Monday, September 27, 2010

"D" is for Diamonds on the Soul

With much pride & joy I would like to officially welcome Mrs. Sara Montgomery to the blogging community.  We spent a weekend deciphering a name which as all you bloggers know is crucial.  Not only do I consider her a dear friend but she is an amazing artist, photographer, friend, wife (well, you'll have to get Terry to confirm), positive and sincere person.

Fun fact about Sara is she came up with the copy "Eat here, Work here" for McDonalds.  If you are ever dining in at the golden arches this may be on your tray liner!

Her blog is still a baby but is for sure one to keep on your blog roll.

[Diamonds] [SaraMontgomery]

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"C" is for Carb Lover's Diet

There is groundbreaking new research with impressive results, thus the above miraculous diet that I'm soon to partake in.  I came across this diet from this cute girl.  Check out her progress if you have doubts.  I am making my grocery list this weekend and devouring one last farewell to all tempting, favorite dishes.

Currently I can fit in my clothes but I can tell I am getting to that dreaded point where age is knocking on my door.  You know, where I have to work out twice as hard and really focus on what I eat.  The last thing I want to do is get to the point of no return so the objective is this: bite the bullet and shed a few.  Learn how to eat healthier and curve cravings for rich food.  The recipes are easy, prep time 5 minutes, and are foods I really do enjoy.  This doesn't even feel like it's going to be that hard!  The stats for Resistant Starch carbs are quite impressive as well.

1.  Shrink fat cells, especially in your belly
2.  Boost fat burning muscles
3.  Preserve muscle mass
4.  Curb cravings
5.  Keep you feeling full longer than other foods
6.  Control blood sugar
7.  Lower cholesterol and triglycerides

Sounds good to me.  I'll keep you posted on my progress.  Maybe some pics.  Still debatable.  Check out some of the recipes below!

Black bean tacos.  Look, there's cheese in there!

Express lunch plate.

Chicken pita sandwich.

White bean and herb hummus.

Chicken primavera.

Boca veggie burger.

Yeah that's right...baked potato chips!

[Diet] [CarbLovers]

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"B" is for Blake Lively

I am officially obsessed with Blake Lively. My answer to the infamous question, "if you could look like any celebrity, who would it be?" just changed from Jennifer Annistion to Blake Lively. So here's my top 5 resons. I do have my reasons.
1. Her name. I was adorned with the name of Ashley. So boring and 1 million trillion girls have that name. I really like something unoriginal and love masculine names for females!
2. She stars in my favorite tv series, Gossip Girl, as Serena Van der Woodsen who happens to be my favorite character.

3. Her figure. Let me explain. I will never be a naturally thin girl and after many years have come to accept this. She embraces her curves and looks healthy!
4. Her style. Love this Marchesa dress. Love everything she wears but this was a stand out moment for her.

5. Her puppy!!! Reminds me of my pup, Marley!! Looks just like her. Same color, hair, size, face, everything!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"A" is for Abby Series

I graduated from Ole Miss with Caroline Reehl, an AMAZING artist. Her above pottery is from her Abby series and is my favorite. You can view the entire collection here. I think her pieces would make lovely wedding gifts. You can order here. The below passage is her Artist Statement which describes her work best:
"Southern women epitomize hospitality, cultivation of splendor, and are as luxuriant as the rich traditions that surround them. I use roses and lilies among my work as a metaphor for these women. The stages of the flowers on each piece are at the peak of the bloom and represent internal strength and external beauty. Many of the colors that I chose for my ceramic pieces are subtle, giving each individual petal room to shine."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Beauty Queens & Literary Greatness"

[Article][Ole MissOxford]


The above video is just for fun. The Rebels sure do miss their very own Dexter McCluster but I know what pro team I'm now rooting for...

Now for what the blog is really about. The Washington Post has been loving Ole Miss and Oxford lately. This article captures what I love so much about the University and the town. Most people do not realize the traditions and history there. The following are some favorite excerpts.

"In addition to Morris, who lived here for years before his death in 1999, the town has been home to dozens of authors, including John Grisham, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown and Richard Ford. But Faulkner (1897-1962) was -- and is -- such an enduring presence that people talk about him as if he were still around. He attended Ole Miss for three semesters, dropping out in 1920 to embark on a writing career that earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature 29 years later."

"Once the bustling hub of Mississippi's cotton industry, Oxford has become a trendy tourist destination known for its art galleries, shops and chef-owned restaurants, such as City Grocery, that specialize in reconstructed regional dishes."

"On Friday nights before Ole Miss home games, Oxford's courthouse square becomes a mini-New Orleans."

"Later, a few of the more literary types will be visiting nearby St. Peter's Cemetery, where spilling a shot of bourbon on Faulkner's grave is an honored tradition. It's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" meets "Animal House," part fashion show, part pep rally and part hangover in the making."

"A lot of people have ideas about Mississippi based on things that happened years ago," Eastland says later. "All that stuff's in our rearview mirror."

"Eastland, who's wearing his game-day blue blazer and striped tie, takes a deep breath. "Ummm," he says. "My favorite smell. Bourbon and Chanel No. 5." '

"One thing about the Grove that's immediately apparent is the number of impeccably attired female students; getting dressed up is the style here for football Saturdays. Mississippians have good reason to believe they lead the nation in the production of beauty queens. In a remarkable achievement in competitive good looks the state has produced four Miss Americas, three of whom attended Ole Miss. Two of those, Mary Ann Mobley and Linda Mead Shea, back-to-back winners in 1959 and '60, were members of the same sorority, Chi Omega." (A little shout out to my Chi O's! I like it!!)

"In Mississippi, Manning is a football icon. He's so revered at Ole Miss that the campus speed limit is 18 miles an hour, the uniform number he wore when he played quarterback."

The above excerpts are all from the article composed by Bill Thomas. He can be reached at

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stylish & Sporty

Who says you can't be stylish and sporty at the same time? Build one of the above charm necklaces for you next tailgate here!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tribute to Jackie

Jackie Kennedy's iconic style is timeless, one that should be implemented with a modern twist in wardrobes everywhere. Mustard is a happening color this fall and although the above dress is not quite mustard, how can one deny that embellished neckline. Pair with hose, flats, and a cute cardigan for work. Then switch it up with hose, boots and fun coat for a fall football game . When spring rolls around wear it to a light social event. This fantastic number is an annual outfit and those my friends are the best! Keep the jewelry simple with a diamond stud, embezzeled bangle or watch.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Everything I Want - Nothing That I Need!

Birds of a feather flock together. Who's with me? The bold red with the subtle blue bird/floral fabric is done beautifully!

If it is tribal in nature and has beadwork, I'm there! These are a must have!

I adore the simplicity, color scheme and objects in this work but most of all I am drawn to the fact that "Lakewood" is painted on a map. "Lakewood" is an actual location layered beneath the above interesting mixed media art.

I am LOVING - let me repeat myself, LOVING socks to wear beneath and slightly spill over the top of utility type boots this fall! I want to be THAT un phased girl who is fashionably prepared during a wet, horrible weather-day at a football game, rocking this look with a pair of dark skinny jeans and flirty tunic.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Every Dog Has Her Day!

Good ole Mar Mar had her birthday a couple of weeks ago and I promised pictures. Thanks to Martha Stewart and her fabulous new dog line at PetSmart, mommy got a little something something too!

Marley is wearing a two tone birthday dress by Molly & Max as well as her companion Taffy seen wearing a festive Molly & Max hat!

I thoroughly enjoyed the pup's barkday and sadly enough, probably more than Marley. Thanks to everyone who brought a gift and was there for the festivities!!

[Marley][pet birthday]