Downward Dog

You would think with all the yoga Mamatella does, that she would be a little more flexible ...
But that just wasn't the case!!! My Aunt Steffie (our family comedian) wrote this little poem about her spill:
I once knew this chick named Maw,
Who broke a tooth, both arms, and her jaw,
It happened on a jog,
With Joeytella her dog,
It's unbelievable but I swear it's the truth!
Her get-well note went on to say, "When I fall, I roll or bounce, but you skinny chicks break! So eat up and cushion those bones. I hope you feel better soon." Don't fret Aunt Steffie, I am feeding her strictly ice cream, puree donuts, and the like!!! Say a little prayer as Mamatella has jaw surgery today. Xoxo-BLC


It's Red Carpet Affair

It's Oscar night and the stars are out!!!
Red carpet affairs are just the best!!!
Fingers crossed for The King's Speech. Xoxo-BLC


Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

Happy Birthday Daddy!!! I love you and am wishing you the very best day. Eat too much cake and enjoy YOUR day. Happppppppppppppppy Birthday! Xoxo-BLC


The Mane Event

As a Clemson alum, Carolina Cup is one of my BEST college memories. It was a big to do: think delish fussy drinks under a large tent parked right in front of the horse race all while wearing large rimmed, floppy hats and Lilly sundresses. It was my favorite Spring social event!!!
This year, Lilly stores all over South Carolina are celebrating with specials and, of course, a t-shirt. It's not a college social event without a t-shirt, now is it!?!? Also, Lilly Pulitzer will have their very own tent. 
Oh la la ... isn't that fun!?!?  
Events like this make me miss college (until I remember studying for Econometrics). If you go, sport your favorite Lilly, have the time of your life, and only bet on the PINK horsies!!! Xoxo-BLC


Film Festival

Many thanks to Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore for tagging me in her "Five Favorite Flicks" post. I had such a tough time narrowing it down!!! I like sooo many movies, but each one has one commonality: a good story line. Without further ado, here are my most favorite movies:
3. Husband Approved: Traffic, Italian Job, and Crash
4. True Story: Fly Away Home 
I know the rules were just to list my five favorite movies, but as Katharine Hepburn once said, "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." I do refuse to break this game of tag, sooo I want to know what mooovies make my real-life friends favorite-list!!! I tag: Beantown Prepster, Bottomless Kitchen, Lola's Journey To and From, Loving Being a Nonny, Matt, Megan and Luke, Muffy MartiniRecipes from Newlyweds, and The Sweet Southern Life. All this movie talk has me craving popcorn!!! Pop, pop, pop. Xoxo-BLC


Amazing Lace

I think my true appreciation of fabrics comes from my mom and grandmother, both sewers. 
One of my all time favorite fabrics: lace!!! It's elegant, chic, timeless, and sooo comfortable. 
My favorite lace frocks this season include: Lilly Pulitzer's Lela Lace Shift, Milly's Metallic Lace Shift, Trina Turk's Foliage Dress, Ralph Lauren's Lace Sleath, J.Crew's Francesca Dress, and Monique Lhuillier's Bliss Lace Gown. Aren't these dresses made of such amazing lace!? Xoxo-BLC


GOOD Grief

Do you remember this SATC moment: everything in Charlotte's life is p-e-r-f-e-c-t in a scary, sky-will-fall-down-way??? She stops running and Carrie (and Harry) are worried about her. Last winter about this time, Ale and I talked about freezing time: our family and friends were happy, healthy, and content. Everything was perfect. This past August, I confessed over dindin to my childhood BFF that I could not enjoy how perfect our lives were out of fear something terrible would happen. She was my Carrie and told me to get a grip, to enjoy life in good times and in bad times. As you know, my sky did fall down: my stepdad was diagnosed with cancer in October and was promoted to heaven in December. While I miss him sooo much, I do not worry about him: I am certain of his salvation in Jesus which is the greatest gift he gave me and my family. I do regret all that worrying when in perfectland. Worry is wasteful and useless. As I grieve, I am learning to worry less, enjoy more, always be thankful, and slow down to truly appreciate life. Even in the ups and downs. Please keep my family, especially Mamatella, in your prayers. She took quite a spill breaking her jaw and BOTH arms. But do not worry --- we definitely aren't!!! God is in control. We might look as though we are in the storm, but we are enjoying the sunshine and counting our blessings. Xoxo-BLC


JL + Lilly = ♥

Two of my favorite things: the Junior League and Lilly Pulitzer!!! And a tied together with a murfee:
I joined the Junior League because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than me, something that could do more than just me, and something that created a greater legacy than me. I thoroughly enjoy giving back to my community and making an impact through the Junior League. I believe that Lilly is bright, colorful, and happy. Wearing Lilly while serving through the Junior League definitely puts more smiles on more faces!!! I think this scarf is the perfect match. Junior Leaguers and Lilly Lovers will definitely wear it well. I plan to, don't you!?!?!? Xoxo-BLC

