Well, after heading to one quick Orient Expressed Trunk show at W's preschool teacher's house this morning, I'm dropping the girls off at the in-laws for the weekend. The hubs is in a wedding in Columbia, so we'll be there all weekend. My youngest sister is at South Carolina, and her sorority parents' weekend is this weekend too. So there will be plenty of time to spend with our friends, celebrating the wedding festivities all weekend long, in addition to some family time on Saturday during the day. Should be a fun weekend! Hope the weather works with us!
On another note, I was thinking the other day about my shoes, and which ones I wear the most. I have plenty of others, but really only wear the same ones over and over. It's more about comfort during the day for me, and then the other shoes I own are for special occasions.
For everyone "snowed in", I thought I would choose an appropriate cocktail to enjoy, while warming up next to your fire. Although if you're like me, there is no snow, albeit freezing, but no snow, you can still enjoy this delicious cocktail too!
The Banana Snowman
1/4 oz Bailey's Irish cream
1/4 oz banana liqueur
1 oz white rum
1 oz milk
1 slice banana
1/2 cup ice
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frothy and strain into a cocktail glass.
Yesterday's location was Rodeo Drive in LA! Nice work, to all of you who guess it correctly! It was a Sunday morning, when we took the photos, so that's why it was extremely vacant that day! It was kind of fun, having it to ourselves, although I would have enjoyed shopping around. The hubs, and his wallet, probably liked the fact that we went at that time...
Also, if you're a fan of Tiny Prints, they're offering $20 for $40 worth of Tiny Prints orders on Zulily. A great deal for birthday parties, showers, Christmas cards, etc. But hurry, this deal ends February 1st, but you have until December 31st to use it! Click here for your free Zulily invitation. Viva La Fete is also featured on Zulily today!
I'm making this one easy this week! Can you guess where I am? P.S. This is circa 2007 (and I was pregnant with W, but didn't know it yet!). After this spot, we headed to Napa for lots of wine tastings. Thank goodness W was a healthy baby girl! We came back with three cases of wine from that trip, and we had to wait nine whole months before I could even try them. It was definitely well worth the wait though!
Hello! It's been a pretty busy day around this house, but very productive! Just wanted to let y'all that Hobo International will be on Rue La La tomorrow. Click here for your free invite.
I absolutely LOVE my black Hobo International 'Lauren' wallet, and have used it everyday since I got it for Christmas in 2009. I'm hoping to snag another one with some RLL credit, in a different color tomorrow. They usually run around $100, but they'll most likely be around $35 tomorrow. That's a steal, for a very high quality wallet. Mine seriously holds so much, even my Blackberry can fit in one pocket. Just a heads up, they'll go FAST, so be online at 11am tomorrow if you want one.
I hope y'all are having a great start to your week. Our weekend was pretty low-key, which was nice, but I'm sooo ready for warmer weather, the girls and myself need some park time and more stroller time outside asap! Oh, and I'm going to see Black Swan tonight with a friend. After Natalie Portman won best actress last week at the Golden Globes, I knew I HAD to see it!
I found the following article, "How to Have Good Southern Manners" on eHow and thought it was pretty entertaining. Hope you enjoy it!
"If you're not from the U.S. South, you may wonder why we southerners behave the way we do toward one another in terms of manners. Having proper manners in our everyday actions is a way of life in the South. They stem from our famed southern hospitality. Manners matter in Dixie. Good manners make life more pleasant for everyone, and you can never take them too seriously in the South. Having bad manners will cause other southerners to question your upbringing. So, if you want to know more about southern culture are planning a trip to or within the South, are planning to move to the South, or are from the South and need to brush up on your manners, then this article is here to help. Remember that good manners are not reserved for special occasions. They are something you do every place and every day, and our friendships and relationships are based on how we treat others on a daily basis."
Above all, say "please" and "thank you". Always saw please whenever making any sort of request. You may further express thanks by saying something like "Thank you very much, I really appreciate it." If you don't get what you want, say something like "well, thank you anyway." You should also use "May I," "You're Welcome," "Excuse Me," and "Pardon Me."
Also say "yes sir" or "no sir" and "yes ma'am" or "no ma'am" at all appropriate times. If you don't use these you may be viewed as arrogant or disrespectful, or uppity.
Several fundamental tenets of southern manners:
-Be humble - Always put others first and yourself last ("after you..."). This is rooted in Bible Belt theology. Acting uppity, selfish, or self-centered are certainly not good manners.
-Be courteous - This stems from the Golden Rule ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you).
-Behave yourself - When in public, don't be rude, brash, loud, uncouth, coarse, or cause a commotion. If you do act that way people may think you weren't raised properly and don't know better.
-Be friendly - Act this way towards everyone whether you know them or not.
-Be modest - this is similar to being humble. In other words, don't brag on yourself.
Here are some other tips (but this is not an exhaustive list of course):
-Always ask for something, but never demand it.
-Refer to females as "Ladies".
-Chivalry of all forms is well appreciated throughout the South.
-Hold doors open for others.
-If you're a male, walk on the street side of a sidewalk when accompanying a lady.
-Men stand when a lady enters the room.
-Remove your hat, if you're a male, when entering a building. A hat should also be removed (by men) during the national anthem, the raising of the flag, funeral processions, and prayer.
-When at fault, own up to it and say you're sorry.
-Say "pardon me" or "excuse me" when having to walk in front of someone or if you bump into someone.
-Err on the side of being too nice.
-Know proper table manners and always use them.
