I have an insatiable appetite for travel, good company, zoo visits, faith, red wine, tennis, legalese, too much sugar, and cocktail frocks!!! I absolutely adore my husband, baby Squeak, and pup Stewart. Cheers to life, legalese, a lot of Lilly, and the pursuit of happiness. Xoxo-BLC ♥
I believe New Year's Eve beckons a festive Coctail Soiree!!! I always look forward to a celebrating the old year and properly welcoming the new year. This year, we will be cheering on the Clemson Tigers at noon, having a small sit down dinner with our closest friends, and attending a large cocktail party at the day's end. I plan to wearing the Lilly Pulitzer Sondra dress with a chubby fur to shoo the wintry chill. Many thanks to Mrs. Walsh of St. Louis, Missouri for inventing the cocktail party; it's still as ever as fashionable 93 years later!!! Do you have festive New Year's Plans!? Cheers to meeting the New Year with funnn!!! Xoxo-BLC
In looking back over the past year, 2010 has been ...
Best because ... We married on January 2, 2010!!!
Worst because ... We bid farewell to my stepdad and aunt. I absolutely loath to cancer. Booo!!!
Colorful because ... of The Company She Keeps and YOU ... her readers!!!
Adventurous because ... We traveled to Holetown, Barbados; Charleston, South Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Huntsville, Alabama; San Diego, California; Savannah, Georgia; Auburn, Alabama; and ALL over North (and South) Carolina!!!
Last year, Joeytella Versace dressed up as a reindeer.
he didn't feel up to the usual
To lift his Christmas spirit,
his fur-girlfriend gifted him this precious elf costume.
Elfing around makes everyone smile!!!
Isn't he a darrrrling elf!???
We think so.
Even though his grin might not completely agree.
Do you dress up your furball too???
Joeytella wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!!
I just adore correspondence. Whether sending or receiving, I swoon over darling pictures, clever wording, and the creativity each card brings. I should really buy stock in Hallmark!!! Without further ado, from my family to yours ... wishing you a very Merry Christmas in cards!!!
Our Big Family 2010 Christmas Card (John 1:14):
<---- Here it is!!!
Per sissys request, we snapped this photograph over Thanksgiving and I am sooo glad we did. It is our last big family photograph with everyone pictured. We miss Paparazzi sooo much!!! Sissy also sent a darling photograph card of her sweet family of four.
Our First Married Couple 2010 Christmas Card (Luke 2:11-14):
<---- Here it is!!!
I couldn't resist using a wedding picture as our Christmas card. We debated taking down the Christmas decorations at the church, but I am so glad we did not!!! I think it made our card a little more punchy. :)
My dear in-laws had a wedding bell theme: a picture from our wedding and another to announce the engagement of my sweet sister-in-law!!! Is it April yet!??? My padre and stepmom sent a super cute Christmasy palm tree card and it made my day. Chin chin to sending Christmas cheer one card at a time!!! Xoxo-BLC
A week ago today, my stepfather passed up to Heaven. We are beyond blue. There are not words to describe how much we loved him nor words for how dearly we miss him. I am struggling with never hearing him say "hey baby love" again or not having him at my law school graduation or him never meeting our children. I keep playing this video over and over just to hear him say "ready." Paparazzi told us Fourth of July weekend was the best weekend ever. I agree!!! We formally bid him farewell this week alongside many family and friends. My sister delivered the eulogy and here is a portion: "Dad would want each and every one of you to know that God’s love is unconditional. No matter if you are black or white, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Baptist or Hindu, relatively rotten or relatively good, God loves you and desires a relationship with you! The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. My Dad too! The story of Christmas is not exclusivity or judgement, it is redemption and acceptance. For it is not God’s will that any should be separated from Him. God provided a solution to sickness and death and cancer! He came to Earth in the form of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, He lived a perfect human life, was sacrificed on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead. He conquered the grave. It is for this reason that through faith in Him, we can all be with God in glory for eternity. That’s where my Dad is!" While this is by far the toughest thing I have ever endured, I do have a comfort and peace that only comes from the Lord. As my Grams would say this is just "bye-bye for now." Xoxo-BLC
This is our circa 1993 Christmas picture.
I laugh every time I look at this photograph.
Allegedly, everyone wore Christmas sweaters ...
Even our sweet pup Lucky. :)
Without going into much detail,
my stepdad entered hospice today.
I cannot believe this is my life.
Ale and I talked about freezing time over Labor Day.
I wish we did.
I finished three of my law school finals.
I took incompletes in the other three.
Law school can wait.
Everyone is home.
And I cannot think of anywhere I would rather be.
I am finding my comfort in the Lord, 2 Cor. 1:3-4,
in my amazing family,
and my colorful friends.
This will be a tough Christmas.
I plan on keeping my chin up, enjoying our time together, and making lots of funnies because laughter is always the best medicine!!! Xoxo-BLC
Happy Cyber Monday!!! Let's cure this recession and keep on shopping (in furry slippers) today. Maybe even while working ... hello online shopping. The perk, your mail will include more than bills. Below are my favorite online sites. Do your duty and pump the economy!!! Xoxo-BLC
PS: Follow me on twitter for Cyber Monday deals tweets all day. Start your engines shoppers ...
