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Aug 26, 2011

I am so glad it looks like Irene is going to miss hitting Charleston, although I am sure we are in for some serious rain. I am usually stumped for activities when it rains besides cooking/eating or watching marathons of the Real Housewives which makes my husband very angry. He does not share the same love for reality TV as me!

My sister is coming in town this weekend so I am having her and her hubby over for drinks and apps. I have been dreaming about these two recipes since I saw on them on pinterest and think I am going to make them tomorrow night.

White Pizza Dip + Baked Brie with Rosemary, Honey and Almonds

This week I got the cutest blouse at Forever 21. I have had a credit there forever but lately I haven’t seen much that impressed me. Until this gorgeous number, I am in love with this blouse. Can’t wait to sport it with my skinny jeans and boots this fall.

I really want a bar cart for my den. I keep seeing cute ones all over the Internet. Although I wonder if having glass bottles that low is such a good idea with a rambunctious 18 month old….

Did anyone else think Kim Kardashian’s wedding was a bit much? 3 dress changes and a 20.5 carat ring + A $200,000 matching wedding band? Between her headpiece, earrings and necklace she was wearing over $ 15 million in jewelry plus she paid $150,000 to have her hair and make up done. I just think that is outrageous. I read somewhere that she was calling her wedding “the royal wedding.” While it may have been over the top I am not going to lie you better believe I will be watching the special in October.

I will leave you with this. Happy Weekend Dolls. Stay Dry.



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  1. Laur says:

    lucky you! I think Irene is still supposed to hit us, and crossing my fingers our place at the beach doesnt get hit too hard! I am on the hunt for a bar cart too…trying to scope out the consignment shops! Have a good weekend with your sister!

  2. My husband hates when I watch the Real Housewives too. I think he'd rather gouge his eyes out. Shame. Stay dry this weekend!

  3. I can't belive she paid that much for her hair & makeup? Oh yeah – I will watch it and buy the People Magazine. It's such a spectacle I can't look away. 🙂

    Love that F21 top! And the brie recipe sounds so yummy. What time shall I be over?

  4. HA! I think those baked cheese dishes are need to get in my belly NOW! Love the coral blouse and love love love me some bar carts girl! Just leave the bottom empty, I can only imagine the destruction these babies would wreck on that pretty 🙂

  5. Val says:

    White pizza dip…..be still my heart!! The shirt is so pretty! I hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

  6. We just bought a bar cart last weekend! I want to change out the trays with some custom-cut glass or mirror.

    Also, re: Kim Kardashian's wedding – what a sickening display of excess. The perfect example of a girl who wanted to get married just so that she could have a wedding. They'll be over in the blink of an eye, and she'll find another guy to have another lavish wedding with.

  7. KatiePerk says:

    Your apps look delicious. I am also going to check out the Kardashian special in October, but I completely agree.

  8. I am glad Irene is missing you! That dip sounds so goood, I think I might seriously make it this weekend

  9. Carly says:

    That blouse is super cute! Also, I think KK is way over the top, but I guess that's how all the Kardashians are. Stay safe and dry this weekend!

  10. Love that Forever 21 blouse, I may have to copy you!!

  11. i've been eyeing that pizza dip too, you must tell me how it is!

  12. Cute top — I need to look at those type of shirts more often.

    happy weekend!

  13. Carly says:

    so many tidbits here I don't know what to comment on first.
    1. Kim K is ridiculous…why does she feel like she has to spend so much damn money to look great? she is so beautiful- just chill on the OVER THE TOP craziness…I would have like to have seen 1 million of that go to charity- like they need any more money
    2. Irene is coming to Jersey…running out in a few for bread and batteries..lol.
    3. I love those old postcard/card sayings…I have a a set of napkins w a 50's styled women…with the quote "because chocolate won't get you pregnant"…they are all so damn funny.
    Happy weekend.

  14. Laura says:

    I love the Real Housewives too…so entertaining. Your app options look great too, you can never go wrong with baked bree. Regarding Kim H- uhm, her hair and makeup honestly didn't look that great to me- I swear she does it better herself. Her wedding was totally over the top…but of course I watch the show and will watch that special.

  15. I want that top!!! I guess I will look for it this weekend. Yeah, Kim K is doing the most. Too much!

  16. Bud and Leo says:

    So glad Irene is missing you! I was thinking of you! And that blouse is tdf! Seriously?!? So impressed at F21! And yes Kim K. is officially out of control!!!!!!! But you know I will be watching in Oct! Have a great weekend! xo Lisa

  17. 17 Perth says:

    Love the bar carts—recently purchased/refurbished one and now I am on the hunt for the "right" types of liquor and wines for us. These pics are definitely inspiring. Glad you guys are going to be safe in Charleston. I am a relatively new follower……but I am in Saint Simons Island and we were spared also! Thankfully. Hope you guys stay safe and dry.

  18. Jill says:

    I was thinking about you this morning when I saw Irene's path, glad you are all safe.

    First, those apps looks amazing!! Just put out a cook book Gwynnie please!

    I never have good luck at F21 but that blouse is darling, i might be making a pit stop there today.

    I have been on the hunt for a bar cart as well.

    I read somewhere that Kim profitted 17 million from her wedding. It really is sickening to read about all the excess from that wedding. As annoyed that I am with that entire family I must shamefully admit that I too will be watching the schedule.
    Have a great weekend with your sis

  19. Lisa Fergus says:

    I'm drooling, I'm now hungry, and I feel like shopping at F21! lol


  20. I agree on every single count. Love your new shirt, such a great find. And honestly, I think this whole KK wedding is disgusting. I hate to be like this… but seriously, there are people starving.

  21. Just purchased a vintage bar cart on ebay not long ago and now I'm deciding what to put on it! I am thinking some vintage glasses and decanter with pretty bottled water on the top shelf and then something less breakable on the bottom shelf? We'll see.



  22. Let us know how that white pizza dip is–I bet it will be delicious! Love that Forever top too!!

  23. Great blouse find!! And I agree, Kim K's wedding budget seemed a BIT much! Though I will be watching the special as well.


  24. Julip Made says:

    Haha that sounds similar to our household… I had a bunch of reality tv dvr'd for the weekend, but I don't think the Boy will be as enthusiastic. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  25. Amanda says:

    I had that F21 top in my hand a week or 2 ago, but the dressing room line was too long so I put it back! Perhaps I should try again? Love it!!

  26. Michaela says:

    That blouse is super cute!! I'm hoping to get to Forever soon to pick up some new inexpensive blouses for fall!

  27. My husband is who actually got me hooked on RHW! Isn't that funny? Love the bar cart! We have a built in bar area right by the family room and I have been trying to think of ways to spruce it up. The pizza dip looks amazing and I love the blouse! 🙂

  28. LOVE that blouse and that color! Can't wait to see how you style it!

  29. Birkley says:

    Can anyone find the Forever21 blouse? I can't and I NEED it!