Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday's Five + 1

1)  PUMPKIN TIME, Y'ALL.


2)  Spending some quality time with my blonde daughter...and having her get a little camera shy.


3)  Having one of my best childhood friends, Kady, get ENGAGED!!  I adore her fiancé and couldn't be more thrilled!


4)  Discovering that last year's Halloween black cat ears (pre-Lula LaShonda rescue in November) must have foretold the future diva that would soon claim my home.


5)  Heading to see one of my college friends get hitched this weekend!!  A fabulous and fun couple -- so excited the big day is only hours away.


5b)  Receiving more sparkly clutches that will be the perfect addition to Saturday's wedding ensemble!

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Champagne Ice Cubes


I love champagne, don't most girls?

I love to celebrate special occasions with some champs, but I never want more than a glass or two and usually end up eventually pouring half the bottle down the drain.

While flipping through a magazine a while back, I noticed the idea of using that extra champagne to make ice cubes - genius!!  You can even pop a cube or two in a glass of white wine, lemonade, the possibilities are endless.


I chose the rosé for a pretty pink ice cube.


So with half a bottle left, what to do?

Drink it straight up:


Mimosas, anyone?


Or just make more ice cubes because they are perfection.

This could be dangerous.


Pink lemonade with three rosé ice cubes...mother, may I have another?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Drinks in Oxford

Top - Lulu's, similar here and here
Jeans - Forever21
Heels - Christian Siriano for Payless, similar here
Clutch - Urban Expressions, similar here
Jewelry - Etsy Coral Necklace, Swatch watch, assorted David Yurman, Hermes, Cartier, Forever21 ring

While in Oxford for our last pre-marital counseling session (first session mentioned here), we had some wedding homework to do (homework from yours truly, not our minister):  choose our two "signature cocktails" that will be served at our November wedding.

I knew I wanted a vodka drink for my cocktail, but Christian was undecided on what exactly he wanted.  We had a delicious dinner at our favorite Oxford spot, Boure, and bar hopped on the square, chatting it up with different bartenders and tasting different concoctions.  We were able to really have fun with it, considering we stayed at my parents home close by, allowing us to walk to the restaurant and home after cocktail sampling.

A fun weekend with fun memories - with such a busy fall this year Christian and I were smitten thinking that the next time we are in Oxford together, where we first met and began our relationship, he'll be my personal assistant, I mean husband.

Cheers!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Créme de la Créme

Creme de la Creme



This weather is tricking me into thinking it's fall already...and I don't mind it.  Fall has always been my absolute favorite season - the crisp weather, hearing the high school marching band practicing as I walk to work (truth), scarves, boots, hot chocolate, the changing colors of the leaves, a holiday in October, November AND December...need I say more? It was a no brainer I wanted to get married in the crisp fall season -- and I have been anticipating this fall more than ever.

Because I'm getting married?

Nope.

Because I'm tired of sweating in this Southern heat.

BRING IT 70-and-below-temp.  Bring it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

SkinnyRunner Mention

Thanks for the mention on your fab blog, SR!

You can check out the CBL mention here.

The post on the chambray with red denim can be found here.

Happy Friday!

Friday's Five

1)  Receiving this adorable note in the mail from one of the shops, Persnickety, where we have registered.


2)  Enjoying some always classy celeb gossip and a pink lemonade.


Then deciding I obviously needed some chocolate chip cookies to go with the lemonade.  I used my silpat mat for another perfect batch -- and did y'all know that Betty Crocker now sells "snack size" chocolate chip cookie mix?  I know, calm down.

The package says it makes 18 cookies but let's be real...only if they're the size of a dollar coin.  It makes like...10 real people cookies and it's amazing.  Look for it!


3)  Admiring this very SATC Carrie Bradshaw-inspired wedding gown when I had my final dress fitting (!!!).


4)  Still losing the game at keeping Lula LaShonda off my bed.


5)  Receiving some new sparkle in this delicate and bedazzled clutch.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

White Maxi Dress


I got several comments and emails regarding the white maxi dress I wore to my bachelorette party.

One word:  eBay.

Find the dress (and lots of other adorable options) for under $40 here!  They are so comfortable and I've actually ordered other dresses from this same shop for my honeymoon.

As for all the other brides asking about both dresses, the short sequined number was a dress I purchases a few years ago from a boutique in Birmingham and is no longer available -- so sorry!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Skinny Cajun Pasta


Inspired by mine and Christian's favorite restaurant, Boure, I wanted to try to make a lighter version of their pasta jambalaya.  I used this Skinnytaste recipe as a guideline and changed a few things to make it my own.


