!

*I apologize in advance for the length of this post.  There are so many great things I want to fit in.  Bear with me here!

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My mom and I attended this conference together.  We love spending time together and this time it meant the two of us would need to break out of our shells and learn about this new blog world.  We had a GREAT time!

And so it Begins:

One of the first stops we made was to the handmade market.  Here vendors displayed their goods.  Each booth was even better than the previous one.  It was so inspiring to see these women display items that they are passionate about making.  I was ready to run home and pull out my sewing machine.  (Hasn’t happened yet, but it will! –  I have big plans for that sewing machine.)  While we were making our way through the room, I met one of my favorite bloggers, Kate from The Small Things Blog.

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She was very friendly and encouraging to this new blogger (me).  She said it’s part of the process to have some time exploring different topics in my blog before finding a place I am most comfortable.  I read The Small Things Blog daily, so it was great to meet her in person.  Yes, her hair really is that amazing! I even shared with her how grateful I am to her for introducing me to Aquage Uplifting Foam.   It has really changed how I style my hair each day (it’s all about the volume!).

Then we went to the newcomers meet up.  Here we had a speed dating type time to get us up and talking to the other attendees.  We only had a few minutes but we got to hear from each other about the type of blogs we were writing and a little bit about ourselves.  I met some great people here and continued to talk to them through out the conference.

Later that night after the opening reception, we were urged to head back into the main ballroom.  Upon entering the room we made friends with Angela of Jumping with my Fingers Crossed.  As champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and cupcakes were passed  around we instantly bonded over our love of all things TV & pop culture.  She is so much fun and we were fast friends!  Come to find out we were about to hear from three of the stars of the upcoming reincarnation of All My Children.  I am not an AMC fan myself (nothing against it, I just haven’t ever really watched it.) but hearing from these actors who have put a lot of their lives into these roles was really interesting.  We sat in the front row & Angela filled us in on the characters played by the actors in attendance.

This kept us up way past our bedtime, but it was so much fun.  This was night one and the meat of the conference was yet to come.

The Sessions:

We began our first morning with an AMAZING keynote speaker, Scott Stratten.  He spoke in an irreverent but completely real way. AND, he was so beyond hysterical! There was the whole thing about QR codes and I was practically falling out of my seat  laughing.  He speaks the truth.  I learned SO much from him.  It’s hard to break it down to bullet points, I will try, but check him out, it’s totally worth it.

Here are a few gems from him:

~Social media never sleeps.  Quick response is critical for your brand reputation and customer service in general.

~Remember your brand is SO much more than your logo –  so spend more time on your people/products/services and less on the looks of your logo.  If what your brand represents is positive & engaging, your logo will represent that.  Of course your logo should be visually appealing, but you need to back it up with a great brand reputation.

~  Do not use social media outlets just because they are available to you but because they make sense for you and your brand.  Just because it’s the new thing, doesn’t mean it’s really right for you.  Think about your choices.

~Social media is to be just that, social.  It’s about connecting with others, not just about announcing things – focus your energy on responding.  It gives you the opportunity to humanize your brand.

We also had several breakout sessions.  Each that I attended was very informative and thought-provoking.  I left with a greater understanding of the blog world and so many things to research further.

One stands out to me because I got to hear from an author that I truly admire, Annie Downs.  She speaks so openly and honestly while maintaining a positive attitude and sense of humor.   She is WONDERFUL.  She made a specific point to talk about the different types of stories to share and where to share them.  It is important to know the difference between a journal story and a blog story. She said to use wisdom and carefully share success and failures.  After the session, I got to chat with her for a bit and take a picture with her.   Speaking with her, I knew that she genuinely cared to talk to me and encourage me.  That just doesn’t happen everyday.  She has two books coming out soon – keep your eyes peeled, its worth it!

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The other keynote that really stood out to me was the closing keynote by Jon Acuff.  He speaks with humility and humor.  He has a lot of energy and says things that you wish you had thought of because they are so on point, to the moment, and add so much to the story while being fun and funny.  He gave each and every one of us a special gift, a special printing of his new book before it even hits shelves.  SO COOL!!  I am so ready to read it.  Since BlissDom, I have been following Jon on Twitter & Instagram.  He is just great!

Here are a few of the gems he shared with us:

~Ready is a Myth.  Just start now, whether you are ready or not.  We may never be “ready” but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it a go.

~Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

~You have permission to be horrible.

~Fear is a liar.  It only gets loud when you do things that matter.

~Don’t be a jerk.  There are enough jerk’s out there.

~When you get unstuck you are unstoppable.

A Little Something Extra:

Did I mention that we had a private concert from Chris Mann and Amber Riley?!?  I didn’t know Chris Mann but my mom was SO excited to see him because she watched/rooted for him on the TV show, The Voice.  I have to say, I am impressed with him.  If I had to describe him using current vocalists I would say that he is like Michael Buble with some Adam Levine thrown in to give his voice just a little bit of grit.  Amber Riley from Glee sure can belt it out!  She sang several hits she sang on Glee.  After the show, we took a pic with the two of them.  It is by far the worst picture that my mom and I have EVER taken.  Needless to say, it didn’t make the cut.  But check out the singers in action.

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Suffice it to say, I left BlissDom inspired, motivated, and yes exhausted.  I learned so much in the sessions and possibly even more just talking to different women in between sessions.  If you are ever looking for a little motivation or encouragement, look to any of the people I mentioned above.  I will have to put BlissDom on my list of things to do in 2014.

high five for friday

This has been such a fun week. I am so glad to get to share it with y’all!

1. I spent my weekend doing basically nothing, which was wonderful.  I hung around the house, did some laundry, and spent lots of time reading blogs – there are so many gems out there!

2. I watched a movie with my mama –  This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy.  It was a fun comedy with some great eye candy – Pine and Hardy.  Reese Witherspoon’s wardrobe for this movie pretty much acts as a wish list for my closet.

3. Our family friends were in town this week visiting my cousins.  Most of the girls of this group (myself included) got to spend time catching up and chatting out to dinner.  Good thing my cousin had homework to get back to or we might still be there chatting until this very moment.

4.  This week I was lucky enough to be featured in the Need, Read, Greed series of One Fine Day.  It was so much fun to share my picks! (More on that here.)

5. Ran in to TJ Max to look for a cute storage container for my bathroom counter, ended up going on a TJ Max shopping spree.  Why am I not surprised?!  This was a particularly fruitful trip.  Suffice it to say I left with a cute storage container  plus several housewares and a variety of tops. I will share more of that soon!

Hope you all had great weeks!

Link up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk. (Loving linking up and getting to know so many of you!)

high five for friday

I can’t believe we are already in March!  Also, we spring forward this weekend – while I am excited for a little more light in the evenings, the lost hour of sleep will be sorely missed.

1.  I spent some quality time with my little pup, Tweed.

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Isn’t he just the sweetest eating his dinner?! (might be a crazy dog mama, can’t help it!)

2. I worked out twice this week.  This is a HUGE accomplishment.  Working on making it a habit, wish me luck!

3. It is only 2 weeks until BlissDom. Can’t wait! Already planning my outfits! Too soon?!

4. My TV addiction runs deep.  This is proved by the sheer joy that washed over me watching the premiere of The Rachel Zoe Project.  To put it in her words, it was MAJOR.  Her collection was beautiful.  Also, we caught a glimpse of Oscar De La Renta & Michael Kors new collections.  Oscar was to die for as per usual.  Michael Kors featured LOTs of stripes and a 60s vibe.  But, I digress.

5. I broke down (mine current case is getting dingy) and ordered a new iPhone case this week – can’t wait for its arrival! – I will definitely debut it as soon as it arrives!

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

linking up with Lauren over at From My Grey Desk Blog.

high five for friday

This has been a crazy work week, but that just makes it that much sweeter that its Friday!

1. Two nights of The Bachelor this week – could there be anything better?

2. My dad came over and we worked on my washer, yet again! Last time we thought it was level and pulled together and it walked right out of the closet on the first wash.  So, fingers crossed it lasts longer this time! This thing is gonna be the death of me.

3. My Birchbox arrived this week! Always a fun treat! More on that soon! But, I have to say my favorite item is the Twistband headband…its great!

4. I’m feeling super official – I ordered business cards this week so that I am ready to swap with the wonderful bloggers I will meet at BlissDom.  Jumping in with both feet and loving it.

5. It’s Oscar time this weekend.  Its one of my favorite Sundays of the year! I cannot wait!

Link up with Lauren over at From My Grey Desk Blog!