Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Eva Franco lace cocktail dress
$420 –

Rag bone tuxedo jacket
$495 –

Kate Spade chandelier earrings
$98 –

Kate Spade wool scarve
$148 –

Power Hour

Power Hour

Moschino Cheap Chic stripe shirt
$495 –

J Crew vintage shirt
$98 –

DKNY flat front pants
$255 –

Madewell ballerina flat
$118 –

Reed Krakoff leather tote handbag
€1.440 –

Kate spade necklace
$148 –

Jamie Wolf pave diamond earrings
$2,250 –

Michael Kors water resistant watch
£200 –

Tory burch sunglasses
$165 –

French Kissed

To me, French women are so beautifully styled, yet it seems so effortless. I try, I try, but my Southern roots always show through. Growing up in a culture where bigger and gaudier is always better, I must force myself daily to resist big hair and a can of hairspray. I admire the simplicity of French fashion. Every fashionista, whether a master or still-in-training, should own a copy of Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange (successful business woman,former model and muse of Karl Lagerfeld). Read it, and repeat, until each page is memorized.

Cozy Dinner

This past weekend was quite busy for the husband and me. We ran in a local race on Saturday morning, and then headed to Chattanooga to catch up with college friends and their sweet addition to the family, Tillman. While I don’t have baby fever at all, that little guy was adorable. Accompanying the busy weekend was cold, rainy weather (blah), and I couldn’t think of a better way to wind down our weekend than with a cozy pasta dinner on Sunday night. John and I love to entertain friends and family, but Sunday night was set aside for just the two of us to talk about the upcoming week and relax with a simple, yet savory dish. Last summer, we fell in love with homemade pizzas on the grill. Another simple dinner, but the idea of fire grilled pizza just makes it taste even better! What we loved most was the marinara sauce on the pizza, so I decided to play around with the recipe I had and try a little something for pasta. Along with our spinach fettuccini and tomato dish, we sampled fresh mozzarella and olive tapenade crostini.

Here’s the oh-so-simple recipe I used for the tomato sauce. I’m eager to use my home grown tomatoes during the summer!

Spicy Tomato Sauce

In a large boiler, heat 6 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 minced garlic cloves over high heat until fragrant. Add 2 – 28oz cans of petite diced tomatoes and mash/stir as they cook down. Add in crushed red pepper (I use ¾ teaspoon, but this is very spicy! The red pepper is optional – add any amount that you like). Add a dash of salt and ground black pepper to taste. Simmer and continue mashing tomatoes for about 15 minutes or until at a consistency of your liking.

Label Me

While my life can get pretty chaotic at times, there’s not much that can make me happier than having everything organized and labeled. I was a fan of Martha Stewart long before I ever worked on her television show, and since then, I’ve only gotten more categorized and color-coded. There’s something about that bird’s egg blue and the accents of red that are a match made in heaven for me. So, imagine my joy when MS announced her home office line exclusive to Staples. As I rushed out to the nearest Staples store (I had to see it in person), it was SO difficult not to buy everything! So, I came away with a few must-haves…chalkboard labels, elastic tags, food labels (that don’t leave a sticky residue, yea!), a dry erase stick-on decal, a red binder and lots of goodies to place inside it. Make sure to check out the collection for yourself.

All Things Creative

Ah, Kate Spade. Always so charming and graceful with a touch of fun. I’ve always admired each season’s collection, and I’m so happy all of the Kate Spade “secrets” have been compiled into The Guide to Living Colorfully book set. From color palettes to globetrotting, Kate Spade covers it in this little book set. I ordered the set from the website a few months ago, and you can get a glimpse into living colorfully by visiting the blog.