PSS: Also, a BIG congratulations to LillyxxGal for winning the Dani Notes Stationary giveaway!!! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk details about your new set of four plates. Many thanks to Dani Notes Stationary for hosting and to all TCSK readers who entered. :)
Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and yours!!! It is time to give thanks and be glad it in. I am very thankful for a wonderful family, entertaining friends, and good times. Our family celebration requires tryptophan hangovers and breaking out the fat pants. I had my cake (and turkey, and pie, and stuffing) and ate it too!!! Time to run in a Turkey Trot, watch the Macy's Parade, and, of course eat, drink, and be merry. What are you thankful for today??? Enjoy!!! Xoxo-BLC
PS: I am also thankful for TCSK and all her readers --- YOU!!! Today is TCSK's second birthday. Let's celebrate!!! :)
My childhood best friend and her sweet husband came over for our first holiday dinner party tonight. Gracious as always, she came with a beautiful bouquet of Fall flowers in hand. We are thoroughly enjoying the sight and smell of that bunch! Her gift made me think: it is a gift to give the right gift. Hostess gifts are unexpected, yet immensely appreciated. As we all gear up for holiday soirees, I thought I would share my favorite hostess gifts to give: (1) fun cocktail napkins and a cutsy corkscrew; (2) a nice bottle of wine in a decorative bag that compliments dinner or dessert; (3) a decorative match box and accompanying candle; (4) ornaments tailored to the hostess passion are sure to please; (5) reusable market bags filled with fresh herbs from your garden; or, (6) as my BFF did, flowers are always a perfect fit!!! Remember to know your hostess well (ex: if they do not partake in adult beverages, do not bring vino). Do you have fantastic hostess gift to share? Cheers to giving the right hostess gift!!! Xoxo-BLC
Newest Bedroom is AK's newbie painting. Don't you want to take it home with you??? I do!!! I could decorate an entire room around these warm, inviting colors. In Style and I agree: Artworks by AK is a must-have one-of-a-kind!!! Cheers to AK and many thanks for making my life more colorful sweet friend. Xoxo-BLC
Stepmadre, Daddy, me, and Ale attended the Wake Forest v. Clemson football game in Winston-Salem. We are alllll smiles after our Tigers won. I do believe this makes us bowl-eligible. Woohoo!!!
You cannot tell from the picture, but I wore this dress with dark brown riding boots:
And I learned a little tailgate trivia too. Which story do you believe??? Ale would surely pick the grilled sausages at Princeton and I pick picnic baskets at Yale!!! Tailgate cheers to you and yours. Xoxo-BLC
A big congratulations to Kat of Pretty in Pink and Green!!! According to random.org, you are commenter number eight and that makes you the lucky winner of The Pink Pelican's Tote-ally Green Giveaway!!! Please email me at email@example.com to collect your Loose Lilly Tote Queen of Green. Congratulations and enjoy enjoy enjoy. Many thanks to all TCSK readers who entered!!! All TCSK readers receive 10% off at The Pink Pelican by entering "irecycle10" when checking out.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your recycling tips and everyone had such great ideas. My first favorite: Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore who said, "I like to use tissue paper for wrapping gifts because it is a lot better for the environment than all of that heavy stock wrapping paper! xx" Well I never knew that!!! More tissue wrapping for me. My second favorite: Daninoteswho said, "My three little guys are great at recycling, reducing, and reusing. Junk mail, magazines, and cardboard packing from food are great toys! They will cut, color, and create the most amazing things ... and then I can still put it in the recycling bins!" I bet their creations are divine --- and green too. If you two email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will send you a little surcie for sharing such great green tips!!! Cheers to living life more green (and pink too)!!! Xoxo-BLC
Happy Veterans Day to you and yours!!! Today I am respectfully honoring and remembering the service our military veterans have generously given to our great country. A special thanks to my paternal grandfather, my maternal grandfather, Paparazzi, and my father-in-law for their military commitment and service. To all veterans, your sacrifice does not go unnoticed nor will we ever forget your bravery. Many thanks all you Veterans!!! Attend a ceremony, parade, or say a prayer to celebrate our veterans!!! Xoxo-BLC
Wishing my childhood best friend the very best birthday today!!! She made my childhood more colorful and she makes my life sooo much fuller. She is and will always be my very best friend.
Her bangs and my pigtails are sooo circa early 1990s, but face-painted elephants never go out of style!!! Neither do fabulous friendships. I am thrilled my bestie shares a birthday with the great style icon Lilly Pulitzer!!! Two favorites, one fun day: a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both. Xoxo-BLC
Two of my favorite people celebrate birthdays tomorrow. Let's celebrate!!!
One of the birthday girls is hosting this birthday offer with Bloomies: 20% off the Lilly Pulitzer Resort 2010 Collection? Count me in!!! $500.00 spent wins a Resort tote??? Count me in!!! No Bloomies in my area ... boo hoo hoo. It's Lilly's birthday party and I will cry if I want to. Wishing the Queen of the Jungle, Mrs. Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau, the very best birthday tomorrow!!! Xoxo-BLC
I have a large guilty pleasure appetite for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, New York, New Jersey, DC, Orange County, Atlanta, etc. The new girls on the block, The Real Housewives of SNL, are no exception:
Talk about the perfect spoof and what a hoot!!! Based on the tweets from most of my favorite housewives, they found it rather funny too. If you cannot laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at??? Cheers to making lots and lots and lots of funnies. Xoxo-BLC
Did you know ALL the Lilly Pulitzer cruisers sold out??? Well almost.
You still have a chance to win a Lilly Pulitzer cruiser when you spend $500.00 at Pink Boulevard. With flip-flop friendly pedals this ride is perfect "at beaches, around town, along boardwalks, to farmer's markets, to wherever your stylish life takes you." So go on: do a little Christmas shopping at Pink Boulevard and keep your fingers crossed that you win!!! Xoxo-BLC
I am wishing you a very happpppy All Saints' Day!!! This holiday celebrates all of the holy apostles, saints, martyrs, and confessors that were made perfect by His grace and who rest throughout the world. An extra bonus: half priced candy corn. Cheers to the Saints!!! Xoxo-BLC