Nothing Little About this Lie — HBO’s Big Little Lies is Fab!

Last Thursday, Bestie and I had the chance to see the premiere of HBO’s Big Little Lies before the series aired last night.  Reese Witherspoon’s delightful company Draper James hosted the evening at the Highland Park Village Theatre.  We began the evening with bubbly and shopping at the Dallas Draper James location. Then headed over to the theatre where a representative from HBO welcomed the group and introduced the series “Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?  What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?“  HBO treated guests to popcorn, movie candy and drinks and we viewed the first two episodes of the series.  It was really fun! Big Little Lies is based on the book written by Liane Moriarty.  It’s full of strong women, smooth wine, sass and sex.  Oh, and it opens with a … Continue reading “Nothing Little About this Lie — HBO’s Big Little Lies is Fab!”

Friday’s Find: A Bakery and a Brownie

Warning:  This is a high calorie blog post today.  You might want to take a spin on your treadmill before reading… One thing this blog will never be lacking is photos of bakeries.  My bliss is to walk into a bakery, especially one that is aesthetically pleasing.  My go-to spot when I am in Dallas is Bird Bakery. If you are ever in the Highland Park neighborhood, you must stop in for a delight for the eyes. Bird bakes all the usual suspects – cupcakes, brownies, lemon bars, cookies and mini pies, merchandised beautifully on teared plates, cake pedestals and parchment lined trays.  They also have a delicious sandwich, soup and salad menu. I usually order their Bird cupcake — a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting in the loveliest shade of robin’s egg blue. Your cupcakes are packaged up in the cutest egg cartons.  Can you imagine receiving a gift of beautiful cupcakes presented … Continue reading “Friday’s Find: A Bakery and a Brownie”

What Would Holley Wear: Leather Weather Edition

It’s not just for the “Fonze” on Happy Days.  Holley is stopping by today to school us on everything leather from accessories to clothing.  Enjoy! I’m pretty sure if you live in Texas and don’t own a piece of leather, it’s considered a sin. Sounds like lyrics to a country song….right?  Nope, it’s just the plain ole’ truth!  So, two things you need to know about me: I’ve been a Texan for 37 years… …and I do love wearing leather….of course! But here’s the deal….in today’s fashion world leather is no longer just a Western look and is not just for cold weather.  In fact, it is considered a spring and summer transition piece.  Plus, it is so sophisticated that it can be integrated into your work wardrobe and is guaranteed to give you a “too cool for school” look.  How hip is that? Let’s get started and talk about … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Leather Weather Edition”

Five Things I Like About Me

Wow.  That’s a hard topic — things you like about yourself.  First, to find five things, then to be bold enough to say them out loud without seeming bragadocious (it’s a real word but it sounds less brag-gy).  But, I think every once in while we need to take the opportunity to identify things we like about ourselves and embrace the positive, rather than the negative. So, here goes:  I’m funny.  I have a good sense of humor.  I get that from my parents.  I like to make people laugh.  I have been entertaining the world since I was old enough to realize I could get a response –isn’t that at about 6 weeks old? I love to talk to people.  I like to find out what makes them tick.  I always leave a store or restaurant with a new friend (I get this from Daddy).   My profession requires … Continue reading “Five Things I Like About Me”

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Miss Bee’s 17th birthday was on Sunday.  Two things she said she wanted to do 1) go to the mall with us and 2) make sugar cookies.  I took this plan and ran with it!  I mean how many more years will I get the chance to have her undivided attention… She asked me to find a cake like sugar cookie recipe so I went to Pinterest (why do I even bother to have 100 cookbooks…) and found this one from Eighteen25.  The dough is pretty standard, but it does call for sour cream. The Best Sugar Cookies Ingredients FOR COOKIES 2 cups sugar 1 cup sour cream 1 cup butter (softened) 4 eggs 1 tsp almond extract 6 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt FOR FROSTING 1 cup butter (softened) 4 cups powdered sugar ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp almond extract ¼ cup … Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies”

