Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Everything Old Is New Again

On Sunday, my husband and I made a much dreaded (by me) trip to Sam's Club. I am not a lover of the mega-store packed with over sized everything. I'm not trying to speak poorly about it and know that it has it's value and that many people love it and swear by it, I'm simply saying that my house lacking in good storage space to fit bulk anything, and so the sight of tubs of guacamole, barrels of pretzels, and crates of toilet tissue send shivers down my spine. I hate clutter. But, I digress. We went in there to buy a few things including a case of Pellegrino ($12!), which I find is one of the most super fantastic hidden gems at Sam's.

On the way out, I walked past the fresh flower section and thought it'd be nice to get some for the house. I was feeling a little too cheap to buy a small $20 arrangement and so I almost moved on, when I noticed the petite yet colorful section of carnations. A lovely little bunch of hot pink ones caught my eye and seemed to wink at me in their own cheerful, flirty way, and so I snatched them up immediately. Off I went with my Pellegrino and $6 of pure joy - my hot pink carnations.

I'm officially bringing carnations back. I know I am not the first one and so I'll come right out and say that I am behind on the tacky-turned-kitchy-turned-chic nature of these flowers, but that's beside the point. They are colorful, cheery, inexpensive, and when put together in a simple, sophisticated way (as I have done with a low, square container and some rocks), look just about as fresh and stylish as Blake Lively's golden tresses. And for SIX DOLLARS! It's the little things that matter these days, and I can tell you that these are a petite treat that have brightened up my mood more than once this week thus far.

Inspiration For A Classy, Colorful Wedding

Check out this absolutely chic, lovely Australian style blog that was first shared by Abby Larson at Style Me Pretty and then recommended to me by the lovely Lindsey Cheek. I am sooo inspired by this style and you might be, too!

Also, check out my friend Lindsey's lovely Chapel Hill High Noon wedding as seen on Style Me Pretty. I'm a little behind in sharing this...sorry, LC!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

On Gratitude

I made a commitment to myself to try and write on this thing about once a week, and I am falling short on my duties. I've been really busy lately and haven't made time for it, or haven't been inspired during my minimal free time, one of the two. I'm so grateful to be busy though, and I guess that's really all that I want to write about today. We are all hearing so much bad news every single day these days. More lay-offs, job losses, cut-backs. Higher unemployment numbers, lower stock market numbers, troubling times ahead.

I am feeling very lucky and fortunate and grateful these days for my business and for all of my wonderful clients. They may or may not all read this, but I just want to say thank you to them. Actually, I want to stand on my rickety desk and shout THANK YOU for choosing me to be the one to help you plan your big, important, incredibly special day. I am inspired daily by each of you and am having such a good time doing what I do with you. I know that I am one of the lucky ones who gets to do a job she loves, and I just can't say thank you enough for helping make that possible.