Sunday, June 23, 2013

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

I think every girl can agree, that we all love jewelry. To me, the most beautiful pieces always seem to come with a story.

Over the last few years, I have received some beautiful family heirlooms that I love dearly. This first necklace was given to me by my great-aunt, Patsy, and it resembles a family tree. Her husband, Pat, gave it to her when they were first married. I love the mix of pearl, turquoise and topaz stones on each branch of the tree. These beautiful pins were my great grandmother's and were actually given to her by her aunt, Keener Bowden. Nano, was a very classy, old-fashioned type and was always dressed up; even if it was only to make her famous biscuits and gravy for us when we came to visit. She always sported her most beloved jewelry, including these pins. I haven't quite figured out how to wear these yet, but when I do I know that they will be statement pieces. The starfish-looking necklace was given to me by my grandmother, Mimi, and is a pin-turned necklace, that her mother wore often. The pearls embedded in the appendages, and the diamond in the center definitely make this a unique and stunning piece. I love that I am now the third generation wearing it.

If you don't have any family heirlooms, I urge you to sit down and talk to your family about it. There's a good chance they don't even know you would be interested in having them. They will be so proud when you wear them, and you will feel like your adding something special to your family's history.

What are your favorite, family heirlooms? 
Hope everyone has a great week!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Surprises

With all of my friends living in different cities across Texas, it's hard to get everyone together. However, since my birthday was earlier this month, my family took this opportunity to organize a late, birthday surprise with a few of my closest friends. All Friday afternoon my mom kept me busy and out of the house so my friends and sisters could get everything ready at home. After my mom stalled me as long as possible, I walked into my house to see friends, family and decorations. Another great surprise was when a long-time friend walked into my house Saturday morning. We spent the weekend catching up, eating, drinking, laughing and watching horrible, (yet really entertaining) reality tv. Although not all of my friends could make it, we all had a blast together, just like old times. It got me thinking about blessings, and how lucky we are to have found each other and how lucky I am to have such great people in my life. I have always said, I would rather have a few close friends than a bunch of fair-weather friends. I wouldn't be the same if I didn't have you to laugh with, cry with, grow with and live life with; you know who you are.

"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."- Proverbs 18:24

"When there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." -Proverbs 11:14

Who are you thankful for?


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ruidoso, NM

Last weekend my sweet, boyfriend planned a birthday get away to Ruidoso, New Mexico. We rented a cozy cabin right in the center of town near shopping, restaurants and most importantly, the Ruidoso Downs race track. On Friday, our first night, we ate dinner at a great, little restaurant called Grill Caliente then headed to the Inn of the Mountain Gods to test our luck with Russian Roulette. Saturday morning started with iced coffee and a toasted bagel with homemade, blueberry cream cheese at Sacred Grounds; a cozy, coffee shop. The horse races soon followed in the Turf Club, and then a causal dinner with drinks at Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub. On our way out of town Sunday morning we ate breakfast at a Ruidoso staple; The Log Cabin. I'm not even ashamed to say that I had the best biscuits and gravy, ever. This is a must, if you are ever in the area. We also made sure to stop in at some antique stores and some local furniture stores before making the drive home. I got a glass, beverage dispenser and sugar jar for my new kitchen from 2nd Hand Heaven. However, my favorite piece that I bought, is a teal bench that I could not wait to set on my back porch. One of the most fun things about moving into a new home is finding the furniture and decor that speaks to you. I've had so much fun discovering my own, personal style. Going along the lines of style, I have tried to purchase clothing items with more color this summer. Color is something my wardrobe needs more of, and these denim shorts and flowy top that I wore to the horse races, have to be two of my favorite purchases this summer. With that being said, don't be afraid to add color to your life. Whether it's starting out this "color addition" with something small, like a bright top, or a bolder statement like the teal bench I purchased, you will learn to love (and not be afraid) of color! Hope everyone has a great week!

 Ben and I at the horse races

View from our cabin

Comfy. Colorful. Convenient.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Roma Roma Roma

Journaling is one of the best things you can do for yourself; especially while traveling. Since it has already been a whole year since I studied in Italy, I thought it fitting to reminisce a little bit over the summer, and read each day's passage in my Italy journal on the same date now that it was written then. Reading back over my time in Italy, makes it seem like just yesterday I was traveling across Italy eating delicious food and soaking up the culture and history. One thing I wanted to do all of college was study abroad. Luckily, I was able to fit it in last summer and even better, I got to go with one of my best and oldest friends, Lara. I took an Italian wine and food pairing class and yes, it counted toward my degree believe it or not. Before arriving in Florence to move into my apartment and start my class, I got to discover Rome for a few days. I ate lots of great food and went on tours throughout the entire city. We visited the Colosseum and Roman Forums, tossed coins in the Trevi Fountain, toured the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel and much, much more. Halfway through the tour, Lara and I got separated from our tour group during a shopping break, but it ended up being more fun exploring the city on our own. The history and beauty of everything in Rome was overwhelming, and I wish I could go back in time to relive it. Hopefully, I'll be able to travel there again one day! With that being said, document your life; the important things and even the not so important things. Write it in a journal (like mine below), take pictures or even use a video camera, like my friends and I did in college. Trust me, you will be so happy you did!

 The Colosseum 

 Roman Forum Ruins

 The Trevi Fountain

 Tossing coins & making wishes

 The Vatican

Hope everyone had a great weekend! :)