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Thoughts For Thursday

Jun 28, 2012

Is anyone else completely bored with the Bachelorette this season?  It has been snoozville.  The puppet date with Jef on Monday night was the most akward thing ever.  I am guessing she chooses Ari because I hear his family is loaded.  I am ready for a new season already. 

Speaking of another Reality Show, does everyone agree that Vicki is completely off her rocker on the OC Housewives?   If your daughter and all your friends hate your boyfriend you might should listen.  Also I am pretty sure he did not buy her that fur coat.  This season I actually liked Gretchen a little more and Heather became my favorite.  I did feel bad for Alexis for like a second when everyone ganged up on her but it was all true.  and can we talk about the vest her husband wore to Heather’s party, what was that??


As Sterling and I were driving back in town from Charlotte Tuesday,  I looked in the rearview mirror and saw this.  Not sure if I should be worried or impressed at his ability.  I mean he tried to draw eyelashes and with no mirror!

This has been my latest lunch obsession lately.  Mediterrean Platter:  CousCous, Sauteed Kale, Hummus, Tomatoes and Mozarella, and Pretzel Thins.  It is so darn good and very filling!

I am loving my bright coral J Brand shorts.  They actually go with way more than I thought they would.  I am so glad I jumped on the colored jean short band wagon!  This my newest favorite color combo: Navy + Coral. 

{J Brand Cut-offs, Ann Taylor Blouse}

I think I have found the perfect red nail polish.  I found this in my mom’s drawer while I was home and promptly painted my nails.  It is Essie Lollipop.  It is such a classic color.  And if you need another reason to wear it look how great it looks on Olivia Palermo.

My Tilly Maison Tray came and I love it.  She makes the best trays!  This is my second one and I am thinking of putting it on our entryway table to catch keys and mail.

 I forgot to mention yesterday I was guest posting over at Brooke’s blog Decorgreat sharing my favorite and least favorite baby items.  You can check out my post HERE.   

Also stay tuned becasue I will annouce the SwimSpot Winner tomorrow! 

And I finally updated my Recipes tab.  I don’t think I had added my recipes since January but now they are all there!  While updating I came across this recipe from last year that I plan to make tonight:

{Asparagus, Corn, and Mozzarella Salad}

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  1. Lala says:

    Old navy has some pretty great colored cut-offs for cheap, if you want other colors. I'm liking the navy and coral together.

  2. Alicia xoxxo says:

    So much to say about this post! Love it! Bachelorette is awful this season. Not entertaining at all. The OC HW are all pretty despicable in their own right, but at least they are somewhat entertaining! I like Heather the best. And I LOVE all of her Chanel necklaces! I would love to raid her closet. She always dresses very classy. I am currently obsessed with all things navy. Cant get enough of it. Love your shorts! I am impressed with Sterlings ability to draw eyelashes on his face!

  3. Yes, Vicki is crazy and all about herself. And didn't Brooks look insane last night as he was staring at Tamra?! He's out of his mind…maybe it's his new teeth. I agree about liking Fancy Pants Heather – at first I hated her, but now she's a fav. I adore your coral shorts! We are leaving tomorrow and will be at Kiawah from Friday night late until next Sunday morning. Just email me or let me know if you want to come join us at the beach! Matt included!

  4. Love those shorts, they look adorable on you!

  5. 1. obsessed with your coral and navy outfit. It's my favorite combo as well!
    2. couldn't get on board with this season period.
    3. his vest was killing me softly. I think Alexis is horrible and Vicki is cray this season for sure. I like Gretchen and Tamra as friends. Slade is still so creepy. Seriously. heather and her hubs are my fave.
    4. I love anything and everything sterling does. For real.
    5. I want that plate of food asap.
    6. yup, still obsessed with this outfit.
    7. love the color, but I don't do mani's
    8. OBSESSED with this vignette. Completely and utterly in love with it.
    9. Looks yummmmmm
    10. are we done yet?

  6. Hahaha! Glad you agree – even my mom thinks it's a snoozefest! Love the colorful cut-offs.

  7. Oh my gawd, adding the navy | coral look to my must wear list.. they look incredible together ( and on you!! ) xo

  8. Jill says:

    So much to comment, yes I stopped watching the bachelorette, it is so boring!!

    love Heather she is my favorite.. "she ate the bow" Vicki is crazy and Brooks is a loser

    that picture of Sterling makes me laugh, Scarlett did the same thing to my nephew the other day

    I love your lunch ideas!!

  9. Natasha says:

    i TOTALLY agree about the bachelorette…from what i have read, she didn't really want to find love anyways-just make some $$$

    as for the RHOC, i'm in the sme boat as you…heather is AWESOME and jim's attire was the strangest thing i've ever seen..now if we could just get gretchen to take that feather out of her hair!!

    love the j brand shorts on you my dear!

