Tying the Knot

Mamatella and I had one fabulous Saturday!!!
We saw NASA, which I haven't been there since Space Camp ...
Circa 1996 ... nerd alert!!! 
Then we shopped,
And shopped. 
Our favorite shop: The Pink Pelican!!! 
Did you entered The Pink Pelican giveaway?
You should, it ends Monday!!!
Anyhoo, the shop is a must-see!!! 
It is absolutely darling.
Shuh tzu Bailey greets ever shopper with a wag!
How cute!?
The owner and shopgirls were just the sweetest.
And everything was half off!!! Eeek.
So the REAL reason we were in town ... for I dos!
We attended the BIGGEST wedding I have ever been to. It has just spectacular. I loved their heartfelt vows, the PINK flowers everywhere, and the 1,000+ colorful guests. We had the BEST time!!! I had a few sweet-tweeters ask if we attended Chelsea Clinton's wedding ... hehe. No, but I bet it was quite  a soriee too. It sure was THE wedding date of the summer, wasn't it!? A big congratulations to our newlywed friends AND best wishes to the sweet blog friend According to Nina!!! Cheers to tying the knot!!! Xoxo-BLC 


Ride, Camel, Ride!

To attend a friend's out-of-town wedding, Mamatella and I took a girls-only, 
mini-vaca this weekend to enjoy the festivities. We kicked off our vaca with a ...
CAMEL RIDE!!!  How many humps did my camel have? One lovely lady hump.
Mamatella and I had a blast riding the camels!!! Such elegant creatures. Xoxo-BLC


Lilly in Philly

If you were in Philly today, what would you do!? I would be first in line to see the new Lilly Fall line!!! I had the good fortune to visit this Lilly shop in Suburban Square while in Philly for the Lilly warehouse sale. The shopgirls there are a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Shopping Lilly in Philly is just more fun. Cheers to living the pink and green life!!! Xoxo-BLC


Spur of the Moment

A BFF of mine is the most passionate San Antonio Spur's fan EVER!!! She is such a hoot when she cheers on the Spurs and I just cannot help but pull for them too!!! So, once she causally mentioned that she sometimes sees Eva Longoria there. I hear Eva is a Spurs fan too. Then I see this picture:
My jaw hit the floor!!! Um? See Eva there!??? Eva is practically sitting in her lap!!! This is too funny for words. I just love celeb sightings. Does this make me three degrees separated from Eva? Muahaha. I think I just became a bigger Spurs fan. Gooo Spurs!!! Xoxo-BLC


Get Wrapped Up In Lilly

I am thrilled to announce that The Pink Pelican is graciously offering one TCSK reader this Lilly Pulitzer towel!!! It tells the Lilly story in pink and green, "It all started with a juice stand 50 years ago in Palm Beach ..." You know the rest! These towels are only available this week at Via Shops as a gift with purchase. One lucky TCSK reader will get the gift without the purchase. To enter to win, please leave a comment by August 3rd, 2010. No blog? Just leave your email address. For extra entries: "like" The Pink Pelican on facebook, follow The Pink Pelican on Twitter, and spread the word via facebooking, tweeting, or blogging. Please leave a comment for each entry. A very special thanks to The Pink Pelican for offering such a generous giveaway!

PS: Be sure to check out The Pink Pelican's blog and their sale rack at The Preppy Outlet!!! 


Drumroll Please ...

... it's time to announce the winners of the Lilly Pulitzer Tote giveaway and the Belle of the Wall giveaway. With multiple entry options, it is harder to count the entries with random.org. Hence, I used the old-fashioned way: pulling names out of a bowl. That way every entry counted!!! With no further ado, here are the winners:

Congratulations to The Pink Prep!!! 
You won the Lilly Pulitzer Tote giveaway.
Please email me at thecompanyshekeeps@gmail.com!

Congrautlations to Living Well!!! 
You won the Belle of the Wall giveaway.
Please email Elizabeth belleofthewall@yahoo.com!

