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Friday, January 24, 2020

Grand-Millennial ~ Are You One?

It's Friday and already time for the weekend. I had a great breakfast meeting with some lovely ladies this week, tried lunch at a new spot (loved the turkey burger and fresh fruit) and de-cluttered my office. 

So it was a good week. My supervisor texted me an interesting article recently about "grand-millennials". Has anyone heard this term? I know that because of my age (37) I am considered a millennial but I don't act like one. 

My interests are completely different and I don't mind it. But when I read this article about grand-millenials I was so intrigued and relieved. I am not alone!

Grand-Milliennial- Ranging in age from mid-20s to late-30s, grandmillennials have an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be “stuffy” or “outdated”—Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens. Unlike that of the late-aughts hipster, their taste for the antiquated isn’t ironic; it’s less twee than timeless. And although there’s a good bit of shared DNA with prep culture, the two terms aren’t entirely interchangeable; the grandmillennial is less Lilly Pulitzer, more faded D. Porthault.

Mix and Chic: Inside a bright and breezy Southern Mississippi home with a modern twist!

(Emma Bazilian- House Beautiful Magazine)

You’d probably never in a million years guess that this shot is of Aerin’s office, since it’s not, as she says, the “typical” office environment. Our favorites in this room include the green-velvet couch, the way its pattern riffs off that vibrant throw pillow, and how her art and photographs are so casually leaned up against the wall.

I know and believe in my heart that I am a grand-milliennial. I have a love and appreciation for things of the past. 

I need and adore things that are well-made and built to last. I agree with the article. As you scroll through Instagram or Facebook everyone's home does start to look alike. Everyone has that stark white house and boxy looking furniture from Ikea. No disrespect to Ikea but I love an antique style buffet with a few dings and scratches on it. 

Charles Faudree

So what do you think? How do you feel about this new term? Are you a grand-milliennial? 

Let me know in the comment section below. Have a great weekend!

(photos via Pinterest)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Fresh Candles

Royal Gardens Tea for One

Good Wednesday Morning Everyone,

I am back in the office and trying to get into the swing of things. This weekend we went out for dinner and while we were waiting for a table we decided to go next door to the bookstore. 

I picked up a Good Housekeeping magazine and came across the beautiful Highgrove Tea Set for One pictured above. Isn't it gorgeous? Oh I wanted it so bad so when I see things in a magazine and I know I don't want to buy it, I take a photo of the article with my phone and look it up later. 

So when I looked up this set I realized that after shipping it would be $100! That's disappointing but maybe next time.

I did go candle shopping. Bath and Body Works was having a sale on their 3-wick candles. Their candles are the best. I did pick up the new fresh orange scent.

My husband loves and could not put it down. He keeps smelling it. It burns very nicely and has notes of grated orange zest and citrus. 

The second candle that I picked up is my all-time favorite perfect spring. This has notes of fresh grass and apple blossom. It may be a little strong for some people but I love it. 

I forgot to get my other favorite fresh cut lilacs so I am hoping to pick that up soon. Please let me know what your favorite spring candles are. I would love to know!

Enjoy your day!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley and Google)

Monday, January 20, 2020

Unknown Thoughts of 2020

Good Morning Everyone,

We are already in the third week of January and normally I would have some thoughts of what I would like this year to be like and for the first time.... I don't have any. 

This has never happen to me before. I am on unknown territory. I recently had an office issue. I don't want to really get into the details about it but it made me re-think a lot of things. 

Because of the recent issue, I have become more open to looking into different opportunities. What it also taught me was people will surprise you in more ways than one. 

You want to always believe the best about people but sometimes you just have to face facts that some people are all about themselves. Now they may not mean to hurt you or be disrespectful. I just believe that some people are so focused on themselves that they don't think about anyone else. 

It's all about their goals and dreams. But as Maya Angelou said, "When someone shows who they really are the first time, believe them". 

I now believe some people. 

But I know one thing that is always with me and that is my faith. I have been praying for direction for this situation and my future. It is so hard staying in a situation that you know is not good for you and wait on the Lord. But I want God's best and to me I know it is worth the wait. I just need the strength to still be gracious, professional, and elegant while I wait. So Father help me. 

I think that we all have had life experiences that have forced us to become confused and lost. One thing I am grateful for is that my home life is well and that helps me to stay in the game.

