Why I’m Watching the Superbowl

The South and college football go together like peas and carrots, like pearls and monograms, like Mint Juleps and the Kentucky Derby…but the NFL? Well, that’s where I draw the line. I will certainly cheer on the Dallas Cowboys whenever they are conveniently on, but I would never say that I am a true fan of any NFL team. It has always been my opinion that there is more heart and passion in college football. That’s why on any given Saturday, during football season, you’ll catching me cheering on the Tide with a Yellow Hammer in tow. With that being said, I will never turn down an opportunity to host a Superbowl party or attend one. What better excuse to drink on Sunday, sneak in a few bites of Buffalo Chicken Dip and invite a bunch of your friends over (who probably don’t even know who is playing)??

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In all honestly, I am an absolute sucker for Superbowl commercials. It amazes me all of the work that goes into creating one 30 second ad for a whopping $4 million. Whether is comical hysteria or a true tear-jerker I haven’t met a Superbowl commercial I haven’t liked. I truly try not to look at the commercial spoilers, but when I heard about Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” commercials I went to YouTube immediately! Don’t worry, it is posted below 🙂

Whatever you’re reason may be for watching Superbowl 2014, I hope you enjoy it!

Long Live Wine Wednesday

In college, Wednesday nights were spent at fraternity houses with my sorority sisters with a box for Franzia at my side. Now, undergrad is done I can’t seem to figure out why a few of my friends think our college traditions (including Wine Wednesday) should be tucked neatly away into a suitcase and forgotten until we one day have a college-age daughter or son. Now, before you start to second guess, I am not trying to recreate a swap or mixer with the near by law school students, but I do believe there is not a good reason why the tradition of Wine Wednesday shouldn’t be carried on.

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I can be found spending Wednesday nights cheating on my “no drinking during the week” rule, snuggled up on the sofa with something a little more expensive than boxed wine. (Why did I ever think Franzia was good?!) I believe that it is high time to expand my horizon and either invite a few of my besties over for “book club” or travel to The Boathouse to indulge in their Wine Wednesday specials. Either way I believe it’s our duty to continue the reign of this college tradition, post-graduation and cheers to making it through the first half of the work week!

Must Read Monday: The Southerner’s Handbook

Something every home should have in their living room is a great coffee table book! If you’re a Southerner you must purchase Garden and Gun’s The Southerner’s Handbook – A Guide to Living the Good Life. From making the perfect fried chicken to help hints on selecting the most darling Kentucky Derby hat, this book is full of wonderful information for belles and beaus! Enjoy!

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Browse here to purchase The Southerner’s Handbook!

Sunday Funday – Richmond, Virginia

I’m sure the phrase “Sunday Funday” has popped up on your Facebook newsfeed, in a Twitter hashtag or you’ve overheard it on E! Entertainment one time or another. No, I’m not talking about that coral hue of Essie nail polish, but an end-of-week celebration that’s made diving into pitchers of mimosas and taking advantage of the ever popular brunch a nationwide spectacle.

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Still don’t get it? Here’s how Urban Dictionary defines “Sunday Funday:”

“By celebrating the “Sunday Funday” you can extend your weekend festivities just a little longer before hanging up your party pants. This day typically starts out with mimosas or bloody marys aka hair of the dog. It then typically continues through out the day until you find yourself wasted by about 6:30ish. Since the “Funday” ends early enough, you can rest assured that you will go to bed aka pass out early enough to be perfectly refreshed for work on monday morning.”

If you’re currently a Richmond resident like myself, or just in the area for the weekend here’s a short, sweet list of the best things to do to commemorate this festive day.

  • New to the game. If you’ve never joined in on the Sunday Funday excitement, I suggest starting off easy and enjoying a few hours with some friends over brunch. Visit Richmond.com’s list of the best deals for finding mimosas and brunch in Richmond. Don’t worry, they’ll have Bloody Mary’s too! Browse here.
  • For the museum and history buffs. Visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Virginia Capitol Building or the Museum of the Confederacy on Sundays are perfect for taking in some of Virginia’s history!
  • Take a walk. After spoiling yourself with chicken and waffles from Mint Gastropub, you’ll want to walk off all those calories from that southern comfort food. Walking threw Maymont Park or strolling along the Canal are a great way to take in scenery and fit in some exercise too!
  • Budget friendly. If you still aren’t 100 percent how you should spend your Sunday, check out Groupon or Living Social for some great ideas that are specific to the Richmond Area!

Since tomorrow is Sunday, I hope you take these exciting suggestions and put them to good use! Experiencing Richmond is a great way to get to know the dynamics of the city and enjoy yourself while you’re at it.

Fab Find: Bourbon and Boweties

I’m sure that when Carley Ochs started designing jewelry for ladies to wear in Southern weddings, she had no idea how her business would take off! Her company, Bourbon and Boweties, offers stunning bracelets made with hand-selected semiprecious stones, smoky quarts, shells, turquoise, jade, Peruvian opal and more. Stack them high or pair it with your Yurman, either way you cannot go wrong!

