Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday Thoughts {Work GIF Edition}

Happy Thursday!

Today I'm sharing some work thoughts accompanied with GIFs. Because GIFs are the best. And we all have to why not make light of it?

When a simple "How's it going?" or "How are you?" turns into a diatribe about politics or...worse...verbal diarrhea about family drama. 

When the end of the month, end of the quarter, payroll, inventory and all other work deadlines fall ON THE SAME DAY.

me after monday

When a coworker starts in with work crap literally at 8:01 am. Give me a few minutes, please.

To the coworker that is "busy all the time" and doesn't have time to do anything else for anyone because they are "overloaded". 

When the fruits of your coworkers efforts are less than satisfactory. You'd have been better off doing it yourself. 

All new episode of L.A. Hair TONIGHT at 10/9c on WE tv!

When someone bring up things during staff meetings just to get their coworkers in trouble. 

Scream Queens

When someone hands you work at 4:45 pm. On Friday. Before a long weekend.

Now you link up below with your Thursday Thoughts post. :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Home (and a plea)

For the last 4 days my birthplace...has been ravaged by flooding. The images are absolutely devastating. Take a look at these before and after GIFs if you need more convincing.

People have lost everything. Charleston, Columbia and countless other small towns across the Midlands of SC have seen more than 5 feet of water destroy homes, business, churches, roads, schools, hospitals and take lives. It's especially devastating in Columbia, which sits about 200 miles inland from the coast. Most people in Columbia do not carry flood insurance because it's inland and very dry normally. Even though Columbia sits amongst a number a rivers, they've never experienced this level of flooding. And even when the rain stops, the threat of flooding is still imminent as a lot of dams are breaking and wiping out neighborhoods.

Thankfully, my family in Columbia, Lexington, Elgin, Mt. Pleasant and Greenville are all safe. My husband and I (and our immediate families) who live in the Upstate/Northern SC are also all safe. I am so grateful we were all spared. But others were not so lucky. Today, I plead with you to do something to help. 1) pray for the people affected (if you're the praying type or send good vibes/juju/etc.) and 2) donate to the Red Cross for SC flood relief

Donating to the Red Cross is the fastest and best way to get aid directly to those affected. They are already on the ground in SC distributing drinking water and supplies. 

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday Thoughts Vacation Edition

It's been...well, it's been a week since I've blogged. So why not bless this week with some vacay pics? As I mentioned last week, I took a short vacation to the Isle of Palms with some of my family. Here are a few of the pics I took.

The house was on the back side of the island overlooking the Intracoastal waterway and Hamlin Creek. It's brackish water that makes for some great fishing!

This little guy tagged along. He is a bonafide dock dog now...assisting with the fish watching.

The weather was a little weird the first couple of days, but the humidity was low and there was a glorious breeze. Then the sun came out the last few days and the humidity soared back in!

My sister and I hanging out on the dock. :) 

Growing up visiting Charleston, you kind of get used to the scenery...but sometimes it catches me off guard. These beautiful lowcountry oaks were in the front yard of the house we stayed in. 

Foggy, rainy weather does make for some awesome photos. 

Another upshot of the live oaks. BEAUTIFUL! 

Now that you've seen a few of my vacay photos, tell me what's been going on in your world.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Today is the day! It's Friday eve! And this afternoon marks the start of a 5 day vacay! I'm headed to the beach this weekend with my fam. It should be fun! I've never done a "beach  vacation" in the fall. It will still be in the lower 80s and breezy all basically it's like perfect weather. We are going to the Isle of Palms...where we've gone since I was young. It's my family's favorite place!

//1. It's Fall, Y'all!
I posted on Tuesday about All the Fall Things. I must admit I'm really getting into the spirit. Never have I craved the colors of orange and brown in my life this much! The weather is getting cooler and I just can't wait!

//2. Vacation mode.
So far, I've made 3 packing lists. This is different from a traditional beach vacation but it's still a beach know? Also, I'm planning a trip for M and I out west. I've always wanted to go and a blog friend is currently around the Yellowstone area and is posting the most amazing I want to go now. I'm thinking the Grand Teton/Yellowstone/Jackon, WY area. Anyone been there before?

//3. Navy & Black.
This week I've worn navy with black twice...intentionally. I'm breaking the fashion rules, y'all. I grew up old-school Southern fashion. You know, no white after Labor Day or before Easter, etc. Well you always had to be careful pairing neutrals and never navy with black. Too bad! I'm going to make it a "thing". (except not really because it's all over Pinterest...I just only recently got the guts to do it.) Here are some great navy and black pairings on Pinterest here, here and here.

Well, those are my thoughts for today. Join in on the fun below and link your blog post!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

All the Fall Things

Sung to the tune of "All the Small Things" by Blink 182.

All the fall things. Come out, this week. 
Candles and wreaths, turkeys and fake leaves.

I could go on...because I do enjoy a good song parody...but I won't. Instead, I'll celebrate the official start of fall here in the Northern Hemisphere (tomorrow) by sharing with you all the fall things I'll be obsessing over and about this season.