“A Whisper and A Breath” Wedding Ideas via

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and remember to keep things in perspective. The Lord is working always. ~

(photos via Pinterest)

Friday, January 17, 2020

A New Scent ~ Tiffany

It's Friday and we have a holiday on Monday. I am always grateful for these small breaks. Having moments away from the office is good for the soul. 

I was talking with a friend recently and we were discussing scents. That's when I realized that I had completely forgotten to share my new Tiffany Perfume that I received for Christmas.

Now I will be honest, I am not in love with it. I actually liked the Tiffany & Love scent better. I think it's the black currant and grapefruit notes in it. 

It's still a beautiful scent and maybe it will grow on me. I don't know. It has happened before. I kept a scent and a few years later I loved it. I think it's all about growing older. 

I hope you all enjoy your long weekend if you get one and if so can you share some of your weekend plans. Anyone doing anything fun?

Share below!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A Favorite has Returned....

A Glorious Day....

Good Morning Everyone! I don't know if many of you remember this scent from the early 2000's but I do. I wore this scent in 2002 until they discontinued it in 2009 or maybe even earlier. 

I LOVE Night Blooming Jasmine from Bath & Body Works. I have been emailing that company for years requesting that they bring this back. I was so surprised when I received my semi-annual postcard in the mail that it listed it on the card!

I could not believe it and hopped on the site immediately. Of course it was not available until the day of the sale but I wanted to see it. Now it has sold out already! I am not surprised. I will be emailing and asking if they will be bringing it back permanently. 

Now I know this looks bad but I could not resist it. I got about 20 bottles from two different stores. At $3.95 each how could I refuse?

I have stored them in my closet cabinet and will be enjoying them all year. I have had numerous co-workers and family stop me about this scent. It's light and beautiful. 

It's the simple things in life that make it worthwhile. Even having a special scent return is a wonderful event for me. I hope that you all go and check out the scent if it is available in your local store. You may like it you may not but to each his own. 

Enjoy your day!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, January 13, 2020

Vitamins for the New Year

Good Morning Everyone,

It's time for the new year, new me slogan. I always found that funny but oh well. I don't think you need the new year to make resolutions. You can make them anytime. Life is about always making changes that are the best for you. I have never believed in waiting until the new year to make changes. 

Make your changes now. Anyway, since we are on the topic of the new year I did want to share the vitamins that I would be taking in 2020. 

Now I believe that I have shared my woman's multivitamin before. I take the VitaFusion Women's Multivitamin and you can find these anywhere. I found mine at the grocery store. I believe Walmart sells them as well. 

Here is the backside if you are interested. These taste so good and are about $10 a bottle. These last me about 4 to 5 months and I have been taking them for about 2 years. I do love the taste!

Now when I was grabbing these I noticed the Vitafusion Magnesium. I picked up the bottle and begin to read. I did read that magnesium is good for muscle and nerve function as well as blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

Here is the backside if you are interested. I recently have had a few high blood pressure scares. I don't know what was going on but it was high. 

I am not a fan of blood pressure pills. I have family members who have been on them for years and had to get other medication because of the side effects from the blood pressure pills! It's nuts!

I would rather eat healthy, exercise, and take care of myself than be on blood pressure pills. So we will see how these work. 

I hope that you all enjoyed this post and found this information helpful. Each year I try to make a goal of going to see more specialists. Now that I have had a podiatrist visit I will be visiting a vein doctor. 

I have been struggling with circulation in my left leg for over a decade now and I think it's time to get it looked at. I still have not had a facial and I need to get that appointment booked this year as well. I have also been thinking about seeing a dietitian. I have not meet with one since Lauren was born. 

I will let you guys know what I find out. Enjoy your Monday!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, January 10, 2020

A Toile Inspired Bracelet

Good Morning Everyone,

Well, I had my follow up with my podiatrist regarding my foot and everything is normal. I was really nervous about going because he mentioned a few things but it did not turn out that way for me. Thank you, Lord!

So I have a lot of errands to run this weekend and I am looking forward to changing my nail color. I have been wearing red since November so going back to pink or maybe french tip will be nice. 

I recently found a beautiful piece of jewelry.  

This is called the printed bangle from Talbots. It is quite lovely.

When I saw it I immediately thought, "toile". It looks just like toile. Now it comes in two different colors, red pop, and juniper ivy. 

It is a very beautiful bracelet.

I hope that you all enjoyed this beautiful find. If you are interested it is on sale right now for $17.49! Hurry and order and enjoy your weekend!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)