What’s On the Stack: My February Books

Three books on my library cart this month…   I like to seek out books that offer support and encouragement and I saw this book floating around social media Craving Connection — 30 Challenges for real life engagement. “Embrace the desire God has given each of us for connection.  Invest in meaningful relationships, right where God has you and become the friend you wish you had.”   Chasing Slow — Written by viral sensation and HGTV.com star Erin Loechner.   Erin turns away from fast, fame and frenzy to blaze the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle—one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities and shift your focus to the journey that matters most. Through a series of steep climbs—her husband’s brain tumor, bankruptcy, family loss, and public criticism—Erin learns just how much strength it takes to surrender it all, and to veer right into grace. And, thanks to a lovely HWT … Continue reading “What’s On the Stack: My February Books”

Just a Minute Centerpiece

I have an easy Valentine’s Day centerpiece to share.  You could do this for any occasion by changing up the colors of the flowers. What you’ll need: Carnations — I love Carnations and I think they get a bad rap.  They are fragrant, inexpensive and can go a long time without water which is perfect for this centerpiece project.  I bought three bunches at $3.99 each from Central Market. Red Hots — I bought several scoops from the bulk bin at Central Market, or you could buy a large bag in the candy aisle. Ice Cream Sugar Cones — I used nine cones which was one box. Glass Cylinders or Vases – You can find these anywhere.  I just used ones I had in my vase stash. I cut the carnation stems short enough to fit in the ice cream cone so the bottom petals of the carnation set just … Continue reading “Just a Minute Centerpiece”

What Would Holley Wear: Be Still My Heart Edition

You will L.O.V.E. Holley’s post today! Next week is Valentine’s Day and she has pulled together a Cupid-curated ensemble sure to take you from Love on the Rocks to Be Still My Heart! Valentine’s Day is the day we celebrate love and romance symbolized by the color red. Cupid is another Valentine’s Day symbol, and in classical mythology Cupid is the god of desire, love, attraction and affection.  So let’s talk about some beautiful red outfits we love, are attracted to, and possibly desire! Two interesting facts about the color red: Seeing the color red can make your heart beat faster… …and I’m pretty sure when you see this week’s Pinterest board, your heart may even skip a beat! Let’s start off with casual red outfits and accessories.  I love a red jacket paired with jeans.  Just add sneakers or animal print flats.  Doesn’t get any cuter than that!  And … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Be Still My Heart Edition”

Ga Ga over La La: Swoon-worthy wardrobe in La La Land

Have you seen the movie La La Land?  My sister-in-law treated me and Miss Bee recently and I loved it!  This “modern musical” is really sweet and the music was fun.  I swooned over Emma Stone’s wardrobe — colorful and very “swirl” worthy for the dance scenes.  If you haven’t seen the movie I won’t give anything away, only highlight the clothes “Mia” wore in a few scenes. I loved how each of her girlfriends wore a different “candy” colored dress. Her figure is perfect for these dresses.  I loved that everything she wore was age appropriate, vintage inspired and ladylike. Who says redheads can’t wear coral?  I loved this cotton halter dress with pockets for a date night. Cute little pique tennis dress in blue with a yellow cross body purse and ballet flats.  Perfect for a day of sightseeing. Mia shined brighter than the planetarium stars in her emerald … Continue reading “Ga Ga over La La: Swoon-worthy wardrobe in La La Land”

A Heart to Heart Talk

February is heart month designated by the American Heart Association  in an effort to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women.  Their mission is to promote healthier living, free of cardiovascular disease.  That single purpose drives all they do. My parents, and grandparents, had cardiovascular disease including stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack.  My biggest shock came when my mother suffered a stroke in 2007.  Her best friend, Margaret, called Sister Bee and told her Mother “didn’t seem right” and wasn’t making sense on the phone.  I stopped by on the way to work and took one look at her and knew she was suffering from a stroke. The entire side of her face was drooping and she had a blank look on her face.  Still able to function we rushed her to the hospital where she stayed for about week. Fortunately, Mother was … Continue reading “A Heart to Heart Talk”