Tuesday's Girl

"People always ask me:  'You have so much confidence - where did that come from?'  It came from me.  One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl.... It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you.  What matters is what you see.  Your body is your temple, your home, and you must decorate it."
Gabourey Sidibe

*This post was RIPPED OFF - HOOK, LINE AND SINKER - from La Dolce Vita.  I tried to resist, but it was so perfect, I could not!

This Charming Handbag


I want this bag!!!!

It's the Reed Krakoff Atlantique!  In nude.....

They better put it on sale after Christmas....

Is all I'm gonna say about that.


Happy Monday

Happy Monday, everyone!!

Image:  White Dandelion by Loves Paris Studio.

A Little Extra Myrna Loy

Life is always better with Myrna Loy....


Happy Friday

Happy Weekend, everyone!

I'm sleeping this weekend....  oh, and I'm getting a massage....

And their may be some vodka involved.

Have a wonderful break!


Image:  Charisma by Carolyn Cochrane.


The Weekly Bean

The Boy's children have been visiting us!

We love them - but herding teenagers is exhausting!!


"In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."
Eleanor Roosevelt
Image:  Early Winter Mystic by Amanda Keaton Photography.

This Charming House

We got some new art for the master bedroom!

It's No. 1 Abstract Series by Roominiscent.


Wednesday - Run Away Without Leaving Home

Image:  To Market by Rebecca Plotnick Photography.

Simple Things

LOVED this piece over at Apartment Therapy.

Ten Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home.....

So good! So true!  Making your bed is number one!!!!

Image:  Rock by K Clark Photography.


Tuesday's Girl

"I'm always grateful, because I know that life is precious.  But I want to be even more grateful.  I want to be wallowing in gratitude."
Kyra Sedgwick 

This Charming Girl

I have a confession to make....

I have been irresponsible, remiss and downright neglectful of my poor, tired feet!

My heels - especially - were looking entirely too hillbilly.  

I am happy to say that I got busy with this nifty little Pink Pedro Callus Stone from Tweezerman and my heels are now smooth and unembarrassing!

I also needed to get serious about moisturization.  I hate putting lotion on my feet.  It always makes them feel hot.  But I bit the bullet.  I find I like the Gold Bond Foot Cream and I promise that I remember to put it on at least 65% of the time....

And for my cute little toes, I admit that I've grown tired of my go - to shades and wanted something else.  I quite like this pale lavender, Lady Like, from Essie.
I also like Splash of Grenadine....  appropriate since a bottle of grenadine broke my toe.


Happy Monday

Hey, Everyone!

Pray for us this week.

All is well - but we need a blessing.



Image:  Petunia by Moonlight Photography.

Saturday Afternoon

We spent the afternoon looking around the Wake Forest campus....  My old stomping grounds.

The Bee Charmer Loves Charleston


Image: East Bay, Charleston, South Carolina by Art in the Raw.


Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend, everyone!!!


Image:  Walk this Way by Bomobob.


The Weekly Bean

You are NOT going to believe what has happened in our neighborhood!

It's the best-est thing that could EVER happen to two corgis!


The nice people up at the model homes have put a WHOLE CONTAINER OF PUPPY DOG TREATS OUT IN FRONT OF THEIR OFFICE!!!!




Treats!  In a Box!!

When we go walking, we have learned to navigate over there no matter where we are in our neighborhood!

Of course, our Mama is sucking ALL of the HAPPY out of this development.

First, she will only let us go up there once a day.

Once we discovered the treats, we had a meeting and decided that we would tell her that we want to walk at least 20 times a day in order to keep ourselves at a 'healthy weight'. (We still don't know what a 'healthy weight' is and we still don't care but we figure if that's something Mama wants us to have and lying about our motives will help us keep from starving to death, we may as well play her.)

But she won't let us walk 20 times a day.  She said 3 times a day is plenty and we still only get one trip to the treat box.

Not to be thwarted, we switched tactics and told her that we need to go walking and 'potty' 20 times a day - but she said we can go in the back yard.

*heavy sigh*

Do you see what we have to deal with?

Then, since we only get to go once, we decided that we would ask to eat 20 treats per visit.  But Mama said no and she will only give us one treat each.

Can you believe that?

Mama says that we have to be 'polite' and save some of the treats for all the other losers puppies who live in our neighborhood.  We have explained to her over and over that that is not how it works.  The 'dog rules' are clear:  if we are there and the other dogs are not there, then we get to eat ALL of the treats.

