My lovely friend Stephanie tagged me, so I guess I better cooperate!

There are 4 simple rules to this fun game of internet tag.

  • Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
  • Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog
  1. I met my sweet husband on Myspace. Don’t judge… we’re happy and in love and only slightly geeky. :)
  2. If there was such a thing as rehab for shoe addicts, I would commit myself.
  3. I really can’t handle rude people. I always have something smart to say back to them, but end up keeping my mouth shut… why would I want to sink to that level? (she says to convince herself…)
  4. Since we’re talking about pet peeves, I’ll name a few more: ending sentences with prepositions, unpainted toenails, when people slurp and don’t bother to blow their nose (Steph knows what I mean), when towels aren’t folded to my anal-retentive standard, and boys who wear girl pants.
  5. I love caffeine in the form of coffee or tea. Sodas aren’t my thing, but I’ll take a vanilla soy latte any time of the day!
  6. Road Rage is my middle name. If you’ve ever been in the car with me, you understand.
  7. I’m going to have a baby. Yay!

Now I tag…

Shea, Anna, Anna, Tara, Jordan, Becca, & Christa

For the Jewelry-Obsessed

I will be the first to admit I have a little obsession with jewelry… and by little, I mean monstrous. One trip to the mall will mean at least two long necklaces, a pair of dangling earrings, and the occasional huge statement ring. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong. My ever-growing collection has taken up residence in various drawers, bowls, and plastic baggies in a tangled, jumbled mess. Just this morning I reached in one of the piles, aiming for my triple layered, 18″ gold chain necklace, only to pull out 23 others. Spending three hours untangling them was not on my agenda – such a nightmare.

I found these adorable, functional jewelry stands at Urban Outfitters. They keep your delicate pieces neatly separated, while being decorative and stylish. These are such great little things, and much more practical than a dusty old drawer.

Little Birch Jewelry Stand

Earring Stand

Little Birdie Jewelry Stand

Delight! I love the Little Birch stand, but I just don’t think it’d do the job for me. The Little Birch Forest, perhaps?

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…