-Make eye contact with people and say "hi, how are you" or an appropriate greeting to them depending on the time of day ("good morning", "good afternoon", etc.).
-Conduct small talk with others whether you know them or not (particularly in stores and restaurants, etc.).
-Be gracious and extend hospitality whenever possible. Offer guests in your home food and drink.
-Shake hands with a firm grip.
-Don't be in a rush and impatient all the time. Things move at a different pace in the South.
-Keep your word.
-Stand by your family.
-If someone has had surgery, a new baby or a death in the family, organize the neighbors to all take turns fixing dinner for the affected family.
-Welcome new neighbors.
I'm not sure if y'all are as big of fans as I am of Gone with the Wind, but I just recently found out that the actress, Cammie King Conlon, who played Bonnie Blue Butler, died this past September of lung cancer. She was 76. LOVED her in the movie!
P.S. I've updated my blog sale, and hope to add more later. Remember, my items ship for free, via Priority Shipping with Delivery Confirmation (so it should get to you within 2-3 days). Click here to check it out!
Happy Thursday, Y'all! Does anyone have a young girl, and read these books? They are the sweetest books, with the cutest illustrations! W loves these books, and constantly pretends that she is Ladybug Girl.
After seeing on Gilt's "Happy January Sale", that their Tutu Ladybug Set was half price, I knew I had to grab it up for W. If you want a free invitation to Gilt, just email me and I'll see you an invitation (sweetsouthernprep at gmail). It's a lot like Rue La La (great sales on designers for men, women, children, destinations, etc.).
I'm not sure if I'll save it for her June birthday yet, or open it when it gets here, but I know she'll love it. She may use it for her Halloween costume, as well. I'm not quite sure by three and a half, come this October, if W will have a say-so in what she'll want to be. We'll see! Either way, Halloween or not, I know she'll love wearing the wings and tutu around the house! Plus, the red Crocs she'll be wearing this summer will go perfect with it!
Yesterday's location was Edinburgh, Scotland. It is such a neat place, especially with the castle on the hill in the middle of the city! Surreal!
After posting so many locations on yesterday's post, I realized I hadn't done a "Wednesday Whereabouts" in awhile. Can you guess today's location? I visited this place about ten years ago, and it was such a beautiful, neat place! For older "WWs" I've done in the past, click on the "Wednesday Whereabouts" label at the bottom of this post.
Happy Hump Day!
Oh, and by the way, many of you inquired about yesterday's photos, and if I took them. I wish I could have captured those images! If you scroll to the bottom of yesterday's post, there are photo credits for each of the photos I used. But here are two photos of my own, from Big Sur, California.
Oh, and if you want to win a great personalized PSA Essentials stamp from 2Preppy Girls, click here! They're giving one away, and the giveaway ends at midnight on the 21st! Good luck! I've got two of them, one of which I ordered from 2Preppy Girls, and I love it! I seriously use it for everything!
Thank you so much, Perfectly Pink for giving me the Stylish Blogger Award!
1. Say seven things about yourself
2. Pass on to other bloggers
3. Contact them and let them know!
I have stated interesting things about myself for several awards, see sidebar, and click on any of the awards buttons, and it will take you to each award post. It's hard to think of enough general, interesting facts about myself, so this time, I'm going to list seven of my favorite places, that I have visited. Hope you enjoy it!
1. Capri, Italy
2. Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada
3. Nantucket, Massachusetts
4. Canterbury, England
5. Nice, France
6. Big Sur, California
7. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
*Just realized I picked a lot of places near the water!
I would like to award it to the first five ladies to comment on my blog yesterday:
I LOVED the fashion from the Golden Globes last night! From the black dresses to the pinks, to the stunning green dresses, they were all beautiful! I know everyone else has posted their favorites, but my most favorite dress was Emma Stone's dress. What a killer body! Normally, she looks like this...
And last night, she looked like this...I barely recognized her at first! And she's actually a natural blonde. Her Calvin Klein dress was so simple, but gorgeous!
Lilly Pulitzer will be on Rue La La this Sunday, January 16th at 11:00. The sale kicks off right when church starts for me, but I'll definitely be checking it out after I get home. If you haven't been invited yet, it's free, just click here for your free invitation. From the preview photo, it looks like there will be a lot from the Spring and Summer 2010 season. Look for most of the items to be marked down significantly. Click here and here to see what all I scored, from two of Lilly Pulitzer's last showings on Rue La La. Don't forget to mark your calendars!
Also, Lilly sells out extremely fast on Rue La La, so make sure your credit card is stored in Rue La La's system, and when purchasing an item, click the "Quick! Buy it!" Items don't stay in your basket, like other sites, if you add it to your cart, most likely, when you go to buy it, it will be gone! Happy, Speedy Shopping!
On another note, Duke lost last night! Let's just say I had sweet dreams! Now all I need is for the Tarheels to pull out a win tonight! GO HEELS, beat those Hokies!
32-year old southern mama from NC, with an amazing husband (married 9 years, but together for 15), four children: two sweet daughters, W (5) and E (3 1/2), two precious sons, L (2), and V (11 months), and a Boston Terrier, Boozer (6). LOVES: my Christian faith, family (FIVE younger sisters with fabulous parents), fashion, tennis, running, shopping, organizing, cleaning, sports (UNC Tarheels (2003 Alum), UGA football, Atlanta Braves, Carolina Panthers), and being anywhere near the water - LOVE THE WARMTH OF THAT SUN!
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