While these American-made gems are only offered in Southern boutiques or her Facebook page, if you can get your hands on them do not hesitate swiping your plastic! I’m still researching the best shops to purchase this hot arm candy, but I know that I’ll soon have a few in my jewelry box.


When I first wrote this post, I didn’t own a single Bourbon and Boweties bangle! Now, I am the proud owner of FIVE gorgeous new brackets that make the perfect amy candy for me! I couldn’t resist sharing which ones I selected and I know you’ll absolutely love these as much as I do!

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Must Read Monday: Gone Girl

It takes a lot for me to read, yet alone watch anything that is loaded with suspense. You could essentially assume that I am your stereotypical girl when it comes to such things. With this begin said, a dear friend coerced me to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and since then my perception of thrilling novels completely changed. This page-turner is absolutely insane and I guarantee you will not be able to put it down!

On the day of her 5th wedding anniversary, Amy suddenly disappears and the “crime scene” left at her home is extremely suspicious. Her husband, Nick didn’t have an alibi and Amy is no where to be found. While he pleads his innocence, the reader is left to wonder where Amy truly is…a ditch or Mexico?! Do yourself a favor and read this book! Oh, and make sure you start on a weekend so you won’t have to play hooky from work 🙂

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To read a full synopsis please browse here!

Fab Find: Tory Burch Flats

Tis the season for designers to release a few sneak peak’s of their Spring line! If you’re lucky your go-to designer has already opened up his/her collection for you to fill your closet. Tory Burch has released a few of her fabulous flats in her Spring line and I couldn’t wait to share some of my favorites with you!

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I’ve always been a true believer in having a few (or more) good pairs of flats, mostly because I may as well be walking on stilts when I have heels on! While I haven’t purchased any of these Tory Burch flats (yet), I am absolutely swooning over them!! From the swanky, two-toned pointed toe to the poised pastel these must-have flats are absolutely perfect!

Browse here to see more of these fab finds!


 

So You Said “Yes!”

Congratulations to any lucky lady who said “Yes!” over the holiday season, but today’s blog isn’t about you! No, it is about your sisters, besties, future family, sorority sisters and whoever else you’ve asked to be apart of your big day!
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While I’ve only been a bridesmaid three times in my life (one time as the MOH), I’ve witnessed my fair share of a variety of bridesmaids. From the bitter sister to the attention hungry harlot, there can be so many personalities in a single wedding party. With this in mind, I have a few tips on how to be a perfect maid leading up to the big day and of course the day of!

  1. You weren’t asked to be the Maid of Honor – get over it! If the bride’s future sister-in-law was somehow crowned the MOH over you, the girl who spent countless summers with her, learn accept it. Yes, it sucks, but you’ve never let a title break you down before, so why start now?
  2. Never stop offering your assistance. From the DIY bride who will need help crafting every aspect of her day to the bride who wants to do everything herself, always offer your help. You won’t be asked to perform brain surgery, so what’s so bad about in sealing a few save-the-date’s and sipping on some Pinot while y’all are at it.
  3. Throw her the party SHE wants. Whether it’s a Monograms and Mimosas shower or a wild Las Vegas bachelorette party, grab y’alls closest gal pals and plan the bride the party she wants! Remember, your time will come soon enough for the party theme you’ve kept hidden on your secret Pinterest board!
  4. Don’t talk about the bride with your fellow bridesmaids! If your bride turns into the stereotypical bridezilla…never, ever, ever talk behind her back, especially with the other bridesmaids! Besides the fact that it could (and probably will) get back to the bride, it creates a bad atmosphere among everyone in the wedding party!
  5. Hate your dress, the theme or her decision to host fire throwers during the reception  One thing that I’ve learned the most is to just go with the flow. Like I said earlier, remember this isn’t your wedding! Paint a smile on your face if you must, but supporting your bride will be worth seeing her tears of joy on her big day when you’re standing in front of her in that mustard-yellow dress.

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Congratulations for being ask to be apart of the biggest day in someone’s life! This job is such an honor and I hope you enjoy it to the fullest!

Must Read Monday: The Longest Ride

Okay, I have a confession, I’m a sucker for a good Nicholas Sparks novel. I found upon The Longest Ride haphazardly when I was searching for a new book to download on my Nook. I was without a doubt pleasantly surprised, which is why this book is this week’s “Must Read Monday!”

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The novel toggles between an elderly man’s  struggle to cope with the passing of his late wife and a story of a  young cowboy and sorority girl who stumble into love. Overcoming leaps and bounds, the tail of each of these three characters joins together at the conclusion of the novel in a surprising, yet joyous fashion.

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Be sure to read this book as soon as possible, especially since filming for The Longest Ride to be a movie has just begun! Want to read more? Click here to read The Longest Ride’s synopsis!


Cheers to the Weekend!

I guess it’s true what they say…”all good things must come to an end.” This weekend marks my final weekend of freedom before a new semester of grad school begins! It’s hard to believe that this is my last semester and in just five months I will be graduating with my Masters degree!! Eek! Since my class schedule truly limits my ability to fully immerse myself in enjoying every second of the weekend (my classes are Friday nights and Saturdays), I plan to take advantage of my “free time” in the upcoming days!

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Cheers to a fabulous weekend!