Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dual Purpose Blue Nail Polish

Dual purpose blue nail polish:

(1)  Sapphire is September's birthstone and with my birthday tomorrow, thought it'd be appropriate.

(2) For the Kentucky / Florida football game this weekend!   GOOOOOOOO CATS!!!!

The color is by Sally Hansen HD because I just didn't have time to get to the pedicure place to have a nail color change.  I think it went on pretty well, and it is short term as blue certainly doesn't match my Lilly (well unless I wear my Simple Skirt in True Blue, I'll wear that before I take the polish off)!  :-)

(by the way, like my new Stephen Bonanno gold sandals???? Love them!!)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Weekend Recap

Saturday, we didn't do a thing.  In fact, I don't think I even got out of my PJs!  It was great.

Sunday, we have the church picnic.  It was so nice and breezy which made the picnic bearable because it's been so hot!

 There was face painting.

There were slides and swings!

I certainly didn't choose to let Lallie sit in this chair, this was all on her own!

There were corn hole boards!  The kiddos loved stealing everyone else's corn hole bags.

There were hula hoops (and later, they had a balloon toss and tug-o-war)

We had a picnic with great friends (here I am with Rachel, one of Lallie's Godmothers.  You can see that she got my email to wear pink and white.)

Again, good friends (Rachel's daughter, Lauren, who loved face painting so much, she took a stab at painting her own cute!).

Lallie really didn't want to go home.

I mean, she REALLY didn't want to go home.  Where did she think she was going to go?

When we finally coerced her into the car seat, we got her home and took a relaxing dip in the pool to finish off the day!

What did y'all do this weekend?

Monday, September 20, 2010


Sorry I have been away for a few days!  Lallie has been ill, I've been swamped at work and things have just been downright crazy!  But things have calmed and back to normal.  Someone define "normal" for me please!  
A big thank you to Miss Trish over at Pink Preppy Lilly Lover for stepping in for me last week as well as Life of a Suburban Prep!  They are both wonderful people whom I've had the chance to connect since blogging!

Since Sweet Southern Prep let it out of the bag the other day.....yep, the big birthday is coming up, on this Friday!!  Yay!  I will be....well....I'm celebrating another one and I just have the opinion that I might as well make the best out of it and celebrate to the extreme!!

I'll tell you about what we're doing after they happen!!!  It's going to be so fun and I can hardly wait!!

Anyways, what better way to start celebrating then to announce what is on my wish list this year!  (Of course, this is dreaming very big, but you know what I mean, and I know of done several wish lists throughout the year,'s forever changing!).

First Up: Clothing and Boots

I went to a luncheon benefitting our local Children's Museum a couple weeks ago and was introduced to a clothing line, called Cabi.  It's available through consultants only, so I had never really had an up close view of the clothing.  
Cabi Facebook page
I love their clothing and fell in love with this Erte tunic top.  It's so bright and colorful, and perfect for fall South Florida weather.

 This year, I would really love some black boots.  I've always hesitated and refuse to spend a lot of money since I really won't wear them often, so I went to and found these two pairs that I like, both under $100 which is a deal for boots if you ask me.  What do you think?
Calvin Klein Mattie
Pierre Dumas Tyra - I

Lilly Pulitzer, how could I forget Lilly!  I love this dress (can you tell I'm really into these bright colors this year?  No more brown and black for me!)  I can think of a number of different ways to wear this dress.
Colby Dress

Next Up:  Totes and Organization

Land's EndI'm a dork and have to be like everyone else.  I just love this tote.  I've never purchased one for some unknown reason, but I have seen this tote in quite a bit of action.  They are well used, well loved and well made....made to last.  So, I'll take one in size large, pink please, with a pink monogram!
I love storage, I can never get enough of storage and organizing things.  I really need to organize Lallie's playroom, and while at it, organize one of the closets for my crafts, so I can be downstairs with her while I sew projects etc.  I also need some help in my own personal closet.

Maximize, Maximize, Maximize I always say!!!  How can I make that easier?

These storage boxes are from The Land of Nod.  I love how they easily stack, are lightweight for even Lallie to carry and are boxy, not rounded (I never buy rounded or v-cut boxes, especially for Christmas storage, boxes don't fit into a  "v" shape).  
But I digress.
Lastly, I like the smaller but long ones for art projects.  I haven't found anything like this except at Land of Nod.

