Wednesday, January 29, 2020

My January Weekend Uniform With The Style Six

Winter normally hits with a vengeance in January here in Louisiana and it seems as though the latter part of this month has been the coldest. On the weekends, I've worn what I like to call my "weekend uniforms," and this one is coming to you courtesy of one of my dear physician friends. She walked in Bible Study one night wearing almost the same exact outfit and it reminded me that I had the same warm cardi at home in my closet. 
I was a rebel and wore this outfit with ballet flats to the Mother Ship last week when I had the day all to myself for budget planning. It was pure bliss! Well, the being comfortable part was bliss. Budget, not so much.


I probably should have titled this post, I Stole My Daughter's Christmas Present AGAIN! If you missed last year's post - and are a little curious! - you can check out that post here. But seriously, what is the deal with wearing my daughter's shoes? My t-shirt, sweatshirt and jeans loving girl has pretty decent taste when it comes to footwear. I have to talk myself off the ledge when I'm buying shoes for her by reminding myself that I'm buying a pair of shoes that we can BOTH wear. #newmath. These Ugg suede sneakers are SO cute and even though I paid full price at a local boutique, they were on sale last week at Belk for $60. Maybe there's still time to grab a bargain!
I really need to do a closet purge. I move clothes around from season to season, but I haven't done a full blown closet clean out in a while. I have a hard time parting with clothes that are still in great shape and more than once I have kicked myself for getting rid of something and wishing I still had it. Have you done a closet purge this year already? 

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

It's My Birthday Week With The Style Six

I'm still celebrating my birthday so today's post will be short and sweet. But I simply could not let today's link up pass without showing you The Style Six from (ahem!) "behind." 
I absolutely LOVE this belated Christmas gift from our dear friend, Andrea, and I can't wait to pick out the perfect frame to display it in my woman cave. When I got it in the mail on Friday (along with a host of other goodies that I'll share later in the week!), I literally cried. These girls are absolutely amazing and the best friends ever! They are the real deal and I am so grateful for their friendship. 

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday Favorites ~ It's Mardi Gras Season!

I'm back from South Louisiana with my mom! We headed down roux 61 on Tuesday afternoon for a business trip slash mama slash daughter get away. Love having my Mama join me on trips when Wayne can't break away from the brown truck. 
I'm not sure if it's because it's my birthday next week or what, but I'm in a celebration kind of mood! Give me all the things purple, green, and gold! Here are a few Mardi Gras favorites!
I've been on the search for Mardi Gras things for my tiered tray -that I VOWED I would not change from my winterscape until after my birthday. Third world problems here, but Andrea knows how I've struggled the last two years with, do I do a Valentine's tray or a Mardi Gras tray? Well, for this Louisiana Girl, it finally hit me and it was a no brainer. Mardi Gras it is! 

Now let me just clarify that I don't get into all the debauchery and total crazy chaos that is the New Orleans style Mardi Gras. Been there, done that back in the college days. We do not even attend our local parade because after seeing the floats and revelry in the Big Easy, our parade just does not compare. But what i DO love is having something to celebrate as a Louisiananian and all the things that make carnival season so fun. 

So this week, in my search for tray stuff, I found this beautiful door display of all the glitz of Mardi Gras! It was even more stunning in person. 
If by chance you are from Louisiana - or love all the themes of Mardi Gras and New Orleans, I highly suggest following David Nola on Instagram.  Some of his pictures are absolutely breath taking. Check him out!
A few years ago, I posted some South Louisiana recipes on my blog. This Creole Shrimp and Cheese Grits recipe was pretty amazing. I mean, you can't go wrong with cheese grits! One of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans is Mister's B's and they have the absolute BEST Bar-be-que Shrimp. We also love this jambalaya recipe, which tastes just like the real jambalaya I bought from a NOLA street vendor in college. But my best friend from childhood's mom made the BEST Crawfish Etouffee and that's the recipe I always make and we love a great, dark gumbo, too. Mom and I ate some pretty amazing food this week!
Speaking of New Orleans cuisine, last Friday, I was craving King Cake so I made a quick trip to the grocery store on the way home to pick one up to carry to a friend's house later that evening. Now, you have to understand that North Louisiana King Cakes do not even compare to South Louisiana king cakes, so this one did not knock anybody's socks off. 
Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the cake I picked up this week in South Louisiana because two vultures met me at the door upon my arrival home and whisked said cake out of my hand and began to devour it. True story. I have a recipe for King Cake that I plan on making for a Super Bowl party in a few weeks! 

