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Thoughts For Thursday

May 24, 2012

This week has certainly flown by, probably because I am looking forward to Memorial Day weekend!  One of my best friends is coming in town to visit and I can’t wait to hang out, drink some tasty drinks and let our boys play!

I am so happy Phillip Phillips won American Idol.  I didn’t watch the whole season but turned in the last few weeks and he knocked my socks off.  His last finale song that sounded like Mumford and Sons was amazing.  Congrats Phillip!

I was browsing through my new JCrew catalog last night and came across these bracelets.  I want all three of them.  Love the Pave Link one and I especially love the Ram one because I am an Aries and I went to Chapel Hill.  I need to be rocking the Ram one.

Speaking of JCrew they are having an additional 30 percent off spring sale items right now.  There are some great things on sale and with the extra 30 percent off things come to really good prices.  In keeping with my current obsession with necklaces I ordered these two beauties.

Droplet Necklace and Triple Stripe Link Necklace

I have a new snack that rocks my face off.  365 Crisp crackers + fresh goat cheese + sliced Strawberries.  It is the perfect combo of salty, creamy, crispy, and sweet.  Especially made with fresh Farmers Market goat cheese and strawberries.  Pairs great with a tall glass of white wine after a long day!

I finally started reading 50 Shades of Grey and wow!  I guess I know what all the hype is about now.  Makes me look at ropes and harnesses in a whole new light….

And is it wrong I am attracted to Christain Grey a totally fictional character?

If you are on the hunt for the perfect maxi dress for the summer please do yourself a favor and order the Velvet by Graham and Spencer Maxi dress.  I absolutely love mine.  It is casual and comfy, yet can be dressed up with fun jewelry!  I have worn mine three times in the last week that is how much I love it!

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Kinnard Maxi Dress

I saw this rug at TJMaxx and I am regretting not buying it.  I wanted it for my porch but in the end decided it was too small.  But how fabulous is it?

I have no words for the Time cover on Breast Feeding a 4 year old.  I am shocked and honestly a little repulsed.  Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing but that is just plain weird to nurse a child that old.   Heck I would feel weird still nursing my two old who has teeth and can talk- gross.

Kim vs Gwyneth.  Of course Gwyneth wore the dress better.  Not even close.

I will leave you with this picture of my little man striking his model pose.  Blue Steel in the making,



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  1. Agree Gwen won that one, a jcrew sale could be bad/good for me right now, and I also just downloaded 50 shades of gray sooo good….

  2. Alicia xoxxo says:

    Great post! I love bracelet #4 from JCrew! So fun and sparkly!! I am loving your maxi dress! BR has one similar to it, so now I am torn on which one I like better….oh decisions, decisions!! Your snack looks so good! Love goat cheese and white wine so I am def making this! Off now to check out that maxi dress! And Sterling is beyond adorable!!! Love his smile!

  3. Gwennie!!! That is not even a fair fight. I mean come on. Love me some Gwennie. Ok. You need the ram bracelet for sure. I need to pick up 50 Shades of Grey. I feel like I am missing out on the the formative years of my adulthood without it. My mother in law told me the other day that she wants to read it and I almost slammed on my brakes in the car. I didn't have the heart to tell her she would be reading porn. I am so trying out your snack!!

  4. Love those bracelets! That maxi dress rocks. That time cover erks me too! WTH! It doesn't benefit the child at that age, physically and mentally. Done!

  5. Total agreement about the Time cover. I saw some similar rugs at our Homegoods store that were bigger – maybe the Charleston one has them too? Have a wonderful Memorial Day and I love how Sterling has a TB fetish…you've taught him right! Looking forward to seeing you in about a month šŸ™‚

  6. That cover got me weirded out as well. I draw the line for myself at one year, teeth or no teeth. Selfishly I'm ready for my body to be my body at that point after 9-10 months inside and a year of breastfeeding! I need to embrace maxi dresses (I don't own a single one!) and wearing my statement necklaces every day and not just when I dress up! That snack looks amazing!! And Sterling is so stinking cute!! If we lived in Charleston {like I wish to soon}, I would definitely set him up with my little girl!

  7. I was so excited that Phil Phillips won too! I didn't really watch this season either. But I thought he was super adorable and his voice reminds me of a young Dave Matthews! You just reminded me, I need to go to HomeGoods soon! That rug is lovely!! We have one right near us and I'm hoping to score some pretties to update my kitchen =)

  8. Christina says:

    I read the 50 Shades trilogy and man…oh man. I can't wait to hear what you think about the books. They're intense! EVERYONE is attracted to Christian Grey, haha.

  9. Love the Maxi and bracelets and of course your new necklaces are going to be fabulous with so many outfits! I am in the 3rd 50 Shades book and am just loving Christian Grey too šŸ™‚ Scared to see if they make a movie who they cast as his character…really don't want them to ruin it for me! Lastly, Gwennie won hands down!!

  10. HA! We both talked about 50 Shades of Gray…the book just disturbs me! Prude over here!! And I love your maxi…it's perfect! Oh and the JCrew jewelry too! OH and that goat cheese and strawberry snack…yumm!

  11. Joanna says:

    I am prude too haha. I'm going to go against the grain re: that cover. While I wouldn't bf at that age, and it's not socially acceptable in our society I do think what she's doing is biologically correct. I give my toddlers cow's milk and when you think about it, milk from a cow's teat is pretty disgusting. I think our society is mistaken in this issue. OK off my soap box. šŸ™‚ I need to hit Jcrew's website now!

  12. I'm an Aries too! I went to buy that necklace from Anthropologie and it was sold out. Boo hoo

    Sterling is adorable!!!

  13. The fact that this is the 100th post I've read about someone reading 50 Shades of Grey makes me believe it's some type of sign I need to read it.

    Love that black maxi dress–it's really simple but chic.


  14. mamateurs says:

    OOOHH! Time to order more of J. CREW's vintage tee's šŸ™‚

    The TIME cover sparked quite the controversy, didn't it?! Don't even get me started on the whole breastfeeding topic:

  15. Chimmy says:

    Definitely Gwen! Not a competition at all.

    Love the J.Crew bracelets… must buy them! And I may even gift one, because I have niece heading to Chapel Hill!

    Always love your posts!

  16. Z says:

    I always love your jewellery picks! I especially love those bracelets/bangles!

  17. Blue Steel, no question! (c: And I had the same reaction to that Time cover…WTFreak??? I used to run into it a lot more in Brazil, but that is for *economic* reasons…this is just bizarre and I just feel like those poor kids are going to have major issues later on! Good thing it's my b-day weekend so I can shop at J crew!

  18. of course I LOVE all your pics! I can't even believe someone would try a kardashian up against our Gwennie. That's not even right. And that jewelry is all so fab!

  19. Nat says:

    I'm so happy Phillip Phillips won too. The new Jcrew catalog is killing me- I want it all. Don't worry everyone loves Christian Gray, I mean how could you not?! Gwennie is clearly winning that one!

  20. Gorgeous necklaces! Saw (and browsed) the sale too but I behaved!

  21. I just started 50 Shades of Gray today, too! Love that JCrew jewelry.

  22. Wow, breastfeeding is a personal choice to be certain, but to call another mom's choice gross and repulsive? Way to be judgmental.

  23. Can you please tell me if the navy maxi dress shrunk after washing? I bought it after you raved about it. I am short, so I bought the petite size, but it's still a bit too long. Thanks. I love your blog.