Friday, September 30, 2011

Favorite Frock Friday

Way to go Lilly Pulitzer for creating this perfect LBD! It incorporates all the fabulous details your little fashionable heart could desire, and then some! From the front, the dress is so chic and wonderfully simple. I adore how the neckline is conservative, but that the shorter length allows you to show off a bit of leg; don't even get me started on the understated elegance of the black, eyelet lace overlay that allows the slightest amount of skin to peek out from the cap sleeve and hem line!! As if that wasn't enough, the scoop neck back and exposed gold zipper provides a subtle hint of ladylike sexyness. The fit is phenomenal and a "must have" for any fashionista's closet! Happy Friday

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Love and Flowers

Two blog posts in two days...this might be a record!

Obviously wedding preparation is constantly on my mind and I am thoroughly enjoying browsing dreamily through magazines, pictures and websites for ideas to incorporate into our little southern, chic farm wedding! Lately, I've been perusing some pictures of floral arrangements and I wanted to share some of those with you!

Just as a little background, my floral preference has always been a hydrangea. Their appeal to me seems to be that they are so large and striking, yet so simple and elegant. I could just have an abundance of these beauties all over my house! BUT...I just discovered that I love peonies too! I was finding a lot of inspiring pictures on pinterest (that site is beyond addicting and if you haven't joined it, trust me, you should) of both of these beautiful flowers and wanted to share some pics of what I hope to have at my wedding, whether that be in the bouqets, as centerpieces, or possibly a boutonniere! Hope you love the floral eye candy as much as I did!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bookworm Wednesday

Unfortunately, my laptop has decided to give in to its imminent demise and completely robbed me of the simple joy that stems from blogging! I was having withdrawals and had to devote my lunch break to saying a quick hello to the blog world; shame on that frustrating piece of technology for causing me this angst :) The only light at the end of this tunnel is that I can hopefully purchase a MAC, which I have been pining over for a longggg time and just didn't want to go through with getting one until it was necessary. Due to the fact that I'm planning a wedding and started an adventure in blogging, Im thinking now is a necessary time for that investment to take place, no ;)

Enough about crazy computers, I wanted to share with you a unique book Im reading that a great friend recommended! Said friend is in a book club and she, like me, has a love for reading. She always has great novels that she suggests to me, so when she said that I just HAD to read The Book Thief, I didn't hesitate. I will say that upon first reading it, I got through about 100 pages and decided that it wasn't for me. It was a little slow to me and very differently written, so I gave it back. About a week or two later, another good friend of mine read this book and told me that it was one of the most well written books she ever read, and the friend who had previously loaned it to me, continued to tell me I should really give it a second chance. Since I am not one to pick up a book and not finish it, I decided that I should try it one more time. Im so glad I did! This book is based in Nazi Germany and is written from the perspective of death. Strange, I know, but the story that unfolds between this little girl and the characters around her, is captivating and extremely interesting. The period of this book was obviously a horrific time in history, but the way this child manages to find happiness in the smallest circumstances is uplifting. I'm not completely done with the book, but I love it and would recommend it to anyone now! If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, give The Book Thief a try; you'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bookworm Wednesday

Goodmorning!! I decided to dedicate a day to discuss books, because besides my strong love for sweets, I also possess a passion for reading! This began at a very early age and I was fortunate enough to have parents that took the time to read to me before bed every night. I am beyond thankful they did because reading is like a power food for the brain and it really helped me excel through school. Once I learned to read, you couldn't keep my nose out of a book if you tried! I literally used to ask for books for Christmas and I still remember getting a box of books that included the likes of Little House on the Prairie, Babysitters Club and Boxcar Children; pretty standard for a girl in elementary school :)

Now a days, I will still read anything that I can get my hands on and I hope one day to have a house with a very large, extensive library of all the many books I have collected! I recently read To Kill A Mockingbird for about the third time and if you have never read it or it's been awhile, you should most definitely pick up this book and refresh your memory! I love southern literature and this book is a classic at the top of my list! The characters in this book are phenomenal, but I believe my favorite one would have to be the father, Atticus. He is a respectable, gentle man, that never hesitates to do the right thing. It is so refreshing to read about a character who teaches his children morals and ethics in life just by simply being an example himself. What better way for children to learn than to witness their parent living the lifestyle that they preach. The children, Scout and Jem, are consistently shown an honorable, right way of living by the reinforcement of their father's behavior and actions. This is one of the many things I adore and respect about this book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! And remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird :)

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Let's Get This Show On The Road!

