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Thoughts For Friday

Apr 13, 2012

I am so excited because this weekend is the opening of the Calypso St Barth store in Charleston! I am sad because I had to miss the opening party last night. Having a kid plus a husband that works late= I never get to go to things!
I bought this cover-up/dress at the Chicago Calypso store years ago and I still love it.
Cool Change Pull On Mini



And these are two things I have my eye on in the new store:

Hanne Bloch One-Piece, Irene Ikat Skirt,


I think I want to buy a Popsicle maker for Sterling. My GF told me that she uses the leftover juice from her juicer to make pops for her son. She said he will even eat beet/veggie ones. This is genius to me since Sterling has a major aversion to most vegetables. I looked at the ZOKU one at Williams Sonoma but did not buy it. I would prefer one that would make more pops at once. But then again maybe I don’t need to make that many all at once. Any recommendations? Anyone own the ZOKU?

I am hooked on this Citrus Kale salad I made for lunch the other day. Several of you asked what was in it so here is the recipe. The dressing is so good and the citrus in it helps cut the bitterness of the kale. I added fresh shreds of Parmesan to mine.

I am finally finishing up the Hunger Games books. I am on the third book, sad for it to end but this one has not been nearly as good as the first two. Next on my reading list is Fifty Shades of Gray. I keep hearing about this book and want to see what all the hype is about.


I also picked up Hoda’s biography. I have kind of been obsessed with her ever since she was on Bethenny plus I love the third hour of the Today Show with her and Katie Lee. Hoda seems so sweet and down to earth, can’t wait to read her story.


What are your thoughts on denim shirts? I really dig the look in picture (I think it might be Emily Maynard) but I can’t get past the fact that I used to wear denim shirts in like 8th grade. Are they still cool?


I have my eye on this one by Joie. Thinking it would look cute with my colored jeans, white jeans, or black jeans.
Joie Pinot Denim Shirt


Sterling has been on Spring Break all week. I never realized how much I needed those 3 hours every Tuesday/Thursday morning. It has been a long week. and this quote is too true around here (applies to the husband too)!

Have a great weekend!

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Thoughts For Friday

Jan 13, 2012

Jayz and Beyonce picked out the most amazing crib for Baby Blue Ivy. If I had an extra $3500 I would totally buy this Lucite crib too. Hopefully hers isn’t filled with all those bouncy balls- weird.



And Have you heard the beautiful song JayZ wrote for his new baby girl? It brought a tear to my eye (That was just for you Lauren).
You can listen to Glory B.I.C Here


I am kind of obsessed with It’s a Brad Brad World. I wanted to stay loyal to Rachel Zoe and be on her side but I can’t help but love Brad and his adorable BF Gary. Watch this show you will love it. Bravo on Mondays.


You must make these No Bake Energy Balls this weekend. They are freaking amazing for Health food. Only 6 healthy ingredients and so easy to make. I ate about 10 after I made them, which probably wasn’t that healthy. Thank you Katie for my newest addiction!


I am dreaming of this JCREW Dress. It is the same style of my beloved leopard dress. I am pretty sure she will be mine soon! Isn’t the blue floral gorgeous?
JULES DRESS IN ASHBURY FLORAL



It is also available in a blouse version that my girl Chassity blogged about yesterday- equally adorable! JCREW ASHBURY BLOUSE

I ended up exchanging a few Christmas Gifts and was able to get my beloved Breville Juicer! She was delivered Wednesday night and I am beyond obsessed with juicing. My first batch of juice was beets, apples, spinach and pineapple- so tasty. If any of you have any favorite juice combinations please do share!


This year I decided I wanted a daily devotional to read nightly. I had heard nothing but good things about Jesus Calling so I picked it up. This little devotional is spot on. It is only a short page to read every day and each day I read it, it relates to something I am struggling with/worrying about that day- crazy right? I highly recommend this little book, it is the perfect daily devotional.


I hope you all have a great weekend. We are having friends over tonight and I am trying out a new recipe to share with y’all next week! xoxo

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  1. Kyle says:

    The J.Crew dress is adorable. May have to scoop one up post baby! Going to try those healthy no-bake treats for the weekend. Happy TGIF.

  2. Hi! I wanted to stay on team Zoe too…but that Brad is just too cute! I like Kale, green apples, celery, ginger and a squeeze of lemon in the juicer. xx

  3. KatiePerk says:

    I am dvring all the Brad Brad Worlds for when the baby arrives. I think she will like it.
    Those energy balls look good.

  4. Jill says:

    My friend had on that Jcrew dress with the TB selma boots for a little party she threw Wed night and it is so darn cute!!

    I keep hearing about juicers and how wonderful they are, I think I might need to invest in one

    I love that you are doing a devotional reading every night, I need to start doing the same. I think I might pick up that book this weekend

  5. Good suggestion on the devotional. I bet there will be copycats on that crib ASAP at a better price!

  6. Alicia xoxxo says:

    Happy Friday! Love that JCrew dress! Makes me want a new dress for date night tonight!! I may have to pick up that devotional! Thanks for the suggestion. I also subscribe to weekday devotionals from girlfriendsingod.com and they are wonderful!

  7. Definitely obsessed with Brad, him and Gary are amazing!! And love the dress, you definitely need it.

  8. you would look good in a brown grocery bag!! What is up with the weird celeb baby names..Blue, Apple etc…

  9. That Jay Z song had me in tears! So sweet! Why was I just in J Crew stalking this dress! We both may have it!

    Going to try out these energy balls! No Bake… That's me!

  10. I am loving the Jcrew print…so fresh and chic for spring!!

  11. That J Crew floral really is amazing…definitely need to pick that up! I am thinking I need to also grab that devotionals book…nothing makes me feel better than a little faith boost (c:

  12. I love that JCrew dress! And I will for sure get that little devotional. Thanks for the recommendation!

  13. Taylor says:

    I have been loving It's a Brad Brad World too (shocking I know…). I tell myself that it's not cheating on RZ because they don't know šŸ™‚ I've been hearing how amazing juicers are – glad you love yours! Have a great weekend.

  14. Sweetness, you NEED that dress. And that book sounds like a nice idea, maybe I should pick one up too.

  15. Melissa says:

    Hey! Great post! I use granny smith apples, kale, organic carrots, celery, and a little pineapple in my juicer.

  16. Loving that crib and dress! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  17. Bud and Leo says:

    Listening to Jay Z's song now, love it! So sweet! And those energy balls look amazing! Going to have to try those!

    Kelli

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