It's always immediately before I leave for vacation that I realize the 92341309451581 outfits in my closet are stupid and I hate them all. But then I always manage to overpack my suitcase and end up paying for a 55lb bag.
Anyway, I've been spending a lot of time online coveting cute summer dresses and accessories, and you guys...
There's this amazing shop in Charleston called Fringe Boutique. I wish everything in their store would just teleport itself to my closet. Especially their dresses. And tops. And jewelry. All of it. I want.
They provided some adorable clothes for Sydney, Miss NC USA, and Erika, Miss SC USA, for their trip to Vegas back in May for Miss USA, and now they are offering YOU a gorgeous ruffly little number here on the blog! YAY!
Cute? Cute. I know.
Fringe Boutique is owned by sisters and best friends, Amanda Stephenson and EmilyHelena. They set out on a journey to open a trendy online clothingboutique that paired style-driven fashion with affordability. After a year of chatting up the idea and brainstorming (combined with a life long love and slight obsession for dressing up) the duo tooka leap of fashion faith and launched Fringe Boutique!
Ok, I know all of you are dying to win this shirt...
It's Monday again. On Thursday I am heading down to Florida for the first time in over a year! My beloved Grand Big is getting MARRIED!!
Anyway, here is what my weekend looked like through my iPhone:
I've been on the hunt for a pair of comfortable sandals to wear in Italy when we're walking around Rome and Naples. My dad and I are also going to Athens, and I know better than to wear my Steven Madden flats around the cobble stone roads. When I go in the winter it's easier to wear comfortable shoes. But I just don't have anything that's comfortable and practical to wear in 90 degree heat. I stopped by Rack Room Shoes to see if they had anything in my price range and found these two cute pairs:
Unfortunately, when I got home and walked around in them a little bit more, they just didn't seem to fit right. I took them back and they didn't come in the half size I needed, so they just got returned. =(
MOM to the rescue. She bought me two pairs at DSW - a pair of brown Merrells and a cute pair of cream Easy Spirits. The Merrells aren't winning any fashion awards, but they will do.
My across the street neighbors gave us some delicious fresh cucumber
Mike and I splurged on our dinner date - I got a margarita, Mike had a beer, we BOTH had pasta, and then topped it off by sharing a brownie sundae.
I'd also had a peanut butter cookie for lunch that day. I'm so healthy.
I played with the cats...
And one morning last week, I let Bella out before I left for work. When I went to let her back, she was DRIPPING wet. I could not for the life of me figure out how she got so drenched - there weren't any puddles in the yard and the sun was shining. Eventually I realized she'd just been rolling around in the dew-soaked grass like a moron. She was happy as a clam.
Pam and I spent our Saturday in Charleston...again! This time instead of staying beach side, we wandered around down town. It was paradise. I love Charleston. Everything about it. The architecture, the shops, it's like a cleaner New Orleans.
First of all, thanks for giving me your height. Sure, it's a little annoying when I can never find jeans that are the right length, and when I wear heels I break into a new level of the atmosphere, but being tall is definitely something I'm grateful for. Mom sure as heck didn't have anything to do with that.
I'm also glad you inspired me to take up photography. I'm sure had you not been so hellbent on taking 351243161 pictures of me in front of every castle, museum, historical marker, or mound of dirt we went to, I never would have caught the photo bug. But because of you, all those awesome travel memories are preserved on film, and I discovered a great passion.
I guess I'm pretty lucky that you're a certified genius, too. I could have landed a Dad with no education. I wonder what childhood would have been like without all the random historical trivia and grammar lessons. I definitely wouldn't have had to read Kafka's Metamorphosis in the 3rd grade. I'm sure I'm better (and smarter) for it.
One thing is for certain, I wouldn't have been raised overseas (because Mom never would have met you, and I never would have been born...or at least that's how you guys told me it works...) My love and appreciation for all things travel no doubt comes directly from you, and life would be so boring if I didn't have the desire to see and learn new things. I know that so many of my best qualities are from you, Dad, although I wish I would have inherited your awesome Goofy voice.
So, Happy Father's Day Padre Mio! I love you and can't wait to see you in a few weeks!
You guys. I am SO excited. I just booked my trip back to Bella Napoli to visit my dad! I'm leaving in a few shorts weeks and will be gone for 13 days. My Aunt and Cousin are meeting me over there and will be with us for 7 days. We've got a busy itinerary in the works, including a trip to Pompeii (even after visiting 31351351 times, I always see something new there!) a cruise around Capri, a visit to underground Naples, some relaxing on the beaches of Ischia, and a hike to the crater by my dad's house.
I can't wait for THIS:
View from my Dad's house at sunset
The Amalfi Coast
The view from my dad's mountain and REAL pizza!
I'll also get to see this sweet guy:
I'm not real excited about the getting there part, though...
Somewhere over the Atlantic...
Empty Munich terminal after New Years 2010
Obviously YOU guys get to look forward to my recap posts! =)
On Satuday I went to Folly Beach for the 2012 Wahine Surf Classic with two of the ladies from my office to work on recruiting some contestants for the Miss South Carolina USA pageant. It was really just a thinly veiled excuse to spend the day at a surf competition.
One of our titleholders, Miss Charleston Teen USA, came out to play, too.
Me and Ann Marie
Ashley even scored some press and was featured in the Post and Courier's write up on the event!