In regards to my last post, Darius Rucker put on one great show! He was amazing live, sounding even better (if that is possible) than he does on the radio! I love that he did some Hootie and The Blowfish songs, but my favorite two had to be History in the Making and Southern State of Mind! If you ever have the opportunity to go to one of his concerts, I highly recommend it!

I know I haven't posted too much about this yet, but Im sure you have gathered that I am engaged! It is such an incredible feeling knowing that you have found the one person that you want to spend the rest of your life with! 8 months from yesterday is the BIG day and it couldn't get here soon enough! Right now we are trying to pick a definite location and I am going tomorrow to have a little chat with the caterer and manager of the place we are thinking about! This specific area is what I have had my heart set on; it has extremely high sentimental value due to the fact that we actually met at this location and that my family has been vacationing there for about 7 years now!! Let's just hope that the meeting goes well and we can get the ball rolling on all the fun planning!! The next task I want to conquer is our Save the Dates. I am a sucker for very natural, outdoorsy pics in a field or by a farm and I really hope ours turn out something like these pics below! Hopefully I will have good news to report after tomorrow! Wish me luck :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

History In The Making!

I decided that there would be no better way to spend my Friday night (since my Fiance' has gone on a trip for the weekend) than to throw on some boots, and watch Darius Rucker put on a show! A friend of mine happened to have an extra ticket and this country lovin' girl is real excited to see this man in concert! I grew up listening to Hootie and the Blowfish and I happen to love that Darius decided to branch out on his own and take on the country world! I do believe he has proven himself to be a contender amongst his fellow southern gent crooners! Let ya know what I think post show! Happy Friday ya'll!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Finally Fall

Well, I didn't start off on the best foot with consistently blogging, but I planon starting a regular schedule next week! Just wanted to pop in and say that I am a very happy girl right now! First things first, I get to travel on some good ol Georgia backroads tonight to see my fiance'! We are doing long distance right now as he finishes up his last year of college, and though it isn't an ideal situation, we make the most of it and REALLY cherish our time that we do have together. The second reason why I am giddy right now is...we have had our first hint of fall weather this past week in southeast Georgia!!! Im sure we are still in for some hot days down here, but this was a welcome change to the 100 degree heat and humidity that has been present most recently! The cooler temps have inspired me to come up with a few DIY projects to get in the Fall spirit and I couldn't help but love this little number (thanks pinterest)! Looks like there is some crafting in my near future! Hope your weekend is cool and fun! And GO NOLES ------->

And So It Begins...

It sure does feel wonderful to be typing this post out right now! I have wanted to start a blog for the LONGEST time and have let irrational thoughts hold me back from doing so. I finally put my foot down and told myself to get my act together! Sooooo, here I am getting my act together and though I am a bit nervous, I'm mostly just giddy!

Just as a heads up, I am not very technologically savvy, so I ask that you bear with me as I learn about blogging and navigate my way through this adventure! As for the title of my blog, I decided to go with something simple and to the point. I LOVE sweets and when I say I love, I don't think you could possibly understand the magnitude :) I also LOVE the south; I'm southern by the grace of God and I wouldn't have it any other way! Both of these are "necessities" to my life, hence the name. You will soon learn that I have a tendency to ramble when I write, but today I have determined to make it short and sweet as not to overwhelm myself (or you) on my first blog post ever! I will leave you with 10 facts about myself so you can acquaint yourself with me a little better! Thanks for reading and I am just thrilled to have begun this journey! Here goes nothing!!

1. I am a twenty-something southern girl who just recently got engaged to the most amazing man in the entire world :) (the picture above is us minutes after we got engaged!!)

2. I serve a Mighty God and strive to live my life for HIM

3. My family (which consists of two younger brothers and some pretty awesome parents) means the absolute world to me! I also have some of the best friends around!

4. I am and alumni of FSU and have been a Seminole since birth. And I LOVE college football!

5. I live in the heart of the South on the east coast of Georgia!

6. I am the Assistant Manager of a Lilly Pulitzer via shop and Lilly is definitely a necessity :)

7. I love to cook and bake!!

8. I'm a bookworm through and through

9. I love sports, both playing and watching them, and enjoy running

10. I love anything and everything to do with the South

11. I love country music, fishing and mason jars!

12. I'm a girly girl and a romantic at heart

13. I will monogram anything :)

Ok so that was more than 10, but I did warn you about my tendency to ramble. ;)