The Duties of the Matron of Honor

I recently had the privilege of hosting a few events for my best friend who is a soon-to-be-Mrs., and let me tell you… what a rush of a weekend! Her bridal shower was held in our church’s banquet hall, where a full buffet style lunch and dessert was served. The guest list topped out at about 80 women, which, thankfully, was only half the amount that was invited!

The following afternoon, the bridesmaids and I threw a smaller, more intimate lingerie party for the bride, where my amazing friend Christa prepared the most delicious pinwheel sandwiches in the universe (I ate all the leftovers myself). The photo above shows the food table (we snapped this shot half-way through the serving, hence the slice of cherry cheesecake floating in the middle), where you can see the stacks of those addicting pinwheels, chocolate dipped strawberries and marshmallows, pasta salad, and a few other goodies. It’s not the most flattering angle, but just know it was cuter in person! :)

I found this great, online party store, Social Couture, and I am absolutely in love! They sell table settings and decorations for all sorts of parties and events (if you take a look at the Girl’s Night Out, you can see where I tried to recreate some ideas…and somewhat failed). What a perfect idea for a hostess! I have my eye on the Black Vine collection, and I’m trying to convince my husband that I’d get our money’s worth out of it if he ever decided to buy it for me (not likely). I’m such a sucker for anything remotely close to toile — I’d honestly be throwing a party every night if I owned those cute plates!

Would You Like a Spot of Tea?

Mmm, tea. Whether you prefer it over ice while sitting on your front porch, or steaming hot with honey while reading a good book, you can’t deny it’s the perfect beverage.

There are endless varieties and flavors – white, black, green, chai, flavored with syrups and enhanced with fruit – but my absolute favorite way to enjoy it is hot, with one lump of sugar out of a sweet little tea cup.

My Grammy started a family tradition of Girl’s Day when I was about 8 years old. Grammy, Mom and I would all get dolled up and have high tea, complete with finger sandwiches and cranberry scones, at the Victoria Rose Cottage. It’s a treasured tradition that we still enjoy today, almost 15 years later. It’s such a delight to sit and visit in such a lovely atmosphere with my two favorite ladies.

If you’ve never experienced hot tea, make it a priority! It’s the ultimate, girlie treat. The Republic of Tea is a well known distributor, and offers some very delicious flavors. Ginger Peach is my all-time favorite… I carry a travel size tin in my purse for whenever I need a quick fix.

A less-popular, but equally fantastic choice is Culinary Teas. My Mom had me hooked on Caribbean Blue Lady after the first sip.

Do you have a treasured, girlie tradition? A collection of tea pots? A yummy recipe for scones? Do tell…

Forgiving, yet Stylish Options for the Lactose Intolerant

Those of you who bloat beyond recognition after eating anything with dairy — I feel your pain! Lactose intolerance is the devil. I can’t even look at fettucine alfredo without my stomach ballooning into oblivion.

Thankfully, after years of experience I have mastered the art of hiding the great bloated beast, while still remaining fabulously sassy and stylish… not to mention, humble. ;)

Fortunately, with all the great trends of the moment, you can wear a loose-fitting tops and dresses without the danger of being mistaken as pregnant. That happened to me once and ONLY ONCE, and you better believe I burned that yellow top without a second thought!

Keep these tips in mind next time you go shopping — they help me every day!

  • Big, baggy t-shirts defeat the purpose of aiming for cuteness. Stop right now and ask for forgiveness for allowing that thought to enter your pretty little head!
  • Stay away from anything too short. If the hem of your shirt hits you anywhere near the danger zone, you might as well just wear your bra, because you’re not hiding anything. (I’m kidding — please don’t!)
  • Be wary of ribbed sweaters, and any fabric that is too thin, stretchy, or clingy.
  • Just because it’s loose, doesn’t mean it’ll do the job! Garments should still fit your frame and body type without hanging awkwardly, pulling, or looking just down-right dumpy.
  • A well-fitted camisole worn under a flowing garment will give that extra support without adding bulk.
  • Empire waists are your holy savior. Stick with them, and no one will be able to tell you had that frappuccino with extra whip. Not that I’m condoning that sort of behavior.
  • Wrap dresses can be a lifesaver as well. Most items that are belted at the waist can give the illusion of a slimmer mid-section.
  • You know that girl friend of yours that tells the absolute, blunt truth when you really don’t want to hear it? When in doubt, ask her opinion. She will come in handy.

Some great, affordable options:



What are your figure-flattering tricks? I know I’ve only scratched the surface…

Parlez-Vous Français?


You may not have realized it My Dear, but you are a French speaker. There is a seemingly endless list of French phrases used by English speakers in everyday situations… Granted, they are usually in the wrong context and often butchered by poor pronunciation, but hey, we’re trying!

It’s very surprising when you realize how many of these phrases we know and how often we use them. I’ve compiled a list of some of favorites.

adieu – until God
Used as ‘farewell’ when you don’t expect to see the person again until you’re in Heaven.

au fait – conversant, informed
Used to mean ‘well-read’ or ‘familiar’ with a certain topic or idea.

au gratin – with gratings
Refers to anything grated and served on top of a dish, such as cheese.

avant-garde – before guard
Meaning ‘innovative’, especially in fashion and the arts.

billet-doux – sweet note
A love letter… aww. I want one!

bon appétit – good appetite
Similar to saying, “Enjoy your meal.”

bon voyage – good trip
It sounds more elegant than “Have a good trip”, doesn’t it?

carte blanche – blank card
Having the freedom or ability to do whatever you want.

chic – stylish
We don’t need an explanation for this, do we ladies?

du jour – of the day
Usually referring to the Daily Special at restaurants.

faux – false, fake
As in, all my Louis Vuitton bags.

faux pas – false step, trip
Used to describe a mistake or slip-up.

fleur-de-lis – flower or lily
An emblem in the shape of an iris with three petals.

gauche – left, awkward
Lacking social grace.

haute couture – high sewing
Referring to expensive clothing styles.

RSVP – respond please
This abbreviation stands for Répondez, s’il vous plaît. If you take one thing from this list, let it be that saying “Please RSVP” is redundant.

soirée – evening
If often refers to a fancy, elegant party.

touché – touched
Used originally in fencing, meaning “you got me”.

Have fun with these, but you may want to limit their usage to avoid sounding like Christian from Project Runway. ;)