I also picked up this fleur de lis for our front door. It wasn't quite what I was looking for, but I didn't want to wait on a custom order and they were so reasonably priced that they were selling fast. I snatched one up and I love it!
Let the good times roll!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wearing My Favorite Color With The Style Six

Good morning, Friends, and Happy Wednesday!

I'm a walking advertisement from Amazon today! But at least I'm in my favorite color! I actually wore this to work last week and my LSWho co-workers accused me of being a closet fan and predicted that I would be cheering for their team this past Monday night. What they DIDN'T know is that one of Clemson's team colors is PURPLE, too, so HA!  The joke was on them!
And no, I did not cheer for LSWho. I did not even turn the TV on.

I'm out of town today with my mom for a little early birthday trip, so this post will be short and sweet. All I can say is that this sweater and these ponte leggings are the bomb dot com! The sweater is in my favorite color (check), has a turtle neck (check), bat sleeves (check) and is longer in the back (check). If I look cold, it's because I am.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Show Us Your Books ~ January 2020

I actually finished three books during the Christmas holidays. And that's sayin' something, y'all. 2019 was not the best reading year so I have NO idea why I went and challenged myself to reading 35 books in 2020 on Goodreads. What was I thinking?
Here are a few brief summaries of the books I read. Linking up with Stephanie on Wednesday for Show Us Your Books. Click on the link to see what others are reading and find a new book! 

Redemption || This was my third book by David Baldacci, but my first book in the Amos Decker series. This book was all over the place! Leaping from burning buildings, Russian KGB agents, and drug lords, but it kept my attention and I enjoyed it. FBI agent, Amos Decker has a past and when he's approached by a newly released prisoner swearing that he was wrongly accused, Decker and his team begin wondering if they nixed the case thirteen years ago. 4 out of 5 stars. Looking forward to reading more books in this series. 

Regretting You || Colleen Hoover is a popular contemporary author, but her books are not for everyone. I really, really liked this book and gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. At first, I thought it was going to be a YA book, but it quickly transitioned, and I found myself totally identifying with mom, Morgan. I was surprised to read the twist right smack in the beginning, and there were times that I wanted to shake Morgan AND her daughter, Clara, but the writing was so easy and real life stuff, so it kept my attention. A must read for Colleen Hoover fans.

The Noel Stranger || I read my fair share of Christmas books in OCTOBER. Like five. So I just happened to find this one at our library when I was browsing and I have to say that I was disappointed in this book.  It hardly compares to The Mistletoe Promise, which I read a few years ago and absolutely loved! Bottom line: recently disgraced wife falls in love with a millionaire at Christmas time.

I'm currently reading one of my favorite author's book, The Wicked City, and LOVING it! Back on the historical fiction train for now. 

Also, so many of my friends and blog friends were either gifted or picked up this favorite devotional book of mine, New Morning Mercies. I started this devotional last year and actually finished it and decided to read through it again for 2020. Let me know if you're reading it, too. Would love to follow along together!

We had a storm blow through early Saturday morning with lots of rain, but I took a sleeping pill Friday night, so I didn't hear a thing! Ha! I tried to return some things at Hobby Lobby a little later that morning and their electricity was off. So I came home and got out all the Valentine's Day decor and then visited my mom and dad. Baby Girl was craving ribs, so her Daddy was all too happy to oblige. I contributed baked beans and loaded potato casserole. Yesterday was church (great sermon!), naps, meal prep for the week and a relaxing afternoon of reading. Total bliss! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!