PS: Happy President's Day!!! Don't you think this would make the perfect President's Day gift. :)


Inn Style

It wouldn't be a proper getaway without doting on the bride-to-be inn style!!! 
We enjoyed a lovely lunch and shower at Mansion.
Above, a family photo-op: me, bride/SIL, and two CILs (cousin-in-laws).
Every room was impeccably decorated and chic as can be ... just like our bride-to-be!!! 
Tres sad to leave Savannah, but this means we are one day closer to her strut down the aisle. :)
Chin chin to her happily ever after!!! Xoxo-BLC


We had TO before she said "I Do"

Nest: Broughton Street Bed & Breakfast
Breakie: Starbucks
Shop: Paris Market, James Gunn, and Palm Avenue
Play: In each and every cute square!
Do: Walk the Historic District
Lunch: Mansion
See: Spanish Moss
Dindin: The Olde Pink House
Do: Haunted Pub Tour ... never ever have I ever been so frightened!!! Ha! Even the English Pub looks spookie ...
Dance: Bohemian and Saya
Cabbie: Willie Nelson look alike cabbie every-since-time!!!
Fun: Best-girls-only weekend itinerary ever celebrating my little sister-in-law!!! Let's do it again.


Spanish Moss

This weekend, I am walking under an umbrella of ...
 Spanish Moss!!! Isn't it divine!? I can already feel the sunshine, smell the ocean, and taste the Southern soul food. Off to Savannah we go!!! Happy weekend to you and yours. Xoxo-BLC


Green with Envy

It's Thursday.
Which means I am missing ...
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Kyle is my favorite. And Lisa too!!!
I adore Kyle's emerald green earrings.
And much to my delight ...
KEP Designs makes the perfect pair.
Aren't they gorgie!!?!??
Everyone looks good in green.
I am green with envy ...
Over Kyle's style and KEP's designs.
I miss RHOBH and await MIAMI!!!
Mark your calendar for February 22nd. :)


Frock On

J'adore this Spring!!! The clothes it's bringing and the warm weather. One of my favorite designers, Jules Reid just launched her Spring and Summer 2011 lines. And it is divine!!!
Her style is where vintage meets bold meets bohemian meets effortlessly chic. My favorites include: the Beatrice Mini, the Nancy, the Harrison, and, of course, the Flowing Kimono. Each of Jules Reid's lines have been whimsical and nothing short of FUN!!! I  these clothes, especially the frocks. Rock on Jules Reid, rock on!!! Xoxo-BLC


Happy Birthday Mamatella!!

Happy happy HAPPY happppy Birthday Mamatella!!! I hope YOUR day is filled with lots and lots of love, laughter, and cake too!!! I love you sooo much and you are the best mom EVER. Wishing you many blessings  on your birthday. Enjoy!!! Xoxo-BLC

PS: I know you were absolutely horrified at my unpolished silver tray picture on my Sniff Sniff post. Haha! So, in addition to your real present, I polished the silver tray to make your day shine a little brighter. :) And here is a picture to prove it:


Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Send you a BIG, pink:                                                  and asking you if you will ...
Wishing you a day of hugs, kisses,, chocolate, and loads of love, looove, L-O-V-E.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!!! Xoxo-BLC


Love Notes

A little love note in chicken scratch that I left my love on his iPad:
My youngest nephew followed suit and wrote his Valentine a love note too:
Love knows no boundaries. Happy Eve of Valentine's Day!!! Xoxo-BLC

Think Pink

From the think tank at the Pink Palace, here is my idea of the perrrfect Valentine's Day outfit:
Charmed bracelet, Jillie dress, and hugs-and-kisses scarf. An excuse to dress head-to-toe in PINK ... 
I'll take it, I'll take it, I'll take it!!! Will you be festive and sport PINK too!?!?! Xoxo-BLC


A Whim-Whim Situation

On a whim, my sweet in-laws came into town today. As such, a family lunch was in order. 
And ... it would not be complete without our littlest family member:
Both of them are such kids at heart. We looove our little minnie with all our ♥!!! Family impromptus are such funnn. Looking forward to our next family get-together, whether planned or unplanned. Xoxo-BLC

Pink, My Power Color

Style gurus everywhere agree: this is the year of pantone PINK!!!
Who What Wear says it well:
I think Lilly Pulitzer does pink best, and she has me beat: 
I've only been painting the town pink since 1984. :)
As my power color and my favorite color, looong live PINK!!! 
Do you adore pink too!? Xoxo-BLC


Night at the Museum

Our standing Thursday night plans took us to a cocktail party at the museum!!!
The museum was all glammed up and they served us pink champagne. Oh la la.
We cheated on our girls-only night and met the boys for dindin afterwards. 
Such a fun night out and about!!! Xoxo-BLC


I ♥ love.