I also like this modular drawer system from the Container Store.  Cheap enough that if something spills or it gets damaged, who cares!  But I love all the different drawer sizes, something I've been combating with my current (and antiquated) set up.

Ah, my closet!  It's a disaster.  But recently, Shopaholic in Alabama told us about the Huggable Hangers on Facebook!  You can find the Huggable Hangers at  Love, love, love these!  They aren't bulky, you can hang them on one another for maximum storage.
And, they're PINK!!!  I would LOVE my closet in all pink!

Last Up:  Sewing

Now Husband did mention that this little item could be a Christmas present, and I would love him forever if he got it for me.

WAIT - didn't I already say "forever" when I said "I do?"

Well, I will REALLY, REALLY love him.  :)

A serger machine.  This would make sewing so much easier and more professional.  Not to mention, it wouldn't take so long either!!

So, that's wish list.  So far.  I'm sure I"ll come up with some other ideas prior to Friday.  It's not too late for guaranteed Friday arrival.

Email me if you don't already have my address and need it.  I will be HAPPY to provide it to anyone that would like to send me a little something :)

Happy Monday Y'all!!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Little Sweeties: Guest Post by Trish

Hi everyone!  Trish here, from Pink Preppy Lilly Lover
Hope you're having a great week so far!

Jennifer had originally asked me to guest post on her behalf while she was on vacation, but when her plans changed, I told her I would still love to come by and visit with the lovely readers of Southern Living: Preppy Style! 

We know how true to the title of her blog Jenn is, a beautiful, preppy, stylish Southern lady.  The thing I admire most about Jenn is not only all of the above, but what a devoted mother she is to sweet Lallie.   Do you remember her videos from Lallie's toddler graduation?  I swear I had tears in my eyes too, such a proud mama!  How about Lallie's adorable Pink and Green Lilly birthday party this year?  Not a single detail overlooked!  Speaking of Lilly, I love their adorable matching mother-daughter Lilly ensembles, so cute.

I wanted to share with you today some fabulous images that capture the spirit of childhood perfectly...ENJOY!

Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any cuter, please take a quick second and check out this video (link below) by the brilliant photographer responsible for all of these photos, Stephanie Rausser.  I promise you won't be disappointed, it is without a doubt one of the sweetest things I've seen in a long time.

Jenn, thanks so much for having me here today! 
Wishing you all a fantastic rest of your week, come by and visit anytime!

With love,

(Images all via Stephanie Rausser)

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Face of a Child that No Longer Naps at School

Lallie sweats a LOT when she sleeps!  Plus it's a million degress outside.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

I am so honoured to be here with a guest post!  When SLPS asked me if I wanted to write for her blog I jumped at the chance to 'meet' some new bloggers!  I hope you had a wonderful summer and are not too shocked by the changes in weather as we head into Autumn.  I know I am ready for some cooler temperatures, changing leaves and pumpkin spice lattes! 
Since this is such an amazing time of year for fresh Autumn fruits and vegetables I thought I would share one of my favourite recipes...Barefoot Contessa's Butternut Squash and Apple soup!  I have made this every year and it always hits the spot!  It blends all of the best flavours of Autumn as well as the touch of curry so indicitive of cooler weather.
I suggest serving this with some parmasean cheese, garlic bread, a white wine and a good movie!  Some handsome company wont hurt either!

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons good olive oil
4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 large)
2 tablespoons mild curry powder
5 pounds butternut squash (2 large)
1 1/2 pounds sweet apples, such as McIntosh (4 apples)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups water
2 cups good apple cider or juice
Warm the butter, olive oil, onions, and curry powder in a large stockpot uncovered over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender. Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.
Peel the squash, cut in half, and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into chunks. Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut into chunks.
Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper, and 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash and apples are very soft. Process the soup through a food mill fitted with a large blade, or puree it coarsely in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
Pour the soup back into the pot. Add the apple cider or juice and enough water to make the soup the consistency you like; it should be slightly sweet and quite thick. Check the salt and pepper and serve hot.
Have a fabulous day!