Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday Favorites ~ Almost Mardi Gras!

We have had a great week! Well, if you overlook the fact that it's rained every. single. day. and I'm in #budgetjail at the Mother Ship. Long hours and lots of long meetings make for some stressful days, but it's been alright and I'm trying not to complain.  I have a great job and I'm blessed with a wonderful staff. Fortunately for Alise, she'll be on Spring Break next week! Lucky girl! AND we found out that she'll be getting her braces off (again!) in about three weeks! 

Here are some more favorites of the week!


Can you believe that Valentine's Day was just one week ago? I've read some pretty fun posts this week so I know you girls had a great day, too! Mr.Horton surprised me with a dozen red roses, a bottle of wine and some clean, folded clothes last Friday night when I walked through the door.
Alise celebrated VDay with some of her "single" girlfriends at a local habachi grill while Wayne and I enjoyed a quiet, romantic dinner at a local bistro. It was the perfect day! 

A friend of ours recently told us about a series on Netflix about President Trump, so Wayne and I have been binge watching, all though there are only four episodes. We've enjoyed watching, Trump: An American Dream. I'll be honest.  I had never even heard of our President until the 90's when he married Marla Maples. 
Trump: An American Dream

So thankful that my man likes to cook! Especially for crowds.  Our newly "reformed" Supper Club got together at our house this week to ring in the last week before Fat Tuesday. Wayne regaled them with a low country boil complete with shrimp, sausage, corn, and sweet potatoes. It was delicious! And of course, there was King Cake for dessert!
Speaking of Mardi Gras, my gold, purple, and green tiered tray is looking kinda sparse this season, but it's the first year that I've done one. And that's the fun of having these things is buying all the "things." Fortunately I picked up a few items while I was in New Orleans a few weeks ago, but I'm looking forward to adding more when Hobby Lobby decides to put some things on clearance that I've had my eye on for a few weeks! Let the good times roll!
Are you ready for Spring? I found this oh-so cute bunny shaped charcuterie board at Tuesday Morning earlier this week. It was only $10 and I just absolutely LOVED it! It's pretty big, too. There are all sorts of things you could do with it, but charcuterie boards are my jam right now and that's one of the main reasons I'm looking forward to Spring: lazy weekends around the pool snacking on all the things charcuterie. Tuesday Morning had some REALLY cute spring things and sometimes they are the perfect place for tiered tray items! 
Have a good weekend, Friends! I'm on a mission to get our spare bedroom cleaned up, breakout all the "good luck" things for March, find some new yummy recipes (for my complaining teenager), have a date night with my man, and hopefully finish a book! What's on your agenda for the weekend? See ya next week! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink With The Style Six

Hello, Style Sixers!

Guess what! Our taxes are DONE! And Uncle Sam God has blessed us with a refund! A co-worker begged me to do my own taxes by doing them online and I seriously thought about it for like two minutes. But then, I just decided to take them to my old boss like I do every year and let him do them for me. Do you do your own taxes or do you pay someone to do them for you? I have three initials after my name, but after I crunch numbers all day long, the very LAST thing I want to do is come home and crunch even more.
Do you LOVE my LOVE sweater? Ha! I purchased this sweater two Christmases ago at Old Navy for less than $12. It has definitly gotten lots of LOVE these last two seasons for Valentine's Day. I've worn it to the office, to church, to lunch with friends and I always get compliments.
I've been spending some time this week catching up on This Is Us. I got behind after Christmas and so it's been nice to have some time to myself and watch something that isn't for a teen's eyes only or a Sci-Fi flick. Next on the list is The Crown. I still need to finish the second season. What are you watching these days?

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Girls Weekend in Nola

Some one asked me recently why I refer to New Orleans as "Nola." In case you missed it, the 'No' stands for New Orleans and 'la' is for Louisiana. Emeril Lagasse has an excellent restaurant called, Nola, in the heart of the city. There's also another explanation to it, but I won't bore you with Louisiana history. I just like referring to The Big Easy/Sin City as simply, Nola. 