  10. Ok, where to begin? I agree with you about the Bachelorette being a snooze fest this season. I'm not as crazy over Emily as I was in Brad's season (mostly because I've heard she is a huge diva), but I've been enjoying her outfit changes. I decided that The Bachelor is always more interesting that The Bachelorette because the ladies create drama in the house (which is obvi. interesting to watch) and the guys just sit there on the sofa.

    Real Housewives… I agree, Heather quickly became my favorite, too. I enjoyed Tamra a bit more this season, too. Probably because she hasn't hung out with Vicki as much this season. And yes, she IS off her rocker!

    Love your outfit, as usual, and I love that TM tray! I've been wanting to order one of her trays for the longest time.

  11. Leslie says:

    Navy plus coral is my newest color obsession too!I'm pretty impressed by your son's ability with make-up also. šŸ™‚

  12. megan says:

    I've been missing the last few episodes of The Bachelorette b/c of the College World Series (don't judge) and I've found that it doesn't bother me that much..I guess b/c it has been so boring.
    I have that TM tray in my Etsy favorites and am thinking about purchasing it as a card tray for the wedding!

  13. Taylor says:

    Jef (with one F… that alone kills me) needs to just go. He looks like a 12 year old, and the puppet scene was horrific!!! Vicki is completely insane!!! She was SCARY in the finale episode – she is so blind about Brooks. I can't wait for the finale – Heather was my favorite this season too. And JIM! That Vest!!!! Horrifying! He's a total creep as well…. he just looked scary walking through the house.

  14. Christina says:

    The picture of Sterling is hysterical. Has Olivia Palermo ever looked bad? I didn't think so.

  15. Sterling looks like most of us do when we try to do eye makeup while driving. But since he is starting at such an early age, he might become a pro one day!

  16. Yes, the Bachelorette is a big bore! I actually was getting a kick out of Jef with the puppets…maybe because it was so awkward it just made me laugh more. I like how Gretchen said it in a prior episode, Vicki is a complete "wack-a-doodle"!! Heather and Terry are by far the best!!

    love your blouse with those shorts, and I'm in awe of how Sterling did that!! What a little artist you have. šŸ™‚

  17. Love the Mediterranean platter! Looks delish! I'm a huge OC housewives fan too. I love Heather and Gretchen has grown on me as well. I agree with you that Vicki needs to see that if everyone doesn't like Brooks, there is probably a good reason why! Love you outfit!

  18. I love Emily but it definitely is a booooring and slow season. She doesn't have enough drama for it! I totally agree on the RHOC comments! I am over Vicky and now on Team Gretchen!

  19. Kara says:

    Vicki is so crazy, but I am not surprised. Love everything about your mediterrean lunch!

  20. Vicki is crazy and I couldn't believe how much Alexis looked like a high priced hooker at that party.

  21. I am totally over Emily and the bachelorette. Vicki is nuts and completely agree that my faves are Gretchen and Heather this season. Your food always looks so amazing and that recipe for tonight has my mouth watering! I need to try that! Love navy & coral and those shorts are perfect! Sterling is so cute – I would definitely be impressed!

  22. Nat says:

    Totally agree about the Bachelorette! I'm ready for it to be over. Love the shorts- they look great on you!

  23. Emily says:

    You read my mind about the Bachelorette and OC Housewives. I am surprised that Heather is my favorite this season too. That mediterranean plate looks delicious, and easy, going to have to give that a try.

  24. so over this season too! it was like watching high school kids kissing for 2 hours this week! blah šŸ˜‰ LOVE heather, she's the most rational for sure, vicki is nuts!
    and I want those shorts! You seriously NEED to make a closet on http://www.becauseIshoptoomuch.com so I can shop your closet already! We have such similar taste! (well, I love everything you wear/obsess over even if it's not in my budget! lol)

  25. Ha ha, y'know, I am strangely un-involved when it comes to reality TV! I have no idea why…my mom and sisters are all into those shows, but I just haven't jumped on the bandwagon! And bravo, Sterling! To me, that is *super* impressive because I'm 31 and can barely do my eyeliner *WITH* a mirror (c:

  26. Teresa says:

    I have been wear that color for the past year. My favorite!!!

  27. Love the oc and Gretchen and heather. Vicki is cray cray. Love your coral and navy outfit. You look adorbs!!

  28. Couldn't agree with you more on the Real Housewives- Vicky has gone a bit loco. Her toast after Heather's??? Talk about stealing someone's thunder! Also, had so many laughs about the cake bow drama…seriously? Did that debacle really drag out that long?! That girl is pretty classless though!

  29. Lauren says:

    that mediterrean platter looks fabulous…a bigger version of it would be great for a party!


  30. That platter looks like the perfect meal šŸ˜‰

  31. Couldn't agree with you more on your Bachelorette and RHOC comments! Emily's season has been such a snooze and Vicki is a complete whacko! I never saw myself liking Heather, but really ended up loving her!

  32. That platter looks SO unbelievably good!! I have been on a hummus kick lately with reduced fat wheat thins! haha

    I LOVE LOVE that nail polish!! SO classic!!