Going green with gators ...
... hanging out with monkeys ...
... saying hiiii to the pink ladies ...
... did someone call me ...
... getting ready for football season with some tiger talk ....
... saying hiiii to Tina and making sure she is eating her ham ...
... and wining a game of hide-n-seek with ellie ...
... what a zoo-errific day!?! Xoxo-BLC


Best Cellar List

Scenery + vineyard + wine = divine!!!
The family day tripped to a local winery and we very much enjoyed.
Red, wine, bubbles ... all whining or wining works for me!!!


Sister, Sister

My parents and sister visited this weekend and oh la la was it sooo fun!!!
It was fun being in the same place, doing fun things, and enjoying each other's company.
Wish we could do it more often and I am enjoying every bit of it. 



Ohhh la la!!! I am beyond excited for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
I am excited they are taking place in England.
I am most excited about pulling for our great country.
Gooo USA USA USA!!! Xoxo-BLC


The Attorney's Barzam

Oooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmggggggggggggggggggoodness!!! Idunno. Idunno. Idunno. Idunno. Idunno. Idunno. Idunno. Idunno x 100. Ewwwwwwww. Yawwwwwwwn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. YIKES!!! Wooooooooooof. Uggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Ick, ick, ick, ick, ick, ick etc. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Well that about sums up the barzam and my life for the last month. It was just as bad as I remembered from last year and I don't care what anyone says: the attorney's bar is just as tough as the regular barzam. I cannot thank you enough for your well wishes, words of encouragement, and unfailing support. I am thrilled to report I am still married, my family still loves me, and I still have friends. It's a miracle!!! Many thanks to them and you too for letting me be a tad MIA and study like it was in style. Glad to be back to TCSK ... I have missed you much!!! Xoxo-BLC


Say a Little Prayer ...

... that lightening strikes twice. 
I'm taking the attorney's bar exam in another state ...
... and I need to p-a-s-s. This is what most of my barzam studying looked like:
... on the fly and not the most conducive study conditions (i.e. car rides, airports, grocery lines).
I'm also sending loads of smarts and BIG prayers to friend @summeryjudgment.
If you would, say a little prayer for us to rock it and p-a-s-s.


Tart Fuel

I've posted this once before, but I believe it bears repeating ...
... it's my summertime-go-to:
Tart Fuel: (v.) Girlie drinks ... cosmos, kirs, or anything that tastes like Kool-Aid. What is your staple tart fuel!? Mine is the Pigrade (60% Pinot Grigio and 40% Lemonade). Cheers! Xoxo-BLC


Noble House Designs is LIVE {plus 30% OFF}!!!

EEEEeeeeeeekkkkk!!! It's official. Noble House Designs has gone live and has a new home: http://www.nhdshop.com/!!! And it could not be any cuter. Mrs. NHD herself did an ah-amzing job and the website is super user friendly. Mrs. NHD is graciously extending 30% off to all TCSK readers for any and all necklaces when you enter "SUMMER30". But hurry: the deal ends next Monday, July 23rd. I just adore her necklaces (and I have three that I wear ALL the time: see here). You can wear them fancified or with jeans and a white t-shirt. So start your engine shoppers and best wishes to Noble house Designs!!! Xoxo-BLC


Duke Chapel

It wouldn't be a proper trip to Duke without attending Duke Chapel. I love their formal services, the loooong aisle, the gorge interior, and the whole bit. It takes me back to childhood when my grandparents would insist on taking pictures in the gardens afterwards. Such a great visit with family and to one of my favorite North Carolina spots. Until next time!!! Xoxo-BLC


Pre-Monkey See, Pre-Monkey Do

A trip to see wild animals!?! Count me in!
The first thing I learned at the Duke Lemur Center:
lemurs are "pre-monkeys." Well I never ...
This place had the second most lemurs in the world next to Madagascar.
From the research to the preservation of species, this place is ah-mazing.
I really wanted to hold one ... until I read the sign "caution animals will bite."
Still just as cute from a far!!! Xoxo-BLC

Washington Duke

We nested at one of my all time favorite hotels: The Washington Duke.
While I grew up going to the Washington Duke, this was my first overnight stay.
I've either lived close orrrr staying with family in town.
I've brunched, lunched, dinnered, and cocktailed there for ages ...
... and it was such a treat to stay the night. It was so lovely!
For as long as I can remember, this was our Easter brunch destination.
I have my fingers crossed to make it back some day soon!!!


Family Matters

It has been TOO long and family get together was looong overdue.
We jetted after work and landed in Durham, NC.
This is almost everyone on Mamatella's side and we greatly missed
one great aunt and one cousin.
We celebrate my sweet grams colorful life with laughs and tears.
My great aunt told us funnies about Grams that I never ever knew.
It was a lovely fun filled trip ... and I cannot wait for the next one!!!

Happy Friday the 13th!!!

I've posted this before ... but Friday the 13th doesn't happen but every so often!!! Here is the re-post: "Happy Friday the 13th to you and yours! In my family, we happen to like Friday the 13th. On Friday, November 13th, 1998, I skipped school due to the flu-bug. Then the call we had been waiting for CAME! I missed the festivities, but my parents said they drove faster than race-car-drivers to the hospital where my oldest sissy gave birth to a beautiful-blonde-hair-blue-eyed boy. Cheers to the 13-year-old beautiful-blonde-hair-blue-eyed birthday boy: Friday the 13th is YOUR DAY! Enjoy!!!" Happy Friday the 13th to you and yours ... I hope yours is extra spookie!!! Xoxo-BLC


Puppy Love

Five dogs ...
... four bedrooms, three attempted escapes, two tiny inside mishaps ...
... and one BIG family full of LOVE!!!
I think this cutie pie should count has a hermit crab, not a puppy, don't you agree!?! My patient, kind, fun, and caring father-in-law told us next year he expects us to bring our kangaroos and giraffes. Don't tempt me!!! Xoxo-BLC


Boating Around

Family + furbabies + boats ...
What a lovely way to pause, stop, reflect, and enjoy our independence!?!
Many thanks to those who enable us to enjoy our freedom!!!
Off to boat around ... Xoxo-BLC


Happy Fourth of July!!!

Independence (n.): fact or state of being free from outside control or depending on another's authority. Happy Birthday America!!! Our freedom is priceless and many many many thanks to those who keep us free! Don't forget to set off those fireworks to c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e!!!!  Lee Greenwood said it best: "And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me." Cheers to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Xoxo-BLC



Summertime has hit and as such I tidied up my closet.
Thus, new additions at The Clothes She Kept. From Lilly Pulitzer Jubilee to Trina Turk ...
... to Target to Cynthia Rowley to Coach. Check out all the newbies on TCSK II
Happy shopping to you and yours!!!


Say It Ain't So

I have to gush about my husband: he is just the best. He is the best for MANY reasons. One teeny tiny reason: he let's me watch Bravo and doesn't even complain. And he even sometimes watches with me (and by watching I mean stays in the same room). I've recently become a HUGE fan of Pregnant in Heels. I think Rosie Pope is beyond funny and whimsical.
While watching the above-episode, my husband had a fit: we have had the exact same conversation. Him: "You talk funny and, the combo with your accent, it's hard for people to get every word." Welll ... I do have a high voice, I talk fast, and I have a Southern accent. But not squeaky high. And like keep up people. And I do live in dixie so Southern works. Well, with my line of work and to never ever hear someone say "can you repeat that!?!" I might follow the stylish Rosie all the way to speech lessons. She could teach me how to say "cheeriooo" and I for her "say it ain't so"!!! Xoxo-BLC