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Kid Fashion: Valentine’s Day

It’s never too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. The holiday is just too lovely to put off. Shopping for Emery’s clothing and accessories is as much or more fun than shopping for my own. There are so many cute things in store these days, especially for a holiday as girly and adorable as Valentine’s Day. I like to stick to styles that are simple, not-so-fussy and not the typical princess, character splattered kids fashion. I also like pieces that can mix in with other things in her wardrobe and stretch beyond just one occasion. i.e. You will probably never see me buy something like a smocked, monogram dress, those weird bell-bottom outfits for girls or a personalized shirt with embroidered hearts and Emery’s name. It’s just not my thing. These items, however, I love. I would actually wear most of them in my size. Click links below for details on each.
Kid Fashion - Valentines Day

Gingham Dress  |  Pink Striped Shirt  |  Chambray Shirt  |  Heart Glasses  | Red Heart Jeans  |   Ban.Do Hearts   |  BELIEVE Tee  |  Organic Twirl Skirt  |  Heart Scarf  |  Beach Baubles  |  Striped Heart PJs  |  Glitter Wristlet  |  Leopard Print Dress  |  Polka Dot A-Line Dress  |   |  Satin Ballet Slippers

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Card)

This holiday season has been nothing short of a sprint. Is it just me or has it really flown by? Now, here we are mere days before Christmas with our last-minute family Christmas card (hopefully) arriving in mail boxes of family and friends. We almost didn’t do a card this year, but after deciding one morning last week to take a few snapshots that afternoon, here’s what we ended up with. Nothing like a little procrastination! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!2013 Christmas Card - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

A few of the outtakes…Ray Christmas Card Ray Christmas Card Christmas Card mommy daughter Christmas card mommy daughter Emery style christmas card

Santa Strikes Out – Again

Poor baby. Mom and I took Emery to visit Santa and after picking out her own outfit, the promise of seeing Santa’s helpers up close and personal and much coaxing once it was actually her turn, we officially struck out. I think this year’s visit was even worse than last year’s with the same stream of tears, sad face and even a cry of “Get me out of here!” Even Santa said it was the first time he heard that one. At least the trauma was all forgotten as soon as we walked away. Emery looked at the take-home picture, folded it and put it back in my bag. We went immediately to Zoe’s Kitchen for chocolate cake to make up for it. :)

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A Southern Thanksgiving

I have to give full credit to my mom and aunts for putting together the coolest Thanksgiving we’ve had to date. We had all the usual turkey day ingredients including turkey (of course!), catching up with out-of-town family, homemade casseroles and pies galore plus an extra special setting this year. Instead of cramming the group of 30 into one of our houses with makeshift tables and the TV buzzing in the background, we took to the lawn at my grandma’s house, dining al fresco with fall breezes, sun beams and Mother Nature as our decor.


We had fresh flowers in silver servers with a smattering of pumpkins running down the table.

Thanksgiving table family

I set out to try one of everything, but determined that was a little too ambitious after filling my plate partway down the serving table. To name a few dishes, we roasted turkey, baked ham, fresh corn, corn casserole, field peas, broccoli salad, parmesan asparagus, traditional dressing, oyster dressing, macaroni and cheese, lima beans with ham, sweet potato soufflé, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, creamy spinach rolls and a full table of desserts.
Thanksgiving plate

mom and emery
family fun  |  uncle + niece
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santa + baby

After a less than stellar home-cooked meal by yours truly Tuesday night (sorry, babe!), we decided to go out for a nice family dinner last night. While we were out and about, hustling and bustling along, we took Emery to see Santa. We weren’t sure what she would think about her first encounter with the jolly old fellow. We plopped her down and, let me tell you, she gave that man a serious up and down.
And you are?
No initial crying, which was wonderful. Is skepticism possible at 8 months? She seemed to settle in quickly with ol’ Santa. I’m sure it will be no time before she’s rattling off a list of items to the man in the red suit for ponies, iPads, castles and who knows what. 
Hi, guys!

 She was happy as a clam (though I never really understood that saying). Probably confident that she had expressly followed the guidelines of being good all year long (or 8 months) and had no worries about whether she would make the “Nice List.” Sounds like anyone you know?

Giving my good girl a kiss!