But no matter how many times we explain to her, she still will not let us have more than one each. And when we insisted she threatened not to let us have any treats at all!

*heavy sigh*

Our Mama is so difficult.

And then - before she will even give us our one *piddly* little treat (Milk Bones, by the way) she makes us sit all the way down on our butts before she will let us have them.

All. The. Way. Down. On. Our. Butts. 

We have explained to her that we object to obeying in principal and that we find sitting down and waiting politely tedious and that the treats will be in our mouths much faster if we both stand up against her legs while we eat our treats.  But she says we have scratchy toes - so she makes us sit down.

What's a scratchy toe when you're starving to death?

Sitting and Unhappy

The bright spot is that any time we can get The Boy to walk us, he will always take us up there and he will at least give us two treats each sometimes and he doesn't even make us sit on our butts first.

He's a sucker our friend, you know.

We've been mildly successful in getting him around to our way of thinking.   He also slips us wheat thins and bananas when Mama isn't looking - but don't tell her that or she will 'speak to him' about it.

We hate it when Mama has to 'speak' to someone.  It usually either means that we are in trouble or that she's going to cut off one of our perfectly good scams.

We hope other corgis' Mamas are not as difficult as ours' is....


'Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.'
Theodore Roethke
Image:  Summer Flower by Raceytay.

This Charming Handbag

It occurred to me the other day that the happiness in my life is making it's way into my handbag.

I mean, lately I've gone from an almost all black bag to a veritable rainbow! 

Currently, we're rocking the Reed Krakoff 510 tote - I swear, this may be the best bag I've ever owned.

Don't get me wrong, I love all of them and I hate to play favorites - but when it comes to durability, style, fabulosity and downright practicality this tote cannot be beaten.

It's big enough to hold everything and then some!  I bought it at the Reed Krakoff after Christmas sale last year (at a substantial discount) and MAN is it worth every penny!  I'm saving myself for this year's sale.  I hope I won't be disappointed.  

And the leather is like butter....

Anywho -

The buttery cool black exterior of the bag belies the PARTY that is going on inside!  

I mean, look at this:

How's that for a colorful bag?

This is my new little wallet from Kate Spade (curtesy of the sale being on SALE - y'all know I can't resist that).  And although blue really isn't my thing this vibrant turquoise really just tripped my trigger.  

And the best part about it is that the lining coordinates with the makeup bag that was also on sale!

As for bags for the bag I'm still happily rocking the two bag system.  It really is the only way to go.

The taller bag in the back (A super fun orange and hot pink little thing I picked up at Target) contains all the ugly necessities of life:  Neosporin, Advil, safety pins, tampons, Tums, bandaids and dental floss.

The cutesy makeup bag in the front has the actual makeup - although I am a minimalist where this is concerned.  I just have never been able to carry enough stuff to redo my whole face - I just don't see the point.  

Generally speaking I carry a compact, some concealer, blush, a portable blush brush and several kinds of lip gloss and matte lipstick - most are from NARS.  I really like NARS products and their product names are fun.  Currently in my bag I have Deep Throat blush, Sex Machine lip stick and Risky Business lip gloss.  Hah!

Then we have my moleskin notebook (can't live without it and always pink), my card case for business cards and calling cards and of course, my iPhone.  

Because I am an Apple whore.  

My reading glasses - which I need more and more these days ....  at least they're cute. 

Gum, multiple tubes of carmax lip balm (totally addicted), Sharpies and a hi-lighter.  It's really surprising to me how often I use that little hi-lighter.  I'd also like to say that I don't chew a lot of gum - because I think it's gauche to be chomping on gum in public - but it's nice to have a piece in the privacy of your car when you want it...

And yeah, I did say 'gauche'.  It's the word I wanted.

Court house badge....  What can I say, it gets me in....

Oh - there's other stuff in there.  I always have sunglasses, a snack, a book...  Sometimes I have an umbrella and a drink.  Often I throw my court files in there.  The beauty of this particular handbag is that it'll hold it all - and look good at the same time.  

So girls, what's in your bag that you love and can't live without?  

Do tell.


Tuesday's Girl

"I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go...."
Katie Holmes, Elle, August 2012

(Boy, howdy!)

This Charming Closet

I realize that by now this dress is old news....

But I just got it on sale at Ann Taylor and I'm in love with it.

Now that The Boy is in my life, I once again have a reason to wear cute dresses on dates (which he appreciates because he's a lovely man) and I also have a couple of weddings and related events coming up - so this is perfect.  The color is yummy and the sale price was yummy too!