Ingredients:

penne pasta (I like to combine white and wheat)
green & yellow bell peppers, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
3 small tomatoes, diced
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, diced
garlic
cajun seasoning
garlic powder
1 TB olive oil
1 cup fat free chicken broth
1/3 cup skim milk
1 TB flour
3 wedges of laughing cow cheese
salt & pepper to taste
3 chicken sausage links (not pictured)
two chicken breasts (not pictured)


I went ahead and cooked the penne pasta and set aside.  I chopped all the veggies and combined the milk, flour and laughing cow cheese in the blender and set aside.

After covering both the chicken sausage and chicken with cajun seasoning and garlic powder, I sprayed the skillet with cooking spray and sautéed the chicken sausage and chicken together for about 10 minutes, then set aside.


While the sausage and chicken were cooking, I poured the olive oil and garlic into another skillet and let the garlic brown some before adding the bell pepper and onion.  I sautéed them together for about 5-7 minutes before adding the tomatoes and mushrooms.


I seasoned the veggies with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  I reduced the heat to medium and added the chicken broth and blender mixture slowly, stirring for about two minutes.

Add the chicken and sausage, seasoning the entire mixture with cajun seasoning, salt and garlic powder to taste.  After stirring for about two minutes, add the pasta and toss evenly to coat.


Serve up and enjoy!


I was extremely pleased with how this turned out.  I know CHBoo will LOVE this dish as his family is NOLA born and raised.  He's already requested this dish when he comes home from his away rotation and has asked for sausage and shrimp, hold the chicken.

Diva.

Friday, September 14, 2012

How P'Trique Gets Ready for Fashion Week


I think I should adopt P'Trique's strategy of greeting myself in the mirror with a "self affirming mantra."

It would go something like this:

"You love your life.  You love your job.  You love your fiance and wedding planning.  You are fabulous."

What would your mantra be?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Guest Post: The Grove


Kathleen is a busy bride to be so I told her I would be happy to write a guest post – and surprisingly she accepted my offer!   Please keep in mind that I was not a journalism major and my children regularly complain about my over abundance of exclamation marks and using too many caps. To that I say, “DEAL with it!!!!!” I graduated from Ole Miss in 1980 with four years of great memories and an education degree (note from Kathleen:  she never taught school...ever).  My husband and I both grew up tailgating with our families in the Grove and we tailgated there while we were in college. 


I’ve seen the demographics of CBL readers and was amazed that CBL has readers not only all over our country, but in many other countries as well.  The Grove has been written up in many publications, including The New York Times (see the stories here and here), so I thought I should introduce CBL readers to the Grove at Ole Miss.

The Grove.  Two words, eight letters.  Those two words bring a lifetime of fond memories to Ole Miss fans everywhere.  A beautiful ten acre tree-filled park in the middle of the Ole Miss campus is packed every home football game with family, friends, students and guests.  Mississippi is known for its hospitality and in the Grove, hospitality is shown at its finest.  Opposing teams fans are invited to “come on in and grab a plate of food, y'all!”


Win or lose, the mindset in the Grove is always happy.  How can you be unhappy in such a beautiful setting?  The Grove has been listed as one of the top tailgating experiences in the country (mentioned in Southern Living, Kathleen's former place of work), is featured in the book 100 Things to do Before You Die and has been mentioned on ESPN a number of times.  

The University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss as we are known, is consistently rated as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and their co-eds are consistently voted as the most beautiful as well.  While I can’t compete with co-eds for beauty, our tailgate group makes sure that our table always has a beautiful centerpiece and an inviting spread of food for everyone to enjoy!  Below are photos from our  our tent last Saturday for the Ole Miss vs. University of Texas, El Paso game. 


We host the University of Texas this Saturday and it has been rumored that Matthew McConaughey has rented out one of the local restaurants for his own Texas-sized party.  The UT Longhorn, Bevo, is traveling for his first away game.  Several former Texas Governors will be in town throwing their own private parties and the Grove is expected to have at least 100,000 people in tow.  There are rumors that some guests are paying over $20,000 for housing for the weekend.  As a friend and avid Ole Miss fan said, "Need a dinner reservation Friday night?  It might be easier to get two tickets to the 2013 Super Bowl."  

We would like to welcome the Texas fans to Ole Miss and the Grove and hope you leave with fond memories!  Hotty Toddy Y'all!

**A note from Kathleen -- as I tagged this post with the labels, I realized I never talk about Ole Miss, the Grove, tailgating, football or being an Ole Miss grad...mostly because I'm not nearly as hardcore as the rest of my family.  Alan and Karen are HUGE Oxford-lovers and Ole Miss fans and my family owns a home off the square where they split their time...even hosting Thanksgiving there in years past.  I do have to give Ole Miss credit for the fact that it is how both of my siblings and myself found our spouses/future spouses...so I'll yell Hotty Toddy for that!**