Many thanks to Elizabeth for hosting the Belle of the Wall giveaway. She is graciously giving all TCSK readers $10.00 off shipping costs. Many thanks Elizabeth for your generosity. Also, many thanks to all TCKS readers --- I was blown away by the amount of entries. Cheers!!! Xoxo-BLC

PS: Guess what!? Tomorrow on TCKS, The Pink Pelican will be hosting a Lilly Pulitzer giveaway!!! Get excited and tune in tomorrow. :)


Favorite Frock

It's Sunday ...
And we had a wild weekend:
First we attended an art benefit.
Then a dinner party.
Next, a cookout.
Of course Sunday School and church.
Followed by a lovely Sunday brunch with friends.
And I didn't snap one picture to capture the fun?
Ooopsie!!! So instead, here is the picture of ...
My favorite frock!
I wore it Friday to our dinner party.
It's elegant, but comfortable.
It's chic, but timeless.
I just love it!!!
What is your favorite frock?
I hope you had a WILD weekend too.

PS: Happy Birthday to the best Grandad ever!!! One of my favorite memories is going frock shopping my freshman year of collge. I love you and miss you. Enjoy your day!!! :)


I've got mail!

What is in my inbox??? Well, why don't you have a peek:
1: TCSK comments. I read each and every one!!! I love comments ... many thanks for reading and saying hiiii!!! And I try to respond; I am currently 1125 behind. Forgive me! 
2: Lilly Pulitzer emails!!! From the Pink Palace to the Via Shops, I love hearing the newest Lilly pink and green news. Oh and sale news is the best news!!!
3: WhoWhatWear tells me the greatest and latest fashions, straight from the runway. 
4: I am obsessed with DailyCandy. I subscribe to their Swirl, Everywhere, Deals, Travel, and Wedding editions. Just enough of a sugar fix, right!??? 
5: Shopafrolic for this shopaholic!!! The rapport between Jane and Liz is so fun to read. And, their finds are divine!!! I miss them when they "go shopping." Hehe. 
6: US Airways, my airline of choice, tempts me with travel deals. 
7: James Howell's weekly emails are so wonderful. He is my second favorite minister; my dad being my first favorite!!! 
So, what is in your inbox!??? I know you've got mail too. Cheers! Xoxo-BLC


Is it August yet!?

Eeeek!!! I arrived home to quite the surprise today. The pictured Lilly Pulitzer Agenda was patiently waiting at my doorstep. Thanks a million to Lifeguard Press for sending me the new Lilly Pulitzer Agenda in Just Checking In!!! I absolutely adore this agenda and I truly appreciate your generosity. I think everyone should have one. I cannot wait for August to hurry up and get here so I can use it already! Again, thank you thank you thank you Lifeguard Press for spoiling me. Now, go on already and get yours too!!! Xoxo-BLC

PS: Many thanks to all my readers who weighed in on which color option to pick!!! Blue or "Just Checking In" received the most votes ... so I think Lifeguard Press took YOUR advice!!! :)


My Dream House

Sometimes Ale and I talk about our dream house. While I absolutely love love love where we live, dreaming bigger is fun too. I told him my dream house was my childhood dollhouse. He laughed and chuckled and thought I was joking. And I am so not kidding. I played for hours on end with my Playmobil dollhouse. I still want to put it on display because I just think it is so pretty. Anyhoo, Ale had never seen/heard of Playmobil. Gasp!!! So, just in case he wants to one day build me my dream house (hint hint hint), this is my dream house (formerly known as my dollhouse). The four-story, multi-room, side sunroom, back two-car garage is my picture of perfection. Isn't it lovely!?? What is your dream house!??? See, dreaming big is fun!!! Xoxo-BLC