So glad she wasn’t traumatized for life or anything too dramatic. I think I was expecting the worst. It may have had something to do with the fact that one of the few Santas around is at our local Bass Pro Shop, which also meant “North Pole” additions like a giant taxidermized moose. (that vocab addition thanks to this video, if you haven’t seen it.) She may be an outdoors lover like her dad after all, although hopefully, she will have better taste in prints than camouflage. 

currently obsessing over…

Holiday sparkle.

There’s something about the holiday season that helps you lose your inhibitions when it comes to wearing sparkles, glitter, sequins and all things shiny. You might opt for a hint of shimmer in March or touch of shine in July, but December? Bring it on! Here are a few lovely items with enough sparkle to rival the final round bling for any beauty queen:
via Nordstrom
Matthew Williamson sequin ombre skirt
images: photography by greer g photography via style me pretty; alice and olivia ritchie embellished blouson dress
Oliver sequin jacket at Nordstrom


sequin pumps via Victoria’s Secret

One more little gem I’m going to leave you with from the talented Shawn Mullins (who, by the way, will be performing here in our little beach town in January for the 30A Songwriters Festival). From his song “Shimmer”:

I think I love this woman’s way
I think I love this woman’s 
way she shimmers, the way she shines
the way she radiates
the way she lives, the way she loves
and I feel fineI feel fine

Hope you’re having a fabulous week, lovelies!

holiday reflections

You might recall from this post the blocks of historic homes and antebellum mansions that surround Lake Defuniak in Defuniak Springs. They’re enough to look at on their own, but during the Christmas season, the entire Lake District is lit up with a plethora of twinkling lights.  It’s a mix of old-fashioned displays, old school kitsch (lots of color bulbs!) and down-home spirit.
I thought all the brightness, holiday music and activity would be entertaining for Emery, so I took a detour tonight after work to show her the sights. She slept through the whole thing. Everyone drives through at about 5 miles per hour, so I was safely able to snap these pictures on my iPhone. If you haven’t been and you’re nearby, it’s worth a little trip around the lake. 
reflections from lights across the lake

from Hunter & Jami plus one

Here are about half of the cards I finally mailed today. Sorry if you’re on the list and you don’t get one by Christmas. They also say Happy New Year, so as long as they arrive in 2010, I think I’m safe.

It actually didn’t take as long as I thought to pick up the 5×7 photo cards from the store (1 hr pickup), stick them on black cardstock, punch two holes at the top and run a ribbon through. I designed, ordered and mailed them out within 24 hours. Not too shabby for epic procrastination.

I was also a little late on getting our stockings embroidered. They hung name-less on the mantle for a few weeks and every time I saw them I thought, “Oh yeah. Still need to get those done.” I kept forgetting until finally, I dropped them off late last week at Sweet Bay Prints and today… voila! Our little family has a stocking set! Aren’t they cute?

GMAC Bowl at the Fish House

After a long day at work and more cold weather, Hunter and I headed to the Fish House Wednesday for more sushi, a cold beverage and the GMAC Bowl on ESPN. I think he’s been slightly addicted since we went to the Shrimp Boat in Panama City a week or two ago and he finally tried sushi for the first time. (I don’t know how you grow up at the beach without trying sushi.) My friend Steven Adams plays football for Troy University and since we didn’t make it to the game, we had to catch him on tv. He’s like another brother. Here are all the boys playing Rock Band 2 at Christmas:

He played really well! Troy lost a close one, but it was really cool to see Steven on the screen and hear his name being called over and over by the guys on ESPN. I was very proud! As always the sushi was delish and I ate more than I should have. Edamame, crab salad, a taste of a roll here and a a few bites of a roll there… I was stuffed! All I could do after that was call it a night!

New Year’s Party Dresses

I still haven’t actually made any plans for New Year’s Eve since Hunter will be out of town, so most likely I’ll be watching the ball drop with Ryan Seacrest on the telly. I thought about going out with a few girlfriends, but being dressed up and dateless at the stroke of midnight doesn’t sound that appealing. Even so, I can’t help but check out party dress after party dress. Here are a few I’m digging from Gossip Girl and red carpets:
Janet Cough/Celebrity
Giovani Rufino/the CW

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Dominique Charriau/WireImage

Giovanni Rufino/The CW

Giovanni Rufino/The CW

Any of these would surely be the life of a party!

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