So when Mer called me up six months ago and asked if I wanted to see Celine in New Orleans in February, I didn't even have to think about it. I mean, it's Celine Dion of the Titantic Celine Dion. She's been on my bucket list for a while and a week ago this past Friday, I got to mark one off the ol' list! Nola was decorated in all her revelry for the Mardi Gras season. Purple, gold, and green were everywhere and the Smoothie King Center (where Alise played on Pelican's court right after Christmas!) was no exception. Celine sang all her greatest hits and encored with, My Heart Will Go On. It was National Wear Red Day, so she began the concert wearing a sequinned red dress. I thought she looked very thin and I missed her big hair, but the concert was absolutely AMAZING!
On Saturday morning, we slept in and ordered room service. The hotel's beignets were HUGE and oh-so good! Dare I say, better than Cafe du Monde's? 
Mer had booked brunch reservations at Commander's Palace and I was so excited to go since I had never been. The restaurant is an historical landmark in the Garden District of New Orleans and very, very classy! The brunch actually ended up being a jazz brunch and the trio would rotate between the various dining rooms to play requests. Commander's Palace is definitely a dining experience and the food is some of the best I have ever eaten. 
Our waiter was so fun! And the girls made fun of me for posing with my delicious strawberry dessert!
We spent the remainder of the afternoon in the French Quarter sipping Hurricanes - notice I said, sipping! - and shopping at the French Market. We caught a Mardi Gras parade later that evening on Decatur, but it was not family friendly AT ALL and they were not throwing anything. The floats were awful, so we decided to leave and go to dinner at Drago's, where I had some delicious south Louisiana gumbo. 
And that's a wrap on our Girls Weekend in Nola. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Happy Galentine's Day With The Style Six

Happy Valentine's Week, Lovely People! 

I hope you are enjoying all things red, pink, and white this week and letting all your favorite people know how much you love them. I know it's cliche, but life is too short, so tell your family and friends that you love them. 

Basketball season is ovah, y'all. I never thought I'd utter those words this year, but it's true and this Mama is so happy. Love watching Baby Girl play but the two to three nights a week (4 to 6 games because Alise played JV and Varsity) and practices in between got pretty old and to be honest, I've been done since Christmas. Even Alise seems happier to have somewhat of a life again. She's actually training for track season, now, but there aren't nearly as many track meets as basketball games!! Thank goodness!

Having said all that, it's fashion day with my Galentine's here on the blog today and I'm sporting some red and leopard love.  Hold that thought. Just look at that big hair, y'all! I felt like Dolly Pardon! Ha! It was actually a great hair day despite the dreary weather and rain. 
Remember the Christmas blouse that I absolutely adored during the holidays and couldn't get enough of? Whelp! I decided to pair it with my favorite leopard jacket and I was stunned at how much I loved the combo. The blouse looked great with the jacket, I thought. 
I get so many compliments and questions about my hair. Wayne was my photographer this particular morning and he asked me to turn my head (I don't know why!), so I thought I would show y'all the back of my hair since that's one of the more popular questions. I was just recently asked by a lady at a (don't say it!) basketball game if she could take a picture of my hair. I just giggle every time because I think it's so funny. 
I probably should have done the half tuck thing, but it was cold and I honestly didn't think about it. There's always next time, right? And it will probably be this Friday when my man and I go out to dinner to celebrate.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Show Us Your Books ~ February 2020

Hello, Loves! What have you been reading this month? I'm needing some great recommendations as my TBR list is dwindling. I'm linking up with Stephanie for Show Us Your Books, so maybe I'll find some really good books from other bloggers, too. 
The Wicked City || If you don't like the Roaring 20's, flappers, gangsters, and a sassy heroine, then don't bother picking up this book. I, however, loved it! It had all the aspects of a great historical fiction novel and one of the reasons I wanted to read it was because Beatriz Williams' new book, The Wicked Red Head, is now available in this series. As with all Williams' books, it's a story of two main characters set in different decades and how their lives eventually entangles into one. Gin is the sarcastic flapper who decides to help a Revenue Agent bring down her step-father who has made his fortune in bootlegging. Modern day Ella recently discovered her husband's secret and takes solace with her new neighbor. 4.5 stars.

The Guardians || I think I would have enjoyed this book by John Grisham alot more if I hadn't already read a similar book last fall. I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 stars because I feel that's an honest rating without reading the other book and I really did enjoy it, especially the last thirty percent. The Guardians also had alot of characters so you definitely had to keep up! Guardian Ministries is an organization that seeks the release of prisoners who have been wrongly convicted and this book revolves around the case of Quincy Miller and the lengths one lawyer will go to have his "client" exonerated. Worth the read. 

All The Ways We Said Good-bye || Another historical fiction novel by the amazing W's. The setting is Paris, France, during both World Wars and then jumps to the mid 1960s. Its the story of three strong and heroic women and how their lives enter twine around the legendary Ritz hotel. If you enjoyed The Alice Network or are familiar with any of Beatriz Williams' novels, you will enjoy this one. 4 out of 5 stars.

I'm still searching for that first FIVE STAR book of 2020! 

In the meantime, I've totally jumped off the historical novel wagon (two in one month!) and I'm reading a "horror" book! Me! Although, I have to say that it's not very horroring. It's just plain weird and why I keep reading it, I have no idea! Has anyone read, Violet by Scott Thomas? So far, I'm sleeping pretty soundly at night.