Belle of the Wall

My sweet childhood friend Elizabeth of Olive My Life has graciously offered to host a giveaway!!! She is the Queen of Silhouettes as the designer behind Belle of the Wall. Here are the details: Elizabeth, the belle behind Belle of the Wall, creates custom wall art pieces with fabric and buttons. These whimsical pieces brighten up any home or office space. Belle of the Wall was recently featured on DIY Magazine's Facebook page. Elizabeth is offering one of her Belle of the Wall pieces to a lucky The Company She Keeps reader. The winner will get to choose a design from her portfolio and customize the fabric/button colors! Take a peek at Belle of the Wall's portfolio here. These are my favorites:
To enter, just leave a comment before June 26th, 2010. No blog? Then leave your email address. For extra entries, follow Belle of the Wall or like Belle of the Wall's Facebook Page!!! So mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all? Belle of the Wall!!! Many thanks Elizabeth and best wishes as the Queen of Silhouettes!!! Xoxo-BLC


Lucite Luxe

I am officially in-lucite-love!!! Lucite looks like glass, but it is shatter resistant and lightweight. And, it matches e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!!! My law school BFF is responsible for my lucite-love. Early this past spring, she told me lucite was fabulous and I could not agree more. My favorite two lucite pieces: the pictured Alexis Bittar earrings and the pictured Devon Baer bangles. Clearly divine, right!?? Off to feed my lucite-love-bug!!! Xoxo-BLC


Pencil This In

One of my favorite things about Lilly Pulitzer: the company listens!!! 
We asked for a 17 month agenda and viola:

Aren't these calendars d-i-v-i-n-e!? I cannot wait for August to arrive. But first, I must choose: pink, navy, or blue. Won't you help me decide? Pretty please!? Cheers to living the pink and green life! Xoxo-BLC


Sunrise to Sunset

From sunrise to sunset, we enjoyed ... 
umbrella covered drinks, good books, no-boys-allowed, and tons of girlie chit-chat. 
All laked out ... until next time!!! Many thanks for a GREAT annual girls trip. Xoxo-BLC


Ladies of the Lake

Pictured: College BFFs!
Not pictured: College BFFs. :(
I had the BEST time with Skipper, Lola's Journey To and From, and Wren (who is preggers --- woohoo!!!). We missed the absentee Clemson girls, including The Sweet Southern Life. I look forward to seeing you ALL next year!!! Cheers to great friendships, near and far. Xoxo-BLC


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Remember this trip last year!? Well, it-is-time!!! Time for our annual Clemson girls trip. I miss my college BFFs so much and I cannot wait to catch up. We will dearly miss those who cannot make it; I look forward to seeing your pretty faces soon at Clemson football games. Off to the lake we go!!! Xoxo-BLC


Supply and Demand

The Clothes She Kept is back by popular demand!!! 
Many thanks to my readers who asked for her return --- you help keep my closet cleannn.
Happy shopping to you and yours.


Lilly Pulitzer & Cocodot have me cuckoooo ...

I am cuckoo, cuckoo for this partnership:
I previously decided our first Christmas card would THIS picture of us at our wedding even though Lilly Pulitzer made the most darling Christmas stationary last year. Now I can have my picture and Lilly Pulitzer with Cocodot!!! Let the greeting and inviting being with LP+C!!! Xoxo-BLC

PS: Cocodot kindly offered my readers and I 30% off the $49.00 membership fee with the code LillyStyle2010!!! Many thanks C for that gracious discount! Now let's shop away!!!


If This Line Could Talk

Have you heard of Jules Reid? Two of my favorite blogs, Summer Is A Verb and Pretty In Pink Megan,  alerted me to the fabulous designer Jules Reid. Her line is vintage meets bold meets bohemian meets effortlessly chic:
Divine, right!? I love her use of vibrant color and textured fabrics. The Teddy, the India  housecoat, and La Mer are my favorite dresses!!! The lace embellishment, metallic trim, and bold jewels are just perfect effects.
From stockbroker to interior designer to fashion designer all while playing mommy to four, her story fascinates and inspires me. My wardrobe is not complete without more Jules Reid!!! Chin chin! Xoxo-BLC

PS: Also, many thanks to The Love List ... this week only 25% off the Jules Reid line with BLOG25. :)


Come, Have A Seat

Attention all Lilly-Lovers:
Have you ever seen a cuter seat!?
Mamatella's sweet friend owns this: 
vintage Lilly Pulitzer upholstered chair. 
TOO cute for words, right!???
Many thanks JP for sharing your hidden gem with us!!!
Cheers to life, Lilly, and the pursuit of happiness!!!