I am a huge fan of DailyCandy (sugar everyday ... yes please!!!). 
"On a romantic date you should eat pizza and macaroni." I totally agree!!!
Cheers to loving love. Xoxo-BLC



Similar to the seafood diet, where you see food and eat it, I am on a ...
Ooopsie daisy!!! Did I really just eat that!?!?! If only chocolate were a vegetable ... 
Cheers to "watching" what we eat: one bite at a time!!! Xoxo-BLC


Mi Casa Es Tu Casa

Fine, fine, fine: I will stop planning my second wedding and start n-e-s-t-i-n-g!!! Yes, I have the decorating bug like no other. And I heard a little rumor the Lilly Pulitzer ventured into the home accents business ...
... but lo and behold: the rumor is more than true and includes furniture too!!! Woohoooo!!! As far as I am concerned, mi casa es tu Lilly's casa. So let the decorating begin!!! I'm thinking a whole room of blush and bashful (or pink and pink will do). Where do you find your casa-decor-inspiration!? Off to hunt nesting tips from Elle Decor!!! Xoxo-BLC


Is it TOO early to ...

Is it TOO early to say "I Do" again!?!?!? I mean we have been married over one whole year ...
... and Lilly Pulitzer did come out with a bridal collection. Swoooon!!!
 Hello wedding fever round two!!! From the gorgie lace gowns to the flirty cropped shifts, I just adore the entire collection. Pink and green perfection done WHITE!!! I see lots of saying yes to these dresses. Off to convince Ale that we are looong overdue to say "I Do" again!!! Fingers crossed he agrees. Ha! Xoxo-BLC


Green and Yellow

In honor of the Green Bay Packer's Super Bowl XLV win ...
A little green and yellow, green and yellow, green and yellow. :)
Hip, hip, horraaaaaaay: football season is OVER. Xoxo-BLC


It's Lake Thirty

This weekend, we ...
 and cutie pie ...
 went to the lake for a little rest and relaxation. We had the BEST time!!!
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that once a week this group of girls gets together for Bible study. I am so blessed by our studies and by our friendships. Chin chin to friends, fun, and fun friends!!! Xoxo-BLC


Springtime (and a splash of winter) has hit The Clothes She Kept!!!
Now if the springtime weather could just hurry up! :)
Sizes range from Small to 10 and prices from $3.00 to $30.00.
Happy Shopping!!! Xoxo-BLC


Color on the Wall

A BIG congratulations to Meant to Be Happy!!! According to random.org, you are commenter number 38 and that makes you the lucky winner of Sissy's Paintings by Jane Marie!!! Please email me at thecompanyshekeeps@gmail.com to collect your gorgie painting. Many many many thanks to Lola's Journey To and From for graciously hosting this giveaway. And thank you to allll TCSK readers who entered. Cheers to adding color on the wall!!! Xoxo-BLC

PS: Jane Marie surprised me with my very own Sissy's Painting. Isn't it pink and green perfection!?!? I have it stacked on my stack but it will soon be framed and adding color on my wall!!! Thanks a million JM and I looove it. :)


Sniff Sniff

I adore perfume. It's a total guilty pleasure because I "save" it for special occasions. I love looking at my collection every day. It's on top of my dresser displayed on my grandmother's silver tray (I know my mom is horrified at its unpolished condition. Must polish soon!!!). Her silver tray is extra special because the first initial of her maiden name is the same as my married name. How fitting!? Sniff sniff!!! Xoxo-BLC


Happy Groundhog Day!!!

Phil!!! Hello earllly Springtime. Xoxo-BLC


Rabbit, Rabbit

Rabbit, rabbit!!!
Robert Lynd stirred up a little superstition when he wrote "Solomon In All His Glory,"...  it goes  a little like this,

"'Why,' the man in the brown hat laughed at him, 'I thought everybody knew 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.' If you say 'Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit'--three times, just like that--first thing in the morning on the first of the month, even before you say your prayers, you'll get a present before the end of the month." 

So at the beginning of each month,

I am going to start saying a little "rabbit, rabbit." 
Wishing you and yours a

very rabbit, rabbit month 
filled with lots and lots of PINK, sweets, and joy!!!

High Five

The wonderful Muffy Martini graciously tagged me to play a little game of five-things-I-cannot-leave-home-without. Well this was a toughie!!! Without further ado, here it is:
I cannot leave home without my purse, planner, temptress (the piiink Blackberry), jewels, or a sip of agua. I usually tote a purse the size of a suitcase, but I am in a fit over this darrrling pink clutch. My planner has the day's to-do, but also contacts, notes, etc. The temptress lives with me always. My jewels are my engagement ring, wedding band, and bracelets from Grandad. My agua of choice: La Croix and, of course, dressed in a koozie just makes it taste better! If it were "high-six," make-up definitely would have been involved. Muffy, this was SOOO much fun. Many thanks for the tag!!! To continue the fun, I tag: Lola's Journey To and From, The Sweet Southern Life, Such a Loverly Life, Medical Prepster, and Cardigans and Clogs. High-five to you and yours!!! Xoxo-BLC