Saturday, August 28

It's Almost September....Time for Goal Updates!

Wow, where did the summer go? School is back in session, the air is starting to cool just a little and we're about to starting building homes again (I work for Habitat for Humanity where we build in the spring and fall).
With that in mind, I realized it might be a good time to update my goals for the year. I haven't really given them much thought lately, but luckily I still have a few months to work on them!
1. Eat more home-cooked meals. I aced this one. By going vegan, we rarely eat out anymore unless its sushi. Believe it or not, I'm loving every minute or it. I feel good, and I'm never bloated or too full.
2. Visit the local farmer's market. Since we don't eat out anymore, we go to the farmer's market and Whole Foods and spend our "going out" money on fresh, local and/or organic food. It's been wonderful.
3. Exercise my mind, body and spirit. Hmm, we are doing pretty well with the gym part, but the church and reading parts still need work. I hope we find the right place soon. At the end of the day, that is the most important thing of all.
4. Learn some Italian. I love, love, LOVE the free Italian apps, and I've actually learned a few good phrases. :)
5. Visit the places that are dear to my heart: England, Italy and California. We're going to Italy and California this year. No England trip though.
6. Nurture my rose garden every day. It's been so hot that I've totally neglected my plants this summer. I prune the roses about once a week, and sadly, I've only been watering them about that much as well. I'm hoping I'll enjoy some garden time this fall.
7. Learn to knit and embroider. No luck here yet!
8. Buy bicycles. Again, the heat squashed this goal. The green way path in our neighborhood is set to open in October, so I think we're going to purchase some bikes at that time.
9. Blog and take photos. I'm still blogging, but I haven't been too consistent this month. I'll do better in September. I just bought a new journal, so I plan to write down ideas as they come. I think that will help inspire lots of blog posts.
10. Dream, create, do. Love everyone. With my body and food changes, I feel better, but I still need to work on changing my overall attitude. I find that it's so easy to complain instead of focusing on the positive things, and I want to get away from that. I have so much to be grateful for, and I need to remember that every single day. We all need to remember that. There are so many people who are truly suffering. We have it easy!
Did you set any goals for the year? How are your personal goals coming along?

Saturday, August 21

More Fun With Polyvore...

Thursday, August 19

Fashion Inspiration: Jennifer Aniston

As I contemplate my fall wardrobe, I always come back to Jennifer Aniston's classic style. With her, it's all about good basics and pretty, polished accessories. Although she rarely surprises, she also rarely makes a fashion misstep. Plus her hair always looks stunning. I'm guessing she doesn't hang out in the South much....
Wearing a classic white shirt and jeans in The Break Up.

Another classic white shirt, also in The Break Up.
Going for a funkier look in Along Came Polly.
That's a ponytail done right!
Classic black dress and gold accessories. She often wears multiples to add personality... or flair, if you prefer. :)
Slightly beachy for the red carpet.
Casual done right.
I love this dress and the natural heels.
Classic white and blue jeans again.
She also loves tanks.
Who wouldn't with those arms??

She may have lost Brad, but she won the style war. :)

Friday, August 13

In Memoriam

My life changed forever seven years ago today. Death is not something I had really experienced in my 19 years on earth. She was only 69 years old. She barely had a wrinkle on her face. When she smiled, her entire face lit up. I flew to Los Angeles to see her one last time the week before her death. Until that moment, I had not truly believed she was dying, but yet she was. Even in those final days, she still had her sense of humor. She and I walked arm and arm downstairs so she could keep us company while we cooked. She joked that I was ascorting her down the aisle. She watched me paint my toe nails a sparkly pink and wanted me to paint hers the same color. For some reason, I didn't, and I still regret it very much. She admired the clothes I bought when I took her car (by myself) to the mall to go back-to-school shopping. Although I won't wear it anymore, I kept one of those shirts to remember those last days. In that week, I saw what cancer does to a person. It made me appreciate life. I wish I could truly describe my relationship with my grandma. She was one of the most special people I have ever known. Grandmotherly and childlike at the same time, she saw beauty and love in everyone. I think of her every day. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, I see her in my dreams. I remember worrying that I would start to forget her in the days after she died. Would I remember what she sounded like? Would I remember her smell? Her laugh? I don't worry about those things anymore. I still carry her in my heart every day. I hear her laugh when I laugh. I see her hands when I look at my own. I smell her when I use her favorite Dove soap to wash my face. I keep my "jewels" in her jewelry boxes. I sit on the couch and love seat she bought for me one month before she died. I hold the cat that she never met. She predicted "little Oliver" would be a lap cat. She was right. She also predicted my days at Ole Miss would be happy ones. She said I would meet someone special there, someone who would erase all of my bad memories. I doubted her a little bit as I sat on the edge of her bed. Of course, she was right. Jonathan was moving into the condo next door to mine as I was saying goodbye to my grandma. I wish with all of my heart that he could have known her. He knows and loves her California.

He knows and loves her house. He goes there with me every year and will continue to do so long after her house is sold. That thought has also been a hard one for me to swallow this summer.

I know the days of going to her home are numbered, and that makes me sad.

I grow roses because of her. Mine will neve be as large as hers, but I think they would make her proud. I love taking care of her roses. There are so many of them that we can cut some to take to cemetary for her and her two husbands. Their smell is divine.
This rose is from my garden. There haven't been too many pink ones this year, but they are always perfect and they always smell divine.
As you probably already know, this blog is for her. It's my way to honor her memory and keep the things she loved at the forefront of my mind.
I recently found a Tumblr blog called Your Granny Was Chic.
I would completely agree with that statement. You can learn so much from your grandmother.
If you are lucky enough to still have her in your life, go spend some time with her. Learn from her. Hug her. Take her a rose from your garden.
Or, if you're like me, just honor her memory any way you can.

Sunday, August 8

Oh Yes, I Love Polyvore!

Have you been to It reminds me a bit of Lucky magazine. Today I visited it with travel in mind. Please note that these are my DREAM travel essentials, and this entire post is just for fun. :) Still, I think could be beneficial if you're trying to pick one or two purchases for fall...
When in Rome...Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore
When in Rome... by crystelhardin featuring Anya Hindmarch bags

Rome Origami Dress 20 GBP -

Calvin Klein Support jersey tank $36 -

Christian Louboutin Big lips shoe 475 GBP -

Heart tag bracelet 220 EUR -