PS: Happy Birthday to my favorite Lilly-Lover: Grammie!!! I hope you have the best birthday ever. Chin chin! :)


Dip-ity Do Da

Look at this divine watering hole we found. The water was c-h-i-l-l-y. Brrr. We took a dip anyway!

PS: Happy Birthday to my steppadre, Paparazzi!!! I hope you have the most fun fishing this weekend. Cheers to YOUR day!!! :)


Happy Feet!

Weekend plans:
Splish, splash ... our feet are as happy as we are! 
Summertime cheers to you and yours. Xoxo-BLC


Lilly Pulitzer Tote

It's time for a g-i-v-e-a-w-a-y on The Company She Keeps!!! I truly appreciate all those who read The Company She Keeps. Its a joy to write. I am continuously surprised by my readers. And I thought only my mom, Mamatella, was reading!!! Hehe. The giveaway is this stunning Lilly Pulitzer tote pictured: 
I have the same tote and I wear it all the time!!! I thought a reader might enjoy the tote just as much as me so I snagged the same tote for one lucky winner!!! 

Enter to win by: 
1. Leaving a comment. No blog!? Just leave your email.
2. Following for two entries.
3. Tweet or Facebook for three entries.
4. Blogging for four entries.

All entries must be in by Monday, July 26th, 2010. Best wishes and many many many thanks for reading The Company She Keeps!!! Xoxo-BLC


Hold Us Together

What holds us together? I just love Matt Maher's song "Hold Us Together" because it encompasses what holds me together: l-o-v-e.
"Love will hold us together
Make us a shelter to weather the storm
And I'll be my brother's keeper
So the whole world will know that we're not alone"

The love of God and the love of the company I keep holds me together. Does love hold you together too!? Xoxo-BLC


Making a Difference

RUN, don't walk!!! Go buy the current July issue of Town & Country magazine!!! I read it cover to cover and I am beyond inspired. Did you know you could travel and give back through responsive trips with Elevate Destinations? I do now. Did you know there are countless ways to give back to your local community, just as Angel Rock does? I do now and I cannot be still about it! Also, a feature article on Lauren Bush showcases these fabulous eco-friendly FEED Projects bags that raise much-needed funds for WFP school-feeding operations and raise awareness for child hunger problems worldwide. T & C has me totally i-n-s-p-i-r-e-d. We can give back in all facets of our lives --- travel, time, clothing, etc. So, why not give back more!? Cheers to making a difference for a better tomorrow. Xoxo-BLC

PS: Also, the July issue has quite a lovely spread of the Spring Safari! Can you spot Murphy's (New) Law!? :)


Canoe you believe it!?

Canoe you believe it!? Joeytella went kayaking and swimming. He prefers kayaking. And see my sweet nephews paddling around? I couldn't keep up! They had the best time kayaking and I had the best time watching them paddle paddle paddle from "Taj Ma Deck!" 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 kept us free and to those who keep us free! Don't forget to set off those fireworks and sparklers to c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e!!!! Cheers to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Xoxo-BLC


No Wake Zone

Paparazzi surprised us with skis!!! We were so excited. My eldest sissy Elsie went first --- she was a rockstar and got up on the first try!!! This is what happened on my third try:
Woohoo!!! We had the best time!!! We played on the water ALL day from skiing to tubing to kneeboarding to sunning on floats. Pruned fingers all around. I hope you enjoyed your Saturday too! Xoxo-BLC


Gone for a ride!

With no DNR interference. Hehe. Xoxo-BLC


Home Sweet Home

We bid farewell to my sweet aunt today. All the while, I was praying for and thinking of In This Wonderful Life! Wishing my family and theirs p-e-a-c-e. 
We are now home at my parent's casa. Surrounded by lots of family, I am very much looking forward to this long, holiday weekend. Cheers to you and yours. Xoxo-BLC