A lifelong fan of cardigans, I tend to ignore the other members of the sweater family, including long sweaters. However, I cannot ignore the cozy factor any longer. I've purchased a few longer "cozy" or wrap sweaters to wear this fall. Now, if I could just work up the guts to rock leggings or skinny jeans with them, I'd be set.

I ordered the Starfish Boyfriend cardigan above and I LOVE it. It's long and comfy. I can't wait for the weather to get cooler.

I was on the lookout for a blanket scarf and a blog reader tipped me off about a Zara-esque plaid blanket scarf on Ebay. (just do an Ebay search for plaid scarf and about 1 million will pop up) I ordered it and it got here last week. I can't wait to wear it! 

Ships the next day.    This is the scarf everyone is raving about. We found the fabric for you and are making them as we speak. This is a very soft:

Now that M and I have our own place, I've been perusing The Internets for great ideas for our front porch. It's not huge, but I could definitely do something fun and fall-y. There are some great ideas here, though some are a bit much. Side note - when did fall become a tacky season for decor? Did I miss that? I like touches of fall but I'm not scooping up every glittery pumpkin and scarecrow I see at Hobby Lobby. I'm thinking more like a wreath and maybe a few pumpkins on the porch. 

Neither M nor I are big fans of pumpkin. I do make an exception for my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies once a year. I figure...they have pumpkin...pumpkin = they are quasi healthy, right? Right. 

So even though I don't love pumpkin, I'm all about some soups, slow cooker recipes and skillet dishes.

What do you love about fall? 

I'd love for you to link up with me on Thursday. You can blog about ANYTHING and link up to my Thursday Thoughts blog link up. Thanks in advance for helping me! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Emmy Awards Fashion Review [Best and Worst Dressed]

Overall, I'm digging all the gorgeous colors I saw this year. Below are some of my picks for best and worst dressed. :)


Maggie Gyllenhaal in Oscar De La Renta
She looks awesome! I love her cute un-fussy hair and this silhouette. I'm really into her slightly wrinkly, unkempt dress. I think it makes this dress look fresh and not dated.

Lena Headley in Zuhair Murad
This color is GORGEOUS. And if it didn't have that awesome cagey texture I wouldn't love it as much. The texture and the sparkle are what make the dress. Her dark hair really works with this color dress. 

Amy Poehler in Michael Kors
I know, it's a plain black dress, but doesn't Amy look 25 years old? That dark hair and the easy waves with her simple cut-out dress make her look awesome! 

Laura Prepon in Christian Siriano
While I'm not normally a fan of red on the red carpet, this look is an exception. Her pale skin and dark hair make this red dress pop and that gorgeous baroque-ish bolero (say that 3 times fast) literally takes the look from a 7/8 to a 10!

Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs
I've been rooting for Kerry after a few fashion missteps as of late. This chain-metal/knight-meets-military gown is gorgeous. The color is stunning on her and I love the balance of the hard/metal dress with flowy, wispy hair. Great job! 

Laverne Cox in Calvin Klein
There's nothing wrong with keeping it simple for a change. This color is gorgeous and Laverne looked awesome. I love this silhouette and her flowy, loose hair. 


Alan Cumming in Vivienne Westwood
I normally don't include men because suits are suits are suits. Unless you're wearing a costume, like Alan Westwood. There are fashion risks for men and then there's just plain silly. This is the latter.

Christine Marzano
No ma'am. The pattern just happens to get busier over her "business areas"? No ma'am. That's not fashion, that's trashy. And apparently she's carrying a water bottle for her purse. I'm done.

Heidi Klum in Versace
I love Heidi, but c'mon! This also looks like part of a Tinkerbell costume. And I was REALLY done at the matching yellow platform shoes. 

Renee Bargh
I'm not a fan of the off-the-shoulder look much anyway, but this stark white dress (complete with a fabric choker) and ridiculous shoes made me sad. This girl is trying way too hard. She's too extra

Joanna Newsom in Delpozo
Stahp. She looks like an antique bottle of perfume or something. I can't even see her figure in this dress and the hair? No ma'am. We stopped with that center-part-ear-covering hairstyle in 1879. 

Those are my best and worst dressed. What were some of your picks? Photos courtesy of Eonline.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Happy Thursday, friends.

This week, I've got nothing but kitchens on my mind. We are going shopping for a new dishwasher this weekend and will soon be starting our kitchen updating projects. I can't quite decide which combo I like best: dark cabinets and light countertops or light cabinets and dark countertops? Maybe you'd like to weigh in? Some photos below...

Dark Cabinets + Light Countertops
Pros: Look elegant, dark cabinets won't show stains/splatters
Cons: Might be harder to paint and it might make the room look too dark

Light Cabinets + Dark Countertops
Pros: Looks "airy" and would brighten up the room/make it look larger; looks modern
Cons: Cabinets may show stains/scuffs on bottom; paint might chip

Light Cabinets + Light Countertops
Pros: Beautiful, airy and clean look. My most favorite look of all.
Cons: Show stains and paint may chip off more easily.

Which do you like best? I'd love to hear your thoughts below.

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