Happy Monday

Hi, everyone!

Happy Monday!

I have court today - at 11:00 AM.  That's kind of a weird time for me to have court.


We're hanging out this week.  It's summer.  I got nuthin....

So have a great week!


Image:  Marie by Erin Tyner Photography.

Friday Night

We went to Sante for dinner one of our anniversary extravaganza.

Every girl needs a sparkly bag ....

The Bee Charmer Loves Paris

Image:  Laduree French Patisserie by Rebecca Plotnick Photography.


Happy Weekend

Hi, everybody!

The Beans and I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. 

The Boy and I are celebrating our 6 month anniversary this weekend! 

So take care, stay cool and enjoy the summer.

And I'll see you on Monday!


Image:  My Sugared Heart by Lisa Russo Fine Art.


The Weekly Bean

Our friend Miss Rebecca is getting married soon!

We LOVE our Miss Rebecca.  She gives us smooches and belly rubs and sometimes babysits for us when Mama goes away.  She is our best-est friend.

Mama and our Aunt M and Aunt Julie threw Miss Rebecca a wedding shower and we were allowed to work the room after the presents were opened.

We were skeptical of participating in a 'shower' because we just had a bath and we didn't want another one, even if Mama was serving refreshments....

But Mama told us that 'shower' was just another word for 'party with food, punch and presents' and by the time Mama let us out of puppy prison in the upstairs guest room we were ready to suspend our disbelief.

Well!  Our whole house was FULL of ladies and some of them petted us and then our Aunt M slipped us a biscuit!  Aunt M is our best-est friend, too.

All in all, it was a lovely afternoon and we were certainly happy to do our part to make Miss Rebecca's shower a little fuzzier.


Finn and Lola


"Love is the whole and more than all."
e e cummings
Image: Reminiscence About Love by roominiscent photography

This Charming Handbag

I am in LOVE with this beautiful tassel key chain from Russell and Hazel!

And at $30.00 - the price cannot be beaten!

They come in a variety of yummy colors - if you choose the aubergine.... think kindly of me!


Wednesday - Run Away Without Leaving Home

Y'all know that I'm obsessed with doors and door knockers, don't you?

I know it must mean something....

I kinda hope that it means something good.

Image:  Doorknocker by Jennifer Maass Photography.

On Resilience

The June issue of More Magazine had a great article called 'Secrets of the Super Resilient' which I enjoyed very much.

I particularly liked the following passage.  The victim of a shark attack discusses the trauma of the attack and it's aftermath.  Her observations on happiness will stay with me and bear repeating here:

"People love to say that one can choose to be happy.  I was frightened to my core.  I was in a tremendous amount of pain, and the pain meds made me throw up.  I was afraid that [my husband] might think I looked hideous and stop loving me.  I was afraid that if he left me, I would be destitute....  Simple tasks such as dressing myself and inserting contact lenses and preparing food and washing dishes and tying shoes and learning to write with my left hand were overwhelming."
"But she had a strategy, and it involved using her body to control her emotions:  'Every morning when I woke with a cloak of fear and despair around me, I chose to smile.  Sometimes tears were streaming down my face, but I forced my lips into a big smile, and I made a decision to be happy.  It was really powerful.  It was one of the few things I could control.'"
At the heart of all of [her] resilient qualities is an attitude toward life that I've encountered over and over again in the survivors who return to life most successfully after trauma.  One of the first things she ever said to me reveals a great deal about that attitude:  'I'm really lucky.'  She went on: 'I don't regret that this happened to me.  What surprises me is how something so horrific has been such a positive experience in my life.  I would never want my husband or my parents to go through that again, but for me, it was transforming.'"
Every morning, she explains, 'I faced a crossroads.  Had I chosen to give in to despair each time instead of forcing myself to project happiness, I would have slid into self-pity.  Now, no matter what my circumstances are in the future, I know the formula for getting through whatever hits me.  I know I can cope."
I love this.  And I have thought it about myself.

When I think back about the bad stuff in my life I know that I made the choice to get over things, to learn from them and to be happy.

Don't get me wrong, I think I spent a fair number of years (yes, I said years) pitying myself - especially after the divorce.  But ultimately, those bad things PUSHED me to a different and better place.

And now I, too, know that I can cope with anything.

It's an empowering feeling.

Image:  Atlantic Ocean by Glennis Photos
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